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Wolf's Big Board:     Monday, May 29, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  
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2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Welcome everyone to the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings for Roto Street Journal. Below you will find our top 10 players ranked at every position (except for OF, SP and RP, which you will find the top 20 ranked). I plan on getting each and every one of these positional rankings perfectly correct, so feel free to verbally abuse me and/or tar and feather me at the end of the 2017 baseball season. As a note, for players who have multi-position status, I will rank said player at the position where he should be rostered / the spot where he is more valued (for example, Kris Bryant will be ranked as a 3B for the purposes of this article, not an OF or 1B).

Catcher Rankings

  1. Buster Posey (SF)
  2. Jonathan Lucroy (TEX)
  3. Gary Sanchez (NYY)
  4. Kyle Schwarber (CHC)
  5. Salvador Perez (KC)
  6. Evan Gattis (HOU)
  7. Wilson Contreras (CHC)
  8. Yasmani Grandal (LAD)
  9. Russell Martin (TOR)
  10. J.T. Realmuto (MIA)

I know Gary Sanchez is the flavor of the month, but no one can take Buster Posey‘s spot until I see some serious, steady production. The potential breakout of the group is The Yasmanian Devil himself, Yasmani Grandal. If Grandal could learn some plate discipline, he will find himself batting in the middle of a pretty robust Dodgers lineup, a spot ripe for solid year-long production.

*I understand that Kyle Schwarber might not be eligible at Catcher in every league, so if that is the case in your league, move everyone up one spot, and I would add (Beef) Welington Castillo (BAL) at the 10 spot.

First Base Rankings

  1. Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
  2. Anthony Rizzo (CHC)
  3. Miguel Cabrera (DET)
  4. Joey Votto (CIN)
  5. Freddie Freeman (ATL)
  6. Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)
  7. Chris Davis (BAL)
  8. Hanley Ramirez (BOS)
  9. Jose Abreu (CWS)
  10. Wil Myers (SD)

Hanley Ramirez is the one to keep an eye on in this group. No one can ever take over for the greatest DH that ever lived, David Ortiz (and the most influential Boston athlete of my lifetime that doesn’t wear #12), but batting cleanup in the Red Sox lineup will work  wonders for Han-Ram. Also, don’t overlook the fact that he will receive more at-bats at DH because of the Red Sox roster flexibility, meaning less likelihood for injuries. Also, Freddie Freeman could surprise everyone in this group. Coming into his age 27 season, Freeman has been on the steady rise for a while now in the dim lights of Atlanta, but now with a longer lineup due to the addition of Brandon Phillips and the protection provided by Matt Kemp (see below), Freeman could break out even more than his eye-popping 2016 season.

Second Base Rankings

  1. Jose Altuve (HOU)
  2. Robinson Cano (SEA)
  3. Brian Dozier (MIN)
  4. Trea Turner (WSH)
  5. Daniel Murphy (WSH)
  6. Jonathan Villar (MIL)
  7. Rougned Odor (TEX)
  8. Ian Kinsler (DET)
  9. Matt Carpenter (STL)
  10. Dee Gordon (MIA)

Washington Nationals second basemen, how you confuse me so — Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner may be the most befuddling players in all the fantasy baseball land. We should all be expecting major regressions from Babe Ruth, I Daniel Murphy, and Turner could be Willie Mays, but are we already at that point? Buyer beware I say. Had we polled people before the start of last season, Jonathan Villar would have easily been the biggest surprise name on this; yet, batting in one of the friendliest parks in the majors, with home run hitters up and down the Brewers lineup, this 60+ base stealer and near 20 home run big bopper is one of the more appealing 5-category studs in 2017.

*I understand that Jonathan Villar might not be eligible at Second Base in every league, so if that is the case in your league, move everyone up one spot, and I would add Dustin Pedroia (BOS) at the 10 spot.

Third Base Rankings

  1. Nolan Arenado (COL)
  2. Kris Bryant (CHC)
  3. Josh Donaldson (TOR)
  4. Kyle Seager (SEA)
  5. Anthony Rendon (WSH)
  6. Adrian Beltre (TEX)
  7. Alex Bregman (HOU)
  8. Justin Turner (LAD)
  9. Todd Frazier (CWS)
  10. Evan Longoria (TB)

I have a confession to make for everyone and I really do not care who knows it: I LOVE Nolan Arenado when it comes to fantasy. His BABIP, ISO and batting average are so consistent. He plays half the time in the launching pad known as Coors Field. His walk rate jut DOUBLED to 9.8%. He is not even 26 yet. Stop me before my heart palpitations lead to cardiac arrest. Alex Bregman is one of the most appealing young studs for fantasy in recent memory. If he can take advantage of that short porch in left field like I think he can (which I believe was recently estimated to be 117 feet away from home plate), he could be driving in runs in droves considering the depth and talent in that Astros lineup.

Shortstop Rankings

  1. Manny Machado (BAL)
  2. Carlos Correa (HOU)
  3. Francisco Lindor (CLE)
  4. Corey Seager (LAD)
  5. Xander Bogaerts (BOS)
  6. Trevor Story (COL)
  7. Addison Russell (CHC)
  8. Jean Segura (SEA)
  9. Aledmys Diaz (STL)
  10. Jose Peraza (CIN)

Come back to Roto Street Journal on Thursday for my thoughts on Jean Segura and Addison Russell, both of whom will be involved in my Bold Predictions article (cheap plug for myself, ah thank you). Also, I see you Francisco Lindor, a true 5 category superstar possessing some of best hitter skills in the game with quick hands, speed and plate discipline. Now he has the lineup to match his own talent with the addition of fantasy ace Edwin Encarnacion.

