I’ve already gone over the top 20 catchers for 2015 fantasy baseball, the top 20 1st basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball and the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.  Last year, I thought the top 20 shortstops for 2015 fantasy baseball looked a whole lot better than the 2nd basemen.  I said that’s not usually the norm, but you gotta be malleable in this fantasy baseball game.  Then going on to say I’d give a free car to a brother and sister who were named Norm and Malleable.  No one won the car and I was pretty off with where I thought shortstops had depth.  They showed up last preseason in a librarian’s outfit with red-rimmed glasses and seemed interesting.  Then they turned around and it was Sally Jessy Raphael and we should’ve ran the other way.  As with the other top 20 rankings, I point out where tiers start and stop and my projections.  All the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings can be found under that thing that says 2015 fantasy baseball rankings.  Unsuccinct!  Anyway, here’s the top 20 shortstops for 2015 fantasy baseball:

1. Ian Desmond – Went over him in the top 20 for 2015 fantasy baseball.

2. Hanley Ramirez – Went over him in the top 20 for 2015 fantasy baseball.

3. Troy Tulowitzki – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until here.  I call this tier, “Is there anyone else like Tulo?  Rhetorical!”  Okay, maybe there is one other guy like Tulo, Da O.G. CarGo; that’s about it.  If Tulo stays healthy, he’s a top five player in fantasy baseball.  You’re in an open field, and you get an idea.  You want to start your own county fair.  The first booth you’re going to open is “For a dollar, see a solar eclipse any time a day.”  You then have people enter the booth and stand behind that “if” in “if Tulo stays healthy.”  On the fo’really, doctors and trainers are just now starting to say that playing at a mile high elevation causes muscles to break down and takes an unnecessary toll on the body.  It’s like a modern deal with the devil.  “You can hit a pop up that will go for a home run, but when running to first you will pull your hammy.”  Tulo should give three-quarters of a season that is terrific, then you’ll have to replace him.  So, depending on how deep your league is, it makes Tulo more or less valuable.  2015 Projections:  79/24/88/.312/1

4. Jose Reyes – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Castro.  I call this tier, “I’m getting some weird vapors.”  This tier screams at me overrated and bound to disappoint.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see all of these guys end up lower in the end-of-the-season rankings than they are here.  Why didn’t I just lower them in the preseason rankings then, you ask with your child-like eyes.  Well, inquisitive one, there’s a few reasons.  A) Saying they’re going to disappoint is mostly just a gut call.  B) There’s not a ton of guys that I feel more comfortable about.  C) There’s no C.  As for Reyes, a speedster that will turn 32 years old this year is asking for trouble, but he did steal 30 bases last year and only has one year under 125 games played and 20 steals in the last five years.  Reyes doesn’t feel like a Rollins or Jeter-type, where he will keep playing deep into his 30’s, albeit not well.  He feels like the kind of guy that will just disappear one year and never be the same.  That’s why I’m likely not drafting him, I don’t want to be the last one in on Reyes while everyone else evacuates.  2015 Projections:  91/8/46/.281/27

5. Alexei Ramirez – The White Sox have the 2014 Rangers written all over them.  Not like they all got drunk and someone wrote on them in Sharpie.  As in, they’re a preseason juggernaut that disappoints to the nth degree.  By the by, nth has a special place in everyone’s heart who plays Words With Friends.  “Why won’t this stupid game give me a mothereffin’ vowel!  Oh, wait, I have nth.”  Go ahead, pfft.  That’s another gem!  2015 Projections:  72/10/79/.277/23

6. Starlin Castro – Since everyone else in this tier has anecdotal reasons why I don’t trust them, let’s go for the trifecta!  The Cubs finally get someone to bite (Hello, Yankees!) and Castro gets traded to a contender in July and everyone’s like, “Yo, Castro’s now the bomb dot gov, I wanna swing on a porch with him while we share a lemonade.”  Then Castro disappoints on his new team, and ends up as their uninteresting 7-hole hitter.  2015 Projections:  71/16/80/.269/7

7. Xander Bogaerts – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Owings.  I call this tier, “All right, now draft.  Draft, I said!”  This tier is not only where you have to draft, but it’s essentially your only chance to draft a shortstop.  Sure, if someone in an earlier tier falls to you, then it’s fine, but I tend to focus on outfielders, corner men and a pitcher in the first 75 picks and that takes me to about where Bogaerts will be.  Then after this tier, shizz gets ugly fast.  You can punt completely your shortstop slot and I’ll get into that around Amarista’s tier, but if you want a definite shortstop while following my general drafting advice, this is the tier for it.  As for Bogaerts, I could see a scenario where Hanley makes one recall Bernie Williams’s defense only without the panache of playing the guitar after every ball got past him.  Then Hanley is forced to play short and Bogaerts becomes the most frustrating draft pick.  That shouldn’t happen, but it’s out there in the ether.  Either (stutterer!) way, Bogaerts has 20-homer power, 10-steal speed and the ability to be the top ranked shortstop in 2015.  2015 Projections:  69/15/74/.253/7

