Today, we go over the top 40 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball.  Yesterday, we went over the top 20 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball.  It will be a date which will live in…Well, it won’t live in infamy, so what’s the opposite of that?  Famy?  It will live in unfamy?  That’s just ridiculous.  What are you, the 7-Up guy?  By the time you get to these outfielders, I’m sure you’ve drafted at least one outfielder.  If you haven’t, wake from your slumber, Rip Van Schmucko, your draft is slipping away from you.  There’s a lot of interesting names in this top 40.  Jason Heyward is an interesting name.  It was even more interesting when it was Jason “Future Superstar” Heyward.  All of the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings are there.  If you right click that and open it in a new tab, your car will get a free oil change (it won’t).  Without further delay (there really wasn’t much delay, I mean, that was a short intro compared to most)… Anyway, here’s the top 40 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball:

21. Jason Heyward – This tier started in the top 20 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball.  This tier goes from here until Calhoun.  I called this tier, “Give me some lovin’!”  Here’s what I said this offseason, “The Braves had the 5th best ERA last year in the major leagues.  That’s with a down year by Mike Minor, and injuries to Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen.  Their runs scored were second to last in the majors.  Only the Padres’ offense was worse.  So, naturally, they trade away Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins, who had a sub-5 K/9 in High-A last year.  Oh…*pounds out a chicken cutlet, fills it with spinach and ricotta cheese, rolls it up, ties it with twine, bakes it on 450 for 18-22 minutes, pulls it out and breathes in the aroma* …kay.  That’s the Chicken Florentine pause.  Practiced by many, only able to be pulled off by a few.  I rarely pull out the Chicken Florentine pause, but trading a top hitting prospect that is only 25 years old, when your team is hurting for offense, is straight up baffling with a pickleback.  Are the Braves trying to bring the entire organization down to Fredi’s level of intelligence?  Did Fredi tell management that they had too many top of the order hitters (they have none) and they needed another arm (they don’t)?  Are the Braves trying to get featured in the third sequel to Major League?  I got questions, y’all!  From a fantasy perspective, Heyward’s value goes up simply because the Cardinals are a better offensive team.  Like someone doing yoga, Heyward will now be surrounded by Matts — Carpenter and Holliday.  What will Heyward produce?  Go ask the Sphinx.  One year he looks like a 30-homer hitter, another year he looks like a middle infielder with 20 steal speed.  He could be anywhere from a 15-homer guy to a 30-homer guy.  The 20 steals, now in two of five seasons, look possible, until you see he has a year of only 2 steals.  His .271 average last year is around his career average (.262), so that seems repeatable, until you see his .227 average in 2011.  At some point, he could have a 30-homer, 20-steal top 20 fantasy season, but to say it’s definitely coming is you lying to yourself.  You already lie to yourself in other areas of your life, let’s not start with Heyward too.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  91/20/75/.274/15

22. Wil Myers – This offseason, I said, “It’s beginning to feel like it’s not an offseason without a trade of Wil Myers.  In three short years, he’s gone from the Royals to the Rays and now on to the Padres.  Only place he can go from the Padres is the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.  They would hope Myers could carry them against their most hated rivals, the Yakuza Spits.  The Miller Lite-inspired commercials between the Spits and Swallows in Japan are a real crack up.  Tastes great!…Spit it out!…Tastes great!…Spit it out!  Before Myers is pushing daisies in the NPB, he’ll bide his time in San Diego and try to right this rapidly sinking prospect boat.  “Ice-cold sophomore year right ahead!”  In all for realliness, I was planning on jumping back in the Myers sinking ship prior to this trade, and I don’t think it kills his value.  Would I prefer he went to Coors?  Yeah, well, dur.  I also don’t think a 24-year-old former top prospect is washed up just because he had one bad year after fracturing his wrist.  Takes time to bounce back from that type of injury and one thing we have is time.  Well, you with the oxygen mask and cigarette might have less time.  In a few years, we’re going to look back at Myers’s 2014 as it should be viewed now, a blip.  I’m about as sure of that as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.  Or as sure of it that I’m listening to too much Toto’s Africa.  Sure, Petco won’t do him any favors, but if his wrist is at hundred percent there shouldn’t be any problems getting at least 20 homers.  Shoot, he could hit 10 homers in just his road games in Coors and Arizona.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2015 Projections:  61/20/72/.277/8

23. Jay Bruce – I still have a hard time sitting down after the screwing that Bruce gave me last year.  Gotchies worn after eating Olestra have nothing on the gotchies I wore while owning Bruce last year.  Last year, on our Player Rater, Bruce was the 46th best outfielder.  So, in his worst season, he was still relevant.  I point that out to say I know it was a struggle to own him last year, but to also say he’s a lot more reliable than the impression you got.  Crap, now I want to listen to that one Mighty Mighty Bosstones song for an hour straight.   Have you ever been close to tragedy?  Yes, I owned Bruce last year!  Close to folks who have?  Not close, I was the one who owned him!  Never had to knock on wood, but I would’ve last year if I thought it would’ve helped Bruce!  Okay, I need to shuffle my iTunes.  Bruce’s strikeouts have been moving in the wrong direction since he entered the league.  He’s swinging at too many balls outside the strike zone and not swinging at balls inside enough.  He might want to go to Brian McCann’s eye doctor.  But, even with these scary trends, he was also unlucky last year and should’ve hit closer to .240 (instead of .217).  I don’t think we’re going to see a top 10 outfielder as he was hinting at with his repeated 30+ HRs, 7-ish steals, but he should bounce back from last year’s abomination.  At least that’s the impression that I get!  2015 Projections:  77/27/89/.235/9

24. Marcell Ozuna – You haven’t reached J.D. Martinez yet, unless you skipped ahead, in which case we’re no longer friends, but Martinez and Marcell were essentially the same last year.  Martinez hit for a much better average and stole a few more bases, but more or less, here or there, cliche or cliche, they were the same.  So, why am I up on one and down on another in a non-sexual way?  Great question, clunky set-up sentence!  Comes down to their track records in the minors and age.  Marcell will be three years younger than Martinez and Marcell hit 23 and 24 homers in back-to-back minor league seasons.  Marcell looks like someone who can grow into 30-homer power (and maybe a .250 average) whereas Martinez looks like someone who could grow into a utility player.  In other words, OZUNA EAT YOUR CHILDREN.  OZUNA TALKING TO COWS.  OZUNA LIKE VEAL.  2015 Projections:  71/27/83/.261/5

25. Christian Yelich – Last year, Yelich did a lot.  He hit 9 homers, stole 21 bases, hit .284, went to his Senior Prom, told his mom he didn’t want to go to college because he wanted to play in the majors full-time, moved out of his family home and balanced a checkbook.  This next year will be just as challenging as he has his heart broken for the first time.  Sad songs say so much, so turn them on, Yelich.  2015 Projections: 82/14/61/.288/22

26. Jorge Soler – I already gave you my Jorge Soler fantasy.  I wrote it while dog fighting my right and left hand shadow puppets.  2015 Projections:  73/25/81/.278/5

27. Kole Calhoun – I was very close to dropping Calhoun into the next tier, and saying unequivocally that I was not drafting him.  Instead, I took the chicken way out and put him in a tier of guys I would draft, but in a place where I likely won’t have a chance to draft Calhoun.  By this point in the tier, I’ll probably already have drafted a second outfielder and won’t need Calhoun.  It’s weird which guys the fantasy community decides to boost up.  Okay, not weird like a third nipple.  For some odd reason, everyone is ranking Calhoun really high even though he doesn’t have huge power, speed or average.  He’s kinda Jayson Werth-ish, which is not *pinkie to mouth* Werth-less.  There’s value in that, for sure, and that’s why I ranked him here, but it’s not exactly exciting.  If he hits 22 homers and steals 10 bases, which is being optimistic, that’s less than a homer a week and a steal every two weeks.  Sounds okay in the big picture, but when you’re living through a year when a guy hits 3 homers and steals 2 bases in a month, you kinda want to pull your hair out.  2015 Projections:  98/22/53/.269/10

