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I sure wish Grey would do his 2014 fantasy baseball rankings.  Wait, I am Grey and this is those rankings.  Holy crapballs, this is the greatest day ever!  Now, only 400,000 words more until I finish my top 400 and I’ll be done.  Worst day ever!  Damn, that excitement was fleeting.  Well, not for you because you don’t have to write all the rankings.  You lucky son of a gun!  I wish I were you… *wavy lines*  Hey, why am I balding and wearing sweatpants?  *wavy lines*  Hmm, maybe we’re okay with how we are.  Now before we get into the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball (though I imagine every single one of you has skipped this intro paragraph), I’m gonna lay some ground rules.  First, keep your hands and legs inside the trolley.  Second, send me all your money.  Damn, tried to trick you!  Okay, here’s our fantasy baseball podcast.  Here’s where you follow us on Twitter.  Here’s where you follow us on Facebook.  Here’s our fantasy baseball player rater.  Here’s our fantasy baseball team name generator.  Here is all of our 2014 fantasy baseball rankings.  Here’s the position eligibility chart for 2014 fantasy baseball.  And here is a picture of my son.  What a punim!  You may not get all of those links in such a handy, easy-to-use format ever again this year, so make proper note.  Now my expositional half insists I breakdown some generalizations about these 2014 fantasy baseball rankings.  The 2014 fantasy baseball rankings will be an ever-evolving mass like the blob.  This fantasy baseball top 10 for 2014 list is as of right now and could potentially change with a big injury or Mike Trout quitting baseball because he’s bored with being the best and wants to play competitive Mahjong.  So while it is the 2014 fantasy baseball gospel, take it with a tablet of salt.  Tomorrow we will cover the rest of the top twenty for 2014 fantasy baseball, then we will go around the horn with a top 20 list for every position.  Then for pitchers and outfielders, I’ll turn the dial to 100.  Listed next to each player are my 2014 projections.  Did I consult with whoever else does projections?  It would be ignorant not to, but in the end they are my projections.  Players need 10 games at a position to get included in the positional rankings.  Finally, as with each list in the 2014 fantasy baseball rankings, I will be mentioning where I see tiers start and stop.  I look at tiers like this, if Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout are in the same tier, it doesn’t matter if one guy is ranked 1st and one guy is ranked 2nd, they’re both very close. It comes down to personal preference.  I would prefer the guy at number one better than the guy at two, but you do you, I’ll do me and let’s hope we don’t go blind.  Anyway, here’s the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball:

1. Mike Trout – This is the first tier.  This tier goes from here until McCutchen.  I call this tier, “The babysitter’s sweet, sweet can.”  If you get a chance to draft Trout, you won the f**king lottery, homes.  F**kin’ lottery, homes!  In 2013, the Angels had a down year that is best illustrated by Arte Moreno’s words to his spiritual adviser this past October, “I’m not sure I want to live in a world where five-hundred and seventy million can’t buy a championship.”  If you heard from Poo Holes last year, it was his farting.  If you heard from Josh Hamilton, it was about his dandruff.  Both looked like shizz.  Yet, Trout bumped up his walk rate and lowered his strike out rate when he could’ve easily started swinging at everything because no one in their right mind needed to throw him a good pitch.  If fantasy baseball involved simply fantasy and no baseball, Mike Trout would be Kate Jackson in the 1970′s and I’d be tight-fitting pants.  I think that would also mean my nose was the bulge in my own pants.  2014 Projections:  115/30/102/.319/35

2. Miguel Cabrera – Wanna hear something weird?  I recently looked up to see if Anne Murray was touring.  How weird is that?!  Wanna hear something weird regarding Miggy?  He’s my biggest concern in this tier.   I’m sure he’ll be fine, but — and this is a J. Lo-sized but — he’s not getting younger.  I know, shocker.  Call the Detroit Free Press, Miguel Cabrera isn’t getting younger.  That’s assuming when you read this there still is a Detroit newspaper and it hasn’t been converted into a crack house.  “Let’s run a story on new crack pipes being found on Fullerton Avenue!”  148 games played for Miggy last year sticks out at me.  Can I ignore it?  As Fonzie’s horse says, “Nay.”  It could be nothing.  Maybe his move to 1st base will reduce the strain on his body and he’ll stay healthy for 162 games in 2014.  Maybe his lack of exercise will help him age gracefully; that’s what I keep telling my Cougar when she asks if I’m gonna sit on the couch all weekend.  It works for Miggy, baby!  I think 2013 might’ve been the peak for a long terrific career.  Do I think Miggy completely falls off the map?  Not unless the world really is flat, but then there’s some cartographers with some esplainin’ to do.  2014 Projections:  97/36/112/.319/2

3. Paul Goldschmidt – Think we’re about to enter a five year span where Goldschmidt bounces around the top ten.  He’s a lock for 30 homers, 10 steals and a .280 average.  That doesn’t sound like the meow’s cat until you realize only 14 guys hit 30 homers last year.  Only three of those had 10 steals, and only two of them hit .280 — Adam Jones and Goldschmidt.  Those stats are all worst case scenarios too.  Au Shizz could do much better, and is entering his prime, so now would be the time for that.  If he topped off at 40 homers and 15 steals, it wouldn’t surprise me.  Last year, I told you to draft Goldschmidt in the 2nd round when others were telling you to draft him in the 6th or 7th.  He won’t be a bargain this year, but he also shouldn’t be looked at as a guy that could disappoint.  Now, a poem.  I call this, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Swings.”

While you’re pickin’ boogers like the Biz,
I’m doin’ my teams like my cheesesteaks — wit’ Au Shizz,
You ain’t got Sodastream?  Then you got no fizz.
Goldschmidt makes us go so delirious we’re Germaniacs,
And his surprising steals are zany to the max,
There’s baloney in my slacks.
The black girl on The Real World: Brooklyn looked like a man I think her name was Devon,
If Goldschmidt’s on my team I’m in heaven,
His 2014 Projections are 92/34/110/.295/eleven.

