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Outfield Rankings

Outfield Rankings

The most overwhelming detail that came out of this exercise was…there is a lot of OF. Here are the top 36 in points and roto

POINTS

  1. Charlie Blackmon (Col)

  2. Bryce Harper (Was)

  3. Andrew McCutchen (Pit)

  4. Giancarlo Stanton (Mia)

  5. Kris Bryant (CHC)

  6. George Springer (Hou)

  7. Mookie Betts (Bos)

  8. Jose Ramirez (Cle)

  9. Christian Yelich (Mia)

  10. Nelson Cruz (Sea)

  11. Marcell Ozuna (Mia)

  12. Justin Upton (Det)

  13. Brett Gardner (NYY)

  14. Aaron Judge (NYY)

  15. Jay Bruce (NYM)

  16. Adam Jones (Bal)

  17. Mike Trout (LAA)

  18. Khris Davis (Oak)

  19. Whit Merrifield (KC)

  20. Michael Conforto (NYM)

  21. AJ Pollock (Arz)

  22. Cody Bellinger (LAD)

  23. Tommy Pham (StL)

  24. Michael Brantley (Cle)

  25. Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)

  26. Corey Dickerson (TB)

  27. Steven Souza (TB)

  28. Odubel Herrera (Phi)

  29. Willson Contreras (CHC)

  30. Brandon Belt (SF)

  31. Jose Bautista (Tor)

  32. Mark Trumbo (Bal)

  33. Adam Duvall (Cin)

  34. Ender Inciarte (Atl)

  35. Marwin Gonzalez (Hou)

  36. Matt Kemp (Atl)

Yeah, Mike Trout is at 17, if you know me, you know that he’s my man crush, so, me and the numbers are having a break for a bit…

LA's Finest...well, almost

LA's Finest...well, almost

ROTO

  1. Charlie Blackmon (Col)

  2. Andrew McCutchen (Pit)

  3. George Springer (Hou)

  4. Giancarlo Stanton (Mia)

  5. Bryce Harper (Was)

  6. Billy Hamilton (Cin)

  7. Mookie Betts (Bos)

  8. Jose Ramirez (Cle)

  9. Justin Upton (Det)

  10. Mike Trout (LAA)

  11. Tommy Pham (StL)

  12. Trea Turner (Was)

  13. Kris Bryant (CHC)

  14. Whit Merrifield (KC)

  15. Aaron Judge (NYY)

  16. Steven Souza (TB)

  17. Marcell Ozuna (Mia)

  18. Eduardo Nunez (Bos)

  19. Christian Yelich (Mia)

  20. Chris Taylor (LAD)

  21. Nelson Cruz (Sea)

  22. Brett Gardner (NYY)

  23. Marwin Gonzalez (Hou)

  24. Bradley Zimmer (Cle)

  25. Adam Jones (Bal)

  26. Cody Bellinger (LAD)

  27. Rajai Davis (Oak)

  28. Domingo Santana (Mil)

  29. Jay Bruce (NYM)

  30. Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)

  31. Odubel Herrera (Phi)

  32. JD Martinez (Arz)

  33. AJ Pollock (Arz)

  34. Jose Bautista (Tor)

  35. Mark Trumbo (Bal)

  36. Willson Contreras (CHC)

Again, with Trout being this low, even at 10, you just have to remember that in both list, even with missing time, he’s a starting OF.

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Shortstop Rankings

Shortstop was thought to be a little deeper than normal when the season started, well, it’s not

POINTS

  1. Francisco Lindor (Cle)

  2. Manny Machado (Bal)

  3. Corey Seager (LAD)

  4. Carlos Correa (Hou)

  5. Marwin Gonzalez (Hou)

  6. Andrelton Simmons (LAA)

  7. Elvis Andrus (Tex)

  8. Didi Gregorious (NYY)

  9. Paul DeJong (StL)

  10. Marcus Semien (Oak)

  11. Trevor Story (Col)

  12. Freddie Galvis (Phi)

Like the rest of the list, shocking names on the list, but guys that can help your team.

