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As we continue our 2017 fantasy baseball rankings, we head into the homestretch of ranking hitters.  For those confused, homestretch isn’t when you shoot up late at night, remembering there’s a Dorito under the couch and go reaching for it.  That is the opening to my short film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dorito.  The main character has just been Frito-Laid off and is described as Pringley and Ruffled.  Last year, this post had Adam Duvall, Jackie Bradley Junz, Jay Brucespringsteen and a bunch of vomit.  So, there is some value to still be found in the outfielders, it’s just a matter of finding it, like in the landmark film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dorito.  As with the other rankings, my projections are included and where I see tiers starting and stopping.  Anyway, here’s the top 80 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball:

61. Michael Brantley – This tier started in the top 60 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball.  This tier ends at Ellsbury.  I called this tier, “A Cinqfecta of Old.”   Could Brantley regain his past glory?  Sure, and the Easter Bunny shits chocolate eggs.  Does it seem remotely possible Brantley will regain past glory?  It’s more likely to see a Japanese porn with an eggplant emoji.  What I think you’re going to get is a lot of news saying, “Brantley hopes to resume hitting by (fill-in day).”  Now, if your league has a category for “Injury News Reports” then by all means.  2017 Projections:  61/12/70/.285/10 in 455 ABs

62. Jacoby Ellsbury – It took him two crapola years, if memory serves (it doesn’t, I’m looking at his player page) to finally fall to a place where he might have just an eensie bit of value.  Uh-oh!  Here comes an Out Of Nowhere Prediction!  The year the Yankees finally get rid of Ellsbury is the year the Yankees will finally compete again in the playoffs.  *sees Ellsbury will be earning $20+ million thru 2020*  HAHAHAHAHA WHAT AN AWFUL CONTRACT!  2017 Projections: 79/8/54/.260/22 in 545 ABs

63. Rajai Davis – This is a new tier.  This tier ends at Dyson.    I call this tier, “Here for SAGNOF?  Get behind the King.”  The tier name is self-explanatory.  Rajai signed with the A’s this offseason, but, if I had the money, I would’ve signed Rajai off of free agency just to sit in a throne, wearing a crown, eating grapes that Cougs fed him.  If I were a head of an ad agency, I’d put Rajai in every commercial that McConaughey’s currently in.  If I ran a YMCA, I’d make Rajai the lifeguard and tell him to save only those that look they could steal 35 bases in less than 450 ABs.  “Jarrod Dyson, you’re saved.  Grandma with bathing cap?  I’m sorry.”  That’s me instructing Rajai on his job.  2017 Projections:  66/9/42/.253/39 in 455 ABs

64. Delino DeShields Jr. – Didn’t some people last year think he could break out?  Where are those people now?  Huh?!  Not to answer, but to judge me silently.  2017 Projections:  64/7/41/.267/28 in 474 ABs

65. Travis Jankowski – I call this haiku, “Forever Jankowski.”

Jankowski running,
Jankowski steals a base, wow,
A Jan Kow what now?

2017 Projections: 57/5/35/.241/37 in 467 ABs

66. Hernan Perez – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball.

67. Manuel Margot – Already gave you my Manuel Margot fantasy.  It was written on the back of a Bazooka Joe comic.  2017 Projections:  82/5/41/.277/31 in 546 ABs

68. Jarrod Dyson – In his career, he has 176 SBs and 101 RBIs.  If Rusty Staub was the greatest pinch hitter to play the game, Dyson should’ve been born twenty years earlier and just ran for him.  They could’ve called that pairing, The Rusty Chicken.  A little inside baseball talk or rather inside fantasy baseball talk for you.  I use Roster Resource for playing time/possible lineup configuration.  Here I disagree with them, because they have Dyson leading off for the M’s.  Maybe he does, but Dyson has been a platoon, nine-hole hitter for his entire career and I don’t see that changing on the reg.  And, yes, I heard what the M’s manager has said about Dyson leading off.  To give you an idea of how much credence we should give managers on what they say in January.  Here’s three quotes from managers in past Januarys.  “Matt Kemp says he can go 40/40 and I believe him!”  “Pablo Sandoval has never looked this good before, and I legit want to put a bikini on him and watch him walk away from me.”  “This Padres team can compete for the division.”  2017 Projections: 49/2/31/.259/38 in 372 ABs

69. Aaron Judge – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Bell.  I call this tier, “Last call for IDWTFLISFSITOBHWR.”  And you thought I was done with IDWTFLISFSITOBHWR!  Ha!  I showed you!  Damn, love to be a Jeff Goldblum on the wall when a new reader comes across IDWTFLISFSITOBHWR.  Okay, okay, IDWTFLISFSITOBHWR essentially means I’m excited for this tier.  To read more, see the top 20 outfielders.  As for Judge, already gave you my Aaron Judge fantasy.  It was written while comparing apples and oranges.  2017 Projections:  68/28/79/.232/3 in 488 ABs

70. David Peralta – Already gave you my David Peralta sleeper.  It was written with a sinus infection.  2017 Projections:  73/18/85/.289/9 in 535 ABs

