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With the 2014 fantasy baseball rankings for every position done, we turn our lazy eye towards the top 100 for 2014 fantasy baseball.  These 2014 fantasy baseball rankings are one part fresh and two parts to def.  They own a cat, a dog and a lizard in a two bedroom apartment where pets aren’t allowed.  Know why?  Cause they don’t care!  None of this top 100 for 2014 fantasy baseball is meant to surprise.  *jumping out of a closet*  Boo!  Now, that was meant to surprise.  This top 100 is just taking my positional rankings and putting guys in The Big Picture.  You really should read each ranking post because the blurbs in this top 100 are on the skimpy side because there’s so many of them, and I went over each one of these guys already.  Obviously at a hundred players, some guys just didn’t make it.  About 300, to be inexact.  It’s okay; there will be a top 400 tomorrow.  Shortly, Sloth, you’ll have your Baby Ruth.  Not to get all biblical on you, but this is the gospel.  Print it out and take it to Mt. Sinai and it will say, “Win your 2014 fantasy baseball league, young prematurely balding man.”  Projections were done by me and a crack team of 100 monkeys fighting amongst themselves because there were only 99 typewriters.  Somebody please buy Ling-Ling his own typewriter!  To help with your drafting, there’s also a list of players with multiple position eligibility.  Anyway, here’s the top 100 for 2014 fantasy baseball:

1. Mike Trout – I’ve never owned Miggy and will probably say the same about Trout in seven years.  Stupid auction leagues and $50 bidding.  By the by, I’m not sure how many of you read this far — probably 2% — but auction values will be in the top 400.  As the 90’s porn title says, things that make you go boing.  2014 Projections:  115/30/102/.319/35

2. Miguel Cabrera – I bet I’ll get a chance to own Miggy the year he finally falls apart.  It’s Daniel Murphy’s Law.  The adage that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong while scoring 80+ runs with no power.  2014 Projections:  97/36/112/.319/2

3. Paul Goldschmidt – I wonder if my love affair with Au Shizz will get Giancarlo jealous and push him to play 162 games and hit 50+ homers.  Or if Giancarlo will just send me a bittersweet emoji and we’ll laugh about it later while laying by the fireplace on a bear skin rug.  2014 Projections: 92/34/110/.295/11

4. Andrew McCutchen – Just a word about this top 100 before we get too deep into it.  I went over my thoughts about every player in their positional rankings.  McCutchen is in the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball.  I’m not going to repeat myself.  This post will be mostly about drafting of the players in a general sense.  That’s not General Sensei, who committed seppuku in 1946.  2014 Projections:  91/25/94/.320/24

5. Adam Jones – I’d be more than happy to get Jones 5th overall, but I do get the sense that you can probably draft him as late as 12 to 15th overall.  I will say it was a lot nicer last year when I was able to get Cano, Jones and Goldschmidt in the first three rounds.  That’s the problem with being ahead of the curve, it comes back to get you in the end — that’s what she said!  2014 Projections:  94/32/105/.282/15

6. Robinson Cano – Went over my Robinson Cano fantasy when he took the money and ran to Seattle.  Hoping his time in Seattle doesn’t end with Stephen slapping him and throwing his teddy bear into the water.  2014 Projections:  84/26/105/.312/4

7. Prince Fielder – Went over my Prince Fielder fantasy when he went to the Rangers.  I wrote it high on ‘ludes.  2014 Projections: 89/33/108/.282/1

8. Carlos Gonzalez – CarGo + 162 games = That old guy who lives next door that calls you Buddy Boy.  Hmm, my math is wrong there.  Supposed to equal the most valuable fantasy player.  2014 Projections:  91/28/92/.307/20

9. Chris Davis – I was very close to dropping Davis further down, but ‘capable of 50+ homers’ gets you in the top ten.  For those wondering about Davis vs. Fielder.  Fielder will hit for a higher average, get more RBIs and runs.   Davis will hit more homers, but he needs to hit 10+ for me to flip-flop them and I just don’t buy we see another year from Davis like we just did.  Honestly — like Grey Albright would lie to you — I think I’m being generous with my Davis projections.  2014 Projections:  83/39/104/.259/3

10. Bryce Harper – This will be the last time you’ll be able to draft Harper without using a top 5 draft pick.  Bible.  2014 Projections:  86/29/101/.291/17

11. Evan Longoria – I participated in a ‘pert mock draft where Matt Carpenter went before Longoria.  Sure, it was by Brad Evans, but still it shows a few things A) You can get Longoria a bit later in some drafts if you wait. B) The Noise is hitting the sauce. C) There’s no C.  2014 Projections:  96/31/103/.273/3

12. Albert Pujols – Bit surprised by the early returns on drafting to see Pujols so low.  Last year was the first year he missed significant time and was still on his way to 30+ homers and 100 RBIs+.  With plantar fascitis behind him (under him?), he should be able to cruise to a productive year or Arte Moreno’s going to be eating Chef Boyardee out of his gold-plated bowls.  2014 Projections:  90/30/104/.277/4

13. Joey Votto – I’d be thrilled to get Votto 13th overall.  In fact, I hung balloons from my rafters to release when I do get Votto 13th overall to capture the moment.  2014 Projections:  89/26/102/.309/7

14. Jose Bautista – He’s basically Giancarlo’s power without the Triple-A lineup around him.  *seeing Rafael Furcal on top of the Marlins lineup*  Excuse me, the AARP-led lineup.  The Marlins:  the best team that money found in a homeless person’s pocket can buy!  2014 Projections:  85/35/100/.255/5

15. Ryan Braun – The Hebrew Hammer will be on a Yom Kippur-inspired journey where he puts the repent in resplendent and drops a D in amens.  2014 Projections: 88/24/94/.280/15

16. Hanley Ramirez – Been seeing him drafted way before this slot.  How quick the world forgets about his two good, but not great years previously and how he didn’t even stay healthy in 2013.  I smell an overrated post on the horizon.  2014 Projections:  87/25/94/.272/18

17. Adrian Beltre – He’s due for a season-ending injury in June and a disappointing year.  That’s a reverse jinx.  If I don’t draft him this year, I will do my best to reverse reverse jinx that.  2014 Projections:  85/31/104/.303/1

18. Edwin Encarnacion – I do have a pit in my stomach that if I finally own Encarnacion, he’s going to disappoint, but he’s done nothing recently to substantiate those fears.  FTE!   That’s ‘For The Edwin.’  2014 Projections:  87/32/97/.269/7

19. Yasiel Puig – There will be no pig-inspired puns this year as long as he hits.  Pweega, please!  2014 Projections:  90/28/94/.285/20

20. Jay Bruce – May all your teams have Bruce this year and may you be out of the country when he’s in one of his 1-for-56 skids.  2014 Projections:  95/34/112/.272/7

21. Clayton Kershaw – The first pitcher off the board and only about eighteen spots after his ADP.  Yeah, you’re not gonna own Kershaw this year.  It’s all right; there’s only about sixty-five other pitchers to own.  2014 Projections:  17-6/2.65/1.03/222

22. Troy Tulowitzki – The funniest is when I tell people to sell him in July after his 15-homer month and his owners are outraged that I’d consider him a candidate for an injury.  Outraged, I tell ya.  2014 Projections:  81/27/92/.305/2

23. Giancarlo Stanton – I don’t think I’ve had Stanton this low since his rookie year and even then we shared a milkshake and by ‘milkshake’ I mean sex and by ‘shared’ I mean I watched him undress through binoculars.  He’s capable of 40+ homers, but I need to see better health before I pull a Helen Keller and turn a blind eye to his last two years.  2014 Projections:  79/36/89/.264/4

24. Yu Darvish – Here’s the good news.  There’s a lot of guys to choose from in my 3rd round.  The bad news is some of these guys might be off the board already.  See, all 3rd rounds aren’t created equal.  No matter how many times Ron Shandler marches in Washington.  2014 Projections: 17-10/2.78/1.11/238

25. Freddie Freeman – I’m looking forward to owning Freeman on at least one team this year.  That’s half to do with Freeman and half to do with not wanting to trust my 1st base slot to Eric Hosmer.  2014 Projections:  85/25/102/.288/2

26. Justin Upton – The Upton Bros. had a worse 2013 than The Mario Bros.  (Mario Joyner and Mario Lopez; they’re brothers from different mothers.)  2014 Projections:  88/25/79/.270/12

27. David Wright – I’m guessing he’s gonna go slightly earlier than I’m gonna take him.  I’m okay with that, and not just because he dissed Cougar Life.  I don’t really trust him completely to reach my projections.  The one SNAFU in all this is 3rd base is fugly with a capital FU.  2014 Projections:  84/22/93/.303/15

28. Jean Segura – Damn, 2013 was such a great year for my rankings and projections it has really screwed me up this year.  I want Segura to be ranked 140-something again!  2014 Projections:  84/10/51/.287/40

29. Alex Rios – The River Alex gets no respect and I’m not sure there’s a fully formed reason.  I think it’s because he makes it seem so effortless it comes off as insouciance.  No one wants to be around someone who’s indifferent, no matter what Neil Strauss says.  River was the 7th best outfielder last year and has produced similar numbers four of the last five years and five for the last seven.  It’s conceivable that I will have drafted three Rangers leaving the 4th round, which I’m not against.  2014 Projections:  91/17/74/.284/30

30. Jacoby Ellsbury – I picture someone else drafting Ellsbury before I get to him.  That picture has me photobombing it.  For further reading on the subject, my Jacoby Ellsbury fantasy.  2014 Projections:  98/13/57/.279/32

31. Felix Hernandez – I’m sure you’ll be tempted to draft F-Her, but there’s a ton of pitching.  This is a trust exercise, you need to close your eyes and wait a few more rounds for a pitcher.  2014 Projections: 16-4/2.82/1.10/224

32. Max Scherzer – We’ll get him next year when he has a 3.50 ERA and a 3.35 xFIP.  Until then, we’ll watch him from 500 feet away.  2014 Projections:  17-8/3.01/1.12/232

33. Jason Kipnis – His projections look like he could be a lot higher but I just can’t move him up as long as he does a number two for half a season.  Maybe this is the year he puts together six months of solid hitting.  Maybe it’s the year that he struggles in the 1st half like he does in the 2nd.  Maybe instead of chewing gum, you chew bacon.  2014 Projections:  90/19/92/.269/27

34. Dustin Pedroia – If your league has a category for Being Able To See The Dust Under The Counter’s Ledge, Pedroia gets a small bump in value.  2014 Projections: 93/14/89/.298/18

35. Ryan Zimmerman – To pick up with what I said in the Wright blurb — go refresh your memory by rereading Wright’s blurb and then come back; good, but you sure did take a while, did you also go to the bathroom? — 3rd base is a mess.  But it’s only a complete mess early on.  It’s deep later.  Check out the top 20 3rd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball for further discussion.  I don’t necessarily want, say, Sandoval, but you can draft him sometime around pick 120 after not being able to get him after pick 60 for some years.  So, just wait on 3rd base.  2014 Projections:  86/25/91/.279/4

36. Ian Desmond – I’m usually drafting outfielders around this point, but I could see mixing it up this year and grabbing a shortstop.  A part of me is worried that could come back to bite me and it could have rabies and then I get crazy eyes and a grow a shaggy beard which totally obscures the luster of my ‘stache.  2014 Projections:  71/20/87/.271/17

37. Stephen Strasburg – Stay strong and draft another hitter, even though we both know Strasburg will probably be a top 20 pick next year.  2014 Projections:  16-7/2.79/1.04/202

38. Adam Wainwright – Last year was the time to draft Wainwright; you missed out on him.  It’s okay, this is the year to draft Teheran.  Then next year Teheran will be undraftable and Porcello will be draftable.  Draft for the current year not the one that just passed.  2014 Projections:  17-10/2.88/1.05/204

39. Shin-Soo Choo – Went over my Shin-Soo Choo fantasy.  I wrote it while fulfilling my obligation to the South Korean military.  2014 Projections:  101/20/59/.277/20

40. Elvis Andrus – Okay, maybe I’ll have six Rangers in the first five rounds.  I’m not even sure how that will work, but I know that during the year I’m going to be screaming at my TV for Ron Washington to stop doing so much coke and start running his baserunners.  2014 Projections:  93/7/70/.279/34

41. Ian Kinsler – My usual modus operandi, as they say in Latin America, is to draft a 2nd baseman early and a shortstop late.  That was in previous years when shortstop was shallow and 2nd base was deeper — yes, I draft against position scarcity.  I’m leaning towards getting a shortstop early this year, but I’ll take only one middle infielder early, whether it’s 2nd base or shortstop doesn’t really matter.  If I get, say, Segura, I won’t be drafting Kinsler.  2014 Projections:  103/16/74/.269/17

