Submerge yourself into a garbage dump; take a deep breath…Ah, that’s the smell of the top 20 3rd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball. Don’t turn your nose up! Don’t turn away from the stench! This is the reality about, uh, fantasy. You have to embrace the stank of the 3rd basemen. Enjoy! Here’s Steamer’s 2022 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2022 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers. Subscriptions are up and running, and you can already get Rudy’s Draft War Room. Anyway, here’s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball:

NOTE: All 2022 fantasy baseball projections are based on a 162-game season, and will be until we hear definitively there will be less games, due to the CBA. Also, I’m going on the assumption the NL is getting the DH.

NOTE II: All my rankings are currently available on Patreon for the price of a Starbucks coffee, if you get one of those extra grande frappuccino jobbers. Don’t wait for the rankings to come out over the next month, and get them all now.

NOTE III: Free agents are listed as just that and not yet projected. Once a guy signs, I will write out their blurb and add in projections, or remove them, if they sign in an unfavorable place. They are ranked currently where I think they might be if they sign on for a full-time job.

1. Jose Ramirez – Already went over him in the top 10 for 2022 fantasy baseball.

2. Rafael Devers – Already went over him in the top 10 for 2022 fantasy baseball.

3. Wander Franco – Already went over him in the top 20 for 2022 fantasy baseball.

4. Manny Machado – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until here. I call this tier, “Third base gets the Gas Face.” As fantastic as the shortstops were, the 3rd basemen are that bad. It’s a whiplash from great to meh. There’s some chances for bounce backs, which I’ll get to when it’s time, but, holy moley, guacamole in the holes of the Whack-a-Mole, things aren’t great at this position. Never seen so many guys who need a bounce back. There’s some guys who need a bounce back who never, uh, bounced. Hello, Alec Bohm. Unlike a lot of other ‘perts, I will tell you to punt shallow positions and 3rd base is no different. If you can get a guy from one of the top four, then by all means. Do you, baby, do you. Unlike catchers, I’m not telling you to ignore the top options at 3rd base. But if you’re reaching for, say, Arenado, you have to wonder how different he is than, say, Justin Turner or Eduardo Escobar. You know I love a good Torenado as much as Dorothy, but, well, we’ll get to him. As for Machado, well, there’s one 3rd baseman after the top 20 to draft, huh? Now let’s laugh together until we’re dragged away to an asylum. C’mon! It’ll be fun! Speaking of Fun, Machado and him are gonna play nice or is Machado gonna get traded to Texas to play with the $550 million-dollar Rangers or what? So, last year Machado went 28/12/.278 and that was with neutral luck. His Launch Angle and peripherals are incredibly consistent. Hits the ball in the right place in the right park and might get into 35 dongs, like a horny cocker spaniel. 2022 Projections: 94/32/109/.283/10 in 559 ABs

5. Austin Riley – This is a new tier. This tier goes until Bryant. I call this tier, “Eff off, 3rd basemen.” This position is such a mess. For more, see the tier before or the tier after or the tier after after or–well, the tier after after after isn’t terrible, I guess. As for Riley, already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

6. Adalberto Mondesi – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

7. Kris Bryant – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

8. Nolan Arenado – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Rendon. I call this tier, “Hey, for real, where are the good 3rd basemen?” Third base is one of the ugliest positions I can remember in a long time, outside of catchers. 3rd base is a car crash that I don’t even want to rubberneck. As for Arenado, is the line from last year 34/2/.255, C.J. Cron or Nolan Arenado? Answer honestly. Search your full heart for the answer. Use your full eyes. Can’t lose. So, we have a problem. We don’t want to get out on a guy before he’s done producing. Think we did that with fellow Cards’ cornerman, Au Shizz, but oh shizz, Arenado did not take kindly to going to one of the worst hitter parks. His xBA was .248 and his wOBA was .336. His last three wOBAs in Coors were .395, .391 and .392. His xSLG was .420, super meh. His exit velo of 89 MPH, super meh. His xwOBA of .312 is so super meh. He’s sandwiched between Chas McCormick and Phillip Evans for xwOBA. I’m laughing to avoid crying. Is this some kind of sick joke that is flying over my head in a whirlwind Torenado? Because I don’t get it, and I won’t be getting Arenado either. 2022 Projections: 76/32/89/.252/1 in 580 ABs

