Fantasy Baseball Top 5 Position Rankings (Jun. 28th)

Hamilton is riding a 20-game hit streak and leads the OF group.

Now that the rankings have arrived and the dust has settled, the positional rankings are starting to look a little more like they should.  Some major names from last week are off the list, and some fresh faces have joined the list. Below you will find this week’s Fantasy Positional Power Rankings.

Catcher

1(2). Miguel Olivo, COL:  It hasn’t been the greatest of weeks for any catcher in the top-3 and Olivo is no exception.  Still, he has 3 runs, 2 HR and 4 RBI the past week.  Good enough to take the #1 spot.

2(3). Joe Mauer, MIN:  Mauer still hasn’t hit a homerun since we talked last, loyal reader.  He has notched 5 RBI in the last 7 days.  So at least Mauer owners have that to look forward to.

3(1). Victor Martinez, BOS: Martinez had a few “O for’s” this week but still managed to record 4 runs, 1 HR and 3 RBI.  The inconsistency is what costs him a few spots this week.

4(N/R).  Brian McCann, ATL: McCann has been locked in the past week.  He hit three homers in the past 7 days, unfortunately for McCann owners they were all solo however.  But now were just getting greedy.

5(N/R).  Mike Napoli, LAA:  Napoli got a little help from his friends this week.  Napoli crossed home 5 times and recorded 2 homers with an additional 4 RBI.

on the cusp: John Buck, TOR; Jorge Posada, NYY; Rod Barajas, NYM; Ronnie Paulino, FLA

First Baseman

1(1). Miguel Cabrera, DET:  Cabrera has recorded a hit in every game since the last Power Rankings, which makes it hard to unseat him for the top spot.  And five RBI in the same span doesn’t hurt either. 

2(3). Joey Votto, CIN: Even when Votto didn’t record a hit over a three game span he recorded 3 runs and a RBI.  His two homers and 7 RBI help him move to second too.

3(4). Kevin Youkilis, BOS: Youk recorded 5 runs, 2 HR and 5 RBI this past week as the Red Sox are starting to gain ground in the AL East.

4(2). Albert Pujols, STL:  It was a down week for The Machine.  He only had one game of significance this past week, hitting a solo HR and recording a steal against the Royals.

5(N/R). Justin Morneau, MIN:  I know you are wondering why Morneau isn’t higher on the list.  It’s because everybody else on the list is still doing well.  Morneau did have a week that helps his case for AL MVP.  Morneau hit two more HR and 6 more RBI while recording a stretch of 6 multi-hit games.

on the cusp:  Ryan Howard, PHL; Adrian Gonzalez, SD; Paul Konerko, CWS; Mark Teixeira, NYY; Mark Reynolds, ARI

Second Baseman

1(1). Robinson Cano, NYY: Cano had a very quiet week, he has a six game hitting streak but nothing to show for it besides one run and on RBI.  Still, it is seriously going to take A LOT to get this guy out of the #1 spot.

2(2). Brandon Phillips, CIN: Phillips continues to increase his average hitting .323 this week.  The run support was there for the lead off man too as he recorded an additional 6 runs.

3(N/R). Chase Utley, PHL:   Out of no where to the #3 spot is Chase Utley.  Truth be told he was never very far out of the top five and after this past week (.400 AVG, 5 runs, 7 RBI, 1 SB), it’s kind of hard to keep him out.

4(3). Martin Prado, ATL: Utley’s gain is Prado’s loss. (.312 AVG, 2 steals)

5(4). Dan Uggla, FLA:  His .285 AVG for the week was actually an increase.  No long balls knock him down a spot. (2 runs, 3 RBI)

on the cusp:  Casey McGehee, MIL; Ben Zobrist, TAM; Rickie Weeks, MIL; Howie Kendrick, LAA; Dustin Pedroia, BOS;

Third Baseman

1(1). David Wright, NYM: He was a beast at the plate (.428 AVG), had help around him (7 runs), crushed a few (2 HR), repaid the favor (8 RBI), and even showed off the wheels (2 SB).  An easy decision here.

2(3). Adrian Beltre, BOS: The Red Sox and Rangers are dominating the rankings this week.  Beltre is proving to be one of the best third baseman this season with another impressive week.  And only a step or two behind Wright.  (.357 AVG, 7 runs, 2 HR, 4 RBI)

3(N/R). Michael Young, TEX: They were the hottest team in baseball (playing the Pirates helps a lot) and Young may have been the hottest man in baseball.  He made opposing managers weep and pitchers gnash their teeth with his long bal. (.323 AVG, 9 runs, 4 HR, 8 RBI)

4(4). Kevin Youkilis, BOS: See first baseman.

5(5). Scott Rolen, CIN:  Father time couldn’t stop Rolen from going yard twice more this week.  (.280 AVG, 3 runs, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

on the cusp:  Evan Longoria, TAM; Mark Reynolds, ARI; Jose Bautista, TOR; Alex Rodriguez, NYY; Kevin Kouzmanoff, OAK

Short Stops

1(2). Jose Reyes, NYM:  This was a close swap of the top two, but Reyes is the winner.  The Mets top of the order had a good week, bringing Reyes in 10 times.  The best, and most surprising, part of Reyes’ week was his 3 HR..(354 AVG, 10 runs, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB)

2(1). Hanley Ramirez, FLA:  It was hard to argue with Reyes, but Ramirez also had a good week.  He says he is going to miss his former skipper, but he didn’t appear to go through any grieving this week.  Ramirez was quite the teammate with 7 RBI. (.423 AVG, 5 runs, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB)

3(N/R). Elvis Andrus, TEX: There is a fever going through Texas right now and Elvis brought his cowbell.  He had a great week at the plate hitting.366.  (.366 AVG, 5 runs, 4 RBI, 2 SB)

4(3). Derek Jeter, NYY:  Jeter drops a spot thanks to Andrus’ great week but also because he couldn’t help a Yank out.  Some Captain… Just kidding Yankees fans.  Jeter did record 8 runs.  (.296 AVG, 8 runs, 1 SB)

5(N/R).  Ryan Theriot, CHC:  The running was as hot at the plate as the steam coming out of Carlos Zambrano’s ears (.318, 4 runs, 1 RBI)

on the cusp:  Juan Uribe, SF; Alex Gonzalez, TOR;  Jimmy Rollins, PHL;

Outfielders

1(1). Josh Hamilton, TEX:  Hamilton had a very hot streak at the plate this week.  Currently riding a 20-game hit streak, Hamilton hit .533 this week.  (.533 AVG, 6 runs, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB)

2(2). Alex Rios, CWS:  Rios continues to impress at the plate recording five runs and five RBI.  He also added another 2 stolen bases.  (.333 AVG, 5 runs, 5 RBI, 2 SB)

3(4). Andrew McCutchen, PIT:  He had a tough week at the plate (.166 AVG) but still found a way to cross home with 8 runs and even had two steals.  (.166 AVG, 8 runs, 2 RBI, 2 SB)

4(N/R). Carl Crawford, TAM:  CC cracked the top-5 by performing like he should.  Perhaps the fastest man in baseball added two more steals to his count (26) to give Juan Pierre (28) a run for the money for OFs. (.533 AVG, 4 runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB)

5(N/R).  Michael Young, TEX:  See third baseman. 

 on the cusp:  Ryan Braun, MIL; Vladimir Guerrero, TEX; Shane Victorino, PHL; Matt Kemp, LAD; Ichiro Suzuki, SEA

 ()- Prior week’s ranking*

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