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Rest-Of-Season Fantasy Baseball Rankings: MLB Mid-Year Updates and Analysis

Julio Rodriguez fantasy baseball rankings prospects rookies draft sleepers MLB injury news

With the MLB All-Star break approaching and the season's halfway mark upon us, I figure it's time to drop a full-blown fantasy baseball rankings update. Scroll along to see my ranks broken down by position, with a smattering of analysis commentary following each position's table.

To be clear, these rest-of-season fantasy baseball rankings are geared towards traditional 5x5 roto leagues. Don't hate on me for position eligibility crossover quirks, as I'm using the combined eligibility from all major platforms to cast the widest net of help.

I wrote this between Sunday and Monday, with most stats mentioned here going into July 11th. Without further ado, let's kick off my position-by-position breakdown as we look towards the second half of our glorious fantasy baseball season.

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Catcher Fantasy Baseball Rankings 

J.T. Realmuto has quietly been the top catcher over the last 30 days in 5x5 formats, largely thanks to an increase in steals (eight since May 31). He’s 11-of-11 on attempts this season, which helps offset a career-worst .236 batting average and .369 slugging percentage. Bats such as Alejandro Kirk, Will Smith, Willson Contreras, Adley Rutschman, Travis d’Arnaud, and Christian Vazquez have taken the more traditional avenue to value for catchers. Jonah Heim continues to rise and should see plenty of playing time with Mitch Garver out for the season.

MJ Melendez has a 14% walk rate and 25% strikeout rate in the last month, but has been undone by a laughable .167 BABIP in that span. I know he flashes that powerful uppercut swing but come on! If his luck doesn’t turn by August then he could be in trouble as Salvador Perez gears up for a return.

Daulton Varsho remains a solid play but hit .176 in June after batting .301 in May, seeing a May BABIP of .358 plummet to .209 in a win for the regression warriors. Hold the line, he’ll be fine. It’ll be interesting to see if time splits between Yasmani Grandal and Seby Zavala once Grandal is ready to return (Zavala has a .500 BABIP, hah, expect majority Grandal). I wish Elias Diaz or Brian Serven would perform well enough to take the Colorado C reps but there’s no profitable target, sadly.

Rank Name Team Positions
1 J.T. Realmuto PHI C,1B
2 Alejandro Kirk TOR C,DH
3 Willson Contreras CHC C,DH
4 Will Smith LAD C,DH
5 MJ Melendez KC C,DH,RF
6 Daulton Varsho ARI C,CF,DH,LF,RF
7 Travis d'Arnaud ATL C
8 Adley Rutschman BAL C
9 Sean Murphy OAK C,DH
10 Tyler Stephenson CIN C,1B
11 Gary Sanchez MIN C,DH
12 Christian Vazquez BOS C
13 Jonah Heim TEX C
14 Jose Trevino NYY C
15 Cal Raleigh SEA C
16 Eric Haase DET C,DH,LF
17 Salvador Perez KC C,DH
18 Yasmani Grandal CWS 1B,C,DH
19 Austin Nola SD C
20 William Contreras ATL C,DH
21 Carson Kelly ARI C
22 Jorge Alfaro SD C,DH,LF
23 Max Stassi LAA C
24 Keibert Ruiz WSH C
25 Elias Diaz COL C
26 Kyle Higashioka NYY C
27 Victor Caratini MIL C
28 Omar Narvaez MIL C
29 Ryan Jeffers MIN C
30 James McCann NYM C,1B
31 Christian Bethancourt TB 1B,C,DH
32 Gabriel Moreno TOR C
33 Nick Fortes MIA C
34 Brian Serven COL C
35 Martin Maldonado HOU C


First Base Fantasy Baseball Rankings

There are 23 1B-eligible players within the top 100 on Yahoo’s 5x5 leaderboard over the last month. Expand this to the full season and you have 25 in the top 150. I don’t care much for splitting hairs at the top of a top-heavy crop. Paul Goldschmidt reigns supreme in a bid for the 2022 NL MVP award, but Freddie Freeman has turned it on, Kyle Schwarber is clobbering the ball on a daily basis, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is a top-25 bat in the last 30 days.

Scream Coors all you want, but C.J. Cron is crushing it in Colorado. Sure, he has 15 home runs and a .355 batting average at altitude against only five home runs and a .229 average on the road, but no one gets to be surprised by Coors splits in 2022.

And then there’s the stellar crop of Ryan Mountcastle, Josh Bell, and Anthony Rizzo. Pete Alonso is one of the few upper-tier 1B that have “slipped” against the field but that’s largely by virtue of a fluky 23 R+RBI in the last 30 days (Vladito has 40, Freeman 39, Goldschmidt 38, etc.) so hold your breath.

