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Here’s a post that’s gonna make you wanna slap ya mama and tell her Don Magic Juan sends his best.  The other day I told you how to draft your pitchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.  I laid it out to you nice and simple (if you have a degree in “What The Hell Is Grey Talking About?”  Not a PhD, mind you.  Just a BS.)  Today, we forget all that jabberwocky on the who-ha and get down to business old school-style (which means if you don’t comprehend, I will hit you over the head with a baseball bat signed by Joe Clark.)  What I’m hoping to lay out to you is who do you draft 2nd if you’ve drafted so and so first. I think it might be helpful to go through pairings for your 5 outfielders, all your middle and corner infielders too.  I’m not sure I’ll have the time or patience to do them though.  We’ll see!  Or not.  Your choice.  (Actually, my choice.)  For easy reference, the royal we will be using the top 10 for 2014 fantasy baseball and the top 20 for 2014 fantasy baseball and the beginning of the top 100 for 2014 fantasy baseball.  I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5, MI, CI, 5 OF, 1 Utility, 1 Catcher league, similar to our Razzball Commenter Leagues.  (Go join one now.  Or join two.  Or three.)  Anyway, here’s some pairings for the first two rounds of 2014 fantasy baseball drafts:

1. Mike Trout – You can pair him with anyone, but I would try to avoid going with another outfielder immediately.  You know who I’d really like to pair with Trout?  Freeman.  That makes me Kerry Wood.  David Wright doesn’t seem so shabby either with Trout.  Just don’t pair Wright with a Cougar and he’s happy.  Could put Trout with Ian Desmond, Kipnis or Pedroia, but then you might only have 35-40 homers after two picks and some people are getting that with one pick.  Trout and Tulo would work, they’re like peas and carrots or Forrest Gump and Bubba.  Trout and Pujols would go together like butter and toast, but I have Pujols much earlier, so that’s not possible (wink, wink — it is possible at other sites that have Pujols much later).  Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t bother me with Trout either.  Sour cream and chives are even better. (Note to self:  eat before writing otherwise you just make a bunch of food comparisons.)  Eh, just draft Freeman with Trout, then you can make a jersey with the name Freetrout to wear for the selfie you post on Plenty of Fish.  The girls will love that.  Right, four lady readers?

2. Miguel Cabrera – You can pair Swiggy Cabrera with any position player, except another 3rd baseman.  Since Miggy will get 1st base eligibility quickly in-season, you could skip 1st basemen too.  Then maybe Miggy will play 2nd base and shortstop and you can skip all infielders.  If I drafted Miggy, I’d assume he’s gonna be my third baseman and only skip them, especially since early 3rd basemen don’t excite me all that much.  What does excite me early is outfielders.  Draft Miggy and an outfielder next.  Due to Miggy’s speed, which is barely faster than Leonardo, Raphael,  Michelangelo and Donatello — the turtles not the dead artists, you should be looking to draft someone that gives you at least ten steals.  How about Miggy and Justin Upton?  Well, la di da, you’re a sexy combo.  How about Miggy and Puig?  Great, but probably not gonna because of Puig’s ADP.  Miguel Cabrera and Alex Rios gives me goose pimples, and the good kind, not the bad kind like when you find out the girl you just slept with used to be a man.   Don’t want to go outfield?  Have a hankering for Segura and Miggy?  Hankers away, Captain Phillips!  Thinking Freeman would be a fun one?  I’m not so sure.  You’re just adding Miggy Point-Five, and that’s not as in the fifth iteration of Miguel that has evolved from a tadpole into a complicated computer program that you don’t understand.  That’s as in Miggy/2.  You’re still gonna get no speed and just got power and average.  I don’t think that’ll kill your team, but you would be better off drafting a little more balanced with your second pick.

3. Paul Goldschmidt – You don’t want to draft another 1st baseman with Au Shizz, but anything else would work because Goldschmidt is the earth, moon and stars that fantasy revolves around.  In honor of Black History Month, I’d like to paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and say I had a dream where I drafted Goldschmidt and Jay Bruce with my first two picks.  Don’t want to draft two of the greatest players in the history of the world, part I?   Can you get Goldy and Braun?  Then you can name your team, Goldy Lox.  I’d be shocked if Braun is still there though, so it would be more like The Goldschlockers.  Will Puig be there?  Yes, pweeg!  How about Giancarlo and Goldyschmidtlove on the same team?   Does that work for you, because it makes me go pitter patter and want to write shizz on my Trapper Keeper.  Segura and Goldy?  Okay, I give up because that’s too beautiful.

4. Andrew McCutchen – Similar case example to Trout.  Gets you all kinds of solid stats, but position-wise you’re a Powerball slot machine short of three cherries (confusing metaphor alert!).  (Actually, confusing alert alert! because it should have been before the confusing metaphor.)  You really should take a corner man with The Dread Pirate.  Will Votto be around?  Then do onto my love as my love does onto Votto.  Will Beltre be available?  Well, don’t just sit there, draft him!  What about Edwin Encarnacion?   Go for it with your white-hot stank breath!  Draft the next highest corner man on my rankings, preferably a 1st baseman.  Does that mean Pujols?  It does if he’s there, clunky expository question.

5. Adam Jones – Same deal as McCutchen and Trout.  You don’t want to leave the 2nd round without a corner man of some kind.  If you do leave the 2nd round without a corner man, your team will look like a prematurely balding man with a bad comb over.  Adrian Gonzalez and Pablo Sandoval as your 1st baseman and 3rd baseman is you trying to comb your eyebrows up over your bald spot.  I love Rizzo, but he’s a corner man.  Jose Abreu looks like he can hit as well as he can raft, but he’s a corner man.  If you have Allen Craig and Todd Frazier as your first baseman and 3rd baseman, you are combing up your ear hair.  Stop it.

6. Robinson Cano – You got Cano?  Well, Canyes, if you know how to pair him.  Not to be paired with Pedroia or Kipnis or really any middle infielder.  Since Cano is a power threat at a normally weaker position, I’d take a speed/power outfielder (CarGo, Justin Upton, Pweeg, do I have to go on?), a 1st baseman or a 3rd baseman.  You don’t want to have to scrounge together an outfield and two corners leaving the 2nd round.

7. Prince Fielder – Another guy in the same boat as Miggy.  Not literally; that boat wouldn’t float.  It would be nice to get a 2nd guy that chucks in a handful of steals.  Fielder and CarGo?  I’d tap that!  Fielder and Adam Jones?  What the hey!  Fielder and Bruce?  Oh, you do know how to say the sweetest things to me.  Fielder and Puig?  That’s fine now that Fielder’s no longer a vegetarian.

8. Carlos Gonzalez – Carlos Gonzalez, or CarGo (not CarGomez) as referred to often in the comments, doesn’t come with a whole lot of baggage with his stats.  He can fit those safely in the overhead compartment.  His issue is his durability and that baggage needs an extra DC-10.  Obviously, don’t draft another outfielder with him (is it obvious?  Oy, it’s not, is it?), but also don’t draft anyone that has had health problems recently.  Goodbye, David Wright.  Don’t want any part of you, Troy Tulowhatchamacallitz.  Thanks, but no thanks, Hanley.  I’d even frown on Longoria.  You wanna make me frown?  That’s not cool.  Pujols?  Nuh-uh, as Dee from What’s Happening would say.  Beltre, Edwin, Votto?  Sure, yeah, yuppers.

9. Chris Davis – You don’t want another 1st baseman with Davis, says Mr. Obvious.  He’s in a similar situation as Miggy and Goldschmidt, but he’s got a few more peccadilloes that I need to ‘pecc’ at so you avoiding making the wrong draft ‘pecc.’  I wouldn’t want my next pick after Davis anyone that could hit .260 or lower.  That even includes my novio, Giancarlo.  Anyone I’ve projected under .275 is dangerous.  That includes my new novio (nuevio?), Jay Bruce.  Yasiel Puig is fine.  Yasiel Pweeg is even better.  Hanley’s trouble with a capital BA.  Jose Bautista is good, just not for Chris Davis.  I’d be fine going with Beltre, Braun, Harper… Shoot, I’d even take Tulo.  Just make sure you take an outfielder with your 3rd pick if you take another infielder with Davis.  Oh, you know who would be real purdy paired with Davis?  Cano.  You just won your league and games don’t start for six weeks, which is followed by six months of games.

10. Bryce Harper – No outfielders paired with Harper.  Everything else is fair game…Or is it?!  Damn you, reversal ellipsis!  Yeah, it kinda is okay, but I’d make sure I got a rock solid performer if I took Harper with my first pick.  I wouldn’t want anyone that has flaked within the last year.  That eliminates Pujols, Hanley, Tulo and Wright.  I also wouldn’t want anyone with less than two years of a track record.  I love you, Segura, but I can’t make love to you if I have Harper.  I would be fine with Freeman though, because he feels like Votto for a new generation, if Votto wasn’t already this generation, i.e., Freeman is a professional hitter (says Tim McCarver).  Beltre, Longoria, Edwin and Votto also all work for me with Harper.

11. Evan Longoria – I hear Longoria’s an MVP candidate.  I heard it when I was talking to myself.  So, pairing that kind of wonderful works with anyone, except another 3rd baseman.   Though, I’d also avoid anyone I perceived as an injury risk.  Don’t draft CarGo, Pujols, Tulo or Bautista with Longoria.  Joey Votto and Ryan Braun are next on my rankings, but Votto is the only one likely to still be there.  I’d take him with Longoria.  Solid guy that gets you 550+ ABs.  Edwin’s not bad next, but I really love me some Freeman.  Bruce and Puig would also work with Longo, but keep in mind that if you don’t have a 1st baseman coming out of the 2nd round, you may find yourself drafting Hosmer and feeling terrible pangs of envy for everyone else’s team.

12. Albert Pujols – If Pujols is your first pick, I owe you a firm handshake and a hearty pat on the back for following my rankings to the tee.  He’s ranked in the 50′s on other sites, so I guess you could take someone else here and draft Pujols another round later.  Or you could draft him here, and want to throw a bag of crap at my house in October for steering you wrong.  What’s the worst year you can imagine for a healthy Pujols?  85/28/100/.275/4?  Doesn’t look bad.  Sure, a healthy Pujols is also what a proctologist specializes in, but let’s try to avoid that correlation.  Like Longoria, I’d avoid pairing guys with Pujols who couldn’t stay healthy last year.  Everyone else is fair game.  I’d even pair him with Braun.  Think about how happy you would’ve been the last few years to get Braun and Pujols on the same team.  Think about how that’s a possibility now.  Think about how you’re not as excited now.  Think about how you used to get excited about getting out of bed.  Think about how you now cry during your morning shower.  Times change; hopefully they don’t change too much.

277 Responses

  1. Todd says:
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    Oh my i think the first step to draft prep is trying to solidify my keepers so I know who I need to target. Hoping to get some insight before draft days come. 10 team h2h league auction $260 budget , which 10 should be sticking around? I’ve narrowed my team down to these 15, gotta loose 5.
    Freeman $9
    Profar$1
    Machado$1
    Segura$1
    Ian Desmond $6
    Boegarts $1
    Trout $6
    Marte $1
    Yelich$1
    Wheeler $1
    TaiWalk $1
    Gray$1
    Tanaka $1
    Bradley$1
    Salazar$1

    Aloha

    • Marti says:
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      Lose Bradley, tai walker, wheeler yelich boegarts

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Todd: Do not get rid of Yelich or Bogaerts. I’d rather have them than Freeman and Wheeler.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Todd: I’d find a way to keep Freeman. I’d rather have him than Profar, Marte, Wheeler, Bradley, Salazar, TaiWalk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd: Lose Bradley, Walker, Profar, Bogaerts, Wheeler…

    • Jay29 says:
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      @Todd: By my count you’ve got 3 SS in Desmond, Segura, and Boegarts (once he plays a few games there), and 2 3B in Machado and Boegarts, so I think you have to drop one of those, unless you want Machado as a corner infielder.

      I like the idea of being able to rotate Boegarts over to 3B and dropping Machado, considering that he might not be healthy to start the season. Or you could take the chance, drop Desmond, and have $1/per middle infielder.

      Others, I’d drop Walker, Wheeler, Yelich, and Bradley. Pitching is easy to find in a 10-team, and those SPs might not be very helpful.

  2. Snag says:
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    Dynasty league with 8 keepers and 25 man minor roster.

    Would you accept Syndergaard and Appel for Wainwright?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Snag:

      I’d do it after the draft, not before. Make him use the two draft spots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Snag: I’d want Wainwright

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    In yahoo, I am loving Encarnacion in the second round. The 1B/3B eligibility allows you to find the best value for a corner man without narrowing your focus. What, Longoria is available in the second round? Awesome, lets streak through the quad. Oh wait, I missed out on the top tier of third baseman but Pujols is looking at me all seductively in the fourth? Sweet, lets go pickle some things. Im loving the flexibility. Obviously this doesn’t apply in ESPN, so keep that in mind.

