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It’s everyone’s favorite ‘pert with everyone’s favorite self-flagellating exercise — Hey, look at my team!  The ‘Hey, look at my team!’ exercise can go one of two ways.  We can either agree that my team is awesome.  Or you can combat the ‘Hey, look at my team!’ exercise with your own ‘Hey, look at my team!’ exercise.  I’m guessing a lot of you will opt for the second, since the ‘Hey, look at my team!’ exercise seems to go over best from the first person.  One word about the “Hey, look at my team!” exercise.  It works best if you tell me how many teams are in your league and arrange your team as I have done in this post.  Now, prior to you looking at my team, besieging your gut with warm cozies, I first should point out this is a 5×5, 15 team league with OBP subbed in for average because fantasy baseball ‘perts like to make things complicated and turn off 85% of their readers.  So, before you say Dan Uggla is a terrible pick, he’s more of a so-so pick.  So-so there!  Anyway, here’s my 2014 Tout Wars team:

C: Matt Wieters (8)
C: Mike Zunino (17)
1B: Prince Fielder (1)
2B: Jedd Gyorko (6)
3B: Nolan Arenado (13)
SS: Jean Segura (3)
MI: Dan Uggla (21)
CI: Eric Hosmer (4)
OF: Yasiel Puig (2)
OF: Coco Crisp (9)
OF: Torii Hunter (15)
OF: Colby Rasmus (18)
OF: Avisail Garcia (20)
U: Corey Dickerson (23)
Bench: Marcell Ozuna (26)

P: Julio Teheran (5)
P: Alex Cobb (7)
P: Fernando Rodney (10)
P: Tony Cingrani (11)
P: Jim Johnson (12)
P: Rick Porcello (14)
P: Alex Wood (16)
P: Taijuan Walker (19)
P: Alexi Ogando (22)
Bench: Erasmo Ramirez (24)
Bench: Danny Farquhar (25)
Bench: Alex Torres (27)

TOO BAD YOUR OUTFIELD IS GARBAGE, BECAUSE I DO ENJOY YOUR MUSTACHE

Weird thing happened about five rounds into this draft.  No, I didn’t see a dolphin fly past my window.  Why would you even think that?  We got to round 6 and I really didn’t like the next outfielders on the board (remember round 6 for me is around pick 83 overall).  I was looking at guys like Cuddyer, Josh Hamilton, Leonys Martin, Shane Victorino, Domonic Brown and Khris Davis (to name the next six outfielders taken).  Tell me, guys and four girl readers, would you take Gyorko or one of those outfielders?  Actually, no one took any outfielders.  Those six outfielders were the last outfielders taken between my pick and my Coco Crisp pick at 128 overall.  There is just no outfielders between picks 75-ish to 125-ish.  (BTW, here’s the full draft results — yes, there is a direct correlation between knowing fantasy baseball and not computer stuff — a Google Doc, really?  Someone couldn’t host it?)  If I knew no one would take Teheran (which they probably wouldn’t have), then I could’ve took Yoenis in Round 5, Teheran in Round 6 and winged it from there.  For a 15-team league, I don’t hate my outfield, but it is easily my weakest link.  That’s if…

YOU REALLY TRUST THAT PITCHING STAFF?  YOU CUTE, BUT HELLA CRAZY!

Rudy projected out my team, and said my pitching staff is the weak link.  He’s saying that using his projections.  According to my projections, my pitching staff is solid.  I took a bunch of guys that I love.  I think Teheran, Cingrani and Cobb could be three number ones.  Sure, there’s risk, but David Price has risk.  Gio Gonzalez has risk.  Kershaw has risk.  Last year, according to our Player Rater, Teheran was the 21st best starter.  He’s 23 years old.  Sounds like a decent enough fulcrum to balance a staff.  I’ve gone over why I love Alex Cobb more times than any metrosexual man should.  Let’s say, he butters my Cobb.  Wait, what?  Ew!  Cingrani is pure explosiveness with a 10+ K-rate… Well, you know from my rankings what I think.  Yes, the staff is young, but great pitchers are young.  One small note, I took Teheran before Cobb in my draft even though I have them reversed in my rankings because where we drafted this (CBS), Teheran was near the top of SPs to draft when I took him and Cobb was buried, so I figured I could wait two rounds before taking Cobb.  I figured right, or ‘go figga’ as they say in the hood.

YOU TOOK A BENCH HITTER?  OH, NO, YOU DINT!

Yeah, I dit.  I say don’t take a bench hitter in leagues shallower than 14 teams.  Plus, this is a weekly league.  Plus, I’m not sure Corey Dickerson is a full-time player, so I needed a bit of insurance.  Bee tee dubya, the Corey Dickerson pick was pure Rudy Gamble.  Anyone that has looked at his 15-team rankings (or any amount of teams) knows Steamer loves him some Dickerson.  Here’s you, “So, Grey, I love you like a mother chicken loves her baby chicken, but are you following Rudy’s rankings or yours?”  First off, this league was OBP, which I don’t project for, so I used Rudy’s.  Second, I know how I feel about players, so, like I said above, I drafted a pitching staff I wanted even though I saw Rudy’s rankings in front of me telling me which way he’d go.  Third, what third?  Stop with your thirds!

  1. Party Boy John says:
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    do you feel good about alex wood?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Party Boy John:

      There’s a “good wood” joke here somewhere.

    • Mike Zunino is the man. He deserves the starting catcher spot.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Why don’t you have anything at your website?

  2. Party Boy John says:
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    albert in the 4th round? pick 63??? he jammed today, looks healthy, what gives?

  3. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: thoughts on Pujols draft position? Is his adp that low or is it just ‘perts bein ‘perts?

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Herschel: CBS has him buried REALLY low in their projections. Like 110 (15th best 1B between Craig and Rizzo). So when you’re in the CBS draft room you can’t even see his name pop up for a few rounds. I took him in the 4th in a 14 team league and when CBS sent their automated, team specific draft recap it said “However, you mixed in some duds as well, the worst of whom was Albert Pujols, taken 24 spots ahead of what his average draft position suggests.”

      • Eddy says:
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        @L-Boogie:

        I’ve never used CBS, but I know their rankings have always been wonky, but jeez, 115 overall?! That’s insane.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Eddy: holy jebus! i can’t believe anybody has him lower than espn’s mid 50′s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel: I have him ranked in the 2nd round so you know what I think

  4. Shiz514 says:
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    I think Colby Rasmus in the 18th round might be one of your best picks, that is a good pickup in what would be undrafted territory in 12 team leagues. Best value imo. Plus the OBP helps.

  5. RJ says:
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    I like the team! Hey Grey, should I do this trade?? It’s a 12-team, mixed, roto 6×6 (QS, OPS added categories)

    I get: Harper
    I give: Goldschmidt

    My team:
    C. Lucroy
    1B. Goldschmidt
    2B. Gyorko
    3B. Arenado
    SS. Segura
    1B/3B. Pujols
    2B/SS. Hill
    OF. Bautista
    OF. Bruce
    OF. J. Upton
    OF. A. Garcia
    OF. B. Upton
    UTIL. Calhoun

    The thing with this trade is…Frazier and Asche are Free Agents…so if I did the trade my 1B would be Pujols and my 1B/3B would be either Frazier or Asche and my OF would be STACKED with Harper, Bautista, Bruce, J. Upton, Garcia. What do you think Grey?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @RJ: Id hold

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @RJ: I’d ask for more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RJ: Hold

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: What if Goldschmitdt for Harper plus a good closer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s okay

  6. SteveNZ says:
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    I’m in a tent. Hope I don’t have to sprint to the wire this weekend…

    • de nachos says:
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      @SteveNZ: yes but today is still tomorrow for you, still not convinced you’re not writing from the future.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: You join the circus?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Lyon tamer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  7. anoraxx says:
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    Snake drafts are lame. Bring up some auction action.

  8. Vaughn says:
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    Howdy fellow fake baseball players! Looking for some feedback on a 10 team 5×5 H2H team I drafted last night. And if Grey or any other official razzballers were to grace my comment with a reply, I’d simply rejoice in fantasy ecstasy.

    C- Carlos Santana
    1B- David Ortiz
    2B- Robinson Cano
    SS- Ian Desmond
    3B- David Wright
    OF- Adam Jones
    OF- Shin Shoo Choo
    OF- Jay Bruce
    UTIL- Josh Donaldson
    UTIL- Jedd Gyorko
    BN- Kole Calhoun
    BN- Michael Brantley

    SP- Homer Bailey
    SP- Julio Tehran
    RP-Neftali Feliz
    RP-Andrew Cashner
    P- Danny Salazar
    P- Francisco Liriano
    P- Hiroki Kuroda
    P- A.J. Burnett
    BN- Ervin Santana
    BN- Scott Kazmir
    BN- Corey Klueber

    • Big W says:
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      @Vaughn: i think liriano got injured yesterday… Not sure how serious

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Vaughn:

      Huge Neffy fan, but I feel like Soria is gonna get the job.

    • Q says:
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      @Vaughn: Huge power team but hurting for steals, fo sho. Also, you only have one closer (who may not even win the job), so there’s that. If you were intending to punt saves at the draft and make in season moves, disgegard. But if not, you have starting pitching to spare, so I might try to trade for a legit donkeycorn.

  9. bossmanjunior says:
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    10 team h2h

    Big money draft last night. Went pretty close to plan although the one league mate I told about Razzball of course reached on a couple of my targets (Gyorko, Teheran, Gray). The only player Im concerned about is Samardzija but its a shallow league so I guess I’ll enjoy the ride. Actually read a good fangraph piece that alleviated some of my concerns, basically showing that Shark has only has two months with a FIP under 4 in the past two years. Just got really unlucky in the second half last year. Other big surprise was Salvador Perez available in the last round, while the likes of Montero, Wieters, and Gattis were all drafted.

    C Perez
    1B Pujols
    2B Hill
    SS Segura
    3B Encarnacion
    OF Jones
    OF Marte
    OF Myers
    UTL Rizzo
    BN Miller
    BN Aoki

    SP Bailey
    SP Cobb
    SP Fister
    SP Salazar
    SP Samardzija
    SP A. Wood
    SP Kluber
    SP Ventura
    RP Robertson
    RP Cishek
    RP Jones

    I realize its a shallow league and in-season moves will play a large role, but how do you like this team as a start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I like the team to start…. I think for a 10 team league you went a little upsidey on pitching, but it’s not bad for now

  10. bossmanjunior says:
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    In my RCL, Erasmo Ramirez, Tommy Hunter, and Cody Ashe all hit the waivers (no idea why), and I have number one waiver priority.

    C Ramos
    1B Encarnacion
    2B Hill
    3B Beltre
    CI Abreu
    MI Rollins
    OF Rios
    OF Gordon
    OF Aoki
    OF Calhoun
    OF Brantley
    UTL Moustakas
    BN Raja
    BN Joyce

    SP: Bailey, Fister, Gray, Masterson, Smyly, Paxton, Skaggs
    RP: Robertson, Balfour, Hawkins

    What moves would you make and which move would you use first waiver priority, if any? Thanks!

    • The Unchosen says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Looks to me like you need some SP insurance more than a backup 3b or 4th RP. I’d go Erasmo. I hate having extra closers (Hunter) plus April is Blow Save Month.

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @The Unchosen: if theres a RP with a closing gig why not take him…

  11. de nachos says:
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    At first I was like Woah a catcher in the 8th but then I remembered in a 15 team it’s more like 10-12. Dare I to speak for him but I think Tehol would approve of Weiters. Last man standing or hunch pick?

    • Q says:
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      @de nachos: Also a 2 catcher league….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @de nachos: It’s a 2 catcher league if you mean my team

  12. Donald Trump says:
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    Nice team, I agree with your decision on OF. Your staff is my kinda staff.
    So here’s my team, 12 team, 7×6 with batters Walks and TB and Pitchers Loses, $260 budget.

    C Gattis $5
    1B Pujols $22
    2B Pedrioa $30
    Ss Everth $5(kept)
    3B Donaldson $15
    OF Harper $64
    OF McLutch $57
    OF Heyward $17
    Util Puig $5(kept)

    We use 2sp, 2rp, 2p
    Rp Jansen $17
    Rp uehara $13
    Rp Holland $12
    Sp Wood $4
    Sp kazmir $1
    Sp Kluber $4
    Sp Ross $1
    Sp Pineda $1
    Sp Porcello $1
    Sp Hutchison $1
    Sp Eovaldi $1

    I plan to go 3rp as a deutche strategy.

    • Donald Trump says:
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      @Donald Trump: h2h, 20 IP minimum weekly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Donald Trump: Nice hitting, pitching looks almost punted, but I guess it’s H2H, so you can stream

  13. jjj says:
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    Got my draft tomorrowand i’m in a deep 14 team auction league, pretty sure I can get asche at $1 to fill my last Util slot…are you still high on him or does the presence of Frankel make him obsolete?

    • de nachos says:
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      @jjj: I think you mean Franco, haven’t seen anything that would indicate he’s going to make opening day roster. nor is he having the type of spring that would force the phils to consider it.

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @de nachos: Franco’s having a worse spring than asche…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jjj: I’d take Asche for $1

  14. Nelson santovenia says:
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    Keeper league who wins: Carlos Gomez, 8$ for Wacha, 9$ and Shark, 5$? Thanks

  15. Bruce LaBruce says:
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    Did I miss the signups for the Razzball leagues this year?

  16. Todd Waxman says:
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    There’s a lot of young, upside picks there. I hope that will work out in a deep league as it will be touch to find replacements (especially hitters on waivers).

    If all those young guys produce as anticipated, I say your top 3 (perhaps behind Tom Kessenich’s team). In a league this deep, it’s tough not to have holes somewhere on the roster. I just like how he got more proven, boring players. And I’m wondering if that’s what will set the two of your teams apart this year. Either way, nice roster construction.

    And I am wondering, when you are stuck between two players to pick, who makes the final call, you or your mustache?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd Waxman: Ha, thanks… Always the mustache…

  17. Swfcdan says:
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    Pick 2 arms: M Perez, (free) Wily P, T Ross

  18. gareth says:
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    I don’t have a team yet, so no flagellation from me :-(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: What are you waiting for? Stop commenting three times in a row and draft a team

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: His obsession with the Indians and snorting all that catnip is making him forget it’s March….late March!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

      • PREz says:
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        @Grey: ha nice grey….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bam!

  19. Will says:
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    12 x 12 Keeper League (my 3 keepers were Miggy, Goldy, and Strasburg). 6 x 6 roto ( 5 x 5 + OPS/L).

    I’m also a little worried about my pitching staff (mostly WHIP) but hopefully guys like Teheran and Porcello continue their upward trend. Also concerned about speed but I figured I can scour the WW for SAGNOF

    C Mike Zunino
    1B Jose Abreu
    2B Jedd Gyorko
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    SS Hanley Ramirez
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Alex Gordon
    OF Jayson Werth
    UTIL Paul Goldschmidt
    UTIL Aaron Hill
    BE Peter Bourjos
    BE Oscar Taveras
    BE Javier Baez

    P Nate Jones
    SP Stephen Strasburg
    SP Julio Teheran
    SP Matt Moore
    SP Justin Masterson
    RP Jonathan Papelbon
    RP Neftali Feliz
    BE Rick Porcello
    BE Taijuan Walker
    BE Zack Wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: How many teams?

      • Will says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, got a little excited…meant to say 12 team league, 6×6 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: You look light on average, which is less a concern in OPS, but looks solid overall on hitting… Don’t love Moore, but your pitching’s decent overall…

  20. The Strolg says:
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    Hey Grey, Cougs R Us had our draft last night, so let me know if you need to see my team. Spoiler Alert! My OF Jones, Rios, Pence, Cespedes, Heyward, Rajai! P.S. I hear that Rajai is going to show up to the first home game crossing Lake St. Clair in a canoe dressed as an Indian Chief, with Padma in the back dressed as a his Squaw, and she will be called Queen Sagnofagawea, but the white man will call her Coug Of Many Scars.

  21. Because I obey my superiors, I joined a RCL. Even bought the matching uniform. But I’m a baby; with keeper-league experience only. So, maestro, I think I need your moustache.

    In the first round, I had the #12 pick (which means #12 and #13).

    I thought I’d go for upside—RCL would be my crazy dream league.

    So: Get either Harper or Puig. Or both!

    But both were drafted while I cried on the sidelines. Puig was stamped at #6!

    Razzled, I decide to respond conservatively. Drafted in their place: Adam Jones and David Wright.

    I hate to bother you with my full roster, but EVIL ESPN has predicted that I AM GOING TO FINISH IN LAST PLACE.

    So I had to cry again.

    QUESTION ONE: Do you agree with ESPN that I’m a loser?

    My offense strategy became: Billy Hamilton & load up on pop.

    Pitching strategy: Be proactive with free agents. Though ESPN knows better, I kinda like my staff. If Josh Johnson and Scott Kazmir blow eggs, I scramble to the waiver wire for crazy new arms.

    C: Matt Wieters, Bal
    1b: Anthony Rizzo, Chic
    2b: Ian Kinsler, Det
    SS: JJ Hardy, Bal
    3b: David Wright, NYM

    2b/SS: Anthony Rendon, Was
    1b/3b: Jose Abreu, Chiw

    Of: Adam Jones, Bal
    Of: Jason Heyward, Atl
    Of: Yoesnis Cespedes, Oak
    Of: Billy Hamilton, Cin
    Of: Nelson Cruz, Tex
    Util: Pablo Sandoval, SF

    Sp: Jeff Samardzija, Chic
    Sp: Danny Salazar, Cle
    Sp: Ivan Nova, Nyy
    Sp: Scott Kazmir, Oak
    Sp: Yordana Ventura, KC
    Sp: Josh Johnson, SD

    Rp: Danny Farquahar, Sea
    Rp: Steve Cischek, Mia
    Rp: Cody Allen, Cle

    Bench: Kevin Gausman, Bal
    Bench: Dan Uggla, Atl
    Bench: Nick Castelanos, Det

    QUESTION TWO: Do I drop any or all of my BENCH for:

    These ARMS: Jake McGee or Carlos Martinez or Erasmo Ramirez or Junichi Tazawa or Pedro Strop or Vic Black?

    Or these BATS: Danny Espinosa (Rendon insurance) or Josh Rutledge or Kolten Wong or Adam Dunn or Mike Olt or Peter Bourjos or Junior Lake?

    Thank you. I’ll never write this long again. Just feeling whoozy after the ESPN prediction.

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @Fanthed:
      Your pitching looks weak to me and is your biggest issue. You didn’t get an ace and you didn’t get any closers either.

      Your infield is older and has little upside. I like your upside on the bounceback power guys like Heyward, Rizzo and Cespedes but you probably paid full freight for them as it looks like you have no 3 to 5th round SP ace.

      You’ve put all your eggs in the Hamilton basket. I’ve done it myself in a league. I’d still drop Uggy and try to find more speed. Hamilton by himself and your older infield won’t get you too high in the category.

