Midseason dynasty-league update: Top 500 players

1. Carlos Correa:  Offers tantalizing combination of youth, proven production and upside with eligibility at premium position.
2. Mike Trout:  Splitting hairs on the top 3, in my opinion.
3. Bryce Harper
4. Manny Machado  

5. Xander Bogaerts:  Perhaps a lesson in why we should remain patient with Addison Russell?
6. Mookie Betts  
7. Corey Seager:  Lack of wheels caps his (very high) fantasy ceiling.
8. Kris Bryant:  Has cut down on his K's significantly.
9. Anthony Rizzo
10. Francisco Lindor   
11. Nolan Arenado   
12. Jose Altuve
13. Paul Goldschmidt   
14. Clayton Kershaw:  
There's no such thing as a bankable ace of any age, but he's as close as anyone will ever get. I'd sell.
15. George Springer  
16. Gregory Polanco  
17. Giancarlo Stanton:  Good time to buy low.
18. Nomar Mazara:  Lack of wheels caps his (very high) fantasy ceiling.
19. Rougned Odor
20. Andrew McCutchen
21. Josh Donaldson
22. Starling Marte
23. Miguel Sano:  
His batting average won't be an asset, but won't significantly hinder you either.
24. Noah Syndergaard:  Talent so absurd that I'll put the blinders on for some red flags.
25. Jose Fernandez
26. Madison Bumgarner
27. Chris Sale
28. Jake Arrieta
29. Yoan Moncada:
 Basically untouchable in dynasty leagues I'm in.
30. Brendan Rodgers: Basically untouchable in dynasty leagues I'm in.
31. Miguel Cabrera
32. Christian Yelich:  
Elite fantasy role player held back by back issues and modest power and speed upside.
33. J.D. Martinez
34. Buster Posey
35. Robinson Cano
36. Eric Hosmer
37. Kyle Schwarber:  
Will move him up in the spring when he's healthy again.
38. Byron Buxton:  Patience…
39. Addison Russell:  Steady, incremental progress.
40. Jose Abreu
41. Stephen Strasburg
42. Jacob deGrom
43. Justin Upton:  
Painfully streaky, but numbers tend to get there in the end.
44. Max Scherzer
45. Dee Gordon:  
A tough rank for me; high variance.
46. A.J. Pollock:  Another tough rank due to health questions.
47. Chris Davis
48. Charlie Blackmon:  
Unlike Arenado, I'm less confident that he lasts in Coors.
49. Alex Bregman: Tough to match his combination of pedigree, fantasy skill set and age-adjusted production.
50. Marcell Ozuna:  Hit the ball hard in '15, too, but with worse luck and a short leash.
51. Trevor Story: Based on trades I've seen, other dynasty owners are still more skeptical than this ranking.
52. Ryan Braun: Decent time to sell to those who forgot about the back and thumb issues.
53. Brandon Belt
54. Wil Myers: Look what he can do when healthy.
55. Anthony Rendon
56. Matt Carpenter
57. Tim Anderson:
Fade in OBP leagues.
58. Yoenis Cespedes
59. Joc Pederson:
Can be higher for OBP leagues.
60. Freddie Freeman
61. Carlos Gonzalez
62. Kyle Seager
63. David Price
64. Gerrit Cole:
Still like the talent and love the park, but where did the whiffs go? 
65. Carlos Carrasco
66. Danny Salazar
67. J.P. Crawford
68. Trea Turner
69. Javier Baez:
K's are at a very manageable place right now.
70. Maikel Franco
71. Todd Frazier
72. Zack Greinke
73. Yu Darvish
74. Craig Kimbrel
75. Kenley Jansen
76. Aroldis Chapman
77. Matt Harvey
78. Corey Kluber:
"Bad fastball" guy may not be as good as peripherals suggest.
79. Julio Urias: I'd look to sell for a stud bat to anyone that thinks Urias equals two decades of ace.
80. Joey Votto
81. Adam Jones
82. Adam Eaton
83. Lucas Giolito:
I'd look to sell if I owned him; part of this ranking is his perceived trade value more than how I feel about him.
84. Chris Archer
85. Jackie Bradley Jr.
86. Jon Lester
87. Felix Hernandez:
I say he overcomes velocity dip.
88. Jung Ho Kang
89. Evan Longoria
90. Johnny Cueto
91. Zach Britton
92. Jeurys Familia
93. Masahiro Tanaka
94. Ozhaino Albies:
Handling Triple-A at just 19 years old.
95. Joey Gallo: I probably over-ranked him this spring, but he's made significant strides to address his weaknesses this year.
96. Jorge Mateo
97. Victor Robles
98. David Dahl
99. Jonathan Lucroy
100. Tyler Glasnow
101. Stephen Piscotty: Was very wrong about his power.
102. Billy Hamilton
103. Jurickson Profar:
Would like to see him run more.
104. Clint Frazier
105. Jonathan Schoop
106. Marcus Semien
107. Troy Tulowitzki
108. Andrew Miller:
High floor even if he's never a closer (I think he will be).
109. Dellin Betances: High floor even if he's never a closer (I think he will be).
110. Jorge Soler: I'm buying low.
111. Jason Heyward: I'm buying low.
112. Michael Brantley: I'm buying low.
113. Jose Bautista: Still an OBP stud.
114. Lewis Brinson
115. Jason Kipnis
116. Taijuan Walker
117. Cole Hamels
118. Lance McCullers
119. Edwin Encarnacion
120. Jean Segura:
What a turnaround.
121. Jacoby Ellsbury
122. Max Kepler
123. Michael Conforto:
Worried about platoon splits.
124. A.J. Reed: Worried about platoon splits.
125. Roberto Osuna
126. Franklin Barreto:
Patience. Very young for his level.
127. Nick Castellanos: Finally showing that sweet hit tool we heard about from the Minors.
128. Austin Meadows: Reached Triple-A at just 21, but currently blocked in Pittsburgh.
129. Andrew Benintendi: Hype may have gotten a little out of hand.
130. Aaron Judge: His time is nearing.
131. Blake Snell
132. Steven Matz:
Young and talented, but checkered health history prevents a higher ranking.
133. Odubel Herrera
134. Yasiel Puig:
I'm buying low… just kidding, I'm out.
135. Nelson Cruz
136. Ian Desmond
137. Brian Dozier
138. Rafael Devers:
What did you expect from a teenager at Class A Advanced? He's fine.
139. David Robertson
140. Khris Davis:
Consider him a discount Giancarlo Stanton.
141. Aaron Nola
142. Vince Velasquez
143. Jose Quintana
144. Josh Bell:
So what if he can't ever hit 25 homers?
145. Dallas Keuchel
146. Jake Lamb
147. Wade Davis:
As of this writing he has a "strained right forearm," so consider this a "placeholder" ranking until more info.
148. Willy Adames: Particularly exciting prospect for OBP leagues.
149. Ian Happ
150. Orlando Arcia:
Discount J.P. Crawford?
151. Nick Williams: Perfectly acceptable season for a 22-year-old at Triple-A.
152. Dansby Swanson
153. Bradley Zimmer:
I try not to pretend I can identify bust risks better than the next guy, but I'm skeptical of him. Sneaky old; lots of K's.
154. Manuel Margot: Handling Triple-A well at just 21 years old; may be more valuable in reality than fantasy, but glove should help him stay in lineup every day.
155. Daniel Murphy
156. Raimel Tapia: Coors Field, fantasy skills, etc.
157. Josh Reddick
158. Dexter Fowler
159. Dustin Pedroia
160. Mark Trumbo
161. Brett Gardner
162. Ian Kinsler
163. Hunter Pence
164. Jay Bruce
165. DJ LeMahieu:
I'd sell, but as long as he remains in Coors it's hard to deny his fantasy chops.
166. Ketel Marte
167. Brian McCann
168. Salvador Perez
169. Lorenzo Cain:
I doubt his fantasy game ages well.
170. Carlos Martinez
171. Tyson Ross
172. Drew Pomeranz:
Will he be traded? Whiffs for days!
173. Cody Allen
174. Willson Contreras
175. Sonny Gray
176. Jameson Taillon:
Shoulders and elbows and bears, oh my! (In other words, he's talented but risky.)
177. Carlos Santana: Bump him up in OBP leagues.
178. Jonathan Villar: I'm still skeptical, but can't knock the fantasy skills if he continues to earn starting roles.
179. Michael Wacha
180. Michael Fulmer
181. Danny Duffy:
At this ranking, I'm a believer.
182. Marcus Stroman
183. Devon Travis
184. Carlos Rodon
185. Blake Swihart
186. Amed Rosario
187. Michael Pineda:
I'll stubbornly stick with him because of the strong K/BB ratio.
188. Rich Hill: "I've always said Rich Hill had ace upside," said no one.
189. Brandon Crawford
190. Neil Walker
191. Mallex Smith
192. Jake Odorizzi:
Cross your fingers that if he's traded, he goes to another spacious park.
193. Travis d'Arnaud
194. Ronald Acuna:
Discount Victor Robles.
195. James Paxton: Holy velocity uptick!
196. Drew Smyly: Troubling that he's having homer problems at the Trop... but strikeouts!
197. Trayce Thompson: Fade in standard leagues; fantasy-friendly power-speed game.
198. Mark Melancon: Bad fastball closer keeps getting it done.
199. Matt Kemp
200. Danny Valencia
201. Prince Fielder: I've seen him go for dirt cheap packages.
202. Kole Calhoun
203. Corey Dickerson