42. Jose Reyes – Capable of a bounce back, but betting on a 30-year-old, injury-prone speedster isn’t necessarily the best way to go.  I’m hoping to get Segura, Desmond or Andrus and be done with shortstops until much later for an MI.  Or as Julie Andrews would say, an MI is a name I call my middle infielder.  2014 Projections:  87/13/56/.288/25

43. Madison Bumgarner – Check your stock portfolio and see how much money you lost today.  It’ll be more productive than drafting an early starter.  2014 Projections:  16-10/2.91/1.09/201

44. Cliff Lee – I get the feeling that The Adverb will be on one of our teams this year…Because Rudy will be drafting that team.  2014 Projections:  15-10/3.12/1.07/205

45. Justin Verlander – There’s a chance he could continue to decline, so let someone else draft him and see if it happens.  2014 Projections:  16-9/3.05/1.09/224

46.  Eric Hosmer – I’m thoroughly concerned about my ranking of Hosmer.  It feels wrong.  It feels like he’s going to disappoint.  Because I’m going on my gut and I have serious gas, I’m going to leave him here but I’m praying that I have a 1st baseman by this point and will wait until around Rizzo for a corner man.  2014 Projections:  89/18/98/.305/14

47. Wil Myers – At the end of last year, I said that due to Myers’s hitting, he had made his way into the 80’s for ADP in 2014.  Well, I underestimated how much he was going to swoon February Grey.  2014 Projections:  78/25/90/.271/10

48. Starling Marte – In the off-off-off-Broadway production of The Silence of the Lambo, Andrew Lambo will be hunted by Starling after Lambo eats into Jose Tabata’s playing time.  Critics called it a tour de farce, but admitted to sleeping through the 2nd act.  2014 Projections:  91/15/40/.259/30

49. Alex Gordon – This guy is kinda lucky.  On a different team — a better team with better depth — he probably would’ve been relegated to a 4th outfielder years ago.  That’s at least what the angel Clarence showed Gordon when he was standing on a bridge.  Did you know every time a bell rings a Royals prospect gets his wings and is traded away?  2014 Projections:  84/23/92/.282/12

50. Carlos Gomez – Imagine if you draft Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez, the fun you could have with your team name!  CarGoes?  CarDeux?  Two Carloses Garage?  Okay, maybe not that much fun.  2014 Projections:  84/22/71/.259/35

51. Jose Fernandez – Now, reach down and remove the starting pitcher condom that you’ve been wearing for the first four rounds and make love to the starters.  But only one.  Show some restraint, you horn dog.  Continued in the next blurb.  2014 Projections:  12-5/2.70/1.06/207

52. Chris Sale – Fernandez will probably be gone, and if you feel weak still on hitting, don’t be afraid to skip this group of pitchers either.  There will still be a ton of pitchers to take as your first one off the board.  Let’s take this to the next blurb.  2014 Projections:  12-9/2.89/1.09/217

53. Anibal Sanchez – Actually, that was all I had to say on that.  I will give you a whole ‘nother post on how to draft your rotation.  Not to fear, over-the-internet friend.  2014 Projections:  15-10/3.04/1.14/206

54. Alex Cobb – This guy will be here for all the world to draft if you follow my rankings.  In fact, you can probably wait four rounds and still get him.  Someone is k-i-s-s-i-n-g’ing Alex Cobb in a tree and that’ll be EM-E-I-N-G.  2014 Projections:  15-6/2.96/1.09/189

55. Hisashi Iwakuma – I was at a ramen place near my house the other day and I swear to God I heard someone saying, “Hisashi my dashi — slurp SLURP!”  It’s sweeping the nation!  UPDATE:  Iwakuma found a strained tendon in his hand rather than his soup and he will miss time.  2014 Projections:  10-6/3.59/1.10/145

56. Josh Donaldson – Reasonable price to pay for Donaldson here, but I’m going for my first pitcher or another hitter around this point and am waiting on 3rd basemen until after the top 100.  2014 Projections:  74/19/80/.290/4

57. Hunter Pence – Member when Hunter Pence was a 20-ish homer, 12-ish steal guy?  You should since that’s what he currently is.  2014 Projections:  83/24/90/.262/12

58. Homer Bailey – We’re still firmly in a place where I’m drafting my first starter.  Do I worry that my ‘ace’ will be Homer Bailey?  A bit, but then my second pitcher will be Gerrit Cole, Sonny Gray or Danny Salazar and I just slipped into a bath filled with Calgon.  2014 Projections: 16-4/3.14/1.09/201

59. Julio Teheran – I imagine I’m gonna have a lot of teams with Cobb and Teheran, which doesn’t completely make sense if you follow my rankings and how I say you don’t want too much pitching, but at a certain point guys become bargains and Cobb and Teheran are not going to be drafted this high in most leagues.  When Teheran or Cobb are still around in the 100’s, then I pounce again.  2014 Projections:  15-7/3.12/1.15/191

60. Anthony Rizzo – You probably have one pitcher by this point and now I’m fine with you filling your corner infidel slot.  I already went over my Anthony Rizzo sleeper.  2014 Projections:  82/28/92/.256/8

61. Adrian Gonzalez – Something’s telling you that A-Gon is going to give a lot more value than this ranking.  That same intuition tells you not to throw out your parachute pants because they could come back into fashion.  2014 Projections:  86/20/94/.285/1

62. Mark Trumbo – Went over my Mark Trumbo fantasy after he ended up in Arizona, where they let him past through their statewide fence.  2014 Projections:  74/33/89/.244/5

63. Jose Abreu – Went over my Jose Abreu fantasy.  It was ghostwritten by his father, Bobby Abreu.  2014 Projections:  78/26/88/.268/2

64. David Price – Here’s a small sub-section of pitchers that you’re gonna ignore if they’re there (stutterer!) and hopefully they’ve been drafted already.  At this point, you should have one pitcher anyway, so these guys are redundant.  2014 Projections:  16-10/3.26/1.11/176

65. Zack Greinke – See 1/18th of an inch above or Price, David.  2014 Projections:  16-8/3.34/1.17/173

66. Matt Moore – See 1/18th of an inch above and follow directions from there.  If you’re bouncing back-and-forth in a never-ending circle of blurbs of Price, Greinke and Moore, don’t forget to drink water, someone will be by soon to rescue you.  2014 Projections:  12-9/3.69/1.29/187

67. Carlos Beltran – Last year, he Zombino’d until about June then his year took a dive like his doppelganger’s last fifteen years.  “Hey, Claire, this is Ricky, Ricky from My So-Called Life.  Yeah, I was thinking, with your baby daddy dead on Homeland, they could write me in as the live-in nanny.  Claire?  Oh, I got your number from the phone book.”  That’s Beltran’s doppelganger trying to revive his career.  2014 Projections:  78/24/88/.279/5

68. Gio Gonzalez – Wow, his projections look good.  What was I thinking when I wrote up the top 20 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball?  Oh, I remember now.  Pitching is deeper than Octomom’s birth canal.  2014 Projections:  16-9/3.28/1.19/202

69. Matt Holliday – Did he make the top 20 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball or did he get relegated to the top 40 for 2014 fantasy baseball?  /wonky linkage done.  2014 Projections:  93/22/101/.292/5

70. Francisco Liriano – I’ve totally bought into the resurgence of Fran-Liri.  Wow, that’s about the weakest nickname since Joe Charboneau went by The Charboner.  2014 Projections:  14-9/3.24/1.25/188

71. Mike Minor – Like Maddux and Glavine this year, maybe in 25 years Mike Minor will get into the Hall of Fame with Julio Teheran.  Or not.  We’ll never know.  Stupid aliens invading in 2017.  2014 Projections:  15-10/3.47/1.11/187

72. David Ortiz – Note to self:  Check eligibility for Ortiz and Butler.  Note to self II:  Erase the first note to self.  2014 Projections:  77/26/81/.278/2

73. Billy Butler – Fun fact!  Billy Butler sells a BBQ sauce, it’s called Moob Lube.  2014 Projections:  81/22/91/.294/1

74. Mat Latos – We should call him by his Asian name Matt Laos.  2014 Projections: 16-10/3.38/1.19/186

75. Jordan Zimmermann – Usually I stick to pitchers with a high K-rate, but you’d take the clothes off my back and I’d let you.  You’d steal the food right out of my mouth and I’d watch you eat it.  I still don’t know why, why I love him so much, J-Z.  2014 Projections:  14-8/3.31/1.14/168

76. Michael Cuddyer – You know what they call someone who’s looking for potassium and then chokes on a banana?  A K-dyer.  Take it, Highlights, it’s yours!  2014 Projections:  70/21/81/.284/10

77. Allen Craig – Last chance for a corner man without having to resort to upside….Though that appears gorgeous in its brochures:  The Upside Resort, where all your dreams will come true, until you actually get there.  2014 Projections:  75/19/91/.310/3

78. Jayson Werth – FWIWerth, I don’t really want Werth.  He’ll probably be fine, but I’m going to be figuring out my corner slot or a starter at this point in the draft.  2014 Projections:  72/22/88/.279/10

79. Josh Hamilton – Yes, outfield is deep if you’re wearing 2012 blinders, but remember if you owned Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp and Heyward on the same team last year, you lost miserably.  2014 Projections:  78/24/89/.269/7

80. Billy Hamilton – I went into ranking him here hoping he was high enough that I’d have a chance to get him, but I just took part in a mock with some ‘perts and he went 37th overall, so I ain’t getting him.  Here’s my Billy Hamilton fantasy.  2014 Projections:  73/2/28/.250/67

81. Matt Kemp – I could see a situation where he’s staring at me this late and I might not pull the trigger, but at a certain point it does become worthwhile to draft him.  2014 Projections:  71/22/76/.266/10

82. Jason Heyward – I half buried these guys and half left them where I might have a chance to draft them.  I’m like Benson’s tobacco partner, Hedges.  2014 Projections: 83/19/69/.273/10

83. Yoenis Cespedes – Yoenis rounds off the tier within this top 100 that you want to rebound.  Due to where they’re ranked elsewhere, Yoenis is (almost stutterer!) probably the only one I could get, but we’ll see.  Or not.  Your choice.  2014 Projections:  70/25/85/.255/10

84. Jose Altuve – Be interesting to see if he can beat Eddie Gaedel’s record of 476 steps to get to first base.  2014 Projections:  80/8/63/.292/33

85. Craig Kimbrel – There’s no chance I’m drafting a top closer.  I don’t roll with $12 Salads.  There’s too many donkeycorns to get caught up in that.  If you understood the preceding sentences, thanks for being a longtime reader!  You get a cookie*.  *You don’t get a cookie.  2014 Projections:  6-2/2.03/0.91/92, 48 saves

86. Aroldis Chapman – Love me some Aroldis, but nothing’s changed since Kimbrel’s blurb.  Kimbrel’s Blurb was also my middle school band.  You might remember our top 40 hit, “Hoes Want Me For My Lunch Money.”  2014 Projections:  6-3/2.32/1.07/106, 46 saves

87. Kenley Jansen –  By the by, I want to own Aroldis, Kimbrel and Jansen just like you want to own them.  They’re all dynamite.  I feel the same pangs when drafting.  I just don’t give into my impulses.  When drafting, you’re like Cowboy Jon from The Real World: Los Angeles and $12 Salads are sex.  Also, I didn’t do a top 20 closers because Smokey ranks all the closers on the reg and closers are constantly moving in ranks, so it felt unnecessary.  I did rank and project all of them in my top 400 that’s coming tomorrow.  2014 Projections:  4-3/2.23/0.97/103, 39 saves

88. Jedd Gyorko – Here’s where I’m aiming my 2nd base cross hairs and here’s my Jedd Gyorko sleeper post.  It’s a doozy to end all doozies.  2014 Projections:  68/27/74/.259/2

89. Ben Zobrist – Burp.  I’ll draft him, but I’m hoping I already have Gyorko.  2014 Projections:  79/14/70/.268/14

90. Aaron Hill – I want Aaron Hill on every team, which could get complicated if I already have Gyorko.  If Hill’s ADP comes back much lower than this, I will be writing a sleeper post about how I want to sleep with him.  Wait, what?  No, that’s right.  2014 Projections:  77/18/72/.281/9

91. Wilin Rosario – These next three guys should be sufficiently buried in my rankings.  If they’re not, drop them down another 50 spots.  Don’t draft a top catcher is written on a fortune that I carry around in my wallet (where money is supposed to be; try paying for something with that shizz!).  2014 Projections:  69/24/82/.272/4

92. Buster Posey – Check out what I’m about to write for Carlos Santana.  2014 Projections:  70/20/88/.308/2

93. Carlos Santana – Stop putting so much pressure on me Buster Posey’s blurb!  2014 Projections:  79/23/85/.260/3

94. Brandon Phillips – If Phillips is here, I’d definitely draft him, but I could totally see a scenario where after I draft him, Sonny Gray is then immediately drafted and I jump out my window.  Luckily I live on the first floor, which you knew, stalker!  2014 Projections: 79/17/86/.269/6

