We already went over the top 20 catchers and the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.  Today, we dip our big toe into the top 20 2nd basemen pool. In the preseason, 2nd base looked hella deep, and now it looks relatively shallow. Not making this recap, due to disappointing me and/or you, is Jurickson Profar, Matt Carpenter, Robinson Cano, Jonathan Schoop, Daniel Murphy, Brian Dozier, and, last and least, Travis Shaw. Other guys stepped up obviously, but the last six names on this ranking are gonna leave something to desire. 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 2019 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Jonathan Villar – Was also the 4th best bat in the American League, and a guy I called a preseason sleeper. Didja listen? Well…didja?  Don’t you dare bring up my Daniel Palka sleeper! Don’t. You. Dare. Villar goes back to the point I have made repeatedly in the past and will make repeatedly again and will overemphasis with this awkward sentence setting up what I’m about to say:  When a guy gets speed and power, he is crazy valuable. Think of it like this, Dannys Antana was more valuable than Gleyber Torres because of added speed. I guarantee you, most people who play fantasy baseball and don’t grasp this concept would think Gleyber was way better than Antana. Preseason Rank #9, 2019 Projections: 84/16/67/.267/48 in 549 ABs, Final Numbers: 111/24/73/.274/40 in 642 ABs

2. Ketel Marte – There were some people who fully trusted Marte this year, so I’m taking an L. This wasn’t out of nowhere, but it was for me. Actually, it wasn’t out of nowhere for me either. I heard the reasons why people liked him, but I chose to either ignore or naysay like Bojack Horseman. I could say with some confidence that the people drinking the Ketel Kool-Aid were not drunk enough to think he was capable of this year. Preseason Rank #32, 2019 Projections: 73/13/45/.252/8 in 564 ABs, Final Numbers: 97/32/92/.329/10 in 569 ABs

3. DJ LeMahieu – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

4. Ozzie Albies – Pretty much nailed Albies’s preseason projections. One other note about Albies that’s not a bank note much to his chagrin, he’s a great example of why you shouldn’t look at spring training lineups and think someone is going to bat 8th all year. Preseason Rank #5, 2019 Projections: 77/21/86/.270/18 in 578 ABs, Final Numbers: 102/24/86/.295/15 in 640 ABs

5. Eduardo Escobar – Couple thoughts here, around July of this year, I started to talk about how I was going to write a schmohawk, overrated post for Escobar in 2020, and then he had his 2nd half (.236; 3 HRs in September), and he might’ve already disappointed. Another note is I was way higher on him last preseason and grabbed him everywhere and enjoyed owning him this year. Third note, there’s no third note. Preseason Ranked #15 for Shortstops, 2019 Projections: 81/25/90/.270/5 in 589 ABs, Final Numbers: 94/35/118/.269/5 in 636 ABs

6. Whit Merrifield – Fantasy baseball needs an influx of young guys who can steal bases so badly. Praying hands emoji with a vape pen between my index and middle fingers that Fernando Tatis Jr. is the guy. Preseason Rank #10 for 1B, 2019 Projections: 82/10/59/.291/28 in 597 ABs, Final Numbers: 105/16/74/.302/20 in 681 ABs

7. Danny Santana – One of the biggest waiver wire pickups in any league this year. To add butter to the already melted cup of butter served with the world’s largest lobster is looking at Antana’s ABs. One after the other above him have a shizzton of ABs, but Antana didn’t even qualify for the batting title. If a guy, let’s call him Ternando Fatis Jr., goes 25/25 next year with no runs or RBIs or average, he’s going to be a top 30 bat. Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 81/28/81/.283/21 in 474 ABs

8. Gleyber Torres – My preseason ranking isn’t that far off, but I pewed the scrooch on Gleyber calling him overrated in the preseason. Sure, 37 of his 38 homers were against the Orioles and he didn’t do that well for fantasy because of a lack of steals and–Holy crap, could I write back-to-back overrated posts for Gleyber in 2020? Man, I hate guys who give no speed at MI, rely on runs and RBIs and aren’t huge average contributors. Preseason Rank #11, 2019 Projections: 75/24/84/.252/8 in 565 ABs, Final Numbers: 96/38/90/.278/5 in 546 ABs

9. Javier Baez – He ended up missing about 70 ABs, due to injuries, so he wasn’t quite the bust this end-of-season ranking seems to hint at, but I was expecting a huge step forward and it didn’t materialize. I did see something interesting the other day from another ‘pert who will remain nameless because I legit don’t remember who it was. They said the days of hitters not taking pitches and it being a negative are behind us. I’ve been saying that for years. Pitchers all suck and groove plenty of pitches, even if a guy like Baez doesn’t lay off of pitchers’ pitches. Preseason Rank #1, 2019 Projections: 102/35/109/.281/18 in 590 ABs, Final Numbers: 89/29/85/.281/11 in 531 ABs

