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For these pairings, I’m going to be using our 2011 fantasy baseball rankings.  Notably, the top 20 starters for 2011 fantasy baseball, top 40 starters for 2011, top 60 starters for 2011 and the top 80 starters for 2011.  Okay, now that we have our links and shizz done.  What is a pitcher pairing?  It’s how you plan on putting together a fantasy staff.  It’s a plan of action.  If you have A pitcher, which B, C and D pitcher goes with him?  You should have six starters.  The sixth starter is Mike Minor or take whoever you want.  I suggest an upside pick.  Mike Minor comes to mind.  Or Jordan ZimmermannJordan Zimmermann also comes to mind.  I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5 and some variation of 9 Pitchers league.  (NOTE:  What you are about to read is massively confusing.  If it were found scribbled in a notebook, the FBI would be watching me.)  Anyway, here’s some pairings for pitching staffs for 2011 fantasy baseball drafts:

TIERS

“The best, Jerry.  The best!” and “Top starters that I’m wary of.” – These tiers are from Halladay to Sabathia.  There’s very little chance I have anyone in either of these tiers.  If I do have one, I wouldn’t take another pitcher until the Haren tier of the top 40 starters.  Then I’d grab one guy from the tier of Marcum/Daniel Hudson and one guy from the flyer tier of Chacin.  Finally, I’d finish my staff off with — that just sounded like a phone sex operator — an out there flyer from the top 80 starter post (a pitcher in the top 80 post that I like, preferably), then I’d grab Minor or Zimmermann.  So F-Her, Scherzer, Marcum, Chacin, Vazquez and Zimmermann.  That staff will probably have 13’s in every pitching category in a 12 team league.

“I’m going to have one of these guys on my team,” “I would draft one of these guys, but I think others will take them first” and “If I failed to get a pitcher in the Lester tier, I absolutely need one from this tier.”

These tiers go from Lester to Greinke.  With the pitchers from these tiers, you don’t have the same luxury of Halladay’s tier.  I’d pair any of the top 20 starters that come between Lester and Greinke with anyone in the Hamels tier, but it’s not mandatory.  In other words, if I have Lester, I wouldn’t ignore Hamels (or anyone in his tier) if he fell to me, but I wouldn’t reach either.  You’ll be fine taking Lester and moving right into the top 40 starters.  So let’s say you start your staff with Lester and Oswalt because he falls to you, you should skip right to Marcum.  Again, if someone from Haren’s tier drops, then you can grab him, but you’re loading up too much on pitching at this point.  So if you have Lester, Oswalt, Marcum, you jump to Chacin’s tier and grab two pitchers.  (Yes, this is like a Choose Your Own Adventure.)  So that leaves you with Lester, Oswalt, Marcum, Chacin, Morrow and Mike Minor.  Great looking staff, or so says Gosh Johnson, Josh’s porn star brother.

Now, if you draft someone from Lester’s tier but don’t take another starter until the top 40 starters post, that works too.  You take Kershaw then two guys from Haren’s tier, so Kershaw, Scherzer and Billingsley.  If that fails to happen, you take Kershaw, a guy from Haren’s tier and two guys from Marcum’s tier, so Kershaw, Cain, Marcum and Daniel Hudson.  If that doesn’t happen, you take Kershaw, one guy from Haren’s tier, one guy from Marcum’s tier and two guys from Chacin’s tier.  So Kershaw, Cain, Marcum, Chacin and Morrow.  Now if you have the first scenario — Kershaw, Scherzer and Billingsley — you then take two pitchers in Chacin’s tier.  If you have the 2nd scenario — Kershaw, Cain, Marcum and Daniel Hudson — you take one pitcher from Chacin’s tier.  Oh, and remember, every team needs a sixth starter — Mike Minor or Jordan Zimmermann.

“Kinda boring, but reliable number three starters.” and “Not bad options, but I see no upside.” — This tier goes from Lilly to Dempster in the top 40 starters and Danks to Shields in the top 60 starters post.  These are number three and four starters if — and this “if” has its own solar system — you somehow Mr. Bungle getting a number two starter or you feel like your staff is wonky as all get-out.  For instance, you have Kershaw then you go on an insane hitting run and don’t grab another pitcher until Jorge de la Rosa.  That means you’ve skipped the entire top 40 starters post.  At that point, I’d grab someone from Lilly’s tier.  Or if you’ve grabbed Hamels, Cain and Marcum and start worrying that your team has one guy who gives up homers, another who has a FIP’ing problem and another guy who had a poor April last year and you just want some stability, then you grab someone in Danks’ tier.

