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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

Stock Up

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.

 

Stock Down

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.

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2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

RankNameTeamPositions
1Mike TroutLAACF
2Kris BryantCHC1B,3B,LF,RF
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
4Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
5Bryce HarperWSHRF
6Jose AltuveHOU2B
7Clayton KershawLADSP
8Mookie BettsBOSRF
9Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
10Josh DonaldsonTOR3B
11Madison BumgarnerSFSP
12Miguel CabreraDET1B
13Anthony RizzoCHC1B
14Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
15Joey VottoCIN1B
16Charlie BlackmonCOLCF
17Max ScherzerWSHSP
18Corey SeagerLADSS
19A.J. PollockARICF
20Starling MartePITLF,CF
21Trea TurnerWSH2B,CF
22Chris SaleBOSSP
23Freddie FreemanATL1B
24Carlos CorreaHOUSS
25Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
26Corey KluberCLESP
27Ryan BraunMILLF
28Robinson CanoSEA2B
29Edwin EncarnacionCLE1B,DH
30Jake ArrietaCHCSP
31Rougned OdorTEX2B
32Francisco LindorCLESS
33Christian YelichMIALF,CF
34George SpringerHOURF
35Trevor StoryCOLSS
36Jonathan VillarMIL2B,3B,SS
37Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B
38Brian DozierMIN2B
39Yu DarvishTEXSP
40Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
41Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
42Giancarlo StantonMIARF
43Jon LesterCHCSP
44Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
45Xander BogaertsBOSSS
46Justin VerlanderDETSP
47Jose AbreuCWS1B
48Johnny CuetoSFSP
49Jacob DeGromNYMSP
50Chris ArcherTBSP
51Wil MyersSD1B,RF
52Kyle SeagerSEA3B
53Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
54Dee GordonMIA2B
55Chris DavisBAL1B
56Buster PoseySFC,1B
57Kyle SchwarberCHCC,LF
58Ian KinslerDET2B
59Adrian BeltreTEX3B
60DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
61Andrew McCutchenPITCF
62Hanley RamirezBOS1B
63Justin UptonDETLF,CF
64Kenley JansenLADRP
65Billy HamiltonCINCF
66Carlos MartinezSTLSP
67Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
68Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
69Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
70Adam JonesBALCF
71Carlos CarrascoCLESP
72Zach BrittonBALRP
73Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
74Jean SeguraSEA2B,SS
75Anthony RendonWSH3B
76Matt KempATLLF,RF
77Mark TrumboBALRF,DH
78Gary SanchezNYYC
79Kyle HendricksCHCSP
80Todd FrazierCWS1B,3B
81Eric HosmerKC1B
82Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
83Odubel HerreraPHICF
84Cole HamelsTEXSP
85Lorenzo CainKCCF,RF
86J.D. MartinezDETRF
87David PriceBOSSP
88Jonathan LucroyTEXC,1B
89Gerrit ColePITSP
90Mark MelanconSFRP
91Evan LongoriaTB3B
92Jose QuintanaCWSSP
93Zack GreinkeARISP
94Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
95Adam EatonWSHCF,RF
96Edwin DiazSEARP
97Ian DesmondCOLLF,CF
98Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
99Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
100Kenta MaedaLADSP
101Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
102Stephen PiscottySTLCF,RF
103Wade DavisCHCRP
104Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
105Julio TeheranATLSP
106Roberto OsunaTORRP
107Rick PorcelloBOSSP
108Craig KimbrelBOSRP
109Danny SalazarCLESP
110Kenneth GilesHOURP
111Andrew BenintendiBOSLF
112Rich HillLADSP
113Aaron SanchezTORSP
114Justin TurnerLAD3B
115Kendrys MoralesTOR1B,RF,DH
116Kelvin HerreraKCRP
117Jason KipnisCLE2B
118Brandon BeltSF1B
119Aledmys DiazSTLSS
120Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
121Marcus StromanTORSP
122Kevin GausmanBALSP
123Jackie BradleyBOSCF
124Alex BregmanHOU3B
125Cody AllenCLERP
126Addison RussellCHCSS
127Matt HarveyNYMSP
128Jose PerazaCIN2B,SS,LF,CF
129Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
130Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
131Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
132Marcell OzunaMIALF,CF,RF
133Felix HernandezSEASP
134Jose RamirezCLE2B,3B,LF
135Andrew MillerCLERP
136Kole CalhounLAARF
137Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
138Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
139Maikel FrancoPHI3B
140Michael FulmerDETSP
141Adam DuvallCINLF,RF
142Tanner RoarkWSHSP
143Alexander ColomeTBRP
144J.T. RealmutoMIAC
145Jake LambARI3B
146Joc PedersonLADCF
147Lance McCullersHOUSP
148Francisco RodriguezDETRP
149Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF
150Hunter PenceSFRF
151Jameson TaillonPITSP
152Jake OdorizziTBSP
153John LackeyCHCSP
154Eduardo NunezSF3B,SS
155David RobertsonCWSRP
156Jay BruceNYMRF
157Victor MartinezDET1B,DH
158Salvador PerezKCC
159Manuel MargotSDCF
160Elvis AndrusTEXSS
161Brad MillerTB1B,2B,SS
162Keon BroxtonMILCF
163Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
164Yasmany TomasARILF,RF
165Greg BirdNYY1B
166Dexter FowlerSTLCF
167Mike MoustakasKC3B
168Yangervis SolarteSD2B,3B
169Nick CastellanosDET3B
170Brandon CrawfordSFSS
171Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF
172Marcus SemienOAKSS
173Greg HollandCOLRP
174Aaron NolaPHISP
175Kevin KiermaierTBCF
176Randal GrichukSTLCF
177Robbie RayARISP
178Drew PomeranzBOSSP
179Michael BrantleyCLELF
180David PeraltaARIRF
181Joe RossWSHSP
182Neil WalkerNYM2B
183Ryon HealyOAK3B
184A.J. RamosMIARP
185Brian McCannHOUC,DH
186Yasiel PuigLADRF
187Michael PinedaNYYSP
188Eric ThamesMILLF,RF
189Matt MooreSFSP
190Dansby SwansonATLSS
191Jarrod DysonSEALF,CF,RF
192Joe PanikSF2B
193Garrett RichardsLAASP
194Josh BellPIT1B,RF
195Brandon FinneganCINSP
196Neftali FelizMILRP
197Sonny GrayOAKSP
198Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
199Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
200Mark ReynoldsCOL1B

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Josh is a current student at Las Lomas High School in California. This is his second year writing for the So-Called Fantasy Experts. He has been an avid fantasy player for a long time and loves writing. If you have any fantasy related questions, be sure to ask him on Twitter @SCFE_Josh.
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