9. Alex Bregman – I’m punting all these guys. I hate them all. So wildly overrated. Bregman had 400 plate appearances last year and went 12/1/.270. Please, someone let me in on the joke. I don’t get it! Is there a joke here?! Is it the trash can thing? That’s stale. I’m done with that story. Okay, speaking of trash, Bregman’s HardHit% is garbage. Might be his 72.8% contact on balls outside the zone. You connect on garbage pitches and you make garbage contact. Pretty straightforward. I’m like Shruggy the Emoji looking at Bregman and shrugging. Sometimes things are what they seem. 2022 Projections: 92/23/102/.267/1 in 561 ABs

10. Anthony Rendon – Okay, combine the last two tiers and, eff off for real. This is pathetic. Anthony Rendon? He retired two years ago, didn’t he? He’s getting paid $35 million per year until 2026 on average? Angels are a low-key terrible front office, huh? “Hello, please connect me to Arte Moreno. Who am I? Someone who will save him $350 million. Yes, I just want to tell him to not sign Josh Donaldson next year to a 6-year, $350 million contract because it sure seems like he will.” So, maybe Rendon can return after playing 110 games combined over the past two years. Maybe in those 110 games he hit 15 homers. Actually no “maybe” on that last one. He really did that. What is so funny?! I don’t get it! Is this a practical joke that only the 3rd basemen know? Why do they suck so bad?! 2022 Projections: 73/26/84/.254 in 504 ABs

11. Matt Chapman – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Jeimer. This tier is called, “Put on your drafting pants and start drafting.” So, if you didn’t grab a 3rd baseman early on, I could see grabbing one in this tier (or just about at any point after this, except the Mostsuckass range, let’s not get carried away with ourselves). I don’t exactly expect Lochy the Loch Ness Monster to rise from the Loch Ness Lake and exclaim, “Well done, prematurely balding man! You’ve got yourself a great 3rd baseman now,” if you grab a guy from this tier. They’re fine, but at least you’re late enough where your investment is less obnoxiously awful as paying full price for someone like Bregman or other guys above. Also, you’ll find a few sleepers in this tier. So that’s yumsters. As for Chapman, oh, he’s terrible too. This is more about price. I’m not some crazy, “Chapman’s about to make a huge bounce back” guy. I think he could get lucky and hit .240, and he has easy 35+ homer power, so that’s something. That something might not be realistic though, so he’s ranked down here. It’s truly concerning that he looks more like a .200 hitter, than .240. He might’ve went from an all-or-nothing hitter to a nothing-or-nothing hitter. UPDATE: Traded to Toronto. Where Vlad Jr. has great contact, Chapman lacks. The ying to Cake Batter’s yang. I will call him, Bake Catter. 2022 Projections: 72/31/86/.214/2 in 523 ABs

12. Ke’Bryan Hayes – When you’re looking at a position, and you’re like, “Aw sooky,” rubbing your hands together, “Here’s where it gets good!” And the guy just had a 6/9/.257 season, it’s not great. This is 100% about what Hayes could do, not at all about what he’s done. Big ol’ shot in the dark. He has solid pitch recognition, and connects on the right pitches. His 43.5% Swing% makes me think he might not be aggressive enough. Be aggressive! Be! Be! Be aggressive! *cheerleader kicks and throws out hip* Best case scenario might be 15/20/.310/.390, but I’m not done hoping for more power to develop. Develop! Develop! *cheerleader kick* Yup! Still my hip! 2022 Projections: 84/12/51/.282/17 in 589 ABs

13. Yoan Moncada

“Yeah, it sucks.”
“You couldn’t get it higher.”
“Nah, man.”
“Did you try to rub a rabbit’s foot?”
“Of course! While standing under a birdcage because I heard birdshit was good luck.”

