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Finally, we come to the end of the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings. (Can we start games already?) A little birdie told me we’re opening up our commenter fantasy leagues on Monday.  Then the little birdie pooped on my shoulder and I thought it was blue cheese and I put it on a cracker and– Wait, where was I?  So, the top 400 for 2015 fantasy baseball isn’t meant to surprise or astound.  If you’re surprised that, say, Steven Souza is ranked above Marlon Byrd, then you didn’t read the top 60 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball.  I forgive you, but does your never-proud father?  I don’t think so.  Save it for the therapy sessions!  Okay, you know that I like Souza more than Byrd, you know I like Javier Baez more than Jose Ramirez as seen at the top 20 shortstops for 2015 fantasy baseball, but you don’t know how I feel about where these guys fall in the bigger picture.  Is Baez above Souza?  So to show you where I think players fall in relation to each other in 2015 fantasy baseball drafts, I’m putting together the top 400.  This still needs to be taken with a grain of salt.  If you have a shortstop already and Baez is still on the board at pick 200, you don’t draft him if you see Souza and you need an outfielder, even though Souza is below Baez on this list.  So I might take someone at 200 over someone at 180?  Yes, every draft is different.  With the top 10, there’s almost no latitude.  With the top 100, there’s a decent amount of latitude.  With a top 400, there’s lots of latitude.  You taking someone at 185 is more or less the same as someone else taking someone at 235.  So if you see someone who’s ranked at 250th, but want them at 200, then do what you do.  Because of the length of the top 400, there’s no pithy comments with each name, but you kinda do need to know what I’m thinking for each name, so I advise you go over each position in the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings. The top 100 and top 400 is what I would have at my drafts, along with the top 20 rankings posts.  If I were drafting online, I’d also use the fantasy baseball tiers (Hitter Tiers/Pitcher Tiers) and the Fantasy Baseball War Room. (Hopefully the downloadable one is ready shortly.  This is out of my control, someone else fills out the Excel spreadsheet and I simply post it.  No one has filled it out yet this year.  *wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kazoo*  If you want to help your fellow Razzballers, you’ll take on this task.)  Finally, here is this top 400 for 2015 fantasy baseball without any of this jibber-jabbering.  Anyway, here’s the top 400 for 2015 fantasy baseball:

