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Let’s get it out of the way right now, the Top 100 Hitters for 2024 being released on the final day of regular season will be wrong.  Did you expect it to be 100% right?  Players will surge in the playoffs; home ballparks will change with the trade or free agency landscape and deeper analysis will shed light on potential hidden gems.  Frankly, your 2023 final standing may not even be settled.  However, there is no point in waiting for our first draft of 2024 rankings as the successful fantasy owner never rests!  So, for my last post of the 2023 fantasy baseball season, it is time to predict the future and dig into the Top 100 Hitters for the 2024 fantasy baseball season.

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At the mid-summer break, Ronald Acuna Jr. And Shohei Ohtani appeared to be runaway favorites for Most Valuable Player awards.  However, so much has changed in the last month bringing the National League MVP into question.  Over the month of August, Mookie Betts did his best Barry Bonds in April 2004 impression (look it up if you need!).  Betts put up a blistering month with a .455 average, 10 homers, a ridiculous combined 75 runs plus RBI and 1.355 OPS.  Not only did that month give Mookie a chance in the MVP race where Acuna has produced a never before seen 30/60 season, but it also shakes up the big names of our Top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season.  We are in the final month of the season and hopefully you are staring down a potential championship trophy while your competitors have moved on to football in despair.

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In a recent ‘X’ (Twitter) poll, fantasy owners emphatically indicated they would rather own Corbin Carroll, Julio Rodriguez and Bobby Witt Jr. over Juan Soto.  How quickly we forget the wonderful players that have graced us with their talents.  Juan Soto at only 24 years old has nearly six seasons under his belt with almost 150 home runs, more walks than strikeouts and a 152 wRC+ across his career.  Nothing against the young guns of the last year or so, but let’s not forget a generational talent when we see it.  All this to say, we can win in the short-term by focusing on what a player did for us yesterday but to win a league we must think about tomorrow and beyond.  Speaking of thinking beyond tomorrow, this week’s rendition of the Top 100 players for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season awaits!

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Every season, there are new faces that make a splash in the major leagues. These guys seemingly coming out of nowhere to lead fantasy teams to glory.  We are not talking about guys like Corbin Carroll or Anthony Volpe that were expected to make a splash starting on opening day.  Nor are we looking at players that have strong pedigrees but early struggles like Nolan Gorman or Josh Lowe.  These are guys that are can be grabbed throughout the season without much FAAB fanfare.  For this season, we are talking about Matt McLain, Josh Outman and Edouard Julien.  These types of players can be one-hit BABIP wonders or might carve out successful careers but always have a place in our fantasy hearts.  With that in mind, I saw a recent completely unofficial Twitter poll indicating fantasy owners would take Matt McLain over Trea Turner in drafts next year.  That is a bold strategy Cotton.  Let’s see if our rankings are so bold and how the youth movement continues to change the landscape of fantasy leagues.

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Between the Rays benching Wander France for some immaturity and his recent performance, there are some concerning signs with Mr. Ray.  One of the most challenging parts of rankings is balancing the potential that we want to realize and the reality of a player’s performance.  Wander has been benched in Kevin Cash’s world and unfortunately while he is actually playing he has been almost less valuable.  Over the last two weeks, Wander has been top five in infield flies, while hitting nearly 60% ground balls.  At least he has been running wild with the steals while he has been scuffling at the plate.  Wander might be one of the most talented hitters in the league, but translating that talent to results is just as important.  He is still a great piece for the rest of the season, but he may be holding himself back.  Let’s jump into the top 100 hitters for the rest of the fantasy baseball season to see who else is shaking up our ranks.

