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This is one of the most difficult posts to write all year.  Why do I find it hard to write the next line?  Oh, I want the truth to be said, Spandau Ballet.  There’s just so many different ways the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball could go.  Maybe next year I’ll write a top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball with a ten way tie for the tenth ranked guy.  Last year, I had Kemp crazy low and Posey even lower.  Those made sense.  I had Adam Jones higher than anyone and Paul Goldschmidt even higher.  Score!  I also had A-Gon and Josh Hamilton in the top twenty.  Hey, they ain’t all gems.  Looking into my crystal ball tells me this year is gonna be even harder.  Pitchers are dominating the sport.  Doesn’t mean I can go completely crackers and just put ten starters in the top twenty.  I wouldn’t draft a starter in the top twenty so I won’t tell you to do it.  Finding twenty hitters isn’t going to be easy, but, while thinking of me as your weird uncle that you can only talk about baseball with, let’s find them together.  There’s many question marks and even an interrobang or two.  Does Tulo stay healthy?  Does Pujols stop the career decline?  Oh, and what the eff do we make of Braun?!  Lots of questions to be answered as we continue our 2014 fantasy baseball rankings.  There are not as many guarantees as I’d like.  Kershaw seems more safe than any of these hitters, but you can find so much pitching later, he didn’t even make the top 20.  Remember, one pick does not a team make.  Here’s just twenty picks you should make.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball:

11. Evan Longoria – This tier started in the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball.  I called this tier, “UGH.”  This tier ends here.  Longoria’s projections won’t be that different than Prince Fielder and he has better position eligibility, so why the Ugh?  Let’s see, he seems to never stay healthy.  He only hit 14 homers and .257 in the 2nd half last year.  He hit .194 in the month of July, eliminating a lot of fantasy teams that drafted him from contention.  Going for him, he does have similar stats to Prince Fielder as mentioned on the aforementioned tip.  If he can get 105+ RBIs, which shouldn’t be hard if guys in front of him actually get on base, he earns this value pretty easily.  As with most Ughs, the worst case scenario for Longoria isn’t bad — a 30 homer, 90 RBI, .265 season, if he stays healthy.  Best case scenario, he wins the MVP and has the huge year he’s been hinting at for years.  2014 Projections:  96/31/103/.273/3

12. Albert Pujols – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Hanley.  I call this tier, “Luckily, it’s not last year.”  The 2nd round is one land mine after another.  I need the Ghost of Princess Di to guide me.  “Hello, Grey, this is the Ghost of Princess Di.  If you hold my tiara, I will help you cross the 2nd round without hitting any land mines.  Just as soon as I shake this paparazzi that’s following me into this tunnel.”  Nooooooooo, Ghost of Princess Di!  I don’t think Pujols is done done or simply done or even simply simply done.  He was hurt last year and still on pace for his usual numbers.  If the Angels would’ve been in the race, he would’ve legged out the season– Okay, bad choice of words.  He would’ve limped out the season and still got 30 homers, near-.280 and 100 RBIs.  I wouldn’t expect much more than that and, with another year under his belt, there’s a chance we see some more stat erosion.  2014 Projections:  90/30/104/.277/4

13. Joey Votto – “Hello, this is the Ghost of Princess Di and I’ve shooken the paparazzi like a good Bond martini.”  There’s no shooken, GoPD.  It’s shaken.  “No, British ghosts say shooken.  You should hear the Ghost of Winston Churchill shooken’ing all over the place.  Now, do you want me to help you with Joey Votto or not?”  I’m okay, thanks.  “Cheerio!”  Last year, I was thinking if we got lucky, Goldschmidt could be Votto in a good year.  Now, I hope Votto is Goldschmidt.  Talk about a zig zagging on me.  I’ve been zigzagged on!  I used to love Votto, and maybe I still have some residual feelings for even ranking him this high, but I look at his line last year and think that if he just would’ve had better luck with RBIs, we wouldn’t be talking about how he had such a fackfuster year.  Hey, who switched my F’s and L’s?  Fuckily, they didn’t switch my A’s and U’s too.  Don’t see Votto busting through 30 homers, but very lew hitters can nowadays, which is easier than two-a-days, but barefy.  2014 Projections:  89/26/102/.309/7

14. Jose Bautista – The Cougar and I like to dress up in a horse costume.  I’m the ass and she’s the face.  Not because she looks like Sarah Jessica Parker, but because I’m an ass.  I mention this now because I’m being an ass putting Bautista this high.  He would’ve had a huge year last year if he didn’t get hurt.  But he did get hurt, and he was hurt the year before too.  He’ll be 33 years old this year and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him disappoint once again.  Unfortch, you can count the number of guys with a legit chance for 40 homers on one hand and that’s after losing your pinkie in a Vitamix accident.  2014 Projections:  85/35/100/.255/5

15. Ryan Braun – We should add a new term to our glossary for when a high-priced player is out with the flu.  I will call them Givenchy because it sounds like someone sneezing.  Hat tip to 2 Chainz.  I bring this up now because there’s so much to talk about with Ryan Braun, I don’t even know where to start.  Was he meeting A-Rod’s cousin in the back alleys of Milwaukee for his entire career?  Was he doing it for just the last two years?  Why do we eat unleavened bread?  Ma nish ta nah, Hebrew Hammer!  In 2010, he hit 25 homers with 14 steals.  If he was on juice then, then what are we going to get this year?  A productive Omar Infante year?  Is he gonna show up to camp one hundred and forty pounds of a skull and bones?  Is he gonna look like Christian Bale in The Machinist?  Is the Anti-Defamation League going to fine me for mentioning camp, skull and bones and Hebrew in the same paragraph?  I really have no clue.  I’m sure at some point in the preseason I’ll have a post dedicated to just Braun, but for now it’s all guesswork.  Anyone who tells you different is blowing hot air up your hooha.  2014 Projections: 88/24/94/.280/15

16. Hanley Ramirez – Maybe I was too quick to blow off the Ghost of Princess Di.  This round is a real mess of potential land mines.  Like, fo’really.  When you’re in the 2nd round drafting, don a pith helmet and a safari outfit and call yourself Pitfall Harry because everywhere you look you need to jump over pits, quicksand, rolling logs, fire, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and crocodiles, and that’s just what’s listed for the Pitfall! Wikipedia page.  Hanley could be terrific, but I’ll be damned if I were to sit here — and I am sitting — and tell you he’s safe.  I guess the worst case scenario is a 20/20 season as he hits .250.  Not soul crushing.  The upside is obviously extreme if he continues to do what he did last year over a full season like he’s twenty-seven again as played by a young Robby Benson.  2014 Projections:  87/25/94/.272/18

17. Adrian Beltre – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Encarnacion.  I call this tier, “If you would’ve told me three years ago that these guys felt safe in the 2nd round, I would’ve told you that you skipped your crazy meds.”  The tier name says so much, doesn’t it?  (It does.)  Beltre is a safe 2nd rounder?  A few years ago he looked like a perennial 25-homer, .260 hitter.  Well, .260 and 25 homers is 30 homers and .295 in Arlington.  Then you throw in Prince Fielder…Well, you don’t literally throw Prince Fielder in anywhere unless you can bench press 750 pounds.  There will be plenty of time for upside picks later, if you get the chance to make a safe choice in the 2nd round, I’d take it.  2014 Projections:  85/31/104/.303/1

