I stopped doing the top 5 designated hitters a few years ago because there was only one guy, Papi Grande, that was only eligible at DH that was worth discussing.  Then last year happened, and Ron Blomberg finally had something to talk about again at the bingo hall.  “If you wanna sit by your bingo cards while I come in and hit them with the marker for you, I can do that.”  That’s Blomberg keeping his DH muscles on the ready.  Now, this year, with Big Papi retired and Sano having a position, this post again feels irrelevant, but what the hey!  All of the 2017 fantasy baseball rankings are under that rather self-explanatory link.  As with all other posts, I say when tiers start and stop and give you my projections.  If you want, here’s the 2017 position eligibility chart that doesn’t contain any of the guys in this post.  Anyway, here’s the top 5 designated hitters for 2017 fantasy baseball:

1. Kendrys Morales – This is the first tier.  This tier goes from here until V-Mart.  I call this tier, “Utility sounds functional.  Yeah, no.”  The guys in this tier will clog you up worse than a bowl of Colon Blow and a wine bottle cork.  I don’t draft utility only guys unless I have two Utility spots and I feel like I’m getting a good deal.  Beware the ‘feel like I’m getting a good deal’ aspect because it’s how I ended up with an 84-ounce jar of apple sauce at Costco.  As for Morales, here’s what I said this offseason, “(Kendrys) signed with the Jays.  Look at the Jays getting younger!  Sure, only about six months younger, but imagine we were all six months younger.  We’d all get to enjoy the RNC one more time!  Somewhere, likely arguing with a dead ump, Earl Weaver must be so impressed with the Jays’ three-run-homer offense.  They’re like the teenager, who is riding the train for free, and, to avoid the ticker taker, they go station to station.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2017 Projections: 73/29/89/.268 in 551 ABs

2. Victor Martinez – I’m done predicting a sudden fall-off for V-Mart, because I can only be wrong so many times.  I will say I was also right so many times, because V-Mart has had terrible seasons mixed into his fifteen-year career.  I mean, he had a 12-homer and 14-homer season, then hit 32 homers.  No way he was going to repeat that, and he didn’t with an 11-homer season.  That’s it, he’s done, and then he has a 27-homer season last year.  Yeah, I have no idea what he’s going to do this year.  I will say his range of possibilities is prolly larger than just about anyone.  Luckily, we don’t really need to take this gamble, because his eligibility makes it nearly impossible to own him.  2017 Projections:  62/19/81/.285 in 503 ABs

3. Pedro Alvarez –  This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Gallo.  I call this tier, “The Kimchi Giants Love Your Dong.”  By the tier name I mean, the guys in this tier will find themselves playing in Korea shortly, or should.  Alvarez specifically would do well to sign with a Korean team.  He’d likely be an MVP candidate and have a hero’s welcome.  A hero’s welcome in Korea, of course, includes being showered in bulgogi.  “I feel so honored but my eyes are really stinging bad.”  That’s someone being showered in bulgogi.  Who’s to say, but I really get the sense Alvarez is not going to get a major league job this year.  If he does sign somewhere, he will be a platoon player who’s worth a stream for power when facing a righty.  2017 Projections:  39/20/47/.252/1 in 354 ABs

4. Joey Gallo – He’s already penciled in as a platoon guy, and you might want to try him over Alvarez due to his immense upside.  Gallo is like an out-of-control Giancarlo.  Giancarlo shakes his head, and excuses himself when he strikes out and tries not to do it again.  Gallo is a burping, farting mess who will strikeout 55% of the time if it means 40 homers.  Gallo is pure id.  Gallo would be the host of MLB’s No Reservations.   2017 Projections:  34/23/43/.208/3 in 371 ABs

5. Dalton Pompey –  This is the last tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “The Lounge Act.”  Pompey and Mancini is not an Italian restaurant that specializes in fire-roasted manicotti.  Pompey and Mancini are not characters in a commedia dell’arte production that your theater teacher made you study (and you thought it would be an easy A).  Pompey and Mancini is the lounge act that ends the list of DHs.  As for Pompey, props to you if you draft Pompey and Rupp just for the Pompey e-Rupp-tion fantasy team name.  No props to you for how awful your team is going to be.  Right now, Pompey’s ticketed for Triple-A, but he’s about two years past the point where he should be there.  If the Jays weren’t so in love with the three-run homer, or if Pompey was on any other team, he’d already be sucking his way through the majors like Jarrod Dyson.  2017 Projections:  28/2/19/.273/16 in 267 ABs

