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For this one I admit you need some Fallon, or an annoying college girl’s exclamation of agreement, to lighten to mood. After all, the Creeper of the Week for Week 21 was compared to none other than Jeff Francoeur back in June by FanGraphs. And, unfortunately, it wasn’t that far off. However, said player also miraculously graded as a 75 overall player (almost unheard of) days before the start of the 2015 season. Ratings like that rarely translate into a washed up player at age 25. Yet, here we are near the end of August 2016 and our Creeper is currently sitting in AAA. Raking in AAA, but AAA nonetheless. And in case you’re wondering, I realize that I haven’t done a good job, no, any job of convincing you to roster the upcoming player, but that’s what the next paragraph is for. So…channel your best sorority girl: YAAAAAAASSSSS! (And then just continue the rest of his name.)

  • Yasiel Puig, OF (26.5% owned) – Not gonna lie, that was hard to write, but when scouring the waiver wire there aren’t many better options owned as drastically low as Puig is currently. This is a player with an ADP in the mid-80’s during draft season. Does that matter? Haha, it shouldn’t, but for the sake of my argument. Yes. It matters a lot. When compiling preseason rankings typically they represent a projection of how well the player will perform over the course of the season; how many statistics he will compile for your squad. Puig’s done nothing to justify his rankings, but the general consensus of his talent is All-Star level. He was brutal to start the year, but in June and July he was batting .300 across 30 games (he hit the DL in June) with 8 XBH. Does that turn the tide? Not quite. But look closer at July and you’ll see that Puig wasn’t deserving of the demotion: .283/.389/.806 with 8BB/12K in 60 ABs. That’s close to par for his 2013 & 2014 course. Do I think he’ll ascend to Top 30 status ROS to match his perception heading into a down 2015? Nope. However, at this point in the year it’s smart to use your bench options to gear up for the playoffs. A likely September 1 call-up when rosters expand, Puig may end up with a one month audition for the Dodgers, or at least for trade suitors. Since joining the minors he’s done nothing but rake the inferior pitchers for an OPS north of 1.200 and nearly twice as many walks as Ks. If he gets 80 September ABs he could slash .300/20/3/10/3 like he did in Sept 2014. If he doesn’t, then a week in cut him for some other hot prospect. To me, it’s worth the gamble as that potential could equate to a title in H2H leagues, or just enough push in Roto to snatch those final few cats. It’s time to stash Yasiel.

Side note…sure, I could have highlighted Yulieski Guriel, but at risk of this essentially becoming a prospects series. And it’s not. However, he’s a worthy pick up, too.

Now…enough creepin’. Here are the Top 100 Hitters for Week 21!

Note: These rankings are considered ROS trade value.

