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“Yo Jaywrong, I’m really happy for you…Imma let you finish your list. But Grey had one of the best lists of all time! One of the best lists of all time!” -Kayne West (Yes, because Kayne calls me late at night. BELIEVE IT BRO.)

Spoiler Alert! We’re doing things deep league style, keeper league style, dynasty style, which ever nomenclature you prefer. Basically, if you hold onto players for more than a year, these are the rankings you’ve been waiting your whole life for. Whole life man. Seriously. Remember, the process for this list is quite different. Unlike Grey, I didn’t type half of it with my mustache. (Mainly because I don’t have one at the moment. Dating! I know, don’t get me started.) Think of it this way. If a draft for a new deep/keeper/dynasty league started today, this is my idea of how it would go, or rather, how I think it would go if the league had anywhere from 12 to 20 owners that were me. That’s a whole lot of Jaywrong ladies. Hey baby, how you doin’, what’s yo name, what’s yo number? (times 12-20.) The actual process involves things like current and remaining production for 2013, projections for 2014-2016, along with future potential, position scarcity, and injury-risk. One things for sure. I believe in the Oxford comma. Wait, what?

Note: I’ve only ranked players who have pitched at least one inning or had one at-bat in their MLB career. Our prospect maven, Scott Evans, has the low down on all those MiLB guys I left out and will have his mid-season list out on Saturday. Go bother him. With hugs and kisses. I’m sure he’s a very handsome man. But I’ve never seen him, so, well, just trust me. 

1. Mike Trout — Yes, you could flip the coin between Miggy and Trout and still end up with the best player in baseball. But for keeper leagues, I’m slightly leaning towards youth. And I guess, in this case, fish as well. Trust me, this is one Trout you won’t mind catching. Really bro? A fish pun? Talk about low-hanging fruit… 3-year Projection: 110/20/100/310/40

2. Miguel Cabrera — Yeah, sorry Miggy. Trout was heads and you were tails. Guess what I called? And, according to Trout’s blurb, you be old too. Old and rickety, which, of course, in these rankings, did not help your case. Wait, how old are you again? 29? Wait a tick, I’m 30… da fuq? 3-year AVG Projection: 100/35/120/330/0

3. Ryan Braun — I’m not sure whether to do a herpes joke or a FedEx joke. Or maybe I’ll just travel into uncharted territory and talk about the new Braun CoolTec™ line of shavers. And the wonderful Series 7™ trimmer. Just be sure to make out the check to Cash. Thanks! Oh, and if the MLB brings the hammer, just drop him a few spots depending on time served. 3-year AVG Projection: 100/35/110/300/25

4. Bryce Harper — I’m sure, one of these days, running into walls will be a thing of the past. We will, one day soon, all hold hands and watch Harper hit 50 bombs. Then, we will all say in unison… “Bursitis? More like Harperitis, amiright?” Okay, I admit, maybe that’ll just be me saying that. Because I’m a funny guy. Or am I? That’s a clown question bro. 3-year AVG Projection: 95/35/110/290/20

5. Robinson Cano — One of my bold predictions that I’ve already whiffed wildly on. Remember last season, his ‘career’ year? Well, in 2013, Cano is making more contact, has raised his BB%, and is doing all of this with a deflated BABIP. Whoa. As long as he keeps hitting and playing at the keystone, he’ll stay inside the top-10 of any list that’s out there. 3-year AVG Projection: 95/30/105/310/5

6. Giancarlo Stanton — Not exactly the year we were hoping for so far, but simply being named Giancarlo and the constant threat of laying down a 50-spot in home runs keeps him up here. And remember, he started off slow with an injury last season too, and still managed 37 home runs in just 123 games. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself when crying late at night in bed. 3-year AVG Projection: 80/35/90/290/5

7. Andrew McCutchen – I think 30+ home runs is pushing it, but everything else is awesome. You want know what’s not awesome? Continually spelling his last name McCutcheon. You know who you are and you need to stop. 3-year AVG Projection: 95/20/95/300/25

8. Paul Goldschmidt — Yeah yeah, I’ve never been a big believer. But it’s pretty clear Goldy doesn’t care what I think. But despite my miss, you should still care what I think. Or tears will flow. I’m telling you man, I’m fragile and I’ll put out fires. I don’t think there’s this much power he’s been showcasing, nor do I believe a 485-pound bear can steal bases like this for much longer. Hedging! But yeah, for now, I’ll humor the masses. And, you know, common sense. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/30/105/290/15

9. Matt Kemp – So is he dating Rihanna or not? If you don’t know who Rihanna is, she was in that Battleship movie. She played the aircraft carrier, cause, you know, it’s the easiest one to hit. HUURRRR. The shoulder thing scares me, and his value has pretty much drained down to zilch this year, so good thing this is a keeper list, where I don’t have to worry about such things! 3-year AVG Projection: 90/25/95/280/30

10. Carlos Gonzalez – This officially begins my small section of two players who are elite but are sorta-kinda injury prone and play for the Rockies. Guess who’s next! CarGo is putting up an MVP season, no doubt, but is anyone banking on him playing in all of the next 70 or so games? He’s probably just one of those guys who has a 130-game ceiling, but those 130 games are something wonderful. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/25/90/290/20

11. Troy Tulowitzki – Plays premium position? Check. Has power? Check. Has the ability to hit for a high average? Check. Has the amazing skill of going down with soul-shattering injuries in 40-game increments? Che… AW C’MON! But those 120 games are something wonderful, are they not? Hmm, just got a feeling of déjà vu. Also, that’s a heck of a lot of accent marks. 3-year AVG Projection: 80/25/95/310/2

12. Joey Votto – You’ve heard of Alotta Fagina. I give you– Alotta Votto. Genius, right? Right? RIGHT? Ugh. How many more of these do I have? 87? Oh Jesus. 3-year AVG Projection: 100/30/100/320/5

13. Edwin Encarnacion – Third-base eligibility is a very fine thing. Is it a long term thing? Nope, so enjoy it while it lasts. But he’s still one of the few players that you can project 35+ bombs for. You can read my thoughts here, since I still feel the same way. And don’t we all love to feel? Androids have it tough. I’m talking pre-emotion chip. Lore knows what’s up. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/35/115/265/5

14. Clayton Kershaw – First pitcher on the list, and I’m going with the guy that’s 5 years younger than Justin Verlander and pitches in the weaker league. Not as if a career ERA of 2.68 and FIP of 2.96 hurts his case. 3-year AVG Projection: 15-10/2.60/1.05/230

15. Chris Davis — If there was a list previous to this one, it’s pretty fair to say that Crushy-boy here wouldn’t have even sniffed the top-50, much less top-15. But after going over him in-depth here, I can safely proclaim that I believe. I also believe that you should believe. And that you should also believe that I believe that you believe that we all believe that I believe. My computer just threw up all over me. 3-year AVG Projection: 100/35/105/275/0

16. Yu Darvish – [Insert Yu pun.] [Insert link to self promote what I said about him.] [Insert Asian joke.] [Insert gaudy descriptors of filthy stuff.] [Insert GIFs to show filthy stuff.] [Masturbate vigorously.] 3-year AVG Projection: 17-10/3.00/1.07/260

17. Evan Longoria – I was tempted to put Longoria in the top-15, but that was only because I always think of Eva Longoria when reading his name and, you know,  it was a different kind of top-15 list I was making at the time. So, to cover my tracks on why he landed right outside, I’ll just say that despite being an elite-corner with consistent numbers, those numbers only happen when he’s healthy, which is more of a question mark now than it was two years ago. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/25/95/290/3

18. Justin Upton – What a roller coaster ride this season has been. But at least it’s not the Bossman Junior ride, in which you just get dropped off a building and then drown in water. Yes, the streakiness will be something we’ll have to deal with, but there’s no denying the end of season line and relative youthness still makes the juice worth the squeeze. And yes, streakiness and youthness are words. Believeness it. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/25/85/275/15

19. Justin Verlander — We are seeing a very meh year from Verlander so far. But let’s be honest, his meh year is still pretty good. And while he is 30 and not getting any younger, I think the reports of his demise are way overblown. All the underlying stats still look good, combined with a pretty high BABIP. While the velocity leakage is somewhat concerning, I’m more worried at the fact that Detroit keeps punting defense. 3-year AVG Projection: 16-7/3.20/1.13/230

20. Adam Jones – Rounding out the list of elite outfielders with some power and speed and without the weakness of platoon splits (I’m looking at you Choo), Jones gets penalized most in OBP keeps. Then again, you’ll be hard pressed to notice because of everything else he does. 3-year AVG Projection: 95/25/85/280/15

21. Felix Hernandez  – The very model of a modern general example of stability at the top of your rotation, and still only 27 years old. Sure, he’s lost velocity four straight years, but has also improved his K/9 and BB/9 in the same time span. Truly a King? That’s the best I could do to tie in his nickname. At least you got the Ron Burgundy question mark. 3-year AVG Projection: 14-9/3.10/1.13/210

22. David Wright — Despite a weird 2009 and 2011, it appears David has Wrighted the ship. Ugh. He doesn’t look like a 30 home run threat like he was, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with a 20/15 coming out of the corner. In fact, that’s very Wright. Ugh. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/20/85/300/15

23. Stephen Strasburg — Is he the next Kerry Wood or Nolan Ryan? That remains to be seen, even with the lazy comps. Representing a true risk/reward, and still only 24 years old, I’m going all in, inverted-W and all. Also, what is wrong with you baseball science? An inverted-W is just an ‘M’. Call it an ‘M’ you jerks! 3-year AVG Projection: 16-6/2.90/1.07/225

24. Jason Kipnis – This might be bold, but what he’s done this year, which is basically be a younger, healthier Ian Kinsler, can’t be ignored and has to be baked in. Which sounds gross, except maybe to witches. I read they like that kind of stuff. But do they also like baking baseball stats with those players? Sort of like a garnish? 3-year AVG Projection: 90/20/90/280/25

25. Matt Harvey — I guess you could put Harvey in front of Strasburg, but I think when both are on, the guy with Natitude gets the nod, over most of everyone actually. But if you want to flip them, I’d shrug and then stop caring, and you can read why here. Just thinking out loud, but Harvey has such a wicked fastball, one has to wonder what happens when it starts fading? What a Debbie Downer. Pffft, I know bro. 3-year AVG Projection: 13-6/3.00/1.07/225

26. Dustin Pedroia – I didn’t realize Pedroia hadn’t turned 30 yet. I seriously thought he was like 43 or something and had him ranked much lower. Silly me! Plus, he’s still an elite keystoner that can provide you near 20/20 production. That’s the way you want it, that’s the way you need it. Journey’s now in your head. You’re welcome. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/17/80/305/15

27. Adam Wainwright – At this point, please, give me Tommy John surgery. Or give me whatever the Cardinals are drinking. Just do anything that makes me a superstar and doesn’t involve me living in St. Louis. The Ozarks and their beaten down El Caminos and lack of any spoiled cabbage frightens me. 3-year AVG Projection: 17-11/2.90/1.15/200

