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Well last week I said come back after the trade deadline and my rankings were sure to change. Change they did indeed.

This was one of the craziest and busiest trade deadlines I can remember. To give you a number on that, we had 18 moves just on the last day. That beats the previous high of 15 in 2010 and 2015 in the last 20 years.

I know three more trades on the last day doesn’t seem like a lot. What did it for me was the number of impact players moved. This made this year feel so much busier.

I’ll get to a lot of those below, but I want to make sure I mention a couple of injuries that are affecting this latest update of the Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings.

Yoesnis Cespedes finally hit the DL after dealing with a strained quad for the last week or so. He should only miss the minimum time needed.

Danny Salazar is also going to miss the next couple of weeks, but overall sounds like he is going to be OK. He still drops in my rankings.

Closer’s On the Move

Over the last week we have seen what feels like over half the league’s closers change. Brace yourselves this is going to be a lot.

We spoke about Aroldis Chapman, so no need to touch on him more. Another Yankee reliever, Andrew Miller was also on the move, as he was traded to Cleveland. This didn’t affect his stock too much as he already shot up the board with Chapman departing. What it did do was improve Dellin Betances stock. On the other side of that Cody Allen’s stock drops due to the arrival of Miller.

Mark Melancon was moved to the Nationals, paving the way for Tony Watson to hold down the closers role. Melancon’s value doesn’t move much at all. Watson’s on the other hand does. He has been one of the best set up guys in baseball over the last two seasons and should be a great asset the rest of the season.

Milwaukee’s bullpen was shaken up as they traded both Jared Jeffress and Will Smith. Jeffress landed in Texas, and looks like he will be the setup man to Sam Dyson. Smith actually lost value moving to San Francisco. Not only will he be behind Santiago Casilla, but he has Hunter Strickland and Sergio Romo to compete with for saves if anything were to happen to Casilla.

In Milwaukee Tyler Thornberg takes over as closer and becomes an immediate add in all leagues with his 2.27 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.

There were other closers that moved up and down the ranking, not due to trades, but either injuries or ineffectiveness. Guys that moved up are:

  • Kelvin Herrera (stepping in for an injured Wade Davis)
  • Ken Giles (stepping in for an ineffective Will Harris)
  • Edwin Diaz (stepping in for an ineffective Steve Cishek)
  • Cam Bedrosian (stepping in for an injured Huston Street)


The Rangers made big splashes in the offensive department trading for Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran. Lucroy didn’t improve much in the rankings due to him already being highly rated, but he does get a slight boost moving to a better team. Beltran didn’t move much either.

Jay Bruce moving the Mets I think is a negative for him. He isn’t moving to a better offensive team and he is now moving to a worse ballpark. I’ve left him where he is at for now, until I can see him play for a few more games.

Matt Kemp moves to Atlanta and even though San Diego wasn’t a great offensive team, this is a terrible move for him. Atlanta ranks dead last in many categories as a team. Yes, Kemp will help, but it’s going to hurt his overall numbers.

Josh Reddick moving to the Dodgers was a good thing for him. It is a better ballpark and bit better for an offensive team. He didn’t move up significantly, but he did move up.

Starting Pitching

Rich Hill moving to the Dodgers is interesting. His health always seems to be in question. Yet I’m always a fan of pitcher moving from AL to NL. I moved him up, but that had more to do with him returning from his injury later this week than the trade.

Matt Moore. I looooove this trade for him. I think this legitimately makes him a good Fantasy pitcher. He was already starting to show signs of life in Tampa the last two months. Now he gets to move to a ball park which should help suppress his HR allowed. Facing the pitcher once every nine batters won’t hurt either.

