RankingsJuly 16, 2009


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Cafe Positional Rankings: Week 15

By R.J. White

Here are this week’s rankings. At the All-Star Break, I feel we can turn the page on some players at this point. Some guys just aren’t going to produce like the fantasy stars we thought they were, while some have refused to cool off. In turning in my personal rankings, I let the first-half numbers play a bigger role than they have at any other point, while scaling back on my preseason expectations a great deal.

Note: Players in the minors or on the DL were not considered for these rankings.

Catchers

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Joe Mauer1 
2Victor Martinez2 
3Pablo Sandoval4 
4Brian McCann3 
5Jorge Posada5 
6Brandon Inge9Keeps hitting HRs, top power C by a wide margin
7Bengie Molina7 
8Matt Wieters62-for-14 last week, exercise patience
9Ryan DoumitNR 
10Mike Napoli10 
11Russell Martin11 
12Chris Iannetta12 
13A.J. Pierzynski13 
14Miguel Olivo14 
15Jarrod Saltalamacchia15 

First Basemen

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Albert Pujols1On another level: 32 HRs, 10 SBs, .332 AVG
2Miguel Cabrera2 
3Prince Fielder3 
4Mark Teixeira4 
5Ryan Howard6 
6Justin Morneau5 
7Lance Berkman8 
8Kevin Youkilis9 
9Joey Votto11 
10Adrian Gonzalez7Last 2 weeks: 7-for-50, no HRs
11Mark Reynolds10 
12Adam Dunn12 
13Derrek Lee14 
14Carlos Pena13 
15Paul Konerko15 

Second Basemen

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Chase Utley1 
2Ian Kinsler2 
3Brandon Phillips3 
4Brian Roberts4AVG dropping, 19-for-93 in last four weeks
5Aaron Hill5 
6Dustin Pedroia8AVG above .300, knockin’ a few HRs, love the SBs
7Alexei Ramirez7 
8Ben Zobrist9 
9Robinson Cano6 
10Chone Figgins10 
11Dan Uggla12 
12Jose Lopez11 
13Ian Stewart15 
14Orlando HudsonNR 
15Casey McGehee14 

Third Basemen

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Miguel Cabrera1 
2Alex Rodriguez2Three consecutive weeks with .350+ AVG and multiple HRs
3David Wright3 
4Evan Longoria4 
5Kevin Youkilis5 
6Mark Reynolds6 
7Pablo SandovalNRNow ranked at 3B and C
8Aramis Ramirez7 
9Chipper Jones8 
10Michael Young9 
11Chone Figgins11 
12Ryan Zimmerman10 
13Russell Branyan12 
14Jorge Cantu13 
15Scott Rolen15Slowing down in July after big June

Shortstops

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Hanley Ramirez1 
2Derek Jeter2 
3Jimmy Rollins4Rollin’ in July; is he back?
4Michael Young3 
5Alexei Ramirez5 
6Ben Zobrist6 
7Troy Tulowitzki8 
8Jason Bartlett7AVG is starting to fall, hit .227 last week
9Miguel Tejada9 
10Stephen Drew10 
11Gordon Beckham12 
12J.J. Hardy11 
13Jhonny Peralta13 
14Ryan Theriot15 
15Rafael Furcal14 

Outfielders

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Ryan Braun13-for-25 week not enough to drop him from top spot
2Carl Crawford2 
3Matt Kemp3 
4Grady Sizemore8 
5Ichiro Suzuki9128 hits and 19 SBs before the ASB
6Jason Bay4 
7Curtis Granderson5 
8Manny Ramirez6 
9B.J. Upton7 
10Carlos Lee11 
11Justin Upton14 
12Raul IbanezNR 
13Nelson Cruz13 
14Adam Dunn17 
15Josh Hamilton16 
16Jayson Werth257-for-24, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB last week
17Jacoby Ellsbury21 
18Nick Markakis10One HR and one SB in last seven weeks
19Alfonso Soriano15 
20Brad Hawpe20 
21Matt Holliday19 
22Shane Victorino23 
23Hunter Pence18Last 3 weeks: 14-for-74, 1 HR, 1 SB
24Nate McLouth22 
25Adam Jones24 
26Shin-Soo Choo29 
27Bobby Abreu28 
28Adam Lind27 
29Johnny Damon26 
30Jermaine Dye31 
31Andre Ethier30 
32Luke ScottNR 
33Alex Rios33 
34Juan Rivera39 
35Corey Hart34 
36Ryan LudwickNR13-for-27, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs last week
37Jason Kubel36 
38Vernon Wells37 
39Michael Bourn38 
40Colby Rasmus40 

Starting Pitchers

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Tim Lincecum1 
2Dan Haren2 
3Zack Greinke3 
4Roy Halladay4 
5Johan Santana5 
6Felix Hernandez7 
7Josh Beckett8 
8Chad Billingsley6 
9Justin Verlander1019 Ks in two starts last week
10Javier Vazquez13A 5.9 K/BB ratio? Are you kidding me?
11CC Sabathia11 
12Yovani Gallardo9Week to forget: two starts, 8.10 ERA, 2.10 WHIP
13Josh Johnson12 
14Matt Cain15 
15Cole Hamels14 
16Chris Carpenter16 
17Edwin Jackson20 
18Jered Weaver17 
19Roy Oswalt18 
20Jon Lester19 
21Adam Wainwright23 
22Cliff Lee21 
23Ted Lilly24 
24James Shields22 
25Ricky Nolasco26 
26A.J. Burnett27 
27Erik BedardNR 
28John Lackey28 
29John Danks29 
30Johnny Cueto2513 ERs, 20.63 ERA, 3.35 WHIP in two starts last week
31Matt Garza31 
32Scott Baker30 
33Clayton Kershaw33 
34Wandy Rodriguez4611-K start has him climbing toward the elit
35Ubaldo Jimenez34 
36Tommy Hanson35 
37Ricky Romero43 
38Scott Kazmir32Followed up two solid stars with a stinker
39Jair Jurrjens37 
40Aaron Harang36 
41Francisco Liriano38 
42Derek Lowe39 
43Carlos Zambrano44 
44Rich Harden47 
45Joba Chamberlain40Two bad weeks in a row and extremely hittable
46Gavin Floyd42 
47Randy WellsNR2.72 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 3.0+ K/BB ratio in his 12 starts
48Jarrod WashburnNR 
49Mark Buehrle45 
50Kevin Millwood41 

Relievers

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Joe Nathan1 
2Heath Bell3 
3Jonathan Broxton2 
4Francisco Rodriguez4 
5Mariano Rivera5 
6Joakim Soria6 
7Jonathan Papelbon7 
8Brian Fuentes8 
9Huston Street10 
10Francisco Cordero9 
11Ryan Franklin110.79 ERA, 0.79 WHIP — he can’t be this good, right?
12Bobby Jenks12 
13Andrew Bailey16 
14Scott DownsNR 
15David Aardsma13 
16Trevor Hoffman14 
17Brian Wilson17 
18Jose Valverde19 
19Frank Francisco20 
20Matt Capps15Combusted last week and ERA is now at 6.21
21Brad Lidge18 
22Rafael Soriano28Four big saves last week gives him the team lead
23J.P Howell21 
24Chad Qualls25 
25George Sherrill23 
26Fernando Rodney22 
27Kevin Gregg24 
28Leo Nunez29 
29Kerry Wood26 
30Mike Gonzalez27Looks like he’s lost the closer job

 
R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
 
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