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2013 Top 100 Fantasy Baseball Keeper Rankings

Updated on October 26, 2012
Is Trout really this good?  I think he is, and I think he will be a top keeper for a very long time.
Is Trout really this good? I think he is, and I think he will be a top keeper for a very long time. | Source

It's hard to explain. He's been exceptional. He's lived up to the hype and then some. He's had one of the most incredible seasons of all-time. The front-runner for MVP in the AL. He's also pretty handsome(Yes, I said it). The obvious Rookie of the Year. I'm talking about the one and only, Mike Trout. The season he's having is one for the ages. It's hard to take it all in(Don't take this the wrong way). He's really only 21 years-old? No need to delve into the history he is making in the MLB. All we care about is how he stacks up as a keeper in fantasy baseball leagues, right? You might be surprised where I have him ranked. There are just so many studs to choose from. You have guys like Ryan Fawn, Matt Pemp, Piguel Cabrera, and Domo Arigato Mr. Joey Votto that you just have to flat out respect on this list. It was really hard choosing where to place Trout, but here's what I went with.

Update: Have made quite a few changes since making the hub. Names such as Edwin Encarnacion, Yoenis Cespedes, Jurickson Profar, and Jason Kipnis have been added. Certain players have been switched in the rankings like Jay Bruce, Bryce Harper, Justin Upton, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Santana, Brett Lawrie, Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, and Jason Heyward. The list will be constantly updated whenever there is a change in production, injury, etc..

