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This top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball goes to about forty-five.  Last year, I said the first base position is going through a transition.  Pujols isn’t what he used to be; Howard, Te(i)x and Konerko are washed up; guys like Chris Davis, Hosmer and Trumbo were on the way up.  Right, right and yup.  The position is still deep in that transition.  We’ll come out of the other side this year with a good idea of where we stand.  If Pujols continues to fall, if the washed up ones are completely done and if the up-and-comers are still on the move.  Hey, that sounds like a commencement speech from a school for porn.  Okay, let’s get into it because I can’t count to twenty and this list goes on forever.  As always, for each player there’s my projections and where I see tiers starting and ending.  There’s the position eligibility chart for 2014 fantasy baseball, and all the 2014 fantasy baseball rankings are under that linkie-ma-whosie.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball:

1. Miguel Cabrera – He doesn’t have 1st base eligibility yet, but will after the first week of the season.  I went over my Miggy projections in the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

2. Paul Goldschmidt – Went over my Au Shizz projections in the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

3. Prince Fielder – Went over my Fielder projections in the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

4. Chris Davis – Went over my Davis projections in the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

5. Albert Pujols – Went over my Pujols projections in the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

6. Joey Votto – Went over my Votto projections in the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

7. Edwin Encarnacion – Went over my Encarnacion projections in the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball.

8. Freddie Freeman – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Rizzo.  I call this tier, “On the precipice, whatever the hell a precipice is.”  You come here because I have the fiercest mustache in all the kingdom.  And because I use adjectives like fiercest.  And because I tell you like it is.  The first baseman rankings here, or anywhere you look at them, will be all over the map.  After the top eight, you can make a case for every 1st baseman ranked from 9 through 25.  If someone put Adrian Gonzalez where Rizzo is and Rizzo where Trumbo is or where Ryan Howard is and Howard where Trumbo is or Posey where Craig is, I’d understand it even if I don’t fully understand this sentence.  And my IQ is like an eleven, if eleven is good, I don’t know.  There’s a case to be made to move these rankings around dramatically.  There’s no one 1st baseman you can point to in the next 15 or so names that has to be where he is.  It’s about as fluid as your stool after three days on a juice diet.  With that said (reversal time), I ranked them where I’d draft them with all things being equal.  This tier is a bunch of guys that could take a nice step forward, but even without that step forward they should be safe to draft here.  As for Freeman, I’m concerned he’s going to hit 20 homers and get around 85 RBIs and not be nearly as valuable as he was last year.  Think a bad year from Votto (like last year), and that could be Freeman.  Or he can finally hit his power peak and notch 30 homers and a .310 average (think a great Votto year).  Like Malcolm and Monie, we’ll probably find ourselves somewhere in the middle.  2014 Projections:  85/25/102/.288/2

9. Eric Hosmer – After he bottomed out in 2012 (.232 average), he rebounded nicely when he stopped pulling balls into the shift.  That reminds me of an aggressive girl from high school.  She used to pull balls into my shift.  If Hosmer takes a step forward as he should, he could be David Wright at 1st base — think 24 homers, 15 steals and a .300+ average.  He made great contact last year, dropped his K-rate and hits third behind two guys that should be on base all the time.  His one big flaw is he doesn’t hit a whole lot of fly balls.  He had the 13th worst fly ball rate near guys like Eric Young and Gerardo Parra.  Can’t really hit homers if you don’t hit the ball in the air, said Mr. Obvious.  2014 Projections:  89/18/98/.305/14

10. Anthony Rizzo – His downside is obviously a lot more pronounced than Hosmer and Freeman.  I believe it goes like this:  doun•sighed.  His upside is huge compared to Freeman and Hosmer.  If Rizzo hits .260, he’ll be a top seven 1st baseman.  All that is standing between him and glory is about fifteen extra hits.  That’s about one extra hit every ten games.  A 1-for-4 instead of an 0-for-4 every ten games.  His K-rate wasn’t obscene by any stretch of the imagination.  Joey Votto had a worse strikeout rate last year.  Wanna find a guy that could be Au Shizz this year?  Here’s your guy.  Easily has 30+ homer power and can steal ten bases.  Average is the only thing holding him back.  You’re not going to find Rizzo ranked as high anywhere else, but don’t let that scare you off.  This is a trust exercise.  Fall back into my arms; I’ll catch you.  To read more, I already went over my Anthony Rizzo sleeper.  2014 Projections:  82/28/92/.256/8

11. Adrian Gonzalez – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Abreu.  I call this tier, “Can talk myself into or out of just about any of these guys.”  Good case can be made that the bottom has already bottomed out for a few of these guys.  Or they’ve had years in the past where the bottom has dropped out and they’ve rebounded in succeeding years.  Adrian Gonzalez falls in the “The Bottom Has Dropped Out Already But He Can Still Be Productive” category.  That manila folder has an extra long tab to fit the category name.  A-Gon’s never hitting 30 homers again.  Maybe he’s a Latin 31; I don’t know, but he got old fast.  Sadly, if he missed the road games in Coors, he wouldn’t have even hit 20 homers last year.  He would’ve had 19 homers.  The only thing holding back A-Gon from being total garbage is his health.  If he fails to get 600+ plate appearances one year, he’s gonna look like Todd Helton.  Hmm, I’ve just talked myself into not wanting A-Gon.  2014 Projections:  86/20/94/.285/1

12. Mark Trumbo – Have I mentioned yet that you better have a 1st baseman before getting to this tier?  Have I mentioned yet that you better have a 1st baseman before getting to this tier?  Have I mentioned yet that you better have a 1st baseman before getting to this tier?  Damn, I shouldn’t have wrote this post while in a cave.  There’s a terrible echo.   Trumbo is really more a corner infidel.  All of these guys are.  All what guys?  The guys in this tier, Random Italicized Voice.  Oh, gotcha, sorry, I’m hungover, February Grey got me drunk last night.  To read about Trumbo after he was traded, see my Mark Trumbo 2014 fantasy.  It was written with my feet.  2014 Projections:  74/33/89/.244/5

13. Jose Abreu – I already went over my Jose Abreu fantasy.  I wrote it while dodging the IRS.  2014 Projections:  78/26/88/.268/2

