The Talented Mr. Roto: June rankings


The answer is yes.

As you read my rankings for the month of June through the rest of the season, you'll probably ask yourself some questions. Well, how did I get here? Where is that large automobile? This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife. You'll also ask yourself questions about the players and where I ranked them.

And the answer is yes. As in, yes, I believe Chase Utley falls off a little, which is why he is fourth. As in yes, I think Prince Fielder, Erik Bedard and Jeff Francoeur, among others, get it together, which is why they are ranked where they are. As in yes, I think Travis Hafner is basically done, that Dice-K's injury and second-half woes last season devalue him a great deal, that yes, I believe that Ian Kinsler, Dan Uggla, Edinson Volquez and Nate McLouth, among others, are for real. I believe that Francisco Liriano comes back in the second half and is productive and that Kosuke Fukudome continues to be a much better real-life player than fantasy producer.

These rankings were based on an ESPN.com standard 10-team mixed league and my own personal biases, which means I devalue closers and most pitching overall (since it's readily available by spot starting), that I place a premium on guys who contribute in multiple categories, specifically in speed, and that I continue to hate J.D. Drew.

Also, I'll pre-emptively address the comments wondering why I have Alex Rodriguez at No. 1 when he's been injured for a while and Chipper Jones still at 26 even though he continues to bat better than .400, and so allow me to remind you that this is from this day forward. Obviously, the past two months have influenced the rankings, but ultimately, this is about how I believe these players will perform in June through the end of the season. Period.

I'm busy writing a bunch of stuff for our football draft kit -- coming soon! -- this week, so once again, there probably won't be a TRUM this week, but I'll be back on Friday with my usual pickup column and I'll leave some space to answer e-mails about the rankings.

Editor's Note: Rankings have been updated Tuesday morning due to the news of David Ortiz's injury.

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. Use promo code ESPN for 10 percent off.

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