It was almost 15 years ago (somehow) when Outkast introduced us to the truth that sometimes “roses really smell like poo-poo-oo.” Ha, that silly Caroline thought she was special. Back in January, not gonna lie, I had a two weeks spurt of praying and hoping that I could break the mold, that I was special, and that I could get away with not smelling while disregarding one important component of every adult’s life.

After a wedding in Charleston for New Years Eve I came home with zero deodorant. Who in the balls steals deodorant, I don’t quite understand. But that triggered a little experiment for two weeks of wearing none. (Gasp) The horror!

Well, I actually got away with it. For a while. Then came one day at work when I had to walk about 10,000 steps…you can see where this is going. Let’s just put it this way, I didn’t raise either of my arms anywhere north of about 5 degrees from my sides. While it wasn’t doo-doo that I smelled like (because that would be quite possibly the. worst.), Ol’ Three Stacks was right in that you just can’t avoid the necessary elements and think you’re 100. For Caroline, that betch needed a little humility. For me, it was as simple as stop being a cheap bastard because the experiment failed miserably. But, oh, for Rougned Odor? The approach would catch up with him eventually. Here comes the massive drop.

  • Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX (96.2% owned) – I can feel the scorn of all the Grey acolytes reading this. I’m lucky enough to somehow be a part of the FantasyPros Expert Consensus rankings, and while doing a little studying back in March one person stood far above the others in his love for the smelly Texas man with a nasty right haymaker: our Grey. Now, I trust Grey’s ratings above almost everyone else’s, but with Odor we weren’t in lockstep. And then his first week happened and I felt a little silly, because our mustached macho man was looking quite nice for his top 15 ranking of Rougned (3 HR in first 4 games). But then reality set in: this dude’s streakier than Frank the Tank running around the quad (somehow also almost 15 years ago). With a BABIP south of .300 last year he hit .271 and posted 33HR with 14 SB. Incredi-belmo! When the ol’ BABIP drops under .200, though, you get a player slashing .194/9/4/13/1. His game doesn’t allow him to weather the bad storms because he never walks (4.0% this year), whereas players that walk to a double-digit rate can still provide value while getting on base when the bat goes cold. He’s a special talent with a massive ceiling, but until he turns it around there are plenty of other options I’d rather own. At only 23 years old he’s prime to turn it around and still finish with a .250/80/25/80/12 line, but if April’s a precursor for the rest of 2017 we need to pump the brakes on what we dreamed he may be. .270/90/30/90/20 just ain’t happening. This is bad Odor. You’ll have to live with it. It’s definitely not roses.

Now, I’m sure I’ll look like an idiot for this in a few days when he goes all Anthony Rendon, but then I’ll just say this was all a ploy to make my big boss man look better (insert Grey cackle here)! Still worth the 96.2% own rate? Yep. Still worth a top 25 ranking where even I had him preseason? Nope. And much of the below rankings are my subjective thoughts, so don’t agree? THAT’S WHAT THE COMMENTS ARE FOR!

Note: These rankings are considered ROS Trade Value

[email protected]’s Top  Hitters

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

Rank Name Pos Team
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Bryce Harper WSH OF
3 Mookie Betts BOS OF
4 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
5 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
6 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
7 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
8 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
9 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
10 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
11 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS
12 Trea Turner WSH SS/2B/OF
13 Corey Seager LAD SS
14 Joey Votto CIN 1B
15 Ryan Braun MIL OF
16 Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B
17 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
18 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
19 Nelson Cruz SEA OF
20 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF
21 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
22 Brian Dozier MIN 2B
23 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
24 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF
25 Khris Davis OAK OF
26 Eric Thames MIL 1B/OF
27 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
28 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
29 Carlos Correa HOU SS
30 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF
31 Jonathan Villar MIL 3B/SS
32 Christian Yelich MIA OF
33 George Springer HOU OF
34 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
35 Matt Kemp ATL OF
36 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
37 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF
38 Mark Trumbo BAL OF
39 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
40 Chris Davis BAL 1B
41 Adam Jones BAL OF
42 Buster Posey SF C/1B
43 Ian Kinsler DET 2B
44 Trevor Story COL SS
45 J.D. Martinez DET OF
46 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF
47 Gregory Polanco PIT OF
48 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF
49 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
50 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF
51 Aaron Judge NYY OF
52 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B
53 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
54 Justin Upton DET OF
55 Michael Brantley CLE OF
56 Ian Desmond COL OF
57 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
58 Jay Bruce NYM OF
59 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
60 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
61 Evan Longoria TB 3B
62 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
63 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF
64 Stephen Piscotty STL OF
65 Justin Turner LAD 3B
66 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF
67 Aledmys Diaz STL SS
68 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
69 Albert Pujols LAA 1B
70 Lorenzo Cain KC OF
71 Gary Sanchez NYY C
72 Odubel Herrera PHI OF
73 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
74 Adam Duvall CIN OF
75 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
76 Todd Frazier CWS 1B/3B
77 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
78 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
79 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
80 David Peralta ARI OF
81 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
82 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS
83 Michael Conforto NYM OF
84 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
85 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
86 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C
87 Jackie Bradley BOS OF
88 Dee Gordon MIA 2B
89 Nomar Mazara TEX OF
90 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
91 David Dahl COL OF
92 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF
93 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B
94 Starlin Castro NYY 2B
95 Brandon Phillips ATL 2B
96 Jason Heyward CHC OF
97 Manuel Margot SD OF
98 Kevin Kiermaier TB OF
99 Corey Dickerson TB OF
100 Brad Miller TB 1B/SS/2B

