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This top 20 1st basemen for 2013 fantasy baseball goes to about forty-three.  Every time I thought I was out, I looked at another 1st baseman that pulled me back in.  Unlike any other position, there’s a few guys that can give you some huge numbers, then there’s about 25 players that can give you roughly the same stats.  Unlike years past, I’m not going to tell you to either draft a top 1st baseman or insist you remove my name from your Trapper Keeper.  We can still be BFFs without the drafting of Pujols, Fielder or Votto.  For the first time in a while, I could see myself drafting any of the top 20 1st basemen. (That’s the actual top 20 1st basemen not the 42 or so that are on this list; shizz gets a little wonky further along the list.)  The first basemen position is going through a serious transition.  Right now, vets like Howard, Konerko and Te(i)x could still be valuable, but they have some major question marks.  Then there’s guys like Trumbo, Davis or even Hosmer that have a different set of concerns.  By next year, I have a feeling we’ll see that the next class of 1st basemen move up while the vets continue to fade.  But, for now, it’s not clear.  As always, for each player there’s my projections and where I see tiers starting and ending.  There’s the position eligibility chart for 2013 fantasy baseball, and all the 2013 fantasy baseball rankings are under that linkie-ma-whosie.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 1st basemen for 2013 fantasy baseball:

1. Albert Pujols – I went over Pujols’s projections at the top 10 for 2013 fantasy baseball.

2. Prince Fielder – I went over Fielder’s projections at the top 10 for 2013 fantasy baseball.

3. Joey Votto – I went over Votto’s projections at the top 10 for 2013 fantasy baseball.

4. Paul Goldschmidt – I went over his projections in the top 20 for 2012 fantasy baseball.

5. Adrian Gonzalez – I went over his projections in the top 20 for 2012 fantasy baseball.

6. Edwin Encarnacion – This is a new tier.  This goes from here until Butler.  I call this tier, “I fully admit that if you don’t get Votto or Goldschmidt, you can draft a 1st baseman from anywhere in the next twenty-five names and be relatively fine.”  As for Edwin, the former Blue Jays hitting coach, Dwayne Murphy said this, “I am the king of all batting and can make a 54-year-old John Olerud a 40-homer hitter if I so choose.  What I have done new batting coach, Chad Mottola, cannot undo!”  I’m scarred by Jose Bautista’s 2011.  We both know that Bautista was coming off a huge 2010 and pegged by yours truly to collapse in 2011.  Bautista went on to laugh maniacally while Dwayne Murphy farted in my general direction.  That’s why I’m not dropping Encarnacion further than this.  I’m being a bit chicken shizz with this ranking.  There’s little chance I draft him this late, but I’m also not telling you to avoid him.  As an immodest landscape architect would say, it’s the hedge of all hedges!  By Murphy changing Encarnacion’s approach at the plate, it resulted in 12 homers to center field.  He hit 11 homers to center in the previous three years combined.  As long as Edwin doesn’t fall back on old habits of pulling everything, he should be a safe bet for 30 homers.  2013 Projections:  87/30/98/.269/7

7. Buster Posey – I went over Posey’s projections at the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball.

8. Billy Butler – You know what I want to see?  Of course you do.  I want to see Billy Butler celebrate every home run with The Truffle Shuffle.  The top of the Royals order looks like it could have #2012oriolesproblems, which, as we saw with Adam Jones last year, hurts Butler.  Also, Butler looks closer to a 24-27 homer guy than a 29-32 homer guy, and he only gets a steal when everyone on the field thinks time has been called even though it hasn’t.  Butler moves up a bit if you have a category in your league, “Ability to fill out a bikini.”  2013 Projections:  75/26/95/.309/1

9. Ike Davis – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Freeman.  I call this tier, “Not as exciting as the above tier or the tier below it, but should be safer.  Yay, safety!”  I already went over my Ike Davis 2013 fantasy.  It was written in Wingdings font then translated back by someone fluent in Wingdingian.  2013 Projections:  76/34/102/.259

10. Allen Craig – I’m preparing myself for moving Craig down the rankings when he gets hurt in Spring Training.  If he stays healthy, he’ll give you exactly the same season as Moobs Butler with maybe three more steals.  There’s no way he stays healthy, so then you have to ask yourself how deep your league is and whether or not you can replace him for all three of his DL stints.  Use your internal monologue to ask yourself, I’m trying to read.  Yes, Craig’s in a “safer tier,” but he’s only safer if he falls this far down the rankings.  I guarantee he’ll be off the board by the time you get to him in my rankings.  That guarantee comes with a firm handshake.  (On a side note:  A Cardinals minor leaguer is hoping to send 1000 baseball gloves to overseas troops by Spring Training.  Go there for the details, and send him a baseball glove.)  2013 Projections: 67/23/83/.315/3

11. Carlos Santana – I went over Santana’s projections at the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball post.

