Four score and seventeen-hundred rankings posts ago, my Fordfathers said, “Stop calling us Fordfathers, you idiot, it’s forefathers.” In order to form a more perfect fantasy baseball ranking system, we stopped ranking for fantasy baseball and simply said, “Eff it, let’s just let Grey rank 500 or so Mr. So-and-So’s.” Or, more succinctly, the top 500 for 2020 fantasy baseball. A few years ago, the top 500 was only a top 300 for fantasy baseball. Before that, it was 16 AD and I was drafting in one-person leagues because no one knew fantasy baseball or baseball. In a few years from now, this is going to be a top 10,000 and I’m going to be ranking Ronald Acuña Jr. Jr. Jr. Today, in this year, twenty after twenty, comes the top 500 for 2020 fantasy baseball. Or as I like to call it, “Did he really rank Mr. So-and-So before Mr. So-and-So Jr.?” If Mr. So-and-So Jr. would stop chasing pitches in the dirt, I might’ve ranked him in front of Mr. So-and-So. This post isn’t meant to send shockwaves through your system. The pipe cleaner that the doctor uses to get the clogged wax from your ears is meant for that. This is simply to give you an idea of where guys are ranked in relation to other positions, i.e., you know I like Ketel Marte better than Keston Hiura, according to the top 20 2nd basemen, but do I like Ketel Marte better than Starling Marte or anyone else in the Marte family? Okay, it’s not that simple. You should read the blurbs for all players, but this top 500 should give you an idea. You’ll notice after the top 200, positions start to get clumped together. I might be the only fantasy baseball ‘pert to tell you this, but it doesn’t matter where, say, Jurickson Profar is ranked vs. Sean Doolittle. If you need saves, Profar isn’t going to help you. He can be ranked 50 spots in front of Doolittle and it doesn’t matter. That’s why I have the 2020 fantasy baseball rankings broken down by positions. If you need a 1st baseman, where Evan White vs. Garrett Cooper matters, but where Evan White is ranked vs. Kevin Kiermaier really doesn’t matter. Also, there’s no comments about players, which you really should know prior to drafting. In other words, Alex Bregman might be in the 20’s overall, but am I drafting him? Well, you’d know if you read my top 20 for 2020 fantasy baseball.  There’s also a top 100 for 2020 fantasy baseball to help you. Also, there’s Rudy’s War Room, which is downloadable, and it comes with Razzball Subscriptions. Anyway, here’s the top 500 for 2020 fantasy baseball:

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# Name Team ESPN Y! $ AB R HR RBI SB AVG IP W SV ERA WHIP K
 
  1. RJ says:
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    Thanks for all the years of help Grey! I have a keeper question, we get to keep 3 players from the previous season in the round they were drafted in. 12 team, 5 OF, 6×6 roto league (QS, OPS are added; we use K/9 instead of Ks)

    My options are:

    Pete Alonso (14th)
    Adalberto Mondesi (4th)
    Juan Soto (2nd)
    Kyle Tucker (21st)
    Franmil Reyes (25th)
    Shohei Ohtani (10th)
    Eduardo Rodriguez (12th)
    Tyler Glasnow (14th)
    Chris Paddack (15th)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Top three for me:

      Pete Alonso (14th)
      Adalberto Mondesi (4th)
      Juan Soto (2nd)

    • bigbear says:
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      I’d go Alonso, Paddack, and Soto.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        I went by Greys rankings.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP, take the best players there

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      Paddack and Alonso for sure. If it’s a daily moves league, Ohtani. Weekly moves league, I’d go with Soto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…Agree with others

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        “Others” was MP and DT, I hadn’t seen BD

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          BD always trolling!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            BD vs DT is my favorite

  2. Tigres says:
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    Grey! Thanks for all the ranks. Even the catchers! I’m a little disappointed that Will Smith is not back-to-back with Will Smith. But otherwise I’m loving this top 500. Looking forward to the “overrated” articles so I know who to avoid. Or who to draft and just not tell you about.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Sorry about the slight and separation of the Will Smiths

      • Griff says:
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        Tiny thing with that, it has Will Smith C as being on ATL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Our auto fill-in for player pages gets screwed up on Will Smith, not sure Rudy has an answer for it

  3. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    We all think it but I’m going to say it. Absolutely incredible you can punch out this type of quality on a daily basis! Each morning I think before i check your site and say, he can’t possibly have the next slot of rankings with commentary actual done . And then there it is and it’s a thing of beauty!

    Thank you for these rankings and here’s to another fantasy championship for many of us that follow your rankings!

    LG

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agreed, the man is a machine! I mean, he’s literally a robot. Rudy’s finest.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha…Yes, I am a Rudy Robot…The Greybot5000

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, appreciate kind words!