18. Edwin Encarnacion –  Safe?  Encarnacion wasn’t even draftable three years ago, and it’s not like he was a rookie.  He played full seasons from 2006 to 2011, just not very well.  Then, one wintery day in 2011, Dwayne Murphy yelled at Edwin, “I’m Della Reese, bitch!  Now come here so I can touch you.”  And like that, Edwin has never been the same.  You, “Is Edwin really safe safe?”  What are you, a stutterer?  I don’t know if he’s safe safe, but he’s had back-to-back power years as good as anyone in the league, so you gotta bet on him following The Rule of Threes.  2014 Projections:  87/32/97/.269/7

19. Yasiel Puig – This is a new tier.  This tier goes here to Bruce.  I call this tier, “Take a chance on Puig and Bruce.” Well, if you would’ve told me three years ago that Puig would be safe, I would’ve said, “What the hell is a Pweeg?  Is that a dining room set from Ikea?  I’ll buy it, but you need to put it together.”  Puig doesn’t play the game the right way, according to some old school baseball analcysts.  The old school way to play baseball is to show up at the stadium drunk because Arnold Rothstein said so.  There’s no word for nostalgia when you’re talking about present day because it doesn’t exist.  Nostalgia and revisionism go hand in hand.  When Reggie Jackson was playing, he was a ‘hot dog,’ not a team player, bad on defense and people now say he was one of the best ‘when it mattered.’  Who cares if Pweeg drove his Ferrari through a school zone doing 175 MPH?  Playing the game the right way is for Abner Doubleday’s great-great-great nephew, Gene.  Let’s worry more about what a player can do when he’s not playing the right way.  Or maybe Puig does play the right way, because he plays like the rent’s due.  Sure, it’s risky when going on such a small sample size, but Pujols, Prince Fielder, Hanley or any number of players above Puig can disappoint and have before.  Puig can hit 30 homers and steal 20 bases.  The number of players that can do that without killing you on average after the top 20 is…um…Well, no one.  2014 Projections:  90/28/94/.285/20

20. Jay Bruce – This draft pick is obviously more for roto than H2H leagues.  I’ll be along with a top 100 and a top 400 for guys that might be more consistent.  Bruce is a strange beast.  He’s crazy inconsistent from day-to-day, week-to-week, but wildly consistent from year-to-year and this year he turns 27 years old.  The magic number.  I’m drafting Jay Bruce on every team I can.  This is his year.  Last year, I went all in on Goldschmidt at the back-end of the 2nd round and, honestly, Jay Bruce is an easier call.  He’s a lock for 30 homers and 7 steals already.  Goldschmidt wasn’t a lock for that going into last year.  Last year, Bruce bumped his line drive rate up to 23.9%.  That’s around the same level as Miguel Cabrera.  This is pretty rudimentary, but if you’re hitting line drives, you should hit for a higher average.  Why Bruce didn’t hit for a higher average last year is because his contact rate fell.  If he can harness his contact rate and line drive rate, he’ll hit .285.  As for power, he’s already had a 35-homer year.  He’s 27 years old now.  Is he more likely a guy that will go from 30 homers to 23 or 30 homers to 37 homers?  Seems like an obvious answer there.  Then you have a favorable hitting park, hitting behind an OBP machine in Votto and a stealing loon in Hamilton.  Everything is in place this year for Bruce.  Or as Tony Danza would say, “Bruce is the boss.”  2014 Projections:  95/34/112/.272/7

After the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball there’s a ton of names, but this one stands out:

Clayton Kershaw – This isn’t about Kershaw.  He’s awesome.  I love him.  If I was gonna do a gay maneuver, I’d give Kershaw a handieburger.  It’s not about my love or lack of love for Kershaw.  You should not draft a pitcher in the first two rounds.  Again with caps, DO NOT DRAFT A PITCHER IN THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS.  Don’t make me go bolding shizz.  There’s pitching everywhere.  A top 20 starter just fell out of your backyard tree.  I swear to God, look out your window.  See?!  What you won’t see fall out of your backyard tree is a 40-homer hitter.  I’d prefer you drafted Ellsbury or Giancarlo or some other hitter that didn’t make my top twenty than a pitcher.  You can draft five pitchers after the top 100 and have a competitive team.  You can’t draft an entire outfield after the top 100 and have a competitive team.  Or a 1st base and 3rd baseman.  Kershaw is the wind under Bette Midler’s wings, but you should not draft him.  2014 Projections:  17-6/2.65/1.03/222

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    • El Famous Burrito says:
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      @Sky: We need to attract the younger generation. All the kids these days are wearing backwards ball caps.

      What about a full sleeve of horrible tattoos? Too much?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @El Famous Burrito: I was thinking more along the lines of shirt off and nipple rings but that would do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Hehe

      • Rotomaniac says:
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        @Grey:
        Due to the unusual amount of uncertainty in the first two rounds, this may be a good year to draft at or near the bottom if given a choice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like the bottom (that sounds weird) either way…

    • Jay

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      @Sky: Doesn’t matter. The kid’s adopted anyhow. No one loved him.

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        Sky says:
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        @Jay: We need to get ‘PSA Clark’ trending.

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      Sky is on fire yall!

      P.S. the twinkie dog was awesome. And by awesome, i mean slightly gay.. and by slightly gay, i mean it was really gay… Not that theres anything wrong with that. And by not that theres anything wrong with that, i mean there is..

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Prez: Just imagine me with something better than MS paint. I’d light the world on fire!

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      @Sky: Excellent! Stealing it!

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        Sky says:
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        @paddyman: Run with it! Spread the word!

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      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Al lydon: I’m aghast at how underutilized aghast is.

        • Al lydon says:
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          @Sky: Tell that to my 2 love children Aghastina and Aghastov……

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      @Sky:

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  1. Abdoozy says:
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    Greetings Stache King Grey. Looking forward to a three-peat in my money league this year, thanks in no small part to me being the only member who reads Razzball. The rest all fight over who gets dibs on Matthew Berry’s latest bro-crush.

    Curious to know where you WOULD draft Kershaw, if by some twist of fate he was still available at draft… 25? 30? 40?

    • centerfield ballhawk says:
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      @Abdoozy: He’s going to be a top ten pick in more leagues than you can shake a stick at, regardless of the format.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @centerfield ballhawk: Someone will pick him in the first round. It’s a given. They just don’t follow that philosophy of hitting over pitching.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Abdoozy: Do you think at some point your league mates would realize that following Snafu Larry doesn’t lead to victory and go looking somewhere else for advice?

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @J-FOH: Hasn’t happened yet. Advice for this group begins and ends with TWWL.

        There was some grumbling about how I was somehow perverting the system by taking advantage of the league’s unlimited add/drop rules (to the toon of around 350 transactions last season) (hey, they call me Streampunk), but nobody was stopping them from making frequent lineup changes. I prefer to think I was the only one who was actually paying attention. And they haven’t changed the rules yet.

        Kershaw went #13 in this league last season (14 TM h2h daily) and I’ll be shocked if he isn’t top 10 this year.

        The top 10 pitchers in this league typically go in the first three rounds. Last year I got Grienke in rd 5 (14th SP taken) and Scherzer in 7 and Lynn in 12 and Grilli in 14, picked up Kim Jong Ryu and Cole and Henderson off the wire to fill the bench, left two spots open for streamers and laughed all the way to the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Abdoozy: Hola! At 21 overall… He won’t be there…

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Grey: if he is, I’m on him like flies on sherbet.