The Top-100

1. Ryan Braun

2. Mike Trout

3. Miguel Cabrera

4. Joey Votto

5. Andrew McCutchen

6. Albert Pujols

7. Carlos Gonzalez

8. Robinson Cano

9. Justin Verlander

10. Matt Kemp

11. Stephen Strasburg

12. Giancarlo Stanton

13. Prince Fielder

14. Justin Upton

15. Bryce Harper

16. Dustin Pedroia

17. Clayton Kershaw

18. Josh Hamilton

19. Ian Kinsler

20. Jered Weaver

21. Jose Bautista

22. Buster Posey

23. Felix Hernandez

24. Madison Bumgarner

25. Matt Holliday

26. David Price

27. Troy Tulowitzki

28. Jason Heyward

29. Adrian Beltre

30. David Wright

31. Adrian Gonzalez

32. Jose Reyes

33. Evan Longoria

34. Ryan Zimmerman

35. Hanley Ramirez

36. Cole Hamels

37. Edwin Encarancion

38. Jacoby Ellsbury

39. Billy Butler

40. Cliff Lee

41. Chris Sale

42. Matt Cain

43. Jay Bruce

44. Roy Halladay

45. Curtis Granderson

46. Pablo Sandoval

47. CC Sabathia

48. Matt Moore

49. Zack Greinke

50. Aroldis Chapman

51. Paul Konerko

52. Matt Wieters

53. Mark Teixeira

54. Brandon Phillips

55. Adam Jones

56. Starlin Castro

57. Austin Jackson

58. Michael Bourn

59. Nelson Cruz

60. Yu Darvish

61. Joe Mauer

62. R.A. Dickey

63. Tim Lincecum

64. Chase Headley

65. Yovanni Gallardo

66. C.J. Wilson

67. Freddie Freeman

68. Josh Johnson

69. Shin-Soo Choo

70. Elvis Andrus

71. Carlos Santana

72. Adam Wainwright

73. David Ortiz

74. Mark Trumbo

75. Craig Kimbrel

76. Asdrubal Cabrera

77. Jon Lester

78. Alex Gordon

79. Jose Altuve

80. Brett Lawrie

81. Gio Gonzalez

82. Eric Hosmer

83. Jordan Zimmerman

84. Ben Zobrist

85. Jimmy Rollins

86. Mat Latos

87. David Freese

88. Brandon Morrow

89. Tommy Hanson

90. Melky Cabrera

91. Paul Goldschmidt

92. Yoenis Cespedes

93. Jurickson Profar

94. Kris Medlen

95. Brian McCann

96. Jesus Montero

97. Dan Haren

98. Jason Kipnis

99. Mike Moustakas

100. Mike Napoli

Breakdown of the Top-100

Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

You are probably wondering why I have him so high. Then again, you might be wondering why I don't have him #1. What it all boiled down to was that Trout was a highly touted, elite prospect, and he's playing like it this year. The reason why I put Braun #1 is because Braun is just too good. Braun is hitting his prime and don't be surprised if he threatens 40/40 like Kemp a year ago. But back to Trout. On a team as great as the Angels, and The Machine hitting two spots behind him, I just see no reason why he can't keep it up. He's gonna get good pitches to hit, and he's getting driven in. I'd expect about 130 runs from Trout next season, and that's being generous. Barring injuries. Look for a .320 average, 25 HRs, 130 runs, 90 RBIs, and 50 steals next season.

Justin Upton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Say what? Why in the heck do I have this guy so high? Simple. Think back to Kemp's season the year before his last season. Still with me? Upton is flat out having a season well below of what is expected of him, after just having sort of a breakout season last year. I'm betting money the Upton of last year shows up and then some. He's also still just a mere 24 years-old. I think next season is the year that Upton puts it all together and gets 40 HRs and 100+ RBIs with a great average to boot.

Update: Justin Upton no longer in the top 10.

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals

Assuming he gets through this season unscathed, there will be no pitching limit and therefore the sky's the limit. Don't be surprised if Strasburg threatens 300 Ks. He really has that type of upside.

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

Just a gut feeling, but I think the Hanley of old is back.

Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

I'm one of Doc's biggest fans, but it's been real. I still think he has one more great season left in him, but don't expect much after next season. Father time doesn't discriminate. Doc is showing signs of declining and it's a shame. Hopefully he bounces back next season and has a shot at a ring.

Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati Reds

I don't know if you know this but umm, Chapman has 100 Ks, in just 53.2 innings pitched. That is good for a K/9 of 16.8. That is muy ridiculo. He just might be a starter next season, and if I was for sure he would be one, he'd be higher on this list. With Chapman's Ks alone, you could make a case that he's a keeper even if you knew going into next season that he would be a closer.

Eric Hosmer, 1B, Kansas City Royals

Do you think this can last? There's a storm coming, my friends. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when he hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.

Update: Hosmer has dropped in my rankings substantially, but I still like him to bounce back next year.

Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals

I don't like him as much as most. I know he's an elite prospect, but I don't like him. He's too brash, and he doesn't swing the bat nearly as well as Trout. He could be a nice power threat, but I don't think he'll ever be a .300 hitter. He could be the next Jeff Francoeur or he could become the next Matt Kemp.

Update: Thank you for making me look stupid.

Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Look for Moore to improve coming off of his rookie campaign. He's already shown in the 2nd half that he is ready take over the #2 role and truly make James Shields expendable. He has a 1.46 ERA so far in the 2nd half. He's quietly taking care of business, and don't forget about this guy. If you can steal him from somebody, go ahead and do it. Price and Moore should be a sick 1-2 punch for years to come.

Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers

Y u no like Yu? It's hard to given the season he's had. I must admit, I wasn't high on Yu Darvish coming into this season. I thought he would have a tough time pitching in the big leagues, and would be just an average pitcher long-term. So far, he hasn't really done anything to disprove that theory. But there is something I really like about him. His K upside. The man can seriously strike out some batters. If you can do that in this league with above average control, you can do some damage. I expect Darvish to improve next season. I think this year was a great experience for him, and he will look to improve this offseason. With better control, Yu has the chance to be a mid-3 ERA pitcher with around 230+ Ks a season. I think that is worthy of a #2 three starter in your fantasy line up. Don't give up on him because of this season. There's a lot of upside here. He's only 25 years-old and in his first stint in America, he has a K/9 over 10. Buy, don't sell.

Update: In September/October Yu had a 2.21 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 5.57 SO/BB, and a K/9 of 9.6. It gets me excited about Yu's upside next season. Of course he won't have an ERA and WHIP that low pitching in Arlington, but if he can limit his walks and not try to strike everyone out, he could become a dominant pitcher.

David Freese 3B, St. Louis Cardinals

I was a believer before the World Series run. I was a believer after the World Series run. I'm a believer. He's the real deal. All Mr. Freese does is hit.

