Hitter List 6/30 – Ranking the Top 150 Hitters for 2021

Ranking the top 150 hitters for fantasy baseball every week of the year

Hello, and welcome back to Hitter List, where every week during the regular season I’ll be sharing updated rankings for the top 150 hitters in baseball. These rankings are geared toward standard, daily, 12-team H2H leagues, as that is typically the most popular fantasy baseball format. They will only factor in the five standard categories: Runs, RBI, Home Runs, Batting Average, and Stolen Bases.

First, let’s get some basics out of the way:

 

  • I would recommend not paying super close attention to the specific ranks of each player, and honing in more on the respective tiers that they’re in. Each tier represents a grouping of players that I think could arguably perform at a similar level, and/or carry similar levels of risk in terms of injury concerns or playing time obstacles. If Player X is ranked at #55 and Player Y is ranked at #65, but they’re in the same tier, it means that I personally like Player X a lot better, but think there’s a valid argument to be made for Player Y performing just as well.

 

  • Player movement (+/-) can be influenced by the movement of players around them in the ranks. You may see a player rise a few spots despite a poor performance, or drop a few spots despite a great performance. This can happen when players above them are moved below them, or vice versa. It could also be the result of injured players returning to the list after coming off the IL, or dropping off the list when they hit the IL. Just something to be conscious of if you see a change that doesn’t initially make a ton of sense.

 

  • Any player currently on the IL or not in the majors is removed from the list.

 

  • Hopefully it goes without saying, but these rankings aren’t an exact science. Every person’s rankings are influenced by their own biases, strategic philosophies, determinations of risk, and projections. It’s why no two rankings are ever exactly alike. My way of evaluating and ranking players has worked out well for me over the years, but it might not be a great fit for you. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and that what makes the game so fun. Please keep that in mind before eviscerating my fragile mental health in the comments.

 

And now a couple of notes on how I generally evaluate hitters before we dive in:

 

  • I’ve typically weighed stolen bases pretty heavily, but I’ve gradually learned to value the stat less and less over the years. I’m hoping to continue to move in that direction this year, with one caveat: I still think players with truly elite speed (e.g. Trea Turner and Adalberto Mondesí) are worth their weight in gold. As stolen bases have plummeted in recent years, and previous world-class speedsters like Mallex Smith, Dee Strange-Gordon, and Jonathan Villar currently find themselves with declining skillsets and/or no path to full-time at-bats, players who can swipe 30+ bags have become a true rarity. Getting that kind of stolen base output from one lineup slot allows you so much more flexibility in how you put together the rest of your team, and I think that can really give you an edge when it comes to roster construction.

 

  • Batted ball quality is huge for me (as I’m sure it is for most people). Every year the industry takes further strides in how it evaluates contact quality and its relationship with launch angle. Connor Kurcon’s DHH% and TrueHit statistics are revelations, and something I hope to rely on for player rankings throughout the year, once those stats are updated for 2021. Looking at quality of contact in conjunction with a hitter’s plate discipline, contact ability, spray charts, and batted ball tendencies is really where the meat of my player analysis tends to take place.

 

  • Considering the format that these rankings cater towards (standard 12-team H2H), I generally think streaming catchers is a viable strategy, and as a result I’m a bit lower than most on the mid-tier options. That said, a catcher like J.T. Realmuto is essentially in a tier of his own, and as a result I think rostering him gives you a significant edge over your competitors. With this position in particular, I weigh ceiling significantly more than floor.

 

  • I hate kids. As exciting as it is to own a young prospect right as he’s breaking out, I’ve found that trying to pinpoint which prospect will take off and when is a complete crapshoot, and can oftentimes result in spending a lot of playing time and FAAB on young players who don’t return much value. As a result, I tend to lean towards veteran hitters with longer track records.

