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Fantasy Baseball 2017: Rest of Season Rankings

Big update to the Top 250 this week with a new #1 overall player and 11 new names!

Both Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin crack the Top 250 this week. Where did they end up and what do I expect going forward?
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Welcome back! Posting these rankings weekly sometimes results in weeks where there isn’t much change. Every so often I’m gifted more free time to take a closer look and update them more thoroughly. This was 1 of those weeks. Let’s dive right in to this week’s HUGE Top 250 update.

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 3 2 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 1B1
2 1 -1 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF 3B1/OF1
3 2 -1 Bryce Harper WAS OF OF2
4 5 1 Charlie Blackmon COL OF OF3
5 4 -1 Mookie Betts BOS OF OF4
6 6 0 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B1
7 8 1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B2
8 7 -1 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP SP1
9 9 0 Max Scherzer WAS SP SP2
10 10 0 Chris Sale BOS SP SP3
11 13 2 Trea Turner WAS 2B/SS/OF 2B2/SS1/OF5
12 14 2 Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B2
13 15 2 Daniel Murphy WAS 2B/1B 2B3/1B3
14 24 10 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 3B3
15 12 -3 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 1B4
16 16 0 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 1B5
17 11 -6 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS 3B4/SS2
18 18 0 Corey Seager LAD SS SS3
19 20 1 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS SS4
20 21 1 Carlos Correa HOU SS SS5
21 19 -2 Francisco Lindor CLE SS SS6
22 22 0 Nelson Cruz SEA OF OF6
23 23 0 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF OF7
24 28 4 Wil Myers SD 1B 1B6
25 17 -8 George Springer HOU OF OF8
26 25 -1 Corey Kluber CLE SP SP4
27 27 0 Stephen Strasburg WAS SP SP5
28 29 1 Chris Archer TB SP SP6
29 30 1 Zack Greinke ARI SP SP7
30 31 1 Yu Darvish TEX SP SP8
31 37 6 Carlos Martinez STL SP SP9
32 33 1 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF 3B5/OF9
33 26 -7 Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B4
34 35 1 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B5
35 32 -3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP SP10
36 42 6 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP SP11
37 43 6 Jon Lester CHC SP SP12
38 38 0 Johnny Cueto SF SP SP13
39 44 5 Kenley Jansen LAD RP RP1
40 45 5 Buster Posey SF C/1B C1/1B7
41 75 34 Aaron Judge NYY OF OF10
42 36 -6 Jake Arrieta CHC SP SP14
43 34 -9 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/2B/OF 3B6/2B6/OF11
44 54 10 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF OF12
45 55 10 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF OF13
46 57 11 Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RP2
47 46 -1 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP SP15
48 67 19 Adam Duvall CIN OF OF14
49 77 28 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF OF15
50 40 -10 J.D. Martinez DET OF OF16
51 51 0 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B7
52 76 24 Jake Lamb ARI 3B 3B8
53 53 0 Dee Gordon MIA 2B 2B7
54 81 27 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP RP3
55 56 1 Wade Davis CHC RP RP4
56 87 31 Gary Sanchez NYY C C2
57 47 -10 Michael Conforto NYM OF OF17
58 52 -6 Jose Abreu CWS 1B 1B8
59 73 14 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 1B9/OF18
60 64 4 Ian Desmond COL OF/1B OF19/1B10
61 50 -11 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 1B11
62 48 -14 A.J. Pollock ARI OF OF20
63 66 3 Khris Davis OAK OF OF21
64 74 10 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B 1B12
65 58 -7 Ian Kinsler DET 2B 2B8
66 78 12 Eric Hosmer KC 1B 1B13
67 69 2 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B9
