I rarely like to make too many movements in the Top 20 or so players, but this week I thought it was necessary. Last week saw me drop Paul Goldschmidt from 8th down to 21st and this week he tumbles a bit further down to 24. In the 4 games since my last top 100 article Goldy has gone 2 for 16 with two measly singles. He can get hot in a minute and rocket back up to the top 10 — but right now it’s disrespectful to the other players to place him in the top 10.

Jose Altuve’s slight fall is going to make a lot of people angry, but he’s just not doing enough with the bat or on the base paths to warrant a top 10 placement. I see the average over .300 but 2 HRs and 2 SBs isn’t cutting it. Just as a heads up — if you have a frustrated owner in your league who is willing to accept your offer of Jonathan Schoop and an OF2/OF3 for Altuve — make the offer now. Altuve is an avid Razzball reader and will be out to prove me wrong!

Two little Indians jumped up in my rankings: Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. They are ranked 6th and 5th respectively on ESPN’s Player Rater and earned their boost. A commenter last week pointed out how much better Lindor was performing than Carlos Correa and I that message was received loud and clear. Correa has been more lauded than Lindor, but I can’t deny Lindor is out-performing Correa so far this year. Ramirez on the other hand has statistics that compare favorably to fantasy baseball Gawd Mike Trout. Ramirez only has 6 less runs, the same amount of HRs, 5 more Rbi, 2 less steals and a higher average (even if only by .006.) With second and third base eligibility that screams top 10 talent to me. Soon.

Fallers:

Nelson Cruz:

Is this it? Is the fall-off that was foretold? A 36 year old hitting 40 HRs? That’s against God’s will! Well maybe. Cruz’s hard and medium contact rates are almost identical from last year, he’s hitting less line drives, but almost the same amount of fly balls. The only difference I see is that he’s pulling the ball more than he ever has in his career — but even that isn’t too huge of a difference. It seems to me like our old friend BABIP seems to be showing his face again. Cruz’s .247 BABIP as of right now is the lowest of his career since 2006. There should be some regression to Cruz’s mean coming — but until then — he falls a bit.

Byron Buxton

Buxton wasn’t on last week’s ranking due to his injury, but he started week 1 at number 43 on my top 100 list. I want Buxton to be in the top 10 of this list and hope one year he can get there — but he doesn’t seem capable just yet. He’s hitting 44% of his balls on the ground this year, but with his speed you’d think it wouldn’t matter too much. But he’s just not hitting the ball with much authority. He’s only got a 26.2% hard contact rate on the year. I’m a Buxton believer — you don’t get drafted that early and ranked that high for nothing — but he’s a mess right now unfortunately. Maybe he’ll have another second-half surge. I know this sounds random and is completely unscientific — but to me it always seems like Buxton is swinging a bat that weighs more than he does. He’s a slight 189 pounds and he’s swinging a tree branch up there that it looks like he has no control over.

Risers:

Brandon Belt

Belt’s doing it — he’s really doing it! Since his debut in 2011 every single one of was saying “this is the year Belt breaks out!” But now it’s real — it’s really really real! Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly if you’re fed up with Belt’s breakout teases) he’s already more than halfway to surpassing his career high HR total of 18 with 10 after homering in four straight games this week. If he keeps up this pace and doesn’t get hit by any pitches or line drives from his own teammates — he could have over 35 HRs and find a place as a top 10 first basemen finally. Not bad for a guy who everyone apparently had given up on as evidenced by his 225 ADP.

Cesar Hernandez

“Finishes with 100+ runs, 15 HR, 60 RBI, 30 SB, .300 AVG, .375 OBP and heads into 2019 as the second best second basemen….but then gets injured in May 2019 and misses all of next season. You asked for bold!” At the quarter-way point of the season — I have to say my bold prediction for 2018 seems on track! With 41 games played C-Hern has 30 runs, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 8 SB, a .271 AVG and a .384 OBP. He is actually third on ESPN’s Player Rater behind Jose Ramirez (who won’t have 2B eligibility next year) and Ozzie Albies. The only thing I hope doesn’t come true is the May 2019 injury part!

