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. I should’ve used different mugs. Don’t worry, it can’t be worse than owning Byron Buxton 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 2018 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 2018 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 Jose Ramirez number four on the top 100 list for the second half of 2018 and he could pull a–Well, we won’t even mention an injury with Jo-Ram. 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 Bryce Harper did not have the greatest first half, he will appear on this list because, well, we have to believe in miracles — my 12-year-old self would want that, and to sleep with Cher. The projections are not their combined 1st half and 2nd half numbers; these are their projections for the 2nd half of 2018. 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 2018:
1. Mike Trout – Since your mom is so old she used to gang bang with the Hebrews, why don’t you ask her how reliable Trout is? If you were to ask her, she’d tell you, “Trout is better than that guy you call daddy who is really just someone who offered to pay for your diapers, and, after I went to med school, I was too busy to divorce him. Also, clean up my basement and stop carrying so many starters!” Your mom knows what’s up. Projections: 43/19/51/.318/10 in 241 ABs
2. Mookie Betts – He is above Trout on the rest of the season Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. That’s pretty monumental. But we’re tearing down monuments and the patriarchy. For now, let’s leave the tools to Jim Bowden and the Property Brothers. Projections: 51/17/48/.312/13 in 244 ABs
3. Francisco Lindor – I debated for longer than I care to admit Lindor or Jo-Ram. Okay, I only debated it for 14 seconds, but it was a long 14 seconds because I was staring at a clock at the DMV. The rest of the season Fantasy Baseball Player Rater has neither with a huge edge. But Edge, the wrestler, looked like Jayson Werth and he’s retired, so is that a good thing? Hmm. Meh, they’re obviously close, I went this way because Lindor is a little safer. Their individual projections are crazy close though. Projections: 48/16/41/.290/10 in 255 ABs
4. Jose Ramirez – Like some kind of liberal bed wetter who calls the Washington Redskins the Crabcakes, protests outside the Roy Cohn Community College and writes a strongly worded tweet to Chick-Fil-A for them to change their name to Cisgender-Fil-A, I refused to put two Indians together in the preseason top 20. Who, what, where, when and How! And I don’t care if How is the least bit insulting to Native Americans, we can not let our feelings stop us from espousing the virtues of Jo-Ram. Matter of fact, I e-spoused him after taking an online course to marry people. If you want I can marry you to any player you want, without their consent. Projections: 41/16/47/.293/10 in 249 ABs
5. Trea Turner – I’m gonna start calling him Trea 3000. Explanation: Outkast is better as a whole, this is true. Undeniable. But neither Andre 3000 or Big Boi are guest spotters. They’re legit on their own. This isn’t EPMD trying to be solo artists. Together, Outkast is better, but separate, they’re solid. One is better without the other, Andre 3000. Bryce and Trea are better together, but Trea can stand on his own, due to his speed. Bryce Boi is solid, but Trea 3000 is always money as long as there’s steals. I hope we feel like this forever. Forever, forever, ever, forever, ever. Projections: 56/9/31/.294/23 in 261 ABs
6. 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: 10-3/2.34/0.90/135 in 111 IP
7. Manny Machado – Reports are saying right now that the Orioles want too much for Machado. Those reports are being leaked to the press by the Dodgers. It goes like this: Orioles to Dodgers, “Can we at least have a middle reliever?” Dodgers meeting Olney in a dark parking lot, “Tell the world the O’s want too much.” Later, the O’s, “Okay, we’ll take a compensation pick. Please anything!” Projections: 45/18/51/.303/5 in 256 ABs
8. Chris Sale – The most hilarious thing (not funny at all) is there’s Red Sawx beat writers talking about what a great job the Sawx are doing limited Sale’s innings. Yeah, he’s on pace for 212 IP instead of 214. Awesome! Projections: 9-2/2.51/0.92/129 in 91 IP
9. Nolan Arenado – Before I write up the top 100 for the 2nd half of 2018, I’m going to rank them on paper. First, I’m going to write all their names on the back of a fortunes from fortune cookies and place them by this open window–NOOOOO!!! Torenado!!! Projections: 47/18/54/.307/1 in 259 ABs
10. Paul Goldschmidt – Was happy to see he started sleeping in one of those beef jerky dehydrators in June to counterbalance the affects of the humidor. Hope he doesn’t mind if I dehydrate my fruit while he sleeps; I love fruit leather. Projections: 41/16/48/.294/5 in 238 ABs
11. Giancarlo Stanton – I am being aggressive with my 2nd half Giancarlo projections, but he’s just so enticing. *combs wig, places wig on Giancarlo Fathead wall mount* So very, very enticing. Projections: 44/29/62/.262/1 in 261 ABs
12. Bryce Harper – Well, the good news is at his absolute worst, on the Player Rater (what he’s done vs. what he could do), he’s around 50 overall. So, the floor isn’t great, but it’s not that bad. This is obviously a ranking for closer to the ceiling. I do think if he breaks right, he’s the best hitter in the majors. There’s no guarantee of that, obviously. Oh, and, yeah, there was some hedging in this blurb, do you like my topiary? Projections: 41/18/48/.256/5 in 248 ABs
13. Jose Altuve – In the 2nd half last year, he stole 14 bags. If he repeats that, he will finish with easily his lowest steals total. Steals are down across the league, so if things are looking down it’s not that surprising to see Altuve. Projections: 41/10/35/.346/15 in 265 ABs
14. Aaron Judge – Obviously, if you’re looking for safety, Judge over Bryce. This is as obvious as being able to see Judge from outer space, and not just when he’s performing an off-Broadway production of Moonraker while playing the part of Jaws. Projections: 48/25/44/.258/4 in 251 ABs
15. J.D. Martinez – I don’t care if he stays healthy. Don’t. I don’t own him, but I have Lindor, Betts, Benintendi and other guys. There’s room for me to be successful if Just Dong stays healthy. All I ever said is he struggles to stay healthy. The great thing is when he is healthy, he produces. But his injuries usually appear out of nowhere and he misses 30+ games. Projections: 40/17/49/.303/1 in 248 ABs
16. Ozzie Albies – Some of these 2nd half rankings will be indicative of next year’s preseason rankings, and some won’t. Albies’ ranking feels like one of those that will be indicative. I guess if Albies has a huge 2nd half, he could move up a little, or if he struggles, he could move down a little. I sound very Albies Sure! (By the by, don’t look up current pics of Al B. Sure! His exclamation mark, not mine. He looks like the guy on Canal Street who has a great deal on a ‘Rolecks’ watch.) Projections: 47/12/40/.282/9 in 266 ABs
17. Luis Severino – He’s great, we know this, but check out this: in 2016, his line was 5.83 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 in 71 IP. Yet — again with some stank — YET! people still disregard pitchers who don’t hit the ground running. Projections: 9-2/2.67/0.98/105 in 88 IP
18. Corey Kluber – Speaking of guys who don’t hit the ground running…I was…In the previous blurb…You’re not reading all of the blurbs, are you? You’re just skipping to ‘your’ guys, aren’t you? Shame. Projections: 8-3/2.78/0.92/110 in 97 IP
19. Charlie Blackmon – Chazz Noir is in the blaxploitation film, “Better B. Better.” In it, Chazz Noir starts off blistering hot, then he cools when he meets a lady (hey, I didn’t write it). That lady’s name, Cold Schmotato Jones, played by Eartha Mitt and she’s got cat-eyes and a wicked change that buckles a man’s knees. If Noir can shake that cat-o-nine-outs and cough out that phlegm fatale, he could be a top five hitter in the 2nd half. Projections: 50/13/35/.282/5 in 252 ABs
20. Freddie Freeman – Do a lot of people call him Fre-Fre? No? They should. Freeman does less for me in the 2nd half than in the 1st because I’m less concerned with counting stats and more with who can hit 17 homers in a month. In the first half, I want everything. In the 2nd half, I want someone who can light up the scoreboard for six weeks. Projections: 40/15/46/.308/5 in 242 ABs
21. Justin Verlander – He’s still throwing 95 MPH at the age of 35. We haven’t seen anything like this since Nolan Ryan, who was clocked at 100.8 MPH at the age of 35, but back then radar guns were a guy in the stands counting Mississippi’s, and some have said the guy who counted Mississippily wasn’t always consistent. Projections: 8-2/2.73/0.94/106 in 88 IP
22. George Springer – He’s been hot garbage under the Toxic Avenger’s butt. Not a 1st half to write home about, unless you have nothing else to write about. Thankfully, this is about the 2nd half and not 1st half, and Springer is still capable of having one of the biggest two-month stretches. There’s risk with him, due to his 1st half, but the reward could be huge. Projections: 45/16/37/.274/7 in 238 ABs
23. Alex Bregman – Has easily outpaced Springer in the 1st half, but you’re looking at a coin flip for who will be better in the 2nd half, and who the hell still carries coins outside of refs in football? Speaking of which (terrible segue), don’t forget to check out our 2018 fantasy football projections. Projections: 41/12/43/.285/7 in 241 ABs
24. Javier Baez – For what it’s Werth, I tried to put Baez even higher, and, at one point, had him lower. I feel like he could be a top ten player easier, then Maddon randomly puts him in the nine hole, and the Cubs win, and Maddon thinks Baez at the bottom of the order has the curative powers of pomegranates. Projections: 46/14/41/.271/12 in 253 ABs
25. Brian Dozier – Here’s what I said last year in the 2nd half top 100, “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.” And that’s me quoting me! He went on to hit 21 HRs and .304, after hitting 13 HRs and .242 in the 1st half. Until he doesn’t do that in the 2nd half, this is who he is. Projections: 44/17/47/.274/5 in 265 ABs
26. Anthony Rizzo – Ya know what’s happening here? I’m coming to terms with Rizzo being really a top 50 guy vs. a top 15 guy. Next year, Abreu or Rizzo? Yeah, I don’t know, will depend on Rizzo’s 2nd half. Projections: 40/16/46/.256/3 in 239 ABs
27. Kris Bryant – Samesies as Rizzo. Is Bryant more of a top 50 bat vs. the top 15 one? No idea for him either, but he really needs to git r’ done like Larry the Cable Guy and an employer of GitHub. Projections: 44/13/37/.282/4 in 247 ABs
28. Andrew Benintendi – In his rookie year, he went 20/20. This year, he’s on pace for 25/25. Next year, well, he’s taking the slow boat to 30/30. Also, if my math’s correct, he’s going to be the oldest player to 75/75 at 33 years old. Projections: 43/10/39/.287/10 in 238 ABs
29. Eddie Rosario – Because I am the Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it). Projections: 39/14/40/.281/6 in 249 ABs
30. Rhys Hoskins – This 2nd half is going to tell us a lot for Hoskins. Is he a 18-homer, 2nd half player or will he hit 12 homers? Doesn’t sound like a huge difference, but his end stats are going to look dramatically different depending on those six homers? *intern tugs on my sleeve* “Um, what if he hits neither 18 or 12 homers and hits, say, 15?” Shut up and get me my boba! Projections: 41/16/48/.260/4 in 241 ABs
31. Starling Marte – When I wrote this, Marte was ranked 30 on the Player Rater. Feels appropriate that’s around what I expect from him in the 2nd half too. If there’s one player who is who he is, Marte would qualify. Projections: 40/9/36/.282/15 in 246 ABs
32. Clayton Kershaw – Bums me out a bit that I think Kershaw is never going to be again who he once was. Speaking of Bums, woof, you have a while until you see him. Projections: 7-1/2.57/1.02/75 in 71 IP
33. Jacob deGrom – You know what would be so Mets? DeGrom ends the year with a sub-2 ERA and less than ten wins. Projections: 5-3/2.34/1.08/103 in 90 IP
34. Trevor Bauer – I’ve talked about this in the past, but if I could literally toot my own horn this much in real life I’d never leave my house. I ranked Bauer about 75 picks before everyone else in the preseason, and only didn’t write a sleeper post for him, because when I wrote my sleepers it was before everyone else ranked and I figured people would be smarter than they were. Overestimated! Projections: 7-2/2.78/1.11/104 in 89 IP
35. Nelson Cruz – I feel like I could give him a 16-homer projection and he could get that in either 55 games or 16 games. Projections: 36/16/47/.265/1 in 234 ABs
36. Trevor Story – I just cackled thinking about how I’m almost assuredly going to rank Story way higher than everyone else next year and watch as he has the worst year of his career. It’s that stupid camera again from The Twilight Zone. Projections: 36/14/46/.269/7 in 239 ABs
37. Edwin Encarnacion – Member that Price is Right game where they give a span of possible prices and it highlights like 50 cents after and 50 cents before and as long as they’re in that margin they win? I literally just named every Price is Right game, didn’t I? Anyway, you should look at this top 100 like one of those games. Think of a giant highlighter covering twenty picks, as it moves up it loses rankings below and vice versa. So as it moves up from ranking 20, ranking 40 disappears. What the eff does this have to do with anything? That’s pretty much the tiers for the 2nd half. Are Blackmon and Encarnacion really that different for a little less than half a season? No, they’re not. One is on the top of a tier, one is on the bottom. Yes, that was the easier way of saying that. Projections: 37/17/48/.242 in 229 ABs
38. Cody Bellinger – Because there’s a small contingent of people who like when I point out how awful I am at fantasy baseball even as they regularly read. I goofed on Bellinger this preseason. Not nearly as bad as that contingent would have you believe, but I was too aggressive on him. A neutral luck 35/10/.260 guy isn’t terrible, but I had him in the top 20, which was a bit aggressive. (That contingent will now say, “Bellinger wasn’t as bad as your (fill-in player name) ranking.” Projections: 36/15/40/.259/5 in 229 ABs
39. Anthony Rendon – Father, forgive me for I have sinned. I merely ranked Rendon ahead of Eugenio Suarez out of habit. What’s that? You’d like to see who out of their habit? Father! You should be confessing too! Projections: 41/13/43/.287/1 in 237 ABs
40. Eugenio Suarez – I don’t completely buy the average he had in the 1st half. That is the only strike against him. Projections: 38/15/45/.269/1 in 235 ABs
41. Joey Votto – Not to make this about next year, but I bet I’m going to be a lot lower on Votto next year than the big box sites. You can almost feel ESPN ranking Votto in the top 25 still in 2019, right? Projections: 47/12/39/.318/2 in 225 ABs
42. Edwin Diaz – Not sure if his 1st half has been talked about as much as it should. Someone ping Smokey and have him drop some knowledge — Edwinowledge? Edwience? Ed-101? Diaz has more saves already than last year, and he wasn’t bad last year! More about closers in the next blurb. Projections: 1-0/2.42/0.94/40, 28 saves in 30 IP
43. Craig Kimbrel – Same thinking with starters in the 1st half as I’m using for closers. The top ones are either way more valuable or useless depending on where you are in the standings. If you need homers, no matter how great Kimbrel is, he won’t help. Continued in next blurb. Projections: 1-0/2.25/0.90/39, 27 saves in 30 IP
44. Kenley Jansen – And if you badly need saves, a guy like Eddie Rosario is just not going to help. There will be similar shizz said in the Dee Gordon blurb when we get there. Either crazy valuable or nearly worthless. Orf course, they do get some other stats, so not completely worthless. Continued to next blurb. Projections: 1-1/2.28/0.93/37, 27 saves in 31 IP
45. Aroldis Chapman – Finally, if you need to make up saves, you pay for a top one and move in the standings. Gambling on a guy like, say, Sergio Romo to make a difference isn’t as great at this point in the season. Projections: 0-1/2.18/0.91/39, 26 saves in 29 IP