28. Matt Holliday – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Martinez.  I call this tier, “You drafted two OFs already, maybe even three, how about you chill now for a few?”  I’m not drafting guys in this tier for one reason or another.  The reason is probably due to age and overall decline, but I…DECLINE!!! to label them like that.  Sorry, I let my 12-year-old nephew write the last sentence and he said multiple exclamation marks and caps was a good way to reach a younger generation.  DUR!!!  Him again.  As for Holliday, look at these last four years:  22 HRs and 2 SBs; 27 HRs and 4 SBs, 22 HRs and 6 SBs; 20 HRs and 4 SBs.  Pretty remarkably consistent, right?  Okay, look at his line drive rate:  20.6%, 18.9%, 20.8% and 16.6%.  Oops, last one not so good.  His average also dipped last year by twenty-eight points from .300 to .272.  That last average also starred in the straight-to-video sequel, Oopsie, Part II, These Aren’t Getting Better.  2015 Projections:  85/20/91/.274/3

29. Charlie Blackmon – If we were to get a repeat of last year, when Blackmon had the tenth best fantasy outfielder’s numbers, I’m ranking him way too low.  Brucely, I’m surprised I have him ranked this high.  I tried to lower him a lot more.  I.e., I tried to keep the Blackmon down.  Fun fact!  If you were to put Charlie Blackmon into a Young Adult Novel Generator, it spits out:  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Last year, he had 19 homers (career high by 13) and 28 steals (career high by 21).  That’s not entirely accurate though.  Don’t you love when I lie to you and then point it out?  It’s not accurate because he never played a full season prior.  His career high was six homers and seven steals but that was only in 82 games and he’s only 28 years old.  He hit .288 last year and only had a 14.8% strikeout rate.  He doesn’t walk much, but he’s not exactly a flapping flounder by the seashore either.  If Weiss gets daffy with himself and starts thinking, Blackmon could get platooned, but he shouldn’t have any more of a chance of being platooned than Dickerson.  Only thing that really has me reluctant is his lack of a track record.  I just don’t see drafting a team with Blackmon, and I’m not subtly implying I have color-blindness.  2015 Projections:  79/15/60/.285/20

30. Hunter Pence – The Gangly Manbird sticks out like a sore thumb in this tier.  Actually, he sticks out in every room and/or social situation he’s ever in.  He’s the one macawing and changing a light bulb without the use of a ladder, just flapping his wings real slow.  He sticks out in this tier because he doesn’t have huge upside and downside.  He feels pretty safe.  He also feels expensive for his brand of safe.  I get it, offense is in the toilet and no one his flushing (a common Lawrence Taylor lament), but 20 HRs, 10 SBs and solid counting stats get you this high in the rankings?  I guess.  Now hurry up with that light bulb, Gangly Manbird!  UPDATE:  The Gangly Manbird had his wing clipped and will miss a few weeks of the regular season.  No fear, he’s being seen by the best veterinarian.  2015 Projections: 70/17/85/.274/9

31. Alex Gordon – He’s in this tier more because he’s a victim of a lack of more guys like him.  Gordon should have his own tier, “Not quite yawnstipating, but if you get aroused after drafting him, you should see a doctor.”  For two seasons now, he’s had 20 HRs (+/- 1), 12 SBs (+/- 1) and .266 (+/- .001).  Consistency is nothing to scoff at you scoffer!  If he had three more homers in his projections, he’d be in the top 20 outfielders and if he had three less homers, he’d be out of the top 40.  He’s just sorta…there.  2015 Projections:  84/20/70/.262/10

32. Brett Gardner – Oh, yeah, bee tee dubya, outfield is the one offensive position that is deep.  Sorry, I was just reading your mind.  Not your your.  The other people reading this.  I started reading your mind, but you started thinking about having your car fixed and I grew bored.  I loved loved lurved Gardner for so many years because he had 15+ HR power and crazy speed.  Unfortch, he finally showed that power last year (17 HRs) as he became too old to steal 40+ bases.  He’s 31 years old now, and is coming off a 21-steal season.  If he reverts to 12-ish homers and those steals, it’s far from glamorous.  2015 Projections:  78/11/49/.257/25

33. J.D. Martinez – Jew Don Martinez had a breakout season last year in much the same vein as Blackmon.  What a mighty big vein that is, Blackmon.  What!?  I also don’t trust Jew Don Martinez.  He exceeded his career in everything by a huge amount, and, unlike Blackmon, Martinez was also very fortunate with BABIP (.389).  His strikeout rate was 26.3% last year and he could easily hit .250 and fall back into a platoon role.  What could’ve been happening in 2014 is Martinez was getting very fortunate, which helped build his confidence and he kept hitting donks.  Think that’s anecdotal and silly?  Well, ain’t you judgmental!  In September, he had a .491 BABIP and hit 6 homers.  When you’re hitting at a .491 BABIP clip, you basically could hit a line drive at a fielder and a squirrel jumps in front of the glove and knocks the ball down for a double.  With that kind of luck, you get full of yourself and swing at everything, and it works.  It’s like you just got a promotion at work and you go to a bar to celebrate.  At the bar, you’re talking to the hottest girl in the bar and she’s laughing.  What do you do?  You take her number and then go hit on 15 more girls with success because you’re in the zone.  In August, Martinez had his worst full month for luck and hit .265 with 3 homers.  Real world example:  You get fired and you go to a bar to drown your sorrows.  Five drinks in, you’ve hit on the entire bar and everyone is annoyed of your crap.  Finally, the bouncer asks you to leave and everyone applauds your exit.  I don’t want to be around when Jew Don gets escorted to the door.  2015 Projections:  69/17/80/.277/7

34. Avisail Garcia – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 60 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball.  This tier is called, “Sexy sexy hot hot dot com that makes you clear your cookies.”  The guys in this tier will either get a sleeper post or already have one or will simply get fawned over by yours truly.  Someone fan me, I’m getting hot thinking about the guys in this tier.  Seriously, fan me.  Oh my God, I can’t cool off.  One note about the projections in this tier, they are optimistic.  At times, they are downright drug-induced.  All I’ll say is if you draft a team you’re going to spend more time with over the six months than your own family, don’t you want players you want that are not just safe?  As for Garcia, I already gave you my Avisail Garcia sleeper.  I wrote it while making nudie Snapchats.  2015 Projections:  83/18/87/.261/14

35. Khris Davis – Last year, he hit 22 homers, but at times looked like arroz con pollo that had passed through an alpaca’s ass.  I.e., his splits give animals the sh*ts.  I hate that he hits righties worse than lefties.  That’s a recipe for disaster.  He does hit monster shots though, and that gives me the goose pimples.  Watch him talk to the Hand.  Only three homers last year by him were iffy, stadium-helped, bloop blasts.  If Davis is going to hit 30+ homers, this is the year.  To repeat with addition, this is the year I want to own him.  2015 Projections:  81/28/86/.255/5

36. A.J. Pollock – I already gave you my A.J. Pollock sleeper.  I wrote it while wondering how I missed that Knight from The Real World: New Orleans died three months ago.  2015 Projections:  78/14/61/.272/20

37. Leonys Martin – Martin is an easy call for this tier.  He already gave top 30 outfielder numbers last year if the Rangers wouldn’t have punted offense and provided better counting stats to my favorite Martin.  Look at his numbers 7 HRs, 31 SBs, .274.  That’s at 26 years old.  If he barely takes a step forward and gets 12 HRs, 35 SBs, he’s a top 15 outfielder and a lucky average away from being top 10.  Think Blackmon from last year, which is not to say the black guys that had a problem with you selling “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts at your local mall kiosk.  The highest compliment I can pay Leonys is I was trying to see how I could rank him in the top 20 outfielders without looking like I was batshizz crazy.  Say it loud, say it proud, I love Leonys.  Or as Key & Peele’s Substitute Teacher would call him, Leon Wise, after calling on D Nice and AA-Ron.  2015 Projections:  77/12/51/.262/31

38. Gregory Polanco – I’m a junkie fiending to draft Polanco in 2015.  How I have not written a sleeper post about him yet is egregious, Jackie Chiles.  I’m petering around so much it’s appalling because I wanna be marrying Polanco.  Folk music puns!  Polanco could hit 15 homers, steal 30 bases and why haven’t I drafted him yet.  Someone start a draft right now so I can grab him.  Thank you.  2015 Projections:  68/14/59/.267/25

39. Oswaldo Arcia – I already gave you my Oswaldo Arcia sleeper.  I wrote it while wondering if Corey Hart still wears sunglasses at night.  2015 Projections:  65/27/68/.242/3

