The top 60 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball will be filled with guys you absolutely should and will own, and guys you absolutely will and should not own.  Was like that last year, was like that the year before and has been like that since the dawn of time.  In 6,000 B.C., a caveman scratched his butt on a stick and thought, “Hey, I wonder if I can patent a stick for butt scratching, and should I hold this top 60 outfielder or drop him?”   Such is life with the top 60 outfielders.  So, here’s Steamer’s 2019 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2019 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers.  As with all of my 2019 fantasy baseball rankings, my projections are included and where I see tiers starting and stopping.  Anyway, here’s the top 60 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball:

41. Ryan Braun – This tier started in the top 40 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball.  This tier ends at Desmond.  I called this tier, “An empty IKEA box by the curb.”   As for Braun, went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

42. Ian Desmond – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

43. Dee Gordon – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

44. Harrison Bader – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Mallex.  I call this tier, “The greatest gift of all.”  If I ask you what the greatest gift of all is, naturally, you say it’s love.  Everyone knows it’s love.  I’m kidding, it’s a huge inheritance.  Well, put aside everything you know then about love and coming into money someone else earned, because the greatest gift of all is this tier of guys.  (At least as far as fantasy value vs. where they’re being drafted, inheritance is really the answer to, “What is greatest gift of all?”)  This tier could’ve been called, “I either wrote a sleeper post for all of these guys, or I seriously considered it or I just wrote one for them last year.”  Not as pithy, though, of course.  You, “Pithy?  You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”  As for Bader, I already gave you my Harrison Bader sleeper.  It was written while making a homemade kaleidoscope.  2019 Projections:  78/24/83/.268/17 in 531 ABs

45. Ramon Laureano – Already gave you my Ramon Laureano sleeper.  It was written on the back of the Tubthumping liner notes.  2019 Projections:  81/16/51/.264/28 in 542 ABs

46. Hunter Renfroe – I wrote sixteen sleeper posts for Renfroe over the course of the last three years.  Even wrote one completely in the voice of Scooby Doo, which I called, “Hunter Renfroe sleeper.”  It took him so long to get where he needed to be, but he’s finally there.  This is also another reminder for every prospect who breaks out in his first year in the majors, there’s 300 prospects who take a few years to get there.  Last year, Renfroe’s K-rate fell, his walks went up, his fly balls and homers are where they needed to be, and he made some of the best contact in the majors.  He is barely a .250 hitter, which is why he’s not higher, but, to give a not entirely off-base comparison, Khris Davis is also a “barely .250 hitter.”  2019 Projections:  71/32/87/.241/2 in 533 ABs

47. Daniel Palka – Already gave you my Daniel Palka sleeper.  It was written while putting my fingers close to my lips for a proper chef’s kiss. 2019 Projections:  64/31/84/.247/3 in 479 ABs

48. Mallex Smith – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Traded to the Mariners for Mike Zunino.  Saw a lot of people upset with the M’s over this move. If the M’s turn around and trade away Mallex immediately, then obviously everything I’m about to say is cockeyed through a hindsight lens, but Zunino for Mallex is bad? I get it, in real baseball you have to have a catcher, but Zunino is so replaceable and Mallex is on the come.  I don’t know nothing about nothing (which is why you’re here), but I’d want Mallex too.  Get a Maldonado-type if you need a catcher.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  82/3/37/.286/42 in 546 ABs

49. Odubel Herrera – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Mullins.  I call this tier, “Fifty Shades of Grey Albright.”  By the tier name I mean, you can’t peg me.  Though, if we’re going on that title name and it’s cheesy erotica literature, pegging me might be what I mean.  No, it’s not.  What I mean is, I usually don’t like the type of guys in this tier, but I don’t mind these guys.  Also, there’s barely differences between the above and below tier, but just enough shades of difference that I’d draft these guys.  As for Herrera, I almost wrote a sleeper post for him, but I was afraid I’d get laughed out of the fantasy baseball community that was built on the backs of thousands of middle-aged white men who were seeking refuge from their families.  I could not let them down.  Why am I suddenly hot like Mariah for ODB?  He’s only 27 years old.  I know!  I thought he was much older too.  He is set to be somewhere advantageous in the Phils’ lineup and seems to finally be coming into some power.  He went 22/5 last year and the steals actually seem a bit low, and the power doesn’t appear flukey.  His 37.1% fly ball rate and 13.9% HR/FB look repeatable and his .290 BABIP was actually a tad low for him.  He does hit a bit too many ground balls, which is why no one is expecting him to repeat his power, but 20/8/.270 looks well within his wheelhouse.   2019 Projections: 66/23/77/.271/6 in 567 ABs

50. Jackie Bradley Jr. – This ranking surprised me.  I expected to be way lower on JBJ.  Maybe I’ve been married so long now that any acronym involving a BJ is enough for me.  Okay, so this is convoluted, but there’s a reason behind the ranking.  He stole 17 bags and was only caught once, so I don’t think he’s gong to fall back below ten steals on the year for 2019.  His Ks went up and he’s barely a .250 hitter, so there’s not much to see there, but average is fickle, so who knows.  Hopefully, .245+.  Finally, his power looks a lot closer to 20+ vs. the 13 he hit last year.  He upped his fly balls, had a 400+ foot average homer distance, and a top 20 exit velocity.  He was the 4th lowest in the major leagues for soft contact.  For guys who had under 12% soft contact (JBJ was at 10%).  Only two guys (Votto, Zobrist) had a lower HR/FB than JBJ, and both guys are old and Zobrist was more of a medium contact guy vs. hard contact.  So, what does this mean?  If you hit the ball hard, in the air and under the age of 30, you hit home runs.  JBJ didn’t, but that should correct itself.  2019 Projections:  61/22/70/.244/12 in 512 ABs

51. Corey Dickerson – He really became a different player this past year.  He cut his strikeouts from 24% to 15%, a huge difference for someone his age (29).  He upped his line drives from 22% to 27% and held onto his fly ball rate.  He made a ton of garbage contact, which is why he only hit 13 homers and is ranked here vs. 30 spots earlier.  There are fleas on all of these guys — though, I guess for Dickerson, they might be better illustrated with crabs — so Dickerson is no slam dunk, but worth a late flyer for an older player.  2019 Projections: 77/19/80/.294/6 in 521 ABs

52. Cedric Mullins – Already gave you my Cedric Mullins sleeper.  It was written without a care in the world.  Or was that a car, because I was walking. 2019 Projections:  74/15/49/.249/22 in 544 ABs

53. Trey Mancini – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Hamilton.  I call this tier, “The Ska Spangled Banner.”  By this tier name I mean, they sound like good ideas, but *makes face* The Ska Spangled Banner?  Maybe, if the horn section is up to snuff (and their price is cheap enough).  As for Mancini, went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