  4. Lee says:
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    Hey Grey,

    8 x 8 using basic 10 plus K, Bb, XBH and QS, IP, and K/9. Obviously starting pitchers slightly more important than other leagues since they help 7/8 not 4/5. Can keep up to 5 using 2 rounds before last years draft or adding 5 to ADP fpr FAs. Here are my realistic choices. What 5 do you pick? A lot of top guys are usually taken, so a 4th round guy will normally go late 1st to mid 2nd as an example. Can keep every year subtracting 2 until they would beckme a 2nd round pick, then they go back in pot. Subtract 1 round once they reach 5th until 3rd. Order is in how they would be kept not my preference. Thanks!

    Cole – 4th round
    Baez -5th round
    Beiber – 8th round
    Villar – 9th round (8th if beiber not kept)
    Donaldson – 9th round or 10th if both Beiber and Villar also kept
    Mancini – 16th round (FA – currently based on 11th adp)
    Biggio – 19th round (fa – currently based on 14th adp)
    Laureanno – 20th round
    Sano – 22nd round

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Cole, Bieber, Baez, Laureano, Villar for me

      • B_Don

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        Cole, Bieber, Baez, Laueano, Sano. Could see going with Biggio over Sano as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BD, you were the one that said Sano!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Lee says:
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        Thanks all. I had same as DT and Grey but wanted to hesr others!

        • Lee says:
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          Grey/Dt – based in who is being kept by others – it looks like trout, yelich and betts will be top 3 availible. Then lindor, turner, arrenado, freeman, rendon, harper, (maybe bregman), martinez, scherzer and Verlander. I will not be taking a SP especially having Cole and Bieber, and obviously taking one of the 3 OF if i can, but let’s say I don’t….do i skip Lindor and turner having baez and villar already and go right to Arrenado/Freeman/Rendon/Harper/Martinez or still get the extra SS at UT for 1st pick. Do i take lindor if availible but skip turner maybe and go to others? Thx!

          • Grey

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            Yeah, that works…I’d go Arenado, etc.

            • Lee says:
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              Thx! So skip both or just skip Turner?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Both if you have Baez already

                • uncle ernie says:
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                  Thanks guys.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    No problem

              • Lee says:
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                Not sure of you are still reading this, but found out by keeping both Beiber and Villar i was slightly wrong. Bieber would go to 7 and Villar to 8 rather than 8 and 9. Still keep them both or just keep Beiber Either way based on rules in 2 years he would cost me a 4th round, so only lose a round on him again next year as 5th vs 6th. I could see Villar being a keeper this year only but maybe not next at 6th round depending.

                • Grey

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                  Take followups to my newest post

  5. uncle ernie says:
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    His Bellinger for my Lindor and Devers

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      No, not for me

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Way too much for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, Uncle Ernie

      • uncle ernie says:
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        Thanks guys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  6. Dave D says:
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    Pick #110 will be a tough choice between Zac and Zack… I’m waiting a little longer on Zach.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’m taking Sack there

      • Dave D says:
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        Haha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you’re drafting alphabetically this year, it really gets tough when between Will Smith and Will Smith

      • Dave D says:
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        At least there aren’t two MattDuffy’s anymore

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Matt Duffies (sp)

      • Jeff P says:
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        The first player(s) who screwed my app keyed by player name was (were) Jose Ramirez. There was one year when the pitcher was fantasy relevant in an obscure kind of way.

        • Grey

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          Yeah

  7. LOLmets says:
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    That would be amazing if JD Davis got 534 at bats hope so

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Mets are gonna Mets though. lol

    • Grey

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      Unless they sign someone, I don’t see why not

      • LOLmets says:
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        Cespedis could maybe get 400 at bats. And Davis defense is bad so when they play Marisnick in center Nimmo slides to left and Davis sits. Universal DH cant come soon enough for JD Davis.

        • Grey

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          FWIW, Rudy has Yoenis down for 185 ABs

          • LOLmets says:
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            Even with Cespedis out for the year Davis isn’t a lock for 534 at bats becasue of his defesne.

            • LOLmets says:
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              From Amazin Avenue

              “Davis’s defense never improved, even in left field. FanGraphs had him at -4.7 UZR and -11 DRS. It’s hard to accurately judge defense, even with the defensive metrics in place, but the eye test backed it up. He misjudged fly balls and could not quite get to others that perhaps natural outfielders would’ve caught.”

              • Dave D says:
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                I vote for 3B.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ugh, what a rain storm on my Davis parade

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Stop hating on JD Davis!

