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Power Rankings: Healthy Tulowitzki proving doubters wrong

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Troy Tulowitzki has gotten a hit in every single game in the month of May, and has only struck out once.

Even though he has been considered among the best players in the league over the last seven years, there has always been a what-if factor surrounding Troy Tulowitzki. What if he could just stay healthy for an entire season? Would he be an MVP? Could he lead the downtrodden Rockies back to the playoffs? Would he be mentioned alongside Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera when rattling off the game's very best hitters?

We're seeing the answers to that big what if? this year. Tulo had a monster March/April, hitting .364/.477/.727 with seven homers and 22 RBI. He kept that rolling in the first week of May, slashing .609/.643/.957 with a pair of jacks, nine RBI and 10 runs scored. It was more than enough to make him the top player in the SI.com Weekly Power Rankings for May 1-7.

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These rankings highlight the 30 best players in fantasy baseball from the previous week, not going forward. This might shine a light on a few players owners may not know about who are on a hot streak, potentially worth picking up to slot into the utility spot for a week or so, or help owners make decisions regarding a trade. All stats are from games played from May 1 to May 7.

Fantasy Baseball Power Rankings
 
1 Troy Tulowitzki
Recent ranking: Week 4, No. 9
All Tulo did in the last seven days was go 14-for-23 with two homers, nine RBI and 10 runs scored. Is that good? If he just stays healthy for the whole season, we might finally see a stat line worthy of one of the most talented players in the game.  
2 Colby Rasmus
Recent ranking: Week 2, No. 16
Rasmus is on one of his hot streaks -- he went 10-for-28 in the last week, hitting four bombs and driving in 11 runs. It won't last for long, but it sure is good while it's going.
 
3 Paul Goldschmidt
Recent ranking: Week 1, No. 14
Goldschmidt put up another strong week, going 12-for-27 with three homers, five RBI, six runs, one steal and a .464 OBP. His inclusion in the power rankings is becoming par for the course.
 
4 Miguel Cabrera
Recent ranking: N/A
Hey, look! Our old friend Miguel Cabrera finally gets into the power rankings for what I'm betting will not be the last time this season. He went 9-for-26 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI last week.
 
5 Carlos Gonzalez
Recent ranking: Week 1, No. 5
Tulowitzki isn't the only one doing work in Colorado. CarGo had quite the week himself, going 12-for-26 with two homers, seven RBI, seven runs scored and a .462 OBP. As we will soon see, they've had plenty of help from their friends, as well.
 
6 Dee Gordon
Recent ranking: Week 2, No. 15
Gordon continues his post-hype breakout pace, hitting .333 (13-for-39) last week with seven runs scored and seven stolen bases. He's up to a league-leading 20 steals on the season.
 
7 Nolan Arenado
Recent ranking: N/A
Arenado is developing into a star, with the bat and especially with the glove, right before our eyes. He's on a 27-game hitting streak, and went 10-for-26 with two homers and 11 RBI over the last seven days.
 
8 Giancarlo Stanton
Recent ranking: Week 2, No. 14
Stanton has been mashing all season, and last week was no exception. He belted two more homers, driving in seven runs and going 10-for-24 with a .548 OBP. He even swiped a bag, to boot.
 
9 Jon Lester
Recent ranking: N/A
It wasn't the greatest week for pitching, though Lester had one of the singular great performances -- hitting or pitching -- of the week. He tossed eight shutout innings against the A's, allowing just one hit and striking out 15 in a 6-3 win.
 
10 Bronson Arroyo
Recent ranking: N/A
Arroyo was one of the few starting pitchers to win twice this week, earning himself inclusion in the power rankings for the first time this season. He threw 14 1/3 innings, didn't allow an earned run and gave up just eight hits in wins over the Padres and Brewers.
 
11 Tom Koehler
Recent ranking: N/A
We're used to seeing a Miami pitcher in the power rankings, but it's someone other than Jose Fernandez this week. Koehler didn't allow a run in 15 innings against the Dodgers and Mets last week, surrendering just five hits and three walks while striking out nine.
 
12 Brian Dozier
Recent ranking: Week 3, No. 24
The Twins have been a surprisingly potent offensive team, and Dozier is right at the center of it all. He went 9-for-31 with a homer, five RBI, five steals and six runs last week. While he's hitting just .234 on the season, he's contributing to the counting stats, as he has eight homers and 11 steals, along with a .359 OBP.
 