54. Joey Wendle – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

55. Billy Hamilton – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Royals.  With Merrifield and Mondesi, the Royals are moving towards an 80’s style go-go offense.  Now they just need Ron Washington.  Not to manage them, but to provide them with cocaine.  The Royals will also be moving towards using mini-souvenir bats, but they will be using them as batons.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  54/3/34/.241/41 in 521 ABs

56. Byron Buxton – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Brantley.  I call this tier, “Unlimited house calls are impossible.”  You’re drafting your fantasy team.  It’s unseasonably hot out.  You have your wall unit AC on full blast.  There’s word it might break 95 degrees.  That’s hot for March.  Scientists changed it from global warming to climate change to get people to listen.  Maybe they should change it back, you think.  It’s your turn to make a selection.  You’re about to draft a guy in this tier, when your power goes out.  Was it the strain on the electricity from everyone’s air conditioning?  You’re not sure, but you don’t have time to waste.  You need to draft a guy and you have 90 seconds.  89…88…87…You count in your head as you run down the steps.  You’ll use your neighbors’ wifi.  You know their password is NeighborsWhoSwing.  Just as you get to the foot of your steps, you trip and fall through your screen door.  Before you pass out from heatstroke, you look up on your stoop and standing there…it’s me, Grey Albright, the Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it).  I look at you fallen by my feet, and I tell you, “I just wanted to make sure you didn’t draft a guy in this tier.”  You mutter something, and I ask, “Also, can you buy a box of Samoa cookies from my niece?”  By the tier name I mean, I can’t be at everyone’s house making sure you don’t draft a guy from this tier so let the one guy who died of heatstroke while drafting in this tier be a reminder.  As for Buxton, he hit zero homers last year, .156 and stole five bags.  How, pray tell, are people still drafting this guy?  Have you not been burned enough times?  He’s such garbage he wasn’t even recalled in September by the Twins.  Please pass on him.  2019 Projections:  52/12/46/.223/17 in 404 ABs

57. Brandon Nimmo – He hit .227 in Triple-A with a .306 BABIP and 25% strikeout rate.  Last year, he hit .263 in the majors with a 26% strikeout rate.  How was that possible?  He had a .351 BABIP.  He’s around a .310 BABIP guy.  With neutral luck, he’s going to hit .240.  If he had huge power or speed, that could be offset.  He has 17-homer power and 7-10 steal speed.  Right now, he’s projected to hit leadoff for the Mets.  I bet they either trade him (rightfully) or he moves down the lineup (righteously).  If he does 90/20/40/.250/10, then great, terrific, adjective.  That’s his ceiling, though, and his floor is much lower than you think; Nimmo could be found below sea level.  2019 Projections:  71/14/44/.246/7 in 478 ABs

58. Michael Brantley – For full disclosure purposes, or porpoises if dolphins have already taken over the world, I wanted to rank Brantley even lower, but this will be plenty low enough for you not to draft him.  Here’s what I said this offseason, “(Brantley) signed with the Astros.  It’s a shame it didn’t happen about three weeks later, because I was going to say in my rankings there’s no way the Astros go with Tony Kemp in a starting outfielder spot, and now you won’t ever see how brilliantly prescient I was.  *sucks teeth*  Shucks!  This also takes some shine off Kyle Tucker, but I do think there’s less than a 5% chance Springer, Brantley and Reddick all stay healthy this year.  Hey, another chance for me to look prescient —  Sweet!”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  66/13/52/.291/9 in 434 ABs

59. Austin Meadows – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 80 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball.  I call this tier, “Riding crop.”  To flamboyantly pimp out my outfits I’ve started carrying a riding crop everywhere I go as a last little touch.  Guys in this tier, will pimp out your fantasy teams as a last little touch.  As for Meadows, I already gave you my Austin Meadows sleeper.  It made a snow angel in bleached cornflakes.  2019 Projections:  76/15/63/.277/18 in 484 ABs

60. Jake Bauers – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

  1. Terrence Mann says:
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    I saw a man with no clothes, no tier, no plate
    Joey Wendle, that’s his name
    No one ever knew his tier cause he’s a no-one
    Never thought twice about spending a pick on an old bum

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      @Terrence Mann: What if Grey was just running a social experiment. Joey Wendle isn’t even a real person, and Grey is seeing if he can get Yahoo and the other sites to add him to their draft player pool.

      I had to look him up after the last mention. 28 years old. About 1 season in the majors with a .760~ OPS. At best, he’s a swiss army knife bench guy for fantasy in limited transaction leagues.

      Joey Wendle Haiku

      Joey Wendle Slept
      PCL stats are fake news
      Temper projections

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @CMUTIMMAH: You knew what I meant tho, cmon!

      • bigbear says:
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        @CMUTIMMAH: Ha!

  2. Wally Pipp says:
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    Hold the phone. I just realized somthing. Khris davis only had 11 games in the outfield last year (and 139 at dh) according to baseball reference.

    According to the espn website rules in order to be eligible at a position you need-

    Games played at a position during last season: 20

    Games played at a position during current season: 10 (The eligibility will take place on the 11th day, even if no game is played that day)

    Espn is a huge fantasy site obv, maybe the biggest. Ohtani got me thinking about this, then i realized that i did a mock the other day, drafted khris davis and he got slotted into my utility spot but i thought nothing of it at the time, its actually a huge deal. Def takes away from Davis value if he can only be used at utility, and maybe he should be removed from the top 20 OF post? Im sure hes eligible on yahoo but their eligibility is real wide.

    Khris davis isn’t an outfielder (shouting emoji)

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @Wally Pipp: yep, I’m right. Espn, cbs and fantrax- khris davis is only eligible at utility. Yahoo is the only site where he has OF eligibility.

      That has to impact his ranking, plus he should have at least an asterisk in his top 20 OF ranking, i dont recall this being mentioned.

      #hireME

      • Dave D says:
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        @Wally Pipp:

        Why even play Yahoo when you pointed out how novice oriented they are? I’d recommend an entry level NFBC team. They start at $50 and better competition and format.

        • Wally Pipp says:
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          @Dave D: huh? Did u even read this?

          • Dave D says:
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            @Wally Pipp:

            I did. I understood very clearly. You referred to Khris Davis only having OF eligibility on Yahoo. Are you meaning to say something more direct to Grey like “He should not be included in the OF rankings”. If so, I agree. My point is Yahoo should be irrelevant for fantasy purposes. So maybe we agree on that?

            Get with it, Grey!!!! ;-)

            • Curious George Springer says:
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              @Dave D: I don’t follow. Yahoo’s interface allows quite a bit of customization, so you can set things up for whatever you like. I find the Yahoo app to be far superior to the others, though.

              • Cram It says:
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                @Curious George Springer: Agreed. Yahoo has the best app by far. I never understood people’s gripe with Yahoo.

                • Dave D says:
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                  @Cram It:

                  I was referring to Yahoo public leagues. Specifically we were discussing position eligibility which used to mot be editable. I used to run private leagues there until lufe became too busy and managers became more sparse.

                • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                  @Cram It:
                  But if you play in a dynasty league with MILB spots then Fantrax is by far the best, as they have every MILB player and international FA’s.

