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For these pitcher pairings, I’m going to be using our (my) 2016 fantasy baseball rankings.  Notably, the top 20 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball, top 40 starters for 2016, top 60 starters for 2016 and the top 80 starters for 2016.  You can also just go to our Fantasy Baseball War Room.  Okay, formalities out of the way.  *rolls up sleeves, makes farting noise with hand under armpit, rolls down sleeve*   Let’s get busy!  Now, what is a pitcher pairing?  It’s your plan for putting together a fantasy staff.  A course of action.  If you have A pitcher, which B, C, D, E and F pitcher goes with him?  Which is different than ‘F this pitcher,’ that’s what you say in May.  You should have six starters.  The sixth starter is Aaron Sanchez or take whoever you want.  I suggest an upside pick.  Sanchez comes to mind.  Or Vincent Velasquez.  Daniel Norris also comes to mind.  I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5 and some variation of 9 pitcher leagues like the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  Speaking of which, the RCL league signups began on Monday, go sign up for a league. (NOTE: What you are about to read is massively confusing.  If it were found scribbled in a notebook, the FBI would be watching me.  If Charles Manson stood up and read this at the next prison Meet N’ Greet, no one would blink an eye.)  Anyway, here’s pitcher pairings for pitching staffs for 2016 fantasy baseball drafts:

TIERS

If your first pitcher is from the tiers: “Security blankets are for bouncers who are chilly,” or “I ain’t mad at cha, I ain’t mad for you either.”

These tiers are from Kershaw to Bumgarner.  If you draft someone from these tiers, you’ll probably lose your league or get lucky with your hitters.  If you do draft one, I wouldn’t take another pitcher until the tiers, “Gluttony” and “Drafting like sugar packets on Nicole Kidman’s leg.”  Take one pitcher from one of those two tiers.  Then grab three starters from any of the tiers, “Ever heard of Effen Vodka?  Well, I’m drunk on so many effin’ pitchers,” “They can’t all be *67-this-phone-call-cause-I’m-about-to-catch-charges sexy,” “A) Asleep B) Comatose C) There’s no C.  D) Dead,” and “Unexciting but safe.”  Finally, one pitcher from, “Grey’s upside your head!”  So, you’d have a rotation something like Matt Harvey, Yu Darvish, Luis Severino, Wei-Yin Chen, Joe Ross and Trevor Bauer.  Or maybe David Price, Lance McCullers, Mike Leake, Jason Hammel, Aaron Nola and Aaron Sanchez.  For the A-A-Rons!  Either of those staffs will probably have 13’s in every pitching category in a 12 team league.

If your first pitcher is from the tiers:  “I have illusions of drafting these guys, maybe they’re delusions, or is it allusions?

This tier goes from Gerrit Cole to Strasburg.  I’d pair any of them with anyone in their same tier or in the tier, “Okay, you need to draft a starter at some point prolly, but if you’re looking at me to force you to draft a starter, you’re looking at the wrong guy,” or in the tier, “Fetty Wap,” but it’s not mandatory.  In other words, if I drafted Gerrit Cole, I could see taking Strasburg or Tyson Ross or Cole Hamels or anyone from any of those tiers, but I wouldn’t reach either.  If you do take two guys from those first three tiers, then you jump to Gluttony or Nicole Kidman’s leg and take one guy.  You’ll be fine taking Gerrit Cole and moving right into the “Gluttony” and “Drafting like sugar packets on Nicole Kidman’s leg” tiers.  If you skip Fetty and “Okay, you need to draft a starter at some point prolly…,” then you draft two guys from Gluttony and Nicole Kidman’s leg.  So, you could either have something like Gerrit Cole, Cole Hamels and Lance McCullers or something like Gerrit Cole, Steven Matz, Garrett Richards.  Either way, you then move along to Effen Vodka, *67, A, B, C, D and Unexciting but Safe and grab two guys.  Finally, one guy from Upside Grey’s Head.  So, you’ll have something like Gerrit Cole, Steven Matz, Garrett Richards, Aaron Nola, Eduardo Rodriguez and Erasmo Ramirez.  Don’t mind if I do!  Or you could have something like Gerrit Cole, Cole Hamels, Lance McCullers, Kevin Gausman, Mike Fiers and Daniel Norris.  That’s straight gorge.  As in engorged.

If your first pitcher is from the tiers:  “Okay, you need to draft a starter at some point prolly, but if you’re looking at me to force you to draft a starter, you’re looking at the wrong guy,” or “Fetty Wap.”

