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We’re nearing the end of hitters in the 2016 fantasy baseball rankings, but there’s still a few buzzer-beating gems left.  Ranked this late last year was David Peralta….and he’s ranked again this late.  Also, Alex Presley was ranked this late last year.  Where did he go?  I know he left the building, but I didn’t hear where he was headed.  Anyone?  Well, I guess it doesn’t matter.  What matters is we have each other.  Now let’s sit on opposite sides of the couch and watch TV in silence.  Hey, it’s like we’re married!  As with the other rankings, my projections are included and where I see tiers starting and stopping.  Anyway, here’s the top 80 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball:

61. Rajai Davis – This tier started in the top 60 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball.  This tier ends at Rajai.  I called this tier, “SAGNOF!”  As for Rajai, The King of SAGNOF, Rajai, fixes his crown and sits.  After a moment, he starts singing, “All the lonely Starbucks lovers…Starbucks lovers?  What the hell does that mean?”  Suddenly, loud knocking.  “Hey, I’ll be out in a few, I ate some of the bean dip Chisenhall brought in.”  2016 Projections:  52/8/38/.251/29

62. Jay Bruce – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Reddick.  I call this tier, “I guess they could be good.  I’m not planning on finding out.”  Tier name is fairly obvious.  I don’t like these guys and they can sit on my draft board for a long time before I even consider them.  If Bruce, for unstints, is at the top of my draft board for a round or two, then that means I’m drafting a pitcher for a round or two.  Or a middle infidel.  As for Bruce, just a few short years ago, it seemed like the world was his oyster.  Turned out that oyster was contaminated with the affluenza virus, and, while Bruce enjoys whiffing, you should be holding your nose and moving away from him.  2016 Projections:  65/27/82/.229/8

63. Curtis Granderson – The glass is half full for Granderson fans:  He always does better than I expect.  The glass is half empty:  It’s Granderson, how excited for him can you get? 2016 Projections:  81/19/61/.230/8

64. Shin-Soo Choo – I’m a serious ageist.  My ranking of Holliday, Melky, Grandy, Gordon, almost this whole tier, etc. comes to mind when I think about how I like to avoid older players.  Frequent commenter, Simply Fred, pointed out to me last October, after I finished in the top ten out of 1200 commenter leagues, that I didn’t draft one player over the age of 29.  It’s been written about five dozen kazillion times elsewhere so I won’t rehash here, but baseball players peak in their 20s, not in their 30s.  Shin-Soo old.  Nah’mean?  2016 Projections:  75/17/58/.265/5

65. Matt Holliday – He’s one more poor season away from being ranked where Jayson Werth, Markakis and Nori Aoki are ranked.  Where’s that, Unkie Grey?  It’s in the top 100 outfielders, nephew.  Some might argue that Holliday has one more Zombino season in him and should be ranked higher, but it would make more sense to argue Melky should be higher than Holliday.  There’s nothing screaming rebound in 2016 for Holliday, except for the Cards fan with a megaphone that is standing next to that Stan Musial statue.  2016 Projections:  75/18/78/.269/3

66. Alex Gordon – A lot of talk this offseason about Gordon, right?  Like you’d wake up in the morning and say to yourself, “Cereal, today you’re going in my mouth and not onto my lap.  News, today you’re going to tell me where Gordon’s going to sign.”  Then, each day would pass, and cereal onto your lap and no Gordon news.  Finally, he made the decision to stay with the Royals for $72 million.  Lost a bit in all the news about where he’d sign was that he hit 13 homers with two steals and had a .271 average last year.  Of course, Gordon missed fifty games due to injury, but he’s also going to be 32 years old.  Yeah, I’m not enthused.  2016 Projections:  72/16/80/.262/7

67. Melky Cabrera – As I alluded to in Holliday’s blurb, Melky makes a better case to be ranked higher up.  What stopped me?  His case isn’t that strong.  2016 Projections:  79/14/68/.276/5

