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Hehe, I said tool.  Okay, with help of a very talented programmer and an occasional commenter, Jamil, we’ve turned this year’s War Room inside out and ripped off the tag.  Our 2013 Fantasy Baseball War Room is one part draft tool, one part fantasy team evaluator, one part fantasy junkie’s s’s and g’s tool, one part holy, two parts smokes, three parts… How many parts is that so far?  Cause it’s only really seven parts total.  I think there’s one part kill-your-day-with-this-war-room-thing-a-maboob in there too.  I don’t know, guys and four girls, I think it’s pretty cool and I only get excited about things once every three full moons or once every time I see the t-shirt with three moons and a wolf.  For reals, it might be the best thing since sliced bread.  Now sliced bread that is toasted and buttered is another story entirely.  This shizz is so insane, we named it after Andre 3000.  Shake it like a Fantasy Baseball War Room, shake it!

If you’re unfamiliar with our Fantasy Baseball War Room, it’s a draft tool to help you can track where you are at any moment in a draft.  It shows you if you have too many steals, homers… Or if your ERA or WHIP are too low.  Or if your lamb should be turned (results vary on lamb).  If you’ve already drafted a team, go into the War Room, enter your team and it shows you exactly how stacked/dreadful the team is.  If you’re in the middle of a draft, you can filter which guys are left that have the most home runs according to my projections.  Or the most steals, or the most runs or the most whatever (only applicable if “Whatever” is a category in your league).  If you’re in a bind, go into a Warm Room and take a shvitz.   Ah…That’s better!  There might be some bugs in our 2013 Fantasy Baseball War Room, just comment here and we’ll look into fixes.  If you like it, thank Jamil.  The default projections are mine from the 2013 fantasy baseball rankings.  (We’re working on putting Steamer projections in it too.)  It should be pretty self-explanatory, but here’s a quick tutorial:

  • Sign up. (Dur.)
  • Choose what kind of team you want to draft.  How many catchers, outfielders, middle infielders, etc.  ESPN and Yahoo are for position eligibility.  It doesn’t mean you’re playing there.  ESPN is 20 games started; Yahoo is 5 started and 10 games played.  So that means ESPN and CBS are the same.  Or wherever you play that uses 20 or 10 game eligibility is accounted for.  Please don’t ask if we can add CBS.
  • Now as you draft players, click Draft next to their name.  If someone else takes them, then X them out.  If a player is eligible at more than one position, drop down the menu to the position you want them at.  If you can’t find a player, search for them at the top.  As Jeff Francoeur would say, voila!
  • Get as close to the Totals as you can.
  • Wanna start again?  Delete the Team and start again.  Wanna throw your computer out the window from excitement?  Go for it!

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  1. Awesomus Maximus

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    I may be a moron, but I can’t figure out how to close a blurb after I open it up. Otherwise, this thing is tits! Excellent work, Jamil.

    • VinWins

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      @Awesomus Maximus: Try clicking in the same place as where you opened it.

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @VinWins: Okay, confirmation on that moron thing I mentioned. Thanks for the assist!

    • Dough BOY says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus:
      Are you doing the ipad app again?

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @Dough BOY: I’ve been wondering that myself, lately. Don’t know how much demand for it there is, but I’ll probably make it for myself anyway, so why not share it, I suppose.

        • Dough BOY says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus:
          I likes it last year much easier to follow while stumbling around the live draft.

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    Awesome stuff as always. Aside from one really competitive money league, I’ve been spreading the word as often as I can. Speaking of which, you might have a new girl reader!

    An actual question now…What ratio of hitter/pitcher are you generally looking for during the draft? Obviously every draft is different, but maybe a 7:3 through 10 or 10:5 through 15?

    Second question, if you’re going to punt a couple positions (C and SS), does it make sense to focus on adding a couple strong starters with those extra picks? For example, I rarely take a pitcher before the 7th round but the options there are really unappealing, with Darvish possibly the best pick. I see Greinke sitting there in the 5th, so I would be dumb not to take him, right?

    Random ramblings at 4 am. Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @bossmanjunior: Re: girl readers, soon we can have a mixer! Every draft is different… I’d take Greinke in the 5th…

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    Wow I can seriously play with this for hours on my phone (I just did). I don’t know if this is a glitch or just my phone but certain players had a ? next to them instead of a + and it wouldn’t let me add them. One such player is Josh Rutledge ugh!

    Since we all have a man crush on Rutledge, thought I’d pass on he’s currently dating Ms. Florida, Laura McKeeman. She was part of the Rays broadcast team the past couple of seasons. Beautiful girl and really knows her stuff.

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      @bossmanjunior:

      That “?” was supposed to be a downward pointing triangle.

      • VinWins

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        @bossmanjunior: That is supposed to allow you to choose a position for multi-positional players. It is working on my computer.

        • bossmanjunior says:
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          @VinWins:

          How does that work on my phone if at all? It wouldn’t let me click or hold down the button at all to even choose a position. Maybe its just my Droid.

          • VinWins

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            @bossmanjunior: Sorry, that’s beyond my limited scope of knowledge.

