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Rest of Season Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Cleveland Rocks!

Looking back on my preseason rankings, I had two Cleveland Guardians hitters inside my overall top 150. One was Jose Ramirez. Not exactly a bold call on my part. The other was Franmil Reyes. My third highest-ranked Guardian hitter was Myles Straw. If you told me back then that Reyes would be so bad that he would be jettisoned out of town and that Straw would not even register as a top-300 player to this point in the year, I probably would have expected Cleveland to be fighting to fend off Detroit and Kansas City for third place in the American League Central Division. Instead, they lead the division as we approach the three-quarter turn of the season. While Ramirez has been his usual dominant self, several hitters have taken major steps forward this year.

Guardians of the Fantasy Galaxy

Cleveland’s double-play duo of Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario has been outstanding. Rosario has proven that 2020 was the outlier, producing a very similar stat line to his 2019 and 2021 campaigns. He does not rank inside the top-20 in any Roto category this year, but his contributions across the board have made him a top-50 hitter to this point. Gimenez fell short of high expectations last season. Because of that, he fell down draft boards this season. His ADP was well beyond pick 200 in almost all formats. I barely had him inside my overall top-300 when the season began. But Gimenez bounced back with a season that has caused all post-hype sleeper truthers to rejoice. He enters the weekend as a top-30 fantasy hitter and top-50 player overall. Gimenez is currently hitting .310 and has an outside chance at a 20/20 season.

Two hitters outside my top-400 overall heading into the season were Steven Kwan and Josh Naylor. Both have posted top-100 hitter value through the middle of August. Kwan has settled seamlessly into the leadoff spot. Over the last 30 days, Kwan leads the league in hits, is tied for fourth in runs, and tied for third in stolen bases. He and Gimenez are both top-10 fantasy hitters over that span. Kwan’s power is non-existent, but fantasy managers are not complaining. Naylor was barely on the fantasy radar in early April. I was among the crowd that expected Bobby Bradley to emerge this season. That was as big a swing and a miss as most of Bradley’s at-bats resulted in. Naylor’s numbers do not jump off the page, but he is a top-100 hitter thus far this year and has been a steady force in the middle of the Guardians lineup.

Can Cleveland Keep it Going?

All the Cleveland hitters mentioned above should be locked into lineups in all leagues. I have both Gimenez and Rosario inside my overall top-100 in this week’s rankings. Kwan and Naylor are inside my top-100 hitters moving forward. I expect their production to continue, and they could be league winners down the stretch. The next couple of weeks will provide some tough matchups, but after that, their schedule gets much softer. Barring any postponements, the Guardians will play 29 games from Labor Day through the end of the regular season. Here are their opponents in those final 29 games with their team ERA and rank as well as their SIERA and rank:

Kansas City – 9 games; 4.68 ERA (27th in MLB), 4.45 SIERA (30th in MLB)
Minnesota – 8 games; 3.97 ERA (18th), 3.87 SIERA (17th)
Texas – 3 games; 4.09 ERA (22nd), 4.07 SIERA (23rd)
Chicago White Sox – 3 games; 4.01 ERA (19th), 3.84 SIERA (15th)
LA Angels – 3 games; 3.91 ERA (16th), 3.90 SIERA (18th)
Tampa Bay – 3 games; 3.39 ERA (4th), 3.56 SIERA (4th)

Only the Rays provide a matchup to consider avoiding over the final 30 days of the regular season. And more than half of Cleveland’s games will be played against teams out of the playoff hunt. Managers who were savvy enough to uncover these hidden gems in the spring should continue to benefit down the homestretch of the fantasy season.

