Fantasy baseball rankings 2018: Advanced MLB trade chart loving J.D. Martinez, fading Paul Goldschmidt
Scott White is a senior fantasy writer for CBS Sports and released his latest trade chart
If you're looking to shake up your Fantasy Baseball lineup with the perfect addition, it's time to start thinking about trades for a deep run. Your team isn't going to get better if you don't act, and you need to target the top of the fantasy baseball rankings. But before you pull the trigger and make a deal in your head-to-head leagues, you need to see Scott White's MLB trade value chart.
This chart, which assigns a value to the top 200 players in the league, is like having 24/7 access to trade advice from one of the top Fantasy Baseball experts in the nation.
White has spent over a decade as CBS Sports' Fantasy Baseball analyst, has been named the FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year, and was the 2017 runner-up in the famous Tout Wars league -- the most prestigious league for Fantasy Baseball experts from around the country.
If anybody can spot a value in a Fantasy Baseball deal, it's White, who has been high on players like James Paxton, Ozzie Albies and Gerrit Cole this year long before many other experts.
In his trade chart for standard leagues published on May 2, White had Paxton as a top-20 pitcher and just outside the top 50 overall despite the fact that he had an ERA over 5.00 at that point. Since then, Paxton has thrown a no-hitter and lowered his ERA to 3.52. Anybody who followed White's advice on Paxton's value got a steal.
For this week's edition of the chart, we can tell you that Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez has made a big leap, jumping all the way from No. 33 to No. 20.
Martinez has been hitting the ball extremely well this season. He has a .343 batting average, 15 home runs and 41 RBIs through 45 games. Martinez and the Red Sox are showing no signs of slowing down as Boston heads to Tampa Bay this week for a three-game series. He's a player you shouldn't give away without getting a king's ransom in return.
A player going in the opposite direction: Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who has dropped from No. 11 all the way to No. 21.
That's because he's hitting just .098 in May and hasn't hit a home run since since April 15. He's a player you should not overpay for at this point.
White has also moved one of baseball's biggest names from outside the top five up to No. 2, and has made the call on A.J. Pollock's value since he'll be out 4-to-8 weeks with a thumb injury. Getting the right value for players like these could be the difference between winning your league or going home with nothing.
What are the trade values for the top 200 players in standard leagues, and which star hitter is now a top-two value? Visit SportsLine now to get Scott White's full head-to-head Fantasy Baseball trade chart, all from an award-winning expert who has been all over James Paxton's recent breakthrough.
If you're a CBS Sports Baseball Commissioner player, this content is available on your desktop league home under Fantasy Advice.
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