Finally, we come to the end of the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings. (Can we start games already?) A little birdie told me we’re opening up our commenter fantasy leagues on Monday.  Then the little birdie pooped on my shoulder and I thought it was blue cheese and I put it on a cracker and– Wait, where was I?  So, the top 400 for 2015 fantasy baseball isn’t meant to surprise or astound.  If you’re surprised that, say, Steven Souza is ranked above Marlon Byrd, then you didn’t read the top 60 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball.  I forgive you, but does your never-proud father?  I don’t think so.  Save it for the therapy sessions!  Okay, you know that I like Souza more than Byrd, you know I like Javier Baez more than Jose Ramirez as seen at the top 20 shortstops for 2015 fantasy baseball, but you don’t know how I feel about where these guys fall in the bigger picture.  Is Baez above Souza?  So to show you where I think players fall in relation to each other in 2015 fantasy baseball drafts, I’m putting together the top 400.  This still needs to be taken with a grain of salt.  If you have a shortstop already and Baez is still on the board at pick 200, you don’t draft him if you see Souza and you need an outfielder, even though Souza is below Baez on this list.  So I might take someone at 200 over someone at 180?  Yes, every draft is different.  With the top 10, there’s almost no latitude.  With the top 100, there’s a decent amount of latitude.  With a top 400, there’s lots of latitude.  You taking someone at 185 is more or less the same as someone else taking someone at 235.  So if you see someone who’s ranked at 250th, but want them at 200, then do what you do.  Because of the length of the top 400, there’s no pithy comments with each name, but you kinda do need to know what I’m thinking for each name, so I advise you go over each position in the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings. The top 100 and top 400 is what I would have at my drafts, along with the top 20 rankings posts.  If I were drafting online, I’d also use the fantasy baseball tiers (Hitter Tiers/Pitcher Tiers) and the Fantasy Baseball War Room. (Hopefully the downloadable one is ready shortly.  This is out of my control, someone else fills out the Excel spreadsheet and I simply post it.  No one has filled it out yet this year.  *wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kazoo*  If you want to help your fellow Razzballers, you’ll take on this task.)  Finally, here is this top 400 for 2015 fantasy baseball without any of this jibber-jabbering.  Anyway, here’s the top 400 for 2015 fantasy baseball:

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# Name Team ESPN Y! $ AB R HR RBI SB AVG IP W SV ERA WHIP K
Mike Trout LAA OF OF 50 541 116 40 105 18 0.312
Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B 47 593 111 23 92 30 0.329
Trea Turner WSH SS SS 41 581 110 16 63 47 0.302
Bryce Harper WSH OF OF 40 533 96 35 109 12 0.308
Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B 37 602 105 39 126 3 0.291
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B 1B 35 551 108 30 111 15 0.303
Mookie Betts BOS OF OF 35 605 104 25 109 25 0.305
Manny Machado BAL SS/3B SS/3B 35 617 103 36 93 9 0.288
Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF OF 34 547 107 53 121 3 0.273
Kris Bryant CHC 3B 3B/OF 33 558 108 35 95 10 0.290
Francisco Lindor CLE SS SS 32 601 112 27 81 17 0.294
Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 1B/3B 31 577 93 35 103 8 0.308
Jose Ramirez CLE 2B/3B 2B/3B 31 577 101 25 91 21 0.315
Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B 1B/2B 31 581 101 34 112 9 0.283
J.D. Martinez BOS OF OF 30 505 91 36 109 4 0.284
George Springer HOU OF OF 30 611 116 35 84 8 0.281
Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 1B/OF 30 561 101 35 109 12 0.265
Charlie Blackmon COL OF OF 30 597 107 24 71 15 0.289
Joey Votto CIN 1B 1B 29 546 99 28 95 4 0.317
Max Scherzer WSH SP SP 27 222 18 0 2.46 0.94 277
Aaron Judge NYY OF OF 27 511 104 40 94 7 0.244
Clayton Kershaw LAD SP SP 26 202 17 0 2.51 0.94 225
Carlos Correa HOU SS SS 26 572 90 32 107 5 0.298
Dee Gordon SEA 2B/OF 2B/OF 25 633 108 2 36 54 0.292
Jose Abreu CHW 1B 1B 25 625 92 32 104 2 0.296
Corey Kluber CLE SP SP 25 205 17 0 2.61 0.97 228
Chris Sale BOS SP SP 25 207 17 0 2.87 1.01 256
Anthony Rendon WSH 3B 3B 25 544 92 31 108 9 0.298
Marcell Ozuna STL OF OF 25 607 101 35 106 1 0.278
Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B 1B 24 561 92 36 109 1 0.253
Alex Bregman HOU SS/3B SS/3B 24 583 98 25 79 14 0.281
Brian Dozier MIN 2B 2B 24 609 105 30 84 13 0.266
Starling Marte PIT OF OF 23 551 88 15 61 32 0.272
Eric Hosmer SD 1B 1B 23 593 83 24 95 5 0.288
Andrew Benintendi BOS OF OF 23 566 90 22 81 14 0.282
Justin Upton LAA OF OF 23 561 93 31 108 10 0.252
Stephen Strasburg WSH SP SP 22 182 16 0 2.96 1.04 211
Noah Syndergaard NYM SP SP 22 184 15 0 2.81 1.06 215
Jacob deGrom NYM SP SP 22 195 16 0 3.06 1.15 221
Carlos Carrasco CLE SP SP 22 194 15 0 3.35 1.12 217
Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B 2B 21 602 91 30 102 1 0.286
Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B/OF 1B/OF 21 544 76 33 98 3 0.271
Gary Sanchez NYY C C 21 527 83 30 95 2 0.279
Luis Severino NYY SP SP 21 190 16 0 3.10 1.06 222
Robbie Ray ARI SP SP 20 191 16 0 3.26 1.16 234
Carlos Martinez STL SP SP 20 202 15 0 3.24 1.19 212
Justin Verlander HOU SP SP 20 212 16 0 3.41 1.15 223
Yu Darvish CHC SP SP 20 196 14 0 3.51 1.15 221
Daniel Murphy WSH 2B 2B 19 520 79 22 98 3 0.318
Corey Seager LAD SS SS 19 588 101 28 84 4 0.298
Byron Buxton MIN OF OF 19 502 76 20 84 33 0.242
Miguel Sano MIN 3B 1B/3B 19 522 88 40 102 0 0.242
Josh Donaldson TOR 3B 3B 19 524 78 29 87 3 0.266
Chris Taylor LAD 2B/OF 2B/SS/ OF 19 603 104 20 62 17 0.273
Jean Segura SEA SS SS 19 591 97 14 50 26 0.291
Wil Myers SD 1B/OF 1B/OF 19 563 82 31 72 16 0.251
Yasiel Puig LAD OF OF 19 519 80 31 94 13 0.284
Khris Davis OAK OF OF 19 551 86 41 106 3 0.245
Christian Yelich MIL OF OF 18 581 105 19 67 17 0.291
Lorenzo Cain MIL OF OF 18 535 91 18 79 18 0.292
Nelson Cruz SEA OF OF 18 509 82 33 98 1 0.282
Billy Hamilton CIN OF OF 18 559 92 6 40 60 0.252
A.J. Pollock ARI OF OF 17 561 92 18 78 23 0.277
Robinson Cano SEA 2B 2B 17 598 84 20 94 1 0.274
Kenley Jansen LAD RP RP 17 67 4 43 1.84 0.80 105
Rougned Odor TEX 2B 2B 17 598 72 31 86 14 0.241
Ronald Acuna ATL OF OF 17 514 74 17 77 21 0.304
Whit Merrifield KC 2B 2B/OF 16 597 89 15 59 22 0.279
Chris Archer TB SP SP 16 205 11 0 3.69 1.22 237
Zack Greinke ARI SP SP 16 205 14 0 3.45 1.10 202
Craig Kimbrel BOS RP RP 16 65 5 42 1.93 0.82 102
Aroldis Chapman NYY RP RP 16 65 5 40 2.19 1.01 100
Aaron Nola PHI SP SP 16 184 14 0 3.41 1.18 188
Jose Quintana CHC SP SP 15 202 15 0 3.49 1.17 204
Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF OF 15 528 82 31 93 2 0.285
Eddie Rosario MIN OF OF 15 551 88 30 96 4 0.286
Travis Shaw MIL 3B 3B 15 515 77 30 91 8 0.267
Mike Moustakas KC 3B 3B 15 531 78 30 90 0 0.264
Joey Gallo TEX 1B/3B 1B/3B/ OF 15 506 81 40 93 5 0.221
Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF 1B/OF 15 567 79 27 91 2 0.297
Shohei Ohtani LAA SP SP 15 192 26 11 33 3 0.266 140 12 0 3.28 1.22 146
Rafael Devers BOS 3B 3B 15 520 70 24 81 8 0.281
Tommy Pham STL OF OF 15 484 83 16 63 19 0.275
Andrew McCutchen SF OF OF 15 563 82 23 90 9 0.273
Gregory Polanco PIT OF OF 15 509 71 16 79 15 0.254
Ryan Braun MIL 1B/OF 1B/OF 15 487 70 22 74 10 0.265
Xander Bogaerts BOS SS SS 15 614 88 18 94 14 0.283
Trevor Bauer CLE SP SP 14 189 15 0 3.59 1.29 204
Dallas Keuchel HOU SP SP 14 190 15 0 3.41 1.14 160
Shohei Ohtani LAA SP SP 14 140 12 0 3.28 1.22 146
Alex Wood LAD SP SP 14 174 11 0 3.34 1.11 168
Luis Castillo CIN SP SP 14 189 12 0 3.54 1.09 194
Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP SP 14 194 14 0 3.49 1.14 205
Sonny Gray NYY SP SP 13 190 14 0 3.47 1.19 171
Lance McCullers Jr. HOU SP SP 13 145 10 0 3.42 1.22 164
Justin Smoak TOR 1B 1B 13 512 78 32 89 0 0.261
Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 1B 13 434 71 23 75 0 0.281
Ryan Zimmerman WSH 1B 1B 13 497 73 24 84 1 0.264
Javier Baez CHC 2B/SS 2B/SS 13 494 80 25 79 11 0.270
Tim Anderson CHW SS SS 13 593 83 21 68 25 0.260
Corey Knebel MIL RP RP 12 68 3 40 2.34 1.09 108
Roberto Osuna TOR RP RP 12 63 2 39 2.62 0.93 81
James Paxton SEA SP SP 12 142 13 0 3.09 1.07 165
Felipe Rivero PIT RP RP 12 65 3 38 2.71 0.95 76
Ken Giles HOU RP RP 12 63 4 39 2.74 1.05 82
Carlos Santana PHI 1B 1B/OF 12 552 74 24 81 4 0.257
Raisel Iglesias CIN RP RP 12 66 3 37 2.79 1.10 79
Trevor Story COL SS SS 11 575 78 31 89 8 0.247
Andrew Miller CLE RP RP 11 64 6 9 1.63 0.88 99
Willson Contreras CHC C C 11 504 73 24 82 6 0.276
Luke Weaver STL SP SP 11 158 12 0 3.32 1.12 170
Rich Hill LAD SP SP 11 132 11 0 3.14 1.13 155
Edwin Diaz SEA RP RP 11 65 3 36 2.98 1.12 87
Jose Berrios MIN SP SP 11 174 13 0 3.72 1.19 170
Brad Hand SD RP RP 11 68 2 37 2.88 1.02 87
Michael Wacha STL SP SP 11 182 14 0 3.61 1.24 176
Alex Colome TB RP RP 11 65 2 37 2.77 1.12 63
Ian Happ CHC 2B/OF 2B/OF 11 466 69 29 77 11 0.261
Yoan Moncada CHW 2B 2B 11 523 73 22 58 16 0.236
Paul DeJong STL 2B/SS 2B/SS 11 561 74 26 82 3 0.267
Josh Bell PIT 1B 1B 10 521 71 24 87 2 0.268
Wade Davis COL RP RP 10 61 2 40 3.09 1.12 75
J.T. Realmuto MIA C C/1B 10 521 86 19 58 9 0.283
Salvador Perez KC C C 10 510 55 26 75 0 0.264
Buster Posey SF C/1B C/1B 10 509 69 12 80 3 0.309
Matt Olson OAK 1B 1B/OF 10 487 64 34 70 1 0.231
Ian Desmond COL 1B/OF 1B/OF 9 461 55 17 51 13 0.261
Jake Lamb ARI 3B 3B 9 531 84 31 97 3 0.251
Cody Allen CLE RP RP 9 68 4 31 2.91 1.11 88
Kevin Gausman BAL SP SP 9 198 13 0 3.66 1.25 201
Charlie Morton HOU SP SP 9 154 12 0 3.54 1.20 168
Nicholas Castellanos DET 3B/OF 3B/OF 9 588 81 29 103 5 0.283
Zack Godley ARI SP SP 9 176 12 0 3.58 1.18 172
Drew Pomeranz BOS SP SP 9 183 14 0 3.64 1.28 185
Kyle Seager SEA 3B 3B 9 582 75 28 92 3 0.266
Gerrit Cole HOU SP SP 9 195 13 0 3.78 1.23 181
Jake Arrieta PHI SP SP 8 182 13 0 3.71 1.25 174
Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B 8 549 83 24 91 1 0.280
Marcus Stroman TOR SP SP 8 206 11 0 3.62 1.28 169
Evan Longoria SF 3B 3B 8 608 86 22 94 2 0.271
Kyle Hendricks CHC SP SP 8 178 13 0 3.54 1.24 156
Madison Bumgarner SF SP SP 8 148 11 0 3.21 1.13 153
David Price BOS SP SP 8 120 10 0 3.72 1.18 124
Tim Beckham BAL SS/3B 2B/SS/ 3B 8 592 88 20 58 5 0.261
Jose Peraza CIN 2B/SS 2B/SS 8 554 64 7 43 30 0.286
Nomar Mazara TEX OF OF 8 571 81 27 93 3 0.278
Ozzie Albies ATL 2B 2B 8 524 77 14 52 22 0.291
Ender Inciarte ATL OF OF 8 634 96 14 52 20 0.300
Domingo Santana MIL OF OF 8 531 77 28 93 12 0.261
Danny Salazar CLE SP SP 8 134 10 0 3.91 1.32 164
Manuel Margot SD OF OF 8 561 86 17 42 27 0.266
Taijuan Walker ARI SP SP 7 171 10 0 3.94 1.35 155
Michael A. Taylor WSH OF OF 7 503 62 20 70 22 0.253
Jon Lester CHC SP SP 7 183 12 0 3.94 1.28 177
Kyle Schwarber CHC OF OF 7 408 66 28 70 3 0.246
Johnny Cueto SF SP SP 7 188 10 0 3.81 1.24 165
Adam Eaton WSH OF OF 7 478 83 10 49 12 0.287
Michael Conforto NYM OF OF 7 454 68 26 74 3 0.283
Mitch Haniger SEA OF OF 7 543 71 25 80 7 0.259
Orlando Arcia MIL SS SS 7 561 71 16 77 15 0.271
DJ LeMahieu COL 2B 2B 7 602 103 10 62 10 0.312
Amed Rosario NYM SS SS 7 553 61 12 67 20 0.262
Zack Cozart LAA 2B/SS/ 3B 2B/SS/ 3B 7 450 65 17 71 4 0.271
Elvis Andrus TEX SS SS 7 581 82 10 61 21 0.291
Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B 3B 7 552 83 21 90 5 0.262
Justin Turner LAD 3B 3B 7 408 67 18 72 3 0.288
Maikel Franco PHI 3B 3B 7 560 71 27 82 0 0.251
Eduardo Nunez BOS 2B/3B/ OF 2B/SS/ 3B/OF 7 412 64 10 57 17 0.301
Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/ 3B 1B/2B/ 3B 7 464 84 22 59 2 0.252
Kendrys Morales TOR DH 1B 6 541 68 25 80 0 0.253
Bradley Zimmer CLE OF OF 6 506 64 16 69 24 0.247
Avisail Garcia CHW OF OF 6 509 75 20 85 6 0.274
Jay Bruce NYM OF 1B/OF 6 530 77 30 89 1 0.244
Marwin Gonzalez HOU 1B/2B/ SS/OF 1B/2B/ SS/3B/ O 6 438 63 20 76 5 0.273
Ian Kinsler LAA 2B 2B 6 544 102 17 48 10 0.251
Scooter Gennett CIN 2B 2B/3B/ OF 6 479 71 22 79 4 0.255
Ryan McMahon COL 3B 3B 6 424 61 19 69 5 0.267
Ryon Healy SEA 1B/3B 1B/3B 6 471 61 24 72 1 0.261
Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B 1B 6 441 62 17 71 3 0.284
Justin Bour MIA 1B 1B 6 466 57 25 70 1 0.260
Jon Gray COL SP SP 6 174 12 0 3.88 1.27 181
Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP RP 6 62 4 30 3.06 1.09 72
Blake Snell TB SP SP 6 183 13 0 3.68 1.30 185
Chase Anderson MIL SP SP 6 171 13 0 3.71 1.14 152
Jameson Taillon PIT SP SP 6 152 10 0 3.51 1.29 141
Patrick Corbin ARI SP SP 6 204 15 0 3.58 1.29 186
Dylan Bundy BAL SP SP 6 197 10 0 3.77 1.24 181
Lance Lynn MIN SP SP 5 196 10 0 4.01 1.29 167
Gio Gonzalez WSH SP SP 5 184 11 0 4.08 1.30 171
Michael Fulmer DET SP SP 5 181 9 0 3.73 1.14 139
Hector Neris PHI RP RP 5 69 3 31 3.15 1.21 77
Adam Jones BAL OF OF 5 591 84 27 88 2 0.266
Yadier Molina STL C C 5 472 54 16 67 6 0.266
Didi Gregorius NYY SS SS 5 552 65 19 78 3 0.279
Sean Doolittle WSH RP RP 5 57 3 27 3.09 1.02 70
Jonathan Villar MIL 2B 2B/OF 5 412 58 13 38 27 0.244
Jeurys Familia NYM RP RP 5 62 2 30 3.12 1.20 63
Brandon Morrow CHC RP RP 5 48 3 26 2.88 1.05 54
Kelvin Herrera KC RP RP 5 65 3 31 3.44 1.24 66
Kenta Maeda LAD SP SP 4 142 12 0 3.91 1.13 144
Andrelton Simmons LAA SS SS 4 561 62 15 69 14 0.282
Addison Russell CHC SS SS 4 451 57 18 66 4 0.244
Danny Duffy KC SP SP 4 172 10 0 3.76 1.25 149
Eric Thames MIL 1B/OF 1B/OF 4 439 68 28 61 5 0.243
Albert Pujols LAA 1B 1B 4 528 61 24 88 2 0.248
Jacob Faria TB SP SP 4 149 9 0 3.71 1.20 152
C.J. Cron TB 1B 1B 4 533 64 25 71 3 0.241
Hanley Ramirez BOS DH 1B 4 441 62 20 71 2 0.265
Chris Davis BAL 1B 1B 4 462 61 27 72 1 0.220
Jordan Montgomery NYY SP SP 4 168 12 0 3.86 1.28 154
Brett Gardner NYY OF OF 4 551 98 16 67 17 0.262
Trevor Williams PIT SP SP 4 178 11 0 3.87 1.27 158
Archie Bradley ARI RP RP 4 70 4 8 2.56 1.06 78
Jason Kipnis CLE 2B 2B/OF 3 442 71 14 51 10 0.245
David Robertson NYY RP RP 3 66 7 9 2.59 1.01 95
Scott Kingery PHI 2B 2B 3 435 64 14 54 17 0.282
Yonder Alonso CLE 1B 1B 3 428 60 20 66 2 0.263
Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF OF 3 533 91 21 72 9 0.263
Dexter Fowler STL OF OF 3 480 73 17 78 11 0.266
Corey Dickerson PIT OF OF 3 497 72 24 65 2 0.272
Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS OF OF 3 531 72 20 84 8 0.256
Brad Brach BAL RP RP 3 62 4 19 3.67 1.16 64
Mike Clevinger CLE SP SP 3 152 10 0 4.08 1.31 159
Delino DeShields TEX OF OF 3 462 71 8 42 33 0.252
David Peralta ARI OF OF 3 509 74 16 67 7 0.273
Aaron Hicks NYY OF OF 3 427 57 14 63 13 0.255
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP SP 3 138 9 0 3.59 1.28 121
Lewis Brinson MIA OF OF 3 509 67 18 64 17 0.258
Welington Castillo CHW C C 3 407 56 21 62 0 0.241
Vince Velasquez PHI SP SP 3 136 8 0 4.14 1.32 143
Alex Reyes STL SP SP 3 91 6 0 3.12 1.30 102
Sean Manaea OAK SP SP 3 177 11 0 4.11 1.35 152
Wilson Ramos TB C C 3 445 52 21 68 0 0.254
Dellin Betances NYY RP RP 3 62 5 4 2.81 1.19 91
Lucas Giolito CHW SP SP 2 176 7 0 4.23 1.37 159
Cam Bedrosian LAA RP RP 2 60 4 21 3.45 1.26 63
Mike Zunino SEA C C 2 446 51 27 69 1 0.217
Brad Boxberger ARI RP RP 2 55 4 22 3.68 1.30 66
Yangervis Solarte TOR 2B/SS/ 3B 2B/SS/ 3B 2 479 61 17 68 3 0.257
Eduardo Escobar MIN SS/3B 2B/SS/ 3B 2 440 57 19 71 4 0.267
Shohei Ohtani LAA DH DH 2 192 26 11 33 3 0.266
Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B 2B 2 542 82 6 41 17 0.288
Josh Harrison PIT 2B/3B 2B/3B/ OF 2 524 71 11 46 13 0.275
Zach Britton BAL RP RP 2 35 2 16 3.12 1.27 37
Starlin Castro MIA 2B 2B 2 538 72 15 58 4 0.279
Steven Souza Jr. ARI OF OF 2 439 76 20 61 6 0.243
Ketel Marte ARI 2B/SS 2B/SS 2 441 61 11 53 14 0.275
Odubel Herrera PHI OF OF 2 534 81 15 69 13 0.283
Ryan Madson WSH RP RP 2 60 6 9 2.78 1.04 67
Matt Chapman OAK 3B 3B 2 481 61 26 72 2 0.232
Luke Gregerson STL RP RP 2 62 4 20 4.28 1.31 69
Dominic Leone STL RP RP 2 65 4 8 3.21 1.14 69
Marcus Semien OAK SS SS 1 508 64 23 72 10 0.241
Adam Duvall CIN OF OF 1 461 62 24 71 3 0.252
