We already went over the top 20 catchers and the top 20 1st basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.  Today, we dip our big toe into the top 20 2nd basemen pool.  Okay, it was actually more like a lake where lots of spring breakers are partying, and, instead of throwing beads at girls, they’re throwing 30 home run hitters.  It’s a little scary, for unstints (how I say it), that there were only six 2nd basemen that you wanted to own all year in 2015, and, this year, there’s a 30-homer hitter 2nd baseman that didn’t even make the top 25 2nd basemen — Jedd, you Gyorko!  1st basemen were still a little deeper, but barely.  2nd basemen, and the soon to be released shortstops got their sea legs in 2016.  To recap this crap (rhyme points!), this final ranking for last year is from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments.  The Player Rater allows me to be impartial while looking at how I ranked them in the preseason.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Jose Altuve – I can’t say definitively that I had Altuve above at least some other ‘perts coming into this season, because I drafted him in a ‘pert league 15th overall (had him ranked 11th overall), so I had to have him fairly high relative to some.  Speaking of high, it’s some kind of cruel joke that Altuve sounds like it’s Spanish for altitude.  Preseason Rank #1, 2016 Projections:  103/12/57/.304/35, Final Numbers: 108/24/96/.338/30

2. Jonathan Villar – My preseason rank and projections don’t tell the whole story.  A) I still had Villar above just about any other ‘pert.  B) I told everyone to draft him.  C) There’s no C.  D) I did draft him in numerous leagues, so I must’ve had him ranked high enough and liked him.  E) He was unranked for 2nd basemen because he didn’t have that eligibility in the preseason.  F) Me for not owning him everywhere.  G) Dillon.  H)olla at a brother!  I) projected him for half a season (due to Orlando Arcia lurking), but if you double Villar’s projections they’re pretty close to his final numbers.  J) Well, closer than anyone else.  Z) I skipped K-Y, because like Trump I get the P.  By the way, when I was a teenager, they were talking about labeling 2 Live Crew with a parental advisory sticker.  Now, we got Donald Trump talking about grabbing the P.  Gen X tore down the pussy walls!  One last note, the internet has disappointed me that we still haven’t heard a 2 Live Crew/Trump mash-up.  Preseason Rank #26 for shortstops, 2016 Projections:  32/8/41/.248/21 in 300 ABs, Final Numbers:  92/19/63/.285/62

3. Brian Dozier – I wanna do my best to keep this about this past year, but it’s going to be difficult figuring out how many of the offensive gains made this year will carry over to next year or if Our Commissioner Manfred will stop Ecto-Cooler’ing baseballs.  Preseason Rank #3, 2016 Projections:  92/24/72/.231/10, Final Numbers:  104/42/99/.268/18

4. Jean Segura – I was hella (I still say hella) far from Segura’s final numbers and my preseason projections, but I did hella like him in the preseason, as I’ve liked him for the past four seasons.  You have the ability to hit 15+ HRs and steal 35+ bases and you have my attention.  Preseason Rank #11 for shortstops, 2016 Projections:  71/9/46/.259/25, Final Numbers:  102/20/64/.319/33

5. Robinson Cano – This is a recurring theme, like blondes in Hitchcock movies, the 2nd baseman position is so stacked Cano had 39 HRs, 107 runs, 103 RBIs and a .298 average and is only 5th at the position.  That’s stacked like the guy’s wallet that owns IHOP if he were paid in pancakes.  Though, then he’d sell them… Hmm, maybe that analogy doesn’t work.  Preseason Rank #6, 2016 Projections:  75/17/80/.275/3, Final Numbers:  107/39/103/.298

6. Ian Kinsler – How stacked is the 2nd basemen position?  (Told you it was a recurring theme.)  Daniel Murphy was 6th for 1st basemen, and is 7th for 2nd basemen.  On a real baseball note, if the Tigers kept Scherzer and Porcello, they’d be an easy 100 win team and the favorites for the World Series.  On another real baseball note, Kinsler needs a well-choreographed home run handshake that involves him miming spinning a dreidel.  Preseason Rank #11, 2016 Projections:  92/12/73/.277/12, Final Numbers: 117/28/83/.288/14