TROUBLE AREAS

WHIP Issues – For every pitcher who is projected over a 1.25 WHIP, take one below.  The quicker you do this, the better off you’ll be.  For instance, if you take Gio Gonzalez, who I have projected for a 1.28, you need to pair him with someone I have projected for below a 1.25.  Don’t pair Gio with Wandy.  Don’t pair Gio with Dempster.  Pair Gio with Kuroda.  Pair him with Hanson.  Pair him with Cain.  Remember, the further you get into the rankings, the harder it becomes to find lower WHIPs.  In the top 60 starters, there’s only three starters below a 1.25 WHIP.  There’s four pitchers in the top 80 and two of them are Peavy and Johan and who knows when they’re pitching.  The other two are Hellickson and Travis Wood, who I like but they’re not completely trustworthy.  Sidenote:  WHIP can be helped by closers and MRs… Or hurt by them.

Yovani Gallardo – I love Gallardo; I have his projected WHIP down for 1.24.  That’s optimistic because I am high on him this year.  All meanings of the word “high” work for that last sentence.  But I know I’m being optimistic so I would try to balance his WHIP out with another pitcher.  Say, Kuroda or Lilly.  Say, Tim Hudson or Matt Cain.

K ISSUES – For drafters who follow my lead, this shouldn’t be as much of an issue.  You’re shooting for around 150/starter.

Overall Pitching Issues – Just about everyone, including yours truly, drops at least one of their starters by May 1st.  Obviously, you want the best team coming out the draft, but it’s a marathon not a sprint.  Starters always come out of nowhere on waivers to become productive.  For further reading on that subject, see Mat Latos’ 2010.

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  1. Steve says:
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    Love this post, Grey. Though for the second year running I had to have a lie down halfway through.

  2. Buge Hoobs says:
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    @Grey
    How do you think that your first grouping would do in a 10 team 5×5 that only starts 7 pitchers?

    OR, with something like 24 less pitchers taken …
    would you aim for your last pick to be Chacin and pick up a “Kinda love em” and “boring reliable” before that?

  3. BSA says:
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    As the brain has been tinkering about an approach to draft day this is the perfect warm up. It amazes me how I feel set for draft day and then get on the clock and shat the bed. Geez, the double edge sword of being in the RCL.

  4. manuscr1pt says:
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    know who needs this post? the guy who takes over this team in my dynasty league, now in its second year! 6×6, pay league! 25 man rosters, $280 cap! march 20 auction! mail me to take it over (johnmurn at gmail)! hurry! hurry! hurry!

    joe mauer c 42
    adrian gonzalez 1b 31
    placido polance 3b 6
    evan longoria 3b 47
    juan uribe 2b/ss/3b 1
    jason bay of 24
    curtis granderson of 24
    ben zobrist of/2b 22
    justin morneau 1b 28
    ivan rodriguez c 1
    orlando hudson 2b 1
    andruw jones of 1
    magglio ordonez of 1
    freddie freeman 1b 1
    adeiny hechevarria ss 1
    brett wallace 1b 1
    matt capps p 1
    francisco cordero p 8
    kevin correia p 1
    matt garza p 13
    edwin jackson p 6
    derek lowe p 3
    matt thornton p 6
    jason vargas p 1
    brad lidge p 1
    joe saunders p 6
    chris volstad p 2
    joel zumaya p 1
    noel arguelles p 1
    chris sale p 1

  5. Tony says:
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    League #2 will probably need a few more owners. I ran an RCL last year, $50 buy in, please send me your email and I’ll send out the invites later tonight around 7pm. I’m letting guys from last year have a chance to let me know they’re in or not. If I dont hear from them I’m letting people in first come first serve. Top 4 spots will be paid. I’m the trophy guy.

    youngy_03@yahoo.com

  6. Buge Hoobs says:
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    @Grey
    How do you think that your first grouping would stand in a 10 team std 5×5 playing 7P?

    That’s a lot shallower of a draft. Almost 40 less pitchers taken if my abacus isn’t missing any beads. How much more aggressive would you play getting top pitching?

  7. RADickeyJokes says:
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    @Grey: still on the 1B question from last night. After doing (way too many) ESPN mock drafts over the past few days, if I’m in the top 8 or 9 picks in a 12 team league Howard and/or Fielder were available in the 3rd round every single time. This obviously wouldn’t apply to an RCL league, but has a good chance in my other leagues. If that’s the case, with a top 2 pick, OK to go 1B-MI/OF-1B in the 1st 3 rounds? And for a middle pick, better to go 3B-OF/SS-1B trusting that one of those two would be available in the 3rd or go 3B-1B-1B given that insane 3rd round value? Thanks!

  8. Wilsonian says:
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    Question about what I should draft next in my 16 Team H2H. Here’s my rostah:

    C. Mike Napoli
    1B. Adam Dunn
    2B. Aaron Hill
    3B. David Wright
    SS. Elvis Andrus
    OF. Josh Hamilton
    OF. Jayson Heyward
    OF. Jose Tabata
    Util. Ryan Raburn
    Util. Chris Johnson

    SP. Jon Lester
    SP. Shaun Marcum
    SP. Gio Gonzalez
    RP. Craig Kimbrell
    RP. Joel Hanrahan
    P. Johnny Cueto
    P. Edwin Jackson

    BN. Sean Rodriguez
    BN. Brandon League
    BN.
    BN.
    BN.

    It’s a 7×7 with our extra categories being Hits, OBPS, Losses, Ks/9.

    With these guys available, who do I take:

    Bats: Coghlan, Robot Jones, Gomes, J.P., Pennington, Fragu
    SPs: Slowey, Cecil, Norris, Bailey, Narveson, Paulino, Arroyo, Lowe, Buerhle, Wells, Guthrie, Harang, Richard
    RPs: Soriano, Kuo, Hensley, Dotel, Motte

    After this pick, I’ll be waiting for 22 picks before I go again. Thanks man, and sorry for the long post. I’m having an issue figuring out who to stock up on my bench. Leaning either Coghlan, Soriano, Arroyo, or Norris, if it matters to ya.

  9. BSA says:
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    @Tony: I thought the leagues were free. If there is money changing hands is Razzball considered in the percentages?

  10. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: knock Norris off that list, he just got drafted.

  11. Tony says:
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    @BSA: Leagues are free. I have a buy in for mine. $50. Did it last year. An incentive to keep up with your team, yet not enough to break the bank. All money is paid out to the owners. I’m making a trophy for the overall RCL winner, thats my contribution.

  12. Curt says:
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    Is the $50 a flat fee??…..or are there other “transactions fees???….

  13. JustMatt says:
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    Grey – this is the best drafting tool for pitching I’ve ever come across – everyone gives you their ranks but they never tell you how to turn those ranks into a winning squad. Two questions:

    1. In addition to Zimmerman and Minor – any other names you really like for your 6th starter if those two are off the board?

    2. With the regular season starting on Thursday, March 31st this season many weekly line-up leagues will be running an 11-day opening week (3/31-4/10). Since many starters are working out kinks and not going deep into their first couple starts would you be more inclined to use a top middle reliever for this first week to build your peripherals and keep your 5th or 6th starter, with only 1 start during this time period, on the bench? I thought I’d run this by you as no one is talking about it yet but it seems like an interesting subject with the early start to the season.

  14. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: oh, and Coghlan and Richard just got drafted, too.

  15. Commish Cauda says:
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    I own your boy Ryan Raburn in a 20-team keeper league, and can assign a 1-year, 2-year or 3-year contract to him moving forward.

    He’s currently eligible at 2B & OF, so I definitely will keep him for 2011. But I’m not sure about 2012 or 2013? Our eligibility requirements are 10 games. Do you think he’ll get 10 starts at 2B this year to make a multi-year contract worthwhile?

  16. Tony says:
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    @Curt: flat fee, i had owners mail me a check last year, i held all the money and paid out the top 4 every dollar, simply fred and paullienuts were in my league, I think Paul took 4th and got a check? I cant remember. I’m a high school teacher, donating a ceramic trophy to the site, and will run the league honestly. Shoot me an email if you’re interested I’ll send the invite out around 7pm tonight.

  17. Rick says:
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    @Wilsonian: I’d take Norris, then coghlan and Richard. That’s my order.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ha!

    @Buge Hoobs: 10 Team league you need to be more aggressive about top SPs.

