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  1. These are always fun to read, and thank you for going pretty deep on this one. Two suggestions: if people are playable at two positions in the majority of leagues, why not put them in both lists? Beckham’s my 3B in one league and my MI in another. Speaking of which, number two, how about every now and then doing CI/MI lists? If I need to pick up a MI, it’s difficult to combine the SS and 2B lists.

    Comment by Byron — April 27, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

  2. What about Asdrubal Cabrerra? Or will he be in the SS list? Am also slightly confused about the multi-eligibility guys.

    Comment by John — April 27, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

  3. I think you should swap Polanco up a group and move Figgins down. Considering the number (as average as they were) Polanco put up in detroit, and now sandwiched between Utley and Rollins/Victorino, along with his hot start should get him more love than the leftover bin.

    Figgins hasn’t been the picture of health the past 4 years, and now hitting half his games in Seattle should drop him down a notch (just like we’d do with any padres hitter)

    Comment by Reverend Jim — April 27, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

  4. Phillips sure has dropped like a ton of bricks. From a sure top 5 to almost out of the top ten.

    His BABIP is a little low .241 (.284 career) regression should help his .219/.296/.370 a bit. ISO only a little down .151 (.197 .181 .171 over the last three seasons).

    Examination of his plate discipline gets a little interesting. He is walking more but also striking out more. His Oswing and Swing% and SwgStr% are down, O & Zcontact rates are up which explains the walks but not the strike outs.

    I still like him for a .270 20 20 season. His strike zone peripherals are encouraging but the results are not there outside of more walks.

    Comment by Dan — April 28, 2010 @ 12:22 am

  5. Kendrick is a good pickup for the same people who like to combine Ichiro with a low average slugger. Kendrick has a completely legitimate chance to hit .320 or better, which has significant value. He is also a 40 double threat.

    Comment by Alireza — April 28, 2010 @ 5:12 am

  6. The only knock on Kendrick is will he stay healthy enough to make that .320 average worth a roster spot? Keep you fingers crossed and you could have a winner.

    Comment by Reverend Jim — April 28, 2010 @ 10:23 am

  7. I don’t get how Stewart is a #9 3B but a #13 2B. I know 3B is shallower than before, but that is a little out there.

    Comment by jrdo410 — April 28, 2010 @ 10:42 am

  8. A) different guys doing the two rankings.
    B) it’s not really #13 vs #9. It’s probably one tier of difference. The individual rankings are not as important as the tiers.
    C) .260 20+/10 is nice (and I agree with ZiPS RoS), but do you really think it supplants someone on the list above? Sure, maybe he should be #1 in his tier, and he probably will be unless Becks finds some stick. But that’s just a couple spots different. So if he’s #10 next week all is well? #11?

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 28, 2010 @ 10:52 am

  9. But you don’t own Figgins for power, so couldn’t he just as easily find space to dink his dunks in Seattle? More space even? If the batting average evens out, and he steals 30 bases, he’ll have 35 counting stats (HR/SB) to Polanco’s – what – 20+?

    Yes, Polanco’s R/RBI count for something. I’m not sure how much. Perhaps he’ll move up. I just tend to gravitate towards HR/SB because they seem to be the tougher stats to find. The stars we use in fantasy baseball usually have good R/RBI totals just by being stars in the best spots in the lineups.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 28, 2010 @ 10:55 am

  10. I think going forward we will just rank all players wherever they are eligible. Might mean longer posts, but will be most useful I believe.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 28, 2010 @ 10:58 am

  11. He’s still in that tier. I don’t like his plate discipline numbers and his ISO is dropping – continually. Going from .197 to .151 in such little drops ever year seems to be a big sign about a power drainage. If he only ends up at .270 15/20, I think I’d take every guy in that tier above him. I think our first ranking of #5 was too optimistic.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 28, 2010 @ 11:00 am

  12. That, and the 10/10 HR/SB combo he’s likely to put up.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 28, 2010 @ 11:02 am

  13. He and Weeks should be above Beckham, that is for sure. Beckham was a bit overhyped coming into the season based on people expecting him to take a step forward from last year’s numbers. Thus far it hasn’t happened while Stewart has taken a step ahead of last year’s numbers, which shouldn’t be all that surprising. He’s a young player on the rise as well.

    Comment by Chad — April 28, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

  14. I think Brian Roberts’ true fantasy value lies around #15 of all 2B right now. No one is going to give you top 10 at 2B value for him considering his uncertain injury status.

    Comment by OzzieGuillen — April 28, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

  15. So, you think Kelly Johnson is just going to fall off a cliff? His FB% is a little higher than his norms but not way out of wack. His LD% is down and so is his BABIP. He has a shit-ton of walks at this point and he is knocking the cover off the ball. So why no love for my 2b with a chick’s name? I’m not the only one who thought he would break out playing in that pinball machine in AZ, and honestly won’t he keep seeing some fastballs hitting in front of Reynolds and Upton? I think he should be at least at the top of tier 3.

    Comment by buck turgidson — April 29, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

  16. Even if he falls off a cliff and doesn’t produce at his current .469 clip (wow! and he just went 4 for 5 with a homer today), Kelly Johnson’s projected numbers for the rest of the season are .280/.357/.503.

    If Johnson merely returns to his ’07-08 form, I’d still rank him behind only Utley (of course) and maybe a couple others.

    Comment by DREW — April 29, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

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