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I don’t think I’ve ever done this post before.  My prior, uber, hard-line stance has been that you with that one hair wrapped around your head acting as a hairstyle don’t want to draft a sleeper 1st baseman.  By the by, I tried to replace Uber with Lyft in the previous sentence, but it didn’t make sense.  Previously, I’d tell you to go to my top 20 1st basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball (not clickbait at all) and draft some top guys and stop fooling around with sleepers at this position.  Of course, I’m malleable like Gumby and this year I could see drafting a sleeper first baseman, though at my corner infidel or utility slot.  Yes, I still want a top 1st baseman.  No, utility slot doesn’t have multiple meanings.  Yes, even for fantasy.  As with other positions like the catchers to target (again, not clickbait), these are 1st basemen that are being drafted after the top 100 overall.  I love Wil Myers, but he’s not going to appear here.  Kapeesh?  And, no, Kapeesh isn’t the Indian guy who works at the corner store.  Anyway, here’s some 1st basemen to target for 2017 fantasy baseball:

C.J. Cron (ESPN 208, Yahoo 252) I’ve said this before and I will say it again right after I’m done awkwardly opening this blurb.  Cron reminds me of Napoli on the Angels.  For years, the Sciosciapath played Napoli in fewer games than he should’ve played him.  I like to think The Sciosciapath was being hard on Napoli because they were both Italian catchers.  By the way, ever notice how so many catchers are Italian?  I think it’s because catchers need to make signs and Italians like to talk with their hands.  Any hoo!  Hopefully Cron gets 140 games and finally hits 25 homers.

Eric Thames (ESPN 229, Yahoo 264) I’m even lower on Thames than both big box sites, though, as I’ve mentioned before, the difference between 200 overall and 300 overall is nonexistent.  If you’re at pick 200 and you need a 1st baseman, power and want upside, you’re choosing between guys in this post and what?  Nothing, doode, that was a layup question.  As I said the other day in my CBS draft recap, I even drafted Thames in a league.  Not by design — or desiign, if millennials are reading — but because I wanted power and the price was right.  Oh, and I know that CBS team has already lost, like, four guys.  I hate early drafts.

Greg Bird (ESPN 247, Yahoo 257) Since I wrote the Greg Bird sleeper post, the Yankees signed Chris Carter.  Bird should still get a majority of the at-bats in New York, but I can’t say I’m as excited about him as I once was.  In fact, I have nothing more to say on him.

Josh Bell (ESPN 258, Yahoo NR) This bums me out to say, but Bell looks like the second coming of Brandon Belt.  I will call him The High Priest, because high priests tie bells around their waist where a belt should be.  At least they do in my head if I’m being too lazy to Google.  The High Priest doesn’t strike me as a high power or speed guy, but should hit for a decent average and maybe chip in 15-17 HRs and 4-6 steals.

Justin Bour (ESPN 259, Yahoo 273) If you jumped out of DeLorean and told me you’re back here from October and Bour broke out this year with 30 homers, I’d say, “I’m not surprised, but what else do you have to report from the future?  Are we still pledging allegiance to America?  Is our new national anthem Putin on the Ritz?”

Tommy Joseph (ESPN 266, Yahoo 226) I’m owning Joseph everywhere this year.  I’ve only drafted one team, but I know Joseph is going to be on a bunch of my teams, because not only do I love him (30-homer power, hello), but Rudy also loves him.  When Rudy confirms my suspicions, I have no one to check and/or balance my crazed love.  I’m unfettered!

Dan Vogelbach (ESPN NR, Yahoo NR) I already gave you a Dan Vogelbach fantasy and there I said, “Should we be excited about Schwarber multiplied by 1/2?  Mini Schwarber?  Kyle Nickelbach?  There’s talk Vogelbach can’t play a position, but he’s penciled in as the starting 1st baseman for the Mariners as of right now, so *raspberries lips* to having no position.  He’s always done nothing but hit for power in the minors:  23 HRs in Triple-A, while being somewhat of an Adam Dunn donkey-type.  Power, no average and a high OBP.  He hasn’t yet earned the nickname Ridonkey, but I really want to give that name to someone, so show me something, Kyle Nickelbach!”  And that’s me quoting me!  I also enjoy Prospector Ralph’s nickname for him, The Jelly Donut of Swat.

Mitch Moreland (ESPN 273, Yahoo 268)  Guys and five girl readers, who’s platooning with Moreland?  Brock Holt?  Okay, he’s a Swiss Army knife, but at 1st base?  He’s started there 13 times in three years.  Plus, Holt is a lefty like Moreland!  Is Hanley platooning with Moreland?  I think the Sawx realize Hanley stretches off of first into the runner one too many times and is going to get himself killed.  Josh Rutledge is going to play 1st?  What is this, 2009 and I’m writing sleeper posts?  Moreland isn’t exactly Ted Williams’ Frozen Head against lefties, but he’s going to play a lot, and he’s going to punish the Pesky Pole like Pee-Wee Herman punishes his pole.

   
  1. Herr Drumpf says:
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    Ceiling on Joc’s SB’s??

    Also, focusing on ratios and K’s, and not on potential saves (that almost rhymed), who are your top three non-closing RP’s? (exclude starters like Duffey).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herr Drumpf: Maybe 15 SBs — Barraclough, Betances, Miller

  2. henncoop says:
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    Good stuff Mr. Grey …nice to have a few corner Infidels to plug in for injuries or their usual power bats type profiles. As a Brewer fan I wonder how Thames will do …not expecting much to be honest. Most of the rest have been on my radar already after going through your rankings.
    Good to have time to get a few chuckles in when working a long & (very nicely) quiet night. But it will be better to be sitting on my ass & drinking something over the weekend. The Pee Wee Herman thing was timely for my recent stretch working nights …I thought time had erased that from my memory bank but the combination of your article & my patient will likely keep it entrenched there for yet another decade.
    Hope you have a great weekend …thanks for your humor & boundless baseball expertise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @henncoop: Thanks! I’m not expecting much either on him… How has Thames been so far in spring?