40. Lorenzo Cain – I don’t like bandwagoners, no relation to Lindsay Wagner.  You’re either with me from the start or there’s no room for you when I’m living high on the hog, digging on swine and dancing like Carlton.  Cain…Sugar! has long been a favorite of mine and now he suddenly feels like he’s a favorite of everyone’s after last October.  For this reason, I may not get him this year.  People may just be more aggressive in drafting him than I or me, depending on grammar rules.  This brings me to a side note that is actually related unlike most of my side notes.  It seems to me that the mass media gets excited about a player (Cain…Sugar! in this case).  Not fantasy ‘perts, this is TV and general sports media.  Then after they get excited about a player, the general public gets excited about a player, including some fantasy baseballers.  Then fantasy ‘perts, not wanting to disappoint the people that are excited about someone, rank a player much higher than if they were just going on stats.  This is usually how players get overrated.  There’s little other reason to explain how Mauer is still ranked in the top 100 for some ‘perts.  Just because the general public has heard of a guy it doesn’t make him good for fantasy.  Unrelated side note, I just realized I might like Cain…Sugar a bit because if you look at his name real fast it looks like Cougar.  Do what you will with that info.  2015 Projections:  74/8/77/.274/23

 
  1. Moneyballin says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H keeper auction league with a $260 budget, 5 keepers, no keeper year limitations, and $5 annual inflation. The majority of the League tends to overspending on quality – to elite SP (ex: Verlander went for $55, Lee went for $41 last draft).

    Which five would you advise keeping out of the following:

    Mad Bum: $28
    Joey Bats: $26
    Brantley: $6
    Dickerson: $6
    Arrieta: $6
    Carrasco Sauce: $6
    Frazier: $6

    As always, thanks for all you do Grey… Your inputs are much appreciated!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Moneyballin:

      I’m not Grey but….

      Bumgarner, Brantley, Dickerson, Arrieta, and Frasier are easy choices for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moneyballin: What Hawk said… Well, not the part about not being me…

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Writing to you from the Frankfurt airport going home after my one-year assignment in Lebanon.

    1. Things I’ll miss?….Falafel and shawarma from my buddy Chachi in Al Qoubaiyat.

    2. Things I won’t miss?…Everything to do with Hezbollah especially the fact they have more weaponry than most COUNTRIES.

    3. On a brighter note, really enjoying the OF top 40. The 21-40 group represents the best high risk high return, right?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Congrats on making it through! 1, You’ll find other things you missed more 2. Yup 3. Thanks! Yeah

  3. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    I’m in a 12 team, H2H, keeper league. I’m reigning champ, so I have the 12th pick in the draft. We get to keep our keepers in the round we drafted them. We keep 5 players. I wish I could keep a couple more. Here are my best players.

    Adam Jones – Round 1
    Evan Longoria – Round 2
    Jose Bautista – Round 3
    Jay Bruce – Round 3
    Jordan Zimmermann – Round 5
    Alex Gordon -Round 6
    Jose Altuve -Round 8
    Brian McCann -Round 9
    Doug Fister -Round 12
    Victor Martinez – Round 14
    Avisail Garcis -Round 21
    Michael Pineda – Round 22
    Dee Gordon -Round 23
    Jake Arrieta – Round 23
    Derek Holland – Round 23
    Jose Quintana – Round 23

    I’m thinking of keeping:
    Jones, cause he’s a top 10 guy and I’m not going to get a top guy if I don’t keep him.
    Bautista, cause guys hitting over 30 HRs isn’t easy these days.
    Zimmermann, but I have to see his he gets traded to a team that could hurt his value.
    Altuve, cause 2B is shallow and him in the 8th round is great value.
    My last spot is between Dee Gordon, cause SS is thin and I’d get him in the last round. V-Mart, who I know isn’t going to be as good as he was last year, but at round 14 is worth seeing what he does. And Arrieta, who I can get in the last round and could really be a steal.

    I know things can change, but what 5 would you keep?

    • Cram It says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac: I would definitely keep Garcia in there.

    • Dranksin' says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac: Jones, Joey Bats, Altuve, V-Mart, Dee

      Pitching is deep.

  4. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    I have to say that no Polanco is making me a bit scared of my keeper list.

  5. Shaggy says:
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    Aw, now we have to play Where’s Oswaldo?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Shaggy: practicing not stepping in the bucket…

  6. Tigres says:
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    It makes me wonder if I could.

    It makes me wonder if I…

    Who would have guessed the song was actually about drafting Jay Bruce!

    What ever happened to ska, btw? Granted, the only music I hear these days is whatever’s playing in the gym.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Ska presumably died when all the white people wanting to do reggae got old… See Gwen Stefani

  7. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Ahhh … go my fix good this a.m. Thanks Grey!
    YES, YES, Yes, Yes, yes, yes …
    (Go Islanders!)

    • Curt says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: YES….YES…..YES………..

  8. On paper all stars says:
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    H2h, 5×5, 10 teams and you keep 8. Lineup is c, 1b, 2b, SS, 3b, ci, Mi, 4 of, and a util. 4sp, 2 rp, 2 p.

    Who should I keep from this list? I can trade for draft picks as well.

    J abreu, au shizz, rizzo, arenado, Gomez, cargo, Dickerson, b hamilton, d Gordon, betts, xander, Teheran, wacha, greinke, Kimbrel, Cobb, Bailey

    Was offered something with abreu for rendon. Worth it since I’m loaded at 1b? Thanks.

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        @Grey: Depends on how long you can keep players for. If it’s forever, then I think trading 28 year old Abreu (with your 1B depth) for Rendon. If you can only keep for a limited time and they are on the same contract timeline, I’d probably still do it because of your MI spot and the lack of depth at 2B and SS vs the corners, but it would be closer.

        In my keeper, every player has a 5 year expiration period from the time they were drafted. Maybe my league is different than most.

      • On Paper All-Stars says:
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        Thanks. Unlimited time. Who would be your 8 keepers from that list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @On paper all stars: J abreu, au shizz, rizzo, arenado, Gomez, cargo, Dickerson, b hamilton

  9. KC says:
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    MORE!!!!! GIVE ME MORE!!!!

    I mean… Thanks?

    Dynasty roto keeper (6×6 w/ OPS and Holds), 15 teams

    Salazar/Arcia/Chris Owings for A. Gordon/Kyle Zimmer/Jeurys (<– autocheck wanted to make that "aneurysm") Familia

    Danke

    • Wake Up says:
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      @KC: Ha…it must have seen his tween inning warm-up…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KC: Ha… Salazar

  10. Jones says:
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    Just looking at the projections, some of the OF look better than someone like Ian Desmond, yet he is in the top 20 overall. Is this mainly due to position scarcity, or do you go by guy feeling as well? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jones: Depends who you mean

  11. Shakespeare DiMaggio says:
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    Grey,

    Yeoman’s work.

    Would love your input (phrasing) would love your insight (!) with a keeper decision:

    “Yahoo” style lineups, so only 3 OF’s & 1 Util – 6×6 ops, roto, yada yada yada – Can only pick 5 keepers. Think i have the 4 mapped okay, A.Jones, Abreu, Arenado, Dickerson. The last one is a bit tricky.

    Choosing between Billy Hamilton, V-Mart, and Soler. Only mention Soler because you can keep players for as long as you want year by year. What say you good sir?

    Thinking of taking Hamilton but then OF is so deep while other positions quality is scarce, plus then I have less room to fit the “Hot surprise outfielder du jour” on my team without kicking myself for sticking with Hamilton.

  12. PK says:
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    DUR!!! Him again.

    I cracked up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Thanks!

  13. Wake Up says:
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    My thing always corrects the Mets to Meta…which I kinda get, cuz they’re bot funny either…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Sandy Alderson always goes to Sammy Elderson for me

  14. PK says:
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    Sail!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Avi!

  15. Rob B. says:
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    Grey!

    Keeper question for ya, I have already decided on 4 of my 5 keepers but keep flipping back and forth between Blackmon and J.D. Martinez….they both are being kept at last round value as I picked both of them up off the waiver wire last year so that’s not an issue. Which guy would you go with? My league is 6 x 6 with offensive stats being R, HR, RBI, TB, SB, and OBP. Thanks!

    • Eddie says:
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      @Rob B.: What are your other options other than those 2?