46. Max Muncy – Let’s be real here, if he hits five homers and runs backwards around the base all five times, and five homers are then subtracted from his stat line, he still had a huge year for where you drafted him. Unless he goes to the plate, spinning his nose on the bat handle, he likely won’t run backwards around the bases, so, like you’re playing ’94 Sega Hockey, it’s all icing. Projections: 40/11/35/.267/2 in 231 ABs
47. Dee Gordon – Like Pablo Sandoval doing gymnastics, the splits have not been pretty for Gordon, but if you just need steals, you need to do what you gotta do. SAGNOF runs both ways, and what I said for the closers applies for Gordon. It’s almost why if I needed steals I could see trading for Billy Hamilton. Almost! Projections: 42/1/17/.295/20 in 267 ABs
48. Christian Yelich – He will have been worth owning by the time October rolls around, but Yelich is the type of player who you own for only one half and you yawn a lot and it’s not out of empathy. Projections: 45/10/32/.290/9 in 247 ABs
49. Gerrit Cole – You know how every pitcher the Astros trade for gets exponentially better? If not, ask Trevor Bauer. With that in mind, you know within three years they’re going to trade for Jon Gray and Vince Velasquez and they will immediately be top 10 starters. You know this, right? I mean, it’s so obvious. How about they up the stakes and sign Shia LaBeouf? Yeah, goddamnit, turn Shia LaBeouf into a major league pitcher! Projections: 8-2/2.92/1.05/80 in 70 IP
50. Aaron Nola – I just gave you my Aaron Nola fantasy. It was written because, “I’m still crazy after all these years.” Projections: 6-3/2.76/1.05/68 in 67 IP
51. Khris Davis – 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. Davis is one of those guys. For those who are counting on Alfonseca’s hand, Davis is the 2nd pinkie. Projections: 38/19/45/.245 in 238 ABs
52. Lorenzo Cain – Whether you call him Lo-Cain, Runnin’ Cain, Cain…Sugar! or the Devil’s Dandruff, you sound like Keith Hernandez in the mid-80’s. Projections: 43/8/22/.301/15 in 242 ABs
53. Noah Syndergaard – If his minor injury was really minor, it means A) The Mets were able to accurately diagnose him. B) A pitcher injury on the Mets can be minor. C) There’s no C. D) The Mets aren’t saying Syndergaard will be fine just so they can trade him. E) A thru D minus C with exclamations. F) The Mets. Projections: 4-2/2.43/1.06/71 in 61 IP
54. Blake Snell – This was funny (to me). Some ‘perts went over their biggest surprises of the 1st half. A few said Elvis Andrus as a bust (I called that), some said Blake Snell busting out (I called that), some said Muncy (I had no clue on that), a few even said Miles Mikolas (I own him and told all of you that I’d own him before Ohtani), someone couldn’t believe how good Trevor Bauer’s been (you know I was all over that) and one even was surprised by Mike Foltynewicz (I own him too and told you to do the same). I guess what’s funny (not funny) is I can understand why we are one of the most popular fantasy sites. I’m predicting months ahead of time what people are later shocked about. Projections: 5-2/2.76/1.11/80 in 70 IP
55. Scooter Gennett – He needs a cool nickname. How about Vespa Jones? Sounds like a part Beyonce would play in an Austin Powers movie. Or the name Andre 3000 uses when he’s staying at a hotel. And what’s cooler than cool?! Ice cold! (Lots of Andre 3000 appearances in the top 100. Comeback?) Projections: 39/13/42/.289/2 in 241 ABs
56. Jesus Aguilar – I dipped my finger into an ashtray at my local pool hall, rubbed the ash on my forehead and kneeled in front of my waiver wire. Jesus Aguilar did not appear to me, but Jesus Sucre did. I will purchase a Pray Better kneeling pad from Joel Osteen and try again after the break. Projections: 32/12/38/.271 in 219 ABs
57. Jean Segura – Means very little, but I went back to my preseason top 100 because I felt like Segura was ranked around here then, and, pretty close, at 56 overall. Surrounded by Donaldson, Chris Taylor, Wil Myers and Puig, i.e, Woof, Dr. Woofenstein, Woofman Jackshizz and Wooferine. Projections: 43/5/23/.304/12 in 247 ABs
58. Justin Upton – Want a guy who could be a top 10 fantasy guy in the 2nd half or not worth owning by August 15th? Look no further! Metaphorically! Don’t shut your browser window! Whoa, was that a Bronies subreddit in your other browser window? All this time I thought you were simply a fan of The Outsiders’ Ponyboy. Projections: 30/13/40/.251/3 in 239 ABs
59. Jose Abreu – He’s gotta lot of work to do in the 2nd half to make up for the 1st half. But he could have one huge week and be exactly on pace for his preseason projections. Yes, it would be a very huge week, but seven days never the less! Projections: 34/13/41/.283 in 251 ABs
60. Didi Gregorius – Damn right I like the lineup The Gregorius D.I.D. live in so I went from negative to positive. It’s all good, baby baby. Projections: 37/11/41/.258/5 in 255 ABs
61. Xander Bogaerts – This is how I went about ranking the last five or six players: do I want Correa or Scooter (Aguilar, Segura, etc)? So, Bogaerts or Correa? Yes, Xander, but I could see Correa returning by end of July and moving up. Speaking of up, how about that new launch angle on Bogaerts? On pace for almost exactly same number of homers this year as he hit two years ago. At least he’s not swinging his bat towards the catcher like last year. Projections: 38/10/45/.275/2 in 239 ABs
62. Carlos Correa – Someone should have a summit with Correa that goes like this, “Stop sucking.” “Is that it?” “Yes, wanna grab lunch?” How easy is that? Projections: 34/12/40/.279/1 in 202 ABs
63. Ronald Acuna – While he was on the DL, I stood outside The House Ted Turner Sneers At with a sign that read, “Tilde Come Back,” until Tilde came back. Now I’m wondering if we might be a year early on him, but then I see him hit a ball 475 feet without any effort and run out an infield single quicker than 98% of players and I’m still in. Projections: 31/12/39/.273/5 in 239 ABs
64. Juan Soto – I’m stanning hard on Sexy Dr. Pepper. This means a lot because I have never drank any kind of cola in my life — it’s one of my claims to fame; 27 more years and I get into Guinness; for now I’m just a dopey guinea. Was difficult for me to put The Tilde in front of him, but Soto has 5-steal speed and Acuña has 20-steal speed. You know I’m still Mr. Peepers on Sexy Dr. Pepper. Projections: 38/10/31/.292/1 in 244 ABs
65. Marcell Ozuna – This little sub-tier from OZUNA to Pollock could be ranked anywhere from top 25 to after the top 250. OZUNA blushes from embarrassment for his play in 1st half. OZUNA cheeks so red. Coincidentally, OZUNA clowned you in the 1st half. Projections: 37/13/42/.281/1 in 261 ABs
66. Gary Sanchez – Could be Alfonseca’s 2nd index finger, but could also re-injure himself and be useless. Also, went over him in the video in Friday’s Buy/Sell. Projections: 31/12/37/.264 in 212 ABs
67. A.J. Pollock – I’d move Pollock up fifty spots if he played every game wearing socks with flip-flops like every Pollock I’ve known in my life. Projections: 30/6/32/.272/11 in 205 ABs
68. Jose Berrios – You know what we’re looking at with Berrios? Under-ranked next year and will be next year’s Aaron Nola and the ace on our fantasy teams. Don’t ask how I know this shizz when I don’t even know my wife’s phone number. Projections: 5-2/3.51/1.07/61 in 60 IP
69. Nomar Mazara – I wonder if he’s named Nomar after Garciaparra or if his dyslexic dad’s name is also Ramon. Projections: 33/12/41/.272/1 in 231 ABs
70. Whit Merrifield – To Whit, because no one else runs anymore. Projections: 35/8/23/.297/16 in 249 ABs
71. DJ LeMahieu – 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. It’s an Eff sandwich with Don’t Know bread. Projections: 42/6/22/.308/5 in 246 ABs
72. Carlos Carrasco – If it’s not apparent, pitchers have issues at this point. Not just with injuries or ‘can’t throw a full season of innings.’ Carrasco got old this year. Age doesn’t have to be the death knell of one’s career, e.g. Verlander, E.G. Marshall, but Carrasco might need to become a different pitcher. Projections: 7-3/3.67/1.17/74 in 70 IP
