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What goes through J-FOH’s head when he does these ranks? I’m glad you asked. Wait… you didn’t ask? Are you sure? No? Not at all? Sheesh, thanks guys… and four girls. I’m going to be my usually contrarian self and tell you anyway. I’m looking at players from their floor to their ceilings over the next 3-5 years (and beyond). I’m looking at games played over the previous few seasons, projecting risk going forward, and predicting how they will age based on their skill set. A player whose value is heavily dependent upon speed will usually lose that speed going into the 30’s and players with power will usually keep that a little bit longer. There are always guys who defy the odds like David “I never juiced” Ortiz or Adrian Beltre. They are a special breed that should never be slept on ’til the day they retire. There is science, stats, and anecdotal B.S., and then there are “those guys”. Joey Bats and those sweet bat throws would fall into that class for me. Excuse me while I preach for a second. I love bat flips. I think they should be mandatory for any home run after the 7th, 6th for the Yankees. This is a kids game that is suppose to be fun and guys like Mad Bum need to either throw the punch or shut the front door. Any a-hole can stand there shouting with a team behind him. At least Robin Ventura had the cojones to try and fight. (I want that shirt!) Now that we have my major side track out of the way, let’s move down to some words about the list before we get to the list. Note to self, take an english class at the local adult education center next year.

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  • What is a keeper league? When I think of a keeper league, I think of a type of league that has an apparatus that allows you to own a player for multiple years. I could spend a thousand words dissecting all the different types of leagues that qualify as a keeper, but to set a baseline for these rankings, I went with 5-10 keeper policy and 12 teams (60-120 players). Everything I ever write will be for 12-team leagues or higher, because it’s against my religion to play anything less. And that’s not to say that this list doesn’t apply to all those niche leagues out there, you can still certainly use this, but I wanted to find a mark in the middle to include as many formats as possible…
  • Why do I have no closers? If you have been following the offseason, and by following, I mean showing up here every day while you’re at your day job, then this segment will make sense. This winter we saw a top-three closer (Kenley Jansen) almost lose his job and another top-three closer (Andrew Miller) lose his job for doing absolutely nothing wrong. Aroldis Chapman is a home-wrecker and a bad shot from what I hear. His almost trade/actual trade demonstrated that GM’s value the guy at the back end of games like a college freshman values the third chick he nailed in his dorm room during the first semester. I never want to keep a closer unless your keepers are deep, but even then, saves can always be found. And if you’re worried about ratios, then keep better pitchers. Last year, we saw the rise of a top-5 closer that wasn’t even drafted (Familia) in most leagues, an old DORK-be-a-stud, and a burger in a box get 41 saves with a 10+ K-rate. Draft them, don’t keep them. The one caveat to this is if you are in a league where everyone keeps a closer or two every year, then make an adjustment. There are always exceptions to the rule, but for this list I will stay away from closers.
  • Pitchers vs. Hitters? Which way do I go? This dilemma got me tied up a few times, as I tried to maintain some balance in this top-100. I could of easily said that hitters rule like O’Doyle, but that would be too easy. In a redraft, you can always find favorable non-ace pitching that you can slap together for a season. In a keeper, I think that changes as more owners are keeping arms or taking a chance by keeping the rising young “ace potential” starters. Guys like Thor, deGrom, and JoFer have been changing the game over the last few years. Just as it’s not that hard to throw together a staff in a redraft, it’s also not that hard to throw together some bats in a keeper if you start with some top-30 hitters and some top-50 pitchers for keepers. Seriously, go look, there are many middle-of-the-road bats spread all over the top-400 that you can turn into a winner this year. As I ran down the list of cuts I had to make for the final 25 slots, I looked at a player like Kevin Gausman and asked myself: “Who would I rather have in three years, Gausman or Ian Kinsler?” Duh, I would rather gamble on the future ace over the replaceable has-been. Side note, neither made the list, but Gausman just barely missed the cut.  The one thing I found interesting is after the top-50, it really turned into a needs based list that will be determined by who your first two or three keepers are. Then from there, I went youth, high ceiling/high floor over age, T.J. candidates… Have you had enough of this already? Yeah me too. Let’s get to the list!

 