  4. MattTruss223 says:
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    Just got my computer out of the snow bank after tossing it out the window, this tool is the shizz! Very, very nice. This will absolutely take the place of my spreadsheet in a couple leagues and be a very handy reference in the others.

    A couple questions and a comment if I may:

    – After we draft a team, are you supposed to just delete it? There’s no way to save a team/draft and start a new one or anything like that that I’m missing is there?

    – Can we add a button at the bottom that automatically sends your roster to Grey via e-mail for the 1 bajillion “Hey Grey, how’s my team look?” questions that get posted in March?

    – Some of the blurbs reference previous written “fantasies”, it seemed kind of hit or miss if there was a link to the previously written blurb or not. Marco Estrada for example has no link. Not a huge deal, but figured I’d point it out.

    Thank you Jamil, thank you Razzball. You guys never cease to amaze.

    • Grey

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      @MattTruss223: Can screenshot it…No way to save a team at this point… I tried to put in a way to send a team but it didn’t happen… Thanks, the blurbs were a copy and paste job that didn’t always translate… Will try to look through them…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey: Ha! The “Send to Grey” Button was mostly in jest. Awesome that you actually looked into it though.

        Glad to read further down that you’re planning to release the Excel War Room still. I wasn’t looking forward to recreating it, but I would have. You’re the best.

        • Grey

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          No problem…

  5. Shitbird says:
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    Rad- Thanks Jamil! Any chance there you’ll be adding ‘only’ leagues as an option?
    Only issue i see is that there is a max of 4 SP.

    • Grey

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      @Shitbird: You can do 9 Pitchers if you like… No talk of doing “only” leagues at this time, will depend on how this is received…

  6. The next great razzball writer! says:
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    This is great!!!!!! Razzball never fails to amaze me. This will be very helpful.

    Question for you sir, I did my first mock draft of the year, And I couldnt help but notice the depth around the league this year. For example, hunter pence is ranked 123 or something on yahoo’s rankings… Not that I am going to be using them, seeing as how I have better rankings(cough razzball rankings cough cough). That being said, how are your going to draft?? 3b is solid OF is deep, 1b is deep. 2b is to, with the likes of uggla zobrist etc all going after pick 75. What are you loading up on early? Thanks for the advice, and keep up the good work

    • Grey

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      @The next great razzball writer!: Thanks! I’ll be going over draft strategy in the coming days/weeks… I tend to draft from strength not position scarcity… So OF, 3B and 1B upfront…

      • Hats for Bats says:
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        @Grey: I used Grey’s rankings in Yahoo last year and stole Darvish and Cespedes while taking Price in the 5th. I felt like I won my draft. This year Greinke in the 5th?

        • Grey

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          Yup…Love Greinke this year…

  7. Awesome Ricky says:
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    When you’re as awesome as me, you don’t need draft software. You just know where you stand. I win. It’s what I do.

    • Justin says:
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      @Awesome Ricky: haha I imagine your baseball seasons go like your dates, you talk all this game, and then surely dissapoint in the end!! haha just fucking with you man.

  8. Tigres says:
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    Great tool – and nice to see the OBP projections included – are those yours or from Steamer? Just signed up for my first RCL, will put this to use in the draft.

  9. Jacob says:
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    Not that I am complaining, but just confused. I remember the war room as a spreadsheet that was downloadable in the past. Am I thinking of something else?

    • Grey

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      @Jacob: We tried to update it into the new world of ‘puters…

      • Hats for Bats says:
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        @Grey: While I love this new “app” it is slow and I see it being tough to use on draft day. Any chance of the spreadsheet popping out?

        • Grey

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          In the next day or so we’ll make the spreadsheet available…

          • Hats for Bats says:
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            @Grey: As a thank you, I just donated $10 to the Get Grey Drunk fund.

  10. weas says:
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    Man this is really cool, nice work Razzball!

    It would be cool if I should switch between various Razzball rank sets, as I would love to be able to draft using Rudy’s customized point shares rankings for my OPS league.

    • Grey

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      @weas: It’s in talks but it depends on how well this is received…

  11. L-Boogie says:
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    Am I missing something or is there no way to change the “Goal” for each category?

    • Grey

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      @L-Boogie: It changes depending on the size and format of your league…

      • Wade Ortega says:
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        The Goals in War Room … finish in 1st in each category or X-percentile?

  12. CobraMan! says:
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    Is there a way to delete drafted players or move drafted players from position spots to the bench?

    • Grey

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      @CobraMan!: Delete players by X’ing them out on the far right of their stats… No way at this time to move players between bench and team…

  13. ChillmanCometh says:
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    Okay… I like what this is doing; however, would love to see the spreadsheet/offline version of this War Room, which allowed you to enter in the rosters for every team. I loved that, because everyone at my draft was amazed at the instantly updating rankings and would get caught up in it allowing me to continuously nab the guys I wanted.

    On another note, I’m noticing in a Yahoo, 10-team, everything standard exception of only 1 UTIL, and 5 bench spots, it looks like 3 or 4 closers who will likely get 25-35 saves will be enough. I’m thinking grab 4 of them to keep ERA and WHIP down, and use two of the later round pitcher picks on upside guys that if they don’t stick, I use those slots for streaming until something does. Yes?

