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Power Rankings: Chisenhall lands top spot after career performance

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Lonnie Chisenhall had a once-in-a-career night against the Rangers, going 5-for-5 with three homers.

When Cooperstown comes calling for a game-used bat, chances are that the player who used that bat will probably end up on top of the SI.com Fantasy Baseball Power Rankings for the week. That's exactly what happened to the Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall.

Chisenhall had one of the best single-game performances in MLB history against the Rangers on June 9, going 5-for-5 with three home runs and nine RBI. He 's the only person to have that exact stat line since the RBI became a statistic in 1920, and he's the first player to drive in nine runs in one game since Carlos Delgado in 2008. The last time a player had three homers and nine RBI in the same game was in 2005, when Alex Rodriguez pulled it off.

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The 25-year-old Chisenhall, a former top prospect, is now hitting .393/.438/.619 with seven homers and 32 RBI in 189 plate appearances this season. Some prospects figure it out right away, while others need four years, like Chisenhall; however, there's no doubt that Indians are happy they stuck with him.

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 June 5 to June 11.

Fantasy Baseball Power Rankings
 
1 Lonnie Chisenhall
Recent ranking: N/A
Even without his monster game, Chisenhall probably would have been somewhere on this list. He went 14-for-24 with four bombs, 13 RBI, eight runs and a .615 OBP. The post-hyper should be owned in all leagues.
 
2 Andrew McCutchen
Recent ranking: Week 5, No. 29
McCutchen has started to rake, going 11-for-22 with four homers, nine RBI, six runs and a steal in the last week. He's hitting .421/.500/1.079 in 44 plate appearances in June.
 
3 Cole Hamels
Recent ranking: N/A
Hamels shut down the Reds and Padres last week, feasting on two teams that rank at or near the bottom of many offensive statistics. He didn't allow a run over 15 2/3 combined innings, surrendering 10 hits while striking out 18.
 
4 Danny Santana
Recent ranking: N/A
Call me old-fashioned, but I enjoy seeing a Santana putting up huge numbers in a Twins uniform. Santana went 14-for-34 with a pair of homers, nine RBI and two steals in the last seven days.
 
5 Anthony Rizzo
Recent ranking: N/A
Rizzo mashed for the Cubs last week, going 10-for-27 with three homers, eight RBI and a .462 OBP. It has been a dreadful year for the Cubs, but this key piece of the future has taken a step forward. Rizzo is hitting .282/.407/.509 with 13 homers.
 
6 Jordan Zimmermann
Recent ranking: N/A
Zimmermann had his best start of the season last week against -- who else? -- the Padres. He tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out 12. He has a 3.17 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 1.24 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings this year.
 
7 Paul Goldschmidt
Recent ranking: Week 5, No. 3
Goldschmidt went 8-for-24 with three homers, six RBI, two steals and a .467 OBP last week. The team's struggles this year are no fault of its best player. Goldy is hitting .308/.372/.551 with 13 homers and 48 RBI.
 
8 Tanner Roark
Recent ranking: Week 4, No. 16
Roark is the second Washington pitcher in the top 10, which makes sense since they played the Padres this week. Roark shut out the hapless Pads across eight innings, striking out 11 and allowing three hits. He then gave up two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in six innings against the Giants.
 
9 Ian Desmond
Recent ranking: N/A
Desmond went 9-for-25 with two homers, nine RBI, one steal and a .385 OBP last week. After a terrible May, he's hitting .286/.342/.657 in 38 plate appearances in June.
 
10 Adam Jones
Recent ranking: N/A
Jones had a big week for the Orioles, going 9-for-26 with three homers and seven RBI. He served as the Baltimore DH for two games due to "general soreness," but was back in centerfield on Wednesday.
 
11 Dallas Keuchel
Recent ranking: Week 8, No. 18
Keuchel picked up a pair of wins last week, running his record to 8-3. He shut out the Twins across six innings, allowing five hits and two walks while fanning six. He then tossed eight innings against the Diamondbacks, allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts.
 
12 Masahiro Tanaka
Recent ranking: Week 6, No. 7
Tanaka is running away with the AL Rookie of the Year award, and has to be on the shortlist with Felix Hernandez as the Cy Young leaders. He notched two more wins last week, throwing 15 innings and allowing three runs and 11 hits with 15 strikeouts.
 