These tiers go from Carrasco to Salazar and Tyson Ross to Jon Lester.  This is likely the way I’m going in 12-team leagues and shallower.  This would be ideal (and just as convoluted.  Anyone that actually reads AND understands this post deserves a gold star and a head exam.)  My first pitcher will be from “Okay, you need to draft a starter…” or “Fetty Wap” then two starters from Gluttony and Nicole Kidman’s leg, then two starters from Effen Vodka, *67, A, B, C, D and Unexciting.  Finally a starter from Grey’s Upside Yo’ Head.  So, you could have something like Carrasco, McCullers, Rodon, Wei-Yin, Kazmir and Paxton.  You just won your league and games haven’t even started. You’re welcome.

Close to ideal (let’s say ideal-ish) is if you draft one pitcher from “Okay…” and one pitcher from “Fetty Wap,” then a Gluttony or Nicole’s leg, then two from Effen, *67, ABCD and Unexciting, then one from Upside Yo’ Head.  So, you could have something like Carrasco, Cole Hamels, McCullers, Severino, Kazmir and Paxton.  Could this post become more confusing?  Short answer: no.  Long answer: nooooooooooo.  But let’s try…

Overall Thoughts

You can’t go wrong with a lot of different sets of pitchers.  Shoot (not you, deranged white man), you probably could do fine with drafting only 3 starters and 3 great relievers and streaming.  If you stick to the pitchers I like, then you’ll do well matching them up any way you see fit.  The key is to make sure you are drafting offense early and often. What I’m doing with my tiers pairing is making sure you’re drafting a balanced staff.  You can draft too much upside.  That’s why every time I draft a guy from the Gluttony tier, I’m trying to look at the *67 tier, ABCD and Unexciting and not going straight to Upside Yo Head.  The *67, ABCD and Unexciting tiers are slightly more boring but safer and helpful for any pitching staff.  They are your “Hopefully he can give me a 6 IP, 2 ER start, because Yordano is face-pounding a mascot and it’s the best thing he’s done all year,” starters.  Look at some of names in those tiers:  Quintana, Leake, Kennedy, Ryu, Chen, Kazmir, etc.  You’re really hoping to take the risk off of your Yordanos and Odorizzis with them.  Unexciting won’t win you your league, but without it you could be lost.

TROUBLE AREAS

WHIP Issues – For every pitcher who is projected over a 1.23 WHIP, take one below. The quicker you do this, the better off you’ll be.  For instance, if you take Quintana, who I have projected for a 1.24, you need to pair him with someone I have projected below a 1.23.  Don’t pair Quintana with Eduardo Rodriguez.  Pair him with someone like Nola.  Remember, the further you get into the rankings, the harder it becomes to find lower WHIPs.  Side note: WHIP can be helped by closers and MRs… Or hurt by them.

What about “Oh, I’m so gonna own these guys…at some point in the season” or “Dot dot dot” or “What year is it again?”– There’s a whole slew of pitchers I haven’t mentioned after the Upside tier.  I even like some of them, namely the Dot dot dot and What year is it again? tiers in the top 100 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball.  These guys are 7th starters, DL-bound or minor league-bound starters that you’re stashing.  I wouldn’t count on any of them for anything.  I like me some Bundy as much as the next guy fascinated with serial killers or pro wrestlers that look like serial killers, but are you really starting him every time out in April and risking a huge blow up, which would lead to a crushing April that leaves you in your fantasy baseball basement and a chance to start trading for keepers in May?  You take a flyer on someone like Rubby, hope he works out and if he doesn’t, you decide whether to drop him in redraft leagues.  He’s not your 6th starter.

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

Overall Pitching Issues – Just about everyone, including yours truly, drops at least one of their starters by May 1st.  Obviously, you want the best team coming out the draft, but it’s a marathon not a sprint.  Starters always come out of nowhere on waivers to become productive. Always.  Even in deep leagues.

BONUS FEATURE

Because we both know everything above this point was the gibberish of a mad mind, here’s an easy to use shortcut.  Just click the pitcher you draft, then you’ll get a short list of the next pitcher you’re supposed to draft.  Frank Voila, snitches!  Now, have at it:

 

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    What’s up?

    a. I took the survey do I get a prize? Haha, don’t answer it’s a hypothetical question.

    b. War Room up and running, took a few new user registrations so very sorry to all out there. The new e-mail domain of abc.com is now extinct. Am moving on to the new e-mail domain of abcd.com.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Ha B. Don’t worry about it, it’s all good with me, just ignore those Viagra emails we send you, unless of course you don’t want to ignore them

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    This is my first mock draft result which I input into the war room app. My first three picks were OFs – Harper, Betts and Springer. My first pitcher was Stras in round 4. Of course, there were no good 1B available so I waited around for Duda.

