We already went over the top 20 catchers and the top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.  Today, we dip our big toe into the top 20 2nd basemen pool.  2nd basemen had some huge disappointments, while also being deeper than 1st basemen.  A few disappointments, to varying degrees:  Yoan Moncada, Jonathan Schoop, Dee Gordon, Paul DeJong, Robinson Cano, Ian Happ, Daniel Murphy, Tim Beckham and some in this post, big and small and one that is small that was a big disappointment.  To recap this crap (rhyme points!), this final ranking for last year is from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments.  Actually, that’s the ESPN Player Rater, I’m using the Yahoo Player Rater (due to position eligibility).  Tomato-tomato with different emphasis.  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 2018 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Jose Ramirez – We need to start being accountable for our drafting.  I ranked Jo-Ram at least ten spots before every other fantasy baseball ‘pert, according to Fantasy Pros.  Did you draft Jo-Ram?  No?  Neither did I.  This is kinda inexcusable.  I had reasons — drafted Lindor in two leagues, who I ranked before Jo-Ram, and, by the time the draft came back to me, Jo-Ram wasn’t available anymore.  (My other drafts were NL-Only or auction.)  What were your reasons?  Did you just not trust me?  That’s not an excuse if you’re reading the site.  Here’s what I said in January, “Ramirez is .315 hitter, with speed and power and that’s not evaporating in his age 25 season.  He’s top ten for best swinging strike percentage, and makes the 15th best contact with pitches inside the strike zone.  That tells me, he knows when to swing, and doesn’t miss his pitch.  In an age of strikeouts, he doesn’t.  He was the 4th lowest for strikeouts, Mookie Betts was 6th, Votto was 9th and Altuve was 12th.  If Bad Company’s number one song was Bad Company (how’d they come up with that name?), Jose Ramirez’s band would be named Is In Good Company with the song, Is In Good Company.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I knew Jo-Ram had some risk, but I spelled out why he didn’t have as much risk as you thought.  Preseason Rank #2, 2018 Projections: 101/25/91/.315/21 in 577 ABs, Final Numbers: 110/39/106/.272/34 in 578 ABs

2. Javier Baez – Yes, my rank was pretty far off on Baez, but I was above the consensus, and said in the preseason, “I’m shocked I didn’t write a sleeper on him, but I might’ve figured there was too much hype about him already.  That’s right, I don’t remember what I was thinking.  Wait until you get older, you’ll know what it’s like to walk into a room and be like, ‘Why did I come in here?  Do I have to pee?  Should I pee into the hamper?'” And that’s me–Well, you know.  Maybe I should’ve pushed Baez a little harder, in a non-sexual way.  Wally Woke, “Nothing should be in a sexual way, ever.”  Baez breaking out this year is one of the most predictable things to happen.  All Maddon needed to do was move him up the order.  Yes, I’m gently putting it out in the universe what I think Ian Happ needs in 2019.  Preseason Rank #12, 2018 Projections: 80/25/79/.270/11 in 494 ABs, Final Numbers: 101/34/111/.290/21 in 606 ABs

3. Whit Merrifield – Actually, manspainly, awkward sentence intro-ly, I ended up drafting Merrifield in a few leagues, so I was in on him too.  Here’s one thing that I need to talk more about next year, but I’ll give you people — yes, you people! — a taste.  A lot of people in the preseason say things about how a guy is on a bad team, which will hurt him, but I see the exact opposite.  There’s something reassuring about a guy with no competition for playing time, who will have a good place in the lineup and will be allowed to steal at will, because his team doesn’t care if he gets caught.  A bad team can actually be a positive.  Preseason Rank #11, 2018 Projections: 89/15/59/.279/22 in 597 ABs, Final Numbers:  88/12/60/.304/45 in 632 ABs

4. Matt Carpenter – Went over him in the 1st basemen recap.

5. Scooter Gennett – I was on the fence with Gennett back in the preseason on whether he could keep putting balls over the fence.  Since he hit ‘only’ 23 homers and I projected him for 22, I guess I was right about him not upping his power.  His average, on the other hand (were me on hands?), I didn’t see that coming. Since he had a .358 BABIP, no one could’ve saw it coming.  Looking at preseason projections, no one did see it coming.  Preseason Rank #24, 2018 Projections: 71/22/79/.255/4 in 479 ABs, Final Numbers:  86/23/92/.310/4 in 584 ABs