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# Name Team ESPN Y! $ AB R HR RBI SB AVG IP W SV ERA WHIP K
Mike Trout LAA OF OF 49 561 105 37 117 21 0.326
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 1B 47 581 105 28 107 21 0.306
Mookie Betts BOS OF OF 47 584 104 29 113 21 0.314
Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF 1B/3B/ OF 47 588 106 34 113 10 0.288
Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B 46 612 107 18 81 37 0.321
Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B 46 601 103 38 123 2 0.291
Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 1B 45 571 97 35 109 7 0.297
Manny Machado BAL SS/3B SS/3B 45 603 102 35 107 5 0.292
Bryce Harper WSH OF OF 44 534 96 33 106 12 0.291
Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 3B 43 570 95 32 101 6 0.287
Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 1B 43 577 95 29 105 1 0.317
Trea Turner WSH 2B/OF 2B/SS/ OF 42 577 102 16 84 40 0.305
Carlos Correa HOU SS SS 42 575 98 26 104 20 0.275
Rougned Odor TEX 2B 2B 42 581 92 28 98 15 0.281
Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 1B 41 575 93 31 97 6 0.295
George Springer HOU OF OF 40 590 103 32 88 10 0.255
Charlie Blackmon COL OF OF 39 594 104 21 67 24 0.303
Starling Marte PIT OF OF 38 549 81 17 88 37 0.295
Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 1B 37 535 88 36 105 2 0.260
Trevor Story COL SS SS 36 575 89 31 98 12 0.258
Clayton Kershaw LAD SP SP 36 222 19 0 2.44 0.95 261
Max Scherzer WSH SP SP 35 225 18 0 2.51 0.96 270
Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF OF 34 529 84 38 103 1 0.253
Francisco Lindor CLE SS SS 33 607 103 17 82 19 0.308
Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B 33 530 84 25 91 7 0.308
Xander Bogaerts BOS SS SS 32 614 107 22 94 11 0.304
Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B 32 605 86 26 91 2 0.291
Corey Seager LAD SS SS 31 610 96 28 85 3 0.298
Jonathan Villar MIL 2B/SS/ 3B 2B/SS/ 3B 31 565 91 15 51 37 0.257
Nelson Cruz SEA OF OF 31 537 88 33 98 1 0.265
Ryan Braun MIL OF OF 30 505 82 25 89 14 0.291
Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B 30 595 102 25 74 15 0.248
Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS 2B/SS 29 580 83 11 46 27 0.274
Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP 29 218 17 0 2.78 1.04 232
Chris Sale BOS SP SP 29 225 18 0 3.31 1.08 244
Jose Abreu CHW 1B 1B 29 603 73 28 92 0 0.306
Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B 1B 29 518 84 25 89 6 0.278
Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B 28 591 84 27 92 4 0.269
Anthony Rendon WSH 3B 3B 28 551 84 25 96 9 0.268
Noah Syndergaard NYM SP SP 28 203 16 0 2.67 1.05 235
Jake Arrieta CHC SP SP 27 205 17 0 2.98 1.06 196
Jon Lester CHC SP SP 26 210 16 0 3.35 1.10 206
Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF OF 26 550 86 29 97 5 0.278
Mark Trumbo BAL OF OF 26 557 81 33 95 2 0.252
Justin Verlander DET SP SP 25 217 15 0 3.31 1.05 220
Corey Kluber CLE SP SP 24 220 17 0 3.36 1.08 229
Yu Darvish TEX SP SP 24 201 15 0 3.04 1.15 239
Johnny Cueto SF SP SP 23 210 16 0 3.04 1.11 192
Carlos Carrasco CLE SP SP 23 190 15 0 3.28 1.13 192
Kenley Jansen LAD RP RP 23 65 4 45 2.11 0.81 100
Aroldis Chapman NYY RP RP 23 64 5 42 1.98 0.95 100
Zach Britton BAL RP RP 23 66 3 42 1.78 0.93 78
Gregory Polanco PIT OF OF 22 572 77 23 89 24 0.262
Mark Melancon SF RP RP 22 62 4 42 2.26 0.97 58
A.J. Pollock ARI OF OF 21 581 97 16 61 26 0.273
Wil Myers SD 1B 1B/OF 21 567 81 25 91 15 0.264
Carlos Santana CLE 1B 1B 21 572 95 31 81 5 0.266
Justin Turner LAD 3B 3B 21 510 81 24 92 5 0.271
Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B 21 575 85 25 97 2 0.289
Evan Longoria TB 3B 3B 21 617 77 29 89 1 0.271
Todd Frazier CHW 3B 3B 20 582 72 31 91 13 0.235
Eric Hosmer KC 1B 1B 20 589 82 24 94 7 0.288
Ian Kinsler DET 2B 2B 20 607 105 18 77 12 0.272
Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B 1B/2B 20 510 82 15 85 5 0.296
Chris Archer TB SP SP 19 200 13 0 3.33 1.17 225
Carlos Martinez STL SP SP 19 205 15 0 3.17 1.19 193
Jacob deGrom NYM SP SP 19 194 13 0 3.12 1.15 191
Stephen Strasburg WSH SP SP 19 163 12 0 3.55 1.10 190
Danny Duffy KC SP SP 19 195 13 0 3.45 1.15 201
Kenta Maeda LAD SP SP 19 195 15 0 3.39 1.13 198
Christian Yelich MIA OF OF 17 585 87 15 92 17 0.303
Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF OF 17 567 82 27 92 8 0.271
Max Kepler MIN OF OF 17 548 74 23 85 14 0.266
Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF 17 580 83 27 91 3 0.278
Matt Kemp ATL OF OF 17 572 78 27 94 2 0.266
Adam Jones BAL OF OF 16 599 92 27 78 3 0.268
Danny Salazar CLE SP SP 16 180 14 0 3.44 1.15 201
Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B 16 563 73 32 94 2 0.254
Gerrit Cole PIT SP SP 16 193 15 0 3.45 1.14 188
Jose Quintana CHW SP SP 16 204 14 0 3.35 1.20 181
Kyle Hendricks CHC SP SP 15 198 14 0 3.41 1.14 175
Gary Sanchez NYY C C 15 471 71 27 82 3 0.260
Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP SP 15 201 13 0 3.47 1.13 172
Cole Hamels TEX SP SP 15 202 15 0 3.56 1.22 197
Rich Hill LAD SP SP 15 125 14 0 2.74 1.03 144
John Lackey CHC SP SP 14 190 14 0 3.54 1.15 177
Byron Buxton MIN OF OF 14 522 65 18 57 26 0.232
Adam Duvall CIN OF OF 14 547 74 34 92 5 0.244
Khris Davis OAK OF OF 14 530 72 34 89 2 0.247
Stephen Piscotty STL OF OF 13 573 78 24 92 9 0.277
J.D. Martinez DET OF OF 13 451 78 25 71 1 0.282
Andrew Benintendi BOS OF OF 13 480 79 16 68 19 0.303
Kyle Schwarber CHC OF C/OF 13 488 81 26 90 5 0.248
Andrew McCutchen PIT OF OF 13 556 87 21 90 7 0.263
Addison Russell CHC SS SS 13 569 77 25 92 7 0.257
Marcus Semien OAK SS SS 13 555 70 25 78 10 0.241
Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 2B 12 565 78 30 89 2 0.260
Dee Gordon MIA 2B 2B 12 608 88 3 39 51 0.282
Jose Peraza CIN 2B/SS/ OF 2B/SS/ OF 12 527 78 4 46 44 0.288
Jonathan Lucroy TEX C C/1B 12 480 71 19 82 5 0.283
Buster Posey SF C C/1B 12 515 78 16 86 4 0.291
Chris Davis BAL 1B 1B 12 554 79 36 95 2 0.218
Brad Miller TB 1B/2B/ SS 1B/2B/ SS 12 531 76 25 93 10 0.251
Edwin Diaz SEA RP RP 12 63 3 40 2.21 1.12 84
Roberto Osuna TOR RP RP 11 70 4 40 2.46 1.01 75
Devon Travis TOR 2B 2B 11 578 91 19 64 10 0.285
DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B 11 560 96 14 64 15 0.311
Kevin Gausman BAL SP SP 10 195 13 0 3.51 1.25 193
Ken Giles HOU RP RP 10 66 4 38 2.87 1.15 96
Justin Upton DET OF OF 10 565 77 27 85 10 0.249
Jose Bautista TOR OF OF 10 488 81 30 90 2 0.244
Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RP 10 60 3 38 2.95 1.14 87
Hunter Pence SF OF OF 10 578 86 20 78 3 0.275
Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF 9 509 75 4 40 60 0.253
Lance McCullers HOU SP SP 9 170 12 0 3.26 1.19 205
Mitch Moreland BOS 1B 1B 9 465 61 25 75 1 0.259
Tommy Joseph PHI 1B 1B 9 488 64 30 79 1 0.253
Gregory Bird NYY 1B 1B 9 412 59 24 69 2 0.257
Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/ 3B 3B 9 502 84 20 72 2 0.274
Logan Forsythe LAD 2B 2B 9 543 88 16 54 9 0.265
Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B 9 570 88 12 51 6 0.306
David Dahl COL OF OF 9 478 62 16 74 16 0.271
Dexter Fowler STL OF OF 9 512 86 15 42 17 0.261
Adam Eaton WSH OF OF 8 605 102 12 49 16 0.277
Aaron Nola PHI SP SP 8 155 10 0 3.46 1.21 161
Taijuan Walker ARI SP SP 8 160 12 0 3.44 1.18 153
Kelvin Herrera KC RP RP 8 68 2 36 2.61 1.08 76
Marcus Stroman TOR SP SP 7 204 12 0 3.55 1.24 184
Jake Lamb ARI 3B 3B 7 495 76 26 81 7 0.258
Maikel Franco PHI 3B 3B 7 591 79 30 95 2 0.277
Seung Hwan Oh STL RP RP 7 71 4 40 2.65 1.08 88
Andrew Miller CLE RP RP 7 71 6 15 2.21 0.89 110
Alex Bregman HOU 3B 3B 6 525 73 23 81 8 0.259
Alex Colome TB RP RP 6 61 3 39 2.66 1.04 79
Wade Davis CHC RP RP 6 50 3 33 2.87 1.16 55
Odubel Herrera PHI OF OF 6 551 79 11 83 27 0.292
Leonys Martin SEA OF OF 6 560 72 16 61 31 0.251
Ender Inciarte ATL OF OF 5 587 92 7 39 21 0.297
Nomar Mazara TEX OF OF 5 554 72 26 81 2 0.277
Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF 3B/OF 5 498 69 31 78 1 0.231
Yasmany Tomas ARI OF OF 5 478 63 25 72 2 0.274
Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B/ OF 2B/3B/ OF 5 541 75 8 69 25 0.295
Dellin Betances NYY RP RP 5 75 6 5 2.31 1.05 122
Kendrys Morales TOR DH 1B/OF 4 551 73 29 89 0 0.268
Michael Pineda NYY SP SP 4 195 12 0 3.46 1.16 214
Jonathan Gray COL SP SP 4 191 12 0 3.77 1.23 208
Victor Martinez DET DH 1B 4 503 62 19 81 0 0.285
Aaron Sanchez TOR SP SP 4 197 11 0 3.66 1.22 176
David Price BOS SP SP 4 180 13 0 3.74 1.21 173
Tanner Roark WSH SP SP 4 199 14 0 3.79 1.26 165
Rick Porcello BOS SP SP 4 210 14 0 3.81 1.23 177
Keon Broxton MIL OF OF 4 490 64 18 71 31 0.237
Zack Greinke ARI SP SP 4 190 12 0 3.71 1.17 167
Randal Grichuk STL OF OF 4 514 72 28 86 8 0.245
Felix Hernandez SEA SP SP 4 201 12 0 3.77 1.28 169
Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF 3 585 84 22 72 2 0.260
Mike Napoli TEX 1B 1B 3 462 68 25 83 3 0.232
Marcell Ozuna MIA OF OF 3 551 78 25 83 1 0.256
Adrian Gonzalez LAD 1B 1B 3 570 75 20 91 0 0.271
Lorenzo Cain KC OF OF 3 509 83 14 79 20 0.285
Brandon Belt SF 1B 1B 3 521 72 18 77 3 0.271
Joc Pederson LAD OF OF 3 440 72 31 79 10 0.252
Willson Contreras CHC C/OF C/OF 3 451 62 16 74 4 0.267
Vincent Velasquez PHI SP SP 3 155 11 0 3.54 1.23 177
Jay Bruce NYM OF OF 3 545 70 27 84 5 0.247
James Paxton SEA SP SP 3 178 14 0 3.53 1.26 181
Carlos Gomez TEX OF OF 2 521 73 17 57 24 0.238
Ian Desmond COL OF OF 2 369 49 17 54 11 0.253
Yasiel Puig LAD OF OF 2 461 65 18 71 7 0.277
Curtis Granderson NYM OF OF 2 525 84 25 51 5 0.241
Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF 2B/OF 2 555 86 14 55 7 0.266
Carlos Beltran HOU OF OF 2 465 68 24 75 1 0.276
Matt Holliday NYY OF 1B/OF 2 422 64 22 74 2 0.261
Neil Walker NYM 2B 2B 2 523 66 23 75 3 0.275
Starlin Castro NYY 2B 2B 1 567 67 23 77 5 0.265
Jameson Taillon PIT SP SP 1 180 10 0 3.44 1.10 163
Jeurys Familia NYM RP RP 1 62 3 34 3.18 1.19 65
Matt Shoemaker LAA SP SP 1 180 10 0 3.49 1.15 161
Carlos Rodon CHW SP SP 1 185 10 0 3.78 1.30 188
Joe Ross WSH SP SP 1 153 11 0 3.56 1.25 139
Michael Fulmer DET SP SP 1 182 13 0 3.64 1.24 169
Robbie Ray ARI SP SP 1 190 13 0 3.67 1.24 226
Jake Odorizzi TB SP SP 1 192 9 0 3.54 1.16 169
Julio Teheran ATL SP SP 1 200 10 0 3.39 1.14 175
Michael Brantley CLE OF OF 1 455 61 12 70 10 0.285
Jason Hammel KC SP SP 1 185 13 0 3.71 1.23 171
J.A. Happ TOR SP SP 1 188 12 0 3.67 1.23 157
Steven Matz NYM SP SP 1 154 10 0 3.55 1.22 145
Matt Harvey NYM SP SP 1 145 8 0 3.71 1.23 129
Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF OF 1 545 79 8 54 22 0.260
Salvador Perez KC C C 1 535 55 22 73 1 0.256
Ryon Healy OAK 3B 3B 1 577 77 25 84 1 0.287
Yulieski Gurriel HOU 1B/3B 1B/3B 1 545 74 15 81 4 0.277
Nick Castellanos DET 3B 3B 1 535 65 22 72 2 0.276
Tim Anderson CHW SS SS 1 603 75 14 63 25 0.277
Aledmys Diaz STL SS SS 1 544 83 18 70 6 0.298
Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS 1 511 68 7 71 25 0.286
Rajai Davis OAK OF OF 1 455 66 9 42 39 0.253
Alcides Escobar KC SS SS 1 591 83 6 48 21 0.268
Eduardo Nunez SF SS/3B SS/3B 1 518 64 10 72 30 0.259
Delino DeShields Jr. TEX OF OF 1 474 64 7 41 28 0.267
Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS SS 1 485 62 22 74 1 0.248
Javier Baez CHC 2B/SS/ 3B 2B/SS/ 3B 1 449 55 17 65 13 0.268
Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B 1 419 51 11 41 12 0.259
Jeff Samardzija SF SP SP 1 204 12 0 3.69 1.24 163
Sean Manaea OAK SP SP 1 176 9 0 3.78 1.25 154
Dallas Keuchel HOU SP SP 1 202 12 0 3.87 1.25 165
Drew Pomeranz BOS SP SP 1 170 8 0 3.94 1.25 165
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA SP SP 1 204 13 0 3.87 1.31 150
Cody Allen CLE RP RP 1 65 4 29 2.88 1.09 81
Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/SS/ 3B 1B/2B/ SS/3B 1 447 59 25 68 2 0.239
Josh Harrison PIT 2B 2B 1 491 73 7 48 17 0.280
Ian Kennedy KC SP SP 1 190 9 0 3.94 1.28 176
Collin McHugh HOU SP SP 1 195 13 0 3.95 1.32 181
Lucas Duda NYM 1B 1B 1 494 68 29 82 0 0.246
Gio Gonzalez WSH SP SP 1 175 10 0 3.87 1.35 166
Marco Estrada TOR SP SP 1 175 10 0 3.91 1.21 175
Russell Martin TOR C C 1 465 68 20 78 4 0.235
Jacob Realmuto MIA C C 1 451 54 10 57 11 0.281
Yasmani Grandal LAD C C 1 423 57 20 69 2 0.240
Travis Jankowski SD OF OF 1 467 57 5 35 37 0.241
Jaime Garcia ATL SP SP 1 150 8 0 3.88 1.28 125
Jeremy Hellickson PHI SP SP 1 185 10 0 3.83 1.18 150
Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP SP 1 190 11 0 3.77 1.19 158
Lance Lynn STL SP SP 1 120 9 0 3.65 1.31 109
Chris Tillman BAL SP SP 1 192 12 0 3.81 1.32 151
Ivan Nova PIT SP SP 1 175 9 0 3.67 1.23 134
Robert Gsellman NYM SP SP 1 131 9 0 3.71 1.34 121
Alex Cobb TB SP SP 1 132 10 0 3.91 1.27 111
Orlando Arcia MIL SS SS 1 509 69 9 51 21 0.261
A.J. Ramos MIA RP RP 1 66 3 36 3.12 1.32 77
Dansby Swanson ATL SS SS 1 556 71 9 44 19 0.267
Sam Dyson TEX RP RP 1 67 4 35 3.04 1.20 59
Didi Gregorius NYY SS SS 1 550 63 15 71 7 0.268
Neftali Feliz MIL RP RP 1 60 3 31 3.27 1.16 69
Jorge Polanco MIN SS SS 1 518 69 10 44 8 0.286
Chris Owings ARI SS/OF SS/OF 1 489 58 8 61 18 0.251
Greg Holland COL RP RP 1 51 2 24 3.78 1.31 54
Raisel Iglesias CIN RP RP 1 52 3 17 2.97 1.12 57
Cam Bedrosian LAA RP RP 1 60 3 20 2.78 1.12 74
Blake Treinen WSH RP RP 1 65 5 21 3.41 1.26 62
Asdrubal Cabrera NYM SS SS 1 508 61 17 64 6 0.259
Matt Moore SF SP SP 1 146 10 0 3.77 1.29 137
Mike Montgomery CHC RP RP 1 124 7 0 3.42 1.21 111