That’s Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson discussing Yoan’s inability to get a .400 BABIP again, and having to “settle” for a .350 BABIP last year, as he hit .263. Truly worried for the year he “only” has a .315 BABIP. Oh, wait, I don’t need to wonder any longer, Yoan had a .315 BABIP one year and produced a .225 average. Honestly, most of Yoan’s misgivings are fine by me if he gets a 25/10 line, but last year’s 14/3 line? Well, I did say I only liked these guys if they were this affordable. 2022 Projections: 71/17/81/.267/4 in 536 ABs

14. Ty France – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

15. DJ LeMahieu – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

16. Jeimer Candelario – Already gave you my Jeimer Candelario sleeper. It was written while reenacting Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World in my bathtub. 2022 Projections: 82/25/93/.278/1 in 553 ABs

17. Justin Turner – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Dalbec. This tier is called, “Mumford and Sons.” That band sucks. They’re really not good. Are they still together? Man, they suck. Any hoo! They have a few good songs, and might put out another good song. That’s this tier. I could see another good year from these guys, but they’re old and are they together still? As for Turner, 3rd basemen is such a wretched mess, which sounds like lyrics from a Mumford and Sons song, that I’m actively thinking about how it might not be so bad to draft Toomgis–excuse me, Justin Turner. The brain rotates slowly, thinking, “Well, 25+ HRs, .275 and counting stats isn’t that bad,” then, “Stop scrolling up to his birthdate to figure out his age. He’s great! If he were president, he’d be young!” 2022 Projections: 73/24/75/.257/2 in 481 ABs

18. Ryan McMahon – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

19. Chris Taylor – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

20. Josh Donaldson – What’s the age of consent in fantasy baseball, and by that I mean, “Me consenting to rostering a player on my fantasy team.” 35 years old? 37? 39? Age is just a number like Chi Ali told you. Chi Ali also didn’t understand age of consent laws, don’t google it, just trust me that it makes sense. That would make a good t-shirt, “Don’t google it, just trust me that it makes sense.” Any hoo! What can I tell you about Josh Donaldson that you don’t know? Donaldson (and Turner) could turn into Moustakas, which means they could age out of usefulness. Or we could get one more solid Donaldson (or Turner) season. It’s a bad sign when a guy has a falling strikeout rate and a falling average. It usually inidicates the contact is getting worse and the wheels have all but come off. See other aging sluggers for more examples. *cough* Pujols *cough* Hey, it’s like I’m at the proctologist. UPDATE: Traded to the Yankees. Donaldson will be helped by Yankee Stadium, anyone would be, but I’m not sure 36-year-old calves get better under the hot lights of Broadway. Do they? I’m seriously asking. 2022 Projections: 72/26/77/.244 in 402 ABs

21. Eduardo Escobar – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

22. Luis Urias – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

23. Patrick Wisdom – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

24. Bobby Dalbec – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

25. Gio Urshela – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Bohm. This tier is called, “Going back into someone’s ripped-apart stomach, then peeking back out.” In the movie, Alien, the alien rips through a stomach and does a song and dance number. I might be combining my knowledge of Alien with Spaceballs. Well, instead of a song and dance number, imagine the alien goes back inside the stomach, then comes back out to check things out. That’s you with this tier. You’re going full hog, you grab one, then want to reverse course, then decide, “Meh, why not?” As for Gio, already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

26. Josh Rojas – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

28. Josh Jung – Already gave you my Josh Jung fantasy. It was written while saying, “Cool story, bro.”  2022 Projections: 56/21/65/.272/2 in 487 ABs UPDATE: Josh Jung was sick of hearing the “baseball news update crickets” during the lockout, so he tore his left shoulder.

27. Abraham Toro – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

28. Evan Longoria – Every single Giants player’s 2022 ranking goes like this, “There’s no way he can do that again, right?” Then I pause to search for the answer in my mirrored reflection. Finally, I turn away from the mirror and think, “I can’t believe I could stare at myself for a full minute,” not realizing it was actually closer to forty minutes. Just gobsmacked by handsomeness. Remember last year when we found out some teams randomly put in humidors to cut down on offense. Could it be every team did that except the Giants? It is more than a little odd that every team’s hitting was down except for the team in the worst hitters’ park that had a lineup filled with 30-year-old nobodies. 30-year-oldbodies? With all that said, Longo still sucked last year. Yikes, my man. If you were to have me guess a player’s previous year line, I’m usually pretty close, maybe plus or minus three homers, three steals and .010 on average. Longo? I would’ve missed by ten homers. His line was 13/1/.261. If he would’ve retired in 2016, there would’ve been people who said we just lost one of the greatest. In retrospect, it seems like he did retire in 2016. UPDATE: Finger surgery. 2022 Projections: 61/19/68/.248/1 in 445 ABs

