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I don’t do 1st baseman sleepers because there are none.  If you’re drafting a 1st baseman sleeper, you’re losing your league. Who are you putting at 1st?  Yonder Alonso?  That’s cool.  Don’t pay your league fees until the end of the year and then duck out of the country.  You feel me?  Okay, now stop.  3rd basemen are more or less in the same boat, and that boat is the Titanic and if you draft a sleeper 3rd baseman that doesn’t pan out, you’re gonna sink while holding until to a lady named Rose who gets real old looking, but some of youse have corner men in your league, so may as well look at a few 3rd basemen for s’s and g’s.  Good?  Good.  These are all 3rd basemen that being drafted after 150 overall.  Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Indonesia) supplement to the top 20 3rd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2014 projections.  Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2014 fantasy baseball:

David Freese (Yahoo 250, ESPN 273, MDC 278)  Freese is just all right.  His name value with casual fans is probably higher than his actual value.  Well, I mean, it can’t be worse, he’s projected for, like, 13 homers this year by most reputable sources.  I’m more bullish on him at 16 homers, but even I don’t think he’s going to do much else.  Way to start off this list with some excitement!  Thanks, Random Italicized Voice.  I was being sarcastic.  I know, so was I.  I was being sarcastic first. 

Todd Frazier (MDC 182, Yahoo 234, ESPN 245)  I already went over my Todd Frazier sleeper post.  If you read it drunk, it’s like a straight mule kick to the noggin.

Will Middlebrooks (ESPN 150, Yahoo 222) I wish I wrote a sleeper post about Middlebrooks.  There’s still time, but it’s running out and I probably won’t get around to it.  Maybe I’ll sic one of our other writers on it.  Whatever was f*uling (wait, I didn’t need to asterisk that) up Middlebrooks prior to his demotion last year looked like it was fixed and he looked like a 20+ HRs, .270+ hitter when he returned.  That means he’ll probably be better than Alvarez.  Seriously, draft Middlebrooks…and Arenado…and Asche.  Okay, I absolutely love a few third basemen this year.  Sue me!  I have nothing anyway, except some Benihana drink Buddhas.  They’re collectible!

Xander Bogaerts – (ESPN 160, Yahoo 191, MDC 214) One of the few guys on this list that I actually have ranked way after the mainstream fantards.  I’m pretty all right with that since I’m concerned about playing time and his projections for me are kinda Martin Prado-ish.

Nolan Arenado – (ESPN 223, MDC 212) What is a man to do when he wants five third basemen on every team?  Damn me and my Cousin Larry, I really want Arenado on every team.  Shorthand for you:  A Rockies hitter on your fantasy team = Pearl Jam.  Dah!  So close on that equation.  One integer off and I would’ve had the right Seattle grunge band.  And, of course, I wrote a Nolan Arenado sleeper post.

Matt Davidson – (Yahoo 286, ESPN unranked, MDC unranked) Bit of a deep league special, but could see him surprising.  Here’s what I’ve said previously on that matter, “Went the other way in the Addison Reed trade and is currently slated to start at 3rd base for the White Hose.  Davidson does sound like a game show host, so come on down, you’re the next contestant on the White Sox depth chart.  Plouffe-like isn’t just fun to say, it’s also what Davidson looks like.   Yo, man, you are Plouffe-like!  He’ll have some power, maybe 20-ish homers, but struggle to hit for a decent average.  Here’s what I said previously about him, “Here’s what Prospect Scott said, “Davidson’s power is legit, as evidenced by the .208 ISO he posted at Double-A last year.  The 21-year-old projects to hit 25+ homers annually, but an aggressive approach will likely keep the AVG down.  Still, he looks like an above-average 3B, and he’s not too far off.  Or as Grey would say, ‘I’m a big dummy.’”  What?  Why would I say that?  I like Davidson a lot in AL-Only leagues, and deep mixed ones for upside.” And that’s me quoting me quoting Scott quoting me in a Möbius strip of quoting!  And that’s me quoting me like a mothereffin’ broken record!” And that’s me quoting me quoting Scott quoting me quoting Scott quoting me!  I’m exhausted.

