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Today we go over the top 80 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball, which comes after we went over the top 60 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball, which came after the top 40 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball which followed the top 20 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball.  Link dump!  Tomorrow we hit the 80-100 best outfielders then on to the top 100 starters.  It’s the best day of your life because I’m bestowing on you wonderful like your father never did.  Don’t ask me to go see you play Little League though, that’s not happening.  As always, my tiers and projections are noted and all of the 2014 fantasy baseball rankings are there.  Where?  There.  Dur.  Anyway, here’s the top 80 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball:

61. Nick Swisher – This tier started in the top 60 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball.  This tier ends at Willingham.  I called this tier, “If drafting any of these guys gives you an erection for longer than four hours, seek medical attention.”  Went over Swisher already in the top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

62. Josh Willingham -  It’s no accident these guys are in the alluding-to-Viagra tier.  These guys are as old as the leftover pasta in your fridge, and about as moldy.  I suppose a Zombino year could come from any of the guys in this tier, but I’d prefer to look for one from a player who’s not on one of the worst offensive teams or playing his home games in a stadium that has Homerfree in its name.  2014 Projections:  62/20/70/.241/2

63. Michael Bourn – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Eric Young.  I call this tier, “SAGNOF!”  Doesn’t feel like that long ago that Bourn was a 60+ steal guy.  Those days are in the rear view mirror and only appear closer than they are.  His career is not on a roll like Cottonelle, but it has turned to shizz.  Mmhmm.  2014 Projections: 89/5/53/.269/30

64. Rajai Davis – When Rajai, the King of SAGNOF, signed on with the Tigers, he visited Detroit for the first time with his royal court, Anthony Gose, Jarrod Dyson and Juan Pierre.  They were instructed to inspect the city.  Juan Pierre wiped his finger along a homeless man’s forehead.  While histrionically acting appalled by the dirt left on his finger, Pierre was pick-pocketed.  Gose went to a looting where people were running off with televisions.  Dyson went to the 8 Mile strip club, The Booby Trap, and lost his lunch.  He didn’t vomit, but someone tapped him on his left shoulder and stole his lunch from the right side.  When Rajai heard about this, he knew he had to be in Detroit.  What better place than somewhere that theft is that prevalent.  2014 Projections: 59/4/28/.266/39

65. Ben Revere – In 1400 career plate appearances, he still hasn’t hit a home run.  No wonder he didn’t get the part.  2014 Projections: 72/0/28/.291/31

66. Denard Span – Last year, Span hit out of the seven hole 45 times and that was with the Nationals trying desperately to get healthy.  This year, I imagine he’ll be slotted down at the bottom of the order more times than he’s not, which will hurt his second best asset with the runs.  For those that found us by Googling, “best ass with the runs.”  You’re sick!  2014 Projections: 64/4/51/.276/20

67. Eric Young – As he did in Colorado, Eric Young arrived at his new team in New York, immediately slept with the manager’s wife and is now relegated once again to a backup role.  I empathize with EY on this.  Cougars are hard to resist.  Between Lagares and Krispie Young being platooned out and Grandy getting hurt, EY should still see 350 ABs, which would be his 2nd highest total in career.  2014 Projections:  55/2/25/.252/31

68. Chris Carter – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Ibanez.  I call this tier, “Some slight upside from my projections, some big downside too.”  Went over him already in the top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

69. Colby Rasmus – Picture this:  the Blue Jays actually get huge production from Lawrie and Rasmus after so many years of promise.  With their luck, Edwin, Reyes and Bautista will probably get hurt on Opening Day.  That’s not implausible but also not completely fair.  Rasmus wasn’t bad last year — 22 homers, .276 average.  Yet, he was still a guy that went on and off waivers all year.  A repeat of last year is respectable but also not exactly terrific.  Oh, and last year he had a .356 BABIP, so there’s a chance Rasmus reverts back to a guy no one wants.  And for everyone that went crazy in the comments for my first two outfielder posts asking where Domonic Brown was, how different is Rasmus from Brown?  Not to answer, but to question oneself.  2014 Projections:  62/24/73/.251/3

70. Daniel Nava – Went over him already in the top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

71. Michael Morse – When he signed with the Giants, here’s what I said, “Imagine the dreams Sabean has about being able to play a guy at DH.  He’d probably inquire about getting Mickey Mantle out of retirement and from being dead.  Even without the lure of being able to put a brittle, unable-to-stay-healthy guy at DH, Sabean had no problems going after Morse.  The Giants announced they were moving in the fences eight inches.  Not to help offense, but to add more padding.  Oh, who am I kidding?  Morse won’t ever get near a fence when tracking a fly ball.  He’ll pull a hammy about fifty feet from the nearest fence and collapse into the womb position.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2014 Projections:  57/18/66/.267