Jared Walsh is one of the few true pain points at the position among highly-drafted starters. The 28-year-old had a .258/.312/.468 slash line with 10 home runs and 59 R+RBI through 205 PAs on June 5 to cover up the 27.8% strikeout rate. In the 113 PAs since (through July 10), Walsh has only three home runs with 14 R+RBI and a .227/.248/.364 triple slash. That’s two walks to 38 strikeouts. The Angels don’t have many excuses to bench Walsh given their depth but fantasy players can do so in the meantime.

Some other quicker hits for 1B eligible bats here: 

Trey Mancini could be dealt away from WALLtimore’s left-field barrier and see his power numbers rebound but he’s a non-factor right now. Christian Walker is a beast with 21 home runs and a healthy 13% walk rate but the .192 BABIP covers up a .272 xBA as the shift and bad luck combine to pummel his value. Matt Carpenter’s revamped swing plays perfectly for Yankee Stadium and is a strong 12-team option. While Spencer Torkelson has stunk, don’t write off other youngsters like Vinnie Pasquantino yet.

Rank Name Team Positions
1 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B,DH
2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B,DH
3 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B
4 Pete Alonso NYM 1B,DH
5 Austin Riley ATL 1B,3B
6 C.J. Cron COL 1B,DH
7 Kyle Schwarber PHI 1B,DH,LF
8 Matt Olson ATL 1B
9 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B,LF,DH
10 Josh Bell WSH 1B,LF
11 Jose Abreu CWS 1B,DH
12 Anthony Rizzo NYY 1B
13 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B
14 Kris Bryant COL 1B,3B,LF,CF,RF
15 Luis Arraez MIN 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF
16 Ty France SEA 1B,2B,3B,DH
17 J.T. Realmuto PHI C,1B
18 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B,2B,3B
19 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B,3B,LF
20 Jake Cronenworth SD 1B,2B,SS
21 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 1B,DH,LF
22 Jared Walsh LAA 1B,RF
23 Brandon Drury CIN 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF,RF
24 Christian Walker ARI 1B
25 Isaac Paredes TB 1B,2B,3B
26 Nathaniel Lowe TEX 1B
27 Luke Voit SD 1B,DH
28 Alex Kirilloff MIN 1B,LF,RF
29 Andrew Vaughn CWS 1B,DH,LF,RF
30 Jesus Aguilar MIA 1B,DH
31 Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B,DH
32 Matt Carpenter NYY 1B,2B,DH
33 Juan Yepez STL 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF
34 Max Muncy LAD 1B,2B,3B,DH
35 Trey Mancini BAL 1B,DH,RF
36 Eduardo Escobar NYM 1B,2B,3B
37 Vinnie Pasquantino KC 1B,DH
38 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B
39 Josh Naylor CLE 1B,DH,RF
40 Harold Ramirez TB 1B,CF,DH,LF,RF
41 Brandon Belt SF 1B,DH
42 Hunter Dozier KC 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF
43 Jurickson Profar SD 1B,2B,LF,CF,RF
44 Jonathan Schoop DET 1B,2B,DH
45 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B,3B
46 Joey Votto CIN 1B
47 Tyler Stephenson CIN C,1B
48 Connor Joe COL 1B,DH,LF,RF
49 Seth Brown OAK 1B,LF,RF
50 Brendan Donovan STL 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF,SS


Second Base Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Shoutout to the guy in one of my leagues who dropped Marcus Semien on the morning of May 15! The 31-year-old was on a six-game hitless streak and owned a .154/.215/.203 slash with zero home runs. The rage-drop was understood, but the hits started falling into late May and since May 15, Semien has a familiar .287/.339/.502 slash with 11 home runs and 12 steals in just 51 games. That’s a superstar-worthy 30/30 pace over a full season! 

In a similar vein, Trevor Story’s been all sorts of hot and cold throughout 2022 but his slot in the middle of Boston’s potent order has yielded 35 R+RBI in the last 30 days. This is the most for a second baseman in that window. Entering play on Monday, Story and Trea Turner paced the field with 107 R+RBI. Story is also one of four at the keystone with double-digit home runs and steals.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. expects to play in the All-Star game and should be ready to continue a stellar sophomore season in the second half. As he trends towards a return, Whit Merrifield’s toe injury has him hitting the injured list. Maybe some of you out there are waiting on Brandon Lowe as his rehab assignment progresses. And maybe some of you wish Jonathan India took longer on his rehab assignment, as the 25-year-old is just now awakening after returning from the IL on June 14. 

India has six hits in his last five games entering Monday but is hitting .176 with five extra-base hits in 100 PAs since the return. He’s struck out 26 times against only three walks while going 1-of-3 on the basepaths, so things are just generally poor across the board. But he remains Cincy’s leadoff man at a hitter-friendly park so try to find a spot on the bench if you must. Speaking of GABP, Brandon Drury demands respect, but a trade away from GABP would hurt (.936 home OPS, .786 road OPS).

