Finally, we come to the end of the 2013 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?  Okay, you know that I like Brett Gardner more than Carlos Gomez in the top 60 outfielders for 2013 fantasy baseball. You know I like Alcides Escobar less than Erick Aybar as seen at the top 20 shortstops for 2012 fantasy baseball, but you don’t know how I feel about where these guys fall in the bigger picture.  Is Aybar above Gardner?  So to show you where I think players fall in relation to each other in 2013 fantasy baseball drafts, I’m putting together a top 400 for 2013 fantasy baseball. This still needs to be taken with a grain of salt. If you have a shortstop already and Aybar is still on the board in the 17th round, you don’t draft him if you see Carlos Gomez and you need an outfielder, even though Gomez is below Aybar 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 2013 fantasy baseball rankings. The top 100 and top 400 is what I would have at my drafts, along with the Point Shares and the top 20 rankings posts. Along with the Fantasy Baseball War Room if I was drafting online (which is hopefully ready on Tuesday).  This top 400 for 2013 fantasy baseball will live under that link that also has the 2013 Steamer projections.  Finally, see our list of all players with multiple position eligibility. Anyway, here’s the top 400 for 2013 fantasy baseball:

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  1. Dale says:
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    Please tell me you’re using Yahoo to host the leagues this year.

    • Steve says:
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      @Dale: Nope, it’s at ESPN. Makes it easier for Grey and co to see the leagues, collect stats etc.

      • Grilled Cheese Please says:
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        @Steve: @Steve: BOOO! ESPN is second fiddle to Yahoo!

        • @Grilled Cheese Please: Yeah, we were very close to switching but all our automated league stats/standings pages are written for ESPN.

          FWIW, While we’re closer to the ‘perts at Yahoo than ESPN (Behrens, PIanowski, Del Don, Evans….all great guys…not that the ESPN guys aren’t…), I prefer ESPN (and CBSSports) for a couple reasons:
          1) I prefer ESPN’s 20 Game eligibility to Yahoo’s 10 game position eligibility
          2) I prefer the ESPN default 5 OF/CI/MI/UTIL roster to Yahoo’s 3 OF/2 UTIL
          3) Yahoo’s real-time standings thingy is built in Flash and, thus, doesn’t work on iPad or iPhone. Infuriating.

          That said, our surveys have shown that Razzballers definitely use Yahoo more than ESPN/CBSSports and, thus, you’ll see Yahoo rankings / position eligibility throughout the Player Rater.

  2. Aaron Oz says:
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    Thanks for another year of great rankings.

    I think the top 400 list is awesome. The whole page seems like it was designed really well and it will be easy to use in the middle of drafts.

  3. SmokeTNT says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H 8×8 daily league keeping 5 players this year and I can’t decide on the last one. Trout, Tulo, Posey, and Justin Upton are surefire keepers. The choices for the 5th are (in order of Yahoo rank) BJ Upton, Panda, Brandon Phillips, and Joe Mauer. BJ is ranked the highest but could kill my AVG and K count, while Panda and Phillips are decent choices at what will be scarce positions come draft time. Mauer I find interesting because I would have 2 top catcher/first basemen which could come in handy on their off days or in case of injury and I could back them up with a low tier 1B. They’re ranked pretty closely and I doubt I could get any of them back with my draft position. Any suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SmokeTNT: Panda… Nice keepers any way you go…

      • SmokeTNT says:
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        @Grey: Awesome, thanks! He recently tore up the Venezuela league and since he has no more hamate bones left to break I’m hoping he has a huge year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No more hamate bones to tempt can’t hurt… Literally…

  4. Trampled by donkeys says:
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    Hate to be greedy, but possible to customize for OBP leagues? Thanks for all the great work!

    • Rags says:
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      @Trampled by donkeys: Would like OBP. Also, if you already have them, estimated PA and IP would be useful. I know you don’t want to overcrowd the graph, but those are important stats, I would think.

  5. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    a) nice list
    b) noticed that you have fielder above votto … have you finally come to your senses , or is that
    just every other year ?
    c)

  6. Jordan73 says:
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    Good job, Grey. Really like the way the table’s laid out, it’ll be a valuable asset at the draft table.

    Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like to see your opinion on my keepers. H2H Auction League, one C, 4 OF (LF, CF, RF, OF), and we can keep 5. My team was stacked with hitting last year (especially in OF), so I’m vexed. My choices are Braun, Kemp, McCutchen, J. Upton, Longoria, Tulo, Posey, Pedroia, and Goldschmidt.

