With the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings for every position done, we turn our lazy eye towards the top 100 for 2015 fantasy baseball.  These 2015 fantasy baseball rankings are one part fresh and two parts to def.  They own a cat, a dog and a lizard in a two bedroom apartment where pets aren’t allowed.  Know why?  Cause they don’t care!  None of this top 100 for 2015 fantasy baseball is meant to surprise.  *jumping out of a closet*  Boo!  Now, that was meant to surprise.  This top 100 is just taking my positional rankings and putting guys in The Big Picture.  You really should read each ranking post because the blurbs in this top 100 are on the skimpy side because there’s so many of them, and I went over each one of these guys already.  Obviously at a hundred players, some guys just didn’t make it.  About 300, to be inexact.  It’s okay; there will be a top 400 tomorrow.  Shortly, Sloth, you’ll have your Baby Ruth.  Not to get all biblical on you, but this is the gospel.  Print it out and take it to Mt. Sinai and it will say, “Win your 2015 fantasy baseball league, young prematurely balding man.”  Projections were done by me and a crack team of 100 monkeys fighting amongst themselves because there were only 99 typewriters.  Somebody please buy Ling-Ling his own typewriter!  Anyway, here’s the top 100 for 2015 fantasy baseball:

1. Mike Trout – The rest of the major leagues are aquatic insects and Trout eats ’em for breakfast.  2015 Projections:  108/33/106/.281/20

2. Giancarlo Stanton – Giancarlo’s cheek has reportedly healed nicely.  In related news, I think I might be able to heal wounds by licking a picture of someone.  2015 Projections: 93/43/109/.270/7

3. Jose Abreu – Something I didn’t mention about The Grande Dolor in the top 10 for 2015 fantasy baseball is Abreu has upside from his projections.  If he were to repeat his 1st half from last year and hit only 11 homers in the 2nd half, he’d have 40 HRs.  Way above his projections.  2015 Projections: 86/32/110/.306/4

4. Andrew McCutchen – Last year, the Dread Pirate had the 124th best OBP since 2000.  That’s not that interesting, you say in your very snide way.  What if I told you McCutchen led the major leagues for 2014?  In 2000, 23 players had a .410 OBP or greater.  Though, only one guy had a .410+ OBP without steroids, Jason Kendall.  He was, however, on Adderall, according to his wife.  (You can Google it.)  2015 Projections:  92/22/94/.309/20

5. Paul Goldschmidt – I’m being conservative on Au Shizz’s projections due to his injury last year.  Then again, maybe I’m being optimistic due to his injury last year.  Or maybe I’m being realistic.  Or bombastic.  Or maybe I’m out-of-words-that-end-in-astic.  2015 Projections:  94/29/103/.292/12

6. Adam Jones – There’s something very comforting about having a guy play in 159+ games.  Adam Jones you are my woobie.  2015 Projections:  90/28/101/.280/10

7. Edwin Encarnacion – It’s interesting how he was a Pedro Alvarez-type until his 30-year-old season and now it feels, without controversy, that he’s a top ten draft pick.   I didn’t say funny or sad, just interesting.  2015 Projections:  87/37/107/.272/5

8. Miguel Cabrera – Imagine three years ago someone saying Encarnacion would be ranked above Miggy in 2015.  You’d tell that person that that had as much chance as one of The Matrix-directing brothers becoming a woman.  2015 Projections: 95/27/106/.305/1

9. Anthony Rizzo – I wasn’t met with much resistance in the comments on the top 10 about Rizzo (prolly because people were distracted by Rendon), but I have a feeling Rizzo will be a top 15 draft pick for the next five to seven years.  2015 Projections:  93/36/100/.262/7

10. Carlos Gomez – Not for nothing, but in Gomez’s fifth year in the league, he had 8 homers, 16 SBs and a .225 average, which was pretty much par for his first five years in the league.  Then in 2012 at the age of 26, he broke out.  I mention this to remind people in keepers that the Springers, Pedersons, Sanoes (Sanos?  Sanoii?) are swell, great, adjective, but go with guys that have already produced over what could be, because Springer et al could do something this year or they could do something in five years.  2015 Projections:  89/24/70/.279/28

11. Jose Bautista – See what I said about Gomez, but Bautista didn’t break out until he was thirty.  2015 Projections:  95/33/101/.272/5

12. Clayton Kershaw – Considered a fool cause you didn’t draft Kershaw out of high school.  And if you don’t know, now you know.  (And don’t be putting five carrots in your baby girl ear.)  2015 Projections: 18-6/2.22/0.95/232

13. Bryce Harper – Between my aggressive ranking of Rizzo, Rendon, Harper and just about everyone in the 2nd round, I have a feeling I’m gonna be able to draft everyone I want this year.  (Now, whether I still want them come July, well…)  2015 Projections:  87/25/101/.284/12

14. Justin Upton – When he was traded, I went over my Justin Upton fantasy.  It came with a mystery flavored Dum-Dum.  2015 Projections:  81/27/95/.266/8

15. Ian Desmond – Desmond is one of the oddest ducks in the top 20.  Does anyone actually like him?  Has anyone who has been the best at their position for two years in a row, as Desmond has been, ever done it without accumulating one fan?  He’s like the Bruno Mars of shortstops.  “‘I’ll catch a grenade for ya?’  I wish I had one to throw at you.” Yet, every one of his songs is number one.  I guess that means there’s millions of teenaged girls that like Ian Desmond.  2015 Projections:  75/21/87/.251/22

16. Josh Donaldson – When he went to the Blue Jays, I gave you my Josh Donaldson fantasy.  Like a baller!  2015 Projections:  84/29/102/.262/8

17. Yasiel Puig – In my top 20 for 2015 fantasy baseball, Arenado was likely the biggest surprise.  There is no truth to the rumor I ranked him there to take the heat off of ranking Puig in the top 20 again, but if that was my angle, it sure worked.  Nary a pause at my porcine ranking.  2015 Projections:  96/24/72/.298/15

18. Hanley Ramirez – When he went to the Sawx, I gave you my Hanley Ramirez fantasy.  I wrote it while sniffing glue, which really clogged up my nasal passages.  2015 Projections:  72/20/84/.268/12

19. Nolan Arenado – I am a Chinese man in Beijing declaring it the year of the Dragonado!  I am Alicia Keys saying, “If I ain’t got Arenado, I got nothing.”  I am Dusty Rhodes saying Arenado is the real American Dream.  The opposite of nada is Arenado, and there’s no one I want more than Nolan.  2015 Projections:  84/27/98/.292/5

20. Felix Hernandez – As I said in the top 20 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball, I’m not drafting F-Her.  You, “Okay, okay, I get it, but why are you ranking him then?”  Because, You, he needs to be ranked somewhere, and I’ve safely put him after where he’s being drafted, so you’re not getting him anyway.  Also, say you draft Abreu in the first round and Arenado and F-Her are still available, then you’re drafting Nolan.  It’s moot though cause he won’t be here.  2015 Projections:  16-5/2.41/0.99/239

21. Adrian Beltre – What’s the chances I draft Beltre?  Why are you saying forty percent under your breath?  I’m not asking for an exact percentage and no one can hear you when you mumble.  The chances I get Beltre are slim to anorexic.  It would have to mean someone drafted Arenado before him.  2015 Projections:  86/22/97/.291/1

22. Troy Tulowitzki – Honestly, the chances I draft any of the guys from 21 thru 30 is slim.  Not because I hate all of them, but Upton, Puig, Arenado, Donaldson are going later than I have them ranked, so there would need to be 11 other Greys in a draft room for me to get some of these guys.  And everyone knows there’s only one Grey with eleven personalities.  Not funny.  Shut up.  No, you.  2015 Projections:  79/24/88/.312/1

23. Corey Dickerson – He seems to be a hot name this preseason and I could see him going before I get a chance to draft him.  I strongly considered ranking him in the top 20 overall.  The thing that stopped me is I don’t trust Weiss to not be stoopid with his playing time.  “That’s uncalled for,” says Weiss as he struggles to get his pants on over his head.  2015 Projections:  82/26/84/.293/10

24. Carlos Gonzalez – Imagine if CarGo could stay healthy… *wavy lines*  Hey, everything is exactly the same in this parallel universe only CarGo is healthy.  *wavy lines*  Lamest parallel universe ever!  2015 Projections:  77/22/81/.274/16

25. Anthony Rendon – Last year, his line was 111/21/83/.287/17.  So, I’m basically calling for three more homers and another three hits (to raise his average).  On our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater, Rendon was the tenth best hitter.  So, this ranking isn’t outlandish; this is me just saying a 24-year-old, always-well-regarded prospect will simply repeat.  2015 Projections: 91/19/68/.286/9

26. Michael Brantley – It’s funny to me how people doubt me one year — last year I loved Brantley and no one else was interested — then the player does well and shoots all the way up draft boards.  Bunch of bandwagoners!  I said it was funny to me, not funny to anyone else.  2015 Projections:  87/17/92/.301/19

27. Albert Pujols – You ever hear the Kings of Leon Durham track, Pujols Somebody?  “You know I could Pujols somebody!  You know I could Pujols somebody!”  It’s pretty good.  2015 Projections:  81/27/96/.261/5

28. Jose Altuve – As usual, Altuve is right behind the Pujols.  2015 Projections:  78/8/55/.306/39

29. Robinson Cano – I’d be more than happy to get Cano at 29th overall.  Sadly, I won’t because he’s going much higher than this.  That’s all right cause we all have Wong!  Well, except for our four girl readers.  2015 Projections:  82/19/92/.305/7

30. Hunter Pence – The Gangly Manbird is one part hustle, two parts consistent stats and three parts iron phosphate, due to his diet of earthworms.  See the top 400 for Pence’s updated projections and ranking.