29. Cavan Biggio – You think Craig Biggio plays poker with Dante Bichette and Vlad Sr. and is like, “I think I’m gonna raise.” And Dante and Vlad Sr. are like, “Hopefully you have better luck raising at cards than kids who can play baseball.” Craig should’ve spent less time throwing pitches at Cavan’s elbow guard, and let him practice his swing. His previous season’s xBA was .207, so he’s kinda Matt Chapman with 15-homer power. Oh, and he’s got 40-grade speed. So, why is the Alien peeking back out of the ripped-out stomach? Meh, good lineup and maybe Biggio matures into something more than what seems to be here. By the by, this is deep in this position. These guys likely won’t be drafted in a 12-team league. You’re prolly around pick 300. Don’t hold me to that because I haven’t done my top 500 yet, but give or take, homey. 2022 Projections: 51/15/47/.239/8 in 403 ABs

30. Alec Bohm – Isolated Power (ISO) measures raw power, taking into account only extra-base hits. Someone goes 1-for-5 with a double, that’s an ISO of .200. Works out to slugging minus average. League average ISO last year was .167. Alec Bohm’s ISO was .095. And that made me laugh for longer than I want to admit. Oh, there were a few worse, but, trust me, they’re not easy to find. They’re guys with Elvis Andrus-esque power. Bohm’s SLG was .342, that would’ve been 4th worst in the league, if he qualified. Or 4th best if you’re Kevin Newman’s agent. 2022 Projections: 62/10/56/.258/5 in 512 ABs

31. Hunter Dozier – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Yandy. I call this tier, “Already went over him in the…” As for Dozier, already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

32. Rougned Odor – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

33. Eugenio Suarez – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

34. Ha-Seong Kim – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

35. Wilmer Flores – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

36. Tommy La Stella – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

37. Jonathan Villar – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

38. Dylan Moore – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

39. Leury Garcia – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

40. Luis Arraez – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

41. Mike Moustakas – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

42. Yandy Diaz – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

43. Brian Anderson – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until the end of the list. I call this tier, “Thank God for Michael Nesmith’s mother.” Ya know Michael Nesmith from The Monkees? He died recently. RIP. Well, his mom, also dead, invented the correction fluid, Liquid Paper, thankfully, because I think all the guys in this tier could end up removed from the rankings completely. As for Anderson, listen, he sucks, but he also might not have a job. Joey Wendle, Miguel Rojas and Jon Berti might just replace him. 2022 Projections: 41/15/44/.252/3 in 361 ABs

44. Jose Miranda – Already gave you my Jose Miranda fantasy. It was written on the back of bull named Fu Manchu. UPDATE: Hearing from sources that Gio will play shortstop, which moves Jo-Po to 2B; Arraez to DH; Kirilloff to outfield and, would you look at that, Jose Miranda has an everyday job! You have the right to not remain silent about your enthusiasm for Miranda. Makes sense the Twins go this way too, after investing so much in Sex in the Twin Cities shirts with Miranda’s face. UPDATE II: With Correa signing, Miranda is back to being told to remain silent. 2022 Projections: 39/10/33/.284/2 in 241 ABs

45. Kyle Farmer – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

46. Carter Kieboom – He might not have the flashiest of stats, but Kieboom has the flashiest of names. BANG FLASH KIEBOOM! Does that count for anything? *holds finger to earpiece* Hearing that it does not count for anything. That is too bad. 2022 Projections: 40/14/46/.217/1 in 386 ABs

47. Jace Peterson – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

48. Tyler Wade – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

49. J.D. Davis – Kinda feel like all the Mets’ offseason moves made us as a society no longer need Dom Smith and J.D. Davis, and that might be true, but if you’re in a deep league, and looking for potential at-bats, well, can I interest you in a Carter Kieboom? What, that doesn’t make your dynamite go Kieboom? Okay, then try Jonathan Davis Davis. 2022 Projections: 31/8/37/.254/1 in 289 ABs

50. Santiago Espinal – Looked at his Statcast because I needed a good laugh. What’s the German word for looking at a player’s Statcast page to enjoy how awful it is? Statcastenfreude. UPDATE: Chapman trade adioses Espinal. 2022 Projections: 41/5/34/.276/9 in 312 ABs

50. Kelvin Gutierrez – Really tried my best to rank and project every starting position player for every team, but the O’s and Pirates made this shizz so hard, in the non-sexual way. 2022 Projections: 41/7/48/.237/2 in 371 ABs

Omitted but considered: Joey Wendle, Jon Berti, Josh Harrison

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Rocky Colavito
Rocky Colavito
5 months ago

Suggestion for future years-include in the positional rankings blurb for each player where you have him in your top 500 overall too, since I’m obviously too lazy to cross reference manually.

