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Fantasy Baseball 2017: Top 250 rest of season rankings

Your weekly Top 250 update

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Welcome back. Another week, another top 250 update. We are starting to see if hot starts are legit and if struggling players figured it out.

Quick reminder, these rankings are for standard 5x5 rotisserie. 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 5 0 Bryce Harper WAS OF OF4
6 6 0 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B2
7 7 0 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B1
8 8 0 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP SP1
9 9 0 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 1B2
10 10 0 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 1B3
11 12 1 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS 3B3/SS1
12 14 2 Charlie Blackmon COL OF OF5
13 15 2 Max Scherzer WAS SP SP2
14 16 2 Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP3
15 13 -2 Trea Turner WAS OF/2B OF6/2B2
16 11 -5 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 3B4
17 17 0 Corey Seager LAD SS SS2
18 18 0 Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B4
19 20 1 Corey Kluber CLE SP SP4
20 21 1 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP SP5
21 22 1 Daniel Murphy WAS 2B/1B 2B3/1B5
22 23 1 Francisco Lindor CLE SS SS3
23 29 6 Chris Sale BOS SP SP6
24 30 6 Ryan Braun MIL OF OF7
25 25 0 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 1B6
26 26 0 Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B4
27 39 12 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 1B7
28 27 -1 Carlos Correa HOU SS SS4
29 28 -1 Jake Arrieta CHC SP SP7
30 24 -6 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS SS5
31 31 0 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF8
32 32 0 George Springer HOU OF OF9
33 33 0 Nelson Cruz SEA OF OF10
34 34 0 Jon Lester CHC SP SP8
35 35 0 Justin Verlander DET SP SP9
36 36 0 Johnny Cueto SF SP SP10
37 37 0 A.J. Pollock ARI OF OF11
38 38 0 Jacob deGrom NYM SP SP11
39 40 1 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B5
40 41 1 Jonathan Villar MIL SS/2B/3B SS6/2B6/3B5
41 42 1 Trevor Story COL SS SS7
42 43 1 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF OF12
43 44 1 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B6
44 45 1 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF OF13
45 46 1 Gregory Polanco PIT OF OF14
46 47 1 Stephen Strasburg WAS SP SP12
47 48 1 Ian Kinsler DET 2B 2B7
48 49 1 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP SP13
49 50 1 Chris Archer TB SP SP14
50 51 1 Wil Myers SD 1B 1B8
51 52 1 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B 1B9
52 53 1 Christian Yelich MIA OF OF15
53 54 1 Yu Darvish TEX SP SP15
54 55 1 Carlos Martinez STL SP SP16
55 56 1 Dee Gordon MIA 2B 2B8
56 57 1 Kenley Jansen LAD RP RP1
57 58 1 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP SP17
58 59 1 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS 2B9/SS8
59 61 2 Carlos Santana CLE 1B 1B10
60 73 13 Stephen Piscotty STL OF OF16
61 62 1 Rougned Odor TEX 2B 2B10
62 63 1 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF OF17
63 64 1 Buster Posey SF C C1
64 67 3 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C C2
65 70 5 Evan Longoria TB 3B 3B7
66 71 5 Todd Frazier CWS 3B 3B8
67 66 -1 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B11
68 72 4 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B9
69 60 -9 Eric Hosmer KC 1B 1B11
70 65 -5 Jose Abreu CWS 1B 1B12
71 74 3 Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF18
72 75 3 Adam Jones BAL OF OF19
73 76 3 Mark Trumbo BAL OF OF20
74 79 5 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF OF21
