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It has been a couple of weeks since I have released an updated version of the Rest of Season 2016 Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings. I thought the week after the All-Star Break was as good as time as any.

There have been plenty of changes in the rankings with a ton of injuries, trades and simply player performance that have caused me to re-evaluate a lot of things since the last rankings.

Now that the second half has begun, playoff pictures in your leagues start to take shape and races for those last few spots really begin.

You can use these rankings to help you make important trades to get yourself in the best position to make the playoffs and succeed once you get there.

Normally I do a stock up and stock down, but with so much happening, I didn’t want to focus on just four or five players. Instead this time I’m putting this in note form to cover more topics and players moving up and down my rankings.

Hitters

  • I have been forced to move Bryce Harper off the two line. Look the fact is since the opening month he has not been the second best player in baseball. He hit nine home runs in April and only ten since that time. Batting average has dropped from .286 to .248. The steals are keeping his value up, and of course his talent, but he is not worth the two spot right now.
  • Giancarlo Stanton is back! Since I dropped him in the rankings back on June 21st he has hit eight home runs, 21 RBI and scored 19 runs with a .307 batting average. Message heard loud and clear.
  • Crush Davis drops in the overall rankings due to the major highs and lows you get with him. He either hits eight home runs in two weeks or he hits zero. Usually with that zero, you get 15 strikeouts and very little elsewhere. Consistency means a lot to me when it come to evaluating players.
  • Ozuna has really climbed the ranks after I was in disbelief for so long that this breakout season was going to continue. I am finally a full believer and he soared up the rankings.

Starting Pitching

  • Chris Archer drops fairly significantly. Look, the strikeouts are nice, but everything else is baaaaad.
  • Dallas Kuechel is starting to rebound and looking more like the pitcher we saw in 2015. Over the last month he has an ERA under three and has a quality start in all six of his starts.
  • I honestly kept forgetting how good Julio Teheran was because he played for such a bad team. He has been a top 20 pitcher so far and there is no reason to think that can’t continue. In fact a possible trade would make his value go up.
  • Good rookies such as Aaron Sanchez and Jerad Eickhoff don’t move up due to concerns of being shut down early or sent to bullpen.

Closer Roulette

  • Craig Kimbrel is out 3-6 weeks. Now Koji Uehara is likely headed to the DL with a strained pectoral muscle. It is very likely newly acquired Brad Ziegler is going to close, but nothing is final yet.
  • With the Ziegler trade, it appears that Tyler Clippard is the man in Arizona.
  • Papelbon returns from the DL to reclaim the closer job for Washington

Third Base Shakeup

  • Josh Donaldson looking like MVP again and has taken the top spot in the third base rankings.
  • Manny Machado drops a few spots. If he isn’t running he isn’t as valuable as Donaldson, Arenado or Bryant, who are producing better pure hitting numbers than him.
  • Jake Lamb, who I still think will tail off a bit, definitely climbs up the rankings. He has been one of the best players in baseball over the last month.

Pitching Injuries

  • I originally was not going to drop Clayton Kershaw in my rankings. However after he suffered a setback after throwing a simulated game this past weekend, I had to drop him a couple of spots. I’m still expecting him to return soon though which is why he does not drop farther.
  • The return for Gerrit Cole wasn’t as good of as he hoped. It was a return though, and that is good enough to slide him back up in the rankings.
  • Zack Greinke is slated to return relatively soon, so he does not drop in my rankings very much at all.
  • Jordan Zimmerman right now doesn’t move much, although he does move down. Should return in a couple of weeks.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

