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When I told Grey and JayWrong that I was going to do a deep league sleeper post on Dustin Ackley, the first thing they said was ‘Simpsons did it!  Simpsons did it!’.  It’s true, Dustin is a bit of a sloppy seconds here on the site for me as Jay already waxed both poetically and his taint when he wrote his own Dustin Ackley Sleeper post back in 2013.  And what did we learn from this post?  Well, one don’t get overly excited about Ackley and two, don’t wax your taint.  It’s painful and no one goes down there enough to care what it looks like.  Yeah, make all the excuses you want.  You’re reading a fantasy baseball site, you ain’t getting busy any time soon, nerd.  But where was I?  Yeah, Ackley…ooph, this is gonna be a hard sell.  It’s not a sexy call but then again, we’re talking about getting to Second Base.  Trust me when I say, there’s very little heavy-petting available there in 2014.  To put it kindly, 2B is a rancid cesspool of disease-riddled zombie maggot death.  In fact, if the question is 2B or not 2B, I’ll take the latter.  But to put this 2B angle of my fantasy dangle in perspective, we’re gonna need a new paragraph.  So let’s find out why I think Ackley is a good get at second base for deep leagues for the 2014 Fantasy Baseball season…

Yadda, yadda, yadda, here.  And with that I’m done.  *Drops mic*.  Hrm, maybe I didn’t need a second paragraph for this…neverthewho!  I’ll fan this info out a bit more like I do my farts at parties.  I used to be a farmer, it’s how I learned how to cropdust so good!  Why did I direct you back to the end of season ranks of second basemen from 2013, you ask?  Simple, really.  Go look at those gawd awful stats.  Sure, there are some good guys to get this year at 2B – Jedd Gyorko being the apple of my adams at this point, personally – but in deep leagues you gotta be prepared.  Sometimes you have to take two at the same position in a 12 teamer or maybe you have a 20 team league.  I mean, your 19th best second baseman last year was a platooned RF who mainly played against lefties.  There’s no other way to look at it: that’s just bad.  But of course, all these things don’t necessarily make Ackley good by any stretch of the imagination but here’s the secret: I’m not here to tell you he’s good.  WTF!  400 words of you trying to sell this guy on me to tell me he’s not actually good!  Get the eff out my computer, grainy-faced boy!  I get it, you’re angry.  But for you deep leaguers, I’m merely trying to apprise you of the simple fact that you shouldn’t be competing for the best 2Bs this year.  See that Mike Aviles line?  Ackley can do that.  Sure, it might take 200 more at-bats than Aviles got but from what I’ve read, Ackley is considered the starting day centerfielder and possibly batting leadoff for a team that just went and got Robinson Cano.  Maybe he doesn’t make you swoon but if Ackley can get 550 leadoff at bats, keep at least part of his second half LD percentage gains of 26.7%, and give us a 10/10 or 12/10 season while hitting between .250 and .260, you’re probably looking at the 11th or 12th best 2B if those 2013 stats ring true moving forward.  Basically, instead of worrying about getting the cream of the crop, take the cream of the crap and take it as cheaply as you can while you bulk up elsewhere.  There’s just too much value at other positions in deep leagues to overspend on 2B for 2014.

Sky Sperling is a contributor for Razzball Football and Razzball Baseball. He’s also a lover of fine beer, fine women and fine-toothed combs. You can follow him on twitter @Sky_Razzball and in your most sweetest of dreams.

  1. Cram It says:
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    When did Tehol start doing “Deep League Thoughts”? KIDDING!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Was about to say…I don’t think I made reference to another man’s girth or length in there…

  2. Count de Monetball says:
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    This reminds me of a famous quote/joke from Young Guns II (slightly altered of course)

    “I got two lots of news for you, good and bad, I’ll give you the bad news first. All we got for Second Basemen is horse shit!”

    What the hell’s the good news?

    “There’s tons of ‘em”

    The world hates a smart mouth, Sky-lock

    You know what’s cool about that article Sky, other than the South Park clip of course, even for a person in a shallow league as myself, it reminds me not to draft a 2B high, (think Altuve or lower). Thanks for reminder

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha! And BTW…best soundtrack ever? Yeah, it’s up there. The one time I actually thought Bon Jovi was cool.

      Yeah 2B is probably going to get good over the course of the season when prospects start coming up (Baez maybe or Correa if Villar falters, maybe Wong if Ellis moves aside) but it’s definitely not an area I’m heavily investing in save for a few names that interest me.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: Best soundtrack ever: The Crow

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Oooh, good one. Crow II soundtrack wasn’t bad either but the first one is definitely a top end one for me as well. Not a best but have a special spot in my heart for Empire Records soundtrack as well. Introduced me to Sponge, very underrated first couple of albums. Rest was pretty meh, though.