Top 100 Keepers for the 2016 Fantasy Baseball Season and Beyond

Rank Name Pos Team
1 Mike Trout OF ANA
2 Bryce Harper OF WAS
3 Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI
4 Manny Machado 3B BAL
5 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
6 Carlos Correa SS HOU
7 Mookie Betts OF BOS
8 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
9 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
10 Clayton Kershaw SP LAD
11 Giancarlo Stanton OF MIA
12 Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
13 Jose Fernandez SP MIA
14 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
15 Jose Abreu 1B CHW
16 George Springer OF HOU
17 J.D. Martinez OF DET
18 Madison Bumgarner SP SF
19 Chris Sale SP CHW
20 Matt Harvey SP NYM
21 Chris Davis 1B BAL
22 Max Scherzer SP WAS
23 Jacob deGrom SP NYM
24 Jake Arrieta SP CHC
25 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
26 Jose Bautista OF TOR
27 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
28 Noah Syndergaard SP NYM
29 Justin Upton OF DET
30 Gerrit Cole SP PIT
31 Todd Frazier 3B CIN
32 Jason Heyward OF CHC
33 Stephen Strasburg SP WAS
34 Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
35 Yoenis Cespedes OF NYM
36 Corey Kluber SP CLE
37 Dallas Keuchel SP HOU
38 Carlos Carrasco SP CLE
39 Corey Seager SS LAD
40 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
41 Starling Marte OF PIT
42 A.J. Pollock OF ARI
43 Maikel Franco 3B PHI
44 David Price SP BOS
45 Buster Posey C SF
46 Dee Gordon 2B MIA
47 Danny Salazar SP CLE
48 Joey Votto 1B CIN
49 Chris Archer SP TB
50 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
51 Felix Hernandez SP SEA
52 Zack Greinke SP ARI
53 Michael Brantley OF CLE
54 Ryan Braun OF MIL
55 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
56 Matt Carpenter 3B STL
57 Miguel Sano OF MIN
58 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS
59 Kyle Schwarber C CHC
60 Stephen Piscotty OF STL
61 Yasiel Puig OF LAD
62 Christian Yelich OF MIA
63 Robinson Cano 2B SEA
64 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
65 Lorenzo Cain OF KC
66 Carlos Gomez OF HOU
67 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
68 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
69 Eric Hosmer 1B KC
70 Marcus Stroman SP TOR
71 Lance McCullers SP HOU
72 Carlos Martinez SP STL
73 Steven Matz SP NYM
74 Sonny Gray SP OAK
75 Adam Jones OF BAL
76 Yu Darvish SP TEX
77 Adam Eaton OF CHW
78 Michael Conforto OF NYM
79 Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
80 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
81 Byron Buxton OF MIN
82 Raisel Iglesias SP CIN
83 Randal Grichuk OF STL
84 Matt Kemp OF SD
85 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
86 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL
87 Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
88 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
89 Prince Fielder 1B TEX
90 Albert Pujols 1B ANA
91 Carlos Rodon SP CHW
92 Addison Russell SS CHC
93 Jon Lester SP CHC
94 Billy Hamilton OF CIN
95 Taijuan Walker SP SEA
96 Garrett Richards SP ANA
97 Rougned Odor 2B TEX
98 Adam Wainwright SP STL
99 Kolten Wong 2B STL
100 Patrick Corbin SP ARI
101 Tyson Ross SP SD
  • One guy who missed the cut and is a high candidate for ace-hood is Kevin Gausman. Is that even a legit portmanteau? Gaus popped on and off this list a half dozen times before I decided to let him marinate a little longer. Call me bias, but I trust Baltimore and their development of pitchers like I would trust Trump to not offend someone for a day. Another guy that should be here is the Yanks Masahiro Tanaka, whose best pitch is either the slider or the split-finger, depending on who you read. Either way, he has a partially torn UCL and advising someone to keep him would be irresponsible on my part. This offseason in the Razznasty, Ralph, the new prospect guy, got someone to bite on his Tanaka (hehe) and got Steven Matz in return. Over the net high-five to Ralph *high fives monitor*, who I’m sure will be telling that story to his grandkids one day. You might be wondering why T-Ross is so low on this list… In case you missed it, he’s the king of sliders. Over the past two seasons, he has thrown that filthy pitch (top rated in all of MLB) 41% of the time. That’s 6% more than the next guy on the list, Collin McHugh. Speaking of sliders, have you met Grey’s 2015 BFF, Chris Archer? I’m not a huge fan of C-Arch, and the fact that he increased his slider usage from 2014 to 2015 by over 10% worries me. He’s on my short list for the annual Dr. Freeze’s Ferrari Fund.
  • Before I leave I wanted to mention some players that could be here next year… Imminent call ups like A.J. Reed, Tyler Glasnow, Jose Berrios, Lucas Giolito, Nomar Mazara, Nick Williams, and Orlando Arcia could be in the top-100 in 2017. Damn, they keep getting younger and relevant sooner every year. I chose to leave them off because that would be a full-on dynasty list, and that’s Ralph department. Seriously though, I wanted the list to be all players with MLB experience. You may not agree with me, I’m assuming you won’t, but that’s cool, that’s what we have the comments for. Like any fantasy contributer, I have my own biases and evaluations, my crushes and those that disgust me. Some players at the end were painful selections, but, some of you are playing for this year and I kept that in mind… I’m mindful, yo. Okay, ’til next post, time for me to get back to ballin’.
 
  1. The Fridge says:
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    Great list….completed an early auction draft over the weekend and tried to minimize spending on pitching. What do you think of this staff:

    Carrasco – 16
    R Igesias – 10
    Odorizzi – 10
    Ventura – 7
    Nola – 5
    Gausmann – 3
    Pappelbon – 7
    Allen – 8
    Osuna – 4

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Fridge: looks good, but you may struggle to get enough innings to get your stats. None of those arms have pitched 200+ prior to this year. I like Nola, but since he is the phillies ace might struggle to get some wins

  2. Lc says:
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    This is Foh-kin gold for my dynasty auction coming up at the end of the week. Well done! Do you know if any of the number nerds at razzball have auction values for dynasty leagues? Or if the auction calculator has anything of the sorts?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Lc: thats a rudy question, I’ll put a call out to him….OH RUDY!

    • @Lc: Nope, i don’t have projections beyond 2016. I imagine you could build a model incorporating age – e.g., add $ for 2017 and 2018 if < 27, remove $ if > 29, etc.

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Gather round grand kids…..(waits for all 47 to sit), “when I was a younger man I talked someone into biting my Tanaka after I had it dangling”

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: see , Im good for a long term play too

  4. SpecialFNK says:
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    how do guys like Joc Pederson and Rougned Odor not even make the list?
    those are just 2 names that I noticed were not there just looking quickly.

    • 8theSandbox says:
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      @SpecialFNK: agreed this list is pretty not good and kinda all over the place.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @8theSandbox: I’m sorry you don’t like it. I would be more than happy to have a dialog about any criticisms you might have. Strategies vary from owner to owner so if that’s the case then I say to each their own.

        • 8theSandbox says:
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          @J-FOH: After a second look I didn’t choose my words carefully, my apologies J-FOH. The top of the list looks good. I’d move Chris Davis, J Bats and E5 down due to age (can prob throw Braun in there too). Leaving Odor (a clerical error) and Pederson off drew my attention. Joc hit 26 HRs and hit hard contact can’t be dismissed so easily. The power is for reals and if he adds a dozen steals gets the average up a bit, he’s a budding star and a worthwhile gamble in a keeper league. Seems to me he can be a J Upton type down the road. Compared to a Braun who’s numbers should be on a steady decline over the next 3-5, Joc seems to have the skills to surpass him on a risk/reward basis.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @8theSandbox: His second half he looked so lost after that over inflated first half. On the plus side i like his wlk rate but like Grey pointed out this off season it feels like he is looking for the walk because he is struggling with making contact. If he doesnt get overwhelmed again this year he can be there. If this list went to 103 he would of been here.

