The time is getting close. The possibility of a season ending that was barely a possibility in June is upon us. Fall is peaking around the corner and pumpkin spice (I SAID PUMPKIN SPICE) is everywhere! I mean, the NFL is back, not all of football but at least the NFL. So it’s the home stretch and Fantasy Baseball championships can still be won and lost in the last two weeks. Additions to the list of players like #90 Jeimer Candelario, who has 5 homers and a .417 batting average the past two weeks, can boost you in multiple categories. Someone like D.J. Stewart can too, but his 6 homers and .455 batting average were done in bulk the last 7 days so he’ll take a bit more to get on the list. His teammate #91 Ryan Mountcastle, however, has won a spot thanks to his 4 homer .367 last two week mark and slightly higher pedigree. Other additions include the practically homering in every game #98 Bobby Dalbec (sure, it was close with Stewart, but Dalbec set a Red Sox rookie record for homers so…), welcome back #92 Michael Brantley  and #96 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (a lone Ranger highlight). Of course, we can’t forget that sultan of swat, that bountiful Brave, #70 Adam Duvall. Are you serious with a 9 home run barrage, including hitting in the .290’s, over the last 15?

That leaves us with the drops. Teoscar Hernandez, Ketel Marte, Jorge Soler, Eric Hosmer and Matt Chapman show in various degrees how much 2020 gives and 2020 snatches away. They’re all dropping thanks to injuries of one kind or another. Renato Nunez dropped off because he’s slumping, but the Orioles have so many bright lights it doesn’t even matter. There are reports that Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton come back soon, but we’ll wait and see thank you very much. Now on to the list.

#2 Mike Trout – It’s enticing to move him up to #1 with his recent surge, but Tatis still has a 1.1017 OPS even as he’s ‘slumped’ lately so he keeps the top spot.

#4 Ronald Acuna Jr. – That was scary, but in the end it’s more a stand-in for what will undoubtedly be cancelled Halloween than an actual horror, like 2020.

#11 Jose Abreu – He had hit a slight bump in the road, so I was thinking about dropping him down. Then he crushed another two last night and could easily go on a homer binge.

#12 Christian Yelich – No real change, but if he doesn’t pick up that low .200 batting average immediately his standing is looking bleak.

#14 J.T. Realmuto – He felt a twinge in his hip last night. It doesn’t appear serious but we thought that about Matt Chapman too.

#19 Freddie Freeman – Fine, fine. So he’s been batting close to .400 and hitting bombs for a couple weeks, so what?

#23 Whit Merrifield – He hasn’t been killing it lately, but he’s doing a lot better than most other established stars this year overall. Also the third best duel threat behind Turner and Story, with 9 home runs and 7 steals.

#28 Rhys Hoskins – All of a sudden bunches of home runs and getting close to .300.

#34 Pete Alonso – Yes, he doesn’t hit for average, but the home runs are returning for the Metropolitans.

#35 Corey Seager – .340ish the last couple weeks, quietly. Hard to imagine but he’s outplaying Mookie right now.

#43 Anthony Rizzo – He’s hitting the ball out of the ballpark a little bit, but not nearly enough to counteract an anemic sub .200 batting average over the last 15.

#47 Ian Happ – The straw that currently stirs the Cubs drink. Rivals anyone other than Duvall in homers over the past two weeks.

#54 Eugenio Suarez – Has finally brought his average up along with the many dingers.

#65 Adalberto Mondesi – Now up to 16 steals and four home runs. Still hitting only .213, but 6 steals in a week is eye-popping.

#69 George Springer – Is that a close to .300 batting average with power we’re seeing over the past 15 days?

#77 Yuli Gurriel – What one Astro is given another has taken away. Weakening batting average help here, he might scoot right off the list if this keeps up.

#80 Jesse Winker – One week of a slump was not such a worry, now it’s more substantial.

#87 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Good thing #73 Bo Bichette has come back, because Vlad Jr’s plate coverage and power seem to be waning for now.

