Hey, guys and five girls, we’re (I’re) back!  Today’s 2020 fantasy baseball rankings tackle your favorite (I’m guessing!), the top 40 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball.  Last year, this post was an absolute minefield that would’ve made Princess Di shudder. By my count, only Eloy went from this post last year into the top 20 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball this year. Yuck. Well, those who don’t learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Or is it, ‘Those whom don’t learn?’ Someone explained this to me before. Meh, whatever! Here’s Steamer’s 2020 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2020 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers. As always, my projections are noted for each player and where I see tiers starting and stopping.  Anyway, here’s the top 40 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball:

ALL PROJECTIONS ARE BASED ON 100 GAMES PLAYED, DUE TO COVID-19. BE SAFE OUT THERE!

21. Kris Bryant – This tier started in the top 20 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball. This tier ends at Pham. I called this tier, “The Braille word for boobs.” As for Bryant, went over him in my top 20 3rd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

22. Joey Gallo – I know he seems illogically able to hit 450-foot bombs into the heavens. I’ve seen him do it too. I don’t need you to impress on me his power. His power is fantastic. We’re in agreement! What we’re not in agreement on is when Joey Gallo will be the Big Fly Into The Heavens Guy again. Last I saw, he was struggling to grip a bat. Um, not to be a harpy on the Big Fly Into The Heavens Guy, but he can’t grip a bat? I don’t care if that news was in September of last year. You’re not concerned about a guy who needs to grip a bat not being able to grip a bat? Even if it is six months prior to the season. I don’t care. Did we not learn anything from Kris Bryant the season his shoulder bugged him? Have you not seen how much a mess Giancarlo can be when he’s injured? If I recall correctly (and I do), Giancarlo was the original Big Fly Into The Heavens Guy and he became Big Sigh Get Off The Bench Guy. Hey, more power to Gallo (literally), if his hand and wrist are okay, but everyone can hit homers nowadays, so I’ll be damned if I’m risking anything to try to get his homers. 2020 Projections: 47/20/54/.247/4 in 307 ABs

23. Tommy Pham – Can I please tell you guys and five girls something? I don’t love the outfielders going around 30 to 60 this year. Not 100% sure what happened. Or, as the kids say, I’m not 100. They say the same thing just without the percentage sign. These kids nowadays have no time for percentages! When I was a kid, I’d say, “Mother, how much of a percentage of that cookie can I eat?” And Mother would reply, “Just eat the gee-dee cookie so it will hopefully absorb some of the milk sitting on your mustache.” Any hoo! I just don’t love these outfielders in this tier. So, you think with your doe eyes and cherub face, “Why not just rank these guys lower if you don’t want them?” A) I ranked them lower than most already. B) Just draft something else and stop giving me a hard time. C) There’s no C. To combine A & B with an example:  Everyone, and I mean everyone, has Soler and Laureano ranked after Blackmon, Bryant, Giancarlo and just about everyone in this tier. So, if you want and/or need an outfielder, draft Laureano, Soler, Eloy or one of the outfielders I liked in the top 20 and stop worrying about drafting an outfielder I don’t like after them. There’s no earthly way you will see, say, Pham or Bryant available and not see one of the guys in the tier before who I like such as Laureano or Soler. Now the knucklehead who says something like, “I don’t like Lauerano or Soler so would you suggest I draft Bryant or Pham instead?” Give me your IP address so I can shadow ban you. As for Pham, here’s what I said when he was traded to the Padres, “Teams keep moving Pham like a game of musical chairs. Afraid that the music will stop, the fat lady will sing (without music accompaniment) and Pham will revert to be the guy we thought he was a few years ago, which is not much of anything, and I sound like a broken record from previous years, so maybe some people would wish the music would stop. Pham’s launch angle and ground balls are an absolute joke. Speaking of which, I’d give you a Knock, Knock joke for Pham’s power, but it’s more like knock, forty-five ground balls, then another knock. Be well, San Diego and its multitudes of white people, but it should be Sand Iego — I mean, have you been there? — and I don’t like Pham. I’m sorry, he is so woofy I see his falling xBA, Launch Angle, Barrel% and xSLG and I’m good, you enjoy him if you like.” And that’s me quoting me! 2020 Projections: 49/10/43/.271/14 in 357 ABs

24. Oscar Mercado – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Conforto. I call this tier, “Wearing a Moncler coat in the summer on LeBron James’s boat.” The tier name comes from RNP by YBN Cordae, which might be my favorite song of the last few months. I love this tier and want to draft all of the guys in this tier like I wanna be wearing a Montcler coat in the summer on LeBron James’s boat.  As for Mercado, already gave you my Oscar Mercado sleeper. It was written on the dark side of the moon with a very bright nightlight. 2020 Projections: 48/10/39/.261/19 in 348 ABs

25. Luis Robert – Already gave you my Luis Robert fantasy. It had too many spelling errors to even count. 2020 Projections: 48/14/36/.248/15 in 317 ABs

26. Victor Robles – Last year Victor Robles hit 17 homers and stole 28 bases. He’s 22 years old. I’m sorry, why again is he not being drafted in the top 30 overall? Because of his average? Hmm, I don’t know, Cousin Sweatpants, he hit .255 with a 22.7% strikeout rate. Jonathan Villar has career marks of a 26.6% strikeout rate and a .261 average, and is over six years older than Robles. So, let me get this straight, we think Villar is capable of more but Robles isn’t? We trust Villar more because he’s done it before? Okay, he’s also flamed out for entire seasons more times than I want to recount. I’ll be honest, I’m not 100% impressed with Robles’s batted ball profile. He’s an aggressive swinger like former Congresswoman Katie Hill, but he doesn’t swing at more pitches outside the zone than the average major leaguer; he swings at more pitches inside the zone. That’s solid recognition. His actually problem is he makes so much contact that it’s not all good, which brings me to my biggest problem with him. His exit velocity is hilarious. His 81 MPH exit velocity is about the lowest in the league. His hits are slower than Fernando Rodney coming in from the bullpen without a bullpen cart! No joke, Yu Darvish’s exit velocity was higher than Robles. Of course, Robles’s sprint speed is on par with Acuña, so Robles doesn’t need all shiny, sexy line drives to get on base. Though, it’s not that simple. Robles’s line drive rate was on par with The Greek God of Hard Contact, Nicholas Castellanos. Seems like Robles has figured out how to hit 160-foot line drives. Just good enough to fall between the infielder and outfielder. I wouldn’t count on the 17 HRs again from Robles, at least not in 2020, unless Manfred is dressed like The Hamburglar, sneaking even more juice into balls, but his 28 steals actually seems low. Is there gonna be a huge value sleeper here? He feels like a guy you draft in the 6th round and hope for a Villar-type top 20 overall season. I imagine, similarly to Villar, in shallow, friends-and-frenenemies-type leagues where the people just show up the day of the draft, Robles will be drafted much later, think 8th to 10th round.  2020 Projections: 51/9/38/.261/20 in 350 ABs