  2. HWY68 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Some stat heads believe declining zone contact percentage might predict an impending BJ Upton-type collapse.

    After years of steady zone contact rates, Bruce’s percentage plummeted last season — from 84.7% to 79.1%. Just something for us to consider.

    The second round is insanely volatile but I’m with you — contact issues aside, Bruce could breakout this season. I dig his increased line drive percentage, home park & lineup.

    Love the rankings, btw!

    • Charlie says:
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      @HWY68:

      Do you have a break down of BJ’s declining zone contact % by year? I’m curious to see the trend. Do you also have a break down of Bruce’s year to year zone contact %? Would like to see both side by side. Thanks.

      • HWY68 says:
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        @Charlie:

        Hey, yeah sure. Here’s a 5 year breakdown for Upton & Bruce:

        BJ Upton Z-Contact%
        2009 — 83.5
        2010 — 81.3
        2011 — 83.3
        2012 — 79.0
        2013 — 72.2

        Jay Bruce Z-Contact%
        2009 — 86.4
        2010 — 86.0
        2011 — 85.2
        2012 — 84.7
        2013 — 79.1

        Bill Petti argues that a 1.4% drop in Z-contact% suggests possible collapse the following season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HWY68: Thanks! I looked at it a lot… I’m not overly concerned… If it continues to go the wrong way, maybe he hits .255… Upton and Bruce aren’t fair comparisons… Bruce’s line drive rate went up and is way above where Upton is or ever was…

      • Freddy Manpurse says:
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        @Grey: Have had Bruce in a keeper league for a few years now. The keys to owning him are A) never sit him, and, more importantly, B) NEVER EVER watch him play in an actual baseball game.

  3. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    Howdy MC Grey ‘Stache-Rock

    Question for you. Value for Hanley in 2014? I can keep him for 27$ (Standard 5×5 league, 266$ cap league) for next year. Worth it? I’m leaning no, but you never know.

      • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks, man!

  4. Raftman says:
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    Giancarlllloooooo!!

      • Raftman says:
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        @Grey: I’m still so much in love with him I’ll probably waste my first round keeper league pick on him. Who cares about winning when you’ve got the ones you love close by?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  5. The Thumb says:
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    Brucely, at first I thought it was insane to have Bruce in the top 20, so I tried to compare them to other rankings and really I could only make some what of a case for Upton or Gomez. Wow hitting really does suck now…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Thumb: I won’t trust Gomez for a repeat, Upton interesting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Thumb: Yeah, it’s a bit of a mess…

  6. TheNewGuy says:
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    Great stuff with the new rankings, this is when the FB season truly begins.

    Been working out contracts for my keepers. Now to the big one, Crush Davis ($4). What contract would you take:

    1 year ($7), 2 years ($10), 3 years ($12), or renewable year ($10).

    Think I have to go the whole hog (3 years, $12) no?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’d take the 3 year

  7. Bruce Leroy says:
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    L0ve your work as always. Merry Christmas all!! I’m in a nl only H2h league. Looking to trim my keepers down. Would you trade Matt carpenter $45 and cuddyer $7 for Bruce $11.. I have Rendon and arenado to replace him. Thanks.

    • Justin says:
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      @Bruce Leroy: yes yes and yes Carpenter at 45, shed that money man

  8. joe says:
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    How much of a concern is edwins wrist for you? Normally, I would not go after anyone who had wrist surgery in the off season but he had it done in mid September and it seemed rather minor (cleaning and repair cartiledge) with a two month layoff. Would you draft or trade for him? Will the power be down in the first half? Thanks!

    • Chris says:
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      And Grey, did you consider that he has 3B eligibility?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe: I’d draft him, I’m not concerned until there’s a reason to be… If I see him sit out in the spring with issues, then he’ll get dropped…

  9. Brandon says:
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    This is the first year I’m playing in a 16-team, auction draft. Based off of your analysis for this Top 20, it sounds as if most of these guys will have elite prices but may not be worth them due to their risk. Instead of making sure to get at least one top 20 player, would it be better to get 2 or 3 great players (maybe ranked in 21-40) that come at non-elite prices to be my cornerstones? I was already going to concentrate on having depth, this probably solidifies that theory. We’re going to have a 22-player roster with a $250 cap. That puts the top 20 having at least a $30 price tag. Maybe grab a group of safe(er) players with the price tag of $30-25? I’m interested to hear anyone’s opinion on this.

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @Brandon:

      Maybe pay up for one of Goldy, Trout, McCutch, etc. instead of the 2nd round risks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brandon: I don’t spend over $30 in non-keeper auction drafts…

      • mike says:
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        @Grey:

        Does this basically mean you don’t buy 1st or 2nd rounders? $30 is an arbitrary number based on how each particular draft is going…but you’re saying you tend to go for a lot of maybe 3rd rounders and beyond, rather than any 1st/2nd rd talents — unless obviously one slips and becomes cheaper than expected

        • Grey

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          I’ll go to, say, $35 if it’s for Miggy or someone great, but I don’t get 1st and 2nd rounders usually in auction leagues… Though, a guy like Pujols might go for $29-ish…

  10. Paul says:
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    Hi Grey, this was my question yesterday, “7 team ROTO. Except my 3 keepers (Kershaw, Votto, Stanton) , my first round candidates are:C. Gomez, Freeman, Kipnis, Pedroia, Bautista, J. Upton, J Bruce, Segura, C. Beltran, Longoria. Pick two of them” And you picked Longo & Segura.

    Longo is a obvious choice.
    But, Segura is over Bruce or Bautista? (Is it because i got Stanton already?)

    And if I want more power, thoughts appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: It is, and Segura’s younger with better upside… I have Segura only a few spots after my top 20…

      • Ray says:
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        @Grey: are you not concerned with Segura’s slash lines dropping every month last season?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not overly… If he only hits 2 homers/month and steals 6 bases (well within his realm), he’s a 12/40 guy at SS… I’d take that…

          • Paul says:
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            @Grey: Got it. Young , steals , not bad power , and SS are Segura’s advantages.

            And, I am also interested in Bruce after you rank him in top 20.
            Can I say Bruce is Grey’s Goldschmidt and worthy to be picked in first two rounds this year? Thanks

            • Grey

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              I ranked him in the first two rounds…

          • Furious says:
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            @Grey: Segura only had 1 HR from July to the end of the year (67 games). He did give you 20 steals in that time so that is nice, but he seems awful scary to me if he is going in the first 3 rounds.

            • Grey

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              Then skip him…

  11. scottsteelers says:
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    My 5 keepers as of now In a 12 team league will be
    J Fernandez 11th rd
    Puig 10th rd
    Machado 9th rd
    Segura 8th rd
    Mccutch 7th rd
    question is. Would you keep Latos 14th rd over machado or segura seeing as he is between 13 and 18 overall SP rank whice puts him as 3rd or 4th best available SP in OUR league with keepers gone.

  12. Jefferson says:
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    Grey, Rudy, ….

    Currently have B. Harper @ $5 and this is his decsion year in my NL only league(standard 5×5 scoring). Our league follows the original rotisserie rules, you can extend a player for as long as you like but each additional year costs another $5.

    In the past I have always either let the player stay at $5(especailly if he was an older player or a average plus player – currently also have M. Carpenter in his option year and probably will let him just play out his option at $5) or extended only to $15 for 3 more years(which is what I did last year with Goldie – starting to regret that a little now) but I at a quandry on what to do with Harper. With him being 21 this year I would have to go to $35 to get him to his age of 27. Which takes out a lot of his profit.

