So it’s not really the 2nd half mark in the fantasy baseball season, but it’s the All-Star Break so what else are we going to talk about?  The newest The Challenge: Rivals?  If this show were on E!, CT would not only have his own spinoff, but he’d be getting married to a Kardashian by now.  Also, love how they seamlessly drop Real World/Road Rules from the show name, throw in people who you’re not even sure what show they were originally on and make the show better.  The Real World is now just the minor leagues for The Challenge.  Finally, on the last episode Mike in the water sounded like a dolphin getting f**ked by a shark.  Okay, as with all of the other 2011 fantasy baseball rankings, take this list with a grain of salt.  If you need a 2nd baseman, but an outfielder is above him that doesn’t mean you can’t trade the outfielder for the 2nd baseman.  Also, things change in fantasy baseball. Daily.  I could put Miguel Cabrera number one on the top 100 list for the second half of 2011 and he could get injured tomorrow.  Then he wouldn’t be number one.  See how that works.  This list is a road map for where I think guys are valued. It’s not the Holy Grail in the Church of Grey, that would be my mustache.  This list is NOT (caps for emphasis, not aesthetics) where I see guys ending up if you were to take the first half and combine it with the 2nd half of their season. This is simply a list of the top hundred fantasy baseball players if you were to pick them up today. So while Stephen Drew did not have the greatest first half, he will appear on this list because he tends to come on in the 2nd half. The projections are not their combined 1st half and 2nd half numbers; they are their projections for the 2nd half of 2011. Anyway, here’s the top 100 for fantasy baseball for the 2nd half of 2011:

1. Miguel Cabrera – I originally put Miggy number one overall in the preseason, then I backed down when Miggy decided to do jello shots while operating heavy machinery.  “I’m allergic to green Jell-O…Unless it’s followed by seven shots of tequila!”  Who knew he had such allergies?  2011 2nd half projections:  45/16/60/.330

2. Ryan Braun – In the 2nd half, The Hebrew Hammer does work at the plate on every day but Yom Kippur.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/14/45/.310/7

3. Matt Kemp – Looks like one of those years where he’s on a mission to prove his worth.  He’s like Bruce Willis when Bruce Willis was cool and not Ashton Kutcher’s stepdad, or whatever their relation is.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/14/50/.290/15

4. Albert Pujols – I put his 2nd half projections a tad higher than Miguel Cabrera’s but I ranked him a tad lower because the injury has me tentative.  I still have as much love for Pujols as any straight man can.  2011 2nd half projections: 40/17/60/.330/3

5. Jose Bautista – I thought he was a one hit wonder last year, but it turned out he was like The Beastie Boys.  They burst on the scene with Fight For Your Right To Party and it seemed like they were a one hit wonder, but they ended up making music for more than 20 years.  That’s Bautista.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/18/50/.280/3

6. Adrian Gonzalez – There’s some signs pointing to a slight drop off for A-Gon in the 2nd half, but then you look at the lineup and ballpark he’s in and those signs go out the window.  Imagine saying that about him last year.  Imagine it!  You can’t.  You, “Mind blown.”  2011 2nd half projections:  50/16/60/.290

7. Mark Teixeira – I drink your PABST (Post-All-Star Break Stats from Te(i)x).  I drink it up!  2011 2nd half projections:  45/15/55/.300

8. Joey Votto – I actually had Votto ranked as low as 25th at one point, then as high as 5th.  This year he’s just missing some flight on his balls — that’s what she said!  2011 2nd half projections:  45/15/50/.320/4

9. Troy Tulowitzki – Riskiest guy so far, and I feel like I say that every time I rank Tulo.  If he didn’t get so G-D hot for a month at a time, he’d be ranked 15 spots lower.  2011 2nd half projections:  50/15/45/.295/5

10. Roy Halladay – This late in the season there’s very few pitchers that can impact your ratios.  Here’s one.  Or Juan, if you’re Spanish.  Razzball:  We’re Sorta Bilingual!  2011 2nd half projections: 10-2/2.20/0.95/100

11. Hanley Ramirez – As of this writing, he’s batting .237 and has been less productive than Danny Espinosa.  So maybe it’s the name factor, um, factoring in here, but you don’t have the name factor without a long track record.  Remember that!  Or don’t.  We’ll still be cool.  2011 2nd half projections: 40/10/40/.320/10

12. Prince Fielder – “For a vegetarian, he sure has serious beef with his dad.”  Sounds like a De La Soul lyric.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/15/50/.275

13. Evan Longoria – I’m not even completely honest with my shrink, but I will be with you.  I think this might be a lost season for Longoria like the lost season of The Honeymooners when Ralph and Norton had sex.  2011 2nd half projections: 35/12/40/.280/5

14. Matt Holliday – His lack of steals makes me wanna drop him in the rankings, but he’s just so bloody reliable — hey, I’m Gordon Ramsay! — I ranked him here.  BTW, I hated Ramsay for always, but am kinda enjoying Master Chef.  Crazy Hat Ben has a rainbow afro for hair.  Count on it!  2011 2nd half projections:  40/14/45/.320/2

15. Justin Upton – The Upton brothers — minus Upton Sinclair (Mike Trout) — are the opposite of reliable.  Justin had his star mitzvah in 2009 then slide back last year and is now, for lack of a more Jewish word, is reconfirming himself.  2011 2nd half projections: 40/12/45/.275/12

16. Carlos Gonzalez – Hopefully he remembers it’s paint the fence, not faceplant the fence.  2011 2nd half projections:  50/14/40/.280/12

17. Ryan Howard – Every time I rank Howard, I want to rank him higher.  I’m such a whore for Ks from pitchers and homers from hitters.  At least I’m not in denial.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/18/60/.260

18. Robinson Cano – To give you an idea how fluky only half a season can be.  Last year Raburn had a better 2nd half than Cano and Cano had a huge year in 2010.  Of course, Cano’s here and Raburn wouldn’t be in my top 300 because Cano does it every year.  2011 2nd half projections: 40/12/50/.310/3

19. Jacoby Ellsbury – Well, if Crawford was doing what he’s supposed to be doing instead of Ellsbury doing a Crawford impersonation, he’d be ranked here, so… I actually just got lost in my own logic.  I feel like the Memento guy trying to figure out how to end that sentence.  “Comma, comma, I’m lost.”  That’s me.  2011 2nd half projections:   55/7/40/.290/25

20. Tim Lincecum – I tend to rank pitchers a little higher at the halfway mark because if you need a big ace to try and fix what Liriano wrought, Lincecum is equal to any hitter in the top 20.  Continued in the next blurb.  2011 2nd half projections:  9-4/2.55/1.15/110

21. Felix Hernandez – Is it ideal to trade, say, Votto for F-Her?  Nope, but Votto’s not helping your pitching if that’s what you need.  What you need is more important than names at this point.  More on pitchers in the next blurb.  2011 2nd half projections:   7-3/2.65/1.10/100

22. Cole Hamels – Nope, that was all I had to say on that topic.  2011 2nd half projections:   8-2/2.80/1.05/90

23. Jered Weaver – Actually, there is two more things to say about starters.  First, just because I put Lincecum in front of Weaver, I wouldn’t trade Weaver for Lincecum.  They’re tomato-tomahto.  Don’t trade tomahto for tomahto.  Trade tomahto for potahto.  Or trade two tomahtos for one potahto upgrade.  2011 2nd half projections:  7-4/2.60/1.00/90

24. Justin Verlander – Second, I also rank pitchers higher at the halfway mark because once they’ve established themselves for the season, they seem a lot less likely to fall off in the 2nd half.  Unless they’re named Dan Haren.  2011 2nd half projections:  6-2/2.75/1.00/95

25. Dustin Pedroia – Not only should you buy a Sparky Anklebiter t-shirt, but buy one and give it to Pedroia when you’re stalking him in Boston Commons.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/9/35/.295/12

