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Psst!  This post is gonna list 2nd basemen that you should target in your 2016 fantasy baseball drafts. I’m whispering because you don’t want everyone to see this post.  No, I can’t whisper louder, then it WOULDN’T BE WHISPERING!  Okay, gig’s up (or maybe that’s jig’s up), the love I’m about to reiterately (Made Up Word of the Day!) confirm are guys I love later in drafts.  I’m not going to mention Rougned Odor other than this one mention of him where I say I’m not going to mention him.  I love Odor, and not just because when he chops a 3-2 pitch into the dugout the announcer says, “Foul…Odor stays alive.  Hey, Bill, change your shirt.”  I’m not mentioning Odor other than this mention of not mentioning him because these are players that you’re looking at later and all of them have ADPs after 200.  Some could be the 2nd baseman on your team, they are more than likely MIs.  This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Spanish-speaking-ones) supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2016 projections.  Anyway, here’s some 2nd basemen to target for 2016 fantasy baseball:

Starlin Castro (Yahoo 206, ESPN 215) For full disclosure purposes or for full disclosure porpoises if the dolphins have invaded the land already, I would’ve ranked Castro slightly later than I have him in my rankings if I would’ve seen how late everyone else was ranking him.  Let’s quickly run down my projections for him:  72/16/77/.274/7.  The runs and RBIs need help from lineup placement.  I’m assuming he hits sixth or seventh on most days.  Right now, he’s slotted into the nine hole.  For that to stick, no one in the Ancient Alien Yankees lineup will get hurt all year.  Okay, the homers of 16.  Two of the past four years he’s hit 14 homers, he’s moving to Yankee Stadium and he’s going to be 26.  I’m saying his power is going to peak, but it’s not like I’m calling for him to grow Brady Anderson sideburns and hit 50 homers.  As for his 7 steals, he had a year of 25 steals in 2012; he’s averaged 6 steals per year the last three years.  Seven steals isn’t crazy.  Finally, his .274 average.  He hit .265 with a .298 BABIP last year.  With neutral luck, he hits .270.  .274 is far from a huge get.  Okay, finally, would you say the line 69/17/68/.281/9 is essentially the same thing?  (It is, I just want you to agree.)  That is the line for Logan Forsythe last year who ranked at the end of the year as the 100th best fantasy player, according to our Player Rater.  I have Castro ranked as the 95th best player this year.  I.e., I don’t think I’m that crazy.  You know who is crazy?  ESPN has him projected for 63/16/68/.260/9.  That deserves to be ranked over one hundred spots later?  C’mon.

Jonathan Schoop (Yahoo 357, ESPN, 306) I already gave you my Jonathan Schoop sleeper.  There I said, “Hardy Hoes….dipping their nachos…that’s gravity getting annoyed…cheery O’s.”  Damn, I can’t pull quotes worth a shizz.  The only thing that’s changed from my sleeper post is Davis re-signed with the O’s and they signed Pedro Alvarez.  That knocks Schoop back to the seven or eight hole, but that’s the same as with the Castro blurb above.  Lineups change, the season is long, Matt Wieters is going to stay healthy?  Please, I just got an eye roll headache.  I have a feeling I’m even going to be low on Schoop’s power production when I project him for 26 homers.

Brett Lawrie (Yahoo 327) I already gave you my Brett Lawrie sleeper.  I admittedly got overexcited with Castro, Schoop and Lawrie.  I ranked them all so much higher than ESPN or Yahoo, that you can wait seven rounds between my ranking and where they have them.  Would I wait?  Yeah, sure, a bit.  Who doesn’t love a bargain?!  With that said (Grey’s about to negate everything he just said!), I’d still draft the team that I wanted.  If that meant drafting Lawrie around 150 overall in Yahoo, where he’s ranked 327th, then so be it.  This is where the skill comes into drafting.  If you could just draft every player you wanted and your leaguemates didn’t get to snipe you, it would be no fun.  Okay, it would be some fun, but no challenge.

Alen Hanson (Unranked overall by both, ranked 46th for 2B by ESPN) I won’t even go into how ESPN has him ranked after Eric Sogard, who they have projected for 1 HR and 5 SBs, after Ryan Goins, who they projected for four homers and 2 steals, and after Kelly Johnson, who hasn’t been good since the Truman administration.  I won’t mention how Hanson had six homers and 35 steals in Triple-A last year.  Won’t even mention how he hit 11 homers the year before with 25 steals.  Won’t mention how he gets on base or can hit .270.  Not going to mention any of it.  Only thing I’ll mention is he could be out when Kang returns.  Though, the Pirates could bench Jordy Mercer, and I’d take the bet that Jordache Mercer is the one pantsed when picking someone in the 300s overall.

Jace Peterson (ESPN 554)  I hear ya, I hear ya, know your Jace, and your Jace is a bottom dweller like a crustacean on the sea floor of the middle infield ocean.  No doubt, homey.  He also has 40 steal speed and he’s currently being drafted after such stalwarts as Martin Prado, Spangenberg and Marwin Gonzalez.  Emphasis on ‘warts.’

Trea Turner (Yahoo 365, ESPN unranked, but 42nd in their 2B positional ranks) Trea Turner sounds like a guest on The Real.  “Loni Love is gonna be real with y’all for a second, I love Trea Turner’s new album!”  That’s Loni Love on The Real introducing Turner.  Also, mentioned on The Real is that the only thing standing between Turner and lighting the NL on fire is Danny Espinosa.  Granted, if anyone’s going to be a wet blanket, it’s Espinosa.

  1. philip says:
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    My auction league strategy has me spending $150 on 6 OFs and $6 on Schoop/Lawrie/Castro for MI. Do you do any auction leagues?
    Not to go completely off subject, but, who would you rather have in 2017 and beyond in a keeper league, Berrios or Iglesias?
    Thanks

  2. Al Koholic says:
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    Hoping Trea Turner gets a real shot this year.

  3. J-FOH says:
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    I signed up for the Back to the Future Leagues. Looks like Sky and Ralph are my leaguemates

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @J-FOH: Great Scott!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: the 88 dollar scout leagues? Like 88 mph?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, you’re in? Nice!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: not thrilled about playing sky. Last year at spring we had a lot of conversations about this style of play and his strategies are solid as a mofo.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d say get a room, but you did last year at ST and then he didn’t return this year

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: My original plan was to have my own this year. That toxic cloud of gas sky leaves in his wake was too much to handle. I’ve changed diapers and got the honor of whiffing the childs first poos, which BTW, there is nothing in this world that smells like that, and sky shamed even that. But I love the guy anyway…no, not like that, he’s too skinny

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… As long as you didn’t change Sky’s diapers, then we’d need a intervention at the next Razzball symposium

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: depends?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @J-FOH: Meh, You can take him.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @The Great Knoche: sounds like the words of man in fear of a superior fantasy mind like sky

                • The great knoche says:
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                  @J-FOH: I only fear the Skunk Beard.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    It’s over rated like doritos locos tacos

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Whoa whoa whoa, those are not overrated

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      not for the price

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Could split the check 4 ways if that helps

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      well that doesnt make sense since I can finish those in 2 – 3 bites. They arent that bad just too damn expensive

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      How much are they?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      BTW, I’m so hungry right now

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: like 2 bucks or 2.25. Way too much for a three biter…..You can go get Ramen and rub it in later

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s rich for Taco Bell

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Thats why I’m a del taco man, better beans, way cheaper tacos, especially if you go for taco tuesdays, grilled chicken soft tacos are real not formed chicken and cost only a buck and they still have a tasty burger and bomb fries. The burgers are good because they always have to make them fresh.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Still never been

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Its a condition of friendship with me if you live in so cal

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re making it enticing for me to never go to Del Taco

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      haha…..it worked! Acquaintances for life!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Did you trick me?

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @J-FOH: Take it back tacos + cool ranch shell = greatest innovations of our time. I bet Al Gore even thinks the interwebs has nothing on the Doritos locos tacos.

                      Better question why would people in California eat Taco Bell? Isn’t that like me going to Red Lobster?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Ralph, its not Mexican food, its Taco Bell

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ralph’s is every kind of food

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I did not trick you. I gave you rope and let you make your own knot.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks, I think

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      You’re welcome, I hope

  4. Josh says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write up . Good times are coming. Random question was wondering what you thought of Byron buxton?

  5. Rabbit says:
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    Love these target posts. Grey, could you write the next half dozen of them before I draft on Saturday? Please? One thing I’ll say on this one, though. Things that happen every spring: the cherry blossoms bloom, the swallows return to Capistrano, my allergies kick in to high gear, and Grey pimps Lawrie as a post-post-post-hype sleeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: I already have written them up, just haven’t posted them yet… LAWRIE!

