Fantasy baseball corner players rankings

Fantasy baseball corner players rankings

By Michael Salfino
CSNChicago.com contributor

1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2. David Wright, Mets
NOTE: Might be NL's best player.
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
4. Albert Pujols, Angels
NOTE: Not back to old levels, but a star again.
5. Mark Trumbo, Angels
6. Mark Teixeira, Yankees
NOTE: The second-half push is here.
7. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
NOTE: Breakout started late in 2011.
8. Paul Konerko, White Sox
9. Prince Fielder, Tigers
10. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
11. Joey Votto, Reds
NOTE: Should be back in a month.
12. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
NOTE: Enigma, could use change of scenery.
13. Billy Butler, Royals
14. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
15. David Ortiz, Red Sox
16. Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays
17. Pablo Sandoval, Giants
NOTE: How much power will park allow?
18. Allen Craig, Cardinals
19. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
NOTE: How healthy is the shoulder?
20. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
21. Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
22. David Freese, Cardinals
23. Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
24. Nick Swisher, Yankees
25. Evan Longoria, Rays
26. Mike Moustakas, Royals
NOTE: Might get to stardom before Hosmer.
27. Adam Dunn, White Sox
NOTE: Low average is more acceptable these days.
28. Freddie Freeman, Braves
29. Martin Prado, Braves
30. Eric Hosmer, Royals
31. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
NOTE: Cortisone shot perked up the shoulder.
32. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
33. Michael Morse, Nationals
34. Ike Davis, Mets
35. Trevor Plouffe, Twins
NOTE: Always had pop in his profile.
36. Ryan Howard, Phillies
NOTE: Don't expect a miracle here.
37. Corey Hart, Brewers
38. Logan Morrison, Marlins
39. Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
40. Justin Morneau, Twins
NOTE: Hasn't hit a lick on the road, or against lefties.
41. Garrett Jones, Pirates
42. Kevin Youkilis, White Sox
NOTE: Bat has perked up in Windy City.
43. Chase Headley, Padres
44. Tyler Colvin, Rockies
45. Will Middlebrooks, Red Sox
46. Howie Kendrick, Angels
47. Lance Berkman, Cardinals
48. Carlos Lee, Marlins
NOTE: Still makes good contact, but pop is gone.
49. Casey McGehee, Pirates
50. Adam LaRoche, Nationals
51. Adam Lind, Blue Jays
NOTE: He's been handy since the recall.
52. Michael Young, Rangers
53. Mike Aviles, Red Sox
54. Kendrys Morales, Angels
55. Jim Thome, Orioles
NOTE: Still a good bet for final two months.
56. Todd Frazier, Reds
57. Chris Davis, Orioles
58. Chipper Jones, Braves
59. Yonder Alonso, Padres
NOTE: Gap power, not many over the fence.
60. Lucas Duda, Mets
61. Kyle Seager, Mariners
62. Bryan LaHair, Cubs
NOTE: Contact problems are exposing him.
63. Chris Carter, Athletics
64. Daniel Murphy, Mets
65. Carlos Pena, Rays
66. Casey Kotchman, Indians
67. Jed Lowrie, Astros
NOTE: Weak lineup really misses his stick.
68. Brandon Belt, Giants
69. Brandon Moss, Athletics
70. Mark Reynolds, Orioles
71. Jordan Pacheco, Rockies
NOTE: Nice average but not much power.
72. Luke Scott, Rays
73. Jeff Keppinger, Rays
NOTE: A typical Ray, versatile and sneaky.
74. Justin Smoak, Mariners
75. Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks
76. Wilson Betemit, Orioles
77. Jerry Hairston, Dodgers
NOTE: Don't laugh, the Dodgers need him.
78. Tyler Moore, Nationals
79. Scott Rolen, Reds
80. Chris Johnson, Astros
81. Ty Wigginton, Phillies
NOTE: Needed less with big names back.
82. Brandon Inge, Athletics
83. Juan Rivera, Dodgers
84. Sean Rodriguez, Rays
85. Placido Polanco, Phillies
86. James Loney, Dodgers
87. John Mayberry, Phillies
88. Alberto Callaspo, Angels
89. Todd Helton, Rockies
NOTE: Might be the end of the line.
90. Jose Lopez, Indians

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After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

Dwyane Wade sounded every bit like a frustrated 35-year old father when talking about the repeated ills and so-called growing pains of his Bulls, as they surrendered yet another game against a sub-.500 team.

