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The top 20 shortstops for 2016 fantasy baseball were once as bad as the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball that I went over the other day.  Now the shortstops have had an influx of youth — or utes, if Joe Pesci is reading — and the future’s so bright I gotta wear shades, Arvid.  I’m happy for the shortstops, and happier for myself.  For a while, the top 20 shortstops were Tulo and those other guys.  Kinda like the top 20 catchers is Posey and those other guys.  Oh, and there was a top 20 1st basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball post already too (organic linking!).  Hopefully, the shortstops aren’t just showing up in a librarian’s outfit with red-rimmed glasses and appearing sexy, then turning out to be Sally Jessy Raphael.  As with the other top 20 rankings, I point out where tiers start and stop and my projections.  All the 2016 fantasy baseball rankings can be found under that thing that says 2016 fantasy baseball rankings.  Unsuccinct!  Anyway, here’s the top 20 shortstops for 2016 fantasy baseball:

1. Carlos Correa – Went over him in the top 10 for 2016 fantasy baseball.

2. Xander Bogaerts – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Castro.  I call this tier, “We’re ushering in a new day, that’s not Usher as in the guy that would be hanging out with Cicely Tyson.”  By the way, Cicely Tyson?  The hottest 90-year-old.  Cicely Tyson, Sally Jessy Raphael and Roseanne Barr for FMK.  I’m F’ing and M’ing Cicely Tyson, and K’ing the other two!  Is that possible?  As for the tier name, I debated whether to put Tulo and the rest of the next schmohawk tier up here and move this tier down there, but that wouldn’t be true to how I want to draft them.  The idea is to draft for this year, right?  I mean, we’re not drafting for 2012, right?  We’re also not drafting for who had the best career, right?  Yeah, didn’t think so.  As for Bogaerts, he was the best shortstop last year, according to our Player Rater.  He’s also locked into the three hole in the Red Sox lineup, which shouldn’t change too dramatically this year unless Rusney, Hanley or Sandoval actually do something.  Even if that happens, Bogaerts should be around the three hole.  Bogaerts is only 23 and this is the start of a beautiful friendship.  2016 Projections:  88/17/84/.306/12

3. Corey Seager – I already gave you my Corey Seager fantasy.  I wrote it while escaping a milk carton, one upping Houdini.  2016 Projections:  81/19/63/.284/8

4. Francisco Lindor – Last year in only 99 games, he went 12/12 with a .313 average.  If he qualified, he would’ve had a top 30 slugging percentage.  I love Lindor, but his slugging doesn’t totally compute like why CVS insists on giving receipts that are 27-inches long.  Lindor had a 13% HR/FB, and in his minor league career his HR/FB was 8.3% and his homers only went on average 375 feet, and only two homers would’ve been out of all parks.   He had quite a few homers that looked like this.  He hit a ton of grounders (50%+).  I could be way off here, but I think Lindor could regress slightly in power.  If he gains in power, then he’s going to be a top 25 player next year, because he has easy 20-plus-steal speed.  2016 Projections:  86/10/62/.289/22

5. Starlin Castro – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

6. Troy Tulowitzki – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until here.  I call this tier, “Your uncle’s favorite shortstop.”  This tier is going to elicit this from your uncle at the family draft, “You go ahead with your Segway with no handle bars and your hashtag this and hashtag that, I’m going to draft Tulo because he’s been the best shortstop for the last ten years and he’s now in a great park and lineup.  You should learn to respect your elders.”  Only thing is, Tulo hasn’t been great in four years and it’s not like the last park he was in was Petco.  2016 Projections: 75/20/78/.271/2

7. Ian Desmond – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until here.  I call this tier, “Your drunk uncle’s favorite shortstop.”  This tier is going to elicit this from your drunk uncle, “You can’t take my guns from me, you lily-footed pussywillow!  I hate you and your lib morals!”  Then he drunk-drafts Desmond.  As for Desmond, it wouldn’t shock my casbah to hear he’s signing a deal with the Padres or in Japan.  Both are equally fantasy Siberia, so I might lower Desmond after he signs.  A fantasy ‘pert does have the right to change his mind.  UPDATE:  Signed with the Rangers to play left field, which is about as good a landing spot as we could’ve found for him.  For ten years people were saying Arlington is a hitters’ park, then for two years people were saying Arlington is no longer a hitters’ park, but is now a pitchers’ park, but then last year it looked like a hitters’ park again and everyone that thought it was a pitchers’ park might just have been overlooking Darvish was great for those two previous years and the Rangers offense was terrible.  Desmond is always ranked in the top of the league for home run distance and I wouldn’t be surprised if he hits a career high in homers (that would be more than 25 homers).  I was tempted to move him up in the rankings, but he could also hit .180 for two months and get benched, so I left him here.  2016 Projections:  68/21/74/.241/12

8. Marcus Semien – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Marte.  I call this tier, “If sleep is the cousin of death, then sleepers are the cousin of life.”  The guys in this tier are sleepers that I’m going after if I A) Don’t have a shortstop yet. B) Want to take an upside flyer at MI. C) There’s no C.  If this were a one man tier with Semien as a sleeper, then I could’ve just called this tier nocturnal emission.  I haven’t yet written a Semien sleeper post, but once we get on the other side of these rankings, I likely will.  If he weren’t in O.co, which is like a ghetto Yellowstone, he’d be on everyone’s radars.  Put Semien in Coors and you’re likely to catch charges for trying to impregant women in their mouths.  Put Semien in Coors Field and he’s a 25-homer guy.   Whatevs, I guess, right?  Okay, but he could also steal 20 bases.  Is 25/20 at all attainable in Oakland?  No, no way, nuh-uh, nada chance-o, amigo.  In Oakland?  Semien’s still got real appeal outside of IVF.  2016 Projections:  66/18/72/.262/10