204. Shin-Soo Choo: Cherish and never go to bed angry at each other in OBP leagues.
205. Alex Reyes
206. Ben Zobrist

207. Julio Teheran: Anti-peripheral wizard keeps his ERA in check, but I'm wary of such players long-term.
208. David Peralta
209. Wilson Ramos:
I'm buying the narrative that he had vision issues.
210. Greg Bird
211. Mike Moustakas
212. Starlin Castro
213. Victor Martinez
214. Adam Duvall
215. Carlos Gomez:
I assume he was hurt this year, but can't assume he'll bounce back either.
216. Adrian Beltre
217. Alex Gordon
218. Matt Holliday

219. David Ortiz: I've yet to see him get traded, but this is where I'd buy as a contender.
220. Hector Rondon: He's been dynamite, but I worry about Cubs trading for an even flashier closer.
221. Joe Ross: Shoulder stuff is the worst stuff.
222. Kenta Maeda
223. Logan Forsythe
224. Jesse Winker:
Power is lacking, but impressive BB/K guy and opportunity is there in Cincy.
225. Gary Sanchez: Sanchez's baserunning is a stealth fantasy skill; wouldn't be surprised if he swipes a half dozen bases per season.
226. Gleyber Torres: Another positive season for Torres, who has handled Class A Advanced at age 19.
227. Hunter Renfroe
228. Tyler O'Neill
229. Dan Vogelbach:
OK, he can hit. See if low prospect rankings make him cheap to acquire.
230. Kevin Gausman
231. Justin Bour:
Bouring (see what I did there?), but productive.
232. Jose Berrios
233. Aaron Sanchez
234. John Lackey
235. Jeff Samardzija
236. Raisel Iglesias:
Reds bullpen is… shaky, which makes Iglesias a high-end closer spec.
237. Anderson Espinoza: Have to take his stats in context of his age.
238. Luis Severino
239. Leonys Martin
240. Yasmany Tomas
241. Raul Mondesi
242. Ben Revere:
Platoon risk, and speed ages poorly.
243. Garrett Richards
244. Sean Manaea:
11 percent whiff rate bodes well for future strikeout upside, but he's a bust risk.
245. Adrian Gonzalez: Missed the window to sell for meaningful return.
246. Albert Pujols: Missed the window to sell for meaningful return.
247. Elvis Andrus
248. Brett Lawrie
249. Jordan Zimmermann
250. Brett Phillips

251. J.T. Realmuto: All-around contributor brings unique skills to catcher position.
252. Matt Duffy: All-around contributor brings unique skills to third-base position.
253. Steven Souza Jr.
254. Hanley Ramirez
255. Evan Gattis
256. Gio Gonzalez
257. Aledmys Diaz
258. Chris Carter
259. Joe Panik
260. Travis Shaw:
League average bat in a great park and a great lineup.
261. A.J. Ramos
262. Jose De Leon
263. Trevor Bauer
264. Lucas Duda
265. Jose Reyes
266. Kyle Hendricks
267. Steven Wright:
I don't have the guts to pay for him yet. Haven't seen evidence that the knuckleball consistently yields a low BABIP.
268. Matt Wieters
269. Alex Cobb
270. Hyun Soo Kim:
I think he'll be a big second half riser.
271. Jonathan Papelbon: I say he gets another contract to be a closer somewhere next year.
272. Bobby Bradley: Bump him up in OBP.
273. Nick Gordon
274. Kevin Newman:
Injury slows what could have been a very brief Minor League career. Dude can hit.
275. Derek Fisher
276. Sam Dyson
277. Alex Colome

278. Michael Saunders: A sell high.
279. Yasmani Grandal: Bump him up in OBP.
280. Jose Ramirez
281. Melvin Upton Jr.
282. Eduardo Nunez

