You’ll notice there is less movement this week than usual, especially at the top and middle. The main reason for this is because I am preparing for the All-Star Break and subsequent updates we receive before taking any major actions near the top.
- Kris Bryant might jump on this list considerably in the near future when I get a better sense that he’s truly healthy.
- Jared Walsh has been abysmal at the plate but I don’t necessarily see long-term issues. If he had an injury issue like Austin Hays, though, he’d fall even further down.
- Austin Hays has also been awful. Unlike Walsh, though, Hays plays at a deeper position and has injury concerns (wrist). If Walsh had that, he’d have fallen with Hays.
- Wander Franco could return in a month and this ranking reflects that timeline. Updates on his return, which could be as late as early September or so if he has a setback, change this ranking fairly dramatically, though he’s unlikely to fall off the list unless he’s going to play 3 weeks or fewer.
- Justin Turner has fixed whatever was bothering him, apparently, and in his last 82 plate appearances has a 12.2% walk rate and 14/6% strikeout rate while hitting .377/.439/.594 with a 185 wRC+. Heck, the ginger even stole a base! The Dodgers offense is going to score runs in bunches and he’ll be hitting near the middle of it and piling up the RBI for the remainder of the season. Now that it’s clear he can still hit, he should be coveted even more with the injuries and depth issues at third base across the fantasy landscape.
- Brandon Drury is doing a lot of weird stuff as a 29-year-old journeyman utility player but he’s doing it so consistently that I’m done questioning it.
- Yandy Díaz is hitting well but in a very Luis Arraez kind of way. He’s got bigger muscles and more exit velocity, but his propensity for hitting the ball into the dirt makes him more of a batting average guy than anything else.
- Nick Senzel is hitting and was once a prospect. That matters, I guess, and he’s a speculative add if he can keep it up.
- Aaron Hicks has been really good since June 1st and I feel like nobody told me so I’m telling all of you. Durability is a problem and the power comes and goes, but he’s got it right now and they’ve been known to let him hit in the middle of the order.
- Josh Rojas is a scrappy guy who can do a little bit of everything, but historically did so little of it that it only mattered when he was hot and given a lot of PAs. That’s been going on this season for longer than I anticipated so my interest is piqued a bit.
- Jarren Duran is doing just enough to stay as the leadoff hitter, and that’s just enough to stay on this list.
- Esteury Ruiz got in a game and got a hit and I didn’t add him to the list? YOU’RE DARN RIGHT. First of all, if ANYONE was making it, it’d be my dude Akil Baddoo, but I have too many playing time concerns. It’s the same problem I have with Ruiz. This roster is a bit crowded (C.J. Abrams is still on the roster AND is hitting better of late), and following the Break, it will get worse with the impending return of Fernando Tatis Jr., so yeah. I have doubts that Ruiz can hit for any power in the bigs, and hitting for average won’t be easy either. Ruiz is a clear add where you need speed, but I might be limited to just “price checking” in FAAB leagues. Don’t cut someone in the top 100 or top 110 just for a call-up who may or may not play regularly.
- Oh yeah and BADDOO IS BACK WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!