    The second part of my stance deals with my pure admiration for Encarnacion. Despite Grey’s rankings, I see Edwin as a late first round value. Plate discipline is a big factor for me and Encarnacion is one of the best in baseball. How many sluggers are capable of hitting 35+ HR with a 10% k rate? Basically no one. With a little bit of babip luck, which has been low due to flyball tendencies, Edwin could post a monster year.

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      Sorry meant Longoria in the third.

      • Nimrod says:
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        @bossmanjunior: Right, Longo has been sitting there in the 3rd in every mock I do but so is Bruce. Gomez has been going in the 2nd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: His K-rate is terrific, but he doesn’t make the best of contact all the time…

  4. maineguy says:
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    I was thinking Cabrera/Freeman followed by Bruce at 26 (head to head weekly category league). Another idea was Cabrera/Puig/Bruce or Cabrera/Freeman/Pedroia. I think I can get Upton at 26, even if I take Freeman at 23, so he’s still an option.

    On a side note Grey, I never have understood where these h2h category leagues fall when looking at expert rankings of h2h vs. roto. To me, these types of leagues are just mini-roto leagues, where you get wins for each category that you take home for the week. If I win 8 categories (with 10), my record after that week is 8-2……etc. Do you have any advice as to which type of rankings I should look at for such leagues?

    Thanks for the amazing site and all of the work you guys do!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @maineguy: No problem…. I just look at my rankings for H2H, but draft slightly different as to team make up, I’ll go over a strategy post soon…

  5. de nachos says:
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    Lately I’ve been pairing Flappy Birds with QWOP. Reading this feels much more productive.

    I’m with you on Encarnacion. Was sold since JayWrong’s article (with GIFs!) about him. http://razzball.com/bear-or-bull-i-plead-the-fif/

  6. stonepie says:
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    this is right in line with my prep. im keeping miggy plus cano and im thinking i can land one of carlos gomez, bautista or jacoby with my third pick. would cargo and jacoby get the edge over bautista because of need?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stonepie: CarGo then Jacoby, for speed, yup…

  7. c0wfunk says:
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    Mostly I’ve been thinking OF / 1B up top is the way to go, in either order, depending on which comes first and best. This is a really nice post, I’d love to see you keep going though I know the iterations start expanding rapidly as you get lower in the draft.

    I saw this morning that mattingly’s thinking about Puig at top of the order. He also postulated putting him at the end if that doesn’t work out.. Said he’s a middle of the order guy but not yet. Wondering: where did you envision him when you made his projections?

    He also said Kemp will not be ready for Australia and they were being really tentative with timelines.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: I envisioned him batting 2nd or 3rd…

  8. Miles says:
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    Grey, this article is amazing. I literally wet myself reading the Adam Jones blurb, and it continued getting better to the end. Literary gold, great job. (Did I use ‘literally’ and ‘literally’ in the same comment? +1 for me!)

    • Miles says:
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      @Miles: crap, I screwed up my own words… -2 for me. ‘Literally’ and ‘literary’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miles: Ha, thanks!

    • ¿WhoAmI? says:
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      @Miles: calm down miles

  9. KCC26 says:
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    Would you rather:

    -Forfeit a 5th round pick to keep scherzer
    -an 11th to keep bailey OR
    -an 18th to keep Salazar (like his potential to be a bargain for several years, but also know there will be an innings limit this year)

    H2H, 12 teams, also keeping wainwright in the 7th and four hitters.

    Thanks!

  10. Brett says:
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    I know you say don’t have Harper and Pujols, but I have the opportunity of keeping both of them. Or do I keep Adrian Gonzalez and Harper?

    • UncleLarryWalker says:
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      @Brett: You’re missing the point of the article. He’s talking about a full draft, you’re talking about keepers. Def keep Harper & Pujols.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: Keep Harper and Pujols

  11. NatsFan says:
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    My first two selections in my first ever NFBC SLOOOOOOOW Draft were Miggy and Segura! Whew. Thanks Grey!

  12. NeedToComeUpWithBetterName says:
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    So, I’m in a 14 team 10 player keeper league and I am keeping Braun, Heyward, and Beltran. I feel like I can ignore OF until the later rounds and only go after higher upside guys and I’ll be fine. Am I wrong or should I just take a good OF if he’s there?

  13. NatsFan says:
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    Also, I thought your SP’s fell in the NFBC for me: 15 teamer:

    Anibal (5th round)
    Al. Cobb (7th round)
    Liriano (10th round–couldnt pass him up there!)
    Wheeler (14th round)
    Porcello (18th round)
    Josh Johnson (20th round)

    With Uehara and Frieri feeling ok about the staff. You think?

  14. willclark says:
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    16 Team Keeper, OPS and QS league. Keep 5. So far I have Goldy, EE (3b elig), Bruce, Fielder, Scherzer. Would you trade Scherzer for Stanton? Or is that taking the ‘SP is deep’ too far? I have extra early round picks to potentially grab some SPs in those rounds, if needed. Thanks.

  15. mauledbypandas says:
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    I forsee myself ending up with Bruce and Longoria on a lot of teams. I’ll go stock up on rolaids now

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @mauledbypandas: At least you’re not a Reds fan.
      I watch Bruce for a month straight, 1 for 40. Strikes out 20 times with 2 outs while Votto stands on 2nd.

      Go on vacation for a week, 18 for 28, 8HR, etc.

      Thank god I don’t have to own him in fantasy, I’d bench him the wrong week in frustration.

  16. Paul Martin says:
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    Keeping: Trout, Goldschmidt, Ellsbury, G. Cole (Rookie Status) and have to decided between Verlander and Carlos Gomez. Thoughts?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Paul Martin:

      verlander is going to be a mamie van doren , this year ,
      but others , here , will tell you differently .

      • Paul Martin says:
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        @costaricanchata:
        I don’t really understand that reference – a gentleman that gentleman will like i guess?

        so you like verlander over gomez is i think what you’re saying

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Paul Martin:

          mamie van doren == a big bust

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @costaricanchata:

            *
            see bo belinksi

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Paul Martin: this isn’t the paul martin playing in the olympics right now, is it? I hope not as the boston bruins are enemies of the team that paul martin plays for in the NHL.

