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Rankings Review: Too many starting pitchers to go around?

By Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

C.J. Cron has been productive for the Angels so far. (USATSI)
C.J. Cron has been productive for the Angels so far. (USATSI)

I made my most extensive changes Monday, but after some additional tweaking Wednesday afternoon, here are some of the players making a big move in my rankings:

  • Matt Wieters could face a lengthy absence and potentially even surgery because of his sore elbow, but you don't want to jump the gun and cut him if he ends up needing just a couple weeks off. My aim in slotting him 12th at catcher was to drop him behind the true standouts at the position, but Wilson Ramos, Jason Castro, Yan Gomes and Josmil Pinto all have enough upside to leapfrog him if he faces an extended layoff.
  • Our re-draft of the first two rounds on Tuesday's Fantasy Baseball Today taught me I don't value Joey Votto quite as much as I think I do. It's not so much his fault. With his poor supporting cast, others have leapfrogged him at the position, such as Edwin Encarnacion or Albert Pujols.
  • True to form, C.J. Cron has yet to draw a walk in the majors, but his hot start has caused me to re-evaluate him, this time emphasizing his surprisingly high contact rate for a power hitter in the minors. He's now ranked like a legitimate corner infield option in Rotisserie leagues.
  • Jon Singleton, who will be the subject of today's Prospects Report, is back in the top 40 at first base amid reports the Astros could turn to him sooner or later. I feel like I have to slot him behind Cron, Adam Dunn, Chris Colabello and Lucas Duda for those deeper leagues where players of their caliber are in the lineup each week, but if it's to fill a bench spot, I'd go for the prospect.
  • Now that he's clearly playing every day for the Yankees, I've officially adopted Yangervis Solarte as one of my pet players. The similarities between him and Martin Prado are too striking to ignore -- and for those suffering through their first experience with Prado this year, I mean that in a good way.
  • Am I the only one fully on board with Michael Brantley? I have him a good 17 spots ahead of where Al Melchior and Michael Hurcomb do. He's always been one of the more undervalued players in Fantasy thanks to his stellar plate discipline, but with the power he's added power in his age-27 season, he's been a top-10 outfielder in both Head-to-Head and Rotisserie leagues so far. Frankly, I'm not sure my ranking even does him justice.
  • I'm over Khris Davis as a must-stash in mixed leagues. He's swinging at everything and missing most of it. And unlike Allen Craig, Jason Heyward and some of this season's other slow starters, he can point to only one month in the big leagues when he was anything more. Frankly, what he did last August isn't enough to sustain me.
  • We're nearing a changing of the guard among starting pitchers at the bottom of mixed-league rosters. Chris Archer, Chris Tillman and Martin Perez are fading fast while Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Beckett, Drew Pomeranz, Rafael Montero and Dallas Keuchel continue to gain momentum. It's a situation where Archer, Tillman and Perez feel a little too high-end to drop, but to meet an immediate need, you may not have much choice. Tillman and Perez are a little easier to justify than Archer since they're both also contending with injuries.
  • Garrett Richards' walk rate doesn't concern me anymore, not with him missing bats like he is. In leagues where you can start him at relief pitcher, he's up there with Jesse Chavez.
  • Back from the DL, Casey Janssen recorded his first save with an easy ninth inning Tuesday. He always seems to be pitching through shoulder pain, but he gets the job done, compiling a 2.46 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. With so few assurances at relief pitcher these days between the Orioles, Angels, Indians, Athletics and Mets a boring option like Janssen deserves more credit than he's getting.
 
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