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The other day in the comments someone asked that I give some pairings for my first two rounds of the 2010 fantasy baseball drafts.  I was going to do this anyway (you’re not the boss of me!), but sometimes I need a gentle nudge in the right direction.  Not a noodge, thank you.  What I’m hoping to lay out to you is who do you draft 2nd if you’ve drafted so and so first.  I think it might be helpful to go through pairings for your 5 outfielders, all your middle and corner infielders and pitchers too.  We’ll go through those on another post.  For easy reference, the Royal We will be using the top 10 2010 fantasy baseball rankings and the top 20 2010 fantasy baseball rankings.  I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5, MI, CI, 5 OF, 1 Utility, 1 Catcher league.  Anyway, here’s some pairings for the first two rounds of 2010 fantasy baseball drafts:

Albert Pujols – Could really team him up with anyone, except another 1st baseman.  Preferably, I’d like to have Pujols and a 3rd baseman (Zimmerman).  Then on the turn you can grab an outfielder.  So Pujols, Zimmerman and Upton.  Yeah, that would be nice.

Hanley Ramirez – Again, you want just about anyone but Tulo, Reyes or Rollins.  Ideally, you want a big bat.  I.e., not Carl Crawford.  Someone that is going to get you 30+ homers.  Howard and Fielder will be gone, but A-Gon, Morneau, Zimmerman or even Votto should be there.  I’d consider J-Upside, but if I went that way I would definitely want another 30+ hitter sooner vs. later.

Chase Utley – No Kinsler or Phillips.  Since Utley is a power threat at a normally weaker position, I’d take a speed outfielder (Crawford), speed shorstop (Reyes, Rollins) or a power/speed outfielder (Sizemore, Upton).  He could work with a 1st baseman or a 3rd baseman or even Tulo.  Shoot, Utley works with everyone.  Love you, Utley.  Write soon!

Alex Rodriguez – No 3rd basemen.  A-Rod is similar to Utley since he also gives you a decent amount of steals, you can put him with just about anyone.  Someone like Holliday would give you a nice balance.

Ryan Braun – I wouldn’t draft an outfielder next and I’d hesitate to draft a 1st baseman.  Ideally, I’d try for a shortstop (Tulo or Rollins), 2nd baseman (Kinsler, Phillips) or a 3rd baseman (Zimmerman).  The reason I’d hesitate on a 1st baseman is because it’s a deeper position and so is outfield, so you’d have two deep positions covered and no shallow ones.  I wouldn’t kick Braun and Votto out of bed, but Braun/Zimmerman looks better.

Mark Teixeira/Miguel Cabrera/Prince Fielder/Ryan Howard – Similarly to Braun, I’d avoid a 1st baseman and hesitate on an outfielder.  Ideally, you’d have some combo of one of those 1st basemen and Wright, Longoria, Kinsler or Tulo.

Matt Kemp – Since he’s not as safe with the power as Braun, I’d take a 1st baseman with Kemp.  I’d also look at taking a bat at a weaker position (Tulo, Kinsler, Wright).  I’d avoid guys who bring their value with speed (Reyes, Crawford, Ellsbury).

Evan Longoria – Anything but a 3rd baseman.  Since his speed’s a little wonky, I’d have no problem pairing him with Sizemore.  Holliday would also work nicely since Longoria’s average is a bit weak.

Tim Lincecum – You have to have a big bat at 1st base if you’re going to take Lincecum.  If you can’t get Howard, Fielder, Miggy or Tex, skip Lincecum altogether and go for Wright as your first pick.

David Wright – Since he hit, what, 2 homers last year, I’d want a power guy at a weak position to be paired with Wright or a power guy at 1st base.  Think Tulo and Wright.  That’s nice.  Think Wright and Howard.  That sounds like the best pairing since my tilapia, Mad Dog 20/20 pairing last night.

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  1. Tom Reale says:
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    very interesting post…so, I am guessing you wouldn’t hate going:

    Hanley
    Braun
    Longoria
    Morneau

    I’m getting excited about that keeper league…
    Also, is B Roberts dropping yet due to the back issues…or are you taking a wait and see approach?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom Reale: I wouldn’t hate that. It’s still very early, I’m not dropping Roberts yet.

