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I’m a pretty harsh critic of Razzball, but occasionally we’ll post things that even I feel are extremely helpful.  Usually these are done by other people for our site.  Yesterday, we brought you the one and only 2012 Fantasy Baseball War Room.  (Honestly, there may be more War Rooms than you can shake a stick at, but who’s intro’ing anything by saying we brought you the “one of a couple zillion War Rooms?”)  Another thing we’re offering is the 2012 fantasy baseball tiers, brought to you by regular commenter and all-around solid F.O.R., VinWins.   This fantasy baseball tier sheet is like the Cliff Notes version of the 2012 fantasy baseball rankings.  The tiers give you where I ranked players and the tier names, which should give you a rough idea of what I’m thinking when you don’t have much time.

If you’re in a tight squeeze in a draft and you don’t have time to look at a dozen different posts or read everything I wrote about a player, you just look at the fantasy baseball tiers and you know quickly know where a guy ranks and a snapshot of what I’m thinking.  For instance, you see Asdrubal Cabrera sitting there in your draft.  You quickly scan the fantasy baseball tiers and see I have him below Rollins and above Jeter.  I also say, “Only four shortstops in and it’s your last chance for a decent one.  Yay.”  So you can quickly infer I’m saying if you don’t get Asdrubal in this tier, you’re no longer on solid ground.  To solidify that, the next tier is called, “Where’s all the freakin’ shortstops?”  So obviously there is risk involved with those guys.  If you fail to get Asdrubal, you can quickly see another tier below is called, “…this is your last chance for exciting.”  So you can quickly surmise, I like those guys too, there’s not much after that and that’s the order.  Anyway, you get the gist.

Also, VinWins went the extra mile and put my top 300 for 2012 fantasy baseball into a spreadsheet.  It warms my cockles when people do things like this for Razzball.  If cockles is what I think it is, warming them means VinWins and I have gotten to 2nd base.  Now you thank VinWins.

Finally, there’s the Fantasy Baseball Team Name Generator.  I got the Butte Sucka MCs, which sounds like a rap group that performs in the Man Hole night club.

  1. Wake Up says:
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    Pensacola Fo’cheezies…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Hehe

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, I didn’t pick it…it was generated for me…

  2. the grate one says:
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    hey grey…
    in a keeper league, how would you rank greinke, matt moore, latos, and david price?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the grate one, Greinke, Price, Latos…

      • the grate one says:
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        @Grey, thanks…

        im in this 12 team h2h points (1st year keeper league)…

        im picking on the endcap (12/13th and so on)
        i have taken upton and fielder…now its back to me… what do you think of me taking Greinke and Lawrie? Its fairly SP heavy league that counts QS, W, CG, SHO, etc fairly heavily

        but I think I need a 3b this round (even though Arod/youk/zimmerman/wright are still out there i think they will go before it comes back to me)

        other names on the board, carlos santana (who was the best catcher by 250 points plus last year), matt moore, pence, etc.

        what to do?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @the grate one, Go with Greinke and Lawrie.

  3. El Famous Burrito says:
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    The new General Manager of The Glue-Sniffing Sassafrasses salutes you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Famous Burrito, Ha!

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Frenzied Thugz — Watch out now!

  5. JustMatt says:
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    Saw you/Rudy will be drafting this Saturday in the inaugural (if inaugural means what I think it does) LABR mixed draft. Do you expect participants to put best feet forward to win this as it’s flying under the LABR banner? Also, assuming you and Rudy are not in the same room, how do you go about doing a co-managed online draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JustMatt, I don’t see why people wouldn’t put their best foot forward. Rudy and I will have the online draft open in front of us in two different places and be on IM.

  6. Sam says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in a 12 T h2h keeper league where you keep 3. Next year I would lose the pick 2 rounds ahead of where they are drafted in this years draftt. If you were in my league, would you rank guys like hosmer, jennings, lawrie, etc. higher or lower? Would you save these keepers on guys drafted in the 12th+ round?

