This is one of the most difficult posts to write all year.  Maybe I shouldn’t try to write this post with my feet.  Eff it, you know what?  No guts, no glory.  No toes, no post either, naw mean?  There’s just so many different ways the top 20 for 2015 fantasy baseball could go.  Maybe next year I’ll write a top 10 for 2015 fantasy baseball with a ten way tie for the tenth ranked guy.  Last year, I had Jose Bautista higher than anyone and Jay Bruce.  You win some, you lose some.  I also had Pujols, Votto and Puig in the top twenty.  Again, win, lose and…DRAW!  It’s one word…A can of spinach with an X through it…A hamburger…Wimpy!  Looking into my crystal ball tells me this year is gonna be even harder.  Pitchers are dominating the sport.  Doesn’t mean I can go completely crackers and just put ten starters in the top twenty.  That shizz would be crumby!  I wouldn’t draft a starter in the top twenty so I won’t tell you to do it.  Finding twenty hitters isn’t going to be easy, but, while thinking of me as your weird uncle that you can only talk about baseball with, let’s find them together.  Remember, one pick does not a team make.  Here’s just twenty picks you should make.  All the positional rankings will live under the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 for 2015 fantasy baseball:

11. Jose Bautista – This tier started in the top 10 for 2015 fantasy baseball.  This tier ends here.  I called this tier, “The ceiling can’t hold us.”  Up until this point, the tier name was referring to each player’s upside.  Bautista might have 50-homer upside, but I’d think of the tier name for Bautista more like there’s an actual ceiling above where he plays his home games and he hits the ball high.  No, it doesn’t work as well.  Just shoot me.  Member that show?  It sucked.  But beyond that would they even name a show that in today’s climate?  There would be about 15 network execs having a symposium about how if there’s a shooting, the name of the show will be in poor taste.  Honestly, if someone tried to name a show I Love Lucy now, there would be execs wondering if people would construe Lucy as Loosey and loose women and they’d change it to, “Hashtag Lucille Loves Latinos.”  Any the hoo!  Bautista is one of the few hitters with 50-homer ability.  Do I think he comes anywhere near that?  Aw, heck no, cuz!  But he can hit 35 homers in only 130 games and that’s a sight for sick-of-seeing-slap-hitter eyes.  2015 Projections:  95/33/101/.272/5

12. Clayton Kershaw – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until here.  I call this tier, “Draft Kershaw if your eleven other leaguemates are in a plane crash the day before your draft.”  Saying I’d draft Kershaw here is lip service.  Since there’s always a few slow on the uptake by the concept of lip service, I’ll explain.  Kershaw will be drafted in the first five picks of every draft.  There’s no way he’ll be available here.  If he is available here, then I’d draft him.  It’s a scenario that won’t happen in any league.  He seems safer than any of these hitters, but you can find so much pitching later, I refuse to rank him any higher.  Because we enjoy the concept of logic and how it’s twisted by ESPN.  In their early top 250, they say Posey should be drafted because catching is so shallow.  Then about 17 words later, they say starting pitching is the deepest position.  So, naturally, you’d think they have starters buried in their rankings since it’s deep, right?  Nope.  They have 4 SPs in the top 20 and Kershaw 4th overall.  Again, I’d draft Kershaw here, but there’s no way he’ll still be on the board by this point.  Don’t worry, I can get you a 3.25 ERA or lower drafting only pitchers after the top 50.  Or my name isn’t Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario (please don’t abbreviate it).  2015 Projections: 18-6/2.22/0.95/232

13. Bryce Harper – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Ramirez.  I call this tier, “There’s a pattern.” I’m not going to tell you the pattern.  I’m going to let you guess the pattern (okay, I do tell you the pattern; I just can’t resist your chubby cheeks!).  Let’s see if you can guess what the guys in this tier have in common (could someone tell Outside Parenthesis Grey that he just tells everyone the pattern?).  No, the pattern isn’t that all of these guys are ranked in my top 20 (ugh, just tell them!).  No, the pattern is not an upside thing (grr…).  Okay, I’ll just tell you (FINALLY).  The pattern is all of these guys have power and speed without killing you in any other categories.  Donaldson is the only one without 10+ steal speed possibility, and, even him, I could see a surprising 12-ish steals.  Offense is on a downswing yadda-cubed.  We know the sob story.  I’ll go on eBay and bid on the world’s smallest violin for MLB’s offense.  Due to the downswing in offense, it is imperative that you draft players that can give you a little bit of everything.  40-homer seasons from hitters is about as rare as seeing a male Bruce Jenner.  Now, it’s all about 25-homer, 8-15-steal hitters.  As for Harper, he’s had a season of 22 HRs/18 SBs and 20 HRs/11 SBs already and he’s only 22 years old.  I like the bounce back here as much as I hate his cockadoodie haircut.  2015 Projections:  87/25/101/.284/12

14. Justin Upton – Here’s what I said this offseason, “The CIA’s plan to work out of a Petco concession stand because the stadium is so quiet is looking far less like a good plan to stay covert.  “Did you just ask for two mustard packets with your hot pretzel because you have some information for us or because you simply want an extra mustard packet?  If it’s the latter, one per customer.”  Probably the worst call for a covert operation’s headquarters since the CIA opened an office in Vegas in the 1940’s.  “It’s just a desert, no one’s coming here.”  So, the Padres traded for Justin Upton because they are obviously intent on deflating outfielder stats everywhere.  At least this outfielder has two hips that don’t resemble Abe Vigoda’s.  (Still alive as of this writing, but may not be by the time you read this.)  Maybe the Padres can trade Kemp for Pujols to create the Up-My-Pujols outfield.  I came down hard on Matt Kemp in the non-sexual way when he went to San Diego, but that had as much to do with him being the first new bat the Padres acquired (no one around him in the lineup yet), his health and his flakiness.  As with the Myers trade, I’m less inclined to write off Upton simply due to Petco.  Upton’s a guy in his prime that has hit everywhere when healthy.  I don’t like to put too much weight on a player’s stats in their new stadium when they were still playing as a visiting player, but Upton has 10 HRs and a .291 average in 172 ABs in Petco in his career.  That’s a HR every 17.2 ABs, which is better than his career rate (1 HR every 23 at-bats).  Petco played like its usual “Are you sure the fences are out there?  I can’t see them” self last year, but in 2013 it wasn’t as bad after they moved in the fences prior to that season, so I think last year’s putrid offense was more the Padres hitters streaming into a confluence of crap.  (By the by, Confluence of Crap was my worst selling album, despite Rick Reuben producing it.  I should’ve paid the extra money for the non-imposter, Rick Rubin.)  Even in Petco, Upton feels like a 25-27 homer guy, which is what he was before.  His steals are leaving his game quicker than a rhinoceros with plantar fasciitis, and he’s not a huge average guy, but writing him off due to Petco feels a bit too easy.  He’ll be hitting in the middle of a lineup that is at least as good as the Braves last year and in a nearly neutral ballpark.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  81/27/95/.266/8

