With these top 100 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball, I’ve finished our (my) 2021 fantasy baseball rankings for positions. Still coming will be a top 100 overall and top 500 to see how all the positions mesh together like your mesh Lions jersey that meshes with your silver spandex. Trust me, when you see how long this post is, you’ll be glad I kept this intro short. All the 2021 fantasy baseball rankings are there. Here’s Steamer’s 2021 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2021 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers.  Here’s all the 2021 fantasy baseball auction rankings. As always, my projections are included, and where I see tiers starting and stopping. If you want an explanation of tiers, go back to the top 10 for 2021 fantasy baseball and start this shizz all over again. As always, where I see tiers starting and stopping are included with my projections. Anyway, here’s the top 100 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball:

NOTE: All 2021 fantasy baseball projections are based on a 162-game season, and will be until we hear definitively there will be less games.

NOTE II: We’re giving away 10 spots to RazzSlam for subscribers to Patreon. Compete against ‘perts from Yahoo, Rotoworld, FanGraphs, and all Razzball writers.

NOTE III: Free agents outside the top 100 are not yet written up or projected. They are approximately ranked, obviously subject to change.

81. MacKenzie Gore – This tier started in the top 80 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball. This tier ends at Syndergaard. I called this tier, “I’m using the milkrowave.” As for Gore, already gave you my MacKenzie Gore fantasy. It was written while jokingly saying Happy Chewsday, which caused a Brit to ask if that was an insult about his teeth. 2021 Projections: 7-1/3.05/1.08/104 in 82 IP

82. Shohei Ohtani – Last I read, “Angels manager Joe Maddon told reporters Friday that Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is ‘doing really well’ and that ‘everything I’m hearing is good.'” So, Ohtani is going to need a new elbow in 3, 2, 1…Now! Yes, for the first time ever, I’d draft Ohtani. Dot dot dot. If his price is ~300, and who can resist a mustache in front of any number? 2021 Projections: 4-2/3.44/1.25/71 in 61 IP

83. Chris Sale – This tier so far:  Triston McKenzie? More like McSexy! Gore? More! More! Alzolay? Give me all your rookie arms and let them massage me! Sale? Um, what’s his ETA? Big picture on a big pitcher:  This is the last pitcher you’re drafting in 12-team leagues, and a flyer in deeper leagues. If you have a IL slot, and I’m assuming nine out of ten of you agree with nine out of ten dentists, and have IL spots, then why not? As of right now, Sale’s return date is around May/June. I’d take a half season of him for a free draft pick, assuming May/June is a half season, and not Spring Training. 2021 Projections: 4-6/3.54/1.13/127 in 98 IP

84. Noah Syndergaard – See what I said about 1/8th of an inch above, or three inches if a girl’s reading. I’ve never owned Syndergaard before, but I’m ready. Listen to me roar, Synderawr’d! A last round pick is a great price for what could be three months of lights-out pitching. Just stash him then pick up someone else. As of right now, his return date is around June/July. He might even be a better stash than Sale, who has had more hiccups recently than a frightened man jamming his mouth with Mentos and downing cola. 2021 Projections: 5-4/3.61/1.28/102 in 95 IP

85. Kwang-Hyun Kim – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Minor. I call this tier, “Changing underwear every day in case you die.” This tier is filled with guys who are safer than the previous tier, but so safe they’re kinda boring and do you stand at an empty intersection in a podunk town waiting for the light? Do you not drink milk past its due date? Do you change your underwear every day in case you die? Live a little! In deep (NL-Only or AL-Only, for unstints) leagues, this tier is a strong option because in those leagues waivers are scant/skank, and you need IP. As for Kim, the epitome of new underwear. Meh, he’s fine, but live a little, and wear your gotchies more than one day in a row! 2021 Projections: 10-8/3.89/1.30/124 in 172 IP

86. Zach Davies – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Went the other way (to the Cubs). The Cubs are such a jizzoke. Hey, can the Cubs not compete in that small market of Chicago? Is this serious? Not going to blow my lid, but I have steam coming out my ears. What if, and bear with me here, you tried to be competitive because you’re a billion dollar sports team? What a crazy idea, huh? I’m turning into the Joker. Okay, to be the only levelheaded person online, no one will know if this was a good trade for the Cubs for five years. So, the problem with Davies is he relied so much on his change last year, and his fastball is goofy bad. That could work in sixty games, but will it work longer term? If you like guys who throw 88 MPH, then Davies will help you get your kinks on.” And that’s me quoting me! 2021 Projections: 7-9/3.93/1.28/122 in 161 IP

87. Brad Keller – Got ourselves a little sub-tier here of guys who might have 150 IP and less than 110 Ks. 2021 Projections: 8-11/4.03/1.29/115 in 154 IP

88. Anthony DeSclafani – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Giants. So weird that he goes by Disco, when his name so obviously fits better with a different genre of music. Please, like you weren’t rocking a skinny black tie and black eyeliner as DeSKAfani in your school while trying to play a trumpet. I don’t want to say I’m going to now draft DeSclafani in every league, but I will try, especially in NL-Only leagues.” And that’s me quoting me! 2021 Projections: 6-9/4.24/1.28/123 in 147 IP

89. Kohei Arihara – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Right-hander from Japan was signed by the Rangers for their rotation. So, he’s a 3.15 ERA pitcher with 12 or fewer walks in 175 IP, or is every player coming out of Japan not in the mold of Miles Mikolas? This year I had a sudden realization that the Tokyo Yakult Swallows weren’t named after birds. Yakult is a beverage. It would be like calling a team, the Taco Bell Farts. Arihara played for their rival, the Ham Fighters, which I’m now realizing is a company that makes ham. Is it me or did the Japanese team owners name all their baseball teams on an empty stomach? On the Ham Fighters last year, Arihara went 3.46 ERA with a 106/30 K/BB ratio over 132 2/3 innings, so, yeah, he might be a 4.25 ERA pitcher, even in the pitchers’ park in Texas. Maybe as a late-round flyer, but I don’t have ton of confidence.” And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2021 Projections: 8-10/4.17/1.22/111 in 148 IP

90. Taijuan Walker – Signed with the Mets. Now New Yorkers can go to Queens or Canal Street to see something Taijuan made. “Hey, check out this Rollex I bought. There’s another L for the metaphor of me spending $250 on a knockoff.” That’s a guy returning from Canal Street, knowing he got duped. You know who didn’t get duped? The Mets! Solid innings bet for Taijuan, and best case scenario is much better than that, since he’s only a couple years away from a 3.50-ish ERA, and the slider he was pumping in last year makes me optimistic. Honestly, I’m tempted to move him even higher, but Syndergaard (eventually), Lucchesi, Peterson and Taijuan for two spots has me hedging a little. 2021 Projections: 8-9/4.21/1.32/126 in 133 IP

91. Drew Smyly – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Braves. This makes me…what’s the emotion I’m looking for…it’s…an adverb for happy…ugh…Grinningly?…No, that doesn’t seem right. Smyly! That’s it! Last year in 26 1/3 IP, Smyly had stats to make you scream and slap yo’ daddy: 14.4 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 2.56 xFIP. Yo, Smyly are you Josh Hader or nah? Honestly, the sample is so small — that’s what she said derisively! — I’m not even sure what to do with it — she said that too and she needs to stop saying this shizz! His background peripherals back up the K/9 and whatnot, but 26 1/3 IP wouldn’t even be a month in a regular season. Gonna assume it’s all nonsense.” And that’s me–well, you know. 2021 Projections: 10-7/4.34/1.32/143 in 138 IP

92. Matthew Boyd – Got yourself in a league with an innings category and not sure what to do? Well, have I got the answer for you–What’s that, your league also has a home runs allowed category? Oh, hmm… Though, I do have a title on the back burner for an April roundup after a good start from him:  The Deadened Boyd. If balls are only going 385 feet vs. 395, maybe Boyd…Nah, I can’t even lie to myself, but maybe…No, I can’t. 2021 Projections: 8-10/4.37/1.27/161 in 164 IP

93. Danny Duffy – Exclusive! Notorious B.I.G.’s original lyrics to Juicy. It was all a dream, I used to read TV Guide magazine, Duffy and Hagman in the back of the antler’d grill limousine.  2021 Projections: 7-9/4.41/1.31/138 in 148 IP

94. Spencer TurnbullTigers’ pitching staff is the ultimate: You got an innings category in your league and punting everything else? Let’s do this! 2021 Projections: 7-11/4.44/1.38/146 in 158 IP

95. Mike Minor – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Royals. He lost two miles off his fastball last year, and I don’t know what to do with that information. I looked at his velocity for 2019 and 2018 to see if there was a pattern of him starting literally slow and picking up speed as the season waned, but that was, “Not true, pardner,” as my enthusiasm John Wayne’d. I want to like Minor but that has me worried. At his current 350 ADP, it might not matter, I could just draft him very late, or pick him up off waivers.” And that’s me quoting me! 2021 Projections: 8-12/4.23/1.23/167 in 177 IP

96. Luis Severino – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Puk. I call this tier, “I’ll have what she’s sniffing.” There’s a high person on these guys, it’s prolly not me. They are all high upside guys, who could shock the world, but they’re likely streamers or waiver guys even in deep leagues. As for Severino, he’s not up with Syndergaard and Sale, because he’s had some shizz or another for the last two years. You pile shizz up for two years and you have to give me a year before I trust you. 2021 Projections: 6-5/4.04/1.26/101 in 91 IP

97. Eduardo Rodriguez – Similar feelings to Trey Mancini, I want Ed-Rod to succeed, but don’t measure empathy by how many shares I have of him on my teams. 2021 Projections: 6-8/4.22/1.32/127 in 124 IP

98. Josh Lindblom – Feck me, this guy’s peripherals were gorge last year. His results, well, what’s the opposite of getting your rocks off? On the jetty with Josh Lindblom, a romantic novel of heartbreak. 2021 Projections: 8-11/4.29/1.31/146 in 139 IP

99. Spencer Howard – I’m prolly the low man on Howard — Loward? — but his command worries me a lot. A 3.5 BB/9 can shook your man with a rookie, because that leads to a roofie and you end up waking in a roadside motel wondering why there’s a guy standing over you with a scalpel and sleeveless t-shirt. For a second opinion, here’s what Prospect Itch said, “High hopes accompanied Howard into the shortened season. A hard-throwing righty who could hold velocity deep into his starts, Howard lost velocity in 2020 and got smoked to the tune of a 1.64 WHIP and 5.92 ERA across 24.1 innings. If he’s healthy entering 2021, the stat line should present a nice buying opportunity. He’d only pitched 30.2 innings above high-A before debuting, so perhaps the hype was just too high for a rookie pitcher in Philadelphia, but a healthy Howard wields four big-league quality pitches with three being plus offerings:  fastball, curveball and changeup. Also, Grey sucks.” Okay, not cool. 2021 Projections: 6-9/4.51/1.41/108 in 112 IP

100. Tejay Antone – Here’s what Prospect Itch said, “Bursting onto the scene with new velocity in 2020, Antone looks like a big win for the developmental team here. He increased his K/9 from 8.79 in AAA in 2019 to 11.46 as a big leaguer this season. His slider and curve both lived up to the scouting grades, scoring impressive pitch-value grades via fangraphs, and his fastball checked in at an average of 95.6 mph, and while that was largely in relief, he also started four games and faired fine in that role, albeit in slightly shorter than usual outings. His first-strike rate of 65.2 percent and swinging strike rate of 13 percent are both impressive outcomes that would land him among the league’s top arms if he’s able to sustain something close to that success as a starting pitcher in 2021, and can we see some sustained injuries to Grey?” What the what. 2021 Projections: 3-5/4.33/1.28/114 in 102 IP

101. Domingo German – How is it we have a Spanish-for-Sunday German and we don’t call him, Sonntago? Does no one speak German? Cool, me’s neither. Sonntago was reinstated from the restriction list right after this past season ended, which puts him on pace for “no one has any idea.” You do the flyer if you must, but don’t pretend you know what the hell you’re getting. No one prefers a know-everything to a know-nothing. 2021 Projections: 6-6/4.44/1.31/95 in 89 IP

102. Luis Patino – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Went the other way in the Snell trade. I’ve already given you my Luis Patino 2021 fantasy. One thing I will say is once the dust settles, I might shine up that Patino with some new projections if it appears the Rays are going to start him in the rotation, which is my guess at this point.” And that’s me quoting me and prolly guessing wrong!  True to my word, I’ve changed his projections just a smidge. I still don’t know the Rays’ plans for him, but I gave him an extra three weeks of pitching time in the majors, but he still appears outside of the rotation. This tier, if it wasn’t clear, is filled with upside number six starters, who will see time in the rotation, just not sure how much time. 2021 Projections: 5-8/4.38/1.35/115 in 112 IP

