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Finally, we come to the end of the 2014 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?  Okay, you know that I like Avisail Garcia more than Leonys Martin in the top 60 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball. You know I like Alcides Escobar more than Asdrubal Cabrera as seen at the top 20 shortstops for 2014 fantasy baseball, but you don’t know how I feel about where these guys fall in the bigger picture.  Is Alcides above Avisail?  So to show you where I think players fall in relation to each other in 2014 fantasy baseball drafts, I’m putting together a top 400 for 2014 fantasy baseball.  This still needs to be taken with a grain of salt.  If you have a shortstop already and Alcides is still on the board at pick 200, you don’t draft him if you see Leonys Martin and you need an outfielder, even though Leonys is below Alcides 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 2014 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 War Room (which is hopefully ready on Tuesday; this is out of my control, someone else needs to fill out the Excel spreadsheet).  Also, see our list of all players with multiple position eligibility.  Finally, here is this top 400 for 2014 fantasy baseball without any of this jibber-jabbering.  Anyway, here’s the top 400 for 2014 fantasy baseball:

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# Name Team ESPN YAHOO $ AB R HR RBI SB AVG IP W SV ERA WHIP K
Mike Trout LAA OF OF 43 602 115 30 102 35 0.319
Miguel Cabrera DET 1B, 3B 1B, 3B 42 532 97 36 112 2 0.319
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 1B 41 574 92 34 110 11 0.295
Andrew McCutchen PIT OF OF 40 577 91 25 94 24 0.320
Adam Jones BAL OF OF 35 594 94 32 105 15 0.282
Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B 35 598 84 26 105 4 0.312
Prince Fielder TEX 1B 1B 34 584 89 33 108 1 0.282
Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF 33 503 91 28 92 20 0.307
Chris Davis BAL 1B 1B, 3B 33 552 83 39 104 3 0.259
Bryce Harper WAS OF OF 32 564 86 29 101 17 0.291
Evan Longoria TB 3B 3B 31 572 96 31 103 3 0.273
Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B 31 565 90 30 104 4 0.277
Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B 31 589 89 26 102 7 0.309
Jose Bautista TOR 1B, OF 1B, OF 31 525 85 35 100 5 0.255
Ryan Braun MIL OF OF 31 588 88 24 94 15 0.280
Hanley Ramirez LAN SS SS 30 554 87 25 94 18 0.272
Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B 29 591 85 31 104 1 0.303
Edwin Encarnacion TOR 1B 1B, 3B 29 509 87 32 97 7 0.269
Yasiel Puig LAN OF OF 29 551 90 28 94 20 0.285
Jay Bruce CIN OF OF 29 583 95 34 112 7 0.272
Clayton Kershaw LAN SP SP 28 220 17 0 2.65 1.03 222
Troy Tulowitzki COL SS SS 28 502 81 27 92 2 0.305
Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF OF 28 517 79 36 89 4 0.264
Yu Darvish TEX SP SP 28 216 17 0 2.78 1.11 238
Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 1B 28 566 85 25 102 2 0.288
Justin Upton ATL OF OF 27 547 88 25 79 12 0.270
David Wright NYN 3B 3B 27 514 84 22 93 15 0.303
Alex Rios TEX OF OF 26 577 91 17 74 30 0.284
Jacoby Ellsbury NYA OF OF 26 545 98 13 57 32 0.279
Felix Hernandez SEA SP SP 26 221 16 0 2.82 1.10 224
Max Scherzer DET SP SP 26 219 17 0 3.01 1.12 232
Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B 25 542 90 19 92 27 0.269
Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B 25 539 93 14 89 18 0.298
Ryan Zimmerman WAS 3B, OF 3B, OF 25 551 86 25 91 4 0.279
Ian Desmond WAS SS SS 25 533 71 20 87 17 0.271
Stephen Strasburg WAS SP SP 25 198 16 0 2.79 1.04 202
Adam Wainwright STL SP SP 25 220 17 0 2.88 1.05 204
Jean Segura MIL SS SS 27 550 78 9 47 36 0.287
Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF OF 24 586 101 20 59 20 0.277
Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS 24 597 93 7 70 34 0.279
Ian Kinsler DET 2B 2B 24 553 103 16 74 17 0.269
Jose Reyes TOR SS SS 24 541 87 13 56 25 0.288
Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP 24 208 16 0 2.91 1.09 201
Cliff Lee PHI SP SP 24 210 15 0 3.12 1.07 205
Justin Verlander DET SP SP 23 227 16 0 3.15 1.09 224
Eric Hosmer KC 1B 1B 23 577 89 18 98 14 0.305
Wil Myers TB OF OF 23 551 78 25 90 10 0.271
Starling Marte PIT OF OF 23 570 91 15 40 30 0.259
Alex Gordon KC OF OF 22 583 84 23 92 12 0.282
Carlos Gomez MIL OF OF 22 518 84 22 71 35 0.259
Jose Fernandez MIA SP SP 22 195 12 0 2.70 1.06 207
Chris Sale CHA SP SP 22 211 12 0 2.89 1.09 217
Anibal Sanchez DET SP SP 21 200 15 0 3.04 1.14 206
Alex Cobb TB SP SP 21 196 15 0 2.96 1.09 189
Josh Donaldson OAK 3B 3B 21 541 74 19 80 4 0.290
Hunter Pence SF OF OF 21 601 83 24 90 12 0.262
Homer Bailey CIN SP SP 21 210 16 0 3.14 1.09 201
Julio Teheran ATL SP SP 21 200 15 0 3.12 1.15 191
Anthony Rizzo CHN 1B 1B 20 589 82 28 92 8 0.256
Adrian Gonzalez LAN 1B 1B 20 574 86 20 94 1 0.285
Mark Trumbo ARI 1B, OF 1B, OF 20 581 74 33 89 5 0.244
Jose Abreu CHA 1B 1B 20 567 78 26 88 2 0.268
David Price DET SP SP 19 218 16 0 3.26 1.11 176
Zack Greinke LAN SP SP 19 213 16 0 3.34 1.11 176
Matt Moore TB SP SP 19 197 12 0 3.69 1.29 187
Carlos Beltran NYA OF OF 18 523 78 24 88 5 0.279
Gio Gonzalez WAS SP SP 18 207 16 0 3.28 1.19 202
Matt Holliday STL OF OF 18 525 93 22 101 5 0.292
Francisco Liriano PIT SP SP 18 193 14 0 3.24 1.25 188
David Ortiz BOS DH 1B 18 532 77 26 81 2 0.278
Billy Butler KC 1B 1B 18 584 81 22 91 1 0.294
Jordan Zimmermann WAS SP SP 17 210 14 0 3.31 1.14 168
Michael Cuddyer COL OF 1B, OF 17 503 70 21 81 10 0.284
Allen Craig BOS 1B, OF 1B, OF 17 481 75 19 91 3 0.310
Jayson Werth WAS OF OF 17 489 72 22 88 10 0.279
Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF 16 350 73 2 28 67 0.250
Matt Kemp LAN OF OF 16 477 71 22 76 10 0.266
Jason Heyward ATL OF OF 16 512 83 19 69 10 0.273
Yoenis Cespedes BOS OF OF 16 519 70 25 85 10 0.255
Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B 15 582 80 8 63 33 0.292
Craig Kimbrel ATL RP RP 15 65 6 48 2.03 0.91 92
Kenley Jansen LAN RP RP 15 70 4 39 2.23 0.97 103
Jedd Gyorko SD 2B 2B, 3B 15 552 68 27 74 2 0.259
Ben Zobrist TB 2B, SS, OF 2B, SS, OF 14 584 79 14 70 14 0.268
Aaron Hill ARI 2B 2B 14 537 77 18 72 9 0.281
Wilin Rosario COL C C 14 491 69 24 82 4 0.272
Buster Posey SF C,1B C, 1B 14 526 70 20 88 2 0.308
Carlos Santana CLE C, 1B, 3B C, 1B, 3B 14 536 79 23 85 3 0.260
Brandon Phillips CIN 2B 2B 14 587 79 17 86 6 0.269
Josh Hamilton LAA OF OF 16 533 78 24 89 7 0.269
Matt Cain SF SP SP 14 204 14 0 3.49 1.15 179
James Shields KC SP SP 14 224 14 0 3.47 1.22 193
Pedro Alvarez PIT 3B 3B 14 540 65 31 89 2 0.237
Justin Masterson STL SP SP 13 203 12 0 3.51 1.22 191
Gerrit Cole PIT SP SP 13 198 14 0 3.18 1.12 195
Sonny Gray OAK SP SP 13 193 13 0 3.32 1.17 195
Masahiro Tanaka NYA SP SP 13 204 14 0 3.39 1.11 187
Matt Carpenter STL 2B, 3B 2B, 3B 12 571 94 12 69 4 0.304
Mike Napoli BOS 1B 1B 12 502 74 25 87 2 0.251
Brandon Moss OAK 1B, OF 1B, OF 12 430 69 28 80 3 0.255
Everth Cabrera SD SS SS 12 570 82 4 39 51 0.249
Coco Crisp OAK OF OF 12 498 81 14 52 27 0.265
Desmond Jennings TB OF OF 12 541 78 16 64 25 0.245
Shane Victorino BOS OF OF 12 507 77 14 53 24 0.269
Greg Holland KC RP RP 12 73 4 39 2.41 1.01 98
Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B 12 589 83 20 77 10 0.263
Trevor Rosenthal STL RP RP 11 76 5 42 2.67 1.06 102
Michael Wacha STL SP SP 11 175 12 0 3.41 1.09 172
David Robertson NYA RP RP 11 72 6 39 2.73 1.06 93
Matt Adams STL 1B 1B 11 491 69 25 76 1 0.259
Brandon Belt SF 1B 1B 11 522 78 19 75 10 0.282
Koji Uehara BOS RP RP 11 71 5 39 2.89 1.04 94
Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B 11 559 74 21 82 3 0.282
Cody Asche PHI 3B 3B 11 540 70 17 82 10 0.285
Will Middlebrooks BOS 3B 3B 10 501 69 21 78 4 0.273
Danny Salazar CLE SP SP 10 170 10 0 3.40 1.19 180
Tony Cingrani CIN SP SP 10 160 12 0 3.46 1.22 163
Todd Frazier CIN 1B, 3B 1B, 3B 10 542 70 25 79 6 0.252
Cole Hamels PHI SP SP 10 222 11 0 3.68 1.18 192
Doug Fister WAS SP SP 14 180 11 0 3.57 1.23 140
Mike Minor ATL SP SP 10 162 12 0 3.56 1.13 139
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA SP SP 10 170 10 0 3.59 1.10 145
Jered Weaver LAA SP SP 10 186 14 0 3.44 1.10 140
Shelby Miller STL SP SP 10 184 13 0 3.71 1.25 171
Jon Lester OAK SP SP 10 202 13 0 3.71 1.25 171
Rick Porcello DET SP SP 10 200 15 0 3.61 1.24 163
Peter Bourjos STL OF OF 9 520 74 12 58 20 0.263
Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B 9 512 71 20 76 3 0.251
Chase Utley PHI 2B 2B 9 474 65 16 73 10 0.274
Manny Machado BAL 3B 3B 9 546 80 14 61 3 0.281
Pablo Sandoval SF 3B 3B 9 517 62 17 76 1 0.285
Howie Kendrick LAA 2B 2B 9 519 62 15 70 10 0.284
Brett Lawrie TOR 2B, 3B 2B, 3B 9 490 69 14 74 12 0.268
Andrelton Simmons ATL SS SS 9 564 66 14 74 12 0.259
Starlin Castro CHN SS SS 8 603 76 12 54 18 0.274
Brad Miller SEA SS 2B, SS 8 552 69 14 62 13 0.272
Jimmy Rollins PHI SS SS 8 578 71 12 57 20 0.249
Sergio Romo SF RP RP 8 54 4 35 2.89 1.06 51
Glen Perkins MIN RP RP 8 68 3 33 2.74 1.06 75
Joe Nathan DET RP RP 8 66 6 37 3.11 1.12 68
Aroldis Chapman CIN RP RP 8 48 2 34 2.56 1.11 71
Addison Reed ARI RP RP 8 77 6 38 3.33 1.14 75
Jason Grilli LAA RP RP 8 60 4 35 3.19 1.04 70
Norichika Aoki KC OF OF 8 588 92 10 53 24 0.293
Alfonso Soriano FA OF OF 8 544 72 26 91 8 0.251
Domonic Brown PHI OF OF 8 508 62 21 73 10 0.255
Curtis Granderson NYN OF OF 8 532 76 28 86 12 0.235
Dexter Fowler HOU OF OF 8 537 74 10 42 22 0.267
Austin Jackson SEA OF OF 8 519 76 15 72 14 0.268
Torii Hunter DET OF OF 8 562 77 17 90 5 0.288
Nelson Cruz BAL OF OF 8 505 60 25 74 6 0.259
Will Venable SD OF OF 7 477 61 15 49 22 0.255
Alcides Escobar KC SS SS 7 577 64 6 60 32 0.263
Mat Latos CIN SP SP 7 170 13 0 3.58 1.23 152
Asdrubal Cabrera WAS 2B, SS 2B, SS 7 534 69 15 73 10 0.262
Andrew Cashner SD SP SP 7 194 10 0 3.45 1.14 145
Chris Tillman BAL SP SP 7 212 12 0 3.69 1.25 188
Chris Archer TB SP SP 7 175 13 0 3.54 1.22 152
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAN SP SP 7 204 13 0 3.52 1.22 147
Brian McCann NYA C,1B C, 1B 6 456 61 23 77 2 0.251
Matt Wieters BAL C C 6 529 62 22 74 3 0.247
Yadier Molina STL C C, 1B 6 499 66 10 77 6 0.310
Avisail Garcia CHA OF OF 6 555 75 18 79 14 0.287
Leonys Martin TEX OF OF 6 512 68 10 55 29 0.265
Michael Brantley CLE OF OF 6 522 69 12 77 20 0.280
Brett Gardner NYA OF OF 6 527 64 7 54 22 0.279
Carl Crawford LAN OF OF 6 478 82 10 51 22 0.270
B.J. Upton ATL OF OF 5 519 47 15 61 19 0.229
Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF 5 487 68 14 62 10 0.289
Aramis Ramirez MIL 3B 3B 5 454 64 16 69 1 0.278
David Freese LAA 3B 3B 5 512 68 16 79 2 0.260
Hiroki Kuroda NYA SP SP 5 203 13 0 3.57 1.18 142
CC Sabathia NYA SP SP 5 205 14 0 3.78 1.29 165
Johnny Cueto CIN SP SP 5 172 13 0 3.37 1.19 134
Tim Lincecum SF SP SP 5 201 11 0 3.71 1.29 186
R.A. Dickey TOR SP SP 5 219 15 0 3.97 1.22 182
Lance Lynn STL SP SP 5 189 12 0 3.88 1.30 178
C.J. Wilson LAA SP SP 5 200 13 0 3.93 1.35 172
Jake Peavy SF SP SP 5 175 13 0 3.98 1.21 149
Zack Wheeler NYN SP SP 5 191 9 0 3.87 1.32 172
Clay Buchholz BOS SP SP 5 140 13 0 3.34 1.22 117
A.J. Burnett PHI SP SP 5 202 13 0 3.78 1.26 184
Corey Kluber CLE SP SP 5 174 10 0 3.78 1.28 155
