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If you’re like me on most Fridays, you’re sitting in your car beneath an underpass and writing ALF fan fiction, but today we have a different type of fantasy for you to engage in.  No, not your fantasy where it’s you and that girl from high school in a tub of Alphabet Soup and you write her a love letter on her back in noodles!  This is a fantasy baseball fantasy!  Because you know what would be really cool?  If you could join a fantasy baseball league that was against, like, 1000 other fantasy baseball teams.  But not a 1000-person league, where people are trying to figure out who the back-up third baseman is on the Single-A Astros affiliate, the Corpus Christi Amscrayers.  No, this is a 12-person league designed so you compete against eleven other people in your league, then 90 other leagues of twelve.  That would be cool.  Oh, wait, we’ve done that.  It’s called the Razzball Commenter Leagues, and they’re back, and you don’t even have to be a commenter to join it!  For a limited time only, get your loved one a fantasy baseball league!  That’s right, your hearts go pitter-patter or you’re dead on the inside (my condolences).  Since back in June when you abandoned your fantasy baseball team because it was totally sucking and you returned to your cubbyhole of leftover Chinese food and Teddy Grahams, you’ve longed for this day.  As Bob Marley sang, this is your redemption song, mon.  Or womon, for our five girl readers.  It’s time again to join some fantasy baseball leagues. Before you close all of your extraneous porn windows and rush to sign up, let’s explain how these fantasy baseball leagues are going to work.  We’re going to have a bunch of leagues and crown a winner from each, then we’re going to crown ONE winner from all of the winners.  We will be crowning the winner by taking each team’s points and multiplying it against a ‘league competitiveness factor.’  If you want to see how it worked last year, go here.  So we’re going to fill up as many fantasy leagues as we can for the next seven weeks.  Each fantasy baseball league will be a mixed league, 12 team, snake draft, roto, 5×5, 5 OFs, one Middle Infielder, one Corner Infielder, one Utility, 9 pitchers, 20 game eligibility, 180 Games Started max, 1000 IP minimum. Like last year, we will again be going with TWO DL SLOTS. The only things you need to change from the default settings is the 180 Games Started and the TWO DL SLOTS.  Please be vigilant about having the exact same league rules and setup as everyone else. The lineup is also known as:  C/1B/2B/SS/3B/CI/MI/5 OF/UTIL/9 P/3 BENCH/2 DL with 180 Games Started and 1000 IP minimum.  The fantasy leagues will be played in ESPN and they will be free to join.

We’re going to start with twenty leagues of 12 and see how we do from there. To join a league… Sorry, again for the people in the back of the room:

TO JOIN A LEAGUE
Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) and enter the PASSWORD at ESPN. Emails are there for some leagues, but you shouldn’t need to email anyone.  You can join as many leagues as you like.  If you join less than ten, people may make fun of you.

TO START A LEAGUE
Please create a league in ESPN based on the league rules reference above. Step by step: Hit Create. Then Create ESPN Custom (middle option), Name League, Change to 12 Teams, Restriction Type: None, Open to All Users, Access: change to Private, create Password, leave as Roto and Snake, Make Draft Date and Time, Create. From Default settings all you have to do is change to TWO DL SLOTS and 180 Starts by pitchers. So, you go to ROSTERS and Click “Edit Roster Settings.” There, change to 2 DL Slots and 180 Starts (the counter will change to 20.0 per slot). Then SUBMIT Roster Settings. Finally, Create Your League! (Important Note: Make sure league is viewable to public but requiring a password to avoid non-Razzballers joining.) When that’s finished, click here. You will be permissioned shortly so you can add your league info to the Google Doc (the below grid cannot be edited from this page). On that Google Doc, you will need to enter your name, league link, password and please UPDATE the number of openings as your league fills up. That’s it. Oh, and don’t use your bank account password. (Here’s a video Jay made to help some noobs.  Is noobs spelled with zeroes or oh’s?  Hmm, that might make me a noob at spelling noob.)  You can start as many leagues as you like.  If you start less than ten leagues, again someone could mock you.

