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Week 21 Overall Top 100 Steamer Ranking

The pennant race is heating up, and our seasons also need strong finishes. Check out which players are on the rise.

This inning (and our season) ain't over until it's over.
This inning (and our season) ain't over until it's over.
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Please read the bullet points before you check out the ranking.

  • This is the ranking solely based on Steamer's remainder of the season projection.
  • Projected values are set to match Yahoo! standard auction draft price.
  • The ranking uses Yahoo!'s position eligibility, and LF, CF, and RF are grouped separately.
  • Position scarcity is factored in.
  • The ranking is computer generated, and it include ZERO percent of my person opinion.
  • This is not an absolute ranking by any means. Use this is as a comparison tool.
  • The comments are probably more valuable than rankings itself.
  • This is a bi-weekly series, and check out the Week 19 Ranking here.
  • All stats and projections are up to date as of 8/21/2016
  • Enjoy!

Rank

Ranking Change

Player

Position

Projected Value

Value Change

Comment

1

=

Mike Trout

CF

$ 51

-$ 6

2

+4

Mookie Betts

CF,RF

$ 45

-$ 1

The newly appointed cleanup hitter of the Red Sox is officially the face of MLB. The most likely AL MVP (if the Astros fail make the playoff) is hitting 7 HR with .364 in August. His move down in the batting order will certainly help his RBI production, but he may not run as much just like what happened to Altuve this season.

3

+5

Bryce Harper

CF,RF

$ 45

+$ 1

The reigning MVP has hit 2 HR with .400 in his last 8 games since he came back from a minor injury break, and it looks like the kid is back on the track. Anybody saw this coming?

4

-2

Manny Machado

3B,SS

$ 44

-$ 8

5

-2

Starling Marte

LF,CF

$ 43

-$ 7

6

-1

Paul Goldschmidt

1B

$ 43

-$ 4

7

+3

Charlie Blackmon

LF,CF

$ 41

-$ 2

Maybe his owners aren't so satisfied that Blackmon has only 15 SB so far after stealing 43 last year. At least he is trying hard to appease them by setting his career highs in everything else (21 HR .321 in 109 games) even after missing most of April. He has hit 9 HR with .408 BA this month, and it should help to cheer up his owners little better.

8

-4

Jose Altuve

2B

$ 40

-$ 9

Steamer doesn't think the infield can maintain his power and BA numbers for the rest of the season, and that may be the truth. His 2 HR and 1 SB in August are certainly well below what his owners are expecting, but remember that he also hit league leading 10 doubles with .407 BA.

9

+4

Max Scherzer

SP

$ 39

-$ 1

10

-3

Ryan Braun

LF,RF

$ 39

-$ 7

11

+1

Kris Bryant

3B,LF,RF

$ 39

-$ 3

He is the living proof that the phenomenon called "sophomore jinx" is nothing but a loser's remorse. His 6.6 WAR is already tied his own 2015 number, which he took 31 more games to achieve. Sky is the only limit for this North Side folk hero.

12

-1

Miguel Cabrera

1B

$ 38

-$ 5

13

-4

Buster Posey

C,1B

$ 36

-$ 7

14

=

Anthony Rizzo

1B

$ 35

-$ 5

15

=

Xander Bogaerts

SS

$ 35

-$ 5

16

+7

Andrew Miller

RP

$ 34

+$ 2

Being a team player sometimes can hurt your Fantasy value. Miller certainly doesn't care which inning he pitches in, and Francona is fully exploiting the lefty's team spirit. He is the best reliever in the league without a doubt, but we have to wait little longer until he actually becomes a Fantasy elite.

17

-1

Nolan Arenado

3B

$ 34

-$ 4

18

+14

Kenley Jansen

RP

$ 33

+$ 4

19

-2

Carlos Gonzalez

RF

$ 32

-$ 3

20

+13

Aroldis Chapman

RP

$ 32

+$ 2

21

-2

David Ortiz

1B

$ 32

-$ 3

22

+19

Dellin Betances

RP

$ 31

+$ 4

23

+3

Andrew McCutchen

CF

$ 31

24

-4

Jose Fernandez

SP

$ 30

-$ 3

25

-7

Josh Donaldson

3B

$ 30

-$ 5

26

NEW

Gary Sanchez

C

$ 28

I don't think anybody is talking about A-Rod anymore in Bronx. One of the Yankees rookie sensations is hitting ridiculous 6 HR with .386 since his call-up, and the kid is already hitting 3rd in the batting order. Did I mention that he plays C/DH? He almost certainly can't sustain his current pace (duh), but we are about to witness another Kyle Schwarber type of late season breakout.

