2016 Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings: Rest of Season, Week 7

by David Phillips
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Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

Credit: Keith Allison

Baseball is awesome. This season is awesome. The last two weeks have been no different, except for maybe being even more awesome.

So much has happened since the last ROS Rankings Update. We had Max Scherzer’s 20 K gem and then one of the most epic brawls ever. As I write this, I’ve gotten to see Scherzer battle another of the game’s best aces in Noah Syndergaard, and then followed that up by watching my Rangers come back to take the lead with two outs in the top of the ninth in Oakland, only to see our soon to be former closer blow it in the bottom half to give the A’s a walk-off.

Since we are due to hit the quarter-mark in games played before the next ranks are due out, I decided it was a good time for an overhaul. It’s taken me days to go through my ranks in detail, and I’m still not finished so this will be a two-part series, and I’ll be covering players who’ve moved significantly up into or out of the top 150 this week. There are a lot, so my analysis per player this week is more concise than usual.

We (still!) are in the small sample size portion of the season, so I am still approaching a lot of those slumping and streaking players with caution as I expect regression. But, at the same time, we are more than just a few weeks into the season now, and some guys are testing my patience by not bouncing back the way I’d hoped.

Stock Rising

Jose Quintana, SP, Chicago White Sox

He’s always been underrated; a quality start monster. He won’t finish with a sub-2.00 ERA, but even if he’s the same pitcher he has been the past few seasons, he’s still going to possibly double his win total from those seasons because he’s finally on a good team. That alone will make him a top 40 SP, maybe better.

Ian Desmond, SS/OF, Texas Rangers

Desmond has been a notoriously streaky hitter throughout his career. He was terrible for the first four months last season and played himself out of a huge free agent deal. So he’s signed for one year with Texas, taken over CF duties for now-demoted Delino DeShields (who leaves the ranks) and is batting second in one of the best offenses in baseball. He may not stay this hot all season, but he will certainly provide more value than I thought pre-season.

Red Sox hitters

Almost all of them moved up, some significantly. 1B/OF Hanley Ramirez and SS Xander Bogaerts are the main ones to move within the top 150. You want every piece of this offense that you can get, with the exception of catcher.

Giants Starting Pitchers: Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, and Jeff Samardzija

I doubted each of these three in the pre-season. I should have known better than to doubt MadBum, but he was fighting multiple injuries, so I was already hesitant in the pre-season, and he just didn’t look like himself in his first three starts. Since then, he hasn’t gone fewer than six innings or given up more than two earned runs. I think I owe him an apology.

Cueto had an elbow scare last season that utterly terrified me and then was terrible after he was traded to the American League. I stayed away in the pre-season. But now he’s back in the NL in one of the best parks and divisions you could hope for as a pitcher. His FIP is even better than his ERA. I’m back in.

Samardzija I doubted because he had never had good ratios other than in 2014, and then last year they got worse and the one thing he had provided, strikeouts, went away. Never mind all that though as the move to AT&T Park also seems to have been the cure for him, too. It’s 2014 de ja vu all over again ratio-wise and his K’s have jumped back up to where he might even approach 200 again.

Stephen Piscotty, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

He has the same BABIP as in his 65 game sample last year. It is a stat that takes a while to stabilize, and Steamer and ZIPS both project regression, but why? Maybe he is a legit .300 hitter? He has improved contact rates as well so far.

Dexter Fowler, OF, Chicago Cubs

Fowler is maybe the one Cub who was underrated coming into this year. He has a .429 BABIP so there is definitely some regression coming, but as the leadoff man for this incredible offense, he deserves to move up.

Gerardo Parra, OF Colorado Rockies

I thought liked Parra enough after moving to Colorado in the off-season. But he has been even better than expected knocking in more runs and running more so he makes a huge jump.


Stock Falling

Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners

Trade him now while that ERA is still shiny. He has a FIP and xFIP at 4.20 or above, his velocity is down, so are his K’s and his walks are up. In short, King Felix has been getting luuuucky.

James Shields, SP, San Diego Padres

Another guy you should trade on name-value and that still-shiny ERA. His FIP and xFIP are also above 4.00. His K’s are down as well. And the Padres are looking worse than last year so his win-potential has decreased as well.

Chris Archer, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

His hard contact rate is up, and so is his HR/9. His First Strike Percentage is well below career norms. His command is off, so he’s getting hit harder and farther. I think he’ll right the ship, but since we don’t know when, he drops a bit.

Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

I think everyone thought this uber-talented guy would bounce back after his injury-marred 2015. He simply hasn’t, and he’s no longer batting at the top of that Dodger lineup. I don’t think his numbers from the six or seven spots in the lineup will be worthy of a top 100 ranking.

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians

Back on the DL with that nagging shoulder injury. He might only miss the minimum, but these kinds of injuries take a while to fully recover from and they sap power. I say try again next year.

Garrett Richards, SP, Los Angeles Angels

Richards was thought to need Tommy John, which would mean missing the rest of the season. It was revealed this week that he would try to rehab and come back this season, but I have removed him from the ranks anyways since he’ll be shut down for the next six weeks and then have to ramp up again.

So we won’t seem to till August probably at the earliest. And this assumes absolutely no setbacks whatsoever. I’m hoping for the bet for him, but not counting on him in fantasy.

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves

It’s good to see the power is back. Unfortunately, this is a historically bad team and there’s never anyone on base for him to knock in. I wonder if he even gets to 60 RBI.

Jason Heyward, OF, Chicago Cubs

He finally hit a home run! I am still very worried about how his wrist issue from earlier this season is affecting his power. The HR was a good sign, but I am scared enough that he has to fall. Fortunately, he still has that Cubs lineup and a huge free agent contract to prop him up.