THE BIG PRIZE

You win bragging rights.  Not just any bragging rights, but the bragging rights that you beat a thousand or so other people, and you can emphasize the “or so” as emphatically as you’d like.  What?  Not enough?  Okay, for this year’s prize we’re taking the bull out of bulloney.  We are upping the ante.  “Hey, Olympic high jumper, can you jump over this ante?”  No, you can’t, it’s been upped too high.  LOOK, it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s our ante!  “Excuse me, astronomer, is that a satellite orbiting earth?”  No, son, it’s Razzball’s ante.  They upped it.  This year we are giving away a $250 Best Buy Gift card, which can buy just about anything (up to $250).  I recently bought a TV that sits underneath my toilet seat so when I whizz I can watch TV.  Granted, I bought this in a dream I had and I was married to Sofia Vergara in said dream, but this must exist, right?  Also, for s’s and g’s, I’ll throw in a Razzball t-shirt because I have 14,000 of these and I’ve already outfitted all the homeless people in my neighborhood with SAGNOF t-shirts.  But, most importantly, you will be crowned the 2017 Razzball Commenter League Champion.  Okay, now sign up…

 
  1. Razztard Snowflake says:
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    Grey, are you intending on moving up Peraza in the ranks now that the veteran has been traded to the Braves? Thanks.

  2. Foul balls says:
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    Espn still has schwarber listed as being OF & C eligible, does he move up in your rankings on draft day if the catcher listing stays intact?

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Thanks for this, the mother lode!

    a. Looking to sign up for an RCL that’s drafting when I’m awake – i.e., from 00h00 until 17h00. The period from 17h00 until 00h00 (EST) is when I sleep, more or less.

    b. The auditor finally finished (nice alliteration, spaz) his mission!! We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief until we discover that the situation is quite dire and we need to shape up rapidly! Oversight on monitoring the distribution of non-food items is seriously lacking! No corruption charges but we need to work on processes! The auditor told us about the distribution reports of one partner. They receive stock of 100 boxes of commodity X during the month + they have 20 boxes in stock. Then the partner distributes 90 boxes worth to our beneficiaries for the month. At month’s end, they record 20 boxes as stock for carry over into the next month instead of 30. This continues for commodities Y and Z and for months on end. Well, the only bit of good news is this all happened during the period before we arrived in the operation. The bad news is our local staff were present and just did nothing. So, there’s that.

    c. Have a nice weekend. I’ll tell you all about mine in my memoirs entitled ‘When the music’s over, turn out the lights.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Another Dan says:
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      @Ante GALIC:

      a) I’m the same, I’m operating on GMT. Think there are a few of us on here like that.

      b) Are the commodities scrabble tiles ? Those Q’s are pretty useless without the U’s.

      • Bas says:
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        @Another Dan: I’m on CET. So I am also looking for a league that doesn’t draft in the dead of night.

      • Bravesfanintheuk says:
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        @Another Dan: I’d be up for a uk/European league too if there are enough of us….:?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Usually a few of them happen, you should just commish one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. You need to start a Chad-only league! B. Assuming Commodity X boxes aren’t black market kidneys… Just itch your ear if they are… C. You too!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Yes, how did you know? Kidneys can get like 10,000$ on the open market!! Needs to be received on ice, though. No ice, no dice.

        b. Hah, a Chad only league. That’d be me and my buddy from that USGOV organization based in N’Djamena. We’d need to find 10 other stooges to join us. It’s possible.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Damn, ‘No ice, no dice’ sounds like a Chad commercial for kidneys — or a commercial for roofies B. You need to!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Chad’s on the map, no one knows quite where though

    • Blackjack says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thinking about hosting an RCL this year. What about 11h30 et on a Saturday?

  4. RJ says:
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    Can keep 3 players, in the round they were drafted in last year. 12-team, roto 6×6 (OPS, QS), 5 OF league. My options:
    (18th round) Trevor Story
    (15th round) Jean Segura
    (21st round) Joey Gallo
    (17th round) Khris Davis
    (14th round) Kevin Gausman
    (21st round) Matt Shoemaker

    Thanks Grey!! Keep up the good work, looking forward to 2017!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @RJ: Story, Segura and Davis for me

    • Cram It says:
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      @RJ: Agree with JeF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RJ: Agree with others

  5. Bodacious Taters says:
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    Noticed you did not rank Alex Dickerson this year – any value ?

      • Blind Umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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        @Grey: dude, in 16, and more so in 20’s and NL onlyies last year he was quite useful.

  6. Matty says:
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    For the last several years Razzball has been my little secret and I’ve been crushing my leaguemates as a result. Every year when I see this post I think, “why would you want to compete on a level playing field?”