  6. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    GREY MANIA!!
    12 TM AL only keeper league. I have Chris sale in the last year of his contract at $20 and am contemplating trading him. My other starters are Salazar, Kluber, Heaney, Dickey, Tillman, Britton, kela, and tropeano.

    Another team gave me an offer to choose 2 of the following players:

    DeShields $10 (5yr keeper)
    Kiermaier $8 (5yr keeper)
    Stroman $10 (4yr keeper)
    Starlin Castro $10 (5yr keeper)

    1. Would you trade sale?
    2. If you would, which two would you take?

    • Sam says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man: Hard to say.. if you have a real shot this year, probably not. If you don’t think your team is currently ready to take a run at the chip, Stro and DeShields looks nice.. both young, and both will help this year (obviously not the same Sale will but still useful).

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @Sam: yeah, that’s the problem… We haven’t drafted yet, it’s a 15 keeper league. My pitching is strong and I could use some offense. My batters are: hosmer, holt, alcides, shaw ?, Dyson, buxton, Ortiz.

        • danny almonte says:
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          @The Talented Mr. Dope Man:

          Its pre-draft but if with 15 keepers, you should know if youre competing for now or not. Looks like your bats are really bad, maybe the worst in the league? Id look for Sale offers

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Fab write-up! You’re in mid-season form, just like MP’s buddy Eva (sorry Evan) Longoria! It’s early in ST and all, but he’s not hitting anything.

    a. Espinosa is making many errors already in ST! Maybe he can go somewhere else.

    b. Random thought…Why is the Domonator in TOR? He must be like #20 on their OF depth chart.

    c. Random thought part deuxma (don’t google her name, or if you do, delete history, cookies, and restart your computer)…No love for Devon TRAVIS. I bet no one drafts him and he’s top 10 2B for 2016. Bold predictions should be coming up, right?

    d. http://mrcheatsheet.com/…These wiseguys had a few choice words to say about who’s the best. There’s even a small blurb about y’all…’The Fangraphs Fan projections and Razzball projection took a big hit which means that they likely had accurate playing time projections boosting their initial rankings. One of the big draws of the Fan projections is that you have real people projecting playing time so the projections are a bit less accurate without that.’

    Although one fan indicated…’Love this. Any chance you can directly measure playing time forecast accuracy? It seems like Steamer (or maybe even Razzball?) is prob. the best at that, but would be interesting to know.’

    Don’t really understand Mr Cheatsheet’s argument above.

    Question: If you take a consensus of everything that’s out there, is it better or worse than just Steamer or Razzball’s player rater? Am sure it’s one that Rudy can answer with aplomb.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Luke says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Hey. I’m the aforementioned “wise guy” in your post from Mr. Cheatsheet. I just noticed this because you linked to my site. Not sure specifically what you’re confused about but I’d be happy to answer questions if you got ’em…

      In that analysis, I found that Razzball did well when playing time was included but then did worse when playing time was removed which leads to the conclusion that the playing time projections were accurate for Razzball last year but the actual projections weren’t quite up to par with Steamer and company (not that they were bad). I’m just spitting out numbers in that article. Not trying to argue anything one way or another.

      In the past, Rudy had sent me projections to analyze but I didn’t have them directly from him this time so I’m not sure if I chose the “right” projections from Razzball as there were two listed on the site that I got them from. Regardless, they did a good job last year.

      • ah, the ‘Razzball’ ones are Grey’s. the Steamer/Razzball are mine. those are up on Will’s bbprojection page if you have a chance to add them :)

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          @Rudy Gamble: Ah, okay. Yeah, I grabbed them Will’s site but just wasn’t sure which was the best one to use. Good to know for future reference too.

          • thx. tried our best to distinguish. probably steamer/razzball vs grey/razzball would be best? guess it’s a little odd we have two sets of projections but we’ve found our readers prefer the two views.

            it’s probably only worth doing for hitters as i adjust RHP/LHP PAs for hitters based on my playing time which adjusts all hitter stats (e.g., Lind’s HR/PA will increase the less total PAs he has because my model assumes his RHP PA % increases as his playing time goes down). For pitchers, you will see a difference in your first study (incorporating playing time) since i use my own playing time and adjusting W/K accordingly. I do my own SV projections as well. For your ‘playing time neutral study’, Saves should be the only pitching stat that is different vs FanGraphs’ version of Steamer.

            The one thing to note is that Steamer itself is playing time neutral. So people think the FanGraphs version is ‘true Steamer’ but it’s really FanGraphs playing time. FanGraphs’ deserved popularity drives that narrative and hard to argue with perception but it might be worth noting in a study like yours.

    • Why didn’t that f***er test Steamer/Razzball? Grrrr.

          • Luke says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Yup. I’ll do that this weekend and shoot you an e-mail when I post the new results.

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:
        nice job on Sirius the other day!

        • thanks! was that w/ Jeff & Chris from Rotowire?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Rudy Gamble:
            Not sure all those guys kinda sound the same on there. But they said coming up Rudy so I stayed in my car to listen!

            • nice! how’s that dell laptop treating you? (tried to get dell to sponsor another contest but no dice :()

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Rudy Gamble: s
                Those bastards!
                It’s great. Really love the touch screen.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        With 2 DL spots, it kinda makes sense, mea culpa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Hope so! B. Ha, good question for Tehol C. He’s fine very late or off waivers then DL him D. That’s a Rudy thing… Interesting though, thanks for the heads up!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey! Looks like I opened up a pandora’s box! Yikes.

        Seriously, I was looking for a free to download cheat sheet site for this year so I could have a hard copy and electronic version, the Mr CheatSheet site came up and then I saw all the sites etc, etc.

        At the career fair yesterday, I found out that they are still preparing my appointment letter and that it should be sent next week. Will let you know of any events.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, no yikes, it’s good we know… He should’ve tested Razzball/Steamer… Good luck!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ante GALIC: EVA!

  8. Scooter G says:
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    Good morning Grey

    10 team h2h obp draft tonight and I pick 7th.and.14th to start the draft. I’m pretty confident about who to take with the first pick (Rizzo. Should be there)but 14th gets murky as a lot of the players around there lose value in obp.format. I have Trout, Goldy, Harper, Rizzo, stamton, k Bryant, machado, Correa, atrnado., Cutch as my top 10 on draft board.

    Anything you would change about that order and who would be the next 4 you would add to the list so Im prepared for pick 14 if all those guys get taken???

    I realize Rudy does obp rankings but I’m interested in what you think about this. I appreciate the advice! Have a great day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scooter G: Honestly, I use Rudy’s rankings for OBP…That order looked fine

      • those OBP rankings helped get us 2nd and 3rd in Tout mixed last year!

        • Scooter G says:
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          @Rudy Gamble:

          I’m sold!

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Scooter G: Kinda depends how many OF you start. There’s a reasonable chance one of your top 10 makes it to 14 but, if not, you could be looking at something like Bautista or Betts.

  9. Los Lobos Lumber says:
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    DeGrom $11 and Frazier $4 for Arrieta $19 and Bogearts $6. I’m thinking the deGrom Frazier side big time. Your thoughts? DeGrom is potential top 10 and pretty close to Arrieta in most categories I think.

  10. The Great Knoche says:
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    Thoughts on Brito possibly getting into a platoon with Tomas in Arizona’s outfield?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Socrates? Love to see one of them have the job and go with it, splitting it helps no one… If it happens, obviously Brito has speed

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, Hale said its an open competition, but I think they may go that way.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s my guess… Singleton until June

  11. Luvdarooks says:
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    Which ONE do I keep in a 260 5×5 standard from

    Odor 5
    Seager (la)5
    Arrietta 8

    I have springer and correa as cheap keepers already

    • Zeus says:
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      @Luvdarooks: I think Arrieta is the choice since you already have correa cheap.

  12. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Need advice with a big picture question. 1) do you think this team can win this year or should I be focused on next season and 2) I have an offer for Moncada for my choice of either Hosmer or Rodon, so thoughts on that?

    H2H, 12 team, points based, $260 total cap. Guys are $5 per year annually for contracts.

    C – Swihart $1, will need to be signed next year
    1B – Freeman $20 for 1 year
    2B – Altuve $17 for 2 years
    SS – Corey Seager $21 for 4 years
    3B – Todd Frazier $15 for 2 years
    OF1 – JD Martinez $18 for 3 years
    OF2 – Gregory Polanco $16 for 2 years
    OF3 – Byron Buxton $21 for 3 years
    DH – will fill in our auction

    SP1 – Jose Fernandez $21 for 3 years
    SP2 – Taijuan Walker $21 for 3 years
    SP3 – Steven Matz $1, signed next year
    SP4 – Rasiel Iglesias $1, signed next year
    SP5 – Kevin Gausman $1, signed next year

    Bench:
    Javier Baez $21 for 3 years
    Moncada $6, signed next year
    Urias $2, signed next year
    Josh Bell $1, signed next year
    Giolito $7, signed next year

    I could throw all/some of the young minor leaguers back in an attempt to delay having to sign them until 2018. But then I risk losing them.

