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The first week of the Fantasy Baseball season has come and gone.

It was for sure an interesting one. Lot’s of weather delays due to rain and even snow (why do we start in early April again?).

Some good and bad first week performances. Some from unexpected places and some that we probably saw coming.

Each week I will be ranking the Top 200 players overall in Fantasy Baseball. I will also be highlighting some of the players that have moved up and down my board, in two sections called Stock Up and Stock Down.

I will also say that there is not much change from my preseason rankings following just one week of baseball. I’m a firm believer of not buying into the hype or panic (looking right at you Zack Greinke) after just one week, so I usually keep things pretty steady. That said there are a few players that have caught my eye, good or bad. So let’s get to it.

Stock Up

Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies

 

Umm wow! Okay, I thought he was going to be good and listed him as a Top 12 shortstop after a great spring, but daaayum! Seven homeruns in his first five games. That is a start nobody could have expected.

Now of course this pace will not continue (seven of his first nine hits have gone for home runs), but he has proven to me that he can be a better shortstop than the mid-to-lower tier guys.

Even if he hits just seven more home runs the rest of the way, those 14 HRs would have been good enough to finish ninth last year at the shortstop position last season.

Add in the 15 stolen bases that some project him at and that puts him as the eighth best for shortstops in 2015.

There are two major concerns for me though moving forward which is why I did not put him any higher than I did.

  • His strikeout rate is very high. In the minors it hovered around 24%-35%. In the majors it won’t get much better and currently sits at 28.6%.
  • There is still a chance Jose Reyes returns to the team. I really have no idea what the Rockies will do at that point. I imagine if Story is playing well, they don’t sit him, but you can’t sit Reyes either.

Either way, he got my attention and he has moved up into the Top 120 of my rankings.

Trevor White, 1B, Houston Astros

Not quite as bullish on him as I am Story, but he did move up my first base rankings at least. That did not allow him to crack my Top 200 though.

The main reason for this is I still think A.J. Reed gets the call up at some point this season and takes over the starting first base job.

Still, he is somebody worth owning right now and should be starting in all leagues that use the corner infield roster spot.

Luke Gregerson, RP, Houston Astros

This one was an obvious move up for me. I had projected Giles as the starting closer for the Astros, only to be shocked on opening day to see that Gregerson was named the closer. This shocked many “experts” and many of you as well and I can’t disagree with the tweet below at all.

I don’t think Gregerson gives this job up either. He pitched great last season and has been solid  so far this season. On the other side, Giles has struggled, giving Gregerson a bit of a longer leash.

 

Stock Down

Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Chicago Cubs

Like I said earlier, I don’t really put too much stock into the first week when it comes to fast or slow starts. So the common theme here for all of my stock down players will be injuries.

Schwarber’s injury was awful looking when it happened. I was actually watching the Cubs game, and honestly I was shocked to see him announced as just having a sprained ankle.

That was quickly changed to him having a torn ACL and LCL, meaning Schwarber is out for the season. Very unfortunate for him and the Cubs and it obviously knocks him out of the rankings.

A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Pollock was dealing with an elbow injury all spring but was looking to be on the mend. That was until he slid into home in one of the last spring games, fracturing his right elbow.

He had surgery on his elbow and first reports is he will not be able to resume baseball activities for at least three months.

My guess is that Pollock misses most of the season, if not all of it. Out of the rankings you go Pollock and you were one of my favorites this season.

Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Texas Rangers

A strained calf has landed Choo on the 15-day DL, but he will be out much longer than that. To be exact he will miss 4-6 weeks.

For somebody who was already ranked 113th in my preseason rankings,  missing that much time easily knocks him out of my Top 200.

As his return date gets closer, he will likely move back into the rankings. But for now, he is on the outside looking in.

 

