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Fantasy Baseball 2017: Rest of Season Rankings

Where did Mike Trout fall? Who’s the new #1?

Who’s the new #1 player in the top 250?
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Welcome back! Another week, another Top 250 update. Let’s jump right into it.

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 2 1 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF 3B1/OF1
2 3 1 Bryce Harper WAS OF OF2
3 4 1 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 1B1
4 5 1 Mookie Betts BOS OF OF3
5 9 4 Charlie Blackmon COL OF OF4
6 7 1 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B1
7 8 1 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP SP1
8 6 -2 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B2
9 10 1 Max Scherzer WAS SP SP2
10 11 1 Chris Sale BOS SP SP3
11 12 1 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS 3B3/SS1
12 13 1 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 1B2
13 14 1 Trea Turner WAS 2B/SS/OF 2B2/SS2/OF5
14 15 1 Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B3
15 16 1 Daniel Murphy WAS 2B/1B 2B3/1B4
16 17 1 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 1B5
17 18 1 Corey Seager LAD SS SS3
18 19 1 Nelson Cruz SEA OF OF6
19 20 1 Francisco Lindor CLE SS SS4
20 21 1 George Springer HOU OF OF7
21 23 2 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS SS5
22 24 2 Carlos Correa HOU SS SS6
23 22 -1 Wil Myers SD 1B 1B6
24 25 1 Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B4
25 26 1 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 3B4
26 27 1 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF OF8
27 32 5 Corey Kluber CLE SP SP4
28 28 0 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 1B7
29 30 1 Stephen Strasburg WAS SP SP5
30 31 1 Yu Darvish TEX SP SP6
31 29 -2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP SP7
32 33 1 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS 2B5/SS7
33 34 1 Chris Archer TB SP SP8
34 37 3 Zack Greinke ARI SP SP9
35 36 1 Johnny Cueto SF SP SP10
36 35 -1 Ryan Braun MIL OF OF9
37 48 11 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF 3B5/OF10
38 38 0 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/2B/OF 3B6/2B6/OF11
39 39 0 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B7
40 40 0 Justin Verlander DET SP SP11
41 41 0 Jonathan Villar MIL SS/2B/3B SS8/2B8/3B7
42 42 0 Jake Arrieta CHC SP SP12
43 43 0 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP SP13
44 44 0 Jon Lester CHC SP SP14
45 50 5 Carlos Martinez STL SP SP15
46 45 -1 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF12
47 46 -1 A.J. Pollock ARI OF OF13
48 47 -1 Kenley Jansen LAD RP RP1
49 49 0 Michael Conforto NYM OF OF14
50 52 2 Buster Posey SF C C1
51 51 0 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP SP16
52 60 8 J.D. Martinez DET OF OF15
53 53 0 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B8
54 62 8 Jose Abreu CWS 1B 1B8
55 54 -1 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B 1B9
56 57 1 Dee Gordon MIA 2B 2B9
57 58 1 Wade Davis CHC RP RP2
58 59 1 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF OF16
59 61 2 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF OF17
60 95 35 Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RP3
61 83 22 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B9
62 56 -6 Ian Kinsler DET 2B 2B10
63 55 -8 Carlos Santana CLE 1B 1B10
64 63 -1 Eric Thames MIL OF/1B OF18/1B11
65 64 -1 Ian Desmond COL OF OF19
66 65 -1 Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF20
67 66 -1 Matt Carpenter STL 2B/1B/3B 2B11/1B12/3B10
68 67 -1 Khris Davis OAK OF OF21
69 68 -1 Adam Duvall CIN OF OF22
70 69 -1 Evan Longoria TB 3B 3B11
71 70 -1 Rougned Odor TEX 2B 2B12
72 71 -1 Michael Brantley CLE OF OF23
