Hitter List 7/12: Top 150 Hitters – Week 16 Fantasy Baseball 2023

The top 150 hitters for 2023 fantasy baseball, plus a taxi squad.

Let’s get some basics out of the way regarding how to interpret these rankings. None of this stuff should come as any major surprise, but it never hurts to provide background:



  • Once again, no changes.


  • Luis Robert Jr. apparently had a calf issue and sat out of the All-Star Game, but I’m going to try not to be worried until or unless he misses actual games. The health risk is extreme, but so is the ceiling.
  • Yordan Alvarez stayed where he was near the top of this tier because we know that he’ll begin a rehab assignment after the Break.
  • We preached patience with Manny Machado because he slumps every year and turns it around. I hope you kept the faith.
  • Aaron Judge takes a tiny tumble because of the lack of clarity around when he will return.
  • While the ranking didn’t really change, I did move Christian Yelich up a tier. He looks healthy and extremely solid for your teams so far.


  • Elly De La Cruz has too much performance risk to move up into Tier 4, but being ranked even this high is extremely impressive.
  • Don’t read that much into Austin Riley’s fall — it was more about me wanting to move the other players up. He’s looked much better lately.


  • I still think Kyle Schwarber has a hot streak or two in him, but I now question how long they could last after the previous one was so short.
  • Christian Walker has been better than I previously realized.



  • Jose Altuve has hit the shelf again, though the injury is being described as “mild”. Hopefully his body can hold up after sustaining all these injuries, as multiple injuries in a season could lead to reduced performance.
  • The strikeouts for Josh Jung are still a little high, but the reason I didn’t drop him too far down this list is that the guy can flat-out rake. Jung has enough raw talent to stay above water while he adapts to a full season in the majors. Our metrics suggest that the issue has been a drop in both Decision Value and Contact Ability (but mostly the former), and I believe Jung can bring that closer to the MLB average as time goes on.

  • Luis Arraez would be two tiers higher in a points league and maybe a tier higher in a league that counts total bases, as all those singles and doubles would count for more than they do in other formats. In category leagues, though, the mediocre counting stats and lack of power and speed really cap his ceiling.



  • If you’re frustrated with Bryan Reynolds, know that I am too. I think he’ll improve this season, but he’s already fallen quite a bit from my initial preseason rankings.
  • I know everyone wants to cut Daulton Varsho, but the odds that there’s a catcher who will be better on the wire are really low. The prolonged slump has been extremely disheartening, but Varsho remains a top-ten catcher on the season so far in standard formats. If you’re extremely desperate and William Contreras is out there, I wouldn’t try that hard to stop you, but that’s about as low as I’d go. The upside is just too high with Varsho’s power, speed, and playing time.



  • I don’t know how good Lane Thomas really is, as he’s already exceeded my expectations of him for all of 2023. Thomas is pulling the ball a lot more than he has in past years, which does explain the current results (confirmed by the fact that our Pitcher List expected stats that account for direction are more favorable than Baseball Savant’s, though not by that much).
  • Varsho isn’t the only catcher drafted early who is having a rough time, as Salvador Perez is in the same boat. Once again, though, you can’t drop him.



  • Jordan Walker continues to get playing time, and more importantly, he continues to exchange grounders for fly balls. That’s what I’m most interested in the short term, as it’s the key to unlocking his power in the big leagues. Walker has really turned it on in this regard in July, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

  • So this is part one of Anthony Rizzo’s potential tumble, but it’s hard to ignore a guy with this long of a track record and who was so strong for the first two months of the season. The primary issue from a results perspective is that he’s not getting the ball in the air as he did early in the season (see the rolling chart below). If he can turn that around, Rizzo should be able to turn around the rest of the results as well.


  • Welcome back to the big leagues, Riley Greene! I’ve always been high on Greene and loved seeing him come out with a bang. Greene looked as good as he did before the injury, and as a result, I’m moving him back to roughly the same place on this list as he was prior to the injury.
  • Taylor Ward might be dropping in the next version of this list based on what we find out about his injury.



