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Rest of Season Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Three Up, Three Down

It is hard to believe, but we have rounded the three-quarter turn on the 2023 MLB season. All teams have 40 or fewer games remaining, and contenders are beginning to separate themselves from pretenders. Injuries and shifting bullpen roles remain issues for fantasy managers to navigate. Not to mention the normal ebbs and flows that occur throughout. Just look at players like Julio Rodriguez and Bobby Witt. Both players are first-round values on the season after struggling for most of the season’s first half. These next few weeks will be crucial to the fate of your fantasy teams, so make sure you are maximizing every roster spot. That is where my rest of season fantasy baseball rankings (hopefully) come in.

Most leagues no longer allow trades, so most managers have to scour the waiver wire or acquire free agents through FAAB at this point in the year. Pitching always seems to be at a premium, but never more so than now. Here are a few hurlers who have seen their stock change compared to where I had them in my last ROS update. Let me know if you agree or not in the comments below. My latest full set of rankings are at the bottom of this page.

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Three Up

Cole Ragans, SP, Kansas City Royals

Ah yes, the Kansas City Royals, those bastions of quality pitching. Recent history aside, they may have found something in the former first-round pick. In five starts since coming over from Texas last month, Ragans has registered two wins and three quality starts. And in all three, he struck out at least eight hitters. The WHIP is not great at 1.36 in those five starts. But if your leagues are anything like mine, pickings can get slim mighty fast. If the current rotation holds, Ragans would face Oakland, Pittsburgh, and the Chicago White Sox in his next three starts. Schedules do not get much better than that. Ragans should be a popular streamer over the next few weeks.

Eury Perez, Miami Marlins

Unlike Ragans, Perez has been featured in my ROS rankings in the past. But Miami sent the young star down to the Minors to manage his workload. Perez returned to the bigs on August 7 but struggled in starts versus the Reds and Yankees. Perez allowed a total of eight runs in just 8.2 innings pitched in those starts. However, things clicked for the 20-year-old in his most recent outing. Perez struck out 10 while allowing just two of 20 batters faced to reach while blanking the Dodgers over six innings. Miami ended up losing the game, but you can see why everyone is so high on the young phenom. I believe Perez will continue to be up and down, but he should be started in good matchups. Perez should face the Washington Nationals in each of his next two trips to the mound.

Brandon Pfaadt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Brandon Pfaadt was a popular pick late in drafts this spring. The first half of the season was not kind to the young right-hander. Pfaadt finished June with an ERA over 9.00, and the Diamondbacks sent him back to the Minor Leagues. They recalled him last month, and the results have been much better. There is still some inconsistency, but you can see signs of excellence. In two of his past five starts, Pfaadt has surrendered two or fewer hits in seven innings of work. What is impressive to me about those outings is that they occurred the second time he was facing each opponent. That suggests the maturation process has begun in earnest for Pfaadt. I still have him outside my top 300 overall in this week’s ROS rankings, but I may be moving him up in the coming weeks.

Three Down

Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays

What a season it has been for Alek Manoah and his fantasy managers. And I do not mean that in a good way. A glimmer of hope was restored when Toronto called Manoah back up to the Majors in July. But alas, that hope was short-lived. Manoah recorded just one quality start over his last five games and dealt with extreme wildness. He walked 17 batters over his last 23.1 innings and broke Taylor Ward’s face with a fastball. The Blue Jays sent Manoah back to Triple-A last week. Even if he makes it back up again, I do not envision Manoah becoming a fantasy asset this season. Fantasy managers can safely drop him in Redraft leagues.

Daniel Bard, Colorado Rockies

Perhaps I was a bit too optimistic to begin with regarding Daniel Bard. Right around the All-Star break, Bard had a win, a save, and a hold over six appearances. Then he spectacularly blew a save on July 26. His next two appearances resulted in holds. Not as good as saves, of course, but a potentially positive step. But Bard failed miserably to keep a game close on August 2, and Colorado has kept him in the doghouse ever since. His last six outings have all come in Rockies losses. And he has not proven he can find the plate even in lower-pressure situations. Bard has seven walks over his last 2.2 innings. I probably should just remove him from my ROS rankings altogether at this juncture.

Drew Smyly, Chicago Cubs

Hopefully, you were not relying on Drew Smyly to get you over the hump in your fantasy leagues. If you were, chances are high that you incurred some ratio damage along the way. Smyly’s last quality start came on June 8. Since then, the veteran gave up 40 earned runs in 46 frames spanning 10 appearances. The Cubs removed Smyly from their rotation for good just after my last rankings piece was published. As luck would have it, Smyly recorded a win out of Chicago’s bullpen on Wednesday, The win was his second in the last 60 days. Smyly did not have much fantasy value as a starter but certainly has zero appeal out of the pen.