And then there’s the meteoric rise of Jon Berti, who was finally given an avenue to playing time and hit the ground running. The speedster only had two stolen bases until May 27 and by July 11 he leads the majors with 27 swipes. Ha, ha, ha. His momentum slowed a bit in early July but then he rattled off back-to-back three-hit games with a steal in each, so the party continues.

Rank Name Team Positions
1 Trea Turner LAD 2B,SS
2 Mookie Betts LAD 2B,CF,RF
3 Marcus Semien TEX 2B,SS
4 Trevor Story BOS 2B,SS
5 Tommy Edman STL 2B,RF,SS
6 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B,SS
7 Gleyber Torres NYY 2B,SS
8 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
9 Luis Arraez MIN 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF
10 Ty France SEA 1B,2B,3B,DH
11 Jorge Polanco MIN 2B,SS
12 Whit Merrifield KC 2B,CF,RF
13 Christopher Morel CHC 2B,3B,CF
14 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B,2B,3B
15 Javier Baez DET 2B,SS
16 Ketel Marte ARI 2B,CF,DH
17 Jon Berti MIA 2B,3B,LF,SS
18 Jake Cronenworth SD 1B,2B,SS
19 Brendan Rodgers COL 2B,SS
20 Brandon Drury CIN 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF,RF
21 Isaac Paredes TB 1B,2B,3B
22 Jonathan India CIN 2B
23 Brandon Lowe TB 2B,LF,RF
24 Josh Rojas ARI 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
25 Matt Carpenter NYY 1B,2B,DH
26 Nick Senzel CIN 2B,CF
27 Gavin Lux LAD 2B,SS,LF,CF
28 Kolten Wong MIL 2B
29 Max Muncy LAD 1B,2B,3B,DH
30 Andres Gimenez CLE 2B,SS
31 Eduardo Escobar NYM 1B,2B,3B
32 Ryan McMahon COL 2B,3B
33 Nico Hoerner CHC 2B,SS
34 Santiago Espinal TOR 2B,3B
35 Jurickson Profar SD 1B,2B,LF,CF,RF
36 Luis Urias MIL 2B,3B,SS
37 Jonathan Schoop DET 1B,2B,DH
38 Kike Hernandez BOS 2B,CF
39 Thairo Estrada SF 2B,SS
40 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B,LF
41 Brendan Donovan STL 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
42 Jorge Mateo BAL 2B,SS,CF
43 Luis Garcia WSH 2B,SS
44 Nolan Gorman STL 2B,3B,DH
45 Owen Miller CLE 1B,2B,DH
46 Jace Peterson MIL 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF
47 Chris Taylor LAD 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF
48 Nick Gordon MIN 2B,SS,LF,CF
49 C.J. Abrams SD 2B,SS
50 Jean Segura PHI 2B


Third Base Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Jose Ramirez homered on July 9 for his 17th home run of the season, which sounds solid until you remember he hit HR No. 16 way back on June 10. I know that powerless streak hurt a bit but he still hit around .280 with four steals and 24 R+RBI in that span to remain a top-150 player. We also stomached a Manny Machado injury that could’ve been a lot worse and now he gets a four-game series at Coors. Rafael Devers is a monster and is day-to-day with a back issue, likely from carrying Boston’s lineup.

That trio has all justified their lofty draft costs throughout 2022 but Austin Riley might be the best buy of them all. I was worried about his stretch run in ‘21 where he swung aggressively and barely drew a walk, but he’s stayed hot this year with a wild 25% HR/FB rate and an improved zone-contact rate. Color me impressed!

Justin Turner has also resuscitated his fantasy stock, much to the chagrin of those stashing Miguel Vargas, but perhaps the injury to Chris Taylor and Max Muncy’s struggles will still crack the door open. Matt Chapman has seen a similar renaissance of late, as has Josh Donaldson. Hopefully, those of you who sat through the struggles for Yoan Moncada, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Ryan McMahon were able to scoop a replacement such as Alec Bohm or Christopher Morel on the wire.

