Fantasy baseball middle infield rankings

Fantasy baseball middle infield rankings

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com

The following players qualify at a middle-infield position (if not multiple positions) in standard Yahoo! leagues. Rankings are based on a 5x5 scoring system (batting average, runs, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases).

1. Robinson Cano, Yankees
2. Ian Kinsler, Rangers
NOTE: Bat perked up in Anaheim series.
3. Jose Reyes, Marlins
NOTE: He's been active on the bases again.
4. Neil Walker, Pirates
NOTE: The unsung hero of this club.
5. Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
6. Brandon Phillips, Reds
7. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
8. Jason Kipnis, Indians
9. Emilio Bonifacio, Marlins
NOTE: Has eyes set on stolen-base crown.
10. Allen Craig, Cardinals
NOTE: No clear position, but man what a bat.
11. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
12. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
NOTE: Starting to heal up nicely, but might not be 100 percent.
13. Derek Jeter, Yankees
14. Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers
NOTE: A change of scenery at the right time.
15. Ben Zobrist, Rays
16. Danny Espinosa, Nationals
17. Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
NOTE: We expected more in the thin air.
18. Alcides Escobar, Royals
19. Rickie Weeks, Brewers
NOTE: Starting to produce at the expected level.
20. Starlin Castro, Cubs
21. Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks
22. Jose Altuve, Astros
NOTE: The last bat standing in Houston.
23. Josh Rutledge, Rockies
NOTE: Probably slides over to second if and when Tulo returns.
24. Ian Desmond, Nationals
25. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
NOTE: There's no need to rush him back.
26. Chase Utley, Phillies
27. Daniel Murphy, Mets
28. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers
29. Dan Uggla, Braves
NOTE: High fly-ball, high-strikeout hitters have extended slumps.
30. Rafael Furcal, Cardinals
31. Kyle Seager, Mariners
32. J.J. Hardy, Orioles
33. Howie Kendrick, Angels
34. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
NOTE: Won't lose it for you, but not a lot of category punch.
35. Omar Infante, Tigers
36. Kelly Johnson, Blue Jays
NOTE: Production has fallen since the batting slot dropped.
37. Zack Cozart, Reds
38. Jordany Valdespin, Mets
39. Michael Young, Rangers
NOTE: Might be in trouble with Mike Olt around.
40. Trevor Plouffe, Twins
NOTE: It was a fun story before the thumb injury.
41. Alexi Amarista, Padres
42. Brandon Inge, Athletics
43. Dustin Ackley, Mariners
44. Jemile Weeks, Athletics
45. Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks
NOTE: A little passion wouldn't kill him.
46. Gordon Beckham, White Sox
47. Ryan Theriot, Giants
48. Mike Aviles, Red Sox
NOTE: Nicked up, losing time.
49. Darwin Barney, Cubs
50. Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays
51. Erick Aybar, Angels
52. Marco Scutaro, Giants
NOTE: Heady veteran, but stats were mostly Colorado driven.
53. Willie Bloomquist, Diamondbacks
54. Pedro Ciriaco, Red Sox
55. Elliot Johnson, Rays
NOTE: A typical Ray, a story out of nowhere.
56. Dee Gordon, Dodgers
57. Everth Cabrera, Padres
NOTE: Has nifty wheels but stuck in crummy batting slot.
58. Maicer Izturis, Angels
59. Ryan Roberts, Rays
NOTE: Joe Maddon's type of player.
60. Luis Cruz, Dodgers
61. Ruben Tejada, Mets
62. Brian Dozier, Twins
63. Robert Andino, Orioles
64. Jeff Keppinger, Rays
NOTE: Crushes lefties, but that's the short side of any platoon.
65. Andrelton Simmons, Braves
66. Yuniesky Betancourt, Royals
67. Jerry Hairston Jr., Dodgers
68. Mark Ellis, Dodgers
69. Steve Lombardozzi, Nationals
70. Jed Lowrie, Astros
NOTE: Good bat when healthy, but durability the constant concern.
71. Sean Rodriguez, Rays
72. Jamey Carroll, Twins
73. Cody Ransom, Brewers

