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Fantasy Baseball 2017: Rest of Season Rankings

Miguel Cabrera hasn’t been himself. Whit Merrifield has been awesome. And the Nationals look like they finally have a closer!

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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 Mike Trout LAA OF OF1
2 2 0 Bryce Harper WAS OF OF2
3 3 0 Charlie Blackmon COL OF OF3
4 4 0 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B1
5 6 1 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 1B1
6 5 -1 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B1
7 7 0 Mookie Betts BOS OF OF4
8 11 3 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF OF5
9 10 1 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B/3B 1B2/3B2
10 9 -1 Max Scherzer WAS SP SP1
11 12 1 Chris Sale BOS SP SP2
12 13 1 Corey Kluber CLE SP SP3
13 14 1 Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B3
14 8 -6 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF 3B3/OF6
15 15 0 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/2B/OF 3B4/2B2/OF7
16 16 0 Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP4
17 17 0 Zack Greinke ARI SP SP5
18 18 0 Dee Gordon MIA 2B 2B3
19 19 0 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 1B4
20 20 0 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 1B5/OF8
21 21 0 Daniel Murphy WAS 2B/1B 2B4/1B6
22 23 1 Corey Seager LAD SS SS1
23 22 -1 Aaron Judge NYY OF OF9
24 24 0 Jacob deGrom NYM SP SP6
25 25 0 Kenley Jansen LAD RP RP1
26 33 7 Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RP2
27 31 4 George Springer HOU OF OF10
28 30 2 Nelson Cruz SEA OF OF11
29 26 -3 Chris Archer TB SP SP7
30 29 -1 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF OF12
31 35 4 Michael Conforto NYM OF OF13
32 36 4 Eric Hosmer KC 1B 1B7
33 37 4 Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS2
34 38 4 Jake Lamb ARI 3B 3B5
35 52 17 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS 3B6/SS3
36 46 10 Khris Davis OAK OF OF14
37 34 -3 A.J. Pollock ARI OF OF15
38 40 2 Luis Severino NYY SP/RP SP8/RP3
39 43 4 Yu Darvish LAD SP SP9
40 41 1 Carlos Martinez STL SP SP10
41 39 -2 J.D. Martinez ARI OF OF16
42 32 -10 Stephen Strasburg WAS SP SP11
43 42 -1 Alex Wood LAD RP/SP RP4/SP12
44 27 -17 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 1B8
45 45 0 Travis Shaw MIL 3B/1B 3B7/1B9
46 44 -2 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF 3B8/OF17
47 49 2 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 3B9
48 48 0 Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B5
49 50 1 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP SP13
50 51 1 Francisco Lindor CLE SS SS4
51 56 5 Jake Arrieta CHC SP SP14
52 58 6 Justin Upton DET OF OF18
53 66 13 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 2B6
54 67 13 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B10
55 53 -2 Jose Abreu CWS 1B 1B10
56 54 -2 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 3B11
57 55 -2 Jon Lester CHC SP SP15
58 28 -30 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 1B11
59 57 -2 Starling Marte PIT OF OF19
60 60 0 Adam Duvall CIN OF OF20
61 69 8 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF OF21
62 71 9 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF OF22
63 59 -4 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP RP5
64 47 -17 Carlos Carrasco CLE SP SP16
65 61 -4 Buster Posey SF C/1B C1/1B12
66 65 -1 Christian Yelich MIA OF OF23
67 63 -4 Ryan Braun MIL OF OF24
68 64 -4 Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF25
69 68 -1 Wil Myers SD 1B 1B13
70 70 0 Jay Bruce CLE OF/1B OF26/1B14
71 72 1 Jose Berrios MIN SP SP17
72 73 1 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP SP18
73 74 1 Ian Kinsler DET 2B 2B7
74 75 1 Roberto Osuna TOR RP RP6
75 76 1 Wade Davis CHC RP RP7