73. Charlie Morton – In case it’s not completely clear, I don’t love this tier of pitchers. I liked Morton a lot in the preseason, told you to draft him, but now I’m seeing how he hasn’t thrown more than 160 IP in seven years, walks are up and has struggled a bit of late. He was also the Sell in Friday’s video. Projections: 4-3/3.35/1.15/69 in 61 IP
74. Lance McCullers – There’s a small bugaboo as far as McCullers is concerned. He’s never thrown more than 125 2/3 IP in a major league season. He was in Friday’s Sell too. (Recurring Theme Alert!) Projections: 5-2/2.89/1.09/54 in 48 IP
75. Madison Bumgarner – I had Bumgarner ranked much higher than this, because I just assumed he was the ace he had always been, but then I looked at his peripherals and now I’m beginning to think I need to make him a Sell in this Friday’s Buy/Sell. Wow, he is not the same pitcher anymore at all. It’s appropriate he likes to ride dirt bikes, because his stats look like they were ridden hard and put away wet. Projections: 6-2/3.65/1.22/75 in 83 IP
76. Zack Greinke – Actually, mansplainly, Greinke is safer than other guys in this tier of starters, but he’s also a bit of a bore, and nearly Rick Porcello for reliably ‘just okay.’ Projections: 5-4/3.54/1.16/77 in 75 IP
77. Nicholas Castellanos – The Greek God of Hard Contact presides over his booth in the Mt. Olympus diner carrying a baseball bat and wearing a glove, which makes it very difficult to open one of those little jelly packets that you have to tear the corner on. “I am the Greek God of Hard Contact, could someone please jelly my goddamn bread?!” Projections: 35/12/40/.297/1 in 239 ABs
78. Ender Inciarte – This little tier of players, from Ender to Corbin, I call “Guys you may not realize are doing so well,” which is different than “Guys you may not realize are doing so…….well…..” Which is someone reading this while falling into a well. Projections: 41/5/22/.282/17 in 248 ABs
79. Blake Treinen – Good as time as any to point out how quickly these rankings could change. If Treinen goes a week while struggling or is traded, then his value could plummet, but his 1st half was an easy $12 Salad with extra Waldorf. Projections: 2-1/2.45/1.00/35, 22 saves in 33 IP
80. Odubel Herrera – In Google, ODB has recently switched from the top result of Ol’ Dirty Bastard to Our Daily Bread, a prayer site. Both had conversations with U-God, I guess. Projections: 37/12/42/.284/5 in 238 ABs
81. Patrick Corbin – Likely doing a half-assed job of counting, but Corbin, Mazara, Castellanos, Tim Anderson and Blake Snell were preseason sleepers of mine. Legit just skimmed the post for guys I think I wrote sleeper posts on and might be missing someone. This, Orf course, means nothing because I’m the one ranking them. And it’s confirmation bias. And I’m not even pretending to count well! However, I think I did very well this year ranking. I was higher than everyone on Jo-Ram, Lindor; some people freaked on Goldy, I didn’t; I liked Trevor Bauer and Mikolas more than most and I hated Correa, Andrus, Donaldson and Pham. Only limb I was way out on that I goofed on was my hate on Judge. Projections: 5-2/3.59/1.12/75 in 69 IP
82. Matt Kemp – If you feel like at any moment the bottom is going to fall out on Kemp, you’re not alone. With everything else in life, you are alone. Projections: 31/10/35/.292/1 in 208 ABs
83. Carlos Martinez – This is more about track record, because his peripherals could easily push him out of the top 100. There’s something wrong under the hood, which sounds like a good tag line for a gynecologist’s business card. Projections: 6-3/3.72/1.30/74 in 72 IP
84. Mitch Haniger – You could throw 15 players with 12-homer, .265 potential in the 2nd half into a hat and rank 10 of them and not the other five and then switch them all around and it could all be the correct ranking, i.e., Haniger or, say, Grichuk? Haniger, but, honestly, that could be Grichuk. Haniger is just safer and has been hitting third. Projections: 37/12/40/.265/3 in 237 ABs
85. Wil Myers – Speaking of how quickly things change, Myers may not have made the top 100 two weeks ago. Projections: 32/13/34/.273/6 in 226 ABs
86. Michael Brantley – Why do I feel like I just ranked my first guy who I’m going to be telling people to drop before August 1st? Sorry, just no support for Mi-Bra. Projections: 36/9/39/.305/4 in 217 ABs
87. Yoenis Cespedes – Honestly, has no business being ranked, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, which is similar but different than Sally Field’s kids who had the benefit of Doubtfire. Projections: 28/12/36/.274/1 in 202 ABs
88. Tommy Pham – Funny (not funny) to be the defender of Pham now after I said he was way overrated in the preseason. He has been disappointing, but he is hitting for power and stealing bases which boosts his fantasy value (Phamtasy value?). Projections: 39/8/27/.261/9 in 238 ABs
89. Eric Hosmer – When he finishes his first year in Petco, he should fire his agent. “So, I could’ve went to the Red Sox or Coors and I’m in San Diego?!” Then, rethinking, “Weather is nice, though.” Getting a lot of questions recently about dropping Hosmer, obviously I wouldn’t do that, but this ranking is about what he can do vs. what he has done. By the way, “What he can do vs. What he has done” sounds like what’s written on the back of a “The Future is Female” t-shirt. Projections: 31/12/38/.281/4 in 233 ABs
90. Josh Donaldson – Nothing says he should be ranked, but he could also be Alfonseca’s third thumb, though that could just be because he’s for extra sucks. Projections: 28/12/32/.249/1 in 197 ABs
91. Willson Contreras – Yes, I’m suggesting you buy two catchers before the 2nd half even begins. Within reason, Orf course, but Willson is not suddenly a 12-homer hitter. More like a 12+ homers in the 2nd half. Projections: 29/13/34/.273/2 in 212 ABs
92. Mike Moustakas – The Royals should trade Moistasskiss to whoever wants him. *thinks about how he didn’t sign with any clubs even after he went around to teams at the Winter Meetings like Jerry Maguire* Okay, so maybe no one wants him. Projections: 27/13/34/.260/1 in 239 ABs
93. Tim Anderson – In the preseason, I ranked him 102 overall; ESPN and Yahoo ranked Anderson 216 and 210 respectively. Or disrespectively, what a jizzoke. Projections: 34/9/29/.251/10 in 247 ABs
94. Stephen Strasburg – The Nats should have Strasburg pitch to Wieters like some kind of tap-out scenario where the first player to get hurt loses. Announcer, “He’s on pitch 96 and..it looks like Wieters is grabbing his hammy! Strasburg could win this–Wait, he is now grabbing his forearm!” Projections: 4-3/3.62/1.12/64 in 55 IP
95. James Paxton – This is a Rest of Season Player Rater call and nothing else. More than half of me is expecting Paxton to not throw more than 30 IP in the 2nd half. 53% of me expects it, to be exact. Projections: 5-3/3.34/1.09/61 in 54 IP
96. Jose Martinez – Just talked about Jo-Ma in the last Buy/Sell/Hold video. View it multiple times and make me lots of one-eighteenth of a pennies! Projections: 36/10/39/.304/1 in 226 ABs
97. Matt Carpenter – Cardinals are really filling up the back end. Hmm, bad choice of words. Projections: 43/11/30/.257/1 in 235 ABs
98. Rafael Devers – Watch the Sawx trade for Machado and Devers goes into DH rotation with Steve Pearce and *raspberries lips* However, I still believe in Devers — Delivers? That doesn’t work. Relyver? Nope, that’s bad too. That movie with Ed Norton and Ben Stiller, Keeping the Rafaithel. That’s the worst! Projections: 30/10/35/.261/4 in 230 ABs
99. Ian Desmond – These last few are essentially saying to you, “Put down the pumpkin spice, you basic snitch, and take a flyer on a guy who could be a top 25 guy in the 2nd half.” Projections: 28/13/37/.233/5 in 224 ABs
100. Kyle Tucker – 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: 22/8/31/.266/8 in 223 ABs
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 Justin Smoak, 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.
