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We have officially passed the month mark into the 2016 Fantasy Baseball season and for me, now is the time to really look at players performance and take it into account for the Rest of Season Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings.

Quite a few surprises have occurred, both good and bad, in this first month. Examples of both are Trevor Story (good), Dallas Kuechel (bad)

If you have been following my rankings through the first month you know that I have not made many adjustments from my preseason rankings. Aside from the injuries, suspensions and depth chart changes, I always feel like there is little reason to significantly move players up or down the rankings based off a small sample size.

Think about it. Almost every player goes through a slump or a hot stretch during the season. Why would I over-react to it just because it happened in the first couple of weeks in April.

However now that we have a full month under our belt, things have changed quite a bit in my rankings. Even if it is just a slump, it has been prolonged enough that it is worrisome. On the other side if it is just a hot streak, it has been long enough that it has my attention.

Stock Up

Mark Trumbo, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles

The biggest mover up the ranks for hitters is Mark Trumbo. To start the season I was a bit reluctant to believe in him after two straight sub-par seasons when he played in Arizona and Seattle.

Now Trumbo is proving me and a lot of people wrong as he has gotten off to a hot start batting .337 with six home runs, 19 RBI and 13 runs. Of course the batting average is not going to stay this high, but there is no reason the power can not. I think a 35 home run and 100 RBI in the confines of Camden Yards is very possible for him.

Josh Harrison, 2B/3B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

I quickly jumped off the Harrison boat after last season he sputtered to a four home run, 28 RBI and 10 steal season.

This season he is off to a great start and looks way more like the 2014 Josh Harrison when he hit .315, 13 home runs, 77 runs, 52 RBI and 18 steals, than he does the 2015 Josh Harrison.

Perhaps the power is not going to return as he only has one home run on the season, but the rest of the counting numbers can easily be matched. I like Harrison the rest of the way at this point and his position eligibility makes him even more valuable.

Drew Smyly, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Smyly has been a one of the best pitchers this season, if you ignore win-loss records.

His 10.64 K/9 rate is phenomenal, and the 41 strikeouts puts him tied for fifth this season, behind Kershaw, Price, Bumgarner and Syndergaard. That is pretty good company.

There may be some slight regression coming in the ERA and WHIP departments, but his strikeout rate is going to keep him plenty valuable all season.

Rich Hill, SP, Oakland Athletics

At the ripe age of 36, Rich Hill is looking like the best Rich Hill we have ever seen. He has a ridiculous 11.53 K/9 rate, and even though he has always been a bit of a strikeout pitcher, but nobody expected this. In fact he is the player tied with Smyly for fifth in strikeouts.

His FIP and xFIP backup his 2.42 ERA, so there is not much reason to think he can’t continue dominating like he is this early season.

Biggest worry for him is health. He has not pitched more than 50 major league innings when he did it in 2009 for the Baltimore Orioles.

Stock Down

Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

I did not drop him too much, but Cutch is off to a very sluggish start. Yes he has five home runs, but three of those came just a few nights ago in Colorado. If you remove that game from his season so far he has hit .206, two home runs, five RBI and scored 14 runs. He doesn’t really run anymore, so that is only hurting his value even more.

I wasn’t going to drop him in my rankings, because he got off to a an even worse start last season, but he did mention that his knee is “cranky”. The Pirates and Cutch say it isn’t anything to worry about. However that mixed with a slow start have me inching toward the alarm button.

Kevin Pillar, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

I loved, loved, loved Pillar entering the season. I legitimately thought he had the best chance be this seasons version of A.J. Pollock, OK, maybe A.J. Pollock light.

That of course was when he was sitting atop the powerful Blue Jays lineup. Now after a poor start he has been moved down the lineup and that is not good for his fantasy value moving forward.

Not only will he be running less, only two steals so far on the season, but he will see less at bats, which will hurt the rest of his counting numbers.

I still like his potential, but he needs to find his way back to the top of the lineup to climb back up the rankings, which will likely take an injury to Michael Saunders to happen.

