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Fantasy Baseball 2017: Top 250 rest of season rankings

Who’s moving up? Who’s dropping down?

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back. We are now roughly two weeks into the 2017 MLB season. Certain players are off to great starts and others are having a tough time getting anything going. How will this affect my top 250?

Quick reminder, this will be updated weekly. I’ll do my best to explain any large rankings changes and feel free to ask player specific questions in the comments. This is your weekly forum to sound off with any fantasy questions you have. I’m here to help you!

Top 250

Rank Last Week Change Player Team Position(s) Pos Rank
Rank Last Week Change Player Team Position(s) Pos Rank
1 1 0 Mike Trout LAA OF OF1
2 2 0 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF 3B1/OF2
3 3 0 Mookie Betts BOS OF OF3
4 4 0 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 1B1
5 7 2 Bryce Harper WAS OF OF4
6 6 0 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B2
7 5 -2 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B1
8 11 3 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP SP1
9 8 -1 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 1B2
10 9 -1 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 1B3
11 10 -1 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 3B3
12 12 0 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS 3B4/SS1
13 13 0 Trea Turner WAS OF/2B OF5/2B2
14 14 0 Charlie Blackmon COL OF OF6
15 15 0 Max Scherzer WAS SP SP2
16 16 0 Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP3
17 17 0 Corey Seager LAD SS SS2
18 18 0 Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B4
19 19 0 Starling Marte PIT OF OF7
20 20 0 Corey Kluber CLE SP SP4
21 21 0 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP SP5
22 23 1 Daniel Murphy WAS 2B/1B 2B3/1B5
23 26 3 Francisco Lindor CLE SS SS3
24 22 -2 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS SS4
25 24 -1 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 1B6
26 25 -1 Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B4
27 27 0 Carlos Correa HOU SS SS5
28 28 0 Jake Arrieta CHC SP SP6
29 29 0 Chris Sale BOS SP SP7
30 30 0 Ryan Braun MIL OF OF8
31 31 0 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF9
32 32 0 George Springer HOU OF OF10
33 33 0 Nelson Cruz SEA OF OF11
34 35 1 Jon Lester CHC SP SP8
35 39 4 Justin Verlander DET SP SP9
36 40 4 Johnny Cueto SF SP SP10
37 41 4 A.J. Pollock ARI OF OF12
38 42 4 Jacob deGrom NYM SP SP11
39 37 -2 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 1B7
40 38 -2 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B5
41 34 -7 Jonathan Villar MIL SS/3B SS6/3B5
42 36 -6 Trevor Story COL SS SS7
43 43 0 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF OF13
44 44 0 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B6
45 45 0 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF OF14
46 46 0 Gregory Polanco PIT OF OF15
47 48 1 Stephen Strasburg WAS SP SP12
48 49 1 Ian Kinsler DET 2B 2B5
49 50 1 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP SP13
50 51 1 Chris Archer TB SP SP14
51 52 1 Wil Myers SD 1B 1B8
52 53 1 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B 1B9
53 54 1 Christian Yelich MIA OF OF16
54 55 1 Yu Darvish TEX SP SP15
55 56 1 Carlos Martinez STL SP SP16
56 58 2 Dee Gordon MIA 2B 2B6
57 59 2 Kenley Jansen LAD RP RP1
58 60 2 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP SP17
59 61 2 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS 2B7/SS8
60 57 -3 Eric Hosmer KC 1B 1B10
61 62 1 Carlos Santana CLE 1B 1B11
62 63 1 Rougned Odor TEX 2B 2B8
63 64 1 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF OF17
64 65 1 Buster Posey SF C C1
65 66 1 Jose Abreu CWS 1B 1B12
66 67 1 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B9