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: a double on Wed to bring is BA to a whopping .167 …” Bleh” that’s me quoting you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oy

  3. Foul balls says:
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    Thanks for the insight on receiving options other than the top 100 and the value that result accordingly. One quick question and a short TV comment. What sp could I expect in trade for K Seager? The person who dreamed up fantasy baseball must have also written and produced the realty show Survivor. Both games are strikeinly parallel outwit, outplay, and outlast your competition. One difference the winner in Survivor receives a million dollars, the winner in fantasy baseball feels like a million dollars.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Foul balls: C-Mart? Verlander? I love Survivor too… Good 1st episode!

      • Foul balls says:
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        @Grey: absolutely was,I have JV so thinking I’m better off with Seager thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

          • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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            @Grey: Kyle Seager most underrated player in fantasy? Is he worth keeping in 4th round 12 team 6×6 OPS?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds like his value almost exactly

  4. Strolg says:
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    Cougs R Us is looking for a few more players. $100 buy in. We’ve been a top 5 league every year. Email me for info and password if interested. Any of you writers from the site want in we do take donations! [email protected].

  5. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Grey,

    I apologize ahead of time. I’m still adjusting to a new OBP league, so I’ll probably do this for every positional series you do just to help me guage the Auction Calculator’s valuation of OBP players using Depth Charts (per a recommendation).

    Any of these rankings you disagree with? 10 team Yahoo h2h

    Goldschmidt $37.7
    Bryant $36.1
    Rizzo $31.9
    Cabrera $25.3
    Encarnacion $23
    Freeman $22.5
    Davis $22.4
    Votto $22.2
    Trumbo $19.5
    Santana $16.9
    Myers $13.9
    Hanley $9.5
    Abreu $7.6

  6. Cram It says:
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    Out of the 8 hole in NFBC. I’m not unhappy.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: sounds like Harper.

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Ehhhh mayyyybe. It won’t be an easy decision if the three guys I like are there that I expect.

        Who you got so far?

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Weeeaaaaakkkk

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What?

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: That was my tough smack talk. Boo. Hiss.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m cut to the quick!

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: Had to look that up, you and your fancy idioms.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You, sir, are all talk, no trousers!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      BTW, what happened to the NFBC draft? We flew through four whole picks!

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Ha, it’s very herky jerky. We just got updated, should be moving in an hour or so.

                      Does NFBC have a mobile app that works?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think you have to physically log into their site

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      What I thought. Between Razz, porn, porn, NFBC, and porn….my mobile browser is working overtime.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Same for me, but different order… How many browser windows can you open at once on your phone?

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Think unlimited. Never tried. But I’ve seen my girl’s phone browser have like 30 open.

                      I’m not crazy about my Xander pick, but I didn;t want to start with 3 OF with Stanton. Plus he’ll be hurt.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I like Stanton there instead Bogaerts in general, but Xander made more sense for your team

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Rubix Klube for ya? I had him queued but thought it was too early. 4 picks later wasn’t though ha.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, in a league with no waivers, I like to get a top tier 200-IP guy

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: Harper, Freeman, JD

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Great Knoche: Nice. I would love that. What position were you?

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Cram It: 11

    • Grey

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      @Cram It: The bummer is, unlike RCL, you have no chance of a guy coming back to you in NFBC, so many picks between you and you…. Machado’s been going 8th, has nice elig.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: It’s a different game. I’m not worried about the first 3 rounds. Maybe Altuve will be there!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Yeah, these drafts aren’t won with the first three picks unless one or more of them gets hurt, but nothing you can do about that… These deep leagues are won on late picks working out

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Indeed. Thought I went heavier on SP last year, but it still wasn’t enough. Gotta be more mindful of a quality/depth ratio this time.

            • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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              @Cram It: I can’t wait to dick up the amount of pitchers and quality of pitchers I draft.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, get around pick 250 and you just start grabbing every SP that has a job — the one league where RA Dickey makes sense

  7. Dodger Rabbit says:
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    Here’s Yahoo’s current rankings of your 1b sleepers (my Dynasty League is in Yahoo):
    J. Bell – 228
    T. Joseph – 231
    C.J.Cron – 250
    G. Bird – 258
    E. Thames – 264
    M. Moreland – 300
    D. Vogelbach – 1516

    • Dodger Rabbit says:
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      @Dodger Rabbit: I forgot Bour (269)

    • You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow says:
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      @Dodger Rabbit: Do they have Jeter ranked above Vogelbach? Jesus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dodger Rabbit: Ah, okay, I put the numbers in about a week ago, they might’ve changed

  8. Gary says:
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    I’d guess Hanley plays first and Chris Young DHs vs lefties

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gary: I’d be surprised if Hanley plays as many as 20 games at 1st all year

  9. Lance

    Lance says:
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    Love the Cron love Grey!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Lance: Light it up!!!

  10. SAll Goooood, Man says:
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    8 days until the first draft of the season has me all funny feeling inside.

  11. The Grand Poppy says:
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    Looking at late SP and trying to decide between Gray and Ray. Your projections are nearly identical, with Ray getting the slight nod, but he’s 35 slots lower and 2 tiers removed from Gray. Is Gray’s floor that much higher? Just trying to figure out the deets … thanks in advance!

  12. Jangles says:
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    Good morning Grey and thanks again for all you do! Thanks to your I have won my FLB league the past two seasons.

    Question: I have the second pick in my keeper/dynasty league, 5X5 + OPS, who do you take? I assume Trout will be gone, I am debating Betts, Bryant or Machado. Thanks!

    • Packers says:
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      @Jangles: It helps to know how many teams.

      • Jangles says:
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        @Packers:

        good point! 12

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jangles: Use the rankings? I’m Ron Burgandy?

      • Jangles says:
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        @Cram It:

        Pretty sureGrey’s ranks are seasonal; I know for me Goldy falls a bit since he’s older for a keeper redraft.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Jangles: I thought there were keeper rankings somewhere on here.

          • Jangles says:
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            @Cram It: There are but not from the Master

    • kenly0 says:
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      @Jangles: Take Bryant. I’d personally want a non OF in the 1st round.

      • Jangles says:
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        @kenly0: That was my thought as well, but I do thunk Betts is a true 5 category contributor. I just worry the HRs might be an anomaly and the speed always eventually fades. Plus Betts is 5’9″, kind of small for consistent power

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Jangles: In all honesty, this question is akin to asking who should you bang between Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johanssen and Emma Stone. Sure, they’re different flavors, but no matter what, you are gonna nut.

