Now, before you grammar police start kicking down my door, just slow down. This English Major knows what he’s doing. That little title up there is what we call intentional, or better yet, a play on words.

Creeper of the Week? How about ‘Ashamed of the Past Three Years and Source of Rage for Fantasy Owners and Atlanta Fans Alike?’ Too long? Too accurate? No, that’s a pretty accurate banner. As a Braves fan I really do feel like I’m channeling my inner-J-FOH. And if you’re still struggling to identify the culprit of said rage, the following interaction with a friend of mine reveals the answer in the most eloquent way possible:

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Melvin. Melvin, not good enough for a B.J., Upton. Oh, wait…Jr. There we go. Melvin Upton Jr.

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Pause. Inhale. Pause. Exhale. Repeat. (Yeah, you, like me, may need a few of these for this one)

But now we change the tone, because, if you look close enough, the [email protected] that was Melvin Upton’s Atlanta tenure seems to be unclustering itself.

  • Melvin Upton, Jr., OF (2.8%) – Don’t all rush at once to the waiver wire (or just close the tab quite yet). He’s clearly available in basically every league, but maybe this paragraph will nudge you to examine your current OF status and see if a flier is in store. Upton’s slash so far this year is .293/.341/.463. So, no way in hell he keeps the AVG up, but the other two aren’t that far fetched. Last season in San Diego he slashed .259/.327/.429 through 228 at bats. Small sample, but a drastic improvement over his porous time in Atlanta. Now let me pose two further questions to you: 1) Could we be seeing a changed Melvin Upton? and 2) Do you think he just all of a sudden, at 28, forget how to play baseball? Let me give you the answer key: 1) Yes. 2) No.
    • A career 18% Line Drive hitter, Upton moved that up to 24.3% in 2015, while maintaining a similar Hard Hit % but pulling the ball more. BB% the same, K% steady and sucky, wOBA right on par with his Rays years (.326). That’s a lot of saberhagenmetrics, so let me simplify it…
    • He never forgot how to run. In Atlanta, he just forgot how to get on base so that he could run. He produced 32 SB in those dismal ATL years, and averaged nearly 40 the five years prior in Tampa. He sports a .171 ISO thus far, the same number as 2015, and just a shade under his best years as a Ray.

The former 2nd overall pick will not live up to the mammoth contract he’s about to finish out, but he’s proving he’s still worthy of a spot in the MLB, and, arguably, a spot on your fantasy squad. I believe he accumulates 500 ABs this season, too. Jabari Blash can maysh (add a little redneck swag to that word) with the best of ’em and should vie for time in the Padres outfield, but Matt Kemp’s no ironman, and Jon Jay isn’t close to as talented as B.J. Melvin. His brother leaving town does nothing but relieve his pressure, freeing him up to play the game he was so damn good at for so many years. Get him now before that owned % keeps creeping higher.

