Hello, friends that I’ve never met in person.  I’m glad to see you again, metaphorically.  I’ve already hit you with my top 20 catchers for 2015 fantasy baseball and the top 20 1st basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.  This, here, is the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.  This, here, is a mess.  There’s seriously about seven 2nd basemen I’m excited about, and two of them are Brett Lawrie and Jedd Gyorko, so we know how that’s gonna play out.  I don’t know what happened to the latest crop of 2nd basemen, but I have a theory.  Twelve years ago, when these 2nd basemen were learning the position, their role model was Bret Boone.  Boone used to frost his hair, so all the kids learning 2nd base at that time, frosted their hair too.  Then their friends beat the crap out of them, and that was the end of all future 2nd basemen.  Here’s the position eligibility chart for 2015 fantasy baseball.  All the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings are under that linkie-ma-whosie.  As always, my projections and tiers are included for the low, low price of zero dollars.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball:

1. Anthony Rendon – Went over him in the top 10 for 2015 fantasy baseball.

2. Jose Altuve – This is a new tier.  This tier goes here until Gordon.  I call this tier, “David, Goliath and Gordon.”  I’m not drafting anyone from this tier without them falling at least a round or two.  Without the help of a 17-foot ladder last year, who would’ve guessed Altuve would reach his ceiling?  His .360 BABIP alone calls for some regression.  Let’s just grab a few examples of the last few years.  A 2010 Austin Jackson had a .396 BABIP and he hit .293, the next year .340 BABIP and he hit .249; a 2013 Mike Trout had a .376 BABIP and hit .323; followed that up with a .349 BABIP and .287; a 2011 Michael Bourn had a .369 BABIP and hit .294 and followed that with .349 BABIP and .274.  There’s hundreds of other examples.  I tried to limit my examples to guys that are fast like Shorty Rock Altuve.  Prior to last year, Altuve’s high was five feet, four inches– excuse me, his BABIP high was .321.  If he gets a .321 BABIP again, he’s not hitting .310 let alone his .341 from last year.  That’s about a $4 difference or around twenty spots in a draft.  He’s not hitting homers to propel his stats.  With Altuve, batting average propels his runs and RBIs.  Last year, he had 20 more RBIs and the most runs of his career even though he hit 2nd in 268 ABs.  If he hits .310, he’s going to lose at least ten runs and ten RBIs, likely more.  That’s another $2 in fantasy value and 12 spots.  Altuve’s now around a 4th rounder, and that’s assuming a .310 average, which would be his 2nd highest average by a lot (right now it’s .290).  Oh, and if he’s on base less, then he’s stealing less.  Or as Altuve will likely be saying this year, “But I regress…” 2015 Projections:  78/8/55/.306/39

3. Robinson Cano – With the tier name, Cano is Goliath, but that’s more in the metaphorical sense.  Cano’s big in name value.  I don’t completely buy into the theorem that reads, “Every hitter that steps into a stadium that ends with a ‘co’ = Doodie.”  That theorem wasn’t just stumbled on by people far wiser than I (or is it me?).  There were hundreds of man hours devoted by some of the brightest minds in the industry to come up with that theorem, and, at the end of the day, they always came up with “Doodie.”  Could it have been all the Triscuits they were snacking on?  I suppose, but there’s got to be some merit to it.  Cano’s average home run distance in 2013 was 399; last year it was 375.  Move to a tougher park and hit the ball shorter distances won’t portend to great things.  Also, I won’t portend to know what portend means.  Usually when a hitter gets to around 32 years old (Cano’s age) and their home run distance falls, it’s not a good sign for obvious reasons.  They can’t hit the ball as far, dur!  Cano’s likely not as bad as he was last year, but I wouldn’t bet on a huge bounce back either.  2015 Projections:  82/19/92/.305/7

4. Dee Gordon – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Gordon was traded to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney.  The Marlins are the guy in your league that makes asinine trades with other teams in your league and you really want to kick them out of your league, except you secretly hope they make an idiotic trade with you at some point.  You almost get the sense that the Marlins are the one organization that still doesn’t use sabermetrics.  Gordon has overrated for 2015 written all over him and he moves my pants in a non-aroused way.  Last year, he hit .289 with a .346 BABIP.  That BABIP isn’t totally absurd for a fast player, though his career mark is .326.  His batted ball profile reads like your standard worm-killing speedster.  Chop, chop, run, Dee, chop, chop, run!”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  86/1/29/.263/55

5. Brian Dozier – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Kinsler.  I call this tier, “The Wishy-Washy cycle.”  What I mean by the tier name is I’m likely not drafting guys from this tier, but I could see it if they fall far enough.  I’m just not a huge fan of drafting middle infielders early.  I usually draft one shortstop or 2nd baseman prior to the 100th overall pick and not both.  So, if I have, say, Rendon or Ian Desmond, I won’t be drafting anyone from here.  As for Dozier, I flip-flopped Kipnis and Dozier in the rankings more times than I care to admit (47 times).  They seem like essentially the same player.  Dozier has a bit more power, Kipnis has a tad more speed; Dozier has a tad less average, Kipnis has a tad more, I don’t know, Jason se quoi.  Since I prefer power to speed, I went with this ranking order.  I could see reversing it if you’re reading this while standing on your head.  2015 Projections:  89/19/67/.246/15

6. Jason Kipnis – Last year, Kipnis was hideous.  Like bad bad, not bad as in good.  Kipnis looked about as appetizing as the Jewish delicatessen delicacy that he sounds like he’s named after.  Kipnis with a side of oy.  If he were dirt old, I’d write him off as done.  He’ll be 28 in April.  That’s hardly old, as in “Is that old?  Hardly har har.”  Last year, he injured himself at the end of April and seemed to never get right again.  He had a 4.8% HR/FB with nearly the same amount of fly balls and he actually hit home runs further in 2014 than 2013, even though he produced 11 less homers.  (His overall fly ball distance did fall.)  He still stole 22 bases in 25 attempts.  His splits are ugly, but I don’t think the Indians will drop him into a platoon unless his April and May look like last year, which they shouldn’t.  I’m willing to throw out 2014 like it never happened.  Though, I’m not sure if I should throw it out in the black, blue or green trash can.  When did we get so many trash cans?!  2015 Projections:  81/15/70/.261/24

7. Ian Kinsler – You know when you go to a restaurant and they forget to charge you for an item and you feel like you got over on them?  That’s how I felt last year with Kinsler.  I owned him last year and feel like I forgot to get charged for a 15-day DL.  I’m concerned if I go back in on Kinsler, I’m gonna have to pay twice because I got off easy last year.  Is this all confirmation bias and conjecture and anecdotal?  Yeah, what are you gonna do, report me to the Fantasy Baseball authorities?  2015 Projections:  83/15/77/.269/15

8. Kolten Wong – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Gyorko.  I call this tier, “I’m going to illustrate how I’m drafting these guys by moving a sugar packet down your thigh.”  All the guys in this tier I’m willing to take a shot on within reason, i.e., me likey likey long time.  I already went over my Kolten Wong sleeper.  I wrote it during a Cutthroat Kitchen marathon.  2015 Projections:  84/18/60/.278/24

9. Jedd Gyorko – I already went over my Jedd Gyorko sleeper.  I wrote it after losing my Post-It note where I jotted down, “Don’t get fooled by Gyorko again.”  2015 Projections:  66/24/69/.246/3

10. Dustin Pedroia – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Murphy.  I call this tier, “You’ll make it to about April 20th with your 2nd baseman.”  The guys in this tier all give their owners the feeling that they went with a safe choice.  I guarantee you someone will explain their drafting of one of these guys in this fashion, “I went upside heavy in the outfield, so I decided to go safe with my 2nd baseman.  Oh, and say hello to your mother for me.”  Yeah, that never works out.  You think you’ve drafted safe, but really you’ve drafted a boring guy that you want to drop by the third week of the season.  To give you a big picture glance, we’re after 100 overall in the rankings.  I’ll likely place these guys around 105-115 and just draft a pitcher during the time when these guys should be drafted.  If I’ve gotten this deep without one 2nd baseman, then I’ll show my alligator blood and check raise to the bettor until a young sleeper-type (the next tier) comes up on my draft sheet.  If I have a 2nd baseman by this point (please, Wong, please), then I will ignore this tier simply because I don’t need one.  As for Pedroia, his grit, determination and stick-to-itiveness are terrific.  If only I played in leagues with grit, determination and stick-to-itiveness categories.  2015 Projections:  84/11/66/.291/13