15. Ian Desmond – Two years in a row now Desmond has been the top ranked shortstop in fantasy.  He also has three straight years of 20/20.  In two of those years, he hit .280 or higher.  For a shallow as shizz position, Desmond has been better than Robinson Cano.  Yet, Desmond has never appeared in a top ten on any site anywhere to my knowledge.  He needs a hindsight-sniffing dog to tell everyone how good he’s going to be!  Don’t love some of Desmond’s peripherals from last year.  His K-rate ballooned to almost striking out once in every three plate appearances.  Sloth from The Goonies in a fine dining restaurant has better plate appearances.  He did add onto his walk rate and…Well, gee, Vern, he gets 20/20 every year, that accounts for something.    2015 Projections:  75/21/87/.251/22

16. Josh Donaldson – When he went to the Blue Jays, I said this, “The A’s traded Josh Donaldson for Brett Lawrie, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin and Franklin Barreto.  I had this cheap friend who would go to the supermarket and buy things that were on sale.  Not because he wanted them, but because he was cheap and it was a good deal.  So, he’d come home with groceries of only things that were on sale and for dinner he’d end up having a box of couscous and a Tofutti Fudge Treat.  I’d say to him, “Do you even like this stuff you’re buying?”  He’d say, “No, but I do like the price.”  This is what happened to Billy Beane.  He doesn’t like Lawrie, but four players for one?  What a deal!  There’s one other explanation.  Everyone is constantly telling Beane he’s brilliant.  He’s so gee-dee brilliant (and handsome!), they cast Brad Pitt to play him.  His detractors are nil.  So, he thinks he can do no wrong and then does a trade like Donaldson’s, where no one can check him.  If anyone else did this trade besides Beane, people would be saying he got Cosby’d.  Since it’s Beane, I’ve heard people say the trade is a bit ‘underwhelming.’  Underwhelming?!  The A’s traded away their best hitter, that is only 28 years old, for the Blue Jays worst hitter.  If someone did this trade in your fantasy league, you’d quit your league, come into the comments here and say, “I’m done with stupid people.”  The A’s five and six-hole hitters now?  Ike Davis and Brett Lawrie.  Well, lucky they still have Andy Parrino.  Andy Parrino will be played by Joe Jonas in the Moneyball sequel.  “Coach, it’s Christmas, why are you at my house?  Okay, I’ll play for your A’s, but first let me sing a charity concert in Denver.”  From a fantasy prospective, nothing really ever was gonna hurt Donaldson.  The Blue Jays lineup looks stacked now, but to that I say the Rangers looked stacked going into last year too.  Edwin and Bautista aren’t the models of good health, Donaldson, though, has been.  The last two years he’s played 158 games, and has hit 24 homers and .301, then 29 homers and .255, while chipping in 5 and 8 steals, respectively.  He’s in the prime of his career, as previously mentioned, about to be in a better lineup and in a much better park for home runs, if not offense, in general.  Game, set, tennis term!  I don’t see him hitting for a great average again, like in 2013, but 27 homers and great counting stats without killing you in average seems not only doable, but likely.  The only question in my mind is where he’s batting.  My guess is fifth (Reyes, Martin, Bautista, Edwin, Donaldson), assuming everyone is healthy.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Since that, the Blue Jays also acquired Michael Saunders, who I am crazy about this year.  The addition of my latest Trapper Keeper crush has me pushing Donaldson’s projections up a tad and into the top 20.  Yes, I realize as crazy as I am for the Blue Jays this year is as crazy as I was for the Rangers last year when they all bombed.  This has me slightly concerned, but that’s superstitious shizz and I can’t let what my dog psychic cloud my judgement but butt-sniffing.  I will not step on any sidewalk cracks for the next six months though, just in case.  2015 Projections:  84/29/102/.262/8

17. Anthony Rendon – Before we all have a conniption at my Rendon ranking and throw our breakfast at our computer screen and say things like, “I hope you fall asleep at the barber and they accidentally buzz off your mustache.”  Last year, as a 23-year-old, Rendon ranked 15th on our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  15th overall.  Above Carlos Gomez, Andrew McCutchen, Adam Jones, Justin Upton and Albert Pujols, to name but a few guys who ranked nearby.  Our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater is the best in the business.  We’ve gone over many times why it’s better than ESPN’s.  I’m not gonna rehash that.  I do love to rehash potato latkes.  Going over what I’ve already gone over is a recipe for aggravation.  That recipe is:  1 tsp. of eye rolls; 1 tsp. of smugness; 1 tsp. of having no idea what you’re talking about; 1 tsp of EVOO.  Rendon has already been better than a few guys I ranked above him and he’s getting better.  His 21 homers last year weren’t a fluke.  He only had a 10.4% HR/FB, which is plenty repeatable.  Everywhere he played he hit for some power.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit more homers in 2015.  Call me a believer.  Oh, and he hit for average too.  His .287 average last year seems like it could be on the low side.  My only big concern is his 17 steals last year came out of nowhere.  He frequently only stole one base in entire previous years and hadn’t stolen more than one bag in any one season outside of Rookie Ball.  It’s hard to say we can expect 17 steals again, but maybe Matt Williams thinks of Rendon as a base-stealing threat and keeps sending him.  It’s not like he was caught a lot (only 3 times).  I see a guy on the upswing with great eligibility, and I’m Rendon’d powerless to move him down in the rankings.  UPDATE:  Not Rendon’d that powerless, apparently, because his knee is giving me the heebie jeebies.  Kneebie jeebies?  Yeah, that’s it.  Had to move Rendon out of the top 20 and down in my top 400 due to his knee.  2015 Projections: 91/19/68/.286/9