Rank Name Team Positions
1 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B,DH
2 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
3 Manny Machado SD 3B,DH
4 Austin Riley ATL 1B,3B
5 Nolan Arenado STL 3B,DH
6 Bobby Witt Jr. KC 3B,SS
7 Alex Bregman HOU 3B
8 Kris Bryant COL 1B,3B,LF,CF,RF
9 Luis Arraez MIN 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF
10 Ty France SEA 1B,2B,3B,DH
11 Christopher Morel CHC 2B,3B,CF
12 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B,2B,3B
13 Eugenio Suarez SEA 3B,DH,SS
14 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B,3B,LF
15 Jon Berti MIA 2B,3B,LF,SS
16 Justin Turner LAD 3B,DH
17 Brandon Drury CIN 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF,RF
18 Isaac Paredes TB 1B,2B,3B
19 Josh Rojas ARI 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
20 Juan Yepez STL 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF
21 Josh Donaldson NYY 3B,DH
22 Matt Chapman TOR 3B
23 Ke'Bryan Hayes PIT 3B
24 Max Muncy LAD 1B,2B,3B,DH
25 Eduardo Escobar NYM 1B,2B,3B
26 Ryan McMahon COL 2B,3B
27 Alec Bohm PHI 3B
28 Jeimer Candelario DET 3B
29 Gio Urshela MIN 3B,SS
30 Santiago Espinal TOR 2B,3B
31 Hunter Dozier KC 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF
32 Luis Urias MIL 2B,3B,SS
33 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B,3B
34 Brendan Donovan STL 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
35 Nolan Gorman STL 2B,3B,DH
36 Kyle Farmer CIN 3B,SS
37 Jace Peterson MIL 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF
38 Chris Taylor LAD 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF
39 Yandy Diaz TB 1B,3B
40 Wander Franco TB 3B,SS
41 Rougned Odor BAL 2B,3B
42 Evan Longoria SF 3B,DH
43 Diego Castillo PIT 2B,3B,RF,SS
44 Dylan Moore SEA 2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
45 Jonathan Villar LAA 2B,3B,SS
46 Jose Miranda MIN 1B,3B
47 Nolan Jones CLE 3B
48 Emmanuel Rivera KC 3B
49 Spencer Torkelson DET 1B,3B
50 Jake Burger CWS 3B


Shortstop Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Holy. Dansby. Swanson. The 28-year-old is ranked No. 1 on Yahoo’s 5x5 scoring system in the last 30 days with pure five-category contributions. Congrats to those of you who drafted him because the shortstop position has quietly underwhelmed of late. It hasn’t been bad but we’ve expected more from Bo Bichette, Xander Bogaerts, and Tim Anderson (okay, he’s been bad). Even Francisco Lindor is only ranked 150 in the last 30 days.

And now fantasy teams must replace Wander Franco for possibly two months. We also had to dance around injuries to Jorge Polanco, Bobby Witt Jr., and Jeremy Pena. At least we have seen Corey Seager and Javier Baez come alive, with Willy Adames, Amed Rosario, and Gleyber Torres also holding steady as top-75 players.

As a Yankee boy at heart, I am also begging for Oswald Peraza to get his chance in the majors. I respect how Isiah Kiner-Falefa re-tooled his approach and had a nice 2021 season, but if you’re going to be a defense-first asset then you better be an extremely reliable glove and he’s not. Meanwhile, Peraza is hitting nearly .300 with a wonderful last 30 games:

Rank Name Team Positions
1 Trea Turner LAD 2B,SS
2 Marcus Semien TEX 2B,SS
3 Dansby Swanson ATL SS
4 Trevor Story BOS 2B,SS
5 Bo Bichette TOR DH,SS
6 Francisco Lindor NYM SS
7 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
8 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS,CF,RF
9 Bobby Witt Jr. KC 3B,SS
10 Tommy Edman STL 2B,RF,SS
11 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA 2B,SS
12 Gleyber Torres NYY 2B,SS
13 Corey Seager TEX SS
14 Carlos Correa MIN SS
15 Tim Anderson CWS SS
16 Jorge Polanco MIN 2B,SS
17 Willy Adames MIL SS
18 Javier Baez DET 2B,SS
19 Jeremy Pena HOU SS
20 Eugenio Suarez SEA 3B,DH,SS
21 Jon Berti MIA 2B,3B,LF,SS
22 Jake Cronenworth SD 1B,2B,SS
23 Brendan Rodgers COL 2B,SS
24 Amed Rosario CLE CF,LF,SS
25 Oneil Cruz PIT SS
26 Josh Rojas ARI 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
27 Gavin Lux LAD 2B,SS,LF,CF
28 Andres Gimenez CLE 2B,SS
29 Nico Hoerner CHC 2B,SS
30 Gio Urshela MIN 3B,SS
31 J.P. Crawford SEA SS
32 Isiah Kiner-Falefa NYY SS
33 Luis Urias MIL 2B,3B,SS
34 Miguel Rojas MIA SS
35 Elvis Andrus OAK SS
36 Thairo Estrada SF 2B,SS
37 Brendan Donovan STL 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
38 Jorge Mateo BAL 2B,SS,CF
39 Luis Garcia WSH 2B,SS
40 Kyle Farmer CIN 3B,SS
41 Brandon Crawford SF SS
42 Chris Taylor LAD 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF
43 Nick Gordon MIN 2B,SS,LF,CF
44 C.J. Abrams SD 2B,SS
45 Wander Franco TB 3B,SS
46 Diego Castillo PIT 2B,3B,RF,SS
47 Dylan Moore SEA 2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
48 Jonathan Villar LAA 2B,3B,SS
49 Ha-Seong Kim SD 2B,3B,SS
50 Nicky Lopez KC 2B,3B,SS


