One word about this top 100 for 2017 fantasy baseball, before I give you another 5,000 words.  I’m going to avoid repeating myself from the position rankings in the 2017 fantasy baseball rankings.  If you want to know my in-depth feelings about a player, then you need to go to his positional page, i.e., the top 20 1st basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball, the top 20 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball, the top 20 Gucci handbags for 2017– Ah, I almost got you.  This post is meant to give you an idea where guys from different positions are in relation to each other.  Since this post is only the top 100, there’s more players where this came from.  416 more, to be very exact.  Next up, there will be a top 500 that will go to 516.  Then, after that, there will be a top 7,500, then a top 25,000, then a top 600,000, until we end up with a top kajillion in April.  Or maybe I’ll stop at the top 500.  Yeah, that makes sense.  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 2017 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 2017 fantasy baseball:

1. Mike Trout – I’m reminded of Simply Red.  No, not Trout’s teammate, Kole Calhoun, that would be Simply Ginger.  Simply Red as in, “If you don’t know Trout by now, you will never, never, never, never, never know him.”  2017 Projections: 105/37/117/.326/21 in 561 ABs

2. Paul Goldschmidt – There’s some talk about Au Shizz and what if he loses his steals due to age and just not being a quote-unquote base stealer.  He stole 32 bags last year, so he is quote-unquote base stealer, but if he were to mysteriously go the route of last year’s Machado, then Au Shizz is a .310 hitter with 25+ homers, and you’ve drafted best case scenario Votto and only get a top 20 most valuable hitter rather than the 2nd most valuable one.  Yeah, Au Shizz ain’t aw shucks.  2017 Projections:  105/28/107/.306/21 in 581 ABs

3. Mookie Betts – Something I didn’t talk about in the top 10 for 2017 fantasy baseball, Betts had a ton of Just Enough home runs last year.  But he’s also only twenty-four in a great hitters’ park.  Don’t Betts the don’t pass line.  2017 Projections:  104/29/113/.314/21 in 584 ABs

4. Kris Bryant – As I did the rankings, I realized something that wasn’t as obvious to me last year.  Yes, offense was up, and we figured Rob Manfred had his minions sticking Capri Sun straws in balls juicing them, but great hitters all around the league also entered their prime last year.  More players at once than I can remember in past years, and they’re all so young, and vital, and strong, and potent, and filled with sperm.  2017 Projections: 106/34/113/.288/10 in 588 ABs

5. Jose Altuve – There’s no shortage of studs, and Altuve is the shortage.  2017 Projections: 107/18/81/.321/37 in 612 ABs

6. Nolan Arenado – Lawmakers in Colorado recently announced the Torenado Energy Act.  It’s goal is to harness energy from Torenados and use them to replace fossil fuel energy sources.  Lawmakers in Colorado are also stoned.  2017 Projections:  103/38/123/.291/2 in 601 ABs

7. Anthony Rizzo – Another guy from your World Champion…Chicago Cubs!  *looks at intern*  C’mon, you can at least clap when I say that.  It deserves an applause.  *intern gives weak clap*  You sound like JB clapping.  2017 Projections: 97/35/109/.297/7 in 571 ABs

8. Manny Machado –  Guys and five lady boys, Machado’s numbers don’t necessarily scream this, but I would not be shocked if he had a 40/20 season.  I typed that last sentence with my drool.  2017 Projections: 102/35/107/.292/5 in 603 ABs

9. Bryce Harper – I have serious questions about anyone that would rank Donaldson before Harper.  Not that I question their rankings, but I question the medicine they’re on and if it’s strong enough.  2017 Projections: 96/33/106/.291/12 in 534 ABs

10. Josh Donaldson – To continue above thought, not that one spot is really that different in rankings, but just the thought that someone would see Harper and Donaldson both on the board and purposely choose Donaldson first.  Throw out Donaldson’s age, peripherals and whatnot; just look at the Jays’ lineup.  Their big offseason move was getting back an old and broken down Bautista.  2017 Projections:  95/32/101/.287/6 in 570 ABs

11. Miguel Cabrera – Even if you get the 12th pick in drafts I wouldn’t be surprised if Miggy’s still there, because someone’s taking Kershaw in the 1st round.  Can lead a horse to water, can’t make said horse not draft a starter early.  Though, starters are sometimes referred to as horses, so a horse taking a horse to water is hard to argue with; they likely just want company.  2017 Projections: 95/29/105/.317/1 in 577 ABs

12. Trea Turner – By this point, I’ve looked at where others are ranking guys, and, while I should be able to get Turner at the 12th pick, he’s far from a guarantee to still be on the board as I thought he would be when I first ranked him.  2017 Projections: 102/16/84/.305/40 in 577 ABs

13. Carlos Correa – As I kept mentioning in the top 20 for 2017 fantasy baseball, I love the guys in the top 20, but, man, there are far fewer sure things than I’d like.  John Cusack wouldn’t even drive across country for most of them.  2017 Projections:  98/26/104/.275/20 in 575 ABs

14. Rougned Odor – Totally floored by how different my Odor ranking is compared to others.  For me or them, something’s gonna end up smelling funny with this Odor.  2017 Projections:  92/28/98/.281/15 in 581 ABs

15. Freddie Freeman – Member those novelty cards in the 80’s?  They’d do Bud Black and Vida Blue on the same card and say, “Black & Blue.”  They should have one with Freeman and Blackmon and say, “12 Years a Slave.”  Hmm, they might get protests from some SJWs over that.  2017 Projections:  93/31/97/.295/6 in 575 ABs

16. George Springer – Same camp as Manny Machado, in that I think he has 40/20 ability.  That camp’s name is Camp Ireallywanna.  2017 Projections:  103/32/88/.255/10 in 590 ABs

17. Charlie Blackmon – Where does Blackmon go if the Rockies trade him?  This isn’t some kind of “Jew, priest and Blackmon are in a canoe” joke.  I mean, where does he go in the rankings if not on the Rockies?  60 overall?  100?  Split the difference with 80?  2017 Projections: 104/21/67/.303/24 in 594 ABs

18. Starling Marte – Let’s just hope McCutchen’s gimpy knee doesn’t sneeze on Marte’s and infect it.  Wear kneepads around him to avoid contact!  He’s got pathogens!  2017 Projections: 81/17/88/.295/37 in 549 ABs

19. Ian Desmond – This guy is like Blackmon in reverse.  Whitemon?  Actually, Latinmon, but I mean Desmond was likely a top 60 guy before the move to Coors.  UPDATE: HE BROKE HIS HAND.  Sorry for the caps, but I drafted him two days prior.  He’s now in the top 60 outfielders.  2017 Projections:  79/30/94/.273/15 in 579 ABs

19. Edwin Encarnacion – After he signed with the Indians, I wrote my Edwin Encarnacion fantasy.  It was written high as a kite and the kite was in the shape of a bong, cause I get meta-high.  2017 Projections: 88/36/105/.260/2 in 535 ABs

20. Trevor Story – I want nothing but Rockies hitters on all my teams.  Allah help me when they’re on two week road trips.  2017 Projections: 89/31/98/.258/12 in 575 ABs

21. Clayton Kershaw – You can go to the top 20 starters for 2017 fantasy baseball to read all about why I won’t be drafting Kershaw, or you can just put two and two together and know there’s no way Kershaw is going to be still on the board at 21 overall.  2017 Projections: 19-6/2.44/0.95/261 in 222 IP

22. Max Scherzer – Kershaw and Scherzer are easily the top two starters everywhere and also two minor characters in The Man in the High Castle.  They’re still more interesting than Joe.  2017 Projections:  18-7/2.51/0.96/270 in 225 IP