    What is your opinion on extending guaranteed contracts?

    Thanks

  13. Shawn of the livid says:
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    So if we’re talking H2H leagues, who makes number 20?

    – Giancarlo?
    – Ellsbury?
    – Adrian Gonzalez?
    – Alex Rios?
    – Carmen Sandiego?

    Thanks for the sweet list Grey, good stuff!

  14. Jim says:
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    I’ll be interested to see when/if you do the disparity between your rankings and Yahoo/ESPN/CBS etc. That’s what got me excited about Goldschmidt and Adam Jones last year. This year there is just so much uncertainty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: I will

  15. Jarrod says:
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    Does Straily stay in the rotation? Has Parker maxed out (where are his strike outs). It seems like you can get Straily at the end of a draft, as opposed to Parker, but they produce the same in a couple categories. (AL only league). Much of a difference from a fantasy perspective?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jarrod: I’d prefer Parker

  16. theearly90s says:
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    T-T-Tulo junior!

  17. ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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    Man it’s like Christmas morning every morning during the ranking season…or like the 136 days of Hannukkah. Either way I wake up at 4am each morning and run to the computer in my footy pajamas to see what January Grey Cringle left in my inbox. Did you get the cookies and milk I left for you and the carrots I left for Rudy?

    Some dynasty trade help if you would be so kind, no limits on keeper length:

    Kemp for Felix?
    Strasburg for Longoria?

    Have you ever done keeper rankings, ie top 100 for the next 3yrs?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ReleasetheMcCracken: Felix side, Longo side… Keeper rankings will be along shortly…

      • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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        @Grey: It’s a Christmas miralce! Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It is, it is!

    • Prez says:
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      @ReleasetheMcCracken: footy pajamas… Haha do you have a drop door? Never know when ya gotta go!

  18. Jokerman says:
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    Shocked Giancarlo didn’t make your top 20, especially considering the garbage in 11 to 20. I also think Braun is ranked way too low.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jokerman: Giancarlo’s not that far off the top 20

  19. Ned Shakeshaft says:
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    Longoria is pretty, but too fragile. I can’t justify that big price tag. To me, he’s a “Swearoffski. ”

    I’d rather grab Beltre or Edwin. Feel like they’re made of sterner stuff. More lead in the crystal, I guess.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Ned Shakeshaft: Beltre’s no sure thing either with his long teeth. He could fall off to the point where he’s not even top 200 next year.

      • Ned Shakeshaft says:
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        @Fungazi: I don’t know man. Dude’s 34, still spry enough for hold glove consideration. And there’s nothing in the stats giving off alarm bells of decline.

        Don’t they have drugs to combat aging, anyhow?

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          @Ned Shakeshaft:Guys in the past like Derrek Lee and Vlady seemed to fall off the face of the earth around that age. I remember those two specifically.

          I think there’s an anti-aging clinic in Florida.

  20. Dr Hocker says:
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    a Handieburger? My vocabulary is always enriched at this site…i.e cleveland steamer….

      • Hackensack Bulls says:
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        @Grey: No seriously, I need to know what this is. It’s not in Urban Dictionary. Does it cost extra? Does it involve condiments?

        You can’t just throw words like that out there and expect people not to wonder if they’re missing out.

  21. The Fuzz says:
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    Surprised not to see Rios in the top 20. In a great lineup and park he seems like a lock for 25-hr, 30-steals with decent counting stats and average….any concerns I’m not seeing?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Fuzz: I’d lock him in at 80/20/90/20/.275, if he bats 5th, which he should.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Fuzz: 25-homers is asking for a lot… He’s a 17-20 HR, 30-ish steal guy…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: do you see 30 steals batting 5th?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He could, sure… I see him getting around 150 ABs in the two hole too…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: thats what I’ve been saying. I think they should have him bat 2nd and have Andrus bat 9th.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It would be nice, and I could see it for 30-something games throughout the year…

  22. Johnson says:
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    20 Bruce 95/34/112/.272/7

    18 Edwin 87/32/97/.269/7

    14 Bautista 85/35/100/.255/5

    12 Albert 90/30/104/.277/4

    Why is Bruce lower in your rankings compared to Albert, Joey Bats and Edwin? his numbers seem to look better than the other 3. I suppose Edwin’s 3B eligibility works in his favour. Did Albert’s 1B eligibility factor in your decision? Perhaps you are assuming Albert and Jose will play 130 games vs Bruce’s 160 – meaning there are 30 games worth of replacement value to factor into the stats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnson: Positions matter… Those other player’s have a longer track record… Bruce needs to hit his upside, Pujols just needs to do what he always does…

  23. Dan says:
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    10 team keeper league…with OBP, TB, SB, R, and RBI involved, where I don’t have a good 3b keeper and won’t be able to get my hands on a good one (just knowing who is out there and who isn’t), where many of the top 3B besides Miggy, Wright, and Beltre are keepers for the 2014 season, I have been in contact with an owner who has Longoria (and Alvarez) but is weak in the OF.

    This owner (ironically enough a Pitt. fan) is extremely interested in McCutchen, but cannot get his hands on a high draft pick other than mine (3rd overall): the guys in the 1st and 2nd slots will not trade anything since they are all but guaranteed Trout and Miggy who aren’t keepers for 2014.

    I have spoken to this guy about a potential trade such as swapping our 1st and 2nd round picks…this would essentially give him Cutch and allow me to draft someone like Wright who I value highly in this league especially based on the settings and the lack of availability at 3B (or Beltre even as a secondary option to Wright.

    I would be able to take a 3B with my first pick (essentially guaranteeing not being stuck with someone like Trevor Plouffe as my 3B as well as move up in the 2nd round giving me a better pick than my original one a bit later on in the round, towards the end of it.

    OFs are not nearly as rare in this league…just the way that it has turned out this year…many quality options are still available and could be there for the taking with my 2nd round pick (like CarGo, Puig, Ellsbury, Stanton, etc…Harper and A.Jones are being kept for 2014, however)

    Is this a good move to make in your opinion? I have a good/tough decision to make on my keeper for 2014 yet; either way it will be a 1B: Freeman or Hosmer (as they are my best keeper options overall based on our keeper rules/settings and thus I am not targetting a 1b in the 1st or 2nd rounds).
    I won’t get my hands on Trout or Miggy since those 2 managers (owning 1st and 2nd picks) won’t trade and Goldy is also being kept.

    So to recap: essentially I’d trade my 3rd and 18th overall picks for the 6th and 15th overall picks.

    Please let me know what you guys think. It would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: I don’t like it

  24. young says:
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    $31 McCutchen or $11 Kipnis?

    Standard 5×5 keeper, +$5 to keep a player each year.

  25. Wake Up says:
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    I’ll be taking Votto first overall now thanks to that blurb…very lanny!!!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: “The Comeback” didn’t get past me ethier…Hilarious today!

  26. solarshot says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Question about the not drafting pitchers in the first two rounds…
    In a 12 team league with 4 keepers, would you consider drafting Kershaw with a 10-12 pick in the first or second round???