    This year, thanks to The Donald, I am so tired of winning all the time that I’m going to go for it. Feeling the soul crushing sting of being average will make me feel alive!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: HA… So sick of winning!

  7. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Merry Effin Christmas! Love this day and can’t wait to get back into the swing of things! ECFBL is ready and raring to go!

    • Cram It says:
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      @MattTruss: Truss! Happy Valentine’s Day, sweetheart.

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        MWAH! Just sent out the invites for re-upping DFSers Anonymous babycakes

        • Cram It says:
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          @MattTruss: Got it! Unfortch, I have to decline DFSers and FCL. I want to put all of my RCL energy into Grey’s expert league. I’m moving up in the world!

          • MattTruss

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            BOOOOOOOOOO. Good luck cashing the check for winning that league. I have a tough time drumming up motivation for non buy-in leagues. CREAM after all. It’s like playing no-limit hold’em for no buy-in. That’s cool though, I think Grey said I was invited to that league as well, so hopefully I’ll see you there so we’ll at least be in a league together this year.

            • Cram It says:
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              @MattTruss: Oh totally with you. I have my share of money leagues already…besides, I’ll get $250 when I win again. Haha. I just want to concentrate on one RCL. Besides, I’ve been trying to plant the seed with Grey to make the champions league have some money on the line.

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Cram It: We’ll miss you terribly and think of you often. #Shittacos

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @MattTruss: What up Truss!!

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Solo EFF! Feels good man

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @MattTruss: LEGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGOOOO!

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        YEE HAW!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @MattTruss: Have you sent the invites yet?

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Done and Done

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @MattTruss: Merry RCLXmas

                • The great Knoche says:
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                  @Grey: I was gonna go Dominic Brown, but that ship has sailed.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Never sailed for Tehol, #neversailed

                    • The great Knoche says:
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                      @Grey: #RockiesRebirth

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @MattTruss: Just sent you an e-mail the other day — If there’s an opening in ECFBL, I’d love to join….

      • MattTruss

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        What’s up man, got your e-mail about 5 minutes after I sent out my email to the league checking on if everyone is coming back (impeccable timing on your part). I’ll let you know, we have pretty low turnover typically, but we’ll see. Thanks as always for the interest.

    • Grey

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      @MattTruss: Hoping you can commish another league for the reg folks

      • MattTruss

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        Oh, I typically get suckered into at least one more along the way. I also commished DFSers Anonymous last year, which was a great league. I’m inviting all those folks back, but there will be a couple spots to fill there as well.

        We still on for the ‘Perts league?

        • Grey

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          Yeah, for sure, just need to set it up

  8. Fenris-77 says:
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    JB with the password of the year. Awesome.

  9. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a brand new 12 team keep-5 OBP league, H2H categories, 5 bench, no reserve, and C/1B/2B/SS/3B/3 OF/UTL spots only . . .

    Is that too shallow to stash Moncada in lieu of a guy who’s starting? Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: I’d really love to, but I’m in 3 leagues already plus the whole work/family thing. Not sure I have the time to dedicate to a 4th, as much as I want to do one – I feel like I’d draft and end up making very few moves/lineup changes.

        • Grey

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          Booooooo

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Last one! Again for H2H categories OBP/OPS keeper leagues. How would you rank the 4 player sets below?

    A. Rizzo, Cano, plus 3 of Springer/Stanton/JDM/Desmond/Pollock

    B. Rizzo, J. Turner, Harper, plus 2* of Springer/Stanton/JDM/Desmond/Pollock

    C. Rizzo, J. Turner, Trout, Joc, plus 1* of Springer/Stanton/JDM/Desmond/Pollock

    D. Goldy*, J. Turner, Harper, Joc, and 1 of Springer/Stanton/JDM/Desmond/Pollock

    Thanks maestro!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Man you are going kinda overboard with the auction game plan. You’re splitting hairs with these options and even if you “pick” one, I guarantee it doesn’t go as planned. Auctions never do!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: Good points – I guess it’s just great to think about getting any of these arrangements.

        For what it’s worth, I’m only doing this hair splitting for my friends/family league, where everyone else just follows the ESPN salary numbers–truly a league where I could cherry pick a starting lineup as long as it mathematically fits in with the ESPN values, give or take a few bucks. In my other auction league (with people who know what they’re doing), I’d never get anywhere near this specific.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: If that’s the case, you should able to dominate the F&F league without any prep! Just Grey’s rankings/auction values by your side will have you cherrypicking the undervalued players, like you said. Thank you, come again.