12. Freddie Freeman – Member when you were a kid and trying not to step on any cracks for fear of repercussions about someone else having their back broken?  Instead of taking a regular step forward, you’d take a measured half step forward which landed you in a safe spot.  That’s the kind of step forward Freeman took last year.  At 23 years old and going into his third full major league season, there’s a chance for a larger step forward, but I expect another small one.  2013 Projections:  90/25/98/.267/2

13. Mark Trumbo –  This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Frazier.  I call this tier, “Two of these guys will be good value, two of these guys will be terrible value, one of these guys will be great value, one of these guys will just recoup their value… Wait, how many guys is that?”  This is where the 1st basemen rankings get confusing, hence the tier name.  The next tier have names everyone knows but are on a serious downturn of their career.  This tier is filled with guys that are high risk and high reward that could easily outperform the above tier, and, according to our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater, some already did outperform them last year.  Now, how did Pujols, Trumbo and Morales all get 1st base eligibility on the same team?  Did they have two 1st basemen on the field at once and no 3rd baseman or left fielder?  Yes, but technically only one of them was playing 1st at any given moment.  I wouldn’t be shocked to see Trumbo have a three homer, .205 month of April and lose a starting job to Vernon Wells.  Remember, Trumbo’s 2nd half last year was .227 with 10 homers, where he sat out 7 times in the final 30 games.  2013 Projections:   62/28/82/.258/5

14. Anthony Rizzo – A to the nthony could easily outperform AuShizz; there’s a sample size concern to Rizzo’s major league numbers.  Do we reject the notion of a sophomore slump after we’ve seen notable cases like Heyward, Lawrie and Hosmer succumb to it the last two years?  Do we reject the notion of Rizzo’s 16 homers, .245 over 136 major league games is terrible even if his 2012 was solid?  Do we reject the notion that he can’t hit lefties (.208 against)?  Do we say ‘reject the notion’ if we’re not trying to sound pompous?  *pounding gavel*  I’ve got questions, y’all!  I don’t think I’m going to be owning Rizzo in 2013, depending on his ADP.  Blame Hosmer last year.  Shoot, I’ve blamed him for everything else rotten in my life.  2013 Projections:  74/24/86/.259/6

15. Chris Davis – Last year, he had a 30.1% K-rate and a .270 average.  Out of the 12 guys with a K-rate 26.4% and more, the next best average was .253 by Kubel at 26.4%.  Since 1980, there’s two guys with a K-rate above 30% with a .270 or better average.  Davis and Jose Hernandez, who hit .288 in 2002 with the help of a .404 BABIP.  Chris Davis either has to make adjustments or he will hit .240.  2013 Projections:  66/28/82/.251/2

16. Eric Hosmer – I already went over my Eric Hosmer 2013 fantasy.  I wrote it while trying to figure out why the movie Flight wasn’t called Leaving LVS.  2013 Projections:  75/22/90/.280/12

17. Todd Frazier – I already went over my Todd Frazier 2013 fantasy.  There’s so much drool on that post you would think I was splitting his first name in half and writing, “An Ode To DD’s.”  2013 Projections:  72/29/89/.268/5

18. David Ortiz – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Teixeira.  I call this tier, “Cougar Love.”  Young Money the Mafia that’s word to Lil Cease, I’m in The Dominican, Big Papi Ortiz.  In ESPN, he’s without mobility.  I’m playing in Yahoo, Big Papi Ortiz has 1st base eligibility.  This ranking is for ESPN.  In Yahoo, I’d move him up to right above Ike Davis.  OPS Tom went over his David Ortiz fantasy.  2013 Projections:  82/28/98/.279

19. Ryan Howard – Member when Ryan Howard was a top 1st baseman?  We were younger then.  You and I.  You were still investing in real estate and I was living on your sofa.  Now you’re sleeping on my old sofa and my old sofa is in an alley behind a Quiznos. Howard finally returned from Achilles surgery, had a miserable half year, and then his season ended abruptly when he dropped a warmup bat on his toe, breaking it.  The only thing surprising about his last injury was Chase Utley didn’t pull his hamstring grimacing from Howard’s pain.  Howard says he’s dropped considerable weight this offseason.  Hopefully, he didn’t drop it on his other toe.  2013 Projections: 79/30/98/.245

20. Kendrys Morales – When he went to Seattle, I wrote up a whole post on my Kendrys Morales 2013 fantasy.  It’s silly enjoyable.  Silly, I tell ya!  There was also a Kendrys Morales sleeper post.  Kendrii’s getting some love!  As for the trade of Morse to Seattle, I think Morse will play the majority of his time in the outfield when the M’s see Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez trying to play the field while avoiding The Grim Reaper, and Kendrys’s (man, his extra S is annoying) playing time will remain relatively fine if he hits.  2013 Projections:  77/26/89/.272