10. Max Muncy – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

11. Yoan Moncada – His .406 BABIP never came back to haunt him because he was injured when he should’ve regressed. If there’s something strange in your average and your BABIP should regress…Who ya gonna call? Fantasy Bust-busters! There’s somethin’ weird and your peripherals don’t look good. Who ya gonna call? Fantasy Bust-busters! Preseason Rank #16, 2019 Projections: 86/19/59/.230/14 in 589 ABs, Final Numbers: 83/25/79/.315/10 in 511 ABs

12. Jose Altuve – I ranked Altuve outside of the top 20 overall and I think I was the only ‘pert to do that. Was I? Not sure, but as long as I’m thinking it, that’s all that matters! “Did someone say ladders?” No, Altuve, but I can get that cereal for you. Preseason Rank #4, 2019 Projections: 92/15/82/.309/21 in 582 ABs, Final Numbers: 89/31/74/.298/6 in 500 ABs

13. Jeff McNeil – For fear of backlash from PETA, I don’t want to beat this dead horse, but look at where McNeil ended up vs. Antana. Speed and power is l’chaim. By the by, I want to do a kosher seafood restaurant called L’chaim Jumper. All seats will be levitating like they’re in The Horah dance. Preseason Rank #28, 2019 Projections: 2019 Projections: 56/17/59/.269/8 in 454 ABs, Final Numbers: 83/23/75/.318/5 in 510 ABs

14. Mike Moustakas – This is going to sound like a fairy tale I’m not telling you through revisionist history, but we were actually happy at one point that Moistasskiss gained 2nd base eligibility.  In all seriousness, Moistasskiss feels like the type to fall off a cliff next year. Power guys go bye-bye real quick. Preseason Rank #17 for 3B, 2019 Projections: 71/30/98/.253/3 in 567 ABs, Final Numbers: 80/35/87/.254/3 in 523 ABs

15. Rougned Odor – From Moistasskiss to Stankasskiss. I could sit here and lie telling you I didn’t like Odor that much in the preseason, but I’m not sitting and I projected him for a .258 average. El oh dubya tee eff. Yo, January Grey, lay off the hooch! Preseason Rank #10, 2019 Projections: 74/25/82/.258/12 in 555 ABs, Final Numbers: 77/30/93/.205/11 in 522 ABs

16. Kolten Wong – From Stankasskiss to That-ain’t-my-ass-kiss. In the preseason, I was like Wong F.U., but I should’ve been yelling Wong Fu, which is a great Asian compliment — to add Fu to a name. It means they kick ass. With the bankrupt steals shituation in MLB, his 24 steals were a welcome addition to my teams where I owned him. In fact (Grey’s got more? Oh damn right!), where I owned Wong it was one of two leagues I won this year. When Scott White of CBS sent out congrats to me for beating him, he mentioned I had no stars on my NL-Only team, but Wong was one of many guys who I owned that were sneaky valuable. Was Wong Fu for shallow mixed leagues? Nah, F.U.  Preseason Rank #51, 2019 Projections: 39/9/45/.255/6 in 302 ABs, Final Numbers: 61/11/59/.285/24 in 478 ABs

17. Kevin Newman – Hello, Newman! If it wasn’t clear, after Moistasskiss, there was a big drop off, and another drop off after Newman, i.e., Odor, Wong, Newman were their own tier, and a movie with Wesley Snipes in drag. Preseason Unranked Final Numbers: 61/12/64/.308/16 in 493 ABs

18. Cesar Hernandez – As you’ll see as I recap the next positions, but should be clear already, these end of the road 2nd basemen were not good, in the big picture. The bottom of the shortstops and 3rd basemen were much better than this. 2nd base was weak sauce that did not slap or anything else the kids are saying. Preseason Rank #25, 2019 Projections:  71/16/64/.256/16 in 532 ABs, Final Numbers: 77/14/71/.279/9 in 612 ABs

19. Starlin Castro – Something I don’t mention much, but the Player Rater has a value per game category. It shouldn’t be surprising that Castro has easily the worst value per game after the Marlins sent him out for 636 ABs and 162 games. He averaged one run every 2 1/3 games after seeing roughly five at-bats in every game. Ha! Yo, Miami, stop embracing Castro, because he sucks and 95% of your fans escaped Cuba. It’s a bad look. Preseason Rank #39, 2019 Projections: 82/17/43/.264/5 in 607 ABs, Final Numbers: 68/22/86/.270/2 in 636 ABs