8. Danny Santana – You put Dannys Antana on an offensive powerhouse and everyone and their mother is talking about his probability of breaking out, especially Gaby Sanchez’s mother, Gaby Sr.  Unfortch, he is on the Twins so expectations are in Czech.  Maybe Prague.  I don’t know, I’m not even sure I understand that cliche.  Dannys doesn’t look like a 10-homer shortstop, but there’s an outside chance for it.  He does have 30-steal speed, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put together a season comparable to Reyes.  2015 Projections:  89/9/39/.262/27

9. Jean Segura – Already went over my Jean Segura sleeper.  I wrote it while telling a monkey to stop grinding his organ.  2015 Projections:  69/10/50/.272/35

10. Jimmy Rollins – Here’s what I said this offseason, “The Dodgers acquired him as a one-year rental.  Ryne Sandberg was sad to see him go; he took a long time writing up his shit list and now has to draft a new one.  One Dodgers beat reporter said that the Dodgers have been after Rollins for a long time.  That makes sense.  They probably wanted him back when he was great.  In his career, Rollins hasn’t hit well in Dodger Stadium (.230, 3 HRs in 200 ABs), but that was facing Dodgers pitching, which is usually terrific, and that was as a visiting player, so I’m not that worried about those stats.  I’m more concerned doode was born in the 1970’s.  (Personally, I’m concerned being born in the 1970’s is old.)  Rollins is so old he was born when we had a white president!”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  89/11/61/.247/21

11. Elvis Andrus – As Kanye would say, in 2014, the entire Rangers team all fell down.  Now, tell me that ain’t insecurr.  No one’s year was carurr.  That was basically the reason Andrus’s year looked about as attractive as that girl looked the morning after Halloween.  “Hmm, maybe you put that goblin makeup back on.”  If Fielder and Rios didn’t go straight ass, Andrus would’ve had his usual counting stats and looked relatively the same as past seasons.  The Rangers don’t look that much better, but you can’t discount a guy too much due to counting stats.  2015 Projections:  81/5/49/.274/29

12. Alcides Escobar – See what I said on Andrus, only where I talked negatively about the Rangers offense replace it with positive thoughts on the Royals 2014 offense.  Alcides and Andrus are virtually the same player.  I will call them Alclones Elviscobar.  2015 Projections:  84/4/41/.271/28

13. Jose Ramirez – Quick and easy way to think of Ramirez is he’s Dannys Antana two years ago and hasn’t shown the ability to hit 8-10 homers.  Also, Jose Ramirez has a John Doe-type Latino name.  “Alguien extracto his fingers y dentures; ahora hombre es Jose Ramirez.”  Mi Spanish es bien!  2015 Projections:  72/6/54/.279/24

14. Chris Owings – Here’s a little DVD commentary about the rankings.  I originally ranked Owings ten spots later with the Amarista tier, then I started looking at Owings a little bit closer and I started thinking, “I’m getting hungry,” then after I ate something, I started thinking, “Owings should have a sleeper post written about him.”  I haven’t done it yet, but as soon as I’m done with the rankings, I might try to slide one in.  In Triple-A in 2013, he hit 12 HRs and stole 20 bases while hitting .330, then was called up last year and went hit six homers, stole eight bases and hit .261 in only 91 games.  He doesn’t walk at all, but he does have solid speed, some light power and should play every day while the Diamondbacks try to fix all that Kevin Towers wrought.  And he done wrought a lot.  2015 Projections:  61/10/64/.270/17

15. Erick Aybar – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Lowrie.  I call this tier, “These guys sound good in theory.  No, I’m not telling you to draft from the clothing store, Theory.”  These guys all seem like safe bets in the preseason.  Put it on the Don’t Pass Line and watch as the other rollers crap out.  The only thing missing is no one outright boos you when you draft a safe bet.  Also, in fantasy drafts when you draft safe, they’re hunky-dory until about mid-April when you want to drop them for a hot bat.  Yeah, I used hunky-dory in a sentence, what’s it to you?  2015 Projections:  68/8/65/.272/17

16. Andrelton Simmons – A few scenarios could happen with Andrelton.  He could hit 7 homers and a junky average like he did last year.  He could bounce back to the 17-homer hitter he was in 2013.  He could run like crazy as he did in the minors one year when he swiped 26 bases.  He could pull off his earth skin, reveal his alien body, and ask for everyone to join him on his home planet, Pilaxatica.  He’ll likely end up somewhere between 2013, 2014 and becoming our alien ruler.  2015 Projections:  61/13/67/.262/5

17. Jhonny Peralta – Everyone seems to get older, mean’s while Jhonny just keeps on keepin’ on.  The Superfluous H must have magical powers.  Or maybe that’s phowers.  I also will guarantee that if you draft him, you will want to drop him…then pick him up…then drop him…then pick him up at least twelve times.  2015 Projections:  58/17/67/.250/3

18. Ben Zobrist – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

19. Asdrubal Cabrera – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

20. Jordy Mercer – Here’s a guy that could be a top 10 shortstop if he was in a favorable lineup position, and he’s still only a 13-homer, 5-steal guy.  It’s just shortstops are so bad.  Mercer, Mercer me.  Unfortch, he may not even be the starter.  I have no idea what the Pirates plan to do with Mercer and Kang.  Right now, I’m expecting a platoon, and am staying away from both of them.  2015 Projections:  58/13/56/.262/5

