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Just in the past week we have seen many examples of why you need to be patient as a Fantasy Baseball owner.

Take Ian Desmond for example. He was awful this early season, but just this past week he went 8-for-19, scoring seven times and hitting two home runs and five RBI. He even added three stolen bases.

Despite this great week Desmond does not move up my rankings at all, granted that is because he never dropped in my rankings to begin with. My point in all this is to prove that there is a reason we keep telling you over and over not to overreact.

However there are plenty of examples why you may need to start to worry about a player who can not seem to right the ship now that we are nearing the end of April.

I would not go as far as to outright drop anybody you thought you might heavily rely on this season, but perhaps move them to your bench to give them time to figure things out.

Stock Up

Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins

Yelich is off to a scorching start at the plate with a slash line of .396/.529/.587. The only thing holding him back from really having ridiculous start is the rest of the Marlins offense, yes even Giancarlo Stanton.

Obviously he won’t continue to hit at quite this pace, but I also think the Marlins offense, especially Stanton, will pick things up soon. This will lead to many more opportunities for Yelich to score, hit in more runs with Dee Gordon setting the table and his steals should still easily eclipse 20.

His season is looking like that of a major breakout and I’m starting to buy into that.

Ryan Madson, RP, Oakland Athletics

This should not surprise anybody, but he is still the biggest riser in the rankings so it is necessary to mention him.

He has essentially taken over the closer role from Sean Doolittle, who has dropped from the rankings, despite it not ever being officially announced.

Since the 16th of April, Madson has five of the six Athletic’s saves, with Doolittle getting the other. The only reason Doolittle got that save is because Madson had pitched three of the four previous games.

The job may not be Madson’s the rest of the season, but for now it is and there is little reason to think he give it up with the way he it pitching.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox

Yes, I can admit when I was wrong.

Pedroia was buried in my pre-season rankings at second base, mainly due to injury history, but also a little bit due to how much he struggled last season when he was playing.

The way Pedroia has played so far this season, it has made me rethink his overall value this season. Yes it is still very likely that he gets injured, but even if he misses a couple of weeks due to injury I still think he outperform a lot of the other second baseman.

His injury history is going to prevent him from getting too high in my rankings, at least for now, but the other thing holding him back is the fact that he is not running at all.

Stock Down

Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Toronto Blue Jays

Besides a three hit, two home run games this past Saturday, Tulo has been downright awful this season.

Even with that game he has hit just .179 with four home runs, six run and 10 RBI.

Something about playing with Toronto is not working for Tulo. He struggled last season in 41 games played last year there too. Unless he can show some signs of consistent good play soon, he may continue dropping down the ranks.

Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati Reds

I was not a huge Billy Hamilton fan to start the season and after the start he has had my feelings on him have only gotten worse.

I realize he is lightning fast and has the potential to steal 60, even 70 bases. But, he can’t hit and I’m not really sure why the Reds are continuing to play this guy everyday.

This is proven by the fact that his batting average has gotten worse every season since his call up in 2013 and this year has started out even worse at .158. You can’t steal bases if you can’t get hit the ball.

Perhaps if he could walk some more it would help, but he has just five of those in 43 plate appearances, putting his OBP to .256.

A speedster like him should easily have a on-base percentage of over .300, just look at Dee Gordon the last three seasons. Until he can do that Hamilton will be buried in my rankings, cause as the saying goes “You can’t steal first”.

I guess at least his defense is good right?

Other Notable OF Drops: Carlos Gomez, Houston Astros (slow start after a bad 2015) and Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (Injury)

Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland Indians

Carrasco left his start Sunday after injuring his hamstring trying to cover first base.

It did not look good as he was helped off the field and even carried by teammates down into the locker room.

The Indians immediately placed him on the 15-day DL, but this one appears to be a lot worse than your run of the mill hamstring strain.

I expect Carrasco to miss a significant amount of time so he gets moved way down my rankings.

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Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