71. Jorge Soler – Here’s what I said this offseason, “(Soler) traded to the Royals in the Wade Davis deal.  Like a recent emigre of Transylvania, this will be the first time Soler will be able to do anything without someone breathing down his neck. You can’t underestimate the amount of pressure on a guy who repeatedly had players knocking on his playing time door.  “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Kyle Schwarber taking your playing time.”  “This is the worst Knock, Knock joke ever.”  That’s Soler.”  And that’s me quoting me!    2017 Projections:  64/20/77/.261/2 in 487 ABs

72. Domingo Santana – Swear to you, I went and searched the site for my Domingo Santana sleeper post.  I came up empty, because apparently I didn’t write it.  I could’ve sworn I did too.  He’s so my type of guy.  30-homer power and 10-steal speed and whatever on average.  Sure, those are pie-in-the-sky-type numbers (well, except the ‘whatever average’).  Sunday Santana is prime for a breakout because even the people doing projections are giving him 20 homers and 6 steals.  That’s bleh, but that ‘bleh’ is only in 120 games and Domingo could play 155 games.  So, even by their estimates, if he plays 155 games, we’re in for a great year for Sunday.  I may still write this sleeper post.  Stay tuned.  Or not!  2017 Projections:  64/24/73/.243/8 in 487 ABs

73. Hunter Renfroe – Already gave you my Hunter Renfroe fantasy.  It was my GIF to you.  2017 Projections:  70/25/83/.252/5 in 503 ABs

74. Josh Bell – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball.

75. Kevin Kiermaier – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 100 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball.  I call this tier, “Bet you can find at least one guy in your league who likes these guys more than me.”  You can put away your Spider-Man wallet; it was a figurative bet.  As for Kiermaier, he’s the stereotypical ‘smart’ fantasy baseball player’s draft pick.  The ‘smart’ ones are like, “He gets you 15 homers and 20 steals and I’ll take that to the bank and put it next to the money I earned buying ‘Mexican border wall’ stock.”  Damn, they are so smart.  Only problem is his team is dirt garbage so he’s going to get no runs or RBIs and 15 homers and 20 steals across the season is like one homer every two weeks and one steal every five days.  When you’re owning that, all you do is look at waivers thinking about how the latest hot player is better than Kiermaier and you drop Kev by April 15th.  2017 Projections:  63/14/48/.254/19 in 487 ABs

76. Shin-Soo Choo – If this guy runs for president, he can tell his followers that they’re on the Soo Choo train.  I could see Choo being ranked anywhere from top 50 outfielders to 100th overall (so I split the difference).  As Saberhagenmetricians would point out, he has been solid every other year and we’re in a ‘good’ year.  Hey, how’d I get inside this blimp?  Guys, what’s going on?  2017 Projections:   75/16/48/.264/7 in 460 ABs

77. Kevin Pillar – If John Gibbons were to say Pillar is his leadoff man for 600 ABs this year and we need to run because of the loss of some offense, I’d be all ‘cash me outside how bow dah’ Pillar, but the Jays aren’t really built to start running and Travis is Gibbons’ leadoff man, so Pillar is hitting what?  8th?  Bleh.  Plus, he’s 28, the Pillar’s time has passed.  Or put more punny, this Pillar has reached its statue of limitations.  2017 Projections:  62/10/58/.272/15 in 535 ABs

78. Cameron Maybin – Here’s what I said this offseason, “(Maybin was) traded to the Angels.  His last two ‘full’ seasons have looked like this:  10 HRs, 23 SBs, .267 and 8 HRs, 26 SBs, .243.  There’s a chance here for a cheap Fowler that Trout drives in so much that Maybin actually has a bit of value in 12-team leagues.  More likely:  Maybin is on and off fantasy waivers for the better part of the year.”  And that’s me quoting me!   2017 Projections: 74/6/48/.271/19 in 490 ABs

79. Josh Reddick – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Astros, and there goes my A.J. Reed fantasy right out the window.  Or will Yulieski Gurriel disappoint in the preseason and Reed does make the Astros?  Or will Reddick hurt himself as he does every year?  Or McCann?  Or Gattis?  Or will Jake 61*-nick not make it to April with a starting job?  I’ll give you a little backstage glance.  My stress gauge lowers about three octaves when the regular season starts just so everyday jobs are decided.  One thing that is certain is Reddick will have an everyday job if he’s injury-free.  By the by, Reddick’s brother has a billboard for STD testing in West Hollywood, his name is Gosh Reddick.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2017 Projections: 59/17/68/.269/7 in 424 ABs

80. Jason Heyward – You might be thinking, “Grey you’re handsome AF, but who in the their right mind will be excited about Heyward?”  Yeah, I know, he was hot garbage on the surface of the sun under Carnie Wilson’s left cheek, but I bet there will be at least one person in every league that is interested in the ‘Heyward as bounce back’ narrative.  That narrative, by the way, is a pop-up book where hot pokers pop-up and stick you in the eye.  2017 Projections:  64/13/67/.257/13 in 490 ABs

   
  1. M says:
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    Something else players/managers say in January: (insert struggling player here-like J-Hey) “He’s fixed his swing!” Lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Heyward’s fixed his swing!