17. Yasiel Puig – Have you figured out the pattern yet?  (Don’t start with the freakin’ pattern again!)  Oh, that’s right I told you (YES!!!).  Guys that can give you power and speed.  Puig has a few other things going for him.  He has a .305 career average after 1072 plate appearances.  He’s only 24 years old.  He’s a bit of an enigma.  Okay, that’s not going for him.  He might think it is though, hence the enigma thing.  From one at-bat to another, he can look like one of the best and worst hitters in baseball.  Some days he’s Puig, some days he looks like he’s trying to put lipstick on a pig.  Actually, that can drag on for months.  Off the top of my head, I’d say he had some of the worst months for a guy that had some of the best months.  In May, he hit 8 HRs and .398.  In June, 0 HRs and .248.  In July, .351 with 2 homers.  In August, zero homers and .216.  This is taking Saberhagenmetrics to a whole new level.  His righty/lefty splits aren’t as purdy as I’d like them; he hit .258 with 2 homers vs. lefties.  But if there’s one guy that can hit .400 for two months with 20 homers, then nothing for two months, it’s Puig.  Obviously, beware if you’re in a H2H league.  2015 Projections:  96/24/72/.298/15

18. Hanley Ramirez – When Hanley went to the Sawx, I said this, “Earlier this offseason, it was reported that the Red Sox coaches didn’t like Yoenis Cespedes.  Wait until they get a load of Hanley Ramirez!  If you were to put “Happiness That You Have Hanley” on the Y-axis and “Time Spent With Hanley” on the X-axis, you would find a line that starts at the top left and slopes right down to the bottom right.  For what it’s Wuertz, the enjoyment of Hanley matches directly with the chart of Pancake Eating.  After one bite, “Mmm, that is delicious.”  After two bites, “Not bad at all.”  After three bites, “I’m gonna try and douse these with some maple syrup.”  After ten bites, “You gonna share your bacon or should I order my own?”  That’s Hanley.  Try to douse him with maple syrup, but when it’s July and your team is in the pennant chase and he has a sore hamstring, enjoy!  From a real baseball standpoint, I hate the move for the Red Sox.  You had Xander Bogaerts for short, you nabbed Panda for 3rd (which I’ll get to shortly) and now you have Hanley playing left and Home Run Derby Champion Yoenis that you have to trade for the most you can get.  (By the by, I love that everyone refers to Yoenis as Home Run Derby Champion Yoenis, so I will now do the same.)  That’s not even mentioning Allen Craig, Will Middlebrooks, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Daniel Nava and Juan Francisco.  It’s kinda sad that all of those guys would be starting for the Astros (and Marlins and about ten other teams) and for the Red Sox they’re trade bait.  Maybe the Red Sox will also sign Han’s brother, Head.  From a fantasy perspective, this is about as good as it gets for Hanley.  Will this mean he’ll play 150 games?  No, I didn’t say that.  It’s hard to account for insouciance (Word of the Day!).  If he shows up at Fenway in April and wants to play, great.  If he shows up at Fenway in April and doesn’t want to play until August, it wouldn’t surprise me.  If we get 150 games from him (it will be nothing short of a miracle), I’d give him the projections of 86/24/91/.266/17.  I’d only count on a 130 games though.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  72/20/84/.268/12

19. Nolan Arenado – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until here.  I call this tier, “Give me some sweet, hot love, Nolan Arenado.”  Yes, I considered Michael Brantley.  And Jose Altuve.  And CarGonzalez.  And Freeman.  And Beltre.  And F-Her.  And “F-This I’ll just take a spa day.”  And everyone.  I even considered Corey Dickerson.  Shame on you for thinking I didn’t consider all of those schmohawks before ranking Arenado here.  The most important thing you can do when you’re drafting is… Damn, where did I leave that most important thing?  Did I leave it in my car?  And now the car is in the shop, damn!  Let me call the mechanic.  “Hello, this Grey.  Yes, the guy with the handsome mustache.  Could you check the glove compartment for me?  I left in there the most important thing to tell people about drafting.  Yes, the note written in Sharpie on the belly of the live turtle.  It’s not live anymore?  Hmm…”  The most important thing for drafting is drafting for the upcoming year and not drafting for what players just did.  It sounds simple, and it is, but it still trips up people.  You want guys that are trending up.  As I go through the laundry list of great attributes Arenado possesses, keep in mind he’s only going to be 24 years old.  First, he was a great prospect.  Everyone loved him in the minors.  He hit .388 one year, .298 another year, .364 another… Pretty much he was the bee’s knees and toes, knees and toes, knees and toes.  Second, he doesn’t strike out.  For guys with at least 18 homers, there was only five guys with a better strikeout rate.  A who’s who of older players who know what the hell they are doing:  V-Mart, Brantley, Pujols, Posey, Beltre.  Third, there’s no third.  Fourth, as you’ll see when I go over the top 20 3rd basemen, the position is a joke.  Fifth, his batted ball profile added more fly balls and they went a further distance.  That sounds like a nice way to say, “He will hit more home runs this year,” and it is.  Sixth, he didn’t sacrifice batting average for power.  He only had a .298 BABIP (about neutral luck) and he hit .287.  Seventh, when at a conveyor belt sushi place, don’t sit next to fattest person in the place.  Eighth, he plays half his games in Coors!  Ninth, in 2013, he had some weird splits that showed he struggled vs. righties.  Last year, those were corrected.  Tenth, there should be different levels of NSFW.  How about NSFC (Not Safe For Church)?  NSFWIYWIACM (Not Safe For Work If You Work In A Coal Mine)?  NSFSSNTTA (Not Safe For Someone Standing Next To Tom Arnold)?  C’mon, Internet, let’s get specific!  Eleventh, there wasn’t even a tenth, why would there be an eleventh?  Yes, I have Arenado higher than anyone, and there’s one reason above all the other listed reasons:  because I want to own him on every team!   2015 Projections:  84/27/98/.292/5

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Adam McGill
Adam McGill
7 years ago

Here is a little journalism tip for you. Numbers between one-nine are ALWAYS written out, while numbers 10 and higher are written out numerically. Your welcome!

Adam McGill
Adam McGill
Reply to  Adam McGill
7 years ago

@Adam McGill: Damn auto correct! You’re Welcome!