283. Harrison Bader
284. Kyle Tucker
285. Trent Clark
286. Cody Reed
287. Randal Grichuk:
Rough year for Grichuk, no denying that.
288. Matt Moore: Has his best swinging-strike rate since 2012.
289. Jaime Garcia
290. Adam Conley
291. Yordano Ventura:
Exhibit 10,000 in why I avoid holding young SP when not in contention.
292. Eduardo Rodriguez: Exhibit 10,001 in why I avoid holding young SP when not in contention.
293. Eugenio Suarez
294. Ryan McMahon
295. Alex Wood
296. Forrest Wall
297. Anthony DeSclafani
298. Zack Wheeler
299. Shelby Miller
300. Jerad Eickhoff
301. Hyun-Jin Ryu
302. Wei-Yin Chen
303. Adam Wainwright
304. Rick Porcello
305. Ryan Zimmerman
306. Curtis Granderson
307. Brad Miller
308. Justin Turner
309. Jhonny Peralta
310. Roman Quinn:
Discount Mallex Smith.
311. Dalton Pompey
312. Josh Harrison
313. Denard Span
314. Justin Verlander
315. Chris Tillman
316. Patrick Corbin
317. Archie Bradley
318. Arodys Vizcaino:
If the deadline passes and he's still on the Braves, move him up 100 spots.
319. Francisco Liriano: We've seen him look awful and bounce back to pitch like an SP2, but whiffs are way down (though still good).
320. Didi Gregorius: Emerging as a viable, cheap SS option; won't hurt you in any category in any format.
321. Kolten Wong: Platoon risk is there, but power-speed combo upside remains.
322. Daniel Norris
323. Josh Hader
324. Tyler Skaggs
325. Mike Clevinger
326. Dylan Cozens
327. Carlos Beltran:
Little reason to think he can't be productive as DH for another year or two.
328. Rowdy Tellez
329. Trey Mancini
330. Billy Burns:
If the playing time isn't there, his wheels don't matter.
331. Kendrys Morales
332. Santiago Casilla
333. Jacob Nottingham:
Like many catching prospects, patience will be required.
334. Ken Giles: My second favorite closer spec.
335. Willie Calhoun
336. Cody Bellinger
337. Martin Prado
338. Junior Guerra:
Lack of track record stops me from ranking him even higher.
339. Daniel Mengden: Elite in leagues that count mustaches.
340. Brandon McCarthy: Elite in leagues that count Twitter prowess.
341. Kevin Kiermaier
342. Kevin Pillar
343. Melky Cabrera
344. Brandon Moss
345. Jon Gray:
Swinging strike rate of 11.8 percent is very impressive… unfortunately, there's Coors Field.
346. Chad Green: This is an awfully hot-takey ranking but he's had a dominant year at Triple-A.
347. Jason Hammel
348. Asdrubal Cabrera
349. Mike Napoli
350. Brandon Drury
351. Adam Lind
352. Alex Verdugo
353. Dominic Smith:
Production looks meh, but it's all about context, folks. He just turned 21 and is doing fine at Double-A.
354. Brandon Finnegan
355. Seung Hwan Oh:
"Final Boss" could be off this list in a year or up 200 spots.
356. Scott Kazmir
357. Jordan Patterson:
Is he not better than Parra already?
358. Jorge Alfaro
359. Alcides Escobar:
Wheels are slowing down along with his overall production.
360. Welington Castillo
361. Scooter Gennett
362. Derek Norris
363. Brent Honeywell
364. Harold Ramirez
365. Nick Tropeano
366. Hunter Strickland:
Hasn't exactly locked down the "heir apparent" tag as I thought he would, but still should be considered the favorite to succeed Santiago Casilla.
367. Trevor Rosenthal: We haven't seen the last of Rosenthal the closer, in my opinion.
368. Will Harris: Will Astros stick with him when they have a flame-thrower that misses more bats behind him?
369. Steve Cishek: Another "bad fastball" closer that I'm skeptical of long term.
370. Jake McGee: Whiffs are way down, but track record is too good to count him out.
371. Jeremy Jeffress: Another trade candidate; could become just a guy as a contender's setup man.
372. Kelvin Herrera: Because Wade Davis has a strained right forearm.
373. Rajai Davis: Screams "sell high," but has there been a more underrated dynasty asset in the last decade?
374. Francisco Rodriguez
375. Marco Estrada
376. Aaron Blair
377. Russell Martin:
I assume he was hurt this year. Fade in standard (batting average) leagues.
378. Zack Cozart
379. Alen Hanson
380. Nathan Eovaldi:
May need a new park; homer problems are new to 2016.
381. Ian Kennedy