68. David Peralta – True story:  I wrote a sleeper post for Peralta but don’t plan on ever posting it.  I was totally jazzed by what I saw with Peralta, and was properly effusive for the first 98% of the post.  Then, at the end of the post, I saw something and wrote this, “His HR/FB and fly ball rate portends bad things.  Look to see what portends means and, if it means what you think, don’t post this sleeper post.”  And so disappeared the Peralta’s sleeper post like a dog disappears into a jar a peanut butter.  Speaking of dogs, I bought my dog a GoPro for Christmas, and he is so thrilled to be carrying it.  Byes the ways, I do realize that I have two Rockies in a tier that I don’t want in the top 40 outfielders and a Diamondback, a Red and a Red Sox player in a tier here that I don’t want.  Park factors, schmark factors!  2016 Projections:  58/14/71/.277/7

69. Austin Jackson – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the White Sox to rid the world of any hope for Avisail Garcia.  “We will trade you Avisail for Jered Weaver wearing a Trout jersey.”  That’s Avisail pretending to be the White Sox GM and attempting to trade himself to the Angels.  Jackson should see action (BAM!) every day in the outfield in north Chicago and steal some bases.  On a related note, in the last two weeks, the White Sox have signed Austin Jackson and Jimmy Rollins, knocking out Avisail and any chance for Tim Anderson.  In other words, Brian Sabean is now GM’ing the White Sox.  “Guys, can we get a check on Mark Buehrle’s availability?”  That’s Sabean sneaking in to be the White Sox GM.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections:  58/7/52/.258/15

70. Josh Reddick – Last year, he had 20 HRs, 10 SBs and his .272.  Okay, I’ll say it.  Reddick really wasn’t that bad, and that’s the only time outside of a urologist’s office you will hear that.  He also had 582 plate appearances, i.e., I can’t imagine getting much more from him.  If he were traded to Colorado, I’d say he’s one of the biggest sleepers, but he’s not.  He’s in Oaktown.   There is a certain symmetry to having a Reddick in a place where fly balls go to die.  2016 Projections:  58/17/64/.277/7

71. Leonys Martin – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Duvall.  I call this tier, “Brendan Dassey.”  If you haven’t watched Making A Murderer yet, then you’re being un-American and you should follow ISIS on Twitter.  Best documentary I’ve seen in a long time, best long-form documentary I’ve ever seen, and, to put that in proper perspective, I watch a lot of documentaries.  Without giving anything away, the tier name is Brendan Dassey because the guys in this tier are getting a raw deal and, if there’s any justice on this giant snow globe we call earth, they should break out.  Would I count on it?  About as likely as seeing Dassey at the next Wrestlemania.  One final thing about Making A Murderer, who knew ex-Braves pitcher, Steve Avery, had such an interesting backstory?  As for Leonys, he looks like he could be Pollock.  No, not as in, he wears socks with flip-flops.  I mean, he could hit 15 HRs and steal 35 bases.  Only thing stopping him is a platoon in Safeco, which sounds about as appetizing as a pig in a blanket.  Not a hot dog in a puff pastry, but an actual pig in a Snuggie.  There are some if’s that can get me to Leonys breaking out, but there’s a lot of them.  Ready?  If Nori Aoki gets hurt and Martin moves to leadoff and not Ketel Marte.  If he lowers his Ks.  If he hits more homers than he’s ever hit in a park that’s not conducive to it.  If he starts and doesn’t platoon.  If he actually hits lefties.  If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, I’d be a diabetic squirrel.  2016 Projections: 51/7/54/.254/27 in 465 ABs

72. Avisail Garcia – So, I still like him and would draft him, but we’re butting up against just about the last year where I’m even willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and not just name him Avifail.  UPDATE:  With the Austin Jackson signing, Avisail has nowhere to play.  Too bad, I enjoy being disappointed by him every year.  UPDATE II, The Return of the Update:  LaRoche retired, so Avisail should get most DH at-bats.  2016 Projections:  67/19/71/.248/7

73. Socrates Brito – Appropriate that he’s in the Brendan Dassey tier because if there’s any justice, there will be Socrates.  This is a bit more of a flyer than some of the guys in this tier, but he has the upside of a Leonys and Duvall.  This tier is what one would call your very late sleeper grouping.   In Double-A, Socrates had nine homers and 20 steals, and Yasmany looks to be headed into the same Cuban abyss as Rusney Castillo and that guy that played Tony Montana’s buddy, Manny.  2016 Projections:  56/7/47/.264/18 in 410 ABs