23. Giancarlo Stanton – I had a dream that this was the year Giancarlo hit 50 homers.  In this dream, Giancarlo was wearing a whipped cream Speedo and I was a giant tongue.  2017 Projections: 84/38/103/.253/1 in 529 ABs

24. Francisco Lindor – You ever have this happen?  You own a guy for his breakout and you’re super happy you owned him, but get worried about going back in for another season while paying the new, exorbitant price.  It’s not really buyer’s remorse.  It’s like you’re worried your future experience won’t be as satisfactory as your last.  I need a Psych 101 term here so bad.  I’m going to go with the manufactured term, Insulation from Drafty Logic or IDL.  2017 Projections:  103/17/82/.308/19 in 607 ABs

25. Joey Votto – A little glimpse behind my chartreuse, velvet curtain, I had Votto in my top 20 at one point, but I ended up moving him out.  His floor of barely 20 homers feels closer in reality than Freeman’s, even if they are super close.  It goes to show you how bunched up guys are from being ranked in the teens vs. the mid-20s.  It makes me want to puke.  Actually, that might be from looking at this ugly chartreuse curtain.  I should’ve went with the basic red.  2017 Projections: 84/25/91/.308/7 in 530 ABs

26. Xander Bogaerts – It’s hard to imagine Bogaerts failing with that park, that team, that lineup, then you see he had 11 HRs, 2 SBs and hit .253 in 296 post-All-Star break ABs and you no longer see him as a sure thing.  2017 Projections:  107/22/94/.304/11 in 614 ABs

27. Robinson Cano – When I was first projecting/ranking Cano, I assumed I was going to be down on him, in a non-sexual way, and was going to need to write an overrated post for Cano, but I seem to be around the norm, not off the cliff.  Cheers!  2017 Projections:  86/26/91/.291/2 in 605 ABs

28. Corey Seager – Two players whose numbers are close to 90/27/90/.285/5?  Corey and Kyle Seager.  So, if you see one ranked way before the other, question it.  By the by, George Seager, Kyle and Corey’s other brother, has received 90 noise complaints, been fired 27 times, got into 90 unprovoked fights, has blamed someone else for his misfortune about 28.5% of the time and has been charged with five capital offenses, leading his rap sheet to read 90/27/90/.285/5.  Weird, right?  2017 Projections: 96/28/85/.298/3 in 610 ABs

29. Jonathan Villar – The problem with trying to find fault with drafting Villar is he stole 62 bases last year.  A guy that can steal 60+ bases is very hard to find reasons to avoid, especially if they give 10+ homers, and don’t kill you in any category.   Essentially, what I’m saying is, I might have drafted four middle infidels by the fifth round.  Okay, this could be a problem.  2017 Projections:  91/15/51/.257/37 in 565 ABs

30. Nelson Cruz – You know what surprised me?  That cat jumping out of a closet.  You know what surprised me that’s on topic?  How far I’ve dropped Chris Davis.  The reason I think of this right now is Cruz is pretty much Davis with forty more points on average.  This makes me think Davis might actually be a sleeper, but I’m not sure if that’s like ESPN’s Klara Bell the Clown saying Lance McCullers is a sleeper just because he ranked him two hundred spots too late.  2017 Projections:  88/33/98/.265/1 in 537 ABs

31. Ryan Braun – It’s too bad he got caught taking steroids.  Not because it distracts from what he accomplishes, but it distracts from him obviously trying to make it all seem so cool and effortless like the salt throwing guy.  Sadly, Braun you are no salt throwing guy, no matter how much you dress like him.  2017 Projections:  82/25/89/.291/14 in 505 ABs

32. Brian Dozier – Definitely not the salt-throwing guy either.  More like the “I wanna draw a cat for you” guy.  2017 Projections:  102/25/74/.248/15 in 595 ABs

33. Jean Segura – Okay, if Braun’s not as cool as the salt throwing guy and Dozier’s not as cool as the cat guy, who’s Segura not as cool as?  I’m gonna go with the frat boy who sings 99 Luftballons at karaoke.  2017 Projections:  83/11/46/.274/27 in 580 ABs

34. Madison Bumgarner – Still not drafting a starter yet, but what am I drafting?  More on that in the Abreu blurb.  2017 Projections:  17-9/2.78/1.04/232 in 218 IP

35. Chris Sale – Here’s my Chris Sale fantasy after he was traded to the Red Sox for a bunch of prospects.  The White Sox also supposedly threw in a pair of scissors.  2017 Projections:  18-8/3.31/1.08/244 in 225 IP

36. Jose Abreu – At a point in the near future, I will outline exactly how to draft, but let me try to predict where I am in the draft.  “Yay!  I got Altuve!  Well, that’s a bit of all right!  Right, Mary Berry?!  Ooh, tough choice in the 2nd round, okay, I’ll take Trea Turner!  Um, let’s see, 3rd round, I guess I’ll take Odor since he’s still there, but I swear I’m taking something other than a middle infielder next.  4th round…Um, Jose Abreu?  Oh man, this sucks.”  2017 Projections: 73/28/92/.306 in 603 ABs

37. Hanley Ramirez –  I’m scared I’m going to draft Hanley this year.  He’s the type of guy that you look at in March like, “Well, he doesn’t have great upside, but he is a solid contributor.”  Then in August, “I guess I’ll try fantasy football because Hanley never showed up this year.”  Then you overhear in September how Hanley is having a huge final month and leading the Sawx to the playoffs and you punch yourself in the mouth.  2017 Projections: 84/25/89/.278/6 in 518 ABs

38. Kyle Seager – If you draft Kyle Seager, it could be worse, you could be the person his brother George calls every time the cops pick him up.  2017 Projections:  84/27/92/.269/4 in 591 ABs

39. Anthony Rendon – Hopefully he doesn’t revert back to the tragedy that was his 2015, unless everyone reverts to 2015 and offense normalizes, then it won’t be quite as soul -crushing.  I mean, it will be soul-crushing if there’s no offense again, but not just for Rendon.  2017 Projections:  84/25/96/.268/9 in 551 ABs

40. Noah Syndergaard – There’s at least a 15% chance the Mets have a giveaway day this year called, “Frayed Tendons Day.”  2017 Projections:  16-7/2.67/1.05/235 in 203 IP

41. Jake Arrieta – I’m convinced if he didn’t play for the Cubs and had as terrible a season last year, he’d be ranked about fifty spots later.  Yes, I say this while being guilty of the same thing.  2017 Projections:  17-10/2.98/1.06/196 in 205 IP

42. Jon Lester – Still not drafting a starter, but getting so close that if Lester were to fall, I could see this becoming “don’t do as I do, do as I say,” and then, of course, Lester will have a miserable season.  Hold on, Hypothetical Grey!  There’s so many starters still!  2017 Projections:  16-9/3.35/1.10/206 in 210 IP

43. Yoenis Cespedes – I was watching the eight-part docu-series on Cuba on Netflix, and one of the earliest slave owners in Cuba was named Cespedes, which got me wondering if Yoenis’ ancestors came through that pipeline.  That thought was quickly replaced with, “Holy crap, former dictator Batista looks exactly like Johnny Damon!”  I wonder if Batista’s arm was better throwing political dissidents out of the country.  2017 Projections:  86/29/97/.278/5 in 550 ABs

44. Mark Trumbo – Too bad he signed with Baltimore, he could’ve went to Korea, hit 98 homers in a year then came back and had his choice of teams.  2017 Projections:  81/33/95/.252/2 in 557 ABs

45. Justin Verlander – Prolly because I believe too much in Murphy’s Law, but I just know now that I’m back in on Verlander he’s so gonna eff me in the eff hole.  2017 Projections:  15-10/3.31/1.05/220 in 217 IP

46. Corey Kluber – Oh, by the by, I’m now drafting a starter.  Continued in the next blurb.  2017 Projections:  17-10/3.36/1.08/229 in 220 IP