    Questions abound.

    a. At the bottom of the batters stats, it says SBs 75% for goal reached. So I guess I need more SBs.

    b. I have Ozuna and 2 pitchers on my bench. Is there something wrong with that? This is my second bench question so maybe someone could write an article about how to occupy the bench? Maybe? Not gonna happen? Ok.

    c. I took Uehara with my last pick in panic, similar to when I drafted Panik. Are high-K / low WHIP guys like Capps, Betances, Miller, Romo, Scribner, Smith (not the actor), Knebel and Siegrist really important to draft and where does one draft them? I’m obviously concerned about the 180 start limit. How many of these guys should be drafted in your standard 5X5, 12-team roto league?

    C Welington Castillo
    1B Lucas Duda
    2B Rougned Odor
    SS Ketel Marte
    3B Maikel Franco
    MI Joe Panik
    CI Mike Moustakas
    OF Bryce Harper
    OF Mookie Betts
    OF George Springer
    OF Lorenzo Cain
    OF Jorge Soler
    UTIL Michael Conforto
    BENCH Marcell Ozuna

    Total 1059 285 1009 141 .276
    Goal 1045 261 1008 189 .267
    % Goal 101% 109% 100% 75% 103%

    P Stephen Strasburg
    P Danny Salazar
    P Marcus Stroman
    P Francisco Liriano
    P Raisel Iglesias
    P Steven Matz
    P Yordano Ventura
    P Patrick Corbin
    P Aaron Nola
    BENCH Carlos Rodon
    BENCH Koji Uehara

    Total 110 1630 3.31 1.16 0
    Goal 100 1330 3.44 1.24 92
    % Goal 110% 123% 104% 107% –

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yup B. It’s fine, but you don’t actually need a bench bat in a 12 team league… You can just grab one in-season C. Middle relievers are available in-season too, so you can grab one you like but others will be available once the season starts…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ante GALIC: if this an RCL prep you might want to grab a couple closers and buy the stream o nator and hitter tron. Those are perfect tools for the RCL’S. Also the daily dfs articles are great places to get daily streams/batty calls

  3. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    This “Who are your pitchers?” quiz is the best. Finally I can stop taking Buzzfeed quizzes about which movie dog I am based on my zodiac sign and favorite color (Air Bud)!

    Anywho, trying to pick my final keeper in a 12 team roto ($260 budget) . . . it’s between a $14 Darvish (there are plenty of DL spots), an $8 Melancon, and a $6 Smyly.

    I love Smyly, but I feel like I can definitely get him in the auction for this price or even less (not the case for the other two). SAGNOF and take the raw ridiculous skills of Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See, I always end up doing which 90210 character are you…Steve Sanders?! I’m doing it again!

      Darvish

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the Darvish recommendation – that’s SUCH a TOTALLY Steve Sanders thing to say!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NO!!!

  4. Jake says:
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    Hi Grey

    How would you change this for a 16 team league H2H with QS in addition to the standard 5×5? No start caps per week. Limited to 4 pickups per week. Thinking I’ll need to carry a larger number of pitchers, since the waiver wire will be bleak.

    My initial plan was to start with Carrasco and lester or liriano, then fill out with volume. Carry about 9-10 starters and 3 sagnof to shoot to win W, QS, K, S every week and era/whip when ever it works out.

    Thanks

      • Jake says:
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        @Grey:

        In a 16 team league would you go hitters for the first 6 rounds if you thought you could get a staff like below, or would you try to get a Cole/Carrasco?

        Francisco Liriano
        Jeff Samardzija
        Clay Buchholz
        Raisel Iglesias
        Ubaldo Jimenez
        Ervin Santana
        Brett Anderson

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You know how I feel about half of that staff from my rankings

  5. Branta says:
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    The pairings tool has Karns on there twice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, fixed

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I thought that was your way of saying if you are drafting karns you are doing it wrong.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  6. Jvanslyke says:
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    This is the article I’ve been waiting for!!

    New Aesop Rock song today with album announcement and it’s not only on Tidal!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was going to put this article only on Tidal, but decided against it

  7. Peacecoast says:
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    Grey, my league has no innings limit and daily line up changes so we end up having to roster 8-9 SP to meet the W and K. How would this change using this strategy? I am already keeping stroman, matz and rodon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take another starter in the Effen Vodka through Unexciting range and another starter at the end in Upside

  8. Jim says:
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    Grey
    This is always the most helpful of all your helpful articles! Thank you
    I looked back at my last 2 yrs of 5×5 roto, 12 team leagues, ( 5 per yr, so 10 total, a pretty nice sample size).
    The top 3 average as follows:
    ERA 3.00
    WHIP 1.15
    K’s works out to 1 K Per inning pitched, or slightly higher ( so in 1300 inking a limit leagues, it takes 1300 K’s to be in the top 3 ).
    Will the pairings you set up get me to these numbers? If not, what do you recommend?
    Thank s again. So helpful!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, these pairings will help you

  9. Jbona3 says:
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    $260 auction budget, keeper league: I’m toying with the idea of keeping the following SP, but I’m concerned I’m dedicating too much of my budget:
    –Scherzer $42
    –Harvey $26
    –C-Mart $8
    –Gausman $5

    I’m keeping a decent amount of “value” positional players (Corey Seager $5, Lindor $7, Cain $6, Schoop $5, Souza $5). Am I dedicating too much to my SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a lot for Scherzer, the other three are solid

  10. Nolarado says:
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    How would you draft pitching in a league that has extra offence than your typical 12 team H2H? 1b,2b,ss,3b,ci,mi,of,of,of,of,of,util

    Would you put more or less emphasis on pitching? Same?

  11. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Great work as usual. Any idea if there will be a Tiers sheet to use this year? (Everyone on one document but separated by position then your tiers)? It is super helpful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone else makes up the tier sheet, waiting on someone else to make it…

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        @Grey: cool, that is what I thought. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  12. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Meant to ask this in the earlier comment, but got caught up in AirBud . . .

    If you could swing a keeper league trade of your $14 Hosmer for a $7 Polanco, am I safe to assume from your rankings that you would make this trade in a heartbeat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Polanco

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Cool, thanks. Starting off with a lower offer of Melancon ($8) for Polanco to see what happens from there. The other team is out of luck for their $8 Andrew Miller so perhaps they have an interesting in a same-priced closer keeper…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  13. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    What about weekly leagues? No streaming. I have followed this pairings tool and it seems to work well in weekly leagues. We have a 10 pitcher roster so I just add a guy from the middle teirs. Thanks, I enjoy razzball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The pairings are still pitchers I like so I wouldn’t veer away from this…

  14. Justin says:
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    Good morning sir!

    Thank you for you hard work! When do you start doing you pert league drafts. I always love to see what the guys from yahoo do in the drafts, they do some crazy things gives me a great belly laugh every time.

    The pod casts are really growing on me, very funny stuff! Are you guys up over 108th most popular baseball podcast? Or are you lower lmao.

    There is no option to select grienke. He is a keeper pitcher on one of my teams, who would best be matched up with him. Someone with a high k/9? A higherish whip?
    I know your not big on grienke but here is the thing, even if he regresses by a full run and a half his era will still be at around 3.00. His whip is going to be good and his k/9 can get back up close to 9. And there will be wins to be had in the desert this year.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Justin: Yes, pick someone with a higher WHIP. Ya know, to even things out.

      • Justin says:
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        @Cram It: sorry for the confusion, I should have made it more clear, I was speaking in regards to someone like a Salazar or corrasco , high k/9 but a risk of inflated whip and era.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy did a LABR draft last night, I don’t think I draft for another couple of weeks… Not sure on the podcast, but we’re easily as good as the 105th best, I have no doubt… With Grienke, you need to make up on Ks and likely ERA

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Rudy sorta killed that draft. I don’t think I see another team I like better than his.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Rudy! RUDY! RUDY!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It was a solid draft, don’t you think?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: it was solid. I would prefer altuve crush. But it’s close and a preference thing. His catcher collection was great for cheap buys and I like the punt ss and grab the prospects.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, agreed… Love the pitching…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Only pick I don’t like is Ells

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: agreed on ells. We had a discussion on him and Magoo and I were not in on him unless price was low and Oaktown and rudy took ells side. But it works out for you. You can Razz him when ellsbury misses 50 games

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d actually prefer Rudy won the league with Ells doing well

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      being called Razzball I always go to that card first, but him doing well makes us look better

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Did you hear, I’m in in-person Tout this year in NYC

                    • Stop trying to tear us apart just because our baseball minds occupy two worlds and collide sometimes. Have you learned nothing from INXS?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Are you holding cue cards with rhyming words?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      they let you back in, do you need to bring a chaperone?

                      Rudy, I’m not trying to tear you two apart, I was just playing the Razz game…btw, I’m bad at interpreting the rules of games

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s in NY, don’t need a chaperone

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I will just set fire to all goodwill

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I appreciate the burning down of goodwill in a fantasy draft, it really appeals to my sensibilities. Chaperone was my nice way of saying bodyguard.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You better wear your fireman gotchies cause I’m gonna torch the earth!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Prodigy? Exactly!

