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Tim Anderson is a guy that I would glance at earlier in the season and then move on with my life and with our beloved Top 100. He is a nice young player and all, but he wasn’t spongeworthy. Now, though, we’re in the last couple weeks of the season, and homeboy is lighting it up. And more than just hitting, TA is running wild. He has six stolen bases in his last seven games after not running much at all this year, so he is providing SAGNOF value, as well.

Anderson has been so hot that he is your PR15 king this week, with a 17.18 rating. That stretch of games only includes two home runs, which should give you an idea of just how hot he has been at the plate in order to be able to record a 17+ PR15 with only two long dongs. Our boy is hitting everything in sight and swiping bags now.

If you are battling down the stretch in roto leagues, Anderson can help you while providing some SAGNOF. If you are battling it out in weekly H2H league playoffs, though, he doesn’t have the same kind of appeal. IF (read: big IF) he stays hot, he will help across the board except for power and possibly RBI, while helping with AVG, R, and potentially SB. Compared to the standard stiff on the waiver wires, he looks like a stud. But in terms of cross-category production and overall value, he does have a pretty low ceiling. Grab him for the hot streak, but don’t drop anyone of value for him if you can help it.

  • Mookie Betts  – Left Sunday’s game with a thumb injury that he sustained in a collision at first base. He is considered day-to-day at this time, but assume he will miss at least Monday’s game. That’s tough for leagues that require you to lock in lineups on Monday for the playoffs, but, at this point, you have to assume he is going to miss only one game and will be fine after Monday.
  • Logan Morrison – Hot. Hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. Morrison is on another cold streak after reviving his season. After not getting a hit for a week and hitting below .200 in September, Morrison sat both games over the weekend. While there is still some home run potential if you can afford to stash him on your bench, this is probably the end of Morrison for 2017. Goodbye, Logan. I look forward to you being over-drafted next season, leaving more players for me.
  • Yoan Moncada  – Speaking of hot and cold streaks, our young phenom has returned. He started using a lighter bat at the suggestion of teammate Jose Abreu, and he is on fire now, with three home runs and four multiple-hit games over the last month. Is it just the lighter bats? Did the young prospect finally figure something out at the plate? Or is this just a hot streak? All three? For now, who cares. There are only a couple weeks left, so all that matters is that he is hitting.
  • Miguel Cabrera – It feels a little weird removing a future Hall of Famer from the land of the beloved, but this was a long time coming. He could have been removed weeks ago and really only held on because of name power and the potential that he could turn things on. Now the question for fantasy owners is this: is he done? Will he bounce back in 2018 with a better season, or did we just watch him get old before our eyes? Was he just banged up this season and tried to play through it?
  • Eddie Rosario  – Rosario has stayed hot and has likely been a real boon for fantasy owners who have been riding him down the stretch. He has the fourth highest PR15 right now, with a 13.07 rating. Six home runs and two stolen bases over his last ten games is some great production for a guy who spent the first half on the waiver wire. Keep riding.

