The intro for Yahoo’s 2019 fantasy baseball rankings reminds of a Dear John letter written by your ex-wife.  Only your name is Kevin and she accidentally writes “John,” and doesn’t have a chance to proofread it because she’s bedding down your best friend.  Read for yourself:

Sure, guys and five girl readers, “You’ll find your familiar Trouts’, the Betts’, the Martinez’, but questions remain.”

Huh?

Yeah, I have questions that, uh, remain.  How many Trouts have they ranked?  The Betts’?  Did they rank his entire family?  The Martinez’?  Is that like World War Z, but instead it’s, “An Apostrophe Z?”

“When should the first pitcher go off the board, and should there be more than one?”

Said like Ron Burgundy, “That’s not English.”  Should there be more than one?  Are Yahoo leagues this year one-pitcher leagues?  I’m so confused.  Did 100 monkeys with 100 typewriters, who only read Bleacher Report, write up this intro?

“Enough talk though.  Let’s jump into the rankings!”

Ha!  Was there enough talk?  I’ve written more in this intro than they wrote.  With that level of effort, they don’t even deserve this evisceration, but… *sharpens nails that look like the 108-year-old Asian man in the Guinness Book of World Records* …here goes nothing.  For this post, I will be looking at the consensus Yahoo 2019 fantasy baseball rankings vs. my own 2019 fantasy baseball rankings.

Last year Yahoo phoned in their rankings with Jose Ramirez at 35th overall, and, this year, they followed ESPN’s lead, and moved him up to 6th overall.  Even though my path crossed briefly with Jose Canseco, I know I am not a time traveler.  How is it that I am always a year ahead of these schmohawks?  Last year, I ranked Tildaddy 67th overall, and Yahoo ranked Acuña 173rd overall.  Of course, that was ludicrous.  Or if Ludicrous is reading, “Yahoo’s got doh’s in many area codes.”  This year Yahoo moved Acuña up, because they’re trying to move their sugar packet up my thigh as they learn how to draft.  I guarantee you, next year they will move up Adalberto Mondesi.  I wonder if they’re still writing 2017 on their checks.  That would explain, at least, why they ranked Josh Donaldson in the top 90 overall, and Zack Greinke in the top 60.

Luis Severino before Aaron Nola and Gerrit Cole is a head-scratcher.  Clayton Kershaw in the top 10 starters is just predictable.  Love how they tried to put Vlad Guerrero Jr. in their top 50, like your past mistakes are absolved, due to your aggressive ranking of this year’s rookie.  Of course, Victor Robles is ranked about 70 spots too late, because they suffer from the same hindsight as ESPN, and merely spit back at their readers what said readers want to see vs. what they should see.  Brandy Ehrens, “I just want to rank Kyle Schwarber.”  Triple D, “We have to rank 300 other players.”  Brandy, “Aw, geez.  Okay, someone write the names down, put them in this Cubs ten-gallon hat and just let me choose.”

Last year I ranked Trevor Bauer 89th overall vs. their 181st ranking.  This year he’s ranked 54th overall, and 67th overall by Triple D.  What did he do to hurt you, Yahoo?  Did he fly his drone into Brandy’s Joe Maddon-stained glass window?  I mean, I get it.  Ranking Delino DeShizz still gives me the heebies and/or jeebies, but, wow, they still hate Trevor Bauer.  Someone else who seems to have accidentally did a poopie in their woobie is Joey Gallo.  Last year, I ranked him 80th overall, they ranked him 151st overall.  On our Player Rater, he ended last year ranked 71st overall.  He is about as predictable of a player as you can find.  So, of course, they’ve ranked him way too late again with Brandy slotting him in at 106th overall.