RankNameTeamPositions
1Mike TroutLAACF,DH
2Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
3Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
5Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF,1B
6Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
7Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
8Anthony RizzoCHC1B
9Jose AltuveHOU2B,DH
10Miguel CabreraDET1B,DH
11Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
12Starling MartePITLF,CF
13Jake ArrietaCHCSP
14Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
15Carlos CorreaHOUSS
16Madison BumgarnerSFSP
17Clayton KershawLADSP
18Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
19Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
20George SpringerHOUCF,RF,DH
21Giancarlo StantonMIARF
22Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
23Chris SaleCWSSP
24Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
25Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
26Lorenzo CainKCCF
27Max ScherzerWSHSP
28Jose FernandezMIASP
29Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
30Xander BogaertsBOSSS
31Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
32Johnny CuetoSFSP
33Jacob DeGromNYMSP
34Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
35Zack GreinkeARISP
36Corey KluberCLESP
37Jon LesterCHCSP
38Kenley JansenLADRP
39Robinson CanoSEA2B
40Danny SalazarCLESP
41Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
42Matt KempSDRF
43Adam JonesBALCF
44Wil MyersSD1B,CF
45Cole HamelsTEXSP
46Andrew McCutchenPITCF
47Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
48Eric HosmerKC1B
49Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF,CF
50Carlos MartinezSTLSP
51David OrtizBOS1B,DH
52Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
53Carlos CarrascoCLESP
54Joey VottoCIN1B
55Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
56Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
57Corey SeagerLADSS
58Ian KinslerDET2B
59Christian YelichMIALF,CF
60David PriceBOSSP
61Gerrit ColePITSP
62Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
63Julio TeheranATLSP
64Buster PoseySFC,1B
65Todd FrazierCWS3B
66Rougned OdorTEX2B
67Wade DavisKCRP
68Zach BrittonBALRP
69Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
70Mark MelanconPITRP
71Jose QuintanaCWSSP
72Sonny GrayOAKSP
73Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF,DH
74Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
75Kole CalhounLAARF
76David RobertsonCWSRP
77Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
78Freddie FreemanATL1B
79Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
80Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
81Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
82Michael WachaSTLSP
83Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF
84Kyle HendricksCHCSP
85Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,CF,RF
86Cody AllenCLERP
87Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
88Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
89Adam DuvallCINLF,1B
90Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
91Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
92Jay BruceCINRF
93John LackeyCHCSP
94Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
95Taijuan WalkerSEASP
96Justin UptonDETLF,CF
97Salvador PerezKCC,DH
98Yu DarvishTEXSP
99Drew PomeranzBOSSP,RP
100Dexter FowlerCHCCF
101Francisco LindorCLESS
102Evan LongoriaTB3B
103Kyle SeagerSEA3B
104Jake LambARI3B
105Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
106Wilson RamosWSHC
107Mike NapoliCLE1B,LF,DH
108Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
109Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
110Carlos GomezHOUCF
111Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
112Welington CastilloARIC
113Yasiel PuigLADRF
114Alex GordonKCLF
115Trevor StoryCOLSS
116Jason KipnisCLE2B
117Maikel FrancoPHI3B
118Steven MatzNYMSP
119Carlos BeltranNYYRF,DH
120Hector RondonCHCRP
121Chris TillmanBALSP
122A.J. RamosMIARP
123Jason HammelCHCSP
124Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
125Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
126Francisco RodriguezDETRP
127Roberto OsunaTORRP
128Adrian BeltreTEX3B
129Santiago CasillaSFRP
130Michael SaundersTORLF,RF
131Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
132Lance McCullersHOUSP
133Adam WainwrightSTLSP
134Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
135Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
136Brian DozierMIN2B
137Jackie BradleyBOSLF,CF,RF
138Justin TurnerLAD1B,3B
139Neil WalkerNYM2B
140Felix HernandezSEASP
141Chris ArcherTBSP
142Matt WietersBALC
143Sam DysonTEXRP
144Victor MartinezDET1B,DH
145Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
146Melvin Upton Jr.SDLF,CF
147Kenta MaedaLADSP
148Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
149Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
150Rajai DavisCLELF,CF,RF
151DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
152Jake OdorizziTBSP
153Huston StreetLAARP
154Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
155Leonys MartinSEACF
156Steve CishekSEARP
157Aaron NolaPHISP
158Elvis AndrusTEXSS
159Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
160Alexander ColomeTBSP,RP
161Marcus StromanTORSP
162Eduardo NunezMIN3B,SS,2B,DH
163Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF
164David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
165Patrick CorbinARISP
166Francisco LirianoPITSP
167Tanner RoarkWSHSP,RP
168Joe RossWSHSP
169Rich HillOAKSP
170Kendrys MoralesKC1B,RF,DH
171Evan GattisHOUC,LF,DH
172Craig KimbrelBOSRP
173Steven WrightBOSSP,RP
174Justin BourMIA1B
175Edinson VolquezKCSP
176Joc PedersonLADCF
177Aledmys DiazSTL2B,SS
178Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
179Will HarrisHOURP
180Jimmy NelsonMILSP
181Rick PorcelloBOSSP
182J.D. MartinezDETRF
183Danny ValenciaOAK3B,LF
184Yadier MolinaSTLC
185Nick CastellanosDET3B
186Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
187Aaron SanchezTORSP,RP
188Michael FulmerDETSP
189Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
190Chris CarterMIL1B
191Jeremy JeffressMILRP
192Justin VerlanderDETSP
193Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
194Matt HollidaySTL1B,LF,DH
195Matt AdamsSTL1B
196Jerad EickhoffPHISP
197Michael ConfortoNYMLF
198Brian McCannNYYC,1B
199Prince FielderTEX1B,DH
200Pedro AlvarezBAL1B,3B,DH
201Steven SouzaTBRF
202Kevin GausmanBALSP,RP
203Ryan MadsonOAKRP
204Carlos RodonCWSSP
205Gio GonzalezWSHSP
206Travis d'ArnaudNYMC
207Brandon CrawfordSFSS
208Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
209Ian KennedyKCSP
210Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
211Jonathan VillarMIL3B,SS
212Billy HamiltonCINCF
213Drew SmylyTBSP
214Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
215Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
216Adam ConleyMIASP
217Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
218Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
219Junior GuerraMILSP,RP
220Jeanmar GomezPHIRP
221Joe PanikSF2B
222Yasmani GrandalLADC
223Brad MillerTB2B,SS,LF,CF
224Logan ForsytheTB1B,2B
225Devon TravisTOR2B
226Eduardo RodriguezBOSSP
227Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
228Tyson RossSDSP
229Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
230Tyler ClippardARIRP
231Carlos EstevezCOLRP
232Brandon KintzlerMINRP
233Arodys VizcainoATLRP
234Andrew MillerNYYRP
235Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
236Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
237Melky CabreraCWSLF
238Scott KazmirLADSP
239Marcus SemienOAKSS
240Collin McHughHOUSP
241Dellin BetancesNYYRP
242Brad ZieglerBOSRP
243Jhonny PeraltaSTL3B,SS
244Tony WatsonPITRP
245Russell MartinTORC
246Jurickson ProfarTEX1B,2B,3B,SS
247Pedro StropCHCRP
248Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
249Yordano VenturaKCSP
250Dee GordonMIA2B

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