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I ain’t too proud to beg, sweet darlin’. Please, don’t leave me, girl. (Don’t you go!)

Truth is I could recite just about any Temptations song to you. Growing up with a dad who only listened to Motown and oldies, the moment I started to take interest in ladies I had a song for every occasion. Now, granted, I was about 10 or so when I asked out my first girlfriend, so the stakes weren’t crazy high. But whether a fifth grade swing or a fifteen year old fling, my adolescence knew how to swoon a girl. And I know how to spot a keeper.

Now if I gotta cry to keep you, I don’t mind weepin’ if it’ll keep you by my side.

Will tears flow from my now 30-year old eyes as I’m writing this? Um. No. That’s one thing I’ve matured in since the teenage years (and for the sake of my friends, my family, my wife, my children and my masculinity, thank Heavens). But I’d do just about everything I could short of that to make sure I got this week’s Creeper of the Week onto my roster and, in keeper leagues, locked in for next year. And if you miss out on him, you’ll be bregging to get him from someone else. See what I did there?

  • Alex Bregman, SS (17.1%) – So what if the ‘Stros decided not to bring Bregman up to start the second half. They’re just being silly. Just about the only universal commentary from the All-Star Weekend was that Alex Bregman was overwhelmingly ready for the Majors. He raked two extra-base hits in the Futures game, and has his signature already written and waiting on him at 3B in Houston. The beauty of playing the hot corner with the SS eligibility, a la Manny Machado, is that he must have enough pop to play there while being eligible at a weak position. Bergman has the potential to come up and challenge the numbers of any of those top SS listed in the rankings below. And since this is all about finding a player owned in less than 20% of ESPN leagues, welp, now’s your chance. His 17.1% mark will balloon to north of 65% within a week of his call-up. And why all the fuss? The #2 overall pick in 2015 has dominated at the plate by producing 23 HR and 18 SB in his first 600 MiLB ABs across the top four levels. He doesn’t K much, walks about 10% of the time, and currently sports a .388 ISO in 11 AAA games, surpassing his .263 mark in 62 AA games. Sweet mercy, come and come quick, young man. You’re being patiently awaited for on 5 of my teams. Thank you! And for you that pick him up…you’re welcome.

Now enough creepin’…let’s get to the Rankings. BUT WAIT!!!

For the Week 16 edition I’m giving you my SECOND HALF RANKINGS! (Duh, duh, duh!) You’ll see a lot of change up in these rankings from previous ones as I rely a little less on what numbers have gotten us to this point, and a little more on whom I project to do the best moving forward. So, congratulations, Adam Duvall. Your first half numbers gets you into the Top 100, but don’t for a second think I actually believe you’re reaching 40 HR or maintaining an AVG over .250. As a result, he drops from the Week 14 rankings (Week 15 remained stagnant due to the All-Star Break). Similar moves will be seen with players either on the DL (previously any DL player was removed from the 100) or those that have underperformed but I expect great second halves (see: 19. Giancarlo Stanton). In general I chose to go with the upside over just the highest floor. Listen, it’s the second half; you can’t play it safe. Go for the gold, because second place is the best loser, right? So, view these rankings as TRADE VALUE ROS, but, as always, apply it with context to your team’s situminationism. You read it right. Have 5 solid OF but a weak 2B? Don’t be afraid to move 24. Yoenis Cespedes for 39. Rougned Odor. You do you, boo boo. (I’m pretty sure that’s not a Temptations line). Alright, let the debate begin…here are the Top 100 for the Second Half!