  8. John says:
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    So Shohei Ohtani the hitter plus Shohei Ohtani the pitcher = what in daily moves leagues?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Top 50 for me

    • Grey

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      He still can’t do both

      • Dave D says:
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        Not sure WTF they will do if he hits for himself on days he pitches. Basically will be donuts. Good luck with him, DT. I love him in real life but fantasy is a little messy with him.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, there’s just too much unknown around him rn

    • Homer's got the Runs says:
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      Keeper trade option in h2h league. Would you trade Mike Clevinger straight up for Matt Olson? Would that be considered fair? Thinking of making that offer to another league mate.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I wouldn’t…It’s close and I prefer Olson, but I think others prefer Clevinger, so you should get more

  9. MattH says:
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    Great job on the rankings, Grey! I don’t know how you do it. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  10. Big Ticket says:
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    Grey! I’m so sad that the ranks are almost over. Thanks for all your work.

    Question on Paxton …225 feels pretty low since he can be stashed on DL/IL/IR/PUP/WTF. There’s obviously risk with more setbacks, but the chance he gives 120 elite innings seems higher than guys like Luzardo or Heaney that you have 50 spots ahead of him. Are you just concerned that he has a setback and returns in September?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I think he’s a pass for me. So many other arms…why spend your draft capital on one that’s already hurt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

      Also, figure Paxton may not return…Every year SPs say they’ll be back in May and it turns into August

      • Dave D says:
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        Paxton has a terrible track record of staying healthy. 225 seems generous. Just wait until round 30 and grab his progenitor, Rich Hill.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I was thinking 225 was too high too, tbh

  11. cmutimmah says:
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    David Price – I think he gets elevated going to a similar lineup and pitching to pitcherhitters

    I assume Grey does too, so where was BoSox David Price vs LAD David Price?

  12. mcmi11ions says:
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    Hi Grey. I missed your top 100 yesterday, so I’m give you a little somethin sumthin here today. My keepers for my keep 10 forever league, 12 teams…

    Acuna
    Bellinger
    Lindor
    Bregman
    Mondesi
    Rendon
    Bryant
    Benintendi
    McNeil
    Bieber

    As always, counting on your pitcher ranks/pairings come draft time. “I appreciate you.” And that’s me quoting DJ Khaled!

    • Grey

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      HAHA, thanks, another one!

  13. RBCommenter says:
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    Hi Grey, DK,

    Thanks for all your help.

    Who wins this deal:

    Treat Urner/Chapman
    for
    HR to the Izzo/Bieber/Thor

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Treat side for me

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Turner + Chapman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  14. Gregg Buie says:
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    Morning Grey,
    When can I expect to see your TEIRS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *begins to cry* Is that good?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Are you now entertained?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          *sobbing* Better?!

  15. The Wild Card says:
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    Grey, thanks for all the help last year, it lead to winning the title for the 2nd time. I have a keeper question for this year. 12 team league, 6×6 (OBP), $300 auction budget with 10 keepers and $5 add to their cost every year,

    7 “I think” no doubters,

    2B Huira – $6
    3B Rendon – $44
    OF Acuna – $15
    OF Soto – $10
    OF Meadows – $6

    SP deGrom – $32
    SP Giolitio – $5

    Who would you keep out of the rest for your final 3 keepers

    Grandal $14
    Freeman $57
    Soroka $5
    Wheeler $11
    Keiboom $6
    Taylor Rogers $5
    Machado $40

    fyi, we are in the middle of voting to change a pitchng category from L’s to K/9 so that would hurt Soroka even more.

    • Grey

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      We will bring you back to the promise land to hoist a fake flag

      Your last three aren’t great — Grandal, Soroka, Rogers….Then redraft Freeman or Machado if you want them is my initial reaction

  16. Bterry says:
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    Like a kid at Christmas waiting for this every year. Cheers for never disappointing. I am not regretting moving Flaherty for an 8th round pick and keeping Yordan for my last keeper spot tho. Can’t win em all I guess.

    • Bterry says:
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      Am regretting*

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry, you already said not regretting, so no take backsies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  17. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Not sure if my first post went through or not. Keeper trade in h2h league. Players you can keep as long as you want no pick or value attached. Would you trade Clevinger for Matt Olson? Reason I ask is Clevinger has the higher ranking but I tend to value hitters a little more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  18. Coolwhip says:
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    That 120 – 170 range is going to be the Money Rounds again… so much value for so little price.
    Last year I gleaned guys like Muncy, Grandal, Castillo, Glasnow, Ryu, Morton… looking forward to it again.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, it’s been like that for a few years, I think…Not sure, maybe confirmation bias on my end

      • Coolwhip says:
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        hmmm… you might be right now that i think about it. rankings range where there’s a mix of known value and decent chance for upside to “take the next step”. top 100 is usually known value with a handful of hype trains. After the money range is usually total speculation or low ceiling “high” floor types.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, might be something to write about for you in a general sense…1-100 is known but hype trains like Luis Robert, Vlad, etc. Then 100-150 is dem sleepers

          • Coolwhip says:
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            Hmmmmm part 2… For sure, would be good footnotes and/or contextual arguments for sleeper posts and then looking at as a whole in a draft prep type article like you do. The how-to “oh wow, i just drafted the sexiest mock team alive using RB rankings” sorta thing.

