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Week 5 Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings (4/29-5/5)

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Week 5 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

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Week 4 of the fantasy baseball season was filled with some amazing pitching performances. Several starters like Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Cole Hamels, Matt Moore, Patrick Corbin, and Travis Wood all had two strong starts this past week. They all pitched over 12 innings and gave their fantasy owners a pretty strong stat line in the process. Two–start pitchers are one of the hidden secrets of fantasy baseball, so it is always important to keep them in your lineup.

This past week also had some stars come back from the Disabled List. Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes missed some time with a strain in his left thumb. However, the star came back with a bang, as he hit a two-run home run in his first game back.

Also Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman was activated this week. Freeman was on the 15-day DL with a minor oblique injury, but he is ready to get back at it. He was having an amazing season before his untimely injury, so fantasy owners couldn’t be happier to see the thumper back in the lineup this week.

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki hurt his shoulder on Sunday. It has come out that he will only miss one or two games, but expect to see the superstar a little lower this week in my payer rankings.

To help you set your last minute lineup this week, here are my complete Week 5 fantasy baseball player rankings.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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Week 5 Catcher Rankings

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1. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

2. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

3. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

4. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

5. John Buck, New York Mets

6. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

7. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

8. J. P. Arencibia, Toronto Blue Jays

9. Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies

10. Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks

11. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

12. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

13. Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals

14. Chris Iannetta, Los Angeles Angels

15. A. J. Pierzynski, Texas Rangers

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Week 5 First Base Rankings

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1. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers

2. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

3. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

4. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

5. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers

6. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

7. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

8. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

9. Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Indians

10. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

11. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

12. Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins

13. Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

14. Lance Berkman, Texas Rangers

15. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals

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Week 5 Second Base Rankings

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1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

2. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

3. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds

4. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

5. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

6. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

7. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers

8. Howard Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels

9. Daniel Murphy, New York Mets

10. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves

11. Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals

12. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates

13. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians

14. Mark Ellis, Los Angles Dodgers

15. Omar Infante, Detroit Tigers

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Week 5 Shortstop Rankings

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1. Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants

2. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers

3. Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

4. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

5. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

6. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

7. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

8. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

9. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

10. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves

11. Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds

12. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres

13. Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies

14. Pete Kozma, St. Louis Cardinals

15. Didi Gregorious, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Week 5 Third Base Rankings

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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

2. David Wright, New York Mets

3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

4. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants

5. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

6. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks

7. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds

8. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

9. Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox

10. Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates

11. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners

12. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics

13. Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies

14. Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins

15. Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians

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Week 5 Outfield Rankings

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1. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

2. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

3. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

4. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

5. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles

6. Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies

7. Coco Crisp, Oakland Athletics

8. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

9. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

10. Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox

11. Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati Reds

12. Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers

13. Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Althetics

14. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals

15. Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers

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Week 5 Starter Rankings

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1. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers – (4/30) (5/5)

2. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals – (4/29) (5/4)

3. Matt Harvey, New York Mets – (4/29) (5/4)

4. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals – (4/29) (5/5)

5. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers – (4/30) (5/5)

6. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants – (4/29) (5/5)

7. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers – (4/29) (5/4)

8. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers – (5/4)

9. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals (4/30) (5/5)

10. Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs – (4/29) (5/4)

11. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners – (5/3)

12. Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees – (4/29) (5/5)

13. Matt Latos, Cincinnati Reds – (4/29) (5/5)

14. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox – (5/1)

15. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies – (4/30) (5/5)

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Week 5 Closer Rankings

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

2. Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals

3. Jim Johnson, Baltimore Orioles

4. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants

5. Addison Reed, Chicago White Sox

6. Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates

7. Jim Henderson, Milwaukee Brewers

8. Rafael Betancourt, Colorado Rockies

9. Tom Wilhelmsen, Seattle Mariners

10. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

11. Brandon League, Los Angeles Dodgers

12. Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox

13. Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays

14. Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers

15. Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins