As we approach June, the Mets have the best record in the National League.  Like many fans, fantasy owners might be asking what is happening and how did we get here?  Luckily like the real world we can expect the Mets to falter.  If you are not yet at the top of the standings in your fantasy league, you have to expect the same from your league mates.  It is still early and not the time to throw in the towel, but rather it is time to dig deep to find those hidden gems.  Be bold and make some moves to prepare yourself for the summer stretch run.  This week we will dive in to the top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2022 fantasy baseball season and call out some of the big bats that are on the move!

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Like the Mets coming back to steal a ninth inning win, we are doing the improbable and shuffling it up with the Top 100 hitters for the rest of the fantasy baseball season. Maybe the Mets’ comeback is more impressive than this shuffle, but I still cannot imagine the Mets being must watch baseball! With that out of the way, we have some big moves this week with injuries to key players (see Eloy Jimenez) and returns for others (see Ramon Laureano). We also now have a month of insight to tell us who is real and who might simply be a mirage. In the spirit of Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee, dig in to the rankings like a cosmic snowball means no tomorrow. Bonus points for those few that follow the reference!

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Just two weeks or so into the regular season and it is time to start jostling those rankings.  We have some big moves in the early going with some big names.  While it certainly is early and not the time to overreact to small sample sizes, there are a few guys that are moving up due to delivering on early promise such as Seiya Suzuki.  However, the biggest surprise in our rankings this week might be a year-over-year first rounder that seems to be trending in the wrong direction.  Will fortune favor the bold or will you and I regret moving on from Mookie Betts.  In this week’s article we run down the Top 100 Hitters for the rest of the 2022 fantasy baseball season and see who is moving up, who is moving down and where we need to keep a watchful eye over the coming weeks.

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It is that time!  Opening day has passed and that means it is time for our first Top 100 Hitter rankings for the rest of the 2022 season.  Every other week we will be looking at the movers and shakers for rest of the season value.  This will be the place to be every Saturday throughout the season to get your rankings fix.  For this first version, we will discuss where some of the young upstart rookies fit such as Bobby Witt Jr.  We will also look at a few Spring Training performances and where guys like Cody Bellinger and Francisco Lindor land after springs heading in opposite directions.  As always, thanks for reading and good luck to you this season.

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Welcome back to the third week in our series to introduce the Top 100 Hitters for the 2022 fantasy baseball season.  We have covered the top 10 here and the next 20 here over the past few weeks.  This week we jump in with two feet to explore spots 31 through 60.  At this point, we are starting to explore the fourth and fifth rounds of the draft and hoping to round out our early round moves.  There are certainly some upside picks in this section (Brandon Lowe or Wander Franco) to go alongside steady veterans (J.D. Martinez and Nolan Arenado) and the introduction of true high risk/high reward profiles (Adalberto Mondesi and Giancarlo Stanton).  Read on for the next 30 spots in our countdown.

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Last week, we jumped right into our our first look at the Top 100 Hitters for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Season.  If you missed that article then please pause the current programming and give us a quick read to catch up.  This week we continue to jaunt down the rankings by looking at the next 20 hitters on the list.  This week’s edition is smattered with risky bets like Ronald Acuna and Mookie Betts, solid producers like Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies, and upside potential with Eloy Jimenez and Tyler O’Neill.  So let us kick this off with a #11 who really should be #1, but thanks to a the injury risk he is our headliner at the end of the first round.

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Throughout the 2022 fantasy baseball season, I will be posting your in season Top 100 Hitters.  These rankings will be kept up to date and posted every other week with a continuation of deep dives on the movers and shakers in the off weeks.  As we roll up to the season, I will be slowly introducing the Top 100 Hitters and adjusting them for all the spring training action.  To get us started as we dig into these rankings, we will preview the Top 10 hitters for the 2022 fantasy baseball season.  This will be a mix of the usual suspects and up and coming stars.

As we dive into the top 10 there are a few notes we need to call out about the general shifting of the landscape in traditional 5×5 fantasy baseball.  The game has continued to changed and therefore how we need to value players shifts as well.