20. Ryan McMahon – As bizzonkers as the Marlins are playing Castro for every possible at-bat, Bud Black didn’t even start McMahon to qualify for a batting title at 511 ABs, because Black had to get at-bats for the corpse that is Daniel Murphy. Colorado should move on from Black, but they obviously like the Bud tie-in to attract fans. Preseason Rank #61, 2019 Projections: 29/12/38/.249/1 in 289 ABs, Final Numbers: 70/24/83/.250/5 in 480 ABs

  1. toolshed says:
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    I grabbed marte to fill in for me at mi while lindor was hurt. He also was eligible at multiple positions and many people pegged him as a breakout candidate. I was actually hoping I could get some steals from him since he has elite sprint speed. He had a great season but, I still wanted more sb out of him. Not that I am complaining about what he did, but I still dont know why he doesn’t run more. The real question is how much of this is sustainable, i.e., skills growth. It will be interesting to see where he goes next year.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Kinda sounds like you’re complaining!

      I think there’some pretty decent regression coming. Then again, I said that for Jose Ramirez when he had the power surge too and he kept getting better.

      Still, I don’t think Marte’s a 330 hitter or a 30 homer guy. Maybe 290 25/10?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll have to dig in on Ketel during offseason, but I didn’t understand where this was coming from, so I’m prolly out again, but his stats might change my mind

      • Coolwhip

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        i did half of the digging for you ;-)

        Also i’m going to take a victory lap for his 2nd half:
        “I’m thinking pitchers will adjust some and he gets maybe 10-13ish HRs the rest of the way. That though is still a huge improvement for him considering he hit all of 14 total last year.” he hit 12.

        *dab*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yes! I will need to refresh memory with it — Didn’t he also hit like .325 in the 2nd half? What a bizarre season for him

          • Coolwhip

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            actually he hit .358/.434/.647in second half! with a .380 BABIP, which is a bit high based on his history, but given his “tools” shouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. The baserunning metrics say he improved as a runner, so at least some of it COULD be tied to that. he was actually a better hitter as the season went on (aside from the BABIP), just his ballooned HR/FB went back to normal.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could see that… So hard to hate a 25/.290/7 guy… If that’s what he is

  2. toolshed says:
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    Hiura didnt make the list thanks to the brewers sticking with shaw for 81 games before finally giving up on him. He adds some depth to this position and would have made the list with more time. He has some strikeouts in his game but so does baez. I like hiura more than most guys on this list.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      I think everyone pretty much agrees with you

      • Tom says:
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        Speaking of MVP Shaw I didn’t see his name on the list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I like Hiura more than some others too

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        looking at this list, seems like Hiura could give us a 2019 Marte-like line next year, with a few more HRs, handful more steals, and about 20-30 less pts of avg. Mr. Prorater says 35/16/.295 is well within reach.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I could see that… Gonna be hard to get Hiura at a decent price as I think everyone’s going to like him…

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            yeah thats my dilemma… my last keeper is him or Baez, I’ll have to wait and see how ADPs and pre-season rankings shakeout, but right now i feel like i can keep Hiura and then draft Baez ahead of where he’ll be ranked due to his injury-shortened season and everyone else high on others like Marte.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, prolly true

  3. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Just a heads up to any RCLers checking in, I distributed prizes for the money leagues this morning. Apparently it takes a full week to confirm the standings and what not but you should have your monies in your FanTrax account now. You can click, “My Account” and withdraw them there via Paypal or paper check. Congrats to all the winners and if I missed your league, please let me know, I’m only human!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Truss!

  4. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    How repeatable are Villar’s numbers do you think? I’ve got a shitstorm of a keeper decisions coming up. We keep 5 (15 team 5×5 mixed league — with no penalties or contracts) and I have to sort out Freeman, Rizzo, Villar, EugSuar, Casty, Conforto, Stras, Bieber and Buehler (not to mention Brantley or Moustakas) Early thoughts on which 5? (We can also keep fewer than 5 and hoover up other team’s castoffs to round out our keeper compliment before the real draft).

    • batflix says:
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      Freeman, Buehler, Suarez, Bieber, Villar

      I don’t think Villar goes 20/40 again, but 15/ 30 ? sure
      and those 30steals are very valuable in a deep 5×5 league imo

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with everything batflix said and his choices

      • Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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        Thanks, guys. I’m sorely tempted to keep Stras over Suarez.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I considered tossing that idea out there as well but do you really wanna keep 3 arms?

          You know that valuations in your league best so trust your gut…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar feels like an easy 15/30 guy, and obviously can do more…

      Freeman, Buehler, Suarez, Bieber, Villar — work for me, you have some good options tho

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    That’s a real kick in the pants. After dropping Odor in May and rotating through a random cast of other 2B, he was more valuable than any of the hacks I picked up throughout the year.
    Here’s to doing the same next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, hard to say if he was more valuable… There were moments when guys not on this list were more valuable than him, it’s just he accumulated stats

      • Matty says:
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        True. A real rosterbators dilemma.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t go blind!