68 61 -7 Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF22
69 39 -30 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF23
70 70 0 Evan Longoria TB 3B 3B10
71 41 -30 Justin Verlander DET SP SP16
72 103 31 Starlin Castro NYY 2B 2B9
73 96 23 Jay Bruce NYM OF OF24
74 91 17 Luis Severino NYY SP/RP SP17/RP5
75 92 17 Michael Pineda NYY SP SP18
76 85 9 Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS7
77 68 -9 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU SP SP19
78 60 -18 Eric Thames MIL OF/1B OF25/1B14
79 59 -20 Carlos Santana CLE 1B 1B15
80 79 -1 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 1B16
81 49 -32 Ryan Braun MIL OF OF26
82 71 -11 Rougned Odor TEX 2B 2B10
83 86 3 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS 2B11/SS8
84 84 0 Trevor Story COL SS SS9
85 99 14 Justin Upton DET OF OF27
86 90 4 David Price BOS SP SP20
87 82 -5 Dallas Keuchel HOU SP SP21
88 88 0 Matt Kemp ATL OF OF28
89 95 6 Mike Trout LAA OF OF29
90 97 7 Greg Holland COL RP RP6
91 104 13 Travis Shaw MIL 3B/1B 3B11/1B17
92 93 1 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B12
93 115 22 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B13
94 83 -11 Adam Jones BAL OF OF30
95 89 -6 Mark Trumbo BAL OF OF31
96 72 -24 Michael Brantley CLE OF OF32
97 112 15 Mitch Haniger SEA OF OF33
98 113 15 Corey Dickerson TB OF OF34
99 146 47 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B12
100 62 -38 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B 1B18
101 110 9 Roberto Osuna TOR RP RP7
102 94 -8 Michael Fulmer DET SP SP22
103 144 41 Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP23
104 130 26 Yonder Alonso OAK 1B 1B19
105 65 -40 Matt Carpenter STL 2B/1B/3B 2B14/1B20/3B14
106 106 0 Justin Turner LAD 3B 3B13
107 98 -9 Stephen Piscotty STL OF OF35
108 80 -28 Christian Yelich MIA OF OF36
109 116 7 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 3B15
110 119 9 Alex Colome TB RP RP8
111 100 -11 Cody Allen CLE RP RP9
112 107 -5 Andrew Miller CLE RP RP10
113 101 -12 Ken Giles HOU RP RP11
114 109 -5 Seung-Hwan Oh STL RP RP12
115 120 5 Edwin Diaz SEA RP RP13
116 161 45 Corey Knebel MIL RP RP14
117 157 40 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS/OF 3B16/SS10/OF37
118 132 14 Chris Owings ARI SS/OF SS11/OF38
119 117 -2 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 3B17
120 133 13 Marcus Stroman TOR SP SP24
121 179 58 Ervin Santana MIN SP SP25
122 123 1 Jake Odorizzi TB SP SP26
123 124 1 James Paxton SEA SP SP27
124 125 1 J.T. Realmuto MIA C C3
125 131 6 Todd Frazier CWS 3B 3B18
126 118 -8 Alex Bregman HOU 3B 3B19
127 63 -64 Jonathan Villar MIL SS/2B/3B SS12/2B15/3B20
128 145 17 Addison Reed NYM RP RP15
129 189 60 Alex Wood LAD RP/SP RP16/SP28
130 121 -9 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP/SP RP17/SP29
131 126 -5 Gerrit Cole PIT SP SP30
132 111 -21 Mark Melancon SF RP RP18
133 108 -25 Kelvin Herrera KC RP RP19
134 102 -32 Rick Porcello BOS SP SP31
135 182 47 Jose Berrios MIN SP SP32
136 138 2 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP SP33
137 127 -10 Jose Quintana CWS SP SP34
138 154 16 Avisail Garcia CWS OF OF39
139 139 0 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF OF40
140 140 0 Lorenzo Cain KC OF OF41
141 143 2 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 2B16
142 142 0 Nomar Mazara TEX OF OF42
143 169 26 Josh Harrison PIT 2B/3B 2B17/3B21
144 141 -3 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF 1B21/OF43
145 150 5 Salvador Perez KC C C4
146 136 -10 Tanner Roark WAS SP SP35
147 147 0 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C C5
148 148 0 Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B22
149 204 55 Justin Smoak TOR 1B 1B23
150 158 8 Didi Gregorius NYY SS SS13
151 149 -2 Brian McCann HOU C C6
152 114 -38 Gregory Polanco PIT OF OF44
153 155 2 Brett Gardner NYY OF OF45
154 186 32 Domingo Santana MIL OF OF46
155 203 48 Robbie Ray ARI SP SP36
156 174 18 Sean Manaea OAK SP SP37
157 152 -5 Ender Inciarte ATL OF OF47
