Welcome, prematurely balding men and five women who are married to prematurely balding men and decided if you can’t beat them, join them!  Make yourself comfortable, this is gonna be a long post.  Here, enjoy some coffee.  Oops, you just drank rat poison.  Don’t worry, it can’t be worse than owning Matt Harvey in the 1st half.  Oh, you owned him and that’s why you drank the poison!  Now, I’m following!   Hey, I’m supposed to be leading!  Before we get into the top 100 for the 2nd half of 2017 fantasy baseball, let’s just be glad our 18-year-old selves can’t see us now, we’d get beat up!  But our twelve-year-old selves would think we’re the coolest!  So, as with all of the other 2017 fantasy baseball rankings, take this list with a grain of salt.  If you need a 2nd baseman, but an outfielder is above him that doesn’t mean you can’t trade that outfielder for that 2nd baseman.  Also, things change in fantasy baseball.  Daily.  I could put Bryce Harper number two on the top 100 list for the second half of 2017 and he could pull a–Well, we won’t even mention an injury with Bryce.  Why soil a good thing, ya know?  This list is a road map for where I think guys are valued.  It’s not the Holy Grail in the Church of Grey, that would be my mustache.  This list is NOT (caps for emphasis, not aesthetics) where I see guys ending up if you were to take their first half and combine it with the 2nd half. This is simply a list of the top hundred fantasy baseball players if you were to pick them up today.  So while Mike Trout did not have the greatest first half, he will appear on this list because, well, Mike Trout.  The projections are not their combined 1st half and 2nd half numbers; these are their projections for the 2nd half of 2017.  I also liberally used our rest of the season Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  That’s right, we have a Player Rater that tells you what players will do.  It’s like that camera from The Twilight Zone.  Welcome to the future!  Anyway, here’s the top 100 for fantasy baseball for the 2nd half of 2017:

1. Mike Trout – A couple of things we know for certain, Al Gore is eating a lot to curb food waste, Alanis lost major cred with the AHP (Armpit Hair Posse) when it was revealed her angst was over Dave Coulier and Trout is the best hitter in baseball if he’s healthy.  He is due back right after the break.  Projections:  44/17/48/.318/12

2. Bryce Harper – Assuming Joe Maddon doesn’t bat Harper leadoff in the All-Star Game and he’s hit on the wrist by Jason Vargas and, my God, man, why am I jinxing him again?!  Projections:  49/18/51/.286/7

3. Paul Goldschmidt – This feels like the locked in top three from now until Bryce has another terrible year, right?  I mean, people were trying to fight Au Shizz being a top three player in the preseason, but I wasn’t (had him number two).  Now, it’s pretty obvious to the rest of youse how valuable Au Shizz is (kinda stutterer!).  He’s not just near the top of the Player Rater, he’s almost twenty dollars more valuable than the tenth best player.  Projections:  47/14/54/.308/11

4. Max Scherzer – My 2nd half rankings depart from my 1st half rankings in one major way, I give more credence to top pitchers.  A few reasons A) Pitchers get hurt and are risky, but, at this point in the season, we know which pitchers are healthy and pitching well.  B) A top pitcher can make a huge difference still, whereas an upside flyer on a pitcher isn’t as valuable, i.e., if your ratios need help, a trade flyer on someone like Jameson Taillon is only going to get you so far, whereas Scherzer can make a difference in the final months.  C)  There’s no C.  Projections:  10-2/2.22/0.88/131

5. Clayton Kershaw – See what I said a half an inch above, or five inches above if you’re talking to a girl.  Projections:  11-2/2.34/0.90/120

6. Mookie Betts – On our Rest of the Season Player Rater, Mookie Ballgame is number one, and, as a cave woman once told a caveman, sometimes you gotta be less tool and rely more on tools.  Projections:  55/12/49/.303/15

7. Nolan Arenado –  I’m just going to put down the match-worn, fraying Jesse “The Body” Ventura feather boa I bought off eBay for $2,000 by this open window and–NOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!  Projections: 49/17/53/.294/1

8. Aaron Judge –  *shrugs*  No idea.  He could be the best player of the 2nd half, or, if absolutely everything we know about hitter’s peripherals holds true, he hits 17 HRs and .260.  At this point, I’d put five dollars on both outcomes and be happy getting back ten dollars minus the vig.  Projections: 43/19/50/.272/3

9. Manny Machado –  When you see this, bells should go off in your brain.  No, it’s not feeding time.  Machado is the biggest buy of the 2nd half.  He is the exact opposite of Judge.  If everything we know about peripherals holds, Machado will hit 18 homers and .330 in the 2nd half.  If they don’t, he will continue to scuffle to hit .220 and he won’t hit the broad side of the barn even after throwing his bat at an opposing player who is standing in front of a barn.  Projections:  48/18/49/.288/3

10. Kris Bryant –  If I were ranking for purely anecdotal reasons, I’d sandbag all Cubs, because they feel like they’re dealing with a season-long hangover from last year, and just write off Bryant, Rizzo, et al (not the Israeli airline).  However (Grey’s got some positive news!), Wrigley in the summer is like playing on the moon with an aluminum bat if there was humidity on the moon.  Projections:  50/17/52/.281/5

11. Anthony Rizzo –  How Sunny Delight are baseballs this year?  Rizzo looks headed for 35+ homers this year, an easy career high, and he might only be the tenth best 1st baseman this year for fantasy.  Projections: 43/17/49/.272/4

12. Chris Sale –  If you’re wondering to yourself why Sale is so far behind Scherzer and Kershaw, you’re splitting hairs, or spitting hairs if a cat is reading.  Projections: 9-3/2.54/0.93/122

13. Joey Votto –  Vottomatic, that’s what comes up when you search Votto’s nickname.  No one, I mean no one, calls him this.  No effin’ way.  Vottomatic?  Yeah, that rolls off the tongue.  More like it rolls my eyes.  How about Joey the Vottomator with Vottotron 3030 from the concept album, OBP: Vottofuturist and William Shat-on-her in 2 Girls, 1 Pimp?  Projections: 48/16/47/.327/2

14. Carlos Correa –  I promise this is the last projections where I give Correa steals if he doesn’t even attempt a steal in the 2nd half.  Serious question:  has anyone who stole 20 or more bases in the minors in one season ever not attempted a steal in a major league season when they’re under the age of 23?  I’m gonna go out on a very sturdy limb and say no.  Projections:  45/16/46/.303/4

15. Corey Kluber – I just gave you my Corey Kluber fantasy.  It was written on a frisbee then thrown into a golden retriever’s mouth.  Projections:  9-3/2.89/0.98/111

16. Giancarlo Stanton – *turns to the mirror* Excuse me, charisma, vodka with a spritzer?  *turns to Giancarlo Fathead wall mount, blushes*  Oh, hi, I didn’t know you were awake.  Thanks for staying healthy all 1st half.  Just one more half, boo bear.  Now let’s make you presentable.  *combs wig that’s glued to Giancarlo’s wall mount head*  Projections:  43/19/50/.271/2

17. Charlie Blackmon –  A splash of Chazz Noir has been catnip for fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!).  More so than even the sweet smell of Dorito-orange on your fingers.  Projections:  54/12/40/.308/10

18. Jose Altuve –  Some of these 2nd half rankings will be indicative of next year’s preseason rankings, and some won’t.  This feels like one of those that will be indicative.  The Astros have really put the brakes on their hitters on the basepaths and Altuve’s strikeouts are up and, let’s be honest, a five-foot-zero guy is not likely to hit a ton of homers.  I’m likely underappreciating his batting average, but a 10/15 half guy (hehe) just doesn’t Run the Jewels fast.  Projections:  44/10/42/.319/15

19. George Springer – Pretty much the same boat as Correa, which is a slow boat to seven steals in the South China Sea.  By the by, how about the Astros’ offense?  More like the 1927 Astros.  Projections: 55/15/40/.266/3

20. Daniel Murphy –  Truism about me, I dig my heels in and don’t like to admit defeat until the last possible moment, but Murphy has beat me.  As a wise, punny man once said, “You can’t dig in your heels if you’ve been defeated.”  Projections:  47/13/48/.318/2

21. Jose Abreu –  In the preseason, I was very concerned because I was drafting Abreu everywhere when I didn’t get a 1st baseman in the first few rounds.  Goes to show you, luck plays such a huge factor in this shizz.  If I was in position to draft Freeman in all leagues, I would’ve in a second.  Though, to be honest, if you drafted Freeman and got great stats from him for six weeks then grabbed someone like Smoak or Morrison, you’re doing okay.  Projections:  44/15/46/.291

22. Jean Segura –  Doesn’t Jean Segura sound like an actress from the 50’s?  You can picture him with a B&W picture with the edges of his face blurred, right?  No?  Hmm, maybe it’s me.  Personally, I loved Jean Segura in The Thin Man!  Still no?  Okay, I’ll move on.  Projections:  46/10/30/.302/15

23. Brian Dozier –  Nothing about this ranking makes sense, except that he hit 500 homers in the 2nd half of last year, so it’s a gamble on a guy that could the most valuable player of the 2nd half again.  Projections: 40/16/42/.250/7

24. Dee Gordon –  Either as valuable as a top ten hitter, or less valuable than anyone on this top 100.  Don’t scrunch up your nose, I’ll explain.  If you need steals and they could move you up a few points in the standings, then Gordon can be as valuable as Bryant, but if you don’t need steals in your league, Gordon’s basically runs and average, which you can get for a tenth of the price.  Projections:  45/1/17/.291/28

25. Cody Bellinger –  While writing this post (obvi), I ranked Bellinger as high as nine overall to as low as 70.  I have no idea what to do with him.  He could easily hit 10+ homers each month for the rest of the year, or he could go 0-for-55 and get platooned.  No matter what happens, if his ROS projections hold he’s going to finish his rookie year with 38-41 HRs and 10 steals.  Yeah, he’s gonna be at worst a 3rd rounder next year barring something Doyer loco.  Projections:  38/15/44/.251/5

26. Freddie Freeman – Halp and I discuss the entire top 100 in the latest podcast, but on last week’s fantasy baseball podcast (SEO, snitches!) we discussed some of my thoughts on Freeman’s return.  His injury looks mended, but I’m being a tad cautious with my ranking.  Projections:  41/15/42/.293/4

27. Francisco Lindor –  Everyone in the preseason, “Yo, middle infielder is deep AF, and I’m not misspelling an acronym for astrophysicist, ya feel me?”  Now, “Well, not so much.”  Projections:  44/13/31/.288/7

28. Robinson Cano –  This guy is in that “totally boring, but productive” phase of his career.  Give him a year and it will just be boring.  Projections:  37/14/43/.283/1

29. J.D. Martinez – This post is already long and we’re barely 30% through, so I’m gonna just say Just Dong, and ’bout to call your ass an Uber, I got somewhere to be.  Projections: 39/15/40/.291/1

30. Billy Hamilton – Same dealzzyoh as Gordon.  Projections:  47/1/20/.249/30

31. Stephen Strasburg –  Pitching about the same as he has for the last two years.  Not a potential 2.75 ERA pitcher, but likely a 3.50 ERA one.  The Ks, though, they’re still there, and are real and beautiful.  Projections:  9-2/3.35/1.10/105

32. Yu Darvish – I almost ranked John Lackey here, then I punched myself real good in the face, called myself a horse-toothed jackass, and got back to real rankings and not alternative rankings that are just meant to incite violence in myself.  As I would say in the preseason, there’s a tier difference between Strasburg and Darvish and the guys above them.  Darvish and Strasburg could strike out 10 guys per nine, but they might also have only a 3.50 ERA.  Not bad in today’s day and age, but not as good as the SPs above them.  Projections: 8-3/3.41/1.12/108

33. Jacob deGrom – Okay, fine, put deGrom in with Strasburg and Darvish, but I may never trust Mets pitchers, and not just their relievers with women in my life.  Projections: 7-4/3.45/1.17/104

34. Rougned Odor –  ZiPS projections have Odor’s 2nd half stats at 40/14/40/.257/6.  Yes, we use Steamer here, but I’m trying to be as objective as possible.  Or AP as millennials abbreviate it.  So look at ZiPs’ projections for him and mine for Cano.  That wildly different?  I was too aggressive with Odor in the preseason, I’ll admit that, but if he were hitting .255, which is his career average, and on pace for 33/18, we’d be complaining about him at all?  By the way, look at this tweet. There’s a lot to enjoy there, but someone commented that they weren’t wrong except for the home run part. That was their entire hot take, “the home run part.”  Projections: 36/15/41/.246/8

35. Aroldis Chapman –  Exact same deal as Scherzer, except saves instead of a starter, which, I guess, isn’t the same deal, but close enough.  Meaning, I don’t ever go for a top closer in the preseason, but, if I need saves now, I’ll pay the price in a trade and try to change my fantasy fortunes.  By the way, I pronounce fortune:  four-tune.  I’m snobby, so?  Call me Grey Gatsby.  Projections: 1-1/1.86/0.96/51, 27 saves

36. Craig Kimbrel –  See 1/18th of an inch above or four inches if a girl is reading.  Projections: 2-0/2.07/0.90/44, 26 saves

37. Kenley Jansen – See 2/9ths…Ugh, my ignorance with fractions — fractiorance? (So bad!) — is shining through, isn’t it?  Projections: 2-1/2.17/0.71/43, 23 saves

38. Nelson Cruz – There’s maybe six guys that can hit 25 homers in the 2nd half.  So, as many guys that Antonio Alfonseca can count on one hand.  Cruz is one of those guys.  For those who are counting on Alfonseca’s hand, Cruz is the 2nd pinkie.  Projections:  38/17/43/.276/1

39. Jose Ramirez – As mentioned (I think; I’m writing a lot here), not a lot of rankings here are necessarily indicative of next year, but Ramirez feels like a guy that is going to take a huge jump from this preseason to the next.  One year of his success may have been a fluke; two years, and he’s not doing it for the halibut.   Projections:  45/11/36/.306/10

40. Wil Myers – If he has a 12/11 2nd half, he’s going to have a 28/20 season.  More than respectable on the year.  In the big picture, Myers has some serious causes for concern.  His Ks are so jacked; fly balls are up (literally), ground balls are down (not literally) and he’s chasing outside the strike zone like he’s Rob Deer with cataracts.  Hate to be pessimistic about a 27-year-old, but Myers’ next year could be scary if he doesn’t make changes in the 2nd half.  Projections:  35/12/37/.247/8

41. Anthony Rendon – Not only was Rendon ranked around here in the preseason (for me), but I don’t see him being ranked much higher or lower than here as long as he stays healthy.  He’s a solid middle of the order, middle of a top 100-type player.  Projections:  36/11/39/.303/4

42. Miguel Sano – Could be Alfonseca’s 2nd index finger, but could also hit .215 in the 2nd half.  Projections:  34/16/39/.232/

43. Corey Seager – People off that Corey Seager bandwagon yet and see what I saw in the preseason about him only giving average and occasional power or y’all still lining up?  Projections:  41/11/32/.281/2

44. Elvis Andrus – ‘Member when we all thought Andrus and Alcides were the same player?  We were younger then, and you had more hair!  Projections:  45/6/30/.295/15

45. Adam Duvall – He shells pitchers, so how is his nickname not Shelling Duvall?  I guess that puts the oy in Oyl.  Projections:  38/15/41/.261/3

46. Khris Davis – Alfonseca’s third thumb.  Projections:  36/17/44/.244/2

47. Jake Lamb – I’ve done this long enough to know how shizz is gonna play out.  Here’s how Lamb will play out for 2018:  I’ll rank him in the top 50 overall, and ESPN will rank him around 100, and I’ll be like, “That’s ludicrous,” and Lamb will have a top three 3rd baseman season and everyone will be like, “Grey, your handsomeness is only surpassed by your prescience, and I have no idea what prescience is.”  Here’s the thing, Lamb is a top five 3rd baseman this year.  I have no idea why ESPN will not rank him properly next year and opting for Beltre instead.  It’s what they do.  Projections:  38/13/40/.272/4

48. Marcell Ozuna – Here’s what’s likely going to happen, OZUNA will finish with 35 homers (only 12 more), and you’ll be so happy at the end of the year, but next year, you’re gonna be like, “Grey, handsome face, Fantasy Master Lothario, Snoopy when disguised as Joe Cool, you worried about OZUNA’s 2nd half?”  Projections:  34/12/37/.277/1

49. Zack Greinke – At 33 years old, Greinke’s having his best season of his career on a strictly peripheral basis.  His perfs (do they call them that?  Who is they?  If you replace the W of where, what and when with a T, it answers your question, but what about who?!  Any hoo!) are gorge.  Projections:  7-3/3.29/1.05/92

50. Carlos Martinez – This is weird (not weird).  Starters have been such a shizz show this year that C-Mart hasn’t even been that impressive and he’s easily been a top fifteen starter, and really only lagging in wins.  Projections: 5-3/3.04/1.10/90

51. Carlos Carrasco – Maybe if we all collectively think about how we’ll never get better than a 3.35 ERA season from Carrasco, we’ll get him to have a 2.75 ERA in the 2nd half.  Okay, which one of you is thinking 3.40 ERA?  You’re messing us up!  Projections:  6-4/3.35/1.04/89

52. Chris Archer – Once you remove the Fulmers and Ervins of the world, who I don’t trust, Archer’s right there in the top 15 starters once again.  My professional opinion:  pitching sucks, yo.  Projections:  5-4/3.52/1.19/99

53. Edwin Encarnacion – Here’s what I said the other day, “Not sure if this is a sell high, sell low or just sell.  Maybe that’s the problem.  Edwin has 18 HRs as he hits around .265.  Pretty much what I’d expect for the 2nd half too.  Project him for, say, 16 HRs, .260.  Not terrible, but I think his name value brings a lot more than his actual value.  16 HRs, .260?  That sounds like Logan Morrison’s floor.  Travis Shaw could hit 16 HRs and .260 and not even break a sweat or a sweet if he’s chewing on hard candies.  Mike Moistasskiss hits 16 homers and .260 if he has a bad 2nd half.  Corner men with 16-homer power in a half are in abundance like men in rompers with man buns.  I wouldn’t sell Edwin to be in a reenactment on Forensic Files, but I would explore options.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Projections: 36/16/42/.259

54. Yoenis Cespedes – The good news is Yoenis might come at a discounted rate next year.  The bad news, it will be because he’s been dreadfully yawnstipating so far.  He’s capable of a top 20 overall half, but I’ll be damned if he’s shown any signs.  Projections:  30/11/35/.277/3

55. Dallas Keuchel – He would’ve been top four for (stutterer!) starters in the 2nd half if he weren’t going to miss likely two to (hummana-hummana you) three starts.  I get the sense the Astros are like, “Yo, we got this, no rush, Keetchell..How do you say your name again?” Projections:  6-2/2.65/1.01/71

56. A.J. Pollock – How many Pollocks does it take to hit a home run?  One to hit the ball, and 18 million to carry the stadium towards the batter so the wall moves in.  Projections:  34/6/20/.281/12

57. Josh Donaldson – Well, this is why I was steering away from him in the preseason and why all my backdated concerns about him appear to be not quite as crazy.  What a hideous 1st half he had, and, at 31 years old, I think we’ve seen the last of 1st round Donaldson.  Projections:  36/12/40/.268/2

58. Ryan Braun –  He said of his 2nd half prospects, “I would be healthy, but why bother?”  Damn, nihilist R.B.’s bumming me out.  Projections: 35/12/34/.281/5

59. Lance McCullers – I have concerns.  Okay, first, let me say, for the three fantasy baseballers who don’t know, I love McCullers.  Goes without saying.  The concerns are he could be shut down in September as the Astros clinch their playoff spot.  Other concern is his last start was less than ideal.  Finally, after 40 more innings, we’ll be in uncharted territory for MLB innings in a season.  Projections: 5-2/2.97/1.12/70

60. Luis Severino – Okay, so this is a tier of starters we got here that can best be described as:  Uncharted Territory.   UT, hook ’em long shots.  Projections: 5-3/3.41/1.14/81

61. Robbie Ray – Same boat as McCullers and Severino.  That boat is like a Lamborghini on the water.  Not a high-priced boat, or a boat made by Lamborghini, but an actual Lamborghini you drive into the water and that 15 seconds when you are the bad-assiest person in the entire world, then, when it sinks, you have the sexiest anchor.  Projections: 6-2/3.44/1.24/96

62. Alex Wood – You need alligator blood to trade for Wood.  More so than you might even realize.  Yes, he has a 1.67 ERA in 80 2/3 IP, but he threw only 60 1/3 IP last year, and the Dodgers have 17 starters in their rotation.  Projections:  6-2/2.55/1.06/55

63. James Paxton – Easily capable of putting together a Cy Young-type half.  If he stays healthy for three months.  Okay, so not easily.  Projections:  4-5/3.21/1.17/85

64. Ian Desmond –  Pretty unremarkable 1st half, and I’m not convinced he’s completely healed from his preseason hand injury.  And you wonder why I’m concerned about Freeman, Trea and, legit, anyone with hand and/or wrist injuries.  So, why even rank Desmond?  Coors, yo.  Projections:  34/10/32/.277/10

65. Madison Bumgarner – He says he’ll be back on July 15th.  On July 15th, the celebrations over Bumgarner’s return will commence.  If he’s good, his owners celebrate for the good.  If he’s bad, everyone else celebrates.  Either way, someone’s celebrating.  Projections:  4-3/3.35/1.10/77

66. Starling Marte – I call this area of the top 100, “Shrug, who DFK?  I certainly DFK.”  By the way, Google says DFK is Deep French Kissing.  Um, yeah, not using it to mean that.  Projections:  30/6/28/.279/14

67. Miguel Cabrera – So, I might be ranking Miggy a bit lower than is realistic, but I want to emphasis how low I am on him.  Maybe he can rebound next year, but this year feels totally lost, and he looks like half the man of Justin Smoak.  Just Smo?  Projections:  34/14/37/.278

68. Justin Turner – He has the highest OBP at the break since Barry Bonds.  Funnily enough (not funnily enough), I went to look at the last thirty years of OBP, and, well, steroids not only aided power, but the OBPs of some of those guys was bizzonkers.  Jason Giambi hit 43 homers with a .476 OBP.  Yeah, nothing to see there.  Bud Selig’s cover up of PEDs is almost as glaring as Our Manfred covering up the Super Ball they’re using now.  Projections:  37/11/39/.309/1

69. Andrew McCutchen – I’ll admit to defeat on my McCutchen schmohawk.  The bounce back looks legit.  With that said (Grey’s totally not admitting defeat), I would not be shocked to see McCutchen hurt his knee and have a shortened 2nd half or just falter.  (Nice admitting of being wrong!)  Projections:  37/13/39/.272/4

70. Andrew Benintendi – I call this song, “Kill Grey A.”  You egged Benintendi on, knowin’ all along, all you had to say was you was wrong.  You almost went Eric Karabell.  Let the baddest hitter in the world go to hell.  I don’t even know what else to say, except go to hell, never go Eric Karabell.  Projections:  32/10/38/.284/6

71. Xander Bogaerts – No, I’m not just naming Red Sox players now.  How about Jackie Bradley Jr.?!   Okay, no, I’m not.  Bogaerts is having a season where if he were in bad lineup, Jed Lowrie would pass him in fantasy value.  Projections:  41/8/39/.312/7

72. Chris Owings – Prolly went wrong with my ranking of Owings, but here’s how I came to this:  Bogaerts is so much worse than Owings, but I have to rank Bogaerts so I have to rank Owings.  Is that faulty logic?  It’s like when you don’t replace the toilet paper so the next person will replace it, then you’re the next person.  Or does this just mean I have to use Cougs’ bathroom more?  Now I’m simply thinking aloud Grey problems.  Projections:  34/10/37/.281/9

