lindy

I don’t know many guys over the age of 35 that haven’t stood on the edge of a diving board, tested the wind with their thumb and casually fired off a series of armpit farts before triumphantly diving into the water. The Triple Lindy is a legendary 80’s movie scene courtesy of the late great Rodney Dangerfield, ranking right up there with Daniel LaRusso’s crane kick to win the All Valley Karate Championship.

In the last two weeks no batter has scored more fantasy points than Milwaukee’s Adam Lind. With 5 home runs, 16 runs batted in and 10 walks, Lind put up 65 points. Only J.D. Martinez and his 7 homers and 63 points came close. With 218 points, Lind is the 28th ranked batter in points leagues. Considering he was drafted in about 0.0 percent of leagues, I’m guessing he’s going to end the season as one of the top waiver pickups. And ironically, Triple Lind(y) has no triples on the 2015 season. Isn’t it ironic?

But enough about that, let’s get to some rankings. It’s been a few weeks since my last rankings and considering the All-Star break is upon us, I figured now’s a time as good as any. And as it turns out, it’s pretty easy to cobble together rankings for points leagues. Especially year-to-date rankings. In points leagues there is only one statistic. Points. He who scores the most points wins. Well the same goes for positional rankings. The player that has scored the most points at a given position has to be ranked number one at said position. If Player 1 scored more points than Player 2, then Player 1 will have a higher rank. I don’t care what their names are or the fact that Player 2 was unlucky.

With that said, let’s get to it. Actually, I’ve got a few more things to say before we do. What I’ve put together is three sets of rankings. Year-to-date (YTD), rest of season (ROS) and end of season (EOS) rankings. As I’ve already said, YTD were easy. I just grouped the players by position and sorted by points scored in descending order. Easy peasy. For ROS rankings, I had to do some math. Who doesn’t love math. Two weeks ago I wrote about projected points for the remainder of the season. Since then I have refined my formulas and have recalculated the results. I am much happier with the final product. Once I had the projected points, I just grouped the players by position and sorted by projected points in descending order. Rinse and repeat.

What about end of season rankings? Am I attempting to go all Nostradamus on Razzball? Perhaps, but I think it’s much simpler than that. What I did was take each players’ YTD points and add them to their projected ROS points to determine how many points they will have at the end of the season. Voila! Where else can you get end of season rankings months before the season is over? Anway, let the games begin. And may the odds be ever in your favor…

Catcher

Name YTD Name ROS Name EOS
Buster Posey 254 Buster Posey 234 Buster Posey 488
Stephen Vogt 210 Brian McCann 203 Stephen Vogt 393
Brian McCann 182 Stephen Vogt 183 Brian McCann 385
Evan Gattis 175 A.J. Pierzynski 179 Evan Gattis 337
Russell Martin 166 Yasmani Grandal 174 Yasmani Grandal 332
Yasmani Grandal 158 Russell Martin 166 Russell Martin 332
Salvador Perez 149 Evan Gattis 162 A.J. Pierzynski 319
Derek Norris 149 Salvador Perez 161 Salvador Perez 310
A.J. Pierzynski 140 Wilson Ramos 160 Wilson Ramos 288
Yadier Molina 134 Jonathan Lucroy 158 Derek Norris 286
Wilson Ramos 128 Kevin Plawecki 154 Yadier Molina 278
Nick Hundley 119 Yadier Molina 144 Nick Hundley 260
Francisco Cervelli 115 Nick Hundley 141 Francisco Cervelli 253
Kurt Suzuki 111 Ryan Hanigan 141 Jonathan Lucroy 242
Miguel Montero 106 Dioner Navarro 140 Kurt Suzuki 242
Robinson Chirinos 99 Francisco Cervelli 138 Robinson Chirinos 233
J.T. Realmuto 93 Derek Norris 137 Miguel Montero 227
Caleb Joseph 88 Robinson Chirinos 134 J.T. Realmuto 214
Jonathan Lucroy 84 Kurt Suzuki 131 Kevin Plawecki 210
James McCann 82 Josh Phegley 129 Caleb Joseph 202
Wilin Rosario 76 Matt Wieters 123 Josh Phegley 196
Jason Castro 75 Tucker Barnhart 122 James McCann 196
Welington Castillo 74 Miguel Montero 121 Dioner Navarro 190
Carlos Ruiz 71 J.T. Realmuto 121 Ryan Hanigan 187

I said it preseason, I’m saying it again now and I’ll remind you in October, Buster Posey is practically a must own in points leagues. There is no other position where the EOS difference in points between the top and second ranked players is greater. Stephen Vogt or Die, which is actually Sean Combs team name in his league, seemingly came out of nowhere this season. And those that drafted Brian McCann were certainly rewarded. Those that reached for Jonathan Lucroy, were not. Two other catchers I’d like to point out are Kyle Schwarber and Travis d’Arnaud. While it’s hardly a valid sample size (that’s what she said), over 6 games and 23 plate appearances Schwarber scored 19 points. Extrapolating that over the course of a full season and your looking at a top 3 catcher. You better believe I’m going after him if I miss out on Posey next year. As for d’Arnaud, in 19 games and 77 plate appearances he amassed 59 points and is also a candidate for a top 3 catcher. You heard it here. A season and a half ahead of time. 2016’s top three catchers will be Posey, Schwarber and d’Arnaud.

