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With the 2012 fantasy baseball rankings for every position done, we turn our lazy eye towards the top 100 for 2012 fantasy baseball.  These 2012 fantasy baseball rankings are one part La Bamba and two parts LDP.  They own a cat, a dog and a lizard in a two bedroom apartment where pets aren’t allowed.  Know why?  Cause they don’t care!  None of this top 100 for 2012 fantasy baseball is meant to surprise.  *jumping out of a closet*  Boo!  Sorry, that was meant to surprise.  This top 100 is just taking my positional rankings and putting guys in The Big Picture.  You really should read each ranking post because the blurbs in this top 100 are on the skimpy side because there’s so many of them.  Obviously at a hundred players, some guys just didn’t make it.  About 200 or so, to be inexact.  It’s okay, there will be a top 300 too.  Shortly, Sloth, you’ll have your Baby Ruth.  Not to get all biblical on you, but this is the gospel.  Print it out and take it to Mt. Sinai and it will say, “Win your 2012 fantasy baseball league, young premature balding man.”  Projections were done by me and a crack team of 100 monkeys fighting amongst themselves because there were only 99 typewriters.  Somebody buy Ling-Ling his own typewriter!  To help with your drafting, there’s also a list of players with multiple position eligibility.  Anyway, here’s the top 100 for 2012 fantasy baseball:

1. Ryan Braun – Beat those charges like Rocky.  A victory for everyone who ever tested positive for high levels of testosterone from wearing Affliction t-shirts.  2012 Projections:  105/35/110/.310/15

2. Miguel Cabrera – Let’s take the top off this Popov and shoot one down for Swiggy.   Forget the millions of dollars he’s earned.  Being Razzball’s number two player is his happiest moment.  2012 Projections:  105/32/115/.325/3

3. Albert Pujols – In the top 10 for fantasy baseball, I said Al Gore invented the internet and Pujols invented Al Gore.  Or something like that.  2012 Projections:  100/35/110/.305/7

4. Joey Votto – “His name rhymes with blotto.”  That’s Miguel Cabrera pointing at Votto while making small talk at the All-Star Game with Josh Hamilton.  2012 Projections:  100/30/110/.315/10

5. Jose Bautista – Please don’t let Joey Bats fail me now.  Not after it took me two years to get pot-committed to him.  2012 Projections:  100/38/105/.265/10

6. Evan Longoria – Your 2012 American League MVP is… Evan Longoria.  Now please let him stay off the herpes medication.  2012 Projections:  105/34/120/.280/7

7. Matt Kemp – Some people are taking Kemp first overall.  I won’t.  2012 Projections:  100/30/105/.290/25

8. Troy Tulowitzki – If he only misses one month this year, I hope it’s March or October.  2012 Projections:  95/32/110/.305/10

9. Justin Upton – Nothing sexier than Justin Upton this year.  Well, maybe Kate Upton.  Meow!  2012 Projections:  100/30/100/.300/20

10. Prince Fielder – I hear he’s petitioning the Tigers to change their name to the Zebras.  The stripes are slimming.  When he went to the Tigers, I went over my Prince Fielder 2012 fantasy.  2012 Projections:  100/37/115/.280

11. Adrian Gonzalez – My hope is he does less spray hitting and more power hitting.  I’m also praying for world peace.  2012 Projections:  100/32/115/.275

12. Robinson Cano – Our first Yankee!*  (*ESPN passed a law through Congress that by the 450th word of every sports related blog post there must be a mention of the Yankees.) 2012 Projections:  105/27/105/.310/5

13. Jacoby Ellsbury – Our 2nd Red Sox!* (*Similar law.) 2012 Projections:  110/17/70/.295/45

14. Ian Kinsler – In the top 20 for 2012 fantasy baseball, I have Kinsler above a bunch of players that are being drafted after him.  I didn’t do this with the intent that I would have Kinsler on every team, but I will happily take him.  Please stay healthy.  Please.  2012 Projections:  100/25/70/.260/25

15. Jose Reyes – I have Kinsler, Reyes and Hanley back-to-back-to-back, so, basically, I’m tempting fate here.  If all three stay healthy and produce, I’ll be impressed.  Not exactly what you want to hear at this point in a draft.  2012 Projections:  110/12/50/.295/45

16. Hanley Ramirez – Nothing says team player like… Well, whatever the opposite of Hanley would be.  Here comes 3rd base eligibility and disgruntlement (Word of the Day!).  2012 Projections:  90/20/105/.305/25

17. Carlos Gonzalez – Can I add CarGo to the Kinsler/Reyes/Hanley troika of risk/upside?  Hey, I just did.  But now it’s not a troika.  It’s a fourka!  2012 Projections:  100/25/100/.300/18

18. Andrew McCutchen – From Ellsbury to here, The Dread Pirate might actually be the safest, which means he’ll be the only one to get hurt.  I’m joking/jinxing, or jonking.  Sorry, the 2nd round always gets me nervous.  2012 Projections:  95/25/100/.275/30

19. Mike Stanton – I haven’t been as crazy as I am for Stanton since Ryan Klesko grew out his side burns.  It’s true love and I have Stanton’s name scribbled all over my Trapper Keeper to prove it.  2012 Projections:  100/37/115/.260/7

20. Roy Halladay – He’s probably safer than some of the above names, but there’s also a gazillion (plus or minus a million) starters.  No need to take one so early.  2012 Projections:  20-7/2.50/1.05/215

21. Dustin Pedroia – I won’t own him.  Not that I don’t think he’s going to give you the stats that I project, but because I’ll be taking someone else above.  2012 Projections:  105/18/80/.295/20

22. Clayton Kershaw – This is where the rankings get a little tricky.  I tried to look at ADP to avoid putting some of these guys above where they’re being taken.  So I like Kershaw, but I want someone else to take him first.  Just too many pitchers to be taking one this early.  2012 Projections:  17-7/2.55/1.05/230

23. Cliff Lee – I said most of what I had to say about The Adverb in Kershaw’s blurb.  2012 Projections:  18-8/2.50/1.05/215

24. Justin Verlander – Um, yeah, still see above.  Or see the top 20 starters for 2012 fantasy baseball.  2012 Projections:  18-7/2.75/1.08/240

25. David Wright – Also, I need to say something in general about this top 100.  If I’ve drafted Longoria or Bautista already, I’m not taking Wright.  Though if I haven’t taken Longoria or Bautista, which is a possibility since they’re the only 3rd basemen in the top 20, then I’m grabbing Wright.  2012 Projections:  85/24/100/.290/15

26. Adrian Beltre – Also, I’m not taking Beltre if I’ve taken Wright, Bautista or Longoria, which means I’m probably owning Jay Bruce this year.  Unless I have an outfielder but not a 3rd baseman.  Well, I’ll go over all the draft strategy pairings in a separate post.  2012 Projections:  75/28/100/.280/3

27. Jay Bruce – Pretty surprised to see Bruce much lower in ADP as of right now.  Hey, over-the-internet friend, outfield is shallow.  There’s a lot of other outfielders that are giving you five categories?  Rhetorical!  2012 Projections:  90/34/100/.270/10

28. Tim Lincecum – Like Digital Underground, he’s outta the Bay Area and he’s a freak of the industry and he’s money, B.  Still don’t see any way I’m drafting him.  Too many offensive slots to fill early on.  2012 Projections:  15-10/2.75/1.18/230

29. Josh Hamilton – Hey, look at that, Hamilton is ranked 28th.  As in the number of rehab days for Sandra Bullock in that terrible movie.  Since most everyone likes Hamilton more than Bruce, there’s a good chance I don’t own Hamilton this year.  Unless, of course, after drafting something like 7 teams I decide to mix it up for variety sake.  Also, the deeper the league, the more I’m avoiding Hamilton.  As pointed out in the top 20 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball.  Now, if I sense Hamilton going cheaper just because he likes his tonic with gin, then I’d draft him.  Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle* would be proud I didn’t let a little thing like alcohol abuse stop me from drafting him.  (*Sorry, every 450th word.)  2012 Projections:  75/27/85/.295/7