13a. David Ortiz – This is a new tier.  This tier is Ortiz and Butler.  I call this tier, “Do they have 1st base eligibility?  I have no idea.”  All of my position rankings are on ten games started at a position.  Ortiz and Butler will be the only exceptions because I’m not doing a top 20 for DHs.  All other DHs’ projections will be included in my top 400.  I believe Ortiz and Butler will have 1st base eligibility for Y!; their exclamation mark, not mine.  But some years Yahoo gives Wil Myers catcher eligibility and randomly changes players’ names to Raymundo, so I have no idea.  As for Big Papi, he’s 38 years old.  How long until steroids leave your body anyway?  That was a complete non-sequitur.  It’s no comment on Ortiz at all.  Please don’t sue me.  I’d have to think steroids leave the body within five years, no?  Again, this is no comment on Ortiz.  There’s no correlation to me talking about steroids now, instead of in anyone else’s blurb.  Do steroids leave the body within four years?  Is there another undetectable hormone that someone, not named Ortiz, could be using?  (Also, Tom Jacks went over his David Ortiz fantasy for OPS leagues.)  2014 Projections:   77/26/81/.278/2

13b. Billy Butler – If you stop doing steroids, don’t you grow moobs?  Hmm… 2014 Projections:  81/22/91/.294/1

14. Michael Cuddyer – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Moss.  I call this tier, “Not totally excited to draft them, but I guess, well, um, yeah, I will if they’re around.  Excitement!”  As for Cuddyer, Coors.  That’s all Cuddyer has going for him.  Put him in, say, Dodger Stadium and he drops two tiers.  All the guys in this tier have fleas like Bluestar Airlines.  I hate that the Rockies are putting Cuddyer back in the outfield for another season.  They don’t respect what he can do if they just play it easy with him at 1st base.  Either way, Cuddyer just needs to stay healthy and he’ll be more valuable than A-Gon.  Unfortch, doode can’t stay healthy (no one in Colorado can; their womb is polluted!).  Cuddyer will get ~130 games and you’ll have to figure out the other thirty games off of waivers.  For shallower leagues where he’s easily replaceable, this actually makes him more valuable.  2014 Projections:  70/21/81/.284/10

15. Allen Craig – Like the menopausal movies of Nancy Myers will tell you, something’s gotta give with Allen Craig.  He can’t continue to come up a month short of a full season and be worth drafting.  90+ RBIs don’t come often to guys that play less than 140 games.  It’s now happened in back-to-back years for Craig.  Watch the Gods of Fantasy Baseball smite him this year with 75 RBIs in 155 games.  “I hope it’s as half as fun as what we did last year to Mike Moustakas.”  That’s the head God of Fantasy Baseball, Nerdienotestes.  2014 Projections:  75/19/91/.310/3

16. Mike Napoli – When he re-signed with the Red Sox, I said, “I guess they were impressed with all his offseason, cigarette-in-mouth, shirtless jogging.  I liked it better when his mom was taking off her shirt.”  And that’s me quoting me!  What I didn’t say there, this is the first year Napoli doesn’t have catcher eligibility and doesn’t seem likely to get it any time soon.  Also, I’d be concerned Napoli hits .230.  The difference between him and Ryan Howard isn’t all that great.  2014 Projections:  74/25/87/.251/2

17. Brandon Moss – I flip-flopped Moss and A-Gon in the rankings a few times.  Moss was at 11 then A-Gon was down here and vice versa and vice vice versa and versa vice then I took a nap.  A trying time for me.  Come here, console me.  Stop touching me!  On one hand, Brandon Moss can hit 30 homers.  On the other hand, he’s only good vs. righties.  On the third hand that is really a foot wearing a mitten, there’s more righties than lefties.  On a fourth hand that is a foam finger sitting on your desk for when you want to cheer on your sales associates, I’m concerned Moss might slump vs. righties then be totally unusable.  2014 Projections:  69/28/80/.255/3

18. Buster Posey – This is a new tier.  This is a two person tier with Posey and Santana.  I call this tier, ‘Why are these guys not playing catcher for you?” Already went over Posey in the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.

19. Carlos Santana – Already went over Santana in the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.

20. Matt Adams – This is a new tier.  This tier goes here until Belt.  I call this tier, “Please, deity of choice, can I have some upside?”  I’m shoving a turkey baster up the rankings’ anal cavity and injecting some upside.  (BTW, I said ‘anal cavity’ in my wedding vows.  Am I the only person in the history of the world to slide that phrase into their wedding vows?  I like to think so.  Okay, I’ll give you some context.  For my vows, I said I’d like to take a page from the Meatloaf songbook.  As with his song, I’ll Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), I listed a bunch of things I won’t do for love.  One of those things I won’t do is smuggle drugs in my dog’s anal cavity across international borders.)   Matt Adams has 30-homer upside.  So few of these schmohawks do.  Above Adams and after the top 8 overall, the guys that have 30-homer upside:  Rizzo, Trumbo, Moss and Napoli.  All of them could hit .240.  Adams won’t hit for a terrible average.  I’m excited to see what Adams can do with a full season.  The only little drawback that’s not that little, Adams may never get a full season of at-bats.  I also wrote a Matt Adams sleeper post.  *buzzer, flashing lights*  It’s time for our favorite pause in the action — the top 400 check!  This should give you an idea of where guys are ranked overall.  I currently have Matt Adams ranked in the 110’s.  So, we’re 20 guys in, but there’s a ton of 1st basemen in the top 100.  2014 Projections:  69/25/76/.259/1

21. Brandon Belt – Another thing this tier has in common is they might not be full-time players by June.  The next tier is filled with guys that will be full-time players if they’re healthy, but won’t be healthy.  Just as a few of the guys in the next tier could defy odds and stay healthy.  A few of the guys in this tier could take that next step.  My big worry with Belt is he can’t hit 20 homers….Okay, I have another big worry, the Giants will do something like trade for Cuddyer in June, which would kill both his and Belt’s value.  2014 Projections:  78/19/75/.282/10

22. Ryan Howard – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until V-Mart.  I call this tier, “That sunset ride.”  One of the guys in this tier may stay at the Renaissance Hotel this year and breath life into the 1st basemen that are fading into the sunset.  “Ooh, look at Ryan Howard back in the saddle– And here comes his anterior knee pain.”  So weird (not weird) that a guy who looks like he’s in terrible shape is aging poorly.  If Howard gets 550 ABs, he’ll hit 30 homers.  If he gets 550 ABs, I’ll eat my hat.*  *I don’t wear a hat.   You’d cover this hair?  Puh-leeze.  2014 Projections:  62/25/78/.235

23. Corey Hart – I already went over my Corey Hart 2014 fantasy.  I like to read it in my best Gilbert Gottfried voice.  2014 Projections:  66/21/70/.276/1

24. Kendrys Morales – An argument can be made that Kendrys (and Te(i)x) should be above Howard.  All you have to do is look at their projections.  I went with them in this order because of intangibles.  No, not intangibles like how well Ryan Howard can play Cards Against Humanity.  I mean intangibles like the chance Howard outproduces his draft slot, i.e., I like Howard’s upside better.  I can’t imagine a scenario where I’m excited about drafting Kendrys, even if he adds a new plural this year to make it Kendries.  Maybe if Kendrys is standing behind me with a gun and says, “Draft me or else.”  Then I might be happy to draft him.  Or at least pretend to be.  As for the fact that Kendrys doesn’t have a team yet, his ranking and projections are assuming he lands somewhere he has a starting job.  I’ll adjust the rankings if that doesn’t happen.  As for the one person who didn’t read this blurb and commented below that Kendrys is still a free agent, thanks for pointing out what I know.  I appreciate it.  2014 Projections:  70/23/88/.279

