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Finally, we come to the end of the 2012 fantasy baseball rankings.  (Can we start games already?)  A little birdie told me we’re opening up our commenter fantasy leagues on Monday.  Giddy to the up.  Okay, you know that I like Lucas Duda more than Melky Cabrera in the top 60 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball.  You know I like Zack Cozart better than Jhonny Peralta as seen at the top 20 shortstops for 2012 fantasy baseball.  But you don’t know how I feel about where these guys fall in the bigger picture.  Is Zack Cozart above Lucas Duda?  Yup.  So to show you where I think players fall in relation to each other in 2012 fantasy baseball drafts, I’m putting together a top 300 for 2012 fantasy baseball.  This still needs to be taken with a grain of salt.  If you have a shortstop already and Zack Cozart is still on the board in the 17th round, you don’t draft him if you see Lucas Duda and you need an outfielder, even though Lucas Duda is below Zack Cozart on this list.  So I might take someone at 200 over someone at 180?  Yes, every draft is different.  With the top 10, there’s almost no latitude.  With the top 100, there’s a decent amount of latitude.  With a top 300, there’s lots of latitude.  You taking someone at 185 is more or less the same as someone else taking someone at 235.  So if you see someone who’s ranked at 250th, but want them at 200, then do what you do.  Because of the length of the top 300, there’s no pithy comments with each name, but you kinda do need to know what I’m thinking for each name, so I advise you go over each position in the 2012 fantasy baseball rankings.  The top 100 and top 300 is what I would have at my drafts, along with the Point Shares and the top 20 rankings posts.  I already went over a top 100 for 2012 fantasy baseball, so I’m not going to cover them again.  Actually, that post went to 101, so I’m starting here with 102.  This top 300 will go from 102 to 300.  Finally, see our list of all players with multiple position eligibility.  Anyway, here’s the top 300 for 2012 fantasy baseball:

102. Danny Espinosa – 2012 Projections:  80/24/90/.240/19
103. Drew Storen – 2012 Projections:  4-3/2.50/1.04/75, 38 saves
104. Mariano Rivera - 2012 Projections:  2-3/2.40/0.95/55, 40 saves
105. Alex Avila – 2012 Projections:  60/19/75/.280/3
106. Joe Mauer – 2012 Projections: 80/10/85/.310/3
107. Josh Johnson – 2012 Projections:  10-3/2.75/1.05/100 in 110 IP
108. Ian Kennedy – 2012 Projections:  15-10/3.50/1.12/180
109. Yu Darvish – 2012 Projections: 14-7/3.60/1.10/190
110. Josh Beckett – 2012 Projections:  14-9/3.60/1.20/185
111. Ricky Romero – 2012 Projections:  13-12/3.75/1.20/170
112. Jonathon Papelbon – 2012 Projections:  4-3/2.65/1.00/80, 37 saves
113. James Shields – 2012 Projections:  13-11/3.70/1.25/190
114. Alex Rios – 2012 Projections:  75/17/85/.270/22
115. Colby Rasmus – 2012 Projections:  85/22/70/.265/10
116. Corey Hart – 2012 Projections:  75/24/70/.265/8
117. Yoenis Cespedes – 2012 Projections: 65/20/80/.250/12
118. Nick Markakis – 2012 Projections:  80/18/85/.295/10
119. Andre Ethier – 2012 Projections:  70/22/85/.295
120. Tommy Hanson – 2012 Projections:  9-7/3.75/1.20/130 in 120 IP
121. Matt Moore – 2012 Projections:  10-7/3.15/1.20/160 in 150 innings
122. Jose Valverde – 2012 Projections:  3-3/3.00/1.22/65, 35 saves
123. Brian Wilson – 2012 Projections:  5-3/2.90/1.32/70, 35 saves
124. J.J. Putz – 2012 Projections:  4-3/2.75/1.00/60, 32 saves
125. Michael Bourn – 2012 Projections:  90/2/40/.280/50
126. Emilio Bonifacio – 2012 Projections:  70/2/40/.260/30
127. Derek Jeter – 2012 Projections:  90/10/60/.275/15
128. Max Scherzer – 2012 Projections:  14-8/3.70/1.30/195
129. Ubaldo Jimenez – 2012 Projections:  13-10/3.65/1.27/190
130. Shaun Marcum – 2012 Projections:  12-8/3.60/1.17/160
131. Brandon Beachy – 2012 Projections:  12-7/3.45/1.18/190 in 170 innings
132. Brandon Morrow – 2012 Projections:  13-9/3.85/1.28/210
133. Cory Luebke – 2012 Projections:  9-8/3.25/1.09/170
134. Heath Bell – 2012 Projections:  4-3/3.25/1.18/50, 37 saves
135. Mike Moustakas – 2012 Projections:   60/20/80/.270/4
136. Alexei Ramirez – 2012 Projections:  75/17/80/.270/10
137. Erick Aybar – 2012 Projections:  80/6/50/.280/24
138. Miguel Montero – 2012 Projections:  60/17/75/.270
139. Jesus Montero – 2012 Projections: 55/17/70/.285
140. Torii Hunter – 2012 Projections:  80/24/90/.270/7
141. Vernon Wells – 2012 Projections:  75/25/85/.260/8
142. Chris Carpenter – 2012 Projections:  13-10/3.65/1.25/165
143. Carlos Marmol – 2012 Projections:  5-3/3.50/1.35/100, 25 saves
144. Coco Crisp – 2012 Projections:  65/7/50/.260/35
145. Carlos Beltran – 2012 Projections:  65/18/80/.275/7
146. Nick Swisher – 2012 Projections:  80/25/90/.270
147. Carlos Quentin – 2012 Projections:  60/22/75/.250/3
148. Ichiro Suzuki – 2012 Projections:  80/6/40/.310/30
149. Jose Tabata – 2012 Projections:  90/7/50/.285/30
150. Ryan Roberts – 2012 Projections:  55/13/65/.245/15
151. Aaron Hill – 2012 Projections:  70/18/80/.265/15
152. Kelly Johnson – 2012 Projections:  80/20/70/.265/14
153. Johnny Cueto – 2012 Projections:  11-6/3.80/1.25/130
154. Michael Pineda – 2012 Projections:  14-9/3.75/1.15/180
155. Adam Wainwright – 2012 Projections:  12-7/3.75/1.28/140 in 160 innings
156. Roy Oswalt – 2012 Projections:  14-10/3.65/1.22/140 DON’T DRAFT
157. Jhoulys Chacin – 2012 Projections:  12-10/3.60/1.26/175
158. Trevor Cahill – 2012 Projections: 12-10/3.60/1.35/160
159. Jaime Garcia – 2012 Projections:  11-9/3.65/1.30/160
160. Neftali Feliz – 2012 Projections:  10-6/3.55/1.20/95 in 120 innings
161. Joakim Soria – 2012Projections:  3-2/3.35/1.25/65, 35 saves
162. Joel Hanrahan – 2012 Projections:  2-4/3.35/1.20/65, 34 saves
163. Ryan Madson – 2012 Projections:  5-2/3.00/1.22/60, 32 saves
164. J.J. Hardy – 2012 Projections:  60/19/75/.255
165. Dee Gordon – 2012 Projections:  80/0/30/.265/45
166. Ian Desmond – 2012 Projections:  70/10/65/.250/22
167. Danny Valencia – 2012 Projections:  75/18/85/.265/3