30. Felix Hernandez – Will be fun when ESPN is talking about how F-Her is having a bounce back in twelve-after-twenty even though he wasn’t bad last year.  Good fun!  2012 Projections:  15-12/2.80/1.14/220

31. Nelson Cruz – Imagine you’re playing charades, Nelson Cruz is your partner and the phrase to guess is “always injured.”  Cruz would just point at himself.  2012 Projections:  70/30/85/.260/10

32. Mark Teixeira – Albert Lang went over his Teixeira overrated thingie-ma-boob.  I don’t disagree.  2012 Projections:  100/35/110/.260

33. Dan Uggla – He is being drafted on average in the 50′s.  Guess who has two thumbs, two pinkies, is making the “Hang Loose” sign and is gonna own Uggla this year?  This guy!  2012 Projections:  90/35/105/.250/3

34. Pablo Sandoval – Guess who has two thumbs, two pinkies, is making the “Hang Loose” sign, hasn’t showered since last week and is hopefully gonna own a third baseman before he gets out of the third round?  Still this guy!  2012 Projections:  80/27/95/.320/3

35. Ryan Zimmerman – Guess who has two thumbs, two pinkies, is making the “Hang Loose” sign, hasn’t showered since last week, is eating ice cream out of his belly button and is hopefully gonna own a third baseman before he gets out of the third round?  Same guy, different blurb!  2012 Projections:  80/27/100/.290/5

36. CC Sabathia – I have an idea for the All-Star Game weekend.  Pie eating contest between Eugenio Velez and Dee Gordon with CC and Prince as their coaches.  Imagine the agony on CC’s face when Dee Gordon can’t get down more than a forkful.  Why am I not in charge of the All-Star Game festivities?  2012 Projections:  20-7/3.10/1.20/210

37. Hunter Pence – First full year in Citizens Flank, which could mean he exceeds my projections.  Even if he doesn’t, he’s one of the safest bets out of the first 40 picks.  Ed Wade’s Toupee would be proud, wherever it is.  I’m guessing a tropical island.  2012 Projections:  95/25/100/.280/10

38. Curtis Granderson – I’m a big fan of Grandy this year.  Now look at that sentence in the mirror.  Here’s a post I dedicated to my Granderson reverse love.  2012 Projections: 100/29/90/.255/18

39. Elvis Andrus – Younger, healthier version of Reyes with 5 less homers.  Can’t put it to you any simpler.  2012 Projections:  105/7/60/.285/40

40. Starlin Castro – Usually when people get excited about a player, I get cynical and excuse myself to the lavatory to barf.  In this case, I kinda like Castro.  2012 Projections:  100/12/70/.310/20

41. Zack Greinke – First top ranked pitcher I have a legitimate shot at owning.  I’m so fine with that, I’m finer with it.  If that made any sense.  2012 Projections:  15-8/2.90/1.18/220

42. Cole Hamels – I’ve got no quarrel with Hamels, but if I’ve just drafted Greinke there’s no way I’m owning Cole.  Just the facts, Jack Black Kerouac.  (<–alliteration in lieu of wit!) 2012 Projections:  15-10/2.95/1.10/200

43. Brett Lawrie – I already went over my Lawrie 2012 fantasy.  I had it dry cleaned for you.  2012 Projections:  90/20/70/.290/24

44. Paul Konerko – I want a 3rd baseman early.  I want an outfielder early.  I’ll definitely take a 1st baseman early.  The problem?  I don’t have enough picks for all the early picks I want.  Um… Crap?  2012 Projections:  85/29/100/.290

45. Alex Rodriguez – Out of 44 picks, this is the 8th 3rd baseman from the top 20 3rd basemen for 2012 fantasy baseball.  ESPN, “Yay, that means it’s deep!”  Reality, “No, that means eight 3rd basemen will be gone quickly and then things get tricky.”  ESPN, “Whatever.  Go Yankees and Red Sox!”  2012 Projections:  70/24/85/.270/5

46. Howie Kendrick – Random Razzball Commenter, “Why is Kendrick ranked above some outfielders here that he’s ranked below on the top 40 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball?”  February Grey, “Because he has 2nd base eligibility.  If Matt Holliday had 2nd base eligibility, he’d be ranked here.”  Random Razzball Commenter, “I love your mustache.”  February Grey, “Thank you.”  2012 Projections:  100/18/70/.290/15

47. Brandon Phillips – Wanna see some value?  Why are you looking under your desk?  The value isn’t there.  Look at Pedroia’s projections and look at Phillips’s.  There’s the value.  2012 Projections:  90/20/85/.275/17

48. Matt Holliday – Maybe Holliday will pull a Claire Danes, but I doubt it.  To explain:  I don’t like Claire Danes.  I’ve managed to avoid everything she’s ever done.  Yet, she’s surprised me with Homeland.  Best drama on TV, assuming Mad Men’s on hiatus.  Yes, better than Boardwalk Empire.  Though, I haven’t started watching Breaking Bad yet and am still trying to figure out how I feel about Luck.  Confused is one word that comes to mind with Luck.  Only thing disappointing about Homeland is I keep waiting for Claire Danes to introduce her gay best friend played by Carlos Beltran.  2012 Projections:  85/24/90/.305/5

49. Carlos Santana – Taking a wild guess here, but I’m thinking I don’t draft Santana anywhere ranking him this low.  Last year, I took a lot of heat for ranking Posey in the 90′s overall.  How’d that work out for you?  2012 Projections:  80/25/90/.260/5

50. Madison Bumgarner – I’m uber-high on Bumgarner.  Yes, I used uber.  Here’s my Bumgarner 2012 fantasy too.  2012 Projections:  15-8/2.90/1.18/200

51. Yovani Gallardo – If I didn’t draft a starter yet, obviously I’m taking one in this player grouping.  Or plouping, which sounds like a Swedish person going to the bathroom.  2012 Projections:  15-9/3.15/1.20/210

52. David Price – Leave the fan on cause we’re still in the same plouping.  If you’re pooped from this ploup, there’s good news.  There’s only one more to drop.  It’s below you.  No, down.  2012 Projections:  15-10/3.20/1.18/200

53. Jon Lester – Hey!  Glad you found it.  He’s the courtesy flush before we leave this plouping.  2012 Projections:  16-9/3.25/1.22/200

54. Chase Utley – Worth pointing out here that Utley is the 7th 2nd baseman from the top 20 2nd basemen for 2012 fantasy baseball in 53 names.  What’s going on here is I’m making sure I have at least one top 2nd baseman so I can grab another 2nd baseman for my middle infield slot.  Then I only have to deal with one shortstop.  2012 Projections:  80/20/85/.280/15

55. Aramis Ramirez – I’d throw Aramis in with those Hamilton/Cruz-types that I’d be careful about in very deep leagues where it’s not as easy to fill in off waivers because Aramis always misses time.  2012 Projections:  75/25/95/.295

56. Kevin Youkilis – I see Youuuuuuuuk being drafted in the 80′s overall.  I hate to write a sleeper post on him because it’ll be as lame as my Vernon Wells sleeper post, but Youuuuuuuk’s a bargain in drafts this year.  Cust kayin’.  2012 Projections:  75/19/85/.270/3

57. Lance Berkman - You know what’s gonna be weird?  When I don’t have a 1st baseman yet and Berkman’s name pops up in my queue.  That’s gonna be awkward after all the bad things I said about him last year.  2012 Projections:  80/24/95/.275/3

58. Michael Young - Old Young is being drafted on average fifteen spots before Youuuuuuk.  Whole lotta average lovers out there.  2012 Projections:  75/15/90/.310/5