Rank Name Pos Team
1 Mike Trout OF LAA
2 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
3 Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI
4 Mookie Betts OF BOS
5 Manny Machado 3B/SS BAL
6 Bryce Harper OF WAS
7 Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
8 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
9 Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
10 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
11 Kris Bryant 3B/OF CHC
12 David Ortiz DH BOS
13 Ian Desmond SS/OF TEX
14 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL
15 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
16 Robinson Cano 2B SEA
17 Corey Seager SS LAD
18 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
19 Giancarlo Stanton OF MIA
20 Chris Davis 1B/OF BAL
21 Starling Marte OF PIT
22 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
23 George Springer OF HOU
24 Yoenis Cespedes OF NYM
25 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
26 Carlos Correa SS HOU
27 Eric Hosmer 1B KC
28 Adam Jones OF BAL
29 Daniel Murphy 2B/3B WAS
30 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
31 Wil Myers 1B/OF SD
32 Joey Votto 1B CIN
33 Ian Kinsler 2B DET
34 Jose Bautista* OF TOR
35 Mark Trumbo OF BAL
36 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
37 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
38 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF BOS
39 Rougned Odor 2B TEX
40 Jay Bruce OF CIN
41 Melvin Upton, Jr. OF SD
42 Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
43 Eduardo Nunez SS/3B MIN
44 Victor Martinez DH DET
45 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
46 Jose Abreu 1B CWS
47 Jonathan Villar SS MIL
48 Marcell Ozuna OF MIA
49 Buster Posey C SF
50 Miguel Sano OF MIN
51 Jake Lamb 3B ARI
52 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
53 Lorenzo Cain* OF KC
54 Ryan Braun OF MIL
55 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF CHC
56 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
57 J.D. Martinez* OF DET
58 Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
59 Trevor Story SS COL
60 Brandon Belt 1B SF
61 Evan Longoria 3B TB
62 Carlos Beltran OF NYY
63 Michael Saunders OF TB
64 Maikel Franco 3B PHI
65 Albert Pujols 1B LAA
66 DJ LeMahieu 2B COL
67 Christian Yelich OF MIA
68 Matt Kemp OF SD
69 Hunter Pence* OF SF
70 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
71 Dee Gordon+ 2B MIA
72 Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
73 Billy Hamilton OF CIN
74 Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
75 Khris Davis OF OAK
76 Adam Duvall OF CIN
77 Odubel Herrera OF PHI
78 Logan Forsythe 1B/2B TB
79 Justin Turner 3B LAD
80 Danny Espinosa 2B/SS WAS
81 Todd Frazier 3B CWS
82 Nick Castellanos 3B DET
83 Carlos Santana 1B CLE
84 Stephen Piscotty OF STL
85 Wilson Ramos C WAS
86 Jonathan Lucroy C MIL
87 Salvador Perez C KC
88 Michael Brantley* OF CLE
89 Alex Bregman# SS HOU
90 Shin-Soo Choo OF TEX
91 Yasiel Puig OF LAD
92 Didi Gregorius SS NYY
93 Mike Napoli 1B CLE
94 Kendrys Morales DH KC
95 Aledmys Diaz SS STL
96 Evan Gattis C HOU
97 Willson Contreras C CHC
98 Dexter Fowler* OF CHC
99 Kevin Kiermaier* OF TB
100 Rajai Davis OF CLE

*= Currently on DL, += Suspended, #=Minors
Dropped from Week 14 Rankings: Justin Upton, Trayce Thompson, Jean Segura, Cameron Maybin, Jose Ramirez, Danny Valencia, Nomar Mazara, Jung-ho Kang, Matt Carpenter (injury), Adam Eaton, Jason Hayward, Hanley Ramirez, Kole Calhoun

Rather than a lot of notes on the players, let’s trigger the dialogue in the comments! So, go ahead and drop em and let’s talk about the hitters for days! Well, until the Week 17 edition, at least. Love this. Love you guys. I ain’t beggin’ you to stay, but you know what’s good for ya. DROP A COMMENT!

 

 
  1. Scott says:
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    What are your thoughts on Ryon Healy?

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      M@ says:
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      @Scott: He was someone I considered to add in at the very bottom. Consider him an honorable mention. That power in the minors was legit. I’m always a little hesitant, though, when prospects get the call but weren’t considered elite options coming into the year. He’s the reason Valencia is out of the rankings, tho.

