Positional Power Rankings (August 9th)

McCann remains the best Catcher in the NL.

As the baseball season continues, so do the Positional Power Rankings. In some positions things are starting to unfold like they were predicted, while some other positions have some new faces in the mix. So take a look at these names below to see exactly what the perfect fantasy team looks like and dominate your game.


1(1) Joe Mauer, MIN: Mauer is proving to be the best catcher option outright with yet another solid week. (3 R, 6 RBI, .474 AVG)

2(2) Bran McCann, ATL: McCann didn’t have his best week, but it was good enough to keep his spot. (1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .277 AVG)

3(NR) Geovany Soto, CHC: The slimmed down Soto is looking good … at the plate that is. (4 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .353 AVG)

4(NR) Mike Napoli, LAA: Napoli has been absent from the list for a while, but a great week (1 R, 6 RBI, .400 AVG)

5(5) Matt Wieters, BAL: The kid is living up to his rookie phenom hype (2 R, 2 RBI, .250 AVG)

on the cusp: John Buck, TOR, Jorge Posada, NYY; Carlos Santana, CLE; Yadier Molina, STL; Buster Posey, SF; Carlos Ruiz, PHI

First Baseman

1(3) Albert Pujols, STL: Pujols was locked in this week going yard four times. (8 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI, .481 AVG)

2(2) Miguel Cabrera, DET: Cabrera had an off week, but his season totals prevent me from bumping him down. (2 R, 2 RBI, .222 AVG)

3(1) Joey Votto, CIN: Speaking of down weeks … Votto was hit hard this past week but you can expect that he will be back to normal soon. (1 R, 1 RBI, .143 AVG)

4(NR) Mark Teixeira, NYY: Tex is really starting to heat up so far in the second half. (4 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .250 AVG)

5(NR) Mark Reynolds: Reynolds comes and goes on the list; he is back thanks to a slow week at his position. (3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, .308 AVG)

on the cusp: Aubrey Huff, SF; Paul Konerko, CWS, Nick Swisher, NYY; Garrett Jones, PIT; Carlos Pena, TAM

Second Baseman

1(2) Rickie Weeks, MIL: Finally someone has knocked off Cano from his #1 spot. Weeks can thank his inside-the-park home run for that. (7 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, .179AVG)

2(1) Robinson Cano, NYY: Cano might have had the best first half at any position, but a week like this past one aren’t going to keep him at the top. (1 R, 1 RBI, .286 AVG)

3(3) Brandon Phillips, CIN: Phillips is continuously boosting his average, and raising his SB count. (4 R, 4 RBI, 1 SB .308 AVG)

4(4) Dan Uggla, FLA: There are a lot of Uggla haters out there, his “first half player” label should be dropped though. (3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, .333 AVG)

5(5) Kelly Johnson, ARI: (4 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .385 AVG)

on the cusp: Ty Wigginton, BAL; Juan Uribe, SF; Neil Walker, PIT; Placido Polanco, PHI; Martin Prado, ATL

Third Baseman

Beltre's career has been resurrected in Boston.

1(2) Adrian Beltre, BOS: Beltre is single handedly keeping the Red Sox in the race for the pennant. (7 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI, .393 AVG)

2(3) Jose Bautista, TOR: Opposing pitchers just can’t seem to slow down the home run leader. (7 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .286 AVG)

3(1) David Wright, NYM: Even and awful week like this past one can’t keep Wright from the top-five. (1 R, 1 SB, .091 AVG)

4(NR) Mark Reynolds, ARI: See First Baseman.

5(NR) Casey McGehee, MIL: McGehee has been flying under the radar all year, but seven RBI will earn him his place this week. (3 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .227 AVG)

on the cusp: Michael Young, TEX; Alex Rodriguez, NYY; Evan Longoria, NYY; Martin Prado, ATL; Juan Uribe, SF

Short Stops

1(1) Derek Jeter, NYY: The Captain had yet another solid week at the plate, and it’s just easy to score with the type of players he has around him. (8 R, .348 AVG)

2(5) Hanley Ramirez, FLA: Ramirez literally did it all this week, going yard, stealing bases and even crossing home. (4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB, .250 AVG)

3(NR) Troy Tulowitzki, COL: Finally back off the DL, Tulo has come out like gangbusters. (2 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .458 AVG)

4(2) Elvis Andrus, TEX: Nothing against Andrus, he had a solid week but his opposition turned it up. (3 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .273 AVG)

5(NR) Erick Aybar, LAA: Aybar has been having a great year all season yet is only owned in 85% of leagues, hint hint. (3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .280 AVG)

on the cusp: Cliff Pennington, OAK; Alex Gonzalez, TOR, Ryan Theriot, CHC, Jose Reyes, NYM, Alexei Ramirez, CWS


1(1) Josh Hamilton, TEX: Even in an off week he is still a decent starter. (3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .200 AVG)

2(3) Carlos Gonzalez, COL: Last week Gonzalez was a top-five addition because of poor showings by the previous top dogs, but he may have secured himself a spot among the top with another crazy week. (6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB, .320 AVG)

Crawford is getting a serious raise this offseason.

3(3) Carl Crawford, TAM: Crawford is the fastest man in baseball, and although he didn’t perform like usual this week he should always be in the starting lineup. (2 R, 2 RBI, .200 AVG)

4(NR) Adam Dunn, WAS: Dunn has taken control of the home run race in the NL, I bet the Nationals and their fans are happy they decided not to trade him. (6 R, 6 HR, 13 RBI, .286 AVG)

5(NR) Ryan Braun, MIL: He hasn’t lived up to his preseason rankings but Braun is trying his best in this second half to make up for that. (5 R, 2 RBI, .520 AVG)

on the cusp: Chris Young, ARI, Vladimir Guerrero, TEX, Alex Rios, CHW; Justin Upton, ARI; Corey Hart, MIL

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