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One of, if not the biggest theme of the season and one we will touch on plenty in this release of the Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings, is starting pitching busts.

So many of our Top-25 starting pitchers have been, well disappointing is a nice way of putting it. Trust me I could have used many choice words here, but this is a PG site folks.

I have talked about Matt Harvey, Francisco Liriano and Chris Archer before, so no need to go there again. Just want to remind you of their struggles and despite Harvey and Archer looking better lately, we are not out of the woods yet with either one.

Liriano on the other hand, woof! Mentioned him last week and even though he pitched pretty well against the Cardinals, he is still walking way too many batters for him to continue to have success.

This week we are only going to have a Stock Down discussion. As many of the adjustments I made to my rankings were moving a lot of star players down my rankings, mostly pitchers that we had high hopes for. Yes, there were subsequent moves for other players to rise in the rankings, but not significant enough to discuss.

Stock Down

Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants

This is not the Buster Posey we are used to seeing. His batting average is more than 50 points lower than his career average. On top of that his run and RBI totals are below his normal pace too. Some of this might have to do with the fact that the rest of the Giants offense, besides Brandon Belt, does not really scare anyone.

I still have him ranked as the No. 1 catcher going forward, because I do think he will eventually rebound a little, mainly due to his BABIP correcting itself. But he no longer has that huge advantage he once did over the rest of the catchers.

Dallas Keuchel, SP, Houston Astros

Man on man, where to begin here?

As an owner of him, I just keep thinking, OK the next time is it. He’ll bounce back and be the pitcher we saw in 2015.

I’ve been waiting for next time all season it seems and he now sits with a 5.57 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP after 14 starts.

Some will point to his FIP and xFIP which are in the mid-threes and say there is some correction coming, probably mostly because of his slightly inflated BABIP. But I’d also be quick to point out he is allowing more home runs this season than in the previous two and his hard-hit ball rate is up to 30-percent, up from 20 and 19 in the previous two seasons.

All in all, I want to buy into a rebound for him, but for now he keeps sinking in my rankings with each poor start.

Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Stroman was not great to begin the season, but he wasn’t horrible either. His up and down performances kept him pretty steady in the ranks most of the season.

A stretch of three starts here lately though, where he has allowed 17 earned runs in 16.1 innings, has my confidence in waning.

James Shields, SP, Chicago White Sox

The largest drop in the rankings this week. Shields has two things not going for him now.

  1. He isn’t a good pitcher anymore
  2. Now he is pitching in the AL again

When he was still pitching in San Diego, I thought maybe there was a chance he turned things around since he got to face some softer offenses, especially with the pitcher in the lineup.

Now back in the American League, I think he is going to be mediocre at best. His first two starts in Chicago have not been promising, that’s for sure. He has allowed 13 runs in just seven innings of work and only struck out three. He’s not that bad, but he clearly is not very good anymore.

Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Toronto Blue Jays

Tulo suffered a setback in his rehab last week when he was playing in an extended spring training game.

Now there is no timetable for his return and he has not even restarted his rehab.

This combined with his poor play overall to start the season and he dropped significantly in the latest rankings.

Billy Burns, OF, Oakland Athletics

This one hurts. I had really high hopes for Burns this season.

Instead Burns has gotten off to a horrible start. He is currently batting .247 on the season with 12 steals, 26 runs and six RBI. Yes that’s right I said just six RBI. We weren’t expecting a lot of RBI from Burns, but come on, six?

Even with the lack in RBI, what you were really hoping to get out of him was a good average and steals. The 12 steals is fine, actually tied for eighth most, but he is now in a horrible slump 7-44 over the last 12 games and hasn’t stolen a base in even more time. Worst of all he is losing playing time, only starting once in the last four games.