      • Buge Hoobs says:
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        @Eddie: And what are you already keeping?

      • Ghost says:
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        Colorado huh?

  16. Hoody says:
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    Off topic,
    I currently have used ESPN to run my fbb. Not happy with some limitation. Any recommendations on paid managed sites. All star stats waaaay too pricey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hoody: I wouldn’t use anything other than ESPN, Yahoo or CBS

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        @Grey: I’m not a big fan of CBS or ESPN because of navigation through the site. Yahoo offers less league options, but if you have normal settings then I would lean towards Yahoo.

  17. Big Nate says:
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    How does your assessment of Springer change in an OBP league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Nate: He’s a bit more valuable… OBP rankings will be forthcoming

      • Alex Dodd says:
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        @Grey: do you do ops rankings too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’ll be up sometime in Feb.

  18. Jet says:
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    Great work, as always. I get to keep 5. I’m leaning towards the following. Should I replace any of them with Phil Hughes (would be 24th Rd.), Javier Baez (would be 24th Rd.) or Bogaerts (would be 20th Rd)? We get to keep them for as many years as we want, with a 2 round inflation each year.

    Springer – 11th Rd.
    Calhoun – 14th Rd.
    Wong – 16th Rd.
    J. Fernandez – 24th Rd.
    I. Desmond – 20th Rd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jet: Xander over Calhoun

  19. NCPhilly says:
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    I can keep 9 players in a H2H points league that starts 3 outfielders and only 1 UTIL spot. I’m considering keeping Dickerson and Calhoun, but also have Avisail Garcia and A.J. Pollock who are on the fringe. I like all four, but their unproven track records give me pause. I’ll sort it all out but am glad to see that all four are in your top 40 OF’s.

  20. McNulty says:
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    6×6 ROTO (2 catcher) $270, ~40% inflation

    keep one of:
    Ellsbury 29
    Heyward 13
    Gattis 8

    keep two of (or three instead of a player above)
    Calhoun 8
    Y. Gomes 8
    Arrieta 6
    Trumbo 8
    C. Carter 8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @McNulty: Heyward, Calhoun, Arrieta

  21. Clint says:
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    So, what do you do when you have a tier like “give me some lovin'” where there’s a lot guys that still feel like youngsters w/potential regardless of age (Springer/Myers/Ozuna/Soler) mixed in with guys that feel like they’ve been around forever w/the same uncertainty about them (Marte/Heyward/Bruce). Do you lean toward the yutes’ ceiling potential they haven’t reached yet or the perceived vets’ track record of bouncing back? Do you draft one over the other or a mix of both if they’re both there? Note: I only say “perceived vets” because I thought most of the guys in this tier were fairly close in age, just not service time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Marte, Bruce and Heyward aren’t old

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Clint: marte feels like he’s been around forever, really? i’ve only been playing a few years (less than 5), and that sounds nutty to me.

  22. Peter says:
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    5×5, 14 team mixed league. Everyting else equal, where do you see more value–J. Harrison or J. Pederson?

    Thanks.

    Peter

    • Eddie says:
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      @Peter: I think Joc’s upside is worth it alone. But that’s only if he’s an everyday starter.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Moneyballin:

        I’m not Grey but….

        Bumgarner, Brantley, Dickerson, Arrieta, and Frasier are easy choices for [email protected]Eddie:

        Yup, playing time concerns are the only thing that’d stop me from going after Pederson.

  23. The Balking Dead says:
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    Geez, OF seems so deep this year, guess I’ll try to load up on as many as possible!

    Question for a 7×7 (OBP/TB, QS/L added), keep 14 each year, no penalties…

    Which side do you like?

    Pujols/T. Ross or
    Braun/Gausman?

  24. Tio says:
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    Hi Grey… great to see you back at it. You betting on the Mariners again this year?

    Keeper league, heavily favors pitching.

    Gave: Sale, LuCroy

    Got: Rendon, Lynn

    I already have Scherzer, Greinke, Iwakuma and others so am pretty set at pitching. Rendon has great dynasty price tag for this and future years. Thumbs up or down on this deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tio: Nah, I bet on a different team… Sounds good

  25. Eddie says:
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    Grey, do you think Jose Fernandez is a steal where he is projected to be drafted?

    1) He has way too much damn swagger to be drafted that low
    2) I think he will bounce back pretty nicely. Sure, his slider might not be as sexy but ya know

    • Hawk says:
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      @Eddie:

      Fernandez may not be back until July, August. Even then, guys with TJ aren’t “themselves” until 16-18 months after surgery. I wouldn’t trust him at all this year and I’d avoid him entirely unless you’re talking keeper / dynasty format.

      • Eddie says:
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        @Hawk: Yeah that’s true. I had him as a keeper last year (unfortunately). I was thinking he would be back a little earlier. Sucks to be brought back to earth :(

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Hawk: he won’t be available as a free agent in any competitive dynasty league, but his trade cost could be low.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie: He should be back around late-July, early-August

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        @Grey: I’m actually glad he’s being kept in my keeper league, because I could see myself getting drunk at the draft and nabbing him way too early only to deal with the heart break… then not keeping him next year out of angst, only to watch him battle Kershaw for the best pitcher in 2016.

        I need to protect myself from future Tim sometimes…

  26. Snerd says:
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    Gey…are you my long-lost twin?? I swear we have love affairs on the same players. I may have your fanboy team as one of my teams…

    Really have a question on draft strategy on this one.

    Points league, keep 10 (takes your first 10 draft picks off the board), pretty standard scoring setup. I have the third overall pick….
    Keepers are as follows:
    Goldy
    Cano
    Arenado
    Cutch
    CarGomez
    Springer

    Yordano
    Arrieta
    Stroman
    Harvey

    As it stands, I have 1B, 2B, 3B, OF, and SP set. C, SS, 2 OF spots, and my RP spots open. I was thinking about just going best available early, because most likely focusing on any one spot early would require me reaching bad for someone and missing out on sure talent. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Snerd: Actually, we are… Say hello to our mother for me! Go for best available

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: i realize it’s a not-so-innocent typo but…Gey=Cey=LA=Grey. Hence Gey=Grey by way of Ron Cey and the LAD.

        Cheers,
        Ante

  27. dude says:
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    Would you trade Castillo for Wong in a keeper league?

    I have a lot of OF depth for keepers and was planning on keeping Alcantara, but with the trade, no longer thinking of keeping him.

    • dude says:
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      Currently planned keepers (Keep 15, $320 max – salary only in play when submitting keepers);

      C –
      1B – Rizzo ($18)
      2B –
      3B – Arendo ($14)
      SS – Escobar ($15)
      IF –
      OF – Braun ($46)
      OF – CarGo ($37)
      OF – Harper ($30)
      OF – Springer ($20)
      DH – Marte ($20)
      Bench – Rusney Castillo ($15)
      Bench – Yasmani Tomas ($15)

      SP – Gray ($20)
      SP – Samardzija ($16)
      SP – Cole ($18)
      SP – McHugh($15)
      SP –
      RP – Melancon ($14)
      RP –
      RP –
      P –

      I also have any of these players I could keep in place of the ones above.

      1B – Singleton ($11)
      2B – Alcantara ($15)
      SS – Russell ($13)
      SP – Bailey($21), A. Sanchez($26)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dude: I’d take Wong

  28. Nico says:
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    Good news is, I was reading Avisail’s write-up in incognito mode. Bad news is, my work screen got rerouted to the conference room. Fug! Moving on, I’m looking at some other rankings, and is he even getting drafted top 18-20 rounds? What a steal! But is that fo-serious? Obviously, we can wait a bit on him, but how early are you takin this smokeshow to make sure you don’t miss the boat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: Ha… I think I have him ranked around 125 overall, that’s where I’d draft him

  29. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    I like where your at with Castillo & Tames. I’m really gun shy of on one of my favs, Bruce (flipping killed me last year) hopefully he drops way down this year. Thoughts on these keepers, Yahoo 12 Team 6×6 OPS & Holds. Players are drafted in the same round as the previous year and waiver adds count for the latest rounds.
    I’m 95% on these 4 and then its a mess from there;

    Round & Player
    3-Stanton
    8-Donaldson
    24-Castillo
    25-Pederson

    And the rest of the options
    1-Harper (I’ve got Stanton in the 3rd so it’d be Stanton and Harper 1&3)
    5-Marte
    6-Heyward
    11-Moss
    12-Gray
    13-Lester
    23-JD Martinez

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Which 2 would you choose from the lower options?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Lester, Harper

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Nice, Preesh!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, BFF!