4. Andrew McCutchen – Here’s what I said at the end of last year, “The Dread Pirate was way off in power and not terrific in counting stats (in 2013), but still put together a solid season and he’s in his prime.  Oh!  I didn’t hear you come in.  I was just talking through my reasoning for McCutchen 3rd overall next year and not Goldschmidt.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I’m gonna go with Au Shizz…”  And that’s me anticipating me!  The scary thing is that was all accurate, The Dread Pirate did have a slight down year, but, due to the lack of offense, he won the MVP.  (Sure, it also had something to do with the Pirates making the playoffs, but still — he didn’t even have 100 runs or RBIs, and 21 homers isn’t amazing.  Hmm, I’m ready to get out of this parenthetical now.  Voila!  Uh…Fin?  Alakazam?  Uh, a little help?  Thanks!)  I ended up putting Goldschmidt in front of McCutchen because, well, dur.  Of course I was going to.  Hopefully, the Pirates go back to sucking and McCutchen feels the need to do everything, and does.  2014 Projections:  91/25/94/.320/24

5. Adam Jones – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Fielder.  I call this tier, “They lack excitement, until you’re winning your league.”  I ranked Jones 13th overall last year and nearly nailed his projections, so he gets a bump this year due to having a bit more of a track record and the lack of offense in the league.  He’s actually going on back-to-back seasons producing top ten hitter numbers if it wasn’t for his low RBI total in 2012.  That year he had 32 homers with 16 steals and a .287 average.  Last year, he had 33 homers and 14 steals and a .285 average.  If that sounds like a top ten season to you, you’re paying attention.  It is.  Offense is down across the board and a 30+ homer, 15+ steal threat without killing you in average is a top hitter.  Really, he could be above The Dread Pirate, but for whatever reason, Jones just comes off as boring.  Predictable.  Yay.  I get it.  You’re above it all.  You have dandelions in your shorts and when you sneeze, you say, “As long as I ain’t you.”  It’s cute.  2014 Projections:  94/32/105/.282/15

6. Robinson Cano – I already went over my Robinson Cano fantasy when he signed with the Mariners.  For what it’s Jayson Werth, I’ve ranked Cano fifth overall for the last three years and he’s failed to, uh, fail.  Don’t be one of these douchetards that doesn’t draft a guy just because your gut is telling you this is the year Cano will disappoint.  Only thing your gut is telling you is you shouldn’t have had that third McMuffin this morning.  Cano only got knocked down below Jones because of the signing with the Mariners.  Last year with 81 runs in a junky Yankees lineup, he still ranked 7th for all of hitters according to our Player Rater.  This year, he should come close to the same production, just no huge rebound.  2014 Projections:  84/26/105/.312/4

7. Prince Fielder – This offseason I had a dream.  I was standing in a kiddie pool, wearing water wings, and next to me was the world’s largest trampoline and Prince Fielder standing above it on a step ladder.  Pitbull walked out onto the porch with a Little Havana-type t-shirt, gold chains, rings and pants your grandfather would wear.  He yelled timber and Fielder fell towards the trampoline.  I shot up in bed and realized Fielder was going to have a bounce back.  I already went over my Prince Fielder fantasy when he was traded to the Rangers.  I debated with myself longer than I care to admit (47 seconds) on whether or not to put Fielder in this boring, but tried-and-true tier or the next one or at the bottom of the top 20.  I ranked him here because unlike the players in the next tier, Fielder just feels safer.  I know, it’s boring to think about safe in the first round, but there will be time to gamble on upside or fill a scarce position.  With Choo and Andrus in front of Fielder, there could be a guy standing on 2nd base two hundred times next year when he comes up to bat.  With Beltre behind him, there won’t be any pitching around him.  Behind Beltre is Rios.  The Rangers are going to be good with Fielder right smack in the middle of it.  I don’t think Fielder is a 40-homer hitter anymore, but I also don’t think he’s a 25-homer hitter, and, even if he is, I’d take a safe 25-homer, 100 RBI guy over the guys in the tier I’m about to get into.  It’s the first round and there’s already as many question marks as you’d find on the Riddler’s underwear.  2014 Projections: 89/33/108/.282/1

8. Carlos Gonzalez – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball.  I call this tier, “UGH.”  I preferred when the first round had a tier named HGH, now we have UGH.  There shouldn’t be this many questions in the first round, but as my childhood Polish neighbor would say, “What can do?”  CarGo is getting the benefit of the doubt with this ranking, which means we’re friends with benefits only we’re not friends.  Best case scenario, CarGo wins the MVP with his 40-homer, 20+ steal season.  Yes, he’s going to hit 40 homers and steal 20 bases if he stays healthy.  He hit 34 homers with 26 steals in 145 games when he was only 25 and he’s still firmly in his prime.  If he’s going to have that huge year, it’s going to be this year or next.  As for CarGo’s emergency appendectomy the other day, at least it wasn’t in June.  Though, knowing CarGo, he’ll grow a 2nd appendix and have it explode like fireworks over the 4th of July weekend.  Hopefully, CarGo needs the full two months to recover from the surgery so it’ll give him less time to injure himself in any other way during Spring Training. What it really comes down to is his worst case scenario — 25 homers, 15 steals, .300+ average and you pick up an outfielder off waivers to fill in for him when he’s hurt for 40 games.  That won’t kill you.  Yes, we’re in the first round hoping guys don’t kill us.  What happened to the days when guys just murdered the ball?  2014 Projections:  91/28/92/.307/20