1B

Name YTD Name ROS Name EOS
Paul Goldschmidt 342 Paul Goldschmidt 302 Paul Goldschmidt 644
Anthony Rizzo 291 Anthony Rizzo 264 Anthony Rizzo 555
Albert Pujols 282 Albert Pujols 262 Albert Pujols 544
Miguel Cabrera 268 Prince Fielder 243 Prince Fielder 511
Prince Fielder 268 Mark Teixeira 239 Miguel Cabrera 506
Mark Teixeira 254 Miguel Cabrera 238 Mark Teixeira 493
Adrian Gonzalez 248 Joey Votto 222 Adrian Gonzalez 465
Joey Votto 223 Victor Martinez 219 Joey Votto 445
Adam Lind 218 Adrian Gonzalez 217 Edwin Encarnacion 423
Kendrys Morales 214 Jose Abreu 216 Jose Abreu 418
Edwin Encarnacion 214 Edwin Encarnacion 209 Kendrys Morales 414
Stephen Vogt 210 Kendrys Morales 200 Adam Lind 411
Jose Abreu 202 Adam Lind 193 Stephen Vogt 393
Eric Hosmer 188 Eric Hosmer 191 Eric Hosmer 379
Joe Mauer 188 Carlos Santana 186 Freddie Freeman 368
Freddie Freeman 183 Freddie Freeman 185 Carlos Santana 363
Carlos Santana 177 Stephen Vogt 183 Joe Mauer 361
Chris Davis 176 Mitch Moreland 178 Victor Martinez 352
Logan Morrison 168 Justin Morneau 175 Chris Davis 339
Billy Butler 167 Joe Mauer 173 Mitch Moreland 335
Lucas Duda 162 James Loney 172 Logan Morrison 328
Mitch Moreland 157 Dan Johnson 172 Billy Butler 326
Brandon Belt 150 Clint Robinson 166 Lucas Duda 318
Victor Martinez 133 Chris Davis 163 Brandon Belt 300
Ryan Howard 125 Logan Morrison 160 Chris Colabello 283

I think Paul Goldschmidt finishing in the top spot was expected by many. By such a margin of difference, I don’t know, but as a Goldschmidt owner in a long term keeper league I’m happier than a pig in shit. I think the big surprises here are Albert Pujols and Mark Teixeira. With 282 points Pujols is potentially looking at a 544 point season, which would be his highest total since 2011 and good enough for a top 3 finish. Preseason, most experts had him finishing outside the top 10 among first basemen. For the record, I had him finishing 6th. As for Teixeira, the dude is on pace for 41 homers, 118 RBIs and just under 500 points. Considering his preseason value, I’d label him a big win. Mark it down!

2B

Name YTD Name ROS Name EOS
Jason Kipnis 262 Jason Kipnis 234 Jason Kipnis 496
Brian Dozier 253 Brian Dozier 223 Brian Dozier 476
Jose Altuve 225 Jose Altuve 212 Jose Altuve 437
Joe Panik 211 Ben Zobrist 208 Joe Panik 398
Kolten Wong 192 Joe Panik 187 Kolten Wong 369
Dustin Pedroia 184 Devon Travis 187 Ian Kinsler 367
Logan Forsythe 184 Ian Kinsler 183 Ben Zobrist 364
Ian Kinsler 184 Kolten Wong 177 Dustin Pedroia 360
Dee Gordon 181 Dustin Pedroia 176 Dee Gordon 351
Howie Kendrick 179 Brandon Phillips 175 Howie Kendrick 347
DJ LeMahieu 168 Neil Walker 171 Logan Forsythe 337
Brandon Phillips 159 Dee Gordon 170 Brandon Phillips 334
Neil Walker 157 Howie Kendrick 168 Neil Walker 328
Ben Zobrist 156 Jonathan Schoop 165 DJ LeMahieu 327
Danny Espinosa 144 Daniel Murphy 163 Devon Travis 313
Matt Duffy 144 Robinson Cano 162 Robinson Cano 306
Robinson Cano 144 DJ LeMahieu 159 Daniel Murphy 300
Jace Peterson 142 Logan Forsythe 153 Matt Duffy 297
Johnny Giavotella 142 Matt Duffy 153 Danny Espinosa 283
Daniel Murphy 137 Jace Peterson 140 Jace Peterson 282

I really don’t want to make this all about Robinson Cano, but what do you know. Here I go. Can anyone spell fantasy disappointment of the decade. I think I just did and spell checker didn’t argue with me. All I can say is I’m sorry. Even I didn’t see this one coming. But I digress. Jason Kipnis has finally ascended to the top. I think the most un-notable name here is Joe PanikHey Joe, I said where you goin’ with all of them points in your hand? Welcome to the top 5! Jose Altuve and Dee Gordon jump up the rankings in leagues that give 2 points for stolen bases.