27. Marcell Ozuna – You know what’s funny that’s not entirely funny in the traditional sense? I rank 150 or so outfielders and then go back and write in my thoughts, then add in the projections. If the projections are really good then I move the players up and if they’re worse than I originally expected, I move the players down. With that in mind, I originally ranked Aristides and Rosario from the top 20 outfielders in this tier, but I couldn’t figure out why they were ranked this low. It turned out I liked them so much I started moving guys out of this tier and into a tier in top 20 outfielders. I nearly did the same with Ozuna, but didn’t because he could have some slight injury concerns, which also might explain why it took him forever to sign. I’ve been seeing Ozuna go seriously low in early drafts. Is this because of his shoulder injury? OZUNA wish for good health. OZUNA have heard time making wishes. OZUNA wishes for anything by blowing out candles but he blows out candles with fire breath. Outside of his shoulder concerns, it’s hard not to love Ozuna. I can’t even understand why others don’t like him outside of the injury concerns. Brucely, I’m kicking karate into people’s brains and just guessing that’s people’s worries for him. I don’t know, exactly. I will say if that’s the reason, then fair enough. His 2nd half (9 HRs, .219) didn’t exactly assuage any concerns, if I’m using the word assuage correctly. On the flip side, his .241 BABIP in the 2nd half and .259 overall doesn’t say injury. It says unlucky. His 48.1% Hard Contact (7th in the majors) doesn’t say injured, it says unlucky. His top 35 Barrels/PA say unlucky; his 403 feet on average homer doesn’t say hurt; his chase rate falling last year compared to the year before doesn’t say injured it says, say it with me now, unlucky. Now that he’s in Atlanta, I’m making little nibble sounds, indicating I think he’s tasty. 2020 Projections: 52/19/60/.274/3 in 360 ABs

28. Michael Conforto – With absolutely no data to back this up, I will go out on a very sturdy limb and say you can’t go wrong drafting hitters who are 26 years old coming off a career year. Conforto just went 33/7/.257 and I can’t figure out a way to project him for numbers that are much worse. He is the epitome of a number two outfielder. Prolly will be a solid #2 outfielder for the next three years easily, but we’ll go one year at a time and say you can’t go wrong with Conforto for this year. His numbers seem so locked in that all his stats could be the Khris Davis .247. UPDATE: Tweaked his side, which is code for Conforto is feeling unconfortable, and will likely miss up to three to four weeks. Hmm, wonder if Conforto’s phone number is 3-2-4-Weeks. Solid contact info, if it is. I’ve docked him three weeks of the season from his projections and lowered him in the rankings. UPDATE II: To make sure Conforto would be ready for the start of the season, the Mets sent their doctors out to all drive-through coronavirus checkpoints. 2020 Projections: 56/20/64/.254/4 in 360 ABs

29. Nicholas Castellanos – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Brantley. I call this tier, “Giving your awards acceptance speech in a mirror.” This tier has you feeling super confident after you draft them. They’re the kind of guys that elicit chatroom mentions like, “Wow, I can’t believe you got that player so late.” Then you turn to your mirror and you accept the award for Most Congratulations in the Chatroom and thank your mom for letting you stay in her basement and God, because without him, there’s no fantasy baseball and then you ask the imaginary audience to take a moment to remember the loved one who first introduced you to fantasy baseball and talk about how they’re now a very rich banker who devoted their time to something other than fantasy sports, and how dumb they are, then the imaginary band plays you off the imaginary stage, and you return to your draft where you accidentally draft Felipe Vazquez forgetting he’s a pedophile. As for Castellanos, I don’t understand the sudden love for The Greek God of Hard Contact who isn’t even rightfully titled after his last season, which saw a pretty big fall in hard contact. He was a consistent top 10 Hard Contact with a penchant for disco fries made special by his Greek mother and spent most of his time in a diner booth hanging with his brothers who would spray Windex on each other when they were feeling under the weather, shooting the Windex up their noses like it was Afrin. Now, the GGoHC is barely top 50 for Hard Contact. His fly balls went up (literally) this past year, which is a good sign, but they went down in his insane 2nd half, and that was falsely supported by an unreal (for him) HR/FB%. People are obviously assuming he leveled up and unlocked some sort of secret cheat code that allowed him to hit more homers with the Cubs, and that will carry over, but, looking at his whole season and not just a 2nd half, shows me nothing of the sort. His launch angle went down; his chase rate went up; his fly balls went up, but barely and he gives next to no steals. As they say in Greece, “You hit fly balls like Denard Spanakopita.” If the GGoHC signs somewhere advantageous, maybe I move him up (doubtful), but I feel pretty comfortable with this ranking for him, no matter where he goes. UPDATE: Signed with the Reds, because, apparently, the Reds’ great aunt died this offseason and left the team millions of dollars to spend on free agents. Hopefully, it’s not a Montgomery Brewster scenario and the team has to lose all that money to make real money. The GGoHC completely screwed up my GGOATOAT projections. Hello, Greek God, why do you OPA! on Aquino’s fantasy value? No answer? Figures…because the Greeks invented math! Any hoo! Castellanos landed in about as good a place as he was going to, but as I said in his above blurb, he has a lot of warts in his batted ball profile and I’m out. 2020 Projections: 54/15/50/.277/2 in 375 ABs