    Thanks for your help!

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      @Wild Thing:

      Oh I forgot my RP…. we start two and I only have Hector Rondon $1, signed next year. Was planning on buying someone in the auction but you have me believing SANOF to the point where I don’t even count RPs anymore!

      I have $43 left currently out of the $260. Thanks!

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Wild Thing: One more piece of info on the deal, both Hosmer and Rodon are $1 and need to be signed for this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wild Thing: You can definitely win this year, it’s a shallow H2H league, anyone can win… Baez for $21 is not good, fwiw

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! I know Baez for $21 is my bad contract. Haha. I’m practicing voodoo on every non Cubs pitcher and catcher…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Grey: So Moncada for Hosmer or Rodon feels like a good deal to you? I might ask for both. :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  13. Scott says:
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    I’m in a points league for the first time. I have very successful in the past few years largely by following Grey’s ratings and waiting on pitchers until at least pick 50.

    Based on Malamoney’s projected points article yesterday using my league’s scoring, there are 3 pitchers in the top 10 and a fourth in the top 20. In a 12 team snake draft, I have the 10th and 15th picks. Would you take a pitcher with either of those picks? I doubt if Kershaw will be available for either pick.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Scott: No. Been playing in a very competitive points league for 15 years. Three years ago I finally realized that volatility of pitchers compared to hitters. Went heavy hitting on draft day. First 5-6 pick were hitters then made a run at pitchers. The aim was to get a mix of upside/breakout material and consistent innings eaters. The result, two championships and a second place finish. The kibosh was put on the three peat due to Jhoulys Chacín coming into a tie game in the third inning and picking up a three inning, two ER win (10 pts). Lost by 7. Sorry, still a little bitter.

      Point is, pitchers breakout/disappear more often. Both yearly and weekly. For every Pujols coming out of no where there’s a Dickey, DeGrom, Keuchel, Kluber, Familia…….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, I’d take an SP very high in a points league

  14. Cabby says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 team H2H keeper league
    OBP, Total bases, R, Rbi, SB
    Era, whip, K, qs +wins, holds+saves,
    C,C, 1B, 2b, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 of, u
    6sp, 3rp
    Current keepers
    Harper
    Arenado
    Altuve
    Bautista
    Marte
    Abreu
    Tulo
    Brantley
    Kluber
    Felix Hernandez

    I have first pick in the upcoming draft. Keepers have not been declared yet but there is already some nice pieces available with the first pick. Salazar, odor, and belt are available. Who would you pick. My guy says odor but I have altuve at 2b and if I think Salazar is a top 10-15 sp. I could shop altuve and try to get a significant piece back and choose odor with the first pick. I also have the 15th pick in the draft (acquired through trade) what do yiu think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cabby: I’d take Odor

  15. Cronut Burger says:
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    A pleasure to read as always! I have my AL-only auction tonight and hope you can provide some advice. It’s almost certain that Altuve goes for $45-$50, which feels like a ridiculous amount to pay for just one player. That said, landing Altuve would make navigating through the auction far easier because I would no longer need to prioritize SB, and they’re obviously going to go at a premium. Am I an idiot if I pay such a high price for Jose?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cronut Burger: Seems high, wouldnt go over $40 for Altuve. Spend on power…There will be cheaper steals later, Deshields, Davis, Dyson, Gose, L Martin.

      • Cronut Burger says:
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        @The Great Knoche: I guess I should have mentioned that a good half of the trusted SB options have been kept, making SB even more scarce. The best options available are Upton, Pillar and Kiermaier, with guys like Dyson, Martin, Deshields being kept.

      • Cronut Burger says:
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        @Grey: Not related to this article, but time is of the essence with my auction being tonight. Who do the Astros go with at 1B coming out of Spring Training?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d gamble on Reed, but expect Singleton

  16. Pager24 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Drafted my first team last night, and was wondering your thoughts? This is definitely a Grey team! I like my offense quite a bit, but my pitching is a little wonky, as I got sniped seemingly every round. I definitely zigged a couple times when I normally Zag in this draft. 12 team 5×5 weekly roto. Thanks!

    C – Nick Hundley (23/272)
    1B – Rizzo (1/8)
    2B – Odor (6/65)
    3B – Bryant (2/17)
    SS – Castro (15/176)
    MI – Lawrie (18/209)
    CI – Belt (11/128)
    OF – J.D. Martinez (3/32)
    OF – Upton (4/41)
    OF – Polanco (7/80)
    OF – DeShields (13/152)
    UT – Dickerson (16/185)
    P – Salazar (5/56)
    P – Cueto (8/89)
    P – Matz (10/113)
    P – Rodon (12/137)
    P – McGee (14/161)
    P – K. Hendricks (17/200)
    P – Osuna (19/224)
    P – F. Rodney (26/305)
    Bench: Chapman (9/104) Ozuna (20/233) A. Heaney (21/248) Tomas (22/257) Buchholz(24/281) Daniel Norris (25/296)

    • BlackBocks says:
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      @Pager24: Your team looks like you read Razzball. I am sure Grey will approve!

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Pager24: nice team. I’m picking 12th and 13th coming up and also wanna score Rizzo and Bryant

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pager24: Agree with others, what’s not to like? Team looks great, bunch of my targets…FWIW, I think Storen wins the closer job in Toronto

      • Pager24 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the input. Yea, like I said I got sniped on a ton of pitchers I wanted, and saves were going early and often, just figured I’d take a flyer? Here’s to another season of reading Razzball and getting save candidates before everyone else (hopefully) HA

        Thanks! Best site for Fantasy Baseball by far!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, don’t mind that flyer at all… Thanks!

  17. Bill says:
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    Great read, Grey, But, you said: ” the only thing standing between Turner and lighting the NL on fire is Danny Espinosa.” I have to disagree. Dusty Baker is a huge roadblock. He never met a rookie he didn’t like.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill: That’s true

  18. T Dirty says:
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    5×5 w/ OBP. Trade my Springer (19th rd keeper) for his Stanton (11th rd).

    Thanks Grey! Love your site!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Dirty: Thanks! I’d take Stanton

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: For fantasy baseball or…

  19. Hey-oh says:
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    Nice read Grey. Seems like there’s some ridiculous MI depth this year. I need some help with my 5th outfielder in my keeper league. I currently have Giancarlo, Adam Jones, Heyward, and Joc Pederson. Heading into the draft, Fowler, Grichuk and DeShields are available but I’m also looking at guys with 1B/OF eligibility like Brandon Belt, Trumbo, Will Myers, and Piscotty because I’m concerned my 1B (Freeman) might get injured/suck again.

    Thoughts?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Hey-oh: Are you asking who to keep or who to draft? See rankings? Belt?

      • Hey-oh says:
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        @Grey:
        Sorry that was unclear.

        I currently am keeping Giancarlo, Jones, Heyward, and Pederson. I have one more outfield spot. With my 5th outfielder, should I go for more speed, more power, or someone who can give me more depth at 1B?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kinda depends on the rest of your team, no?

          • Hey-oh says:
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            @Grey:

            Haha I suppose it does. My offence looks like this:
            1B: Freeman
            2B: Altuve
            SS: Bogearts
            3B: Arenado
            C: Perex
            OF: Giancarlo
            OF: Jones:
            OF: Heyward
            OF: Pederson
            OF: ?

            Thanks

  20. BlackBocks says:
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    Draft Strategy question Grey…

    I have about half of my auction dollars remaining after my keepers. Do I spend big on 2 players and bargain basement the rest…or do I spread the money around evenly? Im not paying for catchers or closers. I could get Miggy and McCutchen…but id be left with $5 players the rest of the way. I am 100% set on starting pitching already.

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BlackBocks: No idea what your team already looks like

  21. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Grey-

    So I do see some similarities in the “Trail of Tears” that led to Jedd and your love for Schoop. But I am a sucker for a Grey sleeper every year and this will be the guy for 2016. Oh and Deshields..it is a 2 Grey Sleeper kind of year. Gonna own these guys everywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Uno Mas Cerveza: For where Schoop is going, may as well take the flyer

  22. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Enjoyed the write-up, Grey.

    Yahoo! NL-Only H2H w/ $280 cap.

    I think I’m going to gamble on one, or even both of Hansen and Turner this year as my starters and save the money for established OF and maybe another 1B/3B. I already have Goldy, Franco, and Pollock, which are solid bats to build a team around. MI is going to be a premium for the few that put up good/decent stats, and everyone else will be inflated. I can always put them on my bench and play the waiver wire. If they pan out (and early enough), they will both be very useful, and even possible trade bait for some studs since managers in our league that are out always look for cheap keepers.