59. Eric Hosmer – Trying to figure out how to justify putting Hosmer ahead of Berkman and Young even though I don’t have him in front of them on my top 20 1st basemen for 2012 fantasy baseball post.  I could see a potential scenario where I don’t have a 1st baseman and I take Hosmer before the previous two.  What I’d prefer to happen is I have a 1st baseman so there’s no need to take Berkman or Young, and then Hosmer is around for me to take a little later for my corner infidel slot.  This seems highly unlikely though since Hosmer’s ADP is above even 58.  Oh, well.  2012 Projections:  85/25/95/.280/10

60. Brian McCann – I punt catcher so this is merely a formality ranking him here.  I’ll go over catcher strategy in its own post.  Continued in the next blurb.  2012 Projections:  70/25/85/.275/3

61. Matt Wieters – But, and this is a J. Lo-sized but, I could see ignoring Wieters if he’s there at the 60th pick, but grabbing him before his ADP of 100-ish.  2012 Projections:  80/24/85/.280

62. Dan Haren – Doesn’t he seem older than 31 years old?  Maybe he’s got that Benjamin Button disease.  That was a true story, right?  2012 Projections:  17-10/3.30/1.12/190

63. Jimmy Rollins – Now here’s a guy that seems older than 31 years old.  *checking notes*  Oh, he is.  He’s 33.  Yeah, speed doesn’t age well.  Neither do Phillies.  Comatose Marlins Fan, “Too bad my team never spends any money or we might actually compete this year.”  Comatose Marlins Fan, I have some good news for you.  2012 Projections:  80/14/55/.270/24

64. Asdrubal Cabrera – I was all ready to write an overrated post for Asdrubal, and maybe I still will once more people come out with their rankings, but right now I think the fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) are on the money with where they’re taking Asdrubal.  2012 Projections:  80/14/70/.270/15

65. Jered Weaver – I’m pretty down on Weaver (not like that!) compared to other ‘perts.  February Grey’s mantra, “Too many pitchers to choose from so, if I’m not into one of them, I’m moving on.”  So it’s not the most soothing mantra.  2012 Projections:  16-10/3.35/1.12/200

66. C.J. Wilson – You can read what I wrote about Weaver in the mirror.  .artnam gnihtoos tsom eht ton s’ti oS  No, I meant, I’m up on Wilson compared to being down on Weaver.  Still don’t mean it like that.  2012 Projections:  14-8/3.45/1.21/190

67. Shane Victorino – “Every time I try to get out of drafting Victorino, I get pulled back in!”  That’s me looking at Victorino’s ADP compared to where I’ve ranked him.  Is it too much to ask for people to get excited about him so I don’t have to draft him?  He’s really good!  Did that help?  2012 Projections:  85/15/55/.275/20

68. Craig Kimbrel – Yeah, I don’t draft top closers.  SAGNOF!  2012 Projections:  5-2/2.20/1.08/110, 40 saves

69. Michael Morse – From this next plouping of outfielders, I’m looking for my 2nd outfielder in 5 outfielder leagues.  Since at this point, I’ll have quite a few players I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m taking Morse over Jennings.  If I have Bruce or Stanton, I may feel like I need speed more than Morse provides.  If I have Uggla, I may not take Fellatio Upton because of average concerns.  If I have Wright, I may not take Heyward because they both need to bounce back.  This is where things become interesting.  I mean that sincerely.  I’m a nerd!  2012 Projections:  80/27/90/.275/3

70. Desmond Jennings – I’m gonna go easy on my love for Jennings because if Stanton hears me… Well, I just don’t want to ruin what we have.  To read my Desmond Jennings 2012 fantasy.  Do that click you do.  2012 Projections:  80/16/65/.275/35

71. B.J. Upton – Spoiler alert:  I like B.J.  Usually before I say that, I say, “Soiler alert.”  2012 Projections:  80/20/85/.250/40

72. Adam Jones – I drafted Adam Jones in my first 2012 fantasy baseball mock that I’ll post next week.  I gotta be honest.  Drafting Jones didn’t get any tingling going in my nethers.  2012 Projections:  80/25/90/.285/12

73. Drew Stubbs – Stubbs and Krispie both seem good in theory.  Don’t under any circumstances draft them on the same team or with any other guy who I have projected for .250 or lower.  Cause if two of them miss their marks and hit .240, you’re like Dunn done.  2012 Projections:  80/17/55/.240/40

74. Krispie Young – See Stubbs’s blurb or 1/8th of an inch above.  2012 Projections:  85/25/80/.235/25

75. Jason Heyward – Here’s something that I don’t think I mentioned in the top 40 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball post.  If Heyward has another terrible year, he’ll be ranked around 200th overall for 2013.  I just don’t see that happening.  2012 Projections:  80/22/90/.280/10

76. Shin-Soo Choo – This is a plouping inside a plouping.  I’m not crazy about Choo, but I have him low enough where I shouldn’t own him anyway.  2012 Projections:  80/17/85/.280/17

77. Carl Crawford – Really wanted to believe in the bounce back.  I did, really.  Really, really.  But wrist surgery, really?  2012 Projections:  75/10/70/.280/30

78. Alex Gordon – I’m not a fan of guys coming off career years unless they’re like 24 years old and could get better.  That’s just me being real with ya.  2012 Projections:  85/20/100/.280/12

79. Brett Gardner – If Ellsbury is less valuable than Gardner in 2012, you have to pay me a $1.  Any takers?  (Sure, there’s no scenario here where I give you money, but are you taking the bet?  Yes or no?)  2012 Projections:  105/8/50/.280/50

80. Jayson Werth – Watch Werth carry the Nats to the World Series.  That would surprise you?  Okay, a little.  But it does sound within the realm of possibility.  2012 Projections:  75/22/90/.265/15

81. Mike Napoli – I already went over my Napoli overrated post.  It was written by Mike Scioscia.  2012 Projections:  60/25/70/.250/3

82. Buster Posey – As someone mentioned in that Napoli overrated post, I could’ve just said any catcher drafted before 100 overall is a schmohawk.  Kinda true when you think about how many people have wasted Posey draft picks in his short career.  2012 Projections:  65/20/75/.300

83. Michael Cuddyer – Kinda surprised me how high I ranked Cuddyer.  Not a good surprise, or a bad surprise, just a surprise.  2012 Projections:  75/22/85/.275/5

84. Mark Reynolds – Draft Reynolds and get the Mini Donkey show.  Home run, steal, strikeout whiff strikeout whiff strikeout whiff, home run, steal, strikeout whiff strikeout whiff strikeout whiff.  He likes to get his whiffs in.  2012 Projections:  75/35/90/.230/7

85. Adam Lind – Let’s see if you can guess what I’m drafting now.  No, not a pitcher!  I’m drafting a corner man.  I have no problem filling up my corner infidel slot before I even have a shortstop.  I actually don’t mind drafting a middle infidel before a shortstop.  That would mean two 2nd basemen before a shortstop for those slow on the uptake.  2012 Projections:  90/32/105/.270

86. Billy Butler – I kinda wanna own Butler this year.  I know, it makes little sense.  But so does that fact he just had a solid year and his ADP actually went down from last year.  2012 Projections:  90/20/100/.300

87. Ryan Howard – The positive is you’ll be able to DL him.  The negative is no one knows for how long.  2012 Projections:  70/28/100/.260

88. Gio Gonzalez – People will look at this high ranking of Gio like I lost my stuffing that stuffs my head that some people call brains.  Fair enough, but there’s no way the rankings go exactly in this order, unless 12 people are all drafting from the same top 100 list.  And keeping exactly to it.  As soon as some schmohawk drafts Mariano Rivera 80th overall, the entire order shifts.  So the chances of you drafting Gio at, say, pick 120th is good.  2012 Projections:  15-8/3.50/1.28/200