21. Michael Cuddyer – Okay, the first four of this tier could have solid bounce back seasons.  I like the idea of taking a flyer on a forgotten guy on the Rockies that should be a middle of the lineup hitter.  Don’t worry if you draft Cuddyer and then yawn.  No one gets excited by the Cuddyer draft pick.  Balloons will not drop from your ceiling.   2013 Projections:  71/22/84/.271/9

22. Joe Mauer – I went over Mauer’s projections at the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball post.

23. Paul Konerko – He will be 37 years old at the start of the season.  He must suffer from Mike Lowell-itis, because Konerko looks old enough to be my dad.  Hang out with Konerko for longer than twenty minutes and I bet he starts talking about Law & Order reruns.  Just like my dad!  “Hey, Grey, you ever see the episode where they pulled the case right from the headlines?”  “That’s every episode, Konerko.”  “Eh, guess you’re right.  Now, where’s your Mom at with dinner?”  2013 Projections:  72/25/84/.277

24. Adam LaRoche – Another 1st base youngin’!  I will now call first base, CBS, the Tiffany Network.  Here’s you deciding about which guy to draft in this tier, “Do I go with 60 Minutes or a CSI: Some City repeat?”  2013 Projections:  73/25/95/.260/1

25. Mark Reynolds – Hey, it’s Mini Donkey!  Another guy that technically isn’t that old compared to the rest of this tier.  He’ll only be 30 years old this year.  Oh, crap, I used to think 30 years old was old.  DAH, I’M GETTING OLD!  2013 Projections:  79/29/88/.226/6

26. Adam Dunn – The reason why I’m not saying much about these guys is because if you don’t know about the guys in this tier by now, I can’t help you.  Now get off my lawn!  2013 Projections:  82/35/95/.212/1

27. Nick Swisher – Swisher started shaping his sideburns before Luke Perry.  Should give you an idea how long this guy’s been around.  2013 Projections:   72/24/85/.261/2

28. Kevin Youkilis – When he signed with the Yankees, I said this, “Youk to the Yanks.  Or as The NY Post should’ve called it, “O, Yuk.”  The 3rd base free agent market looks like one of those Day-After Christmas Sales when the sales girl says, “Um, yeah, I think we have mittens…Have you tried under that giant pile of picked-through clothes?”  And Youk is a set of mismatched mittens under the picked-through clothes.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2013 Projections:  74/20/88/.259

29. Lance Berkman – You know you belong in the Cougar Love tier when your player page picture has you with gray hairs coming through your beard.  2013 Projections:  64/19/77/.279/3

30. Justin Morneau – Hey, it’s Grandpa Simpson playing 1st base!   “I got a funny story about that.  Well, it’s not so much funny as it is long.”  2013 Projections: 70/24/78/.265/1

31. Mike Napoli – I went over Napoli’s projections at the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball post.

32. Adam Lind – Well, I’m not going to predict MVP consideration this year for Lind.  I won’t even mention that I predicted that last year.  Doh!  2013 Projections: 61/24/73/.254/1

33. Michael Young – When he went to the Phils, I said this, “Ironically, the Young move makes it seem like the Phillies are trying to get older.  We’ll call them the Out of Gas Gang.  “Yo, Utley, did you do my TV Guide crossword?”  “Sorry, I was just gonna fill in ‘Tool Time’ and one thing led to another.”  Charlie Manuel received the Young news enthusiastically.  At least, we think it was enthusiastic, no one’s 100% sure what he said.  One thing that Young gives that can’t be said for the rest of the aging Phils, he stays healthy.  Only once in the last 11 years has he failed to reach 600 plate appearances.  Unfortunately, he’s on the downward slope of his career.  Now, if he passes ten homers and .300, it would be seen as a pleasant surprise.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2013 Projections: 76/7/70/.272/2

34. Carlos Pena – When he signed, I said this, “Will be the Astros DH.  Finally, the Astros figured out how to end their rallies!  Phew, before this signing, I thought the Astros might bat around in the 1st inning of the 1st game of the season and keep batting around for the next six months never getting through one game.”  And that is still me quoting me!  2013 Projections:  64/24/83/.211/2

35. Corey Hart – Out until mid-June at the earliest and mid-whenever at the latest. With Corey Hart’s absence, no word yet who will replace him as the opening act for Flock of Seagulls. Fingers crossed for Kajagoogoo. 2013 Projections: 54/18/64/.277/2

36. Mark Teixeira – On one hand, I wouldn’t be surprised if Te(i)x is this year’s Zombino, making the Cards wish they traded for him like Berkman in 2011 and Beltran last year.  On the other hand, I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him miss forty games and hit .240.  On the third hand that is actually a mechanical claw that lazy people use to pick up their remote control, I probably won’t own him ranking him this low.  UPDATE:  He’s out for 8 to 10 weeks as the Devil finally comes to collect an old Yankees tab.  2013 Projections:  57/17/65/.249

37. Mike Olt – Thank my Beejujubees we are out of that last tier!  Finally, some exciting names.  This tier goes from here until Yonder.  I call this tier, “You might end dropping one of these guys by April 15th, but at least you’re trying for upside.  Can’t we all try a little?”  I already went over my Mike Olt 2013 fantasy.  There were seven typos.  A record best!  I ranked him above the other guys in this tier even though his projections say different because Olt has the most upside, and this late you want upside.  2013 Projections:  28/16/44/.245/1 in 250 ABs

38. Brett Wallace – I already went over my Brett Wallace 2013 fantasy.  There were eight typos.  A new record!  2013 Projections:  62/19/82/.263/1

39. Brandon Belt – He only hit seven homers last year in 472 plate appearances.  The good news is he once hit 10 homers in High-A.  Okay, I’ve heard better news.  He has solid speed for a 1st baseman (12 steals last year; 18 one year in the minors), and shouldn’t hit for a miserable average.  He’ll be 25 in April, and if he’s going to even resemble a useful 1st baseman for mixed leagues, this is the year.  I wait with bated breath for Brandon Belt.  Say that fast 117 times!  2013 Projections:  60/14/74/.262/10

40. Yonder Alonso – Okay, maybe I shouldn’t say exciting about this tier.  Here’s some young players!  That’s more accurate.  Yawnder doesn’t have much power even if the Padres bring in the fences to just behind 2nd base.  Looking at Yonder’s stat sheet reminds me of Yunel Escobar during a good year.  I can’t believe I just wrote that.  I’m gonna now wash my computer out with soap.  ohhhh i baroque my’d keyburd…  2013 Projections:  65/16/74/.281/4

After the top 40 (?!) there’s still more names, but here’s a few that stand out:

Brandon Moss/Chris CarterChris Carter is Ryan Howard in a young man’s body but can only hit lefties… Brandon Moss is a non-descript white man but can only hit righties… Together they are… The Fantasy Platoon!  In a world like you’ve never seen before… One man’s quest to build a perfect 1st baseman leads him through trial and error to start one man versus…LEFTIES!  Another man versus… RIGHTIES!  Those in daily leagues prosper by swapping guys out depending on their… OPPONENT!  Until they realize they are really brothers and have to drive cross country with Barbara Streisand.  “Oy, Brandon, it’s hot.  Are the windows open?”  Hijinks!  Pratfalls!  Home runs!  UPDATED:  As Moss drove across country, he lost Chris Carter in Houston.  Now, the once brothers from different mothers are forced to play against each other as divisional rivals…. Ha!  Houston hasn’t been a division rival with anyone since Warren Moon retired.  Carter should now be an everyday player while Moss will still be platooning in Oaktown with just about everyone on their team.  Brandon Moss’s 2013 Projections:  45/19/58/.274/2  Chris Carter’s 2013 Projections: 59/24/71/.244/4

Garrett Jones – In a world where there is no platoon partner but one is needed…  But, wait, there’s Gaby Sanchez!  In a world where there’s a man named Gaby…  Okay, enough of that.  Jones hit .189 vs. lefties with 2 homers last year.  I’m all for starting him vs. righties, but you need to platoon him in and out of your fantasy lineup.  2013 Projections:  59/22/65/.267/4

Logan Morrison – It was merely a year ago I was touting how Logan Morrison could break out… And let’s never speak of that again.  Unless he does break out.  Then speak of it, please.  I think the most likely scenario is he tweets something idiotic with a hashtag, the lone remaining Marlin fan protests by turning his chair away from the field and Logan is traded.  All the while he is still dealing with knee pain.  Logan, not the Marlin fan.  2013 Projections:  67/19/78/.240/2

From Around The Web

  1. Kershawshank says:
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    1B. Gross.

  2. Terrence Mann says:
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    Enough with the schizz on Frazier, Ike, and Cuddyer being underrated. You’re going to single-handedly jack up their adp. You know a bunch of clowns are going to steal sleepers (see above) and then spread like the herp. You need to create a razz+ blog and charge so this info doesnt get out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann: Ha…Then put on this site all opposites… Daniel Murphy at first base is a steal!

