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Fantasy Baseball 2017: Rest of Season Rankings

What’s wrong with Jake Arrieta? How good is Jordan Montgomery? Will Fernando Rodney ever give up a run?

Much like the Yankees, Jordan Montgomery has exceeded expectations. Where does he end up in this top 250 update?
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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 1 0 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 1B1
2 2 0 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF 3B1/OF1
3 3 0 Bryce Harper WAS OF OF2
4 4 0 Charlie Blackmon COL OF OF3
5 5 0 Mookie Betts BOS OF OF4
6 6 0 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B1
7 7 0 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B2
8 8 0 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP SP1
9 9 0 Max Scherzer WAS SP SP2
10 10 0 Chris Sale BOS SP SP3
11 13 2 Daniel Murphy WAS 2B/1B 2B2/1B2
12 12 0 Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B3
13 14 1 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 1B4
14 17 3 Carlos Correa HOU SS SS1
15 16 1 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS SS2
16 15 -1 Corey Seager LAD SS SS3
17 21 4 Corey Kluber CLE SP SP4
18 23 5 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF OF5
19 25 6 George Springer HOU OF OF6
20 34 14 Aaron Judge NYY OF OF7
21 19 -2 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 1B5
22 18 -4 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS 3B3/SS4
23 26 3 Stephen Strasburg WAS SP SP5
24 28 4 Zack Greinke ARI SP SP6
25 30 5 Carlos Martinez STL SP SP7
26 27 1 Chris Archer TB SP SP8
27 29 2 Yu Darvish TEX SP SP9
28 20 -8 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 3B4
29 35 6 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/2B/OF 3B5/2B3/OF8
30 31 1 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP SP10
31 22 -9 Francisco Lindor CLE SS SS5
32 24 -8 Nelson Cruz SEA OF OF9
33 36 3 Dee Gordon MIA 2B 2B4
34 37 3 Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B5
35 44 9 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 1B6/OF10
36 38 2 Kenley Jansen LAD RP RP1
37 33 -4 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 1B7
38 32 -6 Wil Myers SD 1B 1B8
39 40 1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP SP11
40 43 3 Buster Posey SF C/1B C1/1B9
41 41 0 Jon Lester CHC SP SP12
42 39 -3 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B6
43 47 4 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF OF11
44 48 4 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF OF12
45 49 4 Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RP2
46 53 7 Jake Lamb ARI 3B 3B6
47 54 7 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP RP3
48 55 7 Gary Sanchez NYY C C2
49 50 1 Adam Duvall CIN OF OF13
50 45 -5 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF 3B7/OF14
51 51 0 J.D. Martinez DET OF OF15
52 61 9 Khris Davis OAK OF OF16
53 52 -1 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B8
54 58 4 Jose Abreu CWS 1B 1B10
55 56 1 Wade Davis CHC RP RP4
56 60 4 A.J. Pollock ARI OF OF17
57 64 7 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 1B11
58 65 7 Justin Verlander DET SP SP13
59 59 0 Ian Desmond COL OF/1B OF18/1B12
60 62 2 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B 1B13
61 67 6 Ian Kinsler DET 2B 2B7
62 69 7 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B9
63 75 12 Luis Severino NYY SP/RP SP14/RP5
64 77 13 Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS6
65 78 13 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS 2B8/SS7
66 11 -55 Trea Turner WAS 2B/SS/OF 2B9/SS8/OF19
67 57 -10 Michael Conforto NYM OF OF20
68 63 -5 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP SP15
69 73 4 Evan Longoria TB 3B 3B10
70 68 -2 Eric Hosmer KC 1B 1B14
71 76 5 Ryan Braun MIL OF OF21