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Rest of Season Fantasy Baseball Rankings

1Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
2Shohei OhtaniLAASP/DH
3Mookie BettsLAD2B/SS/ OF
4Freddie FreemanLAD1B
5Kyle TuckerHOUOF
6Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSS/OF
7Spencer StriderATLSP
8Aaron JudgeNYYOF
9Matt OlsonATL1B
10Julio RodriguezSEAOF
11Jose RamirezCLE3B
12Austin RileyATL3B
13Bobby Witt Jr.KCSS/3B
14Vladimir Guerrero Jr.TOR1B
15Juan SotoSDOF
16Rafael DeversBOS3B
17Corey SeagerTEXSS
18Kevin GausmanTORSP
19Yordan AlvarezHOUOF
20Pete AlonsoNYM1B
21Gerrit ColeNYYSP
22Luis Robert Jr.CHWOF
23Aaron NolaPHISP
24Manny MachadoSD3B
25Felix BautistaBALRP
26Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B
27Corbin BurnesMILSP
28Zack WheelerPHISP
29Corbin CarrollARIOF
30Framber ValdezHOUSP
31Luis CastilloSEASP
32Michael Harris IIATLOF
33Bo BichetteTORSS
34Josh HaderSDRP
35Bryce HarperPHI1B
36Trea TurnerPHISS
37Francisco LindorNYMSS
38Max ScherzerTEXSP
39Randy ArozarenaTBOF
40Zac GallenARISP
41Marcus SemienTEX2B
42Devin WilliamsMILRP
43Max FriedATLSP
44Emmanuel ClaseCLERP
45Justin VerlanderHOUSP
46Cedric MullinsBALOF
47Yu DarvishSDSP
48Pablo LopezMINSP
49Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
50Christian YelichMILOF
51Adolis GarciaTEXOF
52Clayton KershawLADSP
53Sandy AlcantaraMIASP
54George KirbySEASP
55Nolan ArenadoSTL3B
56Christian WalkerARI1B
57Jose AltuveHOU2B
58Logan WebbSFSP
59Blake SnellSDSP
60Nico HoernerCHC2B/SS
61Julio UriasLADSP
62Kyle SchwarberPHIOF
63Tyler GlasnowTBSP
64Brandon WoodruffMILSP
65Raisel IglesiasATLRP
66Logan GilbertSEASP
67Cody BellingerCHC1B/OF
68Teoscar HernandezSEAOF
69Alex BregmanHOU3B
70George SpringerTOROF
71Alexis DiazCINRP
72Gleyber TorresNYY2B
73Dansby SwansonCHCSS
74Jazz Chisholm Jr.MIA2B/OF
75Matt ChapmanTOR3B
76Xander BogaertsSDSS
77Andres GimenezCLE2B
78Will SmithLADC
79Jordan RomanoTORRP
80Lance LynnLADSP
81Gunnar HendersonBALSS/3B
82Dylan CeaseCHWSP
83Ryan PresslyHOURP
84Freddy PeraltaMILSP
85Nick CastellanosPHIOF
86Ozzie AlbiesATL2B
87Anthony SantanderBAL1B/OF
88Max MuncyLAD2B/3B
89Zach EflinTBSP
90J.D. MartinezLADDH
91Nathaniel LoweTEX1B
92David BednarPITRP
93Ketel MarteARI2B
94Cristian JavierHOUSP
95Masataka YoshidaBOSOF
96Seiya SuzukiCHCOF
97J.T. RealmutoPHIC
98Jhoan DuranMINRP
99Charlie MortonATLSP
100Camilo DovalSFRP
101Jesus LuzardoMIASP
102Elly De La CruzCINSS/3B
103Lucas GiolitoLAASP
104Eloy JimenezCHWOF
105Kodai SengaNYMSP
106Chris BassittTORSP
107Ian HappCHCOF
108Jose BerriosTORSP
109Kenley JansenBOSRP
110Andrew VaughnCHW1B/OF
111Tommy EdmanSTL2B/SS/ OF
112Jordan MontgomeryTEXSP
113Hunter BrownHOUSP
114Sonny GrayMINSP
115Carlos CorreaMINSS
116Andres MunozSEARP
117Ke’Bryan HayesPIT3B
118Jeremy PenaHOUSS
119Ezequiel TovarCOLSS
120Joe RyanMINSP
121Willy AdamesMILSS
122Ha-Seong KimSD2B/SS/ 3B
123Merrill KellyARISP