3B

Name YTD Name ROS Name EOS
Nolan Arenado 277 Nolan Arenado 254 Nolan Arenado 531
Josh Donaldson 272 Todd Frazier 248 Todd Frazier 512
Todd Frazier 264 Josh Donaldson 231 Josh Donaldson 503
Manny Machado 257 Manny Machado 222 Manny Machado 479
Alex Rodriguez 217 Miguel Sano 214 Alex Rodriguez 420
Matt Carpenter 188 Maikel Franco 205 Mike Moustakas 375
Trevor Plouffe 186 Alex Rodriguez 203 Matt Carpenter 374
Mike Moustakas 184 Mike Moustakas 191 Kris Bryant 368
Kris Bryant 181 David Wright 190 Trevor Plouffe 361
Evan Longoria 180 Kris Bryant 187 Maikel Franco 352
Kyle Seager 177 Matt Carpenter 186 Kyle Seager 344
Justin Turner 165 Adrian Beltre 182 Evan Longoria 343
Luis Valbuena 162 Trevor Plouffe 175 Luis Valbuena 325
Maikel Franco 147 Kyle Seager 167 Justin Turner 323
David Freese 145 Evan Longoria 163 Adrian Beltre 321
Aramis Ramirez 144 Luis Valbuena 163 Jimmy Paredes 298
Pedro Alvarez 142 Justin Turner 158 Aramis Ramirez 296
Josh Harrison 142 Jimmy Paredes 157 Pablo Sandoval 287
Jimmy Paredes 141 Martin Prado 157 David Freese 285
Adrian Beltre 139 Aramis Ramirez 152 Pedro Alvarez 282

Remember that time Robin Ventura charged Nolan Arenado and Arenado beat him like a rented mule? Oh wait, wrong Nolan. My bad. Still one of the greatest fights I’ve seen in my day in an MLB baseball game. They should have let Bo Jackson and Nolan Ryan duke it out. My money would have been on Bo. You know why? Because Bo Knows! Can you imagine being on the Rangers in that malay and having to be aware of both Bo Jackson and Frank Thomas. Here’s my question. How did they let Ryan stay in the game?

Arenado, Todd Frazier and Josh Donaldson. That’s what I call a pick ’em. While I’d prefer Arenado, I’d be happy with either of the three. All of whom are on course for 500 plus point seasons. But don’t look now! Manny Machado is knocking on the door. Knock knock. Who’s there? Manny. Manny who? Manny freaking Machado! With 19 home runs and a .301 batting average he is next in line and is definitely the third baseman I am going after if I miss out on the big three. Because next year I think we will be talking about the big four. Sorry Kris Bryant. And an even bigger “sorry” to anyone that owns Adrian Beltre. Or should I call him the Robinson Cano of third base? Who would have anticipated Alex Rodriguez being much more valuable than Beltre? What do you call a roster with both Cano and Beltre? Dead Man’s Party!

 

SS

Name YTD Name ROS Name EOS
Hanley Ramirez 206 Carlos Correa 240 Hanley Ramirez 417
Jhonny Peralta 202 Hanley Ramirez 211 Jhonny Peralta 384
Brandon Crawford 188 Troy Tulowitzki 199 Troy Tulowitzki 377
Troy Tulowitzki 178 Jose Reyes 185 Brandon Crawford 351
Andrelton Simmons 175 Jhonny Peralta 182 Alcides Escobar 346
Xander Bogaerts 174 Alcides Escobar 180 Andrelton Simmons 338
Alcides Escobar 166 Yunel Escobar 169 Yunel Escobar 335
Yunel Escobar 166 Brandon Crawford 163 Xander Bogaerts 330
Adeiny Hechavarria 153 Andrelton Simmons 163 Carlos Correa 322
Wilmer Flores 153 Tyler Ladendorf 161 Jose Reyes 321
Erick Aybar 147 Xander Bogaerts 156 Wilmer Flores 301
Jose Reyes 136 Rey Navarro 153 Erick Aybar 297
Jimmy Rollins 134 Erick Aybar 150 Adeiny Hechavarria 292
Elvis Andrus 134 Wilmer Flores 148 Elvis Andrus 267
Zack Cozart 133 Adeiny Hechavarria 139 Jimmy Rollins 266
Starlin Castro 128 Jean Segura 139 Starlin Castro 262
Brad Miller 124 Starlin Castro 134 Jean Segura 261
Jose Iglesias 122 Eduardo Nunez 134 Jose Iglesias 250
Jean Segura 122 Elvis Andrus 133 Brad Miller 245
Stephen Drew 116 Jimmy Rollins 132 Alexei Ramirez 243

Carlos Correa is the future of shortstop. And by future I mean now. I knew the kid was good, but not this good. In just 28 games he has 82 points. That includes 7 home runs, 19 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Can you say “five tools”. Over a full season Correa is on pace for 474 points. That would be the most points from a shortstop since Troy Tulowitzki put up 479 back in 2011. Unless Tulo can stay healthy, I think it’s clear that Carlos Correa is the new Monte Carlos of SS!