            • Grey

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              I do instinctively go with sleepers in that range, and maybe one or two that are cheaper than their value but drafted higher (like Mercado)

  19. Five-on-One says:
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    Grey – As always, thank you for all the work, posts and rankings. I rely on them year-in and year-out, and have been VERY successful. I do have a question, however…

    In your “Fill my holes with dry rice to reduce moistness” Tier for SPs, you say that “If they make it to around 50 overall, or under $30, then I’d happily draft one to reduce my moistness, and remove the dry rice from my holes.” However, you have zero SPs priced at $30 or above (yes, I know, never draft a top SP), and the guys in this Tier are all either $18 or $19. But realistically, none will go for so little. And you seem willing to go considerably higher for them.

    So what is my question? I’m not really sure. I guess, why the low auction value if you are willing to go to nearly $30 for these guys?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

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      They’ll go for $30 elsewhere…I wouldn’t pay that price — if they don’t, then you might be interested in one…But my notes on them hold, like my concern on Scherzer etc

      • Five-on-One says:
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        But you would pay under $30? $24-$27 might be a reasonable prediction in my league – go get one or two? Or pass?

        • Grey

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          I pay $24 for a SP all the time, but depends on the league…Not in a 12-teamer prolly, but there’s exceptions all the time…If Cole fell for $24-27 then sure (but he won’t)

          • Five-on-One says:
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            Agree Cole won’t go for under $30, but many of the guys in this Tier will. Advice received: in a twelve teamer try to stick reasonably close to Grey’s auction values.

            Gracias.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, in a 12-teamer, there’s a ton of SPs

  20. Nightpandas says:
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    Thanks for all the hard work….

    Like either of these trades ?

    K/9 , qs, obp slg plus standard cats

    Keep 11 – 15 teams

    My Ohtani (p only) and Dahl for his Villar and Darvish

    My Ohtani (p only) and Dahl for his Gallo and Weaver

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

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      Yes, Villar/Yu

  21. baby seal says:
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    Think my Razzball sub from last year is still ticking, since I joined the party a bit late.

    Any way to see how much time I have left? Can I still see Rudy’s War Room for this year / how?

    And finally, happy to add on to my purchase if that’s the move — let me know.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh wow, you’ve caught up! Baby Seal is up to date!

      You have to ping Rudy at rudy @ razzball dot com

      • baby seal says:
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        Sound the alarms!! Ok, thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seal!

  22. baby seal says:
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    Video of Anime Grey yelling out the window about his problems was great, LOL.

    There’s a crazy man in my apt building, or near my building (hard to tell, but he’s somewhere below me), who has these psychotic outbursts yelling out the window, chanting things such as, “U-S-A!, U-S-A!, U-S-A!”

    Or some crazier ones dropping incoherent F-bombs that I can’t recall at this time, since waking up to that at 9am on a Saturday morning is something you try to forget.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

      The USA! USA! Guy might be a Razzball reader so I won’t say anything bad

      • baby seal says:
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        Very on brand!

        • Grey

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          Baby Seal’s brand of approval!

          • baby seal says:
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            hahaha, maybe my favorite thing you’ve ever bestowed upon me. I member

            Sooooo… I just entered my first ever NFBC draft! $150 DC, 1-hour clock, bought a 3-pack to save those precious $25.

            Of course, guy with the first pick isn’t online! Started at 5:25 EST, so he’s got 40mins left… can’t imagine those 4-hour waits.

            KDS style — got my first pick, which was 7th overall. I’ve always liked the middle in fantasy, and figured I’m almost guaranteed to get a 5-category guy here. Thinking it’ll likely be Story or Lindor.

            But really, I got the 3-pack so I could do one draft now before spring training (hoping to capitalize on some values), and get familiar w/ everything on the site (kind of confusing tbh!). One draft before the season starts (injuries). And I might try one of those 55 secs per round drafts, depending how this goes, since that seems like a war of attrition (as they say), and think that suits me well.

            Let me know if you got any random tips!

            Then I’ll probably do one regular non-draft and hold league on here. Maybe an RCL too?!?

            PS, checkout my dumb story I wrote for you here: https://razzball.com/top-100-for-2020-fantasy-baseball/#comment-2938497

            PPS, in the time in took me to write this nonsense, 3 picks went off the board!!! Shiz is moving. Legooooo

            • Grey

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              HAHA! LFG!

              You should do a Razzball NFBC DC, we’ll put it together in about 2-3 weeks — and of course an RCL

              If it’s DC you’re in, I’d scooch up my SPs, and make sure you draft a ton of them at the end…RPs lose some value too

              • baby seal says:
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                UPDATE: had the choice between those 2 and went Story!

