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The Talented Mr. Roto: My All-Star break rankings

Updated: July 19, 2008, 12:55 PM ET
By Matthew Berry | ESPN.com

(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's Rankings
Rank Name Team Qualifies
1 Alex Rodriguez NYY 3B
2 Hanley Ramirez FLA SS
3 Lance Berkman HOU 1B/OF
4 Jose Reyes NYM SS
5 Josh Hamilton TEX OF
6 Chase Utley PHI 2B
7 Albert Pujols STL 1B
8 Ian Kinsler TEX 2B
9 Grady Sizemore CLE OF
10 Ichiro Suzuki SEA OF
11 Jimmy Rollins PHI SS
12 David Wright NYM 3B
13 Matt Holliday COL OF
14 Ryan Howard PHI 1B
15 Ryan Braun MIL 3B/OF
16 Prince Fielder MIL 1B
17 Chipper Jones ATL 3B
18 Miguel Cabrera DET 3B/1B
19 Alfonso Soriano CHC OF
20 Carlos Lee HOU OF
21 Brandon Phillips CIN 2B
22 Carl Crawford TB OF
23 Corey Hart MIL OF
24 Mark Teixeira ATL 1B
25 Roy Halladay TOR SP
26 B.J. Upton TB 2B/OF
27 Johan Santana NYM SP
28 Vladimir Guerrero LAA OF/DH
29 Nate McLouth PIT OF
30 Jacoby Ellsbury BOS OF
31 Derek Jeter NYY SS
32 Derrek Lee CHC 1B
33 John Lackey LAA SP
34 Brandon Webb ARI SP
35 Nick Markakis BAL OF
36 Manny Ramirez BOS OF
37 Adam Dunn CIN OF
38 Dan Uggla FLA 2B
39 Brian Roberts BAL 2B
40 Matt Kemp LAD OF
41 Carlos Beltran NYM OF
42 Adrian Gonzalez SD 1B
43 CC Sabathia MIL SP
44 Tim Lincecum SF SP
45 Justin Duchscherer OAK RP/SP
46 Ervin Santana LAA SP
47 Jason Bay PIT OF
48 Justin Morneau MIN 1B
49 Garrett Atkins COL 3B
50 Bobby Abreu NYY OF
51 Adrian Beltre SEA 3B
52 Carlos Quentin CHW OF
53 Magglio Ordonez DET OF
54 Dan Haren ARI SP
55 Geovany Soto CHC C
56 Jermaine Dye CHW OF
57 Ben Sheets MIL SP
58 Xavier Nady PIT OF
59 Jake Peavy SD SP
60 Aramis Ramirez CHC 3B
61 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
62 Cliff Lee CLE SP
63 Milton Bradley TEX OF/DH
64 David Ortiz BOS DH
65 Edinson Volquez CIN SP
66 Pat Burrell PHI OF
67 Brian McCann ATL C
68 Cole Hamels PHI SP
69 Ryan Ludwick STL OF
70 Jose Guillen KC OF
71 Justin Verlander DET SP
72 Hunter Pence HOU OF
73 Carlos Guillen DET SS/1B/3B
74 Robinson Cano NYY 2B
75 Mariano Rivera NYY RP
76 Mike Jacobs FLA 1B
77 Curtis Granderson DET OF
78 Rick Ankiel STL OF
79 Torii Hunter LAA OF
80 Carlos Pena TB 1B
81 Michael Young TEX SS
82 Evan Longoria TB 3B
83 Aubrey Huff BAL 1B/DH
84 Aaron Rowand SF OF
85 Carlos Delgado NYM 1B
86 Chone Figgins LAA 3B
87 Randy Winn SF OF
88 Jim Thome CHW DH
89 John Danks CHW SP
90 J.D. Drew BOS OF
91 Shane Victorino PHI OF
92 Rich Harden CHC SP
93 Francisco Rodriguez LAA RP
94 Brad Lidge PHI RP
95 Raul Ibanez SEA OF
96 Joakim Soria KC RP
97 Felix Hernandez SEA SP
98 Matt Cain SF SP
99 Scott Kazmir TB SP
100 Joe Mauer MIN C
101 Carlos Zambrano CHC SP
102 Jonathan Papelbon BOS RP
103 Kazuo Matsui HOU 2B
104 Alex Gordon KC 3B/1B
105 James Shields TB SP
106 Javier Vazquez CHW SP
107 Joba Chamberlain NYY RP/SP
108 A.J. Burnett TOR SP
109 Ryan Theriot CHC 2B/SS
110 Joe Nathan MIN RP
111 Troy Glaus STL 3B