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Malicious Phenoms: That’s fair. I don’t mess with MILB leagues.

            • Love more Snow...VT says:
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              @Dave D:

              Hi Dave,

              I loved reading your comments in a girl voice in my head.

              (Get with it, Grey!!! ) finger snaps at the end of this nail the humor behind it.

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      @Wally Pipp: Meh, Grey doesn’t draft bench hitters so if he’s ranking Davis in his top 20 OF, he won’t slide much regardless if he can be slotted as UT or your 2nd or 3rd OF. You draft a guy as one of your top five bats, you’re taking him on production. The only way Davis at UT really limits you this year is by preventing you from getting Nelson Cruz as well.

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Terrence Mann: lol, you think you are gona be able to draft 3 top 20 outfielders (davis is ranked 17th in fact) in a 12 team league? Hi im math, have we met? Its a big deal, and the readers should be made aware.

        You could very well be drafting khris davis in round 4ish and thinking ur getting a number 1 outfielder and then find out hes only utility eligible.

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          @Wally Pipp: Agreed. It’s significant. And certainly impacts how the draft plays out. But it doesn’t change the number of legit threats to hit 40+ HR. Regardless of position eligibility, I’m drafting him before Eduardo Rosario.

        • Curious George Springer says:
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          @Wally Pipp: I feel like usually the software indicates the positions the player is eligible, usually right next to their name. I think you’d have to be completely asleep at the wheel to draft someone and not know where he is eligible.

          FWIW, I think Grey included Sano in his 1B writeup, and Sano only played 11 games at 1B. I’m sure there are lots of guys, and I think his qualification criteria is if the guy is eligible on any of the major sites he includes him, so it’s up to us to pay a modicum of attention.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Curious George Springer: I was gonna say that, the reader should know when he is drafting, what eligibility a player has before selecting him.

            Wally Pipp likes his “gotcha” moments so he’s putting it on Grey.

            • Wally Pipp says:
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              @Cram It: nah, this is valuable. I do live drafts and the teams are input into espn, so it wouod be easy to make the mistake of confusing him for an outfielder at the draft if you didnt know.

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                @Wally Pipp: Dude, chill. Sometimes you don’t have to respond to something you don’t agree with.

                Regardless of whether or not you’re part of the minority who does a live/in person drafts, you need to take personal responsibility to step to the draft table with ESPN (or whatever website) position eligibility at your fingertips.

                Grey’s been reasonable about making updates if readers call them out. Especially if it makes sense and is an easy fix. Not sure how easy removing someone from an OFer rankings list will be. But that doesn’t mean you have to approach anyone like a jerk. This is supposed to be a fun outlet.

                • Wally Pipp says:
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                  @bigbear: honestly i didn’t at like a jerk, read the beginning.

                  when i reread the davis blurb and saw grey was saying whats the difference between stanton, davis and judge i have to comment that well, there is a big difference, ones not really an outfielder….

                  PLOT TWIST…. I AM GREY AND IM HERE TO STIR UP CONTROVERSY!

            • Wally Pipp says:
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              @Cram It: listen cram, i know that you are sad that they went with keith hernandez instead of you for that just for men commercial, but get off my nuts.

              Im not here looking for mistakes, i noticed it… would you prefer i not mention this? You truly feel its worthless to even mention?

        • Math says:
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          @Wally Pipp: n. Hi, i’m Math. Nice to meet you Pippy. Trout, Giancarlo, Beni should count as three top ten outfielders you can get within your first three picks. You’re welcome.

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          @Wally Pipp: Actually, this year it would be very easy to draft three top 20 outfielders in the first three rounds if you choose to do so. You have to figure that a half dozen shortstops will be off the board by then, ( more than that if your smart enough to listen to Grey on Mondesi ). More than half the teams in any given draft will feel the need to have their ace pitcher drafted by then. Throw in three or four each of the 1b,2b,3b that should go in them rounds and that adds up to about 24 or more players out of 36 picks in the first three rounds. Mr. Pipp , let me reintroduce you to math. It’s totally doable. As for Grey using Yahoo eligibility in his rankings, if you actually read his rankings he explains this in the beginning. I don’t understand why so many people want Grey not only to share his wit and wisdom, but expect him to hold your hand and draft for you. Everyone should take Grey’s and Rudy’s and Ralphs and Cram it’s and countless others Razzballs insights and apply it to your own league parameters and even ( gasp !!! ) form your own opinions. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will never go hungry( or some shit like that. )

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @Ace of Spades: yes its doable, but unlikely. and that still doesn’t mean you should be ok with accidentally drafting a utility when you meant to draft an outfielder…

            its not shocking my post is getting so much resistance. its like a razzball lovefest and god forbid anyone point out something logical that was missed by the lord and savior grey, who BTW, i covet as far and away the best fantasy source.

            you dont think it should have been mentioned in the khris davis blurb in greys top 20 OUTFIELDERS post that davis lost OF eligibility on all sites but yahoo?

            • Curious George Springer says:
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              @Wally Pipp: water is wet. Watch out. If you want to stay dry, don’t touch water.

              Fire is hot. Watch out. If you don’t want to get burned, don’t sit in a fire.

              Mountains are those tall things that stick up out of the earth, like way up. Oceans are the watery part (see above re water).

              There are eight planets. Pluto used to be a planet, BUT PLUTO IS NOT A PLANET, don’t get tricked. LMK if you need me to sit by you when drafting planets — DONT TAKE PLUTO.

              Beer is a fermented beverage, and it has alcohol in it.

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      @Wally Pipp: you’re dumb

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Bterry: whats dumb about my post? Grey has khris davis ranked as the 17th best OF for 2019 fantasy baseball, but davis doesnt qualify as an outfielder on any site besides yahoo.

        • Bterry says:
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          @Wally Pipp: I said “you’re” dumb. I know you have issues with reading comprehension, as you’ve clearly displayed so in your post comment, but the “you’re” is referring to… you.

          Also, yahoo is a fantasy site correct? These are rankings universal to the main faintasy sites correct?

          Hence…
          You’re dumb.

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @Bterry: just wow. So what let you to call me dumb??? THE POST!!! Wouldnt that make the POST dumb by association??

            You are a joke, don’t respond to this. If you can’t understand why it’s a big deal then you shouldn’t even play Fantasy Baseball, obviously you never win.

            Yahoo is one fantasy site, espn is bigger id bet, but thats not the arguement. Position eligibility is certainly a distinction that needs to be made. I will 100% not respond to whatever waste of time you reply to this with, you clown.

            • Bterry says:
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              @Wally Pipp: your posts* have shown me you’re dumb. Let’s not take that away from you and pretend this is your first outburst of stupidity. Ya big dummy. Also, the argument is that you’re dumb. That is pretty well established too (like greys position allocation on his rankings).

              • Wally Pipp says:
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                @Bterry: smh, because this concept is over yours.

                • Bterry says:
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                  @Wally Pipp: next time you say you 100% won’t comment. Don’t comment. Clown shoes.