One more trade option in a keep forever dynasty with escalating annual salaries. 6×6 with OBP and HRA as extra categories.
I give: Kris Bryant ($13)
I get: Luis Severino ($4)
While I don’t have much 3B depth (Lowrie would slide into Bryant’s slot), I am otherwise hitting rich and starting pitching poor. Seems like a good deal with pretty even value, but with the $9 swing in salary to my benefit and my roster composition in addition, it should be strongly in my favor. Agree?
Works for me
Am I nuts to think that Jack Flaherty ROS could be as good as Carrasco? I’m holding up a trade for Carrasco because of this, FYI. Flaherty’s xstats look fantastic as does his Contact%, Soft%, & Hard%. I play in a 12 team, H2H keeper league (keep 8) with 6×6 categories (W, K, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9). Flaherty is $6, Carrasco is $31.
Not nuts, but seems like a long shot… At $6 tho he’s a better keeper, obviously
Where do you see Miguel Andujar vs guys like Longoria 2nd half?
tepera or strop? nabbed cishek hours ago but it ain’t him babe. tepera probably set till osuna’s back though. hicks also out there and am a norris owner.
hehehehe, heyward, who doesn’t really steal anymore, decided to off molina (not often a good idea, but molina, likely having some memory of heyward’s speed, didn’t see this coming or him doing it successfully). zobrist though, is a bit more outside of his speed years and that didn’t work.
anybody else in STL or CUBS towns have the idea that
– fowler (outside of last year) and heyward (for his first 2 full years on CUBS along with the first few weeks of this year) are/were actually moles, sent by their previous teams to mess them up with horrible hitting? i can’t be the first to have thought this.
so it’s not cishek then anyway. might be the sire of burger sandwiches, or strop. the waiting sucks.
holy crap, is that the “bass” RP that was part of the rizzo trade to CUBS in the first place years ago, it was the (horribly stupid on SD’s part, pre-preller they were run VERY badly) bass and cash (cashner) for rizzo trade. back when rizzo couldn’t hit lefties at all but still that trade looked bad.
– and with all the pretty good RP options CUBS have, WHY IN THE F is bass getting the 6th inning in a holds spot when at least 5 guys better here. all of which are well rested.
@Eli Man Penguin Boy: i checked, there wasn’t a bass + cash trade, but bass and cash DID pitch on SD at same time and there were innings that went cash to bass, and this was right when SD got cashner for rizzo.
Is Beltre droppable in like….all league?
@Martin: he’s probably quite good in points leagues, hits for average, doesn’t K much. super deep leagues also, as he’ll probably have a much higher rate of staying healthy now that he DH’s most of the time.
yuck on carmart, for a sec thought he just got porcello’d in the 5th inning, but then looked back, the K’s are gone (unless CUBS changed this year they used to be like a top 4 K’ing team for a few years), today TONS of linedrives (so maybe those multitude of non-field singles deserved in the 5th), good luck on those till the 5th. at least he got rid of his crazy BB’s the last 3 or 4 starts, but man those K’s have gotta come back up, and groundouts over lineouts.
@Eli Man Penguin Boy: the cutter and changeup were both getting hid the hardest, and for some reason even though he in the earlier innings had good velo on the 4 seam (see recent article here on the control on that being his main issue since back from DL) he just stopped using it later. changeup was left too high in zone, and if you aren’t using your fastest pitch high (4 seam) it’s not a good idea to throw the slow one high.
DeJong or Chris Taylor?
@VinWins: Or our baserunning.
@VinWins: yeah but this guy DOES take out a SP even if it costs him a “win” for pinch hitters that might, ya know actually help the team score runs, and even (gasp) explains his thinking about those decisions after the fact. oh yeah, and this new guy actually managed baseball teams BEFORE getting the STL job, matheny coached i think, what, 10-12 year olds for a total of like 2 years before getting the STL job. new guy has progressed from the low minors to the high ones (doing well at all of them) the way you’d think coaches actually would be before getting an MLB job.
and my guess is he’ll run a bullpen better than a monkey throwing darts at a wall with the names of his RP on it (something for at least 2 consecutive of matheny’s years couldn’t be said of him). why not just let maddux run that stuff i have no clue though.
Somehow the Matheny firing didn’t improve our fielding.
Or Jose Martinez’s playing time
Couple of questions:
1) Does Strickland jump immediately back into the closers role when he comes off the DL in a month? Stash him now?
2) Do you think the Machado signing squeezes Joc on playing time with Bellinger and Taylor playing more center?
3) Who do you like better for speculative saves between Stammen and Steckenrider?
1. If the Giants bullpen looks like it does now in a month 2. Yup 3. Steckenrider
@CP: why wouldn’t it just squeeze taylor more, joc (against righties, already is BN vs lefties) has actually hit well. taylor, not really at all.
@The Harrow: Taylor definitely won’t be an everyday player going forward but just thinking there will be times now even vs righties when they will want to get Taylor/Kike/Muncy/Bellinger/Puig some ab’s and Joc could be the odd man out on occasion
I received an interesting offer… my Snell and Brantley for his Blackmon and Godley. My current OF is Harper, Betts, Brantley, Acuna and SP is Bauer, Snell, Pivetta, Mikolas, Bieber and Duffy.