    • Pugs & Slugs says:
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      @Pugs & Slugs: Actually, if Hansen steals a bunch of bases and gets some more BBs during ST, I may be paying a little more. However, 2 years ago going into Dee’s breakout with L.A., he only went for $4, so there’s a chance I get him cheap.

  23. Jim says:
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    In a 10 team “forever” keeper league where 7-10 players are kept, is it crazy to take Moncada around pick 100? I have extra picks right after the keeper rounds fill up and a great team, and I know Seager will go first. figure Yoan is next best thing potentially.

    We recently added NA slots and I want to maximize all roster spots, so would that be too bold of a move, even if I have to wait year to see him in Boston? ETA estimate?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: You should be trying to win this year

  24. G says:
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    Hey Grey. What’s your thoughts on trading arenado who I have at 11th round value for Rizzo who would be an 8th rounder. They each lose a round each year until they become a 2nd rounder. I have machado and correa for my two other keepers so I wouldn’t have to slot one of my guys into a utility if I got rizzo. I know you like Rizzo more from your ranks but is the three round discrepancy enough to hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: No point

  25. knucks says:
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    Hanson is SS eligible only in Yahoo (Preseason rank of 1351 for all players atm). But the latest blurb from Yahoo/RotoWorld reads “Hanson is 4-for-6 with a walk this spring. A longtime prospect, Hanson made the move from shortstop to second base in late 2014 and could see time at third base this year, depending on how the Pirates want to play it. What he really needs to do is have a bounce-back year offensively if he wants to go back to being looked at as a future regular. He hit .262/.313/.387 in his first year in Triple-A in 2015.”

    Love your input about him and considering him a possibility for my last pick. Especially if I land Kang somewhere in the late rounds as we have extra DL slots in a couple of my leagues. Would have no problem dropping my 24th round pick if Hanson gets sent packing when Kang returns, just a smart play/gamble on Hanson over Mercer, as you mention. Good stuff as always, so thanks again.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: S-Rod makes the shituation a bit murkier at 2b though, no?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @knucks: S-Rod is a platoon player for everywhere

  26. Wilson says:
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    Prospects question:
    Mocada, Judge, Arcia, AJ Reed, Turner, JP Crawford
    Who will start season at MLB this year? If none, who could be the earliest one? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Reed earliest, not starting

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.
        Who could be the earliest starting?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reed

  27. Pat says:
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    Razzballers,
    I’m looking for 1 player for our league drafting this Saturday 6:30 pm pacific.

    Scoring – Roto
    Non-Keeper
    League Size – 12
    Player Universe – Mixed
    Auction
    Online draft, but a few of us will be doing it together in San Diego. You don’t need to be present just online
    Draft Date – Saturday (March 12) 6:30 pm pacific
    Daily Lineup Changes
    Extra Categories – Hits, OPS for hitters and losses and QS for pitchers
    Entry Fee Required: $50
    Contact: [email protected]

    It’s a league that’s been 6 years going. Good guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pat: Pat Frost! Good to see you!

  28. Pita pan express says:
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    Grey 16 team keeper
    Was offered Strasburg/ conforto and josh bell for my altuve and familia yes or no thanks mr mustache

  29. Teddy Heater says:
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    1. Trea Turner put on 15lbs in the off season. I’m crushing on him and Arcia.

    2. Not too thrilled with my draft last night, losing Franco in the 6th round through a wrench in things, but the offense looks good a little light on R’s and Avg IMO. Pitching tough to say with 2 guys starting on the DL, but there’s a couple guys I can plug in. Thoughts?

    Hundley
    Rizzo
    Odor
    Desmond
    Castellanos
    Semien
    Adams
    Upton
    Jdong
    Polanco
    Deshields
    Krush
    Morales
    Bench-Ozuna

    Strasburg
    Salazar
    Matt
    Walker
    KRod
    Papelbon (I loathe this effin guy, but he dropped so far I grabbed him, hopefully Dusty checks him)
    Hernandez
    Rodney
    Yu-DL
    Wheeler-DL
    Probably going to add Bauer and Nola

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: 1. You love em with a little meat 2. Matt? Your offense is filled with guys I like, but guys that I do think are risky…Overall, your team is a bit heavy on upside

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: 1. Love me some white meat! I was pissed when KFC cancelled their boneless breasts. They got my occastional biz for like a year until they cancelled that shizz.

        2. Yeah, Fat Adams. I was in a gambling mood last night after a few whiskey and waters. Rizzo and Upton are the only proven guys, so hopefully the young bucks step up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like bone-in breasts

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: They’ll do in a pinch. The Thanksgiving before we started going to Jimbo’s, Kelly and I did fried chicken at the house (we called in sick to Mom’s cause we didn’t want to deal with the 10 hour drive that should of been 6 on Wed before TG) That shizz was on point, we soaked it in buttermilk overnight and spice those chickies up. Ugh, now I want fried chicken for dinner and Kelly just made a big batch of chicken meatballs last night. Maybe next week.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I was being coy with bone-in breasts… You could soak charcoal briquettes in buttermilk and spices overnight and they’d be delicious

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: I didn’t want to say the obvious, “That’s what she said!” Damn look at what you’ve made me become! Briquettes, HA!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Ha

  30. Schwab Stumped says:
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    10TM Standard Roto 5×5, Keep 5 with $Dollar Values Listed and (years keepable). We see 20% inflation each year kept.

    Paul Goldschmidt – $30 (1yr)
    Anthony Rizzo – $24 (2yr)
    Mookie Betts – $3 (2yr)
    A.J. Pollock – $4 (3yr)
    Giancarlo Stanton – $31 (2yr)
    Chris Archer – $3 (3yr)
    Noah Syndergaard – $8 (3yr)
    Miguel Sano – $11 (3yr)
    Carlos Carrasco – $12 (3yr)
    Wade Davis – $1 (3yr)

    A) Do I have these ranked correctly? Can only keep 5, which 5 are you keeping? Wondering if I should throw back Stanton for some pitching value.
    B) Would you trade the $4 Pollock for a $14 Abreu (2years) or a $4 Franco (plus auction cash)
    C)

    Thanks Grey and Team! You guys are the best in the business!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schwab Stumped: A. Those 5 work for me B. Abreu, yes No problem

  31. Brian says:
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    Trade advice question.

    In my NL Only Keeper League that substitutes OPS for BA and in which we start five OF, I was offered Micheal Conforto ($5), Randall Grichuk ($5), and Steven Matz ($5) for AJ Pollack ($11). It’s as if the other owner read your sleeper posts and overrated posts and then did the opposite.

    I would still have some speed before the auction as Ender Inciarte ($5) is one of my keepers, and Matz would be added to keepers Jose Fernandez ($9), Gerrit Cole ($25), and Francisco Liriano ($9), which seems like a hell of an SP base in an NL Only League.

    I should have already accepted this, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: I kinda like that trade

  32. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey, Which side ya got in a keeper:

    Scherzer and K Davis

    Vs

    Lester and Blackmon

    Obp Slg k and k/9 league

    Oh and suck it Gossage!

  33. dem ribbies says:
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    Who would you rather roll with at SS?

    Tulo + Kang
    or
    Castro + Segura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  34. Sport says:
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    In yahoo formats with with just hitters (roto), no MI, would you still be happy with one of these combinations in at 2B/SS? Lawrie/Bogaerts or Odor/Castro. I didn’t know if this write was looking for late CI or an actual 2B. In yahoo I’m filling the UT spots with OF or Franco.

    Thank you for your time these write ups. Really enjoy them and they are quite useful!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…Lawrie/Xander, yeah

  35. Dusty says:
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    Great articles, my morning ritual. Thank you… I know how you feel about Posey, but if at pick 46 or 51, it’s either Posey and one arm vs. 2 arms, which way do you roll? Let’s just say the arms are Cole, Syndergard, Carrasco, and Archer… I’m keeping Machado, Davis and Cespedes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t draft Posey

      • Dusty says:
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        @Grey: He’s the only bat at that spot I’d consider based on the league’s keepers this year. I may go 2 arms then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha… Noah

  36. Polka

    Polka says:
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    I’m all boned up about Jose Peraza too, while Schoop and Castro are also very intriguing…especially in deep drafts-
    Have a good weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Peraza’s a decent crazy deep option flyer too

      You too!

  37. 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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    10-team H2H with 2 extra pitching categories: QS, L’s

    How much earlier are we targeting starters? 5th round seems to be the earliest. I feel like I would need two starters before round 8.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5th round is fine

  38. Cram It says:
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    Finally, the Scout.com rankings darling that is Billy Burns is off the board at 15.8.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… What a steal, they had him in the top 25

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey:21st! (but I think they omitted a 2 in front of it) I had to draft him because Buxton went two picks ahead of me and I have no speed. Pachinko went 30th and most of the speed was already gone by then anyways.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He does have speed, but earliest is maybe 31st…

        • Cram It says:
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          @Teddy Heater: Yeah you had no real speed to speak of. You had to pull the trigger there.