30. Whit Merrifield – Went over him in my top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

31. Jeff McNeil – Went over him in my top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

32. Yasiel Puig – He’s so this tier. If you draft him you need to give your award acceptance speech immediately. Damn it, people love when you draft Puig. Do you have a Back Pats category in your league, because Puig might just win you that. You know what Puig should’ve dispelled forever? The word ‘pig.’ *intern whispers in my ear* Dispelled doesn’t mean the same as misspelled? Ah, I see. Puig should’ve dispelled the theory that guys going into their free agent years are motivated to play. Was Puig more motivated last year? He sure didn’t seem so! I mean, he did play in 149 games, which is good, I guess, but he averages 25/15/.265 every year, and last year he went 24/19/.267, so he was motivated to steal four extra bags and hit an extra single? As I said last year when Puig was in the midst of one of his six-week-long stretches when he was more interested in beating up the opposing pitcher and not pitches, I’m done drafting Puig. I’ll get back in on him when Puigs fly. As with the GGoHC, if Puig signs somewhere great, I might move him up, but, and this feels more likely, if he doesn’t sign, I will move him down. Was talking with the Marlins’ beat writer, Craig Mish, the other day and we were both saying how Puig feels like a guy who might sit out until June. 2020 Projections: 46/15/49/.269/9 in 334 ABs

33. Michael Brantley – Kinda bummed I didn’t get in on Brantley for the last two years, so maybe I will regret not drafting him again, but you are reading Razzball for the first time if you think I’m drafting Brantley. In which case, welcome! We won’t judge your formerly loose-fitting sweatpants and once-full head of hair. I see you care about your Peloton, which is why you haven’t yet taken it out of the box. Don’t want it getting scuffed! Gotta maintain that mint condition! Also, great idea to paper your car windows with printouts of your fantasy team so you can drive in the carpool lane. That’ll work great! And bravo on the 38 years single, we knew you could do it! 2020 Projections: 52/12/51/.293/2 in 350 ABs

34. Andrew Benintendi – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until the top 60 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball. I call this tier, “Do I feel warm to you?” By the tier name I mean, am I sick? Do I have a fever? I want to make sure I’m thinking clearly because I like these guys and I want to make sure I’m not delusional and/or sick in the head. Please put your hand on my forehead and see if I feel warm to you. This tier, unlike the Mercado tier, is guys I like, but I can see the downside for all of them, and I’m not rocking a Moncler on a yacht excited. I’m more like standing in line for a while to see a movie I heard good things about while snacking on popcorn, which I’m enjoying but I know popcorn gives me gas. As for Benintendi, I could see drafting him in some leagues and purposely not drafting him in other leagues, because the ‘bounceback’ is not clear with this young brother. Young is a key word though. He’s 25, and we’ve written him off already? That seems, how do I say this, stupid. Then again (and there’s gonna be a lot of then agains), his strikeouts went a little nuts last year. Then again, he was slumping and sometimes players just start swinging at everything when they’re slumping, and his chase rate shows this. Then again, he wasn’t even unlucky (.333 BABIP). Then again, his Hard Contact went up from 28% to 38.1%. Then again, his fly balls went up. Then again, he hits a ton of 350-foot fly balls, and he’d be better served with line drives. His launch angle went from 12.6 to 17.3, which is the birds and bees getting a hotel room as they’re about to consummate a young player into a superstar, but it actually worked against Benintendi. He needs to either hit balls into the seats with his new launch angle (possible) or hit more line drives again (possible), but if he repeats what he did last year, obviously that doesn’t work. Also, I go over Benintendi in the video at the top of the page. 2020 Projections: 56/12/52/.284/6 in 352 ABs

35. Franmil Reyes – Full disclosure alert! I wrote a Franmil sleeper post, but ran out of time to post it, so I will now co-opt that post for your reading pleasure. Franmil Reyes hit 37 homers last year in only 494 ABs. Why is he being drafted around 120th overall? I know, I know, I KNOW! Everyone hits for power nowadays. Fair enough, but Franmil Reyes actually hits for power without a juiced ball. Have you seen this guy? He looks like the Mountain and the Hound had a third brother, the Stadium. The Stadium can fit 50,000 men on his shoulders and charge $12 for a hot dog. Franmil Reyes had the 4th highest average exit velocity (93.3 MPH). The top five: Judge, Sano, Nelson Cruz, Franmil and Yelich. These guys are “goodbye juiced ball”-proof as far as homers go. The bigger misconception with Franmil, and it has to be a very, very large misconception to have anything to do with size and Franmil, is he’s a strikeout machine. The Stadium is not. Reyes kinda reminds me of Nelson Cruz, in this respect. Reyes should strikeout around 25% and hit .270-.275. The one snafu is he hits a lot to center field (38.6% — 7th in the league), which means he’s going to hit a few fly ball outs to center that would be out to left field. If he pulled the ball about 3-5% more and maybe launched his angle a tad more, he’d hit 50 homers easily. That doesn’t seem like a major adjustment, but who knows. I’m not going to say he’ll do it. He can easily hit 37 homers again though, while combining that with a .275 average. At a time when there’s a lot of unknowns about the ball — to juice or not to juice — and who is really a 35+ home run hitter and who isn’t, Franmil is. No doubt. Easy power. A 40-ish homer hitter that won’t kill you in other categories. The Stadium’s got parking for plenty with his current ADP. He’s basically an insurance play. If the ball is juiced, and everyone is hitting homers, then you trade Franmil in May if you don’t need the power. If the ball comes back from Rawlings dry, juice-free, then you have a power backup plan. 2020 Projections: 45/24/56/.271/1 in 336 ABs

36. Kyle Schwarber – Schwarber doesn’t fit properly in any tier in this post — he’s not a guy I love or hate or fully trust to repeat or fully trust to not disappoint, which means maybe he is the perfect guy for this tier, i.e., if I loved him or knew how exactly to feel about him, he would’ve fit properly into a tier. He doesn’t. On one hand, I feel like he could be Joey Gallo better than Joey Gallo’s ever been — 40+ homers, .250+ average, great counting stats.  On the other hand, he appears to be a platoon player who should be benched vs. lefties. On a third hand that is actually Joe Buck’s hand every time he sees Schwarber, he just had a 38-homer, .250 season and he’s only 26, so maybe I should just love him and forget what he could or could not be. By the way, for those of you worried you wouldn’t have outfielders to draft when I was saying to ignore “Braille boobs” or “an awards speech in the mirror,” there are so many guys to draft here. 2020 Projections: 46/23/52/.257/1 in 320 ABs