28. Buster Posey – Still represents the best of the best of the best of the catching crop. He still has age on his side, and shouldn’t be regulated to first baseman duty for at least several more years. Or until someone takes him out at home plate again. Because home plate collisions are totally worth keeping in the game. That was sarcasm for those who missed it. 3-year AVG Projection: 70/20/85/315/1

29. Manny Machado – He’s no Trout, and he’s no Harper. Because, you know, he’s Machado. Duh. Doubles will ultimately turn into home runs, and the only regret we will ever have is to wonder, why oh why, Baltimore couldn’t have kept him at shortstop. Will it happen one day? Never say never, but teams don’t really fix things that aren’t broke. 3-year AVG Projection: 95/20/85/290/15

30. Jose Bautista – Age seems to be catching up a little to Joeybats, logging DL time a little bit more frequently than usual. But  if you want vintage power with walk rates that make you the envy in OBP keep’s, look no further. And the man still hits the ball like a mutha effing beast. I’m not just saying that because he follows me on Twitter. Definitely not the reason.  3-year AVG Projection: 95/35/95/260/5

31. Anthony Rizzo – I believe in the Rizzo just like I believe in the Rza. I’m not sure what that means, but anything that can be connected to Wu-Tang gets my adoration. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/30/100/285/6

32. Max Scherzer – The moment Tehol has been waiting for. While his performance this year skews the ranking a bit, there’s no denying the further he gets way from his injury history, and the more he continues to dominate, the higher his ranking goes. Obvious statement is obvious. 3-year AVG Projection: 14-8/3.30/1.15/220

33. Hanely Ramirez – A friend once told me that on dating sites, when you choose your weight, there’s an option for used up. Yes, it was a friend, don’t snicker. When I think of the term ‘used up’, HanRam immediately comes to mind, so I’m flabbergasted that he’s still only 29. Great news, the Dodgers don’t mind keeping him at SS, which is a boon to his value. And when he isn’t injured, the numbers have always been there. Granted, being injured is sorta something we’ve had to deal with lately, but love/hate relationships are a bastion of fantasy baseball. I love you Josh Hamilton! Now go effing die! 3-year AVG Projection: 80/20/90/280/15

34. David Price – Breathe, just breathe, he’s going to be fine folks. The velocity loss earlier in the year worried me, but his fastball appears back according to the last few starts. His underlying stats show the same pitcher he always was, so I’m still expecting the same David Price we all know and love from here on out. 3-year AVG Projection: 15-9/3.30/1.16/200

35. Ian Desmond — I’m not really comfortable putting Desmond this high, as I never thought that much of him back before 2011. But since then, he’s managed to make enough contact and provide loads of power and speed at the weakest position. So I’m bowing to his production, but with a wary demeanor. Just look at my eyebrows. Or, I guess, in this case, imagine my eyebrows. The right one is raised in vintage Spock pose. This is during a bow too. Multi-tasking ftw. 3-year AVG Projection: 75/20/85/275/20

36. Yasiel Puig — I, for one, have never been to the Bay of Puigs, but theoretically, neither has the CIA. Pun gone wrong or pun gone right? Check my name son! Oh, wait a sec. I’m still not sure what to think of him, but ManBearPuig certainly looks like a difference maker, as I wrote here, even with regression. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/25/85/280/10

37Chase Headley – Homer alert! You might be asking why Chase Headley deserves to be here, and I would say shut your face, this is my top-100 list, I’ll do what I want. His batted ball and plate discipline numbers are pretty much in line with last season. The big difference is an almost 50 point gap in his BABIP. That should clean up a bit as time goes on, and he’ll settle into an above average option at third, fantasy and otherwise. 3-year AVG Projection: 80/25/90/285/10

38. Jean Segura — Yes, this high ranking does take into account what he’s done this year, which, I’ll admit, is a bit over his head. While the power may not be for real, I think the average and speed is. And there should be enough contact here to keep Segura ranked fairly high because of the position he plays and how young he is. Consider yourself convinced! 3-year AVG Projection: 90/10/60/285/35

39. Madison Bumgarner – Color me concerned about his current velocity issues. Then again, color me relieved that he’s had these issues before and ended up just fine. And color me hopeful that he’s still only 23, ahem, a year younger than Stephen Strasburg. And finally, color me disappointed at the fact that I don’t like any of those colors. GIVE ME RAW UMBER! 3-year AVG Projection: 12-10/3.30/1.15/185

40. Ian Kinsler – The injuries and eventual move to either the outfield or first base deflates his value in comparison to Cano, Pedroia, and Kipnis. But, in most leagues, even if he’s forced off the keystone in 2014, he’ll be eligible there until the 2015 season. That’s enough of a delay for Kin’s to hold good value. Expect 20-30 games of him going MIA on the DL, but is still a top-5 option at second base. 3-year AVG Projection: 95/20/70/270/20

41. Starling Marte – You think Marte is ranked too low? Are you about to raise fisticuffs? Hey, calm down peoples and read this. I like Marte too. But the general take away should be — proceed with caution. His success and failures will be heavily BABIP driven, so Marte’s down years could really stink up the place just like his good years will make you leak from multiple orifices. That’s hot AND gross. Nailed it. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/15/55/270/30

42. Prince Fielder – He’s not getting any younger and he’s not getting any thinner either. Aging curves for big power guys scare me a bit, see; Mo Vaughn. Fielder is 29 years old, so I’m betting on at least two to three more years of good production. And eating. Lot’s of eating. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/30/95/275/0

43. Josh Donaldson – Really? I mean, really? I thought you were going to be a mediocre third baseman. Like the second coming of Kevin Orie. So you want to go southsider on me do the Robin Ventura impersonation? You know Josh, this blurb would work much better if you played for a Chicago team. Try to fix that next time. I would have ranked him higher, but he’s already 27 and came out of nowhere. I generally believe in the profile, but more data would be nice. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/25/90/285/2

44. Jose Fernandez – Debuting this year, Fernandez has a 2.83 ERA, 3.23 FIP and has a K/9 of 9.03. Oh, and he’s still not legally allowed to buy alcohol yet. The sky is the limit here, with potential to be a top-10 pitcher within a couple of years. 3-year AVG Projection: 10-10/3.30/1.10/200

45. Adrian Beltre – I can’t believe I’m ranking a 34-year-old baseball player this high. But I also can’t believe that at the age of 34, he’s on pace for 40 home runs and another 300+ batting average season. I have no idea when he slows down, but until he does, Beltre will provide elite numbers at the hot corner. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/30/100/290/1

46. Jose Reyes — Is Jean Segura the next Jose Reyes, but without the every other season catastrophic injury? Fascinating thought. 3-year AVG Projection: 95/9/55/285/35

47. Jay Bruce – Jay Bruce started off the year as Jay Wrong, maybe as a homage or something, then transformed into Jay Right, then settled on being Jay Bruce again. You want more? Check out my feelings here. If you need power, he’s your guy, and will be for the foreseeable future. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/30/95/250/7

48. Shin-Soo Choo – Do you see that? It’s the Choo-Choo train coming. Yeah, you think you’re getting tired of reading this? Guess what happens when you’re writing it? Okay, brass tax, because ef gold and silver. I don’t like the messy platoon splits, the playing in CF, nor is he getting any younger. That’s the bad part. The good part? He still gives you solid trickle-production in all categories, especially for OBP leagues. And he’s Korean. If that last one didn’t sway you, I’m not sure anything will. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/15/75/285/20

49. Allen Craig – Personally, I love Allen Craig. I’m not sure why, because I don’t trust people with two first names. Thank you Kevin James. But he’s already 28 and there’s like a 94% chance some part of his body will explode as time goes on. Don’t argue, it’s science. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/20/95/315/2

50. Chris Sale – You might think he’s low for a list like this. You know what? I think he is too. Then again, I also think his arm is going to explode at some point in the near future, so that kinda evens things out. 3-year AVG Projection: 15-8/3.10/1.10/190

51. Yoenis Cespedes — His problems this year look heavily BABIP driven, so I’m still riding on the Cespedes bus. I could have chosen a boat, but since he’s Cuban, that might have been raycess. 3-year AVG Projection: 80/25/90/280/10

52. Eric Hosmer – Hey, look, Hosmer has finally figured out that hitting the ball into the ground does not, in fact, lead to more home runs. Sarcasm aside, I believe something is happening with this hot streak, and this something that is happening is not like The Happening. Did you just do this? Me too. Basically, I believe again. I think. I think I believe. No doubt about it… sorta. Maybe. 3-year AVG Projection: 75/25/80/285/10

53. Cliff Lee – Him being this low is certainly not a function of his skills, but rather the function of being 34-years-old. While I’m confident that Lee will remain relevant in the foreseeable future, it’s the not-foreseeable future that I’m also thinking about. That was me philosophizing. 3-year AVG Projection: 16-7/3.00/1.13/200

54. Kyle Seager – I was never a huge fan, and I wasn’t the only guy in that pool. While I think the skill set is closer to a true .270 hitter than .300, I can’t deny the continually strong production and improved plate discipline at third base, which might push him into top-tier discussion by the end of this season. 3-year AVG Projection: 65/20/85/275/5

55. Albert Pujols – Who would have ever thought that a perennial top-3 pick would sink so low? Getting old sucks. Says the generally young handsome man at the age of 30. While I would love to put him higher, I’m just not convinced that he’s convinced me yet. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/25/90/285/3

56. Wilin Rosario – I like the hitting environment, I like the power, and I like what differentiates him from JP Arencibia. and that’s about 50 points of batting average annually. Being three years younger helps too. 3-year AVG Projection: 65/25/70/270/2

57. Adrian Gonzalez — The power and plate discipline numbers have improved, so I’m tentatively believing again that Gonzalez can still contribute with solid, if not spectacular production. 3-year AVG Projection: 80/25/90/290/0

58. Carlos Gomez – I would have ranked him higher, but remembered that JB Gilpin loves the guy more than he loves biscuits. So, if you are keeping track, you will get penalized if Gilpin loves you. And no, Ryan Dempster is not on this list, if you were wondering. Look, I just don’t trust him yet, and here’s why. I’m open to changing my mind. But not on the Gilpin penalty. That stays. 3-year AVG Projection: 70/15/65/250/30

59. Elvis Andrus – I guess this season Elvis, has, in fact, left the building. And actually moved out-of-state. I think he was spotted in Mexico actually.  3-year AVG Projection: 85/3/50/270/25

60. Gio Gonzalez – It would appear that last season was his peak. And while he started slow, is there a Geo Metro pun I can use here? I’m not sure. Or is that what I just did without knowing it? Anyways, while he started slow this year, he’s settled and looks to be a good bet for strikeouts and blowing up from time to time. But the end results will be that of a #2 guy. If you’re wondering, I’m a #1 guy. In your hearts and in your minds. 3-year AVG Projection: 15-8/3.30/1.15/195

61. Wil Myers — The Wil Myers era has officially begun. Everyone loves him. Me? Yeah, he’s great, if you want another Jay Bruce, which isn’t bad, obviously. Just, you know, be careful how much you love him. It’s like your pets. You can love them, just don’t looooove them. Ya know? 3-year AVG Projection: 80/25/80/250/5