11. Neil Walker – Fun fact!  Neil Walker was friends in high school with a guy named Stan Up.  Less fun fact!  I’m not a fan of Walker.  He’s remarkably consistent in how boring he is.  Two years in a row with a 15.4% K-rate, his career average is .273 and last year he hit .271, his fly ball rate the last two years is 38.5% and 38.9% and he’s played 129, 133 and 137 games in the last three years.  Only thing that changed last year is he hit 7 more homers than any other pro season, which seems unlikely to be repeated.  2015 Projections:  72/17/77/.270/2

12. Howie Kendrick – Here’s what I said this offseason, “The Dodgers are incapable of owning or playing highly touted prospects (“Tell me about it,” says Joc Pederson), so they grabbed Heaney and then immediately flipped him for Kendrick.  There is now one hitter in their lineup under the age of 30 (Puig).  And I thought LA was an ageist city.  Oh, wait, that’s only for women.  Whew!  Kendrick is one of those players that hits essentially the same no matter where he is.  Almost eerily so:  13 homers at home, 15 in away games in the last three years; .288 at home, .297 in away games.  So, I don’t expect much more from him on the Dodgers or much less.  He should leave his house about 45 minutes earlier for home games since traffic in Los Angeles Los Angeles is a lot worse than Los Angeles Anaheim.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2015 Projections:  77/11/81/.288/12

13. Daniel Murphy – Murphy feels like a throwback player to a yesteryear from a bygone era when fantasy baseball meant believing the fantasy that Mickey Mantle wasn’t drunk when he’d go up to bat.  A simpler time, indeed.  Ask Billy Crystal, he’ll be more than happy to tell you about it.  In that spirit, I’ll keep it simple and say you don’t want to draft a 10 HR, 10 steal guy unless he’s getting 110 runs, 100 RBIs or a .315+ average.  2015 Projections:  82/10/58/.284/10

14. Mookie Betts – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Lawrie.  I call this tier, “Ghosts of Sleepers Past, Present and Future.”  I want Mookie’s PR person.  Literally every day for the last two months at least once a day someone asked what I thought of Betts for this year.  Don’t look around, you probably asked me at one point.  I wonder if it has something to do with his name.  It’s just such a baseball-sounding name.  Have you ever met a none baseball-playing Mookie?  I continued to tell them, Betts doesn’t have a job.  Pedroia’s at 2nd base and the outfield is Hanley, Victorino and Rusney.  Then John Farrell called me a liar and went on record saying Betts is his leadoff hitter.  Where’s he playing?  *shrugs*  I have no idea.  It’s gotta mean Victorino is a bench bat, and maybe Rusney and Betts will sit occasionally to get Victorino into the lineup.  I could see anywhere from a top 5 2nd baseman season for Mookie to a platoon player that the Sawx decide to demote to the minors so he can get everyday at-bats.  Maybe Victorino or Pedroia will get injured to make this clearer, but right now drafting Betts will be a huge gamble.  Pun point!  2015 Projections:  68/9/37/.292/18

15. Scooter Gennett – The only surprising thing here is I haven’t written a sleeper post yet for Scooter.  Let’s fix that, shall we?  *drops my stylus and kisses my Cougar*  And done!  Oh, shoot, I just kissed my stylus and dropped my Cougar.  Oh, well.  Scooter comes from a long line of no walkie, like to swingie middle infielders.  It seems like starting at Altuve every middle infielder suffers from this.  Scooter does have some power, speed, and he’s only 24 years old.  He feels a little like a guy that won’t breakout until 2016, but he’s worth the gamble.  No whammy, no whammy, whammy!   Dah!  2015 Projections:  67/14/73/.271/8

16. Chris Owings – Went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2015 fantasy baseball.

17. Rougned Odor – In Single-A, he hit 10 homers and stole 19 bases at the age of 18.  Last year, at 20 years old, he hit 9 homers and stole 4 bases.  What does that mean?  Like Scooter, Odor is prolly a sleeper of the future.  In 2016, he’ll be a 15 HRs, 30 SBs guy.  For 2015, that leaves us scratching ourselves and wondering what to make of the Odor.  2015 Projections:  58/13/65/.249/16

18. Brett Lawrie – This offseason, I said, “When this post-post-post-post-post-POST-post-hype prospect comes to Oakland, will U.S. customs let Lawrie bring all his posts?  I went to check on TSA’s website, but to search the site, I had to remove my shoes and my feet got cold.  The A’s could get a breakout star in Lawrie; he did have 18 homers and 13 steals in only 69 games in Triple-A when he was merely 21 years old.  He’s still only 24, there’s time.  Can’t project what a player could do in the best case scenario though.  Oh, and for those of you worried, Lawrie can play behind the plate too, so the A’s still have six catchers.”  And that’s– Well, you know.  2015 Projections:  54/14/62/.267/6

19. Chase Utley – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Phillips.  I call this tier, “And you thought the Pedroia tier was old and/or boring!”  In 2009, Chase Utley was named the sixth best baseball player in the sport by Sporting News.  Yeah, and Ryan Howard hit 45 homers in 2009 and Ichiro hit .352.  For those of you that like to say, “Grey, awesome mustachio, I’d like to touch it.  Now, one small question, Utley’s projections look better than Lawrie, but you have Lawrie ranked prior.  What gives, Ke-mo Sah-bee?”  At this point in the draft, it’s worth going for the upside rather than the standard boring production of a vet.  2015 Projections:  66/10/69/.263/10

20. Ben Zobrist – Was traded to the A’s.  Beane does it again!  What “it” is?  I’m not entirely sure.  I’m guessing Beane just got Zobrist because of his ability to play many positions.  For so many years, I didn’t trust Zobrist and he put up solid stats.  Now, he looks virtually washed up and I finally trust him.  If you don’t take anything else away from Zobrist, stop thinking about tomorrow and start living for today.  In other words, on my death bed, I whisper Zobrist and then a news reporter interviews everyone close to me, researching what I meant, only to find out my childhood sled was named Zobrist.  2015 Projections:  77/12/49/.268/10

21. Asdrubal Cabrera – The battle outside is ragin’…. It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls… For the times for The Drubal are a-changin’!  That was a remix sung recently by Art Garfunkel at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in the Chief Tom Fearweather Concert Hall.  Garfunkel hasn’t been more relevant since he first afro’d out his hair, which led African-American radicals in the 70’s to follow his lead.   With Asdrubal on the Rays, he goes from a top offensive team to one of the worst, but he also becomes less of a liability and more of an asset, which makes the move essentially a push.  I.e., he went from a team where he might get platooned or bat eighth to a team where he’s guaranteed playing time and to bat in the middle of the order.  That doesn’t stop Drubal from being a guy that has put up 14 HRs, 10 SBs, .241 and 14 HRs, 9 SBs and .242 the past two years.  Consistently, bleh.  2015 Projections:  67/15/63/.246/11

22. Josh Harrison – Last year, he had 13 homers.  Going into last year, he needed his previous three years combined to reach 13 homers total, and that’s including stints in the minors.  He does have speed, so his last year’s 18 steals mark wasn’t that out there.  His .315 average though was his best in the majors by about forty points.  What I think will happen is Harrison will struggle to hit as well again and fall into a platoon.  When that happens I will say I told you that in January, and that I’m number one and the rest are ptooey!  Or something along those lines.  2015 Projections:  71/7/57/.267/17

23. Brandon Phillips – He hit 8 homers and stole two bases last year.  How many games do you think he played?  One?  That’s the worst guess in the history of guesses.  C’mon!  Guess for real.  How many games?  2,988?!  What?  How do you guess that?  He played in 121 games.  Yeah, 8 homers and 2 steals in 121 games is, how do they say in Italian-American?  Notta-so-good.  2015 Projections:  64/10/67/.251/3