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 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
5 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC
6 Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
7 David Ortiz DH BOS
8 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
9 Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI
10 Manny Machado 3B/SS BAL
11 Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
12 Ian Desmond SS/OF TEX
13 Joey Votto 1B CIN
14 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
15 George Springer OF HOU
16 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
17 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL
18 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
19 Corey Seager SS LAD
20 Daniel Murphy 2B/3B WAS
21 Starling Marte OF PIT
22 Adam Jones OF BAL
23 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
24 Robinson Cano 2B SEA
25 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
26 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
27 Yoenis Cespedes OF NYM
28 Ryan Braun OF MIL
29 Jonathan Villar SS MIL
30 Carlos Correa SS HOU
31 Rougned Odor 2B TEX
32 Buster Posey C/1B SF
33 Wil Myers 1B/OF SD
34 J.D. Martinez OF DET
35 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
36 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF BOS
37 Justin Turner 3B LAD
38 Ian Kinsler 2B DET
39 Victor Martinez DH DET
40 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
41 Matt Carpenter 3B STL
42 Chris Davis 1B/OF BAL
43 Jose Abreu 1B CWS
44 Albert Pujols 1B LAA
45 DJ LeMahieu 2B COL
46 Christian Yelich OF MIA
47 Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
48 Mike Napoli 1B CLE
49 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
50 Mark Trumbo OF BAL
51 Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
52 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
53 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B SF
54 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF CHC
55 Khris Davis OF OAK
56 Evan Longoria 3B TB
57 Anthony Rendon 2B/3B WAS
58 Lorenzo Cain OF KC
59 Stephen Piscotty OF STL
60 Brandon Belt 1B SF
61 Carlos Beltran OF NYY
62 Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
63 Bryce Harper OF WAS
64 Eric Hosmer 1B KC
65 Hunter Pence OF SF
66 Billy Hamilton OF CIN
67 Brad Miller SS/1B/OF TB
68 Jean Segura 2B/SS ARI
69 Wilson Ramos C WAS
70 Jay Bruce OF NYM
71 Dexter Fowler OF CHC
72 Trea Turner 2B WAS
73 Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
74 Matt Kemp OF ATL
75 Hernan Perez 3B/OF MIL
76 Jose Ramirez SS/2B/3B/OF CLE
77 Alex Bregman SS HOU
78 Jake Lamb 3B ARI
79 Todd Frazier 3B CWS
80 Jonathan Lucroy C TEX
81 David Dahl OF COL
82 Dee Gordon 2B MIA
83 Miguel Sano 3B/OF MIN
84 Maikel Franco 3B PHI
85 Adam Eaton OF CWS
86 Neil Walker 2B NYM
87 Gary Sanchez C NYY
88 Logan Forsythe 1B/2B TB
89 Brandon Moss 1B/OF STL
90 Alex Gordon OF KC
91 Marcell Ozuna OF MIA
92 Russell Martin C TOR
93 Tyler Naquin OF CLE
94 Devon Travis 2B TOR
95 Rajai Davis OF CLE
96 Danny Valencia 3B/OF OAK
97 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
98 Martin Prado 3B MIA
99 Yasmany Tomas 3B/OF ARI
100 Max Kepler OF MIN

Dropped from Rankings: Andrew Benintendi (84), Nick Castellanos (86), Evan Gattis (88), Salvador Perez (91), Carlos Santana (94), Odubel Herrera (96), Adam Duvall (97), Javier Baez (98), Didi Gregorius (99), Michael Saunders (100)

  • There is a lot of movement this week. Did I just want the article to look prettier? Haha, no. Now’s the time of year for some final tweaks to the rankings. The hotter name carries more value now than ever before this year; we ain’t got time to wait on potential or name value to turn it around. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Don’t get too lost in the technicolor dreamboat of a list, though, as many of the names listed are still familiar. Check out those that dropped and you’ll see guys that essentially carry -% on their ownership in ESPN leagues.
  • 2016 is going to turn into the year of the MI. I remember waiting to draft my MI until the final two round one year in a 23 round H2H league with OPS. I thought I’d be sneaky to select Tsuyoshi Nishioka as my SS and play revolving door at 2B. It didn’t work. At all. But the strategy could have because of how poor the position was. Now? Not only is the top player in fantasy a 2B, but 29/100 hitters in the rankings carry 2B or SS eligibility. That’s crazy high compared to the norm. And guys that flew under the proverbial radar before the season are making waves right now: Miller, Segura, Nunez, Ramirez, LeMahieu, Forsythe, etc.
  • Trea Turner finally makes the list. As he should have two weeks ago. My bad. You’re welcome.
  • Will somebody please free Danny Valencia from the abyss of Oakland already? Let the boy watch hit!

Good luck in Week 21, and DROP THOSE COMMENTS! We’re close to the end now…YAASSSS!



  1. Noam says:

    Is Upton worth a start this week!? Over Span, Beltran, Belt, or Polanco? He’s killing me all season and then he has a monster game…on a Sunday!

    • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:

      @Noam: for what it’s worth, he hit those two bombs against Henry Owens, who is essentially a minor league pitcher. Could just be me trying to downplay Upton’s success after getting burned badly by him this year though…

  2. kake says:

    Why did Bryce fall? He had a tremendous week

    • knucks says:

      @kake: Not only did he fall, but he’s under Brandon Belt. As a Belt owner, I can confirm. That’s silly.

