At this point I feel a little like a repeating Kevin McCallister, screaming over and over again as I splash the stinging liquid of not stop Covid-19 news against my fantasy baseball face. How are we supposed to keep up? By the time this work is published three more Top 100 players could be struck down, throwing their 60 game season into question. And since all these players are in their home areas for summer camp, when the virus is spiking in that area, particularly Houston, it can throw camp completely out of whack.

As you can probably guess, Yordan Alvarez coming down with the virus and Houston’s cases spiking has slipped Astros batters down. Other individual cases have an effect here and there, and Freddy Freeman is finally having an effect on Braves batters despite coming back. There was also a trade on Thursday that has the smallest effect here. Also, Yasiel Puig doesn’t quite make it. Yup, the virus got him too.

If you are wondering about the particulars of the list a big change was made last week. That includes some park effect fine tuning, and in particular why I have Mike Trout ranked so low. You can find last week’s list here. All that being said, let’s look at some of this week’s movers:

Ronald Acuna Jr. – Dropping him a few, but it’s all about his teammate Freddie Freeman. Yes, Freeman’s back and says he feels great, but if Moncada’s legs feel a little weak (see Moncada at #58 below), Freeman will definitely need time to come up to full strength. In 60 games, without the second best players on his team at full strength, it’s going to hurt his numbers.

Yordan Alvarez – Oh man, this virus just won’t quit. Houston we have a problem.

Alex Bregman, George Springer & Jose Altuve – With the virus ramping up in the Houston area all Astros batters are dropping in the rankings. It already hit Yordan Alvarez, and there are problems getting enough tests, throwing the camp into a bit of chaos.

Ozzie Albies – Same as Acuna, a lack of Freeman at full strength from the get go hurts his value. It’s as simple as maybe he sees fewer pitches to hit. In such a short season, not much time for adjustments.

Charlie Blackmon – Points for successfully navigating the Covid-19 protocols and coming back. He’s in a much better position than Freeman, because he never got that bad.

Austin Meadows – The virus strikes again, gotta downgrade him, the high hopes are dropping.

Freddie Freeman – He’s feeling better but still won’t be ready for opening day probably. I’ve already dropped him in the rankings, who knows what news will come next week.

Yoan Moncada – So he’s feeling better, but the long term effects are really not known. Still reason to be cautious. This doesn’t sound great: “I can tell that I feel my legs are a little tired because of all the time I was inactive…But I think I know my body. I’m going to be ready pretty soon. I won’t need too much time.” It’s a great big guessing game.

Franchy Cordero – Sure, he doesn’t have a starting role, but he hits bombs, and he’s entering the AL/NL Central offensive vortex. The Royals could start Merrifield at 2B and push Nicky Lopez to the bench. That opens an outfield spot or DH for Cordero. Waiting to adjust other Royals until his role is more well established.

 