          • Count de Monetball says:
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            @Sky: Your love of Empire Records is both hilarious and shared by **thumbs pointed at me** This guy!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              That movie was so bad…but had so many good moments! Rex Manning Day!

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Sky: empire records did have good soundtrack, i thought sponge only had 2 records. maybe 3.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  They had 5 if memory serves. Went a weird poppy route with the third album on. Only had one or two original members at that point (no surprise there).

        • Count de Monetball says:
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          @Cram It: While I agree both YG2 and The Crow had phenomenal soundtracks, My personal favorites are Lost Highway and **winces for a lashing** Han Zimmer’s soundtrack for Inception was highly intellectual and fascinating, my FAVORITE!!!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I never owned Lost Highway’s soundtrack but remember liking it. Of course, David Bowie, Trent Reznor, Lou Reed…hard to go wrong. And Rammstein…those guys are underrated.

            If we’re going off and away from rock-type soundtracks, I particularly enjoyed the ‘Frida’ soundtrack. But you have to like that style of music…speaking of: Buena Vista Social Club: I love that album. One of my all-time favorites.

            • Count de Monetball says:
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              @Sky: Listening to them both now on GrooveShark. Thanks for the thoughts, I like that kind of music while at work (surfing Razzball), no I mean work (no your surfing Razzball) Shut up words in parenthesis, you are going to get me fired (but each click helps feed Grey’s family) Ok, ok, you are right.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Nice inner conflict…have you ever thought of acting? Not on TV, become a comment thespian. We all know we’re too ugly for tv. We play fantasy sports!

                • Count de Monetball says:
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                  @Sky: Comment thespian, I love it!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Sky: for a rock based soundtrack I have to go with fear and loathing in las vegas, it has the best Joplin song and has the dead kennedy’s doing viva las vegas, in a non rock or or worldly soundtrack try City of God or anything by Ennio Morricone……oh and back to rock based once again, Pulp Fiction and Singles are both up there. One for it’s classics and the other for really capturing a moment in time. Something Cameron Crowe does really well….he should the softy was a rock critic at 13

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    So does your Ennio appreciation extend into Django Unchained/Inglorious Basterds? Just checking in on you that you’re not appreciating the movie more than the music itself.

                    Agree on Crowe and I do like the Singles album. I guess I’ve never thought about it encapsulating a time because I had all those albums but you’re spot on.

                    I haven’t seen City of God and it sounds like the soundtrack is pretty woven into the movie. It might be good seeing the movie first, a la the Pulp Fiction soundtrack having a lasting sound because of how it was used in the movie.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: well city of god is in Portugese, but it’s a really great movie with a really good soundtrack. The way Tarantino uses his music in the movies is great. Almost Famous is the same way, he used all tunes from that exact moment in time, or thats what he said.

                      Yeah Singles, in hindsight is perfect for 1992, probably one of the best Pearl Jam songs is on that soundtrack, and you already know how little I like most of their music. I think Would? by Alice was released in the movie before the album came out, but I could be wrong.

                      Get the fear and loathing soundtrack for not only the music but the sound bites

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hey, Buena Vista Social Club over here so I don’t care about if I understand the words so long as the music is good.

                      Some directors understand music and mood, others don’t, sadly.

                      For fun I found this. Never heard the Danny Elfman MIB3 soundtrack and glad I haven’t. Great composer, loved the ‘Big Fish’ soundtrack. Movie gets me every time:

                      http://www.totalfilm.com/features/50-worst-movie-soundtracks/men-in-black-3-2012

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Cram It: Batman Forever, hands down.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Jay: Ok, you have just come out of the big fan of Seal closet….how does it feel?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            You got goosebumps when Bono sang for you to touch him and thrill him. Don’t lie.

        • malamoney says:
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          @Cram It: The Crow Soundtrack is unreal. Although considering I have The Crow logo tattooed on my back, I’m hardly an unbiased opinion. Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, The Cure, Pantera, fuck how can you not want to go nuts listening to “After the Flesh”. And remember… It can’t rain all the time…

          Love seing Trent Reznor getting a shout out on here

          FYI, my team name is Pretty Hate Machine…

  3. OaktownSteve says:
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    One thing I’m kind of interested in with the Mariners is how McClendon’s influence will affect the Mariners hitters. He’s a pretty good hitting instructor and he’s been working with Miguel Cabrera (which I’m sure was instructive for McClendon himself) for years. The Mariners have several high draft talents like Ackley who have not quite fully arrived. Might be interesting if there are some changes in mechanics and approach that work for some of these guys. Saunders, Ackley, Smoak, Miller, Franklin, Zunino. Any of those guys could return huge value if they can be coaxed into a breakthrough. Worth keeping an eye and ear out on their spring.

