Listen, I love a good gif. More than most. But if I put the gif of Rhianna singing, nay, dancing in her music video for ‘Work’, not a single person would read this article. No one. Not anyone. Not in the overset of evers would anyone ever continue scrolling down to read about the Creeper of the Week when they could all gaze like a creeper at the ‘work’ of Rhianna rolling her hips in front of Drake. It’s the epitome of mesmerized. So, for the sake of errbody, I’ll refrain, mostly likely cause you to just go google the music video on Youtube, and carry on with my main point for the article.

Jayson Werth, Werth, Werth, Werth, Werth, Werth! He say I pick him up, up, up, up, up, up! Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah. (And then she keeps making consonant sounds. That’s music? I digress. Just watch the video. Googly eyes await.)

  • Jayson Werth, OF (16.1%) – As professional a power hitting left fielder with solid average that you’ll find, injuries have been the primary concern with Werth. From his days in Philly to the past few in Washington, not only has Jayson flashed the greatest baseball caveman look since Johnny Damon’s Boston days, he’s also provided some serious stats. Sure, he’s aging, and has been on the shelf a bit the past two seasons (this one included), but despite the average he has a .230/81/22/75/1 line in his past 599 ABs. He’ll get the counting stats in a great lineup hitting ahead of arguable NL MVP candidate Daniel Murphy and reigning MVP $500M man Bryce Harper. His legs aren’t what they used to be, and that may be affecting his BABIP, but it’s still sure to rise. Currently it sits at .270, but his career number is .325. Look for the average to rise as long as he stays healthy, and the counting stats to continue pouring in. His past 14 days? .293/8/4/13/0. At 16% owned that’s more than valuable, and enough to just creep into the Top 100!

Enough creepin’…Here are those Top 100 Hitters for Week 11!

RED = Falling
GREEN = Rising
BLUE = New to the 100

Rank Name Pos Team
1 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
2 Mike Trout OF LAA
3 Mookie Betts OF BOS
4 Manny Machado 3B/SS BAL
5 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
6 Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI
7 George Springer OF HOU
8 David Ortiz DH BOS
9 Robinson Cano 2B SEA
10 Bryce Harper OF WAS
11 Yoenis Cespedes OF NYM
12 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
13 Starling Marte OF PIT
14 Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
15 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC
16 Ian Kinsler 2B DET
17 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
18 Daniel Murphy 2B/3B WAS
19 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
20 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
21 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
22 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
23 Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
24 Eric Hosmer 1B KC
25 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF CHC
26 Mark Trumbo OF BAL
27 Ian Desmond SS/OF TEX
28 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
29 Dexter Fowler OF CHC
30 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL
31 Jose Bautista OF TOR
32 Carlos Correa SS HOU
33 Ryan Braun OF MIL
34 Matt Carpenter 3B STL
35 Marcell Ozuna OF MIA
36 Christian Yelich OF MIA
37 Lorenzo Cain OF KC
38 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
39 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF BOS
40 Chris Davis 1B/OF BAL
41 Corey Seager SS LAD
42 Trevor Story SS COL
43 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
44 Victor Martinez DH DET
45 Todd Frazier 3B CWS
46 Albert Pujols 1B LAA
47 J.D. Martinez OF DET
48 Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
49 Jonathan Villar SS MIL
50 Wil Myers 1B/OF SD
51 Danny Valencia 3B/OF OAK
52 Stephen Piscotty OF STL
53 Matt Kemp OF SD
54 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
55 Giancarlo Stanton OF MIA
56 Jung-ho Kang SS/3B PIT
57 Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
58 Adam Jones OF BAL
59 Joey Votto 1B CIN
60 Nick Castellanos 3B DET
61 Rougned Odor 2B TEX
62 Adam Duvall OF CIN
63 Jay Bruce OF CIN
64 Evan Longoria 3B TB
65 Jose Abreu 1B CWS
66 Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
67 Hanley Ramirez OF/1B BOS
68 Nomar Mazara OF TEX
69 Buster Posey C SF
70 Brandon Belt 1B SF
71 Carlos Beltran OF NYY
72 Jonathan Lucroy C MIL
73 David Peralta OF ARI
74 Odubel Herrera OF PHI
75 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B MIN
76 Aledmys Diaz SS STL
77 Kole Calhoun OF LAA
78 Josh Harrison 2B/3B/OF PIT
79 Melvin Upton, Jr. OF SD
80 Michael Saunders OF TB
81 Jurickson Profar 2B TEX
82 Steve Pearce 1B/OF/2B TB
83 Jose Ramirez SS/2B/3B/OF CLE
84 Trayce Thompson OF LAD
85 Jason Heyward OF CHC
86 DJ LeMahieu 2B COL
87 Brandon Moss 1B/OF STL
88 Anthony Rendon 2B/3B WAS
89 Mike Napoli 1B CLE
90 Evan Gattis DH (C) HOU
91 Travis Shaw 1B/3B BOS
92 Cameron Maybin OF DET
93 Jean Segura 2B/SS ARI
94 Wilson Ramos C WAS
95 Adam Eaton OF CWS
96 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
97 Rajai Davis OF CLE
98 Jake Lamb 3B ARI
99 Jacoby Ellsbury OF NYY
100 Jayson Werth OF WAS