    • Grey

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      @ChillmanCometh: I’ll make the Excel downloadable war room available tomorrow…

  14. Nuclear Madness!!!!

    • @t moore:

      I can not get these things to load on my puter… I must be out of date…

      • @t moore:

        Stubbs numbers adjusted??? Not a god trade for him

        • Grey

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          @t moore: Nope, not good for Stubbs…

  15. Zobmie says:
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    Sounds like it might just be me, but I’m getting really long page load times after each player add etc. 45sec+ Anybody else?

    • ChillmanCometh says:
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      @Zobmie: I second this.

      • AdamH says:
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        @ChillmanCometh: @ChillmanCometh: Really really slow. But it is very cool. At this speed though, I’m not sure I could use it during a draft.

        • ChillmanCometh says:
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          @AdamH: Completely agree. At my live draft where everyone fashions themeselves as fantasy maestros and are accessing the same internet connection, I anticipate this being more like 2-4 minutes of load time between selections. No way I can make use of this the way it stands.

          Oh, how I long for the downloadable Excel War Room…

          • Grey

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            @ChillmanCometh: I’ll make the Excel downloadable war room available tomorrow…

  16. Tom says:
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    runs really slow

    • Grey

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      @Tom: I think it’s just getting swamped right now because it was just released… Tomorrow through April it’ll probably be fine… Is my guess at least…

  17. L-Boogie says:
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    Don’t get me wrong. This is a beautiful thing. But I miss the old War Room format. The spreadsheet allowed for instant sorting and updating without having to wait for the page to reload. The Dashboard gave a great snapshot of player rankings at each position. I could change the stat goals to suit my league. And, as someone mentioned, it tracked all teams and gave real-time projected standings throughout the draft. Plus, it was easier to share with my co-owner.

    Excellent job, Jamil. But I’m going back to the drawing board and maybe updating last year’s War Room spreadsheets. Should only take me until the All Star break.

    • Thanks for the input. We decided against updating standings as we felt it was too much work for drafters to assign each player to a different team.

      We’ve talked about how to provide more flexible goals and to estimate a team’s standing points (leveraging my Point Shares). We’ll see what can be done by end of year.

      FWIW, based on my projection testing, I can say with full assurance that pre-season standings are statistically useless. Even with the best rankings/projections, it only has a 15% correlation with the final standings. So my advice is just focus on drafting the highest value team and ignore post-draft standings (even though they are so tempting to look at…)

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Oh, make no mistake. I don’t think anyone finds true value in pre-season standings based projections calculated before a player even picks up a bat. The real value lies in ball-bustin and providing a false sense of confidence.

        The goals, however, are somewhat important to me. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but even when I customize my league in this year’s war room, the goals that it sets for my team would break all sorts of records in my long-standing big $$ league. I’ll keep tinkering

        But the dashboard was really the best. A quick snapshot of each position and who has already been taken. I understand it’s probably a lot of work setting the conditional formatting in excel. I’ll give it a try. For 5 minutes. And completely screw it up. Then abandon it soon afterwards.

        • Thanks L-Boogie. Agreed that the ‘goals’ could work – personally, I think they should work best as just a general indication of team strengths/weaknesses (e.g., I’m on pace to be strong in power and weak in speed).

  18. Camden says:
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    I agree with some of the previous comments. I have been anxiously waiting for this day! I love the war room. I was hoping for an updated version of last year’s excel sheet. This page loads far too slowly to be very useful during a draft. I would love to be able to have the option to use the excel version of the war room as well as this version.

    Are you guys going with this version to create more clicks/advertising?

    • Grey

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      @Camden: I’ll make the Excel downloadable war room available tomorrow…

  19. Jon says:
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    Hey Rudy/Grey/Jamil, this is seriously awesome. Thank you!

    I’m in a league where I carry 10 SP and 5 RP and I start 3 SP and 5 RP on any given day. What amount of SP/RP/P would you use in the War Room to get the right amount of targeted pitching stats?

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      I would agree with everyone else, though, that said it’s probably too slow to be useful during a live draft. I’m finding it really useful, though, considering keepers and who to target in my upcoming draft.

      • Jon says:
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        For example, after plugging in my keepers it was pretty obvious that I’m low enough on Runs and SBs and that it’ll be tough for me to get my quota without grabbing someone like Brett Gardner who is elite in both. And now he’s at the top of my target list.

    • Grey

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      @Jon: Wow, that’s pretty big staff — that’s what she said! I’d go with 9 pitchers…

      • ha ha, you said a big staff is pretty!

  20. Camden says:
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    Is there anyway to change the stats we use? My league uses OBP instead of runs and Holds/saves instead of saves and QS in stead of W.

    • Grey

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      @Camden: Not at this time…

  21. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Hey Grey: 10 team keeper league trying to decide the last pick. Aaron Hill or Ian Desmond as both were FA pickup’s and count as a last round pick.

  22. DKohn says:
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    Yo Grey, you mustache dragging around a body, how lame is Opening Day on a Monday?

    • Grey

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      @DKohn: It wouldn’t be Opening Day on a Monday in Arena Baseball. It would be on a Muesday. And we’d have more than one Opening Day. Maybe 5 of them.

      • DKohn says:
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        @Grey: Haha damn straight! And I think this goes without saying, but each of the 5 Opening Days will have their own unique Fake Mustache Giveaway.

        Collect all 5 and you can sign over your life or your childs’ to be in the outfield for Arena Baseball’s Homerun Derby, for the first time ever, played with aluminum bats!

        • Grey

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          I like it! Maybe the mustache giveaways can be hidden in the bottom of beer cups… Only when you’re done drinking can you check to see if your cup has a mustache…

          • DKohn says:
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            @Grey: Haha see now that is how you’re supposed to open the baseball season!

            I mean what’s next Bud? Before you know it he’ll have the all star game deciding home field advantage in the World Series….wait, what?… He’s already done that?…..Viva La Arena Beisbol!!!!

            • Grey

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              Ha! I think the losing team should decide home field advantage for Arena Baseball… How great would it be to see players try to screw up? Would be like when Frank Derbin can’t let the inning end.

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                @Grey: hahaha, “the home of the land, and the land of the free!”

                I think we just figured out how to do the national anthem on opening day.

                Haha the list of backup players chosen by each manager would be hilarious. “And now pinch hitting Russell Martin. I’m told the Pirates are delighted Russell has met his goal this year of batting his weight. Probably should have had him come in heavier than 205 though, ain’t that right Monty?”

                • Grey

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                  HA! “Maybe if they weighed him with that monkey on his back, Alyssa Milano.”

                  • DKohn says:
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                    @Grey: haha I think I’m missing the reference, but I find it funny nonetheless.

                    • Grey

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                      She was the one that got away from Martin… They used to date… It’s funnier when you explain it!

                    • DKohn says:
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                      @DKohn: hahaha Ohh…sideSHOW Bob

                      (Sideshow bob is getting out of jail and homer doesn’t remember him), “ya know, the guy who framed Krusty, tried to kill Bart, faked a marriage with Selma, rigged the election” OOOHHH SideSHOW bob

                    • Grey

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                      Ha… Then he walks onto a rake…

    • the link is correct but the page is loading really slowly.

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        @Rudy Gamble:

        I get a error saying the page cannot connect

  23. Chris says:
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    Apropos of nothing, I saw an item on Twitter about how good Evan Longoria says he feels after hamstring surgery. Do we dare trust him to stay healthy this year?

    • i project him at 138 games. So i’m banking on a DL stay at some point. He’s an end of first round player if he plays 154+ games.

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      @Chris: id let him play a FULL healthy yr on someone elses team before I take him in the first or 2nd round….. the guys ruined alot of fantasy seasons recently. The talents there, the health hasnt been…. not sure the love for the guy, he’s gotta stay healthy before he’s being rostered on one of my teams.

  24. Justin Cook says:
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    Is there an Excel downloadable version?

    • Grey

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      @Justin Cook: I’ll make the Excel downloadable war room available tomorrow…

  25. Lenn Sakata says:
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    Since nobody has asked, will there be an Excel version?

    • Grey

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      @Lenn Sakata: I’ll make the Excel downloadable war room available tomorrow…

      • Paddyman says:
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        @Grey: Jeez you’re a patient man Grey. That must be the 20th time you’ve said it

  26. Dexter Mathorfann says:
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    Cooltoy!
    How do I remove a player from my team and put him back in the player pool?

  27. birrrdy! says:
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    Couple suggestions for what they’re worth. When setting up the league, choices for NL-only (or AL-only) would be really appreciated.

    I second the notion for Excel downloadable version. For instance, I like Grey and Steamer as the defaults, but also to be able to edit stats per my personal preferences (like when he man-hates on David Wright, Cliff Lee and Johan Santana). I can also manually fix the AL/NL -only problem as necessary.

    As to rosters, only have MI and CI positions is too limiting. Would be nice if their was a choice for just Inf, as we have a choice of either for one position. Finally, many leagues don’t require that you have certain numbers of SP or RP, but just the P. However, only going to a max of 9 Ps on the war room is too limited. Allowing P to go up to 10, 12 or 15 might make a lot of sense.

    Great tool. Hoping the final product will allow for some of these tweaks, for what they are worth. THX!

    • Grey

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      @birrrdy!: I’ll make the Excel downloadable war room available tomorrow… Thanks for the suggestions, will look at updating it if people seem to like it…

  28. csawce says:
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    Love what I see so far!

    Issues I see so far:

    1. The “Goal” totals are all at about 140% of each stat leader from last year. (and I did enter position totals correctly)

    2. Too slow to put in use at a live draft (not really your fault I’m guessing)

    My largest issue though is your targeted audience. From what I have read, both from the site content and the comments, I assume Razzball has very smart fantasy baseball followers (the fantasy league winners types). WE are the ones that spend our evenings researching player news and spot starters instead of pleasuring our online girlfriends. WE are the ones that can handle hard to follow instructions/applications. I do not mean to belittle the application or Jamil or Rudy, but when I read … “We decided against updating standings as we felt it was too much work for drafters to assign each player to a different team” … all I could think was “BUT I’M THAT GUY!” …the more complicated the better!