Now onto the real hitters…

The Top 100 Hitters

Rank Name Pos Team Trend
1 Mike Trout OF LAA
2 Bryce Harper OF WAS
3 Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI
4 Carlos Correa SS HOU
5 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
6 Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
7 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
8 Manny Machado 3B BAL
9 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
10 Giancarlo Stanton OF MIA
11 Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
12 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
13 Jose Bautista OF TOR
14 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
15 Mookie Betts OF BOS
16 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
17 George Springer OF HOU
18 Chris Davis 1B BAL
19 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
20 J.D. Martinez OF DET
21 Starling Marte OF PIT
22 Jose Abreu 1B CWS UP
23 Justin Upton OF DET
24 Buster Posey C SF
25 Charlie Blackmon OF COL DOWN
26 Jason Heyward OF CHC
27 David Ortiz DH BOS
28 Joey Votto 1B CIN
29 Todd Frazier 3B CWS
30 Ryan Braun OF MIL
31 Robinson Cano 2B SEA DOWN
32 Dee Gordon 2B MIA
33 Yasiel Puig OF LAD
34 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
35 Lorenzo Cain OF KC
36 Adam Jones OF BAL
37 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL UP
38 Albert Pujols 1B LAA
39 Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
40 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
41 Carlos Gomez OF HOU
42 Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
43 Yoenis Cespedes OF NYM
44 Miguel Sano DH MIN DOWN
45 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
46 Matt Carpenter 3B STL
47 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
48 Prince Fielder DH TEX
49 Ian Kinsler 2B DET
50 Eric Hosmer 1B KC
51 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
52 Brandon Belt 1B SF
53 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
54 Maikel Franco 3B PHI
55 Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
56 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
57 Corey Seager SS LAD
58 David Peralta OF ARI
59 Adam Eaton OF CWS
60 Matt Kemp OF SD DOWN
61 Hanley Ramirez OF BOS
62 Christian Yelich OF MIA
63 Stephen Piscotty OF STL
64 Evan Longoria 3B TB
65 Joc Pederson OF LAD
66 Anthony Rendon 2B WAS DOWN
67 Hunter Pence OF SF
68 Brian McCann C NYY
69 Dexter Fowler OF CHC UP
70 Gerardo Parra OF COL
71 DJ LeMahieu 2B COL UP
72 Kendrys Morales DH KC
73 Corey Dickerson OF TB
74 Trevor Story SS COL DOWN
75 Tyler White 3B HOU UP
76 Steven Souza, Jr. OF TB
77 Carlos Santana 1B CLE
78 Brett Gardner OF NYY DOWN
79 Delino Deshields, Jr. OF TEX
80 Starlin Castro SS NYY
81 Mark Trumbo OF BAL UP
82 Colby Rasmus OF HOU
83 Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
84 Jonathan Lucroy C MIL
85 Kole Calhoun OF LAA
86 Daniel Murphy 2B/3B WAS UP
87 Shin-Soo Choo OF TEX
88 Jacoby Ellsbury OF NYY
89 Ian Desmond SS TEX
90 Travis Shaw 3B BOS
91 Brandon Crawford SS SF
92 Jean Segura SS ARI UP
93 Ben Zobrist OF CHC
94 Jeremy Hazelbaker OF STL UP
95 Nomar Mazara OF TEX UP
96 Jay Bruce OF CIN
97 Eugenio Suarez SS CIN
98 Lucas Duda 1B NYM DOWN
99 Rougned Odor 2B TEX UP
100 Melvin Upton, Jr. OF SD UP
  • It’s obviously early in the year. STILL. I wouldn’t go making drastic moves quite yet, but a few new additions to the Top 100 are worth looking at in place of a struggling player that you drafted. As expected, the MI pool thins out from last week as the new power hitters creep in. Not a lot of changes at the top, or even the middle, but look for guys like Jeremy Hazelbaker (most added hitter in ESPN leagues), Nomar Mazara and the aforementioned elder Upton to bring some immediate value to your lineup, if needed.
  • We’ll soon bring guys like Michael Brantley and Jung-ho Kang back into the fold, which will only make it tougher on underachieving fringe players like Mike Moustakas, Brandon Phillips, Kolten Wong and Mike Napoli.
  • Angel Pagan fully deserves to be in here, but I’m so scared to pick him up for the fear I’ll have to drop him later in the week. There a few things he does so well: get hits, score runs, land on the DL. For as red hot as he’s been, he’s gonna have to force me to pick him up and place him in the top 100. Which he probably will in Week 4.

Drop those comments!

  1. Oranje says:

    D. Santana or N. Mazara?

    • CMUTimmah says:

      @Oranje: Mazara. Domingo’s power upside is big, but he seems to be changing his swing a bit in the leadoff spot, and having success. Mazara is the better overall hitter.

      • @CMUTimmah: I’d take Mazara right now. Agree with what Orange said. He’s also the hotter hitter at the moment, and carries the higher value.

  2. Raindoggg says:

    Just reluctantly traded Trevor Story for Lindor because it was the right thing to do…..I know in every fantasy players eyes this will seem like a win but I am already having “Story Remorse”…..I hope your rankings stay accurate in this capacity….thanks for listening….

    • @Raindoggg: I’d fully agree with the move. I do think Lindor will regress from his hot spurt in 2015, but you’re capitalizing on value that 2.5 weeks ago would have been incredibly easy.

  3. CMUTimmah says:

    You just traded a late round pick for a mid round pick. We’re 3 weeks in and Story’s story is already slowing.

    • Scott says:

      @CMUTimmah: Keep in mind all his homers were either in Arizona or Colorado, both hitter’s parks. Obviously small sample size, yadda, yadda, but let’s see how he does at Great American.

      • Eng says:

        @Scott: I thought Great American was a hitter’s park too? I may well be mistaken.

        • Scott says:

          @Eng: It is. My point is, he slowed down cause he was at Wrigley, a pitchers park, at least when it’s cold.

          • Estudiante says:

            wrigley is not a pitchers park. It’s neutral at worst. And they park sees as many days where the wind is blowing straight out as it does cold ones with the wind blowing in.