95. Matt Cain – He’ll either check the falling rates at the door and stop the decline or he’ll be Lincecum next year.  Not as in he’ll move to Colorado and upstairs from a weed dispensary, as in he’ll drop lower in the rankings again.  2014 Projections:  14-11/3.49/1.15/179

96. James Shields – I don’t hate Shields, but I like Fister a lot (I bet!) and may go into the rankings and flip-flop them as soon as I’ve posted my top 400.  Yes, I periodically change little things in the rankings right through the end of March.  2014 Projections:  14-10/3.47/1.22/193

97. Doug Fister – I want Fister on every team…and Masterson…and Cole…and Gray…Geezus, there’s a ton of pitchers.  To read more about Fister, see the top 40 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball.  2014 Projections:  13-9/3.33/1.22/164

98. Pedro Alvarez – 3rd base is a damn mess.  There’s only four worthy 3rd base picks between 20 and 94.  *looking at all the 3rd basemen after the top 100*  Wait a second, it’s not a mess; there’s a ton of 3rd basemen after the top 100.  Wait on them, guys and four girl readers.  2014 Projections:  65/31/89/.237/2

99. Justin Masterson – I’m pretty sure he’ll get no love and you’ll be able to draft him about 50 picks after this.  If that’s the case, I could see grabbing Cole first, then Gray then Masterson.  Masterson is every bit worth this draft pick though.  2014 Projections:  12-10/3.51/1.22/191

100. Gerrit Cole – I would’ve wrote a Gerrit Cole sleeper post, but I don’t think he’s going to be a sleeper.  Once drafting is in full swing and I see different, you’ll get a post dedicated to Cole.  Mark my words!  Don’t mark them with permanent ink!  Now you’ve written on your computer screen.  2014 Projections:  14-9/3.18/1.12/191

101. Sonny Gray – I already gave you my Sonny Gray sleeper.  I would’ve ranked him 20th overall if I knew he was going to be drafted 19th.  That’s how real I am.  I am that real.  Damn, got caught in a Seussian Möbius strip.  Sorta like when an old person says to me, “Hey, sonny, Grey!” and I suddenly wanna make out with someone.  Maybe that’s how I ended up married to a Cougar. 2014 Projections: 13-7/3.32/1.17/195

  1. RJ says:
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    Hey Grey, I need help on deciding keepers. 6×6 (OPS, QS) 10-team roto
    3 keepers for the round they were drafted in last season:
    1. Goldschmidt (5th round)
    2. Scherzer (7th round)
    3. Shelby Miller (12th round) or Jonathan Lucroy (25th round)???

    • KrazyCeltic says:
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      @RJ: I’d go with Lucroy over Miller. Lucroy is a great value in the 25th round. His numbers are second-tier catcher pushing on first-tier. He’ll contribute AVG, HR, and the occasional SB, which is more than most catchers will give you. You won’t be tempted to draft a catcher in the draft where you could be stocking up on other positions, pitching, or sleepers. Miller is replaceable with other similar pitchers throughout the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RJ: Go Miller

  2. SteveNZ says:
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    I believe this is my 6th Razzball top 100 and in terms of pointers to shaping the draft, it’s the best. Bravo, Grey.

    • Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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      @SteveNZ: @SteveNZ: damn, so you’ve been here almost since the start.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: 09 rankings were my first, but been here since March 08 I think. It’s been a long time, friend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Glad you’re here!

  3. John says:
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    Haha, scared of Hosmer Grey. He won’t let you down every again!

    • John says:
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      @John: EVER!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @John: Mmm-hmm

  4. troy says:
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    i also have a feeling i will be owning a lot of cobb teheran and gray for sure. yahoo has there rankings for them a little off specially teheran and gray. good stuff as always grey, waiting on 3 bag has to be the way to go with guys like seager and asche burried in most rankings. even gyroko if u get urself a 2 bag before that u like. ( for me im pretty high on brad miller and hill this year)

    • James says:
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      @troy:

      3b is super deep this year, like SS was last year (with sleepers). Last year i did well wiating on SS sleepers like segura and cabrera, this year it looks like 3b is that position, IF you miss out on Seager, you can still grab ashe, gyorko (if he is not already nabbed), casetellanos, et al. worst case the one you grab is wrong, so you grab the one who gets off to a hot start.

      • JoeC says:
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        @James: No, I think the worst case is you draft one late, give up on him early because he’s doing aw shizz, then pick up “the hot one”… only to have the hot one flame out.

        And then whataya got?

        Chris Johnson, that’s what!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @troy: No problem, thanks!

  5. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Our league has been 5×5 for awhile now, but thinking of switching to points to mix it up. Was wondering if there are “dos and donts” when preparing the point scoring system. If I have missed a post on this my bad, the idea of the points system has me intrigued although I’m not sure I like only getting “1” win for demolishing your opponent!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant Gigantes: There’s supposed to be points leagues posts in the pipeline…

  6. Dude says:
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    Albert Pujols????

    • Dude says:
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      @Dude: Most aggressive ranking I’ve seen thus far…

    • Little Timmy says:
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      @Dude: he plays first for the angels

  7. bossmanjunior says:
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    Always great stuff Grey!

    Would you look to draft Segura or Desmond where you have them ranked?

  8. Count de Monetball says:
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    I just called in sick, * i didnt call in sick, i will close my office door* I will be chronic mocksterbating all day until my wrists hurt! Thanks oh grey one! This is the day I’ve been waiting 4!

  9. Jokerman says:
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    Is there a link for the Experts draft results that you just participated in where Hamilton went 37 overall?

      • Yescheese says:
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        @de nachos: ha! How did I miss this! “ALBRIGHT Adam Jones, BAL, OF: A five category threat and he wears pants.”

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Yescheese: and he wears pants…I don’t get it???

          • JoeC says:
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            @Wake Up: He’s a 5-cat player so you don’t need… wait a second… which level are you operating on exactly, WakeUp?

            Is this one of those “I know that you know that you know what I know” things?

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey:

        You had no chance to pick Giancarlo, so you picked Bautista.
        If they were available in your 3rd round, who would you pick? and why?

        Thanks.

        • The Thumb says:
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          @Paul: He’s going to tell you that he drafts in the order of his rankings and Bats was above Giancarlo.

          I’d dothe same though considering, not only is Stanton an injury risk, but he could realistically finish with 40 homers and less than 80 RBI’s. The Marlins suck.

          • Paul says:
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            @The Thumb: Thanks for ur words. Agreed.

            Assuming that were a many keepers league, is the decision still the same?
            Giancarlo’s value will be much upside if he is traded.
            Was guessing Giancarlo traded last year, unfortunately it didn’t happen..

            • The Thumb says:
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              @Paul: in a keeper you have to stick with giancarlo. Bautista is like 10 years older

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @de nachos: Thanks for that link, I missed it.

        Also, whats up with this… ” Matt Morre, TB, SP:” Talk about a strange typo

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Jokerman: I find it funny that the Beheren guy who drafted him basically drafted an all anti-razzball team

  10. kingforaday151 says:
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    Grey, Hosmer had more hits than any other 1B last season. All your fears aside, would you move him up/down for a league that counts total bases instead of avg, or leave him right where he’s at?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @kingforaday151: I play in a keeper with TB instead of HR. Just putting this out there. Total Bases 2013- Eric Hosmer: 279, Freddie Freeman: 276.

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @Jay: Yes Sir, I actually traded for Hosmer this winter after a deal to get Freeman fell through. The league I’m in actually uses a scoring formula, R + RBI – HR + 1/2TB + 1/4SB, Hosmer finished with 317.25 points and Freeman with 339.25. I feel the two could be very close in ’14 if Hosmer can avoid early season struggles he had last year.

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          Jay says:
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          @kingforaday151: I think Hosmer can be way better than Freeman fwiw.

  11. Yescheese says:
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    Oh great fantasy master grey lothario albright, lover of Giancarlo and schizz and all things powerful, what greatness you have bestowed upon is peasants! Us schmohawks! Our bald spots glisten with your greatness.

    Let us forever give our thanks to Grey for his time tested and legendary draft strategy, to be known simply as “the starting pitcher condom” theory.

    You are the best Grey

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Yescheese: “it’s not often that I wear condoms, but when I do, it’s for #1 starters.” – Grey Albright, on Fantasy Rosterbation

    • Little Timmy says:
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      @Yescheese: the theory sounds very interesting. It’s like we all know something in our razz all community that no one else does. I curious though, how did this theory play out in tout wars or labr last year?

  12. TheNewGuy says:
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    This is the day we’ve been waiting for all offseason the Greyt one! Epic.

  13. John says:
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    Great read as always!

    Looking for a little bit of advice. I can keep up to 5 out of the list for the price listed (price goes up $5 next year):

    Goldschmidt – $25
    Wright – $28
    Segura – $6
    Choo – $19
    A Gordon – $16
    N Cruz – $6
    Shelby Miller – $8
    Ryu – $7
    Corbin – $6

    5×5 Roto, 1 C, MI/CI, 5 OF

    • KrazyCeltic says:
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      @John: I think Goldschmidt, Segura, Choo, Gordon, and Cruz are the way to go. Since 5 OF’s are required, you probably want to go into the auction with several good ones. Even though Cruz does not have a team yet and we don’t know the situation he will land in, assuming he gets a starting job by season opening he is still productive and worth the price. Since there is a lack of elite 3B I can see shedding one of those outfielders for Wright if you were inclined that way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Guess the ones Celtic said, no easy answers here… Maybe Corbin over Cruz, it’s a toss up…

  14. stonepie says:
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    is that a ketamine reference to cuddyer? now ive seen it all

  15. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    I totally DIDN’T stay strong last year and drafted Strasburg early… bats bats bats.

    i’m a fuhkin idiot i’m a fuhkin idiot (rip p.s.h.)

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Ra’zball Al Ghul: I had Adam Jones all queue’d up, but the siren that is strasburg seduced me. It turned out aight, but coulda used A.J.

    • Little Timmy says:
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      @Ra’zball Al Ghul: I’m sure that wasn’t what did it

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @Little Timmy: @Little Timmy: MacDaddy! Somebody needs a hug! Draft Freddie Freeman

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey: It’d be more comforting if you said “You’ll be albright!”

        Hmmm… yeah… I won’t be here all week, for obvious reasons.

  16. centerfield _ ballhawk says:
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    Grey,
    Streamer projections for Chris Davis are very similar to yours… looks like you’re not the only one skeptical of him. Can’t wait for the auction values tomorrow… it ties everything up in a nice, neat little bow.

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      @centerfield _ ballhawk: typically they’re slow to warm up to players that they weren’t fans of before the breakout, and it takes A LONG time for them to get on board: see Encarnacion, Bautista.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: maybe they’re just against players that play for Canadian teams.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, prolly

        • JoeC says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: Shouldn’t they be? C’mon, who are we fooling? Those people love hockey and hockey only.

          Now you tear off that turf in SkyDome (or whatever it’s called now) and put a sheet of ice on there and make ‘em play baseball, *then* you’d have some real attendance!

  17. Mike says:
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    Wish i had this monday drafting an early team,but think i did pretty good from the broken-out rankings.

    (8) Carlos González
    (17) Prince Fielder
    (32) Evan Longoria
    (41) Jay Bruce
    (56) Ian Desmond
    (65) Madison Bumgarner
    (80) David Ortiz
    (89) Alex Cobb
    (104) Julio Teherán
    (113) Jason Heyward
    (128) Homer Bailey
    (137) Jedd Gyorko

    I never intended to draft that many SPs, but when every team takes multiple closers too early, and you have to decide between Bailey or Balfour, its just too tough to pass up. Heck, 7 closers were off the board before i nabbed Cobb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Is this half a team?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, past this it started going off the rails adapting to the draft, just posted the part represented by the top 100. Made some RP picks im not proud of just because of the depleted number of guys available.

        (152) Tommy Hunter
        (161) John Axford
        (176) Jason Castro
        (185) Brett Gardner
        (200) Andrew Cashner
        (209) LaTroy Hawkins
        (224) Dexter Fowler
        (233) Rick Porcello
        (248) Marco Estrada
        (257) Jesse Crain
        (272) Michael Pineda

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, yeah, bit off the rails for SAGNOF…

          • Mike says:
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            @Grey:

            Oh yeah, by the time I took Hunter, 24 closers were already off the board (and the autodrafter didnt even take one), guys started grabbing em in round 4.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha

  18. Fungazi says:
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    When you are drafting your own teams, do you ever adjust your ranks to fit the site’s ADP or opening ranks? I like a guy like Cole too, but his O-rank on Yahoo is 68 which means I would need to rank him at least around that area to even have a shot at landing him.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Fungazi: No. Like Kershaw is ranked 21st here, qualifying it with “you’re not going to own him” because he’s going to go much higher than that. Just like you’re not going to own Cole unless you draft him in the 5th round, which isn’t advised if you read this site. If you want Cole that bad, then move him up.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Cram It: But the Masterson note says taking Cole first, which wouldn’t be possible that high unless you were to eliminate several players & positions before that ranking, which is maybe how that could work out.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Fungazi: I don’t follow.