103. Michael Kopech – He is ready to go, said a press release put out by Michael Kopech. Or maybe he just always signs everything “Ready as always.” This is called a “Shoot your shot, what do you have to lose, you can just drop him two weeks into the season.” Only thing more unknown than Alternate Training Site stats is how well guys who just opted out are going to do. I still like Stroman, but he has a long track record. Kopech has a cassette single and the tape is twisted, making it hard to listen to without serious unraveling. My guess is Kopech should be good for about 100 IP, but he still can’t hit the broad side of a barn with a lot of his pitches, unless he’s made progress while not actually pitching in a game. 2021 Projections: 3-4/4.47/1.39/122 in 104 IP

104. Daulton Jefferies – I’m a sucker for a guy with great command, and anyone who reminds me I’ve propped up my bed with cardboard boxes of Gregg Jefferies rookie cards. So, Daulton Jefferies is a double threat! 2021 Projections: 6-9/4.30/1.29/91 in 84 IP

105. Deivi Garcia – There’s very few stats from Deivi’s previous season that I think are indicative of him, and that’s a good thing in regards to his fly ball rate. If he’s pushing a 50% FB rate, it’s gonna be an all or nothing proposition owning him, literally, as in he’s gonna give up a three-run bomb every game, and be on the other side of a lot of 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER games. At 21 years old, I wouldn’t be surprised if he spends a half year in the minors, if there are minors. Deivi is gonna be a great one, I don’t think in Blackjack after Twenty, but, ya know, these are flyers. 2021 Projections: 6-4/4.61/1.36/117 in 114 IP

106. Tarik Skubal – TINSTAPP: There’s no such thing as a pitching prospect. It’s not my acronym. That’s BP. That’s not my acronym either. Just thought of it though as I thought about how the Tigers have legit invested their future in TINSTAPP not being TINSTAPP. Hoping to TINSTOP TINSTAPP. Any hoo! As for Skubal:  Place a bottle on this tier, spin said bottle, and, whichever pitcher the bottle is pointing at, draft him and hope you got the right young upside starter for seventy innings in heaven? Not exactly saying that’s where the smart money is, but it might not be where the dumb money is. The “Cum laude in history, then abandoned that to become a weatherman” money? Sure, that works. It’s gonna be a Skubal comedy seeing some people draft more than one Tigers starter. Wouldn’t be me. Skubal over Mize? Yeah, I guess. Barely though, and I’d guess Skubal has more upside (for 2021), but also way more downside. Talking 11 K/9, 4 BB/9, 4.50 xFIP type upside/downside. 2021 Projections: 3-4/4.33/1.34/98 in 84 IP

107. Casey Mize – Already gave you my Casey Mize fantasy. It was written while watching Hula, the new streaming channel of hula-hoop competitions from county fairs. One note about the Casey Mize post, the general gist remains, but I lowered projections after the Tigers signed Urena. Don’t have any faith in Urena, but the Tigers might use that to limit Mize. Honestly, not terribly excited about any Tigers starter. Have I mentioned that five times in every Tigers’ starter blurb? Cool. 2021 Projections: 4-5/4.37/1.22/84 in 89 IP

108. Clarke Schmidt – I wrote an entire post for Clarke Schmidt, but forgot to post it. Things are going great, how ’boutcha? I’d post it here, but it’s like 750 words long and it ends with just okay projections. Gonna save it for when he’s promoted, or maybe I’ll put it on our Patreon. 2021 Projections: 5-7/4.03/1.31/88 in 82 IP

109. A.J. Puk – Wanna be clear, I will like quite a few of the guys in this tier at some point in their career, but for this year? *sticks index finger into mouth* Puk. Beane has already said Puk will be ready for camp (whenever that is) and is slated for the rotation at some point, and we’ve never heard anything negative after a proclamation like that from a guy who hasn’t thrown more than 25 IP in, like, four years. 2021 Projections: 4-5/4.12/1.35/74 in 65 IP

110. Carlos Martinez – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Wacha. I call this tier, “Damn, (insert year) was fun. What, it’s 2021 now? How long was I asleep? Years? Did I miss anything?” The tier name is self-explanatory. As for C-Mart, he’s gone from being a stalwart in 2018 to an alt-wart Instagram account where it just puts up weird pics of warts. 2021 Projections: 6-5/4.18/1.34/91 in 105 IP

111. Adrian Houser – “Yooooo, Adrian! Girl, I will Houser you.” That’s Rocky Balboa working as a club DJ. Unlike C-Mart, for Houser you only need to go back 18 months, but he was interesting for a much shorter time period, and even then, it feels like a figment of my imagination Houser was ever interesting. 2021 Projections: 8-11/4.29/1.31/127 in 144 IP

112. Yusei Kikuchi – One of the few guys who made noticeable improvements last year. Yusei? Yes, I do say, do not question me. His velocity increased three miles per hour and his K/9 went from 6.5 to 9. Yusei? This is the last time I tell you to never question me again. My concern is it was such a small sample last year that it won’t hold. Yusei? We’re done here. 2021 Projections: 9-11/4.27/1.34/136 in 149 IP

113. Madison Bumgarner –  Will he return to Mad-Bum or continue the new tradition of us being Mad-at-Bum? Find out next on, “Starters Don’t Reverse Terrible Declines in Velocity.” Geez, the title of that show kinda gives away some important spoilers. 2021 Projections: 7-11/4.41/1.38/141 in 168 IP

114. Robbie Ray – You can call him Robbie or Rob, but I call him K-bob, because he’s a pitcher who gets strikeouts then is skewered. You see just his 11 K/9 and you’re like, “How bad could this be?” Then you see everything else and you’re like, “I understand now.” 2021 Projections: 8-10/4.58/1.43/203 in 164 IP

115. Jose Quintana – Signed with the Angels, which hurt Patrick Sandoval’s value — Sandovalue? Hey, that’s pretty good! Also hurting Sandovalue was Sandoval. Ya know who hurts Quintana’s value? Quintana. Actually, everyone in this tier hurts their own value by pitching. 2021 Projections: 8-10/4.44/1.35/143 in 161 IP

116. Adam Wainwright – Great signing for the Cardinals, because if he didn’t sign with the Cardinals, we would’ve been left with having to guess it was the Cardinals from the scoreboard, their uniforms or just the channel we were watching. Now we can be like, “Wainwright? Oh, it’s the Cardinals. Where’s Yadier? Oh, there we go, yup, Cards.” 2021 Projections: 9-10/4.31/1.40/132 in 159 IP

