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Hello, all you brave, courageous, adventure-seekers, you’ve found the wrong website. This is fantasy baseball, not fantasy role playing, unless it’s fantasy roll-playing and this is Stratomatic, but that’s still not right. Still, fantasy baseball. Good, now that we got rid of all those people wearing fedoras and shopping from the Indiana Jones collection at Eddie Bauer, we can get down to the bidness. The Auction value bidness? Not quite, but you can find all auction values in Rudy’s rankings — one example, 12-team mixed league auction values. This is a top 100 for 2021 fantasy baseball.

One word about this top 100 for 2021 fantasy baseball, before I give you another 5,000 words. I’m going to avoid repeating myself from the position rankings in the 2021 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 2021 fantasy baseball, the top 20 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball, the top 20 Patterns In Queso That Look Like Messages From Another Planet for 2021– Okay, but 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. 458 more, to be very exact. Next up, there will be a top 500 that will go to 562. Then, after that, there will be a top 7,500 that will go to 8,602, then a top 25,000 that will go to 28,765, then a top 600,000 that will go to 892,121, until we end up with a top kajillion in April that will go to a kajillion and one. 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 2021 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! Razzball Subscriptions are also now open. Early subscribers get Rudy’s War Room, and you can go ad-free for a $9.99, because ads suck. Anyway, here’s the top 100 for 2021 fantasy baseball:

NOTE: All 2021 fantasy baseball projections are based on a 162-game season, and will be until we hear definitively there will be less games. Also, it’s based on the DH not being used in the NL, and will be until we hear different.

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1. Ronald Acuna Jr. – I would’ve loved Acuña for no reason other than his style, exuberance and putting a little mustache above his N. Long live the Kiñg of Swiñg. He is my daddy, and his name has a tilde. He is Tildaddy. What I may or not have mentioned in the top 10 overall for 2021 fantasy baseball (I refuse to repeat myself, so if you want more info on players, go to their respective posts, and that’s me vaguely quoting me from the opening paragraph, but I fear a lot of you skip that and jump right into the player blurbs — how’s that for no repeating?), Tildaddy’s projections are so glorious, and those are likely his floor. His floor is glorious and he’s the number one guy. Tildaddy tells you to go ask your mother’s permission! 2021 Projections: 116/39/97/.277/25 in 601 ABs

2. Fernando Tatis Jr. – FTJ! FTJ! Fun the Jewels fast! It sucks that MLB owners are colluding to not sign free agents, and want as few games as possible for an MLB season. That would suck during any era, but it feels especially frustrating right now because the young talent in the game right now is insane. This top 20 is as stacked as Dolly Parton in an IHOP. 2021 Projections: 114/37/98/.274/27 in 581 ABs

3. Juan Soto – Daniel Plainview drafting third, “I drink your Sexy Dr. Pepper. I drink it up.” 2021 Projections: 104/40/117/.312/10 in 536 ABs

4. Mookie Betts – Think I have to abandon the nickname Mookie Ballgame since he’s no longer on the Red Sox, but he’s still Mookie Best, and will be for some time. 2021 Projections: 121/30/91/.301/24 in 607 ABs

5. Mike Trout – How good is MLB right now? The guy ranked fifth is arguably a top five hitter of all-time. 2021 Projections: 103/39/109/.284/7 in 542 ABs

6. Trevor Story – …and I nearly ranked Trevor Story above Mike Trout. That’s how ridiculously stacked the 1st round is, and people are out here drafting starters. Just throw your money into the street and give me the address. I will also accept dogecoin. 2021 Projections: 105/33/98/.288/19 in 589 ABs

7. Trea Turner – Not saying he will, but Treat Urner has 20/50/.300 upside. Basically, Mondesi with a great average. Yes, I worked Mondesi into this blurb because I’m hyped after listening to Nobody Speak on repeat for the last 45 minutes. I don’t even care that Hollywood has tried to ruin that song by putting it in every trailer, I still love it, and makes me do karate kicks like a nutcase. 2021 Projections: 106/20/74/.306/33 in 608 ABs

8. Francisco Lindor – Here’s my Francisco Lindor fantasy. I wrote it while skimming the curds from the whey. 2021 Projections: 112/34/87/.283/17 in 608 ABs