          • Fungazi says:
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            @Cram It: I just meant that there’s specific notes on pitchers that are purposely dropped like Kershaw, but Cole isn’t in the same boat since the note before it says that picking up the three players mentioned would be good.

            By eliminating the players, I meant if you are in XX round and crossing off RP, C, 3B, etc from being drafted then all of a sudden you could be drafting someone on this list ranked in the 90’s much lower than that.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Fungazi: I still don’t follow. Those three guys are ranked around 100 here. In a 10 team league, that’s 10th roundish. You’re talking Cole 6th roundish, which means you’ll either have to be pretty lucky to get him later or reach for him.

    • Blue says:
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      @Fungazi: For me, once we’re through the first 8 to 10 rounds, I will reach early to get guys I want. That’s why I ended up with Cobb/Harvey/Miller/Carpenter last year. The marginal difference in value in the later rounds is small. Don’t be afraid to reach for the guys you want. That absolutely means factoring ADP for the site you are on.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Blue: Later rounds, absolutely, make reaches and go for guys you like. I’m not drafting Cole in the 5th round though, that’s for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: Depends on the situation and your own team make up like Cram said… Deeper you get, more latitude there is on the sheet…

  19. DawtCommish says:
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    10 team H2H with three starting OFs I own: Trout, Harper, D Jennings, M Brantley, and De Aza. Draft strategy was to stock up on talent at Starting Pitcher, which I did. Should I trade someone like Shelby Miller or A Cobb for a stud OF, or stick with what I got? Your thoughts?

    • Cram It says:
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      @DawtCommish: I think you’re okay with Trout and Harper

  20. Hawk says:
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    *seeing Rafael Furcal on top of the Marlins lineup* Excuse me, the AARP-led lineup.

    This made me chuckle. And as a Giancarlo owner, cry inside a little. Thank god he has no interest in signing a long term deal there!

    • Little Timmy says:
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      @Hawk: do you think the lineup causes him to get injured too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Thanks!

  21. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    I think you are dead on with marte and carlos gomez’s low batting averages – .259 might be generous for Marte. In 2012 Marte’s BABIP was .333 to hit just .257 and in 2013 his high/lucky BABIP was .363 to hit just .280. Add in the i j u s t c a n ‘ t t a k e a b a s e o n b a l l s s i r and he gots some batting average issues ahead.

    same exact story with gomez… but his BABIPs aren’t quite as high and far away from his avg. Last year was also a huge jump in hits for gomez at age 27, so if he can sustain it great, but I’m not totally convinced. Staying away from both

  22. hotlanta says:
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    Grey

    I have seen most of your comments on holding off on SP and draft hitters early and often but does that still apply if your in a limited starts and QS league?

    • hotlanta says:
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      @hotlanta:

      Also where can i find a good Xfip/fip site?

    • Cram It says:
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      @hotlanta: Hitting always wins…unless you’re in a points league where middle relievers are the highest scorers. Then hitting doesn’t win :/

  23. Todd says:
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    Keep forever league, keep five players year to year

    Two are definite… Miggy and Votto

    Pick the other three from this list

    Verlander
    Price
    Kinsler
    Gordon
    Andrus
    Beltran

    Thanks Grey and anybody else who helps answer. Good luck to everybody this year.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Todd: I’d go Kinsler and Gordon at least for this year..

      • Cram It says:
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        @Cram It: I mean Andrus. Kinsler and Andrus at least.

        • Todd says:
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          @Cram It: Thanks for the thoughts so far. I need to keep three of them. Final answer?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Todd: I think I’d keep Price for the chance that he gets traded to a lesser division, since it’s a keeper league.

          • The Thumb says:
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            @Todd: andrus gordon kinsler. Then draft sonny gray and danny salazar.

            • The Thumb says:
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              @The Thumb: on second thought, swap Gordon for Price. He’s still young and Cram makes a good point.

    • Grey

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      @Todd: Price, Kinsler, Andrus… Could see Gordon instead of Kinsler…

  24. Jarrod says:
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    Grey,

    I like how optimistic you are regarding Gray. What do you think the next step is for him, considering he really only has two pitches? Can he develop his changeup at this point (It’s not like he’s a 20 year old, right out of high school). I made a huge trade for him in the off-season, so I like him. However, I frequently wake up in cold sweats that people catch up to him, considering he’s working with a limited (even if super sharp) arsenal. Historically, two good pitches meant bullpen. So what gives with Sonny?

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Jarrod: Wacha, Shelby, masterson; a couple more servicible folks with only 2 pitches. If the FB is good enough, they’ll survive!

    • Little Timmy says:
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      @Jarrod: he’s got like 60 career major league innings, so it’s impossible to say. He not even close to the lock that he sounds like on here. I could be reading about Koufax the way he’s pumped up.

    • Grey

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      @Jarrod: Didn’t he pitch last year with two pitches and do fine? Tom Glavine did his whole career and did okay…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: cingrani’s another (i think biggest example, doesn’t he only have 1 pitch?)

        • Grey

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          Yeah, he relies heavily on one pitch…

        • JoeC says:
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          @goodfold2: He does. it’s called the “youcanthitthis”, distantly related to MC Hammer.

  25. rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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    A) Allen Craig + Archie Bradley;

    B) Austin Jackson + Archie Bradley; or

    C) Eric Hosmer.

    Quasi-dynasty league with no restrictions.

      • rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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        @Cram It: I agree. I’m trying to get Hosmer and have “A” and “B” to give up.

  26. bostoneagle5 says:
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    Know you’re going to make a separate post about it, but:

    Cobb – 86 in Yahoo
    Teheran – 98.

    Definitely gonna be able to wait a bit for them.

    Dunno where to put this, but I heard you weren’t doing the war room this year. I’ve always found it useful for my major league with friends so I decided to use last year’s template and enter your projections into it. I only have one question, is where do I get the projected AB/IP for hitters/pitchers?

    • Grey

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      @bostoneagle5: I will have them tomorrow… I need someone to do the War Room for us, so if you have, great! Will you be able to give it to me?

      • bostoneagle5 says:
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        @Grey: Yup! For sure. I’ve never played in an auction league, so I only did the War Room for the snake draft one, but I can take a look at the auction one when I’m done with this one. How should I send it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Send to grey at razzball.com

        • PK says:
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          @bostoneagle5: Yay! Thank you for taking time to do this!

  27. Paul says:
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    Grey, appreciate your work

    ROTO 8-team 3 keepers league, and my keepers are Kershaw Votto Giancarlo, am thinking to trade your top10.
    (1) Kershaw for Harper (two OF keepers then… which is fine, ESPN has 5 OFs)
    (2) Kershaw for Prince (two 1B keepers then..)
    (3) Votto for Harper (two 1B keepers then..)
    (4) Votto for Prince
    Kindly rank these options. Thoughts appreciated. Thanks.

    • Paul says:
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      Oops, typo, option (3) is two OFs ..

    • Grey

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      @Paul: 3, 4, 1

  28. Steve d says:
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    Church

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Steve d: Preach

  29. The Thumb says:
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    Maybe a weird question but who do you trust more as a safer bet to reach your projection?

    Puig or Harper
    E5 or Longo

    Thanks, awesome post Greycarlo!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @The Thumb: not puig

    • The Thumb says:
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      @The Thumb: also this is for this year only. Not a keeper.

  30. Jet says:
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    I need keeper help. I’m keeping J. Fernandez, I. Desmond and A. Craig. I need to pick 2 out of the following: E. Cabrera, B. McCann, T. Rosenthal and A. Cashner. All will be kept for similiar value. 12 team league, 40 IP minimum each week. Love the site, keep up the great work.

    • Grey

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      @Jet: Thanks! Everth, Rosenthal

  31. Wake Up says:
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    No Tyson Ross?

  32. David says:
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    Wow no Matt Carpenter? Please tell me that was a typeo or you were drunk.

    • Blue says:
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      @David: He’s not a fan from what we’ve seen so far.

      My feeling is that I am delighted to have him as a 21st round keeper and playing either 2nd or 3rd…but that there is a substantial risk he won’t provide top five round value (which is where he is being drafted).

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Blue: well said…

      • steve says:
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        @Blue:
        With Carpenter not being in the top 100 players ranked, he’s not in the first 8 rounds…maybe there is an argument to him being in the first 5, but he’ll be gone in every league before round 6 is complete. My guess is he’ll average an early 3rd.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @David: I’m sure he will be along soon. Grey isn’t scurred to rank where he feels.

      • JoeC says:
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        @AdamH: Carp must’ve slept with Scoscia’s wife… wait… that doesn’t make sense…

  33. Wake Up says:
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    ..then I am expecting many a pig inspired pun…

  34. Wake Up says:
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    From Topless to Topology…this is the stuff that keeps me coming back!

    • JoeC says:
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      @Wake Up: Not the free cocaine?

  35. sharkweek says:
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    Looking to move Cano in a keeper league before Seattle and age crush his value. What’s a nice return right now?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @sharkweek: shoot for the stars. He’s still a top 10 overall pick.

      • bterry says:
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        @The Thumb: just got cargo for him in a forever keep 8 league

  36. Tom says:
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    Grey – like to put together a list of my ideal team and set up a master plan on how to achieve that. Here’s my Ideal team… What do you think? Any Changes / Suggestions?

    12Team H2H Mixed

    Prince Fielder
    Adam Jones
    Adrian Beltre
    Alex Rios
    Starling Marte
    Jedd Gyorko
    Alex Cobb
    Gerrit Cole
    Danny Salazar
    Sonny Gray
    Brad Miller
    Wilson Ramos
    Alex Wood

    • Little Timmy says:
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      @Tom: safer pitchers. If all the razzball favorites don’t perform as projected, you’re sunk.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Little Timmy: who are these safer pitchers you speak of?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Looks solid, bit light on steals

  37. Hawk says:
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    6×6 league
    HR, R, RBI,SB TB and OBP for hitters
    W, Sv, Hold, K, ERA, WHIP for pitchers

    Pick any 7 to keep:

    Brian McCann
    Anthony Rizzo
    Robinson Cano
    Brett Lawrie
    Chris Davis
    Hanley Ramirez
    Jacoby Elllsbury
    Giancarlo Stanton
    Jean Segura
    Max Scherzer
    Madison Bumgarner
    Justin Verlander
    Alex Cobb
    Kenly Jansen

    I read Razzball. I can’t help having an awesome team but it sucks come keeper time!

    • Little Timmy says:
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      @Hawk: must’ve read some bill James too to get Davis on that team :)

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        You sign up with a witness protection agency or something, Bill James Lover, aka Bill James, aka Bill, aka MacDaddy? Nah, you’re not that important. Probably just embarrassed by your drivel getting shut down every day.

        • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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          @Sky: hehe!

        • Little Timmy says:
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          @Sky: no, getting shut down on here doesn’t bother me. If grey said that the sky was purple, everyone on here would say “yeah, grey it’s purple…how stupid is everyone else?!” …and then you’d come on here in the ultimate act of unprofessionalism and try to bully me, like the little grey bodyguard. This scenario plays out everyday. At least grey understands that he’s an author on here and doesn’t try to get into a shouting match with me. It shows some professionalism. You also write on here, but take the opposite tact…and look very small in doing so. But since you like to engage me so much, maybe you can answer my question (little razzball bodyguard) that was coincidently ignored by everyone:

          The proof is in the pudding, how did razzball fair in the two prestigious expert leagues Tout Wars and LABR?

            • Little Timmy says:
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              @Grey: is that a link to Tout Wars or LABR final standings?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’m here to provide a road map for the readers… That link shows I provided a pretty good road map last year…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I started thinking this was worth a response. Then I remembered you couldn’t respond to this – http://razzball.com/top-40-starters-2014-fantasy-baseball/#comment-2130808 – and realized you’re no better than what you’ve pointlessly called me. Enjoy whatever you define as joy in life, Little Billy Daddy or whatever it is you’ll call yourself tomorrow. XOXO

            • Count de Monetball says:
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              @Sky: Nice catch on the alias’s. I typically ignore troll’s, but your responses are hillarious. BTW, how could you look “small” I guess Mr. Alias has never looked up to see how truly huge the SKY is … Ok, dumb joke of the day out of the way…

              • Robby D says:
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                @Count de Monetball:
                Sky’s last fantasy post (Marco Estrada Deep thoughts) ended with him making a joke about soiling himself, and you think you can impugn the man’s professionalism?

                HA!

