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Rest of Season Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Max Pain

Immediately following his 87th pitch on Wednesday, Max Scherzer gestured towards the Mets dugout that he was done for the night. Considering Scherzer’s bulldog mentality, we knew there was something wrong. Sure enough, Scherzer will miss the next six to eight weeks with an oblique strain. His absence is a crushing blow for fantasy managers. But where does he land in my latest rest-of-season rankings?

First and foremost, do not drop Scherzer if you have him on your roster. Scherzer has been a top-tier starting pitcher by nearly every statistical measure. He is in the top-10 in most pitching categories including wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts. And though his Statcast metrics have seen a slight dip from last year’s thresholds, he is still in the upper echelon of hurlers no matter how you slice it. The issues that fantasy managers will have to take into consideration are the injury itself and the timeline.

Oblique Outlook

Oblique injuries are notoriously difficult to deal with and come with a high risk of reaggravation. This is when you must take Scherzer’s age into account. He will turn 38 in July. I had lost any semblance of my oblique muscles by my late thirties, but I can tell you that any muscle strains I did have took a lot longer for me to get over than the ones I encountered in my teens and twenties. I would aim towards the latter end of the projected 6-8 week timeframe. Even if there are no setbacks, he will still have to ramp up his workload upon his return. Though this is not an injury to Scherzer’s throwing arm, I can’t imagine that he will come back and throw 100 pitches right away. This is when the schedule could come into play.

Scherzer’s Schedule

Eight weeks from this coming Tuesday is the MLB All-Star Game. I would not expect the Mets to rush Scherzer to come back before the break when there is a built-in rest period for him to take advantage of. New York returns to action the following Friday (July 22), then has two off days the week after. The Mets could theoretically go with four starters until the end of July. I would not expect to see Scherzer until the very end of that month. In this scenario, he would not be back to a full workload until early-mid August. Barring anything unforeseen, I would expect that at that point he will return to ace status. But it is a less than ideal scenario for fantasy managers to have to navigate.