  6. adam says:
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    No Yuli Gurriel on the list? He had 2B eligibility in yahoo.

  7. Dave Kemper says:
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    NL ONly League, Auction, 5 by 5, 11 team with 12 keepers – picking my last 3 keepers. Who would you choose – C Hernandez $13, J Winker $10, Yastrzemski $5, Mikolas $8, Gallegos $2, G Cooper $8, B Crawford $4, JT Realmuto $28. Thank You.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? Winker, Cooper, Realmuto

  8. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    12 team 6×6 H2H Keeper with OPS & K:BB
    Shallow offenses: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3OF, 2UTIL
    $75 Keeper Budget

    $25 Trout
    $25 deGrom
    $20 Story
    $10 Starling Marte
    $10 Merrifield
    $10 Abreu
    $5 Snell
    $5 Luis Castillo
    $5 Aquino

    What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What say me about what?

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Who would you keep! Did you think it was a riddle or something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $25 Trout
      $25 deGrom
      $20 Story
      Snell

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        I hate kicking the $5 Luis Castillo back. Seems like I’ve always been a little higher on him than you though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But you don’t hate kicking back Snell?

          • Donkey Teeth

            Donkey Teeth says:
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            Hate that too.

            You think tossing deGrom back and keeping all the guys you said plus Castillo, Marte and either Abreu or Merrifield is a bad move?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not bad per se, was thinking that maybe too

  9. Very deep, with an underlying layer – Hiura will go higher but guys like Biggio, Hampson, Lux, B.Lowe, Edman and I. Diaz, will be on my radar. Agree middle infield is the place to secure speed (& OF), and feel Hampson in Colorado could be a DUDE. Biggio and Edman run some as well. Will monitor this group closely looking to grab 1 late in ’20.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully Hampson plays!

      • Bud Black seemed to be coming around, even batting Hampson in the 2 hole at times. That’s not to say I trust him to let him play, but if he does…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re falling for it, Smitty! Kidding, Black might’ve figured out what he had by the end of the season… Hopefully at least

  10. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    BTW looking at Villar with 642 ABs… WTLOL… no wonder he had 111 runs and 40 SBs… he might be the high man for ABs in the entire league this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Even more hilarious is the Orioles provided him with all those ABs? When was the last time the worst team in a league provided a guy with the most ABs?

      • Coolwhip

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        LOL yes that too! on the freaking Os man! How the hell did they bad around that many times? well… actually… could be that their division had awful pitching this season. Can you name more than 1 pitcher in the ALEast that was good for the whole season? Off the top of head I can’t name 1. Paxton, ERod, Stroman, German were only good for half seasons and/or got hurt.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Charlie Morton, that’s about it for a full season in the AL East

          Seriously, though, I wonder if that’s ever been done before, a guy on the (arguably) worst team had the most at-bats

          • Coolwhip

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            oh yeah Morton. Yeah thats it. Haha yeah, I don’t think so… plus… BAL was 22nd in Runs Scored! 22nd! Villar is(was) a unicorn.

            • Coolwhip

              Coolwhip says:
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              though they were 9th in total ABs

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ya know it doesn’t hurt Villar getting ABs bc no one on that team walks

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                haha yeah, such a bizarre and hilarious end. Thats so 2019, Villar also happened to have the record-breaking HR too. because, of course he did… 2019 – The Villars of the Earth.

                • Coolwhip

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                  he also doubled his LA to 7, lol! easily the highest of avg of his career. 2019!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    2019: Anything can happen bc why the hell not?

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      haha i need a tshirt that says something to the tune of:

                      MLB 2019 = Chaos Theory
                      Anything can happen.
                      Why the F*** not?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, how about “Ladies, Have You Seen My Launch Angle?”

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      HAHAHA yes! Check Out My Launch Angle.

                      oh dude… i need to design a poster this winter that parodies the USSR commy revolution propaganda but instead for the LAR. LOL!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Love it!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, Villars of the Earth — nice

  11. The Great Knoche says:
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    Congrats on your Odor ranking. That’s your closest gap to reality ever on him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m trying to live in reality for Odor, thanks for noticing!

      • Dave D says:
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        Imagine if you had Odor on the IL and picked Dee Gordon to fill 2b in his absence. You’d probably feel the need to start on a Dee-Odor rant after losing the league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I was thinking more like you grab Keston and just drop Odor

          • Dave D says:
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            Ha, yeah more than one way to fight the stink!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup

  12. Tbone says:
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    Trevor Bauer for Aroldis Chapman and Liam Hendriks

    I have Verlander, Strasburg, Kershaw, Bieber, Ryu, and Dustin May.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

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