74. Adam Duvall – As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, I look at other people’s projections.  It would be foolish not to.  When I looked at Duvall’s projections by Steamer, my eyes bugged out like John Lithgow in The Twilight Zone movie.  He has him down for like 30 homers and five steals.  Duvall isn’t even slotted into an everyday spot yet.  If, and, yes, it’s a Gilbert Grape mom-sized if, Duvall does play every day, he could break out and will likely be drafted like it.  Everyone will want a piece of him.  He has shown power in the minors and hit five homers in only 27 games last year for the Reds.  Another problem, he’s 27 years old and could be a Quad-A player.  Reds right now seem set on platooning him with Scott Schebler, and once Duvall’s playing time clears up I could be moving him in the rankings.  I’m only going with Duvall here over Schebler because he’s older and I think the Reds give him a chance first.  Or they trade Bruce for a can of tomatoes and play both of them.  2016 Projections: 48/19/56/.225/4 in 400 ABs

75. Colby Rasmus – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 100 outfielders of 2016 fantasy baseball.  I call this tier, “There’s a modicum of upside here.  Modicum doesn’t mean big, in case you didn’t know.”  Tier name is self-explanatory like that tattoo you got that reads, “Momma’s Boy.”  As for Rasmus, he’s getting a raw deal by being ranked this low after he hit 25 homers last year.  I’m going to go on eBay and bid on the world’s smallest violin, then take small violin lessons with a dwarf violinist and then play it for Rasmus.  2016 Projections:  55/23/61/.228/3

76. Desmond Jennings – He had a season of 13 HRs, 31 SBs three years ago.  And three years ago Bruce Jenner was having lunch with Bill Cosby without having to watch his drink, so, ya know, times change.  2016 Projections:  54/10/58/.251/17

77. Eddie Rosario – I have a Post It note on my desk that says, “In Rosario’s blurb, mention Sano has no position eligibility and I’ll have to do a utility-only post for him, A-Rod and Ortiz.”  Thanks, Post It Note Grey!  What I think is going to happen with Rosario:  he has a 15/15 year with a .260 average and is solid for deep leagues, but too yawnstipating for most 12-team and shallower leagues.  What could happen:  he finds that power that he showed in Rookie Ball when he hit 21 homers in 67 games and flashes his 25+ steal speed.  Maybe I’ll put Magoo on the case, but Rosario could use a sleeper post about him.  2016 Projections:  65/16/59/.261/15

79. Aaron Altherr – Here’s a few signs that your team isn’t very good.  1) No one in your outfield is ranked in the top 79 outfielders.  2) People often confuse starters on your team with guys that are playing in Japan or as an ambassador in a european baseball league managed by Toni Kukoc.  3) There’s no 3.  4) You see Jerad Eickhoff and you think, “He could make a fine 4th outfielder on days he’s not pitching.”  5) You want your team to re-hire Ryne Sandberg, but as a middle infielder.  6) You’re actually excited about Altherr.  In the minor leagues, Altherr, or as Chingy would call him Althurr, had seasons of 12 HRs, 23 SBs and 8 HRs, 25 SBs.  Sadly, he was caught a lot on steals and he struck out a ton last year.  If anyone’s going to have sneaky value on the Phils next year, it’s Altherr.  Sneaky value on the Phils vs. sneaky value on any other team is about as lopsided of a fight as Andre the Giant vs. Salvatore Bellomo. UPDATE:  Out for four to six months after wrist surgery.  I guess sleeper isn’t spelled sleeperr.  2016 Projections:  57/14/63/.251/12

78. Jackie Bradley Jr. – He sounds like a Southie character that Melissa Leo would play.  Of course, you don’t get many female juniors.  Dot dot dot.  Outside of Boston, that is!  JBJ feels like the kind of guy that would get a standing ovation in his first game back in Boston after a trade, and in every other city they’d be like, “He’s a fifth outfielder, who gives a flying fudge?  Mmm, flying fudge.”  A city’s love for a player is nothing to scoff at, you scoffer.  He could play more than he prolly should, but he looks like a 15/7/.260 in the BCS.  That’s Best Case Scenario, of course, because I don’t know any other sports.  2016 Projections:  52/12/59/.244/5

