I sure wish Grey would do his 2016 fantasy baseball rankings.  Wait, I am Grey and this is those rankings.  Holy crapballs, this is the greatest day ever!  Now, only 400,000 words more until I finish my top 400 and I’ll be done.  Worst day ever!  Damn, that excitement was fleeting.  Well, not for you because you don’t have to write all the rankings.  You lucky son of a gun!  I wish I were you… *wavy lines*  Hey, why am I balding and wearing sweatpants?  *wavy lines*  Hmm, maybe we’re okay with who we are.  Now before we get into the top 10 for 2016 fantasy baseball (though I imagine every single one of you has skipped this intro paragraph), I’m gonna lay some ground rules.  First, keep your hands and legs inside the trolley.  Second, send me all your money.  Damn, tried to trick you!  Okay, here’s where you follow us on Twitter.  Here’s where you follow us on Facebook.  Here’s our fantasy baseball player rater.  Here’s our fantasy baseball team name generator.  Here is all of our 2016 fantasy baseball rankings.  Here’s the position eligibility chart for 2016 fantasy baseball.  And here is a picture of my son.  What a punim!  You may not get all of those links in such a handy, easy-to-use format ever again this year, so make proper note.  (Unless you just go to the top menu on this page that says “Rankings” and click it, but semantics, my over-the-internet friend, semantics.)  Now my expositional half insists I breakdown some generalizations about these 2016 fantasy baseball rankings.  The 2016 fantasy baseball rankings will be an ever-evolving mass like the blob.  This fantasy baseball top 10 for 2016 list is as of right now and could potentially change with a big injury or Mike Trout quitting baseball because he’s bored with being the best and wants to play competitive Mahjong.  So while it is the 2016 fantasy baseball gospel, take it with a tablet of salt.  Tomorrow we will cover the rest of the top twenty for 2016 fantasy baseball, then we will go around the horn with a top 20 list for every position.  Then for pitchers and outfielders, I’ll turn the dial to 100.  Listed with each player are my 2016 projections.  Did I consult with anyone else who does projections?  It would be ignorant not to, but, in the end, these are my projections.  Players need 10 games at a position to get included in the positional rankings.  Finally, as with each list in the 2016 fantasy baseball rankings, I will be mentioning where I see tiers start and stop.  I look at tiers like this, if Bryce Harper and Paul Goldschmidt are in the same tier, it doesn’t matter if one guy is ranked 2nd and one guy is ranked 3rd, they’re both very close.  It comes down to personal preference.  I would prefer the guy at number two better than the guy at three, but you do you, I’ll do me and let’s hope we don’t go blind.  Anyway, here’s the top 10 for 2016 fantasy baseball:

1. Mike Trout – This is the first tier.  This tier goes from here until Goldschmidt.  I call this tier, “Al Gore warned us.”  The tier name refers to the climate change– “I told you!”  “Leave us alone, Al Gore!”  The climate change in regards to people’s perceptions of Trout, Harper and Goldy.  People are out on Trout, and not just poets and/or Rhymin’ Simons.  There’s the lack of steals, they say.  There’s the K-rate, they say.  There’s the plateau vs. the rise of Harper, they say.  They say a lot, but I don’t see them doing much but yammering.  Trout just hit 41 homers, a career high.  He hit .299 with a low-for-him BABIP.  His line drives were at a career high.  He has the speed to steal 10 bases in his sleep.  He stole six bases in April alone last year.  Trout has four years of stud numbers.  Harper has one.  Goldy is a sexpot, but he just had a career year.  Trout’s had multiple career years, but 2016 could be even better.  Yes, a career yearer!  The careeriest year?  A careerer yearer?  The career year’s career year?  You know what I mean!  2016 Projections:  108/40/101/.303/16

2. Bryce Harper – I wanna put you inside my brain for a second.  Why are you poking your finger into my medulla oblongata?  I was speaking metaphorically!  I think Harper is here to stay.  And, no, I’m not writing this from a Best Western.  I mean, he’s a top ten talent.  Last year, I ranked him in the top 15 and that was coming off a less-than-stellar year, so I foresaw big things.  47 homers big?  Um, no.  .460 OBP?  That seems a bit bigger too.  A .330 average?  Okay, also on the high side.  A 27.3 HR/FB%?  So, there’s some reasons to be concerned.   The point has been made.  Last year, he only stole six bags and that actually seems low.  For our porpoises — hey, dolphins! — Harper may lose some average and power and still be about as valuable as last year with ten extra steals, which doesn’t seem completely out of the realm of possibilities.  Could Harper go on some next level shizz and be a 50-HR, 20-SB guy?  I’d put it at about a 10% chance.  In all of baseball, I’d also give Trout a 10% chance, Goldy has about a 7% chance, and every other player has around a combined .0005% chance.  Okay, Daniel Descalso has about a .000000000000000000000000005% chance, which is bringing down the average a little.  2016 Projections:  104/36/107/.297/12