RankNameTeamPositions
1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
3Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
4Manny MachadoBAL3B
5Josh DonaldsonTOR3B
6Andrew McCutchenPITCF
7Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
8Clayton KershawLADSP
9Giancarlo StantonMIARF
10Anthony RizzoCHC1B
11Carlos CorreaHOUSS
12Miguel CabreraDET1B
13Jose AltuveHOU2B
14Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
15Starling MartePITLF,CF
16Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
17Max ScherzerWSHSP
18Jake ArrietaCHCSP
19Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
20Kris BryantCHC3B,RF,LF
21Dee GordonMIA2B
22Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
23J.D. MartinezDETRF
24Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
25Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
26Chris SaleCWSSP
27George SpringerHOUCF,RF
28Justin UptonDETLF
29Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
30David PriceBOSSP
31Madison BumgarnerSFSP
32Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
33Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
34Buster PoseySFC,1B
35Zack GreinkeARISP
36Gerrit ColePITSP
37Joey VottoCIN1B
38Jacob DeGromNYMSP
39Adam JonesBALCF
40Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
41Hunter PenceSFRF
42Xander BogaertsBOSSS
43Lorenzo CainKCCF
44Jose FernandezMIASP
45Matt HarveyNYMSP
46Prince FielderTEXDH
47Craig KimbrelBOSRP
48Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
49Matt KempSDRF
50Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
51Robinson CanoSEA2B
52Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
53Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
54Corey KluberCLESP
55Felix HernandezSEASP
56Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
57Johnny CuetoSFSP
58Wade DavisKCRP
59Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
60Sonny GrayOAKSP
61Eric HosmerKC1B
62Freddie FreemanATL1B
63Todd FrazierCWS3B
64Ian KinslerDET2B
65David OrtizBOS1B,DH
66Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
67Yasiel PuigLADRF
68Corey SeagerLADSS
69Chris ArcherTBSP
70Cole HamelsTEXSP
71Gregory PolancoPITRF
72Christian YelichMIALF,CF
73Jon LesterCHCSP
74Kole CalhounLAARF
75Jonathan LucroyMILC
76Carlos GomezHOUCF
77Brian DozierMIN2B
78Kenley JansenLADRP
79Mark MelanconPITRP
80Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
81Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
82Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
83Danny SalazarCLESP
84Matt CarpenterSTL2B,3B
85Maikel FrancoPHI3B
86Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
87Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
88Marcus StromanTORSP
89Garrett RichardsLAASP
90Zach BrittonBALRP
91Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
92Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF
93Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
94Carlos MartinezSTLSP
95Francisco LirianoPITSP
96Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
97Rougned OdorTEX2B
98Michael WachaSTLSP
99Jason KipnisCLE2B
100David RobertsonCWSRP
101Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
102Adam WainwrightSTLSP
103James ShieldsSDSP
104Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
105Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
106Brian McCannNYYC
107Jose QuintanaCWSSP
108Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
109Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
110Dexter FowlerCHCCF
111Salvador PerezKCC
112Jay BruceCINRF
113Evan GattisHOULF,DH
114Luke GregersonHOURP
115Francisco LindorCLESS
116David PeraltaARILF,RF
117Russell MartinTORC
118Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
119Kendrys MoralesKC1B,DH
120Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF
121Khris DavisOAKLF
122DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
123Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
124Josh ReddickOAKRF
125Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,RF
126Raisel IglesiasCINSP
127Billy BurnsOAKCF
128Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
129John LackeyCHCSP
130Cody AllenCLERP
131Lance McCullersHOUSP
132Kyle SeagerSEA3B
133Hector RondonCHCRP
134Carlos RodonCWSSP
135A.J. RamosMIARP
136Adrian BeltreTEX3B
137Huston StreetLAARP
138Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
139Joc PedersonLADCF
140Taijuan WalkerSEASP
141Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
142Francisco RodriguezDETRP
143Yordano VenturaKCSP
144Yu DarvishTEXSP
145Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
146Yasmani GrandalLADC
147Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
148Steven MatzNYMSP
149Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
150Jake OdorizziTBSP
151Shawn TollesonTEXRP
152Alex GordonKCLF
153Elvis AndrusTEXSS
154Scott KazmirLADSP
155Kyle HendricksCHCSP
156Michael PinedaNYYSP
157Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
158Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
159Alex RodriguezNYYDH
160Julio TeheranATLSP
161Luis SeverinoNYYSP
162Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
163Steven SouzaTBRF
164Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
165Patrick CorbinARISP
166Roberto OsunaTORRP
167Mark TeixeiraNYY1B
168Santiago CasillaSFRP
169Brandon CrawfordSFSS
170Michael ConfortoNYMLF
171Lucas DudaNYM1B
172Drew SmylyTBSP
173Matt WietersBALC
174Jake McGeeCOLRP
175Tyson RossSDSP
176Evan LongoriaTB3B
177Trevor StoryCOLSS
178Collin McHughHOUSP
179Gio GonzalezWSHSP
180Jeremy JeffressMILRP
181Jason HammelCHCSP
182Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
183Kolten WongSTL2B
184Steve CishekSEARP
185Andrew MillerNYYRP
186Kenta MaedaLADSP
187Brad ZieglerARIRP
188Matt HollidaySTLLF
189Byung-ho ParkMIN1B,DH
190Mike MoustakasKC3B
191Kevin KiermaierTBCF
192Travis d'ArnaudNYMC
193Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
194Carlos CarrascoCLESP
195Neil WalkerNYM2B
196Starlin CastroNYY2B,SS
197Billy HamiltonCINCF
198Shelby MillerARISP
199Shin-Soo ChooTEXRF
200Anibal SanchezDETSP
201Jorge SolerCHCLF,RF
202Adam LindSEA1B
203Justin VerlanderDETSP
204Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
205Domingo SantanaMILLF,CF,RF
206Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
207Matt DuffySF2B,3B
208Denard SpanSFCF
209Jimmy NelsonMILSP
210Mike FiersHOUSP
211Welington CastilloARIC
212Mitch MorelandTEX1B
213Delino DeShieldsTEXLF,CF
214Marcus SemienOAKSS
215Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
216Joe PanikSF2B
217Melky CabreraCWSLF
218Carlos BeltranNYYRF
219Jayson WerthWSHLF,RF
220Devin MesoracoCINC
221Alex WoodLADSP
222Jaime GarciaSTLSP
223Joe RossWSHSP
224Ian KennedyKCSP
225Wil MyersSD1B,CF
226Chris CarterMIL1B
227Wilson RamosWSHC
228Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
229Tyler WhiteHOU1B,3B
230Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
231Fernando RodneySDRP
232Edinson VolquezKCSP
233Arodys VizcainoATLRP
234Aaron NolaPHISP
235Ryan MadsonOAKRP
236Dellin BetancesNYYRP
237Kevin JepsenMINRP
238Bradley BoxbergerTBRP
239Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
240Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
241Tony WatsonPITRP
242Nomar MazaraTEXRF
243Francisco CervelliPITC
244Mike LeakeSTLSP
245Andrew CashnerSDSP
246Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
247Darren O'DayBALRP
248Jeanmar GomezPHIRP
249Drew StorenTORRP
250Chris TillmanBALSP

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