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Per the usual, I have to drop a caveat when it comes to Deep League Thoughts about pitchers: there’s no such thing as a deep league pitcher. Unless you’re talking 20 team leagues and then you’re calling some relievers deep league pitchers. I ain’t going there so let’s realize upfront before you feel affronted. Now that we have that settled, when does a young pitcher settle? Two years? Four years? Do they ever? It’s all hard to predict. As we’ve seen through our years as fantasy baseballers, growth isn’t a promise from a young kid, it’s a possibility. How many rookies came and went on your rosters in 2014 alone? I’m not asking you, Grey. You’d add and drop the same player five times in one day so you don’t count, you chronic rosterbator. That said, I’m sure Trevor Bauer hit your roster more than once. He had some good with some bad in 2014. Maybe you got the bad from him and won’t go near him again. Maybe you had more of the good like I did and you’re willing to look into him a bit further. If so, trudge on with me. We’re about to go deep inside the enigma that is Bauer and what he can do for you for the 2015 Fantasy Baseball season…

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Everyone has their own method of determining their draft board and I imagine mine is rather unique. My early focus is on playing time/injuries so I can run Steamer rates against them and run the results through my Player Rater $ calculation. I then compare this against NFBC ADP and any expert drafts to get a sense for the outliers. As the preseason crawls on, I find myself digging into more and more players and determining whether they are players I want on my team based on their market value.

My tweak this year has been to analyze the outliers (guys my Player Rater is high/low on) earlier in the preseason. Projections are far from perfect and I have no problem drafting a guy above or below my $ value if I feel passionately about his value. These analyses are not terribly thorough – just scanning their FanGraphs pages for peripheral stats and reading Baseball Forecaster and Baseball Prospectus player summaries (the former of which being more helpful than the latter). I also check against Grey’s rankings so I can identify on which players we will inevitably debate.

Below are three pitchers – Julio Teheran, Mat Latos, Tyson Ross – where my Player Rater is way more pessimistic than the other sources I have reviewed. While my reasons vs Steamer’s reasons may differ, it still ends up with the same conclusion: I think these guys are being overvalued and I cannot see how any of three will end up on any of my teams.

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Pitcher Profiles are almost back baby!  Let’s get this shizz goin!

We’ve got another big year of GIFfing, Gamescore+ , breaking down every pitch to a tedium… it’s going to get my motor running about as hard as every Corey Kluber start!

I hope everyone has had a nice winter, and enjoyed an awesome year with us so far over on Hoops.  Good thing it’s an indoor sport!  Northeast getting more snow than Tony Montana’s desk.  But with the allure of the weather warming (it hasn’t yet), we can all get together and talk some starting pitching (it’s deep, convo over).  With depth comes two interesting schools of thought – should you go with aces early because there’s so little distinguishing the mid-tier and breakout guys?  Or wait entirely and build your whole staff late?  Of course there’s 50 Shades of Grey, which is still my usual approach.  Hopefully Grey’s next book will be 51 Shades of Grey Albright.  Shade 1 – mustache play.

If you missed the wrap up at the end of last year, you can check out how my 2014 pre-ranks fared against Grey and ESPN.

Enough foreplay, below are my top 100 SP ranks!  With the great pitching depth, comes great responsibility a lot of guys out of the 100 that are probably in other ranks here and there.  Pitchers 70-130 are so hard to differentiate…  But as always, please shoot your comments below on what ya think, and happy pitching 2015!

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How do you know if you’ve drafted a great pitcher? If his name is Clayton Kershaw or Felix Hernandez, you are on the right track. But what about everyone else that is not them? Well, in head-to-head points leagues, I like to look at points per start (PPS). This gives me an idea of approximately how many puntos (that’s spanish for points) I am going to get, and is often a factor in helping me decide which pitchers to both draft and start.

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In past years, I’ve said the following analogy. There’s years of looking up to your father, whether you agree all the time or not. Then, one day, he takes a poop on your couch. You take him to the hospital; he’s in need of some sort of psychology examination. If the tests come back conclusive that he pooped the couch simply out of laziness, then that’s ESPN. If tests come back that he’s gone crazy, then that’s Yahoo. That’s inaccurate this year. It still holds true for ESPN, but Yahoo seems like it’s taking steps to correct past mistakes. They’ve lost The Noise from the composite rankings, and he’s always said baseball wasn’t his thing. (What is his thing…well…) Funston, Behrens, Del Don and Pianowski do a conscientious job with their rankings. No, I don’t agree with all of them, I’ll get to that. But they do take the time to actually rank, which I’m 99.9% sure can’t be said of ESPN. Yahoo could easily phone-in their rankings like ESPN, but they don’t. That is, indeed, a point for them. Yahoo still seems to be in love the stolen base and guys that can be labeled as ‘hot, unproven bats.’ They don’t rank nearly deep enough and they have some of the funkiest position eligibility decisions, but these all seem to be coming from places of conscious decisions and not, “Tristan, could you rank for everyone today? I just saw Stephen A. Smith in the elevator and he asked me to Au Bon Pain for lunch. Thanks.” That’s a voicemail message that Cockcroft gets every day. Anyway, here’s where my 2015 fantasy baseball rankings differ from the 2015 Yahoo fantasy baseball rankings:

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Greetings all, and welcome to the first installment of The Numbers Game. “Boy, that title sounds about as exciting as it would be to draft Omar Infante in 2015.” Hey, quiet in the peanut gallery! Fantasy baseball is, as the title of this series makes blatantly obvious, all about the numbers. The idea behind these posts is to identify players who fit a specific set of search criteria using statistics accumulated over the past three seasons. The various criteria that I’ll be using will be established based on player comps and/or the MLB averages in key statistical categories. Some results will include data from 2014 only, while others will include some combination of the previous two seasons as well. The ultimate goal of these exercises is to provide a different perspective that will help to confirm your evaluations of certain players and perhaps reconsider your opinions of others. While I’ll be providing my two cents from time to time, it’ll be up to you to decide how valid the results truly are.

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Watch out, because I’m about to eviscerate someone, which Google tells me means to disembowel and I consider softening eviscerate, but decide to stick with it. That’s how mad I am! I’m ready to disembowel after deliberations! Hey, ESPN, you best get your colostomy bag ready cause you’re gonna need it. (By the by, I Googled colostomy bags for the holidays, and I couldn’t find any. I may just invent some and go on Shark Tank and wow Robert Herjavec with my pitch. “Wait, there’s more! A Passover colostomy bag because we know it doesn’t stay unleavened forever.” Don’t steal my invention ideas.) Today, I take a knife and seppuku (I’m running out of thesaurus entries for disemboweling) ESPN’s 2015 fantasy baseball rankings. To the tune of Jackin’ For Beats by Ice Cube. Commence knife to belly:

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With the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings for every position done, we turn our lazy eye towards the top 100 for 2015 fantasy baseball. These 2015 fantasy baseball rankings are one part fresh and two parts to def. 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 2015 fantasy baseball is meant to surprise. *jumping out of a closet* Boo! Now, 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, and I went over each one of these guys already. Obviously at a hundred players, some guys just didn’t make it. About 300, to be inexact. It’s okay; there will be a top 400 tomorrow. 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 2015 fantasy baseball league, young prematurely balding man.” Projections were done by me and a crack team of 100 monkeys fighting amongst themselves because there were only 99 typewriters. Somebody please buy Ling-Ling his own typewriter! Anyway, here’s the top 100 for 2015 fantasy baseball:

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Yesterday, we went over the top 20 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball and today it’s the top 40 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball. This is one of my favorite ranking posts because I usually end up with two starters from these twenty. They are the low end number one starters. To quote Lil Jon at his fantasy baseball draft, “Get low end number ones! To the Carrasco, to the Wheeler! Til Wood drop his base on balls! Til all these pitchers fall!” Is it weird I have a man crush on Lil Jon? He seems like he’d be a constant source of entertainment if you hung out with him on the day-to-day. Also, besides the low end number ones, there’s number twos and high end number threes. These are going to be your fantasy staff linchpins. So, all the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings are right in there. As with all other ranking posts, my projections and tiers are included. Anyway, here’s the top 40 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball:

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Alfredo Amezaga
David Eckstein
James Rapoport
Kenneth McNutt
Michael Demperio
Jarret Martin
Taylor Thompson
Aramis Ramirez
Mike Minor
Jason Stoffel
Christian Bethancourt
Patrick Schuster
Chris Owings
Keyvius Sampson
Robert Borchering
Chris Dwyer
Wil Myers
Al Reyes
Austin Wood
Jorge Reyes
Nestor Molina
Grant Green
Alex White
Tyler Matzek
Max Stassi
Brooks Raley
Johnny Hellweg
Ian Krol
Tomas Telis
Jonathan Villar
Elevys Gonzalez
Caleb Thielbar
Keith Butler
Shawn Griffith
Hisanori Takahashi
Dane de la Rosa
Reynaldo Rodriguez
Dustin Ackley
Ron Villone
Ryan Vogelsong
Johan Yan
Jose Flores
Kip Wells
Graham Stoneburner
Kyle Gibson
Jean Lucas Almanzar
Mike Leake
Stephen Strasburg
Brad Boxberger
Julio Rodriguez
Aaron Crow
Craig Wilson
Fabio Martinez
Donald Lutz
Mike Trout
Nick Franklin
Noel Arguelles
Jack Wilson
Jose Ramirez
Edgar Olmos
Juan Duran
Melvin Mercedes
Jacob Turner
Kevin Barker
Tyler Skaggs
Carlos Perez
Shelby Miller
Billy Hamilton
Tucker Barnhart
Matthew Oye
Sean Burroughs
Aaron Northcraft
Stephen Cilladi
Jose Iglesias
Ryota Igarashi
Aroldis Chapman
Bryan Morris
Ariel Pena
Randal Grichuk
Matt Long
Andrew Oliver
Rafael Martin
Omar Beltre
Alexi Ogando
Brandon Belt
Justin Marks
Tanner Scheppers
Kentrail Davis
Francisco Arcia
Jose Toussen
Hector Sanchez
Adam Eaton
Dennis Tepera
Adrian Nieto
Eury Perez
Alan Embree
Chris Heston
Jarred Cosart
Oswaldo Arcia
Roman Mendez
BJ Hermsen
Zack Wheeler
Erasmo Ramirez
Michael Tonkin
Brent Keys
Danny Ortiz
Adrian Salcedo
Danny Santana
Rafael Ortega
Marcell Ozuna
Chad Jenkins
Ramon Cabrera
Reymond Fuentes
Giovanni Soto
Nick Christiani
Zachary Heathcott
Edwin Escobar
Scooter Gennett
Gift Ngoepe
Aaron Loup
JR Murphy
Michael Ohlman
Domingo Santana
Tommy Joseph
Trevor Hoffman
Nicholas Struck
Daniel Rosenbaum
Robbie Erlin
Noah Perio
Zach Samuels
Rylan Sandoval
Eliecer Navarro
Carlos Contreras
Brooks Pounders
Daniel Fields
Ryan Beckman
Rhett Parrott
Greg Maddux
Miguel De Los Santos
Ryan Klesko
Wilfredo Tovar
Carlos Perdomo
Mark Kotsay
Rob Wort
Leslie Anderson
Mychal Givens
Jon Singleton
Adeiny Hechavarria
Sergio Espinosa
Todd Glaesmann
Taylor Jordan
Enrique Hernandez
Cheslor Cuthbert
Jorge Padron
Shawn Tolleson
Frederick Lewis
Yoervis Medina
Jason Marquis
Daniel Dorn
Preston Claiborne
Dallas Poulk
Mario Hollands
Stephen McCray
Jake Peavy
Hunter Morris
Rett Varner
Drew Hayes
Jeffrey Walters
Rocky Gale
Jake Petricka
Shawn Sanford
Ryan Fraser
Ryan Lipkin
Derek Dietrich
Jimmy Nelson
Ramon Morla
Cesar Hernandez
Cory Vaughn
Daniel Webb
Brett Tomko
Jeffrey Malm
Anthony Fernandez
Forrest Snow
Joshua Bowman
Ramon Vazquez
Rico Noel
Addison Reed
Chad Bettis
Juan Sosa
Scott Alexander
Joey Terdoslavich
Kevin Millwood
Adalberto Santos
Stephen Hunt
Chris Sale
Seth Rosin
Bryce Brentz
David Freitas
Ryan Tucker
Donn Roach
Wilfredo Gimenez
Zach Walters
Adam Liberatore
Robby Price
Carlos Perez
Edgar Duran
Telvin Nash
Zachary Thornton
Rob Brantly
Willie Bloomquist
Stephen Pryor
Michael Rayl
Cole White
Gustavo Pierre
Giovanny Urshela
Tyler Thornburg
Brian Baker
Jonathan Garcia
Kyle Roller
Nicholas McBride
Mike Olt
Robert Doran
Mike Cameron
Ryan LaMarre
Aaron Dudley
Red Patterson
Arismendy Alcantara
Jarrett Casey
Leonardo Reginatto
Jeff Cirillo
Drew Hutchison
Michael Blanke
Brandon Jacobs
Miles Head
Kelly Dugan
Trevor Rosenthal
Daniel Reynolds
Kyle Knudson
Shane Greene
Casio Grider
Ryan Franklin
Corey Dickerson
Dale Dickerson
Lane Adams
Freddy Garcia
Travis Ozga
Carlos Guillen
Tony Plagman
Josh Edgin
Joe Nelson
John Halama
Jake Dunning
Tyler Saladino
Mike Foltynewicz
Jurickson Profar
Jedd Gyorko
Todd Cunningham
Michael Mariot
Asher Wojciechowski
Cody Stanley
Rangel Ravelo
Adam Kolarek
Andrelton Simmons
Chasen Shreve
Ryan Casteel
Matthew Little
Jared Hoying
Kolbrin Vitek
Gil Meche
Tyler Burgoon
Darren Ford
Jamie Moyer
Kevin Johnson
Christian Bergman
Ryan Fisher
Joel Pineiro
Austin Hubbard
Christopher Wallace
Jeff Arnold
Scott Podsednik
Adam Duvall
Greg Garcia
Phil Gosselin
Jacob deGrom
Jake Buchanan
Steve McQuail
Timothy Adleman
Arthur Rhodes
Ryan O’Rourke
Barrett Kleinknecht
Chase Whitley
Ben Rowen
Darin Erstad
Horacio Ramirez
Rafael Soriano
Alfredo Lopez
Evan Gattis
Ichiro Suzuki
Kevin Shackelford
Michael Earley
Kevin Kiermaier
Rich Aurilia
Adam Melker
Barry Bonds
Mike O’Neill
Pedro Feliz
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