Welcome, prematurely balding men and five women who are married to PBMs 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 rostering Jonathan India in the 1st half. Oh, you rostered him, and that’s why you drank the poison? Now, I’m following! Hey, I’m supposed to be leading! *does a teapot with both hands on hips and shakes head* Before we get into the top 100 for the 2nd half of 2022 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 2022 fantasy baseball rankings, slop this up 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 Aaron Judge number one, and he could pull a–Well, we won’t even mention an injury with the top players after we lost Tatis this preseason. As I say about the Giancarlo underwear I bought off eBay, why soil a good thing? 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 Juan Soto 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. 12-year-old Grey loved Cher. The projections are not their combined 1st half and 2nd half numbers; these are their projections for the 2nd half of 2022. 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 2022:

1. Aaron Judge – How I arrived at the conclusion to rank Aaron Judge first was when I went through every player in the major leagues, stacked them on top of each other, then placed Judge next to them and weighed them, mentally. Clearly, not physically. I could lift two, maybe three players, but not 1,300. Plus, when you consider minors leaguers, c’mon. How jacked up do I appear in our Youtube videos, that you should subscribe to, and that’s a deadly segue, like the Segway the Segway inventor was driving when he went over a cliff. Also, I thought about Judge vs. every other player in a trade and can’t imagine wanting anyone else more. He’s at the top of the Player Rater, and it’s not particularly close. Outdistancing the field by the same as the number five guy is above the number fifteen guy. Doubt this is how the top 100 looks next year, but, for right now, there’s no one above Aaron Judge, though, if dunks are a category in your league, check out Oneil Cruz. Projections: 48/23/54/.285/4 in 261 ABs

2. 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. So, Trea 3000, because Trea can stand on his own, due to his speed. But can Juan Soto aka Juan Boi stand on his own? Been thinking about this forever. Forever, forever, ever, forever, ever.  Projections: 41/12/45/.294/15 in 271 ABs

3. Shohei Ohtani – How long ago was it that I was calling people who liked this guy, Ohstanis? 18 months? Add an extra zero because I’ve done a 180. He’s not of this world. Not to get too profound (like always!) but I think Ohtani is going to spark a whole new type of baseball in ten to fifteen years. Kids right now who used to be told, “Pick one: hitting or pitching.” Are now being told that again, because coaches are old school, and pick their butt with the same finger they put chew in their mouth, but there’s gotta be a bunch of kids out there who want to be Ohtani — The Ohwantis — and are continuing to hit and pitch past the usual age, and a few will make it to the majors in a decade. Baseball keeps changing, and that’s my random prediction for how it will look in ten to fifteen years. A bunch of kids in the Ohtani mold. The Ohfunguys. Projections: 34/17/39/.277/6 in 221 ABs; 5-2/3.09/1.11/79 in 66 IP

4. Jose RamirezJose Ramirez looks like Ronnie Belliard mixed with a copy of Ted Williams’s The Science of Hitting. Projections: 43/16/51/.265/12 in 263 ABs

5. Kyle Tucker – Sounding like a fantasy baseball Pitbull, Tucker was nicknamed Mr. H2H this year and he’s exactly that. Just incredibly consistent from game to game, from week to week. Projections: 40/15/45/.272/13 in 254 ABs

6. Rafael Devers – Kept moving Devers up, and nearly ranked in the top three overall. It’s so rare in today’s game to find a 35-homer, .320 hitter with neutral luck. Pound for pound just a chef’s kiss from the most eastern Maine port to the the most western Bangor. Am I worried about his back issue? Not particularly, but that I’m mentioning it has him below Tucker. Projections: 44/17/47/.318/2 in 277 ABs

7. Corbin Burnes – Previously, I’ve said, “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 flyer on someone like Nick Lodolo is only going to get you so far, whereas Burnes can make a difference in the final months. C) There’s no C.” And that’s me quoting me! As long as Burnes stays healthy, and betting on a pitcher to stay healthy is like betting on public perception recognizing Phil Collins as the greatest singer/songwriter of all-time, but here we are. Projections: 7-2/2.37/0.91/110 in 85 IP

8. Gerrit Cole – Also, (continuing on from my Burnes blurb), in the beginning of the season, you draft a guy like Cole, then grab McClanahan, Manoah and Nestor late, and you’re sitting on too much pitching. Now? You know what you need. If your ace Berrios draft pick didn’t work out well — Did it? I forget. — you need pitching, and a top pitcher is worth grabbing in a trade. Projections: 8-2/2.88/1.01/116 in 90 IP

9. Sandy Alcantara – Two words for you: Rick Porcello. Four words for you: Rick Porcello, Cy Young. Fifteen words for you: I don’t think this Sandy season should be compared to the Rick Porcello, Cy Young. Hmm, I expressed that in a weird way. Projections: 6-1/2.41/0.94/83 in 91 IP

10. Yordan Alvarez – “If Captain Woo Cubano returns from the break with rubber bands in his beard, can we pause the season and induct him straight into the Hall of Fame?” Me on the phone with Apple Care. So, this might be slightly optimistic on Captain Woo, because he’s on the IL with a hand injury, but everything I’ve read says the Astros were using the break to give him extra rest and he’ll be ready to rock as soon as the games resume.  Projections: 40/16/46/.288 in 228 ABs

11. Ronald Acuña Jr. – Watching Go West’s video for King of Wishful Thinking, waiting to see myself ranking Acuña this high. Tildaddy shows up in Go West’s video! Projections: 47/13/38/.284/17 in 263 ABs

12. Mookie Betts – Mookie Best is on pace for a 40/14/.280 season, which would be a new best Best season. Projections: 52/13/40/.280/6 in 251 ABs

13. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Super bummed to see Cake Batter’s Launch Angle is back down to pre-2021 levels, and why his power is lagging. By the way, Super Bum is another good nickname for Vlad Jr. Projections: 39/16/49/.291/1 in 255 ABs

14. Bo Bichette – Boba never failed me in real life, but Boba Chette has let me down for fantasy. Prayers up for my team where I thought I was being cute drafting Boba and Straw. Still think we can get a huge 2nd half for Bichette, though I am writing this while hungry and Boba sounds amazing. Projections: 48/12/37/.271/10 in 271 ABs

15. Juan Soto – Nothing he did in the 1st half warrants this ranking, but nothing in Sexy Dr. Pepper’s 1st half warranted his inclusion last year, and he ended up the runner-up to Bryce Harper for NL MVP. One can pray the sizzle is Sodastream’d back into Sexy Dr. Pepper to get out the fizzle. Projections: 41/16/36/.284/5 in 231 ABs

16. Shane McClanahan – I could link you to my preseason Shane McClanahan sleeper, but isn’t it more fun if I simply allude to it? Projections: 6-3/2.67/0.95/92 in 79 IP

17. Max Scherzer – In the 2nd half, you could put Scherzer, and McClanahan in a hat and pull them out in any order, and that would be the order they should be ranked. Yes, you need a very big hat.  No, I don’t know where to find that big of a hat. Stop with the semantics! Hatmantics? Projections: 6-1/2.31/0.90/93 in 75 IP

18. Luis Robert – I’m so petrified of missing the big LouBob breakout — the LouBazinga! — that I keep ranking him a skosh higher than he likely should be. Projections: 37/12/39/.286/10 in 257 ABs

