The first full week of baseball has come to a close. There have been many surprising players as well as disappointing ones during this first week of action, and that is reflected in our 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.
First things first, we have to understand that the first week of baseball is different from all of the other sports. Baseball is a sport of hot and cold streaks, a sport of week-to-week inconsistencies, and most of all a long season.
That means it is hard to judge players just based off of one week. You need to see many weeks before you can determine a players true value. For that reason, if a player struggled greatly or broke out during this first week, while it won’t be ignored in these rankings, it certainly won’t be the main factor in their positioning. At this point, we still have to get our knowledge from past performances over a longer sample size and base players values off of that for now.
This can be used to your advantage. Maybe an owner is panicking about a slow start and you can get that player for cheap. Maybe you have a player who exploded during this first week and someone jumps on him and you can sell him for a higher price than he should be sold at. These are the types of savvy moves in the early weeks that can end up being big factors in propelling your Fantasy team to the championship.
Before we get into the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings, I do want to cover a few players in depth. These are players whose hot and cold starts maybe can be more indicative of future performance than that of others. Let’s take a deeper look at these players, and then move right along into the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Pollock is a very different case from most of the other names on the list. He was a stud in 2015, injuries kept him out most of 2016, and now it is 2017 and we needed to see if he was healthy. If he isn’t, then that kills his value, but if he is, then he is back to the near first round pick status that he had last season. If there is one thing that is easier than others to judge during the first week of baseball, it would be whether a player is healthy or not, and Pollock sure looks to be fine.
He sports a .333 average with four runs, one home run, four RBI and one stolen base. This has him at sixth in ESPN scoring right now. If he is healthy, and that looks to be the case, he could rise even further in the coming weeks.
Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres
I am going to be honest. Manuel Margot’s profile seemed to be a little too good to be true this season. This was a guy that was guaranteed an every day role that should hit for a high average and pick up plenty of steals. He has potential to fill out the other two categories decently as well, and he was available as a late round pick. For that reason, I tried to grab him in as many Fantasy leagues that I could, and that decision has paid off for me so far, as he is the fourth highest scoring outfielder in standard ESPN scoring this year.
He is batting .304 so far with four runs, two home runs, four RBI and one steal. This solid start confirms that he is ready to contribute both to the Padres and Fantasy teams right away, and that is well represented in these rankings. Be sure to grab Margot if he is available in one of your leagues.
Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros
We start off the “stock down” section with Alex Bregman, the young third baseman for the Houston Astros. One of the first reasons that I have him way lower than most other rankings is because I don’t believe that he ever should have been this high in the first place. Bregman hit .264 in his 200 or so at-bats last year, which is very good for a player of his age, but doesn’t scream out at Fantasy owners yet. I can’t find the reason that got people so excited about him this year.
A slow start to the season doesn’t help either. Also, Marwin Gonzalez is starting off red hot and could eventually force Bregman out of the starting role at third base as the Astros are trying to win now. Don’t get me wrong, Bregman is still surely the third baseman of the future for the Astros, but his immediate Fantasy value is very overrated.
Mookie Betts, OF, Boston Red Sox
If you were to read our 2017 Bold Predictions Article, you would know that some of us already aren’t very high on Betts. He was widely considered as the consensus #2 overall player in this years draft, but some skepticism and a gut feeling kept him more down at #5 or #6 in my book. While he has missed five games with an illness to start the season, you can’t rule his start as accurate. However, we still do remain cautious and rank him lower than most.
He still will likely have a great season, and might very well prove us wrong, but for now we are a little bit skeptical, and therefore have Betts a little bit lower than you might see elsewhere.
Sam Dyson, RP, Texas Rangers
Boy, talk about a bad start. After a great season last year, Dyson is off to an awful start in the 2017 season. He allowed three runs in his first start and five runs in his second start, blew a save and only notched one K in 2.0 IP. While his third appearance did result in a scoreless ninth, the game was already out of hand. Most of the time you would see teams rest their closer in a game that is out of hand, but the Rangers truly wanted to see if Dyson is still worthy of the closer spot.
Dyson is still said to be the closer, but he has a shorter leash than ever. With some quality relievers behind him, the Rangers won’t hesitate to remove him from the closer spot if his struggles continue, and that is never good news.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings