Pardon me if I’m daffy with silly pills, but, with these top 100 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball, I’ve put out all of my 2015 fantasy baseball rankings.  Hahahahaha… Breathe, Grey, breathe!  Whew, almost lost it there for a second.  Tomorrow will be the top 100 overall, then the top 400 overall, but that’s just putting everyone in perspective.  I’m going to now soak my finger bunions in pickle juice and read a good book.  Anyone read the Teri Garr autobiography?  I hear it’s a real eye grabber.  Oh, guess I should finish this post first.  As always, my projections are included and where tiers start and stop.  Anyway, here’s the top 100 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball:

81. Brandon McCarthy – This tier started in the top 80 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball.  This tier goes from here until Dickey.  (Yes, Fister to Dickey.  Ouch.)  I called this tier, “Are you drafting for an ESPN Classic fantasy league?”  This offseason I said about McCarthy, “Imagine a guy is at an AYCE buffet and goes to the bathroom to purge himself to make more room to eat again.  While he’s in the bathroom, the restaurant closes and he gets locked in.  When he returns to the dining room, there’s no one there.  What does he do now?  He raids the kitchen and keeps eating.  That was the Dodgers at the Winter Meetings.  People started going home, done for the night and then, in the wee hours, the Dodgers gorged themselves on Brandon McCarthy.  A lot will be made of McCarthy’s pristine 2.87 xFIP last year and his velocity jump.  He still only has one year of 200 IP and he’s 31 years old.  I like that he walks nearly no one (1.49 BB/9 last year), but I still don’t think of him as anything more than a flyer for a 4th or 5th fantasy starter.” And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  11-8/3.66/1.24/141

82. C.J. Wilson – Last year, his omnipresent Head & Shoulders commercials showed up at about a 1:1 ratio with his walks.  He dramatically moved away from his slider and, to a lesser extent, his cutter, and introduced his change more often.  A change that produced a 13.1% walk percentage, which would’ve been the worst in the majors.  Granted, I only have a degree from the Fantasy Baseball College at Charleston, but I’m not sure it takes a rocket surgeon to realize he should stop throwing the change.  Now I know why he’s in so many dandruff commercials, he’s a flake.  2015 Projections: 13-11/3.91/1.36/155

83. Yovani Gallardo – Wanna test your patience?  Try YoGa.  “Let’s go into Downward Facing Dog…That’s great…Now breathe…Great…Now give up a three-run homer.”  2015 Projections:  10-12/3.82/1.33/142

84. Matt Cain – Season after season, Cain beat his xFIP, then the bottom fell out, tumbled along the road, stopped, turned around, stood up, waited for Michael Bay to yell “Action!” and began to fire a machine gun at Cain’s ERA.  2015 Projections:  9-11/3.93/1.26/151

85. Matt Garza – It’s an extravaGarza!  Not to own him.  By the by, what does the Evite for a future butler’s bar mitzvah say? An extravaJeevesa!  Extravamitzvah?  I patiently await the answer.  Hurry!  2015 Projections:  12-10/3.78/1.24/135

86. Dan Haren – Haren’s talking about retiring from baseball if he doesn’t get to play in SoCal.  We’ll see if he’s serious or if he’s just rushing a fraternity that A.J. Burnett heads, Delta Hangupa Kappa.  2015 Projections:  11-12/3.98/1.24/135

87. Justin Masterson – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Red Sox signed (Masterson).  Prior to this and their other pitcher signings this offseason, Boston wrote all free agent pitcher names on the bullpen wall, then coated those names with a layer of Super Glue.  When finished, they opened the park to a visiting group of rhesus monkeys and escorted them into the bullpen.  Where the crap hit and stuck, they signed.  Masterson lost a ton on his velocity last year.  So much, it appeared to be a result of an injury.  He said it was his knee.  If he’s healthy, he could be the best Red Sox starter, capable of a 3.50 ERA with 190 Ks.  It’s a bit much to expect that though.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2015 Projections:  11-9/4.02/1.32/145

88. Alfredo Simon – This offseason, I said this, “(Simon) will be replacing Porcello’s rotation spot on the Tigers.  I try to keep this about fantasy over real world implications, but the Tigers essentially traded Porcello for Cespedes and Simon; I’d say the Tigers were the winners here.  They made their offense markedly better and Simon should be able to give them roughly what they lost from Porcello.  For fantasy, I don’t like Simon.  He should feel comfortable in Detroit where his pregame routine of shooting his gun into the air isn’t frowned on, but his K-rate last year was 5.82.  For that strikeout rate to work, he’d need a minus-2 walk rate.  Instead, he had a 2.6 BB/9.  Chuck that in with his 4.05 xFIP and the move to the AL, and I wouldn’t touch him with a nine-foot pole that then has twelve one-inch straws glued onto its end.”  And that’s me– A shizzton of lousy pitchers signed this offseason, huh? 2015 Projections:  11-10/4.17/1.33/109

89. R.A. Dickey – Need a pitcher to go deep?  Dickey it is.  That’s what she never said!  Wham, bam, baa goes my lamb!  2015 Projections:  13-12/4.18/1.25/159

90. Brandon Morrow – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Anderson.  I call this tier, “Pop quiz, no essay questions.”  Member that terrible movie with Stephen Baldwin, Josh Charles and Lara Flynn Boyle called Threesome?  At one point in that movie, Boyle’s character says something like sex with a guy that she just met was like a pop quiz with no essay questions.  I’m going by memory because I haven’t seen the movie in 20 years and I couldn’t find the quote on Google, because every time I searched for Threesome quotes, I found things like, “I smoked a pipe after and felt weird,” and, “I think she now loves my best friend’s c*ck.”  I mention this Boyle quote because that’s what this tier is.  You should enjoy all of these guys for spurts at a time, but they won’t last for long.  As for Morrow, here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with Padres.  This is one of those signings that immediately makes fantasy baseballers see wavy lines.  “What if Morrow stayed healthy all year?”  Wavy lines.  “Can you imagine Morrow in Petco?”  Wavy lines.  “Why can’t I get reception to these pay stations that I don’t pay for?”  Wavy lines.  Morrow should be a solid upside gamble– Shoot, before I finished that sentence he hurt himself.”  And that’s the new me giving you the old me!  2015 Projections:  5-7/3.17/1.21/112

91. Scott Kazmir – If you owned Kazmir last year, you won the lottery.  Unfortch, it wasn’t the good lottery where you win $180 million.  It was the lottery where Kazmir actually stays healthy.  Don’t worry, odds are real good you can win the lottery twice in your life.  2015 Projections:  10-5/3.48/1.27/133 in 150 IP

92. David Phelps – This offseason I said, “(Phelps) went to the Marlins.  His starting rotation job will depend on if Haren really retires and who gets the 5th starter slot.  Phelps will likely see at least 15 starts in the rotation just by filling in for others.  The Yanks, meanwhile, hope this trade of Phelps works out better than their last trade of a Phelps.  “My baseball people loved Phelps!  They kept saying, ‘Get Phelps, get Phelps.'”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  6-7/3.57/1.26/116 in 130 IP

93. Brett Anderson – This offseason I said, “Signed with the Dodgers.  On October 2nd of 2015, Brett Anderson and Brandon Morrow will start against each other for their respective 30th starts of the year.  And then the world will explode.”  And that’s me, well, you know.  2015 Projections:  7-2/3.06/1.12/79 in 115 IP.