 

Ranking Notes

  • First off, a list of the hitters that are currently on the Injured List:
Injured Hitters

 

  • Shohei Ohtani makes the leap into Tier 1 this week. I keep waiting for some regression–any regression at all–to rear its ugly head, but we’re at the midway point and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He’s the proud owner of a .333/.400/1.036 triple-slash over the past week with six homers, and is pacing towards a Trout-like 50-homer, 20-stolen base season with elite counting stats to boot. Hitter-only Ohtani is currently the #3 overall player on Razzball’s Player Rater. Again, that’s the #3 overall player (not just hitter), for hitter-only Ohtani. In leagues where the pitcher and hitter versions are one, there’s a very strong case for him to go 1.1 in drafts next year.

 

  • What Ohtani’s rise is forcing me to reflect on is Juan Soto’s place in the top tier of hitters right now. He’s standing out like a sore thumb at the moment, slashing .273/.394/.437 with just nine home runs and three stolen bases on the season. Granted, he missed some time this year. But in terms of fantasy production, he’s contributed less than mediocre hitters like Eddie Rosario and Jorge Polanco so far according to the Player Rater. The contact quality has improved this year, and the expected stats indicate he’s likely gotten a bit unlucky. He’s also got the track record and talent to turn this rough stretch into a distant memory in two weeks time. But that’s about the only thing helping him cling to the top at the moment.

 

  • Wander Franco’s debut was a blast, but he’s gone 2-for-22 since then, and already we’re hearing his name mentioned in the same breath as Jarred Kelenic. I’m not generally of the belief that a prospect can be “too big to fail,” especially in their debut season, so there’s only so much I can say to try and calm your fears. Guys like Soto and Acuña are really the exceptions to the rule when it comes to young hitters. That said, it is way too early to be panicking and jumping ship with Franco. It’s going to take at least a few more weeks before we really get a grasp of what Franco’s strengths and weaknesses are at the big league level. For what it’s worth, what little data we have is promising, as he’s shown an advanced ability to square up the ball and avoid whiffs. Unless you’re getting a big return in the realm of a top-40 hitter, I’d still be holding.

 

  • Crone-heads rejoice! Jake Cronenworth crushed four home runs into the outer reaches of Remulak this past week, continuing a power outburst that has stretched out over his last 15 games and brought his season home run total up to 12. Cronenworth’s hit tool and plate discipline are his most advanced assets, so the power is a bit surprising given his thoroughly average 35.5% Hard-Hit rate. But he does make the most of the power he has by squaring up the ball consistently (35.5% Sweet-Spot rate). Cronenworth has gotten solid run in the third spot of a deep San Diego lineup, so expect the run production to remain high and the RBI totals to likely start to keep pace. And with a solid batting average floor and enough power and speed to get to 20/10 on the year, he’s a super well-rounded, versatile option in all formats.

 

  • DJ LeMahieu keeps on spinning the hits. He’s batting .344 over his last 15 games, with four home runs to boot, and really seems like after a long build-up the beat is about to drop… right? Well, I think it depends on what your expectations are for him rest-of-season. He’s always been a pretty safe bet for a great batting average, and I think that will continue to be the case this season. But I was skeptical about the 20+ home run power from the last two seasons being sustainable given his penchant for hitting the ball on the ground. And I think it’s going to take a bit more than this to convince me he can regain the form of a top-40 hitter, because I’m still not convinced that power is coming back. It’s interesting to note that 80% of his home runs last year came at home, as he took full advantage of Yankee Stadium’s short porch by hitting a lot of his fly balls to the opposite field. This year his Oppo% is down, and not coincidentally, he has a nearly even home/away split in terms of his home run output.

 

  • It came out yesterday that Yoán Moncada has been battling some shoulder issues, which explains a lot. We talked last week about the stark drop in his xwOBA and other peripherals, and after watching some at-bats of his earlier in the week, he just looked incredibly uncomfortable. There’s been no word on an IL stint, and hopefully with a few days off and the All Star break he can get right and have a strong second half. But in the short-term it’s probably safe not to expect much from him.