31. Jacoby Ellsbury – Last year, I was pretty set against Ellsbury, telling everyone that he’s more of a 3rd rounder than a 1st rounder.  And that was exactly what he produced.  Nothing really has changed, except people now seem convinced he’s a 2nd rounder.  They’re getting warmer!  2015 Projections:  86/15/79/.278/30

32. Max Scherzer – You know how when Bonds was going for the home run record, they’d switch out the baseballs?  Well, when Scherzer faces Giancarlo, they will switch out the baseball with a knot of hundreds wrapped in rubber bands.  2015 Projections:  18-5/2.49/1.10/248

33. Corey Kluber – We owned him last year, but now we’re just gonna have to find a new breakout.  Sucks for us, but think how hard it is for Brett Myers.  His fantasy team named “Kluber and Fister” just isn’t going to be the same.  2015 Projections: 16-7/2.63/1.07/252

34. Stephen Strasburg – I have a feeling that Strasburg is going to be the best pitcher of 2015.  “It’s his time,” decrees me.  2015 Projections:  17-6/2.58/1.03/247

35. David Price – I’m not drafting these top starters, even if they’re around at this draft slot.  Some people have suggested I rank these starters where I actually would draft them.  Well, that’s impossible because I wouldn’t draft them.  If I’m in a league where Price is still on the board at around pick 200 (totally impossible), that means guys like Sale, Greinke and Bumgarner are still undrafted too, so I would just keep drafting hitters until someone drafted Price and then grab a pitcher around pick 210.  This is totally unrealistic, but it’s just making a point for those that insist on asking where I would draft Price if he fell.  2015 Projections:  17-8/2.69/1.07/239

36. Chris Sale – Instead of starters here, I’ll be drafting a corner man or an outfielder likely.  That will depend more on how my team is shaping up.  I’m all for a bargain, but not for a Sale.  Weird!  2015 Projections:  15-5/2.41/0.99/217

37. Evan Longoria – You know now that I’ve finally given up on getting a top 15 season from Longoria, he’s going to give it.  You know that, right?  I done f**ked up.  2015 Projections:  81/25/90/.261/5

38. Chris Davis – If this were 2001 and people were dropping 50-homer seasons like Dirt Nasty drops names, Davis would likely be ranked around 200 overall, due to his lousy average.  Take this information to our new baseball commissioner and petition him for a reassessment of steroids.  Thank you.  And grab me a cola.  2015 Projections:  72/34/89/.231/2

39. Freddie Freeman – In the top 20 1st basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball, I made a case for why I don’t love Freeman.  No relation to Freemasons.  Please don’t do anything to me with your secret society!  I hate the metric system too!  2015 Projections:  91/20/94/.293/3

40. Yoenis Cespedes – I could see myself owning Yoenis in some leagues, while deciding to skip him and grab Marte a bit later in some other leagues, even though my rankings say the opposite.  At the end of the day, you have to draft the team you want.  2015 Projections:  73/26/87/.254/7

41. Billy Hamilton – Here’s a guy that I love in real life that I will likely never own.  SAGNOF, and all.  But, damn, it’s fun to watch him take the extra base and steal a bag when everyone in the stadium knows he’s going, even the pretty girl in the sixth row behind 3rd that is there because her date is hoping to get to 2nd.  2015 Projections:  80/7/45/.257/65

42. Ryan Braun – I have it on good authority that a jihadist organization out of Yemen was behind destroying Braun’s legacy.  Little did they know that the Jewish athlete pamphlet was only three pages long, and if you take out the middle page, you no longer need the middle staple, lowering production costs by 75%.  You will never win!  2015 Projections:  77/22/85/.261/13

43. Todd Frazier – I don’t think anyone knows what to make of Frazier this year after he seemingly broke out last year.  Simple prediction:  cut his steals in half from last year and expect 25 homers.  More simply:  same as last year but less.  Even more simply:  less.  So simple it no longer makes sense:  l.  2015 Projections:  79/24/73/.255/10

44. Zack Greinke – I think the Dodgers are going to have a hard time disappointing this year, but I still have concerns about Greinke and won’t stop until he disappoints.  I keep my medulla oblongata safe with this hard head.  2015 Projections:  18-6/2.95/1.13/212

45. Madison Bumgarner – After he threw 450 IP last year, the Giants hired offseason coach, Dusty Baker, to work him out.  “Let’s throw the can of beans into your shopping cart.  And again.  This time as a slider.”  That’s Bumgarner and Baker grocery shopping.  2015 Projections:  16-10/3.01/1.06/206

46. Jon Lester – This offseason, I went over my Jon Lester fantasy.  I wrote it while finding just the right emoji to say I was happy to be eating.  2015 Projections:  15-9/2.92/1.08/206

47. Jordan Zimmermann – Like ha, J. Z. is no joke.  He can’t be stopped, like nope, like nope!  Middle finger to his old K-rate, uh.  Special shoutout to his walk rate, uh.  (Side note from the website, Rap Genius:  Jay Z rhymes uh with uh to comment on the reception he received from the MoMA when he donated a Denny’s place mat that Blue Ivy scribbled on.)  2015 Projections:  17-7/2.89/1.06/186

48. Johnny Cueto – I started ranking overall like this about 17 years years ago (did I just reveal I’m not a spry 27-year-old just hitting my prime?).  It was born of drafting without actually drafting.  Not sure how many of you remember this, but many years ago ESPN used to have you pre-rank your players, then you’d go to sleep and the next morning you’d wake to your drafted team.  It was Christmas morning.  Some years you were jazzed about getting the new video game system; other years you’d wonder what you did to deserve three catchers in your lineup and two more on your bench.  To combat that, I’d rank all positions and/or players together that I did not want after where someone else would draft them so I didn’t get them.  If I didn’t want a catcher (or two or more, for that matter), I’d rank them all around 220 overall, guaranteeing never to see them on my team.  To this day, I still do it similarly.  I group together a bunch of players (pitchers, in this case) I don’t want that will all be drafted by now.  2015 Projections:  15-8/2.89/1.08/204

49. Dee Gordon – You know what’s fun?  Trying to figure out where you’re going to get your middle infielders from.  The Braves were so concerned they went to the Eastern European country of Terdoslavich, rummaging through remnants of the Andrelton Empire, Jace in case.  2015 Projections:  86/1/29/.263/55

50. Brian Dozier – This is likely where I’m starting to look at pitchers, and I go over more why that is in the Tyson Ross blurb.  2015 Projections:  89/19/67/.246/15

51. Jason Kipnis – This isn’t the Tyson Ross blurb, but you’re one step closer!  2015 Projections:  81/15/70/.261/24

52. Jeff Samardzija – On your mark…Get set…Draft a starter!  2015 Projections:  14-6/3.24/1.12/206

53. Tyson Ross – On a different post, I will go over exactly how to draft your pitching staff, but here is a tricky area.  If, say, Samardzija, Ross, and a lot of other numbers ones are still on the board, then you skip starters and continue to draft hitting, maybe taking a guy like Dozier, assuming a number one SP will still be around for your next pick.  Then by the time you draft again, the pitchers’ bone is picked clean, and you’re looking at guys that are more number twos.  Not ideal, that’s why you draft an SP from around the middle of the top 100.  You can likely wait, but you also don’t want to get in a situation where you’re totally screwed.  2015 Projections: 14-9/3.11/1.15/204

54. Jake Arrieta – Here’s a good example of why punting pitchers is not ideal, but you can make it work.  As late as July of last year, if I told you Arrieta would be in the top 55 next year, you would’ve called me a “Lying stupid faced jerk” and I would’ve had my feelings hurt.  I don’t know why you want to hurt me so.  2015 Projections:  12-9/2.88/1.06/198

55. Hisashi Iwakuma – This is a big step for me, recommending highly a pitcher with little chance of getting 200 Ks.  I’m growing on the inside, which sounds dirty, but I mean it in the best possible way.  2015 Projections:  14-6/3.15/1.07/177

56. Carlos Santana – Oye como yay!  (Note:  Santana only has 11 games at catcher, so make sure he’s eligible in your league.  For more, 2015 position eligibility chart.) 2015 Projections:  73/28/89/.254/4

57. Buster Posey – Member that thing where you take your first pet’s name and the street you grew up on to make a porn name?  There’s gotta be at least a million people in the world whose porn name is Buster Posey.  2015 Projections:  67/22/85/.302/1

58. Craig Kimbrel – Hey, closers!  We haven’t talked at all about them yet this preseason.  I will rank and project all closers (and some middle relievers) in my top 400, which comes out tomorrow.  I stopped doing a top 20 closers post about two years ago, because, at its heart, SAGNOF means just getting the cheapest closers you can so you have around 130 saves at the end of the year (that number changes depending on your league).  When I did a top 20 closer ranking post, I’d basically say punt until around the 15th closer.  Also, Smokey will be along shortly to give you his tiers of closers.  As for Kimbrel, he’s awesome, I won’t own him.  2015 Projections:  3-1/1.55/0.90/92, 42 saves

59. Aroldis Chapman – I wish the Reds would give Aroldis a chance to start, just to see if he can keep it together for one year and strikeout 280 guys.  Wait a minute, I didn’t know that was my last wish.  Come back here, genie!  2015 Projections:  4-2/1.92/0.93/107, 40 saves

60. Matt Kemp – When he was traded, I gave you my Matt Kemp fantasy.  I wrote it while chasing news footage as a Nightcrawler.  2015 Projections:  72/22/81/.276/8

61. Nelson Cruz – When the M’s signed him, I gave you my Nelson Cruz fantasy.  It was written on my Trapper Keeper then transcribed during lunch period.  2015 Projections:  71/26/85/.262/5

62. Starling Marte – We’re now in a wild card area of drafting.  If you have a number one SP already, then I’d look at Marte or Wong (the other hitters in the next twelve are likely gone.)  Then I’d look at Wong again, then Wong, then Wong.  Then Marte again.  And Marte and Marte.  I love these two guys, and am hoping I can get both of them in multiple leagues.  Of course, if you don’t have an SP yet, you need to draft one of those now.  2015 Projections:  79/16/70/.265/33