9. Trevor Story – I already gave you my Trevor Story fantasy.  I wrote it while listening to the new Logic album, and wondering why anyone still does between song skits.  UPDATE:  Will break camp with the Rockies, and have to assume unless he really bottoms out, he will stay a starter all year.  His Ks have been a problem in the past, but it’s Coors, so how bad could it be?  “Should I answer?”  No, Josh Rutledge, it’s a rhetorical question.  2016 Projections:  62/18/68/.242/17

10. Addison Russell – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

11. Jean Segura – There’s a saying in Tennessee — well, the saying is in Texas, but it’s probably in Tennessee too.  It says, “Fool me once, Segura, shame on you, I won’t be fooled again, but I am being fooled again.”  I am getting better at being fooled though, because in past years I would’ve ranked Segura in the sleeper tier with Semien.  Now, I think Segura could get replaced by July with Arcia, or traded to a team where he becomes a bench bat, though no longer taking bats to the face while on the bench.  UPDATE:  The move to Arizona has me excited and I realize that I’m going against exactly what I said when he was on Milwaukee.  Screw George Bush Jr. and The Who I’m ready to get fooled again!  2016 Projections:  71/9/46/.259/25

12. Ketel Marte – I already have a Marte sleeper post written that I just didn’t get a chance to post yet, and I don’t know when I will, so here’s some of the juicy bits.  He hit .438 with an 0-2 count.  It was only in 16 at-bats (7 hits), but it felt indicative of his entire year.  At 21 years old, he saw 217 at-bats from the leadoff spot in 219 total at-bats.  He hit .283 in 57 games and showed no signs of being overmatched.  What he showed was poise like he’s running for Ms. America.  He showed said poise as a leadoff hitter like he showed when facing a two-strike, zero ball count.  That feels special, but you could write it off as a small sample size, until you hear he’s done it everywhere he’s played professionally.  Every stop along his minor league journey, he’s been young for the level and performed well.  At 19 years old, he hit .304 in Single-A.  In Double-A at 20 years old, he hit .302, then went on to hit .314 in Triple-A.  He has speed, but he doesn’t completely rely on it to get aboard, i.e., he has some on base skills.  Aoki won’t last more than a few months in the leadoff slot, and then we’ll be drunk on Ketel again.  2016 Projections:  72/6/51/.267/25

13. Elvis Andrus – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Alexei.  I call this tier, “This tier and the next tier are the same tiers, but different tiers.  Damn, I thought that would make sense when I started writing it.”  This tier and the next tiers can act as middle infidel options.  Which tier you draft from will be dictated by what you need.  If your team is heavy on speed at this point, you draft a MI for power, which is the next tier.  If your team is heavy on power, then you grab some speed, which is this tier.  Personally, I trust the guys in this tier to provide speed more than I trust the guys in the next tier to provide power.  Impersonally, I, the Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it), bestows on you knowledge, now you accept it.  As for Elvis, well, you know what you get from this schmohawk.  2016 Projections:  71/7/57/.261/27

14. Alcides Escobar – Alcides and Andrus are virtually the same player.  I will call them Alclones Elviscobar.  2016 Projections:  81/4/50/.269/24

15. Erick Aybar – Here’s what I said this offseason about Aybar, “Dealt to Braves for Andrelton.  I like this move for Aybar.  Sure, the Braves’ offense is the most awfulest thing in the world like a depressed Keith Murray would sing, but Allahu Aybar should be near the top of the lineup and have the green light to do whatever he wants on the base paths.”  And that’s me on repeat!   2016 Projections:  77/5/45/.276/17

16. Alexei Ramirez – Signed late in the offseason with the Padres.  If there was one place for him to end up and have great value, it was the Padres.  Now hold that sentence in a mirror and read its inverse.  The best part of this signing is he replaces Alexi Amarista in the starting lineup, so all of those diehard Padres fans don’t need to learn a new name.  2016 Projections:  51/9/59/.245/15

17. Tyler Saladino – He was in the bottom ten for all of baseball for the weakest contact made.  You expect anything else but light hitting from a guy with salad in his name?  Tyler’s the apple of his father Waldorf Saladino’s eye, but even he’s not nuts for his kid’s contact.  Lettuce get to where his value lies, Saladino could steal 25 bases.  UPDATE:  Rollins takes his playing time so there’s no more reason for Saladino dressing.  2016 Projections:  56/7/59/.234/22

17. Brandon Crawford – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Lowrie.  I call this tier, “Flip the last tier on its head.  Or less dramatically switch power with speed.”   Let’s do a fun little exercise.  Don’t groan, I’m not asking you to actually exercise.  Just asking you to choose the odd number out of these three:  7.0%, 6.5%, 16.2%.  The last number, 16.2%, sure looks like the tiger that has spray-painted stripes on itself and is hiding in the zebra cage.  Those percentages were Crawford’s homers per fly ball.  In AT&T, I’d expect that to regress to the norm this year.  2016 Projections:  54/14/70/.248/5

18. Zack Cozart – With Frazier out of town, the Reds will go with Cozart again as their shortstop, while his underrated, scheming, very jealous mentee, Eugenio Salieri moves over to 3rd.  Could be the most exciting development for the Reds this year outside of them opening their team Hall of Fame inside Marge Schott’s 1200-square-foot ashtray.  2016 Projections:  72/15/51/.241/5

19. Jung-ho Kang – Last September, Chris Coghlan ‘playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played’ caused Kang’s knee to go ‘a way that it’s not supposed to go.’  As of now, Kang is due back by end of April.  I’m sure that will change at least ten times between now and April.  Shoot, it just changed again during me writing that, didn’t it?  2016 Projections:  58/16/67/.269/2