73 72 -1 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 1B13/OF24
74 73 -1 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B 1B14
75 90 15 Aaron Judge NYY OF OF25
76 91 15 Jake Lamb ARI 3B 3B12
77 74 -3 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF OF26
78 75 -3 Eric Hosmer KC 1B 1B15
79 76 -3 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 1B16
80 77 -3 Christian Yelich MIA OF OF27
81 78 -3 Gerrit Cole PIT SP SP17
82 79 -3 Dallas Keuchel HOU SP SP18
83 80 -3 Adam Jones BAL OF OF28
84 81 -3 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU SP SP19
85 84 -1 Trevor Story COL SS SS9
86 124 38 Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS10
87 85 -2 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C C2
88 89 1 Gary Sanchez NYY C C3
89 86 -3 Matt Kemp ATL OF OF29
90 87 -3 Mark Trumbo BAL OF OF30
91 92 1 David Price BOS SP SP20
92 93 1 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B13
93 94 1 Michael Fulmer DET SP SP21
94 1 -93 Mike Trout LAA OF OF31
95 88 -7 Jay Bruce NYM OF OF32
96 96 0 Greg Holland COL RP RP4
97 114 17 Stephen Piscotty STL OF OF33
98 115 17 Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF OF34
99 82 -17 Justin Upton DET OF OF35
100 97 -3 Cody Allen CLE RP RP5
101 98 -3 Ken Giles HOU RP RP6
102 108 6 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP RP7
103 99 -4 Julio Teheran ATL SP SP22
104 100 -4 Rick Porcello BOS SP SP23
105 113 8 Starlin Castro NYY 2B 2B14
106 119 13 Chris Davis BAL 1B 1B17
107 101 -6 Justin Turner LAD 3B 3B13
108 105 -3 Tanner Roark WAS SP SP24
109 112 3 Andrew Miller CLE RP RP8
110 109 -1 Kelvin Herrera KC RP RP9
111 126 15 Seung-Hwan Oh STL RP RP10
112 122 10 Roberto Osuna TOR RP RP11
113 107 -6 Dellin Betances NYY RP RP12
114 110 -4 Mark Melancon SF RP RP13
115 116 1 Gregory Polanco PIT OF OF36
116 117 1 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B15
117 118 1 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 3B14
118 120 2 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 3B15
119 102 -17 Alex Bregman HOU 3B 3B16
120 121 1 Alex Colome TB RP RP14
121 127 6 John Lackey CHC SP SP25
122 128 6 Jake Odorizzi TB SP SP26
123 158 35 James Paxton SEA SP SP27
124 165 41 Luis Severino NYY SP/RP SP28/RP15
125 166 41 Michael Pineda NYY SP SP29
126 103 -23 Jose Quintana CWS SP SP30
127 104 -23 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP SP31
128 129 1 Brad Brach BAL RP RP16
129 148 19 Edwin Diaz SEA RP RP17
130 131 1 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP/SP RP18/SP32
131 132 1 Todd Frazier CWS 3B 3B17
132 133 1 Aledmys Diaz STL SS SS11
133 134 1 Chris Owings ARI SS/OF SS12/OF37
134 135 1 Marcus Stroman TOR SP SP33
135 136 1 Marco Estrada TOR SP SP34
136 137 1 Aaron Sanchez TOR SP SP35
137 138 1 Kenta Maeda LAD SP SP36
138 111 -27 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF OF38
139 139 0 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF OF39
140 140 0 Lorenzo Cain KC OF OF40
141 141 0 J.T. Realmuto MIA C C4
142 142 0 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF 1B18/OF41
143 143 0 Mitch Haniger SEA OF OF42
144 168 24 Corey Dickerson TB OF OF43
145 144 -1 Nomar Mazara TEX OF OF44
146 146 0 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 2B16
147 147 0 Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP37
148 130 -18 Addison Reed NYM RP RP19
149 149 0 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B18
150 150 0 Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B19
151 151 0 Brian McCann HOU C C5
152 152 0 Salvador Perez KC C C6
153 153 0 Ender Inciarte ATL OF OF45
154 154 0 Travis Shaw MIL 3B/1B 3B19/1B20
155 194 39 Yonder Alonso OAK 1B 1B21
156 155 -1 Dexter Fowler STL OF OF46
157 156 -1 Avisail Garcia CWS OF OF47
158 157 -1 Brett Gardner NYY OF OF48
159 164 5 Matt Shoemaker LAA SP SP38