89. Matt Cain – Recently, saw someone I went to high school with post on Facebook a bumper sticker that said, “Kane is able.”  Then they wrote, “Clever!”  Then 20 people thumbed it up.  On a related note, I have no idea who these people are I went to high school with.  2012 Projections:  14-10/3.10/1.10/180

90. Mat Latos – The thought is that a pitcher leaving Petco will take a hit-slash-get hit.  Yeah, agreed.  But Latos has the stuff to play in any park and now he’ll actually have an offense.  Win-win.  Literally.  2012 Projections:  16-10/3.50/1.20/200

91. Stephen Strasburg – I don’t see how I’m going to end up with Strasburg unless I reach way above this ranking or compete in a 12 team league with 11 relatives who don’t like baseball.  I don’t even think I have 11 relatives.  Grey’s family is small, yo!  2012 Projections:  12-5/2.90/1.10/165 in 160 innings

92. Daniel Hudson – I don’t look at where people are drafting every player until after I do my rankings, so I’m not needlessly influenced.  With that said, I was happy to see Hudson around this spot so there’s a chance I could get him.  Yay for me.  2012 Projections:  14-8/3.40/1.18/190

93. Jordan Zimmermann – Would’ve been crazy to think this in 2011, but as early as next year, Ryan Zimmerman could be drafted after Jordan Zimmermann if Ryan can’t hang with J-Z and the “Ninjas in Paris.”  That is what the asterisks are for, right?  2012 Projections:  14-6/3.25/1.15/170

94. Logan Morrison -  My best friend Harry has a brother Larry in five days from now– Oh, sorry, was listening to my iTunes.  Um, yeah, Morrison… Um… Well, you know what he does.  2012 Projections:  60/25/75/.270/5

95. Peter Bourjos – Frequent commenter and, I believe one of our three girl readers, pubscout, alerted me that Bourjos is nursing a hip injury.  If that’s the reason why he’s fast like a gazelle, but his steals were down last year, I might have to drop him in my rankings.  You’ve been caveated.  2012 Projections: 85/15/50/.255/35

96. Ben Zobrist – Maybe his Christian-rock-singing wife can write a little ditty called, “There’s No Middle Infidel In My Heart That Does What You Do.”  2012 Projections:  75/17/90/.255/17

97. Rickie Weeks – Draft him and then start thinking about who you’re going to pick up to fill in for him when he’s hurt.  2012 Projections:  65/18/50/.260/10

98. Ike Davis – Here’s hoping the Mets move their fences to just off the infield grass.  2012 Projections:  85/22/90/.280

99. John Axford – To talk as if all I watch is infomercials, I think Axford is gonna be more wow than sham, but I’m still not drafting a top closer.  2012 Projections:  5-1/2.40/1.16/90, 38 saves

100. Matt Garza - Pray that somehow, against all odds Phil Collins-style the Padres become contenders and they trade for Garza mid-season.  Anibal Sanchez is now 101, but I still love him.  I even 2012 Projections:  12-10/3.40/1.25/190

101. Anibal Sanchez - Yeah, I know, 100 ends at 100.  Well, excuse me if I can’t contain my Anibal Sanchez love.  I already dropped on you an Anibal Sanchez fantasy.  I talk about things in that post that are unprintable.  Luckily, no one’s printing it out.  2012 Projections:  15-8/3.50/1.24/190

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  1. Paulie Allnuts

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    “Obviously at a hundred players, some guys just didn’t make it. About 200 or so, to be inexact. It’s okay, there will be a top 300 too. Shortly, Sloth, you’ll have your Baby Ruth. Not to get all biblical on you, but this is the gospel. Print it out and take it to Mt. Sinai and it will say, “Win your 2012 fantasy baseball league, young premature balding man.” Projections were done by me and a crack team of 100 monkeys fighting amongst themselves because there were only 99 typewriters. Somebody buy Ling-Ling his own typewriter!”

    The first “spit up your morning coffee” moment of the day. And I am still on the first paragraph!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Thanks!

  2. d2bnz says:
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    As an owner of Ryan Howard , I’m intrigued to find Ike Davis in the ’100….Isn’t this the same guy that twisted an ankle never to return…. is he really worth your confidence ? …….real potential as the steal of the draft if so.

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      @d2bnz, i think baseball players should start wearing ankle braces… or tape their ankles outside of their shoes (like football players)… that would actually make rickie weeks draftable, but then he would also have to heavily tape both wrists…

      • mic says:
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        @mic, cleats for games their not playing on astro turf*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @d2bnz, He has solid power and one of the few with upside.

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        i heard , somewhere , that ike davis was averaging 350′ on his
        home run shots .
        (maybe one of your “graph guys” can corroborate this ?)

        if that’s true , moving the fences in wouldn’t seem to be that big
        of a deal for him .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @chata, Wouldn’t hurt either.

  3. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Alnuts says:
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    Grey; Love the top 100 ratings, with one caveat. I will play Devils Advocate for Granderson. I don’t think that his 2011 season was an anomaly. He actually began his run in September 2010. During that month, In total, Granderson hit nine home runs, piled up 23 RBI, and hit for a .278 average.

    His on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS went through the roof as well. (.369/.622/.991) In short, he got into a zone and stayed with it throughout the offseason, and wound up 2nd in AB/HR in the American League. During the stretch that started 9/10, he has more dingers then anyone in baseball, including Joey Bats.

  4. Steve says:
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    To carry an analogy over from yesterday, I think of the top 20s as a sharp haircut from the 80s. The Top 100/300 are the frosting.

    Great stuff as always, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Thanks!

  5. I think you just want Bulter because you’re into tits. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fman99, Agreed

  6. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ha the blurbs are so good you forget the main point of this post is the rankings! Great job, the fact that catchers like Wieters (who I like) are so high yet you won’t draft them, does that mean that you won’t but its ok if we draft them there?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, And when I say you forget the main point of this post in the rankings, I mean the plural you as in us of course. Grey knows his stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d draft Wieters around 100th.

  7. Bourne says:
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    I am geeked. I saw this post and actually let out a small squeal. Now how to figure out if you meant you are going to draft a top 1B or you are going to take Konerko in every draft.

    I know longoria is awesome, but I am feeling Id rather have one of the top 5 1B in round one and then take a third or fourth round 3B then hope to go the other way around. Plus the SAWX are going to SUCX.

  8. mic says:
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    i will print this out and paste it in my bible… and place my bible inside my trapper keeper… and place my trapper keeper inside my cambridge satchel…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mic, Ha!

  9. Purewater says:
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    How do your rankings translate to a H2H league?

    Breaking Bad>Walking Dead>Homeland>Luck

    • Bourne says:
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      @Purewater, Dexter>> allother shows

      • Purewater says:
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        @Bourne, I thought Dexter really dragged last season, same old tired storyline over and over. I was about to give up on it, until the last scene of the last episode…you know what I’m talking about. Now those f.ckers got me hooked again for another season.

    • Tony says:
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      @Purewater, hey man i play h2h, its a 12 team format, and its 10×10, so in our league we count individual hits, walks, K’s, etc on the offensive side…. wins, losses, qs’s, and all the other goodies on the pitching side. It’s interesting. Really think about some of these players and your leagues settings. I know in my league I can’t go drafting 3-4 of the guys listed above with average concerns because its not a 5×5 roto league, i need guys that get hits, etc…. and my league has a 32 inning pitching limit, so once we hit 32 innings for the week if the stats are good you shut your guys down, so i always see pitching as not as important…. Know your league and adjust.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Purewater, I’d use these rankings for a H2H league. Isn’t Walking Dead a zombie show? That doesn’t sound appealing.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey, I haven’t actually watched Walking Dead, although I would term myself a “zombie fan”. I’ve read some criticism of the show that it’s filled with a bunch of dialogue and people making stupid decisions in a apocalyptical framework. The biggest criticism is that there’s simply NOT ENOUGH ZOMBIE ACTION! That seems like a bit of a fatal flaw for a show… about zombies.