    (ignore above paragraph if it is just flat out too much work to create a spreadsheet similar to last years)

    • Grey

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      Probably a lot less work than creating this thing… I’m asking the spreadsheet provider and I’ll make it available…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @csawce:

      you wrote : “… I assume Razzball has very smart fantasy baseball followers …” .

      i believe this is to be an incorrect assumption .
      i’ve been faithfully reading this site for a few years now , and i still don’t know
      how to use the war room .
      as a result , i’ve stopped trying to understand it , and , at this point , just skim over
      introductory article and head straight for the comments …. concentrating on those that
      focus on all other things baseball .

      maybe i’m the only one who fails to appreciate it’s application .
      but until there’s some sort of primer explaining what it does and how to use it ,
      i’ll continue to ignore it .

      for the record , however , i don’t equate computer literacy with intelligence .

  29. Dingbat says:
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    Really like this tool so far. I like that it’s simplified so that you only need to click a button to mark a player as drafted — yes, it’s nice to have the full layout of who’s on what team, but in the middle of a draft when I’m trying to keep track of 20 things at once, I definitely don’t have time to assign players to different teams. A few comments:

    1) As others have said, it’s running really slowly right now. The above comment about the simple format working well for in-draft logistics only holds if the web interface doesn’t get bogged down.

    2) Would it be way too difficult to allow for more customizability for stat categories? My league is 7×7 with H, OPS, K/BB, and QS added to the usual stats. I’d love to have the ability to keep track of those in this tool as well.

    • Grey

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      @Dingbat: I think it’s running slowly now because it’s being slammed by people… Tomorrow or a random Thursday night when you’re drafting, it won’t be slow, is my guess… 2) As of right now, that much customizability isn’t in the cards, but maybe for future if people seem to like this…

  30. Cole says:
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    Wow, this is really excellent. Could you do me a favor though and add CBS? JK! JK! It’s alot more user friendly than the one from last year. I am definitively using this for my draft. Thanks to all involved!

    • Grey

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      No problem, glad you like it!

  31. Swaggerjqckers says:
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    @grey: will there be a spreadsheet available for download at some point?

    • Grey

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      In the next day or two… It’s being put together… I’d say latest by Friday…

  32. What's good says:
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    Hi Grey, need your help for who to keep in my 5×5 11 team rotisserie league. We can keep UP TO 7 keepers, and if we have less, then we can start drafting earlier from the pool of players left. My definite keepers are:

    Votto
    Hamilton
    Verlander
    Reyes

    My other options are:

    Aaron Hill
    Aramis Ramirez
    Bumgarner
    Pence
    Victorino

    Obviously, a lot is dependent on who everyone else keeps on their team, but in your opinion, who would be the keepers you would choose? I was thinking of keeping Hill, Ramirez, and either Bumgarner or Pence. I think Alex Gordon may be available which is why I might gamble on keeping fewer than 7.

    • What's good says:
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      @What’s good: Also, I won the league last year (thanks to you and Rudy!) so I would be picking last each round. It’s non-snake to help the lower placed teams rebuild.

    • Grey

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      Bum… And let the rest go back…

      • What's good says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  33. Jonboy says:
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    Grey,best site I’ve seen in twenty years and got better today.
    14 team standard 5×5 roto,keeper-would you trade Middlebrooks for Taveras? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I wouldn’t make that trade…

  34. ForWhomGeorgeBellTolls says:
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    Can you expand the bench? We’ve got a 15-player bench (12-team keeper league), and looks like the max set is 9. Otherwise, looks amazing…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s a big bench… It’s maxxed at 9 for now…

  35. dmachine says:
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    Grey, keeper question for you. 18 team 5×5 league with $260 cap. C/1B/2B/3B/MI/CI/5 OF/2 DH/5 SP/4 RP rosters. Would you trade Posey ($22) for Josh Willingham ($18), Phil Hughes ($6) and Scott Diamond ($6). My other keepers are Trout ($9), Encarnacion ($17), Verlander ($32), and Medlen ($7). Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, I wouldn’t…

  36. Big Van Vader says:
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    Quick keeper question: I know you’re not big on Mauer, & Headley is a total crap shoot, would you trade Mauer for Headley in a league that includes OPS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…

  37. El_Fuego says:
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    @Grey Any coming modifications that will help out Auction drafts? Last season’s spreadsheet did have auction values and other tools for auction players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll make the downloadable one available in the next day or two… Someone else is putting it together so it’s on them for delivery…

  38. ThE sHiT says:
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    For prezii, Jack Full of Hate, Oaktown Steve, any other guys who need to draft for the RCL at night west coast time, I just created an RCL with a late draft time.

  39. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey. Missed your sexy mustachio, man it has been a long off season. Thankfully your football side held me over.

    Anyhow, back to business and need your help. From the list below I can keep 8 players in a 10 team 24 round draft. If I keep them, they go up a round and I lose that round. Who would be your 8? *’s indicate who I’m leaning but I kind of throw in the towel after 4.

