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2016 Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings: Rest of Season, Week 15


Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

Credit: Arturo Pardavila III

Ah, the All-Star Game: the Mid-Summer Classic, baseball’s halfway mark. Or as we fantasy players know it: the three day respite from checking box scores. While you enjoy your break and take in the game, it’s also a good time to take stock of your fantasy teams with this week’s Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings.

Take a look at where you are in the standings, not only overall, but in each individual category. Where are your strengths and weaknesses? Can you pick up more than just a couple points anywhere just by adding ten home runs or steals for instance?

As your league’s trade deadline looms, it becomes even more essential to be properly valuing players. This is precisely what these rankings seek to help you with. This week I want to emphasize some guys who might be under- or over-valued.

Stock Rising

Jean Segura, 2B/SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

For those of you who don’t habla español, “Segura” is Spanish for “sure”. As in, am I sure Segura deserves to make a huge jump in the rankings?  Why, yes, I am! And part of why I am is because he’s started walking.

After only taking five free passes all year, Segura had fifteen in June. And for the season, he’s swinging at pitches outside the zone less and consequently forcing pitchers to throw more in the zone to him. On top of that, he is hitting the ball harder than he ever has in his career.

As a result, he has become a fixture at the top of the Diamondbacks lineup, and he is a great pickup if you can get him from an owner who still may not be buying in.

Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians

The National Weather Service has just issued a Breakout Alert for the city of Cleveland! This applies to all pro-sports teams in the area. (Just kidding, not you, Browns.)

Lebron’s vanquishing of the city’s championship demons has apparently elevated the game of the remaining active team in town as well. The Indians have been on fire since the Cavs hoisted the O’Brien trophy, and Bauer can take at least part of the credit.

Since becoming a full-time member of the rotation in May, he’s gone 5-3 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Although his peripherals predict some regression, his FIP is only 3.56, and I think it might be sustainable given his career high groundball/flyball rate of 1.57. Fewer flyballs equals fewer homers. Fewer homers equals a lower ERA.

High Impact Players Returning from Long Absences:

The following are guys that have been on the DL or suspended for a long time, but are due back soon. They could all be huge values for the rest of the season as each of them were top 100 or better in the pre-season. Try and nab them now before their owners get too excited about their return.

Dee Gordon, 2B, Miami Marlins:

Gordon was suspended for 80 games following a positive PED test in April. He is due back at the end of the month. This is a top 30 talent who did not suffer an injury. He should be all systems go for the final two months. Get him now before it’s too late! He could steal 20 bases!

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians: Brantley is coming off his second stint on the DL this year related to the same shoulder he had surgery on last off-season. He is a much higher risk than the other two guys in this section, but if you are down-and-not-quite-out, he might just be your best bet to get you back in the hunt. He was drafted in the first round just last year after a stellar 2014 and can contribute across the board offensively.

Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants: Pence had surgery to repair a torn hamstring in June. Hamstrings are risky injuries too, but with a talent like Pence’s, you should be taking the risk if it is Hail Mary time for your team.

Stock Falling

Jung-Ho Kang, SS/3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

He’s got eleven homers and 28 RBI in 165 AB since coming off the DL in May. Sounds nice, right? Only problem is he’s still not playing every day. If you can’t monitor your lineups on a daily basis, then you might also be taking a lot of zeroes.

Oh, and that’s not really his only problem. His main problem is the criminal investigation that has been launched against him following some pretty stern allegations made by a woman in Chicago last month.

Now, in a court of law, he is innocent until proven guilty, but remember MLB has not needed a guilty verdict to levy suspensions under the new domestic violence policy thus far. (See: Reyes, Jose and Chapman, Aroldis.) It’s possible Kang gets suspended for the rest of the season or for a huge chunk of it! I’d be selling. ASAP.

Adam Eaton, OF, Chicago White Sox

Something is different about Eaton this year, and it’s not good. His BABIP is way down and not projected to bump back up. His batted ball rates are back roughly to what they were in 2014. His plate discipline numbers are trending the wrong way across the board as well.