72. Evan Gattis – Went over him already in the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.

73. Kelly Johnson – Went over him already in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

74. Raul Ibanez – When he signed with the Angels, here’s what I said, “The Eñe has landed as he signed with the Angels.  Bit of a quagmire started with this signing that could affect whether or not Tanaka signs with the Angels.  See, the Angels management team asked Arte Moreno for $2.75 million for Ibanez and Arte Paypal’d them over the money, which totally flipped out Tabatha, his daughter, because that was her manicure money.  Now, how is she going to tip the Asian lady?  If that gets out, Tanaka won’t sign with the Angels.  Ibanez’s 2013 is the best case scenario for all the guys in this tier and his 2012 is the worst case scenario.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Oh, and I guess the news of stiffing the manicurist did get out.  2014 Projections: 55/19/63/.235

75. Oswaldo Arcia – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 100 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball.  This tier I call, “Grey’s upsides yo’ head.”  In five outfielder leagues, this about where you are with your fifth outfielder-slash-utility man.  In some leagues, we’re already at players that won’t be drafted.  I tell you this to say it’s now you go for full-on upside.  If you grab a guy like Ryan Ludwick for your fifth outfield slot, you may as well quit your league and start knitting yarn balls for where your testicles once were.  You grab an upside guy and, if he doesn’t pan out in the first few weeks, you can always grab a guy like Ryan Ludwick off of waivers when he’s hitting.  The reality is you’re gonna be dropping the guy you draft here in 12-team leagues.  Probably within ten days of the season starting, maybe before the season starts.  As for Arcia, he could hit 30 homers (in any park but Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome).  In Minny, he’ll need to slip pitchers a Mickey.  Bam!  And the pun of the year award goes to…Grey Albright!  (Word about the projections in this tier.  They’re very optimistic; what fun is it being realistic with upside?)  2014 Projections:  61/22/71/.242/3

76. Marcell Ozuna – Here’s the part in our program where we get excited about a Marlins hitter.  *struggling to hit the caps lock button*  YAY.  DAH, I CAN’T JUSTIFY THIS LEVEL OF ENTHUSIASM.  UGH, HOLD ON A SECOND.  There that’s better.  Ozuna showed 20+ homer power in the minor leagues and he’ll have as much rope as he needs to hang himself.  My apologies to Michael Hutchenson fans.  2014 Projections:  53/17/60/.258/9

77. George Springer – I already went over my George Springer fantasy.  It goes well with rye bread.  2014 Projections:  52/19/71/.254/22

78. Alex Presley – Hey, prematurely balding man, come sit on my lap and ask me anything you want.  Prematurely Balding Man, “Okay…Hehe…Your mustache tickles.  Why are the upside outfielders so yawnstipating?”  Because they’re on the Twins, Marlins and Astros.  Unlike most of the guys in this tier, Presley is less exciting, but has more a chance to actually give you a return on an investment and reach his projections.  He is in a place where there’s little to no competition for at least a month.  Aaron Hicks could pressure him later on if Presley fails to do anything in April, then Byron Buxton will pressure him in September, but for now Presley should have the leadoff spot all to himself.  It feels like the kind of situation where Presley can give you Adam Eaton-expected numbers for less cost.  UPDATE:  Lose starting job to Aaron Hicks.  I.e., Presley has left the building.  2014 Projections:  77/9/43/.271/20

79. Oscar Taveras – The Cardinals blocked him once again and for those of you who think it’s only a matter of time, the Cardinals organization likes to win and they do just fine with guys like Jon Jay and Sugar Shane Robinson.  I already went over my Oscar Taveras fantasy.  It was written before the Bourjos acquisition, but everything still holds since I never thought Taveras would get more than 300 ABs.  2014 Projections:  42/10/32/.288/8

80. Nick Castellanos – I’m gonna write a post dedicated to Castellanos, but it won’t be one of those posts where I rave about how awesome he is, but one of those posts where I rave about how meh-with-a-chance-for-more he is.  Meh-with-a-chance-for-more player posts always go over well.  Maybe I’ll post it the day before the season starts, so I can tell you in June that I wrote a preseason post about him while still not giving anyone a chance to read what I wrote prior to the season starting.  I’m like a landscape architect with my hedges!  2014 Projections:  61/13/69/.266/4

224 Responses

  1. Marti says:
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    10 team roto keeper league…unlimited keepers and they go up by 5 each year…please rank the following keepers. Can keep as many years as we want. 260 budget.

    Dom brown 11
    Arena do 6
    G Cole 9
    wainwright 16

    • Not sure what your cap is, and maybe you’d rather hear Grey’s sexpertise, but I’ll chime: Wainright, Cole, Arenado, Brown.
      If ‘Nado is stronger, he’ll be very startable throughout. Just think Cole and ‘Right will get you what you need, the other 2 a little furhter down the fantasy food chain.

      Grey will probably tell you to drop Brown in the toilet(pun intended)

      • Dave says:
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        Dom.Brown for $4 or Heyward for $21? Are either worth keeping? Cap 360, 33 rostered.

        • I think brown on the cheap is smarter. Make no mistake, I think Dom Brown is a #3 OF. But, when others are rollin out DeAza, Fowler, AJax or SAGNOF’s in their 3 spot, I think you have a better trio than other teams.
          What if Dom Brown goes 90/25/90/10? That’s a great 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marti: Just keep them all…

      • Marti says:
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        I can’t keep them all..that’s why I asked u to rank them plus it’s nl only

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Wainwright, Cole, Arenado

        • Kyle H says:
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          @Marti: Well you did say unlimited keepers..