117. Merrill Kelly – Had shoulder surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in September and the Diamondbacks gave him $4.25 million in November, and, hey, it’s not my money, but the Diamondbacks are the dumbest organization or nah? 2021 Projections: 5-7/4.26/1.18/108 in 128 IP

118. Garrett Richards – Signed with the Red Sox. If I were a Sawx fan, I’d love this move. Seriously. I’m not being sarcastic. Why can I not even tell when I’m being sarcastic? Am I damaged? I don’t think I’m being sarcastic. Any hoo! G-Dicks, as he’s popularly known, has never pitched poorly, he just never really pitches. He’s good for a solid 50 to 85 IP with the upside hum-ma-na of a flat-out sparkling 150 IP, which will never happen. 2021 Projections: 4-3/3.78/1.29/78 in 74 IP

119. Tanner Roark – I actually liked Tanner Roark for many years, but, when I say this next part I can’t emphasis it enough, there was absolutely no reason that I can justify liking him. 2021 Projections: 6-9/4.39/1.37/109 in 122 IP

120. Jon Lester – Signed with the Nats. This is the 2nd time a Leftosaurus has been brought to Washington this year. This one didn’t need 30+ lawsuits, but it could leave people screaming, “Stop the steal!” 2021 Projections: 8-9/4.43/1.34/121 in 154 IP

121. J.A. Happ – Signed with the Twins. Know what’s funny? Stop guessing, I’m trying to tell you. Tim Anderson, who hit lefties to a tune of .450 last year, saw the lefty Happ signed with frequent competitor, Twins, and liked the tweet announcing the Happ signing. That’s prolly how every AL Central hitter feels right now. 2021 Projections: 9-11/4.37/1.32/131 in 154 IP

122. Michael Wacha – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Rays to become the 2021 Comeback Player of the Year, as frequent commenter, Malicious Phenoms, pointed out. Yes, the Rays are operating a mine where they turn blood, sweat and tears into a diamond. I see a lot of fantasy baseball analysis in 2021 is going to be:

<loud voice>This guy was sneaky good last year.</loud voice>
<whisper>In a five-game sample.</whisper>

Wacha did pitch well in a whole 34 IP last year if looking at his peripherals, but he’s also six years from a truly good season.” And that’s me copying and pasting me! 2021 Projections: 5-7/4.47/1.48/121 in 129 IP

123. Kris Bubic – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Cease. I call this tier, “Saying romance into a glass bottle, then tossing it into the sea.” Putting a message in a bottle is rarely answered, it’s even more rare when someone just speaks words into a bottle and casts it off into the ocean. That’s this tier. The very rare chance for success. As for Bubic, there’s one thing we can say for certain, Bubic is a grinder. *Juvenile giggle* Sorry, sorry. We’re 18,000 words into this post and my fingers are bleeding from typing. He could have a near-9 K/9, decent command, and he was pitching in High-A in 2019, so who knows. 2021 Projections: 5-10/4.19/1.34/119 in 116 IP

124. David Peterson – I debated leaving Peterson off the rankings, then I realized I was just saying “D-Peter” repeatedly in my head, and not actually debating anything. He has a pretty flat fastball, but decent command and slider, so maybe there’s a little something here.  UPDATE: With the signing of Lucchesi, Taijuan and return of Syndergaard eventually, I brought Peterson’s IP projections down. 2021 Projections: 7-6/4.41/1.36/89 in 101 IP

125. Dean Kremer – Anyone else think Israeli-American Dean Kremer is a Sacha Baron Cohen character? When you draft him, you have to say a’la Borat, “My staaaaaaaarter.” If he keeps it close, the bullpen will prolly have you saying, “My wiiiiiiiiin. High five!” The latest Borat movie sucked, by the way. At least a top 500 bummer of 2020.  2021 Projections: 7-10/4.51/1.41/145 in 141 IP

126. Kyle WrightBryse Wilson, Sean Newcomb, Touki Toussaint, Huascar YnoaImight’vemadeupthisname…Hey, Braves stop making a dozen or so of the same pitcher, it’s getting confusing. 2021 Projections: 5-7/4.56/1.42/102 in 108 IP

127. Keegan AkinOrioles don’t have a lot, but they do have innings to give to rando pitchers. This rando has a great change and, uh, other pitches. His slider is actually decent, and if he can stop walking guys at a 4 BB/9 clip, he might surprise a little. Hey, managing expectations. 2021 Projections: 7-12/4.58/1.47/143 in 132 IP

128. Tanner Houck – Made the list because he had a 11.1 K/.9 last year. Just barely, because it was in 17 IP, and he’s going way before this because the Sawx sparkle — Spawrx? — still shines bright for overrating. Can he maintain a walk rate under 3.5? Oh, Houck no. 2021 Projections: 5-8/4.48/1.49/93 in 84 IP

129. Adrian Morejon – Full disclosure alert! I had Morejon about fifty spots higher, above eventual teammate Mackenzie Gore, until Musgrove was traded to the Padres. It was a thirst trap of the highest of thirsts — the thirstiest of traps! A trap that was just a swimming pool filled with Kool-Aid that had a mysterious echo saying, “Drink me.” Now, that’s largely done. I still like Morejon for super deep leagues, but he needs an injury to get any real innings. 2021 Projections: 4-2/3.81/1.25/78 in 64 IP

130. Trevor Rogers – *laying on bed* Take me, Marlins starters. I am yours to do whatever you want. 2021 Projections: 5-8/4.31/1.43/87 in 81 IP

131. Dylan Cease – Crappy diem, which translates to Cease the Dylan for hype and hype alone. 2021 Projections: 6-9/4.64/1.43/129 in 138 IP

132. Aaron Sanchez – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until the end. I call this tier, “Rolling the die and doing a crapshoot.” All of these guys are a total crapshoot. As for Sanchez, he signed with the Giants. Old friend alert! You might remember Aaron Sanchez as Filthy Sanchez, as he was the Jays’ top pitching prospect from 2010-16. What is it that they say about pitching prospects again and why do I keep thinking of how the Tigers are chancing their entire rebuild around those that can’t be trusted? Sanchez hit 98 on his fastball, and…can’t…stop…giving…him…a…chance. I’m not saying that if you put Turds McTurdsy in the Giants’ rotation I wouldn’t be interested in deep leagues, because of the park, and I’m also not not saying that, or that Aaron Sanchez might be Turds McTurdsy. 2021 Projections: 5-7/4.39/1.41/103 in 121 IP