Dropped from the Rankings: Freddie Freeman (74), Maikel Franco (87), Khris Davis (88), Steven Souza Jr. (89), Gerardo Parra (90), Neil Walker (92), Justin Upton (99)

  • Bryce continues to drop in the rankings, albeit slowly, due to his stalled out stats. He’s not hurt, he’s in a great lineup, but he walks so much that his opportunity to drive the ball is less and less the further this approach goes into the season. After a torrid April, he was no better than average in May. Hopefully he’ll pick it back up, but I worry this is going to last and his ceiling will be massively mitigated.
  • Some big sluggers continue to drop, as well, in Crush Davis, Jose Abreu, Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton. All could be considered buy-low options, but at this point I’d simply hold on all of them, even Stanton. Cutch should hit much better than he has, Abreu has started to rack up some hits. Stanton, well…and when looking at the stats, Chris Carter and Chris Davis are basically the same player, even vis’ 5-game HR streak. And I don’t see anybody targeting Carter.
  • I debut Profar at 81 this week, after highlighting him in last week’s profile. It’s clear the Rangers are going to give him ABs all over the diamond, even with Rougned Odor back. Those two at the top of the Texas lineup are dangerous, and I love it. The moment he gains 3B eligibility his value rises even further. He’s really hot, and will most certainly cool some through the summer months, but I’d drop a cooler MI for Profar’s upside right now.
  • Oh, and I’m over it, Freddie Freeman. See ya in 2017!

Drop those comments, and good luck in Week 11! Check back next weekend for Week 12’s Top 100!

 
  1. John says:
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    Hi,

    Steve Pearce or Ketel Marte a better add over Starlin Castro?

    Thanks for the help.

  2. Christian Herman says:
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    I wouldn’t put Schoop at 79, but I do think Schoop is a more valuable hitter at the moment than Melvin l.

    • @Christian Herman: Potentially. I love that Upton is likely to reach 20/20, but he’s really slowed of late after a resurgent April/mid-May. I’m looking for a bounce back, but not afraid to drop him for a hotter name below him if my team needed it.

  3. JoeG414 says:
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    I think you’ll see Abreu rising and hopefully Harper’s power comes back , I did light a candle.

    • @JoeG414: Haha, you can light all the candles the Yankees have ever made and it may not be enough. Pitchers aren’t grooving anything to Harper after he Barry Bondsed his way through April. As for Abreu, his massive drop is due to his massive drop in ISO. Both guys need the power to return in a big way to get even close to their preseason projections.

  4. N says:
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    Corey Seager one spot in front of Trevor Story? Huh?

    • @N: Oh yeah. If I’m trading for one of those SS right now, it’s Seager over Story.

      Story: .261/36/14/42/4 (.854 OPS)
      Seeger: .284/42/15/36/1 (.864 OPS)

      And the tide is rising with Corey much more than Story the past 6 weeks. By a lot.

  5. William Hung says:
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    I just mentioned this to Grey, but I was surprised at how similar Odor and Schoop has been this year. Odor has a bit more runs and SBs, but the rest of the offensive metrics have been surprisingly close

    • @William Hung: Surprisingly you’re somewhat correct. I was about to write how when you look deeper you’ll see that Odor is the better option, but he’s really regressed since his hot end to April. I’m actually a little nervous about him looking further into it. He’ll most likely drop next week (I don’t like that sub-.300 OBP), but I still wouldn’t put Schoop up there unless he blasts 3-4 HR this week.

  6. knucks says:
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    Dropped Franco and Khris. Very interesting. Remind me again, this is for Week 11 only? ROS considered at all?

    Signs of life from J-Upton and NOW he’s off the list? Pick an Upton line for the past 14 days…

    7 / 2 / 7 / 2 / .244
    5 / 1 / 6 / 4 / .149

    The uglier one with the edge in steals is BJ

    • @knucks: This is considered for ROS, not just Week 11. Haha, as for the signs of life from Upton, they’re not there yet. I’d stash him if I had the slot, but I’m not choosing him over any of the guys listed in the Top 100. The difference between the Upton bros this year is that Melvin ACTUALLY done something in 2016, while Upton has done essentially nada all year. And if .244 over two weeks is ‘signs of life’ then you were essentially flatlined.