7. Daniel Murphy – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball.

8. Rougned Odor – So stacked — okay, last time — Odor hit 33 homers and stole 14 bases and is only ranked 8th.  33 HRs and 14 steals would’ve been a solid season from a top ten bat in 2015.  On a related note, I wrote a preseason sleeper post for Odor and drafted him.  By the by, this was a good year to draft middle infielders early and often, it’s no wonder my teams all did well on offense — hello, Altuve, Odor, Villar and Lindor, on multiple teams.  It was a less fortunate year to draft Chris Archer and Tyson Ross.  Preseason Rank #4, 2016 Projections:  81/19/69/.253/15, Final Numbers:  89/33/88/.271/14

9. DJ LeMahieu – Ugh, one more ‘hashtag 2nd basemen is so stacked.’  LeMahieu won the batting title and is only the 9th best 2nd baseman.  If a 2nd baseman won the batting title in the last five years, he would’ve easily been a top two 2nd baseman.  As for LeMahieu sitting out the final weekend to win the batting title, as I said in the last roundup of the season, he was doing it to beat Daniel Murphy, so I find it almost acceptable.  Preseason Rank #25, 2016 Projections:  65/5/54/.274/16, Final Numbers: 104/11/66/.348/11

10. Jose Ramirez – I didn’t rank him this year, because he looked like a utility man coming into the season.  In 2015, I ranked him way too high and had him as a sleeper.  So, in the big picture, I always liked Ramirez.  In the smaller, more specific picture, the big picture means nothing, I goofed.  In the real baseball picture, Jose Ramirez physically looks like a young Manny Ramirez.  I will call him, Young Manny Ramirez.  Hmm.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  84/11/76/.312/22

11. Jason Kipnis – Is there any better example of the home run surge this year than Kipnis?  Probably, maybe, I don’t know.  But if we were to look at Kipnis as the best example of it, he did almost exactly what I predicted he would for runs, average and steals, but hit 13 extra homers.  Preseason Rank #13, 2016 Projections:  91/10/54/.288/15, Final Numbers:  91/23/82/.275/15

12. Dustin Pedroia – To defend my projections, it’s difficult to project anything but homers and steals.  Average is based on luck, while runs and RBIs are based on lineup placement.  With that said, I wasn’t really close at all with Pedroia.  Do better, Fantasy Master Lothario!  Preseason Rank #15, 2016 Projections:  78/10/51/.274/5, Final Numbers: 105/15/74/.318/7

13. Anthony Rendon – 2nd baseman is so lit — or is it turnt? — Rendon was the best 2nd baseman in fantasy in 2014 with the stats — 111/21/83/83/.287/17 — that aren’t that far off from his 2016 numbers.  Not quite there, maybe top three overall numbers for 2014 if he had this season then, but this year it’s a top 13 season.  Dayum.  Preseason Rank #12, 2016 Projections:  88/14/68/.285/7, Final Numbers:  91/20/85/.270/12

14. Trea Turner – Someone make a 2017 fantasy baseball league right now so I can draft Turner.  Please.  I need to own him right now — stats!  <–That’s how a fantasy baseball doctor talks.  Preseason Rank #23, 2016 Projections:  42/6/57/.243/19 in 375 ABs, Final Numbers: 53/13/40/.342/33 in 307 ABs (zoinks!)

15. Ben Zobrist – Maddon is unpredictable with his managing, but what is predictable is his love for Zobrist, though, due to Maddon’s unpredictability, I assumed Zobrist would hit 2nd all season.  Instead, Zobrist saw the most number of at-bats in the (blank) slot.  Go ahead, guess where Zobrist hit most often.  Remember, he had 523 ABs, so it was a lot of ABs where he did hit.  Keep in mind, this team has Rizzo and Bryant.  Zobrist saw the most of his ABs as a cleanup hitter.  I will now incredulously shake my head.  Preseason Rank #17, 2016 Projections:  89/12/59/.279/9, Final Numbers:  94/18/76/.272/6

16. Hernan Perez – True Story Alert!  This is also a very sad story as it illustrates my stupidity.  I grabbed Hernan Perez in my NL-Only Tout league to replace Dee Gordon, but when Perez first started playing in April, he didn’t play every day, so I dropped him.  Lots of bad moves in that league — like drafting Gordon in the first place or expecting Patrick Corbin to be a strong number two, when in reality he just took a number two — but dropping Perez in a 12-team NL-Only league was likely my worst.  It’s no surprise I finished last in that league.  My first last place finish ever.  Oh well, shizz J.A. Happens.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  50/13/56/.272/34