27

-2

Francisco Lindor

SS

$ 28

-$ 3

28

-7

Carlos Correa

SS

$ 28

-$ 5

29

+8

Corey Kluber

SP

$ 27

-$ 1

30

+5

Madison Bumgarner

SP

$ 26

-$ 1

31

-1

Hanley Ramirez

1B,LF

$ 26

-$ 4

32

+4

Noah Syndergaard

SP

$ 26

-$ 2

Last Sunday, the nice guys from the Bay Area helped the sophomore pitcher fixing all his problems. I mean literally every single one of them! He pitched beyond 6 inning first time since July 3rd; he threw shutout start first time since May 17th; and he caught two steals, well, first time in his career (his 40 SB-allowed is the most in the league by far. Jimmy Nelson's 22 is 2nd). Does this mean that Thor has overcome all his troubles and ready to pitch like a CY Young again? Or do the Giants, who owns the worst record since the All-Star break, plainly suck? We will find out in about a month and a half.

33

+6

Joey Votto

1B

$ 26

-$ 1

34

-6

Daniel Murphy

1B,2B,3B

$ 25

-$ 5

35

-4

Jonathan Villar

3B,SS

$ 25

-$ 5

36

+7

Chris Sale

SP

$ 25

-$ 1

37

NEW

J.D. Martinez

RF

$ 25

+$ 19

The wait is finally over, and the fruit can't be any sweeter. The slugging outfielder didn't waste any time, and he is hitting 6 HR with .441 in 18 games since his activation.

38

+22

Edwin Encarnacion

1B

$ 25

+$ 2

Edwin has already reached 101 RBI (What is this? 1998 baseball?), and he is obviously leading the pack. His HR is currently sitting at 35, and he has a legit shot to reach 40 HR first time since 2012. He is going to break the Blue Jays' bank account.

39

+9

David Price

SP

$ 24

-$ 1

40

+11

George Springer

CF,RF

$ 24

He is leading the AL in... caught stealing, and he only stole 7 this season (he got caught 9 times. Billy Hamilton, 7). I just wanted to mention this.

41

-1

Stephen Strasburg

SP

$ 24

-$ 3

42

+3

Jean Segura

2B,SS

$ 24

-$ 2

43

-14

Jonathan Lucroy

C,1B

$ 24

-$ 6

44

-20

Christian Yelich

LF,CF

$ 23

-$ 9

45

-1

Adam Jones

CF

$ 23

-$ 3

46

-4

Jose Abreu

1B

$ 23

-$ 3

The Cuban import is finally showing some signs of life in August with 5 HR and .361 BA, but his current 47-16-67-0-.283 season line still can't be any more mediocre.

47

-13

Robinson Cano

2B

$ 22

-$ 7

48

+6

Adrian Beltre

3B

$ 22

-$ 1

He is just... too same. Extremely consistent every month, every year, and he is having another 5 HR .347 month in August. He is just lack of drama, which probably hurts his Fantasy value.

49

-27

Wil Myers

1B,CF

$ 22

-$ 11

50

+44

Billy Hamilton

CF

$ 21

+$ 4

18 SB in 18 games in August. 162 SB pace.

51

+29

Corey Seager

SS

$ 21

+$ 2

52

=

Dee Gordon

2B

$ 21

-$ 3

Since his activation, he stole 9 in 22 games, which translates to 66 SB pace in 162 games. He is still fine, but no one talks about him anymore because his outfield counterpart is simply ruining every league's SB board.

53

+25

Zach Britton

RP

$ 20

+$ 1

Still no ER since April 30th. He makes the Orioles baseball boring to watch.

54

+19

Craig Kimbrel

RP

$ 20

55

+3

Jason Kipnis

2B

$ 19

-$ 3

56

+5

Johnny Cueto

SP

$ 19

-$ 3

57

+14

Trea Turner

2B,CF

$ 19

-$ 1

58

NEW

Jose Ramirez

2B,3B,SS,LF

$ 19

+$ 3

Can a breakout be any more random? After hitting .239/.298/.346 in his first three seasons, the 23-year-old super utility player is leading the Indians to the playoff with his .310/.365/.410 triple slash. He is also the pitcher's nightmare as he hit .381 with RISP, .356 with 2 outs, .350 with 0-2 counts, and freaking .407 with RISP + 2 outs.

59

NEW

Edwin Diaz

RP

$ 19

The newly appointed rookie closer is putting up 16.71 K/9. Just so you know, Betances's K/9 is 15.89.

60

-3

Jon Lester

SP

$ 19

-$ 4

61

+15

Dustin Pedroia

2B

$ 19

62

+5

Clayton Kershaw

SP

$ 19

-$ 3

Kershaw apparently felt 100% during a bullpen session. No one knows yet what that exactly means, but it does sound good.

63

+23

Evan Longoria

3B

$ 19

The veteran 3B is hitting 28 HR with .291, and he is most likely on his way to the best season in his career. His 4.8 WAR is 7th best in the AL.

64

+8

Freddie Freeman

1B

$ 18

-$ 1

65

-19

Justin Upton

LF,CF

$ 18

-$ 7

66

-19

Matt Kemp

LF,RF

$ 18

-$ 7

67

-18

Gregory Polanco

LF,RF

$ 18

-$ 7

68

-18

Rougned Odor

2B

$ 18

-$ 6

69

-6

Ian Desmond

SS,LF,CF

$ 18

-$ 4

The surprising star hasn't homered in his last 22 games, and he has only hit .223 with 2 SB during that span. He certainly needs a stronger finish for his 2nd trial in the free agency.