  2. Scott says:
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    Wow, you have Starling Marte significantly below what Grey has him. What fer?

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      M@ says:
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      @Scott: I intentionally haven’t looked at any other rankings coming into this so that I wouldn’t be persuaded away from my default thoughts. I love what Marte provides for speed and runs, but I’d rather have the other two ‘comparables’ to what he provides in Desmond or Blackmon. He doesn’t rake for total bases, which, in my opinion, dampens his ultimate ceiling a little. Still, 21 is highly elite, but I’ve been a little cooler on him than Grey has the whole year.

      But maybe that’s why I’m having a sub-par season across my leagues. I’m no Grey. There’s a reason he’s the boss man.

  3. My Thread Count Is High says:
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    I just cant figure out whether to add Bregman or not man. Thought about dropping Clippard for him but then the Stros are paying Gurriel starter money and I hear he’s most likely a 3rd baseman in the majors. Which makes me think Bregman is going to play sporadically at best if he does get the call. MY SP’s have struggled, it generally takes 3 closers to be competitive with the top guys, Im in 3rd(barely), top 4 make playoffs and there’s only 7 weeks left until they begin. Do you see any “need” or an obvious drop for Bregman on the following roster?

    ESPN 12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS daily moves and 4 keepers per season

    C Posey
    1B Cabrera
    2B Daniel Murphy
    3B Seager
    SS A. Russell
    OF Stanton
    OF Springer
    OF Polanco
    UTIL OF Choo
    UTIL OF Sano
    Bench 2B/SS/3B Baez

    SP Salazar
    SP Shoemaker
    RP Uehara
    RP Melancon
    P Nola
    P Pineda
    P DeSclafani
    P Pomeranz
    Bench SP Paxton
    Bench SP Gausman
    Bench RP Clippard
    Bench SP Snell
    DL SP Rodon
    DL Kimbrel

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      M@ says:
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      @My Thread Count Is High: Best case scenario, someone gets hurt, you drop Rodon and place the other player on the DL to pick up Bregman, haha! In all serious, though, your lineup is stacked. SS needs the most help as I’m not a huge Addison fan. I may drop your worst SP to pick up Bregman, then try to package on of your OF with Russell for a top 4 SS. Maybe tandem the Seagers?

      Ad for Gurriel, I have no idea what the Astros are thinking. They have a lot of young options that could/should play, but obviously minimal places for them. Here’s my crazy projection…

      The Astros want to compete. Their rotation is slowly coming around, and they have an MVP candidate in Altuve. I could see them bringing up Bregman in the next two weeks and slotting him at 3B while Gurriel adjusts. And then, and here’s the kicker, if Reed continues to suck hard at hitting, they send him back down to work on that hit tool a la Tyler White, place on of Bregman or Gurriel at 1B, and between those two, Gattis and Valbuena each gets about 25 ABs per week.

      Besides Russell, you could use another stud SP. Maybe package a 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 to make a spot and upgrade the SP, too?

      • We're Out Of Room says:
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        @M@: Thanks for the feedback, I’ve tried to upgrade SS, but when one guy owns Machado, Correa, Lindor, Anderson and Reyes and wants the moon, sun and stars to move any of the 1st 3 it makes it utterly impossible lol.

        Agreed about pitching as well, but there’s nothing on the wire except Bradley, and AAA guys like Gioloto, Berrios, etc.

        So I guess Paxton is my worst arm, would you drop him for a Bergman stash? Grichuk and Kiermaier are the only notable bats on the wire.

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          M@ says:
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          @We’re Out Of Room: Man. Is this an 8 team league? That’s a surplus and then some. To answer your question, though, yes…if stash him for Paxton or Gausman. And I personally love Kiermaier, so If still try to 2 for 1 somewhere to open up a spot.

