Archive for Rankings

Updated 2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 20 Shortstops

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Has there been any position that’s been hit harder than shortstop of late?  Troy Tulowitzki was lost for the season (though that’s not a surprise) and Hanley Ramirez has been sidelined as well.  That was the Top 2 options on our most recent rankings.  Who’s going to step up in their place?  Let’s take a look (all stats were through Sunday):

 

1. Hanley Ramirez – Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
2. Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals (4)
3. Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs (3)
4. Jose Reyes – Toronto Blue Jays (5)
5. Dee Gordon – Los Angeles Dodgers (6)
6. Jhonny Peralta – Cleveland Indians (9)
7. J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles (15)
8. Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox (8)
9. Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies (7)
10. Alcides Escobar – Milwaukee Brewers (10) Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (August 18, 2014): Who Is The Next Source Of Saves?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all stats are through Saturday):

 

1) Jeurys Familia – New York Mets (1)
Current Closer – Jenrry Mejia

Not much has changed since last week, as the Mets continue to allow Mejia to pitch with a hernia.  Why they would continue to put him at risk remains a mystery, but as they continue to struggle and fall out of contention they should eventually decide to shut him down.  His own struggles could also ultimately lead to his removal, having given up the go ahead run yesterday (albeit in a non-save situation), with a 5.40 ERA in August before yesterday’s outing. Read more

Updated 2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 20 Third Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There hasn’t much change at the top of our third base rankings, but after the Top 8 things have been shuffled fairly dramatically.  How do things shake out for the rest of the season?  Let’s take a look:

 

1. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers (1)
2. Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers (2)
3. Josh Donaldson – Oakland A’s (3)
4. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (6)
5. Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (5)
6. Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays (4)
7. Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds (7)
8. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners (8)
9. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies (11)
10. Josh Harrison – Pittsburgh Pirates (NR) Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (August 11, 2014): Who Is The Next Source Of Saves?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all stats are through Saturday):

 

1) Jeurys Familia – New York Mets (NR)
Current Closer – Jenrry Mejia

We’ve been saying that Familia could ultimately prove that he has better closer’s stuff than Mejia for a while and now comes word that Mejia has been pitching with a hernia for the past three weeks.  While the Mets have allowed him to pitch through the injury, thus far, how much longer will that really last?  Why run the risk of further injury, or worse Mejia altering his mechanics and ultimately injuring his arm?

This switch simply seems inevitable at this point, so now is the time to grab Mejia before the switch becomes “official”.

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Updated 2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 20 Second Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Fantasy owners have watched many of the second basemen that they were counting on disappoint this season, while others have broken out (like Anthony Rendon and Jose Altuve).  Now we have the newest “hot shot” option, in Javier Baez.  How do they all rank for the remainder of the season?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners (2)
2) Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians (4)
3) Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (6)
4) Jose Altuve – Houston Astros (3)
5) Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers (1)
6) Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins (5)
7) Daniel Murphy – New York Mets (8)
8) Dee Gordon – Los Angeles Dodgers (7)
9) Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays (12)
10) Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates (11) Read more

Updated 2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 20 First Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Has any position been hit harder by injuries?  Paul Goldschmidt is out for the season.  Who knows when Joey Votto is going to return (or what he’ll even be able to produce).  Eric Hosmer is going to miss a bulk of time and was a borderline inclusion on these rankings the last time out anyways.  Luckily it’s a deep position, otherwise fantasy owners would be scrambling.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at our updated rankings (the number in parenthesis is our ranking from July):

1) Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers (1)
2) Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox (4)
3) Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs (5)
4) Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves (3)
5) Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays (6)
6) Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers (9)
7) Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles (7)
8) Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels (8)
9) Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (14)
10) Brandon Moss – Oakland A’s (10) Read more