                Down for all things Razzball! I’ll keep my eyes and ears peeled for more info :)

                Thanks for the advice. Makes sense since pitchers are so fragile — and getting “talented setup men” is how you get a tent to rise among fantasy baseballers!

                PS, having gone through this, (probably not an original thought), DCs are likely what sort of mess up certain ADPs like setup men going earlier than they should.

                Catcha later. I’m tired and not feelin’ to hot! Took way too long to write that haha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes, yes, YES! Story all the way…I like how you’re moving, Baby Seal

                  Feel better!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I just read yesterday’s cashing of the check story — nicely done! You got dough, son!

              • baby seal says:
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                hahaha thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  23. Danny says:
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    Sup grey
    5 year contract to Seth Brown or Trent Grisham? I Want a high floor, less risk

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Grisham for me

    • Grey

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      Hmm…I like both a lot more than maybe I should…I think Brown’s a tad safer, but neither are safe per se

  24. KrazyIvan says:
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    1st pick question. Playing in a H2H league where there are 10 hitting categories. We get to keep one hitter from last year and I’ve got Mookie. I have the #1 overall pick-Is trout a clear pick over Bellinger or would you take a chance that Cody could repeat.
    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Definite chance for repeat but I think Trout’s the clear pick still…

    • Grey

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      I’d go Trout

    • Coolwhip says:
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      The only absolutes in life are: Death, Taxes, and Mike Trout.

  25. PB&J says:
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    What’s up, Grey!

    I get to keep three guys this year. $280 budget, 12 team mixed league.
    Hitting: R, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS, SB, K
    Pitching: QS, W, ERA, WHIP, Saves, K, K/9

    Which three would you go with:

    Villar $17
    Rendon $34
    Moustakas $28
    Rizzo $42
    Acuna $27
    Betts $58
    Springer $31
    Tatis $11
    Gibson $10
    Pineda $9
    Will Smith (RP) $14
    Iglesia $16
    Corbin $17
    Clevinger $30
    Boyd $8
    Soler $8
    Duffy $8

    I’m leaning toward Acuna and Tatis. The third spot I’m thinking its either Soler or Corbin.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey man!

      Acuna, Tatis, then flip a coin…Corbin

  26. Phil says:
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    It’s like my birthday when Grey’s Top 500 comes out. I now have meaning and purpose to my days.

    Pick 4 of the following choices (I have to give up the round value in parentheses), and I have the last pick in the first round, snake draft:

    deGrom (1)
    Yelich (2)
    Lindor(3)
    Juan Soto (12)
    Ozzie Albies (4)
    Eloy Jimenez (13)
    Luis Castillo (10)
    Bo Bichette (24)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, HBD!

      deGrom (1)
      Yelich (2)
      Lindor(3)
      Juan Soto (12)

  27. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey and anyone else who wants to comment, dynasty trade question for you.

    Trade Julio Rodriguez and Luis Patino for Jose Ramirez? I need 3B but not sure I need it that bad.

    • Grey

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      Jo-Ram

  28. erad says:
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    My ads went away!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, nice work!

  29. Urban Cowboy says:
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    Keeper swap dilemna. I have been offered DeGrom for my Arenado. I still have Devers and Moncada so have to get rid of someone at 3B. Thoughts?

    • Grey

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      Works for me

    • Harley Earl says:
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      Offer Moncada and see what he does. I’d try to keep Arenado and Devers.

      DeGrom has had some injury issues. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and missed all of 2011. They say the lifespan on that surgery is usually 7-8 years, and DeGrom had some issues early last season if you recall. My bet is DeGrom’s elbow gives out in the next two years or at least he starts to slow down.

      • Urban Cowboy says:
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        He declined on Moncada and is after Arenado. The current Arenado drama and fact he may be shipped out of the high altitude has me iffy about him. On the flip side, I get what you are saying about DeGrom.

        • Grey

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          Gotcha

      • Urban Cowboy says:
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        He won’t budge on DeGrom for Moncada but is offering me Thor. This would allow me to keep Arenado and Devers. Feel like I can get more than Thor for Moncada????

      • Grey

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        Oh nice

  30. Smitty says:
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    Stoked! I drew #3 in my annual Roto Mixed 12 teamer. I won it last year because of your influence. Gonna go get speed early and land some pitching nuggets. Really like the chances of getting a couple quality SP’s available later: (Snell, L. Castillo, Darvish, S. Gray, Morton, Bauer, Severino & Berrios) not to mention another VERY fine group of SP’s rated below these! Fired up! Congrats on finishing your rankings! Gonna be a great season, appreciate ya

    • Grey

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      Thanks, Smitty! Appreciate ya!

  31. Harley Earl says:
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    I went back and re-read your comments about Bregman in your top 20. Absolutely fascinating find.