    • Sky

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      Ah interesting approach to it and good point. For me, my fear with Ackley and Mariners in general are the unreasonable expectations. I think Ackley pressed when they put him as a 3 spot hitter. Instead of drafting massive upside power guys they’ve told guys who aren’t that to be that for them and funked with their psyche. Here’s to hoping a return to normal expectations and a good hitting coach breaks the rut

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    http://i.imgur.com/2kWmk3p.png This is my team thus far in my keeper league (keepers were Beltre, Carpenter, Fister, Sanchez, Desmond, Ellsbury, Rosario, Sale, and Pence). Coming up on my 10th round pick (its a non auction non snake draft, pick is by regular season record) and I could use a lift in HR and SB on the hitting side and Ks and WHIP on the pitching side.

    More details of the league: We use 6×6 format (R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG hitting and W, Ks, Net Saves and Holds, ERA, WHIP, and HR allowed for pitching).

    And these are the top twenty guys currently available (as ranked by Grey):

    Billy Butler, Aaron Hill, Mike Napoli, Corey Hart, Alejandro De Aza, Greg Holland, Shane Victorino, David Robertson, Brandon Belt, Koji Uehara, Nolan Arenado, Cody Asche, Todd Frazier, Jon Lester, Rick Porcello, Ryan Howard, Peter Bourjos, Mike Moustakas, Howie Kendrick, Brett Lawrie.

    Now, there’s still 8 picks ahead of me so some of those guys can and will be taken before I get the chance, but here’s my thing: I like Curtis Granderson (I’m a Yankee fan, and I think Granderson will be great this year and will get in 135+ games and get 25 HR and 10 SB), but I also like the idea of Brandon Belt and 20 HR/10 SB at 1B. However, I need a 3rd OF. Or maybe I hold off on OF and grab a sleeper (looking at Avisail in the not so distant future, round 13 or 15 maybe). What should I do?

    • Sky

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      @Goose: I’m not huge on the OF guys you’re listing. I like Arenado, Napoli, Hill and Frazier to varying degrees. Given its a keeper, I’d lean towards Arenado. Not a Grandy fan myself and I like Avisail this year along with Grey and our prospect guy Scott.

  5. Tehol Beddict says:
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    So basically Cano is overvalued?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Ha, I guess? I wouldn’t draw that from this article but I don’t like what we shelled out for him.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Sky: “There’s just too much value at other positions in deep leagues to overspend on 2B for 2014.” thats what i took from this article.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Tehol Beddict: I was referring to the depth of the position. I think a lot of people will reach for a guy like Kipnis. It’s positional scarcity BS. Cano is a solid player without being a 2B. If I wouldn’t draft the player except for his position in the field, I don’t want to draft the player and there are a lot of 2B like that this year in the draft for me.

          • Tehol Beddict says:
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            @Sky: PROFAR

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Go for it my man. Still wonder if he needs a bit before he’s fantasy relevant. If I’m digging on the deep young gun wild cards I like Schoop a bit more

              • Tehol Beddict says:
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                @Sky: oh i like dat der. I’ve had schoop on my minor league dynasty team for years! LETS GO

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Yeah they’re rolling with Flaherty to start the year. No way in hell he keeps that job. If Schoop doesn’t take it in Spring training he comes up some time in the spring I’d have to guess.

                  • costaricanchata says:
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                    @Sky:

                    wasn’t schoop the guy who went 0-19 going into the last game of the wbc down in miami ?
                    or do i have the wrong guy ??

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Could be right. Didn’t really keep up with the WBC though.

  6. mindicohn says:
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    Posted this on an older thread so do apologize but getting down to keeper time for dynasty league…

    We’ve got Tanaka $1 and being offered Lester ($25), Aaron Sanchez, Joc Pederson and Alex Wood ($1)…
    For our 17 man reserve (minors) we’ve already got most filled (granted can dump some)..

    J.Gray
    R.Mondesi
    J.Alfaro
    J.taillon
    Cecchini
    Crick
    R.Liriano
    B.Goodwin
    R.Montero
    C.Owings
    C.Seager
    M.Olt
    A.webster

    Any input is great!

    Thx

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t see how a $25 player who’s giving streamable stats helps you enough to make that move. I’d hold and see what I have.

  7. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Sky: I’m all over Ackley. He is my late late round go to 2nd baseman in ESPN… What does it hurt – there is always Infante if he does not work out. I do tend to often blow off 2nd and C in FBB drafts… They are great plug in plug off positions.