                  • Wally Pipp says:
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                    @Bterry: you’re right, i cant explain why 2 plus 2 equals 4 so why am i tying to? have a blessed day!

                    • Bterry says:
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                      @Wally Pipp: awwww. Bless you’re heart. Must be tough. Makes sense tho. Cheers!!!

                • The Sea Hags says:
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                  @Wally Pipp:

                  “I will 100% not respond to whatever waste of time you reply to this with, you clown.”

                  Well, your subsequent responses prove that you do not know math…

            • Bterry says:
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              @Wally Pipp: Hahahaha. PIppey said I never win at fantasy baseball because I know the different sites position eligibility. Hahahahaha. What a dumb dumb.

              • Wally Pipp says:
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                @Bterry: reread my posts i guess (shrugging emoji) ?

              • Wally Pipp says:
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                @Bterry: bterry, you are the horse, i have led you to water. its up to you from here.

                • Bterry says:
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                  @Wally Pipp: I’m the goat. Get it right baby bird. I’ll feed you all day long.

                  • Wally Pipp says:
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                    @Bterry: yes the goat of living with your parents.

                    in the words of the great mike francesa… GET LAWST

                    • Bterry says:
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                      @Wally Pipp: ok baby bird

    • Bterry says:
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      @Wally Pipp: see “Anthony Rizzo 2018 second base ranking” and you may get a better idea of how Grey ranks players. And how position is determined in his rankings. Ya big dummy

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Bterry: bterry, yep, i did. Anthony rizzo’s second base eligibility was discussed thoroughly in the rizzo blurb in last years top 20 overall, and was mentioned throughout last years preseason several times in various posts.

        to my knowledge there has been no mention of khris davis losing OF eligibility on all fantasy sites but yahoo.

        in fact, grey asks whats really different about stanton, judge and davis in this years top 20 OF post….

        well there’s one big difference…. one of those guys isn’t an outfielder on the majority of fantasy host sites.

        • Bterry says:
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          @Wally Pipp: lol. You still don’t understand how Grey determines positional eligibility. Hahahahahahaha. Just quit and search his other posts for some other better gotcha. I’m sure Grey has made a real mess up at some point writing a post a day. But this, this is you. Ya dumb dumb.

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @Bterry: wtf are you saying?!?!?!?!?! ok im seriously done with you, its like debating a trump supporter who has his head in the sand.

            • Bterry says:
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              @Wally Pipp: I’ll try to word it in a format you can understand. I know reading comprehension isn’t your one of your skills…

              You’re dumb and shouldn’t play fantasy if you don’t understand the sites positional rankings and shouldn’t comment on greys rankings if you don’t understand the way he determines positional eligibility because it shows your stupidity. Ya big dumb dumb.

              • Wally Pipp says:
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                @Bterry: just lol my guy. lol

                • Bterry says:
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                  @Wally Pipp: lol. Ya big dumb dumb.

                  • Wally Pipp says:
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                    @Bterry: don’t forget your helmet when you leave the house today for the adult learning center. im underrated very concerned.

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @Wally Pipp: TL;DR: hey Grey Krush isn’t listed as an OF on most sites.

      Everyone here hates you. You are annoying.

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Peacecoast: peace, read my first 2 posts!!! they were not critical or degrading at all!!!!

        i got attacked by the razzball army for making a legit observation.

        • Peacecoast says:
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          @Wally Pipp: cuz you normally post garbage on here so we expected more inane Grey criticism.

          • Bterry says:
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            @Peacecoast: hahah. He literally said they should hire him. The dumb dumb who doesn’t understand positional ellig

            • Wally Pipp says:
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              @Bterry: can someone pls help terrycloth out here?

              • Bterry says:
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                @Wally Pipp: no pipsmear. No one likes you.

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @Peacecoast: i have a bad reputation but i mean well!

            all i want to do is win money, that’s it.

      • Bterry says:
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        @Peacecoast: Hahahaha. ^^^^ this. This is how razzball feels about ole Pippers. Lolol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wally Pipp: More people play at Yahoo than anywhere else

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: So you dont think it was worth mentioning khris davis losing OF eligibility on espn, cbs and fantrax?

        I didnt realize you switched to writing for yahoo…

        Now people call me a jerk because of this reply but i feel like what else can i say when grey takes this stance, basically saying it was not an oversight?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It would be an oversight if I didn’t mention a guy who is eligible at Yahoo

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @Grey: yeah, he should be ranked with the outfielders sure i agree.

            I guess i’m in the minority but i think it should have been mentioned that last years league leader in homers lost his position eligibility on 3 of the 4 major sites.

            not to mention there are no official user totals released, but espn has made huge strides from what i just researched. i wouldn’t be surprised if the mother ship ESPN took over the number 1 spot from yahoo for fantasy baseball users, this isn’t 2004 anymore and yahoo is completely irrelevant in basily all other aspects which id expect would effect its total number of users.

            • Wally Pipp says:
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              @Wally Pipp: basically*

              grey still uses dial up and his AOL email.

            • Matty says:
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              @Wally Pipp:
              I mentioned this before but haven’t had time to put it together myself- you could always write a script to filter Grey’s rankings and blurbs for your own league’s eligibility rules. And if you do please send us all the github link because it’d be cool to have.

              • Sweatpants Nation says:
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                @Matty: Bottom line. Every owner has to do their homework on position elligibility. If you know what Grey uses to determne it (which he says at the start of all this) then you have to look at that the guy you want to draft is in complience. My league a guy needs 20 games the previous season, 10 games during. For the last several years when I make my cheat sheets off of Grey’s rankings I just double check with guys I know might not have enough. It’s not that hard.

  3. aklang says:
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    Finding Nimmo: at the depths of the top 60…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aklang: We got there tho!

  4. Matt says:
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    As an ex-Renfroe owner, the problem is that Chris Davis is another ‘barely .250 hitter.’

    • Dave D says:
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      @Matt:

      No, Chris Davis is a barely .150 hitter

    • Grey

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      @Matt: Agree with Dave

  5. Bob says:
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    Very bearish on nimmo. His weighted on base average was 9th in all of baseball last year. Names in that group are elite. He is 25 and could be developing more power. His babip was high because of his line drive rate. His value is much higher in points and obp leagues but the bigger question to me is will he play vs lhp or maybe moved down in the order? I like him more than you do obviously (obp league) and would bet on continued growth if I can get him late enough. Not sure where that is yet though but it’s higher than 60th OF.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bob: I think you mean you’re bullish. Regardless, I’m a Nimmo fan. He’s an OBP machine. If he can stay at the top of that lineup, he’ll push 100 runs. He was always a project and probably a better real life hitter than a fantasy hitter, but I also believe in the continued growth.

      • Mikey says:
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        Pretty sure he meant that Gray is bearish. @Cram It:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Mikey: Grey’s bare-ass-ish…I’m nude

      • Bob says:
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        I was referring to grey being bearish on him.