79. Scott Schebler – He has the lead for the strong side of the platoon in Cincy’s left field spot.  He had 27 HRs and 16 SBs in High-A — Schwingbler!  He was way too old for that level for those numbers to matter  — sad trombone.  He had 28 HRs and 10 SBs in Double-A — batter, batter, Schwingbler!  He was still old in that level and he Ks too much — sad Schebler elf.  Worth the flyer to see if his minor league numbers can translate, but he could hit .210.  Yay and nay, all in one sentence!  C’mon, that totally warrants an exclamation mark.  2016 Projections:  54/16/59/.244/7

80. Kevin Kiermaier – …James Loney has a guy in front of him, it’s K-I-E-R.  James Loney has a guy in front of him who finishes spelling his name M-A-I-E-R.  Oh, I didn’t hear you come in.  Sorry, was just singing to my fantasy team in a 15-team league.   Right now, Kiermaier is penciled in as the everyday leadoff man in Tampa, which could spell decent counting stats.  All right, enough of the spelling!  What’s funny in a totally unfunny way (which was a B-side Elvis Costello song), Dickerson’s pencilled in as a platoon player even in Tampa.  2016 Projections:  67/9/36/.261/15

 
  1. tyler says:
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    admittedly this is an almost irrelevant query, as i finished last in my 20 team league and this for my last keeper of 20, so literally lowest of the low.

    but who should i keep in a standard 5×5

    j locke
    d pomeranz
    collmenter
    or
    oswald arcia

    currently my sp are T Ross, smarj and beuhlre
    my of
    cargo, osuna and byrd

    please help.

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @tyler: I thought Beuhlre retired.

      • rapscallion13 says:
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        @Shill Team 6: Mark Beuhlre is a free agent. Depending which rumor you want to believe, he may or may not retire. More to the point here, probably not keeper material even in a 20 team league.

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    What a great article/posting!! Like a mouthful of dry nori. Just kidding, it’s better than that.

    a. Not much happening. My mother-in-law keeps asking my wife if I got a job yet. She calls my wife, my wife answers and then I have to listen to their convo. Crazy, right? Nah, seriously, she means well.

    b. Did you see this article?(http://www.newsmaritime.com/2016/failed-attempt-to-town-car-carrier-modern-express/) No? Why not? Just kidding.

    c. Man, you are going to feel the wrath of a lot of fantasy ballers who were/are enamored by Choo-choo and the likes. Hopefully they won’t let their egos stand in the way of a championship.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, thanks! A. Yeah, she means well, for your wife B. What is this? C. Ha

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. It’s a 3.6 ton ship that arrived from Gabon on Jan 26 something happened to the boat close to the French coast then floated for 6 days until today. The 22-member crew was evacuated by helicopter on Jan 27 and a Spanish tug boat is towing to shore. It’s about 30 miles from shore. It’s just a story about a French ship being saved by a Spanish tug boat, a real international thriller.

        b. Did you see this movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3244446/). Really love it.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Sounds like the next Bond movie! B. Is that Mamet’s daughter? Nah, never saw it

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey:

            Grey!

            a. Haha on the Bond movie. It would be one very bad Bond movie. The cargo on-board is fuel but maybe in 2081 it could be carried drinking water which will be worth more than fuel!

            b. Bleeding Heart is a chick flick without the Hollywood ending. Only scored 4.9/10 on IMDB, not really sure how relevant those ratings are. It’s a pretty simple movie, the plot is easy to figure out and you have the immediate conflict in the first 10 minutes and conflict resolution at the end so it’s easy to digest.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. Dr. Slow B. I like simple!

            • Ante GALIC says:
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              @Ante GALIC: Grey!

              Listening to the podcast as we speak!

              a. Good luck with the filter situation. I have the same problem, never changed it continue to use it.

              b. Too many pronouns? I didn’t notice. Only woman would have been Marge Schott if she were still around or Carlos Quentin, right?

              c. #108 on baseball podcasts? The only reason I can think of is that no one is listening because we’re off-season. The one caveat is that we’ll be incognito and also get incognito great data. Your podcast is like that diamond in the ruff #60 OF who turns into a #20 OVERALL player!

              d. I’m as tall as JB but only come in at a skinny 180 pounds dripping wet.

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                A. All fixed up now! B. Ha, yup C. #108 in sports! D. Wow, you are a rail!

  3. Nittanychris says:
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    I’m Avisailing Away from Garcia. Apologies to Dennis DeYoung. Dude killed me last year.