9. Jose Ramirez – In case you’re wondering, I’m not concerned about Jo-Jo-Ram’s lineup with Lindor traded. Josh Naylor in front of him and Jake Bauers is, um, something, but Ramirez is in his peak years and is a 30/25/.260-ish hitter at his core floor. If you want and/or worry too much, take ten runs and RBIs off his line. 2021 Projections: 91/29/101/.268/23 in 564 ABs

10. Cody Bellinger – Such a prototypical top 5 overall hitter for prolly the next five years that it’s kinda crazy how low you can draft him this year. I hear ya on the shoulder surgery, and I raise you — he’s a 45/20/.290 hitter in arguably the best lineup in baseball if things break right. 2021 Projections: 106/38/112/.278/12 in 551 ABs

11. Christian Yelich – Even with his dreadful previous season, I will still be shocked if he’s awful again, and it will be one of the biggest surprises of recent history, and included in that recent history of surprises is me watching The Mandalorian. Here’s my reaction after watching:  “Oh, okay.” Not sure why I thought it was going to be mind-blowing TV. Disney is paying off some of you to say nice things or nah? The Mandalorian is what you get if a Marvel movie has sex with Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. I sound so old. 2021 Projections: 104/34/102/.288/16 in 549 ABs

12. Bo Bichette – I imagine a world where Dante Bichette and Craig Biggio pulled a Fritz Peterson/Mike Kekich swap and Dante and Craig just go to Jays games and cheer for everyone, because they’re not sure who is their offspring. 2021 Projections: 102/27/81/.294/25 in 597 ABs

13. Freddie Freeman – Now, if Dante and Craig were cucked by Barry Freeman, Freddie’s father, then what is going on at Jays/Braves games? I thought Vlad Guerrero Sr. was the only free swinger. 2021 Projections: 101/32/113/.297/4 in 588 ABs

14. Bryce Harper – In the coming days (weeks?), I’ll go over how I would draft the opening round salvos, and salvo is a top five word of all-time. Curmudgeon, salvo, persnickety, and qualm might all be in the first tier. 2021 Projections: 97/35/110/.266/12 in 562 ABs

15. Manny Machado – I have nothing concrete except these boots that Joey Lucchesi made me, but why do I feel like Machado will be a top 15 pick one year, then a top 50 pick next year, then a top 15 pick again and so on forever? 2021 Projections: 97/34/104/.278/10 in 584 ABs

16. Shane Bieber – Yes, he’s ranked too late for you to draft him. Welp, surprise! I don’t want you to draft him. See my top 20 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball for whys and hows and s’s and g’s.  2021 Projections: 16-5/2.48/0.91/261 in 204 IP

17. Gerrit Cole – See what I said for Bieber and multiple it by “actually wouldn’t trust Cole.” 2021 Projections: 16-6/2.77/0.94/266 in 205 IP

18. Adalberto Mondesi – This little mini-tier from like here until Tim Anderson makes me get up in the morning. This mini-tier got me hunched over grabbing my Dunkies like it’s my junkies and I’m Ben Affleck. Take my next six round picks and give me three picks in the next six picks because Grey’s got wings like a little butterfly floating around on love. 2021 Projections: 90/17/76/.253/51 in 581 ABs

19. Luis Robert – I’m bebopping around to Josh Rouse as I write this, so you have to excuse me if I’m slightly more jovial than usual. Just spreading the Love Vibration–Welp, I type too slow and that song is over and shuffle went to Stay by Rihanna and now I’m crying why did I have to type so slow I WANT YOU TO STAY–Hey, now it’s on Jay Z and we’re Big Pimpin’! Nice! You know I thug ’em, eff ’em, love ’em, leave ’em, because I don’t effin’ need ’em! A top five lyricist to rhyme ’em with ’em. “Em” I right? In my eyes, Lou Bob is what everyone else thinks of Jay Z. 2021 Projections: 72/28/84/.271/26 in 569 ABs

20. Rafael Devers – I saw his ADP was 45-ish, and I nearly wrote a sleeper post for Rafael Devers, but I thought you guys and five girl readers would laugh at me. The guys laughing would’ve been fine, but I couldn’t handle the five girls’ laughter. 2021 Projections: 106/31/109/.284/8 in 602 ABs