  2. John says:
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    Had to go there with Detroit eh? Hilarious!

      • Jacob says:
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        Go eat a bag of dicks. In reference to your Detroit comments.

        • Count de Monetball says:
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          @Jacob: Lighten up Francis

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Count de Monetball: is it common for street urchins to make people eat dicks in DET as well… eh Jake. Couldn’t say that about Chinatown.

            • Robby D says:
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              @goodfold2:

              Are they selling them by the bag now. Is that as Costco or Sam’s Club. May have to hop down there and check it out.

  3. Willy says:
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    I’m in a salary based keeper… Traded away harper and minor for a jones and kershaw… How did i do? I think long term i will lose, but this really improves my chances of taking it down this year. Kershaw is likely a 1 year rental, as i can’t see myself keeping him when he’s at 33 mil.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Willy: Sounds solid

  4. How different is Rasmus from Brown?

    Brown is 26, 27 in Sept. Rasmus 27, 28 in August. Rasmus NEVER hit above 23 HR. Brown hit 27 in his first real gig. Brown made adjustments to his swing, and it looks good!(with better results!). Rasmus is a rich white kid who doesn’t change anything daddy taught him, thus his patchy at best relationship with his team. Browns K rate, 20% to Rasmus 32%. Brown was injured for a good chunk AFTER his HR fest eary in the year, AND, started to draw more walks after his HR tear(although, his walk rate cannot be celebrated). You draft Rasmus as your number 3, I’ll draft Brown. I will wait till Friday to cash your check, SON!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Smokeythebear: Well he DOES have Brown ranked nearly 30 spots higher

      • Right, but he does say, “how are they different”? I was just coming up with my own answer. I think LaRussa hated Rasmus because he was stubborn. Brown seems coachable, and I think if Rasmus had IMPROVED over the last 5 years, you could think differntly, but Dom got a chance to play regularly, and I think he showed that potential that made him a top prospect. People can be so quick to hate the guys who don’t put it together until 25 or 26, but that’s reality. People fishin for the next Trout might be sittin in the bottom of their boat for a while.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Smokeythebear: And they’re around 100 spots different in my top 400… They’re different, they just may not end up that different…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: only difference between Rasmus and Kenny Powers attitude while Rasmus was with STL was that Rasmus did listen to exactly one person, his father.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • They may not end up that different:

        3 players rotochamp projections(used this for their conservative approach)
        AB R HR RBI SB AVG
        520 86 23 70 11 .269
        516 69 24 77 8 .264
        355 64 21 64 3 .251
        Hint: 2 of those players projections are Rasmus and Dom. Can you guess the other one? (top). Just sayin, “his stats may be similar” to a generalized top player(top of this list) as well as a dumpster diver(Rasmus)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure why they would end up that different, they didn’t last year for Brown’s ‘breakout’ year and Rasmus’s ‘whatever’ year…

          • Top plyaer is Justin Upton. We’ll have to agree to dis, just thinking Rasmus and Jupton have had a good taste of big league pitching where Brown is kinda getting started. Not taking him as my #1 though, and to follow suit, hoping Jupton isn’t my #1 either.

            Dom Brown/Justin Upton/Colby Rasums-Off. It’s ON!

        • Sorry, that should be 455 for the last players’ AB’s…it’s Rasmus.. I would hate to be trapped in a room with Rasmus and Travis Snider and Hunter Pence, it would feel like I walked into a room full of pedophiles. Sorry, they just have that look.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Smokeythebear: I’m guessing Rasmus is the bottom since it would support your argument. But you’re using projections from another website. CBS projects him for 78/24/80. The point here is that Rasmus and Brown COULD end up with the same #’s. Low 20 HR’s, mid 70′s RBI.

          • They could…as could Justin Upton and Dom Brown. That’s my point. I have burried my point in a pile of imaginary dirt…I take nap now. Sorry :) Maybe I should just marry Dom Brown, it’s legal here :)Wait, I’m white..I need to look into bi-racial gay marriage…that one could be up in the air still :)

            • Last comment on Upton/Brown:

              CBS projections
              AB R HR RBI SB AVG
              JUp 575 100 28 77 9 .273
              Dom 520 74 29 91 7 .290

              Do I think Dom Brown hits .290? Maybe…in May.

              • So, honda according to CBS, IF they have the same amount of AB’s, I’m gonna get a better avg, more RBI and HR’s from Brown, same SB’s, at a cheaper cost. Also, I pick Rasmus in the 25th round because I think he’s going to break out this year, and by break out I mean, more pimples.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                CBS has the worst rankings/projections…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That isn’t subjective either… They literally have the worst

            • Cram It says:
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              @Smokeythebear: There’s no shame in falling in love with a certain player that others don’t agree with. I still think Heyward will put up top 10 OF #’s if he plays a full year. I don’t need to justify it with projections :) Not many players are immune to having a year on either side of the spectrum. Best you can do is use a little bit of judiciousness and a little bit of your gut when drafting.

