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Top fantasy players by team: All-Star Edition

A look at the best fantasy baseball players by team. Who has the best and worst fantasy teams?

Are the Nationals the best fantasy team in baseball?
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Here’s how it goes:
I have listed the top performer by team and their overall rank this year. The * next to the players are additional players on that team who ranked higher than the worst 'best' player.

Here are the results (rankings are through July 9th):

Angels-Mike Trout(54)***
Astros-Jose Altuve(5)********
Athletics-Khris Davis(67)*
Mariners-Nelson Cruz(62)****
Rangers-Elvis Andrus(17)*

Indians-Jose Ramirez(14)****
Royals-Jason Vargas(31)****
Tigers-Michael Fulmer(45)**
Twins-Ervin Santana(30)***
White Sox-Jose Abreu(59)**

Blue Jays-Roberto Osuna(27)**
Orioles-Jonathan Schoop(73)*
Rays-Corey Dickerson(41)****
Red Sox-Chris Sale(3)****
Yankees-Aaron Judge(4)***

Diamondbacks-Paul Goldschmidt(6)*****
Dodgers-Clayton Kershaw(1)******
Giants-Eduardo Nunez(118)
Padres-Wil Myers(107)
Rockies-Charlie Blackmon(7)***

Brewers-Travis Shaw(24)******
Cardinals-Carlos Martinez(57)****
Cubs-Anthony Rizzo(68)**
Pirates-Andrew McCutchen(39)**
Reds-Joey Votto(10)****

Braves-Ender Inciarte(48)**
Marlins-Marcell Ozuna(19)*****
Mets-Jacob deGrom(50)**
Nationals-Max Scherzer(2)********
Phillies-Aaron Altherr(125)

Interesting Findings

  • The Philadelphia Phillies take the spot for worst fantasy baseball team at the All-Star break. Their best player so far is Aaron Altherr. Altherr earns the title of Worst ‘Best’ Player. Wear it with pride! He finished as the #125 overall player. Next closest was Eduardo Nunez at #118. The Giants missed out on a 2 peat for Worst ‘Best’ Player as Matt Cain took home that prize back in May.
  • Other than the Phillies and Giants, the Padres (Wil Myers) were the only teams with just 1 player inside the top 125. The Athletics (Khris Davis/Yonder Alonso), Rangers (Elvis Andrus/Yu Darvish), and Orioles (Jonathan Schoop/Brad Brach) all had just 2 players inside the top 125. A total of 6 teams had 2 or fewer players better than the Worst ‘Best’ Player, which is actually pretty low.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks had the best fantasy team in May, but they have since been dethroned. Both the Astros and the Nationals each had 9 players inside the top 125. As we know, there are NO TIES in baseball! The Nationals, who have 7 players inside the top 50, win the title of best fantasy baseball team at the break.
  • Those 9 players for Washington were: Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, Gio Gonzalez, and Michael Taylor. For those wondering, the 9 Astros were: Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr., Chris Devenski, Josh Reddick, Marwin Gonzalez, and Ken Giles.
  • None of the 6 teams with 2 or fewer top fantasy options have a winning record at the break. In fact, the 3 teams with just one top 125 option are the 3 worst teams in baseball . Even if we expand to teams with 3 top fantasy options, we still do not find a team with a record over .500. Maybe fantasy does correlate with real life baseball after all?
  • The National League (64) edged out the American League (61) for most players inside the top 125.

That’s all I’ve got! Leave a comment below letting me know what you found most eye opening about this information. Thanks for the read and see you next month!