    Worried that the Draft Program is not going to allow you to ignore positions this season at the end of draft – which. I’m apt to do. So far, the MOCK DRAFTs have taken over control of me puter and finished my drafts for me -It’s like the old Outer Limits TV show of the early 60s – It all goes blank and there is something like old message of ” There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission”… Scary!

    Last August, Ackley showed us what he could do and he helped to take me in sight of the promised land. By September, he was back being my water boy and me, old Moses, I watched another Joshua tooting his horn inside the promised land at the finish line. It wasn’t all his fault. But, I can hardly blame myself, now can I.

    Ackery is a super sleeper pick. As you pointed out his POS. plus is there this year too.

    Could he become a valuable FBB player in the future? Yes, as early as this year in a big way.

    He came up as a hitter… He may finally prove to be one. The lead off spot only makes him more appealing and intriguing in 2014 IMO ST will tell a lot… I expect him to start moving up the charts if he has a good spring – not too much though.

    Good call there, Sky

    Could have done without the fawning lick-spittle request for a hall pass routine to the LE at the start though – It’s not like he’s your ticket to a posh lifestyle in the future or anything.

    Here’s a What do you think of this??? On Jay Wrong… I’ve got a cake centerpiece sugar structure idea for our RB league draft cake .. We’re doing a Spanish tapas theme for our draft snack bar – you may know. So, I was thinking of using a Passion of Christ as the theme (a very gruesome and bloody “most” Spanish one) with Jay’s face superimposed as the face of Christ – thorns and all. For the ice sculpture in the sangria punch bowl, I was thinking of myself, posed in the buff holding the league trophy aloft in victory. – stunning that

    Whata ya think??? Neat huh???

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Skynet is taking over. You’ve been warned. Where’s John Connor when you need him?

      Yeah the big thing to me is he has great OBP skills. If he can harness his bat a bit more and get into the .270 range, he’ll get on base enough and score more than enough runs to make up for his lack of major pop/speed combo and definitely be a value. And like you said he’s going in the ‘I can throw him away if it doesn’t work’ part of the draft. There’s upside to be had.

      Without lick-spittle, no one gets interested. There must be lick-spittle.

      I think you’d do Jay and your mother proud going that route. And nude or not, I’ll always take a Sangria when offered.

  8. Drew Chainz says:
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    Doug Martin.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Arian Foster

      • scottsteelers says:
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        @Sky: bam bam morris

  9. Joeg414 says:
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    Please help.(Anyone) I have the 6th pick in a 13 Team Mixed Roto Keeper, we’re able to keep one hitter and one pitcher in the round where they were drafted last year (i’m keepeing Freeman-5th and Wainwright in the 4th). But, my question is about my 1st round 6th pick. If Trout, Cabrera,McCutchen,A.Jones,Cano, Kershaw, Goldschmidt ,Ellsbury ,C.Davis and Cargo are all taken then who should i pick?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s too broad of a question given even you don’t know who’s available at this point. You should take a look at Grey’s rankings, should give a feel for which direction the site would/could lean:

      http://razzball.com/2014-fantasy-baseball-rankings/

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Joeg414:

      off the top of my head ,
      sounds like fielder .

  10. knowsjackshit says:
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    Melky Cabrera is the sleeper of the year….you’ll be able to get him late in drafts or on the waiver wire even….he’s healthy and in shape and way faster this year according to early reports.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I worry that his best years were PED infused. Not overly interested personally but I’ll watch out for him

      • knowsjackshit says:
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        @Sky:

        As someone who’s wife has chronic back pain and she’s 5’5 120 lbs..not out of shape at all. Pain that extends into your back can make it difficult to walk, sit or travel let alone play baseball. Melky’s tumor went undiagnosed all year and as a jays fan you could see the pain in his face all year. He couldn’t run. He was so slow.

        This article should shed some light:

        http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/cabrera-tumour-free-and-primed-for-big-year/

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I know he struggled last year because of the injury and saw plenty of the same thing you’re referring to. However, his career high in HRs is 18 and his career high in SB is 20; he was on pace for 15/18 the year he was suspended for PEDs and hit .346. He’s had 2 seasons in which he hit over .300 total for his career and is a career .284 hitter which includes those two years. I’m not saying he’s going to be terrible. He’s deep league worthy and rosterable in those formats. Just don’t think his career line meshes with him being a huge catch.

  11. Ackley just launched a bomb HR in Spring training game 3/2/2014.

    • Jay

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      Enjoy it. That’s his one for the next four months.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Come at me bro!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ah yeah…

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