Tommy Hanson, SP, Atlanta Braves

I still won't give up on you Hanson. Even if you rarely give me quality starts. Even if you always get hurt. I won't give up on you. I still love you. Just for once give me that elite season I've been waiting for. Well, we're waiting.

Melky Cabrera, OF, San Francisco Giants

It's not that I don't like Melky, because I do. I think he's underrated and is having an incredible season, but I can't justify putting him in my top-50. I just can't. I think he comes down to earth some next year, but still a top-100 keeper.

Update: Now with Melky being suspended for 50 games, his value takes quite a hit.

R.A. Dickey, SP, New York Mets

If you notice, I left him completely off the list. There's no doubt he's had an outstanding season and one of the best seasons for a "knuckleballer" of all-time. The man has certainly perfected that pitch, but it's hard to think that this type of success is sustainable. There are probably some people I could have replaced with him, but I just don't see it for Dickey next season. I'd be more than happy to be wrong about him because he's just a very likeable and intelligent guy, but it's hard to say he's a top-100 keeper. I still think he'll be solid next season and a bonafide QS machine, but he just doesn't crack my list.

Update: Robert Allen Dickey is now on the list. It's just too hard not to respect the #1 pitcher in most fantasy leagues. He had a huge season and there shouldn't be too much of a drop off. He's not striking out 200 batters again, but he could come close. Worst case scenario: He's a mid-3.00s ERA pitcher who racks up a ton of QSs with 160+ Ks and 15 wins. That is still valuable in most leagues.

Concerns about the Top-100

Do you think Trout is too high and Harper is too low?

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There you have it. The top-100 keepers for the 2013 season. Hopefully Trout doesn't make me look like a complete idiot next season and has a sophomore slump. Wouldn't be the first time and won't be the last. I wouldn't also mind if Bryce Harper proves me wrong and turns into one of the best players in the league. But I think he will never live up to those lofty expectations.

Update: Bryce Harper is improving, and because of that, he has been moved him up in the rankings. With more maturity, Harper could become a top 5 player in baseball. His average and OBP leave a lot to be desired, but a large improvement next season wouldn't be a surprise. After all, he is only 19 years old.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I'm not a big fan of Kennedy, but I really love those players you have. A nice combo of speed and power offensively, and three high-k power pitchers. I'd keep everybody but Kennedy and Bourn. I think Bourn is done stealing 50 bases. If he's not stealing 50 bases and winning you the cat every week, then he's not as valuable as he used to be.

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      Drew 4 years ago

      Long term, no contract keeper league, 12 teams, keep 7; 4 SPs per week, 1 UT then standard positions.

      Keep 7:

      Kerhsaw, Posey, Harper, Cano, Yu, Scherzer, Kennedy, Bourn, Cespedes

      First 4 are obvious and then I ranked them how I'd keep them...

      Thoughts?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      To Mark: 1. Braun 2. Cutch 3. Cano 4. Strasburg 5. Pujols 6. Cano 7. JUp 8. Posey 9. Weaver 10. Hamels 11. Butler 12. H. Ram 13. D. Wright 14. Tulo 15. Bruce

      I have Tulo ranked so low because I don't trust him to stay healthy. I also think HanRam's days of hitting .300 are over, but I guess anything can happen.

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      Peter Hernandez 4 years ago from fantasy land.

      It's got to be Braun or Mccutch for me in a keeper. Guys that contribute to all categories to build your team around.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Doing a supplemental draft with 4 other owners. Looking for some advice on how you would rank these; just looking for top 15. Keeper League.

      Braun, Pujols, Tulowitzki, McCutchen, Cano, Bruce, Wright, J. Upton, Posey, Strasburg, Zimmerman, H. Ramirez, Butler, Hamels, Weaver, Headley, Wieters.

      Thanks

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      Jasong89 4 years ago

      I totally with poster FSlov above. Trout's inability to bunt for hits or sac bunt cost me the league title last season so I won't be keeping him. Both bunt singles and sacrifice bunts count highly in my big money league, so scrappy players that understand the true fundamentals of baseball are more valuable than guys like Trout and Miggy.