21. Xander Bogaerts – If five of the six guys in this mini-tier aren’t in the top 15 next year, my name isn’t Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate). Honestly, I’m tempted to move all these guys up ten spots each. Why? Because I love wonderful. 2021 Projections: 94/32/88/.302/15 in 591 ABs

22. Eloy Jimenez – *squinting, straining brain muscles, struggling to figure out how Eloy and Freddie Freeman are that different* UPDATE: Out for year. 2021 Projections: 89/36/107/.281 in 589 ABs

23. Tim Anderson – What’s that, I’m the White Sox’s biggest fan? As I’ve said countless times, I just love good players, and don’t really care about the teams, but if y’all want to chip in and buy me a White Sox jersey, I’m a size children’s large. 2021 Projections: 109/22/66/.286/24 in 603 ABs

24. Jacob deGrom – Even I laughed a little thinking about how late I have deGrom ranked. Ya think he might be here still? Yeah? I have a bridge loan with 3% interest to lend you to buy a bridge in NoBridgesAllowed, Kansas. 2021 Projections: 16-4/2.51/0.95/244 in 193 IP

25. Yu Darvish – Here’s my Yu Darvish fantasy. It was written while on the phone with Aaron Brothers about a picture frame that wouldn’t hang straight. Don’t make me shift my house! 2021 Projections: 14-8/2.79/1.03/237 in 188 IP

26. Jose Abreu – Took a slight detour through a couple of pitchers, and right back into more bats I would die for — that’s what she said in a wet market!  2021 Projections: 102/34/114/.294/1 in 609 ABs

27. Nolan Arenado – Went over his trade to the Cards in my top 20 3rd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball. It was with much regret as I moved him out of the top 20 overall. 2021 Projections: 88/32/106/.279/1 in 592 ABs

28. Ozzie Albies – Literally the only great 2nd baseman to draft this year. Have fun! 2021 Projections: 92/29/97/.262/15 in 607 ABs

29. Pete Alonso – This is a steal this late. He had one bad month in his last eight months of MLB baseball, and if you count the 85 homers he hit in the Home Run Derby, that more than makes up for his weaksauce August this past season. 2021 Projections: 95/45/108/.249/1 in 584 ABs

30. Aaron Nola – Again, just chucking some starters in here that I wouldn’t draft. I do like Nola, though, in general. Great jazz, food, beads. 2021 Projections: 15-4/2.89/1.02/236 in 201 IP

31. Lucas Giolito – Will happily draft Giolito again in 2022 when his price comes down a little, which of course it will because he’s not a top 20 overall pick as he currently is at NFBC. 2021 Projections: 16-8/3.18/1.03/239 in 190 IP

32. Walker Buehler – Actually, I kinda love Giolito, but am out on him, due to his price, but the price tag currently on Walker Buehler is so beyond goofy. He was drafted as high as 12th overall. He’s not going to throw 160 IP. 2021 Projections: 14-5/3.07/1.00/188 in 158 IP

33. Jack Flaherty – If things play out as I plan on them playing out in my mind’s eye, which I use telepathically to make it happen as it should, I will be drafting Rafael Devers, Eloy or Tim Anderson here after taking Mondesi or Lou Bob the round before. 2021 Projections: 14-7/3.33/1.09/209 in 178 IP

34. Trevor Bauer – Gave you my Trevor Bauer update when he signed with the Dodgers in the top 20 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball. His projections changed the bare minimum as he gets the furthest from the bare minimum contract. 2021 Projections: 15-8/3.47/1.18/247 in 203 IP

35. Matt Olson – …and I will be drafting Albombso here. Okay, I kid. I like Allahson as I pray towards Mattca, but it does indirectly tell you one thing:  Rankings are simply a blueprint (hey, more Jay Z references!). Allow me to get on my soapbox. This is why Fantasy Pros rankings of rankings are so dumb. If I rank Olson the highest of any other ranker and he has the best season of his career and is a top five hitter for fantasy…Well, great. But if Pete Alonso is on the board and I’ve ranked him before Olson, I’m prolly going Alonso in most leagues, so me ranking Olson higher than others is cool, I guess, but if I have other guys ahead of him I’m drafting first, does it matter I have Olson 30 spots before anyone else? Rankings are a guide, ranking them is stupid. 2021 Projections: 88/39/102/.246/1 in 571 ABs