133. Johnny Cueto – Turds McTurdsy Sr., and the Sr. is short for “Sorry.” Seriously though for a second, if there is a Turds McTurdy reading this, I’m not making fun of your name. I’m making fun of your father. 2021 Projections: 9-10/4.61/1.32/141 in 161 IP

134. Jaime Barria – Fun fact! The Jaime Barrio is what Jesse Jackson calls the Upper West Side. Do not, I repeat, do not, shoot the messenger. Jaime had a 3.41 ERA in almost 130 IP in 2018, and Jaime is what I say to the mirror, so, yeah, prolly not much here. 2021 Projections: 6-8/4.21/1.14/93 in 114 IP

135. Steven Matz – Traded to the Jays. Will be interesting to see how the Toronto media spins Matz’s one known attribute:  That he’s from Long Island. Any hoo! A move to the AL East for one of the worst pitchers I’ve ever liked? Don’t tempt me, you bedraggled wind-up doll! I swear I’m not being dumb liking Matz every year, but he was just unlucky last year to have a 9.68 ERA. Okay, and I’m very dumb. 2021 Projections: 7-7/4.33/1.35/112 in 121 IP

136. Alec Mills – Me seeing the Cubs division sucks. *handshake emoji* Me seeing Alec Mills sucks. 2021 Projections: 8-12/4.44/1.18/104 in 145 IP

137. Alex Wood – Signed with the Giants. Put a guy who always has an alluring amount of upside in a great pitchers’ park, and *struggling to not draft him, sounding like my 15-year-old self*…must…not…grab…Wood. 2021 Projections: 7-9/4.41/1.33/101 in 121 IP

138. Edward Cabrera – Hey, Marlins, stop making beautiful pitchers, you got no more room. More like The Miami Starter Machine, amiright? Come on, shake your body, baby, do that, Edward Cabrera. I know you can’t control yourself any longer. Hey, speech-to-text worked pretty good there because I was obviously dancing and singing, and not typing. Cabrera’s just one more Marlins starter I’m going to be crazy about when he’s called up, but I didn’t write a rookie post for him, because I don’t expect much from him this year. Same with Max Meyer, who looks so special. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kazoo, hand under armpit making fart noises* Dynasty leaguers. 2021 Projections: 1-1/3.61/1.31/41 in 34 IP

139. Miles Mikolas – Latest news for Mikolas says, “Expected to be on a normal schedule for Spring Training,” which is always true. Especially when they leave out what year they’re talking about. 2021 Projections: 7-10/4.48/1.24/96 in 128 IP

140. Michael Lorenzen – Welcome to the Pretend Michael Lorenzen Is A Starter Challenge. How are you doing so far? Already dropped out? Still going? Damn, you’re doing better than me. 2021 Projections: 4-6/4.09/1.37/88 in 84 IP

141. Joey Lucchesi – Traded to the Mets. That’s right, Joey Lucchesi of the Rigatoni Crime Family is going to the home of the crime families. “Don’t get it twisted, Joey, there’s only one Bagel Boss.” That’s what the self-proclaimed Bagel Boss says to his reflection, not within shouting distance of Lucchesi. So, Joey Lucchesi wasn’t even ranked prior to this trade because he was odd man out in San Diego. Now, he’s in a battle for his life for the 5th spot. Joey already took one guy to the Matzresses. UPDATE: He who takes to the Matzresses eventually gets taken himself. A story of love, cannolis and Lucchesi. Also, with the signing of Taijuan, I removed Lucchesi. 2021 Projections: 4-4/4.21/1.28/96 in 104 IP

142. JT Brubaker – The year is 2054. You’ve just finished reading the starter rankings, and the Pirates have announced only one more year of rebuilding. Praise be. 2021 Projections: 6-11/4.49/1.36/117 in 124 IP

If you think I’ve forgotten a pitcher, check the following list, because this indicates I looked at them and decided not to rank them. Logan “Doesn’t Give Me A Woody” Allen, Alex “A What Is A Terrible Pitcher?” Cobb, Nick “Great Arm, Terrible Everything” Pivetta, Nick “Married To Homer” Margevicius, Chris “Double-Jointed And” Flexen, Ljay “Lnotgood” Newsome, Trevor “Don’t Call Me Trevor Dicks” Richards, Kolby M. Allard, Kyle “Grody” Cody, Jharel “Is A Planet In Star Wars” Cotton, San Antonio Senzatela, Ryan “The Cast Album Of The Opera” Castellani, Jordan “Lebron” Yamamoto, Chad “How John Oliver Says” Kuhl, Steven “Not Stephen” Brault, Wade “In The Water With” Miley, Eric “Matt” Lauer, Erick “aka Eri CK” Fedde, Vince “Worse Than Nick Pivetta” Velasquez, Jon “Not Me” Gray, Daniel “Fountain of Youth” Ponce de Leon, Shaun “Of The Dead” Anderson, Austin “I Got Your” Gomber, Michael King Stay King, Kyle “Nothing’s” Freeland, Rich “The Blister” Hill, Josh “LOOGY or Congestion” Fleming, Randy “Uber rating is higher than his K/9” Dobnak, Michael “Not Brad” Fulmer, Devin “Sprayed in the Face With” Smeltzer, Colin “Theo Ruined The Cubs’ Future” Rea, Matt “Person or Gerund” Manning, Joe “Mama” Ross, and Justin “We Are” Dunn.

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    So beautiful top100 for starters!!!

    a. Awesome rap in the Duff-boy blurb! Don’t like Duffy, but loved the blurb!

    b. That ‘Changing the underwear every day’ tier is a mixed bag, not really liking it. So, I think I’ll sign up a 5th starter in a 12-team RCL BEFORE this tier, maybe. There’s deals to be had, no doubt, but you’re on a scavenger hunt for the red October and the Vultures are circling. Right?

    c. MLB quote of the day for February 11, 2021

    1. Ben Oglivie, born February 11, 1949

    ‘Three of Ben Oglivie’s favorite philosophers are Jean Jacques Rousseau, Henry David Thoreau and Bruce Lee. Their minds are not often linked to a common school of thought. But then, nothing is common about Ben Oglivie, not even the spelling of his last name. Oglivie is a Milwaukee Brewers outfielder who is accomplished not only in philosophy, but also in music, Jeet Kune Do, Ping-Pong and crossword puzzles. And if you ever need a seven-letter word for, say, 24 ACROSS, Lefthand-hitting American League home run champion, don’t be so quick to jot down (Reggie) Jackson.’