73. Mike Moustakas – If Moistasskiss meets my modest projections, he will have 40 homers on the year.  Nah, MLB isn’t using Super Balls.  Not at all!  Projections:  31/15/38/.262

74. Kyle Seager – “Ma!  I made Grey’s top 100 for the 2nd half!  Ma?  Why are you cleaning Corey’s room, he’s never moving back in!”  Projections:  31/14/39/.269/1

75. Ryan Zimmerman – Hold up, he hit around .295 in the two months of May and June, which is close to his career average, and he did not hit .400+ again like April?  We’re not waiting for him to fall back to earth, he’s already there.  Projections:  35/12/40/.282/1

76. Adrian Beltre – See Justin Upton for more thoughts on Beltre.  Projections:  37/12/35/.289/1

77. Justin Upton – You heard of a five-alarm fire?  Well, this is a five-player snooze alarm that started at Seager and ends at Kemp.  Wait, you need Beltre thoughts?  Okay, check next blurb.  Projections:  37/14/39/.260/4

78. Matt Kemp – Oh, c’mon, you know what to expect from this grouping of players.  Beltre thoughts!  Projections:  33/12/37/.272/1

79. Ender Inciarte – Like Anna Nicole or grandma, we all love the long balls.  I’m right there with you.  However, when a guy gives five categories, it’s more valuable than you realize.  Let’s break down a Player Rater scenario.  Ender gets $6.7 in runs that’s the same as Salvador Perez’s $6.7 in HRs.  Sal Perez has the most homers for any catchers.  Ender’s runs also give as much fantasy value as Freeman’s average.  His runs also give as much value as Smoak’s RBIs.  Not sexy, but Ender’s runs are making a difference.  Projections: 43/5/28/.297/10

80. Christian Yelich – Not having a terrible year like I would’ve hoped after panning him in the preseason, but he’s also been nowhere near as valuable as where he was drafted in the preseason.  Projections:  39/9/31/.277/7

81. Gary Sanchez – There’s no truth that his full name is Gary, Indiana Is Dirty Sanchez.  What is true?  Doode gets crazy hot and cold.  He could hit 18 HRs in the 2nd half, or five and dropped again in the lineup.  Projections:  31/15/35/.285/2

82. Jonathan Schoop – I can hear it already, “Adam Jones didn’t make your top 100?  Hmm, can I drop him?”  As mentioned previously on the aforementioned tip, Schoop has been easily the most valuable Orioles hitter this year, and has been hitting third.  I still like Machado and Trumbo, but Jones?  You can’t find a 10-homer, .275 outfielder?  Projections: 36/13/38/.274/1

83. Justin Smoak – This is strictly a gut call for the next four guys.  I think we’ve gotten the best we’re ever going to see from them, but they deserve to be ranked.  Could, say, Hanley be far better than any of these guys?  For sure.  Projections:  33/14/38/.259

84. Logan Morrison –  “Can you give me this in 140 characters?”  That’s LoMo reading this top 100.  Projections:  30/13/36/.254/2

85. Travis Shaw – Half a season rankings are impossible.  Nah, I don’t say that to take pressure off these rankings.  Cust kayin’.  Baseball is a game where players find their level across 162 games.  For a few months, even Domonic Brown looked good.  Across a season, Shaw might revert to who he is, but across a half season, he could be great, terrible or somewhere in between.  Projections:  32/12/35/.258/3

86. Eric Thames – Depends what Thames you believe, April Thames, or the Thames that we saw from May through July when pitchers obviously figured out his weaknesses and exploited him.  Wait, why would we believe April Thames?  Projections:  34/14/38/.238/2

87. Mark Reynolds – Mini Donkey struggled so far in July, and maybe he’s turned into a pumpkin already, but it takes quite the man to look bad in Coors in the summer.  The guy at the Carlos ‘n Charlie’s who falls into the kiddie pool filled with cheap beer comes to mind as looking bad in Coors.  Projections:  28/14/32/.251/2

88. Mark Trumbo – Like the church of Stevie Wonder, this ranking is blind faith.  Projections:  34/15/37/.258/1

89. Evan Longoria – If he has a poor 2nd half, it will now be two terrible years, one great year, then two terrible years again, lining him up for a great 2018.  Someone buy him a calendar, his Saberhagenmetrics is way off!  Projections:  33/14/36/.259/1

90. Corey Dickerson – Fun fact!  His nickname is the same as a Siamese twins’ nickname:  Co-Dick. Projections:  41/13/34/.277/2

91. Lorenzo Cain – Whether you call him Lo-Cain, Cain…Sugar! or the Devil’s Dandruff, you sound like Keith Hernandez in the mid-80’s.  Projections:  38/9/32/.284/12

92. Jon Lester – Can you tell I struggled to find a few more starters to squeeze into the top 100?  Lester has a few more bad starts in July and I can see him being droppable in August.   “What?  You didn’t want to rank Godley?”  That’s me being sarcastic with myself.  Projections:  7-2/3.61/1.20/88

93. Jonathan Villar – Can I be real with you?  Like really real.  Yes?  Good.  The end of the top 100 could all be droppable in shallow leagues if they don’t look great within two weeks of the rankings.  Villar does not deserve to be ranked.  I realize that; I’m not entirely stupid (like 49% stupid, but I might’ve flip-flopped the four and the nine there).  Villar could have a top 10 2nd half though, and you can’t say that about a lot of guys.  Projections:  36/8/26/.252/18

94. Trevor Story – See what I said for Villar and put it in Coors and subtract a week from two weeks and what do you have?  An Amtrak train doing 780 MPH?  Hmm, math’s off there, but Story’s 2nd half could erase his 1st half.  Likely?  I did not say that.  If I thought it was likely, I would’ve ranked him up with Odor.  I think it’s as likely Story is demoted to a bench role with Valaika no longer just being the sound Pac-Man makes, but becoming an everyday player.  Projections:  27/13/34/.261/5

95. Gio Gonzalez – The struggle was real to find decent starters for this top 100.  That struggle is not even first world problems.  Let’s be honest, people in most first world countries do not have this problem.  Projections:  7-3/3.69/1.25/80

96. Marcus Stroman – Love this guy’s slider, don’t especially like his peripherals.  Don’t especially like more starters.  Don’t especially like writing clear sentences either.  The preceding was to say there’s not many starters to like, so Stroman’s in the cream of the crap.  Projections:  6-4/3.55/1.25/72

97. Johnny Cueto – I’m legit ranking starters I don’t even like.  I guess I could’ve ranked someone like J.A. Happ, but what does it say about Happ that I dropped him last week?  Hint: it’s not good.  Projections:  5-3/3.64/1.21/82

98. Jimmy Nelson – Hahahahahahahahahahahaha– Breathe, Grey, breathe!  Jesus Christ Ramirez!  We’re losing him!  Jimmy Nelson?!  In the top 100?!  There’s no starters to put in the top 100.  I looked at about 40 starters to put here.  Nelson was top 100 in the 1st half, and his peripherals says he should be even better, so, yeah, state of pitching is about as good as Lohan’s mental state.  In reality, um, in fantasy reality, there’s only about 40% of the season left and anyone from Rich Hill, Jose Berrios, Brandon McCarthy or a whole array of pitchers can have top 100 value.  Projections:  5-5/3.47/1.24/82

99. Gregory Polanco – With this guy, it’s the polar opposite this year from where we were last year, i.e., last year Polanco was hot, and this year it’s like we were dropped off at the North Pole and Mrs. Claus has snuck into our room, mistaking us for Santa and kisses us with succinylcholine on her lips after taking the antidote.  Like polar, polar opposite.  Though, he is young and talented, so you never know.  He did have a decent final few games.  Projections:  30/8/33/.278/8

100. Domingo Santana – Will this list ever end?  Piscotty doesn’t know!  By the way, you wanna kill three hours during the break?  All of the rest of the season hitter projections and pitcher projections.  Those are via Steamer, so they don’t match mine, but I did consult them like you consult a diner placemat to figure out where Wyoming is.  Projections:  35/11/31/.267/5

101. Whoever Helps You Win – Don’t get tied to projections and rankings and “I drafted this guy in the 8th round this year.”  Yeah, we all hate Addison Russell, not just you.  The worst thing you can do at this stage is hold onto players just because of what they could do vs. what they are doing.  What they are doing is what wins championships and that’s what excites the ladies in your daydreams and your daydreams are real to you.