  7. knucks says:
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    Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely HATE Werth as a human being.

    But his “DC Strangler” comment about Paplebon after the game was priceless.

  8. regan says:
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    Chris Davis is on FIRE! Why is he dropping? HR in 5 straight games. What week were you watching?

    • knucks says:
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      @regan: Agreed

      Davis shouldn’t be dropping. Carter should be rising IMO. You’re getting the same numbers as Duvall from Carter, downgrade in the AVG dept of course.

      On my teams… I’d want Chris Carter over David Peralta easily. And the lack of Schoop, as noted by the backup Dbacks Catcher above, is not good.

      • @knucks: I watched the week, but have also watched all season. In Davis we have someone who just hit .210 for the month of May with only 3 HR. Yes, he hit HR in five straight, but that doesn’t correct his past sins for this year.

        A: .228/46/16/39/0 (.848 OPS)
        B: .225/31/17/41/0 (.806 OPS)
        C: .258/33/18/44/1 (.875 OPS)

        A is Davis. B is Carter. C is Duvall (and mainly in only 6 weeks of at bats). Outside of the runs (which everyone knew Davis would be better for) and walk rate, Carter and Davis are the same. Duvall’s been the best option of the three strikeout monsters so far. But in terms of ROS value? Davis is much higher, but unless he brings that AVG back up to 2015 totals his entire stat line will suffer.

        And I’d rather have Peralta than Carter for a litany of reasons, most notably his floor being massively higher from week to week.

  9. PED Inc says:
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    Who do you like best rest of season in a 10 team H2H points league at 2B?

    Segura
    Profar
    Harrison
    Pearce
    Forsythe

    Also i already have Machado at SS so I’ve been playing Correa in my utility slot and it’s killing me not being able to pick up hot hitters with good match ups to put in my lineup. Would you look to sell or do you see him providing something close to what he showed us last year in the second half?

    • @PED Inc: @PED Inc: If you can get one of the names above him, and with having Machado at SS, I’m fine with selling Correa to better utilize your lineup. But don’t sell him low.

      For the names above, I’d probably go in this order in points leagues: Harrison, Profar, Forsythe, Segura, Pearce.

  10. lerryjee says:
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    Just curious, in HIttertron, I thought I saw Smoak on there pretty high ranked, but here he does not crack the Top 100. How does that work?

    • @lerryjee: A few things. First, Hittertron is much smarter than me. It’s Rudy’s robot. I’m just a pastor. Second, Hittertron is looking more at the current slate of games, but this looks more at ROS value. And third, Smoak has been a decent hitter in the past month, but he hasn’t done enough to crack to the Top 100 over any of these guys.

    • @lerryjee: good summation. Smoak has a good matchup week for pitcher/park factor/# of games. I’m ‘streaming’ him in two leagues.

  11. Slowmez says:
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    drop Eaton for Werth?

    • knucks says:
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      @Slowmez: I wouldn’t

    • @knucks: @Slowmez: @Knucks may not, but I would consider it if you need a hot hitter. Eaton does carry more ROS value to me if you can remain patient, but Werth’s been his normal self the past 30 days and proving to be more than werthy of rostering. See what I did there? Ha!

    • Matt says:
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      @Slowmez: Why not? Eaton at his best is a nice player, but is he the 14 HR guy he was last year or the guy who hit 6 HR in his 1st ~1200 MLB at bats.

      I’d bank on something closer to ~10 HR guy, but even so, he isn’t someone that will wreck your fantasy season by dropping him. And that lineup he is in will probably suppress his run totals…

      Werth hit .292/.394/.455 just 2 years ago, and is looking more like that hitter recently than he was last year/early this year. At worst, Werth reverts to form and you can 1) resnag Eaton, or 2) have an open roster spot to snag high-upside types etc.

      If it’s a super deep league I’d be less inclined to drop Eaton,but considering that you’re thinking of making this move I’d bet it’s not…so why not?

      • @Matt: Not going to argue with any of your reasoning. The league settings and format, those little nuances, definitely weigh into the decision. For me it’s the past two seasons of Werth coupled with his injuries that dampen his upside vs. Eaton, who took a big step forward last year. While he may not reach the same power numbers, he could still end the season with greater numbers than Werth if he gets hurt.

        Listen, they’re both in the 90-100 range right now. You can intermix any of those names and go with the hottest bat without losing any sleep.

        • Matt says:
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          @[email protected]: I’d agree. But in this type of situation, where both players have somewhat restrained upside (Werth due to what you said, Eaton because he’s more just solid across the board and isn’t likely to be very elite in anything), I figure “why not” just take the hot bat if you’re thinking of making the move…..it’s not like the guy you’re dropping has potential to bust out and make you *really* regret dropping him.