OF

Name YTD Name ROS Name EOS
Bryce Harper 310 Bryce Harper 289 Bryce Harper 599
Mike Trout 286 Mike Trout 262 Mike Trout 548
Jose Bautista 269 Jose Bautista 251 Jose Bautista 520
Andrew McCutchen 254 Andrew McCutchen 242 Andrew McCutchen 496
Mookie Betts 236 Michael Brantley 234 Michael Brantley 460
J.D. Martinez 235 Lorenzo Cain 216 Mookie Betts 450
A.J. Pollock 234 Mookie Betts 214 J.D. Martinez 449
Giancarlo Stanton 232 J.D. Martinez 214 A.J. Pollock 446
Michael Brantley 226 Brett Gardner 213 Brett Gardner 437
Ryan Braun 225 A.J. Pollock 212 Lorenzo Cain 426
Brett Gardner 224 Jacoby Ellsbury 205 Charlie Blackmon 416
Charlie Blackmon 216 Adam Jones 203 Ryan Braun 414
Nelson Cruz 215 Charlie Blackmon 200 Nelson Cruz 410
Josh Reddick 212 Billy Burns 197 Josh Reddick 407
Lorenzo Cain 210 Nelson Cruz 195 Adam Jones 400
Adam Jones 197 Josh Reddick 195 Yoenis Cespedes 378
Yoenis Cespedes 195 Hunter Pence 191 Torii Hunter 371
Ben Revere 189 Ryan Braun 189 Ben Revere 359
Starling Marte 187 Torii Hunter 185 Jay Bruce 358
Joc Pederson 187 Carlos Gomez 185 Starling Marte 355
Torii Hunter 186 Yoenis Cespedes 183 Giancarlo Stanton 355
Kevin Pillar 185 Jay Bruce 178 Cameron Maybin 353
Justin Upton 185 Denard Span 178 Nick Markakis 352
Alex Gordon 183 Carlos Gonzalez 175 Denard Span 350
Nick Markakis 182 Cameron Maybin 172 Billy Burns 349
Cameron Maybin 181 Melky Cabrera 172 Joc Pederson 349
Jay Bruce 180 Ben Revere 170 Justin Upton 343
Jason Heyward 173 Nick Markakis 170 Jason Heyward 342
Denard Span 172 Jason Heyward 169 Kevin Pillar 342
Gerardo Parra 172 Matt Holliday 169 Kole Calhoun 331
Norichika Aoki 171 Preston Tucker 169 Melky Cabrera 329
Curtis Granderson 169 Starling Marte 168 Carlos Gomez 328
George Springer 166 Kole Calhoun 167 Norichika Aoki 324
Dexter Fowler 164 Ryan Zimmerman 167 Carlos Gonzalez 323
Kole Calhoun 164 Yasiel Puig 167 Dexter Fowler 323
Andre Ethier 161 Adam Eaton 165 Curtis Granderson 320
David Peralta 159 Marlon Byrd 165 Gerardo Parra 319
Melky Cabrera 157 Joc Pederson 162 Adam Eaton 317
Billy Burns 152 Billy Hamilton 161 Billy Hamilton 313
Billy Hamilton 152 Dexter Fowler 159 David Peralta 313
Adam Eaton 152 Justin Upton 158 Andre Ethier 311
Brandon Moss 151 Kevin Pillar 157 Brandon Moss 307
Chris Coghlan 150 Shin-Soo Choo 157 Shin-Soo Choo 306
Shin-Soo Choo 149 Brandon Moss 156 Jacoby Ellsbury 303
Carlos Gonzalez 148 Carlos Beltran 155 Marlon Byrd 298
Matt Kemp 148 David Peralta 154 Matt Holliday 297
Carlos Gomez 143 Brock Holt 154 Brock Holt 296
Brock Holt 142 Norichika Aoki 153 Matt Kemp 291
Ender Inciarte 138 Curtis Granderson 151 Ender Inciarte 286
Gregory Polanco 136 Andre Ethier 150 Chris Coghlan 286
Kevin Kiermaier 135 Mark Canha 150 Gregory Polanco 280
Marlon Byrd 133 Josh Hamilton 150 Carlos Beltran 279
Matt Holliday 128 Rajai Davis 149 Ryan Zimmerman 278
David Murphy 127 Ender Inciarte 148 Mark Canha 274
Mark Canha 124 Gerardo Parra 147 Yasmany Tomas 268
Yasmany Tomas 124 Gregory Polanco 144 Rajai Davis 264
Carlos Beltran 124 Yasmany Tomas 144 Preston Tucker 260
Seth Smith 123 Matt Kemp 143 Kevin Kiermaier 260
Juan Lagares 120 Delino DeShields 142 David Murphy 258
Chris Young 118 Khris Davis 139 Seth Smith 253

The fish has been caught. Move over Mike Trout and make room for the new number one outfielder. Bryce Harper is showing everyone why, at just 16 years of age, he was put on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I’m still taking Trout over Harper due to Harper’s propensity to get injured, but it’s close. Those who doubted Jose Bautista and Andrew McCutchen because of their early season struggles, I have this to say. Shame on you. But for those that doubted J.D. Martinez, I say this. I did too. Two new faces in the top 10 this year are Mookie Betts and A.J. Pollock. Look for them to stick around for years to come.