13 Brandon Crawford
Recent ranking: N/A
Crawford went 10-for-24 with a homer, eight RBI and a .444 OBP last week. His recent hot streak has his season line up to .255/.325/.458, but he’s still just a fringe player in fantasy leagues.
 
14 Mike Trout
Recent ranking: Week 4, No. 19
Trout had a rather pedestrian week by his own standards, going 8-for-27 with a homer, seven RBI, one steal and a .394 OBP. Of course, a pedestrian week for Trout is good enough to be in the top half of the power rankings.
 
15 Jonathan Lucroy
Recent ranking: Week 6, No. 24
Lucroy has the highest batting average in the NL since May 13 and went 12-for-25 with a homer, four RBI, five runs and a steal last week. The Milwaukee catcher is now hitting .341/.403/.509 this season, and trails only Troy Tulowtizki's .356 batting average in the majors.
 
16 Jose Altuve
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 17
Altuve's led the league with four steals last week, and that's what primarily got him on this list. He went 8-for-25 with five RBI and a .357 OBP, as well.
 
17 Jayson Werth
Recent ranking: Week 4, No. 29
Werth had a solid week for the Nationals, going 10-for-25 with a homer, seven RBI and a .444 OBP. While many Nats regulars have dealt with injury or struggled this season, Werth has been a steady presence in the lineup, slashing .296/.371/.420 in 272 plate appearances.
 
18 Daniel Murphy
Recent ranking: Week 8, No. 10
Murphy continues to rake for the Mets, going 8-for-21 with two bombs, four RBI, one steal and a .409 OBP last week. He’s the No. 4 ranked second baseman in fantasy leagues, trailing only Brian Dozier, Dee Gordon and Jose Altuve.
 
19 Corey Dickerson
Recent ranking: N/A
Dickerson wnet 7-for-23 with a homer, seven RBI, two steals and a .407 OBP last week. Now that he has an everyday spot in the lineup with both Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer on the shelf, he deserves a look in all mixed leagues.
 
20 Dexter Fowler
Recent ranking: N/A
Fowler saw an 11-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday, but he went 11-for-26 with a homer, seven runs and a .516 OBP in the last seven days. He's hitting .280/.393/.397 this season.
 
21 Shelby Miller
Recent ranking: N/A
It has been a frustrating season for Miller, but he shut down the Blue Jays last week, throwing a complete game shutout while allowing just four runners to reach base. Perhaps it could portend of a second-half breakout this season.
 
22 Aroldis Chapman
Recent ranking: N/A
Chapman locked down two saves last week, striking out eight batters in four clean innings. He has a 1.29 ERA, 0.94 FIP, 0.50 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 14 innings this season.
 
23 Jimmy Rollins
Recent ranking: N/A
Rollins went just 6-for-23 last week, but he made those hits matter for his owners' counting stats. He had two homers and three steals, though he did score just three times while driving in three runs.
 
24 George Springer
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 1
Springer is the fourth Astro in this week's power rankings after going 6-for-18 with two homers, seven RBI and a .391 OBP in the last seven days. He's hitting .258/.349/.500 with 12 homers this season.
 
25 Doug Fister
Recent ranking: N/A
Fister is the fifth and final National to make the power rankings this week. He beat the Phillies and Giants last week, throwing seven innings in each start and allowing just two runs and 12 hits total while striking out eight.
 
26 Felix Hernandez
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 4
Hernandez didn't get a win last week, but struck out a career-high 15 in seven innings in his only outing. The 28-year-old is 8-1 with a 2.39 ERA, 1.93 FIP, 1.01 WHIP and 106 strikeouts against 17 walks in 98 innings.
 
27 Craig Kimbrel
Recent ranking: N/A
Kimbrel went a perfect 3-for-3 on save opportunities, though he did allow one run in a non-save situation last week. He struck out eight batters and surrendered one hit and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.
 
28 Troy Tulowitzki
Recent ranking: Week 7, No. 4
Tulo went 10-for-27 with two homers, three RBI, six runs and a .433 OBP last week. He's hitting .356/.448/.667 with 17 homers and 43 RBI this season.
 
29 Christian Yelich
Recent ranking: N/A
Yelich filled up the box score for the Marlins and his owners last week, going 10-for-28 with a homer, five RBI, three runs, two steals and a .400 OBP. He's hitting .260/.343/.420 with six homers and 10 stolen bases this season.
 
30 Greg Holland
Recent ranking: N/A
Holland didn't allow a run in three innings last week. He nailed down three saves, struck out five batters and allowed just two to reach base.
 

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