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam, Slightly higher, but in reality you’re gonna have plenty of guys to keep with only 3 keepers.

      • Sam says:
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        @Grey, agreed. Thanks man. Another question if your up for it. I have the 4th pick overall. I’m trying to swap my 4th pick for his 7th. In our ESPN league Votto is 9th on the board and I want him bad and feel I can trade down and still have him there.

        What I’m thinking is:

        My 4th for his 7th. (my 1st round for his 1st round)

        My 93rd for his 79th. (my 8th round for his 7th round)

        Do you think it’s worth it for me to give up 3 spots of drafting in the 1st in order to have two 7th rounders, but no 8th round? I will no doubt be able to draft votto at 4, but feel I can cash in right now.

        Thanks

  7. The Feculent Sandinistas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Longtime fan, first time poster. I can thank the name generator for The Feculent Sandinistas. Are you going to post the spreadsheets in .xls format at some point like you did other years, or just leave them in HTML?

    Much appreciated and keep up the good work. I spread word of Razzball to friends and it spreads quicker than a VD.

    -jp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Feculent Sandinistas, Thanks for the kind words! Honestly, I don’t put any of these spreadsheets together. If someone wants to, they’re welcome to. The War Room is in Excel and has all of my projections, maybe that could be of use.

  8. Mike Adamson says:
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    Bravo VinWins and thanks!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Mike Adamson, Thank you.

  9. zombie says:
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    Thanks for warming ALL of our cockles VinWins; very useful shizz.

  10. Mel says:
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    Keeper question: 7×7 roto –total bases and OBP are the extra offensive cats. Keepers are kept in their original round, decreasing by several rounds each year.
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    On the table: trading AGonz (round 1), for D. Jennings (round 25) plus a round 2 pick.
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    Trouble is, basically the top 60 players are keepers, so a round 2 pick is something like Aramis or BJ Upton, something like that. I have Hosmer (round 25) to man 1st.
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    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mel, I’d take Jennings since you have Hosmer.

  11. VinWins

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    If anyone wants to send me an email, I can send the tier sheet and or top 300 in excel form.

    vinreich@zoho.com

    • Wake Up says:
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      @VinWins, thanks for doing this Vin.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Wake Up, No problem.

  12. Wilsonian says:
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    I just wrote “I heart VinWins” all over my Trapper Keeper…

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Wilsonian, Ha!

  13. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    If anyone wants to send me an email, I can send the tier sheet and or top 300 in excel format, open office, or PDF.

    vinreich@zoho.com

  14. Cole says:
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    Do you think Porcello could take a step forward and be useful this year? His K/9 and K/BB improved, he pitched with a bad finger to begin the season and seemed to get better as the season went on. It feels like he’s been around forever but he is only 23 so I think he could get better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole, He could get better, he won’t be on any of my teams after a draft to find out…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Not even Fantasy Razzball? (emoticon)

        Elsewhere, the first two rounds are making me nervous. You really want to be 1, 2 or 3, or 10, 11 or 12. Anywhere in the middle and chances are you’re gonna be staring at a guy you really don’t want to take.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, True…. In related news, where’s Kemp in ESPN and Yahoo?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, #2 at Yahoo, #3 at ESPN.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Thanks!

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, It’s the Kemp Konundrum!

  15. Raging Holepunchers says:
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    Thank you name generator for the name….

    Okay draft is over and all already pushed a trade through….How’s it look?