  2. Saints says:
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    Hay Grey In my dynasty League i’m having Joe Smith, Luke Hochevar and Doug Fister. They havent found a team yet so i’m a little nervous. Will they find a team and will they be fantrasyrelevant ? What do you think ? I’m not really into Baseball and i dont know what the usual procedere is (In Football dont having a team for so long is a really bad sign…)

    Another question i have is about Nick Hundley hes my backup catcher (behind Sandy Leon) do you think he could have any value in San Francisco? Other Options are very limited in my 16 Team Dynastyleague.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Saints: I’m sure Hochevar will find a team, but why would you want those players? Hundley is Posey’s backup, how much you think he’s gonna play?

      • Saints says:
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        @Grey:
        I have thos guys under contract if i try to cut them i will get some deadmoney…

        Oh sorry i was confused with Goldy and Posey (told you I’m new to baseball sry :D) thought posey is playing some 1B too but so i dont think he has any value “argh” thats more deadmoney and a bigger gap in my team -.-

  3. howtathor says:
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    Grey, Did a 12 team mock yesterday (hard to get used to a Sunday with no football!) I hate the first position because by 24 it’s tough. Could have had another OF (Springer, JD) but I took Lindor instead of Odor and Piscotty instead of JBJ. Was surprised to find Kepler in the last round. That wouldn’t happen in Razzball!

    1. Mike Trout (LAA – OF)
    2. Francisco Lindor (Cle – SS)
    3. Freddie Freeman (Atl – 1B)
    4. Chris Archer (TB – SP)
    5. Alex Bregman (Hou – 3B)
    6. José Quintana (CWS – SP)
    7. David Dahl (Col – OF)
    8. Javier Báez (ChC – 2B,3B,SS)
    9. Stephen Piscotty (StL – OF)
    10. Ken Giles (Hou – RP)
    11. Lance McCullers (Hou – SP)
    12. Jeurys Familia (NYM – RP)
    13. Jon Gray (Col – SP)
    14. Hunter Renfroe (SD – OF)
    15. Drew Pomeranz (Bos – SP)
    16. Yoan Moncada (CWS – 3B)
    17. Manuel Margot (SD – OF)
    18. Stephen Vogt (Oak – C)
    19. Blake Snell (TB – SP)
    20. Tim Anderson (CWS – SS)
    21. Will Harris (Hou – RP)
    22. Orlando Arcia (Mil – SS)
    23. Max Kepler (Min – OF)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @howtathor:

      I did this yahoo draft yesterday. Hda the first pick.
      1. Mike Trout (LAA – OF)
      2. Carlos Correa (Hou – SS)
      3. George Springer (Hou – OF)
      4. Jonathan Villar (Mil – 2B,3B,SS)
      5. Wil Myers (SD – 1B,OF)
      6. Gary Sánchez (NYY – C)
      7. Alex Bregman (Hou – 3B)
      8. Aroldis Chapman (NYY – RP)
      9. Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
      10. Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
      11. Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
      12. Matt Harvey (NYM – SP)
      13. Miguel Sano (Min – 3B,OF)
      14. Addison Russell (ChC – SS)
      15. Javier Báez (ChC – 2B,3B,SS)
      16. Julio Urías (LAD – SP)
      17. Taijuan Walker (Ari – SP)
      18. Carlos Rodon (CWS – SP)
      19. Michael Pineda (NYY – SP)
      20. Yasiel Puig (LAD – OF)
      21. Hunter Renfroe (SD – OF)
      22. Álex Reyes (StL – SP,RP)
      23. Jason Heyward (ChC – OF)

      • Matty says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms:
        Puig is a perfect mock draft pick. He’s so promising but this way he can never actually let you down.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Hey Grey, look who he got in the 10th round!

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Grey:
          How so?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I don’t like a bunch of your picks

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              @Grey:
              Who don’t you like?

    • Cram It says:
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      @howtathor: This is like showing us your penis.

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @howtathor:
      Baez in the 8th ? Maybe a bit too high?

    • Hawk says:
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      @howtathor:

      Really, really like McCullers this year. That’s a great pick.

      I realize it’s just a mock but something to consider – you have a LOT of reasonably untested youth on that squad. (Bregman,Dahl, Renfroe, Moncada, Margot, Arcia and Kepler). I also realize that based on where you drafted them, you’re not really counting on those guys to

      I think it’s a good idea to snag a couple of hyped rookie guys like that at the end of the draft…but 6 out of your last 9 picks is too many.

    • Moneyball says:
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      Please do 10 mocks per day and post every result.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @howtathor: Ha, nice… Ridiculous, but nice!

    • DonnieB says:
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      Looks like a good draft—for a 15 team league.

  4. Cruisinkc says:
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    Hey Grey, hoping to get some feedback on possible keeper options. My league info includes: 12 team, 6×6 (doubles and quality starts are the addition categories) roto league where each team keeps 5 players going into the draft. Essentially you lose your first 5 draft picks and the draft is snake style starting with the team that finished the worst last year. In your opinion, which 5 of these players would you keep?

    Paul Goldschmidt (Lock)
    Anthony Rizzo (Lock)
    Francisco Lindor (Lock)
    Gregory Polanco
    Ryan Braun
    Maikel Franco
    Zach Britton
    Kenley Jansen
    Jon Lester
    Justin Verlander

    Thanks!