  4. Scott says:

    Where’s my boy Scooter?

    • @Scott: Just need to see a little more consistency, and that he can keep hitting Lefties. He’s already stated to slow down from his torrid start.

      Regardless of how much @JB may disagree, it will take another week or two for me to consider Gennett in these ranks.

  5. Scott says:

    I have a feeling Hazelbaker’s about to go down. It just feels like the luck has worn off.

    • @Scott: He very well may, but he’s going to get consistent at bats. There’s a path to him receiving every day ABs, and he’s proven enough in the minors that he can hit well. Obviously he’ll cool, but interested to see just how much.

  6. Five-On-One says:

    You forgot Castellanos, right? RIGHT???

    • @Five-On-One: Haha, I feel a trend starting with the questions, right? RIGHT???

      As awesome as his hitting has been, Nick’s still yet to take a single walk and has a crazy inflated .464 BABIP. I’d rather have every other name on the list above at 3B over him, plus some others (like Lawrie and Valencia, off the top of my head)

        • @Scott: Nope, give me Castellanos. They’re similar players, though. AL/NL-Only must haves, but waiver wire fodder in 10-12 team mixers. Castellans not enough consistency or AVG, Lamb not enough power.

  7. Tyrell says:

    So youd rather have Melvin/Hazelbaker than Conforto/Grichuk?

    • Raindoggg says:

      @Tyrell: …..not that I’m defending it as I think I would rather have those two as well if push came to shove but maybe its just the question marks of playing time/platoon worries for Conforto and Grichuk (although that should be a worry for Hazelbaker as well)…….

      • TTRA1N says:

        Conforto is the best by far out of the bunch IMO. He should be in the top 100 and will be by years end.

        • Raindoggg says:

          @TTRA1N: …..I agree with you I was just trying to come up with an explanation why the rankings may be as they are…..I would rank those guys for ROS, Conforto, Grichuk, Melvin, Hazelbaker……

          • @Raindoggg: Agree on the upside of Conforto, and hopefully he WILL be in here by season’s end, but for Week 2 they don’t cut it.

            • Estudiante says:

              Conforto for now and beyond and I don’t think it’s even close. That’s an oversight…

              • @Estudiante: Aaaaand, nope. Not an oversight. He’s a candidate for Top 100…when he starts getting every day at bats and hits.

    • @Tyrell: As of Week 2, yes. I believe Grichuk and Conforto have higher upsides (well, potentially. Melvin could outproduce both of them), but Conforto isn’t getting every day at bats in New York, and Grichuk is hitting .194.

      Grichuk is a .250 hitter with good pop, and Conforto is a tier above him, but not getting the reps.

      • Estudiante says:

        conforto hits in the 3-hole against righties and I’d bet my life he earns more ABs against lefties as the season goes on. If Terry likes him enough to put him at 3 when the offense is struggling idk how he doesn’t see full time at bats by the 2nd half.

  8. david says:

    Hey, what do you think about Blackmon this year? DL because of a “toe injury”
    Remember Corey Dickerson had turf toe last year , and he played here and there during the season.
    I’m getting a bad feeling this will happen to him this year.

    What’s your take on the injury?

    • @david: Scared, that’s what I think. It sucks, too, because I’m invested in him in an RCL. A lot of Blackmon’s value is related to his speed, both producing SB and runs. Turf toe could really mitigate his elite stature with those stats, truly dampening his value. I kept him Top 25 as of this week because we don’t know how well he’ll respond, but if it’s lie Dickerson, he’ll drop sharply. Fast.

  9. Baseball Fan 2000 says:

    Why Correa at 4?

    • @Baseball Fan 2000: He’s a full three tiers above the rest of his position, is proving to be elite in all five cats, and carries more upside than all but a handful. As of right now I’d rather have him than the others.

      In all honesty, you could probably shuffle 3-12 if you really wanted to after Trout/Harper.

        • Baseball Fan 2000 says:

          @Baseball Fan 2000: So far Correa hasn’t been special in average, but he has been running average to below average BABIPs. It’s strange because he hits the ball hard, goes oppo a lot, and doesn’t hit everything in the air (flyballs I believe typically run lower babips than grounders). he has good speed to boot.

  10. Charlie Metsfan says:

    I give: price, mazara, Hammel
    I get: Cargo, carrasco, Krod.
    Make the deal?