112 Jason Giambi NYY DH/1B
113 Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS SP
114 Jeremy Hermida FLA OF
115 David Murphy TEX OF
116 Kosuke Fukudome CHC OF
117 Erik Bedard SEA SP
118 Brad Hawpe COL OF
119 Joe Saunders LAA SP
120 Francisco Cordero CIN RP
121 Alex Rios TOR OF
122 Jorge Cantu FLA 1B/3B
123 Marcus Thames DET 1B/OF
124 Fred Lewis SF OF
125 Josh Beckett BOS SP
126 Miguel Tejada HOU SS
127 Carlos Gomez MIN OF
128 Jay Bruce CIN OF
129 Joey Votto CIN 1B
130 Casey Kotchman LAA 1B
131 Kelly Johnson ATL 2B
132 Orlando Cabrera CHW SS
133 Conor Jackson ARI 1B
134 Roy Oswalt HOU SP
135 Mike Cameron MIL OF
136 Jeff Francoeur ATL OF
137 Adam Wainwright STL SP
138 Yunel Escobar ATL 2B/SS/3B
139 Mark Reynolds ARI 3B
140 Edgar Renteria DET SS
141 Kevin Youkilis BOS 3B/1B
142 Luke Scott BAL OF
143 Ben Francisco CLE OF
144 Armando Galarraga DET SP
145 Chad Billingsley LAD SP
146 Manny Parra MIL RP/SP
147 Willy Taveras COL OF
148 Ryan Dempster CHC SP
149 Ricky Nolasco FLA SP
150 Tim Hudson ATL SP
151 Paul Konerko CHW 1B
152 Josh Willingham FLA OF
153 Mike Mussina NYY SP
154 Jon Lester BOS SP
155 Zack Greinke KC SP
156 Wandy Rodriguez HOU SP
157 Kevin Slowey MIN SP
158 Alexei Ramirez CHW 2B
159 Alexi Casilla MIN 2B
160 Jair Jurrjens ATL SP
161 Bobby Jenks CHW RP
162 Mike Lowell BOS 3B
163 Jose Valverde HOU RP
164 Kerry Wood CHC RP
165 Mark DeRosa CHC 2B/3B/OF
166 Aaron Cook COL SP
167 Michael Bourn HOU OF
168 Russell Martin LAD C
169 Cody Ross FLA OF
170 Nick Swisher CHW 1B/OF
171 Jorge Posada NYY C
172 Kevin Gregg FLA RP
173 Jon Rauch WAS RP
174 Ryan Doumit PIT C/OF
175 Derek Lowe LAD SP
176 Adam Lind TOR OF
177 B.J. Ryan TOR RP
178 Juan Rivera LAA OF
179 Francisco Liriano MIN SP
180 Jeff Keppinger CIN SS
181 James Loney LAD 1B
182 Huston Street OAK RP
183 Andy Pettitte NYY SP
184 C.J. Wilson TEX RP
185 Jonathan Sanchez SF RP
186 Joe Crede CHW 3B
187 David DeJesus KC OF
188 J.J. Hardy MIL SS
189 Jerry Hairston Jr. CIN SS/OF
190 Justin Upton ARI OF
191 Jhonny Peralta CLE SS
192 Akinori Iwamura TB 3B
193 Jorge Campillo ATL P
194 Garret Anderson LAA OF/DH
195 Chris B. Young ARI OF
196 Andre Ethier LAD OF
197 Joey Gathright KC OF
198 George Sherrill BAL RP
199 Hiroki Kuroda LAD SP
200 Aaron Laffey CLE SP
201 Cristian Guzman WAS SS
202 Bengie Molina SF C
203 Todd Jones DET RP
204 Jayson Werth PHI OF
205 Gavin Floyd CHW SP
206 Todd Wellemeyer STL SP
207 Jeremy Guthrie BAL SP
208 Scott Baker MIN SP
209 Andy Sonnanstine TB SP
210 Tim Wakefield BOS SP
211 Skip Schumaker STL OF
212 Dave Bush MIL SP
213 Blake DeWitt LAD 3B
214 Paul Maholm PIT SP
215 Hideki Matsui NYY OF/DH
216 Howie Kendrick LAA 2B
217 Aaron Harang CIN SP
218 Randy Johnson ARI SP
219 Johnny Damon NYY OF/DH
220 Edwin Encarnacion CIN 3B
221 Kevin Kouzmanoff SD 3B
222 Ted Lilly CHC SP
223 Delmon Young MIN OF
224 Luis Castillo NYM 2B
225 Ryan Garko CLE 1B
226 Jeff Kent LAD 2B