124Daulton VarshoTORC/OF
125Paul SewaldARIRP
126Carlos RodonNYYSP
127Salvador PerezKCC
128Brandon NimmoNYMOF
129Eduardo RodriguezDETSP
130Chris SaleBOSSP
131Yandy DiazTB1B/3B
132Jorge SolerMIAOF
133Ryan MountcastleBAL1B
134Ryan McMahonCOL2B/3B
135Whit MerrifieldTOR2B/OF
136Riley GreeneDETOF
137Justin SteeleCHCSP
138Adley RutschmanBALC
139Pete FairbanksTBRP
140Giancarlo StantonNYYOF
141Trevor StoryBOS2B
142Nathan EovaldiTEXSP
143Sean MurphyATLC
144Luis ArraezMIA1B/2B
145Evan PhillipsLADRP
146Clay HolmesNYYRP
147Tarik SkubalDETSP
148Thairo EstradaSF2B/SS
149Matt McLainCIN2B/SS
150Alex CobbSFSP
151Reid DetmersLAASP
152Mike TroutLAAOF
153Tim AndersonCHWSS
154Jon GrayTEXSP
155CJ AbramsWSHSS
156Lourdes Gurriel Jr.ARIOF
157Alec BohmPHI1B/3B
158Jorge PolancoMIN2B/3B
159Hunter GreeneCINSP
160Mitch KellerPITSP
161Joc PedersonSFOF
162Steven KwanCLEOF
163Tyler O’NeillSTLOF
164Harrison BaderNYYOF
165James PaxtonBOSSP
166Bailey OberMINSP
167Miles MikolasSTLSP
168Ryan HelsleySTLRP
169Jeff McNeilNYM2B/OF
170Ty FranceSEA1B
171Alex VerdugoBOSOF
172Justin TurnerBOS1B/2B/ 3B
173Kenta MaedaMINSP
174Javier BaezDETSS
175Anthony VolpeNYYSS
176Eugenio SuarezSEA3B
177Austin HaysBALOF
178Esteury RuizOAKOF
179Jeimer CandelarioCHC3B
180Brady SingerKCSP
181David RobertsonMIARP
182Andrew HeaneyTEXSP
183Lane ThomasWSHOF
184Kyle BradishBALSP
185Patrick SandovalLAASP
186Seth LugoSDSP
187Amed RosarioLAD2B/SS
188Grayson RodriguezBALSP
189Jose UrquidyHOUSP
190Will SmithTEXRP
191Jack FlahertyBALSP
192William ContrerasMILC
193Joey MenesesWSH1B/OF
194Chris TaylorLAD2B/SS/ 3B/OF
195Spencer TorkelsonDET1B
196Spencer SteerCIN1B/3B/ OF
197Andrew BenintendiCHWOF
198Michael ConfortoSFOF
199Orlando ArciaATL2B/SS
200Craig KimbrelPHIRP
201TJ FriedlCINOF
202Christopher MorelCHC2B/OF
203Andrew AbbottCINSP
204Hunter RenfroeLAAOF
205Yusei KikuchiTORSP
206Jack SuwinskiPITOF
207Willson ContrerasSTLC
208Marcell OzunaATLOF
209Cal RaleighSEAC
210Brandon LoweTB2B
211Luis SeverinoNYYSP
212Nolan JonesCOL1B/OF
213Braxton GarrettMIASP
214Ezequiel DuranTEXSS/3B/ OF
215Adbert AlzolayCHCRP
216Bryson StottPHI2B/SS
217Carlos EstevezLAARP
218Aroldis ChapmanTEXRP
219Hyun Jin RyuTORSP
220Tyler AndersonLAASP
221Josh BellMIA1B
222Leody TaverasTEXOF
223Royce LewisMINSS/3B
224Michael WachaSDSP
225Travis d’ArnaudATLC
226Jonah HeimTEXC
227Jake CronenworthSD1B/2B
228Jarren DuranBOSOF
229Michael KingNYYRP
230Jordan WalkerSTL3B/OF
231Jonathan IndiaCIN2B
232Byron BuxtonMINOF
233Nick PivettaBOSSP
234Jose AbreuHOU1B
235Aaron CivaleTBSP
236Alex LangeDETRP
237Joe MusgroveSDSP
238Chas McCormickHOUOF
239Jameson TaillonCHCSP
240Starling MarteNYMOF
241Tommy PhamARIOF
242Matt BrashSEARP
243Giovanny GallegosSTLRP
244Seth BrownOAK1B/OF
245Josh LoweTBOF
246Andrew McCutchenPITOF
247A.J. MinterATLRP
248Jason AdamTBRP
249Brusdar GraterolLADRP
250Kyle GibsonBALSP
251Dean KremerBALSP
252Brayan BelloBOSSP