          • My Thread Count Is High says:
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            @M@: Nope ESPN 12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS daily moves and 4 keepers per season. Appreciate the responses man. Just dropped Pax for Bregman…and now we wait lol.

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              M@ says:
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              @My Thread Count Is High: Yes. Patience, my friend. The great part is that you just raised your team’s ceiling. Wait with excitement.

  4. B the Esq. says:
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    Currently have Bregman in an N/A spot on Yahoo…..how badly does the YuGo (Gray’s term) impact Bregman this year and moving forward? Is one moving to 1B or OF?

    How dramatically different would the rankings for Braun and Cutch be in a keeper rather than just 2016?

    10 team H2H keeper, keep 10. Would you drop Braun or Cutch for Nunez, Freeman, Belt or the artist formerly known and Bossman Junior in that format?

    Thanks!

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      M@ says:
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      @B the Esq.: Haha, I lol’d hard when I read Grey’s terminology for him. That should stick. I don’t know how they all compare, or how they all find at bats, but Bregman’s gotta come up before August, and if Gurriel adjusts quickly they won’t stash these guys any longer. They want to win. As a result, the struggling bat will sit or, in the case of Reed, get demoted. I’m riding the value of Bregman for the potential he brings.

      For Braun and Cutch, I would probably move Cutch back up slightly in keeper rankings (I believe in what he’s done for long enough that this year will be an aberration) and probably hold on Braun. He could end up finishing Top 30, but the lack of counting stats concern me. Another worry with them is that if they can’t find a trade suitor they bench him as the year carries on. He needs to be on a contender to really maximize his value.

      And no I wouldn’t. Freeman is the only one close to me, but he brings the same problem as Braun: a poop team without enough hitting around him to really assist in the counting stats. I LOVE what Nunez can bring, but these past four months aren’t enough to vault him over mainstays like Braun or Cutch quite yet. For THIS year…different story.

  5. TonyTown says:
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    I was just offered Stanton for my Braun? Am I a dummy for not pulling the trigger already? I know I’ll take a hit in avg and steals.

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      M@ says:
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      @TonyTown: I would do this. Quickly. The AVG rest of season may not be as big of a drop as it was first half. And the loss in steals isn’t enough to outweigh the potentially huge boost in HR, R and RBI you’ll receive with a motivated and, in my opinion, fixed Stanton.

  6. Alex says:
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    Would you drop Choo for Naquin? Choo’s back issues seem troubling, and I’d hate to miss out on Naquin staying hot.

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      M@ says:
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      @Alex: I do worry about Choo’s back, too. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if he ended up with another 15 days on the shelf again. I’ve never been huge on Naquin, but if you’re wanting to just ride the hot bat and rotate that position around it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do it at the expense of Choo.

  7. Jeff Jaffee says:
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    Had to comment on your great musical taste. Temps are greatest group ever (original 5 anyway). Saw them live a dozen times and wanted to say your Dad was correct. Love your blog and think it’s the funniest and most accurate of any fantasy sites. Melvin, Otis, David, Eddie, and Paul………and Grey: the greytest. JJ

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      M@ says:
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      @Jeff Jaffee: Thanks Jeff! Haha, we love what we do and love the community of Commenters! Thanks for being a part of it…and a lover of Motown!

  8. Nick says:
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    Dong !! i have a to #1 top team then !!
    my batters are :
    C Contreras 97
    1B Goldy 3
    2B Alty 2
    3B Lamb 51 / Sano 50
    SS Desmond 13
    Of Springer 23 Myers 31 Trumbo 35 Bautista 34
    Util Encarnacion 9
    Bench KDavis 57 Espinosa 80 Fowler 98
    DL Carpenter

    should i try Espinosa for Bregman?

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      @Nick:
      listening to The Temptations now … !!! ;)

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        M@ says:
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        @Nick: Haha yeah you are! Well done, sir. Soak in those smooth vibes.