  3. Josh says:
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    Dear Chase,
    I feel like I can call you Chase because you and me are so much alike. I would love to meet you some day. It would be great to have a catch. I know I can’t throw as fast as you, but I think you would be impressed with my speed. I love your hair. You run fast. Do you have a good relationship with your father? Me neither. These are all things we can talk about and more. I know you have not been getting my letters because I know you would write back if you did, and I hope you write back this time and we get to be good friends. I am sure our relationship would be a real home run.
    Grey

  4. royce! says:
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    @Tom Reale: I’d be excited about that too… do you have three picks in the first round?

  5. matthole says:
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    Last year I passed up on pujols to purposely pair up Wright (#2 pick) w/ Fielder (#17?)….Morneau was backup plan in case fielder was drafted.

    Big fan of pairing or having a very good idea of guys i want to target based on their projections and my draft slot. nice post.

  6. Sean says:
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    Such a welcome sight to see the big picture being considered instead of the arbitrary debates over rankings. Balance has been the focus of my offseason preparation as of late and pairings seem to stress that. Thanks, Grey! Looking forward to similar pieces on pitching and outfielders

  7. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    one of my favorite posts thus far. It looks like I may end up getting Longo and Howard in one of my drafts (12th pick). What OF should I target in the 3rd? I’ve normally gone after Werth, but would I seal my average category death by doing so? Any other
    suggestions?

  8. Tom Reale says:
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    @Josh: Always Sunny rocks.

  9. SaltyBiscuits says:
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    Thanks Grey – this is great timing. I am in a 10 team draft tonight, picking 10th. I am thinking of going Teix/Reyes if possible.

    What do you think about Wright/Reyes at the bookend? I know I would be overdrafting, but I feel like I could reach here and still get good value on two top 5 players from a year ago.

    Am I just being a Mets fan homer? Probably.

  10. Tom Reale says:
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    @royce!: those are my keepers

  11. Tom Reale says:
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    @Grey: thanks. not looking forward to a speed guy with back problems.

  12. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey i just did a 10 team mock and had the 3 pick and went utley/holliday/tulo/votto/bj upton as my first 5 what you think?

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Josh: Ha!

    @matthole: Cool

    @Sean: Cool

    @Eddy: Werth wouldn’t be terrible. Markakis gives decent average… You can always work your average back up a little later on too.

    @SaltyBiscuits: Bit of a Mets homer, but it’s not terrible. Just a bit more risk than I’d want in the first two rounds.

    @mikey boy324: That’s a great first five.

  14. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey i just did a 10 team mock and went with utley/holliday/tulo/votto/bj upton as my first 5 what you think?

  15. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey i just did a 10 team mock had the 3 pick went with utley/holliday/tulo/votto/bj upton as my first 5 what you think?

  16. mikey boy324 says:
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    sorry for the double posts internet problems

  17. d2bnz says:
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    Love the options you have given with Hanley , but would you combine Adrian Gonzalez and Zimmerman at the turn given the nature of their home ball parks.

  18. tyler says:
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    Hmm. So no nudges in the right direction. How about a Nuge in the Right direction?

    http://www.tednugent.com/

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @d2bnz: Sure, A-Gon is right around the same area.

    @tyler: Hehe

  20. Dingo says:
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    @Eddy: @Grey: I know Grey’s not a fan, but I think Ichiro in the 3rd round might fit your team better than Werth or Markakis. Werth has average issues, as you mentioned, and Markakis doesn’t really give you the SBs that you’re missing with your top two picks. Ichiro may be running less, but he’s still probably the best option to give you both average and SBs at that point in the draft.

  21. FredayCouples says:
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    Basic 12 team Mixed with 4 keepers. I have Utley, Lincecum, Zimmerman, Votto, and Morneau.

    If I keep Utley, Lincecum, Zimmerman and Votto what positions whould you focus on in the 5-8 rounds. Clearly an outfielder, maybe one with speed. What else?

  22. Quinn says:
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    Are J-Upside and Reyes enough speed to get out of the first 9 rounds in a 12 team mixed league?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @FredayCouples: Two outfielders and a wild card depending on value. Maybe a McCann… Maybe a starter… Maybe a corner man…

    @Quinn: Assuming you don’t take 7 Adam Linds, yeah.

  24. nate marcum says:
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    @Quinn: I think they would be a good foundation. You can always look at the back end of the draft and help yourself late for SB’s. I have been targeting Everth, Alcides, or even if you are a gamblin man….Brett Gardner. I could see any, if not all, of those guys with 35+.

  25. David says:
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    Utley over A-Rod? No way
    2nd base is deep this season when you think about guys like Gordon Beckham down the draft.