36. DJ LeMahieu – In my top 20 1st basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball, I talk about how it seems highly unlikely I draft LeMahieu, because I have Olson in front of him, but, as just mentioned, I have Albombso before both, so, yeah, LeMahieu seems like a long shot. Which is different than the DJ of Sure Shot. That’s DJ Hurricane. 2021 Projections: 112/20/74/.312/6 in 604 ABs

37. Marcell Ozuna – In my top 20 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball, updated my Marcell Ozuna ranking/projections. Him going to Braves was super simpatico — Supatico? ‘Sup atico? Hmm… — so nothing really changed. 2021 Projections: 94/34/109/.279/3 in 581 ABs

38. Alex Bregman – Mostly being ranked this high due to his huge year that we’re not sure was all his doing, i.e., Cheaty Cheaty Bang Bang Scandal. If we were ranking Bregman on his projections alone, he might closer to Nick Castellanos. Cust kayin’. 2021 Projections: 105/29/107/.274/5 in 567 ABs

39. Yordan Alvarez – This feels like free money this late. The utility-only thing is a drawback, but as I said at the top 5 utility hitters for 2021 fantasy baseball he was a top 25 overall guy last year, and there should be no reason why he’s discounted as much as he has been in early drafts. 2021 Projections: 91/42/108/.281 in 583 ABs

40. Kyle Lewis – Methinks I’m going to draft Kyle Lewis in a lot of leagues this year, and metalk like a leprechaun. 2021 Projections: 82/31/94/.251/13 in 567 ABs

41. George Springer – Gave you a George Springer breakdown after his signing in my Nolan Arenado fantasy.  2021 Projections: 92/32/86/.272/5 in 524 ABs

42. Michael Conforto – This is gonna be a tough little sub-tier range of players to draft from that I 100% would draft — a subprime mo’ range? Hmm, prolly best we pretend I never wrote that. *knock on door* Hello? I can’t portmanteau for 30 days? I didn’t know the portmanteau police existed. Guess you could say you’re the policemanteau. Five-teau says freeze! Am I getting fined now? What I mean by struggling to see how I can draft Conforto even if I want to is we’re moving into the area where I take my first starter. 2021 Projections: 83/32/97/.263/7 in 556 ABs

43. Charlie Blackmon – Same as Conforto, but Chazz Noir is going so much later that it actually does seem possible to draft him, just not quite on 43rd Street. That’s poker lingo for the 43rd spot in a draft.  2021 Projections: 104/28/81/.288/6 in 571 ABs

44. Yoan Moncada – You looking at all my fantasy teams this year, “Apparently, you’re fine with drafting eight of nine guys in one lineup.” Yup, now watch the only good White Sox player is Adam Eaton. 2021 Projections: 88/28/96/.241/10 in 564 ABs

45. Max Scherzer – And now we’re drafting starters! As a reasonable person would. Don’t go drafting five starters in the next six picks. Also, I could see Scherzer’s price moving up the deeper we go into preseason when people start adding up that very few starters are throwing more than 150 IP this year. 2021 Projections: 12-6/3.47/1.12/237 in 174 IP

46. Anthony Rendon – If I’m being honest with you, or wit’ y’all if we’re being honest and casual with each other, I just looked at what I projected Rendon for and it feels a bit low. You might be thinking, they’re your projections, homey, just boost the numbers, but I’m going on the assumption an earlier model, Grey 1.0, knew what he was doing. 2021 Projections: 94/26/103/.294/2 in 551 ABs

47. Luis Castillo – We haven’t quite got to the point where I’m drafting starters, and they’re available to draft in most leagues. 2021 Projections: 12-9/3.37/1.15/227 in 186 IP

48. Brandon Woodruff – I’m doing these rankings, as always, in a bubble. Could someone get me out of here? The echoing is driving me crazy. Because I’m in said bubble I don’t know how others are ranking players. My guess is ESPN and Yahoo will be lower on Woodruff than this point, so in your average family and friends leagues, you should be able to draft him here.  2021 Projections: 11-5/3.12/1.01/189 in 154 IP

