The season is here!  Finally real games to talk about!  Unsurprisingly, Grey and I’s (sic) motors get going with an action-packed Pod breaking down the Sunday games, plus the first half of Opening Day from yesterday.  Should be “Opening Days”!  So confusing!  We catch up on closers being terrible, a big start for A.J. Pollock, and C-Mart pitching more like K-Mart.  The show then wraps with a run through of our 2017 Staff Picks, and man did things look great for Grey right after we stopped recording!  Literally minutes after we finish recording Rougned Odor hits his first homer, then 30 minutes later his second!  Yeesh Kubot.  Reboot!  Reboot!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Baseball is back!  Our long wait through an absolutely ridiculous winter (in pretty much all aspects of life) is finally over!

I looked back at my re-ranks from last year to kick off the season, and can you believe this is Year 5 of the Pitcher Profiles?!  Who woulda thought Grey would let me write these silly things this long?!  I’m in my 5th year though, have a lot of seasoning, I’m ready to hit my prime!

As always, a lot had changed in the past month+ since I put out my ranks in late February, with big names falling to elbow issues/concerns this time out vs. a fairly injury-free 2016.  My Alex Reyes dynasty team weeps for this offseason!  Plus ya know, massive changes after opening day.  Drop Masahiro Tanaka everywhere!  Yeah, if I were in any schmohawk leagues, I’d offer buy lows non-stop for Tanaka.  Wait, I am in the Perty Perts league, I’ll try there!  Haha I keed, I can’t walk the walk, not like I’ve topped the Perts league my first two years against Grey’s 1,000+ moves every season…

We’ll be getting into the Profiling next week (everyone watched those first 3 games, seems silly to profile any of those Opening Day guys), so get ready for some mad GIFs!  And going to try a little something new for the GIFs too!  Hopefully you like em…

Here’s my updated top 100 SP for the first week of the fantasy baseball season:

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Grey is back from his East Coast gallivanting!  Just listen to the crazy Saturday night Grey had in NYC….  On today’s show, we chat on Grey’s NL-only Tout Wars squad, filled with mystery, intrigue, and Cody Reed – who just gave up 10 runs in his last Spring start!  We also catch up on injuries to lefties, J.D. Martinez‘s food, and Gregory Polanco waking up with a sore shoulder.  Get this guy a Tempur-Pedic!  Finally, we have Rudy join us on the show with Peter Rosenbloom and Jared Cross – two of the founders of Steamer – to talk projections systems, and how they’re formulated and tweaked based on new data sets.  I like the new unit of time we came up with!  Plus our membership subscriptions for our own special sauce Razzball tools are now live!  We’re geared for the best tools you can find for fantasy baseball, both for season-long and for DFS.  Check them out at that linkity link there!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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I hope you like your Podcasts long, hard, and full of Top Chefs!  So much podcast today!  You can listen in portions, if you listen an hour straight, AUGUSTUS SAVE SOME FOR LATER!  Now Grey is excited to play slots again…  Almost two hours today!  On today’s ridiculously long super show, Grey and I recap some news around the league like a great Spring thus far from Taijuan Walker, then we interview our good friend Harold Dieterle, Top Chef legend for winning Season 1.  We catch up on his main team and some of Harold’s hot takes on the upcoming season.  Then Grey and I wrap up our Starting Pitcher Rankings talk with late-round fliers (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?!), then we catch up with our young and toolsy Prospecters!  Ralph and Halp join us from the Razzball Prospects Podcast to let us redraft plebeians know which prospects are going to be impact players when they’re called up.  Grey has another body builder to fall in love with, like Giancarlo!   Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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We’re back with the Razzball Podcast, now with unfortunately less tickling!   On today’s show, Grey and I discuss some news out of Spring Training like Ian Desmond‘s injury and a hot start for Mitch Haniger, and also Grey’s celebrity meeting at Whole Foods.  Good thing Grey didn’t see him at the counter with a bunch of olives in his salad!  Then to the meat of the show – Starting Pitcher battle!  Grey and I debate our SP ranks, which you can compare in Grey’s ranks vs. my Top 100 SP.  Let us know who you think wins the battle!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Razzball Nation!  After typically complaining about how many moves Grey will make in the Perty Perts RCL league, I decided to branch out into the other expert league-space this year and hop in a couple of leagues with our fantasy compadres.  Thanks to the CBS guys for letting one of us Razzball schmohawks crash their league.  Then dominate with sheer fiscal responsibility!  I’m like Alexander Hamilton out there, makin’ banks!  Overall I liked how I did, but I shall let you – esteemed Razzball Commenters – let me know how you think I did in this auction-extravaganza (league is 12-team roto, daily FAAB, weekly line-ups):