    Teixeira, Howard, Prince, Miguel

    Teixeira goes before all those guys since he has the potential to hit 40 HR’s with a .300 BA. You know what you’re getting with Howard alot of hr’s , alot of Rbi’s , good obp, bad BA. I’d rather wait and take Dunn later.

    Miguel won’t hit as many HR’s as the big 1b but he’s a sure fire .300 + BA hitter.

  26. This is EXACTLY what I was hoping for. Get out of my head Grey.

    This is excellent. Thanks

  27. Antrim Warriors says:
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    @mikey boy324: how did you manage Tulo in the 3rd rd?

  28. Shawn says:
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    So Grey, based on your post, how do you like this group of keepers:

    A-Gonz
    Wright
    Reyes
    Lind
    M-Cab
    BJ Upton

    Thanks.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Real Tom: Cool…

    @Shawn: That’s a great group, what’s not to like? I’d go for a starter first in the draft.

  30. Shawn says:
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    You read my mind, Master Grey. Cheers.

    So my buddies and I have been arguing for months over who has the most complementary set of keepers going into 2010. One note: this is a 12-team, 5 x 5 with OBP replacing batting average and QS replacing wins…

    GROUP A:
    Braun
    Justin Upton
    Sizemore
    Kinsler
    Tulo
    Broxton

    GROUP B:
    A-Rod
    Kemp
    Longoria
    Hanley
    King Felix
    Haren

    GROUP C:
    A-Gonz
    Wright
    Reyes
    Lind
    M-Cab
    BJ Upton

    Thoughts? Anyone else want to chime in? Thanks.

  31. Does Howard/Reyes put you in a steep average hole? I like that a little more than Tulo/Howard, just because Reyes makes me worry less about steals.

    Should I be looking for more power early?

  32. Or should I wait on Davis, Borbon, Escobar, Evercab for steals? Nevermind. I think I just answered my own question.

    Clusters of steals are more abundant than clusters of homers. I like Escobar Borbon and Evercab really late.

  33. Grey

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    @Real Tom: There’s a lot of steals later.

  34. HalLeeday34 says:
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    As a loyal Phils fan it hurts to ask this. Buster Olney reported that Reyes looks to be in great shape and physically ready for 2010. If this is truly the case he has to creep up into the early part of the 2nd round right?
    Howard and Longoria looks like a pretty good 1-2 from the pairings you offered. Wouldn’t mind Albert and (insert random comical 90’s player here) either. I’ll go with Chris Sabo for the specs

  35. Quinn says:
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    The reason I’m concerned about Reyes and Upton is that Reyes’ injury may hold him back and Upton’s speed was a bit of a surprise last year. But I suppose speed always fluctuates. Thanks guys.

  36. HalLeeday34 says:
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    @Shawn- I like group B even though I’m an A-Roid hater. 4 stud hitters and 2 top of the end aces. Looks pretty solid to me. All 3 have spots but I like the combo of the middle one.

  37. zombie says:
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    How soon do you feel that you would need to address “pairings” or positional needs in a small 10 Team 5 Keeper League? How long can you go “best available”? If Keeping 3 OFs, a 1B, and a 2B when should be the urgency to find a solid SS & 3B?

  38. Grey

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    @HalLeeday34: I have Reyes at the middle to end of the 2nd round, see no reason to change anything. I don’t pay too much attention to news of so and so is feeling great.

    @Quinn: No problem.

    @zombie: I usually go best available into the 8th round. So the 3rd round for a 5 keeper league.

  39. Eddy says:
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    @Quinn:
    I wouldn’t quite say Upton’s steals were a surprise. Whenever Upton has had the ABs, he’s produced the steals.

    A ball: 438 AB/15 SB
    A+ ball: 126 AB/9 SB
    AA ball: 259 AB/10 SB
    2009 Dbacks: 526 AB/20 SB

    About the only season where he had plenty of AB (356) and only 2 steals was in 2008 when he got called up. But you can’t really fault him for that.

  40. Shawn says:
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    Question about starting pitchers. How would you rank the following (in a league that uses QS instead of W):

    Kershaw
    Josh Johnson
    Gallardo
    Wandy
    Nolasco
    Lackey
    Billingsley
    Jimenez
    Carpenter
    Vazquez
    Price
    Garza

    I know… I’m the annoying guy with all the lists.

  41. David says:
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    @Grey:
    I wouldn’t touch Reyes with a 10 ft pole this season. I’m saying he had hamstring surgery ! That’s the last place where his owners would want him to have surgery.
    On top of this Manuel will not give Reyes the green light to steal bases early on. It would be asinine to do it. And on top of that Reyes is slated to bat 3rd.