 

  • All hope seemed lost for Matt Chapman, who was rocking a ghastly 50% strikeout rate in the early part of the season, and whose Hard-Hit rate was on a steady decline all year prior to two weeks ago. It’s tough to believe it’s just a slump when the struggles are that pronounced, but the beautiful thing about baseball is that everything can change in an instant. His Hard-Hit rate has leapt back up into a fairly normal range for him recently (~40%), and he’s keeping his strikeout rate in the 30% range now, which plays. If this isn’t just a short, hot blip, I’m cautiously optimistic he can get back to being a solid counting stat producer with 35+ home run power and a just-below-average batting average.

 

  • I thought I’d have some fun this week and feature a player that’s not necessarily an elite bat, but is still worth your attention, and that’s Willy Adames:

Adames promptly went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer after that tweet went out, and it’s worth noting that Adames historically struggled at Tropicana Field (as noted by several people smarter than me before I stumbled upon this stat myself):

Adames has mostly been batting sixth with the Brewers, but recently has found himself migrating up their lineup, and hit second yesterday. The early returns on his move out of Tampa have been excellent, and I see 30-homer power in his bat. The average will likely hover around .270 going forward, but that plays when it comes with solid power and counting stat potential, plus a smattering of stolen bases. I’d definitely be grabbing him in 12-teamers.

 

  • Josh Bell is teaching me an important lesson in today’s political climate: it’s okay to change your mind when presented with evidence that conflicts with your pre-established beliefs. Thanks for helping me improve myself, Josh Bell! Bell looked like toast for most of this year, rocking those 50%+ ground-ball rates that he’s sported for most of his career, and making that beautiful 2019 season seem more and more like an outlier. But over the past two weeks he’s lifted his Sweet-Spot rate to a point it hasn’t touched since the middle of 2019, and it’s giving me a little bit of hope. Because his 52.9% Hard-Hit rate is one of the highest in the league, and he’s talented enough when it comes to making contact and not chasing pitches that I believe there’s still an elite slugger under the surface if he can ever get back to elevating the ball again. This is more of a small glimmer of hope than a pronouncement that he’s completely fixed. But it’s worth keeping an eye on nevertheless.

 

  • Peripheral stats aren’t always magic. Sometimes those stats change over the course of a season, or only paint a small part of a much larger picture. But sometimes, when the stars align, they do give you the clues you need to predict a potential breakout. Enter: Hunter Renfroe. We noticed a few weeks back that Renfroe was striking out and whiffing significantly less than he ever has, while still retaining an elite 12% barrel rate. Sure enough, over the past month the man has swatted six homers and hit an incredible .346. Renfroe is a player who has historically had high peaks and low valleys over the course of a season, but this year we’re seeing a change that supports sustained success. Grab him.

 

  • I’m beginning to think the Rockies don’t really care about our fantasy teams. Garrett Hampson has, for the most part, put together a very solid season fantasy-wise. His 12 stolen bases have him tied for 10th in the league in the category. He’s posting a solid 6.3% barrel rate. There are the makings here of a 15-homer, 25-stolen base player. What’s not to like? Well, a lot apparently. Because he’s now failed to make his way into the starting lineup in six of the Rockies’ last 10 games. Perhaps there’s an injury at play, and perhaps it’s just the Rockies being the Rockies, working Brendan Rodgers and Yonathan Daza’s admittedly hot bats into the lineup more. I’m still stashing Hampson on my bench if I can, as I do think there’s an intriguing fantasy player here if/when a pathway to at-bats clears up again.

 

  • You don’t really have the luxury of waiting around to see if Keston Hiura’s strikeout rate has improved at all if you want to take a shot at rostering him–chances are the window has already closed now that he’s swatted three homers since being recalled from the minors. If you have grabbed him already–or you’re on the verge of doing so–I’d recommend keeping your expectations in check. A three-homer week doesn’t magically indicate the very real issues with Hiura’s game are fixed. What’s moderately encouraging is that he did show some signs of being less bad at making contact during his minor league stints. And he has one of the higher ceilings in baseball for fantasy, so if he can keep his strikeout rate close to 30% he may be able to flash some of that upside. But that’s going to be a big hill to climb for a guy whose whiff rates tend to exceed 40%.