                • Prez says:
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                  @Robby D: haha seriously… You cant get a turd dirty! Sorry sky, you are said turd…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    @Prez: I’ve been called worse. Like someone who screams at others over the internet. Didn’t even know that was possible without at least exclamation points and all caps.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @Robby D: Hey I resent that rem…wait, no it’s true…*hangs head and walks away with a brown stain on the back of pants*

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Sky: i don’t wanna brag, but i’ve got Irritable Bowel Syndrome (borrowed from Parks and Rec)

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @goodfold2: hahaha, nice! Wait, no…ewwww

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @goodfold2: I just started watching that show. A little slow to get started, but they’re starting to hit their stride in Season 2. Good stuff.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Count de Monetball: Someone had to take out the dumb joke for the day. Not many brave it but you took it like a champ!

                So much blather and passive aggressive dreck, really. Just wanted it out there that Finkle is Einhorn and Einhorn is Finkle so we stop talking to the clown.

                • Prez says:
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                  @Sky: clown to the second power. Give it a couple months, he’ll be an everyday reader.. just wants to be part of the crowd and doesnt know how to show it.. he needs to come out the closet.

                  OMG A RUBBER! RUBBER!

                    • Prez says:
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                      @Sky: god damn you sky! Welp, looks like im watching chapters 6-10 today……

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Tell me when you reach the midget in the cabinet. Nope you can’t. Because by then you’ll be dead. Death by laughter

                    • Prez says:
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                      @Sky: “and the midget pulls out his inhaler and says ‘man this is bad for my heart!'” Lol!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Told you! /dead

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @Sky: “Crazier than a fish with titties”. Well, that’s going in the lexicon!

          • Prez says:
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            Cool story timmy… Maybe you should explain this to your friends! Oh wait, you dont have any….

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @Little Timmy: @Sky: We are all indebted to Grey, Sky, and others for our beloved goldschmidt, and the scherzers, joneseses, seguras, harveys, et al of 2013, a free service to us. And we will all enjoy many of Grey’s loves this year as well. As a Denver resident and Rockies fan I will forever remember the Rutledge fever here at razzball as a lovely period of time. Any Rockies love is good love. And razzball is fun and funny. Take what you will from the site, ignore what you will. If someone swears by the advice here, awesome, if not, awesome. Good luck to both. No need for hate here.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Hawk: cano davis segura ramirez stanton ellsbury scherzer. I could see going Bum over Ells though. Depends on how long you can keep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Rizzo, Cano, Davis, Hanley, Stanton, Segura, Scherzer… Hell of a team…

    • Robby D says:
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      @Hawk: @Hawk: @Hawk: @Hawk:

      I would look at letting the guys go who you think you have the best chance of picking up again given you’re starting in the 8th round with 7 keepers. Let Rizzo, Cobb, McCann go because you could get them back later in the draft.

      Cano, Davis, HanRam, Stanton, Scherzer, Ellsbury, Segura would be my choices, but having two middle infielders may not be your thing at that point so flipping him and Bumgarner might not be a bad idea also.

  38. The Flayed Man says:
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    Awesome stuff!

  39. Mike Russell says:
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    Good thing I’m not a neurosurgeon for everyone’s sake, but especially today…cause I still can’t stop laughing about your Altuve/Gaedel crack. Brings to mind the time Albie Pearson ran well under a frantic third base coach stop sign , only to disappear forever moments later emeshed in the nether regions of Gus Triandos’ chest protector.

    Dr. Strangeglove

  40. Corey says:
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    In the Top 100 starter post we were talking about the War Room… To answer a fellow commenter’s question from that thread: no, I would never even think of using the excel spreadsheet during a draft. I couldn’t even use it to prep, it felt like looking at the matrix.

    However, what I was originally asking about was the new War Room tool that was accessed at the url http://razzball.com:3000/.

    I would hate to hear that’s not coming back because, for prep, nothing was better. You could fill up your roster along with razzball’s projections for these players. It gave you a projected tally for each category along with a percentage (i.e. you have 98% of the home runs Razzball projects you will need to win this category).

    If this tool is not being built, hopefully Grey and co. could at least publish an article outlining what your benchmarks should be for each category. That way we could at least do the math ourselves.

    I’m in a H2H league so while the benchmarks aren’t going to be as useful to me as they would be standard rotoballers, they are tremendously helpful in terms of identifying if I’m short in any one area.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Corey: There will be an article about points needed for each category, I don’t think that War Room is coming back though… The Excel one might if someone else does it…

      • Corey says:
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        @Grey: Great. I look forward to reading that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    now we’re resorting to cookie teasing, huh…

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:” You get a cookie*. *You don’t get a cookie”, from the Kimbrel blurb.

  42. Milarky says:
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    I’m in a deep 12-team limited keeper league where we only keep 4 hitters. I’ve got three locks (Cutch, Cano and Longoria), but I’m struggling for my last one out of J-Up, Segura and Rios. I actually hadn’t even considered Rios for the reasons you mention, but he might be safer than the other two (still not sure I can do it!). Who do you keep?

    • Paul says:
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      @Milarky: He may tell you to keep Segura , and steal Bruce ….

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Milarky: segura

  43. Jason says:
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    I’ve been offered Adam Jones and Homer Bailey for Prince Fielder. Should I take the deal? Thanks.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Jason: id do jones for fielder alone. Yes.

      • The Thumb says:
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        @The Thumb: As in, throwing in Bailey makes it a huge steal for you.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jason: Yes

      • Jason says:
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        I’ve also been offered Adrian Gonzalez and Kemp for Fielder. Still prefer Jones and Bailey? Thanks again.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Jason: Yes

    • AdamH says:
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      @Jason: jones/bailey

  44. George says:
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    13 out of the top 101 players on a salary cap team? Check!

    9 out of the top 101 players on my contract team? Check!

    We are going for the daily double this year….

  45. Blow Schaubs says:
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    10-team Y! Dynasty, 6×6 (OPS & CG), Keep 15. Keepers as I currently have them are listed. Would you replace any of the spots with a (player)?

    C- (Castro)
    1B- Freeman
    2B- (Hill)
    3B- Longoria
    SS- Desmond
    OF- Braun
    OF- Bruce
    OF- J. Upton
    UT- Kemp
    B- (Fatt Adams)

    SP1- Scherzer
    SP2- Iwakuma
    SP3- Bailey
    SP4- Gray
    SP5- Wheeler
    SP6- (Cashner)

    RP1- Rosenthal
    RP2- Robertson
    RP3- Grilli
    RP4- (Carlos Martinez)

  46. Bbboaton says:
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    Where does Michael Brantley land? 102?

      • Bbboston says:
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        @Grey:

        Lol. I was asking you. I know you like Brantley; just wondering where he would fall?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Top 400 comes tomorrow… He’s not 102…

  47. free says:
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    i get 5 keepers and have 6 good options which would you get rid of?

    trout, jones, carlos gonzalez, tulo, edwin and darvish

    thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @free: Tough call… Probably lose Tulo

  48. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Grey,

    Would I be justified in moving Gerrit Cole up to the Cobb/Bailey tier in an indefinite 5-player keeper league, or am I too eager with my love boner for Cole? My main concern is there are a couple other owners with similar (yet smaller) love boners for Cole and will be drafting him and other pitchers early and often. I have five solid hitters as keepers, and I’m considering him in the first round of our draft (6th round after keepers). Thoughts?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Johan Barleycorn:

      Cole has a chance to be a top 5 starter for years. Love both those other guys but the talent level can’t compare. I happen to like Cole better this year as well (though it’s tight…love Cobb), but in a keeper league it’s Cole and shouldn’t be too close, in my opinion.

  49. The Thumb says:
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    Grey, at what point does Rosario become worth it? If his ADP stays around 115-120 isn’t he worththe investment?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Thumb: I’d consider him around 120 if the rest of my team looked okay

  50. Adam says:
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    Grey, Why do you have Marte ranked 2 spots ahead of Gomez if Gomez’s projections are way better than Marte’s?

    91/15/40/.259/30-Marte
    84/22/71/.259/35-Gomez

    Gomez is projected more in Hr’s Sb’s and Rib’s while Marte is only projected 7 more runs?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Probably because he trusts Marte to reach his expected output more than Gomez. Rankings are rarely ‘this guy projects to do more so he’s higher’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: What Sky said

  51. OaktownSteve says:
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    There’s that montage scene in Groundhog Day where after nearly landing Andie McDowell early on, Bill Murray tries to recreate the almost perfect day that proceeded but finds that something is off and the days become increasingly awkward until they devolve into a series of face slappings.

    Put another way, when you play music, occasionally you’ll sit down to play song you’ve written and play it as well as you can play it. Better than you’ve ever played it before. Flawlessly. Upon completion you immediately begin playing again, ready for the further pleasure of your best playing, but somehow the moment proves fleeting and you can’t recapture whatever it was and you put down the guitar and go back to watching Barney Miller reruns.

    Put another way, Albright, I see you having your what do I do for an encore moment. Last year was a new high water mark for you. Let us hope the ever widening gyre doesn’t come ’round and slouch into Cooperstown.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Ha, thanks, Steve! Hopefully I don’t fall in a puddle repeatedly — bing!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        or get the shingles real bad…bing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, that would also suck

  52. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    found it interesting that you closed out this top 100 list with a number of mini-runs ;
    85-87 … closers
    88-90 … 2b
    91-93 … catchers
    95-97 … starters
    99-101 ..starters

    also ,
    am getting out of the “sleeper” business .
    poor luebke .
    you think he blames me ?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        hey !
        let’s not lose sight of the fact that it was quentin that killed greinke .

        also ,
        and , for sure , i’m probably reading too much into this ,
        but , over the years , i’ve notice that you and Rudy prefer snake draft slots
        near the tail-end … i.e 11th out of 12 … 13th out of 15 .
        is this because you’d rather start a run then be caught up in one ,
        or , is it more a matter of insulation .
        (not sure what the difference there is) .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can we blame Quentin for Luebke too? Why not! I like to be able to draft two players back-to-back or near back-to-back to start a run…

          • Robby D says:
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            @Grey: I normally hit up Taco Bell and a couple Red bulls if I want to start a run…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA!

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: i don’t wanna brag, but i’ve got Irritable Bowel Syndrome (borrowed from Parks and Rec). that joke works twice today. nice.

  53. The Thumb says:
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    I did a mock where my rotation came out:

    Sale
    Cobb
    Salazar
    Gray
    Masterson
    Taijuan
    Beachy

    Too risky or worth it for upside?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid…

    • weas says:
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      @The Thumb: This is the rotation I am aiming for. Maybe even with a slightly lesser #1 than Sale.

  54. Jeff P says:
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    I really want to go all Texas in one of my drafts this year. Let’s see if I can pull it off
    1. Beltre
    2. Fielder
    3. Rios
    4. Choo
    5. Andrus

    And throw in Martin and Profar somewhere in the teens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I know, the team is so enticing…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        yeah .
        even without hank blalock .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  55. Mookie says:
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    Cespedes at $8 or Bruce at $28 in 12-team, mixed 5×5?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cespedes

    • KrazyCeltic says:
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      @Mookie: That might be too much for Bruce. Cespedes can put up similar numbers for $20 less. Cespedes appears to be more likely to miss time with injury, but one way of looking at that is his time off is comparable to one of Bruce’s 1-for-56 stretches.

  56. The Unchosen says:
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    Great rankings. The balance in positions looks like a solid draft strategy. So far the hitters-to-pitchers ratio is running about 2/3-to-1/3. Outfielders have comprised about 30% of the top 100. Do you rank them while trying to purposely stay within this framework?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  57. Al says:
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    In NL only league, who would you take Wilin Rosario or Mike Minor ??

    • KrazyCeltic says:
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      @Al: I like Minor. He’s a good option even in mixed league, while Rosario is in my opinion a top-ranked catcher only because the position is so weak. It says more about his position than it does about his value.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Al:

      take the hitter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1-catcher league? Minor

  58. Chris Delawter says:
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    I’m in a H2H league and have Hanley, Rios, Gomez,cliff Lee, Carpenter and McCutchen…I have 2 of the next 4 picks…I’ve been focusing on Hosmer, Billy Hamilton, Hammels, Donaldson, Gordon, machado and Holland…who do you think I should try and get?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Chris Delawter:

      i’d go hosmer and holland ,
      without knowing if your league uses 3 OF or 5 .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer, Donaldson

    • KrazyCeltic says:
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      @Chris Delawter: I like Donaldson and Hosmer here. You probably want to snag a first baseman before it is too late. If willing to wait for a Rizzo type, or to wait for a deeper sleeper kind of 3B (maybe Machado will still be around even), I would go with Gordon.

  59. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on the following draft strategy: I’m keeping five hitters and no pitchers. I need to fill C, 2B, and 2 OF spots on top of my pitching. I’m thinking of drafting 2 SPs and 2 OFs in first four rounds, picking Gyorko around Rd 10, and using one of my last picks on a C. The rest of my picks would mostly be SPs that I would rotate off the bench when their starts come up. I’ll grab a couple bench hitters based on value/position eligibility/upside. Bench hitters seem to just stay on the bench, whereas bench SPs come in and make a difference every week. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like bench starters

      • Johan Barleycorn says:
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        Thanks Grey. Looks like I’m heading toward a SP-heavy draft.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Johan Barleycorn:

      i’d worry that gyorko would be gone .