17. Jonathan Schoop – I called Schoop’s breakout!  Unfortch, I didn’t call the entire league increasing offense by 40%.  Preseason Rank #7, 2016 Projections:  73/26/85/.245/3, Final Numbers:  82/25/82/.267/1

18. Brandon Phillips – *ding, ding, ding*  Phillips wins the award for ending up closest to my preseason projections.  Sadly, he’s also the most irrelevant guy to win that award.  Get close to Altuve’s projections, and it means something.  Get close on Phillips and ‘Who gives a flying Molina brother?”  Preseason Rank #19, 2016 Projections:  78/10/52/.271/14, Final Numbers:  74/11/64/.291/14

19. Addison Russell – There’s likely going to be some value with Russell next year.  Mostly because there’s eighteen dozen 2nd basemen that you can draft.  Preseason Rank #10, 2016 Projections:  62/16/66/.252/7, Final Numbers:  67/21/95/.238/5

20. Matt Carpenter – Okay, fine!  One more example of how stacked the 2nd basemen were.  Carpenter nearly landed exactly on his preseason projections and I had him ranked fifth overall.  If he would’ve added the extra runs and few steals I projected him for, he maybe would’ve moved up all of three spots.  Still nowhere near top five.  Now you can say, “Well, yeah, cause you projected him for stats that never would’ve been a top five 2nd baseman.  Though, you are handsome AF.”  That’s the thing, he would’ve been top five last year with those projections.  To mashup There Will Be Blood, fantasy baseball and The Beverly Hillbillies, there’s oil in thar 2nd basemen, now drink my milkshake!  Preseason Rank #5, 2016 Projections:  97/19/62/.275/5, Final Numbers:  81/21/68/.271

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Loved the write-up. But as we get closer and closer to the end of these ‘end of the year’ write-ups I get sadder and sadder until February Grey warms me up, then spring is upon us and it’s baseball season once again!

    a. Hope you had a nice weekend.

    b. Have more or less recovered. Have started my workout program to increase my upper body strength (got the buttocks region covered) with the 10-weeks to 100 push-ups program. Have a ‘lemon and cheesecake’-flavored whey protein shake every morning. High protein, low calorie.

    c. Too bad for the Rangers and Rangers fans alike – sorry Feliz where ever you are. I guess the idea to start Colby Lewis versus the Blue Jays stacked right-handed lineup didn’t pan out.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! A. I did and you? B. That’s good! Are you doing this workout to get into Rambo shape to deliver Rambo quotes? C. The Jays pitching isn’t great, but the Rangers pitching is terrible… If not for the A’s, Angels and M’s being awful, they wouldn’t have been there

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Thanks for the question. Had a wonderful weekend of doing nothing in Farchana, USA.

        b. Not gearing up for Rambo quotes just yet. Really need to put on upper body muscle mass before it’s too late.

        c. Yes, I concede. No really good pitching in the AL West. Hopefully Yu can pitch consistently better next year, Paxton and Shoemaker too. Some could emerge. Other than that, not much to cheer for if you like pitching in the AL West.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Nice! B. Don’t put on too much or you will tip over C. Not a ton of offense on A’s and Angels either

  2. jb says:
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    Good morning, Grey,

    Round 2. 3 games. Which two pitchers do you like? Which four hitters?

    $60 Madison Bumgarner v CHC
    $51 Jake Arrieta @SFG
    $41 Kenta Maeda v WAS
    $35 Josh Tomlin @BOS
    $31 Gio Gonzalez @[email protected]
    $29 Clay Buchholz vs CLE

    C
    $16 Buster Posey
    $14 Yasmani Grandal
    $10: Willson Contreras, Roberto Perez, Sandy Leon
    $8 Carlos Ruiz
    $7: Jose Lobaton, Pedro Serverno, Austin Barnes, David Ross, Miguel Montero, Trevor Brown, Chris Gimenez, Yan Gomes, Christian Vasquez

    1B
    $22 Hanley Ramirez
    $21 Carlos Santana
    $19 David Ortiz
    $17 Brandon Belt
    $14 Anthony Rizzo
    $13 Mike Napoli
    $12 Adrian Gonzalez
    $8 Ryan Zimmerman
    $7 Clint Robinson