19. Pete Alonso – He’s giving us so much wonderful, and I *grabbing you by your shirt* want more! Projections: 37/18/46/.264/1 in 269 ABs

20. Freddie Freeman – Please let the Dodgers and Braves meet in the playoffs just so Freeman can act out Romeo and Juliet, playing both parts, and drinking hemlock at first base. Projections: 46/12/50/.291/3 in 266 ABs

21. Julio Rodriguez – “As July turnio’ed to Julio, I sat in my Barcalounger, eating my fake-cheddar-topped popcorn dreaming of Julio Rodriguez walking in that door to tell me he traded himself to all my fantasy teams.” Sorry! Was starting my Jul-Rod fan-fiction. Projections: 40/12/31/.269/12 in 254 ABs

22. Jazz Chisholm – This feels a tad aggressive, but Tad Aggressive was the frat name of your worst friend in college, and Jazz is capable of a 15/15 half, which is incredibly valuable. Projections: 33/12/36/.251/12 in 231 ABs

23. Austin Riley – Riley’s great, but dude is kinda boring, right? This guy really needs a nickname. And some pizzazz. From the owner and founder of Rizzazzball! Projections: 37/17/42/.274 in 261 ABs

24. Dansby Swanson – I knew the Braves’ hitters would be good again this year! Which is why I drafted Acuña, Albies and Olson. Fine, the wrong Braves hitters. Does my sadness make you happy? Forget schadenfreude, more like shame-on-you-freude! Projections: 40/12/36/.272/10 in 264 ABs

25. Justin Verlander – No idea if Verlander is going to be shortened up in the 2nd half to manage his innings, but I wouldn’t be shocked. Speaking of shortened up, ‘Stros is the worst abbreviation ever, it’s the same number of keystrokes. Projections: 6-2/2.31/0.94/81 in 74 IP

26. Tim Anderson – One of the biggest early differences between the Rest of the Season Player Rater and this ranking. That means…? No, I’m honestly asking. Projections: 44/10/31/.296/10 in 281 ABs

27. Manny Machado – For every guy, I look at the team’s depth chart to get an idea where they’re batting primarily, and I was looking at the Padres’ depth chart and saw Nabil Crismatt, and all I can think is that sounds like something Mork from Ork would’ve said. Projections: 35/13/41/.268/6 in 253 ABs

28. Paul Goldschmidt – You thought this guy was AU as shizz, but he’s still doing his thang and is old enough to say “thang.” Projections: 41/14/47/.291/3 in 251 ABs

29. Francisco Lindor – If I were named Francisco, I think I’d go by Cisco, and tell everyone I’m the son of the founder of Sysco, the terrible cafeteria food company, not the computer company, and I’d clarify it that way every time I introduced myself.  Projections: 40/12/44/.245/7 in 251 ABs

30. Giancarlo Stanton – “Giancarlo is our Dick Allen” is going to be my graduate thesis for the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston. Projections: 31/18/45/.253/1 in 231 ABs

31. Fernando Tatis Jr. – Imagine if you will, a time, not that far in the future, and a place, on our teams, Fun the Jewels will be on our fantasy teams.  Projections: 31/12/30/.286/14 in 200 ABs

32. Bobby Witt Jr. – Something I haven’t mentioned much. I have Witt in so many leagues (with Jul-Rod) and I almost feel like not mentioning how invested I am, so not to jinx me. Much like Jul-Rod, you cannot overestimate how important hitters are who are five-category cats. The Five Cat Cats is a swing band that plays everyone’s hits. Projections: 33/11/36/.247/11 in 254 ABs

33. Starling Marte – ACKSUALLY he’s been better than I thought he would be, and not at all in the way I thought he would be better, if he were being better. I’m talking in riddles now. Explanation: If you told me Marte would exceed my expectations, I would’ve expected crazy steals again. Instead, he’s just been a pace car with 20/20/.290 on the front bumper. Projections: 42/10/36/.283/10 in 241 ABs

34. Aaron Nola – What would be this guy’s ERA if he played in Miami, or *prayer hands emoji* Baltimore? 1.50 ERA? 1.00 even? His stuff is so good, but, like an anti-Wawa, just such an inconvenience on homers allowed. Projections: 5-3/2.95/0.96/99 in 85 IP

35. Brandon Woodruff – I say take these rankings with a grain of salt, and, like any fantasy sports ‘pert I withhold the right to change my mind at any time, but, barring an injury, these early starters are more or less ranked close to how they will be for next year’s rankings. (There was six hedges in that one sentence. Ha.) Projections: 6-2/2.88/0.98/94 in 76 IP

36. Jacob deGrom – Selfishly, the Mets prolly only want deGrom for the playoffs, but with an opt-out after 2022, I’d think he’d want back sooner and to shove through. His health is the number one reason on whether I’d want him, and the last reason, and all thousand reasons in-between. Projections: 5-1/1.93/0.77/86 in 59 IP

37. Nolan Arenado – Due to goofing about some shizz or another getting blown out a window after every Arenado homer, I don’t really get to talk much about him. So, I’ve written my Arenado notes on this loose-leaf paper, but first I’m going to haphazardly put it by this open window–NOOO!!! Torenado! Projections: 34/15/45/.279 in 251 ABs

38. Mike Trout – Hit the IL on Monday, so I lowered him just yesterday, but it sounds like he should be back right after the break. Did I just say, “break?” Uh-oh, jinxeroo! Obviously if Trout’s injury is worse than being reported, he falls out of the top 100, but only after it gets reported. That’s Schrodinger’s IL stint. Projections: 31/13/31/.269/1 in 209 ABs

39. Anthony Rizzo – R to the Anking for R to the Izzo! Projections: 33/15/37/.233/3 in 241 ABs

40. Edwin Diaz – See no SAGNOF, hear no SAGNOF, trade for no SAGNOF, unless you need SAGNOF!  Projections: 3-1/2.34/1.02/54, 19 saves in 33 IP

41. Emmanuel Clase – We got rando closer number two…going once…going twice…Uh, are you gonna bid? You were bidding telepathically? What’s wrong with you? Are you answering telepathically too? Okay, one thing on the closers, they are forever changing, and if you need a closer, Clase or any of these top closers, are worth the same as an ace. And, if you don’t need a closer, they’re worth nothing. For unstints, if you’re up by 25 saves in your leauge, trade these schmohawks away. Projections: 2-1/2.64/0.93/38, 18 saves in 34 IP

42. Josh Hader – Similar situation as starters, at this point in the year, you either need SAGNOF or don’t. On a side note on Hader’s recent struggles, he struggled last July too, and was great after the break, and his “struggles” are in quotes because they were only for the last five innings! Closers go sideways real fast though, so I did lower Hader in the last few days, below the two closers above him. Projections: 2-2/2.64/0.93/49, 17 saves in 28 IP

43. Byron Buxton – I could be wrong, but I think this is the first time Buxton’s ever made the top 100 for the 2nd half. Not because he doesn’t have the talent, but I don’t think he’s ever been healthy before heading into the break or at least not healthy enough to trust for a top 100 2nd half ranking. I’m being 100% serious. Projections: 33/14/29/.241/3 in 209 ABs