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Cram It: Yeah, I was hoping that the omission of C Seager, Joc, Puig, Agon, Eaton and others in Scouts rankings would help, but nope.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Cram It: The rankings on that site are cray cray. Should make for some interesting drafts. Which league are you in? I am league 3 since I was on vacation when the news about these leagues dropped.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @mauledbypandas: are you in with me and sky….and ralph?

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @J-FOH: Magoo is the only name I recognize

      • Cram It says:
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        @mauledbypandas: I don’t know what# it is, but it’s with Rudy. Unfortunately, none of the guys in there are taking the bait of Scouts rankings. But I’m still dominating. Haha. I’m an ass.

        • The great knoche says:
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          @Cram It: you got the last sentence correct at least!

          • Cram It says:
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            @The great knoche: I resent that. The first two are correct also!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Cram It: The first two sound about right

              “I don’t know what# it is, but it’s with Rudy. Unfortunately, none of the guys in there are taking the bait of Scouts rankings”.

              • Cram It says:
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                @J-FOH: Exactly. At least 75% of my comment is right. Gimme some credit!

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @Cram It: Aren’t there 5 sentences there? 3/5 = 60%? No wonder your teams BA looks so weak.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @mauledbypandas: why would anybody in a slow draft even have to use them though?

  39. Scott says:
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    Last night I followed a strict Do Not Draft list, causing me to draft some sleepers a little too high? Drafted 9th.

    Pick 9 Giancarlo
    16 Abreu
    32 Arrieta (Wow, you can tell this was an RCL)
    39 Braun
    55 Bogaerts
    62 Franco (Teddy, I knew something was up when I got him here!
    78 Familia (feeling flush with victory, I started on my closers, too soon?)
    85 Giles (in a hurry to get to my sleepers)
    111 Brett Lawrie (oh, YOU got excited?)
    118 Randal Grichuk
    134 Cole Hamels (I say again, RCL)
    141 David Robertson (okay, closers are done!)
    157 Starlin Castro (yeah, what’s my problem? BTW, Schoop was taken 2 picks before this or I would’ve taken him)
    164 Wil Myers for MI
    180 Patrick Corbin
    187 Stephen Piscotty
    203 James Shields
    210 Joe Ross (yes, I’m following JB’s ranks :)
    226 Jason Hammel
    233 Domingo Santana
    249 Dexter Fowler (uh oh, I seem to have punted SB)
    256 Ian Kennedy
    272 Welington Castillo
    279 Carson Smith
    295 Keone Kela

    Even at pick 23, it felt like I still could have waited on Catcher in this draft

    What do you think? Any lessons learned? Can I survive my Speed deficit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamels that late is insane, Arrieta there is nice, your offense is very sleeper heavy and you don’t really have the hitting coming out of the draft… You can get it during the season though

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Scott: one closer that early isn’t necessarily bad, normally 2 by that point really is, but somehow you got hamels where you should’ve gotten closer, so that worked out. k-rob where you got him simply doesn’t exist in over 90% of leagues, and if you can get K-Rob where you got him you shouldn’t have been drafting any closers at 75.

  40. OaktownSteve says:
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    This is the goofiest damn draft. This is definitely a case of get guys you wanna get.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know right?! All of my targets just went off in the last ten picks… I thought for sure I’d get a few of those guys

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I was kind of thinking you might be looking at Gosling Jr. (McCullers). When his dad came up with the Padres they had Goose Gossage and so the paper started calling him The Gosling.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I love the Gosling…Crazy about him… Magoo is a Richards guy from what I heard… I like him too, was great value where you got him. Really like a bunch of guys that were taken this past 12 or so picks

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I feel like you do. A bunch of guys on my target list went down as well. I feel like there was a tier drop off at a few positions and the guys left weren’t differentiated from other guys below them in that position tier for me. Felt like Richards and McCullers were better plays than the Verlander Tanaka types who were gonna come back.

            It’s funny, Magoo and I have been going around on Richards. He likes him more. I feel like his K upside is not where Magoo thinks it is but we do agree that he’s going to give innings and good rates. I think he’ll be reached for in a lot of the NFBC drafts where SP goes for a huge premium but I like the price on him at pick 120. Apparently he hit 100 on a gun in Zona two days ago.

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @OaktownSteve: I wish I could spy on these drafts!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Isn’t this chatter enough?

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @Grey: the chatter is great, keep it going! My draft has been so slow thus far

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    We slowed down a ton yesterday… I’ve had about one pick every 12 hours…

                    • mauledbypandas says:
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                      @Grey: Maybe we aren’t as slow as I though. We just started the 4th round. I got the 4th pick. Rizzo, J.D., Upton so far. Not sure I have the same faith in Upton as you do but we shall see!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, 4th round is slow! We’re in the 11th, I still want it faster…that’s what she never said

              • The great knoche says:
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                @mauledbypandas: I’ could screen shot the draft board if you want me to email one to ya through the email in FCL.

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @The great knoche: It’s ok, every room is different, but I am a little curious about strategy having never done an NFBC style draft

                  • The great knoche says:
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                    @mauledbypandas: first 20 rounds are about same. Lots more starting pitching and just finding guys who will be getting ABs after that

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @mauledbypandas: The major difference I’ve learned is that SP quality/quantity gets a bump because no waivers, RP value is decreased. My lack of bodies to take the mound in NFBC last year doomed me.

                    • mauledbypandas says:
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                      @Cram It: I’m assuming stud closers are premium value?

                    • The great Knoche says:
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                      @Cram It: I’d have your 2 by round 12

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @mauledbypandas: Not really actually. Closers on the whole go earlier though. You just don’t want to be stuck with two lowe end closers who could lose their job because there’s no way to hit the waiver wire to save mine.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The thing with Richards that is alluring and discouraging is he’s got stuff for better rates but he’s had that stuff for a while now and hasn’t shown the elite rates… He is safer which makes him valuable in a league like this

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Richards has come straight out and said he wants to pitch to contact. He’s going to feature his two seamer more this year and he’s talking about busting righty bats all day with Alien Simmons out there. So I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see him sit just below 8K/9. Magoo thinks it’ll be higher. Either way, I do think he’s a good bet for 200+; looks like he’s built for the job. I think the BBs come back down a little if he does pitch to contact. Good guy in this format and a good pairing with McCullers who will feature the higher K rate but who will have an innings cap.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup, agreed on all accounts

  41. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Baseball question……GASP!!!

    Did I see you say somewhere you think DeShizznit could actually be top 20 next year? I need pitching in a slow keeper draft but he’s there at roughly pick 175. I need to be able to talk about him on my team this year I believe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get him, NoiseH2O!

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        I think I have to, I’d be too sad not being able gloat with you and everyone else.

        Don’t want to wait too long like that one girl in high school who got away. I don’t want to have to lie and call Delino a fat slut with herpes all year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s transparent, Delino is sexy with no STDs

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            Done and done! Now I can be part of the cool kids.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Finally, Noisewater!

  42. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    I’m in the midst of a three round draft in a Dynasty H2H 10 team expanded roster, Standard cats….Heres my team

    C – d’Arnaud
    1b – Rizzo
    2b – Schoop
    3b – Arenado
    ss – S.Castro
    CI – Pujols
    MI – Segura
    LF – Cespedes
    CF – B.Hamilton
    RF – Polanco
    OF – Conforto
    Util – Deshields
    Util – Trumbo
    N/A – Peraza
    N/A – T. Turner
    SP – Harvey
    SP – Thor
    RP – W.Davis
    RP – Papelbum
    RP – A.J. Ramos
    RP – Ziegler
    P – Salazar
    P – Raisel Iglesias
    P – M. Fiers
    P – V. Velasquez
    P – K. Gausman
    P – J. Paxton
    DL – Z. Wheeler
    N/A – S. Manaea
    Not a ton out there as far as guys to draft, I have two picks left…other than pitching what type of stat or position you think i should shoot for…Domingo Santana and Ketel Marte are still out there…Im leaning Marte because i just dont trust Segura…Just want to see if something is jumping out through a different set of eyes boo..Muah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that team is stacked… Love the pitching and the hitting’s not too shabby either… You look low on average but in H2H it won’t matter as much…. I’d go Marte

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Thanks…I took this team over 3 years ago and finally am ready to do some damage…I had to tear it down…Marte it is my man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that team is ready

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: There are a few Razzballers in this league so i have to watch my back yo!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw shizz….

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Jay Bruce just got dropped..I’m tempted to grab him but I think Marte is the better pick..Fuck Jay Bruce

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Eff Bruce!