37. Cavan Biggio – Went over him in my top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

38. Hunter Dozier – Went over him in my top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

39. Scott Kingery – Went over him in my top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

40. Danny Santana – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

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  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Fantastic top 40 for outfielders report. Loved it.

    a. Love the Mercado tier but also Franmil at 120. Just have to be awake for the draft.

    b. God almighty I can’t wait for the final top 500 list already! I know pitchers to slot in yet but this looks so good, man.

    c. MLB quote of the day (a test case)

    “As the old manager Casey Stengel once said ‘50% of this game is 90% pitching.’ I never exactly understood what that meant…”

    Jon Miller on ESPN ahead of game 3 at Yankee Stadium, 2005

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • packers2018 says:
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      Anti, I am looking forward to the quote’s this year. Lot of old quotes bring back memories. Thanks, especially if you are going to give us the verification of the quote.

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Packers2018!!

        Thanks, man. Will do.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Ante!

      A. That’s still within the top 100 overall, so if you’re asleep, you might want to change your medicine

      B. We’re not even thru OFs!

      C. Love it! I think these are gonna be good this year — but don’t waste Yogi on random days like you did Who’s on First last year… Give a sense of anticipation!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!

        a. Thanks for the advice, man. Looking forward to it.

        b. Surprised no one picked up y’all feeling IRIE (!!) at the top of your report, including myself.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          B. Huh? I have a typo?

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!!!!

            Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

            a. Don’t accuse me of being a Grammar Nazi! You wrote ‘…We’re (I’re) back…’ I thought you wanted people to pick up on the I’re to Irie paradigm! Dur! Sry, man. We send you back to your regularly scheduled programming.

            b. Since Simba (our dog) came into our lives, I have lost 11 pounds. I’m out with him every day, 7 days a week, 7 times a day, rain or shine. He’s awesome and he knows he’s loved, there is nothing greater in life.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. Oh! Yeah, we’re (I’re) always happy to help!

              B. That’s great! Dogs are better than people, don’t tell anyone

              • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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                Grey

                B. Perhaps that explains your large supply of peanut butter?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  2. toolshed says:
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    I can keep either Bregman or freeman in a league that functions like a points league with obp, ops, xbh, bb, k to go along with the traditional 5×5 categories. I can only keep one. It will cost me a 1st rd draft pick. I pick 14 out of 14. I’ll be keeping other players who have eligibility at 1b, ss, 3b. Who do you like better in this format? Bregman is younger and that plays into my decision. He was also the higher rated hitter using last year stats. HOU getting busted also is in my head. I read all of your rankings. Thx

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want Bregman still

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wow, Donkey is back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  3. Steinbrenner Youth says:
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    I know it’s only 7:00 am, but I am now craving disco fries. Scrumdidilyocious! Such an amazing write-up all around. Looking forward to spending my summer with you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any time is good time for disco fries! Thanks!

      • Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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        What disco fries?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          More like can I get some?

  4. Peacecoast says:
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    so my Giolito for Soler trade got more juice. The guy is willing to add one on the way back. Was looking at Sano in the 23rd round. So Soler (20) and Sano (23) for my Giolito (20). That looks good to me what you think? However I would need to not keep one of Kingery, Biggio, Manaea, Aquino all in 20. Who would be the drop?

    • Peacecoast says:
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      I could also ask for Louis Robert but this is not a dynasty league I can use him only this year.

      • Donkey Teeth

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        If you can get Soler and Robert I’d much rather that deal. Sano doesn’t move the needle a ton for me.

        Kingery would be my drop, could be convinced in the Manaea direction depending on the rest of your staff.

        • Peacecoast says:
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          you see robert making an impact this year? I have to be honest I know nothing about this guy but have been bitten in the past drafting guys too early.

          • Cram It says:
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            He’s ranked #26 by Grey. That’s a #2 OF.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Peacecoast, you can read the post I wrote about Robert that is in this post — He’s this year’s Eloy

            • Dave_W says:
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              Do you think Robert takes a couple seasons and explodes like Moncada or is he going to be strong from the start?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I wrote a whole post on him, see above in the post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler/Robert would be a coup

      • Peacecoast says:
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        and drop Kingery? or Manaea?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Manaea

  5. Big league Choo says:
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    No max Kepler? Steamer projections has him at 90/32/90/.259/6 and they’re usually more conservative. Legit if he hits those numbers he’s not much different than Harper, just grabbed him over Ozuna in dynasty league because of fomo with not another chance for 27 picks.

    • Big league choo says:
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      Ok Harper was a little too far, but certainly expected him in Ozuna/condor to tier. I messed up I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler will be along shortly, 30/.250 is fine for a #3 OF

      • 183414 says:
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        That’s exactly why I drafted Schwarber in the 13th round @146, and fortunately got Ray @167 in the 14th.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, those are solid values

  6. Steve says:
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    If Muncy had OF eligibility, about where would he be among the top 40 OFs? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      By Giancarlo

  7. LOLmets says:
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    31 projected steals for Mercado feels really high. Last year in 458 plate appearances he only had 19 stolen base attempts (finished with 15 steals)

    31 feels like a pipe dream. You projecting him to more than double his steals from last season. Best case scenario I could see 25 steals, but even that feels high. I’d put the over under at 19.5 stolen bases for Mercado.

    You have Victor Robles projected for only 1 more steal than Mercado when Victor Robles attempted to steal 43 times last year, granted in a full season but still that’s over double the attempts that Mercado had.

    A little too bullish on Mercados steals there sir.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      He obviously has the speed for that and more, just needs the opportunity. Wouldn’t be surprised if they give him the green light…

      • LOLmets says:
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        Sure but to call for 31 steals means he could land anywhere from 25-35ish no? Just feels really high to hope he doubles his stolen base attempts this season.

        I’d predict 20 steals for mercado. 31 feels like a better than best case ceiling.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          31 is rose colored but I actually think the ceiling is higher in a perfect world. Seems like 40 is in the realm of possibilities.

          I’d probably put him the the 25 ballpark though.

          • LOLmets says:
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            Idk he would need 55 attempts to swipe 40 bags. At least that many.