Laser Show
Laser Show
7 years ago

trade Dee for Arenado?

Right now keeping Rizzo, Donaldson, Seager and Dee

Have 3B, IF and Util spots to play all three 3B.

Blake
Blake
7 years ago

I am in a pts league with the following details:

1B- 1pt
2B- 2pts
3B – 3pts
BB- 1pt
HR- 4pts
R- 1pt
RBI- 1pt
SB- 1pt

Given those parameters – do I rank based on your power/speed pattern? seems like power hitters will thrive in my format and speed guys wont get as many pts?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
7 years ago

still any plans to have a razzball league (not RCL, i mean the backwards leagues where the worst players are best), like razz poker, inverse. I want to try one of those out.
2. so has rendon moved ahead of puig for keeper status in NL only 10 team roto leagues with net steals and extra base hits as extra categories? when i asked this back in sep it was puig (and my comish might get pissed if i change picks, but i can’t imagine i’m the only one wanting to do that; the whole idea of picking keepers in aug-sep is asinine and there’s simply no good reason for it). my other keeper is rizzo so far, we start 4 OF/ 1 extra IF and 1 at each position besides.

Boomer19
Boomer19
7 years ago

Evening Grey. Loving the rankings so far. I have to choose between Tulo and Frazier for my final keeper in my 5×5 roto league. I find my self going back and forth and i know it hinges on health closer to April but I wanted your thoughts. Is it close? Thanks.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Grey, you like Tillman or Petit in 5×5 with no innings limit?

Big Magoo
7 years ago

Did you want me to bite on Gonzalez or save it for the top 20 OF post?

Yankee my Wanky!
Yankee my Wanky!
7 years ago

Hello again Grey. Great stuff as usual. An early Keeper question if I may. We must keep 2 players at the round we drafted them the previous season. Free Agents are a 12th Round Pick unless you keep 2, where they would be come the 11th and 12th Round Picks. Anyway, here’s what I got:

Jose Bautista (2)
Alex Gordon (6)
Dee Gordon (FA)
Corey Dickerson (FA)
Kris Bryant (FA)
Joc Pedersen (FA)
Jorge Soler (FA)
Sonny Gray (11)
Colin McHugh (FA)

Yahoo 12 Team 6X6 H2H with OPS and Holds.

Thanks much Grey.

Yankee my Wanky!
Yankee my Wanky!
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Thanks very much Grey. Great [email protected]Grey:

GhostTownSteve
GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

Rendon’s early NFBC ADP is 10.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: no injury history makes sense

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I think in nfbc the players weight durability a little more than normal roto. It’s still a bold call.

Big Magoo
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: Not necessarily. Currently, Tulo is the 15th player off of the board, Ellsbury is the 21st, Hanley the 24th. All of these players have had injury issues in the past. Just a matter of risk/reward.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Big Magoo
7 years ago

@Big Magoo: shut the fudge up and go make your pasta

Big Magoo
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: Make my own pasta? What’s the point of being married then?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Big Magoo
7 years ago

@Big Magoo: Grey’s married and makes his own

Big Magoo
Reply to  GhostTownSteve
7 years ago

@GhostTownSteve: It’s good to see you back, brother.

What ADP info are you looking at? I’m seeing Rendon as the 12th player off of the board, with a 12.35 ADP.

Carnac
Carnac
7 years ago

Any cool birthday plans this weekend?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Carnac
7 years ago

@Carnac: you playing with us this year?

Carnac
Carnac
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

Oh nice, there’s an opening? I’ll DM you later. Gotta go shuttle some kids.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: I had an incredible dream where I was invited to play in one of your guys leagues. Then I woke up in a cold sweat back into my feeble, unimportant, easily forgotten existence…

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  nick the dick
7 years ago

@nick the dick: I would have to talk it over with the Council of George Brett

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: Let em know I look the other way on pine tar use

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Someday the planets will align, the sun will shine through destiny, the Ultimate Warrior will return, and I will get in the league. Nothing but time…

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: caps HA! *high fives self, misses, smacks self in head, tries again, same result*

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: lucky…I haven’t been in so long. I live 4 hours from Vegas yet never go.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: you don’t live no 20 minutes from me. I also always stop in Baker to take in the sights

Carnac
Carnac
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

4:20, huh?

Tell me, when you go to Vegas do you have to cover your mustache in order to not attract other cougars? Like, a mustache hijab? Maybe a bedazzled surgical mask?

King Friedman
King Friedman
7 years ago

Great write up Grey! LOVE the Nolan ranking. Luckily I followed your advice last year and have him dirt cheap for years now..

16 team, OPS league, H2H, Keeper, which 6 should I keep?

Arenado 1$
Polanco 3$
D Robertson 11$
H Rondon 1$
Trout 26$
G Cole 8$
Teix 11$
Utley 6$
C Davis 33$
Arcia 3$
JD Martinez 3$
Puig 8$
Papi 30$
AJ Pollock 1$
Pineda 1$
Harvey 1$
Cody Allen 1$
Porcello 8$
JZimm 23$
Grienke 26$

Thanks a lot!!

King Friedman
King Friedman
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey!

Ghost
Ghost
Reply to  King Friedman
7 years ago

Keeping Pitchers or Rondon???

Carnac
Carnac
Reply to  Ghost
7 years ago

I think you’re thinking of Rendon.

Ghost
Ghost
Reply to  Carnac
7 years ago

Damn me your Right! just so high on him I misread the spelling.

Dr Heartwell
Dr Heartwell
7 years ago

Ok, Hi Grey, and all the Razzball community, Been using your site for a couple years now for all the sports. I must say, best read, and best down to earth rankings and fantasy advise hands down! It’s helped me be very successful. Cant always win them all but I’m always competitive from everybody’s advise. Going to try to actually chime in and be a part of the fun this year. I’m in Fort Myers in S.FL…I have the Red Sox and Twins in my back yard for spring training and High A ball. Let me know if I can ever be any help with that perk.

Cheers,
Dr H

Dr Heartwell
Dr Heartwell
Reply to  Dr Heartwell
7 years ago

@Dr Heartwell: Thoughts on Kris Bryant this year starting out of spring training or bc Of Scott Boras being held back for lucrative purposes?