25. Mark Teixeira – This tier shouldn’t be called “That sunset ride.”  It should be called, “The M.A.S.H. unit.”  I picture you drafting Teixeira and convincing yourself that if he returns to his former greatness, your team’s gonna be so good.  Yeah, and if every one of your picks pans out, you’ll also be named Fantasy Baseball Adviser to the President.   “This is Barack.  Barack Obama!  Your president!  Yeah, should I drop Jason Castro for A.J. Pierzynski?”  2014 Projections:  74/23/81/.250

26. Justin Morneau – Here’s what I said when he signed with the Rockies, “The Rockies just can’t put anything worthwhile at 1st base.  It would’ve been too easily to just put Cuddyer at first to save him from potential injuries.  Instead, they went with The Concusstador.  When Morneau heard he was going to be playing in Colorado, he said he was sad to leave Minnesota.  When told he had left Minnesota already and he was now in Pittsburgh, he blinked.  Twice.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2014 Projections:  67/22/78/.265

27. Nick Swisher – If you draft him, his sideburns alone have to be worth at least a pity f*ck from your girlfriend.  2014 Projections:  73/21/79/.252/2

28. Adam Lind – Last year at the age of 30, he hit 23 homers and a .288 average, which came after his breakout year in 2009.  Hey, Lind, see you again in 2017!  2014 Projections:  59/24/68/.259/1

29. Adam LaRoche – The other side of this tier’s coin is if these guys fail to live up to expectations, then you’re stuck with a guy in the Loney tier from waivers and you will end up getting road rage at the slightest provocation and yelling at the family dog for not pulling his weight.  2014 Projections:  72/22/79/.254/1

30. Victor Martinez – Check his eligibility; he only has 11 games at 1st base, so there’s that.  If he is eligible, he might not hit 15 homers, So There’s That, Part II:  So There’s More?    So There’s That, Part III:  There’s No More.  2014 Projections:  70/15/81/.307

31. Jonathan Lucroy – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Mauer.  I call this tier, “If these guys are in your 1st base slot, you’re losing your league.”  Already went over Lucroy in the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.

32. Joe Mauer – Doesn’t have 1st base eligibility yet, but will after the first week of the season.  Already went over Mauer in the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.

33. Chris Carter – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until McGuiness.  I call this tier, “All or nothing, or maybe that’s nothing at all.  Damn, now I’m singing Air Supply.”  Member that year Mark Reynolds hit .260?  Chris Carter is capable of that sorta out of nowhere batting average year.  He flirted with a solid average (.279) in his final year of Triple-A.  I don’t think he approaches that…Or really anywhere close to it, but if he does (it’ll be with a lot of luck), he’ll be a top five first baseman.  Can’t say that about a lot of guys.  Not a bad gamble late, but you may want to drop him by April 15th.  We’ll see or as Chris Carter would say, the truth is out there.  2014 Projections: 66/30/90/.215/3

34. Juan Francisco – He’s a poor man’s Chris Carter.  I’ll call him, Just-Miss Carter.  UPDATE:  Released by Brewers.  2014 Projections: 62/22/72/.241/2

35. Chris Johnson – Since Chris Johnson nearly won the batting title last year and still couldn’t keep a full-time job, I’m guessing if you own him for the entire season you’re in a very deep league or were hit by a car right after your draft.  My condolences to your fantasy team.   2014 Projections:  50/15/64/.285/3

36. Justin Smoak – Lloyd McClendon has said that Smoak is his first baseman.  Assuming Lloyd McClendon isn’t successful at getting himself fired, you have to take the man at his word.  2014 Projections:  60/21/64/.229/1

37. Daniel Nava – Some weeks he’ll be someone everyone wants like a Nava ho, other weeks he’ll be Daniel Nada.  2014 Projections:  65/15/58/.274/2

38. Mike Olt – I’m not entirely sure where he’s going to eligible at.  I’m assuming 1st base, but he could get 3rd eligibility too and even if he doesn’t out of the gate, he’ll get starts at 3rd early and often.  I like Olt a lot, but he’s a deep league flyer at this point.  I’ll also write more about him once we get further into the preseason when playing time is ironed out.  Ooh, a teaser!  2014 Projections:   53/17/59/.215/2

39. Chris McGuiness – There’s a few reasons why the Pirates traded for him this offseason A) Gaby Sanchez was the starter. B) See A. C) There’s no C.  McGuiness is so Irish he didn’t stop at the Guiness, he added the Mc.  He took his drunk ancestry up a notch.  He has solid power, but might not hit .220 in the major leagues.  Definitely worth a gamble in deep leagues to see if he breaks camp with the club as the everyday 1st baseman since his competish is weak.  2014 Projections:  42/18/51/.239

40. James Loney – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Reynolds.  I call this tier, “Maybe you shouldn’t draft your team right after coming out of a coma.”  My James Loney has a 1st name, it’s D-O-N-T.  My James Loney has a 2nd name, it’s D-R-A-F-T.  2014 Projections:  52/13/66/.280/3

41. Adam Dunn – He talked about retiring after last season, but his aunt, Charla, sat him down and said, “You want everyone making terrible ‘Dunn is done’ puns?  No, of course you don’t!  Now finish that leg of cow I made you.”  2014 Projections:  58/30/70/.207/2

42. Mark Reynolds – Big Donkey and Mini Donkey have taken widely different paths to end up next to each other in the rankings.  Someone should write a fairy tale about the journey Big Donkey and Mini Donkey took to end up reunited at the end of the rankings in 2014.  Call it, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Donkey.”  Dedicate it to me.  I’m your inspiration.  I’m also your office mate.  Stand up.  Look to the right.  There I am.  Hey!  2014 Projections:  52/25/64/.217/3

43. Mitch Moreland – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “Don’t worry, fantasy football is only four months away.”  It will be interesting to see how many at-bats Moreland gets this year.  Interesting to Mitch Moreland, that is.   2014 Projections:  55/19/62/.250

44. and 43 1/2. Lucas Duda and Ike Davis – These guys will likely platoon.  The Mets are calling it the He’s Crap/He’s Doodie platoon.  2014 Projections for Duda:  47/17/52/.242/1  and 2014 projections for Davis: 40/20/55/.212/2

45. Yonder Alonso – It’s not a great thing when I rank someone just so others don’t think I forgot about him.  Could be worse, I could’ve ranked Conor Gillaspie.  I have five fake dollars if you can tell me if there really is a Conor Gillaspie in the league or if I made up his name.  2014 Projections:  65/12/70/.271/5

45. Brett Wallace – Even worse is when you’re ranked after a guy I only ranked so people would know I didn’t forget him.  Going for Wallace, he should only bat against righties.  Going against him, a window, as in his face looks like it’s permanently pressed against one.  UPDATE: He was DFA’d by the Astros.  Ouch.  2014 Projections:  59/17/65/.230

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  1. Phil says:
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    Good stuff. Already keeping Fernandez Round 23 and Hanley Round 7. Who would you make my final keeper in a head to head league?