3. Paul Goldschmidt – In 2013, I wrote a poem for Au Shizz in the rankings and he had his worst year.  Last year, I wrote a poem in the rankings for Giancarlo and he missed half the season with an injury.  This year no freakin’ poems!  Though, I did rhyme briefly in the Trout blurb.  I have worse success after my rhymes than Vanilla Ice near an open window.  Too cold, too cold!  Ever wonder what Vanilla said to Suge right after he brought him back from dangling out of that window?  I imagine a lot of, “No worries, man, I was feeling a bit clammy in these baggy pants and that fresh air did me wonders.”  Any hoo!  Au Shizz is a total beast like Bella in the final Twilight (What?  It was in reruns.).  I do think 21 steals, like last year, is ridiculous to expect again and his .321 average with a .382 BABIP feels high, even if he does nothing but make hard contact.  I think he’s even safer than Harper, but I can’t lie and say I’m not excited about Harper’s age and upside.  Well, I could lie, but you’d see through it, you perceptive person you!  2016 Projections:  101/30/115/.297/14

4. Anthony Rizzo – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Giancarlo.  I call this tier, “I love these guys like a Kardashian loves the green room at the BET Awards.”  I’m straight caca-cuckoo for the guys in this tier.  Why the love?  Let me give you the 411!  *all millennials close browser window at mention of 411*  Okay, let’s just look at last year super quick.  Rizzo went 94/31/101/.278/17.  That alone is first round worthy.  Yes, it is.  No, it’s not.  Yes, it is, no repeatskis!  Now a brief word about that super quick look.  It was a down year!  Rizzo should be much better!  He’s only 26.  His BABIP was only .289, could be near-.315 easily.  His HR/FB% was only 14.6%, could be near 18% easily.  94 runs and 101 RBIs in that stacked lineup with Wrigley assisting dinkers in July and August’s humidity?  Doode’s about to break out like Cameron Diaz’s face.  2016 Projections:  103/36/114/.291/12

5. Manny Machado – I juggled Machado between this tier and the next tier (Last year’s darlings) more times than I want to count (37 times, including once while laughing at someone who was Redbox’ing The Tourist).  I finally decided Machado had age on his side to warrant this ranking.  He just went 35/20 in a year where he was only 22 years old for half the year.  40 homers seems impossible from Machado, but 35/20 at 22 years old says, “Shove your impossible up your arsehole, you non-believer.”  Machado doesn’t hit a ton of balls hard (he’s a pro at medium contact), but he walks, he’s got speed, he’s in a nice park, his HR/FB% feels repeatable and, honestly, I could list everything about him, i.e., there’s little to not like.  He really is The Manny.  2016 Projections:  94/30/109/.298/18

6. Giancarlo Stanton – *knocks on Giancarlo’s door*  “Hey, Giancarlo, I’m just bringing your mail up.  What?  Why do I need to wear pants to do this?”  Okay, so I love him.  My blindspot is about yay big.  When I’m saying yay big there, I’m holding one arm out, then running 3,000 miles and holding my other arm out.  It’s big, okay.  That’s what she never said!  There’s a reason.  One of these years, he’s going to hit 50+ homers and it’s going to be this year or next.  No, that’s not what my Magic Eight Ball says.  It’s the truth, Ruth.  He was headed that way last year, then he had an unfortunate injury.  Yeah, I know, every year he has an unfortunate accident.  Well, here’s a non-related name for you…Ian Kinsler!  That’s right, Kinsler spent his early 20’s looking about as injury-prone as anyone.  Four of his first five years he had fluky injuries sidelining him.  Now he has 600+ ABs in five of his last six years.  And this will be the only time Kinsler is ever compared to Giancarlo!  Seriously, Giancarlo’s fluky injuries sucked the last few years for those that owned him, but don’t let that stop you from loving him.  At least that’s what I keep telling myself every time I see my Giancarlo tramp stamp in the mirror.  2016 Projections:  94/46/115/.272/7

7. Nolan Arenado – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Donaldson.  I call this tier, “Last year’s darlings come with no discount.”  That tier name also sounds like a proverb.  Or poverb as Ben Carson would spell it.   This tier is straight up depressing with a beer chaser.  Last year was the year to own these guys.  This year, they scream slight regression, but here’s the thing.  Do you take Arenado and his regression to 36 HRs and .275 or do you you reach for Correa here because you think he’s going to be a top five fantasy player this year?  I think you take the safer bet in Arenado.  Now, enough of that boohoo I’m crying like a little baby and getting a guy in Coors in the prime of his career!  Arenado is still a stud, but he has 40-homer power, not 50 like Giancarlo, and Arenado has absolutely no speed.  I like Arenado a ton, my goofy friend that I pretend to not know in public, but expecting a repeat of last year feels foolish.  2016 Projections:  91/38/110/.299/2