        • Bob says:
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          Guys ahead of nimmo in wOBA last year: betts, trout, jd, yelich, Bregman, J Ram, Arenado, goldy. That’s it.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Bob: I gotcha now. You didn’t start with a pronoun so I thought you were talking about yourself.

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Cram It: cram doesn’t know the difference between bearish and bullish? not shocking with all the hot garbage he spews.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wally Pipp: Hot garbage! Says Mr. Hot Take.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Yeah, I’m not in on him this year

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        @Grey: Not even bear-ish-ly?

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great top 60 report!

    a. Thanks so much for your opening sentence! Can I take just the first half of the sentence to heart and discard the rest? I keed, rhetorical.

    b. Greatest gift of all…giving. Thanks so much for the ‘gift’ tier!

    c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for January 25

    1. Newly-elected Governor George Pataki says he wants to bring back the death penalty to New York. First up…Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    2. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is warning people not to overeat on Thanksgiving because too much turkey can make you drowsy at the wheel. Well, that’s bad news for me ya’ know ’cause after Thanksgiving dinner I usually like to kind of just drive around until I sober up.

    3. In North Dakota this week, a hunter narrowly escaped death when a pocket knife in his breast pocket deflected a bullet shot by another hunter. Man, you know we have too many weapons in this country when people are getting shot in the knife!

    4. Judge Ito was interviewed this week by a local TV station in LA. Asked by the interviewer if it was appropriate for a supposedly impartial judge to be on TV with his case still pending, Ito said ‘Maybe not, but how appropriate is it to kill your ex-wife.’

    5. Talk show host Ricki Lake was arrested for vandalism after demonstrating against fur. She said wearing fur was in bad taste, then returned to her studio to tape a show entitled ‘Why whores get the clap’.

    d. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Ha B. Haha C. 4. HA! D. You too!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!!

        a. Thanks for the Ha ha ha, much appreciated. It’s why I have to submit more than 3 to try to get at least 1 HA which is 50% of a HAHA which is gr8 for me.

        b. Nothing special planned for the weekend. Maybe, hopefully get to watch Cold War. Will let you know. There’s other gr8 ones out there like Beautiful Boy, An Acceptable Loss, Dumplin’, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, and At First Light.

        c. I still haven’t seen Split from 2016. I have to see that before I see Glass, right? Or should I forego watching both? Your call.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. You did well! B. Cold War was great, I told you about it! I haven’t seen any of those others, but I have a few on the to-do list C. I never saw Split either… I think M. Night is a douche, I’m not giving him any $

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            HaHa.

            I liked Sixth Sense (2000) with Bruce Willis but that says more about how little I was then than (stutterer) how great the movie was. It was a pretty good movie, right?

            Can’t wait for the top 20 for SPs! They’re coming next, right? Or is there a top 80 and top 100 for OFs coming up? Ah, man. You are the Master Sadist of all Sadists!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I liked it too, and I liked Unbreakable, but he’s done so many terrible movies in the mean’s while… Top 80 OFs, then Top 100 OFs

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!!

                Thanks for reminding me of your mastery of sadism! Just kidding, man. I know there are many purposes for everything you do.

                Just watched Dumplin’. Loved it.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  Really? Well it just moved up my list now!

  7. Bitter Beerface says:
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    Grey,

    I look at this list and well, in the words of Frank Costanza “I GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE, AND NOW YOU’RE GONNA HEAR ABOUT IT!!!”

    JBJ, Mancini, Desmond, Buxton, Dickerson….owned shares in some form of drafting, or scooping their warm remains up off the waiver wire after a 2-homer week only to see them go 0-20. No! No! I will not fall for them again! Peripherals schmipherals!

    Herrera and Hicks, the only two that most resemble mogwai right now, but watch me draft them and they get into some taco bell after midnight. Great, now I got JBJ and Buxton gremlins all over again.

    As for JBJ, the biggest enigma in the draft right now? I could see people reaching for him based on his out-of-body ALCS MVP performance. Really, he should be an easy 20-20 guy but just has a hard time getting on base. 0.314, 0.323 OBP last two years, with 0.717 and 0.726 OPS….way below the Mendoza line. What’s the comp to him? 7th season now with 4 full seasons to figure it out, short and compact guy. They usually show it by now (29 in april). Hard pass for me.

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      The genius Dickwalter jerked Mancini all over the lineup last year, had him batting lead-off for quite a while, I believe this contributed to his down year. I understand his high ground ball rate doesn’t help but put this guy in the 3 or 4 hole and leave him there and his numbers will be fine.

      • Grey

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        @Tom: Tend to agree, Tom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bitter Beerface: I hear ya, Bitter Beerface… I don’t think the ALCS is on people’s minds with JBJ but he did have solid peripherals, and should be better in-season

  8. Jon says:
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    Should I trade Jose Berrios for Jurickson Profar? I’m looking for a 2B. Keep forever, 5×5 stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Nah

  9. Slappy Jack says:
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    I get that Nimmo hit .227 in 42 games in 2017 in AAA
    but he also hit .352 in 97 games in 2016 in AAA
    hmmm

    He has elite on base skills and at some points last year was one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball.
    If he hadn’t gotten hurt there would probably be a lot more hype on him.
    He got hit on the hand in mid august and only hit 2 more HR’s for the rest of the season in 120 PA (compared to 15 HRS in the previous 413 PA)

    I think the ranking of 60 is fair and passes the eye test. I would have him up by Mallex and ODB personally.
    I will be looking to get him as a 3/4 OF, would have to be someone sexy available for me to pass on him I think.

    Great writeup tho Master Grey! much appreciated as always

  10. NYC says:
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    1. Agree with some others. I feel like Nimmo should be a bit higher. For a solid 2 months last year, Nimmo was like a top 10 OF. Not a small sample size.

    2. Will not be drafting Mallex or Hamilton. Will let others draft that speed.

    3. Keep 2 of these 3. Freeman at $30, Aguilar at $5, Bauer at $18. 6×6 (SLG/OBP and QS).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Mikey: Will read, thank you, Mikey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NYC: 1. Guess we’ll see 2. Prolly won’t either where I’ve ranked them 3. Not FReeman, though # of teams might matter

      • NYC says:
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        @Grey: 13 teams. $225 budget. Competitive WW. Interesting not to keep Freeman. (Can keep 6. Turner $30, JD $20, Corbin $5, Dahl $5 were my for sure keepers I think. Then 2 out of Freeman $30, Aguilar $5, or Bauer $18.) Also have $10 Haniger, $11 Rosario, and $13 Puig that I’m throwing back compared to the other options I think unless persuaded.

        • Grey

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          Doesn’t hurt to have the full picture, I thought it was only those three… Nothing changes tho… With the $ saved, you can just draft back Freeman if you want him

  11. I feel sad for Joey Wendle, he doesn’t know where he belongs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OLD MAN: Mr. Wendle is a bum! I’ve fixed it

  12. Dave D says:
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    Good work, Grey! Earth-shattering p-erhaps. I drafted Happ in both my DCs and Herrera, Renfroe, Taylor in one each. I really like these guys potential value to ADP. Kinda like scoring at Big Lots!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D: Haha, thanks! I like all of those guys, nicely done!