I had Scherzer ranked third among starting pitchers in last week’s rankings. (Fourth if you include Shohei Ohtani). This week, he is outside my top-30 at the position. Keep in mind that my ROS rankings are based on Roto scoring. If you are in a Points league, he would be even lower. For example, I would not expect Scherzer to outscore Tarik Skubal going forward in a Points format. In Roto, however, I think what Scherzer brings to the table in terms of innings pitched and ratios still make him worthy of a relatively high ranking moving forward. Once he returns, I would expect him to reclaim top-10 status. For now, though, managers will have to make do without Mad Max.

Rest of Season Fantasy Baseball Rankings

1Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL - DH,RF)
2Juan Soto (WSH - RF)
3Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 1B,DH)
4Trea Turner (LAD - 2B,SS)
5Jose Ramirez (CLE - 3B,DH)
6Bryce Harper (PHI - DH,RF)
7Gerrit Cole (NYY - SP)
8Shohei Ohtani (LAA - SP,DH)
9Corbin Burnes (MIL - SP)
10Mookie Betts (LAD - 2B,CF,RF)
11Freddie Freeman (LAD - 1B)
12Bo Bichette (TOR - DH,SS)
13Luis Robert (CWS - CF)
14Mike Trout (LAA - CF)
15Kyle Tucker (HOU - RF)
16Manny Machado (SD - 3B)
17Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B)
18Aaron Judge (NYY - CF,RF,DH)
19Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF,DH)
20Matt Olson (ATL - 1B)
21Tim Anderson (CWS - SS)
22Ozzie Albies (ATL - 2B)
23Byron Buxton (MIN - CF)
24Carlos Rodon (SF - SP)
25Cedric Mullins II (BAL - CF)
26Walker Buehler (LAD - SP)
27Kevin Gausman (TOR - SP)
28Pete Alonso (NYM - 1B,DH)
29Starling Marte (NYM - CF,RF)
30Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS)
31Brandon Woodruff (MIL - SP)
32Wander Franco (TB - 3B,SS)
33George Springer (TOR - CF,DH,RF)
34Austin Riley (ATL - 1B,3B)
35Teoscar Hernandez (TOR - DH,LF,RF)
36Paul Goldschmidt (STL - 1B)
37Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - LF,RF,DH)
38Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B)
39Justin Verlander (HOU - SP)
40Lucas Giolito (CWS - SP)
41Josh Hader (MIL - RP)
42Aaron Nola (PHI - SP)
43Nick Castellanos (PHI - RF)
44Jazz Chisholm Jr. (MIA - 2B,SS)
45Francisco Lindor (NYM - SS)
46Shane Bieber (CLE - SP)
47Shane McClanahan (TB - SP)
48Liam Hendriks (CWS - RP)
49Nolan Arenado (STL - 3B)
50Max Fried (ATL - SP)
51Zack Wheeler (PHI - SP)
52Julio Urias (LAD - SP)
53Jose Abreu (CWS - 1B,DH)
54Robbie Ray (SEA - SP)
55Edwin Diaz (NYM - RP)
56J.D. Martinez (BOS - LF,RF,DH)
57Trevor Story (BOS - 2B,SS)
58Corey Seager (TEX - SS)
59Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD - SS,CF,RF)
60Whit Merrifield (KC - 2B,RF)
61Dylan Cease (CWS - SP)
62Salvador Perez (KC - C,DH)
63C.J. Cron (COL - 1B,DH)
64Freddy Peralta (MIL - SP)
65Carlos Correa (MIN - SS)
66Seiya Suzuki (CHC - LF,RF)
67Marcus Semien (TEX - 2B,SS)
68Alek Manoah (TOR - SP)
69Tommy Edman (STL - 2B,RF)
70Joe Musgrove (SD - SP)
71Christian Yelich (MIL - DH,LF)
72Raisel Iglesias (LAA - RP)
73Bryan Reynolds (PIT - LF,CF)
74Jorge Polanco (MIN - 2B,SS)