    David Wright 3
    Josh Hamilton  7 *
    José Bautista  21*
    Colby Rasmus 21
    Chris Young  22
    Paul Konerko  23
    José Altuve FA
    Ian Desmond FA
    Todd Frazier FA
    Carlos Gómez FA
    Austin Jackson FA
    Adam LaRoche FA
    Max Scherzer 8 *
    James Shields  16*
    Andrew Cashner FA
    Mike Fiers FA
    Greg Holland FA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I missed you, sexy… Hamilton, Bautista, Shields, Desmond, Frazier, Konerko, Altuve, Jackson…

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey:

        No Scherzer at a 8th round value?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s decent… You have guys that are much better value…

          • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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            @Grey:

            I was thinking about switching him for Konerko as I’m unsure I can trust the ageless wonder again. Guess I have a few weeks to sit on it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, but at round 23 it’s hard to argue with that value… I agree though, in theory Scherzer is better…

          • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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            @Grey:
            I will also have to call up Rizzo at a FA value or throw him back. I think he might replace both?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could see him replacing both…

              • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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                @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  40. Dexter Mathorfann says:
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    I am having a strange problem! Earlier I asked how to put players back into the player pool. Thank you for your response. Here’s the weird part… the minus sign won’t remove my catchers! (which is why I asked the question in the first place) So, is there any reset? If I could ever remove the last two members of my team (pesky catchers) would the players I deleted come back? Dorothy! DOROTHY!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… I’ll have to turn you over to the programmer on that one… One second…

      • Dexter Mathorfann says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks.

  41. Alan says:
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    Great tool and will definitely be using it. Wanted to say thanks and that if you all do update it, I’ll throw a +1 for being able to use NL or AL only league specific options. Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Will look into it…

  42. Steve says:
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    I’m guessing this thing is still being slammed. I get a network error when I try to access it.

    But I’m sure it’s great! I have enough trouble keeping track of my own picks, let alone everyone else’s, so this should work a treat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m sure as we move further away from this post it’ll work quicker and smoother…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Are you guys LABR-drafting today? Just saw Rudy post something on the Twitter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, at 5 PM my time…

  43. OaktownSteve says:
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    Anyone noted that pitchers and catchers have reported? Baseball…god help me I love it so.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah!

  44. Rags says:
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    I’ve seen the comments above and I know you’re aware of them, but I’d like to add my voice to chorus of people who want a little more flexibility in the league settings.

    I play in an NL-only, OBP, 11 team league, so as it stands, this tool isn’t terribly useful for me.

    Are the goals determined from historical data or based on the number of players taken and their projected stats. If it’s the former, I understand why weird leagues like mine without good precedent would be trouble to program for. But if it’s the latter, why can’t you just input the number of teams the same way you would the number of each position?

    NL-only and other stats like OBP of course would be useful too. Also a price/budget function for auction leagues would be awesome, someday.

    The forthcoming excel spreadsheet might work, as I can tweak some of this stuff myself, but I’m lazy and bad at computers so I rather you guys do it for me. ;)

    Thanks for all the hard work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha… Yeah, we have a guy working on the Excel spreadsheet, will be up in the next day or so… Maybe in its next version we’ll have NL and AL-Only leagues and customizable stats… From my limited understanding, the programming gets complicated…

  45. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Per our previous conversation i have absolutely no use for this WAR room stuff, the closest I will get to a WAR room on draft day is by either playing my VHS copy of War Games or listening to WAR’s a “the world is a ghetto” on loop. I will stay true to my pledge that I will have no notes, sheets or anything. Just absorbing my daily dose of the heroin of fantasy baseball, some junkies might prefer China White, others might like that kiddie Berry flavored garbage, but I prefer Jersey Grey. 100% pure, just me, my turniquet, and a draft day dive off the high dive, i might triple Lindy or i might belly flop, but either way I’m going into the pool. So to quote myself ” my 6 month journey of self doubt and fake arrogance begins”…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Good to hear it! The War Room doesn’t help with tic-tac-toe vs. a computer, so you’re probably best to ignore it…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: the closest thing to helping play the game is printing it out, turning it over and playing tic tac toe on the backside. yeah take that wasted paper

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s you being green.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: The only thing green about me is the envy I have for your stauche…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It ain’t easy being green…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: tell me about

  46. Mike says:
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    I love the War Room with a passion! Last year the Excel version took me to a League Win and 2 Second Place finishes, thank you Razzball! Thank you Jamil and Mr Grey! Lechaim!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glad to hear it!

  47. Steve says:
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    I think I probably ask this every year, but what’s your attitude to drafting when there’s a significant difference between your ranking of a player and that of, say Yahoo (eg, Goldie.)

    Are you taking him where you have him, or are you leaving it a couple of rounds? The glass-half-empty fantasy baseballer that is me is thinking as sure as I wait on him, some other bastard will draft him right in front of me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy and I plan on drafting Goldy in the 2nd round if no one we have before him is available… I’m more interested in getting the team I want, but if you can wait until, say, the 5th round for someone, then by all means…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s we plan on drafting Goldy today if he’s there… In our draft later today…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, gotcha on that.

        I’d have to think there’s less risk in drafting the team you want, than getting cute with certain picks and missing out on the guy you’ve waited on…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed… Rudy and I have our draft all mapped out… Now watch that go out the window…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: I see you there at pick #12. Perhaps some Longo (though Rudy seems a bit cool on him PT-wise) and a nice OF?