Manuel Margot SD OF OF 1 546 82 5 41 31 0.277
Francisco Rodriguez DET RP RP 1 51 2 33 3.44 1.19 48
Jarrod Dyson SEA OF OF 1 372 49 2 31 38 0.259
Ryan Schimpf SD 2B/3B 2B/3B 1 488 54 27 62 5 0.207
Tony Watson PIT RP RP 1 63 3 30 3.61 1.11 55
Hernan Perez MIL 3B/OF 2B/3B/ OF 1 422 55 10 46 30 0.247
David Robertson CHW RP RP 1 64 3 31 3.56 1.26 71
Brandon Crawford SF SS SS 1 523 70 15 81 7 0.271
Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B -2 512 71 22 79 1 0.251
Hector Neris PHI RP RP 1 75 5 19 3.09 1.18 89
C.J. Cron LAA 1B 1B -2 497 62 25 72 2 0.270
Matt Duffy TB 3B SS/3B -2 517 62 9 68 10 0.264
Kolten Wong STL 2B 2B/OF -3 435 59 14 64 10 0.278
Zack Cozart CIN SS SS -3 487 71 17 54 5 0.258
Brandon Maurer SD RP RP -3 66 2 27 3.41 1.21 68
Raul Mondesi KC 2B 2B -3 487 51 9 59 38 0.212
Justin Bour MIA 1B 1B -3 417 54 17 64 0 0.267
Fernando Rodney ARI RP RP -3 65 2 22 3.88 1.41 68
Ryan Madson OAK RP RP -3 60 4 21 3.91 1.29 47
Danny Espinosa LAA 2B/SS 2B/SS -3 502 57 19 67 12 0.215
Travis Shaw MIL 1B/3B 1B/3B -3 435 51 18 64 3 0.247
Brian McCann HOU C C -3 418 66 19 75 1 0.237
Brandon Kintzler MIN RP RP -3 63 1 19 3.77 1.28 43
Brandon Drury ARI 2B/3B/ OF 2B/3B/ OF -3 480 66 18 71 2 0.277
Eric Thames MIL 1B/OF 1B/OF -3 435 58 17 64 5 0.225
Jim Johnson ATL RP RP -3 55 1 15 3.50 1.28 57
Danny Valencia SEA 1B/3B/ OF 1B/3B/ OF -3 454 51 15 59 2 0.281
Evan Gattis HOU C C -3 369 39 20 56 2 0.255
Josh Bell PIT 1B 1B/OF -3 407 54 15 52 3 0.281
Matt Wieters WSH C C -4 407 45 18 54 1 0.249
Addison Reed NYM RP RP -4 72 5 7 2.76 1.05 80
Joaquin Benoit PHI RP RP -4 41 3 14 3.69 1.31 45
Ryan Zimmerman WSH 1B 1B -4 444 54 17 59 3 0.231
Chris Carter NYY 1B 1B -4 330 46 24 66 2 0.232
Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP RP -4 60 3 14 3.89 1.43 72
Cameron Rupp PHI C C -4 412 40 19 58 1 0.241
Joe Mauer MIN 1B 1B -4 489 65 10 59 2 0.272
Derek Norris TB C C -4 458 48 15 51 6 0.237
Travis d’Arnaud NYM C C -4 404 41 14 48 1 0.259
Stephen Vogt OAK C C -4 415 57 14 44 0 0.255
Julio Urias LAD SP SP -4 103 9 0 3.41 1.34 110
Joe Panik SF 2B 2B -4 488 58 8 61 5 0.262
Adam Ottavino COL RP RP -4 63 4 8 3.03 1.07 76
Blake Snell TB SP SP -4 160 9 0 3.63 1.37 181
Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 2B -4 515 65 4 35 20 0.277
Huston Street LAA RP RP -4 49 2 12 4.12 1.41 38
Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 3B -4 540 60 18 72 7 0.241
Pablo Sandoval BOS 3B 3B 1 512 61 15 69 3 0.254
Mike Foltynewicz ATL SP SP -4 174 9 0 3.81 1.27 160
Aaron Judge NYY OF OF -4 488 68 28 79 3 0.232
David Peralta ARI OF OF -4 535 73 18 85 9 0.289
Jorge Soler KC OF OF -4 487 64 20 77 2 0.261
Shawn Kelley WSH RP RP -4 64 4 8 2.87 1.04 86
Nate Jones CHW RP RP -4 72 3 7 2.89 0.98 85
Domingo Santana MIL OF OF -4 487 64 24 73 8 0.243
Hunter Renfroe SD OF OF -4 503 70 25 83 5 0.252
Andrew Susac MIL C C -4 375 38 16 51 0 0.251
Yoan Moncada CHW 3B 3B -4 356 56 8 59 17 0.232
Welington Castillo BAL C C -4 390 38 16 59 1 0.239
Koda Glover WSH RP RP 1 61 3 7 3.24 1.12 64
Drew Storen CIN RP RP -4 60 1 9 4.09 1.34 58
Wilson Ramos TB C C -4 305 31 13 41 0 0.274
Kevin Kiermaier TB OF OF -4 487 63 14 48 19 0.254
Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF OF -4 460 75 16 48 7 0.264
Kevin Pillar TOR OF OF -4 535 62 10 58 15 0.272
Cameron Maybin LAA OF OF -4 490 74 6 48 19 0.271
Jeanmar Gomez PHI RP RP -4 65 2 9 4.23 1.39 47
Josh Reddick HOU OF OF -4 424 59 17 68 7 0.269
Sean Doolittle OAK RP RP -4 58 3 10 3.44 1.10 65
Jason Heyward CHC OF OF -4 490 64 13 67 13 0.257
Brett Gardner NYY OF OF -5 521 72 10 37 15 0.255
Michael Saunders PHI OF OF -5 468 61 17 66 2 0.248
Avisail Garcia CHW OF OF -5 455 54 15 67 6 0.251
Daniel Norris DET SP SP -5 115 7 0 3.75 1.35 110
Michael Wacha STL SP SP -5 155 8 0 3.79 1.18 129
Adam Conley MIA SP SP -5 165 9 0 3.74 1.35 154
Tyler Skaggs LAA SP SP -5 138 9 0 3.81 1.36 141
Dylan Bundy BAL SP SP -5 141 11 0 3.91 1.35 130
Howie Kendrick PHI 2B/OF 1B/2B/ 3B/OF -5 475 71 10 55 10 0.262
Luis Severino NYY SP SP -5 155 10 0 3.94 1.34 143
Melvin Upton TOR OF OF -5 404 39 15 47 20 0.235
Santiago Casilla OAK RP RP -5 55 3 6 3.61 1.22 59
Jharel Cotton OAK SP SP -5 157 7 0 3.72 1.21 141
Jake Barrett ARI RP RP -5 62 3 8 3.78 1.29 57
Melky Cabrera CHW OF OF -5 570 70 12 73 2 0.284
Corey Dickerson TB OF OF -5 464 49 22 58 4 0.250
Trevor Bauer CLE SP SP -5 177 11 0 4.01 1.33 163
Yadier Molina STL C C -5 490 53 7 57 3 0.288
Andrew Triggs OAK SP SP -5 144 9 0 3.86 1.25 130
Sandy Leon BOS C C -5 398 58 6 55 1 0.255
Devin Mesoraco CIN C C -5 365 41 15 55 1 0.245
Justin Smoak TOR 1B 1B -5 403 42 19 44 0 0.220
Dan Vogelbach SEA 1B 1B -5 340 32 16 41 1 0.251
Brad Brach BAL RP RP -5 75 6 2 2.65 1.09 89
Kyle Barraclough MIA RP RP -5 72 5 2 2.65 1.18 104
Brandon Moss KC 1B/OF 1B/OF -5 426 57 24 64 2 0.235
Glen Perkins MIN RP RP -5 38 2 7 3.89 1.26 33
J.P. Crawford PHI SS SS -6 220 28 3 16 7 0.261
Brandon Phillips ATL 2B 2B -6 512 65 12 69 15 0.269
Austin Hedges SD C C -6 402 32 15 46 1 0.226
Grant Dayton LAD RP RP -6 58 4 2 2.64 0.95 79
Yangervis Solarte SD 2B/3B 2B/3B -6 509 68 16 77 1 0.270
Will Harris HOU RP RP -6 65 4 2 2.88 1.03 70
James McCann DET C C -6 424 42 14 56 0 0.251
Luke Gregerson HOU RP RP -6 60 5 6 3.05 1.03 66
Pedro Alvarez BAL DH DH -6 354 39 20 47 1 0.252
Jose De Leon TB SP SP -6 135 9 0 3.57 1.18 128
Jose Reyes NYM 3B 3B -6 374 51 10 29 17 0.271
Joey Gallo TEX 3B 3B -6 371 34 23 43 3 0.208
Lucas Giolito CHW SP SP -6 105 5 0 3.67 1.27 97
Scott Kazmir LAD SP SP -6 122 8 0 3.64 1.23 113
Trevor Plouffe OAK 3B 3B -6 487 55 18 62 1 0.245
Zack Wheeler NYM SP SP -6 91 5 0 3.89 1.37 88
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP SP -6 92 7 0 3.92 1.28 88
Mychal Givens BAL RP RP -6 70 5 1 2.91 1.22 88
Archie Bradley ARI RP RP -6 90 7 0 4.17 1.37 96
Wilmer Flores NYM 1B/3B 1B/2B/ 3B -6 353 46 18 56 1 0.255
Mitch Haniger SEA OF OF -6 435 52 17 61 6 0.238
Michael Conforto NYM OF OF -6 412 51 18 58 3 0.261
Andrew Toles LAD OF OF -6 405 56 5 27 19 0.251
Steven Souza TB OF OF -6 451 57 16 54 10 0.227
Pedro Baez LAD RP RP -6 71 5 2 3.31 1.05 77
Tyler Naquin CLE OF OF -6 368 44 13 48 6 0.254
Cody Asche CHW 3B 3B -6 345 47 10 44 5 0.241
Hector Rondon CHC RP RP -6 58 4 5 3.33 1.03 64
Tyler Glasnow PIT SP SP -6 125 9 0 3.87 1.39 134
Luke Weaver STL SP SP -6 55 4 0 3.34 1.18 67
Koji Uehara CHC RP RP -6 54 4 4 2.34 1.01 67
Mark Reynolds COL 1B 1B -6 354 32 16 47 4 0.247
Ryan Rua TEX 1B/OF OF -6 390 50 14 61 9 0.241
David Freese PIT 1B/3B 1B/3B -6 424 46 15 54 0 0.255
Steve Pearce TOR 1B/OF 1B/2B/ OF -6 315 44 14 49 2 0.279
Scooter Gennett CIN 2B 2B -6 390 41 10 47 5 0.274
Jett Bandy MIL C C -6 289 25 13 31 2 0.243
Mike Zunino SEA C C -6 391 37 17 49 1 0.204
Matthew Strahm KC RP RP -6 62 6 2 2.78 1.08 74
Chris Iannetta ARI C C -6 371 41 10 44 1 0.217
Tyler Saladino CHW 2B/SS 2B/SS -6 376 41 7 44 13 0.276
Robert Stephenson CIN RP RP -6 109 7 0 4.34 1.44 99
Adonis Garcia ATL 3B 3B -6 515 61 15 71 3 0.267
A.J. Reed HOU 1B 1B -6 384 47 15 54 0 0.235
Yan Gomes CLE C C -6 389 45 13 49 0 0.237
Tom Murphy COL C C -6 225 22 10 38 1 0.241
Clay Buchholz PHI SP SP -6 145 8 0 4.07 1.31 117
Sonny Gray OAK SP SP -6 160 8 0 4.03 1.32 127
Drew Smyly SEA SP SP -6 130 7 0 4.14 1.27 124
Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP SP -6 145 7 0 3.98 1.28 112
Tyler Flowers ATL C C -6 381 31 15 47 0 0.227
Martin Prado MIA 3B 3B -6 535 63 9 70 2 0.290
Brad Ziegler MIA RP RP -6 67 5 5 2.67 1.29 52
Chase Headley NYY 3B 3B -6 491 60 13 66 5 0.244
Miguel Gonzalez CHW SP SP -6 162 7 0 3.95 1.31 110
David Wright NYM 3B 3B -6 267 42 4 46 4 0.238
Jason Castro MIN C C -6 367 37 10 41 2 0.221
Freddy Galvis PHI SS SS -6 340 37 7 44 9 0.229
Gerardo Parra COL OF OF -6 375 52 11 44 8 0.267
Zach Davies MIL SP SP -6 176 10 0 4.08 1.29 142
Jace Peterson ATL 2B 2B -6 403 51 5 27 13 0.239
Raimel Tapia COL OF OF -7 269 31 2 19 16 0.297
Junior Guerra MIL SP SP -7 154 11 0 3.97 1.33 132
Mallex Smith TB OF OF -7 225 33 3 18 18 0.241
R.A. Dickey ATL SP SP -7 205 9 0 3.86 1.33 158
Roman Quinn PHI OF OF -7 305 29 4 35 25 0.237
Bartolo Colon ATL SP SP -7 187 10 0 3.92 1.23 122
Angel Pagan FA OF OF -7 443 53 10 57 12 0.266
Alex Gordon KC OF OF -7 455 54 15 59 6 0.232
Jayson Werth WSH OF OF -7 476 57 14 63 4 0.238
Matt Andriese TB SP SP -7 162 8 0 3.91 1.28 132
Colby Rasmus TB OF OF -7 414 47 17 56 3 0.232
Tyler Chatwood COL SP SP -7 180 10 0 4.12 1.35 132
Nick Markakis ATL OF OF -7 567 64 10 69 1 0.263
Tom Koehler MIA SP SP -7 187 8 0 4.28 1.39 149
Denard Span SF OF OF -7 478 64 7 38 12 0.273
Charlie Tilson CHW OF OF -7 387 43 2 24 16 0.263
Edinson Volquez MIA SP SP -7 185 11 0 4.04 1.33 142
Tyler Collins DET OF OF -7 355 38 10 44 4 0.244
Aaron Altherr PHI OF OF -7 322 37 9 39 9 0.241
Matt Bush TEX RP RP -7 66 5 4 2.96 1.05 68
Jesse Chavez LAA SP SP -7 115 6 0 4.12 1.32 108
Whitley Merrifield KC 2B 2B -7 302 40 5 34 5 0.261
Geovany Soto CHW C C -7 304 32 10 46 0 0.223
Mike Leake STL SP SP -7 165 10 0 4.23 1.30 118
Norichika Aoki HOU OF OF -7 371 50 3 25 7 0.285
Michael Feliz HOU RP RP -7 72 4 1 3.43 1.15 102
Nick Franklin MIL 2B 2B -7 299 31 9 34 8 0.257
Francisco Cervelli PIT C C -7 364 42 3 39 5 0.259
Derek Dietrich MIA 2B 2B -7 370 47 13 52 2 0.272
Joakim Soria KC RP RP -7 65 3 5 3.81 1.36 67
Hyun Soo Kim BAL OF OF -7 335 44 8 25 3 0.291
David Phelps MIA RP RP -7 71 6 2 3.34 1.21 90
Hunter Strickland SF RP RP -7 60 4 3 3.28 1.09 59
Wei-Yin Chen MIA SP SP -7 156 9 0 4.21 1.26 125
Tony Wolters COL C C -7 305 32 5 37 5 0.266
Steven Wright BOS SP SP -7 142 10 0 4.27 1.32 112
Josh Tomlin CLE SP SP -7 165 11 0 4.23 1.22 103
Joey Rickard BAL OF OF -7 280 31 8 20 10 0.257
Seth Smith BAL OF OF -7 360 53 14 49 0 0.245
Dan Straily MIA SP SP -7 190 9 0 4.38 1.38 158
Scott Schebler CIN OF OF -7 378 44 12 49 4 0.257
Brandon Finnegan CIN SP SP -7 188 9 0 4.43 1.40 167
Eddie Rosario MIN OF OF -7 407 49 11 53 7 0.264
Jordan Zimmermann DET SP SP -7 170 10 0 4.11 1.27 110
Lonnie Chisenhall CLE OF OF -7 375 46 12 58 3 0.275
Mike Fiers HOU SP SP -7 176 10 0 4.22 1.32 141
Matt Joyce OAK OF OF -7 398 48 17 59 2 0.235
Homer Bailey CIN SP SP -8 164 9 0 4.40 1.35 134
Jurickson Profar TEX 3B/OF 1B/2B/ 3B/SS/OF -8 370 51 7 48 8 0.251
Tyler Austin NYY 1B 1B -8 245 21 8 34 5 0.225
Jose Iglesias DET SS SS -8 502 55 5 44 9 0.266
Chris Herrmann ARI C C -8 276 21 6 31 3 0.224
Jarrett Parker SF OF OF -8 345 47 11 51 6 0.229
Ryan Pressly MIN RP RP -8 71 4 3 4.09 1.37 64
Mikie Mahtook DET OF OF -8 289 28 8 31 6 0.226
Andrelton Simmons LAA SS SS -8 527 54 7 59 7 0.262
Andrew Bailey LAA RP RP -8 36 2 4 4.14 1.28 33
Hector Santiago MIN SP SP -8 177 11 0 4.66 1.39 137
Shelby Miller ARI SP SP -8 130 7 0 4.24 1.39 105
Luis Sardinas SD SS SS -8 475 40 3 37 14 0.235
Michael Taylor WSH OF OF -8 255 29 8 19 15 0.242
Martin Perez TEX SP SP -8 187 11 0 4.21 1.40 101
Peter O’Brien KC OF OF -8 265 29 15 46 0 0.218
Francisco Liriano TOR SP SP -8 148 9 0 4.59 1.45 154
Bradley Zimmer CLE OF OF -8 354 39 6 24 21 0.228
Lewis Brinson MIL OF OF -8 315 37 10 32 15 0.231
Nick Ahmed ARI SS SS -8 440 51 8 44 10 0.229
Jhoulys Chacin SD SP SP -8 167 7 0 4.27 1.41 137
Ryan Buchter SD RP RP -8 66 2 5 3.65 1.25 75
Clint Frazier NYY OF OF -8 255 28 4 34 8 0.241
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP SP -8 97 4 0 4.49 1.34 77
Austin Meadows PIT OF OF -8 105 19 3 15 6 0.289
Patrick Corbin ARI SP SP -8 162 8 0 4.34 1.42 146
Kyle Gibson MIN SP SP -8 184 7 0 4.34 1.44 123
Tyson Ross TEX SP SP -8 102 6 0 3.81 1.35 93
Jordy Mercer PIT SS SS -8 508 57 10 54 2 0.246
Garrett Richards LAA SP SP -8 95 5 0 3.78 1.37 87
Justin Wilson DET RP RP -8 63 3 3 3.45 1.27 72
Chad Green NYY SP SP -8 87 5 0 3.34 1.23 91
Matt Wisler ATL RP RP -8 102 5 0 4.24 1.31 86
Tyler Clippard NYY RP RP -8 68 6 1 3.31 1.21 79
Jesse Hahn OAK SP SP -8 98 4 0 4.31 1.41 64
Nathan Karns KC SP SP -8 90 5 0 3.71 1.30 94
Ariel Miranda SEA SP SP -8 98 4 0 4.17 1.30 71
Ezequiel Carrera TOR OF OF -8 370 39 4 29 12 0.241
Joe Musgrove HOU SP SP -8 72 5 0 3.65 1.18 65
Wade Miley BAL SP SP -8 158 8 0 4.76 1.40 122
Jon Jay CHC OF OF -8 364 41 6 45 7 0.276
Adam Wainwright STL SP SP -8 171 10 0 4.45 1.38 132
Brock Holt BOS 3B 3B -8 311 38 7 31 5 0.261
Albert Almora CHC OF OF -8 324 35 5 28 4 0.251
Adeiny Hechavarria MIA SS SS -8 512 51 5 49 3 0.255
Austin Jackson CLE OF OF -8 311 30 4 29 9 0.271
Arismendy Alcantara CIN OF OF -8 305 37 7 23 10 0.219
Chad Kuhl PIT SP SP -8 152 9 0 4.16 1.35 107
Dalton Pompey TOR DH OF -8 267 28 2 19 16 0.273
Trey Mancini BAL DH DH -8 248 22 9 33 0 0.254
Pedro Strop CHC RP RP -8 62 4 2 2.77 1.01 76
Yunel Escobar LAA 3B 3B -8 527 63 7 51 2 0.282
Bruce Maxwell OAK C C -8 347 26 7 38 0 0.243
Carl Edwards Jr. CHC RP RP -8 51 5 1 2.78 1.08 70
Trayce Thompson LAD OF OF -8 275 33 10 31 6 0.231
J.J. Hardy BAL SS SS -8 502 48 7 52 0 0.249
Jed Lowrie OAK 2B 2B -8 468 48 7 52 0 0.249
Steven Brault PIT SP SP -8 135 7 0 4.34 1.42 119
Byung Ho Park MIN 1B 1B -8 307 44 15 51 1 0.221
Yonder Alonso OAK 1B 1B -8 460 55 7 57 3 0.278
Omar Narvaez CHW C C -8 289 27 3 32 2 0.271
Kevin Siegrist STL RP RP -8 63 4 4 3.54 1.21 70
Corey Knebel MIL RP RP -8 59 2 5 4.12 1.38 71
Michael Lorenzen CIN RP RP -8 60 2 5 3.65 1.22 56
Trevor Rosenthal STL RP RP -8 62 4 2 3.88 1.40 78
 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice, very nice. Now we’re armed and ready.