                    • OneI'dWilly says:
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                      @J-FOH: Grey is going to set fire to all Goodwill?! Safe to assume you prefer Salvation Army? I know you’re not a Savers guy . . .

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Prodigy? You didn’t click it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m on a plane on my phone, no, I didn’t click it

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      hehe, it was drew barrymore firestarter

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah during her 8 year old crack smoking days…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      hey I wasnt saying you are like an 8 year old smoking crack

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m gonna smoke those other mofers like an 8-year-old Drew Barrymore smoking crack!

  15. Biggest Dickest says:
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    Last night I pondered…what if Ezekiel Carrera is good? Is it even possible that he makes some noise for the Tribe this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Amish Porsche? Nah

  16. Biggest Dickest says:
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    By the way this bonus feature is amazeballs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glad you like

  17. Cram It says:
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    Looking for a manager for a Yahoo auction league, 12 team, 5×5 roto. Redraft league with FAAB. $100 entry fee. Inquire within.

  18. Biggest Dickest says:
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    Last pondering…can we start a petition for the Tribe to acquire Alex Guerrero? I think he would thrive there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anywhere but LA for him

  19. Old School Brother says:
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    J FOH- Create Razzball Elite League v2! I want Rangers

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Old School Brother: I’ve already emailed JB and will be setting it up shortly. Of course you get Ta-has

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @J-FOH: Yus!! I’ll touch myself to Rangers teen beat tonight. This months issue is Gallo running in a field of puppies and Profar playing steel drums shirtless

  20. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    How am I looking in my 12 team H2H roto dynasty league? Had to develop this staff through years of drafting and trades, but it looks like it fits your pairs perfectly! Long time reader…

    Cole, T. Ross, McCullers, Quintana, Chen, & Gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks perfect, Bill!

      • Bill Lumbergh says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Mr. Albright. Just grabbed Lance Lynn off the discard pile in this same league as a DL stash. When do you think I’ll see any value from him and what do you expect when he returns in 2017?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          April/May of 2017

  21. Man Of Steel says:
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    Does this apply to a ten team league? Looking to get two anchors and going with a stars and “scrubs” approach for pitching.
    1. Harvey/Fernandez
    2. Carrasco/Syndergaard
    3-7. $2-$5 pitchers who will still be really good in a shallow league

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, this applies… Building a staff like that works…

  22. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I’d quit all fantasy sports if this was the first article I ever read.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… Imagine this was the first one I ever wrote… Genius or crazy?

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        Crazy. The phrase “sugar packets on Nicole Kidman’s leg” will get that crazy label every time. Trust me :(

        Oh, 2 of my 8 keepers are Sale and Archer. I’m waiting for my third a long time unless Raise the Church gets to me around pick 140ish. I need him on my team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re gonna end up drafting a lot of OFs waiting for Raisel

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            That’s really about my first round pick…..I also have Goldy, Frazier, Tulo, Pollock, Cain, Carlos Gomez…..plus Seager and Franco in my minor league spots.

            Estimating my first pick would be Schoop, Lawrie, or a pitcher from the Raisel tier. Think that’s a safe enough offense to get my 3rd pitcher that early?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You can take an SP there, plenty of offense… Plus, no one is drafting Raisel that quickly

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                Cool, I was thinking I was safe with a pitcher there since bringing up Seager and Franco are like having 2 extra keepers. Appreciate it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  23. Jonance says:
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    Love the article…and on a related note…i need some help!

    Auction Keeper…Head 2 Head 6×6 (OPS/HLD). I am stacked in OF (Harper/Cespedes/Cruz/Jones/Heyward/Upton) but will be losing a couple of them after this year.

    I was offered JD Martinez at $8 for 5 years for my Carrasco ($5 5 years) and Pineda ($9 5 years). Below is my pitching staff before the trade. I want to pull the trigger, but man…it’s tough. Help???

    Noah Sydergaard
    Jake Arrietta
    Carlos Carrasco
    Jon Lester
    Michael Pineda
    Jake Odorizzi
    Scott Kazmir
    Justin Verlander
    Erasmo Ramirez
    Mike Fiers
    Anibal Sanchez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take JD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then trade an OF for an SP

  24. The discarded head of Ted Williams says:
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    The bonus feature is awesome!

    Any way to add a reset button to it? It is fun to play around with, but reloading it requires a full page refresh. I have to SCROLL all the way to the bottom.

    Ain’t nobody got time for that!

  25. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    Now if you could redo all your rankings based on my custom H2H points keeper league, that’d be great!