6. Ozzie Albies – Mentioned this during the season:  I liked Ozzie in the preseason, but I didn’t like him enough.  Should’ve been more aggressive on him.  However, if he would’ve done what he did in the 2nd half in the 1st half, he would’ve been dropped by June in 75% of leagues.  Still no excuse (after making excuses), I think he’s more of the player we saw in the 1st half, and should’ve bumped him up some in the preseason.  Preseason Rank #18, 2018 Projections: 77/14/52/.291/22 in 524 ABs, Final Numbers:  105/24/72/.261/14 in 639 ABs

7. Anthony Rizzo – Went over him in the 1st basemen recap.

8. Jose Altuve – For a guy this short, you didn’t think he’d have so much room to fall.  A’la Tommy Boy, “Little man, big expectations!  Little man, big expectations!”  Don’t want to make this about next year, but I could see big box sites like ESPN and Yahoo just ignoring warning signs and being back in on Altuve.  Steals, however, don’t come back with age, and if he’s not stealing 30+ bases, his value takes a big hit.  “Little man, big hit.  Little man, big hit.”  Preseason Rank #1, 2018 Projections: 111/23/92/.329/30 in 593 ABs, Final Numbers:  84/13/61/.315/17 in 534 ABs

9. Jose Peraza – As off as I was on Albies while being on (I liked Albies just not enough), I liked Peraza plenty.  He wasn’t even being drafted in some leagues, and I had Peraza above Albies (which was obviously a mistake in hindsight).  Peraza was, thankfully, not a Paul Janish clone, and should not be nicknamed Gone Varnish.  Preseason Rank #17, 2018 Projections: 64/7/43/.286/30 in 554 ABs, Final Numbers:  85/14/58/.288/23 in 632 ABs

10. Jed Lowrie – In case it wasn’t obvious, there was a steep cliff dive from Peraza to this next tier of 2nd basemen.  Maybe that’s a steppe cliff, I don’t know, that geology class was supposed to be an easy A, but so was not.  Lowrie’s career incline on homers looks supported by his HR/FB%, but he’s also old, so only missing a week’s worth of games all year appears to be an aberration.  Basically, he’s going the Daniel Murphy route.  Call him Jeddie Murphy.  Preseason Rank #36, 2018 Projections: 72/15/71/.260 in 517 ABs, Final Numbers:  78/23/99/.267 in 596 ABs

11. Eduardo Escobar – In my preseason rankings, I talk about how I wanted to write a sleeper post for Escobar.  I didn’t, so two steps forward, one step Escoback.  Preseason Rank #28, 2018 Projections: 57/19/71/.267/4 in 440 ABs, Final Numbers:  75/23/84/.272/2 in 566 ABs

12. Cesar Hernandez – If you’re at all interested, Cesar overcame middling stats to place this high due to runs.  This is the only time someone who sounds like they wear a toga was benefited by the runs.  Preseason Rank #29, 2018 Projections: 82/6/41/.288/17 in 542 ABs, Final Numbers:  91/15/60/.253/19 in 605 ABs

13. Jonathan Villar – Just a quick word about his projections vs. his end of the season numbers.  Until Villar proves me wrong, he is a lock for 13-ish homers and 30-ish steals.  Everything else is in constant flux.  Sometimes what’s in flux sucks, sometimes you want a flux capacitor to go back in time to draft him.  Preseason Rank #25, 2018 Projections: 58/13/38/.244/27 in 412 ABs, Final Numbers:  54/14/46/.260/35 in 466 ABs

14. DJ LeMahieu – His season was a tale of three seasons.  April was Hey DJ Pump This Party.  May thru July was It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To.  August and September was DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love.  Preseason Rank #19, 2018 Projections: 103/10/62/.312/10 in 602 ABs, Final Numbers:  90/15/62/.276/6 in 533 ABs