Mark Trumbo BAL OF OF 1 474 62 26 74 1 0.243
Nick Williams PHI OF OF 1 410 58 16 65 6 0.251
Joc Pederson LAD OF OF 1 412 58 24 67 5 0.248
Blake Parker LAA RP RP 1 70 5 14 2.96 1.08 87
Todd Frazier NYM 3B 3B 1 453 63 24 73 5 0.220
Garrett Richards LAA SP SP 1 95 5 0 3.61 1.22 87
Alex Claudio TEX RP RP 1 67 4 21 4.44 1.31 50
Brad Ziegler MIA RP RP 1 60 2 20 4.68 1.46 40
Blake Treinen OAK RP RP 1 66 4 21 4.09 1.37 62
Cole Hamels TEX SP SP 1 189 12 0 4.27 1.32 144
Shane Greene DET RP RP 1 64 3 27 4.12 1.30 66
Brad Miller TB 2B 1B/2B 1 466 50 15 62 9 0.221
Kolten Wong STL 2B 2B 1 398 46 11 54 10 0.281
Julio Teheran ATL SP SP 1 192 9 0 4.13 1.33 161
Jeff Samardzija SF SP SP 1 161 9 0 4.34 1.18 152
Jed Lowrie OAK 2B 2B 1 517 72 15 71 0 0.260
Aaron Sanchez TOR SP SP 1 154 8 0 3.90 1.29 130
Fernando Rodney MIN RP RP 1 57 2 24 4.41 1.34 62
Juan Minaya CHW RP RP 1 62 2 19 4.27 1.38 64
Sam Dyson SF RP RP 1 61 4 17 4.61 1.41 40
Logan Morrison MIN 1B 1B 1 461 61 23 67 2 0.239
J.A. Happ TOR SP SP 1 187 12 0 3.66 1.30 161
Greg Bird NYY 1B 1B 0 326 50 17 57 1 0.244
Darren O’Day BAL RP RP 0 62 4 8 3.72 1.21 67
Jake Odorizzi MIN SP SP 0 152 9 0 3.98 1.22 139
Austin Hays BAL OF OF 0 334 54 17 67 6 0.270
Tyler Lyons STL RP RP 0 59 4 9 3.19 1.17 64
Jesse Winker CIN OF OF 0 402 62 16 54 4 0.284
Tanner Roark WSH SP SP 0 177 14 0 4.09 1.31 155
Jorge Alfaro PHI C C 0 507 43 18 61 3 0.232
Kyle Barraclough MIA RP RP 0 65 3 9 3.91 1.35 77
Austin Hedges SD C C 0 408 41 21 58 3 0.215
Rick Porcello BOS SP SP 0 195 13 0 4.12 1.27 175
Miles Mikolas STL SP SP 0 144 11 0 3.64 1.23 115
Hunter Strickland SF RP RP 0 62 3 12 3.19 1.25 58
James McCann DET C C 0 481 56 16 61 3 0.260
Addison Reed MIN RP RP 0 71 4 11 3.79 1.17 69
Travis D’Arnaud NYM C C -6 383 42 17 60 0 0.261
Neil Walker NYY 2B 1B/2B 0 487 58 18 63 2 0.261
Jonathan Lucroy OAK C C 0 435 54 12 53 3 0.273
Joakim Soria CHW RP RP 0 51 4 8 3.44 1.27 54
Tony Watson SF RP RP 0 57 4 9 3.21 1.21 50
A.J. Ramos NYM RP RP 0 60 3 6 4.04 1.39 64
Max Kepler MIN OF OF 0 441 61 18 67 7 0.272
Kevin Kiermaier TB OF OF -1 403 71 17 54 16 0.261
Yasmani Grandal LAD C C -1 413 49 20 64 0 0.249
Evan Gattis HOU C C -1 412 45 18 58 0 0.249
Mark Melancon SF RP RP 0 59 3 12 3.13 1.21 57
Randal Grichuk TOR OF OF -1 424 51 25 62 4 0.235
Brian McCann HOU C C -1 391 41 16 54 9 0.244
Victor Robles WSH OF OF -1 405 48 6 53 18 0.275
Hunter Renfroe SD OF OF -1 429 55 24 68 3 0.241
Jack Flaherty STL SP SP -1 137 9 0 3.64 1.29 129
Jimmy Nelson MIL SP SP -1 82 5 0 3.55 1.29 86
Brandon Crawford SF SS SS -1 494 60 12 69 6 0.248
Mike Minor TEX SP SP -1 164 10 0 3.77 1.24 145
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP SP -1 98 7 0 3.84 1.26 105
Sean Newcomb ATL SP SP -1 157 7 0 4.22 1.43 166
Luiz Gohara ATL SP SP -1 111 6 0 4.03 1.33 116
Cameron Maybin MIA OF OF -1 358 68 6 41 22 0.234
Russell Martin TOR C C/3B -1 420 50 18 59 2 0.224
Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF -1 424 61 17 64 4 0.265
Jose Reyes NYM 2B/SS/ 3B 2B/SS/ 3B -1 389 51 9 41 18 0.252
Chad Green NYY RP RP -1 70 7 2 2.51 0.97 98
Asdrubal Cabrera NYM 2B/SS/ 3B 2B/SS/ 3B -1 488 61 15 53 3 0.265
Steve Cishek CHC RP RP -6 62 3 4 3.42 1.06 60
J.P. Crawford PHI 3B SS/3B -2 401 47 11 42 7 0.234
Alex Wilson DET RP RP -2 62 3 7 4.29 1.35 45
Aaron Altherr PHI OF OF -2 367 53 16 58 6 0.281
Willie Calhoun TEX OF OF -2 334 49 16 51 1 0.267
Mike Montgomery CHC SP SP -2 138 9 0 3.54 1.23 112
Kyle Gibson MIN SP SP -2 182 11 0 4.02 1.38 134
Scott Schebler CIN OF OF -2 404 52 22 64 4 0.241
Stephen Piscotty OAK OF OF -2 541 61 20 75 4 0.268
Chris Devenski HOU RP RP -2 77 6 3 3.01 1.02 96
Erasmo Ramirez SEA SP SP -2 135 7 0 3.78 1.23 114
Pat Neshek PHI RP RP -2 60 5 6 3.37 1.01 64
Mike Foltynewicz ATL SP SP -2 162 9 0 4.17 1.39 155
Denard Span TB OF OF -2 523 76 9 40 13 0.274
Chris Iannetta COL C C -2 329 41 18 54 0 0.242
Kole Calhoun LAA OF OF -2 561 65 20 73 4 0.247
Joe Mauer MIN 1B 1B 1 532 75 8 51 2 0.273
Victor Martinez DET DH DH -2
Brandon Belt SF 1B 1B/OF 1 449 65 17 62 3 0.253
Melky Cabrera KC OF OF -2 581 72 15 74 1 0.274
Tyler Flowers ATL C C -2 374 51 14 54 0 0.263
Michael Brantley CLE OF OF -2 442 64 14 68 7 0.287
Nate Jones CHW RP RP -2 60 2 3 3.21 1.26 70
Ben Gamel SEA OF OF -2 464 51 14 52 12 0.273
Robinson Chirinos TEX C C -2 351 41 15 50 1 0.240
Carlos Gomez TB OF OF -3 404 54 15 59 10 0.248
Nick Delmonico CHW OF OF -3 421 54 19 61 3 0.268
Josh Reddick HOU OF OF -3 420 69 16 73 6 0.283
Mikie Mahtook DET OF OF -3 561 74 13 44 10 0.251
Ben Zobrist CHC 2B/OF 2B/OF -3 418 54 14 47 3 0.241
Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF 2B/OF -3 402 54 9 47 13 0.284
Jose Pirela SD 2B/OF 2B/OF -3 465 51 13 60 9 0.255
Alex Avila ARI C C/1B -3 364 43 15 51 0 0.236
Brandon Drury NYY 2B 2B -3 443 46 14 57 2 0.268
Matt Wieters WSH C C -3 418 44 14 55 1 0.231
Josh Hader MIL RP RP -3 105 7 0 3.61 1.30 129
Kevin Pillar TOR OF OF -3 552 75 14 51 14 0.264
Nick Pivetta PHI SP SP -3 149 10 0 4.18 1.34 154
Leonys Martin DET OF OF -3 417 61 12 54 19 0.247
Brandon Maurer KC RP RP -3 52 3 6 4.43 1.39 53
Michael Lorenzen CIN RP RP -3 77 5 3 3.91 1.32 75
Zack Wheeler NYM SP SP -3 104 6 0 3.89 1.35 99
Curtis Granderson TOR OF OF -3 420 54 20 63 4 0.222
Jose Bautista TOR OF OF -3 509 72 25 84 5 0.221
Ervin Santana MIN SP SP -3 138 9 0 3.87 1.22 111
Christian Vazquez BOS C C -3 434 51 8 49 8 0.274
Chris Hatcher OAK RP RP -3 62 3 5 4.16 1.34 65
Matt Joyce OAK OF OF -3 441 61 18 70 3 0.245
Anthony DeSclafani CIN SP SP -3 96 5 0 3.65 1.27 80
Jason Heyward CHC OF OF -4 417 51 14 55 5 0.251
Raimel Tapia COL OF OF -3 254 44 4 28 10 0.267
David Dahl COL OF OF -3 203 25 8 32 2 0.261
Gerardo Parra COL OF OF -3 314 51 10 54 4 0.283
Lonnie Chisenhall CLE OF OF -4 377 57 14 64 3 0.276
Harrison Bader STL OF OF -4 275 29 10 35 5 0.251
Alex Verdugo LAD OF OF -4 322 43 3 31 7 0.278
Tyler O’Neill STL OF OF -4 207 21 10 32 3 0.238
Brandon Finnegan CIN SP SP -4 104 5 0 3.72 1.31 91
Jose Martinez STL 1B/OF 1B/OF -4 402 51 15 54 3 0.269
Jake Bauers TB 1B 1B -4 411 54 14 61 14 0.239
Mitch Moreland BOS 1B 1B -4 367 42 16 51 0 0.247
Nate Karns KC RP RP -4 104 8 0 4.12 1.31 109
Jedd Gyorko STL 3B 3B -4 384 46 18 57 4 0.259
Daniel Norris DET SP SP -4 154 8 0 4.19 1.42 137
Matt Barnes BOS RP RP -4 65 6 2 3.73 1.25 70
Lucas Duda KC 1B 1B -4 389 43 24 48 0 0.225
Matt Adams WSH 1B 1B/OF -4 341 41 16 48 0 0.266
Wilmer Flores NYM 1B/3B 1B/2B/ 3B -4 324 41 15 49 2 0.271
CC Sabathia NYY SP SP -4 158 10 0 4.24 1.31 130
Keone Kela TEX RP RP -4 60 4 3 3.34 1.05 78
Dominic Smith NYM 1B 1B -4 367 41 14 42 1 0.241
Alex Cobb BAL SP SP -4 154 9 0 4.07 1.29 118
Josh Fields LAD RP RP -4 55 6 3 3.26 1.07 57
Felix Hernandez SEA SP SP -4 151 10 0 4.21 1.32 131
Brandon McCarthy ATL SP SP -4 133 5 0 4.39 1.26 109
Derek Dietrich MIA 3B/OF 1B/2B/ 3B/OF -4 471 61 16 52 2 0.246
Carl Edwards Jr. CHC RP RP -4 63 5 1 3.51 1.25 90
Gleyber Torres NYY 2B/SS 2B/SS -4 364 45 7 41 12 0.277
Joe Musgrove PIT SP SP -4 124 6 0 4.08 1.29 109
Willy Adames TB SS SS -4 312 47 7 41 9 0.259
Clayton Richard SD SP SP -4 187 10 0 4.03 1.37 141
Jhoulys Chacin MIL SP SP -4 172 9 0 4.51 1.41 143
Franklin Barreto OAK 2B/SS 2B/SS -4 364 41 10 29 9 0.248
Mike Fiers DET SP SP -4 168 7 0 4.64 1.40 153
Matt Moore TEX SP SP -5 162 8 0 4.67 1.41 139
Matt Shoemaker LAA SP SP -5 101 8 0 4.41 1.29 91
Chad Pinder OAK 2B/SS/ OF 2B/SS/ OF -5 308 37 14 33 3 0.221
Nick Senzel CIN 3B 3B -5 378 58 14 63 10 0.271
Jose Urena MIA SP SP -5 191 9 0 3.98 1.30 126
Dansby Swanson ATL SS SS -5 512 61 11 56 6 0.242
Carlos Rodon CHW SP SP -5 105 4 0 4.48 1.38 102
Steven Matz NYM SP SP -5 103 5 0 4.49 1.38 81
Albert Almora Jr. CHC OF OF -5 395 64 12 39 3 0.281
Reynaldo Lopez CHW SP SP -5 131 6 0 4.54 1.41 109
Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS SS -5 404 51 15 67 0 0.242
Jose Iglesias DET SS SS -5 488 55 6 60 8 0.258
Derek Fisher HOU OF OF -5 278 41 4 30 14 0.236
Ryan Tepera TOR RP RP -5 68 4 3 4.04 1.29 70
Jurickson Profar TEX SS/OF SS/OF -5 276 39 6 30 4 0.242
Matt Harvey NYM SP SP -5 112 6 0 4.42 1.44 91
Cory Spangenberg SD 2B/3B/ OF 2B/3B/ OF -5 421 52 15 49 10 0.232
Dan Straily MIA SP SP -5 153 7 0 4.06 1.28 135
Brian Anderson MIA 3B 3B -5 513 54 15 67 1 0.255
Dinelson Lamet SD SP SP -5 99 6 0 4.15 1.31 112
Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP SP -5 132 5 0 3.87 1.27 116
Brad Peacock HOU RP RP -5 91 7 0 3.03 1.18 108
Collin McHugh HOU RP RP -5 109 9 0 3.53 1.26 104
Martin Maldonado LAA C C -5 409 39 15 44 0 0.212
Chris Owings ARI 2B/SS/ OF 2B/SS/ OF -5 227 38 7 28 7 0.261
Joe Panik SF 2B 2B -5 477 51 8 43 3 0.261
Chance Sisco BAL C C -5 363 41 12 44 2 0.251
Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 2B -5 433 68 9 42 5 0.268
Tom Koehler LAD RP RP -5 84 7 0 3.65 1.29 77
Adeiny Hechavarria TB SS SS -5 507 50 9 53 4 0.247
Francisco Mejia CLE C C -5 343 35 14 39 3 0.271
Brett Cecil STL RP RP -5 59 3 5 4.09 1.28 61
Mallex Smith TB OF OF -5 291 44 3 18 20 0.264
Austin Barnes LAD C/2B C/2B -5 274 38 7 32 4 0.282
Jorge Soler KC OF OF -6 504 53 22 61 2 0.235
Michael Kopech CHW SP SP -6 83 5 0 3.56 1.31 89
Walker Buehler LAD SP SP -6 63 4 0 3.33 1.18 75
J.C. Ramirez LAA SP SP -6 138 9 0 3.88 1.29 104
Yan Gomes CLE C C -6 289 36 11 40 0 0.242
Jeimer Candelario DET 3B 3B -6 504 56 13 65 1 0.259
Matt Davidson CHW 3B 1B/3B -6 411 48 26 71 0 0.215
Tyler Skaggs LAA SP SP -6 115 8 0 3.77 1.34 101
Colin Moran PIT 1B/3B 1B/3B -6 411 51 13 48 1 0.251
Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF OF -6 249 33 9 30 4 0.234
Yasmany Tomas ARI OF OF -6 243 28 12 33 1 0.276
Jarrod Dyson ARI OF OF -6 254 25 1 21 19 0.251
Keon Broxton MIL OF OF -6 297 30 10 33 10 0.228
Tyler Glasnow PIT RP RP -6 79 4 0 3.60 1.34 87
Austin Jackson SF OF OF -6 389 48 11 53 8 0.261
Tyson Ross SD SP SP -6
Erick Fedde WSH SP SP -6 101 4 0 4.14 1.26 84
Jordy Mercer PIT SS SS -6 512 50 12 56 1 0.251
Mychal Givens BAL RP RP -6 70 5 4 3.87 1.22 77
Freddy Galvis SD SS SS -6 385 48 10 51 9 0.250
Luis Valbuena LAA 1B/3B 1B/3B -6 318 41 16 47 0 0.228
Marco Gonzales SEA SP SP -6 94 5 0 4.26 1.32 76
Jesse Hahn KC SP SP -6 134 7 0 4.25 1.41 108
Jordan Luplow PIT 3B 3B -6 239 34 10 39 7 0.245
Carson Kelly STL C C -6 201 22 7 26 0 0.270
Alcides Escobar KC SS SS -6 434 54 3 59 6 0.241
Jorge Polanco MIN SS SS -6 264 35 7 41 6 0.258
Hunter Pence SF OF OF -6 521 67 16 72 4 0.262
Matt Kemp LAD OF OF -6 227 32 12 41 2 0.258
Kendall Graveman OAK SP SP -6 177 9 0 4.05 1.36 110
Stephen Vogt MIL C C -6 272 33 10 37 1 0.263
Jake Junis KC SP SP -6 158 8 0 4.21 1.26 129
Kirby Yates SD RP RP -6 62 3 1 3.31 1.14 79
Anthony Swarzak NYM RP RP -6 66 3 2 3.61 1.17 71
Mike Napoli CLE 1B 1B -6 364 40 15 44 1 0.211
Boog Powell OAK OF OF -6 437 58 9 49 10 0.257
Manny Pina MIL C C -6 241 30 9 34 3 0.268
Juan Nicasio SEA RP RP -6 68 4 2 3.54 1.23 69
Adrian Gonzalez NYM 1B 1B -6 272 32 10 40 0 0.254
Dillon Peters MIA SP SP -6 137 7 0 4.23 1.27 109
Jason Hammel KC SP SP -6 172 10 0 4.39 1.38 142
Matt Bush TEX RP RP -7 66 5 5 3.95 1.38 74
Chase Headley SD 1B/3B 1B/3B -7 490 60 10 52 6 0.254
Martin Prado MIA 3B 3B -7 502 54 8 56 0 0.262
Marco Estrada TOR SP SP -7 181 12 0 4.68 1.39 173
Matt Duffy TB SS/3B 2B/3B -7 467 54 7 61 9 0.251
Miguel Andujar NYY 3B 3B -7 356 46 10 52 3 0.273
Jake McGee COL RP RP -7 61 3 4 4.08 1.28 63
Tyler Chatwood CHC SP SP -7 162 10 0 4.24 1.29 143
Cameron Rupp PHI C C -7 208 25 11 30 1 0.235
German Marquez COL SP SP -7 171 11 0 4.31 1.33 158
Ivan Nova PIT SP SP -7 174 10 0 4.21 1.27 127
Devin Mesoraco CIN C C -7 220 29 11 36 1 0.226
Matthew Boyd DET SP SP -7 169 8 0 4.54 1.48 133
Robert Stephenson CIN SP SP -7 142 9 0 4.54 1.44 143
Kurt Suzuki ATL C C -7 221 25 7 28 0 0.277
Jordan Zimmermann DET SP SP -7 157 9 0 4.70 1.42 103
Sandy Leon BOS C C -7 247 32 8 36 0 0.243
Matt Andriese TB SP SP -7 98 6 0 3.77 1.28 89
Brandon Nimmo NYM OF OF -7 471 54 10 62 6 0.238
Adam Engel CHW OF OF -7 412 54 7 48 17 0.206
Caleb Joseph BAL C C -7 221 28 8 34 0 0.250
A.J. Reed HOU 1B 1B -7 107 25 6 32 0 0.231
Devon Travis TOR 2B 2B -7 253 36 9 34 6 0.266
Steve Pearce TOR OF OF -7 364 42 12 50 1 0.248
Tucker Barnhart CIN C C -7 353 25 5 38 3 0.267
Francisco Cervelli PIT C C -7 342 34 3 29 3 0.242
Jeff Mathis ARI C C -7 287 27 3 30 1 0.220
Chad Kuhl PIT SP SP -7 179 10 0 4.18 1.35 164
Roberto Perez CLE C C -7 264 27 5 34 1 0.211
Pedro Strop CHC RP RP -7 62 5 3 3.67 1.21 64
Tom Murphy COL C C -7 223 31 12 38 0 0.212
Liam Hendriks OAK RP RP -7 63 4 2 3.70 1.27 68
Dixon Machado DET 2B/SS 2B/SS -7 481 48 6 52 14 0.252
Jason Castro MIN C C -7 431 37 11 34 2 0.214
Mark Reynolds COL 1B 1B -7 271 38 9 33 2 0.231
Carlos Asuaje SD 2B 2B -7 464 57 5 53 8 0.248
Tony Wolters COL C C -7 301 32 3 38 3 0.242
Pablo Sandoval SF 1B/3B 1B/3B -7 289 38 8 44 1 0.238
Wilmer Difo WSH 2B/SS/ 3B 2B/SS/ 3B -8 308 29 3 19 15 0.275
Johan Camargo ATL SS/3B SS/3B -8 502 51 9 60 1 0.254
Yusmeiro Petit OAK RP RP -8 83 6 2 3.51 1.04 81
J.T. Riddle MIA SS SS -8 424 40 8 41 3 0.253
Howie Kendrick WSH OF 2B/OF -8 377 38 8 42 10 0.287
Hernan Perez MIL 2B/3B/ OF 2B/3B/ OF -8 175 27 5 27 10 0.264
Paulo Orlando KC OF OF -8 432 58 9 51 9 0.272
Aledmys Diaz TOR SS SS -8 361 47 8 40 3 0.266
Logan Forsythe LAD 2B/3B 2B/3B -8 345 43 9 50 6 0.235
Pat Valaika COL SS 1B/SS/ 3B -8 205 31 15 44 0 0.263
Hector Rondon HOU RP RP -8 60 4 1 3.77 1.19 66
Jimmie Sherfy ARI RP RP -8 54 3 2 3.69 1.29 60
Craig Stammen SD RP RP -8 73 3 1 3.58 1.24 68
   
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice, very nice. Now we’re armed and ready.

    How will this sexual assault charge affect Salazar’s…
    A. playing time?

    B. ADP /Ranking

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Tigres says:
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      No charges filed, per MLB.com report from yesterday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Looks like he’s getting off…again…

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: ZING!!…again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tadow!

  2. Baggiejohn says:
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    Thanks so much for this. It really does bring a little light into the grim, long winter nights.

    As a close personal friend of Queen Elizabeth (well, she lived down the road from me until recently) I don’t think it’s too presumptious of me to say … for services on behalf of fantasy gamers everywhere … and for promoting the noble ‘tache …

    Arise SIR Grey of USA !

    Which makes the cougar a Lady! Lady Grey ? Hmm, sounds familiar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baggiejohn: Ha! Can I get the noble title being from the Jersey of New?

  3. Csifu says:
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    There’s a mistake in Ryu’s projections. Saves should be 0, saves->ERA, ERA->WHIP, WHIP->K (probably).

    Thanks for the great work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Csifu: Oops, thanks for the heads up, it’ll get fixed shortly

  4. Dr JAM says:
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    I’m new this year to the site
    Love it
    Been winning my league without this site, they are in trouble now.
    Can you send me a link to explain how to use the $ column, what it means?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr JAM: $ is for auction leagues

      • DR JAM says:
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        @Grey:

        I am slow, but I knew that.
        How do the values get negative? these seem low. You have an article about how those values fit into strategy

  5. PB&J says:
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    good good shtuff, Grey.

    Is there a trick to sort the list by CI or MI easily? Sorting like that would be helpful for the Hittertron, also.

      • PB&J says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey!
        In case anyone is interested, type “1b|3b” for CI and “2b|ss” for MI.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, knew it was something like that…

  6. the swinging says:
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    I feel like not drafting a ss until the last round. Idk who to draft or where, and feel good about it.

    • Blue says:
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      @the swinging: I dunno if I’d go that far, but the position is so flat I can see punting to the mid rounds easy.

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: who r u thinking of landing at ss and where? Or is it that irrelevant u just take whoever falls late.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I went over shortstops in the top 20 SS post

          • the swinging says:
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            @Grey: I know I read it. Anyone growing on you? U have a must have guy at ss?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Santana

              • ashtray says:
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                @Grey: Even with that .400 BABIP from last year? Dude’s plate discipline is kind of shaky, too.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah a bit

          • the swinging says:
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            @Grey: I guess what I’m asking is about the SS tier u like to draft from.

            The tier is very big and starts with bogaerts and ends with owings

            Bogaerts is 80 somthing on the big board and owings is 170 somthing. So u like waiting for the back end of that tier? I’m confused because of how far apart they are on the overall list but are considered in the same tier at SS.

            Thank you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you read my top 20 SS you know who I like

              • the swinging says:
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                @Grey: u list a tier u say is ur fav to draft from, but it’s huge and there’s a lot of room from… nevermind

  7. MattTruss

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    Most wonderful day of the year! Thanks for doin what you do Grey. Eases the pain of 4 feet of snow I’ve gotten over the past two weeks.

    One inconsistency question for ya. You’ve got David Hale ranked at 393 here. In the top 100 starters, Mike Foltynewicz is in that spot in the rankings with that same stat line. Gotta think it’s Folty there over Hale in Coors…correct? Folty is one of the few things I’m excited for watching the Braves this year. Fol-ten-eh-vich….got it!

    • Cram It says:
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      @MattTruss: The Braves are trying to corner the market on Eastern Euros. Where’s the Joey Terdoslavich sleeper post?!

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        @Cram It: Ha, no kidding

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss: Oops, I was thinking Folty and wrote Hale, I’ll fix it shortly

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: some of us deep leaguers got very screwed by that hale trade to COL. he was projected as starter at ATL (before folty trade)

  8. Cardfan says:
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    I like your hitter tiers and pitcher tiers. Anyway we can get this in a AL and NL Only format.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cardfan: I don’t put them together, a fan of the site does…

  9. Cram It says:
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    Ah, thanks for the “Tiers” links. That’s the kind of list I like! You spelled Todd Frazier incorrectly, though I’m not one to quibble over tiny little spelling mistakes that may or may not drive me to scratch my left ear lobe until it bleeds. Nope, not this guy.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Cram It: Leave your ear alone before I Ed Norton curb stomp your whole family!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Wake Up: Well that’s…that’s just….mean, Wake.

        • Wake Up says:
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      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Wake Up:

        That nice guy from The Honeymooners? I don’t remember that episode. Talk about “bang…zoom…”

        • Cram It says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: You don’t remember the curbstomping episode? It was the same one that Alice and Trixie got caught lezzing out on a bed of cocaine in. Hence the ensuing curbstomping spree by Ed. Naturally.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Cram It: @GhostTownSteve:
          Am I the only one who remembers Larry David’s Honeymooners-inspired-garbage can-banging musical?

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Wake Up: i wish i had even heard of it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: I don’t do the Tiers, someone else does, but I can see if they can fix the spelling

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I really don’t care about spelling, Grey. Just fucking around. I’m not Costarican…whatever that commenters name is.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I can fix it I think later…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fixed

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Cram It: he disappeared after not being quite against the Hitler rap from Whitest Kids You Know, off to fix the spelling errors of other comedy troupes that don’t make fun of famous racist dictators. or possibly other fantasy baseball message board wanders?

          • The Harrow says:
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            @The Harrow: that should read, “being quite against” not it’s opposite.

  10. Wake Up says:
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    Thanks again for all the hard work. You are the wind beneath my wings…which are going through an awful molt at present. You are the cool breeze that blows…well, you get it…
    Reese and I have our Hole Camels packed with ricotta cheese and we are ready for our six month trek…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Woot woot!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Isn’t woot spelled with zeroes?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            that’s n00b you’re thinking of

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              But boob is with oh’s?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Yes, but this kind of ‘oh’:

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Is that Jesse Plemons?

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I think it’s the puppet version of Matt Damon from Team America, actually.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No, fo’reallies… It looks like Plemons, but I can’t place the scene

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      hahaha, it’s Office Space and it’s not Plemons. Swearzies.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh shizz, it’s that guy! You get your room yet for Arizona?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haven’t; we three amigos (JFOH, BM and I) need to get together on that soon.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Stay at our place!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hotel, that is…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m open to staying with you two…you guys already have the room?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I sent you the email, no?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I got the email about where you were staying, I didn’t know if you had booked fully or not.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah, it’s booked

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Like Tom Hanks in Big ‘I get to be on top!’

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Those aren’t pillows

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      If we have a bathtub, I’ll just ask for some extra blankets!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think I got the room with just a sink

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Draw straws?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Just you just send me an e-vite?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I can’t Evite anyone else, mom says party’s closed.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Not if it’s when you’re making an OTI train sound effect…if you’re talking 13yo girl texting, I have no idea…and I’ll pretend that you didn’t know too…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have no idea!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: see above…you were asking the wrong dude…he prolly has a woot woot noob pic all lined up!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He has a viral pic ready to go for this convo

              • J_FOH says:
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                @Grey: and now he wont post that pic because you talked about that pic, Sky is spiteful like that

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Why is that? Let’s analyze!

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I’m looking forward to this breakdown.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Me too!

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: Must. Resist. Urge…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t. Resist. Ever.

  11. PK says:
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    Thanks, Grey! This puts a bow on the present that is your rankings. I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts, and appreciate all the mileage your fingers have endured typing everything out. Yay!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: No problem

  12. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Greys king, and they know it
    When he snap my fingers everybody says show it
    Greys hot
    and your not
    But if you wanna hang with him he’ll give it one shot
    Top that, top that
    You can give all that you can, but you will never top that!
    You can dream until you’re blue but you can never top that
    huh huh

  13. Tony Two Bags says:
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    Yesterday you said, “You should leave the top 100 with a 1st baseman, 3rd baseman, corner man, middle infielder, starter and two outfielders. ”

    If we’re talking auction draft, how much of a $260 budget would you put toward that chunk?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Tony Two Bags:

      Somewhere between 140 and 170 depending on if you lean towards a deep, low risk profile or more of a stars and scrubs approach.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony Two Bags: I’ll go over auction strategy… You should do around $90 on pitching

    • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Tony Two Bags: that’s a sweet drug dealin’ name, but when you get pulled over, don’t tell cops it’s your name (wink wink)

  14. Nico says:
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    Grey. I sold my soul to the Fantasy Baseball Overlord, and as a result, my fantasy baseball skills are forever prosperous. I think it happened like that. Either that or it was that time we met on Halloween and you were wearing a devil costume… I passed out on a couch and woke up with Razzball.com sharpied (not the dog) on my forehead. Luckily, someone (you) wrote it backwards, so I could read it the next morning in the mirror. Next thing you know, I’m winning fantasy baseball leagues. So, in summary, I’m forever indebted to you. I might be able to find some free time to update the War Room Download. Let me poke around and check out the Excel mechanisms. Also, I wrote a Haiku about updating the War Room:

    There’s much to do, but
    The work is already done.
    Worksheets are my jam.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: You know someone emailed the War Room after I posted this, so I might have it, maybe you could help people when I post it though, yeah?

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Sure thing. If something changes on the War Room, let me know.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You were writing for Draft Kings last year, right?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            He wasn’t

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Did Nico not write for the site?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                He did, I know he wrote football; I don’t think he did any baseball.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, could’ve sworn I made him a user somewhere… Okay, I’ll wait for him to respond… So, how’s things?

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    These things are good but those things…they could use some work. What about your things?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Same, same…Surprisingly, we have those things in common

                  • Nico says:
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                    @Grey: Ha! Go home Grey, you’re drunk! I did the Streamers for Football and did a War Room Download over there as well. Why the Fug is my avatar always messed up here?!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You wanna just post the War Room here, so questions can go directly to you? I have it, but i don’t know how it works so I’m useless with questions regarding it

                    • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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                      @Nico: i remember you.

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Apparently, we’re out of Reply space. I can post as long as it’s done already. If not, I’ll need a day or two to make sure everything works with the one I started updating. You can email me at [email protected] if it makes things easier.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m going to email you now… Thanks!

  15. CH Smoot says:
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    I would have guessed Ken Giles would have cracked this list

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CH Smoot: Yeah, he could’ve… He definitely will if Paps is traded

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @CH Smoot: if this list was for holds leagues he would’ve anyway

  16. BigDeal says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in a dynasty league where closers are overvalued and even decent ones go for $15-25. With work and early sleep schedule, it can be difficult to beat everyone to the waiver wire.

    So I’m looking to draft a couple cheap RPs with high-upside and high chance of being a closer, and keep them for a few (2-3) years. How do you feel about Sergio Romo (regaining job due to higher K rate than Casilla?) and Sean DooLittle (returning soon and normal from injury?)?

    Who else would you recommend? Giles, Boxberger, and Soria are already taken. Watson/Walden?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BigDeal: I don’t trust Doolittle or Romo… I’d recommend guys on this list

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @BigDeal: after guys on list Walden could be option, matheny would have to be str up stupid to keep rosey in there if he starts off repeating last year’s walk rate (which was i think the worst ever for a guy with that many saves)

  17. Jef with 1 f says:
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    Alright my man…here’s the deal…in my dynasty I can move miggy for J.up and the number one overall pick in a two round draft….who I would take Tomas with…so would you move miggy for Upton and Tomas…I’m leaning yes

    • Jef with 1 f says:
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      @Jef with 1 f: *where I would take tomas

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Jef with 1 f: upton for miggy in a dynasty is arguably better for you alone.

  18. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Wow, Ryu is going to have a pretty wild season with those projections! haha

    Thanks for the rankings. Always love this time of the year!

  19. GhostTownSteve says:
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    So I’m going to blow all my auction dollars on pitching this year I’m going to need some cheap offense. Here’s a team (sans catchers) of guys you like inside 200 that NFBC currently has going outside 200. Your ranking followed by NFBC ADP and what I think they’ll fetch at auction

    1b-Vargas 168, 260, $4
    2b-Schoop 157, 342, $1
    ss-J. Ramirez, 177, 354 $1
    3b-Castellanos, 172, 246 $5
    CI-Headley, 155, 220, $6
    MI-Gennett, 175, 268, $3
    OF1-K. Davis, 135, 202, $7
    OF2-Arcia, 150, 222 $6
    OF3-Souza, 166, 277 $3
    OF4-Saunders, 132, 304, $1
    OF5-Dom. Brown, 206, 320 $1
    Util-Gyorko, 116, 223, $5

    So that’s a $46 offense assuming two $1 catchers, freeing me up to spend up to $216 on pitching. Should have a nice staff. Actually if you go in there and replace Castellanos with say Arenado (20,60,$20), Headley with Bogaerts (81, 157, $10) and Dom. Brown with Myers (82,151, $10) you’d add $34 in salary so that would give you an $80 dollar offense that looked like this:

    Chirinos
    Salty
    Vargas
    Schoop
    Aranado
    Bogarets
    Gennett
    K. Davis
    Arcia
    Souza
    Saunders
    Myers
    Gyorko

    And $20 per pitcher to spend…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I like all of those hitters to varying degrees… I think they have major risk attached though

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        So does Miguel Cabrera…

        I think my point is that there’s some cheap hitting that isn’t that far away from the expensive hitting.

        • Grey

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          Agreed, and you grabbed guys that I wrote sleeper posts on so you know I like them… But the difference between Schoop and Pedroia is more than name value (for one example)…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: height?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not especially

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              At least I don’t think… I think Schoop’s tiny (I could be wrong)

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Schoop is a beast, dude. He’s like 6’1″ 220. I think I remember seeing that his avg HR distance and FB distance were solid.

                Yes there’s a difference between Pedroia and Schoop, but c’mon…Pedroia doesn’t have risk? You’re the king of Pedroia has risk. Pedroia is going to cost you $15 bucks. Schoop is going to cost $1.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, I forgot what he looked like size-wise… His bombs do ring a bell though…. Pedroia has risk, definitely does, but I’m just saying there’s a reason why there’s a difference in price… Don’t get me wrong (and prolly why that was a horrid example), I’m not drafting Pedroia, but one guy is slotted into the top 3 of a great lineup and one guy is batting in the bottom third until he can hit his way out of there…

    • TheTinDoor says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Why?
      Best case scenario is that you hit on all your pitchers and get 60 points from pitching. But you’ll be far ahead of everyone in most categories, which is wasted value. Meanwhile you have to hope you ALSO hit on all your hitters, or you’ll be so far behind in those categories, you’re toast.