      • Paul Martin says:
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        @Grey: Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  17. MattH says:
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    Thanks for this. Seems easy to go on an outfield bender in the first 5 rounds. 2nd base gets pretty lonely pretty fast.

    • Cram It says:
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      @MattH: I ended up going McCutch, Harper, Bautista in one draft. I couldn’t resist.

      • MattH says:
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        @Cram It: I’d take that outfield! ha.

        • Cram It says:
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          @MattH: Exactly! Fuck it.

          • MattH says:
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            @Cram It: I can get on board with that. Take what’s available. So what were your next few picks? Just curious.

            • Cram It says:
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              @MattH: I don’t remember the order, but I ended up rounding out my offense, all before taking pitching, with:
              1B – BUTLER
              2B – KINSLER
              SS – REYES
              3B – ZIMMERMAN

              There’s a 93% chance this offense will never all be healthy at the same time, but…

              • MattH says:
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                @Cram It:Very nice first seven picks. Ya, they could all be hanging out in the training room together, but who can predict that. Thanks for the reply.

                • Cram It says:
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                  @MattH: No problem. Cheers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: Ha, totally

    • MasterofGrond says:
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      @MattH: Definitely. I did a mock last night, started with A. Jones and followed up with Votto so everything was on point through 2.

      Then I look at my team 3 rounds later and I have Votto and 4 OFs.

      UGH.

  18. Theo says:
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    I’ve been experimenting in mocks with starting OF/OF from the 9 slot and while it is tough seeing all these great values at OF sitting there in later rounds, and a lack of value at IF leading me towards taking an SP and Utils earlier than desired, it has worked out okay. I’ve been getting Pujols in the 4th, Desmond/Segura, and then waiting til Gyorko and Arenado to finish up IF. This is in Yahoo so no CI/MI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Theo: Doesn’t sound bad

  19. juhgeyed says:
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    $31 McCutchen or $6 Cobb?

    Can keep for $39 and $12 next year, respectively. Standard keeper, $260 budget.

  20. booya says:
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    Would you trade Yordano Ventura for Skaggs and Bauer in a keeper league?

  21. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was just offered david wright oscar taveras and shelby miller for fielder and darvish. I think this might be a solid offer that provides me youth for the future but also keeps me competitive this year. Do I consider this trade?

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b brandon phillips
    3b evan longoria
    ss jurickson profar
    lf justin upton
    cf desmond jennings
    rf shane victorino
    util prince fielder
    bn michael cuddyer
    bn carl crawford/neil walker/michael morse/jp arencibia

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    rp jose veras
    rp sean doolittle
    rp dan delarosa
    p zack wheeler
    p dan straily
    p tanner roark
    bn matt belisle
    bn charlie morton
    bn garrett richards
    bn robbie erlin/mart thornton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Hold

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: btw I’m trying to move fielder for Adam jones. Is that a good move for this team?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds solid

  22. Treblehorn says:
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    How much more value would you put on pitching in a 6×6 league (OBP & Holds) that has an active roster construct of C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3xOF, Util, 5xSP and 5xRP. I’ve always questioned the strategy to avoid pitching but just realized your roster is dramatically different from my league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Treblehorn: Your league is shallower for hitting, so you can take a pitcher or two earlier than I would normally say is good…

  23. Devil in a new Dress says:
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    Love this post Grey. Been looking forward to it all season. ESPN has Longoria ranked at 25. In a 12 team league If I pick Miggy with the #2 pick, my next pick is at 23. Longo could definitely still be there based on how my leaguemates will draft. Would you take him there? Harper is ranked at 22, ideally I would take him but I have a gut feeling he’ll be gone.

    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @Devil in a new Dress: He has Longo ranked 11, and would pair him with Votto, so yeah Miggy and Longo is a go.

      • Devil in a new Dress says:
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        @Grey: ESPN has Puig at 28…

        Miggy, Longo, Puig as my first 3 get’s me all excited

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, didn’t realize he was that low there…Crazy…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: 43rd at MDC. any info Grey as to the general tendencies of espn vs yahoo vs MDC ADP’s? I’m in all yahoo leagues mostly, and was wondering if i’m better off using MDC ADP’s to compare to your rankings, or Yahoo’s rankings to compare to yours?

  24. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :
    enjoy this article , as usual , with it’s concept of balancing risk while
    covering positional requirements in the early rounds .

    however , puig is just too risky of an option for me to rely on ,
    this early in the game …. “… and for that reason , I’m out ! ” .

    also the pujols blurb reminded me of this :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3kImL2gDkI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @costaricanchata: Think you’re gonna miss out on an exciting year from Puig…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        perhaps so .
        but that’s the risk that i’ll take .

        don’t see him as the second coming of vlad ,
        and believe his swing and miss ,
        especially on low and aways ,
        will be astronomical .*

        * assuming that the pitchers he faces
        will have more patience than he does .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Grey:

            am under a lot of pain , right now ,
            but the thought of marmol pitching to puig ,
            i find hilarious .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Why pain? Hope you feel better…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I believe jamming him inside was his Achilles heal last year. As the year went on he started laying off the low and away garbage and started to walk more. I find it funny that he gets criticism on things lots of players have trouble with. If he gets a well thrown slider that he misses then he has a problem but if someone else misses it then it was because the pitcher made a good pitch. The talking heads are abundant these days and fill our heads with their biases when they dont like someone. …..Dont even get me started on WAR

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You just needed to finish that rant with “now get off my lawn!”

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: WAR? what is it good for. I hate how all these a**holes who couldn’t spell WAR two years ago are using it now to discuss a players value to their teams. There isn’t even a universal formula for it, last I heard, I don’t give a f**k what they say. If you always drop the ball when the game is on the line then you suck. Don’t convince me who my team needs with your fancy little numbers Brian Kenny and whatever jackass they have on the evil four letter who talks about this, I don’t know this person because I refuse to watching the idiot sports network to dumb myself down any dumber than I already am. I watch you idiots for one reason, to get news and check out the new hottie “expert” you brought in for this season. I don’t want to know what an impact Bronson “I wish I played in coffee houses” Arroyo can do with his plus 4 ERA, i won’t own him in fantasy so he sucks to me….Ok I might stream him in Petco, but outside of that shut up. Now get off my lawn, stay out of my cupboards and stop trying to f**k my dog!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… I don’t even know who Brian Kenny is…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: he’s the Bruce Bochy of MLB…ie he has a huge head and is a jackass

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sounds like everyone there

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @J-FOH: Murray? Murray Chass? Is that you?