    How will this sexual assault charge affect Salazar’s…
    A. playing time?

    B. ADP /Ranking

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Tigres says:
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      No charges filed, per MLB.com report from yesterday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Looks like he’s getting off…again…

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: ZING!!…again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tadow!

  2. Baggiejohn says:
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    Thanks so much for this. It really does bring a little light into the grim, long winter nights.

    As a close personal friend of Queen Elizabeth (well, she lived down the road from me until recently) I don’t think it’s too presumptious of me to say … for services on behalf of fantasy gamers everywhere … and for promoting the noble ‘tache …

    Arise SIR Grey of USA !

    Which makes the cougar a Lady! Lady Grey ? Hmm, sounds familiar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baggiejohn: Ha! Can I get the noble title being from the Jersey of New?

  3. Csifu says:
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    There’s a mistake in Ryu’s projections. Saves should be 0, saves->ERA, ERA->WHIP, WHIP->K (probably).

    Thanks for the great work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Csifu: Oops, thanks for the heads up, it’ll get fixed shortly

  4. Dr JAM says:
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    I’m new this year to the site
    Love it
    Been winning my league without this site, they are in trouble now.
    Can you send me a link to explain how to use the $ column, what it means?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr JAM: $ is for auction leagues

      • DR JAM says:
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        @Grey:

        I am slow, but I knew that.
        How do the values get negative? these seem low. You have an article about how those values fit into strategy

  5. PB&J says:
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    good good shtuff, Grey.

    Is there a trick to sort the list by CI or MI easily? Sorting like that would be helpful for the Hittertron, also.

      • PB&J says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey!
        In case anyone is interested, type “1b|3b” for CI and “2b|ss” for MI.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, knew it was something like that…

  6. the swinging says:
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    I feel like not drafting a ss until the last round. Idk who to draft or where, and feel good about it.

    • Blue says:
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      @the swinging: I dunno if I’d go that far, but the position is so flat I can see punting to the mid rounds easy.

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: who r u thinking of landing at ss and where? Or is it that irrelevant u just take whoever falls late.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I went over shortstops in the top 20 SS post

          • the swinging says:
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            @Grey: I know I read it. Anyone growing on you? U have a must have guy at ss?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Santana

              • ashtray says:
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                @Grey: Even with that .400 BABIP from last year? Dude’s plate discipline is kind of shaky, too.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah a bit

          • the swinging says:
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            @Grey: I guess what I’m asking is about the SS tier u like to draft from.

            The tier is very big and starts with bogaerts and ends with owings

            Bogaerts is 80 somthing on the big board and owings is 170 somthing. So u like waiting for the back end of that tier? I’m confused because of how far apart they are on the overall list but are considered in the same tier at SS.

            Thank you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you read my top 20 SS you know who I like

              • the swinging says:
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                @Grey: u list a tier u say is ur fav to draft from, but it’s huge and there’s a lot of room from… nevermind

  7. MattTruss

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    Most wonderful day of the year! Thanks for doin what you do Grey. Eases the pain of 4 feet of snow I’ve gotten over the past two weeks.

    One inconsistency question for ya. You’ve got David Hale ranked at 393 here. In the top 100 starters, Mike Foltynewicz is in that spot in the rankings with that same stat line. Gotta think it’s Folty there over Hale in Coors…correct? Folty is one of the few things I’m excited for watching the Braves this year. Fol-ten-eh-vich….got it!