      If the best case is a bunch of extra stats that don’t lead to more points….yeah, not a fan.

      • TheTinDoor says:
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        @TheTinDoor: Don’t mean to sound so negative. You can/should target cheap hitters, but I’d be inclined to use that value to spend more on top tier hitters. Or even a Kershaw/Sale/Felix uber-ace, if you’re inclined to spend more on pitching than others. But don’t go crazy.

    • Mike says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Why would you do that. Grey has always went after hitting first, because there is so much pitching available.

  20. Hawk says:
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    10 team, 5×5 Keeper league question.

    Matt Kemp +
    (Arrieta or Ventura or Alex Wood or Tanaka) +
    (Archie Bradley or Taijuan Walker)

    for

    Corey Dickerson +
    (Dee Gordon or Manny Machado)

    I have a lot of power so a guy like Gordon really fits well.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Dickerson, Gordon

  21. chrisL says:
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    5×5 scoring: 12 team keeper league. OBP instead of AVG, otherwise the same. Keep 5 only with no loss of draft picks:

    Michael Brantley
    Ryan Braun ?
    Robinson Canó ?
    Todd Frazier
    Jonathan Lucroy
    J.D. Martínez
    Hanley Ramírez
    Anthony Rizzo
    Addison Russell
    Danny Santana
    Jorge Soler
    Ryan Zimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley, Cano, Frazier, Hanley, Rizzo

  22. S.H says:
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    Hello Grey, I am in a head to head points league, with 40-50 player keeper, 450 cap, I am new in the league, so the team kinda blows, I have chance to pick up Joey Bats in a deal for Ordorizzi and Moncada, that being said I figure I can’t really win for a few years , should I take Bats, and hopefully trade him for a bigger return, or hope that Moncada can walk on water and bring me many titles my way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Bats

  23. Will says:
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    Grey, you’re a prince.

    You mentioned in a previous post that you should aim to get ~130 saves… if you have SV+H, what would be a reasonable target? 200? It always seems much harder to get holds because there are a lot more “the guys” than there are “the guy” for saves. I’m still not going to draft hard for it because HAGNOF!, but any thoughts on that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many pitching slots?

  24. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    Grey..Not trying to bug you too much or anything. What a treasure chest of wealthy info. But just asking what your strategy is on draft day. For example, do you have a seperate list of players you kind of HAVE to own that you will reach for?( Segura, Archer etc) How about a list of players you would never own? I know you won’t pick pitchers till the Samardzija spot.
    I know this is a lot to ask but I’m kind of new to this and ANY of YOUR OWN wisdom is gold on draft day. Don’t want to be confused in the midst of a draft again. Anything would be so appreciated. Thanx so much!!

    • Fungazi says:
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      @sasquatch sluggers: I know I do exactly what you are talking about. I take a rankings list and start crossing off any names of players I specifically do not want no matter the rank, then general positions like catchers and RP early, or crummy OF’s late. If a player drops far enough during the draft, it will be painfully obvious and you decide on the spot when to act on that.

      Any players I know I want I bump up by 2 rounds.

    • Grey

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      I’ll be going over draft strategy in the coming weeks… If you go over the top 20 lists, you’ll see the guys I want

  25. @Grey Thank you as always. You’re super talented and I love that I found you guys last year.

    My setup before my question:
    After reading through your rankings I recall you saying: Draft players that have proven themselves year over year, and not the shiny new toys (Dickerson, Arenado, Springer, etc.). They are unproven and may not break out until age 27 or even 30 (Bautista). This is me paraphrasing you. You also say at the end of the day, draft the team you want.

    My question:
    You have a lot of heart for the young—who’ve shown flashes of brilliance but should not be considered proven (Arenado, Wong, Dickerson, etc). So which is it? Draft sexy or draft proven.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Good question, it’s a fine line between the two… Maybe I’ll write a post on that… Short answer is players’ primes are in their mid-20s, so you have to go young-ish

      • @Grey: Thanks for the response! It may not be fun to draft Adam Jones, but it might be the smart/safe thing to do, at least at the start. I personally can’t draft him this year because I drafted him last year and I hate doing that. I think you said something similar. But I did spend $23 on Will Myers last year (a sexy 2014 target) and he blew chunks. Could make for a good post. Thanks again

        • Grey

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          No problem… Yeah, I have multiple leagues, so I try to diversify, for better or worse

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @American Dreams: to be fair, Grey’s had adam jones higher than nearly all sites over last 2-3 years.

  26. Jay says:
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    My keepers in 10 team league are:
    Stanton, Puig, Upton, Arenado and Sale

    I have an oppty to get Rendon, but It may cost me Sale and Arenado. Do i do it? I would then keep rendon and Scherzer.

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: also have Freeman or Dee Gordon as a keeper option. either of these two over Scherzer?

    • Grey

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      Sounds decent

  27. Corey says:
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    When do you guys like to schedule your draft? Availability of the owners will obviously dictate, but this year I was thinking two weeks before opening day. Most of the competitions for roster spots and inuries will have gone down by then, with a couple more weeks left to chance.

    • Grey

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      As late into the spring as possible

    • Cram It says:
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      @Corey: Always as closest to opening day as possible.

      • Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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        @Cram It: i’d like to even hear one reason why this isn’t so. It’d have to go something like
        “I’m the comish and i won’t get internet connection for at least a few weeks before april 5th”, or “i’m the comish and i like having less complete information about roles/injuries/trades and everything else”

  28. Bodacious Taters says:
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    Izturis have any value this year ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Bodacious Taters: in 30 team leagues where any at bats do.

  29. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Tulo for Bogaerts and Gerritt Cole in a medium-sized keep forever?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see it

  30. the swinging says:
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    I have some options in a 12 team keeper league (with OPS as 6th cat). I can sign for rizzo, brantley, dickerson, frazier rounds 1-4.

    Im curious your thoughts, hypothetically in a 12 team redraft would you consider that a good start?

    Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solid core of guys… Could be better, but could be worse too

  31. M says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks so much for the great advice. Can you help resolve a gentleman’s debate regarding keepers? (6x6roto) Each team has to keep 10 guys for under $135 and the total salary cap is $300 per team. Is Team A or B better off for 2015, and how close is it?

    Team A has:

    Big Papi $20
    D.Gordon $7
    Machado $6
    Puig $11
    CarlosGomez $20
    Ozuna $6
    Kluber $7
    A.Wood $23
    CrushDavis $23
    Alcides Escobar $11

    And B:
    Lucroy $18
    LaRoche $9
    Altuve $21
    Nelson Cruz $18
    Arod $1
    King Felix $36
    Gerrit Cole $6
    Wei-in Chen $11
    Roark $6
    Brad Miller $8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A is much better… B’s a bit of a mess

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah i was going to say its not close…A is the better team.

      • M says:
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        @Grey: thank you sir!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Your rankings are my Bible…thanks for all your work homeboy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No worries, F

  33. Chase says:
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    Why is Henderson Alvarez in the 400s Grey?

  34. Fastpitch says:
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    V. Mart to have surgery on his knee. Detroit news.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s too bad

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Fastpitch: projected time 4-8 (which seems light to me)

  35. Big Magoo

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    I think that Cecil would make a fine donkeycorn if the Jays let him close, but it seems like they’d rather keep him in a setup role. We’ll see if they pull the trigger on a Papelbon deal. K-Rod is still out there too.

    On the other hand, it might be interesting to watch Broxton try to close out games in ’15 in Miller Park. Major brain freeze alert there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, closers will change from now until April… Broxton is a flippin’ mess and I think the Brewers realize this

      • J_FOH says:
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        @Grey: Broxton is the perfect 8th inning guy, I still think he never recovered from the Matt Stairs incident and will always being seeing shadows in the 9th

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We’re sure that was Matt Stairs and not John Kruk?

          • J_FOH says:
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            @Grey: fat out of shape and launched that ball out of Dodger stadium like he was playing at Coors

            http://i54.tinypic.com/258ndpu.gif

            too bad they don’t show how far that thing went, its probably best to not…for the children’s sake

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that Broxton pitching to Stairs at a site called tinypic? That’s ironic

              • J_FOH says:
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                @Grey: its in the land of carnival mirrors and lady beer goggles

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And fun house mirrors

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: thats what I meant when i said carnival mirrors…but you knew that and you know that my on the contrary post can begin with the release of the 400.

                    MMUUUUAAAAHHHAAAHHHAAA

                    Tupps McHate!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn Tuppy!

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll be gentle and ridiculous.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I appreciate it

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: think of it like a roast but with boobs in your face

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That sounds wonderful!

                  • J_FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I like to soften the blow

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Appreciate!

    • J_FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: damn you for using donkeycorn, you know how i feel about the loss of those terms. Dont confuse the new readers

      • Big Magoo

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        @J_FOH: Just keeping the classic terms alive for the old guard. The new readers can just disregard them.

        • J_FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: fair enough, so would he be a kill or a marry? i have no idea how to integrate those terms without being questioned for a crime or being judged for wanting to marry a dude….not that there is anything wrong with that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj3VphK9AMk

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @J_FOH: Neither for me. He’s a donkeycorn.

        • birrrdy! says:
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          @Big Magoo: Bring back Donkeycorn!!!

          • J_FOH says:
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            @birrrdy!: let smokey know

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @birrrdy!: It never left for me

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @J_FOH: Sincerely,
        Sparky Anklebiter

      • And Now the John Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @J_FOH: even if somebody didn’t know,the sheer volume of ain’t Smokey’s terms would suffice.

  36. Jay says:
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    Drop vmart in the rankings? Knee surgery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s already low in my rankings, too bad others may not draft him now

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: oh they still will, probably higher than your rank even now, and later be on here whining about how “unlucky” they got that an ex-catcher of that age didn’t “come back strong”, and all the “indicators” were there that he’d repeat (almost of course nobody’s that insane) last year’s stats on a per at bat basis (they knew of course that he’d be out a small amount of time)

  37. fromagemacabre says:
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    Grey you saucy morsel of faux anglo-saxony, I’m a little confused about the starting pitching IP and / or K stats in your rankings. Quick look shows over 20 starters with 9+ K/9 and another 40 or more starters between 8 and 9 K/9. Last year there were 14 starters at/above 9 K/9 and another 16 from 8 to 9 K/9. In both 2012 and 2013, there were 27 starters at or above 8 K/9 (versus your 60). League-wide increase in Ks can’t be the explanation … can you enlighten me? Mercy buttercups.

    • Grey

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      I projected each pitcher on their own… If there’s more 9+ k/9, that’s the way it came out, wasn’t my goal…

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @fromagemacabre: what you said “couldn’t happen” i.e. leaguewide increase in K’s, is EXACTLY what’s happening (baseball forecaster’s got a study claiming that the strikezone (specifically the lower part) has been growing, (fast!) in last 3-5 years, at least)

  38. Timbo says:
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    Grey! In an OBP league where we can keep guys as long as we want, would you trade Donaldson straight up for Arenado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  39. darkness says:
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    Do anyone feel any concern with Cory Dickerson’s splits? Normally they do not bother me too much (especially with younger players as Grey has mentioned), but his are crazy. Here are his career splits avg/obp/ops

    Home vs LHP: .246/.316/.751
    Home vs RHP: .373/.426/1.159
    Away vs LHP: .224/.274/.602
    Away vs RHP: .250/.296/.700

    I like Dickerson as well and think he has a solid chance to meet your overall projections, but looking at these splits I don’t know if I would start him with confidence outside of home games against RHP. He improved last year against LHP and on the road, but was still basically an average outfielder outside of Home vs RHP games. I would expect his splits to even out to some extent, but it makes me hesitant to keep him in my league where we keep 5 players.

    • Grey

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      He improved last year and can continue to improve… He doesn’t come without some risk…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @darkness: want to see something worse, look up blackman’s.