47. Yu Darvish – See, I don’t hate top starters, I just hate drafting top top starters.  If you really think you need Kershaw or Scherzer it saddens me how insecure you are about your drafting ability.  Continued in the next blurb.  2017 Projections:  15-5/3.04/1.15/239 in 201 IP

48. Johnny Cueto – I can’t figure out why else someone would draft a top five starter.  They’re just drafting scared.  If you take Cueto or any of the starters here and put them with a starter just around the end of the top 100 and another one in the 130 to 170 range, you’ll be right as rain.  Continued in next blurb.  2017 Projections:  16-10/3.04/1.11/192 in 210 IP

49. Carlos Carrasco – And…Um, actually, I said all I wanted to say on that.  2017 Projections:  15-9/3.28/1.13/192 in 190 IP

50. Kenley Jansen – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Re-signed with the Dodgers.  Fairly straight forward move by the Dodgers.  They needed a closer, so they re-signed one of the best for a fair price.  Yes, we’ve reached the point where $80 million is a fair price.  I apologize for the heart attack I just caused Ted Williams’ frozen head, assuming a frozen head can have a heart attack.  Does it just have an eye twitch?  Has someone sewn shut the frozen head’s neck or is it left open?  Does someone stub a toe, realize they don’t have any ice and wrap the frozen head in a towel and put it on their toe?  I have frozen head questions, y’all!  So, Jansen is a $12 Salad and re-signing in a city that loves salad won’t change anything.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2017 projections: 4-1/2.11/0.81/100, 45 saves in 65 IP

51. Aroldis Chapman – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Yankees tied (Aroldis) up for five years like Aroldis ties up prostitutes in his hotel room.  Somewhere, Fidel Castro is sitting, lighting his cigar on the surrounding flames, saying, “I gave that kid everything.”  Aroldis heads back to the Yanks and will be as dominant as always, between domestic abuse scandals, of course.  Okay, one more thing, Google suggests “Aroldis Chapman Jew?” before it suggests “Aroldis Chapman domestic abuse.”  Really?”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2017 Projections:  5-3/1.98/0.95/100, 42 saves in 64 IP

52. Zach Britton – If you were surprised as me that Britton didn’t garner more AL Cy Young votes, raise your hand.  Okay, who’s the jackass with the Hulk Hogan foam hand?  Peter Thiel?  Is that you?  In 67 IP last year, he had a 0.54 ERA and 0.84 WHIP.  Rollie Fingers just screamed, “Too hot!  Hot damn!”  Then, waited a beat, and said, “Is Bruno Mars no longer cool?  Only music I listen to is during Super Bowl halftimes.”  Britton’s xFIP wasn’t quite as pretty (2.09), but also not exactly a hot mess either.  Britton’s last two years ERAs were 1.65 and 1.92, so, yeah, if you wanted to make a case that Britton should be the 1st closer taken, I could see it, but, SAGNOF, and I wouldn’t draft any top closer.  2017 Projections:  3-1/1.78/0.93/78, 42 saves in 66 IP

53. Gregory Polanco – I explain more in Dahl’s blurb, but Polanco is going to make my life difficult.  2017 Projections:  77/23/89/.262/24 in 572 ABs

54. Mark Melancon – I already gave you my Mark Melancon fantasy.  It was written while drinking soda through a Twizzler.  2017 Projections: 4-1/2.26/0.97/58, 42 saves in 62 IP

55. A.J. Pollock – I still like this tier of outfielders, but as you can see from this top 100, there’s just so little chance of me drafting A.J. Pollock.  This A.J. Pollock, though it goes for A.J. Pierzynski too.  2017 Projections:   97/16/61/.273/26 in 581 ABs

56. Wil Myers – One word of wisdom (after 25,000 words of humna-humna-what) I’d be careful about drafting Votto and then Myers.  There’s only so much of ‘best player on terrible team’ a man can handle. 2017 Projections:  81/25/91/.264/15 in 567 ABs

57. Carlos Santana – Continuing thought from above blurb.  Which is why I could see going Santana if you already have Votto.  Remember, guys in same tiers are all relatively the same.  You can see tiers at individual position rankings at 2017 fantasy baseball rankings.  Clickbait! 2017 Projections: 95/31/81/.266/5 in 572 ABs

58. Justin Turner – A small part of me is worried that now I’m in on Turner full-steam-ahead, he’s going to disappoint.  I’m not going to say what part of me is small, but its name is Justin too, because it’s followed by, “I’m just in.”  2017 Projections:  81/24/92/.271/5 in 510 ABs

59. Adrian Beltre – Yeah, we’re drafting corner infidels at this point if you need one, but to say I’m excited about this tier from the top 20 3rd basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball, would be a lie.  2017 Projections:  85/25/97/.289/2 in 575 ABs

60. Evan Longoria – Longoria owner this year, “He’s on 2nd with no outs.  C’mon already, Colby Rasmus!”  2017 Projections:  77/29/89/.271/1 in 617 ABs

61. Todd Frazier – Frazier’s owner, “I wish the White Sox had Colby Rasmus!”  2017 Projections:  72/31/91/.235/13 in 582 ABs

62. Eric Hosmer – In March, “Hosmer will be fine for runs and RBIs, the Royals have Cain, Moustakas, Salvy Perez and Alcides!”  In July, “Damn it, the Royals have Cain, Moustakas, Salvy Perez and Alcides!”  2017 Projections:  82/24/94/.288/7 in 589 ABs

63. Ian Kinsler – Here’s a little rhyme for you, “When you make Ian Kinsler lunch, he says, ‘Why do you make such a fuss?’  You know who else is Jewish?  His manager, Brad Ausmus!”  2017 Projections:  105/18/77/.272/12 in 607 ABss

64. Daniel Murphy – I see where he’s currently ranked and I wonder how long until I post my Daniel Murphy schmohawk post.  2017 Projections: 82/15/85/.296/5 in 510 ABs

65. Chris Archer – You know a guy has scarred you real good when writing his name makes you flinch.  Archer got me real good last year, y’all!  2017 Projections:  13-12/3.33/1.17/225 in 200 IP

66. Carlos Martinez – T.I. is singing “Dead and Gone” for Wacha, but C-Mart’s No Mediocre.  For those over 50, T.I. is not Texas Instruments.  2017 Projections:  15-10/3.17/1.19/193 in 205 IP

67. Jacob deGrom – “What if instead of just giving away the frayed tendons we hide them in the hot dogs?”  That’s a soon-to-be-fired Mets’ PR exec.  2017 Projections:  13-10/3.12/1.15/191 in 194 IP

68. Stephen Strasburg – I could see getting back in on Strasburg at some point in his career, but to hell you say if you think I’m getting back in now after his previous two seasons.  2017 Projections:  12-9/3.55/1.10/190 in 163 IP

69. Danny Duffy – I hope Duffy never wakes up from his previous dream season.  If that means he can’t shower, then so be it!  Take one for the team!  2017 Projections:  13-10/3.45/1.15/201 in 195 IP

70. Kenta Maeda – It’s weird how some guys take years before I trust them, and other guys I trust almost immediately.  Okay, not weird, and not really interesting, but, ya know, it’s something.  2017 Projections:   15-7/3.39/1.13/198 in 195 IP

71. Christian Yelich – Power’s up.  I think you can find speed if you need it.  You know what you can’t find?  A .300+ average.  Okay, not entirely true.  You can, but there’s a ton of guys who hit .300 last year that are bleh in other categories:  Yadier, Prado, Yunel, Realmuto, Andrus, Pedroia, Wilson Ramos.  Besides those guys, you know how many guys ranked after Yelich that hit .300 last year?  One, Jose Ramirez.  2017 Projections:  87/15/92/.303/17 in 585 ABs

