Since it seems like the rest of the Razzball “professors” (notice the quotes) are putting out their second half rankings I feel overwhelmed by the pressure of doing the same. Even if there are only twelve points league readers I still owe it to them to put a little elbow grease into this and generate a solid set of rankings and rest of season projections. Speaking of the people’s elbow, it looks like The Rock is moving forward with plans to run in 2020. Ok, well maybe these aren’t exactly his plans, but there is a committee that is standing behind him. Will Dwayne Johnson become the most electrifying president in American history? Is he going to “rock the vote”. Ha! I can’t wait for the debates.

I swear, if I hear Aaron Judge’s name once more I’m going to lose it. I seriously hope the kid tanks the second half, hitting .240 with 12 home runs. He would still finish the season with MVP numbers, but at least it will quiet down the peanut gallery. For someone that owns **Mike Trout** in zero of his double digit leagues, I’ve never been happier to see him return. If anyone can push Judge out of the forefront, it’s baseball’s best player. Before he fell victim to injury Trout was doing his best Mike Trout impersonation with a league best 0.99 points per plate appearance. **Freddie Freeman** was one one hundredth of a point behind him at 0.98 PPPA. Judge’s PPPA for the first half was an impressive 0.84 PPPA, which he did sustain over 366 plate appearances, as opposed to Trout’s 206.

The points league MVP of the first half is none of the players I’ve just mentioned. Despite being on a horrible team, at 33 **Joey Votto** is having a career year. Coming into the break he has a league high 361 points and is on pace for 656. Translating points to stats that turns into 47 home runs, 125 RBIs and a .315 batting average. Can someone tell me why he wasn’t the starting 1B for the National League All-Star team? They really have to do away with this fan voting sh!t. Seriously, it’s stupid. Let the fans decide the final vote, but not the starting lineup. Enough already. The fact that **Ryan Zimmerman** got the starting nod over both Votto and **Paul Goldschmidt** almost makes me want to wish a season ending injury on him.

Here are my 2017 second half rankings based entirely on my rest of season points projections. Not to state the obvious, but if I project Buster Posey to score the most points amongst catchers from this point on, the laws of fantasy baseball math dictate that he must be ranked number one for catchers.

This post is based on the following points distribution:

1B(+1), 2B(+2), 3B(+3), HR(+4), RBI(+1), R(+1), SO(-1), BB(+1), SB(+1), CS(-1), HBP(+1), SF(+1)

In order to be eligible for the list below, a player must project to score at least 150 points over the remainder of the season.

**Catchers**

Buster. Buster. And Buster. That pretty much sums up the catcher scene. The thing to watch in the second half will be the battle between **Gary Sanchez** and **Salvador Perez** to see who can emerge as number two. It will also be interesting to see if **Jonathan Lucroy** can rebound and safe face a bit. I’d like to see **Yasmani Grandal** get out of the way and let **Austin Barnes** get a shot at the full time gig. I don’t expect this to happen, but injuries have been known to happen. Lastly, if I was weak at catcher I’d be keeping an eye on **Tom Murphy** who is currently struggling in Albuquerque.

**Buster Posey** – ROS: 167 points, YTD: 219 points, Preseason Projections: 378

**Gary Sanchez** – ROS: 140 points, YTD: 154 points, Preseason Projections: 312

**Salvador Perez** – ROS: 138 points, YTD: 208 points, Preseason Projections: 257

**J.T. Realmuto** – ROS: 124 points, YTD: 181 points, Preseason Projections: 241

**Yadier Molina** – ROS: 119 points, YTD: 168 points, Preseason Projections: 245

**Brian McCann** – ROS: 117 points, YTD: 159 points, Preseason Projections: 240

**Jonathan Lucroy** – ROS: 116 points, YTD: 129 points, Preseason Projections: 317

**Willson Contreras** -ROS: 115 points, YTD: 141 points, Preseason Projections: 257

**Alex Avila** – ROS: 114 points, YTD: 128 points, Preseason Projections: N/A

**Evan Gattis** – ROS: 114 points, YTD: 156 points, Preseason Projections: 242

**First Base**

This is Joey Votto’s world and we just live in it. That’s a direct quote from **Miguel Cabrera** who seems to have finally lost his mojo. Cabrera is well on his way to his worst season since ever. As you can see, I expect a close race for the top spot between Votto and **Paul Goldschmidt**. While I have Votto winning by one point, this one could obviously go either way. However, if **Freddie Freeman** can pick up where left off before his wrist was untimely broken, he could very run away with it.