Fantasy Baseball Top 200 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
18Chris SaleCWSSP
19Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
20Kris BryantCHC3B,RF
21Dee GordonMIA2B
22Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
23Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
24J.D. MartinezDETRF
25Buster PoseySFC,1B
26Jake ArrietaCHCSP
27Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
28George SpringerHOUCF,RF
29Justin UptonDETLF
30David PriceBOSSP
31Madison BumgarnerSFSP
32Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
33Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
34Joey VottoCIN1B
35Zack GreinkeARISP
36Jacob DeGromNYMSP
37Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
38Corey KluberCLESP
39Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
40Gerrit ColePITSP
41Adam JonesBALCF
42Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
43Hunter PenceSFRF
44Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
45Jose FernandezMIASP
46Prince FielderTEX1B,DH
47Craig KimbrelBOSRP
48Lorenzo CainKCCF
49Carlos GomezHOUCF
50Matt HarveyNYMSP
51Robinson CanoSEA2B
52Xander BogaertsBOSSS
53Felix HernandezSEASP
54Johnny CuetoSFSP
55Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
56Sonny GrayOAKSP
57Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
58Wade DavisKCRP
59Matt KempSDRF
60Eric HosmerKC1B
61Freddie FreemanATL1B
62Todd FrazierCWS3B
63Chris ArcherTBSP
64Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
65Brian DozierMIN2B
66David OrtizBOSDH
67Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
68Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
69Corey SeagerLADSS
70Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
71Adam WainwrightSTLSP
72Miguel SanoMINDH
73Yasiel PuigLADRF
74Carlos CarrascoCLESP
75Gregory PolancoPITRF
76Adam EatonCWSCF
77Jason KipnisCLE2B
78Kenley JansenLADRP
79Mark MelanconPITRP
80Kole CalhounLAARF
81Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
82Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
83Cole HamelsTEXSP
84Matt CarpenterSTL2B,3B
85Maikel FrancoPHI3B
86Billy HamiltonCINCF
87Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
88Jon LesterCHCSP
89Danny SalazarCLESP
90Zach BrittonBALRP
91Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
92Hanley RamirezBOSLF
93Christian YelichMIALF,CF
94Garrett RichardsLAASP
95Marcus StromanTORSP
96Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
97Ian KinslerDET2B
98Carlos MartinezSTLSP
99Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
100David RobertsonCWSRP
101Francisco LirianoPITSP
102Michael WachaSTLSP
103Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
104Tyson RossSDSP
105Rougned OdorTEX2B
106Brian McCannNYYC
107James ShieldsSDSP
108Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
109Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
110Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
111Salvador PerezKCC
112Jose QuintanaCWSSP
113Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
114Evan GattisHOUDH
115Dexter FowlerCHCCF
116Jay BruceCINRF
117Luke GregersonHOURP
118Trevor StoryCOLSS
119Matt WietersBALC
120Francisco LindorCLESS
121Kendrys MoralesKCDH
122David PeraltaARILF,RF
123Kolten WongSTL2B
124Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
125Khris DavisOAKLF
126Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
127Josh ReddickOAKRF
128Russell MartinTORC
129Stephen PiscottySTLLF,RF
130Billy BurnsOAKCF
131Shelby MillerARISP
132Cody AllenCLERP
133Michael PinedaNYYSP
134Kyle SeagerSEA3B
135Hector RondonCHCRP
136Raisel IglesiasCINSP
137A.J. RamosMIARP
138DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
139Glen PerkinsMINRP
140John LackeyCHCSP
141Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
142Julio TeheranATLSP
143Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
144Huston StreetLAARP
145Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
146Taijuan WalkerSEASP
147Joc PedersonLADCF
148Yordano VenturaKCSP
149Steven SouzaTBRF
150Lance McCullersHOUSP
151Francisco RodriguezDETRP
152Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
153Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
154Yu DarvishTEXSP
155Shawn TollesonTEXRP
156Jake OdorizziTBSP
157Elvis AndrusTEXSS
158Alex RodriguezNYYDH
159Steven MatzNYMSP
160Scott KazmirLADSP
161Alex GordonKCLF
162Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
163Corey DickersonTBLF
164Carlos RodonCWSSP
165Adrian BeltreTEX3B
166Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
167Mark TeixeiraNYY1B
168Roberto OsunaTORRP
169Brandon CrawfordSFSS
170Mitch MorelandTEX1B
171Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
172Luis SeverinoNYYSP
173Travis d'ArnaudNYMC
174Santiago CasillaSFRP
175Patrick CorbinARISP
176Evan LongoriaTB3B
177Drew SmylyTBSP
178Collin McHughHOUSP
179Jake McGeeCOLRP
180Gio GonzalezWSHSP
181Matt HollidaySTLLF
182Mike MoustakasKC3B
183Jeremy JeffressMILRP
184Steve CishekSEARP
185Jason HammelCHCSP
186Sean DoolittleOAKRP
187Kevin KiermaierTBCF
188Starlin CastroNYY2B,SS
189Lucas DudaNYM1B
190Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
191Jorge SolerCHCRF
192Welington CastilloARIC
193Kyle HendricksCHCSP
194Neil WalkerNYM2B
195Ketel MarteSEASS
196Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
197Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
198Justin VerlanderDETSP
199Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
200Michael ConfortoNYMLF

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