44. Adolis Garcia – In this Friday’s Buy/Sell, I will include Adolis, because I have to. He’s everyone’s number one Sell, which means I will be going against all common perceptions with him, or kowtowing to the masses while reading my Marxist pamphlets. From this ranking, I think you know where I stand. Projections: 34/14/41/.245/10 in 279 ABs

45. Cedric Mullins – Just realized Mullins is only 5’8″. We’re the exact same! Well, aside from me being 5’7″ and not being a professional athlete. My man, we are simpatico! Projections: 38/8/30/266/15 in 284 ABs

46. George Springer – I’ll be the first to admit to being wrong. I don’t think I’m wrong on Springer. A major red flag is a falling strikeout rate and BABIP. It’s what happens when guys get older. They have better eyes, but can’t do as much with the pitches. See, literally any great aging hitter: Pujols, Miggy, Votto. (This year Miggy’s BABIP is crazy high, but it was trending down for years.) A falling BABIP is basically death for an aging hitter. Maybe Springer has one last year of being good, and I’m a year early for the bottom dropping out, but Springer’s getting by now on good vibes and bad farts. Projections: 34/12/29/.251/5 in 214 ABs

47. Teoscar Hernandez – Could rank him in the top 10, top 20, top 50, top 100, top 200, top 250 and all of them would be right. Absolutely no idea what to expect. Teoscar’s career is being directed by M. Night. Projections: 32/12/37/.257/2 in 232 ABs

48. Ty France – None of these rankings are meant signify how I will be ranking next year, except maybe the top starters, but there are some clues. France’s ranking is a clue, stow him in keepers like you’re a Pink Panther gathering dead ants. Projections: 36/10/39/.294 in 246 ABs

49. Jose Altuve – If you saw Altuve enter a restaurant, would you, A) Offer him a high chair. B) Ask him if his parents will be joining him. C) There’s no C. A small side note about my slander on his height, it’s much funnier if you think about how I am only a half inch taller than him. Projections: 37/13/27/.271/5 in 261 ABs

50. Robbie Ray  – Extreme Guy from Deliverance voice, “Let me see your pants, boy.” Ray is the best bet for a huge buy low on pitchers. Speaking of which, this Friday I’ll have an All-Star Break Buy/Sell where I go over some Buys and Sells for guys who are rostered vs. just under 50% owned. Projections: 6-2/3.24/1.09/95 in 84 IP

51. Kyle Schwarber – The Schammer hears someone talk about June Gloom and he laughs hysterically for five minutes, then hits a home run. Projections: 40/16/46/.219/3 in 241 ABs

52. Trevor Story – I don’t know this for a fact, but I think Trevor Story’s accumulated all his season’s stats in the span of ten games. Projections: 37/13/39/.229/8 in 255 ABs

53. Tommy Edman – Two years of Edman — Edmen? — and he looks exactly the same as he’s always looked, which really makes me want to punch January Grey for not ranking Edman higher in the preseason. I loved him, drafted him in a bunch of leagues, and somehow I appear lukewarm on him in the preseason. Just me being dumb while doing dumb stuff. As for his slight tick back recently, meh, he wasn’t ever a top 15 guy overall. Natural Ed’s and flows. Projections: 42/5/28/.263/16 in 268 ABs

54. J.D. Martinez – Just Dong next to Edman is a giant flashing light that these rankings mean nothing more than a guide. If you need steals, Edman is more valuable than maybe ten guys in front of him, and if you don’t need steals, Just Dong is ahead of him. Your team needs >>>>> Any rankings. Projections: 36/13/40/.283 in 254 ABs

55. Alek Manoah – My “I brake for Alek Mommah” t-shirt has people asking a lot of questions already answered by my shirt. Projections: 6-4/3.03/1.01/87 in 82 IP

56. Max Fried – I’ll save most of my victory laps for the end of the season (ha, yea, sure, Grey), but I just wanted to say it’s very hard to find top starters in this post who I didn’t like in the preseason. To just grab a few above a couple below: Sandy, McClanahananananananan, Nola, Manoah, Fried, Cease and Musgrove were all starters who I not only like, but you could’ve easily drafted in every league. Projections: 6-3/3.17/1.04/81 in 84 IP

57. Zack Wheeler – You could’ve drafted Wheeler too, but I, like most, was out on him because he supposedly had a preseason injury. If you just went with Wheeler, Rodon, Kershaw, Verlander and Luis Castillo because of preseason injury discounts, you have pants grapes the size of watermelons, and a kick-ass rotation. Projections: 6-4/3.19/1.04/86 in 80 IP

58. Dylan Cease –  Carpe Cease, as they say in Latin America.  Projections: 5-4/3.06/1.19/98 in 79 IP

59. Joe Musgrove – I’m still big-time Team Sell Musgrove. I honestly might be the manager and bus driver for Team Sell Musgrove. Projections: 5-4/3.31/1.09/81 in 83 IP

60. C.J. Cron – Against all my better judgement I ranked Curtis Jackson incredibly high. There’s a reason why he was always a corner man ranked around 150 overall. He’s a 30-homer, .275 hitter. Not bad, but to expect him to keep doing what he did in the 1st half, seems foolish by half for Curtis Jackson, so call him Quarter. Projections: 32/12/38/.277 in 251 ABs

61. Jose Abreu – This is a little sub-tier of 1st basemen that you want (as long as they’re hitting for power). Projections: 34/14/39/.262 in 270 ABs

62. Randy Arozarena – Hadn’t realized how similar The Rice Bowl’s stats were to Edman. Pretty wild how Cash is Mr. Manager with all the smarty-pants ideas about how to win, let he continues to let Randy run into outs on the basepaths. Good for his fantasy value with steals, but he’s a terrible baserunner. Projections: 31/10/34/.261/9 in 257 ABs

63. Marcus Semien – After a down bad 1st month-plus, Semien’s really shot up! On one hand, he’s still been only about as good as Eric Haase over the last month on the 30-day Player Rater. On the other hand, Semien’s…ewwww… Projections: 34/8/31/.241/10 in 276 ABs

64. Corey Seager – Yo, seriously, should someone check on the Rangers’ humidor to make sure it’s not turned too high? Seager went from a .290 hitter to .245.  Projections: 31/12/33/.251/1 in 255 ABs

65. Josh Bell – Sometimes I’ll go up to a Ring doorbell and ask, “Do you know Josh?” By the way, Bell’s been better than Soto so far this year. Also, I’m suddenly sobbing. Projections: 28/10/30/.283 in 254 ABs

66. Kevin Gausman – This guy has been the most unlucky pitcher maybe ever*. *I’m only remembering about 18 months back**. **Okay, anyone who’s been hit by a comebacker in that time is technically more unlucky***. ***Which also includes Gausman, so once again he’s the most unlucky. Projections: 5-2/3.41/1.09/81 in 74 IP

67. Lucas Giolito – Went to see how low Giolito was on the Player Rater, and got to around 250th overall, when I decided my time was better spent thinking about how Giolito could be much better in the 2nd half. Okay, that’s easy, because I don’t think he can be worse. Also, I talk more about Giolito in the video — don’t forget to subscribe! Projections: 6-4/3.57/1.14/96 in 82 IP