72 66 -6 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF OF22
73 71 -2 Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF23
74 42 -32 Johnny Cueto SF SP SP16
75 74 -1 Jay Bruce NYM OF OF24
76 79 3 Mike Trout LAA OF OF25
77 81 4 Travis Shaw MIL 3B/1B 3B11/1B15
78 70 -8 Starlin Castro NYY 2B 2B10
79 80 1 Justin Upton DET OF OF26
80 46 -34 Jake Arrieta CHC SP SP17
81 83 2 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B11
82 84 2 Greg Holland COL RP RP6
83 112 29 Corey Knebel MIL RP RP7
84 85 1 Eric Thames MIL OF/1B OF27/1B16
85 90 5 Mitch Haniger SEA OF OF28
86 91 5 Corey Dickerson TB OF OF29
87 93 6 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU SP SP18
88 94 6 Jose Berrios MIN SP SP19
89 88 -1 Yonder Alonso OAK 1B 1B17
90 87 -3 Matt Kemp ATL OF OF30
91 86 -5 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B12
92 89 -3 Rougned Odor TEX 2B 2B13
93 92 -1 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B12
94 95 1 Carlos Santana CLE 1B 1B18
95 96 1 Mark Trumbo BAL OF OF31
96 97 1 Roberto Osuna TOR RP RP8
97 102 5 Justin Turner LAD 3B 3B13
98 100 2 Adam Jones BAL OF OF32
99 103 4 Stephen Piscotty STL OF OF33
100 105 5 Lorenzo Cain KC OF OF34
101 99 -2 Michael Fulmer DET SP SP20
102 82 -20 Dallas Keuchel HOU SP SP21
103 98 -5 Michael Pineda NYY SP SP22
104 104 0 Christian Yelich MIA OF OF35
105 101 -4 Matt Carpenter STL 2B/1B/3B 2B14/1B19/3B14
106 118 12 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 3B15
107 117 10 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF OF36
108 72 -36 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF37
109 108 -1 Andrew Miller CLE RP RP9
110 109 -1 Ken Giles HOU RP RP10
111 114 3 Kelvin Herrera KC RP RP11
112 111 -1 Edwin Diaz SEA RP RP12
113 107 -6 Alex Colome TB RP RP13
114 113 -1 Cody Allen CLE RP RP14
115 110 -5 Seung-Hwan Oh STL RP RP15
116 116 0 Chris Owings ARI SS/2B/OF SS9/2B15/OF38
117 123 6 Alex Wood LAD RP/SP RP16/SP23
118 126 8 Salvador Perez KC C C3
119 125 6 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 2B16
120 106 -14 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 3B16
121 115 -6 Trevor Story COL SS SS10
122 119 -3 David Price BOS SP SP24
123 120 -3 Jake Odorizzi TB SP SP25
124 121 -3 J.T. Realmuto MIA C C4
125 128 3 Sean Manaea OAK SP SP26
126 122 -4 James Paxton SEA SP SP27
127 127 0 Robbie Ray ARI SP SP28
128 124 -4 Avisail Garcia CWS OF OF39
129 132 3 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP/SP RP17/SP29
130 133 3 Gerrit Cole PIT SP SP30
131 137 6 Domingo Santana MIL OF OF40
132 135 3 Ervin Santana MIN SP SP31
133 140 7 Jose Quintana CWS SP SP32
134 131 -3 Addison Reed NYM RP RP18
135 134 -1 Marcus Stroman TOR SP SP33
136 139 3 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP SP34
137 136 -1 Gregory Polanco PIT OF OF41
138 138 0 Rick Porcello BOS SP SP35
139 129 -10 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS/OF 3B17/SS11/OF42
140 143 3 Josh Harrison PIT 2B/3B 2B17/3B18
141 141 0 Michael Brantley CLE OF OF43
142 145 3 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF 1B20/OF44
143 148 5 Justin Smoak TOR 1B 1B21
144 149 5 Justin Bour MIA 1B 1B22
145 151 6 Didi Gregorius NYY SS SS12
146 159 13 Brett Gardner NYY OF OF45
147 162 15 Cameron Maybin LAA OF OF46
148 192 44 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS SS13
149 152 3 Brian McCann HOU C C5
150 158 8 Evan Gattis HOU C C6
151 157 6 Yasmani Grandal LAD C C7
152 153 1 Zach Britton BAL RP RP19
153 191 38 Jacob Faria TB SP SP36
154 163 9 Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP37
155 166 11 Jeff Samardzija SF SP SP38
156 167 11 Jason Vargas KC SP SP39
157 168 11 Taijuan Walker ARI SP SP40
158 169 11 Mark Reynolds COL 1B 1B23
159 170 11 Todd Frazier CWS 3B 3B19
160 175 15 Drew Pomeranz BOS SP SP41
161 176 15 Sonny Gray OAK SP SP42
162 164 2 Jameson Taillon PIT SP SP43
