Commentary

Keeper rankings for 2011 to 2013

Updated: August 12, 2010, 11:56 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

For some -- I'm looking at you, Adam Lind -- 2011 can't arrive soon enough.

Let's face it, there simply cannot be a fantasy baseball league entirely populated by champions. In a 10-team league, nine teams are going to go home disappointed; in a 12-team league, 11; in a 20-team league, 19; and so on. Let's give all due credit to the owners in leagues who make valiant efforts to contend every day until season's end, even if the end result is a second-place finish a mere half-point behind in the Rotisserie standings ... but there comes a point in any keeper-league season when the focus must shift to playing for next season.

That's where these rankings comes in. Listed below is my updated top 200 for keeper leagues, providing you a last-second opportunity to do some important retooling before Friday's trade deadline in ESPN standard leagues (and many others).

Here's how the rankings are compiled: Player values from 2011 to 2013 are considered, weighting the seasons 60 percent for 2011, 25 percent for 2012 and 15 percent for 2013. That keeps the list most worthwhile for those angling to contend next season, while still being helpful for those speculating over the long haul. Players' positions are current eligibility -- not future-years eligibility -- in standard ESPN leagues, teams are current teams and ages are as of Opening Day 2011.

Keep an eye out for this week's "Hit Parade," "60 Feet 6 Inches" and "Relief Efforts," as I'll take a closer look at some of the thoughts that went into these keeper rankings, as well as keep you updated on current goings-on and update the year-to-end rankings.