                • Big Al says:
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                  @J-FOH: Don’t hold back say what you really mean. LOL

                • costaricanchata says:
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                  @J-FOH:

                  lol

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @costaricanchata: WAR is made up a lot of defensive stuff too, which has nothing to do with us (except getting at bats for fringe type guys)

  25. Charlie says:
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    6×5 including obp in a 10 team keeper league. Currently can keep 3 but we’ve expanded to 7 moving forward. What if I’m keeping Trout, Goldschmidt and Segura. Who would be good to pair with this trio with my first pick?

    I have an outside chance at Stanton or Beltre. I have a really good chance at Wright, Pujols, Bruce, and Bautista.

    What order would you rank these 6 for me to pair with Trout, Goldy and Segura? Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charlie: Beltre, Stanton, Bruce, Wright

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! Forgot to mention this is h2h. Still rank them in that order, Beltre, Stanton, Bruce, Wright? If not what would your order be?

        I just remember you saying to knock Bruce back 15 spots in your rankings in a h2h which would put him behind Wright.

        Since my league is h2h what order would you rank Beltre, Stanton, Bruce, Wright, Pujols and Bautista? Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The order I ranked them…

          • Charlie says:
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            @Grey:

            Ok cool. Is the reason why you would still draft Bruce over Wright in conjunction with my 3 keepers in a h2h as opposed to following your rankings of Bruce lower than Wright bc of the added power Bruce brings that Wright doesn’t? And age? Thanks so much for everything you do!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Age in a keeper…

              • Charlie says:
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                @Grey:

                Gotcha. Thanks! Just worried about owning Bruce in a h2h with the streaks.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hear ya, but he will win you some weeks outright

                  • Charlie says:
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                    @Grey:

                    It’s the weeks where he hits in the .100s and gives me little to nothing in counting stats that I’m worried about, ha.

                    Roto and it’s a solid pick bc you know what you’ll have at the end of the year. It’s the low lows in h2h that make me question if his high highs are worth it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      If you’re not feeling it, go with Wright…

  26. Wake Up says:
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    Can we hit Jack Clark in the pooholes with a bat signed by Mark McGwire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: He was always lovely to me

  27. Boomer19 says:
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    Thanks Grey. Just saw Rudy’s draft looks really solid. I gotta admit I like Colton’s Goldy/Bruce/Bautista start. But Rudy’s pairing freed him up for the middle rounds. I am fairly outfield& speed heavy in my keep six 5×5 roto league. I was thinking of offering my Hosmer and Gomez for his Davis and Kenley. Is it worth the switch or just hold? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19: Yeah, I like Rudy’s draft too… It’s fair, I’d hold…

      • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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        @Grey: Though he has two Twins as starters on his offense. That may be a felony in some states.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  28. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-Points Keeper League, (HR-4, 3B=3, etc., SB=3, SO=-1, BB=1, W=10, QS=5, L=-5, K=1, ER=-1, INN=1, BB=-.3, HA=-.1)

    I have the 3rd pick in the draft. My keepers are Chris Davis and Jean Segura. Trout is being kept, but just about all of the consensus 1st rounders (and the majority of the Top 40) are available, including Goldy, McCutchen, Cano, Car-Go, Kershaw, etc.

    Last week you signed off on me taking Kershaw 3rd overall considering my keeper situation. But I agree with what you wrote above about a sweet Davis/Cano pairing.

    Still Kershaw or Cano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Commish Cauda: Don’t think you can go wrong either way, but in a 16 team league with your categories, I’d go Kershaw with the guys you have…

  29. Greyismyhero says:
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    Great read Grey as usual, I need keeper league advice, keep 7 unlimited, 12 man H2H

  30. Greyismyhero says:
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    Great read Grey as usual, I need keeper league advice, Keep 7 unlimited, 12 man H2H..typical cats…Thanks

    A. Mccutchen
    E. Longoria
    J. Upton
    I. Desmond
    W. Myers
    M. Machado

    Y. Darvish
    M. Scherzer
    G. Cole
    M. Moore
    M. Harvey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Mccutchen
      E. Longoria
      J. Upton
      I. Desmond
      W. Myers

      Y. Darvish
      M. Scherzer

  31. Abner Gagtime says:
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    10 team league. Can only keep two. Who do I drop? Who. Do. I. Drop???
    1. Kipnis $5
    2. Encarnacion $10
    3. Jones $14

    Thanks! Daiquiri is in the mail!

    • MasterofGrond says:
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      @Abner Gagtime: Drop Kipnis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Kipnis

      • Abner Gagtime says:
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        Consider him lost. Thanks!

        This site is both helpful and delightful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. ¿WhoAmI? says:
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    Grey, I have a draft tomorrow. Who should I take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See rankings

  33. sparky8 says:
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    16 team 5×5 head to head plus BB and TB/K-BB and Hlds

    Keeping Miggy, Cano, and Dread Pirate

    Which 2 for my 4th and 5th Keepers?
    Cole Hamels
    Matt Cain
    Jason Heyward
    Jon Lucroy

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward, Cain

  34. gobiggreen says:
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    Making the call between keeping Pineda or Yelich. I don’t for see playing either one regularly unless they start lighting it up, so I guess who do y’all think has the better upside coming in? I can keep either one for around #230

    • Cram It says:
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      @gobiggreen: Yelich

      • gobiggreen says:
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        @Cram It: Yeah, I’m thinking I can scoop Pineda up off waivers after the fact and stash him anyway. Yelich would likely be drafted.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich

  35. ryan says:
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    ?, I have 4th pick in draft h2h, 12 teams. The guy with first pick offered me first pick (trout) for my 4th pick and 6th round. what do you think? too much or get trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get Trout

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        that sounds like less than “cano and felix”
        (cust kayin’) .

        speaking of cust ,
        he’ll be K-ing for the O ‘s this year ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doubt he breaks camp with the team…. I think his days are numbered…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @costaricanchata: Jeez, give it a rest will ya!

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @SteveNZ:

            hehe .

            i got goldy !
            didja hear ?
            didja hear ??

            or , as one patzer would say to another :
            “wanna see my game ?”

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @costaricanchata: Nothing surprises me in that league.

  36. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey I’m in a very deep keeper league (12 teams/14 keepers) and we start C/1B/2B/SS/3B/OF/OF/OF/UTIL/UTIL/SP/SP/RP/RP/P/P/P

    I’ve made some damn good trades over the last couple years, so I am pretty stacked.