68. Matt Olson – No matter how much you plan and research, you’re still at the whims of the Fantasy Baseball Overlord on a few key coin flips. No one is 100% right. I liked Olson and Alonso. Leagues where I got Alonso, I’m doing well. Leagues where I got “a Olson?” I wish I misspelled it. Projections: 30/12/35/.257 in 258 ABs

69. Ryan Mountcastle – Someone screenshot my NFBC team where I drafted Mountcastle in November of last year super early (I think I took him around 70th overall), and they were razzing me. Hey, I’m not above it, but it did show more how clueless that person was for slandering my Mountcastle pick. A) It was before the Baltimore Orioles moved their fences back and out of Baltimore. B) Mountcastle is around this valuable on the Player Rater, so far from a bad pick. Not even the worst pick of that draft.  C) There’s no C. Projections: 31/12/34/.261/2 in 241 ABs

70. Clayton Kershaw – After my first pass of the top 100, I left off Kershaw, because I worry about his innings (or injuries), but I had a moment of clarity like all good fantasy baseball ‘perts and realized I’ve been worried about Kershaw’s innings (or injuries) for the last five years, and that hasn’t stopped him (except when it has). Plus, I would take him over the next starter on the board. Projections: 4-1/2.41/0.94/64 in 59 IP

71. Christian Yelich –  What’s interesting in a pedantic, kinda uninteresting way. Yelich and Bellinger were next to each in the preseason, and my thoughts then were Yelich can be more productive but is boring as public radio, but Bellinger has more upside and downside. I was pretty accurate, except now we know Bellinger is just broke. Projections: 37/9/30/.251/7 in 246 ABs

72. Cristian Javier – I just gave you a Cristian Javier fantasy not that long ago. I wrote that while trying 57 varieties of Heinz. Projections: 5-2/3.37/1.06/82 in 67 IP

73. Kris Bryant – Battled myself in a game of Battleship on whether or not Bryant deserved to be ranked in the top 100. Eventually, I sunk my Bryantship, then called a Seal crew to rescue him. A guy capable of 20 homers in a half in Coors is worth the gamble. Projections: 31/11/33/.290/2 in 213 ABs

74. Willy Adames – I nearly left off Willy — sings, “Detachable Penis” — but while I was writing this I saw he led shortstops in homers, so, yeah, that gets on the list. Projections: 31/13/33/.221/2 in 238 ABs

75. Rowdy Tellez – Polar opposite of Cron. I wanted to rank Tellez even higher, but tried to remain realistic, and ranked him here. “He’s just awesome.” That’s me reading a Tellez-trator. Projections: 33/13/38/.259 in 246 ABs

76. Jeremy Pena – A lot of these rankings are not indicative of what next year’s rankings will be, and Pena’s ranking here is no different. If he bombs out in the 2nd half, he might be around 150th overall next year. If he does even better in the 2nd half? He might be above this. If he simply repeats his 1st half? Well, then this is indicative of next year. Projections: 32/9/27/.273/5 in 237 ABs

77. Xander Bogaerts –  This is a good reminder that there will be a Buy/Sell this Friday with players who are rostered in more than 50% of leagues. I wonder where Bogaerts will fall. Hmm… Projections: 36/10/29/.279/2 in 259 ABs

78. Gleyber TorresYankees are having one of those years where even Scott Brosius is decent–I mean, Diner-Falafel, Hicks and Donaldson, especially a guy like Gleyber. Projections: 28/10/29/.271/3 in 219 ABs

79. Carlos Rodon – If I had any faith in Rodon staying healthy the rest of the year, I prolly would’ve ranked him up by Wheeler. If there was somewhere to bet Rodon will lose two miles per hour in September, I would place that bet.  Projections: 4-2/3.65/1.12/77 in 63 IP

80. Willson Contreras –  We got a…*balloons fall from ceiling, streamers shoot out, pulls from waistband a t-shirt gun, fires a t-shirt into my beanbag outfitted in a Giancarlo jersey*…catcher! Projections:  29/10/28/.260/2 in 209 ABs

81. Shane Bieber – Weird to be ranking pitchers I don’t actively like in the top 100. In the preseason, I do it, but it’s with huge caveats, “This guy is being drafted before this, don’t draft him.” Here, there’s no such caveats, except, I guess, what I’m saying here. Projections: 5-3/3.61/1.18/82 in 81 IP

82. Tony Gonsolin – A guy with “ex” in front of ‘pert would prolly tell you Gonsolin shouldn’t even be ranked in the top 100, because of the inevitable 2nd half collapse, but there should’ve been a collapse for the last two months, so who knows if it’ll ever come. Projections: 5-3/3.77/1.08/72 in 76 IP

83. Logan Gilbert – After Kirby was sent down for a brief break, I’m kinda expecting the same from Gilbert. Kinda lousy part about having young pitchers, at a certain point they’re all gonna have mysterious injuries that shut them down, when guys like Mike Minor seem more worthwhile. Projections: 5-2/3.17/1.19/60 in 57 IP

84. Jorge Polanco – Bounced around a bit before ending up here with Jo-Po, which sounds like a hobo talking about jail. Projections: 31/11/34/.261/3 in 258 ABs

85. Framber Valdez – Just gave you a Framber Valdez fantasy, and this post is going on the same length of a Tolstoy novel, and nearly as incomprehensible, so moving on. Projections: 6-2/3.34/1.16/68 in 73 IP

86. Miles Mikolas – If you’re curious, I hope you’re not a cat! Bam! High five me! No? Prolly for the best. If you’re curious, I had Lance Lynn here, but his last two outings got him booted, and I’m kinda laughing that I ranked Miles Mikolas and his barely goofy-low K/9 in the top 100. For what it’s Cronenworth, I did consider Strider (IP), Nestor Cortes (can he keep this up), Julio Urias (I don’t like him), Frankie Montas (injury), Logan Webb (feels due for the opposite kind of regression as all other Giants starters) and many other starters. Just can’t expect all starters to be listed in a top 100. Projections: 6-2/3.07/1.06/71 in 89 IP

87. Tommy Pham –  This ranking is for everyone who’s ever sent a threatening email to two leaguemates after they made a bad trade. Projections: 34/9/28/.245/7 in 249 ABs

88. Bryce Harper – He’s due back mid-August, and there’s roughly 100 plate appearances in a month, and he walks a decent amount, so that cuts his at-bats, and I don’t know how much time we’re going to see from Bryce. You googling = Me googling = Our knowledge of Harper’s return. Projections: 23/10/24/.294/4 in 120 ABs

89. Austin Hays – Word about the rankings in general. Hays could be worth this spot for the 2nd half, or not even worth a top 300 spot. Like you during a 3 AM bathroom break, these are very fluid. Projections: 29/10/33/.271/3 in 259 ABs

90. Andres Gimenez – Here’s something about doing rankings. You rank someone like Pham and his 9/7 projection and then you start looking around and you’re like,”Well, Andres Gimenez should have projections close to that, so I have to rank him,” then you’re like, “Hmm, Whit Merrifield might have 12 steals and four homers, and that’s a total of 16, and 9/7 is sixteen, so…” and, before you know you’ve ranked 400 guys in your top 100. Projections: 26/9/33/.274/7 in 229 ABs