8. Josh Donaldson – “…and the moral of the story is draft a bunch of Blue Jay and Rockies hitters.  Goodnight, little baby Jesus.”  Oh, sorry, I didn’t hear you come in.  I was just reading my rankings to a nativity scene in my mom’s basement.  Like you never run things by baby Jesus.  Pfft!  Donaldson likely deserves to be above Giancarlo in the rankings, but his last year screams career year so obscenely that I’m having a hard time hearing anything else.  Or maybe it’s baby Jesus whispering in my ear.  “What’s that baby Jesus?  His HR/FB% is too high?  I know!”  I get that Fred Rogers Centre helps with the big fly, but 41 homers last year was Donaldson ripping through his ceiling, grabbing a flying past Pablo Sandoval, who is staying afloat by passing gas, and both of them zooming thousands of feet into the sky.  2016 Projections:  104/32/97/.269/4

9. Kris Bryant – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here into the top 20 for 2016 fantasy baseball.  I call this tier, “These names could surprise you.  Boo!  That boo was also meant to surprise.”  There’s a delicate balance in the early rounds of drafting skills vs. track record.  Donaldson has track record, Kris Bryant has skills.  Track record has those guys above him, but skills has Bryant here.  If this were the 90s, he’d have the skills to pay the bills.  He’d also have a retirement portfolio that was relying heavily on AOL stock.  Bryant is a 30/15 guy, those are his skills.  30/15 from 3rd base is a top 15 pick.  30/15 from 3rd base does not get The Gas Face.  The problem is his track record — there isn’t much of one in the majors — and his strikeouts.  He had a 30% strikeout percentage.  That’s not good.  Hard to not hit .240 when you’re K’ing that much.  (I just had to pay Jerry Lawler a nickel for using any variation of the word King.)  Here’s the thing — uh-oh, Grey’s bringing out The Thing starring Michael Chiklis! — Anthony Rizzo in his rookie year struck out 30% of the time when he was 23 (Bryant’s age last year).  Rizzo’s now down to 15%.  Giancarlo struck out 30% of the time this past year, but since he hits everything so hard it doesn’t matter.  Bryant was top 15 for all of baseball for Hard Contact.  Bryant had a great rookie year, but I can point to multiple things that should get better — strikeout percentage, HR/FB%, steals, walk rate, homers, runs, RBIs, etc. etc. etc.  This year Bryant will be better than great.  What’s better than great?  Greater, I Googled it.   2016 Projections:  95/31/108/.268/15

10. Carlos Correa – I told ya there would be some surprises!  Or maybe I didn’t tell you that.  Did I just watch the movie Still Alice?  Oh no, I’ve forgotten!  AHHHH!!!  Correa in the top ten feels ballsy like my hand down my pants, only, sorta, kinda, it doesn’t.  He’s a 20/20 guy without injuries.  You can’t dock him for potential injuries.  Well, you can, but that would be foolhardy.  No relation to Tom Hardy, who is my newest mancrush.  I didn’t love Legend, and I really wanted to, but he was still worth the price of admission.  I’m assuming, at least, since I went to a free screening.  Since you asked, the best movie of the year:  Room.   As for Correa, I love him.  By the by, I wonder if he tells girls that his waist is “Correa’s demarcation line” and to stay south.  Last year in 99 games in the majors, he had 22 homers and 14 steals and a .279 average.  Steamer has him down for 22 homers and 21 steals in 146 games.  Is there any way he hits the same number of homers in 2016 as he did in under 100 games last year?  The short answer is yes.  The long answer is yesssssssssssssssss.  He had 7 Just Enough homers and an average distance on his homers of 398.7 feet.  For guys with at least 18 homers, that’s in the bottom third for distance.  His HR/FB% was high at 24.2% with only a 29.1 FB%.  That is a low fly ball rate, and, as common sense tells us, if you don’t hit fly balls, you can’t hit homers.  Yet…Again, with some stank, YET!  He’s 21 years old and is a lock for 20/20 and .280.  Jesus and Mary Chain, that’s good.  His power is easy 20 homers.  Whether he hits fly balls or not, he should get to 20 homers.  If he hits lots of fly balls, he could hit 35 homers.  His speed is even easier if you’ve seen him play.  30 steals seems doable.  What about his batting average, asked Expositional Voice.  His BABIP last year was .296, that seems low for him.  He had some years in the minors of a .375 BABIP and a .320 average.  I wouldn’t project him for that, but that feels possible.  You were wondering who was going to bump Trout out of the number one slot next year?  Look no further!  Literally, this is the end of this post.  2016 Projections:  103/24/95/.292/26

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Trenchtown
Trenchtown
6 years ago

LOVE that Razzball is back, but then again you never left right?