49. Javier Baez – I looked at his 75-ish ADP and his projections, and I can’t imagine not drafting Baez in at least a handful of leagues. This feels like one of those scenarios where people are going to look back after the 2021 season and be like, “Why did we pay so much attention to that stupid 2020 season and not draft Baez sooner?”  2021 Projections: 86/33/97/.271/12 in 597 ABs

50. Dansby Swanson – Woohoo! Halfway point and only 4500 words in. This might be a 10,000 word post. Yes, I’ve started typing with my nope–Damn, stupid nose making typos. 2021 Projections: 79/25/84/.258/12 in 577 ABs

51. Corey Seager – Good way to see if I’m actually drafting someone is if they’re going much later than their ADP, and right after someone else who is going later. There’s absolutely not a chance I draft Seager this year. It’s impossible. 2021 Projections: 92/24/86/.296/3 in 595 ABs

52. Nick Castellanos – The Greek God of Hard Contact is coming for all your mustachioed mothers, and, when he’s done with them, he’s going to put up numbers you think you’re getting from, say, Anthony Rendon or, okay, this might be a reach, but look at his projections vs. Jose Abreu. Yes, Abreu’s are better, but by that much? 2021 Projections: 89/31/92/.277/3 in 594 ABs

53. Kyle Tucker – Walking around with my giant hedge clippers, I’m trimming them up real cute with this ranking. Sure, Tucker’s great, I guess, I don’t know, but he’s buried in my rankings. I just don’t see the “Tucker will be a top 20 overall pick in 2022 after a fantastic 2021,” like some must be seeing. 2021 Projections: 86/23/83/.248/17 in 541 ABs

54. Randy Arozarena – Here’s my Randy Arozarena fantasy. It was written three months and one kidnapping ago, but I think it still remains true, i.e., I don’t believe MLB is going to discipline him. 2021 Projections: 73/22/78/.286/17 in 517 ABs

55. Whit Merrifield – Just had a funny thought, I’m going to predict the end of Merrifield’s productivity every year, and every year he’s going to be productive, until the end of time. Funny thoughts aren’t always haha funny. 2021 Projections: 102/12/62/.284/22 in 613 ABs

56. Keston Hiura – Just realized what I had here, from Tucker until Hiura, four guys who I am almost entirely unsure about and unlikely to draft. They’re all accidentally in a tier of players exactly where I’ll be drafting my first starter. Accidentally in a Tier is also my favorite Counting Crows song. 2021 Projections: 84/34/103/.241/10 in 581 ABs

57. Hyun-Jin Ryu – For whatever reason, I apparently trust inconceivably productive runs from my starters and not hitters. I’m referring mostly to how I feel about Merrifield vs. Ryu. 2021 Projections: 13-6/2.81/1.06/181 in 184 IP

58. Ketel Marte – I did write a Ketel Marte sleeper, but didn’t publish it, because time ran out, and I really wanted to make sure I posted all my starter sleepers (and still didn’t), but in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2021 fantasy baseball I posted the Marte sleeper. Go there and bask in my love. 2021 Projections: 94/23/81/.301/6 in 588 ABs

59. Starling Marte – This, folx, is a Marte party! 2021 Projections: 85/16/69/.277/24 in 547 ABs

60. Trent Grisham – Can’t believe how high I ranked Grisham, and how I’m nowhere as high as some people are drafting him. The ‘some’ modifier covers me for when ESPN and Yahoo rank him around 175 overall, and I’m like, “Yeah, I guess draft him.” 2021 Projections: 83/22/72/.247/25 in 542 ABs

61. Matt Chapman – I realize I’m the very high man on Chapman, and have forgotten to take two and pass. Here’s my recommendation for him and others who I’ve ranked way higher than their ADP:  Put him in your queue, then draft him a round or two before he’s supposed to go vs. drafting him four-plus rounds early. Look at that, real actionable advice! 2021 Projections: 91/36/93/.239/1 in 574 ABs

62. Blake Snell – Here’s my Blake Snell fantasy from his trade. I wrote it while I tried to watch Schitt’s Creek, and quickly realized no one has ever actually watched it. Someone’s best friend told them they have to watch, then that person did that to someone, and so on. It’s not good, it’s just a very long chainmail-type prank. 2021 Projections: 13-6/3.12/1.18/187 in 153 IP