SpottedCow
SpottedCow
6 months ago

Any consideration of Colton Welker? With the NL DH looming and Coors to call home, he seems like a guy that could easily jump up

Will
Will
6 months ago

David Ortiz the lone member of the 2022 MLB HoF. Bonds and Clemens fell short again.

Will
Will
6 months ago

I brilliantly dropped Riley after his ice cold start last April and had to finish the year plugging in various less good options at 3b (Escobar, McMahon, etc). All of the top 3B options are likely going to be protected (10 team, we keep 8) except maybe Bryant and Rendon. Meh. So question – who on your list of 3Bs you reviewed here is the O’Neil Cruz of the bunch? (big sleeper upside etc)

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

OK, I missed a few of those. I’ll take a look, thanks.

William Hung
William Hung
6 months ago

Lol Matt Chapman – he’s blacklisted for me. Hayes is probably the only guy of interest after the early 3B are off the board.

zombie
zombie
6 months ago

Strangest of years to rank off of, Grey. Yet, outstanding positional rankings thus far; as per usual! Third base is indeed, putrid. Looking forward to the OFs & of course, your incomparable Pitching rankings! Off of last season, Keepers are also a challenge. Wondered if Team Razzball could assist with these star studded options. Only Keep 3 (I know, stupid) in this ESPN standard category 12 Team H2H. Player with (Round Kept.): Bichette (Rnd.2), Tucker (Rnd.3), Robert (Rnd.4), Yordan (Rnd.6), Olson (Rnd.8), and Acuna &/or Wander (Rnd. 10). Taking the highest 3 from the Grey Top 20 seems too easy. But I am well beyond overthinking this; whilst factoring in the Round kept. & NO! Even with these players,this was not a Championship squad, during last year’s funky season. Please advise which three players you would recommend I continue to roster. Thanks so much.

zombie
zombie
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Yeah. Olson to someone like the Yanks might give pause. But hard to offer up Bichette to others. But, Acuna & Wander is fun as hell. Thanks, Lothario.

bigbear
bigbear
6 months ago

Guess this is partially why Wander makes it into the top 20. The top 6 have some good upside. Those in the 7-15 slots (Arenado-DJ) have more questions than answers. And then we’re into the ‘let’s just pray for a solid floor’ tier.

I can see grabbing Wander and/or Mondesi and then stashing Jung late too as a hedge/position flex play.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
6 months ago

it’s your pick…
Abreu is my guess ha

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

ya makes sense. I think leaning pitching a bit earlier this year for a change isn’t a bad thing.

Last edited 6 months ago by frankgrimes
frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

HAHA The wander anger was classic.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

For sure… I just got sniped on Riley and Abreu.

mr. papagiorgio
mr. papagiorgio
Reply to  frankgrimes
6 months ago

I’m the bread to your meat Grimey! 14th slot. Waivered on Abreu there since you have Freeman I wasn’t sure you would want him, but I like three or four arms coming up an figured you could not take them all!

mr. papagiorgio
mr. papagiorgio
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Haha! How do I get my handle to show and not my name? It used to show Mr. Papagiorgio.

mr. papagiorgio
mr. papagiorgio
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Thank you, sir!

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
6 months ago

Grey,
Sorry if you already answered this but Franco has 8 games at 3B. Will he qualify for 3B in ESPN which usually cuts off at 10 or is he prorated?

regan
regan
6 months ago

This one is real easy…Draft Ty France!

Member Berries
Member Berries
6 months ago

Grey,
I hope all is well – loving these rankings, Greytness, as usual.

Finally saw Mare of Easttown which you recommended like a year ago – any other top shows that you recommend?

Saw the Last Duel – that was weak – mullet matt damon was just weird but not as weird as his boy, Bleached hair Benny Affleck.I need better Ridley Scott – cmon!
Any movies your recommend? Been wanting to see Gucci and Licorice Pizza. I am really behind

I am purposely delaying all my baseball stuff due to this lockout but I’ll sign up for Razzball stuff soon. my bads.

