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.
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.
It is so funny the Astros traded all those players to get Ken Giles to be their closer and now then they keep Luke Gregerson as their closer
— Tim Bliss (@bigtbliss) April 10, 2016
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.
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
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