            I guess Aaron Judge hitting 65 homers seems like it’s in the realm of possibilities too.

            31 steals projected for a guy who attempted 19 steals and converted 15 of them in 458 plate appearances the year before is just silly.

            • LOLmets says:
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              If you went to place a bet on Oscar mercado stealing 31 bases the under would be -400 (aka a 4 to 1 favorite)*

              *I’m completely guessing

              • LOLmets says:
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                Steamer has Mercado for 23 steals on 33 attempts in 619 PA’s.

                So assuming his attempts go from 19 to 33 which is a pretty solid increase he still only gets to around 23 steals.

                I mean the projection should mean about 50% to go over 31 steals and 50% to go under.

                I don’t see how the over / under line could be 31 steals for mercado.

                I mean what % of the time does he have over 31 steals this year?

                Maybe 10%? 15% at best?

                • 183414 says:
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                  Is Steamer the new mgr. in Cleveland ?

              • Cram It says:
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                Dude stole 30+ bases for the last 4 years in the minors. Before getting called up last year he was 14/17 in 120 ABs! How is projecting 30 silly?

                • 183414 says:
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                  It’s not. I agree with Grey.

              • 183414 says:
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                How much can you cover ?

            • Cram It says:
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              SB is about opportunity for speed guys. HRs are not.

              • LOLmets says:
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                Right so why would we assume his opportunity will increase so much? He was solid at getting in base and hit for a good avg def had plenty of chances and never had more than 5 steal attempts in a single month. And only had that many in a month once.

                Idk maybe I’m wrong the projection just seems insane but good luck y’all (thumbs up emoji)

                • LOLmets says:
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                  Victor Robles minus only 1 steal vs Oscar mercado in a stolen base bet this year?

                  Can I place this wager please?

                  • Cram It says:
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                    I don’t know, Robles is going to need 10 more steal attempts this year to get to 31. How can we assume he’s going to get so many more attempts?!

                    • LOLmets says:
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                      Huh? First of all bet I said is Robles vs mercado where Robles is only a 1 steal favorite. All day I bet that.

                      Second, no for for Robles to get to 31 steals based off his 28 steals last year, this year he would need 3 more steals so 4 more attempts roughly on avg. (If this is even what you meant)

                  • Cram It says:
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                    Robles played a full season. It doesn’t matter anyway, these two things are independent of each other. You’re taking math out of context and applying it across the board. You think Mercado’s extrapolation is off so EVERYONE should be projected for more stolen bases then? Yes, I picked up on your sarcastic ‘good luck’. Even though I said nothing about drafting him, I’m just scrutinizing your logic.

                    • LOLmets says:
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                      My point is the projecting 31 for mercado feels like a ceiling and for Robles feels fair. I get Robles played a full season. I don’t think Robles ceiling is 32 tho.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      Fair on your Robles expectations, but you’re moving the goalposts of your original point by comparing Mercado’s projections to him.

                • Cram It says:
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                  Insane is a little strong. You’re quibbling over an 8 steal gap.

                  Do guys who perennially steal a lot of bases have to do it in their first less than full season? Altuve was only 7/10 in a 3rd of his first season. OMG that only prorates to 21 SBs! 30 would be insane!

                  • LOLmets says:
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                    Well I’m not saying 31 would be insane. I said he does that maybe 15% of the time?

                    I said PROJECTING 31 is insane becasue that’s his ceiling. Maybe I’m wrong

                    • LOLmets says:
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                      Like if you’re projecting mercado for 31 then how are you not projecting Robles for 39. That’s how I feel. Feels like there’s a bias in the mercado projection and 31 feels high. Good luck.

                    • 183414 says:
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                      You’re wrong. I’m sure it won’t be the 1st time.
                      Love Mercado where he’s going. Particularly if you need s.b.’s. Wonderful rookie season.

                    • bigbear says:
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                      A quick story from an investment perspective. When Jeff Bezos walked into Warren Buffett’s office to pitch investing in Amazon’s transition from an online book seller to the tech-behemoth retail-industry disruptor that it is, Buffett didn’t think it could be done and did not invest. The numbers didn’t support the risk in Buffett’s mind. Buffet caught the vision (changing tech, distribution, and retail industries), but didn’t understand (or wasn’t able to account for) the context that Bezos was playing in (team, talent, market trends, technology catching up with the vision).

                      32 SB projected for one guy who’s been right on the cusp of it in the MLB before means absolutely nothing for another guy’s projections. You can’t just drag and drop a formula in a spreadsheet. SBs are more nuanced than BA and HR. Some things are measurable (sprint speed), some things are contextual (game score/opportunity, managerial trends, player growth). Some of those things we don’t know how to measure yet or don’t have access to that type of data.

                      That said, Mercado did have 29 SBs across AAA/MLB in 2019. Throw in a professional track record of 231 SBs over 7 years and I don’t see how 31 projected SBs is outlandish from a simple math prospective. He’s projected as the #2 hitter, no real competition, entering peak years… IMO, 31 is easily doable without too much tinkering under the hood.

                      Robles SB project ‘feels’ low based on minor league stats/sprint/age too. But hitting at the bottom of his line-up dampens some of my overall enthusiasm comparatively speaking. I’d still take him over Merrifield and that tier. And I’ll gladly pass on Pham to wait on Robles too.

                    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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                      All I’ll say is Grey doesn’t use a computer like yahoo to make his predictions and he has predicted quite a few gems over the years so I’ll take my chances with a proven fantasy baseball lehend

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, thanks!

              • LOLmets says:
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                Indians manager Terry Francona said it’s easy to see where Mercado’s speed comes into play, but the major-league level is less of a proving ground and more of a productivity crucible.

                “When they get here, the one thing we try to explain to them is when you steal a base, it’s supposed to help us win,” Francona said. “Not because it’s in your arsenal and you feel like showing it.”

                Mercado said as soon as he joined the team he sought the advice of first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. about what to look for when a pitcher is trying to hold him close at first.

                “Obviously teams are going to pay a lot of attention to me,” Mercado said. “They know stealing bases is probably one of my strong points, so I’m just trying to pick up little things here and there, especially if some pitcher is being really quick.”