24. Marcus Semien – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Solarte.  I call this tier, “If you’ve waited this long, you may as well go upside.”  I’m a firm believer in going for upside late.  Could Semien end up getting dropped (ewwww) before the season even starts for a guy who looks like he’s breaking out in Spring Training?  Sure, but he’s still worth the flyer.  As for Semien, here’s what I said this offseason, “Let the Semien to A’s jokes in the Castro commence.  I figured Beane was going with a seven catchers, six 1st basemen lineup, but I guess he needed a roving middle infielder.  Steamer loves Semien (hehe) with the projections of 16 HRs and 9 SBs.  If Semien pulls that one off (oh, stop being juvenile), he could be a huge sleeper.  I think 16 HRs might be expecting a bit much and he might only hit .220.  Will be nice to see Semien finally get a shot (okay, I give up fighting the double entendres).”  And that’s me pleasuring you with Semien!  2015 Projections:  66/13/61/.228/10

25. Jace Peterson – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Went to the Braves.  Wanna know what the Braves are doing this offseason?  Come sit next to me and I’ll tell you.  They’re punting offense.  I have no idea why.  Maybe it’s like when someone vomits in your car and you can’t get rid of the smell so you drive the car off a cliff for an insurance claim.  Not sure.  Right now, Peterson doesn’t have a starting job, but I like him a ton more than Alberto Callaspo, so I’m watching him like a cyclops with a monocle in spring.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  67/4/44/.262/25

26. Devon Travis – With the injury to Maicer, there’s a chance Travis gets the job.  With great opportunity comes great yadda yadda, I don’t know Star Wars dork, you tell me.  Here’s what I said about Travis this offseason, “He’s only going to be 24 years old in 2015, but for the Blue Jays that’s hella old.  They be promoting bros on the reg.  Damn, I tried drop as many outdated phrases as I could, but I came up a bit short.  Better luck next time, Grey!  And stop talking in the third person you sound like a dope!  On the fo’really, the Jays promote prospects aggressively and have Maicer Izturis plugged into 2nd base right now.  Someone on the Jays is going to pull a De Niro this offseason and tell Maicer to go check out the furs down an alleyway.  In Double-A, Travis had 10 homers, 16 steals and .298 average.  I.e., he looks like Martin Prado or Omar Infante.  I.e. Part II, More I Before E, I’m not going to be a huge fan of him in the spring, but is usable in deep leagues if he’s starting.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  57/9/62/.262/11

27. Jonathan Schoop – I already gave you my Jonathan Schoop sleeper.  I wrote it while eating Chinese food every 30 minutes until I really was full.  2015 Projections:  61/19/64/.242/4

28. Micah Johnson – 2nd base filled up in the spring, huh?  Not to answer, but to ponder quietly while licking an ice cream cone.  I still ahve my concerns about Micah, and whether or not he’ll actually play every day, but he does have speed, so SAGNOF!  2015 Projections:  42/4/46/.245/26

29. Joe Panik – Pretty appropriate guy to be in this last tier.  You, “I don’t have a 2nd baseman yet and it’s around 250 overall and I’m really starting to freak out.”  Great time for Panik.  2015 Projections:  79/6/52/.262/6

30. Brad Miller – One problem with this tier is some of these guys might be in platoons.  If you think that’s the only problem with this tier, you’re cute in your naivete.  Come here, let me pinch your cheeks.  It’s a figure of speech, get out of here!  As anyone knows that has been reading this site for an Urban Dictionary minute, I loved Miller last year.  Last year, he took that love, put it in a Vitamix with a handful of kale and cilantro and had me drink it for three straight months.  Now that I’ve had a few months where I haven’t been gagging every day, there’s still some promise here.  The reasons why I originally liked him is due to his ability to hit 15 homers and steal 15 bases without killing you in average.  That’s still possible, but the shine is obviously gone.  2015 Projections:  44/12/50/.244/6

31. Arismendy Alcantara – Arismendy’s stats from last year prorated?  Boing!  And I didn’t forget an R in that word, instead I made “boring” R-rated.  Watch out for Jack Valenti, the Murray Chass of movies.  Arismendy had 10 HRs and 8 steals in less than half a season.  Yeah, that’s sexy.  Of course, he would’ve struck out 200 times and hit .176, but those are quibbles, you quibbler!  Unfortch, with the trade for Fowler, Arismendy the Great looks like Arismendy the Part-Timer.  2015 Projections:  47/12/56/.221/17

32. Nick Franklin – With the trade of Zobrist, Franklin should get the bulk of the at-bats in Tampa.  One year in the minor leagues, he had 23 homers and 25 steals with a .281 average.  Hello, beautiful stats, would you like to lie on my bear skin rug while I pour you champagne?  Oh, those stats were in Single-A.  Never the hoo!  Franklin has hit for power and shown speed everywhere he’s played and he’s only 23 years old.  Of course, he’s also shown a K-rate that could equal a .210 average.  Definitely worth a flier in deeper leagues, but I wouldn’t expect a cure-all like Windex.  2015 Projections:  52/14/56/.229/8

33. Yangervis Solarte – Here’s an interesting guy.  He should play every day for the Padres…  Crap, I just fell asleep.  What was I talking about?  I think I have Petcolepsy.  As soon as I think about a player hitting half his games in… I’m sorry, this is embarrassing now.  Was I talking about something?  2015 Projections:  64/8/44/.267/3

34. Martin Prado – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Drew.  I call this tier, “Totally serviceable, totally not exciting.”  Here’s what I said this offseason on Prado, “To the Marlins where he will play 3rd base, and potentially bounce all around the field.  A lot of other fantasy baseball ‘perts will tell you that Prado has great position eligibility.  This is true, but I find it’s more of an annoyance with Prado, because no matter what position you’re looking at on waivers, you always have to look at Prado.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  58/10/67/.262/3

35. Emilio Bonifacio – Signed this offseason with the White Sox, who are all newfangled, which doesn’t mean they’re led by a recently undead Dracula — that sounds more like the Yankees.  Bonifacio will likely be the nine-hole hitter and 2nd baseman, but I could see him in the outfield by June 1st, depending on how long Eaton, Melky and Avisail stay healthy.  2015 Projections: 48/2/46/.248/25

36. Omar Infante – Hispanic Baby Omar isn’t just any player, he’s HBO.  Unfortch, he’s more like the Arliss HBO than the Game of Thrones one.  Hodor!  2015 Projections:  59/8/65/.259/7

37. Aaron Hill – One year, he hits 26 homers, next year he hits 11 homers, one year he hits .291, next year he hits .244.  Makes sense since he’s not Aaron Plateau.  Unfortch, now he’s just over-the-Hill. UPDATE:  Moved to the bench.  2015 Projections:  58/12/62/.240/5

38. DJ LeMahieu – The good news is he has a starting job.  The bad news is he had one last year and hit 5 homers with 10 steals.  And that’s the LeMahieus.  2015 Projections:  62/7/56/.262/12

39. Wilmer Flores – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “I really wanted to talk about these players, so here we are, let’s talk.”  Sandy Alderson said this offseason, “I know there are fans out there that don’t want to hear it, but if we had to go into the season with Flores as our shortstop, I’m certainly not in a panic mode at that point.”  Way to give the guy a confidence boost!  What he should say is, “I’m really freakin’ sorry I’ve had our fans watch Ruben Tejada for three years.  In a rare moment of clarity, I now realize I am eternally dopey.”  What world is he living in that the fans don’t want to see Flores?  In Triple-A, Flores hit 15 homers and .321 in only 107 games.  Sure, it was the PCL, but I sure as heckfire would prefer that than Tejada.  I want to say I’m glad to finally see Flores play every day, but knowing Alderson he’ll coax Omar Vizquel out of retirement.  2015 Projections:  48/12/52/.277/4

