Fantasy Baseball: Top 50 Hitters Going Forward

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The Fake Pigskin team got together to rank the top 50 hitters for fantasy baseball. These rankings look at what we expect these hitters to do the rest of the way. Noticeably absent from all of our rankings is Trevor Story who has been impressive to start the season but we all see some regression coming even Ron who is the biggest Story fan among the group. He hits a ton of home runs but strikes out far too often for anyone to rank him in the top 50.

A few players made jumps inside my rankings including Starling Marte who has been nothing short of impressive thus far. He has been a providing a little bit of everything for fantasy owners. He has been a terror on the base paths and has been displaying some power. I expect this to continue as he is inside my top 15 going forward. Dexter Fowler was the other big mover for me. Coming into the season i wondered how many plate appearances he would have with all the talent on their roster. Between the early production and an injury to Kyle Schwarber Fowler should remain a big part of the Cubs lineup which will keep him firmly inside the top 50 hitters.

Ben Damian Ron Kyle
1. Paul Goldschmidt Bryce Harper Mike Trout Bryce Harper
2. Mike Trout Mike Trout Bryce Harper Paul Goldschmidt
3. Bryce Harper Paul Goldschmidt Paul Goldschmidt Mike Trout
4. Jose Altuve Josh Donaldson Manny Machado Manny Machado
5. Miguel Cabrera Manny Machado Josh Donaldson Josh Donaldson
6. Anthony Rizzo Nolan Arenado Nolan Arenado Anthony Rizzo
7. Josh Donaldson Anthony Rizzo Anthony Rizzo Nolan Arenado
8. Manny Machado Jose Altuve Jose Altuve Jose Altuve
9 Carlos Correa Carlos Correa Giancarlo Stanton Carlos Correa
10 Nolan Arenado Miguel Cabrera Carlos Correa Miguel Cabrera
11 Giancarlo Stanton Giancarlo Stanton Andrew McCutchen Giancarlo Stanton
12 Chris Davis Andrew McCutchen Miguel Cabrera Andrew McCutchen
13 Andrew McCutchen Jose Bautista Jose Bautista Jose Bautista
14 Jose Bautista Mookie Betts Starling Marte Starling Marte
15 Mookie Betts Kris Bryant Chris Davis Kris Bryant
16 Edwin Encarnacion Edwin Encarnacion Kris Bryant Edwin Encarnacion
17 Michael Brantley Jose Abreu Mookie Betts Jose Abreu
18 Starling Marte Chris Davis Edwin Encarnacion Chris Davis
19 Jose Abreu Starling Marte J.D Martinez Mookie Betts
20 Todd Frazier J.D Martinez George Springer J.D Martinez
21 Kris Bryant George Springer Yoenis Cespedes George Springer
22 Joey Votto Joey Votto Ryan Braun Joey Votto
23 Robinson Cano Robinson Cano Robinson Cano Robinson Cano
24 Xander Bogaerts Nelson Cruz Carlos Gonzalez Justin Upton
25 Ryan Braun Todd Frazier Xander Bogaerts Todd Frazier
26 Buster Posey Yoenis Cespedes Buster Posey Yoenis Cespedes
27 J.D. Martinez Buster Posey Todd Frazier Ryan Braun
28 Jason Heyward Ryan Braun Justin Upton Carlos Gonzalez
29 George Springer Carlos Gonzalez Eric Hosmer Buster Posey
30 Yoenis Cespedes Justin Upton Matt Kemp Nelson Cruz
31 Adam Jones Adrian Gonzalez Nelson Cruz Dexter Fowler
32 Lorenzo Cain Eric Hosmer Joey Votto Adam Jones
33 Justin Upton Lorenzo Cain Maikel Franco George Springer
34 Nelson Cruz Adam Jones Adrian Gonzalez Charlie Blackmon
35 David Ortiz Charlie Blackmon David Ortiz Michael Brantley
36 Adrian Gonzalez Matt Kemp Jason Heyward Lorenzo Cain
37 Carlos Gonzalez Xander Bogaerts Hunter Pence Xander Bogaerts
38 Troy Tulowitzki David Ortiz Miguel Sano David Ortiz
39 Adrian Beltre Jason Heyward Troy Tulowitzki Jason Heyward
40 Carlos Gomez Yasiel Puig Adam Jones Yasiel Puig
41 Kyle Seager Hunter Pence Christian Yelich Hunter Pence
42 Charlie Blackmon Maikel Franco Mark Trumbo Adrian Gonzalez
43 Matt Kemp Miguel Sano Freddie Freeman Eric Hosmer
44 Christian Yelich Troy Tulowitzki Jason Kipnis Matt Kemp
45 Adam Eaton Michael Brantley Gregory Polanco Troy Tulowitzki
46 Gregory Polanco Prince Fielder Dexter Fowler Prince Fielder
47 Yasiel Puig Matt Carpenter Matt Carpenter Matt Carpenter
48 Prince Fielder Freddie Freeman Ian Kinsler Stephen Piscotty
49 Eric Hosmer Adrian Beltre Michael Conforto Adrian Beltre
50 Matt Carpenter Ian Kinsler Stephen Piscotty Michael Conforto

 

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Damian’s big mover

Eric Hosmer was a player I liked heading into the year and he’s certainly off to a great start. The .341 average isn’t a huge surprise, but it’s nice to see the power and speed this early in the season. While it’s only been a month, Hosmer is currently on pace for a 20-20 campaign with plenty of runs and RBI to boot. Further, his great plate discipline and high contact rate make extended slumps fairly unlikely. It’s pretty rare to find a five category player at first base, but that’s exactly what Hosmer is.

 

Altuve

Ben’s big mover

I debated ranking Jose Altuve fourth or fifth in the pre-season but the power surge last year was something I was concerned couldn’t be repeated. I feared that he may not be able to hit five home runs this season but he has proven me wrong. Now I am optimistic for something in the region of 10-15 homers with 30-40 steals whilst hitting 0.300 and score over 100 runs which will put him in the conversation with Trout, Harper and Goldschmidt entering next season.

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