  40. Dennis says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great stuff as always!!

    I’m in a keeper league, and can only keep 3 Bats, 3 Arms

    Can’t decide on my pitching keepers. Out of these five, which three would you keep? And you can keep them for as long as you want.

    Kluber – Definite keeper
    Gerrit Cole
    Zack Wheeler
    Carlos Carrasco
    J. Samardzija

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Kluber, Cole and Carrasco

      • Dennis says:
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        @Grey: Was leaning that way…thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. Ra'ball al Ghul says:
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    So since VMart tore his meniscus does that finally move him into the top 100?? Because he belongs there, with Mauer. I would not want to tear my peniscus.

    • Grey

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      Ha! I wish he waited until April to tear it so I could’ve written an overrated post on him

  42. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I was planning to ignore Vmart (figuring my leaguemates would take him well before I would), but in light of the surgery, where would take him? I’m thinking he could be an interesting DL stash…

    Thanks! These rankings are my security blanket when I find myself huddled in a corner muttering WET TAIL to myself during drafting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s ranked where I would take him as of right now

  43. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Obviously I’m not taking Schoop over Pedroia all things being equal. I’m just still really feeling the lack of bankable offense outside the top 10 where the risk profile and the production of the top pitchers seem to separate themselves.
    Here are the hitters outside the top 10 in adp:
    Altuve, Encarnacion, Rendon, Jones, Tulo, Rizzo, Posey, Braun, Brantley, Ellsbury, Donaldson, Hanley, Beltre, Puig, Harper, Frazier, Martinez, Freeman, Marte, Gordon, Kemp, Springer, Hamilton

    Risk risk risk risk. Who are the guys you’re taking to the bank there?

    I know you like Rendon and Marte. and Jones, maybe Puig a little. But if you’re caught in a section of the draft where you can’t get at those guys who do you grab? And are they really that much better than Scherzer, Sale, Bum, Stras, Kluber or Price? Which group feels more likely to grossly underperform ADP?

    • Grey

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      Those pitchers are better than some of the guys you mention… I’m not touching Martinez, Braun, Kemp, Brantley, Freeman where they’re going but that’s quibbling… Why I’m taking hitters, and I’ll find ones in the top 30 is because I can take pitchers later… I think your hitter exercise fails to point out there’s a ton of pitchers later…

  44. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Like even in your own rankings. You like Brantley at 24 with a 87/17/92/19/.301 and Blackmon at 104 with a 79/15/60/20/.285 slash.

    Is that really 80 picks worth of differentiation? Is it really not worth taking Kluber, Price, Stras et al?

    The next pitcher off your board is Matt Shoemaker. You’ve got Kluber with close to 100 more K’s projected than Shoemaker. Huge difference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley and Blackmon have other differences beyond the numbers… I’m not drafting Brantley either… Kluber and Shoemaker is a huge difference… But Kluber’s going in the 2nd round, you’re not getting him…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Kluber’s NFBC ADP is 30. Brantley’s is 17.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  45. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Or how about Beltre at 22 versus Sandoval at 96?

    Beltre: 86/22/97/1/.297
    Sandoval 71/21/92/2/.304

    When the tradeoff is Kluber vs Harvey and his 7 wins and 150 Ks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right, but Beltre has done it for ten years and Sandoval for one…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Here’s a real world example… Last year I got Kluber around 200 overall in Friends and Family… This would be the best I could hope for in the new world order of abundant pitching… Unfortunately, I had Prince, Gyorko, Zimmerman and Wieters so it didn’t matter… There were decent pitchers on waivers in this 15 team league, but there was no Prince or others replacement…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yes but…think how good your pitching would have been had you taken Kershaw or The King in the 1st round AND had Kluber. AND, Albright…AND. You need The King and you need to hit on your Klubbers. There are decent pitchers on waivers in 15 teamers but I’m in those leagues. You get the Tom Kohlers of the world. Acceptable. What about CJ Cron? Or Chisenhall. Or Garrett Jones? Or Plouffe? Surely those guys are Kohler equivalent.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Cron, Jones, Chisen, Plouffes kill your team… Yeah, I could’ve had Kershaw instead of Princed, but then my pitching would’ve been superlative crazy and where would I be? Trading pitching in a league where no one will trade for pitching because it’s so abundant?

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            How did you finish in pitching in that league?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I had Teheran and Cobb, did totally fine… Hurt on saves, but my offense was a shizzshow…

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Were you shooting for “fine”? And my point is, offense=safe? I know that is obnoxious and not fair. Sample size.

                You got 335 Ks and 24 wins out of Teheran.

                Yes you can win in many different ways, but the whole point of all this noise is can you give yourself a slight edge? Is there an optimal play. Nobody can predict a win in a single league. We’re looking for what is the slight edge if you play an infinite number of leagues. I’m trying to point out that maybe the strategic landscape has slightly, ever so slightly shifted. That’s all. Change or die, as they say.

                And this coming from a guy who was right with you for a decade. I used to wait to pick 150 in a 15 teamer to take a pitcher.

                • Grey

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                  Offense wasn’t safe in that draft, that’s for sure… I hear ya, I think there’s something to what you’re saying, but it’s not meshing with everything I know… I do understand the idea that if pitchers are safer, than draft pitchers… It just doesn’t jive with there’s pitchers in the 15th round, just take them…

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    The leap you have to make is that there are pitchers in the 15th round so get them, but get the ones at the top of the draft too because there’s not much difference between the Robbie Cano you take early and the Gennett you take late. You can build an offense late. You always said you’re good at spotting late pitching, but you’re good at spotting late hitting too. Brantley was a brilliant call last year.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve: Im going to take a very simple and probably poor stab at this. There are always late quality arms to own, it happens every year. Probably more so last year than the previous years. But a big bat from the free agent pool is a rare prize that doesnt always surface. You have your EE and Joey Bats which are great but not as common. The trend is boringball but it is what it is. Some people like to insure themselves by grabbing a top arm, which is fine in my book because they want to avoid loss in case they miss out on the up and coming arms, which I pointed out happen every year, but that bat will not be there. One of the unfortunate side effects to the glut of pitching and poor hitting is it feels like you have to draft with more ceiling on your mind because the floors can start to look very much the same. …or some BS like that

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      See below bottom of the comments starting new thread.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks! Yeah, it’s possible, I’m just saying you look at all the Matt Dominguez types late and you (me) want(s) a hitter way before that…

  46. Mostsuckass says:
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    I totally understand your logic about ranking catchers low, and I also understand that batting average and counting stats are hard to project. But man, Jonathan Lucroy seems awfully low at 259. If I saw him sitting there a hundred spots earlier (and I know he won’t last that long, so probably the point is moot), I’m certain I’d take him.

    • Mostsuckass says:
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      @Mostsuckass: Aside from this and some minor quibbles here or there, though, this is an absolutely great top 400. My own draft sheet won’t look much different from this. Great work, Grey!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just don’t take him when you should take someone else…

      • Mostsuckass says:
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        @Grey: Good point. I wouldn’t take him if I saw a pitcher I really liked at that spot, for instance.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  47. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Another pass from the rankings. 15 teamer and you’re in the #3. You get pick 3, 28, 33, 58, 63 and 88

    In one league you take Abreu, Upton, Puig (per your rankings at 3,28, 33) and Lester, Zimmerman and Cobb at 58, 63, 88

    In the other you take Kershaw, Kluber and Price (all available at those slots per ADP). And then you take Arenado, Pence and Ortiz.

    Offensively (your projections) the high pick team gives you 263/83/277/27
    Team 2 gives you 244/76/290/16

    Team 1 gives you 530 R+RBI. Team 2 gives you 534. You get 7 homers and 11 bags (SAGNOF) with team 1. Averages are close.

    Team 1 gives you 530 Ks. Team 2 gives you 723.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can win with that team… Del Dalton did something similar last year in Friends and Family and competed until the end (did better than me)… But on the other hand, Pinaowski did win (or maybe came in 2nd) and didn’t draft any starters…Not one. He won saves, ratios and all hitting categories… Goes back to you can do a lot of different things, and win… The key to me is what “feels” the safest… Abreu, Upton, Puig, Lester, Cobb, Zimmermann feel safer than Arenado, Pence, Ortiz and those SPs….

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        There’s Abreu’s 2nd half, Upton in Petco, Lester coming off a career year. Risk.

        And I am going by your projections. Presumably you’ve built the risk into your projections. These are the numbers you’re drafting from. 7 homers and 11 bags or 200 Ks?

        How much is your bias creeping in to your feelings of safe? Kershaw and Price feel safe as damn houses.

        Be interesting to see what Pianowski’s first 3 picks were.

        • Grey

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          I had Alex Wood, Kluber, Teheran, Cobb… More than fine, on starters…. I couldn’t have went more wrong with offense… I forgot Wil Myers too… I had a 15 out of 15 ERA, 11 in WHIP and 8.5 Ks (partly due to poor relievers)… Pianoski drafted Miggy, Pedroia, Choo, Aroldis with the first four picks…Then about 7 closers and no SPs…

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            So even though he went a gung ho offense strategy, he got two piles of garbage and a disappointment in the first three rounds and still dominated? Imagine his team if he had opened Kershaw, Hernandez, Scherzer!

            My guess is he found the Dickerson, Rendon, Altuve, Fraziers of the world.

            • Grey

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              He nailed Nelson Cruz (12th) and Donaldson (8th) and a few others… (Oh, and his 5th pick was Mauer — yikes)

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmm.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hehe, yup

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: i’ll try it again, go look at ATL vs SD’s division vs home parks vs team offenses last year. ATL is not a good place to hit, and it’s division is worse overall for road games for hitters than SD is. What chance do you really think upton’s 2015 isn’t upped with his new lineup at SD compared to 2014 ATL? Even if you don’t actually agree with me don’t be a “oh no SD kills hitters”, as last year’s ATL killed hitters (and they were BETTER hitters than SD’s)

  48. RipRock says:
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    We get 3 keepers in last years draft spot (after rd 7), if picked up they are rd 13. I know I am keeping Rendon @ 21 What say you for 2 others?

    Rusney rd 13
    Seager rd 13
    Britton rd 13
    JD Martinez 13
    Iwakuma 9
    Harvey 19
    Carrasco 27

    Has to be Carrasco and Harvey right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rusney, Carrasco

      • RipRock says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your input

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  49. UL's Toothpick says:
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    Hey Grey, when you cover strategies make sure to include your take on FAAB. Interested in your approach.

    List rocks. My strategy, is 4 hitters in a row and targeting Donaldson in R2 and Arenado in R4.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! No problem

  50. the swinging says:
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    Grey, in general where do u look to for ur first closer?

    • Grey

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      120 ish

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @the swinging: last year you could’ve got k-rob in maybe half or more than that yahoo’s at that spot.

  51. David Bowies Nephnew says:
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    Why do you rank Salazar over Stroman? Side by each, with the Stro seemingly having better stats.

    I assume(ass out of u and me) you have a computer machine you use to evaluate so many got damn players.

    Just wonder what its ingredients are. Do you consider a ‘player’s potential’ variable to your equation? cause otherwise the ranking don’t appear to make sense.

    • Grey

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      There’s other things happening there than just stats…

      • David Bowies Nephnew says:
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        Really? You don’t use an equation ……lets say after the top 130over all or so?

        Coo.

  52. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Hi JFOH…welcome to the bottom

    I have a homework assignment for you. Yes I’m a tw*t.

    Do this for me because you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink…

    Open up the Razz player rater and scroll through from players 1-100. Based on your own assessment, just make an unscientific tally. Go tell me how many SPs you find in the top 100 that you would not have expected to finish as high in the rankings as they did and also the number of offensive players you’re surprised finished as high as they did. Just make an old fashioned back of the envelope four lines and slash tally. Ideally you’ll do this literally on the back of an envelope. And then come back here and give me your total

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Ok…I did my count. Let me know when you’re done.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @GhostTownSteve:

        Here’s my list:

        Hitters 29: Brantley, Vmart, Abreu, Altuve, Cruz, Rendon, Frazier, Donaldson, Blackmon, Dozier, D. Gordon, Dickerson, Seager, Duda, Carter, Werth, Alexi Ramirez, LaRoche, JD Martinez, Melky, Byrd, Ozuna, Harrison, Span, Gardner, Yelich, Hunter, Revere, Morneu.

