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After the top 20 catchers for 2016 fantasy baseball, it’s all downhill.  And by downhill, I mean it will pick up speed and start moving quickly.  That really should be what “it’s all downhill” means.  I fixed you, English language, you’re welcome.  The top 10 for 2016 fantasy baseball and the top 20 for 2016 fantasy baseball were done the other day too.  I think this is what they call getting you up to date.  I don’t mean that as in, “We have to shave his unibrow into two eyebrows, and maybe have him wear something other than a sports jersey, so he’s ‘up to date’ a girl.”  This top 20 1st basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball goes to about 60.  Every year it seems like it gets longer and more unwieldy like the story you tell people on why you didn’t finish college.  As always, for each player there’s my projections and where I see tiers starting and ending.  There’s the position eligibility chart for 2016 fantasy baseball, and all the 2016 fantasy baseball rankings are under that linkie-ma-whosie.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 1st basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball:

1. Paul Goldschmidt – Went over him in the top 10 for 2016 fantasy baseball.

2. Anthony Rizzo – Went over him in the top 10 for 2016 fantasy baseball.

3. Miguel Cabrera – Went over him in the top 20 for 2016 fantasy baseball.

4. Jose Abreu – Went over him in the top 20 for 2016 fantasy baseball.

5. Edwin Encarnacion – Went over him in the top 20 for 2016 fantasy baseball.

6. Chris Davis – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Pujols.  I call this tier, “How about you cancel your TaskRabbit job for someone else to draft you a 1st baseman and you do it yourself?”  What I mean by the tier name is, I like guys in later tiers, but this is the last tier I feel confident about as my 1st baseman.  As for Davis, if you studied Saberhagenmetrics at the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston, then you know Davis has a proclivity to be good every other year, which means 2016 won’t be good.  By the by, try to pick up a girl in a bar using the word proclivity.  It’s impossible.  It’s a difficult word to use in any situation and not come off like a total nutcase.  Even with something banal like, “I have a proclivity for brushing my teeth.”  You can’t even say that in a dental office waiting room without sounding like a weirdo.  You will get flagged by the NSA.  So, Davis will follow past patterns and hit only 30 HRs this year while hitting sub-.200 or he will Scrooge McDuck around Ghosts of Seasons Past.  Nearly impossible to say for sure, but a guy with 50-homer power needs to be drafted around here for what could be.  2016 Projections:   84/37/101/.252/3

7. Joey Votto – That power from last year?  Yeah, that’s not likely to return after he had his highest HR/FB% in five years.  I do get the sense from Votto that he’s like a modern-day Ted Williams in that if he wants to hit .330 with 45 doubles, he can do that.  If he wants to hit .300 with 30 homers, he can do that too.  All of this is assuming he stays healthy.  And assuming makes an ass out of U and Ming, the old Asian guy who lives in my building who smells like moth balls.  2016 Projections:   87/25/75/.307/6

8. Albert Pujols – You know who Pujols feels like?  David Ortiz.  When you’re blindfolded and squeeze his thigh?  No, Random Italicized Voice, he doesn’t literally feel like him.  So, I can remove this blindfold?  Pujols feels like Ortiz in that he will hit 30-ish homers until he eventually retires, as long as he’s healthy.  Speaking of health, here’s what I said earlier this offseason, “(Pujols ) had foot surgery for his plantar fasciitis that was about five years overdue.  Typical recovery time is four and half months.  *counts down months with fingers, lowers one finger with December, lowers 2nd finger for January, lowers 3rd finger for February, lowers 4th finger for March, chops fifth finger in half*  That takes us to around March/April.  Wouldn’t shock me to hear all during spring training about how Pujols will miss the first month of the season, then around Opening Day we’ll hear how he’s due back the first week of the season.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections: 82/30/93/.257/4

9. Adrian Gonzalez – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Fielder.  I call this tier, “Sweatpants.”  What I mean by the tier name is once you start wearing sweatpants, they’re comfortable and you keep wearing them.  Then, in three years, you look back on the last years of your 30s and you realize you wore sweatpants for the last three years and have all but given up on life.  This tier could be okay, and you might feel comfortable with them, but you won’t feel alive owning them.  As for Gonzalez, he’s listed as 33 years old, but no one has ever appeared this uncomfortable in casual wear that is under 50 years old.  He’s either a robot or much older.  His career power numbers also look like he’s much older.  He last topped 30 homers in 2010 and Steamer projects him for 24 homers, which doesn’t seem that conservative.  A-Gon is okay, kinda like sweatpants at the gym.  2016 Projections:   79/26/92/.270

10. Freddie Freeman – I Totes McGotes nailed Freeman last year when I said he was overrated.  Even Ms. Cleo gots to say to me, “Damn, you got visions, you handsome ess oh bee.”  Thanks, Ms. Cleo.  So, how am I feeling on Freeman this year?  Well, the only thing that has changed is everyone else has figured out Freeman isn’t that good.  I mean, he’s not bad, kinda like sweatpants to walk the dog.  (Oh, by the way, my vet told me that we should be giving our dog, Ted, Prozac.  I’m not even kidding.  The vet was like, “Terriers are hyper, as a breed, but…I’ve never seen one like this,” as Ted chomped his teeth onto a ceiling fan and spun around.)  2016 Projections:  74/24/87/.293/4

11. Buster Posey – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2016 fantasy baseball.

12. Prince Fielder – In his last two full seasons, he’s hit 25 homers, then 23 homers last year.  By 2020, he’s going to be hitting 10 homers a season.  He did average the 12th best distance on his home runs (408 feet; for what it’s Werth, Freeman was above Fielder at 410 feet and 8th in the majors for guys with at least 18 homers).   I just don’t trust Fielder all that much, like I don’t trust the pockets on my sweatpants.  2016 Projections:  75/23/94/.282

13. Eric Hosmer – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Piscotty.  I call this tier, “I wanna put on The Weeknd and embark on dirty time with these guys.”  Technically, these players could be your 1st baseman, but I’d feel a lot better about my team if they were my corner man.  Hosmer seems like the only guy in this tier that could be drafted as a 1st baseman.  This tier feels like the guys that will take over next year for the tier right above them.  As for Hosmer, I don’t see the Royals getting better, but they’d have to be hit by injuries to get much worse, because the main pieces are in their prime.  How much better could Hosmer get?  That’s the question (or answer if Alex Trebek is reading this).   Last year, he had a 24.4% Fly Ball rate, and averages 27.9% over his career.  That’s on par with guys that regularly hit 10-12 homers, so it doesn’t portend great things.  Hosmer actually has the profile of a speedster like Starling Marte or Anthony Gose — ton of ground balls, not many fly balls, except…and again with some stank…EXCEPT!  Hosmer hits the ball far.  He had the fourth highest average distance on his homers, and his Hard Contact rate is better than most with a low fly ball rate.  I don’t know how he hits more than 20 homers, but if it’s going to happen, it’ll be this year as his power peaks.  2016 Projections:   86/20/94/.303/8