6. Trey ManciniTrey Mancini sounds like the absolute coolest Italian black man ever.  Trey Mancini is who Dennis Hopper is describing in True Romance.  He’s also the backup Orioles DH and 1st baseman.  Nah, they didn’t need Trumbo at all!  2017 Projections:  22/9/33/.254 in 248 ABs

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Chad
Chad
5 years ago

Dynasty 4life league. Need Catcher this yr. Offered ramos brinson and neris for rodon. Hearing Ramos will dh do I take this and wait? Like Lewis and could use the future of depth. Closer is not a need but could trade other depth. Thoughts? Think Carlos is worth holding? Thanks dude! Cheers

nightpandas
nightpandas
5 years ago

would you move Crush for Duffy and J Turner? 15 team keep 11 have no 3b and weak pitching

nightpandas
nightpandas
Reply to  nightpandas
5 years ago

@nightpandas: just got an offer of Quintana and Kinsler for my Dozier – same league like either of these trades for me?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

Hey Grey – Kershaw keeper trade update (thanks as always for your help)!

The owner I’ve been speaking with countered my $30 Kershaw for $9 Desmond and $20 Kluber offer with:

– Kershaw for $25 Lester and Desmond.

Do you still like the Desmond side here? Taking this offer would mean that $6 Khris goes to free agency, where I expect to redraft him for around $10 (my league hates him).

Thanks!

PS – I would still try and flip the pitcher, Lester here, for that $10 JD Martinez.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks – just to confirm, solid for the side getting Desmond/Lester, right? (I would be receiving Desmond and Lester and giving up Kershaw).

And the other Kershaw offer I’ve received is giving him up for DeGrom ($12) and JD Mart ($10), but JD is below Desmond, and DeGrom, though cheaper, I’m guessing is below Lester due to injury concerns.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks! Never took a serious look a Lester before (Yankee bias), but he’s been really reliable and seems projected to basically do the same as Arrieta. I like it!

Matt
Matt
5 years ago

If you could choose any draft position in a H2H 10-team snake redraft, would you take #1 and Trout? If you couldn’t take #1 and Trout, where what draft position would you choose? Thanks!

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Does it change your opinion at all if, due to keepers, your pick at #20 & #21 overall is really someone in the 25-30 range?

Damon
Damon
5 years ago

Grey-

I’m in a league with position specific eligibilty in the OF. Ever thought about doing CF rankings? There is a bit of position scarcity in CF relative to the corner outfields.

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
Reply to  Damon
5 years ago

@Damon: specific OF spots generally only apply to yahoo, his rankings are espn majority usage (see position eligibility and where RCL’s are)

Milarky
Milarky
5 years ago

Hey Grey, your rankings are getting me fired up for the season! I’m in a deep limited roto keeper where we start 2 at each IF position (including Util), 5 OF, 5 SP and 3 RP. I’m struggling with my last keeper or two. We keep 4 hitters (of which only 2 can be OFs), and I’ve got Rizzo, Just Dong, Giancarlo, Polanco, Frazier, and Segura. I’m intrigued by Polanco but right now I’m assuming Rizzo, Just Dong and Giancarlo are locks, though I’m a bit worried about injuries in the OF. That leaves me to pick one of Frazier or Segura for the last spot, which doesn’t excite me. Normally I would go Frazier easy, especially given that Segura is in a worse location the year after a career season – but I’m super light on steals here too.

Which 4 do I go with? We count Avg, HR, RBI, R, SB, SLG%.

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: No rush for me to decide, but I’m jacked! My problem is I can only keep 2 OFs, so if I keep Dong and Giancarlo, I’m left with one of Segura or Frazier, which makes me sad, so sad.

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Sigh.