  3. beardcrabs says:
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    this is your longest, most confusing top 20 to date…

  4. Flipper Anderson says:
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    O T keeper advice request: in a dynasty league with about 90-95 draftable guys off the board between keepers and the minor league system would, who would be most worth keeping with an 18th pick: Andy Pettitte, Alcides Escobar or Wily Peralta.

    • Flipper Anderson says:
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      12 team

      • DansUggla says:
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        @Flipper Anderson:

        For what little its worth: Escobar. Peralta is a great prospect, but escobar is a known commodity

  5. Salty Balty says:
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    How does Matt Kemp’s new chest tattoo of his grandparents affect your rankings? He’s in my top 10 now. Just google it and look at Gram and Gramp . . . wtf . . .

    Can you imagine the akward moment when you are hooking up with a random lady friend, you pull your shirt off, and there’s a family friggin’ portrait.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Salty Balty: Oh my God… He’s got a Glamour Photo of his maw-maw and paw-paw on his chest…

  6. tenaciousdeucer says:
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    If I can’t get Fielder in RD1 looks like 1B can wait until the 5th or so.

  7. Jash says:
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    Top 20 Firstbaseman! I’ma rubbin it….

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jash: Make sure not to chafe.

  8. OaktownSteve says:
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    Numbers aside, I like what I see when I watch Freeman. Last year he had that fiasco where he was in Colorado and his contact lenses dryed out and fused to his eyeballs and for weeks he couldn’t see and then he had some special glasses made. McCann also has something funky with his eye surgery didn’t he? Maybe the Braves should invest in some kind of vision benefits plan. Just a thought. Anyway, it felt like Freeman was just about to get going when the eye thing hit and he never really locked it in. Be interesting to see if he’s got it figured out by spring.

    I like the Cuddyer call. He doesn’t have a lot of injury free seasons on his blotter and I wonder if there’s something to the notion (I think Huston Street was saying this last year) that playing in Colorado is particularly hard on the body, what with the altitude. I do like the fact that he looks like he’ll give you double digit steals from a corner spot.

    One guy I’m leery of is Swisher. Cleveland is a pretty significant downgrade from NY as a hitters park. I could see him struggling a bit.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      one other thing, I think the Mariners made a nice move picking up Morse from the Gnats. The Mariners are interesting this year.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @OaktownSteve: As a Mariners fan, I kindly ask you shush. The last time we were talked about as interesting, we had just landed Figgins and were going to win the AL West.

        Morse has now come full circle which is kinda crazy having two roided SS come up and leave your system only to go on and do big things for other teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Yeah, the Braves are not sponsored by For Eyes… I didn’t think Freeman would be much more than Loney, but he’s proven me wrong, he looks like he could take a jump up in the rankings again this year… Cuddyer’s fine late in the draft, but he isn’t exactly young… I hear ya on Swisher…

    • Big Magoo

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      @OaktownSteve: That’s an interesting comment about Colorado being hard on a player’s body, and it does make sense. Of course, playing anywhere seems to be hard on Huston Street’s body…

  9. mauledbypandas says:
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    this is officially blue baseballs season. so excited.. yet so far away

  10. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Hey all,

    First, I’d like to apologize to Grey for what is effectively spamming his posts, as this has nothing to do with the Top 20 1B for this year. (Well, not much anyway). I’m right there with you on Goldschmidt, though!

    Anyway…I’m still looking for a few managers for the RCL champions league that I will be running this year. It will be an RCL league, the only requirement being that you had won your RCL league in 2012. There are still a few spots left, so shoot me an email if interested. We already have the 2012 RCL expert league winner signed up, as well as the 2011 overall RCL winner (which would be yours truly ;) ), and also 1 of Grey’s ~2 female readers (yes, she won her RCL last year!).

    takecareofyourshoes@gmail.com

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @RandomItalicizedVoice: i thought we were up to 4 female readers, we lost a couple…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Why are you guys scaring away our 4 girl readers?!

  11. Otis Nixon says:
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    I would think Allen “wrench” Craig would be higher on your list.. I know about his generic ‘injury prone’ tag, but won’t he be the regular 1st baseman in STL instead of stepping on landmines in the outfield? Most of his injuries are from running around playing defense, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Otis Nixon: Yeah, until their left fielder goes down with injury and Craig is forced back in the outfield…

  12. Jeff says:
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    Does Adam Dunn sneak into the top 10 in a league where OBP replaces average?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: At the end end of ten, maybe 12…

  13. ML says:
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    You have Chris Davis ranked 15th with this line – 66/28/82/.251/2

    You have Teixeira ranked 19th with this line – 86/27/95/.255

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ML: Davis has upside, Tex has downside…

  14. Simon says:
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    Keeper Question pick 4 for 2013: Craig, Rios, Motte, Morrow, Parker, Butler, Peavy or Rio.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simon: Butler, Craig, Morrow, Peavy

  15. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I’m proud to say I introduced Grey to that Cougar Love link. Well I don’t know if ‘proud’ really fits the situation but it happened and now it’s up there.