    • @Charlie Metsfan: I’d probably do it. Depends on the cats, tho. Price is better than Carrasco, but not by much. CarGo a good bit higher than Mazara in terms of value. If you need saves, KRod could swing it. However, though he doesn’t carry the name value, I’m high on Hammel. Darkhorse SP3 in almost every league.

      I’d still take the best bat, and that’s CarGo.

  11. mike ferrari says:

    thoughts on josh harrison? where will Kang bat in the order?

    • @mike ferrari: I like Harrison, but don’t think he gets back to his inflated 2014 numbers from the power department. He’s a faster version of Martin Prado, with a little less pop. Meh.

      Dang I’m higher on. I think in season 2, once he’s back in a few weeks, could turn into a sleeper top 5 SS season for him. He’ll probably start in the 6-8 slots of the lineup, but could easily climb into the 2 or 3 hole by summertime. Sweet summertime.

      • Mike Ferrari says:

        @[email protected]: yeah trying to move him and colome (boxberger) if kang impact harrison in the order

  12. Will says:

    Dozier was just dropped in my league. I’m loaded at 2B with Rendon (2B/3B), Segura (2B,SS) and Schoop. Should I drop Kendrys Morales for Dozier? At DH, Morales is only good for one of my UTIL spots anyway. If so, how aggressive should I bid on the waiver wire for Dozier?

    • Will says:

      @Will: also, what about Jorge Soler? I could drop Souza Jr. or Morales for him. He and Dozier were both dropped today.

    • Max says:

      @Will: Not the author but Dozier is a legit top 60 player. Get him. Not as high on Soler personally. Would probably have the hierarchy: 1. Morales 2. Souza 3. Soler…But again, not the author, just my opinion.

      • @Max: Agree with Mad Maxie here..GET DOZIER NOW! Sure, the AVG is poop right now, but he’s never been a .300 hitter. He’ll contribute in four other cats, and is still a legit top 5 2B.

        As for the other three, I’d agree again about Soler, but I’d flip Souza Jr. and Morales. Kendrys is solid, but unspectacular, while with a little luck Souza Jr. could go .255/80/20/65/25 this year. That’s Carlos Gomez-lite in his peak years. Soler may not reach 450 ABs.

        • Will says:

          @[email protected]: out of a $250 budget do you think $21 is enough to get him? I want to keep some of my budget but I don’t want to miss out on him. This is a keeper league.

          • @Will: It’s a keeper league, too?!?! As long as it’s not just 5 keeps, I’d spend $100+ on Dozier. How often does a top 60 (or Top 45 this week) hitter just end up in the FA bin? He’s better than all three of your 2B options currently (and I have a mini-man crush on Rendon). Go get him. Do whatever it takes. Minus sin.

            • Will says:

              @[email protected]: I will only be able to keep between 4-7 players. It is a weird system, but Dozier will only count 1 since this would be my first year to keep him, while Correa, Arenado, Stanton and Encarnacion would all cost me 2. We get a total of 10 points to keep. So I could keep 1 player for 10 years or mix and match how I want to.

              However I can trade some of these guys to increase my keepers for next season, which I will try to do.

              • Will says:

                @Will: should I drop Schoop, Morales, Souza Jr. or Joakim Soria? I don’t get any saves, except from Andrew Miller or random Save pickups right now. I have Soria in case he takes over.

                • @Will: Soria doesn’t hold much value unless you have extra ratio cats or count holds. Drop him. Davis is the top closer in the game.

                  As for those keepers, I’d definitely keep your primary 4. Those shouldn’t go anywhere. And Dozier’s definitely worth the 1.

  13. Shivdaddy says:

    12 team Weekly H2H points. HRISP is worth 1.5. Putouts are worth 0.1

    After Lineups lock this week can I cut Joc Pederson? Started him this week (over Carlos Santana) because there are no lefty match ups and 3 games @ Coors. I have Adam Jones, Hanley Ramariez, and Trout in the OF and Carlos Santana at DH. Sitting against lefties and batting so low in the order makes him easily cut-able right?

    Also Sano is free, is he worth picking up?

    I have Yan Gomes and Vogt, which do I cut? I like the idea of Vogt getting more ABs since they like to keep him in the lineup more.

    What to do?!

    • @Shivdaddy: I don’t like Joc in points leagues because he strikes out so damn much. He draws walks to help alleviate the pain of the Ks, but I’d rather have all three of your OF options over him. Be wary of Jones and Hanley’s injuries, but you can find replaceable OF options throughout the year. And Santana is Points Leagues gold. Good DH option there.