26. Andrew McCutchen – The Dread Pirate’s season is interesting (to me, at least).  He’s not exactly lighting up the scoreboard with shouts of “I’m a golden God!” but he’s filling up all five roto categories like a top ten outfielder.  Shows you that 25/25 over the season breaks down to 3 homers and 3 steals a month and, when you’re living that, it doesn’t seem as exciting.  That wasn’t even interesting to me by the time I got done writing it.  Sorry.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/12/45/.280/14

27. Curtis Granderson – I’ve only ranked him this low because I just can’t believe Grandy gets to a 40/25 year.  I am a non-believer, which is different than a witch, but only to some people.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/12/40/.255/10

28. Kevin Youkilis – Here’s another example where his name has him ranked way above where his stats say he should be.  Youuuuuk’s Stats, “Don’t put words in mouth.”  2011 2nd half projections:  50/14/55/.310

29. Nelson Cruz – One of those players that can be a top 5 guy in the 2nd half or get injured and be worse than Morneau.  The chances of either scenario are about 50%.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/18/50/.270/3

30. Rickie Weeks – I still have a hard time trusting Weeks, but I’m going to gather November, December and January Grey in Tahoe during the Thanksgiving break to see if I can come around.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/12/35/.260/5

31. Cliff Lee – The Adverb didn’t modify your teams for the positive last year in the 2nd half (3.79 ERA).  2011 2nd half projections:  8-3/3.05/1.05/85

32. Clayton Kershaw – I love Kershaw.  No, it’s lurve.  2011 2nd half projections:  7-4/3.10/1.07/95

33. CC Sabathia – CC and the Pitching Factory gonna make you sweat if you’re going against him in H2H.  2011 2nd half projections:  9-2/3.25/1.15/95

34. Jay Bruce – Perhaps his staycation in June where he didn’t get a hit for three weeks is reason to not trust him, but when he gets hot he carries a fantasy team.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/15/45/.260/5

35. Hunter Pence – Guys and two girl readers, Pence doesn’t flaunt big power like he’s tying rubber bands around his biceps a’la The Ulimate Warrior, but he’s steady as he goes, The Raconteurs.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/14/45/.290/8

36. Tommy Hanson –  First name:  Hommy.  Last name:  Tanson.  Middle name:  Gas.  2011 2nd half projections:  7-3/3.15/1.05/85

37. Jon Lester – To read your mind — Yes, if he didn’t just get injured he would’ve been ranked higher.  And, no, you shouldn’t put “I can burp the alphabet” on your resume.  2011 2nd half projections:  7-2/2.90/1.15/75

38. Ian Kinsler – He just needs to hit one of those grooves where everything’s going right.  And for the love of all that is holy, stay healthy.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/10/30/.250/12

39. Adrian Beltre – I want to draft a fantasy team next year where I only own Padres and Mariners pitchers and Rockies and Rangers hitters.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/12/40/.260

40. Carl Crawford – In the beginning of the year, I said McCutchen would be Crawford but cheaper.  That now seems like an insult to The Dread Pirate.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/10/35/.280/15

41. Paul Konerko – For what it’s Wuertz, he hit the third most home runs after the break last year with 19.  Behind only Bautista and Pujols.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/15/50/.290

42. Ryan Zimmerman – Definitely hasn’t taken the step forward I thought he would so far this year.  Knowing this schmohawk though, he’ll have a big 2nd half to make everyone buy into him again for next year then disappoint in 2012.  BTW, his first half stats were 15/4/15/.254/1.  That is the new blech.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/10/40/.285/3

43. B.J. Upton – Below-average average (stutterer!) or not, he can still hit 10 homers and steal 20 bags in half a year.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/10/40/.245/15

44. Drew Stubbs – I think Stubbs and Upton are gonna be forever tied together until one can break away.  Sorta like how I tied Adam Jones and Markakis together for a year or two until Markakis started to suckakis.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/10/30/.250/15

45. David Wright – I already regret ranking him here.  Can’t MLB contract the Mets?  2011 2nd half projections:  30/10/35/.290/5

46. Elvis Andrus – A 5 homer, 40 steal year looks great.  A 2 homer, 15 steal half not so much.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/2/25/.270/15

47. Brandon Phillips – If it wasn’t for his counting stats, his season would be atrocious.  5 steals in more than half a year?  Belch.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/12/40/.285/7

48. Josh Hamilton – He’s becoming the number one case example for the thriving field of Saberhagenmetrics.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/12/40/.310/2

49. Lance Berkman – I’m sure he’ll comment below that he should be ranked much higher.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/13/45/.270

50. Brian McCann – This post is pushing 2500 words and I’m only halfway through so quickly:  McCann is the best catcher which makes him the cream of the crap.  BTW, imagine instead of writing this post on a blog, I had written all of this in longhand in a lined notebook.  You’d have me committed.   2011 2nd half projections:  25/10/40/.280

51. Victor Martinez – This ranking is another one that’s more about what he’s done in the past than what he’s done this year.  Cause, friend, his power numbers look terrible so far.  2011 2nd half projections:  25/9/35/.295

52. Ben Zobrist – I was like, “Yo, Grey, how ya gonna rank Zobrist so high?”  Then I was like, “He’s been better than Brandon Phillips and I already ranked him.  And stop talking in third person, it’s really annoying.”  Then I was like, “I hear ya.  Keep doing your thing, boss!”  2011 2nd half projections: 50/7/30/.265/12

53. Jason Heyward – My sophomore year of college I was hit by a car, which nearly killed me.  It’s not in my e-book, maybe the sequel.  Yet, my sophomore effort looks better than following up Reservoir Dogs with Pulp Fiction compared to Heyward’s.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/11/35/.280/4

54. Jose Reyes – See Wright, David.  Or 9 inches above.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/3/20/.290/14

55. Mike Stanton – In the 2nd half of the 2010 season, Stanton had the 5th most homers in the major leagues.  He was like 12 years old last year.  Anyone who can’t understand my love for Stanton has never seen him play.  Watch some highlights of him, Goofus and Gallant.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/16/40/.250/2

56. Jimmy Rollins – The rest of the season is going to happen so fast, that you could grab a guy off waivers and get better stats than a bunch of these players.  In other words, don’t get caught up by names.  In other other words, Rollins could be solid or droppable in a month.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/5/25/.260/12

57. Michael Young – His stats remind me of a non-Grey favorite Prado.  Solid average, runs and RBIs.  I want homers and steals!  Wah!  2011 2nd half projections:  35/7/40/.315/2

58. Aramis Ramirez – I think I speak for all Aramis owners when I say I wish the All-Star break didn’t happen because of fear it might cool him off.  Hopefully he didn’t shut off the engine, just left it idling in the driveway.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/10/40/.280

59. Shane Victorino – Seems to be one of those players that misses 15 days every couple of months but picks things up right where he left off.   2011 2nd half projections:  35/7/25/.280/10

60. Dan Haren – Could be absolutely fine in the 2nd half and put his usual 2nd half slump behind him, but you’re really risking it by going out and trading for him?  2011 2nd half projections:  6-3/3.30/1.10/80

61. Dan Uggla – Had the 5th most homers after the break last year and this year he’ll come even cheaper to buy for your team.  Assuming you’re crazy enough to trade for him.  Takes giant beach balls sometimes to win leagues.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/14/45/.255

62. Yovani Gallardo – Hopefully now that we’re more than halfway through the season, YoGa is properly stretched out and can lower his ERA and his number of outings that make me want to stick my head in the oven.  2011 2nd half projections:  6-4/3.55/1.30/85

63. Krispie Young – If you look at his 1st half numbers, he could actually be ranked even higher.  Make an airplane noise with your fork and chew on that!  2011 2nd half projections:  45/14/40/.245/9