    Question…what are the odds that Rosario winds up a top 40 OF?

    Thanks again Grey!

  4. the swinging says:
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    Keeper question. Is bogearts a top 40 overall player for 2016?

  5. Bdub says:
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    12 Team 5×5 – 6 keepers.

    Would you trade JD Mart (12 round) & Upton (5th round) for Stanton (1st round)? JDMart and Upton were my two outfield keepers..

    Thanks Grey!

  6. Friedman for Freeman says:
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    Thanks for the write-up Grey. I’m tired of getting burned by Cubans too!

    Standard roto keeper league, which side do you like:

    Sano, Sale, pick 60 (ish) in 2016 draft
    OR
    Rizzo, Arrieta

    Thanks!

    • Friedman for Freeman says:
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      @Friedman for Freeman: It’s yahoo, so Sano is 3B eligible, if that makes a difference.

      • Brian says:
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        You know he’ll say Rizzo / Arrieta. As would anyone.

        • Friedman for Freeman says:
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          @Brian: Happy February to you too Brian!

  7. Salvatore Bellomo? Wow. Diggin’ deep. Way past the Top 80 WWF tomato cans. Great stuff. As was “Making of a Murderer”. Watched another comprehensive doc this weekend, with SO much compelling evidence left out of M.O.M (weird acronym). It also had a lot less on that distracting girl/David Wright voiced lawyer Kratz. Definitely check it out prior to granting Avery a Razzball release. Like the Dassey Tier though! Was wondering where our Avisail may have plummeted. Likely giving him one more season as well. Raw deal indeed & I think sneaky value.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @zombie: There is no ‘of’ in the title so it’s M.A.M….like how Kratz sounds. Like a ma’am. I laughed hard when I first heard that girlish voice seep out of his lizard lips

      • zombie says:
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        @nick the dick: Woops. Yeah, Ma’am is much better. Wish some wiseass would’ve called him that for a goof.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie: What was the other doc’s name?

      • zombie says:
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        @Grey: It’s called Investigation Discovery. I think that it’s a ‘Discovery’ owned channel? Comes up when you search it. That channel usually has some gruesome murder trial stuff on it, and they went all in on M.A.M. The Netflix version was a great watch, but apparently not entirely forthright. Worthwhile, if you’ve got one more ‘episode’ in you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll have to locate it, is it currently airing in repeats?

          • zombie says:
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            @Grey: Re-airing again tonight 8PM & 11PM EST, and they do not list any showings past then.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, thanks for the heads up, zombie!

  8. Bunt Holes says:
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    Match in the gas tank……….boom boom!

  9. Boomer19 says:
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    Hmm. It seems to me outfield only looks deep at first glance. In a 5 OF roto league it would be a major advantage having your starting outfield wrapped up by now and grabbing a couple of later OF for bench/utility. Thanks for your hard work. Looking forward to pitching!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19: Depends how deep the league is with 5 OF

  10. Dirty Johnson says:
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    Back in the 90s when I was a young lefty, looking like Steve Avery meant my fastball was really hitting the zone. Now looking like Steve Avery means I need to shave and recommit myself to eating better and working out more. Times really have changed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dirty Johnson: Unless you still look like the other Steve Avery, though I’m not entirely sure what he looks like now

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s in the post, sorry I should’ve gave you credit

        • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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          @Grey: Haha! I spaced on clicking the link til just now – THX

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No worries, I figured people would think it’s just another player page link and not click it

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Damn Cousin Picasso, you should have your own gallery!

  11. Tweak says:
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    No faith in Kiermaier at this tier? I think I’d take a shot at him surrounded by Dickerson and Souza over guys like Rasmus, Martin and Garcia.

    Quick question about pitching this year: Do you take Taijuan Walker for a full season over Berrios’ potential June call-up in drafts for this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tweak: I’ll go over SPs next

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Tweak:
      I like KK too, he will play everyday, i think he a good bet for 20 to 30 steals, 10+ homers…nothing groundbreaking but solid for a deep league

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Tweak: Walker

  12. Diamond Mafia says:
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    Oh yes to Walker..

  13. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league: was offered Baez/Eovaldi/2017-1st round pick (usually just drafting rookies/ML that is roughly 8th overall pick) for Urias. Which side would you prefer? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DBo: Urias side

  14. Zeus says:
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    Eickhoff actually has some decent stuff. I watched a few of his starts down the stretch thanks to DFS and came away impressed. Don’t pooh pooh him.