20. Jose Reyes – There’s gonna be a lot of people who swear to you that Coors is going to stave off Reyes’s decline.  Your drunk uncle is in that group of people.  Here’s your drunk uncle again, “Now we don’t like guys in Coors?  Okay, how about you go ahead with your climate change hullabaloo and politically correct name that you call the Cleveland Indians and I go back to painting my face red and drafting Reyes?”  Coors has never stopped players from getting injured.  In fact, it’s been researched to actually cause players to break down.  As I said previously about Reyes, “For the past three years, Reyes hasn’t made it out of April without an injury.  It was a solid career, but doode’s so toast that Wonder Bread calls him up for a booty call, and then Reyes throws Wonder Bread through a window.”  And that’s me quoting me!  UPDATE:  Since Reyes tried out for the NFL during the offseason, it’s unclear when he will return.  It’s not unclear that he won’t stay healthy even when he does come back and Trevor Story is close to being called up.  Wouldn’t surprise me to see Reyes have a completely lost half of a season then get traded to a playoff contender in July.  2016 Projections:  51/7/42/.292/15

21. Asdrubal Cabrera – Here’s what I said this offseason on Asdrubal, “Signed with the Mets.  Great, now Wilmer’s going to never stop crying.  Don’t you people have any feelings?  Asdrubal is really just Wilmer Flores with less power and older.  Why did they sign Asdrubal then?  Better to ask, why did the Mets invest $300 million with Madoff?  Yeah, terrible signing and now Flores should cry if he’s not traded, because his career is about to be wasted.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections:  60/14/63/.249/8

22. Eugenio Suarez – I wouldn’t be shocked if the Reds infield becomes a cluster fudge of prospects being called up, digging at Suarez’s spot like Teddy Roosevelt, says the guy that watched seven minutes of Ken Burns’s documentary on the Roosevelts.  2016 Projections:  54/15/64/.241/4

23. Jed Lowrie – Here’s what I said this offseason about Lowrie, “Traded back to the A’s.  I’m sure Beane has just as much knowledge and forethought with his moves of the last few years as he did during the height of his Moneyball years, but his recent moves scream of throwing darts at a board.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2016 Projections:  53/13/62/.248/1

24. Trea Turner – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Arcia.  I call this tier, “Last chance for anything remotely interesting.”  As for Turner, went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

25. Tim Anderson – Rudy berated me for not originally including Anderson in my rankings, saying, “You think you’re hot shizz, but you are cold diarrhea.”  Or maybe that was a quote from Welcome to the Dollhouse.  Either way, I can see Rudy’s point, Anderson stole 49 bases last year in Double-A and has some power, and only The Salad Man is blocking him.  Rudy is only projecting him for 230 ABs, but that could change at the drop of dime based on Salad.  2016 Projections:  36/6/25/.249/20 in 250 ABs

26. Jonathan Villar – Here’s what I said this offseason about Villar, “Acquired by the Brewers.  Villar is a puzzling addition since he does relatively the same shizz as Segura.  The Brewers will try him at 3rd base, so the left side of their infield will be like Segura and his Mini Me or that great Fleer card, Pete and Re-Pete.  That card screams a simpler time, as long as you don’t imagine Pete explaining point spreads to his son.  “If you’re good, I’ll take you to the track.”  That’s Pete talking to his son.  If Villar does start at 3rd, then he will have sleeper appeal since he can steal 40 bases.  Of course, he could also hit .220.”  And that’s me–well, you know.  UPDATE:  With Segura gone, it opens up a spot for Villar.  Yay!  He’ll now be replaced by Arcia sometime mid-summer.  Lowercase yay.  2016 Projections:  32/8/41/.248/21 in 300 ABs

27. Nick Ahmed – Last year, Ahmed had 9 HRs and 4 SBs, so when I say remotely interesting for Ahmed, I’m speaking more about what he’s done in the minors.  Like a year of six homers and 40 steals in High-A.  Oh, and it’s worth noting, that if Trump wins the Republican nomination he may force Ahmed to leave the country.  2016 Projections: 52/7/54/.257/15

28. Orlando Arcia – I already gave you my Orlando Arcia fantasy.  I wrote it while floating like a bee and stinging like a B. Brian Blair.  UPDATE:  The Brewers are saying with the trade of Segura that Arcia won’t be coming up any sooner, i.e., Arcia later, alligator!  Yet, I don’t fully buy that and I would now guess that he could be promoted by June.  2016 Projections:  25/4/18/.282/15 in 250 ABs

29. Andrelton Simmons – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Galvis.  I call this tier, “You can count on these guys.  Not in the good way.”  These guys are all reliably awful.  As for Andrelton, here’s what I said this offseason, “Traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Which Is 40 Minutes From Los Angeles.  Interesting that the extraterrestrial Andrelton was moved to be close to Disney right after they secured the rights to Star Wars.  Will Andrelton be moonlighting as a greeter at Disney dressed as Jar Jar Binks?  Here’s my reaction video of watching the new Star Wars trailer, “Wow, Princess Leia looks terrible.”  Why was this trade really made?  I’m scratching my head, looking perplexed.  I have no idea why the Angels wanted Simmons.  Last year, he hit four homers, five steals and .256 in a full season of at-bats.  I guess the Angels were feeling Yunelvious.”  And that’s me doing as I did!  2016 Projections:  66/8/71/.252/6

30. J.J. Hardy – Every once in a while a shortstop comes along and plays well deep into his thirties, while the rest of his contemporaries fall off or retire.  Hardy is not that guy.  Doode got old.  2016 Projections:  42/7/46/.207/1

31. Jhonny Peralta – The Superfluous H keeps trucking along like the sixty-five-year-old truck driver that’s been on trucker speed for the last ten years and pulls into a weight station one day, blinks for the first time in ten years and goes into sudden cardiac arrest.  At some point, the Superfluous H is going to blink and everything is going to go south, but for now we haven’t seen any signs of slowing.  UPDATE:  Tore a ligament in his thumb and is out up to three months.  A bad day for dangling H’s everywhere.  Bet he wishes he had a superfluous thumb instead of a superfluous H.  “I can’t recommend enough extra fingers.”  That’s Antonio Alfonseca chiming in.  2016 Projections:  28/11/42/.257/1