              • gareth says:
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                Agree on heyward. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong with him last year. Health permitting, he’s a 30 / 20 guy with decent average. Not many of those around.

              • costaricanchata says:
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                @Cram It:

                amen .

              • Prez says:
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                @Cram It: “YOU AINT GOT THE ANSWERS SWAY!!”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, Prez!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Prez: I just watched the interview again… I might have to use that this year… You ain’t got the answers Grey!

                  • Prez says:
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                    Grey- i got questions y’all!

                    Random italicized voice- you aint got the answers grey!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA

  5. Q says:
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    Which tier is Castellanos in for 3rd basemen? (where he will likely be the starter, if what I’m reading is correct)

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Q: There are enough better/quality players at 3b that you shouldn’t use him as your starter. He’ll probably go undrafted unless he hits like .500 in the Spring or you’re in a very deep league.

      • Q says:
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        @The Thumb:

        Likely agree. It’s a keeper league though, so wondering about him as a backup/cheap keeper. I have Beltre to start, but long in the tooth, so wouldn’t mind holding onto a $1 guy with some future possibilities

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: He doesn’t have 3rd base eligibility yet… He’s around Davidson overall…

  6. Jay

    Jay says:
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    This list needs more Denorfia.

    Haha, just kidding. I think. My Padres goggles are always so smudgy…

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jay: This is Kyle Blanks’ year! At least I thinkg he’s still on the team/in the majors….

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Cram It: always a good hair day for him. Living the dream…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Ha

  7. Hawk says:
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    @Grey – Do you watch those MLB “Top 10 right now” shows?

    According to MLB Network, Daniel Nava – #7 Left Fielder right now. That means according to MLB there are 22 Left Fielders worse than Nava.

    I find this hard (that’s what she said!) to believe.

    • Simps says:
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      @Hawk:

      Did MLB have him as 7 or was that Bill James (known Sox Homer)?

      • Hawk says:
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        @Simps:

        Nope. It was not Bill James. It was their computer “the Shredder”

        Clearly programmed by Brian Kenny / Bill James. Garbage in, Garbage out it seems.

    • Papajeansegura says:
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      @Hawk: I think he’s solid no one else believes me haha! yea I don’t think number 7 though… Is he a good fielder though? Maybe they take that into account?

      • Hawk says:
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        @Papajeansegura:

        They definitely take defense into account but I’ve seen Nava play. I find it hard to believe that his combo of Offense + Defense is better than 22 other left fielders.

        The same computer put Joe Mauer ahead of Chris Davis at 1b “right now”.

        It’s a crock.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Papajeansegura: they do, heavily…and WAR…

        • Hawk says:
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          @Wake Up:

          Well, Nava’s offense is yawnstipating And his dWar was in the neagtives. I’m not sure how that adds up to “better than 2/3 of the rest of baseball”

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Hawk: Agreed. Not a fan of their rankings. Not useful for FBB at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: That does seem hard to believe…

  8. rotorankers.tumblr.com says:
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    Woof!

  9. Colin says:
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    Grey – would you deal Cargo @ $47 salary for Marte @ $9 salary in a $260 nl-only? Cargo’s injuries just keep mounting and worry me. The hernia was just the latest and I’m worried that finger can flare up.

    • I would. I like savin salary space, especially if I’m getting production back, as opposed to prospects. Is there any reason to think marte won’t produce? Especially in roto leagues? I like to think, what else could I get for that $38? It might not be another CarGo, but I gotta think there’s a damn good player at that price(unless you have a $1000 cap and players like Leonys Martin go for $39).

      • Colin says:
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        @Smokeythebear: totally right Smokey. I could get two solid pitchers with that extra $38. I just have to hope Marte cuts down on that walk:strikeout ratio.

  10. Count de Monetball says:
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    Grey, only you could make reading about the 61-80 ranked outfielders entertaining. By the way, I think I can actually hear Snafu Larry crying about your ranking of Michael Bourn.

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @Count de Monetball: Bourne, Ajax, Revere … Sagnofs with an avg. let’s call them sagtits. Yeah, they’re tits, but look at them sag to their downside floor….

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        @Yeshcheese: Ha!

  11. E says:
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    Would you keep Rizzo in the last round (round 27) for 1 year, or Starling Marte in the 15th round for 2 years?

    Trout and Harper are my other keepers if that makes a difference, each of them has to go back in the pool after this year with Rizzo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @E: Rizzo

  12. Simps says:
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    Hey Grey, did you see the mothership’s article on Sano? He claims he will hit 45-55 homers and take 125-150 walks….

    Just re-read your post on him back in October. Do you like him to make the club out of Spring?

    • Sorry folks, I’m posing as Grey until he wakes up. Sano won’t make the club out of spring(I had dinner with Twins GM Terry Ryan last night).
      His K rate right now and rawness at 3rd needs refinement. A Midseason call up would be unlikely as well, FYI.