9. Chris Davis – Everything about Davis’s 2013 was illogical.  His HR/FB rate was 29.6%.  Since 2000, that would tie him with the 12th highest rate.  Chris Davis had a 29.7% K-rate.  That’s bad.  If you just grab the guys of the last 13 years with a 29.6% HR/FB rate and an obscene K-rate, you’re filtered down to Jack Cust and Ryan Howard.  Cust was a bit worse with strikeouts.  Cust kayin’.  Howard is a better match.  One year Ryan Howard had a 30.7% K-rate and a 31.5% HR/FB.  That’s about as close as we’re gonna get for a comparison to Davis.  That year Howard hit .268.  Last year, Davis hit .286.  So, unless the scorekeepers are dyslexic, that’s not happening again.  You can’t buoy a batting average with fly balls and homers.  Last year Davis’s line drive rate was much worse than Howard’s that year he was comparable.  Davis could hit 45 homers, but he won’t .286 again.  He could hit .260.  Or he could hit .245.  2014 Projections:  83/39/104/.259/3

10. Bryce Harper – Harper didn’t have a good 2013.  Or did he?!  Damn you, reversal question, you always get me.  Or do I?!  Last year Harper crashed into a wall doing 12 MPH and Dodger Stadium’s wall ended up looking like this.  It still wasn’t that bad of a year when you look at his 20 homers, 11 steals and the fact his hair didn’t make him look like a cock.  That’s a cock as in a rooster.  20 homers in only 118 games from a 21-year-old is damn good, actually.  Now is not the time to back off of Harper.  The only thing that held back Harper’s year was his runs and RBIs and you should never judge a guy on that.  He could easily get 100 runs and 110+ RBIs this year.  His big UGH is he’s never given first round numbers in his career, only the possibility of it, but hitters are so poor there’s no guys to be in the top ten this year, so here’s Harper.  That’s ughtastic, and Harper is King Ughtastic.  2014 Projections:  86/29/101/.291/17

  1. Eddy says:
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    What a sweet day it is. Top 10 always marks the start of fantasy season!

    So I’ve yet to own Trout. Seriously considering joining an auction league just to overpay for him and say he was on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Yeah, never had him either…. C’est la vie…

      • Rotomaniac says:
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        @Grey:
        How does someone who uses the word, “punim” have a name like Grey Albright, even if it’s a nom de plume? OK, answer this… do you eat a corned beef on white bread with mayo? Didn’t think so.

        Anyhow, there’s some chatter that CarGo will replace the departed Dexter at the top of the lineup, a move only the Rockies could contemplate. But, if so, it knocks him out of the top ten. Given his injury history, I wouldn’t take him in the first round in any event looking instead for more certitude… perhaps Votto who was disappointing last year, but is still in his prime. I wouldn’t take him over Goldy, but probably over Prince.

        I have the third pick in my draft league and it’s gonna be tough passing on the NL MVP who could deliver a truly monster season (.335-105-30-110-30), especially if you view last year as slightly disappointing as I do. But, even if your projections are closer to actuality, he’ll likely miss very little time. He’s just a phenomal player.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya…

  2. Mike says:
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    Yes!!!!! The rankings are here!!! The rankings are here!!!!

  3. Big League Choo says:
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    I nailed everyone on your top 10 except chris davis, im too nervous to draft him in the first round. I put longoria in his spot instead, with 3rd base so thin i think he’s a safe bet for 30+ hrs and 100 rbis. P.S. screw that wall at dodger stadium harper was on fire for me last yr, he couldve hit .300 with 40+hrs as a 20 yr old!

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Big League Choo:

      most pundits are ranking beltre ahead of longoria for 2014

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big League Choo: Yeah, hoping someone else takes Davis before I have to choose on him, but would draft him if he’s there…

  4. Beardcrabs says:
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    what up greysef,
    how far up does Harper go in a keeper…

  5. MB says:
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    Boy oh Boy, Prince! Didn’t agree until i saw the argument. Maybe I’ll become a vegetarian to see if I am still fat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MB: Ha

  6. LA Sound Guy says:
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    I’m so happy I almost don’t care that I’m bald and wearing sweats. Can’t wait for the next 398 thousand words. Thanks, Grey.

  7. Big League Wood says:
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    Fantasy Baseball 2014, aka, UGH

    ““UGH.” I preferred when the first round had a tier named HGH, now we have UGH”

    Nailed it Gray – big fan of Adam Jones this season…

    After your first tier, In snake drafts, are the picks around the horn more valuable than 5-9 range ??? With all the ‘pert rankings so convoluted, it is an almost lock to snag 2 within your top 10 if drafting in the 9-12 spots…

  8. Justin says:
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    This is more of an exciting day then Christmas!! I’m very excited for the year. As always great work. We razzballians really appreciate it. I do like Prince in the top ten. He plays almost everyday and has for ever. He’s fat and getting older but I can see him playing at a high level into his age 38 season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Ha…I just want him to play for one more year at an elite level…

      • Justin says:
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        @Grey: Do you see a drastic downward trend the next 4 or 5 years??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fat guys don’t age well

  9. Yadeeee says:
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    I have Y.Molina in my top 10

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yadeeee: You have Jose Molina too

      • Justin says:
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        @Grey: No catcher is worthy of being in the top 40 IMO

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  10. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Very Erection

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Sky: HA! That dog closely resembles a twinky! Both in color and texture

    • thestanleygoodspeeds says:
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      @Sky: THIS.

  11. Jerry says:
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    Grey, one keeper, who do you take: Miggy or Goldschmidt?

    • Tony Starks says:
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      @Jerry: obviously we’re going to need more information here. is the keeper just for this year? or is this player also eligible to be kept in 2015 as well?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jerry: Probably Miggy, but agree could use more info

  12. max says:
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    my keepers are goldy,beltre,harper,upton,heyward,votto,kershaw and sale in a 16 team keeper league.i have andrus as a possible keep option as well on the side. should i trade kershaw, votto and andrus for mccutchen and tulo? im concerned about having only one pitcher but my hitting would be stacked

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @max:

      no

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @max: Nope

  13. Shawn of the livid says:
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    When I watched Fielder in the playoffs I said to myself “never want to own this fatty”. He couldn’t find the ball, bad swings, not much effort, garbage. Plus, I have a no fatty rule that I hold my wife, and my fantasy baseball team to. But after reading your write up on Fielder, I’m at least considering drafting Prince Butterball.