You want one thing to point at why they’re ranking inside Plato’s cave, surrounded by past mistakes?  They have Joey Votto ranked 51st overall.  For 1st basemen, he is ranked before Aguilar, Gallo, Abreu, Carpenter, Olson, I mean, just about everyone, except six other 1st basemen.  Joey Votto who is coming off a 12-homer season when he hit .284, turning 36 this year, and is projected for 22 homers and .278 by Steamer.  Yes, Steamer that is regularly the best in the biz for projections.  22 homers and .278?  Yo, Votto, you Justin Bour?  Blink once for yes and twice for no.  Maybe Yahoo did their rankings’ sesh at an Outback Steakhouse, saw a waiter dressed as a kangaroo and subconsciously fell in love with Joey.  It’s the only thing that makes sense.

I’m going to list players in a handy chart like I did the other day with ESPN’s fantasy baseball rankings.  The Thank You’s have it.  It being good value from my rankings vs. Yahoo’s.  The No Thank You’s don’t have it.  They’re bad people.  Meh, they might be okay people, but they’re likely not ending up on any of my Yahoo drafted teams.  For this, I’ll be using my 2019 fantasy baseball rankings (go figure!) and Yahoo’s 2019 fantasy baseball rankings (crazy, right?).

THANK YOU

Player Grey’s Ranking Yahoo’s Ranking Overall Difference
Overall Overall
Manny Machado
6 19 13
Javier Baez
8 22 14
Adalberto Mondesi 20 69 49
Rhys Hoskins
23 38 15
Jean Segura 41 57 16
Jose Peraza 42 132 80
Trevor Bauer
44 54 10
David Dahl
51 93 42
German Marquez 59 107 48
Michael Conforto
61 95 34
Joey Gallo
62 99 37
Travis Shaw
69 109 40
Max Muncy 71 128 57
Nomar Mazara 81 137 56
Victor Robles 83 123 40
Eloy Jimenez 84 116 32
Domingo Santana 105 227 122
Tyler Glasnow 111 174 63
Shane Bieber 115 163 48
Jose Alvarado 145 264 119
Ramon Laureano 179 216 37
Daniel Palka 182 Unranked
Cedric Mullins
192 327 135
Joey Wendle
194 257 63

NO THANK YOU

Player Grey’s Ranking Yahoo’s Ranking Overall Difference
Overall Overall
Max Scherzer
19 7 12
Jose Altuve
21 12 9
Jacob deGrom
26 13 13
Luis Severino
74 31 43
Clayton Kershaw
75 36 39
Whit Merrifield
68 37 31
Noah Syndergaard
73 46 27
Lorenzo Cain
94 47 47
Joey Votto
132 51 81
Gary Sanchez
126 64 62
Daniel Murphy 156 68 88
Justin Turner 131 79 52
Josh Donaldson 177 87 90
Dee Gordon 176 94 82
Michael Brantley 207 106 101
Rafael Devers 220 111 109
Brian Dozier 174 124 50
Kyle Schwarber 234 138 96
Carlos Santana 302 146 156
Josh Bell 309 187 122
Jesse Winker 459 195 264
 
  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    So good, keep ’em coming.

    a. I think the main problem lies in the projections for hitting and pitching. Maybe I’m being Captain Obvious but I have seen evidence of it in CBS land. To wit, I was criticized in the Draft recap analysis for taking the following players where I did.

    1. Glasnow at pick 94. He was projected on the day of the draft to be 278th, resulting in a -184 score. The analysis went as far to say that that (stutterer) was for sure a mistake and a very big one. However, that same Glasnow in just 3 days since the draft has gone up to 265th. That surge in his projections to me is based on people drafting him earlier than 278 and the fact that someone is adjusting his projected stats for 2019.

    2. Grandal at 127. He was projected on draft day for 280. He is now slimmed down to 266.

    3. Flaherty at 67. He was projected to be 122. He is now 121 (!!) but…

    My point being that the changes are going to come soon all around once people start drafting and some kind of greater consensus arrives. Or it won’t. Also, the actual scores based on their actual performance in 2019 will be the most important factor not how CBS ranked them in the pre-season. Right? Help me.

    b. So, in my continuing saga, Puig is gone. I have Laureano in the utility and I will keep there for now. New question!! Would you add VGJ over any of these pitchers and in which order?