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win, Jimmy Butler starts All-Star Game

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win, Jimmy Butler starts All-Star Game

Here are some of Sunday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Jimmy Butler: 'Hopefully I’m not going to get traded'

Patrick Kane leads Blackhawks to win in Buffalo homecoming

What Joe Maddon wants to see next from Javier Baez

Jose Abreu ready for 2017 after season full of 'different challenges'

Wojnarowski: Bulls-Celtics Jimmy Butler trade talks 'will loom over the entire week'

After surreal offseason, Ben Zobrist comes to Cubs camp in style as World Series MVP

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson out at least 10 days with foot injury

Fire score five goals for fourth preseason win

Simeon beats rival Morgan Park for city championship

Former Northwestern football player Torri Stuckey now focuses on helping others

Jimmy Butler: 'Hopefully I’m not going to get traded'

Jimmy Butler: 'Hopefully I’m not going to get traded'

NEW ORLEANS — Every All-Star isn’t created equal, even by the slimmest of margins as the best 24 NBA players take their turn on the midseason stage.

So Jimmy Butler being announced among the first five as an All-Star starter had to represent some form of validation, now that he’s not a novice at the whole experience and he’s able to go through the motions of the hectic weekend without breaking much of a sweat.

But despite being a three-time All-Star and routinely mentioned as one of the game’s top 15 players or even top 10, he can’t shake the trade rumors that have seemed to follow him since this time last season.

As he finished up his All-Star experience at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, clarity was nowhere to be found—although heading to some tropical island for a couple days to actually unwind with clear water and warm air seemed to be the best therapy if he’s stressed by the uncertainty of the next few days.

“What’s Thursday? Oh, trade deadline,” Butler said. “I don’t know. I don’t know. Am I anxious? Come on, man. I don’t worry about it. It don’t bother or scare me none.”

“Hopefully I’m not going to get traded but I don’t know. I don’t control that. Control what I can control, like going on vacation.”

Surely it has to be frustrating for a guy who’s elevated his game yet again, averaging 24.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.8 steals for the Bulls in 51 games. But he refuses to let it damper his All-Star spirits, playing with some of the best players in the world and a few guys he calls friends, like DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Durant.

“Not for me,” said Butler of the potential stress. “Not saying I’m untradeable but I don’t think about that. If I’m not in a Bulls uniform, I’ll give you a hug and say goodbye to you.”

Moments after Butler made his statement in the media room, the floodgates opened for the trade market as fellow Olympian DeMarcus Cousins was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans for what seemed to be mere fodder, pennies on the dollar for the most talented center in the NBA.

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While Cousins is far more of a handful than Butler could be, the trade almost signals a consistent truth that always bears repeating—that short of a select few, anybody can be traded.

Even a franchise altering talent like Cousins, who was traded to the city he was physically in for All-Star weekend, and included in the package of players was a guy who hit him in the groin last week (Buddy Hield), resulting in a Cousins outburst and ejection.

Butler has made his name with the Bulls, although not necessarily on the All-Star stage, a player who values defense and doesn’t have as much flash as some of the game’s shinier players.

With a six-point outing in 20 minutes, Butler was an on-court afterthought despite being a starter for the first time.

“Six? Should’ve gone for eight,” he sarcastically deadpanned.

In a relatively jovial mood through the weekend, Butler joked about the talk surrounding him and tried to brush it off as mere chatter as opposed to the franchise not seeing enough in him to make a firm commitment for the long-term, as the Boston Celtics are always hovering.

League sources expect the Celtics to engage the Bulls in conversations for the next few days, but nobody has a great feel for what either side is truly looking for.

But as Butler insisted, he’s only controlling what he can control, which is making himself a fixture for All-Star games to come as opposed to some of the first-timers who don’t know if they’ll get back here again.

“I think I got two underneath my belt,” Butler said. “I know what they’re feeling the first time, It’s so surreal like maybe I do belong here. That’s how I was thinking. Now it’s how do I get here every year? I think that’s the fun part, that’s the challenge. A lot of those guys have done it 10-plus years, hopefully I’m one.”

The only question seems to be, which uniform will it be in because the crazy season has begun.