        I will now welcome pillorying by our “Walking Dead is the Shizz” community.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @JoeC, Isn’t it Darabont? That could mean I watch it even with the zombies.

          • Purewater says:
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            @Grey, Yeah Darabont is the creator/producer. The show is a lot more than zombies walking around, although that’s the storyline. It got nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama after season 1, that doesn’t happen if a show sucks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Purewater, Yeah, I’ve heard good things, I’m just really hesitant about zombies. I’ll probably try Breaking Bad first.

          • John Axford Meat Stache says:
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            @Grey, Ehhh, it’s about as Darabont as much as Hostel was a Quentin Tarantino production. I’ve been digging Luther of late. Can’t be fuckin around with Stringer Bell.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @John Axford Meat Stache, I just watched the first episode of Luther (only cause it’s on Instant Streaming). I really liked it. But it’s only one episode so far.

        • AdamH says:
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          @JoeC, I tried Walking Dead because people seemed to be on board. Horrible acting, dragging storyline. Overrated.

          • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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            @AdamH, Walking dead is one of those series where you got to give it a chance… take a few hours and watch the first 4-5 episodes. you’ll be hooked. A lot of great things in that show.

            • AdamH says:
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              @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, I watched the entire 2nd season (or whats come out so far). Color me unimpressed. Some good moments for sure, but all in all, there are much better series’ out there.

              • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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                @AdamH, ha would that be a medium/pale greyish color? Not sure that color came in my crayon box

                • AdamH says:
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                  @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Sort of a pale grey with a tint of green.

  10. Bsw says:
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    There is actually a Swedish chocolate bar called Plopp.
    From the wikipedia page “Some English-speaking sources have criticized the name “Plopp” as being unappealing.” Yup.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plopp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bsw, Yum!

  11. Alcesto says:
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    My monkeys do a lot more plouping than typing, what’s your secret?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, Get one really forceful monkey as their leader.

  12. Raj says:
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    Not conventional wisdom, but I bet Trout takes over for Bourjos before June.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raj, Could be, but it’s just a guess at this point.

  13. polczek5 says:
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    Ha! Someone should tell Fielder that tigers have stripes too. Maybe it’s the black and white combo that he’s after.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @polczek5, Ha

  14. frank rizzo says:
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    Love the way it’s setting up for me b/c I see guys in your list who I’m targeting for value. With J-Upside as my 5th round keeper I’m seeing Longoria as my 1st pick and that will be a nice start with those 2. I’m envisioning a MI of Kendrick and Andrus since my first few picks are going to be all about power numbers.

    Reyes is a tease. After last year I wrote him off thinking if he gets a big contract he’ll stink and get “hurt” right away. However the thought of Ozzie riding his hammies and how the warm Miami weather could keep those wonky hammies healthy, he’s had to pass on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, Wouldn’t be a bad MI.

  15. Big Magoo says:
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    I was so excited to see this post, then I saw your Popov reference and I think I threw up in my mouth a little. Friends, if you want to get off the drink (or at least really cheap booze), give it a shot. You’ll never be the same again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo, Ha!

  16. junker23 says:
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    Regarding Wright’s blurb, Jose Bautista should be another 3B in the top 20 along with Longoria. Joey Bats started 25 games there last season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @junker23, Good point.

  17. Big Magoo says:
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    Btw, I’m not sure why you consider Youk a bargain in the 80s unless it’s an OBP league. He’s an aging 20 hr player who has no speed and can’t stay healthy. Love the rankings though Grey. It’s impossible to agree on everyone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo, Thanks!

  18. oval rigor says:
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    Grey A,

    You wouldn’t draft a top closer but would you keep one? Or two?

    Which three would you keep for the last three spots in a seven keeper situation? I am thinking closers are thinner than SS and OF?

    BJ Upton
    Asdrubal
    Axford
    Papelbon

    Thanks for your time and consideration and wisdom and “soiled alert” quip.

    • Tony says:
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      @oval rigor, you cant say closers are thinner than SS and OF because every team has one and what do you want your closer to do? get you saves, preferably help in some other areas, but mainly get you saves….. Not every team has a SS or OF’er that can be rostered. I mean do you really want Cliff Pennington as your starting SS? but any closer on any team will get you saves (in theory)….

      • oval rigor says:
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        @Tony, Thanks for the response! In addition to what you mentioned, I want my closers to keep my ERA and Whip trim and Loss category as low as possible. I’ve found over the years that “any closer” or even middle-of-the-road closers have the tendency muck all that up. Meanwhile, I am fearful Asdrubal might go Jason Bartlett on us; meaning he only has one good fbb year in him. Prior to 2012 the Asdrubal had never hit more than 8 HRs in a season on any professional level. I’d rather get a SS in a later round. Of course you make a good point, I don’t want Pennington. But I’d settle for Y. Escobar or S. Drew at a cheaper rate than what Asdubal will be going for. Make sense?

        • oval rigor says:
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          Would still dig Gray’s take on this, please.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @oval rigor, Who are your other 4?

            • oval rigor says:
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              @Grey, Verlander, Greinke, Pablo Sandoval, Gio

              Looks rough on paper but I did finish in first by 26 games last year. Thanks much for your help on this.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @oval rigor, You have three starters, don’t keep a closer. If you have to keep one, Axford.

  19. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    “I’m gonna go easy on my love for Jennings because if Stanton hears me… Well, I just don’t want to ruin what we have.”

    Ha I pictured a small tear dripping off the end of that mustache’ when i read that…

    @ Grey: No love for the Walking Dead or SOA?

    2 of my favorites right there. Haven’t even heard of Homeland or Breaking Bad. Need to get up on my shizz i guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Isn’t the Walking Dead a zombie show? That doesn’t sound interesting to me.

      • ChillmanCometh says:
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        @Grey, WD is a zombie show, but it deals more in the post-zombie apocalypse relationships and how survival in this world drives everyone bat shizz crazy leading to irrational actions like selecting a closer in the first five rounds.

        Anyways, Breaking Bad is a must watch, and the sooner you get into it, the sooner your faith in the schmohawks that develop television programming will slightly improve.

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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Sons of Anarchy is good, clean fun. Season 3 wandered around a bit, but it was worth it for the amazing finale. I’m waiting for Season 4 to get on Netflix before I watch any of it (I like to watch ‘em all at once rather than 1 per week).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @JoeC, Ah… I didn’t even know what SOA was. Yeah, never saw it. I’m actually the worst person to judge dramas. I’ve seen like 3 out of the possible 10 good ones.

        • ChillmanCometh says:
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          @Grey, Rankings inside the rankings: Top Television Dramas you’ve seen, go!

          IMO:

          I preface this with I like crazy, intense, all over the place mystery, so my list will go more that direction…

          1. Lost
          2. Carnivale
          3. Breaking Bad
          4. Mad Men
          5. Sopranos
          6. Six Feet Under
          7. True Blood
          8. Deadwood
          9. Firefly
          10. Sons of Anarchy

          • ChillmanCometh says:
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            @ChillmanCometh, actually, put The Wire between Breaking Bad and Mad Men

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @ChillmanCometh, I think The Wire’s number one.

              • ChillmanCometh says:
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                @Grey, for pure execution, I’d completely agree. But on my list it could go as high as 3 depending on what happens in Breaking Bad, but I’m a moth and TV series that have a crazy mythos and mysteries are the bug zapper waiting sucker me in. I love them even though I know there something ain’t right.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @ChillmanCometh, I enjoyed Lost a lot, but the last season was kinda whatever for stretches and it felt like a lot of what came before didn’t matter.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @ChillmanCometh, The journey to the end was great, the end had problems.

          • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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            @ChillmanCometh, I’ll match you with a few off the top of my head.

            Old Series
            1. Lost. (unbelievable- horrible ending)
            2. Sopranos (also unbelievable – But the worst ending in the history of series).
            3. Prison Break (mainly season 1)

            Current Series
            4. Sons of Anarchy (my current favorite).
            5. Fringe (actually really really good show).
            6. The Walking Dead (not really about Zombies (as stated above), more about surviving the apocalypse, and the crazy decisions that have to be made)).

            • ChillmanCometh says:
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              @The Talented Mr. Dope Man,

              Yeah, Lost and Sopranos were tough at the end, but I think I’ve seen one show (Six Feet Under) that’s ending I was satisfied with.

              I watch Walking Dead, I love zombies, love the source material. I don’t mind that there aren’t a ton of zombies, but I hate how slow they choose to focus on particular plot points (the lost daughter). I’m interested in how well it does when it comes back from break later this month. I really hope it starts to pick up.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @ChillmanCometh, I loved Lost, Sopranos, Mad Men and the first season of Deadwood (never got around to watching the rest). Didn’t see the others.

            • ChillmanCometh says:
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              @Grey, Deadwood is worth getting through. And if you liked Lost, def check out Carnivale. It’s like Lost without Jack yelling at everyone to follow him, more of the weird Walt doing strange stuff, and Hurley seeing things aspects. Only two seasons, 12 episodes a piece.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @ChillmanCometh, Yeah, I might check that out, Breaking Bad is next on the list.

                • WallyCleaver says:
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                  @Grey, Breaking Bad starts out dark humor then just goes dark. Still excellent after a few years now. Walking Dead is new favorite- each episode has good zombie blasting but emphasis is on human drama like chillmancometh said above.
                  Still miss 24- 2 years from now we can draft Jack’s illegitimate son, Trevor

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    @WallyCleaver, Yeah, been meaning to watch Breaking Bad.

                • birrrdy! says:
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                  @Grey, Chillman. The series ending to Entourage may have been the worst 30 minutes of television ever made. Great show, too.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    @birrrdy!, I didn’t like Entourage but watched it. The finale was terrible.

  20. Benny says:
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    This may have been covered at some point, but does any one know if the new Miami ballpark is supposed to be a hitters or pitchers park? I know we won’t know for sure till they start playing games, but what is the general consensus based off the dimensions?

  21. oval rigor says:
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    Grey A,

    You wouldn’t draft a top closer but would you keep one? Or two?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @oval rigor, Depends on the price and other options.

  22. John Axford Meat Stache says:
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    Long time reader, first time caller.

    Quick question Grey. 16 Team H2H Keeper League. Leagues counts Holds, OBP, Net Saves in accordance with the reg. Allowance of seven keepers. Next to player is the round that the player can be kept in (player skips two rounds ahead of where picked).

    Cargo (Round 5)
    Michael Cuddyer (Round 5)
    David Freese (Round 10)
    Gavid Floyd (Round 11)
    Clay Bucholz (Round 13)
    Sean Marshall (Round 14)
    Derek Holland (Round 16)
    Julio Teheran (Round 17)
    Desmond Jennings (Round 17/18)
    John Axford (Round 19)
    Shaun Marcum (Round 20)
    Brett Lawrie (Round 22/23
    Brandon Beachy (Round 22/23)
    Sergio Santos (Round 22/23)
    Alejandro De Arza (Round 22/23)
    Johnny Cueto (Round 13)

    This is a deep league that counts CG and Shutouts as well so pitching is at a premium a bit. Cargo, Lawrie, and Jennings are no brainers. I believe Axford at that price is as well. And I’d be hard pressed not to keep Beachy at that price as well. Who do you recommend to keep at those price tags?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Axford Meat Stache, Can keep how many?

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @John Axford Meat Stache, I’d go with Marcum and Santos along with the five you listed. Keeping two closers that cheaply in a 16-teamer puts you ahead of the game. Then you’d have two solid starters and three top-notch bats as well. Looking good.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Big Magoo, Oh, I see. 7 keepers. What Magoo said.

        • John Axford Meat Stache says:
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          @Grey, @Big Magoo Appreciate it a lot guys

  23. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey,
    10 team keeper league that uses OBP and QS.

    Would you lose a 3rd round keeper in Haren for a 21st round keeper in Krispie? Team (I think) Below

    Roy Halladay – 1st round – Keeper
    Dan Haren – 3rd round – Keeper
    Josh Hamilton – 7th round -Keeper
    James Shields – 15th Round – Keeper
    Kevin Youkilis – 15th round – Keeper
    Chris Young – 21st round
    Jose Bautista – 23rd round – Keeper
    Lance Berkman – FA – Keeper
    Howie Kendrick – FA – Keeper

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Mr2Bits, Who do you think would be available in the 3rd if you deal Haren? And would you be able to reacquire Halladay if you decided not to keep him?

      • Mr2Bits says:
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        @Big Magoo,
        Well, Haren and Weaver will most likely be available as well as some other top 20 pitchers which I can grab again if need be. Just hard to throw in Krispie at that keeper ranking

  24. No HodgePadres!

    I’m not a psychiatrist, but I’ve got a hunch that one of the most difficult biases fantasy baseballers (<–Grey's mom's term) harbor is over-favoring whatever random player they had on their team the year before that overperformed and really came through for them.

    In my case, that player is Corey Leubke.

    In most of my leagues, I'll be punting SP until at least the 10th round (and probably the 12th), so I might not get the chance to draft him, but if I was a "normal" drafter and actually competed for excellent SPs, I'da put him in my top 100.

    Are you concerned about an inning limit? If not, what do you think is the likelihood of him performing well enough to be considered the anchor of a fantasy staff??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MStark, Yeah, people fall in love with players. I think he could go from the top 40 into the top 20, for sure. Definitely could be an anchor.

    • @MStark, adding: two other biases apply here as well…

      1) a favoring of young, new and exciting players (Strasburg effect)

      and

      2) the self-congratulatory ego masturbation inherent to drafting a player you think nobody else knows about (sleeper effect)

      The problem with the first is that in most cases you’ll get Roofied more often than is healthy (in the case of pitchers) or your young and exciting draft pick (like your young and exciting target at your local watering hole) will turn out to have a fantasy disease and totally eff up your flow.

      The problem with the second is that there are no secrets in fantasy baseball anymore. The internet knows everything and in any league worth playing in, so do your competitors.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @MStark, 1) The problem I think gets totally glossed over if one happens to pan out. For one Braun rookie year, people forget the dozen others they cycle through. 2) Yup

  25. Wake Up says:
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    We should be able to cane anyone with that bumper sticker…I’d also like to nominate “My dog is smarter than your honor student”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Agreed… I’d like to see one ‘Your honor student is smart but socially awkward and repulsive to anyone that knows them.’

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @Grey, HA YES!!!!

        I saw an obama sticker the other day that said “Honk if I’m paying your mortgage”. Thought that one was clever.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Hehe

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, and that’s coming from a nerd! “Guns don’t kill people…I kill people, that don’t use their turn signal, to cut me off in the passing lane, yes I’m talking to you older lady in the BMW, don’t think just because you are older than me and driving a BMW that I won’t kill you, I will, and the fact that you are an older, frail woman, will just make it easier for me to kill you, which I am now half way through planning to do, and it seems that I will have plenty of time to plan the second half since you are now down to 60 mph in the passing lane, you cut me off when I was doing 75 to go 60, really, you’re braking, really…..breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe” (sent from Wake Up’s Car Phone)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wake Up, Ha!

          • chata says:
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            @Grey,

            another obama bumper sticker :

            End of an Error

  26. Errin Carner says:
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    Grey – having a problem reconciling a keeper league here. Standard 5×5 H2H. I can keep 4 losing the round they were drafted in. I’ve narrowed it down to 5…and can’t get past that. I could make arguments for and against it. Any words of “wisdom”?