40. Javier Baez – His strikeouts are extraordinarily awful.  Last year, he struck out 41.5% of the time.  From 1871 to 2014, no player struck out more than 40% of the time over the course of a season.  And in the first thirty years of that sample, half the players were playing with cholera!  Chris Carter has the worst strikeout rate in the history of baseball over the course of a season (36.2% in 2013).  If you asked Baez if he knew that, he’d whiff.  Of course, Baez’s K-rate wasn’t over a season; it was in 213 ABs.  In 220 plate appearances, Javier Baez has the 2nd worst strikeout rate since 1871.  In 1887, Candy Nelson struck out 50% of the time in 315 plate appearances.  And he had to deal with diabetes — hence his name.  One guy in the history of baseball was worst than Baez.  One!  That’s insane, in case you can’t tell from my exclamation marks.  The list of hideous K-rates of the last 143 years is kinda comical:  Candy, Baez, Melvin Nieves (friend of Howard Hughes?), Mike Olt, Cody Ransom (who signed autographs with cutout magazine letters), Jon Singleton, Russell Branyan, Brett Wallace and Bo Jackson.  *screech*  Bo Jackson is actually an interesting name from that list that I don’t think is too far off fantasy-wise.  No, Javier can’t run the 100 yard dash in 2.7 seconds nor can he kill a pig with a rock.  In that year when Bo struck out 36.4% of the time, he also had 22 homers and 10 steals with a .235 average.  That was also his rookie year.  Steamer projected Javier Baez in 2015 for 26 homers and 16 steals with a .226 average.  Looks a whole lot more promising now that we’ve stopped talking about Ks, right?  Baez hit 9 homers in 52 games last year, and that wasn’t fluky.  If anything, it might have been low for what he’s capable of.  I like him a lot, but there will be 0-for-40 stretches where he strikes out 39 times in a row.  UPDATE:  Sent down to start the year.  In related news, the Cubs minor league affiliate will be using wind power to light their stadium.  2015 Projections:  38/12/40/.195/8

41. Alexi Amarista – In the minors one year, he stole 38 bases!  *covers mouth so you can barely hear*  And was caught 20 times.  Yeah, but last year he was only caught once, so he must’ve figured things out.  Or he figured out he can’t run that much and that’s why he only stole 12 bases last year.  Never the hoo!  He should be on the strong side of a Padres platoon and steal a few bases.  2015 Projections:  48/3/45/.239/16

42. Johnny Giavotella – Hey, it’s Johnny G.  Fist pump!  Looks to have won the starting job for the Angels.  Scioscia obviously has a soft spot for Guineas.  “Pfft!” says Mike Napoli.  2015 Projections:  58/6/41/.247/13

43. Josh Rutledge – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Acquired by the Angels to replace Kendrick.  Sleeper alert!  Shut up, 2013 Grey, you big dope!  Since Rutledge has hit .230 in the last three years in away games and .287 at home, I’m guessing the Angels are going to flood their stadium with sewage and play in Coors in 2015.  If they don’t flood their stadium in March with sewage, they may be flooding 2nd base with sewage in April.  For 2015, assume he only plays two-thirds of the time.”  And that’s me plagiarizing me!  (By the by, I can never spell plagiarizing so I always have to copy it from another source.)  2015 Projections:  32/6/38/.252/6

44. Stephen Drew – Here’s what I said when Prado was traded, “Maybe it’s the decades — seriously, decades — since the Yankees put a rookie in an everyday role, but I don’t trust them to play Robert Refsnyder.”  And that’s me anticipating how chickenshizz the Yankees are.  I can’t believe they signed Stephen Drew.  That’s a mystery for his sister, Nancy.  That mystery involves the question, “Why are the Yankees incapable of going younger?”  2015 Projections:  57/7/61/.234/3

  1. Gareth says:
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    Second base is dogshit this year.

    • KB says:
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      @Gareth: Actually seems kind of deep to me, as long as you’re not looking for elite production. I’d be content with anyone between 1-14 (maybe not Gyorko) and 20-25 has some potential too. SS is the dogsh*t position this year, per usual.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Gareth: It’s been dogshit for 10 years

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Gareth: Hitting in general is kinda shyte these days

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: Yeah, not great

  2. 7-Year Grich says:
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    It’s probably worth mentioning that Betts likely will not have 2B eligibility in a lot of leagues (ESPN, for example).

    • PK says:
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      @7-Year Grich: Mook-Man will be 2B eligible in Yahoo! leagues with 14 games started.

    • Holden says:
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      @7-Year Grich:

      Don’t they look at minor league starts too? Does every rookie come up with no position?

  3. Blake says:
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    Grey,

    I am in a pts league with the following details and was wondering about ranking strategy based on them:

    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?

    • TB says:
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      @Blake: I’ve played in a similar league for years. I’ll take a speed guy who has power (obviously, who wouldn’t) otherwise I’m looking for my players to hit a lot of homeruns. I don’t even worry too much about the k’s if they have 30+ homerun potential.

      • Blake says:
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        Like an A McCutchen (who I had last year) – has speed and power. But I would think I would just care about power. How do I adjust based on Grey’s rankings? @TB:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blake: Yup, power hitters would move up in the rankings

  4. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Thought and a question (Look Ma- multitasking!)

    1) I dig that you’re bearish on Harrison. He’s a guy that seems to be being over-ranked on virtually every other site.

    2) Speaking of over-ranked- Jose “I swear he’s tall enough to ride this ride” Altuve- if I can keep him in the fourth or fifth round in a 12 team, is that low enough to make up for his likely regression?

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: I second Gonzo here. I am a Pirates fan and it is amazing to read just how much other fans are convinced that he is going to repeat last year. No one else I talk to seems to believe that he will be exposed this year. I firmly believe go back to being a super utility guy this year. Dope work Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  5. metsfan says:
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    Need to keep 5 in a 12 team 5×5 h2h

    A.Jones
    A.Beltre
    D.Gordon
    F.Freeman
    A.Pujols
    B.Posey
    J.Reyes
    S.Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @metsfan: Jones, Beltre, Strasburg, Pujols, Gordon

  6. burningbridges247 says:
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    Oh sweet goodness is 2nd base just freaking hideous this year! My eyes! MY EYES!!!!!!!

      • burningbridges247 says:
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        @PK: I’m Tulo-or-bust. I’ll take the injuries and just fill in for him when available. But you are right- the middle is just PATHETIC. I am going to stack 1B, 3B, and MI this year and go upside on outfield. Lots of guys I like out in there.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @PK: Yup, ugh

  7. PK says:
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    Gyorko.

    /shudders

    Yet, I will probably still draft him. I learned my lesson with Hosmer after taking him three years in a row. Just two more years of Gyorko before I can resist!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Ha!

  8. K Clown Baez says:
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    Cue the “but Baez always starts out slow at every level and eventually rakes” nonsense in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.5, 1, 3/4… GO! Quad-A-Zilla

  9. Iguy says:
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    I’m starting to think about keepers and I was hoping you could rank the following players for my final keeper slot (5×5 Roto):
    – Billy Hamilton ($12)
    – Todd Frazier ($8)
    – Jorge Soler ($6)
    – Gerrit Cole ($6)

    The for sure keepers are Stanton ($39), Abreu ($25) and Kluber ($6). Thanks to all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Iguy: Frazier, Hamilton, Soler

  10. Tigres says:
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    Grey – where is D Gordon in your top 300? Considering a trade for him, curious around where he slots for overall value.

    Also – seems like 15-30 range here is a big old crapshoot. So if you do wait on 2B – can just keep waiting until the very end…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Actually, closer to 50

  11. Q says:
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    So basically in my points leagues where steals are mostly meaningless (1 pt vs. 4 for a HR, not even counting the R and RBI), I just wait until the end and take the highest guy on your list for a buck.

    Got it.

    And I’m also doing this for catcher and waiting on SP. Who the hell will I spend my money on?!? Maybe I’ll try to shoot the moon and have the most money left over at the end of the auction….crazy like a fox!!!!!

    BTW, when the rankings come out on Tuesdays, may I say that they have ….”dropped?” Only on Tuesdays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: You may say that

  12. Charlie says:
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    6×5 (including obp), h2h, keep 7. You keep the player in the round he was drafted and do not draft in that round. I’m set on the below 6. However, I need to choose one of the following as my final keeper. Which one do you pick? Todd Frazier, Brian Dozier, or Kolten Wong (all three are round 24)?

    Trout – round 1
    Stanton – round 2
    Adam Jones – round 3
    Scherzer – round 4
    Goldschmidt – round 5
    Arenado – round 13

    • Cram It says:
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      @Charlie: Wong

    • WarwickDavisKilledMyFamily says:
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      @Charlie: Those keepers are pretty rich in sickly sweet pop. I like Wong or Dozier there for the power/speed combo. I’d be shocked if Frazier stole more than 12 this year.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Charlie: Agree with Cram all day Wong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charlie: Wong or Frazier…Prolly lean Frazier

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        My first pick in the draft is in round 5. I have two 5th round picks so I’ll keep Goldschmidt with one and draft a player with another.