72. Jackie Bradley Jr. – Yeah, it’s pretty safe to say I’m owning JBJ on a bunch of teams this year.  2017 Projections:  82/27/92/.271/8 in 567 ABs

73. Max Kepler – You thought I was owning JBJ a lot?  Not as much as I’m owning Kepler.  For more, here’s my Max Kepler sleeper.  2017 Projections:  74/23/85/.266/14 in 548 ABs

74. Carlos Gonzalez – As you see in my top 40 outfielders for 2017, it’s highly doubtful I own CarGo.  Oh well, I won’t have all Rockies hitters.  I’ll just have to replace him with Trout on that fantasy fantasy team.  2017 Projections:  83/27/91/.278/3 in 580 ABs

75. Matt Kemp – I would instantly love Kemp forever if his ‘coming up to bat’ song this year was by Atlanta’s Paper Boi.  2017 Projections:  78/27/94/.266/2 in 572 ABs

76. Adam Jones – Gonna be fun for me to rail against *uck Showalter for another year because he’s batting Adam Jones leadoff.  Fun like a dentist visit.  2017 Projections: 92/27/78/.268/3 in 599 ABs

77. Danny Salazar – You’re likely thinking, “Grey is crazy handsome, and I hope he’s right that Salazar is healthy.”  Well, I hope I’m right too.  2017 Projections: 14-10/3.44/1.15/201 in 180 IP

78. Albert Pujols – What’s there to say about Pujols that hasn’t been said?  Every time he’s on the toilet he says, “Pujols meet poo hole.”  What can be said about him that is actually true?  Very little.  2017 Projections:  73/32/94/.254/2 in 563 ABs

79. Gerrit Cole – This is a make or break year for him.  If Cole fails this year, he may not sniff the top 150 next year.  You’re on notice!  2017 Projections:  15-10/3.45/1.14/188 in 193 IP

80. Jose Quintana – If your first two starters are Maeda and Quintana, your staff won’t be flashy, but it will be competitive.  Besides, who needs a flashy staff?  You wanna bedazzle your peanut?  2017 Projections:  14-9/3.35/1.20/181 in 204 IP

81. Kyle Hendricks – He should dress like a cocker spaniel every Halloween and say this is “Hendricks doing Cocker,” then spazz-sing.  2017 Projections:  14-9/3.41/1.14/175 in 198 IP

82. Gary Sanchez – And the first catcher ranked!  If you follow my rankings and can’t figure out how to punt catcher, the Ghost of Reggie Roby is going to haunt your world.  By the way, I’m glad Thesaurus dot com went with haunt in that sentence rather than spook.  2017 Projections:  71/27/82/.260/3 in 471 ABs

83. Masahiro Tanaka – I’m gonna so regret drafting Tanaka this year, like major, super regret.  Yet, it’s building to this.  You know it is.  2017 Projections:  13-10/3.47/1.13/172 in 201 IP

84. Cole Hamels – Just as I say in the top 40 starters, this tier of pitchers is not all that exciting, but you put too much exciting on your team and it leads to a form of dysentery that causes your team to blow with massive runs.  2017 Projections:  15-10/3.56/1.22/197 in 202 IP

85. Rich Hill – I was trying to think if I was crazy in the coconut by my Hill ranking, or if it made sense.  Top closers get about his ratios, but he gets no saves.  Then again, he does it in 60 more innings, so that ratio help is greater, and he gets more wins.  So isn’t he worth around the same ranking as a top five closer?  Hello, apples, I want you to meet oranges.  2017 Projections:  14-5/2.74/1.03/144 in 125 IP

86. John Lackey – Yeah, this is a 2nd starter area, but, and this is a well-defined Serena Williams but, if you have a starter already and there’s a ton of starters on the board, I could see going a different way.  This area of the draft is more about what your team needs vs. overall rankings.  That’s kinda why when people rank ‘perts as to how well they rank, it’s total nonsense.  “Yeah, Razzball put Nomar Mazara early, that’s great!”  Well, yeah, we are great, but if you have three outfielders drafted already, you’re not drafting Mazara, no matter how early I’ve ranked him.  2017 Projections:  14-8/3.54/1.15/177 in 190 IP

87. Byron Buxton – Already gave you my Byron Buxton sleeper.  I wrote it at the…Y!  M!  C!  Eh!  Which is a Canadian YMCA.  2017 Projections:  65/18/57/.232/26 in 522 ABs

88. Adam Duvall – To continue my Lackey thought, there’s about a 5% chance I own Duvall even if I have him higher than other people, because I would draft Mazara or Buxton first and they’re way higher here than other sites.  2017 Projections:  74/34/92/.244/5 in 547 ABs

89. Khris Davis – What I said about Duvall but three-quarters of an inch later.  Which is also the beginning of the world’s worst romance novel.  “Three-quarters of an inch later, he was done.”  2017 Projections:  72/34/89/.247/2 in 530 ABs

90. Stephen Piscotty – I wrote a Piscotty sleeper post last year, and he made good on my modest expectations.  I think I could’ve wrote another sleeper for him this year.  Wonder why some guys just feel perennially underrated.  Piscotty doesn’t know!  Piscotty doesn’t know!  2017 Projections:  78/24/92/.277/9 in 573 ABs

91. Andrew Benintendi – Already gave you my Andrew Benintendi fantasy.  It was written with me mansplaining.  2017 Projections:  79/16/68/.303/19 in 480 ABs

92. J.D. Martinez – I get the feels Just Dong is going to be a top 12 guy next year.  Hopefully this is not mental masturbation.  UPDATE:  Just Dong sprained his Lisfranc, which sounds like some kind of European treaty.  “At the Lisfranc Accords, Goebbels dropped trou and asked the Romanian diplomat to kiss his birthmark that looked just like a poppyseed bagel.”   A little history lesson for everyone.  Goebbels was very proud of his poppyseed bagel birthmark that resided on his backside, but he called it a poopyseed bagel.  So, this obviously sucks major poopyseed bagels for Just Dong and I’ve docked him hundred at-bats.  I’d still draft him, but I’m be damned in the poopyseed if I don’t think we’re never going to see more than 400 ABs from this guy ever.  2017 Projections:  78/25/71/.282/1 in 451 ABs

93. Kyle Schwarber – I’m Iffy McIffstein on whether I’m officially high or low on Schwarber, but I doubt I own him either way.  On one hand, I’d want him at catcher and I’m not drafting a catcher yet.  On the other hand, if I’m drafting an outfielder, I would’ve taken one of the previous six.  On a third hand that is actually a mitten on top of a bottle of ketchup, I have some worries about Schwarber’s playing time.  2017 Projections: 81/26/90/.248/5 in 488 ABs

94. Andrew McCutchen – You’re prolly thinking, “Damn, Cousin Sweatpants, I’d totally draft Knee McClutchin’ if he’s around at pick 100.  Hahahahaha, but he won’t!  The laughter was snidely aimed at you, Grey.”  Okay, fair enough, but if McClutchin’ does get 21 HRs and 7 steals as I project, it would be not be as good as Piscotty, Davis or Duvall, to name a few above him, just as McClutchin’ wasn’t as good as them last year.  2017 Projections:  87/21/90/.263/7 in 556 ABs

95. Addison Russell – This guy is being way undervalued, which is odd since he’s young and a Cub.  Two things that usually light fantasy baseballers aflame.  By the by, people who use the word ‘aflame’ are aflamers.  Not judging, just noting.  It likely helps that Russell’s got five guys sexier than him on his own team.  One of those guys who is being labeled sexy is Baez.  Quick debriefing session:  Addison could be the five-hole hitter all year for the Cubs; Baez doesn’t even have a starting job.  2017 Projections:  77/25/92/.257/7 in 569 ABs