    1. Maeda (has RP eligibility, but my fear is he pitches long relief out of the BP which would kill his value in a points league)
    2. Luis Castillo
    3. Josh James
    4. Carlos Martinez (really valuable in this format because he has RP eligibility)

    I’m leaning 1. Maeda for the reason in the parenthesis, scroll up 0.1″.

    c. Best John Lennon quote ever for February 14

    [About the constant swarm of fans, media, magazine editors, consumer product managers and politicians!!]

    “There’s no switching off. The elevator man wants a little piece of you on your way back to your room. The maid wants a little piece of you back at the hotel by all means sexually but also a piece of your time and energy and it’s like the politicians are on your arm 24 hours a day.”

    d. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote for February 14

    1. Scientists in Japan have invented underwear for men with a special scent that they claim is irresistible to women. Let me tell you something, if you’ve got a woman’s nose in crotch you don’t need special underwear!

    2. Well, Premiere magazine’s issue of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood hit the news stands this month. In an odd bit of ranking, Demi Moore was ranked #28, while her breasts were ranked 20 and 21!

    3. The most restrictive smoking ban in the nation took effect this week in New York and already the city has gained over 9000 pounds!

    4. At a press conference this week Washington Mayor Marion Barry said he wants private businesses to provide 5000 summer jobs for a district youth program. He also wants a big bag of crack.

    5. At Virginia Commonwealth University a professor is being sued following revelations that he spanked one of his students. It was the students’ parents who first became suspicious when they asked what kind of marks are you getting. And she replied big red ones on my bare ass.

    e. Happy Valentine’s day to all out there! Nothing says I love you more than a box of chocolates with the words I love you written on them or a valentine’s day sticker in your viber app! I being facetious, do something really meaningful. Make it count if you love someone.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Ya know, CBS is so convoluted with their rankings I don’t know how much it plays into CBS ADP, I’m sure some… Bc people look at prerankings while they’re drafting and it influences them… B. Sure, VGJ over Maeda C. Yeah, must’ve been nuts for them D. 2. Ha!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        a. Thanks. So my D+ grade that their draft recap analysis put together shouldn’t affect me too much. The rankings really put you off.

        b. Nuts for sure and that was right around the release of Help! in ’65. They still cranked out so many good songs and albums until 1970 when they broke up. Now it’s pretty obvious why they broke up.

        c. Not sure if her right breast was 20 or her left breast. Am re-watching all 3 seasons of Norm MacDonald live from the Youtube. He did 12, 1-hour episodes for season 1 (last episode with Gilbert Godfried is a 2 part 2-hour episode), 13 for season 2 and 14 for season 3. The guests are AMAZING, to wit

        s01
        01 Super Dave
        02 Tom Green
        03 Fred Stoller
        04 Russell Brand
        05 Billy Bob Thornton
        06 Larry King
        07 Kevin Nealon
        08 Simon Helberg
        09 Nick Swardson
        10 Andy Dick
        11-12 Gilbert Gottfried (2-part episode)

        s02
        01 Ray Romano
        02 Adam Sandler
        03 David Sapde
        04 Carl Reiner
        05 Fred Willard
        06-07 Todd Glass (2 part, 2 episodes)
        08 Bob Saget
        09 David Koechner
        10 Roseanne Barr
        11 Marc Maron
        12 Martin Mull
        13 Jack Carter

        s03
        01 Stephen Merchant
        02 Bill Hader
        03 Letterman
        04 Mike Tyson
        05 Bobby Lee
        06-07 Sarah Silverman (2 part, 2 episodes)
        08 Dana Carvey
        09 Jerry Seinfeld
        10 Caitlyn Jenner
        11 Rich Little
        12 Margaret Cho
        13 Tim Allen
        14 Jim Carrey