63. David Ortiz – Since I didn’t do a Top 20 DH post, this is the first time I’m mentioning Ortiz.  He is the only significant name that has less than ten games, my cutoff for position rankings, anywhere but DH.  Unless you consider Corey Hart significant, I don’t.  My apologies to P!nk.  At a Latin 39, Big Papi’s days of 30 homers looked to be waning a few years ago, but he’s shown no signs of that as of late.  Sorta like Top Chef that filmed in Boston this year.  For a few years, it struggled, but this year it seemed less about stunts and got its mojo back.  Though every time I have to see Andy Cohen, it’s a demerit.  2015 Projections:  77/28/94/.265/1

64. Jose Reyes – I’m not sure I mentioned this in the top 20 shortstops for 2015 fantasy baseball (I’ve written about 400,000 words over the last three weeks; sue me!*  *Don’t sue me.), but there’s a huge gap between the top tier shortstops and Reyes’s tier, which is only the 2nd tier.  I.e., shortstops are model thin, and they’re causing me to rush to the bathroom to vomit.  2015 Projections:  91/8/46/.281/27

65. Cole Hamels – Fun fact!  In the offseason, Hamels runs an outdoors company that makes knapsacks made from camel vaginas called Hole Camels.  2015 Projections:  12-10/2.97/1.15/192

66. Gerrit Cole – No, Gerrit hasn’t had a huge year yet to warrant this ranking, but if you don’t draft him this year, you likely won’t own him for the next seven years.  2015 Projections:  15-8/3.20/1.18/198

67. Ian Kinsler – I did what I could to bury Kinsler in the rankings so there was no chance I’d get him and instead grab Wong (stop your giggling!).  What I could foresee happening is Kinsler is still on the board around here, and Wong has around an ADP of about 40 spots after this, so I grab someone else here and grab my Wong (seriously, it’s not funny) with my next pick.  That’s where having an idea of ADP and other teams’ needs come in handy.  Yes, I know, we’re talking about Wong and coming in handy.  2015 Projections:  83/15/77/.269/15

68. Kolten Wong – Oh, wait, we weren’t even talking about Wong yet.  I’m so jazzed about Wong this year, I feel like I’m writing a review on Gayot.  I already gave you my Kolten Wong fantasy.  It was written on the side of a unicorn under an rainbow.  2015 Projections:  84/18/60/.278/24

69. Alex Cobb – It’s weird for me to like someone from one season to the next.  Usually they perform and then get overrated, or disappoint and make it hard to like them again.  Whereas with Cobb, he performed decent enough, was injured and looks about the same as he was last year.  And if you lose your rankings sheet at your draft, you can remember this order by singing, “Everyone Wong Cobb tonight.”  UPDATE:  Arm troubles + Spring Training = Thelma Schoonmaker.  Well, you do the math.  2015 Projections:  9-8/3.67/1.18/139

70. Carlos Carrasco – The 70-ish overall ranking spot is a glorious time to be alive with Wong, Cobb and Carrasco back-to-back-to-back.  Forget Jennifer Connelly, that’s the back-to-back-to-back I want to see!  Here’s my Carlos Carrasco fantasy.  I wrote it before realizing he’s not a sleeper.  I get it, but he’s still someone I want.  2015 Projections:  13-6/3.27/1.09/192

71. Alex Wood – Due to the difference between my rankings and other ‘pert rankings and just because we’re at a point where teams are starting to draft based on needs rather than rankings, there’s a good chance I own Carrasco and Wood (or Cobb and Wood or Cole and– Well, you get the picture).  And, yes, I know how sexy it is going from Wong to Wood.  It’s like the greatest sausage fest ever!  2015 Projections:  13-7/3.12/1.21/192

72. George Springer – You know what we have here, right?  A sexy little 2nd outfielder tier.  All of these guys, except Ozuna, have red flags, but their I-want-them-on-my-freakin’-team flag is waving high due to their upside.  2015 Projections:  83/27/87/.238/16

73. Jason Heyward – Member when he looked like a perennial 2nd rounder?  We were younger then, and you had more hair.  Since everything the Cards touch turns to gold, it wouldn’t shock me if Heyward goes from around here this year to the top 25 next year.  He still is only 25 years old.  2015 Projections:  91/20/75/.274/15

74. Eric Hosmer – At this point, we should have drafted a 1st baseman, 3rd baseman, two outfielders, 2nd baseman and starter (in 12 team leagues).  If you didn’t take a starter yet, then you should quickly.  If you don’t have a 2nd baseman yet and took a corner man already, then you’ll be going middle of some sort (Wong!).  Likely, you’ll be drafting a corner infidel here.  2015 Projections:  81/18/87/.288/9

75. Prince Fielder – Yeah, I do like the idea of Fielder as my corner man.  Not gonna lie, said like O.G. Bush.  But if I had him last year in a 40-team league that only used Rangers players, I wouldn’t have liked him, so there’s no guarantee, as much as we’d like to fool ourselves into thinking there is.  2015 Projections:  79/27/90/.272/1

76. Adrian Gonzalez – The Dodgers are gonna score a trillion runs this year and win 110 games or everyone on their team will be paid a visit by Father Time and look like the 2014 Rangers.  Here’s to the Dodgers staving off aging like 99% of their Caucasian fan base.  2015 Projections:  79/22/103/.264/1

77. Alexei Ramirez – In case you missed it, there are, like, no shortstops in the top 100.  And no third basemen.  And no closers.  And no catchers.  What is in the top 100?!  2015 Projections:  72/10/79/.277/23

78. Starlin Castro – Here’s a great example why I don’t go crazy for middle infielders in the top 100 (except Wong; long live Wong!).  Castro’s projections vs. Bruce.  Starlin has 11 less homers, less runs, RBIs, steals but more average.  There’s just a premium on position eligibility here, which I don’t like to pay.  2015 Projections:  71/16/80/.269/7

79. Xander Bogaerts – I’ve said this elsewhere, but it bears repeating, or bares if nudists are reading.  I don’t love the sinking feeling I have that Hanley is going to bomb in the outfield and need to play shortstop, crushing Xander’s value.  2015 Projections:  69/15/74/.253/7

80. Wil Myers – I already gave you my Wil Myers fantasy.  It was written without the letter Q.  2015 Projections:  61/20/72/.277/8

81. Jay Bruce – Yeah, yeah, I was a fool for Bruce last year like I was a middle-aged mom with ripped jeans living in Jersey.  Okay, so that’s redundant.  If a middle-aged mom has ripped jeans, of course, they’re in Jersey.  2015 Projections:  77/27/89/.235/9

82. Marcell Ozuna – OZUNA hungry.  OZUNA eat baseballs for breakfast.  In afternoon, OZUNA drops stitched-up poop.  2015 Projections:  71/27/83/.261/5

83. Mat Latos – For a few years now, Latos’s wife, Dallas, has fought with Reds fans on Twitter.  Be interesting to see who Dallas Latos fights with now that he’s a Marlin.  Not cool to pick on their one fan, Jeff Conine.  2015 Projections:  13-7/3.19/1.17/181

84. Zack Wheeler – Absurd Wild Card pick of the preseason?  The Mets!  Not sure how much their offense comes together, but in the NL East, where the Phils and Braves have already chucked in the towel, I could see DeGrom, Wheeler and Harvey, helping the Mets along.  2015 Projections:  12-9/3.41/1.29/201

85. Greg Holland – SAGNOF, but His S ain’t too bad.  2015 Projections: 2-3/2.32/0.99/89, 40 saves

86. Phil Hughes – I’ll admit to not feeling 100% about drafting Hughes, but his last year was such a delight, I think you have to.  A delight, I tell ya!  Geez, when did I become a 65-year-old woman in a country club.  2015 Projections: 13-9/3.39/1.14/178

87. Yasmany Tomas – I’d be shocked if I don’t have Yasmany on multiple teams this year.  Would I rank him this aggressively if Abreu didn’t do so well last year?  Hard to say, but I hope so.  Let’s see what we know.  Scouts have said Yasmany is comparable to Yoenis with a tad less speed.  So I have him projected as such.  Also, we know his game power is real, grading at a 65 on scouting scales, which is about 27-30 homers.  There’s a ton of risk here, but love the chance for upside.  UPDATE:  He was lowered once the threat of a minor league assignment was hung over his roly-poly head.  2015 Projections:  59/21/69/.259/3

88. Yu Darvish – I have no idea where others have ranked the next three guys, but I’m assuming it’s way higher than this.  Oh, and before you say I’m crumby with crackers on this Darvish ranking, last year he ended up ranked 148 on our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater and he ended last year with elbow inflammation.  <sarcastic>Sounds awesome!</sarcastic>2015 Projections:  11-9/3.42/1.24/188

89. Masahiro Tanaka – What I will say about this group of four pitchers that I don’t like is they will either far exceed this spot or far suckeed.  I.e., they will either be top ten SPs or be hurt or ineffective and droppable.  This ranking here is more of a middle ground just so I don’t draft them.  Continued in next blurb.  2015 Projections:  10-4/3.49/1.15/150

90. Adam Wainwright – Yes, they could be top ten SPs, but there’s so many SPs to choose from it’s a gamble you should not take.  2015 Projections:  14-12/3.53/1.15/161

91. Lucas Duda – I’m reminded of what I said in Chris Davis’s blurb.  Ten years ago, Duda’s projections would’ve looked like doodie.  2015 Projections:  74/31/90/.247/1

92. Matt Harvey – Harvey’s blurb whispering in my ear, “What the last three SP blurbs said.”  Me, “Yeah!”  2015 Projections:  7-3/3.27/1.10/150

93. Joey Votto – Yup, it’s weird for me too to rank Votto this low.  You know what he needs?  An 81-game trip to Coors.  2015 Projections:  84/17/88/.292/4

94. Kyle Seager – At 3rd base, Pickins is Slim, Dr. Strangelove.  2015 Projections:  70/22/84/.259/8

95. Pablo Sandoval – This is sort of a catch-all area of the draft, and continues to be as we move along into the top 400.  What I mean by that is, it’s really about your team at this point.  You should leave the top 100 with a 1st baseman, 3rd baseman, corner man, middle infielder, starter and two outfielders.  After that, you draft what you need for your team or start to just look at great value.  2015 Projections:  79/21/92/.304/2

