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To be a follow up on Grey’s post months or weeks ago, Position Eligiblity can be a sexual and quite tantalizing thing, especially when it correlates into what I am going to talk about.  So taking from the list that he concocted and then applying it to mine, and voila! Your needs as it relates to SAGNOF are fulfilled!  The “S” that we’re referring to this time out though is steals.  For those new to the term, get familiar, as it means “Saves (and Steals) Ain’t Got No Face”.  Because in reality it is basically a 2 AM lights come on picking fest, and whomever gathers you the stat is good enough.  Just gotta be fast to the waivers or some other speed miner will scoop them up.  So now back to how speed and multi-eligibility is a fantasy boon to your usability for them come draft time.  Granted, it is way early to start looking at trends and expert advise on the matter because, well, it is way too early.  I just said that, making me say stuff twice.  So I have scoured what information I have gathered and used my own super secret rankings in seeing who falls where on draft day, has multiple positions, and can be an asset in the steals department.  I personally like reserving one to two spots on my roster, taking in mind the multi-positional speed guys.  They fill in the spots of the MI, sometimes CI, and definitely the Util spot.  Steals can get scarce later in drafts, but we here at the “Razz Central speed and Saves Department” don’t care.  It don’t got no face, or an English degree in how to say that in a way that sounds logical without double negatives.  So to keep pace with what’s going down as I awake from my winter’s hibernation, speed and multiple position eligibility and some savings on draft day is what it’s all about to be about!

Jose Ramirez – Quite possibly the belle of the ball this year for players currently sitting on the outside of the top-120 or so.  Has three spots on lock for your rostering, which makes him a Swiss Army knife of an Indians variety.  Which is probably more like a do-all hatchet, but effective none-the-less. Finished last campaign with 22 steals, 12 of which came in the second half. It will be interesting where he bats in the order as he was a 5/6 hole hitter for the majority of last year, which he projects to be again this year.  Hitting behind E5 isn’t an awful thing for his counting stats to be more then what they were last year.  Draft for 15-20 anything less is just greedy like changing your costume on Halloween and going back and hitting the same houses that gave out exquisite candy.

Hernan Perez – Intereting that he was a regular in my SAGNOF posts ending the last season, and he currently doesn’t have a starting nod according to most fantasy advisory stuff.  That is the only bad thing that I can think of here, and I’m honestly confused why he doesn’t have a spot.  A rebuilding team that may stunt a 25-year-old guy who showed promise, minus the propensity for lack of OBP.  Travis Shaw doesn’t scare me for a spot here, I have seen him and not impressed. If he isn’t drafted keep a close watch on him and his playing time in Spring… whenever the heck it gets here.

Eduardo Nunez – Dude was one of five players last year to get 40 steals.  Only five.  The ever shrinking steals guys are dwindling.  I am hoping that the Giants employ him as he was with the Twins and that is at lead-off.  I get that Span is still there, but i am hoping that he gets dropped in the order.  Nunez on base ahead of the likes of Belt, Posey and Pence could boost his runs by 10%-12% from last years total.  Is one of my favorite targets for people that like to disregard that he is on a better team then what he started with last year.  Add in the 3B, SS, and some places 2b and he is going to be on my roster as my Middle Infidel with a draft stock currently closer to 200 then 100.

Jose Peraza – Ohhhh.  Please for the ever loving sake of anything that is holy have him win the job in ST.  Power may be limited, and the 2B/SS market may have sexier names and for the record is deeper then ever.  All he did to get the SAGNOF love was was slash .330/.361/.429 the last 30 games of the year with eight steals.  Rebuild Cincy, hosted by Jerry Springer and Steve the security guard.  I would watch that all day.

Josh Harrison – He’s currently being ranked by my peers and your reading pleasure companions in the same breathe as non-closing relievers and rookies with mostly webbed feet.  My point is that he is too low.  Injuries happen, he just doesn’t ooze the outburst potential steals wise of anyone else that I have waxed poetic about.  he is capped at a max of 20.  But when you throw in the 2B/3B eligibility thing, it makes him more draftable to me.  To me, he’s a name with veteran intangibles that can be had after the other 250 other players come off the board.