      Sano is similar to Joc, Ks too much, but he’ll hold higher upside, to me. If you have a stash slot available, get him in case he gets red hot. Which he prob will. Soon.

      And Gomes/Vogt were interchangeable before draft day, and are still similar now, but I lean Vogt due to his higher walk rate and slightly greater AB capacity.

      Great questions! Good luck!

  14. BR808 says:

    Not being a dick but when I see Mookie Betts above Miggy, I puke a little

    • @BR808: Don’t feel like a dick. Robots can’t even have a dick, right? You’re the droid from ‘The Force Awakens’, no?

      Haha, I promise, I’m not coming after you. And you’re not being a dick, by any means. To me, Betts holds more overall value than Miggy. Cabrera missed 40+ games in 2015, had a significant drop in ISO and SLG% the past two years, and has an even bigger drop in those numbers so far this year. Mookie’s pressing right now (27.5% K-rate), but I believe he ends up higher than Miggy come year end.

  15. SunTzu says:

    I’m contemplating dropping Javier Baez for M-Up. 10-team ROTO re-draft and I’ve got Desmond and Baez at my rotating MI slot, but I’m worried about Baez getting consistent enough playing time to help me (though Maddon has a track record of getting his super-subs plenty of AB’s, a la Zobrist in Tampa). Stand pat or make the move?

    • @SunTzu: I’m worried about Baez ABs, too. If you have a strong OF, I wouldn’t make the move. I like the upside of Baez, and you don’t HAVE to play him with Desmond there. However, if you need some OF help, it’s a great move. Baez may get eligibility there eventually, but I think Upton could get 500 ABs, where Baez can’t top 400.

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  16. Scott says:

    Xanders been pretty disappointing so far. What makes you think he’ll turn it around?

  17. Paul says:

    Considering offering P Goldschmidt and Colby Rasmus for Syndergaard and Kris Bryant. What do you think?

    • @Paul: You’d be moving the best player in the deal, but Syndergaard is MUCH better than Rasmus, where the gap of Bryant and Goldschmidt isn’t as drastic. Imo, Rasmus could be waiver wire fodder again in about a month, so he’s a great sell-high candidate. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I would rather have the Bryant/Thor side.

  18. Leif Texeira says:

    So 5×5 14 team league. First year and apparently closer are treated like gold in this league. Trade on the table is I give marte and either kimbrel or melancon and I receive joey bastista and Brett Gardner. Only other closers I own besides the two mentioned is Andrew miller . thoughts??

  19. Leif Texeira says:

    So 5×5 14 team league. First year and apparently closer are treated like gold in this league. Trade on the table is I give marte and either kimbrel or melancon and I receive joey bastista and Brett Gardner. Only other closers I own besides the two mentioned is Andrew miller . thoughts??

  20. Leif Texeira says:

    So 5×5 14 team league. First year and apparently closer are treated like gold in this league. Trade on the table is I give marte and either kimbrel or melancon and I receive joey bastista and Brett Gardner. Only other closers I own besides the two mentioned is Andrew miller . thoughts??

  21. Leif Texeira says:

    So 5×5 14 team league. First year and apparently closer are treated like gold in this league. Trade on the table is I give marte and either kimbrel or melancon and I receive joey bastista and Brett Gardner. Only other closers I own besides the two mentioned is Andrew miller . thoughts??

  22. Leif Texeira says:

    So 5×5 14 team league. First year and apparently closer are treated like gold in this league. Trade on the table is I give marte and either kimbrel or melancon and I receive joey bastista and Brett Gardner. Only other closers I own besides the two mentioned is Andrew miller . thoughts??

    • @Leif Texeira: I’m assuming an error occurred rather than you being super over-zealous, Mr. Star of the 80’s with misspelled Yankees 1B surname.

      In a 14-team I’d assume you’d be fine with two solid closers. Kimbrel’s a tier above Melancon, so offering Marte and Melancon wouldn’t be bad at all. Gardner’s valuable in a 14-teamer, and Bautista is higher ranked than Marte. A pretty even trade, but if you hold a surplus of saves it’s not bad for ya.

  23. Scott says:

    Melvin UptoNogood?

    • @Scott: Ugh. You’re telling me. Well, until now. So….you WERE telling me.

  24. Craig Waring says:

    Trade Chapman for Mazara & Pederson in a keeper??

    Thanks, Craig

    • @Craig Waring: Yes. Always take hitting over pitching if you have the chance. Especially over closers. And double especially if you need OF help.

      Side note, I LOVE Chapman. But I’d still make the move.

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