  13. OaktownSteve says:
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    Thinking about steals this morning, Albright. Last year 53 qualified hitters stole at least 10 bases. That means in a 15 team league, on average each team is getting just over 3 of those 10+ steals guys. Of those, 10 hit .240 or lower, and in total 24 hit .260 or lower. On average you would have gotten about 550 plate appearances out of those players.

    Just to be quick and dirty, if you take a 14 man roster on offense that gives you 7700 ABs. To finish in the top 5 in a 15 team NFBC last year in AVG you had to hit .260 and top 5 in steals you needed 130 steals.

    To hit .260 as a team across 7700 ABs you need 2000 hits. A player with 550 ABs has the following number of hits depending on average.
    .230-126
    .240-132
    .250-137
    .260-143

    That means that each .230 hitter reduces your hits by 17, .240 by 11 etc. So for a team with an otherwise .260 average each one of those hitters changes your average as follows:
    .230 makes team average .257
    .240 makes team average .258
    .250 makes team average .259

    It’s pretty cool how easily it all worked out last year. Basically, every 5 steals moved you up or down one point in the standings and every .001 in team average moved you up or down a point in the standings.

    So, if you target 130 steals, you’re looking at an average of 9 per roster slot. If you have a guy who will get you 15 steals but he hits .250, you’re just breaking even. If he gets 20 steals but hits .240…breaking even. A guy hitting in the .235 range needs to get to around 22-24 steals to be worth rostering.

    However, guys who run are also generally net negative on HR and RBI. There’s a lot more math to do here to work it all out, but I kind of thought this was an interesting and really easy way to look at guys who run and feel out whether or not they are helping or hurting your team just based on batting average.

    • Sweatpants Nation says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Interesting. Makes guys like Turner, Segura etc more valuable since they don’t kill on HRs and RBIs (like say, Dee Gordon, Hamilton et al) and they have decent averages. I always hate drafting speed only guys because it’s so hard to make up the differences in other cats. Never did any math on it so thanks for the work.

    • bigbear says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Setting the power stats aside, unless they have mad OBP skills the biggest struggle with a .230 hitter is that they usually don’t stick at the top of a lineup. And that also impacts their R’s. Instead of 90-100 runs, you’re looking at 65-75. Pretty significant swing.

      JBJ – 76 runs
      Gardner – 95 runs

    • Grey

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      @OaktownSteve: Agree with others, that is interesting (if it holds true, I’m in the middle of a 1st cup of coffee, so taking your word for it.)….

      This though “Last year 53 qualified hitters stole at least 10 bases. That means in a 15 team league, on average each team is getting just over 3 of those 10+ steals guys.”

      Were all 53 drafted? Owned? In lineups for all 162 games? Why does each team have 3 on average? If each team had three, then they’d all be equal, but each team does not have three, some have six some have zero… Again, I’m working on this coffee tho

  14. OK. I’ll pass on Buxton this year. You did say please. Sigh.

    • @zombie: I tell ya’, there ought to be a term for the sense of obligation felt towards a hyped up prospect, after investing season after painfully unproductive, frustratingly, abusive season in him. Batters spouse syndrome?

      • Grey

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        @zombie: The arm twisting is abuse

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie: I don’t want to twist your arm! (Actually, I do for Buxton)

  15. hip hop panda says:
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    Brantley not in the top 60 or did I miss him?

    • knucks says:
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      @hip hop panda: Historically. Grey is not a Brantley fan

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @hip hop panda: yeah grey hates him mostly becasue of injury risk. Brantley is of those guys grey ranks way lower than his adp becasue he just doesnt want him. Kinda like didi last year, he had him i wana say ranked 21st overall for short stops or somthing silly.

      Clearly brantley getting eveyday at bats on the astros should be top 60 (prolly top 40) at this point. Do as u will.

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Wally Pipp: top 40 for outfielders, not overall.

        • knucks says:
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          @Wally Pipp: Pro tip: make a new nickname/login and start over here at Razz. You bring less to the table than you seem to think.

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @knucks: *deal with it gif*

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @knucks: i bring less to the table? i make comments that get 20 replies by all sorts of people. im like howard stern in the 90s, either way you’re going to listen.

            • knucks says:
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              @Wally Pipp: Not seeking to get involved with your dumpster fire threads. And will refrain from commenting back at you moving forward. I urge that others do the same.

              You come here every day, often mentioning that you’re a fan when you’re backed into a corner, acting confused by other commenter’s disdain. The problem with you is that you are a douche in every single comment you make. I get that you take pride in that. And you’re right to say that you should be allowed to offer opposing takes on players…

              But I see your name anymore and scroll right past it.

              So I’ll say this one time, before the fake baseball season really gets rolling…. please don’t fill the Razz comments section with your horse shit.

  16. Peacecoast says:
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    Fucked up a trade I think. Oh well. Now I have too many keepers again. Keep 4 : Gleyber (20), Taillon (13), Eloy (20), Mikolas (24), Erod (27), DPeralta (20), Bader (20).
    I really wanna keep Taillon, MIkolas and Erod. Also Gleyber. I guess I answered my own question!
    Try to make a 2 or 3 for 1 trade using the remaining guys?
    I am taking Treat in the first round as a keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Yeah, I guess ya gotta make a 2 or 3 for 1 trade

      • Peacecoast says:
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        Oooo may be able to trade some guys to get Lindor in round 3.

        • Grey

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          I like that!

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Peacecoast: dude… Eloy over all those pitchers.. unless i’m not sober and reading this incorrectly

  17. Shill Team 6 says:
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    Just finished your top 40 OF. I thought Gregory Polonco tore his labrum and would be questionable for the season opener. Is that info baked into the stats?

    • knucks says:
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      @Shill Team 6: Polanco said that he is ahead of schedule “for sure” in his recovery. The original timetable had him out from 7-9 months, which would have put his return anywhere from mid-April until mid-June. The late end of that timetable has been ruled out by Polanco.

      “I don’t think it’s going to be mid-June,” Polanco said. “I think it will be sooner. It depends on how my shoulder comes along.”

      ^^ This is from Pirates Prospects .com

      And yes I assumed that was baked into Grey’s thoughts (517 ABs), without him mentioning the injury. I’m glad, cause Grey is talking bounce back and according to this injury update above from the beginning of January, his ADP should stay in a place where I’ll be happy to draft him everywhere and trust Grey.

    • knucks says:
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      @Shill Team 6: Steamer does have him down for only 343 Plate Appearances though… and Rudy has him for 415 Plate Appearances, so I will be interested to hear Grey’s response.

    • Grey

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      @Shill Team 6: Oops… I didn’t realize he was out until June, I thought he was scheduled to be ready for spring… I will fix that shortly, my bad

      • Shill Team 6 says:
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        @Grey: Don’t apologize. I was just looking to a leg up. I guess I was hoping you were optimistic on his return. I’ll keep digging.

