On the one hand, it’s unbelievable that Opening Week happened at all. On the other, it’s a mad mad mad mad world only Sid Caesar would love. Juan Soto, you’re out! Clayton Kershaw, you’re out! Anthony Rendon, you’re out, but Mike Trout is back in! We’ve got masked players sometime, then other times standing next to each other chatting and laughing at first base. We’ve got players spitting, as if that wasn’t going to happen. We’ve got Angel Hernadez strike zones when we were hoping beyond hope that he would be one that would opt out, instead of one of the few we would depend on. As will likely be the case all season there will be big shifts in this week’s rankings. On top of all the above info the Yankees look healthy (for now), and the Blue Jays are settling Buffalo. What?! I’m bumping the Jays just because they’ll feel a little better now actually having a home. Even more because most of the team had a great time in Buffalo in the not too distant past. Also because, I mean, I love Duff’s, beef on weck, the Anchor Bar and tailgating at Bills games, but there’s much less of a chance of catching Covid in the quiet nightlife of Buffalo.

With an expanded playoffs you would think all the players who have half a chance would stop messing around and get to work, but you never can tell. You can find last week’s controversial list here. Here are some of the movers for this week, followed by the list:

Ronald Acuna, Jr. – Yes, for the second week in a row I’m dropping him. Yes, Freeman is back, but as players such as Eduardo Rodriguez are showing us the virus can have some lasting effects. Also, all the Braves catchers at least look like they have the virus. The Braves are not looking too good right now.

Ozzie Albies – As goes Acuna, thus goes Albies. Freeman was already bumped down so he’s not changing much.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Buffalo here he comes! He blasted one over the Green Monsta in Fenway this week, and he only hit .367 with an 1.141 OPS in AAA at Buffalo last year. Suddenly becoming the flavor of the month again.

Bo Bichette – This guy’s across the board production gets a boost because he’s going home too. .275, 16 dbls, 8 homers, 15 steals in 56 games at AAA Buffalo last year. Yes, these guys aren’t returning to AAA, but they’re going back to a place they are extremely familiar with.

Cavan Biggio – His first time on the list, this guy absolutely raked in AAA Buffalo last year. It was only 43 games, but he hit .312 with a .963 OPS. It’s home cooking, it’s familiarity, when so much is unfamiliar this season it has to count for something.

Mike Trout – I’m not saying he wasn’t serious thinking about his family’s health, but his team has a much better chance of getting in the playoffs this year with the new expanded system. I still have some doubt he’ll be out for a week or two, but he deserves a bump.

Anthony RendonOblique injury, not good at all. That kind of thing can linger.

Shohei OhtaniAnthony Rendon may be going out, but Ohtani is looking better with Trout in.

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge – The twin towers, and New York Yankee medical staff, are done messing around. They both look healthy and ready to steamroll the east. Of course, one tweak here or there and the hype will die down. But for now, it’s beast mode for these guys.

Juan Soto – Say it ain’t so. He could be out a short time because there are no symptoms, maybe it hits him like a mack truck in a week. Who can say?

Kris Bryant – What many thought was a back injury issue for Rizzo doesn’t appear to be, but now Bryant has one. Not a big move, but he’s on notice.

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

    The disrespect to Matt Olson. How, how…

  2. Assy says:

    The disrespect to Matt Olson. Just, how…

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:

      A grandslam early makes the stats look better, but yes he will be getting more respect in this space.

  3. Dan says:

    Hiura for eloy jiminez ? Ya or na ??

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:

      No, Hirua has a higher ceiling.

  4. Lion O says:

    12 team dynasty. Head to head, ave,rbi, runs, sbs, hrs, ops

    Currently I am not great at 1b. Thinking of trying to trade for Matt Olson. I have Evan White, cj Cron, mcmahon, kingery, hunter dozier to fill my CI, 1b, and 3b slots. Would you do…

    Give Merrifield and Dozier
    Get Olson
    Was thinking of trying Ozuna straight up for Olson

    Should i sit tight?

    • Lion O says:

      Also have vlad.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:

      Olson is good, but CJ Cron going forward isn’t that much of a drop off. No need to trade off Ozuna.

  5. ESB says:

    Nice write up man, wanted to get your thoughts on my current roster construction and how or if I should make any changes.

    We play with small rosters, I have 1 utility spot., 3 OF, no CI positions just straight starting positions and 1 utility. 4 bench spots to be used on pitchers and hitters.

    So right now Kendrick is killing me because he can only play DH, and he’s batting 0/forever. I also have 2 similar SS’s with Anderson and Andrus plus a super utility in LAA’s Fletcher. Guys like Franchy, Verdugo, Urshala, Voit, McCutcheon & Polanco are on the wire. Appreciate your rime.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:

      I’d drop Andrus for any of those guys.

  6. Taylor Sims says:

    You still like Franchy Cordero over Kyle Lewis? Did you consider adding Kyle Lewis this week?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:

      I think as soon as Franchy gets the at bats I like him over KL.

  7. Webelos Willie

    Webelos Willie says:

    Did you forget Max Muncy?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:

      He’s lying just outside the top 100.

  8. Anodyne says:

    #58 for Ryan Braun? Any thoughts on why you’re so high on him?

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:

      The schedule, his lineup, DH spot, overlooked power/speed combo even at his age, those are a few of the reasons.

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