67 68 1 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C C2
68 69 1 Julio Teheran ATL SP SP18
69 70 1 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP SP19
70 71 1 Evan Longoria TB 3B 3B7
71 72 1 Todd Frazier CWS 3B 3B8
72 47 -25 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B9
73 73 0 Stephen Piscotty STL OF OF18
74 74 0 Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF19
75 75 0 Adam Jones BAL OF OF20
76 76 0 Mark Trumbo BAL OF OF21
77 77 0 Justin Upton DET OF OF22
78 78 0 Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF OF23
79 79 0 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF OF24
80 80 0 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP RP2
81 81 0 Zach Britton BAL RP RP3
82 82 0 Matt Kemp ATL OF OF25
83 83 0 Seung Hwan Oh STL RP RP4
84 84 0 Edwin Diaz SEA RP RP5
85 85 0 Jose Quintana CWS SP SP20
86 86 0 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF OF26
87 87 0 Kenta Maeda LAD SP SP21
88 88 0 Aaron Sanchez TOR SP SP22
89 89 0 Gerrit Cole PIT SP SP23
90 90 0 Khris Davis OAK OF OF27
91 91 0 Matt Carpenter STL 3B/2B/1B 3B10/2B10/1B13
92 92 0 Alex Bregman HOU 3B 3B11
93 93 0 Gary Sanchez NYY C C3
94 94 0 Wade Davis CHC RP RP6
95 95 0 Ken Giles HOU RP RP7
96 96 0 Mark Melancon SF RP RP8
97 97 0 Kelvin Herrera KC RP RP9
98 98 0 Roberto Osuna TOR RP RP10
99 99 0 Andrew Miller CLE RP RP11
100 100 0 Cole Hamels TEX SP SP24
101 101 0 Danny Duffy KC SP/RP SP25/RP12
102 103 1 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B11
103 104 1 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B12
104 105 1 Danny Salazar CLE SP SP26
105 106 1 Willson Contreras CHC C/OF C4/OF28
106 107 1 Michael Brantley CLE OF OF29
107 108 1 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF 3B12/OF30
108 109 1 Justin Turner LAD 3B 3B13
109 110 1 J.D. Martinez DET OF OF31
110 111 1 Adam Eaton WAS OF OF32
111 112 1 Zack Greinke ARI SP SP27
112 113 1 John Lackey CHC SP SP28
113 114 1 David Price BOS SP SP29
114 115 1 Rick Porcello BOS SP SP30
115 116 1 Aledmys Diaz STL SS SS9
116 117 1 Chris Davis BAL 1B 1B14
117 118 1 Odubel Herrera PHI OF OF33
118 126 8 Adam Duvall CIN OF OF34
119 125 6 Jake Lamb ARI 3B 3B14
120 127 7 J.T. Realmuto MIA C C5
121 119 -2 Tanner Roark WAS SP SP31
122 120 -2 Michael Fulmer DET SP SP32
123 121 -2 Felix Hernandez SEA SP SP33
124 122 -2 Kevin Gausman BAL SP SP34
125 123 -2 Victor Martinez DET DH DH1
126 124 -2 Addison Russell CHC SS SS10
127 128 1 Alex Colome TB RP RP13
128 129 1 Cody Allen CLE RP RP14
129 130 1 Dallas Keuchel HOU SP SP35
130 102 -28 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 3B15
131 133 2 Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RP15
132 160 28 Jeurys Familia NYM RP RP16
133 134 1 Brandon Belt SF 1B 1B15
134 135 1 Maikel Franco PHI 3B 3B16
135 147 12 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU SP SP36
136 136 0 Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B16
137 137 0 Adrian Gonzalez LAD 1B 1B17
138 138 0 Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF35
139 139 0 Jose Bautista TOR OF OF36
140 140 0 Lorenzo Cain KC OF OF37
141 141 0 Dexter Fowler STL OF OF38
142 131 -11 Matt Shoemaker LAA SP SP37
143 142 -1 Jake Odorizzi TB SP SP38
144 143 -1 Joc Pederson LAD OF OF39
145 144 -1 Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS SS11
146 153 7 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS 3B17/SS12
147 145 -2 Jay Bruce NYM OF OF40
148 132 -16 Mike Napoli TEX 1B 1B18
149 146 -3 Jeff Samardzija SF SP SP39
150 176 26 Matt Harvey NYM SP SP40
151 149 -2 Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS13
152 150 -2 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF OF41
153 151 -2 Carlos Beltran HOU OF OF42
154 152 -2 Javier Baez CHC 3B/2B/SS 3B18/2B13/SS14
155 154 -1 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF 2B14/OF43