76 77 1 Corey Knebel MIL RP RP8
77 78 1 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B12
78 79 1 James Paxton SEA SP SP19
79 85 6 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS SS5
80 87 7 Justin Smoak TOR 1B 1B15
81 89 8 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B8
82 83 1 Didi Gregorius NYY SS SS6
83 82 -1 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B 1B16
84 84 0 Trevor Story COL SS SS7
85 86 1 Carlos Santana CLE 1B 1B17
86 109 23 Eduardo Nunez BOS 3B/SS/OF 3B13/SS8/OF27
87 80 -7 Evan Longoria TB 3B 3B14
88 81 -7 Rougned Odor TEX 2B 2B9
89 62 -27 Gary Sanchez NYY C C2
90 93 3 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B15
91 100 9 Justin Turner LAD 3B 3B16
92 153 61 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF 2B10/OF28
93 105 12 Lorenzo Cain KC OF OF29
94 92 -2 Greg Holland COL RP RP9
95 107 12 Jimmy Nelson MIL SP SP20
96 90 -6 Jose Quintana CHC SP SP21
97 96 -1 Gerrit Cole PIT SP SP22
98 117 19 Gio Gonzalez WAS SP SP23
99 94 -5 Jacob Faria TB SP SP24
100 103 3 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP/SP RP10/SP25
101 114 13 Edwin Diaz SEA RP RP11
102 110 8 Matt Carpenter STL 2B/1B/3B 2B11/1B18/3B17
103 101 -2 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS SS9
104 102 -2 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS 2B12/SS10
105 108 3 Sonny Gray NYY SP SP26
106 113 7 Aaron Nola PHI SP SP27
107 95 -12 Corey Dickerson TB OF OF30
108 97 -11 Domingo Santana MIL OF OF31
109 98 -11 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF OF32
110 99 -11 Brett Gardner NYY OF OF33
111 111 0 Adam Jones BAL OF OF34
112 116 4 Alex Colome TB RP RP12
113 91 -22 Felipe Rivero PIT RP RP13
114 115 1 Kelvin Herrera KC RP RP14
115 121 6 Justin Verlander DET SP SP28
116 122 6 Steven Souza Jr. TB OF OF35
117 118 1 J.T. Realmuto MIA C C3
118 119 1 Ken Giles HOU RP RP15
119 88 -31 Michael Fulmer DET SP SP29
120 120 0 Jeff Samardzija SF SP SP30
121 125 4 Trea Turner WAS 2B/SS/OF 2B13/SS11/OF36
122 133 11 Drew Pomeranz BOS SP SP31
123 134 11 Rich Hill LAD SP SP32
124 135 11 Ervin Santana MIN SP SP33
125 136 11 Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP SP34
126 137 11 Ian Happ CHC OF/2B OF37/2B14
127 131 4 Zach Britton BAL RP RP16
128 132 4 Cody Allen CLE RP RP17
129 174 45 Trevor Rosenthal STL RP RP18
130 201 71 Sean Doolittle WAS RP RP19
131 149 18 Lance Lynn STL SP SP35
132 154 22 Zack Godley ARI RP/SP RP20/SP36
133 150 17 Tommy Pham STL OF OF38
134 151 17 Yasiel Puig LAD OF OF39
135 152 17 Rafael Devers BOS 3B 3B18
136 155 19 Alex Bregman HOU 3B/SS 3B19/SS12
137 158 21 Chris Taylor LAD 3B/2B/OF 3B20/2B15/OF40
138 159 21 Orlando Arcia MIL SS SS13
139 163 24 Brad Hand SD RP RP21
140 130 -10 Robbie Ray ARI SP SP37
141 170 29 Danny Salazar CLE SP SP38
142 173 31 Yadier Molina STL C C4
143 162 19 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B16
144 142 -2 Josh Harrison PIT 2B/3B 2B17/3B21
145 144 -1 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B18
146 145 -1 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 3B22
147 168 21 Yuli Gurriel HOU 3B/1B 3B23/1B19
148 147 -1 Taijuan Walker ARI SP SP39
149 148 -1 Danny Duffy KC SP/RP SP40/RP22
150 146 -4 AJ Ramos NYM RP RP23
151 166 15 Michael Wacha STL RP/SP RP24/SP41
152 202 50 Avisail Garcia CWS OF OF41
153 112 -41 Willson Contreras CHC C/OF C5/OF42
154 140 -14 Mark Reynolds COL 1B 1B20
155 167 12 Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/3B/SS 2B19/3B24/SS14
156 178 22 Javier Baez CHC 3B/2B/SS 3B25/2B20/SS15
157 171 14 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B21
158 175 17 Ryon Healy OAK 3B/1B 3B26/1B21
159 185 26 Kevin Gausman BAL SP SP42
160 192 32 Hector Neris PHI RP RP25
161 123 -38 Marcus Stroman TOR SP SP43
162 126 -36 Andrew Miller CLE RP RP26
163 104 -59 Michael Brantley CLE OF OF43