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Cram It: For sure. David Dahl at $8, please and thank you! Trevor Story at $19? Don’t mind if I do! Lance McCullers for $1? You shouldn’t have!

            • Cram It says:
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              @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Exactly…so why you’re spending time drumming up these specific dream-team scenarios, I don’t know. You’re going to have a dream team, don’t worry about i!

  11. Tweak says:
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    I’m signed up and prepared to lose to JB… and everyone else in the league!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tweak: I dunno man, RCLs always seem rough for me, I typically finish 4-6 range. I’m gonna have a new draft strategy this yr tho…

      • Tweak says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Last year was my first RCL and I came in dead last. I think I finished behind someone who abandoned their team. That’s what I get for sitting on Archer all year waiting for the big breakout, betting on JDongs have two good elbows and being behind on streaming SPs.

        I made a bunch of mistakes last year. My new draft strategy? Draft good players.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Tweak: Hah yeah, it’s tough to get out underneath bad busts like that.

          Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I’m copying your strategy! hah

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Joe Ross #1 pick! [CUE THE MUSIC! *where are you nowowowow . . . . *]

          • Tweak says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Changed my mind. I’m only drafting Brewers players. NOW WHAT’S YOUR STRATEGY!?!

            Villar, Arcia, Braun, Brinson, Hader, Davies, Reed, Thames, Perez, Santana, Broxton and Susac are all mine. DIBS!

            … you can have Scooter and Shaw. <3

            • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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              @Tweak: Actually really buying into that myself. I’m sure I’ll be wrong, but Broxton feels like he could easily be Villar 2.0, and Thames as a lefty batting cleanup in Miller just feels right (also, he looks like a barbarian marauder ready to throw an axe 25 feet).

              • Tweak says:
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                @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Curse your insight. I’m on board with this now. Corey Ray will be up in two years too, with Ortiz, Dubon and Diaz coming as well.

                DAMN IT DID I JUST BECOME A BREWERS FAN!?!

                JB WTFFFFFFF

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Tweak: @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: We have a lot of fun options! Susac being wayyyyyyy overlooked for like 2-C leagues. Shaw might actually be OK too! Scooter is barely gonna play lol…

                Totally agree on Thames. Beard is legit. Can’t wait for this season!

                • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: As they say – if you beard it, they [the hits] will come.

                • Tweak says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: Madness…?

                  THIS. IS. WISCONSIN.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tweak: You should commish a league too!

      • Tweak says:
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        @Grey: I would, but I’m finishing my PhD this year and I’ve got two little ones under 3 at home. Next year, I’ll be happy to do so. If I do my job right, my (then) 3 year old can rake in an RCL next year too!

        • Grey

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          Nerd! Kidding, good luck!

  12. Jensen says:
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    I’m looking at going into my dynasty league with this SP:
    MadBum ($31)
    Darvish ($13)
    Quintana ($11)
    McCullers ($10)
    Nola ($6)
    Pomeranz ($3)
    Duffy ($3)
    Sanchez ($3)

    I also have Tillman ($3), Ray ($3), Lynn ($3), and Luke Weaver ($3) available with enough roster spots to keep maybe 2 of them in addition to the 8 above. I am leaning to just keeping Ray and look to add 1 starter in the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jensen: Works for me

  13. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I’m coming for the Perts title this year. I’ve been running in the snow away from the KGB, and doing chain workouts. I’m lean, mean, and ready to rumble!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      But how much snow is the question? 50+ inches in 8 days up here in Maine…beast mode.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @MattTruss: Bout 30, we’re a little further south.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: You’re Talia Shire and I’m Francis Ford Coppola telling you to stop calling me at all hours

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Damn, and I was hoping we could be Creed and Rocky on the beach.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m Rocky and you’re Paulie in a parking lot… Stop drinking and get your shizz together!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: You’re Paulie’s sex robot

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re the hanging frozen meat

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I have a feeling I’ll be getting lots of text messages from you. I’ll be your mick

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Big Odio: “You’re all done Ralph, Ya washed up”

        • Big Odio says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: you’re gonna eat lightening and crap thunder

  14. Noam says:
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    Hey Grey, would you deal B Belt for Paxton in a dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam: Sure

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      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @Grey: New baby this year – 2018 ESPN Commissioner of the Year early front runner though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, congrats! (On baby and future CotY award)

          • Roger Podacter says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, she’s a peach. can’t decide if I want to get her a Smoak jersey, a Pearce jersey, or simply just light my money on fire.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Um, Giancarlo jersey, no?