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL SP SP 4 201 12 0 3.89 1.35 189
Taijuan Walker SEA SP SP 4 170 7 0 3.88 1.37 162
Drew Smyly TB SP SP 4 110 7 0 3.34 1.16 96
Martin Perez TEX SP SP 4 145 12 0 3.78 1.29 111
Randall Delgado ARI SP, RP SP, RP 4 195 11 0 3.88 1.16 149
Jeff Samardzija OAK SP SP 4 199 10 0 3.88 1.32 197
Ryan Howard PHI 1B 1B 4 465 62 25 78 0 0.235
Corey Hart SEA 1B OF 4 478 66 21 70 1 0.276
Ervin Santana ATL SP SP 4 204 13 0 3.67 1.24 161
Kendrys Morales SEA 1B 1B 4 542 70 23 88 0 0.279
Rafael Soriano WAS RP RP 4 64 4 38 3.67 1.20 50
Joakim Soria DET RP RP 4 56 3 33 3.87 1.31 58
Mark Teixeira NYA 1B 1B 4 490 74 23 81 0 0.250
Casey Janssen TOR RP RP 4 61 5 37 3.48 1.05 56
Justin Morneau COL 1B 1B 4 514 67 22 78 0 0.265
Jed Lowrie OAK 2B, SS 2B, SS 4 544 70 15 76 2 0.260
Huston Street LAA RP RP 4 59 3 32 3.23 1.08 51
Chase Headley NYA 3B 1B, 3B 4 480 62 14 70 8 0.259
Martin Prado NYA 2B, 3B, OF 2B, 3B, OF 4 587 65 13 76 5 0.277
Steve Cishek MIA RP RP 3 70 3 29 2.84 1.06 71
Jonathan Papelbon PHI RP RP 3 61 5 35 3.39 1.12 54
Anthony Rendon WAS 2B, 3B 2B, 3B 3 527 72 14 74 4 0.279
Jim Johnson DET RP RP 3 68 4 39 3.51 1.21 51
J.J. Hardy BAL SS SS 3 578 61 23 70 2 0.245
Salvador Perez KC C C 3 507 72 15 84 1 0.298
Ernesto Frieri FA RP RP 3 72 4 36 3.62 1.22 91
Alexei Ramirez CHA SS SS 3 582 64 8 69 20 0.268
Jonathan Lucroy MIL C,1B C, 1B 3 495 52 15 72 6 0.286
Kolten Wong STL 2B 2B 3 498 72 11 52 17 0.277
Erick Aybar LAA SS SS 3 549 79 6 51 15 0.278
Jason Castro HOU C C 3 511 61 16 79 3 0.274
Wilson Ramos WAS C C 3 481 52 19 67 0 0.269
Khris Davis MIL OF OF 3 521 61 24 70 7 0.245
Evan Gattis ATL C, OF C, OF 3 477 58 22 69 1 0.239
Joe Mauer MIN C,1B C, 1B 3 541 68 9 66 1 0.304
Christian Yelich MIA OF OF 3 567 76 11 51 22 0.278
Alejandro De Aza CHA OF OF 3 478 75 10 54 20 0.268
Adam Eaton CHA OF OF 3 559 78 8 59 21 0.268
Lorenzo Cain KC OF OF 3 512 60 12 64 19 0.269
Marlon Byrd PHI OF OF 2 491 59 18 73 3 0.272
Nick Swisher CLE 1B, OF 1B, OF 2 547 73 21 79 2 0.252
Adam Lind TOR 1B 1B 2 479 59 24 68 1 0.259
Adam LaRoche WAS 1B 1B 2 525 72 22 79 1 0.254
Dee Gordon LAN 2B, SS 2B, SS 2 378 58 1 24 39 0.242
Fernando Rodney SEA RP RP 2 71 3 36 3.77 1.31 77
Matt Dominguez HOU 3B 3B 2 510 51 19 67 0 0.242
John Axford PIT RP RP 2 59 5 30 3.78 1.28 61
Josh Willingham KC OF OF 2 492 62 20 70 2 0.241
Grant Balfour TB RP RP 2 68 2 35 3.54 1.25 70
Bobby Parnell NYN RP RP 2 48 4 27 3.01 1.18 46
Michael Bourn CLE OF OF 2 570 89 5 53 30 0.269
Jim Henderson MIL RP RP 2 63 3 29 3.51 1.27 66
Jose Veras HOU RP RP 2 61 2 27 3.93 1.29 62
LaTroy Hawkins COL RP RP 2 64 3 25 4.14 1.31 51
Nate Jones CHA RP RP 1 74 3 24 4.29 1.32 82
Tommy Hunter BAL RP RP 1 79 5 22 3.77 1.27 62
Kelly Johnson BOS 1B, 2B, 3B, OF 1B, 2B, 3B, OF 1 446 50 17 60 10 0.225
Rajai Davis DET OF OF 1 366 59 4 28 39 0.266
Scooter Gennett MIL 2B 2B 1 523 60 12 64 10 0.281
Dillon Gee NYN SP SP 1 195 10 0 3.91 1.30 135
Ben Revere PHI OF OF 1 534 72 0 28 31 0.291
Chad Qualls HOU RP RP 1 58 2 21 3.42 1.33 41
Denard Span WAS OF OF 1 517 64 4 51 20 0.276
Wily Peralta MIL SP SP 1 188 12 0 3.94 1.34 142
Eric Young NYN OF OF 1 354 55 2 25 31 0.252
Hector Santiago LAA SP SP 1 172 11 0 3.92 1.38 158
Erasmo Ramirez SEA SP SP 1 147 9 0 3.89 1.26 125
Yordano Ventura KC SP SP 1 145 8 0 3.99 1.36 133
Ivan Nova NYA SP SP 1 191 13 0 3.88 1.28 170
Tyler Skaggs LAA SP SP 1 160 9 0 4.05 1.34 142
Matt Lindstrom CHA RP RP 1 59 4 10 3.78 1.38 42
J.J. Hoover CIN RP RP 1 61 4 8 3.01 1.13 62
Tanner Scheppers TEX SP SP 1 140 9 0 3.95 1.31 118
Colby Rasmus TOR OF OF 1 489 62 24 73 3 0.251
Dan Haren LAN SP SP 1 200 13 0 3.89 1.22 172
Jonathan Broxton CIN RP RP 1 48 2 5 3.72 1.29 44
Yovani Gallardo MIL SP SP 1 195 11 0 4.02 1.33 151
Josh Johnson SD SP SP 1 160 7 0 3.84 1.31 154
A.J. Pierzynski STL C C 1 479 66 15 75 0 0.269
Mark Melancon PIT RP RP 1 66 4 9 2.49 1.12 68
Matt Garza MIL SP SP 1 139 8 0 3.67 1.25 128
Sergio Santos FA RP RP 1 63 3 9 3.29 1.24 65
Miguel Montero ARI C C 1 483 63 14 68 0 0.261
Jhonny Peralta STL SS SS 1 524 61 14 70 4 0.256
Ricky Nolasco MIN SP SP 1 196 10 0 3.86 1.24 155
Jarrod Saltalamacchia MIA C C 1 489 56 16 63 3 0.241
Derek Jeter NYA SS SS 1 454 64 8 40 7 0.270
Scott Kazmir OAK SP SP 1 149 9 0 3.85 1.29 145
Travis d’Arnaud NYN C C 1 467 52 16 67 2 0.260
Bartolo Colon NYN SP SP 1 192 10 0 3.78 1.23 124
Mike Zunino SEA C C 1 462 53 17 68 3 0.245
Xander Bogaerts BOS SS, 3B SS, 3B 1 501 69 14 73 6 0.250
Devin Mesoraco CIN C C 1 476 49 16 62 2 0.250
Chris Owings ARI SS SS 1 509 62 10 53 14 0.258
Jonathan Villar HOU SS SS 1 488 55 4 52 38 0.238
Zack Cozart CIN SS SS 1 534 79 14 64 5 0.252
Victor Martinez DET 1B 1B 1 577 70 15 81 0 0.307
Chris Carter HOU 1B, OF 1B, OF 1 512 66 30 90 3 0.215
Chris Johnson ATL 3B 1B, 3B 1 489 50 15 64 3 0.285
Justin Smoak SEA 1B 1B 1 464 60 21 64 1 0.229
Daniel Nava BOS OF 1B, OF 1 467 65 15 58 2 0.274
Josh Fields HOU RP RP 0 47 2 4 4.34 1.40 45
Daniel Murphy NYN 2B 1B, 2B 0 554 76 8 59 12 0.282
Michael Morse SF 1B, OF 1B, OF 0 445 57 18 66 0 0.267
Dan Uggla FA 2B 2B 0 410 55 19 62 3 0.205
Mike Olt CHN 3B 3B 0 489 61 23 74 4 0.223
Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B 0 519 52 12 60 9 0.230
Neil Walker PIT 2B 2B 0 545 61 14 59 2 0.259
Rickie Weeks MIL 2B 2B 0 343 42 12 48 10 0.211
Rex Brothers COL RP RP 0 61 4 10 3.12 1.30 72
Daniel Webb CHA RP RP 0 67 2 7 3.90 1.39 64
Marco Scutaro SF 2B 2B 0 490 69 7 47 5 0.291
Gordon Beckham LAA 2B 2B 0 472 60 11 66 6 0.252
Alex Guerrero LAN 2B 2B 0 437 49 9 59 2 0.233
Jesse Crain HOU RP RP -1 47 2 3 3.58 1.24 51
Omar Infante KC 2B 2B -1 422 48 8 51 7 0.284
Didi Gregorius ARI 2B, SS 2B, SS -1 497 62 10 65 3 0.262
Trevor Plouffe MIN 3B 3B -1 451 51 15 63 2 0.242
DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B, 3B -1 433 51 3 48 15 0.298
Emilio Bonifacio ATL 2B, OF 2B, 3B, OF -1 401 41 2 31 28 0.251
Tommy Milone MIN SP SP -1 179 13 0 3.91 1.28 141
Jordy Mercer PIT 2B, SS 2B, SS -1 509 71 12 54 5 0.249
Jarrod Parker OAK SP SP -1 175 11 0 3.79 1.26 122
Eduardo Nunez MIN SS, 3B, OF SS, 3B, OF -1 433 52 5 48 15 0.278
Dustin Ackley SEA 2B, OF 1B, 2B, OF -1 476 52 6 32 6 0.258
Raul Ibanez KC OF 1B, OF -1 478 55 19 63 0 0.235
Jose Quintana CHA SP SP -1 190 10 0 3.80 1.25 147
Oswaldo Arcia MIN OF OF -1 517 61 22 71 3 0.242
Abraham Almonte SD OF OF -1 420 69 12 58 22 0.242
Marcell Ozuna MIA OF OF -1 512 53 17 60 9 0.258
George Springer HOU OF OF -1 518 52 19 71 22 0.254
Michael Pineda NYA SP SP -1 90 6 0 3.98 1.15 87
Nathan Eovaldi MIA SP SP -2 170 7 0 3.78 1.34 144
Alex Wood ATL SP SP -2 158 8 0 3.71 1.31 141
Oscar Taveras STL OF OF -2 300 42 10 32 8 0.288
Marco Estrada MIL SP SP -2 140 8 0 3.60 1.12 124
Nick Castellanos DET 3B 3B, OF -2 502 61 13 69 4 0.266
Josh Reddick OAK OF OF -2 497 64 20 72 8 0.234
Dan Straily CHN SP SP -2 182 12 0 3.88 1.28 145
Jake Odorizzi TB SP SP -2 130 7 0 3.79 1.25 104
Alex Torres SD RP RP -2 69 4 3 3.12 1.08 71
Tyson Ross SD SP SP -2 157 7 0 3.72 1.30 133
Felix Doubront CHN SP SP -2 160 11 0 4.03 1.39 148
Junior Lake CHN OF OF -2 505 62 10 45 15 0.267
Carlos Martinez STL RP RP -2 105 8 2 3.22 1.14 89
Derek Holland TEX SP SP -2 95 6 0 3.61 1.29 91
Brandon Morrow TOR SP SP -2 108 8 0 3.95 1.32 90
Michael Saunders SEA OF OF -2 500 62 16 68 13 0.242
Alex Avila DET C C -2 474 49 13 60 2 0.249
Kyle Drabek TOR RP RP -2 121 6 0 4.21 1.37 95
Chris McGuiness PIT 1B 1B -2 414 42 18 51 0 0.239
James Loney TB 1B 1B -2 507 52 13 66 3 0.280
Jameson Taillon FA SP SP -2 105 8 0 3.72 1.25 98
Nate Schierholtz FA OF OF -2 455 51 18 62 5 0.262
Adam Dunn CHA 1B 1B, OF -2 532 58 30 70 2 0.207
Yan Gomes CLE C C -2 442 49 12 55 2 0.252
Archie Bradley ARI SP SP -2 90 6 0 4.14 1.34 85
Drew Stubbs COL OF OF -2 344 41 12 44 15 0.241
J.P. Arencibia TEX C,1B C, 1B -2 362 38 18 49 0 0.220
Mark Reynolds MIL 1B, 3B 1B, 3B -2 474 52 25 64 3 0.217
Mitch Moreland TEX 1B 1B -2 443 55 19 62 0 0.250
Welington Castillo CHN C C -2 457 47 15 50 1 0.216
Lucas Duda NYN 1B, OF 1B, OF -2 356 47 17 52 1 0.242
Chris Young FA OF OF -2 414 58 14 51 14 0.218
Ike Davis PIT 1B 1B -2 379 40 20 55 2 0.212
Corey Dickerson COL OF OF -2 399 57 12 37 10 0.274
Jarrod Dyson KC OF OF -3 312 36 2 20 30 0.250
Ichiro Suzuki NYA OF OF -3 434 45 7 49 17 0.274
Andre Ethier LAN OF OF -3 410 43 14 51 3 0.277
Yonder Alonso SD 1B 1B -3 505 65 12 70 5 0.271
Nick Markakis BAL OF OF -3 544 72 12 60 2 0.267
Angel Pagan SF OF OF -3 540 63 7 39 17 0.275
Zach McAllister CLE SP SP -3 187 10 0 4.07 1.35 140
Carlos Quentin SD OF OF -3 466 52 18 58 0 0.250
Andrew Romine DET SS, 3B 2B, SS, 3B -3 456 53 2 49 15 0.249
Ryan Ludwick CIN OF OF -3 454 48 17 61 1 0.238
Cody Ross ARI OF OF -3 443 54 15 65 4 0.262
David DeJesus TB OF OF -3 477 69 11 39 8 0.261
Tyler Flowers CHA C C -3 451 41 15 50 1 0.216
Logan Morrison SEA 1B 1B, OF -3 521 61 17 70 0 0.245
Stephen Drew NYA 2B, SS 2B, SS -3 432 52 9 57 3 0.242
Russell Martin PIT C C -3 440 48 16 60 5 0.220
Nolan Reimold TOR OF OF -3 389 42 14 56 3 0.235
Yunel Escobar TB SS SS -3 515 64 8 59 5 0.252
Carlos Ruiz PHI C C -3 479 50 7 60 2 0.259
Robbie Grossman HOU OF OF -3 410 45 7 49 14 0.258
L.J. Hoes HOU OF OF -3 399 41 3 44 16 0.277
Chris Iannetta LAA C C -3 352 43 13 50 1 0.220
Trevor Cahill ARI SP SP -3 186 10 0 4.11 1.38 129
Kurt Suzuki MIN C C -3 398 48 7 54 3 0.232
Melky Cabrera TOR OF OF -3 487 63 9 71 9 0.272
John Jaso OAK C C -3 337 44 6 52 3 0.260
A.J. Griffin OAK SP SP -3 135 8 0 4.14 1.26 118
Wei-Yin Chen BAL SP SP -3 185 10 0 4.11 1.29 144
Matt Davidson FA 3B 3B -3 478 38 14 51 1 0.223
Charlie Morton PIT SP SP -3 144 9 0 3.81 1.31 103
Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B, 3B 2B, 3B -3 301 40 9 46 2 0.251
Jon Niese NYN SP SP -3 145 8 0 3.87 1.37 112
Casey McGehee MIA 3B 3B -3 472 44 12 59 2 0.231
Jhoulys Chacin COL SP SP -3 160 7 0 4.03 1.33 107
Juan Uribe LAN 3B 3B -3 355 44 14 53 4 0.235
Jaime Garcia STL SP SP -3 130 8 0 3.84 1.31 104
Nick Franklin TB 2B 2B, SS -3 291 32 9 36 8 0.251
Steve Lombardozzi BAL 2B, OF 2B, OF -3 310 31 5 28 9 0.281
Danny Duffy KC SP SP -3 122 6 0 4.22 1.37 110
Carlos Carrasco CLE SP, RP SP, RP -3 158 5 0 4.31 1.35 112
Tyler Thornburg MIL SP, RP SP, RP -3 164 8 0 4.01 1.31 137
Jeremy Hellickson TB SP SP -3 118 6 0 4.43 1.28 86
Jarred Cosart MIA SP SP -3 150 6 0 4.42 1.42 94
Joel Peralta TB RP RP -3 68 4 4 3.49 1.21 70
Jake McGee TB RP RP -3 60 3 2 3.55 1.12 71
Jenrry Mejia NYN SP, RP SP, RP -3 98 5 0 3.89 1.24 89
Phil Hughes MIN SP SP -3 189 8 0 4.01 1.25 160
Darren O’Day BAL RP RP -3 58 5 3 3.31 1.09 56
Paul Maholm LAN SP SP -3 135 8 0 4.02 1.35 89
Jemile Weeks BAL 2B 2B -3 298 37 2 19 22 0.239
Brandon Crawford SF SS SS -3 417 48 8 51 2 0.242
Adeiny Hechavarria MIA SS SS -3 551 37 4 47 14 0.239
Rafael Furcal MIA SS 2B -3 410 54 4 28 11 0.252
Edinson Volquez PIT SP SP -3 178 10 0 4.27 1.51 159
Josh Beckett LAN SP SP -3 130 9 0 4.24 1.29 109
Danny Espinosa WAS 2B 2B, SS -3 217 27 6 22 4 0.231
  1. Troy says:
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    Kyle Seager is gonna break a lot of records if he hits .999 lol. Great stuff grey, Always love ur stuff. Same with everyone who writes for razzball.

