2016 Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings: Rest of Season, Week 10

by David Phillips
Fantasy Baseball top 250 Rankings
Fantasy Baseball top 250 Rankings

Credit: Steve Shupe

Ten Weeks. Two and a half months. Forty percent of the season. Say it any way you want, but it’s time. It’s time to stop being so patient and start to drop some of those sleepers that never broke out for some players who are actually doing something.

It’s also time to rethink your strategy. If you see you’ve got no chance in wins or K’s, but could pick up three points in HR if you add a hot power bat, then it’s time to drop that inconsistent fringe pitcher who occasionally blows up your ratios for an Adam Duvall out-of-nowhere type.

Speaking of Adam Duvall, let’s go ahead and get to this week’s Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings.

Stock Rising

Jonathan Villar, SS/3B, Milwaukee Brewers

Psych! I’m not starting with Duvall. I’ve got to start with a guy who has been a top-10 overall contributor thus far on both ESPN and Yahoo thanks mostly to his 21 stolen bases, which leads all of baseball.

I’ve got to confess I didn’t want to believe his hot May (18 R, 16 RBI, 14 SB, .355 AVG) at first. But take a look at his batted ball stats: he has a career high walk rate, an almost 3 to 1 GB/FB (meaning his speed might be able to sustain a lot of that .407 BABIP).

He also has career high line drive and hard hit percentages so he is making better contact. Don’t expect him to hit for the same AVG and RBI as he did in May, but those run and steal numbers are legit.

Adam Duvall, OF, Cincinnati Reds

Alright, here he is, as promised. Don’t let the fact he’s finally getting his first full-time job at age 27 fool you. Duvall’s 16 HR is currently tied for fourth in MLB with the likes of David Ortiz and Robinson Cano.

And the power isn’t really out-of-nowhere: He hit 35 HR between AAA and the bigs last season. He might still be out there in your league since he plays on the lowly Reds.

Wilson Ramos, C, Washington Nationals

Let’s play word association: dumpster fire, wasteland, the catcher position in fantasy baseball 2016. Other than Buster Posey and Jonathan Lucroy, Ramos is the only catcher ranked in the top 300 so far this season.

He’s actually been better than Posey so far. I’m not saying that will stay the same, and his .364 BABIP will likely regress bringing down his average with it, but his HR/FB and hard hit rates look a lot like his injury-shortened 2013, when he hit 16 HR and drove in 59 runs in just 78 games.

Evan Gattis, C/OF, Houston Astros

Gattis is currently ranked 415th in the Yahoo game. So why do you care? Because of that aforementioned dumpster-fire catcher position, where that is actually good enough for fifth best among all catchers!

And guess what? Gattis just started his 5th game there last week, earning him eligibility in Yahoo. He’s already up to eight games started this season, so those of you in ten or twenty game eligibility leagues should go ahead and stash now.

He’s been on fire at the plate since he made the switch, too. Eight of his nine homers have come since he came back from working on his catching in the minors on May 17.

Stock Falling

Luke Gregerson, RP, Houston Astros

Gregerson has been relieved of his closing duties for the time being after blowing his fifth save of the season on June 4. While he may well get the job back, there are a lot of interesting arms in the Houston bullpen.

Ken Giles is the big name (and 5.76 ERA), but Will Harris has the shiny ratios (0.34 ERA, 0.71 WHIP).

Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

What in the name of Ray Searage is going on? After not posting an ERA north of 3.38 in his three years with the Pirates, this year’s Liriano looks a lot like the post-Tommy John American League version, except with a career high 1.64 WHIP to boot.

He’s more than halfway to his 2015 walk total in less than a third of the innings. There are whispers he could be moved to the bullpen to make room for top prospects Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon. As my confidence in him has dropped, so has his ranking.


Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants

Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals

As usual, injuries knock a couple big names from the ranks. Pence will miss at least eight weeks and maybe more after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hamstring.