Kendrys Morales, DH, Kansas City Royals

Kendrys Morales, what happened to you? You have always been consistently good, with the exception of the 2014 and 2010 when you played just 148 games combined.

So where did this .226, two home run, eight RBI and six run start come from? I do not know, but he has plummeted down my rankings and will need to do some big things to find his way back up where he was.

Zack Greinke, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

I knew the move to Arizona wasn’t going to be great for Greinke, but I did not expect it to be this bad.

A 5.50 ERA is surprising enough, but the 1.46 WHIP and declining strikeout rate is probably the most surprising and worrisome.

I still believe Greinke will have a very successful season, but it won’t be quite as successful as everybody expected. This is why he moves down my rankings to the 50th best player overall.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

RankNameTeamPositions
1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
3Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
4Manny MachadoBAL3B
5Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
7Giancarlo StantonMIARF
8Clayton KershawLADSP
9Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
10Anthony RizzoCHC1B
11Carlos CorreaHOUSS
12Miguel CabreraDET1B
13Jose AltuveHOU2B
14Starling MartePITLF,CF
15Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
16Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
17Max ScherzerWSHSP
18Jake ArrietaCHCSP
19Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF
20J.D. MartinezDETRF
21Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
22Andrew McCutchenPITCF
23Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
24Chris SaleCWSSP
25George SpringerHOUCF,RF
26Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
27Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
28David PriceBOSSP
29Madison BumgarnerSFSP
30Justin UptonDETLF
31Buster PoseySFC,1B
32Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
33Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
34Jacob DeGromNYMSP
35Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
36Gerrit ColePITSP
37Hunter PenceSFRF
38Jose FernandezMIASP
39Lorenzo CainKCCF
40Xander BogaertsBOSSS
41Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
42Matt HarveyNYMSP
43Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
44Craig KimbrelBOSRP
45Adam JonesBALCF
46Matt KempSDRF
47Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
48Robinson CanoSEA2B
49Sonny GrayOAKSP
50Zack GreinkeARISP
51Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
52Prince FielderTEXDH
53Corey KluberCLESP
54Eric HosmerKC1B
55Felix HernandezSEASP
56Wade DavisKCRP
57Gregory PolancoPITRF
58Johnny CuetoSFSP
59Joey VottoCIN1B
60Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
61Todd FrazierCWS3B
62Corey SeagerLADSS
63Ian KinslerDET2B
64David OrtizBOSDH
65Christian YelichMIALF,CF
66Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
67Chris ArcherTBSP
68Cole HamelsTEXSP
69Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
70Yasiel PuigLADRF
71Jon LesterCHCSP
72Kole CalhounLAARF
73Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
74Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
75Kenley JansenLADRP
76Mark MelanconPITRP
77Carlos GomezHOUCF
78Rougned OdorTEX2B
79Jonathan LucroyMILC
80Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
81Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
82Danny SalazarCLESP
83Matt CarpenterSTL2B,3B
84Maikel FrancoPHI3B
85Miguel SanoMINRF,DH
86Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
87Marcus StromanTORSP
88Garrett RichardsLAASP
89Zach BrittonBALRP
90Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
91Freddie FreemanATL1B
92Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
93Carlos MartinezSTLSP
94Francisco LirianoPITSP
95Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
96Brian DozierMIN2B
97Michael WachaSTLSP
98David RobertsonCWSRP
99Jason KipnisCLE2B
100Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
101Adam WainwrightSTLSP
102Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
103Jose QuintanaCWSSP
104Brian McCannNYYC,1B
105Drew SmylyTBSP
106Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
107Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
108Dexter FowlerCHCCF
109Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
110Salvador PerezKCC
111Jay BruceCINRF
112Billy BurnsOAKCF
113Luke GregersonHOURP
114Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF
115Evan GattisHOULF,DH
116David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
117Kyle SeagerSEA3B
118Francisco LindorCLESS
119Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
120Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
121Josh ReddickOAKRF
122Stephen PiscottySTLLF,RF
123John LackeyCHCSP
124Neil WalkerNYM2B
125Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
126Joc PedersonLADCF
127James ShieldsSDSP
128Cody AllenCLERP
129Lance McCullersHOUSP
130Adrian BeltreTEX3B
131Hector RondonCHCRP
132Carlos RodonCWSSP
133A.J. RamosMIARP
134Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
135Francisco RodriguezDETRP
136Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
137Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
138Taijuan WalkerSEASP
139Shawn TollesonTEXRP
140Yordano VenturaKCSP
141Yu DarvishTEXSP
142Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
143Alex GordonKCLF
144Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
145Steven MatzNYMSP
146Jake OdorizziTBSP
147Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF
148Yasmani GrandalLADC
149Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
150Steven SouzaTBRF
151Trevor StoryCOLSS
152Kenta MaedaLADSP
153Kyle HendricksCHCSP
154Michael PinedaNYYSP
155Roberto OsunaTORRP
156Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
157Alex RodriguezNYYDH
158Julio TeheranATLSP
159Patrick CorbinARISP
160Michael ConfortoNYMLF
161DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
162Mark TeixeiraNYY1B
163Gio GonzalezWSHSP
164Santiago CasillaSFRP
165Kevin KiermaierTBCF
166Jeremy JeffressMILRP
167Elvis AndrusTEXSS
168Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
169Lucas DudaNYM1B
170Welington CastilloARIC
171Jason HammelCHCSP
172Steve CishekSEARP
173Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
174Evan LongoriaTB3B
175Brandon CrawfordSFSS
176Rich HillOAKSP
177Joe RossWSHSP
178Andrew MillerNYYRP
179Aaron SanchezTORSP,RP
180Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
181Mike MoustakasKC3B
182Kolten WongSTL2B
183Brad ZieglerARIRP
184Kevin GausmanBALSP,RP
185Jimmy NelsonMILSP
186Edinson VolquezKCSP
187Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
188Byung-ho ParkMIN1B,DH
189Francisco CervelliPITC
190Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
191Aaron NolaPHISP
192Ian KennedyKCSP
193Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
194Matt HollidaySTLLF
195Wil MyersSD1B,CF
196Tyson RossSDSP
197Shin-Soo ChooTEXRF
198Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
199Chris CarterMIL1B
200Rick PorcelloBOSSP
201Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
202Wilson RamosWSHC
203Kendrys MoralesKC1B,DH
204Billy HamiltonCINCF
205Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
206Matt DuffySF2B,3B
207Jorge SolerCHCLF,RF
208Scott KazmirLADSP
209Justin VerlanderDETSP
210Chris TillmanBALSP
211Huston StreetLAARP
212Devin MesoracoCINC
213Domingo SantanaMILLF,CF,RF
214Delino DeShieldsTEXLF,CF
215Marcus SemienOAKSS
216Ryan MadsonOAKRP
217Starlin CastroNYY2B,SS
218Michael SaundersTORLF,RF
219Melky CabreraCWSLF
220Carlos BeltranNYYRF
221Yadier MolinaSTLC
222Luis SeverinoNYYSP
223Collin McHughHOUSP
224Shelby MillerARISP
225Joe PanikSF2B
226Mitch MorelandTEX1B
227Matt WietersBALC
228Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
229Adam LindSEA1B
230Anibal SanchezDETSP
231Carlos CarrascoCLESP
232Jake McGeeCOLRP
233Fernando RodneySDRP
234Arodys VizcainoATLRP
235Joe SmithLAARP
236Dellin BetancesNYYRP
237Bradley BoxbergerTBRP
238Nomar MazaraTEXRF
239Jayson WerthWSHLF,RF
240Jeanmar GomezPHIRP
241Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
242Mike FiersHOUSP
243Alex WoodLADSP
244Tony WatsonPITRP
245Logan ForsytheTB1B,2B
246Darren O'DayBALRP
247Yan GomesCLEC
248Alexander ColomeTBSP,RP
249Jaime GarciaSTLSP
250Jonathan SchoopBAL2B

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