15. Gleyber Torres – For what it’s Werth, what I said for Cesar Hernandez, I said it after looking at where Gleyber ended up ranking.  Gleyber deserved better in the end of season rankings, which I’m sure is more important to him than the love and admiration of million of Yankees fans, so my apologies.  Preseason Rank #32 for shortstops, 2018 Projections: 45/7/41/.277/12 in 364 ABs, Final Numbers:  54/24/77/.271/6 in 431 ABs

16. Rougned Odor – Brucely, he had two good months in the midst of four stinkers, which is seeming more and more appropriate for Odor.  Preseason Rank #10, 2018 Projections: 72/31/86/.241/14 in 598 ABs, Final Numbers:  76/18/63/.253/12 in 474 ABs

17. Chris Taylor – The steals and playing time really evaporated for Taylor this year.  I can blame Dave Roberts and…Actually, let’s just blame Roberts for everything.  Call him Dave Roberts Durs.  Not as in the killer, but as in he commits multiple durs, as in stupid.  Preseason Rank #8, 2018 Projections: 104/20/62/.273/17 in 603 ABs, Final Numbers:  85/17/63/.254/9 in 536 ABs

18. Joey Wendle – Maybe it’s because he’s likely going to finish around third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting (maybe 4th — is there a 4th?), but he reminds me of Trey Mancini.  I’m strongly considering a Wendle sleeper post for 2019, and am already regretting it.  Feels like there should be a German word for the regret you feel prior to doing the thing you will regret.  Schadenfuturegret?  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 62/7/61/.300/16 in 487 ABs

19. Brian Dozier – What will Dozier end up doing if he doesn’t have a huge 2nd half?  *wavy lines*  I’m looking at Dozier’s 2018 final stats.  *wavy lines*  Wow, what an awful dream sequence.  Preseason Rank #5, 2018 Projections: 105/30/84/.266/13 in 609 ABs, Final Numbers:  81/21/72/.215/12 in 553 ABs

20. Asdrubal Cabrera – With more runs and RBIs, Asdrubal is Jed Lowrie.  Asdrubbie Murphy?  Okay, maybe not.  By the by, as great as Adalberto Mondesi was in the final few months, he didn’t make the top 20.  Never underestimate ribbies and runs, which sounds like a Tony Roma’s and Taco Bell crossover promotion.  Preseason Rank #39, 2018 Projections: 61/15/53/.265/3 in 488 ABs, Final Numbers: 68/23/75/.262 in 546 ABs

  1. Count de Monetballl says:
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    Well, I thought I was pretty safe (and even strong) going into this year at 2B with Schoop, Chris Taylor (drafted as a OF) and HR to the Izzo, (Rizzo at first, but opportunities for waiver wires, same with Taylor) but turned out to be one of my weaker spots. Thank the fantasy overlord for left side of the infield production!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop was a big pitfall…Then, it seemed like he was coming out of it, got traded and never played or well for the Brewers

  2. bigbear says:
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    As usual, 2B is a good place for speed. Glad to see the 2Bs living up to expectations there.

    Acuna!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna! You see his blast?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      For your viewing pleasure ICYMI all of Acuna’s homers this year (regular season):

      https://youtu.be/jBqmOObCICk

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He’s so beautiful

  3. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I tried to trade Altuve during last off season. Had no takers.

    I sensed a drop off from him. I do see a bounce back for next year but only if they don’t go deep in the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His drop off is likely only going to deepen… Maybe he becomes a steady .310, 15, 20 guy, but that’s not him at his height (hehe)

  4. Cram It says:
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    Grey (and the 3 guys commenting today), what are the more normal payout structures with some of your leagues? I’ve been doing 60%/30/10. I thought that was pretty standard.

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Cram It: Hiya Cram. Sounds about right.

      One pay leagues was approx. 54% for 1st, 29% for 2nd, and 16% for best 2nd half (this was a Roto league).

      The other was 66% for 1st, 25% for 2nd, and 8% for third (this was a H2H league — third place winner basically gets his/her entry/dues back).

      • Cram It says:
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        @JakeTPE: Those are strange %’s. Maybe you just calculated that based on the payouts. Because one of mine was $300/200/100 which came to like 50%/33/16. I didn’t like the structure, don’t think the gap was a wide enough compensation. I like the 66% more, as I don’t think 3rd place should get much more than his entry fee back. Thanks for chiming in.