158 156 -2 Matt Shoemaker LAA SP SP38
159 134 -25 Marco Estrada TOR SP SP39
160 128 -32 Brad Brach BAL RP RP20
161 129 -32 Dellin Betances NYY RP RP21
162 160 -2 David Robertson CWS RP RP22
163 163 0 Yasmani Grandal LAD C C7
164 164 0 Evan Gattis HOU C C8
165 153 -12 Dexter Fowler STL OF OF48
166 178 12 Jameson Taillon PIT SP SP40
167 196 29 Justin Bour MIA 1B 1B24
168 137 -31 Julio Teheran ATL SP SP41
169 177 8 Jeff Samardzija SF SP SP42
170 218 48 Jason Vargas KC SP SP43
171 165 -6 Taijuan Walker ARI SP SP44
172 185 13 Mark Reynolds COL 1B 1B25
173 166 -7 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B 3B22
174 212 38 Zach Britton BAL RP RP23
175 183 8 Dylan Bundy BAL SP/RP SP45/RP24
176 175 -1 Drew Pomeranz BOS SP SP46
177 181 4 Sonny Gray OAK SP SP47
178 151 -27 Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF OF49
179 194 15 Brandon Drury ARI 3B/2B/OF 3B23/2B18/OF50
180 205 25 Scott Schebler CIN OF OF51
181 168 -13 Kendrys Morales TOR DH DH1
182 159 -23 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B19
183 180 -3 Mike Leake STL SP SP48
184 228 44 Steven Matz NYM SP SP49
185 215 30 Ivan Nova PIT SP SP50
186 170 -16 Jose Peraza CIN SS/2B/OF SS14/2B20/OF52
187 176 -11 Willson Contreras CHC C/OF C9/OF53
188 162 -26 Javier Baez CHC 3B/2B/SS 3B24/2B21/SS15
189 NR N/A Cameron Maybin LAA OF OF54
190 232 42 Aaron Hicks NYY OF OF55
191 230 39 Gio Gonzalez WAS SP SP51
192 NR N/A Lance Lynn STL SP SP52
193 NR N/A Chase Anderson MIL SP SP53
194 167 -27 Max Kepler MIN OF OF56
195 187 -8 Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS SS16
196 188 -8 Victor Martinez DET DH DH2
197 223 26 Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF57
198 214 16 Aaron Nola PHI SP SP54
199 208 9 Jon Gray COL SP SP55
200 202 2 Joey Gallo TEX 3B 3B25
201 235 34 Ryon Healy OAK 3B/1B 3B26/1B26
202 173 -29 Bud Norris LAA RP/SP RP25/SP56
203 172 -31 AJ Ramos MIA RP RP26
204 184 -20 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF OF58
205 199 -6 Bradley Zimmer CLE OF OF59
206 231 25 Hunter Renfroe SD OF OF60
207 224 17 Odubel Herrera PHI OF OF61
208 246 38 Matt Holliday NYY OF OF62
209 229 20 Zack Cozart CIN SS SS17
210 NR N/A Andrelton Simmons LAA SS SS18
211 220 9 Yuli Gurriel HOU 3B/1B 3B27/1B27
212 217 5 Brandon Phillips ATL 2B 2B22
213 213 0 Rich Hill LAD SP SP57
214 222 8 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP SP58
215 209 -6 Danny Duffy KC SP/RP SP59/RP27
216 122 -94 John Lackey CHC SP SP60
217 NR N/A Jim Johnson ATL RP RP28
218 NR N/A Brandon Kintzler MIN RP RP29
219 225 6 Aaron Altherr PHI OF OF63
220 200 -20 Ian Happ CHC OF OF64
221 NR N/A Felipe Rivero PIT RP RP30
222 211 -11 Matt Bush TEX RP RP31
223 191 -32 Aaron Sanchez TOR SP SP61
224 190 -34 Matt Wieters WAS C C10
225 241 16 Dansby Swanson ATL SS SS19
226 216 -10 Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/3B/SS 2B24/3B28/SS20
227 171 -56 Brandon Crawford SF SS SS21
228 234 6 Yadier Molina STL C C11
229 135 -94 Aledmys Diaz STL SS SS22
230 197 -33 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF OF65
231 NR N/A Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B/3B/OF 1B28/3B29/OF66
232 NR N/A Logan Morrison TB 1B 1B29
233 193 -40 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF 2B25/OF67
234 192 -42 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 2B26
235 207 -28 Matt Moore SF SP SP62
236 198 -38 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF OF68
237 227 -10 Hunter Pence SF OF OF69
238 195 -43 Keon Broxton MIL OF OF70
239 226 -13 Yasiel Puig LAD OF OF71
240 247 7 Steven Souza Jr. TB OF OF72
241 206 -35 Koda Glover WAS RP RP32
242 249 7 Starling Marte PIT OF OF73
243 NR N/A David Peralta ARI OF OF74
244 237 -7 Chase Headley NYY 3B 3B30
245 NR N/A Yangervis Solarte SD 3B/2B 3B31/2B27
246 210 -36 Maikel Franco PHI 3B 3B32
247 239 -8 Melky Cabrera CWS OF OF75
248 250 2 Wilson Ramos TB C C12
249 244 -5 Alex Cobb TB SP SP63
250 248 -2 Carlos Gomez TEX OF OF77

