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Listen, I know as well as any that it’s difficult this time of year to really hunker down and focus on baseball. Football’s in the air, the leaves will start changing soon as the temperature drops, summer’s officially over and did I mention that football’s here? But as much as your tendency is to check out, you gotta spent through the tape if you want to finish strong. No lie, I won a Roto championship on the final day by closing a three point gap thanks to my pickups. It happens! So while you league and others are wandering off into the beautiful horizon of fantasy football (I write on the football side, too!), now’s the time to take your advantage like the tortoise vs. the hare and make up ground on these fools! Whether it’s the foresight to pickup Yasiel Puig like two weeks ago, jumping on board the Tim Anderson bandwagon last week, or scurrying into the waiver wire bin to find this week’s creeper, get every advantage you can.

Speaking of this week’s creeper, here’s a sneaky name that probably deserves more mention among the top MI tiers, but always seems overlooked come draft season. Oh, and allows for incredible team and article names…

  • Asdrubal Cabrera, SS (20.3% owned) – 25, 16, 14, 14, 15. Those are the HR totals Asdrubal mashed each season from 2011-2015. This year? Up to 19 already…in only 458 PA. Slugging a career high .466 Cabrera settled nicely into his role as the captain of the Mets defense, a position the desperately need. While he doesn’t run like he used to (2 SB vs. 17 SB in his breakout 2011), he’s still a solid source of both AVG and counting stats. If Cabrera ends the year .275/70/23/60/5 there’s incredible value from a player essentially undrafted (something to remember for next year’s draft). At 30 years old he’s nestled sweetly into this zone, and it’s one that can really bring some value to your playoff team. Since coming off the DL in mid-August he’s hitting .420 with a 1.335 OPS(!!!). Betcha didn’t see that coming, along with the 6 HR in those 50 ABs, clearly the best ratio of anyone in baseball the past 30 days. Need a hot bat? He’s hot as balls. Asdrubals.

Now…enough creepin’. Here are the Top 100 Hitters for Week 22!

Note: These rankings are considered ROS trade value.

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

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

Dropped from Rankings: Brandon Moss (85), Miguel Sano (87), Alex Gordon (92), Adrian Gonzalez (94), Tyler Paquin (95),  Jedd Gyorko (100)

  • Not a ton of new names to the list, outside of the very bottom, like the past few weeks. One notable name that will most likely appear next week, and I’m watching closely, is Yoan Moncada. I’d love to include him in this week’s, but I want to make sure we don’t have another A.J. Reed, Yuliesky Gurriel, Alex Bregman (at the start), or Willson Contreras. Most prospects come in with so much hype, but it takes a minute before they really ball out. Haha, with Moncada he could outperform them all combined in week one, but just pump the brakes for a minute. Not saying don’t go get him, but he’s not on the list quite yet.
  • Returning to the list, at long mother effing last, is A.J. Pollock. I had a ton of shares in him to start the year, despite Grey’s call as the bust of the year, and within hours of finishing a few drafts lost him until now. Oh, the agony. I’ve been reeling and trying to cover since. But Pollock came back with a bang, showing that even though his arm may not be 100%, his legs never skipped a beat. Gimme all those SB, R and AVG while sprinkling in some HR. Pollock could be the main cog in many a fantasy championship belts this year. May your patience pay off all September.
  • I’m really disappointed in CarGo and Desmond lately, though Desmond had a nice past 7 days. They’re both perfect examples of why you shouldn’t get too married to a player all season long, no matter how baller they were for you to start the year. They got you here, sure, but what gets you here isn’t always what will take you there. Be careful making a roster decision for them, but CarGo, especially, could easily become a fixture on your bench until he turns it around. If he turns it around.
  • Please no one mention Justin Upton’s name in the comments. I refuse.

Good luck in Week 23 and the first week of the fantasy H2H playoffs! Be shrewd. Be smart. Be strong. And DROP THOSE COMMENTS!!!



  1. cthulhu says:

    Maikel Franco? .207 in last week, 1 rbi ??? a week of away games ?? He is a fractured mind bone this week.

    • @cthulhu: He had a poor August, which dropped him to the bottom of the ranks, but then he went 4-5 with three doubles against the Braves over the weekend, and will end up with 25+ HR and 90+ RBI. Haha, now I really don’t like Franco, but he deserves a little bump based on what he can do if he gets hot for September (and he already kinda is…).

      And man, haha…a ‘fractured mind bone.’ I…I don’t even know where to to go with that.

  2. Josh-NYC says:

    Where’s yasmany Tomas ?!

    • @Josh-NYC: I pulled him. Listen, he should be rostered, and you can argue he deserves to be back in there after a 10 HR August, but from mid-August until now he’s really cooled off. Big time. 9 hits in 14 games isn’t awful, but 3 came in one contest. Throw in a golden sombrero to end August and he’s a super hot, super cold guy that I’m quick to move on based on recent history. The 27 HR is legit, but the lack of counting stats to compliment that power is worrisome. He’s the NL version of Khris Davis, basically.

  3. luvdarooks says:

    NL only. VERY DEEP because after 23 starters we have 15 reserves. 11 teams & 10 KEEPERs/year.( $260). SO OBVIOUS HIGH INFLATION. (McCutch went for 41 & Kershaw was 38 in’14)
    Minor players stay the salary till activated while all others get a $5 yearly raise until the owner feels they are no longer worth keeping.

    i can only keep one so should I trade piscotty 20-shimpg 13- and Joc Pederson 15 (salary in ’17) for one Yelich 22? ( or keep piscotty)

    • @luvdarooks: Love the deep NL/AL Only keepers. One of my favorite leagues is a similar format with increasing values for long-term keepers. Let me ask for clarity…you’re asking:

      Keep Piscotty at $20


      Trade Shimpf $13 or Joc $15 for Yelich $22?

      If there’s the chance to trade Shimpf for Yelich you do that yesterday, today, right now and tomorrow. But I’m not sure that’s what you’re asking. Sorry for my confusion! I’d rank the 4 players like this:

      Yelich $22
      Piscotty $20
      Peterson $15
      Shimpf $13

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