        • JakeTPE says:
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          @Cram It: Anytime! Yeah, not sure if my math was right. I think it was? The roto one was a 20$ buy-in and the payouts were 130 for first, 70 for 2nd, and 40 for the 2nd half climb (to keep managers interested–I get that, but it’s perhaps a bit more than what other 3rd prizes pay out). To wit, the H2H one was in the local currency here — 1000 buy-in, 8000 for first, 3000 for runner-up, and 1000 for the 3rd place playoff winner. Nice and tidy I think.

          I agree that the 300/200/100 structure doesn’t reward the winner enough. It’s a nice payday and all but maybe think of a way to increase it a bit. Finishing third and doubling your money is pretty generous. Maybe that keeps managers more involved?

        • Darren says:
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          @Cram It:
          H2H league 12 team $150 entry:

          What are everyone’s thoughts on rewarding regular season finishes in H2H?

          Reg Season:
          1st 200.00
          2nd Place 100.00

          Playoffs:
          900 first
          450 2nd
          150 3rd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I went and looked at my keeper payouts:

      1st place: 50 percent of the pot
      2nd place: 30 percent
      3rd place: 20 percent
      4th place: $100
      5th place: receives $25 payment from 10th place finisher

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        This is an NL-Only ten teamer

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: That’s a generous spread. I don’t believe in paying beyond 3rd place. And 3rd place shouldn’t get much more than his money back.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, prolly… Maybe depends on how much you pay in tho… This league is $250 in, so maybe that’s why we spread it out so much… Honestly, no idea… Laura would know!

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Grey: Speaking of payouts anyone know how/when Fantrax is paying the money leagues out?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Truss is on it… I think he’s doing it today…

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: Haha. Fair enough. Though if the first 3 places add up to 100% of the pot, Idk where 4th places $100 comes from!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Paid by last place team

                • Laura Holt

                  Laura Holt says:
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                  @Grey: No, the $100 comes out of the pot along with the website fee before the percentages are calculated. Like I said I think I’d like to get rid of that $100 prize anyway… though maybe it’s enough of a carrot to keep a few more teams active and ultimately a good thing, IDK. BTW speaking of the website fee, do you suppose they’d waive it next year if we threaten to trash the site on this website on a regular basis? I had a “customer service” exchange with them at one point this season that was so comically unhelpful that I almost dedicated an entire post to it.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I can reach out to Scott White about waiving fees, but I think I did in the past, and he said they don’t waive fees for even him… Fantrax would be an easier place as far as fees to waive

                    • Laura Holt

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                      @Grey: I actually feel better just thinking about Scott White having to charge a CBS league fee to his credit card!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA, and that they have to live in Tampa to be close to CBS, isn’t that enough punishment?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Extra penalty for coming in last to keep people involved

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Grey: So last place has to pay out an extra $125 total to 4th and 5th? That’s harsh but I get it. Definitely motivation.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    It’s also pretty unfair bc it’s a keeper so you should be able to be motivated for next season without trying to make this year’s club better, but oh well!

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Ah, yeah that’s extra harsh. But you know what you’re getting into. Hopefully you’re never in a coma for a month only to wake up to getting tagged for another $125 because you couldn’t keep your team competitive. :/

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ve also never won that league — Laura’s won it about 17 times — so I can’t be sure if the winner is ever paid

            • Laura Holt

              Laura Holt says:
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              @Grey: I have other leagues that are spread out even more (one league I won only pays 40% for first); it’s mostly to keep folks paying attention in the second half and hoping that around mid-season most teams at least have a shot at cashing to prevent people just tuning out. I actually kind of hate that 4th place $100 and want to do away with it; would rather either pad the top of find a more interesting use for it… I have a couple leagues that give a second half prize (for the team that gains the most points from ASB to end of season but doesn’t otherwise finish in the money), another that gives a small prize to each category winner, another that gives a no-hitter bonus, etc.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                2nd half prize is an interesting idea… In theory, the keeper element is supposed to keep people involved… I think this would make a great post if you want to tackle it!