Rank Name Position Team Last Change
1 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS SD 1 0
2 Mike Trout OF LAA 2 0
3 Manny Machado SS/3B SD 4 1
4 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ATL 8 4
5 Trea Turner SS WSH 6 1
6 Mookie Betts OF LAD 3 -3
7 Juan Soto OF WSH 5 -2
8 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF LAD 7 -1
9 Nelson Cruz DH MIN 9 0
10 Trevor Story SS COL 10 0
11 Jose Abreu 1B CHW 12 1
12 Christian Yelich OF MIL 11 -1
13 Luis Robert OF CHW 14 1
14 J.T. Realmuto C PHI 15 1
15 Tim Anderson SS CHW 16 1
16 Anthony Rendon 3B LAA 17 1
17 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 18 1
18 Nolan Arenado 3B COL 19 1
19 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL 38 19
20 Marcell Ozuna OF ATL 28 8
21 Rafael Devers 3B BOS 32 11
22 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE 22 0
23 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF KC 39 16
24 Charlie Blackmon OF COL 20 -4
25 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS 29 4
26 Matt Olson 1B OAK 42 16
27 Paul Goldschmidt 1B STL 31 4
28 Rhys Hoskins 1B PHI 69 41
29 Luke Voit 1B NYY 21 -8
30 Eloy Jimenez OF CHW 27 -3
31 Franmil Reyes OF CLE 41 10
32 J.D. Martinez OF BOS 40 8
33 Trent Grisham OF SD 43 10
34 Pete Alonso 1B NYM 67 33
35 Corey Seager SS LAD 49 14
36 Wilmer Flores 2B SF 45 9
37 Dansby Swanson SS ATL 48 11
38 Bryce Harper OF PHI 33 -5
39 Nick Castellanos OF CIN 34 -5
40 Brandon Lowe 2B TAM 35 -5
41 Starling Marte OF ARI 36 -5
42 Randal Grichuk OF TOR 46 4
43 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC 23 -20
44 Kyle Lewis OF SEA 26 -18
45 Keston Hiura 2B MIL 30 -15
46 Carlos Correa SS HOU 37 -9
47 Ian Happ OF CHC 64 17
48 Donovan Solano SS SF 50 2
49 Cavan Biggio 2B TOR 51 2
50 Alex Verdugo OF BOS 52 2
51 Javier Baez SS CHC 54 3
52 Michael Conforto OF NYM 55 3
53 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B/OF LAD 56 3
54 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN 82 28
55 Mike Yastrzemski OF SFG 58 3
56 Jonathan Villar 2B/SS MIA 59 3
57 Eddie Rosario OF MIN 60 3
58 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. OF TOR 68 10
59 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF NYM 76 17
60 Wil Myers 1B/3B/OF SD 63 3
61 Kyle Schwarber OF CHC 47 -14
62 Alex Bregman SS/3B HOU 66 4
63 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B/3B NYY 62 -1
64 Jake Cronenworth SS/2B SD 72 8
65 Adalberto Mondesi SS KC 90 25
66 Yoan Moncada 3B CHW 73 7
67 Jonathan Schoop 2B DET 74 7
68 Josh Donaldson 3B MIN 75 7
69 George Springer OF HOU 84 15
70 Adam Duvall OF ATL NA NA
71 Kyle Tucker 1B/OF HOU 77 6
72 Robinson Cano 2B NYM 78 6
73 Bo Bichette SS TOR 94 21
74 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL 95 21
75 Marcus Semien SS OAK 70 -5
76 Willy Adames SS TAM 79 3
77 Yuli Gurriel 1B/3B HOU 44 -33
78 Kris Bryant 3B CHC 80 2
79 Shohei Ohtani DH LAA 65 -14
80 Jesse Winker OF CIN 25 -55
81 Pedro Severino C BAL 83 2
82 Victor Robles OF WSH 91 9
83 Andrew McCutchen OF PHI 85 2
84 Austin Nola C SEA 86 2
85 Jorge Polanco SS MIN 88 3
86 Dominic Smith OF NYM 89 3
87 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B TOR 53 -34
88 Kyle Seager 3B SEA 92 4
89 Austin Meadows OF TB 93 4
90 Jeimer Candelario 1B/3B DET NA NA
91 Ryan Mountcastle OF BAL NA NA
92 Michael Brantley OF HOU NA NA
93 Mitch Moreland 1B BOS 81 -12
94 Alex Dickerson OF SF 96 2
95 Brandon Belt 1B SF 97 2
96 Isiah Kiner-Falefa C/3B TEX NA NA
97 Kole Calhoun OF ARI 98 1
98 Bobby Dalbec 1B BOS NA NA
99 Jose Altuve 2B HOU 99 0
100 Max Kepler OF MIN 100 0
 
  1. scoboticus says:
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    Thanks for knocking down Rizzo. He is single handedly killing my ability to make the fantasy playoffs.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      One of the many, 2020 has been rough for several top 3 round picks.

  2. Chris says:
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    Dylan Moore is shaking his head saying what does he have to do to be considered fantasy relevant.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      There are many fantasy relevant players that aren’t in the Top 100!

  3. Deltron says:
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    Rolled my way to the semis. H2H Points league. Pick 2…

    Candelario – 2 v KC, 4 v CLE (hot, but faces Bieber, Carrasco, Plesac, McKenzie)

    J. Walsh – 3 v ARI, 3 v TEX (he’s on fire but he’s also a lefty facing 3 lefties this week)

    M. Carpenter – 5 @ MIL, 5 v PIT (warming up, lot of righties on tap, going to sit 1-2 games anyway, Woodruff & Burnes only good arms he’s up against this week)

    B. Anderson – 1 v PHI, 3 v BOS, 5 v WAS (hot but the Ks sap his production, Scherzer & Corbin only good arms he’s up against this week)

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      Sorry I missed this, who did you end up with? I would’ve answered Walsh and Candelario but curious to see the route you took. If you’re in the semi’s in head to head you’ve got a good method already.

  4. JL419 says:
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    Would you start Caratini, Jeffers or Varsho this week in a points league?

    • Deltron says:
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      I would lean Jeffers as the Twins #1 catcher with a full week of games. I don’t think Caratini or Varsho will get enough at-bats to make noise.

    • Thomas Howland

      Thomas Howland says:
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      I’m with Deltron on this, Jeffers for sure, sorry I missed this (kids first week of changing remote/hybrid school madness).

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