Welcome back to another edition of the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.
The title for this week’s article, as you can see, is major changes. First off, there have been major changes in the recently revealed MLB All-Star rosters. Unlike past voting updates where the list was dominated by Cubs, only one Cub was actually elected into the All-Star Game (not counting Kris Bryant in the final vote) in Wade Davis. There are four teams in the National League that only have one All-Star member that happens to be a relief pitcher: the Cubs, Padres, Phillies, and the Brewers. Yikes!
That isn’t it for the major changes. Look around you, specifically around your computer screen. Yes, we remodeled the site! I personally love it and hope you all do as well. If you have any constructive feedback, be sure to let us know.
Lastly, there have been major changes in these rankings. Let’s talk about those in our Stock Up, Stock Down section below.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
Cameron Maybin, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Cameron Maybin has been absolutely killing it for the Angels this season and it is time that we give him some credit. Maybin leads the American League in stolen bases with 24 and should break his career high of 40 that he set back in 2011 when he was with the Padres. The 49 runs are nice as well, and while nine home runs, 19 RBI and a .260 batting average won’t win you any leagues, they won’t hurt you either. He is a really nice asset in category leagues where he is a stolen base guy who, like I said above, won’t bring down kill of your other categories.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
We will talk about the other corner infielders as a whole in a second, but Joey Votto needed his own section. I finally made the move in my rankings of moving Votto above four stud corner infielders that I will cover later on. After a slow start to the year (if you can even remember that far back), Votto is back to doing Votto things this year, hitting over .300 with an OBP over .400, but his run production has seen a spike this year. His 60 runs scored, 23 home runs and 57 RBI all have real shots at being career highs, and that is saying something when you talk about a guy who has had as great of a career as Joey Votto.
Breakout Corner Infielders
Next, I want to cover a group of breakout corner infielders that all saw a bump in the rankings. Similar to Votto, I finally decided to put the following players above other more accomplished players who they have been outperforming this season: Jose Ramirez, Cody Bellinger, Ryan Zimmerman, and Miguel Sano.
I won’t go into the specifics for each player because that would take way too long and totally defeat the purpose of grouping them together, but they all have performed so well this season that I felt the need for their performance to finally be recognized in a move up in the rankings.
Star Corner Infielders
The four corner infielders that I mentioned above who Joey Votto leapfrogged this week are Miguel Cabrera, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Josh Donaldson. Now, this move did have to do more with Votto’s great performance this year rather than these players struggles, but then again I wouldn’t have moved Votto above them if they didn’t give me even a slight reason to do so.
Again I won’t go into specifics, but all four of these players have been underperforming and while that still means a decent Fantasy player, it is not what we have come to expect. Votto wasn’t the only player that these players fell under, which led to their slides and their appearance on the “Stock Down” section of this article.
2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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