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2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings: Movement In The Middle

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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Welcome to another edition of the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings. 

We have reached the month of August, and with that, there are only two months left in the MLB regular season. Although summer is coming to a close very shortly, this has to be one of my favorite times of the year due to the MLB playoff race.

The MLB playoff race is unlike that of any other sport. Obviously, MLB has way more games in a season than all other sports, so that makes the playoff race longer, more active, and overall better. One thing that inevitably happens due to the playoff race is the shift of attention onto the league’s stars.

The stories to watch in the coming weeks will be the Dodgers’ chase for history, the NL Central division that almost anyone has a shot to win, the Red Sox-Yankees fight for the AL East, and the competition for the wild-card spots in both the American and National League. You will also hear plenty about rookies Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, stud hitters such as Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, and star pitchers such as Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.

That leaves the stars on non-playoff teams as well as the players that find themselves in the good-but-not-all-star-worthy tier as players who could fly under the radar, resulting in a prime opportunity for Fantasy owners to take advantage. While your fellow owners enjoy their Astros, their Dodgers, and their Nationals, it is time for you to ride the Buster Posey’s, the Joey Votto’s, and even the Jonathan Schoop’s to a championship, one that they have little to no chance of getting in real life.

While this week’s stock watch doesn’t necessarily reflect these possible under-the-radar players, you can certainly expect that to come in the near future, but make sure you try and get your hands on some of them as quickly as possible. Also, even though this week’s stock watch players aren’t in this category, they still are here for other reasons. Let’s go over them.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

Stock Up

Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks

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I’ll say it right here: Jake Lamb is one of the most underrated players in all of baseball. This shouldn’t be a big shock if you look at his numbers and the hype around him. While the casual baseball fan may not know who Jake Lamb is, 23 home runs and 85 RBI are stats than every single Fantasy owner should know. Although he doesn’t score all that many runs in comparison to his RBI totals, he is still productive in that category and his .265 batting average won’t hurt you either.

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton has (sort of) quietly taken over the MLB lead in home runs. What is even quieter is the fact that his 36 home runs are already just one shy of his career high. However, people still know that he is arguably the best home run hitter in the league, so don’t let that tidbit fool you. Stanton has also been producing all around this year with 79 runs and RBI a piece and with a .277 batting average that is quite amazing when you look at his elite production in all categories. Giancarlo Stanton is back to being a bonafide Fantasy stud.

Eduardo Nunez, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez was already thriving on a struggling Giants team, and that was before a trade to the contending Red Sox. Through 38 plate appearances in his new home, he is batting .417 with three home runs (one short of the four that he racked up in over 300 plate appearances this year with the Giants), 11 RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases. While the home runs shouldn’t be taken for real unless he continues to show that he can hit them and although he will never be a factor in producing RBI, he should be an elite three category (stolen bases, runs, and batting average) producer from here on out.

Stock Down

Scott Schebler, OF, Cincinnati Reds

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Even before his injury, Scott Schebler’s stock was falling. His .077 batting average since the All-Star Break have made it so that his home runs came at arguably too high of a price. While a lot of that has to do with him playing through shoulder pain, well, now he has a full blown injury. Although he luckily avoided surgery, there still is no timetable for his return. One thing is for certain though: his stock has taken a big hit.

Noah Syndergaard, SP, New York Mets

This one hurts. New reports suggest that Thor may not return this year because the Mets want to save him for next year due to them being likely to miss the postseason. This one is simple: I had him rising the past few weeks due to a possibility of a return, but now that he may not return, he obviously falls back down. I just hope that you play in a league with DL slots if you kept him.

Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers

Justin Verlander is one player who could very soon turn his stock right around. Although he is struggling a bit this year, the strikeouts have still been there and no one can question the former MVPs talent. Now that he has cleared trade waivers, a possible move to a contender (the Astros have shown interest) would help fix his stock, but for now, he remains a pitcher with over a 4 ERA that you probably hoped to be more in the mid 3s.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHRF
3Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
5Jose AltuveHOU2B
6Mookie BettsBOSRF
7Charlie BlackmonCOLCF
8Clayton KershawLADSP
9Joey VottoCIN1B
10Max ScherzerWSHSP
11Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B
12Chris SaleBOSSP
13Aaron JudgeNYYRF,DH
14Corey SeagerLADSS
15Kris BryantCHC1B,3B,LF,RF
16Anthony RizzoCHC1B,2B
17Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
18George SpringerHOUCF,RF
19Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
20Corey KluberCLESP
21Zack GreinkeARISP
22Buster PoseySFC,1B
23Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
24Jean SeguraSEA2B,SS
25Dee GordonMIA2B
26Robinson CanoSEA2B
27Giancarlo StantonMIARF
28Ryan BraunMILLF
29Jacob deGromNYMSP
30Miguel CabreraDET1B,DH
31Miguel SanoMIN1B,3B,RF,DH
32Xander BogaertsBOSSS
33Freddie FreemanATL1B,3B
34Cody BellingerLAD1B,LF
35Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
36Yu DarvishLADSP
37Josh DonaldsonTOR3B
38Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
39Brian DozierMIN2B
40Trea TurnerWSH2B,SS,CF
41Kenley JansenLADRP
42Carlos CarrascoCLESP
43Carlos MartinezSTLSP
44Michael FulmerDETSP
45Elvis AndrusTEXSS
46Marcell OzunaMIALF,CF,RF
47Jose RamirezCLE2B,3B,LF
48Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
49Billy HamiltonCINCF
50Edwin EncarnacionCLE1B,DH
51Christian YelichMIALF,CF
52Chris ArcherTBSP
53Alex WoodLADSP,RP
54Robbie RayARISP
55Salvador PerezKCC,DH
56Jon LesterCHCSP
57David PriceBOSSP
58Gerrit ColePITSP
59Jay BruceNYM1B,RF
60Craig KimbrelBOSRP
61Lance McCullersHOUSP
62Marcus StromanTORSP
63Jake LambARI3B
64Wil MyersSD1B,RF
65A.J. PollockARICF
66Francisco LindorCLESS
67J.T. RealmutoMIAC
68James PaxtonSEASP
69Greg HollandCOLRP
70Jake ArrietaCHCSP
71Jason VargasKCSP
72Ervin SantanaMINSP
73Jose QuintanaCHCSP
74Madison BumgarnerSFSP
75Justin TurnerLAD3B
76Travis ShawMIL1B,3B
77Justin SmoakTOR1B
78Zach BrittonBALRP
79Eduardo NunezBOS2B,3B,SS,LF
80Justin VerlanderDETSP
81Zack CozartCINSS
82Jonathan VillarMIL2B,3B,SS
83Eric ThamesMIL1B,LF,RF
84Jose PerazaCIN2B,SS,LF,CF
85Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
86Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
87Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
88Justin UptonDETLF,CF
89J.D. MartinezARIRF
90Mark ReynoldsCOL1B
91Yasmani GrandalLADC
92Luis SeverinoNYYSP,RP
93Gio GonzalezWSHSP
94Ivan NovaPITSP,RP
95Zack GodleyARISP,RP
96Cole HamelsTEXSP
97Jose BerriosMINSP
98Drew PomeranzBOSSP
99Eric HosmerKC1B
100Yonder AlonsoSEA1B
101Chris DavisBAL1B
102Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
103Kyle SeagerSEA3B
104Wade DavisCHCRP
105Anthony RendonWSH3B
106Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
107Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
108DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
109Adrian BeltreTEX3B,DH
110Adam DuvallCINLF,RF
111Gary SanchezNYYC,DH
112Michael BrantleyCLELF
113Matt KempATLLF,RF,DH
114Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF,CF
115Domingo SantanaMILRF
116Lorenzo CainKCCF,RF
117Alexander ColomeTBRP
118Kenneth GilesHOURP
119Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
120Avisail GarciaCWSLF,RF,DH
121Cody AllenCLERP
122Ender InciarteATLLF,CF
123Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
124Edwin DiazSEARP
125Mark MelanconSFRP
126Raisel IglesiasCINSP,RP
127Cesar HernandezPHI2B
128Michael ConfortoNYMLF,CF,RF
129Eugenio SuarezCIN3B
130Adam JonesBALCF
131Ian DesmondCOL1B,LF,CF
132Mark TrumboBALRF,DH
133Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
134Lance LynnSTLSP
135Johnny CuetoSFSP
136Jimmy NelsonMILSP
137Sonny GrayNYYSP
138Evan LongoriaTB3B,DH
139Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
140Chris OwingsARI2B,SS,CF,RF
141Kendrys MoralesTOR1B,RF,DH
142Andrew BenintendiBOSLF,CF
143Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
144Chris TaylorLAD2B,3B,SS,LF,CF
145Yasiel PuigLADRF
146Trey ManciniBAL1B,LF,DH
147Starling MartePITLF,CF
148Carlos CorreaHOUSS
149Didi GregoriusNYYSS
150Yasmany TomasARILF,RF
151Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
152Andrew McCutchenPITCF,RF
153Mike MoustakasKC3B,DH
154Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
155Kelvin HerreraKCRP
156Dylan BundyBALSP,RP
157Rick PorcelloBOSSP
158Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
159Julio TeheranATLSP
160Kyle HendricksCHCSP
161Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
162Carlos SantanaCLE1B,RF,DH
163Starlin CastroNYY2B
164Kevin PillarTORCF
165Ian KinslerDET2B
166David PeraltaARILF,RF
167Rougned OdorTEX2B
168Jonathan LucroyCOLC,1B,DH
169Brandon PhillipsATL2B
170Matt AdamsATL1B,LF
171Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF,DH
172Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF,DH
173Andrew MillerCLERP
174Joey GalloTEX1B,3B,LF
175Yangervis SolarteSD2B,3B,1B
176Odubel HerreraPHICF
177Corey KnebelMILRP
178Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF,1B
179Roberto OsunaTORRP
180Brian McCannHOUC,DH
181Sean ManaeaOAKSP
182Marwin GonzalezHOU1B,2B,3B,SS,LF
183Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
184Matt WietersWSHC
185Hanley RamirezBOS1B,DH
186Brandon CrawfordSFSS
187Cameron MaybinLAALF,CF,RF
188Addison RussellCHCSS
189Yadier MolinaSTLC
190Kole CalhounLAARF
191Melky CabreraKCLF,DH
192Stephen PiscottySTLCF,RF
193Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
194Todd FrazierNYY1B,3B,DH
195Tanner RoarkWSHSP
196Logan MorrisonTB1B,DH
197Scott ScheblerCINLF,CF,RF
198Felipe RiveroPITRP
199Felix HernandezSEASP
200Trevor StoryCOLSS



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