                Side note: Are you against $0 pickups in our league? Not just saying this bc I had no pickups the final six months (okay, a little)… Zero dollar pickups could make things more fluid with people picking up and, more importantly, dropping the wrong player…

                • Laura Holt

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                  @Grey: I can’t remember why I was against 0 dollar pickups, so let me think about that and get back to you ; ) I have one league that uses zero dollar pickups, but only if you are out of FAAB, which at first I thought was idiotic but now am thinking actually makes some sense.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Think about it, I think it’s good bc you still can bid a $1 (if you have $) and beat out someone, and if you bid $0, you can save your money… This way you don’t have to go w/out zero pickups all year until the trading deadline

                • Laura Holt

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                  @Grey: Also, the problem with the keeper element keeping people involved is that sometimes it works the opposite way — the non-contenders who are still paying attention are picking up potential future guys who may or may not be making a current impact, sometimes making their team even worse for the moment, & therefore making it even easier for the good teams to continue steamrolling over them. (Though this year the wire was so picked over that I didn’t even spend my last couple FAAB bucks b/c there was no one I wanted even as a $1 flyer for next year).

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, agreed on that… I scream at the screen regularly for someone who needs a keeper to pick up a guy who is grabbed by a contender

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Cram It: I’m right with you Cram. In the league where I”m commissioner, we do a 60/30/10. 4th and below get a healthy “better luck next year”.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Fred Garvin MP: Yeah I do 60/30/10 in the league I run. I thought that was pretty standard. I’m trying to get this other commish to change his. Thanks MP

              • Laura Holt

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                @Cram It: I almost wrote a post about league payout structure last off-season b/c I’m always curious about how other folks do it (and b/c I’m in, um, several different money leagues, and each is quite different). My main interest at the time was looking for new ways to keep non-contending teams interested in the second half, which can be a definite issue in both my single season and keeper leagues — even when you’re playing with a group that takes fantasy baseball pretty seriously, when most owners have several leagues it can really be a challenge to spend the proper amount of time attending to a league where you know you don’t have a shot, while you have others where you do have a chance to win/finish in the money.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You should write it!

  5. JakeTPE says:
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    Hi Grey!

    Hope you had a nice weekend, sir. Great recap! I still don’t know what happened to Schoop. Guy is a real Unsolved Mystery. Did you notice any improvements after the trade? Any hope going forward?

    Interested to see where you’ll have Escobar and Camargo next season and where their ADP will be. They seem like they are Old Schoop-lite. Might flirt with .300 and 30 HR? I can see getting one of them for 2B and being OK with it, as long as you have speed elsewhere of course.

    Have a good one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You too! He actually got much worse after the trade… If nothing else, Schoop needs an everyday job, otherwise he’s going to be Scooter Gennett or Villar on another team — Escobar’s very interesting… Look at his doubles

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: Wow. He was 2nd in doubles behind only Bregman and in front of the likes of Betts, Castellanos, Freeman et al. Shhh… Don’t tell anyone though. We need to keep this right here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know! Saving it for my sleeper post

          • JakeTPE says:
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            @Grey: (nice….)

  6. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fab write-up!

    a. Sorry late to the party! Was otherwise preoccupied! Better late than never!

    b. One word…Scoots!

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for October 8

    My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      More preoccupied than this?!

      Scoots!

      C. Nice!

      • galica says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Family stuff. Also, applied for a few job postings. I apply for at least 2 good ones a day.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck in the job search!

  7. Lubey says:
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    @Grey/Rudy

    Just dropping in and wanted to say thanks for another successful year and championship! This was the first year I used SON and it helped more often than not. I will be back here again using it next season.

    Also wanted to comment on your H2H hate haha. Ive never played roto, but I’m starting to see what youre saying. The end of this season was an absolute shitshow with guys sitting/pitchers missing starts. I basically won the championship on a Trevor Bauer save. I’m pretty sure this is the last time my league will include the last week of the season because it is so unpredictable.

    Thanks again as always and look forward to your off-season coverage/next season!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Congrats! I don’t hate H2H, but it’s not really a great sign of who has the best team when you throw out everything that came before and make it about one week… Some people say that’s like real baseball in the playoffs.. Only thing is, real baseball knows it’s in the playoffs, in fantasy, teams are resting their players bc they don’t know it’s your playoffs

    • bigbear says:
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      @Lubey: H2H is a game within a game. I enjoy it, because it adds more chatter to the league. We finish our H2H playoffs a week early to avoid some of the sits/missed starts. You’ll still have some of it, but it’s not as drastic.