    I now I want to keep Braun and McCutchen for sure, but that’s about it. Thoughts?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Jordan73:

      those two plus longoria and pedroia
      and your choice of kemp / j-up

      • Jordan73 says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        I’m hesitant to keep 3 OFs, but that is where my best hitters happen to be. Kinda leaning toward Longoria, Upton, and Goldschmidt (he’ll be the best 1B available by far) as my other three, but I do love me some Sparky Anklebiter, and catchers tend to go for high dollar at our drafts, even the crappy ones, so I have to consider Posey.

    • Jay29 says:
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      @Jordan73: I’d go with Kemp, Longoria, and Posey. With a position-specific outfield, power-hitting CFs have got to be pretty damn valuable. Keeping Kemp away from the other teams is just as important as having him on yours and ready to fill in should McCutchen go down. Or maybe you could trade Kemp or McCutchen for Votto/Prince/Pujols/Cano, pre- or post-draft?

      You really can’t go wrong with any two of J-Up, Longo, Tulo, and Posey, as they’re all 2nd-round talent filling positions of need. I’d lean away from J-Up so that you can still get a sleeper OF in the draft, and solidify your infield with two of the three of C, SS, and 3B.

      I’d avoid Pedroia as he’s a cut below these guys because of his tendency to get injured. 1B is deep so even if Goldy is the best available after keepers, there’s probably only a couple teams that need 1B so you could get a steal on a guy like Hosmer, Ike, Rizzo, etc.

    • Grey

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      @Jordan73: Insane keepers you have… Braun, Kemp, McCutchen, Longoria, Posey… You should have plenty of money to stack the other positions…

  7. Hankg says:
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    Greay, great rankings as always. I have a quick keeper question.

    I’m in a 12-team 6×6 OPS/Holds league that permits 5 keepers. Each keeper is designated a draft round. I’m definitely planning on keeping M. Cabrera (1st) and A. Jones (6th). For my other three keepers, I’m looking at the following:

    A.Rios (13th)
    A.Cabrera (18th)
    Y. Molina (21st)
    J. Peavy (23rd)
    J. Altuve (25th)
    K. Medlen (25th)

    Who would you suggest keeping? Thank you.

    • Grey

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      @Hankg: Thanks! Medlen, Altuve, Asdrubal…

  8. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    I have compiled a spreadsheet of all of the rankings. If you or any other commenter would like, I can send it to you for mass distribution. Let me know where I should send.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stynyr: You can ping us at info [at] razzball.com Thanks!

  9. stynyr says:
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    P.S. – It only goes to the top 100 and then all of the positions.

  10. Cody Jorge says:
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    Awesome format this year and love that they go to 401. Shouldn’t there be a Razzball glossary word for your rankings’ Mr. Irrelevant equivalent?

    • Grey

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      @Cody Jorge: Ha! What, so my top 20’s go to 40 and top 100’s go to 115 and top 400 goes to 401….

      • Cody Jorge says:
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        @Grey: Haha. No, I just mean that whoever is ranked 401 in a given year gets a special moniker for the whole season. This year, Tony Campagna is bringing up the rear. So, all season he could be called… The Kaboose?

        • Grey

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          Ha, oh! Gotcha… Yeah, and when he steals… The Caboose is loose!

          • Cody Jorge says:
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            @Grey: Ha. Perfect. And in future years if the Caboose is Billy Butler shaped, there can be references to The Cabooses caboose, etc. Success.

            • Grey

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              What if Campana is traded to Butler and is batting behind Butler and gets stuck on the basepaths behind him… Caboose is bringing up the rear…of the caboose’s rear…

              • Cody Jorge says:
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                @Grey: And it all started with a double by Caboustakas!

                • Grey

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                  Ha, nice!

  11. Tom says:
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    Do you feel like you would reach for harvey? His ADP is 186 and you have him at 217

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Tom:

      ” You taking someone at 185 is more or less the same as someone else taking someone at 235.”

  12. MattTruss

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    FYI – It looks like you missed Fernando Rodney’s strikeout projections, so the table has him down for 32 Ks and 0 saves instead of # of Ks and 32 Saves. Table looks sweet by the way, I’m still creating my spreadsheet though, it’s a comfort thing.

    • Grey

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      @MattTruss223: Hmm… Must be a typo somewhere… Will fix… Thanks!

  13. Jeff says:
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    Excellent work, per usual, Grey. Any chance of gearing these towards a standard points league? cheers

    • Grey

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      @Jeff: Thanks! We’ll have some Points Leagues posts coming up…

  14. MattTruss

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    Also, I’ve been reading about how Fredidiot is planning to have Andrelton lead off. His projected lineup is:

    Simmons / Heyward / J-up / Felatio / McCann / Freeman / Uggla / 3B de jour / P

    Not sure I’d hit BJ 4th, but whatever. Simmons at lead off….yes please. He’s this year’s Cozart for me.