        Pitchers 10: Cueto, Kluber, Lester, Teheran, Britton, Richards, Arieta, Hughes, Roark, Ross

        Tell me again how it’s so much easier to find pitching.

        • Grey

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          But all you need is pitchers, you don’t need positions…

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Look again, Grey. Look at all the top performers who came from nowhere on offense versus the pitchers who came from nowhere. Late offense way overperformed.

            And then go back and do the opposite. Count the offense high drafts the underperformed versus high pitching that underperformed. Expand your mind, Neo.

            It’s not easier to find late pitching. It’s a false premise.

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @GhostTownSteve

              The majority. MAJORITY of the top offensive performers came from guys who were drafted (or even went undrafted) well below their final rank. Not so for pitchers.

              • Grey

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                Ian Kennedy’s a good example… Everyone knows what he’s going to do, basically what he did last year and he’s still not draft until around 175 overall…

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @Grey:

                  Irrelevant.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha, totally… After I wrote it I was thinking that… But you’re turning your pitching to 13 when all you need is 12…

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @Grey:”but this one goes to 11″

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha!

            • Grey

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              There’s prolly two to one for arms that come out of nowhere compared to bats… Maybe three to one… Even the bats that sorta come out nowhere like Brantley and Abreu were fairly obvious… I had Abreu ranked in the top 60 overall… That’s not out nowhere… That’s a 5th round pick…

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                I just literally showed above that it’s pretty much 3 to 1 offensive guys in the top 100 that greatly overperformed draft slot versus pitchers. How much more clearer can I be? You’re gripping too tight, my excellent friend. I know you’re a writer, so I give you the old writing maxim “kill your darlings.” What the above count shows is that it’s offense NOT pitching where you find the value. Yes you had Abreu at 60 but he finished 3! MOFOin’ 3! That’s a count of guys who finished last year ranked way, way above where they were ranked pre-season. There is a much smaller pool of SPs that were ranked that low preseason who helped you win championships.

                • Grey

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                  I bet I can draft no pitchers before the 5th round and get a pitching staff that produces a 55 out of 60 points… Of course, I just jinxed myself but I’ve done it for five years straight now…

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Well that’s the crazy!!!! thing. Crazy. What I’m showing below is that you do better when you don’t draft hitting early. The top hitting talent comes from the bottom. It’s effin’ weird. By drafting pitching early and grifting the bottom for hitters you increase your potential of hitting on the guys who actually end up being the top performers.

                    • Grey

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                      So why stop at one top pitcher? Why not take, say, Scherzer and Price?

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      I’m saying take Scherzer and Price.

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Also, I would argue that part of your success in the pitching categories comes from a strategy that still comes from a different strategic premise which is not drafting closers. That is still completely valid. You’re grabbing Cobb where somebody else is burying a pick on a closer

                    Also, there’s a very strong correlation to streaming. You’re talking about streaming leagues and I’m talking about not streaming leagues. That conflates the issue.

                    • Grey

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                      That does conflate things… Hey, this is conflategate!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve: how many of those bats rose up because they filled in slots by the massive offensive let down by the top talent via injury or just bad years, I can’t assume every year top offensive guys are going to disappoint me…am I? Should I assume a Prince Fielder will get hurt? A 27 year old Bruce to flop? a Bryce Harper to get hurt? ok, bad point on Harper, but you get my drift. My point is I will drive myself nuts thinking about that. Granted, I think depending on league and who you are playing with I don’t have a problem with people taking an elite arm, what I do have an issue with is basing strategy for 2015 on 2014. The beauty of this silly little game is constructing a team that gives you a mix of stability, upside, flexibility and a little sexy. I dont always know what it is, but finding that bat late is always a hell of a lot harder than finding that arm. I have always taken a philosophical approach to this game and adapt my strategy to who and what I’m playing then I go curb stomp them in season where I feel the real talent lies. I have seen too many well drafted teams lose because they couldn’t handle making the in season adjustments. Like any good hitter, you gut to make adjustments.

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @J-FOH:

                    I offer this. When you draft top hitting talent, you are reluctant to dump them. There is a perception of value that doesn’t conform to performance. What if you punt hitting and churn your roster early? How much better do your odds become of hitting the Dickerson’s because of the dynamics in your roster?

                    • Grey

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                      You also not dumping top pitching either…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve: depends how big your balls are, I dropped lester right before his huge game vs the A’s on May 3rd, (I gambled on the wheels falling off because even though the K’s were there I saw a trend) yet still owned Richards for a while, Arrieta for a while and streamed Carrasco for a few starts. One thing I learned from doing creeper and dfs last year was it aint easy to stream a bat. But back to pitching, I dropped arrieta later in the year and took a ration of crap for it but I did it to stream and the result gave me more wins, K’s and comporable ratios that bumped me in the standings.What does this all mean, I looked at my league and made decision based on who I was playing with. What does this all mean, not a god damn thing. Play your game and see who comes out on top and they are right for that season but maybe not the next

                • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve: i’m guessing that’s where sonic youth’s kill yr idols came from then.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: oh man, that’s a good way to start a post. so she said and on and on

  53. David Bowies Nephnew says:
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    Why do you rank Salazar over Stroman? Side by each, with the Stro seemingly having better stats.

    I assume(asss out of u and me) you have a computer machine you use to evaluate so many got damn players.

    Just wonder what its ingredients are. Do you consider a ‘player’s potential’ variable to your equation? cause otherwise the ranking don’t appear to make sense.

  54. David Bowies Nephnew says:
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    Waaa?

  55. David Bowies Nephnew says:
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    Im late to this…

    • Hoosier Daddy says:
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      @David Bowies Nephnew: Its a gestalt that considers the risk that they actually achieve those numbers – depending on the player there could be risk from injury history, questions of playing time, ability of a rookie to reach potential, etc. Better numbers for a player that are ranked lower are because they are overall have greater risk associated with them achieving those numbers.

  56. PhatBoy71 says:
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    APrice for Arrenado……STD h2h league……thanks Grey !

    • Grey

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      Arenado

    • PhatBoy71 says:
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      @PhatBoy71: meant Altuve

  57. Lightblack says:
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    I think Ghost has some valid points. Last year I brought my keepers of Goldy/Ortiz/Darvish to my draft. In a ten team 5×5 OBP league my first 4 picks starting technically at what would constitute as round 4, were Harper/Sale/Strasburg/Rizzo. I was sorta lukewarm in the mid rounds but killed in late rounds with Kluber/Rendon/Dozier/Kazmir/Soria(27th rd). I was first in all pitching cats other than saves and second in wins. Won k’s by over 300 more than the second guy in that cat. Hitting I was prolly right above the middle but not in the top 3.

    If I had not lost Goldy/Rizzo/Darvish down the stretch I would had prolly ran away with the league. I’ll never now. Lost in the first round cus of hr/rbi outage.

    Moral of the story I had a overkill in pitching. In the draft I passed over Stanton for Stras and Gomez/Jones/Joey Bats for Sale. I learned my lesson from last year, although I did almost pull it of if not for Goldy/Rizzo going down. I love having a few 250 k guys but not at the expense of irreplaceable bats.

  58. Lightblack says:
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    Also I use Grey’s list as a guideline as to what guys I really want. You to take his rank and match it vs that players ADP. If you do a yahoo mock draft you will kill it. Those guys draft pretty much from the yahoo list.

    The biggest thing I keep an eye on is monitoring the yahoo overall list vs My list. Some guys you can get 39-40 picks or more after Grey’s ranking. Others you have to draft right at or slightly before. Aernado in the twenty mocks I’ve done I get in round 5-7 EVERYTIME. In a league of fellas like ourselves we know that won’t be true. If anything it tells me split the difference on guys I really want.

    I had one guy mock me for taking Ross 120th overall. Said he wished he was in all of my leagues. That was about 70 spots after were grey ranked him. Dumbass takes Anibal Sanchez with his next pick. Facepalm.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, completely

  59. J-FOH says:
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    starting a long draft tonight with other writers and its H2H. Yikes, but got to get my name out there. Playing with Sky and a few other Razzballeros.

    • Grey

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      Good luck!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I got EE with the 9th pick

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: and Rendon with the 4th ick of the 2nd. not too many happy with that. Im like seriously? Im a razzball man

  60. MarkFelt says:
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    You closed comments on this article (https://razzball.com/head-head-fantasy-baseball-strategy/) about a year ago… but I just wanted to say I disagree with every single one of your “strategies” except for “avoid guys that are prone to nagging injuries” — which was your #1 head to head “strategy” in the whole world.

    You mailed this one in.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MarkFelt: timely

    • Lightblack says:
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      @MarkFelt:

      Let’s Play a game. Mark Felt_____? This could be fun. I’ll go first.

      Mark Felt the urge to be a huge dickhead a year too late. Who wants to go next?

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @MarkFelt: is this bill james guy’s dumber brother who has a weird short of selective time machine (or did you just store up this great insight (only really being partly facetious here, since insight or not, why wait so long on yr massive trump card here?)

  61. Natty Boh says:
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    Loved the Pitcher/Hitter debate.

  62. Cram It says:
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    TGIF Grey. For auctions, do you have a strategy regarding closers? I know you don’t pay for a stud, so do you allot a certain amount for them? Like $15-$20 for 3 closers? Something like that…

  63. Micel Peron says:
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    Any help appreciated…

    Need 5 keepers, 2 batters 2 pitchers and 1 of either in round drafted

    Price – 5
    Tanaka – 6
    Rizzo – 9
    Tehran – 10
    Gray – 11
    Cashner – 12
    Arenado – 13
    Cruz – 14
    Alex Wood – 16
    Baez – 21
    Springer – 22

  64. JB says:
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    Just wanted to say thanks for making the tiers more user friendly this year – they’ve always been very helpful but not easy to print out in a usable format – until now that is

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, it was done by a reader, not me…

  65. tanner says:
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    Grey,

    I know you are very high on Rizzo.. top 10 at this point… I got him last year on your recommendation.

    Do you take any value in the new Faketeams article ?ing his success and type of hitter he is based on Hard Contact rate… (they basically say he is mediocre and the power numbers are basically luck).

    Paralysis by analysis or legit concern?

    • Grey

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      I’m not concerned

  66. Jonas says:
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    Grey,

    Do you plan on drafting Arenado with your second round pick? Do you think you could wait til round 4 or is 5?

  67. Chaz says:
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    Why is Justin Upton ranked so high? His
    projection is similar to Kemp whose at 60. Just curious! Great rankings

  68. Jon says:
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    Question: How do I import Grey’s top 400 list into my espn predraft rankings. I have been manually doing it and have saved it 3 times and every time it screws up and doesn’t save properly and I keep redoing it. I am very fruckiing frustrated with this shizzz someone help me please!!!

  69. Al says:
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    Mike What are you expecting from Michael Cuddyer this year? Thanks, Al

  70. trout is dog says:
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    grey et al,

    relative to, UM, everyone you are high on j bruce and low on j harrison. i have a chance to flip a $20 bruce for a $1 harrison. on paper, the value seems strong but my ‘intuition’ tells me bruce is going to go for .245/30/85/85/10, which would be worth like $30. should i make this deal?!? also, i am already loaded in the OF w/ trout, harper, soler, calhoun, pollack, k davis. and i have c davis slotted into 3b, so not like i have a need there either. got a $1 dannys antana at ss and could plug harrison into my mi.. is the $19 of pre-draft savings enough to rise up singing and pull the trigger hippy? WHAT TO DO?

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