70

+5

Brian Dozier

2B

$ 18

-$ 1

He hit 11 HR in last 30 days, which is the most in the AL (Yasmany Tomas hit 12). He already tied his career high in HR (28), and his .266 BA is 22 points higher than his previous high. This guy was hitting .202/.294/.329 as of May 31st. Speechless.

71

NEW

Seung Hwan Oh

RP

$ 18

+$ 5

72

-19

Jake Arrieta

SP

$ 18

-$ 6

Arrieta is still good, but we know he is not winning his back to back CY Young this year. His velocity is down, and his K-BB is the worst since he has joined the Cubs. He walked 7 in 5.2 IP in his most recent outing, and his ERA since July 1st is 4.09.

73

+16

Jacob deGrom

SP

$ 17

74

=

Yu Darvish

SP

$ 17

-$ 3

75

+10

Jose Bautista

RF

$ 17

-$ 1

76

-6

Nelson Cruz

RF

$ 17

-$ 3

77

+5

Zack Greinke

SP

$ 17

-$ 2

78

-16

Victor Martinez

1B

$ 17

-$ 5

79

+14

Justin Verlander

SP

$ 17

-$ 1

80

NEW

Carlos Carrasco

SP

$ 17

Well, he had flashed low-to-mid 2.00 ERA while posting near 4.00 FIP all season long, and now his ERA is finally catching up to the reality. He is putting up 6.66 ERA in August, and his velocity barely reaches 94 mph. His breaking balls are at least functioning, which still gets him K, but his fastballs are generating too many long balls.

81

=

Kyle Seager

3B

$ 17

-$ 2

82

NEW

Chris Archer

SP

$ 16

+$ 1

His 10.7 K/9 is leading the AL, and he has pitched better since the beginning of July as he put up 3.22 ERA in 9 games. He is still nothing close to his 2015 form, but he is slowly regaining his velocity, and the better days could be ahead of him.

83

NEW

Lorenzo Cain

CF,RF

$ 16

+$ 5

The Royals are on 15-5 run in August, and their star outfield has helped his team with stellar defensive plays and .324 BA. Of course, the real baseball and Fantasy don't always go together, and Cain hit 0 HR and only 3 SB in August.

84

NEW

Roberto Osuna

RP

$ 16

+$ 2

85

-20

Yadier Molina

C

$ 16

-$ 6

86

-3

Anthony Rendon

2B,3B

$ 16

-$ 3

87

-19

Eric Hosmer

1B

$ 16

-$ 5

88

NEW

Ken Giles

RP

$ 16

+$ 1

The Astros had tried hard not to use their best reliever as the locked-in 9th inning option, but their other relievers simply won't let that happen. The dominant righty is striking out 18.8 per 9 IP since July, and he should be treated as one of the best closers in the game for the rest of the season.

89

-5

Ben Zobrist

2B,LF,RF

$ 16

-$ 3

90

-11

Albert Pujols

1B

$ 15

-$ 4

91

-36

Melky Cabrera

LF

$ 15

-$ 8

92

+6

DJ LeMahieu

2B

$ 15

-$ 2

Can't anybody be more undervalued than this guy? The Rockies 2B is hitting .345 on the year, only behind Altuve, and ridiculous .472 in August (leads the league). 10 HR / 9 SB on the year isn't too exciting, but he has 84 runs. He is a Fantasy asset.

93

+4

Brad Miller

1B,2B,SS,LF,CF

$ 15

-$ 2

The Mariners gave up their 2011 2nd round pick for Nate Karns, who was recently demoted to a bullpen role after posting 4.56 ERA in his 15 starts (more disastrous 8.78 ERA since the demotion). I'm sure they aren't happy to see Miller destroying baseball since the All-Star break with 11 HR in 33 games (SLG .700), and also his 1.8 WAR since the break is 4th in the AL.

94

-4

Tyler Skaggs

SP

$ 15

-$ 3

95

-8

Miguel Sano

3B,RF

$ 15

-$ 3

96

NEW

Masahiro Tanaka

SP

$ 15

+$ 1

97

-38

Ian Kinsler

2B

$ 15

-$ 7

98

NEW

Matt Carpenter

1B,2B,3B

$ 14

+$ 16

Carpenter is finally back, and he is hitting .218/.306/.345 since his return. Well, at least he is healthy.

99

NEW

Carlos Santana

1B

$ 14

100

NEW

Gerrit Cole

SP

$ 14

-$ 1

Fallouts: Mark Trumbo, Josh Harrison, Brandon Belt, Chris Davis, Carlos Beltran, Jackie Bradley Jr., Salvador Perez, J.T. Realmuto, Stephen Piscotty, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Holiday, and Brett Gardner

On the Bubble: Adrian Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, Dallas Keuchel, Adam Eaton, Jameson Taillon, and Danny Duffy