Happy Bryce Harper Replacement Week! :::sobs into the couch cushion I have been carrying around since watching the video of Harper tumbling over that base:::

The cruel baseball gods took Harper away from us just after we got Trout back. As of this writing, there is no timetable for his return from what they are calling a “significant bone bruise.” I’m no doctor (sorry to peel back the curtain), but how the heck did that non-contact injury get a bone bruise diagnosis? I thought for sure he tore every CL in his body. I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear that he tore his UCL from reaching for his knee so fast. But a bone bruise? Interesting. Let’s just hope he wasn’t evaluated by the Mets’ training staff because “bone bruise” is going to very quickly become “Oh crap, his knee actually isn’t there anymore. We can’t find it anywhere.”

Now, there is no replacing Harper’s production on your fantasy team, especially in the middle of August. That much is obvious. If you’re lucky, you took Grey’s advice about selling a superstar to heart and cashed in at the deadline. I have Harper in a keeper league where I currently sit in first place, so I have to decide if I want to deal him now to make a playoff push, pray he comes back this season and helps me, or just accept the fact that he is done for the fantasy season but still keep him for next year. I am probably going with option B/C, if we’re being honest with each other here.

I’m removing him from our beloved 100 while we wait to see how he looks this week. Hopefully, the baseball gods decide to heal him from his mystery bruise quickly and we can have him back. But it seems more likely we are going to be without him for most, if not all, of the fantasy season. Now, enough crying about Harper (at least publicly). Anyway, to the notes…

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  • Nolan Arenado – Deep breath. X-Rays on his hand came back negative. That is the good news. The bad news is that hand injuries are never good news. Luckily, he was hit by a Vance Worley fastball and not someone with a real fastball. A fast fastball, you might say. :::insert laughter reel here::: Anyway, it sounds like he is going to be fine.
  • Willson Contreras – Heads to the disabled list with a hamstring injury just as he was becoming the Girl on Fire. 10 home runs and 29 RBIs to go with a .311 average in the second half, what a tease! Sounds like he could be out for a while, so it’s back to Frankencatcher streaming.
  • Joey Gallo – I went on the Friends With Fantasy Benefits podcast last week, and Gallo is one of the guys we talked about. You could lose a day in this kid’s Fangraphs page looking at his ridiculous peripherals. He either strikes out, walks, or homers about 60% of the time. For realsies, almost ? of his at bats end in the ball not being touched or going over the fence. The good news is that he has been crushing it lately. His batting average isn’t going to help anyone, but 32 long balls sure will. If you’re in OBP or OPS leagues, even better. While the Hard%, HR/FB%, and FB% numbers are fun, his BABIP surprised me at just .235. You would think that a guy who makes that kind of contact and puts the ball in the air would have better luck.
  • Nelson Cruz  – Your PR15 champion, with a smooth 12.88. Seven home runs and roughly a gazillion RBIs. He’s doing his usual Cruz thing except he is about to easily set a career high for RBIs at age 37. Dude is aging like a fine wine. Who retires first, Tom Brady or Nelson Cruz?
  • Andrew Benintendi – Coming in at third overall in PR15 with an 11.96 (Giancarlo Stanton is second and will probably be first by Monday or Tuesday). The Great Bendini had fallen off a bit in the dog days of summer, but he is now getting hot at the right time. He went long ball twice against the Yankees the other day and also stole a base in four straight days. I told you guys to hold on him when he was struggling, so hopefully you took that good advice.
  • Eddie Rosario – If we’re going to stream some Bryce Harper replacements, can I interest you in some Eddie Rosario stock? His 7.68 is the 17th best PR15 in baseball, and he has five home runs in the last seven days. The Twinkies are hot, and he is hitting .293 on the year. He’s not going to replace Harper, but he’s a streaming option in the short term while we piece this thing together. Oh, and just a 15.6% ownership in ESPN leagues.
  • Melky Cabrera – His ownership is still below 75% in ESPN leagues, but he has been doing his usual thing at the plate (except for that year he did something very different). He’s 23rd in PR15 and should provide some vanilla production for you as a Harper replacement while not really killing you in any category. As just a guy, he’s fine.