91. Eloy Jimenez – Had him a little bit higher originally, but in the last week when he seemed to hurt himself by literally walking, I moved him down. If a guy gets hurt walking into the gym, it’s not great. Thinking about the poor schnooks who had Tyler O’Neill and Eloy for their 1st half, and wondering if they’e enjoying Donkey Teeth’s fantasy football rankings. Projections: 30/12/35/.261 in 221 ABs

92. Nick Castellanos – This is a super sad area of the top 100, huh? If you had Tyler O’Neill, Eloy, Castellanos, and Walsh and are still reading fantasy baseball content, bless you, at least all your bad luck is focused on one area of your life. The Greek God of Hard Contact became The Greek God of No Hard Contact this year, also known as Nick Markakis. Oh my God! Are they starring in a Vice Versa remake out of the back of a Greek diner? Souvlaki! More like souv-lacking! Projections: 30/10/34/.273/2 in 277 ABs

93. Ian Happ – This guy is the only player all year to show actual improvement on batting average. I don’t know if this is a fact, but it seems like it. Projections: 31/8/32/.278/5 in 237 ABs

94. Alejandro Kirk – We got a…*balloons fall from ceiling, streamers shoot out, pulls from waistband a t-shirt gun, fires a t-shirt into my beanbag outfitted in a Giancarlo jersey*…another catcher! Projections: 30/10/37/.297 in 223 ABs

95. Luis Arraez – This guy’s sailing higher than anyone ever on Four-Twenty. That’s as in 0420, the box score for his stat line every game. Projections: 39/2/21/.346/2 in 256 ABs

96. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – Was a very late addition to the top 100 along with Nimmo and Franmil when Wander, Tyler O’Neill and Bryan Reynolds got bounced. So, Lou-Gu-Ju, wasn’t just a Pokemon-sounding guy we liked in the preseason, we liked him because he was great in the 2nd half last year, so hopefully he repeats that. Projections: 27/10/37/.279/1 in 216 ABs

97. Michael Harris II – Walking out of a theater that’s playing Michael Harris I, “That stinks, I hope they never make another one.” Then, they go and make Michael Harris II and it exceeds the original almost as much as Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit exceeded its original. Projections: 25/7/28/.274/6 in 229 ABs

98. Brandon Nimmo – You found Nimmo! (In the rankings.) Projections: 41/6/28/.278/4 in 271 ABs

99. Franmil Reyes – “That $54 Vending Machine Steak is gonna eat!” Me looking at Franmil on my fantasy team page. Trying to find another random guy who could hit 20 homers in the 2nd half? Look no further. Well, a little further, but you’re almost done. Projections: 29/15/37/.244/1 in 228 ABs

100. Ramon Laureano – I had Jarren Duran ranked here originally, but I don’t even know if Duran will have a starting job by August. That does bring up one point worth making: These rankings are merely a jumping off point. A 7500-word jumping off point! Duran could steals 20 bags in the 2nd half, or be a bench guy by August 1st. I’d put Jose Miranda above Duran if a fantasy team’s needs are different, and Miranda isn’t ranked here either. Whereas Laureano, is actually ranked here! Laureano at least feels safe and productive, which is either exactly what you want, or not at all. These guys are all dependent on team needs. Projections: 32/9/24/.251/7 in 239 ABs

101. Vinnie Pasquantino – You know who he reminds me of? I’ll give you a hint: Vinnie Pasquantino of the Stromboli Crime Family. Old heads will know who I’m talking about. Grab the bat, leave the cannoli. Projections: 27/12/34/.237 in 247 ABs

102. Corbin Carroll – This isn’t just Carroll. This is Esteury Ruiz, Nolan Jones, Jarred KelenicJo Adell or a host of other prospects. This ranking is whoever is called up. Like Corbin and Grayson, in a split second, they could be called up and be worth a top 100 pick. You need to evaluate how much risk you can handle on your bench. Likely a guy like Andrew Benintendi, who isn’t ranked here, will be worth more than Carroll and others, but what fun is ending with a name like Benintendi? A Benintending? Now, Benintendi on the Mets…Interesting. Projections: upside/upside/upside/upside/upside

103. Whoever Helps You Win – Don’t get tied to projections and rankings and “I drafted this guy in the 4th round this year.” Yeah, we all hate Jonathan India, 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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Rick
Rick
24 days ago

Happy almost Friday, Grey! Beautiful write-up as all the other work you bless us with.

I don’t love it, but needing SV/HLD’s in my 5×5 AL Only roto. Have a good group of hitters and sitting well in RBI/HR/R & W/ K’s/ ratios.

I am thinking about trading away JD Martinez (B30) & Thor (A18) for Eugenio Suarez (A17) or Adam Frazier (A13) & Raisel Iglesias (B31).

Is it a sensible move given my need? The salaries for those guys makes the move easiest as I’m against the cap. My other SP’s are: Cease, Singer, Keller, Detmers, Civale, Severino Lynch.

Thanks a lot!

Rick
Rick
Reply to  Rick
24 days ago

Alternatively, I put Singer in place of Thor although I’d need to finesse cap more.

Sandman
Sandman
24 days ago

Hey Grey,

Hope you’re doing well. Do you drop Walsh, Santander, Renfroe, or Tyler Oniell

For Kyle Lewis or Josh Naylor? Thanks!

mr. glass
mr. glass
24 days ago

I was just offered Montas and wisdom for Matt Olsen. To me that’s to low a return right, or am I over thinking it. It’s a 12 team H2H points league and Wisdom or Vaughn would be my starting 1B after the trade

mr. glass
mr. glass
Reply to  Grey
24 days ago

That’s what I thought

Contender
Contender
24 days ago

Hi Grey, decisions to make once Haniger comes off IL. Need to drop one and maybe two depending on upcoming pitching matchups in a 12-team H2H…

Please rank ROS:
Haniger, J Walsh, Joc Pedersen, Taylor Ward

Thanks!

The Talented Mr. Dope Man
The Talented Mr. Dope Man
24 days ago

Grey! 12 TM AL only dynasty. I have to drop one of these guys to activate Yordan. I typically rely heavily on ROS player rater but i’m questioning this one:

Yandy Diaz $11
AJ Pollock $25
Jake Meyers $8
Edward Olivares $7

I’m currently in 2nd place and chasing power/speed.

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
24 days ago

NL Only H2H, OBP

Alek Thomas vs. LaMonte Wade Jr. ROS?

If Dominic Smith were to be traded to an NL team and get everyday PT, where would you rank him with the above two?

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
Reply to  Grey
24 days ago

Thank you!

J C
J C
25 days ago

1. Need average and runs scored. Please pick the top 2 you would try out of:
Moncada, Hicks, Haniger, Morel, Iglesias, Olivares, Frazier, L Urias
2. Best stash: Playoffs in hand so who helps in September? Wander or Segura,

mrs. featherbottom
mrs. featherbottom
25 days ago

Thought you’d enjoy this crazy story from a 1963 game between the Braves and Giants. Spahn and Marichal threw a combined 428 pitches!

https://wisportsheroics.com/milwaukee-baseball-history-a-1963-matchup-had-a-pitch-count-of-428/

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
25 days ago

Great work Grey!

16 team H2H weekly points league

Who is my 1B for this long week? July 21-31…

Vinnie P 3x Vs TB, 3x Vs LAA & 4x @ NYY. Or
J Walsh 3x @ ATL, 3x @ KC & 4x Vs TEX.