168. Jason Kipnis – 2012 Projections:  80/14/60/.255/12
169. Austin Jackson – 2012 Projections:  100/9/50/.260/27
170. Delmon Young – 2012 Projections:  70/17/80/.285/3
171. Cameron Maybin – 2012 Projections:  75/7/35/.255/30
172. Jemile Weeks – 2012 Projections:  90/3/50/.265/30
173. Colby Lewis – 2012 Projections:  14-11/4.00/1.20/180
174. Derek Holland – 2012 Projections:  13-8/4.00/1.32/180
175. Justin Masterson – 2012 Projections:  10-10/3.85/1.32/160
176. Kenley Jansen – 2012 Projections:  1-3/2.25/1.00/85, 25 saves
177. Jason Motte – 2012 Projections:  3-4/2.50/1.10/65, 27 saves
178. Huston Street – 2012 Projections:  2-4/3.00/1.10/50, 30 saves
179. Tim Hudson – 2012 Projections:  11-9/3.65/1.18/120
180. Doug Fister – 2012 Projections:  12-10/3.85/1.18/140
181. Ervin Santana – 2012 Projections:  12-12/4.00/1.30/170
182. Mark Trumbo – 2012 Projections:  60/25/75/.260/7 (500 PAs)
183. Paul Goldschmidt – 2012 Projections:  75/27/85/.245/7
184. David Ortiz – 2012 Projections:  75/27/90/.270
185. Zack Cozart – 2012 Projections:  55/14/70/.245/20
186. Alcides Escobar – 2012 Projections:  75/5/50/.250/30
187. Jair Jurrjens – 2012 Projections:  11-9/4.15/1.35/100
188. Clay Buchholz – 2012 Projections:  10-6/4.25/1.30/125
189. Jeremy Hellickson – 2012 Projections:  10-9/4.30/1.25/130
190. Andrew Bailey – 2012 Projections:  3-1/3.30/1.10/50, 34 saves
191. Dustin Ackley – 2012 Projections:  80/12/55/.265/12
192. Lorenzo Cain – 2012 Projections:  80/8/50/.280/25
193. Lucas Duda – 2012 Projections:  75/20/85/.280/3
194. Brennan Boesch – 2012 Projections:  90/20/70/.270/7
195. Dexter Fowler – 2012 Projections:  90/7/50/.270/20
196. Jeff Francoeur – 2012 Projections:  70/22/80/.260/7
197. Melky Cabrera – 2012 Projections:  75/14/65/.270/15
198. Matt Joyce – 2012 Projections: 55/17/65/.265/10
199. Eric Thames – 2012 Projections:  70/20/75/.255/5
200. Nolan Reimold – 2012 Projections:  65/24/80/.250/10
201. Roger Bernadina – 2012 Projections:  55/10/65/.260/20
202. Brandon Belt – 2012 Projections:  70/24/80/.280/10 (in 500 ABs)
203. Kendrys Morales – 2012 Projections:  65/22/75/.290
204. Jhonny Peralta – 2012 Projections:  60/17/75/.250
205. Justin Morneau – 2012 Projections:  60/17/75/.285
206. Gaby Sanchez – 2012 Projections:  65/20/85/.265/3
207. Freddie Freeman – 2012 Projections:  60/19/75/.280/3
208. Jonathan Sanchez – 2012 Projections:  12-11/3.95/1.35/185
209. Vance Worley – 2012 Projections:  12-9/3.75/1.27/130
210. Mike Minor – 2012 Projections:  10-8/3.65/1.28/170
211. Neil Walker – 2012 Projections:  70/12/80/.270/7
212. Gordon Beckham – 2012 Projections:  55/14/70/.260/5
213. Wandy Rodriguez – 2012 Projections:  10-10/3.65/1.30/170
214. Mat Gamel – 2012 Projections:  60/25/75/.290
215. Sergio Santos – 2012 Projections:  3-5/3.70/1.24/80, 25 saves
216. Alex Presley – 2012 Projections:  80/10/60/.270/20
217. Jordan Walden – 2012 Projections:  4-2/3.35/1.26/65, 35 saves
218. Kyle Farnsworth – 2012 Projections: 4-1/3.40/1.15/50, 25 saves
219. Frank Francisco – 2012 Projections: 3-4/3.50/1.28/60, 30 saves
220. Rafael Betancourt – 2012 Projections:  4-2/3.50/1.10/65, 25 saves
221. Matt Thornton – 2012 Projections:  5-4/3.75/1.22/65, 20 saves
222. Joe Nathan – 2012 Projections:  3-4/3.75/1.18/45, 30 saves
223. Mike Carp – 2012 Projections:  55/21/70/.260/3
224. Chris Heisey – 2012 Projections:  50/17/65/.250/10
225. Nyjer Morgan – 2012 Projections:  65/3/30/.270/27
226. Brandon League – 2012 Projections:   1-4/3.50/1.20/65, 30 saves
227. Ian Stewart – 2012 Projections:  60/24/75/.245/7
228. David Freese – 2012 Projections:  55/15/65/.290
229. Martin Prado – 2012 Projections:  80/12/70/.300/5
230. Brandon McCarthy – 2012 Projections:  8-11/3.50/1.17/140
231. Tim Stauffer – 2012 Projections:  8-10/3.80/1.24/135
232. Ted Lilly – 2012 Projections:  11-8/3.85/1.18/160
233. Scott Baker – 2012 Projections:  11-7/3.65/1.19/160
234. Jake Peavy – 2012 Projections:  10-8/3.75/1.21/130
235. Ryan Vogelsong – 2012 Projections:  10-9/3.75/1.26/140
