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This past week we saw some masterful pitching performances, some which have silenced critics of theirs. Let’s take a moment and revisit some of them.

Max Scherzer: Tied a major league single game record with 20 strikeouts. This was a much welcome sight as Scherzer has struggled much of the season. We can only hope that we can expect to see half of this the rest of the season.

Clayton Kershaw: If there was ever a question who was the best pitcher in baseball, Kershaw answered loudly. He struck out 13 in a complete game shutout against the Mets. More impressive is this moved his season K/BB ratio to 77/4.

Jose Fernandez: He has actually had two spectacular starts since the last rankings update. Both games were near identical, striking out 11 in seven innings.

These didn’t affect the rankings much at all, although we did see Scherzer and Fernandez climb a little. This was just something I wanted to point out as they were major story lines for this past week and reminders just how dominant these pitchers are and can be.

Stock Up

Aroldis Chapman, RP, New York Yankees

Now that the flamethrower has returned it is time for him to climb back up the rankings.

Before season I initially would have had him ranked as the No. 1 relief pitcher if it was not for his suspension. Now that he returns he does indeed climb back up the rankings, but Kenley Jansen has been so dominant it did not feel right to dethrone him from the top spot.

Another reason for this is cause the Yankees are simply not a good team right now. It will be hard for Chapman to get saves for a team that can’t win right now. I know that is not always a reason to say a closer is not going to be good, but when we are talking about the best guys, I’m going to go with a player who is on a team who can win a bit more over one who is not.

On a related note, this has moved Andrew Miller and Delin Betances down the rankings. Not because they are not good pitchers (and I think they should still be owned for their great ratios and strikeout rates), but because relief pitcher rankings are tied to saves so much that they immediately have to drop.

Johnny Cueto, SP, San Francisco Giants

I thought Cueto was going to have a bit of a bouceback season, however, he has been even better than what I expected.

After eight games Cueto is 5-1 with a 2.97 ERA and a 8.27 K/9. His peripheral numbers state that this is no fluke either. In fact they show there is room for improvement.

Travis Shaw, 3B, Boston Red Sox

I didn’t believe in Shaw to start the season. I thought eventually Pablo Sandoval would take back over and Shaw would become, well, Travis Shaw.

Instead Shaw has proven to be much more than that. Now his BABIP, currently sitting at .415, means there is some regression coming. But there is plenty to like about him going forward and I now believe he can be a good Fantasy asset the rest of the season.

Stock Down

J.D. Martinez, OF, Detroit Tigers

The first of two Tigers who are making the list.

Martinez has shown little of what made us like him going into this season and that was his power. Currently his slugging percentage is down to .385, after it sit well above .500 the last two seasons.

I have been hesitant to drop him in the rankings, thinking he was going to snap out of this slump any day now, but it just is not happening.

Justin Upton, OF, Detroit Tigers

Upton has dropped significantly farther down my rankings than his teammate.

He has been downright awful this year, batting a horrible .208 with only two home runs and nine RBI. That’s right, he still does not even have double digit RBI after 36 games this season.

What is worse and what has me really worried about him, is he is striking out at an alarming 38-percent this season. It is hard to improve when you are striking out that much.

Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians

Brantley returned this season and I thought he would get off to a slow start, but ultimately be fine. Well I was both right and wrong.

I was right because he got off to a slow start hitting just .231 with not much else to show for it in 11 games.

I was wrong because he is not OK. Brantley has landed back on the DL with shoulder issues. MRI showed no more damage, so that is good news, but this is a pretty big setback as usually it takes a bit of time for players to return to their normal selves once they return from shoulder injuries. That return is now delayed once again for Brantley.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

