Went over the catchers1st basemen2nd basemen and shortstops and top 20 3rd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.  Guess what’s next!  No, not pitchers. Read the title, man.  In 2010, there were only 5 outfielders that hit 30 homers. In 2011, there were 9. 14 in 2012. In 2013, there were 3. A small bounce back with 6 in 2014. Eight in 2015. 11 outfielders in 2016. In 2017, there were 15.  Nine in 2018. Last year, there were only 10. This year…DRUM ROLL!….everyone hit 30 homers.  Okay, specifically there was 22 outfielders who hit 30 homers. As for steals, there were 14 outfielders who stole 30 bases in 2012, 10 in 2013, 11 in 2014, five in 2015, seven in 2016, only two in 2017 and five in 2018. This year we’re down to four outfielders stealing 30 and eight players overall, down from eleven.  As before, these rankings are from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

1. Ronald Acuña Jr. – I’m the first one to admit to being an idiot about some rankings, but, outside of Soler and Antana, I’m not surprised by anyone in this top 20. Also, me ranking Acuña 4th for outfielders might lead people to think I wasn’t all over him. I was. Tildaddy was also my 4th overall player in the preseason. Yes, my entire top four overall were all outfielders. None disappointed. In hindsight, this seems obvious. Let’s just say, it wasn’t. CBS dedicated a whole podcast last preseason to why Acuña shouldn’t be drafted in the 1st round, forget top four. One ‘pert ranked Acuña 31st overall and his ADP was 9th overall. So, yes, I was high on him, and prolly will be for the next ten years. Tildaddy says I can have dessert! Preseason Rank #4, 2019 Projections: 81/30/107/.282/27 in 548 ABs, Final Numbers:  127/41/101/.280/37 in 626 ABs

2. Christian Yelich – I was slow to come around on Yelich. Dot dot dot. Three years ago! I’ve been sold for a while now. Everyone was sold on him, right? Not so fast, Cousin Sweatpants! His ADP was 7th and, according to Fantasy Pros, the highest ranking of Yelich anywhere was 3rd overall. Guess where I had him ranked? If you said 3rd overall, you’d be right. So, again, it seems obvious now that people trusted Yelich. They didn’t. Preseason Rank #3, 2019 Projections: 103/28/111/.306/21 in 589 ABs, Final Numbers:  100/44/97/.329/30 in 489 ABs

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

4. Mike Trout – Who? Trike Mout? Am I hearing his name correctly? Could someone sound it out for me? I’m not sure I know this guy. Preseason Rank #1, 2019 Projections: 108/37/111/.305/17 in 517 ABs, Final Numbers:  110/45/104/.291/11 in 470 ABs

5. Mookie Betts – After Mookie Ballgame’s all-world 2018, it was only natural for him to lead to some disappointment this year. How much disappointment is really the only question, and I’d say just a skosh. (Not to be confused with the Urban Dictionary’s skotch.) His average and steals were down, but not like they were ‘bad,’ and his runs went up to historic levels. On the Player Rater, he scored $12 for runs. To grab one rando from this list, Ketel Marte only scored $5.20 in runs. Betts, uh, bested him by more than double. To put this in layman’s terms, if you were in an auction, and drafted just Betts’s runs, you could’ve spent $12 to break even. Preseason Rank #2, 2019 Projections: 114/28/91/.317/27 in 581 ABs, Final Numbers:  135/29/80/.295/16 in 597 ABs

6. Juan Soto – It’s wild to have a 20 and 21-year-old who both appear to be locks for the Hall of Fame after only one full season. I’m talking about Tildaddy and Sexy Dr. Pepper in case you’re slow on the uptake. But, honestly, if Acuña’s speed dries up as he gets older, Soto could have a much better career. Soto hits like a patient 30-year-old who hasn’t even peaked yet. That’s legit crazy. Preseason Rank #11, 2019 Projections: 94/31/89/.303/5 in 541 ABs, Final Numbers:  110/34/110/.282/12 in 542 ABs