    Where should i send the 42 cents you would get from the click ad fodder?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  26. FrankGrimes says:
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    so many possibilities…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Endless

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        keep one Sano Tulo or Lindor?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sano

  27. Not Nice says:
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    What would be your pitching strategy in H2H leagues?

    Love your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over H2H strategy… I’d still draft a pitching staff like this…

  28. Bdub says:
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    12 team 5×5.

    I have arendo, Schwarb, upton, Jdong along with GCole (5th) and Harvey (12) as keepers

    Based on your tiers.. maybe not great strategy having two in that tier.
    A) Would you trade GCole or Harvey for Sano?
    B) keep GCole/Harvey and not draft another pitcher until late.
    C) Trade GCole or Harvey? What kind of value should I be looking for?

    Thanks

    Thanks –

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t be totally opposed to B… C) Maybe a top 20 hitter

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bdub: Are you saying it’s not good strategy to have two aces? Just keep them.

  29. Jason E. says:
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    I usually read all the comments so I don’t ask a question you already answered but only have a few…

    1. This is a helpful article
    2. I’ve never been in a league that gives 5 points for a W and an additional 6 for a QS. Does this mean I should consider taking a guy like Cole in the illusions/delusional tier if I want to be competitive? Btw, I hate drafting pitchers that high! It’s a 16 team dynasty 1st year. We are currently doing the MiLB 20 round slow draft. 5 SP and 2 RP format.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a 16 team league, you need an ace, no lower than Carrasco’s tier as your first

      • Jason E. says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey. Nothing to do with pitcher pairings but I still can’t get anything from the war room. Just get a blank page. Tried Safari and Firefox. Deleted my cache/cookies. Any ideas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t, sorry…

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @dubjay: make up fake emails.

  31. Knucks says:
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    The other day I noticed Matt Adams ranked around 120 or so in your rankings. Someone had noted that was fairly higher than expected. I’m here to say that I can’t even find him in Yahoo at all! Anyone notice where yahoo has him ranked?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s crazy low in ESPN too

  32. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, I found the Hamilton blurb from the Podcast very, very, very interesting. Thanks for the ensight. You like this set up for 12 team roto? I’ve only been drafting 5 SP’s should I be shooting for 6? Last year was my first year in RCL so I hung tight in a couple leagues where I was able to grab closers, but the others I got crushed in pitching.

    Noah
    Salazar
    Matz
    Rodon
    Corbin

    Giles
    McGee
    Osuna
    W Smith
    Capps
    Hernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That staff looks solid… 5 or six is tomato tomahto… You’ll be dropping at least one before the first week of the season is done

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: I’ll probably drop and add 6 times and then week one, 10 different times! I wanted to pick your brain a little bit as I’m curious about Odor and Schoop. I’ve been drafting Polanco in the spot where I could draft Odor, but Schoop is at Yahoo ADP 240 so the value is insane. Do you think Schoop’s value outweighs Odor’s or do you like Odor that much that Deshields can go in Polanco’s spot way late?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d just wait on Schoop and take Polanco

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Ok, that helps a lot cause I’ve rostered Polanco since he came up and I’m hoping this is the REAL break-out year.

            • Teddy Heater says:
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              @Teddy Heater: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I like him a lot this year

  33. I am the Walrus says:
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    League settings are: 12 team H2H, 11 hitters, 5 SP, 2 RP, 7 Bench spots, 5 weekly pickups. So low amount of hitters and most use the 5 bench spots for pitchers and also weekly adds are pitchers. So lots of pitchers. I usually draft power and power/speed combo’s early and wait on SB’s late (Andrus, Span, Burns, etc). With these setting how would you change your draft strategy for both hitters and pitchers?
    I think elite pitching is less important and depth more so? Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Elite pitching is less important and depth more, yeah, agreed

  34. dude says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto keeper league, with starting positions listed below with keepers. We keep 15 players. Here are the 13 I’m set on keeping.

    C –
    1B – Rizzo
    2B –
    SS –
    3B – Machado (doesn’t qualify at SS)
    IF – Arenado
    OF (4) – Harper, Springer, Marte
    U –
    SP (5) – Archer, Carrasco, Greinke, Lester, Rodon
    RP (3) – Giles, Melancon
    P –

    I have a number of options for the last 2 spots, but also a number of trade possibilities. Debating if I go for some MI options to round out team, maybe target a top prospect that may not contribute until later this year, or just try to keep BAP, no matter what the position. If this was your team, what would you be looking to do with the last 2 keeper spots?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bi@dude: Might help if you listed the other realistic available keepers.

      • dude says:
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        @Cram It: I have Wong, Castro, Turner for MI. Corbin and Quintana at SP. Gurriel (older brother). Pillar in OF. Can afford to keep any combination of those. I also have M-Cab and Adam Jones who are too expensive to keep and that I can use as trade bait.