32. Jose Iglesias – Who can hit .290 and steal 15 bases while chipping in 3 homers?  Joe Church!  And you can take that to the bank!  Though you’ll want to get your tax exempt certificate first.  2016 Projections:  58/3/49/.290/15

33. Eduardo Escobar – This guy is widely underrated.  That’s because when it’s time to rate Eduardo, people stop rating players because they feel like he’s not worth rating.  Stupid raters!  2016 Projections:  55/9/58/.269/5

34. Didi Gregorius – He almost sounds like what your mom would call Biggie Smalls.  “Hey, didn’t you like that Biggie Gregarious fella?”  That’s your mom reading old copies of your Source Magazines while she’s missing you away at college for the first semester.  “Mom, get out of my stuff?!”  That’s you, you ingrate.  2016 Projections:  51/10/55/.268/4

35. Adeiny Hechavarria – He’s one Hechavarria good fielder, according to the Marlins, so they’re going to keep playing him.  Marlin fans seem like the types that enjoy good glove work.  That’s the only way to explain how they put up with Loria donning a proctologist glove every few years and tearing the guts out of the organization. 2016 Projections:  51/6/45/.272/9

36. Freddy Galvis – One thing I didn’t mention in the opening that is worth noting, shortstop is a tougher position than 2nd base, so there’s a lot less platooning at short.  This means there’s less shortstops than 2nd basemen.  That doesn’t mean the 2nd basemen that were in the top 20 were good.  There was just more crizzap.  As for Galvis, Barney Gumble burp.  2016 Projections:  46/8/49/.238/9

37. Jordy Mercer –  This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Flores  I call this tier, “These guys are wonderful (to their mothers).”  As for Mercer, or Jordache, as his mom calls him, should play shortstop until Kang returns, and then could go to 2nd if Hanson is not working out which would move Harrison to, I don’t know… 3rd base!  2016 Projections:  41/6/45/.250/3 in 350 ABs

38. Brad Miller – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

39. Enrique Hernandez – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

40. Cesar Hernandez – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

41. Danny Espinosa – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

42. Jedd Gyorko – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

43. Jimmy Rollins – Signed a deal with the White Sox to play shortstop while they wait for Tim Anderson.  This feels like a once-great player signing his last contract-type of signing.  Dale Murphy on the Rockies, anyone?  2016 Projections:  31/6/20/.208/9

44. Wilmer Flores – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

45. J.P. Crawford – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “Dynasty isn’t just for Carringtons.”  I already gave you my J.P. Crawford fantasy.  It had an extra smattering of sass.  2016 Projections:  22/3/17/.258/8 in 220 ABs

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great reading. Very interesting.

    a. So, make sure you get one of the top 3 SS or punt for someone in the Saladino tier, right? Just kidding, I know there’s more to it than that.

    b. Got an offer to be an OSCE monitor in the Ukraine (http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm). I’m standing pat for something better maybe I’m dumb. If I commit to OSCE than I lose my chances of getting something better with UNHCR.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: B. In the picture, it looks like they’re sitting in their truck in the Ukraine, reading Razzball, that’s not bad!

  2. Mike says:
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    Grey, I’m a big fan!

    I’m in a 3-man keeper league. My thought was to keep Stanton, Muchado and Tulo. Or, should I work Lester in there, in an effort to have an ace?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Thanks! Go with the bats

  3. Nittanychris says:
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    A lot of young babies at SS. With youth comes inconsistency. Out of the young guns at the top, which guy has the greatest odds of regressing, even a little, this season?
    Thanks Grey!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Nittanychris: lindor never projected as homer or slugging hitter. he’s DEF with decent speed.

  4. thorbs says:
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    Great stuff as always!

    Been offered Sale/Lindor or Sale/Heyward for Goldy/Heaney in a dynasty league where my hitting is filthy but my pitching is suspect.

    I’ve got Votto/Pujols on my squad already – do you see Lindor’s ceiling being enough to make that worthwhile?

    • danny almonte says:
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      @thorbs:

      Ew…

    • Hawk says:
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      @thorbs:

      In a vacuum both of those are terribile deals for you. They address your pitching but Goldy is the #2 guy in fantasy. You need to get more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thorbs: I’d want Goldy

  5. Buge Hoobs says:
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    The mysterious #7

  6. ChrisL says:
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    Grey:
    Thoughts on 12 team 5×5 with OBP: keep 4

    C. Yelich
    M. Brantley
    A. Russell
    R. Braun
    G. Cole
    H. Ramirez
    R. Cano

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ChrisL: Are you asking what 4?

      • ChrisL says:
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        @Grey: yes out of the list above choose 4 to keep.
        Thanks again for your time.

    • Grey

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

      • ChrisL says:
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        @Grey: Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  7. ichirosan says:
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    Grey, are you already considering Reyes’ potential suspension in the rakings? Given that he would block a bench spot until he returns (potentially, mid May or ealy June) instead of a DL spot, I would lower him at least 6 spots.

  8. Evan says:
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    Amazing work as usual!

    I gave up a lot of keeper talent last year for a run so if appreciate some advice.

    Most of the top ss and 2b are kept. Looking to keep MI cheap and spend on 1b and Of.

    Worth keeping a $5 Brett Lawrie and $1 Jhonny Peralta?

    Other keepers are $22 T. Frazier, $8 mccugh, $8 Fiers, $8 Jr. Martinez, $22 Archer.

    All advice appreciated. Also, looking forward to thoughts on Heaney. Have him for a $1 as well.

    Thank you.

    Worth keeping a $5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Evan: Not giving enough info

      • Evan says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry.
        14 teams, $260 budget – 25 man rosters
        Can keep 9 players.

        Would like your thoughts on keeping a $5 Brett Lawrie and $1 Jhonny Peralta in particular

        I’m pretty thin on keepers and the top guys / sleepers are already kept.