    @BSA: Stay calm. Find your chakra.

    @RADickeyJokes: If you know they’ll be there. I guess. But only cause you’re twisting my arm to say you should draft 2 1B when I don’t believe you should.

    @Wilsonian: Don’t take a bat. I thought you were going with Soriano/Kuo.

    @JustMatt: Thanks! 1. Don’t let them be off the board or: http://razzball.com/top-80-starters-2011-fantasy-baseball/ 2. Makes sense to do that since the 5th or 6th starter might not even get a start.

    @Commish Cauda: No, I don’t. Give him 1 year.

  19. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Grey, I asked you a few days ago about deep-league strategies that differ from 12-team leagues. Are there any you could shell out? Any chance of a post regarding this issue?

  20. majortommy says:
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    Grey, I signed up for an RCL league, are you guys still doing the other Razzball league? I thoroughly enjoyed it last year.

  21. Eddy says:
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    Btw, does anyone know how Clint Hurdle handles his running game?

    With his being at the helm of the 2011 Pirates, I was wondering how it would affect Tabata’s and McCutch’s running game.

  22. mr baseball says:
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    Jorge De La Rosa is expected to arrive late to spring camp because of a visa issue. He should have gotten the American Express Card instead

  23. Curt says:
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    @Curt: e-mail sent

  24. Wilsonian says:
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    @Rick: unfortunately those are the last three picked. One more pick and then me. Who would you take after those three?

    @Grey: well I took League last night before you had responded because I was looking at the save chance route. So would you take one of those fliers for SPs or would you go with Soriano or Kuo?

  25. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: oh, and the starting pitching is getting really thin, so I was looking that route because of that. Definitely appreciate the help.

  26. Help says:
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    I have Verlander, Scherzer, and Chacin in a 14 team keeper league. Should I be concerned and grab Kiroda (the top SP left in my draft), or go with a hitter (I’m thinking Manny) and take someone like Kennedy or de la Rosa? Some rotations aren’t even 3 deep yet. I’m leaning towards Manny. Thanks.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Rudy’s doing an afternoon post about it.

    @majortommy: Yeah, next week or so sign ups for that will happen.

    @mr baseball: Ha

    @Wilsonian: Cecil

    @Help: Sure, go with a hitter.

  28. pwire says:
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    Grey,

    First of all, great posts as usual. You are the man… I have four questions…

    I have the overall #8 slot in a 13 Team (Roto) snake who start the following:
    1 at each position 4 OF and 1 Utility (10 total sticks)
    5 SP 2 RP and 3 P (10 total pitchers)

    Question #1: Do your rankings change at all for this type of 13 team league? (Especially pitching)

    Question #2: Should I wait to take OF due to there only being a requirement to start 4?

    Question #3: I’m assuming I will be choosing between Braun, Wright, Cargo, Crawford in the 8 slot. Is it better to wait on Braun and take Wright in this type of league? I want Longoria if he is there…

    Question #4: If you had the 8 slot, based on your dream team set up you did with pick #1, could you lay out your first 8 rounds for me (or more if you don’t mind)?

    Thanks

  29. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:

    Fantastic.

    Do you know the answer to my Clint Hurdle question by any chance?

  30. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks man. He was next on the list, followed by Bailey and Narveson.

  31. RADickeyJokes says:
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    Victory! So I guess I’ll hold off on drafting a 1B until the 3rd round then. And Howard and Fielder will of course be gone. And after the nausea fades I’ll make Ike Davis my starting 1B. At least it will give me a somewhat valid reason to follow the Mets post the All Star Break this year.

  32. Eddy says:
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    @Smokey:

    Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. Looks like it’ll be the same ol’ same ol’ for McCutch and Tabata.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @pwire: Thanks! 1. No 2. Nope 3. Can take a 3rd baseman if you like, same tier. 4. No way to do that. Different people get drafted in different leagues.

    @Wilsonian: No problem.

  34. pubscout says:
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    grey- ubaldo/victorino/garza for sabathia/jeter. i think ull say u prefer the yankee side, but i mancrush on ubaldo and victorino. slap me across the face as if im peter lorre and tell me to take ill take my yankees and like it, please.

  35. mr baseball says:
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    Daniel McMurphy been working on a conversion to second base with Nurse Ratched for the New York Metropolitans

  36. Mike from Jersey says:
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    @sean:
    Hit me up with the league info im down to join.