            I still like a mix of solid older guys, when your keepers are all youngsters the chances for failure increase. I think one of my major points to this list was balance. I should of been more clear of that in the “words” part of the post.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SpecialFNK: Pederson was close to making the list but I need to see him adjust out of that funk from last year. His distance between the floor to ceiling is way too high. In regards to Odor I have to apologize for that one. He was getting near the bottom and in re-edit I didn’t get him back in there. He would be in the 90’s. My struggle with him is as much as I like last year, I want to see a little more. Again, sorry for the SNAFU

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SpecialFNK: correction coming. Will be swapped with a Liriano

  5. Endershadow says:
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    Thanks for the ranks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Endershadow: thanks for the kind words

  6. S.H says:
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    J-Foh, In my 12 team keeper league head to head points.I was offered Heyward and Jose Ramierez, for Josh Bell, Lawrie and the 13th pick in the first year player draft. I have Chris Davis as my 1B going forward so Bell is expendable , My current Of consists of Ozuna, Carlos Gomez and pollock. I am not to sure about Ramierz at this point , and Heyward gives my a good option just in case Ozuna starts or gets sent down to the minors again.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @S.H: I’d want heyward. Ramirez is a throw away

  7. Hot Rod

    JimmyBond says:
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    great stuff. I will update my War Room spreadsheet to include these as sortable rankings

  8. Fungazi says:
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    What sort of ceiling do you see for Piscotty to have him that high? He comes across as a mid-power, low speed guy.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fungazi: he’s a high floor guy whose ceiling looks like Matt Holliday in his prime

  9. Railing Kill says:
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    Great list. What’s the reasoning behind Cueto not being on it, but Liriano, Wainwright and Corbin? Fear of Cueto having an injury? Because without that fear (and really, only one half of a poor season to his name), he’s more trustworthy than those 3 and similarly aged, right?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Railing Kill: cueto had arm issues last year and is on my TJ list. Corbin already had a TJ so he has that out of the way. Waino will have great ratios til he retires and I like him more than others

  10. Slacks says:
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    Marte ranking seems odd, perhaps you accidentally switched him with JD Martinez? Also Odor should probably be on here.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Slacks: I’m not a marte fan. He hits the ball into the ground a lot and his value is based on speed. Speed does not age well. He has room to grow but until he adjusts his game I’m not buying him long term

  11. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great stuff! Nice to see my two cheapest keepers, Bux ($4) and Rodon ($3) making the list!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks. My other [more expensive, but not terribly so] guys are Abreu ($25), Betts ($25), Blackmon ($20), Hosmer ($14), and Strasburg ($16). $3 inflation / year, so Blackmon man not be keepable in a year or two, but feel great about the other guys.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Its a solid core but you need more power. I would try to move Hosmer for more power. His ceiling has very few dongs hanging from it

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @J-FOH: thanks – yeah agreed! This is my first year in this keeper league, inherited these guys via a 3-person snake draft splitting up the 3 teams who left (Abreu was the only real power guy, betts I got trading some pitching).

            Right now, I have a couple trades out trying to trade some of my speed surplus for power, we’ll see. If that doesn’t work out, I’m planning to draft pretty much all power.

            I like your Hosmer suggestion (don’t really love him) – what sort of power bat would you try and get? Based on your rankings, looks like Gomez (not that much more power) or Gonzalez look like candidates… The guy who has both of those guys isn’t looking to keep them.

          • Duda want to build a snowman? says:
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            @J-FOH: completely agreed on the power shortage – this is my first year in this keeper league (I got these guys via a 3 person snake draft splitting up the abandoned teams among the new members – Abreu was the only real power guy, and Betts/Bux/Rodon I got via trade). I’m trying a couple trades right now involving my speed surplus and another piece that could net me Arenado or Springer, but I’m not sure they’ll pan out. If no trades happen, planning to draft pretty much exclusively for power.

            I really like the idea of moving my $14 Hosmer – what sort of power bat would you try and get? Looking at your rankings, seems like CarGo (available for $16) or Gomez (not much more power, but available for $14, same price as Hosmer) are rough fits.

            There’s also a $9 Khris Davis (like him a lot this year) who’s acquirable and a $4 Yasmany Tomas (very unsure about him).

            Any of those 4 guys work? Everyone else in the vicinity is either overpriced or not available.

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @J-FOH: Oh interesting- yea, there’s a $7 Duda and a $7 Grichuk. Do you like either of those over $9 Khris and $16 Gonzalez?

                • RY says:
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                  @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Great list man! Is Soler still worth keeping in a keep 6, 16 team dynasty? I have Abreu, Sale, Gray, Conforto, Soler, Grichuk an moose to keep 6 from. Thanks in advance.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @RY: keep soler

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    @J-FOH: Thanks – yeah agreed. Kind of the opposite you want out of a keeper

                    • Pun Man says:
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                      Duda Want to Build a Stroman?

                    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Haha just saw these. Pretty fantastic. Not going to be able to get Sano, but maybe I can swing a trade for Stroman and make it work!

                      Incidentally, verdict’s still out on trading Hosmer for a power bat, BUT I did get an offer of Hosmer ($14) for one of Stroman ($5), McCullers ($7), or Matz ($8)…

  12. MB says:
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    So you would trade Mazara for Cano in a dynasty I take it?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MB: in a dynasty I wouldnt. Depends on need and 2016 objectives…and if it’s a money league

  13. Mike says:
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    Any reason you are way more bearish on AJ Pollock than most other analysts?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: we just saw his peak season and like I said in the post, speed tends to fall off around 30 and he’s 30. Just not looking to over value speed guys who peaked their power already

      • Theo says:
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        Would the fact that Pollock just turned 28 change your ranking of him?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Theo: I’m aware of his age. I also have read the data that speed goes into decline at age 29. I factored that into my comclusion. Few guys keep that up into their 30’s. There are always exceptions to the rule but not sure he is one of them.

  14. Toph says:
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    Love this list. For a few not on the list, if I can keep one for three years from Severino, Odorizzi or Smyly and all are $2, who should it be?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Toph: Odorizzi is the safest, Severino and Smyly are the higher ceiling risks with me giving the edge to Severino. Im more conservative so I would lean Odorizzi.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Tulo’s above Odor? He’s not even above Odor for this year… You foresee a magic potion of toad hamstrings helping Tulo regain previous glory? Where’s DeShields? DeC’mon!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: those are YOUR ranks. Let remind you about last year when you hated Braun and I didnt. Im giving tulo a pass in toronto after the trade. There is bit of odor I’m not buying yet. Best case scenario he projects to bat 2nd. DeShields was close but, you know sagnof.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        DeShields is going to be DeGreatest of all time! How does Magoo and Ghostown feel about DeShields? On the reals…

        • Sport says:
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          @Grey: Does the Desond signing affect Deshields? Or more so for Gallo?