62. Cole Hamels – It’s funny that he’s pitched exactly the same as he always has, yet his ERA has gone up more than a run. I mean, it’s not funny for Hamels’ owners. But for everyone else, it’s funny. Well, not haha funny. More like, look at guy who drafted Hamels as an ace and now his team is in 7th place funny. Shhh, he’s looking at us. Look away. Is he still looking at us? Don’t look, don’t look. Wait, what’s Grey’s mustache doing here? RUUNNN! 3-year AVG Projection: 13-11/3.40/1.19/200

63. Alex Gordon – Yes, technically, 29 years old is still young, unless you’re named Miguel Cabrera apparently. But Gordon got a late start and his peak may have peaked so the impact here is stable if not immediate. I’m still deciding if that makes any sense. I promise to get back to you on that. But not really. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/15/80/285/10

64. Joe Mauer — This guy, Joe Mauer, is terrible at hitting, said no one ever. While he’s a great AVG hedge, there just isn’t much power, and sooner, rather than later, he’ll be relegated to 1B/DH permanently. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/10/85/305/3

65. Jurickson Profar – On one hand, Profar doesn’t have regular playing time yet. On the other hand, he’ll have regular playing time soon enough. Shoot, I’m now officially out of hands. On one foot, this ranking is low. On the other foot, this list isn’t static, and I’m sure he’ll be moving on up soon enough. Good thing I don’t have any more points, there was only one thing left to put it on. 3-year AVG Projection: 80/15/70/280/15

66. Shelby Miller – I’m not sure what kind of success you can sustain with just one pitch, but Miller has no issue testing that theory out. But hey, if that one pitch is elite, who am I to argue? And don’t nitpick, yes, I know it’s actually two pitches, a fastball and curve. Here are similar historic comps– Daniel Cabrera, Jaret Wright, Carlos Zambrano, Jason Schmidt, and Bartolo Colon. If you think I’m saying anything with those names, I’m not. Just throwing that out there. 3-year AVG Projection: 11-9/3.40/1.17/175

67. Howie Kendrick – Kendrick isn’t flashy, but contributes in all categories at the MI. It’s easy to make the case for the younger options ahead of him, but there’s something to be said about stable production that you can count on. That’s me. I said it. Just now. 3-year AVG Projection: 80/15/65/285/10

68. Jeff Samardzija – Maybe this once deceptively white receiver just sucks for one month out of the year? Otherwise, he’s an ace, and the underlying stats prove I’m right. More importantly, I think he should time a really bad start during Shark Week so I can use the irony for my material. 3-year AVG Projection: 11-11/3.40/1.17/195

69. Jedd Gyorko – The debut was interrupted by injury, but he’s back just in time for the second half. What we saw before the DL stint leads me to believe that what we’ll be seeing afterwards will be pretty nifty. Yes, I still use the word ‘nifty’. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/15/75/280/3

70. Jordan Zimmermann – Theoretically, I could rank Zimmermann higher. He’s still quite young and has shown that an average strikeout pitcher can succeed with pinpoint command and control. Realistically, he has so many letters in his last name. Isn’t that a reward in itself? 3-year AVG Projection: 15-9/3.40/1.14/150

71. Dexter Fowler – Suprise mutha, god I wish there was a player named Doakes in the MLB. I think Fowler’s improvements this year are real, and this ranking could move up for next season. 3-year AVG Projection: 80/15/50/285/15

72. Matt Cain – “You’re coming with me, Cain!” That’s all I got. I just wanted to quote RoboCop II. 3-year AVG Projection: 12-11/3.50/1.13/180

73. Matt Carpenter – I can’t tell you how much I love Carpenter and how underrated he is. But, truth be told, I believe this year represents his ceiling. And while it’s a pretty terrific ceiling, I don’t see much potential left. Carpenter will be a stabilizing force in your MI for several years, but won’t be a difference-maker. But if he learned carpentry though… 3-year AVG Projection: 90/12/75/290/2

74. Pedro Alvarez – I actually think he’s the real-life version of Pedro Cerrano. He should have hats for bats, to keep bats warm. 3-year AVG Projection: 70/30/85/240/0

75. Matt Holliday — I know our friends across the pond call a vacation ‘going on holiday’, but why don’t they pluralize that? I mean, if it’s more than one day, you gotta add the ‘s’, right? I mean, they do use the word ‘day’ over there, yeah? What were we talking about again? 3-year AVG Projection: 80/20/80/280/3

76. Domonic Brown – Finally defeating his nemesis, consistent playing time, Brown has basically hit the ball as hard as he flips off the picture of Ruben Amaro Jr. in his basement. What, you don’t have a giant blowup photo of Ruben Amaro Jr.? You not knowin’ son. I’m going to need one more year to confirm a higher ranking. Don’t worry, I’ve already sent him a blowup photo of myself. 3-year AVG Projection: 70/25/70/240/5

77. Matt Wieters — I still think he’s better than sliced bread, but not counting sammiches. Which I guess explains such a low ranking. He’ll hit, one day, but probably a couple years after we’ve given up on him. Wait, isn’t that what we said two years ago? 3-year AVG Projection: 70/20/80/250/1

78. Ryan Zimmerman — Zimmerman’s ‘resting for a few days to precautionary DL stint to out till All-Star Break’ transition is flawless at this point. No one does it better. 3-year AVG Projection: 75/20/75/280/3

79. Austin Jackson – If you ignore all the hamstring injuries from here on out, I think Austin Jackson is a superstar. I guess that would also make Shane Victorino a top-10 player, so I might be doing this wrong. Still, a little power, a little speed, good contact, what’s not to like? Probably your mom. Buuuurn. 3-year AVG Projection: 95/13/60/280/10

80. Alex Rios – I can’t say I really understand Rios. He seems to follow the same formula that the Star Trek movies do, which is to phone it in right after acting like a boss, rinse and repeat. While that trend may finally be broken this year, I still won’t be able to tell you what happens next time out. So take this ranking with a grain of salt. Hmmm, needs a bit more pepper too. 3-year AVG Projection: 70/15/75/250/15

81. Starlin Castro – It’s been a down year. Hey, what can I tell you, I got a gift. Castro is only 23, and these things have a way of working themselves out. What this ranking presupposes is, what if they don’t? 3-year AVG Projection: 75/10/75/275/10

82. Zack Greinke — A healthy clavicle would pitch better than this. Regardless, the career low K/9 bothers me. The career high BB/9 bothers me. Combine that with an almost two MPH drop in velocity, I think I’m pretty hot and bothered. Hot as in sexy, just to clarify. Then again, all of this could be a one year aberration. Not counting the sexy thing. That’s a life sentence baby. 3-year AVG Projection: 13-5/3.70/1.23/195

83. Carlos Santana — Gets bonus points for being named Carlos Santana. Samba pa ti, if ya know what I mean. If ya don’t, well, then here. I like the bat, but he’s already close to being relegated to first base/DH, and was made more for OBP leagues. Not saying that isn’t worth something, cause, he’s, ya know, here. 3-year AVG Projection: 75/15/75/260/1

84. Freddie Freeman – Sometimes I feel like Freeman is both underrated and overrated. What does that even mean? Is he young? Yes. Is he good? Eh, sure? Is he great? No. Will he get any better? Probably not. So I guess that’s what I mean. Thanks for making me explain it. Sheesh. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/20/85/285/1

85. Ben Zobrist — Zobrilla? More like Zo-cliner, amiright? AMIRIGHT? You know, because he’s in his decline phase. I’m here all night folks. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/15/80/260/10

86. Mat Latos — A young and stable #2 guy with strikeouts. Though, I can’t say many good things for his hair stylist. Does that matter in fantasy baseball? You’d be surprised. 3-year AVG Projection: 15-10/3.50/1.23/185

87. Jason Heyward — Heyward? More like, Areyoukiddingmewiththisstuff-ward. Don’t think I don’t know what your capable of. Wait. I get it. This is your impression of Jeff Francoeur. If so, nailed it bro. 3-year AVG Projection: 75/15/75/250/10

88. Brandon Phillips — I couldn’t think of any pun’s that involved a screwdriver, so this is what I’m left with. An underwhelming option considering the company on this list, and not a particularly impressive showing this season, but he’s a relatively forgotten value option for multi-category help at the MI. 3-year AVG Projection: 85/15/80/275/10

89. Matt Moore — I think Matt Moore is an upside play, but has serious command problems. But I also think he’s at a young enough age and with the right organization to still have a chance to reach his potential. That being said, the clock is ticking. 3-year AVG Projection: 12-12/3.70/1.30/175

90. Jacoby Ellsbury — Look, let’s be Frank here, not Charles or William. Frank. Without the power, he’s basically what Brett Gardner used to be, when he thought stealing bases was cool. Which isn’t bad, but certainly not elite. 3-year AVG Projection: 90/5/55/290/35

91. Yadier Molina — If only defense counted in fantasy baseball. And while he’s good for your batting average, there’s not much else. A good option for not tanking the battery position, but still leaves you somewhat wanting. 3-year AVG Projection: 60/10/70/310/5

92. Billy Butler – He has a name that just rolls off your tongue. Also, Butler is a stable producer and a good option for OBP leagues. But, at the end of the day, there’s just not much oommph here. And I love me some oommph. That’s what she said. Depending on league format, being a utility only guy hurts a bit as well. 3-year AVG Projection: 75/15/85/290/0

93. Craig Kimbrel — This starts my mini-section of closers. I don’t really believe in the concept for keeper leagues because there’s so much turnover, but these elite guys have some staying power. 3-year AVG Projection: 3-1/2.30/1.00/115/35

94. Aroldis Chapman — And this section is now over. We hardly knew ye. That phrase originated in London in 1867 by the way. The more you know. 3-year AVG Projection: 5-3/2.50/1.10/115/35

95. Jose Altuve — I wanted to rank him higher, I really did, but something was holding me back. It definitely wasn’t him, since he’s like what? 4’11″? I like the speed, and the hitting tool seems okay, but there’s just not enough production here to make a big leap. Still young enough to change my mind. 3-year AVG Projection: 70/5/40/275/30

96. James Shields — You think he’ll be remembered more for the Wil Myers trade or wanting to be called Jamie for a couple of years? 3-year AVG Projection: 12-10/3.50/1.22/200

97. Desmond Jennings – Truth be told, I didn’t have Jennings on this list until the last minute. I’m not sure what to think of him, because if you subtract 15 rounds and 20 batting average points, you basically have Will Venable. Just sayin’. 3-year AVG Projection: 70/10/65/250/25

98. Brandon Belt — Belt has an opportunity to reestablish himself, and there are signs showing just that. I’m hesitant to rank him any higher yet on the off chance he turns into Travis Lee instead of Adam LaRoche. 3-year AVG Projection: 75/15/75/275/5

99. Anibal Sanchez — Being the last pitcher on the list, I had a hard time deciding between the three-way of Sanchez, CC Sabathia, and Julio Teheran. There’s gotta be a better way to say that. I settled on Sanchez because I don’t fully trust Teheran, and Sanchez’s relative youth compared to Sabathia. 3-year AVG Projection: 12-11/3.60/1.25/175

100. Anthony Rendon — Yes, I could have ranked him higher. But I like strong ankles in my young second basemen. RAWR. 75/15/75/290/1

101. Pablo Sandoval — Bonus ranking alert! I’ve been known to do these sort of things. Did Kung Fu here really get a hamate injury? Or did he just eat it and not realize that it wasn’t part of the Big Mac that was he was holding onto? By that, I’m saying he eats a lot. And by saying he eats a lot, I’m calling him fat. And I guess I just called him a cannibal. That’s weird. 65/15/75/275/0

Remember, this is just a snapshot in time. Despite ranking players with a long-term perspective, nothing is ever static. I’m sure the next Top 100 list will reflect that. And if there’s a player ranking here you don’t like or a player you think is missing, it’s because I hate them and I hate you. And your mother. It’s totally personal. I’m kidding. I love you. But only after a couple of shots of whatever. Top shelf preferably.