      That said, I agree with Grey on Betts, because all things being equal, I would rather collect some SBs from my top picks so that I never have to risk the following thought pounding through my cerebellum and amygdala: “Should I pull the trigger here on Rajai Davis to get some SBs?”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Points for amygdala

      • Jangles says:
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        @LenFuego: I think the clincher is that Betts has the best chance to win a batting title. The other guys might hit .300, Betts should hit over .300.

  13. Earl says:
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    Hey Grey. Happy Friday to you.

    I tried following you rankings/advice and here is team I wound up with for my roto 5×5 league. What do you think of it?

    Catcher: Sal Perez
    Catcher: Wellington Castillo
    1B: Freddie Freeman
    2B: Jonathan Schoop
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    3B: Evan Longoria
    MI: Cesar Hernadez
    CI: Maikel Franco
    OF1: Mike Trout
    OF2: Mark Trumbo
    OF3: Andrew Bennenti
    OF4: Keon Broxton
    OF5: Jorge Soler
    Util: Ryon Healy
    Bench: Greg Bird
    Bench: Aaron Judge
    Bench: Freddie Galvis

    SP: Yu Darvish
    SP: Carlos Carrasco
    SP: Kevin Gausman
    SP: Aaron NOla
    SP: Jon Gray
    SP: Drew Smyly
    RP: Edwin Diaz
    RP: Sam Dyson
    RP: Addison Reed
    Bench: Joe Ross
    Bench: Ardolys Vizcanio

    Know I am little weak on Relief pitchers and perhaps speed.
    Thanks for opinion and all your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: How many teams

      • Earl says:
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        12

        • Earl says:
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          we just finished draft and was curious how you felt I did before I do another one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: I think you know the problems, RPs are weak, and you have no speed… Your MI and backend of OF are weak, too many bench bats… If you need speed, why take Galvis, Judge, Bird and Healy?

      • Earl says:
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        When I got around to taking this guys in last 3rd of draft, most of good speed guys were done so I guess I decided to concentrate more on power. Lesson learned for next time.

        Also, one guy in our draft actually drafted like 6 good relievers and only 4 or 5 starters (and 2 or 3 starters are not that good). Obviously, he must be planning on dominating like 3 of the 5 pitching categories and not so well in other 2.

        At least I felt maybe I followed your starting pitching strategy the way you laid it out to us.

        Thanks again. Appreciate people’s help in my learning to do better at this.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

        • Earl says:
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          Also, I have Trout, Lindor, Broxton and Hernandez (and perhaps a little from Bennentti) as speed guys. According to projections I would about 125 SB from my guys. Is that not enough to at least be little competitive in that category (Maybe middle of the pack in 12 team league).

          Anyway, will have to see if I can perhaps do trade or use waivers to pick up some speed and relievers.

          Thanks

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That sounds like plenty of speed, don’t trade for anything unless the deals are too good to pass up

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Apologies, copied from yesterday’s post:

    NL only keeper, $5 annual raises, 2C, 5OF, I have 2 picks left in expansion draft and $168 left for 16 roster spots. 2 questions:

    1. Pick 1 of Grandal $10, Sunday Santana $10, Lester $27 or Glasnow $5 (currently have no C, Blackmon Giancarlo and Broxton in OF, and Strasburg Maeda J Gray in rotation)
    2. A. Vizcaino $1 (I have no RP, most closers were protected) or Roark $6?

    AL only, same settings but $223 left for 17 spots:

    1. K. Seager $26, Beltre $20 or Betances $11 (have Longo at 3B but no CI; similar to above, no RP and not many closers available)?
    2. S. Castro $10 (have mo MI), Bundy $1 or Cotton $3 (rotation so far is Salazar Keuchel Manaea)?
    Prefer N. Jones $1 or Pillar $2 to either of the above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: 1. Tough call, Yasmani 2. Roark

      1. Beltre 2. Pillar

  15. Jody (I'm a boy) says:
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    Hi Grey. I’m in a 12 team head to head league with these categories: R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP. I’ll be drafting 3rd. My goal is to take Goldschmidt if he’s there. If I miss out on him should I stick with filling 1B right away or risk what’s left with my second pick (22nd overall)?

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jody (I’m a boy): Who said stick with a 1B right away? Only Rizzo and Miggy are the other 1st round 1B and Grey doesn’t have them ranked 3rd, for a reason. Use the rankings.

      • Jody (I'm a boy) says:
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        @Cram It: I fear what 1B will be left to me at that point. I may end up with Votto, which would be fine, but Encarnacion makes me nervous.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Jody (I’m a boy): I’d be content with Rizzo at 3. But not because of position scarcity. Freeman could be there in 2nd

    • @Jody (I’m a boy): If you are playing in a league where Bryant has 1B eligibility and are absolutely convinced you need a 1B… Bryant would be the pick. I would take him over Betts.

      • Jody (I'm a boy) says:
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        @Chuck U Farley: I didn’t think he did but he does! I have no problem taking him at 3rd overall.

  16. Roger Podacter says:
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    Love me some TOJO!!

  17. Dhouse42 says:
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    Lyft good stuff as always :)

    I am running a yahoo roto league, 12-team standard 5×5 roto. It’s going to be $20 buy-in through leaguesafe with the same payout as a yahoo pro 20 league.

    The draft is an offline draft, and we’ll use couchmanagers so we can dresser slowly such is great for busy people. If anyone is interested:

    https://yho.com/mlb?l=95798&ikey=aaf25a4048741dea&soc_src=app-sh&soc_trk=lnk

  18. JVanSLyke says:
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    Grey!

    We’re a few weeks away from BUY/SELL. Fridays without it are tough, buy/sell usually gives me a good indicator of it being quitting time!

    Anyways, these players to target columns are such a big help for my deep league.

    For my not so deep 10 team standard category ROTO I’m running through a million 2nd & 3rd rd scenarios. 3 OF league with no CI slots. I’m taking Goldie at 2. I anticipate Marte or Springer coming to me in the 2nd and Story in the 3rd. If I take Marte and springer comes back to me in the 3rd should I take him and worry about SS later? I’d prefer Story since you and JB really pumped him up on the podcast earlier but just checking. Last part of the question, if I have the choice between marte and springer, even with Springer ranked higher would pairing Marte with Goldie and Story be the better pick to weigh out AVG and steals a bit?

