Here’s the July rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Includes along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed at the position at which they’re most valuable.
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|4||Stephen Vogt||Athletics||27 1B||5||4|
|6||Russell Martin||Blue Jays||9||7||6|
|23||Blake Swihart||Red Sox||31||19||25|
|27||Geovany Soto||White Sox||34||36||34|
|30||Tyler Flowers||White Sox||16||20||22|
|41||Dioner Navarro||Blue Jays||36||40||41|
|45||Ryan Hanigan||Red Sox||38||NR||46|
|49||Chris Herrmann||Twins||196 OF||NR||NR|
o Gattis’s recent fantasy stats are just fine, but his OBP has been dreadful all year, and it seems like the Astros are tiring of him some, as evidenced by the callup of Jon Singleton on Saturday. The initial word was that Gattis and Chris Carter could both lose at-bats to Singleton, but Carter has outhit Gattis of late and figures to be better from here on in. While the Astros do have the ability to play all three at once by using Gattis in left field, it seems unlikely they’ll do that very often (Gattis has played four innings in left all season). That’s why Gattis slips in the rankings this month.
o Phegley is the big mover this month. He’s earned a bunch of extra at-bats by hitting .302/.367/.767 with four homers in June, and the A’s have the ability to give them to him by using Vogt at DH or at first base.
o Also in Houston, Castro has been losing time to a more productive Conger. Castro is hitting .182/.233/.327 in 55 at-bats in June, while Conger has come in at .333/.409/.590 in 39 at-bats. I’d love to rank Conger over Castro, but the Astros do prefer Castro’s presence behind the plate and the difference between their bats isn’t quite this severe.
o Swihart has played well enough of late that he’ll likely remain Boston’s primary catcher after Hanigan comes off the 60-day disabled list. He could always return to the minors later if he slumps, but until further notice, he’s a decent option as a No. 2 catcher in mixed leagues.