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

Top 100 Hitters

RANK NAME TEAM POSITION LAST WEEK
1 Mike Trout LAA OF 1
2 Mookie Betts BOS OF 4
3 Bryce Harper WAS OF 3
4 Trea Turner WAS SS 5
5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B 6
6 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 7
7 Francisco Lindor CLE SS 13
8 Carlos Correa HOU SS 8
9 Kris Bryant CHC 3B 9
10 Manny Machado BAL 3B 10
11 Aaron Judge NYY OF 11
12 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2
13 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 12
14 Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B 18
15 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 14
16 Joey Votto CIN 1B 15
17 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 16
18 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 17
19 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B 24
20 George Springer HOU OF 19
21 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 20
22 Jose Abreu CHW 1B 22
23 Dee Gordon SEA 2B 23
24 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 21
25 Gary Sanchez NYY C 25
26 Christian Yelich MIL OF 26
27 Justin Upton ARI OF 27
28 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 28
29 Alex Bregman HOU SS/3B 29
30 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF 30
31 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF 31
32 Brian Dozier MIN 2B 34
33 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B 36
34 Khris Davis OAK OF 38
35 Didi Gregorius NYY SS 39
36 Eric Hosmer SD 1B 42
37 Buster Posey SF C/1B 41
38 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 37
39 Tommy Pham STL OF 44
40 Jean Segura SEA SS 45
41 Javier Baez CHC SS/2B 46
42 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF 47
43 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS 48
44 Mike Moustakas KC 3B 49
45 Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B/OF 50
46 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 51
47 Whit Merrifield KC 2B 52
48 Andrew McCutchen SF OF 53
49 Ender Inciarte ATL OF 54
50 Ronald Acuna ATL OF 55
51 Nelson Cruz SEA DH 43
52 Nomar Mazara TEX OF 57
53 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 58
54 Trevor Story COL SS 59
55 Travis Shaw MIL 3B 60
56 Rafael Devers BOS 3B 61
57 Gregory Polanco PIT OF 62
58 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/1B 63
59 Hanley Ramirez BOS DH 64
60 Justin Smoak TOR 1B 65
61 Marcell Ozuna STL OF 56
62 Carlos Santana PHI 1B 66
63 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 68
64 Eddie Rosario MIN OF 78
65 Brandon Belt SF 1B 88
66 Brett Gardner NYY OF 70
67 Adam Jones BAL OF 71
68 Byron Buxton MIN OF NR
69 Jose Martinez STL 1B 69
70 Matt Olson OAK 1B 72
71 Delino DeShields TEX OF 74
72 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/OF 75
73 Jed Lowrie OAK 2B 76
74 JT Realmuto MIA C 77
75 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 95
76 Michael Brantley CLE OF 96
77 Corey Dickerson PIT OF 79
78 Kevin Pillar TOR OF 80
79 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF 81
80 Yangervis Solarte TOR 2B/SS/3B 82
81 Nick Markakis ATL OF 83
82 Kyle Seager SEA 3B 85
83 Odubel Herrera PHI OF 97
84 Yasiel Puig LAD OF 86
85 Salvador Perez KC C 87
86 David Peralta ARI OF 89
87 Domingo Santana MIL OF 90
88 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS 91
89 Eduardo Escobar MIN 3B/SS 92
90 CJ Cron TB 1B NR
91 Josh Bell PIT 1B 93
92 Rougned Odor TEX 2B NR
93 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF 98
94 Marcus Semien OAK SS 99
95 Matt Adams WAS 1B 100
96 Jorge Soler KC OF 101
97 Scooter Gennett CIN 2B NR
98 Matt Davidson CWS 3B NR
99 Denard Span TB OF NR
100 Matt Chapman OAK 3B NR

 

You might notice that it looks like many guys got boosts from their rankings last week — but that’s only due to players being removed from the rankings due to DL stints.