    And finally, new MURS came out today? Did you give it a listen? Still one of my favorite rappers, he’s so underrated!

    Thanks Grey!!

  19. Noam says:
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    Hey Grey! I asked you this before, but a few things have changed and I wanted to get your thoughts again.

    12 Team CBS H2H Points – Weekly Lineups
    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, 3OF, 2U
    6SP, 2RP per week

    Points: Hitting is standard, +2 for SB, no penalty for Ks.
    Pitching: +1 for K, IP
    -1 for ER, BB
    +5 for QS
    +10 for W
    -5 for L
    +7.5 for SV
    +10 for SHO

    Keep 3-5 (years they can be kept is listed). Each consecutive year they are kept decreases by a round. So next year, Trumbo would be a 13th round keeper. Free agents cost a 10th round (if two of the same round are kept then I forfeit that round and the preceding round. So if I kept Dozier and Bryant it would be a 3rd and fourth round)….

    Options:
    Points scored last year
    Kris Bryant Rd.3 1 Year (666)
    B. Dozier – Rd 3. 1 Year (648)
    J. Arrieta Rd 4 1 Year (472)
    S. Marte Rd 7 1 year (466)
    David Dahl Rd. 10 2 Year (202 partial year)
    M. Trumbo Rd 14. 3 Years (588)
    J. Hammel Rd. 15 3 years (357)
    AJ Pollock Rd 17 2 years (injured)
    K. Gausman Rd 21 3 years (349)
    Roberto Osuna Rd. 25 3 Years (380)

    Does Dahl’s injury worry you enough to not keep him?

    Thank you!

    • Grey

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      @Noam: I’d keep Trumbo over Dahl

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        @Grey: who would be your other four?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1st four

          • Noam says:
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            @Grey: No Pollock?

            • Noam says:
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              @Noam: Or Gausman over Arrieta?

              Thanks for your advice!

              • Grey

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                No, no Gausman

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you want to go Pollock, go ahead, I guess get rid of Arrieta

  20. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Sam Travis may end up being the guy that splits time with Moreland at first. He’s righthanded, and doesn’t wear batting gloves, so you know he’s legit.

    I hope Josh Bell turns into Brandon Belt. He hits way too many grounders to be Belt right now. He might be the less athletic Eric Hosmer.

    Vogie’s going to hit for more average than you think. Doesn’t strikeout as much as Dunn. He actually doesn’t strikeout much at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: So, not Ridonkey? Interesting on Sam Travis — Bell’s numbers will likely look like Belt’s, how he gets there, may change

  21. Big Mike says:
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    El Capitano,

    Keeper day has come and gone. Following your sage advice, Posey is gone, leaving me with my final roster of keepers: Mookie, Arenado, Rizzo, Scherzer, Lindor, Odor, Polanco and Myers. I dealt to get to the No. 2 slot in the draft, which leaves me the conundrum of taking either Donaldson or Springer (I get to keep them 4 years, and either would slot in at no. 1 for me next year, because Arenado and Mookie are gone from 3B and RF next year). Stick with the chalk and take Donaldson, or roll with the younger model and take Springer?

      • Big Mike says:
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        @Grey: GASP! Wow – you made my day. But I’m still nervous about leaving JD on the table.

        • Grey

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          Ha

  22. Schwab Stumped says:
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    Grey! Love the stuff every year. Helped me to win it all last year for sure. Who are you keeping out of the below? 10 tm ESPN Roto Standard. Already keeping Rizzo, Turner, and Betts as no brainers.

    Need 2:

    Bogaerts: $28
    Longoria: $14
    Polanco: $21
    Abreu: $18
    Stanton: $35
    Segura: $12
    Dee Gordon: $18
    Cole Hamels: $14
    Danny Duffy: $12

    • D Fresh says:
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      @Grey: In! I’m an RCL addict! LOL

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice!

  23. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up!

    a. Love all of those 1Bs!! Well, less love for Josh Bell because I saw firsthand how futile it is to own him. He’s got to be better next year or not.

    b. As you can see, am in breathtaking Don Ameche – literally 115 in the shade and hard to breathe. Made it safely. Am connected to a direct dial-up connection – cable in the optic wire port on my lap top. It’s another Chadian disaster story.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Ha B. Any relation to Trevor?

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Sorry, going out on a limb here. Trevor who? Is it?

        1. Hoffman;
        2. Story;
        3. Bauer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The one that might be related to Chadian disaster story.

  24. Juan says:
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    Gray,
    Made a deal yesterday thanks for your opinion.
    12 team keeper league H2H.
    traded Bregman, Cespedes, Dee Gordon. I received Xander, K. Seager, and Buxton.

    I was offered Odor Braun for Xander Buxton.

    Thoughts on that deal?

    As of right now my team looks like this:

    1st – Encarnacion
    2nd – Trea
    SS – Xander
    3rd – Seager
    OF – Mazara
    OF – Piscotti
    OF – Buxton
    UTL – Moncada

    SP – Harvey
    SP – Cueto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Juan: Odor side

  25. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Grey projects:
    Segura at #35: 83/11/46/27/.274
    T.Anderson #198: 75/14/63/25/.277
    Who are you drafting?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson!

      • Simply Fred

        simply fred says:
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        @Grey: The Great and Powerful Oz knows how to lay a yellow brick road… :-)

    • SAll Goooood, Man says:
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      @simply fred: These really do make you think, appreciate these random gems.

  26. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Awesome read, my dude. I had my sights set on Bour/Joseph for my drafts too.

    Quick trade question. 12 team H2H, standard scoring. Keep up to 5 (keep forever). My keepers are: Mookie, Trea, Rizzo, Springer, Edwin

    Would you move Edwin + 97th pick for Freeman + 74th pick?

    I’m just thinking in terms of getting a few more years of top 20 production out of Freddie vs. what I may get from Edwin…

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, OMP! I’d take Freeman

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. I’m even considering making the move straight up if needed. Either guy fits my team build pretty well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:

        LOL, OMP

        Have a great So- Cal weekend!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  27. Noah says:
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    “he’s going to punish the Pesky Pole like Pee-Wee Herman punishes his pole.”