75 77 2 Justin Upton DET OF OF22
76 80 4 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP RP2
77 82 5 Matt Kemp ATL OF OF23
78 86 8 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF OF24
79 90 11 Khris Davis OAK OF OF25
80 68 -12 Julio Teheran ATL SP SP18
81 69 -12 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP SP19
82 85 3 Jose Quintana CWS SP SP20
83 106 23 Michael Brantley CLE OF OF26
84 107 23 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/2B/OF 3B10/2B12/OF27
85 78 -7 Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF OF28
86 87 1 Kenta Maeda LAD SP SP21
87 88 1 Aaron Sanchez TOR SP SP22
88 89 1 Gerrit Cole PIT SP SP23
89 91 2 Matt Carpenter STL 3B/2B/1B 3B11/2B13/1B13
90 92 2 Alex Bregman HOU 3B 3B12
91 94 3 Wade Davis CHC RP RP3
92 101 9 Danny Duffy KC SP/RP SP24/RP4
93 102 9 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B14
94 81 -13 Zach Britton BAL RP RP5
95 83 -12 Seung Hwan Oh STL RP RP6
96 95 -1 Ken Giles HOU RP RP7
97 96 -1 Mark Melancon SF RP RP8
98 97 -1 Kelvin Herrera KC RP RP9
99 84 -15 Edwin Diaz SEA RP RP10
100 98 -2 Roberto Osuna TOR RP RP11
101 99 -2 Andrew Miller CLE RP RP12
102 100 -2 Cole Hamels TEX SP SP25
103 103 0 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B15
104 104 0 Danny Salazar CLE SP SP26
105 105 0 Willson Contreras CHC C/OF C3/OF29
106 108 2 Justin Turner LAD 3B 3B13
107 109 2 J.D. Martinez DET OF OF30
108 110 2 Adam Eaton WAS OF OF31
109 111 2 Zack Greinke ARI SP SP27
110 112 2 John Lackey CHC SP SP28
111 115 4 Aledmys Diaz STL SS SS9
112 117 5 Odubel Herrera PHI OF OF32
113 118 5 Adam Duvall CIN OF OF33
114 119 5 Jake Lamb ARI 3B 3B14
115 120 5 J.T. Realmuto MIA C C4
116 152 36 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF OF34
117 116 -1 Chris Davis BAL 1B 1B14
118 93 -25 Gary Sanchez NYY C C5
119 129 10 Dallas Keuchel HOU SP SP29
120 121 1 Tanner Roark WAS SP SP30
121 122 1 Michael Fulmer DET SP SP31
122 123 1 Felix Hernandez SEA SP SP32
123 124 1 Kevin Gausman BAL SP SP33
124 126 2 Addison Russell CHC SS SS10
125 127 2 Alex Colome TB RP RP13
126 128 2 Cody Allen CLE RP RP14
127 131 4 Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RP15
128 132 4 Jeurys Familia NYM RP RP16
129 130 1 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 3B15
130 133 3 Brandon Belt SF 1B 1B15
131 134 3 Maikel Franco PHI 3B 3B16
132 135 3 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU SP SP34
133 136 3 Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B16
134 114 -20 Rick Porcello BOS SP SP35
135 140 5 Lorenzo Cain KC OF OF35
136 141 5 Dexter Fowler STL OF OF36
137 146 9 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS 3B17/SS11
138 147 9 Jay Bruce NYM OF OF37
139 149 10 Jeff Samardzija SF SP SP36
140 150 10 Matt Harvey NYM SP SP37
141 151 10 Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS12
142 175 33 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF 3B18/OF38
143 191 48 Nomar Mazara TEX OF OF39
144 142 -2 Matt Shoemaker LAA SP SP38
145 145 0 Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS SS13
146 125 -21 Victor Martinez DET DH DH1
147 137 -10 Adrian Gonzalez LAD 1B 1B17
148 148 0 Mike Napoli TEX 1B 1B18
149 138 -11 Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF40
150 139 -11 Jose Bautista TOR OF OF41
151 154 3 Javier Baez CHC 3B/2B/SS 3B19/2B16/SS14
152 155 3 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF 2B17/OF42
153 156 3 Logan Forsythe LAD 2B 2B18
154 158 4 Randal Grichuk STL OF OF43
155 162 7 Starlin Castro NYY 2B 2B19
156 157 1 Marcus Stroman TOR SP SP39
157 159 2 Aaron Nola PHI SP SP40
158 160 2 Marco Estrada TOR SP SP41
159 113 -46 David Price BOS SP SP42
160 143 -17 Jake Odorizzi TB SP SP43