63. Kenta Maeda – You know what is legitimately funny to me (and possibly only me). I told everyone to draft Maeda last year, then he went and had a great 2020, and now everyone is saying how great Maeda is. Yeah, but here’s the thing:  it’s not great advice if you’re telling people after the fact. 2021 Projections: 12-7/3.41/1.14/178 in 162 IP

64. Lance Lynn – Samesies as Maeda. If you’re trying to break into fantasy ‘perting, here’s a tip:  Tell people who to draft before they’re good, not after. 2021 Projections: 15-8/3.61/1.11/212 in 204 IP

65. Brandon Lowe – Have I factored in how good Lowe’s gonna be this year because he doesn’t have to look at the back of Nate Lowe’s jersey and think, “Man, I suck?” Of course, that’s factored in!  2021 Projections: 77/29/83/.258/6 in 518 ABs

66. Luke Voit – From this point to about Biggio, this is one of the few areas, outside the top five overall, that I feel pretty attuned to the general consensus on these guys. Voit seems like a safe bet for 30+ homers, but last year did seem like an extreme Whoaburger, and maybe he could do that again. That’s the consensus, in my mind, at least. I have not consulted anyone about it. UPDATE: Check top 500 for his updated rank and projections. 2021 Projections: 94/33/104/.268 in 569 ABs

67. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Kinda like the exact opposite of Voit, while I also think I’m on the same page as everyone. Vlad, the Mini Impala, is capable of great things, but are we going to see it in the landmark case of sooner vs. later? 2021 Projections: 86/24/94/.292/3 in 584 ABs

68. Cavan Biggio – 20/20/.240/big upside/maybe some down side. That’s Cavan, and what everyone thinks of him. Again, without actually consulting anyone. 2021 Projections: 93/19/71/.241/19 in 564 ABs

69. Clayton Kershaw – Gonna do some research on this cat and get back to you. First time coming across his name. 2021 Projections: 12-5/2.94/1.02/169 in 159 IP

70. Josh Hader – The only normal part of this offseason was the Brewers deciding to trade Hader, then not trading him. Also, I’m not drafting a closer this early, if you didn’t know, welcome to the site! Google: SAGNOF. 2021 Projections: 3-4/2.54/0.91/129, 36 saves in 76 IP

71. Sonny Gray – Grey multiplied by Gray equals Gris. That’s how the Spanish language evolved. In this Ted Talk I will show–Sorry, what? So, Gray, him not me, is the opposite of Maeda and Lynn (I think; I can’t be sure what others are thinking because I’m not in their mind), that people are still kinda whatever on him, when I see a totally fine number one starter, if you punted starters a little. This is the last call for a number one starter, though. You had two rounds to draft one, from roughly 45th overall to here. 2021 Projections: 13-9/3.71/1.16/192 in 172 IP

72. Eugenio Suarez – Is it me, or did someone go through all my rankings and put guys on the same team together? Hmm, I need an investigative team on this like that talking dog and his pals. 2021 Projections: 83/36/93/.238/4 in 563 ABs

73. Max Muncy – One thing you might notice, because I’m noticing it and I’m the last one to notice anything, I don’t really care about batting average. Not going down that well of rabbits too far because I’ve been there before, and those rabbits are propagating like crazy, but batting average is super fickle. Just thought of something: Why doesn’t someone make non-horny rabbits? 2021 Projections: 88/34/94/.246/3 in 531 ABs

74. Dinelson Lamet – You couldn’t pay me enough money to draft Lamet, so prolly should’ve ranked him way later than this, but as I keep saying, get out of your head by just looking at rankings numbers, and think about the story I’m trying to tell. If I’m saying not to draft someone, don’t draft them. Who cares about the ranking…Continued in the next blurb. 2021 Projections: 6-8/3.88/1.22/149 in 129 IP

75. Max Fried – I’m teaching you how to fish here, not throwing you salmon from the seafood counter while people cheer. If I say don’t draft them. Just don’t draft them. Don’t worry, I don’t take victory laps midseason like, “I told you Lamet was a steal at 75-ish overall.” I know who I like and dislike and own up to it. This isn’t a rankings contest against me and the “pros” at Fantasy Pros. It’s 100% useless to see someone ranked one guy at 68th overall and another guy at 75th overall. It means nothing. Don’t you have categories in your league? How does anyone tell you to draft one guy vs. another without knowing how you’re building your team? You’re trying to get certain goals in certain categories. You’re not trying to draft names. You’re drafting stats. Continued in next blurb. 2021 Projections: 14-7/3.64/1.22/164 in 171 IP