96. David Wright – This is one of the rare occasions where I can say I don’t like a player, but would draft him here.  Of course, it’s likely absurd to think I can get Wright here.  He’s exactly the kind of player the big box fantasy sites love — big time name value.  You know they rank on name value because it’s easy.  Very few remember what someone said in March when the season ends.  So if you rank on name value, then all the lookie-loos in March are happy and ‘trust’ your rankings.  If you rank name value low, then the lookie-loos in March think you’re crazy and don’t trust you.  You can be right come September, but the lookie-loos have moved on.  Happens every year.  Someone will say I’m an idiot in March because someone is too low, then in September they’re a ghost.  2015 Projections:  74/16/81/.282/10

97. Christian Yelich – Here’s the first virgin in the top 100 since Willie McGee.  And neither were by choice.  2015 Projections: 82/14/61/.288/22

98. Jorge Soler – I already went over my Jorge Soler fantasy.  There I said, “Hot Cougar Poll!…Lorena Bobbitt dressed like a mohel…Jere Burns has a juicy role!”  Hmm, I gotta work on what quotes I pull.  2015 Projections:  73/25/81/.278/5

99. Danny Santana – On Craigslist, I bought the services of three runway guys and they’re dying to wave their flashing lights at someone.  Yo, runway guys, wave dem lights at Santana!  What do you mean you’re on a break?  Effin’ teamsters!  Gentlemen and four gentlewomen, Dannys Antana looks like he has an outside chance of being the best shortstop in fantasy this year.  Oh, no, Grey dint!  I dit, I dit!  Yes, his average will come down from his previous year’s .319.  He also has ten-homer power and 30-steal speed and won’t hit under .255.  Just a slight plus on power and speed and he’s in the running for best shortstop.  Sure, the position is overcrowded with a bunch of Nadir Bupkisses, but Santana looks like he could be special.  Okay, now I’m seriously done.  2015 Projections:  89/9/39/.262/27

100. Kole Calhoun – If you draft Gerrit Cole, Cole Hamels and Kole Calhoun and don’t name your team, The Coalition.  Shame on you.  2015 Projections: 98/22/53/.269/10

 
  1. SteveNZ says:
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    You’re on to the Top 100 already? Jesus. Where Have I been?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: Yeah Jesus, where the hell has SteveNZ been?

      • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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        @J-FOH: Hey, I’m sure he had important stuff to do.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, though I was in Sydney for a couple of days last week.

        So far out of the fantasy baseball loop it’s not funny – this new job actually requires me to focus on the job itself most of the time…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like you need to find a new job!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: I’ll float that one at home and see how it’s received.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Well, I’m sure!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Who wouldn’t want to swap a year’s worth of income for that 5-minute flush of pride that comes with a strong finish in a pretend game that you play with people you only know over the internet (some present company excepted)?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not me!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Looks like there might be a little bit of travel with this new gig, but sadly no word of anything LA-related.

                    Though our company has just opened up a development hub in Guadalajara…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ll meet you there for burritos! My dad just got back from a month in Queenstown… He loves it, wants to move there…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, it’s a great spot. It’s a little removed from any significant urban area, but if that’s not a problem it would be a great place to live.

                    More golfing and wine-tasting I assume? Queenstown is great for both of those.

                    And he has been here at the right time. The weather has been absolutely incredible over most over the country for the last 6 weeks. Hardly any rain to the point where a lot of the farmers are desperate for some rain.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, he also went to the horse track… Said your country only has it open a few days a year so it was like an event… He spent a lot of time in Queenstown, he said he went all over both islands…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Was it the Glenorchy Races? A slightly distant relative of mine used to organise it.

                    He sure does love him some New Zealand.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that’s it! He loves NZ, seriously… He wants to buy a house there…

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Fantastic work. Compared your Top100 with the picks from our live draft on monday. The skinny…

    A. Top three reaches..Wainright (13), Tanaka (20), and Darvish (21). Top three bargains..Hamilton (200), Marte (198), CarGo (140). I have 14 of the top 100 so I should be okay, only slightly reached for Jansen (54) when both Kimbrel (38) and Chapman (43) went off the board.

    B. As an overall trend, pitching is SUPER ÜBER overrated with all top 13 pitchers being taken well in advance of your rankings in the top 100.

    C. Big question, please help. Four players from the top 100 went UNDRAFTED!!

    1. Hosmer; 2. Myers; 3. Sandoval; 4. RCastillo

    Already dropped Heaney to pick up Castillo.

    D. Would you drop any of the following to take any of the undrafted?

    1. Liriano; 2. Paxton.

    E. You scared me with the Bogaerts blurb and HanRam butting in at SS. Would you package Castillo and Bogaerts to the Red Sox fan in my league? He has HanRam at SS.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Hate to be that guy, but you’ve got to expand your league. Can’t imagine playing in a league that doesn’t draft at least 200 players in total.

    • PK says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Based on your posts from this week, I’m convinced that your league all drafted in a room with a gas leak, and you were the only one with a mask.

      • Cram It says:
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        @PK: Ha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @PK: hehe

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @PK: I agree. This sounds like some BS league full of autodrafting bots using last year’s rankings or something. It doesn’t seem competitive at all. I wonder if Ante actually did a mock draft using Mock Draft Central last month and is pretending it was a real draft.

    • K CLown Baez says:
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      @Ante GALIC: and I hate to be that guy too, but dude your posts are pretty damn annoying, in general

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Those pitching picks are crazy B. Really?

    • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Ante GALIC: was this one an “expert” one too (like the mock draft you called expert a week or so ago)

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    One more supplementary question.

    Drew Pomeranz is available on the waiver wire and SP/RP eligible. Would you pick him up dropping either A. Liriano; or B. Paxton?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ante GALIC: See rankings?

    • McNulty says:
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      @Ante GALIC:

      where’s the signup for this league?

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @McNulty: CBS cares!

        Cheers,
        Ante

  4. steve staub says:
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    Standard H2H keeper question:

    Need to keep 7. These are our 1st 7 picks of this year’s draft.

    Automatic keeps:
    Trout, Tulo, Edwin, Kluber

    Need 3 of the following:
    Posey, Kinsler, Hanley, Cruz, Soler, Carrasco, Lester

    Please help. Thanks in advance!

  5. Bodacious Taters says:
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    If Brett Myers replaces Fister with F-Her, his team name is just as daunting :-O

  6. Titan says:
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    Thanks Grey in advance for helping me with my 2015 draft….your rankings are really my only reason for looking forward to February up here in Wisconsin….lol

    • gobiggreen says:
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      @Titan: Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Titan: No problem

  7. Punk says:
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    Standard, mixed 12-team 5×5 keeper question. Need to keep six. Here’s the pool I’m considering from: Braun, HanRam, JoFer, CarGo, Donaldson, Dozier, Choo, Kipnis, Yelich.

    I’m leaning towards the first six, but willing to be convinced otherwise. Would hate to lose JoFer because I think he still has a long and successful career ahead, and I’ve already been stashing him for so long (hello, sunk cost bias!). Thank you, as always.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Punk: How did your team do last year?

      • Punk says:
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        @Baezaworldseries: 5/12. Was around 3-4 most of the year, but faded due to poor pitching choices. Still learning the ropes. Made a big trade to pick up Donaldson mid-year, but after he did most of his damage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Punk: Sure, if you want to keep JoFer

  8. scott steelers says:
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    5 total keepers. First 4 are Mccutch, Abreu, Scherzer and Puig. Trying to decide between Arrieta, Betts, Soler for final keeper…

  9. Tigres says:
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    Thanks, Grey. Great read. And this may be most useful bit of all: “At the end of the day, you have to draft the team you want.”

    • Grey

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      @Tigres: No problem and yup!

  10. Beastman says:
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    Great morning read! FYI, got redirected 3 times to App Store spam before I could open the post, this time for GT Get Taxi app. I know it’s an outside issue but thought you should know.

    • tvators says:
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      @Beastman: yeah I open this on. A Mac and automatically get the pop ups and get redirected elsewhere, no prob on my phone though…

      • Beastman says:
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        @tvators: Hasn’t happened on my mac laptop but frequently on iphone

    • Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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      @Grey: @Beastman: Thanks for asking that question Beast, I have been having the same problem for some time now. Grey, thanks for the “fix”, I hope it works!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I hope so too… Sorry, I’m not intentionally doing this…

  11. The old professor says:
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    Did Victor Martinez retire?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @The old professor: i doubt it, he got a huge raise i think (or at least he has in dynasty leagues, none of which in do i own him). hmmm, might want to ask s somebody that owns him.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @The old professor: Why? Because you own him?

          • The old professor says:
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            @Baezaworldseries: because he is easily a top 100 pick? Or is that too sabermetric for you to comprehend?

            • Baezaworldseries says:
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              @The old professor: That statement alone explains everything. Good luck and I hope you are in all of my leagues.

    • Mochi says:
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      @The old professor:

      I have to agree. Martinez is 4 years younger than Ortiz, batted .330, 32 home runs, only k’d 46 times. Why is Ortiz top 70 and Victor not there?

  12. brett says:
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    Grey,

    12 team auction keeper league inflation is usually 20-30%. We can keep 5 please rank these keepers for me:

    Trout 58
    Gomez 17
    Harper 13
    Batista 25
    Strasberg 22
    Cueto 3
    Frazier 5

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      @brett: Harper, Gomez, Bautista, Cueto, Frazier

  13. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Question about weekly leagues, once the season starts and is in full swing, …

    To maximize Razzball’s wonderful advice, articles and regular weekly columns (two-start pitchers, pitcher matchups, donkeycorns, etc.) what would be the ideal start day of the week for a new league? It always seems like the pitcher articles ALWAYS come out a day or two after our deadline.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: You crazy

      • Buge Hoobs says:
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        @Cram It: Yup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: i’m pretty sure the 2 start articles come on out weekends (likely sunday), it’s the days when Grey doesn’t put out posts, and sunday is also last day before nearly all leagues start (both any type of H2H, and most weeklies)

  14. BSW says:
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    Let’s just say you are in a magical world where Grey is drafting against 11 other Greys who follow your valuing of hitting over pitching to a T. In this case, would you actually take Kershaw at 13 and F-Her at 21? If not, where would they have to fall to?