Dr Heartwell
Dr Heartwell
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Yessir! Would love to contribute. Its a great stadium out here (“Mini Fenway”- Jet Blue) and they are renovating the Twins stadium too as a write still….as for Bryant, thx for the Link. I remember that one. I guess they could go either way depending on how developed he is and if they aren’t really worried about the money. Like everything else, depends on the situation which could change with a fastball….thanks for the reply Grey. Save me a spot in one of the leagues!

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

So here’s my dilemma….i have a wife….and i have a girlfriend… the girlfriend is a my best friend from high school ….do i just tell my wife about her and hope shes cool with it.

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

see we are always on the same page…thats what i was thinking

Jef with 1 f
Jef with 1 f
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

I took your advise and told her….I’m currently planning on sleeping in my truck tonight….good thing I have a crew cab

Jef with 1 f
Jef with 1 f
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I’m working on it

Me
Me
7 years ago

Dee Gordon or DeGrom in a keeper?

jal179
jal179
7 years ago

I’m gonna kick myself, but I just can’t buy into Harper yet in redraft leagues. Hanley? Nevah.

I’m a floor kinda guy so keep sending the Dreaded Pirate or Adam Jones and Cano types my way in the first 2 rds.

Consistency is King in H2H

The Situation
The Situation
7 years ago

@Grey: Happy New Year and thanks for the rankings and hard work, as always.

Keeper league question for you. 12-team, H2H, 6×6 (w/BBs and Hs), 10-keeper, keep-forever league. I have a shot at trading Yelich for Arenado, but I’m not sure if I should given the added BB category.

Yelich’s BB rate is an above average 10%, while Arenado’s is a below average 5%-6%. Is this enough of a reason to downgrade Arenado below Yelich (Yelich was ranked 38th on our player rater last year)? Yelich’s power numbers are sure to increase as he starts hitting less GBs and his counting numbers should be very good hitting in front of Stanton.

How would BBs, as an added category, effect your rankings of Arenado and Yelich? Thanks so much.

The Situation
The Situation
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey. I know we’ll get your OF rankings, but if I had to decide between jettisoning Springer or Yelich for Arenado, who would you TRADE in this format?

Patrick
Patrick
7 years ago

Scary but you are advocating I keep Arenado over Longoria? Other keepers: Goldschmidt, Cutch, Rendon, Puig.

Ghost
Ghost
Reply to  Patrick
7 years ago

I would keep Arenado over longoria anyday

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Patrick
7 years ago

@Patrick: arenado was already better than longo last year.

Ghost
Ghost
7 years ago

No chance Springer becomes the yearly 30/30 guy for a longtime?

Ghost
Ghost
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Oh we lose our draft pick according to the yahoo rankings. So by keeping Springer I’m hoping Arenado isn’t in the second round and I can redraft Gomez possibly.

Ghost
Ghost
7 years ago

10 team Keeper leauge and I have to keep 3 players, i’m keeping Abreu, Springer but from there I have Gomez, Wong, Dickerson, Polanco, Betts, Yelich, Jansen, Holland and oh Arenado (who u love, yes I won my league). I am having a hard time cause I think Gomez will regress some but Wong could be a great inf selection for a wimpy position. Of course Arenado and Dickerson get me hard.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Are you expecting Cliff Lee to be any contribution at all outside NL only?

BraevArnie
BraevArnie
7 years ago

Thanks for the great stuff Grey!

16 team, OPS league, 260 auction $, which 6 should I keep?
Wilson Ramos 3$
Moustakas 1$
Ryan Zim 6$
Rizzo 13$
Alcantara 3$
Neil Walker 3$
Harper 29$
Marte 13$
Goldschmidt 23$
Cashner 13$
Francisco Liriano 2$
Stroman 3$
Tanaka 18$

Thanks a lot!!

kingforaday151
kingforaday151
7 years ago

I got a semi last year when you wrote that Arenado would be a top 25 player within the next two seasons. When I saw his rank for this year, I made a mess on myself at work.

I’ve got a tough decision to make this season. I have Arenado and Rendon, both 3B only in this league and rosters only use 1 UTIL spot. I also have Matt Carpenter and Bryant. I’m going to keep the first two, and likely throw Carpenter back. What do I do with Bryant…buy in to the hype and figure out where to play him later, or let him go too? Look to trade one of the three?

Nick
Nick
7 years ago

Great rankings. Lousy keeper choices this year. Can keep 3, H2H, 12 team league. Picking 6th with hopefully Encarnacion available (top 5 available are likely Trout, McCutchen, Goldy, Encarnacion, and King Felix). With Harper, Puig, Posey, Strasburg also likely available at #6 if I miss out on the top 5 above.

Dickerson (2 yrs left)
Kipnis (2 yrs left)
Machado (2 yrs left)
Myers (1 yr left)
Fernandez (1 yr left)

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Was leaning towards Machado over Myers, with more options generally available in the OF and already keeping Dickerson, and Myers now playing 100 games in SD, SF and LA, but am worried about Machado’s latest knee injury. Still think Myers over Machado?

Matt
Matt
7 years ago

Do I want tillman and stubbs or choo? 5×5 roto keep everyone

Thanks

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thank you

Alan
Alan
7 years ago

Vargas or Lind? Using as a bench bat to platoon in daily leagues

thanks

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

10 team, 10 keeper, H2H 5×5 w/ OPS $200 budget

The first 7 keepers feel kind of obvious:
OF1 – Stanton $35
1B – Goldy $29
OF2 – Brantley $3
3B – Frazier $3
DH – Votto $3
2B – Dozier $4
OF3 – Soler $3

but not so sure about these guys. Which 3 of them would you keep?
1/3/DH – Chris Davis $6
SS – Baez $13
SP – Wood $3
SP – Ross $3
OF – Myers $4
OF – Gardner $3
OF – Rusney $18
2B – Pedroia $6
OF – Rios $4

Also, would you deal Baez $13 + C.Davis $6 for Desmond $21?

Tom
Tom
7 years ago

Grey – Who do you think will be this years Brantly as well as Klueber?