All Batters

Name YTD Name ROS Name EOS
Paul Goldschmidt 342 Paul Goldschmidt 302 Paul Goldschmidt 644
Bryce Harper 310 Bryce Harper 289 Bryce Harper 599
Anthony Rizzo 291 Anthony Rizzo 264 Anthony Rizzo 555
Mike Trout 286 Mike Trout 262 Mike Trout 548
Albert Pujols 282 Albert Pujols 262 Albert Pujols 544
Nolan Arenado 277 Nolan Arenado 254 Nolan Arenado 531
Josh Donaldson 272 Jose Bautista 251 Jose Bautista 520
Jose Bautista 269 Todd Frazier 248 Todd Frazier 512
Prince Fielder 268 Prince Fielder 243 Prince Fielder 511
Miguel Cabrera 268 Andrew McCutchen 242 Miguel Cabrera 506
Todd Frazier 264 Carlos Correa 240 Josh Donaldson 503
Jason Kipnis 262 Mark Teixeira 239 Jason Kipnis 496
Manny Machado 257 Miguel Cabrera 238 Andrew McCutchen 496
Andrew McCutchen 254 Jason Kipnis 234 Mark Teixeira 493
Mark Teixeira 254 Buster Posey 234 Buster Posey 488
Buster Posey 254 Michael Brantley 234 Manny Machado 479
Brian Dozier 253 Josh Donaldson 231 Brian Dozier 476
Adrian Gonzalez 248 Brian Dozier 223 Adrian Gonzalez 465
Mookie Betts 236 Manny Machado 222 Michael Brantley 460
J.D. Martinez 235 Joey Votto 222 Mookie Betts 450
A.J. Pollock 234 Victor Martinez 219 J.D. Martinez 449
Giancarlo Stanton 232 Adrian Gonzalez 217 A.J. Pollock 446
Michael Brantley 226 Lorenzo Cain 216 Joey Votto 445
Jose Altuve 225 Jose Abreu 216 Brett Gardner 437
Ryan Braun 225 Mookie Betts 214 Jose Altuve 437
Brett Gardner 224 J.D. Martinez 214 Lorenzo Cain 426
Joey Votto 223 Miguel Sano 214 Edwin Encarnacion 423
Adam Lind 218 Brett Gardner 213 Alex Rodriguez 420
Alex Rodriguez 217 A.J. Pollock 212 Jose Abreu 418
Charlie Blackmon 216 Jose Altuve 212 Hanley Ramirez 417
Nelson Cruz 215 Hanley Ramirez 211 Charlie Blackmon 416
Edwin Encarnacion 214 Edwin Encarnacion 209 Ryan Braun 414
Kendrys Morales 214 Ben Zobrist 208 Kendrys Morales 414
Josh Reddick 212 Maikel Franco 205 Adam Lind 411
Joe Panik 211 Jacoby Ellsbury 205 Nelson Cruz 410
Lorenzo Cain 210 David Ortiz 204 Josh Reddick 407
Stephen Vogt 210 Alex Rodriguez 203 David Ortiz 404
Hanley Ramirez 206 Adam Jones 203 Adam Jones 400
Jose Abreu 202 Brian McCann 203 Joe Panik 398
Jhonny Peralta 202 Charlie Blackmon 200 Stephen Vogt 393
David Ortiz 200 Kendrys Morales 200 Brian McCann 385
Adam Jones 197 Troy Tulowitzki 199 Jhonny Peralta 384
Yoenis Cespedes 195 Billy Burns 197 Eric Hosmer 379
Kolten Wong 192 Nelson Cruz 195 Yoenis Cespedes 378
Ben Revere 189 Josh Reddick 195 Troy Tulowitzki 377
Eric Hosmer 188 Adam Lind 193 Mike Moustakas 375
Matt Carpenter 188 Eric Hosmer 191 Matt Carpenter 374
Joe Mauer 188 Mike Moustakas 191 Torii Hunter 371
Brandon Crawford 188 Hunter Pence 191 Kolten Wong 369
Starling Marte 187 Ryan Braun 189 Kris Bryant 368

And finally, your top batters. Congratulations Paul Goldschmidt. May you find yourself in this position for many years to come!

Next week I’ll take a look at pitchers while I give you an idea of what to expect for the second half of the season. But in the meantime, with the All-Star break upon us, and crucial fantasy baseball decisions to be made, do not go gentle into that goodnight!

Do you know what the fruit salad said to the cantaloupe. Melon! We need ya!!!

 

 
  1. Jason Morgan says:
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    Love that movie. This is another great post malamoney. Do you like Correa over Bryant?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Sure do. Especially since Correa is at a weaker position.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @malamoney: I’m DEPRESSED about the fact that I know who Jason Morgan is due to my mom being an avid General Hospital watcher growing up…

        And I agree about Correa – Mostly because Correa looks like a guy that can hit for average and steal 20-30 bags on top of hit 20-30 bombs at the cesspool SS spot.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @CMUTimmah: Don’t worry. I know who he is as well. Nothing to be ashamed of…

        • Jason Morgan says:
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          @CMUTimmah: Sadly I can count the number of episodes I’ve missed in the last 20 years with my fingers.

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @malamoney: So you’d give up Bryant right now to get Correa?

          • Jason Morgan says:
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            @malamoney: Thank you. Enjoy the All-Star Game.

            • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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              @Jason Morgan: that’s who that guy is, my mother did the same thing everyday too. i knew i knew that face from somewhere.

  2. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Great stuff Malamoney.

    love the rankings, I am a stats head, much appreciated.

    cheers mate

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Cheers my good friend. I spent some time working on my ROS projections formula. I am rather pleased with the results. Now let’s see how it holds up.

      Thanks for reading!

