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The English major in me is just teeming with excitement for the title of Week 19’s edition. Any of you ever read Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game out there? (And damn it, I know I’m geeking out right now. Whatevs.) The quick premise of the book is that there’s a special boy who has a greater ability than anyone else to defeat an enemy in what is posed as a simulated game. I won’t spoil the rest, but suffice it to say, he’s special because he wins. All the freaking time he wins. Even though he’s not the most imposing character he wins. And it’s just like his fantasy baseball namesake:

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  • Ender Inciarte, OF (15.6% owned) – Ya got that right, Ender. It is fun. A lot of fun. And thanks to you for not only helping the Braves actually win a game or two in the second half, while somehow posting an almost .300 avg as a team the past three weeks, but also contributing to the fantasy world. Finally. Listen, he doesn’t have the protagonist ways of always winning like Charlie Sheen “Ender” in the book, but if you look closely he’s bringing a ton of value to the game. In the past 30 days only Jose Altuve and Shmelky Shmabrera (he doesn’t deserve that hyperlink) have more hits than Inciarte (34). Through his 34 hits he’s carrying a .370 AVG with 18 runs and 3 SB. Is he taking the NL by storm? Um, no. But at this stage of the game his consistent ability to rack up hits and get on base drives up his chances at the counting stats. Atop the vaunted Braves lineup he won’t drive in many runs (4 in the past month), but the runs, AVG and SB are enough to really help you now that we’re in August. Look at your standings. Is there a large gap between you and two-to-three spots ahead of you in a category? Meanwhile, are there only a few R or SB between you and 5 points? Well, Ender’s your man. Point is…grab the guys that help your team based on standings. Period. Disregard the trade value of these rankings or anyone else’s opinion. Need speed and crushing in power? Awesome. Someone like Ender is perfect. And he’s creepin’ big time recently: 13/24 in the past 7 days!

Now, enough creepin’…let’s get to the Top 100 Hitters Rankings for Week 19!

Note: These rankings are considered ROS trade value.

RED = Falling
GREEN = Rising
BLUE = New to the 100

Rank Name Pos Team
1 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
2 Mike Trout OF LAA
3 Mookie Betts OF BOS
4 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
5 Manny Machado 3B/SS BAL
6 Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
7 Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
8 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC
9 David Ortiz DH BOS
10 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
11 Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI
12 Ian Desmond SS/OF TEX
13 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
14 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL
15 Robinson Cano 2B SEA
16 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
17 Giancarlo Stanton OF MIA
18 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
19 Corey Seager SS LAD
20 Starling Marte OF PIT
21 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
22 Daniel Murphy 2B/3B WAS
23 Joey Votto 1B CIN
24 Adam Jones OF BAL
25 George Springer OF HOU
26 Mark Trumbo OF BAL
27 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
28 Carlos Correa SS HOU
29 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
30 Wil Myers 1B/OF SD
31 Rougned Odor 2B TEX
32 Ian Kinsler 2B DET
33 Ryan Braun OF MIL
34 Eric Hosmer 1B KC
35 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF BOS
36 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
37 Jay Bruce OF NYM
38 Buster Posey C/1B SF
39 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
40 Jonathan Villar SS MIL
41 Justin Turner 3B LAD
42 Victor Martinez DH DET
43 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
44 Jose Abreu 1B CWS
45 Bryce Harper OF WAS
46 Jake Lamb 3B ARI
47 Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
48 Jose Bautista OF TOR
49 Lorenzo Cain OF KC
50 Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
51 Christian Yelich OF MIA
52 Hunter Pence OF SF
53 DJ LeMahieu 2B COL
54 Albert Pujols 1B LAA
55 Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
56 J.D. Martinez OF DET
57 Marcell Ozuna OF MIA
58 Chris Davis 1B/OF BAL
59 Miguel Sano 3B/OF MIN
60 Brandon Belt 1B SF
61 Carlos Beltran OF NYY
62 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B SF
63 Matt Carpenter 3B STL
64 Stephen Piscotty OF STL
65 Maikel Franco 3B PHI
66 Evan Longoria 3B TB
67 Matt Kemp OF ATL
68 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
69 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF CHC
70 Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
71 Dee Gordon 2B MIA
72 Khris Davis OF OAK
73 Mike Napoli 1B CLE
74 Todd Frazier 3B CWS
75 Jonathan Lucroy C TEX
76 Billy Hamilton OF CIN
77 Dexter Fowler OF CHC
78 Anthony Rendon 2B/3B WAS
79 Wilson Ramos C WAS
80 Tyler Naquin OF CLE
81 Yasmany Tomas 3B/OF ARI
82 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
83 Max Kepler OF MIN
84 Nick Castellanos 3B DET
85 Brad Miller SS/OF TB
86 Jean Segura 2B/SS ARI
87 David Dahl OF COL
88 Hernan Perez 3B/OF MIL
89 Jose Ramirez SS/2B/3B/OF CLE
90 Salvador Perez C KC
91 Rajai Davis OF CLE
92 Adam Duvall OF CIN
93 Evan Gattis C HOU
94 Neil Walker 2B NYM
95 Odubel Herrera OF PHI
96 Carlos Santana 1B CLE
97 Alex Bregman SS HOU
98 Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B CHC
99 Didi Gregorius SS NYY
100 Michael Saunders OF TB