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Fair enough

K Clown Baez
K Clown Baez
Reply to  Tom
7 years ago

@Tom: hilarious, don’t ask me how I remember this but Tom you asked the same question last year (who’s this year’s so and so) on Grey’s top 10 for 2014 and he said the same exact thing…

Milarky
Milarky
7 years ago

Great stuff Grey! I’m sure it’s a bit early for prospect questions, but whatevs! I get to keep 3 of the following for this year and next in addition to my ‘normal’ keepers, with the exception of Taillon who I would only get to keep for this year (I’m assuming his TJ surgery means he’s out). Who would you keep? FYI – we have to start both a rookie hitter and rookie pitcher in our league.

Miguel Sano
Carlos Correa
Jamison Taillon
Robert Stephenson
Kyle Zimmer

Nick
Nick
7 years ago

I started playing fantasy baseball last year and knew nothing about baseball beyond my home team and a basic grasp of the rules.

I started getting interested and reading blogs about a week into the season. Needless to say, I didn’t draft all that well but worked on salvaging a bit towards the end of the season.

Razzball has far and above become my favorite resource, mostly for the style and humor, but the info is always top notch too.

My league is 3 keepers that count as your first, second and third round picks. You can choose to not keep as many as you like, regaining the latest available round as you choose not to keep.

I’ve been reasoning back and forth everyday as to who and if I should keep, and this article has put another hitch in my thoughts.

My potential keeper level players: Bryce Harper, Darvish, Altuve, Carlos Gonzales, Nolan Arenado.

Players that will not be kept and I have a shot at by not keeping: EITHER Anthony Rizzo OR E5

Other notable players that might get put back in the pool: Adam Jones (guy doesn’t seem high on him), Rendon, Upton, Donaldson, HanRam.

12 team roto with hitting categories as follows: R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG, Ks

Can I feel confident enough in keeping 3 of my players (Altuve, Harper, Nolan?) Or should I drop one or two into the pool and hope for Rizzo/E5 and maybe more?

Thanks all.

UL's Toothpick
UL's Toothpick
7 years ago

11-20 = hash

1-10 all the Thanksgiving pomp and circumstance and the bird
11-20 = day-after is the turkey hash. hash is the best

these are the auction target guys

thanks Grey – great list

Jon Jacob jingle
Jon Jacob jingle
7 years ago

Been a long offseason grey. Glad we’re back. Judging from your comments above, I’m guessing we will see Brantley in the next ~10 players. But I’m concerned. The speed and obp were there last year and wow was I glad I picked him up. However, his hr rate ballooned beyond career norms. How do you view this? The power was a huge boost in his value as I can find steals on waivers or free agency.

Do you think the power is real? I have a choice to keep Adam Jones in the second round of Brantley in the fourth. And this is an obp league. Jones’ obp is always meh. Jones’ speed seems to be heading down while Brantley’s speed was impeccable. We also play in a net steals league. 12 team.

Thoughts? Thanks

Wake Up
7 years ago

Wow…nothing about plate appearances…I’ll mention it then…HaHa Dix!

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Your Goonies line also reminded me of Baez…wow does he look awful sometimes…

K Clown Baez
K Clown Baez
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: yes I am magnificent

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: does anybody else suspect this guy’s mom might’ve been close to lewinsky?

Tom
Tom
7 years ago

Grey,

Glad it is the time of year for rankings. Thanks for your excellent work.
Keeper question:9 Teams, 5×5
2 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 1 INF, 1 U, 5 OF, 9 P, 10 bench

Committed to keeping Stanton for 3 years, Upton for 2 years and Myers for 2 years.

Need 5 more keepers at prices listed.
I can add a total of 7 additional years up to 3 per player at current prices.

Batters
Ramos, Wilson(C) WAS $1.00
Rosario, Wilin(C) COL $11.00
Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC $13.00
Gordon, Dee(2B) MIA $6.00
Longoria, Evan(3B) TB $24.00
Reyes, Jose(SS) TOR $1.00
Arcia, Oswaldo(OF) MIN $5.00
Betts, Mookie(OF) BOS $1.00
Garcia, Avisail(OF) CHW $1.00
Myers, Wil(OF) SD $1.00
Upton, Justin(OF) SD $16.00
Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL $5.00
Bryant, Kris(3B) CHC $1.00
Wright, David(3B) NYM $4.00
Hamilton, Billy(OF) CIN $1.00
Heyward, Jason(OF) STL $ 1.00
Stanton, Giancarlo(OF) MIA $7.00
Gordon, Alex(OF) KC $15.00

Pitchers
Carrasco, Carlos(P) CLE $6.00
Cobb, Alex(P) TB $8.00
Feliz, Neftali(P) TEX $1.00
Kennedy, Ian(P) SD $1.00
Kluber, Corey(P) CLE $11.00
Petit, Yusmeiro(P) SF $1.00
Santana, Ervin(P) MIN $3.00
Storen, Drew(P) WAS $1.00
deGrom, Jacob(P) NYM $6.00
Arrieta, Jake(P) CHC $6.00
Burton, Jared(P) MIN $1.00
Teheran, Julio(P) ATL $17.00

Wishing you a great 2015!

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks. Already keeping Myers, so I need one more.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks again.

Love your work. Hi to Rudy and Nick

Big W
Big W
7 years ago

In a keeper for yahoo roto league… 12 teams. We keep 12 players and draft 13. It’s a salary based pool with a salary cap so money is always a factor when deciding on a player’s value…this year the cap goes up to 135 mil.

Here’s what I’m considering keeping for 2015:

1b Bautista (14 mil)
2b J Harrison (0.5 mil)
3b Arenado (0.5 mil)
SS Hanley (19.750 mil)
OF Rusney (11.271429 mil)
OF Avisail (0.5 mil)
OF A. Jones (13.333333 mil)
Ut T. Frazier (arb elig… maybe 5 mil)
SP Kershaw (32.571429 mil)
SP Archer (1.166667 mil)
SP Gray (0.5 mil)
SP Ryu (4.833333 mil)

The following are selected few of the ones on the outside looking in… do you think any of them could replace any of the above keepers?

Alcantara, Pujols, Britton, Kenley Jansen, Yusmeiro Petit, Matt Shoemaker, Anibal.

I’m tempted to try and flip todd frazier for a pick upgrade. thinking I can get good value for him because of his 20/20 season.