14. Brandon Belt – I already gave you a Brandon Belt sleeper post.  I wrote it while drawing a mustache on photos of Mark McGrath, and posting those photos as myself on Ashley Madison.  2016 Projections:  79/21/90/.288/10

15. Matt Adams – My friend’s wife recently had a baby and he was saying how the baby needs to be breastfeed for the first month because nipples are harder to suck than bottles and if you give the baby a bottle too early, then they’ll never want to suck a boob because it’s too difficult.  It’s important babies fight for that milk early on.  With this in mind, it’s quite surprising that babies, who have learned to suck hard on boobs, don’t see Matt Adams and latch onto him.  Like he’s walking through a mall and babies leapfrog onto his moobs.  Or maybe this does happen.  Any hoo!  Adams feels like a guy that is left for dead after a few seasons of disappointing and then he finally makes good on his promise.  Remember, at one point, he hit 32 homers in one year in the minors and should be a .290-.310 hitter.  Of course, Brandon Moss is supposedly platooning with him on some days.  I think that’ll end up not happening by May, but there’s some risk due to it.  2016 Projections:   73/24/87/.285/3

16. Wil Myers – Kinda in the same boat as Matt Adams, which means WE’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT!  Nah, same boat as in Myers was a touted prospect not that long ago and could still make good on that promise.  It is goofy that he’s a 1st baseman.  So much so that if the Padres had signed their DNR, then someone seeing Myers playing first would be reason to pull the plug on the entire organization.  2016 Projections:  81/18/68/.247/9

17. Stephen Piscotty – I’m not entirely sure what to expect from Piscotty.  Grey doesn’t know!  Grey doesn’t know!  In a minor league season, his high for homers was 11, but that was only in 87 games and last year he hit 18 homers between Triple-A and the majors.  His minor league HR/FB% was 11.4% in 1531 plate appearances.  That was nearly identical to his major league HR/FB% at 11.7%.  If he gets 520 ABs, which is conservative since he’s penciled in as the two-hole hitter, he’ll get around 150 fly balls and about 15 homers.  This is obviously skanky math that may not hold.  He also had 11 steals in his only full season at one level of the minors (Triple-A in 2014).  He gets caught a lot, so 10 steals feels overly optimistic.   Lastly, the Cardinals seem to give 100 runs/RBIs out to whomever gets in the lineup.  Okay, really lastly, I like the upside of a 25-year-old.  I just want a little taste.  2016 Projections:  86/15/65/.278/7

18. Mark Trumbo – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Plouffe.  I call this tier, “They’ve attracted big fleas by wearing Big Dog shirts.”  What I mean by the tier name is that any of these guys could hit 30 homers, but they are far from a lock for steady, fantasy production.  Here’s what I said about Trumbo earlier this offseason, “Traded to the Orioles for Steve Clevenger, who sounds like the real name of a horror film murderer.  “I’m just going to take my girlfriend out on this boat in this deserted town on this man-made lake for some premarital sex.  What could go wrong?”  That’s what they say right before Steve Clevenger gets into the water and starts paddling with oars that have been sharpened into knives.  Trumbo gets an obvious bump in fantasy value going to Camden and away from Safeco.  Trumbo’s never really been bad, he’s been injured, a lot.  Wouldn’t surprise me to see him put up a career year with 35+ homers, but it also wouldn’t surprise me to see him play 75 or less games and hit 14 homers.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections:  72/28/86/.265/1

19. Byung-ho Park – Here’s what I said when he signed with the Twins, “True story, I went to a Korean baseball database to find Byung-ho Park’s stats, but first I wanted to see again what Jung-ho Kang had done in Korea, so I typed into the search field “Kang.” There were two pages of results.  A Dong Woo Kang, a Sung Woo, a Sang Soo, a Jang Ho, the Jung Ho and, the lesser known to you, Han Wool.  That reminds me, when I was younger, I used to wear Han Wool while I got a Dong Woo.  Any hoo!  (Or maybe that’s Any Ho!)  I found the info I was looking for (Kang hit 40 homers in his last season in Korea.)  Another tidbit I came across was ex-major leaguer Eric Thames hit 47 homers in Korea this past year.  He’s 28 years old.  Know who else is 28 years old?  Byung-ho Park, and he hit 53 homers last year in Korea.  Another major league washout, Yamaico Navarro hit 48 homers last year in Korea in his age 27 season.  Previously, his claim to fame was Brad Ausmus tried to put Yamaico on his head for Jewish ceremonies, and hitting two homers in 79 games in the majors.  Thames did better in the majors, but still not great, which is why he’s in Korea.  Kang didn’t do poorly last year in his initial MLB season (15 HRs, .287), but he obviously didn’t have the same level of success as in Korea.  Since every player is different, I’m not saying Byung-ho will come here and put up a 15-18 HR season while hitting .280, but Korea to the U.S. is a difficult transition, so I also wouldn’t expect much more.  For 2016, I’d expect Eric Hosmer at the top end and Adam Lind at the low end.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections:  72/20/79/.272/2

20. Carlos Santana – He’s only going to be 30 years old this year and only one year removed from a top ten 1st baseman preseason ranking.  Of course, now he has two straight years of hitting .231, and he hasn’t made solid contact in about that long.  Oye como bleh?  Yeah, kinda.  2016 Projections:   70/24/87/.235/6

21. Lucas Duda – A lot of the guys in this tier have numbers that are better than a few of the guys above them, but as with the tier name, there’s fleas with each of them.  Biggest flea with Duda?  He could hit 29 homers in only four weeks and be doodie the other five months.  Duda to doodie really does happen that fast.  2016 Projections:   71/29/88/.241/1

22. Mark Teixeira – He’s had a long career, right?  So long that I sometimes confuse him with Rafael Palmeiro and think Teixeira has been playing for the last thirty-five years.  Last year he had his highest HR/FB% while also having a distance on his home runs of 388.9 feet, which was about the same as Torii Hunter, who retired, and Luis Valbuena, who should retire but Billy Valbuena has got himself in trouble and Luis needs to pay for Dean Strang.  Last stop before hitting fly balls that are long outs is hitting home runs on average that are 388 feet.  Te(i)x might have one more season in him, but there’s some serious warning signs.  2016 Projections:   62/23/75/.246/2

23. Brian McCann – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2016 fantasy baseball.

24. Daniel Murphy – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Nats because the Nats didn’t want me making ‘Wilmer Difo is at his best in a platoon’ jokes all year.  I bet Charlie Sheen could’ve gave him some assistance, too.  Whew, glad I didn’t use the thesaurus for the word ‘assistance!’  The Nats will likely put Murphy in the two-hole and hope he turns on his heart light in October of next year like he did this past postseason.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections:  83/14/59/.285/4