    He’s going to stroke the pesky pole inappropriately in public?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, perhaps, don’t judge

  28. Teddy Heater says:
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    With Zero prep going into last nights RCL writers league I came out with this………..

    McCann
    Goldie
    Kipnis
    Moncada
    Semien
    Travis
    Hanley
    Springer
    Stanton
    Buxton
    Kepler
    Pence
    Pujols
    Bench: Puig & Gurriel

    Noah
    Lester
    McCullers
    Tajuan
    Wade D
    Familia
    Iglesias
    Barraclough
    O’day
    Siegrist

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you writing for the site again this year?

      Team looks light on AVG and speed… Very heavy on SPs

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Hellz yeah. I’m not bailing on you. Yeah I wasn’t too thrilled with how it shook out, but I’ll be a waiver wire hawk!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, if there’s one league where you can fix things post-draft it’s an RCL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, and nice! Glad you’re back

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Mang!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d use QS rankings

  29. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Just double checking as I get closer to my draft. Archer has moved up a little in your rankings with deGrom moving below him… that being said, should I:

    1) keep Chris Archer (use as my 9th round pick)
    or
    2) keep Rich Hill (use as my 23rd round pick)
    ?

    Thanks for l’assistance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill

  30. Ciwa says:
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    5th round of a 14 team keeper’s league hitters draft ,h2h categories (avg/obp/slg/hr/rbi/sb, no runs).I need a MI. Who will you draft between tim andeson and dee gordon?
    That’s my team
    C SANCHEZ
    CI FRANCO
    CI PUJOLS
    CI,MI BRAD MILLER
    MI STORY
    OF STANTON
    OF PISCOTTY
    OF BLACKMON
    OF BUXTON
    OF M.MARGOT

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  31. rick says:
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    differs quite a bit*

  32. JB says:
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    Grey – I know many of these Razzball articles are about finding value. But I’m in a 12 team NL keeper auction league with minors where guys can keep 12 MLB players for 4 years. Naturally when young guys like Bryant and Trea Turner are $5, the auction value of the Goldy’s and Rizzo’s goes through the roof! Generally the top 25 players in the auction go for in the 30’s and 40’s – sometimes $50’s.
    Here’s my question – in that kind of environment, you MUST spend money or you’re going to end up with a team of Nick Markasis. So how do you who do you spend your money on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to draft a team you can be happy with it, there’s major inflation you need to pay in keepers… Especially NL or AL Only ones…. I’d go to $50 on top bats

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think about it this way, if you have Bryant for $5 and Rizzo for $50, you’ve paid $55 for both or less than $30 for each

      • JB says:
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        @Grey:
        Good word! And pitchers? What’s your max out on them? I have Folty ($7), Eikhoff ($7), Ray ($7), Vizcaino ($3), Corbin ($7), and Glasnow waiting in the wings at $5

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know what you’re asking

    • LenFuego says:
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      @JB: Our league is similar. What you need to do is determine how many points of value that the keepers are discounted vs standard auction values, and then apply those points pro rata to the pool of players available in the auction.

      E.g., say Bryant is kept for $5 but has $40 standard auction value, and Turner is kept for $5 but has $37 standard auction value, that is $35 + $32 of discounts. Add that to all the rest of the discounts for keepers – let’s say total discounts for all teams are $600. You then adjust the standard auction values with those points on a pro rata basis (i.e., a player valued at $24 will get twice as many points added as a player valued at $12), which will be available in the auction.

      Bottom line is that all players have their auction values increase by somewhere between 20 and 25% usually. I.e., a player with a $40 standard auction value will be adjusted to $48-$50 because of the discounted value that the keepers are keeping out of the auction pool.

  33. J-FOH says:
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    I have my reservations for the Cron Dog getting the needed AB’s in the world of the Sciocipath. Everything looked hunky dory until they signed Valbuena. Now you have Val and Cron allegedly going to platoon at 1st but the problem is Val is a lefty who mashes righties (in that righty heavy line-up a player with a 3 year .221 average ISO is much needed) and Cron a right handed bat who cant hit lefties (so weird). With Pujols set for DH duties this year and Cron having an option left I am flummoxed with this potential shituation. Logic would tell us that Val can play 3rd and they can push Yunel Escobar to 2nd because Espinoza and his .220 BA will wear thin real quick but to set that in motion we need Espinoza to suck and the Scioiopath to commit to a full time change. Don’t get me wrong I loved Cron coming into this season before the Valbuena signing but I have tempered my expectations because the AB’s may not be there to justify keeping him on my roster if he only starts 3-4 times a week. When you think the Angels couldn’t get any dumber they go and totally lower the bar even lower.

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @J-FOH: The sound of silence is deafening

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Big Odio: At least you still have Lamp.

  34. jon says:
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    Cody Allen UCL sprain….. gotta trade him now right?

  35. Cram It says:
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    Got Goldy at 8.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s insane, that’s really crazy, I don’t get it… I’ll never understand that

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Cram It: so you’re playing with a real sharp group there

      • Cram It says:
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        @Big Odio: Except Kershaw at 5, the picks were justifiable. I it if you like Bryant or Machado better. Well, not Altuve.

        • Big Odio says:
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          @Cram It: With a no moves league I think even Kershaw could be justifiable if they play their cards right. Yes, throw your fruit and veggies at me on this stage but that guy can load up on bats for a while and absorb some innings eaters later that wont kill him.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Big Odio: I get that too, just a strategy I would never use.

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Cram It: just made 4th can

              Harper
              FReeman
              JD
              Seager

              Fairly happy

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Damn, I like your team better than mine

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @Grey: yeah I was shocked. Actually had 2 players I wanted to choose from at that point. Will see what comes around for pitching.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I jumped the gun on pitching already… Harper, Odor, Kluber for me

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Damn dude! I don’t love Odor in the second in any draft but you did jump the gun there!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You don’t like 30/15/.280?