236. Jonathon Niese – 2012 Projections:  9-10/3.75/1.32/160
237. Bud Norris – 2012 Projections:  7-9/3.80/1.32/190
238. Mike Leake – 2012 Projections:  13-8/3.75/1.22/135
239. Ryan Dempster – 2012 Projections:  12-8/3.90/1.33/190
240. Edwin Jackson – 2012 Projections:  11-10/3.80/1.35/160
241. Geovany Soto – 2012 Projections:  60/18/75/.260
242. Wilson Ramos – 2012 Projections:  55/18/70/.270
243. Chris Iannetta – 2012 Projections:  55/16/65/.245/5
244. J.P. Arencibia – 2012 Projections:  50/21/70/.235
245. Devin Mesoraco – 2012 Projections:  55/18/65/.280
246. Salvador Perez – 2012 Projections:  50/10/65/.280 Don’t Draft
247. Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2012 Projections:  45/15/60/.220
248. Ryan Doumit – 2012 Projections:  45/14/55/.260
249. Russell Martin – 2012 Projections:  50/10/60/.240/9
250. Jonathan Lucroy – 2012 Projections:  50/13/60/.260/3
251. Yonder Alonso – 2012 Projections:  55/16/70/.280
252. Justin Smoak – 2012 Projections:  55/18/65/.245
253. Carlos Pena – 2012 Projections:  55/25/75/.210
254. Dayan Viciedo – 2012 Projections:  60/15/70/.260/3
255. Michael Brantley – 2012 Projections:  60/6/50/.275/20
256. Josh Reddick – 2012 Projections: 75/15/85/.260/10
257. Jon Jay – 2012 Projections:  50/12/40/.280/10
258. Alejandro De Aza – 2012 Projections:  60/7/30/.270/20
259. John Mayberry – 2012 Projections:  40/18/55/.250/10 in 400 ABs
260. Jordan Schafer – 2012 Projections:  75/5/35/.245/25
261. Mitch Moreland – 2012 Projections:  60/15/70/.275/3
262. Angel Pagan – 2012 Projections:  75/6/40/.280/27
263. Andres Torres – 2012 Projections:  70/5/40/.265/24
264. Seth Smith – 2012 Projections:  55/15/70/.275/10
265. Ryan Raburn – 2012 Projections:  40/12/50/.275/3
266. Brian Roberts – 2012 Projections:  65/5/35/.260/12
267. Jose Altuve – 2012 Projections:  80/12/40/.265/24
268. Homer Bailey – 2012 Projections:  12-9/3.70/1.28/130
269. Brad Peacock – 2012 Projections:  9-8/3.60/1.30/170
270. Edinson Volquez – 2012 Projections:  8-12/3.75/1.33/200
271. Chris Sale – 2012 Projections:  8-8/3.50/1.24/130
272. Daniel Bard – 2012 Projections:  9-7/3.70/1.22/160
273. Chris Perez – 2012 Projections:  2-5/4.00/1.28/45, 25 saves
274. Jim Johnson – 2012 Projections: 4-5/4.00/1.30/60, 20 saves
275. Matt Capps – 2012 Projections: 3-5/3.90/1.28/45, 25 saves
276. Brian Fuentes – 2012 Projections: 2-5/3.60/1.20/45, 20 saves
277. Juan Abreu – 2012 Projections:  1-4/2.70/1.28/70, 20 saves
278. Sean Rodriguez – 2012 Projections:  55/14/65/.230/10
279. Aroldis Chapman – 2012 Projections:  7-2/3.00/1.26/90, 22 Holds, 5 saves
280. Javy Guerra – 2012 Projections:  2-3/3.50/1.25/55, 20 Holds, 12 saves
281. Jon Rauch – 2012 Projections:  4-5/3.55/1.30/40, 20 Holds, 10 saves
282. Tyler Clippard – 2012 Projections:  5-3/2.65/1.15/90, 20 Holds, 5 saves
283. Mark Melancon – 2012 Projections:  6-2/3.25/1.25/65, 22 Holds, 5 saves
284. Jonny Venters – 2012 Projections:  7-2/2.75/1.15//70, 24 Holds, 3 saves
285. Daniel Murphy – 2012 Projections:  75/12/60/.275/5
286. Josh Willingham – 2012 Projections:  65/22/80/.250/3
287. Francisco Rodriguez – 2012 Projections:  6-4/2.75/1.26/80, 18 Holds, 3 saves
288. Yunel Escobar – 2012 Projections:  70/12/45/.280/3
289. Jason Bartlett – 2012 Projections:  50/3/35/.255/20
290. Rafael Furcal – 2012 Projections:  60/7/35/.245/12
291. Tyler Pastornicky – 2012 Projections:  55/7/65/.250/17
292. Jed Lowrie – 2012 Projections:  60/12/65/.260/3
293. Stephen Drew – 2012 Projections:  60/12/55/.270/5
294. Juan Pierre – 2012 Projections:  85/1/40/.285/30
295. Jason Kubel – 2012 Projections:  60/20/75/.260
296. Ben Revere – 2012 Projections:  70/1/35/.280/30
297. Denard Span – 2012 Projections:  65/4/55/.280/25
298. Carlos Lee – 2012 Projections:  60/20/80/.265/3
299. Grady Sizemore – 2012 Projections:  75/17/60/.245/5
300. Hiroki Kuroda – 2012 Projections:  12-9/3.90/1.24/150
301. John Danks – 2012 Projections:  9-10/3.75/1.28/150