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Rest of Season Fantasy Baseball Rankings

1Jose RamirezCLE3B,DH
2Trea TurnerLAD2B,SS
3Aaron JudgeNYYCF,RF,DH
4Mookie BettsLAD2B,CF,RF
5Vladimir Guerrero Jr.TOR1B,DH
6Shohei OhtaniLAASP,DH
7Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLDH,RF
8Freddie FreemanLAD1B
9Yordan AlvarezHOULF,DH
10Corbin BurnesMILSP
11Juan SotoSDRF
12Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B,DH
13Gerrit ColeNYYSP
14Kyle TuckerHOURF
15Rafael DeversBOS3B
16Luis RobertCWSCF
17Manny MachadoSD3B,DH
18Pete AlonsoNYM1B,DH
19Austin RileyATL1B,3B
20Bo BichetteTORDH,SS
21Jacob deGromNYMSP
22Julio RodriguezSEACF,RF
23Max ScherzerNYMSP
24Justin VerlanderHOUSP
25Bobby Witt Jr.KC3B,SS
26Shane McClanahanTBSP
27Aaron NolaPHISP
28Starling MarteNYMCF,RF
29Sandy AlcantaraMIASP
30Jose AltuveHOU2B
31Randy ArozarenaTBDH,LF,RF
32Brandon WoodruffMILSP
33Zack WheelerPHISP
34Nolan ArenadoSTL3B,DH
35Teoscar HernandezTORDH,LF,RF
36Matt OlsonATL1B
37Dylan CeaseCWSSP
38Cedric Mullins IIBALCF
39Byron BuxtonMINCF,DH
40Kevin GausmanTORSP
41Xander BogaertsBOSSS
42Carlos RodonSFSP
43George SpringerTORCF,DH,RF
44Mike TroutLAACF
45Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
46Marcus SemienTEX2B,SS
47Corey SeagerTEXDH,SS
48Francisco LindorNYMSS
49Edwin DiazNYMRP
50Dansby SwansonATLSS
51Shane BieberCLESP
52Liam HendriksCWSRP
53Eloy JimenezCWSDH,LF
54Christian YelichMILDH,LF
55Bryan ReynoldsPITCF,DH,LF
56Julio UriasLADSP
57Kyle SchwarberPHI1B,DH,LF
58Jorge PolancoMIN2B,SS
59Carlos CorreaMINSS
60Will SmithLADC,DH
61Emmanuel ClaseCLERP
62Anthony RizzoNYY1B
63Tommy EdmanSTL2B,RF,SS
64Max FriedATLSP
65Joe MusgroveSDSP
66C.J. CronCOL1B,DH
67Robbie RaySEASP
68Spencer StriderATLRP,SP
69J.D. MartinezBOSLF,RF,DH
70J.T. RealmutoPHIC,1B
71Alek ManoahTORSP
72Whit MerrifieldTOR2B,CF,RF
73Yu DarvishSDSP
74Luis CastilloSEASP
75Nick CastellanosPHIDH,RF
76Charlie MortonATLSP
77Adolis GarciaTEXCF,DH,LF,RF
78Ryan MountcastleBAL1B,LF,DH
79Josh BellSD1B,DH,LF
80Framber ValdezHOUSP
81Willson ContrerasCHCC,DH
82Ketel MarteARI2B,CF,DH
83Jordan RomanoTORRP
84Ty FranceSEA1B,2B,3B,DH
85Andres GimenezCLE2B,SS
86Amed RosarioCLECF,LF,SS
87Willy AdamesMILSS
88Alejandro KirkTORC,DH
89Giancarlo StantonNYYLF,RF,DH
90Chris BassittNYMSP
91Gleyber TorresNYY2B,SS
92Tyler O'NeillSTLLF
93Lourdes Gurriel Jr.TOR1B,DH,LF
94Pablo LopezMIASP
95Bryce HarperPHIDH,RF
96Frankie MontasNYYSP
97Daulton VarshoARIC,CF,DH,LF,RF
98Alex BregmanHOU3B
99Lucas GiolitoCWSSP
100Seiya SuzukiCHCLF,RF
101DJ LeMahieuNYY1B,2B,3B,DH
102Rhys HoskinsPHI1B
103Jonathan IndiaCIN2B
104Logan WebbSFSP
105Josh HaderSDRP
