2015 RotoGraphs Staff Picks

Here are the RotoGraphs Staff Picks for the 2015 season. Because we like to pick things! We collected all preferred players (and busts) and assembled them in one place for your reference and viewing pleasure.

Last year, we posted staff picks a couple of weeks earlier in the month as a complement to your draft planning. It’s a little late now, unless you’re drafting right before Opening Day, but hey! You can still use it as an in-season waiver wire tool and additional reasons to praise or ridicule us, if that’s your thing.

The categories are fairly self-explanatory, but I’ll try to illuminate the ones that are less clear. A sleeper is an undervalued standard mixed-leaguer, whereas a deep sleeper is a player who maybe isn’t drafted in mixed leagues but eventually succeeds, if not excels, in a starting role. Best flyers are players typically undrafted in most leagues but end up being great waiver wire additions mid-year.

The staff has different opinions as to who qualifies for those categories, so read with an open mind. Also, I had the opportunity to add or adjust last year’s categories and I botched it. If you have any recommendations for picks you’d like to see next year, let us know in the comments. Maybe we’ll cook up something extra for the All-Star Break.

Enjoy!

RotoGrapher Sleeper Deep Sleeper Bust NL Rookie AL Rookie Comeback Player 2nd Half Closer Best Sophomore Pitcher Best Flyer
Alex Chamberlain Khris Davis Kennys Vargas Yasmany Tomas Jorge Soler Carlos Rodon Chris Davis Sergio Romo Jacob deGrom Jose Ramirez
Zach Sanders Michael Saunders David Phelps Yasmany Tomas Kris Bryant Rusney Castillo Matt Harvey Brandon Maurer Jacob deGrom Brad Miller
Josh Shepardson Jesse Hahn Travis Snider Josh Harrison Kris Bryant Steven Souza Matt Harvey Sergio Romo Jacob deGrom Jung-ho Kang
Dan Schwartz Drew Hutchison C.J. Cron Jacoby Ellsbury Kris Bryant Taijuan Walker Matt Harvey Adam Ottavino Jacob deGrom Henderson Alvarez
Jeff Zimmerman Kyle Gibson Buck Farmer Yasmany Tomas Kris Bryant Steven Souza Carlos Gonzalez Jason Grilli Yordano Ventura Pedro Alvarez
David Wiers Marcus Semien Gary Brown Ryan Braun Joc Pederson Steven Souza CC Sabathia Ken Giles Matt Shoemaker Alex Rodriguez
Chad Young Xander Bogaerts Drew Pomeranz Jeff Samardzija Kris Bryant Dalton Pompey Matt Harvey Ken Giles Jacob deGrom Jose Ramirez
Adam McFadden Oswaldo Arcia Arismendy Alcantara Michael Brantley Jorge Soler Rusney Castillo Carlos Gonzalez Danny Farquhar Jacob deGrom Pedro Alvarez
Colin Zarzycki Chase Anderson Jesus Montero Adam Jones Kris Bryant Rusney Castillo Matt Harvey Evan Marshall Masahiro Tanaka Michael Saunders
Scott Spratt Micah Johnson Chris Hatcher James Shields Jorge Soler Carlos Rodon Matt Harvey Evan Marshall Jake Odorizzi Devon Travis
Scott Strandberg Shane Victorino Jon Singleton Michael Brantley Jorge Soler Steven Souza Matt Harvey Adam Ottavino Jacob deGrom Jimmy Nelson
Mike Podhorzer CC Sabathia Allen Webster Anthony Rendon Jorge Soler Steven Souza Matt Harvey Adam Ottavino Jacob deGrom Justin Smoak
Brett Talley Wilmer Flores C.J. Cron Sonny Gray Kris Bryant Carlos Rodon Matt Harvey Evan Marshall Masahiro Tanaka Tony Cingrani
Brad Johnson Juan Lagares Odubel Herrera Carlos Gonzalez Kris Bryant Taijuan Walker Matt Harvey Keone Kela Carlos Martinez Jesse Hahn
Eno Sarris Anthony DeSclafani Randall Delgado Yasmany Tomas Jorge Soler Dalton Pompey Carlos Gonzalez Adam Ottavino Jacob deGrom Brad Miller
Michael Barr A.J. Pollock C.J. Cron Adam Wainwright Kris Bryant Taijuan Walker Matt Harvey Ken Giles Jacob deGrom Brad Miller
Paul Sporer Shane Greene Drew Pomeranz Adam Jones Noah Syndergaard Micah Johnson Matt Harvey Joakim Soria Jacob deGrom Arismendy Alcantara
Karl de Vries Jesse Hahn Kennys Vargas Michael Brantley Joc Pederson Mookie Betts* Alex Rodriguez Joakim Soria Jacob deGrom A.J. Burnett
Alan Harrison Daniel Norris Kendall Graveman Anthony Rendon Joc Pederson Taijuan Walker Joey Votto Rafael Soriano Jake Odorizzi Steven Souza

* Yeah, Betts isn’t eligible to win Rookie of the Year, but we all wish he was!

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