  27. Wake Up says:
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    Will not be wearing overalls with one strap unbuttoned, grabbing the top of my foot behind my back, wearing a condom for an eyepatch, just to see where you’re coming from, while eating chilly chili from Chili’s in Chile, whilst drafting Kershaw…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: I ain’t too proud to beg…

  28. Wake Up says:
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    It’ll be interesting to see how you end up at the corners…if you get the first pick…and go Trout, Bruce…?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: If you get Trout, I’d prolly go Pujols, Edwin, etc.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Sure, but they really shouldn’t be there at #24?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wake Up: I saw Pujols go in the 30’s in a mock I’m in… So, it’s possible…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: hmm…Trout, Pujols, Bruce…could be pretty tasty 1,2,3…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Would be very nice, indeed… I’m doing a mock draft right now with the Yahoo guys… My 1st four: Jones, Fielder, Bautista, Bruce…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Nice! #8th pick?
                Can’t see Bruce falling to the 4th round come April…
                little MI speed and you’re all set right?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I did pick 8th, how’d you know? I do need speed still, but I’ll figure it out later…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: Siri told Scarlet, who slept with this dude in an elevator, who used to live with my old roommate’s ex, who is now making me eggs benedict…

                    nah, just looked like an 8th pick to me…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I thought you might be a wizard…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: that’s Mr. Wizard to you, wait…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      My bad!

              • Charlie says:
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                @Grey:

                I was thinking along the same lines and have already kept Trout, Goldschmidt and E5 as my first three keepers. I won’t be picking until the 3rd round. Assuming both are there who would you go with Bruce or Segura? This is a keeper league and since we’ve increased our keepers I’d more than likely be keeping this player along with my already mentioned three keepers.

                Bruce seems like an E5 clone stat wise so would it be wise to double down or diversify and go with Segura? Thanks.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Segura’s fine there

                  • Charlie says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Thanks! Hopefully he’ll still be around in the 3rd for me. I pick 28th overall (minus the keepers that get taken out).

                    Might be right on par with your rankings but I’m curious how Yahoo’s ADP will suppress him. Hopefully they’ll have him in the 40-50s range. ESPN already has him rated as the 59th overall player and the 6th best SS. Lol.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I’m not with you on Pweeg…I think that that kind of stuff WILL catch up with him this season…

        • Prez says:
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          @Wake Up: yeah its not good to speed around the kids… Oh,you mean the bad habits in baseball? Oh gotcha.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Prez: One of those kids will get on their invisible horse and catch him!

  29. shibboleth says:
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    Razzball Rankings are here! My body is ready…

    Can’t wait until Grey unleashes his 100/400 and all the other goodies.

    Until then, does anyone know of available ADP lists? I only know of the NFBC right now. ADPs are of limited value this early (more like ADPP?) but I like to extract the keepers and get a general idea of where the remaining players might fall.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shibboleth: Ha, thanks! Not sure… Haven’t looked at all…

  30. Sad Keanu says:
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    Wow no Giancarlo love this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sad Keanu: Aw, don’t be sad Keanu… I’ve ranked him, just not in the top 20…

    • Prez says:
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      @Sad Keanu: haaa!! Nice name/avi combo….

  31. Patrick says:
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    Grey: 10 team mixed, H2H, start 5 OF
    Pick 5: (keep as long as you want)
    I have Cutch, Prince, Longo, and Puig….for my fifth spot I have to chose between the following:

    Carlos Gomez
    Alex Rios
    Jean Segura
    Jose Reyes
    Brandon Phillips

    I pretty much just included the last 3 on there because of position scarcity. I’m leaning Gomez for my final spot, but do I dare keep 3 outfielders?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

      • Patrick says:
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        @Grey: what if I add Freddie Freeman to the list? I forgot him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have Prince, no?

          • Patrick says:
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            @Grey: ya we do corner infield so I could essentially keep him…not that I’d want to. just checking since Freddie finished above Prince last year.

          • Patrick says:
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            @Patrick</a@Grey: so no on Freddie Mercury over Segura?

  32. Prez says:
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    A: No.

    Q: is there anyone i even remotely trust after longo?

    Ala Carnac.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Prez: You don’t trust first basemen from Ontario, eh? That’s a little hard for me to pro sess…while I sit here in my oh fiss…but, I’ll figure it oot…soh rry for the slight disagreement, please…thank you, please…

      • Prez says:
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        @Wake Up: i have a hard time trusting anyone from canada! Sorry Nick!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Prez: you criticize Nick for the podcast shout outs

          • Prez says:
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            @J-FOH: dont get me wrong, i love nick… But if he were walking thru my house while i was takin a shit, id make him clap his hands til he was in my sight again.

            • Big Magoo

              Big Magoo says:
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              @Prez: HA! I’d direct him to the nearest public restroom…

            • Big Magoo

              Big Magoo says:
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              @Prez: Oops, misread. Why would you let him wander through your house unsupervised? You have been advised…

              • Prez says:
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                @Big Magoo: cuz when you gotta go, you gotta go! If he keeps clapping his hands, i know hes not stealing shizz…

                • Big Magoo

                  Big Magoo says:
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                  @Prez: Just put a hockey game on. That should buy you a few minutes…

                  • Prez says:
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                    @Big Magoo: ahh yes, that would work! I couldnt find a hockey channel if i wanted to though.. haha Maybe a sharks game..

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Prez: HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Prez says:
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        @Grey: and you busted a rap yesterday too yo! That shizz made my day… You spit dat hot fya son!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Strait fya, son!

  33. Tigres says:
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    Thanks, Grey – good stuff. Rankings are better than coffee to get going on a winter morning. Looking fwd to the SPs… hitting this year is garbaggio.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  34. Jamie says:
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    Last year I drafted Goldy with my first pick (6 keeper league, I kept 5, so essentially a sixth round pick) based on your advice, and took both first place and the league championship. Can’t wait to see who you got for this years version of Goldy. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  35. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Lots of age and durability concerns here. You could rename the Pujols tier, “Unluckily, it’s this year.”

    Expected to see Giancarlo in Bautista’s spot. Wouldn’t you rather have your young man-crush as a power option over an aging slugger with durability issues?

    Encarnacion has the third most HRs and is tied for the third most RBIs in the game over the last two years. He’s tops in BB/K ratio for any player with 650+ PAs over that span too. Feels like a first rounder.

    Braun is likely to be the most polarizing player this year. It’ll be interesting to see what he produces.

    Glad to see the rankings return. Mazel Tov, January Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mazel to you… I don’t fully trust Edwin, but his last two years have been solid… Hard for me to completely ignore Giancarlo’s lineup and his health issues the last two years…

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Both Stanton and Bautista have health issues, so it boils down to Stanton’s supporting cast vs Bautista’s advancing age. You think age is the lesser of the two evils?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do, yeah… He easily beat him last year in fantasy value… All things being equal, I picture around the same…

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: 500 feet have just been added to your restraining order… And Giancarlo has removed you from his Christmas card list…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  36. Harvey says:
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    Bautista at 14 is throwing me off with selecting my keepers….. 10 team OPS league keeping 5 guys. Who should i let go?

    Cargo, Fielder, Longo, Bautista, Wainwright, Pedroia, Gomez

    Before this post, I was planning on letting Bautista and Gomez go….. But, with Bautista at 14 I’m not so sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Bautista to Pedroia… I’d also prefer Gomez to Pedroia…

      • Harvey says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, 2B seems pretty scarce to me… thats why i was gonna keep pedroia.