    (I realize this is impossible-in this scenario there would be no time for fantasy baseball as you would be to busy fighting over the world’s supply of mustache wax which would not able to keep up with demand)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSW: I go over it in the top 20 starters post

  15. The Harrow says:
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    headline for tomorrow’s post: Hamilton comes down, finds shoulder hurts, team prescribed extra dose of Cron.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Harrow: Sleazy-Czar can’t control his balls

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: that would be a Jay post, we’re crossing sports here.

  16. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Great write up as always!

  17. Andrew says:
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    I’m in an 8 team AL only keeper league and can keep Carrasco for $10 for this year only ($260 budget). There are 5 slots, and my other final keeper options are uninspiring– Plouffe for $1. I have to keep Carrasco, even if it means not being able to keep him for the followin season, right?

  18. Robert says:
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    Wow,
    I just read comments from above by Ante Galic, How is it possible to have Cargo drop to 140, Marte 198 and Hamilton 200? Nobody in that league has a clue.
    That being said I don’t get the Cargo rating at 25. He had offseason knee surgery, had some bizarre injury/growth with his hand, supposely is fixed but besides all that he was terrible last year. Plus I doubt he even can steal 10 bases anymore. The only other guy I can’t figure is Mat Latos at 85. His fastball velocity was down and has elbow problems. I’ll pass on both. Great work besides Grey I also like Pujols in the mid 20’s feel a great bargain again this year. My favorite sleepers are also Arenado, Marte, Dickerson, Wong. If Bettis role gets more well defined I’m all in on him also. Thanks again, and was entertaining.

    • Ra'zball al Ghul says:
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      @Robert: As a Rox fan, I am staying away from Dickerson. I like the dood, but just peep his home/road splits from last year, hit .363 at Coors (bound to regress), .252 on the road (closer to what he likely is)…

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @Robert: Yeah Galic is in some weird alternate universe world and his posts don’t apply to this one!

      Concur on CarGo, I could see him stop running altogether and if he’s also not hitting .300 then he really isn’t top 25. And that’s assuming he can stay on the field?!? I have to choose 2 keepers between CarGo, Frazier and Bumgarner (none of which I want this year) to go with the my top 3 of Miggy, McCutch and Brantley. Ugh, first world problems!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Robert: I don’t think those guys are sleepers anymore

  19. Cram It says:
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    Are any of the rankings printable in a more stripped-down, excel spreadsheet type of format?

    • Jay says:
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      @Cram It: last year I just copied and pasted the top 400 into excel and then manipulated the way I needed it.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Jay: Edit all those blurbs out of each box after you paste them? And some blurbs copy as hyperlinks with the players name imbedded so whenever you click to edit, it opens a new page, and oy. It’s too much work for my antiquated ass. I’ll pen and paper it. But thanks!

        • Jay says:
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          @Cram It: just paste values and everything else gets stripped, yeah you have to jockey it around a little

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Can copy and paste into Excel and print them out

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: war room?

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: I haven’t looked at that, but yeah, maybe.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: it hasn’t been released

          • Cram It says:
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            @J-FOH: Then what is that thing that appears on my computer screen when I click on the War Room tab? I didn’t take acid today.

            • J_FOH says:
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              @Cram It: maybe last years?

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @J-FOH: can’t wait!

  20. Steve Frogs says:
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    Loving Marte this year. Hope I get him on all my teams.

    • Ra'zball al Ghul says:
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      @Steve Frogs: agreed

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Steve Frogs: Just be warned that he might start slow. Last year he was unusable in April and benched some games in May, from then on he was great.

  21. Swfcdan says:
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    Smokey Chelsea, how about that. Now THATs a porn name!

    D-San ranking seems nuts, but otherwise good job.

    • Copperhead Road says:
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      @Swfcdan: I got Fuzzy Fernbank as my porn name.

  22. PBMAX says:
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    Keeper Question: 5X5 OPS league; I have Dee Gordon($10) and Billy Hamilton($15), and I’m thinking of offering one for Joc Pederson($10). I have Dozier($10) at 2B, and I don’t necessarily need OF help. Thoughts?

      • PBMAX says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Loving the Rankings

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  23. The JoGarza says:
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    Yasmany Tomas is ranked so low on Yahoo right now (200+) that I’m scared it was a mistake and they’re going to bump him up 100 spots when they update the rankings again.

    He’s on there with 3B,OF eligibility, so if they keep him that low, it’s a massive steal.

    • weas says:
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      @The JoGarza: @The JoGarza: They did the same thing with Abreu last year, he started out at 142 and got moved up to 110 when everyone else was hyping him. No way Yasmany/Yasmani ends up outside the top 200 by April.

    • Grey

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      @The JoGarza: Yeah, definitely worth that gamble

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The JoGarza: they will adjust as adp starts rolling in. They do it every year

  24. William says:
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    Um, rankings for 2015 are “done”? Closers don’t count? So you’re implcitly saying there are no closers worth taking in the first 100 picks?

    Saves matter a lot in 4×4 leagues like ours. Hope to see the closer rankings soon.

    • Cram It says:
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      @William: Hit CTRL F on your keyboard. Type in “Chapman”.

      • William says:
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        sorry, missed those two slots

    • Ra'zball al Ghul says:
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      @William: ree lax

    • Jay says:
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      @William: How long have you been reading? It should come as no surprise about the rankings of cloSAGNOF!!

  25. William says:
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    Here are closers ranked in the top 80 last season, from the Razzball player rater:

    Kimbrel 46
    F Rod 53
    Britton 63
    D Robertson 65
    Kenley Jansen 66
    Street 73
    Chapman 78
    Papelbon 80

    How can you do a top 100 w/o closers??

    • Cram It says:
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      @William: Dude

      • Ra'zball al Ghul says:
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        @Cram It: lmfao!!

    • Hondo says:
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      I’m a Nats fan but not a Desmond fan.I don’t dislike him,he’s just there.Bland and personality less as healthy food.You know he’s good for you,but sometimes you need a sugar rush and want to see Espinosa bat left handed just for laughs.

      In 5 years we’ll be going” who was that guy who took over for Christian Guzman?”( who was himself as exciting as an empty vacuum cleaner bag inside a vacuum(not a vacuum cleaner).

      Thanks for the write up.I printed it out and taped it to my girlfriends face until after the draft(speaking of drafts,it’s been chilly here since I did that).

      • Hondo says:
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        @Hondo: I posted that in the wrong place,sorry.

      • The Rutabaga Fiasco says:
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        @Hondo: Haha Dix

      • Wake Up says:
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        I like Hamels even more now after that!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @William: half those guys were free agent adds or late drafted closers. It works out that way every year

  26. royce! says:
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    Is there a term for the sort of statement in the Brantley blurb, those statements that start with “it’s funny how” but never are funny, and often are said by one’s significant other and are followed by something critical and/or passive aggressive? There should be.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: Wow, good point… There should be some -logism or something for that… That you only hear once, while playing Trivial Pursuit

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: irontipation? Frustonic? Life?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Notfunnyfunnyism?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Laughingtears?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Funbore? Tears is too much

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Fundrum? Humdruckle?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I like fundrum! Haha

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: oh no I did a fundrum again.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, well, fundrum to being fundrummy

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: too bad we don’t have a life glossary.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Fundrum (You’re a victim of your own success!)

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I got fohsed

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA… Aw, man, FOH me!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: HA, I got fohed in the neck

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      FOH’d once again

                • royce! says:
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                  @J-FOH: Yeah, fundrum is great. Well played, Jack!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @royce!: royce! Respond to my email and what’s up buddy

                    • royce! says:
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                      @J-FOH: What’s up! I responded. Sorry I forgot…I’d blame the toddler but it’s probably more attributable to the toddies.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @royce!: toddler is a valid excuse

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @J-FOH: Yeah that is a great one!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Wake Up: over the net high five

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Funsult, for the ones that are thinly veiled insults or criticisms…”I just think it’s funny how much time you spend on fantasy baseball”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s funny you have time to funsult me!

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Got my priorities straight!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hope so, counting on you!

  27. royce! says:
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    Also, re: Top Chef, I generally agree, but that “make a dish based on a painting” thing was stupid, because it basically doomed whomever got stuck with a painter that used non-food colors. I mean, I don’t have any problem with the result, but it was a silly process.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: Yeah, agreed on that… In my defense, I wrote this prior to that episode… (I wrote this back in mid-January)

  28. Warren says:
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    Love this top 100 every year. One strategy question for you—

    In shallow leagues (10 teams with only 20 roster spots), is a Stars and Scrubs auction strategy the best way to go?

    My plan:

    C: last catcher
    1B: Abreu – kept
    2B: ?
    3B: Arenado – kept
    SS: ?
    OF: McCutchen – kept
    OF: Gomez – kept
    OF: targeting a Puig/Jones/Marte type player
    UTIL: Goldy – kept

    7 pitcher slots, Keeping Cueto for cheap

    I am trying to decide what to do at middle infidel (like everyone). Rendon, Tulo, Cano and Desmond will be kept by other teams. I can’t see myself spending on a mid tier player like Kipnis or Reyes and instead will go with cheap Wong (ha!) and Santana/Segura instead. Then the question is, where do I spend that money? Grab one of the big gun relievers or starters?

    I am a lost soul Grey. Save me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Warren: In 10 teams you can go that route… Spend money on SPs

  29. Streaming Leake says:
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    Drafting at position 12/13 in 12 team snake, would you generally still wait until rounds 5/6 (picks 60/61) to grab a SP? It’s about a round later than the Shark rec at 51.