25. Travis Shaw – He’s in the tier named, “They’ve attracted big fleas by wearing Big Dog shirts.”  Then, cut to Pablo Sandoval standing behind him, tapping his shoulder, asking him if he’s going to take his position for very long, when, finally, Sandoval eats a large flea with Tapatio.  Shaw could take Sandoval’s job until October.  He could platoon.  He could breakout.  Last year, in 226 ABs, he hit 13 homers.  That was more than Sandoval (for homers; Sandoval had/has more ABs.  He’s got close to a thousand ABs if he’s not currently dieting and shaking his belly.)  Shaw hasn’t shown dramatic power prior to last year, so I’ll be conservative and say he’s right on the edge of ownable for 12-team mixed leagues, but could be more.  Much more.   Much, much, okay, you get it.  2016 Projections:  64/19/71/.258/1

26. Trevor Plouffe – Anyone that tells you to draft Plouffe as a cheap alternative corner man I’d seriously question their advice in all facets of fantasy.  Plouffe is fine to pick up once the season is going or in media res, for our friends in Latin America, but to draft Plouffe is basically saying, “I went to the bathroom during the 18th round of my draft and I got autopicked Plouffe.  Essentially, while I was grabbing Plouffe I was also hearing Plouffe, because Plouffe is the French word for the sound poop makes when hitting toilet water.” 2016 Projections:  63/20/72/.245/2

27. C.J. Cron – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Valbuena.  I call this tier, “Willem Dafoe.”  By the tier name, I mean I like them a lot in a platoon, and wouldn’t mind most of them out of a platoon, and the lack of Wilmer Difo’s playing time won’t stop me from making Platoon allusions.  It’s not a trick, it’s an illusion!  As for Cron, I’m done expecting him to get everyday playing time.  I’ve been hurt too many times before and my wounds are too fresh, too raw.  Speaking of which, if I had a sushi restaurant, on the cover of my menu there would be a cartoon fish with a balloon coming from its mouth and inside the balloon it would read, “My wounds are too fresh, too raw.”  Cron has no discernible splits but as the DH he will get benched for a resting Pujols and anyone else The Sciosciapath wants to play.  Shame because Cron prolly has 27-homer power with an everyday job.  2016 Projections:  54/22/68/.255/3 in 475 ABs

28. Mitch Moreland – Unlike the other guys in this tier, Moreland doesn’t have an obvious platoon partner on the team right now.  Fielder might get on the field at 1st base in interleague games, but unless Joey Gallo is promoted to play first base, it looks like Moreland’s job.  Unlike, Part 2:  This One Is Unlike The Other Unlike, Moreland should be platooned.  2016 Projections: 61/22/75/.246/1 in 490 ABs

29. Justin Bour – I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t watch many Marlins games last year.  Their announcers are awful, the crowd is rocking if we mean that as in a rocking chair, and Giancarlo was out for half of last season.  So, this offseason I went and watched a few of Bour’s home runs.  Doode is a straight mollywhopper.  He kinda reminds me of Ty Wigginton.  At least, he looks like him.  Bour hit nine No Doubt home runs last year, Nelson Cruz only hit 10.  I didn’t buy into Bour during the season due to his age and relative anonymity, but I’ve sold myself on him this offseason.  Don’t love that the Marlins might platoon him, but he was awful vs. lefties and it’s likely for the best. 2016 Projections:  54/22/68/.268/1 in 430 ABs

30. Pedro Alvarez – This guy is a total bargain and a sleeper this late.  I feel like ESPN when I say that because I’m the one ranking him this late, so essentially I’m the one making him a bargain.  If I really liked him, I would’ve ranked him much higher.  Last year, he had 27 HRs in only 437 ABs while batting .243.  If everything was neutral on those numbers, I would’ve ranked him much earlier, but his HR/FB% was absurd.  Since 2000, he had the third highest HR/FB% with 32.5% with at least 400 ABs.  Since 2000, only one other guy is above 30% in a season (Nelson Cruz also last year).  Alvarez can be above 20%, maybe even above 25%, but over 30% is ridunk.  He should still offer cheap power later on in a draft, assuming he signs somewhere.  UPDATE:  What I just said in his blurb.  Nothing changes, except now he’s on the Orioles.  2016 Projections:  52/23/64/.246/3 in 420 ABs

31. Adam Lind – Here’s what I said this offseason about Lind, “Acquired by the Mariners.  Looks like the Mariners found their Mark Trumbo replacement!  Sorry, that’s not supposed to be an exclamation mark, but I can’t find the emoji of a Mariners fan shrugging.  I’m kidding, Lind isn’t that bad.  He can almost play one position.  I tease, Lind’s a slightly better all around hitter than Trumbo that doesn’t rely on fly balls as much.  Trumbo is a .260 hitter vs. Lind’s .270; Trumbo is a 30-homer possibility vs. Lind’s 22-homer pedigree.  Okay, they’re not that different, and Lind will likely platoon.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections:  58/16/64/.274 in 480 ABs

32. Chris Carter – He signed with the Brewers and now can help develop his project about two sci-fi agents that help uncover conspiracies while managing a Brewers lineup that is all righties, minus the switch hitting Scooter.  2016 Projections:  54/31/78/.206/1

33. Luis Valbuena – I kinda liked this tier up until this moment.  Meh, I’m being too hard on Valbuena in the non-sexual way.  He’s good for power and…uh…um… Okay, moving on.  2016 Projections:  49/17/58/.231/2 in 450 ABs

34. Ryan Howard – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Solarte.  I call this tier, “They wear the ceremonial Starter jacket, and not just a Charlotte Hornets Starter jacket like they’re pretending to be The Grandmama, Larry Johnson.”  Tier name is pretty straightforward.  It says that I have no knowledge of the NBA after 1995.  Oh, and the tier name also means these guys could be the starters, which isn’t a great thing.  As for Howard, Phillies manager, Pete Macktheknife, isn’t sure if Howard will be a platoon player.  Here’s how fast I’d make the decision:  Howard hit .130 vs. lefties last year.  And…done!  2016 Projections:  49/20/60/.219 in 460 ABs

35. Ryan Zimmerman – I could see Zimmerman staying healthy all year…if I cut out pictures of Ryan Zimmerman’s face and paste said pics to the lenses of my sunglasses, then don them while drinking six Pina Coladas.  Without my Ryan Zimmerman goggles, I’d guess he gets around 420 ABs.  2016 Projections:  54/18/69/.253 in 420 ABs

36. Victor Martinez – He feels like a lock for 12-ish homers and a .280 average.  And, wow, is that boring.  2016 Projections:  69/12/77/.282

37. Derek Norris – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2016 fantasy baseball.

37. Adam LaRoche – As of right now, he’s a platooner with some starter benefits.  If he gets hot, he’ll play every day.  If he gets cold, he’ll lose more playing time.  Fans of Saberhagenmetricians will be quick to point out that 2016 is the year LaRoche is due to hit 30 HRs.  Saberhagenmetricians also point out that Bryce Harper will be terrible this year, because all Saberhagenmetricians do is go opposite of last year.  UPDATE:  He retired from baseball, he still hopes to scratch himself and spit.  2016 Projections:  55/15/60/.242/1 in 440 ABs

38. Mike Napoli – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed a deal with the Indians.  Funny because his mom makes me pop a teepee.  Nippoli should be the starting 1st baseman-slash-DH, depending on how the Indians want to play Santana.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2016 Projections:  45/19/58/.220/3 in 400 ABs.