160 161 1 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B17
161 162 1 David Robertson CWS RP RP20
162 163 1 Javier Baez CHC 3B/2B/SS 3B20/2B18/SS13
163 167 4 Yasmani Grandal LAD C C7
164 170 6 Taijuan Walker ARI SP SP39
165 172 7 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF OF49
166 160 -6 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B 3B21
167 176 9 Max Kepler MIN OF OF50
168 177 9 Kendrys Morales TOR DH DH1
169 178 9 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS/OF 3B22/SS14/OF51
170 179 9 Josh Harrison PIT 2B/3B 2B19/3B23
171 180 9 Jose Peraza CIN SS/2B/OF SS15/2B20/OF52
172 181 9 Brandon Crawford SF SS SS16
173 211 38 Didi Gregorius NYY SS SS17
174 182 8 A.J. Ramos MIA RP RP21
175 216 41 Bud Norris LAA RP RP22
176 217 41 Corey Knebel MIL RP RP23
177 183 6 Evan Gattis HOU C C8
178 171 -7 Willson Contreras CHC C/OF C9/OF53
179 184 5 Ervin Santana MIN SP SP40
180 185 5 Aaron Altherr PHI OF OF54
181 186 5 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF OF55
182 188 6 Mike Leake STL SP SP41
183 189 6 Sonny Gray OAK SP SP42
184 190 6 Jose Berrios MIN SP SP43
185 197 12 Dylan Bundy BAL RP/SP RP24/SP44
186 198 12 Sean Manaea OAK SP SP45
187 206 19 Drew Pomeranz BOS SP SP46
188 192 4 Mike Napoli TEX 1B 1B22
189 193 4 Mark Reynolds COL 1B 1B23
190 175 -15 Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS SS18
191 195 4 Victor Martinez DET DH DH2
192 169 -23 Alex Wood LAD RP/SP RP25/SP47
193 174 -19 Addison Russell CHC SS SS19
194 199 5 Matt Wieters WAS C C10
195 200 5 Jeff Samardzija SF SP SP48
196 NR N/A Jameson Taillon PIT SP SP49
197 191 -6 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 2B21
198 201 3 Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF 2B22/OF56
199 202 3 Brandon Drury ARI 3B/2B/OF 3B24/2B23/OF57
200 203 3 Keon Broxton MIL OF OF58
201 214 13 Justin Bour MIA 1B 1B24
202 205 3 Bradley Zimmer CLE OF OF59
203 204 1 Ian Happ CHC OF OF60
204 229 25 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF OF61
205 224 19 Joey Gallo TEX 3B 3B25
206 NR N/A Koda Glover WAS RP RP26
207 173 -34 Tony Watson PIT RP RP27
208 209 1 Matt Moore SF SP SP50
209 210 1 Jon Gray COL SP SP51
210 123 -87 Danny Duffy KC SP/RP SP52/RP28
211 145 -66 Maikel Franco PHI 3B 3B26
212 215 3 Matt Bush TEX RP RP29
213 236 23 Zach Britton BAL RP RP30
214 218 4 Rich Hill LAD SP SP53
215 219 4 Aaron Nola PHI SP SP54
216 220 4 Ivan Nova PIT SP SP55
217 231 14 Devon Travis TOR 2B 2B24
218 221 3 Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/3B/SS 2B25/3B27/SS20
219 NR N/A Robbie Ray ARI SP SP56
220 196 -24 Brandon Phillips ATL 2B 2B26
221 222 1 Jason Vargas KC SP SP57
222 NR N/A Justin Smoak TOR 1B 1B25
223 223 0 Yuli Gurriel HOU 3B/1B 3B28/1B26
224 225 1 Neil Walker NYM 2B 2B27
225 227 2 Noah Syndergaard NYM SP SP58
226 NR N/A Domingo Santana MIL OF OF62
227 235 8 Steven Souza Jr. TB OF OF63
228 213 -15 Hunter Pence SF OF OF64
229 208 -21 Gio Gonzalez WAS SP SP59
230 212 -18 Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF65
231 228 -3 Hunter Renfroe SD OF OF66
232 230 -2 Andrew Triggs OAK SP/RP SP60/RP31
233 232 -1 Kevin Gausman BAL SP SP61
234 233 -1 Chase Headley NYY 3B 3B29
235 234 -1 Alex Cobb TB SP SP62
236 207 -29 Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP SP63
237 187 -50 Manuel Margot SD OF OF67
238 125 -113 Odubel Herrera PHI OF OF68
239 238 -1 Melky Cabrera CWS OF OF69
240 239 -1 Justin Wilson DET RP RP32
241 240 -1 Steven Matz NYM SP SP64
242 242 0 Yadier Molina STL C C11
243 243 0 Yangervis Solarte SD 3B/2B 3B30/2B28
244 226 -18 Welington Castillo BAL C C12
245 244 -1 Matt Harvey NYM SP SP65
246 245 -1 Vince Velasquez PHI SP SP66
247 247 0 Matt Holliday NYY OF OF70
248 248 0 Yasiel Puig LAD OF OF71
249 249 0 Ryon Healy OAK 3B/1B 3B31/1B27
250 250 0 Carlos Gomez TEX OF OF72