163 142 -21 Nomar Mazara TEX OF OF47
164 144 -20 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B 1B24
165 147 -18 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C C8
166 154 -12 Marco Estrada TOR SP SP44
167 174 7 Gio Gonzalez WAS SP SP45
168 178 10 Brad Brach BAL RP RP20
169 155 -14 David Robertson CWS RP RP21
170 150 -20 Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B25
171 160 -11 Ender Inciarte ATL OF OF48
172 177 5 Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF OF49
173 179 6 Scott Schebler CIN OF OF50
174 200 26 Ian Happ CHC OF/2B OF51/2B18
175 187 12 Willson Contreras CHC C/OF C9/OF52
176 171 -5 Alex Bregman HOU 3B 3B20
177 172 -5 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B 3B21
178 173 -5 Dellin Betances NYY RP RP22
179 185 6 Ryon Healy OAK 3B/1B 3B22/1B26
180 198 18 Aaron Nola PHI SP SP46
181 199 18 Jon Gray COL SP SP47
182 184 2 Ivan Nova PIT SP SP48
183 201 18 AJ Ramos MIA RP RP23
184 182 -2 Mike Leake STL SP SP49
185 183 -2 Steven Matz NYM SP SP50
186 196 10 Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF53
187 193 6 Javier Baez CHC 3B/2B/SS 3B23/2B19/SS14
188 194 6 Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS SS15
189 228 39 Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/3B/SS 2B20/3B24/SS16
190 181 -9 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B21
191 180 -11 Kendrys Morales TOR DH DH1
192 130 -62 Jonathan Villar MIL SS/2B/3B SS17/2B22/3B25
193 189 -4 Lance Lynn STL SP SP51
194 218 24 Carlos Gomez TEX OF OF54
195 195 0 Victor Martinez DET DH DH2
196 197 1 Matt Shoemaker LAA SP SP52
197 165 -32 Julio Teheran ATL SP SP53
198 161 -37 Dexter Fowler STL OF OF55
199 216 17 Jim Johnson ATL RP RP24
200 217 17 Brandon Kintzler MIN RP RP25
201 208 7 Steven Souza Jr. TB OF OF56
202 209 7 Yuli Gurriel HOU 3B/1B 3B26/1B27
203 229 26 Logan Morrison TB 1B 1B28
204 156 -48 Mark Melancon SF RP RP26
205 210 5 Brandon Phillips ATL 2B 2B23
206 212 6 Danny Duffy KC SP/RP SP54/RP27
207 215 8 John Lackey CHC SP SP55
208 243 35 Keon Broxton MIL OF OF57
209 214 5 Zack Cozart CIN SS SS18
210 202 -8 Bradley Zimmer CLE OF OF58
211 204 -7 Brandon Drury ARI 3B/2B/OF 3B27/2B24/OF59
212 206 -6 Odubel Herrera PHI OF OF60
213 211 -2 Dylan Bundy BAL SP/RP SP56/RP28
214 213 -1 Wilson Ramos TB C C10
215 236 21 David Peralta ARI OF OF61
216 219 3 Yasiel Puig LAD OF OF62
217 244 27 Chris Taylor LAD 3B/2B/OF 3B28/2B25/OF63
218 NR N/A Jordan Montgomery NYY SP SP57
219 230 11 Yadier Molina STL C C11
220 188 -32 Aaron Hicks NYY OF OF64
221 186 -35 Jose Peraza CIN SS/2B/OF SS19/2B26/OF65
222 220 -2 Felipe Rivero PIT RP RP29
223 223 0 Jimmy Nelson MIL SP SP58
224 190 -34 Chase Anderson MIL SP SP59
225 227 2 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/1B 3B29/1B29
226 237 11 Matt Bush TEX RP RP30
227 234 7 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF OF66
228 232 4 Aaron Altherr PHI OF OF67
229 235 6 Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B/3B/OF 1B30/3B30/OF68
230 NR N/A Fernando Rodney ARI RP RP31
231 NR N/A Zack Godley ARI RP/SP RP32/SP60
232 221 -11 Bud Norris LAA RP/SP RP33/SP61
233 146 -87 Tanner Roark WAS SP SP62
234 224 -10 Aaron Sanchez TOR SP SP63
235 225 -10 Matt Wieters WAS C C12
236 233 -3 Starling Marte PIT OF OF69
237 247 10 Maikel Franco PHI 3B 3B31
238 248 10 Melky Cabrera CWS OF OF70
239 249 10 Rich Hill LAD SP SP64
240 250 10 Alex Cobb TB SP SP65
241 NR N/A Dan Straily MIA SP SP66
242 203 -39 Max Kepler MIN OF OF71
243 NR N/A Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF 1B31/OF72
244 226 -18 Dansby Swanson ATL SS SS20
245 239 -6 Brandon Crawford SF SS SS21
246 240 -6 Matt Moore SF SP SP67
247 242 -5 Hunter Pence SF OF OF73
248 246 -2 Chase Headley NYY 3B 3B32
249 241 -8 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF OF74
250 222 -28 Cole Hamels TEX SP SP68