    How in the world did you dig that stuff? I know, I know, that’s what we play you to do with our 1-cent clicks everyday.

    But that’s incredibly insightful and I think it is definitely valid. Excellent work Grey. Really.

    • Harley Earl says:
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      EDIT:

      That’s what we pay you to do with our one-cent clicks everyday.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Much closer to .0000001/18th of a cent

        • Harley Earl says:
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          Haha! You need a lot of damn clicks!!!

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      Grey says:
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      No problem! Thanks!

  32. SteveNZ says:
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    The top 500! Shit’s getting real. I’m getting (more than) the vibe that you need to get out of the first round or two with some speed.

    Obviously you’re talking in terms of standard roto.

    Would you say that this is a *little* less relevant to H2H? I know you never want to punt a category altogether, but I’ve generally found that speed is a little less important there. Might lead me to pass over someone like Treat Urner in the first round for example.

    That said, there are some pretty need power/speed combo guys in the first round…

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      pretty *neat*

      • Grey

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        Very neat!

    • Grey

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      I don’t see the problem with anyone in my top 12 for H2H…They all have speed, except Arenado

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Yeah but I’m thinking there’s not quite the same imperative to come out of the first couple of rounds with some speed in H2H.

        I mean if I follow your rankings (and I will) it would be hard not to, but it might make me less likely to draft Treat and Mondesi, for example.

        • Grey

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          You can’t *not* draft speed in my top 12, aside from Torenado

        • Grey

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          If you’re saying Soto over Trea in H2H? Then yeah I could see that

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Or JD over Mondesi, that kind of thing. Yeah, sorry, I’m splitting hairs a little bit – it is my first real baseball conversation of 2020 and I’m taking some time to find my feet haha.

            Elsewhere the Auckland team in the Australian Baseball League made the playoffs in just its second year (to my shame I haven’t seen a game), but got knocked out in the semis by a team whose leading hitter was Delmon Young!

            And Josh Collmenter had a great year for our guys! Baseball, eh?

            • Grey

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              Yeah, JD over Mondesi is fine too…Delmon Young?! Seriously? Haha

              • SteveNZ says:
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                So, pitching.

                My H2H is QS instead of W, so it makes sense to look a little earlier than I might otherwise for a #1. Based on putting your rankings and Rudy’s QS projections into a bag and shaking them up, the guy who falls out and who is not one of the top, top guys is Corbin.

                Sound about right as a target?

                Or could I afford to wait until where Bauer and company are ranked?

                • Grey

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                  Corbin is awesome value for his price… I also trust Giolito (more than Rudy)

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    OK – cool. Yeah – one of your other writers is out on him too, I think?

                    I grabbed him off the wire last season after you identified that he was breaking out, and he basically carried my pitching all year, so me likey him too.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, he’s $

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    Also, where are you getting your ADP numbers at this stage of the year?

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      Awesome – thanks! Though it’s not really til Yahoo opens that I’ll be able to get an idea of how our draft might go. Guys are not shy about taking top pitchers early, which hopefully means lots of great hitters for me!

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, NFBC is a different format, and not entirely indicative

  33. Cram It says:
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    Keep 6, no term limits. 12 team points league.
    Keeping – Acuna, Bregman, Alonso, Giolito, Scherzer

    Now, every team typically keeps 2 SP to 4 bats, so there’s plenty of pitching to be had. But I hate to throw back my third strong SP option, Nola. I’m actually debating keeping Nola over Scherzer. My next best bat keeper is Hoskins or maybe Lux? I liked Hoskins coming in, but you seem to have soured on him.

    So you like Nola as the last keeper or Hoskins? I’ll probably keep Hoskins for the upside, plus the abundance of pitching available, regardless of what you say. Man, you are such a good listener! Thanks!

    • NUX says:
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      Classic Cram!!

      “I’ll hang up and *not* listen”

      FWIW Cram, I am still in on Hoskins. I been making bold statements all off-season in my dynasty about him.

      How ridic is all this NYMess stuff btw, Wilpons gonna Wilpon, ughhhh

      • Grey

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        Hoskins has a ton of issues with his batted ball profile, but he might fall into 40+ HRs

        • Grey

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          And it’s not like Nola’s doesn’t have his own issues, and you have 2 SPs already

    • Grey

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      I guess Hoskins, but kinda bleh

  34. mike laga says:
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    based on these rankings, closers will be tough to come by. what would be the strategy for a 12 teamer with only 5 on the bench?

    • Grey

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      Nah, you can draft closers to your heart’s content around pick 110 overall

  35. Keith Cameron says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Is there anywhere to grab your rankings that include OBP?

    Sorry if you answered this above.

      • Keith Cameron says:
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        Sorry – those are based on your projections?

        You led me to the promised land last year – and I want to get there again!