    Sportswriter Steve Wulf in Sports Illustrated (June 9, 1981)

    2. Tom Veryzer, born February 11, 1953

    ‘It’s official – Detroit released Rich Reese unconditionally Friday, and brought 20-year-old rookie Tom Veryzer from its Toledo farm club in the International League. You’re going to like Veryzer,” General Manager Jim Campbell said. “He’s real talkative. You can’t shut him up. I talked to him before the game and said, ‘you must be real thrilled to be up here in the big leagues for the first time,'” Campbell said. “He said, ‘yep,’ and walked away.”‘

    The Traverse City Record-Eagle (UPI, 08/11/1973, Tom Veryzer joins Tigers, Page 12)

    3. Brian Matusz, born February 11, 1987

    ‘He’s gained a lot of confidence with the conditioning he’s done. Through the conditioning he’s gotten to the point where if he runs into obstacles physically, he can now make adjustments in his delivery, whereas before he had so much weakness that he really couldn’t do it physically. Even though he wanted to do it, he just couldn’t.’

    Baltimore Orioles Pitching Coach Rick Adair on MLB.com (Brittany Ghiroli, 03/04/2012, ‘Orioles split up to kick off Grapefruit slate’, Source)

    4. Matt Lindstrom, born February 11, 1980

    ‘(Matt) Lindstrom, 27, makes for a neat human interest story, given that he hails from Idaho and once traveled to Sweden on a Mormon mission. The Marlins are more impressed with his 98 mph fastball. As VP of player personnel Dan Jennings recently observed, ‘He can throw a marshmallow through a battleship.'”

    ESPN Columnist Jerry Crasnick on ESPN.com (High-speed pursuit, 03/26/2007)

    5. Gene Crumling, died February 11, 2012

    ‘The problem with baseball today is money. These players today make so much money yet they refuse to give an autograph to a little kid without getting paid for it.’

    Gene Crumling (Mike Crumling, 02/11/2012, ‘They Called Him Lefty’, Article Below)

    6. Chuck Tanner, died February 11, 2011

    ‘”There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is ‘have patience.’ The second is ‘be patient.’ And the third and most important secret is ‘patience.’ ”

    Chuck Tanner in Tales from the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates: Remembering “The Fam-A-Lee” (John McCollister, Sports Publishing LLC, 02/01/2005, Page 104) [Chuck Tanner Quotes]

    7. Frankie ‘The Crow’ Crosetti, died February 11, 2002

    ‘I wouldn’t manage a ballclub for any amount of money. I have the best job in baseball right here and my only ambition is to remain as third-base coach of the Yankees. Anyone who says different is nuts.’

    Frankie ‘The Crow’ Crosetti in The Los Angeles Times Frank Crosetti, 91; Yankee Player, Third-Base Coach, Source)

    • Cram It says:
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      I’m with Frankie Crosetti. I’ve always had the ambition to have just enough responsibility to be important, but not all of the responsibility. I loved coaching third. My WAR as a third base coach must have been the highest in the history of Long Island softball.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Crosettis are delicious if made right with lard instead of butter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha, thanks!

      B. Yeah, you don’t need any of them for RCLs unless you’re SON is streaming

      7. Matusz! Ugh, flashbacks!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        Matusz, UGH, flashbacks. He was good for like 10 IP, right?

        Loved the Ben Oglivie quote.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Ante Galic says:
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          Grey!

          Satisfied my Reggie Jackson quota in the Ben Oglivie quote! Hah!

          Cheers
          Ante

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think he had a sleeper post at one point, not my finest moment!

  2. Mr Baseball says:
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    dynasty keeper league

    Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

    I will end up with 1 of these players via waiver pick number 3

    what is the pecking order here and thanks

    1B Andrew Vaughn
    OF Jarred Kelenic
    OF Julio Rodriguez

    • Cram It says:
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      Kelenic first. Maybe Vaughn second.

    • Jolt In Flow says:
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      Are you sure all 3 will be there by the time it gets to you? All 3 are great prospects so it sounds like a bit of a shock.

      It’s too bad you can’t trade a player to land waiver spot 4 and/or 5, to land at least 2 of these three.

      This is just me, but my preference would be Vaughn. I feel his eye, and therefore his bat, are generational. The only thing that scares me about him is if the Sox make him perm-DH. Outside of that, he seems other-wordly. I would be elated with Kelenic or Julio.

      Enjoy this moment with the potential to pick one of these 3. It’s often the best part of drafting prospects.

      Jolt

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Jolt!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelenic, Ju-Rod

      • 183414 says:
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        For this year, Kelenic and Vaughn.

  3. Thundergunn says:
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    G-dix and houck, 2 guys the sawx, with the 3rd highest revenue in mlb will be heavily relying on for rotation help…smh

    As a sawx fan..would love your thoughts on the benintendi trade?!? The green monster is about to be the Eiffel Tower.. it’s franchy time!

  4. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    I think you left out Mike Faulty Foltynewicz.

    • Jolt In Flow says:
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      2020 total stats – only 1 game played on July 27th, 3.1 innings, 6 earned runs, 16.20 ERA.

      Was sent to an alternate Braves training facility for the rest of the season.

      Shipped to Texas on a 1 year deal.

      I think Grey left him off for a reason, IMO. And personally, I wouldn’t pick him up until he proves he righted the ship,

      Jolt

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, I wouldn’t draft him anywhere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s gonna be a woof from me dawg

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Agree, Was just being sarcastic because he has a built in nickname so he could fit in with the other misfit toys at the end. He is VERY Faulty.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yes!

  5. Dave S says:
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    What are your thoughts about Carlos Rodon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s very terrible

  6. Pink Doves says:
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    I have some serious 1st world problems here. Roto 6×5 roto w/ TBs. 12 teams.

    My keepers: cost is original draft round.

    1. Lindor 30th
    2 Soto 14th
    3 Acuna 13th
    4. Roberts 15th
    5. Keston H. 20th
    6. Bregs 12th

    Do I replace any of those guys for Kyle Lewis in the 12th or Dustin May 24th?

    Minor league keeper.

    Rutchsman 28th

    Do I keep Lux 29th or Gore 22nd for my 2nd minor keeper?

    Pink Doves always flying high!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, you can’t replace them — you’re flying too high, save some airspace for the rest of us

  7. Cram It says:
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    Quit ragging on Long Island! Matz is the pride of my high school to many. But for me it’s Kevin James. King of Queens is one of my favorite all-time shows and I don’t care that everyone else thinks otherwise.

    • William Hung says:
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      How great would it be to hang out with both Kevin James and Ray Romano at a Mets game?