      Looks like you have a year of double SAGNOF ahead. Good Luck.

    • Party Boy John says:
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      @Fanthed: you went with a jones and wright with your first 2 picks im guessing then what kinsler and who? this team worries me

      • @Party Boy John: You busted me. After Kinsler, I picked Heyward probably too early. Wasn’t even planning on Kinsler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fanthed: You had to draft a keeper league first at some point no? I agree with Jeff, your pitching’s weak, and your infield is just okay… You went heavy on OF, it appears

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      @Fanthed:

      Not to be a naysayer, but “Neigh.” You went for Wright when I assume at least some of Longo, Fielder, Beltre, Encarnacion, Stanton and Bautista were still available??

      Anyways, I would drop Castelanos and Gausman if you can get anyone who might get some saves. Otherwise, hold tight and get ready for a wild ride!

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        @BVS: I would hold Castellanos as insurance for Wright, because he’s always hurt. I would drop Gausman since he might still be on waivers and you can grab him when rumors of a call up start popping up. I actually like Kinsler this year, he said he’s focusing on stealing a lot more bags, and reading everything he’s said about the situation in Texas it was really messing with his mindset. I like him to bounceback nicely this year.

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        @BVS: Also, Cishek should be good for 30ish saves, and there will always be some guys that pop up during the middle of the year or after someone gets hurt. You could grab a Cinncy guy now that Aroldis is out for a month or two, they said a committee would be utilized. I think you’ll be ok there, you can always trade if you need Saves, and SAGNOF. Speed and Saves are probably the easiest things to get in trades and FA pickups so I think you did good.

    • Snarf says:
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      @Fanthed: That was a tough draft last night. A lot of savvy drafters. All in all i think you came out of it alright….although you took Salazar before I could ya jerk!

  22. Eric W says:
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    12 team 5×5

    1) John “Hannibal” Smith
    2) Templeton “Face” Peck
    3) Bosco Albert “B.A.” Baracus
    4) Howling Mad Murdock
    Bench – Amy Amanda “Triple A” Allen

    Thoughts and feedback are welcome!

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Eric W: If I was grading your team, I would give you an A.

  23. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Yo Grey, waddup widit

    My team:

    C Miguel Montero
    1B Poophole
    2B Cano
    3B Arenado
    SS Segura
    2B/SS Brad Milla
    1B/3B Jose Abreu
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Jose Baustista
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Alex Gordon
    OF Billy Hamilton
    UTIL Middlebrooks

    SP1 Bumgarner
    SP2 Cobb
    SP3 Teheran
    SP4 Gray
    SP5 Masterson
    RP1 Rosenthal
    RP2 Perkins
    RP3 Janssen
    RP4 Balfour
    RP5 Henderson
    RP6 Jones

    6×6 Roto with QS and OPS. I use all 3 bench spots for closers because of our 200 start limit. I picked Derek Holland with my last pick and stashed him on the DL to hopefully pick up Ace Ventura. Any weakspots on my team I should be concerned about? Only 10 team league so that’s why it’s such a stacked team

    Thanks Gray!
    -Feliz

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      @Fireball Feliz:
      You a beast. Mine (Yahoo 10 team 5 X 5 + ops, hits, qs). Picked 6th:
      C- Rosario (12th)
      1B- Prince (2nd)
      2b- Hill (11th)
      3b- Donaldson (9th)- this pick worries me…
      SS- Desmond (6th)… he just fell to me
      CI- Freeman (3rd)
      MI- Villar (19th)– I clearly punted this position…
      OF- Adam Jones (1st)
      OF- Rios (5th)
      OF- Beltran (10th)
      OF- Aoki (16th)– I just love this dude
      OF- Avisail Garcia (24th)– I gotta hardon for this guy

      SP- Madison B (4th)
      SP- Gio (7th)
      SP- Teheran(8th)– I reached… but Julio is worthy of a reach around
      RP- Reed (13th)
      RP- Jim Johnson (14th)
      P- Sonny Gray (15th)– I’m worried wit him as my number 4
      P- Jim Henderson (17th)
      P- Chris Archer (18th)
      P- Tommy Hunter (20th)

      BN – Ventura (21st), Ross (22nd), Nate Jones (23rd), Michael Pineda (25th)

      Thoughts?

      My plan is to package 2 closers for an upgrade at SP.

      War room has me hitting all my targets except steals at 92%

      • Grey

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        @jal179: I agree with the War Room and that’s with Villar helping on steals and I’m not sure you’re gonna be able to carry him all year

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          @Grey: l

          Eric Young on the wire along with Rajai if Avisail craps out to help with steals.

          Alcides also available on the wire in the event Villar blows goats.

          Should I be worried bout all my garbage closers??

          I have an offer of Jim Henderson for Kuroda on the table– worth consideration?

          • Grey

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            I’d hold Henderson…

        • jal179 says:
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          @Grey:

          Would anyone consider moving Jim Henderson for Kuroda? I need SP help I believe.

          Also,would anyone take Alcides Escobar over Villar for MI speed?

          My god I need Beltran to stay healthy… don’t like my chances lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Yeah, does look a bit stacked, pitching looks slightly better than hitting which isn’t great… Hitting doesn’t look bad though, little heavy on speed and light on OPS

  24. Rob says:
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    12 Team 5×5. How’d I do?

    C-Jason Castro
    1B- Jose Abreu
    2B-Jose Altuve
    SS-Hanley Ramirez
    3B-Edwin Encarnacion
    MI-Dee Gordon
    CI-Billy Butler
    OF-Jay Bruce
    OF-Wil Myers
    OF-Brandon Moss
    OF-Wil Venable
    OF-Michael Brantley
    UTIL-Todd Frazier
    UTIL-Norichika Aoki
    BN-Javier Baez

    SP1-Madison Bumgarner
    SP2-Alex Cobb
    SP3-Andrew Cashner
    SP4- Zach Wheeler
    SP5-Alex Wood
    SP6-Josh Johnson
    RP1-Kenley Jansen
    RP2-Jim Henderson
    RP3-Nate Jones

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      @Rob:

      love your pitching… weak link OF maybe? just gotta find a wire marte or puig and off u go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob: Pitching looks excellent and the hitting looks solid, nice team

  25. Dooks says:
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    10 team 5×5 H2H
    C Rosario
    1B Trumbo
    2B Altuve
    SS Segura
    3B Gyorko
    OF Puig
    OF Choo
    OF Holliday
    Utl Heyward
    Utl Rizzo

    SP Wainwright
    SP J Zimmerman
    RP Perkins
    RP David Robertson
    P Cingrani
    P Salazar
    P Ryu
    P Masterson
    BN Dickey
    BN Lester
    BN Burnett
    BN Yordando Ventura
    BN Grant Balfour

    Got all those bench pitchers for 1$. Have an offer of Donaldson for Lester & Balfour. I’ll take it to guard against a rizzo or gyorko flop, thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dooks: I’d take Donaldson… Real solid team overall, nice pitching up front, little wonky in the back but not bad, especially if you lose Lester in a trade

  26. Nico

    John Stamos says:
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    Grey, this is probably nitpicking at this point because we’re talking about projections, but would you prefer a combo of Bruce/Segura in the 3rd/4th rounds or Rios/Pujols in that order? I pick 9th in a 10 teamer and feel pretty comfortable about getting these guys at the 29th and 32nd pick. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Stamos: Bruce/Segura if you have a 1B already… Otherwise the opposite… It’s more about your first two picks

      • Nico

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        @Grey: Hoping to grab Jones/Fielder, but I’ll be on my toes. Thank you, sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

        • Steve d says:
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          @John Stamos: like a midget in a urinal

  27. Oaktownsteve says:
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    Uggla was a good sneaky OBP pick there. Team needed a little power upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oaktownsteve: Thanks! I was happy with him where I got him…

  28. Seattle Mack says:
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    When I first saw Grey’s squad. I ASS u Med that it was an auction. Zunino for 21? Uggla for 21? Segura for 3? Then it dawned on me………

  29. Frank White says:
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    Hey Buddy… Sorry I swear these draft questions will be over in a day.. Lol. So I’m gonna Go by your list only on your 10 team mixed h2h points leagues. I know the draft can go a little fast but what do you think the best way of doing this list as I do the draft, Cross out each player as it goes along and go by the next best guy I need for each position I need or is there a better way??

      • Frank White says:
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        Lol Jk.. I’ve done drafts a million times but I just wanted more people busting my balls!! bHAHA

        • L-Boogie says:
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          @Frank White: Oh, I thought you were asking…. for ..errr… your friend. Yeah, that’s it. Your friend…. in Canada.

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @Frank White: Practice mock 10 team drafts on the site you use.

      Don’t cross the players out, the draft moves too fast, just edit your predraft computer rankings to bump up undervalued guys and highlight on your cheat sheet some guys to target in each round. Keep it simple.

      Figure out what rounds to target guys when they start reaching the top of the default list. That way you can get Grey or Rudy’s or your guys guys just a round or so ahead of their typical spot.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks I didn’t know I could do that.. How early can I edit my predraft rankings?? Also I really don’t like doing too many mock drafts until I know my draft position ya know..

        • Frank White says:
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          Oh I see it now.. Now to edit the list do I drag the order I want into, My Players then save it or whats the best way of making my order so when I draft I’ll only see my order??

        • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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          @Frank White: Should be able to edit anytime.

          You can always practice a mock draft once in the middle, once at the end, once in the beginning, etc. It helps for building your team in the middle rounds.

          • Frank White says:
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            Oh I see it now.. Now to edit the list do I drag the order I want into, My Players then save it or whats the best way of making my order so when I draft I’ll only see my order??

            • Frank White says:
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              Or should I say how do you edit pre draft rankings so the list will change?? I’m trying to do it but I must be doing it wrong.. Thanks for your help Bro!!

              • Frank White says:
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                Sorry Bro… Ok so I’m dragging the players to My Players in the order I want. If I save that then when my draft starts tomorrow, will it be set up to my draft order?? Just wanna make sure before I do all this work.. LOL

              • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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                @Frank White: I’d check for the help info on the fantasy site, not sure. Usually you just drag the guys around up and down some and click save somewhere.

                • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                  @Jeff in Southern Indiana: after you’re finished, if it’s in yahoo back at the bottom of the draft central page you can export one set of rankings to put them into multiple leagues.

      • fwiw, i cut/paste my $ into an Excel spreadsheet and add a column. I mark off drafted guys with an ‘x’, my guys with a ‘y’. I then filter that column to remove the x/y guys.

        i never mess with the predraft computer rankings. no nuance to it (i like looking at category $ per player).

        i was able to handle the speed of a snake draft with 1 minute for picks.

        • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: That’s because you’re a professional ninja.

          Running excel with a beer in your hand, while talking crap to 6 other guys, and watching an NCAA tournament game can be a challenge for me.

          • true. i don’t multi-task during drafts. barely talk in the draft room once it starts.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Jeff in Southern Indiana: Haha. I hear that. I always tell myself I’m going to 100% focus on the draft at all times. Few drinks later….friends chatting in the room…porn on in the background….fuggetaboutit.

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @Cram It: I drank almost half a bottle of Jameson during the ECFBL draft last night. I told myself I was going to focus as well!

              • Cram It says:
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                @mauledbypandas: Got my last one tonight AND I don’t have to get up for work tomorrow. Going to partytown!

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @Cram It: hell yes, me too. Still half a bottle of whiskey left. Take that brain cells!

  30. Frank White says:
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    Oh also, on the list that I printed it says Fantasy Baseball Auction Values- 10 team Mlb (Yahoo Roster)… Is that the right list for my 10 team H2H points league or should I just go off of the top 200 list under Rosters?? Cause it has Bryce Harper at 27th and Ellsbury at 21 and Jean Segura at 14th. Can that be right in your opinion??

    • Frank White says:
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      Yeah that list can’t be right

  31. Max says:
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    Would u rather have votto and Ventura, cano and gausman, or Hanley and gausman? It’s a keeper league but I wouldn’t be keeping any of the pitchers there. I already have goldshmidt by the way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Max: Votto

  32. Tbone says:
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    12-team weekly 6×6 H2H…keeper
    OBP, SLG, R, RBI, HR, SB

    C – Posey
    1 – Abreu
    2 – Utley
    S – Bogaerts
    3 – Wright
    O – Cutch, Myers, Gordon, Dom
    U – Rendon (or Eaton, Springer, Buxton)

    1) Do you prefer the lineup above with question marks at 1B and Util or trade Wright for Fielder? Fielder to 1B, Abreu to Util, Rendon or Bog to 3B.

    2) Given either my current lineup or that in #1, who do you prefer for a SS fill-in until Bogaerts (5 games) gets SS eligibility: Dee Gordon, Villar, JRoll? Leaning Dee solely based on more games in week 1.

    3) Are we looking at May/June for Gausman or just injury/struggles of their staff?

    Thanks for the insight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tbone: 1) I prefer Fielder 2) Dee for 1st week 3) An injury and he comes up

  33. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    Grey:

    Love the pitching staff. Ignore that Rudy guy. And for a cheap price.

    I don’t really like your sleeper bats for a OBP league. Arenado is mediocre in an OBP league as he doesn’t walk. Asivail Garcia is also a free-swinger. Maybe Headley would have been a better cheap 3B bounceback target.

    I don’t know that Uggla’s going to hold on to the job. Sad to see that someone must have stolen your Brad Miller.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff in Southern Indiana: Yeah, someone got Miller… Sad trombone… Thanks for having a gander, I think I’m fine for OBP overall… By my calcs, at least

  34. c0wfunk says:
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    Nice draft. Definitely all in on your rankings list as it should be..

    34 hours til my draft time and I’m making final preps for my team. 12 team mixed h2h cats where pitchers get qs and losses on top of the regular 5. Offense only has 1-8 hitters + 2 UT slots, so I can fill up most my slots by going big on hitting in the top 10 rounds. 25 man rosters and I’ll be going for 9SP + 3RP.

    I’m wondering what your level of concern is for bailey and the news of his start being pushed back with the groin issue .. I haven’t seen a lot of reporting on this and it seems minor, but I had been wavering between targeting him in round 6 for my #1 and grabbing another hitter and waiting til round 7 where he’s usually gone and going with Cobb and then Teheran in 7 and 9. I am pick 11 so in odds I’m at the bottom, evens I’m at the top.

    This news is one more in the column of don’t waste a pick on the top starters and just grab all the hitting I can and then get 5 pitchers in a row after pick 100. I’m assuming you’re not moving him down yet, and I know cobb and teheran are above him, but in many mocks I’m able to get all 3 between rounds 6, 7, and 9 and end up looking good with a full lineup (minus catcher) and 3 good pitchers at round 10. So in question form: What is your level of concern for Bailey right now? Ignore and draft as I hadn’t heard the news? Skip him and keep the faith that Cobb, Teheran, Gray, and Masterson will keep her steady? Any wise words or sarcasm you can provide is always appreciated.

    Ready to stop overthinking and start drafting! Cheers matey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: Groin issue isn’t a problem… No level of concern

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: roger that. Will keep calm and carry on.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: another one:
        Read through your PED strategery post again and am considering reconsidering my roster construction at the end of the draft. I had been grabbing 3 bench bats – often guys like miller, a. garcia, bourjos, etc – and now I’m thinking perhaps I should grab another starter or two and just have 10 batters and 15 pitchers. Maybe 11 sp / 4 rp.

        I realize this is your advice so I’m not asking you what you think about that. What I am wondering: if you end up with less proven bats at key offensive positions, would you consider backing them up with another similar upside guy and keep a bench bat that way until one or the other proves himself out or flop? Example: grabbing Arenado in round 10/11 and then Moustakas in 20 or so. Or grabbing Miller as a +1 in case my 2b or ss flops? Or do you like to just assume you can replace these guys on the fly in case of failure?

        League details are in the post above, we’re talking 300 men off the board here, 10 offensive starters, pitchers are 2sp 2rp 1p daily lineup changes / scoring weekly h2h cats.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I could see grabbing an upside bench bat

  35. stynyr says:
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    Playing in a 10-team, 5×5 with OBP in place of AVG and SV + H instead of just S. Here’s my auto-drafted squad:

    c-Ramos
    1b-Fielder
    2b-Gyorko
    3b-Sandoval
    ss-Hanley
    of-Trout, Bruce, Hamilton, J.
    util-Segura, Hamilton, B.
    BN-Belt, Napoli, Headley, Brantley
    sp-Lee, Fernandez,Zimmerman, Cobb, Liriano, Lester, Kennedy, Cluber, Delgado

    Trade Segura or Ramirez? Do I approach this the same as a traditional 5×5? No Bench bats, right? Of those Util and bench guys, who should I look to keep in my Util spots?

    Thanks, Grey!

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      • stynyr says:
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        @stynyr: Jesus I butchered this to hell.

        Forgot to add my RPs: David Robertson and Fernando Rodney.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stynyr: I’d take Hanley… You don’t need bench bats right now, but I wouldn’t drop them outright yet

  36. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    My turn:

    12 teams – My weird 7×7 H2H league:
    OBP, R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K
    W SVs HLDs ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9

    My team:
    C Carlos Santana
    IB Votto (kept)
    2B B Miller
    SS E Andrus
    3B Carpenter (kept)
    OF Choo
    OF J. Heyward
    OF D. Fowler
    UTIL D. Ortiz (kept)
    UTIL Rizzo

    SP Matt Cain
    SP Liriano
    RP K. Jansen
    RP Balfour
    P Soria
    P JJ Hoover
    P K. Siegrist
    P Cody Allen
    BN “Shark”
    BN S. Gray
    BN T. Cingrani
    BN D. Salazar
    BN R Porcello

    I screwed up 3B, missed some guys so I had to slide Carpenter over there and then drafted Miller. I may be too light on power and RBIs.

    What do you think? Thanks for your help. Best fantasy web site I’ve come across.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff in Southern Indiana: I think your hitting looks like a much deeper league than 12 team which isn’t good… I think your pitching is good enough… Thanks for the kind words!

