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Fantasy Baseball 2017: Top 250 rest of season rankings

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How far did Madison Bumgarner fall? Is Eric Thames for real? Who is Cody Bellinger?

Where does new Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger end up in my top 250? Should you pick him up? Spoiler: YES!
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Welcome back. Another week, another top 250 update. Let’s jump right in!

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

Quick Hits

  • The big news in the fantasy baseball world over the past 7 days was the Madison Bumgarner dirt bike accident. Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a strained left shoulder. The initial timetable was 6-8 weeks but some reports indicate the recovery could be longer. Bumgarner will thankfully not require surgery and should begin rehab on his shoulder in the coming days. The timetable has the Giants ace out until June. I had Bumgarner as the #3 SP and #14 overall. He drops to SP27 and #118 overall. Fantasy owners will have to stash him on the DL and try their best to compete until he returns. For those whose teams, pitching staff in particular, are looking good so far, I would recommend trying to trade for Bumgarner. The nature of the injury leads me to believe Bumgarner will return to form immediately upon his return. He offers top 5 SP production and that is something impossible to get from the waiver wire.
  • Last week’s update saw a big rise for Jose Ramirez. This week I move him up even further. As I mentioned last week, Ramirez finished last season as a top 50 player in fantasy. This also made him a top 30 hitter. I am now all in on Ramirez and have him ranked inside the top 50. He is top 10 at both 3B and 2B and is also a top 15 OF. Jason Kipnis sees a rise in this week’s update as well. I was a big believer in Kipnis before the season. My current ranking reflects this as he is now back from the DL.
  • Eric Thames continues to rise. He comes in as #131 overall for me. In all honesty, I could have him ranked inside my top 70. He’s been that amazing. His production has been outstanding and we don’t really have any data to support or argue against whether this will continue. The knock against him is the quality of pitchers he has faced so far is not great. He plays in a division where he will face plenty of the Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates later in the year. One could also assume pitchers will eventually figure him out once they accumulate enough data on him. I have him ranked conservatively but am certainly not selling him high. He’s the hottest hitter in fantasy right now and I’m keeping him on my team to see where it goes.
  • Struggling starters Kenta Maeda, Jeff Samardzija, and Felix Hernandez all take major steps back in this update. Maeda has yet to surpass 5 innings pitched and has allowed 17 runs in 19 innings this season, including 7 home runs. The positives are his walk and strikeout per 9 are right in line with last season. His 4 starts have been the Padres, at the Rockies, home to the Diamondbacks, and then at Arizona. Not the best 4 game slate a pitcher could hope for. He drops for me, but I’m optimistic he can figure it out. Samardzija is having an interesting season to say the least. He’s 0-4 and has allowed at least 3 runs in every start, most recently 7 runs at Colorado. Oddly, he’s getting 11.1K/9 which is a career high and nearly 4 more K/9 compare to last year. He has an extensive track record of ending up a 4.00ish ERA guy but it typically has many bad outings sprinkled in. The strikeout rate has me keeping an eye on him though. Hernandez has me worried the most out of this trio. In addition to giving up 6 hits and 4 runs in just 2 innings against the Tigers, King Felix was place on the DL with shoulder inflammation. He’s giving up 13.2 hits per 9 so far. I feel the ERA could be even worse than the 4.72 that is currently is. He may be only 31 years old, but his arm has over 2400 big leagues innings on it. This might be the beginning of the end for the Mariners ace.
  • Cody Bellinger was called up by the Dodgers and he makes his top 250 debut. Pick him up wherever you can. I’m most likely not dropping a top 200 player, but he should be owned in all formats. He’s young, just 21, but he has superstar potential. Between high A and AA over 2015 and 2016, Bellinger totaled 56 HR 174 RBI 18 SB with a .267 AVG. So far in AAA he is hitting .343 with 5 HR and 7 SB. We are talking about a potential 30HR 10SB player. The strikeouts might be there, but Bellinger has shown improved plate discipline recently. He is the real deal. Add Bellinger!

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:

  • Felix Hernandez (see above)
  • Dansby Swanson (over hyped, myself included, hitting just .143 with 1 HR)
  • Keon Broxton (hitting just .169 but has 5 SB)
  • Devon Travis (at least he finally homered)

Hello, Goodbye

The following players are new additions to the top 250:

  • Ervin Santana (couldn’t keep the #1 SP in fantasy out of the top 250)
  • Steven Souza Jr.
  • Ryan Zimmerman (he’s back! maybe? do I trust this?)
  • Ivan Nova
  • Chase Headley
  • Cody Bellinger (see above)
  • Joey Gallo (quickly becoming 1 of my favorites)
  • Jason Heyward

The following players are no longer in my top 250:

  • Carlos Rodon
  • Ryan Schimpf
  • Rajai Davis (slow start and now he’s hurt)
  • Carlos Beltran
  • Domingo Santana
  • J.A. Happ
  • Byron Buxton (still impressively bad)
  • Marcus Semien (wrist surgery and 60 day DL)

See you next week!