The cheat sheet covers the following bases:
Positional ranks and auction values: The primer's premier feature, MLB.com's position-by-position ranks will help you make snap calls when you have 10 seconds left to pick in your draft.
For those in auction formats, dollar values are listed too. But even if you're playing in a snake format, the prices listed can help highlight the precise worth of each player in relation to his peers.
For instance, top-ranked catcher Buster Posey is priced $9 ahead of the backstop pool. Clayton Kershaw ($7 ahead of any starting pitcher) and the top-overall Major Leaguer Mike Trout ($6 ahead of any outfielder) also eclipse their competition by a significant margin despite playing at relatively deep positions.
Top prospects: Built by MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, this list highlights the stars of tomorrow with the best chances of making fantasy-baseball contributions in 2015. As a result of that criterion, players such as MLB.com's top overall prospect Byron Buxton --who is unlikely to make his big league debut until late this season -- did not make the top 10. The Twins' outfielder remains a strong option in dynasty formats, though.
Picks to click: Want fantasy advice from a former big league general manager? The cheat sheet has just that courtesy of current MLB.com analyst Jim Duquette, who shares his favorite breakout picks, comeback candidates and value options.
Worth the price: Straight from the database of MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie (@FredZinkieMLB), this list is comprised of players who should keep you happy all season long. Zinkie has won more fantasy expert leagues than we can count, so trust him.
Buyer beware: These players certainly have value, but Zinkie recommends that they may be getting picked higher than they should in many drafts.
Sleepers: A staple of fantasy-draft season, this list is comprised of players who are poised to break out in 2015. Buy low and enjoy their surprising production all year.
Comeback candidates: For myriad reasons, talented players sometimes have subpar seasons. MLB.com spent all winter examining fallen stars and picked 10 who could resemble their old, superior selves in 2015.
Will help once healthy: Don't let these players slip by simply because they aren't projected to be healthy for Opening Day. The walking wounded often fall further than they should during drafts. A few of these players should be back by mid-April and could end up providing high-round value.