Member Berries
Member Berries
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Excellent – thank you. I will look into all 3 of those recommendations

I like the KHayes potential but dont see why Bregman doesnt outperform your numbers. Dont like him but he’s just a good hitter

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Bregman had a quad and then a wrist injury that he had surgery on in November. He’s “hopeful” to be ready by spring training. I’d be off him just for this but I also think he needed the extra help cheating provided more so than Altuve and Correa. The guy hits a lot of weak ass pop ups (anecdotal- too lazy to look up)

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
6 months ago

Attaboy. As you promised, between site improvements and becoming used to the different format, I am again able to traverse your site efficiently.

Now do your magic to settle the lockout,

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Coolwhip
6 months ago

Such a train wreck this year, bleh. I’m all for targeting one of the top 3 in the first 2 rounds and maybe Riley if he “falls” to late 4th or 5th… other than that I might take a swing at Rendon and hope for 130 games (bleh) cus his price might actually be close to production… but honestly would feel better about Hayes for the steals or just punting until the Urias/Candelario/Toro trio.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

haha yes. But according to Rudy’s projections he’s in the range of his value HOWEVER that depends on health… so there’s that… which is why I’m likely skipping because there’s other people i want a lot more in that range, namely SP and MI

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

agree

NJW
NJW
6 months ago

Hey Grey,

Just became a Patron last week, thank you for everything that you do! (Won’t spoil anything here, I promise).

Have a keeper related question, and I sent you a message through Patreon with some more detail, but I have a simpler question that I’ll pose here.

3 trade options, 10-team H2H categories dynasty league 6×6, 3 different owners are shopping the following players:

Aaron Judge (10th round keeper)
Cody Bellinger (10th round keeper)
Jose Ramirez (7th round keeper)

My question is: I know how you rank them (again, won’t spoil here), but I am wondering from a dynasty and cost perspective what you would recommend.

Jose Ramirez would cost a large trade package (multiple early picks), but Bellinger and Judge are players the owners are basically trying to “dump” so I am curious who you feel is more likely to be worth the cost now and in the next couple of years? For context, I do expect to contend this year.

NJW
NJW
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Details on our draft – since it’s a “keep 5” league, your typical 1st round pick is either the old guy that noone wants to keep (like Max Scherzer) or your 51st ranked player and so on… Best case scenario is a shot at Albies, Bogaerts, Teoscar Hernandez basically.

That being said, the other owner wants a first round pick (I do have 2 of them this year), another early selection (rounds 2-4), plus a mid-rounder.

NJW
NJW
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Thank you as always for the wisdom!

This position does feel weak, so while I don’t believe in “position scarcity” (e.g. I’m not drafting Sal Perez), it would be nice to have Jo Ram.

I’ll see if I can get Judge too from the other owner.

Sport
Sport
6 months ago

Grey, do you or anyone else, have different strategies for 10 team leagues. I’m so used to 12, but I have two 10 team dynasties, C,1B, 2B,SS,3B, 3OF, 2UT. So I feel like I have to have absolute studs in the hitting positions. And the SP starts are limited to 162, so I guess I need SP that go deep and lots of K’s.

In one league, where I finished 3rd, I have Riley and Machado. The league winner is really weak at 3B and just offered Kelenic plus two prospects for Machado. I don’t want his team to get better, plus I have Eloy, S.Marte, Mullins (Edman/Haniger on the bench), so OF isn’t really a need.

Am I dumb for wanting 29 year old Manny over the ‘unkown’ of prospects?

Any major philosophies in 10 team leagues vs. 12 team leagues?

Sport
Sport
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

My line up is 1B-Olson, 2B-K.Marte, 3B-Riley, SS-Adames, OF-Eloy, S.Marte, Mullins, UT-Machado, Franmil. I also have Edman that I would love to put in Mullin’s spot after, or IF, I trade Mullins.

Another guy is inquiring about Riley after botching at my Mondesi offer. I’m gong for India but also trying to get Baz.

Riley/Pablo Lopez for India/Baz seem good? or nah?

