These rankings are based on a 300 point system, 150 for offensive production and 150 for pitching production. 30 points (1 point for each team) is the most points any team can receive in a given category. For instance, if the Rays lead the league in HR’s they will get 30 points for that category.
The 5 offensive categories used:
HR’s, RBI, Runs, Average, and SB’s
The 5 pitching categories used:
Wins, Saves, WHIP, ERA, and K’s
1.(─) Tampa Bay Rays (86-56): Tampa Bay has stayed strong both at the plate and on the mound, which has kept them in a tight race with the Yanks atop the AL East.
2.(↑1) New York Yankees (87-56): Tough to beat the Yankees offense (top-10 in every offensive category).
3.(↓1) Texas Rangers (80-63): The Rangers scored the second most offensive points this week with 125. With a healthy Cliff Lee, look for Texas to make a strong push through the postseason.
4.(↑3) Chicago White Sox (79-64): Although their postseason hopes are fading with Minnesota atop the AL Central, their offense has put up very, very, good fantasy baseball stats.
5.(↑7) Colorado Rockies (79-64): Last time, we said, “It’s almost that time of the season where the Rockies go on a torrid streak.” Well… that time has arrived. Colorado made the biggest jump out of any team in the fantasy power rankings.
6.(↓2) Boston Red Sox (79-64): Becoming desperate, Boston is grasping at straws to stay alive in the wildcard race.
7.(↑3) Atlanta Braves (82-62): When Chipper Jones went down for the year, Atlanta picked up veteran 1B Derek Lee to combat his absence. Expect him to be a force in the locker room as the Braves look to push back ahead of the Phillies in the NL East.
8.(↓3) Cincinnati Reds (81-62): Will Votto’s shoulders be strong enough to carry his team through the rest of the year and through the playoffs? His shot at a Triple Crown and the numbers he’s put up thus far lead me to believe that they are.
9.(↓2) Philadelphia Phillies (83-61): Philly has come a long way to take the lead in the NL East. However, injury problems persist as Jimmy Rollins’ hamstring has held him to just pinch-hit duties.
10.(↓2) Minnesota Twins (85-58): Solid fantasy baseball output, but nothing too flashy. They find a way to win ballgames, however.
11.(↓2) San Francisco Giants (81-63): A great pitching staff keeps San Fran fantasy relevant. Their offense is lacking.
12.(↓6) San Diego Padres (80-62): See San Francisco Giants. They’re a little step up from them.
13.(↑5) Florida Marlins (73-69): Back above .500, the Marlins’ fantasy output directly correlates their win percentage… slightly above average.
14.(↓1) Toronto Blue Jays (73-70): Simply put, the Jays know how to hit the long ball.
15.(↑1) Los Angeles Dodgers (71-73): Especially offensively, this season has overall just been a disappointing one for the Dodgers. L.A. dumped off Manny to save some money, as they are out of contention for the postseason.
16.(↓2) St. Louis Cardinals (74-67): The Cardinals really just haven’t been the offensive powerhouse they could have been this year.
17.(↓1) Oakland Athletics (72-71): Pitching-wise, very solid fantasy baseball output coming from a very average ballclub. Offensively, however, not so much.
18.(─) Milwaukee Brewers (66-76): Complete opposite of Oakland: batting-wise, very solid fantasy output coming from a very average ballclub. Their pitching, however, not so much.
19.(↑1) New York Mets (70-73): The Mets have become an anemic offense. Their pitching has kept them somewhat fantasy-relevant, but I would advise looking elsewhere.
20.(↑1) Detroit Tigers (72-72): See Milwaukee Brewers.
21.(↓6) Los Angeles Angels (70-73): The All-Star Game hosting city has really fallen off.
22.(─) Chicago Cubs (62-81): If they continue to play well like they have been as of late under interim manager Mike Quade, the front office will have to give him consideration for the full-time position this offseason.
23.(↑3) Houston Astros (68-75): Absolutely terrible offensive output. Not that he was on the field all that often, (due to injury), they lost their veteran presence in Lance Berkman.
24.(↓3) Washington Nationals (60-83): Surprisingly enough, the Nats have been better than expected offensively. No one in Washington cares, however, as they lost their savior in Stephen Strasburg to Tommy John surgery for the year.
25.(↑2) Kansas City Royals (58-85): ): Pretty much what we’ve grown to expect from the Royals.
26.(↑1) Seattle Mariners (55-88): The Mariners finally eclipsed 100 points. Their stolen bases and pitching seem to keep them fantasy relevant.
27.(↓3) Arizona Diamondbacks (57-86): Ever since they dumped off Dan Haren, Zona has been nothing short of pathetic on the mound.
28.(↑1) Baltimore Orioles (55-88): The Orioles have improved play a little bit with manager Buck Showalter. I guess that’s saying something.
29.(↑1) Cleveland Indians (58-85): A solid team a few years ago has turned into nearly a minor league ballclub.
30.(─) Pittsburgh Pirates (48-94): Will they ever slip out of the “rebuilding” stage.
Best Offense: (132) New York Yankees
Best Pitching: (140) San Diego Padres
Worst Offense: (26) Pittsburgh Pirates
Worst Pitching: (12) Pittsburgh Pirates