    Deep leagues are going to have some shitty 5th OFs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Oh! I gotcha, ha

      • Zeus says:
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        @Grey: hitting the vape a litte too hard there Grey?

        For reals though playing DFS down the stretch gave me a much better knowledge of the player pool.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, it was around 8 AM my time

  15. dude says:
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    Which keeper group do you like more?

    Rizzo, Arenado, Machado, Franco, Springer, Harper, Marte, Giles, Melancon, Rodon, Greinke, Lester, Braun, Aybar, Trea Turner

    Rizzo, Arenado, Machado, Franco, Springer, Harper, Marte, Giles, Melancon, Rodon, Greinke, Lester, Gray, and your choice of 2 of the following; Wong, Castro, ByungHo Park, K-Rod, Corbin, Ross, Aybar, Pillar, Trea Turner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the difference?

      • dude says:
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        @Grey:

        Keep Braun over Sonny Gray

        Keep Aybar and Turner over Maybe Wong and Castro (or any of the other options listed).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Braun over Gray

  16. SwaggerJackers says:
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    With as much as Bruce has frustrated all of us over the years, that line of 27 bombs and 82 ribbies doesn’t look that bad for roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, except it was in about three weeks

      • the great knoche says:
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        @Grey: Yup, I dumped him long before he even sniffed getting hot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s how it always goes

  17. booya says:
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    Would you rather have ketel marte or archie bradley in 15 team 5×5 dynasty?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  18. Will says:
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    Where do you have C Maybin ranked? Thought he might be in your SAGNOF tier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where’s he playing?

      • Will says:
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        So you like Gose over him to start in CF. Got it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I think Maybin and Gose split time but the problem is neither can hit lefties that well, Maybin is better against them (.240 vs .190). Detroit has some decisions to make considering Maybin grades out better defensively.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              …and Maybin has never stayed healthy.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: agreed, last year was a health outlier for him, with the bat they talked up an approach and correction thing but Im not touching him or Gose in most leagues.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gose is okay in deeper leagues

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: yuptcha!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: or Maybin, I’ll pass on both in 12 teamers

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  They’re waiver guys in 12 team leagues

  19. Mike Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Had to join a Yahoo public league autopick 12 teams. Was just offered Stanton, Belt, Archer & Carrasco for Dickerson, Gattis, Kershaw and Chapman. No brainer, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who forced you? I’d want the Stanton side

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mike Schwab: Who gives a pisser about a public league?

  20. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Is this guy, GIOVANNY URSHELA, who looks like the starting 3B in Cleveland, any good? He is only 24 and seems to have some pop, but not much… I have not found much info on him..

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: well at least he is not last..lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

    • the great knoche says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Had him in NFBC last year so watched him a bunch as I had lots of injuries, he was like round 46 pick and ended up playing 2nd half of year for me. He has a little pop, potentially 20 HR power, and his K rate is low so he could hit for some average.

      Only entering his age 24 season so it could come together for him. He hit 18 HRs in 2014 between AAA and Cleveland so its possible. I like him as a deep league sleeper at CI.

  21. Paul says:
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    might be too early to ask keeper questions but here is one

    I can only keep three players I am already keepering manny machado in round 6 (first of three years) and Dallas Keuchel in round 13 (first of three years)

    My options are I can pick Stanton for one year in the first round and I am picking 7th, If I dont pick him my best possible picks would be jose bautista or max scherzer with that pick in the draft.

    The other option is to pick kyle schwarber in the 10th round with Catcher eligibility for the first of three years.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Paul: Stanton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  22. JobuNeedsChicken says:
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    Keeper Question in a 12 team pts h2h league (only counting stats points ex. for hitters- 2B 2, 3B 3HR 5, RBI 3, SB 2, CS -1, K -.5, for pitchers W 10, Ks 2, L -5, QS 3)

    Goldschmidt and Arenado are definites, I need to choose two out of: Bumgarner, Archer, Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte, Yelich, Starlin Castro, and Eugenio Suarez. Who would you choose?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, Cole

  23. Ruben says:
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    Trying to determine my last keeper …

    Carrasco, no cost
    Arrieta, 6th rd
    Bum, 8th rd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco

  24. Mike Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Was offered Felix for Baez in an 8 team H2H keeper league. Thoughts?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Junior Felix? I’d want Felix

  25. Paul Before Swine says:
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    Current keepers are Goldschmidt, Bryant, Bautista, Scherzer, and Dee Gordon.