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Christian Yelich OF MIL 1 0
2 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 3 +1
3 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 4 +1
4 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 5 +1
5 Trea Turner SS WSH 6 +1
6 Trevor Story SS COL 7 +1
7 Rafael Devers 3B BOS 8 +1
8 Mookie Betts OF LAD 9 +1
9 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 10 +1
10 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL 2 -8
11 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 11 0
12 Juan Soto OF WSH 12 0
13 Javier Baez SS CHC 14 +1
14 Bryce Harper OF PHI 15 +1
15 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 16 +1
16 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 18 +2
17 Keston Hiura 2B MIL 19 +2
18 Alex Bregman  SS/3B HOU 13 -5
19 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS SD 22 +3
20 Ketel Marte 2B/OF ARI 23 +3
21 George Springer  OF HOU 17 -4
22 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 24 +2
23 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 25 +2
24 Manny Machado SS/3B SD 27 +3
25 Jose Altuve  2B HOU 21 -4
26 Nick Castellanos  OF CIN 28 +2
27 Luis Robert  OF CHW 29 +2
28 Ozzie Albies  2B ATL 20 -8
29 Pete Alonso  1B NYM 30 +1
30 Josh Donaldson 3B MIN 31 +1
31 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 32 +1
32 Charlie Blackmon  OF COL 45 +13
33 Kris Bryant 3B CHC 33 0
34 Bo Bichette SS TOR 34 0
35 Starling Marte  OF ARI 35 0
36 Andrew Benintendi  OF BOS 36 0
37 Mike Moustakas  2B/3B CIN 38 +1
38 Austin Meadows OF TB 26 -12
39 Gleyber Torres 2B/SS NYY 39 0
40 Freddie Freeman  1B ATL 40 0
41 Marcell Ozuna OF ATL 41 0
42 Kyle Schwarber OF CHC 42 0
43 Lorenzo Cain  OF MIL 43 0
44 Giancarlo Stanton OF NYY 44 0
45 Carlos Correa SS HOU 46 +1
46 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF MIL 47 +1
47 Anthony Rendon 3B LAA 48 +1
48 Eugenio Suarez  3B CIN 49 +1
49 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 50 +1
50 Eloy Jimenez OF CHW 51 +1
51 Tim Anderson SS CHW 52 +1
52 Yuli Gurriel 1B/3B HOU 53 +1
53 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 54 +1
54 Victor Robles OF WSH 55 +1
55 Carlos Santana 1B CLE 56 +1
56 Rhys Hoskins 1B PHI 57 +1
57 Ryan Braun OF MIL 58 +1
58 Yoan Moncada  3B CHW 59 +1
59 Yordan Alvarez DH HOU 37 -22
60 Oscar Mercado OF CLE 60 0
61 Andrew McCutchen OF PHI 61 0
62 Michael Brantley OF HOU 62 0
63 Yasmani Grandal C/1B CHW 63 0
64 Max Kepler OF MIN 64 0
65 Franmil Reyes OF CLE 65 0
66 Paul Goldschmidt 1B STL 66 0
67 Gary Sanchez C NYY 67 0
68 Marcus Semien SS OAK 68 0
69 Jorge Polanco SS MIN 69 0
70 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF NYM 70 0
71 Mike Trout OF LAA 71 0
72 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B TOR 72 0
73 Jonathan Villar 2B/SS MIA 73 0
74 David Dahl OF COL 74 0
75 Josh Bell 1B PIT 75 0
76 Tommy Pham OF SD 76 0
77 Justin Turner 3B LAD 77 0
78 Michael Conforto OF NYM 78 0
79 Byron Buxton OF MIN 79 0
80 Matt Chapman 3B OAK 80 0
81 Joey Votto 1B CIN 81 0
82 Amed Rosario SS NYM 82 0
83 Corey Seager SS LAD 83 0
84 Jorge Soler OF KC 84 0
85 Adam Eaton OF WSH 85 0
86 Shohei Ohtani DH LAA 86 0
87 Matt Olson 1B OAK 87 0
88 Ramon Laureano OF OAK 88 0
89 Willson Contreras C CHC 89 0
90 Edwin Encarnacion 1B CHW 90 0
91 Paul DeJong SS STL 91 0
92 Eduardo Escobar 2B/3B ARI 92 0
93 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. OF TOR 93 0
94 David Peralta OF ARI 94 0
95 Aaron Judge OF NYY 95 0
96 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B/3B NYY 96 0
97 Alex Verdugo OF BOS 97 0
98 Mitch Garver C MIN 98 0
99 Avisail Garcia OF MIL 99 0
100 Franchy Cordero  OF KC NA NA
 
  1. galica says:
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    Master Thomas!

    Awesome top 100 report.

    a. So I dropped Puig before the signing for Seth Lugo who I dropped for Helsley. Then, the Puig imminent signing and I was like damn what a mistake I made ’cause someone in my league had already snatched him up. Then this AM, well. Careful what you wish for I guess.

    b. With Osuna not on a mound yet, I signed up Pressly in my two RCLs. In one league Kintzler is available. Do you like Kintzler over Pressly? Maybe Pressly takes over as the closer?

    c. Again love the format and the intelligence. In fact, the way you moved the skinny details out of the table and into text before the table is a smart move.

    d. Have a great weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Always good to hear from you galica!