**Joey Votto** – ROS: 236 points, YTD: 361 points, Preseason Projections: 461

**Paul Goldschmidt** – ROS: 235 points, YTD: 319 points, Preseason Projections: 463

**Anthony Rizzo** – ROS: 228 points, YTD: 298 points, Preseason Projections: 491

**Freddie Freeman** – ROS: 221 points, YTD: 221 points, Preseason Projections: 420

**Daniel Murphy** – ROS: 210 points, YTD: 306 points, Preseason Projections: 421

**Jose Abreu** – ROS: 201 points, YTD: 259 points, Preseason Projections: 396

**Edwin Encarnacion** – ROS: 199 points, YTD: 229 points, Preseason Projections: 443

**Miguel Cabrera** – ROS: 197 points, YTD: 168 points, Preseason Projections: 460

**Carlos Santana** – ROS: 193 points, YTD: 228 points, Preseason Projections: 426

**Cody Bellinger** – ROS: 190 points, YTD: 221 points, Preseason Projections: N/A

**Eric Hosmer** – ROS: 179 points, YTD: 235 points, Preseason Projections: 373

**Ryan Zimmerman** – ROS: 179 points, YTD: 258 points, Preseason Projections: 215

**Matt Carpenter** – ROS: 176 points, YTD: 228 points, Preseason Projections: 378

**Logan Morrison** – ROS: 174 points, YTD: 248 points, Preseason Projections: 212

**Justin Smoak** – ROS: 169 points, YTD: 245 points, Preseason Projections: 174

**Buster Posey** – ROS: 167 points, YTD: 219 points, Preseason Projections: 378

**Justin Bour** – ROS: 162 points, YTD: 215 points, Preseason Projections: 277

**Eric Thames** – ROS: 161 points, YTD: 222 points, Preseason Projections: 366

**Brandon Belt** – ROS: 161 points, YTD: 215 points, Preseason Projections: 348

**Yulieski Gurriel** – ROS: 158 points, YTD: 204 points, Preseason Projections: 229

**Albert Pujols** – ROS: 156 points, YTD: 179 points, Preseason Projections: 392

**Wil Myers** – ROS: 152 points, YTD: 174 points, Preseason Projections: 347

**Second Base**

Was there ever any doubt that **Jose Altuve** would be atop my 2B rankings? I guess if you’re a **Daniel Murphy** fan club member, you might have been hoping otherwise. With **Jose Ramirez** nearly reaching my season long projections already, second base is the only infield position to have three players with more than 300 points at the All-Star break. After these three, however, there is quite the drop to **Robinson Cano**. **Jonathan Schoop** owners should continue to see solid dividends on their investment (204 ADP). I’m not quite sure how to project **Trea Turner**, but obviously if when he returns to full strength he’s a guy you will want in your lineup.