          • High Five City says:
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            @Sport: It won’t, the Rangers are giving Hamilton all year to recover.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: we all love him at his ADP two weeks ago in the NFBC. It’s starting to creep up though. I’m a whore for sagnof. What cam I day. You taught me too well so I figure you can always get it so why keep a 1 to 2 category player when another will be here next year

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He’s not a 1 or 2 category player though, that’s where everyone is wrong

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He’s Altuve 200 spots later minus twenty points in average

            • Tigersfan says:
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              @Grey:
              Deshields be ok in a keeper with Brinson coming up? I will likely be able to draft him for a buck or three in my upcoming auction but we have to declare before opening day how long we want to keep him. Must pay half his salary if you drop him. Four years is the max, would you keep him for four at that price. I know grey would, haha.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: more like 40 points in average. Look, I like the kid a lot, I really do, but when I look at Texas as a whole I see a guy that could very well end up a SAGNOF.

  16. Gus says:
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    Great list – thanks for the read. I have a bit of a keeper dilemma (standard cats) heading into the season – I need 4 hitters, 2 pitchers and 1 floater (either hitter or pitcher) out of these options:

    Harper, Bryant, Correa, Stanton, Arenado, Mookie, Abreu
    Sale, Price, Cole

    According to the list, my best group would be Harper, Correa, Betts, Bryant, Arenado, Sale and Cole, which leaves Stanton and Price on the outs. Is this the right move?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Gus: as tough as it is to say, if You have to keep only 4 hitters then yes, I like your choices.

      • corey brooks says:
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        @J-FOH: Not keeping Stanton is buffoonish

        • J-FOH says:
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          @corey brooks: why thank you, I really appreciate a classic term like buffoon and adding the ish to it is really nice. I’m going to have to use that. It was a tough call but the injury history with Giancarlo gives me caution. I read where he is trying different bats so he doesnt break his hand again. That’s scary to think about

  17. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    Thanks for your efforts. Helpful post. V. Velasquez is a free agent in all 3 of my 12 team keep all dynasty leagues. We can have 5 reserves of anyone. They are weekly leagues too. Trouble is our transactions cost 5 bucks which goes into the pot to split up between the first and second place team. Anyhoo with the Phillips and wins being a cat do you think he is worth holding all year. I have enough starting pitching now, just looking at the future.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @I’mgettingsomeHeadley: he is but where he ends up, the pen or the rotation, worries me long term.

  18. The Great Knoche says:
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    There’s no way you are making everyone happy with a list like this….Think I would have had some higher floor prospects a little higher up, and some passing into their golden years post steroid era a little lower….But like I said.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Great Knoche: thats the problem with prospects, its a lot harder to predict their floor outside of a select few. Unless you mean actual prospects, which I didn’t include here. I tend to be more conservative and less of a youth hound and I’m always in the mix of my leagues. Its a balance

      • The great Knoche says:
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        @J-FOH: yup hard to project guys in a top 100 when they haven’t faced one pitch in the majors.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @The great Knoche: thats also Ralphs department and i dint want to step on his toes. I talked about that above but I guess you just went to the list

  19. longbeachyo says:
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    Yeah, this is good stuff! What do you think about my options…? I’m in a ten team (… I know… SMH) keeper league where you can only keep 4 players up to a maximum of 20 dollars. It’s head to head 7×7 w/ QS, K/9 and H, OBP. Here are my options:
    José Abreu ?$9
    Nolan Arenado ?$3
    Michael Brantley $4
    A.J. Pollock $7
    Miguel Sano $2
    Kyle Schwarber $2
    Jake Arrieta ?$4
    Danny Salazar $2
    Noah Syndergaard $4

    What do you think? Pick four for a maximum of $20. There is also a four year max of eligibility for the same team. I took this team over last year, so all of these players are in their second year.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @longbeachyo: Nolan, Sano, Abreu, Thor

  20. Sport says:
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    I have Rizzo, Frazier, Arrieta, and Cole in a 15 team keep 2 hitters/2 pitchers yahoo roto league.

    Should I draft best players available to go for the win in 2016 or still follow the rankings and try to upgrade that foursome for 2017?

    Thank you for the top 100 and information with it!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sport: Id be looking to upgrade Frazier but go for the win!

  21. Dan says:
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    Hey! Could I get a little help?? Greatly appreciated!

    12 team keeper league (last year of the keepers)

    Keep 8

    Rizzo, Cutch, Braun, Cain, Price, Sale

    + 2 of Ross/Hamels/Lindor/Beltre

    Thoughts on those 4 guys? Which two would you push to keep? I’m leaning toward Ross and Beltre.

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dan: wait, you can only keep Lindor this year only?

      • Dan says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Yup. There’s a redraft after this season.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Dan: then ross beltre

          • Dan says:
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            @J-FOH:

            Perfect! Thanks!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Dan: No prob. Good luck this year

  22. Cuban Bandits says:
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    Mentioning Nomar Mazara and Nick Williams over Lewis Brinson, I see you FoH ;-)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cuban Bandits: only because I’m not expecting brinson to be called up this year

  23. Hot Rod

    Jimmy Bond says:
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    Version 3 of my War Room now available, with some small tweaks and including the J-FOH keeper rankings as sortable columns for hitters and pitchers. I also added K/9 as a sortable item, based on Grey’s projections from the Razz database.

    will update as V4 when JB pitching ranks are out.

    download here, remember to enable editing and enable data connections:
    https://docs.google.com/uc?authuser=0&id=0ByY40Vu3ttWQOGF2WTRycExxX28&export=download

  24. Slimbo says:
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    Any new dynos opening up? Looking to join another

    Thx man

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Slimbo: none that I’ve heard of, hit me at the end of the year. The Razznasty has a turn over problem

  25. Vegans says:
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    Great job, Mr. FOH. BTW, have you seen Vinyl yet?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Vegans: I have them all recorded but haven’t got there yet. Looks like right up my alley

      • Vegans says:
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        @J-FOH: Yeah, I think you’ll enjoy them. Nothing like the music industry.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Vegans: so lots of blow and hoes?

          • Vegans says:
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            @J-FOH: Pretty much

  26. DoubleHeaders says:
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    Thanks for the thoughtful list. I’m very intrigued by Severino heading into this year. Your thoughts? How far out of the 101 was he? Thanks J!