    My keepers are:
    Posey
    Fielder
    A Hill
    Hanley
    M Carpenter
    Bautista
    Pence
    Ellsbury
    Marte
    Andrus
    Donaldson
    Greinke
    MadBum
    Holland

    Do you like Bautista/Pence/Donaldson for Beltre/Choo? Trying to free up a spot to keep either Homer Bailey or Oscar Tavares. I just dont trust Bautista to stay healthy. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, take Beltre

  37. dude says:
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    Would you do J-Upton for Kimbrel and Santana or Kimbrel and Trumbo?

    Keeping 15 and this is what I currently have
    C-
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Hill
    3B – Middlebrooks
    SS – Xander
    OF – Harper
    OF – Rios
    OF – J-Upton
    OF – Springer
    SP – Scherzer, A. Sanchez, Gray, Ryu, Samardzja
    RP – Cook

    It’s a 12 team keeper league and we start 3 RP’s so I feel like I need at least one going into the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t do either trade…

  38. doghat666 says:
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    12 team, roto, keeper, auction league
    Roster 25, play 19 Hitters: 2C, MI, CI, DH, 5OF
    Total Salary $260, keep 6 of these:
    $6 K Johnson
    $7 S Miller
    $8 G Cole
    $8 T Cingrani
    $8 C Crisp
    $8 N Arenado
    $12 A Rizzo
    $12 Y Cespedes
    $14 P Sandoval
    $16 G Stanton
    $20 M Kemp
    $35 P Fielder

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole, Arenado, Rizzo, Cespedes, Stanton, Miller

  39. trick dad says:
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    20 team league, what does my offense need?

    C Devin Mesoraco
    1B Prince Fielder
    2B Jason Kipnis
    SS Hanley Ramirez
    3B Todd Frazier
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Alex Gordon
    OF Wil Myers
    UTIL Norichika Aoki

    Bn: Aaron Hill, Derek Jeter, Cody Asche, Russell Martin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steals, average and runs, Aoki is good on that team though…

  40. Big Al says:
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    A good teacher makes a class interesting. I’ve enjoyed fanasty 1A with you. Got you a nice big shiney Fuji Apple for you. Your making us think before we pick and have a plan going into our drafts. We will have better odds to win our league with all your strategy and thought out rankings. Thanks for all the help and reinforcement on how to play fanasty baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem

  41. John says:
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    Doing some pre planning 10 tm h2h draft im drafting 10. I know going this far out in draft gives me good chance not going to happen this way but…..

    Is it worth swapping my idea of say a marte(or rios, craig, pence) in the 5th rd and instead go with anibal and say a trumbo gordon beltran in the 9th?

    If i did go marte then i would be looking at pitchers like Cobb(that be sweet) shields, wacha minor in the ninth.

    I guess the question is Marte that much better than the OF above.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Marte

  42. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    feel like your readership needs an “outlet” ,
    so , i’ll offer my services , with this statement :

    “ellsbury will out-perform puig in every category this year ,
    and anyone who disagrees with me is a complete _ _ _ _ _ _ .”

    bring it ! !

    • J-FOH says:
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      @costaricanchata: every? you’re about as dumb as your name

    • J-FOH says:
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      @costaricanchata: oops wrong user I thought you were someone else. But I really have to disagree with you there. HR’s will go to Puig and RBI’s will depend on BA slot. Runs could be a wash and besides Ells will get “hurt” asfter getting his retirement contract because he’s soft

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @J-FOH:

        ells will hit at least 8 more home runs than puig .
        look at what that porch did for grandy .

        • J-FOH says:
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          @costaricanchata: I wouldn’t count on it. Have you seen Puig and his half swing homers?

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @J-FOH:
            if i can suck you into (pun intended) an internet vape bet ,
            i’ll say ells hits 12 more home runs than puig …. pweeze .

            • J-FOH says:
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              @costaricanchata: 12 more? I got 4 bottles of juice on that

              • costaricanchata says:
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                @J-FOH:
                deal .
                but pay Grey instead of me .
                i’m stoopid enough to still be taking mine straight .
                with a flick of my bic .

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @costaricanchata: so NYY park is that much more homery than BOS? I think yr confusing BOS and SD or SEA or SF.

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @costaricanchata: Ells has hit double digit homers once in his entire career, 65 total in 3204 PAs. Fenway isn’t quite Yankee Stadium, but it’s not too shabby for hitters either. Not that I’m that high on Puig.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Big Magoo: I’m not head over heals but I look at it like this, If you draft too safe you will have a nice 3rd place finish. You have to take some chances on the high ceilings guy because that’s what will separate you. No matter how hard we try it takes some luck to win it all and going after higher ceiling guys cuts down the luck factor a little. That being said, I wouldn’t draft all higher ceiling/ higher risk guys but Puig could be that 30/30 + guy and those don’t come along too much these days. I really enjoyed Rudy’s article yesterday. Interesting about the impact of the sleeper in later rounds

            • Big Magoo says:
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              @J-FOH: I agree that it’s wise to take some chances on high upside players, just not in the 2nd round for me. There are exceptions to that rule. I drafted Harper in the 2nd in three different leagues last season. I consider him to be an elite talent though. Not sure about Puig. He struggled a bit once the league got a scouting report on him. We’ll see if he’s able to readjust his approach.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Big Magoo: difference in philosophy

                I took Stanton in the first last year and paid dearly for him not taking it to the next level that coupled with one more dud and I was done. But i have no regrets, I learned a lot going through that one. The guys that took all the safe pics didn’t win either.

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Big Magoo:

            if you’re not lucky enough to wrap one
            around pesky’s pole , it’s a long pull .
            no pop-ups going outta there .
            have you seen how deep/shallow
            that lone red seat really is ?
            plenty of room behind there .

            • Big Magoo says:
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              @costaricanchata: I don’t disagree, I get all of the Sox games up here in NH, so I’m aware of the unique dimensions at Fenway. Not as friendly to lefties as the short porch in Yankee Stadium, but still a good hitter’s park.

              Here are Ells’ career numbers at the “new” Yankee Stadium:

              .285/.352/.431 BA/OBP/SLG with 4 HRs in 161 PAs

              At that rate, probably looking at around 10 HRs over a half season’s worth of ABs at his new home park.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… …a complete smart person?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        at least 18 more SB’s for ells (than puig) ,
        even if he takes a “vacation” .

        m _ _ _ _ _

        p.s.
        despite the pain that’s been coursing through my body (lymphedema)
        since the 1st of february ,
        and despite what i may say / type during this mini-thread ,
        recognize that , imo , February Grey is still the best !
        always has been … always will be .

        ma _ _ _ _ .