Dallas Keuchel, SP, Houston Astros

K’s are down, walks and HR/9 are way up. Like Archer, he seems to be battling command issues. His FIP and xFIP think he will rebound somewhat, but this season is looking a lot like his 2013.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
5Jose AltuveHOU2B
6Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
7Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
8Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
9Andrew McCutchenPITCF
10Giancarlo StantonMIARF
11Carlos CorreaHOUSS
12Miguel CabreraDET1B
13Anthony RizzoCHC1B
14Max ScherzerWSHSP
15Chris SaleCWSSP
16Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF
17Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
18Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
19Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
20Jake ArrietaCHCSP
21Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
22Robinson CanoSEA2B
23Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
24Corey KluberCLESP
25Buster PoseySFC,1B
26David PriceBOSSP
27George SpringerHOUCF,RF
28Matt HarveyNYMSP
29Starling MartePITLF,CF
30Madison BumgarnerSFSP
31J.D. MartinezDETRF
32Jacob DeGromNYMSP
33Jose FernandezMIASP
34Gerrit ColePITSP
35Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
36Joey VottoCIN1B
37Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
38Zack GreinkeARISP
39Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
40Justin UptonDETLF
41Todd FrazierCWS3B
42Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
43Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
44Jon LesterCHCSP
45Rougned OdorTEX2B
46Xander BogaertsBOSSS
47Johnny CuetoSFSP
48Adam JonesBALCF
49Lorenzo CainKCCF
50Matt CarpenterSTL2B,3B,1B
51Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
52Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
53Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
54Kenley JansenLADRP
55Carlos CarrascoCLESP
56Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
57Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF
58Felix HernandezSEASP
59Chris ArcherTBSP
60Brian DozierMIN2B
61Wade DavisKCRP
62Craig KimbrelBOSRP
63Sonny GrayOAKSP
64Prince FielderTEX1B,DH
65Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
66Eric HosmerKC1B
67Francisco LindorCLESS
68Adrian BeltreTEX3B
69Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
70Freddie FreemanATL1B
71Kyle SeagerSEA3B
72Danny SalazarCLESP
73Cole HamelsTEXSP
74Jason KipnisCLE2B
75David OrtizBOS1B,DH
76Ian KinslerDET2B
77Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF,CF
78Matt KempSDRF
79Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
80Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
81Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
82Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
83Corey SeagerLADSS
84Hunter PenceSFRF
85David RobertsonCWSRP
86Mark MelanconPITRP
87Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
88Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
89Zach BrittonBALRP
90Marcus StromanTORSP
91Carlos MartinezSTLSP
92Maikel FrancoPHI3B
93Michael WachaSTLSP
94Gregory PolancoPITRF
95Cody AllenCLERP
96Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
97Brian McCannNYYC,1B
98Roberto OsunaTORRP
99Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
100Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
101Yasiel PuigLADRF
102Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
103Drew SmylyTBSP
104Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
105Evan LongoriaTB3B
106Salvador PerezKCC
107Christian YelichMIALF,CF
108Francisco LirianoPITSP
109Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
110Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,RF
111Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
112Hector RondonCHCRP
113Justin VerlanderDETSP
114Kole CalhounLAARF
115Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
116Billy HamiltonCINCF
117Russell MartinTORC
118Francisco RodriguezDETRP
119Steven MatzNYMSP
120Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
121Adam WainwrightSTLSP
122Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
123Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
124Yu DarvishTEXSP
125Kenta MaedaLADSP
126Taijuan WalkerSEASP
127Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
128Jose QuintanaCWSSP
129Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
130Dexter FowlerCHCCF
131Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
132DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
133James ShieldsSDSP
134Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
135Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
136Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
137A.J. RamosMIARP
138Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
139Lucas DudaNYM1B
140Lance McCullersHOUSP
141Elvis AndrusTEXSS
142Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
143Raisel IglesiasCINSP
144Matt DuffySF2B,3B
145Kendrys MoralesKC1B,DH
146Mike MoustakasKC3B
147Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
148John LackeyCHCSP
149Victor MartinezDET1B,DH
150Michael ConfortoNYMLF
151David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
152Brandon CrawfordSFSS
153Mark TeixeiraNYY1B
154Stephen VogtOAKC,1B,DH
155Carlos RodonCWSSP
156Luke GregersonHOURP
157Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
158Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
159Kolten WongSTL2B
160Andrew MillerNYYRP
161Travis d'ArnaudNYMC
162Shin-Soo ChooTEXRF
163Joc PedersonLADCF
164Yordano VenturaKCSP
165Julio TeheranATLSP
166Matt WietersBALC
167Jake OdorizziTBSP
168Scott KazmirLADSP
169Collin McHughHOUSP
170Jay BruceCINRF
171Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
172Gio GonzalezWSHSP
173Byung-ho ParkMIN1B,DH
174Brad ZieglerARIRP
175Santiago CasillaSFRP
176Starlin CastroNYY2B,SS
177Alex GordonKCLF
178Trevor StoryCOLSS
179Billy BurnsOAKCF
180Jaime GarciaSTLSP
181Tyson RossSDSP
182Jake McGeeCOLRP
183Dellin BetancesNYYRP
184Josh ReddickOAKRF
185Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
186Huston StreetLAARP
187Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
188Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
189Glen PerkinsMINRP
190Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
191Kyle HendricksCHCSP
192Vincent VelasquezPHISP,RP
193Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
194Matt MooreTBSP
195Yan GomesCLEC
196Michael PinedaNYYSP
197Neil WalkerNYM2B
198Carlos GomezHOUCF
199Patrick CorbinARISP
200Mike FiersHOUSP
201Matt HollidaySTL1B,LF
202David WrightNYM3B
203Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
204Bradley BoxbergerTBRP
205Ryan MadsonOAKRP
206Jason HammelCHCSP
207Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
208Yasmani GrandalLADC
209Steve CishekSEARP
210Joe RossWSHSP
211Evan GattisHOULF,DH
212Brett LawrieCWS2B,3B
213Justin TurnerLAD1B,3B
214Dee GordonMIA2B
215Mike LeakeSTLSP
216Francisco CervelliPITC
217Eugenio SuarezCIN3B,SS
218Travis ShawBOS1B,3B
219Shelby MillerARISP
220Jorge SolerCHCLF,RF
221Jhonny PeraltaSTLSS
222Ian KennedyKCSP
223Marco EstradaTORSP,RP
224Welington CastilloARIC
225Alcides EscobarKCSS
226Ketel MarteSEASS
227Derek NorrisSDC,1B
228Byron BuxtonMINCF
229J.T. RealmutoMIAC
230Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
231Arodys VizcainoATLRP
232Joe PanikSF2B
233Yadier MolinaSTLC
234Brandon PhillipsCIN2B
235Mitch MorelandTEX1B
236Denard SpanSFCF
237Rich HillOAKSP
238Aaron NolaPHISP
239Alex WoodLADSP
240Steven SouzaTBRF
241Wil MyersSD1B,CF
242Wilson RamosWSHC
243Melvin Upton Jr.SDLF,CF
244Trea TurnerWSH2B
245Sam DysonTEXRP
246Adam ConleyMIASP
247Steven WrightBOSSP,RP
248Tyler GlasnowPITSP
249Blake SnellTBSP
250Michael SaundersTORLF,RF

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