Francisco Lindor has been an elite SS, and will continue to do so

Francisco Lindor has been an elite SS, and will continue to do so

ROTO

  1. Carlos Correa (Hou)

  2. Francisco Lindor (Cle)

  3. Corey Seager (LAD)

  4. Trea Turner (Was)

  5. Manny Machado (Bal)

  6. Marwin Gonzalez (Hou)

  7. Elvis Andrus (Tex)

  8. Eduardo Nunez (Bos)

  9. Andrelton Simmons (LAA)

  10. Trevor Story (Col)

  11. Jean Segura (Sea)

  12. Paul DeJong (StL)

SS has been a weak enough position, that 2 guys on the DL are in the top 5, if you have an elite option, keep him.

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Third Base Rankings

The position that was thought to be one of the deepest in baseball, is deep, but in a different way, out of no where players making a name.

POINTS

1. Nolan Arenado (Col)

2. Anthony Rendon (Was)

3. Jose Ramirez (Cle)

4. Travis Shaw (Mil)

5. Mike Moustakas (KC)

6. Kris Bryant (CHC)

7. Jake Lamb (Arz)

8. Chris Taylor (LAD)

9. Matt Carpenter (StL)

10. Josh Donaldson (Tor)

11. Yulieski Gurriel (Hou)

12. Manny Machado (Bal)

Chris Taylor is refusing to go away, he is absolutely worth an add.

Arenado and Turner

Categories

1. Nolan Arenado (Col)

2. Anthony Rendon (Was)

3. Travis Shaw (Mil)

4. Jose Ramirez (Cle)

5. Chris Taylor (LAD)

6. Marwin Gonzalez (Hou)

7. Mike Moustakas (KC)

8. Yulieski Gurriel (Hou)

9. Jake Lamb (Arz)

10. Kris Bryant (CHC)

11. Josh Donaldson (Tor)

12. Manny Machado (Bal)

Super utilities making their names known, pay attention

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Second Base Rankings

2 Bagger Rankings

Second base has been an incredibly deep position, most, if not all of your MI positions should be occupied by 2B

POINTS

  1. Jose Altuve (Hou)

  2. Daniel Murphy (Was)

  3. Jose Ramirez (Cle)

  4. Jonathan Schoop (Bal)

  5. Matt Carpenter (StL)

  6. Robinson Cano (Sea)

  7. Brian Dozier (Min)

  8. Dustin Pedrioa (Bos)

  9. Whit Merrifield (KC)

  10. Marwin Gonzalez (Hou)

  11. Chris Taylor (LAD)

  12. DJ LeMahieu (Col)

In a deep position, Jose Altuve still finds a way to be far and away the best.

Jose Altuve

CATEGORIES

  1. Jose Altuve (Hou)

  2. Jonathan Schoop (Bal)

  3. Whit Merrifield (KC)

  4. Trea Turner (Was) *DL

  5. Jose Ramirez (Cle)

  6. Chris Taylor (LAD)

  7. Daniel Murphy (Was)

  8. Marwin Gonzalez (Hou)

  9. Dee Gordon (Mia)

  10. Dustin Pedroia (Bos)

  11. Brian Dozier (Min)

  12. Matt Carpenter (StL)

This is a position where there is a lot of multi-position eligible players, that’s the best place to look.

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First Base Rankings

1 Bagger Ranking

There are a lot of surprises in the first base ranks. Makes for a deep position, we are only going 12 deep, so you won’t get the full picture.

POINTS

  1. Joey Votto (Cin)

  2. Justin Smoak (Tor)

  3. Edwin Encarnacion (Cle)

  4. Paul Goldschmidt (Arz)

  5. Travis Shaw (Mil)

  6. Anthony Rizzo (CHC)

  7. Daniel Murphy (Was)

  8. Yulieski Gurriel (Hou)

  9. Josh Bell (Pit)

  10. Cody Bellinger (LAD)

  11. Marwin Gonzalez (Hou)

  12. Eric Hosmer (KC)

This wasn’t the list I was expecting when I went into the numbers. It doesn’t matter what you think sometimes, the numbers are the numbers.