      • @knucks: Haha, yep. And before about a week ago Belt had an AVG over .50 points higher, the same RBI and R, 5 less HR and a higher OBP/OPS. Is Bryce’s upside higher? Yes. But up until this little spurt I would have taken Belt over him. And even with the spurt it’s much closer than you think. They’re in the same grouping, and you could easily choose Bryce over Belt. It’s picking nits. Except for name value, haha.

    • @kake: Yeah, he’s had a nice 10 days. After almost 4 months of cellar-dwelling nothingness. I really hope he’s feeling good enough to turn a corner and carry some teams through the playoffs, but I’m not sold it’s staying. Hopefully the neck injury was the culprit, as he’s hit well since coming back, but I just want to make sure.

  3. D'arnaudoubt says:

    drop Benintendi for a Puig stash? (10 team, h2h points)


    • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:

      @D’arnaudoubt: Benintendi has a .872 OPS since his call up, and if Puig comes up for September, he’s still 10 days away! I can’t see dropping a top prospect who is hitting really well for a lottery ticket, unless your team is in full on desperation mode

      • @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: Agree here. Hang onto Benintendi. If I made the rankings two days later he might not have dropped as he did. First splash of legit power. Hopeful for more!

    • @D’arnaudoubt: Nope. Wouldn’t drop him for any of the Top 100 (which is why he didn’t sneak in). But if you’re stashing a bench spot to A.J. Reed still, or something like that, cut bait and take the better upside in Puig.

      Love me some Benintendi. I dropped him a lot because before last night’s HR he was simply marginal. Hopefully the power translates a little to close the season!

  4. Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:

    Love the “Let the boy watch” reference. One of my all time favorite YouTube videos. However, I can feel it in my plums that dropping a guy who has hit .322/.375/.492 since his call up seems like a weird move. Beninetendi has been raking, is in a great lineup, and…he’s been raking! Why the drop?

    • @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: Hopefully you saw above, but I wouldn’t drop Benintendi for Puig. However, until the past two days his power was lacking and he was minimal in his other impact. Same with Bregman…I suppose it just took a little longer than my optimism expected (and even longer with bregma than Bentender…)

  5. PED Inc says:

    [email protected] have you moved onto football already?? Just missing with ya man but, Myers and Desmond have been sliipppppin!! I also can’t agree with dropping Harper below about half those names listed above him after a pretty good breakout week. Trea Turner will be in the top 3 2nd basemen the rest of the way on out! Dude has all the tools and on a great team.
    Thanks for the hard work man, I look forward to this every week.

    • @PED Inc: Thanks Steroids! Haha, no, not jumping ship to football yet. We have another 6 weeks of baseball!

      I mentioned Harper above. It’s been SO long since he’s brought value, I’m just hesitant to see him rise yet. The red may have been misinformed, but he needs more than a 10 game stretch. I believe he can, and will, and he’ll rise, but I’m always skeptical with the optimism after such a long drought.

      Desmond and Myers have cooled a little, but their overall numbers are so incredible that if they bounce back to even 80% of that production they’re still elite. And with 6 weeks left there’s no reason to think they won’t. They’ve raked all year.

      And Top 3 for Turner may be pushing it a little. I want to see more power from him. He could legit go .285/90/12/55/35, though. Love that line, but MI will be the deepest it may have ever been going into next year. He hasn’t jumped Altuve, Cano, Murphy, Kinsler, Odor or Dozier quite yet, but definitely has the ceiling to get into their level. Well, not Altuve, but he’s like Ant-Man.

  6. Jordan Henneman says:

    How is Gary Sanchez dropping. He had a top 5 performance this past week!?!?
    He looks like a catcher that will help a team win it’s championship.

    • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:

      @Jordan Henneman: I don’t think he’s dropping, blue means he’s new to the ranks.