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Im with LOLmets on this one. He will gain a few based on opportunity, but his success rate is not great even in minors. Had 20 CS all three full seasons in minors. That’s not great event with good speed. I would have him around 20-25

    • hot corner says:
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      Across all levels, here are Mercado’s SB total…

      2015 = 50
      2016 = 33
      2017= 44
      2018 = 37
      2019 = 29

      31 doesn’t seem too crazy.

      • LOLmets says:
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        If only it were that simple

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Look at the CS across all levels.

        • Cram It says:
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          In 2018 and 2019 he was over 70%. It’s okay to get better at it.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            True, Also working in his favor is the Indians should suck this year.

            • Snacks Zillion says:
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              Great point, I am buying Mercado everywhere this year!

            • 183414 says:
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              Don’t bank on that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mercado is top 20 in the majors for speed

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He’s blazing fast, watch some tape on him

  8. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    You’re like that guy at ESPN who says he likes Luis Robert and then ranks him 10 OF spots too low!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, back a few 20 minutes and already busting my chops

  9. Matty says:
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    YBN Cordae- another great recommendation.
    Any TV recommendations from the off-season? Last preseason you turned me on to Derry Girls. Just started up the new season of Sex Education- great so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’m watching The Expanse on Amazon and I love it

      • Peacecoast says:
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        DON’T FORGET CHEER FOR FUCKS SAKE

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cheer is amazing — you watch?

          • Peacecoast says:
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            not yet I really don’t feel like it. Is it really that good? Remember you only watched it cuz you were throwing up in your socks. Movies I watch in planes are always better than they would be if I wasn’t forced to watch them. Does that even make sense?

            I also have started Expanse S4. I only watched S1 of Line of Duty but my friend is raving the later seasons are amazing, there is like 5 now.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that makes sense, but Cheer is awesome — quick watch too, like 8 episodes, maybe

              Line of Duty is one of my all-time faves, thought you watched already

            • Ante Galic says:
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              PC,

              Love you, man.

              a. Watched Schitt’s Creek yet? Pretty good.

              b. Line of Duty gets better. S6 is coming soon this year.

              c. If you saw and liked The Alienist (starring Dakota Fanning and others of course, but…), The Angel of Darkness (its sequel) is coming soon. If you didn’t like The Alienist, shame on you.

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Can attest, LoD does get better

              • Peacecoast says:
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                great more shows to watch! My problem is I am too picky and am easily turned off if I sense cheese on trailers.

                I did finish The Spy on Netflix and enjoyed it. Big fan of Sacha Baron Cohen. This is a serious role for him.

  10. Sport says:
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    Looking forward to owning Calhoun, Eddie Rosario, and Aquino at values thanks to your rankings!

    Speaking of Aquino. I’m guessing it’s a no brained to trade Griffin Canning for the GGOATOAT in dynasty? Especially where I build teams on power.

    Thank you! Long time fan of the site and you.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, take Aquino for sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yes, Aquino easily

  11. mike says:
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    Hey Grey, you asked me to take questions to your newest post. It’s a 2nd base question:

    ” I’m have Torres as a potential keeper in my OBP league. Standard cats after that. I certainly don’t think he will put up the same numbers as last year, but I can keep him for $25. I am on the fence about it. Thoughts?”

    I recognize that there are lots of other pieces of info needed to really get a good answer, but just on the face of it, does that seem like a reasonable price? $260 stock. My other keepers are Yelich for $40, Springer for $16 and Luis Robert for $5

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Seems reasonable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT, seems no brainer, honestly

  12. B Taylor says:
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    Keeper league.. Got offered Ketel and Clevinger for my JD and Whit. He is also throwing in 12th, 14th, and 15th round picks.. Hate giving up JD but I’m definitely considering this one.. Thoughts?

    • Peacecoast says:
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      go for it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  13. Thundergunn says:
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    l

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      II

  14. 183414 says:
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    Had my 1st online 12 teamer last night. Pretty tough field.
    From the 2 slot. Depending who I got at 2, would end up who I took in the 2nd and 3d.
    1) (2) Trout
    2) (23) Bieber
    3) (26) Mondesi
    4) (47) Olson
    5) (50) Giolito
    6) (71) Moncada
    7) (74) Laureano
    8) (95) Hand
    9) (98) Moustakas
    10) (119) Garner
    11) (122) Fried- wasn’t sure I’d get him in the 12th.
    12) (143) Iglesias
    13) (146) Schwarber – I believe
    14) (167) Ray
    15) (170) Polanco
    16) (191) JD Davis
    17) (194) Odorizzi
    18) (215) Vazquez
    19) (218) Kela
    20) (239) Yarbrough
    21) (242) Anderson (Miami)
    22) (263) Peralta (Arizona)
    23) (266) Gardner
    24) (287) Chirinos (T.B)
    25) (290) Madrigal
    26) (311) Pablo Lopez
    27) (314) Goodrum – multi position
    28) (335) Schoop
    29) (338) Kelly – decent streamer
    30) (359) Happ- A dart in the last round

    Rather hear your take than Fantasy Pros, which got only 1 of my 7 teams correct last year. haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the team, wouldn’t take Bieber so high usually, but it works for this team, and hasn’t hurt your offense — assuming 15 is Gregory, but not sure it matters

      • 183414 says:
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        Could have gone Devers, and then Stras and if the 1st pick was Trout, I’m pretty certain I would have. That was the difference between Trout and Acuna. I can’t assume Trout will even steal 15 bases. Also, I love Bieber’s upside, and as much as I like Stras, last year was his 2nd in the last 5 w/ over 174 innings. the dude at the turn would have taken Bieber over Snell, and I’m a littlele shy on Snell, Stras, and Sale, amongst other s.p.’s.
        Not Gregory, but Jorge. Needed a m.i. or o.f., and figured there were more o.f.’s later. Forgot about Adames, but Jorge is still 26 yrs. old and should play every day.
        Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

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          I think I like Jorge a tad more than Gregory (not sure off top of brain)… I think that’s sound logic on Bieber, can’t argue with results, you just got there different than I would’ve

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Also, you won overall NFBC last year, so you get some deference from me

          • 183414 says:
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            haha. Yeah, I appreciate that Grey. You’re the only “expert” whose opinions I value.
            My 2 biggest jumps last night were Olson ( who was on that championship team and 2 others) and Fried (who was also on that team and 2 others). Had Bieber on my Super team and another on line team, and won both of those lgs.
            Mondesi was on my Super team, and helped me win that lg., along with Yelich, and Bieber by an incredible 31 points.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Awesome! Glad to hear it! Yummo on Olson!