76. Tyler Glasnow – Holy crap this diatribe is going on too long and I need to stop here. 2021 Projections: 10-7/3.92/1.22/164 in 133 IP

77. Aaron Judge – I hear he’s in the best shape of his life, which means he’s only nursing four injuries while doing core exercises on his abdomen. Laughing to myself like a loon, thinking about Aaron Judge getting out of bed in the morning, feeling healthy, and injuring himself on the way to the bathroom. 2021 Projections: 79/29/71/.253/3 in 444 ABs

78. Austin Meadows –  Something tells me Meadows will be worth drafting again in his career, but I’m one-thousand percent waiting to see that season before going near him. 2021 Projections: 71/22/54/.257/10 in 411 ABs

79. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – Rank based on projections vs. names, and do the best you can with the projections. Then you can add the name back in afterwards. Take away Lourdes’s name and look at his projections and you’re like, “Looks like a down year for counting stats, but a passable year from Jose Abreu with a few more steals.” Then add Gurriel’s name back in and you’re like, “Okay, there’s some risk because of a lack of track record so will dock him some, but have to trust the projections at least 85% here,” then rank him. Now you draft Lourdes. 2021 Projections: 88/30/101/.276/8 in 579 ABs

80. Marcus Semien – After I posted the top 20 shortstops for 2021 fantasy baseball, Marcus Semien signed with the Jays. I have since updated that shortstop rankings, so go there, and read that. 2021 Projections: 88/26/71/.249/12 in 573 ABs

81. Dylan Moore – Already gave you my Dylan Moore sleeper. It was a bright spot in an otherwise beautiful Grey portrait. 2021 Projections: 85/21/62/.262/17 in 567 ABs

82. Gleyber Torres – Went over in the top 20 shortstops for 2021 fantasy baseball about how I don’t know what to expect from Gleyber, and it’s not accidental that he’s ranked lower than his ADP and in an area where I’m drafting my 2nd starter. 2021 Projections: 83/25/90/.272/5 in 556 ABs

83. Aroldis Chapman – SAGNOF, Part II: The Googling of SAGNOF Continues. 2021 Projections: 4-1/2.66/1.02/102, 36 saves in 58 IP

84. Edwin Diaz – SAGNOF, Part III: Fast & Furiouser Googling. 2021 Projections: 8-4/2.82/1.16/108, 32 saves in 63 IP

85. Zac Gallen – You know what I’ve figured out about “smart” fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term — though, mom never called them smart), they look at the NFBC ADP and think to themselves, “Smart money is drafting two top starters early.” There’s so many problems with this, but the biggest problem with this that jumps out at me is NFBC is super specific type leagues, and the ADP (at least early ADP) is based on leagues with no waivers. Any hoo! I see Gallen going around 30th overall there, but I’d be shocked if he’s not going later in Yahoo or ESPN leagues, similar to Woodruff. UPDATE: Getting a 2nd opinion on his forearm, and I wouldn’t draft him until we hear more. Likely will be out for the year, and removed from the rankings. 2021 Projections: 8-5/3.07/1.14/132 in 118 IP

86. J.T. Realmuto – I just chucked Jerry Tomato in here. Honestly, didn’t really care where I ranked him. If you’re reading this, and think I’d draft Realmuto anywhere, how did you start at this post and not read any of my other 2021 fantasy baseball rankings? Did you just helicopter into this random post from a link somewhere on Reddit or something? 2021 Projections: 87/24/81/.272/8 in 524 ABs

87. Dylan Bundy – See what I said on Carrasco or my top 40 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball, and how I wanted to write a sleeper on Bundy, but he just felt ‘so known.’ 2021 Projections: 13-8/3.43/1.06/187 in 178 IP

88. Zach Plesac – When I say I won’t own a guy who I like it mostly has to do with where a guy will be drafted, and while I have a framed diploma from the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston on my wall, and am super smart while not being able to spell genius without autocorrect, I don’t 100% know if a guy will be available. I hope Plesac is available, but there’s a lot of indications that’s a dream wrapped in a desire that won’t happen. 2021 Projections: 10-7/3.42/1.01/152 in 162 IP

