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Top fantasy players by team: 2017 Final Edition

A look at the best fantasy baseball players by team. Who has the best and worst fantasy teams?

All 4 of these Astros finished inside the top 100 overall players in fantasy baseball. Did the Astros finish the year as the best fantasy team?
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Here’s how it goes:
I have listed the top performer by team and their overall rank this year. The * next to the players are additional players on that team who ranked higher than the worst 'best' player.

Here are the results:

Angels-Mike Trout(22)**
Astros-Jose Altuve(2)**********
Athletics-Khris Davis(80)
Mariners-Nelson Cruz(43)***
Rangers-Elvis Andrus(20)*

Indians-Corey Kluber(1)*****
Royals-Whit Merrifield(23)***
Tigers-Nicholas Castellanos(115)
Twins-Brian Dozier(34)**
White Sox-Jose Abreu(32)*

Blue Jays-Roberto Osuna(35)**
Orioles-Jonathan Schoop(55)*
Rays-Alex Colome(46)*
Red Sox-Chris Sale(5)*****
Yankees-Aaron Judge(12)*****

Diamondbacks-Paul Goldschmidt(9)******
Dodgers-Clayton Kershaw(7)*********
Giants-Jeff Samardzija(117)
Padres-Brad Hand(57)*
Rockies-Charlie Blackmon(3)***

Brewers-Corey Knebel(25)****
Cardinals-Tommy Pham(24)**
Cubs-Anthony Rizzo(44)***
Pirates-Felipe Rivero(45)*
Reds-Joey Votto(17)***

Braves-Ender Inciarte(47)*
Marlins-Dee Gordon(6)***
Mets-Jacob deGrom(40)
Nationals-Max Scherzer(4)*********
Phillies-Aaron Nola(94)*

Interesting Findings

  • The Giants took back the honors of having the worst ‘best’ player. Jeff Samardzija finishes the season at #117 overall. This gives him the award for worst ‘best’ player of 2017. He ekes out the win over #115 Nicholas Castellanos. The former Tigers, J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, and Justin Verlander all finished higher than Castellanos but the Detroit third baseman was the best of the players still on the active roster at 2017’s end.
  • Other than the Giants and Tigers, the Athletics (Khris Davis) and Mets (Jacob deGrom) were the only teams with just 1 player inside the top 117. Fun fact, Davis was the worst ‘best’ player in 2016. As for New York, deGrom is the only player they have in the top 117 despite their ace SP finishing #40 overall. The Rangers (Elvis Andrus/Shin-Soo Choo), White Sox (Jose Abreu/Avisail Garcia), Orioles (Jonathan Schoop/Manny Machado), Rays (Alex Colome/Chris Archer), Padres (Brad Hand/Wil Myers), Pirates (Felipe Rivero/Andrew McCutchen), Braves (Ender Inciarte/Freddie Freeman), and Phillies (Aaron Nola/Hector Neris) all had just 2 players inside the top 125. A total of 12 teams had 2 or fewer players better than the Worst ‘Best’ Player. This is up from just 6 teams at the All-Star break.
  • The best fantasy team of 2017 is......... the Houston Astros! 11 Astros finished higher this season than Jeff Samardzija. In fact, all 11 of those Astros finished inside the top 100 overall players! Those 11 players are: Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander, George Springer, Ken Giles, Dallas Keuchel, Alex Bregman, Marwin Gonzalez, Brad Peacock, Carlos Correa, Charlie Morton, and Josh Reddick.
  • The Astros edged out both the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Each of those NL West teams had 10 players inside the top 117.
  • The Tigers and Giants not only had the worst ‘best’ players, they also tied for the worst record in MLB this season. In fact, all 12 teams with 2 or fewer top 117 players finished with a record under .500. The fewest top 117 players on a team that made the postseason is the Twins with 3 players. Maybe fantasy does correlate with real life baseball after all?
  • The National League (61) edged out the American League (56) for most players inside the top 117.

That’s all I’ve got! Leave a comment below letting me know what you found most eye opening about this information. Thanks for the read!