  37. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Your outfield could be the weak link but it’s bursting with upside and value. I’m not crazy about Rasmus but he’ll at least have a month or two where he is ownable in all leagues every where of every size. The bench hitter thing is funny because if I’m correct you typically say if you’re going to draft a bench hitter you draft one with upside, Ozuna has that (BTW can we nickname him Yoke, as in Yoke Ozuna! get it!). I like Cobb and Tehran, I have Tony C on a few teams but his ability to throw any pitch but his fastball for a strike is concerning. Then again that could be why he misses so many bats……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Ha, nice… Thanks for taking a gander, I agree with you…

  38. serch says:
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    Sup Greystroke…long time….your team is like a sexy stache….young, strong and flush with possibilities…lots of sweet upside with Gyorko, Segura, Arenado, Hosmer and Garcia…same with your, um, staff…but after Cobb there’s not much of a track record (except Porcello, but his track record is meh)…Erasmo may prove to be a tremendous steal…your OF is fine if Rasmus and Garcia step it up (which I think they will)…Uggla is scat and your Utility is a flier so methinks this is where you need to work…look at me, pointing out the obvious to the guru….anyways, here’s my team…its 12-team, 6×6 with OPS and QS…I was in the seven hole(which I think was her left nostril):

    C Weiters (14)
    1B Pujols (3)
    2B Canó (1)
    SS E. Cabrera (9)
    3B Zimmerman (5)
    OF Jones (2)
    OF Bruce (4)
    OF Gordon (8)
    U Hosmer (6)
    U R. Davis (18)
    P Bailey (7)
    P Moore (10)
    P Liriano (11)
    P Fister (12)
    P Gray (13)
    P Henderson (15)
    P Street (16)
    P Tillman (17)
    P J. Johnson (19)
    P E. Santana (20)
    B Avasail (21)
    B C. Hart (22)

    Erasmo and Brothers are both on waivers and I will likely drop Hart for one of them….whatcha think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @serch: Hey, man, long time! Thanks! I like your team a lot, your hitting is great… Your pitching is a little wonkier (don’t love Moore), but it’s not bad, and should be fine in this shallow of a league…

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        @Grey: Thanks man! Yeah I hear you on Moore, he was not a target of mine but my offense was pretty much set and I knew I could probably get Liriano or Fister for my SP3 (got them both thanks to Fister’s elbow)…I think Moore at pick 114 was good value with lots of upside … everyone is down on him because of his velocity drop last season but he had elbow issues and his velocity is back up this spring …. let the games begin!

    • jal179 says:
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      @serch:

      Brothers brotha.

      My god your squad is beast for a 12 teamer… my looks worse for a 10 teamer but abunch of my targets flew off eraly like Longo in the mid 2nd, Bruce late 2nd, Segura in the 3rd, Andrus in the 4th, Gordon in the 6th and Cobb in the 6th….

  39. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Your infield looks pretty sick (in a good way), with Hosmer manning your CI spot. You got a good deal on Segura lasting until the 3rd round of a 15-team league. Kudos.

    I heard the other day on a Fangraphs podcast that Cingrani has been working on his slider and changeup this spring. I guess when he was interviewed by Eno, he said he relied on his fastball so much in the minors because it got him good results and results are what gets you to the majors. Now that he’s in the majors, he wants to be a complete SP and add in a quality change up and slider. If he can get those two pitches to be average to above average, he could be crazy good!

    Nice handcuff of Rodney with Farquhar.

    • Grey

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      @Shake N Bacon: Thanks! I agree, and think Cingrani can be a top 20 SP this year, his stuff is filthy

  40. Principle Blackman says:
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    It’s a very nice team, Grey. The only thing that you might have done differently is waited to fill corner infidel, which, if I’m not mistaken, is something you advocate for in your rankings. Instead of grabbing Hosmer in the 4th you could’ve reached for Wil Myers and then waited until the 9th to grab Seager or until the 17th or 18th to grab Moustakas or Asche, but what am I saying; hindsight’s a blind cougar, amiright?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Ha, yup… I like to fill my corner spot early, but I can still have a 2nd OF in 12 team leagues… In a 15 team league, it’s harder

  41. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I might have gone with Wil Myers with your 4th round pick instead of Hosmer, after seeing that Rizzo and Abreu went in the 6th round. Hosmer is a little less of a risk there though. More SB’s too.

    Looks like there was a catcher run between the 7th and 8th rounds.

    Avisail and Wood were good values imo.

    • Grey

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      @Shake N Bacon: Thanks! See my above comment re: Hosmer… You’re right, I could’ve went Myers there, but I thought he might hang around, or some OF might… I would’ve even taken Yoenis is I had the opp… I might not regret that with how he’s hitting in the spring…

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: If my Myers for his Rizzo, is that okay or hold?

        • Grey

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          Hold

  42. Shake N Bacon says:
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    So two quick questions on my keeper league team.

    12-team league, standard 5×5 roto, keep 6 players every year, no value/round associated with keepers, allowed to keep them indefinitely.

    1) Would you rather have:
    2B Gyorko
    SP Jose Fernandez

    or

    2B Kipnis
    SP Sonny Gray

    This is more for this year. Most likely Fernandez would be the keeper out of the first two and then Kipnis would be the keeper for the other group. I’d only keep one of of the two.

    2) Oswaldo Arcia is out there on the waiver wire. I’ve got Chris Carter as a bench bat because I’m a little nervous about Rizzo as my 1b. We have no CI spot so I only need one 1B really. Would you drop Chris Carter for Oswaldo? I kind of value them the same. Power potential with low BA. I like the idea of possibly using Carter against Lefties from time to time, especially if Rizzo is facing a lefty that same day. Maybe i’m overthinking it.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Shake N Bacon:

      Fernandez side. Not close for me.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Grey: Cool.

        So a follow up question. I have Kipnis and Gray, but two different owners have Jose Fernandez and Gyorko. I was thinking of doing Kipnis for Jose and Sonny for Gyorko. Am I giving up too much on the Kipnis for Jose deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A bit

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Beastman: do you take gift cards equal to $100?

      • Beastman says:
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        @J-FOH: Yes, especially if it’s a gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond.

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          @Beastman: I let someone know on Twitter last night about your league. He was interested in a money league I think.

          • Beastman says:
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            @Shake N Bacon: Thanks man, appreciate it, really fun group of owners. Plus, for a limited time only, I’m offering a 1% discount–only $99 to join!

            • Shake N Bacon says:
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              I was considering emailing you myself. But not sure I can handle three leagues this year. I’m a wimp. In the past I’ve usually just done one very competitive keeper league that going on 12 years now. This year is my first year joining an RCL league.

              If Sunday comes around and no one has joined your league, let me know.

              BodenTA at Live dot com

              • Beastman says:
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                @Shake N Bacon: You can never have enough fantasy leagues, especially when you can win a bit of cash. I’ll keep you in mind; Tehol is in the league but can’t decide if he’ll be able to make it, so might have another spot to fill.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Beastman: I got that, Home Depot, Olive Garden and an Itunes. It’s a full Saturday planned out with the tunes

          • Beastman says:
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            @J-FOH: I do live right next to a Home Depot and desperately need a new hammer…you’re in!

          • Nick says:
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            @J-FOH: Hope you get one more! What happens if one spot is empty? (I’m in the league)

            • Beastman says:
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              @Nick: An empty spot is not an option. We need to fill the league, prob can’t move the draft date around due to everyone’s schedules.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @J-FOH:

            Frank: Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we’re going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.

  43. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Matt Wieters at number 8……I hardly know you anymore Grey.

    • Sky

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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: 8th round of a 15 team draft is actually pick 108-120 of a standard 12 team. And its a 2C league. Please don’t burn your Razz-bras in protest just yet!

      And of course I saw your snark and raised you a snarkasm.

    • Grey

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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: What Sky said… It’s a 2 catcher league… Wieters was one of my better picks

  44. Bear says:
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    Hey Grey
    Had an offer tabled to me: Zobrist for Fister. What do you think buddy?

    Matt Wieters
    Anthony Rizzo
    Jedd Gyorko
    Elvis Andrus
    Nolan Arenado
    Adam Jones
    Yasiel Puig
    Avisail García
    Peter Bourjos

    UTIL-Corey Hart

    Homer Bailey
    Doug Fister
    Francisco Liriano
    Rick Porcello
    Martín Pérez
    Erasmo Ramírez
    Álex Torres
    Skaggs

    Mark Melancon
    J.J. Putz

    • Hawk says:
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      @Bear:

      You don’t need Zobrist and you need Fister. It’s a fair offer but it won’t help your team (unless its a points league, in which case go for it)

    • Grey

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      @Bear: What Hawk said

      • Bear says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Bear says:
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            @Grey: So he countered with:

            Zobrist / Hawkins for Fister / Ramirez?

            Still a no?

            • Bear says:
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              @Bear: OR another possible…
              Cespedes/Hawkins for Fister/Ramirez

              thanks guys….

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hanley side

                • Bear says:
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                  @Grey: huh? lol

                  • Bear says:
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                    @Bear: Sorry Grey…
                    Here;s my Team
                    Matt Wieters
                    Anthony Rizzo
                    Jedd Gyorko
                    Elvis Andrus
                    Nolan Arenado
                    Adam Jones
                    Yasiel Puig
                    Avisail García
                    Peter Bourjos

                    UTIL-Corey Hart

                    Homer Bailey
                    Doug Fister
                    Francisco Liriano
                    Rick Porcello
                    Martín Pérez
                    Erasmo Ramírez
                    Álex Torres
                    Skaggs

                    Mark Melancon
                    J.J. Putz

                    I suppose I would be looking to bolster my UTIL spot and crappy Hawkins Saves?? Just need some advice if I should take Trade 1 or 2 or NONE

                    Trade 1 Scenario: Cespedes/Hawkins for Fister/Ramirez
                    Trade 2 Scenario: Zobrist / Hawkins for Fister / Ramirez?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d take Trade 1

                    • Bear says:
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                      @Bear: Thanks Grey!!! You think Hawkins hangs on for at least a while as closer?

  45. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Strong IF which given that it’s a weekly league makes a lot of sense. That’s where I’d want my stability to come from. At first was gonna shake my fist at you for the OF but that’s a place for rotation for sure and all it’ll take is for one or two of your upside plays to hit and your OF is as solid as the rest. Solid work, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Thanks, friend! Yeah, was thinking I might be able to figure out some better OFs on waivers if need be, even in a 15 team league… Ted actually drafted this team, I consulted

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Ted is so crafty…..and cute!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe… I’m gay for Ted!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: If he wasn’t yours I’d steal him

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cougs has one of those microchips in him that’s connected to FBI…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: you need to clone him

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ted Talks! When are those going up on the youtube account?

        I have the same mancrush on Avisail as you so we’re either both hosed or golden this year there. 30th round keeper in my…uh…keeper league and my OF4 in that streetcred league. He’s a beautiful man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I like him a lot, he is definitely less attractive in this Tout league though (OBP)

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I hear ya. Still young enough to figure out out how to take a walk, though. Plus can hit .300 if things go well. My keeper is OBP; here’s to a .280 to .290 average to go with a .320 or .330 OBP so he doesn’t drain us.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: I’m sure he’s already drained you a lot

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Only when the baby oil is next to the desk and I’m looking at my keeper team…which is every day…and thrice on the weekends.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, hopefully

  46. The Marte Partay says:
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    Input from anyone would be appreciated here – any news or insight on the Brewer’s 2nd base shituation? I’m looking at taking Gennett as backup MI in a slow draft. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Marte Partay: A backup MI in a slow draft makes it sound like a deep league, so I’d draft him there, won’t matter if he wins the job outright for that deep of a league, worth the flyer

  47. Jonas says:
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    Can I get some ‘pert help?

    12 Team Mixed Yahoo (AVG and OPS, pitching HRs allowed a state cat.)

    C-unknown whereabouts (Salty/D’Arnaud/Flowers?)
    1B-Prince (2)
    2B-Brad Miller (19)
    3B-Longo (1)
    SS- Andrus (9)
    MI-Rizzo (8)
    OF- Upton (3)
    OF- Bruce (4)
    OF- Alex Gordon (7)
    UT-Middlebrooks (18)
    UT-Corey Hart (19)
    Bench- Bourjos (24)
    Bench- Frazier (25)

    SP Anibal Sanchez (5)
    SP Alex Cobb (6)
    RP Jannsen (11)
    RP Cishek (12)
    P Matt Moore (10)
    P Masterson (16)
    P Ventura (15)
    P Josh Johnson (20)
    Bench Latroy (13)
    Bench Qualls (14)
    Bench Erasmo (23)
    Bench Paxton (26)
    Bench Tillman (22)
    Bench HAREN (19)

    I’m dropping Haren for Sergio Santos or Zach McAllister or Wei-Yin Chen or Strop or Melancon or Ogando or Cody Asche* or Skaggs or what about Drew Hutchinson?

    In addition to Haren, Tillman is another BIG problem with the HRs allowed, since HRs is a pitching category in our league. Get rid of him too? (I like his composure, but lack of velocity)

    muchas gracias

    • Jonas says:
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      @Jonas: head to head

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @Jonas: Better grab Santos as the handcuff until the injury scare has passed.

      • Jonas says:
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        @Jeff in Southern Indiana: thanks, I think thats the answer…Santos and a Catcher and drop the two bums (even though I do kinda like Tillman!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jonas: Yeah, homers allowed knocks those SPs down a bit, your top of the pitching looks solid though as does your hitting… I’d go Melancon and Santos

      • Jonas says:
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        @Grey: thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. Principle Blackman says:
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    Jeez! My team is turning into a triage unit between injuries to Elvis Andrus, Anibal Sanchez, Homer Bailey, and now Franciso Liriano. I’m a little bit worried.

  49. BB says:
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    Hi I am in 10 team 6×6 OPS/QS H2H Categories league. Is there anything else I might need to address here? For example you can win each week 12-0 or like 6-6

    C Salvador Perez, KC C DTD

    1B Edwin Encarnacion, Tor 1B, DH

    2B Aaron Hill, Ari 2B

    3B Pablo Sandoval, SF 3B

    SS J.J. Hardy, Bal SS

    OF Ryan Braun, Mil OF DTD

    OF Shin-Soo Choo, Tex OF

    OF Jay Bruce, Cin OF

    OF Billy Hamilton, Cin OF

    UTIL Mark Trumbo, Ari 1B, OF

    Bench Pedro Alvarez, Pit 3B

    Bench Corey Hart, Sea 1B, OF

    Bench Brad Miller, Sea SS

    Bench Kole Calhoun, LAA OF

    SP Jose Fernandez, Mia SP

    SP Anibal Sanchez, Det SP DTD

    SP Julio Teheran, Atl SP

    SP Michael Wacha, StL SP

    SP Tony Cingrani, Cin SP

    RP Grant Balfour, TB RP

    RP Neftali Feliz, Tex RP

    Bench Chris Archer, TB SP

    Bench Alex Wood, Atl SP, RP

    Bench Ervin Santana, Atl SP

    Bench Lance Lynn, StL SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BB: I wouldn’t be concerned with that team right now… Once the season starts is when H2H becomes a chess game

  50. TJ says:
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    With your initial thoughts about your OF being the weakest point of this team, in hindsight, do you think you should’ve taken Bruce over Segura? What was your mindset at that pick? After reading your blogs for a while now, your metrosexual love for Cobb may only be surpassed by your love for Bruce.

    Side note: can we Razzballers get an app? Being dumped into the site from Twitter, etc, is sooooooo 2008

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @TJ: definitely need a mobile view at least – the font doesn’t resize properly on tablet / phone (android)!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: I do love Segura a lot too, from last year… I think Bruce instead of Segura, in hindsight, was probably the only legit move I could’ve done different to fix my OF, but instead of Segura I’d have, say, Alcides and Bruce instead of Crisp… Maybe different guys there, but around that change… Who has money to have an app made? Let’s do it!

      • TJ says:
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        @Grey: Why is everyone so down on Segura? Most of what I read is in re: to his AVG last year being an abberation (b/c he was getting lucky/high BABIP??? not really sure) and therefore his counting stats will fall as well. What am I missing here? Only reason I ask is b/c I have him on a majority of my teams.

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

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          I’m the one defending him in these comments

          • TJ says:
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            @Grey: I’m sorry…I should’ve elaborated. I meant why are the majority of ‘perts out there down on him, while you are one of the few who’s so confident in him maintaining the skills he showed last year. Not doubting your knowledge or foresight….just wondering, I guess.

            • Grey

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              No idea what others are thinking…

    • Cole says:
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      @TJ: I was going to ask this very question about passing on bruce too. I do think your team is pretty strong as is though.

      • TJ says:
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        @Cole: oh yeah. Like the team too. Its just that after going thru the full results, thats the one thing that caught my eye, mainly due to his affinity for getting Bruce on errrrry team

  51. doghat666 says:
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    11 team, 10×10 roto, keeper, auction league
    Hit categories Std 5 + OPS, D+T, K’s, Hits, Stolen Bases Allowed
    Pitch categories Std 5 + Innings, W-L, Holds, K/9, BAA
    Total Salary $330:
    C W Ramos
    C M Montero
    1B Votto
    2B Gyorko
    3B Seager
    SS E Cabrera
    MI A Cabrera
    CI Arenado
    OF Stanton
    OF Ellsbury
    OF Yoenis
    OF Aoki
    OF Brantley
    DH Rizzo
    BN Rendon
    BN Yelich

    SP Kershaw
    SP Cobb
    SP Bailey
    SP Shields
    SP Cole
    SP Cingrani
    RP Street
    RP Frieri
    RP Janssen
    BN S Santos
    BN Porcello
    BN H Santiago

    I know I went a little overboard on pitching, but with all our categories quality pitchers are valuable. Regards bench bats, in our league waivers claims are $2 each, real money, so a couple of useful guys on the bench saves a lot of cash.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @doghat666: If you own Kershaw, you went overboard on pitching, but with your categories I can almost understand it… I do think it’s made your hitting weaker than it should be

  52. robo says:
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    I was looking at the Pujols pick, as well. You have Pujols 12 overall….way above CBS and other ‘perts. Did you give any thought to not taking Fielder in the first and grabbing Pujols in 2nd or 3rd, or did you figure he would be gone….or do you like Prince that much better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @robo: I believe I almost took Jones, but I had just drafted Jones, so I wanted to diversify my portfolio… If I didn’t have Prince, I would have Pujols and the whole team would’ve changed

  53. Mike says:
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    I decided not to do the whole “Grey what do you think of my team?” exercise this year, I know I could use another closer and the back end of my rotation is shaky!

    That said, I’m in a 14 team 5×5 mixed league with QS & OPS and reading this post makes me feel alot better about taking SPs in Rounds 5-7. I usually don’t allow myself more than 1 SP in the first 10 rounds, but when it got to that part of the draft, I’d already filled SS, my corners and had a nice start to my OF and the available hitters just looked like overdrafts at that stage so I picked up Cobb, Sanchez & Greinke and was still able to grab the likes of Anthony Rizzo & Coco Crisp before the first 10 were through.

  54. Eddy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Got my final league tonight, my auction one. 12-team, 1400 IP.

    At what price are you taking Chapman despite his injury?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Eddy:

      He went for $16 in my 12 team, $260 auction last night. I’d have paid $1 for him but apparently, other owners weren’t worried about his fractured psyche.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Eddy:

      Maybe around where you have Huston Street valued I would say. Maybe a smidge higher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: I’ve reranked him

  55. Hawk says:
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    That amount of young pitchers – with no CJ Wilson stability types will have you wondering if you should buy stock in Tums, Rolaids or both.