        Keeper options:
        $ 8 JD Martinez
        $22 Archer
        $5 Lawrie
        $1 Jhonny Peralta
        $22 Todd Frazier
        $8 McHugh
        $8 Fiers
        $8 Andrew Miller
        $1 Heaney
        $1 A. Vizcaino
        $ 1 Mitch Moreland

        Thank you so much!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d keep them

  9. Tulo's Flow says:
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    Love the write up as usual. Even though I have a man crush on Tulo, I think you’re a little harsh saying he hasn’t been great in 4 years.. I’m hoping last year wasn’t a sign of his down hill aging, but I think he should have his own category. “If he stays healthy…” He could easily be #2, but could easily be #15 as well.

    Have a good one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tulo’s Flow: He wouldn’t be a #2 if he stayed healthy

  10. Evan says:
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    Sorry. 14 teams, $260 budget

  11. Hawk says:
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    I have Bogaerts in a 5×5 keeper. I’ve been considering trying to upgrade him to Correa. What I’m seeing here is that you don’t think it’s worth overpaying in trade to make that jump. Do I have that right? Or is the gap between Correa and Bogaerts wide enough that you’d do a Bogaerts/Bautista for Correa deal?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Hawk: I’d do that deal. The ceiling difference is enough to want correa long term

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: I’d want Correa

  12. kingforaday151 says:
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    I need to drop two from this list in a 10 keeper league, no player price tags…
    Arenado
    Bryant
    Cain
    Correa
    Heyward
    A. Russell
    Rizzo
    C. Seager
    Cueto
    Rodon
    Salazar
    J. Zimmermann

  13. How'd you know? says:
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    Grey,

    Who’s the better long-term value, Lindor or Odor? How far apart are they this year?

    Thanks

  14. Friedman for Freeman says:
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    Thanks Grey. You carry me through the winter months.

    What does it look like Seager will be in his prime? Is 30/20/290 too optimistic?

  15. Hypno Toad says:
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    Grey, who is the #7 SS? Im confurzed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  16. DCer says:
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    Don’t sleep on the Kang Show. In the second half when he got consistent playing time and adjusted to MLB: .310/.364/..548. Knees injuries and all, but he could put up a lot of chaddah when he’s back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  17. Tim Teufel kept Truffles in his Duffel says:
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    Debating my keepers in a keep as long as you like H2H Roto (OBP in place of AVG). We can keep up to 8 players this year and are moving to 10 next year. We give up our first pick for each player we keep, so if keep 8 my first pick will be in round 9. Quite a few of these are locks, but deciding what I want to do with my pitchers with the future in mind.

    SS – Correa
    1B – Votto
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Justin Upton
    U – Jose Abreu
    SP – Gerrit Cole
    SP – Jose Fernandez
    SP – Corey Kluber or Noah Syndergaard

    I know you probably don’t condone keeping 3 pitchers out of your 8 keepers, but I really don’t have any other position players that would make sense to keep over those top end pitching options (Kyle Seager is probably the best up for consideration). I know Kluber is the preferred option over Syndergaard if we’re just looking at this year. But I can’t help to be tempted to have Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, and Noah Syndergaard for quite a few years together along with a formidable offense.

    Which 3 of those SP’s would you want to keep? I can try to trade the 4th guy before the draft.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SP – Gerrit Cole
      SP – Jose Fernandez
      SP – Corey Kluber

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Tim Teufel kept Truffles in his Duffel:
      I like these 3 for you:
      SP – Gerrit Cole
      SP – Jose Fernandez
      SP –Noah Syndergaard

      I think Noah, long term will be the better of the two..Plus Noah is in the NL, east.

  18. James Cmunt says:
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    Machado has SS in our league, where would he rank in on this list? 2nd?

  19. Old School Brother says:
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    Oh Elvis… my man crush for you used to be on the Grey/Stanton level. Bounce back year this year! I’ve said it the past 4 years, so surely 5th time is the charm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s going to be a platoon player by next year

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Really hope Profar shines this year, him and Odor would be a pretty awesome middle infield. Rangers would have to eat so much of his contract to send him somewhere

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but they will move Andrus for pennies on the dollar is my guess

  20. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Really enjoying these rankings. This was probably the most surprising/interesting one yet.

    If Jung-ho Kang was going to be ready for Opening Day, would you move him up these rankings? I was ready to pencil him in as my SS, but I am really rethinking it now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe to about 15th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and thanks!

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Det. John Kimble: Kang is a tough guy to pencil into a starting spot just yet. There’s better options out there. He’s a very strong backup given his 3B/SS eligibility, and a very weak starter at either spot.

      Mentioned in a different article (top 20 1B) is the relationship, or lack there of, between KR home runs and MLB HRs. Kang feels like Jhonny Peralta. If you’re punting bags in your head to head league, he’s a fit but only if you’re really loaded at other spots. If you’re not, then there are better options out there. It comes down to lineup construction. Well rounded, stat punt, steal heavy, closer heavy, starter heavy, etc. Creating a dominant category or two can make streaming and lineup tweaks easier to manage…

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @CMUTimmah: PS – Who is your datty and what does he do?

        • Det. John Kimble says:
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          Thanks for the input guys. I am pretty loaded from my keepers alone:

          Altuve
          Abreu
          Stanton
          Arenado

          Basically, what I am shooting for from my SS is a guy who just isn’t going to sink my team (think 15-20 HR, .260-.275 avg). I just can’t stomach investing heavy auction dollars into a guy who is slightly better than that.

      • DCer says:
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        @CMUTimmah: What I like about Kang though is his .840 OPS again RHP. His OPS against LHP should come along since the KR lacks quality lefty arms. So there’s room to go up IMO. He never had an ISO below .200 after June either. He could easily get 20-25 HRs and 35-40 doubles. His K profile, contact rate and batted ball profile (a 24% HR/FB% in the second half while going oppo more often!), all support the second half break out. So for a SS? That’s top 5 production that could come really inexpensively on draft day.

  21. Clint says:
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    So, since Machado’s eligible in Yahoo for 3B and SS, where do you have him here? Top 20 says #1 overall SS if so? Haven’t heard any word from Baltimore if the rumors of him getting time there in 2016 are true or not so wasn’t sure what spot I should keep him for this season in Yahoo.