        • Grey

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          Those are Rudy’s OBP rankings, but they’re what I use for OBP, I wouldn’t steer you wrong

          • Keith Cameron says:
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            Follow-up here…so Rudy’s OBP rankings place Belli in front of Yelli…assuming Trout and Tildaddy are gone…who are YOU taking third? Seeing you have Yelli ranked ahead of Belli in your standard rankings, and they are only a dollar apart in value…

  36. Big Magoo

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    You could probably cut your work in half on this post each year by making a top 250 followed by “SAGNOF+catchers+fill lineup holes” for picks 251+. Just trying to give you some more mustache grooming time.

    Some position players are jumping out at me when looking at recent ADP. Escobar is around 120 overall, is 2B/3B eligible, and is coming off of a 94/35/118/.269 season. Even with some regression, that feels like an overcorrection. Segura is outside of the top 200 now. .280/15/15 isn’t unreasonable to expect there. Andujar is around 260. Is anyone confident that Urshela will hold down the 3B job all season? Travis Shaw is outside of the top 300. Should get plenty of playing time. Good home park. Could be a 30 HR guy practically for free.

    • Grey

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      You had me up until Travis Shaw, then I swooned hard…Travis Shaw is amazing, thank you! Kidding, he’s terrible, but he will win the MVP this year

      At 250 is where must people’s leagues stop…But if I were to do that, I’d have so many comments, like, “You forgot to rank Isan Diaz.” When I didn’t forget, I just stopped at 250

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        Doesn’t Shaw make everyone swoon? He’s swooning his way onto the waiver wire in a lot of early drafts. Tinkered with his swing after two good years for some strange reason, and then his season was lost by the time he tried to fix it. Says he’s back to his old ways. Worth a flier.

        I’m not sure how many people outside of deep/dynasty leagues know who Isan Diaz is. Now you’re just making things up.

        • Grey

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          You don’t know Isan Diaz? You doing a 10-team NFBC league this year? He’s guaranteed 300 ABs in Miami and could hit 25 HRs

          Shaw is Tinker Tailor Swinger Eye Spy Garbage

          • Big Magoo

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            I’m just referring to casual fantasy players, as I alluded to above. I’d be surprised if many of them even heard of Diaz.

            Did you own Shaw last year? I always find it interesting how player evaluation differs based on personal experience. A bust like Shaw might be removed completely from his previous owners’ draft boards, while guys who performed well down the stretch and maybe helped win you a championship (like an Olson) get moved way up. See it every year.

            • Grey

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              Ah, gotcha…yeah, they won’t know Isan…but it’s not all casual… I think I owned Shaw last year but, meh, it doesn’t matter for me… I’m not harboring hate for him…he just has giant holes in his swing that he needs to fix

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                Shaw was a mess last year, but I think it was due to his ill-advised swing change. Don’t think it takes 2+ years for the league to develop a scouting report on you, and he was solid in ’17 and ’18. Going back to what worked for him. It doesn’t hurt that he won’t have to face a couple of divisional lefties (Price and Paxton, for a good chunk of time anyway) either.

                Actually thought he was in the 31-32 year old range, but he’ll still be 29 on opening day. Isn’t that crazy? Feels like he’s been around longer.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, he’s surprisingly young…I don’t mind the flyer, I loved him last year…But he has a ton of warts after last year

                  • Grey

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                    And a swing fix makes sense for him…I’m totally on board with what you’re saying

            • Grey

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              Honestly I don’t remember everyone I owned and don’t own…it’s irrelevant for this year

  37. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    Great to have baseball around again. Excellent work yet again with the rankings.

    So, to get right to it, I have a Keeper question. It is a 12 Team Yahoo H2H League with OPS and Holds, and we can keep up to 2 players. I have the following potentials:

    Rendon in the 3rd
    Bellinger in the 4th
    Bieber in the 9th
    Giolito in the 12th

    I think that’s it. I was initially thinking Rendon and Bellinger, but now I may be leaning Bellinger and Bieber. Bellinger is a must, but the other? Thoughts?

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

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      Thanks!

      Bellinger then coin flip…Prolly just go Bieber, that’s great value

      • Yankee My Wanky! says:
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        Cool. Thanks much Grey.

        • Grey

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          No problem

  38. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey

    Got a counter of my Paddock for his Villar and Darvish

    Too much? I would lose Paddock as a keeper but keep the other two and would not keep either Gallen or C Seager

    • Grey

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      That sounds solid for you

  39. uncle ernie says:
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    Thanks for the advise earlier. I made it My JD and Devers For his Bellinger. Still a no go? The reason this seems ok is because out of Devers JT and Lindor I can only keep 2 of them so what combo sounds best for Bellinger. Thanks again

    • Grey

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      That sounds better

      • uncle ernie says:
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        Best combo agree

        • Grey

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          Yeah

  40. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi there…Brando Lowe has no HRs? Typo!