      Seriously?? Using bunting as an argument to devalue a guy like Trout? What is this, the 1970s or 80s?? The art of bunting went out the door with the steroid era and hasn't come back. It has little value in fantasy other than a few players who have speed as their only weapon, use it to get on base 20-25 times a year and swipe you a few bags.

      Those guys are more valuable than Trout in which universe? Lay off whatever you're smoking.

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Did I miss Buster Posey, Zito needs a mention, when the chips were down he rose to the occasion, I would like to think of the scrappy team of all time...scratch out a run...Trout I do not agree he cannot bunt..need to be able to bunt to go to the top of the list...

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      Peter Hernandez 4 years ago from fantasy land.

      Love your work, I just joined, check out my first hub....any input would be appreciated. By the way, no way I take Trout first. I go Braun all day.

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      Matt 4 years ago

      Max Scherzer?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I like Hosmer more but you need to keep the third basemen since you have AGonz.

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      Chip 4 years ago

      If you could protect one.....Headly or Hosmer? Already protecting Braun, Adrian Gonzalez, and Holliday.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I can understand your concerns about Encarnacion. I think you are making the right decision there. I don't trust Encarnacion either, but only have him ranked high because he had such a great season and maybe he's the next Bautista. But who knows? But you can't go wrong with Butler because he's trustworthy, so yeah, keep him.

      Given that Zimm, JJ, Gallardo, etc. is in the field, I'd keep Phillips, because pitching seems to be pretty deep in your pool and is usually deep every year in general (and then there are always pitchers that you can spot start based on match ups), and there are always R.A. Dickey's that breakout. 2B overall will be really awful this year, so keep Phillips. It's really hard to try to find consistent 2B on the wire throughout the season. I know I had a tough time last year rotating between garbage like Kelly Johnson, Mike Aviles, Jemile Weeks, and Jeff Keppinger.

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      Matt 4 years ago

      I gotta keep six...

      Hamilton, Heyward, Wright, Reyes, Encarnacion, Billy Butler, Matt Moore, Brandon Phillips...

      The toughest decision is Encarnacion vs Butler for 1B, and then Moore vs Brandon Phillips.

      I think I'm leaning Butler for the first decision...I see you have Encarnacion ranked slightly higher, but for his career-long inconsistency, and for Butler's very real chance of maintaining 30/100/.300 with upside, I figure I should make Edwin beat me there.

      Phillips vs. Moore is very tough...the best unprotected pitchers are Zimmermann, Josh Johnson, Gallardo, Latos, Hanson, Wainwright, Cueto, Haren...the best unprotected 2B is Kipnis. I feel both my options are significant upgrades over the field.

      It's looking like it could be easier to fill in the gap at pitcher than at 2B...I'd either have to reach for Kipnis, or risk ending up with a guy out of the top-100.

      I think my move is keep Phillips and hope Moore is available to re-draft, yes?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Wow that's a stacked team. Thanks for the compliments. Hmmm.......three people huh. I think I have to go with Bautista because of his power, and then Heyward and Upton. No disrespect to David Wright, Hanley, Zimm, etc., but I like Bats, Hey, and Up more than the others for next season. I love Bum and Darvish both but I think Kershaw is enough so you should only keep one pitcher. You should be able to find a great #2 in the draft. Heck, you might end up with Darvish again!

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      Trevor Basile 4 years ago from Rockaway, NJ

      @giancarlorenzo: Reading your stuff I value your thoughts.....I have to keep 5. Now Im in my league were we can trade draft picks so I did that and won my league for the second straight season. That also means I do not have a pick in the first 4 rounds. I am Keeping Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw. Of these remaining players which 3 would you keep Jose Bautista, David Wright, Hanley, Jason Heyward, Ryan Zimmerman, Justin Upton, Madison Bumgarner or Yu Darvish. Thanks for your input!

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      James Shields

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      need help 4 years ago

      I'm able to keep 4 from my team. I'm down to 6 possibilities Votto, Josh Hamiliton, Jose Bautisa, Heyward, Ryan Zimmerman, Chapman, and Medlen ... i know Votto for sure, but should I wait to see where Hamilton goes before deciding?