7. Ketel Marte – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

8. Bryce Harper – Holy crap balls, my projections on Harper are so money that those projections march themselves into a bank and ask to start an account. Are we sure I’m not a shaman? Sorry, I have to google ‘shaman near me’ to see if I am in the results. Preseason Rank #5, 2019 Projections: 97/35/112/.261/14 in 527 ABs, Final Numbers:  98/35/114/.260/15 in 573 ABs

9. Jorge Soler – I pewed the scrooch on Soler. Didn’t buy him at all. Was not even close. Wasn’t even close in regards to where others were. Didn’t own him. Wouldn’t have drafted him. After googling for nearby shamans, Google said, “It could’ve been you, but you missed on Soler so bad.” His ADP was 311, and I had him 447 overall, which was the lowest anyone ranked him. Mea culpa. He had a high of 12 homers, and never stayed on the field for longer than 101 games. Though, that’s slightly misleading since he wasn’t played by Maddon. Hey, that’s right, Maddon missed on Soler too, so I could manage the Angels team now! *thinks about all the terrible managers the Angels have had* Maybe that’s not a compliment. Preseason Rank #103, 2019 Projections: 52/17/63/.240/5 in 414 ABs, Final Numbers:  95/48/117/.265/3 in 589 ABs

10. Starling Marte – How long until the Pirates trade Marte to another team so he can be an ace? Preseason Rank #16, 2019 Projections: 77/17/83/.272/27 in 546 ABs, Final Numbers:  97/23/82/.295/25 in 539 ABs

11. J.D. Martinez – Pretty much nailed my Just Dong — Crosses legs with a high pitched squeal, “You nailed what?” — projections! I nailed his projections! Funny how if Just Dong did this 2019 year in any of the past five years, he would’ve been hailed as amazing. Now, with the juiced ball, it’s Just Dong. Also, it should be noted how he’s shaken his injury-prone label like others before him. There’s hope for you yet, Byron Buxton! (Barely.) Preseason Rank #6, 2019 Projections: 96/34/105/.307/4 in 512 ABs, Final Numbers:  98/37/105/.304/2 in 575 ABs

12. George Springer – Maybe I’m forgetting how much I know (Hey, if you’re not gonna know something, you should not know what you used to know!), but most of these outfielders are very knowable. Not a confusing sentence at all! What I mean is, barring injury, a lot of these outfielders should be known to you. They’re known to me or I’ve forgotten that I know what I didn’t know, ya know? Preseason Rank #13, 2019 Projections: 110/30/77/.262/7 in 587 ABs, Final Numbers:  96/39/96/.292/6 in 479 ABs

13. Charlie Blackmon – The most surprising thing about Chazz Noir’s 2019 is that he wasn’t featured in any five dozen Old Town Road remixes. With that beard? In Colorado? With that name? How could that be? Preseason Rank #15, 2019 Projections: 104/22/61/.278/12 in 567 ABs, Final Numbers: 112/32/86/.314/2 in 580 ABs

14. Whit Merrifield – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

15. Trey Mancini – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

16. Austin Meadows – Here’s something I grapple with all during rankings’ season. (There’s Hot Girl Summer, Fat Boi Fall and Rankings Season. That’s it.) If I say a guy like Meadows is a sleeper, and I did, and is going to break out — again said that — do I rank him crazy high, because I expect him to be a top 20 outfielder, or do I rank him where everyone else is ranking him but say to draft him?  The reason why it comes up now is you see his low rank and think I didn’t want him or ranked him too low or whatever the hell you think, but I ranked him above others while saying he was a sleeper. I just didn’t rank him in the top 20 outfielders because then he wouldn’t be a sleeper, even though I wanted him on every team and, God damn it, this is confusing me.  Preseason Rank #59, 2019 Projections: 76/15/63/.277/18 in 484 ABs, Final Numbers:  83/33/89/.291/12 in 530 ABs

17. Danny Santana – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

18. Eddie Rosario – You did not go wrong drafting all outfielders in the 1st five rounds as long as you avoided Andrew Bastardtendi, Jerkcarlo and, to a certain extent, Aaron Sludge, their Garbage Pail Kids names. Preseason Rank #20, 2019 Projections: 93/30/102/.272/7 in 594 ABs, Final Numbers:  91/32/109/.276/3 in 562 ABs