The Honorable Mentions (Next Five In…)

Rank Name Pos Team
101 Mark Reynolds COL 1B
102 Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS
103 Avisail Garcia CHW OF
104 Maikel Franco PHI 3B
105 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B

Dropped from the Rankings: Adam Eaton (45), Eduardo Nunez (94)

A few notes on the 100:

  • Best 1B in the game? Freddie Freeman. And no, that’s not just the Braves fan coming out in me. I’m not the biggest Mark Bowman fan, but here you go:
    Notably not on there? Paul Goldschmidt.
  • That 24-26 trio would be fun to watch mash in the Home Run Derby. Which player ends the year with more home runs? And notice, Ryan Zimmerman isn’t in that group.
  • Speaking of…Zimmerman leaps into the 100, but not too far up. He’s hitting a monstrous .410/19/11/27/1 to finish April. That’s stupid, and nowhere close to maintainable. Sure, he’s only 32 (feels like he’s 52) and can still mash a little, but injury concerns and regression outweigh his crazy begin to 2017 for my ROS thoughts. Tread lightly and don’t overpay.
  • Overall, not a ton of changes in the 100 this week at the top. Go look at your most owned players and they’re essentially all pulverizing the ball over the past two weeks with OPS’s north of 1.000 everywhere. Down at the bottom some fallers are in steep decline. Besides Odor I could have easily focused on another Razz favorite: Nomar Mazara. Muhzuhzuh!!! I feel like you should have to yell that through a conk shell for full effect. Anywho, dude’s gotta adjust. Need to see some improvements.
  • And lastly, let’s pour one out for Adam Eaton. That. Freaking. Sucks.

As always…don’t agree with something?


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  1. John says:


    Guy in my league is getting annoyed with Bogaerts and was upset he didn’t get any Yankees to own on his team. I threw out in passing Didi/Severino for Bogaerts and he seemed more interested than I imagined he would. Should I jump at it or try and replace Severino with Bundy or E-Rod?

    Thanks in advance.

    • @John: Yeah, Bogaerts is the best asset in that. By a lot. Severino may break out, but easier to replace that than find a top 30 hitter. Do it. And then stream the hot hand of guys like Bundy/Eduardo.

  2. Cam says:

    I don’t want to loose too much offense in this trade…I own Syndergaard in my roto dynasty league (5×5 obp instead of avg). I’m 4th overall and doing well offensively, but dead last in ERA and WHIP. Was going to trade for pitching anyways. What do you think of this trade that was just offered to me?

    I give up: Jake Lamb, Jameson Taillon, and Corey Ray

    I receive: Jacob deGrom, Stephen Strasburg, and Eugenio Suarez

    • b the esq. says:

      @Cam: Looks good to me.

    • @Cam: Man, I’m always hesitant to move hitting for pitching, especially in dynasty where the shelf-life of hitters is so much longer than pitchers (typically). That being said, Suarez may only be a half step behind Lamb in the long run, deGrom and Stras are better than Tailion, and you can survive not having Ray.

      Reluctant to deal Lamb, but with that trio of arms you’re set for a while. As long as they all stay heathy, haha. I’d do it.

      • Cam says:

        @[email protected]: I just accepted it. His offer was a counter to my original offer of Taillon, Gausman, Leake, and Amir Garret for Stras and deGrom.

        I am set in the OF (not worried about Ray) and have Sano at 3b. We have CI spots in this league, so Suarez was not completely necessary but he lessens the loss of Lamb.

