As a Braves fan, my heart sank this week. Did the Braves fan collective actually believe that we’d catch the Nats in the NL East, or really even compete for one of the wild card spots? Probably not. Well, realistic fans didn’t. Oh, you gonna win with R.A. Dickey, Jaime Garcia and Bartolo Colon as the front of your rotation? Haha, #gtfo. The Braves are just in a waiting game for their pitches (sounds a lot like my #Razz30 team) and trying to develop their hitters fast enough to match them up together in the new SunTrust Park.

And yet…an MVP was emerging. Freddie Freeman was creeping up my rankings fast, and it had nothing to do with my hometown allegiance. He was a bonafide star, as The Ringer recently penned, and entering the highlight of his career just at the perfect time to bring the Braves into their next chapter of dominance (hey…a persistently melancholy Atlanta fan can hope…). And then Aaron Loup happened.
The Braves lost their MVP for 8-10 weeks (but bring out the red carpet for Matt Adams!!!!), but let’s pump the breaks on his drastic downfall in value from a fantasy perspective. His next two months may have been fingered (Tom Green, anyone?), but moving past my homerism tears I see a great opportunity to buy. Right now.

  • Freddie Freeman, 1B (95.9% owned) – As of Monday morning his ownership dropped +3%. I can’t stress enough how silly that is. Stash him. Over every other DL option, stash him. We’re talking about, arguably, the NL MVP to this point who will be coming back for the final two months of the season (worst case). In looking at the Top 100 for this week I really tried to gauge the rankings through the lens of Freddie. Given the positional depth of the positions, the ceiling of the production, and the impact down the stretch, Freddie became the benchmark for everything else. Anyone below Freeman I’d trade for him. Anyone above him I’d hold off. Does that mean a straight up swap is what it will take to get him? Probably not, but I’d be targeting the flip if you own one of those below him (with obvious smarts about not crippling your team, or punting an entire cat, because Billy Hamilton is all that you have for SB). Point is, with Freddie Freeman you have a massive playoff asset that’s going to be available at a massive discount. .341/25/14/25/4 through seven weeks was bananas. Give me even 80% of that for the final two months, plus his replacement at 1B, over Ryan Zimmerman, CarGo or Trevor Story.
  • 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 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
    4 Mookie Betts BOS OF
    5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
    6 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
    7 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
    8 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
    9 Joey Votto CIN 1B
    10 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS
    11 Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B
    12 Corey Seager LAD SS
    13 Nelson Cruz SEA OF
    14 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
    15 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF
    16 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
    17 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
    18 Trea Turner WSH SS/2B/OF
    19 Eric Thames MIL 1B/OF
    20 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
    21 Brian Dozier MIN 2B
    22 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
    23 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF
    24 Carlos Correa HOU SS
    25 J.D. Martinez DET OF
    26 Ryan Braun MIL OF
    27 Jonathan Villar MIL 3B/SS
    28 Matt Kemp ATL OF
    29 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF
    30 George Springer HOU OF
    31 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
    32 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
    33 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF
    34 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF
    35 Christian Yelich MIA OF
    36 Aaron Judge NYY OF
    37 Michael Conforto NYM OF
    38 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
    39 Mark Trumbo BAL OF
    40 Khris Davis OAK OF
    41 Ian Desmond COL OF
    42 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
    43 Buster Posey SF C/1B
    44 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
    45 Justin Upton DET OF
    46 Jay Bruce NYM OF
    47 Michael Brantley CLE OF
    48 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
    49 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
    50 Adam Jones BAL OF
    51 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF
    52 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
    53 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS
    54 Gary Sanchez NYY C
    55 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
    56 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
    57 Corey Dickerson TB OF
    58 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
    59 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
    60 Ian Kinsler DET 2B
    61 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
    62 Aledmys Diaz STL SS
    63 Adam Duvall CIN OF
    64 Chris Davis BAL 1B
    65 Odubel Herrera PHI OF
    66 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B
    67 Evan Longoria TB 3B
    68 Lorenzo Cain KC OF
    69 Albert Pujols LAA 1B
    70 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
    71 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF
    72 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
    73 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
    74 Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/3B/SS
    75 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
    76 David Peralta ARI OF
    77 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
    78 Ian Happ CHC OF
    79 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
    80 Chris Owings ARI 2B/SS
    81 Keon Broxton MIL OF
    82 Justin Turner LAD 3B
    83 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
    84 Salvador Perez KC C
    85 Scott Schebler CIN OF
    86 Trevor Story COL SS
    87 Yonder Alonso OAK 1B
    88 Gregory Polanco PIT OF
    89 Brett Gardner NYY OF
    90 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF
    91 Dee Gordon MIA 2B
    92 Starlin Castro NYY 2B
    93 Jose Bautista TOR OF
    94 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
    95 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
    96 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
    97 Avisail Garcia CHW OF
    98 Aaron Hicks NYY OF
    99 Mark Reynolds COL 1B
    100 Aaron Altherr PHI OF

    The Honorable Mentions (Next Five In…)

    Rank Name Pos Team
    101 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
    102 Devon Travis TOR 2B
    103 Travis Shaw MIL 1B/3B
    104 Stephen Piscotty STL OF
    105 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF

    Dropped from the Rankings: Carlos Santana (76), David Dahl (85), Jonathan Lucroy (94)

    As always…don’t agree with something?