64. Adam Lind – Goes on these crazy streaks where he seems like a first rounder, then cools off to the point where he’s unownable.  Like a rich man’s Wigginton — call him Winthorpeington.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/15/45/.275

65. Matt Cain – Looks like his ERA has finally caught up to his FIP.  Or as David Price said in the next blurb… 2011 2nd half projections:  5-4/3.30/1.15/80

66. David PriceSometimes it’s better to not over-analyze things.  2011 2nd half projections:  8-4/3.60/1.10/85

67. Josh Johnson – His porn star brother, Gosh, emailed me to say I’ve got his little brother ranked too low.  He also included jpegs that I can’t share.  2011 2nd half projections:  4-2/2.35/1.00/50

68. Carlos Quentin – CQ has stretches where he’s as unownable as a DVD of Roman Coppola’s CQ.  He’s a cheap Nelson Cruz though, because when he gets hot he carries your team for a while.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/15/50/.255

69. Zack Greinke – His K-rate is absurdly beautiful compared to his atrocious ERA.  Could be the best pitcher in the 2nd half.  That’s not idle chitchat.  2011 2nd half projections:  5-4/3.70/1.20/85

70. Josh Beckett – Ever have some players you don’t like for no reason at all?  Beckett just gives the vibe of the douchebag that makes you do naked jumping jacks to get into a frat party.  Not that I’ve ever had to do that.  So…good weather today, huh?  2011 2nd half projections:  7-2/3.50/1.10/80

71. James Shields – His Ks have been so great I’m willing to overlook the fact that I think his ERA goes up to the mid-3 range.  2011 2nd half projections:  6-3/3.55/1.10/85

72. Asdrubal Cabrera – As I said about a month ago when I wrote a Sell on The Drubal, I think the best is behind him and I don’t mean his glutes.  2011 2nd half projections:  45/7/40/.275/8

73. Chase Utley – To give you an appreciation of how much I care, I flip-flopped Espinosa and Utley in the rankings about two dozen times, unable to decide who I’d want more.  I’m still not sure, but if I had Utley I’d be able to trade him for more than Espinosa so that makes him ever-so-slightly more valuable.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/6/30/.295/7

74. Danny Espinosa –  Hey, it’s my pen pal…If he ever wrote back to me and my letters with all my pink highlighter hearts adorning the envelopes didn’t keep getting returned.  I love you, Espinosa.  Write back soon!  Or when you get a chance.  I just want to know you’re okay.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/10/35/.250/8

75. Mark Reynolds – All brays to Mini Donkey for being the only donkey worth his hay this year.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/15/35/.230/3

76. Starlin Castro – If he was an outfielder, he wouldn’t be owned in 12 team leagues, but he’s not so there’s that.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/2/25/.315/8

77. Michael Bourn – He’s either worth a top 20 player to you, or he’s not worth a top 200 player.  All depends on how badly you need an injection of SAGNOF.  2011 2nd half projections:  50/0/20/.270/25

78. Mariano Rivera – Put him with Bourn on purpose.  Closers share the SAGNOF definition with speedsters on purpose.  You either need saves or steals or don’t and it doesn’t matter where they come from.  As the top starters are boosted in the 2nd half rankings, closers are bumped down.  Really, if you need saves, does it matter if you get 12 saves from Rivera or Kevin Gregg?  2011 2nd half projections:  2-1/2.25/1.00/20, 18 saves

79. Adam Jones – At the end of the season, his stats will look eerily similar to Hunter Pence.   He’s like Skeet Ulrich to Johnny Depp.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/12/35/.280/5

80. Howie Kendrick – His numbers will look better for the whole season than just for the 2nd half.  Wait, every player is like that.  Well, you get what I’m saying.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/8/30/.315/7

81. Jayson Werth – Here’s a prediction for what won’t happen in the 2nd half.  He’ll get an extension from the Nats.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/12/35/.260/8

82. David Ortiz – His average is like an impressionist painting.  Up close it looks like it’s .300.  Step back a few paces and it looks like it’s .275.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/15/50/.275

83. Pablo Sandoval – He’s a Latin Billy Butler with a tad bit more power.  Call him Mooblo.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/8/30/.300

84. Ubaldo Jimenez – Hairs to you, Ubaldo!  I nearly left him off the top 100, but we’re at the point now in the rankings where there will be guys on waivers that do better than some of these guys.  2011 2nd half projections:  6-3/3.55/1.25/80

85. Carlos Beltran – Solid 2nd half or he’ll tweak something and the Mets will say he’s day-to-day then he’ll miss two months.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/12/35/.265/2

86. Kelly Johnson – Easily could hit 10+ homers and have a better 2nd half than Utley.  Remember we’re still just waiting for Johnson’s balls to drop.  Hehe.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/10/30/.250/5

87. Carlos Marmol – See Rivera, Mariano.  Or 7 inches above.  2011 2nd half projections:  1-2/2.70/1.30/40, 15 saves

88. Alexei Ramirez – This was actually the last blurb I wrote because I stopped at Ubaldo then worked backwards to Scherzer then went back to Beltran.  I tell you this because I have nothing to say about Alexei.  Enjoy your All-Star break!  2011 2nd half projections:  40/8/30/.275/5

89. Max Scherzer – Honestly, I’m ranking him here and I don’t even know if I’d start him in his next start.  2011 2nd half projections:  5-4/3.75/1.30/85

90. Gaby Sanchez – He (she?) can give you modest power and solid counting stats.  Plus, you can pretend you have a girl on your team.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/10/40/.285

91. Matt Garza – Go ahead, laugh.  His K:BB, K-rate and… Okay, I’m crazy.  He has to be better.  Has to!  I’m not even convincing myself here.  2011 2nd half projections:  5-3/3.80/1.30/85

92. Adam Dunn – Big-bellied players tend to get old quick, but this is insane.  Did Billy Butler eat David Eckstein and disguise himself as Adam Dunn?  Dunn probably shoudn’t be ranked at all, but he could hit 20 homers in the 2nd half.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/14/40/.220

93. Stephen Drew – Except in 2009, he’s always been better in the 2nd half.  Oh, and no matter how good he is in the 2nd half this year, I’m not going near him in 2012.  2011 2nd half projections:  40/10/40/.280/3

94. Mike Napoli – Will lead catchers in 2nd half homers.  I can feel it in my bones.  Or maybe I’m feeling something else because I just looked at Napoli’s mom.  2011 2nd half projections:  25/12/30/.245

95. Corey Hart – Member the huge first half he had last year?  Yeah, I don’t either.  Stupid mind-erasing drugs.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/12/30/.265/3

96. Joe Mauer – Hit .373 in the 2nd half last year.  Meanwhile, the year he hit 28 homers seems like decades ago.  Can all of baseball admit that these new parks were built with steroids in mind and move in the fences 20 feet across the board?  Like how there used to be monuments in the field of play in old stadiums, there could be a Carl’s Jr. in Petco’s outfield and no one would ever reach it.  2011 2nd half projections:  35/4/35/.315

97. Delmon Young – He had a good 2nd half in 2009 and in 2010.  And he has 2 homers and a .256 average on the year, so he can’t be much worse.  It’s called wishful thinking, go with it.  2011 2nd half projections:  25/10/30/.290/2

98. Neil Walker – “Damn, I knew Grey was drinking when he wrote this.”  That’s you.  I’m putting Neil Walker down to highlight how anyone can give you value in the 2nd half of the season.  Last year, Walker had 9 homers and hit .306.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/8/35/.280/3

99. Michael Cuddyer – At 2nd base, he’s actually been more valuable than Phillips and Zobrist who I have ranked ahead of him.  I might just be misplacing my Morneau anger on whatever Twin I can.  Something else I wanna note on Cuddyer, he’s been the fourth most valuable player in the last month.  With so little time left on the season, current productivity outweighs name value.  There, I’ve now said that about a dozen times in this post.  2011 2nd half projections:  30/8/30/.285/3

100. Whoever Wins You The Championship – It’s now or never, people! Make your move or lose.

  1. herschel says:

    @Grey: thank you. you are a scholar and a gentleman.