 

  • Steven Duggar is criminally under-owned for a guy putting together a 25/25 full season pace while slashing .316/.392/.559 on the season. I get the hesitance to embrace a hitter on the chronically-platooned Giants’ roster, and on first glance the 32% strikeout rate is concerning. But looking deeper under the hood, the 28% whiff rate isn’t half bad, and he’s got a solid 22% chase rate, hinting at solid plate discipline. Though he’s unlikely to end the season with even a .280 average, the power/speed combo is appealing and he’s definitely worth your time for as long as he’s in a groove.

 

Rank Hitter Position Change
1Ronald AcunaT1OF-
2Fernando Tatis Jr.SS-
3Vladimir Guerrero Jr.1B, 3B-
4Shohei OhtaniDH+2
5Trea TurnerSS-
6Juan SotoOF-2
7Jose Ramirez
T2
3B
-
8Rafael Devers3B+1
9Bo BichetteSS+1
10Matt Olson1B, DH+4
11J.D. MartinezDH-3
12Mookie BettsOF-1
13Freddie Freeman1B-
14Nick CastellanosOF-2
15Xander BogaertsSS-
16Kyle TuckerOF+1
17Nelson CruzDH+1
18Jesse WinkerOF-2
19Aaron JudgeOF, DH-
20Trevor StorySS-
21Yordan Alvarez
T3
OF, DH
-
22Bryce HarperOF+1
23Manny Machado3B, SS+6
24Cody Bellinger1B, OF+UR
25Nolan Arenado3B-3
26Randy ArozarenaOF-2
27Teoscar HernandezOF, DH+3
28George SpringerOF-3
29Giancarlo StantonOF, DH+3
30Trent GrishamOF+1
31Jose Abreu1B, DH-4
32Starling MarteOF+2
33Jose Altuve2B+5
34Carlos CorreaSS+6
35Tim AndersonSS-9
36Marcus Semien
T4
SS
+3
37Jared Walsh1B-4
38Kris Bryant3B, OF-10
39Austin MeadowsOF, DH+3
40Whit Merrifield2B, OF+3
41J.T. RealmutoC-4
42Ozzie Albies2B+2
43Cedric MullinsOF+2
44Max Muncy1B, 2B+2
45Adolis GarciaOF+3
46Pete Alonso1B-11
47Luke Voit1B-6
48Justin Turner3B+2
49Yuli Gurriel1B, 3B+2
50Christian YelichOF+4
51Tommy PhamOF+12
52Ke’Bryan Hayes3B-
53Mitch HanigerOF-
54Ramon LaureanoOF+2
55Jazz Chisholm2B-8
56Trey Mancini1B, OF+1
57Wander FrancoSS-8
58Anthony Rendon3B+1
59Salvador PerezC+2
60Paul Goldschmidt1B-2
61Kyle SchwarberOF+13
62Bryan Reynolds
T5
OF
+3
63Michael BrantleyOF-1