    • J-FOH says:
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      He’s not that far. His FIP was far too high. Will be expecting his ERA 5o rise this year. Maybe 110ish

  27. ballin says:
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    Great article you give excellent analysis. I’m in a 6 player keeper league. Guys I know I’m keeping are Mike trout, Kris Bryant and Corey Seager.
    I need three more from this list of available players: Justin Upton, Noah Syndergaard, Chris Archer, Steven Strausburg, Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, and Carlos Gomez
    Thanks!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ballin: upton and Noah for sure. The last one depends how your league normally keeps people. If lots of arms are kept then go Strasburg but if they mostly keep bats I’d gamble on puig

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ballin: and thanks for the kind words

  28. Papa C says:
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    KEEPER QUESTION:

    15 team 5×5 auction 10-keeper league where players can be kept 3 years or extended for a $5 increase in salary per year extended.

    (If not mentioned, player is in 2nd contract year)

    TOP SEVEN:
    P Carrasco $3 (last year of contract/plan to extend $8 thru ’17)
    P Salazar $10
    P c. Martinez $4
    2B Dozier $6 (last year of extension)
    SS Correa $15
    P Darvish $4
    C d’Arnaud $5 (last year of contract/no plan to extend)

    WHICH THREE BELOW TO KEEP?
    OF Reddick $3
    OF Burns $1
    DH Morales $1
    SS K. Marte $3
    P Papelbon $9 (last year of contract/no plan to extend)
    P Corbin $6

    Thanks for any and all help!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Papa C: burns morales and reddick. You have enough pitching and need the bats.

      • Papa C says:
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        @J-FOH:

        DAMN. Grey said Burns, Morales, Marte. Now I’m confused again.

        2nd QUESTION:
        Another manager is offering Blackmon at $10 in his last contract year. I offered him SS K. Marte, Reddick, and Papelbon, but I know he’s going to ask for Burns and maybe Morales (plus high reserve picks, which I stockpiled last year). Would you do that trade? If so, would you extend Blackmon thru ’17 and raise his salary to $15 for each year?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Papa C: I do Blackmon at 10 bucks

          I said reddick over Marte because you already have two MI and keeping a third makes no sense

          • Papa C says:
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            @J-FOH: I agree on both counts.
            The other guy said no, but showed interest in K. Marte. I think I might be able to get Blackmon for K. Marte, Morales, and Corbin. Then I keep Blackmon, Reddick, and Burns as my last three keepers. That’s tits!

            Man, J-FOH, I appreciate the replies. You guys bend over backwards to answer a buttload of annoying keeper questions and I love you for it.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Papa C: no prob, thats what we do. what other outfielders does he have that you can get cheaper?

              • Papa C says:
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                @J-FOH: @J-FOH: Nada, unless Avisail Garcia at $5 moves the needle for you.

                He traded away all of his cheap players last year to help him finish 2nd. That’s the only reason he’s willing to trade Blackmon.

                • Papa C says:
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                  @Papa C: Would you trade Burns and Morales, both at $1 for Blackmon? I’d do K-Mart and Morales, but not giving up Burns. Am I too high on a $1 Burns?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Papa C: nah. I like the 1 dollar burns. Forget avisail

  29. Joe says:
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    Hey J-FOH, good list!

    In a new dynasty league 12 team 7×7, OPS, QS, Holds that we started last year, we have to have 6 contracts moving forward for every year.

    Below I’ve listed my team from last year with the value they were drafted at and below that what I’m currently thinking for my contracts, let me know if you’d change anything. The way the league works is you can keep your player at the value you drafted them, but for every year you decide to add, you add $5 and keep them at that value for each year (Ex: Draft Harper @ $30, can keep him for 1 year @ $30 or 5 years @ $50)

    Hitters Draft Value
    Russel Martin $5
    Joey Votto $16
    Ian Kinsler $10
    Evan Longoria $18
    Ian Desmond $28
    Matt Duffy $5
    Rougned Odor $5
    Bryce Harper $30
    Michael Brantley $22
    Carlos Gonzalez $25
    Adam Eaton $1
    Gerardo Parra $5
    Josh Harrison $1
    Randal Grichuk $5
    Kyle Seager $17
    Maikel Franco $5

    Pitchers Draft Value
    Matt Harvey $17
    Stephen Strasburg $22
    Mashihiro Tanaka $13
    Hector Santiago $5
    David Robertson $1
    Darren O’Day $1
    Chris Archer $1
    Shelby Miller $1
    Jamie Garcia $5
    Jimmy Nelson $5
    Jon Gray $5
    Henry Owens $1

    Current Plan:
    Player Years Value
    Joey Votto 1 year $16
    Bryce Harper 5 years $50
    Stephen Strasburg 1 year $22
    Rougned Odor 2 years $10
    Chris Archer 2 years $6
    Matt Harvey 2 years $22

    Guys that I am going back and forth on are Maikel Franco @ $5, Adam Eaton at $1 and the lengths of my contracts.

    What are your thoughts?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Joe: Franco is a bargain, keep him. Longo is a lot and Desmond is too much. Those bloated deals are hurting you

      • Joe says:
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        @J-FOH: those are my deals from last season, not planning on keeping Desmond or longo… The only guy I’d probably think about swapping out for Franco is Odor, and probably do the same 2 year contract for $10.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Joe: take franco over odor. Middle of the order bat right now and going forward. Odor is not

  30. Regan says:
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    Nice work! Hey, are you related to Todd Hoffman by chance?

  31. O says:
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    So…what’s the symbology of the list? With or without Saints, I have a decision that I thought was made prior to this list…which was to keep L. Cain @ $9 and not Rendon @ $5. Cain is $20 in my league and Rendon is $5. You have the two ranked close to one another…regardless of the other guys on my roster is Cain my choice still based value? Thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @O: Rendon has a higher ceiling and I’m not seeing cain repeat that power. I’d go Rendon at that bargain price.

  32. NickfromtheRoc says:
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    Hey J-FOH – thanks for another great article. I asked Grey a keeper question earlier, and I’d love to see your thoughts based on the rankings. I’ve gotta keep one rookie keeper and have a choice of Russell, DeShields and Severino. Standard 5×5 H2H league. Grey said he’d go with DeShields, and I saw your disagreement in the rankings and in the comments above….

    What is your thinking behind having Russell ranked higher than DeShields? I was leaning towards Russell as I think he is the stronger keeper over the long term, but wonder if DeShields is the better keeper for this year (especially with Russell hitting 9th). I always question myself when I go against the Master Lothario….

    If it helps for reference, my other keepers are Machado, Marte, Frazier, Encarnacion, Cain, Arrieta and DeGrom. Thanks in advance for any advice…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @NickfromtheRoc: you have more than enough speed, Id keep Russell.

