2016 Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings: Rest of Season, Week 5

by David Phillips
Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings
Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

Credit: Keith Allison

Is it May already?  One sixth of the season is already in the books! And here we are again with another edition of the Rest of Season Top 250 Rankings.

This week’s themes include: an oldie-but-a-goodie proving he’s still got it, lineup changes altering projections for better and for worse, as well as just some good old-fashioned downright stinkiness causing me to lose faith in some players. And then of course, we have injuries and one surprise PED suspension.

Stock Rising

Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers, Last week: 73, Now: 48

The biggest name to move up significantly this week is Odor. I liked this guy a lot coming into the season, but I like him even more now that his hot start at the dish has caused manager Jeff Bannister to start batting him leadoff!

Simply put, batting leadoff means more plate appearances, and more plate appearances means more production. I think Odor will exceed what I had projected for him now in all the counting categories. He’s even running more now and could end up stealing fifteen bags.

Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit Tigers, Last week: 219, Now: 150

It’s safe to say I underrated the 37-year old slugger. He has often been injured throughout his career, and only played 120 games last season. But this is a guy with a .302 career batting average, and the industry apparently forgot he batted .300 or better from 2009-2014 (excluding 2012 which he missed with a knee injury).

You can’t count out his injury history entirely; there will always be that risk with Martinez. But what if he stays healthy? Why can’t he hit 15 or more HR and knock in another 70 runs to go with that .300 BA? Wouldn’t that be more valuable than Mark Teixeira?

Michael Conforto, OF, New York Mets, Last week: 193, Now: 153

Make no mistake: Conforto is NOT Victor Martinez. This is not a .300 hitter and that .397 BABIP is due to regress. A lot. But Conforto has done nothing but rake since he made the majors and now he is batting third for the Mets. That means his run and RBI projections have gone way up since the pre-season.

Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays, Last week 237, Now: 197

I can hear you thinking, “Is this the year?” I say yes, now is the time long-hyped former prospect Moore finally makes good on his promise. His strikeout and walk rates are currently at career bests. His K/BB ratio is currently 5.00, well above his 2.15 career norm.

If he keeps his walks down like this and strikes out more than a batter per inning, we might finally get the star we’ve all been hoping for. Those 1.30+ WHIPs will be a thing of the past.


Stock Falling

Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals, Last week: 100, Now: 143

You would think the guy batting in front of Bryce Harper would have more than ZERO homers and one RBI. You would think that, and you’d be wrong, because Rendon is that guy, and those are his totals.

He has still scored a healthy run total (16), and his HR/RBI numbers will improve somewhat, but that just sounds like a repeat of his 2013 and 2015 seasons, rather than the 2014-redux we were hoping for. I’m worried runs may be his only fantasy asset.

Delino DeShields, OF, Texas Rangers, Last week: 194, Now: 213

Call it the Odor effect. Or the not-hitting effect.

DeShields’ struggles in April led to his being dropped from first to ninth in the batting order. He has also been losing playing time of late to Ian Desmond in center field.

What happens when Shin Soo Choo comes back?

We know Nomar Mazara isn’t going anywhere. That 35 SB, 90+ R season I was hoping for is virtually impossible now.

Shelby Miller, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks, Last week: 164, Now: 222
Luis Severino, SP, New York Yankees, Last week: 156, Now: 230
Michael Pineda, SP, New York Yankees, Last week: 154, Now: 199

I’m gonna keep it really simple with these three. They’ve just been BAD. And nothing in their underlying stats really suggests they’ve been terribly unlucky either. In short, I’ve lost faith in them until they show me they’ve turned it around, but I’m not putting much stock in that this year for any of them.

Huston Street, RP, Los Angeles Angels, Last week: 124, Now: 189

Street makes his almost-annual trip to the DL with an oblique strain. He should miss at least a month.