Outfield Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Losing Bryce Harper for an undetermined amount of time with a broken hand is crippling to any fantasy team and you have my sympathy. I’m over here hoping this quick IL stint for Yordan Alvarez’s hand is enough to keep him chugging in the MVP race throughout the second half. There are several stud OFs performing like we’d expect, with huge summertime sprees coming from Luis Robert, Kyle Tucker, Teoscar Hernandez, and Juan Soto while Aaron Judge continues his own MVP campaign. Plus, Mookie Betts returned from a rib injury and has launched three home runs in a week so he looks A-OK.

Giancarlo Stanton has 16 hits over the last month but 10 of them have left the yard, making him a top-50 bat despite the .174 average in that window. Just mix him with Cedric Mullins’ one home run but .303 average and you have a composite superstar…aka Julio Rodriguez! Mullins has five steals and a .300 average in the last month, which we’ll happily take compared to Nick Castellanos have one home run with only two steals and a .252 average in the same timespan. We have no choice but to bump him down a tier or two.

Raise your hand if you’re rocking with Money Michael Harris II, who is handling MLB pitching with style at just 21 years old. Over his first 41 games, the rookie is hitting .300 with seven home runs while going a perfect 7-for-7 on steal attempts. I anticipated a plus average with wheels but didn’t expect the power to show up until he grew more into his six-foot frame. That said, the HR/FB rate near 25% is very unlikely to hold, but more singles yield additional steal opportunities! Always look on the bright side.

Others brightening their outlooks of late have been Aaron Hicks, Andrew McCutchen, Nick Senzel, Alex Verdugo, and Ramon Laureano. On the flip side, some sliders compared to our last update are Taylor Ward, Austin Hays, and AJ Pollock. I’m not sure Myles Straw has stopped sliding since April ended.

We’ve also seen recent returns of Eloy Jimenez, Seiya Suzuki, Eddie Rosario, and hopefully, Tyler O’Neill by the time this is published! Jimenez only posted a .668 OPS across 63 Triple-A PAs on rehab and has a .633 OPS over 15 MLB games in ‘22, but we hope he finds a groove soon. The White Sox have too many DH-types to let Eloy get comfortable at the dish by consistently taking his mind off of defense, unfortunately.

