Major Key Alert! Now, for all you Gen-X’ers and cowboy hat-wearing’ country boys, “Major Key” is a term used by us Millennials. Well, anyone can use it really. You should try it in your next board meeting, or at home in a convo with your wife. Have a great idea? Care to pass on some knowledge or drop a little truth bomb into a situation? Gotta give ’em that major key.

And yes, there’s an emoji for that…

Thanks DJ Khaled. I can use this. We can all use this. Because brewing in the post-hype bin of fantasy baseball players lies an option that should be targeted by all owners. Everywhere.
  • Keon Broxton, OF (40.5% owned) – May has been incredibly kind to Broxton thus far. After an April line of .191/11/1/3/6 the turn around’s been drastic: .395/10/3/9/3. Perhaps the biggest ‘key’ in the change is the drop in K% from a brutal 40.8% to 30.4%. Still not good, but massively better. He’ll get his fair share of strikeouts, but has shown in the past, even though it’s not strong right now, to get on base enough to balance it. He now has a slash line of .270/.336/.486 despite is awful April. How he’s owned in only 40.5% of leagues is a result of the abysmal start, but go ahead and get in on him now. Before the season I listed Keon in the Top 100, and had to drop him out a few weeks in. Now he forces his way back in as there’s still a shot he goes off for a 20/50 season. His BB% was double last year than where it is right now; if he gets it back to double-digits we’re looking at a .255/.350/.460 type player. He’s a major key to climbing the standings as he’s not just a SAGNOF. Target him in trades, but the window for a buy low is closing fast if it’s not already gone.

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 Trea Turner WSH SS/2B/OF
11 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS
12 Joey Votto CIN 1B
13 Corey Seager LAD SS
14 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
15 Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B
16 Nelson Cruz SEA OF
17 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
18 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
19 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF
20 Eric Thames MIL 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 Carlos Correa HOU SS
27 Ryan Braun MIL OF
28 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
29 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF
30 Jonathan Villar MIL 3B/SS
31 Christian Yelich MIA OF
32 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
33 Matt Kemp ATL OF
34 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF
35 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF
36 J.D. Martinez DET OF
37 Aaron Judge NYY OF
38 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
39 Ian Desmond COL OF
40 Mark Trumbo BAL OF
41 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
42 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
43 George Springer HOU OF
44 Michael Conforto NYM OF
45 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
46 Justin Upton DET OF
47 Jay Bruce NYM OF
48 Michael Brantley CLE OF
49 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
50 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
51 Buster Posey SF C/1B
52 Adam Jones BAL OF
53 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF
54 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
55 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
56 Ian Kinsler DET 2B
57 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
58 Justin Turner LAD 3B
59 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
60 Aledmys Diaz STL SS
61 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS
62 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
63 Adam Duvall CIN OF
64 Gary Sanchez NYY C
65 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
66 Odubel Herrera PHI OF
67 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B
68 Evan Longoria TB 3B
69 Lorenzo Cain KC OF
70 Albert Pujols LAA 1B
71 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF
72 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
73 Chris Davis BAL 1B
74 Trevor Story COL SS
75 Corey Dickerson TB OF
76 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
77 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
78 David Peralta ARI OF
79 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
80 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
81 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
82 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
83 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
84 Chris Owings ARI 2B/SS
85 Jonathan Lucroy TEX C
86 Yonder Alonso OAK 1B
87 Scott Schebler CIN OF
88 Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/3B/SS
89 Keon Broxton MIL OF
90 Gregory Polanco PIT OF
91 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF
92 Dee Gordon MIA 2B
93 Starlin Castro NYY 2B
94 David Dahl COL OF
95 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
96 Brett Gardner NYY 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 Brandon Phillips ATL 2B
102 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF
103 Todd Frazier CWS 1B/3B
104 Stephen Piscotty STL OF
105 Yasmany Tomas ARI OF

Dropped from the Rankings: Kyle Schwarber (66), Todd Frazier (77), Jackie Bradley (89), Yasmany Tomas (94), Brandon Phillips (96), Jason Heyward (98), Stephen Piscotty (100)

A few notes on the 100:

  • Really liking the way this Top 100 is shaping up. So many OF available that I’m actually fining difficulty trading any away in 10 team leagues. Guys like Andrew McCutchen basically have no trade value right now due to the other options playing so well. 6 weeks ago McCutchen was a 5-8 round pick, while Michael Conforto was being taken 200+. You couldn’t pay me money to make that swap now, though. Thus is the difficulty of preseason rankings, and why running the waivers early in the season can pay such dividends.
  • In the most recent Prospect Podcast Ralph and Halp talked about Yonder Alonso’s breakout season. It’s about five years late, but everything checks out for this to be sustainable. I don’t know that he’ll remain this hot and outpace Miguel Cabrera, but ride it while you can.
  • I typically avoid Billy Hamilton in almost all leagues. Well, in drafts I did. And now I’m paying the price. He’s the quintessential SAGNOF, but this year os far he’s hitting enough to bring a lot of value in other areas. Those 20 SB to this point in the season are almost a guarantee for 6-8 points in roto minimum. To get that from one player is remarkable, but don’t overpay for him. Someone offered me Hamilton for Rizzo in an NL-Only where I have power and need speed, but I can’t take a move like that. The relative value is too high when thinking of the market. Rather than overspend on Hamilton, find SB elsewhere, or go buy low on Villar and reap the benefits of at least  cats, if not all 5.
  • How much longer until Bryce Harper contends for that #1 spot?

As always…don’t agree with something?


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  1. Chris says:

    Would you trade Freeman/Ozuna/Urias to get Trout?

    • Fogimon says:

      @Chris: Yes. Always. Get. Trout.

    • @Chris: I actually wouldn’t. I know the comment below says get Trout. And while I agree Trout it the clear #1, I think I’d rather have the total production from the others, especially if it’s a roto league. Ozone’s far better than replacement level, and end of year AVG, R, HR, RBI Freeman may actually end up close to Trout. You’ll lost out on gaining some speed, but even Trout doesn’t seem like a lock for 25+ SB anymore.

      Can’t believe it, but I’m holding off.

  2. Fogimon says:

    Kendrys Morales or Tommy Joseph this week and beyond?

  3. J Smo says:

    No major key alert yet for Gallo?

    • @J Smo: Nope, but maybe I should. And maybe I’m biased? I just have a hard time loving someone with a sub-.200 average. However, Odor remains in the ranks. The difference is I expect Odor to end up around a .245-.260 average; I don’t expect Gallo to get above .215.

      Probably worth ranking. I just shy away.

  4. jimjam says:

    would you trade a cheap keeper kris davis for chris archer right now? have an abundance of serviceable OF but weak pitching. Alternatively, a non-keepable brian dozier or xander bogaerts?

    • @jimjam: Give me Dozier over Bogaerts. And I always choose the hitter over the pitcher when they’re close. Davis has his flaws, but if he’s cheap that’s a valuable asset. He could lead the AL in HR still.

  5. Wacha Wacha says:

    Sano and werth for miggy in 10 team h2h obp redraft. Which side do you prefer? Werth getting close to top 100 ?

    • Tony C says:

      Miggy for me

      • Fogimon says:

        @Tony C: Miggy for me too, but Sano is making his case.

    • @Fogimon: @Wacha Wacha: It’s Sano and Werth over Miggy. And it’s not that close for me. Miggy still ranks higher in a vacuum, but that it’s an OBP league, and that Werth looks healthy, I’d take the two. Sano on the up, Miggy finally declining.

      • Kip Mungjup says:

        @[email protected]: is miggy declining or just off to a slow start? We’ve seen it before from him and then he turns it on second half

  6. Andrew Buffett says:

    Think I need a major overhaul in my OF. Rostering these guys in my 12 team daily 5×5:
    -Fowler, Kepler, Dyson, Avisail

    Guys available…ugh…
    Gamel, Ezekial, Valencia

    Drop any of the guys for the wire fodder?

    • Tony C says:

      I’d drop Dyson for Valencia but depends on need

    • @Andrew Buffett: Not a big Fowler or Kepler fan. Dyson has value because of the 40+ SB potential. I like Valencia over Kepler, but Gamel’s been the best bat.

      Base it off of what your lineup needs the most. Don’t drop the speed if you’re lacking it.

  7. Adam says:

    Have to put Pollock on DL
    1 spot open
    Do I drop Paxton or Haniger?

    • Fogimon says:

      @Adam: Haniger.