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Stuey
Stuey
4 years ago

10 team h2h including QS…

I just got offered Severino for Tanaka and Aaron Sanchez.

The rest of my SPs are Kluber, Price, Tanaka, Duffy, Rich Hill, and Luis Castillo. Salazar, Wacha, and Cahill are on the wire. Thoughts?

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Odor 34th overall. Really?

Hitless in the first 3 games of the 2nd half.

Give up, Razzball.

He sucks.

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Odor 34th overall. Really?

Hitless in the first 3 games of the 2nd half.

Give up, Razzball.

He sucks.

endershadow
endershadow
4 years ago

12 team dynasty 5×5 H2H.

Would you send Paxton/Greinke for Bogaerts? I do have Amed Rosario in waiting

Mets...sigh*....
Mets...sigh*....
4 years ago

Great work here man – Trade q for ya since this list is making me doubtful

Trade ARendon/ZWheeler/KyleTucker/SeanReidFoley for Bogaerts/Archer/Matz in a 20team dynasty league? Have Arenado and Swanson at 3b and SS, and my SP is no bueno Cole/Wheeler/SkaggsIR/Adleman basically. 4sp slots 5rp 1each position + 2 util. 14bench 10prospects. I’m .500 and maybe 1.5 games out of the playoffs.

catsH2H – XBH,TB and QS included

Alian
Alian
4 years ago

I want to grab Starling Marte but I need to drop one of those: Smoke, Dickerson, Myers or Thames.
Do you think is worth it?
Thx.

Wilson
Wilson
4 years ago

Someone offers Myers for my LoMo, green light or hold?

Skeezix
Skeezix
4 years ago

Gotta pick my last DH spot. Who do you think?

Brad Miller (@LAA)
Matt Holliday (@BOS)
Semien (CLE)
DeShields (@KC)
Beltran (MIN)

GoJays
GoJays
4 years ago

So we have to start a rookie pitcher. Do you trust Newcomb this week at home against Arizona, or would you go safe and start Hader as a RP instead?

Milarky
Milarky
4 years ago

I’ve got to decide on my last few pitchesr for this short week. Which two to sit?

Pomeranz (NYY)
Nova (STL)
Severino (@BOS)
Gray (@NYM)
Morton (MIN)

DBo
DBo
4 years ago

Dynasty, Baez or Cobb? Thanks in advance!

Terrel
Terrel
4 years ago

Dynasty league would you trade for Arrieta by giving up Wood or Matz?

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
4 years ago

man teams sure are crazy in their demands, but i guess CUBS and others have done stuff this stupid for a one inning pitcher before (hand for gleybar or verdugo!)

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

10 team h2h points league

Was offered Strasburg for Benintendi and Paxton. Not a fan of trading away young talent but my offense is stacked and Starling Marte would be taking Benintendi’s place. I may counter with Benintendi and Arrieta for Strasburg. Who wins each of these? Or should I hold?

This is a keeper league but I’ve got so many other keeper options that I don’t think I’d be able to keep any of these guys. Thanks!

Brett
Brett
4 years ago

Need to cut a hitter. Mancini, Clint Frazier, Broxton or Arcia. Position makes no difference.

Thanks

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
4 years ago

NL only with OBP over AVG, total bases added, QS over wins and holds added i have this and the 4th waiver. 10 team h2h i’m far in 1st, have been all year, 14 games in 1st now. other than RBI’s i’m top 3 in every stat.
C DTD’arnaud
1B freeman
2B dejong
SS peraza
3B j.turner
CI thames (1B/OF)
MI rivera (1B/2B/3B)
OF(4) harper/inciarte party/puig/braun
util (1) n.williams
BN pina
NA brinson
DL c.hernandez
SP cahill/stressbird/lamet/newcomb/ray/lynn/chacin/gio g/godley
RP (4 slots, cahill in one of them now) neris/knebel/ramos/
DL vizcaino

as good as my pitching stats already are (top 2 in ERA/WHIP and far ahead in QS and K’s)

1. use my #4 waiver for quintana (who’s the drop). it’s possible i’m better off holding it for a hitter coming over, but who knows if one as good as quintana does that.

2. i had stashed cahill since he was doing well before being injured, now i probably am better off with a holds guy over my 9th SP (holds options being phelps, enny, cecil, wow dyson is out there still, nicasio, benoit, blevins). as far as SP corbin is out there. who’s my SP and RP add if so?

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: didn’t matter, the #1 waiver guy showed up and grabbed him, so i got a better now #3 waiver for hitters coming over. this is a NL only run in yahoo so to get by that yahoo garbage of the stats disappearing for an owner of a player traded away from NL to AL midseason the only way to combat it is to have ALL player universe be in play (which you can imagine creates some extra work for me, the comish during the draft and such). so we run a 48 hour clock on when a guy gets traded to NL from AL (or is first this year signed by NL team) and highest waiver in the message board wins. lamet’s the drop for the holds guy.

Nico
4 years ago

Grey! Happy 2nd Half! I’m thinking about flipping Freeman for Kluber. Your rankings support this! Even tho I have the best staff in my league, it includes guys like Ray, Leake, McCullers, and Nova, who could have worse 2nd halves. Rendon/Moist are my other 3B. Thoughts? 10 team yahoo.

Nico
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks, grey. Yeah, for sure it’s a gamble. I am trying to work out a deal for machado too, which could be a fine replacement for Freddie. Lots going on.

BravesfanintheUK
BravesfanintheUK
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

2 Quick questions:

15 team OBP roto.

1) My batting is in good shape but I’ve been offered B Zimmer for my Clint Frazier. Either would be my OF4 (of 4). Any preference? Or both v v similar.

2) JBJ an overpay from me for Samardzija?

Thanks!

braves uk
braves uk
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: awesome, thanks!

Every29Years
Every29Years
4 years ago

Happ and Taillon my weakest (or least variable) starters in a 12 teamer. Streamers or hold? Guys like E Rod, Wacha on the wire.

Herschel
Herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: need to start one of the following. Who do you like?

Gray @ nym
Berrios @ hou
Folty vs ari
Walker @ atl

Thanks!

Chisoxx_22
Chisoxx_22
4 years ago

5×5 roto, 10tm. Which pitcher should i move? I just received Kershaw in a trade, Ray, Severino, Archer, Quintana, Fulmer, pineda and wacha. I need a hitter and so far I could do.
1. k. Seager for quintana(I lost Shaw in trade but still have Rendon)
2. a guy wants either archer or Ray and he has correa. I could use him after losing trea. Currently have bogaerts, schoop and scooter.
3. Same guy as 2 has Springer as well. My of consists of Braun, J.D, A. Jones, haniger (Desmond in DL)
Not sure which position I need to get better, I’d say outfield but there’s more of them on waivers so I was asking for your opinion! Thanks Grey!

Chisoxx_22
Chisoxx_22
Reply to  Chisoxx_22
4 years ago

@Chisoxx_22:
*** Update, another trade came in, my Fulmer for Brantley, as stated above my depth at outfield. Sorry for so many questions but you’ve helped me immensely during my fantasy career, and I thank you good sir!

Chisoxx_22
Chisoxx_22
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
I would add a bat to that trade…. But would be nice ha.

SPAPS
SPAPS
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Interesting trade offer can across my desk…Offense is just about top 3 in every category but pitching has been a tad rough. Was offered: Jose Ramirez and Chapman for my Goldy and Jon Gray.

Side note: my top two picks were Goldy and Correa and can only keep one. On top of that Jose Ramirez has great keeper value (would only cost me my 14th rd pick).