    I’d be ok with any one, two or even three of Teheran, Cobb, Cingrani, Walker, Wood or Ramirez. But all of them? Without someone a little more proven? As my mom would say “I’m gettin’ agita ova heah” (she sounds like Wallowitz’s mother from Big Bang Theory. Seriously. I grew up with that.

    Anyway, you’ll prolly hit on a couple and a couple will explode in your face. The agita comes when you have to decide “Do I stay with them and watch them explode? Or do I drop them for who’s looked great?”

    I don’t envy you that choice, Master Grey. Not at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: What’s gonna make the agita greater is in a 15 team league it’s gonna be hard to drop them

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        In that case, I recommend Maalox. It helped me alot during the AJ Burnett Yankee years

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  56. OaktownSteve says:
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    Dateline Florida….

    Buck Showalter calls Evan Meek “intriguing” and “close” to 2010 All Star form.

    Iike a dog with a bone I am

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        He hasn’t not made the team…

        Just like he hasn’t given up a run, hit or walk all spring.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Humping all over his leg?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Dogs are idiots

  57. GusPike says:
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    12 team, 5×5 roto, keeper league

    Drafted last night with a screaming baby in arms and an internet connection that kept cutting out. Also accidently clicked on Seth Smith as my 5th outfielder rather than Rajai Davis…yeah, that helped. Dropped him for Broxton.

    Despite all that, think I did okay, other than the annual saves chase. Since there are 60 keepers in the league, you have to add 60 to the numbers below to reflect their true draft spot…I feel like I have too many starters and I like to stream and we have a 1400 IP cap, but can’t really drop any…Thoughts? On the team as a whole?

    C-Rosario (63)
    1B-Chris Davis (Keeper)
    2B-Kipnis (Keeper)
    3B-Arenado (74)
    SS- Simmons (108)
    MI-Gyorko (58)
    CI-Goldschmidt (Keeper)
    OF- McCutchen (Keeper)
    OF- Braun (Keeper)
    OF- Beltran (47)
    OF-Gardner (138)
    OF-Avisail Garcia (154)
    UT-Rizzo (87)
    Bench-Khris Davis (169)
    Bench- Villar (183) (autopick when internet crapped out)
    SP Cole (14)
    SP Latos (37) (autopick when internet crapped out)
    SP Teheran (39)
    RP Rosenthal (23)
    RP Melancon (202)
    P Minor (106)
    P Salazar (117)
    P Gray (127)
    P Fister (159)
    Bench Broxton (223) (FA pickup after dropping the talented lisper Seth Smith)

      • GusPike says:
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        12 team, 5×5 roto, keeper league

        @Grey:

  58. stynyr says:
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    Which would you rather have?
    10-team, H2H, 5×5

    Matt Moore and Jay Bruce

    or

    Joey Votto and Jose Fernandez

    • Big W says:
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      @stynyr: votto J-Fern

  59. Project Merkin says:
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    Dearest Grey, and anyone else who has any good ideas (sky? Rudy? Not jay wrong?)

    I’m in a 10 team keeper where you get to keep 3 guys in the round you drafted them in the previous year. To give you an example, 3 years ago a buddy of mine drafted Trout and Harper LATE, didn’t win for 2 years, but is now set for domination.

    My question for you(s), who would you grab late this year so that I can have massive value next year?

    Tavares?
    Arica?
    Jackie Bradley? (Jk)
    Yelich?

    Just want to pick your brain.

    • Hitters: Springer, Baez, Taveras, Correa
      Pitchers: Bradley, Syndergaard, Appel

  60. EK says:
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    9 team roto 5 x 5

    5 SP spots, 180 start limit
    I have: Felix, Scherzer, Bumg, Verlander, Cobb, Salazar, Wheeler, Y Ventura
    4 RP spots
    I have: Trevor, Street and Feliz

    Would you drop any of those SPs to pick up Hoover or CarMar?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: You have no one to drop

      • EK says:
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        @Grey: Figured… how about dropping a bat?
        C. Crawford? I have other OFs of Trout, Myers, Bautista, Craig, Moss, Soriano (waiting on DH elig)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  61. MattH says:
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    Nice team, Grey. I like the Uggla pick.

  62. Pager24 says:
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    would you do Cole and M. Moore for JoFer and Reed?
    I’m overloaded on quailty SP and desperate for saves. It’s a 10 team league

    Thanks!

  63. Benched Batter says:
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    What’s up Grey – What’s your reasoning behind no bench bats? There are 5 bench spots in the leagues I’m in and I’ll usually do a 3 pitcher/2 batter split with these spots. I like to have some bench bats to fill in on off days, non-start days in daily leagues, and all my roto leagues have a 1400 innings cap.

    Thank you sir! You’re a fantasy baseballer god among men (and 4 women).

  64. J-FOH says:
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    Open youe e-mail……oh and nice team, lots of good values

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      • Marty says:
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        @Grey: Grey, maybe you can answer this. Salvador Perez took a month off when his Grandma died last year. How long do you think he would have stayed out if he killed Chapman the other night with that line drive to the head?

  65. IHellaHeartJFOH says:
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    Andrus MRI clean. Looks like he won’t be leaving the building. thank god.

  66. OaktownSteve says:
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    I don’t love Cingrani. Kind of feel the same way about Ventura. Iffy command, no secondary pitches, no professional seasons with more than 150 innings. You can’t just throw hard and succeed as a starter at the mlb level.

    • Sky

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      Cingrani doesn’t really have control issues nor does he throw that hard (about 92 MPH on the FB). Most of his walks come from him trying to throw FB after FB to get a guy out and finally losing the battle. He spots it well. Agree on secondary pitches, though. Yordano is still a mystery. He’ll definitely be an outlier in terms of size/velocity if he succeeds as a starter but I’m not willing to write him off since he can throw a 97 MPH FB. You also have to consider ADP. At least for now, he’s going fairly late. Who would you rather draft at that part of the draft? Ian Kennedy? Jose Quintana? Fair to say there are other good arms surrounding him that are draftable but cost has to be a part of how you evaluate a guy like him as well.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: AND THE VALUE SAYS BOOOOOOOYA!!!!!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Sky:

        You can’t look at Ventura’s adp because he only just now got a job and the looney endorsement from toast of the Yost. From here forward hard to imagine there will be any value in the pick.

        Yeah…should have chosen my language better and said you can’t just throw fastballs and succeed at the mlb level as a starter and have uber command and, most likely, throw two seamers.

        • Sky

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          That really depends on what league/who you’re drafting with. He’s been drafted in every I’m in this year, no exception. If people lose their minds and forget he’s the 5th starter for the Royals, sure, ADP rises and value is lost. But let’s not kid ourselves: unless you’re playing with idiots he’s not going to go flying up the draft boards. He shouldn’t be slipping up into the top 50 SP any time soon and if he does, that’s when it’s crazy talk. I’m still drafting Carlos Martinez when and where I can (and I’d still draft him over Yordano) but I won’t hesitate to take upside 20th round and beyond in any league and I still suspect Ventura will keep going there.

          And to be fair, Cingrani I am not huge on either because I don’t see the value in where he’s going. He’s being annointed based on some misleading numbers from last year. Watched him pitch against Milwaukee at home. He shut them down for 3 innings. Then a bomb in the 4th. Then back to back jacks in the 5th and he was done in 4.2 IP for the day. Ks were there but once people started getting the timing, it was like BP. He really needs some secondary pitches and fast.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Sky:

            You might be right about Ventura, but in my experience late spring buzz guys often get huge adp lifts. Look at the level of excitement on this very site.

            • Sky

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              I hear ya; just responded to a guy who asked if he should go after Salazar or Ventura on this post today…yikes. I’ve taken Dee Gordon everywhere as well. But I wouldn’t do it if he starts creeping up the draft boards. If people have little to no valuation skills, only so much you can do and that’s when you take advantage of their inability to figure out how to play this silly little game. But I will say I’m glad I am not in any league like that so far this year. Even in my keeper where I have to say there’s a lot of poor valuation, he went in the 28th round.

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Sky:

            hey Sky :
            auto-drafted h2h team with woeful pitching staff .
            1st on waivers .
            take smyly or martinez ?
            am leaning smyly ‘cuz he has a job .
            but , am playing in a puerto rican league and these guys know
            their latin players (though one guy did draft kelly).
            waivers take effect tomorrow (the 22nd) , so have to prioritize tonight .
            should i trust that martinez will slip through until add/drops on the 23rd ?
            appreciate your response , if you give one .
            regards .

            • Sky

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              Sounds like you know your room. Take Martinez for the upside and to beat others to the punch. Methinks you can pick up Smyly via FA if you have roster room. Oddly picked him and Smyly up in my keeper. Holding onto him as I don’t think Kelly holds the job all year. Clever ruse by the Cards to keep Carlos’ innings down. Think he’ll start at some point this summer, a la Cashner did for the Padres last year.

        • Kid A says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          I got Yordano off waivers. I’m content with that level of investment.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Kid A:

            Appropriate

            • Kid A says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              Sullivan over at Fangraphs had an article (you’ve probably read it) titled “When a Limited Repertoire’s a Good-Enough Repertoire” discussing limited arsenals. He touches on Cingrani a bit.

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Kid A:

                I read that when it came out and just went and re-read it just now. One odd thing about it is that he seems to lump one- and two- pitch pitchers together. Also he’s not very specific especially relative to Cingrani. Show me I SP in baseball history with long term SP success throwing 80%+ four seamers. I can’t think of one. Also I think Cingrani’s success relies on deception in the delivery. He’s never really spent a full season equivalent at any one level of pro ball. Have to gauge whether people will start to pick up the release.

                • Kid A says:
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                  @OaktownSteve:

                  “A pitcher needs two pitches, one they’re looking for and one to cross them up.”

                  Cingrani will be the test of this.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Kid A: You luck SOB! Who’s the idiot?

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Ventura sure was fooling the hell out the Rangers during the spring training game I watched. Never know…

  67. Ben. says:
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    Nelson Cruz vs. Sonny Gray? Who do you like for the whole season?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: he read my Will Middlebrooks post!

      NICK! NICK! NICK! NICK! NICK! NICK!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I sent him a link of the sleepers

    • Kid A says:
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      @Grey:

      YamaHAMA!

      It’s as if he unlocked a way to channel all of the nervousness and anxiety of everyone that ever was, and that ever will be, on this planet into a 10 minute interview. Get that man some klonopin.

      +10 on the artful use of the bug-eyes-as-exclamation-marks facial pantomime.

      +100 on that perfectly manicured beard. Looks AMAZING!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha! Did he say April instead of August?

        • Kid A says:
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          @Grey:

          They both starts with an A, what’s the difference? I was more focused on the, “320 cities!, 100,000 miles!” part…

          Helluva pitch man you got there.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            In Canada it’s spelled Ehpril…

            • Kid A says:
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              @Grey:

              For reals? Get ooot!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Grey: Is that Brooke interviewing him?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hahaha

      • Kid A says:
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        @Wake Up:

        It’s not a real, “rolling fantasy party” until a chick with a dick shows up.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wake Up: Jordy Mercer beat Duke!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Grey: Duke of Flatbush?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Duke Duke Duke Duke of Earl?

  68. Clint says:
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    Grey, do you have a particular position you target for steals or power when drafting based on positional depth & guys you like pre-draft or do you just let the drafts come to you and snag what you need as you go? I.E. grab SS’s or OF’s for steals; load up on 1B for power or rely on a few good OF’s for it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MI for SBs

  69. Cole says:
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    Are you going to do a write up on your nfbc team too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, did it already but haven’t posted it yet

  70. Ben. says:
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    Follow Up:

    Nelson Cruz/Chris Archer vs. Sonny Gray/Coco Crisp?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Ben.:

      I love Sonny IRL and my A’s need him but I’m a little worried. The pluses are off the chart athleticism, make up, competitiveness and ++ fielder.

      …but I’d like to see how fares in a second and third tour around the league and whether specifically guys start laying off the curve. And see the development of the third pitch.

      I like him more than Shelby Miller long term but see them similarly this year relative to last years success, not terrible but underperforming draft slot. Miller in particular I won’t own.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  71. Gyarados says:
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    16-team H2H 6X6 (OPS and QS) 5 keepers

    *disclaimer: I gave up 2012, 2013, 2015 seasons to build this team…

    C Wilin Rosario
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Jason Kipnis
    3B Pedro Alvarez
    SS Troy Tulowitzki
    MI Brad Miller
    CI Nolan Arenado
    OF Yasiel Puig
    OF Shin-Soo Choo
    OF Norichika Aoki
    U David Ortiz
    Bench Anthony Rendon
    Bench Tommy Medica

    SP Stephen Strasburg
    SP Felix Hernandez
    SP Cliff Lee
    SP Anibal Sanchez
    SP Sonny Gray
    RP Kenley Janssen
    RP Sergio Romo

    Bench Zack Greinke
    Bench Taijuan Walker
    Bench Alex Wood
    Bench JJ Hoover
    Bench Joakim Soria

    DL Aroldis Chapman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You must’ve had some nice keepers because your team looks better than a 16 team should, which is good… I like the pitching a lot, but it’s a little too strong… Hitting is solid though, maybe light on speed and average

  72. Lob Ball says:
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    Drafted in a Yahoo roto league the other night. There were 2 SP slots, 2 RP slots, and 4 P slots. Stat categories are Wins, Saves, Ks, ERA & WHIP. One guy drafted 6 stellar RPs in rounds 7-13. By the time I even started to think about RPs nothing much was left. I do have decent SPs however. Is he better off than I am, our batting players considered equal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not better off, just different

  73. Ben R says:
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    Hi Grey -
    I like your team but don’t lurve your team. SP = great. You take your own advice well…
    Wish you would’ve stuck to your guns a bit more — punted SS and grabbed an OF at pick 3. Maybe grabbed upside Miller…. Escobar….later. “Corner men and OF early!” – Grey A. 2013 (advice I feel still applies today)…
    Good Hosmer pick.
    Much luv and appreciation for all that you and the guys at Razzball do.
    Ben

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, I could see skipping Segura there, but so much value where I got him and felt I could get decent OF later, which was half true, I did get OF later, decent? Well…

  74. Big Al says:
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    Now that Ventura is a starter and is having a great spring would you still take Salazar over him or is it a toss up ?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Still have to go Salazar there. And why not both? They’re not going anywhere near eachother in drafts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar, yes

  75. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Is the Razzballiest team to ever Razzball? I believe so. Gyroko and Arenando were snaked right before me; with my hitting I think I just need Middlebrooks to hit around .250 with some power and not be demoted. Asche and Frazier are available if I need to play hot schmotato at 3B or 2nd UTIL.

    12 team (5×5 plus OPS, total bases, QS and blown saves). 1500 iP.

    C: Rosario
    1B: Goldschmidt
    2B: Aaron Hill
    SS: Everth Cabrera
    3B: Will Middlebrooks
    OF: Jose Bautista
    OF: Yasiel Puig
    OF: Wil Myers
    OF: Justin Upton
    UTIL: Albert Pujols
    UTIL: Chase Utley

    SP: Alex Cobb
    SP: Mike Minor
    SP: Sonny Gray
    RP: Koji Uehara
    RP: David Robertson
    P: Jose Veras
    P: Corey Kluber
    P: Rick Porcello
    P: Joakim Soria
    BN: Chris Tillman
    BN: Josh Johnson
    BN: Yordany Ventura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid team on hitting, love the offense kinda, want to cuddle it… Your pitching is decent enough, could be some issues, but I do like the guys

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        @Grey: “Love the offense…pitching should be decent enough” pays the fantasy bills, and it should be the Razzball motto. Thanks for all the content, I am going on five years of top three finishes thanks to you and Rudy’s insights.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  76. JDW says:
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    I hate myself for typing what I am about to type…

    Torii Hunter is good value for where people are getting him. It’s true. It’s also true that I need to bathe now. I will own him in many leagues this year.

    “My name is Ja’darius DeQuavious Washington, and I will draft Torii Hunter this year.”

    I feel suddenly lighter somehow admitting that to the world.

    • JDW says:
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      @JDW: With that in mind, Grey, I don’t hate your outfield nearly as much as you probably do. :)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  77. We don't have enough road to get up to 88 says:
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    Grey,
    10-team H2H cat Keeper(keep 12)
    First, what do you think of my team? and when Chapman goes to DL, who should I pick up out of whos avail?
    waiver RP – Cishek, Henderson, Axford, Veras, Feliz, Brothers, Mujica, Hoover
    waiver SP – Nolasco, Straily, Lohse, Bradley, E. Ramirez
    MY team:
    C – J. Mauer
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – D. Murphy
    3B – N. Arenado
    SS – I. Desmond
    CI – J. Votto
    MI – B. Miller
    LF – R. Braun
    CF – A. McCutchen
    RF – J. Bruce
    UTIL – M. Holliday
    BN – W. Middlebrooks
    SP – C. Sale
    SP – H. Bailey
    SP – A. Cashner
    RP – C. Kimbrel
    RP – A. Chapman (4-6 weeks)
    P – R.A. Dickey
    P – M. Estrada
    BN – Y. Ventura
    BN – J. Peavy
    BN – J. Johnson
    BN – Y. Gallardo
    BN – Ian Kennedy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice username… Your pitching is very solid up front, I don’t love Dickey or Peavy or YoGA, but you know that… Your hitting looks fine…

  78. kisses says:
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    Hey howdy hey. Just drafted for my 10-team 5×5 roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP x K, W, SV, ERA, WHIP). Would love your thoughts about my team. Thanks!

    C: Posey
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Carpenter
    3B: Panda
    SS: EvCab
    OF: McCutchen
    OF: Harper
    OF: Wil Myers
    OF: Granderson
    UTIL: CCrawford
    UTIL: Arenado
    UTIL: Moustakas
    Bn: Freese

    P: Verlander
    P: MadBum
    P: Gio Gonzalez
    P: Teheran
    P: Wacha
    P: Lynn
    P: Soriano
    P: Frieri
    P: Cishek
    Bn: Archer
    Bn: Clippard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can look at your first 4 pitchers and tell your hitting is gonna be weak for a 10 team league and it is… You have too much top end pitching

  79. Richie says:
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    Hey Razzball,

    I know you get a ton of these every day so I figured why not pile on with one more? Just wanted you to check out my team that I just drafted last night for a Yahoo 12 team H2H money league. Standard rosters with benches extended to 6 players.