  33. sliimbo says:
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    think i could get a decent pitcher for wong? really need the pitching

    who could i target

    • J-FOH says:
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      @sliimbo: thats a tough call. I like him more than others long term. Id start with a tier 2 and work your way down. If someone has a need for 2nd and a glut of pitching then talk to them first

      • Slimbo says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Or would u rather conforto over Wong and then try for a pitcher with conforto? Guy just offered me that trade

        • J-FOH says:
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          Take conforto

          • Slimbo says:
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            @J-FOH:

            Beauty!

            1 more for ya
            Would you be hanging onto Archie Bradley in a keep forever dyno? Could use some help this year…how would you rank these guys in keepers

            Leake, Hendricks, Matt Moore, Ryu, Taillon, Berrios

            Thanks

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Slimbo: berrios, hendricks, taillon, ryu, leake, Moore

              • sliimbo says:
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                @J-FOH:

                thx sir, and would you trade away bradley for berrios?

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @sliimbo: in a heartbeat…get berrios

  34. Mike B says:
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    Appreciate the list, I am not here to pick nits or ask about my guy etc…no matter my agreement with any particular rankings, I enjoy seeing other’s valuations of players positions and prospects. Given your value of proximity and power over speed, do you see a player like Corey Seager being one who could conceivably make a big jump with a succesful season?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike B: he could make a big jump. Long term he projects as a middle of the order bat

  35. Schwab says:
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    Hey J-FOH,
    Great piece. Keeper question. H2H 8 team point based Dynasty league and each team keeps 15.
    Scoring is:
    1B (1pt) INNINGS PITCHED = 1pt QUALITY START 3pt
    2B (2pt) WINS = 7pt
    3B (3pt) SAVE = 3pt
    HR (6pt) K = 1.5pt
    WALK (1pt) EARNED RUN (-1pt)
    RBI (1.5pt) LOSS (-3pt)
    RUN (1pt)
    SB (1pt)
    I need to cut 4 from the following. Any thoughts? Thanks.
    Miggy, Rendon, Machado, Cargo, Harper, Pollock, Sano, Encarnacion, Hosmer, Baez, Heyward, Moncada, Teheran, Taijuan Walker, Lester, Giolito, Kluber, Richards, Corbin.
    Thanks Again.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Schwab: baez, tehran, richards and corbin in a dynasty

  36. ChrisL says:
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    Just wondering your thoughts J-FOH
    Keep 4; 5×5, 12 team mixed with OBP instead of Avg:

    Braun
    Brantley
    Yelich
    Cano
    Cole
    A Russell

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ChrisL: just this year or is this long term

      • ChrisL says:
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        Long term…say next 4-6 years…@J-FOH:

        • J-FOH says:
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          @ChrisL: Cole, Craun, Russell, Yelich, Brantley, Cano

          • ChrisL says:
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            So your 4 would be: Cole, Braun, Russell, Yelich?@J-FOH:

            • J-FOH says:
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              @ChrisL: Yeah

  37. Justin Martin says:
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    Hello J FOH!

    Been waiting on this post the entire off season. I appreciate the work you put in as well as the insight when replying to people via comments in other posts.

    I have been really racking my brain to select 7 keeper in a 12 team h2h ops and qs league. Can you help steer me in the right direction. We keep 7, and we play one extra infield slot.

    Bryant
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Fielder
    Tulo
    Cano
    Rendon
    Pederson
    Longoria
    Pence
    Wacha
    Grienke
    Severino

    Thank you in advance.

    Ps one last question, all this equal who are you keeping Arbeu or crush Davis??? Thank you in advance!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Justin Martin: bryant Rendon Pederson tulo and the three arms

      • Justin martin says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Would it change if I didn’t have a second fourth or fifth round pick in this years draft??

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Justin martin: Maybe, not sure where you are going with this

          • Justin martin says:
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            @J-FOH:

            In terms of keeping the three arms. If I keep only rendon Bryant Pederson tulo and the three arms that kind of leaves me in a bind filling the offense with average hitters in the mid to late rounds.

  38. ichirosan says:
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    16 man H2H dynasty league.

    I give:
    Stephen Strasburg
    Steve Matz
    8th round pick (think someone like Michael Pineda or Randal Grichuk)

    I get:
    Jacob de Grom
    Justin Upton
    16th round pick (still far, but I’m considering someone like Marco Estrada or Avisaíl García, or a faller)

    Yay or nay?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ichirosan: it works but I’d want at least a 12th rounder

  39. Brandon says:
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    What is the resoning for Marte being lower than guys like Cespedes even Polanco (I know it’s one spot but still) Marte and Polanco are similar players, but Marte has the track record, and Marte contributes to more categories than Cespedes or Heyward. Not hating on the list just wondering a reasoning or point of view

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Brandon: not a fan of marte. His numbers with the supported advanced stats make me scratch my head in wonder. He’s also kind of a hack. Evaluating floor to ceiling distance and long term out look favors the others.

  40. Fowler Power says:
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    I am in a 12 team Dynasty 8 keeper league in my championship window.
    I have a chance to get Bogaerts for my 9th round pick 108th overall.
    My keepers are:
    Trout, Cutch, Bautista, Donaldson, Altuve, deGrom, Arrieta, and Freeman.
    Freeman being the odd man out if I make the move. What do you think?
    I lose the pick and probably Freeman.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fowler Power: with that group I prefer freeman

  41. spam says:
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    Jose Fernandez or Alex Reyes + Brinson in a dynasty league?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @spam: JoFer

  42. Chucky says:
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    That’s quite a list. Im a bit disappointed in Pollok’s ranking ( hes not 30 yet, I think he turns 29 during the season). But we can agree to disagree. Aside from your rankings, is there anyone who you think can exceed even your own expectations?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @spam: JoFer@Chucky: I think lots of them can. The flow of new players coming in the next few years are really exciting. In regards to pollock I’m thinking last year was his high ceiling career year. I’m not over investing in him in a dynasty and his value will never be higher than it is right now.