    Awesome rankings Grey, thanks. I keep re-reading, trying to find something I really didn’t like, but this is just old fashioned Vulcan logic. Who can argue with that?

  14. ThE sHiT says:
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    Great shizz as always Grey!

  15. Schlitzy says:
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    I know I’m not the only one who saw the .280/30/10 stat in the au-shizz blurb and peeked down to see how high jones was ranked.

  16. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    No Tulo or Hanley is making me sad.

    • PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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      @apoxonbothyourhouses: No Beltre or Encarnacion either. Those are the two guys I’m targeting (as long as E5 has 3b eligibility in ESPN). Looks like it will be a good year for picking late 1st round in a snake draft.

        • PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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          @Mike: good point and I think ESPN needs 20 games played at a position for eligibility and E5 doesn’t have it. Now I want Beltre even more as my 3b.

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @apoxonbothyourhouses: how many years of 1st round busts do you need from Tulo?? Don’t worry he’ll be 1st rd on ESPN/Yahoo

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Grey: Hanley and Tulo are FAR from my 1st round radar.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  17. Count de Monetball says:
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    Ahhhhh, yessss! Seeing you list your rankings has got to feel like Jim Leyland lighting up that first smoke of the day! Thanks Grey!

      • Dkohn says:
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        @Grey: Couldn’t agree more Count

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

    • Ben R says:
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      @Count de Monetball: Count, is that your team name? If so, I’m quite jealous I didn’t think of it first! Well done.

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great job boss,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, AL!

  19. Chris says:
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    Grey-didn’t know you were so high on Prince! I have a tough choice in a keeper league: keep 3 indefinitely–Goldschmidt, Prince, Beltre, Stanton. Gotta cut one. Who would you cut?

    • @Chris: Cut Beltre if it’s a keeper league. Not close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Can lose Beltre

  20. Harper is 10th? Eww. There really is no hitting anymore is there.

  21. jim says:
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    Is that the first rankings of the year in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jim: Hehe

  22. Yeshcheese says:
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    Balding with sweatpants around the knees,sitting on the can, thank you very much!

    • centerfield ballhawk says:
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      @Yeshcheese: Grey’s target audience. No offense, four girl readers.

  23. Drew says:
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    Sweet

  24. Blue says:
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    Still think Votto’s got to be in the mix. I’d pick him over Chris Davis for sure and probably Fielder as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: He’s not far off…

    • Drew says:
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      @Blue: Fan of Votto myself, but he’s only finished a top-10 batter once in his career (2010) according to Razzball’s historic player rater… think you can find higher ceilings in the guys Grey laid out

      • @Drew:

        Votto definitely feels ‘safer’ than Davis Fielder, Cargo or Harper. It’s just his power #’s were so blah last year.

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        @Drew: independent of where Votto is/should be, 1st round draft picking is often much more about high floors than high ceilings. It’s why Cano/Jones/Prince is the “get bored all the way till winning league” tier. Offense around Votto is getting worse while Prince’s got much better.

  25. Tecmo Ballz says:
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    10 team al only roto , 10 keepers $3 Lackey, $6 porcello? pick 1

  26. Wake Up says:
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    Where for Art Howe Hanley?
    Your butts soft…
    What light through Yonder’s window breaks
    Deny thy father Prince!
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer with Tulo
    The slings and arrows of misfortuned-outs
    Kershaw!
    Kershaw!!!
    Kershaw!!!!!!!
    Curse ya Longoria…
    Cargo is already sick and pale with grief
    Arise fair Michael, who plays in the east
    He is Stanton.
    Jacoby, or not Jacoby – that is the question:
    me thinks his L-Berries are enveloped with Hubris
    while McCutchen’s McLovin’ won’t allow me to do this…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Nice work. I’m guessing that E5 is coming up at #11…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Around there

    • Justin says:
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      @Wake Up: This is awesome.. Wake Up are you a writer? If so are you on twitter? Always great stuff coming from you in the comment section.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Justin: Thank you for the kind words…

        • Justin says:
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          @Wake Up: What I meant to ask is are you on twitter?

  27. Paul says:
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    None of my keepers in Top 10, haha. Hope to see my Kershaw, Votto, Stanton in Top 20 tomorrow!!

    With am the last to pick, except my 3 keepers, my first round candidates are:
    C. Gomez, Freeman, Kipnis, Pedroia, Bautista, J. Upton, J Bruce, Segura, C. Beltran, Longoria

    Pick two of them, thanks advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Longo, Segura

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: thanks.

        If I can’t get Longo,

        who do you suggest to pick first? Segura or Wright or the rest ? Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Segura

          • Paul says:
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            @Grey: It looks we can foresee Segura is going up and worthy to pick earlier than other big bats like J Upton or Butista or Bruce. Thanks Grey.

  28. rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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    Dynasty league. No restrictions. Goldschmidt + Ellsbury OR Trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  29. Seano says:
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    As I will be playing AL only this year, I will call this the Top 5 list!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There ya go!

  30. BenJ says:
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    All we need is some RCL sign-ups and I can stop pretending like I’m interested in the hockey season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  31. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    Great job as always!!! A true visionary.

    I’m sure we’ll see E5 tomorrow on your 11-20 rankings but I’m curious, since he’s listed only as first base eligible in Razzball’s position eligibility chart, how much higher would you rank him with him being tagged as 3rd base eligible? They’ll have him listed as 3rd base in Yahoo, so I’ve read. Thanks!

    • Mike says:
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      @Charlie: Does anybody know if E5 will definitely be a 3B in yahoo leagues?

      • Charlie says:
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        @Mike:

        I went and looked at his game logs for last season and he has 10 games played at 3rd. There are 8 games where he is only listed ast 3b, 1 game where it lists 3b, 1b as his position, and 1 game where it lists 1b, 3b as his position.

        So I would take that to mean he started 9 games at 3rd last year and and moved from 1st to 3rd at some point during a game.