Travis d’Arnaud, C, New York Mets, Last week: 130, Now: 161

Another guy who’s no stranger to the DL, this time for a strained rotator cuff. The timetable is unknown right now, so he could drop further in the near future.

Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds, Last week: 175, Now: Unranked

Mesoraco hasn’t hit a lick this year, and we just found out he has a torn labrum in his shoulder. He has already hit the 15-day DL, but this looks like this he could miss more time than that.

Dee Gordon, 2B, Miami Marlins, Last week: 22, Now: 217

And I leave you with the most disappointing falling stock of them all. What a bummer. Gordon drops almost 200 spots because of his 80-game PED suspension. He won’t be back until August. His ability to get twenty steals in the final two months means he remains in the rankings, however.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
3Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
4Clayton KershawLADSP
5Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
7Manny MachadoBAL3B
8Jose AltuveHOU2B
9Andrew McCutchenPITCF
10Giancarlo StantonMIARF
11Carlos CorreaHOUSS
12Miguel CabreraDET1B
13Anthony RizzoCHC1B
14Max ScherzerWSHSP
15Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF
16Chris SaleCWSSP
17Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
18Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
19Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
20Jake ArrietaCHCSP
21Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
22Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
23Corey KluberCLESP
24Buster PoseySFC,1B
25David PriceBOSSP
26Joey VottoCIN1B
27George SpringerHOUCF,RF
28Matt HarveyNYMSP
29Starling MartePITLF,CF
30Madison BumgarnerSFSP
31J.D. MartinezDETRF
32Jacob DeGromNYMSP
33Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
34Jose FernandezMIASP
35Gerrit ColePITSP
36Robinson CanoSEA2B
37Zack GreinkeARISP
38Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
39Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
40Justin UptonDETLF
41Todd FrazierCWS3B
42Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
43Chris ArcherTBSP
44Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
45Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
46Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
47Jon LesterCHCSP
48Rougned OdorTEX2B
49Adam JonesBALCF
50Lorenzo CainKCCF
51Matt CarpenterSTL2B,3B
52Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
53Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
54Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
55Kenley JansenLADRP
56Felix HernandezSEASP
57Xander BogaertsBOSSS
58Carlos CarrascoCLESP
59Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
60Brian DozierMIN2B
61Sonny GrayOAKSP
62Wade DavisKCRP
63Craig KimbrelBOSRP
64Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
65Prince FielderTEX1B,DH
66Eric HosmerKC1B
67Francisco LindorCLESS
68Adrian BeltreTEX3B
69Freddie FreemanATL1B
70Yasiel PuigLADRF
71Kyle SeagerSEA3B
72Danny SalazarCLESP
73Cole HamelsTEXSP
74Jason KipnisCLE2B
75David OrtizBOS1B,DH
76Johnny CuetoSFSP
77Ian KinslerDET2B
78Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
79Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
80Matt KempSDRF
81Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
82Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
83Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
84Corey SeagerLADSS
85Hunter PenceSFRF
86David RobertsonCWSRP
87Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
88Carlos GomezHOUCF
89Mark MelanconPITRP
90Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
91Zach BrittonBALRP
92Marcus StromanTORSP
93Carlos MartinezSTLSP
94Maikel FrancoPHI3B
95Michael WachaSTLSP
96Gregory PolancoPITRF
97Garrett RichardsLAASP
98Cody AllenCLERP
99Brian McCannNYYC,1B
100Roberto OsunaTORRP
101Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
102Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF
103Adam WainwrightSTLSP
104Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
105Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
106Evan LongoriaTB3B
107Salvador PerezKCC
108Christian YelichMIALF,CF
109Francisco LirianoPITSP
110Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
111Hector RondonCHCRP
112Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF
113Justin VerlanderDETSP
114Kole CalhounLAARF
115David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
116Drew SmylyTBSP
117Billy HamiltonCINCF
118Russell MartinTORC
119Francisco RodriguezDETRP
120Steven MatzNYMSP
121Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
122Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
123Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
124Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
125Yu DarvishTEXSP
126Kenta MaedaLADSP
127Taijuan WalkerSEASP
128Brandon CrawfordSFSS
129Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
130Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
131DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
132James ShieldsSDSP
133Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
134Jose QuintanaCWSSP
135Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
136Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
137A.J. RamosMIARP
138Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
139Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
140Lance McCullersHOUSP
141Elvis AndrusTEXSS
142Lucas DudaNYM1B
143Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
144Raisel IglesiasCINSP
145Matt DuffySF2B,3B
146Kendrys MoralesKC1B,DH
147Mike MoustakasKC3B
148Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
149John LackeyCHCSP
150Victor MartinezDET1B,DH
151Collin McHughHOUSP
152Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
153Michael ConfortoNYMLF
154Mark TeixeiraNYY1B
155Stephen VogtOAKC,1B
156Carlos RodonCWSSP
157Luke GregersonHOURP
158Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
159Kolten WongSTL2B
160Andrew MillerNYYRP
161Travis d'ArnaudNYMC
162Shin-Soo ChooTEXRF
163Joc PedersonLADCF
164Yordano VenturaKCSP
165Julio TeheranATLSP
166Matt WietersBALC
167Jake OdorizziTBSP
168Scott KazmirLADSP
169Shawn TollesonTEXRP
170Jay BruceCINRF
171Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
172Gio GonzalezWSHSP
173Byung-ho ParkMIN1B,DH
174Dexter FowlerCHCCF
175Brad ZieglerARIRP
176Santiago CasillaSFRP
177Starlin CastroNYY2B,SS
178Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,RF
179Alex GordonKCLF
180Trevor StoryCOLSS
181Billy BurnsOAKCF
182Jaime GarciaSTLSP
183Tyson RossSDSP
184Jake McGeeCOLRP
185Dellin BetancesNYYRP
186Josh ReddickOAKRF
187Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
188Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
189Huston StreetLAARP
190Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
191Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
192Glen PerkinsMINRP
193Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
194Kyle HendricksCHCSP
195Vincent VelasquezPHISP,RP
196Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
197Matt MooreTBSP
198Yan GomesCLEC
199Michael PinedaNYYSP
200Neil WalkerNYM2B
201Patrick CorbinARISP
202Mike FiersHOUSP
203Matt HollidaySTLLF
204David WrightNYM3B
205Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
206Bradley BoxbergerTBRP
207Ryan MadsonOAKRP
208Jason HammelCHCSP
209Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
210Yasmani GrandalLADC
211Steve CishekSEARP
212Joe RossWSHSP
213Delino DeShieldsTEXLF,CF
214Evan GattisHOULF,DH
215Brett LawrieCWS2B,3B
216Justin TurnerLAD1B,3B
217Dee GordonMIA2B
218Mike LeakeSTLSP
219Francisco CervelliPITC
220Eugenio SuarezCIN3B,SS
221Travis ShawBOS1B,3B
222Shelby MillerARISP
223Logan ForsytheTB1B,2B
224Jorge SolerCHCLF,RF
225Jhonny PeraltaSTLSS
226Ian KennedyKCSP
227Marco EstradaTORSP,RP
228Welington CastilloARIC
229Alcides EscobarKCSS
230Luis SeverinoNYYSP
231Ketel MarteSEASS
232Derek NorrisSDC,1B
233Byron BuxtonMINCF
234J.T. RealmutoMIAC
235Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
236Arodys VizcainoATLRP
237Joe PanikSF2B
238Yadier MolinaSTLC
239Brandon PhillipsCIN2B
240Mitch MorelandTEX1B
241Denard SpanSFCF
242Rich HillOAKSP
243Clay BuchholzBOSSP
244Aaron NolaPHISP
245Alex WoodLADSP
246Steven SouzaTBRF
247Wil MyersSD1B,CF
248Wilson RamosWSHC
249Kevin JepsenMINRP
250Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B


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