  • Jarrod Dyson – I added Dyson to the Top 100 as a straight SAGNOF pick. 6.18 PR15 is nice, but it’s the steals we really want. I have been rostering him in a few leagues since April or May just for the steals, and he has served his purpose. He won’t do much else, but he also isn’t going to kill you. He is amazingly owned in just 19% of ESPN leagues, which is pretty remarkable. More people can’t use a guy who is going to steal 35+ bases? Come on.

Note: These rankings are considered ROS Trade Value

Mike Maher’s Top 100 Hitters

(Rankings based on 12-team Roto. GREEN = player rising. RED = player dropping. BLUE = new to the Top 100 or Honorable Mentions.)


Rank Name Team Pos
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
3 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
4 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF
5 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
6 Mookie Betts BOS OF
7 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
8 Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B
9 J.D. Martinez ARI OF
10 Joey Votto CIN 1B
11 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
12 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
13 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
14 Aaron Judge NYY OF
15 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
16 George Springer HOU OF
17 Corey Seager LAD SS
18 Nelson Cruz SEA OF
19 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF
20 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
21 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
22 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF
23 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS
24 Dee Gordon MIA 2B
25 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS
26 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
27 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
28 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
29 Justin Turner LAD 3B
30 Mike Moustakas KC 3B
31 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF
32 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
33 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
34 Khris Davis OAK OF
35 Brian Dozier MIN 2B
36 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
37 Justin Upton DET OF
38 Christian Yelich MIA OF
39 Travis Shaw MIL 1B/3B
40 Ryan Braun MIL OF
41 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF
42 Adam Duvall CIN OF
43 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
44 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
45 Starling Marte PIT OF
46 Tommy Pham STL OF
47 Gary Sanchez NYY C
48 Eric Thames MIL 1B/OF
49 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
50 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
51 Lorenzo Cain KC OF
52 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
53 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
54 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
55 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
56 Jay Bruce CLE 1B/OF
57 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
58 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS/OF
59 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
60 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
61 Buster Posey SF C/1B
62 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF
63 Chris Taylor LAD 3B/2B/OF
64 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
65 Michael Conforto NYM OF
66 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B
67 Domingo Santana MIL OF
68 Corey Dickerson TB OF
69 Mark Reynolds COL 1B
70 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
71 Adam Jones BAL OF
72 Ian Happ CHC 2B/OF
73 Didi Gregorious NYY SS
74 Andrelton Simmons LAA SS
75 Yonder Alonso SEA 1B
76 Michael Brantley CLE OF
77 Brett Gardner NYY OF
78 Logan Morrison TB 1B
79 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
80 Avisail Garcia CHW OF
81 Paul DeJong STL 3B/SS/2B
82 Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B/3B/OF
83 Yasiel Puig LAD OF
84 Steven Souza Jr. TB OF
85 Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/3B/SS
86 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF
87 Evan Longoria TB 3B
88 Mark Trumbo BAL OF
89 Ian Kinsler DET 2B
90 Carlos Gomez TEX OF
91 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B
92 Matt Adams ATL 1B
93 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
94 Yoan Moncada CHW 3B
95 Joey Gallo TEX 3B
96 Justin Bour MIA 1B
97 Josh Harrison PIT 2B/3B
98 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
99 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
100 Jarrod Dyson SEA OF

The Honorable Mentions (Next Five In…)

Rank Name Team Pos
101 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
102 Gerardo Parra COL 1B/OF
104 Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
105 Manuel Margot SD OF
103 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B

Dropped from the rankings: Bryce Harper, Willson Contreras, Gregory Polanco

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  1. puff44 says:

    Is Pat Valakia a viable option this week? How many of the 7 games would we expect him to play this week at Coors?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      It sounds like Arenado is fine, and Reynolds is back, so I’m not sure.

  2. Kyle says:

    Traded at the deadline in my keeper league:

    My: Bregman and Braun

    His: Moncada, Miggy, Parra, Ervin Santana


    • BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover says:

      @Kyle: Bregman side for me.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      Seems pretty even. Moncada has the highest upside by also the highest risk.

  3. John says:

    How is Odor still in the top 50?

    • BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover says:

      @John: Odor had a terrific July. 266/310/606 with an OPS of around 920. 10 homers to boot. My guess is that strong month has a lot to do with his ranking.

    • Fogimon says:

      @John: You’ll never get rid of that stench. He’s no longer Odor, he is skunk.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      Counting stats are there. Had a great July and the numbers overall aren’t as bad as people make them out to be. Average is down but so is the BABIP. He has fallen off pretty hard in August, but I’m hoping for another surge. Hard% has stayed steady in the second half.