      • Johan Barleycorn says:
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        Me too, and I’ll pick him earlier if I need to.

  60. Bulldozer says:
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    Are there any players in particular that would change significantly in the rankings in a points based league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There will be Points-focused posts…

  61. Joe says:
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    Grey:
    This is my first year to your site and I got to say its one of the best if not the best site I have found thus far.

    Another good underrated site I highly recommend is Mrcheatsheet.com
    Question:
    Who should I draft with my 1st rd pick- It’s a +1 keeper league so i can’t keep em

    options

    Fielder
    A Jones
    Hanely
    Braun
    Cano

    I already have Votto at first but could use Fielder at CI or UTL. Right now I’m leaning to A. Jones because 14 of the top 20 OF are already being kept and I don’t have any of them on my team. I also expect that if I pass on Jones 4 more of the 6 remaining will be taken. We play 5 OF

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Take Jones

  62. Big Al says:
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    Starting pitching is so deep I had to have 2 bassballers and Grey’s mom pull me out of it !!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  63. weas says:
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    Yahoo has Rosario at 120…should I still bury him 50 spots lower?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends how your draft is going… I’m sure you’ll need something besides catcher at pick 120, but can’t say until you’re drafting…

  64. The Unchosen says:
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    I’ve been messing with the Point Shares/Player Ranker and really like the system. Problem is my league has too many position and category differences to use it for my rankings. Is there a link to a discussion on this site that explains how to build a point share formula for a category? Second question is do you load your projections into the Point Share system at some point?

    This site just keeps getting better and better. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You should go to Rudy’s post from yesterday and ask him…

  65. Bobby H says:
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    Position scarcity/Need vs. Best player available? Im keeping Harper, Myers, and Hanley in a 10 team and have the 7th overall pick. Since I already have 2 OF, would it be wiser to target a power IF (Beltre/longoria) or take another OF like A. Jones if still available?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  66. Buzzdainer says:
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    In a 7×7 (standard categories plus OPS and TB) keeper league (meaning that SB’s are slightly less valuable than in a standard league), would you swap Ben Zobrist straight-up for Jose Reyes? I see that Reyes is ranked #42 above and Zobrist at #89, which is a significant difference, but I suspect that they’d be closer in value if SB’s were valued a little less. How would you compare the two in this scenario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Reyes

    • KrazyCeltic says:
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      @Buzzdainer: I’d make the trade for Reyes. Not because of the perception of greater value due to those rankings, but because the power numbers aren’t that different for the two players, particularly with Zobrist appearing to be declining. Your TB and OPS will pretty much be equal, Zobrist will swat a few more HR than Zobrist, but Reyes will help in AVG and SB and very likely R.

      • Buzzdainer says:
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        @KrazyCeltic: Many thanks to both of you! My league mate is really after Zobrist and is trying to get me to give him another player. I love Zobrist, especially for his multi-eligibility, but if I can get it down to a straight-up swap, I think I’ll pull the trigger.

        • KrazyCeltic says:
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          @Buzzdainer: I’m down on Zobrist after he underwhelmed for me last year in the position where I drafted him. Fortunately someone else wanted him and I was able to trade him before the all star break for Jose Fernandez and Brandon Beachy (who was still rehabbing at the time), then flipped Jo-Fer for Kipnis, who is a keeper this year. Nevertheless, if this guy in your league who really wants Zobrist is asking for anyone good in return in addition to Zobrist, it probably won’t be worth the cost to upgrade to Reyes.

          • Buzzdainer says:
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            @KrazyCeltic: @KrazyCeltic: I tend to agree with that. I submitted an offer, but haven’t heard back. My guess is he’s shopping Reyes to see if he can do any better. If he does, I doubt I’ll try to match.

  67. MattH says:
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    Nice top 100 list, Grey. I especially like the drafting thought process along the way. Very helpful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  68. Robby D says:
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    Pitching is so deep, Jon Kruk is predicting 30 wins from Randy Johnson even in retirement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  69. Prez says:
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    Uhhh.. little help here grey? Im stuck on greinke and these street signs are all screwy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Use Waze!

      • Prez says:
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        @Grey: wow ive never heard of that before! Does it really work? I might have to try it out… I dont have LA traffic out here but still pretty shitty…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s amazing… So good Google bought it out for like two billion…

          • Prez says:
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            @Grey: cant believe i havent heard of it! Thanks for the unintentional heads up! Haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, no problem

  70. Skywalker says:
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    Grey…regarding Alex Rios. You mention he would be batting in front of fielder, but most rangers lineup projection has him 5th after fielder and beltre. Im sure his rbis/runs will just swap but do you think his steals will go up? Does it make sense that he steals more with moreland behind him compared to not stealing as much with hr hitters like fielder and beltre? Do u change his projections with him batting 5th?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That could help his steals, yeah… And like you said his runs and RBIs would just swap…

  71. Wake Up says:
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    Dear Troll/Bill James/macdaddy/lil timmy,

    It is amazing to me that you can’t see how pathetic you come off. Don’t you think that it’s sad to come on to a site everyday, that people enjoy, just to tell everybody how much you don’t like it? The solution is really very simple…if you don’t like it here…don’t come. What don’t you get about that? You keep referring to the mindless drones that blindly follow Grey. Well, I’ve been here from the beginning, and that has not been my experience at all. I have disagreed with many things every season. I have voiced my disagreement and I have been right many times, and wrong a few, as well. But, never did I feel the need to be so disrespectful…and never have I been treated with such disrespect for disagreeing. Oaktown Steve also comes to mind as someone who’s been around for quite awhile. He has a different take on a player from time to time. He shares his point of view. Backs it up, and has been correct many times. He, too, is not disrespected by this site…but, just the opposite, has built up quite a bit of credibility around here. So, I really don’t think this invisible victim that you have created really exists. If you have a point of view that you would like to share. I suggest you pick a name. Stick with it…and start sharing what you think. If you have nothing to add, why keep coming back?

    • Prez says:
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      @Wake Up: Hes a hater… Thats what haters do… They talk down on things they envy.. he just wants a friend or two, yo! Lets take him out to chuck e cheese!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        You just want to drown him in the ball pit, Prez. Be true with your intentions

        • Prez says:
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          @Sky: ill let r kelly play in there for an hour or two before i drown him in it.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Why does it smell like pee and death in the ball pit?

  72. Mike says:
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    20 team keeper league, you start 5 position players(CI, MI, OF, OF, Util) and 5 pitchers(SP, RP, P, P, P), 4 bench spots. Standard 5×5 cats plus TB, OBP, SLG, HLD, K/BB, QS. I can keep 2. Already keeping Trout and need to decide on one more between these fine fellows…

    Cano
    C. Gomex
    J. Fernandez

    HALP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  73. Snake Hips says:
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    I can only keep 5 players… So to Adam Wainwright, hunter pence, Brett lawrie, Albert Pujols, and Matt Holliday – you’re not good enough….

    http://youtu.be/NbZ3s8XWJlA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  74. Swfcdan says:
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    As for the Billy Hamilton projections, those are only based on 350 ABs according to your sleeper post on him. Now we know he should be starting opening day, doesn’t that mean the projections should be more like 90 swipes? If so, christ….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I still don’t know if he’ll get more ABs… I agree with Scott in his post today, I’m not sure the Reds will commit to him all year…

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Would you still promote him this year in a keeper?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  75. Rocky Colavito says:
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    Will you guys be posting the Steamer projections again this season? And if so, when do you anticipate doing so?

    Thanks for all the work that goes into this kick ass site.

  76. Carnac says:
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    The Razzball Top 100 Starters were released and pitching was so deep Lance Berkman and Michael Young decided to retire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • Robby D says:
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      @Carnac:
      How about, pitching is so deep, Jamie Moyer finally decided to hang it up.

  77. Jay says:
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    five keepers:

    Which five you keeping out of :
    Votto, Beltre, Stanton, Kipnis, Strasburg, Puig, Machado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Machado and Kipnis

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey:
        No Machado, no Kipnis? Then what kind of traditional ethnic dishes will be served instead? I won’t be caught dead at a party that doesn’t have at homemade Machado or fresh Kipnis.

  78. hoog says:
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    Hey Greg, great stuff as always. I have a keeper question. In a 12 team h2h league that I won last year so I have the last pick every round. My keepers are as follows:
    C:
    1b: Votto
    2b:
    3b: Zimmerman
    Ss: Hanley
    Of: cargo, marte, Jennings, granderson (only start 3)
    Until: pujols

    Sp: Strasburg and wainwright.

    Have to choose between these guys for three spots…starting pitching is very shallow, usually top 40-50 starters are kept with the exception of a few guys.
    Garza, Haren, Kazmir, Robertson, D. Murphy and Lucroy. Need to pick 3…I’m leaning the starters. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! CarGo, Votto, Hanley

  79. hoog says:
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    Hey Greg, great stuff as always. I have a keeper question. In a 12 team h2h league that I won last year so I have the last pick every round. My keepers are as follows:
    C:
    1b: Votto
    2b:
    3b: Zimmerman
    Ss: Hanley
    Of: cargo, marte, Jennings, granderson (only start 3)
    Until: pujols

    Sp: Strasburg and wainwright.

    Have to choose between these guys for three spots…starting pitching is very shallow, usually top 40-50 starters are kept with the exception of a few guys.
    Garza, Haren, Kazmir, Robertson, D. Murphy and Lucroy. Need to pick 3…I’m leaning the starters. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, my bad… I misread your question… Garza, Kazmir, Haren is fine…

  80. OaktownSteve says:
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    One guy I don’t like much this year is Puig. End of the season it seemed to me like he started getting himself out on a lot of breaking stuff away. Sept. he K’s 22 times in 84 ABs and hit .214. He did have 6 homers in the month though.

    He had a 21.8% HR/FB percentage. Would have been 7th in MLB had he had qualifying at bats, but he also had a curious 50+% groundball rate. I say curious because no other player among the leaders in HR/FB percentage crested a 50% GB rate and most were far below. In fact you have to go down the list to Howie Kendrick and his 15.7% HR/FB rate before you find another player with as high as 50% GBs. So Puig has a bit of an outlier batted ball profile which could mean he’ s a unique hitter or could mean the HR/FB rate is due to come down, at which point his well below average FB% (30.7%…in the Martin Prado range) means a drop in homers and slugging in general.

    Then there’s the fact that he looks like he’ll hit second. The 90+ RBI projection looks like it could be tough. The data I found is a little dated but is says 2nd hitters drive in about 10% of their teams runs on a season, not much above the 9% for leadoff hitters and below all other lineups spots besides 8 and 9. Of course that’ll be influenced by the profile of hitter traditionally in the 2.

    I don’t know….just some red flags with the guy for me. Short track record. 19 is pretty early for me though I understand the upside play for offense this year.

    At the risk of drawing the obvious comparison, it seems like a pattern very reminiscent of what Cespedes went through. I watched it up close here in Oakland. And it’s not as if he’s flown below the radar. There will be lots of film time and

    • Cram It says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Sorry Oaktown, we’re all out of time. Join us next time on….Just kidding brotha. Just thought it was funny how you stopped mid-sentence after.

      I’m with you. I’m not going to be a Puig owner anywhere, unless everyone’s computer crashes but mine when he’s up for auction.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Ha…wonder how I chopped that. If that had been a Monty Python sketch they would have cut to me dead at the keyboard then Cleese with a rubber chicken saying “…and now for something completely different.”

      “…film time and teams are going to have a plan of attack on him.”

    • Prez says:
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      haha!! please send your $29.99 to the address below for the rest of this comment. Thank you.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Prez: But wait, there’s more! Call within the next 5 minutes and we’ll throw in 3 free follow-up troll comments!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya on all of it… I can’t get past the 30 homer, 20 steal play in a solid lineup… Feels like a ploy for my affections that I’d usually see through and that Brad Evans would fall for, but I’m buying in… It could bite me in the ass…

      • matt says:
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        I have him in a couple leagues so we’ll be getting bit together. I can’t get past the upside. W2W = Will to Win is not a sabermetric. I think puig has worked hard on his attn to detail this season. (Hopefully) bcuz im gambling on his upside too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully

  81. Dale Doback says:
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    Thoughts on Marcell Ozuna? Does he have a chance to run away with the CF job?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Search the site, I already went over him…

  82. Robby D says:
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    Pitching is so deep, this picture was later adjusted to add “Don’t draft a pitcher in the first 6 rounds”

    • Robby D says:
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      @Robby D:
      Hmm, that didn’t work right, let’s try that again…

    • Robby D says:
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      @Robby D:

      Can someone tell me why I’m not able to post this?