    Rizzo Round 22
    Starling Marte Round 23 (I have 2 23rd rounders)
    Donaldson Round 23

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Thanks! Marte

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    wow this is a LOT bigger than top 20 list. nice. I like the “Top 400 segway bits” so as to tell us where we are at. will come in very useful. I appear to be only the 2nd person surprised Navarro isn’t even ranked top 28 among catchers. Him and Ellis last year were both top 25 on player rater. Navarro was that high without even being a starter, now he is. Wondering why both so low.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Cause Navarro’s regularly a 6 homer guy and last year he hit 3 homers in one game which skewed his entire year…

  3. ... says:
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    i’m sure you discussed it in the original post, but pujols over votto is silly, but not as silly as rizzo’s placement. apparently, rizzo is the new lawrie.

    moss had better numbers as a platoon player than rizzo had in a full season. if you play in a yahoo league or any that have daily lineups, moss is even more valuable. if you’re drafting those players in a league i’m in, remember, i don’t accept personal checks only paypal.

    as far as strategy goes, 1b aren’t really that valuable in yahoo leagues. about the only thing less valuable are outfielders and mediocre sp’s. it’s more important to secure a top closer or value catcher.

    p.s. i always wondered how chris carter found the time to practice baseball, write award winning t.v. scripts, and have over 1,000 career receptions. that’s one talented jigga.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @: strong take!

      • ... says:
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        @Jay: i just went into the office and went to my supervisor “expecting” higher compensation. to get in the right mindset, i randomly introduced myself to two girls in the grocery store before my salary negotiations and one girl after. i’m still infused with the alpha-enaline that i shot into my heart a couple days ago.

        seriously, though, rizzo has had 1000 ab’s to establish himself as a hitter. i might snatch him up in the 17th round for his potential, but a major rule in drafting is never pay for stats that have not occurred yet because the player must have a breakout season just to break even in value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @: Moss over Rizzo would make sense if you were ranking for last season, that’s true…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Ha!

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @:

      “as far as strategy goes, 1b aren’t really that valuable in yahoo leagues. about the only thing less valuable are outfielders and mediocre sp’s. it’s more important to secure a top closer or value catcher.”

      That was a joke I hope…. right? hahahahahaha BTW..Grey you rock!

  4. TheNewGuy says:
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    Oh and Kendrys is still a free agent you know.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha
      *reay annoying Kevin Millar voice* goooot heeeeemmmm

      Sorry, I had too.

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Great stuff. Only you can make blurbs on Lind, Mini Donkey and Big Donkey seems funny.

  6. Tigres says:
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    For some reason it feels like 1B gets weaker every year. And yet… 7 in the top 20, 20 in the top 110-ish. That’s not bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Well, everyone around them also got weaker…

  7. Curt says:
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    Allen Craig, 15th?????………….he will rope!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curt: Is roping good?

      • Prez says:
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        @Grey: think roping means tying DL stints together… He will rope!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, then yeah…

  8. The Thumb says:
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    Edmundo Franklin was a revelation.

  9. The Thumb says:
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    Also, no mention of Abreu for a possible 30 homers? He could be the real steal of 1B with E5 like upside…

    • duder says:
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      @The Thumb: Old man Konerko is gonna take at least 150 ABs from him, so even if he’s legit he prolly maxes out at 25 HR this year. Maybe in ’15.

  10. Rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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    Great list. Allen Craig is the only guy I’d bump up a bit. Like Rodney Dangerfield, the man gets no respect.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Rotorankers.tumblr.com: 13 homers and 135 games is not what I want from a 1B spot. Or any spot for that matter.

      • rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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        @Fungazi: And that’s how you get guys at value. Everyone is looking at his 2013 numbers. 2 ways he’s profitable: A) You have power elsewhere, draft Craig. He’s a monster everywhere else; B) He gets the power back he had in 2012.

        2013 was likely an anomaly in the power department. He can hit 20 HRs in his sleep.

          • rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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            @Furious: You won’t win any leagues looking strictly at last year.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @rotorankers.tumblr.com: then maybe you should also take a look at how many games craig is likely to miss based on the seasons he didn’t wait till august to get hurt RRTMB, if you’re last point is sound.

  11. Anthony says:
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    Hey brother quick question, 12 team long term keeper league, 16 keep auction. H2h most categories as well..whatcha think?!

    My Jose Fernandez ($1) and Arcia ($1) for his Darvish ($22) and Greinke ($22).

    My pitching is pretty bad as all I have after Fernandez is gray and Samardzija..and my hitting is stacked, but I can’t afford to lose a deal..

    Thanks man really appreciate it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: You’re pitching is bad so you’re giving away a top ten pitcher that’s only a dollar?

      • matt says:
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        I don’t have anything here…lol *head scratcher

  12. Jim says:
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    11 is good if your brain is the amplifier from Spinal Tap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Ha

  13. the tone ranger says:
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    hey grey, good to be back.

    can you help me pick 6 keepers for H2H league (the round the player can be kept in is in parenthesis)

    Miggy (1)
    Votto (2)
    JUpton(3)
    M.Holliday (4)
    Scherzer (6)
    Werth (24)
    Gyorko (25)
    Bogaerts (26)
    G.Cole (27)
    Wacha (27)

    please and thank you

      • the tone ranger says:
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        @Grey:

        is that the order? if this was a forever keeper, same answer or would bogaerts make the list?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly squeeze Bogaerts in over Wacha… For keep forever…

  14. Last Chance says:
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    Greetings,

    Wondering when to expect the War Room to be up and running again. Sometime around Mid Feb like last year? That thing is the Shizz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Last Chance: I don’t think we’re doing one this year

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        @Grey: Please oh please tell me you are just joking…….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It slowed down the whole site…

          • Count de Monetball says:
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            @Grey: Not trying to beat a dead horse so to speak, but what if you just put the excel version rather than running a “online version”? Much love from the Count no matter what you decide…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’ll look into it, but no promises…

          • Homer at the Bat says:
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            @Grey: Understand not having the online version slowing down the site, but any idea whether the downloadable excel version of the War Room will be unleashed upon the masses (or, like me, asses)?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, the Excel one should be around if whoever does it, does it again… I don’t do it, it’s reader submitted…

              • Charlie says:
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                @Grey:

                Trevor did it last year and all rankings and numbers were Grey’s. Really hope it’s back this year. Trevor, will you be putting together one this year?