      • Jolt In Flow says:
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        Got to throw Kevin Hart in there as well to mix things up. He’s got a different style of comedy, but not so different that one would overpower the other.

        Man, now that the Mets went on this spending spree, I can’t even joke about the Mets signing James, Romano, and Hart to play in their outfield.

        Jolt

        • NUX says:
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          Kevin Hart is Philly though I thought? He used to come to Temple all the time

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He almost invested in Razzball

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kevin Hart that is

            • Jolt In Flow says:
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              Wait… what? Please expand on that one Grey.

              Jolt

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I was working with him and he made a terrible offer for 15% of the company

                • Cram It says:
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                  That’s wild. How does a guy like that even become interested? Is he a fantasy sports buff?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, he’s into sports, and for like very little money will take a part of someone’s company with the promise of tweets

                    • DonnieB says:
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                      How much for 15%? I could be interested.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      How much you got?

          • Jolt In Flow says:
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            You are correct, Nux. My bad.

            From what I recall, he seemed to be working the northeast scene at his start. I figured he was from that area so I grouped him into the NYC comedians.

            Jolt

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nux we need a new league

        • Crime Dog says:
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          Kevin hart reminds me of dane cook. He’s not actually funny, just says things in a loud “funny” way and people love it. No actual jokes or punchlines. Maybe I’m wrong though I only watched 30 minutes of one stand up and turned it off. Dave chappelle is the GOAT.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, he’s not my favorite

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I read recently there was another athlete from your high school… Like not quite on the level with Junipero Serra High School alumni but someone

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Kevin James is comedy cancer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yes, but ya know to each his own

        • Cram It says:
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          Oh he’s not funny as a standup comedian. But he was perfect in KoQ.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            In fairness, I’ve never seen it

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Watch Peep Show

            • Cram It says:
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              I have!

              I’m not comparing or trying to say KoQ is an all-time great sitcom. But it has a special place with me and it’s one of my comfort shows.

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                For sure

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do like peeping

      • Cram It says:
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        A recent athlete? There was Todd Sauerbrun, who was a pretty notable NFL punter in the late 90s/early 2000s.

        There was Mick Foley aka Mankind, who was a huge WWF wrestler. He and Kevin James were actually on the wrestling team together.

        That’s all I know as far as professional athletes. Could be a lacrosse player….we were a national title lacrosse program.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mick Foley might’ve been it — him and KJ? That is legit funny

          • Cram It says:
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            It’s even funnier that KJ was the #1 wrestler on the team, and Mick Foley was #2. James was actually a star athlete in multiple sports. You can tell he’s athletic in KoQ.

            I realize I probably know too much about Kevin James.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, that is funny — Hey, I know too much about Reggie Jackson, it happens

  8. Devil your own dog says:
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    20 teams 5×5 (with W+QS) 13 bats and 9 pitchers. And 6 bench spots. How many mid relievers would you draft if you want to lower your ratios while trying to approach max innings 1500? Typically I’ve drafted 6 SP/2 CL/1 MR and then draft 2 MR for my bench. Is 3 MR enough or would you draft more? Thanks Mr. Albright.

    • NUX says:
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      I don’t know about the correct number, but I’d be looking at Freddy Peralta for this if I were doing that. I will never quit Freddy P!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Draft? Meh, maybe 2, but I might pick up others along the way

  9. chrisL says:
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    Grey! Keep 5 (12 team 5×5 with OBP instead of average and no picks lost) – I’m trying to win now:

    Rizzo
    Bregman
    K Lewis
    G Cole
    S Bieber
    M Fried
    A Rendon
    Matt Olson
    A Bohm
    R Laureano
    A Rutschman

    Thanks!

    • NUX says:
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      Olson, Bregman, Cole, Bieber, KLewis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  10. herrlibomber says:
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    Dynasty 5×5 obp, no $ values

    Abreu

    Or

    Baez and Hayes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, but fair

  11. Dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Time to pick keepers in my 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10). I have a ton of depth so the last couple of picks should be tough.
    So far I am definitely keeping
    ACUNA, SOTO, TROUT, ALBIES, ARENADO, BREGMAN, BIEBER ,
    Need to pick 3 of
    L.CASTILLO, K.TUCKER, B.SNELL, T.GRISHAM, C.BIGGIO
    What do you think? Was considering working on a trade to try to land Vlad for some combo of the above. Maybe some combination of Snell,Castillo, Biggio or Grisham .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice keepers! Sure, go get Vlad — Snell, Biggio works for me for Vlad

      Castillo, Tucker, Vlad

      • dubjay says:
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        Thanks. Looks like my attempt to get Vlad was a fail. Attempting to get Alonso now. Any other ideas? I dont like leaving money on the table. If I stand pat, I guess the best 3 would be Castillo, Tucker, Snell. I know that you are not big on drafting pitching early but I think that its kind of hard to argue Biggio over Snell.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s not a bad three to have to take… What do other teams have to offer?

  12. Denver90 says:
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    I’ve got benny as a 20th round keeper, who you’ve convinced me not to keep. Will this trade convince anyone that he has value at pick 228ish so I can trade him for anything? I’ll take anything (like a late pick)since I’ll be letting him go.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, not sure, I think his value fell with this trade and I didn’t like him to begin with so…

  13. Cram It says:
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    Now that I’m thinking about shows….have you seen The Head on HBO? LOVED it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, haven’t seen — from Peep Show to Head, we’re getting somewhere

  14. Huffin Gas says:
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    IF Yusei’s improved stuff does hold this year….free “impact starter.” MLB Network taught me that phrase. In all seriousness, dude won me some weeks last season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe a flyer in deeper leagues — or of course stream or pick up if he starts well

  15. I am the Walrus says:
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    Who to keep?
    Frasier, I.Happ or Huira?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huira

      • I am the Walrus says:
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        Thanks, So then Happ or Frasier?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Happ

  16. Jr says:
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    Would you trade Altuve for Lux straight up in a 10 team h2h dynasty? Taking on Lux would require at least a 2 year commitment, but he could be kept long term.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, sounds okay, but if Lux doesn’t play and you’re stuck with him it’s not great

      • Jr says:
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        This year is a lost year for me. My team got old quick so it’s definitely a rebuilding year, so I don’t need him to produce right away necessarily.

        I have Brujan as a 2b prospect coming up at some point too, and hopefully he ends up being a decent option there.

