Okay, who put Jerry Blevins 498th? He’s the greatest LOOGY of all-time… OF ALL-TIME. Kanye shrug. We’re using Yahoo for our Fantasy Razzball leagues. (You can win a mother-bleepin’ hot tub; are you kidding me? Seriously. Yes, I brought out the one word, “Seriously,” sentence, then brought out the expository sentence to mention I brought out the one word, “Seriously,” sentence.) Yahoo’s drafting and fantasy baseball team setup-ma-whosies is fine. ESPN has its minuses, Yahoo has its pluses, then read that again in the mirror. And just like there were problems with ESPN’s fantasy baseball rankings, I have issues with Yahoo’s. I can’t go over every single difference of opinion, but you could just go to my 2010 fantasy baseball top 300 and use that. Or go to the Point Shares and use that. Or buy me an all-exclusive trip to Dubai and I’ll draft for you while skiing in a mall. Sheik, if you want to go to the food court, may I suggest the ski lift? That sounds splendid, I hope they have Chik-Fil-A. Anyway, here’s some huge differences in Yahoo’s fantasy baseball rankings compared to mine:
Troy Tulowitzki - 7 at Yahoo, 16 here. Hey, I like Tulo just as much as the next man, but obviously not if that next man works at Yahoo. As I’ve said many times before, Tulo’s career high in steals last year was nearly triple his previous career high, including the minors. And he doesn’t start hitting until June.
Justin Upton – 18 at Yahoo, 24 here. I do enjoy J-Upside, but him at 18 and above Holliday? Holliday was more valuable than Upton last year, and the year before and the year before and you get it. No reason to think it suddenly stops this year for Holliday. In the 2nd round, I want as close to a lock that I can get. Sorry, Yahoo, now get your shinebox!
Ichiro Suzuki – 27 at Yahoo, 43 here. I’ve been over his overratedness so much I’m beginning to think overratedness is a word.
Pablo Sandoval – 29 at Yahoo, 58 here. Here’s what Grey (that’s me!) said about Sandoval, “It’s hard to not like a chubby guy who goes by the nickname, Kung Fu Panda. Who doesn’t love pandas? It’s unpatriotic (in China). I love pandas so much I want a freakin’ panda dog. If I had a kid, I’m dye the kid to look like a panda. So, I do like Pablo Sandoval. But there’s caveats. He’s not really a home run hitter. It would not shock me to see him hit 22 homers in 2010. Also, his average last year looks to be on the high side. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a .300 average instead of .330. I like him, just be careful what you’re expecting.” And that’s me quoting me!
Yovani Gallardo – 58 at Yahoo, 107 here. That makes my job passing on him so much easier.
Michael Young – 64 at Yahoo, 93 here. Young is a nice complimentary pick if you have a few low average guys, but, in a vacuum, Young bores.
Carlos Quentin – 164 at Yahoo, 54 here. There’s a Carlos Quentin sleeper post and I have him over a 100 spots before in my rankings. You think I might end up owning Quentin on a few teams? Rhetorical! Now remember what I said in the rankings companion piece. Draft Quentin before someone else does, but that doesn’t mean wa3y before.