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2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings: The Arising

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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It is happening! All at once! I can barely even keep track!

Ok, so it’s only four. Still, it is pretty cool to see four of baseball’s biggest stars come back from injury at around the same time. Freddie Freeman, Madison Bumgarner, Mike Trout, and Zach Britton are all finally healthy and either back playing baseball, whether they are in rehab or already back in the bigs. I admit, it was quite fun to move this amount of players so far up my 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.

It will take time for them to get back into their full roles and begin to play like their usual selves. For those reasons, I haven’t immediately put them back in their old spots in the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings. They will have to earn back that spot, but for players of this caliber, it shouldn’t take too long.

While there were actually quite a few players who made jumps up in the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings this week, none of them came close to the astronomic rises of these four stars. All four of them have made the following Stock Up section of the article, where I discuss their value for the Rest-Of-The-Season (and I didn’t forget about the Stock Down players either).

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

Stock Up

Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

Ah, this is the one we are really excited about. Mike Trout has started his rehab assignment and will return after the All-Star break. Honestly, I am sitting here thinking about what needs to be said but there really isn’t anything. I fully expect him to reclaim his spot as the #1 player in all of Fantasy. It is that simple.

Zach Britton, RP, Baltimore Orioles

This one is also pretty self-explanatory but to a lesser extent. Britton is among the best relief pitchers and baseball and should be treated that way upon his return. There are two things in his way, however. The first is that the Orioles are worse than they were last year, which means less save chances. The other is that Brad Brach has been doing a great job holding down the ninth inning in Britton’s absence, so the Orioles should feel the need to rush him back into a high-leverage role, even though he inevitably will take a while. Even with these two caveats, he still will be one of the top closers in Fantasy and you can expect just that

The other is that Brad Brach has been doing a great job holding down the ninth inning in Britton’s absence, so the Orioles should feel the need to rush him back into a high-leverage role, even though he inevitably will take a while. Even with these two caveats, he still will be one of the top closers in Fantasy and you can expect just that from him the rest of the way.

Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants

I am honestly totally convinced that the vast majority of people forgot that Bumgarner was injured in a dirt bike accident. Seriously, I thought people would never let go of that, especially considering how bad the Giants have been this year, so the only thing people really say about them is bad things. Dirt bike accidents are pretty bad. I am thoroughly surprised.

Anyway, back to Fantasy. Even though Bumgarner got absolutely lit up in his first rehab start, he is still Bummy. It is entirely possible he said to himself, “My team sucks, so why don’t I have some fun and allow a billion runs.” Although the start was bad, and it definitely doesn’t help that this is the first time that he is coming off of the DL in his MLB career, he still should be a solid pitcher. Just don’t forget that the Giants suck, so he won’t be in the elite tier of pitchers, but still a Top 20 type of guy for the Rest-Of-The-Season.

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves

In an unbiased, pure baseball fan type of opinion, Freddie Freeman might have been the player that I was most unhappy about being injured. He has always been good, but this was the year that he finally turned the corner into great.

Fortunately, Matt Adams put on a show while Freeman was out, but now first base at SunTrust Park belongs to Freeman once again. I admit that I was a bit worried that a player who had just so recently turned the corner had become injured, but Freeman has been red-hot since his return. I see no reason here to not fully expect him to reclaim his success that he enjoyed earlier in the year.

Stock Down

Ian Desmond, OF/1B, Colorado Rockies/Yoenis Cespedes, OF, New York Mets

I really don’t see the need to separate these two players. They both had great seasons last year, with Cespedes having the better one and Desmond being more of the breakout (or re-breakout?) star. Both of them had high expectations going into this year. Both of them have dealt with injuries. Also, both of them have struggled a bit when on the field. Lastly, both of them ran out of time to turn it around on my watch and ended up dropping in this week’s 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