  5. your mom says:
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    Hi! I need some advice on my team. 20team h2h keep forever league (keep 8). We play 3 OF and 1 Util
    Based on the rankings so far, these guys are the sure keepers:
    Kris Bryant, Gregory Polanco, George Springer, Jonathan Villar
    Who among the rest of my team should I keep?
    Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Martinez, Kenta Maeda, Rick Porcello, Justin Upton, Yasmani Tomas, Jonathan Schoop, Pujols.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @your mom: Stras, C-Mart, Maeda, Schoop

  6. Bd says:
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    Grey- simple request- would you mind reranking everything to account for obp rather than avg when you get a second? You are the best! At least that’s what my mother says.! Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bd: We have OBP rankings, come out in Feb

  7. Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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    Grey
    if trading away Schwarber in a dynasty, what SPs do you think are a reasonable targets? Sale to deGrom? Is Syndergaard too high?
    Thanks for the laughs.

  8. Mr Baseball says:
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    HAPPY BASEBALL SEASON TO YOU GRAY – PLEASE HELP

    Gray I need to keep 10 keepers here in Keeper League THANK YOU
    CESPEDES AND SPRINGER ARE THE ONLY EASY PICKS TO KEEP

    Salvador Pérez KC – C
    Brandon Belt SF – 1B
    Jonathan Schoop Bal – 2B
    Nick Castellanos Det – 3B
    Yoenis Céspedes NYM – LF,CF
    George Springer Hou – RF
    Joc Pederson LAD – CF

    Rich Hill LAD – SP
    Alex Cobb TB – SP
    Raisel Iglesias Cin – SP,RP
    Lance McCullers Hou – SP
    Lucas Giolito CWS – SP
    Sean Manaea Oak – SP

    Matt Shoemaker LAA – SP
    Garrett Richards LAA – SP
    Tyson Ross Tex – SP
    Steven Wright Bos – SP
    Reynaldo López CWS – SP,RP
    Archie Bradley Ari – SP
    Júnior Guerra Mil – SP

    16 TEAMS

    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, Util, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, NA
    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)
    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Strikeouts per Walk Ratio (K/BB), Quality Starts (QS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball: You too, Mr. Baseball!

      George Springer Hou – RF
      Joc Pederson LAD – CF
      Rich Hill LAD – SP
      Yoenis Céspedes NYM – LF,CF
      Raisel Iglesias Cin – SP,RP
      Lance McCullers Hou – SP
      Lucas Giolito CWS – SP
      Brandon Belt SF – 1B
      Jonathan Schoop Bal – 2B
      Nick Castellanos Det – 3B

  9. Matt says:
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    Hey grey, we just finalized our keepers for our 12 team dynasty league yesterday and our draft is in 2 weeks. I would like your opinion on my team, and where to look to improve in the draft.
    Thank you:

    C. Jt Realmuto
    1b. Brandon belt
    2b. Jose Altuve
    3b. Nolan Arenado
    Ss. Brad miller
    Of. JD Martinez
    Of. Ryan Braun
    Of. Jackie Bradley jr
    Utility. Jay Bruce
    Utility. Manuel Margot

    Sp. Carlos Martinez
    Sp. Jameson Taillon
    Sp. Aaron Nola
    Sp. lance Mccullers
    Sp. Blake Snell
    Sp. Jeff samardzija
    Sp. Collin Mchugh
    Sp. Trevor Bauer
    Sp. Adam Conley
    Rp. Kelvin Herrera

    • Matt says:
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      I am also keeping, Gleyber Torres in my NA spot thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Your team looks decent on hitting, bit risky on pitching… I like the SPs you do have though…. You should get a Lackey type if you can in the draft..

  10. ChrisL says:
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    @Grey…12 team 5X5 with OPB. Keep 4, no picks lost: Cano, Bregman, Lucroy, Mazara, Eaton, Braun, Brantley, Piscotty, Swanson, Frazier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ChrisL: Cano, Bregman, Braun, Maz

      • ChrisL says:
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        Thank you! @Grey:

  11. The Great Knoche says:
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    If Maybin hits leadoff I would be the one guy that likes him more than you, With the Sciosiapath though, I would think he’ll tab Danny Espinosa or Andrelton Simmons. Or possibly Platoon Ben Revere in left.

    Never mind I think I now like him worse than you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Yunel got 500+ ABs at leadoff last year for the Angels

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    Hey Grey,

    Got a question about keepers. in a 10 team keeper league, we just upped our rosters to a 25 man and now can keep 5 guys. the thing is we have 3 year contracts starting this year with the players we keep, where we keep them at the draft position they were drafted at for 3 years. its also a h2h points league.

    right now my locks (unless you say otherwise) are Goldy (1st rd) Harper (2nd rd) Miggy (3rd rd) and Bregman (25th rd).

    The other choices i have are deGrom (20th), Carrasco (3rd), Lester (8th), Braun (4th)Daniel Murphy (25th), Jean Segura (16th), Adam Eaton (11th).

    Thanks!