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @costaricanchata:

          @ Grey
          just checked puig’s SB ‘s for 2013
          11 in 382 AB ‘s !
          eleven ??
          heck ,
          ells will have 11 by mid-may .
          and then he’ll start to warm up with the weather .

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You’re assuming Ellsbury will be healthy until mid-May

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @Grey:
              expecting somewhat of a slow start .
              could mlb schedule them any warm weather games ?

              (mar _ _ _)

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Or start the year in the Dominican…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks and feel better!

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Grey:
            thanks .
            i only get up to type when my meds kick in .

            if you see Kid A ,
            ask him if his central american tour has included
            any mud wraps , snake oil , or live toads .
            (i keed you not) .

            maro _ _

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I will ask him… I think he’s in Argentina now…

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @costaricanchata: g e n i u s ?

      Enjoy the contrarianism though, entertaining since I don’t own the site.

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Jeff in Southern Indiana:

        genius ??
        as wrong as you appear to be ,
        rest assured ,
        if i did own this site ,
        people from southern indiana would always be welcome here .
        (not sure i can say the same for people from massachusetts) .

  43. joe says:
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    So, do you like Hos or not? ALL THESE MIXED SIGNALS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Compared to who?

  44. royce! says:
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    I’ve been trying to cut back my FBB commitment but damn I really wish that I was in more ESPN leagues cuz I just did a mock there and drafted Jones, Longoria, Puig and Pujols with the first 4 picks. The draft was full, too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garret Jones first overall? Nice! (Kidding)… You get in an RCL?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: yeah, sticking with Steve’s Original Recipe one. Don’t think I’ll be drafting anything like those 4.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @royce!: ROYCE!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can’t do worse than Shirley in the finals…

  45. The Flayed Man says:
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    Hello.

    12 team roto with OPS.

    His McCutchen/Bogaerts for my Segura/Wacha

    Or

    His McCutchen /Jose Fernandez /Salazar for my Segura/Greinke /Wacha
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do the 2nd trade

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        That was my counter but he isn’t moving Fernandez. Thanks.

        What about McCutchen/Salazar for Segura/Wacha

        I have Profar.

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds solid

          • The Flayed Man says:
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            awesome, thanks.

  46. nyydj2 says:
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    Derek Jeter just announced his retirement, effective at the end of this coming season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      More time for pasta diving…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @nyydj2:

      maybe instead of him receiving gifts from around the league ,
      like mariano ,
      maybe all of those chicas will return his gift baskets .

  47. jaw says:
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    who wins this trade? 12 team h2h 5×5 keeper league. 20% inflation per year, no limit on years kept

    shelby $12 and cespedes $15 for scherzer $16

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer

  48. bossmanjunior says:
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    Plate displine: Encarnacion / league average

    O-swing%: 26% / 31%
    O-contact%: 74.2% / 66.6%
    Z-contact%: 90.3% / 87%
    Contact%: 84.6% / 79.5%
    Swk%: 6.3% / 9.3%

    Encarnacion actually improved in most of these areas last year after his break out 2012. I think he is criminally underrated going into drafts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What about his fly ball rate and line drive rate?

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Fly ball rate went down a little to 43% which is still very good for a power hitter. Rather than see a spike in groundball or infield fly ball rate, he set a career high 21.7 ld%, up drastically from his breakout 2012 rate of 17.3%. While some may think he took a step back last year, I would actually argue he took another positive step forward as an overall hitter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think all the rankings have him higher this year, so I think you’re preaching a bit to the choir… But I hear ya, you expect even more from him…

          • bossmanjunior says:
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            @Grey:

            On fangraphs, Eno was touting him as a late first round value. The fact he is there in the second round every time, with Yahoo having him around #20, is amazing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t try to figure out what Yahoo is thinking…

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: MDC he’s 8th, pretty damn high.

    • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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      @bossmanjunior: What about his wrist surgery?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      By every available metric EE is among the top hitters in the game. Absent the wrist injury you could easily project him at #5 overall. It’s the injury and the kind of late bloomer effect that are suppressing his ADP. From a raw number standpoint the guy looks gold standard.

  49. J-FOH says:
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    Iwakuma out 4-6 weeks and Hamels most likely not to be ready for the start of the season. damnit! two guys I wanted on someone else’s team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lowered Iwakuma in my rankings…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: his July to August scared me a little. Now he might be a deal if you can pay SP3 or 4 price.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @J-FOH:

      dang .
      drafted iwakuma in my 16 team
      set it – and – forget it league .

      • J-FOH says:
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        @costaricanchata: time to start trading or streaming

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @J-FOH:
          can’t do either .
          the team is what it is .
          rest of my staff is : teheran , liriano , kluber , lynn ,
          martin perez , and a “sleeper” whose name i won’t reveal
          for fear that he may die on me before opening day .

  50. Brian England says:
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    Keeper help please Which 2

    Holiday
    Butler
    Alvarez
    Beltran
    Zobrist

    Per war room my stats look better keeping Holiday & Butler due to AVG
    Thanks for any advice

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Brian England:

      holiday … definitely .
      think you have to go with zobrist ,
      plug him into 2nd base and hope he doesn’t suck this year .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holliday and Butler is fine…

      • Brian England says:
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        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  51. smegma says:
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    Looks like Burnett is joining the AARP crowd with the Phillies on the heels of the Hamels news that he may not be ready to start the season. Does this news drop him in your rankings?

    • Cram It says:
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      @smegma: I would be concerned, would you not be?

      • smegma says:
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        @Cram It: had him last year but pretty sure I’m not drafting him this year, so yes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t change anything for him… If anything, it’s better there than say Texas…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @smegma:

      I tend to agree with you. Philly is a bandbox, the team isn’t as good as the Pirates. BP had Pitt as 5th in the league in defensive efficiency last year and Philly at 28th. Definitely not good for him from a fantasy perspective. In fact I won’t touch him and I had him and loved him last year as a sleeper.

  52. Big Magoo says:
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    Choose the best pairing:

    1) Nick and Nina
    2) Nick and Shirley
    3) Nina and Shirley

    Did TC get it right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      in the after-hours show ,
      tc said padmah’s duck breast was perfect ,
      as a way of down-playing emeril’s aired opinion .

      am hoping my bats have a 2nd half
      like nick’s hawaii .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When you compare that to the shape he was in other years of his life, it’s not that much of a statement

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Word.