    I’ll miss you all! This is my final Razzball post. For how long? Indefinitely. Loved getting to be a part of this community. Life beckons into a new season. I’ll still be a part of Razzball, though, as a part of the #Razz30 Crab Army, a mediocre competitor in the Perty ‘Perts League, and frequent reader of all articles. Thank you, Grey, for letting me join the fam the last 18 months!

    Y’all. Are. The Best.

    Follow [email protected] on Twitter at @matthayes for far more than just fantasy advice.

    1. King Bob says:

      Bellinger at 1B
      Alonso and Bour on wire. Do I pickup either and drop owings or gyorko?

      • King Bob says:

        @King Bob: OF- Kemp, Conforto, Judge, Ozuna, Stanton, haniger-DL

        • @King Bob: Nope. Hold fast with everyone you have. Alonso nursing injury, and Bour a super hot bat, but not a better asset than any of your OF or Bellinger, Owings or Gyorko.

    2. 0,25,50,75, or 100 %. What are the chances Bregman and Story turn it around in the next month or so. I am holding on to both but my patience is wearing thin.

      • @mrhouston: 75 for both? They’re pedigree is massive, and both showed last year they belong at this level. Gotta get out of their slumps, but I believe in both still.

        If you move off of them now you may regret it later.

        • mrhouston says:

          @[email protected]: Thanks, [email protected]! I’ll be sitting pretty in August when both these guys are firing on all cylinders and Haniger, Freeman, and Syndergaard are all back from the DL.

    3. enrique says:

      Out of all the guys I’m mentioning here, only Yonder Alonso is in your top 100. So that may be my answer.

      But right now I have Yonder as my backup 1B and resident UTIL (unless he’s facing a lefty). I bought into all that buzz about his changed swing and the launch angle, but he hasn’t done much on my roster: hitting .143, albeit with 3 HRs in 28 AB.

      What I need most on offense is batting average, followed by OPS and Rs. The only area where I’m set is SBs.

      In that context, would you consider dropping Yonder for any of Smoak, Logan Morrison, Tommy Joseph, Alex Avila, Moreland, or V-Mart? Or do I need to be more patient with Yonder?

      • @enrique: Yonder’s the one I’d want the most, but Joseph’s probably a really close comp. ROS I think Hoskins may take Tommy’s job, but for now ride his hot bat over Yonder’s slump and nursing injury.

    4. Pousse-Pousse says:

      Kipnis in any danger of making the top 100 anytime soon? Seems to be finally getting into form. A little surprised to see Travis ahead of him.

      • @Pousse-Pousse: Both are hot bats with similar hit tools, both can run and have a little pop. I may argue the ceiling of Travis can be just as high as Kipnis, I just worry about his shoulder a little. That’s the main knock vs him and someone like Travis.

    5. Sun Tzu says:

      Wait, you’re leaving? No, you can’t go.

      • @Sun Tzu: I know man. It’s been an awesome 18 months being a part of this, and as a reader for years prior, but it’s time to step away. I’ll still be around, just can’t devote the time to the writing right now.

        Really appreciate the convos on here and you reading! I’ll miss it!

    6. enrique says:

      One more question, [email protected] ….

      Same roto league where I need batting average, OPS, and runs. I’ve got 2B, 3B, and SS manned by some combination of Villar, Healey, Jose Ramirez, and Chris Owings.

      Would you drop one of them (Healey, I presume) for Devon Travis? If I did it, the net result is that Ramirez and Villar would see more time at 3B rather than at their weaker positions.

      Many thanks!

      • @enrique: Nope, don’t drop any of them for Travis. He’s a hot bat, but those others are the best assets.

      • Gmatt21 says:


        Grey dog
        Hey what up!

        I just got offered
        Aaron judge
        Alex wood


        Trout .

        What do you think?

        • b the esq. says:

          @Gmatt21: Trout

          • @b the esq.: Trout. But I’m really high on that other offer. If you have massive holes elsewhere that’s not a bad offer. At all.

    7. Chad B says:

      Deal Odor and Lackey for Trumbo and A. Wood?

    8. Landisimo3 says:

      12 team forever keep up to 10 … roto… My cutch for his Alex wood?

      • @Landisimo3: Ugh. I’d prob take Wood, even though his injury worries are real. Cutch is in such a decline.