  22. Mike says:
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    Just to clarify, you link Correa to your overall top 20, but hes actually in your top 10.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, fixed

  23. oppo taco says:
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    looking for 8 Keepers! No budget or draft pick compensations required for keeping any players.Which 8 should I keeps? Thanks! 5×5 roto

    1b – goldy
    2b – zobrist
    3b – longoria
    ss – seager
    of – J upton, mCcutchen, bautista
    util- rizzo, yelichv
    bench – rusney, travis
    SP- Bumgarner, Cole, Stroman, iwakuma, rodon, ventura
    RP – kimbrel, allen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, Seager, Upton, McCutchen, Bautista, Rizzo, Bum, Cole

  24. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Shortstop this season looks like a position that is sure to disappoint 75% of fantasy owners.

    All the young players at the top are candidates to underperform given where they’ll be drafted. Selecting one of them (outside of Correa) will cause immediate draft regret once the realization that better production from positions like OF or SP get drafted immediately after them.

    Then we get to a bunch of guys that were unownable for months at a time last season (Desmond, Castro, Semien, Russell).

    And of course, Alcides, Aybar and Alexei are a trio in the top 20 that are sure to bore everyone who owns them.

    I’m setting my sights on Ketel or Elvis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ketel is interesting, Elvis is pretty meh

  25. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Off topic, but I was extremely pumped to see that Capps is officially* competing with Ramos for the closer role.

    If he’s the closer all season, Capps seems to immediately be the top (or a top 3) closer (or at least top 3). What do you think / do you think he manages to secure the closer role pretty quickly out of the gate? I’m hoping he’s the 2016 version of Miller.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos isn’t bad and has closer experience for them, be shocked to see Capps leapfrog him immediately

  26. omar says:
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    9 Team 5×5 AL only Roto league. Allowed 3 keepers for upcoming year. Keeping Miggy and Abreu, having trouble deciding on the 3rd. It’s out of:
    Tulo
    Carrasco
    Sano (Yahoo league, so he should have 3b eligibility)

    What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

  27. Brett says:
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    Grey

    What do you see from bogearts long term and where is he overall this year? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His power could steadily climb as he gets older, there will be a top 400 overall when position rankings are done

  28. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, I’m Loving me some Correa this year, luckily I scooped him up for my keeper leagues so I’m sitting pretty. I really like Castro this year too, Yahoo is going to make me wait another 3 weeks before I can do a Mock, so where do you see Castro or Lindor going in a 12 team redraft? BTW, Bug made a bomb ass red velvet cheesecake and special apple pie for my Aunt & my Bday. I’d offer you up a sweet treat for Saturday, but if memory serves me right you’re not a big sweets guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your memory’s off, I have an insatiable sweet tooth, it’s gonna be my downfall… I tried to make macarons this weekend and failed twice… Castro is gonna be cheap I bet, Lindor is gonna be overrated is my guess

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great avatar, btw!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey:
        1. Thanks BFF! Yeah, I played a lot of football in my younger years so I’m finding that there are some gaps in the grey matter floating around in the old noggin. If I cut out sweets I’d be 30lbs lighter, what’s your poison? I’ll consult with the chef and she was she can whip up.

        2.Castro 12-15th round area or sooner?

        3. Better Call Saul in 20 days!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. I have a hard time resisting any really… What’s yours? 2. I’d guess Castro will be around the 120 overall, which will be a steal… He would be at 80 overall 3. Ha!

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Teddy Heater: unlike (likely) most of us, he’s not a big drinker/drugger.

  29. Brett says:
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    Struggling have 6 stud keepers only can keep 5 in a 12 team roto league

    Correa $5 only this year

    Harper $13 under contract have for 18 next year than lose him.

    Machado 19, bogearts $7, j fer $8, pollock $9 these guys can be kept this year and I can keep next year too or I can contract before next year with $5 increase each year of their contract.

    6×6 extra category is holds and ops so hitters contribute to 6 categories and a starter only 4 since they can’t help in saves or holds. So do you throw j fer back or a hitter?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Bogaerts

  30. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    FYI – DeShields is not even on ESPN’s top 250. Seems like a huge opportunity here.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: That’s what made me check where ESPN had him (/ forgot to rank him)! After your post, I was expecting to see him at maybe 210 or so on ESPN . . . instead, they have him unranked + no less than 56 spots behind position-less Javier Baez. Oof

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are you sure they’ve ranked already?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Seager at 143 but Sano at 35? Okay.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Baez ahead of Castro, hahahahaha

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Grey: Yeah – I was honestly surprised to see them be pretty solid (Springer at 30, Betts super high, Adam Jones no longer near the top 20 etc.)……but when they miss, “juuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside” comes to mind.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d love to hear Baez above Castro reasoning, I bet there isn’t any and they just screwed up

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    @Grey: Unless it’s because Baez is just such a fun player to talk/fantasize about, I’m inclined to agree. Hopefully they don’t catch it until after draft season.

                    I also love seeing things like McCullers behind Gio and Shields and Dozier and Odor way behind Cano and Rendon at 2B.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I feel bad for the schmohawks that use ESPN rankings… Baez won’t start unless like three people get hurt… Cano feels like a guy they will never get off of

          • SwaggerJackers says:
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            @Grey: For the record, the ESPN braintrust has not released their official rankings yet. Tristan is keeping a list himself that has been up on their fantasy baseball page since the end of last season and is updated regularly. Those will go away once Karabell and the others awake from their hibernation next month.