Quick Hits

  • Paul Goldschmidt takes over the top spot in the top 250. This is more of a praise of Goldschmidt than a knock on former #1 Kris Bryant. Goldschmidt is on pace for a 30-30 season with over 125 RBI and 125 runs scored with a .320 average. This lines up almost perfectly with Mookie Betts stats from last season. Betts was the #1 overall player last season with those numbers.
  • The #2 player in fantasy makes a big jump into the top 50 in this update. In addition to that, Aaron Judge is now a top 10 OF. Speaking of on pace numbers, Judge is on pace to hit more than 50 bombs this year. He also steals enough bases to keep him from being a 2013 Chris Davis clone. The strikeout rate is the glaring issue, but, like Miguel Sano, Judge has bucked this trend by having an unprecedented hard contact rate. Even if he falls to a batting average of .300 or lower, 50 HR are still very much on the table for the Yankees breakout superstar.
  • Carlos Gonzalez and Justin Verlander each fall 30 spots in this week’s update. We’ve been here before with both of these players. Most fantasy owners expect them to turn it around eventually. When they do, we know how great both of them can be. Gonzalez has been in a season long slump, most recently going 0 for 24. The positives for Gonzalez are he still plays half of his games in the most hitter friendly ballpark in baseball and he also has a great team around him for counting stats. Verlander has been slightly less disappointing but still much worse than fantasy owners hoped for when they drafted him. Last year Verlander started slow and then turned into the best pitcher in the AL. I’m not sure he can return to that level, but the current pitching landscape still keeps him top 20.
  • Aroldis Chapman is set to return this weekend. With that, he regains his status as a top 3 RP. Dellin Betances drops just outside the top 20, but still remains an arm that should be owned in all leagues. The lack of saves makes it difficult, but the elite strikeout numbers and ratios make him worth it. He is also just 1 injury away from being a top 10 RP again. We see a similar situation with the Orioles top 2 bullpen options. Brad Brach has been great as a fill in closer but Zach Britton is set to throw in a rehab appearance on Monday. Brach is a great reliever but without saves it will be tough for fantasy owners to hold on to him. If Britton is healthy going forward, Brach will soon be heading towards the back end of the top 250.
  • We have 11 new names in this top 250 update. I think that’s a record for the season. Among them are SP who have been good long enough to deserve a top 250 spot like Lance Lynn and Chase Anderson. Also closers who, I admit, probably should have been top 250 a few weeks ago, looking at Jim Johnson and Brandon Kintzler. A few other notable names are a couple of Angels. Cameron Maybin and Andrelton Simmons. Both of them have been Top 10 fantasy players over the past 30 days! A lot of their value can be attributed to the recent trend of the Angels giving the green light to their base stealers. Maybin is the slightly more intriguing option, ranked the highest of the 11 newcomers. Maybin, who was activated from the DL just this past Friday, stole 4 bases in his return game. He now has 20 on the season and is a legit threat to steal 40+ bases with enough playing time. Health is the big question mark for him, but I think he’s must own in any roto league. Simmons stole his 10th base in a 2 steal effort on Tuesday. This matches a career high for him in SB. Simmons stole 54 bases in just 237 games in his minor league career before being called up by the Braves. Simmons was hyped as a solid contact player with 20+ SB potential. Maybe he finally has the right situation to allow it. The power has been there for Simmons this season as well, making him a sneaky 20-20 candidate. To top off all this, both players have excellent BB/K rates, meaning they are making the most of every AB. We have reason to believe this won’t continue, Maybin (health) Simmons (track record), but if it does, they are just scratching the surface.

Losing Faith

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

  • John Lackey (6.75 ERA in last 5 starts)
  • Aaron Sanchez (remember him?)
  • Aledmys Diaz (one hit wonder?)

Hello, Goodbye

The following players are new additions to the top 250:

  • Cameron Maybin (see above)
  • Lance Lynn
  • Chase Anderson
  • Andrelton Simmons (see above)
  • Jim Johnson
  • Brandon Kintzler
  • Felipe Rivero
  • Marwin Gonzalez
  • Logan Morrison
  • David Peralta
  • Yangervis Solarte

The following players are no longer in my top 250:

  • Chris Davis (injuries suck)
  • Kevin Kiermaier (see Davis)
  • Neil Walker (see Kiermaier)
  • Mike Napoli
  • Andrew Triggs (see Walker)
  • Matt Andriese (see Triggs)
  • Justin Wilson
  • Devon Travis (see Andriese)
  • Welington Castillo
  • Matt Harvey (see.. sorry no excuses for this one)

See you next week!