    Too many risks to spend a freaking 2nd round pick!
    Why waste a pick on a speedster just because he plays shortstop when you can wait and draft speedsters later on in the draft. bourn, borbon, rajai davis, nyjer morgan , pierre, stubbs, etc

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shawn: The way they’re ranked in my rankings.

  43. matthole says:
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    @Grey: Jimmy Rollins: “I told Davey (Lopes) I want to try to steal 50 bases,” said Rollins. “That’s the first thing I want to do. Will it happen? We’ll see, but that’s my goal. That’s a place I’ve never been before, so it gives me something to shoot at.”

    You feel comfortable taking him in RD2 or RD3 sound like a safer move? Or would u punt SS till u get to andrus, bartlett in 10/11th rd or escobar/cabrera in the mid-late teens?

  44. PJtres says:
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    in the vein of this article…in a keeper league…
    i have 6 keepers going in

    miggy/utley/vmart/lester/arod/longoria

    being that 2 are 3b…and your pairings say to NOT have more than one…do you think i should move one or the other? i actually offered arod for braun….he said “ITS A KEEPER LEAGUE” (implying Arod’s age was a preventive factor)….

    what else would be fair? I feel as tho we havent seen what kemp will actually do yet…i wonder if trading arod for kemp (or justin upton) would be a HUGE loss for me (on the stats side of things)…

    if i look to move Arod for prince/howard…i have miggy so i run into the same issue (2 same position)…

    any thoughts? (the guy who has braun also has hanley)…so thats a no go…so i think OF is really the only play…i dont want a SP b/c i feel like they are too volatile.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @matthole: I’d prefer Andrus, but you see where I have Rollins ranked. I’d take him at the end of the 2nd round in a 12 team league.

    @PJtres: My pairings say to not take them back to back. By the 6th round, you can take another one… Also, in a keeper, you have guys at value. If I took A-Rod in the first, I’d take Longoria in the 4th which is what you could have there.

  46. Widespread Panic says:
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    I’ve been doing this in my head for 2 weeks now and I’ve been stressing. I have the 2nd pick in a 10 team league. I’m leaning towards Arod/Crawford or Arod/Rollins over a HanRam/Morneau or HanRam/Gonzo. Call me crazy or call me devilishly good looking, your choice.

    @Josh – I love the “It’s Always Funny in Philadelphia” reference. One of the funniest shows on TV.

  47. sean says:
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    @Grey: do you prefer daily or weekly transactions and why?

    Also, any advice for those of us playing with with FAAB for the first time?

  48. Don Slaught's Onslaught says:
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    Number 1 fantasy that second baseman Funston hates is Ian Stewart, and they seem to base those love/hates on value.

    He also loves Zobrist partially for his OF eligibility, meaning you are going to draft Zobrist as a 2B, move him to the outfield and put a schmohawk at 2B. Huh?

  49. chris says:
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    who has more upside in a keeper league, rasmus or andrus?

  50. Eddy says:
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    @Don Slaught’s Onslaught:
    Bad news for my league mates who read Yahoo on occasion, great news for me. This means I can leave Stewart until the 11th or 12th instead of 9th or 10th.

  51. Eddy says:
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    @chris:
    I’d say Andrus because of his speed, park, and age.

    Rasmus hits in front of Pujols, meaning that he isn’t going to run very often. And even though he’s only 22, that’s still two years older than Andrus.

  52. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Having an issue with 2 new owners replacing 2 teams in a 10 team 3 keeper league. Team A has Wright/Reynolds/Halladay and Team B has A.Gonz/Hill/Haren as best possible keepers. Typically when a new owner comes into a keeper league to replace a vacant team, does the new owner get dealt with whatever situation that team is in and has to choose keepers from that team only? We’re in a big debate on whether those new owners are forced to choose keepers only from the team they replace. Thanks.

  53. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @timSTi: They should have to deal with the teams they are taking over. Those keepers aren’t even that bad anyway.

  54. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: No they definitely aren’t terrible. An idea was proposed that from here on out (keepers will increase to 7 next year) that new owners must keep at minimum more than half of the required keeper amount. So this year they’d have to keep 2 and get to pick 1 free agent from the non kept pool. Is that an uncommon way to do it? Am I just trying too hard to keep everyone happy? I just feel like its a good preventive measure for future situations of losing a team where the owner just destroyed the team and now a new guy has to pick 7 keepers from a terrible terrible team.