75Jordan Romano (TOR - RP)
76Kris Bryant (COL - 1B,3B,LF,CF,RF)
77Anthony Rizzo (NYY - 1B)
78Randy Arozarena (TB - DH,LF,RF)
79Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B)
80Emmanuel Clase (CLE - RP)
81Aroldis Chapman (NYY - RP)
82Bobby Witt Jr. (KC - 3B,SS)
83Sandy Alcantara (MIA - SP)
84Tyler O'Neill (STL - LF)
85Jose Berrios (TOR - SP)
86Will Smith (LAD - C)
87Logan Webb (SF - SP)
88Pablo Lopez (MIA - SP)
89Frankie Montas (OAK - SP)
90Yu Darvish (SD - SP)
91Charlie Morton (ATL - SP)
92Jared Walsh (LAA - 1B,RF)
93Josh Bell (WSH - 1B,LF)
94Craig Kimbrel (LAD - RP)
95Taylor Rogers (SD - RP)
96J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B)
97Franmil Reyes (CLE - RF,DH)
98Javier Baez (DET - 2B,SS)
99Nelson Cruz (WSH - DH)
100Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,CF)
101Clayton Kershaw (LAD - SP)
102Sean Manaea (SD - SP)
103Daulton Varsho (ARI - C,LF,CF,RF)
104Nathan Eovaldi (BOS - SP)
105Chris Bassitt (NYM - SP)
106Kenley Jansen (ATL - RP)
107Brandon Lowe (TB - 2B,LF,RF)
108Logan Gilbert (SEA - SP)
109Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 1B,DH,LF)
110Zac Gallen (ARI - SP)
111Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B)
112Jonathan India (CIN - 2B)
113Julio Rodriguez (SEA - CF,RF)
114Rhys Hoskins (PHI - 1B)
115Ty France (SEA - 1B,2B,3B,DH)
116Trevor Rogers (MIA - SP)
117Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - 1B,LF,DH)
118Framber Valdez (HOU - SP)
119Anthony Rendon (LAA - 3B)
120Kyle Schwarber (PHI - 1B,DH,LF)
121Max Scherzer (NYM - SP)
122Michael Kopech (CWS - SP,RP)
123Luis Garcia (HOU - SP)
124Ryan Pressly (HOU - RP)
125Marcell Ozuna (ATL - DH,LF)
126Randal Grichuk (COL - CF,DH,RF)
127Cody Bellinger (LAD - CF)
128Willy Adames (MIL - SS)
129Ke'Bryan Hayes (PIT - 3B)
130Yoan Moncada (CWS - 3B)
131DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 1B,2B,3B)
132Giovanny Gallegos (STL - RP)
133Myles Straw (CLE - CF)
134Alex Verdugo (BOS - LF,CF,RF)
135Jake Cronenworth (SD - 1B,2B,SS)
136Hunter Renfroe (MIL - CF,RF)
137Joe Ryan (MIN - SP)
138Jacob deGrom (NYM - SP)
139Tarik Skubal (DET - SP)
140Adolis Garcia (TEX - CF,DH,LF,RF)
141Alex Cobb (SF - SP)
142Mitch Haniger (SEA - RF,DH)
143Charlie Blackmon (COL - DH,RF)
144Justin Turner (LAD - 3B,DH)
145Eduardo Rodriguez (DET - SP)
146Blake Snell (SD - SP)
147Carlos Carrasco (NYM - SP)
148Luis Castillo (CIN - SP)
149Mike Clevinger (SD - SP)
150Camilo Doval (SF - RP)
151Lance Lynn (CWS - SP)
152Willson Contreras (CHC - C,DH)
153Luis Severino (NYY - RP,SP)
154Jesse Winker (SEA - LF)
155Connor Joe (COL - 1B,DH,LF)
156Joey Gallo (NYY - DH,LF,RF)
157Nestor Cortes Jr. (NYY - SP,RP)
158Jeremy Pena (HOU - SS)
159Jean Segura (PHI - 2B)
160Corey Knebel (PHI - SP,RP)
161Kyle Wright (ATL - SP)
162Dansby Swanson (ATL - SS)