Wondering what ‘pert Grey and others think about this option…

2 keeper league (kept in round you drafted them)

Rizzo (rd 5 again), Jose Fernandez (rd9), and Macho Macho Machado Man (rd 10)

love having the bats, but feel like this will also be the lowest i’ll get an ace like jose …till the marlins hurt his arm again. Thoughts? I’ll hang up and wait for your answer. Thanks!

Martin
Martin
6 years ago

Dear Grey, huge fan of your ranks.

I have the 12th pick (and 13 since is snake deaft) in a standart H2H (non keeper) league, and the following players might be available. Which two would you take?
Machado, Kris Bryant, Miguel Cabrera, McCutchen, Altuve, Stanton.

Many thanks and all the best!

James
James
6 years ago

Keep arrenado as a 2nd round pick drafted at 16th or keep nola at 20th round value you with a 2 round handicap for each following year (next year hed be 18th, following 16th etc etc)

Fman99
6 years ago

Grey – love the rankings, as I do every year, my go to source for info, Much thanks for your work.

Keeper question based on these top 10 guys — in a league where you could keep a guy for the next four seasons, would you rather have Harper at the cost of your annual 1st rounder, or Arenado as your annual 2nd rounder? I have to pick one of the two (already keeping Rizzo and Pollock as other hitter choices). Thanks for any insight!

Brandon
Brandon
6 years ago

10 team, 10 x 10. We get to keep 5 in our dynasty league with no penalties. I’ve got Trout, Votto, Machado, Correa, and Kershaw.

I have the option to keep a 6th keeper, but I would have to pay an extra $25 AND give up my 1st rd pick (10 overall).

Would you keep either Miguel Sano or Jason Heyward for that price?

Offensive categories are: R, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, Avg., OBP.

Thanks, Grey!!! Your commentary is by far my favorite in the fantasy sports world!

John
John
6 years ago

Can I have my team from last year then!!! No I know i can get 2 these guys cause 1 agree with you quite a bit and 2 you are not a drone typing the same top 10s as everyone else. I have been hearing ton Arenado bashing lately LOL.

Elliot
Elliot
6 years ago

Why Bryant over Correa? It sounds like you like Correa more based on the write-ups.

Bob
Bob
6 years ago

I am in a 7×7 H2H 8 man league. We get 5 keeps with no attached penalties. I am keeping Altuve, Pollack, Arrieta, and Bumgarner. I know your thoughts on taking pitchers early but my league takes and keeps a lot of SPs so I am locking up 2 and drafting offense for the first few rounds. Having said that, I am struggling between Edwin and Sano for my final keeper. You mentioned that there are hints of Edwin regressing or about to regress while Sano is just starting. Is Sano a better keeper based on future potential? I believe Sano will be in UTIL in ESPN but should gain OF in April if they intend to move Mauer to DH.

Mike2k
Mike2k
6 years ago

Grey, I don’t get it… you have Donaldson pegged for a regression like that and still have him in the top 10? I get that he has to be there, but, if so, his projections should match the ranking. The numbers you have for him look like Abreu, except worse.

What gives?

Church of Baseball
Church of Baseball
6 years ago

Ahhh… the beauty of long term dynasty leagues is that I’m sitting on a team with Bryce, Rizzo, Stanton, and Correa…. the ugly of long term dynasty league is that the guy that’s won our league several years in a row has a team with Trout, Au Shizz, Bryant, and Donaldson. It’s gonna be a damn war…

Also, Happy Birthday Grey! I always loved birthday parties with sweet goodie bags. And the start of your rankings is one helluva goodie bag. You’re pretty much amazing.

Greys Bum Hair
Greys Bum Hair
6 years ago

With these rankings in mind would you trade
Round 1 keeper M Trout (keep for 2 more seasons) to get
Round 6 keeper ARizzo. (Keep for 3 more seasons)

Other keepers are Correa and Springer

oBP league for a 6×6

Greys Bum Hair
Greys Bum Hair
Reply to  Greys Bum Hair
6 years ago

@Greys Bum Hair:

Rizzo would go up 5 rounds to the first round for years 2 and 3 also

Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
6 years ago

hehehe, facebook has yr age at 98, doing well for somebody that old. nice to see upton’s gonna sign with at least a decent offense, didn’t like those TB rumors from earlier today. shame i don’t have jew don and upside on the same team anywhere, since that would be cool now.

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza
6 years ago

Happy birthday, Grey!

Looking forward to the next 397,325!

Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
Reply to  Hal Incandenza
6 years ago

@Hal Incandenza: you ever get your voice back in college or after?

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza

@Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: Did I ever have a voice?

Ron
Ron
6 years ago

I owned Trout, Correa, Bryant, Brantley, J-Up, Donaldson, E5 and Bautista last year.

Thanks to your help my pitching staff was headlined by Arrieta, Carrasco, Keuchel (drafted in round 20!!), Gray and Syndergaard

Yet somehow I lost in the championship round.

Dan
Dan
6 years ago

Your rankings are my absolute favorite, thanks!! Two quick things…1) 31 homers seems light for Bryant based on his power across all levels, what do you think is his ceiling? 2) in a keeper league (you can keep 7 guys) where you sign guys to 1,2, or 3 year deals and you get discount for three years but if you drop them you’re stuck with the salary…have to make decisions on Carrasco and Salazar, how sold are you on both? Thank you sir!

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: thanks!

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I have one quick follow-up…who would you rather have going into the season – Kershaw and Brantley or Chris Davis and Salazar?I would also have Brantley at a cheap price in 2017 while the other three guys contracts would be up at end of 2016

Awesome Auger
Awesome Auger
6 years ago

YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! – /Daniel Bryan

Fantasy Baseball is officially back! Thanks in advance for all you do Grey, seeing a new Razzball post makes my morning every day.

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
6 years ago

Happy Birthday Grey!

As always, thank you for all you do. I think this is year 6 since i found your site, keep up the excellent work!!!

BRS
BRS
6 years ago

Happiest of Birthdays to you Mr. Grey!
Quick question if I may!?

12 team h2h (obp)
Keep 5, at least 1 arm and 1 bat.
Have no picks in 1, 3 or 5 round.
C,1b,2b,ss,3b,if,3of,utility
3 year max term

Harper 2
Grienke 3
Harvey 3
Donaldson 4
Machado 6
Altuve 6
Carrasco 6
Blackmon 7
Abreu 8
Kluber 20

I’m leaning toward harper, Donaldson, machado, Altuve and Kluber.
I’ve also considered keeping Abreu and trading others for picks or other keepers.
I fear I’ll be left without a good option at first base if I wait until round 7 to pick one.
I have also considered attempting to trade a corner infield for Correa.
Thoughts?

Cheers

BRS
BRS
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: but we must keep one pitcher, as much as it saddens me.

nick the dick
nick the dick
6 years ago

Heppy G Day, my man. Diggin the rankings

Wild Thing
Wild Thing
6 years ago

Happy birthday!

Big Magoo
6 years ago

Happy B-Day, GA!

Joe Shmoe
Joe Shmoe
6 years ago

Happy birthday… the young guys are up this high so soon? Don’t they have to do this a couple of years in a row before they can be trusted? Just a doubting shmoe…

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
Reply to  Joe Shmoe
6 years ago

@Joe Shmoe: I’m also skeptical of drafting Correa in the first round. With less than a full season under his belt, you’re paying full price to gamble that pitchers don’t figure him out. I would much rather have a sure fire power bat with my first pick.

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

When do Yahoo and ESPN allow drafting for the 2016 season? February 1st? 15th? March 1st?

Rusty Trombone
Rusty Trombone
6 years ago

Last two keeper spots between these 4 players:

Rendon
Cain or Adam Jones
Carrasco

Thanks!

Rusty Trombone
Rusty Trombone
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thanks again, Grey, and Happy Birthday!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
6 years ago

Happy Bday Bro.
Can’t wait for season to start.
What flavors you vaping lately?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:
Mmm donuts
Vape kitchen has great juices.
try pink starfish if you haven’t yet.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:
yes sir! I’m almost due for another order.
I’m finishing my strawb Gwab from vcv.

Theo for President
Theo for President
6 years ago

I’ve been bantering with a guy in my league for a while about Rizzo’s true value. We are a keeper league with obp & slg replacing avg & hr. I say Rizzo is pretty firmly established at 4. He says Rizzo is definitely outside the top 6. What say you?

Theo for President
Theo for President
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I wouldn’t waste your time with a question I already knew the answer to ….

Theo for President
Theo for President
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: as top 4 or outside 6?

Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
Reply to  Theo for President
6 years ago

@Theo for President: you might be scott’s cousin, he would do that.

Jeff P
Jeff P
6 years ago

I’d take McCutchen 7th, and it’s not crazy to have him ahead of Stanton due to Stanton injury history. He is only 29, and has a track record to die for. You can pencil him in for 95/22/95/.290/12. What you are giving up in power vs Bryant or Donaldson you are getting back in steals and average. And did I mention the track record?