  13. Mr Baseball says:
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    KEEPER LEAGUE – THIS IS THE BEST OUT THERE

    My Keeper Team Sucks – this is what I feel is the best out there to pick from
    who would you take in a Keeper League first round pick

    Eric Thames –

    Lewis Brinson Mil – CF

    Franklin Barreto Oak – SS

    Taijuan Walker Ari – SP

    Frankie Montás Oak – RP

    Josh Hader Mil – SP
    Raimel Tapia

    Jeff Samardzija

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Mr Baseball: prolly Thames and hope he starts out hot and you can flip him for some high end slow-starters for your rebuild.

      • Mr Baseball says:
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        But first I would have to go the The Wizard of Oz for courage

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Mr Baseball: Depending on how your team is sitting I’d take a flyer on Hader if you need an arm, otherwise Tapia

      • Mr Baseball says:
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        man this is tough – this does not make it easier

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Mr Baseball: Are you competing this year? If so, I’d go Thames, as only he and Samardzija *bleh) are guaranteed regular playing time. Hopefully you are not relying on anything from these picks, so I’d go full upside and hope Thames produces something along the lines of 70% of his ridiculous projections.

      If you’re not competing this year, I’d go Tapia, who should be a guaranteed speed-first stud in Coors as soon as he gets the regular playing time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball: Taijuan for this year, Thames for this year if you need bat… Otherwise, go prospect — Tapia or Brinson

    • Hawk says:
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      @Mr Baseball:

      Brinson

      How many keepers are there in this league?

      • Mr Baseball says:
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        10

  14. Beetroot McKinley says:
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    Hey Grey!
    3rd year following this site and I read you daily. Hands down best fantasy advise around and entertaining as hell. You are like dating your best friend’s hot sister behind his back. You want to tell everyone about it however you don’t want to let the secret out (I guess it could also be an ugly girl that gives great head as well). I love the buy/sells and the daily write ups each day. I am in an NL Only auction with waiver wires at $10. Sometimes these players turn into very good keepers. My league is fierce on the waiver wire and tough to get to them first most times. By the time I read you in the AM the players are already taken. Is there anyway Razzball can come up with something that can notify commenters that you recommend picking someone up immediately if someone is being called up or someone gets injured? I.e. last year Tommy Joseph, Adam Ottivino off the DL, Keon Broxton, Jim Johnson, etc
    Thanks for the consideration.

    Also, I could not find your Jhonny projections anywhere??

    Thanks!

    • Packers says:
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      @Beetroot McKinley: I’m not trying to be rude. I get up at 4:30 A.M. so I can get a head start on my competition. I do start work at 6 so it makes it seem easier. Lol

      • Beetroot McKinley says:
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        @Packers: No prob… the league I am in allows you to pick up guys whenever. I.e. Last year Mid game – Viscaino gets injured someone will go grab Jim Johnson. He will not officially be on your team for stats until the next day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Beetroot McKinley: Thanks! Jhonny is a bench guy for Cards… Not sure about the waivers problem, maybe charge for the daily roundup and buy/sell an hour early every night?

      • Beetroot McKinley says:
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        @Grey: I’m down for anything. I was hoping to give you my cell number and you just text me everything haha kidding. What about an email chain – similar to these comment emails. Then all the commenters can post info as it happens? Just a thought. You are the master and the site has been great without my 2 cents so I understand if it can’t be done (or if you don’t think there is any value in it).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know, it might be able to be done, I’m just not sure how easy it will be for me… If it’s not easy, then it’s not going to happen

        • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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          @Beetroot McKinley: follow posts late at night, some at least closer gems in there.

  15. Moneyball says:
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    Made first deal: $44 A.Rizzo + $12 J.Segura for $18 I.Desmond.
    Segura had to go. Couldn’t have kept both anyway so saved $26 from Rizz to Desmond. Now my next 2 months have fun flexibility including keeping Springer with the savings.

    Here’s to hoping Desmond becomes my Constant and gets those 30 HR, 15 SB you’re projecting… and beats that .273 proj average. But low, sell high, not Penny’s boat !

  16. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great post. Some more gems to scour here!

    a. Still SUPER eager to see how it all pans out in the top 300.

    b. Hope you had a nice weekend. I spent the weekend working, I’m hoping the man upstairs can give me a break for next weekend. We’ve closed our partner agreements with 7/8 partners. The 8th partner is giving me a pain in the butt. Hopefully it’ll work out positively and by positively I mean that they will accept our demands and we can stop these shenanigans.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. It’s going to be a top 500! B. It was all right, Cougs’ birthday, she wanted to go for vegan food, so we went and there was that

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        a. Excellent news! My wife is blood type A+ which means she’s a mostly vegetarian type. She can eat chicken (according to this blood type diet that we’ve followed for about 2 years…

        http://www.dadamo.com/

        I’m blood type B+ (it’s my motto too, btw. Get it? Be positive, B+), the omnivore! I can eat just about anything and the only blood type that can fully enjoy dairy products.

        b. Anywho, not really much exciting happening. Did I tell you that I saw the international space station orbiting the earth’s atmosphere as it passed through our air space? It was traveling rather low in the sky but you could see it as it traveled more or less east-west across the Sahara. Also, we can see Venus and Mars quite clearly. My friend Alex has the ISS (international space station) locator app on his mobile phone. It’s super geeky but it’s really cool. The ISS will pass over northern Africa/Gibraltar in approximately 10 days. It keeps orbiting and has been for like most of the last 6 years without stopping!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. That’s called a cluckatarian B/ Did anyone else see it? If not, might have been UFO