Would you give Travis Shaw for Kyle Hendricks?
more hand/morrow caused situations:
3. 14 teamer where we keep 2 RP per year and holds added. so hand is still elite no matter what his role is. have 5 spots and kimbrel/hand/bradley/kelly/alexander. for the first time all year i’ll shortly be saves weak. drop which of kelly/alexander for one of: (due to holds and saves there are a decent amount of closers out here, probably too many): greene, tepera, soria, gsellman, cishek, w.smith, w.peralta
4. AL only with holds and saves where i’m saves weak. have 4 spots for j.anderson, brach (hope givens is also traded with britton, givens is owned), kelvin (had him when closing on KC), romo. if we didn’t have QS (or i had a completely horrible SP but i’m pretty ok) i could put romo in SP slot and nab a 5th RP here. d.castillo might close later and i could nab him. guessing hand isn’t worth 20/100 here as while he’s better than brach/j.anderson for sure probably not THAT much better. might be best served holding my money for a hitter who might get traded to AL.
i’d ask smokey too but he’s been out for about half a week.
3. Kelly, I’d try Greene, but all varyign shades of who knows 4. Meh, I’d hold
wellsy this hand shake (up) is GOOD for me in NL only where i had TOO many closers not enough holds in sera anthony, hand, minter, boxy but everywhere else it isn’t good. missed yates in league #1 due to missing train (where i WOULD’VE been awake and at interwebs). hopefully yates is flipped too and i can nab stammen or maton.
1. 14 teamer with saves only, have hicks/jimenez/greene/rondon/romo drop jimenez for the sire of sandwich (CUBS) or cishek (or hicks drop)? comes down to some factors:
1.a is cishek CUBS closer now (probably), for how long
1b. how F’d up is norris
1c. how likely is it greene gets traded
2. 12 teamer with saves only, have treinen, hand, norris, chapman. drop hand for which of these (also lost yates here due to same as in 1): hicks, cishek, gsellman. this is auction budget league and next year i won’t have chapman, will have treinen, hand is a good price but little use if no closing (some use K/9 here too).
1. Hold 2. Hicks
I have 5 players that should be coming back soon from the DL: Correa, Sanchez, Braun, Thames, and Torres. Would you drop Braun and Thames along with B. Hamiton E. Gattis and J. Pederson ot make room for other three (Correa, Torres, and Sanchez?
What’s good Grey? Appreciate you answering questions on your two days off, if “days off” really exist for you?
So I’m “fortunate enough” to have both Hand and Allen. I’m assuming Hand goes into middle relief, but I can also see where Francona plays match-up’s in the 9th. I’m thinking don’t be reactionary and hold onto both. Thoughts?
I currently have Hand, Allen, Treinen, Rondon, and picked up Hicks (per your suggestion…thank you). Yates is on waivers, but I don’t really want to bid an exorbitant amount on him as I think he could get moved (i.e., he’s older and doesn’t have a proven track record) in the next couple weeks. I also don’t want to drop Hand or Allen if they’re going to be the one closing. I get it’s a round-a-bout question, but any advice would be appreciated.
What’s good poop? I’d hold both for now, Hand is likely taking a hit tho… and Allen… they might share duties
@Grey: Ugh. Appreciate the feedback!
No problem, ‘poop — No pooplem?
Ohtani or Trumbo util spot?
@Grey: thank you
12 team keeper. players inflate by 3 rounds once they are kept. I’m tied for first right now, and could use help at SP. What do you think about this trade?
Acquire deGrom — could be kept in round 3 next year
trade away —
Alex Reyes — can be kept in round 12 next year
Jack Flaherty — can be kept in round 23 next year
Seems like an obvious deal, but giving up those two guys for all that time is tough.
rest of my staff:
Jimmy Nelson (though it looks like he won’t be useful TY)
Cats are IP, QS, ERA, WHIP, Sv, K/9
@curiousgeorgespringer: I forgot that I also have Rich Hill on this team.
I’d take deGrom quickfast to win this year
Standard 5×5 season-long roto using QS, K, ERA, WHIP for SP.
Please rank in order you prefer that will provide the best counting stats without killing ratios:
Next seasons Nola is Berrios? Who is it that likes to point out you were wrong? I’m just here for the $1 Bets we never pay off.
I bet Berrios is ranked higher than Skaggs and Folty next year, and those are the two guys that anchor your staff.
Could be, Skaggs can’t stay healthy and Folty has command issues tho, but don’t dislike them
Pick two streamers please
Eovaldi at home vsMia
Gaviglio at home vs Balt
Stroman at home vsBalt
Velasquez at home vs SD
SON likes all of them
@Grey: thank tou
Trumbo,Winker, Piscotty. Whos the drop?
Need to drop a pitcher to make room for Strasburg tomorrow.
Drop Flaherty, Rodon, Godley, Alex Wood or Seranthony Dominguez? I could also keep Strasburg on the DL until someone else replaces him there. I’m not very excited about dropping any of these guys.
Pick up Yates over Norris?? I also have Seranthony, Knebel, Treinen, & Hector Rondon
12 team 5×5 obp keeper league.
Was just offered Freeman (not keepable), Mccullers (keepable at $17 for next year) for my Rendon (keepable at $19 for next year) and Kingham (keepable at $10 next year then $13 year after)
My first instinct was to press accept immediately, but looking at Freeman and Rendon they aren’t as far off each other as I thought in their projections and I could keep Rendon next year at a decent price. I’m in third this year and the offer came from the 4th place team who is trying to trade with either me or the 1st place team to sell for the year.
Which side? Should I do the deal?
Thinking about countering trying to get Freeman and Kluber for Rendon, Kingham and another pitcher or two I have who are keepable (Bieber, Folty, Pivetta).. thoughts?
Try that counter
@Grey: Which of the three pitchers would you include in the initial counter offer?
@Grey: My Folty $5, $10, $13 Kingham $5, $10, $13 Rendon $15, $19, x for his Freeman Kluber (both $35+)
Do the deal? Hurts a lot because those are all potential keepers I like…and guys who could help me ROS. I don’t feel there’s a huge difference between Freeman and Rendon. Kluber and his knee worry me.
C E.Gattis ($13, x, x)
C R.Martin ($5, $10, $13)
1B M. Carpenter ($13, $16, $20)
2B B. Dozier ($22, $27, $33)
3B A. Rendon ($15, $19, x)
SS T. Story ($10, x, x)
MI R. Odor ($9, $13, $16)
CI E. Escobar ($5, $10, $13)
OF G. Stanton ($29, $35, x)
OF J. Upton ($22, $27, $33)
OF C.Bellinger ($31, $38, $45)
OF A. Eaton ($13, $16, $20)
OF M. Taylor ($4, $9, $13)
DH N. Cruz ($13, $16, $20)
DL Y. Puig ($10, $13, x)
P J. Verlander ($16, x, x)
P M. Mikolas ($1, $6, $9)
P N. Pivetta ($5, $10, $13)
P S. Bieber ($5, $10, $13)
P N. Kingham ($5, $10, $13)
P J. Jimenez ($5, $10, $13)
P M. Foltynewicz ($5, $10, $13)
P K. Yates ($5, $10, $13)
P S. Dominguez ($5, $10, $13)
BN J. Gray ($8, $12, $15)
BN A. Heaney ($5, $10, $13)
BN S. Doolittle ($10, $15, x)
DL H. Strickland ($5, $10, $13)
DL J. Nelson ($1, $6, $9)
This doesn’t sound like a deal you need to do
@Grey: Thanks Grey. Appreciate it.
Hi Grey, who should I pick up?
Piscotty, Cron, Olson, or Bird, or stash Cano,
I’m in a daily league with a category for holds and another one for saves.