Mike Moustakas (Yahoo 252, ESPN 286, MDC 302)  Rudy looked at my 3rd basemen rankings and said, “Grey, your third basemen rankings are screwed up.  You like 2nd and 3rd tier 3rd basemen too much.  And don’t quote this back to me every day during the season if these 3rd basemen pan out.”  Okay, Rudy, will do!  He’s right, of course.  My 3rd basemen rankings are bizzonkers compared to most sources.  I’m about 100 picks better on most of these guys than others.  Probably how I ended up with three 3rd basemen in my last draft.  Well, you all have a corner and utility slot, right?  So, draft away, snitches!  Oh, and I wrote a Mike Moustakas sleeper post too.  This is probably why there was no Middlebrooks post, I covered so many sleeper 3rd basemen already this year.

Cody Asche (MDC 336, ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked)  I figured I’d like him a bit more than others when I wrote my Cody Asche sleeper post.  Then Others called and said, “You’re crackers on Asche.  He’s a platoon player with Kevin Frandsen.”  Then Kevin Frandsen called and said, “I shouldn’t be playing in the major leagues.”  Then the Major Leagues called and said, “Let’s look into this.”  So, you see your questioning led us down a rabbit hole of epic proportions.  You know what?  Screw it, I’m out on this Cody Asche limb dangling my twig and berries and it feels great!  I know about Maikel Franco and how he’s going to be wonderful and how his first name sounds like he’s Natalie Portman’s Israeli father and how he’s going to push Cody Asche to the bench.  We just need one season of Cody Asche for fantasy.  That’s it.  A guy that hit 15 homers, stole 11 bases and hit .295 in 104 Triple-A games last year is a guy that I’d put in my corner infidel slot.  You don’t need to draft him as high as I have him ranked.  Shoot, you can take a flyer on him in the next to last round (last round is your catcher).  This is a trust exercise to see if you’ll let me and Cody Asche get to third base on you.

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  1. pedsRus says:
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    Someone gifted me Lawrie last year by dropping him who I snatched up for moose tacos. I snagged Boegarts when Scott suggested him in his end of season prospect ranks. I’m not looking back but I may Try and swipe me some Frazier if Lawrie gets another freak injury before xander is up. You do have a fetish for 3B. As a lowly scrubs fan I can’t wait for you to shout Bryant’s name. Do you think it could be a Stanton kind of love affair? I know, there is only one Stanton, but ya know. ..?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pedsRus: Yeah, maybe… He looked like Richie Sexson in the spring training game we saw him at…

  2. RJ says:
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    Good article as always, Grey!
    So I drafted my team this past weekend, how do you think I did? 12-team keeper 6×6 roto (OPS and QS are the extra categories)

    C. Lucroy
    1B. Goldschmidt
    2B. Gyorko
    SS. Segura
    3B. Arenado
    1B/3B. Pujols
    2B/SS. Hill
    OF. Bautista
    OF. J. Upton
    OF. A. Garcia
    OF. L. Martin
    OF. B.J. Upton
    UTIL. Calhoun
    BN. Buxton

    P. Gray
    P. Salazar
    P. Teheran
    SP. Scherzer
    SP. Cobb
    RP. Rodney
    RP. N. Jones
    BN. Liriano
    BN. Porcello
    BN. Tillman
    BN. Odorizzi

    So how did I do? Do I need any particular upgrades? Thanks!

    • Vacation says:
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      @RJ: That is a Grey Albright starting rotation if I’ve ever seen one. Your only glaring hole is 3B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RJ: Thanks! I like the pitching, don’t think you need Scherzer which has caused your outfield to look pretty poor for a 12 team league…

    • That guy says:
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      @RJ: Buxton wont be up until Sept 1, if at all. If its a redraft league definitely use that spot for a George Springer or Polanco type. Buxton will just waste a spot.

  3. Jeff says:
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    Grey here we are…updating NL 5×5 8 team keep 4:

    Harper 12
    C Gomez 18
    Rosenthal 1

    Now we get all crazy one final rose

    EY Jr 1
    Yellich 1
    Taveras 1
    c Martinez 1
    Rex brothers 1
    Adams 2
    D Murphy 8
    Prado 8
    Zachary wheeler 1

    I say Adams but hell I’m losing my conviction. Yellich’s upside and clear playing time, Taveras just clog up a reserve spot but can kep this year and next,
    Or stick EY in their, or Zachary the stud.