Jeff P
Jeff P
Reply to  Jeff P
6 years ago

@Jeff P: That’s baseline, with upside from there.
As far as Blackmon comp (who I own in a keeper, so I know what he’s capable of), Blackmon is actually older than McCutchen, and with 2 years of elite production. McCutchen has 6+.

For people clamorning for Bryant/Correa, do you remember your BFF Rizzo’s sophomore campaign? .233/23/6? I’ll take the sure thing in McCutchen.

henncoop
henncoop
6 years ago

Happy Birthday Grey
Another year older true but wiser as well ….looking forward to the rest of the rankings & another great year of the best expertise for us fantasy baseballers. Love your fresh look mixed with heapings of humor. Hope you have a great birthday …Enjoy!!!

Ashtray
Ashtray
6 years ago

Looks like round 2 will be featuring a handful of aging sluggers, eh?

JB
JB
6 years ago

Happy Birthday to the only pert I know who could work a mahjong reference into his his blog – aces!

Ken levine
Ken levine
6 years ago

Love the rankings. Looking forward to all 400. So I own InSANOty at 10. Offered Dee (16). Thoughts? Thx.

For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron
6 years ago

not everybody skips the opening paragraphs round here.

The Lurve Guru
The Lurve Guru
6 years ago

Non-humblebrag, I have Harper, Rizzo, Arenado and Correa in a keeper league. I’ll find a way to lose, don’t worry. Weeeeeee baseball!

Hawk
Hawk
6 years ago

“I wish I were you… *wavy lines* Hey, why am I balding and wearing sweatpants? ”

Are you psychic? How did you know??? It’s the mustache right? Like Samson’s hair?

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
6 years ago

so here are my 10 keepers – trying to make an offseason move for Correa. trading is allowed and I don’t have to declare my keepers yet.

this is a 10-team keep forever. is it too crazy to offer Edwin and Tulo for Correa?

I’m currently running with these 10:
Edwin
Tulo
Machado
Arenado
Bogaerts
Marte
Crush Davis
Adam Jones
Scherzer
Arrieta

rest of team/tradeable guys:
Inciarte
Conforto
Souza
Piscotty
Hamels
Salazar
Carrasco

thoughts on whom to keep if he bites for that 2 for 1?

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: cool. I’ll see if he goes for it. who do you like of that remaining group to keep?

Inciarte
Conforto
Souza
Piscotty
Hamels
Salazar
Carrasco

Cohen
Cohen
6 years ago

Happy Birthday Grey, thanks for all your work and knowledge

millenball
millenball
6 years ago

Tis a fine day. Looking forward to reading all 400,000 words.

Keep up the great work and enjoy your birthday man.

Cheers!

Malicious Phenom
6 years ago

Shane Victorino, anything left in the tank for 2016?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Malicious Phenom
6 years ago
Malicious Phenom
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Has Bubba Starling’s ship sailed or does he keep building on the stride he made last year?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Malicious Phenom
6 years ago

@Malicious Phenom: not a big fan, better to ask mike

Malicious Phenom
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@J-FOH: @Grey:

lol, no & nah..thanks guys for ur input..

BreakOut
BreakOut
6 years ago

Happy Birthday, Grey!

As Ray Liotta said, you’re a funny guy.

RY
RY
6 years ago

Happy birthday Grey. Great work as usual. Curious to see where Cutch is going to spot.

ERad
ERad
6 years ago

Happy Birthday my over-the-Internet friend!

Cram It
Cram It
6 years ago

*Awakes from hibernation, scratches ass* Ooh, Grey’s rankings? Hooray baseball!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Grey! Everything good? No tragic life events?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Good to hear. No complaints. Let’s fantasy baseball…

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: doesnt the avi look like he’s wearing his championship belt and nothing else

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Then it looks like what it is.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Cram It
6 years ago

@Cram It: Now that belt has crabs….Crabs It!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Ha. Probably got something. I’ll let you know after I get tested.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

STD projections for Cram…who wants in the pool?

Boomer19
Boomer19
6 years ago

Ok. Here’s my pick on what the top 20 post looks like. I know there are reaches but what the heck. Any other guesses?
Betts
Springer
Kershaw
Miggy
Edwin
Abreu
Davis
Bautista
Mccutcheon
Marte

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
Reply to  Boomer19
6 years ago

@Boomer19: Yeah, I had Springer in at one point too but went with Pollock instead.

Marte isn’t a bad call either.

Boomer19
Boomer19
Reply to  SwaggerJackers
6 years ago

I originally had Altuve instead of McCutcheon because I think McCutcheon might be a bit of a schmohawk this year.

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
6 years ago

Okay, I wasn’t too far off on my top 10 guesses. You are down on Miggy and higher on Correa and Bryant.

11-20 is where things start getting crazy. Here is goes:

Pollock
E5
Kershaw
Abreu
Miggy
Altuve
McCutchen
Betts
Chris Davis
Bautista

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
6 years ago

Feliz cumpleanos!