        With that said, which player is more likely there for me to draft in round 5, Wong or Frazier?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Both are there, Frazier’s slightly better value

          • Charlie says:
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            @Grey:

            You think Frazier is better value at 24 than Wong in a keep forever format?

            Another option is I could try and swing a trade for Rendon. I could offer up Sale (who I’m not keeping) along with my additional 5th round pick for Rendon who holds round 24 value and then keep Rendon at 24. Should I attempt this trade or just keep Frazier/Wong at 24 and the 5th round pick?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, slightly better… Get Rendon if you can

              • Charlie says:
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                @Grey:

                Thanks. Do you see Frazier the slightly better player bc of his power relative to Wong’s? That is really the only difference between the two.

                Frazier has more power and less speed and Wong more speed but less power. This league has obp too so do you still like Frazier more? Which do you think fits in better with my team below?

                Trout, Stanton, Adam Jones, Goldschmidt and Arenado.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup, that’s why they’re close… I love Wong (hehe), so if you want to go with him, I wouldn’t fault you

                  • Charlie says:
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                    @Grey:

                    I love Wong too for his potential. You might even say I wong for Wong…crickets. I wish he was a little better in the obp department. Although Frazier isn’t much better.

                    Since you note both players are really close in value which player do you think I have a better chance of waiting on in the draft to target? I’ll keep the other, throw the less perceived player back and draft. What round would you advocate drafting each one? This is a 10 team league.

                    Thanks.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You can wait on Wong

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Charlie: Charlie’s the early favorite!

                  • Charlie says:
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                    @Cram It:

                    I wish! Two years in a row I’ve been knocked out in the semis…by the same team too.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Charlie: Lesson learned…don’t play head-to-head.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      true, better to play head-to-mouth

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Charlie: why not keep sale? What round is he for you. I like him better than mad max

              • Charlie says:
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                @J-FOH:

                Sale is round 5 and Max is round 4. The real problem is Goldschmidt is round 5 as well. Last year I traded for an additional round 5 pick this year so I could keep both Goldschmidt and Sale. Moving forward if I want to continue to keep both Sale and Goldschmidt I’d need another 5th round pick so I could keep both. So I decided to make my life easier in the future and throw Sale back and keep Scherzer.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Charlie: you can’t keep 2 in the same round without a pick. That sucks. Too bad you can’t have double 4th and no 5th

                  • Charlie says:
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                    @J-FOH:

                    Yeah I know. You can only keep as many per round as you have picks in that round. I just happened to have two 5ths this year. And unless someone wants to trade me their 5th every year I won’t be able to keep both Sale and Goldy. So I figured I might as well keep Max at 4 and be done with it rather than stress over it every year and possibly lose Sale (and Max since I didn’t keep him this year).

  13. Joebob says:
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    See any reason to keep Gyorko at 15 in a standard ten team NL only? 15 keepers possible…Seems a bit high to me, was thinking throw him back and see…though I could also see league mates bidding that high for him. Your thoughts ? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joebob: Throw him back

  14. WarwickDavisKilledMyFamily says:
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    10-team H2H keeper, we keep 8. Would you rather keep Gyorko and forfeit an ~18th round draft pick or keep Panda and forfeit a 16th rounder? I’m keeping Seager and would plug Panda in at CI. No plans to keep any other MI’s.

    I like the Sawx line-up but Panda’s raw power — also my favorite Stooges album — has been on the steady decline. Am I cray cray for jerkin’ for Gyorko? I think he has a 28+ HR season in him and the Padres line-up looks sorta foxy this year which could bump his counting stats. Where in the order do you suspect he’ll hit?

  15. Dodger Rabbit says:
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    Grey, what would your projections be for Micah Johnson if he somehow won the job out of Spring Training & got 400-500 ABs?

    Love your work — hilarious, as always.

  16. JeF With 1 F says:
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    So what are your thoughts on Betts

  17. ERad says:
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    Well “sorry” doesn’t put the triscuit crackers in my stomach now, does it Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ERad: No, this is true

  18. Jason says:
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    2B deal: I’ve been offered Baez and Corey Dickerson for my Jose Altuve in my no limit keeper league. Should I take the deal and do the 2 for 1? Thanks!

  19. Jax says:
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    So, Baez can’t kill a pig with a rock? Then what’s the point? Can he at least hit a target 300 yards away, using homemade arrows and only using one arm while sitting in his treehouse?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jax: Ha! I know, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Haha… What, Brandon Belt?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Nah, Clint Howard! They say every child is beautiful in their mother’s eyes but could you imagine having this slide out from between your legs and not wanting to donate it to science?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Clint Howard is like Ozzie Canseco

        • Happy Vegans says:
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          @Sky: Maybe she thought he’d get better with age.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Happy Vegans: Malformed has no age limit

            • Happy Vegans says:
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              @Sky: You think you got problems, Sisyphus? Take a look at that, buddy!

              No more comments as some sort of karmic kick-back is sure to befall me in the next life the more I engage in this talk.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                It’s true. I think you and I might get stuck turning Cher’s ‘Mask’ into a biopic.

                • Happy Vegans says:
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                  @Sky:I’m a good person… I’m a good person… I’m a good person…

                  • Happy Vegans says:
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                    @Happy Vegans: HA!

                    Random observation: Do you think the guy in the back row/left side is thinking if I rock back and forth with this girl, I’m surely getting lucky tonight?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      My observation: Ray Stevens is Jake Gyllenhaal’s cable Rob Lowe.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      This, accurate

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      This is why you keep me around

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: Lionel hampton? Old Hamps autobiography was a great read.

  20. Teddy Heater says:
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    I’m doubling down on Gyorko, I had him on all 6 of my teams last year and I placed in all but 1, so if he does just a little bit better I can get over the hump. 7 is Bugs favorite number, so I’m going to roster him on 7 teams, kick it up a notch and put some extra tzatziki on that shiz!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Besties!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why are we not hanging out right now?

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: My Starting Lineup collection isn’t ready for the great mustachioed one, just yet.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have a Mark McGwire Starting Lineup collectible where he looks skinny, c’mon!

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: I have the matching Canseco Bash Brothers, but mine has a custom missing finger. My Bonds XXXXXL head is legit too. I will say Mattingly’s mustache is pretty toight! 84 Donnie Baseball was legendary!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, my Canseco Sportsflic rookie card is jealous!

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: Canseco use to badger my ex GF for a date constantly. She managed a tanning, salon, so his standards are pretty low. True story, Bug went on a date with Saberhagen! She use to run the sales division of Victory (baseball uniform supplier ) & he kept asking and asking even though he was 18 years older and she finally caved. So be sure to “Razz” her about that!!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I hear he was good in the sack every other time!

  21. Jesmond Tutu says:
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    So what do we all make of the RTFS Draft that happened last night (noting the lack of Razzball in it aside)?

    http://rtsports.com/siriusxm

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Jesmond Tutu:

      I was checking it out. I find I often have similar evaluations to Steve Gardner. He went Posey/Freeman at the 2/3 turn after taking Trout #1. Picks to give Albright a headache. Looks like a slight over reaction to the top 1st basemen coming off early. Could have had Pujols in the 7th 50+ picks later. Not my favorite Gardner draft.

      I think this is the best draft pool to pick from the tail rather than the head that I can remember seeing.

      Pitching went hella early

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Jesmond Tutu: Stanton 6th…and Cano in the first round surprised me

  22. Profar's Dad says:
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    Where is my boy Jurickson? Come on now, he’s gotta break the top 40

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      @Profar’s Dad: Profar probably will play AAA barring an injury. They aren’t going to have him in the MLB as a backup to Odor, and I don’t think they are sitting Andrus or Beltre…

      He needs to show he’s healthy. I’m in the same boat as you probably are… I’m holding onto him as a minor leaguer in a fantasy league hoping for the upside I was promised 2 years ago! I think he’s most likely to be traded after getting hurt last year…. but still remains to be seen.

      At one time, Texas could have gotten the moon for Profar, now, they’d be lucky to get Jackie Moon. (no, I’m not serious… but even though it’s a joke, his value has dropped off a lot)

  23. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    Oh Jedd, how I loathe thee. I went into the 2013 season with him as my Utley insurance that year, as well as in a head to head league his 3b/2b designation was a boost. Finally I got sick of him, and went for a backup SS since Segura was trailing off at the time, and he then rakes the rest of the season.