Thanks

Surfer Dude
Surfer Dude
25 days ago

Hi Grey,

10 tm h2h pts

Need to drop 1 – Cobb, Montas, M.Carpenter

Big THANKS!!

Surfer Dude
Surfer Dude
Reply to  Grey
25 days ago

Really appreciate the super quick reply, able to set the roster with so much less stress – Double big THANKS,THANKS!!

Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
25 days ago

Short week in my h2h points league

Yordan was activated from IL but will not be starting game one of todays DH vs Yanks. If he starts game two and then the weekend slate he could get up to 4 games

Do I plug him in, or take the sure points from O’Neill who will see the Reds in Cincinnati 3x?

Milarky
Milarky
25 days ago

Hey Grey, looking forward to re-starting the daily updates! I’m frustrated by the lack of updates on whether Eloy (4, CLE) and Kyle Lewis (3, HOU) are good to go this week or not.

Would you start fringy guys like Kwan (4 @CHW) or Bohm (3, CHC) in their place this week?

mookie
mookie
25 days ago

AL-only keeper (next year salaries listed for $260 auction with same format as LABR, etc)–which side? (I’d be getting side A) For some context, I’m going for it this year, also have Kirk and Jansen as catchers, and Barlow and Iglesias as my other closers (along with Brett Martin and John Schreiber). Thanks for all the great material for first half, looking forward to rest of the year!

A: Framber ($13), Franchy Cordero ($8)
B: Sale ($11), Sewald ($7), Heim ($1)

lwomack58
lwomack58
25 days ago

Putting a trade proposal together and wanted your feedback. I figured now was the time to move Strider.

Strider for Semien

Strider-Bregman for Witt and D. Williams

Strider for Witt

Would you accept any of these offers

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
25 days ago

Goooood Morning Grey!

Need to activate Yonder for his double-header today. Which bat goes (12-team redraft):

Taveras (actually has a game today)
Vinnie P
Gorman

Bonus questions (different league):

Rank these bats in a 12-team 6×6 OPS league:
Miranda
C. Walker
A. Hays

You taking a chance on starting German @ HOU today?

thanks as always!!

Cable
Cable
25 days ago

12 team redraft h/h points……got room for one

Kirby or Meyer

Tim N
Tim N
25 days ago

I’m tanking the season (thanks FTJ) and other teams have dropped Shane Baz, Rendon, and Mondesi. Are any/all of these guys worth scooping up as 17th round keepers? If so, who gives the best/worst value/risk for next year?
Thanks

Jeffe
Jeffe
25 days ago

Morning Grey!

I am in pickle thinking about these rankings. I know they’re not the end all but what are your thoughts on Oneil Cruz? I know Gleyber is ranked in the 100, but which one has the higher ceiling? Safe to assume Gleyber has the best floor of the two. Secondly, how do you see Nimmo’s second half going? Thanks!

Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
25 days ago

Whiffed on that one with Nimmo, my bad! Thanks again.

Jay
Jay
25 days ago

Hi Grey,

I have a glut of OF and need to drop or trade 2 of them. Who are the 2 drops out of:

TON, Vaughn, LGJr, Greene, Eloy, Franmil and Ruiz

Thanks

aardvark
aardvark
25 days ago

Hello grey I have 2 questions for you if you don’t mind

1. I currently have Matt chapman. Would you trade Mclanahan for Austin Riley in a H2H points league? My other pitchers are Cease, Nola, Javier, Bassit, Strider, Joe Ryan and Cobb

2. Do you think Braxton Garret could have a good second half? Or was his last start (6ip 11 k’s vs. Pit) more of an outlier?

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
25 days ago

Drafted wander, india, O’Neill, eloy and franmil and still in 1st place!! (Thanks to Alonso, Julio, McClanahan, Musgrove, Cease and Bednar)

Thanks for all the hard work Grey!

Andrew Ringer
Andrew Ringer
25 days ago

Hey Grey,

Would you trade Polanco and Gimenez for Edwin Diaz + Hayes in a roto league (OBP, S+H).

My team is low on Ks/S+H and I have a batter or two too many.

Also, how would you rank Morel, Luis Urias, Hoerner, Thairo Estrada and McNeil rest of season (same league).

Thanks!

Andrew Ringer
Andrew Ringer
Reply to  Grey
25 days ago

Thank you. Think I’ll make the trade and pick up hoerner (I own the others).

Russowl
Russowl
25 days ago

Drop Duran or Ruiz?

Last edited 25 days ago by russowl
Russowl
Russowl
Reply to  Grey
25 days ago

Which one to drop ?

Russowl
Russowl
Reply to  Russowl
25 days ago

12 team Re-draft. Dropping one to activate Alverez. Basically holding one in case of steals in the playoffs

Russowl
Russowl
Reply to  Grey
25 days ago

No problem , thanks

mattdips
mattdips
25 days ago

Hey Grey!
Happy second half! Feeling refreshed?

1) Gilbert or Morton?
2) Marte or Teoscar? (Choosing one to deal)
3) Mahle or Manaea?

Thank you sir!

NPHUNTER55
NPHUNTER55
25 days ago

ROS: 15 team points league in what order do you like them someone got to go

Vinnie P
Nolan jones
Wilmer Flores

Thanks !!!!

Flu$h693
Flu$h693
25 days ago

Trade Lindor, P. Lopez, Gonsling for Degrom E. Suarez?
7×7 keeper league.

Coach Gonzo
Coach Gonzo
25 days ago

Hello good peeps at Razzball! W Yordan Alvarez coming back I’m struggling to decide who gets cut in a 12 team h2h points league.

Options are B.Rodgers, C Walker, R. lauerano, Skubal, Detmers, Kluber

Thoughts appreciated, thanks in advance.

lwomack58
lwomack58
25 days ago

Thinking of replacing McNeil with another bat. Looking at C. Walker and Verdugo. Based on Statcast these two could be in for strong 2nd half.

How much do you use Statcast and Baseball Savant to evaluate hitters.

Others on the wire-McCutchen, Pasquantino,Kirilloff and Y. Diaz.

McNeil looks like he’s going to have a tough 2nd half based on Statcast

Which batter would you choose to replace McNeil.

Thanks

Nick
Nick
25 days ago

Who would you rather have in keeper league? Kyle Tucker for $16 or Bobby Witt Jr for $15?

granvillehouston
granvillehouston
25 days ago

Would you take Matt Olson for Robbie Ray in a keeper league?

Last edited 25 days ago by granvillehouston
Cable
Cable
25 days ago

12 team h/h points redraft …….fair trade offer for Soto

C. Varsho
J Abreu
T. France
Pena
Correa
Arraez
Riley
Edman
Alvarez
Arozarena
Ohtani

Cable
Cable
Reply to  Cable
25 days ago

Any from the above group to give for Soto …package or 1 for 1

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
25 days ago

Yordan returns Thursday, and I need to cut someone.

My choices are one of three high draft picks: India (who has finally started hitting); O’Neill (who was hitting well before his recent IL sting); and Castellanos (healthiest — but “a mess”). Who’s the cut?

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
26 days ago

Hi Grey,

wish you a great second half!

a variation of my question to get Valdez.

with Cobb, Wood, Ashby and Cron, what would you offer to get Garrett Cole?

thanks for your hard work!

martin

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
25 days ago

thanks! your assessment is always appreciated!