I overrated this guy as being in the discussion for top 100. It seems he’s a better fit for the top 200 instead.

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, New York Yankees

Another pre-season top 100 bust, Ellsbury is unlike Eaton because there isn’t much different about him this season. Perhaps this is just age-related decline as his injury-proneness finally takes its toll. Or perhaps it’s the age-related decline of everyone else in the Yankee lineup.

Either way, Ellsbury is basically just Elvis Andrus in the outfield: not much here other than stolen bases.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF,DH
2Jose AltuveHOU2B,DH
3Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
4Clayton KershawLADSP
5Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
7Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
8Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
9Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
10Jake ArrietaCHCSP
11Anthony RizzoCHC1B
12Chris SaleCWSSP
13Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF,1B
14Max ScherzerWSHSP
15Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
16Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
17Robinson CanoSEA2B
18Miguel CabreraDET1B,DH
19Jose FernandezMIASP
20George SpringerHOUCF,RF,DH
21Starling MartePITLF,CF
22Madison BumgarnerSFSP
23Corey KluberCLESP
24Buster PoseySFC,1B
25Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
26Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
27David PriceBOSSP
28Todd FrazierCWS3B
29Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
30Jon LesterCHCSP
31Xander BogaertsBOSSS
32Johnny CuetoSFSP
33David OrtizBOS1B,DH
34Eric HosmerKC1B
35Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
36Wil MyersSD1B,CF
37Jacob DeGromNYMSP
38Zack GreinkeARISP
39Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
40Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
41Corey SeagerLADSS
42Carlos CarrascoCLESP
43Adam JonesBALCF
44Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
45Francisco LindorCLESS
46Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF,CF
47Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
48Joey VottoCIN1B
49Evan LongoriaTB3B
50Giancarlo StantonMIARF
51Carlos CorreaHOUSS
52Justin UptonDETLF,CF
53Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
54Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
55Andrew McCutchenPITCF
56Kenley JansenLADRP
57Wade DavisKCRP
58Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
59Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
60Kyle SeagerSEA3B
61Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
62Ian KinslerDET2B
63Brian DozierMIN2B
64Jake LambARI3B
65Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
66Danny SalazarCLESP
67Cole HamelsTEXSP
68Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF,DH
69Jason KipnisCLE2B
70Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
71Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,CF,RF
72Rougned OdorTEX2B
73Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
74Zach BrittonBALRP
75Adrian BeltreTEX3B
76Carlos MartinezSTLSP
77Lorenzo CainKCCF
78Yu DarvishTEXSP
79Cody AllenCLERP
80Roberto OsunaTORRP
81Trevor StoryCOLSS
82Justin VerlanderDETSP
83Jose QuintanaCWSSP
84Alexander ColomeTBSP,RP
85Steven MatzNYMSP
86Jonathan VillarMIL3B,SS
87Freddie FreemanATL1B
88Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
89Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
90Craig KimbrelBOSRP
91Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
92Matt KempSDRF
93Mark MelanconPITRP
94Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
95Christian YelichMIALF,CF
96Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
97J.D. MartinezDETRF
98Hector RondonCHCRP
99Kole CalhounLAARF
100Adam WainwrightSTLSP
101Chris ArcherTBSP
102Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
103Gerrit ColePITSP
104Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
105Francisco RodriguezDETRP
106Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
107Kenta MaedaLADSP
108Julio TeheranATLSP
109Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
110Michael WachaSTLSP
111Dexter FowlerCHCCF
112A.J. RamosMIARP
113Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF
114Aaron SanchezTORSP,RP
115Kendrys MoralesKC1B,RF,DH
116John LackeyCHCSP
117Victor MartinezDET1B,DH
118DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
119Wilson RamosWSHC
120Adam DuvallCINLF,1B
121Marco EstradaTORSP,RP
122Felix HernandezSEASP
123Melvin Upton Jr.SDLF,CF
124Rich HillOAKSP
125Eugenio SuarezCIN3B,SS
126Brandon CrawfordSFSS
127Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
128Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
129Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
130Michael FulmerDETSP
131Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
132Danny ValenciaOAK3B,LF
133Yasiel PuigLADRF
134Andrew MillerNYYRP
135Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
136Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
137Odubel HerreraPHICF
138Matt WietersBALC
139Sonny GrayOAKSP
140Nick CastellanosDET3B
141Carlos BeltranNYYRF,DH
142Scott KazmirLADSP
143Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
144Steven WrightBOSSP,RP
145Mike NapoliCLE1B,LF,DH
146Jay BruceCINRF
147Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
148Trevor BauerCLESP,RP
149Joe RossWSHSP
150Devon TravisTOR2B
151Salvador PerezKCC,DH
152Cameron MaybinDETCF
153Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
154Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
155Taijuan WalkerSEASP
156Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
157Dellin BetancesNYYRP
158Michael SaundersTORLF,RF
159Jackie BradleyBOSLF,CF,RF
160Dee GordonMIA2B
161Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
162Santiago CasillaSFRP
163Starlin CastroNYY2B,SS
164Chris TillmanBALSP
165Drew PomeranzSDSP,RP
166Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF
167Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
168Hunter PenceSFRF
169Matt DuffySF2B,3B
170Sam DysonTEXRP
171David RobertsonCWSRP
172David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
173Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
174Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
175Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
176Evan GattisHOUC,LF,DH
177Shin-Soo ChooTEXRF
178Kyle HendricksCHCSP
179Eduardo NunezMIN3B,SS,2B,DH
180Rajai DavisCLELF,CF,RF
181J.T. RealmutoMIAC
182Collin McHughHOUSP
183Jeremy JeffressMILRP
184Joc PedersonLADCF
185Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
186Josh ReddickOAKRF
187Maikel FrancoPHI3B
188Anthony DeSclafaniCINSP
189Brad ZieglerBOSRP
190Jeanmar GomezPHIRP
191Lance McCullersHOUSP
192Neil WalkerNYM2B
193Jurickson ProfarTEX1B,2B,3B,SS
194Brian McCannNYYC,1B
195Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
196Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
197Mike FiersHOUSP
198Steve CishekSEARP
199Brandon MaurerSDRP
200Matt HollidaySTL1B,LF,DH
201Jaime GarciaSTLSP
202Travis d'ArnaudNYMC
203Marcus SemienOAKSS
204Jake OdorizziTBSP
205Ryan MadsonOAKRP
206Jason HammelCHCSP
207Matt ShoemakerLAASP
208Stephen VogtOAKC,1B,DH
209Leonys MartinSEACF
210Carlos GomezHOUCF
211Russell MartinTORC
212Yasmani GrandalLADC
213Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
214Danny EspinosaWSH1B,2B,3B,SS
215Justin TurnerLAD1B,3B
216Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
217Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
218Marcus StromanTORSP
219Mike LeakeSTLSP
220Jameson TaillonPITSP
221Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
222Steven SouzaTBRF
223Elvis AndrusTEXSS
224Ian KennedyKCSP
225Brett LawrieCWS2B,3B
226Blake SnellTBSP
227Kevin GausmanBALSP,RP
228Javier BaezCHC2B,3B,SS
229Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
230Fernando RodneyMIARP
231Vincent VelasquezPHISP,RP
232Justin BourMIA1B
233Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
234Jonathan GrayCOLSP
235Huston StreetLAARP
236Arodys VizcainoATLRP
237Billy HamiltonCINCF
238Joe PanikSF2B
239Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
240Francisco LirianoPITSP
241Aledmys DiazSTL2B,SS
242Carlos EstevezCOLRP
243Anthony CingraniCINRP
244Michael PinedaNYYSP
245Aaron NolaPHISP
246Alex WoodLADSP
247Mark TeixeiraNYY1B
248Jose ReyesNYM3B,SS
249Tyler GlasnowPITSP
250Francisco CervelliPITC

About David Phillips

David Phillips is originally from Austin, Texas and has been playing fantasy sports for over twenty years. His favorite teams are all from the Dallas area, with the possible exception of the San Antonio Spurs. Feel free to hit him up with a question on Twitter: @davidinperu

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