  30. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    By far my favorite post of yours each year. Thanks for this, and for your explanations too of how/why you rank thusly. Manufique

  31. Ra'zball al Ghul says:
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    Grey – – re: your “3rd MLB seasons shows what a guy really is” theorem, I’m particularly eager to see what Yelich shows this year. I’m vibing with your projections for him. What do you suppose his ceiling is?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ra’zball al Ghul: I sense he could produce Victorino in his prime like #’s. Fill all 5 cats. Cap out at around 15 HR’s/30 SB’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ra’zball al Ghul: Cram’s don’t look far off… Maybe 17/30, feels aggressive though, he’s not a big guy

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: just wait til he finishes puberty

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totes

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Totes McTotes

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know Totes McGotes

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Its his cousin from Toteaka, Kansas

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, didn’t know the lineage that well…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: it’s the totes capital

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, see, didn’t know that

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I did almost have a double major with geography

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I almost was a doctor, attorney, president of USA

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: its never cool to say you minored in something especially when I was 4 classes away from having a double major

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Bong hitting isn’t a major

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: but bong making is in california

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah that makes sense

  32. Carnac says:
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    My guy, thank you for the Dirt Nasty reference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: You’re welcome!

  33. Joe says:
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    “You should leave the top 100 with a 1st baseman, 3rd baseman, corner man, middle infielder, starter and two outfielders.”

    What if you don’t play with an MI or CI slot? (Still 12-teamer)

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      (Oh, and only one util slot)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: And 3 OFs? 5 OFs?

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey:

        3 OF. Also curious as to whether your ranking of Desmond trumps the “2B within the top 100” recommendation, given that you also wrote that you’d draft a 2B or SS early but not both. (I’m paying attention this year, Professor Grey!)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          3 OF is shallow, I’d take another SP in your league… A 2B and SS before top 100 in your league is fine too

  34. Shawn of the Living says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thanks for all the rankings. After last season I had a fantasy breakdown due to losing all my leagues, 3 of them (the big money ones) I lost due to some crazy bad luck. Horrible year that had me contemplating living in the woods.

    But with these ranks, my new Tehol voodoo doll, and a fresh perspective, I’m ready to kill it this year. Thanks again sir Grey, looking forward to the 2015 season!

  35. The Lurve Guru says:
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    You all seeing the news on Danny Salazar this morning? Man, I was counting on that fool this year too, I have him for real cheap in a very deep league. Although there isn’t a lot of info yet, and who knows if he is guilty or not, but c’mon you are a pro athlete, buy a hooker like anyone else would!

  36. L-Boogie says:
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    First post of 2015! Woo Hoo!

    Helping a friend who took over someone else’s keeper league team. I myself have never done a keeper league before so I’ll be a BIG help. 12 team roto league. 5×5 with OBP instead of AVG. 1 catcher. Must keep min 6 max 8 and must keep at least 2 pitchers. First FA keeper in round 12, 2nd FA keeper round 10, etc. Choices (including keeper round for this year):

    Michael Brantley 15
    Jonathan Lucroy 20
    Alexei Ramirez 9
    Evan Gattis 17
    Brandon Moss 22
    Jhonny Peralta 19
    Melky Cabrera FA
    Phil Hughes FA
    Matt Shoemaker FA

    Brantley round 15 is the obvious choice. Also thinking:
    Al-Ram (9)
    Gattis (17)
    Shoemaker (FA so assume 12th)
    Hughes (FA so assume 10th)
    Moss? (22)

    Other pitching choices are horrible: Garza, Gallardo, Hudson, Buehrle

    I need 6-8 keeps total. Watcha think?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie: Hey, you… Shoemaker, Hughes, Brantley, Gattis, Moss, Melky, Al-Ram

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @J-FOH: @Grey: Yeah and the FA rule is perplexing. Round 12 for a FA keeper seems pretty high to me. So if he keeps Melky, Shoe, and Hughes he loses 12th, 10th, and 8th round picks. Does that seem worth it? Have to keep 2 pitchers so should we just forget Melky and keep Shoe and Hughes in 12 and 10 and hang onto our spot in the 8th?

        Many thanks from a keeper newbie.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are you slyly saying a ‘friend?’ Yeah, forget Melky there, keep Shoemaker and Hughes

          • L-Boogie says:
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            @Grey: It’s actually for my billionaire supermodel physicist girlfriend. But she lives in Canada so its too bad you’ll never meet her.

            I’m a self-admitted keeper moron so no added face-saving value by claiming its for a friend. But it is. He wears a yamulke. You’d like him. Or half of him at least.

            Many thanks.

            • Grey

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              Ha, No problem

    • J-FOH says:
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      @L-Boogie: I see why your friend inherited that team. That’s brutal choices

  37. Carnac says:
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    *****Guess where Grey had Iwakuma ranked last February*****

      • Carnac says:
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        55… again.

        *Jim Leyland looks up from a tattered lineup card, takes a drag of his Lucky Strike, slowly nods*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA… Leyland did this top 100, cannot lie

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Carnac: HA!

    • zombie says:
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      @Carnac: I could have made personal ranking adjustments, but it appeares that Kluber & Adrian Gon may also be slotted in identical spots. Noticed, but did not post; as I thought that no one else would find quite as facinating. Been trying to somehow give this historical information significance all day. But have thus far been unable to find a way to deploy said data to my advantage.

  38. Cronut Burger says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Thanks for the long write up. I’m slightly confused on some of the rankings, and was hoping you could provide some clarification. In certain cases, you rank one guy ahead of another, even though your projections have the lower ranked guy with better numbers. For example, you have Michael Brantley beating CarGo by 10 R, 11 RBI, .027 AVG and 3 SB, while hitting 5 less HR. So why is CarGo ranked above him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cronut Burger: There’s more to the rankings than the projections… Likelihood of reaching projections, upside, downside, etc

  39. SMLV1 says:
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    Hey Grey, What are your thoughts on my Autodraft team? Where should I look to improve etc…

    Evan Gattis – C
    Matt Adams – 1B
    Anthony Rendon – 2B,3B
    Adrian Beltre – 3B
    Jean Segura – SS
    Mike Trout – OF
    Hunter Pence – OF
    Corey Dickerson – OF
    Matt Holliday – OF
    Charlie Blackmon – OF
    Erick Aybar – SS
    Brandon Belt – 1B
    Chase Headley – 1B,3B
    Adam Lind – 1B

    Jake Arrieta – SP
    Gio Gonzalez – SP
    Hector Rondon – RP
    Jenrry Mejia – SP,RP
    Gerrit Cole – SP
    Homer Bailey – SP
    Michael Wacha – SP
    Zack Wheeler – SP
    Jake Peavy – SP

    This is a 12 Team standard H2H League. 3 OF and 2 Util spots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SMLV1: Why are you autodrafting a team?

    • Cram It says:
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      @SMLV1: If this is a mock draft I’m gonna reach through this screen and virtually choke the shit out of you.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: ha ha dix

        • Cram It says:
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          @J-FOH: ha HA…dixxx

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Cram It: HAHA DIX

  40. Fred says:
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    Love the top 100! It’s my favorite day of the off season.

    So I 8 the top 30 and 13 of the top 100 in my 12 team h2h cats keeper league. Thinking about making a move for trout. Is beltre/pence too much? Team is:

    1b-abreu
    2b-cano
    3b-arenado/beltre
    Ss-tulo
    Of-jones, pence and marte
    Util-pujols
    Bn-holliday
    Sp-bumgarner, Wainwright, Wheeler, gray, shoemaker, Anibal,
    Rp-kimbrel, reed

    No ci or mi and only 3of. If I don’t do this I’ll trade beltre for pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred: Thanks! It’s not too much for Trout

  41. Big Al says:
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    Razzball has the best thought out rankings and projections in the land. But…You know there’s always a Butt, I mean but… On the player’s page which gives us all vital the information you have so thoughtfully put at our finger tips. Please right next to player Yahoo rank could you include the player’s birthdate or age in next year’s stats. So many of us go through everything on a player and logically his age always comes to mind when making decisions to where to draft said player. I’m putting this on the top of my Santa list for next year !!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll ping Rudy to see if we can add it

  42. Erich says:
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    No Manny Machado doe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  43. James says:
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    10 team keeper league. I’m keeping trout in the 9th, rizzo in the 10th and rendon in the 11th. I don’t have my 12th round pick either.

    Would you take one of the top starting pitchers, such as a top 5-7. Or wait it out and cover the more important positions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take a SP likely

      • James says:
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        @Grey

        with one of my first two picks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  44. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Has been gr8 communicating with you and your community you have built here. Especially enjoy reading JB, Sky and Mike’sthought-provoking articles.

    I will continue to enjoy reading but will no longer submit anymore questions or comments otherwise. It’s pretty obvious that everyone on this site dotes on katows to you and who can blame them with the track record on the site.

    The leagues I join are the leagues I join – free seasonal leagues which don’t require me to manage 24/7 because I have a wife, two children (14 and 10) and a career to manage. If that irks some of your readers so be it.

    Wishing you and all your esteemed colleagues all the best in this upcoming baseball season.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No worries, let it be like water on a duck’s back…

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: ty, man. Will keep it low key. I meant everything I said.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries

        • Can you imagine..., the gallons of human spit says:
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          @Ante GALIC: F the haters. The frequency of those are higher when you often post (one of earliest people in latenight/early morning) in the morning, since that’s the first thing those people see. They literally have nothing to do at said times (but dodge their wives/children). If you really hate to see those comments try posting at other times of day. I would just keep doing what you’re doing,

    • Ra'ball al Ghul says:
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      @Ante GALIC: eh don’t stop commenting. Folks round these parts are just competitive and take this shiz real seriously, as they should, so it can make for some sharky/snarky waters at times. Hang in there. Join some rzbll leagues

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ra’ball al Ghul: we are like a dark alley sometimes and at other times a grassy meadow.

