July 10, 2012

Top 300 Rest of the Season - Fantasy Baseball

We'll I've been working on this for a while and I figured the All-Star break would be a perfect time to release it.  This is a ranking of the Top 300 players from here on out.  Basically if you were drafting today just for the rest of 2012, this would be your 'cheat sheet'.  It can also be very useful when evaluating trades. 

I get a lot of questions similar to; 'should I trade _____ for ______'.  This is an effort to help you with those decisions.  If you've been holding out for your favorite player to turn it around or didn't want to make any moves until you saw how your team would shake out, this is your last chance to get those players that provide the statistics you're lacking.  Been sitting on Adrian Gonzalez but really need another good SP?  Go ahead and deal him for Felix Hernandez or Madison Bumgarner.  Or have a hole at 3rd? deal him for Zimmerman or Encarnacion.  He may have been ranked much higher than these guys prior to the season, but that was a long time ago - time to reevaluate. 

I know why many places just keep a running list of the top 20 or 50 players as making a new list of the top 300 was no easy task.  There may be instances where you say 'how can you have ____ ranked ahead of ____', but I'm comfortable with the list and I feel it is directionally accurate especially if you go position by position.  If you have any questions or issues with the list, let me know in the comments and I'll consider an update. 

Anyway, here are some thoughts;  (click to keep reading and see the Top 300 list)


-At first I had a hard time ranking Trout, a rookie, in the top 10.  However; after I looked at his stat line and realized his production has been steady since his call up it was hard not to put him where I did.  If I'm starting a 2nd half 2012 team, I'd love to start it with Trout. 

-There are a number of guys with injuries which made it tough to slot them in; Kemp, Longoria, Pedrioa, Tulowitzki, Crawford, etc.  I tried to rank them based on the information we have, but depending on their rehab they could move way up, way down or off the list altogether.

-The pitchers...Although some pitchers have been lights out so far in 2012, I don't have any going in the 'first round' in my rankings.  I think it is still easier to get good pitching later in the draft...R.A. Dickey - He was very tough to rank.  On one hand he has had a historically good 1st half and he was also pretty good for most of 2011.  On the other hand he's a knuckle baller and sometimes they go through slumps that last a number of starts.  Overall, I have him ranked #40 (4th round) and the 11th SP and I'd feel comfortable enough with him as my ace...Finally I have a number of SP ranked that are currently in the minors.  They are all ranked from ~275-300 so I'm basically pointing out that many pitchers at the bottom of these rankings or at the back end of the draft are similar, so keep an eye out for these young guys who could have an impact (also remember rookie pitchers tend to struggle much more than hitters). 

I had so much fun making the new Top 300 list that I'm ready to go out and start making some trade offers!  and maybe even join a 2nd half league.  Enjoy...