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Sport
6 months ago

My 10 team league is not a dynasty but it is a keeper (3 years max) so prospects have some value as speculative keepers- we do roster a whopping 40 guys though so what is successful in this league might not translate:
Stud hitters are the way to go
I have success finding bargains for SP (it’s an auction draft)go with Grey-type pitchers and I usually have a bunch of them (with 40 players per team there is usually not a lot on waivers)
In my league closers are a must which can get complicated especially with little on waivers
Maybe this helps

Sport
Sport
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
6 months ago

Good help! I appreciate the feedback!

buttered bread
buttered bread
6 months ago

Grey, I am starting to get nervous that you may not be attending this year’s annual meeting of the Alec Bohm Fan Club. I believe you RSVP’ed last March that would bring the tea and coffee?

Cram It, I assume you are still a firm “Yes”?

I may have ordered two too many of this year’s parting gift, Alec Bohm monogrammed hair bands.

Jimmy
Jimmy
6 months ago

Great write up! 18 team dynasty 5×5… can keep 1… keep Toro or Brandon Marsh….my 3rd base is Moncada…Chris Taylor….while my CF Mullins-Adolis Garcia, Lane Thomas…or keep Marsh and drop Thomas…or just stay put…. Thank you

Sport
Sport
6 months ago

This is the position (aside from closers) that has me worried. I can see getting JoRam depending on my pick, and some people may let Devers slide into the second round. However, if you’re telling me I can get 76-32-89-1-.252 at 70 (Arenado), or 82-25-93-1-.278 (Jeimer) at 150, then I feel a little better. Or 80-27-88-6-.271 (Urias) at 150 as well.

I have a feeling several of the names from Moncada on, are going to be floating around on free agency in redraft leagues all year too.

Sport
Sport
Reply to  Sport
6 months ago

I didn’t explain that well enough. I am not drafting Arenado, and I feel better knowing I can get similar numbers at 150. That’s if I don’t get one of the top 3. It’s just nice to know I don’t have to reach for one of those 3 if someone like LouRob, Freeman, Betts, or Yordan slide, which I have seen. If I don’t have a 3B in the 3rd round and Alvarez is still there, depending on how the first two picks go, I’m taking Alvarez over Machado. And when you get in a crazy draft where 7 SP go in the top 20 picks, really good hitters slide!

Enough babbling on my part! Thank you Grey the White!

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
6 months ago

Grey!!!!

Awesome!!

a. Shallow 3B. Keep ’em comin’!

b. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for January 25, 2022

‘Simpson defense attorney’s questioned witnesses about a half-melted container of ice cream found at the scene of the crime. Simpson defense attorney’s are relying heavily on the ice cream because one it will fix the timeframe for the murders and two it was the only thing not completely covered in OJ’s blood at the crime scene.’

c. Marx Brothers quote of the day for January 25, 2022

‘Money will not make you happy and happy will not make you money.’

Cheers,
Ante

shaggingflies
shaggingflies
6 months ago

Love the content that you and your team produces. Thank you. Looking forward to the Top 500 appearing on Patreon. Any idea when that will be available?

Looking at offering a trade in a $300 salary Head-to-Head keeper league. I’d offer Austin Meadows ($13.50) for Ke’Bryan Hayes ($5) & Ranger Suarez ($3). Fair?

Looking to add some speed and an additional 3b to cover until Josh Jung gets called up. Also, should I be concerned about how the Rays rotated Meadows in and out of the lineup at the end of the year last year? Thanks.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
6 months ago

Cmon Grey. Not because I’m a Marlins fan but BA isn’t THAT bad dude. Lol. When healthy he can produce. Give us a break!! Or give them a break lol. Nonetheless (in Newman from Seinfeld’s voice), I won’t be drafting him LOL.

Also, this past 4 months I went from 100% lock keeping Muncy to questioning keeping him to not wanting to keep him based on your rankings. I’m in a predicament. But as the season and drafts And ST etc. get closer. I will ask for your recommendations for my Keeper league keepers.

It’s Keep 7 and I’m at
Juan Soto
Bryce Harper
Luis Robert
(What an outfield, huh?)
Matt Olson
Shane Bieber

I’m leaning towards Trevor Rogers and Alex Manoah

I can choose from Jazz (I know I can snag him on the draft I’m higher on him than most), Swanson, Yoan lol, and Muncy)

I don’t wanna do 3 SP but starting my season off with my 3 Aces and my OF and 1B I can focus on 2B, 3B, SS, UTIL spots and SP.

Thanks Grey’!!