Jaywrong is a 30-year old Korish writer who finds solace using Makers Mark as a vehicle to impress average-looking women, and also has an affinity for making Jennifer Lawrence GIFs. You can follow him @jaywrong, read his blog Desultory Thoughts of a Longfellow, or, you can find his GIFs at his tumblr, named Siuijeonseo.

  1. Mateo says:
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    In a non-keeper I was offered Heyward/Greinke for Starlin/Verlander..pull the trigger or hold? Also, my SS is brad miller and my OF’s are J. Upton, Pence, Agon, Werth, Heyward and Eaton
    Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mateo: I’m leaning Greinke, because Miller seems like a fine choice.

  2. costaricanchata says:
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    it’s pretty late and i’m getting tired ,
    but not too tired to recognize that matt kemp doesn’t belong in the top 10 .

    puig at # 36 ??
    now i really have to stop here and get some sleep .
    am not even convinced this kid will have a starting job 3 years from now .
    or maybe he becomes chris young (#2) , playing for some cheapskate team .

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @costaricanchata: I generally don’t let a players social life into my analysis. I’m sure others do, just not how I roll.

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @jaywrong:

            not to consider cultural adaptation is a significant oversight .

            • Wake Up says:
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              @costaricanchata: Cuban culture doesn’t need to adapt…he does…and what is surprising about a 23yo celebrity in LA, celebrating?

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @costaricanchata: Maybe. But I’m comfortable not letting it be a part of what I do.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @costaricanchata: wait til he figures out that they’re girls there too…

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Wake Up:

            ahhh … i can almost remember when i was young enough
            to let the candle burn at both ends .

  3. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Re: first sentence in Braun comments

    Does he have herpes now? Is that why there is a red “NA” next to his name in Yahoo leagues?

    He is on my NL-only team but I could not be bothered to do any research on the NA.

    • Jay

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      @Wallpaper Paterson: The false positive was from a medication to combat his herpes, or so I’ve heard.

      Whether or not that causes bereavement, I have no idea. It would cause me bereavement, I know that.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @jaywrong:
        Oh, he definitely has herpes. The FedEx delivery guy gave it to him.

        So bereavement of some sort is the reason Braun is not playing? I didn’t know that. I will leave him on my bench till the NA goes bye-bye.

  4. Jamiehov says:
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    I also believe in Rizzo abut he’s had a few Iron Flag stretches this year. I’m hoping for a strong Forever Disc 2 second half from him

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jamiehov: Yeah, I think everyone at Razzball is high on him. There are red flags, but I’m going with the flow on this one.

  5. Mike

    Mike says:
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    I’m in the pro Oxford comma camp myself. I use it in all my posts, comments, texts, and emails. Great list Jay! The 3-year averages are a nice
    bonus. I’m sitting on Billy Butler right now as my tenth keeper at UTIL for $16 heading into next year. Think that’s a decent price or should I be selling?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Mike: Likewise with the comma, I also use the serial comma, if anyone cares. Nobody cares :(

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: I think that’s about right on Butler.

      And yeah, always used the Ocomma… just how I’ve been trained. As an Eng/Lit major, I wear it like a badge.

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @jaywrong: hay! eye wuz en inglish/litt mayjer 2!

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Terse: I sense the force is strong with this one.

  6. Tony Starks says:
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    Apologies for another non-keeper question, but I’m kinda freakin out. Been on a 4-5 wk slide and have dropped to the middle of the standings. Injuries, under-performance, blah blah blah… Felt I needed to take a chance and although I don’t think Braun misses any games due to suspension I’m concerned about all his little injuries so far this season. Also not overly excited about Strasburg pitching to contact this season. Even though his #s are still great, they should be more in line with Scherzer/Darvish/Harvey etc. So in a H2H pts league I traded Braun, Strasburg, and Juan Francisco (just a throw-in) and got back CarGo and Garza and some FAAB. And now am stuck with a huge case of buyer’s remorse. Should I though? Appreciate any feedback

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Tony Starks: I don’t like the trade, buuut, it’s not *that* bad if CarGo stays healthy and Braun, well, doesn’t.. The FAAB needs context, but if it allows you to put a strangle hold on FA from here on out, could be noteworthy.

  7. Tony Starks says:
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    Re: Wallpaper Paterson

    Braun is on the bereavement list. Was potentially gonna be back on Sunday but either family situation not improved or Roenicke told him to take the extra time to get his mind right

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Tony Starks: the family problem is he promised his dying grandma 35 homers/30 steals, but he now has to explain to her without HGH and roids he can’t quite heal fast enough come through on the promise.

  8. Alex says:
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    Is Ecab anywhere near making this list? Debating keeping him

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Alex: Yes, he was on one iteration of my list early on… even as a homer and everth fan myself, I just couldn’t do it yet. He’s somewhere past the 100+ mark.

      Haha, +.

  9. TheNewGuy says:
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    Haha some of this stuffs hillarious, and ive only made it to no65 so far.

    As for a question, oh hell forget it, its the all-star break, you guys need a break too!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I know our friends across the pond call a vacation ‘going on holiday’, but why don’t they pluralize that? I mean, if it’s more than one day, you gotta add the ‘s’, right? I mean, they do use the word ‘day’ over there, yeah? What were we talking about again? 3-year AVG Projection: 80/20/80/280/3

      Good point man! Things that make you go hmm. Though I could counter by saying, why do you guys call it math? Theres more than one of it right!

      From your friend from across the pond.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @TheNewGuy: One could ask how I even broached the subject when Holliday spells his name with two L’s. It was risky business if you ask me.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Grey didn’t invite us to Vegas with him… sad face.

  10. Greg says:
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    Great list, thanks, but this doesn’t really apply to auction keeper leagues, right? That is, in my auction league, players cost +$5 of last year’s draft day value to keep. That means, in my league, that Trout would go for a ridiculous $65 ($60 this year was ridiculous, too) and it would make more sense to send him back into the auction and try to get a better price on him.

    So, I was a little confused by this list, because I was expecting (based on my selfish worldview) a list of players whose value will have increased the most between draft day 2013 and draft day 2014.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Greg: Yeah, its hard to implement a process for all keepers, there are just so many things to deal with. Formats, construction, advanced scoring.

      Technically, you could assume that the top 10 are around 50 bucks and every 10 rounds, it goes down a couple of bucks, but that’s a shoot-from-the-hip thing to do.

      I might look at doing keeper dollar values, based on a 260 context, but I’m not sure what the demand is.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @jaywrong: Id 2nd the keeper dollar values, being in an auction league.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @TheNewGuy: It’s something I’ll think about implementing.

      • stumanji says:
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        @jaywrong: Would love to see a keeper dollar value column.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @stumanji: Noted. This is the only way I’ll know if it’s something that interests people. Still have to float it with the higher ups though.

          • Gbaked says:
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            @jaywrong: yes! Interest!

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Gbaked: Haha, noted!

              • Greg says:
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                @jaywrong:

                It probably goes without saying that I would be interested too, right?

  11. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    I’m in a 16 team, H2H, 6×6 (OBP-Holds), daily changes, keep 15 no restrictions.
    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, UT, UT, Sp x2, Rp x2, P x4. Roster size is 25 +3DL +3NA.

    I think my keepers are gonna be…
    Stanton, Adam Jones, Cespedes, Rizzo, Gyorko, Hosmer, Franklin, Springer, Yelich
    Bumgarner, Harvey, Moore, Minor, Cingrani, Jansen

    My other options are…
    J.Castro, Zunino, B.Miller, Eaton, Moustakas, Rutledge
    Sonny Gray, Morrow, Pineda, Salazar

    Do you agree? Someone elses thoughts on this would be very appreciated. I wish I had better options in the infield but it is what it is. I think this team is built to win now and later. mmm… now and laters…

    • shibboleth says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: Wish I could keep 15 with no restrictions! In that kind of league I wonder about guys like Springer and Yelich who haven’t arrived yet. I might prefer Eaton who is playing now… I’d also keep an eye on Salazar and maybe Rutledge if he ever gets his ish together!

      • Slim

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        @shibboleth: Thanks. I am a fan of this leagues format. It leads to prospects being highly valued since once you get them you could potentially have them forever.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: I’d drop Cingrani for Miller and Minor for Zunino. But I’m quite a bit lower on Cingrani and Minor than others. Check in with Gilpin, he’s followed Cingrani for a while I believe. He might have another perspective.

      • Slim

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        @jaywrong: Thanks. I don’t really want to keep 6 pitchers… I asked Gilpin. I know people hate on Cingranis off speed stuff but his numbers have been so gaudy at every level. I like him a tick more than Minor. I’m just glad I’m not debating which 30+ year old pitcher to keep. I was also kinda thinking I would have to pick between Springer or Yelich. If you had to pick one who would you choose given these league settings of course.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Buddah Lovaz: I’d go with Yelich. I think he has a chance to be a star, and is close to making an impact.

          I’m keeping an eye on Springer’s strikeout rates.

  12. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Jaywrong, this is an awesome public service, thanks! My league protects the first five rounds so I’m looking at more esoteric keepers… 2 FA keepers slot into rounds 20 and 15. Right now the choices are Kluber, Cingrani , Erasmo, Corbin… any of those guys fit those rounds?

    • Jay

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      @shibboleth: I’d keep an eye on Kluber. But right now, I think Erasmo and Corbin will have good value there. Though, Erasmo will get a bit homer happy at times. I’d flip a coin between him and Kluber. Not a huge Cingrani guy.

  13. papasmurf says:
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    There must be a typo. You are projecting Stanton to bat .300 for 3 years?

    Headley at 37? That’s the one that jumps out the most at me. I think that’s way too high but if you’re right you should change your name to Jay-sus. Maybe his hand injury still bothers him, but he just hasn’t driven the ball as he did last year, evidence in the single digit HR/FB ratio.

    You could say maybe he’s due for a power binge then, but the disturbing thing is that the sub-10 ratio is more in line with his career norm than 2012 was. It would in fact be his third highest career HR/FB ratio, and 2nd highest if you throw out 2008 because it was in half a season.

    Will we get another miraculous 2nd half? Can lightning strike twice? I doubt it but will gladly be wrong about this. I would take Rendon over Headley right now.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @papasmurf: You’re right, I have that in my notes as 290. I’ll let Vin know. Stuff gets lost between my excel and word and posting.

      Headley at 37 is risky, but I have no problem admitting homerism, so there is that. His profile is pretty close to last year though, so I’m betting its just bad luck.

