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2017 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings


This week’s theme in the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings appears to be prospects making noise, pitching injuries and Freddie Freeman. With the pitching injuries, it is not all bad, we actually have some good news for once as some players are looking like they will be returning soon.

Here are the big movers due to injury this week.

  • Of course, the big mover is Freddie Freeman. He is going to be out at least eight weeks, but I’ve heard up to 12. That him returning close to August. He is almost impossible to hold onto in redraft leagues at this point unless you are lucky and have room to stash him on your DL. Dennis Sosic provides more analysis on this injury and the effect on the rest of the Braves.
  • Carlos Carrasco has avoided serious injury (for now) and is going to pitch this week. I moved him down slightly due to the risk of re-injury.
  • Teammate, Corey Kluber is expected back this week, just have to hope he is over his early season issues.
  • David Price is already on a rehab assignment and if all goes well could return as soon as next week.
  • Kenta Maeda is healed from his “hamstring injury” and is scheduled to start this Thursday.
  • Nate Karns might be in trouble. He had the dreaded forearm tightness. No DL stint has been announced yet, but I’m betting one is coming.
  • Trevor Cahill did feel right after throwing this past weekend. He is headed for a follow-up MRI. Reports are the team seems legitimately concerned.
  • Aaron Sanchez is going to be hard to trust until he can make more than one start at a time. He is headed back to the DL with the same blister issue as before.

Here are some players moving in the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings due to their performance this season.

  • Masahiro Tanaka slides way down my rankings. He has been pummeled in his last two starts. His ERA now sits at an unsightly 6.56. Injury concerns must be creeping into owners minds at this point. They are for me.
  • Cody Bellinger continues to rake with nine home runs in 25 games. No this pace will not continue, but safe to say this kid is for real.
  • Ian Happ makes my rankings after I did not think he was going to get called up this season. Injuries to the Cubs changed that fact. There is still playing time concerns so he is not ranked too high.
  • Jose Berrios, wow, what a difference a year makes. Last year he looked lost, posting an ugly 8.02 ERA. This season after two starts he has a 0.59 ERA with a 15:2 strikeout-walk ratio. I am all on board with him moving forward.
  • Justin Bour continues to hit well, now having hit six home runs in his last 10 games.
  • Another Justin, Justin Smoak, is a name bouncing around the fantasy circles right now. I have moved him up, but do think at some point this hot streak is going to end, so I’m not putting him ahead of other more established players.
  • Mat Adams’s value skyrockets with the trade to Atlanta. He still is likely to sit against lefties, but he is worth a pickup in deeper leagues.

Remember, the official update with my notes will be posted every Tuesday, throughout the season. However, come back anytime to check out the rankings. These will be updated frequently when injuries, depth chart changes, prospect callups or other things happen to require an update to the rankings.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings

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  2. Charles Leroy

    April 12, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Um, why would James Paxton fall 13 spots after two shutout starts? I can see if he started there and did not move up but falling?

    • Joe Bond

      April 12, 2017 at 8:25 am

      I am not as high on him, because health is always an issue. However this was an unintentional consequence of moving others up and down. I have tweaked the rankings this morning to adjust for new injuries and readjusted his ranking too. Thanks for pointing it out.

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