    • Grey

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      @Troy: Thanks for pointing that out, will fix the typo…

      • troy says:
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        @Grey: srry was trying to be funny… honest mistake

  2. Todd says:
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    You really down on machado that much this year? I know he had a bad injury but looks like he will be healthy. Really just have him in a keeper for $1 and want to be confident with him as my 3b, as confident as I was last year when I traded longo away bc I had machado step up

    • shibboleth says:
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      @Todd: I think Machado will be a better real-life player for a few more years before he takes off in fantasyland. Keeping for a dollar is awesome, but there are some health and consistency issues to be aware of.

    • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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      @Todd: it’s the “counting your chickens” theory

      • Todd says:
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        @BigSloppyMacDaddy: well I figured I wasn’t keeping longo at $35 + 5 anyways, the question remains do I draft another 3b or see how machado plays out?

        • Dead Heads says:
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          @Todd: Keep Machado, I don’t see him being any worse then he was last year, and he’s guaranteed playing time every day because of his stellar defense. He might get a day off or two to start the season because of the injury, but honestly I don’t get why everyone is so down on him. He’s in a great ballpark, and he’s only going to get stronger/more comfortable in the majors. I could see his power output taking a step forward this season if anything, and he generally helps in all categories hitting in a good spot in a strong lineup.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Dead Heads: terrible walk rate. when he was very useful it was mostly BABIP driven.

  3. Aaron says:
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    You have joe Mauer at 212. I repeat you have jor Mauer at 212, nothing you say can be taken seriously because you have the future al batting champ at 212.

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Aaron: MacDaddy is that you?

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Aaron: take away the batting average the last couple years and mauer gives waiver wire stats for every other category

      • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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        @Ra’zball Al Ghul: just like removing the home runs from Stanton. BOO ya!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @BigSloppyMacDaddy: HR are more scarce than Avg so you’re an idiot

        • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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          @BigSloppyMacDaddy: I don’t want anything to do with Stanton personally. Too many Ks and too big a disparity between BABIPs and batting averages, makes me think he will never put it all together.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Ra’zball Al Ghul: I willnever say never on a player, if he’s there at the end of the 3rd round I have to take him. It’s all about draft day value. Are you paying for your pick or are you getting a good deal. It’s like buying a car, some dealers drop the price far more than others and you can’t pas it up. Some drafts will give you that

            • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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              @J-FOH: fair enough

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @J-FOH:

              not buying the car analogy .

              • J-FOH says:
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                @costaricanchata: it’s like different dealers are like different drafts, the prices change from draft to draft like dealer to dealer

          • Charlie says:
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            @Ra’zball Al Ghul:

            He’s only 24. You don’t see him growing into a better hitter? Also once he’s off the Marlins his value will sky rocket with competent talent around him. In a keeper league I’m considering him with my second round pick. Also keep in mind 30 players have been removed from the draft (10 teams x 3 players per team).

            So I’m looking at the likes of Stanton, Wright, Pujols, Bautista at my pick. Strongly considering Stanton.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Ra’zball Al Ghul:

        Take away his one great season and his average stat line is:

        .317 / 9 / 60 / 65

        • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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          @Hawk: lol take out one year and no adjustment for games played….great analysis.

          • Hawk says:
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            @BigSloppyMacDaddy:

            Ok, you want to have fun? Lets have some fun:

            Joe Mauer career stats minus the one excellent year he had and 2004 where he only played 35 games. I even prorated stats for him for the half season he played in 2011:

            Year: AVG / HR / RBI / R
            2005: .295 / 9 / 55 / 61
            2006: .347 / 13 / 84 / 86
            2007: .293 / 7 / 60 / 62
            2008: .328 / 9 / 85 / 98
            2010: .327 / 9 / 75 / 88
            2011: .287 / 3/ 30 / 38 (82 games – prorates to 6 / 60 / 76)
            2012: .319 / 10 / 85 / 81
            2013: .324 / 11 / 47 / 62

            Batting average for these years: .317
            Average HR (including prorated adjustment for 2011): 9.25
            Average RBI (including prorated adjustment for 2011): 68.875
            Average R (including prorated adjustment for 2011) : 76.75

            .317 / 9 / 68 / 76

            Helps you in BA, hurts you in HR, RBI and SB. Neutral in R.

            212 is about right.

            • Sky

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              He’s not worth it, Hawk. He ‘respects the site’. That’s why he shows up to rip on it daily. That said…nice work!

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Sky: yr right sky, but’s fun to see if he’d talk himself into huge line of b.s. Just like being back in Phil school.

    • Mike says:
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      @Aaron: Mauer at 212 looks pretty good. He’s a great hitter but look at the lineup around him. There may not be another player that hits higher than .260 or has an OBP higher than .320! His counting stats are going to be brutal.

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    Joe mauer at 221 stood out for me. I saw some experts draft the other day where he was taken in the 3rd round. Experts? Hah!

    Seeing Cole hamels so low was also a bit jarring. I get it though. Injury concern, that ballpark and the Phillies are pretty bad.

    I do think bunching Chapman. Kimbrel and kenley together seems incomplete without Greg Holland. With perez, Wilson and others breathing down Jansens neck, Holland may actually be the safer pick. Hes elite, has job security and I hate to say it – I think Kansas Will make some noise this year.and give him alot of save opportunities.

    I also noticed that pitching is deep.

    Nice work grey!

    • HWY68 says:
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      @gareth:

      Word on KC. That bullpen is filthy.

      Tons of elite closers this year. Chapman stands out, though — his new manager digs multi-inning saves.

    • Cram It says:
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      @gareth: Annnnnnd let the hair splitting commence…

    • Cram It says:
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      @gareth: Holland is the next RP off the board. If you really want a reliever and Kimbrell, Chapman and Jansen are gone and you DON’T take Holland simply because he’s not ranked in the same tier of relivers, you probably shouldn’t be playing fantasy baseball

      • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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        @Cram It: who exactly are you to tell someone that they shouldn’t play fantasy baseball?

    • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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      @gareth: yes, “experts”….we’re all experts now using the methods of Bill James and Ron Shandler to forecast players.

        • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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          @Sky: I refuse to click that link. I think you’re trying to put spyware on my computer…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Nah just doing what we do around here: remind you of what you say vs what you do

              • J-FOH says:
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                @BigSloppyMacDaddy: what does another writer have to do with YOUR opinions?

              • Count de Monetball says:
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                @BigSloppyMacDaddy: MacDaddy/Bill and whatever names you change to tomorrow, I will just call you Troll

                If you want to scream from the rooftops about Grey and Rudy’s finish in the tout wars (15-team mixed) and LABR. Just say what you are thinking and be done with it. Those are two prestigious FBB leagues, and the creators of this website have earned the right to compete in these leagues, how about you, are you a writer for another website that has earned the right? Grey and Rudy have earned the reputation and credentials to be worthy of these top tiered fantasy leagues. IF they finished first or last in a top tier league, they are still in a top league and I am not. Thus their knowledge, credentials, and skill are well above those of the average blogger’s and mine. You put the top 15 people in the world at anything in a competition against each other, someone will finish first and someone 15th. That’s how competitions work. The team that finishes 15th could still be considered 15th in the WORLD for THAT SEASON ONLY. It is estimated that 32 million played fantasy sports in 2010 in Canada and the US combined. If Grey and Rudy were the 15th Best of 32 Million, I would still read this site every day and utilize the information here (as well as receive a large amount of entertainment value). In fantasy baseball, one season is a small sample size, but of course you know all about small sample size. Grey and Rudy are providing entertainment and a roadmap to success, which they have done for me personally. Further, they are providing this service and entertainment value for FREE to anybody.
                You’re Welcome!

                • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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                  @Count de Monetball: I didn’t read this. My attention span is too short.

                    • SwaggerJackers says:
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                      @Prez: Woohoo! Our very own RazzTroll! We made it guys!

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @Prez: he’s trying to bring those espn message boards over here.

  5. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I stated in the fall I would pass on fantasy baseball in 2014. I have not yet changed my mind. Rotisserie is boring. I was in three RCLs (I think) and half the people didn’t bother to do anything after July. Head-to-head can be ridiculous when you dominate the regular season and Carlos Torres becomes your ace come playoff time due to mass injuries and shut downs to your staff (this happened to me in my NL-only league). The fun factor went out the window for me in 2013. Any way to bring that back and get me excited for fantasy baseball this year or ever?

    • HWY68 says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson:

      You hit burnout. Take a year off fantasy sports & report back next preseason.

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @HWY68: Enough crazy talk HWY68… Change your format up, get in an auction league or a keeper league and put some $ at stake. Way too much goes in to an auction draft or keeper/dynasty league to quit in July.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson: @kingforaday151: Seriously, get some friends, and put some money on it. Auction drafts, points leagues….I stopped doing public leagues for free along time ago.

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            @Cram It: Thanks. I have done auction leagues in the past. I enjoyed them. We had a good keeper league going but one of the league members was a trash talking nut and there were some prudes in the league. The whole thing fell apart.
            A money league with an auction could get me back into action.

        • HWY68 says:
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          @kingforaday151:

          True. Cash might cure everything — even Wallpaper Paterson’s fantasy funk.

          The best leagues — roto, h2h, whatever — are always the money leagues.

          • kingforaday151 says:
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            @HWY68: Could even use wagers other than cash, but anything’s better than no fantasy baseball. Without it you wouldn’t need Razzball all summer, and if not for Grey’s daily blurb there’d be little reason to wake up at all!

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson:

      yeah .
      rcl ‘s are tough .
      all the cool kids rushing to sign-up
      and then , when they realize that you have to feed the puppy
      every day , they abandon it by the side of the road .
      but it’s not just espn .
      it’s all public/free leagues .
      it takes time , determination , and pride
      to play 162 games of fantasy baseball .
      otherwise , go play 15 days of football .
      you would hope that there would be some way to
      weed out the repeat offenders , but the policing efforts
      are too cumbersome , i suspect , especially for
      guys walking the “donation” tightrope .

      as for the “boring” part ,
      are you forgetting the late-night humor around here ?