    • Grey

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      Oops, will fix, thanks

  41. CJ says:
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    Hello sir! Happy 2020! Quick dynasty trade question. Your opinion has always helped! My Nola and T Anderson for his Flaherty. Need SP help as Stras and Corbin are my guys beside Nola. Have Lindor and Amed at SS. Feels like a no brainer but thinking what you say is always good. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

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      Flaherty side

      • CJ says:
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        Thanks for the quick reply! Cheers!

  42. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!

    Salutations. First post of the year. It’s about that time again.

    Hope all is well.

    2 leagues, one is in its 4th year, keeper, this year keep 5.

    I made some dumb choices and some dumb draft choices and mixed with bad luck I took 1st in 2017, 2nd in 2018, and essentially last in 2019.

    I kept Hoskins over Bellinger along with Stanton, Benintendi, and Juan Soto (I traded Kris Bryant for Soto and Bellinger at the deadline the year before).

    My keeper backfired.

    This is what I got and I’m not thrilled what so ever as I don’t really know who to keep. I will name the guys that are keepable lol.

    Keep 5

    Obvious
    -Juan Soto*

    The rest
    -Yordan Alvarez*
    -Ozzie Albies*
    -Jack Flahtery*
    -Shane Bieber*
    -Luis Castillo
    -Victor Robles
    -Rhys Hoskins
    -Giancarlo Stanton
    -Tim Anderson
    -Marcus Semien

    * is who I plan to keep. I don’t want to keep 2 pitchers but I think Soto, Albies, Alvarez which is OF, OF, 2B going into the draft and 2 SP I can really focus on bats in the first half of the draft.

    It’s a shit show. I have one top 15 guy. I’m
    Overblowing it because I know my guys are solid and I’ll draft well this year, but some of the choices I made and not keeping Bellinger came back to bite me now that we’re keeping more than 3 players.

    Thanks Grey!

  43. DonnieB says:
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    Hi GREY…love your Top 500. You are the best and most prolific expert in fantasy sports. And the most entertaining. I have a couple keeper questions fora 12 team auction roto where you can keep 8.

    Will Smith at $10 for two years OR
    Yasmani Grandal at $3 for one year

    Trevor Bauer at $16 for one year OR
    Mike Soroka at $10 for two years OR
    Zac Gallen at$10 for two years

    George Springer at $33 for two years OR
    Eduardo Escobar at $2 for two years

    Thanks. Lots of titles in recent years thanks to you.

  44. Billy Blanks says:
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    Keeper League Question: Urias and Degrom for Arenado. Who’s the winner?

  45. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey and all. Looking for keeper help. Yahoo 10 team league 5×5 H2H $260. Can keep 5 of the following.

    Trevor Story $18
    Nolan Arenado $33
    Anthony Rendon $26
    Freddie Freeman $33
    Adalberto Mondesi $10
    Xander Bogaerts $23
    Mike Clevinger $13
    Luis Castillo $13
    Vlad Guerrero Jr $10
    Sonny Gray $6
    Luis Robert $5
    Brandon Woodruff $6

    Off the top thinking I have to Keep Story, Mondesi, and Clevinger. Wondering how to fill out the other 2. Thanks for your insight!

  46. Madx34 says:
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    I am also looking for keeper help
    I can keep 3 players from this list and based on where I drafted them last year I have one two or 3 years of eligibility:

    Bellinger 1
    Abreu 1
    Muncy 1
    Clevinger 1
    Bieber 2
    T Anderson 2
    Glasnow 2
    Senzel 3

    Which 3 would you keep?
    I am thinking Bellinger and Bieber for sure but I am torn on the 3rd . One year of abreu , 2 of Anderson? Someone else?

    Thanks!

  47. Cable says:
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    Trying to find H/H points league player rankings is tough …..top 300

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We do Points rankings

  48. Cable says:
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    and how would I go about getting them…..thanks

    • Grey

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      They’ll be posted on site when they’re ready — ask malamoney next week when he posts

  49. Vanguard says:
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    Looking for a little keeper advice.
    10 team Roto, other keeper’s are:
    Hitters-Freeman (7th rd), Hiura (17th rd) Eloy (14th rd), Moustakas (11th rd), Bichette (15th rd)
    Pitchers – Giolito (16th rd), Fried (13th rd), Gallen (12th rd)

    Given Paxton’s injury and the unreliability of Glasnow.
    Who would you keep?
    I’d have to give up another pitcher and Glasnow (21st rd) to keep Paxton (8th rd).
    Feel like there are so many pitching options available trying to make the best choice.

    Thanks!

  50. Jay says:
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    Why so low on Clevinger? I mean you even have RP like Anderson and Giles over him. How high would he be if it werent for the injury?

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