163Patrick Sandoval (LAA - SP)
164Daniel Bard (COL - RP)
165Chris Sale (BOS - SP)
166Sonny Gray (MIN - SP)
167Eloy Jimenez (CWS - DH,LF)
168Avisail Garcia (MIA - RF)
169Michael Brantley (HOU - LF,RF,DH)
170Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS)
171Tylor Megill (NYM - SP)
172Ian Happ (CHC - LF,CF,RF)
173Jordan Montgomery (NYY - SP)
174Tommy Pham (CIN - LF,CF)
175Eric Lauer (MIL - SP)
176Alex Wood (SF - SP)
177Taylor Ward (LAA - LF,CF,RF)
178Austin Hays (BAL - LF,RF)
179Jorge Soler (MIA - DH,LF,RF)
180Andrew Vaughn (CWS - 1B,LF,RF)
181Austin Meadows (DET - DH,LF,RF)
182Ryan McMahon (COL - 2B,3B)
183David Bednar (PIT - RP)
184Jack Flaherty (STL - SP)
185Kolten Wong (MIL - 2B)
186Josh Donaldson (NYY - 3B,DH)
187Triston McKenzie (CLE - SP)
188Yuli Gurriel (HOU - 1B)
189Tyler Mahle (CIN - SP)
190Dylan Carlson (STL - LF,CF,RF)
191Joey Votto (CIN - 1B)
192Brandon Belt (SF - 1B)
193Brendan Rodgers (COL - 2B,SS)
194Alec Bohm (PHI - 3B)
195David Robertson (CHC - RP)
196Mark Melancon (ARI - RP)
197Matt Chapman (TOR - 3B)
198Trent Grisham (SD - CF)
199Tyler Stephenson (CIN - C,1B)
200AJ Pollock (CWS - CF,LF,RF)
201Steven Kwan (CLE - CF,LF,RF)
202Shane Baz (TB - SP)
203Luis Urias (MIL - 2B,3B,SS)
204Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)
205Ramon Laureano (OAK - CF,RF)
206Trey Mancini (BAL - 1B,DH)
207Nathaniel Lowe (TEX - 1B)
208Andrew Kittredge (TB - SP,RP)
209Josh Naylor (CLE - 1B,RF)
210Brandon Crawford (SF - SS)
211Andrew Benintendi (KC - LF)
212Scott Barlow (KC - RP)
213Jesus Sanchez (MIA - CF,LF,RF)
214Amed Rosario (CLE - SS,CF)
215Adam Wainwright (STL - SP)
216Jesus Aguilar (MIA - 1B,DH)
217Marcus Stroman (CHC - SP)
218Oneil Cruz (PIT - SS)
219Ian Anderson (ATL - SP)
220Gregory Soto (DET - RP)
221Yasmani Grandal (CWS - 1B,C,DH)
222Keibert Ruiz (WSH - C)
223Hyun Jin Ryu (TOR - SP)
224Harrison Bader (STL - CF)
225Steven Matz (STL - SP)
226Max Kepler (MIN - CF,RF)
227Noah Syndergaard (LAA - SP)
228Jesus Luzardo (MIA - SP,RP)
229Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B,LF)
230J.P. Crawford (SEA - SS)
231Jameson Taillon (NYY - SP)
232Andres Gimenez (CLE - 2B,SS)
233Joe Barlow (TEX - RP)
234Merrill Kelly (ARI - SP)
235Eric Hosmer (SD - 1B)
236Jhoan Duran (MIN - RP,SP)
237Anthony Bender (MIA - RP)
238Anthony Santander (BAL - DH,LF,RF)
239Gavin Lux (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF)
240Rowdy Tellez (MIL - 1B,DH)
241Dany Jimenez (OAK - RP)
242Jon Gray (TEX - SP)
243German Marquez (COL - SP)
244Luke Voit (SD - 1B,DH)
245Ranger Suarez (PHI - SP,RP)
246Jonathan Schoop (DET - 1B,2B,DH)
247Drew Rasmussen (TB - SP,RP)
248Tanner Rainey (WSH - RP)
249Manuel Margot (TB - CF,DH,LF,RF)
250Jose Urquidy (HOU - SP)
251Juan Yepez (STL - 1B,3B,DH)
252Spencer Torkelson (DET - 1B,3B)
253Corey Kluber (TB - SP)