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @malamoney:

        Thanks for spending the time on it.

        I like the projections very much, gives me an idea who to target in trades and free agents.

        thanks again

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: That’s the whole point. At least that’s how I see it…

  3. White Rabbit says:
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    nice write up. is your point system light on the steals ? I say that because Dee Gordon is ranked pretty low compared other YTD rankings out there.

    the rabbit

    • malamoney

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      @White Rabbit: I am basing these rankings on 1 point per stolen base. I did mention in the post that in points that give 2 points for stolen bases that both Gordon and Altuve would make jumps. At 2 points per SB, Altuve moves to #3 and Gordon to #5 at 2B.

      What other YTD rankings are you looking at? Are they for points leagues?

  4. chief says:
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    can you remind me of the points format you use? without running numbers i’m assuming it includes walks?
    seems like Pollock would have more points than McCutchen in YTD points since homers and counting stats are a wash and Pollock has more steals?
    i love the addition of more points league coverage, keep up the good work.

    • malamoney

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      @chief:

      RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+2), 3B (+3), HR (+4), BB (+1), KO (-1), HBP (+1), SB (+1), CS (-1), SF (+1)
      WIN (+7), LOSS (-5), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+7), BLOWN SAVE (-1), ER (-1), HIT (-1), HBP (-1)

      It’s the walks, RBIs and doubles that give McCutchen the edge.

      Thanks!

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @malamoney: how much more insane do SP become if there’s no negatives at all for them? most of the rest of those are the same as my league.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: If there are no negatives for pitchers, then their potential for scoring more points is even that much greater than batters. The thing to remember is that it’s across the board for all pitchers as the “no negative” factor applies to all pitchers. So, in general, pitcher A is not all of sudden more valuable than pitcher B.

          I have never run my points numbers against pitchers with no negatives to see how the ordering shakes out. When I get a chance, I’ll do that…

  5. Sange76 says:
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    Gathering opinions….
    12 team h2h points keeper league. I added my possible keeper rounds for next year. Can only keep 3….

    C. S. Perez
    1b pujols
    2b d. Gordon (rd 8 k)
    3b Seager
    Ss Alexei Ramirez
    oF marte
    Of Brantley (rd 9 keeper)
    oF Adam jones
    Ut c. Santana 1b/3b
    Ut sano 3b rd (10 k)
    Bench y. Tomas 3b/of (rd 11k)
    Bench c. seager ss (rd 12 k)
    P scherzer
    P Arrieta
    P Garrett Richards
    P carrasco
    P Teheran
    P Ervin Santana
    RP tolleson
    RP Cody Allen

    Offer in to me is his Bumgarner and Maybin (Rd 12 keeper eligible) for my g. Richards and keeper rights to Brantley…

    Thanks as always!

    • Sange76 says:
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      @Sange76:

      FWIW, One game out of first place, pretty much a lock for at least a 4/5 playoff seed, hopefully shooting for top 2 seed and first round bye…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Sange76: Just to clarify. How does it work if you keep a player like Pujols that doesn’t have a keeper round next to his name?

      • Sange76 says:
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        @malamoney:
        Can’t keep Any playertaken in first 3 rounds…
        Keep the player 3 rounds ahead from previous draft round
        Free agent/waivers are 12th Rd keepers, 11th and 10th if you have 2 or 3 drafted players who hit big to keep…
        Those guys I marked are my best options to pick for my 3 keepers next season.

        Ex…pujols was drafted in rd 3, can’t keep him. Garret Richards was drafted rd 6, could be a rd 3 keeper next season if desired…

        • malamoney

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          @Sange76: What rounds were the following players drafted? Scherzer, Bumgarner, Marte, Jones, Arrieta and Carrasco?

          • Sange76 says:
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            @malamoney:
            Scherzer rd 1
            Bumgarner rd 1
            Jones 2
            Marte 4
            Arrieta 6
            Carrasco 6 (traded Tanaka to get him)

            • malamoney

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              @Sange76: When do you have to decide? Scherzer, Arrieta, Richards and Carrasco should be able to get the job done for you. Sure adding Bumgarner would be even better, but Brantley is your best keeper option…

              • Sange76 says:
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                @malamoney:
                Offer is standing by. No limit till the trade deadline in August. Brantley is nice, but I’d have no
                Problem keeping three of Gordon, Sano, Tomas and Seager if Bummy is the missing piece….
                Then again, is he? He’s not the same
                As last season, but neither is Richards for that matter. Very very tough call I think….

          • Sange76 says:
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            @malamoney:

            I’m torn. Love Brantley but adding bummy to my rotation could put me over the top…but then, is Richards really that big a step down? I don’t know. Very back and forth on this one…

            • malamoney

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              @Sange76: Right now Bumgarner is only averaging about 4 more points per start than Richards. If a pitcher averages 1.5 starts per week, you are gaining about 6 points a week with Bumgarner. I think Bumgarner is leagues better than Richards. Even though Maybin has been great, I think you lose more than 6 points a week by starting Maybin over Brantley. And you lose a great keeper…

  6. Zoot says:
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    Whoa! That’s some series work! Love it… Very helpful… BIG THANKS!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Zoot: BIG YOUR WELCOME!