  55. Grey

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    @timSTi: Why don’t you just have people keep as many as they like? I’m in a keeper league like that. We get 5 keepers, but you don’t have to keep anyone. It’s obviously in your best interest to have good enough players that you want to keep 5, but it doesn’t force people to keep players they don’t want at all.

  56. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: So if everyone chooses 5 keepers and you only choose 3, do you get two draft picks before everyone else? Or will you just get 2 draft picks at the end to fill out your team?

  57. Ben the M says:
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    Just wanted to stop in and say thanks for all the work Grey. Reading this website has helped me focus in on certain players, and get max value out of others. So far this off season in my keeper league (20 teams first 6 picks are your keepers) I have turned the following players on my roster last year:

    Mauer
    Morneau
    Reynolds
    Markakis
    Abreu
    Soriano
    Felix
    Greinke
    Papelbon
    Nathan
    Bailey
    Wainwright

    into-

    (my 6 keepers)
    Miguel Cabrera
    Joey Votto
    Matt Holliday
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Felix Hernandez
    Zach Greinke
    and and upgrade from the 7th to the 3rd round draft pick

    and still have Abreu, Papelbon, & Bailey sitting around to play with the rest of the offseason.

    I would never have even thought of trading Reynolds and Mauer without your words of warning.

    Keep up the good work.

  58. Grey

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    @timSTi: You get two before everyone.

    @Ben the M: Cool, looks good.

  59. mrbaseball says:
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    Think Tulo – you don’t like to build a team around Tulo in your first 12 picks of the draft – last years numbers were good at weak position

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: At the end, they should’ve revealed his opponent was a turtle.

  61. Steve says:
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    @Grey: And a monkey should have brought him a beer.

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Would’ve been great if he used a cat as a bridge.

  63. majortommy says:
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    @Tom Reale: Is that an 8 team keeper league? What kind of Carl Everetts are you playing against. Sounds like Grey isn’t the only one hitting the Mad Dog!

  64. Smokey

    smokey says:
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    @Steve: that dog stole my wallet

  65. DannyStartable? says:
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    Here were my first 8 picks in my 12 team H2H dynasty league draft (15 keepers):
    1 – Braun
    2 – M. Cabrera
    3 – Wright
    4 – Sizemore
    5 – Hamels
    6 – Phillips
    7 – Votto
    8 – Hamilton

    Thoughts? Also, I am still kicking around that Votto & Sizemore for Pujos & J. Sanchez trade offer. It is just so tempting!

  66. Smokey

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    @DannyStartable?: was there a huge run on SP to jump on Hamels at 5

  67. DannyStartable? says:
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    @smokey: Yes, Hamels was the best of what was left by Round 5. My top 5 starters are Hamels, AJ Burnett (aquired via trade for Slowey), Oswalt, Cueto, and E. Santana.

  68. Smokey

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    @DannyStartable?: wow, who were the SP taken right after Hamels. Burnett for Slowey is helpin.

  69. DannyStartable? says:
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    @smokey: In round 5 Papelbon & Kazmir, followed by Jiminez, Billingsley, Rivera, Price, Nolasco, Weaver, & Shields in the 6th. 21 pitchers were off the board, by the time I took Hamels in the 5th!

  70. Smokey

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    @DannyStartable?: understood so by those standards Hamels looks like Tom Selleck in Mr Baseball

  71. Frogurt says:
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    Just finished up a Yahoo mock draft. Geez, are their rankings nuts.

    What do you think? I punted Catcher like you said and got Soto in the 16th round. Not bad. I held off as long as I could without completely killing my pitching options. Yadier was still available in the 23rd round.

    Thoughts? Weaknesses?

    Geovany Soto (ChC – C)
    Adrián González (SD – 1B)
    Chase Utley (Phi – 2B)
    Jason Bartlett (TB – SS)
    Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)
    Carl Crawford (TB – OF)
    Adam Lind (Tor – OF)
    Bobby Abreu (LAA – OF)
    Andre Ethier (LAD – OF)
    Kendry Morales (LAA – 1B)

    Bench
    Yadier Molina (StL – C)
    Josh Hamilton (Tex – OF)
    Gordon Beckham (CWS – 3B)
    Stephen Drew (Ari – SS)

    Cole Hamels (Phi – SP)
    Jered Weaver (LAA – SP)
    Kevin Slowey (Min – SP)
    Jorge De La Rosa (Col – SP)
    Jonathan Sánchez (SF – SP)
    Joe Blanton (Phi – SP)
    Stephen Strasburg (Was – SP)

    Francisco Rodríguez (NYM – RP)
    Brian Wilson (SF – RP)

  72. peter says:
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    Three items:

    1) If Razzball is considering opening a Curling companion site (curling.razzball.com?), but looking for contributors, let me know.