96. Marcus Semien – You know that expression, “Here’s mud in your eye!”  Well, I had to rank Semien in the top 100, so here’s Semien in your eye!  2017 Projections:  70/25/78/.241/10 in 555 ABs

97. Jonathan Schoop – I love Schoop, and he’s guaranteed to be better than HBO’s The Young Pope.  That rhymes is you pronounce Schoop the right way.  Schoop Schoop ba-doop Schoop ba-doop!  Which doesn’t rhyme unless you’re Salt and/or Pepa.  2017 Projections:  78/30/89/.260/2 in 565 ABs

98. Dee Gordon – Originally ranked him a bit lower than this, just outside the top 100 in the top 500 overall, but 50+ steals shouldn’t be that low.  *sees Billy Hamilton isn’t in the top 100*  Shut up with your observations, okay?    2017 Projections:  88/3/39/.282/51 in 608 ABs

99. Jason Kipnis – I updated my Jason Kipnis ranking after his rotator cuff injury, and that update is under the 2017 fantasy baseball rankings.  And so much more! (Not really any more than rankings, there’s no, like, fun scratch-off tickets.) UPDATE:  Will be out for another 4-5 weeks and was moved into the top 500 overall.  2017 Projections:  71/14/52/.262/14 in 519 ABs

100. Jose Peraza – The hype is strong with this one and getting stronger.  Peraza is the early preseason favorite for the answer to, “Okay, after Mike Trout who else do you want?”  2017 Projections: 78/4/46/.288/44 in 527 ABs

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Kevin
Kevin
5 years ago

Have to declare keepers by 8pm so would love a quick response.. Can keep 4 of 5.. Edwin, JD, Villar, Braun, Odor. Who do I throw back?? Thanks!

Tyler
Tyler
5 years ago

Am I missing something here? WasBuster Posey’s “down” year really that down to put him outside of the top 100? A career 300+ hitter, I’ll be caught dead before I draft Gary Sanchez before Posey.

Bluemeenie
Bluemeenie
5 years ago

Grey,

New to your site and haven’t stopped laughing or reading in 3 hours. Great insight on the players though and potential performance.

That said, I got invited to one of my areas oldest leagues that was actually started by a number of news paper/sports writer guys and is mainly a hitters points league with very little changing since it’s inception in nineteen aught-something.

The following statistics offer teams the opportunity to earn points on a weekly basis:

Hitting: Points Pitching: Points
Base Hits 1 (W) Starting Win 8
Home Runs 3 (S) Saves 4
(RW) Relief Win 6
Bonus Points:
(CGW) CG Victory 1
(ShO) CG Shutout 2
(NH) No Hitter 10

seeing this points system would you suggest I use your “rest of season” csv file and sort by hits then homers or another way.

what makes the league tough is you get to keep 10 players out of your 18 man roster which means I never know who is available until 2 weeks before draft.

Thoughts?

Will
Will
5 years ago

Keeper questions

My main 3 are Arenado, Correa and Encarnacion. I need to keep 4 more (1 has to be a rookie hold over – Dahl or Sanchez)

League is a 6×6 league, with no CI or MI, but 2 UTIL spots and 4 OF

Segura, Villar, Cutch, Polanco, Dahl, Gary Sanchez, Rendon, Carrasco

Which 4 should I add to my other 3?

TheTinDoor
TheTinDoor
5 years ago

Looks from here like there’s not enough of a gap between Kershaw & Scherzer.

Last 4 years:
Max’s BEST ERA 2.79, Kershaw’s WORST 2.13
Max BEST WHIP: 0.92. Kershaw’s WORST: 0.92
Slight edge in K’s to Max, not enough to bridge that gap
Kershaw’s injury last year is the only one significant break in performance from either of them.

So is it injury, or do you expect a career year from Max plus a 5-year worst from Kershaw? yeah, I know, you’re not drafting either one, so maybe it doesn’t matter…

brad
brad
5 years ago

Hey Grey do you do a keeper ranking like this? Wondering how your top 10 would Change? I imagine Harper will get a decent boost?

New Dad - Same Fantasy Passion
New Dad - Same Fantasy Passion
5 years ago

Starting to debate keepers (keep 2) in a 14 team 6×6. I have pick 12.

Arenado – round 2
Machado – round 4
Just Dong – round 6
Darvish – round 11 (can be kept a second year)

Leaning towards Machado and Arenado. But considering JD (over Arenado) and taking one of the mane SS in round 1 or 2. Just really hard to not have the Torenado

Thoughts?

New Dad - Same Fantasy Passion
New Dad - Same Fantasy Passion
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: awesome. That’s what I was leaning towards, but wanted the validation. Will be the only team with two in the top ten.

Might not draft a pitcher till the fifth round in 14 team

New Dad - Same Fantasy Passion
New Dad - Same Fantasy Passion
Reply to  New Dad - Same Fantasy Passion
5 years ago

@New Dad – Same Fantasy Passion: *many. Part of me just wants to go all upside in OF this year hoping one will hit for a good value keepers

J-Money
J-Money
5 years ago

What Up Grey,

Its good to be back. Who is this years Arenado or Polanco??

Thanks man!

Hey Larry!
Hey Larry!
5 years ago

Springer or Votto pairing with Altuve & Miggy

I’ll hold my breath til you respond.

FaustoCarmona
FaustoCarmona
5 years ago

Love this shiz.
10 tm roto plus OBP/SLG
keep 6 forever

Rizzo
Machado
Springer
Polanco
Franco
Khrush
Schoop

SP
Lester
K-zar
Hendricks
Gausman

RP
Britton
Osuna

What say Grey?

Art
Art
5 years ago

Ummm where is Chris Davis? Semien is better?

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
5 years ago

@Grey: In a weekly H2H category league, would you shift your draft strategy to favor pitching any more than usual? Last year, some teams in this league seemingly went overboard with SPs and were rolling out staffs like Kershaw, Bumgarner, Lester and Cole Hamels.

To keep up, I started out my staff with Sale and Synder. (I had good keepers with Goldy, Stanton, and Abreu so I felt okay taking some high end pitchers. As the season played out, I was splitting categories most weeks tying 5-5 or losing 4-6. I’d lose half the offensive categories despite a roster that included the keepers mentioned above along with Springer, Story, Odor, Franco, etc.

Based on that experience in the league, would you go even harder for bats or double down with two high end starters again?

SurveySaysIRock
SurveySaysIRock
5 years ago

Take a hike Christmas, this is the most wonderful time of the year.

So I’m in a dynasty keeper league and I have a decision to make. We are allowed 5 keepers and the rest of my keepers are pretty much set (Schmiddy, Harper, Odor, JD) but I also have Arrieta and Darvish, who would basically count as my fifth round pick in a 10 team league. We don’t penalize for pitching losses and we also have K/BB. That being said, which pitcher would you keep? Or would you not keep either?

Thank you and I’m sure I speak for everyone here when I say I appreciate everything you do!

Noam
Noam
5 years ago

One more offer on the table:

Dynasty league
I give: Familia and 4th round pick
I get: Devon Travis

S P
S P
5 years ago

I’m a little surprised that Justin Upton didn’t make it in the top 100? You’d think he’d at least be above a guy like Pujols, no?

OtisNixonLovesTimRainesCrackRocks
OtisNixonLovesTimRainesCrackRocks
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Benjamin James Upton>Justin Upton

Caveats….I have no idea if those are BJ’s names and Upton is absolute hell to own…grey is dead right. I would sooner take Rosie O’donnel’s character in a league of their own. Because…we all love Rosie….she Trumps all.

