The top 100 hitters for the rest of the fantasy baseball season returns this week as the baseball world enjoyed a spirited trade deadline. Seriously, I can not remember a more entertaining few hours as big names in the majors and minors were flying off the board. This will take some time to digest, but that was potentially a historic 48 hours. As well, it is an exciting time in our fantasy game as values quickly change and fantasy writers like me tell our editors that being wrong this time really is not our fault! I simply guarantee these rankings for the next 17 minutes! Time to break down the big moves from Anthony Rizzo to Joey Gallo to Starling Marte to Kris Bryant to Trea Turner and so much more! Check your tray tables and buckle up for another rousing rendition of the top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2021 fantasy baseball season.
Sticking with the trade deadline theme, let us dig into some of the movement and see what it all really means:
- Anthony Rizzo & Joey Gallo – New Yankee Joey Rizzo is the left-handed masher that New York has been missing for years. Does the short porch in right field sound enticing? Yes. Is it really going to make much of an impact? Less than we all expect due to the parks these fellas are coming from. The homers might look more imposing in New York, but not much more plentiful. I will give a slight boost to Rizzo but see little change for Gallo.
- Cesar Hernandez – Hernandez jumps from the 22nd team in terms of run production to the 4th team in terms of run production while staying in the AL Central. I expect a spot near the top of the lineup for Hernandez who should see everyday playing time in this powerful lineup that just returned Eloy Jimenez. Not a huge boost, but I like this move for Cesar.
- Eduardo Escobar, Kyle Schwarber, Starling Marte – So many faces in new places. While it would be wonderful if we foresaw a boost for all folks involved, some will simply keep on keeping on. We certainly should never discount the motivational factor of the pennant race, but guys like Escobar, Schwarber and Marte do not see substantial benefits from their moves. Give them a few spots in the rankings for rejuvenation if you so please and enjoy watching Kyle Schwarber try to play defense in the Fenway outfield because that will certainly make us feel like winners!
- Trea Turner – Turner already represents one of the game’s top offensive forces and a move to Los Angeles does little to change that perspective. Moving atop one of the highest producing lineups is rarely an issue with the prime concern being any impact to stolen base totals. While there might be some slight speed downside as LAD is not a typically speedster team, that minor risk is more than overcome by overall production boosts. I like this move for Trea and personally believe the Dodgers pulled one over on the Nationals.
- Kris Bryant – Bryant moves to the San Franciscan Bay and the spacious ballpark that may be a bit of a challenge for his power production. The Giants continue to surprise, but there is little difference in the lineup protection or production that Bryant will see out west. This is a neutral move by all accounts.
- Javier Baez – While much of our digging today looks at park factors or lineup positioning, that is not the case for Baez. If there is one player that wants the spotlight and seems to thrive in that place it is Baez. It often seems that players join the Mets and suddenly forget how to play (looking at you Francisco), but I believe the bright New York lights will give us an exciting stretch run from Mr. Baez. This is not a deep analysis here, but just that gut feel that this situation is going to play a big motivational factor for one of the league’s bright young stars.
- Jorge Soler, Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario – Toss in Joc Pederson and Alex Anthopoulos has completely redone the outfield in Atlanta. I am not sure this logjam is really going to help any single player’s fantasy value and more than likely spreads playing time as Atlanta tries to…well I have no idea what they are trying to do. Sorry Braves fans!