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Greetings and welcome back to everyone except salty commenter Fogimon. Just kidding. Love you, Fogimon. If you didn’t read Saturday’s post, I moved up north from South Florida just in time to avoid Hurricane Irma, avoiding the chaos of evacuating or staying and hunkering down for the storm. Can’t have much better luck than that, I guess.

Hopefully, you survived without me for a week as we head into the home stretch and fantasy playoffs. If you didn’t, then you are probably not reading this, I guess. So, welcome, survivors. Let’s all bring these leagues home.

We only have so much time left, so we have to continue to focus on the players who are contributing now. If that means dropping Miguel Cabrera (in non-keeper and non-dynasty formats) in order to pick up Matt Olson or a Nick Williams, so be it. Now is not the time for name value consideration. I usually preach patience in this space, but we only have a few weeks left here to close this out. Go, go, gadget Jose Reyes!

Expanded rosters make these last few weeks even more difficult, especially if you have players on teams like the Dodgers or Nationals who can afford to rest players like Daniel Murphy and Corey Seager. You want to make sure you have some additional positional flexibility where possible, which makes waiver wire additions such as Eduardo Escobar and Matt Olson that much more valuable. Not only are they producing right now, but they play a couple positions and give you some added flexibility.

I touch on Olson a bit in a blurb below, but Escobar is a guy who taking a look at because of his eligibility at both shortstop and third base. He won’t have too much value once Miguel Sano returns, but it sounds like Sano is progressing pretty slowly. With only a few weeks left in the season, we probably still have at least another week of Escobar playing time, if not more. There is no guarantee that he continues to play every day once Sano comes back, but it is equally possible that, if he keeps hitting, the Twins find a place for him in a lineup that could certainly use the help. For a guy with a 9.92 PR15 who is owned in less than 20% of ESPN leagues, I would definitely be willing to take a chance.

  • Mookie Betts – Are the Mookie Betts haters ready to apologize yet? 6.21 PR15 with six stolen bases enough for you to hop off the hate train? On pace for 20/30 with 100 runs scored and nearly 100 RBIs good enough? Even with some cold spells this year, he is still one of the more valuable fantasy contributors. Feel free to not draft him next year and leave him for me!
  • Paul Goldschmidt – Goldy’s injury was likely a killer for those of you in fantasy playoffs last week. He missed most of the week, and weekly lineups had already locked, so there was not much you could do about it. That is killer. Luckily, he returned to the lineup on Saturday and looks to be OK going forward. There aren’t many people who can contribute across categories in all formats the way he does. If you have him and managed to survive last week and advance, you have to plug him in again and hope for the best.
  • Jose Abreu

 

  • Miguel Sano  – We are running out of time in the fantasy season to get any more Sano bombs. He had cooled down after a hot start but was still hitting dingers and getting on base at a decent rate. His cold second half means you probably won’t miss him all that much, but I was hoping to have him as an option off the bench for the second round of the playoffs in my H2H leagues. He just took batting practice on Saturday, so he is still probably at least a week away from returning.
  • Billy Hamilton  – SAGNOF time. A fractured left thumb means Hamilton is donezo. If you had him all season, you are probably doing fine in the steals category. If you still need steals, it’s time to scrape the bottom of the Delino Deshields barrel for steals and check out Razzball’s weekly SAGNOF posts. My favorite SAGNOFer, Jarrod Dyson, isn’t an option anymore either. Hint: Jose Reyes is owned in less than 30% of ESPN leagues right now.
  • Trea Turner  – Turner is back. Rejoice! Ok, so he has been back for a couple weeks now. I was traveling last week as I was moving and coincidentally evacuating from Hurricane Irma a week early, so he returned during my absence. He is only hitting .235 through nine September games, but I’m still rolling him out there in weekly lineups, as I am sure most of you are, too (I don’t actually have him in any of my leagues. We’re talking hypothetically here). He is the kind of cross-category x-factor you can’t usually find in September, so have at it.
  • Josh Harrison – Done for the year with a fractured hand. Bummer. While not really a fantasy superstar, he was a valuable piece this season who played multiple positions and did a little bit of everything, even if he didn’t do a ton of anything. The perfect guy to move around your line and plug in for minor injuries and off days. He will be missed. Poor out some Octoberfest him this fall beer season.
  • J.D. Martinez  – Your PR15 king for the week, with a 13.99 to make up for the loss of Goldschmidt. Eight home runs in seven games will do that, though I didn’t think anyone could get hotter than Jose Ramirez is right now. I think Just Dong is fitting in just fine out there in Arizona.
  • Michael Taylor – Your secret PR15 stud has an 11.45, good for fourth in all of baseball. Everyone is trying to chip in to make up for the loss of Bryce Harper, and Taylor has been doing his best impression of late. Owned in just 15% of leagues, he is worth a short term stash to catch some lightning in a bottle.
  • Matt Olson – Secret PR15 stud runner-up. His 10.69 is sixth overall, and he’s got some big boy power. If you are in need of some power down the stretch, you could do worse than Olson while he is hot. Owned in less than 30% of ESPN leagues.
  • Xander Bogaerts  – Slumping and now losing playing time. Removing him from the list, as this is no time to play around with a shortstop who could be riding the bench more down the stretch. Now that Pedroia is healthy, the Red Sox are moving Eduardo Nunez around the diamond more, and Bogie just sat for a few games in a row.