    Infield – Salvador Perez, Prince Fielder, Aaron Hill, Edwin Encarnacion, Jean Segura
    Outfield – Alex Rios, Wil Myers, Khris Davis
    Utility – Jose Abreu, Everth Cabrera
    Bench – Avisail Garcia, Kole Calhoun
    Starters – Jose Fernandez, Michael Wacha, Danny Salazar, Sonny Gray, Andrew Cashner, Yordano Ventura, Josh Johnson, James Paxton, Michael Pineda, Drew Smyly
    Relievers – JJ Hoover, Sergio Santos

    Any opinions are welcome :D

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      team looks light on average and bit heavy on pitching for H2H

  80. Beardcrabs says:
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    i took 3 outfielders in the first three rounds in my NFBC draft and ended up with Adam Jones, Justin Uptin, Shin-Soo Choo, Rajai Davis, and Peter Bourjos…

    it wasn’t my strategy going in but that was the best available at the time… people don’t realize that OF isn’t deep in 5 OF leagues…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, OF gets wonky around pick 80 until the end

  81. Dave says:
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    Is Mike Minor worth keeping at $18 in a 10 team NL only 5×5 $260 league? Was going to keep him before injury but now I’m not so sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  82. Alex Garner says:
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    Anyone with ESPN insider, care to share who Keith Law had as his top 10 breakout stars for 2014. Really don’t want to buy insider for just this article.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs, Eaton, Profar, Rendon, Smyly, Peralta, Norris… These are IRL though

      • Alex Garner says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Hardly groundbreaking stuff is it. Fail to see why anyone would pay for that insider crap.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Really not sure why I do, just always have

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Grey: Wait, you ‘perts dont all get that insider stuff free? Outrage!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              ESPN don’t give anyone shizz

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Grey: Does it make you a better fantasy baseball ‘pert?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              First time I used it in 6 months and only b/c someone else asked

  83. Swfcdan says:
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    7 games of Willin or 8 of Montero this week? 16 team pts league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilin

  84. OaktownSteve says:
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    Since I’m stuck on the road to BWI, might as well keep posting. I have to say Albright, I’ve been a little surprised at your backing of Segura this year. He seems to check a couple of your traditional red flag boxes: ugly 1st half 2nd half splits and breakout regression risk.

    Seems like in years past you would have slapped him around with a steals only tag. What’s the thinking been?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a .280 hitter, not a .240 one like he was in the 2nd half… He still had 17 steals in the 2nd half, and that speed is true… So it comes down to 5 homers and 35+ steals or 10 homers and 35+ steals… I think he’s a ten homer guy, and his minor league power backs that…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        But is that 3rd round value? You can get the same thing at an MI spot less 5-8 hrs 60 picks later in Altuve.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Altuve’s never hit 10 homers in professional career and I’d say he has speed downside from Segura’s floor…

          • Oaktownsteve says:
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            @Grey:

            No I’m saying if Altuve hits 5 homer and segura hits 12, is that worth 60 picks? Altuve probably has the higher BA floor too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He went 40-ish picks later, not 60… Taking me out of the equation, Steamer has Segura at 21 overall, Altuve at 52…

              • Oaktownsteve says:
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                @Grey:

                I guess I just threw Altuve out there for comparison sake. I think my main point is if you woulda asked me preseason if you were gonna like Segura, I would have said no for sure. Speed first MI being drafted 15 rounds higher than last year. Traditionally and Albright whipping boy candidate.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, guess that’s true… Keeping you on your toes! Though I do like 40 steal guys that could hit 10 homers without killing you in average…

                  • Oaktownsteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Steals are hella scarce

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Tis is true

  85. Wake Up says:
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    You shoulda got a OF1 with your 2nd pick…oh snap! (kidding)

    I don’t get the Ogando pick?

    You know I’m on board with Arenado, Avisail, and Dickerson…

    Here’s a little clip of the post-Tout Draft annual ritual…(Grey’s the one with no shirt on)
    http://youtu.be/_JdEdAVVQWU

  86. ShaneoMac says:
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    Where in the order do you think Brad Miller bats & is he a worthy starting 2nd baseman in a 10 team H2H 6×5 league? ( R, Doubles, HR, RBI, SB, AVG. – Wins, SV, K’s, ERA, WHIP).
    I can either take Gyorko around the 11th, 12th Rounds or continue to load up on pitching and get Miller around the 17th, 18th Rounds. Thanks.

    My strategy based on a few Mock Drafts..
    C: Wilson Ramos (18)
    1st: Anthony Rizzo (9)
    2nd: Brad Miller (17)
    SS: Elvis Andrus (4)
    3rd: Miguel Cabrera – Keeper
    OF: Bryce Harper – Keeper
    OF: Yasiel Puig (1)
    OF: Jay Bruce (2)
    Utl: Starling Marte (3)

    SP: Gerrit Cole (5)
    SP: Julio Teheran (6)
    SP: Tony Cingrani (10)
    SP: Jeff Samardzjia (11)
    SP: Justin Masterson (13)
    SP: Jon Lester (14)
    SP: Yordano Ventura (16)
    SP: Alex Wood (19)
    RP: Trevor Rosenthal (7)
    RP: David Robertson (8)
    RP: Ernesto Frieri (12)
    RP: Tommy Hunter (15)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Miller bats in the top of the order… Your lineup looks solid

  87. Sticks11 says:
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    10 team Roto 5×5 2000 max innings
    C Gattis
    1b Pujols
    2b Kinsler
    SS Segura
    3b Longo
    Of Trout
    Of Upton
    Of Cuddyer
    Util Rizzo
    Sp Teheran, Shields, Liriano, Ventura, Kluber, Porcello, Wacha, Nova, Smyly, Paxton
    RP Rosenthal, Feliz, T Hunter
    Should I carry a bench bat and drop a SP? Was thinking A Garcia or Tori?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need 10 SPs… Lose Paxton, grab Garcia

  88. Jeff P says:
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    Grey, seems you are invited to all ‘experts’ drafts there are. Why aren’t you among experts ranked for accuracy on FantasyPros?

  89. stynyr says:
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    Counter offer!

    I give:
    Bruce, Gordon, Moore, Teheran

    I get:
    Votto, Victorino, Peavy, Jose Fernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are you trading away your team you just drafted?

      • stynyr says:
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        @Grey:

        He’s offering me this stuff. He knows I yearn for some J-Fern. Initial thought was ‘puke city, bitch!’. Wanted to run it by you and the Razzball community though. [Raekwon]Nah’mean? [/Raekwon]

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Nice HTML… I wouldn’t do that trade

  90. Fungazi says:
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    Check this sexy right here, 6 team keeper 12 H2H:

    C Jason Castro Hou – C
    1B Paul Goldschmidt Ari – 1B
    2B Jason Kipnis Cle – 2B
    3B Ryan Zimmerman Was – 3B
    SS Hanley Ramírez LAD – SS
    CI Matt Adams StL – 1B
    MI Jedd Gyorko SD – 2B,3B
    OF Hunter Pence SF – OF
    OF Adam Eaton CWS – OF
    OF Carlos González Col – OF
    Util Nolan Arenado Col – 3B
    BN Xander Bogaerts Bos – 3B,SS
    BN Kolten Wong StL – 2B
    BN Nick Castellanos Det – OF
    NA Javier Báez ChC – SS

    SP Alex Cobb TB – SP
    SP Danny Salazar Cle – SP
    SP Andrew Cashner SD – SP,RP
    RP Jim Henderson Mil – RP
    RP Glen Perkins Min – RP
    P Alex Wood Atl – SP,RP
    P Yovani Gallardo Mil – SP
    BN Chris Tillman Bal – SP
    BN James Paxton Sea – SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For a 6 team league I’d want a better lineup and staff.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Yeah.. meant 12 teams and keep 6 oops

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks decent offensively then, bit low on average but balanced more or less… I like the pitching… Don’t like YoGa…

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Cool.. thanks. I’m not a fan either, but he could bounce back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  91. Greyismyhero says:
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    Happy Friday Grey and Razzers….Had a 12 tm H2H 6×6 OPS/QS draft last night, 8TH PICK…figured I would stray away from my usual draft strategy of upsssiiideeee (esp in pitching dept) and try something new…It felt real odd but I did the best I could. Grey and anyone else what you think? I definitely punted saves and speed but with being a OPS league I thought I would go real heavy power guys. I’m always 1st to wire for saves but speed I’m a little worried….Will this team contend, glaring weaknesses, etc? Biggest regret looking back is taking J Zimm instead of Marte…Thanks all!

    C: d’Arnaud
    1: Fielder
    2: Jerk
    SS: Segura
    3: Zimmy
    OF: A. Jones
    OF: Bruce
    OF: D. Brown (in honor of T)
    UTIL: J. Abreu
    UTIL: Seager
    BN: K. Davis, Profar, Arcia

    SP: J. Zimm
    SP: Teheran
    SP: RYU
    SP: Kuroda
    SP: Porcello
    SP Ventura
    SP: Bucholtz
    SP: A. Wood
    RP: Hawkins, Brothers, Qualls, Hoover

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are you mixing things up? I would’ve liked the team better with Marte, it’s not bad on hitting pretty balanced overall, I like it… Pitching’s okay, little bleh in the middle but do like the last guys you took…

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man, I just mix ever so often, tired of getting same teams/players over n over is all…..SMOKE THE GREEN!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Green all day!

  92. Adam says:
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    Yahoo Keeper League. 6X6 (OPS and K/BB are the extra stats) Keeps are marked with ‘K’, can keep up to 6 indefinitely (so no idea why someone dropped Pujols.. I had first pick and jumped all over that)

    C: Matt Wieters
    1b: Anthony Rizzo (K)
    2b: Jedd Gyorko
    3b: Evan Longoria (K)
    SS: Jose Reyes (K)
    OF: Ryan Braun (K)
    OF Jason Heyward (K)
    OF: Brandon Moss
    UTIL: Albert Pujols
    Bench: George Springer
    Bench: Brad Miller

    SP: Anibal Sanchez (K)
    SP: Alex Cobb
    SP: Homer Bailey
    RP: David Robertson
    RP: Steve Cishek
    P: Matt Moore
    P: Huston Street
    BN: Sonny Gray
    BN: Taijuan Walker
    BN: Rick Porcello
    BN: Josh Johnson
    BN: Drew Smyly
    BN: Ubaldo Jimenez
    BN: Archie Bradley

    • Adam says:
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      @Adam: Sorry, 10 team league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the team… You look light on average (with OPS less a problem) and a little light on speed… The pitching is fine though I don’t like Moore…

      • Adam says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! That’s pretty much the same concerns I have. Maybe I can swing Moore for a pickup in AVG or SB. Enjoy the real stats starting tomorrow!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  93. Deck says:
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    If Goldy is available at 4 along with ‘Cutch or Jones would you strategically pass on him since you can get Pujols late?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  94. Wilsonian says:
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    2 questions:

    1) 8 Team H2H league: BJ Upton or Avisail to replace Springer who’s taken over the N/A. Could use some wheels and some upside. Love Avisail, but also don’t think BJ has blown his usefulness wad. H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    2) 16 Team H2H league: Pagan, Morse, Uggla in the FA pool. Picking any of them up over LoCain, Oswaldo, Santos, or back end rotation guys like Erasmo or Delgado? H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, L, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) avisail 2) hold for now

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thank you, sir. Kinda figured on both fronts. Damn, I’m ready for some baseball to start.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  95. Oaktownsteve says:
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    I picked up Grady Sizemore. Looks to me like he’s about 90% lock as OD CF right now. I have to admit I’m kinda excited about it.

    People watching at BWI leaves something to be desired.

  96. royce! says:
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    Broxton is going to start the season on the DL, so Hoover will probably see the early save opps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  97. JFK says:
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    Happy Friday!
    Re-worked this team a bit, but still a lot of holes – looking at the pitching, one would think I’d just punted it but my bats aren’t even that solid, so it was just really bad, drunk drafting. As I’d noted in Smokey’s last post, “Despite the deep pitching pool, I whiffed badly and have what’s likely the worst rotation ever compiled amongst the Razzball community; to be fair, I drafted from a wine bar which presented a number of distractions of both the grape and blonde variety.” And that’s me quoting me!
    12-team, 7×7 (QS instead of wins) keeper:

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Crush Davis
    2B – Matty Carp
    3B – Machado
    SS – Bogaerts
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – CarGomez
    OF – Werth
    Util – DomBrown
    Bench – Castellanos, Villar, Chris Johnson

    SP – Salazar
    SP – Cueto
    SP – Kluber
    RP – Kenley
    RP – Rosenthal
    RP – Henderson
    P – Smyly
    P – Gee
    P – Leake
    Bench – Perez, Skaggs, Taillon, Crain, Santos, Hamels*
    DL – Holland

    Josh Johnson and Erasmo just hit the wire, so planning to swap them for Skaggs and Perez – are either of those guys worth burning my #6 waiver? To give you an idea of how desperately this league hoards arms, a guy just picked up Kyle Gibson…

    Arenado and Asdrubal also clear waivers tomorrow, and Kolten, Asche and Schoop have been winking at me since the draft…any of those guys worth dropping any of my guys for?
    Thanks in advance, all!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, burn your 6th waiver pick… Arenado should be owned over Johnson…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hadn’t… Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, man, I didn’t need to see that either

  98. scottsteelers says:
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    Erasmo dropped his spring ERA to 0.96… No one drafted him. Should I scoop him up in place of Tillman or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, you can try him

  99. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey & co, would like your thoughts on my first draft of the year. 12 team h2h 7×7 w/ TB, OBP + HRs allowed, QS.

    1. (3) Paul Goldschmidt (Ari – 1B)
    2. (22) Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    3. (27) José Bautista (Tor – OF)
    4. (46) Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    5. (51) Jean Segura (Mil – SS)
    6. (70) Wil Myers (TB – OF)
    7. (75) Alex Cobb (TB – SP)
    8. (94) Julio Teherán (Atl – SP)
    9. (99) José Altuve (Hou – 2B)
    10. (118) Matt Moore (TB – SP)
    11. (123) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    12. (142) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    13. (147) Doug Fister (Was – SP)
    14. (166) Fernando Rodney (Sea – RP)
    15. (171) Steve Cishek (Mia – RP)
    16. (190) Neftali Feliz (Tex – RP)
    17. (195) Chris Tillman (Bal – SP)
    18. (214) Jason Castro (Hou – C)
    19. (219) Peter Bourjos (StL – OF)
    20. (238) Rick Porcello (Det – SP)
    21. (243) Jake Peavy (Bos – SP)
    22. (262) Cody Asche (Phi – 3B)

    Per the war room, I ended up…

    90% on runs, 105% on HRs, 100% on RBIs, 74% on SBs, 102% on AVG (.275)

    Cobb, Teheran, Moore, Liriano, Fister, + Rodney, Frieri ended up with…

    120% on Ws, 123% on Ks, 108% on ERA (3.17)106% on WHIP (1.17) and 71% on SVs (65 for the 1st 2 guys, but another 22 for Feliz should put me in good shape, fingers crossed he wins the job)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with the War Room, you’re light on speed and saves… SAGNOF! But it’s a solid team otherwise…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, figured I would find speed off the WW, but do you think I should go with a 4th closer? Qualls and Hawkins went undrafted.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d grab Hawkins

  100. Spammer Jay says:
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    Grey, I drafted Alex Torres too, but I don’t know why anymore. What are you expecting to get from him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Middle innings help

  101. Dr Hocker says:
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    Without seeing any of the other teams–this team looks like it’ll get it’s @$$ handed to it. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do like a good handing over of ass

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: ha

  102. frankgrimes says:
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    my two long time leagues are 15 and 12 teams. I’ve been asked to join a 10 team 5×5 H2h league. does having only ten teams mean grab one elite pitcher earlier or it’s still wait for the lower tier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait longer in 10 team H2H

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: thanks brother. I was thinking in a shallower league that I could fall behind since teams will be more stacked. Btw next time your looking for new vape gear you should consider springing for the provari mini. it vapes so smoothly it’s quite the little device worth every penny imho

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was just thinking today I need some new gear… Maybe I’ll get one of those mod things the kids talk about…

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey: haha yes the mod is all the shizz now but for me the simplicity of the provari is where it’s at. check em out. Also came across this don’t know how helpful it is yet but prolly could give you a head ups on the daily search for saves http://closermonkey.com

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’ve been meaning to check out the mods, maybe this weekend… Gotta start the season right…

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @frankgrimes:

              Grimey :
              obviously you pointed that jackass that you were riding
              through the sahara in the wrong direction .
              you’re suppose to be seeing unicorns .
              not monkeys .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grimey!

  103. papasmurf says:
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    You definitely put your money where your mouth is. Funny thing is, I don’t have a single common player with you. Given my smurfing record, it’s a yay for you I guess haha.

    let me show off my shiny new team too. It’s spring so I am feeling good. Check back in 2 months and it might be a totally different story.
    16 team keeper 6×6 league (standard 5×5 plus OBP and HLD).

    C- Castro, Avila
    1B- Moobs, Papi
    2B- Altuve
    SS- ECab, Dee
    3B- Longo
    LF- Moss, Ruggiano
    CF- Fowler
    RF- Giancarlo

    SP- Shark, Sonny Gray, Masterson, Liriano, Josh Johnson, Ty Ross, Harvey
    RP- Melancon, Benoit, Walden, D Carpenter, Bastardo, Wade Davis

    Instead of reaching for a low-end closer, I decided to go with the top setup guys so my saves gonna be bad but I should be minimum top 3 in HLDs. Wade Davis has SP eligibility, which is an advantage in my particular league format, so he actually has some value. I will DL Harvey when eligible and pick up another bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, Smurfy, going on your record, I gotta say I’m glad I don’t have any players in common with you… I don’t hate your team, looks balanced in an imbalanced sorta way… Meaning you have guys that steal and guys that hit Hrs but not many that do both… Your pitching looks fine…

  104. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey sir,

    1. Should I drop Gausman for Broxton if I only have Nate Jones and Brothers in the bullpen? (The vaccuum is already gone) – 15 teams/keep 11

    2. What type of closer could I maybe get back for Arenado?

    3. Gausman on autocorrect is Gays Man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. 2nd tier one, think Reed 3. HA!

  105. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Hola Grey, on board for another roller coaster ride of a Fantasy Baseball season.
    Thanks for your invaluable mix of insight and humor.

    Have you cooled on Peter Bourjos? I certainly like the upside of him batting at the top of a great lineup, but a little afraid of how many at bats he’ll lose in a platoon.

    In a 12 team H2H roto mixer which 2 of these available outfielders would you add:
    Peter Bourjos, Avisail Garcia, Colby Rasmus, Josh Willingham, Will Venable

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Nah, I haven’t cooled on Bourjos… I’d go to my rankings for those OFs

  106. Brown L says:
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    Heh, I debated whether even to play “Hey look at my team” because my big-money keeper league went through some last-minute defections. We went from 12 teams to 9. 9! Turns out none of us had any real idea how the draft was going to turn out. Half the guys ended up with money left over when they waited too long to grab end-of-draft bargains while I was loading up at the start. Anyway, here’s my awesome-looking team that I have no idea whether it’ll actually win. Especially pitching.

