Falling:

  • Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY: As a Yankee fan, nothing made me happier than to strap a rocket to Didi’s back and have him climb through these rankings. However, we all should’ve seen this decline coming. Since seeing his batting average peak at .368 with 10 HRs on April 27th — no one has seen a steeper fall-off than Didi. In the 25 game since that date he is hitting .135 with only 1 HR in 104 ABs and just destroying your team’s offensive numbers. I still think there will some course correction in his numbers in the coming weeks. His average and HR total has risen every year over the past three years so he might just be in a prolonged slump right now.
  • Buster Posey, 1B/C, SF: Posey isn’t necessarily having a bad season — he’s still hitting close to .300 — but 3 HR and 19 RBI is definitely not what you want from someone with an ADP of 54.1. A closer look shows that Posey is still hitting the ball with authority — he has a 39% hard hit rate. However, he’s hitting a high percentage of his balls into the ground (47.9%.) If he can start getting under the ball a bit more and turning some of those hard hit grounders into line drives and fly balls — he could reach 15 HRs again. However, as of right now it’s looking like he might see a declining HR total for the 4th season in a row.

 

Rising:

  • Andrew Benintendi, OF, BOS: It wasn’t like Benintendi was ranked particularly low to begin with but the kid has turned it on in May. By the end of April Benintendi was hitting .242 but still had 17 runs, only 1 HR, 15 RBI and 5 SBs. In May, however, Benny has scored 20 runs, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 4 stolen bases all with a .349. If he can keep this up month after month he’ll be garnering a few MVP votes at the end of the season (or end up being the reason Mookie Betts doesn’t get as many.)
  • Michael Brantley, OF, CLE: You gotta feel happy for Michael Brantley. Unless you’re from Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit or Minnesota of course. Injury after injury after injury had Brantley looking like the second-coming of Grady Sizemore in Cleveland. Now, Brantley’s average hasn’t dipped below .310 since April 17th. I think the 20+ SB seasons are behind him, but he’s still doing great in the run production numbers with 31 runs, 9 HRs and 36 RBI. Brantley is making amazing contact this year with 89.9% of his balls hit going for medium or hard contact. You’d like to see more than a 6.5% walk rate — but with that contact rate — we’ll all deal.

 

Newcomers:

  • Matt Carpenter, 1B/3B, StL: Perhaps no one was more disappointing over the first month or so of the season than Matt Carpenter. As someone who unfortunately waited to grab a first basemen in The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational — no one outside of St. Louis is happier than I am to see Carpenter starting to hit. He was dealing with an injury in spring training — but I don’t think anyone would’ve predicted he’d hitting .140 with a .558 OPS in his first 114 ABs. Well things are starting to turn around for Matt Carpenter now and unfortunately your buy low window might be slamming shut. Over his last 61 ABs he has 4 HRs, a .393 AVG and a 1.194 OPS.
  • Brandon Nimmo, OF, NYM: Sometimes all you need is an opportunity. Due to injuries and inconsistent play in the Mets outfield, Nimmo began getting starting reps on May 4th. He’s responded in the 24 games since by scoring 16 runs, 5 HRs, 9 RBI, 4 stolen bases and a .284/.408/.593 slash line. As a guy who loves playing in OBP leagues my favorite stat of Nimmo’s is the 21:14 K/BB ratio in those games. Don’t forget that Nimmo is only 25 and was a former first round pick by the Mets. If he lives up to that pedigree, Nimmo and Michael Conforto could end up being an outstanding OF core for the Mets to start building around.