96 Responses

  1. Patrick says:
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    Any thoughts about a podcast this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Patrick, End of this month

  2. Patrick says:
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    Jebus, didn’t even thank you for a awesome per-season so far. That Stache must be looking redic’ right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Patrick, No problem

  3. TheNewGuy says:
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    Won’t even contemplate (word of the day!) how long that took to put together. Great job Grey. Thank heavens no Liriano on this list, no Billingsley though? Man that guys fallen bad too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, No problem

  4. Slap Daddy says:
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    Should we assume Juan Pierre ranking was pre- signing with the Phillies, or do you actually see him cracking the starting lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slap Daddy, What do you mean? He’s ranked 293rd.

      • Slap Daddy says:
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        @Grey, But isn’t he projected as a 4th OF? 85 runs and 30 SB seems really high for a guy without a starting job.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Slap Daddy, Who’s starting over him? Laynce Nix?

          • Slap Daddy says:
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            @Grey, Mayberry would start over him once Howard is back.

          • Jay29 says:
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            @Grey, I really wouldn’t be surprised if they start Nix over him. Mayberry has a good chance, too. The Phils think he can be this year’s Morse.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Jay29, Laynce Nix isn’t an every day starter. Mayberry could start over him, but Howard needs to return first. Pierre will probably sneak in 300+ ABs, which means his runs and RBIs are high in my projections. Will be fixed when the picture becomes more clear in Philly.

              • ashtonkorver says:
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                @Grey,
                If Pierre can get on base than he might just make a push to win the leadoff spot. Rollins and Vic dont have the approach to hit first, they can take their swing for the fence/pop-up approach to 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th etc spots in the order.

  5. zombie says:
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    Thanks for all of the rankings Grey. Like Ina Garten’s Tequila Lime Chicken dish, superb as usual. Looking forward to first pitch!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie, Ha, thanks!

  6. schlitzy says:
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    Who do you keep between Werth ($16) vs. Tabata ($6) in an NL only with a $280 cap? Other kepers are Votto ($25), Kershaw ($18) and Madson ($10).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, Tabata…

  7. Pops says:
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    A couple of questions this morning… I should have asked this yesterday when you did the Top 100_ but where would suspended Ryan Braun rank? I’ve heard no mention of him. Also, any love for Kendrys Morales in the top 300? He could prove to be a huge steal if he is healthy… and the reports this week are encouraging. Thanks, Grey.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Pops,

      You’ll see Ryan Braun at #118.