39. Joe Mauer – In retrospect, Mauer’s 2009 season of 28 homers looks as absurd as Brady Anderson’s 50-homer season.  Unless, of course, Mauer’s been getting roofied for the last six years by Cosby.  I’m not ready to rule this out.  2016 Projections:  72/10/70/.261/2

40. Justin Turner – No offense to Turner, but that’s what I expect from him.  2016 Projections:  52/10/57/.284/6

41. Stephen Vogt – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2016 fantasy baseball.

42. Yangervis Solarte – Right now, Yangervis is the three-hole hitter for the Padres.  The same Yangervis that was a bench player for the Yankees.  You say parity, I say it’s a parody.  2016 Projections:  59/12/62/.267/2

43. Ben Paulsen – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Reynolds.  I call this tier, “Aw, just let them play.”  This tier is filled with guys that will either be platooned or may not even get the opportunity.  Here’s what I said when the Rockies signed Mark Reynolds, “Walt Weiss is a moron.  To keep him as the manager, it means the Rockies are just dumb, in general.  But Weiss really is the King of the Dopes.  This has been widely reported by everyone even people not officially reporting it.  Like when a reporter says something like, “It’s impressive that the players never quit on Weiss when no one would’ve blamed them.”  One of the dumber moves the Rockies have been doing for a while is playing vets at 1st base.  This started around Todd Helton’s 10th season past the point when he should’ve been the starter.  I really have no idea why the Rockies don’t let Ben Paulsen just be the starter and leave him alone.  In the minors, Paulsen showed more than capable skills.  But the Rockies refuse to go without a safety net and signed Mini Donkey.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I’m listing Paulsen here because he should get the righty starts.  2016 Projections:  51/14/58/.261/2

44. A.J. Reed – The Astros are a contender.  Says so right here on the tattoo I had put on my arm so I wouldn’t forgot they were contenders.  That is also the last time I star in a Memento play off-Broadway.  Reed’s a big-power, ex-herbathrowdite. He hit 23 homers in his final year at Kentucky while also throwing 112 IP of 2.09 ERA ball.  As they say in Kentucky, that’s Calipar-wowey!  Do they not say that in Kentucky?  Nah, I think they do.  Crazy thing (not crazy), he’s continued to hit with authority in the minors too.  The Astros, being contenders, will not waste any time promoting Reed if they struggle for a week or two.  That’s right, I’m not even sure the Astros will wait until June to promote him.  2016 Projections: 41/16/46/.241 in 300 ABs

45. Greg Bird – The illness of needing to play vets that the Rockies suffer from was first spread into general population by the Yankees.  I’d say Bird would be a starter for at least 15 other teams.  It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Greg Bird on a plane headed to Triple-A!  UPDATE:  Undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.  Bird injured himself writing fan mail to his favorite actress, Dame Judi Finch.  The Yankees aren’t concerned; they have Mark Teixeira and A-Rod.  Now they just need to get the time machine to work.  2016 Projections:  36/15/39/.277 in 220 ABs

44. Jon Singleton – Not entirely sure if the Astros will play Reed over Singleton from the jump, but if his career thus far is any indication, Singleton will be lucky to see around 80 games.  Shame Jon Singleton keeps getting the Shaft, but that remake was totally unnecessary.  2016 Projections:  38/13/44/.211/3 in 300 ABs

45. Josh Bell – Here’s what I said this offseason, “(Jason Rogers was) acquired by the Pirates for Trey Supak and Keon Broxton, who is Jonathan Broxton’s soul brother.  The Pirates didn’t really have much at first base.  They didn’t even have a guy with a slash line; they had a guy with a series of dots and slashes in Michael Morse.  Then, soon thereafter, the Pirates acquired John Jaso.  Since Morse promises to be injured by April, Jaso and Rogers could sneak into playing time.  Rogers was a guy who had four homers in a half a season last year, and Jaso had five homers, so this is really awesome stuff for fantasy.”  And that’s you wondering what this has to do with Josh Bell!   Besides sounding like he starred in a Nickelodeon, Josh Bell is seeming more and more like a June call up since the Pirates stacked their first base position with John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt and Morse.  Bell hasn’t exactly set the world aflame in the minors, but he’s done enough to warrant deep league consideration.  2016 Projections:  34/10/42/.277/4 in 350 ABs

46. Brandon Moss – Do I want Moss to play?  Yes.  Do I want him to play for the team he’s currently on?  No.  Hey, my tiers, my rules.  2016 Projections:  44/18/54/.224/1 in 420 ABs

47. Chris Colabello – Seems like every year he has a good six week stretch like the guy from the movie, Awakenings, doing yoga.  2016 Projections:  51/13/59/.246/1 in 350 ABs

48. Justin Smoak – I’m tip toe wing in my Jawwdinz that no one notices I dropped back-to-back guys that play exact same position on the same team.  Hey, homey, what can I say, Jays got bills to pays now get me some Dolce & Gabbana.  I suddenly became RiFF RAFF.  2016 Projections: 41/16/54/.221 in 300 ABs

49. Mark Reynolds – See what I said for Ben Paulsen’s blurb or about four inches above.  Or seven inches if you’re talking to a girl. 2016 Projections: 33/15/42/.262/3 in 300 ABs

50. Yonder Alonso – This is the last tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “Greg Bird can’t get a starting job, but these guys can?!  Shame on you, small market teams, shame on you.  Or maybe that’s shame on you, big market teams.  Meh, shame is such a Catholic feeling.”  Last I checked the guys in this tier were starters.  And by ‘last I checked’ I mean I checked once, shuddered and then stopped looking at the awful lineups these guys are in.  In some deep, weekly leagues, it could be worth moving this tier above the previous tier because you can’t move guys in and out of the lineup when someone is benched.  As for Yonder, he has 32 homers in 1621 major league at-bats.  Okay.  Or as a Japanese girl would text, “Okayrokidoki.”  2016 Projections:47/8/56/.276/2 in 450 ABs

51. Tyler White – In the lead for the 1st base job in Houston until A.J. Reed emerges.  What’s that, a two month audition?  Sounds like he’s auditioning for Kubrick.  Will only play two months?  Nothing here!  Dot dot dot.  Or is there?!   He could take over or platoon with Valbuena when Reed comes up.  White doesn’t K and walks a lot.  That get your juices flowing?  Meh, a little for me, but not much.  He has Loney-ish power, which is to say droppers between the 2nd baseman and right fielder.   2016 Projections:  47/9/52/.274/1

51. James LoneyBrett Wallace looks at this tier and calls up his agent, “Seriously, I can’t get a starting job somewhere?”  UPDATE:  Didn’t make the team.  When he heard the news, he stomped out of the clubhouse and some people were saying he should be called, Bad Attitude, or B.A. Loney, for short. 2016 Projections:  49/7/53/.278/2 in 400 ABs

 
  1. Otto Von Bismark says:
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    Where would you put Big Papi? And happy belated born day!