      • Goose says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Agree with papasmurf – this rank is too high. As a Pads fan myself, would loooove to see Headley find it again and dominate. He looks better the past couple weeks, but even still I think his real (best) level is mid-career Michael Young, not fantasy top 40.

        Also feels like last year was his career year and the only way he deserves this high of a ranking is if he gets traded (or surrounded with better players). Just imagine a Wacha + Freese for Headley type of deal. Headley in STL would crush!

        • Jay

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          @Goose: I think a Michael Young comp is selling him a bit short.

          I go a bit further with Headley in tomorrows 2nd half buy/sell.

          • Goose says:
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            @jaywrong:

            Dude! Michael Young, 2004: 114-22-99-.313-12

            If you get that from Chase, you’re loving it.
            If you’re expecting more than that, then you’ve set yourself up to be disappointed with very good (but not uber-great) numbers.

            • Jay

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              @Goose: Didn’t read the mid-career part. I think Chase can do that, yes. But I get what you’re saying.

              And I believe those are top-40 numbers though. From the 3B slot? Totally.

  14. Bubba says:
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    Brett Gardner or Eric Young Jr. going forward?

    The case for each:

    BG: runs, and maybe steals (He’s not running like he has which limits his value)

    EYJ: steals, runs, and perhaps some sneaky avg.

    • Jay

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      @Bubba: You have the descriptions down to a t, but I’m still leaning Gardner. I just trust him more.

  15. Fungazi says:
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    H2H 12 M keep 6, who squeezes in last – Phillips, Jennings, S Miller? This list would suggest Miller, but I’ve never been a fan of keeping pitchers and he would be my only one.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Fungazi: He seems to be special. But if you are leaning offense, Phillips.

  16. Roach says:
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    Need two for ROS: Pls rank Beachy, Porcello, Straily, Martin Perez, Cueto.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Roach: Porcello, Cueto

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Roach: oops, hit submit too soon. Porcello, Cueto, Straily, Beachy, Perez

  17. Nate says:
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    Alright, so I’m in a keeper league. Standard 10-team 5×5 (only 1 C and 4 OF). Each year we keep 4 players. I am having a hard time deciding who to keep after Trout and McCutchen…

    C Lucroy
    1b Rizzo
    2b Kipnis
    3b Longoria
    SS Desmond
    1b/3b Pujols
    2b/ss Castro
    OF Trout
    OF McCutchen
    OF Heyward
    OF Beltran
    Util Rendon

    P Kershaw
    P Lee
    P Bumgarner
    P Garza
    P Benoit
    P Archer
    P Balfour
    P Betancourt

    I am leaning towards two of Kipnis, Kerhsaw, and Longoria… But Rizzo, Castro, Desmond, Heyward and Pujols deserve consideration… HELP!

    • Jay

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      @Nate: Kershaw, Longo, Trout, McCutch… geez, really tough with your roster though.

      Let’s see what Kipnis does 2nd half, I might actually lean him over Longo… maybe.

      • Nate says:
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        @jaywrong: Appreciate the input. I have yet to keep a SP, but Kershaw is making it increasingly difficult to maintain that trend…

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Nate: I know, it would be much easier to ignore him.

  18. Eric says:
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    I’m in a strong 12 team keeper league and I’m struggling where to rank my potential keepers as I’m teetering on playing for next season… I’m allowed 6 and here’s what I’ve narrowed down:
    Gio Gonzalez: 26th rd
    Rizzo: 16th rd
    Masterson: 24th rd
    Leonys Martin: 15th rd
    Marte: 18th rd
    Zunino: 29th
    Gerrit Cole: 17th
    Iwakuma: 15th
    Ryu: 13th

    How would you order these guys?

    • Jay

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      @Eric: Gio, Rizzo, Marte, Zunino, Cole, and, errr, tough one man. I’m leaning Martin, but Masterson is looking at me. I don’t believe in him, but I like the round value.

  19. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    Carlos Gomez is indeed invincible. Glad you put Braun so high, a lot of people gave me heat yesterday for saying he’s still a top Dynasty play. Everyone freaking out thinking he was only good bc the roids. I’m good bc the Biscuits. You’re good bc the Kimchi. Kimchi biscuits??? I think we’re onto something.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Holy shit, haven’t I thought of that?

      I sense food truck…

  20. Puig-stradamus says:
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    Kyle Seager is a stud. I don’t know if you’ve watched his video, but he’s got one of the sweetest swings in baseball. and is only getting better. and no one ever gives shows him love. Well…. I am. I love you Kyle Seager.

    You’re worth so much more than the $1 got you for after you were dropped after your 1 for 30-something slump to begin the season.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Puig-stradamus: I agree, he could jump. The production is undeniable.

  21. Trevor says:
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    I get to keep 3 players from my roster. who would be your choices out of this group? From the list above it looks like Trout, McCutchen, Goldschmidt right?
    My Players – Trout, McCutchen, Goldschimdt, Adam Jones, Pujols, Starlin Castro, Hamels, Grienke, Puig

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Trevor: It has to be, yeah. Lot of nice options though.

  22. Nick says:
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    I’m thinking of trading Phillips + Grilli + Puig For Edwin. Keep up to 8, 10 team roto league. Don’t need saves much anymore, have 2b covered. Am I paying too much?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Nick: no, that’s what you should be doing in a limited keeper, consolidating talent.

  23. Wilsonian says:
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    In a 16 team H2H Keeper I have 5 in the top 29. I feel pretty good about that. Now why am I in 13th place this season? Ha!!

    FYI: Stanton, Goldy, Tulo, Jones, Machado are my 5.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Wilsonian: Hah, means you will be awesome over the next three years. That’s what I think.

  24. Pipa says:
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    Beltran for Greinke?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Pipa: If you need pitching, sure.

  25. Wake Up says:
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    Hey, great job on this! Now can I have my 20 minutes back, since 3 year projections are about as useful as Cat Tongue Toilet Paper…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wake Up: hey but it gets the crap that gets stuck in the hairs

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: That’s a good point.

        I’m going to reassess the success rate back to 100%.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: yeah and cutting off your nose would make it easier to shave…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Wake Up: I’ll take the 97% success rate then.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @jaywrong: I was just joking about getting the time back…I didn’t read it, of course…Team JB!

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Wake Up: hahahaha….it’s a drive-by commenting

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Wake Up: I think that makes me feel better? Heh.

  26. Wilsonian says:
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    This is for anyone who cares to chime in. Which side:

    A) Fielder/Utley
    B) Kinsler/Cespedes (or Pedroia instead of Kinsler) – have Crush to take over 1st base

    H2H keeper (keep 5) – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Wilsonian: I’ll take the Fielder and Kins/Pedroia side.

      I like Cespedes, but less risk with the other two.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @jaywrong: well it would be one of Kinsler/Pedroia with Cespedes. Not Kinsler and Pedroia both. So that being said, you’re thinking stick with Fielder/Utley?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Wilsonian: Oh, I see, I thought it was two separate trades.

          I’d prefer Pedroia/Cespedes.

  27. Natural Born Champs says:
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    I see you got no faith in Heyeard. Dont forget hes only 23 and got all the tools to become a 30/20 guy very soon. He just forgot where he left his toolbox.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Natural Born Champs: I have faith, I’m just frustrated. At this point, there’s just no reason to rank him any higher.

    • Puig-stradamus says:
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      @Natural Born Champs: I’ve been watching his video, and his batting stance doesn’t allow him to load his hands properly. he keeps his weight in the middle of his body too much causing him to lunge at pitches. he’s not in the correct hitting position… when he finally realizes that he needs to keep more weight on his back leg in order to load his hands and turn his hips better, the he’ll finally break out.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Puig-stradamus: interesting. If its mechanical, that’s a good sign.

        • Puig-stradamus says:
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          @jaywrong: yea, along with all the numbers crunching, i love watching video. i love Buster Posey, but i didn’t want to pay $35 for a catcher..

          so after my research, i noticed that 2 other players had nearly identical batting stances to Posey: Paul Goldscmidt and Aaron Hill. I got Goldscmidt for $31 and Hill for $22 in my draft (sucks that he got injured, but whatever..) Essentially, you can tell a lot about a hitter besides the numbers if you look at it from a mechanical baseball perspective..

          For instance, Todd Frazier , Andrelton Simmons, Mark Texeira (to name a few) batting stances sucks. it’s noted that Puig has a whole in his swing, but it seems like people love to ignore the GIANT hitch in Bryce Harper’s swing. don’t believe me? watch where he holds his hands before he loads up.

          it’s more than just the numbers. these “weird’ batting stance definitely do work, but MLB pitchers are much much better than minor league pitchers (obviously).

  28. Mike says:
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    Sugura or Reyes ROS ??
    Thamks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: Leaning Reyes for this season only.

  29. Mike says:
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    Would u trade Dominic brown and rafael Soriano for segura?
    Need MI help
    Thx

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: Yes, that seems fair if you are okay with saves. I’m expecting Domonic to reel it in a bit.

  30. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I only got through the first couple but the tears for Giancarlo really got to me, and I need to take my daughter to school now. Grow the stach man, so when you do shave it you get younger and it brings a whole new level of excitement for them. Since I’m on a dating roll and you’re courting some newbies I have one last piece of advice….Lower the bar of expectations, it makes life a lot easier if they have lower expectations of you. Then when absolutely needed you surprise them with great acts, average by most standards, and you have to do so little for so much in return…..oh and make her buy you dinner!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Hah. For what it’s worth, Kemp was my favorite blurb.

      And I’ll take this as Dating 101. It’s not that I don’t dig the stache, I just prefer stubble, as do the ladies I associate with.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @jaywrong: they love that bruce willis thing, makes you look like you worked a long day with your hands….and hopefully a long night…..Hey Now!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @jaywrong: only you can MakeHer Mark!

  31. AJ says:
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    Which trade scenario do you like best and which seems fairest?
    A) Jones/Hardy/Liriano for Lee/Pedrioa
    or
    B) Puig/Hardy/Liriano for Lee/Pedrioa
    Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @AJ: Probably B.

  32. T Moore says:
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    Mr Wrong: I think Donaldson is too high on your list… He is slowing down as the season goes on — That said, he should fixture for years to come now – And he can yet play catcher in a pinch… He switch over form a C caused his delay in reaching MLB… Suzuki had blocked him in the org… I think, he will settle into a yoeman solid career “mixed league” fantasy career .. He will not continue as a top 100 player IMO..

    As a long term keeper… I believe, Segura – due to MI positional plus – has to be a top 5 player on any list going forward…

    I’m sick – as I really liked him going into drafts this year.. But, I had my usual closer fever blasting the top off my draft fever thermometer: thereby, ignoring him in the last 3 to 5 rounds of every draft – where he went at… I coulda-shoulda-woulda grabbed him and didn’t… He would have pushed me to the top of every league I’m playing in – I really believe that… He is a stud .. 5’10″ 200#s… Perfect body type for his position in baseball.. His power is just developing too… He will only get more expensive… I doubt, there will be hardly a draft next year where he does not go in the first round…

    My “by the end of the season” breakout from under performing and the perpetual poopoo list player of this season – (drum roll, please) Justin Smoak… There is finally fire there now.. He could be headed to a second half top 100 finish… You heard it here first.. Something has happen.. If you grab him, you can be cooking with Smoak, too

    • Goose says:
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      @T Moore:

      I posted this in Grey’s Top 100 – bears repeating. Re: Josh Donaldson.