      A. I’m telling you, all the doctors in fantasy baseball leagues are going to clean up this year!
      B. Kintzler has been known to walk a few too many, and Pressly has been getting big outs for the Stros for years. I’d stick with Pressly.
      C. Much appreciated! Thank my editor for the format change, Donkeyteeth is the man!
      D. You too, always love a “Cheers”, so Cheers!

  2. JDB says:
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    In a keep forever league, if my team isn’t in the hunt come September, should I try to move Soto for Trout, or is the age difference enough to hold regardless of what either player does this year?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Definitely don’t move those two diamonds. This year is a tossup, keep forever is, well forever!

  3. Frank Rizzo says:
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    This list is weird. Doesn’t jibe at all with razzball rating. Lorenzo Cain didn’t even get picked in my 10 team draft but he’s 43rd on this list.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      We’re not a monotone, different ideas are always welcome. In this case, I’m looking at Cain as on a team with very little Covid, he bats near the top, and I’m looking at offensive explosion in the AL/NL Central due to the parks. You could call it weird, or you could look it as an opportunity to add a guy for nothing or $1 who could be a top 50 batter in this shortened season.

      • frank rizzo says:
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        Thats logical. Apologize for my initial comment. Appreciate the explanation and will be watching Cain closely because he’s still on our wire

  4. 183414 says:
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    Rizzo can’t swing a bat @15, and Votto ahead of Olson?
    Braun ahead of Judge ?
    Looks like you got hacked.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Votto in AL/NL central vortex, short season perfect for him, Olson in larger parks AL/NL west that overall hurt his pull power quite a lot. Braun same AL/NL vortex, DH opens up his at bats, Judge is one more injury away from loosing 10-20% of the season, always gets hurt. Rizzo, sure, could be worse, one more week will tell. But of course, I could be wrong, you could be right :)

      • krazyivan says:
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        Yeah-agree with him on Rizzo. Any kind of core strength/ back ache/rib cage issue and batters is huge cause for concern in a shortened season. The only way to lesson the burden of injuries that “flare” up are more planned days off.

        • Thomas Howland

          Thomas Howland says:
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          Good points. Sorry I missed that one this week.

      • 183414 says:
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        I drafted Rizzo @84, a few days ago. Wish I’d taken Goldy.

        • Thomas Howland

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          So hard to tell. Goldy does have right elbow discomfort

  5. Rebar says:
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    I guess the takeaway is you need a plan B for every position, more so than ever. Versatility should be highly valued.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Yup, 100%, it’s strange and wacky season.

  6. krazyivan says:
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    Love seein Ramirez, Lindor and Santana high up. If the Indians have a really good start offensively who do you see as a sleeper type candidate who could rise up with rising waters of a successful offense?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Oscar Mercado, especially after Puig flamed out.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Another name to keep an eye on: Cesar Hernandez. Francona might just trying to light a fire under Mercado, but there’s talk of Hernandez leading off. That could lead to a lot of runs scored.

  7. DEAN L WHITE says:
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    Sorry dude. Trout at 71 was enough for me to completely disregard your rankings. There’s no park or lineup effects that could warrant that fall. Nor are your rankings even close to RB’s other lists. I get that different people assess things…well, differently….but you’re on Pluto.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Perhaps, but Trout’s been extremely negative about the season. He’s been quiet, but he could very easily go out for his child’s birth and not come back. That could tank a season that takes him in the first couple rounds while depending on him. I could be wrong, and you could be right, only the season will tell us.

  8. DEAN L WHITE says:
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    I feel like this article is a big goof. These rankings can’t be legit

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Only the season will tell. All opinions welcome :)

  9. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Great list, Thom! I love free thinkers!

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Thanks boss!

  10. Chris says:
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    Thoughts on Gallo this year? It seemed like he stopped chasing balls outside the zone last year before he got hurt.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Gallo was off the Top 100 because of his strikeout rate, lack of contact, and then a Covid-19 positive test. Now he’s cleared off Covid but the other things persist. He’s still behind because of having to sit out, so I’m inclined to pass on him. Sure, he could lead the league in HR, but I doubt it.

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