              • 183414 says:
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                Last comment for the day. I love the upside of Fried. Like him as much as Soroka, and certainly less than 30 draft picks after Soroka. Certainly didn’t think he’d be there at pick 143, given the quality of drafters last night.
                Couldn’t imagine Olson being there at pick 71.
                when you have 21 picks between rounds, in a sense the draft is easier to manage, since you’re forced to look 2 rounds out even before your last pick. I still got the top of my queue snagged a few times, but you’re more prepared for alternate draft picks.

                  • 183414 says:
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                    I absolutely agree 100% !! I’ll shoot for them on all of my next 6 drafts, but you know how it goes sometimes. Better be ready with a b/up plan.

                    • Grey

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                      Totally

  15. Will says:
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    I think Castellanos just really enjoyed playing for the Cubs after the trade, and I’d love to see what his numbers would be in a full season with the Cubs. I’m amazed the front office isn’t moving heaven and earth to sign him. It’s not like they can’t afford it; this “we’re too poor” act by Ricketts all offseason has really rubbed the fan base the wrong way. Maybe now that Ozuna was forced to take a 1 year deal Nick the Stick can come back to Wrigley on a similar 1 year contract.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cubs and Red Sox deciding they were small market teams this offseason is really something

    • 183414 says:
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      I want to see Schwarber and Happ in the o.f. ?

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thanks for the Earthgang recommendation – listening to the second half of LaLa Challenge on repeat. Totally getting Outkast vibes. Have you heard the latest Chance? As a big indie rock/folk fan, love the random track with Deathcab.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have new Chance — w/ Itunes music I have everything which is a blessing and curse — and I haven’t given it enough attention

  17. Cram It says:
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    Saw you recommended a show called Derry Girls. Tying that in with the book discussion from the other day, I just finished Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. I’ve never known much about the whole Ireland apartheid situation outside of distant concern. But man, this book blew my mind. It served as a history lesson, as much it did a murder/mystery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve been meaning to read up on Ireland — it took me about 25 years to read up on Israel — I’m going reverse alphabetical, apparently — will download that one for my next book — thanks! If you want an incredible book, read Michael Oren’s Six Days of War. It’s dense, but worth it

      • Cram It says:
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        This book has you covered then. It reads like a thriller. The extent of the straight up mafia style murdering, espionage and spy games involving the IRA and England was fascinating. I almost can’t believe this sh*t really happened, and in the modern era no less. Anyway, I just finished it so it’s fresh on my mind…

        But thanks, I will definitely read that. The shaping of the Middle East has always piqued my interest.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome, I’ve always been curious on the Ireland/England dynamic

  18. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Two Villar questions for ya!

    1. Villar ($8) or Soler ($4) + Corbin ($13) in a keeper league?

    2. In a weekly roto keeper where trading is pretty frequent in your league, if you know you’re going to likely be flush with SB (I’d have Acuna, Yelich, Villar, and Story as my baseline), would you generally look to move VIllar now, or bank all those SB through the first half, then move him mid-season for needs to a SB-poor team? Want to make sure I don’t flip him too soon!

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      Soler and Corbin for Villar? Buh bye Villar!

      • agree Cram

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

      2. Yeah, move him — Villar will be traded in July and might lose his starting job, or become a 9-hole hitter for a contender

      BTW, we’re incorporating blurbs onto the player pages — good suggestion!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks. Awesome to hear + happy to help! If you/Rudy had told me it was a 10-month, 5-figure undertaking, I would have believed that too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, me too! It’s just a matter of me copying and pasting 500+ blurbs — wheeee!

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            You need an intern!

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            You need an intern! (though you have to pay them in CA)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, def — damn, paying interns but not any employees is gonna be weird — maybe I can hire them and not pay them?

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                hah! just promise to make them a star

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s what I promise everyone, please don’t tell them different!

    • 183414 says:
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      No brainer !

  19. What do Yordan, Eloy, Soler, Aquino, and Franny have in common? Besides averaging 6’4″ – 6’5″ and tipping in around 220-230lbs (Fran 270+) I have no clue.
    “hiding in his shower while he read Men’s Health on the toilet” LMAO keep’em comin’ Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They will also all be on my teams!

      Haha, thanks!

  20. What The Power says:
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    G

    Dynasty OBP league

    O Mercado, H Green(SP)
    Or
    G Polanco, Tallion(SP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mercado, not close

  21. Matty says:
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    What’s the consensus on GGoHC for Odorizzi and Pablo López in a 12 team dynasty?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cast, it’s fair

      • 183414 says:
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        I thought he meant Aquino. Agree with you if he was talking Castellanos.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          GGOATOAT vs. GGoHC

          • 183414 says:
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            Haha. Thanks. I know what G.O.A.T. I know what Lol is.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Not sure what GGoHC is, but for what it’s worth, I like Odorizzi a lot as long as he’s on the Twins. They’re great at keeping him 2x through the order only, unless he’s really on a roll, which seems to be his path to success.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        *can you tell i ignored castellanos?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You’d know if you read Castellanos! Shame on you, Duda! (Emoticon)

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          That’s what I get for reading this during the 4 AM night bottle-feed!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No excuses!

  22. 183414 says:
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    Pablo has a better chance of being a stud than Aquino, in my humble opinion. Depends if you’re more in need of starters than a power bat, who may have difficulty hitting .250. Pitchers adjusted to him, and he was somewhat exposed down the stretch. Can’t be mentioned in the same sentence as Eloy, or even Soler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pablo?