Keeper Ranking: 2011-2013

1. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida Marlins, Age: 27
2. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers, 27
3. Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals, 31
4. Carl Crawford, OF, Tampa Bay Rays, 29
5. David Wright, 3B, New York Mets, 28
6. Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees, 28
7. Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays, 25
8. Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia Phillies, 33
9. Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds, 27
10. Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers, 27
11. Josh Johnson, SP, Florida Marlins, 27
12. Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners, 24
13. Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees, 30
14. Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals, 29
15. Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants, 26
16. Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers, 26
17. Jon Lester, SP, Boston Red Sox, 27
18. Cliff Lee, SP, Texas Rangers, 32
19. Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers, 26
20. Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins, 27
21. Justin Upton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks, 23
22. Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies, 31
23. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies, 26
24. Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Colorado Rockies, 27
25. Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies, 32
26. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego Padres, 28
27. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies, 25
28. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees, 35
29. Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals, 31
30. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals, 26
31. Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox, 30
32. CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees, 30
33. Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers, 23
34. Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati Reds, 29
35. Jered Weaver, SP, Los Angeles Angels, 28
36. Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers, 29
37. David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays, 25
38. Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets, 27
39. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates, 24
40. Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins, 29
41. Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals, 22
42. Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers, 28
43. Francisco Liriano, SP, Minnesota Twins, 27
44. Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco Giants, 26
45. Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Cleveland Indians, 28
46. Mat Latos, SP, San Diego Padres, 23
47. Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas Rangers, 30
48. Jonathan Broxton, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers, 26
49. Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee Brewers, 25
50. Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers, 22
51. Tommy Hanson, SP, Atlanta Braves, 24
52. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox, 27
53. Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta Braves, 21
54. Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B, Boston Red Sox, 32
55. Zack Greinke, SP, Kansas City Royals, 27
56. Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees, 36
57. Mark Reynolds, 3B/1B, Arizona Diamondbacks, 27
58. Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Seattle Mariners, 37
59. Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers, 28
60. Chris Carpenter, SP, St. Louis Cardinals, 35
61. Joakim Soria, RP, Kansas City Royals, 26
62. Dan Haren, SP, Los Angeles Angels, 30
63. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers, 28
64. Buster Posey, C/1B, San Francisco Giants, 24
65. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox, 27
66. Colby Rasmus, OF, St. Louis Cardinals, 24
67. Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees, 41
68. Chris Young, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks, 27
69. Ben Zobrist, OF/2B, Tampa Bay Rays, 29
70. Adam Dunn, 1B/OF, Washington Nationals, 31
71. Adrian Beltre, 3B, Boston Red Sox, 31
72. Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston Red Sox, 26
73. Delmon Young, OF, Minnesota Twins, 25
74. Dan Uggla, 2B, Florida Marlins, 31
75. B.J. Upton, OF, Tampa Bay Rays, 26
76. Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers, 28
77. Neftali Feliz, RP, Texas Rangers, 22
78. Heath Bell, RP, San Diego Padres, 33
79. Michael Young, 3B, Texas Rangers, 34
80. Brian Wilson, RP, San Francisco Giants, 29
81. Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Texas Rangers, 35
82. Phil Hughes, SP, New York Yankees, 24
83. Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox, 28
84. Martin Prado, 2B/1B/3B, Atlanta Braves, 27
85. John Danks, SP, Chicago White Sox, 25
86. Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves, 27
87. Kendry Morales, 1B, Los Angeles Angels, 27
88. Johan Santana, SP, New York Mets, 32
89. Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Boston Red Sox, 30
90. Victor Martinez, C/1B, Boston Red Sox, 32
91. Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees, 27
92. Torii Hunter, OF, Los Angeles Angels, 35
93. Corey Hart, OF, Milwaukee Brewers, 29
94. Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia Phillies, 27
95. Gordon Beckham, 2B/3B, Chicago White Sox, 24
96. James Loney, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers, 26
97. Carlos Marmol, RP, Chicago Cubs, 28
98. Jayson Werth, OF, Philadelphia Phillies, 31
99. Rafael Furcal, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers, 33
100. Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles, 25
101. Jose Valverde, RP, Detroit Tigers, 32
102. Francisco Rodriguez, RP, New York Mets, 29
103. Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees, 30
104. Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Chicago Cubs, 32
105. Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals, 24
106. Roy Oswalt, SP, Philadelphia Phillies, 33
107. Hunter Pence, OF, Houston Astros, 27
108. Matt Garza, SP, Tampa Bay Rays, 27
109. Andrew Bailey, RP, Oakland Athletics, 26
110. Tim Hudson, SP, Atlanta Braves, 35
111. Paul Konerko, 1B, Chicago White Sox, 35
112. Rafael Soriano, RP, Tampa Bay Rays, 31
113. Gavin Floyd, SP, Chicago White Sox, 28
114. Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates, 24
115. Trevor Cahill, SP, Oakland Athletics, 23
116. Billy Butler, 1B, Kansas City Royals, 24
117. Jose Bautista, 3B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays, 30
118. Ricky Nolasco, SP, Florida Marlins, 28
119. Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles, 27
120. Bobby Abreu, OF, Los Angeles Angels, 37
121. Colby Lewis, SP, Texas Rangers, 31
122. Kelly Johnson, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks, 29
123. Chad Billingsley, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers, 26
124. Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies, 32
125. Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles, 24
126. Mike Stanton, OF, Florida Marlins, 21
127. Javier Vazquez, SP, New York Yankees, 34
128. Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland Indians, 24
129. Pablo Sandoval, 3B/1B, San Francisco Giants, 24
130. Carlos Pena, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays, 32
131. Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins, 27
132. Nick Swisher, OF/1B, New York Yankees, 30
133. Howard Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles Angels, 27
134. Brett Anderson, SP, Oakland Athletics, 23
135. Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds, 23
136. Brandon Morrow, SP, Toronto Blue Jays, 26
137. Ricky Romero, SP, Toronto Blue Jays, 26
138. Michael Bourn, OF, Houston Astros, 28
139. Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox, 29
140. Matt Capps, RP, Minnesota Twins, 27
141. Juan Pierre, OF, Chicago White Sox, 33
142. Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati Reds, 25
143. Shane Victorino, OF, Philadelphia Phillies, 30
144. Jason Bay, OF, New York Mets, 32
145. Jeff Niemann, SP, Tampa Bay Rays, 28
146. Chone Figgins, 2B/3B, Seattle Mariners, 33
147. Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Tampa Bay Rays, 23
148. Austin Jackson, OF, Detroit Tigers, 24
149. Jonathan Sanchez, SP, San Francisco Giants, 28
150. David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox, 35
151. Leo Nunez, RP, Florida Marlins, 27
152. Adam LaRoche, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks, 31
153. Aubrey Huff, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants, 34
154. Scott Rolen, 3B, Cincinnati Reds, 35
155. Francisco Cordero, RP, Cincinnati Reds, 35
156. Ted Lilly, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers, 35
157. Brennan Boesch, OF, Detroit Tigers, 25
158. Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland Athletics, 27
159. Huston Street, RP, Colorado Rockies, 27
160. Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks, 27
161. Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays, 29
162. Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers, 26
163. Vernon Wells, OF, Toronto Blue Jays, 32
164. Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs, 35
165. Mike Napoli, C/1B, Los Angeles Angels, 29
166. Michael Cuddyer, OF/1B/3B, Minnesota Twins, 32
167. Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Seattle Mariners, 28
168. Ian Stewart, 3B/2B, Colorado Rockies, 25
169. Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants, 21
170. Adam Lind, OF, Toronto Blue Jays, 27
171. Jair Jurrjens, SP, Atlanta Braves, 25
172. Chris Coghlan, OF, Florida Marlins, 25
173. Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels, 27
174. Marlon Byrd, OF, Chicago Cubs, 33
175. Chase Headley, 3B/OF, San Diego Padres, 26
176. Josh Willingham, OF, Washington Nationals, 32
177. Chris Perez, RP, Cleveland Indians, 25
178. Matt Lindstrom, RP, Houston Astros, 31
179. Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins, 28
180. Ike Davis, 1B, New York Mets, 24
181. Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado Rockies, 29
182. Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies, 23
183. Shaun Marcum, SP, Toronto Blue Jays, 29
184. Gaby Sanchez, 1B, Florida Marlins, 27
185. Ryan Dempster, SP, Chicago Cubs, 33
186. Geovany Soto, C, Chicago Cubs, 28
187. Derrek Lee, 1B, Chicago Cubs, 35
188. Drew Stubbs, OF, Cincinnati Reds, 26
189. James Shields, SP, Tampa Bay Rays, 29
190. Ervin Santana, SP, Los Angeles Angels, 28
191. Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies, 25
192. Edinson Volquez, SP, Cincinnati Reds, 27
193. Drew Storen, RP, Washington Nationals, 23
194. Rajai Davis, OF, Oakland Athletics, 30
195. Nyjer Morgan, OF, Washington Nationals, 30
196. Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees, 39
197. Manny Ramirez, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers, 38
198. Lance Berkman, 1B, New York Yankees, 35
199. Evan Meek, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates, 27
200. Jose Tabata, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates, 22

Tristan H. Cockcroft is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com and a two-time champion of the League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR) experts league. You can e-mail him here, or follow him on Twitter @SultanofStat.

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