Note: These rankings are considered ROS Value

Mike Maher’s Top 100 Hitters

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

Rank Name Team Pos
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
3 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
4 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF
5 J.D. Martinez ARI OF
6 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
7 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
8 Mookie Betts BOS OF
9 Joey Votto CIN 1B
10 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
11 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS
12 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
13 Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B
14 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
15 George Springer HOU OF
16 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF
17 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
18 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
19 Aaron Judge NYY OF
20 Corey Seager LAD SS
21 Nelson Cruz SEA OF
22 Dee Gordon MIA 2B
23 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF
24 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
25 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
26 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
27 Justin Upton LAA OF
28 Mike Moustakas KC 3B
29 Justin Turner LAD 3B
30 Trea Turner WSH SS/2B/OF
31 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
32 Brian Dozier MIN 2B
33 Gary Sanchez NYY C
34 Khris Davis OAK OF
35 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF
36 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
37 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
38 Carlos Correa HOU SS
39 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
40 Tommy Pham STL OF
41 Christian Yelich MIA OF
42 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
43 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF
44 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
45 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
46 Jay Bruce CLE 1B/OF
47 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS/OF
48 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
49 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS
50 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
51 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF
52 Travis Shaw MIL 1B/3B
53 Adam Duvall CIN OF
54 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
55 Joey Gallo TEX 3B
56 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
57 Lorenzo Cain KC OF
58 Paul DeJong STL 3B/SS/2B
59 Chris Taylor LAD 3B/2B/OF
60 Eddie Rosario MIN OF
61 Didi Gregorious NYY SS
62 Starling Marte PIT OF
63 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
64 Buster Posey SF C/1B
65 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
66 Adam Jones BAL OF
67 Domingo Santana MIL OF
68 Ian Happ CHC 2B/OF
69 Josh Bell PIT 1B
70 Brett Gardner NYY OF
71 Yasiel Puig LAD OF
72 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
73 Ryan Braun MIL OF
74 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
75 Avisail Garcia CHW OF
76 Steven Souza Jr. TB OF
77 Byron Buxton MIN OF
78 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
79 Gerardo Parra COL 1B/OF
80 Scooter Gennett CIN 2B/3B/OF
81 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
82 Javier Baez CHC 2B/3B/SS
83 Josh Reddick OAK OF
84 Mark Reynolds COL 1B
85 Eduardo Escobar MIN SS/3B
86 Manuel Margot SD OF
87 Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B/3B/OF
88 Matt Olson OAK 1B/OF
89 Tim Anderson CHW SS
90 Yoan Moncada CHW 3B
91 Kendrys Morales TOR 1B/DH
92 Corey Dickerson TB OF
93 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
94 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B
95 Evan Longoria TB 3B
96 Mark Trumbo BAL OF
97 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
98 Ian Kinsler DET 2B
99 Carlos Gomez TEX OF
100 Matt Adams ATL 1B

The Honorable Mentions (Next Five In…)

Rank Name Team Pos
101 Cameron Maybin LAA OF
102 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
103 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
104 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
105 Nick Williams PHI OF

Dropped from the rankings: Logan Morrison, Miguel Cabrera

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  1. knucks says:
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    Someone dropped Xander B and I scooped him for my MI slot. Was excited for a minute to have him in roto for the next 2 weeks. Thought maybe he was breaking out of his slump. Was gonna ask for your thoughts, but is this a case of “the rankings speak for themselves”?

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: nm Mike I found your thoughts in the rankings from last week

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @knucks:

        Yeah, was gonna say I actually talked about him last week. The Nunez injury opened back up the playing time in the short term.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @knucks:

      I mean, it is a gamble but you could do worse. I dropped him a week or two ago when he was slumping so hard that he was losing playing time in Boston. If he is showing signs of busting out, then he has some streaming upside, sure.

  2. Don says:
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    No Haniger? I’m in my H2H finals and just dropped chilly Yelich for Olson. My OF is now Olson, Buxton, Haniger. Long live schmotatoes!

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Don:

      It seems like whenever I consider a guy but don’t pull the trigger on adding him to the rankings that that guy is one of the first questions of the week, haha. At this point in the season, roll with who is hot. I held Haniger in the rankings for the first half of the season, holding out hope for a revival. It seems I was maybe just four months early.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don has the best avatar pic!

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @Grey:

        Haha

      • Don says:
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        @Grey: oh stop it you

  3. Sean says:
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    What one do you prefer this week, reyes, moncada, tim anderson

  4. Kirby Pulver says:
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    Jesus help me: h2h pts league championship. Need 2 from:

    Bour
    Haniger
    Mauer
    Thames
    Candelario
    Gennett
    Joyce
    Gallo

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Kirby Pulver:

      Gallo and Gennett

  5. Steve says:
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    Nick Castellanos >>>>>Nick Williams

    Not much more to say, rerank plz.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Steve:

      Yes, sir.

  6. Utah Green Sox says:
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    Donaldson about 20 spots too low?

    Surely for the RoS with his form + pedigree, you would have him above Moustakas at 3rd?

    Or am I suffering from roster bias…hahah
    Thanks for the write up!

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