94. Jose Fernandez – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Beachy.  I call this tier, “Fredi Gonzalez only had a hand in ruining two of these elbows, but I blame him for all pitcher injuries.”  My suggestion for all of these guys is when the guy in front of you is drafting in the last round, Google the latest news for all of these pitchers, and then draft one that sounds the most optimistic.  Don’t bother looking at news on them now, it’ll change daily.  Oh, and when a coach says something like, “He looks like he’s ready to throw off the mound,” that means he’s three months away.  When they say, “He’s almost ready for game action,” that’s two months away.  And when they say, “He had a very minor setback,” he’s headed for more surgery.  2015 Projections:  4-1/3.04/1.06/78

95. Kris Medlen – Here’s what I said this offseason, “(Medlen) signed with the Royals but won’t be ready for Opening Day, unless the North Koreans threaten MLB that if Shin-Soo Choo isn’t forced to retire, they’ll do something which will have Opening Day pushed back three months, then Medlen might make Opening Day.”  And that’s me meddlin’ on Medlen!  2015 Projections:  6-2/3.42/1.25/68

96. Patrick Corbin – Well, you do have two DL spots, right?  2015 Projections:  4-5/3.66/1.24/72

97. Matt Moore – The Rays are expecting Moore to return in May.  The fun thing (not fun) is pitchers returning from Tommy John surgery usually lose some control at first, and Moore was already a 4+ BB/9 guy, so here’s to some unintentional intentional walks!  2015 Projections:  7-9/4.23/1.41/120

98. Brandon Beachy – Well, you do have two (underlined, capped, italicized) DL spots, right?   2015 Projections:  8-5/3.52/1.22/61

99. Yusmeiro Petit – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from until Cosart.  I call this tier, “Besame mi cuello, mi safety net!”  My Spanglish tier name means that you’re throwing caution to the wind when you draft from this tier.  This tier is for upside, but there’s also big downside too.  A bunch of these guys could lose their rotation job as soon as spring training.  If they make it to October in the rotation, then you’re likely to get more from them than any of the other guys in these last twenty (40?) starters.  Some of the projections in this tier are better than above guys, but there’s a lot more risk here.  As for Petit, he’s the epitome of this tier.  If he’s in the rotation all year, he could be a top 30 starter.  If he’s in the bullpen as a long reliever, then you’re gonna drop him before the season starts.  Also, he could start in the bullpen, then get in the rotation by May and be an Arrieta-in-2014-type surprise.  Petit:  Little name, big possibilities.  This offseason, Big Head Bochy said, “That’s one of the things we’ll talk about in the offseason (whether Petit’ll be in the rotation).  This guy has saved us out of the pen and when we’ve need a starter.  It’s something we’re very much aware of:  he can start, too.”  That clears it up!  Why narrow it down to only the bullpen and rotation?  Shoot, Bochy, let him play right field too!  As of right now, Lincecum will be in the rotation, but first injury or sign of ineffectiveness (which could be by mid-April) and Petit will start.  2015 Projections:  7-2/3.80/1.10/122

100. Aaron Sanchez – I already went over my Aaron Sanchez fantasy.  I wrote it while having a leak to the press handled by Olivia Pope.  2015 Projections: 6-8/4.22/1.38/134 in 150 IP

101. Noah Syndergaard – I already went over my Noah Syndergaard fantasy.  I wrote it while letting someone else pump my gas for me in New Jersey.  2015 Projections:  6-4/3.61/1.29/89 in 100 IP

102. T.J. House – Sky gave you his T.J. House sleeper post.  There he said, “Scratch beneath….Stevie Wonder…Fell asleep and thankfully farted loud enough.”  What the hell is he talking about?!  2015 Projections:  9-10/3.87/1.35/132 in 170 IP

103. Hector Santiago – Has minor league seasons with 10+ K/9 and has The Sciosciapath, who occasionally thinks Santiago is a long reliever.  2015 Projections:  8-10/3.62/1.32/129

104. Archie Bradley – Made the Diamondbacks staff because the Diamondbacks are throwing caution to the wind like Bud Selig on a sailboat without a toupee-barrette.  I already gave you a Archie Bradley fantasy, but there I didn’t expect him to get a starting job from the rotation.  The rest kinda holds true.  He’s been a flippin’ mess in the minors, but with great opportunity comes great…Someone find a nerd to finish that.  Nerd!  Nerd!  Nerd!  Why did I suddenly become Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds?  I’d take Bradley as a flyer in deeper leagues, but wouldn’t expect anything, but streamer for now.  2015 Projections:  7-9/3.96/1.42/140

105. Danny Salazar – He is the one you want — oo-oo-oo — cause the power pitches he’s supplying, they’re electrifying!  His 4.25 ERA from last year better shape up, ’cause I need a starter!  And my heart is set on you!  His 1.38 WHIP from last year better shape up, you better understand he had a terrible BABIP!  To my heart I must be true!  Nothing left, nothing left for him to do!  Okay, now we will never speak of me singing Grease again.  Who sung Grease?  Good, already forgotten.  UPDATE:  K-Zar was overthrown by McAllister?  What is this, 15th century Scotland?  2015 Projections:  6-2/3.76/1.28/128 in 120 IP

106. Danny Duffy – There should prolly be a sleeper post about Duffy.  He’s getting the short end of the Wow, There’s A Lot Of Pitchers stick.  His peripherals were just kinda yawnstipating last year (6.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9), and they don’t support his 2.53 ERA.  What could support that ERA is his 93 MPH fastball and 78 MPH curve, but he’d have to do an about face on last year’s peripherals and withhold that great ERA with different numbers.  Essentially, I’m saying that if he had a 8+ K/9 and 3 BB/9 and a 4+ ERA last year, I’d have him 30 to 40 spots higher.  2015 Projections:  11-13/3.86/1.31/144

107. Rubby de la Rosa – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Going the other way in the Miley trade (along with Allen Webster).  Rubby must’ve done just that on his rabbit’s foot, because he lands in much better place.  Of course, this will likely mean Randall Delgado is bumped to the bullpen without an injury making room as he’s wondering who he Rubby’d the wrong way like Johnny Gill.  Rubby has solid stuff (94 MPH fastball), but hasn’t put it together yet (6.6 K/9, 4.43 ERA last year in 101 2/3 IP).  With mid-90’s stuff, there’s always a chance for either a breakout or streaming in the NL.”  And that’s me giving you the Rub down!  2015 Projections:  9-10/3.87/1.34/161

108. Shane Greene – Here’s what I said this offseason (technically I’m saying all of this during the offseason; don’t be technical), “Finally, the last piece in the Didi deal (Didi deal, Didi deal, Didi deal!) with Greene going to the Tigers.  The Ray/Greene aspects of the trade remind me of a trade that happens in fantasy leagues between two of your competitors that makes you want to stop receiving email updates of league trades.  How do I unsubscribe from meaningless deals?  Is there a box to check?  Greene had a solid year last year 9.3 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 3.40 xFIP (those are solid if ratios you don’t understand scare you).  His fastball averages 93 MPH, so it’s not like he’s totally out of his element, Donnie.  I think Greene could be a sneaky pickup in mixed leagues once the season starts or a great AL-Only flyer, but I have the feeling he won’t even be drafted in most shallow leagues.  You could say, I’m Greene with “what could be.”  Actually, don’t say that, ever.”  And that’s me–Jesus, we get it already!  2015 Projections:  9-11/3.91/1.42/141 in 150 IP

109. Alex Colome – Oh my Hayzeus Cristo, there’s a ton of starters.  Me can see Colome making the rotation, me can not see it too, me can also see him starting until Moore return.  Shoot, sorry, I had Hulk auto-correct on.  All of the guys in this tier could end up making an Arrieta-in-2014-type leap up the rankings for next year.  Rhett Miller’s favorite hurler, Colome, seems the least likely, but he does have a 94 MPH fastball and upside, so I’d gamble in a deep league.  2015 Projections:  7-10/3.81/1.33/117

110. Daniel Norris – This offseason he had loose bodies removed from his elbow.  Then the bodies were examined by David Caruso after he whipped off his sunglasses.  Norris should be fine by the time the season rolls around, and I’m not concerned about that.  In fact…IN FACT! (ooh, emphasis), I’d have Norris about forty spots higher if I knew for sure he’d throw 170 IP this year in the majors.  Member when Jose Fernandez came relatively out of nowhere his rookie year?  Norris is capable of that.  More likely, he’ll be a June call-up and Marco Estrada will be the Jays 5th starter.  Um, yay?  2015 Projections: 6-3/3.27/1.29/84 in 90 IP

111. Mike Foltynewicz – Man, that name really rolls right off the tongue…if you’re in Poland and you’ve just drank a liter of Stoli.  Wait, that’s everyone in Poland.  I guess that’s why Foltynewicz is “Hello” in Polish.  The only thing that has me really excited with Foltynewicz is the Braves seem to make a mountain out of a molehill with their young arms.  Okay, one other thing is he throws 100 MPH.  Foltynewicz to you too!  2015 Projections:  9-8/4.01/1.42/122 in 135 IP

112. Allen Webster – See what I said for A.J. Pollock and make it a pitcher.  Okay, fine, I’ll just repeat it, but I don’t want to make a habit of repeating myself.  And that’s me warning me!  Webster has potential and on a lousy team that should let him just roll out there every five days.  Unless, of course, he looks gee-dee awful and Daniel Hudson, Corbin, Delgado, Arroyo, etc. are healthy and effective.  On a related note, Daniel Hudson is being used as a reliever because he had Tommy John surgery.  If every team thought like that, there would be no starters.  2015 Projections:  10-12/4.31/1.41/110

113. Chase Anderson – If my math’s right, the Diamondbacks have an 8-man rotation, and this is before Corbin and Arroyo return and with Randall Delgado and Daniel Hudson in the bullpen.  Not to mention, Vidal Nuno, Robbie Ray and Archie Bradley.  Okay, so I have no idea if Anderson is in the rotation.  2015 Projections:  7-3/4.24/1.35/95

114. Matthew Wisler – He was crushed in Triple-A last year — 5.01 ERA in 116 2/3 IP.  He also lost more than two Ks per nine from Double-A the year before — 10.50 K/9 to 7.8.  Hey, this is one way to get excited about a pitcher!  I imagine a better way would be saying nice things about him.  The Padres’ Triple-A team is in the PCL, which aids offense like they’re hitting with an aluminum bat on the moon.  They probably don’t move the fences back in that league, so the Padres have something exciting to look forward to with their hitting prospects.  “He hit 45 homers in 17 games in Triple-A!”  Dot dot dot.  “And he hit three homers in 660 ABs in Petco.”  I would suggest the PCL is doing far more damage than its worth.  How can you get a handle on anyone if they’re playing in a pinball league?  Or the Padres should at least promote their pitching prospects from Double-A to the majors.  That’s not complete hogwash on the tomfoolery tip either.  The Dodgers regularly promote pitching prospects from Double-A to the majors so they skip the PCL.  We’ll ignore how stupid it is to have a developmental league that ruins development.  So, we too should think of Wisler like he just went to Double-A and hope his confidence wasn’t shaken too much in Triple-A, because in Double-A he was peaches and cream and everything in-between — 3.00 ER and a 8.8 K/9 in Double-A in 2013, and 2.10 ERA and a 10.5 K/9 in Double-A last year.  At some point, Morrow will get injured, Erlin isn’t short for Sterling and Idriselba Despaigne is a third Stringer.  So, assuming Wisler gets the shot he deserves, I could see him putting up a solid fourth starter for mixed leagues, at least a home schooler for all leagues, and a guy that I’ll probably be mentioning a whole lot as a streamer once he gets the call.  2015 Projections:  5-3/3.42/1.21/87 Ks in 100 IP

115. Kyle Gibson – Since everyone should make silly predictions that have about a 1% chance of coming true, I predict Kyle Gibson will make the All-Star Game.  Now, back to reality, he likely be a 4+ ERA starter that has no Ks.  2015 Projections:  10-11/4.11/1.33/119

116. Drew Pomeranz – Who let Pomeranz out?  Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof!  Oh, like “I believe in Stephen Vogt” is that catchy.  2015 Projections: 8-11/3.89/1.31/126

117. Alex Meyer – He throws hard.  His fastball, at least.  Meyer stands at six-foot, nine-inches and regularly throws 100 MPH.  My fastball has a first name, it’s O-Shizz-S-C-A-R-Y!  My pitcher has a second name, it’s M-E-Y-E-R.  I love to watch it every day, and if you ask me why, I’ll say cause Alex Meyer has a way with F-A-S-T-B-A-L-L.  What can I say, I like my fastballs hard as The Game when he’s dissing Frank Ocean.  By the by, the first time I listened to The Game’s Bigger Than Me track, I heard “I was in the Double XL,” and I thought he meant he had two monitors set up, working on two Excel spreadsheets simultaneously.  Just about every other power pitcher, Meyer’s control is wonky.  Half of his strikeouts prolly come from batters doing the duck and cover while feebly swinging.  In Triple-A last year, he had a 10.6 K/9 in 130 1/3 IP while chucking in a pretty disastrous 4.4 BB/9.  Can’t the universe produce one 100 MPH thrower that can hit his spots?  Oh, yes, Stephen Strasburg.  Alasburg, they can’t all be Stephen. 2015 Projections:  4-6/4.19/1.39/67 in 75 IP

118. Dan Straily – In the trade that sent Fowler to the Cubs, Straily went to the Astros as he officially becomes the pitching version of Brett Wallace.  Only one more team for Straily to play for — the Yakult Swallows.  2015 Projections:  11-9/4.01/1.32/136

119. Kendall Graveman – Beane announced this offseason that Graveman has the inside track on the 5th rotation spot and Jesse Chavez would be in the bullpen.  I’m afraid ever since the Moneyball movie Beane thinks his feces smells like Reese’s Pieces.  Someone needs to have an intervention with Beane and explain to him that everything he does isn’t great.  Chavez was decent last year (top 30 K-rate), and Graveman had a 5.2 K/9 in Triple-A.  I wouldn’t expect much from Graveman, but with a rotation job and some velocity, maybe he surprises.  2015 Projections:  9-11/4.32/1.28/94

120. Jarred Cosart – Hello?  Can anyone hear me?  I’m in this Plato cave of pitchers and I can’t find my out.  Is there any end in sight?  2015 Projections:  12-9/4.18/1.38/125

121. Wade Miley – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “Their mothers love them.”  As for Miley, here’s what I said this offseason, “Traded to the Red Sox.  This trade came with some bittersweet news for Sawx fans.  They were happy to finally nail down a pitcher, but the news came with everyone saying that Miley would be Boston’s ace.  I think the exclamation you’re looking for is yikes.  Last year, he had a 8.2 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9, which aren’t terrible (his 4.34 ERA was; though he was unlucky and had a 3.50 xFIP).  The encouraging stat is his home ERA was 5.62, and he’s getting out there.  Less encouraging is he’s headed to Fenway and the AL East.  He might be usable in AL-Only leagues, but in those leagues anyone that throws 200 IP is usable.  I wouldn’t go near him in mixed leagues.”  And that’s me raining on Miley’s parade!  2015 Projections:  13-9/3.92/1.34/178

122. Tim Lincecum – Ever since he cut his hair to resemble kd lang, his pitching has given fantasy owners about as much a chance as guys have with kd lang.  He should cut his hair like Hayden Panettiere.  Just cause.  2015 Projections:  10-12/4.14/1.38/134

123. Henderson Alvarez – Silly prediction #2!  Alvarez gets a no-hitter in May and is 100% owned by June.  Actually, I’m not even sure why Alavarez is ranked this low.  He’s not that bad.  *looks at his K-rate, barfs, notices remote control in vomit*  Cougs, I found the remote control!  2015 Projections:  10-8/3.69/1.29/96

124. Edinson Volquez – This offseason I said, “(Edinson) signed a two-year $20 million deal with the Royals.  He should send nineteen-point-nine million dollars worth of Omaha Steaks to the Pirates pitching coach, Ray Searage, for the holidays.  Edinson is gonna be like that State Farm commercial where the wife catches her husband talking to someone late at night and thinks it’s a mistress.  Only in Edinson’s case it’ll be him talking to Searage, ‘No, I know you don’t play the Angels this year, but could you look at some of their scouting reports for me?'”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  10-12/4.24/1.40/136

125. Ross Detwiler – Hey, Rockies pitching staff, things could be worse.  You could be the Rangers pitching staff.  2015 Projections:  11-13/4.44/1.40/102

126. John Lackey – I could’ve also put here Mike “No Really I Gotta Take A” Leake, The Harangutan, Jeff “Show Me The Key And I’ll Show You The” Locke, Colby “Cheese” Lewis, Tim “Don’t Throw Those Boots Into The” Hudson, Bartolo “Hey, Nice” Colon, Travis “Hey, Nice” Wood, Jon “Hey, Nice” Niese, Clay “Aw, Does Your” Buchholz, Vance “Swirly” Worley or any number of pitchers that could be useful when it’s time for the Stream-o-Nator or for extended periods of time if they get on a roll — Hey, what is that pumpernickel bun doing under my tukis?  Oh, I’m on a roll. — but there’s no reason to draft most of these guys outside of very deep leagues.  2015 Projections:  Bleh-blah/Burp/Derpy/Yeah, no thanks

 
  1. Me says:
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    2015 Projections: Bleh-blah/Burp/Derpy/Yeah, no thanks

    lmfao

    thx Grey

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Me: THIS. Also love that Simon pregame routine blurb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Me: Thanks!

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey,

    Nice work. Almost wrote Grey work=Gr8work, then remembered I wrote about that! Early alzheimers. On to Butler Bar mitzvah…

    A. ‘Country Breakfast’ Bar Mitzvah. Get it? If Billy Butler had had a Bar mitzvah.

    B. Bar mitzvah a la Alfred.

    C. The tier fr 100 onwards should be called from here to oblivion.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Hawk says:
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      If the rest of the C choices in the world were as good as that one, we’d probably see more of them on this site!

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    Hey Grey!!

    So glad Fantasy baseball is back :D How many video podcasts will you be doing this season?? Hopefully you buy yourself a chair or something this season!

    Sorry but this is going to be a long question :(

    Need help with my keepers.
    Extra cats for hitting are Total Bases and OPS
    Extra Cats for pitching are QS Holds K/9

    So we can keep as many players as we want but the total amount should not exceed $100
    2 Minor League players can be kept in NA slot! So I have Carlos Corerra and Miguel Sano for $3 each so I have only $94 remaining. Out of the Pricey players I am keeping only Trout for $30

    Bautista 36
    Baez 3
    Carlos Corerra 3
    Longoria 50
    Daniel Murphy 3
    Myers 16
    Sano 3
    Weiters 11
    Span 3
    Trout 30
    K Vargas 3
    Yelich 3
    Bauer 3
    Bumgartner 34
    Carrasco 3
    W Davis 3
    Fiers 3
    Gausman 3
    Kimbrel 15
    D Robertson 7
    T Ross 3
    Ryu 3
    E Santana 8
    Stroman 3
    Wacha 3
    J Fernandez 3

    Who are your keepers Grey?? Thank you sooooo much!

    • Grey

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      @Blint: Think we’re going back to our roots of just straight podcasts… Trout, Myers, Murphy, Fiers, Stroman, Yelich, Kennys, Carrasco, Ross, Gausman, Robertson…How much is that?

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        @Grey:

        Thats 77 till now but you ain’t keeping Fernandez :O Im sure that you forgot right? :P so adding Fernandez its 80! I still have $14 left!

        1)I can keep Javier Baez $3 and Weiters at $11

        2)Baez 3 Wacha 3 Ryu 3 Wade davis 3

        3) Baez 3 Wacha 3 Ryu 3 Bauer 3

        4) Or Weiters and any one of the three dollar guys including Span!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re giving me way too many to choose from… You’d have more luck saying I’m keeping these guys and I have $10 more to spend, who?

          • Blint says:
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            @Grey:

            I apologize its my first year doing keeper selections a bit confused by having to choose so many.

            Ok then pls choose 2 out of these – Span, Bauer, Wade Davis , Ryu, Javier Baez, and Weiters

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Baez, Ryu

              • Blint says:
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                @Grey: Thank you!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

      • Swaggerjackers says:
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        @Grey: So the Razzball TV on the Radio experiment was a bust?

        Did Nick get canned?