Anyway, any thoughts or suggestions for Grey or anyone here would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Big W
Big W
Reply to  Big W
7 years ago

@Big W: btw, the 12 penciled in keepers total 103.926191 Mil out of 135 mil cap… that leaves me with roughly 31 mil to draft 13 players…

Big W
Big W
Reply to  Big W
7 years ago

@Big W: oh… and it’s a 6×6 league that counts OPS and K/BB

Big W
Big W
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: alcantara is 0.5 mil and so is shoemaker… I guess you don’t believe in The J-Hay!!! haha

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: but platooning is a full time job, or so this shirt says….

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
7 years ago

I feel ashamed that missed the first day of the top 10. SMH in disgust, I will never let you down again Grey! I was still waiting for the final RCL standings to post for football before I went all bat shiz crazee on Baseball, let the infection begin!

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Stupid work! I was actually getting some pretty important stuff done. During the off season I try to cram as much work as I can possibly get in. That way, my 6 months of part time productivity during baseball season evens out. I was also researching the best chocolate chip cookie recipe that New York Times wrote a 3 page article about. I like to give the wife recipes to cook or bake, keeps her on her toes. She knows I need my fuel for the long fantasy season!

Big W
Big W
7 years ago

safe to assume we don’t believe Todd Fraser will be able to match or improve on his 2014 numbers?

bterry
bterry
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: come close tho? say a 25hr and 10sb year in the works with decent counting stats and a .275 avg?

NCPhilly
NCPhilly
7 years ago

Will Middlebrooks is a Padre; therefore, that invalidates everything you said about Hanley Ramirez.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  NCPhilly
7 years ago

I like the cut of your jib but he was quoting off-season Grey, i.e. the Grey who hadn’t seen Middlebrooks traded yet.

Big Mike
Big Mike
7 years ago

You just made me feel really good about trading away Longoria last week so that I could keep Arenado! I’m going to go do the mirror dance from Silence of the Lambs in my SAGNOF t-shirt now.

jal179
jal179
7 years ago

Any thoughts yet on preferable draft hole? Looking like early pick preferable in redraft leagues. Difference between 12th and 25th overall looking like a total poo shoot!

jal179
jal179
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

No clue what Yahoo is gonna do rankings wise (likely their annual bed sharting), but I recall someone posting yesterday about how to weigh your rankings versus theirs.

I’m gettting all tingly about getting Arenado in the 3rd….

I’m curious when most Razzers will start taking their first starter in 12 team redraft leagues? Looking like at least the 5th round for me but possibly later.

pickleball
pickleball
7 years ago

hey grey, appreciate all the work you guys put in every year. I also appreciate the bold calls and not re-hashed same top 10/20 every year. People who disagree with rendon and rizzo might be right, might be wrong.. that’s how this shizzz works.. couple questions for you..

my core of keepers are : cabrera/trout/rizzo/goldschmi/harper

my leaguemates are souring on cabrera and hharper.. their prices are $39 and $34 to keep respectfully. would you throw any of these two back to the draft pool (i’d still targert both heavily, my league is down on them so i think i can get them back)

I’d be trying to clear up a keeper spot for either a $10 pence/ harvey/kluber or lester…

ALSO. intrigued by your rendon call! 2b/3b is extremely weak, he has elgibility for both. would you trade any of the above $10 players + a $14 Castillo for a $21 Rendon?

thanks.

Shifty
Shifty
7 years ago

Hey Grey!

First of all I love the rankings as usual and second of all I have a pretty decent problem to have – I need to figure out which 3 of 5 guys in your top 20 I can keep.

The league is a standard H2H 12 category league with OBP instead of AVG with a $260 draft budget. My keeper options are:

Jose Abreu for $20 (first year as keeper)
Anthony Rendon for $9 (first year as keeper)
Nolan Arenado for $18 (first year as keeper)
Carlos Gomez for $16 (LAST year I can keep him)
Bryce Harper for $16 (LAST year I can keep him).

I feel like Abreu/Rendon are the no-brainers and that last spot is a bit of a toss up. Do I keep Carlos for one more year as he’s been a stud and will most likely produce again? Or do I give Bryce on more chance (doubtful) or go all in on Arenado? Decisions, Decisions.

Thanks if any of you respond, I appreciate it.

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

Hopefully this will be the year that Arenado’s bat travels with him on the road! In a H2H league it can make for some frustrating match-ups. That said, there isn’t another 3B I want over him in keeper/dynasty. Love the top 20 so far, gonna have to start working some offers toward that Desmond owner!

Jim
Jim
7 years ago

I’m like the top 20 this year! I can already see this shaping up to be much different than what the chumps in my league will rank.

Wipo
Wipo
7 years ago

Great list! Love reading these this time of year. Draft question – ongoing h2h dynasty points league. Looking to draft my 4th SP. Who do you take (around pick 155)? Lee, Fiers, Anibal, Odorizzi, Rodon, Minor, Bundy, Kennedy?

CMUTIMMAH
CMUTIMMAH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Good to see someone else is as K drunk on Fiers as I am… let’s hope my league isn’t aware of this… hoping to snake him in round 9 (round 15ish with our keepers in the mix)

Although, the last time I was high on Fiers (which would be an awesome name for a street drug), it was 2012 and I luckily missed out on him by one pick, securing then top flight rookie Anthony Rendon with the pick after him to stash in my minor leagues. I’d say that worked out pretty well.

Nate
Nate
7 years ago

@ Grey (and any other who cares to comment):
15 team 25 round keeper league, keep 10:

Feeling good about:
Abreu (round 25)
Darvish (14)
Brantley (11)
Cobb (5)
Desmond (4)
A Jones (2)

Questions:
Tanaka (24)
D Murphy (18)
Stroman (12)
Cashner (10)
Ryu (8)
Greinke (3)

Also have Bryant and Syndergaard on a minor league squad if it affects your thoughts…
Thanks!

Sky
Sky
7 years ago

AR-EN-AH-DOE *Clap Clap CLAPCLAPCLAP*

AR-EN-AH-DOE *Clap Clap CLAPCLAPCLAP*

I’d be raising the roof right now but then I couldn’t type after getting done clapping. Daps on slapping the top 20 tag on the young man, Grey.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Ha! So many missed opportunities. Situationally, there were some really bad coaching gaffes that put us there. But of course, you don’t even know what I’m talking about. Still, I appreciate the ‘there, there’.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Yeah, I figured you were watching the Bachelor or something.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Yeah, my sources confirm (my wife being said source) it was. I’d watch The Bachelor if it was on Cinemax and on after 10 pm if you know what I’m sayin’.