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: I think he’s more like 25/15/.265. And the counting stats worry me.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’ll be hitting 2-5 all season, 80 runs and RBIs, guaranteed… What if I told you 30/15 was the floor? You’d say no way, but he just did better last year

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: haha. What if I told you, you could have everything you could ever want, if you just took this pill. I just feel regression. We’ll see.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Everyone feels regression for Odor, but all I hear is the lack of walks… Not everyone walks, why does everyone care about frickin walks?!

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Bc you swing at everything and have no plate discipline. So when teams catch on he’s going to not get on or decrease his BABIP. But I can see your side.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah

              • Cram It says:
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                @The Great Knoche: Sweet, man. Ima try to replicate this since you’re ahead of me.

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @Cram It: had 2 I was choosing between, once the other guy goes I’ll see which way you would have gone. Still kind of torn.

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @The Great Knoche: So I was choosing between Polanco and Seager and went with Kyle because already had the 2 OF. Still debating internally. Thoughts?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Can’t fault you there, you shouldn’t be grabbing 3 OFs in the first 5 picks

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @The Great Knoche: def Seager over Polancs. Good call.

  36. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    He’s not a 1B in all leagues, but what about Kendrys Morales in Yahoo (1B)?

    Sounds crazy but won’t he put up Hanley’s stats in Toronto, minus 10 points of average and all steals, but plus 5-10 homers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t mind Kendrys at all… I had him around there with 1B elgib.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Cool! How about this one for size: $4 Kendrys or $12 Hanley as your UTL?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kendrys if you need the $8

  37. Matt says:
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    Somebody dropped Dahl already. Grapped him up and put Joseph on waivers.

    Do you like Moreland or Joseph better ROS? I think you have Moreland 1 spot higher but with all the Joseph love I’m beginning to wonder.

    10 Team Roto Standard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go To-Jo

  38. peacecoast says:
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    Gman,

    Nomar or Domingo? OF5. peace!

  39. Big Odio says:
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    no love for the Cron convo I tried starting today? I see you Grey…I see you.

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: if that paragraph I wrote is. I
        I hate you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why do you hate me? I do like how you’re circling through usernames

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: always keep them guessing. Nevermind, king Joffrey just wont get it

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh yeah

  40. Dom says:
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    Trade question, 10 team 5×5 roto, keeper

    I give Kenly Janson and some players I wont keep anyway

    I get Giancarlo Stanton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton side

  41. John Holden says:
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    Hey guys I have a keeper question.
    I’m keeping
    Harper
    Odor
    Boegarts
    Polanco
    Thor
    carrasco
    I need one more out of
    Dahl
    matz
    conforto
    J. Bell
    McCullers
    thanks guys

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @John Holden:
      I’d go Dahl.

  42. JR says:
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    Keeper question. Who would you expect to produce over the next two years? Ian Desmond or Braun? Trying to decide how to split up tag years but I’m limited.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

      • JR says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey! What about Braun vs. Lester or cueto? Can use 2 years on 2 of them, 1 year on the other. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want the hitter

  43. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Last keeper deadline question for ya (deadline’s tonight sorry!):

    Pick 2 final keepers to the back end of the keep-forever group of Goldy ($15), Rizzo ($33), Story ($11), JD Mart ($10), Darvish ($18):

    Rich Hill ($5), Broxton ($5), Hanley ($12 – would be UTL)

    Broxton + Hill and fill my UTL in the draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Broxton, Hill

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thank you kindly!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  44. John Holden says:
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    Hey guys I have a keeper question.
    I’m keeping
    Harper
    Odor
    Boegarts
    Polanco
    Thor
    carrasco
    I need one more out of
    Dahl
    matz
    conforto
    J. Bell
    McCullers
    Longoria
    Pujols
    thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl works for me too

      • John Holden says:
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        Thank you Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  45. jack florida says:
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    for you Wheeler fans–just watched him live vs the braves—topped out at 94, all pitches except two were 91-94, the other 2 were 75 and 88. 3 ground outs, 2 fly outs, 1 strike out.
    2 innings, 2 hits one walk and a laser home run by Matt Tuiasosopo , his third in the last two days.

    I sat behind home plate–he missed the target high on every pitch–i know it is only one game, but i will not be considering him on any of my teams, for what it is worth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JB was at the game too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JB’s actually been at the last 3 Mets games, I think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and thanks for the info!

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: mets split squad today, i was in orlando, JB was in west palm

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh damn!

          • jack florida says:
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            @Grey: exchanged a few emails with JB, too far apart this time, maybe next time

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s too bad!

  46. leon says:
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    Renfroe or buxton for 2017?

  47. Charlie Chapman says:
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    Hi all! Keeper question.

    10 Team Head-to-Head, Keep 2. Picks lower than 10th round or free agents become a 10th round keeper.

    I have Desmond (10th) and Odor (9th), and feel pretty damn good about it. But I got the 10th pick this year, and about 7 of the top 10 ranked players are going to be kept by others. So, when my first picks come around, I am looking at a group like Votto, Edwin, Marte, Braun to choose two from.

    I could alternatively keep Rizzo in the 1st and take him at 10 overall. Do you think getting a top 10 player is critical and I am better off keeping Rizzo? I do like the depth that Odor/Desmond/Votto/Marte provides, but am on the fence.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think it’s all right to go Votto, Marte

  48. Kwoox says:
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    Grey

    Who are you top target guys in an auction that you are willing to spend a little more on.

    Last year it was odor springer and Polanco you loved and that worked gloriously.

    I know Kepler is one but any other guys you are in love with again????

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I seem to like Odor more than most

  49. Skinny says:
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    Grey,

    12 team head to head 6×6 league – who would you select as my lone keeper:

    Wil Myers – $9
    Alex Bregman – $7
    Rougned Odor – $21

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  50. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Hey buddy, you’re the best. I am still trying to slim down my roster to 13 before next weekend for my 12tm AL only keeper/dynasty ($260 cap). Here’s what I have going so far:

    C- Lucroy $21
    2B – Schoop $18
    SS – Polanco $10
    OF -Springer $17
    OF – Kiermeir $6
    Of – Leonys Martin $14
    OF – Tilson $5
    P – Kluber $26
    P – Archer $15
    P – Verlander $19
    P – Salazar $5
    P – Paxton $10
    P – E Diaz – $2
    P – Dyson $2

    Obviously I’m heavy on pitching, would you trade kluber and Verlander for Benintendi ($5) and Zimmer ($2)? Their contracts obviously add to their appeal.