    Justin Upton – round 6
    Daniel Hudson – round 14
    Craig Kimbrel – round 20
    Asdrubal Cabrera – round 24
    Desmond Jennings – round 30

    First blush, I would throw back Kimbrel. But on second blush, 20th round is a great place for a top 2 closer. On third blush, there is no third blush.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Errin Carner, Lose Hudson then… Pitching is abundant…

  27. Titan says:
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    Any thoughts to becoming one of the expert rankers at the link below? Not sure if you can just call yourself a “pert” and ask to be part of it, but it would be nice to sort by the stache and see your rankings alongside the upcoming ADP data they’ll have there so I’ll no when to take a razzball preferred player just ahead of where my ESPN/CBS leaguemates are hoping to take that player.

    http://www.fantasypros.com/mlb/rankings/overall.php

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Titan, Eh, I’m fine not being included there.

  28. TheNewGuy says:
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    Been after M Minor and finally got an offer back for him. Give away A Vizcaino from my minor league team and get Minor back on it (who I’ll need to promote very soon with him being over the rookie threshold). Know you’re a fan of Minor and I’am too, solid deal right? Vizcaino’s got a good arm but I can’t see him holding down a valuable role in the loaded Braves system, whereas it’s time for Minor to break-out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d take it.

  29. SJSharkie says:
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    Hey Grey-need some advice. 5×5 H2H Yahoo 12 team keeper league, which 6 would you keep out of:
    Albert Pujols
    Curtis Granderson
    Brett Lawrie
    Adrian Beltre
    Nelson Cruz
    Dan Uggla
    James Shields
    Ricky Romero
    Dee Gordon
    Would it be alright not to keep a pitcher? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SJSharkie, I’d take the top six.

  30. B says:
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    Which five players would you keep in a H2H Leage with no limits on the time that players can be kept?

    Troy Tulowitzki
    Jay Bruce
    David Wright
    Nelson Cruz
    Hunter Pence
    Clayton Kershaw
    Yovani Gollardo
    CJ Wilson
    Dustin Ackley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B, Tulo, Bruce, Wright, Kershaw, Pence…

  31. papasmurf says:
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    All of my 7 keepers are on your top 100 list. I share your love for Stanton and Jennings, although I think Lawrie and Hosmer are so awesome too that I named them Tat Smurf and Homers Smurf and gave them that special mushroom suite by Smurfette. I dunno if she likes BJ, or else I put Upton there too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Ha! I wanna see pictures of Tat Smurf.

  32. Steve says:
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    One of the great strengths of Razzball is its divergency (just made it up!) of opinion. For example, in the next room Albert is bigging Ellsbury up.

    Not that I’m saying you don’t like him, Grey (you do have him 12th after all), but I get the impression that you’d rather draft someone else there.

    Thus, my question is, what are the circumstances under which you *would* draft him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Gun to my head, three picks in the first two rounds and Ellsbury’s holding the gun? Nah, probably if I grab a 1st or 3rd baseman in the first round at the turn and no one I have in the first 11 picks is available, I’d take Ellsbury.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. I’ve never owned him, but have watched a couple of teams in my leagues do pretty well with him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, What happened to Johnny U?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Oh – I just updated to demonstrate to Jake yesterday that the whole gravatar thing actually worked.

            It’s not completely random – I ordered a pair of those from Amazon the other day.

            I may go back to Johnny U. I may also bust out a Bart Starr.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Ah… I do like the sneakers though.

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Thanks. They just left LA, apparently.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Steve, You know where from in LA?

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, The most recent tracking info just refers to LA, but I can see they’ve also been through Long Beach and La Mirada.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Long Beach makes sense, huge shipping port. Wondering what store in LA though, or was it just an Amazon-type purchase?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Oh – sorry. Nah, came through Amazon but the ‘store is Trendi USA. Was the only pair in my size (smiley icon) after they hadn’t had any for ages.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, You so embody Trendi USA! Yeah, was wondering because there’s a lot of hipster sneaker stores by my place so wouldn’t have been surprised if they came from by me if it were an LA store.

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, I hope you’re not calling me a hipster.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, No! Never! Yeah, kinda. It’s cool though.

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, When you’re buying New Balance sneaks, it’s a bit hard to fend off the accusation. I don’t wear them with brightly coloured socks and too-short pants though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, You wear your dashiki with pride!

  33. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Was just listening to Manny Acta on XM radio… seems that the indians starting rotation will be:

    1. Ubaldo
    2. Masterson
    3. Tomlin
    4. Lowe
    5. Slowey (competition with the scrubs).

    So all you fantasy baseballers sleeping on Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff (Belch and Barf)… look elsewhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, That looks pretty dreadful.

      • WallyCleaver says:
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        @Grey, And some people have Indians 2nd in the central. Got to go with the young talent in KC

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @WallyCleaver, Yeah, I don’t see how they’re getting 2nd with that staff. They need some overachieving.

        • The Talented Mr. Dope man says:
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          @WallyCleaver, KC definitely has my pick for #2.

  34. Tom says:
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    Grey – can you list out position scarcity from worst to best

  35. Tom says:
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    ok cool but what about OF’s?
    “shortstops, third basemen, catchers, 2nd basemen then 1st basemen”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom, They are the deepest.

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey, OK just wondering but you said “Unfortunately, outfield is pretty shallow” in a article. What does this mean?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom, It means you need five of them in some leagues, not including people who take one for UTIL.

  36. Kevin says:
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    Grey – This may have been covered, and apologies if your opinion has been voiced already, but how come no Braun even in the top 100? Unsure if he’ll be able to come back as himself even after the suspension? I feel like a hundred games of him is worth more than a full season of Werth or Cuddyer, just to name a couple. Cuddyers stats in particular seem like they are definitely attainable even in a shortened season for him. Just wondering what your thoughts were in excluding him from the list.

      • Kevin says:
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        @Grey, Fair enough, that makes plenty of sense. As someone who has him as their franchise keeper, I’m understandably (and quite possibly irrationally) taking the uber-optimist route of hoping he comes back with a gigantic chip on his shoulder and sets the world on fire for 112 games instead of being ashamed, but the latter is certainly a plausible scenario.

  37. xxxthetoadxxx says:
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    Bautista
    Fielder
    Votto
    J Upton
    Car Go
    Cano
    Jennings
    Uggla
    Braun
    Lawrie

    We havent set keeper settings in my league (pushing for 5) but wondering what a traditional setting is for a 10 man h2h. Which 5 would you keep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xxxthetoadxxx, Votto, Bautista, Upton, Cano, CarGo…

      • xxxthetoadxxx says:
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        @Grey, no question? Is 5 traditional for a 10 man h2h?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @xxxthetoadxxx, I have no idea what you mean. 5×5 is traditional. 5 keepers is fine, some people keep 10, 7, 3… It’s up to your league.

          • xxxthetoadxxx says:
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            @Grey, yeah we are a 5×5 but I dont want to suggest 10 keepers because I most likely would benefit most from it. 5 seems fair, right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @xxxthetoadxxx, Well, fair would be telling everyone it’s a keeper in March before the draft so they know.

              • xxxthetoadxxx says:
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                @Grey, we decided last year we were going to do it but never decided on a number.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @xxxthetoadxxx, So fight for ten then, it’s not your fault your leaguemates are dopey.

  38. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    LiveScience told me today that horseflies don`t like the light reflected by zebra stripes, so that would be an added benefit for Prince and the Tigers.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @VinWins, esp. when they play in CLE…ask Joba…

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Steve, wow! Alternate uniforms!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Zubaz, Ha!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, OK, time for an actual fantasy baseball question (I know!). Conventional H2H wisdom has it that your draft hitting early and often, maybe only taking one starter in the first 9-10 rounds. And with so much pitching around these days, it’s tough to argue against it.

