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What’s changed in the Top 250?

Freddie Freeman has been fantastic this season. Does he crack the top 20?
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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 9 0 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 1B2
10 10 0 Charlie Blackmon COL OF OF5
11 11 0 Max Scherzer WAS SP SP2
12 12 0 Trea Turner WAS OF/2B OF6/2B2
13 13 0 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 1B3
14 18 4 Chris Sale BOS SP SP3
15 14 -1 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS 3B3/SS1
16 15 -1 Corey Seager LAD SS SS2
17 16 -1 Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B4
18 19 1 Daniel Murphy WAS 2B/1B 2B3/1B5
19 24 5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 1B6
20 20 0 Francisco Lindor CLE SS SS3
21 22 1 Ryan Braun MIL OF OF7
22 23 1 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 3B4
23 25 2 Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B4
24 33 9 A.J. Pollock ARI OF OF8
25 17 -8 Corey Kluber CLE SP SP4
26 32 6 Nelson Cruz SEA OF OF9
27 31 4 George Springer HOU OF OF10
28 28 0 Jake Arrieta CHC SP SP5
29 29 0 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS SS4
30 35 5 Jacob deGrom NYM SP SP6
31 37 6 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF OF11
32 26 -6 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 1B7
33 34 1 Johnny Cueto SF SP SP7
34 36 2 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B5
35 38 3 Jonathan Villar MIL SS/2B/3B SS5/2B6/3B5
36 27 -9 Carlos Correa HOU SS SS6
37 30 -7 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF12
38 43 5 Christian Yelich MIA OF OF13
39 42 3 Ian Kinsler DET 2B 2B7
40 40 0 Justin Verlander DET SP SP8
41 41 0 Stephen Strasburg WAS SP SP9
42 39 -3 Trevor Story COL SS SS7
43 44 1 Gregory Polanco PIT OF OF14
44 45 1 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B6
45 46 1 Wil Myers SD 1B 1B8
46 47 1 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS 2B8/SS8
47 48 1 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/2B/OF 3B7/2B9/OF15
48 55 7 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF OF16
49 49 0 Jon Lester CHC SP SP10
50 50 0 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP SP11
51 51 0 Chris Archer TB SP SP12
52 52 0 Yu Darvish TEX SP SP13
53 53 0 Carlos Martinez STL SP SP14
54 54 0 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B 1B9
55 56 1 Dee Gordon MIA 2B 2B10
56 57 1 Kenley Jansen LAD RP RP1
57 58 1 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP SP15
58 59 1 Carlos Santana CLE 1B 1B10
59 60 1 Rougned Odor TEX 2B 2B11
60 61 1 Buster Posey SF C C1
61 62 1 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C C2
62 63 1 Evan Longoria TB 3B 3B8
63 64 1 Todd Frazier CWS 3B 3B9
64 65 1 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B12
65 66 1 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B13
66 67 1 Stephen Piscotty STL OF OF17
67 68 1 Khris Davis OAK OF OF18
68 77 9 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP RP2
69 92 23 Zach Britton BAL RP RP3
70 78 8 Wade Davis CHC RP RP4
71 70 -1 Eric Hosmer KC 1B 1B11
72 71 -1 Jose Abreu CWS 1B 1B12
73 72 -1 Adam Jones BAL OF OF19
74 73 -1 Mark Trumbo BAL OF OF20
75 74 -1 Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF21
76 75 -1 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF OF22
77 76 -1 Justin Upton DET OF OF23
78 69 -9 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B10
79 79 0 Matt Kemp ATL OF OF24
80 80 0 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF OF25
81 81 0 Gerrit Cole PIT SP SP16