Dropped from Rankings: Yoenis Cespedes (23), Trevor Story (45), Aledmys Diaz (79), Melvin Upton Jr. (90), Willson Contreras (97), Hanley Ramirez (99), Kevin Keirmaier (100)

  • The Bryce Harper Watch has officially ENDED. Seriously, he plummets in this week’s rankings, and it may be about a month too late. He’s been dreadful, hitting over .100 points lower than 2015. M-V-What? Next year he still has to be a first round pick, but for the rest of 2016 it’s time to cut bait.
  • I love Joey Votto. And never stopped. To all you who jumped off the bandwagon. Ha. Well…he’s hitting .405 over the past month. Booyaakashah!
  • Brad Miller may finally be the player to break the curse. I didn’t mention it above, though I was tempted to, but I haven’t had the best of luck in guessing future value for the Creeper of the Week. Run through the gauntlet of players I’ve highlighted and it’s as sad an assortment of players as any team going against the U.S. Men’s National Basketball Team. However, in Miller we have hope. He continues to mash, even after lifting him up in Week 18. And remember, take that sub .200 April out of the equation and he’s a top 10 SS. This may be remembered as the year of the MI by the time we’re done with everything. It’s crazy how deep the pool is now.

Good luck in Week 19! Only a few more left in H2H leagues, and a little over 7 weeks for the roto side of Razz! DROP THOSE COMMENTS, pick up Ender, and climb those standings!

 

 

 

 
  1. Littlecf24 says:
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    I know your officially off the Harper train, but would you trade Dee Gordon and Chris Davis for Harper in 12 team H2H if you secured a playoff spot and have Stanton Marte and Cargo in the OF, Rizzo/Abreu 1B and Rendon and Miller at 2B?

    Thanks

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      M@ says:
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      @Littlecf24: Probably not. I’m tempted to say yes, but I fear Harper’s hurt and we just don’t know much about it. Actually, I think he’s been hurt since early May. I’d probably pass…Davis has just as much power upside in a month as Harper, and Gordon could rake in steals and runs.

      Nice squad! Good luck!

  2. Fungazi says:
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    Gregy Polanco still holding on huh? Hasn’t been good since May and is always hurt.

    • Scott says:
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      @Fungazi: Yeah, he’s become Ryan Braun – lite

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        M@ says:
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        @Scott: Somehow it’s not a bad comp. The counting stats will end up similar, though, so it’s more of a true comparison than a ‘lite’ version.

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      M@ says:
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      @Fungazi: Somehow I still like him. Somehow. Yes, he’s been awful for owners for about a month, but I still love the upside of what he can do if his leg heals up enough for the stretch run. ROS he holds value.

      However, you’re more likely right that he should be lower in this list. He’s a strong candidate to drop come next weekend.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @M@: Sounds right, especially in H2H where he’s sort of a stash right now for the playoffs. If he’s still not producing before the first round starts, I’ll drop him the week before.

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          M@ says:
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          @Fungazi: Great call. If you’re making the playoffs it’s ALL about the best upside you can find with the most reasonable floor. And on the free agent bin you’re not finding a better stash than him.

  3. John says:
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    Hey,

    Currently carrying 4 closers (Herrera, Dyson, familia and osuna). Looking to upgrade my MI position. How does yelich and osuna for lindor sound? Is that giving up too much?

    Thanks in advance!

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      M@ says:
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      @John: Yelich and Lindor actually compare very favorably. I wouldn’t give too much on top of Yelich to get him. Try the straight swap first, especially with how hot Yelich’s bat has been since the break.

  4. Goldschmidt says:
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    Nice list. Villar is about 20 spots too low though. This year may be a fluke but he’s not slowing down over the next two months.

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      M@ says:
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      @Goldschmidt: You think so? Up to #20 overall? He’s been surprisingly incredible without slowing down this year. Aaaaand it sucks. Dropped him in two leagues back in early May thinking we were seeing nothing more than a flash. The only flash associated with him, though, should be his speed to rack up the SB count. He’s going to reach 60 SB with decent pop. Even with that, I still can’t jump him over all twenty of those names above him.