19. Kris Bryant – Went over him in the top 20 3rd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

20. Michael Brantley – I’m fine admitting I didn’t want Brantley, and never would’ve drafted him. This reminds me of something, a reason why I hate when people (Fantasy Pros) rank my rankings. It’s BS and completely irrelevant. For unstints, I might’ve been high on Brantley (I honestly don’t know). I just ranked him and said ignore him. Now someone (Fantasy Pros) comes along and says I was high on him and ranked him well (or didn’t, I don’t know), but it’s irrelevant. All that mattered was me saying, “Don’t draft him.” It’s like saying I was low on Max Scherzer and nailed the ranking of him. Maybe I was low on him, but I didn’t nail any ranking of him, I just said don’t draft top SPs. Who the actual guys were was and is irrelevant. You need five outfielders in most leagues. If I tell you to avoid Brantley, it does not matter as long as I and you draft five decent ones from the 100 others. It’s like this, does it matter if someone (still Fantasy Pros) tells us that so-and-so ‘pert from, say, FantasyExpertAnalus dot com told you the right place to rank Jay Bruce? Jay Bruce doesn’t win leagues, so the ranking of him matters how? Preseason Rank #58, 2019 Projections: 66/13/52/.291/9 in 434 ABs, Final Numbers:  88/22/90/.311/3 in 575 ABs

  1. toolshed says:
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    Soto in an obp format is even more of a beast. He stopped running after an ankle injury where he only ended up missing a couple of games later in the year. The steals really surprised me. Do you think we can count on double digit steals from him next year? He is young and everything else is trending up for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s so young and on base so much that I feel like he falls into at least 7 steals by just playing 145+ games

  2. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Nice rant on FantasyPros, the analysis is really all that matters, that’s why you have to read the content, not just look at the ranking number. No shortcuts people!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not to mention they’ve made millions of dollars on the backs of others… Should just do a site where I tell you other people’s info so you don’t have to go there…

      • andrew edenbaum says:
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        Fantasy Pros, please. Gave my O.A. Championship team an overall grade of 83/ grade B/ and a lg. ranking of 7th.
        That was good compared to how they projected my Super Team, which won it’s lg. by 31 lengths, ala Secretariat in the Belmont. Gave the team a grade of C; an overall grade of 75, and a 10th place lg. ranking.
        I don’t think my buys, as good as they may have been, would have made much of a difference to Fantasy Pros.
        Maybe I should start my own Fantasy Pros.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Start it up!

          • andrew edenbaum says:
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            I need a younger, handsome, or beautiful partner, with technological savvy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm, that sorta excludes all online and offline forums

              • andrew edenbaum says:
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                o.k. then; just a partner w/ technological know how. I’ll cover all expenses.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  This idea is going sideways, let’s get some forward momentum!

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Seems downwards to me..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah

                  • Harley Earl says:
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                    What the hell just happened here?

  3. Warren Shapiro says:
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    Speaking of outfielders – how high are you on Mercado for next year? I have some owner bugging me for Mercado at 5 and Seager at 3 for his Whitley at 10 and Frazier at 14 for the next 3 years. I can probably get him to throw in Graterol for my minors and as much as I like cheap seager power, this is an OBP league where seager is good not great.

    pitching becomes a fortune in our league on draft day. Last year 45 was the rough price for an ace – be it Kluber, Carassco, Sale or whatever.

    I did well on the waivers with pitching last year. I took second place with the likes of Bassit Bailey Civale, Robles and a bunch of other waiver wire fodder that made up for all of my pitchers going on the DL except cole. I believe in the don’t pay for pitching concept which is why the chepa future stud interested me.
    WOuld you trade Mercado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mercado’s got a great combo of speed and power — Seager who? Frazier who?