  2. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    I’m in a 12 team dynasty weekly league that plays 2 players at each position. I have Kershaw leading my pitching staff and Goldy and Lind at 1st base. I’m thinking of trying to trade Kershaw. The team/players I’m targeting are Rizzo,Springer, Noah and Tysons Ross?
    Are these trade offers close?
    Kershaw and Lind for Rizzo and Noah?
    Kershaw and Fowler for Springer and Noah?
    If he declines is Tyson Ross enough instead of Noah?
    I’m not sure what is fair market value for Kershaw , help please.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @I’mgettingsomeHeadley:
      I wud try to Get Rizzo & Noah.
      Tyson Ross is not enough for Kershaw.

      • I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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        @Grey: playing 2 players at each position.
        I’m trying to sell high on Kershaw. I just don’t know what I can expect in return.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sell him for a position you need more

          • I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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            @Grey: ok, thanks. So your take on formats with 2 players at each position plus 5 outfielders is to have a stud then the 2nd guy be serviceable? I inherited this team last year, made some moves following your recommendations and placed 2nd. I was thinking Kershaw could net me some profit. I’ll peruse rosters and go from there. Thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Depends on lots of factors, you don’t need Rizzo for Kershaw

  3. John says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Need some help, I play in a keeper league where we can keep 6 8 or 10. I have a gluttony of first basemen on my team and the ability to keep and play all of them. They are, miggy, abreu, encarcion and fielder. We have 1st baseman, corner infield, and two utilities. Do you think it would be wise to keep them all out should I trade one before the keeper deadline? If you keep 6 u draft right away, 8 u draft in the fourth round and 10 I don’t start drafting until the eighth. My other keepers are Betts, Pollack, Carrasco, Stroman, C Seager and Polanco. I was thinking about trading Fielder and Polanco to get to 8 but wanted to see what you thought.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Depends what you can get for them, you don’t really need to trade them though

      • John says:
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        @Grey: thanks a lot

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  4. How'd you know says:
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    Grey,

    Our league has OBP and SLG instead of AVG and HR. Would you say that this format could bump Freeman up to maybe the tier above him? I know he’s in a crappy lineup and he injury risk. How much does an OBP and SLG format help his value?

    Thanks

  5. Tigersfan says:
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    Awesome job Grey.

    Which 1B has the highest upside over the next 4 or 5 years? Excluding the guys in the top 10. I’m getting pretty excited about Reed for 4 or 5 years.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigersfan: I like Reed… Piscotty has upside

  6. LastPlace says:
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    A. Russull or G. Polanco?

    M. Kemp or B. Belt?

    Meloncon or Syndergaard?

    Thanks!

    • Hawk says:
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      @LastPlace:

      Polanco feels like a breakout guy to me. Tremendous hype when he came up, some success but not a lot. He’s a guy I’m targeting all over the place. I like Russell too but not as much.

      Kemp and Belt: Snot from the left nostril or snot from the right. Gun to my head, I’m going Belt but eeehhhhhh….

      Melancon or Syndergaard depends on Starter / Closer need, format etc..

    • nick the dick says:
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      @LastPlace: Polanco Kemp Noah

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @nick the dick: agree with Nick

  7. ChrisL says:
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    Great article…

    This season 12 team keeper league H2H, normal 5×5 with OBP instead of Avg; (keep 4):

    G. Cole
    M. Brantley
    C. Yelich
    R. Cano
    R. Braun
    L. Severino
    A. Russell
    H. Ramirez
    D. Peralta

    Thank you.

    • Hawk says:
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      @ChrisL:

      Cole
      Cano
      Russell
      Brantley

      I really like Severino, just can’t see protecting him with only 4 protects.

      • ChrisL says:
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        @Hawk: Wow okay, throw back Braun too?

        • nick the dick says:
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          @ChrisL: Braun over Russell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ChrisL: Thanks! Cole, Brantley, Braun, Cano

  8. Hawk says:
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    With regard to Mauer’s 28 HR season: He hit 44 HR in the 5 years *combined* before that season. He has hit 50 HR in the 6 years *combined* since.

    Anyone who didn’t see this as a chemically enhanced breakout wasn’t paying attention.

  9. Jeff says:
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    With 1b so weak this year, do you think Hanley would be better utilized as a 1B/CI?

    Where would you put him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Around 15th

  10. Zeus says:
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    So many late fliers flyers for home runs. Trumbo Moss hell even Victor. Bour, Moreland the list goes on. One or two guys from the list below 18 is going to hit 35+.

    Honestly my money is going to be on Trumbo and Bour. I’m definitely going to follow them in the spring (late winter, mmmm Hayden Winters) to see where they’re hitting in the lineup. If they’re in front or behind Davis or Stanton they could end up seeing pitches to hit and added counting stats.

  11. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thank you for blowing my mind about “it’s all downhill”. While we’re at it, can we also discuss why the phrase, “throwing shade”, is always meant as a bad thing?

    All I’m saying is that if it’s really hot and sunny out, I would love to have someone “throwing shade” at me…

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Grey, savior of the English language.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re welcome, EL

    • Zeus says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: why is it that I frequently see late 30s hausfraus using that phrase on social media? It bugs me

    • Flowers misses his glasses... but he's ok tho says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: pretty sure this goes back to a gambling term. shading.

  12. Cram It says:
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    I like how you gave some guys 1 SB. As in, all things equal, he should get zero because he’ll never actually attempt a steal. But, because baseball, somewhere over the course of a season there’s a chance >0 that a hit and run is on, the batter swings and misses, the catcher can’t get a grip on the throw and Duda ends up standing on second base.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Cram It: Old, fat David Ortiz had 4 of them a few yeas ago.

  13. Sean says:
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    Where would Santana rank in an OBP format, would he be borderline top 10?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: 12-15 range

  14. Matty Ballgame says:
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    OMG, for a team that eyes itself as a contender in the NL, the Pirates situation at 1B is an absolute disaster.

  15. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    a. What up with that? I have an older Chinese friend that I say hello to in our neighborhood in Scarborough (when I’m there) when I see him and his breath always smells of moth balls. Why? Never asked him, so I guess I’ll never know.

    b. Did I understand the intention of your article correctly?

    My understanding: Draft a top tier 1st baseman or suffer the consequences.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  16. Left Hangs Lower says:
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    Damn, turned the dial all the way up to 53! Nice job as always, Grey.