      • @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: Haha, yep! Sorry if you thought it was a drop…he’s NEW to the Top 100. And deservingly so. He’s the kind of pickup that can absolutely carry you through the playoffs, as you mentioned. Love that he has the C eligibility now. Hopefully he’ll accrue enough to keep the position heading into next year. Love what he’s done so far…and most of the new look Yanks. Can’t wait to see if Greg Bird comes back at full strength next year to shore up the post-Teixeira era at 1B. Bird, Sanchez, Judge, Austin, and by next year, Torres could overhaul this team really fast.

        • Jordan Henneman says:

          lol so sorry I was working and didn’t read the legend. Just assumed cold=blue-ice. Way to correct me. He dropped 2 more bombs tonight and is carrying my buttox.

  7. bossmanjunior333 says:

    Where would you put Pollock on this list? Word is he will be back later this week. Already picked him up and am excited to see what he can do the final month.

    • @bossmanjunior333: I’m REALLY excited to see him return. Could be as early as Friday. I finished an NL-Only Keeper auction literally 30 minutes before Pollock got hurt. He was a core piece to my team. And 30 minutes in HE GONE!

      I want to see how he does this weekend (if he actually returns) before making a judgment. Big injury and surgery and we have to do the due diligence.

      When he’s back, and if he’s hitting at all, he’ll slot into Top 70-ish at first.

  8. Sun Tzu says:

    [email protected], just swinging on board to say that this has been one of my go-to columns this season, and the engagement you have with your audience in the comments section has been stellar.

    Wait, you don’t think we just asked you to marry us, do you?

    • @Sun Tzu: Hahaha, thanks man! But now I’m super confused about the final sentence. What you mean?

  9. Scott says:

    Semien going on paternity list. I should have added bregman last week. Missed the opportunity. Who do I add out of c hernandez or gregorius? I can put semien in a NA spot while he is out. Or should I cut him. Do you like either of those guys better ros. Semien hasnt done much over last month. I got a lot of mileage from him based on where I drafted him. Thx

    • @Scott: I like Gregorius more, but make sure you’re not really in need of power (and losing it with Semien) first. Hernandez has been a hotter bat, but I’d rather have the better expectations from Didi.

  10. LightBlack says:

    Hows Grandal not in there? Hands down best catcher for over a month now.

    • @LightBlack: I disagree. That mean I’m putting my hands up? And making them stay there, like T-Pain said? Haha.

      I’d rather have any of the C on this list than Grandal. He’s a great add right now, but still only bringing a .233 AVG to the dish right now. He’s a boom-or-bust type player, and they typically don’t receive a lot of my love.

  11. B the Esq. says:

    Cutch barely holding on in the top 100.

    What do you think his outlook is for next year? I have him in a keeper, so I have been reluctant to just drop him……bounceback next year?

    It seems like he is too young and too talented to just completely disappear….

    • @B the Esq.: I agree with you. I’ll probably slot him around Top 50. I’d love see a hot September to make me feel better about that hunch for Cutch, tho.

      If only that rhymed better, but not quite…

      Hold him unless he’s costing you a first round value. Or a 2nd. Or maybe a 3rd.

    • @B the Esq.: I agree with you. I’ll probably slot him around Top 50. I’d love see a hot September to make me feel better about that hunch for Cutch, tho.

      If only that rhymed better, but not quite…

      Hold him unless he’s costing you a first round value. Or a 2nd. Or maybe a 3rd.

  12. Mr. Sweat Necklace says:

    I can no longer deny what Khris Davis is doing. Dropped Benintendi for him. Hate it?

    • @Mr. Sweat Necklace: I mean…no. Next year? Maybe a little more. But K Davis has proven himself to be exactly what he is all year, while Benintendi is approaching his 2nd week anniversary. As with any prospect, a fallout could be coming. I’ll take the higher expectations fromDavis.

      • @[email protected]: He could hit 5 HR in one week. Come playoff time that could be a HUGE boon to you winning. Whereas Benintendi might hit 5 more…over 6 weeks.

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