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @HWY68: @Wallpaper Paterson: Money usually does it for me. If they pay up and quit in July… well I will have fun reminding them how I spend their money.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: we’ll try to get you into a good RCL this year. I’m going to try and organize some frequent commenter leagues so we can get some razzball regulars together and really have a good time this year. You have always been a solid commenter and don’t like seeing you all bummed out.

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: If you have room to include a solid lurker with the solid commenters in an RCL, holler. it’s not in my DNA to quit on fantasy leagues. It was my personal vision quest to defeat Sky in RCL last summer – I failed – and he had little idea that he was my white whale.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @de nachos: I’m working with jaywrong as we speak to set that up

          • Nick says:
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            @J-FOH: I’d be up for that! I only do one RCL per year, so might as well make it a good one!

            • Bombo Rivera says:
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              @Nick: I just missed catching Big Magoo in the Champions’ League last year, and I’d like to find an active RCL this year. Plus, I’d like to match wits with the Podcast King again.

  6. Rabbit says:
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    What type of league are the auction dollar values for? A 10 or 12-team ESPN head-to-head? Any way to alter them to fit different style leagues, esp. leagues with more owners?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: Rudy will have dollar values for different size leagues…

  7. ML says:
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    Keyshawn seems really low given your projections.

    • ML says:
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      @ML: kershaw*

      • Cram It says:
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        @ML: Please see every other post where someone asks why ‘so and so’ is ranked so high/low even though their projected stats would suggest otherwise.

        • ML says:
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          @Cram It: and where could I find that? Does said post explain how kershaws value the past 2(maybe 3 yrs) has been first round worthy? Or that he’s been more reliable than at least half a dozen of the guys ranked ahead of him? Or how the implied value from the projections is greater than most of those ranked ahead of him here?

          This is a ranking list. If you’re not expecting a debate than you can cram it. This isn’t similar to where grey mentions alcides/Martin. You got a guy who’s past and likely future warrants top 5 consideration, at an implied rank nearing the end of round 2. That in turn sets all other pitchers lower than the value they’re producing.

          So again, why?

          • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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            @ML: See the top 20 pitchers post and the top 100 overall post and the million comments about “pitching is deep”.

            Or maybe you’re trolling.

            • ML says:
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              @Jeff in Southern Indiana: the “pitching is deep” argument makes little sense when he pitcher is out earning his comp by more than 10 dollars(or sgps, however you want to represent it)

              • Cram It says:
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                @ML: Look, you wanted a reason why. The reason why is explained all over this website.

          • Cram It says:
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            @ML: Oh, I’m all for debating baby! Hitting wins fantasy leagues and around here especially, the mindset is don’t pay for pitching and if you use a top 5 pick for a starter, you’re silly. That said, Kershaw is still the #1 ranked Starter, so whether he’s ranked #1 overall, or 30th overall, he’s still properly relative to the other SP’s.

            I don’t see how you can say with confidence that his SP projections make him more valuable than half the guys ahead of him. Which 10 do you squeeze him in between? More valuable than 34/112/7/.272 but not more than 24/94/15/.280?

            • ML says:
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              @Cram It: you do understand those lines can be converted into a value that can be at least roughly compared to pitchers?

              Actually, you probably don’t

                • ML says:
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                  @Cram It: perhaps you need to revisit the logic behind that calculation. Haven’t seen a value that places him out of the first rd anywhere in the past 2 yrs. his current nfbc adp is 5. Lots of silly people playing for money I guess.

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @ML: Right, well go use ESPN rankings, take Kershaw with your 1st pick and lose your league. Grey’s rankings are not based on numbers alone.

                    • ML says:
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                      @Cram It: would love if you were in the league as well. Would make this even more fun, no?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Cram It: “kick you in your ovaries”….classic Cram

                  • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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                    @ML: don’t bother explaining it to cram it. It’s not worth it….cheerleader, not scholar

                    • ML says:
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                      @BigSloppyMacDaddy: I really wasn’t trolling. It was a legitimate question given the variance. I mean the implied rd here is end of 2 And I just don’t get it.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @BigSloppyMacDaddy: Hey the king of the trolls is back. We should meet up for a drink so I can kick you in your ovaries.

                    • Count de Monetball says:
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                      @BigSloppyMacDaddy: In case you didn’t see it above…
                      MacDaddy/Bill and whatever names you change to tomorrow, I will just call you Troll

                      If you want to scream from the rooftops about Grey and Rudy’s finish in the tout wars (15-team mixed) and LABR. Just say what you are thinking and be done with it. Those are two prestigious FBB leagues, and the creators of this website have earned the right to compete in these leagues, how about you, are you a writer for another website that has earned the right? Grey and Rudy have earned the reputation and credentials to be worthy of these top tiered fantasy leagues. IF they finished first or last in a top tier league, they are still in a top league and I am not. Thus their knowledge, credentials, and skill are well above those of the average blogger’s and mine. You put the top 15 people in the world at anything in a competition against each other, someone will finish first and someone 15th. That’s how competitions work. The team that finishes 15th could still be considered 15th in the WORLD for THAT SEASON ONLY. It is estimated that 32 million played fantasy sports in 2010 in Canada and the US combined. If Grey and Rudy were the 15th Best of 32 Million, I would still read this site every day and utilize the information here (as well as receive a large amount of entertainment value). In fantasy baseball, one season is a small sample size, but of course you know all about small sample size. Grey and Rudy are providing entertainment and a roadmap to success, which they have done for me personally. Further, they are providing this service and entertainment value for FREE to anybody.

                      You’re Welcome!

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @ML: Yeah but he dropped too many passes last season to trust him

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @ML: The overall rankings are merely a roadmap. I drafted Kershaw in the second round overall last year and I won the RCL overall title. Go with your gut.

      • Cram It says:
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        @mauledbypandas: Was wondering, is there any money involved with that? I’ve never played an RCL….is there cash to be had?

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Cram It: Some leagues do a buy in, but those are usually the ones that have been together for a few years. There are plenty of standard RCL leagues that are completely and totally free. Sign ups are usually around this time of year, just keep an eye out. It will be a main Grey post of the day

          • Cram It says:
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            @mauledbypandas: I’m looking for money leagues. I’m in one big money league with friends that I’ve been in forever. I refuse to do free leagues, especially with strangers, so was curious if there was a solid group of RCLers that played for a little incentive.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Cram It: i’m guessing the money leagues use leaguesafe?

      • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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        @mauledbypandas: wait!?!?? You drafted kershaw and weren’t banned from the site indefinitely?!?!?!

              • costaricanchata says:
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                @Sky:

                this is the 6th time today , already , that you’ve posted this same comment .
                to quote you , quoting you , quoting you , etc .,
                i’ll give you the short version :
                “… Last time I checked, constant mocking and bringing up the same pointless point over and over isn’t respect. It’s just brainless and annoying. “

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Uh…ok? If you’re jabbing, Costa, strongly suggest you spend a bit more time looking at the source material. If not, the first sentence still applies…

                  • Robby D says:
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                    @Sky: It’s both sad and encouraging. Apparently the site has gotten so big it probably needs registration for commenting. You now have a steady stream of traffic and with that comes mindless criticism. Registration would allow for the filtering out of malcontents who offer nothing of substance and troll to disrupt and make it harder to provide the free services you offer. It would at least make it more work for them if they constantly have to create emails after they get banned for flaming.

                    • Sky

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                      On one hand I’d agree, but it’s like the TSA. It’s put in place with good intentions but it just screws it up for everyone who’s actually on here for a good reason, which I’d say is 98% of them. I’d rather not force Prez to not comment because his toothpaste isn’t in a tube that’s 3 oz or less…wait what an I saying, Prez doesn’t brush his teeth!

                    • Prez says:
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                      My dentures are worth more than your car!! *shakes fist, pokes cane*

                      See that sky? I used *than* correctly! Haha

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Your a looser!

                    • Prez says:
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                      Skrew u skye!! Where threw!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Your such a trader, Perez!

                  • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                    @BigSloppyMacDaddy: are you actually claiming to be Pouliot? If not is he your cousin or something?

        • Cram It says:
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          @BigSloppyMacDaddy: I’m sorry you’re so miserable with your life. Please don’t take any innocent people with you before you kill yourself

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @BigSloppyMacDaddy: No, but someone in my building stole my RCL winner prize. Either that or Grey didn’t send it, but I am pretty sure he did. : Sad Emoticon:

      • J-FOH says:
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        @mauledbypandas: I like him in the second round too, and sometimes you need to zig when everyone else zags, but you are also a complete player who had other good draft picks and some good free agent adds. There is no one way to skin a bear, but having the skills of a complete player helps a lot. If this is confusing, I’m complimenting your awesomeness

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @J-FOH: I hear you. That’s exactly what went through my head at the time actually. I didn’t like any hitters at the time I drafted Kershaw and figured I would zig. It worked out.. at least for one year :)

          • de nachos says:
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            @mauledbypandas: I tried the zig zag in RCL, too. Strasburg. Those results weren’t as pretty. Good on you for Kershaw.

      • Simply Fred

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        @mauledbypandas: Rudy has your draft ranked #2 overall (of 768 managers in RCL)…nice! Can’t get to your draft with ESPN down. Who was your first pick?

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @mauledbypandas: I guess technically I got Kershaw in the 3rd :) and I have a huge bias for Rangers (thus the Kinsler/Yu picks)

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @mauledbypandas: Looking back I made a lot of mistakes in the draft but got lucky with a few nice waiver grabs

              • J-FOH says:
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                @mauledbypandas: we all did, I dropped marte and Carpenter before the season started chasing SAGNOF and still had the #9 RCL team

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @J-FOH: I made the Marte mistake in another league so I feel that pain. Congrats on top ten, it feels good to do really well in the RCL but I realize there is quite a bit of good fortune going on as well. I mean I was 20-something one year and in the 100′s a year before that. The RCL players are usually pretty good competition, part of the reason I keep playing in them!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @mauledbypandas: I’m trying to organize some frequent commenter leagues. will keepyou posted, i know I have your e-mail so I got your invite. We need to have one with the now defunct roundtable crew. The possibilities….oh the possibilities

          • Simply Fred

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            @mauledbypandas: wow! kinda blew away the don’t draft SP early theory. still, drafting Miggy #1 helped keep your hitting competitive. well-played!

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @simply fred: Yeah I have to bow to the luck god on that one. I went into the draft knowing I would have Darvish at all costs and Miggy. Kershaw was just a value pick. It was a fun year and I definitely enjoyed it. I just hope I can make the top 100 this year!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @mauledbypandas: @mauledbypandas: I idiotically blew off Darvish last year, but I owned Mad max all over the place….and J. Zimm and AJ Burnett. I hate J. Zimm

  8. Bodacious Taters says:
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    Not to question you Oh Great One (Jackie Gleason has nuthin’ on you) – but where is Garrett Jones. Does he have any value batting cleanup for Miami ??

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bodacious Taters: as a platoon player only vs. Righties and now that he is in Miami, on the road vs, righties

  9. Rabbit says:
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    Oh and one other thing, Herr Grey: I know you update your stat predictions as the preseason ambles on; but where do you put the updated stats? On this page or on the individual positional ranking pages?

  10. Matt says:
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    Grey – I’ll comment here since its a newer post and you might respond. Matt Carpenter – I see your reasons for lowering his ranking, however how much would that be offset by a league that counts extra base hits, where he was a monster last year. Do you expect huge regression there too along with his runs?

    • Grey

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      @Matt: I don’t see that huge of a regression for that league… Knock him up about 30 spots…

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: Thats about what I was thinking, thanks!

  11. fitz says:
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    The reason Kershaw / Mauer are so low is because Grey thinks it would be wise to pass on those guys.

  12. Jim says:
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    I will never ever tell anyone from my leagues about this site.

    • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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      @Jim: well if you do, you could end up with kershaw in the 9th round while everyone falls all over their keyboards to draft J.Gyorko

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Would you prefer we won all our leagues and gave you lousy advice?

            • Nick says:
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              @Grey: Technically he’d probably prefer you won all your leagues and gave great advice :) Wait, why I am helping this idiot? Keep doing what you are doing. I read this site multiple times per day. It rules.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Thanks!

            • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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              @Grey: as I’ve said grey, I respect the information, but I will not hesitate to say what I think, or point out what I disagree with…no matter how tactless “sky” thinks my approach is. It’s the Internet. I’m not worried about feelings. Most of it is directed at your readers, who reAlly resemble a cult-like following. In fact, after I post this they’ll all pounce on me, as if trying to earn brownie points from the almighty himself. But if I truly thought the site wasn’t worth it, I wouldn’t check in. But I still do…ever since the days of giving you a hard time as Mr Lance Berkman. Sooner or later though, you’ll have to show up at Tout Wars or LABR. To me, that’s where all the projections and strategies show their true worth.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Gotcha

                • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                  @Grey: @BigSloppyMacDaddy: how many more years of Grey/Rudy failures would you need exactly to get to a big enough sample size to quit? We might be able to help calendar sales, is all i’m saying.

    • 2 Giant rings says:
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      @Jim: I think Razzball has just about reached critical mass. Everyone in your league already knows about it.

  13. Jeff says:
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    I’m in an AL-Only league where rosters reset every five years. This year is the reset year, so whoever we draft this year we can keep for five seasons. No salaries. In that format, where would you take Xander Bogaerts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Around that of Everth

  14. dude says:
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    No Middlebrooks?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @dude: 121.5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dude: Must’ve accidentally deleted him, will fix

  15. Wake Up says:
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    I have to say…out of all your rankings…what sticks out the most…would probably be Madams mipples!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wake Up: For me, it’s that Tyson Ross is not even worth -2 dollars! A travesty.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Wake Up: @Cram It: You both just wait for my Tyson Ross sleeper. Gonna bump that man’s value up to at least -1 dollars…at least!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: Can’t wait! You better bring some revolutionary new sabermetrics to the table…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Haha, I’m just pointing out what we all saw: a changed pitcher. I’d love to say I’m going to revolutionize the world but…I don’t project so it’s not possible!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Sky: Ha. I’m the same way when ranking my players. I don’t project numbers. I say to myself this guy will be better than that guy, so he’s my pick.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Exactly, and about value. I remember when everyone went wild for Daniel Hudson back in 2011. I said that I liked him but felt I could get similar enough stats and better value from Ian Kennedy later. And yup. I just focus on underlying stats (K/9, K:BB, K%, etc) and go from there. Most guys have ranges for their stats. I just focus on that, projections wise.