        The show is really good.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. I wouldn’t pay attention to their grading B. They hated each other? C. Super Dave! That is a solid list

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            a. I love Super Dave, didn’t have the same notoriety obvi as his brother but he was still pretty funny in his own right.

            b. They definitely did not hate each other. Maybe the pressure of who was the best perhaps affected them. It was Lennon and McCartney from the very beginning. Ringo and Harrison were just the pillows and cushions on Lennon and McCartney’s fold-out couch (hide-a-bed as they stateside!!). They actually loved each other, took care of each other and in fact if any idea was floated around it had to have unanimous consent from all 4 Beatles to pass. Otherwise the idea would die. Lennon and McCartney were just super talented in what they did.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. RIP… Cougs’ parents are friends with his brother… No, the other brother B. No? I thought they did hate each other, will need Google

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!!

                I guess it’s the price of fame. I am in ’65 of their lives and it’s looking pretty damn good. I guess too much of a good thing can take its toll. They did really get along well in the early days. Maybe Yoko had an effect and maybe they both were too big for the band. Tough in a band when you have 2 drivers.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  How is “The Yoko Effect” not a saying?

                  • Ante Galic says:
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                    @Grey: Grey!!

                    Lol. We’ll have to incorporate it into something this season, like “The Kikuchi effect”, when a great prospect comes over from Japan but only pitches 130 IP thus destroying his overall value.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Ante Galic says:
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                      @Ante Galic: Grey!

                      As in, Kikuchi suffered from the Kikuchi effect in his first season in MLB. Hopefully he’ll be over it for his sophomore season.

                      Cheers,
                      Ante

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, true

  2. Crazy J says:
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    Just for chatty purposes… Yahoo’s rankings changed earlier in the week. Mondesei WAS at 82 and for some odd reason Corbin went from 68 to 82.

    Grandal went from 199 to 167… even though he’s still undervalued he is getting grabbed in the 12th, sometimes the 11th round. I was reaching for him in the 14th round, but do you think he’s worth grabbing in the 12th round? I feel like there is a huge drop off after him and even though Ramos is next he’s taken “virtually” in the same rounds as Grandal which usually leaves me with a very late pick of Alfaro. So the 12th round for me is usually a 3rd SP or an RP, so I don’t feel like I’m giving away much by reaching. Think of it as CMart or DRobinson, but I’m almost guaranteed Luccessi, Chase Anderson, Mychal Givins later.

    Your thoughts?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Crazy J: My thought is they look at NFBC ADPs and the way they change and then adjust their rankings

      • Huffin Gas says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Yeah I don’t get Yahoo. They put out their rankings, and then change them not based on a guy signing with a team or some other tangible factor, they change them because they looked at other industry rankings and/or ADPs. It’s like, if you don’t trust your own rankings why should anyone else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crazy J: Ah, yeah, that could be, I can’t keep up with their constant changes… I wouldn’t draft a catcher that early in a 1-catcher league

  3. Mr Baseball says:
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    16 team deep keeper league
    KEEP 10

    These are my 10 keepers – do you agree or you like one or the four players on bottom
    Pitchers values seem to be higher than normal in this league
    Thank you for your time here Grey

    Travis Shaw Mil – 2B, 
    Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B
    J.D. Martinez Bos – LF,RF
    David Dahl Col – LF,CF,RF
    Eduardo Rodriguez Bos – SP
    Zack Wheeler NYM – SP
    Rich Hill LAD – SP
    Brent Honeywell TB – SP
    Josh Hader Mil – RP
    David Robertson Phi – RP

    Ramón Laureano Oak – CF
    Seranthony Domínguez Phi – 
    Luke Voit NYY – 1B
    Daniel Palka CWS – LF,RF