      • 183414 says:
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        I thought he asked Aquino v. Odorizzi and Lopez. Yes, I think Lopez has promising upside.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, yeah, sorry, all I saw was Pablo and not comment leading into it… I like Pablo a lot too

          • Matty says:
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            Dang. I don’t think I’ve ever generated so much discussion.
            I guess the trick is to be just vague enough that people will debate players who aren’t even in my potential deal.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha #nailedit

  23. Curious George says:
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    Great stuff, grey. Unrelated question – I know you don’t draft top pitchers, but I’m curious if you would in my case. I am keeping acuna in the 6th round and Soto in the 21st round of my 10 man h2h cats league. The following pitchers are being kept by other teams: Bieber, clevinger, Castillo, paddack, snell, ryu, Corbin, and giolito. I could keep buehler in the 22nd but prefer Soto and acuna. With all of these 2nd-3rd tier pitchers being kept, it feels like a much steeper drop if I don’t grab a pitcher early. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have two #1s, so an SP wouldn’t be awful

      • Curious George says:
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        Ok! Will keep that in mind. Another question for the same league – current rules (since leagues inception 2 seasons ago) allow for 2 keepers. Keepers have a 2 round penalty each year (undrafted we equate to the “26th” round). Obviously this can create some crazy valuable keepers for a long time (see Juan Soto). Do you think we should
        a) keep it the same (everyone has the same opportunity to find undrafted studs)
        b) create a sliding penalty involving adp
        c) add a “number of years kept in a row” multiplier to the penalty

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Players should move up at least 3-5 rounds each year — Two rounds and Soto will retire before you get him as a 1st rounder

  24. Skeezix says:
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    Love the lists Grey – was gonna wait for full rankings to ask this, but I can’t wait. My keeper options are pretty poopy other than Story, so hoping you can help me pick three of the following in addition to Story (position eligiblity in parentheses):

    Rizzo (1B)
    LeMahieu (1B/2B/3B)
    Bryant (3B/OF)
    Stanton (OF)
    Gallo (OF)
    Starling Marte (OF)

    Follow up depending on your answer – someone has offered me Altuve for LeMahieu. Based on your 2B rankings, I would imagine he would easily replace pretty much all of the guys above – so which guy should I drop to keep Altuve?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, Stanton, Altuve

  25. Dude at Dudes says:
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    I am not advocating drafting Stanton very high or anything but if he drops in drafts, which I suspect he will, he could be a fantastic bargain. Just a year or two ago he was a top 5 player. In that ballpark, in the middle of that lineup, facing a division that has no pitching outside of Tampa dude could easily hit 50 HR.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, if he can stay on field

  26. Tony Berkman says:
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    No Dahl??? I guess I’ll find out why tomorrow.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Will Grey be singing
      “I’m Dahl out of love”
      or will it be
      “Dahl you get from love is a love song”

      stay tuned for the next edition of Top OF for 2020…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, Dahl has never been good… it’s not just last year, it’s ever

        • DanJNZ says:
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          Dahl has never been consistently healthy. His numbers have always been very good, minus speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blech

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Hilliard is better than Dahl.

        • Tony Berkman says:
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          Maybe. But he won’t get playing time. We all know that. Give Dahl a full season and I can see 300+ avg, 30 dingers with near 100 Runs and RBIs, maybe 8 steals — that’s top 20 OF. Of course he’s injured every season so….

  27. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Core surgery again for Haniger. Out 6 to 8 weeks.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      He’s really going balls out.

      too soon?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sucks for him

  28. herschel says:
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    @Grey: i went through about a 2 month span where i listened to RNP on repeat non-stop. its amazing. so good. and now i cant say “me too” with following up with “no harvey weinstein”….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  29. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Mondesi and Willie C for Clevinger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Villaer and Willie for Clev?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re trying to do a dump of speed for an arm?

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            Welp, Mondesi’s shoulder worries me and I hear you saying Villar cud be traded to a contender, at the break, not play full-time and bat 9th..

            for speed I have
            Tim Anderson
            Mallex
            Harper
            Starling
            Baez
            Luraeano
            Puig
            Buxton
            even Wil Myers and Rougned should give me double digits..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d trade Villar, but that package is a little hefty

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                Ill hang onto the bats..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I didn’t say that for Villar, but him for Clevinger is an even swap, you don’t need to throw in more

  30. DanJNZ says:
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    Gotta think K Tucker is a bit of an omission here. Especially behind the likes of Biggio, Calhoun and Dozier.
    Tucker looks like Conforto with better speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not pencilled into starting lineup from what I’ve seen

      • DanJNZ says:
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        I mean if you’re worried about Reddick…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  31. Numba One Stunna says:
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    Bruh
    Adell bruh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When do we see him?

  32. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey

    On a work trip in Chicago…heading to a Bowlero tonight, should be a good time

    Would you move Dahl for Darvish in a keeper?

    Thanks boss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, safe travels!

      I would

  33. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey

    On a work trip in Chicago…heading to a Bowlero tonight, should be a good time

    Would you move Dahl for Darvish in a keeper?

    Thanks boss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, safe travels!

      I would

  34. Francis & the Lights says:
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    G
    Stanton or Dahl in a dynasty OBP?

  35. DonnieB says:
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    Hi GREY…I have a keeper and/or trade question. The league is a 12 team auction keeper where you can only keep players for three years at same price then they go back to draft. The cap is $300. I can keep 8 players.
    My current keepers could be(name is followed by price and years left to be kept):
    C. Yelich $33-1
    R. Laureano $10-2
    Y. Grandal $3-1
    E. Escobar $2-2
    W. Buehler $10-1
    P. Corbin $4-1
    M. Soroka $10-2
    R. Osuna $10-1
    My other keeper options are:
    W. Smith the C $10-2
    G. Springer $33-2
    Z. Gallen $10-2
    T. Bauer. $16-1
    L. Hendriks. $10-2
    J. Luzardo $10-2
    W. Smith the RP $5-2
    Mallex $9-2
    First, would you keep any of the options over any of the first 8 listed? Second, would you trade for Trevor Story who is at $51 for 2 more years? Which keeper would you drop to keep him? Trout,Acuna and Bellinger will be in the draft for sure. Top players could go for $65-$75. Thanks. Sorry for the long question. Obviously this team won last year by 20 points.

  36. synyster says:
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    Grey, happy to be back here.

    I laugh out loud everytime you mention greek god with castellanos even though hes of spanish descent. Funny stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  37. Mr. Waterloo says:
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    Does Victor Robles’ exit velocity include bunts? He’s the leader in bunts, double the 10th ranked player in the NL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m gonna guess yes, but honestly don’t know — sites use different things

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