      “In his past 162 games, this is his line:

      79-24-87-.303-5 (.371 OBP, .511 SLG)

      His .881 OPS is 13th best in all of MLB over that time and his .380 wOBA is 11th.

      For that w0BA line, the 10 guys above him are (in order): Miggy, Posey, Crush, Trout, Votto, Beltre, Braun, Cano, Fielder, Encarnacion. The three guys behind him are Y. Molina, C. Gonzalez, and Goldschmidt.

      And he’s not an All-Star? Poop on that, I say!”

      …and that’s me quoting me!

      He may fall back some, but still, those numbers have to speak for themselves to some degree. But he’s def flying under the radar (even among A’s fans!) and if fantasy baseballers keep thinking he’ll fall off while he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll be a very good value indeed.

      • T Moore says:
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        @Goose:

        GO A’s … I’m not rooting against him… Just seeing what I see

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @T Moore: I disagree with almost all of that. Even if Segura exactly matches his first half in the 2nd half, he’s still not first round material. 1st rounders are guys who have done it for years. Even Crush Davis will be borderline 1st round next year, IMO.

      And as for Smoak…I just don’t see it.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @RandomItalicizedVoice: I see the point, but I think 1st rounders can be guys who have done it for one year if there’s evidence that the change is real. Ala, Encarnacion.

        Though, like I said, I don’t believe in Segura’s power, but think he’s still a good asset to own.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @jaywrong: when was encarnacion a 1st rounder, unless it’s like a 24 team league?

      • T Moore says:
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        @RandomItalicizedVoice:

        Segura … Think back on MIs who were top 5s… They are more rare… Yes, but when they are good they stand out… Pointing at Cano in this years drafts

        MIs who are hot are hotter by virtue of their their separation from the mobs of mediocrity found at that postion…

        I believe, Segura will be this type of player… Thinking of a Reyes a few years back with more power… When he was the sweetheart of FBB..

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @T Moore: I can totally see Segura being the next Reyes.

      • T Moore says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Haiku and me – never… It is not idiosyncratic enough..

        Give me Dickinson every time and you in the morning, Mr Worng

        “”””Morning without you is a dwindled dawn”””

        Longfellow on Smoak

        “””The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain”””.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @T Moore: And, of course, when it rains, it pours.

  33. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    Who do you like best ROS: Porcello or Wei-Yin Chen?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @PB&J with a baseball bat: Porcello. I’ll be talking about him in my 2nd half buy/sell, which comes out tomorrow I think.

  34. Eddy says:
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    Jaywrong,

    I’m in a 12-team H2H OBP Keeper where we can keep five players up to three years, and each successive year they go up 3 rounds. We also incur other player’s contracts.

    I have 7 potential keepers right now. The year next to them is the last year they can be kept. THe other numbers are the round they’ll be in until that year.

    Votto (2014, 1st round)
    Wil Myers (2016, 18,15,12)
    Dom Brown (2016, 20,17,14)
    Matt Moore (2014, 16)
    Strasburg (2014, 15)
    Rizzo (2015, 20, 17)
    Miller (2016, 18, 15, 12)

    I always try to stay competitive, so I don’t just want to horde all the rookies. My league highly values SP so I kept three this year (Moore, Stras and Dickey over Harvey…yeah, I know….).

    First, does anything scream out at you and who needs to be kept? I have an idea, but I want to see what you think.

    FInally, I may have a chance of landing Bryce Harper who can be kept through 2015 in the low rounds. Is Moore and Rizzo to much to give up? How about Moore and Myers?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Eddy: Quickie out of the way first. Go after Harper. I’d rather give up Myers than Rizzo though.

      I like Strasburg, Rizzo, Brown, and Myers the best. But you have to keep Votto.

  35. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Jay Wrong: I like seeing you in a morning slot like this…

    As you already know, you are and always will be my “Star of the Show”…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @T Moore: Haha, just giving Grey a break. But that’s good, my stay here is only temporary, so enjoy it that much more, for it will be gone soon enough…

  36. Joe says:
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    Keeper league strategy question: 14 team keeper head-to-head league, I’m in first with a very comfortable lead. 4 team playoffs. I’m getting lots of great offers for this year (non-keepable players)-from the teams in the cellar for my keepers-for example non-keepable Votto and Braun for my $1 Segura. Since it seems very likely at this point that I’ll make the playoffs, I’m reluctant to trade any of my best keepers since the only seeming value they gain me is for the 2 week length playoffs, a small enough sample size that I feel like it is basically a crap shoot anyway. Does that mean I should hold on to my best keepers regardless of how good the offers of non-keepable players are? Or is my logic off?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Joe: Its a balancing act, for sure. But I have a policy, flags fly forever. In all my keeps, if I’m on the cusp of getting into the playoffs or finishing first, I pretty much double my efforts to acquire talent that will get me there.

      Overkill can happen though, so you have to make that decision. And I wouldn’t say your it’s the logic that’s off. I think there are different strategies. I just think mine is different.

  37. DAWT Commish says:
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    Not sure if this is true, but I was told you can get Harpies from kissing trout.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @DAWT Commish: Grey has harpies… fascinating.

  38. Mike says:
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    I’m in a 14 team hth 5×5 keeper league with some weird keeper rules. Players drafted in the first 5 rounds are not eligible to be kept. I’ll spare you all the details but my predicament with next years draft is I have 3 players eligible to be kept in the 7th round. Those 3 are Kuroda, Matt Carpenter and Anthony Rendon. I’m torn which, if any of them, to keep. I’m thinking 7 is too high for Rendon I could snag him later but due to the keeper status slightly depleting the talent pool I’m thinking 7th round is pretty good value for both Kuroda and Carpenter. But I’m still torn. Who would you think is more valuable there if you would take either?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: Probably the way you have it. Though keeping Rendon is tempting. It’s close.

  39. Kevin says:
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    How does Stanton remain so high with 2 straight years of missed time, small elite sample size, High K rate and stuck on a bad team?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Kevin: There’s only a few players that can do what he can do when things are right. I’m betting that, long-term, things will be more right than wrong.

      And, fwiw, I don’t see him on the Marlins roster in 2015, at the latest.

      • Kevin says:
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        @jaywrong:
        I have him as an 8th Round keeper as long as I have him but my league allows for undrafted players or rookie call ups to be kept in the 25th round.

        Am I better off trading Stanton and keeping a Profar or Wheeler at 25 for-ever for-ever?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Kevin: You might be, but hold off until a hot streak or maybe end of season. He *could* get traded this off season as well, all things that will boost his value.

          Unless he’s traded to Seattle. Ugh if that happened.

  40. Bert Ernie says:
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    Yo jaywrong, this is a great post. Very funny. Thanks.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Bert Ernie: Appreciated.

  41. Adam says:
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    Hey Jay,

    In a 20 team, 25 player keeper dynasty league.

    Was offered Jered Weaver and Kelly Johnson for Colby Rasmus and Jake Peavy.

    Assume I’m a serious contender for the title, I’m playing to win now and am horrible at choosing the right times to play Rasmus (I just looked and he’s hitting .228 with 9 HRs in the 193 at bats I have in the lineup and .319 with 7 HRs in the 119 at bats I haven’t). Which way do you go?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Adam: Not a fan of any of those guys, but I like Weaver a bit better than Peavy.

      I don’t blame you on Rasmus. Guy is streaky like a mutha.

  42. AJ says:
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    Gyorko or Lawrie ROS?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @AJ: Gyorko, it’s not close.

  43. Seano says:
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    The list really doesn’t help at all without qualifying what it costs you to keep a player. Should have a $ figure/round under over that shows value.

    If you have an auction league and got Trout last year at 50 you don’t keep him, you have him at 30 you keep him. If its a snake draft and to keep Donaldson you have to use a 2nd round pick then forget about it. You have to use a 14th round pick then hell yes keep him.

    Just about every player is worth keeping if you can get them at the right price or right round. And you can overpay for a player just as easy.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Seano: It would be complicated to attach a measuring system for every single format out there. With these rankings, at the very least, readers should get a general idea of value and apply to their own application process if they so choose. Beyond that, there’s nothing much else that can be done.

      That being said, I’ll be exploring the idea of auction values in the next list.

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @jaywrong: @Seano: I agree with JayWrong. It really depends on the format to what “value” is. For instance, my main keeper is 16 teams. Trout is worth every penny if was $50 in that format imo ( he is much cheaper, kudos to that owner for getting him on the cheap and stashing him)…and should be kept at that price. Why? I just see studs in a league that size as being even bigger studs…bigger difference makers.

      For example Kemp wasn’t kept by a manager last year…a believer ( I wasn’t one) spent $52 to acquire him. He won’t be kept now…but that gives you an idea of what his “value” was going into the draft. Miggy was kept for $57, Cano for $53, Braun $52, and so on.

      Maybe if he does some auction values, he can just do them for say, 12 team standard ones. and then as players of this great game of fantasy baseball we make the adjustments based on our league size and format. My rule of thumb, say it’s a jump from a 12 team league to a 14 team one, I then add about $5 of value to that player, give or take. I break that rule of thumb all the time btw.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @JoeMorgan’sMustache: next time, I’m definitely going to consult with mustache on how to find a solution with the most appeal.

        • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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          @jaywrong: Ha, well I am in the Hall Of Fame…and I’ll remind you of it every chance I get…even if it doesn’t make sense in the context of the conversation. Like this one.

            • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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              @jaywrong: You sir, are what I like to call a…Truth Speaker!

              • Jay

                jaywrong says:
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                @JoeMorgan’sMustache: I concur. I also give you that title.

                There can only be two.

  44. the tone ranger says:
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    JW,
    can you put these keepers in order of who you like? The rounds they can be kept in are in parenthesis. thank you very much

    miguel cab (1), j.votto(2), justin-upton (3), dom brown (14), brandon belt (15), machado (22), Rizzo (24), o.taveras, xander bogaerts, justin smoak can all be kept in the last round (27)

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @the tone ranger: I’d rank them Miggy, Votto, Upton, Machado, Rizzo, Brown, Belt, Taveras, Bogaerts, Smoak.

      So, pretty close to what you had.

      • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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        @jaywrong: belt over taveras? Man you are crazy

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @RyuDunnIanMaJanssen: I like what I’ve been seeing from him, and this takes into account immediate impact.

  45. Nathan says:
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    So Gyorko makes the list but Nick Franklin doesn’t. Am I to infer that you like Gyorko much better than Franklin going forward?

    I just dropped Gyorko in favor of Franklin right after the game in which the Padres scored 10 runs and Gyorko went 0-5

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Nathan: Franklin was a last minute cut, and is right behind Rendon. I do like Gyorko a bit more, yes.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @jaywrong: franklin’s better right now cause he qualifies at the 2 weakest positions 2b/ss. also gets/will get more steals. But the 0-5 game you speak of was gyorko’s third game back from injury. Also only had 1 K in it. More good reasons to grab franklin for this season are he hits in better part of order, on better offense (right now anyway).