    Also – what’s the overall thought on the team? Do you think that’s overpaying for schoop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a good trade… You know the problem with your team, you’re crazy high on pitching and a mess on hitting

  51. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Please let me know your comments.

    I pick #2 in h2h, 12 teams, and I have as keeper Marte + Edwin + Arenado. Our draft starts in rd4.

    I have RD4 but I don’t have RD5 + 6, which I traded last year. My next pick is RD7.

    Best available are: Braun, Cruz, Lindor, Freeman, Murphy, Story, Odor.

    Best Sp: Thor, Kluber, Yu, Arrieta.

    Since I dont have a rd 5 and 6, I want to pick an offensive player, and pick my 1st SP in RD 7. I’m leaning with Freeman though I have to play him at UTL. But don’t know if its the right choice with Lindor on the board. Team before me will go SP.
    Other choice is that I want a young offensive player, in case I don’t keep Edwin next year.

    thoughts?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story

  52. LC says:
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    Who do you like in dynasty format?

    His Jb Jr plus for my Jose Abreu.

    I have Rizzo and Cron at first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

      • LC says:
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        @Grey: Not good as in hold Abreu I’m guessing? Thanks Grey. Great stuff as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  53. VigotheDestroyer says:
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    Quick Final Keeper Question: 10-team ESPN H2H 6×6 (OBP/SLG), 5 Total Keepers

    Votto @35 or Longoria @ 14

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  54. FrankGrimes says:
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    FML! What’s up?

    2 Catcher Auction Points league (-1.5 for Ks)
    Keep up to 6…

    Keeping: Bryant $16 Spinger $15 Correa $34
    Piscotty $6 Britton $4 Contreras $6

    Bueno? Si or No?
    Or Possibly instead: Abreu $28 Stanton $35 Longoria $8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey! Longo over Contreras

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Gotcha thanks!
        Parrot Vapors green or red label…tasty!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          what’s the flavors?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Red — Fruit punch
            Green — strawberry/watermelon
            Plus you can find 120ml for only $20!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              damn, those sound wonderful… i need fruit punch in my mouth!

  55. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Finally watching Stranger Things. Since it’s like 20 degrees today. Going to this bomb Asian influenced taco place tonight called Tako. Pumped.

    Hendricks as my first SP. Was at the wrong end of that run.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah I prolly drafted Kluber a round too early but wanted to be on front end of run vs back end…. Stranger Things not only took place in 80s but was fun like watching a good 80s movie

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I’m def feeling it so far. One of those where we watched more in a sitting than we planned, always a good sign.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, just old school entertaining w/out feeling like you’re learning anything

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: I heard it was filmed in the 80’s too, dur

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  56. The Great Knoche says:
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    Through 6 in NFBC

    Harper
    FReeman
    JD
    K Seager
    Hendricks( much higher on him than you)
    Kinsler

    Everything’s coming up Milhouse!

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Ha, I just posted above that I was kind of disappointed in getting Hendricks as my first SP in nfbc. Your enthusiasm brightens my day.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: he’s not going to get 200 Ks but in this format its quantity of starters with a job in rounds 15-25 that won’t kill your ratios that shines through. I’ll take a 3.5 ERA and 1.05 WHIP if he regresses

        • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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          @The Great Knoche: I hear you, and I also agree about not being as low on him as some.

          I did like getting Betts at 5 to start the draft though.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Im in 11 slot so getting Harper there for me who I liked at 5 got me excited.

            • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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              @The Great Knoche: Yeah getting him at 11 is crazy. Thank god for that Kershaw love! Ha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler woof

  57. peacecoast says:
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    hey grey,

    Draft nearing the 20th round where I get a bunch of successive picks cuz other people have keepers there. Regarding the pitcher pairings, if I am looking for my last couple of SP and there are still guys from The Board and Dollar Store Condoms, it’s ok to pick from those tiers right? Or is the Upside yo head tier so full of high upside sleepers that you recommend taking one from there anyway? I still have guys from the Find a Balance tier too!

  58. nick the dick says:
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    Finally starting to see some promos for the new Fargo, I can’t wait. Mid April. Jim Gaffigan is in it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Haven’t seen a promo yet, but about to watch The Americans so I bet it’s during that

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Set in 2010 I guess. This is the only one so far I believe. Short and to the point as always https://youtu.be/B-8TwNZxI34

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, saw it in the Americans, I can’t wait

  59. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    $10 JD Mart or $23 Blackmon? (Keeper league)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD

  60. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    4 more picks and Franco was mine.

    I just ate octopus tacos. Delightful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I liked that pick too of mine, but someone was like “Reach!” Side note, octopus can either be divine and terrible depending on preparation

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Loved that pick, well hated it, but it was a good pick.

        Think this was only the second time I’ve had it. With a nice harissa aioli and preserved lemons. Was not as chewy as I thought, meaty but light. I was having a hard time describing it to my girl.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, sounds delicious, assuming we’re still talking about the octopus

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Oh shit, hahaha!

  61. The JoGarza says:
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    Hola Grey,

    12-team H2H OBP league where I’m having some troubles deciding on my first pick.

    I already have as keepers: Mookie, Starling, Rendon, Kershaw and Kluber.

    It looks like there’s a good chance I’ll be debating between Edwin and Stanton for my first pick.

    Pros for Edwin: I get a 1B instead of picking a 3rd OF, it’s OBP so his floor is much higher
    Cons: There were some alarming exit velocity trends last season, new park and league with much more pitcher friendly parks, other 1B later I can draft include Bird, Tommy Joseph, Kendrys, Belt, VMart, Thames, Moreland.

    Pros for Stanton: Chance for 40 HR, given he’d be my “3rd” OF, there’s not *that* much pressure placed on him because I have Mookie and Starling already.
    Cons: FFS can he stay healthy? As mentioned before, he’d already be my 3rd OF in a 3 OF/2 UTIL league.

    Basically, my heart wants Stanton, but my rational brain is telling Edwin to mitigate risk.

