Fantasy baseball top 200 for 2021: Ronald Acuña Jr. earns No. 1 spot

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Unlike previous seasons, there's no consensus on who the No. 1 player in fantasy baseball is in 2021. While we're not going out on a limb very far, we're in the camp that has Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. on top of a tightly packed group that includes five elite hitters -- and a pair of dominant starting pitchers.

Those player rankings are just one of the many interesting and informative things you'll find in USA TODAY Sports’ annual fantasy baseball preview issue, on newsstands now. You’ll get nearly 400 player capsules, complete with three-year stats and 2021 projections. There are depth charts for every MLB team, along with their top prospects and projected impact this season. Plus, analysis on this season’s fantasy trends, sleepers and top rookies.

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is the No. 1 player for 2021 in our preseason fantasy baseball rankings and is one of five regional cover subjects for USA TODAY Sports' annual fantasy baseball preview.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is the No. 1 player for 2021 in our preseason fantasy baseball rankings and is one of five regional cover subjects for USA TODAY Sports' annual fantasy baseball preview.

Updated April 1

Rank Player Pos

1. Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves OF

2. Mookie Betts, Dodgers OF

3. Juan Soto, Nationals OF

4. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres SS

5. Mike Trout, Angels OF

6. Jacob deGrom, Mets SP

7. Trea Turner, Nationals SS

8. Gerrit Cole, Yankees SP

9. Christian Yelich, Brewers OF

10. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland 3B

11. Trevor Story, Rockies SS

12. Freddie Freeman, Braves 1B

13. Shane Bieber, Cleveland SP

14. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers 1B/OF

15. Yu Darvish, Padres SP

16. Bryce Harper, Phillies OF

17. Lucas Giolito, White Sox SP

18. Trevor Bauer, Dodgers SP

19. Francisco Lindor, Mets SS

20. Walker Buehler, Dodgers SP

21. Manny Machado, Padres 3B

22. Luis Castillo, Reds SP

23. Aaron Nola, Phillies SP

24. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees 1B/2B/3B

25. Anthony Rendon, Angels 3B

26. Max Scherzer, Nationals SP

27. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers SP

28. Bo Bichette, Blue Jays SS

29. Brandon Woodruff, Brewers SP

30. Kyle Tucker, Astros OF

31. Ozzie Albies, Braves 2B

32. Rafael Devers, Red Sox 3B

33. Jack Flaherty, Cardinals SP

34. Jose Abreu, White Sox 1B

35. Corey Seager, Dodgers SS

36. Marcell Ozuna, Braves OF

37. Whit Merrifield, Royals 2B/OF

38. Luis Robert, White Sox OF

39. Alex Bregman, Astros 3B

40. Starling Marte, Marlins OF

41. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox SS

42. Aaron Judge, Yankees OF

43. Tim Anderson, White Sox SS

44. Nolan Arenado, Cardinals 3B

45. Lance Lynn, White Sox SP

46. Tyler Glasnow, Rays SP

47. Stephen Strasburg, Nationals SP

48. Randy Arozarena, Rays OF

49. Pete Alonso, Mets 1B

50. Kenta Maeda, Twins SP

51. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays 1B

52. George Springer, Blue Jays OF

53. Brandon Lowe, Rays 2B

54. Kyle Hendricks, Cubs SP

55. Keston Hiura, Brewers 2B

56. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 1B

57. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Blue Jays SP

58. Jose Altuve, Astros 2B

59. Sonny Gray, Reds SP

60. Nelson Cruz, Twins DH

61. Liam Hendriks, White Sox RP

62. Max Fried, Braves SP

63. Cavan Biggio, Blue Jays 2B

64. Blake Snell, Padres SP

65. Corbin Burnes, Brewers SP

66. Michael Conforto, Mets OF

67. Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks 2B

68. Zach Plesac, Cleveland SP

69. Yordan Alvarez, Astros DH

70. Josh Hader, Brewers RP

71. Austin Meadows, Rays OF

72. Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays OF

73. Jose Berrios, Twins SP

74. Jeff McNeil, Mets 2B/3B/OF

75. J.T. Realmuto, Phillies C

76. Byron Buxton, Twins OF

77. Gleyber Torrres, Yankees SS

78. Trent Grisham, Padres OF