*I understand that Jonathan Villar might not be eligible at Second Base in every league but would be eligible at Shortstop, so if that is the case in your league, slot Villar at number 6 in front of Trevor Story and move Jose Peraza out of the top 10.

Outfield Rankings

  1. Mike Trout (LAA)
  2. Mookie Betts (BOS)
  3. Bryce Harper (WSH)
  4. Charlie Blackmon (COL)
  5. Ryan Braun (MIL)
  6. George Springer (HOU)
  7. Nelson Cruz (SEA)
  8. Starling Marte (PIT)
  9. Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)
  10. Christian Yelich (MIA)
  11. A.J. Pollock (ARI)
  12. Carlos Gonzalez (COL)
  13. Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)
  14. Gregory Polanco (PIT)
  15. Jose Bautista (TOR)
  16. Justin Upton (DET)
  17. Mark Trumbo (BAL)
  18. Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
  19. Adam Jones (BAL)
  20. Matt Kemp (ATL)

J.D. Martinez and Ian Desmond‘s family members might not like these rankings, but given the current injury situation of each, I cannot give either the RedSocker certified thumbs up of approval. Conversely, Bautista could finish very high. As you know, I am very high on both Adam Jones, who continues to be one of the most consistent fantasy baseball performers, and Jose Bautista, who after just one down year everyone is avoiding like he has Leprosy or the Black Plague. Given the injury history of those player ranked directly in front of Bautista, I could make the argument a top 10 fantasy OF finish is not out of the question for 2017.

*I understand that Kyle Schwarber might not be eligible at Catcher in every league but would be eligible at OF, so if that is the case in your league, these rankings would not change: I would have Schwarber ranked somewhere in the 21-23 range. Sorry Kyle, but not really.

Starting Pitchers Rankings

  1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
  2. Max Scherzer (WSH)
  3. Madison Bumgarner (SF)
  4. Chris Sale (CWS)
  5. Noah Syndergaard (NYM)
  6. Yu Darvish (TEX)
  7. Corey Kluber (CLE)
  8. Johnny Cueto (SF)
  9. Jake Arrieta (CHC)
  10. Jon Lester (CHC)
  11. Chris Archer (TB)
  12. Justin Verlandet (DET)
  13. Stephen Strasburg (WSH)
  14. Cole Hamels (TEX)
  15. Carlos Martinez (STL)
  16. Gerrit Cole (PIT)
  17. Carlos Carrasco (CLE)
  18. Kyle Hendricks (CHC)
  19. Jacob DeGrom (NYM)
  20. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY)

My lofty expectations for Chris Archer and Yu Darvish can be found here. Now excuse me while I put down my logic hat and I put on my Red Sox fanboy hat.  I know David Price had a subpar 2016, but it was not entirely miserable like all doom-and-gloom Red Sox fans of the area would love to tell you. Was he great? ABSOLUTELY not. Was he atrocious and did his peripherals indicate he pitched poorly? Nope. So, lets meet in the middle and call his 228 strikeout, 3.60 FIP 2016 campaign an average showing for the near quarter-of-a-billion-dollar man. Unfortunately Dave Dombrowski has bought (or traded for) another injured arm and all my 2017 hopes and dreams have come crashing down with the fury of 1,000,000,000 suns while Price agonizingly puts off the inevitable elbow surgery. (Puts logic hat back on). I fully expect a healthy Gerrit Cole to return to 2015 form where he had a 2.60 ERA (2.66 corroborating FIP) and averaged basically 9K/9IP.

Relievers Rankings

  1. Kenley Jansen (LAD)
  2. Aroldis Chapman (NYY)
  3. Zach Britton (BAL)
  4. Mark Melancon (SF)
  5. Craig Kimbrel (BOS)
  6. Seung-Hwan Oh (STL)
  7. Edwin Diaz (SEA)
  8. Kenneth Giles (HOU)
  9. Roberto Osuna (TOR)
  10. Wade Davis (CHC)
  11. Kelvin Herrera (KC)
  12. David Robertson (CWS)
  13. Cody Allen (CLE)
  14. Jeurys Familia (NYM)
  15. Andrew Miller (CLE)
  16. Cam Bedrosian (LAA)
  17. Sam Dyson (TEX)
  18. Alexander Colome (TB)
  19. Tony Watson (PIT)
  20. Jim Johnson (ATL)

I don’t think I am putting my fanboy hat (back) on when I say  Craig Kimbrel is still one of the 3 best closers in the game. Couple that with him playing for one of the favorites to win the 2017 World Series and I see a bargain closer who is currently going 10th off the board for the RP position. I honestly think Dellin Betances is one of the best relievers on the planet, but pitching behind Aroldis Chapman is a fools errand if you’re expecting a job promotion in the bullpen any time soon.  Cody Allen and Andrew Miller (similar to the Murphy/Turner debate above) are locked in another befuddling situation: I have no idea who will get the save on a given night, and I do not think Francona does (or even cares for that matter) either, making both players dicey in terms of the save category.

That’s a (Bobby Valentine invented) wrap (sandwich). Don’t forget to check back in daily for player updates and other information. Also, don’t forget to scream at me in the comments for leaving your favorite player off this list / call me an idiot for getting something incorrect…and seriously, if you don’t understand the Bobby Valentine wrap sandwich thing, do yourself a favor and Google it.

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