  2. Lance Berkman says:

    Ahhh I’m first mo fo’s…I stay up late during the all-star break. Anyway, grey, I’m just so happy to be’s brought tears to my eyes =…(

    This makes all the hard work to get back to stardom worth it. You’ve been so mean to me that I thought I’d be left off your top 100 all together…so I’m overjoyed and overcome with emotion…I can’t type right now….

  3. Lance Berkman says:

    Wait a minute….someone went first while I was typing?!?!?!?

  4. Deana says:

    Great post Grey, thanks. HR Derby captains with identical projections but Ortiz ranked 70 spots later. Will you help me understand?

  5. Bré Jus says:

    I made my trade for #100 a few weeks ago. Great list!!

  6. Giant JJ says:

    This is useful, thanks. And it will save you from having to answer my trade questions in the near future.

  7. Robert says:

    I have no reaction to the rankings. Instead, I wanted to let you know that over the past few months I’ve been growing out a mustache so that I could have my own shtick in the fantasy baseball blogosphere. I should have been dissuaded by the fact that this took me months, but instead I persisted. Then I came across this website, and I realized I bought little tiny combs for nothing. Damn you, Grey Albright.

  8. Big Pappy Chicago

    Chicago Mark says:

    No Mike Morse? I like it!

  9. Jordan73 says:

    Wow, no Shawn Marcum? I know he’s had a couple bad starts recently, but what happened to all your preseason love for him? I’d sure take him over Scherzer at the least for the rest of the season.

  10. Steve says:

    Morrison and Gaby were pretty close together in the pre-season top 300. LoMo is not your top 100 for the second half obviously, but are they still within spitting distance of each other?

  11. A2K says:

    Cano, Butler, Chacin or Votto, Baker?
    Upton, Billingsley or Walden, Kemp?

    And if B Butler ate David Eckstein he could still hit better than .220… and you KNOW THIS, MAN!!!

    I got 5% on all cashes for you Grey (7.8% for first), not to mention the trimmings from the stubble I’ve been working on for 3 weeks.

  12. RonWashington'sStache says:

    @Deana: I can’t speak for Grey, but I imagine he’d say something like, “Fielder is safer than Ortiz.”

  13. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:

    @Deana – or, “you can only play ortiz at UTIL in most leagues” which is about as useful as tits on a bull

  14. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey,10 team h2h 8×8….Harang or Wolf?

  15. Tyler says:

    I’m in 7th (19 games out of first) in my 12 team mixed H2H keeper (R, HR, RBI, AVG, SB, OPS, K for hitters///ERA, WHIP, W, SV, K/9, K/BB for pitchers — keep any 7 next year, no salaries or round penalties).

    The money goes to the regular season #1-3 and playoff champ & runner-up. I’m debating whether to go for it or trade for draft picks…any thoughts would be muchos welcomos.

    C – Soto
    1B – M. Cab.
    2B – Sparky Anklebiter
    SS – Hanley
    3B – Panda
    LF – Ellsbury
    CF – Beltran
    RF – Bruce
    UT – Ortiz
    BN – Ackley
    BN – Sparkakis

    SP – Haren
    SP – Scherzer
    RP – Feliz
    RP – Soria
    P – Parnell
    P – Nathan

    BN – Latos
    BN – Nolasco
    BN – Colby Lewis
    BN – Ogando
    BN – Lilly

  16. Bourne says:

    Scherzer was definitely the biggest surprise and general mind F on the list. I am still crossing my fingers for my team and the Tigers sake.

  17. Dan Haren – Could be absolutely fine in the 2nd half and put his usual 2nd half slump behind him, but you’re really risking it by going out and trading for him?

    Umm, yeah… I traded The Misplaced H for him weeks ago. Since when did you start personalizing your blog entries for me? It’s sorta’ creepy. Not Travis Snider mustache creepy, but still…

    Oh, and they had to drop “Real World / Road Rules” from the title once they started pulling d-bags directly into the show via “Fresh Meat”… which I suppose is the equivalent of drafting players out of high school. I can’t wait until they finally realize that the ridiculous challenges are nothing but a distraction from the main event (drinking, fighting and actin’ a’fool). MTV execs, “We could have that enormous spinning contraption built for $60K, but just making this week’s challenge a game of Quarters would only cost a fraction of that and strengthen the narrative thread!”

  18. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    also,Wolf or Nolasco?

  19. STRAWberry says:

    Hey Grey,

    Why do you have Weaver ranked lower if you like him better than Lincecum?? // Dudes’ responses to pre-season rankings

  20. Frank Rizzo says:

    If Holliday’s line drive stroke is now screwed up by that stupid HR Derby, I’m going to trade my whole team for Fielder just so I can bench him out of spite.

    How do you not have J Upside in the Derby when the All Star game is in Arizona? Rickie Weeks? Come on!

    Joey Bats needed someone to bring him a Joe Weider Shake instead of Gatorade.

    Kemp bowed out prematurely, which is why Rihanna couldn’t lose him fast enough.

  21. Mr2Bits says:

    Great rundown Grey. Surprised you left Gio off the list as I thought we shared a bromance with him so long as he’s not in the state of Texas.

  22. Cole says:

    I am into master chef too. I especially like how unnecessarily hateful Joseph Bastianich is. I say he punches a contestant in the face at some point over a poorly executed beading.

  23. Frank Rizzo says:

    If I wanted to be a gambler and get a few SB’s added to my weak stealing team, would me trading away Holliday/Hanson for CarGo/Greinke be a good move? It would obviously be risky but I wonder if the ceiling is greater?

  24. Tony says:

    @Frank Rizzo: there’s easier ways to get SB’s….. waiver wire?

  25. CL says:


    Pick 6 to keep moving forward (10 team dynasty, holds count):

    Salas, Putz, Capps, Marshall, Rauch, Al Albuquerque, Crow, Perkins, Pestano

    Happy All-star Break!

  26. Rodger-Dodger says:

    Grey, Is it me, or wasn’t that Scott Sizemore dressed-up as a firecracker to celebrate the Fourth of July in Oakland last week? What are your thoughts on him? Do you think he’s finally ‘arrived’? Muchas Gracias!

  27. papasmurf says:

    Drew’s yawnstipating, but I think if you can lock up .270 75 12 70 5 for your SS, you do it. It’s sad but if you don’t have one of the top SS, Drew’s mediocre stability has some value. (Especially in a deep league) Before this year, I decided to not keep Drew in my 16 keeper league, going with “upside” and Alcides. 3 months later, my team’s almost in last, Alcides is long gone, and Drew’s back on my team via trade… lol. This time, I think I will keep him for 2012.

    I did an atrocious job this year. I am still carrying Jennings and Lawrie on my roster as that proverbial guy holding the empty bag.

    Every year I end up with guys with low averages. I know I am gonna be keeping Bruce, Stanton, and BJ Upton this offseason, so next year’s gonna be pretty much the same.

  28. Rodger-Dodger says:

    Follow-up: All things being equal, who do you think will provide better counting stats (standard 5×5), ROS: Scott Sizemore or Brett Cecil?

  29. Commish Cauda says:

    20-team, H2H-Points League w/$70 cap

    Injuries have be now looking to 2012 and beyond and I also need to shave some salary. Salaries go up $1 per year as long as you play at least half the season.

    Trade Tulo $4 FOR Stanton $2 and Jurickson Profar $0?