  46. Jon says:
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    Hey jaywrong, I’ve got two trades on the table in my 10-team H2H league. My team is in 1st as of right now but I’m always looking to improve.

    C Posey
    1B Goldy
    2B Cano
    3B Zimmerman
    SS Tulo
    MI Desmond
    CI Lawrie
    OF Stanton
    OF Kemp
    OF Jennings
    OF Victorino
    DH Kendrick

    Bench/minors – Rendon, Olt, Frazier, Gardner, Reddick, BJ, Leonys

    Trade A: Tulo for Longo
    Trade B: Rendon for Fowler

    Either make sense? I can keep 12 position players.

    • Jay

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      @Jon: Both make sense, yes. WIth Kemp and Vic, you need some OF help, and I like Fowler. Tulo for Longo seems lateral, so that’s more a flip of the coin to me.

  47. AJ says:
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    Eaton or Aoki Ros?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @AJ: Aoki is the safer bet.

  48. Jeff says:
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    How do you feel about Mike Minor as a long term keeper?

    I don’t think he made your list, any red flags?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jeff: No red flags, I just want to wait a bit longer to see what we have here. For what its worth, he would have been somewhere in the next 75 spots most likely.

  49. Nightpandas says:
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    Trying to make my team better for next year, keep 9 no restrictions

    Would you trade Segura and 3rd for Kemp and 1st? Also have Fowler and Yelich as potential CF keepers

    • Jay

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      @Nightpandas: Yeah, I like that deal.

  50. AJ says:
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    Fister was dropped and cleared waivers…good pick up? Better 2nd half?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @AJ: Totally.

  51. Robinson Checo says:
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    Jay- Where is Nick Franklin on this list? Isn’t he really getting close to Kinsler / Alex Gordon numbers over a full season ? And aren’t these guys declining while Franklin has them in age? Am I missing something or just still drunk?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Robinson Checo: He was a last minute cut, right behind Rendon.

      He is not close to Ian Kinsler / Alex Gordon, no. I’m open to it, but not right now. (For what it’s worth, he’s showing up on my midseason buy/sell tomorrow)

  52. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Nice work, Sir Wrong. Any outrageous midseason predictions? A-Rod hits 40 bombs? Manny Ramirez grows breasts? The Padres make the playoffs?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Guru: Haha! Actually, according to my standards, all of those seem viable.

  53. So Sayeth I says:
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    Hey Jay,

    Great post, especially for a newbie keeper owner like me. Unfortunately I’m in last place but just pulled off a trade which should set me up for next year. McCutchen (would cost a 1st and a 4th to keep) and R. Soriano for Eaton(11th to keep) and a late 1st round pick (probably 12th overall).

    Anyways my question as I rebuild is about what round would you expect Myers to get drafted in 2014 in a 14 team H2H keeper? Hes owned at a cost of a 12th round pick next year which increases +1 every year and with only 6 keepers allowed I’m not sure if its worth trading for him or hoping he falls into the draft. The guy who owns myers has a pretty loaded team which gives me hope that he will be draftable, but he isn’t giving him up as cheap as I hoped

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @So Sayeth I: Thanks.

      Why give up assets now when you have a chance at him next year? I’d roll the dice and see if you can pick him up.

  54. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    I traded Billy Butler and Zimmerman for Au Shizz! what do you think good deal?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: Yeah, I think that’s a good deal. Who is replacing Zimm? I might like it even more depending.

      • The Dredd Pirate says:
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        @jaywrong: Thought I put the first name it Jordan Zimmerman to make sure there is no confusion.

  55. UhOh says:
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    I am in a 10 team 5×5 keep 5. Deciding between Trout, McCutchen, Goldy, J Upton, Bautista, Hanley Ramirez, Price and Profar.

    I am currently in 3rd, but just acquired Hanley and Upton for Yu, Puig and Segura.

    Any thoughts?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @UhOh: Trout, McCutchen, Goldy, Upton, and eeesh. Leaning HanRam or Profar, just to fill the SS position. Depending on what happens to the Texas infield, maybe Profar.

      I might actually try consolidating talent, maybe trade Price and Bautista for a Kershaw, for example.

  56. Scott Evans

    Scott Evans says:
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    I was voted handsomest accountant in my unit, so yeah, safe to assume I’m pretty good looking.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Scott Evans: Well, there you go ladies and gents. I think more ladies though, in this case!

  57. stynyr says:
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    Drop Lowrie for Gyorko?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @stynyr: Yup, I’d do that.

  58. Daniel says:
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    In a 14 team keeper league I was offered Garza ( $1 for 2 more years) and Lester ( $21 for 2 more years) in exchange for H. Bailey ( $11 for 2 years) and Cueto ( can not be kept) or Perkins ( $9 for 2 years). I am pretty much out of the runnings this year and working to build for next year. Should I take it? Right now I am also poised to keep Scherzer at $16, Corbin, Shark, and Porcello all at $1

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Daniel: I like Garza at that value. Lester, not so much. I’m a Bailey fan too, so it’s tough.

      For the sake of rebuilding, I might do it.

      • Daniel says:
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        @jaywrong: Ya I’m a bit torn myself. I was on the edge of the two straight up, but don’t really care for pay with either of the other pitchers for the return of Lester. Would it make any difference if instead of Lester I got CJ Wilson at 15 for 2 years? Just thinking I might have some additional trade value there.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Daniel: Its a little better, but still pretty marginal. He wasn’t interested in a Bailey or Cueto for Garza straight up? Is that something you would be willing to do?

          • Daniel says:
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            @jaywrong: Its mostly a salary cap issue for him and I have a lot of room to absorb. I reckon I’d be alright with one of those two straight up.

            • Jay

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              @Daniel: Oh, yeah, that makes sense. I’d do it in the original form, I just feel like you should be getting something a bit more since I’m not sure I would keep Lester at that price. Maybe. It’s something to think about.

              • Daniel says:
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                @jaywrong: He’s in top 3 shuffling around but has a difficult team to work with. He needs to shave off $1 to get a better offensive guy in his lineup. I was thinking of offering Bailey@ 11, Cueto@ 4, and Perkins @ 9 for his Garza @1, Sale @9, and Lester @ 21 but am thinking that might be a little much to try and get

                • Jay

                  jaywrong says:
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                  @Daniel: I like that deal for you, obviously, which is why you’re right, may not fly.

  59. costaricanchata says:
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    fielder … 11 spots below rizzo ?
    you’re just making this stuff up .
    sort of like this “brass tax” .
    right ?

  60. listen to the voices says:
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    just flipped choo for ellsbury in a league where i need speed. also flipped utley for kipnis. how do you like those trades? non keeper league btw

      • listen to the voices says:
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        @jaywrong: how about fister for santana.. i get fister

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @listen to the voices: can i join that league? damn sick value in both those. tell those trade guys to “marry me”

  61. B.G. says:
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    No love for Patrick Corbin?

    In a 14 team 6×6 snake draft keeper league. 5 keepers FA pick up keepers are worth 15th round pick
    Players I could keep. Adamn Jones (4th) Edwin (11th) Puig (21st) Josh Donaldson (15th) Partrick Crobin (15th) Lariano (16th) Jose Reyes (1st) Nick Franklin (15th) Nate Mclouth (17th)

    Decisions Decisions

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @B.G.: I love Patrick Corbin, but I don’t think he’s top 100. Could change, but I think he levels out into a mid-rotation guy.

      Edwin, Puig, Donaldson, Jones, and Franklin. Though I do like Corbin at 15.

      • B.G. says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks I do have Wainwright, Sheilds and just traded for Strasburgh (all who can not be kept past this season). So I can go ahead and move Corbin to replenish some of my draft picks traded.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @B.G.: sounds good. For what its worth, I have corbin as a sell in tomorrow’s midseason buy/sell post.

  62. Snarf says:
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    How do you feel about Oscar Taveras over the next 3 years? Worth keeping this year for $4?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Snarf: With no inflation? Yeah, I think that’s a great price.

  63. Thorbs says:
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    Where would Logan Morrison be if the list was expanded?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Thorbs: Hadn’t thought about it. Maybe past 150, 175ish. Healthy concerns, not really an impact corner bat, but has usefulness.

  64. AJ says:
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    Better pick up Ros ? Fister, Kluber, Nova, Archer?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @AJ: Fister and Kluber.

      Gosh, I really feel sorry her…

      • AJ says:
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        @jaywrong: Hahaha thanks

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @AJ: Hah, np.

  65. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    JW, aka Truth Speaker, who should my keepers be after Miggy, Segura, Zimmermann? We can keep 5. I am leaning Samardzjia as one because like you I believe in him ( just not at Coors Friday), but the other I have no idea. 16 team league, h2h, .OPS and Holds are added cats. Recently Flipped Craig and Longo at a combined price of $44 for Miggy and Segura at a combined price of $67. I also thought I was buying low on Heyward when I flipped Moreland/Ryu for him…but ummmm, guess not. Currently in 7th…8 make the playoffs. Values can increase up to $5 a year depending on where one places. Ill put in parentheses some values, some input, and some I just don’t care about their cost because they don’t matter. Current team…

    C – Wieters ( $21…too much )
    1B – Cuddyer ( $5…too old )
    2B – Murphy ( don’t care )
    SS – Segura ( $10….love! )
    3B – Miggy ( $ 57 )
    LF – Lomo ( $0…but don’t care )
    CF – Martin ( $0 ….intriguing me)
    RF – Heyward ( $19….ummmm, prob too much now)
    UTIL Pence ( $13….ehhh, it’s Pence )
    Bench – Adams and Ethier ( don’t care )
    DL – Willingham ( $16…too much, too old, too injured )

    P – Zimmermann ( $14 )
    P- Samardzjia ( $ 12 )
    P – Quintana
    P – Lohse
    P -Porcello
    P – generally use this for a streaming slot
    RP -McGee
    RP – Watson
    RP – Holland
    RP – Veras
    DL – Beachy ( $2 ) and Crain

    Thanks for you input!

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @JoeMorgan’sMustache: yeah, you know, I like martin… And brace yourself, Porcello. He’s in my post tomorrow, but i think he’s going to ninja some people.

        • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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          @jaywrong: I like ninja’s, so maybe I could learn to like Porcello…I have aspired to be the biggest ninja in the world, but my footsteps aren’t exactly of the silent type. With that said, I will never give up.

          So, right now would you lean something like Miggy, Segura, Martin, Zimmermann, and Samardzjia?

          Or does Porcello need to find his way in the mix? If so, who would he replace? Samardzjia? Zimmermann? I would prefer to keep at least 3 hitters.

          • Jay

            jaywrong says:
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            @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Oops, miscounted. Yeah, the five you have there, I’d stick with.

            • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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              @jaywrong: Sounds good..appreciate the input!

              • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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                @JoeMorgan’sMustache: One more question if you don’t mine. What type of 3 year averages do you see Martin putting up?

                • Jay

                  jaywrong says:
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                  @JoeMorgan’sMustache: 80/10/65/280/25. But keep in mind, I try to be conservative with these numbers.

                  • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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                    @jaywrong: Nice looking baseline though, with some room for growth. I was thinking something along the same lines too…just maybe with a slight bit more power and steals. But, as you said, you are going rather conservative…and I get that. Thanks again for the input.