**Jose Altuve** – ROS: 219 points, YTD: 309 points, Preseason Projections: 463

**Daniel Murphy** – ROS: 210 points, YTD: 306 points, Preseason Projections: 421

**Jose Ramirez** – ROS: 203 points, YTD: 304 points, Preseason Projections: 317

**Robinson Cano** – ROS: 185 points, YTD: 249 points, Preseason Projections: 415

**Jonathan Schoop** – ROS: 177 points, YTD: 230 points, Preseason Projections: 354

**Matt Carpenter** – ROS: 176 points, YTD: 228 points, Preseason Projections: 378

**Brian Dozier** – ROS: 170 points, YTD: 192 points, Preseason Projections: 396

**Starlin Castro** – ROS: 169 points, YTD: 200 points, Preseason Projections: 272

**DJ LeMahieu** – ROS: 169 points, YTD: 204 points, Preseason Projections: 346

**Jean Segura** – ROS: 165 points, YTD: 171 points, Preseason Projections: 323

**Dustin Pedroia** – ROS: 164 points, YTD: 193 points, Preseason Projections: 354

**Dee Gordon** – ROS: 162 points, YTD: 200 points, Preseason Projections: 276

**Rougned Odor** – ROS: 158 points, YTD: 167 points, Preseason Projections: 367

**Ian Kinsler** – ROS: 156 points, YTD: 177 points, Preseason Projections: 377

**Whit Merrifield** – ROS: 150 points, YTD: 179 points, Preseason Projections: 127

**Third Base**

This looks like it’s going to be a fight to the bitter end between **Jose Ramirez** and **Nolan Arenado** for the top spot at 3B. If my calculations are correct, Arenado will edge Ramirez out by a single point. While I expect **Manny Machado** to bounce back in the second half, his owners will still likely be disappointed by his 2017 numbers. Who would have expected **Mike Moustakas**, **Jake Lamb** and **Travis Shaw** to outperform Machado! If you need help at 3B, you might want to keep an eye on Yangervis Solarte’s rehab progress.

**Nolan Arenado** – ROS: 217 points, YTD: 291 points, Preseason Projections: 501

**Jose Ramirez** – ROS: 203 points, YTD: 304 points, Preseason Projections: 317

**Kris Bryant** – ROS: 200 points, YTD: 246 points, Preseason Projections: 442

**Josh Donaldson** – 195 points, YTD: 109 points, Preseason Projections: 480

**Anthony Rendon** – ROS: 194 points, YTD: 254 points, Preseason Projections: 368

**Manny Machado** – ROS: 189 points, YTD: 198 points, Preseason Projections: 436

**Justin Turner** – ROS: 185 points, YTD: 228 points, Preseason Projections: 350

**Mike Moustakas** – ROS: 183 points, YTD: 235 points, Preseason Projections: 300

**Adrian Beltre** – ROS: 182 points, YTD: 122 points, Preseason Projections: 398

**Kyle Seager** – ROS: 181 points, YTD: 194 points, Preseason Projections: 405

**Jake Lamb** – ROS: 180 points, YTD: 254 points, Preseason Projections: 302

**Matt Carpenter** – ROS: 176 points, YTD: 228 points, Preseason Projections: 378

**Evan Longoria** -ROS: 164 points, YTD: 222 points, Preseason Projections: 354

**Todd Frazier** – ROS: 163 points, YTD: 192 points, Preseason Projections: 359

**Travis Shaw** – ROS: 160 points, YTD: 256 points, Preseason Projections: 230

**Miguel Sano** – ROS: 159 points, YTD: 203 points, Preseason Projections: 276

**Yulieski Gurriel** – ROS: 158 points, YTD: 204 points, Preseason Projections: 229

**Josh Harrison** – ROS: 150 points, YTD: 199 points, Preseason Projections: 270

**Shortstop**

**Carlos Correa** has been far and away the best shortstop this season. Expect this trend to continue for approximately seven years. I expected Machado to lead the way this year, but he has been nothing short of a disappointment, and after this season he will no longer have SS eligibility. Both **Andrelton Simmons** and **Elvis Andrus** have exceeded expectations so far.

**Carlos Correa** – ROS: 196 points, YTD: 288 points, Preseason Projections: 407

**Manny Machado** – ROS: 189 points, YTD: 198 points, Preseason Projections: 436

**Francisco Lindor** – ROS: 184 points, YTD: 235 points, Preseason Projections: 389

**Elvis Andrus** – ROS: 178 points, YTD: 241 points, Preseason Projections: 312

**Corey Seager** – ROS: 175 points, YTD: 225 points, Preseason Projections: 388

**Xander Bogaerts** – ROS: 171 points, YTD: 208 points, Preseason Projections: 372

**Zack Cozart** – ROS: 170 points, YTD: 203 points, Preseason Projections: 247

**Jean Segura** – ROS: 165 points, YTD: 171 points, Preseason Projections: 323

**Andrelton Simmons** – ROS: 156 points, YTD: 230 points, Preseason Projections: 270

**Asdrubal Cabrera** – ROS: 151 points, YTD: 146 points, Preseason Projections: 288

**Didi Gregorious** – ROS: 150 points, YTD: 162 points, Preseason Projections: 298

**Aledmys Diaz** – ROS: 150 points, YTD: 134 points, Preseason Projections: 334

**Outfield**

Even though he’s batting a paltry .222 in his rehab stint with the Inland Empire 66ers, **Mike Trout** is going to lead all batters in points in the second half. And that’s all I’m going to say about the outfield position.