21. Jung-Ho KangPirates signed this Korean export because they just absolutely loved the movie Gung Ho and figured what the hey.  From the clips I’ve watched of Kang batting, he looks like a Korean Jhonny Peralta.  Call him, Jungy Pelarta.  Last year in Korea, Kang hit 40 homers and .356.  Oh.  Wait, what?!  Damn, I wish I would’ve grabbed him in my Korean Baseball Organization league.  People have said the Japanese baseball league (NPB) is similar to Triple-A.  The KBO?  No one knows because no position player has ever made it here.  But Kang hit 40 homers and .356 last year!  Yeah, and Marcus Thames hit 37 homers last year and he was pushed out of the MLB three years ago from a lack of talent.  Yamaico Navarro hit 31 homers and .308 last year in Korea.  He was a 12-homer, .260 hitter in Triple-A that couldn’t even make it as shortstop for these very same Pirates.  So, Korean baseball teams play in Little League stadiums with a 55 MPH pitching machine throwing to them, got it.  I think the Pirates will realize they have Jordy and don’t need Jungy, but here’s a wild card draft pick if you’re feeling rucky.  2015 Projections:  48/16/54/.242/3

22. Brandon Crawford – He hit .246 in 17 games in the postseason, hit .246 in 153 games during the season in 2014, .248 in 149 games in 2013 and .248 in 143 games in 2012.  I.e., Crawford may not be flashy or let you do a threesome with that hot waitress, but he’ll pick you up when you’re drunk on the side of the road and just need to see a familiar face.  2015 Projections:  55/10/59/.247/5

23. J.J. Hardy – I would’ve bet you many over-the-internet dollars that Hardy would’ve hit at least 15 homers every healthy year he played until he retired, but he only hit 9 homers last year.  Maybe he got senile.  Can you see now?  Don’t be actin’ senile.  Sorry, that stupid song is on repeat in my headphones.  2015 Projections:  60/17/63/.248

24. Zack Cozart – Including Cozart’s family, I’m the only one still holding out hope that he’ll flash the 30-steal speed he had in the minors and the 17-homer power.  Oh, and he hit .310 in Triple-A too.  So what he’s 29 years old and he has 33 homers and 11 steals total in 447 major league games.  I cling to hope like Andy Dufresne.  2015 Projections:  51/12/57/.245/6

25. Jed Lowrie – This offseason, I said, “(Lowrie) signed with the Astros.  Last year, Lowrie had a 14% strikeout percentage.  On the Astros, that’s downright Wee Willie Keeler-ish!  Hopefully the other Astros don’t feel like Lowrie’s putting them on the shine with his big city attitude towards the chucking of their whifflesticks at balls in the dirt.  Robbie Grossman yells, “Don’t worry about where we put our whifflesticks, Lowrie!”  Then Chris Carter steps in the middle, “I may look like Ryan Howard, but I’m a gentle giant like the Green Mile guy and I won’t let no warring happen between teammates!”  Then Lowrie and Robbie Grossman begrudgingly shake.  That’s all assuming the Astros are broadcast in black and white.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  54/14/58/.242/2

26. Alexi Amarista – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Gregorius.  I call this tier, “Um, upside plays?  Right?  Uh, yeah, sorta.”  None of these guys are that sexy.  Actually, their future is cloudy with a chance of crapballs, but there’s some tiny, bitty, eenie, weenie, upside here.  As for Amarista, went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

27. Javier Baez – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

28. Francisco Lindor – I already went over my Francisco Lindor fantasy.  I wrote it while begging my friend who works in reality TV to get me on Survivor.  I actually do this every time I see her.  For the past nine years.  Seriously.  2015 Projections:  51/6/39/.271/22

29. Josh Rutledge – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

30. Brad Miller – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

31. Wilmer Flores – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

32. Addison Russell – I already went over my Addison Russell fantasy.  I wrote it while watching a 72-hour Sons of Anarchy marathon.  2015 Projections:  44/8/39/.282/4

33. Everth Cabrera – The O’s signed Everth to backup (hopefully) and not to take over for Schoop (not hopefully).  EverCab could act as the O’s Heartspark Stealsign in a pinch runner role or he could start every day once Machado invariably gets hurt.  I can’t see drafting him in most mixed leagues, but I can see getting chummy with him off waivers once he’s playing, i.e., Outlook:  SAGNOF.  2015 Projections:  36/2/17/.242/20

34. Didi Gregorius – Here’s what I said this offseason, “In a huge offseason deal (not huge), the Diamondbacks traded The Gregorius D.I.D. to the Yankees.  Puff Didi will replace Jeter at short for the Yanks and he will also star in a new Gatorade commercial, where they show him bat poorly and flash the word “Suspect” with two 2’s for S’s, which will end up as the worst Gatorade campaign since their last NFL player endorsement that ended in murder.  The Yanks like Didi for SS, but their ex-SS was more of a full C guy (DD is a little much).  While all the stats say he sucks at hitting, Didi’s really impressive when he jump-hits balls on the outside corner.  Just call him Didi “Pasta Swinging” Gregorius.  For fantasy, Didi’s uber bleh.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2015 Projections:  42/8/54/.251/5