                Another helpful tool was the pre-season player rater that incorporated auction values. While I’m not in an auction draft it was nice to see actual dollar amounts attached to each player so it was easy to compare positions against one another. I think Rudy did that? Will that be back again this year, Rudy?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that stuff will all be back… The issue was the Razzball 3000 tool, if you remember that…

                  • Charlie says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Say what???? Razzball 300 tool? How in the world did I miss this? What is it?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s not important now, I think it’s gone due to server load…

  15. Obmij76 says:
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    Hey Grey, surprised you guys weren’t in the FSTA draft last night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Obmij76: Weren’t there, plus no one likes us…

  16. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    Paulie’s getting paid 12 mil $$ .
    “HE (not) GONE” .

  17. Marti says:
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    Any thoughts on Darin ruf since Howard will not stay healthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marti: Will be someone to pick up in-season

  18. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Rizzo is the definition of a trust fall. Him and Starlin created a black hole in my lineup last year. Now he might be Goldy!?!? Oh man, this is getting stressful already!!

    I waited all year for Rizzo to break out, and he didn’t even put together a good hot streak. I usually defer to your judgment Grey, so If I can get a good deal on him, I guess……..

  19. Cram It says:
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    My 2014 Trapper Keeper award is going to Freddie Freeman. He’ll be on my team. And he should finish top 5 1B. He’s that classic example of a guy who improves every year and hits his prime at 27 when he’s an outright stud. He won’t go the Votto route because he’s not a head case.

    • Prez says:
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      @Cram It: oh shit… The freddy huggy bear love is in full effect…

    • Carnac says:
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      What did Freeman improve between 2012 and 2013? Serious question. Apart from increasing BABIP from .295 to .371 things looked prettay prettay similar.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Looking at his batted ball percentages, not a whole lot… He cut down on his infield pops, made better contact which shows in his line drive rate (barely)…Not much to see for trending in the right direction… I do project him to basically just repeat again…

        • Carnac says:
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          Yeah, I saw the same and agree. I don’t believe he’s ever profiled to be much of a power hitter. 20ish HR year in, year out. (Which, in 2014, is enough to be a starting 1B in fantasy.)

          He hit 6 HR in September last year, tying a career high. It put him within spitting distance of 25 HR. And once fantasy baseballers (!) think 25, they start thinking 30.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup and yup

      • Cram It says:
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        @Carnac: Well I’m not a sabremetrician, but what do you mean? RBI, BB, AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS were all up. K’s down.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Cram It: Literally every major common statistic besides AVG last year, has trended up since he started.

          • Carnac says:
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            So OBP doesn’t count? But seriously, I don’t think a less than ~1% change in peripheral stats (BB%, K%, etc.) from the previous season indicates improvement. That says consistency:

            http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5361&position=1B

            His stat lines are nearly identical between 2012 and 2013. The biggest difference? Last year’s .371 BABIP. Which helped inflate OBP and probably helped with the counting stats, too.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Carnac: That’s cool, if you want to call it consistency and chalk him up for the same type season going forward, that’s fine. He’s 24 years old. And you’re using STRAIGHT numbers. I’m saying there’s room to build on his skills as a hitter because I think he’s that good, judging by what I see by actually watching him.

  20. Eric W says:
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    The fact that Ryan Howard did not play his first full season until the age of 26 really throws off my perception of his age always expect him to be like 29. Any way thanks for the rankings!

  21. Clint says:
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    Uh, forgive me for being the nitpicky retard in the room but if it’s a Top 20 First Basemen list why am I strapped to this chair like Alex from A Clockwork Orange reading to number 45?

    • Eddy says:
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      @Clint:

      Helps avoid questions like “Hey thanks for the top 20, but where would player X rank after this list?”

      Don’t bite the hand that feeds!

      • Jason says:
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        @Eddy: One could also simply choose to stop reading at number 20 in lieu of reading further and then criticizing the author. Your friend and humble narrator Alex was in a straight jacket with metal clamps holding his eyes open – what’s your excuse Clint?

        • Clint says:
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          @Jason:

          Um, Jason, I wasn’t criticizing at all. Perhaps this will help.

          Joke: A joke is something spoken, written, or done with humorous intention.Jokes may have many different forms, e.g., a single word or a gesture (considered in a particular context), a question-answer, or a whole short story. The word “joke” has a number of synonyms, including wisecrack, gag, prank, quip, jape and jest. To achieve their end, jokes may employ irony, sarcasm, word play and other devices. Jokes may have a punch line, i.e., an ending to make it humorous.

          And in that vein, I’ve always admired, never criticized, Grey’s ability to weave humor into the monotonous analysis that other sites take on as fantasy baseball advice. I apologize that my attempt at self-deprecation was somehow muddled enough it came through as criticism as nothing could be further from the truth. But to each their own, ce la vie.

          • Jason says:
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            @Clint: Sorry, I thought the first rule of humor is that it’s actually funny. My mistake.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Jason: eh pablo death, can i quote that when applicable? Here and there that would seem to be useful.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Clint: my second favorite thing about most retards is that they are NOT nitpicky at all…

      • Prez says:
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        Whats your first favorite? Theyre retarded?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Prez: Retards are not something to joke around about…there are people all over the streets of Detroit right now carrying around big bags of dicks…to eat…do you think that’s funny?

          • Prez says:
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            @Wake Up: ha ouch… I feel an abandoned house joke in the making!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA!

  22. Dkohn says:
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    Wanna find a guy that could be Au Shizz this year? Grey what have you done!!

    I’ve been content all offseason with not keeping that failure of a pull hitter, who strikes out too much, gets the shift, and as you conveniently pointed out hit .195 against lefties last year.

    Now you go ahead and do something like this, thinking Rizzo can totally redeem himself?

    I apologize in advance for my future keeper questions.

    Any the hoo, on to what everyone is thinking, but not asking, how many daiquiris is it gonna take for us Razzballers to see those wedding vows?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: Haha… I shared with you the good stuff…

      • Dkohn says:
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        @Grey: Ahh gotcha, well suffice to say I’m extremely jealous of all those lucky enough to have heard your list of, “I’ll Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”

        Ingenious premise.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  23. #1 contenda says:
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    yo grey man
    get da frost off ya nose. happy n healthy

    dom brown or gyrko in 14

    respeckt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Jerk Man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

    • David Pike says:
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      @The Thumb:

      who wouldn’t lose weight if it’s been an issue and they see a 9 figure contract on the horizon next year?

  24. Paul says:
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    Hi Grey, I loved Rizzo but his low tide last year made me crazy.