Sometimes it's the New York Knicks whom the Bulls are offering temporary refuge. Or maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves as they are all-too-generous to roll out the welcome mat for returning figures to Chicago.

Tuesday it was the Dallas Mavericks, the second-worst team in the Western Conference, who stormed into the United Center and escaped with a 99-98 win, courtesy of Wesley Matthews' triple with 11.7 seconds left followed by him locking down Jimmy Butler on the ensuing possession.

Wade was forced to take a contested 21-footer that went awry, but the Bulls' ills went far beyond the last two possessions, when the Mavericks exploited their strategy yet again.

"Either you learn the lesson or figure out," Wade said. "Keep putting your hand on the hot stove every day.

"We just gotta figure out not to put our hands on that stove. And understand when we come in the kitchen, that stove is hot, don't touch it. As I continue to say, this is a very young team and they have to play in these games and have to go through these moments. The one thing you want, whether it's this year or next year, is to not make the same mistakes."

The Bulls are apparently insistent on touching the stove and keep burning themselves, the most recent time with the confusion or the bad strategy in defending the Mavericks' final offensive possession.

Deron Williams found himself with Nikola Mirotic defending him off a switch from Jimmy Butler. Not the quickest afoot, Mirotic gave Williams an easy path to the basket and Wade was the backside help, not wanting to leave Matthews on the wing for a triple.

But with the bench commanding Wade to help, Williams easily found Matthews for an open 3 as Wade had no help for his man. With the Bulls up two, one could see how Wade didn't want to leave Matthews.

"I'll have to go back and watch, but it looks like Deron got downcourt, Wade went over to help and we didn’t rotate accordingly," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We obviously need to do a better job of staying in front of the other end."

Mirotic was supposed to be brought back slowly in his return from strep throat, but he played the entire fourth quarter and 22 minutes overall, having lost eight pounds with his illness that had him miss four games.

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Their issues were game-long and have been seasonlong as the Mavericks were supposed to absorb a shellacking from a Bulls team that felt a 25-point beatdown in Texas last month.

Instead, they would've been happy with settling for an escape when Butler rose up over his college teammate Matthews for a 20-foot wing jumper with 22.8 seconds left.

Butler nearly added a triple-double and clutch moment to his growing resume with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds but was dogged by Matthews all night, the defender who wouldn't give him airspace, went chest-to-chest and even earned a technical foul when he felt Butler exaggerated some contact in the third quarter.

"He took away my space, wouldn't let me get to my spot," Butler said of Matthews. "Good for him. I should've did something different."

Wade missed 13 of his 21 shots, scoring 17 with five rebounds on his 35th birthday

With scoring at a premium, Robin Lopez had a season-high 21 points being guarded by Dirk Nowitzki — and they were necessary considering the Bulls were without Taj Gibson (ankle injury) and Doug McDermott couldn't repeat his 30-point showing from Sunday in Memphis.

Rick Carlisle has long been regarded as one of the top strategic coaches, and though he doesn't have the usual personnel from the Mavericks' salad days, he had enough tricks up his sleeve to throw the Bulls off.

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes' 20 points and Seth Curry's 18, as Barnes, Matthews and Curry combined for eight triples — spreading the Bulls out and picking them apart defensively.

The Mavericks started Nowitzki at center, going to an almost all-small lineup. And though Lopez scored 14 points in the first half, trying to feed him seemed to take the Bulls out of it in the second half.

The energy was tardy to the party, as they shot just 41 percent in the first half but woke up a little in the third quarter — continuing their all-too familiar trend of half-hearted efforts against lesser teams.

And it looks like the ever-optimistic Wade is dishing out some realism, probably something that comes with the perspective of turning 35.

"You can't keep getting stressed out or frustrated. We've been going through this all year. We'll get back in in the morning.

"Once you realize who you are, you're better off. I sleep better at night. Once we want to be a better team and start winning games, we will. I'm not mad, I'm not frustrated, I'm not stressed. Just taking the hits."