227 Pedro Feliz PHI 3B
228 Ken Griffey Jr. CIN OF
229 Fausto Carmona CLE SP
230 John Maine NYM SP
231 Placido Polanco DET 2B
232 Garrett Olson BAL SP
233 Chris Young SD SP
234 Aaron Hill TOR 2B
235 Mike Napoli LAA C
236 Clay Buchholz BOS SP
237 Chad Tracy ARI 3B
238 Scott Rolen TOR 3B
239 Jack Cust OAK OF/DH
240 Rickie Weeks MIL 2B
241 Orlando Hudson ARI 2B
242 Brian Wilson SF RP
243 J.J. Putz SEA RP
244 Yuniesky Betancourt SEA SS
245 Eric Hinske TB 1B/OF
246 Kevin Millar BAL 1B/DH
247 Stephen Drew ARI SS
248 Mark Ellis OAK 2B
249 Jason Varitek BOS C
250 Jose Lopez SEA 2B
251 Jason Kubel MIN OF
252 Matt Garza TB SP
253 Chase Headley SD 3B
254 Bronson Arroyo CIN SP
255 Khalil Greene SD SS
256 Russell Branyan MIL 3B
257 Bill Hall MIL 3B/OF
258 Randy Wolf SD SP
259 Brandon Lyon ARI RP
260 Mike Pelfrey NYM SP
261 Kurt Suzuki OAK C
262 Kyle Lohse STL SP
263 Masa Kobayashi CLE RP
264 Kenji Johjima SEA C
265 Jamie Moyer PHI SP
266 Billy Wagner NYM RP
267 Micah Owings ARI SP
268 Jered Weaver LAA SP
269 Trevor Hoffman SD RP
270 Melky Cabrera NYY OF
271 Michael Cuddyer MIN OF
272 Adam LaRoche PIT 1B
273 Lyle Overbay TOR 1B
274 Mark Grudzielanek KC 2B
275 Mark Teahen KC OF
276 Troy Percival TB RP
277 Erick Aybar LAA 2B/SS
278 Billy Butler KC DH
279 Takashi Saito LAD RP
280 Jeff Francis COL SP
281 Greg Maddux SD SP
282 Daniel Cabrera BAL SP
283 Johnny Cueto CIN SP
284 Adam Jones BAL OF
285 Dmitri Young WAS 1B
286 Ivan Rodriguez DET C
287 Gary Sheffield DET DH
288 Mark Kotsay ATL OF
289 Greg Smith OAK SP
290 Oliver Perez NYM SP
291 Jim Edmonds CHC OF
292 Matt Murton OAK OF
293 Brian Giles SD OF
294 Mark Buehrle CHW SP
295 Kenny Rogers DET SP
296 Troy Tulowitzki COL SS
297 Coco Crisp BOS OF
298 Ubaldo Jimenez COL SP
299 Manuel Corpas COL RP
300 Clint Barmes COL 2B/SS
301 Scott Hairston SD OF
302 Nick Blackburn MIN SP
303 Maicer Izturis LAA 2B/3B
304 Damaso Marte PIT RP
305 Jarrod Washburn SEA SP
306 J.P. Howell TB SP
307 Scott Olsen FLA SP
308 Paul Lo Duca WAS C
309 Chris Davis TEX 1B
310 Chris Carpenter STL SP
311 Jeff Baker COL 1B
312 Brandon Morrow SEA RP
313 Lastings Milledge WAS OF
314 Vernon Wells TOR OF
315 Joe Blanton PHI SP
316 Gary Matthews Jr. LAA OF
317 Eric Chavez OAK 3B
318 Brian Bannister KC SP
319 Ty Wigginton HOU 2B/3B
320 Hideki Okajima BOS RP
321 Brandon Inge DET 3B/OF/C
322 A.J. Pierzynski CHW C
323 Jarrod Saltalamacchia TEX C/1B
324 Austin Kearns WAS OF
325 Jeff Clement SEA DH
326 Sean Marshall CHC SP
327 Edwin Jackson TB SP
328 Dana Eveland OAK SP
329 Ryan Franklin STL RP
330 Bobby Crosby OAK SS
331 Gil Meche KC SP
332 Scot Shields LAA RP
333 Nomar Garciaparra LAD 3B/1B
334 Grant Balfour TB RP
335 Richie Sexson NYY 1B
336 Jesse Litsch TOR SP
337 Darrell Rasner NYY SP
338 Jason Bartlett TB SS
339 David Dellucci CLE OF
340 Doug Davis ARI SP

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.

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