          At worst you’re dropping a nice player that would help your team but who is someone you can possibly replace by picking up hot bats (and hoping 1 sticks).

          • Matt says:
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            @Matt: P.S. after typing that I now see the Adam Eaton is 2/3 tonight with a 3B and a couple runs and went 4/5 last night with a few RBIs, a couple runs, and SB……..So maybe Eaton IS the hot bat right now!

  12. rojos says:
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    pick two to start for the week: prince fielder, john jaso, jarrett parker, robbie grossman, jordy mercer?

    • knucks says:
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      @rojos: Fielder would be my first choice. Only because the rest are hot garb. Prob go Jaso because he’ll lead off. He does get Degrom and Thor, then Arrietta though…

      Yikes

    • @rojos: @Knucks coming through the commentary. While none of the names are wonderful, Grossman is the hottest hitter of the bunch. Go with him.

  13. Nitro says:
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    10 team head to head keeper league, ROS:
    J Peralta
    Profar
    M Franco

    Thanks.

    • @Nitro: Profar, Peralta, Franco. In terms of KEEPEr, though: Profar, Franco, Peralta.

  14. Tim Salmon says:
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    Saunders seems a little low….due to injury concerns? Seems like the “ride it out until it ends” kinda guy and just be ready to dump when injury strikes

    • @Tim Salmon: Timmay! Did you bring Jimmay back with you? Edmonds, of course. And yes, nail on the head with Saunders. I worry about his injury history, but also his lack of really racking up the counting stats and inflated BABIP. He’s currently .311/32/11/23/0. End of season could be .275/70/19/50/2 in only 120 total games.

  15. Greg says:
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    I own both Franco and JUp, and Josephs emergence has helped Franco, and JUP had two steals and homers ….wrong week to drop them. .Franco hit a monster bomb last night…

    • Knucks says:
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      @Greg: Just a heads up Franco tweaked a knee and is not in the lineup tonight. Not that this was the reason he dropped him in the ranks.

    • @Greg: Again, like with the comment above, .244 over the past 2 weeks isn’t ‘signs of life’ for Upton. Haha, he can get REALLY hot, but he hasn’t done ANYTHING yet this year. Stash if you can, especially with Upton, but I wouldn’t be afraid of dropping either. We’re one month from the AS Break. It’s not a fluky start at this point.

      • Greg says:
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        @[email protected]: Up’s getting hot….I waited this long, no way I’m gonna drop. And Franco will rise in all counting stats….watch. ;)

        • @Greg: Maybe on Franco. Honestly, I hope so for the sake of fantasy. If he has the potential to blossom into a young Evan Longoria-lite, it’ll be great for the game. But I’m hesitant it happens this year.

          Lukewarm. Not hot. But worth a stash for JUp

  16. moobs says:
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    Krush Davis’ 40 HR potential should keep him in the top 100. Understand sort of a 2 cat guy but he could sneak in around 85. I think he slammed tonight…

    • @moobs: I disagree. He’s not reaching 40, and there is so much negative from his other stats that his true value is incredibly mitigated. I like Steamer’s projection for him ROS to end up with a line of: .245/68/31/91/0 in 575 AB, but that’s also with a walk rate that is doubled from what he’s done so far. If he brings that back up (currently at 3.5%) then there’s a chance, but until then, eh….I’d rather ride the hot bats, him included, than stick with him in the Top 100.

  17. Bread n Mustard says:
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    Prince Fielder or Shin Soo Choo?

    • @Bread n Mustard: Neither? Haha, I wouldn’t own Fielder anywhere right now. Sorry, Prince! So, as bad and hurt as he’s been, I’d choose choose Choo.

  18. Matt says:
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    Thinking of dropping Conforto for Werth in my 12-team H2H that uses OBP/Slug% as categories (no batting average). Werth historically has posted fairly elite OBPs but that has really tumbled recently with .302 and .316 last 2 years respectively.

    I like Conforto’s upside but is it time to make this move before someone else snags Werth?

    • @Matt: I would do that. You’re right on the historical trends of Werth, and he’s the hot bat. I would move on thinking that if Conforto heats up, try to beat everyone to the waivers. But even if you miss and Werth cools off, grab the next hottest bat. For instance…this week, missed on Werth? Go grab Moss (who I have higher) or Peralta (someone still largely unowned).

  19. Josh-NYC says:
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    Do you like Pearce over Schoop ROS?

    • @Josh-NYC: Not quite yet. Schoop’s hitting much better with his AVG rising, but the position eligibility and hot hitting of Pearce, while unlikely to fully continue, gives him more value right now, imo. Schoop isn’t in the 100 for this week, but the gap between him and Pearce at 82 is minimal.

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