**Mike Trout** – ROS: 240 points, YTD: 203 points, Preseason Projections: 504

**Mookie Betts** – ROS: 227 points, YTD: 313 points, Preseason Projections: 485

**Bryce Harper** – ROS: 218 points, YTD: 217 points, Preseason Projections: 452

**Charlie Blackmon** – ROS: 217 points, YTD: 304 points, Preseason Projections: 407

**George Springer** – ROS: 205 points, YTD: 298 points, Preseason Projections: 360

**Jose Ramirez** – ROS: 203 points, YTD: 304 points, Preseason Projections: 317

**Kris Bryant** – ROS: 200 points, YTD: 246 points, Preseason Projections: 442

**Aaron Judge** – ROS: 196 points, YTD: 309 points, Preseason Projections: N/A

**Andrew McCutchen** – ROS: 193 points, YTD: 264 points, Preseason Projections: 390

**Cody Bellinger** – ROS: 190 points, YTD: 221 points, Preseason Projections: N/A

**J.D. Martinez** – ROS: 189 points, YTD: 162 points, Preseason Projections: 351

**Nelson Cruz** – ROS: 189 points, YTD: 250 points, Preseason Projections: 397

**Giancarlo Stanton** – ROS: 188 points, YTD: 261 points, Preseason Projections: 335

**Marcell Ozuna** – ROS: 180 points, YTD: 261 points, Preseason Projections: 303

**Andrew Benintendi** – ROS: 179 points, YTD: 228 points, Preseason Projections: 351

**Melky Cabrera** – ROS: 175 points, YTD: 221 points, Preseason Projections: 351

**Michael Brantley** – ROS: 173 points, YTD: 173 points, Preseason Projections: 284

**Adam Duvall** – ROS: 172 points, YTD: 232 points, Preseason Projections: 292

**Christian Yelich** – ROS: 171 points, YTD: 220 points, Preseason Projections: 366

**Corey Dickerson** – ROS: 170 points, YTD: 236 points, Preseason Projections: 262

**Ender Inciarte** – ROS: 169 points, YTD: 225 points, Preseason Projections: 304

**Khris Davis** – ROS: 169 points, YTD: 212 points, Preseason Projections: 331

**Jay Bruce** – ROS: 168 points, YTD: 237 points, Preseason Projections: 293

**Nick Markakis** – ROS: 166 points, YTD: 197 points, Preseason Projections: 323

**Brett Gardner** – ROS: 164 points, YTD: 226 points, Preseason Projections: 293

**Justin Upton** – ROS: 164 points, YTD: 200 points, Preseason Projections: 327

**Jose Bautista** – ROS: 163 points, YTD: 194 points, Preseason Projections: 393

**Eric Thames** – ROS: 161 points, YTD: 222 points, Preseason Projections: 366

**Brandon Belt** – ROS: 161 points, YTD: 215 points, Preseason Projections: 348

**Josh Reddick** – ROS: 161 points, YTD: 227 points, Preseason Projections: 292

**Tommy Pham** – ROS: 161 points, YTD: 159 points, Preseason Projections: N/A

**Michael Conforto** – ROS: 159 points, YTD: 193 points, Preseason Projections: 199

**Lorenzo Cain** – ROS: 159 points, YTD: 208 points, Preseason Projections: 296

**Miguel Sano** – ROS: 159 points, YTD: 203 points, Preseason Projections: 276

**Domingo Santana** – ROS: 158 points, YTD: 214 points, Preseason Projections: 226

**Clint Frazier** – ROS: 155 points, YTD: 27 points, Preseason Projections: N/A

**Josh Bell** – ROS: 154 points, YTD: 205 points, Preseason Projections: 275

**Scott Schebler** – ROS: 154 points, YTD: 209 points, Preseason Projections: 221

**Matt Kemp** – ROS: 153 points, YTD: 165 points, Preseason Projections: 333

**Cameron Maybin** – ROS: 152 points, YTD: 176 points, Preseason Projections: 205

**Nomar Mazara** – ROS: 151 points, YTD: 198 points, Preseason Projections: 301

**David Peralta** – ROS: 151 points, YTD: 194 points, Preseason Projections: 258

**Adam Jones** – ROS: 150 points, YTD: 179 points, Preseason Projections: 352

**Avisail Garcia** – ROS: 150 points, YTD: 192 points, Preseason Projections: 205

**Curtis Granderson** – ROS: 150 points, YTD: 179 points, Preseason Projections: 314

**Max Kepler** – ROS: 150 points, YTD: 188 points, Preseason Projections: 295

**Shin-soo Choo** – ROS: 150 points, YTD: 201 points, Preseason Projections: 257

In unrelated news, Sammy Sosa is now apparently white.