Is it too early to be thinking about keepers in trades vs focusing on doing whatever i can to win now? Thoughts on the offer?

crock
crock
4 years ago

Drop Grichuk or ODB for Semien?

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

Sorry for the extra question.

Drop Chisenhall as a bench bat

Need to add-Zimmer, Haniger, Bregman, Margot, Keon, Franco, or Drury. I like the speed combo of Margo, Keon and Zimmer. But want the best overall player first.

Who do you like best? Thank you

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

Who do you prefer as bench bats, JBJ, Brantley, I. Happ, or A. Jones. Need two. thanks

Nightmare!
Nightmare!
4 years ago

Hey buddy happy Thursday. Snowfall was good last night…..stick wit it

1) schebler or Pham?
2) pick 1 to sit please
Conforto vs col
Cespedes vs col
Souza @ LAA
Domingo Santana vs philly

3) Nola vs MIL, @MIL or nova vs MIL, @COL

I Could Have Been a Contender
I Could Have Been a Contender
4 years ago

Acquired Dee, Thames and activated Conforto. On paper, my team seems better. Need Thames’ April, Conforto’s May and Dee’s June and I am in heaven. Thanks for the help. Followed your advice about 70 percent of the time. 30 percent just went with my gut, tolerance for upside as I try to be patient for Sept playoffs. Two more questions for you sir…with this squad, assuming my two for one trades do not materialize, 12 teamer, H2H, in 3rd place, ten hitting cats league…
1. Who do I drop when Melancon returns?
2. Are any of Holliday, Peralta or M Taylor better than my current guys?
C- Realmuto
CI – Freeman, Lamb, LoMo
MI- Rizzo, Dee, Simmons
OF – Thames, Conforto, Schebler, Melky (productive in this format), Marwin (must play 5)
Util – Owings or Dyson depending upon platoon, need for SBs that week
Bench – Harrison (hard time trading him…trying Melky and Harrison for one decent guy)
SP – Kershaw, Severino, Faria, Verlander, Nova, Taillon, Happ
RP – Holland, Maurer,
DL – Melancon

I Could Have Been a Contender
I Could Have Been a Contender
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks. Seems odd to drop an “all star” but that was where I was leaning. Thanks for the nudge.

I only use Grey poupon because of Razzball
I only use Grey poupon because of Razzball
4 years ago

I know you’re not a big Schebler believer but how do you see his value ROS compared to these options on the wire? 12T h2h league, may try n package Schebler w a SP to upgrade an arm:

Haniger
Peraza
Drury
Pham
Herrera
C Gomez
Piscotty
M Franco
Arcia

Thank you!

I only use Grey poupon because of Razzball
I only use Grey poupon because of Razzball
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Nice, hopefully can pull off something like Schebler and Manaea for Archer then. Appreciate it!

Jimmy Dimmick
Jimmy Dimmick
4 years ago

Excellent list and loved the most recent podcast as usual ….douches be gone!

Have been relentlessly making moves entire season so far, solidly in three way tie -ish for third about 15 out
This trade could happen, it feels like it should be an instant yes from me. Yes??
My Judge, Longo, Peacock. (or: don’t judge my long pea-cock)
His: Kersh, REndon, cano
* this even feels like it could be veto’d so that feeling is prob a good indication of what I should do but I wanted to ask. Judge has been stellar and we have 3 keepers for next season for the first time.

Thanks so much man!

12 team H2H cat. Yahoo (relevant for my catcher pick)
Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Hits (H), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS), Grand Slam Home Runs (SLAM)
Pitchers Stat Categories: Complete Games (CG), Outs (OUT), Walks (BB), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS), Saves + Holds (SV+H)

C – Schwarber
1-Goldschmidt
2-D Murphy
3-Longoria
SS-andrus
OF-Dickerson
OF- Cruz
OF-judge
U-miggy; Gurriel; Pham; Bour

SP-Carrasco; Greinke; Sev;J Monty; Castillo; J Gray; Peacock; Cahill;
R-Devenski; Iglesias; B Norris; Viz

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

Adams or Smoak at 1sb? Thanks

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

@Grey: Avisail or Conforto?

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
4 years ago

Oh great Grey,

Which side of this trade do you prefer:

Bellinger/Ivan Nova for Bumgarner/Adam Frazier

Zach
Zach
4 years ago

Hey Grey. I’m in a boring 10 team h2h league where no one likes to trade. I have Trout and Castro coming back so I need to drop two. Who would be your suggestion?
Thanks

Souza
Bour
HanRam
Castro

bryzzo
bryzzo
4 years ago

hi grey , traded Ian Kinsler and Brandon Mccarthy for Matt Carpenter which side do u think won the trade?

Dickerson
Dickerson
4 years ago

Hi Grey, thanks for the incredibly helpful rankings. In a mixed keeper league (12 team, keep 10), do you prefer Dickerson or Owings for the future, assuming they’re both kept? Fair swap? I couldn’t quite tell from your Owings blurb if you liked him or didn’t want to rank him. Thanks!

Similarly, would you swap Cruz for Paxton if I needed pitching?

Dickerson
Dickerson
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks!

Boomer19
Boomer19
4 years ago

Quintana to the Cubs. His value just went up a couple notches in my mind. Hope he does well there.

Boomer19
Boomer19
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Haha. True. He’s been a bit better the last few starts but was pretty unbearable early on. Worth taking a shot on him for a few games to see how he looks.

Shits&Giggles
Shits&Giggles
4 years ago

3b /bench spot rest of season. Matt Carpentr or Kyle Seager. Thank you sir

CrazyJ
CrazyJ
4 years ago

Todd Frazier is not amused by Kyle Seager. Thanks for the write up!

Brett
Brett
4 years ago

Need some help,

I’m in a 12 team roto keeper league with daily roster moves. 6×6 with holds and ops the extra categories. I’m currently in a 3 team tie for 7th place and 15 points out of the money 27 out of first. There are 3 teams fighting for the top spot.

1. I was wonder how you think my team stacks up vs the team in second who I think is the best of the teams fighting for first:

him: Avila, Smoak, Happ, Cozart, Taylor, DeJong, E3, Khris Davis, Trout, Domingo Santana, Braun, Melky Cabrera, Bour, Morrison, Marte, Kluber, Samardzija, Happ, Tehran, Porcello, Iglesias, Betances, Devenski, Hand, Givens, Barnes. DL: Turner, Castro

ME: Sal Perez, Santana, Odor, Story, Bregman, Bellinger, Machado, Harper, Bryant, Benintendi, Clint Frazier, Mancini, Broxton, Arcia, Moncada, DeGrom, Nelson, Tailon, Fulmer, Godley, Jon Gray, Will Harris, Bradley, Edwards Jr, Rivero, Giles. DL Duffy, Kela

2. our keeper rules: We can keep 5 players. F/A picks ups can be kept at $5 or Faab bid which ever is more for one year. Drafted players can be kept year 2 at drafted price, year 3 at drafted price and let go at year end or can be given a contract prior to the year for up to 4 years with cost increasing $5 each year starting year 3. My current options for next year.
Machado $29 year 2 of 4 year contract
Sal Perez $1 year 2
Benintendi $11 year 2
Moncada $2 year 2
Rivero $2 year 2
Bellinger $5 pick up only can be kept next year
story $4 year 3 so can contract if I choose too

Based on my current team, keepers, and standing do I try to trade away my studs who aren’t keeper options like harper and DeGrom to get a break keeper like Turner or wait?

Turner is a $1 keeper next year in year 3. I would contract him for 4 years making him cost $6, 11, 16, 21 for each of the next 4 years.

Sorry for the long post but I need some help. I know the longer I wait on deciding to sell the less likely I will be able to do anything, but also do like my team.

Brett
Brett
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Would you rather trade story $4 keeper option and Harper for Turner $1 keeper option? Or would you do DeGrom and Harper.

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

Faria for Britton a good offer?

lwomack58
lwomack58
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Turned down-How about D. Duffy and J. Happ for Britton?

lwomack58
lwomack58
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

No but it was in my post from another person. Which two tours did you do?