      • Pops says:
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        @Eddy, Read it quickly on the way to work… must have mised them. TY

    • BillyJ says:
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      @Pops, Also, Morales is at #202.

  8. Bourne says:
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    I want to thank you grey. About 75% of my drafting is based on you and your wonderful site. However, 100% of my success is based on your witty daily posts. Longevity is vital to winning fantasy baseball and you always keep it interesting.

    • PublicEnemy#1 says:
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      @Bourne, True dat!

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Bourne, Well said. Grey’s witty daily posts makes the daily grind much more palatable (my word of the day). Not to mention all of the pre-season work on the rankings and sleeper and schmohawk posts. Thanks Grey!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Big Magoo, Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bourne, Thanks!

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @Bourne, I third that sentiment. Perfectly put!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @birrrdy!, Thanks!

  9. Tony says:
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    grey do you bump up braun in a h2h league?

    You have him ranked this low which = the 10th round in standard drafts. I know you’re very optimistic when he comes back about him just jumping right in and returning to where he was, especially with no fielder and minus the herps/roids meds. But in a H2H league you could plug whoever in for a couple months then have braun for the stretch run…. Idk I just dont see him ONLY hitting .280. Thats a big drop for a career .312 hitter with two seasons north of .320 in the past 3 years. For some reason i see him gone by the 4th round in my league…. maybe earlier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Could be bumped up a bit if you like, but you can’t DL him either.

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey, we have deep benches, plenty of room, actually no limit to how many hitters we have it just takes awayfrom the amt of pitchers we can/are rostering….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Tony, Then I could see bumping him up 4 to 5 rounds.

  10. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    You dised Kendrys! Yep, I borrowed an s from dissed and added it to end of Kendry so he feels whole again. Who are some SPs who would get an added bump in your rankings in a league that uses QS instead of Ws?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1, The top pitchers.

    • Jay29 says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1, I think in a QS league you should raise the rankings of pitchers for teams with bad run support, like Felix, Cain, etc. Conversely you’ve got to lower the rankings on guys that pitch for high-scoring offenses, like NYY, TEX, etc. Just watch out for pitchers that aren’t able to consistently go 6 IP, like Morrow, Scherzer, and other young guys with high pitch counts.

  11. Mzyptlk says:
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    whew! that’s a lotawork! I’m sure you have several comely (like that word?) assistants but thanks very much. Makes it all more fun and really helps me win.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mzyptlk, No problem…

  12. Dirty Jersey says:
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    KURODA ABOVE DANKS!?! INSANITY!!!

    jk – lol

    @Bourne put is best — thanks for the witty work

    “One man’s Stache is another man’s treasure”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dirty Jersey, Thanks!

  13. mauledbypandas says:
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    Rasmus and Bonifacio sure got a lot of Grey love. Here’s hoping Belt actually hits those numbers, seems like sneaky value but not likely to actually get enough AB

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @mauledbypandas, Also thought Arencibia would have received more love too :(

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @mauledbypandas, He’s technically at 200 if you need a catcher.

  14. sean says:
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    Grey, I’m running my “what it takes to win” numbers for 5×5 in a ten-teamer. Just wondering if you thought there was anything unique about last year’s stats/numbers that warrants any tweaking headed into this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sean, Rudy’s running those numbers.

  15. Jah says:
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    Grey, Are you planning on updating/changing this as we approach opening day?

    Thanks for a great off-season, btw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jah, Yeah, I’ll update it.

  16. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Good morning razzballers…

    An Adam Wainwright update for you (for those who like to tempt fate)… He had a bullpen session yesterday, threw 30 pitches, and was topping out at 88 MPH.

    Still doesn’t have his strength back, but it’s only been a year after surgery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Morning…

    • JoeC says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Here’s me. Here’s Adam Wainwright. There’s the Grand Canyon between us. Here’s me running away from my side of the Grand Canyon (hopefully the south side, because there’s a snack bar).