        I bet the videos would have received more views if they were integrated directly into the appropriate fantasy sports categories rather than isolated to a section of the site most people aren’t as familiar with.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nick was in an accident, hit by a car…

          • Swaggerjackers says:
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            @Grey:

            Well that sucks. Is he going to be okay?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, he’s fine…

  4. ichirosan says:
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    So, I assume Derek Holland would also be in that last group?

    In a 20-man dynasty, with Ventura, Fiers, Stroman, Verlander and Shelby Miller, who would you keep: Holland or C.J. Wilson?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ichirosan: Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ichirosan: Sure, you can keep Holland, Wilson’s nothing special

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @ichirosan: I think Holland is going to have an awesome year, people forget he led the league in strikeouts back in 2011. Now that he’s healthy, I’m expecting similar production

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Fireball Feliz: *shutouts not strikeouts, sorry bout dat

  5. The JoGarza says:
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    I kid you not, I forgot Matt Garza even existed.

    What type of person would be he or his name was Gatt Marza?

    Anyways, appreciate the hard work you put into these ranks. Thanks!

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @The JoGarza:

      Would he be if his name**

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The JoGarza: Ha! How could you forget he exists? You appear related to him

  6. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, good to read, thanks as always.

    When I need to draft a 3B and there are Wright, Seager, Sandoval.
    Is it too risky to draft Kris Bryant . (Assuming he will start from MLB on opening day)

    Thanks.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Wilson:

      If it’s a dynasty league I could see drafting Bryant out of that group. Anything less than that, Seager and Sandoval are safer picks for this year.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wilson: assuming you don’t play in a league with Red Sox fans, Sandoval should be best value. Seager and wright will be too expensive. If you draft Bryant you better have a back up plan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Thanks! I’d go with my 3B rankings

      • Wilson says:
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        Thank you all!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  7. Shaggy says:
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    Good stuff, Grey.

    16 team keeper, which side do you like – Giles/CMart for Wheeler/Eovaldi.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Shaggy: Wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shaggy: Agree with Wake

  8. Cheez Whit says:
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    Who are some pitchers in the 80+ range to target in keeper leagues for $1 late in the draft that could become aces in 2016….besides Jose Fernandez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheez Whit: Any of the guys I highlight in the Petit tier

  9. Ken says:
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    Do you know your website has been taken over by spam folks? Every time I access your site on mobile it takes me to the App Store to buy an app and on the PC it tries to put some software on my computer. This repeatedly occurs! Haven’t others complained? Site is now impossible to use. Pl fix it. Love the site. Thx.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Ken: Same here. Quite often.

      • Ken says:
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        @Wake Up:

        Grey help!!!!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      @Ken: Psst, download an ad-blocker, makes life MUCH better.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @MattTruss: it’s so logical but I have one at work and it still does it

  10. Hawk says:
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    I am stunned…

    …STUNNED….

    …that the Lincecum hair cut blurb didn’t contain one reference to historical figures who lost their mojo after getting their hair cut. Samson? Metallica?

    Come on man! I count on you for these things!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Hawk: Nickelback

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: they never had mojo

        • Cram It says:
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          @J-FOH: I know. It was supposed to be funny. Sad face.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Cram It: the hate is getting in season form but the break on the jokes needs some polishing

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Hawk: Ricky Martin

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: ha ha dix!

    • Todd says:
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      @Hawk: Sinead O’Conner

      • Hawk says:
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        @Todd:

        Sinead O’Connor was only famous because she shaved her head.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Hawk: Leif Garrett

  11. PK says:
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    Re: New Jersey gas pumping

    I had a friend in college who was from Jersey. We went to school in PA, and he apparently had not driven outside of his state until the start of our freshman year. We pulled up to the gas station and he didn’t get out of the car. We sat and waited for a little bit before this conversation started:

    Passenger 1: “Dude, what’s happening?”
    Driver: “I don’t know! The guy is taking forever!”
    Passenger 2: “What guy?”
    Driver: “The guy that pumps your gas.”
    PK: “There is no guy that pumps your gas.”
    Driver: “What are you talking about? There’s always a guy that pumps your gas. It’s ILLEGAL to pump it yourself.”
    Passenger 1: “Illegal? What are you talking about? I’ve always pumped my own gas.”
    Passenger 2: “Yeah, me too.”
    Driver: “You guys are just messing with me. Where the hell is the pump guy?! This gas station sucks.”

    Took five minutes of discussion before he finally got out of the car. Since we were assholes, we all stayed in the car and just laughed at him while he tried to figure it out on his own. Ah, memories.

    • Hawk says:
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      @PK:

      This is exactly why I hate New Jersey. That and the gas is ~40-50 cents a gallon cheaper than in NY.

    • Cram It says:
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      @PK: That’s awesome. I stopped for gas in NJ for the first time in YEARS not too long ago. I got out of the car, approached the gas pump and as soon as I got there, the gas attendant comes charging towards me, screaming “What the fuck are you doing?!” I said “What?”
      “I’m gonna call the cops right now!”
      “What’s your problem?” (I say this just as the lightbulb turns on)
      “I’m gonna…I’m gonna….I’m gonna kick your ass, then call the cops! You can’t pump your own gas!”
      I could have started apologizing, but…..”Hey fuck you, guy. I didn’t know alright?”
      “Yeah I bet you didn’t! Get away from there.”
      “Hey you see my license plates? Does it look like I should know?”
      “Pshhh. How much do you want?” *grumble grumble*

      To this day, I still don’t really understand why it’s illegal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: HA… My mom still waits in her car, no matter where she is… Only person I know that uses full service everywhere

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: holy jesus, my father (had he been raised in NJ), would definitely till his grave sit in his car expecting somebody else to pump it. Even when told that’s not it works in whichever other of the 49 states he was in he probably say something like “that’s the way it is” or somesuch nonsense.

  12. Derek Holland's Mom says:
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    No Derek Holland in the Top 120? He’s better than the majority of guys listed in this post. Booooo!

  13. Clint says:
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    Wow. No Derek Holland or Tanner Roark at ALL? Roark was #20 overall last year in my h2h league’s final numbers. I thought Holland had a pretty good 2013 and was looking good again at the end of last season? What’d I miss, Mister Grey-yagi?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Clint: Roark’s not going to be in the normal rotation.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Clint:
      Stras
      J Z
      Scher
      Gio
      Fister

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: BA BAM!

  14. Scout4 says:
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    Did I miss him, or has there been no Danny Salazar sighting?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Scout4: missed him

      • Scout4 says:
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        @Wake Up: Oops, my bad, a solid 39th.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Scout4: We were hoping for solid last year too…

          • Scout4 says:
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            @Wake Up: He may have to spend a little less time in the minors this summer to validate that ranking. Keep a good thought.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Scout4: Always. I’m wearing yoga pants. Bad thoughts can’t squeeze in…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Wake Up: are they around your kankles?

  15. Wake Up says:
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    I think Simon will kill it in Detroit…absolutely murder it!

    Everytime I hear his name, after checking my six, it makes me think of a Mexican ordering pasta…

    Alfredo? Simon!

  16. the swinging says:
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    If Jose Fernandez comes back at full health after the all star break, which I know Is a big if, but if that were the case how do you value the fact that he will be with your imaginary team for the imaginary playoffs?