        • Grey

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          Gotcha

  18. knucks says:
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    Except for that Wally Pipp nonsense, today seems like a great day for Comment Content. Well done Team Razz.

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @knucks: what was nonsense about my comment? I made a legit point, didnt make insults and then i got attacked …?

  19. primetime says:
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    Grey,

    Offer Goldschimidt for Bellinger and Bauer, meh on that offer. How do you feel?

    10 team keeper
    Rizzo
    Lindor
    Bellinger

    Scherzer
    Verlander
    Bauer
    Severino

    • knucks says:
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      @primetime: How many players do you keep?

      • primetime says:
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        @knucks: 7

    • Grey

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      @primetime: Bellinger side, it’s fair

  20. Bodacious Taters says:
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    quick question, will be grateful for your quick reply:
    5×5, mixed league roto with limited keepers at last year’s salary. Which one ?
    HAniger $5
    Treinen $2 (closers are always cheap here)
    Flaherty $5
    CMorton $5
    Luis Castillo $6

    (I’m already planning to keep [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]) . . Many thank bruh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bodacious Taters: Haniger I guess…Was gonna say Flaherty, but you have two SPs you’re keeping already

  21. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    Joey Wendle made me think about a content idea.

    Do you guys run a swiss army knife column? One that ranks those utility/multi position eligibility guys that would benefit limited transaction league players?

    Many leagues will limit transactions, these multi-position guys can weather the storm as a backup option that will play daily if someone gets the “DTD” status, or players are rested. These guys have a lot of value in H2H and Points leagues where you can’t just pick someone up to fill the gaps.

    PS – the greatest gift of all is a genie that doesn’t live by the “you can’t wish for more wishes” code.

    • Grey

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      @CMUTIMMAH: Solid idea, I will see if someone wants to cover it — thanks!

  22. Bitter Beerface says:
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    Peripherals Schmipherals!!! I’ve had it with this JBJ character!!! You’re flying the Zeppelin too close to the sun, Grey!!! TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN!!!!!!

    SERENITY NOW! SERENITY NOW!!!

  23. TC says:
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    Standard category 10 team keeper. Keep 15 with no strings attached to keepers. My definites are..
    C- Sanchez
    1- Muncy
    SS- T. Turner
    3- Bryant
    OF- Trout, Tendi, Springer, Castellanos
    P- Scherzer, Bauer, Cole, Treinen

    Need 3 from this pool: Dozier, Donaldson, Hicks, Inciarte, Renfroe, TAnderson, WFranco, Glasnow

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      Hicks, Ender, Glasnow

      • TC says:
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        @Grey: thanks man, last two years of third and fourth place has me annoyed. I’m a little concerned with having to fill my 2b and 2/SS spots. Hopefully can work a trade somehow.

        • Grey

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          No problem

    • LenFuego says:
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      @TC: In a no-strings keep 15 forever league I would be tempted to keep Wander Franco. Franco is still just 17 years old and already #5 on the Razzball prospect list (and extremely high on many other prospect rankings as well) with a game that projects to feature outstanding power and speed – being ranked that high at 17 years old is pretty unheard of, even in the age of Acuna, Soto and Vladito. Unfortunately, you would not get anything out of him this year, and probably next too, but he may well be the type of player worth stashing away for the future in a big keeper league like this.

  24. Grey's Tube Sox says:
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    Grey and Razzballers,

    12-team standard points league (+OBP and Holds), and I’m trying to pick 4 keepers out of:

    Betts
    Arenado
    Acuna, Jr
    Mondesi
    Benintendi
    DeGrom

    Your rankings would advise Betts, Acuna, Arenado, and Mondesi, which would be amazing.

    BUT getting the DeGrominator for the equivalent of a 4th-round pick is also absurdly awesome. What a GreDeal!

    So I’m wondering what you and others think.

    Get that GreDeal of DeGrom or get Mondesi (or Benintendi, I suppose) to set a feller up for bat-on-ball domination?

    • Grey

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      DeGrom in a Points League seems like I must-have

  25. Matty says:
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    What a feisty morning for comments. And love the divisiveness about Nimmo- I’ve been undecided on him myself in an OPS league.
    I usually try to stick with discrete questions, but I’m super excited about my keepers in a 12-team H2H 6×6 OPS/ Holds/ QS, so here’s my lineup for me to humbly brag about while feigning to ask about the holes while I head towards the filler auction
    C – Zunino
    C – $1 waiver fodder
    1B – Hosmer (obviously this is a weak spot)
    2B – Odor
    SS – Story
    3B – Bryant
    OF – Mookie
    OF – Harper
    OF – Castellanos
    OF – Bader
    UT – Yuli Gurriel
    UT – Mullns
    Bench Bats – DeJong, Nimmo
    SP – Scherzer, Bauer, EdRod, Bieber, Folty, Pivetta, Maeda, Porcello, Eflin, Manaea (DL)
    RP – To be drafted

    Everyone have a great weekend.

    • Grey

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      What holes? Your pitching is insane, and your hitting is nearly as solid… Hosmer is a big hole, but you know that

      • Matty says:
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        @Grey:
        Then I’ll stay the course and look for a pitching-for-1B trade and draft some cheap relievers. SAGNOF.
        I did realize that if there are any other Razzballers in my league it’ll be very obvious to them that I also read it daily based entirely on the percentage of your sleepers that I have rostered.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Love to hear it!

  26. Scott says:
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    Sorry I am playing catchup and haven’t read all of your 2019 ranking posts. You are a machine. Have you heard if Miguel cabrera will be playing only DH this year? If so, do you think it will help him stay healthy and be a value on draft day. A lot of people have written him off, but his bat can still play if he can stay healthy, i.e. David Ortiz was awesome as a dh that helped him play with his body that wasn’t exactly svelte. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think it will help Miggy, I think the days of him staying healthy are done no matter what he does… But, I’m just guessing, maybe it does help…

  27. Rudy says:
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    “Nimmo could be found below sea level.” That gave me a good chuckle as I sit here severely hungover and regretting sitting through Whitney Cummings performance at Caesars last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What made you go see that?

  28. Pats Bat says:
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    Did I miss Aaron Hicks somewhere?

  29. Crazy J says:
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    Cross-hairs on Renfroe, and I hope to pull the trigger!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it, Crazy J!

      • Crazy J says:
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        @Grey:

        27 is the magic number!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s also my age!…that I’ve said I am for the last ten years

          • Crazy J says:
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            Hah!

  30. big league choo says:
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    10 team dynasty h2h obp league

    have too many OF soto, marte, pollock, puig, bader, meadows, hoskins

    What MI/SP would fair for marte straight up

    Merrifield?
    kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber would be nice…Mondesi?

  31. OaktownSteve says:
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    Hey Albright. Was thinking about my post above. I’m not really sure if that information is valuable or not. Can’t really figure out what to do with it. Here’s where I’m kind of at.