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
26 days ago

G Money! G Krugerrand!

Fielding a few trades and wanted your opinion for my shallow 10 team 5×5.

-Strider and Javier for DeGrom?

-Strider for Framber?

-Strider for Gio?

-Strider / Merrifield for Gio / K Marte?

Thank you forever and always,

-IANASM

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
Reply to  Grey
25 days ago

Got a counter for my Strider and K Wright for his DeGrom. What say you, sensei?

Also, what brings you to the land of Tim Hortons, eh?

Last edited 25 days ago by I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
Reply to  Grey
25 days ago

Thank you!

Ahh very nice. Only been a couple of times, but I enjoyed it. I’ll be down here working with the rest of the hosers for a few measly doolars. I hope you enjoy your time, eh!

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
26 days ago

Happy 2nd Half Eve Grey!

A) Do you think there’s any reason to roster Wil Myers over Alek Thomas in an NL, H2H, OBP?

B) Mahle coming off IL, I plan to add Segura to IL in the hopes he can do well for me in playoffs. In the meantime do you like Iglesias or Stott better in OBP? I currently have Iglesias.

C) If Corbin we’re to be traded to a contender along with Soto, will he be a steamer, Cyclops, or must-add-and-see? Of course, based on NL.

Thanks!

Cable
Cable
26 days ago

Like the rankings …. 6 players in top 25 … 3 SPers … 3 hitters

Cable
Cable
26 days ago

12 team h/h points redraft ….W = 10 pts ..K = 1pt… IP = 2 pts

Ohtani starter 2 games ( @ Atlanta @ KC ) or Ohtani DH for possible 10 games

Cable
Cable
Reply to  Cable
26 days ago

SPer loss is -5 pts

can use either Arraez or Correa at DH if Ohtani starts

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
26 days ago

Jazz Chisholm was cut in my league. Should I drop Morel or Wilmer Flores to claim Jazz.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
26 days ago

Hi Grey,

i was thinking of trying to get Framber Valdez and was going to offer CJ Cron, Alex Cobb and Aaron Ashby? thoughts?

thanks

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

Hi Grey,

i knew that i needed your common sense!!!

who would you offer for Valdez from Cron, Ashby and Cobb?

Because of your input, i have done amazing and are in second place of my yahoo points league.

Thanks

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

great idea!!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
26 days ago

Any IL guys worth holding – Albies, Sal P or Wander? 12 team redraft with 4 bench spots but no IL (2 C League)

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
26 days ago

Hoerner, Espinal, Wong, L. Urias, L. Garcia, Amed or Stott as my MI? Need all categories

Jeffe
Jeffe
26 days ago

Who wins in this trade: Burnes and Vlad for Schwarber, Witt Jr and Julio Urias. Thanks!

Last edited 26 days ago by Jeffe
Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

Thanks! What if Schwarber is switched out for Matt Olson?

Big Joey
Big Joey
26 days ago

Thank you Grey for the updated list! Although I will say you should have Will Smith (C) in the top 100 :P

Anyway, I need advice on relief pitching and don’t know where else to go. If you could please give me some quick input that would be greatly appreciated!

I’m looking to add two SP/RP who can get Holds and give me strong ratios. Giffin Jax is the best of the group I think? But I could also add Matt Moore or Matt Bush. Both those guys play on the Rangers, which I could just pair them together. Will Crowe is available but the Pirates stink and he hasn’t been good recently. McHugh is available but it looks like he’s not getting many Holds opportunities, same story for Reynaldo Lopez, Matt Wisler and Jordan Hicks…not sure which 2 of these pitchers to pick up?
TLDR, please pick two for Holds:
Griffin Jax
Matt Moore
Matt Bush
Will Crowe
Collin McHugh
Reynaldo Lopez
Matt Wisler
Jordan Hicks

Big Joey
Big Joey
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

Thanks Grey, you’re the man!

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
26 days ago

Just made a blockbuster trade and my team is loaded. My only SP’s that aren’t in your top 100 are Joe Ryan and Clevinger. The last place team has Giloito and Bieber. How far behind those two are Ryan and Clevinger? Should I burn another draft pick and try to get them?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

Ok thanks Grey. Im also wondering how far Christian Javier will likely be behind Woodruff next year. He’s younger and those K’s are nuts. He’s had two bad outings in a row though so Im wondering if regression is coming?

kentucky todd
kentucky todd
26 days ago

Great rankings!

Quick question, in a 7×7 H2H keeper league (steals devalued). I have Bichette as a keeper from last year but also have Witt Jr. that I want to take his place (don’t want to keep both because of format and like my other keepers more). If I need more runs, HRs & RBIs, would you trade Bichette for Springer/Adamas? The other team also has Rizzo so may could go Rizzo/Adamas?

Thanks!

Ben
Ben
26 days ago

Keeper league going forward – I’m assuming you’re taking Pete Alonso over Tim Anderson and Manoah over Musgrove? Thanks!

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
26 days ago

I will whisper sweet nothings to India like Rose did to Jack floating on that piece of wood. “I’ll never let goooooo”

I Am The Liquor (or #1 Ohstani?)
I Am The Liquor (or #1 Ohstani?)
26 days ago

How is Ohtani still not the #1 overall player on every fantasy list? The dude put up a first half roughly equivalent to Kyle Tucker AND Gerrit Cole. Combined!

The difference in Grey’s hitting projections between Ohtani and Judge is 6 hr, 14 runs, 15 rbi and 8 points of batting average with steals favoring Ohtani. That’s fairly sizeable gap, but does it outweigh the extra 5 wins, 80 ks and elite ratios over 65 innings that Ohtani is projected for as well?

Ohtani should be #1 and the next player on the list should be #12 or something…

I Am The Liquor (or #1 Ohstani?)
I Am The Liquor (or #1 Ohstani?)
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

Fair but isn’t your ranking assuming he has UT/P eligibility? Otherwise it would be hard to even justify him at #3…

Appreciate all the work btw!

I Am The Liquor (or #1 Ohstani?)
I Am The Liquor (or #1 Ohstani?)
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

Don’t your projections already account for that? It looks like you dock him about 40 ABs (10 GS x 4 AB/g) compared to the other hitters around him.

If he was used at P for all his 15 starts in the first half and UT for all his games when he wasn’t pitching his line would look like this:

44/18/45/8/.248
9-4/2.38/0.99/123k in 87 IP

I get that Judge laps him (and everyone) in the hitting categories, but Ohtani’s stats are overwhelming when combined. I feel like he gets overlooked despite how amazing he is acknowledged to be across the industry.

Thanks for entertaining this debate while I neglect my job.

I Am The Liquor (or #1 Ohstani?)
I Am The Liquor (or #1 Ohstani?)
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

One day a great fantasy baseball website (wink wink) will do a deep dive into the overwhelming value of Ohtani in daily leagues where he has UT/P eligibility!

Thanks for all the hard work Grey!

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

Just adding his hitting and pitching values gives you get $51.9 vs Judge’s $51.5. You’d lose 19/63 (.305)/7 Runs/1 HR/11 RBI/2 SB during his starts. How much does that cost him?