106Ryan PresslyHOURP
107Brandon LoweTB2B,DH,LF,RF
108Freddy PeraltaMILSP
109Nestor Cortes Jr.NYYSP,RP
110Jared WalshLAA1B,RF
111Craig KimbrelLADRP
113Jeremy PenaHOUSS
114Tommy PhamBOSCF,DH,LF
115Blake SnellSDSP
116Tyler MahleMINSP
117Logan GilbertSEASP
118Jose BerriosTORSP
119Lance LynnCWSSP
120Tony GonsolinLADSP
121Nelson CruzWSHDH
122Luis GarciaHOUSP
123Javier BaezDET2B,SS
124Nathan EovaldiBOSSP
125Sean ManaeaSDSP
126Brendan RodgersCOL2B,SS
127Kenley JansenATLRP
128Nathaniel LoweTEX1B
129Austin HaysBALLF,RF
130Zac GallenARISP
131Alex VerdugoBOSLF,CF,RF
132Cristian JavierHOUSP,RP
133Steven KwanCLECF,LF,RF
134Hunter RenfroeMILCF,RF
135Trevor StoryBOS2B,SS
136Devin WilliamsMILRP
137Josh RojasARI2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
138Rowdy TellezMIL1B,DH
139Charlie BlackmonCOLDH,RF
140Jordan MontgomerySTLSP
141Sonny GrayMINSP
142Oneil CruzPITSS
143Andrew VaughnCWS1B,DH,LF,RF
144Justin TurnerLAD3B,DH
145Matt ChapmanTOR3B
146Kolten WongMIL2B
147Taylor WardLAALF,CF,RF
148Kyle WrightATLSP
149Andrew BenintendiNYYLF
150Cody BellingerLADCF
151Josh NaylorCLE1B,DH,RF
152Jake CronenworthSD1B,2B,SS
153Joe RyanMINSP
154Dylan CarlsonSTLLF,CF,RF
155Mike ClevingerSDSP
156Kris BryantCOL1B,3B,CF,DH,LF,RF
157Salvador PerezKCC,DH
158Michael KopechCWSSP,RP
159Alex CobbSFSP
160Christian WalkerARI1B
161Alex WoodSFSP
162Triston McKenzieCLESP
163Camilo DovalSFRP
164Patrick SandovalLAASP
165George KirbySEASP
166Ryan HelsleySTLRP
167Max MuncyLAD1B,2B,3B,DH
168Franmil ReyesCHCRF,DH
169Luis ArraezMIN1B,2B,3B,DH,LF
170Clayton KershawLADSP
171Mitch HanigerSEARF,DH
172Randal GrichukCOLCF,DH,RF
173Jeff McNeilNYM2B,LF
174Scott BarlowKCRP
175Alec BohmPHI3B
176David BednarPITRP
177Christopher MorelCHC2B,3B,CF
178Alek ThomasARICF
179Gavin LuxLAD2B,SS,LF,CF
180Adam WainwrightSTLSP
181Jean SeguraPHI2B
182Yuli GurrielHOU1B
183Adley RutschmanBALC,DH
184Paul SewaldSEARP
185David RobertsonPHIRP
186Jon BertiMIA2B,3B,LF,SS
187Ryan McMahonCOL2B,3B
188Anthony SantanderBALDH,LF,RF
189Jazz Chisholm Jr.MIA2B,SS
190Brandon DrurySD1B,2B,3B,DH,LF,RF
191Jorge LopezMINSP,RP
192Thairo EstradaSF2B,SS
193Yandy DiazTB1B,3B,DH
194Brandon NimmoNYMLF,CF
195Joc PedersonSFCF,DH,LF,RF
196Nico HoernerCHC2B,SS
197Jameson TaillonNYYSP
198Vinnie PasquantinoKC1B,DH
199Andrew HeaneyLADSP,RP
200Tyler AndersonLADSP
201Tanner ScottMIARP
202Gregory SotoDETRP
203Michael Harris IIATLCF
204Aaron AshbyMILSP,RP
205AJ PollockCWSCF,LF,RF
206Ozzie AlbiesATL2B
207Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
208Daniel BardCOLRP
209Jesus AguilarMIA1B,DH
210Eric LauerMILSP
211Ramon LaureanoOAKCF,RF
212Jesse WinkerSEADH,LF