    BTW, I double checked my math and 39 comes way after 20. Couldn’t talk yourself into a separate top 40 1B post? Did Logan Morrison scare you off from it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Didn’t want to separate them into two posts… Cougar Love!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Sky: wha… you guys having a couger party without me?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Bring your own K-Y!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What too much?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Yikes.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Grey: I use their tears as lube.

  16. Jon says:
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    I for one am loving the Bonus Content even if the players themselves aren’t that inspiring. While you’re including 39 players in your top 20, I’m busy composing a Simon & Gurfunkle-style ode to January Grey…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I hope I’m Simon…

  17. Your tier of Trumbo through Frazier is my target area… Good risk reward group at bargain pricing.. Trumbo is a big regression risk – But, what if he does not???

    Frazier is a big sleeper…

    And I do have a funny feeling about Morales… Even with the Grunge City BP factor- now Morse and even Smoak (who goes to the O’s or somewhere for pitching – Houston??? – too much smoake there not to be a fire soon) Kendry is back!!!!

    That is only if Billy Butler is snagged too early… I love Billy… He looks so cute in his uniform… Anyone that looks 45 at 26 deserves to be a good hitter in life…

    Criag: is he overhyped??? Or is he the greatest Ex Golden Bear MLB position player since Jackie Jensen vs Jeff Kent started … The great debate…. Then when you think you’ve got that all sorted out – some idiot always tosses Andy Messerschmidt’s name into the ring for the best player ever award… And it starts all over again… Yeah, it most clearly Kent,,, But Jensen was…. and don’t forget Messy was a……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @t moore: re: looks 45 at 26 — HA! Craig is overhyped, but Messersmith, oh boy…

  18. Bob says:
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    Great work, thanks! It would be even better if at a glance you could see where the tiers(tears?)) start and stop. How bout colors or a line or ??? Keep up the good work, thanks!
    Belts biggest problem is Bochey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There should be something coming that will help with telling tier apart… And Bochy’s biggest problem is he can’t find a hat to fit him…

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    Holy shizz 1B is loaded! Lots of middling guys anyway even if lacking star quality, gonna be targeting other areas early in the draft fo sho.

    Don’t know if anyone realises but Butler got his 10th game and 1B eligability at the last game if not the last series of last season! If I remember rightly anyway. Big news for us Moobs owners. Talking of Moobs, how many years would you keep him for in my league:

    1 yr ($10), 2 yrs ($13), or 3 yrs ($15)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think it was the last game of the season… 2 years…

  20. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Keeper help in a 12 team auction ($260 budget) Yahoo league (OBP, NSB, TB & QS in place of BA, SB, HR & W)

    Pick 2 to keep (I’m already stuck with Lawrie at $11):

    Gardner – $6
    Heyward – $21
    Ortiz – $13
    Machado – $6
    Weeks – $6
    Morse – $11
    Medlen – $6
    Minor – $6

    I was leaning towards Heyward and Morse but now that Morse is in Seattle I have to re-think. Ortiz was 1B eligible at the end last year in Yahoo, if he were still eligible I would strongly consider him. Machado’s rawness scares me off this year but I do like him long term. Then maybe its Gardner?, Medlen?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ortiz isn’t 1st base eligible… Gardner and Medlen…

  21. Eddy says:
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    To follow up on last nights board game question, I ordered 7 Wonders and Jaipur. Ever played any of those?

    Any recommendations?

    I’m getting this odd, insatiable itch to play board games.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Eddy:

      Get Puerto Rico. Definately one of the best board games out there.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Eddy: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. And its not close.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Puerto Rico over Settlers any day for me, and I’ve played both.

        Agricola’s good too.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Fair enough. Perspective is a wonderful thing. But if he’s anything like me (smart, handsome, horny), then he will be rewarded.

          • Eddy says:
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            @jaywrong:

            Thanks for the input, guys! I’ve been knee-deep doing boardgame research. Beyond Monopoly, UNO, taboo I never really ventured into the “real” boardgames.

            So my goal was to get a gateway game that’s easy enough for me and my girlfriend to get into and eventually branch out.

            I definitely came across of SoC, Carcassone and Puerto Rico as I made my first decision. PR, from what I’ve gathered, requires a little more dedication and can be a little off putting to a newbie. Is this true? Same for Agricola and San Juan.

            I’m an avid Keith Law reader and if you are too you know he’s a huge fan of board games. He has a top 40 (Carcassone #1, 7 wonders #2). Now, Carcassone has an iPad app if I’m not mistaken and it’s actually good from what I’ve read. Is it worth paying the $10 and saving me some money instead of getting the actual boardgame?