  43. Ryan741 says:
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    would you trade Scherzer for Noah in a H2H points league? I would be gaining Noah as an 11th round keeper for next year. It’s a great offer, my only hesitation is once we announce our keepers like we already have, then we don’t get that draft spot back. So I kept Max as my 2nd round pick, if I trade him for Noah, I don’t get my pick back. I’m essentially keeping Noah as my 2nd this year and won’t get his true value until next year. Would you still do the trade?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan741: that pick kills you and that commish needs to work on his rules. I’d keep max because of the penalty

    • J-FOH says:
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      @RY: tough on soler but I would. Looks like cubs don’t need him nor want him so a move is imminent

  44. Sugarloaf Mountain says:
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    Thanks for the list.! I’m in a 10 team 7 keeper with draft date on the 29th and keeper locks on 25th. So looks of time to track the spring. I have my 7 picks in mind but will be watching a few closer to the day for playing time updates ect. Give me your best 7 and those on the fence I have thoughts of trying to move a few in trade for Franco. thanks Votto 14. Bogaerts 6 Donaldson 16. JD mart 4. Davis 16. Marte 12. Russell 2. Cruz 17. Conforto 2. Arrieta 18. Darvish. 2. Comments appreciated.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sugarloaf Mountain: donald, JD, davis, arrieta, bogey, conforto, marte, on the fence between votto and conforto. I only added confort because we covered you well poitionally and left you with some youth. By my count my list gives you 1st base, OF, 3rd, SP, SS, OF, OF. Thats a good balance. Im also on the fence with Yu, I would need to know more about your opponents and how they value pitching

      • Mets fan says:
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        @J-FOH: history has shown over last few years it’s a bat heavy league with quite a few Good arms available at draft. I’ve always had an eye for I season pitching so not afraid to load up on bats but arrieta would anchor me. What’s your thoughts on Russell? A year away or batting at bottom hurts

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Mets fan: year away, he came up too early. Take conforto, he has some sneaky pop

  45. Wilson says:
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    Hi J-FOH,
    Why is Marte ranked so far behind Betts?
    If it’s because age, Marte is 27 years old and getting mature to grown up. (Not decline age)
    Thoughts appreciated.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wilson: age and Marte is not high on my list. His numbers dont support his totals. Betts has such nice game and is the future cutch

  46. Wilson says:
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    I’m in a 6 keepers / 10-team league
    If I have Harper, Rizzo already and choose my 3rd pick
    1. Betts : one more OF for leg
    2. Frazier : pick a 3B now.. Top 3Bs are all gone..
    3. C Seager : pick a potential SS for keeper now

    Who do you suggest to pick in 3rd round? Thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wilson: betts

  47. Steve says:
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    Keep 9, 14-team mixed

    Stanton
    Harper
    Abreu
    D Gordon
    Rendon
    Arenado
    Addison R
    Carrasco
    Thor
    W. Davis

    Who’s out?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Steve: davis

  48. Trimby says:
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    Keeping MadBum ($19) and Stras ($28) in my NL Only league where everyone is keeping aces.

    With speed on the horizon (Trea Turner and Jose Peraza as reserves), how should I value these folks?

    M. Franco ($4) k
    Blackmon ($15) k
    Russell ($4) k
    Soler ($4)
    Raisel ($1)
    Rendon ($4)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Trimby: Franco, Rendon, Raisel, Blackmon, Russell, Soler

  49. Dan says:
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    Awesome stuff J-Foh! I am in three keeper leagues and baseball season is what I look forward to the most every year because of those leagues! I have a few questions regarding one league in particular I was hoping to get your insight into. In this league you can keep 10 guys from year to year and their round value is based on “contracts” you sign them to when they hit their “arbitration” year…my questions are as follows:

    1) For this year I have 9 for sure keepers in Rizzo, Bryant, Betts, Pollock, Scherzer, DeGrom, Carrasco, Salazar, and Wacha…I then will keep one of Brantley or Familia. Familia will only cost me my 25th round pick in the draft, whereas Brantley is at his arbitration year so I have to sign him to 1 year (17th round this near, optional 9th next, and optional 1st third year), 2 years (15th round this year and next, 1st in year 3), or 3 years (12th round each year). I am leaning towards Familia to give myself one closer going into draft but am interested in your thoughts.

    2) DeGrom and Carrasco are both in their arbitration years. I can sign both to 3-year deals and only have to give up 12th round picks for each of them each of those years, but if one of them gets TJ surgery or starts sucking, I am stuck with them each of those three years as one of my 10 keepers. Alternatively, I could sign them to 2-year deals and they would be 15th round picks the next two years but if I want to keep them beyond that they would both cost 1st round picks. Basically, trying to gauge if you think the risk for them is low enough to lock them in for the next three years as keepers. Last option is 1 year deal for both where they cost 17th round this year, 9th next year if I decide to keep them, and 1st the year after.

    Thanks!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dan: @Dan: sign deGrom and carasaco, makes sense on familia

  50. Brian Chrzanowski says:
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    The league I do does keepers differently. We are allowed to keep 2 players at 3 spots before they were drafted last year. (So everyone has a chance to get the best players) That being said, and I ask your opinion every year, I could use some advise. I have 3 clear cut options. The first is AJ Pollack in round that I can keep in round 6. I think thats a no brainer. The othe two are Kris Bryant in round 2 or Miguel Sano in round 17. I also have first pick as we did the draft order already. (Trout) So theres no way bryant makes it back to me by pick 24…sano is a huge bargain at round 17 (pick 193) If I go with sano, then I can grab another great player at pick 24 and 25…thanks for any advise..I must beat the cocky players this year!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Brian Chrzanowski: Im confused, so can you keep bryant and draft trout?

      • Brian says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I will draft trout first. I drafted bryant last year in round 5, so i can keep him in round 2 this year..

        • Brian says:
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          @Brian:

          So basically here are my 3 picks of keepers and what round i can keep them in this year
          Bryant 2
          Pollack 6
          Sano 17

          I got 1 normal draft pick, so im taking trout in round 1

          • Brian says:
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            @Brian:

            I can only keep 2 of those 3..

          • Brian says:
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            @Brian:

            Argh, hard to concentrate with 2 kids and a dog jumping on me lol, i have the first pick of draft which ill take trout

            • thorbs says:
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              @Brian: Pollock and Sano for me, no Q

              • Brian says:
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                @thorbs:
                I love bryant though and think he will hit 38hr 100rbi 80run 16sb..is your choice on the fact that i get sano in round 17?

                • Brian says:
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                  @Brian:
                  And bat maybe .270

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Brian: Bryant for sure and probably pollock, 6th round value is good for him and that speed boost will help. I dont hate pollock short term just thinking he is over valued long term

  51. Yescheese says:
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    Boooooooom

    Saw Gray hatin on the Tulo but I’m with you. If healthy, in that offense, Tulo’s floor should be unquestioned.