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: HA! I was looking into friendship bracelets or charms, the $.50 cent vending machine would only spit out sticky hands and bouncey balls.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’ll take whatever from you, homey!

    • Shakespeare DiMaggio says:
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      @Teddy Heater: You should keep Lester with the rest you already picked.

  30. henry rowengartner says:
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    Hey Grey! I’m loving the posts so far. Can’t wait to start doing 900 mock drafts in the next few weeks. Fantasy baseball is back and its a great thing. Looking at my one keeper league I’m already getting nervous for the draft. I don’t have a pick until the 8th round. My 5 keepers are Johnny Cueto 10th round, Brian Dozier 12th round, Manny Machado 13th round, Yasiel Puig 21st round, and Mookie Betts 23rd round. I’m looking to make moves to acquire some draft picks in the early rounds. An owner that loves Puig wants to offer me Jedd Gyorko (a 15th round keeper and i know you have him as a sleeper) and a few top draft picks. A few reasons I like this is the owner has 12 picks in the first 7 rounds so i can milk him for multiple picks. I can then go out and ship Dozier for more early round picks and I’ll have Gyorko and Betts playing 2nd. What are your thoughts?

      • henry rowengartner says:
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        @Grey: I only have this year and next left with Puig then he goes back into the player pool unless I trade him. Thats why I asked

  31. Blue says:
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    Couple of thoughts. First, not a fan of .240 or less 20ish rank outfielders. The batting average hit on roto is a lot bigger than folks tend to account for.

    Second, Matt Holiday is on my stay-the-freak-away from list. In his first half last year he showed a really degraded approach with low BA and only six home runs. I think this is year he is a mid round pick who lays a 12 HR/.250 egg right in your Cheerios.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: Agreed on Holliday

  32. John Rice says:
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    Grey!

    Love your columns and rankings… i have a quick roster ? for you…

    I know the right decision but just want some backup!

    In a 20 team keeper league… 30 man rosters no bench spots everyone plays, 15 keepers. this is the kind of league where Kenny Vargas is a 2nd round pick.. I won the league last year by trading away all of my draft picks for older players.

    Now someone is offering Miggy for Felix/Kris Bryant/Yelich… am i crazy to say no based on bryant potential?

  33. J-FOH says:
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    The doctors still don’t think I’m ready to get the stitches removed from the second poop hole that Bruce carved out of my back side. Now scientifically named the brucely hole. Don’t Google that, it’s NSFW. Yet I still want to own him everywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Ha! The Brucely Hole should have a Wikipedia page

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Its just pics of men and 4 girls with really uncomfortable looks on their faces

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Wikipedia might’ve redirected you

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: doh, its the whoopsy hole

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  34. Sherwood Hayes says:
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    Great read again. What side would you take in this deal.

    Pence,Volgelsond,Motte Pedroia,Wily Peralta And Chisenhall for Neil Walker Gyorko Kyle Zimmer Salazar and Todd fraizer.

      • Sherwood Hayes says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks again.Who would be the top 5 players in this deal. In order please.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

          • Sherwood says:
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            @Grey: Sorry, lets do that agin, my new born has me on a schedule that is not good for typing. Who would you rank 1-5 out of, Todd Fraizer, Pence, Gyorko, Pedroia.Wily Peralta,Salazar,Neil Walker Kyle Zimmer.

            And a side note, is there 2-3 rp that you think will be closeing for there respected teams by seasons end.??

            Thank you again All and mighty powerful grey.

            You need your own strobe lights and smoke machine when walking into a room.

            • Grey

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              Haha…. Pence, Frazier, Gyorko, Salazar, Walker, thereabouts… I’ll go over RPs… Maybe Miller, Mejia, if you mean guys that might not be closers that will be

              • Sherwood says:
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                @Grey: Thank you sir you are very kind.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

                  • Sherwood says:
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                    @Grey: One more trade, before I get hit with stalker charges. My Gary Sanchez and a 3rd( first year players) for his Kazmir

                    • Grey

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                      Sounds fine, take Kazmir

  35. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Springer sure is a riddle wrapped in an enigma. To the casual observer, you would think he strikes out because he swings out of the zone so often. Surprisingly, not true at all. Last year Springer swung outside of the zone only 24.1% of the time, 6% below the league average. Interestingly enough, he swung at pitches in the zone well above the the league average (73% v 63%). This is basically what you like to see, swinging at strikes and laying off the balls. However, he also makes horrible contact. So while he is swinging at the right pitches, he still isn’t making contact with them. His overall contact% of 61% is well below the league average of 79%. Even more alarming, his SwStr% was almost double the league average (18.2 v 9.4). That is straight up awful. The silver lining here is that he already has a good understanding of the zone and just needs to adjust within the zone. The bad part is that contact% stabilizes pretty quickly so this just might be who he is .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice breakdown

    • Carnac says:
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      Agree w/ Grey, great breakdown!

    • Ghost says:
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      Damn you and your breakdown!!! I am so Hot on Springer!!!! I have to keep 3 and I’m taking Abreu, Arenado, Gomez, but I have Springer, Wong, Dickerson, Yelich, Polanco, Betts just sitting there wanting to be kept!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Lots of nice choices but I’d go with those three you are keeping

        • Ghost says:
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          Dickersons numbers are so much more juicer than Arenados????
          Corey Dickerson 136/436 74 24 76 8 .312
          Nolan Arenado 124/432 58 18 61 2 .287
          BUT I want this guy on my team….
          Grégory Polanco 65/277 50 7 33 14 .235, figuring on him putting it together….

          • Grey

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            Yeah, wouldn’t mind him either

    • jal179 says:
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      @bossmanjunior333:

      You should be hired. That was Magoo good.

      Who are you people? I just pick dudes I like and never win. HA!

  36. centerfield_ballhawk says:
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    I would flip Myers and Blackmon… but thats why I do me and you do you. Welcome back, January Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  37. Great reading as always Grey, you’re the best at this.

    Looking for keeper advice, 13 team 5×5 mixed with a 3 year keeper limit, cost is round picked in last year’s draft, undrafted players count as 20th rounders, or 19th/20th for two of them, and so on. My best choices:

    No brainers (to me):

    Bautista 3rd round
    Rizzo 5th
    Kluber 22nd

    Leaning:

    Ozuna 25th
    Danny Santana undrafted/20th

    Other possibilities:
    Yan Gomes undrafted/20th
    Alcides Escobar 8th
    JD Martinez undrafted/20th
    Cain 28th
    Closers — Rondon and/or Britton undrafted/20th

    It’s worth noting that in this draft all the closers, most years, get picked between rounds 8-12, so the closers may represent the best value if there’s a chance they can keep their jobs this year.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sounds right

  38. Corey says:
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    Will the War Room return for 2015?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • Natty Boh says:
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      @Corey: Mine Crashed on draft day last year.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Natty Boh:it only crashed on me in one draft (out of many, including mocks)

  39. the swinging says:
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    I love this shit. I may move to England. Obscure major league 2 ref… and want to repay you but cash is boring. I have a certain set of skills. They are unique. Here’s some things i can offer in no particular order of competency:
    1) Help you remodel your bathroom
    2) Wingman you at a bar
    3) Provide Nutritional advice, a meal plan
    4) Build you a moderately aggressive investment portfolio
    5) Recommend a good red wine
    6) Teach you deep stack no limit holdem poker strategy

    From there it gets a little iffy, in fact all of the above is a little iffy. Keep up the good work, lawd king perfect Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s start from 6 and work backwards

  40. MB says:
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    This is my roster. I was offered Daniel Murphy for Trumbo in dynasty, do the deal?