              • Roger Podacter says:
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                @Grey: Go Dolphins!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Marino to Duper…. Yes!

  16. Big w says:
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    Morning grey!

    I joined league 16…. never done before. I downloaded the op. But am do doesnt appear there. Is this normal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big w: OP? Ocean Pacific?

      • Big w says:
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        @Grey: sorry, stupid auto correct. Never done ESPN before. I downloaded the app. My team doesn’t appear on the app. Is that normal? Like does it appear after the draft?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What app? Sorry, never used the app… What are you trying to do? Start a league? Follow directions in this post from a computer

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Big w: I dont think it appears till after you draft

  17. JC says:
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    Ok I gave it a shot. I bet it will be competive. Those are the only leagues I compete in these days.
    I Should be in the Yahoo HOF!

    • Grey

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      Yahoo HOF w/ a guided tour by The Noise

  18. Five-On-One says:
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    I Grey – I have a question about the dollar values in the war room or on the auction values pages.

    For a 12-team ESPN-style league, there are only 66 pitchers with non-negative dollar values. A 12-team league would require 108 (12×9) pitchers to be bought.
    Similarly, for the hitters, there are 119 hitters with a non-negative dollar value. A 12-team league would require 156 (12×13) hitters to be bought.
    Why is this?
    Lastly, adding up all of the positive dollar values, gets $2872, when one would expect $3120 (12×260).

    Is there a fundamental flaw in the dollar values , or (more likely) am I missing something?

    Either way, thanks for all the work.

  19. Too Much Pitching says:
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    Mr. Grey,

    I have Bumgarner, Strasburg, Danny Duffy, and McCullers in a 12 team 10 player keeper. I don’t think it makes much sense to keep all four, so I’ll try to move at least one for hitting or picks. I’ve read your rankings, but do you think keeping both McCullers and Strasburg is just a bad idea given recent injury history? On a related note, does it makes sense to keep McCullers at all if I can’t move any of the four? I’d say there’s a pretty low chance I can draft him, at least a few people in my league read this site. Thanks!

  20. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Are we going to dump the perts deadweight this year, and only invite those ready to play?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Cram and Truss are in this year…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Put $10 on the line…winner take all!

        • Grey

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          I don’t need a monetary incentive to beat all of you… Find your own inner reason and come for it

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Still waiting

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: Cram finished in the top 5 like 4 years in a row

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: That means nothing to me

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

            • Big Odio says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: have you ever played an rcl? I recall you not having the time. Step up for your obsession already

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Big Odio: Ive played the last two years homeboy

                • Big Odio says:
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                  @JeF WiTh 1 F: thats good to hear you stepped up. But seriously two years ago you said you didnt, but I’ll take your word for it. Whats the highest you have finished in the master standings? Don’t lie, Truss can check

                  • MattTruss

                    MattTruss says:
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                    Truth, I’m like RCLopedia Britannica over here.

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      @MattTruss: that’s right! I’ll bring you up below too.

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Big Odio: I know what you’re thinking of…I was in the midst of my divorce year one and fell off the map for a while.

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: times are good when you are absent from the site… not as good as when malicious peon is gone, but pretty damn close

                    • MattTruss

                      MattTruss says:
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                      At least you’ve made improvements each year! This year…the 300s!!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: My motivation is to win the whole…f*n…thing. So make sure that league index is nice and high for me.

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: so what you’re saying is don’t invite Jay and Tehol

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Big Odio: ………………………..

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        *Cricket* *Cricket*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who got cricketed?

  21. JoeG414 says:
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    I think it was last year that I saw a column on Razz about who to follow on Twitter for all the teams. An update on that would be helpful.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t do it, but I’ll ping Jay with your request

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      That was me actually, I can start doing some digging on an update for that. It should be mostly the same people to follow for each team. Though last year I realized after the fact that I had included a dead guy on the list…my bad.

      Give me a week and if Jay/Grey are good with it I’ll get that up and at you.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks, Truss!

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    fired up and ready to go

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      AL!