    If healthy…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Yescheese: thanks reject ;-)

      Im giving him the benfit of the doubt. That move crushed him, they are still talking about how bitter he was.

  52. Jb says:
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    How much do you usually spend on your first starter in a 5×5 auction 12 team league.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jb: I haven’t played auction in a while. I would go ask Rudy in his post today. He always has great dollar value breakdowns for auction drafts

  53. Ryan says:
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    Just got offered a trade in a 10 team 5×5 roto keeper (keep 6 with $5 inflation).

    Trout ($21 this year) + J.D. Martinex ($13)

    for

    Correa ($5), Arenado ($11), Maikel Franco ($5), Stroman ($5)

    I’m not planning on keeping Stroman either way. My other keepers are Sano ($5), Arrieta ($10), and Starling Marte ($15).

    Thanks for any help!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan: I’d hold

      • Ryan DeLeo says:
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        @J-FOH:
        Thanks. I negotiated either Correa or Arenado out if the trade. So now its,:
        Get: Trout ($21)
        Give: Correa($5)/Arenado($11), Franco ($5), and Stroman ($5)

        Thoughts? Which of Correa /Arenado would you try to hold on to?

  54. Evan says:
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    Keeper dilemma here… 20 team league… H2H… can only keep 4 of the following….

    Mookie
    S.Marte
    Springer
    Goldy (obvious K)
    Corey Seager
    Thor

    Thank you for your help!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Evan: mookie springer Thor

  55. Jay says:
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    I sure do miss Mike…

  56. X says:
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    Miggy and Buxton for Arrieta and Franco in a dynasty?

    • tgordon22 says:
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      @X: I’d take Arrieta and Franco. Buxton hasn’t proven anything YET…

  57. Steve says:
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    Razzball, J-Foh – continue the great work. Wondering if maybe you can help me out with a bit of a trade conundrums real quick. (in a 16 team 6 keeper, 7 in ’17 / own Harper, Springer, J.D. Martinez, Arenado, Votto, Kershaw / pitching 10×10 hitting: R HR TB RBI K SBN GIDP AVG OPS E) — would you trade Votto straight up for Miggy AND/OR would you at all consider dealing Harper for Correa (straight up most likely)?

    • tgordon22 says:
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      @Steve: If it was me, I would go Miggy for Votto. Much more production and Miggy will be fine, just one off year. Harper over Correa. Correa could have a sophomore slump for all we know. Harper’s arguably the best in the game. Depends on what you need though.

  58. Upper Deck says:
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    I have the option right now to keep Braun at $40 (for this league it’s the appropriate value) or let him go and target someone in the draft to replace him. If I think I can get Puig for around $30 would it be worth letting Braun walk? I couldn’t fit both with if I land some of my other targets. I already have Betts, Machado, Rendon, Arrieta, Iglesias, and Darvish all below market rate. Total draft day budget of $300 in a 3 OF league.

    • tgordon22 says:
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      @Upper Deck: Love Puig this next year. Bigtime comeback player. Buy buy buy

  59. tgordon22 says:
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    In a 10 team 20-man keeper league. Here’s my pitching staff for the season.
    *Note: This is the result of the second year in this keeper league.

    deGrom
    Greinke
    Gray
    Richards
    Pineda
    Odorizzi
    Rodon
    Maeda
    Giles
    Melancon
    Giolito
    Glasnow
    Berrios
    Cobb

    How should I critique it? Categories league. I built for ERA and WHIP. Any input is appreciated

  60. Chad Boucher says:
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    Thanks for the rankings! I’m in a 12 team h2h league with a limit of 5 SP on the bench, a total of 10 reserve slots and 3 keepers. I would appreciate your advice on keepers. My considerations for keepers are:

    M Harvey
    Corey Seager
    Joey Votto
    Matt Carpenter
    Andrew Mcutchen
    Johnny Cueto

    I’m thinking Harvey, Seager and ????, though I’m sure I could be persuaded on the first 2. My team loves pitchers and I don’t have the time to play the 2 starter/matchup game, so solid pitching is important to me, but Cueto worries me. Votto killed it last year, but his age….

    • tgordon22 says:
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      @Chad Boucher: If it was me, I’d go Harvey, Seager and Cutch

  61. tgordon22 says:
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    Berrios, Giolito, Glasnow and Urias. Which top pitching prospect do you see having the biggest impact on this upcoming season?

  62. I’m in a 10 team, 10 keeper league with the option of keeping 12 or receiving those draft picks. Who would you keep out of the following ?
    C – posey
    1b – encarcion
    2b – odor, rendon
    3b – Franco, longoria
    Ss – bogaerrts
    Of – Bautista, hey ward , Cain, Dickerson, Eaton
    Sp – sale, Tyson Ross, matz

    Thanks

    • Tgordon22 says:
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      @Trex arms: Posey, odor, rendon,Franco, bogarts, Cain, heyward, sale, Matz, and probably encarnacion personally.

  63. Trevor Stocking says:
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    Im in a keeper league and can only keep 3. Who are the 3?

    Trout, Goldy, McCutchen, Correa, Machado, Arrieta, Kluber, Buxton

  64. Jim says:
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    Fielder and a mid round pick (have extra) for Kluber in a 10 team, dynasty keep forever type league…good idea?

    Already have 4 or 5 aces but that would give me an astronomical K rate, and figure 1B easy to replace. Strong hitting too, and won last year.

  65. Kevin says:
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    Awesome list! This is a first year keeper league question, just looking for my four best players moving forward:

    Three locks are Harper, Arenado and Betts. Still pissed for missing on Rizzo last year, that would have been a killer set of four keepers.

    Fourth slot is where I’m going back and forth a bit. Players I’m considering: Chris Davis, Arrieta, Dee Gordon.

    I can really see arguments for all three:
    Davis (potentially lock up three 40 HR guys for this season, were only 9 last year, too much of an advantage to pass up?)
    Arrieta (have a solid SP to start with, hit the draft heavy with hitters, wait on SP)
    Gordon (have a great SB foundation w/ Betts, league counts AVG too for some reason, safe to rely on last year AVG?)

    If I went BPA according to this list it would be Davis…

    League stats:

    Runs (R), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

    Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Strikeouts per Nine Innings (K/9), Quality Starts (QS)

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