64Buster PoseyC+3
65Brandon CrawfordSS+4
66Jake Cronenworth1B, 2B+20
67Michael ConfortoOF+UR
68Francisco LindorSS-4
69DJ LeMahieu1B, 2B, 3B+10
70Alex VerdugoOF-10
71Javier BaezSS-5
72Austin Riley3B, OF-2
73Josh Donaldson3B-2
74Yoan Moncada3B-19
75Jonathan Schoop2B-2
76Chris Taylor2B, OF-1
77Mike YastrzemskiOF-5
78Tyler O’NeillOF-2
79Alex KirilloffOF+1
80Charlie BlackmonOF-12
81Randal GrichukOF+8
82Ryan Mountcastle1B, OF-
83Will SmithC+7
84C.J. Cron1B-1
85Eduardo Escobar
T6
2B, 3B
+13
86Isiah Kiner-FalefaC, 3B, SS-2
87Joey Votto1B+4
88Matt Chapman3B+25
89Jesus Aguilar1B-12
90Nate Lowe1B+6
91Wil MyersOF-10
92Anthony Rizzo1B-5
93Willy AdamesSS+45
94Lourdes Gurriel Jr.2B, OF+11
95Gio Urshela3B-1
96Amed RosarioSS, OF+11
97Gary SanchezC+19
98Jean Segura
T7
SS
+8
99Jeff McNeil2B, OF-4
100Josh Bell1B+20
101Ty France2B, 3B-8
102Willson ContrerasC-
103Jonathan India2B, 3B+23
104Manuel MargotOF+4
105Kolten Wong2B+18
106Joey GalloOF, DH+28
107Akil BaddooOF+22
108Hunter RenfroeOF+25
109Dansby SwansonSS-17
110Ryan McMahon1B, 2B, 3B-22
111Rhys Hoskins1B-14
112Tommy Edman2B, 3B, OF-13
113Joey Wendle2B, 3B-13
114Josh Rojas2B, OF-3
115Cavan Biggio2B, OF-12
116Carlos Santana1B, DH+3
117Brandon Lowe2B+10
118Gavin Lux2B, SS-14
119Eddie RosarioOF-9
120Steven Duggar
T8
OF
+11
121Keston Hiura1B, 2B+UR
122Dylan Moore2B, OF-5
123Adam DuvallOF+UR
124Avisail GarciaOF-
125Myles StrawSS, OF+UR
126AJ PollockOF-11
127Dominic Smith1B, OF-26
128Garrett Cooper1B, OF+UR
129Dylan CarlsonOF-4
130Raimel TapiaOF-2
131Taylor WardOF-10
132Harold RamirezOF+3
133Adam Frazier2B, OF+3
134Yermin MercedesDH-4
135Eugenio Suarez3B-3
136Alec Bohm3B-14
137LaMonte Wade1B, OF+UR
138Luis Arraez2B, 3B, OF+UR
139Andrew McCutchen
T9
OF
+UR
140Kyle Seager3B+1
141Jorge Polanco2B+8
142Nick Solak3B+UR
143Jed Lowrie2B, 3B+UR
144Pavin SmithOF-4
145Max KeplerOF+2
146Anthony SantanderOF-37
147Eric Hosmer1B-8
148Garrett Hampson2B, OF-63
149Tyler NaquinOF-6
150Andrew VaughnOF-8