35. Adeiny Hechavarria – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “Will get a majority of at-bats.  Is at-bats a category in your league?”  These guys have nothing going for them, except they should get counting stats due to seeing at-bats.  Though, if you draft any of these guys, you’ll likely not want to see their at-bats, because they’re going to be ugly.  I could see moving this entire tier above the previous tier if you’re in an extremely deep league where more at-bats is all you want.  As for Adeiny, he’s one Hechavarria good fielder, according to the Marlins, so they’re going to keep playing him.  Marlin fans seem like the types that enjoy good glove work.  That’s the only way to explain how they put up with Loria donning a proctologist glove every few years and tearing the guts out of the organization. 2015 Projections:  42/3/48/.241/9

36. Stephen Drew – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

37. Yunel Escobar – Last year, Yunel scored 33 runs and knocked in 39 RBIs.  That was the tenth lowest number of runs with at least 500 plate appearances since 1871.   Number one was the incomparable Leo Cardenas, who was a born-again Christian and refused to score.  I doubt his new home in Washington changes much for Yunel, you know?  (Almost stutterer!)  It should mean he gains 2nd base eligibility.  Lowercase yay.  2015 Projections:  50/6/54/.249/2

38. Jose Iglesias – Iglesias is the safety on the Tigers gun so they don’t bat around every inning.  2015 Projections:  53/3/47/.251/7

39. Freddy Galvis – Galvanized means to shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action.  Galvis’d means to not shock or excite anyone into anything. 2015 Projections:  46/4/49/.221/6

  1. SteveNZ says:
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    You’re worried about being born in the 70s being old?

    Young people today.

    I look younger though, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: Younger than…? Someone older than you?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Maybe some people who are younger than me too…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think the first sign that you’re not young is saying you look good for your age (goes for me too)

  2. Bazzrall says:
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    trading for Harper in a dynasty… what do you think about this in a 14 team 14 keeper OBP/QS league

    my Longo/Trumbo/Dee Gordon for his Harper/Anibal Sanchez/1st rounder this year (his team sucked last year so it’d be a top 5 pick, so someone like Tomas or whoever the top international FAs added to the pool is likely but not a given… and since we keep 14 this is basically a 15th round pick)

    Which side you got?

  3. Miles says:
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    Grey, I’m excited to read your impressions on the Max Scherzer move.

    • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Miles: ain’t good for roark’ians, soon his value will go the way of that colony his parents almost named him after when the pregnancy test came up with the color nobody wants to see, ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miles: I will in the starting pitchers

  4. piranhaman says:
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    Hi, Grey. Long time no see :)

    I’m south korean, so i wanna tell something about Jung-Ho Kang.

    Yeah, KBO was hitter’s league in 2014 (only). Not for every year. As you told, Yamaico Navarro hit 31 homers, but it’s also big mystery for korean fans. (Plus, Thames who hit 37 homers is Eric. He’s much younger than Marcus.) Much more minor-leaguers had failed in KBO before Navarro and Thames.

    Kang has been very powerful shortstop even in neutral years. Basically he has got 25 homer-ish power with good contact for our league.

    I don’t know how he brings it to MLB. Korean Peralta? I think that’s not bad. Korean fans hope he could show his ability in united states, like Hyun-Jin Ryu.

    Anyway, your projection for Kang is very realistic. That stat isn’t bad for rookie shortstop. If he can be a starting SS, that projection won’t be a joke. Great article, Grey :)

    • Yescheese says:
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      @piranhaman: Grey gets schooled from Korea! Booom. Invest in Jhang-Ho, the Korean Jhonny!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Yescheese: That was what I said in the post you’re commenting on

    • Fastpitch says:
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      @piranhaman: That’s the United States!

  5. Bodacious Taters says:
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    How do you see the Cleveland SS at-bats being shared ? Lindor probably starts in AAA but you have him and Ramirez with nearly the same Avg, HRs and SBs. If you draft one should you also draft the other ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bodacious Taters: I go over LIndor in his post I link to, you don’t draft both

  6. Clemente says:
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    Keeper question. Standard Roto. Can keep eight players as long as you want, have to add $5 to the salary every year. The majority of my other keepers are hitters.

    Would you trade your $10 Strasburg for their $10 Donaldson?

      • Clemente says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  7. Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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    i doubt people residing in the town of Galveston TX are too happy hearing about the ramifications of that term you made up there.

  8. Q says:
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    Can’t wait until the 3b rankings “drop” tomorrow!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Yup

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        3b ratings day == Nolan Arenado Appreciation Thread day

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  9. NL Only Keeper: Scherzer or Lester over the next three years, who has the most value?

  10. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Noticing a serious trend here, correct me if I’m wrong.

    1.Good 2B is fairly shallow in a shallow, 10-team league;

    2. Good 1B is extremely shallow in a shallow, 10-team league;

    3. Good SS is extremely shallow in a shallow, 10-team league;

    4. Punt at C (Good Roby punt of 65+ yards);

    Right?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Yeah, hitting’s not great anywhere

  11. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Happy New Year Mr. Grey,
    I’m sorry I asked this last year, but I am going baseball crazy and would like to join a dynasty or continuous fantasy baseball league. I checked out the forum and it was somewhat limited. I live in NYC and don’t know anyone who likes baseball. (I think they all have lives or something.)

    Appreciate the direction.

    • Big W says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: join an RCL

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Big W: RCL’s are not dynasties or continuous leagues. they are redrafts, each and every one.

  12. Tigres says:
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    I was excited to see Owings make it into the “Draft!” tier cuz I gots him in a keeper. Then, I was less excited because he was at the very end and almost didn’t make that tier. Then I was hungry from reading the part of the blurb where you got hungry. (Btw – so what did you end up eating? Don’t leave us hanging.) It’s been a roller coaster of a morning and I still haven’t had second brekky. Unsuccinct!

  13. Yescheese says:
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    Jose Fernandez! No, not that one. The Indians SS. Keep an eye on him early this year. “Will flash hot potato skills when least expected.” Future tier name? Thank me later!

    Much like C, I’m tempted to stream SS all year.

  14. Jon says:
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    Pirates fan here who follows the team closely. There’s very little chance that Kang takes significant time away from Mercer at SS. The Pirates value SS defense most of all and Mercer is an under-rated defender, while it sounds like Kang merely holds his own there. If Kang’s bat plays in MLB, it’s much more likely that he finds time at 2B or 3B (with Walker shifting to 1B or Harrison going back to a super-utility role). Kang will find at-bats (maybe 250-300?) but not a lot at short.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Got it, thanks

  15. padrdken says:
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    Help!
    Keep 9 in 20 team 7 x 7 (ops/xb; qs/hlds)
    i plan on keeping
    m. Cabrera
    goldy
    w. Myers
    Springer
    Price
    t. Ross
    kimbrel

    Need 2 more from
    andrus
    Werth
    minor
    Or gausman

    Thanks for the great write ups!

  16. Clint says:
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    Considering the talent “ifs” all over the place here when combined with his schnizz-nit year last year, I’m starting to think Segura’s going to fall far enough to be a draft steal I’m gonna target in my leagues if I don’t keep him outright in my 10 keeper h2h league. He seems to be the only guy in the back half of the top 5 that could potentially win your league for you if the cards fall the way they did just a year and a half ago for him. Trying to keep my Brewer bias out of it but once you get past Desmond & Tulow, it looks like league changers are few & far between from here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, liking Segura

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        This is the part of the offseason where “under the radar” guys who disappointed last year (Segura, Andrus) renew their hype. By draft day, people are drafting them as if last year never happened.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

        • Clint says:
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          @Hawk:
          Not to be confused with the portion of the offseason where one guy “looks so great” in spring training and vaults ahead of these “renewed hype” guys thanks to other web sites proclaiming his numbers to be Jose Abreu-like or some other crazy comparison. Can’t count how many playoff teams I’ve drafted in multiple fantasy sports because people dwell on one bad, previous year for a player. Amazing how fickle fantasy players can be, especially “experts” like at ESPN who do it.

  17. The Lurve Guru says:
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    Trade Help:

    14 team roto keeper, 10 keepers per year, $260 budget, +$4 inflation per year, no limit on years. Standard 5×5, except quality starts replace win category for pitchers.

    Trade MadBum $21 and receive $5 Xander and $5 Tai Walker?

    Thanks y’all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

      • The Lurve Guru says:
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        @Grey: If it were you Grey, which side would you rather be on for this year AND beyond? Gracias.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Xander

  18. Patrick says:
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    The Elvis Andrus write-up made me spit my coffee out. Well done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  19. King Friedman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    So in a 16-team league, Tulo loses some value right? Because his replacement cost would be much lower than in a 10-team league for example?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  20. Wake Up says:
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    As soon as I’m done with the rankings I may try to slide one in.

    Cougs thought to herself, not the first time I’ve heard that one…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey now!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Put on some Elviscobar…pour some Danny’s Antana…cover yourself in Kenny Svargas…and, the hot waitress

        PS waitress is a bit of an odd name, I’ve never met a patient one…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Don’t forget Jungy Pelarta

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: HaHa Dix…Jungy Phelarta?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Maybe Jhungy

  21. KB says:
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    Luis Valbuena/Dan Straily to the Astros for Dexter Fowler. This leaves the Cubs without an obvious third baseman for Opening Day… could mean Bryant is there day one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        He doesn’t have anything left to prove in the minors, batting wise. Can he field well enough to play 3b every day? Made 7 errors in 67 games in AAA last year. That’s not good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe

  22. Orval Overall says:
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    Jung-Ho Kang = lottery ticket, I think he surprises…Just heard this:

    The Astros and Cubs have officially announced that the Astros have traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to Chicago for infielder Luis Valbuena and righty Dan Straily.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  23. LA Sound Guy says:
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    Dynasty Keeper League question…

    Keep 4:

    Bryce Harper
    Robinson Cano
    Giancarlo Stanton
    Ian Desmond
    Justin Upton

    Thanks, y’all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Cano

  24. dem ribbies says:
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    Given the lack of depth at SS, do you think Marcus Semien is worth a look in keepers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  25. danny almonte says:
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    I know its impossible to know this but would you say its safe to expect R.Soriano and K.Rod to both be closers when they sign?
    Who would you rather have for 2015? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt they both are closers but it is impossible to know… K-Rod if both are

  26. Wake Up says:
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    For some reason, every time I hear the name Jordy Mercer, I think of the only girl to make the football team…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he helped me win money yesterday on the football game