82 82 0 Julio Teheran ATL SP SP17
83 83 0 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP SP18
84 84 0 Jose Quintana CWS SP SP19
85 85 0 Michael Brantley CLE OF OF26
86 88 2 Aaron Sanchez TOR SP SP20
87 89 2 Matt Carpenter STL 3B/2B/1B 3B11/2B14/1B13
88 90 2 Alex Bregman HOU 3B 3B12
89 102 13 Adam Duvall CIN OF OF27
90 103 13 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF OF28
91 104 13 J.D. Martinez DET OF OF29
92 101 9 Odubel Herrera PHI OF OF30
93 131 38 Eric Thames MIL OF/1B OF31/1B14
94 137 43 Jay Bruce NYM OF OF32
95 140 45 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF 3B13/OF33
96 142 46 Ian Desmond COL OF OF34
97 122 25 Dallas Keuchel HOU SP SP21
98 112 14 Jake Lamb ARI 3B 3B14
99 108 9 Justin Turner LAD 3B 3B15
100 113 13 J.T. Realmuto MIA C C3
101 86 -15 Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF OF35
102 87 -15 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF OF36
103 117 14 Addison Russell CHC SS SS9
104 91 -13 Danny Duffy KC SP/RP SP22/RP5
105 94 -11 Ken Giles HOU RP RP6
106 95 -11 Mark Melancon SF RP RP7
107 96 -11 Kelvin Herrera KC RP RP8
108 115 7 Cody Allen CLE RP RP9
109 116 7 Jeurys Familia NYM RP RP10
110 98 -12 Roberto Osuna TOR RP RP11
111 99 -12 Andrew Miller CLE RP RP12
112 114 2 Alex Colome TB RP RP13
113 97 -16 Edwin Diaz SEA RP RP14
114 106 -8 Danny Salazar CLE SP SP23
115 109 -6 Zack Greinke ARI SP SP24
116 119 3 Tanner Roark WAS SP SP25
117 120 3 Michael Fulmer DET SP SP26
118 121 3 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU SP SP27
119 110 -9 John Lackey CHC SP SP28
120 125 5 Gary Sanchez NYY C C4
121 111 -10 Aledmys Diaz STL SS SS10
122 93 -29 Seung Hwan Oh STL RP RP15
123 127 4 Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RP16
124 123 -1 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B15
125 124 -1 Chris Davis BAL 1B 1B15
126 107 -19 Willson Contreras CHC C/OF C5/OF37
127 128 1 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 3B16
128 129 1 Brandon Belt SF 1B 1B16
129 130 1 Maikel Franco PHI 3B 3B17
130 118 -12 Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP29
131 133 2 Rick Porcello BOS SP SP30
132 134 2 Lorenzo Cain KC OF OF38
133 135 2 Dexter Fowler STL OF OF39
134 136 2 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS 3B18/SS11
135 139 4 Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS12
136 141 5 Nomar Mazara TEX OF OF40
137 143 6 Starlin Castro NYY 2B 2B16
138 144 6 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B 3B19
139 145 6 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 2B17
140 146 6 Marcus Stroman TOR SP SP31
141 147 6 Marco Estrada TOR SP SP32
142 148 6 Matt Shoemaker LAA SP SP33
143 149 6 Kenta Maeda LAD SP SP34
144 186 42 Aaron Judge NYY OF OF41
145 150 5 Victor Martinez DET DH DH1
146 138 -8 Matt Harvey NYM SP SP35
147 156 9 Jake Odorizzi TB SP SP36
148 126 -22 Kevin Gausman BAL SP SP37
149 132 -17 Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B17
150 151 1 Adrian Gonzalez LAD 1B 1B18
151 152 1 Mike Napoli TEX 1B 1B19
152 153 1 Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF42
153 154 1 Jose Bautista TOR OF OF43
154 155 1 Randal Grichuk STL OF OF44
155 157 2 Ender Inciarte ATL OF OF45
156 159 3 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 3B20
157 161 4 Brad Miller TB SS/1B/2B SS13/1B20/2B18
158 162 4 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B21
159 238 79 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B 1B21
160 164 4 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP/SP RP17/SP38
161 165 4 Mitch Haniger SEA OF OF46
162 163 1 Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS SS14
