Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fantasy Funkhouser: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Player Ranks Rounds 8-10

Enough closer craziness for you on Day 1? (AP Photo, USAT, ESPN)
Fantasy Funkhouser will review all things Fantasy Baseball. After all, life is a small sample size.

With the baseball season under way, we've seen a lot of madness already. Particularly on the closer front. Whether done in by managers or injuries 4 closers have been displaced in 24 hours sending waiver and FAAB budgets into a frenzy. 
Personally, I would only invest confidently in Sergio Santos. He has the skills and closer experience (TM) to keep the job from the oft-injured Casey Janssen

Matt Lindstrom couldn't save on 2-ply at Costco. Robin Ventura seems to like to mess with closers at the beginning of the year for whatever reason. Let's see if Lindstrom goes out there in back-to-back opportunities or high leverage situations. I feel like Nate Jones is only a setup man for a brief moment in time.

Jose Valverde and Francisco Rodriguez have combined for close to 600 saves total (591) so they have the closer experience stink all over them. Unbeknownst to apparently every fantasy writer out there, incumbent Brewers' closer Jim Henderson looked like garbage this spring, leading to Bob Melvin's shocking decision to insert K-Rod until Henderson figures himself out. Well, Henderson isn't exactly Lee Smith, so who knows when that correction will happen ... like in ever. 

Due to Bobby Parnell's unfortunate elbow tear, he is likely heading for Tommy John surgery. Papa Grande is next on the bullpen list, but I can only seriously consider a minimum bid on him. Bottom 1/3 of your league for a waiver bid and I threw a couple of dollars at him in some leagues as a 4th closer. I hope to God that I don't get him, but much like the lottery, $1 could get you some dividends. I'd monitor Valverde to see when he puts together a couple rough outings then go in for Jeurys Familia

We are pumping out some rankings to get to 250 sooner rather than later. The updated list, with Jose Reyes tumbling down it is further down.


RANK PLAYER NAME POS POS RANK TEAM
97 Matt Cain SP 20 SF
98 Mat Latos SP 21 CIN
99 Danny Salazar SP 22 CLE
100 Sonny Gray  SP 23 OAK
101 Victor Martinez 1B 14 DET
102 Brandon Belt 1B 15 SF
103 Trevor Rosenthal RP 5 STL
104 Shelby Miller SP 24 STL
105 Chase Utley  2B 8 PHI
106 Gio Gonzalez SP 25 WAS
107 Andrew Cashner SP 26 SD
108 Gerrit Cole SP 27 PIT
109 Billy Butler 1B 16 KC
110 Martin Prado SS 10 ARZ
111 Jedd Gyorko 2B 9 SD
112 Jonathan Lucroy C 6 MIL
113 Cole Hamels SP 28 PHI
114 Desmond Jennings OF 29 TB
115 Brian McCann C 7 NYY
116 Jose Reyes SS 11 TOR
117 Brett Gardner OF 30 NYY
118 Aaron Hill 2B 10 ARZ
119 Hyun-Jin Ryu SP 29 LAD
120 Koji Uehara RP 6 BOS
On Deck: Brad Miller, Austin Jackson, David Robertson

OVERALL RANKINGS SO FAR

Note: I screwed up the numbers for my SS changes, so while nothing is listed, they were certainly moved around.