        This is what Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Help says regarding position eligibility;

        “At the beginning of the Fantasy Baseball season, Yahoo Sports placed all players into positions, based partially on information from official MLB rosters but focusing mainly on past performance. Some players appear in multiple position lists and are eligible to fill any of those positions.

        A player will gain eligibility at a new position after five starts at that position, or 10 total appearances at that position.”

        So I would guess that he starts the season as 3rd base eligible? What do you/anyone else think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t be much higher….

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks.

  32. Barf says:
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    You know who saw this top ten Chris Davis coming? Bill James. Yep. Way to be late to the party razzball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too bad James saw it about five years too early…

      • rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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        @Grey: Lol.

  33. LastPlace says:
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    Is ranking Davis in the top 10 your way of admitting that BIll James was right?
    or was Bill’s early love of Chris Davis just a case of
    Premature BillJamesulation

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      PB

    • Bill James Lover says:
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      @LastPlace: yes, Bill James was right…and got a lot of sh*t on this site about his bold prediction. Funny how when razzball is premature on an eventual breakout it’s a positive demonstrating great foresight, but when someone else does it they’re an idiot. I’m sure if the 2013 razzball preseason darling bust Rutledge has a big year this year or next, we’ll be expected to praise razzball for being all in and getting you on board early. This site can be remarkably cherrypickish at times. Also very good at patting themselves on the back.

      • @Bill James Lover: i’ll be posting a study against other rankings and projection systems this preseason. that’s about as impartial as it gets. Bill James is great. Big fan. But his projections are held in so-so regard.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He wasn’t right…He had said an outrageous projections for Davis in 2009… It’s not right four years later… If Rutledge is great in 2016, I won’t say I told you so (maybe)….

        • Justin says:
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          @J-FOH: he isnt cherry picking. He is just being a real “richard”

  34. Tom says:
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    Grey – who’s your Paul goldschmidt, Harvey and segura this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rankings just started…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: i gotta try “playing the game” at some parties. I’m shaped pretty much like a much shorter Cera already, when we get slapped we move pretty far.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  35. Mike says:
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    Do you know if E5 will be a 3B in yahoo Grey? Anyway to find out?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks.. I wasn’t sure if in Yahoo a player needed 10 or 15 starts at a position to get the eligibility for the next yr. Crossing my fingers he’s a 3B.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t have to cross your fingers, he is, that’s what that link showed…

          • Mike says:
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            @Grey: awesome

  36. Carnac says:
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    “No Machado?” – Nick Capozzi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: No Kipnis – Nick Capozzi

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  37. Pager24 says:
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    this makes me very happy!! Thank you for recovering me from fantasy boredom!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re welcome!

  38. ML says:
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    Nice post. I miss the roids and the days of 40 hr locks through-out rd1

    Any plans to add auctions to the RCL leagues this year? That’d be pretty sweet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Nah, no auctions for RCLs…

  39. Todd25 says:
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    YAY January Grey has arrived! let the games begin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Voila!

  40. Jarrod says:
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    Grey,

    Can Sonny Gray be a top 30 pitcher this year? Major buy in AL only leagues? Just last year some were wondering if his future was as a reliever. So confused on him and yes, I read your article on him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He can be top 30

  41. J-FOH says:
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    I love you Grey, not because of your rankings, it is the top ten, not too many surprises here,
    impress me when we get past 150, but because Giancarlo is not here. You have shown me that a stalking man crush doesn’t last forever, that there is life after disappointment…..Hello Mr. Fielder, you looking pretty nice there in Tehas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup… Just couldn’t justify Giancarlo, but I still long for his gams…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: *shutters* G I A N C A R L O G A M S

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s what I say when I’m at his door, followed by “Land Shark.”

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: at your door I whisper S A G N O F followed by “Pizza Bagel”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Don’t tell everyone my password!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: the secret knock goes with me to my grave. BTW, you make it way to easy to stalk when you let us in for a round of shots and offer up a nice meat and cheese sampling

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I like the company, even from stalkers…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Ted must be really hurt

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ted’s out with his friends today…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: that pup is a pimp

        • Homer at the Bat says:
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          @J-FOH: You put the S in the wrong place… it should be:
          G I A N C A R L O G A S M

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA!

  42. Eric W says:
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    Just if Bud Selig knew how to use email Bryce could have avoided that wall and put up some serious numbers last year…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXlKdPAOOys

    Thanks for the rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem

  43. Mr2Bits says:
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    Its makes me cry to think I traded my soul (a 24th round Mike Trout Minor League Keeper) for Oswalt and some other SP bum to win my season 3 years ago. Sure I got the hardware but I could have had him with my 22nd pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  44. Juan Lucky Pierre says:
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    @Grey When is the mid-winter podcast? Football is boring me to tears. Please tell me you aren’t “waiting to see what happens with Tananka”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know if there is a mid-winter podcast… Not waiting for Tanaka

  45. Alex says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Kicking off 2014 season with this post. Just curious about which players you’d keep. (My League is 10 team 7×7 H2H AVG HR R RBI SB OPS K and ERA Ks WHIP SV QS HD K/9).

    Leaning in a certain direction but your thoughts on which 4 out of these guys?…Thanks!

    Goldschmidt
    Cano
    Longoria
    Machado
    Myers

    Price
    Greinke
    Scherzer
    F-Her

  46. Bob says:
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    Grey,

    In a points keeper league… what kind of kicker would you want to trade goldy away for freeman? what round is a fair target for freeman?