Burns actually is close to being completely knocked out of the Top 250 if things don’t get better soon.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
5Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
7Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
8Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
9Anthony RizzoCHC1B
10Jose AltuveHOU2B
11Carlos CorreaHOUSS
12Miguel CabreraDET1B
13Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF
14Starling MartePITLF,CF
15Jake ArrietaCHCSP
16Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
17Chris SaleCWSSP
18Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
19Andrew McCutchenPITCF
20Giancarlo StantonMIARF
21Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
22Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
23Madison BumgarnerSFSP
24Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
25George SpringerHOUCF,RF
26Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
27Max ScherzerWSHSP
28Jose FernandezMIASP
29Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
30J.D. MartinezDETRF
31Xander BogaertsBOSSS
32Lorenzo CainKCCF
33Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
34Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
35Jacob DeGromNYMSP
36David PriceBOSSP
37Matt KempSDRF
38Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
39Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
40Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
41Gerrit ColePITSP
42Johnny CuetoSFSP
43Kenley JansenLADRP
44Adam JonesBALCF
45Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
46Robinson CanoSEA2B
47Zack GreinkeARISP
48Corey KluberCLESP
49Cole HamelsTEXSP
50Eric HosmerKC1B
51Christian YelichMIALF,CF
52Joey VottoCIN1B
53Jon LesterCHCSP
54David OrtizBOS1B,DH
55Danny SalazarCLESP
56Buster PoseySFC,1B
57Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
58Kole CalhounLAARF
59Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
60Todd FrazierCWS3B
61Corey SeagerLADSS
62Ian KinslerDET2B
63Matt HarveyNYMSP
64Carlos CarrascoCLESP
65Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF,CF
66Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
67Chris ArcherTBSP
68Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
69Dexter FowlerCHCCF
70Craig KimbrelBOSRP
71Wade DavisKCRP
72Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
73Rougned OdorTEX2B
74Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF,DH
75Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
76Mark MelanconPITRP
77Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
78Jose QuintanaCWSSP
79Carlos MartinezSTLSP
80Sonny GrayOAKSP
81Matt CarpenterSTL2B,3B,1B
82Maikel FrancoPHI3B
83Zach BrittonBALRP
84Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
85Justin UptonDETLF,CF
86Freddie FreemanATL1B
87Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
88Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
89Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,RF
90David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
91Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
92Jay BruceCINRF
93Marcus StromanTORSP
94David RobertsonCWSRP
95Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
96Michael WachaSTLSP
97Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
98Steven MatzNYMSP
99Kyle HendricksCHCSP
100Salvador PerezKCC
101John LackeyCHCSP
102Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
103Adam DuvallCINLF
104Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
105Francisco LindorCLESS
106Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
107Wilson RamosWSHC
108Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
109Taijuan WalkerSEASP
110Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
111Yasiel PuigLADRF
112Michael ConfortoNYMLF
113Cody AllenCLERP
114Welington CastilloARIC
115Joc PedersonLADCF
116Alex GordonKCLF
117Kyle SeagerSEA3B
118Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
119Jason KipnisCLE2B
120Steven SouzaTBRF
121Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
122Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
123Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
124Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
125Carlos GomezHOUCF
126Francisco LirianoPITSP
127Adam WainwrightSTLSP
128Hector RondonCHCRP
129Jason HammelCHCSP
130Trevor StoryCOLSS
131A.J. RamosMIARP
132Lance McCullersHOUSP
133Francisco RodriguezDETRP
134Adrian BeltreTEX3B
135Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
136Prince FielderTEX1B,DH
137Carlos RodonCWSSP
138Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
139Roberto OsunaTORRP
140Brian DozierMIN2B
141Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
142Neil WalkerNYM2B
143Julio TeheranATLSP
144Jake OdorizziTBSP
145Jackie BradleyBOSLF,CF,RF
146Brian McCannNYYC,1B
147Santiago CasillaSFRP
148Leonys MartinSEACF
149Elvis AndrusTEXSS
150Byung-ho ParkMIN1B,DH
151Kenta MaedaLADSP
152Patrick CorbinARISP
153Gio GonzalezWSHSP
154Danny ValenciaOAK3B,LF
155Alex RodriguezNYYDH
156Aaron SanchezTORSP,RP
157Aaron NolaPHISP
158Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
159DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
160Joe RossWSHSP
161Huston StreetLAARP
162Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
163Steve CishekSEARP
164Brandon CrawfordSFSS
165Evan GattisHOUC,LF,DH
166Chris CarterMIL1B
167Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
168Chris TillmanBALSP
169Kevin GausmanBALSP,RP
170Yu DarvishTEXSP
171Brad ZieglerARIRP
172Fernando RodneySDRP
173Felix HernandezSEASP
174Evan LongoriaTB3B
175Nick CastellanosDET3B
176Wil MyersSD1B,CF
177Rich HillOAKSP
178Matt HollidaySTL1B,LF
179Michael SaundersTORLF,RF
180Alexander ColomeTBSP,RP
181Jeremy JeffressMILRP
182Drew SmylyTBSP
183Jimmy NelsonMILSP
184Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
185Lucas DudaNYM1B
186Yadier MolinaSTLC
187Aledmys DiazSTL2B,SS
188Edinson VolquezKCSP
189Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
190Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
191Nomar MazaraTEXRF
192Mallex SmithATLLF,CF
193Drew PomeranzSDSP,RP
194James ShieldsCWSSP
195Carlos BeltranNYYRF,DH
196Mike NapoliCLE1B,LF,DH
197Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
198Rick PorcelloBOSSP
199Justin BourMIA1B
200Matt WietersBALC
201Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
202Travis ShawBOS1B,3B
203Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
204Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
205Justin VerlanderDETSP
206Sam DysonTEXRP
207Steven WrightBOSSP,RP
208Yasmani GrandalLADC
209Jorge SolerCHCLF,RF
210Billy HamiltonCINCF
211Jhonny PeraltaSTL3B,SS
212Ryan MadsonOAKRP
213Joe PanikSF2B
214Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
215Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
216Ian KennedyKCSP
217Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
218Yan GomesCLEC
219Nathan KarnsSEASP
220Matt AdamsSTL1B
221Kendrys MoralesKC1B,DH
222Eduardo RodriguezBOSSP
223Tyson RossSDSP
224Mitch MorelandTEX1B
225Russell MartinTORC
226Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
227Devon TravisTOR2B
228Michael PinedaNYYSP
229Scott KazmirLADSP
230Will HarrisHOURP
231Jeanmar GomezPHIRP
232Arodys VizcainoATLRP
233Andrew MillerNYYRP
234Dellin BetancesNYYRP
235Tony WatsonPITRP
236Billy BurnsOAKCF
237Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
238Matt DuffySF2B,3B
239Pedro StropCHCRP
240Jake LambARI3B
241Brandon DruryARI3B,LF,RF,2B
242Collin McHughHOUSP
243Shelby MillerARISP
244Justin WilsonDETRP
245Derek NorrisSDC,1B
246Anthony CingraniCINRP
247Marcus SemienOAKSS
248Jake McGeeCOLRP
249Yordano VenturaKCSP
250Jurickson ProfarTEX2B,SS,3B

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