163 166 3 Yasmani Grandal LAD C C6
164 167 3 Salvador Perez KC C C7
165 168 3 Melky Cabrera CWS OF OF47
166 169 3 Carlos Gomez TEX OF OF48
167 170 3 Dellin Betances NYY RP RP18
168 171 3 David Robertson CWS RP RP19
169 172 3 Tony Watson PIT RP RP20
170 173 3 Kendrys Morales TOR DH DH2
171 174 3 Jameson Taillon PIT SP SP39
172 175 3 Drew Pomeranz BOS SP SP40
173 176 3 Max Kepler MIN OF OF49
174 177 3 James Paxton SEA SP SP41
175 191 16 Chris Owings ARI SS/OF SS15/OF50
176 202 26 Josh Harrison PIT 2B/3B 2B19/3B22
177 203 26 Michael Conforto NYM OF OF51
178 160 -18 Jose Peraza CIN SS/2B/OF SS16/2B20/OF52
179 178 -1 Brandon Crawford SF SS SS17
180 158 -22 Hunter Pence SF OF OF53
181 179 -2 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF 2B21/OF54
182 180 -2 Joc Pederson LAD OF OF55
183 182 -1 David Price BOS SP SP42
184 183 -1 A.J. Ramos MIA RP RP21
185 184 -1 Francisco Rodriguez DET RP RP22
186 185 -1 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF OF56
187 187 0 Taijuan Walker ARI SP SP43
188 188 0 Brian McCann HOU C C8
189 189 0 Travis Shaw MIL 3B/1B 3B23/1B22
190 243 53 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B 1B23
191 190 -1 Manuel Margot SD OF OF57
192 226 34 Ervin Santana MIN SP SP44
193 193 0 Javier Baez CHC 3B/2B/SS 3B24/2B22/SS18
194 21 -173 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP SP45
195 192 -3 Yasiel Puig LAD OF OF58
196 181 -15 Aaron Nola PHI SP SP46
197 194 -3 Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP SP47
198 195 -3 Jon Gray COL SP SP48
199 196 -3 Evan Gattis HOU C C9
200 197 -3 Sean Manaea OAK SP SP49
201 199 -2 Luis Severino NYY SP/RP SP50/RP23
202 230 28 Greg Holland COL RP RP24
203 200 -3 Jeff Samardzija SF SP SP51
204 201 -3 Ryon Healy OAK 3B 3B25
205 205 0 Brandon Phillips ATL 2B 2B23
206 206 0 Neil Walker NYM 2B 2B24
207 208 1 Curtis Granderson NYM OF OF59
208 229 21 Matt Wieters WAS C C10
209 209 0 Rich Hill LAD SP SP52
210 211 1 Brandon Drury ARI 3B/2B/OF 3B26/2B25/OF60
211 212 1 Gio Gonzalez WAS SP SP53
212 214 2 Matt Moore SF SP SP54
213 223 10 Dylan Bundy BAL RP/SP RP25/SP55
214 215 1 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF OF61
215 216 1 Brett Gardner NYY OF OF62
216 237 21 Avisail Garcia CWS OF OF63
217 217 0 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 2B26
218 218 0 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF OF64
219 219 0 Dansby Swanson ATL SS SS19
220 221 1 Michael Pineda NYY SP SP56
221 222 1 Yuli Gurriel HOU 3B/1B 3B27/1B24
222 220 -2 Welington Castillo BAL C C11
223 233 10 Steven Souza Jr. TB OF OF65
224 227 3 Vince Velasquez PHI SP SP57
225 228 3 Felix Hernandez SEA SP SP58
226 231 5 Kendall Graveman OAK SP SP59
227 210 -17 Steven Matz NYM SP SP60
228 213 -15 Jeremy Hellickson PHI SP SP61
229 224 -5 Matt Bush TEX RP RP26
230 225 -5 Cam Bedrosian LAA RP RP27
231 232 1 Neftali Feliz MIL RP RP28
232 242 10 Chase Headley NYY 3B 3B28
233 245 12 Sonny Gray OAK SP SP62
234 234 0 Hunter Renfroe SD OF OF66
235 235 0 Logan Forsythe LAD 2B 2B27
236 236 0 Asdrubal Cabrera NYM SS SS20
237 239 2 Corey Dickerson TB OF OF67
238 240 2 Yadier Molina STL C C12
239 241 2 Ivan Nova PIT SP SP63
240 247 7 Yangervis Solarte SD 3B/2B 3B29/2B28
241 105 -136 Cole Hamels TEX SP SP64
242 244 2 Joey Gallo TEX 3B 3B30
243 204 -39 David Dahl COL OF OF68
244 248 4 Zach Davies MIL SP SP65
245 250 5 Devon Travis TOR 2B 2B29
246 246 0 Jason Heyward CHC OF OF69
247 249 2 Keon Broxton MIL OF OF70
248 NR N/A Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/3B/SS 2B30/3B31/SS21
249 NR N/A Mike Leake STL SP SP66
250 NR N/A Aaron Altherr PHI OF OF71