Rank Name Team Positions
1 Aaron Judge NYY CF,RF,DH
2 Mike Trout LAA CF
3 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL DH,RF
4 Kyle Tucker HOU RF
5 Julio Rodriguez SEA CF,RF
6 Juan Soto WSH RF
7 Yordan Alvarez HOU LF,DH
8 Mookie Betts LAD 2B,CF,RF
9 Luis Robert CWS CF
10 Teoscar Hernandez TOR DH,LF,RF
11 Cedric Mullins II BAL CF
12 Starling Marte NYM CF,RF
13 Byron Buxton MIN CF,DH
14 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS,CF,RF
15 Kyle Schwarber PHI 1B,DH,LF
16 Tommy Edman STL 2B,RF,SS
17 George Springer TOR CF,DH,RF
18 Randy Arozarena TB DH,LF,RF
19 Giancarlo Stanton NYY LF,RF,DH
20 J.D. Martinez BOS LF,RF,DH
21 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B,LF,DH
22 Josh Bell WSH 1B,LF
23 Michael Harris II ATL CF
24 Marcell Ozuna ATL DH,LF
25 Christian Yelich MIL DH,LF
26 Bryan Reynolds PIT LF,CF
27 Kris Bryant COL 1B,3B,LF,CF,RF
28 Luis Arraez MIN 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF
29 Adolis Garcia TEX CF,DH,LF,RF
30 Nick Castellanos PHI RF
31 Whit Merrifield KC 2B,CF,RF
32 Tyler O'Neill STL LF
33 Christopher Morel CHC 2B,3B,CF
34 Cody Bellinger LAD CF
35 Ketel Marte ARI 2B,CF,DH
36 Alex Verdugo BOS LF,CF,RF
37 Patrick Wisdom CHC 1B,3B,LF
38 Jon Berti MIA 2B,3B,LF,SS
39 Taylor Ward LAA LF,CF,RF
40 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 1B,DH,LF
41 Jared Walsh LAA 1B,RF
42 Brandon Drury CIN 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF,RF
43 Seiya Suzuki CHC LF,RF
44 Austin Hays BAL LF,RF
45 Andrew Benintendi KC LF
46 Jesse Winker SEA LF
47 Franmil Reyes CLE RF,DH
48 Alex Kirilloff MIN 1B,LF,RF
49 Andrew Vaughn CWS 1B,DH,LF,RF
50 Tommy Pham CIN CF,DH,LF
51 Brandon Lowe TB 2B,LF,RF
52 Joc Pederson SF CF,DH,LF,RF
53 Amed Rosario CLE CF,LF,SS
54 Ramon Laureano OAK CF,RF
55 Eloy Jimenez CWS DH,LF
56 Ian Happ CHC CF,DH,LF,RF
57 Brandon Nimmo NYM LF,CF
58 MJ Melendez KC C,DH,RF
59 Josh Rojas ARI 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
60 Juan Yepez STL 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF
61 Randal Grichuk COL CF,DH,RF
62 Charlie Blackmon COL DH,RF
63 Andrew McCutchen MIL DH,LF,RF
64 Anthony Santander BAL DH,LF,RF
65 Daulton Varsho ARI C,CF,DH,LF,RF
66 Nick Senzel CIN 2B,CF
67 Aaron Hicks NYY CF,LF
68 Avisail Garcia MIA RF
69 Gavin Lux LAD 2B,SS,LF,CF
70 Dylan Carlson STL LF,CF,RF
71 Trent Grisham SD CF
72 Trey Mancini BAL 1B,DH,RF
73 Riley Greene DET CF
74 Bryce Harper PHI DH,RF
75 Alek Thomas ARI CF
76 Adam Duvall ATL LF,CF,RF
77 Eddie Rosario ATL LF,RF
78 Jorge Soler MIA DH,LF,RF
79 Hunter Renfroe MIL CF,RF
80 AJ Pollock CWS CF,LF,RF
81 Jesus Sanchez MIA CF,LF,RF
82 Kole Calhoun TEX LF,RF
83 Josh Naylor CLE 1B,DH,RF
84 Harold Ramirez TB 1B,CF,DH,LF,RF
85 David Peralta ARI LF
86 Michael Brantley HOU LF,RF,DH
87 Mike Yastrzemski SF CF,RF
88 Mark Canha NYM LF,CF,RF
89 Hunter Dozier KC 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF
90 Steven Kwan CLE CF,LF,RF
91 Jurickson Profar SD 1B,2B,LF,CF,RF
92 Max Kepler MIN CF,RF
93 Harrison Bader STL CF
94 Albert Almora Jr. CIN CF,LF,RF
95 Oscar Gonzalez CLE RF
96 Lane Thomas WSH LF,CF,RF
97 Jack Suwinski PIT CF,LF,RF
98 Kike Hernandez BOS 2B,CF
99 Tyler Naquin CIN CF,DH,LF,RF
100 Seth Brown OAK 1B,LF,RF


Starting Pitcher Fantasy Baseball Rankings

You better rock with my weekly RoS Top 101 starting pitcher articles! That's from last week. Here's a preview of tomorrow's with the table:

Rank Name Team Positions
1 Corbin Burnes MIL SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Shane McClanahan TB SP
4 Shohei Ohtani LAA SP,DH
5 Max Scherzer NYM SP
6 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP
7 Joe Musgrove SD SP
8 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
9 Justin Verlander HOU SP
10 Carlos Rodon SF SP
11 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
12 Max Fried ATL SP
13 Aaron Nola PHI SP
14 Kevin Gausman TOR SP
15 Alek Manoah TOR SP
16 Logan Webb SF SP
17 Luis Severino NYY RP,SP
18 Dylan Cease CWS SP
19 Robbie Ray SEA SP
20 Nestor Cortes Jr. NYY SP,RP
21 Julio Urias LAD SP
22 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
23 Yu Darvish SD SP
24 Shane Bieber CLE SP
25 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
26 Chris Bassitt NYM SP
27 Tony Gonsolin LAD SP
28 Cristian Javier HOU SP,RP
29 Spencer Strider ATL RP,SP
30 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
31 Charlie Morton ATL SP
32 Kyle Wright ATL SP
33 Frankie Montas OAK SP
34 Shane Baz TB SP
35 Pablo Lopez MIA SP
36 Luis Castillo CIN SP
37 Logan Gilbert SEA SP
38 Framber Valdez HOU SP
39 Sean Manaea SD SP
40 Chris Sale BOS SP
41 Lance Lynn CWS SP
42 Michael Kopech CWS SP,RP
43 Luis Garcia HOU SP
44 Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
45 Zac Gallen ARI SP
46 Nick Lodolo CIN SP
47 Sonny Gray MIN SP
48 Joe Ryan MIN SP
49 Tyler Mahle CIN SP
50 Nick Pivetta BOS SP
51 Tyler Anderson LAD SP
52 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP
53 Jon Gray TEX SP
54 Jose Urquidy HOU SP
55 Andrew Heaney LAD SP,RP
56 Carlos Carrasco NYM SP
57 George Kirby SEA SP
58 Jose Berrios TOR SP
59 Aaron Ashby MIL SP,RP
60 Taijuan Walker NYM SP
61 Alex Wood SF SP
62 Tarik Skubal DET SP
63 Mike Clevinger SD SP
64 Jameson Taillon NYY SP
65 Triston McKenzie CLE SP
66 Alex Cobb SF SP
67 Freddy Peralta MIL SP
68 MacKenzie Gore SD SP
69 Adam Wainwright STL SP
70 Blake Snell SD SP
71 Miles Mikolas STL SP
72 Martin Perez TEX SP,RP
73 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP
74 Tyler Wells BAL RP,SP
75 Roansy Contreras PIT SP
76 Eric Lauer MIL SP
77 Josiah Gray WSH SP
78 Keegan Thompson CHC SP,RP
79 Noah Syndergaard LAA SP
80 Paul Blackburn OAK SP
81 Hunter Greene CIN SP
82 Reid Detmers LAA SP
83 Drew Rasmussen TB SP,RP
84 Ross Stripling TOR SP,RP
85 Jesus Luzardo MIA SP,RP
86 Marcus Stroman CHC SP
87 Jeffrey Springs TB RP,SP
88 Zach Eflin PHI SP
89 Trevor Rogers MIA SP
90 Kyle Gibson PHI SP
91 Luis Patino TB SP
92 Cal Quantrill CLE SP,RP
93 Corey Kluber TB SP
94 Johnny Cueto CWS SP
95 Kutter Crawford BOS RP,SP
96 Brayan Bello BOS SP
97 Brady Singer KC SP
98 Graham Ashcraft CIN SP
99 Jose Quintana PIT SP,RP
100 Chris Flexen SEA SP
101 Zach Plesac CLE SP


Relief Pitcher Fantasy Baseball Rankings

I also have monthly top 150 RP ranking articles but those are for you SV+HLD folks, so this is my chance to angle things for the traditional 5x5 format.

The life of a closer is typically a fickle one and relying on them to hold up over the course of a season is an exercise in madness. That said, most of the top relievers have performed well thus far. Josh Hader paces the field while Liam Hendriks is healthy once again. Edwin Diaz and his otherworldly strikeout rate help us all while Emmanuel Clase saw a stellar stretch of save opportunities to end June. Kenley Jansen should return any day now and continue to anchor Atlanta’s incredible bullpen. My condolences to those who pinned their hopes on Aroldis Chapman, but I hope you got Clay Holmes!

We can’t talk about bullpens in July without sniffing around some trade deadline rumors.

Baltimore’s recent hot streak lessens my confidence in Jorge Lopez being dealt but we must be ready to add Felix Bautista just in case. I doubt Lopez would close on any buying contenders.

Boston may feel more confident in their ‘pen once Garrett Whitlock is back as the 1-2 IP high-leverage weapon. John Schreiber is a beast and Tanner Houck looks comfortable as the closer. Rumors of a Daniel Bard reunion have flown but he may go elsewhere rather than Boston, which would leave Alex Colome as a Coors closer with little strikeout upside. Bleh.

Kansas City’s Scott Barlow is a prime trade candidate that would leave the currently-injured Josh Staumont as the speculative add. Likewise, Oakland could leverage Lou Trivino’s recent run of saves into a small return but I can’t imagine Trivino is the closer on another team. Zach Jackson or Domingo Acevedo would be favorites for the ninth with Trivino out of town.

Detroit’s Gregory Soto and Michael Fulmer are both drawing trade interest, which would leave Andrew Chafin, Alex Lange, and Joe Jimenez all with a shot at saves. Since Soto is a southpaw closer then I wouldn’t worry as much about Chafin’s left-handedness being used against him when evaluating the next man up.

Heading to the NL, we could see Arizona moving Mark Melancon and granting an opportunity for Joe Mantiply in the second half. The Cubbies may move David Robertson, who stands a decent chance at closing in new threads, with Mychal Givens the favorite to step into his gig. The Pirates should flip David Bednar given the state of Pittsburgh, with speculators leaning towards Wil Crowe or Yerry De Los Santos (I’m Team YDLS).

I hope that Cincinnati finds an excuse to deal Hunter Strickland because Alexis Diaz deserves a shot at closing and entering the mainstream conversation. Washington may also decide to move Tanner Rainey with their losing record, which could see Kyle Finnegan reenact his 2021 stretch run.