    Btw, what’s Rudy up to? Haven’t heard from him in a while.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Left Hangs Lower: Thanks! Rudy was just in Dallas at the 2016 Nerd Summit, er, fantasy sports convention…

  17. Clint says:
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    So, if I’m reading your takes correctly, the only real 1B you seem hot to trot for is Brandon Belt? Or is it that they’re fairly even to a lower point in the draft and the position’s so deep there’s not that many that jump out for you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: I do like Belt

  18. Bunt Holes says:
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    The Rockies DFA’d Kyle Parker yesterday to make room for Gerardo Parra. Well, of course they did.

  19. nick the dick says:
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    Found myself belting out Heartlight to my wife last night. Thought it was because I found a bunch of old Neil Diamond records while cleaning out my basement, but starting to think all your past blurbs are just seeping into my subconscious. This is your brain on Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick the dick: I’m sure it led to nookie though, or at least a singalong

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: For that I break out the Heatwave Always and Forever. She didn’t even know Heartlight. She doesn’t know a damn thing about a damn thing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          She doesn’t know Neil Diamond, so she’s not a Southie and has her teeth

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Not a Southie, has her teeth, no recollection of the movie E.T…the perfect woman?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How does not knowing ET play into it?

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: A poor memory can’t hurt given all the times I screw up

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Great point, I never thought about how important a poor memory is… Interesting you chose ET to illustrate this… I might’ve said she can’t remember last Tuesday

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: I was playing to the fact she didn’t know Heartlight, which was the song from ET…I bank on long term forgetfulness

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      On a related note, how cool is Neil Diamond that he did a song based on ET? Talk about street cred

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Dude is out of this world….on another related note, is there a worse movie than that one where Jason Biggs and Jack Black and that annoying other guy are all Neil Diamond impersonators?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Saving Silverman! My friends wrote that movie! My friend Greg left the business after that to become an attorney…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Haha no way! I love Jack Black as much as the next guy, but that third guy who I can’t remember his name, I just can’t take him. And Amanda Peete irks the hell out of me too.

                    • Grey

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                      The story of how I met them gets better… I was in a writers group with them and a few other guys, who I didn’t know at first…Turned out one guy was Stephen Glass, and after that I was like, “I’m not bringing in my material for him to steal.”

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @nick the dick:

                      I hung out with Jack Black a bunch at UCLA. His friend Jason Reed was my friend’s roommate. Black a little bit of a sports fans. Loves the Rams so he’s probably stoked. Used to do bong rips and record a lot of phone greetings on the answering machine. And play nintendo hockey.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I had a Cougar ex who went to UCLA with Black (and Vince Vaughan)… Wonder if you guys crossed paths

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @nick the dick:

                      Possible. The place my friend lived in where Jack used to drop by the third roommate was Michael Chabon’s little brother. Cool crowd to hang with.

                    • Flowers misses his glasses... but he's ok tho says:
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                      @nick the dick: steve zahn.

  20. This is one of the rankings I have been waiting for. I am having a keeper conundrum involving Hosmer, Bogaerts and CMart and am anxiously awaiting to see what you think about these guys.

    But I am confused! It really seems like Hos should not be in the tier above but in the tier above that!

    86/20/94/.303/8 – Hosmer
    75/23/94/.282 | 74/24/87/.293/4 | 79/26/92/.270 – three 1b in tier above
    82/30/93/.257/4 | 87/25/75/.307/6 | 84/37/101/.252/3 – three 1b in the tier above that.

    He is 26 years old next year so he is smack in his prime and plays on one of the best teams in the league that has a very deep lineup.

    I am sitting in a tub of liquid confusion, which is really just a lot like taking a bath.

  21. papasmurf says:
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    Yo Grey Happy New Year!

    I thought this was top 20!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You too!

  22. FKA Ralph says:
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    Ten team keeper league and I have Freeman as my IF (we don’t have CI and MI, just IF, which is effectively CI).

    I also have Trout, Miggy, McCutchen, Springer, and Pederson as my other hitter keepers (along with Salazar, Lester, Darvish, and Carlos Martinez)

    I guess I like Freeman on this team because he gives me a safety valve for Miggy, has upside without much downside (until he got hurt, his pace was about 30 HRs).

    The thing I hate is my keepers are all OF and 1B, meaning I need to fill 2B, SS, and C during the draft. I think those four SPs are plenty for e to ignore pitching for a while and focus on those guys. Agreed?

    Love your rankings and the conversations in the comments!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Those aren’t bad things to fill in the draft

  23. Nelson says:
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    Where does Kendrys fit if eleigible? Somewhere in the Fatt Adams, Brandon Belt range?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, after that, by Tex

  24. brettj72 says:
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    It looks like Ortiz, Morales, and Bautista will qualify for 1B in Yahoo leagues. Where would you rank them among the other 1b?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista never even played 1st in 2015

      • brettj72 says:
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        @Grey: Whoops! I guess I was reading some bad info. What about Ortiz ?@Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s around 15th

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @brettj72: if somehow your site has bautista at 1B he’d be pretty damn high though, probably either right before C.Davis or right after.

  25. Walking Wounded says:
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    Happy late birthday Grey. Keeper question for you: 14 team, $260 budget, standard 5×5 scoring. I can keep 1 hitter and 1 pitcher for a 20% increase from the previous year. Keeping Arrieta for $20 but I’m torn on hitters.

    Would you rather keep Chris Davis for $23 or Starling Marte for $28?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Marte

      • Walking Wounded says:
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        @Grey: Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Man the A’s starting 1st baseman is 52nd. And his last name isn’t even Barton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t worry, the A’s will have Yasmani Grandal playing 1st in a year or two

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Going to A’s fanfest this weekend. We get to tour their clubhouse. Next best thing to the Paris sewer tours!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          One lucky fan gets to play 3rd base instead of Valencia?

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            One fan will be chosen at random to receive a one year, $10MM contract *

            *Fan must be over 40**

            **Fan must agree to elective elbow surgery in April 2016

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Fan must agree to be traded for a Padres prospect

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Fan gets cameo in Moneyball II

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Fan gets five minutes on Billy Beane’s treadmill

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Fan gets motivational lecture from Jack Cust entitled “Three True and You: How To Unleash The Power of Doing Nothing.”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Fan gets shirt that reads, “Forget World Series rings, We have a 20-game winning streak.”

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      Fan gets t shirt copy of the classic Platoon movie poster with Beane’s face photo shopped on soldier with outstreached arms

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Fan gets to communicate from Beane what Bob Melvin should do with runners on base

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      Fan gets to choose new walk up music for all players…drawn entirely from the Wham! catalog.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Fan gets Carney Lansford for a day

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Fan must consent to be bowled over by Ray Fosse at home plate as part of long overdue moment of catharsis

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Fan gets Rolo Fingers, the 70s toffee candy shaped like mustaches that just never caught on…

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          Fan receives coveted, rare “Paul DePodesta Deep In Thought” fixed-head figurine.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Fan gets to go to the Castro with Billy Bean

            • seph meier says:
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              @Grey: that was probably the greatest exchange I’ve read since mom jeans

  27. Jake DuBois says:
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    Looking ahead to next year only, who do you forecast will be ranked higher: Bird or Reed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reed

  28. Cram It says:
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    Bastardo! Look at my frugal, crafty Mets. Can’t wait for who’s next!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or it at least gives the Mets something to yell when pissed off

  29. Vacation says:
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    I’ve been offered Rizzo for Lindor in a keeper league. I already own AuSchizz. Don’t I take this deal anyway?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • KB says:
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      @Vacation: Yes. If you have CI or UTL open. Im keeping Goldy/Rizzo in one league. People get so concerned over not having UTL be flexible. Part of why everyone is down on Ortiz every year. I dont get it. Stats are stats. Take them wherever you can get them. Worry about stats first, positions later. IMO.