382. Michael Gettys
383. Dilson Herrera
384. Stephen Vogt
385. Joe Musgrove
386. Matt Wisler
387. Andrew Heaney
388. Renato Nunez
389. Byung Ho Park
390. Eloy Jimenez
391. Ryan Mountcastle:
When a former first-round pick hits and plays short, you should take notice.
392. Brady Aiken: Finally made his debut, now we play the waiting game.
393. Jose Peraza
394. Howie Kendrick
395. Joe Mauer
396. Albert Almora
397. Luis Ortiz
398. Chase Headley
399. Jed Lowrie
400. Amir Garrett
401. Hisashi Iwakuma
402. Braden Shipley
403. Chris Owings
404. Mauricio Cabrera:
Because he throws baseballs really hard, and Arodys Vizcaino is a giant trade risk.
405. Reynaldo Lopez
406. Colby Rasmus
407. Domingo Santana
408. Chris Paddack:
Video game numbers with Marlins organization.
409. Jake Bauers
410. Francisco Mejia:
Catcher, patience, etc. You get it.
411. Nathan Karns
412. Josh Naylor
413. Mike Leake
414. Yohander Mendez:
That changeup, though.
415. Yadier Alvarez
416. Francis Martes
417. Ryan Madson:
Enjoy the ride while it lasts; not getting enough whiffs to stick around, in my opinion.
418. Alex Jackson: Can be had for nothing; people act like he already is a 100 percent bust.
419. Daniel Robertson: Boring profile, but he could be a regular in short order.
420. Brad Boxberger: Could quickly become relevant again with an Alex Colome trade.
421. Danny Espinosa
422. Yan Gomes
423. Collin McHugh
424. Grant Holmes
425. Jeff Hoffman
426. Jeimer Candelario
427. Huston Street
428. Jake Thompson
429. Sean Newcomb
430. Oswaldo Arcia
431. Gavin Cecchini
432. J.A. Happ
433. Mark Zagunis
434. Jeanmar Gomez:
Relievers with his profile do not remain closers.
435. Aaron Hill
436. Chad Kuhl:
I'm a sucker for anyone that might get to make home starts in PNC Park.
437. Trevor Plouffe
438. Daz Cameron
439. Mike Fiers
440. Josh Tomlin
441. Zach Davies
442. Dillon Tate
443. Rymer Liriano
444. Andrew Cashner
445. Arismendy Alcantara
446. Mitch Moreland
447. Kyle Gibson
448. Lonnie Chisenhall
449. Jayson Werth
450. Carter Capps
451. Francisco Cervelli
452. Adam Ottavino:
The reason Jake McGee isn't ranked more highly.
453. Greg Holland: Former closers tend to get future save opportunities.
454. Lance Lynn
455. Miguel Andujar:
Breakout prospect has not earned much fanfare, but he looks to be Yanks' third baseman of the future.
456. Lucius Fox
457. Hunter Harvey
458. Nick Plummer
459. Cornelius Randolph
460. Anthony Alford
461. Luis Urias:
Younger than Robles; elite bat-to-ball skills. Keep an eye on him.
462. Austin Riley: Again, numbers looked only so-so, but context is key.
463. Sean Reid-Foley
464. Jorge Polanco
465. Ender Inciarte
466. Nick Markakis
467. Kolby Allard
468. Brandon Guyer
469. Ke'Bryan Hayes:
Gets a bump due to Ke'wl first name and because I saw his dad catch the last out of '96 World Series.
470. Tyler Naquin
471. Jacoby Jones:
Power and speed, but can he hit?
472. Yusniel Diaz
473. Jamie Westbrook:
League average hitter so far, but did so as a not-yet-21-year-old.
474. Matt Andriese
475. Pablo Sandoval
476. Gerardo Parra
477. John Lamb
478. Pedro Alvarez
479. Jimmy Nelson
480. Josh Ockimey
481. David Freese
482. Brandon Phillips
483.Yunel Escobar
484. Andre Ethier
485. Delino DeShields
486. Jose Iglesias
487. Dae-Ho Lee
488. Tony Zych:
Another closer spec.
489. Chase Vallot
490. Seth Smith
491. Robbie Grossman:
Not buying it, but let's keep watching.
492. Luis Valbuena
493. Hector Neris
494. Desmond Jennings
495. Shawn Kelley:
If Nats don't swing a trade, he's been good and Papelbon is a free agent.
496. Kyle Barraclough: I've only seen him referred to as BearClaw in trade talks.
497. Brandon Nimmo
498. Javier Guerra
499. Domingo Acevedo:
Gas! Future closer?
500. Steven Brault: I'm a sucker for anyone that might get to make home starts in PNC Park.

Tom Trudeau (@TomTrudeau) works in business development for MLB.com and has been playing in industry dynasty-league fantasy baseball for years. He has also participated in the expert league LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality). This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.