*Follow malamoney on Twitter at @malamoney.*

points league question…. 16 teams deep benches

Trade

Springer, Morton and D’arnaud

for

Carrasco, Peralta, Sanchez

@T2green2: Which Sanchez? Who are your other pitchers and outfielders?

@malamoney: If this is Gary, I think the Carrasco side wins, but it could go either way. If you do the ROS math above, I would assume the gap between Carrasco and Morton/Sanchez and D’Arnaud is going to total more than the ~50 point difference between Springer and Peralta. (Sanchez/D’Arnaud is for sure at least a 30 point gap improvement based on the info above…)

@malamoney:

Gary Sanchez

Duffey

Peacock

Maeda

Nova

Severino

Morton

Arrieta

Gausman

Conforto

Mazara

Thames

Dahl

Joc P

Schebler

Trey Turner

@T2green2: What are your keeper rules?

If I may ask, what are you projecting Jackie Bradley Jr (not on your list) for in the second half? Would someone like Nick Markakis (on my waiver wire) be a big upgrade in a league that subtracts half a point for strikeouts, a full point for GIDPs and gives two points for stolen bases?

Thanks,

One of your twelve points league readers

@B. Rabbit: JBJ is at 140-ish ROS.

Over JBJ?

@malamoney: Sorry, yeah over JBJ.

@B. Rabbit: No, Markakis is not really an upgrade over JBJ. Markakis will strikeout less, but JBJ will hit for more power. JBJ will probably hit into less double plays as well.

No love for Pollack and Cespedes in the OF? What about Marte’s return??

@Josh Freeman: I’ve got Pollock at between 145 and 165 for the rest of the season. I guess he could have made the cut, but since he didn’t really wow me, he was basically missed.

Cespedes was an oversight. I’ve got him at 187 ROS. Thanks for pointing this out.

@malamoney: Thanks

No h/t to my RCL Master Standings-topping team name?

@Vottoman Empire: I didn’t even realize. That’s pretty awesome. I definitely would have given you a shout out. Consider this an I owe you one.

No Mark Reynolds?

@BigSov: Nope. He fell just below the cut. Plus when Dahl returns, I think Reynolds will see a dip in playing time.

That picture is fantastic! Did you construct it, or find it somewhere?

@Fred Garvin MP: Thanks. Making the pictures is one of my favorite parts of posting articles. I added all of the players. Can you find Altuve?

@malamoney: I believe Altuve is the diminutive axe man in the foreground, if I’m not mistaken. What program/app do you use to make these pics?

@Fred Garvin MP: Yep, that’s him. I use either Gimp or Photoshop. Depends on which computer I’m using…

I was hoping to get your 2nd half take Mala! Great work. I’m curious where you project Braun ROS? Where would Gyorko fit in your SS rankings? Thanks!

@Systems Overload: Thanks. Braun should have made the list. I have him projected between 155 and 180 points. A lot depends on health.

Unfortunately a handful of players that missed time during the first half fell off my list.

@Systems Overload: Oh, and Gyorko was at 149, but he does have the potential for 160s.

Thanks Mala. I’m in agreement, Votto’s ASG omission was effing criminal.

@Systems Overload: Votto was at the All-Star game, but the fact that he wasn’t starting was bullshit…

Yes. That was a poor choice of a word on my part. Votto damn well should of been on field first pitch. Are they letting dead people cast votes in Washington? Gross.