  23. Big Odio says:
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    Mornin’! I finished Luke Cage a few days ago. Best Marvel show on Netflix. The Method Man cameo is great. Highly recommend you move that up your list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe I’ll watch it next since I just finished my last show last night…

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: what show was that?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Bridge on Hulu, excellent, but subtitled — also finished The Crown, which was also good, but girly

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: I dont have Hulu, been thinking about it. Is it worth the money

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I like Hulu… pro tip: find someone who already subscribes and split it w/ them and share log ins

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: that would require me being that kind of friendly with someone…ugh!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Please, I have like three friends, if I can pull it off, you can… How about the guy with no neck?

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: 3 friends? showoff!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha! But how do I consider people friends? For instance, Ante Galic might be one of three

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      he’s a Canadian so it may feel like a friend but he’s just raised that way

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t take away one of three friends!

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      @Big Odio: what about Mulkey?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cougs’ friend

                    • Big Odio says:
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                      that makes sense

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Just get yourself amazons fire T.V. stick for 40 bucks…go on you tube and look up how to jail break it…takes all of 15 min and you’ll have unlimited movies and TV shows…no monthly fee

                • Big Odio says:
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                  @JeF WiTh 1 F: I know the fire stick trick, just havent got around to it. I can buy a hacked one cheap

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Big Odio: Dont pay for someone to do it..really easy

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You got much better pro tips! I have a Amazon Fire stick already… Hmm…

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: Im pretty sure it only works with the $40 one …ill get you the link to break it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks!

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F:
                      Opps…second link is good

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: oops….*oops

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks!

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: You can see movies still in the theater…quality usually sucks on those ….but within 3 weeks of it being in the theater you will get good ones…no need for netflix/hulu with this…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn, look at One F the Russian hacker!

  24. NIghtpandas says:
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    Which side you Grey

    Hill Hanley or Crush Salazar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley

  25. Brown L says:
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    Since all things must fade, I’m losing a lot of my valuable keepers in my 12-team Yahoo OPS league due to inflation. The only real keeper I have is Corey Seager at $23.

    Is there anyone you would choose out of: Starling Marte ($30), Gregory Polanco ($23), Christian Yelich ($22), or Tanaka ($13)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They all have some value… Not great deals, but keeper prices are inflated by their nature, so I could see keeping all of them if your keepers are unlimited

      • Brown L says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, don’t love ’em. I only have to choose one, so I’m leaning to Tanaka. I’m pretty sure I could get all the others back at the same value or less.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Brown L: Id keep Polanco over Tanaka

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That works for me

  26. Big Odio says:
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    I wish you all the best this year in the RCL’s. I hope Truss releases his strategy guides and people listen to them. If you rosterbate as much as you masterbate then you’ll be fine

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is this a credo for all or are you targeting someone w/ your words of wisdom?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: It’s his proclomation that he isn’t doing any RCLs this year. Which goes without saying, again

        • Big Odio says:
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          @nick the dick: dont be mad boo you’ll get another chance one day to play with me…just not this year. I have that RCL monkey off my back like a junkie that kicked smack

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Big Odio: I knew you wouldn’t do rcls this year, but why no Nasty? Why are you taking my Christmas tree? Whyy?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Everyone knows it, he adds it to every comment thread

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: #antiRCL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, he proclaims this once a week, like there’s someone waiting to him if he’s unretiring

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: Ive said it like a half dozen times tops…. since last september. TBH, I hope you or Ralph wins perts this year, Not Rudy…definitely not Rudy!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              #neverrudy

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: this is a credo for all

  27. ThE sHiT says:
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    Are Rudys auction values based on a $260 bidding limit? First time doing an auction league, figuring ill have to do math or schnazzy spreadsheet with a formula to calculate values since the league im in has a $200 draft limit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, $260 is norm

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey: gotcha. I remember you saying about 67% of the budget should be spent on hitting, 33% on pitching right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Roughly $80 on pitching

          • ThE sHiT says:
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            @Grey: for my league where its only $200 limit?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              260/200 — 77% — 77% of $80 = 62

              • ThE sHiT says:
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                @Grey: look at you going all math whiz on me! Thanks Grey!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

  28. nick the dick says:
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    Yo I created an RCL where the 180 and 2 DL didn’t save for some reason so I made a new one that’s correct, the other needs to be taken off the Doc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Which one should I remove? Half steppin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget I see

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you can email the poor sap that signed up, you should

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Ha it’s Ralph, I told him already. Thanks, G. (Hello, Brooke)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Unwritten rule, person who returns from Last Chance Kitchen has to dazzle them in 1st challenge back

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: what is last chance kitchen?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Of course, the obligatory I just proved I deserved to come back dish

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, then they doubled up on it with the elimination — Sadly, I can see the narrative they’ll sell if she wins the whole thing… What the Asian girl did to her, she did right back — what a story!