    • Cram It says:
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      @MattTruss: The Braves are trying to corner the market on Eastern Euros. Where’s the Joey Terdoslavich sleeper post?!

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        @Cram It: Ha, no kidding

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss: Oops, I was thinking Folty and wrote Hale, I’ll fix it shortly

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: some of us deep leaguers got very screwed by that hale trade to COL. he was projected as starter at ATL (before folty trade)

  8. Cardfan says:
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    I like your hitter tiers and pitcher tiers. Anyway we can get this in a AL and NL Only format.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cardfan: I don’t put them together, a fan of the site does…

  9. Cram It says:
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    Ah, thanks for the “Tiers” links. That’s the kind of list I like! You spelled Todd Frazier incorrectly, though I’m not one to quibble over tiny little spelling mistakes that may or may not drive me to scratch my left ear lobe until it bleeds. Nope, not this guy.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Cram It: Leave your ear alone before I Ed Norton curb stomp your whole family!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Wake Up: Well that’s…that’s just….mean, Wake.

        • Wake Up says:
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      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Wake Up:

        That nice guy from The Honeymooners? I don’t remember that episode. Talk about “bang…zoom…”

        • Cram It says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: You don’t remember the curbstomping episode? It was the same one that Alice and Trixie got caught lezzing out on a bed of cocaine in. Hence the ensuing curbstomping spree by Ed. Naturally.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Cram It: @GhostTownSteve:
          Am I the only one who remembers Larry David’s Honeymooners-inspired-garbage can-banging musical?

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Wake Up: i wish i had even heard of it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: I don’t do the Tiers, someone else does, but I can see if they can fix the spelling

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I really don’t care about spelling, Grey. Just fucking around. I’m not Costarican…whatever that commenters name is.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I can fix it I think later…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fixed

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Cram It: he disappeared after not being quite against the Hitler rap from Whitest Kids You Know, off to fix the spelling errors of other comedy troupes that don’t make fun of famous racist dictators. or possibly other fantasy baseball message board wanders?

          • The Harrow says:
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            @The Harrow: that should read, “being quite against” not it’s opposite.

  10. Wake Up says:
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    Thanks again for all the hard work. You are the wind beneath my wings…which are going through an awful molt at present. You are the cool breeze that blows…well, you get it…
    Reese and I have our Hole Camels packed with ricotta cheese and we are ready for our six month trek…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Woot woot!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Isn’t woot spelled with zeroes?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            that’s n00b you’re thinking of

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              But boob is with oh’s?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Yes, but this kind of ‘oh’:

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Is that Jesse Plemons?

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I think it’s the puppet version of Matt Damon from Team America, actually.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No, fo’reallies… It looks like Plemons, but I can’t place the scene

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      hahaha, it’s Office Space and it’s not Plemons. Swearzies.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh shizz, it’s that guy! You get your room yet for Arizona?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haven’t; we three amigos (JFOH, BM and I) need to get together on that soon.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Stay at our place!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hotel, that is…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m open to staying with you two…you guys already have the room?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I sent you the email, no?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I got the email about where you were staying, I didn’t know if you had booked fully or not.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah, it’s booked

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Like Tom Hanks in Big ‘I get to be on top!’

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Those aren’t pillows

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      If we have a bathtub, I’ll just ask for some extra blankets!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think I got the room with just a sink

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Draw straws?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Just you just send me an e-vite?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I can’t Evite anyone else, mom says party’s closed.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Not if it’s when you’re making an OTI train sound effect…if you’re talking 13yo girl texting, I have no idea…and I’ll pretend that you didn’t know too…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have no idea!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: see above…you were asking the wrong dude…he prolly has a woot woot noob pic all lined up!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He has a viral pic ready to go for this convo

              • J_FOH says:
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                @Grey: and now he wont post that pic because you talked about that pic, Sky is spiteful like that

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Why is that? Let’s analyze!

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I’m looking forward to this breakdown.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Me too!

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: Must. Resist. Urge…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t. Resist. Ever.

  11. PK says:
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    Thanks, Grey! This puts a bow on the present that is your rankings. I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts, and appreciate all the mileage your fingers have endured typing everything out. Yay!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: No problem

  12. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Greys king, and they know it
    When he snap my fingers everybody says show it
    Greys hot
    and your not
    But if you wanna hang with him he’ll give it one shot
    Top that, top that
    You can give all that you can, but you will never top that!
    You can dream until you’re blue but you can never top that
    huh huh

  13. Tony Two Bags says:
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    Yesterday you said, “You should leave the top 100 with a 1st baseman, 3rd baseman, corner man, middle infielder, starter and two outfielders. ”

    If we’re talking auction draft, how much of a $260 budget would you put toward that chunk?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Tony Two Bags:

      Somewhere between 140 and 170 depending on if you lean towards a deep, low risk profile or more of a stars and scrubs approach.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony Two Bags: I’ll go over auction strategy… You should do around $90 on pitching

    • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Tony Two Bags: that’s a sweet drug dealin’ name, but when you get pulled over, don’t tell cops it’s your name (wink wink)

  14. Nico says:
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    Grey. I sold my soul to the Fantasy Baseball Overlord, and as a result, my fantasy baseball skills are forever prosperous. I think it happened like that. Either that or it was that time we met on Halloween and you were wearing a devil costume… I passed out on a couch and woke up with Razzball.com sharpied (not the dog) on my forehead. Luckily, someone (you) wrote it backwards, so I could read it the next morning in the mirror. Next thing you know, I’m winning fantasy baseball leagues. So, in summary, I’m forever indebted to you. I might be able to find some free time to update the War Room Download. Let me poke around and check out the Excel mechanisms. Also, I wrote a Haiku about updating the War Room:

    There’s much to do, but
    The work is already done.
    Worksheets are my jam.

  15. CH Smoot says:
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    I would have guessed Ken Giles would have cracked this list

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CH Smoot: Yeah, he could’ve… He definitely will if Paps is traded

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @CH Smoot: if this list was for holds leagues he would’ve anyway

  16. BigDeal says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in a dynasty league where closers are overvalued and even decent ones go for $15-25. With work and early sleep schedule, it can be difficult to beat everyone to the waiver wire.

    So I’m looking to draft a couple cheap RPs with high-upside and high chance of being a closer, and keep them for a few (2-3) years. How do you feel about Sergio Romo (regaining job due to higher K rate than Casilla?) and Sean DooLittle (returning soon and normal from injury?)?

    Who else would you recommend? Giles, Boxberger, and Soria are already taken. Watson/Walden?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BigDeal: I don’t trust Doolittle or Romo… I’d recommend guys on this list

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @BigDeal: after guys on list Walden could be option, matheny would have to be str up stupid to keep rosey in there if he starts off repeating last year’s walk rate (which was i think the worst ever for a guy with that many saves)

  17. Jef with 1 f says:
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    Alright my man…here’s the deal…in my dynasty I can move miggy for J.up and the number one overall pick in a two round draft….who I would take Tomas with…so would you move miggy for Upton and Tomas…I’m leaning yes

    • Jef with 1 f says:
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      @Jef with 1 f: *where I would take tomas

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Jef with 1 f: upton for miggy in a dynasty is arguably better for you alone.

  18. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Wow, Ryu is going to have a pretty wild season with those projections! haha

    Thanks for the rankings. Always love this time of the year!

  19. GhostTownSteve says:
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    So I’m going to blow all my auction dollars on pitching this year I’m going to need some cheap offense. Here’s a team (sans catchers) of guys you like inside 200 that NFBC currently has going outside 200. Your ranking followed by NFBC ADP and what I think they’ll fetch at auction

    1b-Vargas 168, 260, $4
    2b-Schoop 157, 342, $1
    ss-J. Ramirez, 177, 354 $1
    3b-Castellanos, 172, 246 $5
    CI-Headley, 155, 220, $6
    MI-Gennett, 175, 268, $3
    OF1-K. Davis, 135, 202, $7
    OF2-Arcia, 150, 222 $6
    OF3-Souza, 166, 277 $3
    OF4-Saunders, 132, 304, $1
    OF5-Dom. Brown, 206, 320 $1
    Util-Gyorko, 116, 223, $5

    So that’s a $46 offense assuming two $1 catchers, freeing me up to spend up to $216 on pitching. Should have a nice staff. Actually if you go in there and replace Castellanos with say Arenado (20,60,$20), Headley with Bogaerts (81, 157, $10) and Dom. Brown with Myers (82,151, $10) you’d add $34 in salary so that would give you an $80 dollar offense that looked like this:

    Chirinos
    Salty
    Vargas
    Schoop
    Aranado
    Bogarets
    Gennett
    K. Davis
    Arcia
    Souza
    Saunders
    Myers
    Gyorko

    And $20 per pitcher to spend…

    • Grey

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      @GhostTownSteve: I like all of those hitters to varying degrees… I think they have major risk attached though

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        So does Miguel Cabrera…

        I think my point is that there’s some cheap hitting that isn’t that far away from the expensive hitting.

        • Grey

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          Agreed, and you grabbed guys that I wrote sleeper posts on so you know I like them… But the difference between Schoop and Pedroia is more than name value (for one example)…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: height?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not especially

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              At least I don’t think… I think Schoop’s tiny (I could be wrong)

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Schoop is a beast, dude. He’s like 6’1″ 220. I think I remember seeing that his avg HR distance and FB distance were solid.

                Yes there’s a difference between Pedroia and Schoop, but c’mon…Pedroia doesn’t have risk? You’re the king of Pedroia has risk. Pedroia is going to cost you $15 bucks. Schoop is going to cost $1.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, I forgot what he looked like size-wise… His bombs do ring a bell though…. Pedroia has risk, definitely does, but I’m just saying there’s a reason why there’s a difference in price… Don’t get me wrong (and prolly why that was a horrid example), I’m not drafting Pedroia, but one guy is slotted into the top 3 of a great lineup and one guy is batting in the bottom third until he can hit his way out of there…

    • TheTinDoor says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Why?
      Best case scenario is that you hit on all your pitchers and get 60 points from pitching. But you’ll be far ahead of everyone in most categories, which is wasted value. Meanwhile you have to hope you ALSO hit on all your hitters, or you’ll be so far behind in those categories, you’re toast.

      If the best case is a bunch of extra stats that don’t lead to more points….yeah, not a fan.

      • TheTinDoor says:
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        @TheTinDoor: Don’t mean to sound so negative. You can/should target cheap hitters, but I’d be inclined to use that value to spend more on top tier hitters. Or even a Kershaw/Sale/Felix uber-ace, if you’re inclined to spend more on pitching than others. But don’t go crazy.

    • Mike says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Why would you do that. Grey has always went after hitting first, because there is so much pitching available.