    How do you think which round I can steal Rizzo in 7-team / ROTO / 3 keepers league? (Votto is my keeper)

    And, rank them if I have chance to pick, Freeman , Hosmer , Rizzo.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re ranked in the rankings… Nothing changes for a keeper…

  25. Wake Up says:
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    Dan the Mets fan and I have been furiously flipping our front porch lights on and off to lure Abreu in from sea with our Spanglish-ish Morse Code…Abreu’s been rowing for days and all we have to show for it thus far is a coupla epileptic fits from the lightning bugs…I think I might have just seen Freddie’s pinnacle and a large white hump with the letters t-o-d-d scribbled in the snow, through my trusty spyglass…

    The Rhyme of the Recent Mariner…

    Smoak, Smoak, everywhere,
    And all the hopes he’d snatch;
    Smoak, Smoak, everywhere,
    Nor any lighted match.

    • Prez says:
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      @Wake Up: you should change your name to Drake Up with all these raps. But then youd have to sing alot and id have to punch you repeatedly when i seen you..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very nice… I’m waiting for the day I Wake Up to a 20,000 word Iliad-inspired poem about Nolan Reimold…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: HA! I’ll start scribbling it on the inside of my sleeping coffin…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No cryo-chamber for you?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Freeman feels like someone who just enjoyed a magical season…that will not continue…

        Rizzo, on the other hand feels like someone who is just about to breakthrough…

        Prezzii, on the mitten hand, which is actually a foot, feels like someone that is about to get bitch-slapped with a silent mitten-hit…according to Jack, you bring the whack backpack rap!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope you’re right, or at least Freeman just repeats and Rizzo takes a step forward… Whack backpack rap — ha!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: he usually plays to audiences of 3 outside of gas stations bathrooms. His biggest crowd was when 6 cops showed up and asked him to leave for loitering.

          • Prez says:
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            @J-FOH: HA!!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @J-FOH: Ha!!!

        • Prez says:
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          @Wake Up: pfttt… Im pretty good bra… Im like, two notches above trevor bauer… Yeah… What now?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Prez: Mitten-Hittin’ time!!! Trevor’s originally from Detroit…and he’s obviously retarded!!!

            “from the Gutter to the Braille”
            that shizz so def it’s blind!!!

  26. The Salary Cap Challenge Guy says:
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    I should know by now not to try to read this stuff surreptitiously at work. Coworkers know that there’s nothing that funny about anything we do here. Golden, just golden stuff in this post. D-O-N-T D-R-A-F-T started that darn jingle playing over and over in my head. Thanks for the memories…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  27. frankgrimes says:
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    would you take a chance on keeping Rizzo instead of JUp, Bruce or Kemp?
    It’s H2H points my other two keeps are AuShizz and Adam Jones.
    which rookie should I keep? Cole, Xander or Yelich I have Salazar too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Instead of Kemp… Cole

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: I prolly wasn’t clear enough if I keep Rizzo I can’t keep JUp or Bruce either. Can only keep three and one rookie.
        What you vaping these days? any new finds? My daily vape lately is called mellow melange.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, then Bruce… I’m vaping mostly from Mt. Baker Vapor… They’re the best fruit flavors I’ve had… Right now, Fruit Stripe Gum flavor… Tastes exactly like what it sounds like… Also love their apricot, gummy candy and peach… Gotta be into fruit flavors though…

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Ok my last choice all have their faults But what can I do.
            I’ve never tried Mt Baker but always read good things. I go back and forth from fruity to a sweeter tobacco taste then the Pluid which is the shit.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you wanna try fruity, give Mt Baker a shot… Really nice flavor…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Doesn’t taste synthetic, if you know what I mean…

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Grey: absolutely I must have 20+ little bottles I barely even touch cuz of that.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: did they have that at the vape spot?…Mt Baker that is

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, member? They had a falling out with them or something… I did originally try Baker there though…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I’ll look for it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Cool

  28. MattTruss223 says:
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    Yo Grey, been enjoying the rankings so far and catching up on the sleeper posts I missed during the final weeks of football.

    Gotta thank you for a completely unrelated to fantasy baseball note though. Seems like every year you recommend an album that I get hooked on. Last year was Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid mAAd City. This year, reading through the comments I noticed you really liked the new Eminem, so I picked it up the other day. Used to love his stuff back in the day, he kinda fell off the map for me for awhile though. I’m a sports talk radio guy, not much for finding new music on the radio so might not have listened to it otherwise, but man, that’s good shizz. I’ve played “So Far…” and “Love Game” back to back at least a dozen times the past week or so. Thanks for the baseball bits, but thanks too for providing the not so baseball stuff too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, glad you picked it up…. I agree with you, I didn’t like his last few albums, but this one is solid…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Rick Rubin brings out the best in Eminem’s bad styling choices

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He helped the beats for sure… Em’s got such nasty rhymes, that was all he ever really needed…See Dre’s produced albums with him…

          • Carnac says:
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            You hear the new bjork? Good shit, good shit.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I’m proud I have Bjork trending on Razzball.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope…I do like Jedd bgyroko this year though….

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: his last couple before the new one’s had bad beats that didn’t fit his angry little style

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, he was producing it himself and on Vicodin, so there’s that…

          • MattTruss223 says:
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            @Grey: Indeed, such a sick flow

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh yeah

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: the part at the end of Rap God is ridonkulitis!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You listen to Love Game at all? I’m about to about 150 on my iTunes song count…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: yeah, I wasn’t as big on that one…

            • MattTruss223 says:
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              @Wake Up: Yea, that part’s crazy good

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey: Meant to ask you too, how’s the Candy Crush addiction coming along? What level are you up to? I’m right there with you seeing the AT&T logo as a blue striped candy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I finished, sadly…

          • MattTruss223 says:
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            @Grey: Dayum, you had it bad, haha. I’m on only 385 or so, was stuck on level 382 for awhile. That map goes on forever, what freaking level ends the thing?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If I calculated how much time I spent on that game, I’d cry…. And I bought stupid shizz to help pass levels… I was deep in the muckety muck…

              • MattTruss223 says:
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                @Grey: Aw man, don’t cry Grey, it’s OK. Come here you…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, thanks!

  29. Dave says:
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    First pick in dynasty, would you want Kris Bryant, Jose Abreu or Tanaka?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  30. Fungazi says:
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    Grey, saw you post above about no WAR room. Will there be any post on what the expected totals – R/HR/RBI, etc that you would need per player in standard league types? That would probably be enough that people can make their own spreadsheets for.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that post will be around…

  31. Jon says:
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    How would you rank these 5 differently for a keeper? Move anyone up or down? Hosmer, Trumbo, Abreu, Adams, Belt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer, Abreu, Adams, Trumbo…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Love these posts and all your hard work/prognosticating.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  32. Xtremehulk says:
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    12 team keep 5.
    Keeping Prince @ $35, Edwin @$27, A.Jones@ $25, Goldy @ $21,

    I have Kenley Jansen for $1. I can keep him, or trade him for either Matt Carpenter for $10 or Jedd Gyorko for $8… Or of course I could keep him.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep him…

  33. Random Collmenter says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Any chance you could include your auction values as well when you compile the top 300 players?