  66. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Nice post JayWrong. I enjoy anything keeper related as that’s my main league’s format.

    So I traded for Rizzo recently and he’s definitely one of my keepers going forward. Is the potential there with him to make a jump next year like Goldschmidt has seemingly made this year?

    In a limited keeper league, what are your feelings on keeper SP’s over offensive guys? Obviously every situation is different, but my preference is to lean towards offensive guys, because of the season ending injuries more pitchers seem to get versus the batters.

    I’ve never had kimchi before. You know of any reputable over the internet brands I could order? Help a brotha out JayWrong!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Yes, I think so. Not the speed, of course, but I think Rizzo takes the next step, in fact, starting this second half.

      I like solid starting pitchers. Offense wins championships, but I’m not afraid to bulk up on pitching. With only 9-10 slots, depending on format, it’s the easiest area to dominate with the least amount of players.

      I wouldn’t order kimchee from the internet. Just go to your local international market. All kimchee is good, its the style that’s different. Every person or company who makes it has a unique recipe, so everyone tastes different. It’s all personal preference.

      I’m guessing you’re not Korean, so let me suggest you eating kimchee with bacon or spam or any other rich meat. Really goes together well.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @jaywrong: That would be really nice if Rizzo did take the next step this second half. I’ve invested quite a bit in him doing well.

        Hmm, interesting take on keeping SPs. Never really thought about it like that. I’ve been burned in the past by Peavy and Harden (7-8 years ago) when they had some injuries. It’s stuck with me ever since.

        I’ll take a look around town. I live in a smaller town in the Rockies so ethnic food (other than Mexican food) can be hard to come by. My quest for Kimchi is on!

        I love bacon…hence my name. So that is what I’ll be having with it. Thanks for the advice JayWrong.

  67. MB says:
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    so i offered this guy in my keeper league (5 keepers) braun for stanton and he countered cano for stanton. What do you think of segura and stanton for my cano? would move prado to 2b.

    no prices, 7×7 with obp and slg

    thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @MB: I like that deal for you if you can net segura with stanton.

  68. john says:
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    just traded puig and nelson cruz for gonzo and darvish. howd i do?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @john: Love it.

      • john says:
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        @jaywrong: thanks. One more. What if I traded price and gonzo for marte Adam Jones and a choice of Peavy cingrani travis wood or liriano?

        • Jay

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          @john: I’m okay with that one. In a keeper? Cingrani, otherwise, Liriano.

  69. Thorbs says:
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    Great post, really thorough!

    Question about Braun — been offered J-Up plus 1 or 2 of a pu-pu platter of LoMo, Hardy, Gardner, Morales, Skaggs, Bradley Jr., Franco, Hanson, Glasnow, Dahl in a keep-20 + 8 minor leaguers format, no penalties.

    Was thinking about asking for J-Up/LoMo/Skaggs…does any combo of those guys seem like a good deal for me?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Thorbs: If you are in the thick of it, I’d lean maybe Hardy and Gardner, maybe LoMo.

      But personally, if you can survive it or are rebuilding, I’d want Skaggs and Bradley Jr. included.

      • Thorbs says:
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        @jaywrong: My squad looks like:

        1B/3B/CI: Pujols/Francisco/Goldschmidt
        SS/2B/MI: Tulo/Kinsler/A-Cab
        LF: Quentin CF: Choo RF: Bruce OFx2: Ethier, Martin
        UTILx2: Belt, Smoak
        Bench: Green, Beckham, Gattis, Cozart
        SP: Hamels, Greinke, Shields, Samardzjia, Ryu, M. Gonzalez, Quintana
        RP: Kimbrel, Clippard, Robertson, K-Rod, Cishek, Hunter
        DL: Braun, A-Ram, Ludwick, Niese
        Minors: Matt Davidson, Delino Deshields Jr., Dorssys Paulino, Max Kepler, Mason Williams, Grant Green, Erasmo Ramirez, Dan Straily’

        He also has Cole and Sano, but I don’t think he wants to move them so I want to pump him a bit for quantity vs. quality…I’m sitting in 5th place thanks to Hamels/Greinke/Pujols/Braun/Tulo/etc. either being hurt or ineffective, and am wary that my team’s window is closing sooner rather than later, but I’m so damn torn about moving a guy like Braun

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Thorbs: I hear ya. I’d maybe want to stick with Braun too. Aim high though.

          BTW, great sleeper there in Kepler. I’ve always loved him. Next Shawn Green in my opinion.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Thorbs: I like Dahl too.

  70. Jason says:
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    So this ranking is based off if having to draft today for keeping three years?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jason: You can apply it however you want. My goal was to build a rankings around that aspect, yes. But I think it can be taken different ways.

  71. zschuck says:
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    i was annoyed at kemp and tulo at 9 and 11 respectively. then i got to chase headley at 30 freaking 7, prince fielder at 42, josh donaldson 43, and matt carpenter at 73, and i started to realize that i stumbled upon the comedy portion of the razzball site. I could go on listing specific grievances, but…. ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS WITH THESE “keeper” RANKINGS????

    chase headley in the 30′s? josh “i’ve had one good 90 game stretch in my life” donaldson in the 40s? matt “i shouldn’t be ranked in the top 200 of any keeper list” carpenter in the 70s? This is a “keeper” rankings? wow. terrible job. but high five for winning today’s unintentional comedy award for the hysterical list you just provided.

    um, where is the petition for Grey and/or anybody else to re-do the keeper rankings, and where do i sign?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @zschuck: Grey is easily found. Go for it brah.

  72. Cabby says:
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    Who do you like in a keeper league more, Segura or Hanley Ramirez?

    R, SB, Total Bases, OBP, RBI.

    I have Hanley now and have the chance to trade him for Segura straight up(other players in the deal won’t be kept next year).

    Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Cabby: In a TB, OBP league, similar to the deep leagues I’m in, I’m leaning HanRam. Segura will hurt you in those two areas when he regresses.

      It’s a tough one though. Holding onto Segura in a keeper… eesh. Gut call, I’m holding, but I can’t make a good counter argument if you go the other way, ya know?

      • Cabby says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Yeah, I think it is a toss up. I have Hanley now and I am thinking of holding onto him. I like the youth obviously of Segura. Tough call!

  73. Cabby says:
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    In a Keeper League
    R, OBP, Total Bases, RBI, OBP

    Would giving up Wil Myers, Shelby Miller and Anthony Rendon for Robinson Cano be too much?

    We can keep 10 players. I have Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Zimmermann, Carlos Gonzalez, Edwin Encarnacion, Desmond Jennings, Matt Holliday, Profar, Hamels, Jose Fernandez, Gallardo, Dickey, salvador Perez as possible keepers.

    Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Cabby: While normally I wouldn’t, I like the fact that you are consolidating your keeper pool into small numbers, and getting a top10 guy. I’d do it.

      • Cabby says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Traded Myers, miller and rendon for cano and Derek Holland

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Cabby: great to add Holland into the mix.

  74. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Do I move Heyward ($19 ) for Rendon ( $0 )? Players can increase up for $5 each year kept. It’s that same team I posted a few posts up asking about Martin. Bought low on Heyward…thought he was going to be a keeper…he won’t be now at his price. All I keep hearing are good thing about Rendon and the type of hitter he projects to be in his prime. Seems like he could be very valuable at 2b…thoughts? I see you have him at 100, so I am thinking this is a probably yes…but just curious on your thoughts…thanks.

    • Jay

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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: I think Rendon will be a star. But I also think his ankles will explode… so, still with the risk. But be cautious. Or prepared I guess.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @jaywrong: Yeah, he has had some injuries, so that is a concern. I suppose it is a risk, but Heyward being on my team almost makes me sick. Is that reason enough alone to take the risk on Rendon? I think so…ha.

  75. Kevin says:
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    How much is Carlos Gomez’s rank hurt in a league with OBP and OPS instead of AVG?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Kevin: a little bit, but I feel the power and speed make up for that. If I had him, I would hedge with a guy like markakis, etc. to balance the equation.

      • Kevin says:
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        @jaywrong: K thanks. So you’d trade Hamilton for Gomez for sure then in a 14 team with 5 keepers? Don’t think I’m making playoffs this season.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Kevin: With the keeper aspect, its a bet that GoGo will have a better projection than Hambone… I’m comfortable with that.

  76. harkrider says:
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    I know this is a post from a week ago, but I have a question about keepers. I am in a 10 team, 5 keeper, 5×5 roto league. Here are my possible keepers.

    Stanton, McCutchen, Goldy, Rizzo, Machado, Scherzer, Starlin Castro, Heyward

    Any thoughts on which 5 I should keep? I plan on keeping Stanton, Cutch, Goldy, and Machado. The question is more around who should be my 5th keeper? Thoughts?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @harkrider: at first i wanted to say castro, but i’d feel safer leaning Rizzo.

      Think it has to be Rizzo.

      *If* Castro shows us something in the 2nd half, that might change the dynamic.

      • harkrider says:
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        @jaywrong: So I need to check back in with you at the end of the season for your final answer? Thanks for the opinions

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @harkrider: feel free to, yeah. If I’m picking today, its Rizzo.

          • harkrider says:
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            @jaywrong: that is making me even more pleased with my trade a few weeks ago. I traded Votto and Domonic Brown for McCutchen and Rizzo. Thanks for the help

          • harkrider says:
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            @jaywrong: I just traded Frieri for Marte. So I need to pick up another RP. My current RP’s are Melancon, Romo, Holland, Wilhelmsen, and I just picked up Gregerson. Is that the best option or would you recommend another RP with potential to get saves?

            • Jay

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              @harkrider: based on his demand this deadline, I think Greg is a great prospective option.

              • Harkrider says:
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                @jaywrong: one last trade idea. We have a 150 starts limit in our league. One team who is in 7th place has only 10 starts left. Thoughts on trading him Heyward for Matt Moore since I won’t be keeping Heyward? I am only at 87 starts. My other SP’s are Grienke, Scherzer, Samardjiza, Minor, and Archer

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                  @Harkrider: other options would be offering Aoki, EY2 or Alex Gordon

                  • Jay

                    jaywrong says:
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                    @Harkrider: I like the Heyward or EY deal for you.

  77. 2-Flock says:
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    @jaywrong: Head-2-Head keeper league have a great squad. Cabrera, Pedroia, Wright, Kinsler, McCutchen, A-Jones, A-Jackson, Donaldson, Hosmer, Myers. It’s a keeper league and I have Myers for $0. Getting lots of offers for him including $30 Fielder and $27 Longo. I can’t afford to keep them, but they could help me win this year. Should I pull trigger or keep Myers? My pitching is Bumgarner, Moore, Greinke, Chapman, Mujica, Cole.

    • 2-Flock says:
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      @2-Flock: To clarify, we get to keep guys based on the average of their value over the years kept. So I kept Myers for $0 last year, $0 this year. If he is valued at, say, $14 next year, I can keep him for $4. We can only keep $90 worth of players. Hope that helps. Thanks!

    • Jay

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      @2-Flock: based on your team, I’d go for a pitcher. But yes, I always sell pieces to win, especially in keepers. Flags fly forever, etc.

      And I think I would want Longoria more here if you need offense.

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