OtisNixonLovesTimRainesCrackRocks
OtisNixonLovesTimRainesCrackRocks
5 years ago

@grey I just need to vent about you and jb not hitting the Florida spring training circuit…this still depressed Expos fan in Montreal is heading to check out the new ball park in west palm beach….going to catch some Nats Vs. Tigers action on March 13th. Damn you west coast Tupac mo fos. Embrace your inner Biggie an d hit the east coast!!

That said…I will have my usual long winded, joke infused questions for you starting next week but digging your rankings this year….I dig them as much as my bubby digs borscht, I dig them more than Stanton hates your whipped cream, I dig them slightly more than Canadians love maple syrup but slightly less than as much as Tim Raines loved the yayo.

Just had to get my ass back on the comment board….my 2017 cherry….has been popped.

I am going to come at you with some Dynasty questions next week so you be ready damn you!!

Can we maybe get a totally politically incorrect post about top ethnic based fantasy teams?

Best Jewish Team
Best All Asian Team
Best all time physical anomaly team? (Alfonseca/Jim Abbot)

What? too much? Too soon? Not enough??

Know what….first question.

3 year keeper withno penalty for keeping and no salary involved.

Pick one to keep

Gary Sanchez for the next 2 years?
Alex Bregman for next 2 years?(he needs to convert to jewishness)
Dj Lemahieu for 2 years? (I have been on the Rockies train forever)
Khris Davis 2 years

I am already keeping
Rizzo, Lindor, Nelson Cruz, Trevor Story’s morning glory and because I won last season I get first pick who will be Trout!!!

What sayeth thee?

OtisNixonLovesTimRainesCrackRocks
OtisNixonLovesTimRainesCrackRocks
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: @grey
Ya that would a twisted as hell reward for first….

Actually we reward the winner with 1st overall pick and this just happens to be a huge year of guys back in the pool. Betts , Bryant and torenado oh my are all back in the pool.

Au Shiz,,,when is the giant with the ying giggle to your yang giggle heading to FL?

JB…I want to watch a game on your shoulders. We can talk about Zach Davies and the good ole Chris Carter days and then choreograph a dance to the Joe Ross theme song!!

Sidenote….I f’in despise Loria. In a “I wish I was a rich sociopath like him” sorta way.

Did you see that p.o.s. has a handshake deal to sell the Marlins for 1.6 billion? He’s in for what…10 milly? HE took my Expos….now this….I am vomiting Youpi everywhere.

OtisNixonLovesTimRainesCrackRocks
OtisNixonLovesTimRainesCrackRocks
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: The Stanton HR Robot.
I hope the new owner installs some form of AI in that monstrosity and it ends up hunting down Loria. Frankenstein that shiz.

Well If Gilbin ever reads this and is in Florida for MArch 13th, Said Gilbin should hit me up.

I will be the douche in an expos shirt and Tigers hat to fully not support the Nats.

#bittertears

Mark
Mark
5 years ago

In a 5X5 Roto league with OBP instead of AVG….where does Chris Davis rank?

Jon
Jon
5 years ago

5×5 keep forever dynasty league – I have room for 10 bats total.

Goldy, Odor, Bogaerts, Arenado, Bregman, Betts, and Stanton seem like locks. That leaves room for 3 more…

Hosmer, Schoop, Jose Ramirez, Ian Desmond, Adam Jones are all guys I’m considering. Who’s in?

Ben
Ben
5 years ago

Hi Grey –
Don’t ever stop injecting humor when you write! It makes it much more fun to read. F-graphs is great, but about as funny as Janet Napolitano.

In my 12 team standard 5×5, “re-draft”, I can keep one guy the rest of his career if I choose. I have Harper and Arenado. Which would you rather have for the next 10 years or so?

Thanks!

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: a. Appreciate it! Thanks.

Alex C
Alex C
5 years ago

Grey do you remember when you were continuously comparing Joey Votto to Justin Bour last year after Votto’s slow start- asking if there really was a big difference between the 2? Just saying- I am a fan of your analysis- but that was pretty out there. And this isn’t a told you so after the fact, I mentioned as you kept bringing up last year! Joey Votto- still underappreciated, this man hit *.408* after the all-star break in 72 games- incredible stuff really.

Alex C
Alex C
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: He hit.252 /14/42 pre-ASB(still had a .831 ops which shows just how good a hitter he is), but does a bad half mean that a guy who is top 20 all-time in OPS is now comparable to Justin Bour? The clearer thing should have been how he was a lock to turn it around, show the guy a little love!

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

Cuban Bautista looks more like Jacoby Ellsbury to me. His eyes aren’t as squinty as Damon’s

Zeus
Zeus
Reply to  Robert
5 years ago

@Robert: Damon is half Thai while Ellsbury is half Indian (feather)

Packers
Packers
5 years ago

K. Herrera for Kepler or JBJ. What side?

Zeus
Zeus
5 years ago

I generally hate pun team names but if I happen to own freeman and Blackmon I will be stealing that name. Well done.

Zeus
Zeus
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I usually like offensive team names, it just depends on the political bent of the league. Sometimes offensive things based on obscure figures like president Polk

Zeus
Zeus
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Polks war for gold to mock bush war for oil. R Polk was right

Zeus
Zeus
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: For the record I think president Polk sucked both for Mexican war and contributing to the climate that led to the civil war. However if I were twenty years younger I’d be an internet troll

Zeus
Zeus
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: you should be a motivational speaker

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
5 years ago

Silly question time – is Jonathan Papelbon done? Any chance he resurfaces in a ninth inning role somewhere this season? Thx!

Jack Straw
Jack Straw
5 years ago

Standard 5×5 AL only roto keeper league ($5 annual inflation). In AL only I recognize the need for speed, but also value prospect upside in keeper format

R. Davis ($7) or R. Healy ($8)

Jason
Jason
5 years ago

I see you prefer Dahl over Benintendi this season. Still the same if you’re looking out over the next few seasons or does Benintendi become the better player? Considering trading my Benintendi for his Dahl. Thanks.

Spor
Spor
5 years ago

I cannot wait for the Top 516. So, could you please tell me how you would rank Ken Giles, Cody Allen (how much of a threat is Andrew Miller?) and Seung Hwan Oh (age might be a risk, while Trevor Rosenthal might make a comeback)?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
5 years ago

I like the aggressive ranking of Odor. Wish he wasn’t so uber-aggressive at the plate, but I think he can get away with that approach considering his skillset. Should fill up the stat sheet. I see Springer and Story as risky picks in the 3rd round area, however…

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Springer derived most of his value from his run and RBI totals, which he was able to amass due to leading the league in games played (162) and plate appearances (744). He’s running less than he did a couple of years ago, and given his poor success rate (10 CS in 19 SB attempts) last year, that’s unlikely to change much. 25-30 homers is solid, but expecting more than that is probably unrealistic based on the fact that almost half of his batted balls are on the ground (48.1% GB% – a 2.8% increase from 2015). He’s a .260ish hitter too, and like you mentioned in the Yelich blurb, it’s tough to find useful players with solid batting averages later in the draft to offset that. Something like 100/26/75/8/.260 is more of a 5th rounder for me.

Story is coming off of thumb surgery, had a 31.3% K% last year, and is likely to hit out of the 6th or 7th slot in the lineup (depending on what they do with Dahl) which would limit his PAs and hurt his run scoring potential. He’s tempting for the upside, but I don’t think that the risk is sufficiently baked into his current NFBC ADP (32.04 – 29th player off of the board).

Zeus
Zeus
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: I’m with Magog on this. Magog Siri kennedy Freudian slip?

Zeus
Zeus
Reply to  Zeus
5 years ago

@Zeus: edit. MAgog Siri or Freudian slip

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Zeus
5 years ago

@Zeus: Zeus! I’m not sure if Magog is meant as a biblical or Canadian reference, but it’s not the first time you made that slip, haha.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: The more you know… And here I made a Red Scare reference in one of my articles too…

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Haha, nice

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I think part of the lack of steals for Springer is by design (potent lineup + reduced injury risk), so I don’t see that changing much for him (not to mention the inefficient SB%). Don’t forget that it took him an insane amount of PAs to hit 29 bombs regardless of the GB spike.