    So Tulo and Stanton will be $5 and $3 in 2012, respectively. But Profar will be $0 for a while.

    Try to be impartial despite your Stanton man-crush…

  30. elwood blues says:

    Rasmus trade rumors, crap!

    Should I be worried about losing Rasmus off my NL-Only team?

    He’s not my top OF.. but I would really take a hit if he’s sent to the Rays.

    Don’t supposed his trade value will be high in my league.

  31. bfeels says:

    This is very helpful; thanks.

    I was happy to see Dunn break into your list as I’ve stuck with him. I realize one is on your list and the other is not, but still…how confident are you that Dunn clearly outperforms Pena the rest of the way? Will help me decide to continue carrying both.

    Also, would appreciate ranking the following SP the rest of the way: D Hudson, Anibal, Beachy, Burnett, Liriano?

  32. Steve Stevenson says:

    Swisher or Boesch? Also, Luebke or C. Lewis?

  33. koko says:

    i’m confused…if lincecum and weaver are both tomatoes, whose a potato? and i think 2 potatoes are worth one tomato (especially a giant tasty heirloom), and not the other way around. anyway, great list! thanks!

  34. Rob says:

    MI: Bonifacio or Cozart. Think I prefer Cozart but Bonifacio for SAGNOF is tempting.

  35. Rabbit says:

    No Pineda or D Hudson in the Top 100? I know Pineda will have his innings limited, but he’s still going to have value. And any thoughts on Hellickson for the second half? Roto league, not H2H.

  36. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    Great list, Grey. I agree with Mr2Bits though – I’d probably sub Gio in for Scherzer in the rankings. That guy’s been killing me. He’s basically a right-handed Liriano this year. Would you deal A-Gon for Teixeira if you could upgrade another position on your team simultaneously? Or is that over-thinking things?

  37. Jake says:

    @ Grey, sweet writeup thanks! Just offered Morse and Gio for JHamilton and Garza. Good deal? I’m currently in 1st, but with A-Rod and Reyes going down, I need some help for the 2nd half. I think Hamilton may be the spark…What do you think?

  38. KJ says:

    Just for the record…’Steady As She Goes’ is The Raconteurs. ;-)

  39. Rabbit says:

    What about “Schizoid Scherzer”? Seems like it should happen. Alternatively, Max Schizoid could work as well. Reminds me of Max Headroom.

  40. Will says:

    which side do you like? We get 5 keepers and if I keep Crawford or get Werth I will probably not keep either one of them for next year since I also have Cano, Cargo, Reyes, Bruce and Stubbs as keeper options to go along with my 1B and 3B choices

    Fielder, Zimmerman, and Crawford or AGon, Longoria, and Werth

    which side?

  41. Dan Z says:

    @ Grey

    In a 7×7 format that counts K and OPS is it worth trading Tex and Brandon Phillips for Ryan Howard and Rickie Weeks? Im struggling in HR and RBI.

  42. grapejelly says:

    Looking a pulling the trigger on a trade. I would get:

    and would give up: Heath Bell, Francisco Cordero, and Fernando Salas.

    I have a 30 save lead over the next closest team and the team I’m trading with is out of contention (its a keeper league). I’m in the bottom third of the league in K’s, W’s, ERA and WHIP. I would be left with Hanrahan, Aroldis Chapman, Hong-Chi Kuo and Glen Perkins for saves.

    I feel like this is a great deal for me, but would like some input. Thanks!

  43. Salty Balty says:

    kind of surprised not to see Carlos Pena, after a horribel start, he’s actually been pretty solid (for him). Was it the fact that he plays at a deep position?

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @herschel: No problem.

    @Lance Berkman: Ha

    @Deana: He doesn’t have a position.

    @Bré Jus: Thanks!

    @Robert: Sorry

    @Jordan73: Worried about his hip.

    @Steve: Yeah, not too far off.

    @A2K: Kemp

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Harang

    @STRAWberry: I don’t like him better.

    @Tyler: How many teams make the playoffs?

    @Bourne: Me too

    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha! They go to Costa Rica or Prague or wherever so they don’t spend $60K. They spend about $60.00 per challenge. Someone will die at some point. Matter of time.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Nolasco

    @Frank Rizzo: Ha

    @Mr2Bits: I do enjoy him, but he’s young and I have some reservations.

    @Cole: What a total douchebag, right? Like Batali makes him wash his Crocs so he has all this pent up anger.

    @Frank Rizzo: Eh

    @CL: Leave off Marshall, Perkins, Al Albuquerque…Thanks!

    @Rodger-Dodger: Looked like a hot schmotato. Worth riding while hot.

    @papasmurf: Ha…Yup

    @Rodger-Dodger: Cecil

    @Shea Sera Sera: Ah, yeah, my bad. Fixed.

    @Commish Cauda: Tulo

    @elwood blues: Yup

    @bfeels: Not confident at all. D Hudson, Anibal, Beachy…

    @Steve Stevenson: Boesch, Lewis…

    @koko: Ha…Thanks!

    @Rob: Bonifacio for steals, Cozart for upside…

    @Rabbit: Not crazy about Hellickson in the 2nd half. The other two just missed.

    @Big Magoo: Depends on the upgrade elsewhere.

    @Jake: Go for it.

    @KJ: My bad. Fixed.

    @Rabbit: Ha

    @Will: A-Gon

    @Dan Z: Sure

    @grapejelly: Sounds good.

    @Salty Balty: And the fact he can hit .180 and zero homers for a month. He could easily be above Dunn.

  45. Looking 4 Power says:

    Dan Haren has been a big reason my team is sitting in a close race for 1st place in my 14 team league. He has been good to me, but fearing the second half swoon, I just packaged him and Brett Gardner for King Felix. My pitching staff just got younger in a keeper league, and I finally dumped Gardner who I can’t stand. Not sure why, I think it is his smug picture on his yahoo profile??

  46. Big Nate says:

    I see you are high on Greinke for the second half. Move Hellickson and Freeman for Greinke?

  47. Commish Cauda says:

    @Big Nate:

    re-draft league? definitely.

    keeper league? tough call…but it’s a “go for it now” move…and one I would probably make if I needed a front line arm

  48. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Grey: Follow-up from earlier – I guess what I’m basically asking is do you consider A-Gon and Teix equals? Or does A-Gon have a little more value going forward? Thanks for the response.

  49. Ryan says:

    Braun definitely played on Yom Kippur last year. My friend got thrown out of the bleachers in SF for heckling him.

  50. Joel says:

    Olivo’s my catcher at the moment. However, the following 3 catchers are on the wire: ianetta, Ramon hernandez and Pierszynski. can u rank these 4? I’m assuming Olivo’s not the best, and at least one of those 3 would be an upgrade. The Hernandez situation is interesting to me: would I be better off with his great production during the half time that he plays, in my 6×6 h2h league, as opposed to the other C’s mediocre fulltime production?

  51. TheNewGuy says:

    Decided to go for the Freeman for Quentin trade, so now need to replace Freeman on my minor league roster. Available guys are: Zach Cozart, Chris Archer, Josh Vitters, Wilson Ramos, Christian Colon and Randall Delgado…im kinda leaning towards Archer, which one would you take outta these available guys. Also would you consider replacing Ben Revere with any of these other guys…he’s done pretty well but his upside seems Juan-Pierre-ish so fairly limited. Oh and Im not worried about these guys contributing this year, just want the best prospects. Thanks.

  52. Joel says:

    Another Olivo Q:

    in my 6×6 h2h league right now I have him as C, Strudel cabrera at SS and Starlin Castro at IF. I can trade Strudel for VMart straight up, and slide Prado into IF now that he’s coming off DL. What do u think? Should I trade Strudel for Vmart?

  53. Salty Balty says:

    related to your thread with Awesomus, you watch Whale Wars? Definately leads all TV shows in terms of likelihood of a cast members death and/or multiple deaths. Paul Watson is the man!