161 163 2 Ian Desmond COL OF OF44
162 165 3 Ender Inciarte ATL OF OF45
163 170 7 Brandon Crawford SF SS SS15
164 171 7 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B 3B20
165 177 12 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 2B20
166 178 12 Hunter Pence SF OF OF46
167 201 34 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 3B21
168 202 34 Jose Peraza CIN SS/2B/OF SS16/2B21/OF47
169 179 10 Greg Bird NYY 1B 1B19
170 187 17 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP/SP RP17/SP44
171 240 69 Mitch Haniger SEA OF OF48
172 221 49 Eric Thames MIL OF/1B OF49/1B20
173 144 -29 Joc Pederson LAD OF OF50
174 172 -2 Melky Cabrera CWS OF OF51
175 173 -2 Rajai Davis OAK OF OF52
176 174 -2 Carlos Gomez TEX OF OF53
177 167 -10 Dellin Betances NYY RP RP18
178 168 -10 David Robertson CWS RP RP19
179 169 -10 Tony Watson PIT RP RP20
180 161 -19 J.A. Happ TOR SP SP45
181 164 -17 Dansby Swanson ATL SS SS17
182 188 6 Brad Miller TB SS/1B/2B SS18/1B21/2B22
183 180 -3 Kendrys Morales TOR DH DH2
184 192 8 Jameson Taillon PIT SP SP46
185 193 8 Drew Pomeranz BOS SP SP47
186 194 8 Max Kepler MIN OF OF54
187 196 9 Yasiel Puig LAD OF OF55
188 198 10 A.J. Ramos MIA RP RP21
189 199 10 Cam Bedrosian LAA RP RP22
190 186 -4 Francisco Rodriguez DET RP RP23
191 200 9 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF OF56
192 182 -10 Yasmani Grandal LAD C C6
193 185 -8 Salvador Perez KC C C7
194 238 44 Aaron Judge NYY OF OF57
195 219 24 Taijuan Walker ARI SP SP48
196 181 -15 Brian McCann HOU C C8
197 176 -21 Jon Gray COL SP SP49
198 183 -15 Matt Moore SF SP SP50
199 184 -15 Evan Gattis HOU C C9
200 203 3 Travis Shaw MIL 3B/1B 3B22/1B22
201 209 8 Joe Ross WAS SP SP51
202 212 10 Gio Gonzalez WAS SP SP52
203 213 10 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B23
204 189 -15 Ryon Healy OAK 3B 3B24
205 190 -15 Josh Harrison PIT 2B 2B23
206 195 -11 David Dahl COL OF OF58
207 197 -10 Marcus Semien OAK SS SS19
208 233 25 Manuel Margot SD OF OF59
209 204 -5 Keon Broxton MIL OF OF60
210 246 36 James Paxton SEA SP SP53
211 205 -6 Neil Walker NYM 2B 2B24
212 166 -46 Curtis Granderson NYM OF OF61
213 208 -5 Rich Hill LAD SP SP54
214 211 -3 Steven Matz NYM SP SP55
215 214 -1 Sean Manaea OAK SP SP56
216 215 -1 Brandon Drury ARI 3B/2B/OF 3B25/2B25/OF62
217 231 14 Brandon Phillips ATL 2B 2B26
218 216 -2 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF OF63
219 217 -2 Brett Gardner NYY OF OF64
220 218 -2 Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP SP57
221 232 11 Chris Owings ARI SS/OF SS20/OF65
222 243 21 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 2B27
223 222 -1 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF OF66
224 235 11 Michael Conforto NYM OF OF67
225 223 -2 Welington Castillo BAL C C10
226 245 19 Michael Pineda NYY SP SP58
227 224 -3 Yuli Gurriel HOU 3B/1B 3B26/1B23
228 226 -2 Vince Velasquez PHI SP SP59
229 228 -1 Jeremy Hellickson PHI SP SP60
230 237 7 Dylan Bundy BAL RP/SP RP24/SP61
231 248 17 Matt Wieters WAS C C11
232 239 7 Yadier Molina STL C C12
233 241 8 Greg Holland COL RP RP25
234 210 -24 Carlos Rodon CWS SP SP62
235 242 7 Sonny Gray OAK SP SP63
236 220 -16 Kendall Graveman OAK SP SP64
237 244 7 Ryan Schimpf SD 2B/3B 2B28/3B27
238 247 9 Neftali Feliz MIL RP RP26
239 250 11 Hunter Renfroe SD OF OF68
240 325 85 Corey Dickerson TB OF OF69
241 274 33 Asdrubal Cabrera NYM SS SS21
242 365 123 Avisail Garcia CWS OF OF70
243 362 119 Luis Severino NYY SP/RP SP65/RP27
244 153 -91 Carlos Beltran HOU OF OF71
245 260 15 Domingo Santana MIL OF OF72
246 318 72 Yangervis Solarte SD 3B/2B 3B28/2B29
247 227 -20 Zach Davies MIL SP SP66
248 225 -23 Byron Buxton MIN OF OF73
249 206 -43 Devon Travis TOR 2B 2B30
250 353 103 Matt Bush TEX RP RP28