  16. Wake Up says:
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    @JoeC – Ha!

  17. kingforaday151 says:
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    Just traded for Hosmer in my weekly head to head 10 keeper league. I want to keep Alex Gordon as well as my third outfielder (McCutchen and Bruce are 1 and 2). Most every lineup projection has Hosmer batting 3rd with Gordon either at 2nd or 5th in the order. What’s your strategy on having two players who potentially hit back to back in the order? Should any attention be paid to this? Am I cutting my percentages of counting stats or it that nonsense?

    PS – I also have McCutchen/Alvarez back to back but I have no choice there with the 3rd base landscape of the league.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @kingforaday151:
      I would expect Hosmer/Butler/Gordon…3,4,5

      it doesn’t make any difference if players on your FBB bat b2b…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @kingforaday151: To expand a little…you want a good OBP guy batting in front of your guy and a good RBI guy batting behind your guy…so if that is the case and you own both then that’s great…

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @Wake Up: Thanks for the feedback Wake Up.

    • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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      @kingforaday151: total nonsense

  18. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    No Tracy McGrady?

  19. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    i like this new format .
    very cohesive .

  20. Shake N Bacon says:
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    First year for me joining an RCL fantasy baseball league. Looking forward to it!

    Quick keeper question for anyone willing to answer: I get to keep six players every year. This year my 6th keeper is down to Rizzo or Alex Rios.

    I already have two OF keepers and 1B isn’t all that appetizing after the first few big bats. All of the big guns are being kept so if I don’t keep Rizzo, Jose Abreu is probably my next best choice. Rios is obviously ranked higher, but with OF being a little deeper than 1B, is it worth taking a chance on Rizzo as my 6th keeper?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: I thought you played RCL last year?

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @J-FOH: Nah, my first RCL experience was this past NFL season for fantasy football. I started following Razzball for the first time at the beginning of last baseball season. Didn’t know much at the RCL until it was too late and didn’t get to join any leagues.

        I typically only play in one league (long time keeper league) but would like to see how I would do against some razzballers who follow the same sage advice from the writers on here.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Grey: Word. I was hoping you’d say that!

  21. Jarrod says:
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    This looks great. Can’t wait for an OBP version. My league is OBP/R/RBI/HR/SLG/RBI

  22. Cory says:
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    Why only 350 ABs projected for Billy Hamilton? Do you think he’ll struggle at the plate so badly he’ll become a part-time player?

    Muchas Greycias for the fine work (as always).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cory: Yup, likely… De nada…

      • Cory says:
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        @Grey: You’ve projected Hamilton for 67 steals in only 350 at bats. So if he somehow manages to hit leadoff all year & gets 580 at bats … WOWZA! What would be your projected SB total then?

  23. MadDog31 says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H points league where you get 3 keepers from the previous season for any player drafted past the 8th round. Currently I have Puig (17th rd) & Jose Fernandez (20th rd) for my last keeper its between Yadier Molina (10th rd) or Sonny Gray (19th rd). Opinion?

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @MadDog31: Gray

  24. You can now access these projections via the main menu (Stats/Grey’s Pre-Season Projections) and bookmark this page: http://razzball.com/projections-grey/

    It is the same table as in this post and they’ll both be kept up to date based on injury / playing time changes.

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @Rudy Gamble: Thanks Rudy, when you make significant changes, will you point it out clearly, Thanks…

      • Grey will likely allude to changes in his posts.

  25. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    I feel robbed of 300 pithy comments. Of course that would have taken 20 hours to write.

    Could you discuss a little of your overall strategy in drafting late? Such as runs on closers and who you’re targeting for the bullpen this year and where, etc.

    Your strategy seems to load up on power as it is scarce, where do you plan to get your speed from – any late targets?

    Or is there a generic draft strategy post from years ago somewhere saying SAGNOF SAGNOF, etc.?

    • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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      @Jeff in Southern Indiana: yes there is a very generic draft strategy and here’s the gist:

      1) power is supreme
      2) CI and OF are of the upmost importance
      3) MI and CA mean nothing
      4) stolen bases should be acquired with crappy one-dimensional “SAGNOF” players
      5) wait on closers
      6) wait on pitching
      7) take high K/9 guys, except with Zimmerman and Fister for no apparent reason

      Basically draft HRs & Ks and you’ll fit in fine.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @BigSloppyMacDaddy: Don’t you have anything better to do, other than being a dick for no real reason? If you don’t like this site…then don’t visit it.

        Having a debate is one thing. Everyone respects a good debate. But constantly attacking the site, the writers and the commentators is juvenile.

        So “back that azz up” on outta here.

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          Damn it.

          I bit and fed the troll. 10 lashings for me.

          • Robby D says:
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            @Shake N Bacon: It’s understandable. It’s hard when you see someone lying through their teeth or making assinine statements like Kershaw in the 9th round would happen in an RCL league.

            As for Kershaw, if you were lucky enough to get him in the first or second round, he played above his average ADP. You know who else in the top 10 played at or above their average ADP? 0.

            So you have one moron screaming Kershaw from the rooftops, who probably would have been shouting Verlander from the rooftops last year.

            Do you know how many top 10 ADP pitchers finished outside the top 100 in overall player value last year? 6. These are all guys whose ADP had them in the top 5 rounds, and more than half of them returned value as if they were at best 8th round picks.

            By all means, take Kershaw’s career year which still had him as 5th or 6th most valuable player last year, and project him to the 3rd overall pick like a couple guys in Yahoo did. I’m sure he’ll shave another quarter point off that 1.83 ERA, and add 10-25 more K’s.
            I’m sure his career low BABIP will be either repeated or exceeded even though it was 20 points lower than his career average and career best. If it goes back to his normal BABIP, he would be looking at an ERA over 2. Same with if he regresses in any of the categories where he put up career bests (HR/FB%, BB/9, IP)

            I’m sure he’s going to be just as good, and just as lucky and improve. Most likely he will return a value like the average of his past three years, and fall back to being a great late 2nd round pickup that will be drafted 3rd or 4th in a lot of leagues. I’m sure his numbers will be just as good as the year he was playing for a contract…

            None of it matters Shake. None of that evidence matters. Kershaw is a stud and if you don’t agree, apparently you would wait until the 9th round to get Kershaw. Doesn’t matter that if you draft Kershaw in the beginning of the first round, you will be lucky if you only lose single digit picks value on him.

            It also doesn’t matter that Razzball was the only fantasy ‘pert ranking Goldschmidt in the top 20 last year and I couldn’t find a place ranking him higher than 40 going into last year, and even with that Grey said he has the potential to be top 10. Doesn’t matter that of his top ten he was highest on McCutcheon to beat his projections and deliver an MVP type year. It doesn’t matter that he was right on Chris Davis or the other 9 out of the 10 top ADP pitchers last year that you should have punted on, because pitching was deep last year and the top 10 at the end of the year was overrepresented by guys that were drafted notably later by their ADPs. None of that matters.

            The only thing that matters is Ruttledge, Kershaw’s one year beating his ADP, and the finish in one expert fantasy league. That’s it. No actual evidence is needed, nor will it be provided.

            Bill James Bitches!!!

            (Drops Mic)

        • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: I have nothing better to do. When my mom unlocks the door I’ll get off the computer. Until then, I’m here. Hi.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: shake and bacon, troll did above spell out a methodology wherein he would quit, if Grey/Rudy kept on failing at Tout Wars and LABR. However, he didn’t spell out how many years that would take.

  26. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Grey, word has it at Fox Sports KC Alex Gordon is batting fifth in the lineup. Aoki, infante, Hosmer, Moobs, then Gordon. Would this have much effect on his ranking in the OF hierarchy/projections?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johan Barleycorn: Lineups change daily in-season, I don’t think he’ll be batting fifth every day this coming year…

  27. Joel says:
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    Thanks for your help as always. I’ve got next pick in a league. I just picked Heyward I have Puig Jones heyward marte for my 3 OF spots in H2h points. We play 2 DH. I have 4 arms Jose F, Sale, Gio, Madbum while we play 6 per week.

    I need a 3b SS to fill. I also have 3 picks in next round.
    Do I let a seager, Castro, Sandoval,andrus guarantee pass this pick for Gordon, werth, machado, Dom brown, or Jennings?
    Really struggling with snagging best available or filling a position

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Not sure what you’re asking

      • Joel says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:
        I have next pick in a draft. 3rd/SS are my empty postions. Seager Sandoval Castro Avilable. I have. Heyward puig a jones Marte for

        Is it dumb to snag Gordon , Rizzo, Jennings, Dom brown, or werth before filling 3b/ss?

        Or do those 3 seem like a better option and of those 3 how would you rank?

        • Grey

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          Don’t take a OF, then go by my ranks…

  28. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Not just saying this because I post here…the thought, time, and effort that goes into these rankings is really appreciated. Thanks!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Mike: suck up! All kidding aside. Love all of you who contribute to the site. Hmm might be time to refill that Daiquiri glass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: No problem

  29. Paul says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks for what you have done.

    Just curious how do you think of Profar?

    Everyday job is ready for him now but few evaluate him to breakout a lot this year.
    But he was the top 1 prospect!!

    Thanks.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Paul: 14. Jurickson Profar – Imagine Jurickson Profar and Jedd Gyorko went to Hawaii to get married and they decided to flip a coin for who got to name the baby. Heads it was, but Gyorko called tails so he got to keep his last name, and Jurickson was heads so he got to name the kid, leaving them with Jurickson Gyorko, and when the kid turned 12 he changed his name to Tommy so kids would stop teasing him with Jerkson Jerko. That’s an imagine scenario that even John Lennon couldn’t have dreamt up. Ron Washington seems content with Profar at the bottom of the order. For now. After a few lines of the devil’s dandruff that could all change. So…gimme! Now, I will write a rap song that struggles to rhyme in honor of Jurickson Profar and Brad Miller. I call this rap song, “My Rhymes Are On…That Thing You Read Off Your Watch (Time).”
      I like Miller and Profar a lot, cuz. Like a lot a lot. Two a lot’s.
      I got more a lot’s than you got uh-nothings’s.
      Something, something something. That’s three something’s.
      Your girlfriend told me you’re lackluster.
      Then I switched the U’s for A’s and the F’s for L’s on your girl’s keyboard and she told me to lack luster.
      But she kept going, “Lack luster, hurder! I lackin’ fove you so lackin’ mach.”
      I yelled, “Oh, yeah,” like the Kool-Aid Man. He’s punch with a paunch. 2014 Projections: 77/10/59/.272/15

      And that’s me quoting Grey… without actual quotation marks

      • Paul says:
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        @mauledbypandas: thanks for ur quoting.
        Maybe am too new here so not sure what he meant. Haha.

        Anyway, based on ranks, Gyorko > Miller or Profar

  30. Cory says:
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    Corey Hart is a 1b (no OF eligibility) in Yahoo.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Cory: I don’t think that really changes much. Unless you’re in a deep 5 OF leagues you should already have 3 OFs before you get to him.

    • Grey

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      @Cory: We’ll see where he is in ESPN then adjust…

    • Curt says:
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      @Cory: 1B only in cbs also.

  31. Empire State says:
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    Fantasy noob inheriting a dynasty team in a 10-team h2h. I can keep up to 5 guys indefinitely. Here is my list:

    Adam Jones
    Chris Davis
    Manny Machado
    Jean Segura
    Edwin Encarnacion

    If I keep fewer than five I get extra picks before the first round. I’m debating whether I should drop Machado to get an extra early pick, then try to pick him back upon the third or fourth round. Losing Machado is a risk, but is it one worth taking to try a score a top 50 guy?

  32. Count de Monetball says:
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    Grey, thanks, and I agree with Costaricanchata that the sortable format is awesome (and nice that its the same as hitter tron, SON, etc.) I am curious, as spring training goes along, injuries happen, or anything else happens that alters your rankings substantially, are you more likely to just let us know about it in a daily blurb, or will you update the rankings, i.e. rookie surprisingly locks down a starting position (ex. Carlos Martinez) or a quality middle reliever locks down a closer position, or a major league ready bat makes the opening day lineup, etc.

    • Grey

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      @Count de Monetball: I’ll try to make a point of telling everyone once spring training rolls around…

  33. Eddy says:
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    Excellent work, Grey. I can finally start mocking now that we have all the tools.

    **HIJACKING THREAD**

    Razzball commenters, I have 8 spots for a Yahoo, 12-team roto auction league (OBP instead of AVG). 1350 IP max. It’s only a $20 buy in and I use the always-trusted leaguesafe to harbor the money. If you’re interested, shoot me an email eddy5791@yahoo.com.

    • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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      @Eddy: I’ll have the best staff ever

      • Eddy says:
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        @BigSloppyMacDaddy:

        then come on down!

        Now six spots left.

      • Dave in Norcal says:
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        @BigSloppyMacDaddy:

        And I’ll laugh when two of your high drafted pitchers go down to Tommy John, while I just picked up this year’s JoFer and Harvey in the 22nd round or off the waiver wire. Cole, Gray and Salazar were available in many leagues last year into September. Not mine – I rode them (and my early drafted power) to victory.

        • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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          @Dave in Norcal: yeah hindsight is wonderful. Nice job.

          • Dave in Norcal says:
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            @BigSloppyMacDaddy:

            Here’s the thing, troll (and I’ll follow advice below to ignore you from here out), the key message of this site is that you don’t need all that much “hindsight” to see which pitchers might give you strong performance, and, unlike power hitters, many of them go undrafted. They are just sitting on the wire or are there late in the draft. There is far more “replacement” pitching that gives big value than hitting. Moreover, the act of pitching offers greater chance of injury (especially season ending injury) than hitting, fielding or running. Kershaw has and very well may give first round value again. But, on average, pitchers are more likely to have something go awry and they’re easier to replace with a decent replacement than a big power hitter. Grey’s rankings reflect the above opinions* and are designed to steer you to a greater overall chance of success. If you disagree fine, and periodically, it will work out for you, but to disagree like an ass looks like it’s only going to get you the silent treatment from here out.

            *facts.

            • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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              @Dave in Norcal: you mean you won’t talk to me anymore?! Ohhhh no

            • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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              @Dave in Norcal: wait before you silence me, can you explain to me one more time the concept of pitcher volatility?