If you’ve got comments — leave ’em below!

  1. Brennan Cassidy says:
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    Where would Juan Soto be placed now that he is in the MLB?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Brennan Cassidy:
      Call me crazy but I’d say in the 80 range. He’s 19, not guaranteed to be up for the rest of the year and isn’t a lock to crush it out of the gate.

  2. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Hello all

    oNe of the teams in my 12 team H2H is trying drop Goldshchimidt but he is undroppable

    I was thinking of offering up freddy peralta for him what do you think? the rest of my roster
    Ramos, hosmer, dee Gordon, muchado, trea turner, cody bellinger Kris Bryant, Bryce harper; gleybor torees; Edwin emanciaon, jay bruce; starling marte

    Chris archer ; jack Flaherty; aaron nola, Paxton; alex wood; Edwin diaz, brad hand ; Madison bumgarner; freddy peralta

    I was thinking of packaging another player and trying to get either chris sales; Arreita or maybe berrios.

    thanks

    • Kerry Klug

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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Peralta won’t be enough. You’d have to do Peralta and Hosmer just for Goldy. If you wanted sale it would have to be Hosmer and Paxton.
      Goldy is struggling yes… But smart owners know he can break out at a moments notice.

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Kerry Klug: But I am pretty sure he said Goldy’s owner is not smart … Goldy’s owner wants to outright drop Goldy but league rules prevent him from doing so.

        I say offer up Peralta and see what happens … if there is any chance whatsoever he will go for that, you have to try.

        • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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          @LenFuego:

          exactly he was just going to drop him outright hopefully he will trade i think goldy has some in the tank

        • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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          @LenFuego:

          he wised up i traded hosmer for goldy……i like hosmer but i think goldschmidt will go on a tear at some point it is worth taking a chance; if not i have plenty of hitters

  3. Raj says:
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    who do you think puts up more production for the rest of the season: Edwin Encarnacion or Yasiel Puig?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Raj: tricky… Across the board I’d go with Puig. Both havent looked good so far but Puig is showing some life.

  4. Honest Q says:
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    Willson?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Honest Q: Willson fell off last week but if he keeps this going he’ll be back.

  5. hondo says:
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    Justin Turner?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @hondo: dang! He’s been gone so long I forgot he came back. It seems like the average will be fine but I’m worried about the power numbers… What does a 10 HR/. 285 third basemen mean to you?

  6. coacher says:
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    I have Pujols at U. I’m looking at J.Iglesias, M.Rojas, N.Ahmed, L.Garcia, L.Maille, M.Duffy, D.Valencia, JaCoby Jones, or Difo to fill that spot.

    14-team OBP 5×5 roto. Who do you choose or stay with Albert?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @coacher: out of those options of stick with Albert. But I’d be watching Jacoby and Duffy.

  7. Jniz says:
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    Was offered Votto and Zunino for Sanchez and Franchy. 10 team H2H and you penalized for Ks on hitting side. Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Jniz: depends who you have at first right now. Sanchez to Zunino is a huge downgrade. But I do think Franchy is starting to humanize a little bit and will lose ABs once Myers/Renfroe return.
      If you’ve got a bad 1B I’d say take the deal… And don’t be afraid to stream catchers if Zunino doesn’t heat up.

      • Jniz says:
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        @Kerry Klug: thanks. First base options are Healy and Crom. Should probably do it then.

  8. Mark says:
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    Curious in a 5×5 H2H keeper, who would you rather own, Bregman or Mazara. The keeper league also values CF, LF, RF as individual positions if that makes a difference.

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Mark: I would project them for ROS about as follows:

      Bregman .290/14 HR/8 SB/62R/65RBI
      Mazara .265/18 HR/1 SB/60R/74 RBI

      For me, that is a slight nod to Bregman, but YMMV.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Mark: Oh man my bad! I missed this one! I like Bregman more — he’ll give you more SBs and is hitting at the top of one of the best lineups in baseball.