    6×6 QS & OPS, weekly lineups

    C- J. Castro ($1)
    1B- C. Davis ($14 Keeper)
    2B- Zobrist ($10)
    3B- Beltre ($25)
    SS- Segura ($15)
    CI- Arenado ($5)
    MI- Andrus ($9)
    OF- Trout ($26 Keeper)
    OF- Jones ($25)
    OF- J. Bruce ($22)
    OF- W. Myers ($14)
    Util- Gyorko ($6)
    Util- Moustakas ($3)
    Bench- Lind ($2)
    Bench- Brantley ($1)

    SP- Strasburg ($25)
    SP- Teheran ($15)
    SP- Zimmermann ($11)
    SP- Fister ($6)
    SP- Masterson ($5)
    RP- Rosenthal ($7)
    RP- R. Soriano ($3)
    P- Tillman ($1)
    P- H. Street ($1)
    Bench- Cashman ($3)
    Bench- Smyly ($1)
    Bench- Taijuan ($2)
    Bench- Axford ($1)
    Bench- N. Jones ($1)
    Bench- Erasmo ($1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid team, but that is a very shallow league, so tough to say… The hitting is pretty well balanced and the pitching is nice…

  107. ThE sHiT says:
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    Is Baez gonna start the year in the minors?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  108. mraccoe says:
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    12 Team standard H2H Yahoo league, Keep 6. Made a late push to the championship last year and gave up a lot of picks in this year’s draft via trade. Ended up with a pitching staff of:

    Archer, Gray, Kluber, Tillman, Porcello, Martin Perez and Hutchison… Will be streaming throughout the year. Is the staff good enough to compete or should I think about trading for higher end pitching?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need some pitching help right now, but not a lot… Probably what you can get off waivers…

  109. steve says:
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    Nice blog today Grey. I appreciate the commentary as it really helps me learn your thought progression, and provides insight into how to construct a balanced team. I echo what another poster stated in that, I would appreciate a breakdown (from you) of an auction league.

    Thoughts on this team? Thanks

    10 teams, 5×5, h2h (normal categories), 20 player roster (1 DL)
    Large and viable WW pool without any IP and transaction limits, so streaming SPs is very viable; disclaimer – I began my draft late so ESPN auto-selected the first 4 rounds, so it could’ve been much worse

    C – Wieters (20.06)
    1B – Goldy (1.05)
    2B – Kipnis (3.05)
    SS – Segura (5.05)
    3B – Ryan Zimmerman (7.05)
    OF – Puig (4.06)
    OF – Marte (8.06)
    OF – Kemp (9.05)
    UTIL – Pujols (6.06)
    Bench – Will Myers (10.06)
    Bench – Billy Hamilton (11.05)

    SP – Kershaw (2.06)
    SP – M Moore (12.06)
    SP – Liriano (13.05)
    SP – Cingrani (14.06)
    SP – Masterson (16.06)
    SP – Corbin (17.05); replaced with Ventura (FA)
    RP – Balfour (15.05)
    RP – Rodney (18.06)
    RP – N Feliz (19.05)

    The Razzball.com War Room seems to like my team, but suggests that it’s somewhat weak on hitting (I was surprised by this). A quick comparison to the final totals from 2013, and my calculations from your projections, reveals that my AVE is likely to be low, but it is a H2H format so I’m guessing that I win that category from time-to-time.

    I’d appreciate your thoughts/comments, and any advice for potential trades. I have offered Zimmerman and Kershaw for Miggy (and someone), so there’s that potential. Good deal for me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is weird that it says you’re light on hitting, I wouldn’t be too concerned, it’s a strong hitting team, I like the guys you have a lot, except for Kemp but at that price it’s fine… Your pitching is fine, don’t love Moore… I’d take Miggy…

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  110. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Howdy Grey, good to be back waiting for the daily midnight blog posting.

    Drop Santos or Fields for Hoover?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Fields

  111. Carlton Bradworth says:
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    Where are Rudy’s rankings? I’d like to check the differences between his and Grey’s rankings.

  112. TJ says:
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    H2H 12 Team League Normal Categories except OBP and Errors. Who puts errors in a fantasy draft anyways…

    Anyways heres my team.. what you think?

    C – Wilson Ramos
    1B – Albert Pujols
    2B – Howie Kendrick
    3B – Pablo Sandoval
    SS – Jean Segura
    LF – Bryce Harper
    CF – Adam Jones
    RF – Giancarlo Stanton
    Util – Wil Myers

    SP – Justin Verlander
    SP – Gio Gonzalez
    SP – Julio Teheran
    SP – Alex Cobb
    SP – Andrew Cashner
    RP – Sergio Romo
    RP – Jim Henderson
    RP – Bobby Parnell

    BN – Danny Salazar
    BN – Francisco Liriano
    BN – Alex Wood
    BN – Josh Johnson
    BN – Mike Moustakas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Errors? Oy. Hitting looks pretty well-balanced, but a hair light on speed, not bad though, if at all… Pitching looks very solid…

      • TJ says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Hopefully Kendrick and the Panda don’t kill me..

        • jal179 says:
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          @TJ:

          BEASTMODE chuckers

  113. EG says:
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    Keep Kemp or Billy Hamilton? Thanks….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Toss up… Kemp

  114. Fish says:
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    Who are your top waiver wire batters you’ll be plugging and playing for the weekend season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy picked up Justin Turner, which makes sense for one game… I’m not plugging in anyone, don’t have room to do it…

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey:

        I was bummed to see Flash Jr. got platooned. There goes an easy SAGNOF for the weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I know… Big bummer… Could’ve been an easy 5 steals in two games…

      • Yeah, turner is awful and maybe starts vs LHP. I will be happy with 1 R or RBI

  115. anarchy burger says:
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    yo grey- last night i offered a guy wainwright for sale. he took it. obviously you like wainwright a lot more from your rankings. did i really screw myself bad?? im having buyers remorse.

    5×5 14 teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  116. jal179 says:
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    10 team Yahoo league and somehow I loaded up on garbage closers late.

    My 5 finishers are:

    1. A Reed
    2. Jim Johnson
    3. Jim Henderson
    4. Nate Jones
    5. Tommy Hunter

    If I packaged 2 of these guys to a team with say only 2 closers what type of starter should I be asking for in return?

    Secondly, I took a last rd flier on Mike Pineda but would anyone prefer Mike Leake or Dillon Gee over him over the long term??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      One of the bottom ones for a Taijuan or Ventura maybe… Maybe two for a number #2 SP… Think a Tanaka type… I’d hold Pineda for now

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        Deadly. U da guru of all

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  117. royce! says:
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    I think I might quit playing yahoo FBB simply because of how utterly terrible the sites design is. I don’t even want to look at who’s on the wire, what potential trade upgrades I could pull off, etc., because I get so bummed out looking at freaking blue text on a black background. The more research I do, the less enlightened I feel, because I’ve just been staring into darkness…How the shizz did someone convince yahoo that any of the design changes were a good idea? Am I missing something fundamental about web design that would make the changes excusable? DON’T FORCE ME INTO THE OPEN ARMS OF ESPN, YOU YAHOOS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… As Josh O just said, real talk right there… Not sure why it’s so hard to either leave well enough alone or go with a white background… At least you don’t have to deal with onroto… Oy what a crappy site…

    • I’ll live with the background if they have moved away from a flash-based app for real-time scoring. A big FU to iOS users.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Rudy Gamble: true that
      @royce!: you can change it to white in the settings

    • Fungazi says:
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      @royce!: Change it to white background in the edit team settings page.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @royce!:

      what’s worse , imo , is their draft room .
      their print is so friggin small … especially the chat .
      gotta really squint to see who just got drafted .

  118. gareth says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I will have an actual fantasy baseball team soon. It’ll be my first razzball league, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing against prezi and kid A, as well as other good players and razzball officianados.

    In this specific league, is there anything specifIc I need to pay attention to going into draft day? I was also curious of the best use of the 3 bench spots. Middle relievers? Speed guy? All extra starting pitchers?

    Also if you know of any weaknesses that those guys have please do share!

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey:woah. you just recommended that I take PEDS! I’m calling bud Selig!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • PREz says:
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        @Grey: I try to draft the purrfect team… Cats outta the bag.. I draft catchers furrther up than anyone else. If there is ever a paws in the draft, I drink a some whiskers! Oops, I meant whiskey! Silly iPhone…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

        • Kid A says:
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          @PREz:

          Funny!

          The G3 Fantasy Clinic is going to be a hoot.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: you’ve spent this much time here without having a team. I’ll bet you’re the only one with this many hours logged in that condition.

      • gareth says:
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        @goodfold2: I come here for the content, stay for the humour (or “humor” in American).

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @gareth: that extra “u” is a french leave over that is odd that English speakers still use. I always thought youse guys didn’t get along with the French.

  119. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    i’m in a league where i picked being the Texas Rangers and we are now up to 20 teams in this league (all named after real life teams, and HAVE to have at least 9 keepers from that team). We can ONLY have 5 SP at any time (6 adds per week), and start 5 SP and 7 RP. we have holds also. we have 5 DL and 5 NA slots as well. our starting rosters only have 1 at every position (3 any type OF) and 1 util. 4 bench. My keepers are
    1B Fielder
    2B Profar
    SS Andrus
    3B Beltre
    OF Rios
    OF Choo
    OF Leonys
    SP Darvish
    SP M.Perez
    RP Feliz
    RP Soria
    RP Scheppers
    1. all of this being the case i think i’m correct in having 3 of my 4 bench spots being hitters, and 1 extra RP? Or should i just do 4 extra hitters?
    2. we are drafting in inverse order of last year’s season standings so i’ll go 11th. War room says i’m weakest at homers/RBI’s (i had to put it in as 16 teamer, and just gauge what i’m weakest in relatively, not to it’s totals). I’ll be able to likely grab 1 of Hosmer/Gordon/Abreu. i counted the top 11 players besides those on kept teams. not much left for power/RBI’s.
    3. what’s even weaker left is the SP. I have true ace so don’t need to reach and I know i should load up on offense considering it’s 20 team and don’t want to get stuck with backups. But only good SP left will be Jo-Fer/Sale/Shields/Cashner/J.Johnson (for my 3rd pitcher slot). i’m sure Jo-Fer/Sale go in 1st round (likely ahead of me). what is weakest 3rd SP i should look for? options being cashner/J.johnson/burnett/delgado/peralta/ventura/garza/nolasco
    thanks. after looking at how weak SP will be at 20 teams (we were 16 for a long time) i added M. Perez to my keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. 1 RP 2. Abreu 3. Cashner

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: could get really lucky and cargo 2 is still out there but i doubt it. plus he doesn’t likely project at as many HR’s as Abreu either. will likely be targeting asche/arenado/khris davis/yelich/gyorko/avisail as other bench bats as those guys are all on teams unowned so no keepers. thanks. good news is decent RP are basically everywhere so can still draft a lot of them late, plus i already have 3 of mine.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: forgot, how much would ventura move up rankings for forever dynasty, which this league is?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            About to around 150 pverall

            • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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              @Grey: damn, even taking prospects out of it (which we are able to keep, and many teams are keeping around 2 of them each) that’s around 247 guys gone before draft, so even after Jo-Fer and Sale and Cashner, he could be actually taken in 1st round. I suppose i’ll be trying to grab him after 1 or 2 more hitters (including abreu or stanton), and i guess a closer/catcher right after that. Try to make sure i get either him or Cashner.

  120. Fish says:
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    Ah, what the hell. Everyone else is doing it… LOOK AT MY TEAM (and praise me)!!!
    Yahoo 12 team, H2H Keeper League (keep 4).
    7*6 categories – R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG & W, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS

    C Willin Rosario (113)
    1B Freedie Freeman (Keeper)
    2B Jason Kipnis (Keeper)
    3B Kyle Seager (125)
    SS Ian Desmond (Keeper)
    OF Justin Upton (Keeper)
    OF Jason Heyward (57)
    OF Alex Gordon (77)
    UTIL Anthony Rizzo (65)
    UTIL Jose Abreu (89)
    SP Mike Minor (101)
    SP Andrew Cashner (139)
    RP Ernest Frieri (161)
    RP John Axford (185)
    P Francisco Liriano (149)
    P Justin Masterson (173)
    P Tyson Ross (197)
    P LaTroy Hawkins (233)
    BN Norichika Aoki (209)
    BN Yordano Ventura (245)
    BN Carlos Martinez (246)
    BN Mark Melancon (257)
    BN Drew Smyly (269)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the hiring, the pitching looks competitive but a little weaker than I’d like especially with Minor’s shoulder issue…

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey:

        Perfect. Scouring the waiver wire for those pitchers who always pop up during the season, whether they be SP’s or SAGNOF’s, is my specialty.

  121. frankgrimes says:
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    6 1/2 hours until an AuShizz at bat that counts!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @frankgrimes: already picked up Paco in a league with holds that i already was replacing Lindstrom, might as well get an extra 2 games.

      • Kid A says:
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        @goodfold2:

        Be careful with pitchers in this series.
        This little cricket park they’re playing in could be danger.

        • That little cricket park scared me enough to bench Miley in 15 team leagues

          • Kid A says:
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            @Rudy Gamble:

            Hear that?
            Scared the black right off Rudy.
            As the sweaty, frightened lemur says, “You’ve been advised”.

            • frankgrimes says:
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              @Kid A: haha

              • Kid A says:
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                @frankgrimes:

                GRI *COUGH* *COUGH* *COUGH*

                (swallowed a bug)

                Eh HEM.

                GRIMEY!!!

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @Kid A: didn’t know it was small park. thanks guys. paco’s turned into somebody more useful and somewhat more permanent. i know how bad it must be to bench GB (Miley’s sort of turned into one last year) pitchers in 15 team league.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: little cricket park? i assumed it was going to be rediculously huge!

            • They brought in the fences – otherwise would’ve been a good pitchers park.

  122. @Grey and anyone:

    A or B?

    Team A:
    Prado
    Segura
    Belt/Butler/Abreu (pick one)

    Team B:
    Arenado
    Lowrie
    A. Jones

    Thank you!

  123. L-Boogie says:
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    I’m reading Scheppers might make the rotation. Do we care if he does or is he more valuable as a potential closer?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @L-Boogie: closer, but MR looks like his spot

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: I remeber when he got drafted as a potential SP, but ever since he has been a RP type. Maybe he could be a good closer for the brewers or someone like that but honestly he does not have the pedigre for a top notch saves guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I highly doubt he makes the rotation and if he does he’s nothing but a flyer

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        he started yesterday’s spring training game vs gallardo .
        went 6 innings , giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 6 .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who?

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Grey:

            scheppers .

            not saying that he’ll be starter or middle relief , but ,
            certainly removes him from the closer discussion .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

  124. Mike says:
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    What round would you draft Yorlando Ventura?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: depends on strategy, if you’re punting catcher and MI and you want him as your 5th SP, then I say the 17th and on….if you really want him. It depends what else you’re passing up for him. I would rather have Smyly before him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 200 overall

  125. mauledbypandas says:
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    So I just finished my work money league draft, seems pretty good to me but I am drunk so maybe my pitching is too weak even though I have like eleventy closers.

    Miguel Montero, Ari C
    Andrew McCutchen, Pit OF
    Shin-Soo Choo, Tex OF
    Jose Bautista, Tor OF
    Jayson Werth, Wsh OF
    Wil Myers, TB OF
    Albert Pujols, LAA 1B
    Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B
    Prince Fielder, Tex 1B
    Aaron Hill, Ari 2B
    Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B
    Dee Gordon, LAD SS
    Nolan Arenado, Col 3B

    Julio Teheran, Atl SP
    Sonny Gray, Oak SP
    Yordano Ventura, KC SP
    Taijuan Walker, Sea SP
    Josh Johnson, SD SP
    Danny Salazar, Cle SP
    Jason Grilli, Pit RP
    Aroldis Chapman, Cin RP
    Nate Jones, CWS RP
    Rex Brothers, Col RP
    Neftali Feliz, Tex RP
    Joakim Soria, Tex RP

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @goodfold2: 12 team, same as RCL but with QS instead of W K/BB and OPS also

        • J-FOH says:
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          @mauledbypandas: with those parameters I say WTF and Why would you pay money for that?

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @J-FOH: I pay to win! You no likey?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @mauledbypandas: no wins with only QS is lame and I’m only talking to you like this because I know you. I will not judge what i do not like….your league that is.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @mauledbypandas: don’t know how you got an OF that good AND pujols/fielder. trade some closers for starters.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @goodfold2: he said work league so I’m assuming the guys he plays with are not that bright….ya dig?

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @J-FOH: They are very nice fellows (and one lady) but they aren’t all fantasy experts. I just figure go offense crazy and closers since people seem to want to trade for that stuff after the season gets rolling.

                    • mauledbypandas says:
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                      @J-FOH: you hold your damn tongue!!!! oh was that a compliment? I blame the booze, I admit kind sir I cannot discern the niceties of sarcasam at this point

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @mauledbypandas: I applaud you for having a lady and I condemn you for not having enough

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @J-FOH: yr typing is doing pretty good for being real drunk.

                    • mauledbypandas says:
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                      wow, I checked in on this thread this morning (with quite the hangover I might add) I am impressed at how well I was typing as well! Suffice it to say I did not remember making most of these posts. Yay alcohol!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solid OPS and hitting overall… I like the pitching, but you knew I would, I love all of these guys… Enjoy the hangover!

  126. Deck says:
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    Ok, ok my turn! Thanks for doing this by the way.

    12 Teamer w/ OBP (Can keep two drafted after the 14th Rd for year drafted plus 2 more)

    Rosario
    Rizzo
    Cano
    Machado (Keeper this year and next 15th Rd)
    Seguera
    Bautista
    Rios
    Kemp
    Cespedes (Keeper this year 14th Rd)

    Bench (all potential keepers for this year plus 2, lose eligibility when dropped)
    Taveras (19th)
    Moustakas (20th)
    BJ Upton (20th)

    Pitchers
    Bailey
    Teheran
    Liriano
    Fister
    Josh Johnson (16th)
    T Walker (17th)
    Loshe (21st)

    Relief
    Chisek
    Scheppers (18th)

    How’d I do? Which keepers should I hold the longest when I have to make drops?

    Thanks Grey you rock

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Deck: Is this H2H or roto? Walker, maybe Moustakas or Taveras, really depends on what/if Taveras does anything this year, but if it’s keeper I would of tried for younger better upside guys after 14th.

      • Deck says:
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        @J-FOH: H2H “Better, Younger” as in who? Taveras is as young and good as it gets, Moustakas is a perfect post hype who I may not have to wait untill next year for and Taijaun is one of the best young pitchers in the league.

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          @Deck: Taverad hasn’t even played a game yet, I like Tajuan but not a fan of keeping pitchers especially young ones, and Mous is post hype, who should be better, but his numbers won’t be good enough to warrant being a keeper and will be easily draftable next year.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @J-FOH: I have to say Taveras is reminding me a lot of Ruben Mateo. look that shiz up. What you could do for me is almost equal to what I think you maybe could do for me but sometimes I am not sure and I want other people to reassure me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Real nice hitting, very solid and balanced… Maybe a tad light on speed… Pitching is fine, but don’t love Lohse or relievers

      • Deck says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the analysis…any ideas for closer poaching? Any relievers to add in place of Lohse?