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Nice! Did you bet on HaHa Dix to catch the balls that were not thrown to him? Such a Dix move…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Once a Dix, always a Dix!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha Dix that is

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: HA

  27. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    For a shallow 10 team league with only 3 OF and 1 UTL spot, would it be too crazy to target a top 2B and SS early? Like you, I normally focus on getting one early and one late, however, both seem like very top heavy positions. Conversely, OF seems hella deep, especially for a league that only has 3 spots. I could try to snag a Rendon and Demond type early and fill out my outfield with the likes of Springer/Dickerson/Soler/ after the first 4 rounds. In the scenario, I could see myself filling out 1B/3B/2B/SS positions first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see it in a very shallow league like yours

  28. Dave says:
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    Where would semien rank on here?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Dave: below the boobage…above the Busch..

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

      • PK says:
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        @Wake Up: Nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See 2nd basemen

  29. Lville Jim says:
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    Hoping the Nats can move one of their starters for a bat to keep Roark in the rotation. Not that I care about them, just my selfish keeper wishes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  30. Catcher Fever says:
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    It’s a good night when you check your live scoring and see your Shortstop has gone 1-for-4.

    If it’s 1-for-4 with a run, you are the king of the evening.

    If it’s 1-for-4 with a run AND a stolen base… pop open the Cristal.

    Almost time for the highly anticipated 3rd Base!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  31. Gareth says:
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    Sure Lerner can afford it, but this screams ALBATROSS!

    MLBTRADERUMORS:

    Scherzer will receive $210MM for seven years of work, but the contract has an unusual structure, with Scherzer receiving $15MM per season for the next 14 years, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. That means the Nationals will be paying Scherzer through 2028. Also, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan tweets that the deal includes a $50MM signing bonus that will be paid out “over a portion of time” for tax reasons. That bonus would, presumably, be included in the $210MM total. As Passan notes, the deferral makes the contract worth about $185MM in present-day dollars. The structure of the contract and Washington DC tax laws could ultimately save Scherzer over $20MM, however, Passan reports. Scherzer’s deferral is, obviously, the largest one in MLB contract history, leaving Bobby Bonilla and the Mets’ lengthy $29.8MM deferral in the dust.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Gareth: Go Tribe!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

      • Gareth says:
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        @Wake Up: For and Indians spin on this, I must admit I am glad to see Mad Max leave the AL Central.

        I’m loving the Indians Bargain rotation who COMBINED make less than Scherzer next year.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Gareth: Go Tribe!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, they’ll use him for five years then trade him and eat some of the contract…

  32. nightpandas says:
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    Hello there Mr. January,

    Just back from a work trip to Chino, CA, nice spot…been there? BJ’s is a nice pub..

    Looking for some early thoughts on 11 keepers (keep forever, 15 team roto)

    Big 6:
    Scherzer, Darvish, Jones, Tulo, Rizzo, Braun

    Need 5 of : Dozier, Bruce, Stroman, R Castillo, Correa, Shoemaker, Keuchel, Eaton, Duda,
    D Santana, Eovaldi

    Leaning first 5, your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never been to Chino, but I have a pair of chinos…Duda over Correa

  33. the_swinging says:
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    All my leagues r moving away from batting avg and using ops or obp. Would be amazing if there was a way to use ur projected stats and sort by different league settings. In a ops league that ignores avg how much would u bump up biaz? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There will be OBP, OPS etc in February

  34. MB says:
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    If I wear earmuffs will that stop the Rockies from shopping Dickerson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He hit well in away games

  35. Fungazi says:
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    Which 3 would you round out a list of 6 keepers in a 12 T league with 7 stats; standard +TB, BB?

    Goldy, Hanley, Arenado

    3 of: Marte, Pence, Kipnis, Baez, Soler

    I’m trying to find a way to talk myself into keeping Soler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, Kipnis, Soler

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Nice, that would work. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Beastman says:
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    Good lord this list is painfully weak. I miss the days of a jacked up Nomar putting up MVP-like numbers. Sure the game is cleaner now, but at what cost? Erik Aybar as a fantasy worthy SS? Sadness.

    Side note Grey: I know it’s been an ongoing issue, but when visiting the site I got redirected to those bogus App Store games 4 times in a row on my phone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, okay, I’ll look into it… Which app is it redirecting to? Game of War?

      • Beastman says:
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        @Grey: not sure, I shut it down each time before it could fully connect.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

      • Streaming Leake says:
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        @Grey: I was being redirected to Game of War and some candy game this A.M., but all is well now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, thanks for letting me know…

  37. Wake Up says:
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    I have been to the mountain stop, uh, top, short, I climbed a short mountain, to the top… stop…short…anyway, point is…I still have a dream!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Revolocion!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: an oide to milk…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vaca-tion!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: My dad’s making eggplant parm…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can I Semien over?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: true story, unfortunately…bring Sidney too…I’m not going!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Might be awkward if you’re not there

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: send your gramps

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’s actually on a singles cruise in the Caribbean (no lie)

  38. Blue says:
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    Hi Grey! Here are my potential keepers for an 11-team mixed, by draft round:

    Gerrit Cole, 8th
    Aroldis Chapman, 9th
    Starlin Castro, 10th
    Yordano Ventura, 13th
    Xander Bogaerts, 13th
    Nolan Arenado, 14th
    Anthony Rendon, 17th
    Dioner Navarro, 20th.

