RankingsJuly 30, 2009


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Cafe Positional Rankings: Week 17

By R.J. White

As MLB teams trade like dynasty-league teams, you need to be exploring every possible trade option to win your league. We’re back with some more rankings that will hopefully act as a valuation chart as you try and swing for the fences and add the last piece to your championship season. While guys like Howie Kendrick, Nyjer Morgan and Joe Blanton just missed our rankings, I think all three could help you immensely for the rest of the season. We’re always willing to take your questions at fbcmailbag@gmail.com, so give us a shout if you need a second opinion on something.

Note: Our rankings do not include any player that was on the DL or in the minors at the time the rankings were submitted.

Catchers

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Joe Mauer1 
2Victor Martinez2 
3Pablo Sandoval3 
4Brian McCann4 
5Jorge Posada6 
6Ryan Doumit7 
7Brandon Inge5 
8Matt Wieters8 
9Mike Napoli10 
10Russell Martin11 
11Chris Iannetta12 
12Bengie Molina9 One HR since mid-June, cut him
13A.J. Pierzynski13 
14Miguel MonteroNR .360 and 6 HRs, fantasy’s best catcher last 30 days
15Miguel Olivo14 

First Basemen

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Albert Pujols1 
2Prince Fielder2 
3Miguel Cabrera3 
4Mark Teixeira4 
5Justin Morneau6 
6Ryan Howard5 
7Kevin Youkilis8 
8Joey Votto9 
9Mark Reynolds11 
10Adrian Gonzalez10 
11Adam Dunn12 
12Derrek Lee13 
13Paul Konerko14 
14Kendry MoralesNR.329, 7 HRs in July
15Carlos Pena15.130, 2 HRs in July

Second Basemen

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Chase Utley1 
2Ian Kinsler2 
3Brandon Phillips3 
4Aaron Hill5 
5Brian Roberts4 
6Dustin Pedroia6 
7Ben Zobrist8 
8Chone Figgins10 
9Alexei Ramirez7One steal, one HR in July
10Robinson Cano9 
11Dan Uggla11 
12Mark DeRosaNR6 HRs since ASB — loves the new lineup
13Orlando Hudson14 
14Jose Lopez12 
15Ian Stewart13 

Third Basemen

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Alex Rodriguez2 
2Miguel Cabrera1 
3David Wright3 
4Evan Longoria4 
5Kevin Youkilis5 
6Mark Reynolds6 
7Aramis Ramirez815 hits, 4 HRs in last seven games; he’s back!
8Pablo Sandoval7 
9Chipper Jones9 
10Chone Figgins11 
11Michael Young10 
12Ryan Zimmerman12 
13Russell Branyan13hitting .153 in July, average is free-falling
14Jorge Cantu14 
15Scott Rolen15 

Shortstops

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Hanley Ramirez1 
2Derek Jeter2 
3Jimmy Rollins3 
4Michael Young4.360, 4 HRs, 3 SBs in July; over .400 last two weeks
5Ben Zobrist5 
6Troy Tulowitzki7 
7Alexei Ramirez6 
8Miguel Tejada9 
9Gordon Beckham10 
10Stephen Drew12 
11Jason Bartlett8no power, average down 30 points this month
12Yunel Escobar13 
13J.J. Hardy11 
14Jhonny Peralta15 
15Marco ScutaroNR 

Outfielders

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Ryan Braun1 
2Carl Crawford2 
3Matt Kemp3 
4Ichiro Suzuki5 
5Grady Sizemore4 
6Manny Ramirez7 
7Jason Bay6 
8B.J. Upton8 
9Carlos Lee10 
10Curtis Granderson9 
11Raul Ibanez11 
12Justin Upton12 
13Matt Holliday20Hitting .524 with the Cards, and the power will come
14Adam Dunn14 
15Jayson Werth15 
16Nelson Cruz16 
17Alfonso Soriano19 
18Jacoby Ellsbury17 
19Nick Markakis18 
20Shane Victorino22 
21Josh Hamilton13.194, 1 HR in July — who is this?
22Brad Hawpe21 
23Nate McLouth24 
24Adam Jones25 
25Shin-Soo Choo26 
26Hunter Pence23 
27Bobby Abreu27 
28Adam Lind28 
29Johnny Damon29 
30Jermaine Dye30 
31Andre Ethier32 
32Alex Rios31 
33Ryan Ludwick33 
34Juan Rivera34 
35Jason Kubel37 
36Corey Hart36 
37Josh WillinghamNR.329, 7 HRs in July — OPS now over 1.000
38Michael Bourn40 
39Luke Scott352-for-32 last couple weeks
40Andrew McCutchen39 

Starting Pitchers

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Tim Lincecum1July: 3 Wins, 34.2 IP, 51 Ks, 2.08 ERA, 0.98 WHIP
2Dan Haren2 
3Zack Greinke3 
4Roy Halladay4 
5Johan Santana5 
6Felix Hernandez6 
7Josh Beckett7 
8Justin Verlander8 
9Josh Johnson12 
10Javier Vazquez10 
11Matt Cain13 
12CC Sabathia9 
13Chad Billingsley11Rocked in three of last four outings
14Chris Carpenter17 
15Cole Hamels15 
16Yovani Gallardo14 
17Edwin Jackson18 
18Jon Lester19 
19Roy Oswalt16 
20Adam Wainwright20 
21Cliff Lee21 
22Ricky Nolasco23 
23John Lackey25 
24Jered Weaver22 
25A.J. Burnett27 
26Clayton Kershaw29 
27James Shields26Winless since mid-June, ugly numbers this month
28Wandy Rodriguez34July: 4 Wins, 36 IP, 34 Ks, 0.75 ERA, 0.94 WHIP
29Matt Garza31 
30John Danks30 
31Scott Baker32 
32Tommy Hanson35 
33Ubaldo Jimenez36 
34Johnny Cueto33 
35Jair Jurrjens37 
36Scott Kazmir38 
37Max ScherzerNR 
38Rich Harden44 
39Ricky Romero39 
40Jarrod Washburn49 
41Mark BuehrleNRPerfect for a game and a half
42Derek Lowe42 
43Carlos Zambrano43 
44Gavin Floyd47 
45Aaron Harang40 
46Francisco Liriano41 
47Randy Wells50 
48Joba Chamberlain46 
49Brett AndersonNR 
50Ervin Santana45Hanging on for dear life; I’ve given up on him

Relievers

RankPlayerPrev.Comments
1Joe Nathan1 
2Jonathan Broxton2 
3Mariano Rivera4July: 10 saves, 1 BB, 0 ERs, 0.38 WHIP
4Joakim Soria5Quickly back to elite status; 7 saves this month
5Heath Bell3 
6Jonathan Papelbon6 
7Francisco Rodriguez7 
8Brian Fuentes8 
9Huston Street10 
10Francisco Cordero9 
11Ryan Franklin11 
12Trevor Hoffman17 
13David Aardsma15 
14Brian Wilson18 
15Bobby Jenks12Manager Guillen has faith, but I don’t
16Andrew Bailey13 
17Rafael Soriano16 
18Jose Valverde19 
19J.P Howell22 
20Scott Downs14 
21Brad Lidge20 
22Matt Capps21A closer with a 6.00 ERA? He’s killin’ me
23Chad Qualls23 
24Kevin Gregg26 
25George Sherrill24 
26Fernando Rodney25 
27Kerry Wood27 
28Leo Nunez28 
29C.J. Wilson30 
30Mike Gonzalez29 

 
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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