254Jorge Lopez (BAL - SP,RP)
255Jarred Kelenic (SEA - CF,LF,RF)
256Tanner Houck (BOS - SP,RP)
257Mark Canha (NYM - LF,CF,RF)
258Yusei Kikuchi (TOR - SP)
259Brandon Marsh (LAA - CF,LF)
260Alejandro Kirk (TOR - C)
261Brandon Nimmo (NYM - LF,CF)
262Devin Williams (MIL - RP)
263Eugenio Suarez (SEA - 3B,DH,SS)
264Tyler Naquin (CIN - LF,CF,RF)
265Mitch Garver (TEX - C)
266Adam Duvall (ATL - LF,CF,RF)
267Alex Kirilloff (MIN - 1B,LF,RF)
268MacKenzie Gore (SD - SP)
269Garrett Whitlock (BOS - RP,SP)
270Alek Thomas (ARI - CF)
271Elias Diaz (COL - C)
272Mike Yastrzemski (SF - CF,RF)
273Michael King (NYY - SP,RP)
274Travis d'Arnaud (ATL - C)
275Adam Frazier (SEA - 2B,LF)
276Andrew McCutchen (MIL - DH,LF)
277Josh Staumont (KC - RP)
278Nicky Lopez (KC - 2B,SS)
279Hunter Greene (CIN - SP)
280Kyle Gibson (PHI - SP)
281Robbie Grossman (DET - LF,RF)
282Paul Sewald (SEA - RP)
283Aaron Civale (CLE - SP)
284Josh Rojas (ARI - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)
285Anthony DeSclafani (SF - SP)
286Will Smith (ATL - RP)
287Bailey Ober (MIN - SP)
288Christian Vazquez (BOS - C)
289Tony Gonsolin (LAD - SP)
290Ryan Helsley (STL - RP)
291Sean Murphy (OAK - C)
292Spencer Strider (ATL - RP)
293Akil Baddoo (DET - LF,CF)
294Lance McCullers Jr. (HOU - SP)
295Matt Barnes (BOS - RP)
296Cesar Hernandez (WSH - 2B)
297Isiah Kiner-Falefa (NYY - SS)
298Jeimer Candelario (DET - 3B)
299Brooks Raley (TB - RP)
300George Kirby (SEA - SP)
301David Peralta (ARI - LF)
302Owen Miller (CLE - 1B,2B)
303Andres Munoz (SEA - RP)
304Patrick Wisdom (CHC - 1B,3B,LF)
305Kyle Hendricks (CHC - SP)
306Hector Neris (HOU - RP)
307Cristian Javier (HOU - SP,RP)
308Christian Walker (ARI - 1B)
309Gio Urshela (MIN - 3B,SS)
310Lou Trivino (OAK - RP)
311Kike Hernandez (BOS - 2B,CF)
312Kendall Graveman (CWS - RP)
313Jo Adell (LAA - LF,RF)
314Eduardo Escobar (NYM - 1B,2B,3B)
315Dylan Floro (MIA - RP)
316Dane Dunning (TEX - SP)
317Raimel Tapia (TOR - CF,LF,RF)
318Aaron Ashby (MIL - SP,RP)
319Daniel Hudson (LAD - RP)
320Michael Fulmer (DET - SP,RP)
321Joc Pederson (SF - CF,DH,LF,RF)
322Miles Mikolas (STL - SP)
323Emilio Pagan (MIN - RP)
324Reid Detmers (LAA - SP)
325Joey Wendle (MIA - 2B,3B,SS)
326Josiah Gray (WSH - SP)
327Ian Kennedy (ARI - RP)
328Sheldon Neuse (OAK - 1B,2B,3B)
329Andrew Heaney (LAD - SP,RP)
330Zach Eflin (PHI - SP)
331Wil Myers (SD - LF,RF)
332Lucas Sims (CIN - RP)
333Paul Blackburn (OAK - SP)
334Jonathan Loaisiga (NYY - RP)
335Mike Moustakas (CIN - 1B,3B,DH)
336Taijuan Walker (NYM - SP)
337Yandy Diaz (TB - 1B,3B)
338Hansel Robles (BOS - RP)
339Elieser Hernandez (MIA - SP)
340Marco Gonzales (SEA - SP)
341Zach Plesac (CLE - SP)
342Zack Greinke (KC - SP)
343Jake Diekman (BOS - RP)
344Diego Castillo (SEA - RP)
345Chad Green (NYY - RP)
346Jorge Mateo (BAL - 2B,SS,CF)
347LaMonte Wade Jr. (SF - 1B,LF,RF)