        Inspired by that, I’m just drafting up a press statement in which I declare that I’m older today than I’ve ever been.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA… Hilarious…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @SteveNZ: I would like to declare I’m in the best fantasy shape of my life and therefore I will not be drinking nor smoking weed on draft day. @Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice

        • Prez!! says:
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          @J-FOH: too bad theres a 3 drink minimum…

          Tipsy, or GTFO!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Prez!!: @Prez!!: I hate to ask but whats GTFO?

            • Prez!! says:
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              @J-FOH:Gareth Thinks Felines Ovulate.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Prez!!: HA

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @J-FOH: pretty sure they do, only that it is enduced by mating itself.

  53. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Trumbo trappers: two days ago ESPN had Trumbo with 1B eligibility only. Rudy alerted them that he warranted OF eligibility as well.

    Today: Trumbo: 1B/OF

    Rudy rules!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  54. Eddy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know that a couple of seasons ago (and I think last season), a Razzball commenter made a sort of cheat sheet for the tiers to easily identify who you liked and didn’t liked without having to go crazy with multiple tabs.

    Any idea if that’s coming back up?

  55. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    here’s the deal :
    last round of the draft
    and you don’t have a MI ;
    you only have 2 choices .
    jemile or his brother .

    thank you .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Rickie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I will say that it depends on the league though… Shallower league, I’d go Jemile…

  56. SteveNZ says:
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    If certain media types don’t watch out, they’ll have nothing left to write about Jeter by the time the season starts, let alone when he plays his last game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get ready for “last time Jeter plays” (insert city) articles….

      • slew says:
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        @Grey: Ticket prices for Jeter’s final Yankees stadium game are already as high as $11K.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ridiculous… They should have bobblehead dolls where he’s diving and the ball is going under him…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You guys sure make a mighty fine bridge!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: It’s small by international standards, but we like it.

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @Grey:
                    I found one: it needs a password.
                    And I don’t have the password.
                    And I want the password.
                    And I must have the password.
                    Give me the password.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      try: draft2014

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I see an issue, a few players don’t have positions… Can’t draft them…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: The function to mark a player as taken seems a little shaky. You hit the X and a black pop up appears – but then you can’t click that. The player does disappear from the list but it takes a while and you’re not sure how it happens…

                    It’s quite slow too, but obviously there’s a lot of work being done in the backend for each guy picked.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, agreed on the slowness of it, but it’s faster than last year (I think)…. I’ll look at the clicking of the X…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The X works on my end, but there is a second delay… I’ll see if anything can be done, I think it’s because so much is going on behind the scenes…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Oh, the X works (if you click it and leave it alone!), but it takes more like 10 secs for the player to disappear. Our internet is a bit slow at work at the moment though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah…Yeah, it took about 2 seconds over here, but yeah it’s not terrific…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: If I was to use it, I think I’d only use it for my own team, rather than for tracking who everyone else has drafted.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I could see that… I’d suggest only using it after the fact too, just to see where you’re sitting after the draft…

                    • Kid A says:
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                      @SteveNZ: Love it as a post-draft analyzer to get a team diagnostic and tweak pieces to see what the bottom line impact is.

                      I found the player search function to be a little wonky. I tried searching Last, First, and Full name without success.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hmm… Okay, will look at that too… Thanks for taking a gander!

                    • Kid A says:
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                      @SteveNZ: Navigating back to the player page from the “taken player” page requires you to hit back browser. Might be a little more intuitive if you could just click through.

                    • Prez!! says:
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                      You aint got the answers,Kid A!

  57. Buge Hoobs says:
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    ESPN mocks up and running, if that’s what you wanR …
    Rosario
    Fielder, Pujols, Hart
    Altuve, Miller
    Segura
    Gyorko, Arenado
    AJones, Bautista, Bruce, Marte, Bourjos, Garcia
    ASanchez, Cobb, Liriano, Gray, Salazar, Porcello, Griffin
    Robertson, Frieri, Axford

    Imagine that G ???

    Any suggestions for where can I participate in more realistic mocks, other than MDC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Nice team… Maybe couchmanagers? I don’t know, I’ve never used them…

  58. Brooke says:
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    Hi Grey! Quick question about how you draft. When drafting your teams do you just follow your tiers for each position or do you draft off of your top 100 & 400 lists? Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I use my top 400 since I know all the players and my thoughts on them…

  59. Fungazi says:
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    Any concern that Profar has shoulder tendinitis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  60. MasterofGrond says:
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    Cobb proposed to his girlfriend using a dolphin.

    Guy is a master of both pitching AND romance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We should all take a lesson from the Cobb man.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MasterofGrond: that got posted yesterday and wake up can’t figure out which one is the dolphin…..I have to agree with him

  61. Slam says:
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    Trying to decide on 5 keepers for next year. Standard h2h with slugging obp and QS added on. $260 budget.

    I’m keeping Adam jones for $13 and Segura for $1. Those were easy. Trying to pick the other three.

    Prince $54
    Stanton $30
    Wright $29
    Heyward $4
    Choo $6
    Corbin $1
    Sonny Gray $1
    Homer Bailey $5

    Any suggestions? I’m thinking prince even though he’s expensive. Not sure about the rest.

  62. mcdizzle says:
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    well according to the Grey my yahoo h2h $20 pro league team is off to a good start: adam jones, prince fielder & evan longoria w/ my 1st 3 picks. their default rankings are good for razz readers. perhaps i should have taken stanton (who lingered in the draft to mid 4th round) or j.upton (5th round) in the 4th round instead of jose reyes. ….oh well maybe he stays mostly healthy this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, don’t love Reyes over those other guys, but sounds solid…

  63. Jeremy Sieffert says:
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    12 team mixed league w/ 2 keepers this season. I have Votto as a keeper and an opportunity to keep Tulo as keeper #2 OR trade draft picks to pick up the Dread Pirate and pair him w/ Votto. I expect I’ll have to trade 2 picks to get him. I’ve been bad at judging trading draft picks. I’m thinking a 5th and 10th for Cutch? Too much? Too little? Just right?

    Or run w/ Votto and Tulo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Run with Votto and Tulo

  64. Indians fan says:
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    Grey, 10 team 4 keeper league (14 off, 9 pitchers)…I’m sure on TROUT in the 10′th and Robertson in the 21′st….which 2 of the following do you like: PROFAR in the 15′th, PORCELLO-16,COLBY LEWIS 18, CRIS ARCHER-20, JED LOWRIE-22 ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar, Archer

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