  4. Clive says:

    Need a replacement for Harper but none of my options are ranked here. Who would you grab?

    J Baez, M Taylor, E Rosario, D Fisher, O Albies


    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      I mentioned Rosario in the article. Also, I am a huge Derek Fisher fan but since Springer came back he has been dropped to the bottom of the order and lost some playing time/at bats.

  5. BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover says:

    What stat line belongs to who? Mookie Betts or Alex Bregman.

    Player A
    323/411/625 with a 1036 OPS 5HR/17RBI/4SB

    Player B
    257/325/345 with a 670 OPS 2HR/19RBI/2SB

    Player C
    there is no player c

    A = Bregman
    B = Betts

    Where am I getting at?
    Why is Bregman so low?

    • Fungazi says:

      @BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover: I’m sure if you cherry pick the right games you would also make the argument that Eddie Rosario is better than Trout.

      • BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover says:

        @Fungazi: These are numbers post all star break. So no Rosario is not better than Trout post all star break. I did not mention that but I am not taking 5 games from May, 5 from July ect. These are all games played in since the break. Betts has been terrible and maintains top 10. Bregman has almost been on par with Trout and barely cracks the top 100…

    • Curious George Springer says:

      @BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover: Agree with Fungazi. I’m not really even sure what the point of this is. you’re picking some timeframe that isn’t the full season obviously, but you arne’t saying what that timeframe is, and certainly aren’t saying why a person should value the production in that timeframe over the season-long numbers.

      As Fungazi notes, every hitter has cold streaks, and every good hitter has hot streaks. If you owned Betts, would you trade him for Bregman? Of course not.

      I bet I can find an Eric Thames sample that would show that he is better than Barry Bonds.

      • BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover says:

        @Curious George Springer: Its the entire second half of the season. I did not mention that but no its not 3 games randomly picked. It is literally post all star break.

        And the point is not asking about a trade. Its asking about the current rankings. That is what this post is no? Not stating over a career who is better. Just stating that since the break Bregman is far far better than Betts but Bregman barely breaks the top 100 and Betts is top 10…makes total sense.

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:


          These rankings are ROS trade value, though that does get a little watered down since we are at or after the trade deadline for most leagues. Bregman has been hot but he was also pretty terrible for an entire half. He was on the waiver wire in most leagues. Betts hasn’t been what he was in 2016 but he hasn’t been terrible by any means. He’s still ranked top 15 on YTD player rater and could very well finish the season .275-.285, 25, 25, and is on pace to score 100 runs and drive in 100 runs. That isn’t exactly terrible.

  6. Eric says:

    OK, I don’t own him anywhere, but what does Cutch have to do to move up in the rankings? Dude’s been balling the 2nd half of the season.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      I feel like every time I go to move him up he goes cold again and justifies my feelings about him. He raked in July but has been meh in August.

  7. M says:

    Can Ryan McMahon slip into these rankings if he gets playing time?

    • Raindoggg says:

      @M: I’m sure he could but barring injury I can’t see him getting the playing time this season……

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:


        Agree with Randogggggggggggggg

  8. Knucks says:

    I joined your Football RCL! Look forward to battling it out.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      I saw! Awesome! Looking forward to it.

  9. lwomack58 says:

    Dyson or Maybin for steals?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      Dyson but flip a coin really.

  10. dfrench23 says:

    DJ LeMahieu is listed on your “next five in” but Dexter Fowler is off the list….both guys are probably trade bait for me with a guy who might want Dominic Smith. Our league uses OBP instead of BA. CBS says DJL is on pace for 1 more HR, 30 R, 20 RBI, 2 SB, .370 OBP. It says DF is on pace for 5 – 20 – 17 – 1 – .352

    or keep Dom Smith and run with him ROS?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      Probably Fowler in OBP depending on what you need. DJL has been a solid hitter this year but not a whole lot else.

  11. Sport says:

    Fisher was dropped in my 10 team dynasty. Where do see him ranked overall haleading into 2018?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:


      Assuming that he has a spot in the Houston outfield heading into 2018, he will be in my top 100 for sure. I’m a big fan.

  12. Blaze says:

    TRADE Harper for jd thoughts

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