89. Jose Berrios – Might be the most realistic number two starter I can draft in this area, which means I could own Berrios on a lot of teams this year. Pain:  Incoming. 2021 Projections: 13-7/3.76/1.19/196 in 191 IP

90. Jesus Luzardo – Reaching a tad on Luzardo because he has that upside that we all want. As the Bible says, “Thou shalt covet thy neighbor’s Jesus.” 2021 Projections: 10-6/3.24/1.21/137 in 135 IP

91. Paul Goldschmidt – Was surprised a bit by how high I ended up ranking Au Shizz in the overall scheme — Au Scheme? If he hits his projections, hard to argue with this ranking. Maybe I need to look at his projections and reevaluate? *crybaby face* But I don’t wanna! 2021 Projections: 91/29/96/.271/2 in 571 ABs

92. Nelson Cruz – When he re-signed, I updated my top 5 utility hitters post. By the way, when a trade or signing happens, I update my blurb on players — for unstints, Franchy Cordero was just updated in the top 80 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball. 2021 Projections: 70/33/89/.273 in 502 ABs

93. Ramon Laureano – Already gave you my Ramon Laureano sleeper. It was written while running so fast its iPhone thought it was driving. 2021 Projections: 83/25/68/.266/13 in 537 ABs

94. Eric Hosmer – Already gave you my Eric Hosmer sleeper. It had a few screws loose, but some many other tight screws it wasn’t hard to pinpoint the loose ones. 2021 Projections: 83/29/94/.283/8 in 591 ABs

95. Franmil Reyes – Guess what? Already gave you my Franmil Reyes sleeper. Can I have twelve picks in, say, the 8th round? 2021 Projections: 84/40/96/.267 in 572 ABs

96. Anthony Rizzo – Yes, I considered an Anthony Rizzo sleeper. There’s just so many players this year being discounted who have a track record saying one thing but they’re not being drafted properly because of that stupid 2020 season. There is a lot of bad drafting happening this year. 2021 Projections: 86/29/89/.267/5 in 541 ABs

97. Mike Moustakas – Moistasskiss is yet another unfairly maligned vet that started from around Au Shizz. If you just found us by googling, “Au Shizz from a Moistasskiss.” Welcome, we won’t judge you! 2021 Projections: 73/32/87/.236/3 in 537 ABs

98. Liam Hendriks –  Could a closer land in a better spot? No. Will I be drafting him? Also no. I’m the No Man, coo-coo-ka-choo. No relation to Shin-Soo. 2021 Projections: 4-2/2.43/1.01/99, 35 saves in 70 IP

99. Anthony Santander – Already gave you my Anthony Santander sleeper. One word here about all these late top 100 sleepers. There’s more this year than previous years. I’m trying something. I gave you some late ones too — hello, Franchy Cordero sleeper — but, with some of these early ones, I’m ranking them more on their projections vs. their possibility. Usually I discount their names more. See what I said for Lourdes Gurriel for more on names vs. projections. 2021 Projections: 82/32/93/.271/2 in 567 ABs

100. Teoscar Hernandez – I saw some people recently talking about Teoscar being better than Conforto and Castellanos, and how Teoscar should be ranked higher. Their stats are nearly identical with Teoscar having a batting average of ~40 less points. Honestly, not sure why Teoscar is better. I mean, he COULD be (caps for emphasis, not aesthetics), but Teoscar is just better? I don’t see it, and this is coming from someone who likes Teoscar. He is being overdrafted from what I’ve seen. 2021 Projections: 78/30/91/.237/7 in 541 ABs

101. Alex Verdugo – I thought I was ranking him high, so I looked at the Player Rater for last year, and he ended the year ranked 103rd overall, and he has upside.  2021 Projections: 103/19/59/.304/7 in 568 ABs

102. Wil Myers – At I said in the top 40 outfielders for 2021 fantasy baseball, I’m not overestimating a 60-game season, Wil Myers was better, and that’s my story and I’m stick–Oh no, don’t tell me I ran out of bananas to feed the monkeys typing this up. Guess we have to end this. 2021 Projections: 72/23/82/.277/6 in 558 ABs