GREEN: Rising | BLUE: New Additions | RED: Falling

Top 100 Hitters

RANK NAME TEAM POSITION LAST WEEK
1 Mike Trout LAA OF 1
2 Bryce Harper WAS OF 3
3 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 5
4 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 6
5 Francisco Lindor CLE SS 7
6 Trea Turner WAS SS 4
7 Kris Bryant CHC 3B 9
8 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 12
9 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B 14
10 Manny Machado BAL 3B 10
11 Aaron Judge NYY OF 11
12 Carlos Correa HOU SS 8
13 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 15
14 Joey Votto CIN 1B 16
15 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 17
16 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 18
17 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B 19
18 George Springer HOU OF 20
19 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF 28
20 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 13
21 Christian Yelich MIL OF 24
22 Jose Abreu CHW 1B 21
23 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 22
24 Alex Bregman HOU SS/3B 27
25 Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF NR
26 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 26
27 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF 38
28 Tommy Pham STL OF 33
29 Gary Sanchez NYY C 23
30 Jean Segura SEA SS 35
31 Javier Baez CHC SS/2B 36
32 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 37
33 Khris Davis OAK OF NR
34 Justin Upton ARI OF 25
35 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS 39
36 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 34
37 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 40
38 Eric Hosmer SD 1B 31
39 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B/OF 41
40 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 42
41 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 45
42 Nomar Mazara TEX OF 46
43 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 52
44 Brandon Belt SF 1B 56
45 Didi Gregorius NYY SS 29
46 Whit Merrifield KC 2B 47
47 Ender Inciarte ATL OF 43
48 Travis Shaw MIL 3B 49
49 Trevor Story COL SS 51
50 Michael Brantley CLE OF 63
51 Andrew McCutchen SF OF 48
52 Buster Posey SF C/1B 44
53 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/1B 57
54 Eddie Rosario MIN OF 62
55 Rafael Devers BOS 3B 53
56 Nelson Cruz SEA DH 58
57 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B NR
58 Justin Smoak TOR 1B 59
59 Carlos Santana PHI 1B 61
60 Brett Gardner NYY OF 64
61 Scooter Gennett CIN 2B 95
62 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 65
63 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 50
64 Jose Martinez STL 1B 67
65 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/OF 70
66 Gleyber Torres NYY 2B/SS 71
67 Yoan Moncada CWS 2B 72
68 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B 73
69 Adam Jones BAL OF 66
70 Marcell Ozuna STL OF 60
71 Delino DeShields TEX OF 69
72 JT Realmuto MIA C 74
73 Matt Olson OAK 1B 68
74 Ryan Braun MIL OF 76
75 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF 79
76 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B NR
77 Justin Turner LAD 3B 78
78 Yangervis Solarte TOR 2B/SS/3B 81
79 Nick Markakis ATL OF 82
80 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS 90
81 CJ Cron TB 1B 91
82 Miguel Sano MIN 3B 84
83 Odubel Herrera PHI OF 86
84 Austin Meadows PIT OF NR
85 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF 99
86 Jorge Soler KC OF 94
87 Gregory Polanco PIT OF 54
88 Yasiel Puig LAD OF 87
89 Salvador Perez KC C 88
90 Marcus Semien OAK SS 89
91 Jesus Aguilar MIL 1B NR
92 Asdrubal Cabrera NYM 2B/SS/3B NR
93 Josh Bell PIT 1B 92
94 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 85
95 Denard Span SEA OF 97
96 Francisco Cervelli PIT C 100
97 Matt Carpenter StL 3B/1B NR
98 Tim Anderson CHW SS NR
99 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF NR
100 Juan Soto WAS OF NR

 

 

Leave a comment below with your thoughts and questions!

 
  1. Mike says:
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    Would you trade Charlie Morton and Billy Hamilton for Lorenzo Cain?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Mike: yes but unless the Cain owner is truly hurting for steals he shouldn’t want Billy Hamilton.

  2. Chris says:
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    How close is Villanueva? Would you sell high on him and package someone like Justin Upton to get Joey Votto?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chris: he’s very close. He’s come a bit out of nowhere so I don’t Know how much I believe in him long term, but if your partner needs OF help that could be a great trade to offer.

  3. Taylor Sims says:
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    No love for Desmond?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Taylor Sims: Not yet. He was pretty high when I started this list but has since fallen off. If he can get that average above 200 with consistent ABs then we’ll talk.

  4. ryan says:
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    where is starling marte?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @ryan: craaaapppppp. I forgot to out him back on here since his return. He was at #32 before the Injury and that’s about where I’d out him again. Right behind Lorenzo Cain.

      • Kerry Klug

        Kerry Klug says:
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        @Kerry Klug: put* not out. I hate phones.

  5. murph says:
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    where is marte?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @murph: forgot to put him back on here since his return. He was at #32 before the Injury and that’s about where I’d put him again. Right behind Lorenzo Cain

  6. Wile E Coyote says:
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    I’m going to make a suggestion that you don’t try to account for guys on the DL. Just leave them on the list, and don’t move them, unless their injury takes them out of action for extended periods of time, i.e. longer than DL10, at minimum. Mookie not being there, even though injured, when he’s coming back towards the end of the coming week.. I’d rather have 3 days of Mookie than 7 days of most of the list. And then you make it harder on yourself to put guys back on, or take guys off (Brandon Belt is gone for several weeks, but still here.) Is this a “next week only” list or a ROS list? Assuming the latter, it reinforces my suggestion of leaving guys on and not moving them unless the injury is expected to impact their ROS.