  20. Hawk says:
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    10 team, 5×5 Keeper league question.

    Matt Kemp +
    (Arrieta or Ventura or Alex Wood or Tanaka) +
    (Archie Bradley or Taijuan Walker)

    for

    Corey Dickerson +
    (Dee Gordon or Manny Machado)

    I have a lot of power so a guy like Gordon really fits well.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Dickerson, Gordon

  21. chrisL says:
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    5×5 scoring: 12 team keeper league. OBP instead of AVG, otherwise the same. Keep 5 only with no loss of draft picks:

    Michael Brantley
    Ryan Braun ?
    Robinson Canó ?
    Todd Frazier
    Jonathan Lucroy
    J.D. Martínez
    Hanley Ramírez
    Anthony Rizzo
    Addison Russell
    Danny Santana
    Jorge Soler
    Ryan Zimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley, Cano, Frazier, Hanley, Rizzo

  22. S.H says:
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    Hello Grey, I am in a head to head points league, with 40-50 player keeper, 450 cap, I am new in the league, so the team kinda blows, I have chance to pick up Joey Bats in a deal for Ordorizzi and Moncada, that being said I figure I can’t really win for a few years , should I take Bats, and hopefully trade him for a bigger return, or hope that Moncada can walk on water and bring me many titles my way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Bats

  23. Will says:
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    Grey, you’re a prince.

    You mentioned in a previous post that you should aim to get ~130 saves… if you have SV+H, what would be a reasonable target? 200? It always seems much harder to get holds because there are a lot more “the guys” than there are “the guy” for saves. I’m still not going to draft hard for it because HAGNOF!, but any thoughts on that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many pitching slots?

  24. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    Grey..Not trying to bug you too much or anything. What a treasure chest of wealthy info. But just asking what your strategy is on draft day. For example, do you have a seperate list of players you kind of HAVE to own that you will reach for?( Segura, Archer etc) How about a list of players you would never own? I know you won’t pick pitchers till the Samardzija spot.
    I know this is a lot to ask but I’m kind of new to this and ANY of YOUR OWN wisdom is gold on draft day. Don’t want to be confused in the midst of a draft again. Anything would be so appreciated. Thanx so much!!

    • Fungazi says:
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      @sasquatch sluggers: I know I do exactly what you are talking about. I take a rankings list and start crossing off any names of players I specifically do not want no matter the rank, then general positions like catchers and RP early, or crummy OF’s late. If a player drops far enough during the draft, it will be painfully obvious and you decide on the spot when to act on that.

      Any players I know I want I bump up by 2 rounds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll be going over draft strategy in the coming weeks… If you go over the top 20 lists, you’ll see the guys I want

  25. @Grey Thank you as always. You’re super talented and I love that I found you guys last year.

    My setup before my question:
    After reading through your rankings I recall you saying: Draft players that have proven themselves year over year, and not the shiny new toys (Dickerson, Arenado, Springer, etc.). They are unproven and may not break out until age 27 or even 30 (Bautista). This is me paraphrasing you. You also say at the end of the day, draft the team you want.

    My question:
    You have a lot of heart for the young—who’ve shown flashes of brilliance but should not be considered proven (Arenado, Wong, Dickerson, etc). So which is it? Draft sexy or draft proven.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Good question, it’s a fine line between the two… Maybe I’ll write a post on that… Short answer is players’ primes are in their mid-20s, so you have to go young-ish

      • @Grey: Thanks for the response! It may not be fun to draft Adam Jones, but it might be the smart/safe thing to do, at least at the start. I personally can’t draft him this year because I drafted him last year and I hate doing that. I think you said something similar. But I did spend $23 on Will Myers last year (a sexy 2014 target) and he blew chunks. Could make for a good post. Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… Yeah, I have multiple leagues, so I try to diversify, for better or worse

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @American Dreams: to be fair, Grey’s had adam jones higher than nearly all sites over last 2-3 years.

  26. Jay says:
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    My keepers in 10 team league are:
    Stanton, Puig, Upton, Arenado and Sale

    I have an oppty to get Rendon, but It may cost me Sale and Arenado. Do i do it? I would then keep rendon and Scherzer.

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: also have Freeman or Dee Gordon as a keeper option. either of these two over Scherzer?

    • Grey

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      Sounds decent

  27. Corey says:
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    When do you guys like to schedule your draft? Availability of the owners will obviously dictate, but this year I was thinking two weeks before opening day. Most of the competitions for roster spots and inuries will have gone down by then, with a couple more weeks left to chance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As late into the spring as possible

    • Cram It says:
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      @Corey: Always as closest to opening day as possible.

      • Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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        @Cram It: i’d like to even hear one reason why this isn’t so. It’d have to go something like
        “I’m the comish and i won’t get internet connection for at least a few weeks before april 5th”, or “i’m the comish and i like having less complete information about roles/injuries/trades and everything else”

  28. Bodacious Taters says:
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    Izturis have any value this year ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Bodacious Taters: in 30 team leagues where any at bats do.

  29. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Tulo for Bogaerts and Gerritt Cole in a medium-sized keep forever?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see it

  30. the swinging says:
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    I have some options in a 12 team keeper league (with OPS as 6th cat). I can sign for rizzo, brantley, dickerson, frazier rounds 1-4.

    Im curious your thoughts, hypothetically in a 12 team redraft would you consider that a good start?

    Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solid core of guys… Could be better, but could be worse too

  31. M says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks so much for the great advice. Can you help resolve a gentleman’s debate regarding keepers? (6x6roto) Each team has to keep 10 guys for under $135 and the total salary cap is $300 per team. Is Team A or B better off for 2015, and how close is it?

    Team A has:

    Big Papi $20
    D.Gordon $7
    Machado $6
    Puig $11
    CarlosGomez $20
    Ozuna $6
    Kluber $7
    A.Wood $23
    CrushDavis $23
    Alcides Escobar $11

    And B:
    Lucroy $18
    LaRoche $9
    Altuve $21
    Nelson Cruz $18
    Arod $1
    King Felix $36
    Gerrit Cole $6
    Wei-in Chen $11
    Roark $6
    Brad Miller $8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A is much better… B’s a bit of a mess

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah i was going to say its not close…A is the better team.

      • M says:
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        @Grey: thank you sir!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Your rankings are my Bible…thanks for all your work homeboy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No worries, F

  33. Chase says:
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    Why is Henderson Alvarez in the 400s Grey?

  34. Fastpitch says:
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    V. Mart to have surgery on his knee. Detroit news.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s too bad

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Fastpitch: projected time 4-8 (which seems light to me)

  35. Big Magoo

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    I think that Cecil would make a fine donkeycorn if the Jays let him close, but it seems like they’d rather keep him in a setup role. We’ll see if they pull the trigger on a Papelbon deal. K-Rod is still out there too.

    On the other hand, it might be interesting to watch Broxton try to close out games in ’15 in Miller Park. Major brain freeze alert there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, closers will change from now until April… Broxton is a flippin’ mess and I think the Brewers realize this

      • J_FOH says:
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        @Grey: Broxton is the perfect 8th inning guy, I still think he never recovered from the Matt Stairs incident and will always being seeing shadows in the 9th

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We’re sure that was Matt Stairs and not John Kruk?

          • J_FOH says:
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            @Grey: fat out of shape and launched that ball out of Dodger stadium like he was playing at Coors

            http://i54.tinypic.com/258ndpu.gif

            too bad they don’t show how far that thing went, its probably best to not…for the children’s sake

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that Broxton pitching to Stairs at a site called tinypic? That’s ironic

              • J_FOH says:
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                @Grey: its in the land of carnival mirrors and lady beer goggles

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And fun house mirrors

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: thats what I meant when i said carnival mirrors…but you knew that and you know that my on the contrary post can begin with the release of the 400.

                    MMUUUUAAAAHHHAAAHHHAAA

                    Tupps McHate!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn Tuppy!

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll be gentle and ridiculous.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I appreciate it

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: think of it like a roast but with boobs in your face

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That sounds wonderful!

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I like to soften the blow

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Appreciate!

    • J_FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: damn you for using donkeycorn, you know how i feel about the loss of those terms. Dont confuse the new readers

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @J_FOH: Just keeping the classic terms alive for the old guard. The new readers can just disregard them.

        • J_FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: fair enough, so would he be a kill or a marry? i have no idea how to integrate those terms without being questioned for a crime or being judged for wanting to marry a dude….not that there is anything wrong with that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj3VphK9AMk

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @J_FOH: Neither for me. He’s a donkeycorn.

        • birrrdy! says:
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          @Big Magoo: Bring back Donkeycorn!!!

          • J_FOH says:
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            @birrrdy!: let smokey know

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @birrrdy!: It never left for me

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @J_FOH: Sincerely,
        Sparky Anklebiter

      • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @J_FOH: even if somebody didn’t know,the sheer volume of ain’t Smokey’s terms would suffice.

  36. Jay says:
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    Drop vmart in the rankings? Knee surgery.

    • Grey

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      He’s already low in my rankings, too bad others may not draft him now

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: oh they still will, probably higher than your rank even now, and later be on here whining about how “unlucky” they got that an ex-catcher of that age didn’t “come back strong”, and all the “indicators” were there that he’d repeat (almost of course nobody’s that insane) last year’s stats on a per at bat basis (they knew of course that he’d be out a small amount of time)

  37. fromagemacabre says:
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    Grey you saucy morsel of faux anglo-saxony, I’m a little confused about the starting pitching IP and / or K stats in your rankings. Quick look shows over 20 starters with 9+ K/9 and another 40 or more starters between 8 and 9 K/9. Last year there were 14 starters at/above 9 K/9 and another 16 from 8 to 9 K/9. In both 2012 and 2013, there were 27 starters at or above 8 K/9 (versus your 60). League-wide increase in Ks can’t be the explanation … can you enlighten me? Mercy buttercups.

    • Grey

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      I projected each pitcher on their own… If there’s more 9+ k/9, that’s the way it came out, wasn’t my goal…

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @fromagemacabre: what you said “couldn’t happen” i.e. leaguewide increase in K’s, is EXACTLY what’s happening (baseball forecaster’s got a study claiming that the strikezone (specifically the lower part) has been growing, (fast!) in last 3-5 years, at least)

  38. Timbo says:
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    Grey! In an OBP league where we can keep guys as long as we want, would you trade Donaldson straight up for Arenado?

    • Grey

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      Nah

  39. darkness says:
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    Do anyone feel any concern with Cory Dickerson’s splits? Normally they do not bother me too much (especially with younger players as Grey has mentioned), but his are crazy. Here are his career splits avg/obp/ops

    Home vs LHP: .246/.316/.751
    Home vs RHP: .373/.426/1.159
    Away vs LHP: .224/.274/.602
    Away vs RHP: .250/.296/.700

    I like Dickerson as well and think he has a solid chance to meet your overall projections, but looking at these splits I don’t know if I would start him with confidence outside of home games against RHP. He improved last year against LHP and on the road, but was still basically an average outfielder outside of Home vs RHP games. I would expect his splits to even out to some extent, but it makes me hesitant to keep him in my league where we keep 5 players.

    • Grey

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      He improved last year and can continue to improve… He doesn’t come without some risk…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @darkness: want to see something worse, look up blackman’s.

  40. Dennis says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great stuff as always!!

    I’m in a keeper league, and can only keep 3 Bats, 3 Arms

    Can’t decide on my pitching keepers. Out of these five, which three would you keep? And you can keep them for as long as you want.

    Kluber – Definite keeper
    Gerrit Cole
    Zack Wheeler
    Carlos Carrasco
    J. Samardzija

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Kluber, Cole and Carrasco

      • Dennis says:
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        @Grey: Was leaning that way…thanks!

        • Grey

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          No problem

  41. Ra'ball al Ghul says:
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    So since VMart tore his meniscus does that finally move him into the top 100?? Because he belongs there, with Mauer. I would not want to tear my peniscus.

    • Grey

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      Ha! I wish he waited until April to tear it so I could’ve written an overrated post on him

  42. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I was planning to ignore Vmart (figuring my leaguemates would take him well before I would), but in light of the surgery, where would take him? I’m thinking he could be an interesting DL stash…

    Thanks! These rankings are my security blanket when I find myself huddled in a corner muttering WET TAIL to myself during drafting.