 

Note: These rankings are considered ROS Trade Value

Mike Maher’s Top 100 Hitters

(Rankings based on 12-team Roto. GREEN = player rising. RED = player dropping. BLUE = new to the Top 100 or Honorable Mentions.)

Rank Name Team Pos
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
3 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
4 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF
5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
6 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
7 Mookie Betts BOS OF
8 J.D. Martinez ARI OF
9 Joey Votto CIN 1B
10 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
11 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS
12 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
13 Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B
14 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
15 George Springer HOU OF
16 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF
17 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
18 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
19 Aaron Judge NYY OF
20 Corey Seager LAD SS
21 Nelson Cruz SEA OF
22 Dee Gordon MIA 2B
23 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF
24 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
25 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
26 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
27 Justin Upton LAA OF
28 Mike Moustakas KC 3B
29 Justin Turner LAD 3B
30 Trea Turner WSH SS/2B/OF
31 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
32 Brian Dozier MIN 2B
33 Gary Sanchez NYY C
34 Khris Davis OAK OF
35 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
36 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
37 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
38 Carlos Correa HOU SS
39 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
40 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS
41 Christian Yelich MIA OF
42 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
43 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF
44 Tommy Pham STL OF
45 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
46 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
47 Jay Bruce CLE 1B/OF
48 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS/OF
49 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
50 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
51 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF
52 Travis Shaw MIL 1B/3B
53 Adam Duvall CIN OF
54 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
55 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
56 Lorenzo Cain KC OF
57 Paul DeJong STL 3B/SS/2B
58 Chris Taylor LAD 3B/2B/OF
59 Joey Gallo TEX 3B
60 Starling Marte PIT OF
61 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
62 Buster Posey SF C/1B
63 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
64 Adam Jones BAL OF
65 Domingo Santana MIL OF
66 Didi Gregorious NYY SS
67 Ian Happ CHC 2B/OF
68 Josh Bell PIT 1B
69 Brett Gardner NYY OF
70 Ryan Braun MIL OF
71 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
72 Avisail Garcia CHW OF
73 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
74 Steven Souza Jr. TB OF
75 Yasiel Puig LAD OF
76 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
77 Byron Buxton MIN OF
78 Gerardo Parra COL 1B/OF
79 Logan Morrison TB 1B
80 Scooter Gennett CIN 2B/3B/OF
81 Eddie Rosario MIN OF
82 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
83 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
84 Josh Reddick OAK OF
85 Mark Reynolds COL 1B
86 Eduardo Escobar MIN SS/3B
87 Corey Dickerson TB OF
88 Manuel Margot SD OF
89 Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B/3B/OF
90 Matt Olson OAK 1B/OF
91 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
92 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
93 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
94 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B
95 Evan Longoria TB 3B
96 Mark Trumbo BAL OF
97 Ian Kinsler DET 2B
98 Carlos Gomez TEX OF
99 Matt Adams ATL 1B
100 Kendrys Morales TOR 1B/DH

The Honorable Mentions (Next Five In…)

Rank Name Team Pos
101 Cameron Maybin LAA OF
102 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
103 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
104 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
105 Nick Williams PHI OF

 

Dropped from the rankings: Billy Hamilton, Miguel Sano, Josh Harrison, Adrian Beltre, Yoan Moncada, Eric Thames, Xander Bogaerts, Yonder Alonso

As always, disagree with anything here? Have any questions or comments? Want to tell Mike how great he is or how much you agree with him? Want relationship or investment advice?

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If you want to talk fantasy baseball or football or have players you want Mike to feature, hit him up on Twitter at @mikeMaher or post a comment below!

 

   
  1. Fogimon says:
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    Totally blaming you if this week’s pitching blows up.

    Better to have salt than eating a bland sandwich all by yourself.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Fogimon:

      haha. Kluber still scheduled to pitch twice this week! I have to watch my salt intake, but I’ll take the blame.

  2. ctrengove says:
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    Want to know the most annoying thing? Xander Bogaerts is on my ESPN.com… and he’s also on their undroppable list. The same list that includes Kershaw, Sale, Scherzer, Trout, Goldschmidt, Blackmon, et al.

    He in no way belongs on that list – he is in no way elite this season – and yet I am unable to remove him from my team. It’s infuriating. I’ve even called ESPN customer service to file a complaint.

    • ctrengove says:
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      @ctrengove:

      **he’s on my ESPN.com team

      typed too quickly

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @ctrengove: can’t cut lists are the worst.

  3. Steve says:
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    Who are you starting this week in a weekly league @ UTIL:

    McCutchen
    Devers
    Morales
    Souza (DTD)

    Thanks

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Steve:

      Devers seems to be the hottest right now

  4. lwomack58 says:
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    Smoak has been killing me lately. Would you replace him with Olson, Mauer, Pujols, Miggy, Cron, Bour, or Duda.

    Please rank which you like best.
    Thanks

    • LeggoPens says:
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      @lwomack58: If all other things are equal I’d easily go with Olson. Ride that hot hand

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @lwomack58:

      With Smoak cold, I would probably roll with Olson, Bour, or Cron, in that order.

  5. Assy says:
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    So where would Michael Taylor rank on this list?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Assy:

      Taylor is a guy I looked at for a while and debated adding him to the list. Definitely a short term guy worth considering who is on fire right now.

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