    SO last year I plan on drafting him, only to end back up with Utley after a 2B run killed my hopes… and he sucks. So this year I want nothing to do with him, and you have him ranked as a sleeper… I’M OFF THE GYORKO JUICE, GREY! AND YOU’RE SITTING IN MY N.A. MEETING SELLING DIME BAGS!

    Now I have to reconsidered adding him back to my draft board for a late round flyer… and my stomach is turning just thinking about it. I’m clutching my 6 month Gyorko free pin hoping for strength.

  24. Jon says:
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    What’s the over/under on when Betts plays 5 games at 2B in 2015? He doesn’t have eligibility there now in CBS leagues, but I’m hoping he gets it! One Pedroia DL stint should do it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Pedroia gets hurt? Then he plays 20 games there… About 40% chance

  25. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    With SS being such a rough position this year, any arguments for Baez being a great upside pick (since his avg/obp would be terrible, but not THAT much worse than your average SS)? Where do you think he’ll go in this year’s draft?

  26. KC says:
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    Good stuff, Grey. Thanks as always.

    6×6 roto (ops and holds added) dynasty, 15 teams

    Would you rather:

    Frazier/Zimmer or Arcia/Springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Frazier

  27. the_swinging says:
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    Kinsler will be closer to the top of this list by mid season for sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @the_swinging:

      Don’t like Kinsler’s trends.

  28. Bob says:
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    Need to Keep 5. 10 Team keeper league 6×6 Roto Categories. Extra categories are QS and K’s for hitters. We also have a DH spot. Which you have to be DH position eligible to be used.

    Carlos Santana (1b,3b,Dh)
    Edwin Encarnacion (1b,Dh)
    Jose Bautista (of)
    Adam Jones (Of)
    Anthony Rendon (2b/3b)
    Hanley Ramirez (ss)
    Carlos Gomez(of)
    Jose Altuve (2b)
    Nolen Arenado (3b)
    George Springer (of)
    Bumgardner (p)
    Sale(p)
    Kluber(p)
    Scherzer(p)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin, Bautista, Jones, Rendon, Gomez… Could see Arenado over Bautista…

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Wow that is an eyebrow raiser. I too am a big fan of Arenado, but over Bautista. Him losing 1b and Dh eligibility does suck though. Dont trust/like Hanley in Boston?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I went over my thoughts in the top 20 overall

  29. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I’m calling you out, Albright. There’s no way you sat through a Cutthroat Kitchen marathon. You couldn’t tolerate that much Alton Brown in one sitting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn! You got me!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I was in the same mindset as magoo there. Probably the worst food network show. Have you caught knife fight on the esquire channel. It’s not bad for a competition cooking show.

        • Grey

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          Nah, I haven’t but I’m always in the mood for a new cooking show… Yeah, Cutthroat is awful, agreed… My friend was on the Thanksgiving episode, he said Alton is a douche, not that that is a surprise…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: he needs to smoke some dank.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Weird who he’s married to, they seem unlikely

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: who’s his wife?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not sure, why?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you said weird who he’s married too?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh shoot, sorry brain fart…. Sandra Lee

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ve never adjusted myself watching her show

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: I’d only be surprised if Alton wasn’t a douche. Have you seen Kitchen Inferno? I haven’t yet. Thought it looked like a Kitchen Casino-esque concept (which was god-awful), but I’m on the lookout for something new to watch as well.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I haven’t watched yet, but hugely surprising is how amazing Curtis Stone’s restaurant is in LA

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Nice. I bet the prices are through the roof though…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Prixe fix… I think it was $150/head

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: I saw one the other day…where they win the knife? I liked it

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: yeah thats the one. It’s real loose

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      What MLBers do you imagine would be able to cook? Cole Hamels comes to mind.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Dioner Navarro

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Current MLBers? Uehara. His knifework is probably immaculate.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Big Magoo:

          I like the call. I can see Hamels in an immaculate white apron and chefs hat.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: Don’t know…seems like too much work for him…I guess if there was a mirror or tinfoil involved…

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: He’s very Hollywood. I could see him doing a cooking segment on a talk show or something.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @SteveNZ:

          Breslow would be one of those micro chemistry gastronomy nerds. I think he he has a degree in bio chemistry from an Ivy League. Has a biotech company or something. The smartest man in baseball. If only god had seen fit to bestow a blessing or two on the guy.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I picture CJ Wilson throwing all kinds of weird stuff into a blender and making like a pizza/ice cream smoothie like a 8 year old

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              turning on the blender without the lid on then saying “SHUT UP, MOM” when she complains about the mess.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yup, totally

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if his smoking-hot model wife is also a fantastic cook.

              Still, at least you and I can have a drink and not feel like we’ve betrayed an entire lifestyle movement, right?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                We stay true… Verdad!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: Yeah, the poor sap. Still, it’s kind of inspiring to see the way he’s dragged himself up.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Big Magoo: Good eats is good!

  30. Jay says:
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    2B makes me not so happy. I just hope that the rest of league mates think that they need to draft it early. I’m looking at guys like Wong, Gyorko or schoop, hoping to grab them in the late rounds.

    in a keeper league of 16 teams we keep 8 of which 2 MUST be pitchers, so with that in mind, Do you keep Avisail over anyone on this list:
    Trout , goldy, Brantley, Segura, Machado, Gerrit Cole, Yordano, or your boy Sonny?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Yordano or Gray, flip a coin… Likely over Yordano

  31. sniff test says:
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    Need to keep six of these baseballers: Abreu, Bautista, Hanley, King Felix, Posey, Pujouls, Heyward, Soler, Kinsler, Dee Gordon, Avisail, Hamels, Alex Wood, Rosenthal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, Bautista, Hanley, Posey, Felix

      • Fuzzy Dunlop says:
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        @Grey: probably soler or kinsler as 6th.

  32. quimmy says:
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    Was offered Todd Frazier 15th rd keeper for my Carrasco 22nd rd keeper? Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Frazier

  33. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I’m for sure going to get suckered in by Pedroia. The numbers you give him aren’t radically off what you give Cano and the RBIs could get closer and there’s a 70 pick gap in NFBC ADP right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Pedroia’s at the breakdown stage though

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah I was just looking at recent comps to find 2nd basemen 32 and above who had productive fantasy seasons. Jeff Kent and Brett Boone in the ‘roid era and not much else. On the flip side, little guy has a Jeter-esque desire to play baseball. For some reason I feel not just a turn around, but a monster MVP type year. Need to search inside and see if this is of psychic or psychotic root.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: caution…he has Portuguese fingers…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but there is risk involved there

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            In the words of Frank Drebbin:

            Mr. V: That was nice work. You took a big chance doing that.

            Frank: Well, you take a big chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street, or sticking your face in a fan.

  34. Big W says:
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    i’m in a keeper that counts k/bb… I can keep three out of the four following arms… Who gets left out?

    Shoemaker, Archer, S. Gray, Arrieta

    Thank you in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer

  35. Sky

    Sky says:
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    At what point does Odor take the leap? This is the stuff that is always perplexing. I was pleasantly surprised by his 2014 due to his age. Those are the kinds of kids you want as keepers that people sometimes just don’t get. It’s an assumption of growth but the reality is, he was in many ways ‘better’ than guys who were 10 years his senior with plenty of experience. That says a lot in this game, especially in today’s non-roided world. I’m inclined to believe he treads water for 2015 but 2016 could be fun.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: get out of my head

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @J-FOH: But you’re already out of your mind. Someone has to stay around to steer the ship.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: I might be crazy but I’m not completely gone.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            the row boat is still tethered to the portside is what you’re trying to say

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: its a hell of a dingy

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                I worry if we start boat names, you’ll eventually go to motorboat. Should we stop now? BBBBBBBritsky!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Sky: well my sail is already at half mast

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Next you’ll be asking for a spanker in addition to your headsail.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: you never know you want something until you hear someone else say it, so yes and yes

  36. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Do you think that Kim and Kanye are big baseball fans? They nicknamed their daughter after japanese platoon baseball player.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  37. J-MoneyIV says:
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    12 team 6×6 (OPSxQS) picking from the 12th spot this year.