Quick Hits

  • We had more star pitchers hit the DL over the past week. Noah Syndergaard is certainly to be the worst of them all. Syndergaard left Sunday’s start against the Nationals after just 1.1 innings. We have since then found out he suffered a tear to his right lat muscle. The timetable for return is 3 months. Syndergaard drops to SP #45 and overall player #194. The Mets ace is a top 5 fantasy pitcher when healthy but his owners will be without him for much of the season now. The nature of the injury is very troublesome. I fear re-injury or set back after set back during his rehab. I’m not dropping him, but I wouldn’t judge you if you had to. Stash him on your DL for now and hope these injuries stop!
  • In addition to Syndergaard, fantasy owners also lost both Corey Kluber and Cole Hamels to the DL. Kluber hit the DL after leaving his start with lower back issues. This does not seem too serious and the Indians are simply allowing their ace to fully heal. He should return in 10 days or soon thereafter. He drops slightly in my rankings, just behind some hitters I have more trust in. Hamels was scratched before his Tuesday start. He was diagnosed with a strained right oblique and will miss roughly 8 weeks. This is a bigger blow to the Rangers than fantasy owners. Hamels was a solid #3 fantasy starter but he had shown signs of declining skills recently. His strikeouts were way down this season and his walks were up going back to the 2nd half of last season even. He hardly remains in my top 250 and he could fall outside that range if a few more SP just on the outside emerge. Put him in your DL if you have room but he is no longer a must own pitcher.
  • Let’s shift this towards more positive news. Freddie Freeman is now top 20! I said he belongs there after showing last year’s power surge was legit, but his walk rate is helping his case even further. It was tough to squeeze him in there though. A.J. Pollock jumped into the top 25 and the top 10 at OF. A month’s worth of elite production will do that. Eric Thames, Jay Bruce, Miguel Sano, and Ian Desmond all move up roughly 40 spots each and inside the top 100. Sano’s K rate is almost the same, but the walk rate is up. The Twins offense is much better than expected as well which has led to the high number of RBI for him. Bruce is a historically streaking player. Perhaps even the definition of streaky. He looks great right now. His walks are tad bit up which has helped the batting average. He’s as reliable as they come for 30 HR 90 RBI and he has 6 games at 1B. Desmond was a top 100 player before his injury. He is healthy now and, to top it off, David Dahl is not. Desmond should get the majority of the playing time between him, Mark Reynolds, and Gerardo Parra.
  • Aaron Judge and Ryan Zimmerman both make huge leaps in this update. One could certainly justify having them both inside the top 100. I’m not there yet. Judge is now player #144 and OF #41. Zimmerman is player #159 and 1B #21. This may seem low, but considering they were both outside my top 250 before the season (like you saw this coming) I think having both around top 150 is fair. The downside with them still exists. Judge played 27 games last season with a .179 AVG and 44% K rate. Let’s just be realistic with the hot starting rookie. Zimmerman’s concern is health. He has played just 90 games on average over the past 3 years. If you guaranteed me 150 games of Zimmerman, he’s a no doubter top 50 player.
  • David Dahl still has yet to return from injury. On Sunday, the Rockies general manger Jeff Bridich was hopeful Dahl was a week or so away from playing in [minor league] games. Tuesday, Bud Black told MLB Network that Dahl was “still a ways away”. The return of Ian Desmond along with the solid play of Mark Reynolds makes playing time an issue for Dahl once he is healthy enough to rejoin the Rockies. He has 20/20 potential when healthy and obviously has the best hitting environment a batter can ask for, but he’s getting harder and harder to stash and wait.

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:

  • Cole Hamels (see above)
  • David Dahl (see above)
  • Jermey Hellickson (recently rock by the Cubs. I didn’t know a 3.4 K/9 was possible!)

Hello, Goodbye

The following players are new additions to the top 250:

  • Jedd Gyorko
  • Mike Leake
  • Aaron Altherr (widely available)

The following players are no longer in my top 250:

  • Joe Ross (sent to minors)
  • Adam Eaton (out for season)
  • Greg Bird (really bad start and now he’s hurt)

See you next week!