Shaw has been nothing less than a steal for the Brew crew this season

Shaw has been nothing less than a steal for the Brew crew this season

CATEGORIES

  1. Travis Shaw (Mil)

  2. Paul Goldschmidt (Arz)

  3. Marwin Gonzalez (Hou)

  4. Justin Smoak (Tor)

  5. Joey Votto (Cin)

  6. Daniel Murphy (Was)

  7. Yulieski Gurriel (Hou)

  8. Edwin Encarnacion (Cle)

  9. Cody Bellinger (LAD)

  10. Eric Hosmer (KC)

  11. Josh Bell (Pit)

  12. Anthony Rizzo (CHC)

Freddie Freeman was left off both lists, but that is purely because of the way the formula is constructed. Freeman is a top tier 1B and should be treated as such

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Catcher Rankings

POINTS

  1. Buster Posey (SF)

  2. Willson Contreras (CHC)

  3. Salvador Perez (KC)

  4. JT Realmuto (Mia)

  5. Yasmani Grandal (LAD)

  6. Gary Sanchez (NYY)

  7. Evan Gattis (Hou)

  8. Yadier Molina (StL)

  9. Hector Sanchez (SD)

  10. Kurt Suzuki (Atl)

  11. Jonathan Lucroy (Tex)

  12. Brian McCann (Hou)

Some interesting names on the list, but also some names that are available in a few leagues, if you need help at the position, add them

Contreras hits, while Realmuto watches

Contreras hits, while Realmuto watches

CATEGORIES

  1. Willson Contrereas (CHC)

  2. Salvador Perez (KC)

  3. Buster Posey (SF)

  4. JT Realmuto (Mia)

  5. Yasmani Grandal (LAD)

  6. Hector Sanchez (SD)

  7. Gary Sanchez (NYY)

  8. Evan Gattis (Hou)

  9. Kurt Suzuki (Atl)

  10. Jonathan Lucroy (Tex)

  11. Yadier Molina (StL)

  12. Russell Martin (Tor)

These lists are not for the faint of heart. Catcher is a rough position to deal with, and this activity has shown just that.

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Fantasy Football: 2017 Dynasty League Rookie Mock Draft

Christian McCaffrey (RB-Car) was the 2nd pick of our 2017 fantasy football dynasty league rookie mock draft.

Christian McCaffrey (RB-Car) was the 2nd pick of our 2017 fantasy football dynasty league rookie mock draft.

Let's review the Fantasy News Hour's 2017 fantasy football dynasty league rookie mock draft.

The draft was a 12-team, 2-round, dynasty league, rookie draft. The draft was a non-snake draft - meaning the team with the 1st pick also had the 13th, and so on. There were four drafters, each drafting three teams.

The drafters were:

  • Peter M. Lopez (1, 5 & 9), co-host of the Fantasy News Hour, fantasy football legend (in my mind, at least), and FNH circus master.
  • Brandon McAuliffe (2, 6 & 10), Abilene Reporter-News sports reporter, quite possibly the worst fantasy football player in history, and FNH regular guest.
  • Jacob Bullinger (3, 7 & 11), a.k.a. BigBadBull89, Pokemon Go addict, and loyal FNH Superfan
  • TJ Wilson (4, 8 & 12), co-host of the Fantasy News Hour, draft junkie, and FNH's resident stat nerd and sabermetrician.

Here are the results:

2017 Fantasy Football Dynasty League Rookie Mock Draft

Leonard Fournette (RB-Jax) was the first pick of the Fantasy News Hour 2017 dynasty league rookie mock draft.

Leonard Fournette (RB-Jax) was the first pick of the Fantasy News Hour 2017 dynasty league rookie mock draft.

Round 1

Most notable and most obvious was the run on running backs with the first four picks.