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Razzball, ON LOCATION!  That’s right Razzball Nation, Grey and I report live from sunny Phoenix, Arizona with our thoughts from live Spring Training scouting.  Things didn’t go so well for Tyler Skaggs!  But it did go much better for us schmohawks, who had a blast in the desert – check out us clowns on the tweets!  We also catch up on other news from around the MLB like injuries to the Davids, plus preview Grey’s ranks through SS and 3B.  Now with more live tickling!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Don’t worry, our blunders are still pretty entertaining!  Due to some last-second scheduling, our joke about the Oscars at the beginning became painfully true for us as well, as we jacked around the date and put the Pod up today!  Eh, well, it’s still early Spring, we got time before the season!  On today’s show, we recap some news from Spring like Anthony DeSclafani‘s elbow, Danny Salazar‘s great debut, and Max Scherzer‘s knuckle.  Then to the meat n potatoes – we preview Grey’s 1B and 2B rankings, with a light smattering of a C preview as well!  Follow along with the ranks found here, and let us know your additional thoughts in the comments.  Hopefully you can bring in more Brewers discussion, like Grey kept doing!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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We back baby!  Spring Training is already starting up (We desperately need shorter games, but like 2 extra weeks of Spring Training?!?! I know, I know, WBC, but whatever!), we’re about to March, drafts about to be drafting…  Love this time of year.

So note to self – get the rankings done earlier in 2018.  Second note to self – bitch slap Grey when I see him in person next week for making everyone else look so bad, with his ranks done so early!  But hey, not like he’s got other sports to worry about!  Speaking of, if you haven’t played fantasy basketball yet, shameless plug sentence/link for you to come over and check us out on hoops!  Play in some Hoops RCLs next year maybe!

Ok, JB’s ADHD voice, back to bidness!  My yearly baseball magnum opus is finally complete – weeks in the works – and went from 9600 words last year to 9700!  Weird they were so similar… I’m kinda like Tolstoy, they just gonna keep getting longer, hah!  Of course no one is expected to read War & Peace in one sitting, so take your time getting through this bad boy!  I’ll wait!

I’m pumped to get the Pitcher Profiles ramped up again, better quality GIFs, and another year with the Gamescore+, which maybe we can start to automate with more batted ball data out there.  RUDY?!?!?!  WHERE’S RUDY?!?!?!?!  SOMEONE GET ME RUDY!!!  Also, if you missed the wrap up I put together a few weeks ago, you can check out how Grey and I did vs. ESPN with the 2016 SP ranks.

A question that is always debated and weirdly always different for each ranker/rankings sets is: are these your personal rankings?  Adjusted for ADP?  Are they how you would draft, or how you think guys will finish?  I’ve decided I have the be all, end all answer.  I did these ranks initially without looking at ADP or any other rankings sets.  The ranks are my personal ranks for how I would value guys one over the other, and then I’ll use this list to be malleable for every draft/site/league format.  Pigeonholing ranks to adjust for ADP means you’re stuck looking at one list of ADP data.  So there’s my answer for how I approach rankings.

Anyway, here we go!  Find below my top 100 SP for 2017.  And as always, my top-5 sleepers (to varying degrees) are James Paxton, Sean Manaea, Blake Snell, Ivan Nova & Reynaldo Lopez.  Plus bonus #6 – Tyler Skaggs – moved him up after re-looking at his data.  Apparently I love my lefties this year!

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We’re back with a fresh edition of the Razzball Pod – and shocker! – Grey starts the show by yelling at me about the intro! Bloodfeud today! We catch up on some of the news from the past few weeks including the unfortunate Alex Reyes injury, then spend the majority of the show previewing OF! I nitpick through Grey’s rankings which you can follow along with here, as we hit on some values in the earlier rounds all the way down to some NL-only sleepers. All leading up to the biggest question of all: who is ranked higher, Ben Revere or Denard Span?! Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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