  54. SwaggerJackers says:

    @Grey: Nice rankings. This update is very helpful.

    Any chance for a big second half for Snider? I picked him up in two of my leagues and am hoping for some big things.

    Which two bums out of this bunch would you play in a weekly H2H league after the break: Dunn, A Hill, Nunez, Moustakas, Sieger. These guys all suck but I need to play two and they have to be productive! I’m thinking Nunez (for average and steals) and Dunn (for a couple random dingers). Moose and Sieger haven proven anything yet.

  55. Tom the Niner says:

    Grey, I wish I had known of your site at the beginning of the year. It is clear that you are superior than every writer at ESPN

  56. dingbat says:

    Jonathan Niese has looked pretty good since mid-May (3.59 ERA & 2.57 FIP over his last 10 starts). Is he worth picking up and dropping Liriano for? I’ve got the following pitching staff:

    Weaver, Marcum, Zimmermann, Bumgarner, Latos, Garza, Norris, Liriano, Luebke


  57. BookieBob says:

    /Seinfeld voice on

    What’s the deal with all these competitive cooking shows?

    I mean, I like food, you like food; we all like to eat – why is it a contest?

    /Seinfeld voice off

  58. BookieBob says:


    Nice job idiot! How’s that 10 year old joke taste?


  59. chata says:


    glad to see you’re finally on board the ellsbury bandwagon .
    not that it matters much to me , but it speaks to your “adaptiveness”
    (if that’s a word) …. also excuse the quotation marks , but my keyboard
    has no option for italics .

    am amused by your running relationship with lance berkman and look forward to it continuing in the 2nd half .
    much better banter than with andre eithier’s mom …. but that was also
    entertaining .
    much more so than seeing some guy list his team’s roster for the umpteenth time .

    hit by a car ?
    happens much too frequently (especially on comm ave.) and not just by the trolleys .
    friend of mine lost his daughter near the eve of her graduation/wedding .
    she’s gone … and he’ll never recover .
    was your incident caused by a drunk driver ??

    also , would like to acknowledge the good work that melky cabrera has done , across-the-board , for each of my teams this year (except Razz) .

    thanks ….
    and nice work (list) , as usual .

  60. Stinky Cheese Man says:

    What do you think of dealing Longoria for A-Rod/McCutchen? I’d be without a 3B for 4-6 weeks.. options on the wire include: Headley, McGhee, Uribe, Rolen, and Glass Chipper.

  61. shibboleth says:

    Wait, Rasmus potentially going to Rays? Sorry for your loss, ellwood. But those of us in mixed/AL leagues might reap some rewards, yes? Or will Maddon’s mix-and-match lineup approach be a detriment here? I can’t imagine they’d trade for him if they weren’t going to give him regular starting time. I’m all over the place!

  62. dingbat says:

    Thanks! The reason I’m scouring the wire for pitching is I’m thinking of offering Zimmermann + Revere for Stubbs. Look like a good offer to make?

  63. Michael says:

    Ok with the all star game upon us it’s time to begin buying or selling in earnest with the trade deadline looming. Thanks you your expert advice I am sitting in first place in my division in our league, the down side my division sucks and there are three teams in the other division who have regularly killed me. I figure I need to buy a few choice players. I have a glut of 2B (Utley, Kinsler, Espinosa) and could also part with my short stop A Cabrera. I think I need help in my pitching staff which is anchored by Hamels and backed up by Vogelsong, Kennedy, Gio Gonzalez, a couple of Hodgepodres and Morrow. I would like to add some power as my only two power hitters are Kemp and Konerko and maybe another Ace to anchor the bullpen. Current trades being discussed are

    Utley (eligible to be kept for 6th round pick) for Halladay (not a keeper)

    A Cabrera (eligible for 14th round) and Ian Kennedy or Gio Gonzales ( eligible to be kept for 15th round) for Stephen Drew (eligible for 10th round) and CC (not a keeper)

    Utley and one of Vogelsong, Gonzalez, or Kennedy for Lester or Wandy Rodriguez and Hunter Pence or Carlos Quentin

    Hamels and Paul Konerko for Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Zimmerman

    Which Deals should I pursue and which are less beneficial to me and is there any combination of deals that would give me a leg up on the competition. Thanks for the advice you do great work.

  64. TheNewGuy says:

    Add which one outta C Archer, Z Cosack, J Vitters or R Delgado on a minor league team? Also would you keep Revere on it or replace him with one of the others (not fussed about contributions this year, just want the best prospect)? Or are you not a minor league guy.

  65. B-Show says:

    I am in a total points league…
    Should I trade Kershaw for Jared Weaver?
    Also, should I pick up Parnell or Guerra for saves? (I know Parnell is not closer, but is it worth the gamble to have him in long run or stick with Guerra for now)?


  66. microwave donut says:

    So I didn’t really get the Nap’s mom comments until today.

    Google it, it’s not a bad find.

  67. Tyler says:

    @Grey: Sorry I left that out – 6 teams make the playoffs; top 2 teams get byes for the first round. I’m .5 games out of 6th place.

  68. jack says:

    Little known fact: Alex Gordon leads league in average home run length (415). His shortest was 403. No just enoughs. Lots of fly outs and doubles against the wall. Could see him banging 15 in the second half, hitting .280, driving in 45 and stealing another 5. Think he belongs in the top 100.

  69. cincinnasty says:

    Someone in my league is in dire need of an outfielder. He is trying to pry the dreadpirate from my kungfu grip. I planned on keeping either him or Bruce as my third keeper next year.

    I have some serious man love for bruce but mccutchin is my insurace policy if bruce stinks up the joint in the second half.

    Can I trade the dread pirate and roll with bruce as my third keeper or is it a bit to early to tell.

    I have longo and agonz as my first two keepers

  70. Tyler says:

    To add on, I’m pretty sure I can make the playoffs – less sure I can finish in the money. So not clear to me whether to buy, sell, or stand pat without doing either…

  71. Giacomo says:

    Grey – Great List! Thanks.

    I know Liriano has been terrible, would you ditch him for Baker at this point in the season? For some reason Baker is still on waivers in this league. Giving up Liriano’s upside still worries me.

  72. Wilsonian says:

    CarGo’s MRI is in…deep bone bruise. He’s getting a cortisone shot and taking BP tomorrow.

  73. Tyler says:

    @Grey: Gracias great work on the list

  74. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Giacomo: Thanks! Because of Baker’s injury, I’d hold for right now.

    @Tyler: No problem.

    @Wilsonian: Thanks for the heads up!

  75. herschel says:

    @Grey: any love for javy vazquez in the second half? he seems to have strung together a couple of decent starts

    for era and whip, who do you like in the second half between vazquez, cecil, floyd, j mcdonald, leake and b mccarthy?


  76. Wake Up says:

    I think Ubaldo will be a top 10 SP for the second half.

  77. herschel says:

    Juan Rivera traded to the Dodgers. Excited to hear Scully’s breakdown of him…

  78. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: no problem.

    Would you deal Espinosa for Uggla or is that tomatoes all around? I refuse to say “tomahto” unless I’m wearing my smoking jacket, smoking a pipe and sipping Brandy.

  79. Cole says:

    @Grey: Yeah, leave it to Joseph to make Ramsey look like the calm thoughtful one. I really like his mom’s show (Lidia’s Italy on PBS) and Mario’s stuff so he is the reason I checked it out in the first place.

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @herschel: Cecil

    @Wake Up: Could be

    @herschel: That’ll fix the Dodgers.

    @Wilsonian: I would if I needed to gamble on power.

    @Cole: I like the fat guy judge who looks just happy to try the contestants’ food.