        • Ra'ball al Ghul says:
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          @J-FOH: razzballeros

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Ante GALIC: The more popular Razzball becomes the more dicks will follow. I think most of them are Crams’ cousins.
      If people don’t like what you play or who you are. That’s their problem. Grey can’t say it but I can. I would rather read you’re never rude, upbeat, death defying, numbered questions and observations over most other commenters who are looking to be validated for the high picks and keepers wasted on over performers(V Mart) and overhyped (Springer) players. God, how many Springer question have there been since the rankings started?
      One league I’m in is an 8 team 4 keeper free and fun points league. I love it. No one can tell you the way you express yourself is wrong. How can being you be bad or wrong? If I don’t see an Ante comment on Thursday to break up all the “Grey pick my team for me” posts. I’ll be upset.

  45. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    Grey

    Light commenter, heavy reader for years. Been a great few weeks catching up and getting ready. As always, love the sarcastic flair and the non-canned rankings like the main sites.

    Already made a move for Kluber(5 keepers) on the cheap from a guy as i go into the season poised for redemption after a rough(kipnis, Crush etc) year last year trying to defend a title.

    Here’s to being the guy talking all the shyte come September!

    thanks, Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hopefully…

  46. gobiggreen says:
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    I can keep Buxton at #100 overall in a 10 team, 10 keeper draft (we keep 2 minor league players). Think he’s worth the stash at that value or gamble and try to get him in a later round?

    • Grey

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      Not worth it

  47. Bob says:
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    early keeper thoughts. H2H 5×5. Get to keep 3.

    Edwin Encarnacion
    Ian Desmond
    Ian Kinsler
    Chris Davis
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Max Scherzer
    Stephen Strasburg

    Obviously keeping Encarnacion.
    Think I am going to keep Scherzer as well.
    Third choice is between Desmond and Strasburg and I keep going back and forth.
    Leaning towards Strasburg and then I can go after hitters hard in the draft.
    Plus Desmond, while solid because of position scarcity, isn’t all that exciting.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  48. Jay says:
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    12 teams – ok to build a staff starting with Arrieta and Cole in the 8/9 rds? Ive been mocking it out and seem to consistently be able to grab them there. Its a little later than I’d like but the bats that were sitting there were too nice to pass up.

    • Grey

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      Yup

  49. Old-wise-owl says:
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    Dickerson and Stras or A. Jones and Bumgarner in an OBP keep forever league. It seems pretty close to me…. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones, it is totally fair, could go either way

      • Old-wise-owl says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! What if I switched it to Dickerson and Donaldson for Jones and Bum? Then which side are you on? (I’m assuming dick/don)

        • Grey

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          Donaldson side

  50. Tom says:
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    Grey – who do you think is a pitcher and batter who can outperform there ADP like last years brantley and kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings

    • K Clown Baez says:
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      @Tom: 1) Read the past several weeks rankings, 2) Do some critical thinking fo yoself

      • Can you imagine..., the gallons of human spit says:
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        @K Clown Baez: thanks for being helpful. Tom did ask this exact same just before rankings started and got same answer from Grey.

  51. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Long time reader; light on comments. Appreciate the ‘fresh’ insight of the Razzball writers. I appreciate these rankings because they are not influenced by anything other than ‘your’ research! Keep up the good work! Here’s my question (any and all thoughts appreciated; I play in a 5X5 ESPN, head to head league. We start standard positions, 5 OF’s, 1 Utility bat (any position),5 Starters, 4 Relievers. It’s a 6 player keeper league (keep as long as we like) … I have 5 players in your top 20 (Giancarlo, Cutch, Goldy, Donaldson and Arenado) … my next best guys in your top 100 are Braun, Kipnis and Aroldis
    By your rankings my keeps are the five in top 20 and Braun. Would you make any changes to that given I would be keeping my Utility position?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, the top 5 and Kipnis

  52. ryan says:
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    In my 20 team h2h dynasty league I was offered trout and pujols for upton bryant fielder and pompey. Is this too much to give up?

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss ian desmond
    lf justin upton
    cf austin jackson
    rf domonic brown
    util prince fielder
    bn kris bryant steve pearce carl crawford dalton pompey

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp neftali feliz
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden
    p neal cotts p tanner roark bn wily peralta Bn drew pomeranz bn ryan volgesong bn masahiro tanaka

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: am I losing too much depth and upside

        • Cram It says:
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          @Ryan: Dammit Ryan. God DAMMIT!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A bit

  53. The Rutabaga Fiasco says:
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    12 Team Keeper
    6×6 OPS
    Keep 7

    Abreu
    Arenado
    Baez
    Dickerson
    Avisail
    Longoria
    Polanco
    Hanley
    Soler

    J Z
    Hamels
    Arrieta

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Polanco, Baez, Soler, Avisail, Arrieta…Nice keepers though

  54. Josh says:
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    Hey guys I’m in a dynasty league all categories except defense. I’m about to do a trade where I get 1B Eric Hosmer, OF Mark Trumbo and SP Sonny Gray for 1B Matt Adams, OF Corey Dickerson and SP Garrett Richards. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Dickerson

    • Can you imagine..., the gallons of human spit says:
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      @Josh: from grey’s rankings i think each and every position there is better on the one side (bitch tits and hosed(me)r are probably close) than the other. dickerson over trumbo in a large way, even if i’m wrong about richards being over gray

  55. Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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    I like to refer to today as national mock draft day. Can’t wait to see the next tier to see what kind of team I’m going to end up with! Much love oh mastachio’d one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, GSA!

  56. Fungazi says:
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    Who’s our big prospect stash this year? Buxton, Sano, Gallo, Lindor, Correa, Russell, Other? Who’s the next Trout?

    Actually maybe top 2, because someone always drafts the one I want since I won’t draft one first to avoid reaching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout’s don’t come around every year…. Buxton, Sano

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: It’s nice to have the dream that you have someone coming to save your team even though, like you said, they are probably 3 – 4 years away from putting it all together.

        • Grey

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          Yup

      • McNulty says:
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        @Grey:

        If Trout’s came every year, Trout wouldn’t be Trout…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My head hurts

  57. Orval Overall says:
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    Hey Grey, looking for your take on this trade offer I just received in my 10 H2H points league..

    I get Machado & Wacha for Brantley..

    I would only get to keep my 2 for this year, he would get to keep Brantley for this year & next.

    We keep 9

    these are my 9 as we speak:
    Stanton
    Brantley
    Dee Gordon
    Billy Hamilton
    Jorge Solar
    Joc Peterson
    Strasburg
    Tanaka
    Ventura

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

      • Orval Overall says:
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        @Grey: I though so, just need you to confirm it for me..thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  58. the swinging says:
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    King Grey prince lawd grey, If you had the option to have dickerson rd 2 and brantley rd 3 would u sign for that? hypothetical redraft format hindsight; drafting from mid to late rd 2 … early to mid rd 3.

    Thx

    • the swinging says:
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      @the swinging: **drafting early 2, late 3*** 12 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: sign for it if u had to yes or no blind.

  59. Blake says:
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    What is your suggestion on how I tweak your rankings based on my pts league setup that favors power hitters?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Move up power hitters

  60. Rich Gurbacki says:
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    5×5 keep league. we keep all of our starters. I have the first pick in the draft & have Moncado, Soler, Anibal Sanchez, Polanco, Yasmany Thomas & cliff Lee on my to pick list. I’m leaning Soler Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler sounds good

  61. K/9 says:
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    I’ll be keeping Stanton but have to choose only 2 of the following w/ (auction costs to keep)
    Dickerson ($11)
    Betts ($6)
    Bryant ($7)
    Fraizer ($11)
    Alex Wood ($7)
    Arrieta ($7)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier, Dickerson

  62. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    my only shallow league (10 team H2H with OBP/XBH/K per BB/ K per 9 as extra categories), need 5 keepers. clearly rizzo/arenado are two of them, what’s the last 3 from:
    soler/b.hamilton/braun/both zimmerman’s/bumgarner/lester (so i have 3 pitchers all in a row in the top 100)/wong/calhoun/desmond/freeman. I’m guessing at least one of the pitchers, and probably soler, and another. we start 4 OF/1 extra IF/ and 1 utils in addition to one at other positions.

    • Grey

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      Hamilton, Soler, Zimmermann

  63. S.H says:
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    Grey, a quick trade for you Arrieta,Dickey,Lowrie and R.Soriano for G.Richards, M.Cain, CC, A.Cabrera and Freese.

    This is a head to head points league.
    What side would you prefer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  64. nick the dick says:
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    The one night I fall asleep early is when anal is up for discussion. Typical…similar topic, Hole Camels, HA! Simple and elegant, definitely a team name for me this year. The Hole Camels….also similar topic, I heard Douggie is going to roast a whole camel in the finale, gonna be a humdinger….semi-related question, would Wong be ranked higher if you weren’t dead set on ranking him 69th as the icing on the cake with 2 men on top?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I need Wong to stay in my fantasies as the number 69, I’m sorry, he’s so alluring! Dougie’s gonna roast a whole Mexican and mail the finished plates to his mom cause he can do no wrong

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Haha, I understand. A Wong that defies all sexual boundaries only comes around once in a blue…Douggie is but a wholesome country boy who never hurt anyone in his life (Mexicans don’t count). But i’m pretty sure carne asada means ‘human meat’ in Mexicani so i’m sure his dish will be delish, super aunthentic.

        • J_FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: and where the foh were you when I was dusting off the old school bombs the other day….I don’t even know you anymore

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J_FOH: I saw the Rakim, which always sets my heart aglow…what else was there? Yesterdays post right?

              • nick the dick says:
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                @J_FOH: man, I don’t know. I guess just battling this snow we keep getting and drinking away my Superbowl woes…so you gonna hit me with something or make me wear out my scrolly finger?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! He does seem mighty close to Kesuchie (Kesewkie?)… Maybe he’s thinking about how to serve him…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Oh geez, how the hell do you spell that. I thought it was like Katsuji, we’re outthinking ourselves. And we thought Mei was a tough name to decipher..I can see Kat (Ket, Kes?) with a big spitrod through him spinning over an open flame.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah I have no idea… Tonight is the end of Gregory or Dougie, bet…

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Sad but true

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

  65. Vacation says:
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    Grey,

    I have to choose six keepers from this list: Giancarlo, AuSchizz, J. Upton, Longoria, Marte, Kluber, Arrieta, Alex Wood

    I’m keeping the first six I listed, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  66. McNulty says:
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    Do you think having a staff anchored by Arrieta, Wood, and one from you Shoemaker/McHugh tier will be enough pitching?