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: Pretty sure I’ll be able to add Big Papi after the draft..working on a deal him for Manaea. I don’t care that he’s retiring, I don’t love Manaea and I’m going for it this year…earlier I moved soler and Belt for Pujols to solidify CI. .Papi would give me a little insurance.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Manaea isn’t necessary in your league

                • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                  @Grey: Yeah I typically don’t hold many Rookies…but some teams love them so I just grab them as chips…I’ll most likely keep Trea Turner..but I’ll use Pereza to get something I want at some point

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    In a ten team league, maybe ten rookies total should be held in the entire league…Just win it this year, and don’t worry about rookies

                • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                  @Grey: Snell is there too..Don’t think I need him more than Marte though

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You don’t need Snell

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @Grey: Just took Marte. ..thanks boo..Well see what round 3 brings

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, no probs

  43. Mike says:
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    14 team keeper league. $260 budget.

    I trade Springer $24

    For

    Degromm $14 and Corbin $9

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  44. Josh says:
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    Mrs. J. Parker… Secretary and mistress to dr. James Andrews ?

    -greys#1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  45. OaktownSteve says:
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    McCullers on his way for shoulder MRI. I googled him before I drafted him. Do that for every pick in every draft and got nothing. Muthereffer.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Take it back. No MRI. Just “examination”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exam or MRI, it’s not good… They’re gonna use kid gloves and shut him down for a few weeks

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m ok with that. They were going to handle him pretty carefully anyway. Just hoping it’s not a labrum or something long term. As long as he gets his 140-150 innings and they’re what we want them to be I’m good.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          And dang this draft is slow.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, crazy slow… Was going good for a bit early on

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @Grey: I feel like 6 hours is a really long time for the later rounds when you consider the nightly downtime also. At this rate I am just worried about being done for opening day

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Meh, just need to do a couple of rounds a day for 3 weeks, no one should have any problem finishing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think 140 is top possible IP now

  46. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In a keep 7 forever ($3 inflation) keeper league . . .

    What do you think of my Stras ($16), Hosmer ($14), and Buxton ($4) for his DeGrom ($7) and DeShields ($4)?

    *he is 100% not keeping DeShields + I currently would have to let Buxton (or Hosmer) go to the auction pool anyway . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  47. ERad says:
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    http://i.imgur.com/IZBIkux.jpg

    See you like Phish (sort of) and don’t even know it! The comparison is a bit of a stretch though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vulfpeck! Nice!

  48. OaktownSteve says:
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    Contender for thing least worthy of being a closely guarded secret:

    “Weiss keeping a tight lid on Rockies opening day starter.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  49. OaktownSteve says:
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    AFLAC: Who was the last Cubs left hander to throw a complete game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea… Ken Holtzman?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Arrieta

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Jon Niese. .oh no wait just his nose was in Chicago

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Rich Hill?

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I had a feeling you were watching some A’s spring training and they mentioned him there.

  50. Malicious Phenom says:
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    If Storen is the closer in Canada, is Osuna the set up man, or do they turn him into an SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Setup man, maybe stretch him out later in the year

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: cool, thanks..Have a good weekend

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  51. Malicious Phenom says:
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    OUCH

    Lance McCullers’ next bullpen session has been postponed and he will visit with the Astros’ team doctor due to some soreness in his right shoulder.
    McCullers threw his first bullpen session of spring training on Thursday and the club is saying that his arm didn’t bounce back well from the outing. It’s unclear at this point how big of a setback this might be, but obviously it’s not an encouraging development. Even if the doctor doesn’t find anything structurally wrong with McCullers, you have to figure there’s a very good chance he’ll begin the season on the disabled list.
    Source: Brian McTaggart on TwitterMar 11 – 4:24 PM

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s not good

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: Glad I was able to trade him earlier this spring, in that 4 for 1 for Goldy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  52. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    Im thinking of grabbing Hunter Strickland in round 3…now might be the time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d likely go for a difference maker for this year

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I could go Domingo. .not many difference makers out there…assuming he’s still there…or Bruce lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Domingo, the player not Spanish day

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Lol

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: I think romo is the cuff if you are going with that angle

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @J-FOH: You could be right..Just like his upside more than Romo.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F: he needs more work on his secondary pitches, the fastball is a plus plus pitch and the slider is a ball that he throws. Knowing how this works, the Giants will turn to the experienced arm first and not make the arbitration case for strickland any stronger unless they have to. I agree, I like Strickland way more but when I look deeper, I see Romo who has been their guy before and returned to form last year. It makes sense more in a real world way to me. Who knows, Romo and Casilla could take a dump and Strickland could have double digit saves with high K’s and a low whip

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @J-FOH: Oh I fully agree with you for this season but dynasty wise I have to be early on the trigger in this league..I was looking at it from that perspective

            • J-FOH says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: How many do you keep if you are keeping prospective closers?

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @J-FOH: We keep the entire roster then just have a three round draft on the message board

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @J-FOH: 30 active plus 4 N/A

  53. Patrick Leon says:
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    Grey – don’t you go changin! I mean, your rankings because what someone else does. We all have areas for improvement (cough, pediphile stache). We want your totally undulterated perspective (personally, I want other unadulterated materials not unentirely like the ads I see below – but that’snot just me). Knowing you had Castro ranked 94th allowed me to keep my eye on his ADP and other ‘perts rankings and just step up and grab him as my starting SS in NFBC league as the 183rd pick. Boom. Had you lowered him to consider other’s rankings, I wouldn’t have know to do that! Abraxos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  54. Patrick Leon = Rookie Monsters says:
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    From henceforth I’ll be known as Rookie Monsters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  55. goodfold2 says:
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    AL only done right:

    ever been in a NL or AL only league where you had a player get traded midseason and you just lose him? it’s trash. this

    league here (just made it up today) it won’t happen. only way to do this in yahoo is to have all players in database be in it

    already, just more work for me if anybody decides to draft an NL player, but this is fixable. when an NL player gets traded

    to AL he is fair game of course. Waivers for any player traded midseason to AL.

    1 of each position in infield with 4 any OF, 1 CI, 1 MI, 1 util, 5 SP, 4 RP, 4 BN. 3 DL, 1 NA. OBP over AVG, net steals

    over steals, holds added, QS over wins, total based added. H2H, 7 moves per week. 10 teams. 6 make playoffs.

    [email protected] or here. this is AL only here.

    i just found out that comishes in yahoo CAN undo picks, but CAN’T force picks for an owner if in fact he doesn’t show up at all. this being the case we’ll draft on chatzy and/or the league’s message board. we’ll have more than enough time once i get the last owner.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: 1 spot left.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Grey: Lol@goodfold2: Brought to you by Nabisco

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: not offering free crackers here.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @goodfold2: Lol

  56. Left Hangs Lower says:
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    Grey styles,

    11 rounds in to a 28-round, 16 team H2H OBP dynasty league. Also saves+holds.

    Thoughts on team so far? Any obvious direction I should take?

    C-
    1B- Goldie
    2B-Schoop
    3B-
    SS-Ian Desmond
    MI-
    CI-Carlos Santana
    OF-Jason Heyward
    OF- Joc Pederson
    OF- Delino DeShields
    OF-
    OF- ( Hyun Soo Kim from minors)
    UTIL-
    UTIL-

    SP- deGrom, Hamels, Salazar, Liriano
    RP-

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get a few hitters that won’t go thru 0-35 stretches… Hitting is a bit all or nothing… Pitching looks much stronger than hitting, which isn’t great

  57. ferris says:
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    Aside from Seager and Buxton, are there any other rookie hitters that you think might have a top 75 impact in 2017? If not, I am going to pick a rookie solely for his 2016 impact.

    I am thinking about using my single rookie pick on Byung Ho-Park (or an SP) for the sure 2016 playing time but I am curious if you see any other rookie hitter having a big impact in 2016/2017. Reed seems to be the only the potential top 75 difference maker bat that seems to be popping up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story? Turner? Go with Park

  58. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I know that others have commented about this above, but man are these scout drafts slow…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: these scout drafts are so slow…..how slow are they? They are so slow that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, agonizingly slow

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: We’re almost at round 18…cruising for 3.5 days.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, you lapped us!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @J-FOH: @Grey: 3rd day in our current draft, and we’re in the 5th round

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Downright brisk compared to our last three days

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Ouch. You’d hate my team so far, by the way.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How many times can you draft Carlos Gomez in the 1st five picks?

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Not enough! I passed on him in the 4th, just to make you proud…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Surprised you didn’t take him in the 4th and 5th!

  59. SwaggerJackers says:
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    ESPN moved Schoop from outside the top 800 to 291.

    Rodon is also in the top 300 now after being criminally ignored as well.

    I really need to find a league next season that drafts in February to take advantage of the crazy/dumb early rankings before ESPN starts looking at their ADP data and adjusting their rankings.