And the thumb, K-rate, and lineup slot are all legitimate concerns about Story for me. Probably won’t be owning him at his current price. I can see the other side of the coin for both players though.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Story’s batted ball makes up for the K’s and Im not worried about the thumb either.
His BABIP has been high throughout every level and seems to offset the Ks enough to keep him above .270. Top that off with less than 15% soft contact and a 47% Fly Ball rate, with half his game in Coors and I’m buying in Round 2-3

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Hey! Trea, Polanco, Odubel, Fulmer… I’m higher than you on plenty of youngins.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, I have him 9th overall. A player with a .290/15/40 floor (at least how I see it) is extremely valuable. Pair him with someone like Miggy or Rizzo with a late pick and you’re off to the races.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I’d still probably rather have Trout out of the first slot. He’s money. Could pair him with Votto/Freeman/EE and either an ace or another bat. Wouldn’t mind having a late pick either though.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Oh, I like my young players too. I just like ones who hit for power and average as well. Unfortunately for Abreu, they’re not done gutting that team. He’ll probably have Lawrie “protecting” him by July. Not sure he’ll top that weak run total from last year.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: 3B looks pretty deep this year, but I agree with you on 1B. Don’t wanna be stuck with someone like Hosmer or Santana.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I’m fine with all of those guys (though Frazier’s BA is a bit of a concern). Carpenter, Beltre, Turner, Rendon, Bregman, Franco – I like all of them to some degree. Even Lamb and Moustakas. After the top four, might just wait on that position for awhile.

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

6×6 dynasty h2h league with 16 teams. use QS instead of W, k/bb and ops as extra cats. finished 1st 2 years ago, 2nd last year. my closers are oh, melancon, and madson (for the moment at least). other MRs i have to use for ratios and possible closers are thornburg, neris, and bedrosian. I’ve found that 3 closers usually gives me a pretty good chance to win the category most weeks.

been offered wade davis for my 1st round pick (will be 15th out of 16 teams picking in first rd) in our minor league draft. the draft includes players drafted in 2016, plus intl signees (like maitan) and existing unowned minors players (acuna, keller, leody taveras, juan soto, sandy alcantara, Szapucki, kaprielian are some of the notables). Through promotions and trades my minor league roster is pretty weak at the moment. Whoever i draft will end up being my best prospect. Would you deal the 1st to pick up wade davis or is that too much for an incremental upgrade?

Here Comes the Pizza
Here Comes the Pizza
5 years ago

Grey!

One of my favorite posts of the year and perfect timing for this snowstorm. Canadian YMCA made me spit out my coffee and I wasn’t even drinking any!

I have fully talked myself into the loading up on Rockies strategy if the board falls that way. Both my leagues use the worldwide leader in bad fantasy advice and based off their rankings, I think that strategy could clean up.

I’m with you on Odor too. 33 yabos at only 23 years old and other sites have him ranked in the 50s?? Yes thank you!!

Have you ever listened to Pardon My Take? Satirical sports podcast that I think you’d really like if you aren’t already a listener

Thanks as always

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

Last ones for ya!

1. In a keeper, $23 Blackmon over $12 degrom, I assume?

2. As your final keeper, $12 Hanley or $10 Dahl? I’m leaning towards Dahl and just planning to bid on Hanley in the draft, as Dahl is way more hyped up in my league (esp given keeper format).

Tom
Tom
5 years ago

Whats coming out tomorrow

Jason
Jason
5 years ago

Cespedes looks like he could slip into #39 in front of Hanram, what am I missing obi grey kenobi?

Jason
Jason
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Only you can answer that no idea! You have the abreu/hanram/k. Seager/Rendon grouping at 38-41 and cespedes at 46. His projections seem to be better than hanram seager Rendon so just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything!

knucks
knucks
5 years ago

Looks like I picked the right day to get back on the horse! Been a long winter. And digging out of nearly a foot of powder this morning was no fun.

Lots of sleeper articles to catch up on, looking forward to that.

Grey, you in to Open Mike Eagle already? Someone just recommended him a few weeks ago, so I been digging into his shizz. “Hella Personal Film Festival” is a great album.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  knucks
5 years ago

@knucks: Oh and we are hitting Run the Jewels in NYC @ the end of the month, booooyah!

J.B.
J.B.
5 years ago

Moncada or Benintendi?
3 year keeper league

Upside with Moncada. plus position, or Beintendi?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

By this ranking, $12 Degrom over $18 Yu?

Bob
Bob
5 years ago

how much higher would you rank Votto in an OBP league?

Roger Podacter
Roger Podacter
5 years ago

You knew I’d turn up –

How bout because Bryce had only 1 stat better that Josh Donaldson last year… Stolen bases.

Roger Podacter
Roger Podacter
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Nothing gets past your mustache.

The season avg has them basically the same player – Bryce is just a shitty person. A shitty, shitty person. There’s no stat for that.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: maybe, but that’s not a real stat, it’s a religious ideal. or a justice ideal. either way, bunkom

Random Collmenter
Random Collmenter
5 years ago

Everything else aside, would you prefer $29 Braun or $41 Stanton in a keeper league? 6×6 roto with OPS.

Thanks!

Bo Shankus
Bo Shankus
5 years ago

12 teams, 10 keepers, keep players forever. 6×6 roto, standard 5×5 with OPS for hitters and Holds for pitchers.

GIve Braun, Abreu, and Mazara for Altuve? I don’t want to be holding on Braun when his personal game of musical chairs ends.

markowskinator
markowskinator
5 years ago

Grey, you have Kepler at 78, while most sites have him 200+. How long do you think you realistically should wait to grab him? I feel like grabbing him at 78 is a waste of a pick since I know I can get him later.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  markowskinator
5 years ago

@markowskinator: there will be quite a few players like this (probably few with that much range)

Noam
Noam
5 years ago

The moment I’ve been waiting for! Great job Grey!

Would you trade Carrasco, G. Polanco, S. Castro for Altuve and Grandyman in a dynasty?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

My favorite post of the year! I’m fighting a fever so looking forward to rereading when I’m not a space cadet!

I like how high you have Segura. Is it safe to assume that you’d want a $7 Segura over $18 Darvish?

If i did that trade, all 7 of my keepers would be bats (the others being Rizzo, Betts, Desmond, Story, Dahl, Moncada).

12 team roto weekly lineups.

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks, Todd Frazier! I had no idea you’re writing for Razzball now!

JR
JR
5 years ago

One of my favorite days of the year! Love the rankings.

10 team h2h keeper league question. I’m being offered Stanton (can possibly get springer in his place) and odor for altuve and a pitcher. Would you do that deal with any of these SP: Lester, cueto, Strasburg?

The league counts walks, has obp in place of average and total bases in place of runs/RBI, so odor’s lack of walks hurts his value here.

Thanks!

JR
JR
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks!

JR
JR
Reply to  JR
5 years ago

@JR: is Brantley a guy worth taking a flyer on in a league like this? Can keep him basically for free this year. He would take a spot I would use on a lower tier sp (about 20 players kept per team).

JR
JR
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Moore/nova tier

JR
JR
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks

Pointman
Pointman
5 years ago

12 t hth specific of spots

allowed to keep one player we drafted previous year in 10th rd or latwer or FA pickup for this year only

Which is best Choice?

Mazera -worried about lineup spot and 2nd half regression

Polanco – cant seem to stay fully healthy

Herrera,O –lousy team not sure how much upside

Thanks

Freddyfreeman
Freddyfreeman
5 years ago

Chapman for Sano, (dynasty 1400 max inn)?