  37. Mike from Jersey says:
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    Grey who do you think is better : Youk or Zimmerman? Now I know obvi you like zimms and rank him higher, but does youk’s impending multi-position eligibility make him a better pick? It probably does make ur draft easier.

  38. Simply Fred

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    This from Peter regarding War Room and AUCTION values:

    “For those interested, I entered the projected dollar values according to Razzball’s Point Shares for 12 Team auctions into the War Room (auction). I included both the $260 budget and the 180/80 hitting/pitching values. I’ve put them in the “Players” tab and posted JUST THAT TAB as a Google Doc:

    https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ArHQqgMgSyoEdEZYN1R3TVVXU3phNTFaWUJBNVVaNkE&hl=en&authkey=COSL3Cs

    If you want the dollar values (12 team) in your Auction War Room, copy and paste the appropriate columns from the Google Doc (G/H for hitters, U/V for pitchers) into your War Room at home. Since all of the players are ordered the same (Grey’s rankings) in both the downloadable War Room and Google Doc, everything will line up correctly. I pasted mine in place of columns G and AA on the War Room (Auction) spreadsheet, and it hasn’t impacted any of the functionality.”

    The War Room: http://razzball.com/2011-fantasy-baseball-war-room/

  39. Yep, I said it! says:
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    Which side would you want (in a 20-team dynasty)?
    Kemp, Sandoval, Liriano, MRivera
    or
    Zimmerman, Butler, Lackey, Burnett
    I own the bottom group and have been offered the top group. I hate giving up Zimmerman and Butler in a dynasty, but…I should do it, right? Thanks!

  40. Mike from Jersey says:
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    @sean:
    Joined

  41. Evan says:
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    Who didn’t know about Latos last year?

  42. birrrdy! says:
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    @Yep I said it: how many keepers can you keep? If you make the trade, are you required to keep everyone, or can you pick and choose. Last question: how big are your rosters? 20 teams is a lot, and if you have lots of OF slots and only 1 3B slot, I think you might have your answer depending on how you are doing at OF.

  43. wilsoniam says:
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    grey, any insights in how the SS battle in tampa and boston will go?

    do you think brignac and lowrie will win their respective jobs?
    who has the higher ceiling?

  44. Grey

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    @Yep, I said it!: Kemp side.

    @Evan: His ADP was 331 last year. I knew about him, maybe you knew about him but the average person didn’t draft him.

    @wilsoniam: Scutaro and hopefully Brignac.

  45. Yep, I said it! says:
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    @birrrdy: It is a dynasty league in its 8th year, so I’d keep all of them. The rosters are 28 MLB and 20 MiLB players.

    @Grey: My only concern is the huge drop from Zimmerman to Sandoval at 3B (that’s about 14 slots in your rankings, I think). But I hear you saying that Kemp and Liriano more than make up for it. Clearly right? Thanks!

  46. sean says:
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    Anyone here tried his/her luck in any of the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) Events? I thought I remember royce! saying he was going to give it a shot last year.

  47. matt says:
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    hey i have a question in a league that we need 7 starters its a keeper league an the 3 starters i am keeping King Felix, Greinke, and Garza. who would you shoot for to add to these 3?

  48. yankees2010 says:
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    @Grey: A very interesting read but it now has me slightly concerned. The way our Yahoo Keeper League is working out, I am not going to be able to touch Lester or Kershaw, who I really like, as my Number 1 without reaching way too far (2nd or 3rd Round too far). I am planning on keeping Oswalt and Scherzer though, but I still feel I need a #1. Would Gallardo or Liriano or even Haren fit the bill? Your comment on Gallardo’s WHIP also got me to thinking that I may want to look elsewhere. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    My apologies for the long winded message. Thanks much Grey!

  49. Steve says:
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    @yankees2010: I’m not Grey (though that’s what I tell girls when I’m trying to pick them up at a bar), but he has Liriano and Gallardo and 9 and 10 in his Top 20 starters in a tier he calls “I’m going to have one of these guys on my team” (and after two tiers of guys he’s unlikely to own), so I think it’s safe to say either would be fine as a #1.