Natty Boh
Natty Boh
6 years ago

BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!!! Rizzo at #4 Wow! Thanks Grey!

PK
PK
6 years ago

It’s three degrees outside, but Grey continues to make me feel warm and fuzzy!

G
G
6 years ago

Hey Grey,

Happy Birthday and good to see the rankings starting to come out. Asked you the same question a few months ago but want to see if your thoughts have changed about my final keeper option as we get closer to the seaskn. We have 4 keepers per team and I have a solid start with arenado, correa, and machado. My last option is taking Chris Davis in the 5th round, Price in the 2nd round, or carrasco in the 4th. I think Davis is best value but wondering of it’s a good strategy to have at least one solid starter locked in. Thanks as always.

Martin Harris
Martin Harris
6 years ago

Holy shot I wrote down what I thought your top 10 would be and for the first time I nailed it.

Jake
Jake
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

Been looking forward to this day for a long time! Going to be another great season.

My Guess for 10-20 no particular order:
Mookie Betts
Jose Altuve
Miguel Cabrera
Andrew McCutchen
Starling Marte
A.J. Pollock
George Springer
Chris Davis
Clayton Kershaw
Max Scherzer

M
M
Reply to  Jake
6 years ago

@Jake: I agree with 10-20, interesting how McCutchen and Miggy have fallen a bit. Maybe we see Blackmon somewhere in the 18-25 range provided he stays in COL, could be one of the few 20/40 guys if things break right

Jake
Jake
Reply to  M
6 years ago

@M:

I’ve been trying to replicate what Rudy does (until his stuff becomes available). Steamer has pretty modest HR projections for Bautista and Edwin. I’m assuming Gray’s more bullish and they take the Scherzer spot. But that’s why i left them out anyway.

Steamer also down on Blackmon, assuming the parra takes some of his PA. But I agree, assuming they sort that out, he could be round 2 value.

Turd Ferguson
Turd Ferguson
6 years ago

Happy Birthday Grey!

Ryan
Ryan
6 years ago

Yay! Rankings are coming outta the closet like John Travolta never did! I love you guys!

Tigres
Tigres
6 years ago

Thanks Grey. Looking fwd to the next 390!

Wilson
Wilson
6 years ago

I have four of them in my team (all keeper league).
Congratulations to me, haha. Thanks Grey.

Jiggy Nits
Jiggy Nits
6 years ago

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

Lville Jim
Lville Jim
6 years ago

Nolan and Carlos, both on my dynasty all keeper team. I already have a preseason chubby.

zombie
6 years ago

Happy Birthday Albright. Shared with Ted DiBiase. You should celebrate together. Health & happiness to you in the coming year! Glad that you were born.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

I really want to pick at the back end of the first round this year.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: it’s a good year to be a bookend. Wait it’s always a good year to be there

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: I tend to feel the same way, but the back end looks real sexy this year. Lots of yummy corner bats available, I paired Bryant with Pollock at lot in early drafts.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Id take Betts over Pollock assuming betts was there.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Yeah I took Pollock over Betts

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: and you call yourself a Red Sox fan…for shame Ralph….for shame

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Hahaha it has the opposite affect on me, I think “nah, I over value him due to the Red Sox thing” and then pick the other guy.

We’re splitting hairs though, those two are pretty close. In dynasty it’s Betts all day, but in re-draft I like Pollock better by a tick.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I think Betts has more power and the speed can be a close. I think this is the one time to get your boner on for a sox

IV
IV
6 years ago

Correa seems to be going earlier than where you have him ( I think about 6th) in some of the “expert” mock drafts I have seen this off season. I kept thinking that seemed too early for me, but after your ranking here, I definitely need to reconsider him as an option in the 1st round. Looks like if we really want Correa, as of now, 10th may not cut it.

Booya
Booya
6 years ago

I’m in a 12 team 5×5 roto league. It’ds a draft and hold league with no moves, trades, or lineup setting. We draft 20 guys (9 pitchers & 11 bats) and they’re all locked into the starting lineup. I have pick 12 & 13. How would you adjust your draft strategy other than trying to avoid injury prone guys?

whampwhamp
whampwhamp
6 years ago

Grey, if you could pick 3 to keep ( has to be 2 pitchers and 1 hitter or 2 hitters and 1 pitcher) who would you take? I’ve been assuming Sale, Keuchel & Arenado but wanted the GOATS opinion:

Chris Sale 13th
Dallas Keuchel 12th
Corey Kluber 9th
Nolan Arenado 6th
Carlos Correra 3rd/4th

Wake Up
6 years ago

Felix dies natalis

Gray's Sports Almanac
Gray's Sports Almanac
6 years ago

Good morning Grey! While I am not playing fantasy baseball this year (Baby due in May; getting a business going; getting some serious continuing education this year), i’m still excited to read the rankings and follow RB all season long! This daiquiri’s for you!