Halp
Halp
5 years ago

Awesome post.

The Guy
The Guy
5 years ago

Xander or Noah in a keeper

Jason
Jason
5 years ago

10-team, H2H Keeper. My current pre-draft lineup looks like this:

C – Contreras
1B – Rizzo
2B – Odor
SS – Russell
3B – Arenado
OF – Betts
OF – Polanco
OF – Benintendi
DH – K. Davis
SP – Archer
SP – Duffy
SP – Taillon

I also acquired the 1st pick via trade. I still need one OF, have 2 Utility spots, and of course need more pitching.

I feel my top 3 choices are Freeman, Starling Marte, and Gerrit Cole. Who would you select at #1? Your rankings say Freeman, and he would be good at UT and insurance for Rizzo. I am tempted by Marte to get the speed, but he always seems to get dinged up. Cole seems like a nice keeper choice, but his elbow issues from last year have me nervous. I’m sure I’m overthinking . Thanks for the help!

Slimbo
Slimbo
5 years ago

Hey man quick question for ya in my dynasty league

Is carter capps anything special? I need to drop one of Sal Perez or hunter renfroe to grab him

Other catchers available if I drop Perez….McCann, Castillo, vogt, wieters, Murphy or mesoraco

Thanks!

Jack Straw
Jack Straw
5 years ago

Hi Grey –

Standard 5×5 roto auction keeper league (annual $5 price inflation, keep forever). What are your thoughts on trading my Lindor in the following- despite there being a small supply of shortstops given my assumption of other keepers, I am still really likely the value. Thoughts?

F. Lindor ($12) for Y. Darvish ($13), D. Dahl ($8), and C. Martinez ($13)

Tweak
Tweak
5 years ago

“Archer got me real good last year, y’all!” — Are we still not doing “phrasing?”

Anyway, I’m in the same boat with you on Russell and Semien. I think Semien can hit .260 and that 20 pt difference brings his value way up. I haven’t seen him drafted at all this year in mock 12-teamers and Russell has been going in Rds10-12.

Also, Trumbo is also being hugely undervalued from what I’ve seen thus far. The earliest I’ve seen him picked is ~115.

Nick
Nick
5 years ago

Keeper team: 10 teams / 14 keepers!

1. Goldy (2) 1B
2. Alty (5) 2B
3 Trea (12) Util (SS?)
4. Springer (16) OF1
5. Desmond (19) OF2
6. Encarnacion (23) Util
7. Trumbo (47) OF3
8. KJansen (53) RP1
9. Myers (60) OF
10. Archer (70) SP1
11. Salazar (82) SP2
12. R.Hill (90) SP3

i’m almost complete @batters, missing C, SS and 3B
i’m mainly missing pitchers !!

what would be your next 2 keepers: (then i’ll pick 8th)
OH RP2
Taillon SP4
AReyes SP5
C.Allen RP3
KDavis (95) OF/bench
Contreras C
Carpenter 3B
Bautista OF/bench
Lamb 3B

maybe would you give up on Trumbo?
lean on Taillon / Reyes / Oh? to insure my pitching staff
i’d focus on Addison Russell SS at draft and the best SP avb (pick 8 and 12)

Nick

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

what i did ^^
C ?
1B Goldy
2B Alty
3B ?
SS ?
OF Spring Desmond Myers
Util Trea Encarnacion
Bench Trumbo
SP Archer Salazar Hill Taillon Reyes
RP KJansen

that makes 14,,, remains Lamb / oh /

Big Mike
Big Mike
5 years ago

(Sobbing about Javy Baez)

Cram It
Cram It
5 years ago

The curious case of Maikel Franco continues. Last year you ranked him #52 overall with basically the same projected stats as this year. Now he’s not even in the top 100. But peeps seem to like him more this year after clamoring to draft him in the 4th-ish round. But now he’s a 9th rounder. I don’t really have a point here. Just an observation of perception vs numbers I guess. Maybe it speaks to how much offense had gone up last year with all the young talent out there making good. But you covered that.

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Agreed. I expected to see more guys from 3B like Franco/Sano/Bregman in the top 100 rather than several OFs that will go much later in drafts like Kepler/Buxton/Maz.

Prettaaay, Prettaaay, Prettaaay, Pretty Good
Prettaaay, Prettaaay, Prettaaay, Pretty Good
5 years ago

Grey,

Love your rankings. I skimmed at first to see where my potential keepers ranked and saw Verlander in the Top 50. No joke, my first thought was Grey has been ripping on him for the past two years, now he is back in the Top 50 so for sure he disappoints. Then, I read what you wrote. Simpatico.

I can keep either Verlander or Archer at the same price. I’m leaning Archer. We are drafting for 2017, not 2016, right? Is this a bad move?

Joe
Joe
5 years ago

Hey grey 12 team dynasty league was offered joe Ross and a first round pick for my Blake snell. Would you pull the trigger on that or keep snell in a dynasty for his immense upside. Or do you think that upside is similar on joe Ross. That extra pick I got I would use for an arm in the foltenywicz, Norris, or wheeler rhelm

Whatever
Whatever
5 years ago

Glad I have Harper and Donaldson in my keeper league so i dont have to choose between them. :)

Cram It
Cram It
5 years ago

Have you been watching Taboo?

Whatever
Whatever
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Awesome show.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Whatever
5 years ago

@Whatever: I’m 3 in and as slow as the burn has been, I can’t wait to get back to watching it. Is there a more perfect fit of an actor and a character? I say no!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: I watched the first one but suck at recording things. FX is painful On Demand with no fast forwarding. So it’s worth it?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: I suck at it too. I hear ya with the FF but they only show like 2 commercials at a time. It’s worth the 1 minute wait.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Think I might give Legion a shot, all the commercials finally got me.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: I was intrigued by the psychological issues until I found it out it has to do with a superhero/supernatural powers. I hate superhero themes. This feels like a TV version of an M. Night movie. But check in if you watch it.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: I don’t put a lot of stock in who does what…or maybe it’s more that I don’t pay attention to it. I’m sure he’s done some not great things too.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: I think some superhero shit is a fun watch or whatever, I don’t have a hard on for it or anything. Never read a comic in my life.

I think this looks interesting. Seems like those Jessica Jones and Luke Cage shows on Netflix, which I never watched but I heard good things.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: I agree, if the superhero thing plays as fun/comedy. This does not seem to be that though. Unless it’s done as well as the Batman reboot, it’s a hard sell for me. I hate all that X-men stuff. I saw Split, which was like a more “realistic” superhero villain thing, and it did nothing for me.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Did you just Split spoiler me? I didn’t have plans to see it anyway.

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: I cannot say that I am finding it enjoyable – not sure why I am still even watching. An awful lot of very slow-moving sturm und drang.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: So good. But everything about it is right up my alley. Except that it takes place in London and I struggle with understand wtf they are saying sometimes, especially when they’re whispering. Like, I know you’re in a dark room with candlelight, but it’s just the two of you and the place isn’t bugged in the year 1814. You don’t have to whisper!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: The role fits him perfectly. I read the reviews too and a lot of the negativity was towards how slow it’s moving and the heavy-handed darkness with a lack of humor. But most of that negativity is coming from “critics”. It’s not for everyone. But it’s definitely for me.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Make sure you have your pint of vanilla ice cream to comfort you. It gets a little spooky and brutal.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: I was trying to read this comment Cram, but I kept falling asleep every time I got to ‘vanilla ice cream’.

Mad Beach Bums
Mad Beach Bums
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Taboo is definitely a good show, reviews be damned! Also Brian Wilson says he’s coming back as a knuckleball pitcher.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Mad Beach Bums
5 years ago

@Mad Beach Bums: Rank him!