    C – Gattis, Sal Perez
    1B – Goldy, Butler, Lind
    2B – Dozier, Howie
    SS – Hanley, Semien
    3B – Bryant, Wright
    OF – Arica, gardner, Byrd, Revere, Trumbo, Stubbs, Cargo

    We do 2C, 5 OF, MI, CI, 1 Util

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  41. Thanks for the quick feedback!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  42. Paz says:
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    I’m having a really difficult time NOT taking outfielders in four out of the first six rounds of draft sims

    It’s important to remember that OF is deep and all, but I find that the best player available in the early rounds is an OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rest of your team is going to be a mess

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        @Grey: There is always a couple top 20 OF that comes out of nowhere on the waiver wire. (see Blackmon, Dickerson, Revere, Brantley (if someone dropped him early)… hell even Denard Span had some pretty good value from the wire last year) I wouldn’t grab a 4th OF all that early just because of the difference between the 10th and 20th OF vs the 5th and 10th 2B/SS… marginal value > actual value.

        Sh*t… did I just make an argument for fantasy WAR as a fantasy stat? Damn it.

        And yes, that was a parenthesis inside of an already parenthesis’d side note up there. If my English Professors could see me now…

  43. This ... is my BOOMSTICK says:
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    In OBP league, Marte or Yelich?

    Why you no love Yelich like Marte?

    Peeps seem to be projecting Pirates offense to be slightly better than Marlins. But Pirates offense looks doodier than last year. Marlins are trending upward. What gives?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re in the same tier

  44. The Tone Ranger says:
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    happy thursday.
    I have a question regarding my keeper leagues.

    as i read the rankings i wonder who i should keep in each league. what is your opinion?> is it better to get the better value by keeping a guy you have in your top 40 that, in my league, i can keep for a last round pick (27th round)
    or,
    is it better to keep a guy in your top 20 (reading the blurb that you actually like) but costs me a 16th.

    so for example in one league, i can keep avisail for 27th (and then 24, 21, 18, etc year after year)…or I can keep brantley at 18 this year (15, 12, 9, etC). it seems like in this example, the return on a 27th rounder like avisail, who you would consider taking around 125 overall (like 12th round) COULD be better than the return on a 16th rounder like brantley that we would prob only take in the 4th-5th rounds?

    i know its case by case, but in this example who would you keep? and do you have a general strategy that i can apply to my other keeper decisions on keeping guys you really seem to like if they are cheaper over potentially better players but not quite as cheap of a discount? i.e. brantley will PROBABLY be better than avisail but he doesnt come as cheap

    i know i really went on and on, but i appreciate your input.
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on each situation… Better to keep higher ranked guy, most times

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, and I’d keep Brantley there

        • The Tone Ranger says:
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          @Grey: awesome! thank you for the quick response. i really appreciate you taking the time to do all this.
          how the eff you keep providing this stuff for free is beyond me (outside of cocktail donations and such). do you ever envision this becoming a paid service? Id still signup for that man.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem… Nah, won’t be paid

  45. Westly says:
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    Hey Grey, love the site, was wondering if I could get your advice on a trade in a 16 team dynasty 5×5. The deal would be my Waino, Mesoraco and Owings for his Ian Desmond and Matt Latos. Here is my roster:
    C Mesoraco, McCann
    1B Votto Pedro Alvarez
    2b pedroia, Phillips, Zobrist
    3B A Ram and Pedro
    SS Zobrist and Owings
    OF Cutch, Joey Bats and Avisail Garcia
    P- Kershaw, Waino, Cobb, Wood, Paxton, Bentences, Melancon, Cody Allen

    I could really use Desmond and am cringing at Wainos elbow but I don’t know if Latos elbow is any better. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Do it

  46. Yabu says:
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    5×5 roto dynasty league — all players kept indefinitely:
    I get Ian Desmond, give up Cueto and Huston Street
    I’m terrible at SS (Jhonny/Asdrubal) and have SP to spare, but still want a good value
    What say you, Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  47. Wake Up says:
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    Profar throwing from 60’…currently looking like the Rangers second best pitching option…

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Wake Up:

      Functional running?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: meant to say that the Elton song riff this morning…HaHa Dix!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha Dix!

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Wake Up: No longer fond of your YoGa pants?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Big Magoo: Never liked him…never give these up!

    • Carnac says:
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      dying

  48. John E. Depth says:
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    Debating on keeping OF Alex Gordon at 17$
    OBP, SLG % are both categories with the other standard 5 cats applying…
    2 UTIL spots can be used

    The good:
    1)He’s consistent, rarely gets hurt, and contributes both power and speed that we all love.
    2)He has a good pedigree so I feel I can’t completely rule out a career year where he bats .300, 25+hr and 20 stl.
    3)He takes walks, which helps in my OBP league.

    The bad:
    1) The Royals lineup does not help his counting stats.
    2)He plays crazy wildman defense(see Bryce H) which leads to nagging injuries that he plays thru but may hinder him at the plate.
    3)The home ballpark is not conducive for big stats.

    My other OF are
    Joey Bats 36$
    Dickerson 6$
    CCarter 6$
    Avisail 6$
    Pollock 6$
    DStubbs6$ (I’m holding on to him hoping Blackman gets traded).

    I am leaning toward dropping him before my draft(got a few weeks to decide) but thought I would run it by you guys. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea what your other options are or anything about your league

  49. J-FOH says:
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    I think Calhoun or Yelich should be owned by everyone everywhere, not both on the same team but one or the other. Rock solid floor with a little room for upside. I loving that boring ass shizz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, like Aoki last year

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Aoki was based on what prior leadoff men did on the Royals ie Alex Gordon. The Royals collectively decided to not hit with him at the top of the order. Did not see that HR total dropping to 1! 1 god damn homerun, who does that after averaging 9 a year over the last two years. OBP was at his norm and actually not that different from Gordons when he led off and averaged 94 runs a year. aoki was a lesson in not relying on a batting order to get you your stats. Unless its anyone but the Royals.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t kiss my mother, gross!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: nice way to avoid the numbers I thru out. Fine, then do you kiss your cougar with that mouth?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What numbers? 1 home run? Yeah, surprising

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: what the Royals did with an almost identical OPS lead off man. God they sucked. They sucked like every episode of storage wars once hester left, they sucked like cutthroat kitchen, they sucked like a…actually I’ll stop there, people read this at work.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gordon and Aoki aren’t similar…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: similar OBP, Aoki has more speed, but Gordon has more XBH, fair enough though, but still, 80+ runs and 7-8 homeruns wasn’t crazy talk.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Aoki could easily get those numbers this year… They’re not easy numbers to enjoy in most mixed leagues

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: 5 OF league its nice for those of us that like slow and steady wins the race.

                    and yeah I could totally see that, Bochy is like the turd whisperer, he can take a certifiable piece of crap and turn it into gold.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, yup

  50. scott steelers says:
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    Just for fun, name 2 players out of 21-40 that you could see surprising and finish in the top 10… I have a few keeper options in this range who I’m HOPING will finish better but realize they are ranked appropriately to start the season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer, Heyward

      • scott steelers says:
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        @Grey: damn. Was hoping you were going to say Soler. Watching Soler hit makes my pants feel funny. ;-) ha.

        • scott steelers says:
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          @scott steelers: between soler, puig and Abreu as keepers I think I’m going with Deffacating Defectors.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  51. Deuces says:
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    Standard head to head 10 man league. 3 keepers out of Ian desmond, Rendon, Donaldson, Springer, Dickerson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Springer, Dickerson

  52. Deuces says:
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    Standard head to head 10 man league. 3 keepers out of Rendon, Donaldson, Springer, Dickerson.

    I feel like I need to keep Rendon, Donaldson but can’t really decide between the other two

    What you guys think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  53. sexual chocolate says:
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    Grey, need to keep 7 players. Either 4 position 3 pitchers or vice versa. Looking at my team below who would you decide on…

    Posey, Buster(1B,C) SF
    Pujols, Albert(1B) LAA
    Kipnis, Jason(2B) CLE
    Rendon, Anthony(2B,3B) WAS
    Desmond, Ian(SS) WAS
    Gordon, Alex(OF) KC
    Martinez, J.D.(OF) DET
    Upton, Justin(OF) SD
    Yelich, Christian(OF) MIA

    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) BOS
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
    Alvarez, Pedro(3B) PIT
    Santana, Danny(OF,SS) MIN
    Cabrera, Melky(OF) CHW
    Ozuna, Marcell(OF) MIA

    Active Pitchers
    Arrieta, Jake(SP) CHC
    Hamels, Cole(SP) PHI
    Hughes, Phil(SP) MIN
    Scherzer, Max(SP) WAS
    Teheran, Julio(SP) ATL
    Cishek, Steve(RP) MIA
    Rodriguez, Francisco(RP) MIL

    Latos, Mat(SP) MIA
    Miller, Shelby(SP) ATL
    Santana, Ervin(SP) MIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, Rendon, Desmond, Upton, Scherzer, Arrieta, Hamels

  54. Mostsuckass says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great analysis! I especially like your aggressive ranking of Jason Heyward. I’ve seen him ranked a lot lower on other sites this season, which I think is a mistake. I’m targeting him in my drafts this season.