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            a. The diet is kind of new to both of us. She more or less a country girl having passed her drivers licence without seeing ANY traffic lights!!! Am serious!! Every time we come to a traffic light, she asks who has the right of way!! When it’s a green light and she’s going straight on, no problems there. It’s when she’s making a left using a traffic light, the question comes up – who has the right of way? Can I go?. It’s a little scary.

            b. My friend Alex and I witnessed it traveling. We saw it in real time on the app!!! Initially we couldn’t see it because it’s really small relatively speaking. We saw something moving and then confirmed with the app its direction!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. Haha Hilarious B. Yeah, that’s a UFO

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                a. Ok, if you say so. Except it was not, it was the ISS orbiting the earth’s atmosphere and we saw it on the app in real time as it proceeding in its westerly direction.

                b. Checked on the 2016 RCL masterlist. I finished 103rd but faded hard in September. Need to find a way to play better in September/October. Any advice?

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  A. Okay, if you want to believe the media B. Sept is easiest month, unless you use your Games Started too fast and you’re all out…

                  • Ante GALIC says:
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                    @Grey: Grey!

                    That was probably the problem. I kept King Felix around for too long because I drafted him. I have to get over that disease as well – aka if you draft someone it does not mean that you have to keep them on your team the whole year and feel guilty about it even if it was a fairly high pick (I think it was like 60 to 75 or something).

                    Another issue was a serious power outage.

                    I do schmotatoing ok, but in September it’s the surefire guys or bring home the bacon.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

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                      Especially in RCL leagues, can’t hold people too long… You gotta move on from everyone in Sept. if they’re not working

  17. Steve says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I need to decide on my keepers. I am in a 10 team H2H points league, our draft is 25 rounds and we are allotted 5 keepers. The keepers are then under contract for three years at which point we can decide to renew them at their ADP value or let them go. We can get rid of a keeper under contract by letting them go and losing that pick to a compensatory round (after the 12th or 25th). So with that said here is my roster with the players keeper round , I have the third pick this year:
    Russell Martin (11)
    Anthony Rizzo (11)
    Dee Gordon (2)
    Evan Longoria (6)
    Brad Miller (25)
    Starling Marte (1)
    Gregory Polanco (4)
    Chris Davis (8)
    David Dahl (25)
    Lorenzo Cain (16)
    Andrew Benindendi (I get to keep for free for next year)
    Yasmany Tomas (25)
    Danny Salazar (5)
    MadBum (7)
    Matt Shoemaker (25)
    Carlos Rodon (12)
    Rich Hill (25)
    Zachary Britton (10)
    Edwin Diaz (25)
    Robbie Ray (25)
    Alex Cobb (25)
    Steve Matz (9)
    Joe Ross (17)
    Who do you suggest as my five keepers? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Rizzo, Benintendi, Dahl, Bumgarner, Hill

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: sorry should have clarified I don’t need to use a keeper spot on Benintendi. So I need one more. Also Hill? Any reasoning behind that? Because I can have him one year and lose him at almost no cost?

  18. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    So I’m feeling pretty rough and Rugged this morning at work. Not that I’m surprised at all, but damn RA puts on a hell of a show.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Equally roughed up over here, also due to a concert. Not the rap, though G. Love and Special Sauce are certainly hip-hop influenced.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Cram It: All concerts should be held on Friday or Saturday nights. Artists would get bigger crowds as well.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Cram It: Nice! Rodeo Clowns was my jam for about a year when it came out

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: You know it’s a Jack Johnson song right? Hope that doesn’t ruin it for you.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I know he’s on it… I thought that it was all of them

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: JJ wrote the song.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ah… well I still liked that song… I kinda liked JJ’s whole first album… or until Curious George

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Grey: I definitely like a handful of his songs. All the rest sound the same to me.

                  • Grey

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                    B/c of Rodeo Clowns, I bought his first album and played it to death… Then he became a joke (maybe he was always a joke and I didn’t see it then), and I can’t even listen to his old songs now

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @nick the dick: Ha, thanks Tyler.

        AFRO didn’t really perform much, maybe like 3 or 4 tracks. But then he randomly did other tracks through out the night.

        RA did a few oldies…Cunt Renaissance, Da Girlz They Luv Me, Give It Up, Uncommon Valor. He brought people to mosh on stage, called us out some for not being live (I’m guilty too, I hung out in the back), went through the crowd for a few tracks.

        Had that Jarv and Passionate MC there too, let them do maybe 2 tracks a piece.

        • nick the dick says:
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          @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Nice, can’t believe he did Cunt Rennaisance.

          We’re old, can’t get too live anymore

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @nick the dick: I was doing just enough so he didn’t call me out for being lame. The music started for Stanley Kubrick and I was pumped (that’s the first song I ever heard from him), but then he said he’s sick of it and brought someone out of the crowd to beat box along with it and let AFRO murder the track.

            Was going to meet him if he was selling any vinyl, but it was all t-shirts so I just bounced.