      Hope it helps…

  7. Chris says:
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    I am at a standstill in my 10 team H2H keeper points league. My team is in first, pretty handily i might add. But i am just not happy with my team. I don’t even know if this is possible but would you trade my Abreu, Heyward and Archer for Brantley Marte,Machado and Kluber? I might have to add another piece but nothing too valuable.

    Abreu is a Utility guy so I would be replacing him with Machado and marte and Brantley would be guys I would switch into my outfield (Harper CarGo Lite Bruce/Heyward). Kluber would be taking Archers spot in my rotation (Sale, Degrom, Keuchel, Archer, STREAMER).

    Should I make this move or just hold?

    • malamoney

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      @Chris: I often subscribe to the “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” philosophy. But… if you can get someone to agree to that trade, it’s a must trade.

      I just don’t see it. Abreu, Heyward and Archer for Brantley, Marte, Machado and Kluber? That’s insane. I’d rather have Kluber over Archer. I’d rather have Machado over Abreu. I’d rather have both Marte and Brantley over Heyward…

  8. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Tyler Ladendorf? Seriously?

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      @Chicken Dinner: Winner winner chicken dinner. I was waiting to see who noticed that gem. He accidentally snuck in there and I decided to just leave him. Obviously you can ignore him…

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        @malamoney: Sh!t….I dropped Bogarts for him.

        JK

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          @Chicken Dinner: As long as you didn’t drop Bogaerts…

  9. Assy says:
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    I was able to trade off Russell Martin for JD and then pick up Yasmani on the wire. Hallelujah!! Also the pre-season keeper picks for Arenado really came thru.

    How bout Cameron Maybin though?? What a steal for points league

    • malamoney

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      @Assy: It’s players like Maybin that win you championships. The un-drafted players that come out of nowhere. Instead of drafting a stud outfielder, you drafted a stud pitcher or other position and was able to pick up Maybin and not miss a beat.

      Great trade. I actually recently grabbed Grandal too. I have Posey, but I had a spot on my bench. I am going to an include him in a trade very soon. Eyeing potential targets…

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        @malamoney: Dropped Maybin two weeks after Braves got him. Also dropped AJ Ramos right before he became closer. AND Parra before his tear. Too impatient.

        Oh well, I did snag Ubaldo, Erasmo, Sano and Cosart before he got hot.

  10. PED Inc. says:
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    Thanks for the write up, great stuff as always. I’m in a 10 team H2H and after reading your projections I assume you are alright with dropping Beltre? I’ve tried to offload him but haven’t had any takers. I already have Frazier with 3B eligibility who I’ve been playing at 1st with Beltre on third. A few attractive options on the wire including….
    Turner
    Hosmer
    Lind
    Valbuena

    I also have Sano, so would you drop Beltre?

    • malamoney

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      @PED Inc.: Thanks. I’d take Sano over Beltre for sure. Love the potential upside. It’s close with Lind and Hosmer, but the way things are going, I’d lean towards them as well. Would be great if you could trade Beltre, but you aren’t likely to get much value…

  11. Chicken Dinner says:
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    I much prefer hitting in points league but am considering trying to trade Abreu for an ace. I have Votto,Rizzo,Carpenter and Sano for 1B,3B,CI,DH.

    Was looking for an OF upgrade but it;s a 14 team 5 OF league. People are spread thin, at least those who need CI help. Think Kluber would be a good haul for Abreu? May be able to get Chapman for Carpenter. Not a big RP fan but I’d hate to have one of those guys wasting on the bench.

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      @Chicken Dinner: Perhaps Sale for Abreu.

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        @Chicken Dinner: If you can get Sale for Abreu, do it and run! That’s a steal. In my personal league starters are actually much more valuable because the scoring system is skewed to towards pitchers. I’ve tried for years to level it out, but too many in the league are just used to it. Plus for years keepers have been chosen based on it.

        If you can’t get Sale, I’d take Kluber in a heartbeat as well…

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          @malamoney: @malamoney: Pitchers score more in my league too. I’ve found going heavy hitting leads to more consistent scoring rather than the ups and downs with heavy pitching. Plus, match ups are more relevant with pitchers so it’s easier to get good totals with average pitchers. I’ve won two straight years with this technique and am poised to make a three peat. I will try to nab Sale though. I just made this offer-

          Abreu/Salazaar for AJones/Felix

          • malamoney

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            @Chicken Dinner: If that trade is accepted I want in that league next year!

  12. PED Inc. says:
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    With three weeks likely turning into at least five or six for rehabbing is Steve Matz worth holding onto for the chance of his return in a redraft format?

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      @PED Inc.: Depends on the size of your bench and how much you actually utilize your bench players. Who would you be replacing him with? Are you a playoff contender where Matz might help when he returns?

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        @malamoney: I am currently in first place by a few games, my pitchers look like this…

        Kershaw
        Girenke
        JoFer
        Wacha
        Tyson Ross
        McCullers
        Salazar
        Alex Wood
        Kenley Jansen
        and Matz.

        I rarely carry any bench bats on my teams but on this one I currently have Sano on there, likely taking Beltre’s place from here on out.
        The couple guys I’m considering replacing him with are…
        Pence
        Lind
        Gio Gonzalez
        George Springer (just got dropped yesterday)
        Patrick Corbin
        Brandon Beachy

        What are your thoughts?