Quick Hits

  • Bye-bye Starling Marte. The Pirates outfielder was suspended 80 games by MLB for the use of PEDs. I cover the topic in depth here. In short, Marte is out after the All-Star break and will only be giving his owners 69 games at the most upon his return. I just don’t see him providing enough value to hold out to that long if you don’t have the luxury of a deep bench. I’d much rather have hot hitting outfielders and if Marte is the guy you’re forced to drop to acquire them, then so be it. I’m holding him if I can, but he is certainly droppable.
  • A pair of Indians players move up 23 spots a piece in this top 250 update. Michael Brantley has looked great (.286 2HR 2SB 7R 9RBI) and has looked healthy doing so. Cleveland has been giving him a day off here and there, but Brantley will continue to get more playing time. Health is still an issue, but for now he is easily a top 100 player. Brantley’s teammate, Jose Ramirez, has been even better. Ramirez is hitting .345 with 4HR 9R 16RBI and 1SB. He also added 2B eligibility. Ramirez come out of nowhere last season and finished a top 50 player. So far, he is proving not to be a fluke.
  • The group of hot hitting outfielders I was referring to early continued their hot starts. This obviously includes guys like Mitch Haniger, Eric Thames, and Aaron Judge. This also includes more readily available players like Manuel Margot, Corey Dickerson, Avisail Garcia, and Domingo Santana. I would take all of these high upside guys over the question mark of Marte.
  • The struggle is starting to get real for certain veteran players. Some I’m more concerned about than other but a handful have dropped in this rankings update. Victor Martinez, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson, and Carlos Beltran have all dropped rather significantly. This trend will only continue if their struggles continue and other, younger players around them continue to flourish. None of them drop outside my top 250, but you’ve been warned.
  • Relief pitcher continues to be the most fluid position to rank each week. The top 10 remains the same, but the players have shifted inside that group of 10. Zach Britton (injury), Seung Hwan Oh (8.10ERA), and Edwin Diaz (6.35ERA) all drop. I’m not overly concerned with any of them though. New Rangers closer Matt Bush joins the fray. Bush offers a high potential with 10 Ks through 5.2 innings so far. Blake Treinen drops out of the top 250 after seemingly losing his closer job for the Nationals. Addison Reed unfortunately loses his Mets closing gig with the return of Jeurys Familia and is no longer a top 250 option as well. Here’s hoping Reed manages to get the job back somehow.

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:

  • Byron Buxton (4 for 49 with 24 strikeouts) impressively bad
  • Zach Davies (1-2 with a 8.24 ERA) he started bad last year though
  • Devon Travis (.104 AVG with no extra base hits) he, like most Blue Jays, isn’t good right now

Hello, Goodbye

The following players are new additions to the top 250:

  • Corey Dickerson
  • Asdrubal Cabrera
  • Avisail Garcia
  • Luis Severino (36% K rate with a 13.5 K/BB)
  • Domingo Santana
  • Yangervis Solarte
  • Matt Bush

The following players are no longer in my top 250:

  • Starling Marte
  • C.J. Cron
  • Adam Wainwright
  • David Peralta
  • Blake Treinen
  • Addison Reed
  • Sam Dyson

See you next week!