      • To clarify that, I had dinner with 2 friends of mine, who are twins, named Terry and Ryan, and they work at General Mills here in MN.

      • Simps says:
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        @Sky:

        yea I posted it here, because I thought it was funny.

        But I wanted to see if anyone thought he could make the roster out of ST

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I assumed you enjoyed the humor and just wanted to share. These baseball players say the darndest things.

      • Al lydon says:
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        @Sky: If Khan is the baseball god. Kemp got the wrath of Khan. He went from 50-50 to Iffy-Iffy at having even a decent season in his prime.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He got the wrath of the nunchucks, yo!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Simps: and Braun still claims that he didn’t take PEDs for his herpes…

      And, Madonna still claims she was born a woman…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simps: I don’t read ESPN… Sano should’ve just said he could hit 70 homers and cure cancer with a drop of Witch Hazel and one of his eyelashes…

  13. aethomp1 says:
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    Anyone have any idea how or where to watch any winterball games? No baseball is killing me.

  14. MattH says:
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    Awesome write-up, Grey. Keep up the good work!

  15. The Unchosen says:
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    80 deep and still lots of marginally useful OFs left that match up decently with the last 20-30 (e.g. Ethier, Markakis, Melky, Pagan, Reddick etc.). Seems like OF is a mile wide and ankle deep. Once you get through that top 30 the deltas between tiers don’t look very drastic.

    In a 12 team mixed league would a good strategy be to draft 3 good ones before say round 10 and then fill other needs before hunting for your 4th-7th OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Unchosen: Yeah, good point… Not a huge difference between 60 and 90… Yup…

  16. Doug says:
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    6 Person keeper league- Points league- Have to choose from the guys below- Any thoughts- Really conflicted with Matt Kemp or Gino Stanton. I am leaning Votto, Bautista, Braun, Stanton, Jansen, Pujols. I was going to keep Kemp but not being ready for opening day seems to be a big risk on a guy always hurt.

    Pitchers tend to be the highest scorers in the league that is why Jansen and Medlen intrigue me. I really like Medlen and could slot him as a keeper over Pujols, but he seemed average last year. Not really thinking of keeping Molina, Zimmerman, Hamilton, or Phillips but listed them because they will get drafted high.

    Joey Votto
    Jose Bautista
    Ryan Braun
    Albert Pujols
    Matt Kemp
    Gi. Stanton
    B.Phillips
    Y.Molina
    R.Zimmerman
    J.Hamilton

    Lester
    Medlen
    Liriano
    k. Jansen

    To give you an idea on scoring here are last years top players and points:
    Hitter-
    M.Cabrera 590- 3rd base
    M.Trout 587-OF
    P.Goldschmidt 540 – 1st base
    R.Cano 498- 2nd
    C.Santana- 386- Catcher
    E.Andrus- 406- SS

    Pitchers
    Kershaw 821
    Scherzer 796
    Wainright 791

    Closers
    Kimbrell 733
    Holland 707
    Nathan 663

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doug: Votto, Bautista, Braun, Stanton, Jansen, Pujols makes sense

      • Doug says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you Grey, best fantasy baseball site and always appreciate the feedback.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  17. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    good line this: I’m like a landscape architect with my hedges!

  18. Wake Up says:
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    *Byron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: That’s gonna keep getting me over and over…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: and I’ll be here reading every word with baited breath…hence, the halitosis…

        see the “Same Love” performance from last night?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          re: Same Love — Yeah, was just writing about it for tomorrow’s post… I like Macklemore and Lewis a lot…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Nice…I liked them back before they were big…kidding…

            Yeah, great song…great performance…stole the show!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, well, I knew him in high school! I do feel bad for calling him gay then…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: at least he kept his room “straight…”

  19. Wake Up says:
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    Keeper league
    Keep for the next 3 years
    Rizzo or Freeman?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Wake Up: Floor vs ceiling. For me that would depend on the makeup of the rest of my keepers. If Rizzo is my only upside play, I’d stay the course with him but if not, Freeman for stability.

      Signed,

      Your Foggot

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Sky: My other two keepers are Ellsbury and Sale…

        Ha!…that is my favorite one…few things more satisfying than brutalizing backwards hillbillies!

        PS Dont bothering replying back to me again becasue I wont read it.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Wake Up: I like bothering doe

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Sky: I said I wont fucking read it or reply, fog…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Sky: and please return that picture that I emailed to you…I need it back…

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              does it need 7 legs or 8?

              XOXO,

              Your Biggest Foggot

        • Prez says:
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          Haha, now now children…

    • Michael says:
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      @Wake Up:

      Freeman for Sure….

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, and everyone else

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wake Up: It’s not close for me. I’m all in with Freeman and I take him everyday of the week over Rizzo. I like Freeman more than most and Rizzo less than most. I think he’s more of a poor man’s Ryan Klesko. And Klesko was drafted higher.

  20. rodg12 says:
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    Any sort of an ETA on the Top 100 and 400 lists good sir?