        • malamoney

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          @PED Inc.: How many pitchers do you start?

  13. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    i joined one pts league this year, and the team is weak, but we only keep 4, so i grabbed it about a month in since it does have posey. now i’ll also add correa to those, probably carrasco, and a weak 4th. this league has no negative pts for pitchers though, so might actually keep a 2nd pitcher here. -1 for K’s, +2 for steals, +1 for BB’s. other options are calhoun and matz. not great. pretty bad setup really, since some of the better teams simply don’t have a catcher, but they do have a lot of SP. 140 moves on season total so streaming 1 a day almost is pretty much needed. also because of this i had to drop lucroy when he came off DL, as posey/duda worth more than lucroy/posey, since at the time duda was killing it, plus he doesn’t get catcher off time like lucroy.

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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: Not exactly sure what you are asking. I’d probably rather have Posey and Lucroy. I don’t really care for Duda that much. He’s waiver wire material. Lucroy is a starting catcher, but with Posey you don’t need two. If he didn’t have the injury riddled start, he’d be a good trade piece to a team with a crappy catcher…

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        @malamoney: since i wasn’t keeping lucroy, and this was back when duda hit like 4 homers in 6 games (late april i think) and lucroy hadn’t done anything before he got hurt, along with nobody responded to trade offers and 2 out of top 4 teams didn’t (and don’t still) even play a catcher and i believe i wanted to add a good pitcher just dropped i jumped the gun (since i couldn’t add anybody till either duda or lucroy in DL slot was dropped. also this team has about no way to win this year. It’s the only reason i was able to own correa here since i knew that in advance (no NA slots in this espn league). The bigger shame is how i didn’t add Franco before he blew up or Sano, as either might probably be my best 4th keeper now.

        Who’s better 4th keeper with team i have, probably only options are matz/calhoun/fiers/hendricks/paxton/gio G/santiago.
        for comparision’s sake in this league these three average this many pts per game
        posey (3.6)
        correa (3.5)
        ortiz (2.9)
        plouffe (i own him, 2.9)
        matz (19.8)
        carrasco (16.2)
        gio (13.6)
        santiago (13.7)

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            @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: on a per game pts i did lose the duda vs lucroy 3.2 -2.4 (albeit that’s with duda being worse than he really is, and due to the playing time lucroy gets off it’s probably more like 2.4 to 2.2 per every day basis, as catchers usually get off like 3 or so days every 2 weeks to a regular player’s one or so, esp first base).

  14. Jason Morgan says:
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    Nola, Velasquez or Gray in points leagues?

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      @Jason Morgan: Velasquez for now. But either of those guys could pass him. I hate that Gray is going to have to pitch half his games in Coors…

  15. Clint says:
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    Do you carry your idea of avoiding high strikeout guys into guys from the minors you may stash for the future in a points league? I haven’t seen Prospect Mike really differentiate in prospects on who’s best for roto vs h2h points leagues before but based on your analysis there seems to be a big difference.

    Example in my 8 team h2h points keeper league: I picked up Rusney for 1 of the 2 of my NA spots but I’m staring at the following still available for the other one-Gallo, Moncada, Peraza, Judge, O’Brien, Olivera (if Yahoo ever adds him), & Tim Anderson (bats); Urias, Berrios, Nola, Norris, & Bundy (arms).

    Here’s my current team:
    Lucroy, V-Mart, Altuve, Machado, Segura, Harper, Puig, Upton, Pence, Franco, Moreland
    DL-Freeman; NA1-Castillo
    Sale, Archer, Arrieta, Liriano, Ross, Salazar, Latos, Hughes, Ervin, Corbin, Chavez, Gausman, & Erasmo, streamer

    I’m assuming Gallo would be the obvious choice but the dude strikes out more than Anthony Michael Hall in a John Hughes film so would Judge or Moncada or even one of the SP’s be a better choice? I traded Chris Davis earlier this year on your strikeout-avoidance advice & it’s helped out a lot.

    • malamoney

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      @Clint: Hey man. It’s tough because as a player matures and get more upper level experience it’s possible to see their strikeout rate drop. A guy like Gallo is likely a candidate to maintain a high strikeout level. But here’s the thing, Gallo and his home runs (potential) is attractive. People are going to want him in your league. Not everyone realizes or subscribes the whole “avoid strikeout artists” strategy and you could likely have a good opportunity to use Gallo in a trade to help you make a trade. It’s a great thing when someone else in your league values one of your players more than you do.

      In my league I’m the king of stashing minor leaguers. We have one minors spot, but I usually hold onto 2 or 3 minor leaguers. But remember, minor leaguers are lottery tickets. Some have a higher percentage change of winning, but there’s no guarantee they pan out.

      I’d be happy hold any of Castillo, Gallo or Judge. But I am leaning towards Judge of the 3. Gallo will hit more home runs, but is going to strikeout more. Judge seems to K at about 23% rate while Gallo is closer to 34%. I have Judge stashed.

      If pitching is valuable in your league, I love Urias. I am holding him and Bundy, but Bundy’s shoulder issues have me troubled. Nola would be next and I am considering dropping Bundy to grab him, but I don’t want to make a rash decision. Jon Gray is another guy I want to love…

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