  3. Adam says:

    Head to head league with OBP
    Would u drop ODOR and pick up Didi Gregorius?

    • @Adam: No. The counting stats of Odor are too high for someone like Gregorius. Odor drops in value considerably in those leagues, like in points leagues, but the ceiling’s not high enough in Didi to make that move. Ride him out.

  4. Adam says:

    Contreras or Austin hedges ROS?

    • @Adam: Contreras, even though Hedges hitting a ;to better right now. I don’t fully believe in Hedges bat long term, but Contreras raked through the system and should project with a much better hit tool.

  5. Claytonio says:

    Guy in my league just dropped Piscotty; Ozuna also on the wire. 12-team AVG & OPS League.
    We only run 3 OFs.
    My current setup: Betts, Pollock, Polanco with Souza & Hernan Perez on the bench.
    Drop Souza for Piscotty?
    I like them all!!
    Also, thoughts on Didi? and Cozart…Who of the two are you playing?
    Gracias hermano!

    • @Claytonio: I’d rather have Piscotty than Souza. And I’d probably have Ozuna right next to Piscotty in an OPS league.

      Of those SS give me Cozart. Not a huge fan of Didi in fantasy.

  6. Hitter Friendly says:

    Always use your rankings as a reference point. Thanks as always!
    Would you trade Miggy and Cueto for JD and Gincarlo in a standard RCL league vacuum?

    • @Hitter Friendly: Thanks for being friendly, hitter!

      Yes. Give me JD and Giancarlo. ESPECIALLY in an RCL where pitching is mitigated by the starts limit.

  7. Wacha Wacha says:

    Do you prefer Arrieta or thames in 10 team h2h? Thanks!

    • @Wacha Wacha: Thames. Make that trade every day. in H2H you can stream SP. Thames can carry your entire team for a week.

  8. your mom says:

    Get kyle seager and c.santana for my giancarlo and maeda? 20 team h2h keeper league.


    • @your mom: 20 teams? Wow. Add in the keeper element and I’d take the best player available. Maeda should be better, and Santana can bring some good counting stats, but Stanton could end up a top 15 player. Need the health, but I’d take the upside.

  9. Nitro says:

    Are you dropping Bregman to pick up J Turner?

    • @Nitro: At this point, yes. No reason to think Turner can’t match his production (did last year, hitting well now). The ceiling’s higher with Bregman, but he has to turn it around.

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:

    I assume Odor over Schoop in a heartbeat if you could swing it, right? Schoop’s peripherals do look great though….

    • @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I’d still take Odor, but the gap’s much closer than it was one month ago. Schoop seems to be improving in his approach, but Odor can match the power and still provide more in 3 other cats.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:

        @[email protected]: Thanks – yeah pleasantly surprised to see Schoop cut his Ks even more etc. It’s interesting, Schoop doesn’t walk much either, but I always think of him as being a more patient hitter than Odor.

  11. Sun Tzu says:

    I have nothing to add except for a tip of the cap for the great work you do with this column. Your rankings serve as a weekly reference tool to audit my rosters across various leagues, and this has become perhaps my favorite weekly feature in all of Razzball. Bravo, good sir…

    • @Sun Tzu: Really appreciate it man! Grateful for the words of affirmation. Love getting to double up the Two-Starts with this one. Rankings are my fav. And with that I sound like a basic white girl.

      I apologize. Hopefully this hasn’t rurnt the likability. Haha!

      For real, tho…thanks Sun Tzu!

  12. Oppo Taco says:

    I’m always iffy about moving hitting for pitching but I was offered Verlander for McCutchen. Good deal ?

    • @Oppo Taco: In a vacuum I’d take McCutchen. If you really need pitching and are super deep at OF, you can do a lot worse than Verlander.

  13. Pousse-Pousse says:

    No Owings? Nowings?

    You take Kipnis ROS standard at MI over Eduardo Nunez or Owings?

    • @Pousse-Pousse: Haha, Nowings. He could easily get into here soon. Just skeptical on how great of a hitter he truly is. He could blossom this year and be a massive value for a lot of folks…just needs to prove it a little longer for me.

      And I’d still take Kipnis. That may change soon, but I trust him more at this point.

  14. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:

    Saw your note above re: Thames over Arrieta. Would you do Thames over Kluber too? H2H, QS/W format. 3 free waiver grabs a week, all of which I’ll be using to stream absent necessary roster tweaks.