    Rendon and Arenado are no-brainers; the choice is really do I go with Chapman or Castro? Or Ventura, I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Starlin

      • Blue says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Cram It says:
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      @Blue: Bogaerts

      • Blue says:
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        @Cram It: Why him over Castro? I’m kind of inclined to keep Castro and see if I can’t draft Bogaerts around the 8th to 10th round so I have him as a keeper for the following year. I don’t see Castro falling that far.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Blue: Castro might give slightly better #’s this year, but by all accounts, Boegarts should be studly beyond this year.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I agree with Cram

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @Blue: Even with what we know about SP/RPs, I think I still like Cole for 8th or Chapman for 9th better than those SS which appear a dime-a-dozen after Tulo/Hanley/The Constant.

      Unless maybe you also have to fill a MI spot.

  39. J-FOH says:
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    Have you seen Togetherness yet? I caught the first two episodes last night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw the first and the 2nd is on the DVR

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: thoughts? I can’t even comment on the second one but I want you to watch it so I can.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Felt like an indie comedy… It was decent… Better than Girls, not as good as Transparent…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: The second episode is better than the first, yes very indie feeling. Which one is transparent? And its also no Silicon Valley

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Silicon Valley is the best comedy of the past year, agreed…. Transparent is the one with Jeffrey Tambor in a dress that’s on Amazon

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I mentioned Transparent b/c it has the same indie comedy feel

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: ah, yeah I have watched nothing on Amazon. I’m too cheap and too lazy to subscribe to anything but netflix.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think Amazon is free to watch Transparent (could be wrong, Cougs buys the Prime thing)…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll look into it. I still play video games when bored and not as much TV as i should. At my size, you would think I watched more TV

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t think video games are necessarily that more active than watching TV, unless you’re playing Wii

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: yeah, but they don’t make your brain any smarter…wow that sounds really dumb. #proof

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, you win!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: hey…ha ha dix!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha Dix! (Nearly cost me money in Vegas; Haha Dix was almost on me there)

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: is dix the new dong?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He almost donged me

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: doler dropped a pair of dix on dickey in the dome

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

  40. MB says:
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    Billy Butler or Coco at util?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coco

  41. Jay says:
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    ok so I may be late (and lazy cause I didn’t read through the comments) but with the Scherzer signing, do you keep him over Sale?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  42. SteveNZ says:
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    Gallardo to the Rangers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’ll make him awesome

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I’m probably wrong (not for the first, or last, time) but I wouldn’t be surprised if this Nationals rotation never quite comes together. It all seems to goos to be true. Someone has a bad year, or one gets injured and they’re never all in the rotation at the same time – that kind of thing, you know?

        Now watch them shred all opposition and win the WS is a stroll…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, things never happen as intended but right now they have two of the top five starters and three in the top 12…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: does this help make more people forget about Gio? asking for a friend

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, and I don’t hate him this year

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: me neither, he’s on my boner jam list

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Awesome

          • jal179 says:
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            @Grey:

            Go Expos!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  43. Can you imagine..., the gallons of human spit says:
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    16 team h2h league with 8 keepers. OPS/total bases/ losses/ QS as extra categories.
    start 1 of each position with only 3 OF and 3 util, 6 SP per day with only 2 RP (so SP that are really RP have extra value like mejia/britton), 7 BN spots. 2 of these must miss the cut:
    frazier/trout/arenado/vargas/pujols/arismendy/a.gordon/ozuna/j.zimmermann/keuchel/dickerson. guessing it’s keuchel and 2 others.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keuchel, Arismendy

      • Can you imagine..., the gallons of human spit says:
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        @Grey: sorry, i counted wrong, need 1 more cut.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon or Vargas, flip a coin, likely lose Gordon

      • Can you imagine..., the gallons of human spit says:
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        @Grey: due to the wrist surgery here? or could be age of course. or maybe that i’ve already got 3 OF (but also 3 CI guys)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Surgery mostly, but also age

  44. nick the dick says:
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    Yo G…
    1. Overall dope job so far on all the rankings. I feel I don’t compliment you very much anymore. Wonder if my wife feels the same way…hmm who cares amirite?
    2. Have you watched the movie Boyhood?
    3. Mid season four in BB as I zoomed through 39 episodes pretty quickly, now had to wait 6 days to have the next ones come on tonight and needless to say I need these withdrawl symptoms to subside. Gimme that ending!
    4. Flabberghasted that you had anything to do with that football game last night. I am a Seahawks fan, always have been, so say what you will. Man, what a joy it was to lose my mind at work in a packed bar filled with Packers fans. Why were there so many Packer fans in that Connecticut bar? No clue, but after all the hooting and hollering I heard all night, the silence behind my screams was magical. Gonna be a tough Super Bowl, but Ashanti shaved her sideburns so anything is possible!
    5. Have I mentioned how god awful Common’s latest album is? Im talking teeerrible. So disheartening and really puts a gaping hole in my ‘his catalog stands up to anyones’ argument.
    Happy All The Black People Called Out Of My Job So What A Shorthanded Shitshow Day!