      (Open Carat) img src=”http://americablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/no-fishing-in-sochi-toilets-2.jpg” (Close Carat)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You need this < /> on opposite sides a’la

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry, meant you need < that and this /> on opposite sides

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ugh… It’s deleting it because it thinks I’m doing HTML… You need lesser than and greater than symbols with a slash…

            • Robby D says:
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              @Grey: So like this:

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Try putting this on the end and beginning of your link:

                  The ‘alt=””‘ section is probably unnecessary. Would just give the image an alternative title if someone hovers over it.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    haha, damn internet! It’s smarter than us all

                    Less than sign + IMG + space + SRC + equals sign + quotation marks INSERT YOUR PICTURE HERE + quotation marks + / + greater than sign

                • Prez says:
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                  @Robby D: what the hell is the last one doing? Haha do i even wanna know?

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Who shoots bb’s when they pee?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Wait, let me rephrase – who fires buckshot when they pee? That’s quite a scatter pattern.

                  • Robby D says:
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                    @Prez:
                    Apparently in Russia, when you shoot up in a public bathroom (you know like you do sometimes) apparently it’s important to have a wide base.

                    as to Sky’s comment: I like to think I’m relatively manly, but I can honestly say I do not piss with enough velocity for the second picture to be a concern, although these are olympians, so the quality of their piss hitting the toilet is probably olympic level.

                    • Prez says:
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                      @Robby D: seriously,thats a pretty powerful stream…

                      The middle right picture: “Man who stands on toilet, is high on pot”

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha

  83. Whatever says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you keep?

    Anibal for $6
    Zobrist for $16
    Gyorko for $6

    Just based on your rankings its Anibal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Gyorko

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey:

        Interesting. Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  84. Jay says:
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    braun or Kipnis in a keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun

  85. bossmanjunior says:
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    Silly Grey…

    In my above comment, you took the compliment and ran before answering my question. You just don’t want your friends to see me! It’s true isn’t it?! Im just your dirty little secret!

    Anyways, now that I have that out of my system, would you draft Segura and Desmond where you have them ranked? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would draft them where I’ve ranked them…

  86. Frank White says:
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    What’s up Grey how you been..? I wanted to know if you had any commenter leagues and if so can I be a part of it??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoping to open them up on Monday, up to when ESPN opens

      • Frank White says:
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        Thnx.. I guess I’ll hit you back if you can’t hit me back or just email me please.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just check in…

  87. Tom says:
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    Who would you keep – 12team mixed h2h

    12. Travis D’Arnaud
    14. Jonathan Lucroy
    17. Dexter Fowler
    18. Huston Street
    19. Grant Balfour
    20. Bobby Parnell
    21. A.J. Griffin
    22. Adam Eaton
    26. Michael Cuddyer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many keepers?

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: Just 1

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Tom: Cuddyer

  88. Jon says:
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    Grey –

    I’ve won both of my money leagues the past few years following your advice/rankings. In my deep, 9×9, H2H roto-style scoring league, I can only keep 2 players, and I have Swigs, Au-Shizz and the Dread Pirate to choose from. We start two 1B, two 3B, and 5 OF (plus two utility players) – have to go Swigs and Shizz and take best available OF with my “first” pick, right? Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jon: Correct

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… No problem…

  89. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    just sent your kiwi buddy my last (and final) offer for trout .
    it’s a classic over-pay .
    i know he’s going to consult with you (again) , so i just wanted to give you a heads-up
    in hopes that you can speed up the transaction .
    and , NO , i’m not waiting until afterwards , to see how the draft goes .
    was originally going to give him 24 hours , but i’m already as big a prick as i’m going to be ,
    so , went with 48 hours , instead .
    after that , i’ll finally “get the picture” and will go in a different direction
    and get goldy , instead .

    • Cram It says:
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      @costaricanchata: You RCL’s are funny. I’m surprised any deals get done, with both sides consulting this blog after every offer sent.

      • Prez says:
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        @Cram It: its pretty ridiculous… In the rcls this year kershaw will fall to round 6. “Pitching is so deep nobody drafted one in 300 rcls!”

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Someone should buy that for Rudy and I!

            • Kid A says:
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              @Grey: I assumed he had gotten you one for the wedding. The gift that immediately pays back. With dividends. Like buying a nightie for a Coog.

              Which begs the question(s):

              what does coog lingerie even look like?
              does it get pegged at their “ripe year” like one of those Jurrasic Park amber-fossil-mosquitos?
              are we talking one of those old swimsuits from the 20’s that sag to the ankles?
              high wasted, satin, and lots of furbush covering the charlie?

              I’ve been away too long. I got questions dammnit!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Old swimsuits, for sure… With an inner tube and water wings…

              • Prez says:
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                @Kid A: haha not everyday does grey have to answer questions about cougs negligee…. Welcome back..

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Cram It:

        not a rcl league … 14 team yahoo league that originated out of CouchManagers .
        was suppose to be a 16 teamer , but 2 guys failed to show up at the draft ,
        so we’ve been running with 14 teams since 2009 .

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Cram It: No Grey consultation is allowed in RCL Original Recipe.

        Even though there are some who think they are getting away with it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Good luck getting it past his gate keeper (me)…

  90. T.J. says:
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    OK, I have a “problem” of too many potential keepers. Yahoo! H2H, 16-mixed, 6×6 (OPS, QS), 10 H/9 P/5 benchies/4 minor leaguers, $260 budget. Max of ten keepers, but I only have seven since I was runner-up last season. Even though you can trade for additional keeper slots, up to $10 in auction money, and farm players, this league doesn’t like to trade much, so I may be stuck cutting players. Here’s who I’ve got to pare down to seven:

    Altuve, $5 (I can sign for two years at $10)
    Choo, $26
    Chris Davis, $5 (for one year, or I can sign for two years at $10
    Jason Kipnis, $5 (for one year, or I can sign for two years at $10)
    Alfonso Soriano, $4 (for one year, or I can sign for two years at $9)
    David Wright, $38
    Matt Holliday, $45 (for one year, or I can sign for two years at $50)

    Homer Bailey, $1 (for one year, or I can sign for two years at $6)
    Patrick Corbin, $2
    Corey Kluber, $5
    Martin Perez, $5
    Rick Porcello, $1
    Travis Wood, $5

    I’m thinking of keeping, in order of preference, Davis (at $10), Kipnis (at $10), Bailey (at $6), Corbin, Altuve (at $10), Choo, and Porcello. If I can acquire more keeper slots, I’d think next would be Kluber, Soriano (at $4), and Wright.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those make sense…

  91. Kid A says:
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    Good stuff Greyburg.

    But one question:

    When do the Tyson Ross Leagues open for Bill James ranked Chris Davis in 2011 way before Josh Rutledge and why wasn’t pitching deeper than the top 100 eight-balls found in Hoffman’s apartment?

    *slobber-pant*

    Answer me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  92. Jay_0321 says:
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    Couple crazy trade options here. 10 team H2H we keep 10. 3 players can be kept forever.

    Would I be crazy to trade either of these options?

    My Segura with three years left to be kept and an early pick (6th rd) for Harper who will need to be kept or sent back next year?

    Or

    My Cutch who is already franchised for a fresh Chris Davis?

    Or

    My Cutch and Pedroia for a fresh Freeman and Kipnis?

    Do I aim to go young with these upside guys or hold tight? I am a perennial contender y/y.

    My roster: (Cutch, Tulo, Pedroia), (Jones, Stras), E5, Segura, Chapman, (Gray, Gyorko).

    • Jay_0321 says:
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      @Jay_0321: As always Thank You and I love you.

      Love Frank

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do Segura for Harper if you can hold Harper for multiple years

  93. Goose says:
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    Hooray! Today was a good day. And I didn’t even have to use my A-K… which I do frequently! (The Goodyear blimp read “Grey’s a pimp.”)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thankfully!

  94. Chris says:
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    Nice job as always Grey. I do have a question, you have Segura and Altuve ranked over 60 spots apart yet your projected stats are extremely close. I know they are two different positions but just wondering the thought process, I would have thought you have had them ranked much closer.

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura has much more upside

      • Chris says:
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        Makes sense. I’m a huge Brewers fan live about an hour and a half North of Milwaukee. I’d love to get Segura at the right price. Gotta watch my budget this year, last year I found myself over spending, (for me at least) on guys you liked. I got upton for $35 and traded him for Cuddyher and Trumbo after he hit his 10th HR, sold High! Came out ahead still didn’t win my league oh well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t spend over $30 for anyone…

          • Chris says:
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            Good advice I’m not going to this year!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @hondo: Wish the guy all the best. Never liked him much being a Yankee fan, but when serious illness is involved it doesn’t matter what team he played for. Cancer is a scary disease.

    • JoeC says:
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      @hondo: Maybe now he’ll lose some weight.

      Oy. I’m going to Hell, huh? :/

  95. Big League Wood says:
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    Great stuff and the strategy inclusion is next level
    However, I am day late and a dollar short. Literally.

    14 Team 6 x 6 Roto. OBP replacing BA and adding Total Bases. QS replacing Wins and adding Holds. 25 total roster moves all season and 1,500 inning cap

    I made a classic rookie mistake and did not account for the extra pitcher position and 4 reserve spots. I watched all the “speed” MIs go for $2 for the last hour of this auction. I think the team is solid, however, the SS/MI are brutal.

    Do I look to trade away a pitcher for speed and or MI/SS or play the waiver wire game. I know Weeks and Owens could win positions and are worth monitoring?

    C Matt Wieters
    1B Freddie Freeman
    2B Anthony Rendon
    3B Edwin Encarnación
    SS Yunel Escobar
    CI Allen Craig
    MI Marco Scutaro
    OF Ádám Jones
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Jason Heyward
    OF Avisail García
    OF Rajai Davis
    Util Oswaldo Arcia
    BN Yan Gomes
    BN Cameron Maybin
    BN Jordy Mercer

    SP Madison Bumgardner
    SP Anibal Sánchez
    RP Glen Perkins
    RP Jim Johnson
    P Jordan Zimmermann
    P Alex Cobb
    P Jared Burton
    P Cody Allen
    P José Quintana
    P Luke Hochevar
    BN Yordano Ventura
    BN Josh Johnson
    BN Antonio Bastardo
    BN Kevin Gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, trade a pitcher for a decent MI, you can’t go into the season with Yunel and Scutaro…

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey – will target your #40 player…

        Thanks again for this site !!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  96. mraccoe says:
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    Not knowing the rest of my team of course, would you rather keep Greinke (4th) or Gray (12th).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  97. Robby D says:
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    Trying to keep 6 in a 10 team H2H. 7×7 OBP, XBH QS, Losses are the extra stats

    Keeping Cargonz, Tulo, Bruce, Stanton for sure

    Have as options (must pick two):
    Iwakuma
    Bailey
    Craig
    Cespedes
    Zobrist
    Moore
    Beltran
    Rosario
    Lester

    I also have a guy in my league willing to trade Desmond for Craig and kick me two rounds (he’d give up his 14th for my 16th round pick.)

    Two questions with some caveats :

    Do you do the Craig for Desmond deal even though I already have Tulo (don’t trust Craig or Tulo to stay healthy all year and would like to mitigate risk)?

    Also, given my league keeps way too many pitchers (last year around 20 of the 60 kept players were pitchers including like 4-5 relievers), and I know I can get a pitcher after the 8th-9th round from your first tier and also that there will be some offensive talent ranked in the 30’s 40’s available in the first (7th) round, does it make sense to keep a hitter that may be lower in the rankings if I know I’ll have plenty of pitching options? would keeping Beltran or Cespedes over Iwakuma or Bailey make sense if I could wait until the 8th round to get Iwakuma anyway, or probably a better tier guy like Sanchez or Cobb?

    Thanks for the help.

    I’m also hoping I may be able to swing a trade for a guy like Hosmer or Rios or someone else that may not be kept during the offseason for a low round pick since my league is more likely to take the ESPN rankings at face value if you don’t like any of the options for my 6th keeper.

    So many options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Craig
      Cespedes

      Forget Desmond, you have Tulo

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        I flinch at having Tulo and Craig and Cargo on the same team with injury concerns which have derailed me in the playoffs the past two years. Desmond is also a keeper looking to the future.

        I’ll stand pat though and look to trade for a better 1b or OF option that is young and not injury prone.

  98. NBH says:
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    No Cole Hamels? Wow!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @NBH: if you follow where hamels was in pitcher list it’ll likely be pretty easy to see where he’ll go overall.

  99. goodfold2 says:
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    jeff baker signed with MIA marlins. where is he when compared to gillaspie/sogard/aviles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a strictly platoon guy

  100. gareth says:
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    Any razzball commentators have any open spots in leagues? Im sick of the free yahoo and cbs leagues and am looking to try my luck against good players in 2014.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @gareth: earlier in comments Grey said they aren’t even open yet, he’s hoping for monday, but it’s up to when espn opens. i’m guessing that also means they are all open.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leagues haven’t started yet

  101. tony says:
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    Grey- whats up man, Trophy Tony here, The real Tony if there are like 12 other Tony handles now…. hope all is well.