Tony
Tony
5 years ago

Thanks Grey, you do amazing work.
12 team keeper – need to drop one (cost in draft dollars)
Moncada (10), Bregman (5), Benintendi (5), Polanco (14)

Matty
Matty
5 years ago

No questions today. Sometimes I just like to come in and brag when I think I got the better side of a trade.
Twelve team deep dynasty H2H with OPS and holds I just shipped Norris and Raisel for Ian Kennedy and Rich Hill.
I’m punting saves this year because holds are cheaper and otherwise gunning for the title.

Thanks as always.

T. Rob
T. Rob
5 years ago

Am I crazy to want to keep G. Polanco over Desmond? Or do we really trust the silver bullet that much to add enough value to Desmond to dwarf Polanco’s upside?

Thanks!

T. Rob
T. Rob
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Far be it from me to question the almighty Grey (and I mean that with sincerity) but Polanco had the same number of HR, the same number of RBI, a higher OPS, more walks and only 4 less SB in 100 LESS at-bats. He’s also 6 years younger.

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
Reply to  T. Rob
5 years ago

@T. Rob: i’m keeping brocktune here if the price is the same.

Rob
Rob
5 years ago

I’m in a hitter only keeper league where I can keep 4 players. I’m leaning towards Machado, Odor, Sanchez, and Trumbo or J.D. Martinez. Thoughts?

Manny Machado Bal – 3B,SS
Rougned Odor Tex – 2B
J.D. Martínez Det – RF
Wil Myers SD – 1B,RF
Grégory Polanco Pit – LF,RF
Gary Sánchez NYY – C
Mark Trumbo Bal – RF
Carlos Santana Cle – 1B
Justin Turner LAD – 3B
Stephen Piscotty StL – CF,RF
Miguel Sano Min – 3B,RF
Yoan Moncada CWS – 3B
Wilson Ramos TB – C
Pedro Álvarez Bal – 3B
Aaron Judge NYY – RF

Roger Podacter
Roger Podacter
5 years ago

I am busy at work today, so I’m not altogether disappointed in this list (or lack thereof!)

I do like Kendrys for no other reason than the sandwich which he would be placed in (Donaldson/Bautista) – he’s going to get pitches to hit and he’ll be hitting in the Rogers Centre as opposed to The K – I’m going to predict a 5% overage on your prediction, he’ll be better than 29 hr’s.

And that’s me quoting me, quoting you!

Roger Podacter
Roger Podacter
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Did anybody tell you how handsome you were today Sir Grey?

Thomas Rosenthal
Thomas Rosenthal
5 years ago

Don’t you mean who Dennis Hopper was describing, not Walken?

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
5 years ago

No Hambone?

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: 2010 was an MVP year!

peacecoast
peacecoast
5 years ago

sup dude! another keeper question. I am keeping goldie in round 1 and bryant in round 2. Have villar in round 20 and someone offered me arenado in round 3 for villar. I said no, he offered EE as well in round 4. I still think I keep villar in 20. agree?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  peacecoast
5 years ago

@peacecoast: I would’ve taken Arenado in a heartbeat, especially in a keeper.

Burningbridges247
Burningbridges247
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Totally agree with what Cram said. Arenado- and it isn’t even close. Just look at the consistency alone.

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: its arenado in round 3 and we only keep for 1 year. Villar is in round 20. My rationale is speed is becoming such a commodity. The villar value is so great.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  peacecoast
5 years ago

@peacecoast: You’re getting a 1st round stud. SB scarcity and late round value are not considerations here.

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: yes well having 3 of the top 7 players on my team kinda does sound nice

Burningbridges247
Burningbridges247
5 years ago

You juked me with the right cross and nailed me with an uppercut from the left. All excited for the first big pitchers and how we (most of us) won’t be drafting them. You crushed my soul today, Mustached One. Alas, there is always tomorrow…….unless it is a top-10 bench coach post.

Cram It
Cram It
5 years ago

Parquet Courts tonight, in a church. I’m gonna mosh the hell out of some hipsters whilst yelling “SAGNOF bitches!”

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: They’re Canadian! They look Filipino!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Hey if the Barenaked Ladies can make it, why not?!