79. Yoan Moncada, White Sox 3B

80. Eugenio Suarez, Reds 3B

81. Adalberto Mondesi, Royals SS

82. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox DH

83. Javier Baez, Cubs SS

84. Zack Wheeler, Phillies SP

85. Matt Olson, A’s 1B

86. Julio Urias, Dodgers SP

87. Aroldis Chapman, Yankees RP

88. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 1B

89. Alec Bohm, Phillies 3B

90. Kris Bryant, Cubs 3B

91. Nick Castellanos, Reds OF

92. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays OF

93. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies OF

94. Zack Greinke, Astros SP

95. Jesus Luzardo, A’s SP

96. Salvador Perez, Royals C

97. Michael Brantley, Astros OF

98. Raisel Iglesias, Angels RP

99. Carlos Correa, Astros SS

100. Joe Musgrove, Padres SP

101. Charlie Morton, Braves SP

102. Max Muncy, Dodgers 1B/2B/3B

103. Dominic Smith, Mets 1B/OF

104. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees DH

105. Dylan Bundy, Angels SP

106. Patrick Corbin, Nationals SP

107. Dansby Swanson, Braves SS

108. Matt Chapman, A’s 3B

109. Mike Moustakas, Reds 2B/3B

110. Will Smith, Dodgers C

111. Edwin Diaz, Mets RP

112. Ian Anderson, Braves SP

113. Lance McCullers Jr., Astros SP

114. Chris Paddack, Padres SP

115. Wil Myers, Padres OF

116. Sandy Alcantara, Marlins SP

117. Ramon Laureano, A’s OF

118. Mike Yastrzemski, Giants OF

119. Travis d'Arnaud, Braves C

120. Kenley Jansen, Dodgers RP

121. Dylan Carlson, Cardinals OF

122. Pablo Lopez, Marlins SP

123. Ryan Pressly, Astros RP

124. Marco Gonzales, Mariners SP

125. Trevor Rosenthal, A's RP

126. Josh Bell, Nationals 1B

127. Willson Contreras, Cubs C

128. Eric Hosmer, Padres 1B

129. Tommy Pham, Padres OF

130. Tommy Edman, Cardinals 2B/3B

131. Alex Verdugo, Red Sox OF

132. Kevin Gausman, Giants SP

133. Sean Manaea, A’s SP

134. Ian Happ, Cubs OF

135. Brad Hand, Nationals RP

136. Justin Turner, Dodgers 3B

137. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 1B

138. Marcus Semien, Blue Jays SS

139. Ke'Bryan Hayes, Pirates 3B

140. Victor Robles, Nationals OF

141. Marcus Stroman, Mets SP

142. Carlos Carrasco, Mets SP

143. Dinelson Lamet, Padres SP

144. Nathan Eovaldi, Red Sox SP

145. Joey Gallo, Rangers OF

146. Dylan Moore, Mariners 2B/OF

147. James Karinchak, Cleveland RP

148. Kyle Lewis, Mariners OF

149. Aaron Civale, Cleveland SP

150. Clint Frazier, Yankees OF

151. Tyler Mahle, Reds SP

152. Frankie Montas, A’s SP

153. Eddie Rosario, Cleveland OF

154. Zac Gallen, Diamondbacks SP

155. Shohei Ohtani, Angels SP/DH

156. Nick Solak, Rangers 2B/OF

157. Christian Vazquez, Red Sox C

158. Jean Segura, Phillies 2B/3B

159. Josh Donaldson, Twins 3B

160. Craig Kimbrel, Cubs RP

161. Didi Gregorius, Phillies SS

162. Jordan Romano, Blue Jays RP

163. Anthony Santander, Orioles OF

164. Yasmani Grandal, White Sox C

165. Giovany Urshela, Yankees 3B

166. Trey Mancini, Orioles 1B/OF

167. Franmil Reyes, Cleveland DH

168. C.J. Cron, Rockies 1B

169. Corey Kluber, Yankees SP

170. Will Smith, Braves RP

171. Sixto Sanchez, Marlins SP

172. Triston McKenzie, Cleveland SP

173. A.J. Pollock, Dodgers OF

174. Chris Bassitt, A’s SP

175. Jose Urquidy, Astros SP

176. Jorge Soler, Royals DH

177. Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles 1B/OF

178. Zach Eflin, Phillies SP

179. Max Kepler, Twins OF

180. Miguel Sano, Twins 1B

181. Hunter Dozier, Royals 1B/OF

182. Elieser Hernandez, Marlins SP

183. Sean Murphy, A’s C

184. Dustin May, Dodgers SP

185. Paul DeJong, Cardinals SS

186. Gary Sanchez, Yankees C

187. Andrew McCutchen, Phillies OF

188. Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox SP

189. Jameson Taillon, Yankees SP

190. Andres Gimenez, Cleveland 2B/SS/3B

191. German Marquez, Rockies SP

192. Devin Williams, Brewers RP

193. Jared Walsh, Angels 1B

194. Taylor Rogers, Twins RP

195. Chrstian Walker, Diamondbacks 1B

196. Mike Soroka, Braves SP

197. Jarred Kelenic, Mariners OF

198. James Paxton, Mariners SP

199. Jake Cronenworth, Padres 1B/2B/SS

200. Jesse Winker, Reds OF

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