    2B
    $23 Trea Turner
    $19 Daniel Murphy
    $17 Jason Kipnis
    $15: Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia
    $9 Chase Utley
    $8 Joe Panik
    $7: Stephen Drew, Wilmer Difo, Howie Kendrick, Kelby Tomlinson

    3B
    $18: Justin Turner, Jose Ramirez
    $16 Kris Bryant
    $14 Anthony Rendon
    $10 Javier Baez
    $7: Tommy La Stella, Conor Gillaspie, Aaron Hill, Travis Shaw

    SS
    $18 Corey Seager
    $16 Xander Bogaerts
    $14 Edward Nunez DTD, Brandon Crawford, Francisco Lindor,
    $9 Addison Russell
    $7 Danny Espinosa, Charlie Culberson,

    OF
    $19 Mookie Betts
    $18 Bryce Harper
    $17 Dexter Fowler
    $16 Hunter Pence
    $14: Josh Reddick, Joc Pederson, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi
    $13: Jayson Werth DTD, Denard Span
    $10: Coco Crisp, Rajai Davis, Brock Holt
    $9: Michael A. Taylor DTD, Yasiel Puig, Chris Coghlan, Jorge Soler, Chris Young
    $8 Andre Eithier, Jason Heyward, Lonnie Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin
    $7 Chris Heisey, Andrew Toles, Albert Amora Jr., Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez, Michael Martinez

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @jb: Seconded here! I was eyeing Maeda and Gio (Gio has great bat v. pitch stats v. LAD). Tough choices with bats.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Grey: Hah!

      • jb says:
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        @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Grey has a strategy for this and it worked for me during the playoffs. With DFS, I can pick the #1 pitcher but then get glassy eyed if I can’t pick a #2. Same with the top hitters. I’ll look for stacks or hitters to pair, but if I can’t find em, then I get paralysis by analysis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jb: Maeda, Bum… Betts, Pence, Seager, Hanley…Tough calls on hitters

      • jb says:
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        @Grey: I can’t do Maeda because he costs too much. Who would you go with between Gio or Clay?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Clay

          • jb says:
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            @Grey: I anticipated Clay, so got my lineup in already. Thanks, Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, good luck!

  3. SpecialFNK says:
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    Trump for the win!!

    that is all.

    #alwaysTrump

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SpecialFNK: Really? I still haven’t seen one Trump bumper sticker and haven’t met one person for him, but I live in a very liberal city in one the more liberal states…

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Even in Africa, where people actually believed that he would win (about 8 weeks ago), the sentiment is that there is no way that he can recover from this latest media bombshell. He went for too much P and it ONLY cost him a chance at the presidency, to expunge his massive debt and get the Trump University case thrown out.

        b. True story! I had to translate what Trump said for a French woman who didn’t understand what he said!!! She said that’s funny, there is a term for how women can grab a hold of the complimentary part of the male anatomy!

        c. He’s pretty desperate, not sure what he’s got up his sleeve. Even the most ardent Republic supporters have stood out against him. He’s walking up a slippery slope.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Are people on African news saying the word p*ssy? Or has it been bleeped out? Are people in Africa aware of the p*ssy word? Is that a worldwide word? B. This might’ve answered A. C. I’m kinda anxious to see what he does next… Blow up the establishment!

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            a. Think of the Bible belt and then blow it up by 1000000000! That’s how little Africa knows what p*ssy is.

            b. That said, my friend and I took a clandestine trip along a river bed in eastern Sudan (Blue Nile State). Man, there were guys lined up all along the river bed for more than 1000 feet doing the doggy with the girls on all fours waiting like heifers. Was seriously shocked out of my pants to see it. It was after hours around 20h00 (the sun sets here at 18h00, don’t forget).

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              A. HA… Could see a bumper sticker, Afris doesn’t know what p*ssy is. Will need to discuss with my attorney first B. Holy crap! You wandered into a Sudanese gangbang!

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                a. I concur consult the lawyer or just ixney it altogether.

                b. I think the proper term is orgy but I’m not an expert. Crazy though, right? Each pair was like at arms’ length from the next and no one was waiting every pair was in action. Action Jackson in Sudan along the Blue Nile riverbed. Just what the INS wants to bring to the US.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  A. Might need to, damn, another business opportunity lost! B. I gotta be honest, that sounds foxy as hell!