    One more keeper between Jose Fernandez, Carlos Gomez, and Kyle Schwarber in a 5 X 5 league.

    Who should it be? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Fer

  26. JoeG414 says:
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    Greg Bird will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday and miss the entire 2016 season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sad trombone

  27. JoeG414 says:
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    I got Harper as my keeper (able to keep only one hitter ) as pick 13 in a 13 team 6×6 roto snake draft. Who would you draft next : Marte , Pollack , Abreu or Pollock ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        I forgot to Add Betts to that list. Can you rate please them ? Thanks.
        P.S : Saw Bruce last night at Prudential Center in Newark. Great Show !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How much you pay? Is it a 3 OF league?

          • JoeG414 says:
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            @Grey:
            Face value-$155. A friend had an extra. Mezz. level , but close to the stage. Again , Great Great Show.
            Its a 4 OF league , plus 2 UTL. 13hitters overall.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, that’s amazing, well played! You can take Betts there

  28. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, Long time no talk (That’s from January Teddy)

    1. Just want to confirm that the War Room is still in the mix. I know that you have all the cutting edge technology at your finger tips, but nothing like a good old spreadsheet when is comes to drafting.

    2. I looked up Maple Block Meat Co, and it looks bomb digitty. I hit up Bludso’s BBQ on Fairfax a couple weeks ago and it was really good and it’s not too far from your place Labrea/Melrose:

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/bludsos-bar-and-que-los-angeles

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yeah, if someone is putting it together, I don’t do it myself 2. Yeah, we’ve gone to Bludso’s a few times, we always want it to be better

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Finished my first draft last night 10 team 5×5 Roto. Wanted to wait for the SP’s to start but everyone in the league wanted to draft. It’s just a $50 league & I have too many bats on the bench, but here’s what I got:

        Mesoraco
        Rizzo
        Odor
        Nado
        Xman
        Marte
        Springer
        Upton
        Crush
        Soler
        Bench-Belt, Krush Jr, Deshields, Castro

        Noah
        McCullers
        Walker
        Rodon
        Champman
        Boxberger
        Miller
        Betances
        Bench-Capps

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looks stacked, homey… I don’t even think your pitching is that bad, this ten team leagues are hard to figure though b/c all teams look stacked…

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I agree. That’s why I kept grabbing bats! I was like damn this dude’s available, oh this guy too and oh shizz I have to draft that guy too.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, and there’s prolly a shizzton of guys on waivers too

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Right!?! I’ll be knocking out some 12 team mocks to get a better feel of where guys are “really” going. I finally listened to last week’s Podcast, totally Ha’d on “Work It” cause I was quoting it too. The biggest surprise was JB knowing the lyrics to a rap song!?! Aight, gotta go watch some American NInja Warrior, 3 hour special from last night. PS, Samardzija?……………Puke Soup? That dude was dead to me after last year. If I hadn’t cuffed him with Arrieta I would of been in the deepest of deep shizz! I liked the breakdown, so I’m going to go all in and ride this dude till the wheels fall off.

                • Grey

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                  Haha… Nice! Yeah, I don’t know if JB even knew the lyrics or was just playing along

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey:

                    1. IDK, JB seemed like he genuinely knew that lyric. Prolly not the artist, but he definitely knew the chorus.
                    2. On the R.E.A.L? I know you’re hooked on the cooking shows, so this just blow your mind right now…….. Did you know that Antonia Lofaso (one of Bug’s and my favorite celeb chefs) has a daughter with Heavy D?????

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNEgUPKxk7A

                    3. Do you think Noah can Anchor a 10 team league? Just throwing it out there cause I have him in the 25th and Harper in the 3rd.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      2. WHA??! Daughter is from Heavy D? Wow! Had no idea 3. Yup

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey:2. Yep, 15 year old daughter named Xea. I was shocked too!
                    3. Aight, Love the young bucks!!