  50. yankees2010 says:
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    @Steve: Thanks Steve. I did in fact notice that, but I guess the disparity in the Yahoo rankings between the Kershaw/Lester tandem and the Liriano/Gallardo tandem had me slightly concerned. I guess I would also sleep a little better having one from the former pair than the latter. However, I can reach the latter guys and will most likely grab one as my #1.

    Thanks.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @matt: A couple of number 3’s and a number 5.

    @yankees2010: What Steve said.

  52. TrevorG4 says:
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    Grey, How does this look for my first mock draft? I used war room with your top 300 and then looked at the batting projection rankings and i was near 12th in every category?? any the who…

    1. (7) Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    2. (18) Ryan Braun (Mil – OF)
    3. (31) Matt Kemp (LAD – OF)
    4. (42) Justin Upton (Ari – OF)
    5. (55) Francisco Liriano (Min – SP)
    6. (66) Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
    7. (79) Yovani Gallardo (Mil – SP)
    8. (90) Adam Lind (Tor – 1B,OF)
    9. (103) Max Scherzer (Det – SP)
    10. (114) Aaron Hill (Tor – 2B)
    11. (127) José Valverde (Det – RP)
    12. (138) Brett Anderson (Oak – SP)
    13. (151) Mike Napoli (Tex – C,1B)
    14. (162) Daniel Hudson (Ari – SP)
    15. (175) Jose Tabata (Pit – OF)
    16. (186) Joel Hanrahan (Pit – RP)
    17. (199) Jhoulys Chacin (Col – SP,RP)
    18. (210) Bobby Abreu (LAA – OF)
    19. (223) Edinson Vólquez (Cin – SP)
    20. (234) Scott Baker (Min – SP)
    21. (247) Edwin Jackson (CWS – SP)
    22. (258) Carlos Zambrano (ChC – SP,RP)
    23. (271) Dallas Braden (Oak – SP)

  53. Black Beard says:
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    Keeper league without limits on keeping, 6×5 (+OPS).

    Heyward and Hamilton for Hanley?

  54. Tito Santanarama says:
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    Better proposition: Keep Ramsus and forfeit an 18th RD pick or keep Latos and forfeit a 24th RD pick AND pair him with Ubaldo?

  55. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey:
    Preparing for my draft in a 16 team H2H dynasty league. I’ve got the 16th pick in the snake draft. Normally I’d be happy to have that draft slot for the back-to-back picks, but my the only other Razzballer in the league (who is probably going to read this post) landed the 15th pick. I’m concerned about him poaching my draft targets (especially in the later rounds) and have found two owners (non-Razzballers) that are willing to trade draft positions (swap positions for all 20+ rounds).

    Should I swap for the guy picking 10th, the guy picking 12th, or stand pat at 16 and risk having my friend (@ #15) mess with my game plan?

    Thanks for the perspective!

  56. Grey

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    @TrevorG4: Doesn’t look like that bad of a team, weird it said you were near 12th. Your average looks terrible and you look light on speed, but it’s not that bad. Pitching looks fine.

    @Black Beard: I’d keep Heyward and Hamilton.

    @Tito Santanarama: Rasmus

    @Bill Lumbergh: Take 10th pick if there’s no penalty to you.

  57. Sean A says:
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    @Grey: Going back a few days…you told me you would keep LaRoche at $2 and Drew at $7 in a 12 team 5×5 league with a $180 cap.
    Just 20 words for each as to why you’d keep them, pretty please, I’m having trouble pulling the trigger on those 2.

    PS you are my mancrush

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sean A: I wrote more than 20 words re: Drew in rankings. LaRoche is a cheap 25 homer guy for $2.

  59. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: 10tm 7 keepers. My keepers are Fielder, Longoria, Kemp, J.Upton, Werth, Kershaw, Wainright.

    I got offered Wright & Kinsler for Longoria.

    It’s a no time limit keeper. Werth would get bumped for Kinsler.

    Whatta you think?

  60. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey! No penalty, so I’m making the trade!!!

  61. Fman99 says:
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    Hey Grey, does your strategy on this change any for 14 team leagues?

  62. Brandon says:
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    I am currently in RCL #22. I would prefer to be in a league where a small wager was involved. I just feel as though having some skin in the game helps people remain competetive. Any RCL leagues out there with a buy-in still have room? If not, I will remain in RCL #22 and be content with attempting to win that Slugga.

  63. sean says:
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    @Brandon: Not sure paying ten bucks is all that much incentive…

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