      • SpecialFNK says:
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        @Grey:

        anyone but Hillary. she would destroy America, and I think her actions have shown that. I think Trump and his words can be better controlled than Hillary and her corruption.

        look at the rallies. Trump gets tens of thousands of people at every rally he has, while Hillary gets into the hundreds. this is a revolution, with many people wanting a change.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not a Hillary fan but Trump feels like relying on Steven Matz to be your ace… high upside, but major downside

          • DonnieB says:
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            I think you are grossly understating the downside of Hillary. Trump loves America and the Constitution and secure borders. Hillary the opposite. And we won’t go down the ObamaCare disaster.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Honestly, I’m not versed enough on the subject to debate it…

      • DonnieB says:
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        Why no bumper stickers ? Future car damage,that’s why. Grey,you need to get out of CA for a while if you haven’t met a Trump voter when 40-50% of country is behind him?

        • Grey

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          This is likely true, I’m in a bubble

  4. Freddyfreeman says:
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    So in summation: when a ranking is right, you da best…when a ranking is horribly wrong there is ALWAYS some explanation other than you missed it.

    “I had him unranked but I said to draft him and pegged him a sleeper in 2011″….

  5. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Good stuff Lothario! Thanks for these recaps! And what’s with Trump pacing around the stage last night?!? That dude’s creepy AF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Squat Cobblers: He should have the Gattis nickname: El Oso Blanco

      • Squat Cobblers says:
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        @Grey: Or El Sexista (Egolatra? Racista? Islamaphoba?) Blanco

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think simply, The Golden Hair — or El Hombre Blanco, if we want to go that way

  6. Big Odio says:
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    Funny that you could of added B Phillips all year because he was in and out of your free agent pool but Addison was owned probably 95 percent of the season

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: I know I had him til around june…I believe. And same goes for castro in another league. After what Segura went through I think a fresh start was going to be good for him, but not this good. If anything he is the poster child for juiced ball or getting juiced up. Juicy juice

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Segura was a 8-home run hitter prior, crazy… He went 20/33! WTF?

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: Im not sure what to make of it. I rarely pay up for MI’s but I might have to re-think it. My gut says he will be over drafted

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wish he didn’t have so many down years after doing so well in 2014

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                @Grey: I was going through his numbers and there are similarities to 2013 (O-Swing%, double digit HR/FB, BABIP, Hard%) but he really cut the GB% and upped the FB%. Will be a gamble next year but he does turn 27 in March so maybe this is him maturing for his peak years. Tough call to make

                • Grey

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                  Arizona doesn’t hurt, but Milwaukee shouldn’t have either… Agreed, tough call, might leave it to someone else… More interested in Lindor or Odor, so might not be a gamble I need to take

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I literally have no idea how 2017 2B rankings will look . . . though the whole 2Bs > 1Bs thing this year makes me optimistic that people will snooze on Moncada due to the new studs at 2B and his 8 bad at bats.

    Also – was there any sleeper breakout more sad that Schoop? He did exactly what we wanted, and then some (with counting stats and average) . . . and yet outside of the vacuum, someone felt disappointing!

    • Grey

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      There’s some many studs now that even if someone wanted Yoan, they can’t possibly draft him anywhere in the top 100… Agreed on Schoop… He was totally fine, but everyone else was great

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Honestly, Schoop/Yoan is probably an interesting back-end combo for 2017. Schoop should be bankable and Yoan offers the upside without needing to bet on Dozier etc. sustaining their production.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, if you want to wait on 2nd base… You will be against people will much safer options though

  8. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    What happened to everyone? Did they all go together to Maine to collect maple syrup?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  9. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    So is Westworld going to conveniently gloss over the time that they were forced to settle a class action lawsuit after their prostitute robots gave a bunch of guests venereal diseases?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… So, have you watched it? Is it worth it?

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: So far, so good. Definitely worth a watch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool, I plan on it

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: what the hell is with your Justified? Im about 6 episodes in and I’m not seeing the greatness of this and the babys mama agrees. Is this a wait til season 3 show? I need answer dammit!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I heard Season 2 was when it starts cooking with gas… You’re watching The Wire and Justified?