But it isn’t all about saves! Seattle’s Andres Munoz is on a tear, sporting a 60.9% strikeout rate in the last 30 days that just ekes out Edwin Diaz’s 60% mark. No other RP with at least 10 innings in that window is above 50%! Others to note are the aforementioned Schreiber, Michael King, Evan Phillips, and Nabil Crismatt.

Rank Name Team Positions
1 Josh Hader MIL RP
2 Edwin Diaz NYM RP
3 Liam Hendriks CWS RP
4 Clay Holmes NYY RP
5 Jordan Romano TOR RP
6 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP
7 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP
8 Taylor Rogers SD RP
9 Kenley Jansen ATL RP
10 Ryan Pressly HOU RP
11 Craig Kimbrel LAD RP
12 Ryan Helsley STL RP
13 David Bednar PIT RP
14 Paul Sewald SEA RP
15 Gregory Soto DET RP
16 Jorge Lopez BAL SP,RP
17 Tanner Houck BOS SP,RP
18 Tanner Scott MIA RP
19 Scott Barlow KC RP
20 Tanner Rainey WSH RP
21 Camilo Doval SF RP
22 Daniel Bard COL RP
23 David Robertson CHC RP
24 Jhoan Duran MIN RP,SP
25 Mark Melancon ARI RP
26 Seranthony Dominguez PHI RP
27 Diego Castillo SEA RP
28 Devin Williams MIL RP
29 Dany Jimenez OAK RP
30 Lou Trivino OAK RP
31 Giovanny Gallegos STL RP
32 Kendall Graveman CWS RP
33 Joe Barlow TEX RP
34 Jason Adam TB RP
35 A.J. Minter ATL RP
36 Andres Munoz SEA RP
37 Brett Martin TEX RP
38 Hector Neris HOU RP
39 Adam Cimber TOR RP
40 Colin Poche TB RP
41 Josh Staumont KC RP
42 Michael King NYY SP,RP
43 Garrett Whitlock BOS RP,SP
44 Brooks Raley TB RP
45 Will Smith ATL RP
46 Andrew Chafin DET RP
47 Yerry De Los Santos PIT RP
48 Joe Mantiply ARI RP
49 Alexis Diaz CIN RP
50 Rafael Montero HOU RP
51 Emilio Pagan MIN RP
52 Felix Bautista BAL RP
53 John Schreiber BOS RP
54 Zach Jackson OAK RP
55 Ryan Tepera LAA RP
56 Brad Hand PHI RP
57 Mychal Givens CHC RP
58 Evan Phillips LAD RP
59 Corey Knebel PHI SP,RP
60 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
61 Tyler Rogers SF RP
62 Brad Boxberger MIL RP
63 Seth Lugo NYM RP
64 Aaron Loup LAA RP
65 Dennis Santana TEX RP
66 Dylan Floro MIA RP
67 Eli Morgan CLE RP,SP
68 Kyle Finnegan WSH RP
69 A.J. Puk OAK RP
70 John Brebbia SF RP
71 Jake Diekman BOS RP
72 Wandy Peralta NYY RP
73 Luis Garcia SD RP
74 Jesse Chavez ATL SP,RP
75 Nick Martinez SD RP,SP
76 Tyler Duffey MIN RP
77 Rowan Wick CHC RP
78 Jose Leclerc TEX RP
79 Domingo Acevedo OAK RP
80 Alex Colome COL RP

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The NBA season is just around the corner. You're probably doing a bunch of fantasy basketball prep right now, so here's something to help you with that: a piece about potential busts. For the purposes of this piece, I'm basically talking about two kinds of busts. There are players who are being drafted too high... Read More

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Enough Already: Third-year Players To Give Up On In Fantasy Basketball

Not every player can set the world on fire as a rookie. Or as a second-year player. Sometimes, young players take time to develop. But other times, those struggles in years one and two can be signs that those players are on their way to washing out of the NBA. Below are five third-year NBA... Read More

2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Forgotten Players Worth Tracking (Part 1)

Whether it is because of injuries, because of a perceived lack of talent, or because of any other reason you can think of, some professional athletes find themselves on the outside looking in at some point in their careers. They get forgotten, they become part of their sport's past, and they have to make a... Read More

2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Forgotten Players Worth Tracking (Part 3)

This is the thirdpart of the ongoing series about "forgotten" NBA players I decided to write this preseason to bring some names back to the fantasy basketball forefront. I wanted to bring some players whose names have already (or could soon) entered the "forgotten" realm in the NBA, so that's why I'm highlighting them in... Read More

Fantasy Basketball Category Studs: Blocks And Steals

Blocks and steals, the two defensive stats used in typical category leagues, may seem secondary but they are just as important to manage as rebounds or assists, and they should not be overlooked. Yes, it feels cool to grab all the guys who can score points and average double-doubles, but if you aren't rostering players... Read More