      What’s crazy is that if anyone said Jonathan Villar would end the season as a top 40 overall hitter you’d be laughed at. By me first. But here we are…

      You don’t fluke like this for an entire year.

      • Goldschmidt says:
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        @M@:

        He’s having exactly the same year as starling matte. Better, even. If you don’t think he’s slowing down, then I think it’s fair to argue he belongs around the top 20.

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          M@ says:
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          @Goldschmidt: Can’t argue with you there, but I have less belief that he presses on at the same pace than I do for Marte. That’s the gap. He’s still an elite SS. You can make the argument he deserves to be over Correa, and that CC should drop a little, but that would only take him up to low 30’s. We’re nit picking here.

  5. jdub01984 says:
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    Hitting Categories in my league are R, H, HR, RBI, TB, S, and AVG. Which player for the rest of the season: Jonathan Schoop or Devon Travis. Thanks.

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      M@ says:
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      @jdub01984: I see you Chief Nokahoma! Hope I spelled that right. So offensive. Those drums int he outfield, though.

      I’m taking Schoop over Travis in every style of game. Points. Standard. H2H. Roto. TB leagues. First, I don’t trust that Travis stays healthy to end the year, and second, Schoop’s been consistently a better option even when both play. Travis has heated up nicely, but not enough to jump Schoop in the 2B contest.

  6. gooshball says:
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    Where the Hot-Shmato Trea Turner? I’m starting him at UTIL over Pence and Ozuna this week. He should at least be in the 80s or 90s.

    Where’s the love?

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      M@ says:
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      @gooshball: Haha, it probably should be in there. I haven’t been super high on him the entire time. He’s a speedster, and proving it well, but he has little pop in that little bat of his. I tend to shy away from the runners that can’t rake. SB helps you in one cat (maybe two if you have a hitter behind them), whereas the power cats bring in value for 4. He’ll likely make his way into Week 20, but I’d rather have the names on there over him.

      However, remember…once you get to 70 and on it’s a lot of preference.

  7. Rondo says:
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    Need some fine fantasy advice heading into the playoffs in a 10 team H2H points league. Who is the odd man OUT in each of these positional groupings?

    1) OF – Dahl, Kepler, A Dickerson
    2) 2B – Schoop, D. Travis, Schimpf
    3) SS – Segura, Semien, Nunez, Tulo

    Thanks!

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      M@ says:
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      @Rondo: This one’s not that difficult. Names to cut are:

      A) Dickerson
      B) Schimpf
      3) Semien

      Semien K’s too much in points leagues without enough total hits. Schimpf is a schrimp. And Dickerson’s the Jeremy Hazelbaker of late July.

      Good luck!

      • Rondo says:
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        @M@: Ok great…now let’s see if I can ramp up the difficulty level in my question a little.

        1) Dahl or Kepler?
        2) Schoop or D. Travis?
        3) Segura, Nunez, Tulo – please pick 2

        Thanks!

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          M@ says:
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          @Rondo: Haha, let’s go!

          1) Dahl
          2) Schoop
          3) Segura/Tulo

          Nunez is phenonimals, but I worry about him dropping off a little from his previous pace, whereas Segura somehow hasn’t slowed down at all and Tulo’s showed his normal self since coming back from injury.

  8. Dorn_E5 says:
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    Should I trade harper straight up for jd Martinez or is that selling too low

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      M@ says:
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      @Dorn_E5: I would. Both have upside, I just fear Harper is hurt.

  9. Utah Green Sox says:
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    Odd man out:
    OF: Dahl, Kepler, Duvall, Piscotty

      • Utah Green Sox says:
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        @M@: Thanks!

  10. cobi says:
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    need help! I have mark Trumbo and chris davis. they both hit for power but also hit nothing but air 99% of the time. for the upcoming playoffs should I drop for more consistent players? on my waiver wire are players like trea turner, Andrew benintendi, yulieski gurriel ? plus this is my team currently:
    c- lucroy
    1b – carpenter
    2b – murphy
    3b-machado
    ss-lindor
    of-Trumbo
    of-davis
    of-Bryant
    uti-dahl
    uti-bregman

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      M@ says:
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      @cobi: Your team is stout. I doubt you need to drop either of them for one of those players given your current roster. I’d try to trade if you still have a window. Otherwise sit tight and/or drop Dahl or Bregman if they cool off significantly for another young’n on the wire.

  11. quinnah says:
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    You really think Pence gets it together and justifies that high ranking this year? Getting pretty sick of keeping him on my team this year.

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      M@ says:
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      @quinnah: Well, haha, I sure hope so. Last week when I compiled these he was still pretty close to coming off the injury. His ceiling is higher than most of the names under him, but it really may just be wishful thinking that he provides the value to justify the ranking. He’s definitely a candidate to drop if he doesn’t turn it around this week.

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