      Love the man’s talent, but since I take pitching late, I have to get super-reliable guys. For me, he’ll be too much risk to take anywhere in the first 10 rounds (which is where I assume he’ll go in my main draft).

      • MKEeast says:
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        @JoeC,
        Didn’t you take all the starting pitching in our RCL last year?

        • JoeC says:
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          @MKEeast, Yeah, you remember correctly. I was trying to do an anti-Grey strategy, since I figured everybody would be following his recommendations.

          As it was, it was bloody hell for the season trying to squeeze any offense out of my team. I think I eventually ended up in 4th(?), which wasn’t bad considering I was near the bottom earlier in the season.

          But yeah, I won’t ever try that “strategy” again. It sucks and it sucked. :)

  17. Wake Up says:
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    Thx and HBBD.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Thanks!

  18. Wake Up says:
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    Could you list all the best hitting SP in the AL for inter-league play?

    • sean says:
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      @Wake Up, Last season, I led this team in ninth-inning doubles in the month of August!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @sean, Ha

  19. LA Sound Guy says:
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    Helpful as always, Grey. Thanks.

    Had a question about Alejandro de Aza. I’ve been pretty high on him as a sleeper candidate. The cup of coffee he had last year was arguably better than Brett Lawrie’s. He comes into the year as the leadoff man in Chicago, and though we don’t know much about Robin Ventura’s managerial tendencies, De Aza showed that he had speed to burn last year (152 ABs, 12 SBs).

    Anyhow, because you’re my fantasy guru, your projections for De Aza killed my sleeper buzz a bit. You don’t see him hitting closer to .300 and swiping a few more bags? I think I already know your answer to that, but I guess, if you’ve got the time, I’m looking for a “Why?”.

    Thanks again, Grey.

    • Grey

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      @LA Sound Guy, He had a .404 BABIP to hit .329. If that falls fifty-plus points as it should, he’s not hitting .300.

      • LA Sound Guy says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. I think I’ll still take a flier on the guy, but I won’t be expecting Brett Gardner 200 picks later.

  20. glenstein says:
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    Did you seriously just rank player X above player Y?? What are you, insane?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @glenstein, Ha

  21. Ed Nugent says:
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    Looking for advice from anyone with experience here. I am the commissioner of a 12 team 5×5 roto keeper league. We have had issues the past few seasons with owners not setting their lineups in order to get a higher draft pick for next season, so we’ve decided to enforce a minimum games played/atbats for offense and a minimum games started/innings pitched for pitchers. This is a new concept to me so I’m trying to get a feel for what a reasonable minimum would be per team in these circumstances.

    Any suggestions?

    • Alcesto says:
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      @Ed Nugent, Switch to an auction format and never look back.

      • Ed Nugent says:
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        @Alcesto, yeah I would love to but we’ve been doing this league for almost 10 years now and I think we’d lose half of our members if we made a drastic change like that.

      • WallyCleaver says:
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        @Alcesto, Amen to that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ed Nugent, How many pitchers? 9? Then they should get 1000 IP. How many hitters? They should get 350 ABs apiece.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ed Nugent, Or what Alcesto said.

    • chata says:
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      @Ed Nugent,

      your question implies that owners are failing to set their line-ups
      over an extended period of time , and not just the last couple weeks
      of the season .

      it’s a “questionable” strategy , at best ,
      and for what (?) , to get slotted one or two rungs higher , when it
      comes to next year’s draft ??

      if that’s the case , you know what you have to do .

      setting special rules (minimum AB’s and IP’s) to accommodate owners
      who fail to compete , over the course of the year , is not the way to go .
      imo .

      • Ed Nugent says:
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        @chata, Thanks for the tip. We’re trying to avoid having guys race to the bottom by not setting their lineups. A team may have the notion that they would be better off rebuilding from the start of the season and not play a single guy all year. I feel that this skews the statistics, though not drastically. The point really is to encourage guys to check their lineups and therefore be actively participating.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ed Nugent, I agree with chata.

      • Ed Nugent says:
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        @Grey, Thanks as always Grey; terrific rankings this year.
        I’m digging the new layout of the comments. Are you planning on doing any other overhauls on the sites appearance in the future?

        • Grey

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          @Ed Nugent, Thanks! Nah, no other overhauls as of right now.