    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, 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: Hmm… Voit or Laureano over Honeywell, maybe… But if SPs are that much more valuable, I can see going with you have… Kinda six of one, half dozen of the other

      • Mr Baseball says:
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        Honeywell I think his numbers will not help me that much this year – Is he a pitcher that has good enough stuff 2 years down the road that will be a must own – something like
        Zack Wheeler numbers would do man

        • Mr Baseball says:
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          Ramon Laureano power numbers look weak this year but that is mayber because he will bat lead off – Do you ever see any power numbers coming

          • Mr Baseball says:
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            Is this a sure thing David Robertson closer

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not yet, and Kapler could change his mind at any point during the year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe, but he’s also battled injuries

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I do like Honeywell tho for future

  4. 4amTVdinners says:
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    Great Write Up… I am in a 14 Team Roto 5×6 (QS/W) league. Keep 9 forever. I am keeping
    Acuna, Freeman, Albies, Dahl, Correa, Merrifield, Bauer… I need your wisdom on my final two spots.

    Clevinger, Tim Anderson, Wil Meyers, Devers, McCullers, Hicks and Kyle Tucker

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @4amTVdinners: 5×6 pitching heavy with qs added u should be drafting top starters in that setting for sure.

      In fact, i bet you could load up on pitching and power( hr rbis) and win the league easily if its h2h.

  5. Puddle Stomp says:
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    Grey,

    In an 5×5 OBP league, which players from the chart get the biggest boost? Gallo, Muncy, and Shaw?

    Are any of the players that you listed hurt by OBP?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Puddle Stomp: Agree with knucks, I use that link he posted

  6. mcmi11ions says:
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    Grey! Yesterday I asked about keeping Severino over someone like Treinen, and we were both on agreement sucking it up and keeping Severino…well moot point as this morning I was able to trade him straight up for Mondessi! Woot

  7. J-hova says:
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    Thanks Grey! This is up there with one of my favorite pre season posts. We’re getting so close, despite my car being frozen over I can smell Friday’s Buy or Sell coming.
    I honestly hope ESPN and Yahoo never change. They being so far off really help every one of your readers. Quick questions for, I can keep Harper in Rd 3 and have the two pick with Trout kept. What are your thoughts on Yelich and Harper rounds 1&3 with the best of Baez/Mondesi/Goldie or Freeman between?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-hova: Thanks! Stay warm! Yelich and Harper and Baez works for me, but you can’t go wrong with any of them, I’d go with my rankings… Baez, Freeman, Goldy

  8. Drew says:
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    Thanks for this, Grey. Mucho helpful.

    The off-season trade window is open in one of my leagues, which is points based. The scoring favors pitching, with Scherzer bringing in 950 points last year (eg). That said, thoughts on this:

    I get Kluber ($30) and Leclerc ($4)
    For
    I give Folty ($9) and Winker ($4)

    Basically I’d be taking on salary ($21) and Klubot would be thrown back at the end of this year. I’d also be giving up Folty and Winker as keepers, given their lower prices. This would all but guarantee that I’d not keep Altuve ($39).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drew: I’d take Kluber

  9. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: My road to 4-straight starts to look like the following if Yahoo! rankings stay where they are when draft day comes: I pick at the end of the “first round” (really 3rd since we keep 2 players), so my first 3 players are projected to be: Betts, Lindor, and Adalberto Mondesi (unless someone does a stretch armstrong and reaches for him into the Top 30 from 69 overall – though I may have a shot at Rhys as well… maybe a Rhys/Mondesi combo – I’m already drooling…

  10. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Excited for the season! Can’t wait.

    7th Keeper League. Can’t decide on the last two:

    Machado
    JD Martinez
    Blackmon
    Story
    Scherzer
    Kluber

    which one to keep:
    Aguilar
    Corbin

    League: 14 team mix h2h (3 OF, 2 UTL, no MI, no CI)
    STats:
    R, H, 2b, 3b, HR, RBI, BB, SB, AVG
    W, L, SV. K, K/9, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Same! Can’t go wrong with either, I think you should go Aguilar since you have two SPs

  11. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    some ranking are ranker than others………I’ll Betts’ they will retract some of those ranking.