Rank
Player
Position
1
Miguel Cabrera
3B
2
Joey Votto
1B
3
Andrew McCutchen
OF
4
Ryan Braun
OF
5
Robinson Cano
2B
6
Carlos Gonzalez
OF
7
Jose Bautista
3B
8
David Wright
3B
9
Mike Trout
OF
10
Prince Fielder
1B
11
Josh Hamilton
OF
12
Albert Pujols
1B
13
Clayton Kershaw
SP
14
Justin Verlander
SP
15
Adam Jones
OF
16
Curtis Granderson
OF
17
Ian Kinsler
2B
18
David Ortiz
1B
19
Cole Hamels
SP
20
Matt Holliday
OF
21
Jay Bruce
OF
22
Adrian Beltre
3B
23
Jered Weaver
SP
24
Justin Upton
OF
25
Carlos Beltran
OF
26
Zack Grienke
SP
27
Paul Konerko
1B
28
Matt Cain
SP
29
Felix Hernandez
SP
30
Hunter Pence
OF
31
Matt Kemp
OF
32
Hanley Ramirez
SS
33
Bryce Harper
OF
34
Edwin Encarnacion
3B
35
Brett Lawrie
3B
36
CC Sabathia
SP
37
Cliff Lee
SP
38
Mark Trumbo
3B
39
Madison Bumgarner
SP
40
R.A. Dickey
SP
41
Ryan Zimmerman
3B
42
Shin-Soo Choo
OF
43
Jason Kipnis
2B
44
Gio Gonzalez
SP
45
Evan Longoria
3B
46
Jacoby Ellsbury
OF
47
Nelson Cruz
OF
48
Ryan Howard
1B
49
Asdrubal Cabrera
SS
50
CJ Wilson
SP
51
Adrian Gonzalez
1B
52
David Price
SP
53
Stephen Strasburg
SP
54
Michael Bourn
OF
55
Giancarlo Stanton
OF
56
Jose Reyes
SS
57
Brandon Phillips
2B
58
Mark Teixeira
1B
59
Dan Uggla
2B
60
Jason Heyward
OF
61
Austin Jackson
OF
62
Melky Cabrera
OF
63
Elvis Andrus
SS
64
Desmond Jennings
OF
65
Alex Rodriguez
3B
66
Chris Sale
SP
67
Craig Kimbrel
RP
68
Adam Dunn
1B
69
Josh Willingham
OF
70
Yu Darvish
SP
71
Eric Hosmer
1B
72
Johnny Cueto
SP
73
Roy Halladay
SP
74
Dustin Pedroia
2B
75
Matt Garza
SP
76
Jordan Zimmerman
SP
77
Aramis Ramirez
3B
78
Starlin Castro
SS
79
Aroldis Chapman
RP
80
Dexter Fowler
OF
81
Jason Kubel
OF
82
Yovanni Gallardo
SP
83
Jose Altuve
2B
84
Kenley Jansen
RP
85
Josh Reddick
OF
86
Matt Moore
SP
87
Ian Desmond
SS
88
Adam Wainwright
SP
89
Jake Peavy
SP
90
Jimmy Rollins
SS
91
Mat Latos
SP
92
Ernesto Frieri
RP
93
Joe Mauer
C
94
Jon Lester
SP
95
BJ Upton
OF
96
Michael Cuddyer
OF
97
Matt Wieters
C
98
James Shields
SP
99
Billy Butler
1B
100
Andre Ethier
OF
101
Martin Prado
OF
102
Paul Goldschmidt
1B
103
Mike Moustakas
3B
104
Freddie Freeman
1B
105
Buster Posey
C
106
Ian Kennedy
SP
107
Troy Tulowitzki
SS
108
Alejandro De Aza
OF
109
Bud Norris
SP
110
Anibal Sanchez
SP
111
James McDonald
SP
112
Alex Rios
OF
113
Brandon Morrow
SP
114
Jonathan Papelbon
RP
115
Fernando Rodney
RP
116
Joe Nathan
RP
117
Santiago Casilla
RP
118
Wandy Rodriguez
SP
119
Wade Miley
SP
120
Josh Beckett
SP
121
Jarrod Parker
SP
122
Yoenis Cespedes
OF
123
Anthony Rizzo
1B
124
Jon Niese
SP
125
Max Scherzer
SP
126
Dan Haren
SP
127
Ryan Cook
RP
128
Corey Hart
OF
129
Hiroki Kuroda
SP
130
Pablo Sandoval
3B
131
Ben Zobrist
OF
132
Joel Hanrahan
RP
133
Shawn Marcum
SP
134
Trevor Bauer
SP
135
Michael Young
3B
136
Chris Perez
RP
137
Allen Craig
OF
138
Yadier Molina
C
139
Alex Gordon
OF
140
Ryan Vogelsong
SP
141
Jason Motte
RP
142
Lance Lynn
SP
143
Kelly Johnson
2B
144
Brian McCann
C
145
Kevin Youkilis
3B
146
Ivan Nova
SP
147
Carlos Quentin
OF
148
Mike Napoli
C
149
Carlos Ruiz
C
150
Jim Johnson
RP
151
Rafael Soriano
RP
152
Tommy Hanson
SP
153
Shane Victorino
OF
154
Wil Middlebrooks