    What does the FML say?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  62. The Great Knoche says:
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    Sounds like the Brewers are going to keep Pina up as the backup catcher. He is out of options and they don’t want to run him through waivers. Likely means Bandy or Susac starts year on the farm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, hope it’s not Susac

  63. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Grey, trying to lock down one or two more possible trades before our keeper deadline on Tuesday but for now I’m conflicted with my last keeper. We keep 8 guys at no cost, 5×5 12 team roto. my team is listed below, I just want to know who I should keep for my last guy. I was considering Moncada but his spring has been poor. Thanks!

    Keepers : Goldy, Rizzo, Corey Seager, MadBum, J Upton, G Cole, McCutchen.

    Last Keeper options : Moncada, Bautista, Longoria, Lamb, Kipnis, Conforto, Judge, Taillon, Osuna, Velasquez, F Her.

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Also Where do I look weak / what stats would you pursue going into the draft? I have a lot of last years bums and my team feels light on speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Osuna or Longo… I’d go Longo and just draft RPs — You need everything, definitely have no steals

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Grey: Would it be a mistake and want to risk it by keeping Moncada over either of them? Our league puts these types of prospects at a premium and I was fairly bullish last year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t

  64. swaggerjackers says:
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    Is it officially time to drop Kipnis in the rankings now that he won’t be ready for opening day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not drafting him anyway, but sure

  65. Joe says:
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    I have to have my keepers locked in for next year in a few days and I need to pick 5 (10 team h2h):
    Rizzo $39, Marte $29, Machado $43, Carlos Santana $5, Aledmys Diaz $6, K. Davis $5, Jansen $18, Carlos Martinez $10, Quintana $11, Aaron Sanchez $5, and Matt Harvey $8.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo $39, Marte $29, Machado $43, Carlos Santana $5, C-Mart

  66. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    here comes the pain, can’t believe i’m first here to mention it.

    just traded for desmond in 20 team dynasty and now at 1B i’ll have profar (when he plays), or r-zimm/loney/alonso and their ilk.

    for other leagues expect him to miss about 2 full months of useful at bats (some of that time he’s probably back not being useful would be my guess) and just chop off 1/3 of his season values in both your top 500 $’s and OPS rater? but how much to give mini donkey (somebody somehow ALREADY owned mini donkey in an NA slot in this league)

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: yep, being smart and taking the longer 41% of at bats being missed (OPS rater has him at 616 to your new 369). guessing OPS rater catches up tomorrow or soonish. i hedged with the 1/3 of season (which would be 411 or so) but back of my head knew it’d be probably another couple of weeks of likely uselessness (and if we’re lucky those are in minors)

  67. Fungazi says:
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    Desmond broken hand

  68. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Would you keep Brett Gardner or go after someone else my choices are:

    Hyun Soo Kim
    Nick Markakis
    Michael Saunders
    Andrew Toles
    Domingo Santana
    Gerard Parra
    Adam Frazier

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      Grey,

      Would you keep Brett Gardner or go after someone else my choices are:

      Hyun Soo Kim
      Nick Markakis
      Michael Saunders
      Andrew Toles
      Domingo Santana
      Gerard Parra
      Adam Frazier
      Jay Bruce (some in my league is cutting him to make him expendable for the draft)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        would you keep Rajai Davis or someone else from that list

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            i mean would you keep davis or drop him for someone from that list

  69. The Great Knoche says:
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    TArenado!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, wish he could mend Desmond’s broken bone

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Yeah that was a bummer. On the bright side Mark Reynolds is fantasy relevant at least for first few weeks of season!

        • The JoGarza says:
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          @The Great Knoche:

          I wouldn’t hold my breath too long. Reynolds was basically a starter early last season and he was very underwhelming.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @The JoGarza: I gotta work on my sarcasm apparently.

  70. Pete says:
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    Need to pick 6 for my 10 team H2H points keeper league (we get $300). I’m pretty certain of Blackmon ($17), Darvish ($7), Verlander ($8). I also think I’m getting good value with Jose Ramirez ($6). For the last 2 I’m torn between keeping Jansen ($14) and Edwin Diaz ($6). We start 2 relievers so I’d be set there. I also have Carpenter ($14) and Kinsler ($15). I feel like I have to get Carpenter in there as he’s been a points stud.

    This all said, who do you think my 6 should be?

    • Blind Umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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      @Pete: cut kenley/jose ram/kinsler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz, Carp

  71. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Feeling pretty lucky right now, having just traded my $9 Desmond for $10 JD Mart and $5 Hill three days ago!

    Final keeper question: $12 Hanley or $24 Polanco? +$3 annual inflation but if polanco busts out he’s worth it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whew! Hanley

  72. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Desmond fractured hand…still worth a 9th rd keep? only a few weeks i hope

    • Blind Umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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      @ROTO OVERLORD: looking above Grey has him missing 40% of his at bats compared to the OPS rater’s previous number. this has him back hitting usefully at maybe around early june. my guess would be he’s back earlier than that by a few weeks, but not hitting well at all. i’ve heard others mention how these injuries are 6-8 with pure rest on the hand, and in the 8-10 week before ANY at real at bats.

      -that 9th round keep would of course depend greatly on what else you could in fact keep over him. if it’s a dynasty i’d still keep, or large % of rosters kept. if you have similar value other keeper maybe not.

        • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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          @ROTO OVERLORD: IM keeping goldy in the 1st dahl `15th darvish 18th and have to choose between seager 4th odor 5th polanco 3rd Cmart 8th Oh 15th

          • Blind Umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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            @ROTO OVERLORD: if these don’t escalate it’s probably odor. it might be anyway.

  73. Blind Umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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    12 team dynasty with deep benches. i had grabbed thames due to all the raters loving his ass. stick with him (this is for backup to E5 as starter)
    or
    grab one of mini donkey/cron/gyorko/bour/moreland/kennys. gyorko could backup 2B/3B/SS too (albeit i have villar/swanson/franco/pedoira so one is at util or BN)

    or
    just go stream a 12th pitcher with this slot

  74. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Being that Desmonds out and a 9th rd keep isnt worth it anymore, who would you choose to replace? 6×6 OPS Seager 4th rd Odor5 Duvall 15 Polanco 3 Lamb 15 Cain 12 Carrasco 6 CMart 8 Oh 15 Just 1

    Already keeping Goldy Dahl and Darvish

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