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If that gif above doesn’t make you a little happy, then finding this gem on the waivers. somehow. still. well, it has to. At this time of the season most of the main contributors have been gobbled up; we know who they are, we know what September call ups to target, and we know who is already shut down on the teams that suck. And yet, there are always creepers. With three weeks left finding the right ones can mean all the world of difference. Last week’s creeper, Asdrubal Cabrera, jumped up to 30% ESPN ownership (obviously because of this series), guys like Byron Buxton ballooned so much in ownership that I can’t highlight them, and players like Kevin Kiermaier continue to make my creeper highlight look ever so good. Who’s creepin’ this week?

  • Yulieski Gurriel, 3B (18.4% owned) – The Cuban sensation started slow, and didn’t begin in the minors like projected, but has come on incredibly strong over the past few weeks. Keep in mind, this is the guy, that as @JB coined, put up ‘video game numbers’ in Cuba to the tune of: .500/.589/.874 over 224 PA this season. I mean, WTF!?!? Um, ethcu me? I’m not even sure I could post that in a freakin video game. And then he comes over to the Astros, who are in clear need of filling the spot he plays…it seemed too good. Perhaps that slow start tempered expectations for him, or the fact that Cuban sluggers have seemingly taken a step back this season, effectively tempering their hype, but whatever the reason now is the time to change it. Dude can maysh (read phonetically with a southern twang), and he’s getting regular ABs. He should be owned in over half of leagues. Easily. Yet here we are able to highlight Yulieski as a creeper with a .339/.365/.542 slash line. He’s hitting .385 over his past 7 games, with 20 TB on 10 hits. He’s driving the ball, and the Astros are trying to drive for the playoffs. In order to make it they need his bat, and with the power he brings, so do you.

Now…enough creepin’. Here are the Top 100 Hitters for Week 24…AND THE REST OF THE SEASON! Yep, with the playoffs in full effect, and only a handful of people that originally read this series still with us, we’re going to call it after this post. So, use this as your end of season rankings. Betts still on top!

Note: These rankings are considered ROS trade value.

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

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

Dropped from Rankings: A.J. Pollock (49), Ben Zobrist (63), Dexter Fowler (77), Russell Martin (78), Andrew McCutchen (82), Danny Valencia (86)

  • One top-tier OF leaves just as another returns. I was all hyped about getting A.J. Pollock back only to lose him less than two weeks later. Hopefully he rebounds in 2017. Another OF who needs to rebound is Giancarlo Stanton, but he’ll get a shot at some redemption before this season ends. I’d place both much lower next year than where they came in for 2016. 4th round for Stanton, 6th round for Pollock.
  • The fight for the #1 spot next year will be fun to watch. You an argue a number of players for the slot, but I think I may, yet again, land on Trout in the #1 spot. Yes, Betts emerged as the top OF and Altuve took a big step forward, but the floor for Trout is #5 overall? You just can’t pass that certain safety from your top pick. I mean, do you ever want to experience what happened with Bryce Harper again this year? That can’t happen with Trout. Not in the next 3-5 years. Trout, Betts, Altuve, Bryant, Goldschmidt is my way too early as of right now Top 5 for 2017. Thoughts?
  • And Justin Upton deserves to be back in the 100. Here’s a crazy thought…with a bananas final two weeks he could approach 30 HR on the season. The worst season ever and he might still get 30 bombs. I’ll steer as far away from him as possible, but at the right price he may be worth a middle-round/OF3 type pick next season. And hopefully this carries into 2017.

LOVED getting to write this series for y’all this season! DROP THOSE COMMENTS one more time, and good luck to finish the year!

Now go find me on the FOOTBALL SIDE OF RAZZBALL!

 

 
  1. knucks says:
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    I’d have to bump Odor up towards Cano at this point

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      M@ says:
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      @knucks: Yeah, he could be higher and closer. Where would you rank the 2B next year? Better question, where does Dozier fit into the group for 2017? Altuve #1. Does Dozier creep to #2 for you? There are a ton of great options at the position.

  2. You left Lorenzo Cain on your list at 51?

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      M@ says:
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      @HeadsUpRoto: He shouldn’t have been. That was my mistake. I liked that he was finally playing better, but the injury concern really diminishes his value rest of the season. I meant to drop him for the uncertainty, just the same as Pollock. Good catch. My bad.

  3. Sock it to me says:
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    Is it worth grabbing Guerriel, and dropping either Cron, Grichuk, or Morales? If so, which one would you drop?

    The rest of my lineup is
    C – Lucroy
    1B – Cabrera
    2B – Odor
    3B – Bregman/Eduardo Nunez (I keep Nunez for the steals category really)
    SS – Ian Desmond
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Braun
    OF – Beltran
    UT – Ortiz

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      M@ says:
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      @Sock it to me: I would drop Grichuk for Gurriel, then slot him in wherever you can.

  4. Cheap Trout says:
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    That’s got to be Wayne Wong, the famous “Hot Dog” skier in the early 70’s. Sort of the Godfather of today’s extreme skiers. Nice find!

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      M@ says:
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      @Cheap Trout: Confession: I’ve never been skiing. Twas even born in the mountains of NC, but no dice. I’d break my face trying to do that little shimmy…

  5. Bill says:
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    Can you trust Altuve to be this good every year? What about Villar or Daniel Murphy?

    Neil Walker, btw, is out for the season.

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      M@ says:
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      @Bill: Dang it! Walker was the one! Haha, I for real couldn’t find the drop that I missed. It was him. Good catch.

      And I don’t know that we can trust the power to be this high from Altuve each year, but the avg, runs and steals will all be there. Next year I’d project (way too early and way too uneducated on this): .320/105/22/80/30 with an .870 OPS. In other words…1st Round. Top 2B.

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        M@ says:
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        @M@: And for Villar and Murphy, I’d go Murphy, then Villar. The path to Villar regressing is wider than Murphy reverting back to Mets numbers. Both, if Villar stays with Brewers and keeps his job, should be near the top of their positions, but both MI spots are MUCH deeper than I’ve ever seen them. Ever. In my 19 years of playing fantasy.

  6. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Neil Walker? Hrs done for he year?

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      M@ says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob: Yes, he had season-ending back surgery. I mentioned in the comment above that it was a mistake; intended to remove him and missed that. Hopefully he’ll rebound with all his power from this year in 2017.

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