    1. It may be possible that it’s not worth chasing steals. That the strategically correct play might be to target coming in say 8th in steals. That the scarcity of steals mean in order to compete you’re almost certainly losing more ground in other categories than you’re making up in steal. Not sure about that.

    2. The reason that most statistical models produce results for steals value that experienced players often say are too high. Steals are a category that demands you look at them in team context.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2. Totally! 1. I hear ya, that’s the biggest thing usually a negative in two or three categories… so weighing the loss in one place for the gain in the other…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I find batting average to be a slippery cat. I often have too many low average guys. I was caught off guard by the number of guys on my list with steals and a low average. I guess maybe without knowing it I still associate stolen bases with good average guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s hard to put steals guys in any category besides steals which makes them all slippery… steals only guys are a dying breed right now…

    • Squat Cobblers says:
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      @OaktownSteve: nice posts as usual O-town. I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic as I do $50 mocks.

      My conclusion is that you must chase steals BUT only from those that don’t kill you in BA/HR/RBI. This obviously puts a premium on just a handful of guys after pick 90…Peraza, Anderson, Odor, A Rosario, Bader, Meadows, Laureano, Mullins. I’ll be avoiding Hamilton, Gordon, Moncada, Burton and Mallex as well.

      • Squat Cobblers says:
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        @Squat Cobblers: Buxton not Burton

    • Squat Cobblers says:
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      @OaktownSteve: btw, for NFBCs, I’d try to target 150 SBs or more. Shoot for 3rd place at least

    • LenFuego says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I think the key is to target top players whose game includes steals.

      I never want to chase steals with low average or low power guys. I will almost certainly finish first in SB this coming season in my 12 team roto – my offensive keepers are Merrifield, Acuna, Mondesi, Bregman, Haniger and Jose Ramirez. I am not sacrificing anything in other categories by having those SB guys (except maybe a little in power with Merrifield). While other guys are picking the Billy Hamiltons and Dee Gordons, I will be scooping up valuable power/average guys and throwing in some speculative picks (like Bader or Laureano) for future years.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Solid point, LenFuego

  32. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Would you trade stressbird for Mikolas and Wheeler in a keeper?

    Qs k/9 k w l era whip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would, but it’s not without its risk….

  33. DonnieB says:
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    I am drafting number 47 in an NFBC league. Already have Machado, Baez and Buehler. Currently available
    Ble are Mondesi, Khris Davis, Corbin. Do I take my third INF or a second SP or a power UT. I know it would be Mondesi if not for 2 infielders already. Take him anyway? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi

  34. JP says:
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    Grey-12 team AL only 4×4 roto. HR, RBI, AVG, and SB. Would you rather have a $2 Ronald Guzman or a $5 Tony Kemp.? I am thinking Kemp with Brantley and even Reddick to some extent being made out of glass. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guzman

  35. Tbone says:
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    Was just offered Betts for Tatis Andy Brujan. Take Betts right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Betts and run

  36. Roadster says:
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    H2H 16 team dynasty need to decide who to keep. Have Votto as 1B and Soto, Renfroe and Blackmon for OF

    Tyler White Or Ramon Laureano as my final keeper

    Love your work. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! White

  37. Brandon Nimmo's Smile says:
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    I always have to take account when I look at your rankings, how much you hate the Mets. But I do think this year it has reached new heights.

  38. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Slightly better deal I think than above…keeper trade…obp slg qs k/9 league

    I give up Stressbird Shaw and Senzel

    I get Wheeler CSantana CSeager

    Yay or meh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So Senzel for Santana? Sounds fine

      • nightpandas says:
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        @Grey: other one im looking at is to trade Stras for Dahl and a pitcher…maybe Flaherty if I could get him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me too

  39. Redbirds says:
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    Who do I keep walker b rd 10 or jack f rd 25.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty

  40. Redbirds says:
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    Who to keep walker b rd 10 or jack f rd 25

  41. Ronnie says:
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    Hi, wondering your thoughts on Steven Duggar for this season. Seems like the opportunity to bat leadoff and steal 20 bases could give him some value in NL only roto leagues. Thanks. Love all the great information.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over Duggar in the top 100 outfielders

  42. Paul says:
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    This is a great blog, and I agree Buxton sux. BUT, I think the twins chose not to call him up in September because of years of control, so that is not a valid way to prove he sucks. There are plenty of other ways though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! That point is fair…

  43. DonnieB says:
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    Hi Grey… working on Sunday? Who would you take as your second SP: Castillo,C-Mart or Ray? Or take Muncy or Gallo and wait until the Bieber, Heaney level? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on your team… I like C-Mart

      • DonnieB says:
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        I took Gallo and will go C-mart in a couple picks. Rounds 7-8 near the turn. Sound good?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  44. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Ted Bundy Tapes? I’m 2 in. I want to punch him in the throat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When killing people doesn’t make you unlikeable, also add in being a condescending prick!

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Seriously. How is Pogo the Clown more likeable?!

        And oh…how ya been?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cougs is in Sundance and my tv broke, so things have been very bittersweet!

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: No Sundance for you, what’s up with that?

            You’re going to have to break out the Big Uns magazines.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t worry about me, I don’t need Cougs, I can splotch all by myself…

  45. FrankGrimes says:
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    The future is fate. It won’t change.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      John Olerud son of John Olerud

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Season 3 was excellent

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m halfway thru 1st episode of season 2 and my tv broke… I’m drowning in tears

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Wtf Haha. Buying a new tv is fun tho.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Just bought one!

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                100 inch OLED 4K UHD TV with HDR and Dolby Vision??

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Dude, it just sucks… I’m over here trying to make ravioli bc I’m bored

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    Gnocchi is more fun to make. If I lived closer I’d roll thru haha.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I need help!

  46. Todd says:
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    Big fan of your work, thank you for all your write ups and rankings. Thoughts on trading Lindor for Yelich and Mondesi in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Yelich side

  47. A-MO says:
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    Question on keepers and contracts for my league.

    I am in a 10 person league and we can keep guys based on what they went in the auction draft last year or if they were not big in the auction their keeper price is whatever ESPN assigns them for the coming year. You can sign any player between 1 and 5 years on a contract but each year you keep them the price increases $5 for hitters and $4 for pitchers.
    The entire budget is $280.

    I have a few players I know I will keep but the question is how many years do I sign them?
    1. Eddie Rosario – $1 in auction last year. If I keep him he will be $1 this year, $6 the following and so on….
    2. Matt Olson – $1 in auction last year.

    Here are a few players I might keep or I might throw them back into the auction. Looking for yes/no on keepers and how many years if any I should sign them given the contract price increases.
    1. Anthony Rendon – $17
    2. Justin Upton – $17
    3. Jean Segura – $8
    4. Josh Donaldson – $8
    5. Daniel Palka

    BTW you had me sign Baez to a 5 year deal and I have him through 2021 on a flat contract at $12/year. Amaze ballz!

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