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      Mr. Gork 4 years ago

      ok..my thinking too. How about a $34 Sabathia, $22 James Shields, $25 Alex Rios (or $21 Chase Utley) vs. $5 Kipnis and $21 Cameron Maybin.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Bumgarner.

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      Mr Gork 4 years ago

      Ok....here's one for ya.

      $5 Jason Kipnis or $13 Madison Bumgarner for 2013? 6x6 roto. Standard 5x5 + BB/KO for hitters and holds added for pitchers.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Because for the 2013 season, they can all be still better than Jones.

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      Ryan 4 years ago

      Why do you have Adam Jones ranked in the 50's of a keeper list behind much older players like Teixera, Halladay, Cliff Lee, Konerko and Holliday?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Absolutely. Pedroia is elite and the position is super thin. I think 3B is making a comeback. Much deeper than 2B, in my opinion.

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      Jake 4 years ago

      Should I keep Pedroia or zimmerman? My keepers would be greinke, encarnacion, McCutchen, Ellsbury and Zimmerman/Pedroia

      (only 5 allowed)

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      jvega0 4 years ago

      Thanks for the advice; I almost pulled the trigger this weekend. I have had a bad run with middle infielders; recently I gave up on Aaron Hill and Ian Desmond and look at the seasons they had. I went back to look at Dustin Ackley's; College numbers which scream potential at me(I included them at the bottom). So, I am not ready to do away with him just yet. Considering other options like maybe pick him up next season if still available when I put Carl Crawford on the DL (again). I also considered dropping Shin-Soo Choo (not a dynamic guy, but he is damn consistent). Now I am pondering dropping James Shields for Melky. I need more power in my lineup; Melky will not supply that Not sure he can maintain .300 plus avg without PEDs

      You can see Ackley's College numbers here:

      http://thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=D...

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Thanks, jvegao. Wow! I really like that roster. You have some nice players to build around. And yes, please pick up Melky for Ackley. I think Melky is good even without the extra boost. If anything, he's a solid .300 hitter that hits in a good line up(can't believe I said SF has a good line up). Billy Hamilton just might make you forget all about Ackley, so do it.

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      jvega0 4 years ago

      This is a great piece of work here. hope you keep it up and don't get discouraged by the haters.

      I took over a last place team two seasons ago: I tried to compete last year and got discouraged. So now I am in rebuilding mode. Melky Cabrera got dropped in my league and I am thinking of dumping Ackley to pick him up. What do you all think? I welcome any comments on the entire roster.

      Fielders:

      Andrew McCutchen Pit

      Shin-Soo Choo Cle OF

      Freddie Freeman(Atl - 1B

      Dustin Ackley(Sea - 1B,2

      Dee Gordon SS

      Carl Crawford OF

      Mike Moustakas(KC - 3B)

      Anthony Rendon Was 2B/3

      Wil Myers(KC - C)NA

      Jose Altuve(Hou - 2B)

      Billy Hamilton Cin 2B/S

      Yasmani Grandal(SD - C)

      Bubba Starling(KC - OF)N

      Chris Davis(Bal - 1B,3B,

      Pitchers:

      Stephen Strasburg

      Madison Bumgarner

      James Shields

      Yu Darvish SP

      Gerrit Cole

      Chris Sale

      Dylan Bundy(Bal - SP)

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      DFreese is a 3rd basemen, and I'm not sure about Allen Craig yet. The season isn't over yet. When the season is over I will reevaluate the entire list.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      LOL @ Matt. Nobody cares how many money leagues you've won. It says a lot about you when you have to come here and brag about your resume that you have yet to even prove. Not that I care anyway. You don't really know what leagues I've been in and it doesn't matter anyway.

      Yeah, I guess I should remove this list when this page is ranked #2 in google lists with "fantasy baseball keepers" as the keywords. Makes a lot of sense. I should stop getting views and making money because you think Kershaw is better keeper than Strasburg. Cool story bro.

      I think Kershaw is better than Strasburg too right now, but for the 2013 season, I'm expecting a huge year for Strasburg. He could be the best pitcher in fantasy. Sue me because I believe that.