    • Grey

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      He’s ranked where I would take him as of right now

  43. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Obviously I’m not taking Schoop over Pedroia all things being equal. I’m just still really feeling the lack of bankable offense outside the top 10 where the risk profile and the production of the top pitchers seem to separate themselves.
    Here are the hitters outside the top 10 in adp:
    Altuve, Encarnacion, Rendon, Jones, Tulo, Rizzo, Posey, Braun, Brantley, Ellsbury, Donaldson, Hanley, Beltre, Puig, Harper, Frazier, Martinez, Freeman, Marte, Gordon, Kemp, Springer, Hamilton

    Risk risk risk risk. Who are the guys you’re taking to the bank there?

    I know you like Rendon and Marte. and Jones, maybe Puig a little. But if you’re caught in a section of the draft where you can’t get at those guys who do you grab? And are they really that much better than Scherzer, Sale, Bum, Stras, Kluber or Price? Which group feels more likely to grossly underperform ADP?

    • Grey

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      Those pitchers are better than some of the guys you mention… I’m not touching Martinez, Braun, Kemp, Brantley, Freeman where they’re going but that’s quibbling… Why I’m taking hitters, and I’ll find ones in the top 30 is because I can take pitchers later… I think your hitter exercise fails to point out there’s a ton of pitchers later…

  44. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Like even in your own rankings. You like Brantley at 24 with a 87/17/92/19/.301 and Blackmon at 104 with a 79/15/60/20/.285 slash.

    Is that really 80 picks worth of differentiation? Is it really not worth taking Kluber, Price, Stras et al?

    The next pitcher off your board is Matt Shoemaker. You’ve got Kluber with close to 100 more K’s projected than Shoemaker. Huge difference.

    • Grey

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      Brantley and Blackmon have other differences beyond the numbers… I’m not drafting Brantley either… Kluber and Shoemaker is a huge difference… But Kluber’s going in the 2nd round, you’re not getting him…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Kluber’s NFBC ADP is 30. Brantley’s is 17.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  45. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Or how about Beltre at 22 versus Sandoval at 96?

    Beltre: 86/22/97/1/.297
    Sandoval 71/21/92/2/.304

    When the tradeoff is Kluber vs Harvey and his 7 wins and 150 Ks?

    • Grey

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      Right, but Beltre has done it for ten years and Sandoval for one…

    • Grey

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      Here’s a real world example… Last year I got Kluber around 200 overall in Friends and Family… This would be the best I could hope for in the new world order of abundant pitching… Unfortunately, I had Prince, Gyorko, Zimmerman and Wieters so it didn’t matter… There were decent pitchers on waivers in this 15 team league, but there was no Prince or others replacement…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yes but…think how good your pitching would have been had you taken Kershaw or The King in the 1st round AND had Kluber. AND, Albright…AND. You need The King and you need to hit on your Klubbers. There are decent pitchers on waivers in 15 teamers but I’m in those leagues. You get the Tom Kohlers of the world. Acceptable. What about CJ Cron? Or Chisenhall. Or Garrett Jones? Or Plouffe? Surely those guys are Kohler equivalent.

        • Grey

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          The Cron, Jones, Chisen, Plouffes kill your team… Yeah, I could’ve had Kershaw instead of Princed, but then my pitching would’ve been superlative crazy and where would I be? Trading pitching in a league where no one will trade for pitching because it’s so abundant?

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            How did you finish in pitching in that league?

            • Grey

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              I had Teheran and Cobb, did totally fine… Hurt on saves, but my offense was a shizzshow…

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Were you shooting for “fine”? And my point is, offense=safe? I know that is obnoxious and not fair. Sample size.

                You got 335 Ks and 24 wins out of Teheran.

                Yes you can win in many different ways, but the whole point of all this noise is can you give yourself a slight edge? Is there an optimal play. Nobody can predict a win in a single league. We’re looking for what is the slight edge if you play an infinite number of leagues. I’m trying to point out that maybe the strategic landscape has slightly, ever so slightly shifted. That’s all. Change or die, as they say.

                And this coming from a guy who was right with you for a decade. I used to wait to pick 150 in a 15 teamer to take a pitcher.

                • Grey

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                  Offense wasn’t safe in that draft, that’s for sure… I hear ya, I think there’s something to what you’re saying, but it’s not meshing with everything I know… I do understand the idea that if pitchers are safer, than draft pitchers… It just doesn’t jive with there’s pitchers in the 15th round, just take them…

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    The leap you have to make is that there are pitchers in the 15th round so get them, but get the ones at the top of the draft too because there’s not much difference between the Robbie Cano you take early and the Gennett you take late. You can build an offense late. You always said you’re good at spotting late pitching, but you’re good at spotting late hitting too. Brantley was a brilliant call last year.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve: Im going to take a very simple and probably poor stab at this. There are always late quality arms to own, it happens every year. Probably more so last year than the previous years. But a big bat from the free agent pool is a rare prize that doesnt always surface. You have your EE and Joey Bats which are great but not as common. The trend is boringball but it is what it is. Some people like to insure themselves by grabbing a top arm, which is fine in my book because they want to avoid loss in case they miss out on the up and coming arms, which I pointed out happen every year, but that bat will not be there. One of the unfortunate side effects to the glut of pitching and poor hitting is it feels like you have to draft with more ceiling on your mind because the floors can start to look very much the same. …or some BS like that

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      See below bottom of the comments starting new thread.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks! Yeah, it’s possible, I’m just saying you look at all the Matt Dominguez types late and you (me) want(s) a hitter way before that…

  46. Mostsuckass says:
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    I totally understand your logic about ranking catchers low, and I also understand that batting average and counting stats are hard to project. But man, Jonathan Lucroy seems awfully low at 259. If I saw him sitting there a hundred spots earlier (and I know he won’t last that long, so probably the point is moot), I’m certain I’d take him.

    • Mostsuckass says:
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      @Mostsuckass: Aside from this and some minor quibbles here or there, though, this is an absolutely great top 400. My own draft sheet won’t look much different from this. Great work, Grey!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just don’t take him when you should take someone else…

      • Mostsuckass says:
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        @Grey: Good point. I wouldn’t take him if I saw a pitcher I really liked at that spot, for instance.

        • Grey

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          Yup

  47. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Another pass from the rankings. 15 teamer and you’re in the #3. You get pick 3, 28, 33, 58, 63 and 88

    In one league you take Abreu, Upton, Puig (per your rankings at 3,28, 33) and Lester, Zimmerman and Cobb at 58, 63, 88

    In the other you take Kershaw, Kluber and Price (all available at those slots per ADP). And then you take Arenado, Pence and Ortiz.

    Offensively (your projections) the high pick team gives you 263/83/277/27
    Team 2 gives you 244/76/290/16

    Team 1 gives you 530 R+RBI. Team 2 gives you 534. You get 7 homers and 11 bags (SAGNOF) with team 1. Averages are close.

    Team 1 gives you 530 Ks. Team 2 gives you 723.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can win with that team… Del Dalton did something similar last year in Friends and Family and competed until the end (did better than me)… But on the other hand, Pinaowski did win (or maybe came in 2nd) and didn’t draft any starters…Not one. He won saves, ratios and all hitting categories… Goes back to you can do a lot of different things, and win… The key to me is what “feels” the safest… Abreu, Upton, Puig, Lester, Cobb, Zimmermann feel safer than Arenado, Pence, Ortiz and those SPs….

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        There’s Abreu’s 2nd half, Upton in Petco, Lester coming off a career year. Risk.

        And I am going by your projections. Presumably you’ve built the risk into your projections. These are the numbers you’re drafting from. 7 homers and 11 bags or 200 Ks?

        How much is your bias creeping in to your feelings of safe? Kershaw and Price feel safe as damn houses.

        Be interesting to see what Pianowski’s first 3 picks were.

        • Grey

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          I had Alex Wood, Kluber, Teheran, Cobb… More than fine, on starters…. I couldn’t have went more wrong with offense… I forgot Wil Myers too… I had a 15 out of 15 ERA, 11 in WHIP and 8.5 Ks (partly due to poor relievers)… Pianoski drafted Miggy, Pedroia, Choo, Aroldis with the first four picks…Then about 7 closers and no SPs…

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            So even though he went a gung ho offense strategy, he got two piles of garbage and a disappointment in the first three rounds and still dominated? Imagine his team if he had opened Kershaw, Hernandez, Scherzer!

            My guess is he found the Dickerson, Rendon, Altuve, Fraziers of the world.

            • Grey

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              He nailed Nelson Cruz (12th) and Donaldson (8th) and a few others… (Oh, and his 5th pick was Mauer — yikes)

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmm.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hehe, yup

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: i’ll try it again, go look at ATL vs SD’s division vs home parks vs team offenses last year. ATL is not a good place to hit, and it’s division is worse overall for road games for hitters than SD is. What chance do you really think upton’s 2015 isn’t upped with his new lineup at SD compared to 2014 ATL? Even if you don’t actually agree with me don’t be a “oh no SD kills hitters”, as last year’s ATL killed hitters (and they were BETTER hitters than SD’s)

  48. RipRock says:
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    We get 3 keepers in last years draft spot (after rd 7), if picked up they are rd 13. I know I am keeping Rendon @ 21 What say you for 2 others?

    Rusney rd 13
    Seager rd 13
    Britton rd 13
    JD Martinez 13
    Iwakuma 9
    Harvey 19
    Carrasco 27

    Has to be Carrasco and Harvey right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rusney, Carrasco

      • RipRock says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your input

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  49. UL's Toothpick says:
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    Hey Grey, when you cover strategies make sure to include your take on FAAB. Interested in your approach.

    List rocks. My strategy, is 4 hitters in a row and targeting Donaldson in R2 and Arenado in R4.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! No problem

  50. the swinging says:
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    Grey, in general where do u look to for ur first closer?

    • Grey

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      120 ish

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @the swinging: last year you could’ve got k-rob in maybe half or more than that yahoo’s at that spot.

  51. David Bowies Nephnew says:
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    Why do you rank Salazar over Stroman? Side by each, with the Stro seemingly having better stats.

    I assume(ass out of u and me) you have a computer machine you use to evaluate so many got damn players.

    Just wonder what its ingredients are. Do you consider a ‘player’s potential’ variable to your equation? cause otherwise the ranking don’t appear to make sense.

    • Grey

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      There’s other things happening there than just stats…

      • David Bowies Nephnew says:
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        Really? You don’t use an equation ……lets say after the top 130over all or so?

        Coo.

  52. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Hi JFOH…welcome to the bottom

    I have a homework assignment for you. Yes I’m a tw*t.

    Do this for me because you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink…

    Open up the Razz player rater and scroll through from players 1-100. Based on your own assessment, just make an unscientific tally. Go tell me how many SPs you find in the top 100 that you would not have expected to finish as high in the rankings as they did and also the number of offensive players you’re surprised finished as high as they did. Just make an old fashioned back of the envelope four lines and slash tally. Ideally you’ll do this literally on the back of an envelope. And then come back here and give me your total

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Ok…I did my count. Let me know when you’re done.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @GhostTownSteve:

        Here’s my list:

        Hitters 29: Brantley, Vmart, Abreu, Altuve, Cruz, Rendon, Frazier, Donaldson, Blackmon, Dozier, D. Gordon, Dickerson, Seager, Duda, Carter, Werth, Alexi Ramirez, LaRoche, JD Martinez, Melky, Byrd, Ozuna, Harrison, Span, Gardner, Yelich, Hunter, Revere, Morneu.