    Thanks!

    -RC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I will have auction values

  34. Curt says:
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    I was offered Khali Davis for Jim Henderson……..keeper league……any opinion Grey???….the best moustache since Magnum!!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks… I’d want Davis…

  35. Jarrod says:
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    Would singleton be in there (within the top 45) if he were called up for OBP league purposes?

  36. J-FOH says:
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    Everyone is talking about the next Goldy and I really don’t think we see another like him this year. I think Freeman is close to his ceiling, but has room to grow. I think Rizzo becomes Bruce where he hits more homers and never gets where we would like him to be. I think if any guy is going to take that Goldy jump it’s one of the biggest sleeper busts ever, the Hosmer. He might be that guy that surprises us and ends the year as a top 5 1B. I might be nuts…no I am nuts, but I’ll take a shot on him vs over for paying Freeman who may be that guy that people draft ahead of Pujols chasing the who’s next dragon

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @J-FOH: I know you already re-posted this, but I feel bad you didn’t get a response “up here”. In reality, I agree, there is no 2014 version of goldy (in terms of draft value) that I can see. I do like Rizzo to rebound to a certain degree but obviously much lower BA than Au Shizz and less SB’s. He might be the closest in terms of value gain in 2014 as compared to Goldy, I just don’t see him performing above 2nd or even 3rd round value in even the best case scenario.

  37. Brickroad says:
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    Have 3 of 4 keepers figured out. Have Goldschmidt, Longo, Jones decided and have Stanton or Ellsbury to choose from for my last hitter.

    Thanks Grey. Good stuff as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton…No problem…

  38. Jarrod says:
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    Is there a site that ranks (or has the ability to rank/project) for OBP leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy does for OBP…

      • Jarrod says:
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        @Grey:

        Sortable projections/rankings?

  39. Papajeansegura says:
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    This is a stupid pointless question but what makes you think Nava’s average will take a hit from last year? I like the kid he didn’t play everyday but he would have his 3 for 4 nights. Maybe because I only had him for the last 7 or so weeks last year i didnt see too many 0-fors?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His speed’s weak so the chances he can maintain a .352 BABIP from last year are doubtful… He’s still a .275-ish hitter which isn’t terrible…

  40. Don Majkowski says:
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    Help with Keepers

    I have to keep 4, can keep 6 (no draft rounds tied to keepers)
    What would you do with this group? I actually won this league last year believe it or not.

    Choo
    Hosmer
    Lawrie
    Des Jennings
    Carpenter

    Strasburg
    Shelby
    Latos
    Wacha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg, Hosmer, Choo, Wacha… Not great, could be worse, I suppose…

  41. J-FOH says:
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    Really, no comment on my above?

    • Prez says:
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      @J-FOH: go back to sleep…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Prez: go ride your invisible horse off a cliff

        • Prez says:
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          @J-FOH: “yeah, i like the seahawks too… Genuine peeps, A+”

          Hi, my names jack, and when picking conference championship winners i like to pick the team with the fanbase id most likely blow….

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Prez: are you mad bro? I like the city of Seattle much better than SF, that’s all, Yes I have been blown by more ladies in Seattle than SF but that has nothing to do with my desire to see the Seahawks beat that piece of shit team from San Francisco. Have you been to Seattle, it’s a lovely place that doesn’t make me want to kill myself….like the city of San Francisco. Now oakland on the other hand, those are my kinda people. Good gang infested neighborhoods have the best low budget food.

            • Prez says:
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              @J-FOH: you wont win this twitter war! Or tweet war… Wow, how gay that sounds when said out loud…

  42. Curt says:
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    I’ve been a loyal reader for years…….What the F is razzball 3000???………

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Curt: It was slow as hell. I defaulted to the Excel version for fear of crashing mid-draft

        • Curt says:
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          @Curt: Its basically the “war room”…..never heard the razzball 3000 term…….I had problems also with the excel spreadsheet.

          • MattTruss223 says:
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            @Curt: Yea, it was just the online version where you clicked the players and they’re projects were added, gave up targets, yada^3. Excel version was still ol’ reliable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Forget I mentioned anything…

  43. Carnac says:
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    Corey Hart?

    • Curt says:
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      @Carnac: Good question……I’m in a keeper league, he would be a 20th rounder keep for me….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: Assumed he only had OF eligibility… You’re right though, he should be here… Okay, adding him…

      • Carnac says:
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        Oh definitely, that was a great post. Left Sky feeling morose. And some good-ass comments about Jay Buhner’s soda machine.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…Yup!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Updated, thanks!

  44. matt says:
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    Good thing I have fielder as a keeper. The bottom drops out past the top 10 ugh.. 1st Base is such a fking wasteland. Now all I have left to do is write the names of the remaining players on pieces of paper and drop em into a hat and see what I pull. Hehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  45. J-FOH says:
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    I’m crazy needy today, I’m posting this twice *goes back to sucking thumb*

    Everyone is talking about the next Goldy and I really don’t think we see another like him this year. I think Freeman is close to his ceiling, but has room to grow. I think Rizzo becomes Bruce where he hits more homers and never gets where we would like him to be. I think if any guy is going to take that Goldy jump it’s one of the biggest sleeper busts ever, the Hosmer. He might be that guy that surprises us and ends the year as a top 5 1B. I might be nuts…no I am nuts, but I’ll take a shot on him vs over for paying Freeman who may be that guy that people draft ahead of Pujols chasing the who’s next dragon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He needs to hit a lot more fly balls as mentioned in his blurb… He was hitting fly balls last year like he was Jarrod Dyson…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: God damnit Grey, He’s going to breakout…..I kid I kid. …..I will be looking to see if he has a change in swing or approach, he looks like a guy that can hit it a mile but he swings like a girl with a twig

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, exactly…

  46. Night pandas says:
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    Hi January Grey, missed ya!

    Who are you taking to the dance (15 team, keep 11)?

    Current Invitees:
    Braun, Tulo, Rizzo, Darvish

    Need 7 more of these yahoos:

    Silver Foxes: Utley, Aramis R, Dickey Dee
    Prime Time: Shields , Fowler, Gordon
    Young Punks: Jerk Store, Arenado, Wacha, Dom Brown
    Pre Teens: Yelich

    Dance Theme is “Keepers are Forever”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich, Shields , Gordon, Jerk Store, Arenado, Wacha, Dom Brown

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: Gyork Store. Good team name for 2014!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bam!