    Adding a top 10 pitcher to ur staff in mid july from a dl spot and dropping ur worst player I’d think is pretty valuable, more valuable than drafting a pitcher u think u will likely be streaming anyway, no?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @the swinging: Yes. A more valuable DL satchel in H2H…

  17. Wake Up says:
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    *stache. Not satchel.
    Why would anything auto correct to satchel?
    Unless, of course Her recognizes that I’ve been writing a lot about pitchers as of late…and is giving a month long shout out to the great Satchel. That, I get. Unless of course, that’s just what the NSA wants me to think. My question is, do you think Her is working for the NSA?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: it could be a satchel. I hide a snack in my beard all the time

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: No soup for you!

        • J_FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: but I need my bisque

          • Wake Up says:
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            @J_FOH: That was the main reason why I shaved

            • J_FOH says:
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              @Wake Up: but what a beautiful beard you once had, is it possible to have over the net beard envy…because I did

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Wake Up: I’m more an attaché man myself

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Sky: I do think he’s worth it in H2H if you can get him this late. I agree with you in a Roto league. But, I don’t think its a big deal to drop him later on either, if you get him this late. Just like any of the other streamers that you would be getting this late. Draft him late and *satchel him, and still stream from that spot. If he goes earlier, no big deal. If someone more valuable hits the DL, you drop him, no big deal. Either way, you have other tricks up your sleeves, surprised that this is going right up your attache…

  18. King Friedman says:
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    Hey Grey – How much of a boost in the rankings would you give J-Fer in a keeper league?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @King Friedman: depends how many years you can keep him. You always draft to win now first. I can see drafting him as your 4th to 5th SP off the board In a 12 team keeper

    • J-FOH says:
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      @King Friedman: also depends how many players you can keep.

  19. S.H says:
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    Still loving the readings, get me through the cold winter days, In a forever head to head points league.

    His Dickerson for my Andrus and dArnauld. Good deal or hold.?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @S.H: good deal

    • J-FOH says:
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      @S.H: great deal if he accepts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @S.H: Thanks! Agree with others

  20. Wake Up says:
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    And, as always, th a.is for all the rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Wake! Could you let me know if you get weird redirects still?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Sure. Just wanted to give you a headsup…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  21. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Barry Zito is coming back. I’ll swing by later to make sure you’ve updated your rankings accordingly.

    I’ve noticed in the comments and around the net that the idea of offensive compression is gaining traction. I think people are kind of coming to the same conclusion I came to regarding the lack of differentiation among offensive players as stats continue to deflate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks for the heads up! You read the position scarcity thing from Rudy yesterday?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I did. I restrained myself from mentioning that I had a discussion with Rudy 2 or 3 years ago where I strongly advocated against any positional adjustments to rankings. Rudy is good with the data. Made a very good argument. The one thing I would say regarding scarcity is that there always will be points in a draft where it can make sense to take a player of lesser value at a weaker position, but it can be really difficult to know when that point is because drafts and auctions are such dynamic and complex events. I think it’s much better to error on the side of getting as much production as possible.

        I’m only doing one league this year. One basket, 12 eggs. NFBC auction championship. So no drafts for me. Vegas in March. I’ve got my preliminary auction values done. How have you fared over the years in auction formats?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I prefer auction formats for a variety of reasons… Mostly because: You can get anyone you want. Makes a huge difference.

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Me too. The one NFBC auction I was in I got pretty well smoked but it was also my first year in the format. I think I’ll be better ready.

            I seem to recall you’re a distribute the risk kind of player.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @GhostTownSteve: what did you learn after first nfbc auction or to better put it what are three things to remember when going into that?

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @J-FOH:

                First was I was too fixed on getting the guys I wanted. There were some very seasoned players that pushed me into a couple of key overbids.

                The second was trying to manage the end game better. I made some assumptions that there would be a couple guys I could scoop up at the end. Had I studied the remaining $ and rosters a bit closer, I would have seen where I was going to lose out on guys I really did want at the back end for lack of an extra buck here or there.

                The third thing was the critical importance of the differences, both subtle and large between formats. You really need to approach every league with a distinct strategic approach to the settings and not assume that because you understand the player pool and the general principles of play that you’re going in well prepped.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve: so paying attention to their rosters as you draft is a good idea.

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @J-FOH:

                    Yeah but it’s a different level of paying attention. Drafts you kind of go ok this guy needs this and that guy needs that etc.

                    In the auction it’s helpful to say, that guy is probably going to want that player that I want and he’s probably got x to spend on him so I’ll maybe need y $ left.

                    More specific, close tracking.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve: I always pay attention to competition in draft. Probably not the most healthy thing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I rarely take a player over $30

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                I’d buy Mike Trout in the 37-39 range but he’ll go way past that.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Generally (depends on league size), but most 1st and 2nd rounders don’t end up on my teams… I get loaded with 3rd thru 6th rounders

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    I think because of the way offense is, stars and scrubs on the offensive side is gaining in appeal. I’d like to take a Rizzo type guy and hope to get him snuck in around or just under 30.

                    • Grey

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                      I have him at $32, Rudy has him at $25… So, yeah, I could see a guy like Rizzo getting on one or more of my teams… I never go scrubs (or stars)… I usually don’t have a ton of guys below $10 either… Ton of my team usually lives in the $12-$20 range…

                    • Swaggerjackers says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:
                      I’m betting Rizzo goes for more than $30. Probably low 30’s but the hype with him being a young, power hitting 1B in this era of 20+ homer hitters makes me think he’s on a lot of people’s lists.

                    • Grey

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                      Depends on league size

  22. reese says:
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    dude how does a very infrequent commenter get into one of the commenter fantasy leagues? just looking for another outlet for my fantasy addiction

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just need to sign up next week

  23. J-FOH says:
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    feelings hurt

  24. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    grey you should offer a discount on your ebook now that its a few years old so my broke college ass can afford it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can’t afford $15?

      • Harry Hardenberg says:
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        @Grey: thats 7 slices of pizza while drunk!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          When you put it like that!

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Harry Hardenberg:

          Is pizza a different price for drunks in your town?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That’s not how inflation works…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Sky:

        It is how the book market works though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is there still a book market?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: book? It’s more like a really long email….that’s a good read

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Transcribed off a bathroom stall wall…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: that explains all the random phone numbers

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I used a 3D printer to print it out and it came out in the shape of a mustache

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: I figured it would of come out looking like Spicoli

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I was expecting Dustin Diamond from his better, Screech’ier years.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: that laugh from back in the podcast days screamed “hey bud, let’s party”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And dirty (to a 4th grader) poems

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I thought those were segways

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That best one person mobile transporters? Yup

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: oh Gob

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          It’s why Harper Lee was out of the game for so long.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: that is how the book market is for sure.

      • Harry Hardenberg says:
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        @Sky: no but it is how minimizing consumer surplus does

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          and now we know what your major is!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I got no surplus, it’s digital

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: since it’s digital you have the ultimate surplus, infinite amounts of the book.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Harry Hardenberg: can you have a surplus of an e book?