        Pitchers 10: Cueto, Kluber, Lester, Teheran, Britton, Richards, Arieta, Hughes, Roark, Ross

        Tell me again how it’s so much easier to find pitching.

        • Grey

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          But all you need is pitchers, you don’t need positions…

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Look again, Grey. Look at all the top performers who came from nowhere on offense versus the pitchers who came from nowhere. Late offense way overperformed.

            And then go back and do the opposite. Count the offense high drafts the underperformed versus high pitching that underperformed. Expand your mind, Neo.

            It’s not easier to find late pitching. It’s a false premise.

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @GhostTownSteve

              The majority. MAJORITY of the top offensive performers came from guys who were drafted (or even went undrafted) well below their final rank. Not so for pitchers.

              • Grey

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                Ian Kennedy’s a good example… Everyone knows what he’s going to do, basically what he did last year and he’s still not draft until around 175 overall…

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @Grey:

                  Irrelevant.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha, totally… After I wrote it I was thinking that… But you’re turning your pitching to 13 when all you need is 12…

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @Grey:”but this one goes to 11″

                    • Grey

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                      Ha!

            • Grey

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              There’s prolly two to one for arms that come out of nowhere compared to bats… Maybe three to one… Even the bats that sorta come out nowhere like Brantley and Abreu were fairly obvious… I had Abreu ranked in the top 60 overall… That’s not out nowhere… That’s a 5th round pick…

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                @Grey:

                I just literally showed above that it’s pretty much 3 to 1 offensive guys in the top 100 that greatly overperformed draft slot versus pitchers. How much more clearer can I be? You’re gripping too tight, my excellent friend. I know you’re a writer, so I give you the old writing maxim “kill your darlings.” What the above count shows is that it’s offense NOT pitching where you find the value. Yes you had Abreu at 60 but he finished 3! MOFOin’ 3! That’s a count of guys who finished last year ranked way, way above where they were ranked pre-season. There is a much smaller pool of SPs that were ranked that low preseason who helped you win championships.

                • Grey

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                  I bet I can draft no pitchers before the 5th round and get a pitching staff that produces a 55 out of 60 points… Of course, I just jinxed myself but I’ve done it for five years straight now…

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Well that’s the crazy!!!! thing. Crazy. What I’m showing below is that you do better when you don’t draft hitting early. The top hitting talent comes from the bottom. It’s effin’ weird. By drafting pitching early and grifting the bottom for hitters you increase your potential of hitting on the guys who actually end up being the top performers.

                    • Grey

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                      So why stop at one top pitcher? Why not take, say, Scherzer and Price?

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      I’m saying take Scherzer and Price.

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Also, I would argue that part of your success in the pitching categories comes from a strategy that still comes from a different strategic premise which is not drafting closers. That is still completely valid. You’re grabbing Cobb where somebody else is burying a pick on a closer

                    Also, there’s a very strong correlation to streaming. You’re talking about streaming leagues and I’m talking about not streaming leagues. That conflates the issue.

                    • Grey

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                      That does conflate things… Hey, this is conflategate!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve: how many of those bats rose up because they filled in slots by the massive offensive let down by the top talent via injury or just bad years, I can’t assume every year top offensive guys are going to disappoint me…am I? Should I assume a Prince Fielder will get hurt? A 27 year old Bruce to flop? a Bryce Harper to get hurt? ok, bad point on Harper, but you get my drift. My point is I will drive myself nuts thinking about that. Granted, I think depending on league and who you are playing with I don’t have a problem with people taking an elite arm, what I do have an issue with is basing strategy for 2015 on 2014. The beauty of this silly little game is constructing a team that gives you a mix of stability, upside, flexibility and a little sexy. I dont always know what it is, but finding that bat late is always a hell of a lot harder than finding that arm. I have always taken a philosophical approach to this game and adapt my strategy to who and what I’m playing then I go curb stomp them in season where I feel the real talent lies. I have seen too many well drafted teams lose because they couldn’t handle making the in season adjustments. Like any good hitter, you gut to make adjustments.

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @J-FOH:

                    I offer this. When you draft top hitting talent, you are reluctant to dump them. There is a perception of value that doesn’t conform to performance. What if you punt hitting and churn your roster early? How much better do your odds become of hitting the Dickerson’s because of the dynamics in your roster?

                    • Grey

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                      You also not dumping top pitching either…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve: depends how big your balls are, I dropped lester right before his huge game vs the A’s on May 3rd, (I gambled on the wheels falling off because even though the K’s were there I saw a trend) yet still owned Richards for a while, Arrieta for a while and streamed Carrasco for a few starts. One thing I learned from doing creeper and dfs last year was it aint easy to stream a bat. But back to pitching, I dropped arrieta later in the year and took a ration of crap for it but I did it to stream and the result gave me more wins, K’s and comporable ratios that bumped me in the standings.What does this all mean, I looked at my league and made decision based on who I was playing with. What does this all mean, not a god damn thing. Play your game and see who comes out on top and they are right for that season but maybe not the next

                • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve: i’m guessing that’s where sonic youth’s kill yr idols came from then.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: oh man, that’s a good way to start a post. so she said and on and on

  53. David Bowies Nephnew says:
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    Why do you rank Salazar over Stroman? Side by each, with the Stro seemingly having better stats.

    I assume(asss out of u and me) you have a computer machine you use to evaluate so many got damn players.

    Just wonder what its ingredients are. Do you consider a ‘player’s potential’ variable to your equation? cause otherwise the ranking don’t appear to make sense.

  54. David Bowies Nephnew says:
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    Waaa?

  55. David Bowies Nephnew says:
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    Im late to this…

    • Hoosier Daddy says:
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      @David Bowies Nephnew: Its a gestalt that considers the risk that they actually achieve those numbers – depending on the player there could be risk from injury history, questions of playing time, ability of a rookie to reach potential, etc. Better numbers for a player that are ranked lower are because they are overall have greater risk associated with them achieving those numbers.

  56. PhatBoy71 says:
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    APrice for Arrenado……STD h2h league……thanks Grey !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

    • PhatBoy71 says:
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      @PhatBoy71: meant Altuve

  57. Lightblack says:
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    I think Ghost has some valid points. Last year I brought my keepers of Goldy/Ortiz/Darvish to my draft. In a ten team 5×5 OBP league my first 4 picks starting technically at what would constitute as round 4, were Harper/Sale/Strasburg/Rizzo. I was sorta lukewarm in the mid rounds but killed in late rounds with Kluber/Rendon/Dozier/Kazmir/Soria(27th rd). I was first in all pitching cats other than saves and second in wins. Won k’s by over 300 more than the second guy in that cat. Hitting I was prolly right above the middle but not in the top 3.

    If I had not lost Goldy/Rizzo/Darvish down the stretch I would had prolly ran away with the league. I’ll never now. Lost in the first round cus of hr/rbi outage.

    Moral of the story I had a overkill in pitching. In the draft I passed over Stanton for Stras and Gomez/Jones/Joey Bats for Sale. I learned my lesson from last year, although I did almost pull it of if not for Goldy/Rizzo going down. I love having a few 250 k guys but not at the expense of irreplaceable bats.

  58. Lightblack says:
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    Also I use Grey’s list as a guideline as to what guys I really want. You to take his rank and match it vs that players ADP. If you do a yahoo mock draft you will kill it. Those guys draft pretty much from the yahoo list.

    The biggest thing I keep an eye on is monitoring the yahoo overall list vs My list. Some guys you can get 39-40 picks or more after Grey’s ranking. Others you have to draft right at or slightly before. Aernado in the twenty mocks I’ve done I get in round 5-7 EVERYTIME. In a league of fellas like ourselves we know that won’t be true. If anything it tells me split the difference on guys I really want.

    I had one guy mock me for taking Ross 120th overall. Said he wished he was in all of my leagues. That was about 70 spots after were grey ranked him. Dumbass takes Anibal Sanchez with his next pick. Facepalm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, completely

  59. J-FOH says:
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    starting a long draft tonight with other writers and its H2H. Yikes, but got to get my name out there. Playing with Sky and a few other Razzballeros.

    • Grey

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      Good luck!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I got EE with the 9th pick

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: and Rendon with the 4th ick of the 2nd. not too many happy with that. Im like seriously? Im a razzball man

  60. MarkFelt says:
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    You closed comments on this article (http://razzball.com/head-head-fantasy-baseball-strategy/) about a year ago… but I just wanted to say I disagree with every single one of your “strategies” except for “avoid guys that are prone to nagging injuries” — which was your #1 head to head “strategy” in the whole world.

    You mailed this one in.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MarkFelt: timely

    • Lightblack says:
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      @MarkFelt:

      Let’s Play a game. Mark Felt_____? This could be fun. I’ll go first.

      Mark Felt the urge to be a huge dickhead a year too late. Who wants to go next?

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @MarkFelt: is this bill james guy’s dumber brother who has a weird short of selective time machine (or did you just store up this great insight (only really being partly facetious here, since insight or not, why wait so long on yr massive trump card here?)

  61. Natty Boh says:
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    Loved the Pitcher/Hitter debate.

  62. Cram It says:
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    TGIF Grey. For auctions, do you have a strategy regarding closers? I know you don’t pay for a stud, so do you allot a certain amount for them? Like $15-$20 for 3 closers? Something like that…

  63. Micel Peron says:
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    Any help appreciated…

    Need 5 keepers, 2 batters 2 pitchers and 1 of either in round drafted

    Price – 5
    Tanaka – 6
    Rizzo – 9
    Tehran – 10
    Gray – 11
    Cashner – 12
    Arenado – 13
    Cruz – 14
    Alex Wood – 16
    Baez – 21
    Springer – 22

  64. JB says:
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    Just wanted to say thanks for making the tiers more user friendly this year – they’ve always been very helpful but not easy to print out in a usable format – until now that is

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, it was done by a reader, not me…

  65. tanner says:
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    Grey,

    I know you are very high on Rizzo.. top 10 at this point… I got him last year on your recommendation.

    Do you take any value in the new Faketeams article ?ing his success and type of hitter he is based on Hard Contact rate… (they basically say he is mediocre and the power numbers are basically luck).

    Paralysis by analysis or legit concern?

    • Grey

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      I’m not concerned

  66. Jonas says:
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    Grey,

    Do you plan on drafting Arenado with your second round pick? Do you think you could wait til round 4 or is 5?

  67. Chaz says:
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    Why is Justin Upton ranked so high? His
    projection is similar to Kemp whose at 60. Just curious! Great rankings

  68. Jon says:
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    Question: How do I import Grey’s top 400 list into my espn predraft rankings. I have been manually doing it and have saved it 3 times and every time it screws up and doesn’t save properly and I keep redoing it. I am very fruckiing frustrated with this shizzz someone help me please!!!

  69. Al says:
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    Mike What are you expecting from Michael Cuddyer this year? Thanks, Al

  70. trout is dog says:
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    grey et al,

    relative to, UM, everyone you are high on j bruce and low on j harrison. i have a chance to flip a $20 bruce for a $1 harrison. on paper, the value seems strong but my ‘intuition’ tells me bruce is going to go for .245/30/85/85/10, which would be worth like $30. should i make this deal?!? also, i am already loaded in the OF w/ trout, harper, soler, calhoun, pollack, k davis. and i have c davis slotted into 3b, so not like i have a need there either. got a $1 dannys antana at ss and could plug harrison into my mi.. is the $19 of pre-draft savings enough to rise up singing and pull the trigger hippy? WHAT TO DO?

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