    • Grey

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      @MattTruss223: Yeah, could be, but I’d take all potential lineups with a grain of salt at this point…

  15. Jon says:
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    Do you like Frazier more as a DH/bench guy or Anderson as a #4 starter? Both are $3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Frazier

  16. Davy says:
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    Great list. I’m in an 11 team keeper league where we keep 5. Std scoring but Ks hurt batters and SBs really help (duh). Anyhoo I’m keeping Trout, Cargo, Longoria and J Uptom for sure. For my 5th keeper I am deciding b/w Posey, Madbum, Sale, Aroldis and Kimbrel in that order. Any help appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Davy: Posey

  17. Ryan Vogelsong –
    Matt Garza –
    Matt Harrison –

    need to keep 2 of 3 players here Grey

  18. Grilled Cheese Please says:
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    Can’t say I agree with the Darvish predictions but I’ve been known to be wrong once or twice. Like every Japanese pitcher, the league will catch up and he’ll get hammered.

  19. Poe says:
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    Nitpicking here fo show, but….

    112 Jon Niese NYN SP SP 13 8 0 3.39 1.14 164
    113 Brandon Morrow TOR SP SP 16 7 0 3.20 1.14 205

    All numbers seem to favor Morrow but Niese is ranked ahead.

    Any reason why??

    • Jr says:
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      @Poe: Morrow gets hurt a lot…

  20. Craig says:
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    Grey,

    10 Team, H-2-H Keeper League, with 9 keepers. Looking for advice, particularly on whether to keep Aram and Lawrie, Andrus and Lawrie, or perhaps all 3 and 2 pitchers, or something else if you see something better (thinking I could punt SS). Thanks in advance.

    1. Andrew McCutchen
    2. Prince Fielder
    3. Robinson Cano
    4. Matt Holliday
    5. Max Scherzer
    6. Gio Gonzalez

    Who should I keep (3 more)?
    -Aramis Ramirez
    -Elvis Andrus
    -Brett Lawrie
    -R.A. Dickey
    -Jake Peavy

    • Grey

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      @Craig: Dickey, Lawrie, Andrus…

  21. Lil'Saucy says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Was wondering if you or someone else converts your rankings to dollar values for auctions. I seem to remember something of the sort happening last year. As always you continue to be miles ahead of any other fantasy expert.

    Best,
    LS

  22. Mr. Grey: Thanks Razzman….

    Ghee, what can I say!!! You and your web page have changed my life…. Far beyond Fantasy BB too…

    I’ve all but given up porn now – reading this website instead now…. I may never go back… Well, maybe just a quick peek every now and then…

    You’ll be proud to know, I have yours and Rudy’s (the true brains of the outfit) pictures up as my screen saver now.. That is respect and kink rolled into one..

    What’s up next, Big Boy???

    Your loyal reader, T Moore

    • Grey

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      @t moore: No problem! We’re signing up for our commenter leagues on Monday, you should join… Then the War Room, hopefully, on Tuesday…

  23. KB says:
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    H2H Points League Question – Need to Keep 3 of the Following:

    Player/2012 Points
    Jose Bautista (301 points)
    Carlos Gonzalez (405 points)
    Evan Longoria (200 points)
    Adam Jones (443 points)
    Billy Butler (425 points)
    RA Dickey (563 points)
    Kris Medlen (423 points)
    Madison Bumgarner (382 points)

    Nothing too crazy about the scoring. Hitters -1 point for a strike out. Pitchers get points for QS, CG, Shutout. Seems like most of these guys have a ton of potential and a ton of risk.

    • Grey

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      @KB: CarGo, Longo, Jones…

  24. Fungazi says:
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    Ben Revere projected at 1 homer? Is that an inside the park?

  25. Schwab says:
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    Does anyone know of a site that allows you to set a maximum number of starts per week for your starting pitcherss? Yahoo does not.

  26. Hats for Bats says:
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    Grey – I want 400 more blurbs dammit!

  27. Big Magoo

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    After looking at this list and the point shares, it got me thinking about how you guys might resolve debates over players during various drafts. Do you alternate choices? How do you compromise? If Choo is available in the fifth round and Grey’s chomping at the bit to take him, do you make him promise to shave his mustache, Rudy? If Rudy pulls the trigger on Sabathia instead, do you prank call his babysitter and promise a $10/hr raise, Grey? It would make for an interesting listen on the podcast…

    • We tend to take an average of our feelings about a player. If I’m indifferent between two players and Grey really likes one, we go with the former.

      Sometimes it’s just one person saying that “I think we can get him later” that helps. I think there were several rounds per draft last year where Grey would chirp “Anibal!”

      • Big Magoo

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        @Rudy Gamble: Gotcha. I’d just like to be a fly on the wall when you’re on the clock in the sixth round and Grey yells “Sandoval!” as you’re exclaiming “Altuve!” and nobody wants to give an inch :)