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Absolutely, and I don’t like it one bit. You think I forgot about those yougurt globs, Brooke?!! You cold dish makin’ ass trick…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Seriously! We get it, you can make a savory cold soup, do us a favor and make a bowl of hugs!

  29. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    My dynasty team needs starting pitching …

    I have Greg Bird … does Bird (and his sleeper stats) for Tanner Roark make sense?

  30. JoeG414 says:
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    Help with drafting my first SP. 13 Team mixed 6×6 Roto . Keeping Arrieta as a 7th round pick.

    I’m looking with ADP my next SP pick as : Carrasco as a 41st pick , don’t know if he will last until pick 64. Or deGrom as a 64th pick. So, if I wait until pick 64 to draft a SP , is deGrom a good enough fall back to Carrasco? Or should I take Carrasco at 41, would of taken a hitter.

  31. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Gray,

    Another trade offer for you:

    I give Springer, Harvey, Betances

    I get Desmond, CMart

    Wasn’t going to keep Harvey anyways.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  32. The Great Knoche says:
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    Looks like ESPN added some new team logos this year. There’s a few of Karabell and Cockroft. One with Karabell eating a sandwich is interesting….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stop it! Where? Link please

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Go to your team page in your RCL and click on team settings. Find choose a logo pack and choose Karabell and Cockroft

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So icky

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHAHAHA… Is this a tie-in with Blimpie?

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: I don’t know, but Suit coat, Harlem Globetrotter shorts and giant phallic looking sandwich. If I were him I would be getting somebody on the staff fired. They are all awful.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, it looks like art by committee — a committee of 4-year-olds

  33. Reno 911 says:
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    Who do you prefer at 2B in a weekly, H2H points league at 2B–Kinsler or Odor? Thanks

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @Reno 911: Odor, all day errryday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

      • Reno 911 says:
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        Thanks guys. I was leaning that way. Like to have a ‘pert confirm my hunches tho.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  34. Wilson.kinle says:
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    Keeper question, 5×5 OBP league, 10-team, 6 keepers

    Harper, EE , Donaldson are three keepers.
    Advise the rest 3 : Dee Gordon , Segura , A. Jones, CarGo, Pollock, Sale, Brantley, Ellsbury

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock, Segura, Sale

      • Wilson.kinle says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey

        Miss to list Ian Kinsler, and Hanley Ramirez,
        Are they going to replace Pollock and Segura to be keepers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  35. Scott Kimmel says:
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    grey,

    Im looking for either a SP or OF to sign as a free agent with my only draft pick left a 4th rd pick. Can you suggest some names that you consider signing with that pick. The names are few and far between getting someone good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s available

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        OF: Markakis, Valencia, Kim, Chisenhall, Pagan, Saunders, Dietrich
        SP: Davies, J. Garcia, Montgomery, Kazmir, Sabathia, COlon, Straily

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Montgomery

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            will he be starting or relieving

            • Blind Umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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              @Scott Kimmel: this hasn’t been decided yet, greyseph is going with the upside guys out of who you listed, it’s quite possible there’s others with more.

  36. Scott Kimmel says:
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    grey,

    What are your thoughts of a trade offer I want to make.

    I give up: Gardner, Granderson and Shoemaker
    I get: Bauer and Dozier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  37. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey. Edwin or Votto in a points league? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  38. Slimbo says:
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    Hey man

    Looking to get alex reyes in my dynasty….he wants Ken giles for him.

    Pull the trigger?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  39. Wilson says:
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    Keeper question, 5×5 OBP league, 10-team, 6 keepers

    Altuve, XB, Kershaw are three players I will keep.
    Advise the rest 3 : MadBum, Brandly Jr., Cruz, Pederson, LeMahieu

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum, Cruz, Bradley

  40. Wilson says:
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    Typo,it’s Brandley Jr.

  41. Slimbo says:
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    hey grey

    in a dynasty would you drop schoop for one of belt, conforto, profar, reed, joe ross or shoemaker