    Muchado is way low……………Interesting thing i heard on one of the shows this morning DeGrom and his agent are talking about self limits on innings and possible pitch counts. At 30 I can’t see the Mets caving in. This contract is going to impact the season for him.

  12. Rawr... says:
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    Thanks for the analysis!

    I use Yahoo, but only for their fantasy platform. I do not read any of their articles or other content they put out there. And use a mix of industry rankings to keep up in the draft with because their system is so random.

    How are their rankings created? Is it staff writers? Computers? As pointed out in the article their evaluations are all over the place.

    On my league page when you go to Players the rankings (before the season starts)they are divided into two sortable categories: Pre-Season and Current, they’re different numbers for each player right. Why?

    Also, if you go to the Draft Central area and edit your Pre-Draft Rankings those rankings are different than the main player pool.

    Example:

    Chris Sale:
    Pre-Season-10
    Current Ranking- 13
    Draft Editor-11

    I don’t know what to believe. Is there no God?!

    • JB says:
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      @Rawr…: I don’t get the pre-season vs. current discrepancies on Yahoo, but I believe the draft editor rankings are somehow taking into account your league settings. I might be wrong, but that’s what I’ve always assumed.

      • Rawr... says:
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        @JB:

        Thanks for the info!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @JB: Maybe, but….BUT I don’t believe they have some way of changing rankings for league settings

        • JB says:
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          @Grey: Yeah, I hear you, but the league I play in on Yahoo has BB and OBP as offensive categories, and as a result (again, assuming here) Votto is always ranked insanely high in our draft editor. Coincidence??

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hmm, maybe, I don’t know, JB… You have to figure if their rankings are bad for one thing, they’re gonna bad for all things, so it’s kinda whatever

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rawr…: Haha, I know, it’s very confusing… I think preseason are what they did in January? And current are updated? Maybe, I don’t know

      • Rawr... says:
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        @Grey:

        Trout probably killed it in January.

  13. OaktownSteve says:
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    Something strange…Freeland, Anderson and Jon Gray all had better ERAs at home than on the road last season.

    I’m coming around on Lucchesi and Glasgow little. A la The Grduate, “I have one word for you my boy..,tunneling.”

    • Grey

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      @OaktownSteve: Plastics.

      Yeah, notice that on Rockies pitchers before, I think it’s a small sample thing, but who knows — Come all the way around on Lucchesi, he’s going to be pitching in Petco vs. the Rockies (bad road team) or Giants or Diamondbacks five times in a six game stretch and you’re gonna be like, “Why on earth didn’t I want to own that?”

  14. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Please pick a side (keep forever, $3 inflation):

    his $13 Story

    OR

    my $15 Bryant + $25 Cole (not keeping Cole, but would possibly redraft him in the auction if I didn’t trade)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Sounds like a decent upgrade if you’re not keeping Cole, but you are making the other team much stronger than your team… In a bubble, it’s just fair with prolly a bit on Cole side

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Makes sense. This is an expansion team who has that Story keeper and a $26 Kluber. Their other 5 keepers suck, so I’d definitely be giving them a killer rotation plus Kris, who might be on par with Story (in a different stat line of course) if fully healthy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you’re really helping them, which I’m not sure is great

  15. Van Hammersly says:
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    That intro spiel to the Yahoo draft kit is absolutely bananas!

    ESPN has something awfully similar (maybe just awful and similar) right now on their fantasy page that’s a vid of Karabell and Tristan answering the question “Is Mike Trout worth the Number 1 pick in fantasy?” WHO IS THE AUDIENCE FOR THIS KIND OF CONTENT? Not-even-casual baseball fans? Children? The recently comatose?? Grey, as you point out time and time again, it’s like they’re not even trying. Lucky for us, Razzball is.