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Eddy:

              The app is best used on the iPad for sure. It’s a good app, but nothing beats the actual game. But if you want to save a few bucks, ain’t no foul.

            • TheNewGuy says:
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              @Eddy:

              Puerto rico and Agricola are a bit off putting at first, particularly Agricola, but they’re worth it in the end!

              • Eddy says:
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                @TheNewGuy: I definitely see myself playing them down the road!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nah, never played them… Never actually heard of them… I’m a Scrabble man…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Love the Scrabble!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah!

          • nyydj2 says:
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            @Grey: @Grey:BIG Scrabble fan here as well, play online at Pogo all the time in the winter. Had a lot of fun though the other night, played Storage Wars The Game with the kids, one of them got it for Christmas. Yuuuup!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice… Have you seen Baggage Claims? Basically the same show with luggage… Yuuuuuup….

          • Eddy says:
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            @Grey: You know what I hate about word games? I genuinely love learning new words and expanding my vocabulary, but I suck at word games. I still can’t make sense of it!

            Do you enjoy quick-thinking games like Taboo and Scattegories? I’m a sucker for those.

  22. TheNewGuy says:
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    No thoughts of a Morneau come back year? Think he did well once he was finally healthy last year no, didn’t own him but it appears that way.

    A guy who has 30 homer power who is healthy and is still at the back end of his prime age-wise. Sure crap supporting cast etc, but like you say with Dread Pirate, let the runs and RBIs sort themselves out. I might become a believer again come draft day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, he’s all right late, but he doesn’t give any steals so his stats are tied up in power and average… 25 homers and .275 average is all right, but could be found by about 15 other guys…

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        @Grey:

        But do any 1st basemen really steal! Only Hosmer and Belt could reach double digits. Dunno bout you but I don’t really take speed into consideration at 1B, get it elsewhere in my lineup.

        From say no20 down, id say Morneau has as good a chance as any of hitting for the best power and AVG combined. Or maybe im just crazy having owned him in some of his best years and thinking its 2007 again…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s true, not many steals.. But you get a few from the top guys… Swisher and Morneau are very close to value, but Swisher has actually been better for the last few years…

  23. Jah says:
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    which 5 do i keep (no restrictions)?

    Pujols, Votto, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez (SS/3B), Stanton or CarGo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Hanley…

  24. Sul says:
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    Call me crazy but I am thinking about trading my Ellsbury ($16), Jose Bautista ($20), and Dylan Bundy ($1) for Giancarlo Stanton ($16) in my 5 year keeper league (10 team, keep five over $5, and 8 under $5). Am I crazy?

    Things to consider, Ellsbury is not in my five keepers over $5 and I feel I can replace Bundy with a Zach Wheeler, Garrett Cole or both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy…

  25. DKohn says:
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    If you could only have one from your imaginary/real son, would you rather him love baseball or grow a mustche?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, tough call… Guess baseball and he can idolize mustachioed players…

  26. Nelson Santovenia says:
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    If Ike has 109 RBIs in that Mets line-up, I think the mets might win the pennant Jordanny Valdespin will be a top 5 OK.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m hoping Collin Cowgill gets 5th OF value…

  27. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Grey, how do I upload a picture next to my name when commenting?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gravatar.com

      • centerfieldballhawk says:
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        @Grey: Testing the avatar….does it gravatar just recognize my email?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I see you.

  28. Aaron says:
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    Wow I thought you were crazy on Goldschmidt but I looked at his numbers more closely and was pleasantly surprised! I would still take AGonz of E5 ahead of him, but I suppose that is just preference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup and yup!

  29. costaricanchata says:
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    8 typos ?
    what’s your ceiling ??

    Dealer McDope is a good board game …. you can steal peoples’ cash and/or stash when they get
    up from the table …. or when they eventually pass out from being too buzzed .

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      plus , the dice are the size of golf balls

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m hoping one day for 10 typos… Dealer McDope sounds like a Grand Theft Auto rip-off…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        except , we were playing the game back in ’69-70 , when the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers were popular .

  30. Edub says:
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    Hey Grey quick follow up for my last keeper, need to declare shortly…8$ Crawford or $ 5 A Escobar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carl

  31. Steve says:
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    Have you reached a view yet on a preferred draft spot this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a weird year… I like all of the first ten then things get real wonky… I’ll say the 10 hole for now with the ability to change later…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: And you’d happily draft any of those 10 in the spots where you have them, correct? I know that sounds kinda obvious, but you know what I mean…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I would… Because everyone’s draft sheet looks different, Votto could fall to 10 or Pujols or Fielder, ya know? But if everyone drafting with me had the exact same order, I’d take Upton at 10…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: You watching the Armstrong interview?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oops… Forgot… Any good?