    Freeman had a great year only 23… why is everyone so down on his power? if he ends up hitting 300 with 30 dingers he’s a top 10 guy no?

    of all the people i read on freeman seems to be one either people think is going to really bust out… or just bust…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman has 25-homer power going on 20 homer power, instead of 25-homer power going on 30 homer power… But he is yougn and his power could develop further… I’d want a high round pick kicker…

  47. Al lydon says:
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    Love Fielder in the top ten. He’s going to tear it up it in Texas and have a big year. Only disagreement I have with the top ten is no Ryan Braun, He has a lot to prove, and will be well rested and motivated to have a monster year. Curious your reasoning for not including him in the top ten rankings ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We have no idea what affect the steroids had on his good years…

      • Al lydon says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Yeah even for Braun it is a unknown factor. Melky went to irrelevant last year after he got caught so your right who know’s ? As your polish neighbor says. What can do ? We wait we see……

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: don’t know how likely or unlikely it is that braun was or wasn’t using from those earlier seasons. but it seems at least somewhat more likely that he wasn’t using for all of those years or he would’ve been caught earlier. In either case Melky went from a decent at best player to a good one with roids. Braun was a great player before and maybe could still be one.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He was caught, but got off on a technicality…

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: i mean the years before that. he was great during each and every one of those earlier than the year he got caught but got off anyway.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And now he’s 30 years old and just missed an entire season…

  48. Drew says:
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    Grey,

    6×6 (OPS; QS instead of Ws and HDs) keeper, this year keep any 4, next year keep any 7. No keeper restrictions. On top of that, we’re expanding from 8 to 10 teams where the 2 expansion teams pick their “keepers” from the pool before the snake draft. Starting pitchers are generally (over)valued in the league.

    Right now, my 4 would be Goldy, A. Jones, Harper, Kershaw. Also have Scherzer, Kipnis, Machada, Ortiz, and a few other decent options.

    Question, if I could swing it, do I give up Harper+Scherzer+Kipnis for McCutchen? If I don’t trade I’d keep Harper and the others would go to the expansion teams. I know I couldn’t pull off the trade if I offered Jones instead of Harper, in case you were thinking that…

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a good trade

  49. J-FOH says:
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    How are your new flavors/tank?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Liking the Honey Peary…Tank was crap, I chucked it, wasn’t working at all…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I need to do a webcast or skype session with you when it comes to these things. Any of the ones with the strings, you soak in Vodka over night and then let them dry out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t have vodka in the house… Cheaper for me just to chuck them and buy new ones…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Popov vodka will coast you 5 bucks and you can reuse it when cleaning

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I should just do it, but space is limited and Popov only comes in 65 ounce jugs…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I’ll hook you up with a space saving cleaning kit

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Does it come with a bottle of Popov?

  50. Mike says:
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    All hail Grey All hail Grey, Oh Grey can you see by the dawn’s early light

    I smell another championship brewing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  51. Chauncy B says:
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    Keepers Help – Choose 4 hitters and 2 P’s:

    STD 10 team roto

    Prince or Adam Jones (last pick of rd 1)
    Carl Crawford rd 15
    Hamilton rd 22
    D Jennings rd 23
    Taveras rd 14
    Yelich rd 25
    McCann rd 19
    Cobb rd 24
    Peavy rd 15
    Pineda rd 23

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cobb, Pineda…. Billy Hamilton, Prince, Jennings, Crawford…

  52. joe from point pleasant says:
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    No Votto? I thought you were a life long Vottonian? Most pure hitter in the game… RBI’s last year were a fluke. And he has average 9.7 SB per 162 games the last 4 seasons. Im assuming 11-20 will start out with some combination of Votto/Tulo/Ramirez/Braun.

    Speaking of Braun, why are people so down on him this year? Guy is stil ELITE. I would have no problem loading up my offense with some of these “2nd tier” guys who people are souring on.

    Also, I could have sworn i saw you at a gas station in NJ over the holidays… I was like, OMG is that Grey? Almost went up to the guy/you but then i got embarresed. Anyways, glad to see the rankings coming out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should’ve come up and said hello! (Assuming it was me and not an imposter)… Votto will be along shortly… I like him still… Braun is unknown after last year…

  53. JoeG414 says:
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    If Tulo gets 600+ AB’s ,can he break the Top 10.

    • joe from point pleasant says:
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      @JoeG414:

      If Tulo gets 600+ AB’s he literally will break the top 10… Like, take all the rest of the top 10 players and break them in half with his bare hands. That’s how good he is. He is Mike Trout at SS with 40 HR power and 1/3 of the SB potential.

      • @joe from point pleasant: If you thrown in about 100 replacement level ABs* for Tulo’s 2o12 (while on DL), he ends up with 81/26/91/3/.304

        That certainly was solid for 2nd round value even if he only plays 120 games again.

        * used 50/10/50/10/.275

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  54. Zigs says:
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    Gyorko or Shelby Miller as a final keeper to go along with Pujols, Reyes, Wright, Trout, Stanton and Jose Fernandez

    K’s and OBP are stats in our league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  55. MasterofGrond says:
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    With 3 of them in your top 5, I am slightly bearish on getting the dream (the dream here being 2nd place because winning is SO played out) team back together in 2014.

    Maybe I’ll shoot for the dream(y) team instead and trade everything for Trout immediately following the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, might things tough…

  56. Kumquat Man says:
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    I think I love you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right back ya!

  57. Jay_0321 says:
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    Grey! How dare you deceive me with your ruse! I barely slept this weekend due to your coddling of my emotions! You told me rankings would be available on Monday in regards to my Votto for Tulo trade! UGH (this tier goes from insomnia to complete narcolepsy.) So I assume that these players are available tomorrow. Another night of restless leg syndrome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Sorry, tomorrow it is…

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: Ok so in the meantime while I overdose on sleeping pills. How the hell do I add an avatar to my name plate thingy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gravatar.com and follow directions…

          • Jay_0321 says:
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            @Grey: Gracias!

  58. Q says:
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    Rankings! HooRAY Rankings! (happy reggae dance here)

    So, I have question. I play in an 8 team auction keeper league. Thanks to the link Rudy kindly provided, I have a starting dollar amount for these guys. So first, I add 20% because it’s a smaller league. But then, I was planning on adjusting keeper inflation where a lot of great players are kept at bargain prices. But if I do that, the prices get out of control.