Andrew Casher moving to Miami doesn’t do much for me. It’s a better team, sure so I moved his rank up a bit due to him getting more wins. He is still a very average pitcher and won’t give you much overall.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF,DH
2Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
3Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
5Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF,1B
6Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
7Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
8Anthony RizzoCHC1B
9Jose AltuveHOU2B,DH
10Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
11Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
12Starling MartePITLF,CF
13Madison BumgarnerSFSP
14Miguel CabreraDET1B,DH
15Xander BogaertsBOSSS
16Chris SaleCWSSP
17Max ScherzerWSHSP
18Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
19George SpringerHOUCF,RF,DH
20Giancarlo StantonMIARF
21Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
22Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
23Jake ArrietaCHCSP
24Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
25Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
26Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
27Jose FernandezMIASP
28Jacob DeGromNYMSP
29Adam JonesBALCF
30Carlos CorreaHOUSS
31Johnny CuetoSFSP
32Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
33Corey KluberCLESP
34Jon LesterCHCSP
35Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
36Zack GreinkeARISP
37Aroldis ChapmanCHCRP
38Robinson CanoSEA2B
39Cole HamelsTEXSP
40Carlos MartinezSTLSP
41Wil MyersSD1B,CF
42Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
43Matt KempATLRF
44Lorenzo CainKCCF,RF
45Carlos CarrascoCLESP
46Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF,CF
47Joey VottoCIN1B
48Eric HosmerKC1B
49Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF,DH
50Gerrit ColePITSP
51David OrtizBOS1B,DH
52Christian YelichMIALF,CF
53Jose QuintanaCWSSP
54Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
55Kenley JansenLADRP
56Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
57Corey SeagerLADSS
58Ian KinslerDET2B
59Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
60David PriceBOSSP
61Kyle HendricksCHCSP
62Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
63Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
64Todd FrazierCWS3B
65Evan LongoriaTB3B,DH
66Rougned OdorTEX2B
67Zach BrittonBALRP
68Dellin BetancesNYYRP
69Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
70Andrew MillerCLERP
71John LackeyCHCSP
72Chris TillmanBALSP
73Jay BruceNYMRF
74Justin TurnerLAD1B,3B
75Kole CalhounLAARF
76Craig KimbrelBOSRP
77Mark MelanconWSHRP
78Buster PoseySFC,1B,DH
79Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,CF,RF
80Dexter FowlerCHCCF
81Adam WainwrightSTLSP
82Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
83Dee GordonMIA2B
84Sonny GrayOAKSP
85Adam DuvallCINLF,RF,1B
86Tony WatsonPITRP
87David RobertsonCWSRP
88Taijuan WalkerSEASP
89Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF
90Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
91Jonathan LucroyTEXC,1B
92Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
93Yu DarvishTEXSP
94J.D. MartinezDETRF
95Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
96Carlos BeltranTEXRF,DH
97Salvador PerezKCC,DH
98Steven MatzNYMSP
99Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
100Michael SaundersTORLF,RF
101Francisco LindorCLESS
102Kyle SeagerSEA3B
103Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
104Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
105Freddie FreemanATL1B
106Wilson RamosWSHC
107Hunter PenceSFRF
108Drew PomeranzBOSSP,RP
109Andrew McCutchenPITCF
110Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
111Jason HammelCHCSP
112Welington CastilloARIC
113Justin UptonDETLF,CF
114Alex GordonKCLF
115Maikel FrancoPHI3B
116Adrian BeltreTEX3B
117Chris ArcherTBSP
118Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
119Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
120Michael WachaSTLSP
121Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
122Felix HernandezSEASP
123Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
124Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
125Kelvin HerreraKCRP
126A.J. RamosMIARP
127Jake LambARI3B
128Francisco RodriguezDETRP
129Carlos GomezHOUCF
130Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
131Roberto OsunaTORRP
132Danny SalazarCLESP
133Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
134Tanner RoarkWSHSP,RP
135Jason KipnisCLE2B
136Jackie BradleyBOSLF,CF,RF
137Mike NapoliCLE1B,LF,DH
138Brian DozierMIN2B
139Santiago CasillaSFRP
140Kenta MaedaLADSP
141Evan GattisHOUC,LF,DH
142Jake OdorizziTBSP
143Victor MartinezDET1B,DH
144Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
145Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
146Marcus StromanTORSP
147Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
148Rich HillLADSP
149David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
150DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
151Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
152Steven WrightBOSSP,RP
153Eduardo NunezSF3B,SS,2B,DH
154Joc PedersonLADCF
155Rick PorcelloBOSSP
156Michael FulmerDETSP
157Jonathan VillarMIL3B,SS
158Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF
159Joe RossWSHSP
160Justin VerlanderDETSP
161Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
162Tyler NaquinCLECF
163Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
164Jerad EickhoffPHISP
165Kevin GausmanBALSP,RP
166Adam ConleyMIASP
167Patrick CorbinARISP
168Francisco LirianoTORSP
169Kendrys MoralesKC1B,RF,DH
170Yadier MolinaSTLC
171Edinson VolquezKCSP
172J.A. HappTORSP
173Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
174Scott KazmirLADSP
175Leonys MartinSEACF
176Neil WalkerNYM2B
177Billy HamiltonCINCF
178Jonathan GrayCOLSP
179Julio TeheranATLSP
180Jimmy NelsonMILSP
181Chris CarterMIL1B
182Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
183Matt WietersBALC
184Nick CastellanosDET3B
185Matt HollidaySTL1B,LF,DH
186Collin McHughHOUSP
187Eduardo RodriguezBOSSP
188Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
189Danny ValenciaOAK1B,3B,LF,DH
190Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
191Alex WoodLADSP
192Matt AdamsSTL1B
193Michael ConfortoNYMLF,CF
194Pedro AlvarezBAL1B,3B,DH
195Mike LeakeSTLSP
196Rajai DavisCLELF,CF,RF
197Brad MillerTB2B,SS,LF,CF
198Logan ForsytheTB1B,2B
199Steven SouzaTBRF
200James PaxtonSEASP
201Sam DysonTEXRP
202Andrew CashnerMIASP
203Alexander ColomeTBSP,RP
204Yasmani GrandalLADC
205Brandon CrawfordSFSS
206Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
207Cameron BedrosianLAARP
208Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
209Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
210Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
211Gio GonzalezWSHSP
212J.T. RealmutoMIAC
213Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
214Ian KennedyKCSP
215Marcus SemienOAKSS
216Travis ShawBOS1B,3B
217Edwin DiazSEASP,RP
218Junior GuerraMILSP,RP
219Joe PanikSF2B
220Brian McCannNYYC,1B
221Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
222Devon TravisTOR2B
223Mark TeixeiraNYY1B
224Aaron AltherrPHILF,CF,RF
225Anthony DeSclafaniCINSP
226Josh ReddickLADRF
227Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
228Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
229Lonnie ChisenhallCLE3B,RF
230Jayson WerthWSHLF,RF,DH
231Kenneth GilesHOURP
232Elvis AndrusTEXSS
233Jhonny PeraltaSTL3B,SS
234Doug FisterHOUSP,RP
235Russell MartinTORC
236Jurickson ProfarTEX1B,2B,3B,SS,DH
237Danny EspinosaWSH1B,2B,3B,SS
238Trevor BauerCLESP,RP
239Marco EstradaTORSP,RP
240Matt MooreSFSP
241Derek NorrisSDC,1B
242Aledmys DiazSTL2B,SS
243Javier BaezCHC2B,3B,SS,1B
244Melvin Upton Jr.TORLF,CF
245James ShieldsCWSSP
246Bartolo ColonNYMSP
247Vincent VelasquezPHISP,RP
248Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
249Melky CabreraCWSLF
250Aaron SanchezTORSP,RP

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