    He’ll I need your thoughts right now.
    I’m gonna jump u can’t stop me

  4. bossmanjunior says:
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    While Im pretty much expecting to get Jones in my 10 team league that I draft next week, I just realized that the guy picking ahead of me might have the same agenda. This past year I told him about your site however I don’t know how closely he will follow your advise and rankings. Regardless, I need to prepare for the chance my sweet Jones is not there and make a choice between Braun and Harper as a fallback option. While you advocate Harper as the obvious choice, my dirty somethin’ somethin’ on the side, Eno and the boys over at Fangraphs, all seem to be in agreement that Braun is the better pick. In fact, most of them have Braun over Jones. Im so torn! You haven’t steered me wrong these past two glorious years (Oh the memories!), so Im giving you the benefit of the doubt. Despite Braun’s strong spring (THAT DOESN’T MATTER AT ALL), would you still take Harper over Braun? In case my buddy is reading, blink once for yes and twice for no. And with your eyes this time, Grey.

    Now if you don’t mind, my cable just went out so im going to light some candles and listen to the Razzball Podcast. I hope my roomates see the sock on the doorknob and take the hint.

    • John Stamos says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I have a similar concern. I’m picking 9 of 10 in my league and I’m expecting to get Jones R1 and Fielder on the wrap. I was thinking Harper/Votto might be a safer play. Braun still worries me… Hopefully, Bossman, no one in either of our leagues is reading as closely as we are!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Harper’s not a bad fallback option… Could end up with the best fantasy season in baseball this year… Has that kind of upside…

  5. Great article, it’s especially pertinent to me right now as I have Pablo Sandoval as my starting 3rd baseman in my cash league. Speaking of, we drafted last weekend……….

    10 team mixed league. Standard scoring with OPS and QS as categories as well. I had 8th pick. Round selected in parentheses.

    C- Ramos ( 20)
    1st-Votto (1)
    2nd-D. Murphy (19)
    3rd-Sandoval (10)
    SS- Andrus (8)
    OF- Adam Jones (2)
    OF- Choo (4)
    OF- Holliday (5)
    OF- L. Martin (16)
    Ut- Freeman (3)
    Ut- Ortiz (6)

    SP- Gio Gonzalez (7)
    SP- Teheran (9)
    SP- Ryu (11)
    RP-Robertson (12)
    RP- Henderson (14)
    RP- Veras (18)
    P- Cingrani (13)
    P- Cueto (15)
    P- Archer (17)

    My bench spots have been in flux, I have added Dee Gordon, Pineda, Santos, Benoit. Hung on to De Aza who I got in round 21.

    All in all I am fairly satisfied with my team, I went in targeting SPs and RPs late and got what I feel is a pretty solid rotation. Some of my starters don’t have a great K rate but I think I made up a little ground on that by taking Robertson, Henderson and Cingrani. Not thrilled with D. Murphy or Sandoval but I should be alright unless they totally crap the bed. Having three 1st baseman limits my position flexibility but I saw some value there in an OPS league.

    Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!

    • Jimbo says:
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      @emporersmonkey:

      My susggestion is to join a bigger league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @emporersmonkey: Thanks! Your team looks fine, it is a shallow league so it’s gonna come down to in-season moves… You do look light on power as of right now…

  6. FMFBL says:
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    Great post. I looked at all of these guys but finally settled on Panda in the 12th. My main reasoning was OBP league and the RBIs. If Pablo doesn’t stay healthy, which of these guys should I look to first?

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @FMFBL: As a foremost expert on pandas I say Middlebrooks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FMFBL: I like Arenado a lot… Don’t think you can go wrong with Middlebrooks either…Well, I mean, you can, but I’d go with him too…

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        If forced to choose between Arenado and Gyorko in a 6×5 obp keeper league who do you like more?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gyorko

          • Charlie says:
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            @Grey:

            Ok, thanks. Thinking about punting 2b and 3b and then plugging Gyorko and Arenado in later in my draft. Makes me a little nervous but you seem to love both so how could this possibly be a bad idea, ha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, hopefully works out…

  7. Gonzo-the-great says:
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    Tough trade decisions. I turned Gomez into Encarnacion the other day. Now I’ve got a guy offering me Jones and a ninth round pick for him.

    It’s a yahoo league so EE can play 3b. Love Jones, but ninth round feels too low considering the third base eligibility. Am I crazy?

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Gonzo-the-great: depends on your Of and whats out there on waivers for 3B… but jones is better and didn’t have wrist surgery…

  8. Swfcdan says:
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    You have all other sites rankings for those players, but what are your rankings for them? Couldn’t you put your ranking next to them, so we can compare.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Swfcdan: if only the third base rankings were available on this site!!!