        Curious if I target BAP with bias toward MI, maybe go 1 longer term keeper type, etc.

        • Cram It says:
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          @dude: I’d keep Castro and Pillar…maybe Wong. I like Wong but people hate him now. Trade Jones for something shiny.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likely MI but no idea who is available

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      Haha, I did see that. I’m a fan…was all in the same motion, well-done.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  35. Big W says:
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    Hello Grey!

    strategy question for an 18 team yahoo roto 5×5… 3 OF, 1b, 2b, 3b, SS, C, 2 UTIL, then its the arms

    pick 1 – draft hitter
    pick 2 – draft hitter
    pick 3 – draft hitter
    pick 4 – draft pitcher
    pick 5 – draft hitter
    pick 6 – draft pitcher
    pick 7 – draft hitter
    pick 8 – draft pitcher
    pick 9 – draft hitter
    pick 10 – draft pitcher
    pick 11 – draft hitter
    pick 12 – draft pitcher
    pick 13 – draft hitter
    Pick 14 and beyond start considering closers and high risk high upside players?

    Something along those lines? Am I waiting too long for my first arm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, you’re waiting too long for an SP likely… But this isn’t a strategy, just draft a solid team

    • Cram It says:
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      @Big W: I’d scrap this. You can’t adhere to this in the heat of the draft. Draft a good team, doesn’t matter what rounds it took to get you there.

  36. mauledbypandas says:
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    holy crap my staff of deGrom, Darvish, Severino, Severino, Severino is going to be amazing!!! someone find Michael Keaton, there is a sequel to Multiplicty about to happen… that or the pairing tool went nuts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @mauledbypandas: the pairing tool nutted on Michael Keaton

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: He definitely had his run of success, I won’t blame the pairometer

        • J-FOH says:
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          @mauledbypandas: I watch Gung Ho once a year

  37. Hey Grey,

    Lester Pollock W Davis

    Vs

    Greinke Miggy Giles

    Which side ya got in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Nightpandas: hmm, I like the Miggy side of this deal.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: This might be the first time I’ve ever agreed with you. Don’t let it happen again!

  38. Schwab Stumped says:
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    I know you are down on Pollock this year (not in a sexual way), but I have him in a 10tm 5×5 Roto Keeper league (Keep 5) for $3. People I am already keeping are below.

    Goldy – $25
    Rizzo – $20
    Mookie Betts – $6
    Stanton – $27

    Would you trade my $3 Pollock for Xander Boegarts ($7), Dee Gordan ($11), or Starling Marte ($12)? Wondering if the value for Pollock is worth trading for some MI help or an upgrade to Marte…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Pollock

  39. Alan says:
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    Grey, please pick 2 to keep in my NL Roto, 10 team league:

    Carlos Martinez $4
    Addison Russell $3
    Dj Lemahieu $9
    Anthony Rendon $13

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CMart, Russell

  40. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    I’m in a slow mock draft – 12 teamer based on RCL set up (tho with 1 catcher). Here’s my start below.

    Where would you go with my next 2 picks (I had 2nd overall and I’m in at 71 and 73). Do I need a 2nd starter here, or OF?
    I kind of like Puig, Salazar, Belt, Odor or Sano. (other SPs are Gray, Hamels, Lester, Richards; other OFs are in the Kemp, Ellsbury, Eaton range). Thoughts?

    C –
    1st – Edwin (2)
    2nd –
    3rd – Frazier (3)
    SS – Bogaerts (5)
    CI –
    MI –
    OF – Trout (1)
    OF –
    OF –
    OF –
    OF –
    Util

    P – Strasburg (4)
    P –
    P –
    P –
    P –
    P –
    P –
    P –

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need OF

    • Cram It says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Slow MOCK draft assistance? Oy, we’ll make a fantasy baseballer out of you yet.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: good to see you are getting your legs back and stroke

        • Cram It says:
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          @J-FOH: I’m getting it out now because it will grow to unhealthy proportions once the full force of the comments coincides with the season, seeing all the micromanaging minutiae going on already. I’ll have to refrain. Doctors orders.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Cram It: slow the snowball build slowly, let it peak in May, take a DL stint in July, then finish strong post break. It will save you a few life years

  41. tentyme says:
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    Good afternoon Grey !! Getting that baseball fever here in Chicago !! Im in a 12 team h2h weekly AL/NL . Im drafting 7th How badly am I stretching If I drafted kyle schwarber in the 2nd round on the wrap around pick ? He is catcher and OF eligible or should I just take posey to get a top catcher that plays often and multiple positions. Thanks for your insite !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t draft top catchers, start with my rankings at top of the page… Welcome to the site!