    A couple nitpicks about rankings…

    You’re being more patient with Bellinger than the Dodgers are.

    As a matter of principle, I don’t like any catchers in the top 80 besides El Gary. Even Posey.

    Aguilar could have been 20 places higher and I wouldn’t have remotely questioned it.

    Conforto has turned a corner over the last month and deserves a spot more than maybe 20 other guys on it, though I get that based on his season stats he does not.

    Tommy Pham has not been very good for almost a month now. Its almost an issue with the Card’s offense entirely, but then that begs the question as to whether to give all of the Card’s slumpers a pass, or punish them all.

    Just a few things I thought of looking at the list, don’t take any of them too seriously.

    • Andrew Edenbaum says:
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      @Wile E Coyote: I own Mookie, but I strongly doubt he’s back this week. Left abdominal strain. The 2nd best player in baseball (hitting that is); Red Sox will be extremely careful, as I would hope they will be.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Wile E Coyote: You think? It is a bit of a hassle remember who is coming off the dl when/where/how/why.

      Bellinger/Hoskins/Olson: the holy trinity of sophomore first basemen whose rankings I need to adjust. Somehow Aguilar has more RBI than all of them!

      I do really like Conforto. Think he could be an MVP candidate if he puts it all together in one season AND stays healthy.

      It’s hard to drop Pham when he’s still top 10 OF in runs. .209 average over the last 30 games does it make it easier though…

  7. Andrew Edenbaum says:
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    Nice to see Gennett move up some, but Kerry, but still a way to go. Bellinger, Devers, Haniger (I do like him), Didi still ahead of Scooter. Feel free to update the ranking right about now.
    Just a little razz. You and I both LOVE baseball, and that’s the bottom line.
    You do say please feel free to comment. I always have spoken my mind, but at 70, haha, all hands on deck.
    Continued success.

    • Starz says:
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      @Andrew Edenbaum: Haniger not being on this list is a travesty. I love Juan Soto, but how do you put him or Nimmo over Haniger, the latter having an all-star season?

  8. coacher says:
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    5×5 OBP 14-team roto…need a 5th OF.

    Available: Gamel, Holt, Field, Bader, Mac Williamson, Franmil Reyes, Nick Williams, Dietrich, Palka, and Joc Pederson.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @coacher: Digging that deep I’d go with Derek Dietrich.

  9. Eric says:
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    Finally, the bum, Gregor Polanco drops…

  10. Mookie Cookie says:
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    Talk to me about J.D. How has he not risen? I feel like he’s never quite got the love he deserves. Is it just injury concerns for you? Dude has been mashing since like the 2nd week

  11. Drew says:
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    Drop Josh Bell for Peralta or Candelario for UTL bat in 16-team OPS keeper?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Drew: I surprisingly like Candelario over the other two.

  12. your mom says:
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    Hi. Trade shaw and mikolas for castellanos? 20 tm keeper league.
    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @your mom: I like the shaw/mikolas side a lot more.

  13. mig dog says:
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    great list thanks for posting!
    can you talk to us about mccutchen and why so optimistic with #51? its been a really terrible year (aside from today’s game against the phillies!)

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @mig dog: Thank YOU for reading.
      You make a good point — I might be too optimistic with him. San Fran as a whole has been struggling. This ain’t your Daddy’s McCutchen!
      He’s had a nice past week though. Maybe he’s starting to heat up?

  14. Flailing says:
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    Would you trade archer for belt?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Flailing: Yea — if you’re good at pitching that’s a pretty fair trade. I think I’m higher on Archer for ROS of season than most.

  15. Bill Lee says:
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    Kris Bryant is ranked #7?

    he seems to be underwhelming imo.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Bill Lee: 32/8/28/1/.289 is a little disappointing for him — but I still believe he’ll be a top 15 player going forward. He’s too good, too consistent for him not to be.

      • Chucky says:
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        He’s very disappointing. I think we’re all being overly generous to the former MVP. He wasn’t the cats meow last year either. He’s stopped knocking in runs. And the homers are just meh in today’s game. I’m sure I’ll be criticized, and that’s ok too….but Im going Candelario in a weekly lock > Bryant. Ill check back next week to collect my “I told you so’s” or take my lumps as an a-hole.