348Nick Senzel (CIN - 2B,CF)
349A.J. Puk (OAK - RP)
350Chris Flexen (SEA - SP)
351Bobby Dalbec (BOS - 1B,3B)
352Frank Schwindel (CHC - 1B,DH)
353Ryne Stanek (HOU - RP)
354Chris Stratton (PIT - RP)
355Rowan Wick (CHC - RP)
356Rafael Ortega (CHC - CF,DH,LF,RF)
357Dinelson Lamet (SD - SP,RP)
358Nolan Gorman (STL - 2B,3B)
359Tyler Anderson (LAD - SP)
360MJ Melendez (KC - C)
361Edward Olivares (KC - LF,RF)
362Danny Jansen (TOR - C)
363C.J. Abrams (SD - SS)
364Madison Bumgarner (ARI - SP)
365Gary Sanchez (MIN - C,DH)
366Art Warren (CIN - RP)
367Drew Steckenrider (SEA - RP)
368Eddie Rosario (ATL - LF,RF)
369Ha-Seong Kim (SD - 2B,3B,SS)
370Clay Holmes (NYY - RP)
371Josh Lowe (TB - DH,LF,RF)
372Thairo Estrada (SF - 2B,SS)
373Nick Lodolo (CIN - SP)
374Omar Narvaez (MIL - C)
375Cal Quantrill (CLE - SP,RP)
376Cole Sulser (MIA - RP)
377Mike Zunino (TB - C)
378Stephen Strasburg (WSH - SP)
379Jose Iglesias (COL - 2B,SS)
380Caleb Thielbar (MIN - RP)
381Jake McGee (SF - RP)
382Blake Treinen (LAD - RP)
383Ryan Thompson (TB - RP)
384JT Brubaker (PIT - SP)
385Seth Beer (ARI - 1B,DH)
386Miguel Rojas (MIA - SS)
387Sam Hentges (CLE - SP,RP)
388Kyle Lewis (SEA - CF)
389Dominic Smith (NYM - 1B,DH,LF)
390Evan Longoria (SF - 3B)
391Patrick Corbin (WSH - SP)
392Jurickson Profar (SD - 1B,2B,LF,CF,RF)
393Ben Gamel (PIT - LF,CF,RF)
394Anthony Gose (CLE - RP)
395Joey Bart (SF - C)
396Casey Mize (DET - SP)
397Dylan Bundy (MIN - SP)
398Jose Quintana (PIT - SP,RP)
399Bryson Stott (PHI - 2B,SS)
400Trevor Richards (TOR - RP)
401Michael Pineda (DET - SP)
402Mychal Givens (CHC - RP)
403Nick Madrigal (CHC - 2B)
404Rafael Montero (HOU - RP)
405Tanner Scott (MIA - RP)
406Ji-Man Choi (TB - 1B)
407Adley Rutschman (BAL - C)
408Vidal Brujan (TB - 2B,RF)
409Luis Arraez (MIN - 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF)
410Seth Lugo (NYM - RP)
411Brandon Drury (CIN - 2B,3B,DH,LF,RF)
412Max Stassi (LAA - C)
413Jose Miranda (MIN - 1B,3B)
414Tyler Duffey (MIN - RP)
415Austin Nola (SD - C)
416Julian Merryweather (TOR - RP)
417Dylan Coleman (KC - RP)
418Matt Bush (TEX - RP)
419Collin McHugh (ATL - SP,RP)
420A.J. Minter (ATL - RP)
421Nick Pivetta (BOS - SP)
422Yadier Molina (STL - C)
423Reynaldo Lopez (CWS - SP,RP)
424Mike Minor (CIN - SP)
425Kyle Finnegan (WSH - RP)
426Royce Lewis (MIN - SS)
427Yadiel Hernandez (WSH - LF,RF)
428Brad Hand (PHI - RP)
429Tony Santillan (CIN - SP,RP)
430Didi Gregorius (PHI - SS)
431Amir Garrett (KC - RP)
432Genesis Cabrera (STL - RP)
433Adrian Houser (MIL - SP)
434Brusdar Graterol (LAD - RP)
435Max Meyer (MIA - SP)
436Brad Keller (KC - SP)
437Huascar Ynoa (ATL - SP)
438Michael Wacha (BOS - SP,RP)
439Aaron Hicks (NYY - CF,LF)
440Carson Kelly (ARI - C)
441Jonathan Villar (CHC - 2B,3B,SS)
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