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @BigSloppyMacDaddy:there is one funny thing i’m noticing about just what assbags bring out in others having to deal with them. He’s now gotten like 5 really long response posts concerning his behavior (seemingly trying to “fix” him). Is this the same syndrome that seems to stem from so many women who “go after the assholes” rather than nice guys (or whatever the condition is called). Is this also prevalent in males as well (assuming pretty much everybody here, at least 97%, are male) in a different form?

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Dave in Norcal: how many teams and how big are roster’s in that league mentioned? hard to believe (unless shallow league) that cole wasn’t owned before Sept.

    • Rabbit says:
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      @Eddy: Daily transactions or weekly?

      • Eddy says:
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        @Rabbit:

        Sorry, never saw this message. Daily transactions.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: love the PPP.

  34. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I am trying to see where I can look to improve via trade. Is there any particular area I should look to fix?

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b brandon phillips
    ss jurickson profar
    3b evan longoria
    lf justin upton
    cf desmond jennings
    rf shane victorino
    util prince fielder
    bn michael cuddyer
    bn neil walker
    bn carl crawford

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp zach wheeler
    p dan straily
    p tanner roark
    p charlie morton
    rp jose veras
    rp sean doolittle
    bn mat belisle
    bn garret richards

    • Grey

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      @Ryan: Pretty great team for 20 team league…. Your bullpen’s a bit of a mess, that’s about it

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: so would u suggest I deal 1 or 2 of my bats for rp help? If so which bats should I move?

        • Grey

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          Nope, I’d hold what you have for now… RPs will come into the league…

  35. Jon says:
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    Bravo, Grey, bravo. That is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: No problem

  36. Count de Monetball says:
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    Just a thought writers and frequent commenters, (specifically Sky and Cram), I think we should just completely ignore the troll (when we find out what its name of the day is). While it it is sometimes fun to have some banter, quite frankly the moron is getting on my nerves seeing his dribble as I read through the comments, while looking to see if there are some good nuggets in there…. Just my opinion, but I love this site and want to ensure it maintains its full enjoyment factor (ex baseball analysis and humor).

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I only wanted to give him a shot at living up to his ‘I respect the site’ statement. Sadly he’s proven that’s really all he is: a troll

    • Cram It says:
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      @Count de Monetball: I was thinking the same thing, but I let the personal attack get to me. I shall refrain.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m just going to link to his statement of ‘respect’ from now on. It’s Two-fold. It states that he’s a troll AND it shows he doesn’t have the spine to troll under the same name.

      • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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        @Sky: yeah it’s all about “spine” here on the Internet

          • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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            @Sky: I’m going to miss you

          • SwaggerJackers says:
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            @Sky: @Prez: “Swim away, jellyfish.”

            I don’t know if that’s a line from something but it’s funny. You’re my boy Sky!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @SwaggerJackers: I googled, looks like its mine. Copyrighting now…hold off using it until I get royalties!

    • Kid A says:
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      @Count de Monetball:

      Little known historical fact: Disgruntled fantasy baseballer, Gavrilo Princip lobbed a grenade into Francy Ferdinand’s carriage because that crazy Archduke ranked Shoeless Joe over up-and-coming prospect, George Herman Ruth. Millions died.

      Fantasy baseball: sparking international powder kegs since 1914.

      It is always easier to ignore if you just ignore.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Kid A: Even littler known fact: This historical setting is actually the inspiration for Bruno Mars:

        • Kid A says:
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          @Sky: Amazing what a boner that guy(?) gives prezzii…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            That would be the even littler, littler known fact of this whole thing…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: hahahaha

            • Kid A says:
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              @Sky: This makes me laugh alot.

          • Prez says:
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            @Kid A: hey! You keep my boner outta your mouth!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kid A: bravo my historically minded stalker

        • Kid A says:
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          @J-FOH: Didn’t your court appointed attorney explain “stalker” to you when you were trying to beat those charges that stemmed from you spending too much time outside the local YMCA in a trench coat?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Kid A: I’ve upgraded to a van and it’s outside everywhere Yasiel Puig goes. That dude is hard to keep up with when your pants are around your ankles.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Kid A: Where were you yesterday dammit! I could have used this reminder!

        • Kid A says:
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          @Wake Up: I can only help those that want to be helped, you savant.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Kid A: “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.” GBS

  37. Jonas says:
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    Doesn’t Tyler Thornburg have more UPSIDE based on his performance finishing last season? Is he going to be out of the bullpen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jonas: I don’t buy Garza being healthy, which would slide him in… I’ll drop Thornburg’s projections and rank if Garza leaves spring with his health…

      • Jonas says:
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        @Grey: cool, thanks. I owe you a beverage for sure, Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Jonas says:
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      @Jonas: Bullpen.

  38. mauledbypandas says:
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    Now we just need ESPN to end their maintenance so we can see their rankings and set up leagues!

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: hey, they are up now!

  39. B&W says:
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    Mods please make sure this is okay, don’t want to step on any toes.

    So I’ve gotten this all down in spreadsheet form. If anyone would like a copy I’ve gotten them broken down with positions, along with a synopsis for each player based off of Grey’s blurbs, separated into his tiers and highlighted the sleepers if anyone is interested.

    Please post an email address if you’d like a copy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B&W: You’re taking food from my mouth

      • B&W says:
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        @Grey:
        Didn’t even consider the clicks aspect. Just put some more drank in your cup for all your hard work.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  40. Jon says:
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    In a keep forever league, Masterson or Porcello?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Jon: Masterson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Toss up, I’d go Porcello

  41. Spammer Jay says:
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    I’m updating the excel war room. Any special requests for added functionality or info?

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @Spammer Jay: Thanks Jay, we very much appreciate it!

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Spammer Jay: War room coming to you new and improved!! Thanks guys & looking forward to Mother of all Cheat Sheets!

  42. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Wow the comment section has well and truly gone to hell. Too much trolling and too much feeding of said trolls. Sad.

    • Kid A says:
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      @RandomItalicizedVoice:

      Razzball is a fine place and worth the fighting for, and I hate very much to leave it.

      • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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        @Kid A:

        I agree, but the comment section is starting look like comment sections on ESPN or CBS. Obviously it’s not all the way there yet, but that’s the direction it’s heading.

        The whole thing, for me, is that Grey et al have answered certain questions ad infinitum on this website. As we all know, there is a FBB philosophy here that most of us accept, more or less. Why do questions like “Why is Kershaw ranked so low?” even deserve a response? The answer is embedded in nearly every post that is made on this website!

        IMO, if a given person doesn’t agree with the general FBB philosophy here, they will move on, probably pretty quickly, especially if their trollish attempts at goading or instigating are given the attention they deserve…which is none. No amount of argument, no matter how logical, is going to convince them. The evidence has been laid out for years on this website. If a person is truly open to changing their minds, they will find these answers quite easily throughout the site, and will weigh that evidence fairly against their pre-established ideas, and THEN perhaps come to ask legitimate questions in the comments or forums.

          • Bombo Rivera says:
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            @Big Magoo: Agreed. Nice to see you again, RIV and Magoo.

            • Big Magoo says:
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              @Bombo Rivera: You too, Bombo. Maybe we can do another RCL this season. It was a hell of a ride last year.

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @RandomItalicizedVoice:

          ” I agree, but the comment section is starting look like comment sections on ESPN ..”

          exactly !

          (and , oh yeah … yo momma .)

        • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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          @RandomItalicizedVoice: “the evidence has been laid out for years on this site”? Oh yeah. Please demonstrate. Do you have the final standing to all razz ball expert league finishes? Because outside of that, there is no “evidence”

          It’s readers like you that I have the biggest issue with. You’re entire tone reeks of pretentious ‘we are the wiser’ obnoxiousness, with nothing to actually back it up. Saying something is so doesn’t make it so.

    • Big Al says:
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      @RandomItalicizedVoice: Yeah the only way to get rid of a troll virus is not to feed it like you said. If nobody feeds the trolls they starve and get no attention, because that’s what it wants. Leave the sad little troll alone and he’ll go back to his hole.

  43. The Thumb says:
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    The hate runs strong with this thread…

  44. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Grey: having fun looking at your yahoo mock. looks like your players fell to you, on-average, 2 rounds after your projections. must have been fun!

    That said. Of course that wouldn’t happen in the ECFBL.

    Guys/Gals, yes, we are actively recruiting Grey/Rudy to the league. who of you wouldn’t?

    Really, think there should be some sort of contest on Razz to get in an RCL with Grey/Rudy. Any ideas?

    (All, pleeeaaaase, references to ECFBL being a great league are not intended to brag. They are meant to encourge others to be active…stream pitchers and hitters…be in the game 24-7…I love you!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @simply fred: Yeah, that’s a good idea… I’m all ears to how to get us in your league… Honestly, as of right now, we haven’t decided which leagues we’ll be in yet…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: write a 500 word essay on why you deserve to play with Rudy and Grey, kinda like a make-a-wish thing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: draw a new razzball logo, using Crayons only, that will be used for the day. The top 10 entries get to play with you and Rudy. The pictures will be judged on originality, cleanliness, and relativity to the site

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like that, but wouldn’t really give us people who were good at fantasy, just good at drawing…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: a razzball test? A virtual Royal rumble? a lottery? a bidding war? pay to play with Rudy and Grey?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, not sure… Need to think on it… No paying though…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: not even in daquiris or vape juice?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, nope

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: got it, a frequent commenter draft. You and Rudy each select 5 frequent commenters. Feelings will be hurt but for those that don’t make it, comment more and make the cut next year. If you can’t come up with 5 each include some writers in there too. Something along those lines. it’s a lot easier than selling candy bars with golden tickets in them.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Wait, I like the golden ticket idea!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m picturing you dressed as Willy Wonka a la the Tim Burton remake now. It’s frightening…but accurate with the original story!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m more of a Gene Wilder Wonka…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m still scared

                    • Prez says:
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                      Ill kick out 100 fart jokes a day if im not on the list!

                      Madams has pancake mips! Thats a start..

                    • Bombo Rivera says:
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                      @J-FOH: You want people to comment more?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: of course you do, it’s reason to get a new top hat

  45. booya says:
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    With the keepers I already have listed below would you want option 1)Mark Trumbo & Ubaldo, option 2)Matt Carpenter & Ubaldo, or option 3)Matt Holliday? Its a H2H 6×6 league that uses OPS and K/9…

    Votto
    Segura
    Cargo
    Bruce
    Marte

    Wainwright
    Shelby Miller
    Cingrani

    Thanks

  46. Clint says:
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    2nd round for Kershaw, eh? Wow. Didn’t think I should look at pitchers until 3-5th rounds easy but you guys are the smaat ones.

  47. brian says:
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    I dont remember today being my birthday or christmas but I appreciate the gift

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  48. Wake Up says:
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    Funny thing is…from what I remember of Tout…the guy who won was strong in…HRs and Ks…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Your memory has to be wrong…no wait, Bill James said to do that…no wait, I’m so confused! Mother? *puts on lipstick*

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Sky: Don’t worry you look beautiful just the way you are…

        I’d like to invite you to go fishing…but I’m scared that you’ll eat all the worms…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Like my zombie father used to say, you have to eat them before they eat you.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Sky: Like my great great grandpappy used to say…sure zombies are delicious…but, if you eat’em all up…they’ll be none left for my great great grandson to eat…

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              For some reason thinking about zombies and great great grandpappies makes me think of House 2. Please tell me you’ve seen that. Puppypillar? Hello? Anyone?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Sky: No…If you’re talking about the Puppy Bowl…I taped it on VHS…but haven’t watched it yet…so be careful for spoilers…

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Lets just say the Toy Fox Terrier coach – Jim Harbowwow – craps himself on the sidelines.

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Sky: Ha! You talking about the one where Bilal comes over in his PJs this time?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I assume Bilal is always in PJs. He plays like he’s asleep! *Lame joke of the day…covered*

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Sky: Never saw the sequel. Is it good bad or bad bad? Is it worth checking out just for the great title?

                • Sky

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                  Good bad. House II: The Second Story…that tells you all you need to know about it. Very ‘WTF, who thought of this’ stuff. And it has a Puppypillar! Seriously, I want a Puppypillar.

                  • Big Magoo says:
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                    @Sky: I meant the tagline of “It’s getting weirder!” on the bottom of the cover. That better not be false advertising! Though, a Puppypillar? Sounds like legitimate weirdness…

                    • Sky

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                      Haha, oh believe me, it gets weirder than Carrot Top with muscles and plastic surgery up in dis. I watched it as a kid so there’s probably some nostalgia associated but it was very imaginative. Definitely not a horror by any stretch of the imagination.

                  • Count de Monetball says:
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                    @Sky: There is a House II, oh shit, I need to get less of a life, so I can watch it!!!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Puppypillars, Count! Puppypillars!

                  • Big Magoo says:
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                    @Sky: If you like the good kind of cheesy horrors, check out The Stuff. It’s basically about mind-controlling ice cream. Nuff said. Some of the Leprechaun movies are good bad too. Never saw Lep: In The Hood though. Seems like that one could go either way.

                    • Sky

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                      Sorry man, ‘The Stuff’ is already a top 10′er for me regarding good bad. Actually was pretty damn smart given the timing of it (making fun of consumerism in the midst of the 80′s). My favorite part is Benjamin Stone being the lead character. That was outta nowhere…AND WHO EATS WHITE CREAMY STUFF OF THE GROUND! Seriously, that scene makes me scratch my head every time..and laugh of course.

                      Leprechaun was fun. I can’t say I saw past maybe 2, though. I have some catching up to do. Now more modern good bad flick: remake of The Wicker Man with Nic Cage. So quotable…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Big Magoo: Is that better than attack of the killer tomatoes?

                    • Prez says:
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                      What the f*ck are puppypillars?

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @c0wfunk: In fact, digging deeper, his drafted staff:

        C.C. Sabathia
        Tim Lincecum
        Dan Haren
        Matt Garza
        Andrew Cashner
        Trevor Bauer
        Chad Billingsley

        Barely resembles his finishing staff:
        Estrada
        Salazar
        Kazmir
        Lincecum
        Garza
        Porcello
        Ventura
        Bumgarner
        Haren

        Further supporting the theories espoused on this site.

    • BigSloppyMacDaddy says:
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      @Wake Up: from what I remember, Razzball was strong in nothing

  49. themightypeace says:
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    400 ranked players – that is a mountain of work! Much appreciated.

    Are there any players who you feel are conservatively ranked that could easily jump up the list when the season starts? For example, Prospects whose arrival to the majors is imminent are usually quite conservative in rankings (justifiably so), but they Are a volatile bunch and there are always one or two players who surprise (usually pitchers). Who do you think are the most volatile rankings on your list?