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Trea Turner was arguably the number one pick going into drafts this spring.  Although Ronald Acuna Jr. was close behind, there was every expectation that Turner would anchor fantasy lineups with 30/30/100 production.  Fantasy writers alike agreed and much of our position seemed validated by Turner’s performance in the World Baseball Classic where he belted five home runs.  Alas, with a poor start to the season, Turner was hitting .238 with five homers and seven steals entering June.  In another lesson to trust the talent, he has warmed up in the last two weeks hitting .315 with five steals and a few bombs.  Hopefully you did not sell low and trusted your draft plans as he is still a top five hitter the rest of the season.  Sometimes we have to remain confident in the talent and prior performance especially with the top hitters in the league.   Let’s see where he and the rest of our stars fall in this week’s edition of the Top 100 Hitters for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

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The weather has turned and our top 100 hitters are sizzling as June kicks off for our fantasy rosters. Looking back to last June, we had standout performances such as Jon Berti’s 18 steal month or Kyle Schwarber getting ready for the Home Run Derby with 12 dingers. This June, we welcome back Jordan Walker to the big leagues and anticipate the debut of Elly De La Cruz, while other players such as Manny Machado find their way back from injury. Going out with a few bold predictions this month myself, I see Giancarlo Stanton coming off the IL swinging to the tune of 13 homers while Ronald Acuna Jr. nabs 12 bags to lead all players. I’m addition we go to London and watch the Cardinals sweep the Series against those Cubs. Without further ado, here are the Top 100 Hitters for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

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Under the arch in St. Louis, the weather is heating up and so are the bats of two Nolans.  Between Nolan Arenado and Nolan Gorman, the Cardinals boast two of the hottest bats in recent weeks.  Over the last 14 days, a total of 12 home runs, 19 runs and 33 RBI has turned the disaster of a season for the Cardinals into some form of senseless hope that the NL Central loves to foster.  Between a potential future hall of farmer in Arenado and a young 23-year-old bat figuring things out at the major league level, our Top 100 hitters see the law firm of Nolan and Nolan moving on up.  Who else is gaining value for the rest of the season?  Read on as we dive into the Top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

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Can we please stop breaking things already?  I mean, we should have all expected that Giancarlo Stanton was going to get injured at some point.  But did we need to see Garrett Mitchell out for the season or Will Smith continue to miss time with a concussion?  No, we did not!  Add in a banged-up Tim Anderson, Corey Seager and Ramon Laureano and there is more pain than gain for the last week.  For next week’s article, maybe we will need to run the correlation coefficient between game time and injury frequency so we can blame Manfred for all this chaos!  However, until then we are at that time to publish another edition of the Top 100 Hitters for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

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We are merely eight games into the 2023 season and have learned a lot about what we can expect this season.  For starters, that lack of steals we have seen in past seasons is long gone with the rule changes going forward.  This means that players that derive value from speed will have more than ample opportunity to contribute.  We are also reminded that injuries are a reality of our game that will drive any fantasy manager crazy as we see players like Jose Altuve and Michael Harris tumble down the rankings.  Finally, we are rewarded for our eternal hope in the prospecting of our fantasy teams through players like Jordan Walker and Corbin Carroll.  If the first week of the fantasy season has told us anything, it is that we are in for a fun ride and with that a lot of opportunity for the savvy fantasy owner.  Time to break down the top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

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Over the past three weeks we have been working through the Top 25 (link), Top 50 (link) and Top 75 (link).  This week, we unveil the full list and fix all the mistakes of the past few weeks otherwise known as updating for any injury, job update or breakout during spring training.  This season, our Top 100 Hitters will be posted every other week and focus on what remains of the season.  That means, that while somebody like Lars Nootbar will inevitably start the season hot, that does not make him a top hitter on our list.  Alternatively, guys like Bryce Harper and Trevor Story are going to be creeping up the list as their returns draw near.  Without further ado, the final preseason installment has arrived in our Top 100 hitters for the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

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Welcome back to week three of unveiling the top 100 Hitters for the 2023 fantasy baseball season.  Over the past few weeks, we have walked through the top 25 (check it here) and then rounded out the top 50 (another link) bringing us to this week.  We are now entering the back half of the top 100 hitters for 2023.  This portion is where the rankings start to bunch up and hitter #51 is much closer to hitter #75 than #1 is to #2.  Maybe that is stating the obvious but it is key for how we handle this portion of the draft.  With this group of hitters, we start to think about need, team makeup, and shortfalls in our categories to ensure we have a well balanced team rather than trying to win a single roto category by lapping the field.  We all know the guy that drafts only steals or seven closers, so do not be that person!  With the formalities out of the way, let us get on with the rankings.

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