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Big Odio: The first season was just ok. As I told Grey, season 2 is where it gets good. Unfortunately, you probably can’t skip season 1 and still be in the loop.

  10. Hamist02 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    As a final keeper in a 9×9 league, 14 teams; already keeping Altuve, Encarnacion, Bryant, and Archer; would you keep Sale or Cano? Same price. Leaning Cano, but not sure.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, prolyl go Cano

  11. ChiCitySox23 says:
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    I have a sleeper crush (sounds way creepy when I read it out loud) on Javier Baez. You think he gets enough at bats next year to make a jump into these rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roofie’er! Yeah, Baez could break out, but needs everyday at-bats higher than 7th, which prolly won’t happen

  12. Packers says:
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    Gyorko for C. Rodon. I’d put Walker in at 2b and Rondo would help the pitching staff. 12 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Rodon

  13. The JoGarza says:
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    Grey, this is my dynasty team. 16 teams, H2H OBP and QS instead of AVG and W. Trading season opens in about 3 weeks, was wondering if you could look at my squad and loosely identify some category needs that stick out. Right now, I’m thinking power.

    (if it makes any difference, Tapia, Quinn, Zimmer and Meadows are all on my farm)

    C-Welington Castillo
    1B-Paul Goldschmidt
    2B-Ben Zobrist
    SS-Ian Desmond
    3B-Jake Lamb
    CI-Carlos Santana
    MI-Jonathan Schoop
    OF-Joc Pederson
    OF-David Dahl,
    OF-Aaron Altherr
    OF-Travis Jankowski
    OF-Jacoby Ellsbury
    UTIL-Victor Martinez
    UTIL-Tom Murphy

    Jacob deGrom, SP (NYM)
    Danny Salazar, SP (CLE)
    Cole Hamels, SP (TEX)
    Zach Britton, RP (BAL)
    Alex Colome, RP (TB)
    Jeremy Jeffress, RP (TEX)
    Jameson Taillon, SP (PIT)
    Junior Guerra, SP (MIL)
    Robbie Ray, SP (ARI)

    BN-Trey Mancini, 1B (BAL)
    BN-Joey Gallo, 3B (TEX)
    BN-Wei-Yin Chen, SP (MIA)
    BN-Tyler Skaggs, SP (LAA)
    BN-Adam Conley, SP (MIA)

    • Grey

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      Power, and your outfield is a bit wonky, though this is a deep league… degrom is a tough hit too if he doesn’t return properly, but you do have nice SPs, especially if degrom returns right

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you. Yeah, our OF definitely needs some work, but I’m not too concerned with Tapia, Zimmer and Meadows knocking on the door.

        It’s a bit concerning that even with the historic power we saw from MLB in 2016, my team was lacking in that department, coming in at 11th in the league. Maybe Joc gets more than 476 PA. Like seriously? He hit 25 HR this season. That’s an easy 30 waiting in the wings. Also raised his contact % from 66% to a whopping 75%.

        Anyways, think Jank and Altherr are starters in April?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Joc… Altherr and Jank are not good, maybe you get some steals from them, but they’re more negatives than positives

  14. Muskysmell says:
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    I effing hate Daniel Murphy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  15. Brian says:
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    Three years ago I discovered Razzball. For the third consecutive year, I am making a post just to thank you and the Razzball team for helping to guide me towards first place. Three-peat!

    PS: It’s hard for my wife to complain about the amount of time I spend on fantasy baseball when it always results in an expensive date night for us! :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice! Congrats!

  16. jb says:
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    So far, it looks like a WAS stack — Werth, Harper, Zimmerman, Gio and Turner leading the pack. CLE could sweep unless BOS comes from behind. Dam you Terry Francona! Who would’ve thunk it?

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      Grey says:
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      I know, don’t hate the Indians being in it though

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        @Grey: Have to. I’m a BOS fan in the AL and Francona screwed up my teams most of the year having Andrew Miller. If I was going with CLE, I had Naquin and Coco Crisp. Ouch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ouch indeed

  17. jb says:
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    FU Terry Francona. Couldn’t get Mookie Betts up with bases loaded or something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis Shaw, sad trombone

  18. Scott says:
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    I dropped HP in my NL-only league too. Finished 9th, but mainly due to limited moves.

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: I’m sorry, not HP, but Villar, which is even worse!

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