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Top 25 MLB Fantasy Players in 5 Years

Feb 11, 2017


Will Mike Trout still be the best fantasy player five years from now?

Five years ago, some could have imagined Mike Trout would be leading the charge as the top fantasy baseball player for 2017, but few could have predicted the emergence of Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve. In fact, neither of those guys were in the discussion for the top 100 dynasty assets in 2012. Today, I’m going to take a stab at the top 25 fantasy baseball players for 2022. Granted, there are many things that can change between now and then. For instance, in 2012, Josh Johnson, Troy Tulowitzki, Oscar Taveras, Taijuan Walker and Felix Hernandez all seemed like gimmes but those five players saw major injuries, key ballpark changes, a tragic death, stalled progression and just fell off the cliff.

You’ll notice a few surprising players on the list, or perhaps some names you’ve never even heard of. Don’t worry, in time you will be very familiar with Jimenez, Otani and Alvarez. Likewise, some of the teams and positions aren’t exactly accurate–for 2017, that is. There will be loads of movement in the next five year. For instance, when Mike Trout signs a 600 million dollar deal with the Dodgers, Jon Gray is traded to the Yankees, Seth Beer is drafted by the Reds and Edwin Diaz is transformed from deadly closer into a dominant starting pitcher, much like Chris Sale and Adam Wainwright have done in years past.

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2022 Top 25 Fantasy Players

1 Bryce Harper (NYY, 1B, 29 yrs)
2 Xander Bogaerts (BOS, 2B, 29 yrs)
3 Mike Trout (LAD, OF, 30 yrs)
4 Eloy Jimenez (CHC, OF – 25 yrs)
5 Shohei Otani (SD, SP/OF – 27 yrs)
6 Corey Seager (LAD, SS, 27 yrs)
7 Kris Bryant (CHC, OF, 30 yrs)
8 Manny Machado (BAL, 3B, 29 yrs)
9 Seth Beer (CIN, OF, 25 yrs)
10 Jorge Soler (ATL, 1B, 29 yrs)
11 Noah Syndergaard (NYM, SP – 29 yrs)
12 Clayton Kershaw (LAD, SP – 33 yrs)
13 Carlos Correa (HOU, SS, 27 yrs)
14 Yoan Moncada (CWS, OF, 26 yrs)
15 Jon Gray (NYY, SP – 30 yrs)
16 Nomar Mazara (TEX, OF – 26 yrs)
17 Joey Gallo (TEX, 1B – 28 yrs)
18 Yadier Alvarez (LAD, SP – 25 yrs)
19 Giancarlo Stanton (MIA, OF, 32 yrs)
20 Tyler Glasnow (TEX, SP – 28 yrs)
21 Yasiel Puig (MIL, OF, 31 yrs)
22 Stephen Strasburg (WAS, SP – 33 yrs)
23 Lance McCullers (HOU, SP – 28 yrs)
24 Jose Altuve (HOU, 2B, 31 yrs)
25 Edwin Diaz (SEA, SP – 27 yrs)
HM Carlos Rodon (PHI, SP – 29 yrs)
HM Kevin Maitan (ATL, 3B – 22 yrs)
HM Madison Bumgarner (SFG, SP – 32 yrs)
HM Vlad Guerrero Jr. (TOR, 3B – 22 yrs)
HM George Springer (HOU, OF, 32 yrs)

Notable Exclusions: Trea Turner (28), Nolan Arenado (30), Mookie Betts (29), Chris Sale (32), Francisco Lindor (28), Anthony Rizzo (32), Andrew Benintendi (27), Trevor Story (29), Alex Reyes (27), Kyle Schwarber (28)

Some of these players are candidates to lose their premium position eligibility (Schwarber and Turner), while guys like Arenado and Story could very well be playing their home games in a park besides Coors Field. There are others, like Betts and Turner who should see a significant drop in their stolen base figures as they age, making them far less valuable for fantasy purposes.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed dreaming on the future with me. Here is some of my other MLB work:

Worldwide Top 400 Prospects (premium)
Top 10 Fantasy Sleepers

Sophomore Dynasty Prospect Rankings
MLB Top International Prospects
MLB Top Amateur Prospects

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