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Jonathan Metzelaar

Jonathan Metzelaar is a writer, content manager, and podcaster with Pitcher List. He enjoys long walks on the beach, quiet dinners by candlelight, and essentially any other activity that will distract him from the perpetual torture of being a New York Mets fan. He's written for Fangraphs Community Research and created Youtube videos about fantasy baseball under the moniker "Jonny Baseball."

  • Avatar J.C. Mosier says:

    Great stuff once again, Jon. I doubted my decision to cut Gleyber Torres for Joey Votto … until I saw that GT has played himself out of your Top 150. Amazing that a healthy 25-year-old who was a keeper in my 12-teamer might not be drafted in the first 20 rounds of a draft held today.

    • Avatar Jonathan Metzelaar says:

      Thanks, as always, for reading!

      Yeah, what a wild fall from grace for Gleyber. I was never a huge Gleyber fan, but it still surprises the heck out of me that he’s not even rosterable in 12-teamers right now. He just really doesn’t have a single standout tool at the moment.

    • Avatar theKraken says:

      I damn sure would draft him. I have never liked him, but he would certainly be drafted by me way before the last round. I will take the track record over the extended spring that we have followed thus far. I would not roster Votto in a 12 teamer.

  • Avatar Mike Honcho says:

    A couple other guys who’ve played their way off the list are I.Happ and V.Robles. Are they worth stashing or is there more upside for IL returns like K.Calhoun and H.Bader?

    • Avatar Jonathan Metzelaar says:

      I’d probably roll the dice on Calhoun/Bader at this point. Happ and Robles have looked really bad all year, so you might as well roll the dice.

    • Avatar theKrakens says:

      Calhoun and Bader are not worth a stash IMO.

  • Avatar Sean says:

    Wander v Kelenek

    Kelenek: 92 plate appearances. 26Ks. 8BB. 378 OPS. 11% hit rate.
    Franco: 31 plate appearances. 5K. 5BB. .598 OPS. 15% hit rate.

    While both guys have underwhelmed from a results standpoint, they are doing so in different ways. Franco’s plate discipline remains elite which was always his calling card. Two other reasons that Wander =/= Kelenek:

    1. Statcast data: kelenc’s Max exit Velo is 63rd percentile after putting about 50 balls in play. Wander’s is 67th after only 21 balls in play. And the hard hit numbers favor Wander 43% to 37%.

    2. This is fantasy baseball afterall so it’s not just about batted ball data. In 23 games Kelenak has 7 R and 6 RBI; 13 combined. A tick over a half of a Run+RBI/game. Wander’s played 7 games. He’s got 9 combined R and RBI.

    • Avatar Sean says:

      I’m a big Baseball HQ guy and here are some of their stats:

      Hard Contact Index (100 = league average): Wander > 144to 70
      Base Performance Value (overall skills indicator): Wander > 54 to -30 (negative)

      Lets see that hit rate normalize a bit but it’s hard to not remain super bullish. 16% Walk Rate, 81% Contact Rate, 144 HctX — from a ‘process’ standpoint, it’s hard to poke many holes in any of this.

      (If you can’t tell, I’ve got Wander in my big keeper league)

      144 HctX… how elite is this? Only Brantley, Longoria, Tatis, Bux, Tucker, Vladdy, Judge, and Ramirez are over 139. Tatis is 144. So Wander would rank 4th in the MLB in hard contact among regulars.

      List of regulars with at 1:1 BB:K ratio: Yandy Diaz, Soto, Santana, A Kemp, Yuli Guriel.

      • Avatar Jonathan Metzelaar says:

        Great context, thanks for sharing all this. Equating the two guys simply because they’re both top prospects who have struggled out of the gate is obviously bad process, and this helps shine some light on why.

      • Avatar theKraken says:

        Literally nothing has changed in two weeks of games for the consensus best prospect in baseball. You don’t need to go digging for anything to reach that conclusion. You are just digging for information to affirm what everyone already knows. Pro tip – skip that step. Maybe make a trade offer on him, but I can’t imagine his value being any less than it was two weeks ago. I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who is not super bullish.

    • Avatar theKraken says:

      I will go much further and say that nothing has anything to do with batted ball data other than a baseball savant summary. If guys are struggling, then that data means nothing. A slump is a slump is a slump. Being overmatched is being overmatched. Batted balls will provide no insights to that.

  • Avatar theKraken says:

    Thanks for the DHH link. Unfortunately, I gave it a look and I don’t see how it will ever be valuable. It is a good premise, but I can’t understand how it would have any predictive value. EV is about the most crude way you could ever analyze hitting and this seems like it falls into that trap again. As long as sabermetrics are the fad people will keep looking for that magic bullet. When all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.

    Moncada is a whiner. I like him less every day. I have no respect for someone that makes public excuses and this is back-to-back years. Don’t expect him to improve as people with excuses don’t. How many other players are not at 100% right now? He breaks my heart as he had the opportunity to be great. Unfortunately he peaked when he was 21. Not interested in stealing bases, etc.

    How is Bichette ahead of Semien? He is literally worse at everything, including playing SS. Personally, I am loving that every set of rankings everywhere massively overvalues young players but I don’t think it holds up to any scrutiny. Over the past few years I find making the playoffs almost a given and I attribute that to the never ending unwarranted hype of the young players while the superior veterans are several tiers below.