    9. beardawg says:

      Lorenzo Cain, I can’t hardly take it anymore! He’s got no power, and bats 3rd for a horrible team. Sorely overrated, wanna drop him so badly! Please remove him from your top 100 so I’ll feel better about it when I do!

      • @beardawg: Haha, sorry to make you so nauseous. Check back in next week to see where Mike Maher ranks him…

    10. Rocky Mountain High says:

      Which side would you be takkng in a 12 team weekly lineup roto league with rcl roster format. Arenado, jimmy johns, and soria or bellinger, JD, and salazar?

    11. Gmatt21 says:

      Hey what up!

      I just got offered
      Aaron judge
      Alex wood


      Trout .

      What do ou think?

      • @Gmatt21: Man. I don’t know. My first reaction is hold onto those three since they’re all strong, but it’s essentially three sell highs for the best player. Go with your gut. Mine’s to hold, but if you go get Trout and can find good replacement level for the spots you lose it’s a good deal.

    12. Scott says:

      Bregman still in top 100? Why? 40% ground ball rate and hitting 8th. It’s almost june amd we are past the quarter way point. The it’s early excuse doesnt apply now based on the # of AB’s he has. Thanks

      • @Scott: I’m a believer. I’d imagine Mike may take him out as he takes this over, but I’m not ready to fully drop him out of the 100 yet. He’s been sliding for a while, though.

    13. Kutty says:

      I dropped him. 10 weeks is best case scenario. More like 3months and by that time they could be so far out of contention it’s conceivable they take as much time as they want to get him right. It’s already week 8. By the time week 20 comes around you’ll be lucky to have an opportunity to use him.

      • @Kutty: I’m leaning on the optimistic side, but I definitely see your side.

    14. Don says:

      Odor in the 50s seems generous. Are you expecting a hot streak?

      • @Don: Haha, it’s in there. He could easily go all 2016 Dozier on us. Needs some greater luck, and I wish he had a more patient approach, but this is likely his floor. I’m betting on the turn around, but no where near as high on him as Grey’s been.

    15. marimon says:

      Got offered Encarnacion and Cain for my Kluber and Dickerson, thoughts?
      I’m not high on Cain, and would probably drop for Moncada

      • @marimon: Give me Kluber and Dickerson. However, I love the thought of picking up Moncada. But then you’re trading Kluber and Dickerson for Edwin, and I don’t love that. Find another drop elsewhere.

    16. wthdude says:

      So does the hitter rankings post die or is someone else taking it over?!

    17. coacher says:

      I have active spots for 3/4 with 1B,CI,U and a bench spot.

      Who goes to the bench? Votto, HanRam, Smoak and Josh Bell.

    18. coacher says:

      also….MI is not doing much for me and the FA pickins are slim. BTW, it’s a 5×5 roto that uses HR, RbI, SB, OBP and Runs.

      I have Christian Arroyo in there but could pick up: J.Lowrie, A.Simmons, Y.Sanchez J.Reyes, S.Gennett, C. Pinder, R.Schimpf, B.Miller, and E.Sogard.

      • @coacher: I’d rather have 7 of those options over Arroyo, with Lowrie at the top right now and his hot bat. Brad Miller best asset of those options.

    19. trogdor says:

      Odor isn’t even in the top 300…..

    20. Dawg says:

      Dang, [email protected] Gonna miss you on here, especially being recent UGA Grad (earlier this month!) and huge Braves homer. Thanks for all the advice!

      • @Dawg: Go Dawgs. And Congratulations! That’s incredible. Hope you’ll stay around the ATL area, and loved being a part of this. I’ll still be around some, I’m sure.

    21. John says:


      In a 30 moves limit where I’m at 7 for the season, what do you think of the ROS outlook for the following:

      Schebler for Souza or Bradley

      Castellanos for Souza or Bradley


      • John says:

        @John: Bradley Jr I should say.

        Also, what are your thoughts on Randal Grichuk ROS?

        Thank you!

    22. RAZZIE says:

      Hi, I have a trade question if you don’t mind. I am in a 12 team standard 5×5 dynasty league. I got offered Jose Ramirez, Sean Manaea, Brad Hand, and a late first rounder for my Jose Berrios, Devon Travis, and Robert Gsellman. I have Altuve at 2nd, so Travis is mainly on the bench. I don’t mind losing Gsellman. I really hate to part with Berrios. Would I be getting enough in return for him? Are you a believer in Manaea?


      • @RAZZIE: I LOVE Berrios, but with Manaea and Ramirez coming to you I think you have to take it. Ramirez an upgrade over Travis, Gsellman isn’t great, anyways, Hand could become a close, and the 1st only adds value. It’s the gap of Berrios to Manaea/Ramirez, but we’re only 3 starts in to Berrios showing he can be better than Manaea.

        I think you do this.

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