 

 

   
  1. JoeG414 says:
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    Harrison might be only 2b this year. But, if he is 2b/3b ; who do you like better him or Solarte (if he gets 2b)
    6×6 mixed daily roto

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @JoeG414: yea, i was totally assuming he gets multiples shortly into season. They would be close in rank, give me Harrison cause he can steal a bag

  2. Noam says:
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    How would you feel about a trade of Salazar for a guy like Segura or Eduardo Nunez in a dynasty league where I’m strong in pitching but need some avg help?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Noam: For Segura sure, Nunez is a bit further down the list for me. Also depends on who else you got in your pitching stable.

      • Noam says:
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        Thanks! My team looks like:

        16 Team Dynasty CBS, Roto 6×6 (R, HR, RBI, SB, BA, OPS – IP, SO, ERA, WHIP, Net Wins, SV+HD) — Weekly Lineup Lock —

        Team:
        C: C. Rupp
        1B: M. Cabrera
        2B: J. Schoop
        3B: J. Donaldson
        SS: J. Villar
        MI: S. Castro
        CI: T. Frazier
        OF: C. Beltran
        OF: G. Polanco
        OF: G. Springer
        OF: J. Upton
        U: B. Belt
        U: L. Duda
        Bench: J. Heyward
        Bench: T. Shaw
        Bench: D. Span
        Bench: S. Souza

        Pitchers, I can start 9 pitchers per week (no designation between SP and RP)
        SP: C. Archer, K. Hendricks, D. Salazar, C. Carrasco, G. Cole, JA Happ, J. Hellickson, S. Lugo, T. Roark, C. Kuhl, C. Buchholz, H. Ryu, R. Nolasco
        RP: J. Familia, K. Herrera

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Noam: I am more of a fan of trading a lower tiered sp for Nunez then trading Salazar for Segura. Try someone from Lugo Roark group and see if he bites first

          • Noam says:
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            @Smokey:

            Great! Thanks for your advice

  3. FBV says:
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    Hey Smokey, What is your take on the curious case of Jonathan Villar strictly on average draft position? I have seen him listed anywhere from 20th to 120th…your thoughts?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @FBV: I think it’s just a case of the non-belief that he can steal 62 again, that and the Brew Crew are going to be worse then last year possibly. I like him at about the 10th 2b off the board

  4. goodfold2 says:
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    30 man with 35 minor spots roster. draft completed, only went one pitcher this year (MIL SP) as with Ralph around i was able to grab 6 pretty good hitters, my team was weak in high end hitting prospects more than pitching ones. only likely big deal RP i have in minors is sherfy and staumont. 6X6 with holds. since draft is over i will only be able to add anybody with less than 50 innings in MLB during season if/when they are called up by waivers. all off these were just drafted or already owned:
    j.jimenez DET, burdi WSOX, glover WAS, hoyt HOU, altavilla SEA, minter ATL, maton SD, barnes MIL (supposedly a lot of guys in this league had him high up on their boards, i see a 7.7 K rate in AA so blech), j.miller ARI, vieira SEA, holder NYY, gustave HOU.

    earlier in a ralph post you mentioned these:
    keele ARI (but doubt he’s up this year)
    a.chacin CIN (10 K rate in AA high BB rate there too 4.5)
    j.herget CIN (not the STL herget, but doubt he’s up this year, good numbers though)

    any names since then, as far as guys you see coming up this year? i’ll be back fairly shortly as we’re in our FA bidding periods (4 weeks players divided into those at all positions) and will have many RP to delve through.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: jose rosario CUBS is one name i’m seeing.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: grant dayton (who seems awesome albeit a crazy high FB rate) is owned.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @goodfold2: Rosario is a good one, but a year away I think. It’s tough to come up with new names because they haven’t played. When ST starts I’ll have a better idea of who and what.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Smokey: yeah, i’ll be back, i’m going over anybody that’s currently got enough MLB innings to bid on (50 or more) and also hopefully on a roster currently (from depthcharts,which aren’t at all authoritative yet)

  5. Hoboken Squat Cobblers says:
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    Good stuff Smokey. Love Ramirez hitting behind EE’s .360 OBP. Kinda hoping Perez doesn’t have a starting gig prior to fantasy drafts. I think he is a lock for 450 ABs…and with 34 SBs in 404 AB last year…he could be a YUGE steal this year (pun somewhat intended.) Can’t wait for your take on the Stoppers. Good luck this year!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Hoboken Squat Cobblers: Thanks man! Yea love Jose this year myself at the discount…sorta

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