      • Warren Shapiro says:
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        Kyle and CLint- Its a 12 team AL only 5×5 with OBB
        The basic question is would you want to go into next year with a cheap whitley or a cheap Mercado. They are basically similar cost and contract in this league. Thanks to razzball, I have a very cheap mondesi and a value pham contract I am holding. so I got some bags in the bag.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mercado for me, just bc bats over arms

  4. FrankGrimes says:
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    I’ve been saying for months Acuna 1st overall next year!

    Did ray flowers finish above you in fantasy pros rankings this year lol?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — Don’t start, Grimey!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        How did Rudy and you do in Tout and all the pert leagues this year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I won 2 leagues, came in 3rd in Tout tho… Rudy also did, I believe… Matz, Wheeler and Marquez killed my Tout team… How’d you do?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Nice. Marquez was so disappointing.
            I won two of five. Oh and my razz nfbc team had to be one of the worst in nfbc history lol.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice.

              Oh same on my NFBC team — it was the worst team I’ve managed ever — Gianjerko killed me

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                Me too. So did Haniger Paxton all my “closers” and I’ve never drafted so many major leaguers that were sent to the minors ha!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, I’m still waiting on Daniel Palka!

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    Hahahha
                    And Schebler.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Why is he always and only on radars in March? There’s no other time of year anyone thinks of Schebler

  5. Matty says:
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    Harper projections = mind exploding emoji

    Have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m a wizard!

      You too!

  6. MisforMookie says:
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    I’d love to see Rudy do a post-season analysis each year of the various Razzball projections (your numbers, his system, anyone else who posted projections) vs actual results, a la the Ombotsman but not for DFS. Would always be fun to compare to other sites’ projections (I think this has been done in the past here, but many years ago). I’d also love to see (without me having to do it myself!) some kind of statistical analysis of what % of sleepers from this site were hits/misses, that kind of thing. I love reading these wrap-up articles to see where the rankings go, but it’d be really cool to complement it with some kind of statistics even if it’s buried in a submenu somewhere.

    Looking forward to your projections, notes, and writeups from next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You’d have to ask Rudy on that stuff…

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    Game 5 ALDS: Cole vs. Glasnow with Meadows the starting CF. And all the Pirate fans say “Arrr….”

    Yelich + fractured knee = what type of impact on his SBs?

    Soler at a 311 ADP means pretty much everyone whiffed on him beyond calling him a sleeper. 12 teams with 25 man rosters = 300 players owned. A 311 ADP is dart throwing territory.

    I need to eat some crow on Meadows…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Last night Pirates came out at .500 on their Cole/Glasnow trades — best they’ve looked in some time!

      Yelich is young and has a long time to recover, I think he’ll be fine, but we won’t know until March

      Agreed on Soler, it’s basically my point on Fantasy Pros — someone can say they were highest on Soler, but if they still only ranked him at 295 overall, it’s not really knowing anything

  8. Curious George says:
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    Hey everyone – I’m starting a second league for my fantasy buddies. It’s going to be a less competitive best ball with a slow draft. Was trying to maintain some continuity in player value but I’ve run into trouble going from 8×8 h2h cats to points (obviously apples and oranges to begin with). Any recommendations welcome (open to scraping continuity with the cats if need be)

    *for reference our cats are HR, XBH, R, RBI, SBN, K’s, AVG, OPS, W, QS, SVHD, K’s, HR allowed, K/9, WHIP, ERA

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure I follow, recommendations for what?

      • Curious George says:
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        Trying to put together a points based scoring system for our new best ball. Never played points league before. Any recommendations for setting up the scoring?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm… I’m gonna have our Points guy answer you on this… Give me a few…

          • Curious George says:
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            You da man grey. Appreciate the consult!

    • malamoney

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      So George is a little curious about points leagues. I believe you’ve come to the right place. Heck, Razzball is the right place for almost anything. A couple questions/comments before we get into it.

      What is SBN?

      AVG, OPS, WHIP and ERA generally are not points friendly categories. There are ways to incorporate them, but if you ask me it’s not worth it. K/9 is also a category I never use. You don’t really need it when you are counting K’s.

      So by giving points for HR and XBH you are double dipping the home run hitters. What about the singles hitter. Singles no good?

      If you’ve ever read any of my posts you will know that I loathe the QS stat. Three ER in six innings is not quality.