213Trey ManciniHOU1B,DH,RF
214Chris TaylorLAD2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF
215Luis UriasMIL2B,3B,SS
216Nolan GormanSTL2B,3B,DH
217Clay HolmesNYYRP
218Jose IglesiasCOL2B,SS
219Andrew McCutchenMILDH,LF,RF
220Marcus StromanCHCSP
221Ranger SuarezPHISP,RP
222Jon GrayTEXSP
223Travis d'ArnaudATLC
224Miles MikolasSTLSP
225Merrill KellyARISP
226Nick LodoloCINSP
227Giovanny GallegosSTLRP
228Carlos CarrascoNYMSP
229Jose UrquidyHOUSP
230Keibert RuizWSHC
231Eduardo RodriguezDETSP
232Corey KluberTBSP
233Mark CanhaNYMLF,CF,RF
234Josh DonaldsonNYY3B,DH
235Jhoan DuranMINRP,SP
236Brady SingerKCSP
237Raisel IglesiasATLRP
238Felix BautistaBALRP
239Jose QuintanaSTLSP,RP
240Ke'Bryan HayesPIT3B
241MJ MelendezKCC,DH,LF,RF
242Harrison BaderNYYCF
243J.P. CrawfordSEASS
244Jeffrey SpringsTBRP,SP
245Wander FrancoTB3B,SS
246Tim AndersonCWSSS
247Jose MirandaMIN1B,3B
248Yusei KikuchiTORSP
249Patrick WisdomCHC1B,3B,LF
250Luke VoitWSH1B,DH
251Riley GreeneDETCF
252Eric HosmerBOS1B
253Drew RasmussenTBSP,RP
254Garrett WhitlockBOSRP,SP
255Nick PivettaBOSSP
256Mike YastrzemskiSFCF,RF
257Joey WendleMIA2B,3B,SS
258Seranthony DominguezPHIRP
259Max KeplerMINCF,RF
260A.J. PukOAKRP
261Miguel RojasMIASS
262Taijuan WalkerNYMSP
263German MarquezCOLSP
264Josiah GrayWSHSP
265Martin PerezTEXSP,RP
266Steven MatzSTLSP
267Wilmer FloresSF1B,2B,3B,DH
268Brandon BeltSF1B,DH
269Avisail GarciaMIARF
270Joey GalloLADDH,LF,RF
271Kyle GibsonPHISP
272Christian VazquezHOU1B,C
273Danny JansenTORC
274Mark MelanconARIRP
275Reid DetmersLAASP
276Andres MunozSEARP
277Myles StrawCLECF
278Garrett CooperMIA1B,DH,RF
279Jesus LuzardoMIASP,RP
280Alexis DiazCINRP
281Marcell OzunaATLDH,LF
282Santiago EspinalTOR2B,3B,SS
283Austin MeadowsDETDH,LF,RF
284JT BrubakerPITSP
285David FletcherLAA2B,SS
286Trevor RogersMIASP
287Brandon CrawfordSFSS
288Noah SyndergaardPHISP
289Nick SenzelCIN2B,CF
290Jason AdamTBRP
291Yoan MoncadaCWS3B
292Taylor RogersMILRP
293Lance McCullers Jr.HOUSP
294Isiah Kiner-FalefaNYYSS
295Kyle FarmerCIN3B,SS
296Eugenio SuarezSEA3B,DH,SS
297David PeraltaTBDH,LF
298John SchreiberBOSRP
299Seth BrownOAK1B,LF,RF
300Dany JimenezOAKRP
301Jake McCarthyARICF,DH,LF,RF
302Dane DunningTEXSP
303Sean MurphyOAKC,DH
304Darick HallPHI1B,DH
305Kyle FinneganWSHRP
306Gio UrshelaMIN3B,SS
307Aaron CivaleCLESP
308Trent GrishamSDCF
309Yasmani GrandalCWS1B,C,DH
310Jorge SolerMIADH,LF,RF
311Eddie RosarioATLLF,RF
312Connor JoeCOL1B,DH,LF,RF
313Jonathan SchoopDET1B,2B,DH
314Jonah HeimTEXC,DH
315Oscar GonzalezCLERF
316MacKenzie GoreWSHSP
317William ContrerasATLC,DH
318Colin PocheTBRP
319Zach PlesacCLESP
320Luis SeverinoNYYRP,SP
