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It had to happen eventually.

The first two weeks of the MLB season went by without any impact players being forced out of action for long amounts of time. Sure there we some injuries that put big-name players on the 10-day DL, and also there were some long-term injuries for lesser players, but we hadn’t had that first big one.

Well, the baseball gods decided that two weeks was enough. Almost immediately after last weeks 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings article was through the editing process and ready to be published (and before the article was actually published), it was announced that Starling Marte had been suspended for 80 games due to the usage of performance enhancing drugs.

Then, on Friday, April 21 Madison Bumgarner got in a dirt bike accident and suffered injuries that could keep him out upwards of two months. To antasy owners, these two absences will sting a little bit extra due to the fact that each player had quite a bit of accountability in their respective incident. Either way, they are each phenomenal players in their own right and both baseball and Fantasy owners will miss watching them play while they are out.

Now, before we get into this weeks 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings, lets go over some players (other than the two mentioned above) who have had their stock change in this past week.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

Stock Up

Eric Thames, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers

After raking in the Korean Baseball Organization, Eric Thames decided to give the MLB another shot. He was considered as a high upside pick this year due to his production in the KBO league. Yet he carried risk due to his lack of success in his last MLB stint. I had mixed feelings on Thames, but still nabbed him in a couple of leagues. Anyone who believed in the upside is being rewarded right now.

Thames is currently slashing a ridiculous .373/.379/.881 with eight home runs, 14 RBI and 20 runs scored through 71 plate appearances. While he has to cool down eventually, I am fully sold on his ability to produce at the Major League level, and he should prove to be a very valuable player for Fantasy owners this season.

Eugenio Suarez, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

Suarez is a player who fell way under the radar in drafts this season. He quietly had a very good season last year, and was coming into the year as a young player with plenty of job security for the rebuilding Reds. They hoped that he could become their true third baseman of the future. So far, so good on this season for Suarez. He is slashing .367/.441/.773 with five home runs, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored through 68 plate appearances.

While the slash line will come down, and especially his average due to his .400 BABIP, he still could be a solid producer in that category. Although he only batted .248 last season, he hit .280 in the 2015 season in 372 at-bats. All in all, we could be looking at a guy who hits 25 home runs this year with a good amount of RBI and runs scored. In a Reds lineup featuring Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton and Jose Peraza, his BA should be in the.260-.270 range. Make sure Suarez isn’t on the waiver wire in your league, as he could climb his way even further up these rankings as he proves that his breakout is for real.

 

Stock Down

Mark Melancon, RP, San Francisco Giants

As a Giants fan, I was thrilled when we got Mark Melancon, a lock-down ninth inning guy. As a Fantasy player, I was thrilled to be able to have a chance to pick a great closer on a great team who plays in many close games. So far, however, things have not gone to plan. First off, Melancon hasn’t been amazing. While he has only pitched 4.2 innings, he is 3-for-4 on save chances with a 1.93 WHIP. I am not very worried about Melancon as a pitcher though. I am now worried about the Giants.

Following an embarrassing loss to the Rockies on Sunday, April 23, the Giants have the second-worst record in baseball (sorry Blue Jays). As a result of this, Melancon hasn’t been given as many save opportunities as expected in the early going.

With Madison Bumgarner now out for 2-plus months, the Giants morale might be at an all-time low in the dynasty era. While the Giants should be able to bounce-back somewhat and not be the worst team in the National League, I wouldn’t expect a playoff run, especially without even-year-magic on their side, and that would certainly effect Melancon.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