156 155 -1 Logan Forsythe LAD 2B 2B15
157 156 -1 Marcus Stroman TOR SP SP41
158 158 0 Randal Grichuk STL OF OF44
159 161 2 Aaron Nola PHI SP SP42
160 162 2 Marco Estrada TOR SP SP43
161 163 2 J.A. Happ TOR SP SP44
162 164 2 Starlin Castro NYY 2B 2B16
163 165 2 Ian Desmond COL OF OF45
164 148 -16 Dansby Swanson ATL SS SS15
165 166 1 Ender Inciarte ATL OF OF46
166 167 1 Curtis Granderson NYM OF OF47
167 168 1 Dellin Betances NYY RP RP17
168 169 1 David Robertson CWS RP RP18
169 170 1 Tony Watson PIT RP RP19
170 171 1 Brandon Crawford SF SS SS16
171 203 32 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B 3B19
172 172 0 Melky Cabrera CWS OF OF48
173 173 0 Rajai Davis OAK OF OF49
174 174 0 Carlos Gomez TEX OF OF50
175 175 0 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF 3B20/OF51
176 177 1 Jon Gray COL SP SP45
177 178 1 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 2B17
178 179 1 Hunter Pence SF OF OF52
179 159 -20 Greg Bird NYY 1B 1B19
180 180 0 Kendrys Morales TOR DH DH2
181 181 0 Brian McCann HOU C C6
182 182 0 Yasmani Grandal LAD C C7
183 183 0 Matt Moore SF SP SP46
184 184 0 Evan Gattis HOU C C8
185 185 0 Salvador Perez KC C C9
186 186 0 Francisco Rodriguez DET RP RP20
187 187 0 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP/SP RP21/SP47
188 188 0 Brad Miller TB SS/1B SS17/1B20
189 189 0 Ryon Healy OAK 3B 3B21
190 190 0 Josh Harrison PIT 2B 2B18
191 191 0 Nomar Mazara TEX OF OF53
192 192 0 Jameson Taillon PIT SP SP48
193 212 19 Drew Pomeranz BOS SP SP49
194 193 -1 Max Kepler MIN OF OF54
195 194 -1 David Dahl COL OF OF55
196 195 -1 Yasiel Puig LAD OF OF56
197 196 -1 Marcus Semien OAK SS SS18
198 198 0 A.J. Ramos MIA RP RP22
199 216 17 Cam Bedrosian LAA RP RP23
200 199 -1 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF OF57
201 251 NR Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 3B22
202 205 3 Jose Peraza CIN SS/OF SS19/OF58
203 219 16 Travis Shaw MIL 3B/1B 3B23/1B21
204 206 2 Keon Broxton MIL OF OF59
205 207 2 Neil Walker NYM 2B 2B19
206 208 2 Devon Travis TOR 2B 2B20
207 209 2 David Peralta ARI OF OF60
208 157 -51 Rich Hill LAD SP SP50
209 210 1 Joe Ross WAS SP SP51
210 211 1 Carlos Rodon CWS SP SP52
211 213 2 Steven Matz NYM SP SP53
212 214 2 Gio Gonzalez WAS SP SP54
213 215 2 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B24
214 217 3 Sean Manaea OAK SP SP55
215 218 3 Brandon Drury ARI 3B/OF 3B25/OF61
216 221 5 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF OF62
217 222 5 Brett Gardner NYY OF OF63
218 223 5 Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP SP56
219 224 5 Taijuan Walker ARI SP SP57
220 225 5 Kendall Graveman OAK SP SP58
221 226 5 Eric Thames MIL OF OF64
222 227 5 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF OF65
223 228 5 Welington Castillo BAL C C10
224 204 -20 Yuli Gurriel HOU 3B 3B26
225 200 -25 Byron Buxton MIN OF OF66
226 202 -24 Vince Velasquez PHI SP SP59
227 229 2 Zach Davies MIL SP SP60
228 231 3 Jeremy Hellickson PHI SP SP61
229 201 -28 Adam Wainwright STL SP SP62
230 232 2 C.J. Cron LAA 1B 1B22
231 234 3 Brandon Phillips ATL 2B 2B21
232 237 5 Chris Owings ARI SS/OF SS20/OF67
233 248 15 Manuel Margot SD OF OF68
234 240 6 Blake Treinen WAS RP RP24
235 220 -15 Michael Conforto NYM OF OF69
236 197 -39 Sam Dyson TEX RP RP25
237 241 4 Dylan Bundy BAL RP/SP RP26/SP63
238 243 5 Aaron Judge NYY OF OF70
239 244 5 Yadier Molina STL C C11
240 324 NR Mitch Haniger SEA OF OF71
241 249 8 Greg Holland COL RP RP27
242 245 3 Sonny Gray OAK SP SP64
243 246 3 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 2B22
244 247 3 Ryan Schimpf SD 2B 2B23
245 267 NR Michael Pineda NYY SP SP65
246 268 NR James Paxton SEA SP SP66
247 269 NR Neftali Feliz MIL RP RP28
248 278 NR Matt Wieters WAS C C12
249 250 1 Addison Reed NYM RP RP29
250 265 NR Hunter Renfroe SD OF OF72

Quick Hits

  • Small changes in my top 100. Guys like Bryce Harper and Francisco Lindor are looking like MVP candidates in their respective leagues. They each move up a few spots to reflect, nothing drastic.
  • Adrian Beltre has yet to take the field for the Texas Rangers this season. The third baseman has been dealing with a calf injury which was recently diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain. He has no clear timetable to return. Rangers assistant GM was quoted in saying it would be ‘weeks, not days’ on Beltre’s return. Texas has been extremely conservative in his rehab. In addition to this, Beltre’s replacement, Joey Gallo, has been playing well, thus providing the Rangers with more reasons to hold the 37 year old out until fully healthy. Beltre was a top 50 player in my rankings in the past but now falls outside the top 70. He certainly has top 50 upside when healthy. The question remains, when will that be?
  • Matt Harvey cracks my top 40 SP in this week’s update. The Mets star pitcher went 5.2 innings with 6 strikeouts on Tuesday against the Phillies. He owns a 2-0 record with a 2.92ERA 0.73WHIP and 10 Ks over 12.1 innings. The big takeaway from these outings is Harvey has remained healthy. His next 3 opponents are division rivals as well, Marlins, Nationals, and Braves. All 3 matchups are favorable for him. As long as he is healthy, I think his performance will back up the ranking.
  • Nick Nicholas Castellanos makes a big jump in this week’s top 250 update. The Tigers third baseman is off to a solid start with 2 HR 6 R and 4 RBI. He was a top 250 player last year hitting .285 with 18 HR in just 110 games. A 30 HR 80 RBI year with a .280 AVG is certainly in the realm of possibility for a player who is still just 25 years old. Maybe he was overlooked in my pre-season rankings?
  • Eugenio Suarez makes his top 250 debut and I’m disappointed in myself for not having him higher to start the year. The Reds third baseman is hitting .375/.474/.656 with 2 HR 7 R and 8 RBI. Last season, he was a top 200 player in fantasy baseball with 21HR and 11SB. The downside was a .248 batting average with a 24.7% K rate and only a 8.1% walk rate. Small sample, but he has 5 walks and 5 strikeouts early on. If he gets better at the plate, the average will rise. This is a perfect start for the 25 year old.

Losing Faith

Here’s a few of players who dropped in the rankings and, if their poor performances continue, could soon be outside my top 250:

  • Rich Hill (another injury)
  • Byron Buxton (3 for 34 with 19 strikeouts) I’m not alone in this
  • Sam Dyson (will he get another save chance? does he deserve it?)

Hello, Goodbye

The following players are new additions to the top 250:

  • Eugenio Suarez (pick him up!)
  • Mitch Haniger (him too)
  • Michael Pineda
  • James Paxton
  • Neftali Feliz
  • Matt Wieters
  • Hunter Renfroe (the Padres actually have good baseball players!).

The following players are no longer in my top 250:

  • Hisashi Iwakuma
  • Collin McHugh
  • Cameron Maybin
  • Kevin Pillar
  • Josh Reddick
  • Garrett Richards
  • Jedd Gyorko

See you next week!