      I think you need to re-think your categories.

      Here’s me quoting me:

      “The mark of a quality points scoring system is one in which the top hitters and top pitchers score approximately the same number of points. The first round of selections in the draft should contain both hitters and pitchers, forcing owners to decide which route they want take when beginning to formulate their roster. After the top ten or so hitters and pitchers there will inevitably be more hitters in the list because there are more hitters in the player pool. That’s just simple math.”

      Here is the scoring system I came up with after years of tinkering.

      1B(1), 2B(2), 3B(3), HR(5), R(1), RBI(1), HIT(1.5), SB(1.5), BB(1), CS(-1), KO(-1)
      IP(3), K(1.5), BB(-1.5), H(-1), ER(-1), W(5), L(-5), S(7), BS(-3), WP(-1), HB (-1), PO (1)

      Bonuses: CYC (25), NH (20), CG (5), PG (50) – Not a huge fan, but they add an element of fun

      Here is a link to a post I wrote about determining a scoring system. It’s a few years old, but still entirely relevant. I have since changed SB from 1 point to 1.5 because I felt we were undervaluing the stolen base.

      Let me know what you think…

      • Curious George says:
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        SBN is net steals (steals minus CS). I had tried a few configurations and had realized that rate stats wouldn’t be a good option in a points league.

        Fair point on the double counting with HR/XBH (actually noticed that HR count for avg, ops, hr, XBH, r, and rbi so it’s really magnified – had considered amending the cats for our competitive league but it seems to be working out ok!)

        3 earned in 6 is getting harder and harder to come by but I agree that a 4.50 era is not quality even give the state of today’s game. Was looking at stat options and saw they (fantrax) have an ultra quality start?! It’s 7 innings with 2ER or less. Even more hard to come by today!

        Love the scoring philosophy. I was just shoving numbers in randomly trying to find a balance of pitching and hitting that semi reflected how our categories league is set up and it wasn’t working. My efforts led to Gerrit Cole being projected for 960 and arenado for like 600. You gave me exactly what I was looking for – balance!

        I think I will probably incorporate some of the bonuses you mentioned as this is more of a “for fun” league and will only be a $5 buy in with the top half of finishers doubling their money. Really tempted to add a pitchers who rake bonus…

  9. Coolwhip

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    Game 5 recap:
    Gerrit Cole is amazing. For me, he’s hands down the #1 pitcher next year, and especially right now. Not only did he get 52 whiffs in 2 starts, but pitched through 15.2 inn, 25 Ks, scattered 6 hits, 3 BBs, and only 1 ER… welcome to the Gerrit Cole Bidding War Show. Every pitch he threw last night I pictured him saying in his head “theres another $10K!”
    Glasnow was totally tipping pitches last night, thats why his elevated 99 fastballs got blasted and many of his curves where just laid off. It looked to me like pre-windup varied too much between pitches with his glovehand. Can’t remember which it was, i think it was a high-low thing. But started to wonder when I saw the Astros batters talking to each other between ABs when they went back to the dugout etc. Then I started watching closer, and then picked up on it. Then it was confirmed when Bregman straight-up stiff as a board stared at a curveball that looked tempting. Kevin Cash and his pitching coach should of had like 20 fire alarms go off in their head when he did that. He didn’t even have his bat in a ready position! ding ding ding.
    And that’s pretty much the story of the game. Cole amazing, Glasnow rookie mistake.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Solid recap. Glasnow is gonna be an ace..

      • Coolwhip

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        For sure, he was actually pitching really “well,” but without the mystery in the Show, esp with a deep as f*** lineup like the Astros you’re f***ed. I think last night was a product of him not pitching for so long, he likely forgot to keep his pitch changes camouflaged. I was high on him in preseason and drafted him on every team I had (stupid injury). Hopefully the injury woes are behind him and i can draft him again in 2020.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed! Cash should’ve went to the mound while someone warmed up for as long as the ump would let him, then Glasnow should’ve pretended to be injured to let someone else come into the game… Glasnow was tipping his pitches and made the Astros look like they were hacking Cards’ game plan vs. the Braves for one inning, then the Astros went hitless for five innings

      • Coolwhip

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        you saying the Astros were counting Cards? :^)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  10. LaRockakis says:
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    M’boi, Mancini!