Back to the first questions. Sounds like this might be a bit much. I currently have Jansen, Herrera and Dyson as my closers and Melancon o DL.

I have solid pitching and was thinking I needed a first rate closer. Should I hold?

My pitchers are Faria, Duffy, Happ, Kershaw, Darvich, Kluber, Cueto, Quintana and Morton with Erod on dl.

lwomack58
lwomack58
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Read the Dodgers are looking at him so I agree.

Mike in Busan
Mike in Busan
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: That makes me feel a little better about the trade I just made: Torenado, Darvish, Britton for Votto and Sale. I may have given up too much, but now I can put Freeman at 3B.

Baller
Baller
4 years ago

Morning Grey. I’m trying to plug in a SS for ROS. Gyorko or Simmons ? Looking for overall production. Thanks.

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

Morning, Grey! Can’t believe Dahl is finally hitting a rehab assignment! At some point I just assumed he was never playing baseball again haha.

Do you think Desmond may see slightly lesser playing time in the second half in light of the emergence of Reynolds and Tapia and the return of Parra and by end of July, Dahl?

He seems to be in an awkward situation with the organization + I’m worried in weekly leagues that he ends up sitting 1-2 times a week. They haven’t been afraid to slot Tapia 1st or 2nd, or Reynolds 4th, and I’m pretty sure Desmond hasn’t hit earlier than the 5 spot…

Big Dog
Big Dog
4 years ago

I see Story is ranked in your Top 100 but Marwin Gonzalez is not. I know you do not like to admit defeat but would you really not pick up Marwin to play SS and drop Story at this point?

Marwin seems to be batting 5th and playing everyday now for Houston.

I Could Have Been a Contender
I Could Have Been a Contender
4 years ago

So in a three way (insert cheap joke here) trade, I ended up trading away Odorizzi, Britton and Maybin for Thames, J Dyson and Holland. Some similar parts for sure. Thoughts?
(I talked myself into seeing this as Thames for Odorizzi)

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

J. Happ or T. Walker?

Bobbo
Bobbo
4 years ago

12 team 6×6 h2h (OPS/QS)
Orlando Arcia or Whit Merrifield?

SpecialFNK
SpecialFNK
4 years ago

16 team keeper league (keep 5). yahoo, roto, 5×5.

MY TEAM
CA- Flowers. 1B- Pujols. 2B- Kinsler. 3B- Beltre. SS- Machado. IN- Alonso.
OF- Pollock. OF- Trumbo. OF- Bruce. OF- Owings. UT- JTurner.
BN- Rosario, Fisher, DeJong, MxSmith, Pillar.
SP- Paxton, Manaea, Berrios, McCarthy, Nola, Nova. DL- Bumgarner
RP- Ramos, Iglesias, JWilson, Bradley, Kahnle.

I need to drop someone for Bumgarner coming off the DL. I’m thinking Pillar.

seeing how Kinsler has been a disappointment I could trade him and replace him at 2B with Owings or even DeJong when Owings sits.

with that is it worth trading Kinsler and Pillar to get Josh Reddick? Reddick helps me where I need it more in R/AVG while also helping with other stats in a good Astros lineup hitting 2nd.
nobody else really seems interested in Kinsler since there are so many good 2B this season.

midas
midas
4 years ago

vargas or moustakas ? which side wins the trade?

I Could Have Been a Contender
I Could Have Been a Contender
4 years ago

I need some OF pop. Seeking guidance on these. Which if any would you do? Please rank favorite to worst. Thank you.

1. My Maybin and Harrison for Adam Jones.

2. My Dyson and Harrison for Jones?

3. Maybin for Thames?

My back fill in #1 and #2 would most likely be Holliday.

Richard D
Richard D
4 years ago

Offered: K Jansen and D Murphy for Freeman and S Oh

Is there a substantial difference for a NL only teams?

Anchovies
Anchovies
4 years ago

im late to the part as usual

thanks for the great list and info

i think that is all.

was offered ryan zim+w.contreras for gary indiana is filthy…sanchez. watching sanchez getting sleepy during the derby….i dunno. sometimes it looks like he wants to take a nap and the yanks have a great #2 catcher. fair trade?

thanks again. great read!

Herschel
Herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. Need sbs, avg and runs (in that order). Who do you like between Tapia, Whit and Altherr? Thanks.

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
4 years ago

Keeper been offered Bregman ($0) for Eloy (prosp). Know Ralph loves Eloy but he’s still a way away and even top prospects can bust. I’d likely keep Breg for 3 more years at $8 a year. He’s starting to come around lately and I love the BB/K rate showing he’s not overmatched. Players often struggle sophmore year only to blow up the year after. Great park and lineup too, would you buy?

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
Reply to  Swfcdan
4 years ago

@Swfcdan: And hahaha on the Co-Dick blurb.

adam goldstein
adam goldstein
4 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. Hopefully my one and only second half catcher question (although I make no promises). Grandal, Martin or Zunino?

Thanks.

Andy
Andy
4 years ago

14 team H2H Keeper League ( keep forever no restrictions)

Would you give up Donaldson and Kimbrel for Sano?

Andy
Andy
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Thanks.

How about Donaldson, Robertson and Maeda for Sano?

Jason
Jason
4 years ago

I’m in a deep 12-team H2H dynasty “keep forever” league-The categories are:
R H HR RBI SB BB K AVG OPS TB and IP QS W SV+HLD HR ERA WHIP K/BB K/9

I’m looking to add some SPs and HR/RBIs to my line-up by trading away some RPs. I’m currently in 2nd place and looking to add championship pieces

I have an offer where I trade AChapman/RIglesias/JSoto for Desmond/Clevinger/JCotton

Am I giving up too much value in this deal? Relievers aren’t valued highly in my league–but Chap is a beast with an elite K/9

Which side do you prefer in a keep forever?

Do the deal or stand pat?

philip hammond
philip hammond
4 years ago

Great article. Ready for my 2nd half fight.
If you were doing tiers, would 81 (Sanchez) be a cut off? Would you trade picks 85 and 95 for 75, and use hittertron to make up the difference?
What do you think of Matt Adams ROS? He’s been great so far, and it seems like it will get better with Freeman in the lineup (very deep league).

Andy Dwyer
Andy Dwyer
4 years ago

Grey,

I was offered Taijuan Walker, Lindor, and Sano for Sony Gray Segura and Yulli Gurriel. I feel like that’s a no brainer right? You agree that the side getting Sano wins?

Ryan
Ryan
4 years ago

In my 20 team h2h dynasty league I was offered Benintendi for Robbie Ray. My other sp are kerahaw cole berrios odorizzi hammel and Jc ramirez. Is this a trade I should consider?

Rex
Rex
4 years ago

Give up Stroman and Avi Garcia to get Machado?

Jason
Jason
4 years ago

I’m in a 12 team mixed H2H YAHOO redraft league. I’m currently over the roster limit as McCarthy is no longer on the DL.

So, I need to drop someone and am looking for suggestions on who to drop.

In addition, Maeda, Teheran, and Estrada are currently available via free agency. Should I pick up one of them and if so, who should be my 2nd drop?

Please advise. Thanks!

MY TEAM:
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HITTING:
C: Salvador Perez (C)
1B: Freeman (1B)
2B: Jonathan Schoop (2B)
3B: Manny Machado (3B, SS)
SS: Carlos Correa (SS)
OF: Cody Bellinger (1B, OF)
OF: Adam Duvall (OF)
OF: Aaron Judge (OF)
UTIL: Jose Abreau (1B)

BENCH:
Ryan Zimmerman (1B)
DL: Desmond (OF)

PITCHING:
SP: Chris Archer (SP)
SP: Jimmy Nelson (SP)
SP: Carlos Martinez (SP)
SP: Drew Pomeranz (SP)
SP: Luis Severino (SP, RP)
SP: Sean Manaea (SP)
SP: Quintana (SP)
SP: Mike Leake (SP)
SP: Taijuan Walker (SP)
RP: Bud Norris (RP, SP)
RP: Brandon Kintzler (RP)
RP: Greg Holland (RP)
RP: Addison Reed (RP)
DL: Brandon McCarthy (SP)

League Settings:
Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL
Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Hits (H), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)
Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Losses (L), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS)

knighttown
knighttown
4 years ago

Are you buying Shark based on some nice peripherals?