    So freddie Free is 25, Agon is 61, and cuddyer is 76, not seeing a huge difference in the 3…. maybe a few RBI’s….. is Freddie Free’s upside why he’s so much higher? I mean I like the guy, but seems a bit high for a 20 HR guy……

    20 is the new 30 tho…. Great post man, look forward to it every year.

    • Grey

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      Ha, thanks! Yeah, Freeman has much more upside and the other two have much more down side…

  102. Andrew A says:
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    $25 Stanton vs. $11 Heyward 6×6, OPS
    8 keepers

    I’m thinking of preserving Heyward at the low value and go back and buy Stanton for 30, you don’t think he will go higher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could…No idea what others in your league will do… I have him down for $30…

  103. goodfold2 says:
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    i’m currently arguing with somebody who is actually defending the idea that in dynasties one SHOULD have a bidding system wherein the winning bid for a player is the highest amount that the bid is for, instead of the lowest winning amount, i.e. the minimum amount over the 2nd highest bid. What i’m defending is the ebay (also known as Vickrey type bidding) bidding, where one pays the true market price, which under Vickrey’s system actually was the 2nd highest bid, but won by the highest bidder. Please tell me (i’m only in one of these) that most leagues use the system i’m defending. He’s defending this idiotic shit by claiming it’s how bidding is done in “real life”. So if I bid 20 and the next highest is 10, i would have to pay 20 under this guy’s (and in this league) system. I’m thinking i should only pay 11 (or some other smaller increment that is greater than 10)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: it appears this person simply has no idea about economics or game theory.

      • Andrew A says:
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        @goodfold2:

        I’m assuming you do some kind of blind bid system…which I must respond: why get rid of the thrill of a live auction

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          @Andrew A: with vickrey system you would get same results as live auction. This isn’t the start of league draft, this is just free agent offseason bidding process. I’m not in charge and we aren’t moving to true auctions. Also these people (30) are from all over the country. The 2 Comishes actually seem to defend their idiot way of doing it due to claiming it’s like “real life”. I retort with the fact that real life teams don’t OPEN their bidding with the greatest amount they are willing to pay. Guy even claims a “market” is what you are willing to pay. I told him, no a market price is what you HAVE to pay, due to other bids/interest/valuations.

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            @goodfold2: we are in fact forced to open our bidding (and close) with our highest amount we are willing to pay.

  104. Dave says:
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    Grey…who are your top 3 choices to bet on to win the World Series in 2014?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rangers, Mariners and Cardinals…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: really, SEA, would not have thought them as front runner.

  105. ThE sHiT says:
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    I am really liking Arenado for a huge breakout this year. Is he the best 3b to target later in drafts?

  106. Evan says:
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    Not high on Matt Carpenter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  107. Phil says:
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    If I’m keeping Fernandez with a last round pick. When would you recommend drafting my next pitcher in the draft in a head to head league?

    • Grey

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      Around Cole’s tier

  108. johnny says:
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    Just found out have pick 10 of 10tm h2h 5×5. I am able to swap for pick 4 and only want to do that to grab goldy but he could very well be gone pick 3!! so pissed want my goldy!!

    Anyhow stick w my pick 10 and get 2 top 10 studs or gamble on 4. Im currently trying to get 3 or figure out who hes gonna pick.

  109. costaricanchata says:
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    pitching is sooo seep this year …
    but it’s about to get deeper , still .
    tomko attempting a comeback as a knuckle-baller .

    i’d poo-hoo this ,
    but am attempting my own comeback as a dh-er
    once i get corrective eye surgery
    and mlb amends the rules on courtesy-runners .

  110. costaricanchata says:
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    the answer to the question
    ” why did the braves give freeman such a huge contract ?”
    is
    because he doesn’t have a brother who wants to play for the team .

  111. Baggiejohn says:
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    Sterling work, Sir! This is my first year using your estimable Rankings as my base for Drafting. Tried a Mock last night following the ‘No Catchers, no Elite SPs’ rule and it worked pretty damn well, thank you! Loving your work.

  112. Nimrod says:
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    Love the site Grey. I’m in a 2 players per infld position and 2 catcher league plus 5ofld and 10 pitchers. My question is: does this change my draft strategy towards waiting for catchers, 3B and SP. It’s 12 teams snake draft with OPS and net wins vs. whip. The 1st 3 rounds I will still go for power.

  113. Jowo says:
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    I’m in a keeper league with 10 teams, expanding to 12. We keep 2 ‘untouchables’, and 4 others, for 6 total keepers. So who should I keep?
    My 2 untouchables are Goldschmidt and Cargo. For the other 4 slots, I have Kipnis, Ian Desmond, Wainwright, Strasburg, Jose Fernandez, Jason Heyward, and Manny Machado.
    I’m thinking Kipnis, Wainwright, Strasburg, and Fernandez, and not have to worry about pitching until much later on, then try to snag Ian Desmond back if he’s still available.
    Suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis, Desmond, Strasburg, Fernandez

      • Jowo says:
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        @Grey:
        Why Fernandez over Wainwright? Because of the long term keeper status versus Wainwright getting old?
        My other thought had been your suggestion above, but switching out Fernandez and Wainwright, and hoping that Fernandez flies under the radar enough for me to pick him up with my first pick. But with that many teams, we’d be on pick 81 for Fernandez.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly, Fernandez is younger… You can’t go wrong either way really…

          • Jowo says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, I love this site and your commentary! Just found it the other day.

  114. Ross Tudor says:
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    I’m in a keeper league with Goldschmidt as a fourth round keeper, Alex Cobb in the 12th, and Iwakuma in the 10th. I’m considering drafting Kershaw in the first to anchor my staff. I know you have said to wait on pitching but I think the gap between Kershaw and the next tier of SP may make it worth it in this case. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve said my thoughts on the top 20 starters and every starter post after…

      • matt says:
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        He’s said that batting is more valuable than pitching for years. Guess what? He’s absolutely, unequivocally correct

        • Grey

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          Ha!

  115. chrisfloyd77 says:
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    Where is Matt Carpenter?

    • matt says:
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      He’s ^ Up there in Greys next post. :-) Or he’s adaped his best “where’s Waldo Impersonation

  116. matt says:
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    Pitching is deeper than linda loveless’s throat :-) This is going to be an epic year. Especially in one keeper where I already get to keep Adonis,Prince,& AJones Oh BoinGGGGG!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  117. matt says:
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    Razzball must be doing something right for all it’s readers to praise the insight given. SON is one of my favorite if not greatest tool that I use here. Unfortunately when you are doing things right haters will show up. That’s just the way it is. Keep up the great work razzball team. Loyal to the end. 2 year subscriber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  118. Kareem says:
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    I’m pretty high on Matt Holliday and am targeting him in drafts. A couple reasons are because he’s done well in the past and many project him to do will this year. Even your projections for him are: 93/22/101/.292/5. These numbers seem better than someone like Beltran: 78/24/88/.279/5. Just curious what your logic is and if I should not be so high on him

    • Grey

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      See my top 40 outfielders post

  119. SP says:
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    How would you recommend playing this list when it comes to ADP and keepers? For example, for my last 2 slots it’s between Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter, Ben Zobrist, and Homer Bailey.

    I’m guessing that if I toss back Craig and Carpenter, there’s no way they’re coming back to me. Their perceived value is much higher than Zobrist’s and Bailey’s according to early ADP number, although I’ll be keeping an eye on to see if this change. If I toss back Zobrist and Bailey, there’s a good chance I get them back at pick #11 and #13 (which correspond to round 9 & 10 in a 12 team with 8 keepers). Would you risk it? The downside is missing out on them, but the upside is a) getting all 4 and b) trying to cash in on trade value for Carpenter and Craig on the trade market, although I’ve gotta say my league doesn’t have as much trading activity as I’d like.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, risk it… Toss back the other guys…

      • SP says:
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        @Grey: So you think the gap between them isn’t so big as to make the risk not worthwhile?

        • Grey

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          Not that big, no

  120. EB says:
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    Thanks for putting up one of the best web sites around.

    I’m working through draft strategy in my keep-6 12 team league. I am building around Goldy, Segura, Rios, Craig, Sale and Jansen. At this point I want to wait on second and third and go for pitching and hitting for my first few picks. Anyway, what do you think of these ideas:

    (1) grabbing Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole with my two first round picks

    (2) grabbing Jose Abreu and the best pitcher available.

    (3) keeping Homer Bailey over Jansen and then taking two hitters in the first.

    Any suggestions will be considered and appreciated.

    • Grey

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      1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and thanks!

  121. ChillbroBaggins says:
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    Great writeup Grey, as always. The one thing that jumps out to me is your continual underrating of Matt Holliday. Yes he’s getting older and yes he might seem yawnstipating at times, but he’s guaranteed production with almost no risk. He finished 22nd overall on baseballmonster last year, and your line of 93/22/101/5/.292 for him is far better than Donaldson’s (74/19/80/.290/4) yet you rank Donaldson 13 spots higher on your top 100.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson is a 3rd baseman, Holliday isn’t

  122. Jon says:
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    Keep forever league, I can deal Cobb for Gordon or Heyward. Who do you want, and do you pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a vacuum, I’d go Gordon

  123. Brian says:
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    Just curious how you can put Bautista over beltre. Same stats except beltre hits over .300 and Bautista barely over .250 and beltre plays a much thinner position.

    • Grey

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      Bautista is a 35-homer guy going on 40, Beltre is a 31-homer guy going on 28…

  124. MPC says:
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    I’ve been offered a 3rd round pick in our upcoming draft (I currently do not have a 3rd round pick, as I traded it late last season) for Jason heyward (round 9 keeper). Would you take a 3rd round pick back for Heyward round 9? Obviously that’s great value for Heyward, but it sure would be nice to have that early round pick back. 14 team H2H keeper league. Thanks!

  125. Curtis says:
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    Grey,

    I also have a keeper question. We’re in year 4 of a 12 team league, similar to the razzball leauges in rules but with 2 catchers, 3 year contract limits for keepers and FAAB waivers. There is a fair amount of value in people’s keepers, so values in our $260/team auction draft will be appropriately inflated. You can keep 2 bats, 2 arms, and 1 flex.

    My locks: Goldy (thanks to your rankings last year and someone throwing him back) for $27, Homer Bailey for $11, and Kenley Jansen for $8.

    Options for other 2 slots: Fielder for $45, David Wright for $38, Cliff Lee for $30, Lucroy for $9, and Beachy for $4.

    I’m leaning towards Fielder and Lucroy. Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

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      Don’t like any of the values for the last two… Fielder and Lucroy would be the way I’d go too…

  126. Hardcore says:
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    Hey Grey, Love your site and insight! Need your help…

    I’m in a 10 team H-t-H Fantasy Points league (1 C, 1 each IF, 4 OF, 1 DH & 5 SP, 2 RP) and I need to narrow down my keepers to 5 players out of the following (no keepers next year–we do a full redraft every 3rd year):
    Votto, Prado, Donaldson, Bautista, Hosmer, Sale, Weaver

    Also, I pick 4th this year and I know for sure the following players are not keepers and will be available:
    Price, Braun, C. Gonzalez, Greinke, Shields, Wright

    Right now, I’m leaning towards Votto, Donaldson, Bautista, Sale, and Weaver. In our FP rankings, top pitchers outscore top hitters so Price, Greinke, and Shields are above Braun, CarGo, and Wright. My logic tells me that I’ll get one of the outfielders at pick 4, so keeping Weaver over Hosmer is the right move.

    Do you agree with these 5 keepers? Also, if both Braun and Gonzalez are available, is Braun the better pick because Bautista and Cargo are both injury prone?

    p.s. It’s my birthday and all I want is to end my 3 year streak of missing the playoffs…

    • Grey

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      Happy birthday! Those five are fine… Sure, go Braun…

  127. Joe says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Can you help me out.. and tell me why I have this disgusting feeling that Freddie Bag of Donuts Freeman is going to pull a Goldie this year and go nuts?

    Also.. I’m in on this Carlos Gonzalez guy.. If I have a top 3 pick and Goldie / Trout are gone, I’m taking CarGod… He’s like a Chinese buffet to me, I can’t stop going back for me even though it does me dirty every time I make the selection.

    You thinking taking CarGod top 3 is a lackadaisical move? and how high is too high for Freeman?

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

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      Freeman doesn’t have the speed or power of Goldy… I ranked CarGo where I’d take him…

  128. Matthew says:
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    Good evening Grey,

    It’s Almost Time!!

    I should be drafting all my teams in the coming weeks and am putting together my stratgies.

    So this year, aside from Miggy, you’d rather wait on 3B for a value type pick or sleeper such as Arenado?

    Like if Zimmerman came around in round 3/4 but I need an OF or 1B for some reason if I haven’t drafted one, go for the 1B or OF?

    Strategy my friend, strategy.

    • Grey

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      Sure, Arenado or Asche…

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