        • Ken says:
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          @Chucky: Gotta say, as a first-time fantasy owner of Bryant, I am very disappointed. Of course, I tend to be disappointed in a lot of my players. Maybe it’s the manager’s fault. ;-)

  16. NH says:
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    This week who would you start out of these four players and only three can start for Infield.

    J. Ramirez, Machado, Torres, Didi. Yankees play seven games while Cleveland only plays five.

    Which outfielder would you start this week.
    Cain who only plays five games or J. Martinez who plays six.

    Thanks.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @NH:
      Machado, Ramirez, Gleyber. Didi has been struggling and faces a few lefties this week — and he’s hitting only .228 against them this year.

  17. Ozzie Smith says:
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    DeShields JR should not even sniff this list

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Ozzie Smith:
      You may be wrong for all I know
      But you may be right

      but in this case you’re probably right — I still like the SB potential and for him to turn it on soon.

  18. Kerry Klug

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    @Mookie Cookie: a bit of injury concerns, also that the guys ahead of him are hitting really well too — the top 20 might be the hardest part of this list. I move Altuve down to 11 then he hits over 400 in a 15 game stretch.

  19. Kerry Klug

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    @NH: Forgot the second part — I’d roll with Cain for now — if you set your lineup weekly I’d keep an eye on Martinez’s back issue to see if they’re going to hold him out for a few games.

  20. Heisenberg says:
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    I used your list the whole way and got lotta dudes 2 or 2+times. It was as uncanny as a pouch of StarKist. Sorry Charlie,er Grey. I only play 3 leagues. All ESPN – H2H -10 TM– 5X5- redraft. Here’s my Grey Top 500 All-Star Team 2018 (so far!) Jose Ramirez-Grey #13(on all 3 tms) drafted #24,#24,#25. Lindor-Grey#11(2 teams) drafted #17,#17. Acuna-Grey#67 (on all 3 tms)drafted #84,#105,#137. Rosario-Grey#76(2tms)#104,#145. Hosmer-Grey#34(2tms)#64,#65. Rendon-Grey#28(2tms)#37,#37. Realmuto-Grey#123(2tms)#164,#165. Best of all I got Bryce Harper-Grey#3(2tms)#4,#5. Of the 15 offensive cats, I lead in 12 of 15, and am close in the other 3. I think you just might be onto this drafting thing. Oh, the pitching. Ohtani-Grey#81(2tms)#96,#124. Morton#131(2tms)#184,#185 And Buehlerand Hader on all 3 teams helps the pitching. Thanks o’ wise one!

  21. Chucky says:
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    Somewhat embarrassing for Giancarlo that Gleybr already has 10 Hrs to the big guys… in about 90 less ABs. Looks like the changing of the guard. Maybe a lineup swap for the Yanks newest star vs a guy who looks like he’s in the deep end of the pool in the big boyz league.

    • Starz says:
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      @Chucky: Let’s see how Gleybar does after facing teams a 2nd or 3rd time around. He wasn’t known to be a big HR guy in the minors, granted he didn’t play much either and has filled out physically. He hit 14 HRs across 4 years.
      Stanton will be fine, he’s still on pace to hit 35, so he’s easily a hot streak away from clearing 40+ again. I don’t think Torres hits 30 tbh.

  22. iifish Horton Heat says:
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    Hey Dokken,

    What do you think? Harry Bader, Manny Margot, Franny Reyes, Domingo Santana. Top 2 in order ROS for most value 5×5 H2H?

    Thanks!

    + All time favorite band?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @iifish Horton Heat:
      Hey Lenny,

      Rest of the year: Santana, Margot, Bader, Reyes. I know the first two are struggling right now — but over the whole season I think they’ll be better and more likely to get playing time.

      Favorite Band: Beach Boys.

  23. JP says:
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    Thoughts on Matt Kemp? Pedigree is obviously there, good lineup, he’s healthy and seems to be motivated.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @JP: Yea you make a great point. I’ve been overlooking Kemp due to his last few disappointing years. But he’s always had the pedigree as you said and is actually leading the NL in AVG right now.

  24. Watson says:
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    Rendon or Hoskins ROS?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Watson: I’m owning my extreme bias (I picked Hoskins as my MVP/MVFH this year) so I’m still going to pick him when he comes back.

  25. Ozzie Smith says:
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    I was just offered Bellinger for my Acuna in a 10 team h2h redraft, whatcha think?

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