RankNameTeamPositions
1Mike TroutLAACF
2Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
3Bryce HarperWSHRF
4Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
5Jose AltuveHOU2B
6Kris BryantCHC1B,3B,LF,RF
7Mookie BettsBOSRF
8Clayton KershawLADSP
9Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
10Josh DonaldsonTOR3B
11Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
12Anthony RizzoCHC1B
13Joey VottoCIN1B
14Miguel CabreraDET1B
15Max ScherzerWSHSP
16Charlie BlackmonCOLCF
17Corey SeagerLADSS
18Freddie FreemanATL1B
19A.J. PollockARICF
20Chris SaleBOSSP
21Francisco LindorCLESS
22Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B
23Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
24Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
25Robinson CanoSEA2B
26Trea TurnerWSH2B,SS,CF
27Corey KluberCLESP
28Jake ArrietaCHCSP
29Edwin EncarnacionCLE1B,DH
30Ryan BraunMILLF
31Carlos CorreaHOUSS
32George SpringerHOUCF,RF
33Brian DozierMIN2B
34Yu DarvishTEXSP
35Christian YelichMIALF,CF
36Rougned OdorTEX2B
37Dee GordonMIA2B
38Giancarlo StantonMIARF
39Jon LesterCHCSP
40Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
41Justin VerlanderDETSP
42Johnny CuetoSFSP
43Xander BogaertsBOSSS
44Jacob DeGromNYMSP
45Chris DavisBAL1B
46Kenley JansenLADRP
47Jonathan VillarMIL2B,3B,SS
48Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
49Buster PoseySFC,1B
50Trevor StoryCOLSS
51Wil MyersSD1B,RF
52Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
53Ian KinslerDET2B
54Adrian BeltreTEX3B
55DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
56Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
57Justin UptonDETLF,CF
58Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
59Billy HamiltonCINCF
60Chris ArcherTBSP
61Matt HarveyNYMSP
62Eric ThamesMIL1B,LF,RF
63Jonathan LucroyTEXC,1B
64Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
65Zach BrittonBALRP
66Carlos MartinezSTLSP
67Carlos CarrascoCLESP
68Cole HamelsTEXSP
69Gary SanchezNYYC
70Zack GreinkeARISP
71David PriceBOSSP
72Andrew McCutchenPITCF,RF
73Adam JonesBALCF
74Jean SeguraSEA2B,SS
75Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
76J.D. MartinezDETRF
77Gerrit ColePITSP
78Mark TrumboBALRF,DH
79Kyle SeagerSEA3B
80Kyle HendricksCHCSP
81Edwin DiazSEARP
82Evan LongoriaTB3B
83Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
84Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
85Kendrys MoralesTOR1B,RF,DH
86Adam EatonWSHCF,RF
87Craig KimbrelBOSRP
88Ian DesmondCOLLF,CF
89Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
90Aaron SanchezTORSP
91Kenneth GilesHOURP
92Julio TeheranATLSP
93Wade DavisCHCRP
94J.T. RealmutoMIAC
95Jay BruceNYMRF
96Jose AbreuCWS1B
97Jose QuintanaCWSSP
98Rick PorcelloBOSSP
99Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
100Kyle SchwarberCHCC,LF
101Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
102Eric HosmerKC1B
103Marcell OzunaMIALF,CF,RF
104Jose RamirezCLE2B,3B,LF
105Hanley RamirezBOS1B,DH
106Jose PerazaCIN2B,SS,LF,CF
107Anthony RendonWSH3B
108Danny SalazarCLESP
109Marcus StromanTORSP
110Rich HillLADSP
111Justin TurnerLAD3B
112Cody AllenCLERP
113Aledmys DiazSTLSS
114Brandon BeltSF1B
115Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
116Salvador PerezKCC
117Adam DuvallCINLF,RF
118Stephen PiscottySTLCF,RF
119Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
120Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
121Addison RussellCHCSS
122Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
123Matt KempATLLF,RF
124Mark MelanconSFRP
125Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
126Todd FrazierCWS1B,3B
127Kelvin HerreraKCRP
128Roberto OsunaTORRP
129Kevin GausmanBALSP
130Kenta MaedaLADSP
131Felix HernandezSEASP
132Andrew MillerCLERP
133Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
134Michael FulmerDETSP
135Tanner RoarkWSHSP
136Lance McCullersHOUSP
137Alexander ColomeTBRP
138Jake LambARI3B
139Lorenzo CainKCCF,RF
140Odubel HerreraPHICF
141Starling MartePITLF,CF
142Jameson TaillonPITSP
143John LackeyCHCSP
144Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF
145James PaxtonSEASP
146Eduardo NunezSF3B,SS
147Joe PanikSF2B
148Kole CalhounLAARF
149Joc PedersonLADCF
150Madison BumgarnerSFSP
151Francisco RodriguezDETRP
152Hunter PenceSFRF
153Elvis AndrusTEXSS
154Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
155David RobertsonCWSRP
156Manuel MargotSDCF
157Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF
158Mike MoustakasKC3B
159Brandon CrawfordSFSS
160Andrew BenintendiBOSLF,CF
161Jason KipnisCLE2B
162Keon BroxtonMILCF
163Eugenio SuarezCIN3B
164Brad MillerTB1B,2B,SS
165Yasmany TomasARILF,RF
166Kevin KiermaierTBCF
167Marcus SemienOAKSS
168Greg HollandCOLRP
169Aaron NolaPHISP
170Victor MartinezDET1B,DH
171Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
172Maikel FrancoPHI3B
173Jackie BradleyBOSCF
174Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF
175Nick CastellanosDET3B
176Robbie RayARISP
177Drew PomeranzBOSSP
178Michael BrantleyCLELF
179David PeraltaARIRF
180Jake OdorizziTBSP
181Joe RossWSHSP
182Alex BregmanHOU3B
183A.J. RamosMIARP
184Brian McCannHOUC,DH
185Yasiel PuigLADRF
186Michael PinedaNYYSP
187Yangervis SolarteSD2B,3B
188Cesar HernandezPHI2B
189Matt MooreSFSP
190Brandon FinneganCINSP
191Neftali FelizMILRP
192Neil WalkerNYM2B
193Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
194Mark ReynoldsCOL1B
195Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
196Jarrod DysonSEALF,CF,RF
197Jayson WerthWSHLF
198Wilson RamosTBC
199Ryon HealyOAK1B,3B,DH
200Mitch HanigerSEALF,CF,RF

 

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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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