        As for the lineup. Yes. Scary good. Don’t know how you pulled it off but dayum. I wouldn’t drop Espinosa for Bregman. He’s one of the hottest hitters in the game over the past month, and while he has his flaws and pitfalls with cold streaks, Bregman has his own with something important: at bats. Let’s make sure he’s up and doing well before dropping any established guys of value this year.

        But you’re picking nits with that decision. Won’t matter. You’re lineup is dope.

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          @M@:

          Keeper team, been building it for years ;)

  9. Diamond Joe says:
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    I hate to waste space on a catcher question but …. any concerns about it getting crowded at DH in Houston and Gattis’ playing time? I can drop him for McCann or should I hold?

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      M@ says:
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      @Diamond Joe: There’s no wasted space on Razzball comments! C’mon now! Haha, have you seen Grey’s article with their 745 comments?!? Every question is a good one. And so is this one.

      If you’d rather pick up McCann for the certainty of at bats I can’t fault you there. It’s possible Gattis loses some ABs, but there are many ways he still finds at bats with the DH and the ever likely scenario of Castro hitting .100 for four straight weeks. I like Gattis HR upside better, but you could do worse than the higher floor of McCann.

  10. mc2rumba says:
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    Lamb has put up nearly identical stats compared to Rizzo…

    (going into today, Rizzo has 55 R, 21 HR, 65 RBI, 2 SB, .294 AVG compared to Lamb’s 52 R, 21 HR, 65 RBI, 3 SB, .302 AVG, not to mention Lamb having 43 less plate appearances)

    …but Lamb is #51 with Rizzo #8. I know Lamb isn’t as trusted by now as Rizzo has the longer track record, but Lamb’s minor league numbers and peripherals are legit and seems to be a budding star. By now he should be pushing top 25 status, easily. 51 is criminally low.

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      M@ says:
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      @Nick: @mc2rumba: And Adam Duvall has better numbers than Giancarlo Stanton. And Melvin Upton better than Bryce Harper.

      Listen, Lamb’s been INCREDIBLE (pist I missed him on, oh, every team). Can’t argue with his stats so far. I’d argue that Rizzo’s track record, like you mentioned, makes him more trustworthy than Lamb. And while Lamb’s minors numbers were strong, his ISO has essentially tripled anything else he’s done in the MLB. Yes, he basically skipped AAA, so his runs so far have been a little training mixed with injury, but he’s gotta prove he can do this for more than two months (he was mediocre to start the year). To put him in the tier with Cespedes, Jones and Miggy would be premature.

      Haha, now watch him end up with 37 HR and I look dumb. It’d be awesome if it did, but I’m not betting on it. Yet. I’ve just seen too many Todd Fraziers of 2015 come along (check out those season splits. Sheesh…).

  11. Jeff says:
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    Didn’t see J. Upton on the list, what do I do with him?

    10 team OPS keeper league, bought him for $25 so not keeper. He’s currently my least productive OF (5 total), options on the wire include grichuk and conforto who could be kept for $2 next year. 14 keepers.

    Competing for title at this point, time to cut bait?

    Also, am I crazy to drop gattis for a RP (empty C spot)? Need holds+saves.

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      M@ says:
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      @Jeff: JEFF! Man, don’t know how I missed this comment. My bad on the wait to reply! You’re in a little of a conundrum, but a good spot with some options. Upton first:

      I’d try to trade him for holds/saves if you can. The combo of Gattis and the saves/holds is better than Upton. If you need the roster spot, though, to fill in the OF then I’d definitely drop him for Conforto. He had a bad stretch that got him sent down, but he’s absolutely keeper material, especially at just $2! Grichuk at $2 is better than Upton at this point, but I’m a lot cooler on him than Conforto for next year.

      You may not be crazy dropping Gattis, but I’d hold onto him. He brings a lot of value at the C position with his power.
      Good luck!!!

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