  47. George says:
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    Grey –

    Can you rank the following players in order:

    Correa, Buxton, Archie Bradley, Baez, Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, Abreu, Tanaka, Kris Bryant, Jonathan Grey, Appel, Almora, Robert Stephenson, Addison Russell for a keeper league.

    Thanks man….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, Tanaka, Buxton, Bradley

      • George says:
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        @Grey: Hey Grey – can you go top 10 for me?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t, on my phone… You can ask Scott in yesterday’s post…

  48. J-FOH says:
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    you get alot of the smoke from the fires down by you. I was watching the TV shots and it looks no bueno down there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m jetting in the jet to Vegas in about an hour so peace on that…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: have a nice birthday weekend and say hi to Mama Albright. I forgot to ship you her e-juice. Guess I’ll be paying shipping to the east coast.

        That fire was like a half mile from my parents house

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

          Yikes… Where is it?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: hills above Glendora and Azusa

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No idea where that is but hopefully your folks are okay…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: there Ok, it’s off the 210 near the 57

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Good to hear…

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @J-FOH:

              damn .
              learn something every day .
              nearly .
              thought glendora was samantha’s mother
              and azusa was a car .

              hope your parents (and their home) are ok .

  49. Brian says:
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    Okay…..nice to know I’m set with freeman and Rizz! Now, for my twelfth, kluber or sal Perez? Perez is my worst hitter in my twelve team keeper, and my pitchers are j fer, cole, and Gio. Leaning Kluber

    Also, five keeps, who to leave out(already keeping trout, miggy, and Cutch) out of Tulo, Strasburg, or Machado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez… Machado

  50. Reno 911 says:
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    Possibly my favorite (ever) snippet from you, Grey:

    28. Nick Swisher – If you draft him, his sideburns alone have to be worth at least a pity f*ck from your girlfriend.

    I will think of it from now on whenever I see highlights of Swish. I won’t be paying attention b/c he won’t be on my team, but I’ll still giggle. Good stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  51. Jasen says:
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    Hey Grey. I was looking for a little advice on picking my 10 keepers in my 12 team H2H 5×5 keeper league. Standard yahoo scoring. Here’s my squad.
    C-W.Rosario
    1B-E.Hosmer
    2B-D.Pedroia
    3B-B.Lawrie
    SS-H.Ramirez
    OF-M.Kemp
    OF-J.Werth
    OF-C.Crisp
    Util-C.Granderson, JJ Hardy

    SP-M.Bumgarner
    SP-J.Fernandez
    SP-C.Hamels
    RP-A.Chapman
    RP-K.Uehara
    P-K.Medlen
    P-G.Cole
    P-M.Harvey

    Some tough calls here. B.Lawrie, M.Harvey. A.Chapman. I could use some moustachioed insight.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C-W.Rosario
      1B-E.Hosmer
      2B-D.Pedroia
      3B-B.Lawrie
      SS-H.Ramirez
      OF-M.Kemp

      SP-M.Bumgarner
      SP-J.Fernandez
      RP-A.Chapman
      P-G.Cole

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        Im kind of surprised that you went Cole over Hamels?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’ll be above him in my rankings…

  52. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Kendrys Morales is still an FA AND I read the whole damn thing:

    Deal With It

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: Hey, when did you get a video of me in my bear hat?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I record all of our sexy snapchats

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s just a good non-sequitur

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I record all of our sexy snapchats too:

            SexyTime

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wish you wouldn’t have shared a personal moment of mine like that…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                At least you still had the towel on…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I was wearing my trunks underneath, as well.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Borat slingshot bikinis are not trunks…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I got new ones since you last saw me… Elephant trunk camouflage…

                    • Count de Monetball says:
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                      Elephant trunk camouflage… HAHAHAHA f’n classic (yep I’m stealing that one)

  53. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Bumgarner for Trumbo in a 5×5 H2H keeper? (Can keep players forever) Trumbo would be my CI with Goldy at 1B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, don’t see a reason to…

  54. SteveNZ says:
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    Are you likely to be stopping by the Razz forums while you’re in Vegas? I got questions, yo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Once I settle into my room… Give me about an hour…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Enough time to eat the chocolates off the pillow and clean out the mini-bar.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, and take my wife to bed… Hey now!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Need to do something with that 5 spare minutes after the eating and drinking.

            I’m here all week.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Hey!

  55. Stock says:
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    I need war room. Please make it happen. or let me know where I could find something like it. Thanks

  56. jared says:
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    can only keep 3 out of goldshmidt, bautista, pujols, bruce, and longoria. what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go on my rankings

      • jared says:
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        @Grey: thanks. just didn’t know if I should take all corner infielders or drop pujols and keep one of the outfielders.

  57. Science is a Mets fan says:
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    So if a 47/17/52/.242/1 Duda and 40/20/55/.212/2 Davis are platooning, you have the Mets getting

    87/37/107/230isj/3 outta 1b?!?!? AWESOME!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duda will also play outfield

  58. Tyler says:
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    Idk if this was already in the comments but how will Todd Frazier have 1B eligibility?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoot, was looking at 2012… Good catch… Fixing…

  59. Mantooth238 says:
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    When Cabrera goes yard more than once in a game, you know what we call it in our league?

    Multiple Miggs

    You know, after the basket case who um went yard on Jodi Foster’s face in Silence of the Lambs…

  60. JB_SIMMS says:
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    I’m offering Matt Adams ($1) for Hamels ($15) and A. Hanson (Minors). What you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

      • JB_SIMMS says:
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        @Grey: Let me rephrase. I am GETTING offered… Haha.

        Also got offered this.

        M.Adams, M.Estrada, AJ Ellis, #12 overall minor pick this year

        for

        W.Rosario, M.Cuddyer, #3 overall minor pick, #10 overall minor pick.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair

          • JB_SIMMS says:
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            @Grey: Your the man. Thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  61. Los locos says:
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    Keeper league
    10 team

    Keeping Hanley heyward Craig strausburg kershaw verlander

    So would you keep hosmer or rizzio?

  62. simbo13 says:
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    What side this deal do you prefer?

    H.J.Ryu, A.Hedges, A.Reed

    or

    M.Adams, B.Parnell, M. Estrada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

      • simbo13 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, that was my side :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  63. Mattitude says:
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    I’m so strapped (pun intended) on Belt’s dynasty value. He is only 25 and demonstrated 20+ HR power in the minors. Would you deal him straight up for Shelby Miller in a 14-team H2H dynasty league (standard cats with OPS and QS added)? I actually think now is the time to buy on Miller with his value slightly down based on the way he finished last year, but not sure about giving up on Belt, especially since we use a CI spot.

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