  42. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    Greetings Grey, thank you for being our Willy Wonka.

    I’ve got six keepers in an auction league.

    Bryant @ $6
    Arenado @ $9
    Schwarber @ $6
    Arrieta @ $6
    Eric Hosmer @ $9
    Jose Bautista @ $34

    This league does not use Corner Infield as a position, so I’m looking at either trading one of Arenado/Bryant, or starting them in one of the two UTIL spots all season.

    I also have an offer for Betts @ $6 in exchange for Bryant on the table. Should I take it?

    Keeper costs rise by $5 each year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, take Betts

      • Henroy says:
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        what’s the reasoning here Grey just wondering…
        PS keep fighting the good fight grey love da razz

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Henroy: Betts is ranked around the same spot as Bryant overall and he plays a position where SAGNOF has an availability

  43. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Grey! Can you rank these 8 Keepers for me please (6×6 Roto league)…thanks bud

    – Bryant in 16th
    – Schzerer in 5th
    – Blackmon in 4th
    – Cruz in 9th
    – Schwarber in 10th
    – Cain in 10th
    – Sano in 18th
    – Polanco in 19th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant, Polanco, Cain, Sano, Schwarber

  44. Another keeper trade:

    Get Scherzer

    Give Harvey & Liriano (not likely to keep Liriano)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  45. Bdub says:
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    Which side:

    JDong (12th) & Freeman (4th) or Stanton (1st)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dong

      • Bdub says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Gray

        • Bdub says:
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          @Bdub: or rather Grey.. sheesh

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  46. sliimbo says:
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    what side in a keeper? full rebuild mode

    springer,hamilton, k davis
    or
    lindor, buxton, w davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  47. J-FOH says:
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    Im starting to get that itch, that itch for the pain of the season. It got so bad I went and got tattooed yesterday to feel again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, starting to fill it too after seeing Rudy draft

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I have envy he gets to do it for real too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, same same

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Its not fair, why does Rudy get the new GI Joe with the kung fu grip but I have wait for two more weeks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You have a draft in 2 weeks?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I wish, I was pulling that out of somewhere. Ive been in a slow draft in that dynasty you got me into, but that draft sucks when you have to get excited about college bats and a high school kid that just discovered the weight room 6 months ago. The Razznasty starts drafting on Friday, but thats a slow 10 hours per pick draft. For now I get to mock on the NFBC format….lower case ya

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah, yeah, I’m still like three weeks away I think from a draft

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: thats like telling a junkie they are three weeks from a fix

  48. Dat Poo TP says:
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    A couple of keeper decisions to make this off season. In an auction draft league, I need to decide between Maikel Franco Vs. Marcus Stroman – can keep either for $1. Also deciding between Cespedes vs. Syndergaard in a non auction points league. Thoughts? Thanks for the advice!

  49. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hey Grey! It’s been way too long. My league’s auction is still 5 weeks away, but it’s time to start see if my planning is going in a good direction.

    NL-Only H2H Auction ($280 Cap) 5×5 with OBP instead of AVG. I already have GOLDY (42), Pollock (23), Franco (2), Arrieta (27) and Cole (16). I have Ziegler (1), but Arrieta will go for 35-40 and Ziegler is no guaranty.

    I don’t have a lot of $ designated for pitching as hitting is a premium this year. I’m thinking of going for one of: Raisel, Shark, GIO, Hendricks, and finish my last to spots with two of: Nelson, Nola and Eickhoff.

    I’ll then go with one of the following Closers (Kenley, Rosenthal, Familia, Rondon) and round up my RP with 3 good MRs with save opps.

    Would you be as confident going in with this staff?

  50. Branta says:
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    Is Outfield pairings a thing? I feel like it ought to be a thing.

  51. mrbaseball says:
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    M. Harvey NYM – SP AND L. McCullers Hou – SP FOR M. Scherzer Was – SP – I get Scherzer in keepr league – is this too much to give

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey side

  52. mrbaseball says:
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    looks like you have Harvey pretty close to Scherzer and McCullens could be a top pitcher down the road

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  53. Eric says:
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    @grey

    You’re so money and you don’t even know it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straight dolla bill y’all!

  54. Biggest Papi says:
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    Brand spanking new to Grey Matter..i know you just laughed at “spankin” . I’m in a 10 person, 5×5, 1 catcher/1 utility, 3 bench, AL only, auction league how do I convert all your excellent advice to actionable intelligence for my league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d use our AL-Only rankings… Go to the top under Rater and click 2016 Preseason Rater then go to AL-Only

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