        But what about zigging when everyone else is zagging? I read somewhere (yeah I do stray from Razzball sometimes but I always take a shower before I come back) about winning H2H with pitching.

        The theory goes that you two TOP starters in the first four rounds and continue to load up as you go. In between, you draft either power or speed guys (as opposed to so-called balanced contributors), without sweating average to much. You should also grab as many closers as you can. So you’re basically looking at winning four pitching categories each week, leaving you to only need two hitting categories to get at least a tie.

        What do you think? I always seem to draft H2H the same way and am thinking about trying something different.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, You can try something different, but I don’t see why a balanced team wouldn’t just win against all these jokers with their get rich quick strategies. It’s like the guys with their stars and scrubs, shizz doesn’t work any more than a balanced team. If you draft Greinke and say Garza and they perform as they should, you have two starters that can compete with any other two starters and the flexibility to load up on streamers if you face a team that has a lot of great starters. In the end, H2H comes down to the luck of when you’re facing a team with Halladay or any number one. If a team has Halladay going twice against you and you have your number one going once, you’re in a hole based on luck, nothing’s gonna change that. You don’t want to intentionally turn any category up to 11. Going all in on starters sounds like that’s what you’re doing.

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Yeah – that’s what I thought you’d say – and along the lines of what I was thinking. And we haven’t even talked about the reliability of hitters v pitchers.

            The other thing (apart from the randomness of H2H) is the importance of in-season management. I mean, you obviously don’t want a bad draft, but you can recover from one. I just looked at my first ten picks of my H2H draft last year:

            1. (3) Hanley Ramírez (Mia – SS)
            2. (22) Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)
            3. (27) Matt Kemp (LAD – CF)
            4. (46) Justin Morneau (Min – 1B)
            5. (51) Jason Heyward (Atl – RF)
            6. (70) Yovani Gallardo (Mil – SP)
            7. (75) Chris Young (Ari – CF)
            8. (94) Aaron Hill (Ari – 2B)
            9. (99) Max Scherzer (Det – SP)
            10. (118) Chris Pérez

            There is some real crap in there (as it turned out – I was really pleased right after the draft), but I managed to make the playoffs and came withing a K (a lousy K!) of making the final that I likely would have won.

            Another question – looking at your top 20 starters, who’s the lowest guy you’d consider as your #1 in H2H?

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, Or you can go into your top 40 if that’s where said pitcher would be.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Steve, I’d consider a guy in the Gio tier as my first starter, but you’ll need to pair him with someone better than you’d pair with say a Halladay. To win, you have to recover from a lot of bad picks. Even with a great draft. Think about if you drafted Verlander and Kershaw and someone picked up Luebke and some schmohawk facing the Mariners the week you faced them. You’d be cursing that you drafted Kershaw and Halladay and still lost the matchup that week. You know that I’m sure from personal experience. There’s no foolproof answer but a balanced team helps.

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, But you’d prefer someone from the Hamels tier – am I right? You could then take anyone from the Gio tier who falls as your #2.

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Steve, Assuming someone from the Hamels tier fell far enough, that is.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Yeah, Hamels tier is preferable. I’m going over the pairings next week.

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Coolio. I can see me owning Anibal in this league…

                      Man, I hope I draft at or near the turn this year. Can grab the pitcher you want, then get the next hitter you want/need straight away.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      @Steve, Yup, always go with the turn when you can. Anibal!

  39. exactly says:
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    Just want to throw my hat in the ring: as someone who never watched Breaking Bad and had to listen to a friend tell me over and over again to watch it to the point where I never wanted to see it, i finally saw it, and it’s awesome…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @exactly, I’m with you. The more people say to watch the more I don’t want to, but I’ll probably still love it.

  40. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Yahoo is now live, joining ESPN. Can’t wait for the season to start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, Oh yeah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, Oh, and RCL sign-ups start on Monday.

  41. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @Grey: That’s great. I’m so there.

  42. elwood blues says:
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    Nice list, I don’t have nearly enough players on it. In an NL Only 4×4.. which return do you like better.
    Bay$17 and Leake $10 (or $3 Cashner)
    or
    $10 Chacin and $1 Jay ??

    It’s a keeper league.. maybe Cashner is the next closer in SD(of course I thought Adams was, last year)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, Chacin, it’s not close.

  43. Benny says:
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    Keeper league trade – which side would you rather: Hosmer and Morrow vs Ryan Zimmerman and Hellickson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benny, Zimmerman

  44. atomeka says:
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    I have 6 keeper slots and Votto, Cano, Andrus, Kemp, Cruz and .. Wright and Lawrie.. would you ever recommend/talk me into keeping Lawrie over Wright?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @atomeka, Nah

  45. chata says:
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    Bourdain …. (in miami) refers to waking up and
    “feeling like a large mammal left an upper-decker in my head”

    cust kayin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Ha!

  46. sean says:
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    i’m wondering about your adrian gonzalez projection for his average. .275 seems low. his lowest avg since 2006 is .277 in petco no less, and even if you normalize his babip he’s still not going to be lower then .280, and that would be if his babip was in the .300 range which given the environment of fenway, will probably be higher(.402 babip at fenway last year). i’d think a .295 is a good number. I could see him be below it or above it

  47. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:
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    Awesome! Can’t wait for War Room!! Love the rankings, Grey. Black n Yellow are looking to get A.J Burnett…. Wow, what an embarassment.

  48. KyleJo says:
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    How does Corey Hart not make the top 100, yet you are obsessed with Jay Bruce? The difference between the two is what, Hart’s higher ISO’s the last two years, or is it Hart’s higher batting average?

  49. Double A Ron says:
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    I’ve noticed you’re way lower on Zobrist than both Yahoo and ESPN. 90/20/90/20 .270 two of the last three years plays. Was he on your teams in 2010, or am I missing something?

  50. John Christopher says:
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    Grey,
    Just did a mock draft with your rankings and opinions.
    Pujols 1b
    Mccutchen of
    Stanton of
    Lawrie 3b
    Bruce of
    Gallardo sp
    Uggla 2b
    Rollins ss
    Bumgarner sp
    Gonzalez sp
    Butler ut
    Zimmerman sp
    Madson rp
    Jiminez sp
    Street rp
    Jansen rp
    Scherzer sp
    Lind ut
    Rodriguez sp
    Mccarthy sp
    Baker sp
    Ramos c
    Worley sp

    10 Team h2h points league

    What do you think of this team?

  51. JP says:
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    hi Grey,

    How would you go about adjusting your rankings if they were to be used for a points league?

    Thanks!

  52. Alan says:
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    That was a good read. Solid as always.

    Try Shameless on SHO. Quality TV

  53. dhaab says:
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    I find it bizarre that a guy (Strasburg) who has had literally one good MLB start in his entire career and is coming off of Tommy John surgery is ranked in your top 100 and another (Wainwright) who finished in the top 3 in Cy Young voting his 2 previous seasons, and is coming off of the same surgery doesn’t even make it into your top 150.

    Not that you are alone in feeling this way, but I just find it amazing how many people are simply forgetting how good Wainwright really is. Things that make you go hmm….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg is further removed from the surgery…

      • dhaab says:
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        @Grey, I get that, but Strasburg’s throwing motion makes it look like he’s just another injury waiting to happen. JMO.

  54. nightpandas says:
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    15 team league (7×7 with strikeouts and OPS), think I can get Hamilton for Boneface and Jim Johnson? or am I dreaming?

    My reasoning….I need a better LF, the other owner already has a starting a LF in Gordon and a starting CF in Bourn and also only has 2 closers.

  55. Derrick says:
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    Considering the concerns over Stanton, would you make this trade?

    I send G. Stanton and D. Espinosa for Pedroia?

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