321Owen MillerCLE1B,2B,DH
322Kendall GravemanCWSRP
323Jurickson ProfarSD1B,2B,LF,CF,RF
324Ross StriplingTORSP,RP
325Carson KellyARIC
326Adam FrazierSEA2B,LF,RF
327Shane BazTBSP
328Tyler NaquinNYMCF,DH,LF,RF
329Rafael OrtegaCHCCF,DH,LF,RF
330Patrick CorbinWSHSP
331Ian AndersonATLSP
332Juan YepezSTL1B,3B,DH,LF,RF
333Kike HernandezBOS2B,CF
334Dillon TateBALRP
335Luis GarciaWSH2B,SS
336Rowan WickCHCRP
337Manuel MargotTBCF,DH,LF,RF
338Zach JacksonOAKRP
339Mike MinorCINSP
340Isaac ParedesTB1B,2B,3B
341Ben GamelPITCF,DH,LF,RF
342Cal RaleighSEAC
343Tanner HouckBOSSP,RP
344Brock BurkeTEXRP,SP
345Nicky LopezKC2B,3B,SS
346Ian KennedyARIRP
347Austin SlaterSFLF,CF,RF
348Christian BethancourtTB1B,C,DH
349Hector NerisHOURP
350Ryan TeperaLAARP
351Hunter GreeneCINSP
352Edward CabreraMIASP
353Joe MantiplyARIRP
354Jonathan HernandezTEXRP
355Wil CrowePITRP,SP
356Emilio PaganMINRP
357Jarren DuranBOSCF
358Brooks RaleyTBRP
359Josh StaumontKCRP
360Dustin MayLADSP
361A.J. MinterATLRP
362Gary SanchezMINC,DH
363Matt BarnesBOSRP
364Dylan BundyMINSP
365Jeimer CandelarioDET3B
366James KarinchakCLERP
367Bailey OberMINSP
368Yadier MolinaSTLC
369Matt MooreTEXSP,RP
370Harold RamirezTB1B,CF,DH,LF,RF
371Brandon MarshPHICF,LF
372Raimel TapiaTORCF,LF,RF
373Jesus SanchezMIACF,LF,RF
374Cole IrvinOAKSP
375Chris StrattonSTLRP
376Miguel CabreraDET1B,DH
377Roansy ContrerasPITSP
378Rafael MonteroHOURP
379Bobby DalbecBOS1B,3B
380Justin SteeleCHCSP,RP
381Zach EflinPHISP
382Adam CimberTORRP
383Pete FairbanksTBRP
384Lou TrivinoNYYRP
385Keegan ThompsonCHCSP,RP
386Keegan AkinBALSP,RP
387Tylor MegillNYMSP
388Matt BushMILRP,SP
389Jonathan LoaisigaNYYRP
390Diego CastilloSEARP
391Joe BarlowTEXRP
392Nick FortesMIAC
393Eduardo EscobarNYM1B,2B,3B
394Madison BumgarnerARISP
395Tyrone TaylorMILLF,CF,RF
396Eli MorganCLERP,SP
397Cesar HernandezWSH2B
398Jake OdorizziATLSP
399Tyler WellsBALRP,SP
400Robbie GrossmanATLLF,RF
401Paul BlackburnOAKSP
402Cole SulserMIARP
403Nolan JonesCLE3B,RF
404Cal QuantrillCLESP,RP
405Andrew BellattiPHIRP
406Didi GregoriusFASS
407Glenn OttoTEXSP
408Elehuris MonteroCOL1B,3B
409Erik SwansonSEARP
410Michael FulmerMINSP,RP
411Evan LongoriaSF3B,DH
412Will SmithHOURP
413Ji-Man ChoiTB1B
414Odubel HerreraFACF,LF,RF
415Jonathan VillarSEA2B,3B,SS
416LaMonte Wade Jr.SF1B,LF,RF
417Ryne StanekHOURP
418Jimmy HergetLAARP
419Brad HandPHIRP
420Drew SteckenriderSEARP
421Carl Edwards Jr.WSHRP
422Trevor StephanCLERP
423Caleb ThielbarMINRP
424Frank SchwindelCHC1B,DH
425Matt FestaSEARP
426Matt StrahmBOSRP
427Brett MartinTEXRP
428Reynaldo LopezCWSSP,RP
429Hunter StricklandCINRP
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