RANK PLAYER NAME POS POS RANK TEAM CHANGE
1 Miguel Cabrera 3B 1 DET
2 Mike Trout OF 1 LAA
3 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 1 ARZ
4 Andrew McCutchen OF 2 PIT
5 Ryan Braun OF 3 MIL
6 Carlos Gonzalez OF 4 COL
7 Clayton Kershaw SP 1 LAD
8 Hanley Ramirez SS 1 LAD
9 Edwin Encarnacion 3B 2 BAL
10 Chris Davis 1B 3 TOR
11 Jacoby Ellsbury OF 5 NYY
12 Robinson Cano 2B 1 SEA
13 Bryce Harper OF 6 WAS
14 Adrian Beltre 3B 3 TEX
15 Joey Votto 1B 3 CIN
16 Adam Jones OF 7 BAL
17 Carlos Gomez OF 8 MIL
18 Troy Tulowitzki SS 2 COL
19 Jason Kipnis 2B 2 CLE
20 Prince Fielder 1B 4 TEX
21 Evan Longoria 3B 4 TB
22 Stephen Strasburg SP 2 WAS
23 David Wright 3B 5 NYM
24 Dustin Pedroia 2B 3 BOS
25 Chris Sale SP 3 CHI
26 Felix Hernanez SP 4 SEA
27 Ian Desmond SS 3 WAS
28 Yu Darvish SP 5 TEX
29 Alex Rios OF 9 TEX
30 Freddie Freeman 1B 5 ATL
31 Adam Wainwright SP 6 STL
32 Cliff Lee SP 7 PHI
33 Hunter Pence OF 10 TOR
34 Jose Bautista OF 11 TOR
35 Giancarlo Stanton OF 12 MIA
36 Justin Verlander SP 8 DET
37 Justin Upton OF 13 ATL
38 Elvis Andrus SS 4 TEX
39 Shin-Soo Choo OF 14 TEX
40 Craig Kimbrel RP 1 ATL
41 David Price SP 9 TB
42 Matt Holliday OF 15 STL
43 Buster Posey C 1 SF
44 Jose Fernandez SP 10 MIA
45 David Ortiz 1B 6 BOS
46 Madison Bumgarner SP 11 SF
47 Max Scherzer SP 12 DET
48 Jay Bruce OF 16 CIN
49 Ian Kinsler 2B 4 DET
50 Yasiel Puig OF 17 LAD
51 Eric Hosmer 1B 7 KC
52 Zack Greinke SP 13 LAD
53 Starling Marte OF 18 PIT
54 Albert Pujols 1B 8 LAA
55 Jean Segura SS 5 MIL
56 Adrian Gonzalez 1B 9 LAD
57 Yoenis Cespedes OF 19 OAK
58 Homer Bailey SP 14 CIN
59 Aroldis Chapman RP 2 CIN
60 Allen Craig 1B 10 STL
61 Jason Heyward OF 20 ATL
62 Matt Carpenter 2B 5 STL
63 Pedro Alvarez 3B 6 PIT
64 Ryan Zimmerman 3B 7 WAS
65 Everth Cabrera SS 6 SD
66 Kenley Jansen RP 3 LAD
67 Jose Altuve 2B 6 HOU
68 Wil Myers OF 21 TB
69 Joe Mauer C 2 MIN
70 Jayson Werth OF 22 WAS
71 Alex Gordon OF 23 KC
72 Shane Victorino OF 24 BOS
73 Jose Abreu 1B 11 CHW
74 Anibal Sanchez SP 15 DET
75 Starlin Castro SS 7 CHC
76 Alex Cobb SP 16 TB
77 Greg Holland RP 4 KC
78 Josh Donaldson 3B 8 OAK
79 Anthony Rizzo 1B 12 CHC
80 Mark Trumbo 1B 13 ARZ
81 Yadier Molina C 3 STL
82 Kyle Seager 3B 9 SEA
83 James Shields SP 17 KC
84 Josh Hamilton OF 25 LAA
85 Pablo Sandoval 3B 10 SF
86 Billy Hamilton OF 26 CIN
87 Ben Zobrist SS 8 TB
88 Carlos Santana C 4 CLE
89 Manny Machado 3B 11 BAL
90 Wilin Rosario C 5 COL
91 Carlos Beltran  OF 27 NYY
92 Jordan Zimmermann SP 18 WAS
93 Xander Bogaerts SS 9 BOS
94 Masahiro Tanaka SP 19 NYY
95 Brett Lawrie 2B 7 TOR
96 Matt Kemp OF 28 LAD
97 Matt Cain SP 20 SF
98 Mat Latos SP 21 CIN
99 Danny Salazar SP 22 CLE
100 Sonny Gray  SP 23 OAK
101 Victor Martinez 1B 14 DET
102 Brandon Belt 1B 15 SF
103 Trevor Rosenthal RP 5 STL
104 Shelby Miller SP 24 STL
105 Chase Utley  2B 8 PHI
106 Gio Gonzalez SP 25 WAS
107 Andrew Cashner SP 26 SD
108 Gerrit Cole SP 27 PIT
109 Billy Butler 1B 16 KC
110 Martin Prado SS 10 ARZ
111 Jedd Gyorko 2B 9 SD
112 Jonathan Lucroy C 6 MIL
113 Cole Hamels SP 28 PHI
114 Desmond Jennings OF 29 TB
115 Brian McCann C 7 NYY
116 Jose Reyes SS 11 TOR
117 Brett Gardner OF 30 NYY
118 Aaron Hill 2B 10 ARZ
119 Hyun-Jin Ryu SP 29 LAD
120 Koji Uehara RP 6 BOS

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