        Regardless, the master has spoken

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2B isn’t good, but you can find a cheaper one…

  37. kchorton2 says:
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    Would you keep Stanton as a third round pick? I have Trout as my first round in a 12 team, OBP H2H league. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  38. kchorton2 says:
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    Would you keep Stanton as a third round pick? I have Trout as my first round in a 12 team, OBP H2H league. Thanks Grey

  39. Moe says:
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    keeping goldy in 7th round and scherzer in the 10th. Keep 1 out of freeman 9th, brown 30th, marte 28th? Keep 1 rookie matt adams 30th, Sonny Gray 30th,Scooter Gennett 30th?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte… Adams… Assuming you have a corner slot

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Moe: Marte, I like Gray, he has ace upside and Adams could be frustrating with how St.Louis plays their hand

  40. AA says:
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    I’ve asked this before but I’m just checking to see if your advice has changed with some of the offseason news. I need to keep 5 guys from the following: Trout, Miggy, Cano, Segura, Pujols, Myers, Choo, or Verlander. The first are no-brainers. Who do I keep as my next 2 guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers over Pujols…

      • AA says:
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        @Grey: Would you advise trading some combination of Pujols, Myers, Choo and/or Verlander for Prince since I’m going to lose 3 of these guys anyways?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @AA: damn, how long have you had these keepers for?

          • AA says:
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            @J-FOH: We’ve had the league for about 6 or 7 years. I drafted Miggy with the 8th overall pick in our original draft and got Cano in like the 5th. I picked up Trout a couple weeks before he got called up. I traded for Pujols a couple years ago for my playoff push. I drafted Myers and held him last year. Segura went undrafted last year so I picked him up 2 or 3 weeks into the season.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @AA: Very nice, I am always interested in keeper years. There is no universally accepted way to go about this and have had long debates about how long is long enough. I find it crazy that both trout and harper were added in a lot of keeper leagues two years ago and not drafted and held. Yet Oscar Taveras was drafted and held all over the place last year in the hopes they would land the next Trouper. This game is some much like a heroin addiction.

              Nice Keepers and good luck this year, hopefully you can flip the guys you are losing for who’s next

              • AA says:
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                @J-FOH: We don’t have a time frame or dollar amount restriction on our keepers. The first year we started the league we had 3 keepers. The next year we bumped it to 4 and then to 5. We decided to limit it at 5 to make the draft more interesting. The draft order is determined by the regular season standings. Its funny you should mention Taveras. I drafted him and Myers back to back and held both all year hoping to get lucky with one of them.

        • Grey

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          How about Choo and Verlander?

      • paddyman says:
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        @Grey: Who cares? If you have Trout , Miggy and Cano you can’t possibly lose!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

        • AA says:
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          @paddyman: I lost in the first round of the playoffs last year when Miggy went cold and Hunter Pence had like 6 HR’s and 20 RBI’s during the week.

  41. Jay_0321 says:
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    No sleep again! So basically what you are kaying is that you wouldnt trade Votto for Tulo straight up and you would actually want something additional in return if you did trade Votto for Tulo. UGH…the owner overvalues the ish out of Tulo and I want him Michael Jackson Bad. On the contrary, I think I could land Longo for a discount.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Jay_0321: Votto and Longo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You wouldn’t want Tulo as badly when he’s out for 6 weeks in June…

  42. Joel says:
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    10 team h2h points…Need 7 keepers. Already have Craig Kipnis Puig Mccutchen… Of final 3 spots. I can choose darvish, McCann, Beltran, trumbo, Jennings, heyward.

    Thoughts? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yu, Trumbo, Heyward

  43. J-FOH says:
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    Here’s my takeaway, once your top 8 is gone I might as well take Bruce because the rest of these guys can be a real shizz show. Then in the second I draft Kershaw and try to flip him in June for the guys from this list that didn’t take a dump on someone’s team. Then I draft every guy that is going to breakout and hopefully grab some great FA arms like this years Corbin and Salazar. Play heavy SAGNOF and try not to rosterbate myself blind.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: no, no, no…I’ll prolly go Kershaw in the first round followed up by Ellsbury in the 2nd…and if all goes well…Posey will still be there in the 3rd for me!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Wake Up: And then Kimbrel in the 4th. Championship!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: Tori Hunter in the 5th?

          • Big Magoo

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            @J-FOH: If only that were possible. (checks ADP…) Yes!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Big Magoo: …and that’s how that’s done!

    • Grey

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      Could be a way to go, definitely…

  44. SteveNZ says:
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    I was on the same dance floor one night as a couple of the guys from Spandau Ballet in a club in Auckland back in the 80s. I’m more of an ABC man myself though.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: with the way you play fantasy baseball I would think you are Men at Work guy but then again with your holds league it’s like you have a real crowded house over there

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: Hey now, hey now!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: don’t dream, the draft’s not over

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

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @J-FOH: @Wake Up: Good knowledge there, you too. Though Men At Work are Australian and we try to cliam Crowded House as our own.

          This year I hope to be able to (ahem) Lorde my success over everyone else in my leagues.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @SteveNZ: Oops, I meant ‘you two’

          • Wake Up says:
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            @SteveNZ: I saw Neil not too long ago…good show

            So you’ll never draft Hosmer, Gordon, Moobs?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @SteveNZ: I’m sorry my Americanism makes me lump Australia and new zealand together as one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did you mime shooting a poisoned arrow just to rub it in?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Hahaha!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: No, but I was trying to give the girl next to me The Look Of Love.

        I was trying with All Of My Heart.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe…. BTW, you watch Top of the Lake?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Nah – but heard a few good things. You?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Was pretty to look at (Queenstown — have you been?)… The show was a bore…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Oh – Queenstown is awesome. Yeah, been a couple of times.

                • Grey

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                  Looked gorgeous, they made the residents seem like backwards, scary folk…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: I don’t think they’re *all* like that…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It wasn’t really believable… And I’m not sure any of them are like that…

                  • Carnac says:
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                    Yeah, a bit of a bore. The entire series kept me thinking something was about to happen. But nothing ever did. (Does that count as a spoiler?)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha…Yup… I would’ve liked to see a reality show about the Mitchum brothers instead…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Carnac: @Grey: Top of the Lake was definitely slower than it should’ve been. Still was worth hearing the Bjork cover. Hard to redo something and make it even better than it was originally (of course, maybe you have to like Bjork in the first place to enjoy):

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnEGSr5hRk4

            • Carnac says:
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              Oh nice, I forgot about that! Fit perfectly into the show’s atmosphere…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Definitely. Grabbed me and my attention the moment it started.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A Bjork song is good? Huh? I’m confused…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                That would be in the plural, son! I own three of her albums. Just go back to your Duran Duran, we’re fine over here without you!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You’re talking smack because you own 3 Bjork albums? Are you in Iceland?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      My ears hurt

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      That’s from all the bubble gum pop you shoved into it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nothing better to gently shove…

                • Carnac says:
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                  Yeah, take your Duran Ballet and your Jay Bruce and stay out of the northwest, Lebowski! My goldbricking ass will keep the old bjork tapes and buy Brandon Moss at a fraction of the price!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Wow, people in cold weather states really love themselves some Bjork… She must go well with darkness… Give me light airy pop and Jay Bruce!

                    • Carnac says:
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                      It’s like friggin’ SPROCKETS up here.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… He dressed like the Tapatio sauce bottle guy and that convinced me…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’d like to see you with a vitamin D deficiency. You’d be sitting next to your Seasonal Affective Disorder lamp listening to the Cure and writing bad poetry on here in one week…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, and watching people buy their first homes in SoCal on HGTV…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Sky: wow, you’re an openly album owning Bjork fan. I took you as more of an Alannis fan with you basically living in Canada and all.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Loud and proud. I’d only own an Alanis album for irony. Or whatever her version of irony is.