Like, moving Bregman for Shark when needs for pitching and hitting are neutral make sense?

gxb5008
gxb5008
4 years ago

Need to bolster my rotation with more solid WHIP and K guys in a 70 SP league.

C- Molina
1b – Adams
2b – Kinsler
3b – Arenado
SS – Seager
OF – Ozuna
OF – Kemp
OF – C Taylor
Util – Myers
Util – Upton
Bench
Nick Williams, Cozart, Happ, Mazara, CarGo, Villar

Pitchers
Sale, Duffy, Manaea, Hoffman, Teheran, Faria, Rich Hill

Sale is my only true stud. Can move him and Manaea for Archer and McCullers. Other piece of trade is moving Chris Taylor for Khris Davis and Ryon Healy.

Enough return for Sale? Or do I need to push for a better hitter ie. Goldschmidt, Daniel Murphy, Stanton, Correa

gxb5008
gxb5008
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: A two word answer… ugh that isn’t a good sign

MattTruss
Editor
4 years ago

I think I might be rejecting a trade for Mike Trout…What do you think of sending Judge and Jose Ramirez for Trout and Hanley? I’m leading in every offense category but steals right now. Hanley would be my full time UTIL and I’d move Chris Taylor into my MI slot. Seems crazy to reject a trade for Trout, but I’m not sure I really gain anything by adding him, if anything I lose some steals.

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Yea, my thoughts too. Fair, just not sure I gain much.

Anyway, you on board with stashing Michael Taylor? He’s been too good to leave on the wire, right?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Offering Trout all over the league now

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Bastard, I was the one who offered that trade…My FCL team was fucked from the start and needed to try something.

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson
4 years ago

Hey man, would you trade Segura and cueto for JD and Maeda?

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson
Reply to  Ron Swanson
4 years ago

@Ron Swanson: my other offer was to give up Rendon and Segura for kb and Bellinger. Would you do either of these? If so, which one?

fausto
fausto
Reply to  Ron Swanson
4 years ago

@Ron Swanson: Gotta take the Bellinger deal if KB is Kris Bryant and it’s a keeper.

fausto
fausto
Reply to  Ron Swanson
4 years ago

@Ron Swanson: if you need HRs get you some J.Dongs…if not I’d hold.

fausto
fausto
4 years ago

Which 2 are Grey Albright using as a SAGNOF platoon?
-Maybin, K.Broxton, B.Zimmer, D.Deshields, B.Buxton
(have been using Maybin/Broxton, not glued to either).
Will a healthy Trout kill Maybin’s run game?

I’m feelin’ Zimmer, less platooney lately, gives more than steals and won’t kill AVG, plus he usually hits 8th so that’s always a bonus in a season of Selling Low-Buying High, paying for steals.

Sorry for a Q followed by my 2 cents of nonsense but I gotts be makin’ dem moves, son. My ADD/DROP game is strong, the 1 thing I’m a lock to lead all my leagues in, and it ain’t close.

Brian
Brian
4 years ago

16 team h2h dynasty with OPS and k/bb extra cats. also use QS instead of W. My team is in 3rd but my pitching has been atrocious. I don’t like dealing bats for arms but not sure I can do damage in the playoffs without someone close to an ace. So considering dealing from my offense. I start wilson ramos, hosmer, jose ramirez, bryant, correa, stanton, cruz, blackmon, beltre, and brantley with kipnis, carlos santana, and marte on the bench.
My SPs are teheran, gausman, price, sonny, clevinger, duffy, quintana, urena, vargas, marquez, anibal sanchez, with shoemaker and salazar on the DL.
I’m thinking of trying to deal stanton for someone like carrasco, kluber, cmart, archer, degrom or someone else in that tier. would you pursue giving up stanton for a SP? And since basically my entire staff has imploded, can 1 SP even save me or is it a bad use of resources or am i better off holding stanton and hoping my staff can right itself at least enough to be average?

thanks grey.

Brian
Brian
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks grey. what about hosmer for fulmer, nola, or pineda?

nyjacobs
nyjacobs
4 years ago

grey – would you trade away rendon/springer/kimbrell for trout/healy/edwards jr? better way to look at it rendon/springer for trout and healy/edwards jr for kimbrell? thanks.

mthom42
mthom42
4 years ago

Grey, do you see any of these as starters or just good streamers?

Nola, J Gray, Clevinger, Maeda, Montegomery

mthom42
mthom42
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! Very shallow

Sam
Sam
4 years ago

Which side is more appealing:
Seager and Berrios or
Greinke and JD Martinez

mthom42
mthom42
Reply to  Sam
4 years ago

@Sam: which Seager?

Sam
Sam
Reply to  mthom42
4 years ago

Which side is more appealing:
Seager and Berrios or
Greinke and JD [email protected]mthom42: Kyle

DrEasy
DrEasy
4 years ago

I picture Jean Segura more in a 60s art house black and white movie, with blonde short hair, French kissing Jean-Paul Belmondo on the Champs-Elysees.

Anyway, I have a team with too many good hitters and not enough good pitching. Would offering Hanley for Berrios be a fair deal?

Jason
Jason
4 years ago

I’m in a deep 12-team H2H dynasty “keep forever” league-The categories are:
R H HR RBI SB BB K AVG OPS TB and IP QS W SV+HLD HR ERA WHIP K/BB K/9

I’m looking to add some SPs and HR/RBIs to my line-up by trading away some RPs. I’m currently in 2nd place and looking to add championship pieces

I have an offer where I trade AChapman/RIglesias/JSoto for Desmond/Clevinger/JCotton

Am I giving up too much value in this deal? Relievers aren’t valued highly in my league–but Chap is a beast with an elite K/9

Which side do you prefer in a keep forever?

Do the deal or stand pat?

Jason
Jason
Reply to  Jason
4 years ago

@Jason: thoughts?

Jose
Jose
4 years ago

Seems no one in my 10 team keeper league thinks they need Ryan Zimmerman in a trade (I get it). Would you drop him for Hosmer? 1B is loaded! Hosmer would be filling the util slot currently taken up by Zimmerman. I also already have Goldschmidt and Votto. Other top players available are Souza Jr., Adams, and Pham. Hey! I could pick up Adams and Pham and be the Adams Phamily! (Not Serious)…

MattTruss
Editor
4 years ago

Seems like Michael Taylor was dropped en masse in the RCLs before the break. I snagged him up to sit on him through the ASB. Provided he can come right back from the oblique, seems like a great stash, no? Not really sure why he was dropped everywhere, but I scooped him up in 4 RCLs. Does everyone know something I don’t?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  MattTruss
4 years ago

@MattTruss: Obliques never seem to heal fast

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

Need to add a closer or closer in waiting- which two do you like-

Vizcaino, Neris, Kahnle, Doolittle or Kela.

Thanks

lwomack58
lwomack58
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Thank you

Scott steelers
Scott steelers
4 years ago

Better stash, Devers or Moncada?
And would you rather own Bour or Gyorko? (Currently have Smoak st 1st, bour or gyorko would be my only bench bat)

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
4 years ago

Which two have the most upside and can be trusted with SB’s, average, and XBH/hits? JBJ, Altherr, or Pham? Have Judge and Duvall as well. 11 tm roto.

Appreciate the work and words, El Jefe!

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Gracias! Folty was just dropped, should I grab him or keep Newcomb in 12 tm h2h?

Bird
Bird
4 years ago

I think it’s as likely Story is demoted to a bench role with Valaika no longer just being the sound Pac-Man makes……
Funny, that’s what I think about when I hear Wacha, Wacha, Wacha, Wacha, Wacha….
Nice write-up Grey, looking forward to the 2nd half, hope you are remotely close with the Bryant & Dozer project shuns