            It’s dumb that Tristan forgot about DeShields but there is no way he’ll be left off their official list.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d hope not

  31. brian says:
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    Keeper league. Who would you rather keep. Lucas Giolito or Carlos Rodon? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon

  32. Keegan says:
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    Choose 1 keeper for next 3 years. Corey seager, Kyle Schwarber, or Lorenzo cain? I keep going back and forth with reasons for each. Please end my mental funk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on league size and other factors

  33. James says:
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    Keep arrenado as a 2nd round pick drafted at 16th or keep nola at 20th round value you with a 2 round handicap for each following year (next year hed be 18th, following 16th etc etc)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  34. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Have Tulo in a 14-team, 8 keeper + 4 minor league slots league. All of the young SS talent is taken. Have a feeling I’m riding this Tulo ship (wait, what….pause) down to the bottom of the ocean. I’ll waive at all of the Cano owners while I’m scavenging for sea urchins and getting denied by mermaids.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mermaids can be unreasonably difficult

  35. Brickroad says:
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    12 team keeper.. I can move Adam Jones(kept in 5th round)/Stanton(kept in 1st round) for Marte(keep in 8th round)/Springer(keep in 12th round). Stanton is a “top 4 keeper” (we can only keep 2 out of our top 4 picks from the previous year), so that means if I move him I can keep Carlos Gonzalez.

    They way I look at it is I can keep Marte/Springer/Cargo instead of Jones/Stanton and additionally frees up my Round 5 draft pick because I don’t have to keep Jones.

    My other keepers (allowed to keep 8 total):
    Goldy
    Arenado
    Lindor
    Cueto
    Kluber

    Do I pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  36. Buck says:
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    Keep 4, Grey… 12 team H2H league; Along with the usual cats, we play singles, doubles, and triples for hitters and CG and SO for pitchers.

    Nolan Arenado (1st round)
    Dee Gordon (3rd)
    Chris Davis (5th)
    Hunter Pence (5th)
    Masahiro Tanaka (6th)
    Javier Baez (10th)
    Corey Dickerson (16th)
    Matt Harvey (16th)
    Marcus Stroman (19th)

    TIA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Harvey, Dickerson, Davis.. Why’d you get Arenado in the 1st?

      • Buck says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! Snagged him in the 2nd last year (based off of your advice of course!!). Value bumps up one round if you keep a player from the 2nd-6th round.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

  37. J-FOH says:
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    Merry Monday! Id be in on Tulo if he fell to the 6th, but that is not likely to happen.

    Went to Zankou last night and the sauce has been blowing out my ass all day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the idea of tulo is more interesting that actually owning him… What were you doing in Hollywood?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I went to the one in Burbank on the way home from a kids birthday party. babys mama saw it and made a maneuver into the parking lot…..she likea the sauce

        His flyball percentage took a dump in Toronto. Felt out of line even as he ages. Im chalking up the move and betrayal as his downfall. Now, am I going to own him? Probably not, but if he falls far enough, then I might be in if it fits my roster construction at that point of the draft. Its a lot of ifs and buts but not nuts…okay maybe a little nuts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The sauce is the bomb, it explodes out of me too… Last three years totals for 2 players: 190/74/226/5 vs. 220/63/204/3 — Tulo is 2nd one, can you guess the 1st?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: you sound like magoo right now, but my best guess would be Marlon Byrd

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Brandon Moss, Byrd would be better than Tulo too

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Moss, he really fell off the side of a cliff last year. Fair enough, but I dont think he is as bad as he was in Toronto last year. I can see an 80/20/80/.285 year out of him

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I could see that, if he plays 145 games

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: i went and looked and Byrd was pretty close call there

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I bet he is…Byrd will also be drafted 15 rounds later than Tulo

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: and be 70 points lower in batting average and probably 20-30 less runs

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      70 points lower? C’mon

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: okay 60 points .225 vs .285

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @J-FOH:

      Unbelievably weird and idiotic tv note: Zankou was the name of the evil wizard on Charmed.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You don’t know any TV and you know Charmed?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: HAHAHAHA!!!!!

          Boom goes the burn!

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          I got rid of my TV when I got divorced. I know everything about everything that happened on TV prior to 2010 or so.

          Ex-wife watched every episode of Charmed like 3x when they used to rerun it on TNT.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I was gonna say that felt like an ex-wife show and why you guys are no longer married

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              It’s on the list. Around the time she and I moved to Oakland I gave up on tv because she was always near it…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha, you see my comment to JFOH? Last three years totals for 2 players: 190/74/226/5 vs. 220/63/204/3 — Tulo is 2nd one, can you guess the 1st?

  38. Mike says:
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    I was offered Betts $28 and Marte $31 for Stanton $51

    14 team keeper league. Which side?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  39. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I really like the Semien upside. Stud athlete. Ron Washington to tutor the defense. Going over the A’s line up though it’s surprisingly deep. Or should I say it’s surprisingly consistent up and down the line if not spectacular anywhere. Could see this opening day:

    Burns-Canha-Reddick-Valencia-Vogt-Butler-Lowrie-Semien-Smolinski

    Probably a pretty good chance Semien starts the season pretty far down in the order.

    On a related note, my kids and I got to meet Sonny Gray at fanfest (got epic picture).

    Me: Sonny, with all due respect to Keuchel, you were robbed of the gg. You’re the best fielding pitcher I’ve ever seen in 40 plus years of watching baseball.

    Sonny (flashing huge smile): That’s the way I see it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Semien a lot too, think he could move up in the order… Let’s hear more fanfest stories! You meet Coco?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t think Coco was there. Didn’t see him anyway.

        Other fanfest stories:

        When getting Butler’s autograph I asked my son if he remembered what his nickname was and he said, “Crunchy Breakfast.”

        Coached my daughter up in the pronunciation of Rzepczynski and she nailed it when she asked for his autograph. Rzepczynski burst out laughing. He goes, “this little girl got it right!” to nobody in general.

        Right when we got in, found ourselves walking next to John Axford with just his handler with him. I said, “do you prefer Axeman or Bartender.” He said, neither. Little bit of a snarl. He’s pretty tatted out. Intimidating.

        Shook hands with Wash and said “Mister Washington you and I might have something in common.” He says, “what’s that?” I said, “Mark Ellis is my favorite A of all time.” And he laughs and goes like “Whee-woooooooo, Ellie.”