    I’m gonna make a donation to the site once I get paid for winning my league. Nowhere else has anywhere close to this qual of cont.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      LOL #ManciniWinsTrophies

      Awesome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini! Thanks, appreciate it!

  11. Will says:
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    .282/34/110/12
    .260/35/114/15

    One of these guys has a 13 year, $330 million contract. The other is on a 1 yr, $578k contract.

    One guy is watching the playoffs from home. The other guy is in the NLCS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, the $330 mill is giving away the 1st guy’s identity

      • Will says:
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        Yup. I just think it’s funny b/c their numbers were so close this season yet Harper’s at home and Soto’s mashing in the playoffs. In the short term it’s looking like Wasington made the right call in letting Harper walk. Wonder when the Nats extend / lock Soto up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If balls stay juiced and balls are flying out, games will be won by having the best rotation… Think how replaceable Harper is, why would anyone pay $330 mill for that — and I don’t think Harper is bad, it’s just there’s cheaper alternatives

          • Coolwhip

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            this. playoffs are won by dominant pitching. always has and always will be. Then when you throw in LAR and juiced balls, you don’t really need the top bats, just above average.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You see that MLB changed the ball in the playoffs? Not officially, but there’s science on drag that says it’s a lot different ball

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                hmmmm i have not… interesting! pitching even more important then, less luck on running into juiced balls.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup… From just naked eye, there were a few balls hit in Dodgers/Nats series that seemed like they would’ve been homers during year

                  • Coolwhip

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                    Oh, yeah true. I thought Smith’s bomb was a no-doubter (that would have rescued Roberts) but somehow fell like 2 feet short.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Totally.. So, who do we want in the next round?

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      Nats for sure, that 3headed pitching monster + Kendrick will do work. LOL.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Donkey Teeth and I bet on a Nats/Astros WS so that’s what I’m hoping for… Agreed, Corbin, Stras, Scherzer can do it

            • Coolwhip

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              HOWEVER… i so badly deep in my nethers want to see what Mike Trout can do in a pennant race… so bad!!!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                They should be able to compete vs. A’s pretty easily… Astros are so stacked tho

                • Coolwhip

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                  So another (sad) interesting stat on Angels pitching this year… NOT A SINGLE SP THREW 20 STARTS THIS SEASON! Heaney was leader with 18. Last time this happened was the f***ing 1919 Phillies!!! and those seasons were only 137 games, smh. Angels used 19 different SP this year! fail, fail, fail. ARGHHHHH!

                  • Grey

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                    Wow! That’s crazy… I had no idea they were so bad… Man, they need an overhaul… Angels get Maddon and Cole tho and they’re immediately 2nd place team in that division, right?

                    • Coolwhip

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                      pretty close i think. I think they need to get 1 more pitcher too, so there’s at least 3 they can rely on. I think they could bring in someone like Roark or Odorizzi (trying to think of other mid tier free agents) to fill in the 3rd/4th gap. I’m a little concerned with Ohtani, but i think he could be fine. So Cole, Heaney, Ohtani, Odorizzi or something could be a solid rotation. and then Canning/Saurez/Tropeano could fill in 5th spot and Heaney’s when he gets injured again.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, Cole, an Odorizzi type, Heaney and whatever they get from Ohtani makes them immediately a Wild Card team — look at what the A’s did with Fiers, Bailey etc., though their hitting is a bit better than Angels

                    • Coolwhip

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                      plus i think Middleton will be healthy again next year, so thats like picking up a decent RP

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, Keynan would be huge if back and effective… They can grab a cheap MR too

  12. Coolwhip

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    Grey this top 20 for Outfielders is a major victory lap for you man… major props. You were so on the money with most of these, if only you could take this Vegas! I would tweet this page to pretty much every “pert” out there and with the line. “Game. Blouses.” *insert Chapelle meme*

    • Grey

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      HA, yeah, I was pretty happy with this top 20… Modesty makes me think OFs were by and large predictable this year…

      • Coolwhip

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        And so humble too! LOL.
        If they were so predictable, then why will so many other perts be so wrong? riddle me that.
        #HeavyIsTheCrown

        • Grey

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          Haha — yeah, I guess that’s true…Aw, sucks, I was so right!