13 Drew Stubbs
Recent ranking: N/A
Stubbs has made the most of his regular playing time with Michael Cuddyer on the DL. Last week, he went 9-for-18 with a homer, two steals and eight runs scored. It appears Cuddyer will still be out for some time, so those of you in deeper leagues might want to consider kicking Stubbs' tires.
 
14 Starling Marte
Recent ranking: N/A
Marte was in need of a big week and he got one, going 13-for-34 with a home run, four steals and a .432 OBP. He also starred in two walkoff wins for the Pirates. The first was your garden variety walkoff homer.
 
15 Jonathan Villar
Recent ranking: N/A
Villar filled up the box score for the Astros last week. He went just 5-for-17, but had a pair of homers, five RBI, four steals and a .368 OBP.
 
16 Yasiel Puig
Recent ranking: N/A
Puig had another strong week, going 11-for-26 with a homer, seven RBI, three steals and a .516 OBP. He also added two of the best bat flips of the season -- one on his homer and the other on a routine fly out to center field. The Puig Experience rolls on unabated.
 
17 Max Scherzer
Recent ranking: Week 4, No. 24
Scherzer predictably dominated the Astros in his only start over the last seven days, striking out nine in eight scoreless innings. He's now 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 5/1 K/BB ratio this year.
 
18 Ubaldo Jimenez
Recent ranking: N/A
Jimenez had his best start as a member of the Orioles last week, striking out 10 Twins in 7 1/3 shutout innings. He gave up just three hits and didn't walk multiple batters for the first time this season.
 
19 Fernando Rodney
Recent ranking: N/A
Rodney made four appearances in the last week, surrendering nary a run and striking out five en route to four saves. You can never be too sure with him, but he has been a lockdown closer thus far this season.
 
20 Charlie Blackmon
Recent ranking: Week 3, No. 15
Our fifth and final Rockie this week makes checks in at No. 20. Blackmon went 9-for-29 with two homers, seven RBI, seven runs and a steal last week. We've seen enough of him to believe in the breakout.
 
21 Shin-Soo Choo
Recent ranking: N/A
Choo returned from injury and went 11-for-20 with a homer, three RBI, two steals four runs and a .667 OBP. That's exactly the player the Rangers need at the top of the order to kickstart the offense.
 
22 Pedro Alvarez
Recent ranking: N/A
Alvarez blasted two homers last week, drove in eight runs and picked up -- what is for him -- a rare steal. That he went 10-for-35 with a .375 OBP while doing his usual damage was an unexpected boost for his owners.
 
23 Juan Francisco
Recent ranking: N/A
Francisco has always had legitimate power, and he flashed it over the last week, hitting two homers and driving in seven runs. He's not worth adding, however, unless you are in a very deep mixed league.
 
24 Tommy Hunter
Recent ranking: N/A
Hunter notched four saves and a win, striking out six batters in four innings. He gave up three hits and a run his last time out, but was still able to escape with his 10th save of the year.
 
25 Desmond Jennings
Recent ranking: N/A
Jennings went just 8-for-33 with a .286 OBP last week, but he made his hits count. He had three homers, two steals and six runs, and now has four homers and six swipes to go along with a .269/.358/.462 slash line.
 
26 Victor Martinez
Recent ranking: N/A
Martinez went 9-for-23 with two homers, five RBI, five runs and an even .500 OBP last week. He's hitting .318/.377/.542 with six homers and 18 RBI for the season.
 
27 Todd Frazier
Recent ranking: N/A
Frazier posted an all-around strong week for the Reds, going 8-for-24 with a homer, seven RBI, five runs and a stolen base. He has shown some signs of life and is well worth rostering in deep mixed leagues.
 
28 Mark Buehrle
Recent ranking: Week 1, No. 20
The 35-year-old Buehrle became the first pitcher to win six games this year with a pair of W's last week. He first held the Royals to two earned runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, then shutout the Phillies across seven innings, allowing just three walks. He's 6-1 with a 1.91 ERA and 1.17 WHIP this season.
 
29 Andrew McCutchen
Recent ranking: Week 3, No. 12
McCutchen did not leave the yard in the last seven days, but he was on on-base machine, amassing a .500 OBP. He scored six times, stole a base, and drove in four runs of his own.
 
30 Johnny Cueto
Recent ranking: Week 3, No. 4
Cueto went eight strong innings in his lone start last week, a win over the Brewers. He allowed two runs -- both on solo homers -- and three hits, striking out 10 and walking one. In the process, he became the first Reds pitcher in 70 years to go at least seven innings in his first seven starts of the year.
 
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