      You think my list is so bad, look at Tristan Cockcroft's list from last year. Upton top 3, Hosmer top 30, Lincecum top 40, Elvis Andrus top 40, Posey and Bumgarner outside the top 50, Dustin Ackley and Cam Maybin in the top 65. I could go on and on. So whenever you get through trolling, let me know.

      If your only purpose here is to troll my list, blow your fantasy resume, and cry about me having Strasburg over Kershaw, then I'm just gonna see it as spam.

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      John Carlos Stanton 4 years ago

      Look, the man is clearly not posting a list to put any money on. ACraig isn't on this list but DFreese is? Well, this list is just for fun and that is fine. Also, to Andrew above, I'd say JReddick, PAlverez, and DEsponosa. WMiley is close.

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      James 4 years ago

      This fantasy baseball article wouldn't be complete without a troll! Thanks, Matt!

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      Matt Perkins 4 years ago

      This article obviously written by a guy who has never played in a money league. Prolly plays only in Yahoo free leagues. The user name kinda gives it away.

      Fact is if you played in money leagues and won money every year you'd know how bad this list is. And I like the one response "Strasburg has more strikeout potential than Kershaw". Wow didn't know strikeout potential matter more than Innings Pitched a year, health, experience, ERA and WHIP combined. Actually it doesn't only a free leaguer would see strikeout potential outweighing all other stats combined.

      Gian, do us a favor and remove your list. Leave the rankings to the experts and those who have won money in money leagues. Free leaguers have no business making lists.

      And I don't go by lists like this. If I did I wouldn't win money in my money leagues each year. Instead I actually look at expert lists, throw in my league scoring system, and use my own judgement as well as additional research to end up with teams that win year in and year out.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I moved him higher.

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      Jay 4 years ago

      The point is Stanton should be higher but you haven't edited it which proves my point. I would like to see the updated version.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Moose, Reddick, Espinosa.

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      Andrew 4 years ago

      I know it depends on my other keepers, but I am just mainly concerned w/ overall value in 2013. I like Reddick, Crawdaddy, and Miley, although I see upside in all the guys I listed above.

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      Andrew 4 years ago

      Looking to keep 3 of these players: JReddick OF, PAlverez 3B, DEspinosa 2B, WMiley SP, KMorales 1B, KYoukilis 3B, DGordon SS, BGardner OF, CCrawford OF, DFowler OF, MMoustouks 3B, JKubel OF, BRevere OF, DHudson SP, BBeachy SP.

      Advice?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I might move him ahead of Bautista.

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      Jay 4 years ago

      Stanton is still 21??

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I changed a lot of people around last night, and added Medlen and Headley. I moved Posey up, Cutch up, Kemp down, Beltre up, Longoria down, Wright down, Teix down, Bourn down. I made a lot of changes.

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      Jay 4 years ago

      Can you update your rankings? I know you continuously update it, like moving Harper up, but overall it doesn't look updated. It would be great to see a fresh list to help me decide my keepers before the season ends. thanks!

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      In your situation, I'd keep Profar regardless.

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      Justin 4 years ago

      Bautista, Bruce, Butler are my only definite keepers. I have no one else on this list. But I've been debating Profar, and figured I'd wait until the spring to make a real decision. Maybe Texas will offer him a shot at the starting job, and deal away Andrus.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Depends on who else is on your team.

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      Justin 4 years ago

      16 team, 5 keeper league. Worth keeping Profar?

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      Rob 4 years ago

      Chase Headley needs to be on this list...

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Not in the top 100. I'm not sold on Medlen.

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      GX Justiceforall 4 years ago from Saint Paul, Minnesota

      Where do you rank Kris Medlen for next year? So far my SP rankings are Strasberg, Verlander, Kershaw, King Felix, Price, Cain, Weaver, Medlen, Halladay, Sabathia, Medlen, Hamels, Lee...

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      It was meant that way.

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      Mike 4 years ago

      This TOP 100 seems to be missing Ryan Howard?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I really like Bruce, but I'd hang on to Kinsler if I were you. Just chalk it up to a down year for Kinsler.