    I sadly can only keep 3 of the following in the round they were drafted.

    Goldschmidt (1st)
    Bautista (3rd)
    Donaldson (7th)
    Altuve (8th)
    Brantley (20th)
    Kluber (19th)

    Was originally leaning Goldy, Brantly and Kluber, but would love your thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, Kluber, Brantley

  38. Jay says:
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    Which three represent the best keepers? $260 budget
    Goldy $56
    Adam Jones $49
    Cargo $44
    Cobb $21
    Shoemaker $11
    Keuchel $11
    Avisail $9
    Polanco $6
    Schoop $6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail, Polanco, Schoop

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey: And even those are pretty rough.

  39. Del Griffith says:
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    Thoughts on Jung Ho Kang? For the $16 mil they’re paying him I don’t think the Pirates can pull an Alexander Guerrero and keep him in the minors for that long.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I go over hom in the shortstops post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *him

  40. ADP says:
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    Since I’m from Boston, thought if comment on the Betts situation. According to John Farrell, Betts is entrenched as the starting CF and will be spelled by Brock Holt. Sights are set high on Betts having a strong OBP to go with his runs and steals.

    Rusney is anticipated to be brought along “slowly” and will platoon in RF with Allen Craig and Daniel Nava.

    • john obrien says:
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      Since I’m from St. Louis, Craig will hurt himself in spring training, leaving Rusney to be brought along slowly with Nava.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I hope Rusney’s the starter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope not on Rusney

  41. Job3rd says:
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    Grey,

    I understand what you are saying about having Altuve/Gordon falling a round or two. But, I’m thinking one cannot afford to because, like HRs, SBs are at a premium as well. I’m thinking one needs at least 60 SBs from the three MI spots. Which means, without Altuve or Gordon, you need to land 3 SBs guys… who may hurt you in the other categories.

    Without MI steals, you’re left with getting all of your needed SBs (150??) from your 5/6 OF spots. This means you’re forced to go after the Reveres/Rajai/Leonys/Dyson/Boneface …leaving you short in the other 4 cats.

    Forgive the ramble…first time, long time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, and Andrus could be 35-40 steals six to eight rounds later

      • Job3rd says:
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        I guess I’m thinking 2B specifically. Outside of Kipnis/Wong, this position
        will hurt you in SBs…aside from Altuve/Gordon.

        • Job3rd says:
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          BTW,
          Great job as always!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess but you don’t need steals from just 2nd

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Job3rd:

      I get where you’re coming from. It’s one of those subtle things that distinguishes a good drafter from a bad. If you’re looking at the middle/end game of your draft and you’ve missed out on the speed at MI spots and you know you’re going to have to make up ground with a Bonifacio type then you start looking at a Jhonny Peralta type or even Sky’s deep league Flores to keep yourself in balance. There are some interesting forces at play as well. I actually think I’ve found over the years that MIs who don’t run but are above position average in other cats tend to be undervalued where as OFs who are mostly speed guys are also undervalued. There’s probably a perception driven arbitrage opportunity there in a lot of drafts.

      • Job3rd says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: I’m in a 10-team, H2H. So I’m thinking that while I don’t want to come out of the draft with the most projected SBs (3rd-5th is good so I can at least compete each week in this cat), I don’t want to have to add waiver wire SBs which kill you in other categories, not to mention, these guys often are platoon-ers.

        I feel I can add a Peralta-type (okay, maybe not 20+ HRs), but with 15 HR potential off waivers at any time. But the 20+ SB waiver guys generally kill your HR, RBI, RS (not BA as much.)

        Sorry, I’ve done Tenderized this horse!

        • Cram It says:
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          @Job3rd: I’ve never done H2H but I would punt SB’s from the get-go. Dee Gordon could just as easily kill the rest of the categories and still not win SB’s

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Cram It: yeah because h2h does you. god I hate h2h

            • Cram It says:
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              @J-FOH: I’m pretty sure I will never try one.

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Cram It: By way of a cautionary tale, in tandem with my calamitous collapse in the FCL (in the face of some strong play by the winner it has to be said) was the sad (to me anyway) story of my H2H semifinal.

                I was top of the regular season standings by about 15 games, got a bye through the first round. In overall season stats I hit at least 30 more home runs than the next guy.

                How many home runs did I hit I hit in semifinal week?

                One.

                ONE.

                (Needless to say I ended up in the 3rd/4th playoff which I lost on the final day in – of course – ridiculous circumstances). So I am more down on H2H than I have probably ever been.

                Of course if I had been sitting in my hotel room glued to my computer instead of hanging out in LA with some Razzball chumps, things might have turned out differently, but I guess we’ll never know.

                • Cram It says:
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                  @SteveNZ: I couldn’t handle something like that. Just the thought of that happening is what turns me off.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Cram It: you couldn’t handle a night out with some razzball “chumps”

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @SteveNZ: I only wanted to go out to distract you from our league

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @J-FOH: I think Mile Fiers had already done your dirty work.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @SteveNZ: he’s on the payroll

  42. John E. Depth says:
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    I guess Dustin Ackley did not get enough starts last year at 2B? ESPN still shows him as a 2B but maybe its not updated…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think it’s updated yet, Cano played 2nd for the M’s

  43. Carnac says:
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    Until now I’ve never wished more catchers had 2B eligibility.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: just think of middle infield as a whole where you have no friends and only acquaintances…you know like work friends.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  44. Copperhead Road says:
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    Trade question. I have Trout at $49 in a $260 league. I won last year with him at that price. I don’t have much in the way of cheap keepers for this year. Seeking opinions: Keep Trout because, well, he’s Trout and no one else is OR if I can move him for something like Arenado at $3 and Wong at $4 is that the way to go.
    Thanks for all the rankings. I swung a deal for Altuve last year mainly because of your advise and that went a long way toward winning.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Copperhead Road: I think Trout at $49 is a steal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I’d go Arenado and Wong

  45. Fan of the Wicked says:
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    What is the general consensus where Matheny bats Wong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully 1st or 2nd

    • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Fan of the Wicked: dipshit kept him down at 7th 8th a good chunk of last year.

    • stonepie says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: @Fan of the Wicked: he could easily bat 2nd or 7th. between carp, heyward and wong, the cards have alot of options for the top of the order.

  46. Matt says:
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    I have Semien in dynasty but competing this year. Should I trade Semien for Zobrist?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  47. Billy says:
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    I know it’s early but I could use your help on this January Grey.

    I’ve got too many Razzball Allstars in an NL-only keeper league. I can only keep 10 and I have a $260 budget:

    Mesoraco $4
    Goldschmidt $22
    Gyorko $7
    Arenado $16
    Adams $1
    Segura $4
    Wong $7
    McCutchen $40
    Marte $4
    Yelich $7
    Pollock $1
    Murphy $1

    Wainwright $14
    Bumgardner $14
    Cole $14
    Liriano $9
    Wood $7
    Jansen $3

    I’m thinking Mesoraco, Goldschmidt, Arenado, Wong, McCutchen, Marte, Yelich, Pollock, Bumgardner, Wood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the ten you said…. Some really great keepers for that deep of a league

      • Billy says:
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        @Grey: Cool, I might try to do some 2 for 1’s and see what I can get with the remnants.

        Love the rankings Grey, my lineup wouldn’t be the same without you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. goodfold2 says:
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    30 man dynasty with 100 mil budgets and OPS/holds as extra cats. this any good for me:
    my A-Jax at 6.4 mil per year till end of 2016
    for
    1. b.lawrie (same contract exactly)
    or
    2. marisnick at .4 mil till end of 2017
    might be able to get draft pick or a prospect thrown in to this deal
    my team has a lot of steals already (segura/alcides/leonys) but very few homers or OPS types (werth,beltre)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lawrie

  49. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Thoughts on Chris Owings? I know he will be more of a SS in 2015 but he had 18 games played at the keystone in 2014 and will qualify at 2B in a lot of formats ala Betts and Harrison. Seems like someone who could slide in somewhere after your top 25 or 30.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I ranked him for shortstops coming on Monday

  50. crock says:
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    Gotta pick 2 guys to keep and I’ve narrowed it down to these 3. Its for a 14 team H2H league. We play 6×6 (standard 5×5 with obp/holds). We keep 2 players for one year only at previous years draft round. We also have a rule where the winner of the league gets first choice of draft slot. I’m picking first this year and will be able to draft Trout with that pick. Which 2 of these would you keep?
    Arenado 9th round
    Springer 21st round
    Soler 25th round

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Soler

  51. jal179 says:
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    12 team standard redraft leagues, Wong going around pick 100 (8thish round).