  • Esteury Ruiz hit the IL and we don’t know how long he’ll be out and how much he’ll steal or hit when he returns. Ruiz remains a single-category contributor for all intents and purposes, so his ranking for your specific format will vary considerably based on how much steals matter.



  • Carlos Correa is hitting for some average lately, but the power remains out and I’m tired of waiting for it to come back. The lack of pop plus the ever-present injury risk is becoming too much for me to want to roster.
  • The limited movement of TJ Friedl should indicate my confidence level that it will continue. He is very worth rostering for now while he’s hot and leading off, but he isn’t someone I’m trying to trade for.
  • Spencer Torkelson has four home runs, 21 combined runs and RBI, and a .295/.380/.682 line over his last 50 trips to the plate. I am very excited.


  • Jordan Westburg has played quite well in his limited showing so far, particularly with respect to walks and strikeouts. He doesn’t have a home run yet, but two doubles and two triples in his last five games hopefully indicate that Westburg will get a ball over the fence sooner rather than later.
  • Willy Adames flies onto and up the list with six doubles, four home runs, and 12 RBI over his last 10 games along with just a 14.9% strikeout rate. As bad as he looked previously, Adames might just have found the mojo that we saw in 2022.
  • I hope Anthony Volpe eats some chicken parm with his teammates every day.


  • It’s good to see Lars Nootbaar playing almost every day and getting some hits now that he’s back. The next step is for him to find some power.
  • Joc Pederson seems to be sitting against lefties with the return of a few other Giants’ outfielders.
  • Ian Happ’s highs just aren’t long enough or strong enough to outweigh these devastating lows. In a league where you only start three outfielders, he’s fine to drop.


  • In his last 11 games, J.D. Davis has a 36.6% strikeout rate and a .200/.220/.325 line. Yuck. He should heat up again at some point, but it’s fine to let him go in 12-teamers instead of keeping him on the bench.
  • Tommy Edman should return shortly after the break, but I just don’t know if I care that much about someone who will hit fewer than 15 home runs with poor ratios.
  • Nolan Jones is sitting at times and striking out way too much. I love the pop he can bring to the table, but you can’t show it if you swing and miss.
  • LaMonte Wade Jr. is droppable in 12-teamers. He’s hit just one home run since June 3 with no steals. Sure, the plate discipline and ratios are fine over that span, but he’s struggled lately and the ceiling isn’t that high to begin with.
  • Joey Votto is really fun.


And now, once again, it’s time for the Hitter List:

Taxi Squad

Scott Chu

Scott Chu is a Senior Fantasy Analyst here bat Pitcher List and has written about fantasy baseball since 2013. He's also the inventor and mascot for Fantasy Curling (as seen the Wall Street Journal) and a 3x FSWA Award Finalist. In addition to being a fantasy analyst, he's a dad, animal lover, Simpsons fanatic, cartoon connoisseur, amateur curler, a CODA, and an attorney.

4 responses to “Hitter List 7/12: Top 150 Hitters – Week 16 Fantasy Baseball 2023”

  1. Dudelove says:

    Now you’re just trolling us with Josh Lowe….

  2. Massimo FD says:

    Hi Scott – are you seeing enough from Jake McCarthy (#81) that you think he should stay in this upper tier? Recently dropped in my league, manager must be frustrated with the plate appearances and high strikeouts.

    • Scott Chu says:

      McCarthy still will start most days, and even when he doesn’t he’s a threat to swipe a bag. Also, the strikeout rate isn’t awful when you consider the mostly double-digit walk rate of late. The upside is extremely high so I’d be hesitant to drop him unless it’s a very shallow format, you’re punting steals, or it’s a points league that penalizes Ks and/or suppresses SB value.

  3. Greg says:

    Varsho has been comatose at the plate for most of the season but you have him at 63rd. What gives? He shouldn’t even be in the top 100 when he’s hitting .111 for the last 14 days.

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