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Welcome back to Hitter List. Every Wednesday during the regular season, I’ll rank the current value of the top 150 hitters for the remainder of the year. Use these rankings to help get a sense of both a player’s expected performance and his trade value in your fantasy leagues moving forward. They’re constructed with 12-teamer, H2H, 5×5 leagues in mind; adjust as needed for your specific setup. Position eligibility does factor in to a degree.
As a reminder: There’s a ton of baseball left to be played, and these are rest of season rankings. We’re interested in the long view ’round these parts. That said, adjustments to the List are becoming more aggressive as we move deeper into the year. With that should come the acknowledgment that small shifts in a specific player’s ranking are often as much a consequence of other players’ more drastic movements as anything else. This is especially true when injuries occur. Put another way, please do not @ me if a guy moved up like two spots even if he’s failed to get a hit in the last couple games. I do, however, welcome more substantive grievances in the comments.
On to the highlights!
- First, a mea culpa – I had seen initial reports that Dee Gordon could miss up to a couple months with his broken toe, but those were estimates based on if he needed surgery, which he did not. The lesson, as always: I am a dummy. He’s on track to be activated when first eligible on Thursday and has been mostly restored to his former glory here; I feel like some concern is warranted on a foot injury for a guy who gets pretty much all his value from speed.
- Injury roundup: The big story, of course, was Ronald Acuna stopping fantasy owners’ hearts after his leg buckled awkwardly/horrifyingly on an infield single on Sunday. Thankfully, it looked a lot worse than it actually ended up being – Acuna suffered a mild ACL sprain and should be back within two weeks. Elsewhere, Khris Davis was officially placed on the disabled list not long after last week’s List published. His groin strain is the lowest grade, but he’s still likely to be out for longer than the minimum 10 days. Franchy Cordero‘s recent struggles owed their roots to a forearm injury; he’ll return to a crowded outfield as Wil Myers should be back this week.
- New to or back on the List this week: Juan Soto, Austin Meadows, Brandon Nimmo, Matt Carpenter, and Addison Russell. Turns out I couldn’t have added Soto to the List last week, as he was not included in our database. Eat it, haters! (While you eat it, please also ignore the fact that I only need to ask for a player who is missing to be added, as I did this week for both Soto and Meadows.) Both rookies have been impressive in the early going, but questions about their playing time and long-term outlook keep them toward the bottom for the time being. As with any other player, if they continue to perform, they’ll move up accordingly. Nimmo isn’t a rookie anymore, but he’s in a similar situation as at-bats could be tough to come by once Yoenis Cespedes is back in action. Carpenter is back from the dead after a truly horrendous start to the year; he’s hitting .408/.453/.776 with three homers in his last 12 games. Lastly, while his counting stats still aren’t impressive, Russell has quietly slashed .318/.408/.485 since May 5.
Who do you like better ROS in a standard season long roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG) based on my roster…Rizzo or Benintendi? I’m not sure how much Rizzo would move the needle. Benintendi is ahead of last years’ pace in all categories and in a Sox offense that is stronger than last year. Rizzo’s PH% is 30%. Plus, I have Freeman and Abreu who can play 1B. Rizzo would have to be placed in the UTIL slot forcing out either Merrifield or Gordon for SB’s.
OF Trout, Judge, Springer, Rosario
UTIL Abreu, Benintendi
BENCH Gordon (DL)
Do you have a 6 man league? How do you get Trout and Arenado on the same team, let alone with Freeman, Judge, Correa, and Springer?
Bump again. Kyle, I want to hear what you think on this possible trade.
Hopkins was dropped in my 12 team H2H 6×6 with Avg and OPS. Who would you drop between Braun, D.Santana, and Bird and what % of budget would you bid. It is $1 min.
I am thinking between Braun or Santana due to the playing time and would like to see what Bird can do if healthy. All three are on my bench.
It was Hoskins that was dropped
Assuming you can’t afford to wait until he hears from the doctors tomorrow RE: surgery and timetable, I’m fine with cutting Braun and could see bidding as much as 20% FAAB. Hoskins’ xStats look good and I expected him to shake off this slump and be fine. You may have a lower tolerance for risk depending on your situation.
Hey Kyle I think I asked you think last year, but this ranking is based a 5×5 roto correct? If so would you consider doing a points league ranking for hitters? I feel like there are a lot of owners like myself that would love to see that. Thanks
Second this. I know it would probably be a ton of work, but I think many would find it helpful. Just something to consider as you guys continue to grow.
I think if I had to do two of these every week I might die butttt I’m sure if there is sufficient interest one of my esteemed colleagues could produce a points league List.
Please mention this to them. Most people I talk to are in a points league as they think it’s “more fun” so if you could talk yourself or one of your colleagues into making one that would be awesome!
Would it be a mistake to drop David Peralta for Jon Jay? I could use the hits and runs, and I think I’d drop either of them once Kyle Tucker comes up, anyway.
I’d rather have Peralta, but I wouldn’t lose sleep over it.
I am kind of surprised that Choo isn’t anywhere in the top 150. I know he is older than most on the list at 35, but he is having a career year! And in OPS leagues, he is holding his own over the past 45 days.
He’s been on the List before, and likely will be again – he was among the final cuts this week. Have to disagree that this is a career year for him though, he’s been a .290 20/20 guy multiple times in the past. Also, 5×5 rather than OPS.
Career year in terms of power for sure, like everyone I guess. Choo is on pace for 28 HR, 105 Runs, 95 BB, 160 Hits — all at or above career marks. Not surprising given the state of the game, but still definitely top 150 one would think.
Why did Schoop fall so far?
Josh Bell over Jesus Aguilar? I can’t do it, man!
Is Franmill Reyes close to making the list? I need more HR’s from the waiver wire and I may drop C.C. for him.
Does Ryan Zimmerman make it back on this list? Once ready! They are saying mid-June.