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  42. Whirlaway says:
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    Hi Grey, All,

    in a 12 team h2h auction league, pitching cats are Wins, Losses, Ks, ERA, WHIP, Net Hld+SV;

    wondering how these categories would change your approach during draft? still fill our team with SPs since it’s h2h? target cheap HLD guys instead of top closers? what positions become more valuable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cheap holds guys for sure… I’d steer away from pitchers on lousy teams

  43. Small's Killer says:
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    Alright. I ginally joined a Razzball RCL. Gonna be crazy, i have always struggled with Roto leagues and excelled in h2h. I chose Jays league so i can draft when my kids are asleep, the rest of the times don’t coincide very well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  44. Keepers are fun says:
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    Hello and happy Sunday,

    I have Brad Miller, Tim Anderson, Rendon, and L. Cain in a 12 team keep 10. I’m planning to keep Rendon and Miller. Are you keeping Anderson over Cain? Or throw them both back in the hopes of either drafting them later or getting better players with the picks I’d be freeing up instead? I’m keeping one other 1B, two other OF, and 3-4 pitchers (assuming no preseason trading) so not terribly shallow anywhere position-wise, or particularly light on speed in my keepers.

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Keepers are fun says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the quick response, but just to clarify, is ‘sure’ to keeping Anderson over Cain, or to throwing them both back?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Keeping Anderson over Cain

          • Keepers are fun says:
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            @Grey: Cool, thanks again, the amount of time you spend responding to comments regularly amazes me, and is much appreciated.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  45. Swfcdan says:
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    Can keep Beltran for $6 this year in a 12 team roto. Nothing amazing value I know but he’s probably worth keeping than throwing back to auction? He’s old as dog balls but had a pretty great year last year and is in a great situation again this.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: And guessing Pom ($6) and Hammel ($5) neither are worth holding?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, none are interesting… Maybe you’re saving a couple of bucks w/ Beltran

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Yeah inherited a god awful team with only Buxton and Bell (both on minors roster) and no good keepers at all. Got last year and this year free though so got time to build up the keeper. Have promoted D Norris, J Gray, D Dahl and T Turner too make things look a bit rosier! (all promoted guys start at $0 first year)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  46. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    for 20 team dynasty with OPS is this order of 1B about right (5 NA slots)

    bellinger/gurriel/thames/belt/carter/shaw/vogelbach/r-zimm/plouffe and i could stash d.smith.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the question?

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: is that a good order for obtaining them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, sorry, missed Q… this is for a stash? I’d try Bellinger, Thames, Belt

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: ok, so you’d have gurriel later than 2nd, as i’m very likely able to get one of the top 4, i have picks at 15th, 23rd, 33rd, 35th, and need
        1B, some RP, one SP, to fill out roster, but want best long term 1B if possible.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: oh shit, just got a late offer of desmond + for sal perez + some sort of pick. if d.norris is the best catcher both for skills and playing time out there this is still a slam dunk right?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ian Desmond for Sal Perez? It’s a no brainer

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: this would also make this team COL south, as even though i need at least 9 TEX players at all times i’ll also have desmond/dahl/blackman

  47. Nick says:
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    Grey: I’m looking for goal statistics for my draft. I’d like to know what to shoot for when I’m drafting my team.

    League settings: 10-team, H2H
    Categories: R/HR/RBI/AVG/SB – W/K/ERA/WHIP/SV
    Positions: C,1b,2b,3b,ss,MI,CI,5xOF,UTL – 5SP, 3RP

    Any thoughts on goal totals for each category or have a source to which you can direct me?

    Thank you for your help as always.

  48. mc lovin it says:
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    dynasty question

    looking to move either lindor or bogaerts and marte in a package deal to get a top player back, who should i be targeting? and what SS would you wanna hang onto more

    was thinking of trying to get machado..

    thanks

  49. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I joined a league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start a league!

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Grey: I did based on that post. I am now in two Razzball leagues. That is the best I can do. I must have last been in one in 2014.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Welcome back then!

  50. Seth says:
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    Will the RCL leagues ever be hosted through Yahoo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You shou8ld try Facebook and Twitter and other places you can think to grab someone… Tough time to find someone…

  51. i click on the link but it won’t accept my P/W…yet i’ve verified i’m entering the correct P/W

  52. Pat says:
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    Is Razzball doing a NFBC league this year? I’ve participated in the Razzball NFBC and Scout leagues and would like to do so again.

    Pat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We are (I think)

  53. Jason P. says:
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    Are these typically snake draft leagues? I am an auction-only man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They are snake drafts

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