Last edited 26 days ago by VinWins
tommybones
tommybones
26 days ago

Javier Baez has been hitting like… Javier Baez for the past 6 weeks. Could be past the adjustment period and be in for a nice little second half.

B the Esq.
26 days ago

I’ve got an IL issue…..2 spots, currently Yordan, Bryan Reynolds, Degrom, Freddy P., and soon to be designated IL Chris Sale.

10 team 5×5 roto standard categories.

Any news on Sale’s timetable for return? Thoughts on dropping him as he seems like the longest one out, so the most likely drop…..Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson are the available pick ups

Currently have Estuary Ruiz at 2B…..Im last in SB and that’s not changing at this point….worth dropping for someone like Hoerner, Pham, Cutch, Profar, or Lux to get some other categories, or thing Ruiz can do those things?

Thanks!

formrchildmodel
formrchildmodel
26 days ago

“If you had Tyler O’Neill, Eloy, Castellanos, and Walsh…” It’s fine. I’m fine. Everything’s fine

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uncle ernie
uncle ernie
26 days ago

I see you rank Lindor way above Bogaerts in your ros rankings. What’s the main reason you feel this way? I was recently offered Lindor for my Bogaerts. I know Bogaerts has some catching up to do if he is to reach his norms in production. Please share your thoughts. Thanks

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

Thanks

VinWins
VinWins
26 days ago

Here are the top 25 draft values at the break, based on the 273 players chosen in at least 12 of the 16 final week RCL drafts.

RANK PLAYER ADP (LGS)
22 Tony Gonsolin 247.5 ( 13 )
71 Alejandro Kirk 250.4 ( 13 )
54 Charlie Blackmon 225.3 ( 16 )
98 Austin Hays 258.8 ( 12 )
86 Triston McKenzie 231.5 ( 15 )

103 Tommy Pham 234.6 ( 15 )
29 Anthony Rizzo 159.9 ( 16 )
15 C.J. Cron 145.1 ( 16 )
110 Ian Happ 234.8 ( 15 )
37 Adolis Garcia 158.7 ( 16 )

121 Jeremy Pena 238.8 ( 12 )
8 Dansby Swanson 125.5 ( 16 )
164 Carlos Carrasco 277.5 ( 12 )
7 Julio Rodriguez 119.2 ( 16 )
138 Nathaniel Lowe 245.7 ( 15 )

111 Eugenio Suarez 215.4 ( 16 )
127 Paul Sewald 230.7 ( 15 )
48 Josh Bell 150.6 ( 16 )
117 Andrew Vaughn 215.1 ( 15 )
105 Amed Rosario 203.1 ( 16 )

58 Logan Gilbert 154.8 ( 16 )
5 Shane McClanahan 94.7 ( 16 )
12 Justin Verlander 96.7 ( 16 )
187 Sean Murphy 270.9 ( 13 )
124 David Bednar 207.6 ( 16 )

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  VinWins
26 days ago

Nice work!

Cable
Cable
26 days ago

12 team h/h points redraft……is Mitch Haniger a add

have…..Alvarez..Arozarena,Edman in OF now
DH..Ohtani

Arraez bench

Cable
Cable
Reply to  Cable
26 days ago

my thought is if all healthy Sea has to many OFers not enough PT

gargamel04
gargamel04
26 days ago

Austin Riley is boring. But what if he went by Oz Wryly. Perfect combination of cool and aloof. Who doesn’t love a cool and aloof guy!

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  gargamel04
26 days ago

Love this idea

Crazy J
Crazy J
26 days ago

Was Mondesi ranked? I missed it! Thanks for the rankings.

I made the following moves in a Y-12 Std:
added M Chapman and benched Ke’Bryan
added J Pena, moved Story to 2B and benched India

Would you please rank my bench in order of best to worst when Story gets off IL or when a pitcher comes along or for streaming: India, K Hayes, Ozuna, Suzuki. I think I want balance off the bench, probably leaning more speed/avg than power.

Bellinger was dropped, and I could use a little more speed. Is he a pick up over any of the bench besides the first drop?

Sandman
Sandman
26 days ago

Hey Grey,

Hope you enjoyed the ASG.

In a 10 team, h2h standard 5×5

I’d say the weakest guys on my team are:

Tyler oniell, Kirilloff, Walsh (as of late), Santander

The following guys are on the waiver wire… do you make a move?
-Yoan Moncada
-Kyle Lewis
-Josh Naylor
-Alec Bohm
-Ke’Bryan Hayes

Thanks!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
26 days ago

Man you are always hating on Springer. You can’t wait for the day he fails. I agree, he’s aging. But he’s a couple years away from the decline being clearly noticeable. He’s fine this year and next. You’re just trying to make up for being wrong about him this season. You’re wrong again. He’s very streaky, always has been. He’s aging, yes, but he’s not burnt toast.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Harley Earl
26 days ago

You and “lolmets”…you do you, my dudes.

I just don’t get what you’re looking to get out of your posts. You follow this site, yet you nitpick the smallest lapses of prognosticating of how baseball players will do in the future. Nobody has Biff Tannen’s Sports Almanac:)

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Slimcompoop
26 days ago

sure seems occam’s razory to just assume there’s one person like this. and it’s entirely possible. all the freaks come out in the internet obviously but still, seems easier for one to be like this than 2.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
26 days ago

I traded Strider in a Keeper league for Brandon Lowe. Good deal right?

I’m in 1st and am getting Jazz back. My team is stacked and I have Edman, Jazz, Gimenez, and now Lowe with 2B ELGBLTY so I can trade Lowe or Edman.

Keep 8 going into next season and I’ll be keeping:

Jazz
Soto
Devers
Harper
Riley
McClanahan
Manoah
S Marte or T Edman

So I wouldn’t be keeping Strider

Thanks Grey.

Dave
Dave
26 days ago

Why no Logan Webb? He has had a really good 1st half. Innings concerns?

J C
J C
26 days ago

Judging from your rankings, you must love this trade offer I received:
1. His Stanton and Lourdes for my Polanco and Montas.
2. I would be short a MI losing Polanco which scrambles the deal as the MI WW is thin. Would it be fair to keep Polanco and substitute Happ or Pham?

J C
J C
Reply to  Grey
26 days ago

He crushed those two ideas lol. Thought Happ might have been viable.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
26 days ago

Geeeeeeee-Monies,

Like the list a lot!

Probably an obvious answer based on the above, but dropping Ward for Laureano is the right move, right? Hard to walk away from a guy hitting around Ohtani and Trout, but… the Angels. ugh

L. Castillo or Strider ROS?

Thank you as always!
-IANASM

aardvark
aardvark
26 days ago

Who do you like best out of Rasmussen, pivetta, kirby or Blackburn?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
26 days ago

1) When Story gets activated, I’ll have Bichette, Semien, India (who has finally started hitting), and Story — so one would have to be cut. Is India the “winner”?

2) To possible eliminate this issue. I proposed Semien+Strider ->Framber Valdez + David Robertson? I assume I’d win– agreed, and is it close?

3) BTW, I probably have no need for Robertson (I have Hauck. Romano, Sewald) but would keep Robertson until trade deadline since something always happens.

Last edited 26 days ago by Norman Ginsberg
herschel
herschel
26 days ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. currently have ed cabrera on my il slot. would you swap him for any of albies, sal perez, may or sale?

mr. glass
mr. glass