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Major League Mayhem’s 2017 Fantasy Rankings: 41-50

As Fantasy Baseball draft season gets into full swing, 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. 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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41. Wil Myers, 1B - I pushed harder for Myers. I wanted him Top 25. Myers has legit 30/30 capability, and if I’m being honest 35/35 wouldn’t surprise me. The RBI totals could see a bump if rookie Manny Margot can be halfway decent at the top of the lineup. If you miss out on Goldy/Rizzo/Freddie/Miggy, I would make the argument that Myers is the 5th best 1B option in fantasy. -CK

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42. Nelson Cruz, OF/DH - It’s hard to expect another 40 HR season from the age-defying Seattle OF/DH, but if he can produce at that level for yet another season and continue his late-career renaissance, he will be an excellent pick for any power-starved fantasy lineup. Along with the 40 HR production, the improved Mariners lineup will provide an opportunity for Cruz to rack up triple digits in both runs and RBIs. -JG

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43. Kyle Seager, 3B - Kyle, like the other Seager brother, just keeps improving. With career highs in homers, RBIs, and average last year, Kyle turned some heads. His defense is elite too. Kyle is a great pickup at third to hold down your fantasy team. -MF

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44. Jose Abreu, 1B - A very reliable first basemen that has seen his numbers decrease consistently since his breakout rookie season in 2014. He has seen his HR/FB%, and Hard Hit% decrease every year, and he seems to be trending in the wrong direction. He should see his Rbi and run opportunities decrease due to the gutting their team in the offseason. He should still be provide a good average ( around .290) and 25-30 home runs. Based off this write up it is safe to assume, I will not be drafting Jose Abreu this year.  -AP

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45. Yoenis Cespedes, OF - One of my personal favorite players to watch play the game, Cespedes is someone I love to grab if I don't get one of the higher ranked outfielders. He is pretty much guaranteed to hit 25 homers in The Big Apple and is a crucial part of their offense. He will also provide upwards of 90 rbis. Cespedes is someone I would love as my OF 1, but I even love him more as an OF2. -RW

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46. Carlos Gonzalez, OF - We’re collectively not sold on CarGo returning to 40 HR form, hence #46. The man stopped stealing 3 years ago, and his HR total came back down to earth in 2016, so his stock took a bit of a hit. The Rockies should have a dangerous lineup once everyone’s healthy though, so triple digit RBI and R is definitely in the cards. If he can push above 30 HR again, he moves up the OF ranks. -CK

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47. Brian Dozier, 2B - Dozier nearly doubled his previous best HR total last year so don’t let his 40 HR production trick you into thinking it’s his new career norm. I’m more hesitant to give him the benefit of the doubt than others, but he’s certainly one of the best high risk, high reward options available in fantasy this year and, if he can replicate his 2016, will provide premier power from a traditionally power-starved position. -JG

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48. Rougned Odor, 2B - Odor is quite the intriguing player this year, he is coming off a season of 33 home runs and 14 stolen bases at just 23 years old. He enjoys swinging the bat with just a 3 BB% in 2016 in over 600 PA’s, however he posses a K% around league average. The alluring speed and power at such a young age has me buying into Odor,In a normal 5x5 league you are looking at a player that can realistically put up a slash of .280/90/30/90/15. I was pushing for Odor in the top 30 but was viciously denied. -AP

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49. A.J Pollock, OF - Pollock in 2015 was the fantasy breakout star, he put up a slightly lesser season but similar to Mookie Betts in 2016. If you are betting on a healthy version of Pollock, you are looking at a player who has 20/20 potential along with a high average. But, these numbers can be easily surpassed if he is truly fully healthy and performs like it’s 2015 again. -AP

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50. Jon Lester, SP - Personally Lester would be my ideal number 2, I like to draft pitchers early and often and Lester while not the sexiest name at the draft table is a stabilizing force for any fantasy pitching staff. He's a rare workhouse that will provide solid strikeout numbers and is as durable as they come. He has been able to put up upwards of 190 innings every year since 2008. -RW

Jason Gold
Braves fanatic. Raised in Turner Field

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