  45. Al lydon says:
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    I really like Bruce also. He’s consistently inconsistent. Major counting stats in a 5-6 round pick. Brilliant !!!! I’d salute you, but my hand is busy. We could call him Jayiancarlo and get your Stanton tattoo erased ? Giancarlo is like that first girl friend you had. You think about her from time to time , but you know your probably better off with what you have now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Nice…

  46. Jim says:
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    Handieburger isn’t even in Urban Dictionary yet!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yet!

  47. Alex says:
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    Hey Grey I am having a hard time deciding which 4 to keep out of these guys…Any suggestions? Thanks!

    Goldschmidt
    Cano
    Longoria
    Machado
    Scherzer
    F-Her

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not F-Her and Machado

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey:

        Interesting, so you would go with Scherzer over F-Her?

        I have a weird superstition about taking guys the year after their Cy Young and just always assume F-Her to be a beast no matter what but I will definitely ponder this advice thanks!

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          @Alex:

          Also had Price and Greinke but threw them off the train early.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Scherzer, but it’s a coin flip…

          • Alex says:
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            @Grey:

            True, thanks man!

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Alex: did you have the same problem when F-Her won his Cy Young?

  48. William says:
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    Thanks for the work.

    In a 6×6 (OBP, OPS, QS) auction with $225 budget, pick up to six guys to keep:

    $30 – M. Cabrera
    $30 – Stanton
    $10 – Rosario
    $10 – Ortiz
    $10 – Braun
    $10 – Pence
    $19 – Choo
    $10 – Bogaerts
    $21 – Darvish
    $10 – Bradley

    Thinking Cabrera, Braun, Pence, Rosario, Ortiz and Darvish. Thoughts?

    • William says:
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      @William:

      Two UTIL spots and four OF spots, by the way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, those six look fine… Could see Choo over Pence… No great values…

  49. max says:
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    for a keeper league, ian desmond or jason heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  50. marcus allen was good al says:
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    Forgot to ask ya on your brad Miller sleeper post. Who do u like better brad miller or Villar for 2014 and beyond?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  51. ML says:
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    Puigs 17% SwStr% is hot…

  52. bossmanjunior says:
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    How far does Bruce fall down your rankings in a H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About 15 picks

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Any other hitters that take a huge hit in value like Bruce in h2h?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, not here…

  53. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Ottoneu points trade question: I have Cole Hamels at $39. Possible to keep him, but I think he’s overpriced and it would stretch my budget. I’ve been offered a $4 Chris Archer for him and am inclined to take it. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Archer

  54. Chris says:
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    For years now l often turn to your suggestions when the going gets tough or when plumbing the depths for sleepers, but never post a reply.
    Finally have a question.
    I’m in a 15 team roto league (6 category – QS & OBP) with a keeper system of just 2 years (draft year one, keep 2nd year).
    I just picked up Wacha and Danny Salazar for Pablo Sandoval. All can only be kept for this year.
    I still have Corbin & Burnett (if he plays) for this year, if I want to keep them.
    Just got an offer of Oscar Taveras and Dylan Bundy for Wacha.
    Would you snag Taveras & Bundy & keep Corbin for this year, letting Wacha go?
    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: That is what I was thinking, but wanted to bounce it off an objective expert (have no one to discuss with).
        Thanks for your reply.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  55. The Dude says:
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    Auction Keeper (keeping 5 total) 10 teams in Yahoo’s format $260 budget. OBP instead of AVG, QS instead of W.

    I was offered the following:

    I give: B. Hamilton ($7) and S. Miller ($10)

    I get: B. Harper ($35) and J. Donaldson ($10)

    My other keepers will likely be all unproven rookies: Myers ($6), Tavaras ($6) and Bogaerts ($10)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine, think you can do better…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I actually would’ve included him if I had seen that prior

      • Carnac says:
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        …and probably bumped him up a couple spots further if you noticed he’s wearing a Tapatio hot sauce shirt.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Carnac: I love me some Tapatio.

  56. Rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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    I’d do that if I were you.

  57. win_win_win says:
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    12 team roto keeper choose any 10 for rounds 1 through 10 of draft.

    Cargo
    Prince
    Ellsbury
    Stanton
    Hanley
    Taveras
    Altuve
    Granderson

    Lee
    Verlander
    Hamels
    Bumgarner
    Nathan
    Jansen
    Holland
    Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Grandy, Hamels, Nathan, Gray or Taveras

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And some new pants!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: dude is looky like a steal in leagues away from the RCL’s

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, even in some RCLs, prolly…

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: if that picture is accurate he lost more than 42 for sure.

  58. Long Bawls says:
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    Re: Braun, ironic that the steal is one of the stats you can’t use criminal means to get better at. Am I using ironic correctly? Is the diminutive of Morrissey Morrissette? So many questions!

  59. Long Bawls says:
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    Also, when are you going to get those men’s thongs with “Junkarlo” emblazoned on the crotch back in the store? They’ve been back ordered forever!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m on it! Junkarlo — stat!

  60. birrrdy! says:
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    I remember when we used to have to wait for February Grey, and the last two years we’ve been treated to January Grey. Love it!! But you’re spoiling us, ya big lug. Thanks for all that you do.

    Need some help on keepers. 5×5, 10 team, NL only auction ($300) w/8 keepers (13 hitters, 10 pitchers total w/1C, 5OFs, 3U). No limits to how long you can keep someone, and prices are reset every year based on a standard mag. Big emphasis on elite players (with lots of NL years ahead) as a result. Catchers and RPs hardly ever kept. SP treated more valuable than most leagues.

    At these prices, which 8 keepers would you keep? (remaining money from $300 pool goes into your auction dollars for everyone’s who left)

    3B Wright, David $31
    OF Braun, Ryan $31
    OF Stanton, Giancarlo $28
    RP Rosenthal, Trevor $21
    SP Cole, Gerrit $18
    OF Revere, Ben $18
    SP Medlen, Kris $17
    3B Sandoval, Pablo $17
    1B Adams, Matt $15
    SP Liriano, Francisco $14
    SP Estrada, Marco $13
    OF Taveras, Oscar $12
    C Ramos, Wilson $10
    1B Davis, Ike $5
    SP Niese, Jonathon $5
    SP Beachy, Brandon $3
    OF/1B Blanks, Kyle $3
    OF Ruggiano, Justin $3
    2B Wong, Kolten $2
    SP Hudson, Daniel $1
    SP Jackson, Edwin $1
    OF Tabata, Jose $1
    SP Wheeler, Zack $1
    SS Baez, Javier $1

    By way of ranges, highest price players are Goldy & Cutch at $36, Kershaw at $32. Big incoming free agents from the AL can go in the $40s and $50s in the draft. We have a DL and you can keep someone who is injured as long as you eat the first week of stats in your active lineup before moving them to the DL in wk 2. Thanks for any help you can provide!

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @birrrdy!: also we don’t have to make keeper selections until March 15, so if you want to qualify someone you left off the list as making the list if they are named a starter by 3/15, that would be super helpful!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun, Cole, Medlen, Adams, Stanton, Beachy, Wong, Wheeler… Could go a few different ways… Almost said Liriano and Wright instead of Giancarlo and Adams…

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I’ll be buying you a margarita shortly. ;)

        I definitely can’t drop Wright. He’d go for at least $50 in the auction if he was thrown back in the pool. Likely high $50’s. The delta there between his keeper and likely auction price is more than the total individual value of most other players. Same goes for Giancarlo. Adams with a starting job easily stays, but that could change. I think I would be deciding between Beachy Medlen and Cole for who to drop to put back in Wright. Likley Medlen given the price. And if Ike Davis is starting, he’s in for Wong of Beachy from your list.