Quick Hits

  • Trea Turner moves into the top 10 in this week’s update. Some might be underwhelmed with Turner’s performance up to this point. Despite this, he is the #6 overall player in roto leagues this season. This includes his .277 average and his time missed from injury. The Nationals shortstop is the #1 player in fantasy over the past 30 days. His stats in that time frame: .311 average with 24 runs scored and 23 SB. This included just 2 HR and 9 RBI but I call this a good thing for Turner. If he can be the #1 overall player in fantasy with such little power, imagine the impact he will have once he starts hitting like he did late last season. Well, injuries suck! Just as I was getting ready to make Turner a mainstay in the top 10 he is hit by a pitch and has suffered a broken wrist! We do not have a timetable for his return. The most obvious comparison we have would be Freddie Freeman. Freeman suffered a similar injury, also while on his way to becoming a top 10 player. Fantasy Gods! Freeman landed on the DL back on May 18. He could return next Friday, and after the All-Star break at the latest. This puts his return at around 7-8 weeks. If we assume the same for Turner, he will be back around mid August. Freeman dropped around 50 spots when his injury happened. The problem is that Freeman can still after top 30 value for 3 months. Turner may be able to offer top 10 value, but it looks like it will only be a month and a half at most. For now Turner falls around 50 spots. I’ll update more if more news of a timetable becomes available.
  • Jake Arrieta falls 34 spots for me and is now my #17 SP. I’m officially concerned. Over his past 30 days, which is 6 starts, he has a 4.22 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. His most recent outing against the Nationals worries me the most. 6 BB in that one, not to mention he allowed Washington to run wild on him. The strikeout rate is still good which shows room for improvement. Arrieta is still a top 20 SP based on what he is capable of but the walks are starting to make him look mortal.
  • Corey Knebel has joined the elite at RP. Since earning his 1st save of the year back in May, Knebel has allowed just 3 runs over 20.2 innings of work. He has also struck out 37 in that time frame. That’s good for a 16.11 K/9. Seems pretty elite to me. The Brewers are also winning their division now (believe it or not) so close opportunities should remain for Knebel all year.
  • Jordan Montgomery is the highest ranked of the 5 new players to the top 250 this week. He has been pretty great all year, definitely exceeding expectations, much like his Yankees he pitches for. Over the past 30 days, Montgomery has a 2.59 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. In addition to this, he has won 4 of his past 5 starts and has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 5 of his past 6 outings. Look for Montgomery to continue to climb in the top 250 if this keeps up.
  • Rich Hill and Alex Cobb both responded to almost dropping out of the top 250 by putting up great starts. This buys them time... for now!

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:

  • Tanner Roark (12.51 ERA over past 3 starts)
  • Aaron Sanchez (When will he start again???)
  • Cole Hamels (K rate HAS to get better)

Hello, Goodbye

The following players are new additions to the top 250:

  • Jordan Montgomery (see above)
  • Fernando Rodney (18.2 straight scoreless innings)
  • Zack Godley
  • Dan Straily
  • Trey Mancini (Top 50 over past 30 days and Top 40 over past 15 days)

The following players are no longer in my top 250:

  • Hunter Renfroe
  • Matt Holliday
  • Aledmys Diaz
  • Cesar Hernandez
  • Koda Glover

See you next week!