    If you’re interested Grey, I would be happy to update your ESPN article table from February (http://razzball.com/espn-dont-kill-my-vibe/) with their current data. I would imagine that would be more helpful as your readers approach their ESPN drafts. Let me know.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SwaggerJackers: 291 is still bat shit on a guy that can homer that much.

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @goodfold2: No disagreement there. My point is more centered around the fact that ESPN (and Yahoo) have started correcting their earlier ranking mistakes which is reducing our profit potential for a number of players Grey has ranked higher. I’m looking at Yahoo now and all the deals I had flagged are smaller than than were a couple weeks ago (Rizzo, Franco, Lindor, to name a few).

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SwaggerJackers: agree there, but it’s better to have less of an edge than to possibly lose players for whole season (risk of that goes up when you draft in february, how are those bird/soler/b.anderson/superfluous H guys feeling bout now).

          also, to espn it’s not a mistake, remember Grey’s quote from cockraft: “we rank players where they are being drafted”. not denying it’s stupid, but to them it’s not a mistake, again, remember, they don’t care at the least about their readers, and at most have certain comtempt for them.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: altherr etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think I’m gonna have time to do the same article again

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: Yeah,that’s what I figured. That’s why I’m offering to do the legwork of updating the table. Then all you’d have to do is update the beginning of the existing article to include a note like “ESPN ranking data updated as of 3/16” or something like that.

        • Mordacious Levator says:
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          @SwaggerJackers: but that’s sort of walking into the near infinite regress for info, by that same rationale he’d just as much do it again and again, 3/16, then again later, then again later 2 days before season etc. not that there isn’t value in it, but he’s got other articles already with new info.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you update it for, say, 3/16 and I don’t post it until 3/24, it’s gonna be out of date… I appreciate the offer, but I’m not going to do the same post again

  60. Rookie Monsters says:
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    Hey Grey – what’s the love for Patrick Corbin? I’m thinking of drafting him over Wei Yin Chen, Kazmir, and Gio mostly based on your rank. I know he has crazy upside. But what makes you think this is his year to be a top 100 player?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was a top 100 player already once in his career, he’s now healthy and he’s only 26

  61. Mordacious Levator says:
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    you’d do my sano for sale in that 13 team dynasty where hitters get defensive stats too right? i’m looking at sano being likely ONLY LF next year, and even this year at 3B won’t get any D stats (putouts, double plays etc). QS as well. this might require me to drop one of snell (if he stays up) or w.chen to stream, this is infinite innings 6 Max starters with no adds caps dynasty . i have harvey/chen/iglesias/salazar/archer as well. BB’s are a category too, so Sano does get a bump there, already have carpenter at 3B. and pretty sick offense overall (posey/cutch/blackman/goldy/bogaerts/polanco/braun/carp/altuve as starters, no CI or MI spots, BN bats sano/ceager/polanco).
    i know you said kluber/sale side when it was much bigger, but i don’t need E5 or Brantley and i don’t want to give up Reed/Ceager/Sano together anyway. i’ve whittled it down to just sano for sale.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Mordacious Levator: oops, RF for sano, which, if that’s his only position next year (this is yahoo,so he’ll probably have LF/RF) is even worse for me, already having polanco and braun in RF.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Mordacious Levator: nevermind the sale for sano thing, now he’s saying he doesn’t want to do that one, but he would do
        my reed + sano + ceager + snell
        for
        E5 + brantley + sale + kluber + de leon.

        • Mordacious Levator says:
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          @Mordacious Levator: also, during trade talks, he talked himself out of ever getting ceager, he mentioned how ceager very likely counts at 3B for next year as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Sale

  62. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    anybody know if your espn own-made rankings show up in real drafts, they don’t in mocks. i got a draft in 1.5 hours and would suck to have done all that work for no reason.

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: draft room open, it shows my rankings, but i can no longer switch from espn’s to mine, which is often useful to see who’s likely taken sooner/later. ADP helps too of course, and that’s visible. espn taking lessons from yahoo when you take away a useful feature for no reason that it used to have.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ah, gotcha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What else shows up?

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Grey: you can see last year stats, espn’s projected this year stats etc. when you index it by rankings you get your own rankings (which is most important of course), but even last year you could switch from espn’s rankings to your own.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: Had the same issue last year. Mocks were the default rankings, but your real rankings show up on your actual draft. Would be great if they let you practice based on your own rankings too!

  63. ichirosan says:
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    Sadly, Pittsburgh signing David Freese seems to kill the idea of Hanson starting the season in the majors :(

  64. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey, not sure if you’re still monitoring this one, but was just offered a keeper trade I’d love your advice on!

    My $16 Strasburg for his $9 Bogaerts (keep forever, $3 inflation).

    Work for you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Sounds good to me. Always easier to find arms than bats it seems

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  65. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    wow, finally found like the 4th thing yahoo beats espn in. early morning draft so only half of league shows up and guess where 6 of them were, right in front of me when i’m up with 2 picks out of 6 every other round. yikes that goes fast. i’m used to at least a minute or more in yahoo leagues where even autopickers have some delay per pick, this was a 30 seconds with auto’s flying by. good thing i did my own ranks in the first place or my team would suuuuuuck. 14 team H2H with OPS, total bases, caught stealing, K’s, holds, QS, losses, BB’s for pitchers. 9 keepers, you have to keep 2 SP, 2 RP, 5 hitters, with 2 OF, and the last 3 hitters have to be at different positions (not OF). really thought i’d get beltre or pujols at my first pick at 12th, not braun, happily surprised there.
    C hundley (21st)
    1B rizzo (K)
    2B schoop (17th)
    SS bogaerts (K)
    3B carpenter (K)
    CI mostsuckass (15th)
    MI suarez (waited too long, marte/segura/even villar went earlier, even punted through spangenberg being gone, 28th)
    LF delino (good thing i got him or not having steals from MI would suck, 13th)
    CF pollock (K)
    RF stanton (K)
    OF braun (10th)
    util eaton (missed polanco by 1 pick and just grabbed closest thing, 11th)
    BN carter (22nd)
    BN kim (26th, actually had him fairly higher ranked)
    BN peraza (25th, meant to go villar/arcia but both went earlier)
    SP (max 10 starts per week, so owning more than 8 isn’t smart, even 7 could’ve been enough)
    keuchel (K)
    iglesias (K)
    shark (12th)
    walker (14th)
    mchugh (16th)
    corbin (18th)
    berrios (20th, prospects were starting to fly out)
    hammel (23rd)
    RP (2 RP, 3 P slots, but with holds and only 10 starts no reason not to have 5 RP)
    kenley (K)
    perkins (K)
    strop (24th)
    w.smith (19th)
    jumbo D (27th)

    figured since i used Rudy’s “other hitter” for each category added into my rankings my roster was set to be able to withstand carter’s K’s when i need some homers. fatt adams/colabello/howard unowned. i’m guessing jump on adames or hanson if/when they keep/get jobs (over suarez)?

    still do ok considering normally i’m able to use war room whole time and look at backup plans if/when certain guys go earlier than i assume due to autopickers and 30 second clock in espn? just noticed if i didn’t trade down 7 picks in the 2nd round after keepers to get bogaerts (for schwarber) i’d have gotten pujols as CI (but likely missed eaton). somebody didn’t realize pujols counts as DH so he thought he couldn’t keep him, already having votto. he could’ve kept both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it looks solid…Your keepers are insane which doesn’t hurt… Nice team!

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Grey: yeah, that’s why i took it over last year with like a month left or so, i’m like rizzo + stanton plus solid other ones. yep.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  66. Wilson says:
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    When could AJ Reed be called up to major with daily starting job? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      June 6th

  67. Frank says:
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    Brought my league over to RCL this year but I only have eight teams. Please help me get to 12 teams. Southside Titans.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, four more shouldn’t be too hard to find, just put it in the spreadsheet

  68. J-FOH says:
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    Finally got our scout draft started and the guy with the first pick is the anti-grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Sky told me

      • J-FOH says:
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        First round done! Guy at the turn went miggy altuve

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What did you take?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: rizzo. After the kershaw pick I knew I had my guy. (I had the 5th pick)

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @J-FOH: I went Rizzo/Springer there. Y’all that far yet?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @The Great Knoche: .waiting for mine. Injury history for springer makes him drop to 3rd in this format to me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, no 2nd pick yet?

              • J-FOH

                J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: 3rd pick done! Rizzo, JD, Pollock

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @J-FOH: Like that start better than mine. Only regret so far is I couldnt get anything decent to fill out the other corner spots with a similar beginning

  69. sliimbo says:
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    hey buddy

    what side in a keeper? rebuild mode

    springer or cargo and adrian gonzalez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  70. muskysmell says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Great stuff as usual.