        BTW what are you vaping these days? Liquid and mod? Curious because I’m hooked on Halo e-liquid and thinking about getting a mechanical.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure who’s available in your league… I just have a rinky dink iTaste vv… I’ve used it for about 6 months straight but thinking it’s time for a change… Juice-wise, I go fruity… I really like Mt. Baker Vapor… Swedish Fish and Candy Stripe gum…

  127. Snake Hips says:
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    Latroy Hawkins or tommy hunter?

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: If either of these guys are closing games by the end of June I will be absolutely shocked

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hunter

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @J-FOH: GIANCARLOOOOOO why am I afraid to own you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, for sure… He’s so damn sexy

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: *thinks* I’m getting a special order Dodgers jersey with his name on the back for baby’s mama…..ggrrrrr

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @J-FOH: well, honestly he has a good chance of being Dodger when his pennance as a Marlin is served. We can only hope the good clean brilliance of Vin Scully is still around to appreciate such a gift!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @mauledbypandas: no Robin Thicke….drunk ass pandas

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  128. MB says:
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    In an 11 team OPS league, would you trade Alex Gordon for J Abreu, Beltran or Werth?

    Thanks!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @MB: for Werth possibly, Abreu only if I needed a CI or 1B

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MB: I really don’t think Beltran or Werth makes any sense, no real value change. Agree with Panda, if you need power at the CI or 1B then why not

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: Werth has great long man hair and a virulent man beard. Odin would be proud!

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @mauledbypandas: Odin = 2x the opinion points of any regular commentor, It is somethngy to be accounted for .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Abreu

  129. MeMyselfAndI says:
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    Hey, look at my team!

    12-team, snake draft, local league in our 11th year. I drew 7th. I always draw 7th. It sucked. It always sucks. 7th is where every pick makes it alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the way around the horn and gets snaked 1 pick before you. That happened in rounds 1 & 2, when Chris Davis went at 1.06 and Longo went at 2.05

    In the 1st round I’m not sure what came over me but I had a brain fart. I had 9 players queued up thinking ahead to my 2nd round pick (yahoo draft window) and thinking I had Beltre highlighted and after careful consideration I clicked “draft”. Unfortunately I had Hanley Ramirez highlighted. Oops. I can live with it if he plays 150 games batting 3rd for the hated Dodgers. I usually employ the “don’t reach for pitching” philosophy and go 6-7 straight bats. This year I wanted 2 pitchers in the 1st 8 rounds, and told myself to take a SP1 if the bats on the board didn’t excite me. There were some heavy runs on SP, and the 1 team that ignored them has totally weak sauce at SP.

    Here’s what happened:
    [b]Team: Cruzing for Pujols[/b]
    1.07 – HanRam (ugh)
    2.06 – Adam Jones (value seemed right)
    3.07 – Bumgarner (SP run, Verlander 1 pick before)
    4.06 – Pujols (bats were drying up, he was the best CI on the board.)
    5.07 – Ryan Zimmerman
    6.06 – Matt Cain (another SP run – I like Cain to bounce back)
    7.07 – Carlos Beltran (swearing among the masses in the chat window)
    8.06 – Alex Cobb
    9.07 – Jayson Werth (more swearing)
    10.06 – Jose Abreu
    11.07 – Wilin Rosario – (highest I’ve ever taken a C)
    12.06 – Nelson Cruz (people swore at me again, I got every OF I wanted going in)
    13.07 – Aramas Ramirez
    14.06 – Justin Masterson
    15.07 – Steve Cishek
    16.06 – Bobby Parnell
    17.07 – Jurickson Profar
    18.06 – Kole Calhoun
    19.07 – John Axford
    20.06 – Brian Dozier
    21.07 – Corey Kluber
    22.06 – Colby Rasmus (another sleeper I wanted)
    23.07 – Josh Johnson (love the upside at petco)
    24.06 – Iván Nova (looking bettter every ST start)
    25.07 – A.J. Pollock
    26.07 – Taijuan Walker
    27.06 – Logan Morrison
    28.07 – Darren O’Day (dropped for Hoover when Chapman went down)
    29.06 – Matt Domínguez
    30.07 – Michael Pineda

    How much do I suck in a 12-team league? I was so distraught over picking 7th for the 3rd year in a row that I admit I was not focused in the first few rounds. I think I made up for it a bit with value grabs in the middle and late rounds. Not so sure though…might be deluding myself. I do that.

    Thanks for your advice and love the site!

    • MeMyselfAndI says:
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      @MeMyselfAndI:

      Aw crap – forgot to mention scoring is 6X6 (with OBP and Quality Starts as the 2 extra)

      • MeMyselfAndI says:
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        Also forgot to mention starting positions:
        C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, OFX4, Util
        5 SP
        3 RP
        3 P

        Wow I suck at this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! You suck pretty bad. You ignored what I said about how to list your team, and a bunch of the guys you drafted have peaked or are on their way down… Not really sure why you took three pitchers in such quick succession…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: haha don’t sugar coat it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey: I like it when you don’t hold back. You’re the man! I have my first draft tomorrow and got the third pick. Not sure who to pick hmmmm hahaha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

      • MeMyselfAndI says:
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        @Grey: why 3 pitchers in 8 rounds? why do men climb mountains? Because they’re there.

        Appreciate the detailed heckling. Love the site, your team sucks too – maybe more than mine.
        :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… No worries…

  130. MeMyselfAndI says:
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    Aw crap – forgot to mention scoring is 6X6 (with OBP and Quality Starts as the 2 extra)

  131. costaricanchata says:
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    GAME ON ??
    nope .
    la lluvia y los relampagos !

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      holy mackerel .
      they’re introducing every player on the team .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha… You stayed up? That’s awesome…

  132. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Gray,
    Siegrist, Cody Allen, Melancon or Clippard for Holds?

    I like Siegrist and Allen and there i would rather have Allen because Siegrist is a little hurt and sore and he is a lefty and has a slight issue with walks. Allen is actually a great young pitcher waiting in the wings to replace Axford so i thought i grab him and use the holds until he replaced Axford and THEN i go to Siegrist for holds.

    What do you think? What about Clippard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Moscowitz: siegrist walked almost no one last year.

  133. jal179 says:
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    I made a trade already woot woot!
    Drafted 5 closers in a 10 team H2H Yahoo league and sent Nate Jones (23rd) for Porcello (21st rd).

    My starters are Madison B, Gio G, Julio T,Sonny Gray, Archer, Ross, Ventura, and a late flier on Pineda.

    Thoughts?

    In razzballien fashion I’vegot no bench bats

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  134. Wake Up says:
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    Puig…0-5…3 Ks…drop him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see it

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: Maybe it’s too soon to ask Puig’s future: If he will still be low like today, is he worthy to propose to trade him for my Bruce? thoughts appreciated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Low like today? I don’t follow

          • Wil says:
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            @Grey: Like yesterday.. 0-5 with 3Ks, swing balls …

            • Wil says:
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              @Wil: oops.. not yesterday, should be early in the morning.. the opening game. And he didn’t perform well in spring train games.. Wondering is it ok to trade my Bruce for his Puig?

            • Grey

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              You wanna trade him because he went 0-for-5 in the 1st game?

              • Wil says:
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                @Grey: I have no Puig and want to try buy him low. Just not sure worthy or not. He should be a valuable guy, right?

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, I’d buy him low if I could… Bruce and him are a coin flip for me

                  • Wil says:
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                    @Grey: thanks. Let me try buy low for Puig.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cool

  135. Bear says:
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    Hey Grey. Sorry if I missed recent 3B Rankings updates…but how would you rank these guys at this point…
    Frazier
    Middlebrooks
    Moustakas

    Thanks

  136. Wake Up says:
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    T. Hunter ends the season with the most saves of any Oriole…

    What is our wager?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I currently have him projected for that… 25 saves?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Oh, I thought you were taking someone else…was just looking for a friendly side bet…like I have to shave my beard if you win…or you have to get a neck tattoo if I win…something like that…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… I’ll take O’Day then…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: What are the terms?

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @Wake Up:

              NICK should have to shave AND get the neck tattoo .

              cust kayin’ .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can’t we do a gentleman’s bet a’la Trading Places?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Perfect.
                Winner “gets” to wear black face for one whole day(No judgement)…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… Works for me!

  137. Wake Up says:
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    and for our annual…crazy…pick the first no-hitter of the season contest…

    I will take…Z. Wheeler @ MIA…

    What says ye?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I choose mine in the rankings… Alex Cobb first game back from All-Star Game

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I saw that…you don’t say it’s the first of the season though…surely there is one before July?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry not following cause I don’t have context cause I’m on my phone

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Wake Up: I take bumgarner

      • Wake Up says:
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        @frankgrimes: @petco? nice…

  138. Wake Up says:
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    Is using the word sciolism in conversation, practicing sciolism?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: She’s been walking around all day parroting Lisa Kudrow…
        hey, you want scrambled eggs?…
        “After a long day of work…I don’t want to SEE that!”
        that doesn’t even make sense…
        “Well, I got it!”
        thanks again for that…good looking…
        “Note to sel—SHUT UP!

        • Grey

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          Haha

  139. Wake Up says:
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    WU4!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that the group that sang Red, Red Wine?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: If you are calling me Neil Diamond…I say a thank you, sir…

  140. JFK says:
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    His Votto/Craig/Cruz for my Crush Davis/Werth/DomBrown seem fair?
    Worried that all three of my guys are going to regress, while Cruz should have a solid year in that potent O’s lineup.

    The rest of my bats are:
    C – Lucroy
    2B – Carpenter
    3B – Machado/Arenado
    SS – Bogaerts/Villar
    OFs – Jones/Gomez/Castellanos

    I’d like to get him to throw Archie Bradley in there, too, but don’t have much to offer in the way of back-end SPs; any of these guys seem like fair exchange to add to the deal?
    Gee, Leake, Erasmo, Perez
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, don’t like it

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: Got it, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  141. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Had my auction league last night and am pretty happy with my team except for speed. Aside from Everth and Gomez, I wanted one more OF with wheels. Missed on Martin, Eaton, Yelich, and Revere. Had to settle for EJY.

    Is he even an everyday player for a weekly league or should I dump him in favor of Fowler?

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      @SwaggerJackers: I wish there was some kind of edit button to correct my stupid typos. Yes, I meant Eric Young Jr.

      Another plus for the Fowler/EYJ swap is the OBP format of the league.

    • Grey

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      Go with Fowler

  142. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… So I put your Ranking and set them in my pre-draft rankings. A couple questions and don’t take this the wrong way but 1- I know your rankings were hand picked by you but I see they’re guys you chose early that are far different from Yahoo and I was wondering do you know something that Yahoo doesn’t..? Meaning I have the 6th pick and you have Adam Jones at 5 which nobody will grab. Is he really a better pickup then say Chris Davis, Cano, Harper and all of them? And also Bautista is 27th in Yahoo and you got him at 14th. if i get to him in the 2nd round your saying I should grab him?? I’m just trying to make sure that’s the way YOU are picking or do I have your strategy all wrong??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do know something Yahoo doesn’t…

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah I understand but I’m wondering if I come to the 2nd round and I can grab Bautista but in yahoo he’s down in the 27th where I could probly wait till the 3rd but it’s not Def. do you still grab him just in case?? Thanks Bud!!

        • Grey

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          If you can wait until the third round to get a guy I’ve ranked in the 2nd, I would

          • Frank White says:
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            Thnx again

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: like how to do projections……rank players correctly the first time around…..write without making you want to pass out from boredum……not cherry pick your data for your arguments….communicate with your readers……not look like a fat tim curry?

        • Grey

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          Haha

  143. the_hungary_hippo says:
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    So excited for baseball to be back. Would appreciate your thoughts Grey…

    10 h2h league. r,h,hr,rbi,avg,obp,slg,sb ip,k,era,whip,qs,sv 3 keepers

    C: Rosario
    1b: Hosmer
    2b: Kinsler
    SS: Miller
    3b: Wright
    OF: Trout
    OF: Stanton
    OF: Rios
    Util: Moobs
    Util: Aoki

    SP: Strasburg, Cobb, Liriano, Salazar, Gray, Lester, Kluber, Peavy, Gee, Smyly, Harvey
    RP: Perkins, Nathan, Cishek

    NA: Archie Bradley

    Thanks. You’re the man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid team, good balanced hitting and great pitching… Pitching is stronger than I’d think you should be able to get with that hitting so well done…

  144. goodfold2 says:
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    i know what the rankings are, but just checking if this is still the rank for these guys. Waiting for griffin to get Dl’ed (lazy ass californians), but if anybody else’s DTD status becomes serious want to know who to get for them too (kazmir/annabell/liriano)
    eovaldi/drabek/mcallister/mejia/chacin/harrison
    2. where does scheppers fit in now in pitcher ranks, with starting job?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: i found the answer for #2 above in this comment by you “I highly doubt he makes the rotation and if he does he’s nothing but a flyer”

    • Grey

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      I will put Scheppers around Ventura…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that being the case he moves ahead of eovaldi too, huh.

  145. goodfold2 says:
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    sucks for all those guys who drafted scheppers as a RP, where i’m sure he will eventually go back to, but if you drafted him for holds you’ll be waiting a bit.

  146. fausto says:
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    Weekly 5×5

    Madbum
    Salazar
    tillman
    Nova
    Porcello
    Would you drop marlon byrd for Erasmo or Hutchinson? I used all 5 of my bench spots for offense.
    I believe I was diddling myself while drafting.

    • Grey

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      Erasmo

  147. Eddy says:
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    Grey, did an auction last night. It’s the team I’m least confident about, so I’d like your opinion.

    12-team roto 1375 OBP instead of AVG.

    C-Wilin Rosario
    1B-Eric Hosmer
    2B-Aaron Hill
    3B-Evan Longoria
    SS-Elvis Andrus
    OF-Jose Bautista
    OF-Shin Soo Choo
    OF-Matt Holliday
    Util-Kyle Seager

    BN-EY Jr

    SP-Price
    SP- Zimmermann
    SP-Samardzija
    SP-Pineda
    SP-Smyly
    SP-Ian Kennedy

    RP-Rosenthal
    RP-Axford
    RP-Parnell
    RP-Hawkins

    My main concern is my SP. Goes off the wayside really fast, IMO. Got an offer for Holliday in exchange for Cobb. Should I go for it or can my pitching stay afloat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That would be my main concern too… I like your hitting, but pitching is a bit wonky… I’d take Cobb

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey: yeah I feel ya.

        Before pulling the trigger, adding Scheppers to the staff won’t do much, right?

        • Grey

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          Can try it

  148. The Marte Partay says:
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    Here’s my 15 team NFBC slow draft so far, would love to hear your overall thoughts:

    C – Pierzynski
    C – Zunino
    1b – Pujols
    2b – Gyorko
    SS – Desmond
    3b – Zimmerman
    MI – Rollins
    CI – Chris Johnson
    OF – Trout
    OF – Marte
    OF – Cuddyer
    OF – Aoki
    OF – Brantley
    Util – Willingham
    Bench – Dickerson
    Bench – Gennett

    P – Bailey
    P – Gray
    P – Ryu
    P – Burnett
    P – Nova
    P – Perez
    P – Romo
    P – Street
    P – Hawkins
    Bench – Nolasco
    Bench – Delgado

    What should I focus on with my next few picks? About to be up at the 28:15-29:1 turn, looking at a backup catcher(Suzuki), OF with some speed(Stubbs, Presley, Hoes), CI(not much here, Gaby Sanchez, Semien, Carp, Singleton) or a SP(Taillon). Thanks for any input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look very low on average and a little low on power… Can try Stubbs to back up Dickerson or Taillon… Hard to make up average at this point and Stubbs won’t help…

      • The Marte Partay says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, War Room has the team average at .272 and that feels high.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, sounds it a bit… I’d guess .269-ish

          • The Marte Partay says:
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            @Grey: Thanks as always Grey, have a great weekend.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

  149. Oppo Taco says:
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    Go-go got named brewers leadoff Guy, Segura lose any value hitting 2nd as opposed to leadoff?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Oppo Taco: everything i’ve read so far was cargo 2 only doing that while segura missed a few games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • canucktruck says:
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        I’m just curious as a Jays fan…Did anyone pick Drew Hutchinson, or this a deep league, but not that deep..lol.

        • Grey

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          I’m sure someone drafted him, you can see the draft results in the post

  150. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    now that’s i’ve researched more and found out that i’m already keeping 3 of my 5 (can ONLY have 5 at any time) SP in darvish/perez/scheppers. I was already keeping Scheppers as RP. This is also keep as many as you want per year league. we have 20 teams and around 261 players will already be gone when we start the draft. I’ll be for sure keeping 1 SP slot as stream spot and trying really hard (not at expense of a full, good, starting offense) to get 1 of Jo-Fer/Sale/Ventura/Cashner/J.Johnson as my 4th starter.
    1. should i also be keeping matt harrison?
    2. with 7 RP being started, and around 5 per real life team being gone at end of draft, should I also keep either Cotts or Ogando? I’m guessing around 7.5 or so RP per team, maybe more. I am getting a total of 8 (1 on bench) and now only have 2 with Scheppers moving to SP.

  151. Larry David says:
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    10 team 5×5, Arenado or Moosetakas for a bench bat? My other bench bat is Daniel Murphy/Brad Miller, should I drop one of them? Not sure about carrying 2 bench bats, thoughts?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Larry David: usually in 10 teamers bench bats aren’t very important since even if you do get an injury the replacements are all near each other’s value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need two bench bats…

  152. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    espn 16 h2h league, where i drafted mercer as bench for his SS/2B eligibility, to backup both segura/hill. Hill is by far more likely to be injured than segura. that being the case would i rather have schoop/rutledge/gennett/boneface? I’m hearing that mercer might platoon anyway. other SS in case of segura injury are furcal/aviles/nunez. Obvious i’d be covering both bases with mercer. Furcal is only SS starter left out there (hernan/lombardozzi if DET goes that route)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  153. Beardcrabs says:
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    straily or schleppers for my 5th SP in NFBC…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Grey: thanks yo…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yo problem

  154. Busher says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Trying to get rid of extra bats in a 12 Team H2H league… Standard scoring.

    d’Arnaud
    Fielder
    Gyorko
    Longoria
    Segura
    Bruce
    Aoki
    De Aza
    Util: Rizzo
    Util: Hosmer

    Bench: Hart, Avisail, Seager

    Drop any of these hitters for: Gee, Leake, Nova, Scheppers, Kennedy, Yo-Lease, A. Torres?