    • KB says:
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      @KB: @Vacation: Lindor no sure thing either. Projected as a glove first SS coming up in the minors. I think his break out came as a surprise to most. Sophomore slumps happen all the time.

  30. Alan says:
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    So you wouldn’t trade Abreu and Archer for Dozier and Votto in dynasty league?

    Thank you for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  31. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    don’t listen to those modern apothecaries that think they should be able to call themselves “doctors”

  32. Jon says:
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    Which 30-year old do I sell this offseason? Ian Desmond, Tulo, Donaldson, or Adam Jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can you get anything for Desmond? Tulo? Jones?

  33. Johnnyb says:
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    As commish of my first keeper league heading into its 3rd year, I was wondering do most leagues reset after a period of years and how should this typically be decided on? Or should it just continue until too many people drop out at once. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prices should increase so players naturally go back into the pool

      • Johnnyb says:
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        @Grey: we don’t do it by price since draft is standard snake and not auction. Each keeper you have loses a round each year you subsequently draft them. The latest round a player can start at is 14th round. So we never have keepers past round 14.

        • Grey

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          You can increase price in a snake… Instead of Trout being a 14th rounder each year since his rookie year, his value increases by three rounds

  34. Let us now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    i’m seeing that adams won’t ever play vs lefties (nor should he if you’ve ever watched his at bats vs them) and if he hits like he has the last 1.5 years (or slightly more) he’ll start to lose even more time to moss.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: great back and fourth above with Grey

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          It’s like The Dozens for dorks.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: I resent that, I’m not a dork nor a dweeb, maybe a fantasy spaz, but definitely not a dork

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @J-FOH:

              Definitely not a dork.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @GhostTownSteve: I call my myself the accidental fantasy pert

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @J-FOH:

                  Geena Davis helping you train your dog?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @GhostTownSteve: back in the day I would of let her train my dog

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’ll prolly be in his best interest… He also has a .296 vs. righties in 305 games

      • Let us now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        @Grey: oh no, wasn’t saying he was awful against righties, but as fat as he is he could tear something running the bases yet again. they need to move him away from that BBQ restaurant him and Lynn live above.

        Stevie, i’ve had this one for a little while, not brand new. Great series of lou reed interviews.

  35. J-FOH says:
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    mornin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: just vaping away blowing out my carefree clouds of strawberry/pineapple/coconut bliss

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like too many flavors in one flavor

          • J-FOH says:
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            its all balanced out. Most great flavors are combos of at least three. The makers don’t want to make it easy to copy. Ripping off juicers is quite common. I went back and tried an old flavor yesterday that tastes like a canoli filling (Its toasted almond cream) Still amaze balls.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cannoli filling? Whoa, that’s-a-so-gooda!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: you likea the filling…ya?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Here, have some more, you’re not vaping enough!

  36. RY says:
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    Yo Grey. Its amazing what 1 years brings. Aberu top 1B going into 2015 and even put up predicted #s. Now hes #4 going into 2016. Some big boy bats there. Love your rankings man.

    who wins in 2016 and as a dynasty keeper. Corey Kluber or Sonny Grey.

    My Bats are built young.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @RY:

      Kluber this year. Gray in dynasty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Kluber

  37. G says:
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    Hey Grey. I’ve asked you about my final keeper several times. I’ve decided in Chris Davis who I will be able to draft in 5th round but now wondering whether to trade him. My other three keepers are Arenado, correa, and Machado. Other guy in my league has Altuve as keeper who is a 4th rounder and see you are higher than him than I anticipated. Would you rather start my draft with altuve or Chris Davis to go along with my other three if this other team was willing to make the swap. Chris davis is a round later which should be considered I guess. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, I’d take Altuve

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Agree with you on that one.

  38. Long Bawls says:
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    “And today’s special is the topped twenty.”
    “What’s that?”
    “It’s the top twenty players, topped by another thirty-two, lightly Smoaked.”
    “Sounds good. Is it gluten-free?”
    “I know it’s recommended for those with Cron’s, but lemme double-check with the kitchen.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! “The bird of the day?” “Greg.”

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: Ha! Also, our chef just got back from Denmark, so the tasting menu is served on a bed of Brandon Moss. Maybe you just fill up beforehand at the burger place.

        • Grey

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          Haha…You sound like you watched Chef’s Table on Netflix

          • Long Bawls says:
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            @Grey: A little bird mighta recommended it…some things you can’t unsee, some foods you can’t uneat.

            I’m looking forward to the best part of every baseball season. The honorary lowering of Bud Selig’s toupee? The “Lucky Prick” sweepstakes where you get a chance to win A-Rod’s butt for a week? The long-waited Yordano Ventura WWE crossover episode? The games?

            No! Clearly, it’s Razzball.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sheepishly, “I think we might’ve sealed Selig’s sarcophagus without putting on his toupee.”

              • Long Bawls says:
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                @Grey: Anubis was counting on that to cover up his mange!

                • Grey

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                  Haha.. Elvis Anubis is the Rangers Egyptian shortstop…

  39. Matty says:
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    I have the first pick in my keeper league this year. My keepers are trout, bautista, syndergaard and cueto. I went all in the year before last and won a ship so i screwed myself last year but i have the most picks in the first 10 rounds this year so i am ready for a comeback, i hope. Most likely i will be choosing between altuve, mccutchen, votto, chris davis. There is a chance dude keeps davis over rizzo cause hes crazy like that so thats what i am hoping for. cross your fingers for me!! Super excited for this year!

    Read more: http://razzball.com/top-20-2016-fantasy-baseball/#ixzz3xuUBNOyU

    • Grey

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      Obviously, hopefully Rizzo is there… Would likely lean Votto there, cause Davis is wonky year to year, Altuve is getting old for steals after this year and McCutchen is just breaking down…Tough call though

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        @Grey:

        Are you really weighing the every other year thing as part of your Davis projection? Seems like 2014 was all about the ADD and other stuff that explained performance. I’d expect him to look an awful lot like last year. I’m not willing to buy into the predictive powers of Saberhagenmetrics.

