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Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers #21-40: High Upside Arms Fill The Rankings

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier today we posted the first half of this rankings, which were influenced by injury scares and concerns.  While that obviously has a trickle down effect, the next set of 20 pitchers is full of high upside, intriguing arms.  Who makes the cut?  Let’s take a look:

21) Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies
22) Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers
23) Kenta Maeda – Los Angeles Dodgers
24) Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies
25) Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays
26) Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves
27) Matt Shoemaker – Los Angeles Angels
28) Kevin Gausman – Baltimore Orioles
29) Michael Pineda – New York Yankees
30) Carlos Rodon – Chicago White Sox Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers #1-20: How Do The Injuries Impact The Rankings?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It certainly feels like the risk of injury is higher with a starting pitcher than with other positions, doesn’t it?  While they have avoided significant injury, thus far, there have been concerns about many of the elite in the game already and the 2017 season hasn’t even started yet.  How have our rankings been impacted?  Let’s take a look:

1) Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
2) Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals
3) Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets
4) Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
5) Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox
6) Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians
7) Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians
8) Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers
9) Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs
10) Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 15 Second Basemen: Kipnis Disappears & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Second base is deeper than ever before, so much so that the disappearance to Jason Kipnis (who is slated to open the season on the DL and could miss all of April, thus dropping him from our rankings) has done little to impact things.  There are ample buying opportunities, thanks to players with multi-position eligibility (like Trea Turner and Matt Carpenter).  How do things currently stand?  Let’s take a look:

1. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
2. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
3. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
4. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
5. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
6. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
7. Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 15 Catchers: Tom Murphy Drops Out & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The injury to Tom Murphy, widely viewed as a sleeper option at the position, creates an even bigger void (similar to the injury to Wilson Ramos).  That’s two potentially Top 10 options who fail to make our Top 15 so, while the recently released Derek Norris getting a starting job would help, it’s hard to get excited about the catching crop heading into ’17.  Who is the best of the best?  Let’s take a look at the relatively underwhelming options:

1. Jonathan Lucroy – Texas Rangers
2. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
3. Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
4. J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins
5. Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs
6. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
7. Brian McCann – Houston Astros Read more

2017 Rankings (OBP): Top 30 Outfielders: Harper Rises To #2 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There is a trend for leagues to move away from the traditional AVG category, and instead utilizing OBP or OPS.  How does that type of change impact our rankings?  In many cases it may not be a dramatic change, but there definitely are those who rise and those who fall.

Unlike many other positions, the outfield rankings see significant movement throughout thanks to the change to OBP.  Not only is there a shakeup at the top, there are a few players who rise 10+ spots on the rankings (sneaking them into the Top 30).  Who are the players making the biggest move?  Let’s take a look:

1. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels (1)
2. Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals (4)
3. Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs (3)
4. Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox (2)
5. Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies (5)
6. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals (6)
7. George Springer – Houston Astros (10) Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders #21-40: The Impact Of The Injuries

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Let’s continue updating our Top 40 outfielders, thanks to the fallout from around the league.  Does Ian Desmond hold on?  What about David Dahl?  Let’s take a look:

21. Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
22. Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
23. Matt Kemp – Atlanta Braves
24. Khris Davis – Oakland A’s
25. Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs
26. Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
27. Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
28. Adam Eaton – Washington Nationals
29. Ender Inciarte – Atlanta Braves Read more