  50. Jon says:
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    Lawrie is valued at $10, Porcello $11. Both have the chance to out-produce those numbers? Which one has the higher ceiling? The hitter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  51. Big Magoo says:
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    The top 400 are already projected and in a sortable format. Well done, sir (or sirs, I didn’t forget about you Rudy). Just need this incredibly long offseason to come to an end.

    Regarding the rankings, do you expect Rios to be bumped into the #2 spot in the lineup at the expense of Andrus, or for Choo to be moved down against LHPs? It seems like Rios’ counting stats reflect those of a top of the order hitter rather than a 5 hole one.

    I’m looking to start a working list of the ’13 league winners who are interested in joining the Champions League this season. You have a standing invitation, Grey. It was fun having Nick in the league last year. J-FOH and mauledbypandas, I’ll send you guys emails, but you can also respond here to confirm your spots in the league. They’re there if you want ‘em. I’ll be posting something in the forums as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m assuming he see a lot of time in the two hole at the expense of Andrus, but it’s a fluid situation…

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Grey: Warsh is hard to predict sometimes. He tends to go with his trusted guys, and Andrus definitely is that by now. You never know though..
      @Big Magoo: I’d be down for sure. Let me know what I need to do

  52. Cram It says:
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    Do you guys have some sort of auction draft calculator? Like say you wanted to spend 70% on hitting and 30% on pitching, you could plug in how much money you’re allotted, # of roster spots, etc. It would be something you could use during the draft…like if I just spent $40 of my $260 on Goldy, it would recalculate how much money I should have left for offense/SP based on my percentage goal.

    Does this sound insane? :)

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Cram It: Probably something easy enough to do on an Excel spreadsheet or a google spreadsheet that everyone could get a link to.

      Though I’m too lazy to do this myself. I might give it a try this weekend though Cram.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Cram It: The old Excel War Room kept track of how much $$ you had left as well as average remaining per player. Doesn’t seem like it would be a hard thing to add to break it into Off/Pitching. A spreadsheet with your goals and then columns under it for what you paid for guys that subtracted from the total would be pretty easy too. All else fails, the old calculator and notepad would do in a pinch.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: @MattTruss223: Word. Maybe an excel formula rule would work, but I’m savvy/un-lazy enough to work it out myself. Really, I just get so drunk by the 15th round that I lose track of my spending. Art imitating life…

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @Cram It: Ha! hear that

  53. JohnnyBaseball says:
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    In a H2H keeper league that includes the basics + 2B, Walks, and OPS categories. I am torn and trying to decide who to keep Avasial Garcia vs Christian Yelich. If only standard categories counted I would stick with Garcia, but the 2B + Walks makes me lean toward Yelich. Thoughts?

    • Grey

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      Avisail

  54. c0wfunk says:
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    Thanks as always, Grey. I love to compare your rankings to ADPs and ESPN ranks to find where I can take advantage. Got me a 4th round goldschmidt and last round Marte last season..

    You must have hit some new tier in the fantasy baseball Googles, the troll persistence and frequency rates have really shot up this off season with real signs of upside this season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…No problem

  55. c0wfunk says:
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    lemme throw out a “what about this guy” – I’ve heard a few experts mentioning cameron maybin as someone to look at as a bounceback this year. How far did he place out of the top 400? You see any upside at all there?

    • Grey

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      He’s a platoon guy at the bottom of the Padres lineup as of right now… With a Venable or Quentin injury he’d slide into the top 300…

  56. Random Collmenter says:
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    I’ve done a few mock auctions on Yahoo and basically every player in your top 50 is going for WAY more $ than you have listed (except for a few – Pujols, etc.)… do you suggest sitting back and letting people overpay to scoop up deals later, or overpaying for a couple studs? I don’t want to get stuck with no one in the top 30…

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Random Collmenter: Mock auctions are tough to gauge. Always some looney’s driving up the price just because.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hang back…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Random Collmenter:

      try and drive up the price only on guys that you really want .
      that way , you won’t get stuck with someone else’s guys .

  57. Robby D says:
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    Finally I can provide value.

    If no one else is doing it, I’m updating the War room as it’s pretty simple excel stuff. I was going to add functionality to differentiate between ESPN and YAHOO position eligibility.

    Is there anything else on the wishlist of improvements from last year’s war room?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone else has emailed it to me already and they’re going to do it (as of now), so you’re an alternate at this point…

    • Spammer Jay says:
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      @Robby D: Hey Robby, lets collaborate on it. I’m just starting on it now that these rankings are out. jason.loeffler22 (at) gmail.com .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hey, Spammer, someone emailed it to me already and I’m working with it now… Thanks!

        • Spammer Jay says:
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          @Grey: ok no prob. missing data for Casilla at 339.

          • Robby D says:
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            @Spammer Jay: Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I am at work, and I had all the excel projections rolled in and the tiers created on the spreadsheet, but if nothing else, I’ll just work on this for my version of it. I love playing with the rankings and projections anyway and took the war room last year and tweaked the projections to reduce or increase the value as I saw it.

            I will probably leave that to the professionals because I was completely wrong on McCutcheon last year and Pujols, so I’ll just stick to the ones used here.

  58. Hawk says:
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    @Grey

    Any chance of doing a keeper style post? A post where you adjust the rankings based on drafting in a keeper (keep forever, dynasty)league?

    Ex: In a keeper league, you’d definitely take Trout over Cabrera. A lot of the pitcher rankings would change based on being able to keep etc…

    Thanks for all the hard work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keeper rankings coming next week

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        You sir….your stache is not trash.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  59. Jurickselton Primmons says:
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    Dynasty auction league, 6×6 W/ OPS & Holds. Who do I retain? I get 4 Keepers.

    Prince Fielder – $36
    Brandon Belt – $6
    Andrew McCutchen – $38
    Wil Myers – $5 (mmmmmm)
    Jean Segura – $5
    Trevor Rosenthal – $5
    Greg Holland – $6
    Alex Cobb – $9
    Gerrit Cole – $5

    Thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole, McCutchen, Segura, Myers

  60. Jurickselton Primmons says:
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    $300 Auction budget

  61. Nimrod says:
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    Love this site. !st time posting. I’m in a 12 team roto snake draft. Each team will have two infielders at each position, two catchers, five outfielders and ten pitchers, mix and match. Does your strategy stay the same as far as waiting on SP,3B and catchers? Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I wouldn’t wait in 3B, I’d grab one early catcher and wait on pitchers the same way…

  62. Big Al says:
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    Nice to have the Top 400 as a base and guideline to use for my rankings. It’s amazing how people go crazy on comparing the different rankings. There guidelines and tools for you to use. Use the one’s that go with your thinking on rankings. After a few years you see whose rankings make more sense for you, by the results you get in your leagues. Because that’s what really counts in the end. Good work keep up the good work Grey. Enjoy the site.

    • Dead Heads says:
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      @Big Al: I second this post! Rankings aren’t set in stone, and that’s evident by the continuous rankings put out during the season. So just rework or rethink some guys you like better, but overall look at abunch of different rankings and figure out which ones line up with your thinking/strategy. Well said!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed and thanks!

  63. Dead Heads says:
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    Hmm I’m confused, I understand ranking Puig below Braun, but he is projected for 5 more steals and more HR’s and a higher BA. Is this on purpose? Or is he ranked lower because you feel it’s a lot more likely Puig under produces those numbers and Braun is pretty questionable on what he’s going to do but has been consistent for a lot of years?

    I actually think Braun picks up right where he left off, honestly I’m sure he has more than 1 PED supplier so if he’s really that terrible when he’s not on the stuff I would assume he would continue using them…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig has more risk…

      • Dead Heads says:
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        @Grey: Ya it’s scary when someone has more risk than Braun, but it makes sense. Thanks for the clarification, I actually think Braun surprises people this year, and goes back to being the elite fantasy OF we all used to know and love(somewhat).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  64. MattTruss223 says:
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    Wonderful day Grey! Thanks for all your work man!

    Looks like Josmil Pinto got deleted off the list, FYI. Also, Satiago Casilla’s projections are all zeros.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pinto was deleted on purpose… Twins announced he’s not starting…. Will look at Casilla…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey: Doh! Missed that bit of info, thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Casilla is being deleted… I originally had all RPs, then removed ones that didn’t make top 400 (ones not getting lots of saves)…

  65. Monkey Shines says:
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    Hey, someone might have already mentioned this in the comments, but an AL/NL filter would be pretty awesome.

    And thanks for all of this fantastic analysis. The website is top notch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! There will be AL/NL dedicated ones in the coming days…

  66. Sam says:
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    Thanks for the rankings. Which 4 would you keep for 4 yrs in a H2H 5×5 weekly league? Taveras, Springer, Rendon, T. Walker, Gray?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Rendon

      EDITED. Made a typo

  67. SteveNZ says:
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    Congrats on the quantity of traffic.

    Pity about the quality of some it it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Funny to look back on some of those old ranking posts with their 11 comments. And four of those were from me, talking about food.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA… Yup

        • Carnac says:
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          HAHAHA

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: of some *of* it.

  68. BigDeal says:
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    Who do you like more in a dynasty? Chris Tillman or Jered Weaver?

    I think you would say Tillman but not fully sure. You have Weaver rated higher for this season, but his declining velocity is a concern. On the other hand, Tillman pitches in AL East, but is younger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tillman

      • BigDeal says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey. You the man. Hope I can get him to be my 3rd or 4th SP. All your young sleeper SPs that I wanted (Cole, Cobb, Salazar, Gray) were taken too early (#33-80) for my liking

  69. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    2014 Goal:
    Coin a new term for the Razzball glossary centered on the enigma known as Michael Brantley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great idea!

  70. Mike says:
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    As always, your rankings are awesome. Any chance you’ll have a post comparing your rankings to some other ones out there?

  71. Bassfisher says:
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    Keep 5

    Trout
    Hanley
    Braun
    Craig
    Pujols
    Agon
    Desmond
    Mauer
    Lee
    Salazar

    Thanks for the hard work

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go per my rankings…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        huh ?
        where am i supposed to find those ??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re above…

  72. Carnac says:
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    I tried making some Carnac Top 200 rankings last month. It was so, so hard. This list is truly a work of herculean (or sisyphean?) proportions. I tip my turban to you, old friend.

    Question for Grey: are those your auction values?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! They are my auction values…

      • Carnac says:
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        Very cool. Based on a roster/league size?

        Two, small potential troubleshooting spots I noticed: Middlebrooks is $-3 and Cingrani is $14. Both are in a sea of $11 guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          12 team… Will look at Middlebrooks and Cingrani, thanks!

  73. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    Trolling your comment Grey

    Fernando Rodney signs with Mariners. Sorry Farquhar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I gotta remove Farq from the rankings…

      • Carnac says:
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        Dark Carnac wonders if Seattle didn’t sign Rodney for his arm, but rather his knees. His strong, healthy, easily transplantable knees.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If they sign an octopus next, I might wonder too…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ugh, Carnac…I’m just very thankful the ‘hawks won a championship in football. This season is gonna be rough. So much money to maybe reach .500…

          • Carnac says:
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            I know, it could be really bad this summer. On the one hand, that means cheap and available tickets. On the other, having to watch Rodney pitch the 9th. Or any inning ever.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Whatever inning he pitches is the inning I’m getting more beer. I do think they’ll be better this year but still too many holes on offense. And now a hole in the 9th…that we didn’t really have before…

              • Carnac says:
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                That’s what kills me, the 9th inning wasn’t a problem that needed fixing. If you could call the addition of Rodney fixing anything. I guess moneyball is for NorCal… the Mariners play murderball. Because all their players are in wheel chairs. GROAN.

                Just saw: “Mariners ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Cruz”

                Yay!

                How often you make it up to games?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ha! Murderball…I love it.

                  I don’t make it up often at all but want to change all that this summer. It’s on the train line and a quick trip from Eugene, would like to get my wife up there with me a few times but they’d probably be mid-week games. She works weekends. Of course, if you wanna plan a PNW trip with me, I won’t turn you down. We keep threatening to get together, why not at a ball game, eh? You’re in Portland as it is, right?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: this isn’t turning into some strangers on a train thing?….murderball?….Rodney!!!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nah, Sam L is gonna show up. Snakes On A Train, yo!

                  • Carnac says:
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                    Yup, I’m in Portland. Let’s do a PNW trip once all this snow (!) stops.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah…seriously what is this? When did we move to the East side of the mountains and why was I not notified?

                • J-FOH

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                  @Carnac: I did my PNW trip and got stuck in Portland for the night, just missed the Hank the 3rd show and ended up at Dante’s for it was the only place near my hotel that had people with boobs in it.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Smokey:

      great .
      now he’ll get to shoot one of his freakin’ arrows at the aurora borealis .

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Smokey: damn i was this close to betting that’s exactly what would happen, should’ve got down last week.

  74. costaricanchata says:
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    if i seem more cynical than usual ,
    it’s because some commenter (i won’t mention any names)
    stood his ground and refused to trade his mike trout .

    well , at least he’s a man of conviction .
    but that doesn’t really surprise me ,
    since he lives next door to a whole continent of ancestral convicts .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        seriously thought i had him this time around ,
        but he ain’t giving up trout until they’re both old and (ahem) grey .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… You can understand why he wouldn’t give him up since you were the one trying so hard to get him…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @costaricanchata: That guy sounds like an intractable jackass. Surprised anyone would have him in a league.

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @SteveNZ:

        naw .
        he’s a patzer , compared to some of us .

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Steve ESPN is open, could you set up the Original Recipe league with 2 DL slots and 180 starts as the only changes from default? Then put it into the spreadsheet…

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Done. How do I get to the spreadsheet?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I shared it with you… Let me know if you don’t get it…

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: Got it. Think I’ve filled it correctly. Some of the instructions don’t quite match the columns, though…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Great, thanks, Steve!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ah, yeah, Rudy wrote the instructions, will fix…

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @Grey: Typical. All about the data, doesn’t care about the user experience (emoticon)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha! *shakes fist*

  75. Robby D says:
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    We all hate the idea of busting on a top pick. Obviously we use these rankings juxtaposed against ESPN and Yahoo’s rankings. It allows me to generate value by taking a guy like Goldy last year in the 3rd-4th round (after testing it in mock drafts) and get first round value. It cost me on Ruttledge last year, but since I waited until round 20+ something in non-RCL leagues, it didn’t matter, because those are all expendable picks after 20+ and his ADP was like 220 something in ESPN if I remember correctly.