  81. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: hmmm, I might need to take a gamble on some pop. I really like Espinosa, although he quit returning my texts a couple weeks ago…

  82. Cole says:

    @Grey: Yeah I have yet to make the effort to find out who that dude is. The other judges don’t question him being there so I just assumed he’s a chef or something.

  83. potus says:

    @ whoever or is it whomever(where’s my damn speech writer) anyways:

    Goldschmidt or Allen going to get the call in the next week? If so what do we expect?

    Allen a Quad A guy or a serviceable MLB player? Is Schmidt worth his weight in 1/2 his last name?


  84. jack says:

    Joyce, Freese or Willingham ROS (utility spot)?

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Ha

    @Cole: Chicago restauranteur.

    @potus: I like both if they get every day playing time. Why do you say they’re being called up next week?

    @jack: Joyce, Freese…

  86. potus says:

    For whatever it’s worth my baseball guru’s included this in one of my most recent morning briefings:

    The Diamondbacks will consider promoting either Brandon Allen or Paul Goldschmidt to the big leagues for the start of the second half.
    Juan Miranda and Xavier Nady simply haven’t gotten the job done, and it appears the D’Backs are looking at alternatives for first base. Goldschmidt has gotten a lot of pub this year, and rightfully so given his 25 homers, 78 RBI and .315 average at Double-A Mobile. But, Allen has also had a big year and might be a more likely candidate for a promotion given that he’s already at Triple-A and has major league experience. He’s hitting .300/.426/.570 with 17 longballs and 63 RBI for Triple-A Reno. Source: Arizona Republic

  87. Grey

    Grey says:

    @potus: Ah… Need to know which one, I think they’d go to Allen first. Good power flyer in deep leagues.

  88. is your obsession with hating the mets because you are a yankee/phillie fan?

    As a met fan, who is feeling conflicted about reading your blog and using your fantasy advice, I need to understand this hate if I am to continue reading or just delete the bookmark.

  89. Bernie Brewer says:

    Too much to give H. Kendrick, Bourn, and Valverde to get R. Weeks and Longoria? (Currently have Youk at 3B, but could slide him to 1B, bump Hosmer to Util)

  90. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,do you like oswalt as a 2nd half guy

  91. Grey

    Grey says:

    @gbaked: I don’t hate them, I loved Reyes this year until he was hurt again. The organization lies about injuries, check recent history.

    @Bernie Brewer: Nope

    @AL KOHOLIC: Not really.

  92. BucLover says:

    Grey, would you mind telling who you like best for the second half… Maholm or IKennedy? Also, did Luebke come close to making your top 100?

  93. Jair Jurrjens says:


    While I generally agree with many of your predictions, I’m deeply saddened and hurt that I am not in your top 100. Many people don’t think I can continue winning and a sub 2 ERA, mostly because I’m young. We have a great team, a great pen, and I’ll finish this year with 20 wins and a sub 2.5 ERA.

    Thank you for the motivation.

    JJ #49

  94. Virinder says:

    Oh man, I just traded Reyes for Rollins/Romero….Rollins has been producing this year, why would he possibly be droppable in a month for someone on waivers? Injury??

  95. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Virinder: That’s a good trade. It just means there’s little time that players don’t mean as much, just productivity.

  96. 626 Jack says:

    @grey: I appreciate the controlled analysis of the 100, I hate the bandwagon writers for ruining peoples season over inflated numbers. better keeper for next year david wright or asdrubal cabrera? Does McCann have an edge on either. This is a 14 team 3 keepers league. Thanks for any help

  97. Derrick says:

    Got an interesting offer today. Here is my team….

    C – V. Martinez
    1B – M. Cabrera
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Wright/Reynolds
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Bruce/J. Upton/Crawford/Wells
    Util – Espinosa

    SP’s – Gallardo, Norris, Gio, Kennedy, Bum, Danks, Leubke, Wandy, Dempster, Humber

    RP’s – Soria, Marmol, Santos and Hanrahan

    I got offered Jered Weaver and Delmon Young for Crawford and Espinosa.

    With what I have, great O and subpar pitching, should I make this move?

  98. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey

    Mad Max at #89?! Love it. I’ll support that ranking man, he’ll turn it around after the break.

    2 quick question…ROS; Napoli or Ianetta? Pick 1; Morton, Rubby DLR, Paulino or Wood (regardless of whether or not he’s in the minors).

    Stellar work as always!

    The Spaceman

  99. The Spaceman says:

    @ The Spaceman

    Cecil can be included in the prior question. Thanks for the time Grey!

  100. Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi says:

    Batista should hit at least 25 more HR’s and hit for .300 in the 2nd half.

  101. Long Bawls says:

    What, no Arroyo? You come for the killer jams, you stay for the second-half nonsuckiness.

  102. Arod Loves Frost says:


    Any recommendations for players I should target with David Wright?

    I have Sandoval and believe I can still get a good return from Wright. My obvious weakness is 2nd base where Ive refuse to give up on Aaron Hill. Doesn’t need to be 2nd though.


  103. herschel says:

    @Grey: speaking of not trusting top 100 pitchers for their next start, thoughts on gallardo tomorrow @ col? gotta start him, right?

  104. herschel says:

    @Grey: AL even or NL -110?

  105. Howie says:

    @Grey: NL only- I have a chance to pick up Gallardo in return for one of my relievers– Marmol and Street are the ones identified from my roster. I read your Top 100 rest of the way blurb on Marmol and his projected 15 saves– how about Street? Or is it essentially a case of flipping a coin to determine which guy will have fewer saves? Any meaningful projected difference in ERA/WHIP between the two? Thanks.

  106. Howard says:

    @Grey I need ERA and WHIP to put me over the top. My staff is CC, Lester, Greinke, Chacin, Hudson, Bumgarner, Niese and Norris. You can see where I’ve had a few explosions. At least I haven’t had Liriano and Scherzer. Who should I be targeting to improve in those areas?

  107. royce! says:

    In 28 games for the Tucson Padres (AAA), Kyle Blanks is hitting .378 with 11 HR and 31 RBI and a 1.272 OPS. That must be fun for him.

  108. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Ha! That’s pretty good on Murphy. It’s like Blanks is playing with Lilliputians.

  109. DiscoD says:

    @ Grey

    Ibanez is on waivers…. Drop Trout, Wells or Snider?

  110. royce! says:

    @Grey: Ha, totally!

    Rizzo hasn’t done much to block him in the bigs, but I think that the Padres will give him more time to adapt. Blanks has been playing LF periodically, so perhaps the Padres will deal Ludwick, or maybe move him to RF. Venable hasn’t even provided that great of defense this year, though I guess Denorfia has been decent. Seems that they would want to get that Brobdingnagian bat in the lineup again. I wanna see another inside the park HR!

  111. royce! says:

    NL teams should have pitched in so that the Padres could retain Adrian Gonzalez and play for the NL All Star team. Lesson learned.

  112. royce! says:

    Prince Fielder disagrees, apparently

  113. royce! says:

    In the RCL, I have exactly one player from every interval of 12 on your top 100 except from 61 to 72. Might as well give up now.

  114. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DiscoD: Trout

    @royce!: I’d like to see anything to get excited about from the Padres offense.

    @royce!: Yeah, Belt over Blanks.

    @royce!: Ha

  115. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    Do you at all like Lackey to rebound in the second half? I’d accept even a 4.20 ERA as that would still mean plenty of wins on the Bosox.


  116. bfeels says:

    Based on my experience as an owner, your comments throughout and looking at the stats, Liriano is at the very tail end of my rotation (man, fantasy baseball is not won predicting things in the offseason!). Assume you don’t envision a big turnaround?….would you drop him for Mike Adams who is still on our waivers? Thanks

  117. herschel says:

    m. cabrera leaves asg with “strained left side”…

  118. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bfeels: I don’t envision a big turnaround. I wouldn’t drop him for Adams though.