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
6 years ago

Wow Grey, what a low blow shot to Mrs Diaz!

Good stuff, looking forward to the rest of the rankings. Also, you’re not the only one who reads to his nativity scene. Hambone gets sobriety advice from baby jesus and stock tips from those ballin’ 3 kings of orient

Sam
Sam
6 years ago

Grey,

Keeper auction with excalating tags… which side:
Rizzo ($41 this year) v. Hosmer ($13) + some combo of: Severino ($6), Piscotty ($6), Price ($27)

Boomer19
Boomer19
6 years ago

Happy Birthday Grey! And thanks!

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
6 years ago

HALLELUJAH! Happy Bday man!

The discarded head of Ted Williams
6 years ago

Omgomgomgomg

Omgomg

Omg

First Lady of the Nation
First Lady of the Nation
6 years ago

Birthday buddy, I’m so very semi sexually ready for these rankings. Late Jan never looked so good.

Copperhead Road
Copperhead Road
6 years ago

Hey! It’s YOUR birthday and you gave US a present. What a guy! Thanks for the rankings and enjoy your day.

jvanslyke
jvanslyke
6 years ago

Like an idiot I forgot top overall rankings came before position rankings and had psyched myself up for catchers analysis. I was up all night wondering where Swihart would fall, if you thought Vogt would improve and if Mike Lavaillere would make his way into a reference.

Happy birthday to you and Ted Dibiase. Hope you guys have something fun planned for tonight!

jvanslyke
jvanslyke
Reply to  jvanslyke
6 years ago

@jvanslyke:

Kanye dropped No More Parties in LA for your birthday!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Madlib on the beat and Kendrick. Actual real hip-hop from Kanye, not that 808, auto-tune, fruit-loops garbage.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I thought the beat was dope and the rhymes were fine. If his new album is along this wavelength I’m going to be into it. I liked the first three albums.

The Ghostface sample was dope, and my first thoughts after hearing this song is that Kendrick and Madlib should do an album together. It would be a classic.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Yeah it was the 60+ bar Kanye verse at the end.

jvanslyke
jvanslyke
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

Have fun! Watch out for Costner. He’ll get all hammered and try pushing a spontaneous trip to a random baseball stadium.

New Kanye – gets monontnous but I think it’s more enjoyable than any of his Yeezus verses. 2/2 on calling out his cousin for stealing his laptop

M
M
6 years ago

Happy birthday Grey! Thanks for all the good work!

Robert
Robert
6 years ago

You know, I love Rizzo also I kept ranking him no worse than 5. Everytime I looked up his stats, lineup, intangles, it seemed a fair ranking. I know you don’t ever think a pitcher should go first round but Kershaw is pretty amazing. Pitching is very deep but Kershaw can help out tremendously, huge K numbers, ridiculous era and whip, could carry a pitching staff. He seems less risky to me than Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa to name a couple. I’m also big fan of Mookie Betts curious where you rank him. Great job should be fun reading these upcoming rankings.

Dodger Rabbit
Dodger Rabbit
6 years ago

Happy birthday to you and happy rankings day to us!

We enjoy your work. Here’s hoping you do too.

jack florida
jack florida
6 years ago

happy birthday and thanks for all the great info all season long

Malicious Phenom
6 years ago

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the #1 fantasy baseball pert on the world wide web!

I'mgettingsomeHeadley
I'mgettingsomeHeadley
6 years ago

Happy birthday, Grey. Like others have said, your blog is the first thing I read each morning. Thanks for what you do.

Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
6 years ago

It’s a national holiday – MLGrey Day! *It’s a day of service, not a day off*
Thank you for your service Grey, HB!

Best Movie
Best Movie
6 years ago

The Big Short

Best Movie
Best Movie
Reply to  Best Movie
6 years ago

@Best Movie: Also Happy Birthday iiii (cake emoji)

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Fab movie The Revenant. Did you see Joy? Pretty good shizz too.

Cheers,
Ante

Vegans
Vegans
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Book was great too. Happy birthday, Grey!

Otto Von Bismark
Otto Von Bismark
6 years ago

Hell yeah these are some dank ranks bruh. Did you see the MLB Network put Lindor and Tulo (respectively) above Correa at short? Madness. I’m interested to see how the rest of the top 20 shakes out. Is Marte there?

danny almonte
danny almonte
Reply to  Otto Von Bismark
6 years ago

@Otto Von Bismark: is that for real baseball or fantasy?

Brian
6 years ago

Thank god and grey it’s baseball season!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
6 years ago

Many happy returns, sir.