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      Bob 4 years ago

      What are your thoughts on Jay Bruce? I'm in a 12 team keeper league where we can sign guys for 1-3 years and have a decision to make between Bruce and Kinsler. Kinsler plays a scarce position in a potent lineup but he's really had a rough year and is very streaky. Bruce could also be streaky but it seems that as of late a light has turned on for him. He's always had loads of potential and is still young too. I'm torn here.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      LOL, so you just assume I don't do research because I choose to rank Strasburg the 2nd best pitcher and Kershaw the 3rd best pitcher? For Christ's sake. I have the dude ranked as a top 3 pitching keeper. Apparently that's not enough and invalidates my rankings. Nice to know.

      Strasburg's K potential is higher than Kershaw's. That is why he is ranked higher. And he can do it with the same type of ratios as Kershaw. With a full season in 2013, Strasburg could put up the best pitching numbers in fantasy. I mean, we are talking about fantasy here, not real life. You can't tell me that a guy with a K/9 above 11 in over 250 IP with elite ratios doesn't have potential to be the best fantasy pitcher. In real life, yes their upside is the same. Kershaw is already an elite pitcher and Strasburg is an emerging elite pitcher. In fantasy, Strasburg's upside is slightly higher because of how valuable he can be in Ks. And Strasburg still doesn't fully understand how to pitch yet. Not like Kershaw. Kershaw already knows how to pitch. Imagine how scary Strasburg will be when he learns how to pitch and keep his pitch count down. Even while Strasburg is learning how to pitch, he is still already a top 5 fantasy pitcher.

      You think injury history matters, and I don't in this case. Just because Kershaw has been more durable doesn't mean he will be in 2013, and just because Strasburg hasn't been durable, doesn't mean he can't be in 2013. You can't plan for injury. These rankings are under the assumption that guys stay healthy. Strasburg was more of a question mark coming into this season. He made it through this season, and everybody knew he was getting shutdown. He made it. There will be no limits for him next year. If Strasburg had a recurring shoulder injury, then I would be very concerned about him. But so many pitchers are successful after TJ, and Strasburg has already proved that this year. His teammate Jordan Zimmerman the same. And many others. I think the Nats have handled Strasburg well, and there shouldn't be much issue from him in the future.

      If you don't rely on these type of keeper rankings, why even post here? You obviously don't need my help, and I don't need yours. I've won leagues too.

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      Matt Perkins 4 years ago

      Keeper rankings are supposed to be based on a combination of age, what they've shown so far, injury history and their upside.

      - Kershaw and Strasburg are close to the same age.

      - Kershaw has put together better stats and has more experience

      - Kershaw has stayed healthier than Strasburg

      - Kershaw was a top prospect out of High School while Strasburg was a nobody until he went to college so Strasburg doesn't have more upside than Kershaw. At best they have the same potential.

      See this is what I hate. Guys in free Yahoo leagues basing ratings based on hype and what noob sources tell them without doing a lick of research themselves. Thank god I don't rely on these kinda keeper rankings or I'd never win my money keeper leagues I'm in. And for the record I always win money in my keeper leagues, I don't do free leagues.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      These are keeper rankings, not player rankings. They are different. Strasburg has massive upside, and he hasn't been much worse than Kershaw this season in fantasy baseball. With health, it's not unreasonable to think that Strasburg could be the best or 2nd best pitcher in fantasy baseball in 2013. The guy only has a K/9 over 11 in 251 innings in the majors. With a full season next year, 275+ Ks is actually attainable for him. I don't think you can really say that about any other pitcher in baseball. That hasn't really been attainable for any pitcher since Randy Johnson. It's a "keeper ranking," so more often than not, the guys with the most upside will be rated highly.

      Strasburg has had TJ before, but I wouldn't go as far as saying he's injury prone. More and more pitchers are having successful careers after Tommy John surgery. It isn't a death sentence on a pitcher's career. Every pitcher is prone to injury regardless.

      There is nothing wrong with Kershaw. I like him. I don't think ranking him 7 spots lower than Strasburg is some type of disrespect in a keeper ranking. Kershaw is the safer bet easily, but Strasburg has more upside because he simply strikes out more batters than anyone else and does it with elite ratios.

