It is time for another edition of top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2021 fantasy baseball season. To work through the movers and shakers we will be going with another rendition of buy or sell! However, before we do it is worth a glance at some of the bigger news at the top of our rankings. Fernando Tatis Jr. is looking to add a new skill to his repertoire as an outfielder. While the move is much more about his health and keeping his bat in the lineup, the impact down the rankings is more important. In an outfield made up of Wil Myers, Trent Grisham, and Tommy Pham we already have solid fantasy value. The addition of Tatis is made possible through Adam Frazier and Jake Cronenworth, but somebody will have to pay. The easy choice will be Wil Myers, but the likely outcome is split time for all three of the incumbent starters. Once Tatis Jr. is back on the field, Grisham and Pham will certainly be impacted. The real question is how much? While we can not answer that today, we can look at who we should be buying and selling for the rest of the season in our top 100 hitter rankings. Without further ado, the list!
- Eloy Jimenez – Welcome back Eloy! He jumps up the rankings this week as he comes back into the lineup without missing a beat. Drilling six homers in 13 games already is a nice sign. This should have been a year of growth for the 24-year old and it is nice to see him back on the diamond. Hopefully, you did not give up on him or snatched him up off the wire if somebody had premature dropping issues. He should be a solid contributor the rest of the way and an early pick to click in 2022.
- Ryan Mountcastle – There is no question that 2021 has been a season with some growing pains for the young Oriole’s cleanup hitter. Excluding a rough March/April however, Mounty has a 41/18/56/.286/1 line across 76 games. Keep that up for a full year and we are looking at a 35 home run/100 RBI season. While there are concerns with his plate approach, the power and counting numbers will certainly play. With an especially hot start to the month of August, he is a great buy candidate to finish the year.
- Joey Votto – There is nothing much more to say about Votto than has already been said by others. Experiencing a career resurgence of sorts at nearly 38 years old, Votto has been on quite the ride for the last 20 games hitting 13 long balls and carrying a .360 average. Just take a look at the profile and it was not a question of if but rather when with the Red’s first basemen.
- Christian Yelich – What a fall it has been for the MVP in Milwaukee. Yelich has always played a dangerous game with a high ground ball rate relying on strong exit velocity and a very high home run per fly ball rate. Those figures have fallen off this year along with a jump in strikeouts carrying over from the 2020 season. I wish we could say this is all bad luck, but I think we have to acknowledge that he is not the player he once was. Can he catch lightning in a bottle the rest of the year? Maybe, but do not count on it.
- Charlie Blackmon – I have to admit that I have been a truther for a better part of the season due to an underlying profile early in the season that looked eerily similar to his golden days in Colorado. That being said, the jig might just be up with Chuck at this point. Blackmon has lowered his launch angle and increased his soft contact as the year has worn on. Combine a little bad luck on flyballs and we have a recipe for disaster. The Chuck of old would save us with his speed and average, but those saving graces are long gone. It is time to move on if you have a viable replacement.