  13. Huffin Gas says:
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    Here are my thoughts on rankings vs. sleepers. Your rankings are a cumulation of your analysis, and sleeper posts are a part of that analysis. I think you should rank your favorite sleepers high. I don’t believe they can’t be sleepers at the same time.

    Why? A sleeper post is basically “this is where he’s been, and this is where he’s going.” So, go ahead and make your rankings reflection of that. It actually sometimes bothers me when an analyst is hyping someone, but then they don’t rank them as such. Basically, a ranking doesn’t discredit a sleeper designation. That, and a ranking highlights the profit that CAN be obtained vs. where players are actually being drafted. A fantasy player should know his/her draft. That’s on them.

    A lot of people come here for your analysis. You’re right on with a lot of players that aren’t ranked properly/highlighted/talked about by others. We appreciate your perspective. If you like a guy, I think it justifies ranking him high.

    • Grey

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      Yes, that’s is how I come down on the situation, but it still puzzles me sometimes… This is why I’ll rank a guy like Mondesi top 20 overall — But when someone (ESPN) says, I don’t know, Mondesi is a sleeper and ranks him 95th overall, it’s like, yeah, he’s a sleeper when you rank him there… It’s perplexing…

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    Soler had a huge year. He even played in 162 games. He surpassed all of the lofty projections for him when he was a prospect. He maintained last years walk rate too. Are you in on him next year or are you punting? I know this will depend where he is getting drafted which I can see being all over the place. Lack of track record / health vs looking at just last years stats, etc.

    • Grey

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      Nah, I’m in on him, but I’m wondering where he will be — if he’s top 50 overall, it’s gonna be hard to pull the trigger… 50-70 seems doable

      • Grey

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        BTW, lack of track record isn’t bad for him bc he just didn’t have a chance before

        • Grey

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          Like a real 162-game chance

      • Coolwhip

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        The original prospect expectations/projections for him would put him in the 50-70range if i remember right. so i think thats a reasonable place to start evaluating him. Haven’t looked yet who else you would be choosing between, so he could be in the back half of that.

        • Grey

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          Sounds about right… Soler’s a decent 35-homer, .270 hitter… With upside from there, obviously

  15. Gator says:
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    Mercado or Senzel for 2020. Are either top 100 overall?

    • Grey

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      Top 100 seems doubtful, think I’m gonna lean Mercado

      • Gator says:
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        Thanks. Wishful keeper thinking I guess.

        • Grey

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          No problem

  16. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Grey, I know you’re bullish on Eloy for next year but can you quantify how much you like him? Is it possible he’s in this article next year?

    • Grey

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      Yeah, for sure, I love Eloy, he’s so talented… Easy top 75 bat…and possible top 10 OF

  17. Shawnuel says:
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    Yordan Alvarez qualifies only as an OF in my league next season. Where would he land in your 2020 preseason top 20 OF list and top 100 players?

    • Grey

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      Prolly close to top 10 OF, and around 25 overall

  18. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 Team H2H 6×6 OPS QS Redraft Daily

    Draft strategy question:

    I know how you feel about not drafting high end SP’s early and draft flow plays a part, but in general what round or ADP do you usually grab your first SP and RP’s?

    Thanks again for your thoughts

    • Grey

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      4th to 5th round, usually around 10th thru 15th pitcher off board and 45-60 overall for SP

      RPs usually around 100-120

  19. Harley Earl says:
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    So Grey,

    What rank did your rankings end up on Fantasy Pros? LOL

    Just kidding. I totally get what you are saying!

    • Grey

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      No idea tbh

  20. Ok cool says:
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    Would you keep Lux or Snell in a 12 team, 6 keep dynasty league?

    • Ok cool says:
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      Or kingery

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