      • rodg12 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!! Looking forward to seeing everything come together in those lists.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  21. Michael says:
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    Dear Grey:
    thanks for the rankings postings. Every day I love coming to your blog to look for a new update! I have a keeper question for you and the rest of the readers here.

    My league has a player rater budget of 52 and max of 7 keepers. I am keeping Jones, Harper and Goldy for a total value of 42.81 leaving me with 9.19 budget points and 4 guys to choose from on my team. I am going to list them out and see what you and the commenter prefer I keep.

    Zobrist 6.92
    Morales 7.12
    Granderson 1
    Teixeira 1
    Hart 1
    Prado 6.03
    McCann 3.57
    Yan Gomes 3.57
    Gattis 2.54
    Samardzija 4.15
    Wacha 2.1
    Kluber 5.29
    Garza 4.64
    Niese 1.34
    Utley 8.27

    I am leaning towards keeping either Zobrist plus 2 one point keepers in Tex and Hart or keeping McCann and Wacha with Tex and Hart. Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Michael: Thanks! Gattis, Wacha, Hart

      • Michael says:
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        @Grey:

        I think that you are missing a guy because that leaves 3.55 remaining and 1 more open spot to keep a guy. Don’t you have McCann over Gattis in your rankings though? Maybe I confused you sorry. Total Remaining is 9.19 to max out with up to 4 guys.
        I was thinking of keeping Zobrist, Hart and Tex for 8.92 points or Wacha, Hart, Teix and McCann for 7.67.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I snuck Gattis in because his price was better, but I see there was extra money for McCann anyway… I’d go with Wacha, Hart, Teix and McCann… Don’t think Zobrist is worth leaving off an extra player…

  22. A-Ram Baller says:
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    5 Player Keeper League who should I go with out of these guys?

    Napoli
    B. Phillips
    E. Encarnacion
    M. Holliday
    Puig
    Trumbo
    Cespedes
    D. Wright
    Profar
    Starlin Castro
    David Price
    Jordan Zimmerman
    Ryu
    Bartolo Colon

    • Michael says:
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      @A-Ram Baller:

      I would go with Puig, Wright, Price, Encarnacion for sure and Cespedes or Holliday for that last spot.

  23. Jon says:
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    What pitching price would you pay for either Heyward or Cespedes?

    Have JZimm, Bailey, Cobb, Cashner, Medlen, Masterson, Alex Wood, Jansen to deal from…

    H2H 5×5 keep forever league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them

  24. JoeyBelle says:
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    Understandable that mclouth drop out of the top 100, since hes now a 4th OF, but how many ABs do you think he will get?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In the 300 range…

  25. Max says:
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    For a keeper league, would u rather heyward or buxton. I don’t mind waiting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  26. Max says:
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    For a keeper league, would u rather heyward or buxton. I don’t mind waiting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: how come my double questions not get double answers. i got trust issues! RE: answer to question above REALLY!?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  27. Bormy35 says:
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    @Grey Hi Grey, wondering if you could provide some help with a keeper. In a 10 team, H2H, auction draft $260 per team. Need to pick 4 keepers, values listed below. Am thinking Goldschmidt, Jones, Davis for sure. Need to pick a 4th, leaning towards Gyorko, but wondering what you thought. Thanks!

    Paul Goldschmidt – $28
    Adam Jones – $29
    Max Scherzer – $20
    Carlos Gomez – $13
    Chris Davis – $7
    Xander Bogaerts -$5
    Avisail Garcia – $5
    Jedd Gyorko – $5
    Wilson Ramos – $5
    Chris Archer – $5
    Sonny Gray – $5
    Shelby Miller – $5

    • Michael says:
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      @Bormy35:

      I would go with Gomez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those four work for me

      • Bormy35 says:
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        @Grey:

        Just wanted to be clear. You like Gomez over Gyorko? Thanks for your input and help.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Bormy35 says:
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            @Grey: Thanks a ton

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  28. Al lydon says:
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    I really like your insight on batters, and what they can be or not be. The more we go through hitters rankings, the more I realize how important ranking your hitters and getting your draft strategy right is going to be. The better than average hitters pool is getting shallower every year. I usually draft a SP pitcher around around 6 or 7. The SP pool is deep.deep this year like blue ocean deep. May not draft a SP until 9-10 unless a stud falls to 6-7.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

      • g-stav says:
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        @Grey: I found this to be an interesting comment cause I came across this website last year and I definitely thought you were the best of all fantasy baseball bloggers, but I still had my own thoughts about some of your predictions. Then something magical happened… You started counting down the homeruns until Cargo would get injured and (being a Cargo owner) I was like “this guy is nuts” and then he got injured LITERALLY ON THE HOMERUN YOU SAID HE WOULD GET INJURED ON. My face looked like this, as Cargo gave me that smug smile of his, all the while you were probably sitting on your desk looking like this. Basically I will never blaspheme about you again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… You’re welcome!

  29. Hank says:
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    In a head to head league I can keep 3 and I was going to keep trout, goldschmidt, and Kershaw but your previous posts have me debating between Kershaw, segura, and Stanton for the third spot. What would you recommend?