  29. Its-The-Goblin says:
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    I’ll be forever thankful because you put me on the goldschmidt train before he broke out but I went back and looked at your rankings from last year and wow you got hammered. You were pretty wrong about almost everything.

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Its-The-Goblin: Anyone in particular you’re thinking of?

      In the win column, Grey was all over Arenado, Donaldson, Chris Davis, CarGo, Arrieta, Carrasco, Xander, Pollock, etc.

      Fantasy experts in general whiffed on guys like Gomez, Desmond, Beltre, Rendon, and Wong….

      I’d say the lowpoints from last season in the rankings would be Alex Wood, Latos, Phil Hughes, and Danny Santana in the top 100.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Its-The-Goblin: A lot depends on the player, not just the person with expectations. Sorta like how you going to disappoint when are you are still cleaning toilets this time next year when your poppy said you could drive the bus one day.

  30. Reid says:
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    Would love your input Grey. Need 2 keepers out of JD Martinez, Carlos Martinez, Dee Gordon, Todd Frazier, and Jorge Soler. Already keeping Donaldson and Correa. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD, Frazier

      • Reid says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

  31. Job3rd says:
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    10-team, Roto, 5×5 but QS & OBP instead. 13 h/9 P/5 bench; must keep 5. Mine are (lose draft round): Marte (3), Carrasco (9), Polanco (11), Lindor (25), Frazier (28).

    1.) Chris Davis (4) is available. Is trading Lindor for Davis dumb? (It’s possible the owner won’t keep him. Davis would likely be drafted late first/early 2nd in upcoming draft.)
    2.) You responded to a past question of mine that you would not keep J Upton (2) over any of the 5 above. (An unkept J Up would also likely go late 1st/early 2nd in upcoming draft.) However, I’m salivating over a kept 5 of J Up, S Marte, C Davis, Polanco & Frazier (drop Carrasco)…Will this help me win a this year or am I worse off?
    Thanks!! And ignore Keith Law’s post above regarding your rankings from last year:)

    • Job3rd says:
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      @Job3rd: P.S. I have the 7th pick in the first round, so I may have a shot at Davis/Upton if they are left unkept. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) not dumb 2) Sure, go Upton over Carrasco if you like

  32. Cram It says:
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    Making a Murder was fascinating but aggravated me to no end with leaving us with more questions than answers. F*ck that show. What stood out to me the most was Avery’s lawyers. They were good but I was screaming at the TV for them to drive home some of the “Aha” moments like Jack McCoy on L&O. Ya know, repeat the witnesses lies back, slowly and emphatically while shaking a finger in the air and addressing the jury. Sway those po’ dunks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Avery should’ve got Sam Waterson as an attorney, damn!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… You and my grandfather love the same things!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Haha. Oh, I’m totally going to be Clint Eastwood from Gran Turino when I’m 80.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s my grandfather! Racism and all!

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Haha. Good for him!

  33. home_bru says:
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    This may be more of a Rudy question, but is there a list or formula that can convert rank into approximate value? For example the difference in value between the top player and the 10th player is larger than the difference in value between the 100th and 110th player – even though the ranking difference is 10 in each case.

    This would be useful when assessing keeper values based on draft round kept as well as draft pick trade values.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      More of a Rudy question, I will have overall rankings shortly

    • You just need to look at the Player Rater (razzball.com/playerrater-preseason-espnmlb12) and compare the ranks with the $. That’ll show the magnitude of difference between draft picks.

  34. Slappy says:
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    Grey, 3 keeper pitchers:

    JoFer
    Darvish
    Gray
    Syndergaard
    Carrasco

  35. ChrispyKillers says:
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    Mr. Grey, I have a querie:

    6 Keepers, no restrictions. 16 teams H2H, regular 5×5 with ops and holds.

    Clayton Kershaw, Ryan Braun, AJ Pollock, Xander Bogaerts, Adrian Gonzalez and last is Michael Brantley, Maikel Franco, Matt Carpenter, Dustin Pedroia or Addison Russell.

    I want to keep Brantley but will his stats after missing X time be enough to justify it? I can trade Brantley for DeGrom but have to upgrade his 6th round draft pick to my 3rd. Thanks for any advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer deGrom over Brantley

      • ChrispyKillers says:
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        Thanks for quick reply.

        You’d make that swap even if it cost the overall no 142 pick to 190 pick?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

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