        • Grey

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          It’s there, though… Right? Even if it’s ridiculously anecdotal… And no I’m not really weighing it in… He is the sixth ranked 1B… If I were, if plummet him to 15th

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Giants will win the series #evenyear

            • Grey

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              I enjoy this from Rotoworld (someone forgot what social media site they were checking): A source tells FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that the Nationals’ offer to free agent Yoenis Cespedes is for five years.
              Rosenthal said the dollar amount tied to the offer is unknown. He also said the Mets, another team believed to have serious interest in the 30-year-old, won’t go beyond three years to this point. The Nationals’ interest has come out of nowhere in the past 24 hours, but they’re now viewed as the frontrunners for the outfielder. Sources on Tinder believe the deal could come together in the next few days.

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Cespedes shows up in Washington with baseball glove. Mike Rizzo is holding flower and has a rubber in his wallet.

                Rizzo: “Um so this is awkward…”

                • Grey

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                  Swipe right if you want me to be your left fielder…So where does Werth go? Bench? Share with Revere and Zimmerman at 1st?

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Revere gets nicked up. Werth probably can’t go every day any more. Zimmerman can play first and fill that DL1 spot.

                    Here is the thing….Cespedes gold glove is one of the worst choices in the history of the reward. He’s not a great LF. Bad jumps, bad reads, doesn’t chase balls at full speed. Make highlight reel plays with his arm and that’s it.

                    Putting him in CF all season I don’t think is a good idea. Revere is a better option there but not great.

                    Cespedes belongs in LF for the Angels.

                    • Grey

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                      Agreed, I watched Yoenis in the playoffs and he was awful in the outfield… I think the Nats deal was planted by Yoenis’s agent to get the Mets or Angels to do something

  40. GhostTownSteve says:
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    The Carney Lansford one was my favorite.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I enjoyed DePodesta

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        *high five*

  41. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    adam eaton’s this year’s pollock from last year right?! there’s no way that doesn’t make sense

    • Grey

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      Ha

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Grey: are you an eaton fan? I feel a big year coming on. would you take polanco over him?

        also, and random, but what about Josh Harrison as a late, jack of all trades type in a deep league? I feel like he could get back to his 2014 numbers…

        random 5:30 thoughts

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I like Eaton

  42. S.H says:
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    Grey I love this time of the.It is like Christmas but I get what I want, and that is your yearly rankings. I am in a head to head keeper league 12 team,m upto 40 keepers if you want.I have a offer for Prince Fielder for Corbin. I have Goldy at first, and one of J.Upton, Cespedes,Springer or Dickerson for the Utility spot. I have Nola, Hamels Ross,Zimmerman and Santiago as my top five starters would you do that deal for sp depth

    • Grey

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      Thanks! It’s not a good deal

  43. Todd25 says:
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    There Grey, nailed it.

    [IMG]http://i63.tinypic.com/wjjatl.jpg[/IMG]

    • Todd25 says:
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      try again

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        @Todd25: ugh, image fail. posted it on forums under “what else is there”, enjoy.

    • Grey

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      Ha!

  44. Grey – love the rankings, as I do every year, my go to source for info, Much thanks for your work.

    Keeper question based on these top 10 guys — in a league where you could keep a guy for the next four seasons, would you rather have Harper at the cost of your annual 1st rounder, or Arenado as your annual 2nd rounder? I have to pick one of the two (already keeping Rizzo and Pollock as other hitter choices). Thanks for any insight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper… Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Alex says:
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    If trading for an SP in a dynasty league, how do you rank these four?

    Samardzija, Gio, Shields, verlander

    Gracias Grey

    • Grey

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      Jeff, James, Justin

  46. Johnny Drama says:
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    12 team 5×5 keeper league (7 +5 inflation)

    Kicking around trade ideas for my keepers.

    Which side do you like more as keepers?
    Frazier 11, Springer 11, Buxton 6, Rodon 6
    or
    Pederson 11, Schwarber 6, Carrasco 11, Lindor 6

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Springer

  47. bazzrall says:
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    in a 14 tm obp, qs keeper/dynasty, I have to trim these 16 keepers down to 14. who to cut?

    SS Xander Bogaerts ?
    OF Byron Buxton ?
    1B Miguel Cabrera ?
    3B Matt Carpenter ?
    2B Delino DeShields
    3B Josh Donaldson ?
    OF Bryce Harper ?
    C Jonathan Lucroy ?
    2B Yoan Moncada
    SS Corey Seager
    OF Mike Trout ?

    SP José Berrios
    SP Carlos Carrasco ?
    SP Kevin Gausman ?
    SP Lucas Giolito
    SP Steven Matz

    • bazzrall says:
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      @bazzrall: disregard the question marks

    • Grey

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      Lucroy, Carpenter

      • bazzrall says:
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        @Grey: thanks- do you think Moncada, Berrios, Giolito all up in 2016? Berrios and Gio probably April and July, and Monaca for a Sept. cup of tea?

  48. Holy David Allen Grier…just finished reading…Razzball’s top 1200 this year?

    • Grey

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      HA, make sure no one thinks I forgot anyone (people will still think I forgot someone)

  49. True. Thoughts on Kevin Maas?

    Nice to see you and OTS kicking it old school!!!

    • Grey

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      Like a bunch of old fools…I like Maas for September

      • @Grey: Maas-tops in particular!

        I did a mini-west coast tour over the holidays. Crashed with friends…took their dog for a hike one day…ran into some very, very friendly gents drinking white wine…found out later the place was known as Byung-ho Park…

        • Grey

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          Ah, you were in Korea Town

  50. J-FOH says:
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    Got the best quote of the day. I asked in that god awful dynasty you got me in about why keep 28 in such a deep league with weird rules where high school players and 12 year old cubans are owned, “No. I think you’re assuming perfect information, which is not an accurate reality”

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @J-FOH: with that target ceramic cell from yesterday are you able to get replacement coils for that? it’s in preorder mode and the guys at my local stores have heard of it, but don’t carry it (so i would order the one from the link you showed, great price but on pre-order).

      • J-FOH says:
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        @goodfold2: I’d look around the web. You can buy the replacement coils.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @J-FOH: only reason i didn’t just assume that is a comment section i saw for this had a lot of people on it wondering whether or not they could find replacement coils for it. I’m guessing this is only since it’s a very new item.

  51. scott steelers says:
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    GlaD the time is almost upon us! Need my 5th keeper. First 4 are gregory polanco rd 17, Springer rd 13, Sano rd 11, scherzer rd 7. Last choice I’m between pence at rd 9, salazar rd 10, smyly rd 10, baez rd 10

    • Grey

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      Salazar

  52. TK says:
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    Pretty comprehensive list but I think Mark Canha (75 games at 1B last year; 61/16/70 in 125 games) merits consideration.

    • Grey

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      Can’t see him getting anywhere near 125 games again

  53. John says:
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    What side in deep keeper league where all 15 teams have 2 C

    A: Alex Gordon and Jose Quintana

    B: Melky, Alcides, Cervelli

    Thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @John: gordon side

  54. sb2503 says:
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    Where do you see AJ Reed in 2 years time, a TOP 10 1B ?

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