1Bryce HarperWSHRF
2Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
4Jose AltuveHOU2B
5Mookie BettsBOSRF
6Charlie BlackmonCOLCF
7Clayton KershawLADSP
8Joey VottoCIN1B
9Max ScherzerWSHSP
10Chris SaleBOSSP
11Kris BryantCHC1B,3B,LF,RF
12Anthony RizzoCHC1B,2B
13Miguel CabreraDET1B
14Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B
15Aaron JudgeNYYRF,DH
16Josh DonaldsonTOR3B
17Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
18Corey SeagerLADSS
19Francisco LindorCLESS
20Mike TroutLAACF
21Robinson CanoSEA2B
22Yu DarvishTEXSP
23Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
24Ryan BraunMILLF
25George SpringerHOUCF,RF
26Carlos CorreaHOUSS
27Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
28Miguel SanoMIN1B,3B,RF,DH
29Xander BogaertsBOSSS
30Carlos CarrascoCLESP
31Freddie FreemanATL1B
32Dee GordonMIA2B
33Giancarlo StantonMIARF
34Buster PoseySFC,1B
35Jean SeguraSEA2B,SS
36Cody BellingerLAD1B,LF
37Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
38Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
39Brian DozierMIN2B
40Carlos MartinezSTLSP
41Zack GreinkeARISP
42Jon LesterCHCSP
43Trea TurnerWSH2B,SS,CF
44Jacob deGromNYMSP
45Kyle HendricksCHCSP
46Kenley JansenLADRP
47A.J. PollockARICF
48Christian YelichMIALF,CF
49Wil MyersSD1B,RF
50Billy HamiltonCINCF
51Edwin EncarnacionCLE1B,DH
52Elvis AndrusTEXSS
53Marcell OzunaMIALF,CF,RF
54Jose RamirezCLE2B,3B,LF
55Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
56Jay BruceNYM1B,RF
57Jonathan VillarMIL2B,3B,SS
58Eric ThamesMIL1B,LF,RF
59Jose PerazaCIN2B,SS,LF,CF
60Corey KluberCLESP
61Craig KimbrelBOSRP
62Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
63Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
64Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
65Justin VerlanderDETSP
66Chris ArcherTBSP
67David PriceBOSSP
68Gerrit ColePITSP
69Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
70J.T. RealmutoMIAC
71Michael FulmerDETSP
72Greg HollandCOLRP
73Justin UptonDETLF,CF
74J.D. MartinezDETRF
75Lance McCullersHOUSP
76Chris DavisBAL1B
77Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
78Kyle SeagerSEA3B
79Wade DavisCHCRP
80James PaxtonSEASP
81Anthony RendonWSH3B
82Ervin SantanaMINSP
83Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
84Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
85DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
86Adrian BeltreTEX3B,DH
87Johnny CuetoSFSP
88Jake ArrietaCHCSP
89Adam DuvallCINLF,RF
90Cole HamelsTEXSP
91Alexander ColomeTBRP
92Gary SanchezNYYC,DH
93Michael BrantleyCLELF
94Marcus StromanTORSP
95Salvador PerezKCC,DH
96Matt KempATLLF,RF,DH
97Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF,CF
98Lorenzo CainKCCF,RF
99Zach BrittonBALRP
100Eric HosmerKC1B
101Justin SmoakTOR1B
102Yonder AlonsoOAK1B
103Travis ShawMIL1B,3B
104Kenneth GilesHOURP
105Julio TeheranATLSP
106Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
107Justin TurnerLAD3B
108Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
109Zack CozartCINSS
110Eduardo NunezSF3B,SS,LF
111Mark ReynoldsCOL1B
112Yasmani GrandalLADC
113Jake LambARI3B
114Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
115Jose QuintanaCWSSP
116Avisail GarciaCWSLF,RF,DH
117Cody AllenCLERP
118Ender InciarteATLLF,CF
119Scott ScheblerCINLF,CF,RF
120Cesar HernandezPHI2B
121Edwin DiazSEARP
122Mark MelanconSFRP
123Madison BumgarnerSFSP
124Michael ConfortoNYMLF,CF,RF
125Robbie RayARISP
126Rick PorcelloBOSSP
127Michael PinedaNYYSP
128Dylan BundyBALSP,RP
129Jason VargasKCSP
130Tanner RoarkWSHSP
131Kelvin HerreraKCRP
132Luis SeverinoNYYSP,RP
133Sonny GrayOAKSP
134Eugenio SuarezCIN3B
135Adam JonesBALCF
136Ian DesmondCOL1B,LF,CF
137Mark TrumboBALRF,DH
138Felix HernandezSEASP
139Yasiel PuigLADRF
140Evan LongoriaTB3B,DH
141Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
142Chris OwingsARI2B,SS,CF,RF
143Kendrys MoralesTOR1B,RF,DH
144Andrew BenintendiBOSLF,CF
145Jake OdorizziTBSP
146Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
147Zack GodleyARISP,RP
148Trey ManciniBAL1B,LF,DH
149Starling MartePITLF,CF
150Didi GregoriusNYYSS
151Yasmany TomasARILF,RF
152Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
153Carlos SantanaCLE1B,RF,DH
154Starlin CastroNYY2B
155Kevin PillarTORCF
156Ian KinslerDET2B
157David PeraltaARIRF
158Rougned OdorTEX2B
159Jonathan LucroyTEXC,1B,DH
160Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
161Andrew McCutchenPITCF,RF
162Mike MoustakasKC3B,DH
163Sean ManaeaOAKSP
164Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
165Brandon PhillipsATL2B
166Matt AdamsATL1B,LF
167Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF,DH
168Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF,DH
169Andrew MillerCLERP
170Joey GalloTEX1B,3B
171Yangervis SolarteSD2B,3B,1B
172Steven MatzNYMSP
173Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
174Odubel HerreraPHICF
175Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF,1B
176Roberto OsunaTORRP
177Brian McCannHOUC,DH
178Aaron SanchezTORSP
179Marwin GonzalezHOU1B,2B,3B,SS,LF
180Brett GardnerNYYLF
181Matt WietersWSHC
182Hanley RamirezBOS1B,DH
183Jacob FariaTBSP
184Tony WatsonPITRP
185Jose BerriosMINSP
186David RobertsonCWSRP
187Chris TaylorLAD2B,3B,SS,LF,CF
188Brandon CrawfordSFSS
189Cameron MaybinLAALF,CF,RF
190Trevor StoryCOLSS
191Addison RussellCHCSS
192A.J. RamosMIARP
193Aaron NolaPHISP
194Yadier MolinaSTLC
195Kole CalhounLAARF
196Melky CabreraCWSLF,DH
197Stephen PiscottySTLCF,RF
198Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
199Todd FrazierCWS1B,3B,DH
200Rich HillLADSP



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