    YAHOO STANDARD 5×5 / 12 Team / h2h

    1. (8) Joey Votto (Cin – 1B)
    2. *** TRADED ***
    3. (32) Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)
    4. (41) Zack Greinke (Mil – SP)
    5. (56) Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
    6. (65) B.J. Upton (TB – OF)
    7. (80) Howie Kendrick (LAA – 1B,2B,OF)
    8. (89) Madison Bumgarner (SF – SP)
    9. *** TRADE ***
    10. (113) Miguel Montero (Ari – C)
    11. (128) Ryan Madson (Cin – RP)
    12. (137) Jayson Werth (Was – OF)
    13. (152) Jordan Zimmermann (Was – SP)
    14. (161) Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP)
    15. (176) Ervin Santana (LAA – SP)
    16. (185) Peter Bourjos (LAA – OF)
    17. (200) Jhoulys Chacin (Col – SP)
    18. (209) David Robertson (NYY – RP)
    19. (224) Mike Minor (Atl – SP)
    20. (233) Brad Peacock (Oak – SP)
    21. (248) Eduardo Nunez (NYY – 2B,3B,SS)
    22. (257) Alex Rios (CWS – OF)
    23. (272) Jon Rauch (NYM – RP)

    Trade = Gained: Jay Bruce/Mike Bourn……Gave: Ian Kinsler/Drew Stubbs

    Shoot me straight….

    • Grey

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      @Raging Holepunchers, Kinda early to draft a team… Even earlier to be trading… Team looks solid… Light on saves and power, heavy on speed. Bourjos and Upton and Andrus is a bit much…

  16. Awesomus Maximus

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    Dunno’ if this has been asked already, but what Top 300 rank would you give Javy Guerra and Kenley Jansen now that Guerra seems to have the role (at least to start the season)? If you don’t mind hitting me with some Auction Values as well, that’d be swell (12-team, $260, regular ESPN rosters).

    • Grey

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      @Awesomus Maximus, I’d drop Jansen to the top of the MRs and Guerra to the top of the Brain Freezes… $5 and $7…

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @Grey, Sounds ’bout right to me. Thank you, kind sir.

        FYI, going to be putting your auction values into the Pitcher Pairings web-tool tomorrow, then emailing the files your way. Should also have v1.0 of the Numbers for iPad (or Mac) draft helper thingy by the weekend for you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesomus, thankus!

  17. johnny o says:
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    10 Keepers. 5×5 10 team league, 2 Catchers, 2 Utility 10 Pitchers (7SP) 25 man team.
    First 5 Keepers are Longoria, Kemp, Tulo, Votto, Pence…

    Which 5 to keep off this list: Wainwright, Beachy, Ian Kennedy, Gio, Pineda, Konerko, Carlos Santana, McCann, Howie Kendrick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @johnny o, Santana, Kendrick, Kennedy, Beachy, Gio…

  18. thefaketom says:
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    I seriously just sat here and went through the name generator for a solid 10 minutes…enjoy that nickle from the advertisers, don’t spend it all in one place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thefaketom, Ha!

  19. sam bam says:
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    Are all of your rankings based on redraft leagues? Do you have rankings for keeper leagues? Or maybe ways to figure the values of players in a keeper league based from your current ranks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sam bam, Redraft leagues… Gotta bump flyers/upside guys a round or two per five rounds…

      • sam bam says:
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        @Grey, per five rounds?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @sam bam, Deeper you get the more leeway you need. So ten rounds in you might have to reach 3-4 rounds… 15 rounds in you might have to reach 6-8 rounds…

          • sam bam says:
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            @Grey, gotcha. Thanks!

  20. DWRlovesKAR_OLR says:
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    @grey
    10 team(5 keeper) h2h(3OF & 2 UT) standard 5*5 scoring
    I just took this team over and have a trade question.
    Keepers as of right now
    Cano($31), Tulowinski($25), Stanton($15), Lee($20) & Kershaw($31)
    We have a $260 dollar budget and with this group it would cost $122
    I have an offer on the table from another owner
    I get: Longoria($27) & Hosmer($5)
    He gets: Cano($31) & Kershaw($31)
    The money value is for what they will cost this year. It goes up by five dollars every year they are kept.
    If I do the trade it cuts my cost from $122 to $92.
    Available 3rd baseman come draft day
    Wright & Zimmerman
    Available 1st baseman
    Lind, Reynolds & Howard
    My keepers would look like this after the trade
    Hosmer($5), Tulowinski($26), Longo($27), Stanton($15) & Lee($20)
    Would you accept the offer?(any feedback would be much appreciated.
    Thanks