    @herschel: Did I jinx him in this post?

  119. @Grey: Seriously… the Mike-Mike incident was like Jackass without the “professionalism”. I’m still not sure why Leroy’s Rival replacement is his BFF. I’m assuming Mike-Mike took over that spot after Leroy learned his homie was gunned down by the po-po via a phone call that was only slightly more tactful than the, “Lindsay… Bill killed himself.” call from RW Seattle… sad but true, Cliff Burton. Take THAT, everyone who said it’s impossible to cram three “dead buddy” references into one slightly humorous joke!

    Also, I haven’t crunched the numbers yet, but I think that even if you include last night’s outing, Jose Cano still has a better HR/outing rate than Max Scherzer. FMFBBL.

  120. Joel says:


    Gotta cut someone to make room for Prado comin off dl. My choices are Mark Ellis or daniel murphy. For some reason, i’m really liking ellis right now, he’s getting at least one or two counting stats per game since the trade. Should I jettison Murph or ellis? also, would u start Prado right away, or let him get a couple games under his belt first? THANKS!!

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: I enjoy the acronym FMFBBL a lot and will use it. You didn’t see the first episode? Adam was Leroy’s ‘rival’ but punched Ty and was kicked off.

    @Joel: Ellis… start him right away.

  122. Steve says:

    @Grey: “I enjoy the acronym FMFBBL a lot and will use it” reads like something a hot Japanese girl would have on the front of a t-shirt.

  123. Arod Loves Frost says:

    Grey – quick follow up.

    Do you think any other second base (besides Cano) is worth trading Wright away? Should I look for more?

    I’m being extra cautious as it’s my first pick and I don’t want to throw it away

  124. @Grey: Consider the acronym a metaphorical daiquiri… she’s all yours.

    Yeah, I saw Adam get kicked off… just don’t understand why he was replaced with Lee’s best buddy. The show’s facade is that it forces people who don’t like each other to work together, so Mike-Mike seems like the last person you’d bring in. Meh… the challenges are the least interesting portion of the Challenges anyway, so I suppose it’s moot.

  125. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: True re: they being the least interesting aspect, but they only had one other person to choose from for Leroy and he was probably doing gay porn and calling it ‘just showering in front of a camera while some guy lathered his naughty bits.’

  126. AdamH says:


    Would you consider Hanson a keeper for next season (12 teams keeping 5 each)?

    Also, do you think A. Gordon, Norris, and Axford is enough, too much, or fair for Hanson? That would leave me with Hanrahan and Farnsworth as my closers. My best SP is JJ and we see how much he is helping me right now.

  127. Steve says:

    @Grey: @Awesomus Maximus: Substitute “some guy” with “hot Japanese girl” and I’m watching.

  128. Tony says:


    what do you think about this grey, my BRAUN/CARGO/Nunez/Stauffer for another owners Lind, Hanley, Pence, and Kershaw?

    who wins? im in 11th, almost roasted, throwing up a hail mary, i dealt all my pitching for offense, then my pitching blows, and cargo/braun decide to nurse minor injuries, what to do!?!?! would i totally win out in this or is it a wash, or am i trying to smack the other owner in theface….?

    2011 sucks.

  129. Hans says:

    @GREY K-rod traded to the brewers, who closes for the Mets now and what happens with axford? SAGNOF

  130. Fletch says:

    Was John Rocker the only one not selected to play in the All-Star game? But then again, maybe he was selected and turned it down because he thought there were too many foreigners on the team.

  131. pat says:

    k rod traded to brewers… parnell new closer? and my guess is that k rod will set up axford so that he wont qualify for his 17.5 mil option

  132. @Grey: True… and I bet for just one shower scene Dustin probably banks 10x what Mike-Mike and Lee are able to squeeze out of MTV for their challenge appearances combined.

  133. Hans says:

    @Grey I’m hearing Isringhausen for the Mets and just grabbed him everywhere….limited moves in some leagues, I hope its Izzy…

  134. @Grey: seems to be leaning towards Isringhausen:

    “the Mets can use Parnell for more than an inning at a time if need be, as they have in four of his last 11 appearances. They don’t have that luxury with Isringhausen, which may make Izzy the closer by default.”

  135. I grabbed Parnell, though. Had to drop Jennings to do it, but I don’t think he’s worth holding in non-keeper 12-team mixed (or shallower) since his injury.

  136. chata says:

    kiwis and beerguts ….. you guys are like vultures .

  137. Steve says:

    @chata: In that league, I am both the vulture and the rotting carcass.

  138. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: is leaning that way? I’m actually leaning the other way.

    @chata: Ha

  139. Steve says:

    @Grey: I’ll top it off by benching him (Parnell).

  140. Steve says:

    @Steve: I have a solid lead in Saves.

  141. @Grey: Yeah, I was just pulling an out-of-context quote from R.J.’s latest Bottom of the 9th as a goof.

  142. chata says:


    i need some saves , you little hoarder .

    how long are you going to hold it against me for your liriano fiasco ?
    you even had your boy (Grey) telling me to keep liriano over hanson .

    ha !!

  143. Steve says:

    @chata: Ha yourself. Eyes wide open on Liriano ;-)

    The only person I am holding Liriano against, is Liriano.

  144. chata says:


    your outfield is a mess .
    what do you want ?

  145. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    In reference to Adam Dunn, I can’t be the only one who has noticed that Pujols has developed a gut over the last few years.

  146. Derrick says:

    Stubbs and Lester for Crawford and Gio.

    Who wins?

  147. Nick says:

    @Grey: Do you like Trumbo or CoCo or Alcidies Escobar over my current roster of Aybar & Cozart at SS and Fredie Freeman at Util. Any changes I should make?

    Pitching I have ALOT of starters with Luebke, Vogelsong, Verlander, Cahill, Nolasco, Hanson, Scherzer, Niese & Vargas while closers include Storen, Farnsworth, Madson & Adams as… my piching is at +18 innnings so I have to be caution here and have tried to bring in my closers to limit innings. Guerra is available, any move I should make to grab him and continue limiting innings pitchered?

    Thanks in advance Grey, you da bomb!

  148. Nick says:

    @Grey: On my other league Ryan Zimmermann in available! I do have Longoria at 3rd but could throw him in 1 of 2 UTIL spots. Options to dump could be Cozart (with Starlin @ SS) or lose Dillon Gee (although in this leauge I’m -66Innings) so I dont want to lose pitchers…maybe go for Masterson, Vargas or Matt Harrison to up my innings grab some K’s…but I might have to lose one of my many closers (Feliz, Nunez, Storen, Street, Farnsworth)

  149. WDE05 says:

    Just picked up Chapman a couple of days ago. Would you dump him in favor of Parnell?

  150. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Is Chacin and Phillips too much for Pedroia?

  151. Jesse says:

    just traded Beckett and Madson for Braun. How happy am I?

  152. AdamH#1 says:

    Hey, I’m AdamH. Who’s this new guy.

  153. John says:

    IMO Napoli on this list is insane, probably crazier than Scherzer although not by much. Unless HR/AB is a category in your league then his unreal HR/AB rate isn’t very useful. I cut him a long time ago for Miguel Montero and couldn’t be happier.

  154. Jarred says:

    I am in a 12 team H2H keeper league and currently traded Holliday but really fortified my pitching staff. I have for the next couple years Lee, Lincecum, Ubaldo, Gio, Wandy, Hudson, Romero, Strasburg. For 3 OF spots I have Granderson, Pence, Markakis, and have dunn and lind playing 1B and util. I can get for Lind and Gio Jayson werth, Adam jones or Gaby Sanchez, Joe Nathan, and Javy Guerra. Werth and Gio are the only ones who i could keep into next year. Would you trade for Werth, or keep Gio? Thanks!

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