    For example, Au Shizz projects as a $42 player in a 10 team league. Then, I add 20% which makes him $50. But after I adjust prices based on keepers–we keep 10–his price is almost $70!!!

    I love me some Au Shizz, but NOBODY can be worth $70, even in a super shallow league, right? Should I not bother with keeper inflation? Am I overthinking it?

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nope, not that much… Probably around $50 though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a few weeks actual auctions values will come out from us…

      • Q says:
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        Cool. Less work=more beer during the auction . Last year I was REALLY serious and only drank water.

        Looking forward to the auction values, but they are based on different projections than yours, right? Maybe the best value is a midpoint between you and Rudy?

        Thanks!@Grey:

        • i’ll be doing an analysis on my projections (based on Steamer/CAIRO last year, i think just Steamer in 2013) vs. grey’s vs a whole bunch of others. that’ll help you decide on which/how to use.

          honestly, i think the most important part for your league is determining how to convert projections into $.

          • Carnac says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: I’m knee-deep in Schechter’s chapter exploring the sausage factory of creating dollar values. It’s some good sausage. One of the many ways it got me thinking: do you (Rudy) produce values based Grey’s projections? The point shares?

            • I base my $/point shares on other projections. It was a combo of steamer/CAIRO last year, likely Just Steamer this year. Grey is doing $ this year for the first time – I’ll likely run it thru my formulas to give him a sanity check

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m doing auction values and Rudy will have them…

  59. The Thumb says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know we still have 398,000 words of rankings to go through, but with your ranking of Prince, I’m wondering which bat in that stacked ranger lineup do you think offers the most value compared to draft position? Rios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends where he’s being drafted… Maybe Andrus… Maybe Leonys…

  60. Raftman says:
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    This is awesome. Thank you!
    I have a new keeper league draft coming up & I’m sitting at Pick 8. I’m actually thinking about trading it away for another 2nd pick and something else since after pick #7 it seems to be all 2nd Rounders anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could see that…

  61. The Thumb says:
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    Just looking through the comments over the past couple of days it seems like A.) 70% of razzball commenters own Mike Trout and B.) they all want to trade him.

    • matt says:
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      I own adonis and ill never trade him!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  62. manormachine? says:
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    Looking forward to the rest of the rankings. You nailed Goldschmidt last year. Thanks to you I got him as a sneaky trade throw-in in the keeper league and took him 2 rounds early in a redraft. Both money finishes.

    I’m curious to see who you are high on this year compared to other “experts”.

    (Then again, Todd Fraizer . . .)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Yup…

  63. Dan says:
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    Think Smyly sticks in the rotation for the rest of his career?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  64. quimmy says:
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    January Grey!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, you!

  65. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    I am reeling right now. MLB channel was discussing ‘will this lead to heavier penalties and eventually cleaning up the sport?’

    Ken Rosenthall was adamant, “No way. That is never going to happen.”

    How do I attend another game, much less bring my 7-yr old grandson into the fantasy fray?

    I am on the ledge. Not sure how I would/will fill the void…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @simply fred:

      feeling that i got last year was that more and more
      mlb players were jumping on board in favor of harsher penalties .

      of course , i expect that the mlbpa lawyers will intervene
      “for their own good” .

      • Simply Fred

        simply fred says:
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        @costaricanchata: OK, one step back from the ledge. See where Holliday stepped forward for the good guys. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eventually cleaning up the sport? They’re gonna do more than suspend top players for entire seasons at a time?

      • Simply Fred

        simply fred says:
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        @Grey: Rosenthal made it sound as if even one-year suspensions wouldn’t stop them from cheating. Off with their heads.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          People been cheating since you were a kid, just different ways…

          • Simply Fred

            simply fred says:
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            @Grey: comforting. yeah, that’s on them.

            will leave braun for others; i’ll hang in there with the Holliday’s.

  66. jerry says:
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    Miggy or Goldschmidt in a keeper with no limit to how long I can keep one of them. Miggy or Goldy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  67. matt says:
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    I can only keep 3 out of Puig,Fielder,Jones, and Jose Fernandez. I know it sucks..Who is the odd man out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Fernandez

      • matt says:
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        @Grey: Not Fernandez? You.mean don’t keep Fernandez correct? Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • matt says:
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            @Grey: thought so :-) Thanks Grey

  68. Swagger Jackers says:
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    @Grey: Peering over at ESPN’s early rankings, the biggest gap for a player you like more than them is Harper. He’s sitting at 22. Other than that, no major upsets. There’s a WHOLE lot more rankings to come though.

    I have a feeling you like Segura a lot more than 59 overall. Pujols is also sitting at 49 which could be a steal if he bounces back and hits 30 bombs with decent counting stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t looked at theirs at all…

  69. J-FOH says:
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    Man, that Bill James guy was a f**king a**hole. Where the hell was Cram when you need him. “Oh, CRAM, we got another E$PN employee for you to go after”

  70. slew says:
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    Good stuff, Albright. Keep them monkeys working.
    Word is that Machado could get clearance to resume baseball activities this Thursday. Hopefully he’ll be back before we know it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m whipping their asses right now… Macho Macho…

  71. Wake Up says:
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    Sounds like some forgot to click on the pic of your son…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  72. Wake Up says:
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    Cupstein at it again…announces official Mouseketeermulke giveaway day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  73. Sange76 says:
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    Grey! So glad we are back talking bout fantasy baseball. This site helped me draft a solid playoff squad last season and make a run to semis, only to get Trouted upon by the eventual champs. You guys are fantasy gold!