    Two dudes that I have a few thoughts on. Eddie Rosario is kind of warm right now and he gets real hot around this time normally. I think Edman is on his way down. They have been gifting the leadoff spot to Carlson lately and Edman isn’t doing much about it. I have no understanding of how Votto is a top `100 player. Interviews are not enough to carry a player’s fantasy value.

    • Avatar Jonathan Metzelaar says:

      Always enjoy your insights, even if we have drastically different approaches, so thanks for sharing.

      I don’t think there’s any way of knowing how hurt any player is at any given time, so I think we should give Moncada the benefit of the doubt if he says he’s too hurt to play. Who would know more about his limitations than him? It doesn’t seem fair to assume these are “excuses” on his part, and he’s still only 26, so I wouldn’t be so quick to write his entire future off.

      While I typically agree about people overvaluing young players and undervaluing older players, Bichette is the #5 overall player this year according to Razzball’s Player Rater, and Semien is right behind him at #6. The reason for the gap between them mostly comes down to their peripherals. I think Bichette’s profile lends itself to more sustainable success going forward. Semien’s uptick in pulled flyballs could undercut his batting average production if they stop leaving the yard at the career-high rate that they have been (17.8% HR/FB). Not saying that will happen, but I think the foundation is a bit less stable with Semien.

      All I’ll say about Votto is that, when one of the most disciplined hitters in recent memory starts making a concerted effort to hit for more power, and is posting the best barrel rate of his career, it’s worth our attention. Lately he’s a turned himself into a different player than the one we’ve seen in the past.

  • Avatar Orange WHIPs says:

    Can we get the repeated copy pasta from the top moved to the bottom or something? They add nothing at this point, are oddly lengthy, and it’s tiresome to have to scroll past those stale notes every week – especially on mobile.

  • Avatar Orange WHIPs says:

    After a hot start JD Martinez has been BAD for 6 weeks or so. There are more than 10 hitters I’d rather own for the second half than his mid-30s self.

  • Avatar Chucky says:

    Would you drop Hoskins for Bell. Dropping Hoskins would go a long way in remedying that disease TMP ( too many Phillies). Invested heavily in Phils, Nola, Hoskins, Bohm and JTR. Not hard to see why I’m floundering near the bottom. Hoskins is the first step towards recovery.

    • Avatar Jonathan Metzelaar says:

      They have pretty similar profiles, but Bell has the higher ceiling and will probably return a higher batting average, so I’d be okay with that.

  • Avatar Jobu hits curveballs says:

    Rejoice! Dominic Smith has been dropped in the rankings!

  • Avatar Scott Chu says:

    I appreciate the respect for Akil Baddoo.

    • Avatar Jonathan Metzelaar says:

      More like Akil Good-doo amirite?

    • Avatar Jack says:

      Ditto this, I’m a Baddoode as well. He has quietly been elite since his slump after his hot start. I don’t start him against lefties though.

      I’m also a start-Joc-Pederson-except-against-lefties guy, so I’m surprised not to see him on this list at all. Wasn’t he there at some point?

      And I’m glad to be rid of Gleyber too, especially being that I have Story and Bogaerts…but now I’m going to have a 3-SS problem all over again because Adames looks like a steak* out there on the waiver wire.

      *not a typo

  • Avatar Chuck says:

    Am I crazy if I want to drop Rizzo for Adames in my 12 team H2H category league

    • Avatar Jonathan Metzelaar says:

      I’d probably still lean Rizzo for the higher floor, but his injury complicates things a bit, and it’s closer than people might think.

  • Avatar Kyle Untereker says:

    Rendon is on the waivers in my league. The only guys i’d consider dropping are Renfroe, IKF(no C Eligibility), Luke Voit or Chris Taylor. Who would you consider dropping if any?

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