253Anthony RizzoNYY1B
254Michael KopechCHWSP
255Triston CasasBOS1B
256MJ MelendezKCC/OF
257Carlos CarrascoNYMSP
258Max KeplerMINOF
259Griffin CanningLAASP
260Brandon DruryLAA1B/2B/ 3B
261Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
262Chase SilsethLAASP
263Kyle FinneganWSHRP
264Nick LodoloCINSP
265Mike ClevingerCHWSP
266Cole RagansKCSP
267Tanner BibeeCLESP
268Carlos HernandezKCRP
269Oneil CruzPITSS
270Ranger SuarezPHISP
271Zack GelofOAK2B
272Keibert RuizWSHC
273Maikel GarciaKCSS/3B
274Trevor MayOAKRP
275Taijuan WalkerPHISP
276Kerry CarpenterDETOF
277Shane BieberCLESP
278Zack LittellTBSP
279Bryce MillerSEASP
280Jose QuintanaNYMSP
281JP SearsOAKSP
282Josh NaylorCLE1B
283C.J. CronLAA1B
284Kris BryantCOLOF
285Kutter CrawfordBOSSP
286James OutmanLADOF
287Luke RaleyTB1B/OF
288Dane DunningTEXSP
289Jake FraleyCINOF
290David PetersonNYMSP
291Eury PerezMIASP
292LaMonte Wade Jr.SF1B/OF
293Francisco AlvarezNYMC
294Christian Encarnacion-StrandCIN3B
295Jose LeclercTEXRP
296Clarke SchmidtNYYSP
297Isaac ParedesTB1B/2B/ 3B
298Jorge MateoBALSS
299Jose SiriTBOF
300Andrew ChafinMILRP
301Josiah GrayWSHSP
302Seranthony DominguezPHIRP
303Lars NootbaarSTLOF
304Gregory SotoPHIRP
305Bryce ElderATLSP
306Trent GrishamSDOF
307Tyler StephensonCINC
308Joel PayampsMILRP
309Brandon PfaadtARISP
310Ross StriplingSFSP
311Adam OttavinoNYMRP
312Bryan De La CruzMIAOF
313Rich HillSDSP
314Alex WoodSFSP
315Danny JansenTORC
316Jordan HicksTORRP
317Yimi GarciaTORRP
318J.D. DavisSF3B
319Bryan AbreuHOURP
320MacKenzie GoreWSHSP
321DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/ 3B
322Tanner HouckBOSSP
323Erik SwansonTORRP
324A.J. PukMIARP
325Tanner ScottMIARP
326Matt StrahmPHIRP
327Reynaldo LopezLAARP
328Alejandro Kirk TORC
329Jurickson ProfarCOLOF
330Michael Lorenzen PHISP
331Aaron BummerCHWRP
332Taj BradleyTBSP
333Scott McGoughARIRP
334Justin LawrenceCOLRP
335Sean ManaeaSFSP
336Adam DuvallBOSOF
337Jake BurgerMIA3B
338Alek ManoahTORSP
339Luis RengifoLAA2B/SS/ 3B/OF
340Scott BarlowSDRP
341Yoan MoncadaCHW3B
342Touki ToussiantCHWSP
343Matthew LiberatoreSTLSP
344Adrian HouserMILSP
345Chris MartinBOSRP
346Eddie RosarioATLOF
347Wilmer FloresSF1B/2B/ 3B
348Jordan LylesKCSP
349Matt ManningDETSP
350Dakota HudsonSTLSP
351J.P. FranceHOUSP
352Brendan RodgersCOL2B
353Rowdy TellezMIL1B
354Graham AshcraftCINSP
355Reese OlsenDETSP
356Wade MileyMILSP
357Cristopher SanchezPHISP
358Kyle WrightATLSP
359Nolan GormanSTL2B/3B
360Johan OviedoPITSP
361Jose AlvaradoPHIRP
362Caleb FergusonLADSP
363Triston McKenzieCLESP
364Elvis AndrusCHW2B/SS
365Garrett WhitlockBOSRP
366Josh JungTEX3B
367Brenton DoyleCOLOF
368Jhony BritoNYYSP
369Yainer DiazHOUC
370Bobby MillerLADSP
371Marcus StromanCHCSP
372Edward CabreraMIASP
373Taylor RogersSFRP
374Tylor MegillNYMSP
375Brandon MarshPHIOF
376Kyle HendricksCHCSP

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