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: lucky SOB they come to yr town.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

Here’s an unusual one for you:

In my keep 7 12 teamer, I’m currently loaded up on top bats and planning to make a hard push for #1 this year.

A new manager just took over the last place team, which has a pretty terrible roster, so I assume he’s in rebuild mode. His one good bat is Ryan Braun at $39 (definitely high . . . though for reference Miggy went for $42 and Cutch went for $44 last year in the draft).

I currently have a $6 Khris Davis as my #7 keeper.

Is there any logic in blowing my keeper salaries by trading a couple nonkeeper cheap guys for Braun?

23-man rosters, so I’d be committing either $121 (no Braun) or $151 (Braun) out of $260 to my top 7 . . . which, with Braun, would be Kershaw, Rizzo, Betts, Story, Braun, Dahl, Moncada.

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Sorry, that’s $154 not $151

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, agreed. When a new owner comes in, you want to take advantage of that somehow, but I honestly haven’t seen a more dire roster than that one. The best players on that roster aside from Braun are Rogers and Brinson . . . and they’re not even in the majors yet!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Good call!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

[Razzballer who skipped the intro and went straight to the “top 10 SP” rankings like Christmas morning]

Kershaw isn’t number 1?!?!?!

DonnieB
DonnieB
5 years ago

Is jake Arrieta a top 10 SP? Need to know for draft today. Thanks.

nick the dick
nick the dick
5 years ago

yay. Can’t wait for the top 10 bench players, top 10 umpires and top 10 mascots posts.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Top 10 busts/overrated- Shirley
Sometimes sleepers don’t pan out, G

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Bowl of screw you vs a flavorful stew, dude. Gimme the stew! Gimme the stew!

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: You stews you lose?

P
P
5 years ago

Top 5 DH List and Groundhog Day. It’s February bitches!

CROW
CROW
5 years ago

7 dollars left in my keeper league. I can keep Carlos Santana for 7 or keep Baez(2), J. Ross(1), Roark(1), Dyson(2), and Mazara(1) for the same amount. Do I go for quality or quantity?

ElBoss
ElBoss
5 years ago

My sleeper of the year and Al Cy Young award winner is Yu Grey!! Yu Darvish!! What you think?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  ElBoss
5 years ago

@ElBoss: Yuge Rey

ElBoss
ElBoss
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: when you hit the nail on the head, but Grey just doesnt want to admit it!!

ElBoss
ElBoss
5 years ago

What a tease, I woke up this morning excited to see those top 20 pitchers!! Lets see, he’s got Kershaw number one!! Sherzer, sale, im gonna guess Thore is next (does this mean all the Mets pitchers are back in play this year?!! Its getting kind of hazey after this, is bumgarner getting too old (no, he’s going to be world series mvp, retire in Oakdale and he’s gonna start playing disc golf and be my best friend!!) And Carrasco, is he gonna pull it together this year for that ultimate season?… I dont know, im just a reader Grey!!! I guess i gotta tune in tomorrow!!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  ElBoss
5 years ago

@ElBoss: I think tomorrow is either top 20 middle relievers or top 20 platoon bats.

Robert
Robert
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: top 20 left handed pinch hitters… #13 will shock you!

ElBoss
ElBoss
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Grey, is baseball the only sport for you?? I got two words for you man “Disc Golf!!” How does that make you feel?

ElBoss
ElBoss
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:Ultimate is the ultimate, I didnt think you could run that much, hah!! Disc golf is pretty bad ass though too and catching on quick!!

ElBoss
ElBoss
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: discs can be a little pricey, $15- $20 a piece, you need a driver, mid, putter, overstable, understable. Its really quite addicting once you get into it.

ElBoss
ElBoss
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: ha!!

ElBoss
ElBoss
Reply to  ElBoss
5 years ago

@ElBoss: with your mustach grey, oh man, theres no doubt about it!!

ElBoss
ElBoss
Reply to  ElBoss
5 years ago

@ElBoss: dont forget your cart and your blunts Grey!!

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  ElBoss
5 years ago

@ElBoss: And don’t forget the man bun.

Sport
Sport
5 years ago

Looking for some bargain SP and Grey always has a the right ones. Thanks for doing what you have to though, with the utility guys.