164 181 17 Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 1B22/2B22/3B27/SS16/OF44
165 127 -38 Ender Inciarte ATL OF OF45
166 128 -38 Mark Trumbo BAL OF OF46
167 129 -38 Gregory Polanco PIT OF OF47
168 138 -30 Matt Kemp ATL OF OF48
169 139 -30 Eric Thames MIL OF/1B OF49/1B23
170 143 -27 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B 1B24
171 106 -65 Sean Manaea OAK SP SP44
172 161 -11 Rick Porcello BOS SP SP45
173 164 -9 Jameson Taillon PIT SP SP46
174 165 -9 Starlin Castro NYY 2B 2B23
175 176 1 Josh Reddick HOU OF OF50
176 188 12 Odubel Herrera PHI OF OF51
177 177 0 Logan Morrison TB 1B 1B25
178 193 15 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 2B24
179 223 44 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/1B 3B28/1B26
180 207 27 J.A. Happ TOR SP SP47
181 169 -12 Todd Frazier NYY 3B 3B29
182 160 -22 Bradley Zimmer CLE OF OF52
183 229 46 Rajai Davis OAK OF OF53
184 172 -12 Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF OF54
185 179 -6 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B 3B30
186 156 -30 Dallas Keuchel HOU SP SP48
187 180 -7 Jake Odorizzi TB SP SP49
188 182 -6 David Peralta ARI OF OF55
189 183 -6 Cole Hamels TEX SP SP50
190 187 -3 Manuel Margot SD OF OF56
191 NR N/A Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B 1B27
192 189 -3 Carlos Gomez TEX OF OF57
193 190 -3 Chris Davis BAL 1B 1B28
194 210 16 Paul DeJong STL 3B/2B/SS 3B31/2B25/SS17
195 215 20 Melky Cabrera KC OF OF58
196 191 -5 Marcus Semien OAK SS SS18
197 200 3 Fernando Rodney ARI RP RP27
198 197 -1 Brian McCann HOU C C6
199 194 -5 Chase Anderson MIL SP SP51
200 219 19 Maikel Franco PHI 3B 3B32
201 198 -3 Brandon Phillips ATL 2B 2B26
202 199 -3 Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF 1B29/OF59
203 NR N/A Zach Davies MIL SP SP52
204 205 1 Jon Gray COL SP SP53
205 211 6 John Lackey CHC SP SP54
206 124 -82 Salvador Perez KC C C7
207 195 -12 Yasmani Grandal LAD C C8
208 212 4 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF60
209 217 8 Carlos Correa HOU SS SS19
210 184 -26 Ian Desmond COL OF/1B OF61/1B30
211 206 -5 Alex Cobb TB SP SP55
212 237 25 Kenta Maeda LAD SP SP56
213 157 -56 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU SP SP57
214 141 -73 Yonder Alonso SEA 1B 1B31
215 216 1 Yoan Moncada CWS 3B/2B 3B33/2B27
216 226 10 Dylan Bundy BAL SP/RP SP58/RP28
217 220 3 Dellin Betances NYY RP RP29
218 221 3 Brad Brach BAL RP RP30
219 NR N/A Shane Greene DET RP RP31
220 227 7 Charlie Morton HOU SP SP59
221 NR N/A Tim Beckham BAL SS/2B SS20/2B28
222 NR N/A Jarrod Dyson SEA OF OF62
223 234 11 Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF63
224 222 -2 Kendrys Morales TOR 1B 1B32
225 225 0 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF OF64
226 238 12 Zack Cozart CIN SS SS21
227 243 16 Cameron Maybin LAA OF OF65
228 NR N/A Dexter Fowler STL OF OF66
229 NR N/A German Marquez COL SP SP60
230 236 6 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP SP61
231 218 -13 Jason Vargas KC SP SP62
232 228 -4 Amed Rosario NYM SS SS22
233 245 12 Jose Peraza CIN SS/2B/OF SS23/2B29/OF67
234 241 7 Marco Estrada TOR SP SP63
235 250 15 Max Kepler MIN OF OF68
236 NR N/A Josh Bell PIT 1B 1B33
237 224 -13 Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B34
238 246 8 Nomar Mazara TEX OF OF69
239 240 1 Mike Leake STL SP SP64
240 230 -10 Ivan Nova PIT SP SP65
241 NR N/A Welington Castillo BAL C C9
242 208 -34 Victor Martinez DET DH DH1
243 NR N/A Hunter Pence SF OF OF70
244 NR N/A Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP RP32
245 209 -36 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF 1B35/OF71
246 242 -4 Jonathan Lucroy COL C C10
247 244 -3 Matt Adams ATL 1B/OF 1B36/OF72
248 203 -45 Scooter Gennett CIN 2B/OF 2B30/OF73
249 247 -2 Mike Zunino SEA C C11
250 233 -17 David Price BOS SP SP66