    • @Adam: Again I’ll disagree with Fogimon below (sorry!!!), haha. Give me Haniger. Paxton’s been incredible, but coming off a forearm injury is scary, and he’s due for some regression with the long ball.

      Better option? Trade one of them pronto, upgrade another spot on your roster, stash Pollock and move on.

  8. StevenDeGafney says:

    Goldschmidt 7??? You crazy boi!!

    • James Bishop says:

      @StevenDeGafney: Yeah, I’d have Goldschmidt at #3, behind only Trout and Harper.

    • @StevenDeGafney: He was #4 before the year started, but he’s right int he same discussion with the others. Right now I’d take Freeman over him, but you could take #3-#9 and arrange them however you subjectively like.

      I have Goldy in an 8×8 H2H league. So thankful he’s on my squad.

  9. M says:

    No love for Old Matt Holliday?

    • @M: No, not over the upside of most of the guys at the bottom of the rankings. He’s hit well to start the year, but over the ROS I don’t know he’ll really hold that much value. Serviceable and roster-worthy, but not in my Top 100.

  10. Lary says:

    Curious where Dahl would fall if hypothetically he came back today?

    • Fogimon says:

      @Lary: I imagine he would be right where he is until he started raking and climbing the list.

    • @Lary: YES! I can agree with Fogimon now (read above comments, haha)!

      He’d stay there until I see production. He’s only in there because of his potential. A few slow weeks and he’d drop out. Same thing happened with Sanchez. He’s back and hitting so he’s sitting. I feel that’s most fitting. But hey, who am I kidding…?

  11. Greg says:

    Of is Brantley, Conforto, jd, ut bruce or dj lemaiheu….question is since Pollock hit dl, I have an open slot. …Pham, Leurys, Margot..? Or pick up a pitcher. ….

    I traded Yonser for Wood…crossing my fingers, thoughts? Have Myers and Bruce at 1b, pitching weak.

    • @Greg: Pick up a SP then. Depends on the options, though. I like Margot the best ROS of those OF options, but Leurys is the best bat currently. Somehow.

      • Greg says:

        @[email protected]: Options are all meh. SP really hard to find this year. I may take flier on Margot. .thank you!

  12. Ron P says:

    In a points league where everything is the same value, in what order from most to least willing would you trade away these bats in a deal for Bryant?

    Encarnacion, Santana, Carpenter, Frazier


    • @Ron P: Frazier, Santana, Carpenter, Encarnacion.

      But I’d move them for Bryant without hesitation.

  13. SheaSeraSera says:

    Worth holding on to Gomez with this injury? We only have one DL spot and it is clogged by a dirtbiking asshole from San Fran.

    • @SheaSeraSera: Haha, he’s not worth DLing over MadBum. I don’t know how serious it is, but if it’s a mild strain he could be back in the old 15-day window. If you can stash him on the bench it’s not a bad option if your OF is weak. If you have some strength in that department, though, I’d just let him go.

  14. Gregory Bosley says:

    Where’s the love for Segura?

    • @Gregory Bosley: I think 61 is a lot of love. I’ve never been overly high on him, and expected him to come out as a massive regression candidate this year. He’s proven me wrong so far, and has climbed as a result. It would take a lot of continued .300/.400/.450 for me to rise him into the Top 40, tho.

  15. John says:


    Guy in my league is languishing in last place but he’s got some nice pieces. MI and SP seem to be his weak areas. Is Xander Bogaerts and Dylan Bundy for Kris Bryant a laughable offer?


    • @John: I wouldn’t do it. Not even close for me. That SP would have to be a few tiers higher to consider moving off of Bryant’s power.

      • John says:

        @[email protected]: does McCullers make a difference? The alternative is I offer him trea Turner and Bundy for Bryant.

        • @John: You can offer it with McCullers, but I don’t know that he’ll take it.

          And Turner for Bryant could work. Buddy would fill that gap. ROS I don’t know how much of a difference that is tho.

  16. Cheese says:

    Any word on how long story is out for? Also, if healthy, where would he slot in?

    • @Cheese: He was around Top 50, but he was falling. Gotta figure out how to hit consistently even with his power.

      Not sure on how long he’s out, though.

  17. Luvdarooks says:

    Schmimpf or a Frazier ROY in a 5×5 OBP?