It's not a huge surprise that Leonard Fournette (RB-Jax) and Christian McCaffrey (RB-Car) went one and two, but everyone must have wanted to secure a running back because Dalvin Cook (RB-Min) and Joe Mixon (RB-Cin) went three and four. Mixon could be a steal at four. Actually, I was hoping Mixon would fall to me at five, but he did not.

My bias toward tight ends led me to take O.J. Howard (TE-TB) fifth. Admittedly, it was a bit of a reach, but Howard could be a top-tier tight end for years to come.

It's somewhat surprising that Corey Davis (WR-Ten) fell to seventh, after Mike Williams (WR-LAC) was drafted sixth. As of this writing, ESPN's Mike Clay and Pro Football Focus both have Davis as the No. 1 rated rookie for 2017, so a fall to seventh is unlikely in most drafts, but it did happen here.

Another mini-run on running backs followed with Samaje Perine (RB-Was) and D'Onta Foreman (RB-Hou) going eight and nine. I agree, I reached for Foreman, but I'm a Longhorns fan, and I'm not sold on Lamar Miller (RB-Hou). And, just like Mixon, Perine could be a Sooner steal at eight.

Deshaun Watson (QB-Hou) at ten is a little early for me; but if you are drafting in Texas, there's bound to be a Texans fan or two in your league. Watson probably does have the most immediate fantasy impact for a rookie quarterback, and he has excellent weapons.

David Njoku (TE-Cle) and Zay Jones (WR-Buf) rounded out the top twelve, and both have big question marks at quarterback. Their talent isn't a question, but their opportunity is.

Round 2

Patrick Mahomes (QB-KC) was the 4th pick of the second round in our rookie dynasty league draft.

Patrick Mahomes (QB-KC) was the 4th pick of the second round in our rookie dynasty league draft.

I was thrilled Kareem Hunt (RB-KC) fell to me with the first pick of round two, 13 overall. Jamaal Charles (RB-Den) is sporting new duds in Denver, and the Chiefs don't seem to be sold on Spencer Ware (RB-KC).

Mitch Trubisky (QB-Chi) was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, but only the No. 2 pick of the second round in our rookie draft. Someone is wrong, either the Chicago Bears or the four of us. Trubisky could be a fine NFL quarterback, but he's not a fantasy option in 2017 or anytime soon.

John Ross (WR-Cin) and Curtis Samuel (WR-Car) went next. Both are talented wide receivers in good offenses, but both have excellent WR1's in front of them.

My own personal favorite pick was Patrick Mahomes (QB-KC) in round two. It's a long-term dynasty league stash, I do realize, but Mahomes is a gamble worth taking. He's got the best arm talent of any quarterback in the draft, and Andy Reid is a QB-wizard. In two to three years, Mahomes will be the man in KC and on your fantasy team.

Evan Engram (TE-NYG) fell surprisingly far to 18 overall. I think this speaks more to the depth of running backs than Engram himself, though.

Speaking of running backs...there was another run at 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24. Wow! It feels like the good old days with so many running backs going here. Marlon Mack (RB-Ind), James Connor (RB-Pit), Jamal Williams (RB-GB), Wayne Gallman (RB-NYG) and Alvin Kamara (RB-NO) all could surprise us and be top-12 running backs this season. I don't know that I would bet on any one of them being that, but I'd take the field and bet that one of them is.

Only Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster (WR-Pit) - the funnest name in football - broke the sting of five consecutive running backs.

DeShone Kizer (QB-Cle) was among the undrafted in our 2017 fantasy football rookie draft, but could surprise in a year or two.

DeShone Kizer (QB-Cle) was among the undrafted in our 2017 fantasy football rookie draft, but could surprise in a year or two.

