Fantasy Positional Power Rankings (Jul. 21st)

Votto is playing like an MVP this season

We are a week removed from the All-Star break and it’s apparent that some of our guys listed are still shaking off the rust from the vacation.  Each category looks quite different than it did last week; having said that, it is based on a shortened week’s response. Here are this week’s fantasy baseball positional power rankings…

Catcher

1(2)  Mike Napoli, LAA: I still don‘t think Napoli should have been named to the All-Star team but this week he did everything he could to make me a believer. (4 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, .455 AVG)

2(3)  Brian McCann, ATL: Another great week at the plate for McCann, his .385 AVG this week allowed him to plate six for the Braves.  (1 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .385 AVG)

3(4)  Joe Mauer, MIN:  It sure doesn’t look like his hip is bothering him at the plate right now.  (2 R, 5 RBI, .348 AVG)

4(NR)  Jorge Posada, NYY:  “Hip Hip Jorge!” Any catcher with 2 HR and an average over .300 is a great starter. (2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .333 AVG)

5(1)  Miguel Olivo, COL:  It was a terrible week for Olivo but because it was just such a limited sample, he still rounds out the top 5.  (1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .083 AVG)

on the cusp: John Buck, TOR; Kurt Suzuki, OAK; Carlos Santana, CLE; Buster Posey, SF, Bengie Molina, TEX

First Baseman

1(2)  Miguel Cabrera, DET: After a short stint away, Cabrera has blasted his way back in to the number one spot.  (3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, .250 AVG)

2(4)  Albert Pujols, STL:  Not the best week for The Machine, but because of his amazing consistency, he sits at number two.  (4 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .333 AVG)

3(NR)  Ryan Howard, PHI:  Howard is a beast in the second half and he’s gotten off to another blazing start after the break.  (5 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI, .300 AVG)

4(1) Joey Votto, CIN:  Votto had a rather uncharacteristic type week given the year that he’s currently enjoying. I wouldn’t worry about the MVP candidate for too long.  (2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .187 AVG)

5(3)  Kevin Youkilis, BOS:  Arguably this year’s biggest All-Star snub, Youk just keeps going and going like the Energizer Bunny.  (2 R, 2 RBI, .389 AVG)

on the cusp:  Justin Morneau, MIN; Prince Fielder, MIL; Carlos Pena, TAM; Mark Teixeira, NYY; Mark Reynolds, ARI

Second Baseman

1(1)  Robinson Cano, NYY:  I said it once, and I will say it again: It’s going to take a lot for Cano to drop from number 1.  (3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .250 AVG)

2(4)  Rickie Weeks, MIL:  Weeks is burning up the charts for the second week in a row. Three homers for the speedy second baseman to tighten the race to the top.  (6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .381 AVG)

Can he finally stay healthy?

3(3)  Brandon Phillips, CIN:  Phillips saw a dip in average this week but did manage to swipe a base, which certainly didn’t hurt any owners.  (3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB .235 AVG)

4(2) Martin Prado, ATL: Not a terrible fantasy week, just not that good, either.  (4 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .278 AVG)

5(NR)  Ian Kinsler, TEX:  Kinsler rewarded his owners this week at the plate by notching five RBI.  (4 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .500 AVG)

on the cusp:  Dan Uggla, FLA; Kelly Johnson, ARI; Howie Kendrick, LAA; Placido Polanco, PHI; Orlando Hudson, MIN

Third Baseman

1(1) David Wright, NYM: Although Wright has slowed down from his torrid pace, he still had a semi-productive week at the plate so he stays at number one.(1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .277 AVG)

2(2)  Adrian Beltre, BOS: Beltre is the most consistent of the bunch.  (2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, .400 AVG)

3(NR)  Evan Longoria, TAM: It has been too long for Longoria not to be in the top-five, and his five runs coupled with a great average are exactly what he needed.  (5 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .438 AVG)

4(5)  Mark Reynolds, ARI: Reynolds is starting to turn it on and be the player his owners were praying he would be on draft day, but he still strikes out way too much.  (4 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, .357 AVG)

5(4)  Alex Rodriguez, NYY: It could be a very interesting week for A-Rod as he’s in hot pursuit of career HR # 600.  (2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .333 AVG)

on the cusp:  Michael Young, TEX; Kevin Youkilis, BOS; Jose Bautista, TOR; Martin Prado, ATL; Scott Rolen, CIN

Short Stops

1(4)  Rafael Furcal, LAD:  This is what we call “en fuego”.  (1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .400 AVG)

Furcal's sizzlin'.

2(2)  Elvis Andrus, TEX:  Another solid week for Andrus as he just keeps rewarding owners.  (4 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .329 AVG)

3(4)  Derek Jeter, NYY:  The Captain didn’t have a great average and wasn’t all that productive, but it wasn’t a great week for the position.  (2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .166 AVG)

4(1)  Hanley Ramirez, FLA: The numbers don’t lie.  (1 RBI, .157 AVG)

5(NR)  Cliff Pennington, OAK: Cliff has been under the radar all season but a poor week for the original top-five has given him his chance.  (2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB, .455 AVG)

on the cusp:  Juan Uribe, SF; Alex Gonzalez, ATL; Ryan Theriot, CHC; Jose Reyes, NYM, Erick Aybar, LAA

Outfielders

1(1)  Josh Hamilton, TEX:  The best story in fantasy baseball might be having the best season in baseball.  (3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .455 AVG)

2(3) Chris Young, ARI:  Young is steadily moving up the charts, this with some help from teammates.  (6 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .411 AVG)

3(4)  Vladimir Guerrero, TEX:  Vladdy Big Daddy Guerrero just keeps on mashing.  (6 R, 1 RBI, .318 AVG)

4(5)  Alex Rios, CWS: A whopping 5 RBI in one week is aiding Rios’ case to again be a top-three OF. (4 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .333 AVG)

5(2)  Carl Crawford, TAM:  It was a short week for CC and he still managed two more steals.  (1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB, .250 AVG)

on the cusp:  Nelson Cruz, TEX; Justin Upton, ARI; Corey Hart, MIL; Juan Pierre, CWS; Brennan Boesch, DET

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