    • @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Ugh, I like Kluber a bit more. Ralph will have him right next to each other, but I’d separate a little further.

      Depends on need, but I’d probably reluctantly stick with Kluber unless you’re stacked at SP. I have googly eyes for Thames right now, though. If you went there I wouldn’t fault you at all.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:

        @[email protected]: thanks! Yeah I’m right where you are, and fortunately my offense is stacked. Klubers def my best pitcher, and after that I have a bunch of interesting nonaces (Cole, cullers, Maeda, hill, vv, Nola urias, shoemaker). Thames is less need, more jealousy that I missed out haha.

  15. Chucky says:

    H2H 6×6 OBP. Need 2 up the middle Villar2B/SS, Zobrist 2B, Didi SS, Motter SS

    • @Chucky: This should have gone here…

      Probably Zobrist and Villar, but I’m not high on Didi and want to see if Motter can maintain it a little longer. Could easily take any one of the final three. Don’t move off Villar tho.

      The OBP is why I’d go Zobrist over the others.

  16. Probably Zobrist and Villar, but I’m not high on Didi and want to see if Motter can maintain it a little longer. Could easily take any one of the final three. Don’t move off Villar tho.

    The OBP is why I’d go Zobrist over the others.

  17. Andrew Edenbaum says:

    Nothing on Schebler ?

    • @Andrew Edenbaum: Been waiting for him. Took about 6 hours. Well done, you win!

      He’s been crazy hot the past week with 5 HR in 6 games. His ISO of .350+ will likely regress. When it does he’ll need to find some greater luck with other hits (.222 BABIP) to maintain his value. ZiPS has him to finish at 29 HR, though. There’s definite value there, I just don’t want to overpay for one crazy week. He’s no Eric Thames, haha.

      • Andrew Edenbaum says:

        @[email protected]: I think he’ll be better than Mr. Thames. Last year it was will it be Duvall or Schebler. This year it looks like both. 35% hard hit %. BABIP was artificially low. 8 walks/20 k’s just like Zim, except 6 years younger and playing in a great hitters ballpark, with a lot of visits to Miller Field and Wrigley.

  18. westcoastpete says:

    My boy Domingo Santana is breaking out and no one is noticing. K% improved 10% so far this season .

    The only thing holding him back from the top 50 is a sub.200 BABIP which is crazy since his xBABIP is .440. HIts the ball harder than 95% of the league, 6% IFFB, good speed, sprays the ball all over the field.

    • @westcoastpete: He’s playing well, and getting some counting stats, that BA is the problem. And the bigger problem with some improvement in his BABIP is that he needs a MASSIVE change to really make an impact in the BA category. With a BABIP north of .350 in ’16 it still only led to a .250 BA.

      There’s a lot of promise, he’s just not Top 100 yet.

  19. PoonTycoon says:

    a guy is offering me jose abreu for eugenio suarez. at first i was ready to jump on it, but suarez peripherals seem to indicate this breakout is real (16:11 K:BB ratio). positions aren’t an issue (have saeger, rendon, and franco at 3B and goldschmidt at 1B). thoughts?

    • @PoonTycoon: Hard not to take Abreu as a buy low. Hard as it may be to move off the current production of Suarez, I’d land on Abreu.

  20. jal179 says:

    Shallow 10 team keeperpoints league.

    I just dealt my RF Carlos Gonzalez + LF Duvall for LF/CF Starling Marte + LF Conforto.


    My LF is blocked by Yelich and CF by Trout. My thinking is using Marte to upgrade my SPs once Marte returns.

    • @jal179: Not mad about that. You get the higher upside. And flipping Marte not a bad idea, but you have to wait on him until he returns.

  21. Rufio says:

    14 team h2h points league.

    I give: Verlander, Salazar, Stanton, carpenter
    I get: Sale, Corbin, braun, longoria

    Not sure how worried I should be about Braun and longo

    • @Rufio: Alright:

      Sale over Verlander
      Salazar over Corbin (but closing)
      Braun/Stanton a wash
      Carpenter over Longoria

      I’d make the decision on how much you need the pitching, and your preference of Stanton or Braun. Wouldn’t be concerned about the injury side since both have it coming.

  22. Josh says:

    How much would Gallo come up in an OBP/SLG league? Have to imagine he’s a top 100 bat there, right?

    • @Josh: Yes, and he could potentially enter in with this Top 100, also, especially given his surprising running, but that BA is a killer. Much different than Chris Davis, tho? Probably not.

      In an OBP league he’s creeping into the Top 60-75.

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