In yahoo Kendrys is eligible at 1B/OF. You have him around 150 overall with those positions or closer to 125?

#notmyutility

kingforaday151
kingforaday151
5 years ago

10 Team Roto, $520 Budget, trying to decide on my last keeper….

Trumbo ($24), Josh Bell ($3), AJ Reed ($3), Castellanos ($5), or Kepler ($5)???

Other nine keepers are Baez ($3), Lamb ($3), Russell ($7), Bregman ($5), Swanson ($3), Desmond ($35), Braun ($28), Springer ($22), and Alex Reyes ($3). Obviously need some SP come draft day, took the team over last year and trying to build with a few young pieces….

Troy
Troy
5 years ago

Gallo seems like the player that will be drafted, suck giant donkey balls, get dropped, hit 6 hrs and bat .310 for a week, then I use all FAAB on him, only to seem him go on a k bender and get demoted to AAA.

Tigres
Tigres
5 years ago

#NoStartersNoPeace

Grey, we want our pitchers!!!

Moneyball
Moneyball
Reply to  Tigres
5 years ago

we’re not gonna protest…
We’re Not Gonna Protest…
WE’RE NOT GONNA PROTEST !!!
WE’RE NOT GONNA PROTEST !!!

HomerHWBush
HomerHWBush
Reply to  Moneyball
5 years ago

@Moneyball: GUTTER IS A TOOL!

Robert
Robert
Reply to  Moneyball
5 years ago

@Moneyball: HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US!

Fungazi
Fungazi
Reply to  Tigres
5 years ago

@Tigres: #DHlivesMatter

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
5 years ago

Grey!

Great post, though you’re just teasing us, egging us on with this. You know we all want to see the Top 10 SPs etc, etc. Sad emoji.

a. Something good could happen in Africa, lesson 1. So in a refugee camp, a child sees another guy steal two of his sheep with his donkey attached close by. The child is chased away by the knife-wielding thief. The thief runs away (when he hears the child cry out ‘Thief! Thief!’) from the scene leaving the dead sheep AND his donkey behind. What did the local authorities do? They attached two sand bags to the donkey and let him loose. The donkey took the authorities directly to the house of the perpetrator and fined him 7$ for stealing the two sheep! Pretty good GPS locator, amiright? We need the Chinese to develop a Donkey locator app.

b. Boy this list is really sad. To wit, I owned Mancini for 3 games (including the last weekend of the season) and started him for 1 of his games late in the season when he homered into the center field bleachers with his mom looking on!

Cheers,
Ante

Cheese
Cheese
Reply to  Ante GALIC
5 years ago

@Ante GALIC: Top 10?! Top 20 more like it!

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Ante GALIC
5 years ago

@Ante GALIC: a.) you managed to tell a story that was interesting, sad and funny at the same time. Does the kid get to keep the 7 bucks at least?

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
5 years ago

@Sweatpants Nation: Sweatpants!!

No, the kid does not get to keep the 7$. This is not Hollywood, Bollywood nor Nollywood! The 7$ was the fine for stealing the sheep for slaughter for the meat. He gets the meat and whatever is left over from administrative activities. He might get 2-3$. It’s awful. Sorry, a sad story made even sadder. Gaaaa!

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Grey!

LOL on the donkey story. Touche! I will try to one up you with my next donkey story.

This joke may not translate very well.

In Arabic, donkey is called homar. In Sudan the vehicle of choice among poor people in rural Sudan is the donkey cart. Donkey cart in Arabic is karro. So here’s the joke.

What’s another way to say karro in Arabic?

Homarcedes!! Get it? Homar (donkey), marcedes (how Mercedes is pronounced in the Arab world)…homarcedes. My friends in Chad get a crack out of it.

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Grey!

They’ve been branded with the Mercedes trade mark. Or better they are forced to wear stolen Mercedes hood ornaments/emblems as if they were donkey gangsters or thugs. Sad emoji for donkeys, they carry a lot of tonnage in Chad and Sudan. A lot! Yet sadly, there will never be a Greenpeace-type organization that will want to save donkeys and horses in Chad. That’ll never happen in a million years!

Cheers,
Ante