        And last but not least for me (way least for my kids), I got to do my Ken Korach imitation for Ken Korach (A’s radio guy). An enthusiastic, “Not bad!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crunchy Breakfast!

          I can’t say Rzeczynski’s…

          If only Axford was that intimidating when he had the lead in the 9th

          That’s amazing with Wash, love it!

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: thought the kaiser’s other nickname was “bartender” (of course both of these also ran closers could have that nickname)

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: me too, took him in that mock Im almost done with as my MI (before I took a 2nd baseman) in the 16th. I like his floor a lot

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, will be a sneaky late pick

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I wonder how the savvy beasts feel about him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Savvy beasts? Is that a typo?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: no idea, on my 5th cup of coffee today.

  40. Kenny Powers says:
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    Grey,

    This is my 5th or 6th season of leaning on Razzball. I’m grateful for the hard work you and the other writers do. Happy to again pickup the Streamonator this season, too.

    Ubiquitous keeper question–embarrassment of riches edition–10 team, 5×5 Roto, $270 auction, keep forever, no inflation–keep 5.

    Stanton @ $1
    Arenado @ $1
    Harper @ $1
    Correa @ $1
    Goldy @ $18
    Rizzo @ $11

    I’m thinking one of Correa/Rizzo is cut. Based upon your rankings I keep Rizzo, but from a salary point of view, keep Correa.

    Appreciate the insight. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kenny! What’s up, man? Yeah, Correa over Rizzo

  41. los says:
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    Grey,

    Keeper Question.
    We keep 7 player total. What players would you keep today?
    Keep 7; either 4 offensive player or 4 pitchers.
    RBI/R/HR/SB/OBP K/9, SV, QS, WHIP, ERA

    Martin
    Fielder
    DeLiemhu
    Lindor
    Arenado
    Brantley
    Cargo
    JDMart
    Pence

    Hanley
    Duda
    Hosmer
    Buxton
    Cabrera Melky
    Grinchuk

    Kershaw
    Salazar
    Strausburg
    Darvish
    Quintana
    Bauer
    Nelson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Brantley, JD, Fielder, Kershaw, Salazar, Stras

  42. Alex says:
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    You cool with trading Brett Gardner for Jon Lester in dynasty?

    5×5 roto

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  43. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Just saw your Tulo vs Mystery from above. Jhonny P?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brandon Moss…Jhonny would likely be close too, good call

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I said byrd which was close..Btw what happened to moss

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I’m pretty sure he hasn’t been healthy in awhile. Bad hip.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: Bad Hip? Grandpa Moss needs to get the permanent blue placard

  44. mraccoe says:
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    Hi Grey, keeper question, last keeper in a 6 player keeper, Adam Eaton or Archer?

    Leaning Eaton but should I keep Archer and try to get Eaton cheap later since I know that Archer would go fairly quickly in the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer

  45. PhatBoy says:
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    Great as always Grey. Probably a no brainier here but would you deal Jose Fernandez for Goldy ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would, yeah

  46. john obrien says:
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    Great Rankings OGreyt1,

    10-team, 5×5 (OBP & QS) must keep 5, lose that round if kept (consider all players named below as free agents in 2/3 years, with round kept dropping 2 rounds per year…so Marte costs a 1st next year ):

    I like Marte (3), Lindor (25) and Frazier (28)…but need help with last two:

    J Upton (2), Dozier (6), Carrasco (9), Polanco (11), RPs Tolleson/Vizcaino both (25).

    Also, thinking of trading 2 for 1…not sure who is available. Are any of these fair to the other guy (and me): J Up/Dozier for Abreu (9) or Bogaerts (10) or Springer (12) or DeShields (25) or Sano (28)?? Or, I could trade one or more of my top 3 for one of these if you think it makes sense?

    Thanks for your time!

    job3rd

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Polanco, Carrasco if you can’t a deal…I’d take Abreu for Upton and Dozier though

      • john says:
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        @Grey: Awesome THANKS!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. TJ says:
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    Hey Grey, taking over in a friend’s league this year. I have the option between two teams. Which do you think you would favor? It’s H2H, 10×10 league with some ridiculous categories.

    First Team:
    Anthony Rizzo (1st rd pick)
    Justin Upton (I can pass this pick or give up 2nd round pick)
    Dee Gordon (20th rd)
    Other hitting options would be Pederson, Grichuk and Kyle Seager.
    Pitchers would be Teheran (17th round) and then Nola & Urias for 24th and 25th round

    Second Team:
    Andrew Mccutchen (1st rd)
    Springer (3rd rd)
    Sano (25th rd)
    Pitching options would be Cueto (5th rd), Sonny Gray (17th rd), Cmart (21st rd) and Darvish as 25th rd

    Leaning towards the 2nd team, but always appreciate your insight.

    • TJ says:
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      Also the first team has an extra 4th, 5th, 7th and 11th round pick if that makes a difference at all.

    • Grey

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      2nd team

  48. J-FOH says:
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    Speaking of Tulo, I took over mauled by oandas team in the Razznasty after I dumpster babied (is that a term) mine to Nick the Dick. I inherited both Tulo and Pedroia I don’t what to call it but a glossary term is brewing for when you have old guys you cant trade nor drop in a dynasty

    • Grey

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      Yeah, I wouldn’t want either guy, but you can’t trade them either b/c no one else wants them either

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Tulo has some value but Pedroia went from a Sparky Anklebiter to an Owners Anklegrabber

  49. Dean Strang says:
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    h2h points keeper league. Have Tulo… was offered Joc P. Cut the cord and pull the trigger for the future? Thx

  50. 50 Shades says:
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    I have Tulo in a Keeper points league. I was offered Joc Pederson & a mid round pick for him. Joc’s avg concerns me but mYbe that’s just a short term blip. Pull the trigger of hold onto Tulo?

    Thx

    p.s I may be able to get Max S better target?

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