    Anyone think thats getting a touch pricey? Kipnis going around 7 and Dozier 6 or 7.

    Gyorko around rd 18-20…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have Wong above the 100 pick mark…

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        All I needed to hear… I want the Wong.

        BTW Grey, u r bang on about preferring an early 1st rd pick… ran many mocks so far and to me the early 3rd is notably more dependable than the late 3rd/early 4th picks IMO.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  52. Matt says:
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    Think I can do better than mat latos for cliff lee and aj burnett in dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Latos

  53. Alan says:
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    Who you pick first next year in 7×7 with obp slg hold QS?

    Arrieta
    Chris Davis
    Lester
    Ortiz
    Soler
    Yelich
    Seager
    Jose Fernandez

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you need

  54. Snoman says:
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    Grey you helped me win my championship last year and in Grey I trust again this year. Keeping Rendon over my boy Donaldson based solely on your rankings. Once Donny got traded to the Jays was gonna go with him, but you make a compelling argument. Going for the three peat, don’t fail me now Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeehaw!

  55. colonel Angus says:
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    Another owner wants Kemp and they are offering either Yelich, Myers or Lindor as well as a 16th round pick (12 team dynasty with 12 keepers). Should I hold Kemp or trade him away? I really appreciate your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade him

      • colonel Angus says:
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        @Grey: which player would you prefer, Yelich, Myers or Lindor?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Myers

  56. J-FOH says:
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    I like a zombino-ish player to come out of this list. A lot of old dogs here. Phillips will probably be this years Rollins and I’ll own him nowhere. I’m most likely still stuck in Knedrick/Murphy boresville country. I can’t help my need for a few boring players

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, Phillips is done, Rollins always had much more speed

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I wasn’t comparing speed, a return to 15 plus homer and some counting stats.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, yeah, he has nothing to do with Rollins other than age

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I should start with that and that its a bold prediction that has nothing to do with anything. Unless you like that he was so solid for so long and took such a huge nose dive that it reminds me of the nose dive Rollins took in 2013. That is all.

            Now I am watching food on TV because I hate myself for living nowhere near the west side, but damn, have you ever been to fathers office or lukshon?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, i don’t like Father’s Office… Lukshon’s chicken wings are excellent, the rest is decent

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: whats wrong with Fathers Office, the menu looked good they were talking it up. Whats the best burger out there?

                The wings are what caught my eyes

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No substitions, no ketchup… Ultra douchey

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: that is very doooo shay.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah exactly

  57. Wake Up says:
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    I like Altuve to take a step forward this year…a tiny, little step…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: true

  58. Wake Up says:
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    I dropped Semein so many times last year…I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these potbellys belongs to me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s why you need a cougar

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: or a driver’s license, or a plane ticket, or some new socks…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

  59. Wake Up says:
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    Anyone thinking about drafting Lawrie…please do a Google image search first…or just think about it in your mindseye and Sky may make it so…friends don’t let friends draft Lawrie…but then again, people with a lot of friends prolly don’t play games of fantasy online…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What? The tatt sleeves?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I have no idea where Sky, the gif geenie, or jiff jeenie, found the pics…but that proof did set me free…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They usually just scar ya

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I call that Sky eyes

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Is that like short eyes?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: absolutely NOT! you’re a bad man

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: yeah, but they’re free scars!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: no but now I want to go out and go to Lawrie’s then afterward go and get a new tattoo of a Mickey’s bottle taped to my…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: I’ll be drafting with one hand taped to a bottle! Who am I trying to fool? There was no need for tape for me this off season…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: I’m going alcohol free (YEAH RIGHT) this year as I have a bottle of coke and a bottle of grenadine in one of those beer helmets as both straws go in my mouth to create the perfect Roy Rodgers.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @J-FOH: HaHa Dix!
            I’ve always been more of a Shirley Temple beer helmet type guy…ohhh…too soon?
            Someone should come up with the Gene Autry and only draft Angels…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Wake Up: last year in the FCL I had Pujols, Aybar, Kendrick, Cron and Calhoun all starting at the same time. You could of called me the singing cowboy or maybe the humming rosterbater…the whistling waiverer?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha Dix!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: HaHa Dix had an interception in the game going on right now….don’t mention it to Sky #HaHaDix

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sky’s winning me some money right now!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: HaHa Dix with another interception…now thats a double dix haha…I mean a double ha ha dix!

  60. J-FOH says:
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    you watch this last weeks worst cooks yet, or as my daughter calls it “worst cookers”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I watched last week’s yeah… With the girl slicing the avocado pit, oy…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: yet impressive. I don’t own a knife that sharp. Why does she wear white lipstick. All makes me think of ashy larry

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Which makes me think of Smokey… The worst cooks seem like they might be missing a few chromosomes

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: the cast based on whether the answer yes on the “have you ever huffed paint or sniffed glue?” question on the application.

            I think the big black man will win…or the drunk glue sniffer

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like the big black woman to win

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: and she wants to eat Tyler Florence up with some butta!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup! And Sky just won me some money!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you bet on the seachickens

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, Packers with 7.5 points

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: ah ha

                    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                      @J-FOH: nice, that game was over for you a long time before it was over, back during the RW3 kryptonite (i.e. raining) portion of the game,

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And he won me money on the Pats too!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you are ballin tonight. next time lunch is on you

  61. Alan says:
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    Need a SS in 5×5 cbs dynasty. Is Owings a good return for Semien?

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  62. Bazzrall says:
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    trading for Harper in a dynasty… what do you think about this in a 14 player OBP league

    my Longo/Trumbo/Dee Gordon for his Harper/Anibal Sanchez/1st rounder this year (his team sucked last year so it’d be a top 5 pick, so someone like Tomas or whoever the top international FAs added to the pool is likely)

    • Bazzrall says:
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      @Bazzrall: 14 keeper OBP league*

      • Bazzrall says:
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        @Bazzrall: 14-keeper, 14-team, JESUS (MONTERO)

  63. Can you imagine..., the gallons of human spit says:
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    16 team h2h league with 8 keepers. OPS/total bases/ losses/ QS as extra categories.
    start 1 of each position with only 3 OF and 3 util, 6 SP per day with only 2 RP (so SP that are really RP have extra value like mejia/britton), 7 BN spots. 2 of these must miss the cut:
    frazier/trout/arenado/pujols/arismendy/a.gordon/ozuna/j.zimmermann/keuchel/dickerson. guessing it’s keuchel and one hitter, maybe mendy.

  64. Chin Music says:
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    Hi Grey,

    OK, 12 team keeper league, the standard 8 positions + U (no CI or MI, 1 catcher), 1750 IP limit, holds is a category. I am trying to decide which 2 to keep out of Kinsler, Wacha & Greg Holland for my final keepers. I see pros & cons for each.

    I generally don’t like to keep closers, but the saves category has been very competitive in the league the past few seasons, I’ve struggled w/ some mediocre closers killing my team ERA at times, and Holland is as much of a sure thing as there is at closer. I’ve been a huge Wacha guy, but the scapula injury unnerves me a little and we know starting pitching is really deep. I’m not as down on Kinsler as you (he was great for me in 2014), but I’m a believer in cutting bait a year too early rather than a year too late. Also, the way my power-heavy team is constructed, I need to be squeezing as many SBs out of my 2B and SS slots as possible.

    My definite 9 are: Abreu, Encarnacion, Bryant, Braun, CarGo, Dickerson,F-Her, Iwakuma, Cole.

    I’ve got some other guys as trade chips, but it’s doubtful I’ll be able to package any of them with, say, Kinsler in a 2 for 1 (nobody’s falling for that anymore!), or trade any for a draft pick.

    Other guys I can’t see keeping: Blackmon, Trumbo, McCann, Correa, Pearce, Segura, Shoemaker, Giles, Fiers.

    WWGD?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take questions to my newest post… Holland, Kinsler

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