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @J-FOH:

            there certainly can be a surfeit.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m an internet surfeit’er

            • J-FOH says:
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              @GhostTownSteve: that bulging file on your desktop can be a real pain

          • Harry Hardenberg says:
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            @J-FOH: J-FOH thats now how consumer surplus works….

            the idea is that everyone who has valued the book at $15 or more has already bought the book, by dropping the price you arent losing those customers but gaining customers who value it at a lower price.

            • Harry Hardenberg says:
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              @Harry Hardenberg: heres a defintion in case you can google:

              Consumer surplus is the difference between the total amount that consumers are willing and able to pay for a good or service (indicated by the demand curve) and the total amount that they actually do pay (i.e. the market price).

                • Harry Hardenberg says:
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                  @Wake Up: come to the tutoring lab at rutgers university and i’ll gladly show you

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Harry Hardenberg: Cool…I’ll see if I can catch a ride with one of the other CFAs…

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @Wake Up:

                  I was told thinking about baseball could help with deflation.

            • J_FOH says:
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              @Harry Hardenberg: yeah I had no idea, I hated econ class even though I had to take 4 different ones. One of the first things i tried to forget after college

  25. Cram It says:
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    After trying to set up my own SP1/SP2/SP3 tiers, I feel like there aren’t any “safe” veteran-type guys who are coming in healthy and reliable for 2nd /3rd tier type numbers. In the top 60 there’s like 5 guys that fit this mold. Iwakuma, Gio, Hamels, Ryu, Liriano? Hughes? Oof. It’s gonna be scary giving the ball to a lot of young unproven guys on my staff.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: oh the times they are a changing

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: Might go even leaner at the draft on SP than usual. Grab a bunch of ‘gut feeling’ guys in the draft and hope for the best.

    • Grey

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      All five of those guys were injured last year

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: True, but not coming into the season injured/off an injury, a la Lee, Bailey, etc. I should just assume, outside the tippy top tier, no one is a safe bet to be solid, if not unspectacular.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, was just saying that you pointed out five guys that were all hurt last year, which shows how safe they are

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Word. It’s a field of eggshells outside of the tippy top tier. Just coming to grips with this. Brandon McCarthy it is!

            • Grey

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              It’s why you shouldn’t invest too much in pitching… The eggshells…

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Oh I don’t anymore. I invest even less than you do. I try to get one lower end “top” guy for around $20. Then fill in my SP with guys under $10. But usually a couple of those other guys are solid, know-what-you’re-getting vets (but of course you never KNOW), and a couple are upside plays. Just haven’t identified the former yet.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha

  26. Westly says:
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    Hey guys in a 16 team dynasty a guy that has Kris Bryant is trying to obtain Byron Buxton from me, but of course won’t include Bryant in the dealings unless i give him Buxton and Josh Harrison for Bryant straight up. His current offer is Alex Gordon, Todd Frazier, Brian Dozier, Greg Holland and Corey Seager for Bux, Votto, Pedroia and Cody Allen. We have a salary cap of 300 and Restricted and Unrestricted contracts. Frasier and Dozier are both a dollar unrestricted which means they can be bid on by other teams. I figured it would cost me around 40 bucks and i only have 36 in cap. I guess my question is, Do i do the big deal or do you feel Kris Bryant is worth Buxton plus Harrison. I kind of feel like i shouldn’t have to give up anyone else but maybe i’m wrong. Here is my lineup

    C -McCann
    1- Votto
    2nd- Pedroia
    SS – Desmond
    3rd – Harrison
    OF Cutch
    OF Avisail Garcia
    OF Jose Bautista
    SP Kershaw, Cobb, Paxton, Latos, Wood
    RP Allen, Melancon

    • Westly says:
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      Thanks for any advice you have!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bryant

      • Westly says:
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        @Grey: Thank you Grey!

  27. Boomer19 says:
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    Hi Grey,

    In my 14 team 5×5 roto league we keep five players every year. I currently have 2 OF, a SS, a 1B and a starter. I pick second and fourth and have the following players available. Edwin, Cano, Altuve, Harper, Desmond, Felix. I am fairly power heavy so far. Who are the top 3 I should target? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin, Harper, Desmond

  28. Jimmy says:
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    Trade Jones and EE for Mike Trout in strikeout league/ three keeper league?
    Potential Keepers:
    Adam Jones
    EE
    Anthony Rizzo
    Cory Dickerson
    Hunter Pence
    Daniel Murphy
    Cory Kluber
    Julio Teheran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  29. george of rose says:
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    I don’t think streaming Jorge on away games is such a great idea

    Last 3 years:
    Home 2.98
    Away 4.90

    With a lifetime 45-14 record and 3.98 ERA @ Coors Field

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then don’t touch him anywhere

  30. Hondo says:
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    The reason Lincecum got his hair cut is that he was tired of people asking him for his autograph and saying “I loved you as Kenny Powers mother.Hey,can you sign that -Love,Ermestine?It’s for my Mom”(blush).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Hondo:

      I heard he got tired of people asking him if he was that kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun

  31. JxK says:
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    I understand that his ‘Stache isn’t quite up to Grey standards but you’re basically telling me that you expect Derek Holland to either have 4.50 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP or you don’t trust him to stay healthy. I’m far from a fan of his but just realized you don’t have a guy who previously had a season with an 8.0 K/9 and under 3 BB/9 in your top 124 for SPs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a 4+ ERA pitcher, pitched 37 IP last year and has a 4.17 ERA and 7.3 K/9 projection from Steamer… It’s not that inspiring…

  32. Wake Up says:
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    The thought of Hamels in Petco is tearing ahole in my yoga pants…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A hole or ahole?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: exactly

  33. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I think you’re going to regret the low rank on McCarthy, Albright. Have to be encouraged by his ability to stay on the filed last year. Because of the health it’s difficult to track just what he’s been up to, but part of it was not arm related, it was the drive to the dome. He had a stretch of a couple of months with the A’s where he was dominant. It was during that time when he refocused his curveball and I can recall one double digit K game gem with the A’s where he was just filthy. His so called spike in velocity was really just an adjustment to the pitch mix where he worked the top of the zone with a fourseamer instead of going all two seam and that pitch just clocks higher is all. But changing the eye level to go with the two seam had great effect. He’s going to a premier pitchers division in a friendly park.

    I like him a lot.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: There’s more to come on McCarthy in the coming weeks. Velocity, pitch selection, durability, his new digs, etc. are all covered. Stay tuned.

      Short answer: I like him too.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        Great minds think alike…and it also appears that we share some ideas in common

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @GhostTownSteve:

          9/3 and 9/8 2011 left a huge impression on me. He went 17.0, 20 ks, 1 BB, 8 hits 2 earned. He was good for a stretch but that was the peak.

          He’s also one of the brightest guys in the game. I think since getting hit with the comebacker he’s also been playing with a heightened sense of joy and purpose.