Quick Hits

  • Miguel Cabrera has been one of the most reliable hitters in fantasy baseball since 2004! That’s right, since his age 21 season, Cabrera has averaged 33 HR 115 RBI and a .323 average coming into this year. This year, he is hitting a career low .255 with a career low .411 slugging percentage. The underlying numbers suggest he should get it going again but they have been saying that since June... it’s now mid-August by the way. It hurts me to drop him outside the top 50, but it’s time to start realizing this might not change, at least not for the remainder of this season.
  • Whit Merrifield makes a huge leap in this week’s top 250 update by jumping inside my top 100 overall players. Merrifield is hitting .333/.365/.556 with 6 HR 17 RBI and 5 SB since the All-Star break. He is the #2 second baseman over the past 30 days! Behind some guy from Houston. It is time to start taking Merrifield serious. This is not stopping.
  • Just as I was putting Willson Contreras ahead of Gary Sanchez as the #2 catcher, Contreras suffered a hamstring injury. This injury does not currently have a time table but a DL stint seems imminent at this point. I am hoping this is not a lengthy absence because Contreras was one of the hottest hitters since the break. 10 HR 29 RBI and a .311 average since the break and now he is headed to the DL. *Sad face*
  • Sean Doolittle couldn’t even close for his former team and he is now a top 20 RP for one of the best teams in baseball. Since joining the Nationals, Doolittle has been a perfect 7 for 7 in save opportunity over his 10 total appearances. He has allowed 4 runs but 3 of those came in 1 outing. I expect Doolittle to remain the 9th inning man for Washington for the rest of the season and that easily makes him top 20 RP material.
  • Zach Davies was a sleeper for me in Spring Training. He was extremely consistent last season and ended the year a top 200 player. He got off to a dreadful start giving up 18 runs in his first 4 starts. He went into the All-Star break with a 4.90 ERA. Since then, he has a 3.18 ERA. Even better, he has a 2.36 ERA in his last 5 starts which includes last night’s bad outing. He has also gone at least 7 innings in 4 of those 5 games, something he had done just once pre All-Star break. Davies is now ranked as SP 52 for me and should be one of the hottest waiver wire adds out there.

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:

  • Yonder Alonso (.208 with 5 HR in past 45 games)
  • Victor Martinez (3 home runs since June 2)
  • Scooter Gennett (fun while it lasted)

Hello, Goodbye

The following players are new additions to the top 250:

  • Rhys Hoskins (29 HR 91 RBI .966 OPS in the minors this year)
  • Zach Davies (see above)
  • Shane Greene (safe bet to remain Tigers closer)
  • Tim Beckham
  • Jarrod Dyson (4th in the majors in SB)
  • Dexter Fowler
  • German Marquez (4-0 3.18 ERA in past 7 starts)
  • Josh Bell
  • Welington Castillo
  • Hunter Pence
  • Arodys Vizcaino (1.72 ERA since May 1. New Braves closer)

The following players are no longer in my top 250:

  • Clint Frazier (DL stint plus Aaron Hicks is healthy)
  • Evan Gattis
  • Jonathan Villar (just 1 start in August)
  • Aaron Altherr (hurt again)
  • Julio Teheran (5.25 ERA this year. 7.00 ERA since the break)
  • Justin Bour
  • Johnny Cueto
  • Bud Norris
  • Addison Russell
  • Wilson Ramos
  • Mitch Haniger (time to let go)

See you next week!