My current pen is: Hader, Yates, Cody Allen, Box, Kela (I also have seranthony in a SP spot) Would you swap any of these relievers with carl edwards?
Oh, I see, you’re heavy on saves and light on holds? Then switch Allen with Edwards
@Grey: I didn’t mention I also have Osuna stashed. Would you rather have Allen now with hand there or Osuna? I’m in second in saves and ratios and k’s are most important to me.
Allen, but maybe Osuna in a few weeks
Great stuff …definitely look forward to 2nd half rankings. A bit surprising that the very steady Freeman is ranked after Goldy but I guess he maybe makes up for the slow start & ends up with his usual numbers
1) I got offered a trade just minutes ago & rejected it in a 12 team 7X7 with OPS dynasty league.
His Dozier & Mikolas for my Schoop & Bauer. Reject was the right call??
2) The robot seems to hate Cardinal SPs (C Mart & Mikolas) vs Cubs in Chicago …agree??
3) Currently using Adams in my CI which hittertron does not like for the weekend at -12.1
Others available are Bell 13.5; Moreland 7.5; Morales 8.2; B Anderson -0.2; Bautista; & Flores 9.7. I am near the top in Runs & SBs & mid pack in HRs but near the bottom in RBIs & Avg
Your call for the weekend?? ROS??
1. Sounds fine to reject in a dynasty 2. Wrigley is not an easy place to pitch, I am starting my Cards pitchers tho 3. I’d go with the machine, try Bell
@Grey: When C-mart is on & not walking 4 or 5 hitters he can be very good. He had a couple of decent starts then was pretty erratic again last time out (I think)….hope we get the good C-mart.
Are we starting CarMart at Cubs tonight?
Think you have to
He better perform! I need to trade his ass.
Glad to see baseball coming up. ASB had me making trades out of boredom, Grey.
So in a 12tm H2H weekly redraft after 4 trades over the break this is how it ended up…
I give up: Albies, Rendon, Ozuna, Moncada, Bauer, Folty
I get: Machado, Stanton, Springer, Archer
Sounds solid for you
@Grey: Figured I’d go for it… poolside Mai Thais and flipping trades… since it’s a weekly league not doing many bench bats but might need a bat that’s MI eligible in case Rizzo goes down (2B).. would you spend a move to pick up Happ who is 2B/3B eligible or hold until I need it
Sounds like you’re living the life!
@Grey: Ha! I don’t know Grey…someones in Aspen hitting up Mansions.. Buy some shares in the Pacers! You buying Happ or hold for now
I am living my best life, this is true
@Grey: Enjoy! And safe travels
Hey Grey! Which side do you like in the below? Keep forever, 12 team roto.
A. $13 JDM or $21 Freeman
B. $13 JDM + $5 Peraza + $1 Bearclaw or $21 Freeman and $16 Dozier
JDM side in either?
A. JD B. Freeman
Can you rank in a QS league:
Flaherty, Bueller, Skags, Wood
In AL keeper, Marwin or Palka?
Would you rather have Bauer, Hoskins, or Verlander next year? About that order?
Is sending Cruz and Cespedes for Bauer in a keeper a drastic overpayment, or not terrible if I can get something else added in?
Hoskins, Bauer — Sounds fair for next year
@Grey: Thanks, would Corbin slot in before or after Verlander in my list?
Any idea if Hand closes in Cleveland? I’ve been looking, but haven’t found anything.
Prolly vs. heavy lefty 9ths
@Grey: Ugh. Timeshares stink in real estate, and in fantasy baseball.
Pick one for ROS – R. Zimmerman, E. Hosmer, M. Trumbo, M. Olson?
Pick one for ROS – W. Buehler, K. Gibson, J. Musgrove, A. Heaney, N. Eovaldi?
What to do with C. Allen? Hold or drop for K. Herrera, R. Tepera, V. Arano?
Hosmer… Musgrove… hold Allen
Souza or Trumbo ROS? deep 10-tm 5×5 roto. of course the O’s are miserable but does Machado leaving help or hurt Trumbo’s outlook?
@Gonzo: I would roll with one of them as my 5th OF but have my doubts about Souza’s health and the depth in AZ’s outfield, he’s sat twice since returning.
Not sure why it would help… Souza
@Grey: heh, I figured but I’m one insecure fella, you don’t even know… Thanks for the sage advice!
Ha, no problem
12 team 6×6 h2h OPS
Which two utility/bench bats of this group?
Drop Shane Greene for Kirby Yates?
Would you drop Cron or Franco for Mejia? Hold?
I’m really strong at average, so I can probably trade away Votto. I’m a little shallow at starter, and an owner who wants him has all of Morton, Lance, and Madbum.
1. Would you trade him for any of them? I know there’s like a 20 or so difference.
2. I’m assuming you stand strong on what order you’d take them in (Morton, Lance) but would you not do it for like Madbum? Or all are fine? Thanks
1. I wouldn’t 2. I’d want more
@Grey: If he threw in Hosmer, would that help?
@Grey: Ok he’s gonna do it, but I have a choice of either of the 3. Should I take Morton I assume?
If you want, I do think Morton is going to have problems in the 2nd half
@Grey: I sorta agree, a part of me trusts Madbum a little more. Plus, the volume on innings helps. Maybe I should just do Madbum.
Bum is safer for IP not near elite numbers
Kirby Yates or Kela for saves ROS?
Good morning. Was offered Trea Turner and Soto for my Dozier and S. Marte in my 13 team keep for 3 year roto league. Both Marte and Turner’s contracts expire this year. Soto can be kept for two more and Dozier for one more. I am battling for first this year and want to know your thoughts if I should make the trade. All hitting categories are really tight.
I’d take Trea to win this year
Fluffing up my SPs. Attempting a trade before your BUY/SELL/HOLD this FRI
Ozuna for Bumgarner then pickup J. Soto off F.A.?
Seems decent, ya?
Works for me
ESPN just released new dynasty list. People are using it to start to offer trades, which makes me cringe. Will there be any dynasty/keeper list updates here soon to keep me sane?
Also, just for laughs, which of their top 50 are the most egregious IYO? Thanks
I don’t plan on looking at their list… Let me ping a few people to see if we can get a dynasty list
Harper or Machado, obp 14-team keep forever?
Splitting hairs or does Machado get a boost from shift to NL?
Who would you rather have in September…..
1. Morton or MadBum
2. Hendricks or Wood
1. Bumgarner is likely going to be pitching and Morton won’t 2. Wood
I currently own 5 closers (including Norris). Out of this list who would you pick up in place of Norris
Hicks if you need more saves, otherwise Bauers or Heaney depending on needs — if all bench guys, stash Cano
@Grey: I currently have Rodriguez, Paxton, Darvish, and Eflin on the mend. I know Paxton and Eflin are going to be back soon. I’m not hurting for hitters at the moment but I’m interested in Cano for the long term. Would you recommend this based on my situation or pick up one of the pitchers mentioned and/or Freddy Peralta?
Trade K. Davis and E. Hosmer to get J. Abreu and W. Merrifield?
Works for me
Trying to upgrade SP. I’m looking at C Mart because he’s on one of the few teams willing to make a deal.
Give Whit/ Barraclough and get C Mart
Give Whit/ Brad Hand and get Cole
These are both fair, right? Which would you prefer?
I’d prefer Cole, I’d do either
@Grey: Dang, first offer was Whit/ Hand for Carlos Martinez. Trade analyzer showed that as giving too much earlier. Wish I would have taken that since Hand will likely set up in Cleveland.
@Grey: Is giving Whit for Folty too much?