Moustakas will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in a collision with teammate Alex Gordon.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
5Jose AltuveHOU2B
6Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
7Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
8Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
9Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
10Jake ArrietaCHCSP
11Giancarlo StantonMIARF
12Miguel CabreraDET1B
13Anthony RizzoCHC1B
14Chris SaleCWSSP
15Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF
16Max ScherzerWSHSP
17Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
18Andrew McCutchenPITCF
19Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
20Robinson CanoSEA2B
21Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
22Jose FernandezMIASP
23Buster PoseySFC,1B
24George SpringerHOUCF,RF
25Starling MartePITLF,CF
26Madison BumgarnerSFSP
27J.D. MartinezDETRF
28Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
29Carlos CorreaHOUSS
30Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
31Corey KluberCLESP
32David PriceBOSSP
33Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
34Zack GreinkeARISP
35Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
36Todd FrazierCWS3B
37Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
38Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
39Jon LesterCHCSP
40Xander BogaertsBOSSS
41Johnny CuetoSFSP
42David OrtizBOS1B,DH
43Eric HosmerKC1B
44Justin UptonDETLF
45Jacob DeGromNYMSP
46Lorenzo CainKCCF
47Matt CarpenterSTL2B,3B,1B
48Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
49Corey SeagerLADSS
50Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
51Joey VottoCIN1B
52Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
53Kenley JansenLADRP
54Matt HarveyNYMSP
55Carlos CarrascoCLESP
56Wade DavisKCRP
57Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
58Craig KimbrelBOSRP
59Francisco LindorCLESS
60Adrian BeltreTEX3B
61Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
62Kyle SeagerSEA3B
63Danny SalazarCLESP
64Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
65Gerrit ColePITSP
66Cole HamelsTEXSP
67Jason KipnisCLE2B
68Ian KinslerDET2B
69Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF,CF
70Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF,DH
71Brian DozierMIN2B
72Felix HernandezSEASP
73Adam JonesBALCF
74Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
75Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
76Matt KempSDRF
77Sonny GrayOAKSP
78Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
79Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
80Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
81Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,RF
82Rougned OdorTEX2B
83Freddie FreemanATL1B
84David RobertsonCWSRP
85Mark MelanconPITRP
86Justin VerlanderDETSP
87Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
88Prince FielderTEX1B,DH
89Chris ArcherTBSP
90Zach BrittonBALRP
91Carlos MartinezSTLSP
92Maikel FrancoPHI3B
93Yu DarvishTEXSP
94Cody AllenCLERP
95Roberto OsunaTORRP
96Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
97Trevor StoryCOLSS
98Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
99Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
100Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
101Evan LongoriaTB3B
102Salvador PerezKCC
103Christian YelichMIALF,CF
104Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
105Jose QuintanaCWSSP
106Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
107Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
108Michael WachaSTLSP
109Hector RondonCHCRP
110Kole CalhounLAARF
111Jonathan VillarMIL3B,SS
112Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
113Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
114Russell MartinTORC
115Francisco RodriguezDETRP
116Steven MatzNYMSP
117Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
118Marcus StromanTORSP
119Adam WainwrightSTLSP
120Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
121Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
122Kenta MaedaLADSP
123Taijuan WalkerSEASP
124Francisco LirianoPITSP
125Dexter FowlerCHCCF
126Eugenio SuarezCIN3B,SS
127Wil MyersSD1B,CF
128Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
129Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
130A.J. RamosMIARP
131Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
132Lance McCullersHOUSP
133Elvis AndrusTEXSS
134Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
135Matt DuffySF2B,3B
136Kendrys MoralesKC1B,DH
137Rich HillOAKSP
138John LackeyCHCSP
139Victor MartinezDET1B,DH
140Brian McCannNYYC,1B
141DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
142David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
143Wilson RamosWSHC
144Adam DuvallCINLF
145Marco EstradaTORSP,RP
146Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
147Julio TeheranATLSP
148Aaron SanchezTORSP,RP
149Brandon CrawfordSFSS
150James ShieldsCWSSP
151Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
152Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
153Michael ConfortoNYMLF
154Evan GattisHOUC,LF,DH
155Yasiel PuigLADRF
156Stephen VogtOAKC,1B,DH
157Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
158Andrew MillerNYYRP
159Drew SmylyTBSP
160Yordano VenturaKCSP
161Odubel HerreraPHICF
162Matt WietersBALC
163Jake OdorizziTBSP
164Nick CastellanosDET3B
165Carlos BeltranNYYRF,DH
166Scott KazmirLADSP
167Mike NapoliCLE1B,LF,DH
168Collin McHughHOUSP
169Jay BruceCINRF
170Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
171Joe RossWSHSP
172Alexander ColomeTBSP,RP
173Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
174Melvin Upton Jr.SDLF,CF
175Byung-ho ParkMIN1B,DH
176Devon TravisTOR2B
177Brad ZieglerARIRP
178Santiago CasillaSFRP
179Starlin CastroNYY2B,SS
180Jaime GarciaSTLSP
181Jake McGeeCOLRP
182Dellin BetancesNYYRP
183Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
184Drew PomeranzSDSP,RP
185Nomar MazaraTEXRF
186Sam DysonTEXRP
187Huston StreetLAARP
188Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
189Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
190Kyle HendricksCHCSP
191Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
192Jackie BradleyBOSLF,CF,RF
193Jeremy JeffressMILRP
194Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
195Joc PedersonLADCF
196Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
197Billy HamiltonCINCF
198Steven WrightBOSSP,RP
199Welington CastilloARIC
200Yan GomesCLEC
201Jeanmar GomezPHIRP
202Gio GonzalezWSHSP
203Michael PinedaNYYSP
204Neil WalkerNYM2B
205Carlos GomezHOUCF
206Patrick CorbinARISP
207Mike FiersHOUSP
208Matt HollidaySTL1B,LF
209Fernando RodneySDRP
210Ryan MadsonOAKRP
211Jason HammelCHCSP
212Travis ShawBOS1B,3B
213Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
214Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
215Yasmani GrandalLADC
216Steve CishekSEARP
217Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
218Mark TeixeiraNYY1B
219Justin TurnerLAD1B,3B
220Vincent VelasquezPHISP,RP
221Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
222Dee GordonMIA2B
223Mike LeakeSTLSP
224Steven SouzaTBRF
225Jake LambARI3B
226Francisco CervelliPITC
227Chris TillmanBALSP
228Ian KennedyKCSP
229Jurickson ProfarTEX2B,SS
230Brett LawrieCWS2B,3B
231Billy BurnsOAKCF
232Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
233Josh ReddickOAKRF
234Alcides EscobarKCSS
235Kevin GausmanBALSP,RP
236Byron BuxtonMINCF
237Shin-Soo ChooTEXRF
238Arodys VizcainoATLRP
239Joe PanikSF2B
240Travis d'ArnaudNYMC
241Aledmys DiazSTL2B,SS
242Brandon PhillipsCIN2B
243Denard SpanSFCF
244Michael SaundersTORLF,RF
245Aaron NolaPHISP
246Alex WoodLADSP
247Leonys MartinSEACF
248Danny ValenciaOAK3B,LF
249Luke GregersonHOURP
250Jose ReyesCOLSS

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