        • Grey

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          Gotcha, then go for it, since I have no faith in Altuve at all

  17. Dr Sauce says:
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    ESPN, 5X5, 6 player keep forever. Top 4 keepers are set (Acuna, Betts, Tatis, Bellinger). Debating keeper 5 and 6. My choices – Tucker, Aroz, Grisham, Flaherty, Ryu, Burnes. Settled in to Tucker and Flaherty, however recently I have been drinking the ITCH kool-aid on Aroz. Would it be crazy to keep Aroz and Tucker and the hammer starting pitching in the draft? I should be able to land someone like Scherzer, Gallen, Ryu, Maeda, Kershaw, Sonny Gray, Lamet, Fried and all the dudes in ‘Bon Voyage’ tier of starting pitchers.
    Or chalk this up to crazy talk and do the prudent thing and keep Flaherty and one of Tucker or Aroz?
    Your work and input are much appreciated!

    • Grey

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      How deep is this league? So instead of Flaherty you can have Scherzer but instead of Arozarena who are you getting?

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        12 teams, we roster 26 (plus a couple IR spots)

        Won’t get Scherzer necessarily but one of the above listed pitchers will be available.

        Some of the projected bats available (instead of Aroz) -Biggio, Huira, Goldy, Muncy, Moncada, maybe Kyle Lewis (he’s ranked 117 overall on ESPN)

        Cheers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, doesn’t sound like you’ll be shortchanged of a good bat or arm…You can go either way, I’d prolly keep Randy and draft an SP

          • Dr Sauce says:
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            Thanks, might just go that direction. Will explore trades as well, might be able to package for an upgrade. Would you trade Tucker and Aroz for Luis Robert? Then keep Robert and Flaherty?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Works for me

  18. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Which side of this trade do you like better:

    Hiura for Kershaw, Luisangel Acuna, and Luis Campusano

    I know Itch is high on both the prospects in the deal, but not sure it is enough for Hiura.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d listen to Itch, but I prefer and know better Hiura

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        Thank you Grey!

        Would replacing one of the prospects with Nate Pearson or Tarik Skubal move the needle at all?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me more so

  19. Steveo says:
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    Auction Draft- rate 1-5 for cheap steals late in draft

    Berti- $2
    Robles -$2
    Senzel – $1
    Margot – $4
    Moore- $7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore, Robles, Berti

  20. jayj says:
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    16 man dynasty.
    Puig, andujar, clase or Xavier edwards and Elieser Hernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Apples/oranges, what do you need?

      • jayj says:
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        C – Will smith
        1b -Bellinger
        2b – Biggio
        3b – Arenado
        MI -Solak
        Ci- K. hayes
        OF -Puig, Loudes Gurriel, Victor reyes, Luis robert
        Util – Will smith (C), Pillar, vogelbach

        SP- Sixto, Maeda, Odorizzi, Cannning, Garret rich, stroman, luke weaver.

        • jayj says:
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          whoops. Also francisco Lindor at SS.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t really need anything, I’d keep Puig for now

  21. Hometown Heroes says:
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    I look forward to these rankings every year including your projections. I’m in a 12 team AL only roto keeper league and have been wrestling with the idea of trading Jose Ramirez $20, 1 yr left for Frambar Valdez $2- 2 yrs, Nick Solak $1-3 yrs, Austin Hayes $1-3yrs and Nate Lowe $1-2yrs. Is that enough of a return to pull the trigger? I think the total value of these contracts this year and the future is enticing. Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I’d take Framber et al, assuming you can keep all guys coming back, and need them

  22. Will says:
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    Rockies signing Greg Bird. Not making that up. Can’t have Rockies youngsters getting at bats when there are washed up veterans available to block them!!!

    • hot corner says:
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      I am waiting for the Rockies to sign Jedd Gyorko. Seems right up their alley.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, they’re so bad

      • Will says:
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        Need a term in the dictionary for the Rockies prospect blocking ineptitude if there isn’t one there already. BudBlacked? As in Player A just got BudBlacked by the Rockies latest signing of a veteran reclamation project?

        • Grey

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          Prospblock — IN this case, prospblockies

        • Player X says:
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          Not my phrase, but I’ve heard “RockBlocked” around, probably on this site somewhere lol

  23. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    What a Rockies move! But also why can’t I stop my hands from adding Greg Bird to my reserve round draft board?!!

    • Grey

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      Haha

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Greg Bird is always good if you are looking for someone to fill a DL slot on your roster and no one else is available. He’s worse than useless. He isn’t even that good when he’s playing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, “Greg Bird is always good” made me laugh

  24. eballs says:
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    Yo!

    Quick question, are you taking your first closer around 110th overall? Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Yeah, I usually try to

  25. B V says:
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    12 teams 7 keepers. Is it crazy To considering protecting Gore? It seems Crazy. I have Bauer Yu Nola and Giloto. Bats are Bo trout and Acuna.
    Jersey strong.

    • Grey

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      I don’t see how you keep him over anyone you have there

  26. 183414 says:
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    Padres with an almost great winter, but what are they waiting for. Sign Rosenthal, and slide Pomeranz to the 7th and 8th, where he thrived. Don’t count on Pagan, and don’t get cheap now .

    • Grey

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      Yeah, not sure, gotta shore up the ‘pen always

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Shorten the game

    • Smitty says:
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      Totally agree, can’t go strictly with Pomeranz. Rosenthal is still unsigned right? Go get him!

  27. Smitty says:
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    Well done my man. Will keep an eye on MacK Gore. K. Kim and DeSclafani seem usable, and will follow Lorenzen converting to SP. Love the young arms with upside. Patino, Jeffries, D. Garcia, Skubal, and AJ Puk all work for me late.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, for deeper leagues, there’s some interesting names here

  28. speill says:
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    Hi Grey. Interesting proposal. My Bregman and Merrifield for his JRam. Your thoughts?

  29. Racehorse says:
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    Devin “Sprayed in the Face With” Smeltzer

    Joe “Mama” Ross

    Justin “We Are” Dunn

    Nick “Great Arm, Terrible Everything” Pivetta

    Jharel “Is A Planet In Star Wars” Cotton

    Vince “Worse Than Nick Pivetta” Velasquez

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    Hey, I didn’t see these early this morning in between my morning coffee and pushups …

    These are great, especially the Smeltzer one.

    In fact, just the word smeltzer — as in another Grey-ism, “Smeltzer later” — makes me laugh.

    And anything that has a “joe mama” in it is gold.

    Here’s one … Bud “Former Pitcher, Hitter Hater” Black

    Last & Later!

  30. Racehorse says:
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    Austin “I Got Your” Gomber

    Gomber?

    Gomer?

    Goober?

    Shazam!

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