    • Hank says:
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      @Hank: forgot to throw in Puig as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t go wrong with any of them… How many teams?

      • Hank says:
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        @Grey: 10 team with hitter categories of runs,hits, rbis, sb, tb, obp. And pitching stats of ip,w,k,era,whip,sv

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d just keep Puig then…

          • Hank says:
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            @Grey: cool that’ll keep my team name of “man trout Puig”. Figure I can try to trade Kershaw for a draft pick. Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  30. g-stav says:
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    I know I should have posted this with the 3rd baseman post because I am specifically referring to Sandoval with this question, but this also applies to a lot of other players. What do you think of players going into they’re contract year? Do you think it’s relevant? I feel like most players tend to step it up a bit to get a good payout. I know you already ranked Sandoval, but do you think his weight loss AND the fact that he’s going into a contract year will matter? Masterson is also in the final year of his contract. I’ve been drafting both in mocks, but I want to get your opinion on whether or not the contract year even matters really?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s irrelevant…. You can find just as many players who do poorly their contract years as do good…

      • g-stav says:
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        @Grey:

        I figured that was the case. :/ Thanks though!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. Count de Monetball says:
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    I just read a story on the evil empire website saying that football is the most popular sport by a wide margin (poll by Harris). However, there is an important nugget in there for us baseball lovers. The report stated “Those with an annual household income of more than $100,000 are more likely to be baseball fans” Woo Hoo, we are the richest fans. We’re in the money, we’re in the money!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Count de Monetball: if they changed that to average wealth of people who actually go to games, it would be football. those ticket prices are insane, even the shitty ones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Monetball!

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        nice .

  32. Greyismyhero says:
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    “And for everyone that went crazy in the comments for my first two outfielder posts asking where Domonic Brown was, how different is Rasmus from Brown? Not to answer, but to question oneself”

    MF classic right there!!! For those of us that listened to you about Au-Shizz last year really don’t need to answer, If that makes any sense at all……hahahaah

    You the man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  33. fitz says:
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    Rotoworld has Mauer ranked 8th overall. My head just exploded.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he drafted Mauer in a mock I was in with him in the 2nd round…

  34. fitz says:
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    This has me thinking my last spot for a 5 keeper league was going to be for Wil Myers would you rather keep him or Mauer assuming he’s Catcher eligible and will be playing everyday as 1B?

    • Carnac says:
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      Don’t chase Rotoworld down the rabbit hole! Myers over Mauer.

      • fitz says:
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        @Carnac: thanks, I think this guy must be the founder of the Mauer fan club for men Never even considered him over Myers before reading his ranks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know who I’d rather keep

      • fitz says:
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        @Grey: yeah I know, you have Mauer in the 200s.
        Keep 5 with no penalty or year limit I’m keeping 4 positonal and 1 pitcher
        Longo, Bautista, Adam Jones, and Myers plus Chapman because I’m inheriting this team and his rotation stinks.

  35. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Speaking of rotoworld, they also have Carlos Santana at #10. Dread Pirate is #14. Posey is #28. Adam Jones isn’t even top 30. There are three catchers (at least) ranked ahead of Adam Jones. I have questions…

    • Carnac says:
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      Must be all of the money RW receives from Big Catcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You sure this isn’t the catcher rankings?

      • Johan Barleycorn says:
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        Sadly, I’m sure. It’s their top 30 for fantasy baseball in 2014. Three catchers make it, Adam Jones doesn’t. And Carlos Santana is to be drafted over McCutchen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s bonkers

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: we should put that list on audio tape and jam some ear buds into our opp’s who draft against us’s ears starting now, so it gets subconsciously ingrained in their heads.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe

  36. Robby D says:
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    Blurgh, it’s that time again. Time to pick keepers.

    I have a H2H league 10 teams (going into the 5th year of keepers):
    7×7 stats including QS and Losses for pitching and OBP and XBH for hitters

    My potential keepers:
    Iwakuma
    Cargonz
    Tulo
    Craig
    Cespedes
    Stanton
    Bruce
    Lester
    Bailey

    (Right now leaning towards Tulo, Cargo, Bruce, Iwakuma for sure, not sure on the reamining 2)

    We have the option to trade draft picks as well, so I have a guy who wants to deal Verlander for maybe Craig or Stanton with me giving a higher draft pick as well.

    Perhaps Craig and 12th round (first 6 rounds are for keepers so technically 6th round pick) for Verlander and the 20th (14th round) pick.

    First off, who would you keep of the 6, and how many rounds up would you give to trade Craig or Stanton for Verlander? (5-8 rounds)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade Craig for Verlander and any of those rounds… CarGo, Tulo, Iwakuma (or Craig), Stanton, Bruce, Cepesdes

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: Also got a Desmond for Craig offer, but it sounds like the Verlander is a better idea anyway. I like him to come back much stronger than last year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

          • Robby D says:
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            @Grey:

            I have the verlander guy coming back and saying he might rather have Stanton and for less of a gap in the draft picks. Is that a better deal if I can flip Stanton for Verlander and then Craig for Desmond and maybe get a pick a round or two higher on Craig because that guy is a Cardinals fan?