    • @Luvdarooks: Goodness. Frazier should have more value, but even with the poop AVG Schimpf’s been outhitting him. I’d still lean Frazier, tho.

  18. Andrew B. says:

    Would you rather: Arrieta & A. Russell or Moncada and Betances in a dynasty league??

    • @Andrew B.: Moncada and Betances. Arrieta getting older and I prefer the ceiling of Moncada to Addison.

      • Andrew B. says:

        @[email protected]: Appreciate you hitting me back. I’ve been torn on those same ideas for a week now. Btw, love the site – keep killin it. #Respect

  19. Rick MaHorn says:

    Someone offered me Conforto for McCullers. Would this trade be worth it for me considering my current OF and SP?

    My current OF: Harper, Yelich, Puig, Pillar, Piscotty
    Current SP: Kluber, Pineda, McCullers, Bundy, Stroman, Walker, Ray


  20. westcoastpete says:

    still no love for my boy Domingo. Eventually you will be buyin, mark my words!

    • @westcoastpete: Haha he’s been great, but his projections still just end his season at .260/68/20/65/8. Valuable but not incredible. Hopefully he proves us all wrong…

      • westcoastpete says:

        @[email protected]: Those projections are based on 131 games so I think he can exceed those totals by staying off the DL. He has looked way healthier this season and fangraphs just noted his time from home to 1st is the most improved of all players this season.

        I see a real chance of 15 SBs and a even a modest spike in his FB% would bump that to 30 HR (25% HR/FB and 4% IFFB are both elite).

  21. fitz says:

    Is offering Conforto for Miggy insulting to the Miggy owner?

    • @fitz: Haha they may feel like it is, but I’m not sure that it’s too far off. It’s a buy low of Miggy, but Conforto’s killin it. I may add something to the Conforto side if I’m selling Miggy.

  22. Jack says:

    Would you trade Maeda for Chris Owings if you were a Story owner?

  23. Clive says:

    Had Story go down and need a SS in my H2H/OPS league..

    Trade my Benintendi/Giles for Lindor? Would still have Trout/Judge/JD Mart/Bautista in OF. And Holland/Bentances/Colome/Bush as closers..


    • @Clive: I’d try just a Benintendi for Lindor swap. And if you have to add a closer, start from the bottom before getting to Giles.

  24. Kip Mungjup says:

    Why the giant drop for polanco? Wasn’t he in the 40’s last week? He was showing some signs of life last week, more so than he has all year when you had him in the 40’s. I know he’s since hurt his hammy, but no faith in the young fella to turn it around?

    • @Kip Mungjup: I definitely think he can. And hope he does, but the injury isn’t a rare thing for him. It’s come for him before, so when he’s not hitting well (and for a 6 weeks stretch) it just clouds the luster. That ISO needs to jump back up. Otherwise he’ll end up a .260/80/10/65/25 player. Meh.

  25. JB2 says:

    Springer’s cooled off, but not even top 40 ROS? Once the steals come in, I don’t see how he’s lower than 30. You seeing something in the advanced metrics, mechanics? Trust your judgement, but feels super low.

    • @JB2: I’d agree, the steals would give him the boost. But can’t expect them to, because he didn’t necessarily blaze the base paths last year. However, 43 may be too harsh for him. Looking deeper his counting stats are there, his power is up, his BABIP’s just down a little, the K rate’s improving, he’s pulling the ball a lot more. A lot is trending right after a slower start in April.

  26. Andrew Edenbaum says:

    I know I’m way late and you’ll never print my late comment, but for NEXT time, Ian Happ !!!
    Happ is better than Peraza, Villar, Haniger, Benintendi, Bellinger, Judge et. al. Not a mention by you. Do you watch theses games. Did you see that Happ is the only Cub other than Rizzo and Bryant to play 5 games in a row. Do you really think the Cubs are going to send Happ back so they can play Schwarber, Almora, and Jay , as well as Hayward over their best hitter ? I’ll take the long odds I’ll get on Happ for Rookie of the Year. Watch him hit. He plays almost every position. 9th OA pick in 2015.

    • @Andrew Edenbaum: Working on this week’s right now, and just saw this. Happy could make the list. Only reason I’m hesitant is whether or not he stays up, but it’s looking more and more like he will.

      He’s going to be special.

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