    In a keeper league, which of these starting pitchers, if any, would you be willing to accept in trade for Neil Walker?
    Chris Archer
    Andrew Cashner
    Gio Gonzalez
    Jake Odorizzi
    Wily Peralta
    Taijuan Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Gio

  55. CharBinkoCups says:
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    Grey….LOVE your work, avid reader and HUGE fan.

    Deep 16 team league that includes BB and OPS. We keep 6 total and based on their low keeper $ amounts I am planning to keep Wong, Joc Pederson, Alex Wood. Trying to decide on the rest, help me pick the other 3…..

    Option 1
    Miggy, Trumbo, Wil Myers

    Option 2
    E2, Cano, (Gattis or Cuddyer)

    Option 3
    E2, Trumbo, (Wil Myers or Kipnis or Strasburg or Hamels)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Is E2 really E5? Option 2 with Gattis

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Grey: brutus.

  56. KB says:
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    If you do acquire Arenado/Dickerson on most of your teams, will you bench them for road games for other options, or just roll with the punches away from Coors?

    I’m planning on targeting both this year, as well as Morneau to a lesser extent, but mostly play H2H and am wondering whether it’s necessary to have backups for series/weeks they’re away from Coors? That duo/trio could potentially win weeks on their own when the Rockies are at home, but could kill any chance of competing when on the road.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roll with punches

  57. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  58. Baezaworldseries says:
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    I think I’ve been reading Razzball for four+ years now. Today is the first time I’ve noticed the forums.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Baezaworldseries: judging from the amount of people in those, you are probably like in the above 80 percentile.

  59. J-FOH says:
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    News just popped up on my phone and it says Jesus Montero lost 40 pounds. In what universe is that news I want to know. F**k the 24 hour news cycle in the neck.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @J-FOH:

      Would be news if he lost them in a meat grinder or a chipper shredder.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was the title of the Jesus article, Body of Christ gets smaller?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: surprisingly it was Mitsubishi makes its SUV smaller

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… The Montero now less roomy!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Or takes up less roomy!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: now with a dashboard jesus option

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                “Hello, mechanic, I meant to put it in cruise control and now it keeps giving me communion.”

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @J-FOH: ‘Best shape of my career’ alert.

  60. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Predicting breakouts

    Just for fun I ran a list of 15 “break out” players last year and compared a composite “curated” set of rankings against NFBC ADP to see which was more likely to “spot” the break out.

    The answer is neither of course, but the finding is that they were remarkably similar. The average difference between original rank and final value for the curated picks was 178.3. For ADP it was 194.6.

    Interestingly there was really only about an 8% difference between the ADP and the curated original rankings. Interesting how little these experts were able to deviate from established ADP. Or vice versa I suppose.

    I guess my point here is that ADP takes a lot of flack in general as a poor guide to drafting, but it appears to be about as good as a well known curated list. It kind of confirms my thinking that’s evolved over the last 5 years: player projections are secondary to strategic objectives when it comes to drafting. The former must inform the latter, of course.

    Here are the players I looked at:

    Dee Gordon
    Garrett Richards
    Tyson Ross
    Corey Dickerson
    Anthony Rendon
    Todd Frazier
    Michael Brantley
    Corey Kluber
    Victor Martinez
    Chris Carter
    Brian Dozier
    Jon Lester
    Nelson Cruz
    Kyle Seager
    Jose Abreu

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      oh yeah…small sample size

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @GhostTownSteve:

        very small in fact. I shouldn’t even say this confirms anything. Just an interesting little data tidbit.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: damn, making me think every day, you are like our soduku

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you’re saying you need to draft strategically for your team vs. just what players might do according to projections, I agree… Honestly, not 100% sure what you mean though… Brain fart, sorry

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t know what I’m saying either. I suppose what I’m saying is hinted at by this but by no means confirmed. Something along the lines of lord give me the strength to change what I can and accept what I cannot.

        Rankings and projections are such a crap shoot so as to be a crap shoot, though like craps lend an illusion of control. Where as strategic and tactical roster construction considerations are within the realm of control and that is where the edge minus luck really lies.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…. That craps crap actually made sense! Now we’re speaking the same language! Speaking of which, was in Vegas this past weekend… I put money on one team to win the World Series and they’re 60 to 1 odds, can you guess?

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Mariners?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, done with them

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, and it’s not the A’s

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Astros?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Indians?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  They were 20 to 1 odds and Rudy put money on them (well, I did for Rudy)

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Padres?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, I think they were around 15 to 1… BTW, the Cubs were 10 to 1!

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                No idea, Albright. My fantasy analyst watch is on the fritz.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Okay, game’s up… I bet the Reds

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    I can kind of see it. There’s potential for an everything goes right with them. Votto and Bruce better. Hamilton improves and is electric. Frazier solidifies. Rotation healthy. Bailey bounce back. Mesoroco solid. Interesting flier. I would not have seen it myself but I get it.

                    • Wake Up says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve: Late to the party…but isn’t ADP a curated mean?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that’s what I was thinking, plus 60 to 1 is hard to find…

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      I take curated here to mean the value is assigned by an expert, as in a ranking. Whereas ADP is a measure of the wisdom of a crowd. Drafters are not ranking but drafting and the data is derived from their activity.

                      In this case I did take a consensus ranking but it was a consensus of only 5 experts so I still consider it “curated”.

                    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve: CUBS only get 10-1 and CIN 60?! much better value bet.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Toronto

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Blue jays were like 12 to 1

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: The smart money ruining it for everyone…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  61. Q says:
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    16 team dynasty league.

    I give Chris Tillman
    I get Jhonny Peralta

    Peralta no great shakes, but otherwise Brad Miller is my starting ss. My pitching pretty decent, given the depth of the league.

    Yay or nay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nay

  62. colonel Angus says:
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    Grey, I’m interested in your advice on this trade offer. 12 team dynasty. Kemp/Wong for Bruce/Syndergaard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp side

  63. Cole says:
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    Ideally you mix enough upside guys with low floors with solid predictable guys but looks like OF is the position I will be taking the most upside risks on. Do you agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on the names

      • Cole says:
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        @Grey: I mean if I want to take George springer in the 3rd round (42 in the nfbc adp) and Yelich in the 6th (78 adp) I need to land a guy like Adam jones as opposed to Tulo early to limit my downside

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In theory it makes sense

          • Cole says:
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            @Grey: just like the theory of drafting a safe prince fielder in the first round last year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, exactly

  64. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I just found my first guy for 2015 that I’m going to own a bunch. Luis Valbuena. Couple things. Of all players who hit at least 45% FBs last year, Valbuena was the only one who failed to hit at least 20 homers and the average was 27.8 homers. Guys who hit between 40% and 45% FBs averaged 20 homers. Between 40% and 35% averaged 18 homers. Wrigley was the 19th toughest place for left handers to hit home runs last year Houston was 9th. Move to the AL with a general uptick of counters. 3rd base and 2nd base eligible. I’m going to give him 70/22/70/.250 with the potential for a crazy breakout beyond there and a current ADP of 400+ i.e. undrafted. That’s your deep league special for today. I’m banking that one.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Hit 11 homers in 65 games to end the season. Nasty L/R splits so might lose some time to Dominguez but on the good side of the platoon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he platoons and hits under 12 homers… I will say he won’t be drafted until the 400s, so there’s value that late

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I disagree. Been reading the tea leaves on this. Hinch is a straight out SABR gangster. Dominguez had the lowest WAR of any qualified MLB 3rd baseman last year. His OBP was .256 overall and his .282 v LHP was lower than Valbuena’s .309. Dominguez has led the majors in error among 3rd basemen the last two years and is a net negative career UZR where as Valbuena has been average to slightly above in his career. And there’s a lot of negative chatter coming out of the Houston camp about Dominguez.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Outside of deep leagues, I don’t think it’s gonna matter, so I’ll say we’ll see… I will say everything you’re saying on Hinch and Valbuena and Dominguez makes sense…

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I’m going to say mixed league relevant by year end at 2B. Only two 2B hit 20 homers last year. He could give you a Neil Walker-ish year (ADP 130) minus some BA.