    • Grey

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      @DWRlovesKAR_OLR, I’d take the deal…

  21. someone is running a tout war yahoo league setup just american league players only – 12 teams roto – auction draft

    anyone have any advise for me come draft day

    TOUT WARS 2012 CONSTITUTION

    ROSTERS

    A team’s active roster consists of the following players:

    4 outfielders
    2 catchers
    1 second baseman
    1 shortstop
    1 middle infielder (either second baseman or shortstop)
    1 first baseman
    1 third baseman
    1 corner infielder (either first or third baseman)
    1 designated Hitter (AL) or utility player (NL), defined as a player who may play any
    non-pitching position

    1 swingman (either a hitter, any position, or a pitcher)
    9 pitchers (who may be either starters, relievers or both).
    STATISTICS

    The following statistical categories will be used to determine team performance and league standings:

    Composite batting average
    Total home runs
    Total runs batted in
    Total runs scored
    Total stolen bases
    Composite pitchers baserunners ratio (hits plus walks divided by innings pitched)
    Composite ERA
    Total wins
    Total saves
    Total strikeouts

    • Grey

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      @Mr Basebal, I use 180/80 usually split between hitters and pitchers. Make sure you get players that are starting everywhere rather than spending on two or three players and having no money elsewhere. Get at least 6 starters and two closers, don’t punt anything…

  22. TheNewGuy says:
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    Great work VinWins.

    Don’t forget to post the pitcher pairings program up for everyone too sometime, kudos to awesomeus maximus for that.

  23. The set up is weird

    12 team league

    1-there are 14 american league teams yt we are drafting 24 catchers

    2-there are 42 starting OF among the 14 teams – yet we are drafting 48 OF

    3-there are 56 starting Infielders amoung the 14 teams yet we are drafting 72 infielders

    • Grey

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      @Mr Basebal, Yeah, there’s gonna be a lot of teams with players that aren’t playing so you wanna make sure you have as many players that are… Last year in a similar year we had Mark DeRosa play the whole year, I think he had 50 ABs all of last year.

  24. Mr. Magorium says:
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    Love the name generator. I need it to help me top my career best fantasy name from 2011 baseball: Mr Francoeuriums Wonder Longorium.

    Some favorites so far: Bloody Kidney Stones, Ass Backwards Pimp Canoe, and Philistine Muttsniffers

    • Grey

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      @Mr. Magorium, Nice!

  25. chata says:
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    took this from mlb.com :
    “TEMPE, Ariz. — Bobby Abreu is apparently giving the Angels an ultimatum. The veteran slugger, now without a set role on the Angels with so many other candidates at designated hitter, told ESPNdeportes.com on Tuesday that if he isn’t playing regularly, he prefers to be traded.”

    really ?
    there are only a few teams shitty enough to use him , or desperate
    enough to try and sell 100 more tickets by playing up his “name” …
    oakland , houston , seattle , cubs , orioles , ozzie guillen ….
    have i missed any ??

    give it up already .
    kids are ready to play
    and the fans don’t want to watch your swan song .
    go away , and confess to the fact that you’re 3 years closer to
    social security than you’ve been admitting to , since day one .

    better yet , is the senior league still in existence ?
    man … those were fun times .

    • sotboy6 says:
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      @chata, please take my mariners off your list!

  26. Terrence Mann says:
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    Oh, shiznit! That tiering page opens in a snap on my phone. Very nice, VinWins.

  27. LilMatt says:
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    Hello. Longtime listener, first time caller… I love the show Grey, keep the great humor and greater info comin.

    I’m in an 11 team, NL Only 5×5 league. Your top 300 is great, but I’m looking for more. I just downloaded your spreadsheet and went through and deleted the DH Lovers. I’m now short (in life and with players to draft).

    Will you have NL Only rankings? I guess AL for the DH lovers, too?

    Thanks and keep up the good, dare I say, great work!

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