The Talented Mr. Roto: My All-Star break rankings
(Editor's note: Due to some errors, Matthew's rankings posted Tuesday were incorrect. Below are his top 340 rankings and brief explanation as they were intended.)
Over the past three seasons, Carlos Delgado's batting average after the All-Star break has been .297. Over the past 30 days, Rick Ankiel has scored higher on our Player Rater than Grady Sizemore. Over that same time frame, Aubrey Huff is 13th on the Player Rater, while Evan Longoria is 31st. Just sayin'.
Sometimes my rankings stray from the norm, but as the stats above show, there is a basis and reasoning for where I have players ranked. And below are my rankings from the All-Star break till the end of this season. Past performances play into my evaluation, but for the purposes of this exercise, everyone starts with zero stats, and this is how I would rank/draft them for the rest of the season. This is based on an ESPN standard 10-team mixed league; in that format, I tend to devalue both starting pitchers (because of the depth at the position) and fringe closers. That said, saves is a category in which ground can be made up quickly, so I did rank some top closers higher than I normally do.
Matthew Berry -- The Talented Mr. Roto -- is ESPN's senior director of fantasy. He was just as surprised as you to find out it's a real job. He is a multiple award winner from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, including a Writer of the Year award. He is also the creator of RotoPass.com, a Web site that combines a bunch of well-known fantasy sites, including ESPN Insider, for one low price.