            But we will see. These are the guys that we want to find when they pan out. Large profit.

            • Sky

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              Funny you’re on this band wagon a bit as well, GTS. I don’t think he clears 20 but has a chance at 18. He’s in my honorable mentions for my 2B deep league thoughts (whenever that post comes out). If he lands in the right LU spot, his RBI/Run totals could push him up quite a bit at 2B.

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Sky:

                I’m thinking 20 based on second half splits and the park change. It’s only 4 more than he hit last year. Feels like it’s in the realm.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @GTS and @Sky: Valbuena is the kind of guy that seems like a hidden gem now that returns $8 on his $2 investment, but it’s the guys like Trumbo going for $12 that return $27 that make the difference in the end…

                  • Sky

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                    Yeah, I’m just talking about my future Deep League Thoughts post. In RCL’s, he’s a weekly pickup if he gets to face some bad righties at home in Houston or an injury fill-in; nothing more, really. He’s on my radar for my keeper I’ve mentioned and any other deep leagues I’m associated with.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I agree with that

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Sky:

                      I’m sticking my neck out on him a bit more based on the ability to hit fly balls. 4th highest rate in MLB among qualifiers last year. A small uptick in HR/FB because of the park adjustment would push him over 20 because of that insane rate. He hit a career high in FB and maintained a 20% LD rate. There’s whispers of ye olde “approach change.” I dunno….spider sense.

                    • Sky

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                      I believe in the approach change but I think it started in 2013 (44.8% FB rate then, would’ve been 7th best in baseball if he met the minimums). Even then, he wasn’t a 20 HR pace kind of guy. I’m mashing his last two years together (fair or not, I see them as the same trend; we may disagree here) but I see a guy who would need to hit 211 FBs in 2015 to keep all his current underlying stats and hit 20. I think too many ABs/games would have to be pencilled in for him to reach that plateau since he is still a platoon guy. Either that or his HR/FB% profile would have to leap from the 9.49% he’s sported since 2013 to 11.5%. Obviously it’s all possible but I still think the stats say he’s more likely to maintain rather than gain. What is the o/u bet on Valbuena HRs? Grey has to shave his ‘stache if it goes over 19.5? I say yes.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Deal! Or even of he gets anything-point-five… I’d like to see that…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha! 2.5 WAR is very plausible.

                • Sky

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                  I think we’re seeing who he is, personally. The park change is nice but I think he’s a 14 to 16 kind of guy. That’s why I mark the 18. 20 is always within range but I think we’re talking best case scenario. Given the state of 2B, I’d take the 16 and .250 average if I can get it.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    BTW, I ranked 425 guys total, and the top hitter that I didn’t rank with the most AB potential according to Steamer? Dioner Navarro, 2nd is Valbuena

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Bet you can’t guess number three… He’s a 3rd baseman too

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: Uribe?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I ranked him

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: damnit, I was going to write Turner first and then changed it . FMBC

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: this conversation touched off my sixth sense, the same as when he got traded *farts* oh, I just had gas.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Much like when people think babies are smiling, the times J-FOH is close to nirvana just means he’s close to going to the men’s room.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: yeah, I was always more an Alice in Chains guy anyway

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve: What is it about 100 yards to the Crawford Boxes?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Valbuena is a guy I could see coming really handy in a NFBC league, but I don’t see him as a starter

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: if GTS is right then he will be called Valbueno!

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @J-FOH: SAME

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Wake Up: our timing was the exact same. Are you scratching your ass right now?

                    • Wake Up says:
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                      @J-FOH: No! But the dog is smelling my fingers…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Wake Up: mine is sniffing my toes. Are you New Zealand with SteveNZ?

            • Wake Up says:
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              @GhostTownSteve: Buena…good sir…buena!

  65. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    i’m thinking about trading for mookie betts, but should i be concerned at all about his playing time in that crowded OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Harry Hardenberg says:
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        @Grey: lmao not inspiring me with confidence here grey.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Harry Hardenberg: the poor guy’s been saying this for 6 weeks now…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: I wonder if half our readers are from Boston area

            • Harry Hardenberg says:
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              @J-FOH:
              i’m not from the boston area

              and i’m sorry i havent kept up with every single post this offseason

              however, im confident boston will throw victorino in the trash somewhere

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Harry Hardenberg: No offense intended friend.

                Having some fun with Boston…not you.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Harry Hardenberg: don’t know how to do the link thing, so here you go…

                9. Mookie Betts – I want Mookie’s PR person. Literally every day for the last two months at least once a day someone asked what I thought of Betts for this year. Don’t look around, you probably asked me at one point. I wonder if it has something to do with his name. It’s just such a baseball-sounding name. Have you ever met a none baseball-playing Mookie? I continued to tell them, Betts doesn’t have a job. Pedroia’s at 2nd base and the outfield is Hanley, Victorino and Rusney. Then John Farrell called me a liar and went on record saying Betts is his leadoff hitter. Where’s he playing? *shrugs* I have no idea. It’s gotta mean Victorino is a bench bat, and maybe Rusney and Betts will sit occasionally to get Victorino into the lineup. I could see anywhere from a top 5 2nd baseman season for Mookie to a platoon player that the Sawx decide to demote to the minors so he can get everyday at-bats. Maybe Victorino or Pedroia will get injured to make this clearer, but right now drafting Betts will be a huge gamble. Pun point! 2015 Projections: 81/11/41/.297/20

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Wake Up: I wonder if cram changes his handle to “cram your betts question up your cram hole?”

              • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                @Harry Hardenberg: you woud’ve only needed to keep up with about half of all posts to know about the mookie with no job thing.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @J-FOH: Only if they are using the audio-blog app…I keed, I keed…oh, like they can read this anyway…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Wake Up: Bostonians can’t read…they just react

  66. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    love it.

    Grey/anyone – I have Chris Davis, and can keep him this year and next in the 18th round of a 12-teamer w/ deep squads. Should I trade him for Addison Russell, who can be kept this year and the next 3 years in the 30th round? is that worth the temporary hit I would take? my other keepers suck

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Davis

  67. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    garza at 7.1 million (out of 100 budget for just this year) or aybar for 8.5 for each of next 2 years? OPS/holds 6×6. Pitching without Garza would be very weak but also has F-Her as anchor. Frazier/melky/cain sugar/zobrist head the offense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar

  68. Mets8484 says:
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    Just traded george springer for soler and joc pederson? Springer is $1 and will need a contract after this year while soler and Pederson are still just minors league. Was I crazy to make this trade??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Mets8484:

      I like Soler a lot. I think you did real well with that trade.

  69. Wake Up says:
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    Oh, and I just got the huge gamble part…Nice!

  70. J-FOH says:
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    This just in, Verlander feels better than he has in 3 or 4 years. Well that changes everything, top of my draft board now

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @J-FOH: The Upton effect.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @SteveNZ: sounds scary….and very hollywood

  71. J-FOH says:
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    I’m sitting at a parents thingy at kids school and one of the moms has man hands!

    • nick the dick says:
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      @J-FOH: I eat my peas one at a time, so what?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @nick the dick: I’m finally gonna make some changes!

    • nick the dick says:
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      @J-FOH: Real question is did you see any mom jeans

      • J-FOH says:
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        @nick the dick: one mom jeans . There are literally only two whites mom’s in the class.

        • nick the dick says:
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          @J-FOH: one is all you need, like a cock push-up

          • J-FOH says:
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            @nick the dick: nice return of a proper avi

            • nick the dick says:
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              @J-FOH: I know not what a proper avi means. I’m guessing your mean my avatar (ava?) Yeah went with the self portrait. Find it hard to believe you didn’t like a cup of Ice Tea with some Ice Cubes in it though.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @nick the dick: I always picture you shirtless with a bow tie

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @J-FOH: holding a tray of hot dogs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  72. chrisL says:
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    No inflation or picks given up. Normal 12 team keeper league with OBP instead of AvG
    keep 3:
    Lucroy
    Soler
    Hanley Ramirez
    Michael Brantley
    Frazier

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