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve: Oops. Short memory. Some Goldie and a nice OF…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rudy’s not having Longo… Thinking OF/1B…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, sorry, I meant to say you’d prob be going OF first. Be nice if one of the big 1Bs fell though – would still be a bunch of nice #1 OFs available.

                I’ll be following along!

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: Jeez, at least you guys are picking quickly.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I know, right?

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: It’s like some guys aren’t even there. For eff’s sake, it’s the first two rounds. Surely as a ‘pert, you have a pretty good idea of who you’re taking?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Wow, this is a wacky draft…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: Turns out Harper is a first round pick after all.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Pray that Bruce, Hamilton and Jones and get to us…

  48. cripkey says:
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    thanks for the war woom , it’s weallwe gwate !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…

  49. TheOne says:
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    I think this a pretty great tool and pretty good work. I use something like this but a lot more complex. That being said I think this is absolulely BS and bad for fantasy that this is being given out for free. I understand you guys might “love” your readers but this is kinda ridiculous. Like isnt it bad enough that sites now spoon feed “sleepers” to their readers??! Sleepers are none existing in the game of fantasy and not for the good reasons. Whatever happen to schooling the readers on what to look for, how to strategize, opinions on how to view certain #s and just understanding the game. If an owner is too lazy to put in the work to win they should at least have to pay for the help. Way too many owners spend days, months researching, evaluating and putting strategies together( you guys should know this). Dudes put in tons of work not only for the prizes but for the pride of winning for this to be cool. Whos excited about this???…all the cheap, lazy “ain’t shit owners” accross fantasy baseball.    Terrible day for fantasy baseball, terrible day for the true hardcore GMs that put in there work to win. Seriously what was the point of this tool? Are you guys in that desperate need for “hits”, trying to get signed by espn or something?? If it wouldve been for the love of fantasy you wouldve wrote an article on how to make this kinda stuff or sell it not a “here is my work”. Nice way to sell out G.

    • Mike says:
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      @TheOne: You mad bro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, man, I blame Al Gore for inventing this internet thing… Mea culpa…

  50. Tom says:
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    any way we can download this and run this locally?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure about that… Have to ask Jamil… Ping him in his comment above….

  51. Steve says:
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    Gah.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, oh well… We’re going on Holliday next…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        DAH!

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey: Booo! Phillips?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Zimmerman or Phillips…

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey: Oh – I lost sight of the Z-Mann.

              Nice.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, nice value for him…

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve: where is the draft Grey and Rudy are in and that you are following?

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve: thanks. It is wacky. Who would want Beltre and Headley?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            People are giving me crap for Goldy in the 2nd… Don’t make me link to my son’s picture…

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey: Rather that than Craig in the 3rd. Or EE at #17.

              Mind you, according to our friend above, these guys are the true purists of fantasy, having done all their own work to prepare for this draft.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Look at MLB.com’s team… Huh?

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey: Some odd stuff going on there at #1 too.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, seriously…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey: Scooped on some OF there?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, a few… Rudy and I just scooped each other with Altuve/Middlebrooks…

          • Steve says:
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            @royce!: Looks like Headley was an autopick.

  52. Steve says:
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    What the hell happened there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy and I were arguing over which guy to draft…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: You don’t have Middlebrooks there though do you?

        • Grey

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          No, it was an autopick, I wanted an OF…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Thought so. Altuve is such a Rudy pick ;-)

            Still got a decent enough OF though.

            Jesus, this thing is slow. A good time to be drafting in the West…

            • Grey

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              Yeah, thinking Jackson next…

        • Grey

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          Or Rollins…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: LOL Prado.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Indeed

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: That MLB team is wonky. Maybe Selig is telling him who to draft.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA! Guess who’s next for us?

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: Papelbon or Kennedy.

                    • Grey

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                      Nah… Think SS…

  53. Steve says:
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    Awwww. I’d love to see the looks on your faces.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: I thought Rudy would have wanted another starter or a closer by now.

  54. Steve says:
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    Hahahaha! That’s awesome. Middlebrroks is actually drafted this time, by – who else – the MLB.com guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He needs some hitting eventually… We’re going SPs next…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Hmmmmmm. Reddick looks like a Point Shares pick to me…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rudy was pushing it, but I didn’t mind it… I do have him my top 40 OFs… Liking our offense a lot…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Oh – that wasn’t a frowning hmmmmmm. Great value PS wise and you like him, as you say. Why not Willingham there?

            • Grey

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              Not as exciting? No real reason… Loving our offense!

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, looks real nice.

                Putting pitching depth to the test (emoticon)…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I’m trying… Thinking SP next…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: Thought you might go Ryu or Garza there. Niese a compromise perhaps?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It was between Garza and Niese… Rudy’s worried about Ryu… We thought Garza might come back and we grab him too… Or Beckett…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And it worked out…

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve: And by that I mean both you and Rudy have him higher.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                He was in the five names we bandied about for that pick…

  55. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    You were sassin’ me about Altuve in the sixth the other day – you tricky, tricky bastard…

    • Steve says:
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      @Big Magoo: I think Grey went to the bathroom and Rudy drafted him.