RankNameTeamPositions
1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
3Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
4Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
5Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
6Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
7Giancarlo StantonMIARF
8Clayton KershawLADSP
9Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
10Anthony RizzoCHC1B
11Jose AltuveHOU2B
12Carlos CorreaHOUSS
13Miguel CabreraDET1B
14Starling MartePITLF,CF
15Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
16Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
17Jake ArrietaCHCSP
18Chris SaleCWSSP
19Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF
20Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
21Andrew McCutchenPITCF
22Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
23David PriceBOSSP
24George SpringerHOUCF,RF
25Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
26Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
27Madison BumgarnerSFSP
28Max ScherzerWSHSP
29Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
30Buster PoseySFC,1B
31Hunter PenceSFRF
32J.D. MartinezDETRF
33Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
34Jose FernandezMIASP
35Jacob DeGromNYMSP
36Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
37Lorenzo CainKCCF
38Gerrit ColePITSP
39Adam JonesBALCF
40Xander BogaertsBOSSS
41Matt KempSDRF
42Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
43Johnny CuetoSFSP
44Kenley JansenLADRP
45Gregory PolancoPITRF
46Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
47Robinson CanoSEA2B
48Matt HarveyNYMSP
49Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
50Sonny GrayOAKSP
51Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
52Christian YelichMIALF,CF
53Zack GreinkeARISP
54Eric HosmerKC1B
55Corey KluberCLESP
56Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
57Chris ArcherTBSP
58Joey VottoCIN1B
59Yasiel PuigLADRF
60Todd FrazierCWS3B
61Corey SeagerLADSS
62Ian KinslerDET2B
63David OrtizBOS1B,DH
64Cole HamelsTEXSP
65Jon LesterCHCSP
66Kole CalhounLAARF
67Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
68Felix HernandezSEASP
69Prince FielderTEX1B,DH
70Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
71Justin UptonDETLF
72Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
73Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
74Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
75Craig KimbrelBOSRP
76Wade DavisKCRP
77Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
78Rougned OdorTEX2B
79Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
80Mark MelanconPITRP
81Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
82Danny SalazarCLESP
83Matt CarpenterSTL2B,3B,1B
84Maikel FrancoPHI3B
85Marcus StromanTORSP
86Dexter FowlerCHCCF
87Zach BrittonBALRP
88Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
89Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
90Freddie FreemanATL1B
91Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
92Carlos MartinezSTLSP
93Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
94Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
95Jason KipnisCLE2B
96Michael WachaSTLSP
97David RobertsonCWSRP
98Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
99Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
100Jose QuintanaCWSSP
101Drew SmylyTBSP
102Francisco LirianoPITSP
103Brian McCannNYYC,1B
104John LackeyCHCSP
105Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
106Jay BruceCINRF
107Billy BurnsOAKCF
108Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF,CF
109Salvador PerezKCC
110Carlos GomezHOUCF
111David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
112Luke GregersonHOURP
113Evan GattisHOULF,DH
114Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
115Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
116Kyle SeagerSEA3B
117Francisco LindorCLESS
118Brian DozierMIN2B
119Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
120Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,RF
121Josh ReddickOAKRF
122Rich HillOAKSP
123Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
124Joc PedersonLADCF
125Alex GordonKCLF
126Adam WainwrightSTLSP
127Cody AllenCLERP
128James ShieldsSDSP
129Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
130Hector RondonCHCRP
131Lance McCullersHOUSP
132A.J. RamosMIARP
133Adrian BeltreTEX3B
134Francisco RodriguezDETRP
135Carlos RodonCWSSP
136Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
137Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
138Shawn TollesonTEXRP
139Taijuan WalkerSEASP
140Yordano VenturaKCSP
141Neil WalkerNYM2B
142Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF
143Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
144Yu DarvishTEXSP
145Steven MatzNYMSP
146Steven SouzaTBRF
147Welington CastilloARIC
148Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
149Michael ConfortoNYMLF
150Trevor StoryCOLSS
151Byung-ho ParkMIN1B,DH
152Jake OdorizziTBSP
153Kenta MaedaLADSP
154Kyle HendricksCHCSP
155Roberto OsunaTORRP
156Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
157Alex RodriguezNYYDH
158Julio TeheranATLSP
159Patrick CorbinARISP
160Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
161DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
162Gio GonzalezWSHSP
163Santiago CasillaSFRP
164Kevin KiermaierTBCF
165Jeremy JeffressMILRP
166Elvis AndrusTEXSS
167Chris CarterMIL1B
168Yasmani GrandalLADC
169Jason HammelCHCSP
170Steve CishekSEARP
171Aaron NolaPHISP
172Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
173Brandon CrawfordSFSS
174Michael PinedaNYYSP
175Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
176Brad ZieglerARIRP
177Joe RossWSHSP
178Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
179Evan LongoriaTB3B
180Nick CastellanosDET3B
181Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
182Aaron SanchezTORSP,RP
183Fernando RodneySDRP
184Kevin GausmanBALSP,RP
185Jimmy NelsonMILSP
186Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
187Lucas DudaNYM1B
188Francisco CervelliPITC
189Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
190Edinson VolquezKCSP
191Drew PomeranzSDSP,RP
192Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
193Wil MyersSD1B,CF
194Matt HollidaySTL1B,LF
195Ian KennedyKCSP
196Shin-Soo ChooTEXRF
197Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
198Mark TeixeiraNYY1B
199Tyson RossSDSP
200Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
201Wilson RamosWSHC
202Kendrys MoralesKC1B,DH
203Billy HamiltonCINCF
204Marcus SemienOAKSS
205Travis ShawBOS1B,3B
206Jorge SolerCHCLF,RF
207Rick PorcelloBOSSP
208Justin VerlanderDETSP
209Chris TillmanBALSP
210Huston StreetLAARP
211Yadier MolinaSTLC
212Michael SaundersTORLF,RF
213Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
214Ketel MarteSEASS
215Ryan MadsonOAKRP
216Joe PanikSF2B
217Starlin CastroNYY2B,SS
218Matt DuffySF2B,3B
219Domingo SantanaMILLF,CF,RF
220Yan GomesCLEC
221Adam ConleyMIASP
222Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
223Steven WrightBOSSP,RP
224Mitch MorelandTEX1B
225Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
226Derek NorrisSDC,1B
227Justin BourMIA1B
228Adam LindSEA1B
229Scott KazmirLADSP
230Collin McHughHOUSP
231Jake McGeeCOLRP
232Arodys VizcainoATLRP
233Joe SmithLAARP
234Bradley BoxbergerTBRP
235Jeanmar GomezPHIRP
236Andrew MillerNYYRP
237Melky CabreraCWSLF
238Carlos BeltranNYYRF,DH
239Dellin BetancesNYYRP
240Brandon DruryARI3B,LF,RF
241Shelby MillerARISP
242Anibal SanchezDETSP
243Tony WatsonPITRP
244Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
245Darren O'DayBALRP
246Matt WietersBALC
247Alexander ColomeTBSP,RP
248Carlos CarrascoCLESP
249Brandon PhillipsCIN2B
250Eugenio SuarezCIN3B,SS

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