    Anyhow, picking 8th this season in a H2H points league 12 team keeper league. Keeping Profar in the 12th with his SS 2B and 3B eligibility and Jose Fernandez in the 13th. Some big names like Trout, Goldy, and Chris Davis are keepers in my league. So in the first round, I’m leaning Adam Jones at 8 if he’s there. If not, would you go Cargo, Braun, Tulo type or just suck it up and nab Kershaw right there and try to get a hitter like that on the swing back around. Mid to
    Late first seems to be the “No longer safe 1st rd pick dropoff level for hitters”….. even though I rarely go SP that early.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool… CarGo…

  74. J-FOH says:
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    My auto correct has re-named Adrian Gonzalez, when I type Gonzo it calls him Hondo, Sky and I agree that we like it better than Gonzo, can we call him Hondo now….he looks like a Hondo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      From Street Fighter? An angry Hideki Irabu maybe…An angry *alive* Hideki Irabu…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: that guy was called Honda, like the car, all I know is my phone can’t stop calling him Hondo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  75. KB says:
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    Did Rudy ever provide the results from his first NFBC season last year? If so I think I missed it. Just curious. Getting ready to start a NFBC draft tomorrow, wondering how his strategy worked out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll have a post tomorrow, you’ll be able to ask him then…

  76. Mike Herbst says:
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    H2H 8 Team AL only Auction League $260

    Would you trade Profar @ $1 for any of the following (the owner would probably do a 2fer): Cespedes $10, Moss $1, Moustakas $14?

    I already have Pedroia @ $34. I’m thinking not but… My other question is should I keep Profar for this year only at $1 or sign him to a 2 year contract @ $6 each year or a 3 year contract at $11 for the next three years. I was thinking a 1 or 2 year contract because one, it’s a shallow league and 2, I just don’t see him being a value at $11 this year or next. Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope… 2 year at $6…

      • Mike Herbst says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey. Just got an offer for Profar $1 and Sale $3 for Adam Jones @ $31. Sale is in a contract year and if I’d sign him for 3 years ($13) if I kept him. Would you do it?
        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  77. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    January Grey!! Oh how we miss thee

    Dynasty trade question

    I give
    Adrian Beltre $25 (last year of his contract)

    I get:
    Avisail Garcia ($2 can be kept for 5 years)
    Jake Peavy ($11 can be kept for 2 years)

    Side note (I have to many CI’s/DH and have to trade one (Hosmer ($10), Beltre ($25), Crush Davis ($17) , Moustakas($10), Ortiz [$3})

    DO it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hola! Not a good trade…

  78. frankgrimes says:
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    AuShizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey!

  79. Kid A says:
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    I might be flying a hull in my distillation of the greyvincci code with the premiere ten, but it looks like I will have to exchange my Balfour for (stutter mother-fer) Blubber rage this year for doughboy.

    To paraphrase in collage form:

    “Sweaty with bald pants” (from the chafe,obviously)
    “Get all of those links” (sausages)
    “Ever evolving mass like the blob”
    “Take with a tablet of salt” (needs a salt lick)
    ” Let’s hope he doesn’t go blind ” (from the betes)

    All signs point to Prince.

    As an aside, when you are looking at a second honeymoons, check out the island of ometepe in nicaragua, shit is GOOD.

    • Grey

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      Haha…Very nice… Nicargua you say, huh? Okay, will check it out… Right now, we’re thinking Memphis… Hmm…

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        @Grey: sitting in an infinity pool – world class food and rum with a private cabin on a volcanic island for 55 a night. Beats anywhere I’ve been. Thermal pools to fertilize the stache.

  80. Thank you, Grey! Going to be tough to top last years razzball draft of:
    1st- Cutch
    2nd- Jones
    3rd- AuShizz
    12th- Davis

    Counting on you to show me the way!

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      @Noontime: last year in a 16 teamer i got cutch in the first, but missed jones by one pick in the 2nd. got goldy early in the 4th.

  81. Zach says:
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    Hi Gray,

    Keeper league looking for steals
    Adam Eaton or Brett Gardner?

  82. Prez says:
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    Ive stripped naked, covered myself in Elmers glue and Im rolling around in feathers.. Rankings baby!

    • Kid A says:
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      @Prez: how is that different than any other night? Other than a Brooke Wang in your ear…

      • Prez says:
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        @Kid A: haha hey you bastard! Dont you have a beach to drink a mojito on somewhere??

        • Kid A says:
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          @Prez: this league of misfits we are putting together could be like a plastic bag floating in the wind, so much beauty it hurts.

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            @Kid A: We shall name it House of Turds…

  83. Fish says:
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    Is it me or does the talent/expectation level drops off significantly after the Top 4 names? Don’t know if it indicative of the coming year, but it feels like the entire pool is thinner than usual.

    • I felt last year that there was a big drop off after the first 7 or 8 and that was def the case. Rough 1st round for those who took Stanton, Harper, Upton, etc. Pujols, Braun, and Kemp ended up being landmines too.

      I certainly would feel better this year with Miggy, Trout, McCutchen, Votto, or maybe Cano than the field

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        @Rudy Gamble:

        Sadly, two of those names you mentioned ended up as keepers on my team (Kemp & Pujols). It didn’t help the other two keepers were Heyward & S. Castro, either. Landmines galore. Enough pity…

        While there’s no way to quantify this statistically, I have trouble placing a “wow” factor on anyone past #4… This might be the first time since I started playing fantasy baseball when I look at the first round prospects and let out a long sigh.

        • kemp, pujols, and heyward? that’s brutal.

          i don’t think there’s a wow after Trout/Cabrera. just about every other top guy is less wow than last year – cano in seattle, pujols/kemp injury concerns, braun PED, votto’s (possibly fluky) HR/RBI, fielder’s down season, etc. McCutchen’s wow factor is about the same i suppose.

  84. Grant says:
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    Its so great in my 14 team, keep 3 a year, 2 hitters 1 pitcher, keeper league that I get to keep Goldy and Jones. If Harvey wouldn’t have gotten hurt, you would be looking at the greatest keepers ever. Now I have to settle on James Shields as my pitcher keeper, I could do worse I guess.

  85. Anthony says:
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    Long-term keeper, would you rather have Hosmer ($1) and McCutchen ($13) or Votto ($19) and Myers ($1). I would be getting Hos and Cutch, but it’s so difficult…It’s also a H2H most categories, 16 keeper league with 12 teams. Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Hold

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