  16. DonnieB says:
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    Hi Hi Grey….please give me your opinion on my keepers in a 12 team auction with a $300 cap. I can keep 8.My options are:
    Yelich at $33 for 2 more years
    T Bauer at $16 for 2 more years
    Corbin at $4 for 2 more years
    C Seager at $10 for 2 more years
    Dahl at $10 for 2 more years
    R. Osuna at $10 for 2 more years
    Severino at $10 for 1 year
    T Anderson at $9 for 2 more years
    Machado at $50 for 2 more years
    Arenado at $54 for 2 more years
    Shaw at $10 for 1 year
    Castellanos at $3 for 1 year
    Grandal at $3 for 1 year
    Hader at $10 for 2 more years

    Who would be your 8?
    Also, I have been offered Buehler and Peraza—both at $10 for 2 more years—for Severino,Anderson,L Cain at $18, and R Osuna? Is that too much for an upgrade in keepers although I would likely be dropping some of those guys? After the trade, who would my 8 keepers be. I can probably get Machado and Arenado back at similar prices but never for sure. Thank you for your invaluable input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: I’d take Peraza/Buehler

      Peraza/Buehler
      Yelich at $33 for 2 more years
      T Bauer at $16 for 2 more years
      Corbin at $4 for 2 more years
      Dahl at $10 for 2 more years
      Machado at $50 for 2 more years
      Arenado at $54 for 2 more years

      Could see case made for going different ways with keepers

      • DonnieB says:
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        I was thinking of Corey Seager at $10 over one of the high priced guys who are within a few dollars of fair value. You are apparently good keeping high priced top players even if there might be more value in a Castellanos or Seager. I would have Perazaand Seager as shortstops, so would likely keep Arenado despite slightly lower ranking and a few dollars. Is Seager too much of a risk despite his ranking? I appreciate any additional thoughts. Thank you!,

        • Grey

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          I like keeping high priced guys bc you can’t rely on being able to draft high priced guys back (others will be bidding on them) and you can get back Seager if you want… I don’t know what his health is like, I go over him in my rankings

          • DonnieB says:
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            Thanks to the best.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  17. Tom says:
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    I’ve also found this day late and a dollar short phenomenon applies to music industry reviewers. They will completely miss on a bands breakthrough album, then they will write glowing reviews of the follow-up album which often times pales in comparison or stinks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Totally! Yes yes and more yes, all the time

  18. Mike

    Mike says:
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    My precious!! Smeagol wants the Troutses and the Bettses. *bites head off of a fish*

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Mike: LOL! Silly fat hobbits don’t LIKE martinezez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: HA! I see you like sushi

  19. Earl says:
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    I know that Grey’s or Rudy’s rankings are the big bang (so to speak) but how do people find Fantasy Pros rankings to be (if anyone has even examined them)?

    Think I like that they supposedly use a combo of different people to come up with rankings. But I suppose it would depend on who is involved.

    I am probably going to follow Grey’s rankings to the letter for one of my drafts and see how it goes.

    Thanks everyone!!

    • My take is FantasyPros is useless. Why? Because aggregate rankings – if done right (constantly updated, good diversity of sources) – basically mirrors ADP. More preferable to use NFBC ADP (which is updated daily and you can customize date ranges) as my ‘market’ input and then look for differences vs my rankings to help guide my picks.

      • @Rudy Gamble: been reading you guys for years. 12 team league, let it “slip out years ago “ i get everything from fantasy pro. And boy they all use them. Funny but sad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: I agree with Rudy, I would’ve stopped at “useless”

  20. bigbear says:
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    Happy V Day to one and all!!!

    So you drafted Kershaw in the 3rd round? I too like to live dangerously.

    Poll the audience question: What are you best mocks mocking those who make a mockery of draft day?