            Not sure if I should go for Verlander for Craig and then just keep Stanton. I’m weary on him because I already have Tulo as an injury risk.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t trade Stanton for either

              • Robby D says:
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                @Grey: So is Stanton a better keeper over Verlander, even though I’m thin on pitching and that’s what killed me last year in the playoffs?

                I’m also coming from the standpoint of having had Craig, Tulo and Stanton last year and boy was my DL talented…

  37. Dan says:
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    Thoughts on Stephen Tarpley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should ask our prospect guy, Scott in his last post

  38. stynyr says:
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    Hi Grey,

    10 team, H2H, 5×5

    Longoria, Kershaw, CarGo

    Who are my last two keepers out of this bunch?

    Braun, Rizzo, Starling Marte, Reyes

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun, Rizzo

  39. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    greatly enjoyed the rajai blurb !

    that being said , i think revere has something to prove this year (his salary)
    and i’m buying in .
    the other 19 can go pound sand .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Thanks!

  40. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Grey, just wanted to say you’re awesome even though you’re wearing mom jeans in my Corey Kluber piece today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wear Mom jeans every day, all day.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Axl made looking like a glammed up heroin addict wearing backwards hats, cut-off jean shorts, boots, and plaid shirts tied around the waist a thing. I wish you luck on your venture to destroy the fashion world with your swag.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would’ve preferred you told me, You ain’t got the answers Grey!!!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey: But if the question is ‘mom jeans or nah’ you do!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They’re comfy, what?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                So are dresses…I mean kilts! Yeah, flowy, polka-dotted kilts…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Betsey Johnson makes nice kilts, excuse me…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I Betsey does

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      You should’ve booed. It would’ve been more appropriate but of course…you ain’t got the answers Grey!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA

  41. Sange76 says:
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    Got any H2H points league words of wisdom? Our league scoring is basically anything positive is a point or so and negative is points off. K’s are killers. Wins, saves, hrs, an and extra base hits are worth the most accordingly. Would the focus be on power/speed guys? Lean towards pitching? Good OPS? For example, is a guy like Adam jones knocked down a few pegs in this system since he is allergic to walks? Would a David wright have more value since he is a power speed walks guy at shallow position? Or is is gonna be pretty the same rankings. I’m sure us points league Razzies would love a few pointers from our wise leader….

    • Robby D says:
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      @Sange76: Now you tell me, after I already drafted Mark Reynolds and Chris Carter.

      • Sange76 says:
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        @Robby D:

        What??… You passed on Uggla? You must be using those crappy CBS rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over H2H strategy at some point… In your league specifically, I’d go for top end closers and power guys…

  42. PedroF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    16 team, H2H, 6×5 (OBP the 6th one), salary league, cap limit at $260 for 12 players.

    my Bogaerts($6) / Springer($10)
    for
    his Fernandez($7) / Rosenthal ($8)

    I love Bogaerts but this one is really tempting me. My batting is also stronger than my pitching since I will keep Encarnacion, Cabrera, Kinsler, Choo, Yelich, Hamilton, Ryu, Cole and Taijuan. I know this makes sense if I consider only 2014 but long term what do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take the deal

      • PedroF says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I already convinced myself, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  43. Jon says:
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    Guy offered me Austin Jackson for my Alex Cobb. If I counter with Cobb for one of his Bruce/Choo/Gordon does that seem fair?

    Or I could offer a lesser SP for AJax: Porcello, Masterson, Medlen, Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try for Bruce

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: I should have said it’s a H2H league (and I already have Stanton)… still go for Bruce first?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can go for Choo or Gordon too if you like…

  44. Jon says:
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    Which is the better pair in 2014: Lawrie + Cobb or Alex Gordon + Jansen?

    The trade I’m looking at would be Cobb for Gordon, and whether I keep Lawrie or Jansen would depend on if I have room for another hitter or pitcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  45. CheezWhit says:
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    Springer at 77 seems really low. How much higher would you bump him in a keeper league? Top 40 or so? I am hoping to get him late with $1 bid. He will play and should go 20/30. Will Venable esque.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re not getting a top 40 player for $1… He’s not slated to break camp with the team either… I’d go to $5 in a keeper if I could bench him if he doesn’t break camp…

  46. mike b says:
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    was late to the party on top 60 OF…For an OBP league, how significant a bump would Granderson get? I’m not targeting him, just trying to get an idea for the point at which he becomes a good value. Actually, on second thought, I don’t want to draft a Met bat who can’t stay healthy (that should cover them all). Also, you said your rankings for the group around Springer were optimistic, what % chance would you give him of actually reaching those numbers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      50% chance if he breaks camp with an everyday job… Only 50% chance he breaks camp with an everyday job…

  47. John says:
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    Henry rollins talks about how he walks around the room figuring out how to exactly answer his fan mail.

    Knowing the YOU are literally helping people decide on choices resulting on thousands of dollar being exchanged, how do you deal with that?

  48. Bob says:
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    The Booby Trap changed its name =(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh no!

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