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Yeah, closing that door when the good part of the show is actually happening? Bollocks!

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Sandra Bollock

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Maybe Jackson Bollock?

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Two? Castor and Bollocks?

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Agreed. People are gonna be saying ‘Arenad-OH!’ after 2015

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

That sounds like seriously the coolest karate team from the 80’s anyone could ever want to be a part of.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Sky
7 years ago

@Sky: are you talking about the COL or TOR games?

CMUTIMMAH
CMUTIMMAH
7 years ago

I’m sitting pretty in a 12 team keeper league where each team keeps 6. All players are on 5 year contracts when drafted, with an owner option for the 6th year at the expense of a keeper (I.E. if you keep a guy for a 6th year, you can only keep 5 players that year). We also have 3 “minor league slots” where you can stash players that are rookies at the time you draft them to be held in the minor league slot until called up (as to not burn their 5 year contract time.)

I’m keeping Stanton, Tulo, Waino, Hamels, Sale, and Jordan Zimmermann
I’m calling up Jose Abreu and Anthony Rendon.

I’m wondering what my game plan should be in the draft. Considering how stacked my roster is going into the year, should I focus say a second and third round pick (I have 2 third rounders) on the likes of Kris Bryant and Yasmani Tomas? Or should I draft best player available and over commit to this season?

My third minor leaguer is Jurrickson Profar, so the cupboard will be bare after the season (obviously I’m not certain Profar will pan out to be the stud prospect he once was).

CMUTIMMAH
CMUTIMMAH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, probably the right call, and it will shut everyone up since year in year out I finish top 5 and I’ve yet to secure a ring. I’m getting pretty sick of that being thrown in my face!

I love your writing style, btw. It’s pure ADD but still gets to the point and is entertaining. Always been aware of this site, but your writing just made me add it to my favorites bar. (I’m not usually one to solicit advice, since I usually think fantasy columnists suck, but I agree with 90% of your analyses. You don’t have to be right all the time, but I hate the “gut feel” forecasts on other sights…) Cheers!

CMUTIMMAH
CMUTIMMAH
Reply to  CMUTIMMAH
7 years ago

@CMUTIMMAH: sites* typing while in a work meeting is not a good idea.

claw dog
claw dog
7 years ago

Well seeing that arenado ranking brings a smile to my face. Could not be more happy about having him as my 8th keeper. You were spot on with him last year(barring the injury) and I see no reason you won’t be exactly right again this year. Now what to do with all these 3B. Have Donaldson, Arenado, and Bryant in my minors. I’m gonna have a very hard time parting ways with Donaldson as he his my favorite player in the MLB(no idea why), but I think I’m definitely going to have to try to improve other parts of my core 8 keepers(Freeman, Altuve, Donaldson, Stanton, Jones, Arenado, Scherzer, and Kluber). Maybe I’ll try to upgrade freeman even more even though hes a pretty safe player. That lineup he’s in now scares the hell out of me though.

Anyways, great to see January Grey back! Gonna be a hell of a season

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
7 years ago

Grey!

Grey stuff, man! A week ago, the temperature was in the low 60s, people here were wearing flip-flops and t-shirts smoking sheesha the hookah). Now, it’s in the low 30s and the wind is a-howlin’ from the North. Not good. It’s super cold in my apartment here, much colder inside than outside thanks to poor insulation and Lebanese laziness or lesbian ladiness (I know Sky it’s not a word!).

I just love all the rankings. Cannot wait for the entire list. Loved the Kershaw blurb.

Cheers,
Ante

TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
7 years ago

Hey Grey, glad to see you’re back on the rankings already.
Need some help choosing 5 of these guys as keepers. I’ve also got Springer in my minor leagues that I will bring up and use as Utility if I choose to keep 3 outfielders:
Mesoraco
Steve Pearce
Goldy
Josh Harrison
Nolan Arenado
Xander
Cutch
Trout
Brantley
Dickerson
Yordano Ventura
Teheran
Sonny Gray
Cashner
Stroman, Paxton, Arrieta.
I’m thinking go all hitters yes? Pretty much have Goldy, Trout, Cutch, the other two are what I can’t decide on. Any input would be appreciated, and keep up the good work.

CMUTIMMAH
CMUTIMMAH
Reply to  TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
7 years ago

@TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Goldy, Trout, Cutch, Arenado for sure. Last part depends on your league.

I assume that Posey and the other top catchers are kept. So that means Mesoraco is probably in the top tier of remaining catchers. If having a hitting catcher is a boost in your league, then he’s you’re guy. If not, I’d consider Brantly. But since you said you’re calling up Springer, I’d probably go Mesoraco and allow me to draft best player available to plug into the Util spot.

Good luck!

TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Yeah good call, Brantley as a 3rd OF is pretty good. Especially if he can do what he did last year and Springer can be a masher this year. Thanks.

Lville Jim
Lville Jim
7 years ago

Hoping your Nolan loves comes to fruition. Also hope the guy in my dynasty league that thought he was a couple moves away from winning and sent him to me for Mauer early last year has agita over it for seasons to come.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Lville Jim
7 years ago

@Lville Jim: even if that was a redraft that dude got took.

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

Hot Sex On A Platter

MattTruss223
MattTruss223
Reply to  JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

@JeF With 1 F: Amen to THAT

fish
fish
7 years ago

Surprised to see a mention of Freeman in The #20 blurb after some comments you made near the end of last year.

Fish
Fish
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

I wasn’t even expecting him to get a mention, that’s all. He’s like the Razzball version of Peter O´Toole*.

*Nominated for something like 8 oscars, but the poor bastard never won.

Kutty
Kutty
7 years ago

ARENADO! YES! Wait, I mean NO! Everybody don’t listen to what Grey just said about Arenado. You don’t want him.

Old Man Roto
Old Man Roto
7 years ago

Count me in on the Arenado love. Still being raked over the coals for trading a $100 Miggy hours after last years draft for a $2 Arenado and $2 Gausman. Can’t wait to see Arenado put up big numbers to shut them up.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Old Man Roto
7 years ago

@Old Man Roto: for $2 (compared to $100) i’m pretty sure you won that trade almost no matter what arenado does this year.

Del Griffith
Del Griffith
7 years ago