    But is there a term besides a st for picking a player in a specific round and having them bust not due to injury but just because they didn’t live up to the hype.

    For example, if Kershaw returns to a 2.25ish ERA guy with 200+ K’s and all the gravy peripherals, he will be solid fantasy value, but if you picked him 3rd overall and that nets you 20th+ overall fantasy value, he’s still technically a bust for where you picked him.

    Is there already a term for that kind of guy? Specifically not due to injury, but just hype?

    Use in a sentence: “Kershaw’s a stud, but in the first round he’s a _____!”

    Or: “I’m not buying the hype on Hamilton because of his hitting, in the 4th round he’s a _____”

    I was thinking Minedraft. Although after today, I guess a Bill James Special/sleeper may make more sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure on a term, but I think we can do better than your examples…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: paying Retail

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @J-FOH:

          that’s good .

  76. Oppo Taco says:
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    Profar/Boegarts/Ryan Zimmerman, can only keep 1. No prices and can keep forever. Zimmermans first half is usually terrible and I might end up moving him for a draft pick. Too risky relying on one of those youngsters as my final keeper?

  77. J-FOH says:
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    been sick all week and catching up on some TV, have you seen True Detective yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s great… Love Woody… Bit light on plot, but the creator says he doesn’t care about crime procedures, more about character…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Both are good, plot needs more development but it’s really different and keeps the baby’s mama on the hook. Woody’s girlfriend is super hot with a great rack….BONUS!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, score/score/double score on that… I like that it’s more thematic and character driven… The plot is from hunger…

          • J-FOH

            J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I tell you one thing it makes me never want to leave New Orleans if I ever go to Louisiana. My dad told me if I ever go to the south to stay off the back roads, of course he’s the same man that would send me down to Florence and Normandie to work.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Yeah, backwoods there gets scary…

  78. El grande says:
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    I have to choose one of the following players to keep. Who do you recommend Grey:
    Matt carpenter
    Zach Grienke
    Alex Gordon
    Kimbrel
    Chapman
    Gio

    All have 3 years eligibility except Grienke.
    5×5 league with wins, era, whip, sv, Ks
    Hr, RBI, runs, avg, SB

    Thx Grey

    • J-FOH says:
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      @El grande: what else are you keeping?

      • El grande says:
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        @J-FOH: @Grey: other keepers miggie, votto, Freeman’s, and segura. It’s my last keeper Im worried about.

        Does having those others change anything? I’m still leaning gordon/kimbrel

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d lean the same way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon…Don’t love the choices…

      • El grande says:
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        @Grey: other keepers miggie, votto, Freeman’s, and segura. It’s my last keeper Im worried about.

        Thx Grey

  79. Dubbs says:
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    RuggiaNooooooo any thoughts on why he didn’t make the top 400? A question of playing time perhaps?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dubbs: he’s not worth drafting, hit .222 last year, if anything he can be a streamer on an off day in a favorable match-up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a bench bat as of right now

  80. fitz says:
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    I will be wasting my last pick on Grady Sizemore

    • J-FOH says:
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      @fitz: he could be the great zombkneeno

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  81. Milarky says:
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    I’ve read you loud and clear on your preference to wait for pitching. I’m in a league with virtually no waiver claims (2 total) and everyone keeps 2 pitchers. My two keepers are Greinke and Anibal. Given that we can’t stream and that my keepers aren’t the best, do you still follow the same strategy, or are you more likely to prioritize a pitcher earlier than in a ‘normal’ format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have two number ones already… But I have no idea how many teams in your league…

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: 12 team league, and we start 6 SPs.

  82. Joe Mother says:
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    grey!
    Foreva keeper…so, which keeper squad would you rather have? i have one of these 4, and can make deals to get to the other four – rounds you can keep in parenthesis sir. thanks for all you do.

    Tulo (3), Ian Desmond (24), JoFer (27), Gyorko (27)
    or
    JUpton(3), Machado (24), Bogaerts (27), Gyorko (27)

    is desmond too redundant b/c of tulo? orrr

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  83. Clemente says:
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    grey, are you down on machado only for this year? or do you just think he kind of sucks/overrated in general? What im asking is, i have him cheap in my auction league…stick it out or abandon ship while i can get something good

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @Clemente: Grey noted in his 3rd Basemen rankings “Probably would’ve ranked Machado above Wright if he didn’t get hurt going into the offseason. I love Machado like a mother chicken loves her mothereffin’ eggs, but, for this year, I’m passing on him in drafts.” – Thus his injury is scary for 2014. Further, I recently read that Machado said he “may have to relearn to run after having several injuries”. Not sure I remember where i read that, but yeah he has a lot of risk for 2014. Should be fine in the future, but I also read that the O’s are trying to sign Hardy to an extension, so it looks like Macho Man will stay at third…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Count de Monetball: what are the several injuries? i only remember one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, for this year

  84. John says:
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    okay then to trade pagan for boni?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @John: boni isn’t starting as of now (i.e. you should be able to get more in boneface deal)

  85. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    made the deal for goldschmidt .
    sent craig , archer , and felix .

    since we can only keep 10 players ,
    this allows me to retain cano and add cobb to my keepers .
    would rather he have taken trumbo instead of craig , but ,
    an over-pay is an over-pay is an over-pay .

  86. MB says:
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    Which side you want for not just this yr but next three or so?

    Gardner/Des Jennings

    A Jax/Howie K

    The Team getting Howie K only has Ackley at 2B

    Keep everyone forever league

    Thank you

  87. Alex says:
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    Yo Grey, appreciate all the amazing work.

    How would you rank these in a dynasty startup?

    Davis
    Votto
    Hanley
    Braun
    E5
    Longo
    Cano
    Prince
    Gomez
    Stanton
    Puig

    Gracias

  88. J-FOH says:
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    RCL’s!

  89. RicoSuave says:
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    Can this list be applied to H2H , points format? if not, what is the difference? or what changes could I make?
    Thanks in advance

  90. Nate says:
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    Hey Grey, I appreciate your work as always and love your rankings… I also really liked your starting blurb about how much latitude there is and when… would you consider doing a post on how far you’re willing to “reach”.

    I mean clearly you have Gyorko/Cobb/Teheran etc alot higher than most ESPN/Yahoo lists, which means that’s where the value is… but where would you plan on drafting, let’s say Gyorko. You have him ranked 88th, and yahoo has him at 177 – if you draft him at 88 you don’t necessarily get “value” on him, you’re just making the right pick… would you wait until 120-140 when you’re in danger of losing them to another keener?

    Last year I relied heavily on your rankings (which helped, so thanks) and I reached for Machado, Harvey, Moore and Ike Davis … 2 worked out great, 1 was on par and one was a bad investment… overall win. But as I looked back i couldn’t help but wonder did I reach too early… could I have waited an extra round or two…

    Thoughts? (For Grey and others if you’ve created any rules for this sort of thing)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Nate: in ron shandler’s this year (baseball forecaster) there is a GREAT formula that you can plug into excel (i need to learn excel) wherein you figure out a player’s ADP, when he was drafted first to find out his standard deviation. from there you can find out what likelihood a player is able to be drafted at. So you could find out how likely you could get Gyorko, at say, 120th, or 140th. then simply grab him at whatever reasonable spot you’re willing to gamble at.

  91. yerg kcuf says:
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    I would have flip flopped danny espinosa and brandon crawford…but thats just me

  92. Bassfisher says:
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    Regarding Sonny Gray Grey

    I want to go to Colorado on/with him as much as you do but I am hesitant after looking at his opponents when he started.

    Houston twice
    Seattle twice
    Minnesota twice
    Tampa bay
    Angles
    Baltimore- probably strongest of the 10 and gave up 6 in 3.1
    Toronto

    No tigers, rangers, Red Sox, Yankees
    Angles mariners rangers within division will have better lineups
    Road era and whip were unrespectable 3.86 and 1.41, respectively

    I just don’t have the sac to believe in him as much due to those facts… Cause for concern?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Bassfisher: ubaldo’s schedule at end of year was even easier (just to bring up similar point to anyone claiming ubaldo “learned something”, or “remembered something” in last 2 or so months of last year)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s he facing in his first start?

      • Bassfisher says:
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        @Grey: Cleveland or Seattle’s improved lineup

  93. tank1 says:
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    Keeper question. I have the following options in 11 team 6×6 mixed league. I can keep 5 guys. Their draft rounds are listed in parentheses. Thanks.

    M. Cabrera (1)
    A. Jones (5)
    C. Davis (9)
    H. Bailey (14)
    Y. Molina (20)
    A. Hill (23)
    B. Hamilton (24)
    D. Salazer (25)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy, A. Jones, Davis, Hamilton, Bailey

  94. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    I know you hate keeper questions, so I’m going to use up my 2014 allotment and just get it over with so we can move on to debating why Xander Bogaerts is ranked #276. I’m in a long term 10-team league where you keep six players (at least two pitchers and two hitters). I have a good problem, in that I have too many guys to decide between and will more than likely trade a couple of them away for upgrades and/or draft picks, but as it stands, which six would you keep out of the following group:

    Hitters (pick 4)- McCutcheon, Fielder, Cano, Puig, Beltre, Han-Ram and Marte.
    Pitchers (pick 2)- Price, Gonzalez, Liriano, Bailey, Zimmerman and Weaver.

    I’m going to be throwing the vast majority of these guys into the draft, so their fetching price with my competitors has deflated, but I do have two offers I’m mulling over. First, Fielder, Han-Ram and Gio Gonzalez for Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Sale. Second, Han-Ram and Gio Gonzalez for Max Scherzer.

    Your opinion on the aforementioned and/or ideas on other trades, as always, is much appreciated.

    Your my boy, Blue.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You do have too many guys… Here’s 6: McCutchen, Fielder, Cano, Puig… Gio, Price… The 2nd trade sounds good…

  95. Matt says:
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    I’m in a 15 man weekly roto league, (6×6, OBP league) must draft 2 of every IF spot (C,1b,2b,3b,ss), 4 OF, 5 SP, 3 RP, $300 auction budget, must keep 10 keepers, active roster 1 C,1b,2b,3b,,ss,CI,MI, 3OF,5SP, 3RP and my keepers are looking like $13 J.Lucroy, $13 Mark Tex, $9 Matt Carpenter, $1 Machado, $6 Alcides Escobar, $6 Puig, $15 Carlos Gomez, $26 Choo, $6 Beachy, do you suggest I adhere to the $70/$30 split for hitters, try and craft a Murderer’s Row, or try and make my team balanced? (Top pitchers like Waino, Stras, Sale, J-Fernandez, Cole, Wacha, Iwakuma, Medlen, Price are kept and I don’t really feel like spending $40 or more on Kershaw or a declining Verlander). Thanks again for all your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Make your team balanced

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, so spending $35+ for a Kershaw/Felix/Darvish type would be a necessity in my case?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  96. Micah Stupak says:
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    Man, dilemma. Check this:

    20 team, $260 budget, 5×5, and the only stat change that matters for our needs is K goes to K/9 and it’s not Sv but Sv+Hd

    I’ve got my keepers looking great*, but the end of pitching is a head-scratcher. I’m keeping Scherzer ($28), Fister ($12) and Teheran ($1). I can only keep one of Porcello ($6), Masterson ($7), and Kluber ($1). What to do? I am inclined towards Porcello for immediate upside, as I think the upgraded Detroit defense will be awesome for him, but Kluber is cheaper and maybe better in the long run.

    * R/RBI/SB/OBP/SLG: my batters are fantastic: W Rosario, Goldy, E Cabrera, Beltre, Pence, Heyward, C Carter. All for $143.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is fine already… Keep Kluber…

      • Micah Stupak says:
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        @Grey: Great, thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  97. Mevs says:
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    Prince still in the top 10? C’mon, go out on a limb. He’s not finishing in the top 10 this season. This isn’t as bad as Rotoworld or anything but you’re being too safe with a lot of this IMO.

  98. Mike B says:
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    Dearest Grey, I have a groupon discount for jamba juice with your name on it if you can shed a little more light on your Hamels ranking. My apologies if that’s been touched on already. I did my best to read through the majority of comments, but I only got through the first million(they say that’s the hardest). I understand he had a terrible start last year and has a slight downward trend in numbers, but he seemed to stabilize and has been solid for a few years in most categories. I am in QS leagues, so I understand if the wins are an issue given the phils offense. Ranking at 35 among starters and 126 overall strikes me as a strong do not draft from you. Fun to see the tiers and overall rankings. Thanks for all the hard work and insight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wrote an overrated post on Hamels specifically, and I’ll post it in the next week or so…

      • Mike B says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  99. Phil says:
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    I’m assuming it’s a mistake but you have Tanaka in your Top 40 SP but not your top 400 players? Where should he be on this list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s weird, I’ll correct it… He’s listed at 104 on my 400…I’ll need to ping Rudy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: It’s fixed, thanks for pointing it out!

  100. Jose Can't I See? says:
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    Looks like Jose Abreu is AWOL at #63.

    • Jose Can't I See? says:
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      @Jose Can’t I See?:

      Also, there is no #240. It could be that there is no #240 in the number system and I just hadn’t noticed. If so, please disregard.

  101. Jason says:
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    If WHIP was not a concern. How different would your rankings be? I play in a league where we do not count WHIP.

  102. Chis says:
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    Just discovered your site today and have burnt 6 hours already! Thanks for the great work. Noticed # 62 and 102 are missing – player deleted or just misnumbered?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! Due to international players not having ‘player pages’ we’ve been having problems with them getting deleted… 62 is Abreu and 102 is Tanaka… We’re gonna try to add them back in again…

    • Chis says:
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      @Chis: also 240.

      • Chis says:
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        @Chis: And I see this was answered a few posts above…..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was fixed…

  103. RicoSuave says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Wow, this is a lot of work man! AWESOME work…
    I’ve enjoyed your projections and player write-ups and I’ve learned and enjoyed the great articles.
    I need your help though, I’m in a 14 team H2H points league C/1B/2B/SS/3B/3 OF/5 SP/2 RP(closers) / 5 Bench players, based on my league setup and your players projections what changes do you think I should make when it comes to draft day?
    Thanks a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I wouldn’t change anything per se, I’d just make sure which guys to focus on at any given moment… You should have one ace, one Cole tier pitcher and follow my pairings just leaving off a guy at the end… Hitters are a bit shallower in your league… 14 team, 3 OF, isn’t really that different than 12 team 5 OF though…

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