        Sound too crazy?

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: or perhaps even my slimmed down (not so) fat panda!

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @birrrdy!: that’s some real good helium ya got there beardy. don’t save ike over those other 2. when your opp’s overpay for things like wright for $50 it’s a good thing for you and all the other owners.

  61. SteveNZ says:
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    OK, much as I love ABC (Was Lexicon Of Love really over 30 years ago?), here’s some actual baseball.

    10-team auction keeper. $300 budget. Keep up to 6. 5×5 plus Ks and OBP for the hitters and games started and losses for the pitchers. 1400IP limit for pitchers. Pretty standard roto roster, but 3 x OF and 2 x Util

    Won this by 12 pts last year and was so focused on going hard right til the end (oofa!)I didn’t scoop up any potential cheapies off the wire.

    So, pick six (or less) out of this lot. Prices are to keep this year. Have left out the really crappy guys and the closers though I think I could keep Holland for $5…

    Jay Bruce $34
    Shin-Soo Choo $23
    Coco Crisp $5
    Rajai Davis $5
    Avisail García $5
    Carlos González $25
    Chris Johnson $5
    Víctor Martínez $16
    Pablo Sandoval $16
    Giancarlo Stanton $20
    Ryan Zimmerman $29

    Mat Latos $26
    Kris Medlen $10
    Matt Moore $15
    Rick Porcello $5
    Carlos Torres $5
    Jordan Zimmermann $5
    Brett Oberholzer $5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You get your winnings for this? They ship to Kiwiland? League is so small, I’d keep expensive-ish guys… Bruce, CarGo, Stanton, Zimmermanm, Choo, Crisp… Could see couple other ways to go too…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yup, good old Paypal. It’s how I paid for the shoes in my avatar – and another pair I got recently…

        What other ways are you suggesting? Working a pitcher in there maybe?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, nice… Yeah, Medlen and Porcello are both nice, but I don’t see them going for that much more in your league or you not being able to get other decent pitchers if you need to… I’d cut Choo then Bruce, in that order if you wanted more pitching…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Though in this league, there’s always good pitching on the wire, and as you can see, I got a bunch of good $20 pitchers at the auction last year.

            Am I right in thinking I might have to fly economy at 1B this year? It’s about $40 minimum for one in the first couple of tiers…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Oh shit. Typo alert. Jordan Zimmerman would actually be $25 to keep…

  62. TyRex23 says:
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    12 player keeper league… trade offer

    Adam Jones, Evan Longoria, Mat Latos, and Carlos Martinez

    FOR

    Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones side

  63. frankgrimes says:
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    thought I be getting an answer for my third keeper with today’s list. I have AuShizz and Adam jones can’t decide between JUp Kemp Rizzo or Bruce. What you think sir?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @frankgrimes: likely bruce.

  64. MB says:
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    Did you drive REALLY fast when you wrote about Puig?

    How do you rank these packages in return for Latos in dynasty? Im competing this year

    Teheran, J Abreu
    Arenado, Cashner
    Wheeler, J Abreu
    Salazar, J Abreu
    Minor, Swish

    Gracias

  65. mike b says:
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    Loving these rankings on a daily basis! It gives me enough of a fix to hold off on dabbling in 7 team ncaa womens parlays while i bide my time for baseball.

    I have the 5th pick in a 10 team-10 keeper league and given your top 20 so far, the best available option for me with keepers taken out appears to be one of fielder or cano. Goldy, Jones, Davis, Hanley, Bruce and one of my keepers in Puig are already taken. Im ok with cano there I guess, but fielder scares me, which is somewhat ironic given his stability. I am considering swapping 1st and 2nd’s to move down to 10/11 spot. Perhaps a combo of an OF (cargo/Harper) and 3b (beltre/Longo). There seems to be a lack of reliable bats this year, so I’m not looking to move too far down before I pick, but would you recommend snagging a stud OF if 2 of my keepers are OF’s marte and puig who dont have much track record?

    Thanks for the advice! Very much looking forward to your top 100/400. Cheers!

  66. James Vullen says:
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    Grey, love your projections, helped so much last yr.
    I’ve been reading a lot about Puig having a very high K rate last yr, especially in 2nd 1/2. Is this of any concern to you? The #s you projected for him look great! but much better than other places I have seen….
    Thank you

  67. Clint says:
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    Draft strategy question here. If you find yourself in the Pitfall Harry section of the tiers saying to yourself “At least it’s not last year” with each guy you mull grabbing, would it behoove you to break draft ranks and snatch a starting pitcher you think’s going to explode this year, Grey? I know 2nd round’s pretty early but in theory if you stock up on the right guy during those iffy spots, you could then flip someone for one of the iffy players that finds their rhythm you can rely on once the season gets going to even out your hitting, right?

  68. George says:
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    Team Case #1: Keeper Players So Far: Fielder (#7), Braun (#15)

    Team Case #2: Keeper Players So Far: Pujols (#12 – I hope so Grey, I got him as a free agent last year and gave him a 2 or 3 year deal), Kershaw (honorary top 20 according to Grey)

    Keep em coming Grey….

  69. Jbird669 says:
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    Got Edwin as a $5 keeper. Booyah.

  70. david bowies cousin says:
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    Thoughts on Granderson this year?

    I’m in a league where there is BA/OBS/OPS…suppose I should wait until your OF rankings come out eh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Outfielder rankings will be out soon

      • david bowies cousin says:
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        Cant even get a “miegh” or a “bingo”?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bingo and miegh…

          • david bowies cousin says:
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            Actually made me laugh aloud. Now that is something RotoChamp cant do. Really good site.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  71. magic mike says:
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    Hello Grey – I need 6 keepers. OBA league; 5 of-2 util-2 at each position-10 pitchers; 34players X 10 teams. I can choose from…
    goldschmidt $28; cano $35; harper $32; EE $20; Pujols $13; Scherzer $19; wacha $11; baumgartner $27; cashner/harvey/Dsalazar/shelbymiller $6; freeman $17; WilMyers $8;
    D.Ortiz $14.

    $200 Budget. Who would you keep? Who’s your last cut?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, Freeman, Harper, Edwin, Pujols, Myers… Some tough choices, but you have some great keepers…

  72. Jonathan says:
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    Grey,
    I have the 3rd pick of the draft this year? Would drafting Kershaw at 3 be a bad move?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      *Looks up at rankings* Something tells me Grey would say no to drafting Kershaw 3rd…

      • Jonathan says:
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        @Sky:

        Since Miggy and Trout are going 1, 2 respectively, I’m pretty sure Davis is the consensus 3rd pick but i’m worried about him flaming out and heading for a steep decline (one year wonder).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should look at my rankings…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’m just saying he didn’t rank him in the top 20 and of all things fantasy baseball teaches you, pitching is easier to get than hitting. Not really getting where the question would make any sense given the situation is all.

  73. Eric the Actor says:
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    Any chance you put together a top 100 (or top something) for keeper leagues? I realize they vary somewhat, but a generalized idea would be very helpful. While I’m making reasonable requests, it would also be helpful if you just did my draft for me and let me run all trades by you. Is that cool with you? Ack! Ack!

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