If I wanted to package Newcomb and Quintana for a SP who would be a couple good targets? It’s a H2H keeper league
Also love the write up, but Bryant is waaaaaaaaaaay too high. Guy is literally below average across the board in every single qualify of contact category. Below average max velo, below avg distance, below everything. He traded power for contact. Not saying he couldn’t trade it back…but that would not be an in-season thing
Thanks! Yeah, potentially too high on Bryant, hoping launching pad that is Wrigley in August helps
How does your season to date player rater work? I.e why does it show up as different than the leagues actual rankings do? I.e for a 5×5 on yahoo they show Jram, Betts, JD, Lindor, Trout, Baez, and you show Trout, Lindor, Jram, Betts, Jd, Baez
Yahoo specifically accounts for 3 OFs vs. 5 OFs and 2 UTIL vs. 1 UTIL… ESPN is 5 OF… Player Rater’s are fueled by Steamer projections, regularly voted best projections for baseball — can google Steamer projections accuracy if you want to see… My rankings are projections by me
1. Saves and holds league. Best bet to contribute in playoffs come September. Please rank top two in order:
Robertson, Herrera, Parker, Hicks, Hildeberger, Alvarado, D Castillo, Fields, Strickland, Gsellman.
2. Which side you prefer….Kluber and Robertson for Morton and MadBum. Close?
1. Your rank is fine 2. Kluber
Who do I drop to activate Strasburg? 5×5 scoring + OBP
DeJong, Daniel Murphy, Peraza, Godley, or Jon Gray
@Jon: or Fulmer. He could go, too.
I’d lose Fulmer if needed those bats
Are these bench bats?
Piscotty, Odor, A Hicks, CarGo… Pls rank for H2H 5×5 12-team… Thanks
@Grey: SON likes Stroman at home vs bal. Know youre not a huge fan of Stro. You buying against the machadoless O’s?
I’d stream him
Based on your rankings I know the answer, but I still want to see your opinion because I don’t have many droppable players so you may tell me to stand pat.
5X5 Yahoo 12 Team redraft league with OBP in place of AVG. I am in 2nd and not far from first. Between 1-3 we’re pretty much way ahead of 4-12 place.
Anyhow, I am going to put a waiver claim in for Kyle Tucker. I believe I am going to drop Schoop for Tucker, but I want to see if you suggest someone else or if I even need to.
My hitters are as follows:
C – Molina
1B – Freeman
2B – Baez
3B – Gurriell
SS – Machado
OF – Harper
OF – Benintendi
OF – Acuna
UTIL – Rosario
UTIL – Kemp
B – Hosmer
B – Schoop
Won’t name SP.
My team is extremely deep as I drafted well as you can see.
What do you think?
Yup, that’s the move for you
Currently in 1st place and leading in nearly all categories in my standard, season-long roto league.
Consolidating my roster while trying to make minor pitching improvements where I can for the stretch run. The K, QS and ERA categories are fairly competitive.
My current SP are Severino, Bauer, Kluber, Nola, Cole, Pax, Stras
1. I traded Thor and an expendable player to get Cole today. How did I do?
2. I have another deal where I trade Stras and an expendable player to get Verlander. Do I do it?
3. The durability concerns with Thor and Stras is the reason for moving two of them. I also think Cole and Verlander are better than Thor and Stras ROS. Agree?
1. Sounds fine 2. Yes 3. Yes
Kike, reddick, Flores, Duffy, Duvall, Jackie Bradley, happ, Calhoun which one
12 team h2h
wow is it completely asinine that
1. it somehow took MLB what 6-7 years to notice hader’s twatter flub
2. they think it’s anything but stupid to retroactively discipline him for stuff he hadn’t done in that many years, while THEY themselves didn’t notice it either (or more likely DID notice it but for some reason thought they covered it up) till somehow now
@Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: it’s also quite asinine that we even hear about this without actually knowing what he in fact said.
Don’t think MLB ever noticed it, someone else did, right?
@Grey: how weird it is that “somebody else did” just now?! sounds much much more believable it was covered up by MLB TILL somebody leaked JUST NOW. people at very low level jobs get caught and fired from facebook/twatter stuff ALL THE DAMN TIME but we’re to believe somebody as high profile as a superstar in MLB wasn’t noticed for this stuff for 6-7 years! okey dokey.
If MLB noticed it, wouldn’t they discreetly had told the Brewers that he needs to delete them… BTW, how crazy it is that he forgot what he tweeted and should delete them? Why was it found now? Who found it? Whole thing is crazy
@Grey: exactly, and i didn’t even KNOW you COULD delete stuff from twatter (figured it was like facebook and once it’s there it’s there). how F’ing stupid is hader to have left this stuff up, and MIL to have not made him take it down by now? this is really really weird. this would make good short story
How crazy must he be to not think he should delete this?!
@Grey: we might have a
massive ego + big time bigot
thinking “i do what i want (cartman voice)”
yeah but odd his agent/family/MIL team couldn’t convince him on this. honestly doesn’t sound like that much bad is going to happen to him on it though, so maybe he “won” here. clearly we’re in a much worse situation than just a kid being an ignorant assbag though.
@Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: now that i think about that “family” part it’s fairly likely they’d be about this stuff as well, it’s not common a bigot comes out of a family of non-bigots.
It’s just wild to me that he would’ve ever said this stuff, but I guess I’m naive
Not saying I don’t think there’s bigots in this world, but to post it online, how dumb can someone be?
I do what I want! Haha… Yeah, no repercussions really other than he might not get local endorsement deals (except for maybe bed sheets)
@Grey: the ego on some people goes right into “i say what i want”whenever i want, regardless of money lost.
– i’d guess nazi plates/other stuff are quite in vogue in these times.
Ha, yeah, totally
Drop one… or hold Gray is in my NA spot and isn’t eligible there anymore
Nick Williams or josh reddick could be a drop but that would put me at 0 bench bats
I have Bauer, sale, Nola as my top end so gausman,pivetta, Maeda, Jordan Zimmerman, mchugh are my other options
Buehler or Hill ROS?
I’d prolly try Buehler
Who are the most likely pitchers to inherit closing jobs after trade deadline deals? I’ve picked up Robert Gsellman and Trevor Hildenberger in a few leagues, guys like Kirby Yates and Jared Hughes are available too.
Eduardo Escobar or Tim Anderson ROS in a OBP league?
Rondon or Hicks?
Love this stuff Grey! For an 8 team H2H league with no keepers. My bats are solid and I’m looking to add an ace:
1. What one player or two players would be a fair trade offer for a Scherzer or Sale caliber compared to a trade offer Kluber or Kershaw?
My bats consist of Altuve, Bryant, Machado, Bregman, Encarnacion, Tucker, Stanton, Muncy, Benintendi, Donaldson, Bellinger, Myers, Perez.
2. Is Donaldson worth the wait and re-injury risk, or should I try to deal him?
3. In a combination of 2 trades, Should I give up Kris Bryant, Bregman, Muncy, Tucker, Andurus (and maybe Encarnicion) FOR Kluber, Rizzo, and Dozier?
You need to trade a top 10 bat for Scherzer or Sale and top 20 for Kluber or Kershaw 2. Deal him if you can get anything worthwhile… 3. Sure
@Grey: Would you trade Verlander for Dozier and Rizzo?
My remaining pitchers are Snell, Tanaka, Taillon, Weaver, Archer
Who should I drop? Bieber or Gibson>
Would you drop Musgrove or Gausman to speculative pick up gsellman? 16 team league H2H, those two guys are my least valuable starters at the moment