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Yes he is, I gave him daps as I went looking at the merch table. Big, ugly dude.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He looks like someone out of Game of Thrones… Did you take a driverless Uber to the show?

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Haha. No I drove, didn’t know when it would end and didn’t want to wait for a robot car at the midnight hour.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Prolly for the best since Lyft put Uber out of business this weekend

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: For real? I need to watch/read the news more. That immigration battle they’re having?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: How was the venue? Did anyone open for him? Did you where new kicks, tell me everything!

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Ha. AFRO was the opener. Along with some trash local group who only freestyle, they should try writing because they weren’t good. Jarv was with him too….he spits fast…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOb1UBgLJ5M

        Venue would be awesome for a different type of artist, but it worked for me cause I’m not that loud, aggressive guy anyway. Was tough being an actual theater with seats for people to get crazy.

        No shoes, I promised I’d wait until after vacation.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Between Jarv and Afro it looks like Rugged is putting together a homeless group

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Out of curiosity I looked this guy up. He’s from Suffolk County and has a song called Smithaven Mall! That’s my old stomping ground. I wonder what town he is from. The internet only says Suffolk County.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Cram It: He does mention Suffolk County a lot. The very end of this song the other guy says from “Stony Brook to Huntington”. I know nothing, does that help at all? Ha.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAhV3I7R6AM

        • Cram It says:
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          @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Since Diabolic is from Huntington, R.A. must be from Stony Brook! That’s crazy. I don’t know ’bout dis dude, but Stony Brook isn’t exactly street. Crazy to think someone came out of there to make it as a rap artist.

          Now I want to listen to him to see if he makes local references. And by listen, I mean look up the lyrics.

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Cram It: He never really acts gangster, he calls himself poor and white trash a lot, does that fit the neighborhood?

            Hey if you know Diabolic, you should listed to RA. If you like any kind of hip-hop you should listen to RA. Seriously might be the best emcee in the game.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: No, Stony Brook is mosty upper middle class. If he was poor he was part of the 2% of the township’s population. Maybe he was white trash in a middle class kid’s body.

              I don’t know Diabolic. I looked him up to see where he was from. I like one tiny corner of the hip-hop genre.

  19. ChiCitySox23 says:
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    Putting together my draft targets based on my keepers and minor league roster…any areas to improve based on what I’m looking at so far?

    C Murphy
    1B Goldschmit
    2B LeMahieu
    3B Frazier
    SS Aledmys Diaz
    OF1 Stanton
    OF2 Schwarber
    OF3 Benintendi
    UTIL Khris Davis
    UTIL Javier Baez
    Bnch Tim Anderson

    SP 1 Cueto
    SP2 Aaron Sanchez
    SP3 Jon Gray
    SP4 Pineda
    SP5 Carlos Rodon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ChiCitySox23: Hitting looks decent, but you have two platoon hitters from the Cubs… Pitching’s solid, but risky

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    COL Zips projections have me wanting to make it my phone background.

    Blackmon – .300 / 25 / 24
    Story – .260 / 26 / 14 (HRs feel low)
    Desmond – .281 / 25 / 21
    Dahl – .285 / 23 / 18 (this has me most jazzed)
    Tapia – .295 / 12 / 24 (though unlikely given his lack of playing time absent injury or trade)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yeah, I don’t get any site that doesn’t have all of these guys high (except Tapia for reasons you mention)

  21. Matty says:
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    I hate to divert away from outfielders now that we’re really in the meat and potatoes, but, I’m trying to finalize my keeper SPs for a deep 12 team H2H QS league, so, if you don’t mind giving us a little sneak preview of the pitching rankings that’d be swell.
    I’d guess that of my possible keepers down in the 40-100 range they’d be ranked in the following order. Am I close?
    ERod
    Pomeranz
    Shoemaker
    Sonny
    Straily
    Smyly
    [Garcia, Colby Lewis- Ranked outside the top 100]

    Have I learned enough over the years to be relatively accurate?

    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: E-Rod is starting year in minors unless there’s injuries… Pom wasn’t good in Boston last year…

      • Matty says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks. I keep forgetting what Sale does to that depth chart.
        So they slide down below Straily in usefulness?
        (All is not lost. I have several pitchers ahead of them who were no doubt keepers.)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pitcher rankings are coming this week

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          @Matty:
          I guess it’s also relevant that this is a win now team in a deep dynasty league.

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            @Matty:
            Thanks.
            Looking forward to them as always.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Me too!

      • High Fives for Sale says:
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        @Grey: You did say it would take a few years for him to be Gomez.

  22. Old School Brother says:
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    please stay healthy, get on base, and hit 20 bombs choo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love ya, but you should put that energy towards Odor, Choo’s lost cause

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Or maybe Delino? not the 20 bombs part, but the on base part haha

        • Grey

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          I’d be fine with hoping on that, hoping on Choo feels like wasting the hopes

  23. The Vaporizers says:
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    Hey what’s up Grey, loving the rankings so far am am super psyched for the week full of OF turds and fat dude utility rankings to come out this week.

