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Major League Mayhem’s 2017 Fantasy Rankings: 21-30

Some of our Major League Mayhem writers, Austin Perodeau (AP), Michael Ferro (MF), Connor Kurcon (CK), Jason Gold (JG), and Rhys White (RW) have compiled a list of the top 50 players in fantasy for 2017. I’m here to bring you the much anticipated 21-30 list. We’ve used our own (biased) opinions and the information available to us from numerous sources to put together these rankings, so feel free to disagree with us in the comments and explain why every one of our picks is wrong.

 

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21 Edwin Encarnacion – Best pure power in baseball. Edwin does take a bit of a hit leaving Toronto, but the RBI and R opportunities will still be there in Cleveland’s lineup. The batting average keeps him out of the upper two tiers of players, but EE is as locked in as anyone for 35-40 HR. -CK

 

22 Corey Seager – The reigning NL Rookie of the Year will look to avoid a sophomore slump in 2017. He’ll give you the kind of premier power and run production that you don’t normally associate with the shortstop position and has a high AVG for leagues that award points for it. -JG

 

23 Starling Marte – Marte is a five tool player with great defense and above average hitting even with a drop in power prevalent last season. His base stealing ability is off the charts and his move to center should allow his defense to shine. If his power makes a resurgence, he’ll move up even further in fantasy. -MF

24 Giancarlo Stanton – Heading into 2016, Stanton was a fringe first rounder but another season of injury and his failure to play in over 120 games more than once in the last four seasons has him sliding down draft boards. His potential is as high as any in the majors, but the injury risk and high K% makes him a massive risk. Personally 24 is to high for my tastes, but apparently my fellow writers like to live on the edge. -AP

25 Francisco Lindor – Lindor is one of the premier shortstops in all of baseball. He was able to put up 15 homers and 19 steals. I believe this is the year he becomes a 20-20 player. Lindor is also a great AVG asset with a .301 batting average. Throw in the fact that he is going to be hitting ahead of Edwin Encarnacion so we should see his runs should go up. -RW

 

 


26 Robinson Cano – Forgive me for thinking another 39 HR isn’t possible for Cano this year… but I don’t. the HR and RBI totals should stay high as he continues to get on base in a good Seattle lineup. But if he was truly a 100/40/100/.300 hitter, he would probably be ranked higher on our list. He’s 34 now, and I don’t think Cano carries a .235 ISO for another year. -CK

 

27 George Springer – When he’s not riding the bench in Houston to make room for Josh Reddick, Springer will be one of the very best CF options in all of fantasy. He has 30 HR power and the potential for 15 SBs if he gets the green light on the basepaths. The middling AVG is a bit of a concern but less so if you’re in a league that awards point for OBP. -JG

 

 

28 Jonathan Villar – Villar had a breakout year after being traded to the brewers. After stealing over sixty bases and having an above average bat, Villar should be a great pick in the second round. Look for him to become a stalwart of the Brewers with incredible speed that is hard to come by. -MF

 

 

29 Corey Kluber – With Kluber you have a good idea of what you are going to get. Barring injury, he will give 200+ innings at around a 3-3.75 ERA, a K/9 between 9-10, and a WHIP between 1 to 1.1. He has been Mr. Consistent over the last three year, and that is why you a paying a premium price for him. My personal rankings have him much lower than my other writers, I would rather pay a reduced price for someone like Darvish or Carrasco than pay up for Kluber in the 3rd. -AP


30 Trevor Story – Story came out of the gate, last year, swinging for the fences. Then the injury bug hit and derailed a great debut season for the young shortstop. I’m his 97 games he was able to smash 27 over the fence. The astounding thing is, 11 of them were hit away from Coors. Hopefully this year he stays healthy and we are able to see what he is able to do with 500 plus plate appearances. -RW

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