    2) Eric Karabell just wrote that Granderson will hit AT LEAST 35 HR in 2010. This now guarantees he hits no more than 23 and is a SELL.

    3) In a long-term keeper league, I’ve got Pujols, Miguel Cabrera and Braun as my big 3. Is it wrong for me to consider trading Cabrera for the likes of Jose Reyes or Longoria? We currently have an IF where Cabrera will be parked this year. But I have *no* 3B or SS to speak of. I’m thinking of offering Cabrera for Longoria + a draft pick (equivalent of 10 or 11th round, first 9 are keepers, so there’s usually decent value available in those rounds). Does this make sense? Would it (still) make sense sans draft pick? Tell me if I’m wrong leaning Longoria over Reyes; I’m worried about Reyes’ health, plus I can pick up other speedy SB threats at SS on the cheap. Sorry to ask w/ so many layers and not just yes/no.

  73. Robert says:
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    Oops. Posted this on the previous section. I recently did a mock where I was picking 11th out of 12. Took Fielder in round 1 and found Howard still there in round 2. My thought was I would have two power bats that no other team could match. Not such a good idea?

  74. Grey

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    @Frogurt: I think you have way too many hitters on your bench, and your team’s light on power, which isn’t a good thing. I think your pitching’s fine and Soto’s great there.

    @peter: 1. Ha! 2. Damn. 3. I’d take Longoria there, raft pick or no draft pick.

    @Robert: It’s not great, but if Howard was a great steal in the 2nd, I could see moving Fielder for Longoria or Wright.

  75. peter says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. And let me know about the Curling; I’d be more than happy to Scout the Unknown: Russian Womens’ Curling Team.

  76. Frogurt says:
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    @Grey: So once you fill in your position players, then you aim for better pitching? THEN fill your bench?

  77. GopherDay says:
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    @Frogurt: Instead of drafting hitters for your bench, draft pitchers.

  78. Frogurt says:
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    @GopherDay: Thanks! Kinda new to this.. trying to get some mock drafts in early.

  79. Jaker says:
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    @Grey: Great post! I’m pick #2 in a 12 team roto 5×5 league where we replace Avg. with OPS. The guy picking 1st already said that he’s taking fat Albert so I’m obviously going to pick HanRam. I was debating between Kinsler and Zimm on the swing. Do you think this is too risky? My ideal plan would be HanRam, Kinsler, Morneau (maybe) although I’m hoping AGon is around in rd 3.

  80. Grey

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    @Jaker: That doesn’t sound terrible, but I’d try for a 1st baseman by the fourth round.

  81. Big Jgke says:
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    Just did a Yahoo draft yesterday, and took Hanley at #2 overall, then went Zimmerman and Sizemore with my next picks. Does that jibe with your thoughts on pairings?

    PS – I couldn’t resist taking Reyes when he was still available at the bottom of the fourth round…

  82. Nick says:
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    @Grey
    Just did a few mock drafts, this is my favorite team so far:
    C: Mike Napoli
    1B: Justin Morneau
    2B: Chase Utley
    3B: Ryan Zimmerman
    SS: Jose Reyes
    OF: Grady Sizemore
    OF: Josh Hamilton
    OF: Curtis Granderson
    OF: Brad Hawpe
    OF: Hunter Pence
    P: Josh Johnson
    P: Matt Cain
    P: Chad Billingsley
    P: Ricky Nolasco
    P: Roy Oswalt
    P: Brian Wilson
    P: Brandon Lyon
    P: David Aardsma
    P: Jonathan Sanchez

    Whadaya think?

  83. Grey

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    @Nick: Team looks real solid, not sure the size of the league, assuming 12 teams. Really like your pitching staff and the hitting side of things is real solid too. Great job.

  84. xtremehulk says:
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    just got my draft position. Draft in 2 weeks so Im working out the kinks… got pick #9

    Would you rather pair Longoria with A gon or Reyes?

  85. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @xtremehulk: Either way you go it’s fine. Longoria/Gonzalez is safer, Reyes and Longoria would have better value if Reyes is fine.

  86. xtremehulk says:
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    my league is 14 team so Im assuming no Holliday or J upton

  87. xtremehulk says:
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    oh okay thanks, quick reply!

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