Quick Hits

  • Mike Trout… the biggest blow to fantasy baseball, and real baseball, this year. It will probably be the worst of the season. Trout, as you know by now, suffered a torn UCL in his left thumb over the past weekend. He has already undergone surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. This puts him out until after the All-Star break and potentially into early August. I know people have cited his teammate Andrelton Simmons had the same procedure, performed by the same doctor, and only missed 5 weeks. This seems like a reach of optimism. I don’t see the Angels pushing Trout to return early. That being said, Trout was the #1 player in fantasy at the time of his injury. He’s irreplaceable. For those reasons, he’s still a top 100 player in my top 250. A replacement, plus 2 months of Mike Trout, should give you top 100 production. OF is a very deep position this year. Pick up the hot hand and mix and match until Trout returns. You’re going to make it through this, and you’re going to have an unprecedented boost on your fantasy roster come August.
  • With Trout falling out of #1, most of the remaining top 50 moves up a spot. Trout was the only player to drop out of the top 50 this week. Buster Posey replaces him at #50. The battle for the new #1 has several candidates. Kris Bryant moves up 1 spot to claim #1 for me. Paul Goldschmidt, the current #1 player in fantasy, seems an obvious choice. Bryce Harper fits the bill, but injury and lack of SB leaves him at #2. Even Charlie Blackmon, who jumped to #5, deserves a look as the #1 overall player. So why is Kris Bryant #1? He’s actually doing the worst of any of these choices. To me, there’s your answer. If bad Kris Bryant is .278 34 R 11 HR 23 RBI 4 SB. Imagine what he’ll do when he gets hot?!? Bryant has a ceiling that is unreachable to pretty much everyone but him. Once he , and his team which is also not playing its best, reaches his full potential, Bryant will skyrocket up the rankings and I believe that will take him straight to the top. You can’t go wrong with any of these players, and I didn’t even mention Mookie Betts or Clayton Kershaw. I just believe Kris Bryant has the highest ceiling.
  • Elvis has left the building! In the case of baseballs, Elvis Andrus is doing just that to them. Andrus never hit more than 6 HR his first 6 seasons. Then he hit 7 in 2015, topped that with 8 in 2016, and now he has 7 this year and it’s only June 2! He’s been a consistent top 10 SS year after year due to his 20+ SB with .275ish AVG and just consistent PAs. Now he’s on pace for over 20 HR. He’s stealing more bases than his recent seasons. Normally I would cry small sample, but again it’s JUNE 2! He’s on pace for 22 HR 37 SB with a .297 AVG. This is top 20 production. Which comes as no surprise considering he is currently the #17 overall player in fantasy. Maybe the HR total will cool down to only 10-15, but we need to start taking Elvis Andrus more seriously. Fun fact, he’s still just 28!
  • Jose Quintana and Masahiro Tanaka. I don’t understand! Fantasy yo-yos.

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:

  • Maikel Franco (the Phillies are even losing faith here)
  • Jerad Eickhoff (last year, consistently good. this year, consistently bad)
  • Odubel Herrera (I swear I don’t hate the Phillies)

Hello, Goodbye

The following players are new additions to the top 250:

  • Jameson Taillon (WELCOME BACK!)
  • Koda Glover (the closer for a division leader, for now)
  • Robbie Ray (hard to ignore his recent success)
  • Justin Smoak (his either)
  • Domingo Santana (overlooked, to be honest)

The following players are no longer in my top 250:

  • Danny Salazar (move to bullpen hurts a lot)
  • Randal Grichuk (optioned to High A minors!)
  • Joc Pederson (fooled me twice, not again)
  • Julio Urias
  • Kendall Graveman

See you next week!