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: It’s on now. Not watching, though I could. Kinda following along online.

                I hate that c***. Nothing he could say could change my mind about him.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He seems like a giant douche… I see it’s on here at 9PM, so maybe I’ll DVR it…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: It’s live on the Oprah network if you have that and there are live online streams.

                    I’d much prefer to see him get a real going-over by an actual journalist.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m still deciding if I want to watch, get the highlights or ignore… You know he’s not going to say anything that revealing…

  32. king cuban says:
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    What do you think about Brett Anderson? Think he’s going to finally put it together and have a good year? What are Dan Straily’s chances of making the Rotation?

    Would you take either of them over Shaun Marcum?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily should make the rotation — 95% chance… Both over Marcum…

  33. Steve says:
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    Re: Lance, I’m the same.

    He’s fessed to taking steroids EPO etc in all 7 tours, but sounds like he’s trying to play down that there was any conspiracy-omerta type siuation.

  34. James Russell says:
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    Trumbo dislocated his rib July 29th last year. His splits before and after are worth a look.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  35. Tom says:
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    Grey who do you think will have a surprise season. Someone with with great value like RA Dickey of last year (doesnt have to be a pitcher)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love Todd Frazier…

  36. Darkness says:
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    Are the Carter/Moss projections are supposed to represent their production if a fantasy owner platooned them?
    If they put up anything near your projections, that would be a killer strategy to draft both late if you are in a daily league. I’m guessing you plan to do so in some leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It wouldn’t work out quite that well due to late-game switches when a different pitcher came in…

      • Jay29 says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, as soon as I saw that projection I thought, “Man, Grey’s gonna get people excited about platooning.” It never ends well. Takes away an extra roster spot that could be used on a sleeper. And you only get like 65-75% of their summed numbers due to late-game matchups.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s why he’s ranked after 39 other guys…

  37. Peter says:
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    Back to the St. Louis OF injury & Craig going to the OF, do you see O. Taveras getting the call & leaving Craig at 1B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so… I like Taveras… He probably won’t be up until mid season though… With or without an injury…

  38. grey –

    nice work on these rankings – liking where I’m seeing your ranks of Ike Davis, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo — all of whom I will be targeting in some capacity (along with Goldie early), who you also have damn high. hope your enjoying the off-season. looking forward to another baseball year with you. Like you mentioned, I dont see the absolute need to draft a 1B early, unless one falls to me. Though not kicking Prince or Votto out of bed for eating crackers…

  39. Pops Too says:
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    Changed my handle in respect to the other Pops on your site. I had Ortiz last year and he became 1b eligible in Yahoo leagues. Where would he fit in 1b ranks.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As a 1st baseman? He’s top 7…

  40. The next great razzball writer! says:
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    Sometimes its hard to have to much talent on a keep team, Last year I made some great trades and had a couple good pick up off the FA wire. we keep 4, 3 being hitters, one pitcher RP or Sp doesn’t matter.Who would you hold onto of all of these players. I really appreciate your advice, and yes I do want to be the next razzball writer!

    Pujols
    Braun
    Mccutchen
    Trout
    Kinsler
    Castro

    Weaver
    Sale
    Price

    After pujols and braun my real dilemma is wether to keep trout or cutch. Trouts year was un real and i’m smart enough to know not to bank on those kind of numbers, even though his numbers will be good. Would you take the risk on trout or take the reliability of cutch?

    Also weaver sale price is a tough call, im leaning toward price of course but sale is a beast, and weaver is well weaver, he just continues to produce at a high level every year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols, Braun, Trout, Price… Real nice keepers… Do you have any samples of writing? You don’t have to win a contest to write for us…

      • The next great razzball writer! says:
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        @Grey: I most certainly have some samples I could send you. If you would like, I could E-mail you one of my samples.

  41. Medlenin says:
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    In a keeper league, Trumbo or Espinosa, each would have an additional potential year to be kept beyond next year.

    10 team: C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, MI, IF, LF, CF, RF, OF, UTIL – R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS.

    Have Heyward, Medlen and Desmond as other keepers. Picks 1, 5, 13 in rounds 1 and 2, no third round because of trades.

  42. Pefacommish says:
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    Tyler Colvin qualifies at 1B and is not listed above despite his numbers last year of 62/18/74/290/7. Do you think this is not repeatable due to lacking a defined position? He didn’t have one last season either. Or maybe you’re just saving him for OF?

    Those numbers put him somewhere in the high 20’s. And he has upside if he gets at bats.

  43. Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Would you trade Hosmer in a H2H keeper points league for any of the 4 1B you have ranked in front of him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

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