    10 team roto. Last year I did very well on the waiver wire for pitchers. This staff would allow me to put in 85% of my budget to hitters, and I already have a good head start on offense with keepers.

    (punting saves, so I will be at the top of W, K, HLD so the fight will be in ERA and WHIP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds it

  67. Mostsuckass says:
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    I’m a little surprised not to see Greg Holland clustered together with the other closers who made the top 100 (Kimbrel, Jansen, Chapman). I don’t see a ton of separation between these four. Not surprised to see one or more left out of the top 100, since I almost certainly wouldn’t draft any of them in the top 100. But I wouldn’t have thought there’d be much separation among the top four closers. (I do see a fair amount of separation between 4 and 5, however.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland’s close to them, but I think he’s just off a tad… I also didn’t want to clutter the top 100 with too many guys I wouldn’t draft

  68. Big Money Matt says:
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    Here is a Yahoo! mock draft I took part in using the top 100 rankings. For what it’s worth, it came in dead last in the projected standings at the end of the draft, ha. I had the 5th pick out of 12.

    C. D’Arnaud (Last pick)
    1B Abreu 1- 5
    2B Wong 9-101
    SS D Santana 14-164
    3B Encarnacion 2- 20
    OF. Harper 3-29
    OF Pence 4-44
    OF Tomas 16-188
    OF W Myers 17-197
    UT Arenado 5-53
    UT C Davis 10-116

    SP Samardzija 6-68
    SP Iwakuma 7-77
    SP Ross 8-92
    SP Wheeler 13-149
    SP Stroman 15-173
    RP C Allen 11-125
    RP H Street 12-140

    Just to give you guys an idea of the values of some guys with the yahoo pre-ranks vs Grey’s rankings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you came in dead last, you did well! Love the team, looks very solid… Love, love your pitching, maybe a tad too much

  69. Det. John Kimble says:
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    After doing some experimenting (like moms in college) with the War Room. I’m thinking about pulling an about face with my keepers.

    I had originally planned to keep Altuve at $20 ($260 auction, 10-team, H2H league), but I think I can let him go and keep Springer at $6 instead.

    This would mean targeting your boy Wong at 2B and having more cash to target a Goldschmidt instead. Thoughts Grey?

  70. Oppo taco says:
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    I can only keep two of these guys, I know how you’d have for 2015 based on rankings but long term who would you rather?
    Mad bum, price, Cobb, gerrit cole

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Oppo taco: MadBum, Gerrit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with how they are in the rankings

  71. Lightblack says:
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    Okay. I have a serious question. Why can’t I poop? Okay my REAL question(My poop is flowing just fine these days for those worried). Here’s the scenario.

    In my league we keep only three. And of the three you can only choose one from these brackets. Rds 1-5,Rds 6-10 and 10-end of draft/undrafted pickups. This year we’re adding the wrinkle of you can pick say another guy from the same bracket but you sacrifice the round he was drafted in last year in this years draft. Keeps things interesting.

    I dnt plan on taking a pitcher till around were you are advocating….but shall a scenario unfold where say King Felix was unkept and you have the 5th pick(which is really with overall/10 team league/3 keepers each pick 35) do you reach down the list to a player you really want within value reason,take Felix, or grab a boring guy like Pence that I really wasn’t planning to draft but is in the neighborhood of your list. In this case tis would be a 15 place value gap. It’s all about the value’mins afterall, right?

    I guess my question narrows down to…..What is too good of a value gap to pass up regardless of drafting strategy/Coda? 10 spots,20…etc? Just for fun my keepers are Goldy/Rizzo/Rendon. There will be no sacrificing rounds for me sir.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Lightblack: and I would take Felix

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        @Wake Up: I guess I should prefaced that in this scenario everyone on the top 100 before Felix was either drafted,kept or died from a tragic fecal compaction outbreak. I would most likely take Dickerson if there over him I suppose though.

        You know I made this name as an homage to you Grey, but now I’m paranoid it comes across as a MJ homage, or even worse some random mulatto hellbent on fantasy baseball. White person problems?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on the players

  72. Wake Up says:
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    Less cheese, more water…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aren’t those reversed?

    • J_FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: is this code for if you want a better bowel movement you eat less dairy and hydrate more?

  73. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    Grey-

    A. In a 2 catcher league, does how much of a bump does Carlos Santana get? 5 spots?

    B. If he is NOT eligible at catcher in a league, approx how far does he drop in your book?

    C.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d draft him around where I’ve ranked him… He didn’t get much of a bump for being a catcher in the first place…

  74. J_FOH says:
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    so to recap today:

    1) If you got f**ked its better to say fohed or if you want to say go f**k yourself its better to say go foh yourself, if you stub your toe you say motherfoher

    2) And fundrum is a part of the new vernacular, which being approved by you, wake and royce means a lot to me.

    3) and lastly that Fukudome is Japanese for FUBAR

    4) and lists can be good but will usually lead to some criticism

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Ha! 2) You did the heavy lifting 3) Ha! 4) You FOH’ing with me?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey:

        1) smiling emoticon
        2) and now my back hurts
        3) winking emoticon
        4) Of course I’m Fohing with you…or am I

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  75. Me says:
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    Would you rather have Dee Gordon or Gausman in a OBP,TB QS,L added keeper/dynasty league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  76. SwaggerJackers says:
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    So Grey, you poured more praise on Rizzo and then Mike went ahead and ranked him higher than Abreu in his keeper rankings.

    In my keep forever H2H OBP league, should I actually keep Rizzo over Abreu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  77. J_FOH says:
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    Rusane Castorino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      RU Sane?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Fohrino?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arthur Fohrino?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: EEEYYYYYYYYY!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  78. SteveNZ says:
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    Did I see in another post that you’d watched Broadchurch?

    Good huh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh my God, it was amazing… So good… Second series isn’t here until March so don’t say anything

  79. Ghost says:
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    So after reading the Gomez post I feel that Springer comment was directed at me!!!

  80. Happy Vegans says:
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    Hello, Grey! Thanks for all the great work but I have a question. Last season I remember a post or link to RCL league-wide 5X5 stats for the prior season. Is that info posted somewhere else or is it coming? Just wondering. Thank again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll post it in a week or two

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @Grey: Cool… thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    ozuna’s got this red flag, he’s a guy being drafted for homers who had a 50% GB profile last year in a Unicorn Vomit. I own this dude in a few spots and i’m worried.

    • Grey

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      Hopefully he’s all right

  82. Frank says:
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    Miggy latos for cargo samardzija in an 8×8 league with obp slg k’s for batters and holds qs and games played. I have a stacked 12 keepers but want more power as I can find 20+ steal guys late as apposed to power. Thoughts??

  83. nick the dick says:
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    You see the Seinfeld Superbowo commercial G?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just watched it, awesome…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Sure was

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: the brady bunch one was awesome

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That was the best one

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: I love Steve Buschemi

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: anyone who doesn’t rubs me suspicious

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @J-FOH: @Grey: Danny Trejo strikes again. Dude’s a headliner now. Maybe I should revisit my V-Mart evaluation…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: yeah I saw that it was great. Didnt see most of them, saw the Seinfeld one after the fact.

  84. RipRock says:
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    We get 3 keepers in last years draft spot (after rd 7), if picked up they are rd 13. I know I am keeping Rendon @ 21 What say you for 2 others?

    Rusney rd 13
    Seager rd 13
    Britton rd 13
    JD Martinez 13
    Iwakuma 9
    Harvey 19
    Carrasco 27

    Has to ve Carrasco and Harvey right?

  85. Tony Two Bags says:
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    Might be late to the party on this one…

    “You should leave the top 100 with a 1st baseman, 3rd baseman, corner man, middle infielder, starter and two outfielders. ”

    If we’re talking auction draft, how much of a $260 budget would you put toward that chunk?

  86. Jay says:
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    Keeper pick 5
    Stanton rendon Upton puig Donaldson arenado

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      @Jay: Keep Stanton, Rendon, and Puig for sure. Can you trade prior to the deadline? It might be a good idea to try to package Upton + one of the 3B for Goldschmidt or Abreu if so.

  87. Trustun Cuckcruft says:
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    Hey Grey, second year reader, first time commentor here. In an odd H2H league, 8×8, it’s got the normal 5×5 plus (OBP, SLG, K) on the batter’s side and (HLD, K/BB, QS) on the pitcher’s side. 12 team, 24 roster spots with no corner or middle infidels, and one utility spot.

    We can keep up to two players, here are my top options:
    Goldschmidt (Rd1)
    Seager (Rd 12)
    Arrieta (Rd 15)
    Yelich (Rd 18)

    Sorry to immediately join the legion of people asking what to do with their teams…but… what should I do with my team?

  88. Hawk says:
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    10 team, 5×5 Keeper league question.

    Matt Kemp +
    (Arrieta or Ventura or Alex Wood or Tanaka) +
    (Archie Bradley or Taijuan Walker)

    for

    Corey Dickerson +
    (Dee Gordon or Manny Machado)

    I have a lot of power so a guy like Gordon really fits well.

    Thoughts?

  89. Micel Peron says:
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    Any help appreciated…

    Need 5 keepers, 2 batters 2 pitchers and 1 of either in round drafted

    Price – 5
    Tanaka – 6
    Rizzo – 9
    Tehran – 10
    Gray – 11
    Cashner – 12
    Arenado – 13
    Cruz – 14
    Alex Wood – 16
    Baez – 21
    Springer – 22

  90. Bill says:
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    I have kinsler and dee Gordon in a keeper league so I’m looking to move one. I just got offered Jorge soler for Gordon. Should I take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Soler

  91. AdamH says:
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    I’ve got the option to keep C Gomez for 1 year @ $17 per or 2 years @ $22 per.

    All else equal, which would you choose?

    • Grey

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      1 year

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