  9. Mark says:
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    Curious about the Yanks. I consider Gary Sanchez their most talented hitter. Is Stanton more talented in your opinion or rather the best?

    Also, I know it’s potential, but 3 years ago, I thought Bird was the best of all the Yankees so called baby bombers. Did you ever feel that way and if so, do you ever think he can be still?

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Mark: Bird is going to find himself on this list — I’m a believer and think he’ll be fine.
      The best, most complete Yankee hitter is Aaron Judge apparently. Didn’t see that coming.

  10. batflix says:
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    Did I miss the Pants weekend post? or am I just blind
    Is that even a regular thing?

    This was great btw not trying to take anything thing away from it
    I just need my razz hot takes on this weekends activities

  11. surfer dude says:
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    Hi, 10 tm h2h pts, what do you think of this trade – Goldschmidt for Kershaw – thanks

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @surfer dude: Not bad. They both have their issues but depending on need it’s doable.

  12. Taylor Sims says:
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    Would you sell off Altuve for Lindor?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Taylor Sims: Definitely — as always — based on need and team compositions.

  13. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Just moved my JD for Altuve. Did I sell high or blow it?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: Nah that’s fair. Altuve is still hitting over .300 and I think the Power/Speed will come. It’s not like he’s Goldschmidting the bed.

  14. Charlie says:
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    Which end of the deal would you rather have in a H2H redraft league?

    Ozzie Albies, Donaldson and Alex Wood
    Or
    Jose Altuve, Nelson Cruz and Chris Archer

    Thanks

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Charlie: Wow. This is tough. Wood is always hurt, Archer is completely random.
      Donaldson looks like he’s still injured, Cruz might be on his decline.
      Albies is thriving, putting up MVP numbers — but its his first year. Altuve is having a “down” year but has won an MVP.
      If you need third base help — I could see taking the Donaldson side. but Altuve and Albies are the only two worth their stones right now.

      • joshlangg says:
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        @Kerry Klug: great answer, thank you.

  15. Will H says:
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    I just sent Hosmer, Archer and Kyle Tucker for Goldy in a 6 regular keeper + 2 rookie keeper league. How do you think I did?

    My 6 keepers to this point would be Albies, Correa, Rendon, Stanton, Benny, Goldy, Acuna and Whitley(if he’s called up)

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Will H: Gulp. Thats a pretty high cost for a struggling Goldy right now — but if your pitching can survive without Archer then I guess it’s passable.

  16. Blake says:
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    so bell and puig – don’t they need to be higher? I have ender and cruz and they both seem nicked up.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Blake: Bell yes — Puig no. Puig is hitting for power now but that average is still .215

      • Blake says:
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        @Kerry Klug: 12 team pts league no negative pts for SO’s. here is my OF plus 1B and U situation

        1B: C santana
        OF: M Haniger
        OF: G Stanton
        OF: E Inciarte
        U: N Cruz

        B: J Bell
        B: Jose Martinez
        B: Y Puig

        Do I change out any those to in my starting lineup?

        • Kerry Klug

          Kerry Klug says:
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          @Blake: Nah that’s solid.UTIL is the one spot where you can insert people based on match-ups/Cruz injuries.

  17. Andrew B says:
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    Would you rather:
    Gleyber Torres
    OR
    Javier Baez
    …in a long term keeper league.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Andrew B: Gleyber.

  18. JP says:
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    Any faith on Jake Lamb repeating last years success (1st half)? Puig’s on waivers, trying to decide between the two.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @JP: Both are solid options — it looks like Puig is starting to turn it around. I’m leaning Puig at this point.

  19. Chucky says:
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    Am I making the move in a 6×6 OBP Dynasty? Odor for either Goodrum, Robertson or Harrison?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chucky: I’d say you stick with Odor — there’s a reason the other three went drafted after pick 200 (or undrafted) and Odor was taken among the first 100 picks (even if I don’t agree with that.)

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