  8. ChiCitySox23 says:
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    Moncada not in the top 20. That hurt my squad.
    I still think he gets a lot better with a consistent spot in the lineup (his numbers were better when he hit towards the top, improved approach (more aggressive at pitches in the zone), have someone decent hitting behind him.

    Looks over the list on what he can improve on, instantly feel worse about Moncada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… He could be better, but he looks a lot like a .235 hitter, at best

    • Dave D says:
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      @ChiCitySox23:

      Moncada sucked badly after a solid first month. Luckily I only owned him on my one crappy team. And, yes, I agree on the BA. There is some potential value still since he’s still 23 but it was a pretty disappointing campaign.

  9. jack florida says:
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    thanks for another great season

    BOBA money sent

    happy to say in the overall RCL standings i was 39th, used your rankings and info 98% of the time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Jack! Nice job on the 39th place finish, it’s not easy at all!

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: thanks, something to aim to improve on next year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, will do my best!

  10. FrankGrimes says:
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    I prefer the classic Cold Rock a Party

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do we have to choose between the two?

  11. Keith says:
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    Think Dozier has a bounce back to him, depending on where he lands? I’ve owned him for years but his second half was brutal.

    Looking forward to the 2019 rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t see anything positive in Dozier moving towards next year… Will dig in further tho

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Is he old and washed up enough to go to the Giants?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Give him 3 years!

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        He was cursed by the baseball gods after falsely trying to speak for them when dissing bunting against the shift…. and rightly so!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then John Smoltz sounds like he’s a baseball god

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            John Smoltz is a baseball god!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, just not an announcing god

  12. Dave D says:
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    I owned DJ and I can’t say I was disappointed at all by his number. I wish his average was higher but the extra homers were a nice bonus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It also helps if you were able to pick up someone else off waivers while he was hurt to supplement your stats… DJ’s power did come down after April tho

  13. Ben says:
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    What do you see for Jeff McNeil next year? That hit skill and batting average with a little pop and speed somewhere near the top of the Mets lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like him a lot, think he actually can give some pop too besides the average he showed this year

  14. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    I totally agree with your bad team comments you made about Whit Merrifield. I had Nick Castellanos at 3B all year in three leagues and he delivered. In two of those leagues I got him WELL BELOW average draft position and I think part of that had to do with him playing for the Tigers. Castellanos held the No. 3 or No. 4 spot in the batting order all year with no competition to take the job from him even if he struggled.

    There’s some real value to that. I think you’r on to something friend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally! No one ever wants a Padres player…Okay, maybe bad example. I don’t want one either… Kidding, Margot!

  15. Harley Earl says:
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    Got a question Grey.

    He wasn’t addressed here, I assume because he either failed to make the top 20 or he was among your OF instead of 2B this year. So, what’s your opinion on Dee Gordon? Injury riddled year and he bounces back next season or has hit his peak and is now in decline?

    I hope it’s the former but I fear it’s the latter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s the latter, speed doesn’t age well

  16. cg says:
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    I think Jram is going to be way overdrafted next year in the same way Altuve was this year. Obviously he is a good player, but don’t think he is a top 3 draft pick. He is running a bit less, and I think trusting short guys to continue to hit for power is a mistake (see altuve)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe in a few years, but Altuve had a few years of power before it disappeared… Don’t think we can just write off Jo-Ram

  17. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Have you and Cougs sold the condo yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We did!

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey: Woo Hoo! I have been following the saga on the Pod and would love to hear the whole story, including what happened with the crazy neighbor who put hers up right after you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hers is still on the market! Yeah, screw her! Though, she does being our mail in when we’re not here (awkward)

          • Schmohawks Bob says:
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            @Grey: Ha ha.

  18. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Are you interested in Brandon Lowe for next year. I’ve got him for $5 in my AL only dynasty league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Definitely interested in him

  19. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? New song from Paak and Kendrick. It’s not my favorite by either, but it’s something to bounce your head to. Thought I’d share with you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, homey! Listening now, and…love it!

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