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      Matt Perkins 4 years ago

      I stopped reading this article the moment I saw Strasburg ranked ahead of Kershaw. Strasburg's ERA and WHIP are higher than Kershaw's. Strasburg's IP is the lowest of any starter with at least 28 starts. Only thing Strasburg truly has an advantage over Kershaw on is he has more wins and less losses (which is determined more by the amount of runs the team gives a pitcher) and his strikeout rate. Let's not forget Strasburg is also more injury prone than Kershaw.

      So anyone who rates Strasburg over Kershaw, their player rankings should not be taken seriously because clearly these rankings are more by preference than anything.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I know, but those 16 still count for you, and he can still get more. Plus you can always fish for SBs in the FA pool.

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      Chris 4 years ago

      He has barely any since being in LA

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      He has 16 SBs total. That helps in roto way more than it helps in head-to-head.

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      Chris 4 years ago

      Nah I got Hanley Ramirez in a Roto keeper league. I enjoy his HRs but no SBs

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      That's a good question, but I wouldn't be too concerned about Hanley's speed in roto leagues. I would be in head-to-head leagues though.

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      Chris 4 years ago

      What happened to Hanleys speed?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Just exit out Hosmer and Melky and say Bum. And yes.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Ok thanks! I Feel like I may be able to do that, if not Kinsler one is my backup plan.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      So would you rather have Stanton Trout Hanley and (BUM/Hosmer/Melkey) rather then Stanton Stras Kinsler and Hanley?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Stanton, Trout, Hanley, Bum is the best.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      LOL, I didn't notice Bum earlier.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      (I know this may get annoying but really I honestly like your ranks alot but I got one question) I added up Stanton Trout Hanley and Bum and divided by 4 and got 15.5. I then added up Stanton Stras Kinsler and Hanley and divided it by 5 and got 16. So wouldn't the first set of keepers be better?

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      Ken 4 years ago

      I was not sure bc it looks like you like Stanton more then others but I never saw his rank change

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Yes, for now Kinsler is.

      Stanton has stayed 21 the entire time.

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      Ken 4 years ago

      What is Stanton's updated ranking? Not 21??

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Kinsler better then Harper?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      1. Stanton Stras Kinsler Hanley

      2. Stanton Fielder Hanley Harper

      3. Stanton Trout Hanley Melky

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Actuslly rank those sets of keepers. Ty

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Pick the best keepers. Stanton Trout Hanley and Melkey/Hosmer/Bum. Stanton Fielder Hanley and Harper. Or Stanton Stras Kinsler and Hanley?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Not by a lot.

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Hanley

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      Mark 4 years ago

      By a lot?

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      Kevin 4 years ago

      If I did this trade I would keep Stanton Stras Kinsler and Harper/Hanley...idk who I would keep

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Stanton, Prince, Hanley, and Harper.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Which set of keepers do you like more? Stanton Trout Hanley and Melkey or Stanton prince Hanley an Harper?

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      Kevin 4 years ago

      Yes i got offered that..

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      If you are getting Kinsler and Stras, then you need to accept in a hurry.

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      Kevin 4 years ago

      Prince for Kinsler and Stras in a keeper Roto league?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I can understand wanting Trout. Everybody wants him.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Yeah I'm not sure what I'll do but I deffinately might do that trade then pickup melk...Trout is just a beast...lol

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      I like Melky, but I'm not a fan of Beachy. If I were you, I'd just hang on to Fielder and Harper. I mean, Harper is an elite prospect too, even though I don't like him as much as Trout. His bat or speed might not be as good as Trout's, but his power potential is huge.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      I could pickuP Melkey or Beachey if I traded for Trout and they wouldn't be bad keepers

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Nvm I miss read that

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Harper has more power upside. Not overall upside.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Uhhh....what??? You just said Harper has more potential then you said no

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Nope

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Harper has more upside then Trout??

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Why can't Harper get close to 100? He has more power upside than Trout.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      You think Fielder will get 120 and Harper 80?

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      Mark 4 years ago

      I don't really see Harper and Fielder getting 200 RBIs

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Well basically how many SBs for Harper. I'll say 20.

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      Mark 4 years ago

      How many SB for Fielder and Harper?

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      Ray Williams 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      120 runs for trout.

      I meant 200 runs instead of 200 RBIs twice. LOL