Notes:

  • Notable absences were receivers Carlos Henderson (WR-Den), Taywan Taylor (WR-Ten), ArDarius Stewart (WR-NYJ), Cooper Kupp (WR-LAR), and Josh Reynolds (WR-TB). Most of them went to crowded receiving corps, and Stewart and Kupp went to the Jets and Rams.
  • Undrafted backs were Donnel Pumphrey (RB-Phi), Aaron Jones (RB-GB), and Jeremy McNichols (RB-TB). Again, crowded backfields.
  • Deshone Kizer (QB-Cle) is the only quarterback of note to go undrafted. The Browns roster, however, is looking better and better. Kizer could surprise some folks in a year or two.
  • 12, or one-half of all picks were running backs. I don't know if that speaks to the depth of RB in this class, or the lack of good ones in the NFL. Probably both.

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Don't Dodge Alford

A look at the fantasy value of Toronto Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford.

A look at the fantasy value of Toronto Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford.

The Blue Jays start of the season can be defined by a blister and a calf. Injuries have been a big part of most of the teams to begin this season, but Aaron Sanchez going to the DL for the 3rd time with his blister issue and Donaldson being gone for the majority of the season, has been especially tough for the Blue Jays. With the Jays early season struggles, it’s time to look at some youngsters, enter, Anthony Alford.

Who is this Anthony Alford fellow?

The Ranks

  • Baseball Prospectus: 93
  • Baseball America: 59
  • MLB Pipeline: 70
  • Keith Law: 55

Scouting Grades

  • Hit: 35/40
  • Raw Power: 60
  • Game Power: 40/50
  • Speed: 70
  • Fielding: 45/55
  • Throw: 40
  • Future Value: 50

Alford has great speed and plus power. It’s a little scary that he hasn’t played in AAA yet, but in regards to physical tools, especially on the offensive side, he has everything you want.

The Numbers

  • .325/.411/.455, 3 HR, 9 SB, .867 OPS in 141 PA for AA New Hampshire
  • wRC+: 144
  • wOBA: .393

Alford needs to start converting that raw power into game power. With an ISO of only .130 in AA, the power just isn’t there in game situations yet. We have to remember that this is AA, and BABIP will always be higher than we’re used to seeing. His .385 mark isn’t far from what he can replicate with his speed. If he can continue to be close to his 11% walk rate and 17% k rate, he should be relevant sooner rather than later.

The Analysis

Alford isn’t getting a ton of playing time as of now, especially when playing in NL parks. If he does start to get regular at bats, he needs to be added in deeper leagues and put on your watch list in all other leagues. He is especially valuable in sabermetric and points leagues (OBP/OPS).

MLB Comparison: Ender Inciarte

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The Braves go to Rio

The Atlanta Braves called up third base prospect Rio Ruiz. What is his fantasy value?

The Atlanta Braves called up third base prospect Rio Ruiz. What is his fantasy value?

It’s no secret that the Atlanta Braves are in rebuild mode. The best player on the team went down with a broken wrist last week, while that’s a terrible thing (especially for a Braves fan), it reminds the Braves that they are in rebuild mode. When Freddie Freeman went down, the Braves called up one of their many prized prospects, Rio Ruiz.

Getting to know Rio Ruiz: 

The Ranks

  • Fangraphs Stats Only Top 100: 68

This is a measure of statistics in the minor leagues, and bypasses the scouts take.

Scouting Grades

  • Hit Tool: 20/55
  • Game Power: 20/50+
  • Raw Power: 55
  • Speed: 40
  • Future Value: 55

Expect him to hit enough to stay in the lineup, he should have good power and has a decent hit tool.

The Numbers

  • .262/.305/.447, 4 HR, 1 SB, .751 OPS in 151 PA in AAA (Gwinnett)
  • wRC+: 109
  • wOBA: .332

Ruiz was a rare call-up in that he wasn’t really over performing in AAA to the level of some of the recent call-ups. His K rate is at 26.5%, and is walking at a rate of 6%. Neither are exceptional, so the call-up was need based and not necessarily numbers based.

The Analysis

Ruiz is a talented hitter that should get a legit chance to show he belongs in the big leagues. He is only a speculative add in anything more than deep leagues. He’s not well known and doesn’t have the prospect shine, so add him when he starts to get hot.  

MLB Comparison: Travis Shaw

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