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It is the final countdown and that means players are jumping up and down the 2021 rest of season hitter rankings.  There are two main drivers to this known affectionately as the ‘Mondesi Momentum’ and ‘Trout Trouble’.  Time to break down the categories:

The ‘Mondesi Momentum’ represents those players making a late season surge. For a variety of reasons, they may have missed time earlier in the year.  It might have been an injury, minor league service time manipulation or a long paternity leave.  Whatever the case, if you have held onto or picked up these players, they will be the reason you close out the season strong.

The ‘Trout Trouble’ is an all too common story this time of the year. Due to lingering injuries and rehabilitations several players just are not going to make it back to the lineup.  Specifically for teams out of contention, there is little reason to rush a player such as Mike Trout back to only risk further injury and uncertainty heading into the offseason.  This trouble means it is time to cut bait.

Keeping these official categories in mind, the top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2021 fantasy baseball season are as follows:

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The numbers are in, and my unofficial spreadsheet says that the hottest player of the last few weeks deserves to be part of a blind resume!  Who do we want for the rest of the season as we look at three power-hitting outfielders with season lines of:

Player A: 60/27/71/8/.247
Player B: 49/22/65/0/.267
Player C: 70/25/77/0/.256

Three sluggers having much different seasons tell us that season-long stat lines matter little at this point in the season.  Early season darling, Aroldis Garcia (Player A), has a strong season line.  However, in the last two months, he has scuffled to a .206 average with a 35% strikeout rate and merely seven long balls.  Giancarlo Stanton (Player B) continues to be a Savant with his underlying power numbers but has been an overall disappointment considering relatively positive health this season.  That brings us to Player C, Hunter Renfroe, who is coming on at the right time for the fantasy stretch and jumping into our top 100 rankings for the rest of the 2021 fantasy baseball season thanks to a .333 average, seven homers, and a combined 21 R + RBI over a baker’s dozen games.  On the back of that performance, we will look at the other hot bats jumping up the rankings for the rest of the season.

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It is time for another edition of top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2021 fantasy baseball season.  To work through the movers and shakers we will be going with another rendition of buy or sell!  However, before we do it is worth a glance at some of the bigger news at the top of our rankings.  Fernando Tatis Jr. is looking to add a new skill to his repertoire as an outfielder.  While the move is much more about his health and keeping his bat in the lineup, the impact down the rankings is more important.  In an outfield made up of Wil Myers, Trent Grisham, and Tommy Pham we already have solid fantasy value.  The addition of Tatis is made possible through Adam Frazier and Jake Cronenworth, but somebody will have to pay.  The easy choice will be Wil Myers, but the likely outcome is split time for all three of the incumbent starters.  Once Tatis Jr. is back on the field, Grisham and Pham will certainly be impacted.  The real question is how much?  While we can not answer that today, we can look at who we should be buying and selling for the rest of the season in our top 100 hitter rankings.  Without further ado, the list!

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The top 100 hitters for the rest of the fantasy baseball season returns this week as the baseball world enjoyed a spirited trade deadline.  Seriously, I can not remember a more entertaining few hours as big names in the majors and minors were flying off the board.  This will take some time to digest, but that was potentially a historic 48 hours.  As well, it is an exciting time in our fantasy game as values quickly change and fantasy writers like me tell our editors that being wrong this time really is not our fault!  I simply guarantee these rankings for the next 17 minutes!  Time to break down the big moves from Anthony Rizzo to Joey Gallo to Starling Marte to Kris Bryant to Trea Turner and so much more!  Check your tray tables and buckle up for another rousing rendition of the top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2021 fantasy baseball season.

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The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching and that should be a cue in our little fantasy game to predict landing spots and proactively poach talent while planning for potential opportunities.  Maybe it will be a middle reliever taking over the closer spot or a young prospect getting a shot at the big leagues in a newly vacated role.  Regardless of the reason, late July and early August should be some of the most active times in any league.  This week we will review a few hitter profiles for some of the bigger names that can and should provide more value in the final two months of the season than folks may realize.  A dive into Jose Ramirez, Trevor Story, and the ageless Evan Longoria shall follow!

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