    Cheers,

    NtD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Youreright 2. Yeah (due to screeners and free screenings I’ve seen just about every movie of the last 2 months) 3. You gots some self control, I would’ve bought dem shizzes on itunes 4. I only know about yesterday’s game cause I was in Vegas and bet on both games (and won — thanks, Sky!) 5. He’s too busy promoting Selma… Which I saw at a screening that Common was at

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: 1. I’m always right most of the time sometimes. 2. Why all the hype for that movie? Yeah I get it, shot with the same kids over 12 years, cool idea. But geez, ridiculously great reviews for a very whatever movie. 3. You know me, I don’t get on all the IFlix and NetTunes stuff, I sit. And wait. And wait. And then when all the hype dies down I pounce! Really looking forward to tonights epidodes. 4. Good shizz on your bets. One of the best playoffs games i’ve ever seen. And that concludes the news you dont care about portion. 5. Pretty weak he had to churn out some pointless drivel if hes too busy with movies. Deeply saddened by his effort. I like his acting usually though, Selma was good I presume? Ahhh now get me out of these numbered topics!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2. I thought it was touching and well done… You see other Linklater movies? He does very accessible movies, which this one is… It’s like School of Rock but more drama and less comedy… 3. Gotcha 4. Ha! Yup 5. I didn’t love it, it was okay… Hard movie to hate, but not a movie I’d ever want to see again either

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: I didnt hate Boyhood, I just feel it’s gimmicky process really is helping people accept the mediocrity of the overall movie. Most of the acting was good, Hawke especially, but also Arquette and the main kid was certainly servicable, but it neither evoked much emotion from me nor gave me a very memorable scene. It was okay, drab. Not sure what other movies are Linklater ones.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              School of Rock, Dazed and Confused, all the Before Midnight movies… I will say it wasn’t my favorite movie of the year… Whiplash was that

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: waking life, that other movie that looked just like it; i had no idea school of rock was his at all.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that one too (and others too)

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: with Linklater I remember Dazed, Waking, Suburbia and Slacker.

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @J-FOH: guy pretends to be a regular cashier or what have you and does weird magic stuff right in your face and acts as if it’s all normal

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sounds good though

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, Slacker too was great… Bernie too on Netflix

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @J-FOH: forgot that surburbia (90’s one) was his. i loved that movie.

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: you ever fart around and watch The Carbonaro Effect? I secretly want to be a magician.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, nah, never seen it… Never even heard of it

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ve almost watched Bernie so many times. Slacker was ok, very different if you consider when it came out

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Bernie is worth watching

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh my God, i wanna watch every episode right now!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I just recorded twenty episodes pf this… Amazing!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: I know i’ve been hooked for a while now. Thats not the half of it either, he does some awesome stuff. I have magician envy. Gotta smash out the dealer windows ha!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Ha awesome, it’s so addicting

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: gotcha

  45. MrDeadLegs says:
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    Whatif Eugenio Suarez takes the Zack Hole’s spot in Cincy? Any upside there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not much

  46. stonepie says:
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    what would you want in return for miggy in a keeper league? i want to get younger (we only keep two, my other is rizzo) and was thinking either rendon or puig

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rendon

  47. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: When are you doing pitchers and top 100 ??? WE NEED MOOO FIYAH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When I’m done with hitters

  48. tj says:
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    Kershaw for tulo and pineda? Or kershaw for donaldson and archer? Or kershaw for free fantasy advice? Not sure how that last one would work. 16 team full dynasty got no 3b really to speak of and alexei at ss…sps are samardjia scherzer kersh greinke fister quintana sanchez niese eovaldi…champ of last yr…maybe im just bored and want to trade for no reason? Winter blues ? Let me know ima bout to pull the trigger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo one, it’s just fair though

  49. tj says:
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    Your not concerned with injury history of those two ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Kershaw

  50. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Where would you rank Tanaka ? Top 100 ? Eovaldi sleeper or nah ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll rank pitchers

      • tj says:
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        @Grey: real talk

  51. jal179 says:
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    Desmond is so expensive. Fack. Gimme some Alcides, Segura or Elvis

  52. Swfcdan says:
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    Great to see Xander (could call him Bogey for short but I wont go there…doh I did!) ranked so high as a keeper owner. His season was a tale of 3 seasons: hot start, shizzcrappy middle and strong finish.

    In a 10 team keeper with MI, how many years would you go on him: option year ($6), 2 years ($6) or 3 years ($8)? I have a few other long term keepers also and max of 8, which is why im kinda put off signing him long term.

    Also am a Lindor owner on my farm. I know you were high on him going by your sleeper post, is the reason hes ranked so low here simply because of the lack of ABs this year?

  53. Squidblob says:
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    10 team keeper league, 8 keepers per team. Offense categories are HRs, SBs, Runs, RBIs, OBP, and Ks. Right now I’m leaning towards Goldschmidt, Kinsler, Hanley, Beltre, Brantley, VMart, Scherzer, and Hamels. Any chance you’d drop Kinsler and keep any of the following: Kolten Wong, Bogaerts, or Mookie Betts?

  54. Bill says:
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    Don’t see Jonathon Villar projections anywhere??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Because he doesn’t have a job

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