          • Big Magoo

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            @GhostTownSteve: That line drive to the face was tough to watch. His injury looked even worse than Chapman’s because at least Chapman was able to turn his head a bit. Talk about a mental obstacle to overcome. He seems to be past it now though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see that…I have him done for 170 IP… If he gets 200+ IP with my projections, he bumps up 20 or so spots, then if he continues steps forward like last year, he bumps another 20 spots, then the Dodgers give him wins and he gets better… He does have 4+ ERA in almost 1000 career IPs so I’ll take the flyer in a deep league, but couldn’t see moving him up

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: There are questions surrounding McCarthy, no doubt about it. Especially concerning durability. That xFIP mark that you referenced might not be all that it seems either. But there are reasons for optimism…

        • Grey

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          I hear ya

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      @GhostTownSteve: I know the “news” and “fluff” are what they are, but one thing that I did take notice to was that he added weight through lifting last time he was out and says he felt the effects last season. I know the weight loss thing is always a bunch of garbage, but with his skinny frame it might actually help him. Also pointed out the weight loss you go through during the year and that by adding weight he wasn’t running on fumes at the end. Like I said, all “news” stuff, but he points to that as his turn around for last year. i will look for the article if I can. …oh he said he knew he was in trouble when he couldn’t open jars for his hot wife.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I really like the guy so I suppose I have a rooting bias I need to temper a bit. But hell when Magoo and I agree and then you chime in AND Albright is bearish…well I think we may be on to something.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: he falls into things I like category, NL west arm, tall, and has hot wife. Bonus is he’s pretty funny on twitter.

  34. the swinging says:
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    Real excited to click the top 100 overall link a few dozen times tomorrow. Todd frazier, really curious where u have him overall. Thought you had him a very low on the 3b list.

    I read the write ups on Longoria and frazier and it feels like ur set on calling longo at best a 25 homer 5 sb guy (which I agree with, longo played all 162 last season and only had 22 homers 5 steals). so why is frazier below longoria? Frazier has more upside no? He proved it last season. Todd is 28 and entering his 4th full season in mlb. Why u so low on Frazier? Is it his shitty Tom’s river pine belt car commercials?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier has down side, Longo upside

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: nothing like watching evan longoria pop out to the infield…

        how does a guy lose 120 points off his career OPS at age 28? 700 plate appearances last season for longo, so no small sample. His plate discipline is going the wrong way (walk rate decreased swinging strike rate increased) and he’s making weaker contact.

        Guess there’s upside based on what he used to be but he doesn’t seem to be close to the player he was. Plus, the rays lineup is poopie.

        • Grey

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          It’s kinda apples and apples in the big picture

          • the swinging says:
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            @Grey: How so? Frazier is good for fantasy, and longoria is not. Apples to crab apples.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Less than a round separates the two

              • the swinging says:
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                @Grey: I don’t see how. Frazier should be going much higher. Took longo 700 PA to rack up his counting stats. Longos fly ball distance is diving, he looked old last season.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @the swinging:

                  I think you make a lot of good arguments. Frazier has got a speed element to his game, he’s got a better park, a better line up. The peripherals suggest he looks like the player his numbers reflect. Interestingly, Longoria is only 4 months older than Frazier. Seems like Longoria has been around for damn ever. It’s funny that Longo “seemed” old to you. He should be just on the outer edge of his prime, in theory.

                  Track record comes into play for projecting here I guess. Longoria has 3 seasons of 30+ homers and 4 more with 20+. Frazier has hit more than 20 exactly once. Longo actually had more RBI+R than Frazier last year. Reverse the BABIP and regress Frazier’s steals a bit and they look really close.

                  All that said, were I a betting man (and I am), I think I’d take Frazier ahead of Longoria. I wouldn’t say Frazier has more upside, but he does have the opportunity to put up a season that Longoria probably can’t match just by Frazier repeating or coming close to repeating last year.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @GhostTownSteve: like many at third base, or at least to me, it all boils down to value on draft day. Doesn’t seem like a position I want to overpay for and one others are going to be buying too high on.

  35. Bye Felicia says:
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    Fister then Dickey is what I live for! HAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Grey: Any idea when espn mocks go live? I forgot…next week or so?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Usually in the next week or so

  36. Jay says:
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    in a 16 team league where we have a requirement to keep 2 pitchers of the the 8 total:
    keeping Trout, AuShizz, Brantley, Machado, Gerrit Cole, Sonny Gray

    a) need two out of: Avaisail Garcia, Segura, Yordano, Snydergaard, Scooter Gennett, Maikel Franco

    b) I pick third overall so there’s that.

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail, Segura

  37. Anson Wells says:
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    Grey, its good to be back reading your rankings in 16 inches of Detroit snow…I can almost feel the spring. However, that won’t erase the sting of great team on paper falling on their face last year. But I was able to put some trade deadline deals together to grab some young pitchers…
    Here is a list of the SP’s on my squad…
    I’ve read your rankings, but if this was your team, I want to know the 7 guys you would hold on to, and the 4 guys you would love to sell high on…
    Here is the list, and as always, thanks for the dime brother…
    Each of these guys are on $1 prospect contracts…
    Trever Bauer
    Jon Gray
    Eddie Butler
    Gerrit Cole
    Kevin Gausman
    Carlos Martinex
    Michael Pineda
    Erasmo Ramirez
    Jameson Taillon
    Danny Salazar
    Taijaun Walker
    These guys are all on contract, the numbers following them are the years and contract value…
    Andrew Cashner 2/$15
    Mike Minor 1/$11
    Jordan Zimmermann 1/$27
    Homer Bailey 1/$10
    Matt Garza 2/$8

    I had an offer of Marcus Stroman for Zimmermann…didnt take it though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hold: Martinez, Gausman, Cole, Salazar, Sell high: anyone else

      • Anson Wells says:
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        @Grey:
        Cooled off on Walker a bit have you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope, I like him… Was between him and Gausman or Martinez… If you prefer Walker, I wouldn’t argue

  38. goodfold2 says:
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    finally we get to the tier of guys i’m wondering which of some to drop for this coming season in dynasties where i don’t have enough spots for all of them (garza/cain/yoga/kazmir/dickey)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: none of us will have to worry about drafting duffy either, as i’m sure due to last year he goes about 45 or so spots higher in most drafts. espn will never have a guy with that last year ERA under 60. (they’ll probably call him a “break out”)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  39. Bammers says:
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    1 last pick in a dynasty points draft. Which of these prospects do you like the most? Odubel Herrera, Kyle Parker, Phillip Ervin, Chris Reed, Enny Romero, Brian Goodwin, or Victor Roache?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d ask Mike… Romero…

  40. Matt says:
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    This is probably a silly question, but since ESPN is frozen and I can’t pull the trigger for a few days, I’ll ask anyways.

    12 team 14 player keeper-finished 2nd last year.
    I’ve been offered Stroman for my 1st round pick. He’d only be displacing someone like N. Cruz on the ‘keeper’ list.

    This is a no-brainer ‘accept’ for me, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Stroman

  41. SteveNZ says:
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    You’re done with the rankings already? Jesus.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: you must’ve missed a few weeks.

  42. Mr Baseball says:
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    so trading for Latos is a big injury gamble

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not that big

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