    Had a David Dahl question for ya. Just how early in a newly formed keeper league (keep forever) would you draft him? I have pick 28 in the draft and fully expect Blackmon to still be there. That is undoubtedly the pick to make if just playing for this year. But I want my first few picks of the draft to be players I can build my team’s future around and I don’t see Blackmon in my long term plans (especially if the Rockies don’t either). Considering that the league favors hitters, is it completely insane to be considering Dahl at 28 since I don’t pick again until pick 48??? Dahl at 28 sound crazy to me. But choosing Blackmon over Dahl in a keep forever doesn’t.

    • Grey

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      I don’t think it’s crazy to go Dahl at 28

  24. Rock D says:
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    Please choose. Kris Bryant for 1 year or Trea Turner for 3? I have Seager already at SS for the next 2 years so that kinda factors into the equation. My current keepers are Mookie and Bryant for just this year. Seager for 2 more seasons and Dahl for 3 more.

    • Grey

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      Bryant

      • Rock D says:
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        @Grey: thank you sir. One more question. Who is your favorite prospect that you are keeping an eye on as the next big thing? I know Ralph is the prospect guru but interested in getting your take on it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moncada… Though, I hope he’s not Puig, Part 2

          • Rock D says:
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            @Grey: yeah he definitely has the raw tools. The 30% k rate in AA scares me not gonna lie. I personally love Cody Bellinger’s swing and his defense is top notch but the log jam in front of him has me skeptical. But just based on the eye test that would be my guy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, upper minors are depleted of huge talent right now… I like Meadows too

  25. The JoGarza says:
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    Hola Grey,

    Currently slow drafting a 12-team NFBC team. Standard scoring. THoughts? I now I have to address SB. After 14 picks, how is the team shaping up?

    C-
    C-
    1B-Miggy
    2B-Schoop
    3B-Maikel
    SS-Trea
    MI-
    CI-Hanley
    OF-J.D Martinez
    OF- N.Cruz
    OF-Byron Buxton
    OF-Mazara
    OF-
    UTIL-

    SP-Verlander, Hamels, Duffy
    RP-Oh, T.Watson (or if we’re in a Sherlok episode “Oh, my dear Watson”)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the team a lot! You do need SBs

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Speaking of slow draft, Razzball doing one this year? Scout (If so hope bugs are unkinked) or NFBC?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We are, think we’re using Scout again… Boils down to, it’s cheaper

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: Other than the scoring being all FUBAR at times, I thought the site was fairly easy to use.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s butt ugly, they took forever to pay winners (though they did them) and they site functionality is bonkers bad… But it’s cheaper

  26. Jean Genie says:
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    Grey!

    Would you give up Anderson Espinoza fo rone of Rodon, McCullers, or Edwin Diaz in a deep dynasty league? Anderson looks great, but take the young MLBer, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them though, really

  27. What happens in Vegas... says:
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    Morning Grey,

    So glad to have your rankings to wake up to.

    Would like your opinion in my Forever Keeper League, keeping 10.

    The 9 no brainers in my opinion are Altuve, Donaldson, Trea Turner, Votto, Springer, Scherzer, Carrasco, Edwin Diaz, Giles

    I’m torn on the 10th pick having to chose between Villar and Polanco. From an ADP persepctive, Villar is rated a bit higher… here’s the rub

    I’ve been offered a 12th round pick for Villar, 12 team league, so it’s essentially a 2nd round pick # 16 to be exact, save for the 5 or 6 picks from teams who won’t keep 10.

    What’s the better play, Trade Villar and get a 2nd round pick, keeping Polanco OR keep Villlar?

    Before you recommend dropping one of my closers. It’s a points league and Saves are worth 10 as are Wins, so closers and SPs are very valuable and all of them are always kept.

    Thanks in advance and I’m looking forward to the rest of the rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Keep Villar

      • What happens in Vegas... says:
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        @Grey:

        So Villar is worth more than Polanco and player #136 off the board?

        Thanks for the quick and professional advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, no problem

  28. Packers says:
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    I really look forward to razzball articles and advice. Thanks for them.
    I mentioned this before but I’m concerned about my 5 outfielder options in a 12 team dynasty.
    I have Cespedas, JD Martinez, Fowler, KK, Leonys and Margot.
    1. Should I worry? Nothing on reserves.
    2. My strength is starting pitching. One guy has 9 outfielders including his reserves. Kepler, Piscotty and Jackie are guys I would target. Do you think one of Rodon, Hendricks, McCullers or Salazar is a fair offer? One for one, fair, to much, to little?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1. Sounds fine 2. I’d send Rodon for one of them

      • Packers says:
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        @Grey: Great, thanks. I’ll do that once our trade offers are opened.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. Eric says:
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    #WheresMelky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      #Soon

  30. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Hey a new OC came out today Grey, free download. I didn’t grab yet.

    You hear me Nick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where?

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: DITCENT.com

        I just looked and I think you have to sign up to their site first. I’m now debating if more junk email is worth it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, I hate junk mail… I’d like a ban on junk mail

  31. nick the dick says:
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    I’ll tell ya, gonna be a real barn burner when it gets down to Sheldon, Big Hait and Brooke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t even

  32. MindlessOne says:
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    Would it be wise to keep Springer over Frazier if I already have Trout, Polanco, and Duvall?

    At 3b I have Jake Lamb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

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