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!
Please, blog, may I have some more?