      • Big Magoo

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        @Steve: Ha… Yeah, I figured the same…

  56. Steve says:
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    Indeed it did. Rudy has Ryu down for only 140IP – and probably doesn’t like a name that is so close to his own.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! True… He’s an impostor…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: I’m sure the Cougar approves of the Puma pick. Best corner guy left, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I wasn’t crazy about it, but corner was picked pretty clean…

  57. royce! says:
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    damn, I had no idea how busy FFB experts must be…because there’s no other explanation for some of these picks than simply not being present.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, I don’t think some people are here… There’s no way it takes them the entire time for every single pick…

    • royce! says:
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      Berkman and Beckett? I’d put a good lawyer on retainer if you plan on going drinking with your team.

      • royce! says:
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        @royce!: Axford seems like he could be the funny guy/mediator though.

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!: Pence is the goofy one.

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve: Pence seems like the guy who drinks half a beer all night and tries to get everyone to come back to his place so he can DJ house music from his laptop.

            • Steve says:
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              @royce!: Then tries to jump over a dumpster on his bike while wearing only boxer shorts.

              • royce! says:
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                @Steve: That sounds awesome! This team is going to have great chemistry.

  58. Steve says:
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    Holy Rondon!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, almost went Marmol… Closers are really undervalued in this league… Check your email…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I just got home and started watching this, I feel like a draft voyeur. Kinda fantasy hot!!!!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: alonso, is that a Rudy 2012 pick?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stop looking at me, I’m not wearing pants!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Alonso was the best available… There’s absolutely no one at this point…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: wait, what about matt Dominguez????????????????????????

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steve: can you see the available or only who they draft?

      • Steve says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Who they draft. I was following along with Grey’s rankings and Point Shares in front of me for a while, but I got bored of that.

  59. royce! says:
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    Back to back Padres! Keep the faith!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re moving in the fences!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh wait, one was a pitcher…. Move the fences back!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Ha! Maybe they can move them back again after the ASB, when Luebke returns from the DL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like that idea!

  60. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I think some of these guys need new dealers, they are getting some bad s$%&!!!!!

    Who is this clay davenport. How in anyone’s right mind, do they draft moustakas after belt and how did Youk go way before Moustakas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya… We were about to take Moustakas and got stuck with Berkman… Hopefully Texas adds a Zombino year for Berkman…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I didnt see anyone take the korean guy from the Dodgers yet, am i missing something?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he was drafted…

  61. Powerslave says:
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    Zola takes Parnell in the 16th before Madson/Frieri or Marmol/Jap Dude…. or Rondon/Benoit….. Mets closer will get like 18 save chances, lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, prolly…

  62. Powerslave says:
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    $20 says Berkman pulls a “Milton Bradley meets full time DH Gig in Texas” type numbers from a few years ago…….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so now…

  63. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    at first glance i really like the USA today guys team, steve gardner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, doesn’t look bad…

  64. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    alot of these guys are way over reaching or over valuing players. harper in the first round? thats crazy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought so, too…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: are you guys going bullpen arms the rest of the way?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t think so… This is a weekly league and we have to max starts… Plus, it’s too early to say which closers are in trouble…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: ah ha, I was thinking the combined total of two good MR’s will exceed most starters still on the board.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I agree… But it’s why Robertson ended up on a bench… It’s hard to start them… We are thinking a MR for the last pick, so I lied… Just because Rondon is such a wild card…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Is jansen gone?

                saw you got franks and beans!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA! Franks and beans! Yeah, Jansen’s gone…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: doesn’t matter, every year there are significantly relevant MR’s that emerge and surprise

  65. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    hey, Glaser drafted Matt Dominguez, he must read my comments!

    too bad most of his other picks are about as good as Blanton is a starter

  66. Steve says:
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    Oh – and thanks for jumping out of the draft and chatting with the gallery. Quite useful watching the first few rounds unfold, and following along with rankings/Point Shares.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steve: its like an all star game where they go in the dugout for interviews while the game is being played….

      sadly like an all star game, some of these guys have no business being here and got in on popularity and not their ability to play well.

  67. costaricanchata says:
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    hamilton at pick # 35 … that’s some crazy shizz , right there .
    (oh yeah , i forgot , he might do drugs) .

    and a .240 hitter , batting out of the 2 spot in a poor yankee line-up ,
    goes 3 picks earlier ?
    who’s on drugs now ??

  68. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Anyone having a problem loading the page? I can’t seem to get it to work.

    I can get the excel file to work – are they essentially the same? Any major differences?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      War Room is loading for me… The Excel is more customizable…

      • Pine Tar Incident says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. Yes, no matter the browser I use it says “[browser] can’t establish a connection to the server at razzball.com:3000″ – must be my work settings (though everything else on Razzball has always worked).

        Thanks for doing this stuff. Really saves a lot of time when I know I’m going to be using the Razzball projections (slightly tweaked).

        • Baberaham Lincoln says:
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          @Pine Tar Incident:

          I’m having the same issue, actually.

  69. dave says:
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    Can you make an option for 10 pitchers?

    Looking forward to the auction version.

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