    I have my keeper auction draft coming up and I had a quick question because my keeper list is due soon. I’m thinking of keeping my two closers (AJ Ramos, Jonathan Palpabon) at $9 each.
    It’s a standard roto AL/NL mixed auction, $260 total budget.
    I fully subscribe to the SAGNOF mantra and feel like they’re not really bargains at that price and I could get cheaper closers possibly in the auction, but I also don’t really care to get into a possible closers bidding war with other teams. It’s also a peace of mind thing too.

    What do you recommend? Keep or cast off my two closers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Cast them off

  71. I am the Walrus says:
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    Pick 4 keepers please – auction draft 10 teams.
    Bogy-$8
    Altuve-$15
    Donaldson-$24
    Archer-$7
    Harper-$24 (no duh!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Bogy

  72. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    ok. how’s this one look? 16 team H2H with OPS and hits added for hitters, QS and holds for pitchers. 4 adds per week, so can’t exactly use the last slot for streaming hitters at last minute, likely better off most of the time with 8th SP. 6 keepers. this is a pretty competitive league so i knew i could wait for hundley in last round. by and large smart owners don’t have backup catchers unless rosters are bigger than here. drafted at end of round 16th. traded away last year carrasco and 10th and 19th picks for carmart and thor and d.travis (literally got hurt 5 minutes after i agreed to trade, and i have no idea why leagues have pending trade times of 3 days if not to reverse due to injuries like in these situations, but i did agree to it) and 15th and 23rd rounders, and won. got lucky to be able to waiver odor right after he got hot right after travis went out.
    C hundley (25th)
    1B goldy (K)
    2B odor (7th)
    SS segura (15th)
    3B arenado (K)
    OF pollock (K)
    OF upton (K)
    OF delino (12th)
    util sano (K)
    util c.santana (14th)
    BN pillar (17th)
    BN peraza (23rd)
    SP thor (K)
    liriano (8th)
    chen (11th)
    hendricks (13th)
    buchholz (16th)
    vince vela (21st)
    RP rondon (10th)
    siegrist (15th)
    diaz (20th)
    jeffress (23rd, man people in yahoo sure are convinced w.smith is closer eh)
    kelley (24th, have no idea why clear cut 8th inning man is ranked like this)
    NA berrios (17th)

    better off with different BN bat than peraza? some others have more positions for off days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a 12, maybe 14 team hitting team (which is good for 16)… Pitching looks a little weaker, but not awful… Just a bit light

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Grey: oh yeah, i’ll have one of jungmann or peavy on there too, i got highest waiver. i know you have jungmann a bit higher (as does JB), but am i better off with that exact staff with peavy or jungmann?

        2 and stick with peraza’s possible one position upside or go with a multi positional guy for off days? he’ll get OF, but i already got pillar for that. a 2B/SS type.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Peavy, bit safer… 2. Multi-positional guy

  73. Story says:
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    6×6 head to head 12 team keeper league. Keeping springer -15 Franco – 6 Corey seager – 6 odor – 5 Kluber – 12 after keepers offensive pool is very slim. Do I keep Cespedes for 34 or Salazar for 6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar

  74. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    But if castro did grow out brady anderson sideburns your saying theres a chance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YES

  75. Jarrad says:
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    Hey, Grey, what is your philosophy on early draft picks in a keeper league? Should an owner draft for position need or go with the best player available?

    I have Prince, Dee, Correa, Beltre, and Belt as my hitter keepers and I’m trying to figure out if I should go with Springer/Marte (position need) or Altuve (likely the best player available after Machado, Donaldson, and Scherzer go off the board).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Position need, try to win this year

      • Jarrad says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I probably should have added that we have two DH slots. Does that change anything, in your opinion?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

          • Jarrad says:
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            @Grey: Alright, cool. Good looks! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

  76. BambooLounge says:
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    Hey Grey –

    Been following all off-season. Is Razz going to make the War Room available as an excel sheet again this year? The page crashes on me after I try to log-in and I need my secret weapon/security blanket on draft day.

  77. Piotr says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the great write ups, as always. One league I’m in doesn’t penalize you for ERA (1 point per strikeout) and steals are worth 3 points. Would you focus on drafting speed and power first over strikeouts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does power have to do with it?

      • Piotr says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry, meant power as in home runs. Points for offense count normally, except for steals which are 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d draft offense heavier, with emphasis on speed guys

  78. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, I’m in a “keeper” league with 10-team and this year is the first year.
    We will use ESPN system and they rank Rizzo at #19 so I want to steal him at 2nd pick (I love him).

    If I am in the first three picks so that I can draft Trout Harper or Goldschmidt (or Machado?) with no doubt.
    But if I’m in the late pick.. I’m still wondering .. Should I draft Rizzo at first round even if I have high opportunity to steal Rizzo at 2nd round?? Coz if I draft Rizzo first which means I have no chance to draft Correa, Stanton, Arenedo anymore… who are defiantly gone with my 2nd pick.

    So, should I draft Rizzo at first round ? (when Trout Harper Goldschmidt are gone) thoughts appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d draft Rizzo where I ranked him

  79. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Fantasy Master Lothario

    I’m in a 12TM AL only 2 Catcher keeper league. I’m dangling Chris Sale on the trade block because it’s the last year of his contract (6 yr keeper league), his cost is $20. I haven’t been receiving many offers at this point, because people don’t want to give up to much value for a “one year rental”.

    We keep 15 players and my team is currently as follows:
    C-
    C-
    1B – Hosmer $20
    2B – Holt $8
    3B –
    SS – Alcides $16
    CI – Travis Shaw $8
    MI –
    OF – Byron Buxton $5
    OF – Jarrod Dyson $14
    OF – Michael Saunders $7
    OF-
    OF-
    DH – David Ortiz

    Pitchers (9) – Britton $10, Dickey $10, Heaney $19, Kluber $21, Sale $20, Salazar $5, Tillman $12.

    (i also have Keone Kela and Nick Tropeano but I was planning on dropping them to get to 15 reserved).

    As you can see, I am dominant in pitching for an AL only league, but extremely weak in hitting.

    Question 1: Knowing that I need power – do you prefer Brock Holt or Travis Shaw?

    Question 2: Would you accept this trade:

    I give: Chris Sale, Travis Shaw, Michael Saunders, Keone Kela ($47 in TOTAL Salary)

    I receive: Nick Castellanos, Marcus Semien, James McCann ($11 in TOTAL Salary)

    * Side note – Sale is in the last yr of his contract – Castellanos and Semien can be held for 4 more years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Holt 2. Nope

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @Grey: You’re the best man, thanks.

        Any difference if I have him throw in a $1 Andrew Miller to his side?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… No, no difference

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @Grey: Also – where’s the “Margarita” button at? It doesn’t seem to be where it used to be.

  80. Reese says:
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    12 team mixed keeper league should I trade smyly for Lawrie and Souza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too Short!

      • J-FOH

        J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: It has a nice cruising around in the car vibe to it….top down!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, good jam

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: @Grey: Roast Sunday??

              • nick the dick says:
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                @JeF WiTh 1 F: Hello Jefry.

                • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                  @nick the dick: Ha..all the divorce shit has settled down not as crazy..I couldn’t pay attention to shit last season..looking forward to this season

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @JeF WiTh 1 F: we in a league together this year? I’m busier than ever and in all these damn tough leagues. Super excited to shit the bed this year.

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @nick the dick: nah we aren’t but I’ll be back on the razz more often than not

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @nick the dick: Sometimes real life takes over

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @JeF WiTh 1 F: word. I’m here all day err day with this rap souffle

  81. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    does anybody have any idea how to get on rotoworld’s forums? i’ve set up account, but I need to validate it. they send an email with 2 links that when gone to say: “sorry can’t find that” and has links to 2 thing that might be useful:
    1. help documentation
    2. contact administrator (but this link doesn’t work)

    number 1 works but it just sends you to a page that shows all moderators, yet no way to actually contact them. has anybody around here actually gotten into this to be able to post league openings?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: it also appears only way to actually send info to anybody to get contact is to “report” them. i’ve sent a “report” to the main guy and one guy who’s currently online. real mess getting into this forum.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: in case this doesn’t end up working, does anybody know of any other good message boards for getting open league info out there to get new owners?

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: i got on rotojunkies. they seemed easy to get into. their validation link actually worked.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea

  82. Can keep up to 12 guys, or a minimum of 10 and receive comp draft picks

    I have:

    Posey
    Encarcion
    Odor
    Franco
    Bogaerrts
    Braun
    Jd Martinez
    Heyward
    Bautista
    Sale
    Matz
    Rendon
    Eaton

    Who would you attempt to trade from this group ? I’d like some pitching help .
    Bautista for Matt Harvey ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have Sale, you don’t need Harvey

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Hey I thought you were long gone! Was gonna post the roast for you.

  83. SteveNZ says:
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    What up?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @SteveNZ: Blood Pressure.

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