    • anarchy burger says:
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      @Ed Nugent, in my league last place get the second to last pick (1st place gets the last). then the 2nd to last team get the 4th to last pick (2nd place get the 3rd to last). 5th place gets the first pick. 6th place gets the 2nd pick and so on. its basically a fight for 1st and a fight for 5th. it works well in our league.

      • Ed Nugent says:
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        @anarchy burger, thanks! We’ve considered doing something like this as well as implementing a lottery for the bottom 8 teams a la the NBA.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****THERE’S A NEW POST***

  23. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    of course i noticed that you , again , failed to rank
    HANK BLALOCK among the top 300 players in baseball .

    a quick check over at mlb.com reveals that he is now listed among
    historical players (2002-2009) .

    makes my decision , as to which , of you guys , i should give up ,
    much easier .

    kudos for the superb job of getting this ranking stuff all together .
    it’s part of the reason that February Grey is ranked # 1 on MY list .

  24. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Wow, Jennings is being taken in the early 4th in Yahoo mocks. I don’t think I can afford that…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, Yeah, that’s kinda bonkers.

  25. WallyCleaver says:
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    Grey, down to my last keeper. $260 limit with big rosters. I’m down to a $2 Peralta, $16 Zobrist. Need MI. Also $1 Ramos. Could also go $27 Haren, $21 Gio, $1 McCarthy but have other good pitching I’m keeping. What say you?

    • Grey

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      @WallyCleaver, McCarthy… Take followups to the newest post.

  26. Thanks for the rankings!

    201. Brandon Belt – 2012 Projections: 70/24/80/.280/10 (in 500 ABs)

    If Belt comes within 90% of your projections in 4 out of 5 cats, I hereby vow to buy you a dacquiri and a round for your best friends. The Giants would be ecstatic to get that out of Belt… and being a Giants fan, so would I.

    • Grey

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      @The Miracles, Okay, just so you know, Random Italicized Voice likes expensive drinks.

      • @Grey, Message to RIV from BonQuiQui: “Have it your way, but don’t get crazy!”

  27. JFK says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you keep for one more year out of these guys?

    Adam Jones
    Anibal
    J-Zimm
    Freddie Freeman
    JJ Hardy
    Kipnis
    Hanrahan

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      @JFK, Jones, but depends on who else you’re keeping. Take followups to the newest post.

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey,

        I own J-Up, Pedi, Wright, King Felix, Holliday, Dread Pirate, and Kinsler. Finished 2nd last year so I gotta close the gap this year. Yahoo 5×5 OBP.

        A-Jones you think?

        I have the 9th pick and its pretty slim pickings with 80 of the top players already off the board with the exception of those never eligible to be kept because of draft position history.

  28. Going Ubaldo says:
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    Grey, love the site its been my number one source for laughs and insight for years now. Would you consider doing a mock for 10 teamer? I have the 10 pick and I think this year plays well for going Longoria-Fielder in yahoo leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Going Ubaldo, Thanks for the kind words! I’ll consider it, sure. Longoria and Fielder would be a great combo.

  29. A-Ram Baller says:
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    No Yadier Molina? Why?

  30. Dan-o says:
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    Is 150-152 the last off ramp for serviceable 2nd basemen?

    I’m targeting Espinosa (drafting 180 Yahoo). I want to wait till 140-ish to draft him, but if i screw it up do I go right to this triumvirate?

  31. Gildemeister says:
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    Request for next year – can you expand your stat projections to include ABs, 2Bs, 3Bs, BBs, Ks, ERs, etc.? Those come in handy for people in points-based leagues with customized scoring. I’m tired of getting screwed by Rotowire’s projected stats, but that’s all I have right now! Keep up the good work.

  32. JP says:
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    Hi Grey,

    This looks very good, thanks!

    One question, I’m drafting very close to opening day. Are your rankings being updated for injuries and spring training performance or are these the same from when they first came out?

    Good luck this season!

  33. dhaab says:
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    Seriously, Colby Rasmus at 115? That ranking made me laugh out loud. The guy has all the natural talent in the world, but in baseball it really doesn’t matter if you have no work ethic, don’t really enjoy playing baseball and a two cent brain.

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