Hitters are ranked for their expected performance from this point forward for the rest of the season in standard 5x5 leagues, not for statistics that have already been accrued. For more rankings check out:
Top 30 Shortstops:
1. Hanley Ramirez, FLA - Admittedly, I remain bullish on this man. Though, now that I think about it, I did just trade him away in a Dynasty league for a sweet little package of Brett Anderson, Alexei Ramirez, Desmond Jennings and Drew Storen. He is still running (on pace for 32 SB), which is a good thing, and he's currently hitting in the two-hole behind on-base machine Omar Infante with promising youngsters Logan Morrison, Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton behind him. Seriously, who in their right mind reeeeaallllyy expects him not to bounce back to his perennial-elite self? Over 162 games in his career he has averaged a .308 BA, 118 R, 26 HR, 82 RBI and 41 SB. Thought so.
2. Troy Tulowitzki, COL
3. Jose Reyes, NYM - Another week of this type of production and I seriously might consider bumping him above Tulo and Hanley -- however, that is also contingent on the extent of David Wright's injury -- which may keep him right where he's at. He's hitting .300-plus again and on pace for 66 SB. Though SB are up overall, the days of a dozen 50-plus base stealers are over.
4. Alexei Ramirez, CHW - Three-year averages: .282/73/18/72/13, and that was mostly hitting eighth or ninth in the lineup. He's now hitting in the two-hole behind Pierre and in front of Dunn, Konerko and Quinton. Until Castro shows more power and speed, Drew can prove he can stay healthy and Andrus increases his walk-rate and HR totals, Alexei is fixed at No. 4.
Who will be the best Fantasy SS the rest of the way?
5. Starlin Castro, CHC
6. Stephen Drew, ARI - Alexei Jr.'s main issue is playing time due to health concerns.
7. Elvis Andrus, TEX - On pace for eight HR and 53 SB. I know he put on some more muscle in the offseason, but I am not totally buying into the power just yet. I'd say he ends the season with five HR and 40-45 SB, though, the improvements he's made on the base-paths are quite promising, so I could even see him at No. 4 or 5 on our list in a week or two.
8. Jimmy Rollins, PHI
9. Johnny Peralta, DET
10. Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE
11. Ian Desmond, WAS - Though he's on pace for 12 HR and 53 SB, he's only hitting .217. With the arrival of Roger Bernadina he could also fall in the batting order, causing even less runs and RBI (was batting lead-off). I expect the SB totals to drop off considerably, but he does have 15-plus HR power if he can start making more contact.
12. Rafael Furcal, LAD - Love him, but it's close to the end for Furcal, like his former Braves teammate Chipper Jones. This may be a reputation ranking. A drop could be imminent.
13. Erick Aybar, ANA - Running wild and getting on base.
14. Derek Jeter, NYY - This may just be me being generous. Kinda like the Yankee's were with that contract.
15. Jed Lowrie, BOS - Either Scutaro will be traded or Lowrie will just supplant him as the starter. Either way, he will have to share at least a day or two each week with Scutaro or Iglesias, limiting his ceiling for this season. But he really is that good of a hitter to justify the rank.
16. Yunel Escobar, TOR
17. Orlando Cabrera, CLE - Regression soon, though, I do believe he can sustain rosterable/deep-league production.
18. Ryan Theriot, STL - I'm a bit disappointed by his numbers at this point. He's hitting in front of Rasmus, Pujols and Holliday for goodness sake. I expect his numbers to increase a bit.
19. Jason Bartlett, SD - Starting to hit and get on base more. Plus, it looks like the Padres want to run this season.
20. Alex Gonzales, ATL
21. Maicer Izturis, ANA
22. Cliff Pennington, OAK
23. Darwin Barney, CHC - Not a believer. Thoughts here.
24. Yuniesky Betancourt, MIL
25. Miguel Tejada, SF
26. J.J. Hardy, BAL
27. Jamey Carrol, LAD
28. Alcides Escobar, KC
29. Juan Uribe, LA
30a. Marco Scutaro, BOS
30b. Trevor Plouffe, MIN