3B
155
Edwin Jackson
SP
156
Jed Lowrie
SS
157
Derek Jeter
SS
158
Howie Kendrick
2B
159
Houston Street
RP
160
Justin Masterson
SP
161
Johan Santana
SP
162
Chase Headley
3B
163
JP Arencibia
C
164
David Freese
3B
165
Carlos Santana
C
166
Tyler Clippard
RP
167
AJ Burnett
SP
168
Neil Walker
2B
169
Colby Rasmus
OF
170
Jose Valverde
RP
171
Brandon McCarthy
SP
172
Cameron Maybin
OF
173
Ichiro Suzuki
OF
174
Ryan Dempster
SP
175
Tim Lincecum
SP
176
Jose Quintana
SP
177
Kendrys Morales
1B
178
Trevor Plouffe
SS
179
Adam LaRoche
1B
180
Addison Reed
RP
181
Miguel Montero
C
182
Will Myers
OF
183
Chris Capuano
SP
184
Jonathan Broxton
RP
185
Yasmani Grandal
C
186
Rafael Furcal
SS
187
Michael Brantley
OF
188
Salvador Perez
C
189
Ben Revere
OF
190
Aaron Hill
2B
191
Eric Bedard
SP
192
Mike Aviles
2B
193
Carlos Pena
1B
194
AJ Pierzynski
C
195
Alcides Escobar
SS
196
Scott Diamond
SP
197
Matt Harrison
SP
198
Kyle Lohse
SP
199
Dillon Gee
SP
200
Alfonso Soriano
OF
201
Ricky Romero
SP
202
Danny Espinosa
2B
203
Rafael Betancourt
RP
204
Carlos Marmol
RP
205
JD Martinez
OF
206
Jeff Samardzija
SP
207
Michael Fiers
SP
208
Casey Janssen
RP
209
John Axford
RP
210
Norichika Aoki
OF
211
Tom Wilhelmsen
RP
212
Felix Doubront
SP
213
Nick Swisher
OF
214
Francisco Liriano
SP
215
Brandon Belt
OF
216
Ubaldo Jiminez
SP
217
Alex Avila
C
218
Doug Fister
SP
219
Dustin Ackley
2B
220
JJ Putz
RP
221
Tim Hudson
SP
222
Trevor Cahill
SP
223
Dee Gordon
SS
224
Drew Storen
RP
225
Matt Joyce
OF
226
Pedro Alvarez
3B
227
Jordan Schafer
OF
228
Wilin Rosario
C
229
Tyler Colvin
OF
230
Peter Bourjos
OF
231
Johnny Peralta
SS
232
Sean Marshall
RP
233
Jayson Werth
OF
234
Travis Wood
SP
235
Frank Francisco
RP
236
Vinny Pestano
RP
237
Chad Billingsley
SP
238
Roy Oswalt
SP
239
Rajai Davis
OF
240
Dayan Viciedo
OF
241
Franklin Morales
SP
242
Alexi Ogando
RP
243
Tim Collins
RP
244
Brett Gardner
OF
245
Jesus Montero
C
246
Jason Vargas
SP
247
Jeff Francouer
OF
248
Justin Morneau
1B
249
Mark Buehrle
SP
250
David Murphy
OF
251
Alfredo Aceves
RP
252
Vance Worley
SP
253
Neftali Feliz
SP
254
Juan Pierre
OF
255
Michael Morse
OF
256
Jamie Garcia
SP
257
Colby Lewis
SP
258
Ricky Nolasco
SP
259
Gordon Beckham
2B
260
Jeremy Hellickson
SP
261
Bryan LaHair
OF
262
Jason Hammel
SP
263
Ike Davis
1B
264
Matt Capps
RP
265
Drew Stubbs
OF
266
Chris Tillman
SP
267
Jarrod Saltalamachia
C
268
Alexi Amarista
2B
269
Phil Hughes
SP
270
AJ Ellis
C
271
Brett Myers
RP
272
Drew Pomeranz
SP
273
Edinson Volquez
SP
274
Zack Cosart
SS
275
Starling Marte
OF
276
Alexie Ramirez
SS
277
Lucas Duda
1B
278
Torii Hunter
OF
279
J.J. Hardy
SS
280
Michael Saunders
OF
281
Andrelton Simmons
SS
282
Erick Aybar
SS
283
Matt Harvey
SP
284
Andy Pettitte
SP
285
Heath Bell
RP
286
Coco Crisp
OF
287
Tyler Skaggs
SP
288
Gavin Floyd
SP
289
Tommy Milone
SP
290
Carl Crawford
OF
291
Clay Buchholz
SP
292
Ross Detwiler
SP
293
Mike Leake
SP
294
Danny Hultzen
SP
295
Derek Holland
SP
296
Carlos Zambrano
SP
297
Homer Bailey
SP
298
Wei Yin Chen
SP
299
Jake Odorizzi
SP
300
Angel Pagan
OF

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