    Thanks main

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hart for Gee

  155. Larry David says:
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    Trade Daniel Murphy for Axford? Don’t need a second bench bat…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  156. Eddy says:
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    Fellow Razzballers,

    I like to consider myself a pretty decent manger (even won an RCL once!), but for the first time I’m doing a league with some settings I’m not familiar with, and I wanted to ask vets who’ve had experience.

    1) This league has OPS and total bases in addition to the standard five categories, and losses and QS in addition to the standard five.

    2) There’s a 60-move limit for the season. (I can’t stand that)

    3) OF is divided in CF,LF and RF.

    How do I go about tackling each one? I figure owning an ace becomes almost a must with losses, QS and a move limit (less dependent on streaming your staff). But what others tips can you share?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you should own an ace and focus on OPS… The move limit sucks, why would you join this league?

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey:

        Have a co-worker who doesn’t know much about fantasy, agreed to help him out. He’s also paying the $60 buy in and I feel like the crowd of managers aren’t too into it, so I figure I have a decent chance of coming out on top.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • Eddy says:
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            @Grey: If you care to indulge me for this a bit, would it be that crazy to abandon speed entirely? If only 1 of 7 hitting categories are affected by speed, seems almost pointless to relegate, say, shortstop for a speed position like I usually do.

            Focusing on power should boost OPS and TB and outweigh the drag of a light-hitting player that provides speed (and subsequently detract OPS), no?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is it roto or H2H?

              • Eddy says:
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                @Grey:

                H2H

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, could see ignoring steals and then just going one week at a time if you could sneak it out….

  157. Sad Keanu says:
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    How did I do? 10 team H2H 6×5 (+OPS).

    C Ramos, Wilson(C) WAS
    1B Votto, Joey(1B) CIN
    2B Kipnis, Jason(2B) CLE
    3B Zimmerman, Ryan(3B) WAS
    SS Andrus, Elvis(SS) TEX
    OF Bruce, Jay(OF) CIN
    OF Choo, Shin-Soo(OF) TEX
    OF Upton, Justin(OF) ATL
    U Beltran, Carlos(OF) NYY
    U Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Bench (SS) Miller, Brad(SS) SEA

    SP Bailey, Homer(SP) CIN
    SP Cashner, Andrew(SP) SD
    SP Cobb, Alex(SP) TB
    SP Kluber, Corey(SP) CLE
    SP Liriano, Francisco(SP) PIT
    SP Lincecum, Tim(SP) SF
    SP Perez, Martin(SP) TEX
    SP Porcello, Rick(SP) DET
    SP Ramirez, Erasmo(SP) SEA
    SP Tillman, Chris(SP) BAL
    RP Balfour, Grant(RP) TB
    RP Nathan, Joe(RP) DET

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the hitting a lot, but it is a shallow league… The pitching looks fine, but don’t really love Lincecum, but that’s a small concern… Overall solid team…

  158. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    projections for scheppers ?
    now that he has a starting gig

  159. slew says:
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    Welp, that didn’t take too long. Josh Johnson to the DL with a strained flexor muscle. Guess we should ask Gosh what the hell that is?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

      • Spammer Jay says:
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        @Grey: any chance Torres could get a SP job now?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly not… Prolly going to Erlin…

  160. CJ says:
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    Hey Grey-What do you think about my team, (the people listed were not in the order drafted)???
    C Castro, Jason HOU
    1B Fielder, Prince TEX
    2B Gyorko, Jedd SD
    SS Segura, Jean MIL
    3B Longoria, Evan TB
    U Hosmer, Eric KC
    OF Brown, Domonic PHI
    OF Gomez, Carlos MIL
    OF Trout, Mike LAA
    SP Burnett, A.J. PHI
    SP Gallardo, Yovani MIL
    SP Gray, Sonny OAK
    SP Lester, Jon BOS
    SP Masterson, Justin CLE
    RP Holland, Greg KC
    RP Rosenthal, Trevor STL
    BENCH STATS TOT
    CF Granderson, Curtis NYM
    SP Cobb, Alex TB
    SP Iwakuma, Hisashi SEA
    SP Sanchez, Anibal DET
    SP Walker, Taijuan SEA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea of number of teams

  161. bossmanjunior says:
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    Which two of these three do you want: Erasmo, Paxton, Skaggs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Paxton

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      Add Scheppers

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’ve ranked these pitchers

        • bossmanjunior says:
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          @Grey:

          Sorry bout that. Thanks

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  162. Jason says:
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    So to replace josh Johnson can go soria but already have three closers and its h2h. Or can smyly or c-mart.

    I have by seen anything about c mart being named the fifth sp? I don’t mind going closer here to start out. It’s only 10 r
    So the available player pool has plenty if options. The only thing about going with soria is it reduces me to 6 SP.

    Yiu have smyly ranked above the others but does that change with soria being named closer and if c mart nails down a rotation spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soria

  163. letsgobravos says:
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    Just finished my 2nd draft. Drafted 11th, 12 team H2H standard yahoo pro league.

    1. (11) Robinson Canó (Sea – 2B)
    2. (14) Prince Fielder (Tex – 1B)
    3. (35) Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    4. (38) Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
    5. (59) Starling Marte (Pit – OF)
    6. (62) Wil Myers (TB – OF)
    7. (83) Alex Cobb (TB – SP)
    8. (86) Josh Donaldson (Oak – 3B)
    9. (107) Everth Cabrera (SD – SS)
    10. (110) José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    11. (131) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    12. (134) Cole Hamels (Phi – SP)
    13. (155) Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
    14. (158) Fernando Rodney (Sea – RP)
    15. (179) LaTroy Hawkins (Col – RP)
    16. (182) José Veras (ChC – RP)
    17. (203) Yordano Ventura (KC – SP)
    18. (206) Jason Castro (Hou – C)
    19. (227) Drew Smyly (Det – RP)
    20. (230) Josh Johnson (SD – SP)
    21. (251) Tim Hudson (SF – SP)
    22. (254) Rajai Davis (Det – OF)
    23. (275) B.J. Upton (Atl – OF)

    Thought I would get Adam Jones at 11, but he was snagged one pick earlier. Pujols was still there in the 4th so I snagged him as a utility bat. Closer went really fast and Hawkins and Veras were the only 2 left when i grabbed them. Heard the news about Johnson’s arm about 5 minutes after I drafted him. Took him at 230 overall, so if he ends up not coming back, I’m not out too much. Hopefully he still ends up being a value. I was light on speed so I grabbed Rajai. Debating for the full 90 secs on BJ Upton, but he’s batting .297 this spring and even more importantly, he’s stealing bases. Took Tim Hudson late since I already have Hamels and JJ on the shelf for the first month. Its a 6 move per week league with no overall cap so I’ll stream as needed with pitchers anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      League looks shallow, but I’m not sure… I think the pitching looks okay except for the injury risks and Hudson… Hitting appears fine…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: What makes the league look shallow? Is my team that loaded? It’s a yahoo pro 100 12 teamer. Looking over the other rosters, its crazy how unknowledgeable some people are who are willing to fork over a $100 entry fee. Posey was drafted in the 3rd and Mauer was drafted in the 5th round. Most every teams took multiple pitchers in the first 5 rounds so my offense looks to be in good shape on paper.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, your team looks pretty loaded, but it’s hard to tell because how you posted your team…

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey: Oh, sorry. Just copied and pasted it after the draft. Here’s the starting lineup…

            C- Castro (18-206)
            1B- Fielder (2-14)
            2b- Cano (1-11)
            3b- Donaldson (8-86)
            SS- EverCab (9-107)
            OF- Bruce (3-35)
            OF- Marte (5-59)
            OF- Myers (6-62)
            Util- Pujols (4-38)
            Util- Jose Abreu (10-110)
            B- Rajai (22-254)
            B- BJ Upton (23-275)

            SP- Cobb (7-83)
            SP – Liriano (11-131)
            RP- Rodney (14-158)
            RP – Hawkins (15-179)
            P- Hamels (12-134)
            P- Gray (13-155)
            P- Yordano Ventura (17-203)
            P- Smyly (19-227)
            B- Josh Johnson (20-230)
            B- Tim Hudson (21-251)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s easier to see that way… Your team looks light on average and a bit unbalanced on speed and power… The hitting looks fine, has a few injury guys…

              • letsgobravos says:
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                @Grey: War room says the cumulative AVG projection is .277. Definitely light on speed with the starters, war room has me at 71% there. Hopefully rajai will help there and BJ Upton has been running this spring so hopefully that carries over.

                Any weaknesses I should try to address with trades before the season starts?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t really believe in trading before the season starts unless the deal is lopsided

  164. Zach says:
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    Hellllooo errr’body. My turn I suppose. All opinions and advice are welcomed. Dynasty league, my 7th year in. Playoffs 6 of the 7 years, never out of the first round. Hooray. Just got done making many deals during a busy off-season. It is a 16 team league, head-to-head, daily matchups (162 game schedule plus playoffs 5+7 game series), points based (fairly standard settings) Will add some notes on how they have came to be on the roster just for shits and giggles. Without further ado.. .

    C- Wilson Ramos (acquired in trade this off-season)
    1B- Anthony Rizzo (acquired in trade this off-season)
    2B- Brian Dozier (picked off waivers last year)
    SS- Troy Tulowitzki (acquired in trade early 2008)
    3B- Josh Donaldson (picked off waivers last year)
    OF- Andrew McCutchen (drafted while in minors)
    OF- Shin-Soo Choo (acquired via trade 2008)
    OF- Austin Jackson (acquired in trade 2012)
    UTIL- Michael Cuddyer (acquired in trade 2009)
    UTIL- Khris Davis (picked off waivers last year)

    Bench- Grady Sizemore (waivers 2 weeks ago)
    Becnh- Michael Brantley (waivers end of last year)
    Bench- Kelly Johnson (waivers after he signed in NY)

    SP- Clayton Kershaw (drafted while in minors)
    B- Zack Greinke (acquired in trade during off-season)
    B- Hyun-Jin Ryu (acquired in trade during off-season)
    B- Julio Teheran (acquired in trade during off-season)
    B- Yordano Ventura (acquired in trade 4 months ago)
    B- Drew Hutchison (acquired off waivers in off-season)
    B- Phil Hughes (acquired off waivers in off-season)
    B- Brett Anderson (acquired off waivers in off-season)
    B- Erasmo Ramirez

    RP- Kenley Jansen (acquired off waivers 2012?)
    RP- Jim Henderson ( acquired off waivers 2013)

    Two final notes- the trio of Dodgers is advantageous since it is a daily league where each day only 1 SP can start, so it’s important to minimize the overlap of starters on the same day. By the same token, you want a good amount of starters in case there is one day where you might not otherwise have a pitcher going. There are only two RP slots so not much advantage to have more than 2 players there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Tulo avoids injuries, the hitting should be solid… It’s a fairly large if though… The pitching is very solid, pitching’s a bit better than hitting…

      • Zach says:
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        @Grey: Drop Erasmo for Dee Gordon as insurance for Tulo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh

  165. Eddy says:
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    Just wanted to point out an odd thing I caught myself doing.

    The guys I’m really high on (Cobb, Teheran, Gyorko), I haven’t even bothered to check spring stats for. But for guys I’m wishy washy on? Gave up 5 ER in last spring start? Get him off my team. Only hitting .150? Nope.

    Got to break that habit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, spring stats don’t matter

  166. David says:
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    Grey,
    Getting in the swing of the new season. Joining a keeper league, taking over an existing team. 10 team w/ OPS & K/9 instead of AVG & K cat’s. 6 keepers per team into this season, and their value is 1 pick less than the round they were drafted in 2013. So if player was drafted in the 2nd round for 2013, I could keep him w/ my 1st round pick. Previous 1st rounders cannot be kept.

    The agreement was a franchise draft for me. I get to keep from pool of players on rosters that were not kept. The team I’m inheriting is garbage. Only players of note in a long-term keeper league are Profar, Springer, Middlebrooks, and Taveras.

    I’ve ID’d 6 players of value from other squads. My strategy is to get the best value for this season to compete and not for long term. I can cover long term in the draft. Here they are w/ price:

    Pedroia (2nd)
    Encarnacion (3rd)
    Bruce (4th)
    Anibel Sanchez (18th)
    Alvarez (20th)
    Everth Cab (32nd)

    There are other notables like Kinsler (2nd) but just really want some advise on a reason to keep Springer over any of these players. I would be going into the draft w/ a darn good infield set on paper and a good starting point at pitcher. In addition, I have the 3rd pick overall so will be sure to get Trout, Miggy, or McCutcheon w/ my 1st pick. So I should have a great start to my OF as well.

    However, Springer’s potential cannot be ignored. I could still reach for him in the draft at a strategic slot and still maintain great future value if he pans out as a pro.

    Here’s to a great season and looking forward to hearing back from you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hearing back from on what?

      • David says:
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        I asked a question. Would you keep Springer over any of the 6 players listed?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @David: I wouldn’t

  167. Snake Hips says:
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    I’m in a yahoo daily h2h points league. I know Aushizz had some hits in that first game… What the hell happened to his stats? Anyone else on yahoo have missing points?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s because it’s the same day, it’s like when there’s a doubleheader

      • Snake Hips says:
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        Oh I got it. Thanks

  168. Long Bawls says:
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    Am I the only one tired of Scott van Slyke and Dee Gordon monopolizing the MVP discussion year after year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  169. Bertchr22 says:
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    Hey grey, hoping you can help me with a decision. 15 team roto 5×5. 1 catcher, 4 OF. We use OBP instead of AVG because our commissioner is trying to be “fantasy baseball hip” (me quoting me).
    I need SP, OF, Closer and Catcher. What position would you target? I have 0 catchers or closers so far and two each of OF, SP. We are in round 12. 15 closers remain and maybe 5 above average to average backstops. Wieters, Ramos, Gattis, Castro and Yan Gomes, etc. Outfielders are all the 10/20 type or 15-20/10 type. Crawford, Calhoun, Brantley, Reddick, Fowler, Bourjos, Arcia, A.Garcia, Ozuna, EY, BJ Upton and Bourn. SP are Masterson, M.Moore, Wheeler, Yordani, Cingrani, Cueto, Archer and Cashner.

    Which way are you leaning here? Which position would you target first and which one last?
    What player(s) would be your choice(s). If you have time I was hoping you could rank the top 2-4 Of and sp for me. Thanks for your input.

    The players I’ve been throwing around are Castro or Wieters, a closer, calhoun, BJ, Crawford, Brantley, BJ, fowler or Bourjos. And Masterson, Moore, Yordani, Cingrani, Cueto or archer. I’m a little concerned that there are 5 teams in need of a catcher as id rather not have to go with someone like pierzynski or Avila. I would like to have at least 2 closers by the end of the draft and they’re starting to go fast. Usually I wait til the bitter end for closers but this is my first 15 teamer so maybe that’s bad strategy here. The outfielders are all so similar so maybe I can wait and take shots with guys like castellanos or springer later. The SP’s seem to have the biggest names with Moore and Masterson as my favorites, but it’s such a deep position. Decisions, Decisions. Thanks Grey.

  170. Bertchr22 says:
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    Ha! I have 2 Bj’s

  171. SteveNZ says:
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    I might be the only person playing fantasy baseball feeling giddy about the SP-eligible Ogando heading to the bullpen as a setup guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not overly thrilled with that…

  172. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Would you lose Wilson Ramos for Sal Perez ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  173. Frank White says:
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    Sup Brotha… I did my draft for my 10 team mixed h2h points league and here it is..
    Matt Wieters
    Prince Fielder
    Gyorko
    Wright
    E. Andrus
    Adam Jones
    J. Bruce
    Alex Gordon
    Utility- M. Cuddyer
    Desmond Jennings
    Bench- Brandon Moss
    Leonys Martin
    Josh Reddick

    Bumgarner
    Alex Cobb
    Homer Bailey
    Matt Moore
    Masterson
    Samardzija
    Jimenez
    Dillon Gee
    Glen Perkins
    Alex Wood
    I feel like I made a couple mistakes at the end where I missed out on a couple better guys but what do you think??? Also, Would you make any changes and if so where?? Thanks!!

    • Frank White says:
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      I’m sooo mad cause I could’ve gotten Ventura before Samardzija and Brandon Moss but his name slipped my mind and I could’ve gotten Weaver, Sonny Gray, Hamels and Buchholz before Masterson.. IDK!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a pretty solid team, definitely a shallow league though so you’re gonna have to work for it during the season…

      • Frank White says:
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        Do you think I should drop Reddick and maybe add another pitcher like Hutchison, Scheppers, Erasmo Ramirez or Wandy Rodriguez?? If not Reddick then which Batter?? 2- I thought you would love this team cause I went by most of your rankiings.. Lol.. Do you like my pitching or who do you think is a mistake??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your pitching is solid, could see losing Reddick for Erasmo, not really necessary right now…

          • Frank White says:
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            So don’t use my waiver?? 1- do you think 1 closer is enough or grab Scheppers OR wait Until he season starts? 2- I got made fun f grabbing Alex Cobb a I didn’t see him on your list early at all but I read that he’s killing it and could have a great season.. What you think??

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wait for season

              • Frank White says:
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                K Thanks!!! Oh not Alex Cobb, I meant Allex Wood.. You liking him?

                • Grey

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                  Yup

  174. Corey says:
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    Parnell or Soria? Ok, you say Soria. But is it for number of saves? Hold on the closers job? Or will he have a bit impact on all categories than Bobby? Now that Parnell has his velocity back I am wondering if I should keep him and his ultra low WHIP on my team or pick up Soria off the wire.

      • Corey says:
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        @Grey: I’ll bookmark that page. I’ve been looking for player rankings that update as necessary (many sites rank in January and then that’s it.). Ignorant Corey didn’t realize you maintain your lawn. It’s really lush and green. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  175. Project Merkin says:
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    Hi Grey!

    I asked this question a few days ago, and you answered it with grace and aplomb, but things have changed. Someone traded up and will now be taking Cargo. To recap, here are my keepers:

    Votto: 3rd Round
    J Uption: 7th Round
    Pedroia: 11th Round

    Here’s who’ll be available with my first pick:
    Prince
    Chris Davis
    Adam Jones
    Bruan

    If I go with Prince, am I in an early hole by filling up my 1B and CI spot with draft picks 1 and 3?

    • Grey

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      I have no problem taking 1B and CL in the first 4 picks…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Project Merkin: @Grey: grey doesn’t have any shortage of aplomb that’s for sure

  176. Project Merkin says:
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    Kewl. I took Prince first last year but I guess I’ll do it again :-/

    No argument for Jones eh?

    • Grey

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      Nah

  177. Project Merkin says:
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    Also, who do you think I should look for with my 2nd round pick? I think Ian Desmond will be around…

    Here are the top players available (according to ESPN’s rankings)
    1. Cargo (not available)
    2. Chris Davis, Bal 1B
    3. Robinson Cano, Sea 2B
    4. Adam Jones, Bal OF
    5. Prince Fielder,