  9. d says:
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    I am keeping Josh Donaldson in the last round, if David Wright is the top player available to me at my pick in the first round (no CI spot), should i take him and fill my UTIL spot that soon? Or should I find another position to fill, like Pedroia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @d: I’d go elsewhere, not Wright

  10. mike says:
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    I am in 5×5 OBP H2H auction keeper league. Unusual starting lineup with 9 hitters (think AL starting lineup), 7 SP and 2 RP in starting lineup. So the hitter/pitcher $ allocation is a bit different than most leagues.

    We have 3 keepers. I have Mike Trout at $4 which is the best keeper of all time. Goldschmidt at $13 which is close and then a difficult decision for the third. Options are Beltre for $12, Stras for $20 or Salazar for $1. I may be over thinking this and beltre may be the obvious choice but I think Stras will have huge year and I think Beltre is a bit overrated in OBP leagues (his BB% rate last year was mostly IBBs and now he has more protection).

    Part of me wants to keep Stras at $20 and bid for Miggy at all costs and have Miggy, Goldy and Trout and say “Beat me.” I could also go Salazar but that may introduce too much risk compared to other risk reward.

    WWGD?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike: Ha! True on Trout… Beltre

    • de nachos says:
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      @mike: agreed on Beltre. Remember for every $$ you “save” on a keeper like Trout you can use that money to overbid players you target like Migs and Stras to infinity. The rich get richer. Owner forget that when they see they’re bidding +$10 over what a player’s list price is and get cold feet.

      • mike says:
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        Thanks guys… trust the gut.

  11. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Did my draft and drafted everyone you have ever liked….so how do you think i did?

  12. R says:
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    In the in famous and haunting words of staind, its been a whileeee! Can keep up to 6 players (10 team 3 yr keep max). I know I am keeping:

    Bryce ($5)
    Adam Jones ($7)
    Chris Sale ($7)
    Teheran ($1)

    The trying to decide on last two of these three:

    Choo ($16)
    Gio Gon ($12)
    Beltre ($38)

    Was leaning the first two, but Yahoo has Beltre ranked #13 overall and I’m sure he’ll go for at least this much. Help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @R: Ha! Choo, Gio

  13. scottsteelers says:
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    I’ve been keeping a close eye on Nick castellanos. Been hitting well so far this spring. Im aiming for middlebrooks and him as my 3rd baseman to start season and see how they go. Any thoughts on him?

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @scottsteelers: I like Castellanos quite a bit too, but my league uses total bases instead of home runs. I don’t think Castellanos puts up more than 15 homers, but 35 doubles seems reasonable given his skill set. Batting 6th or 7th, not sure he’s going to put up 100 RBI/R combined.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scottsteelers: I go over him in my rankings… He’s a’ight

  14. kingforaday151 says:
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    I’m crushing on Arenado this season. Looks like he’s going around 200 in redraft leagues, how far would you move him up in a keeper league ranks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kingforaday151: 100 maybe, depends on other factors… I just drafted him yesterday in Tout Wars

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @Grey: Excellent, thanks Grey. Was looking to target him round two of my draft (10 keepers so were starting out at roughly 101) this weekend, and when you said potential top 25 players by ’15 I put on my Ohh face. I love the upside, enough to target him over the likes of Pablo, Lawrie, Seager, Middlebrooks.

  15. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Glad to see Middlebrooks and Moustakas on this list because that’s who I ended up with in my RCL draft. Waited a round too long for Arenado.

    Just listened to the podcast on the way to work this morning. Good stuff! Though it did sound like you were eating marshmallows most of the interview Grey. A little disappointed there was no intro and outro music. That song is how I get pumped up for the day. Now I’m just gonna have to settle and do some blow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Yeah, I told Nick we need the song, he was being cute

  16. Steve says:
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    Great as always Grey.

    But, I gotta be that guy. I need to keep 1 – Jose Fernandez or Wil Myers?

    Because I picked them off waivers last year, either choice would be my last pick in my draft next week. I don’t normally like keeping pitchers but JoseFern is too legit. Help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Thanks! Myers

  17. Kobayashi Maru says:
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    Would you rather have Homer Bailey at $2 or Scherzer at $15 in a 12 team 6×6 where IP/K9 are categories?

    • Kobayashi Maru says:
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      @Kobayashi Maru: actually, could you rank Scherzer $15, Shelby $2, Bailey $2?

  18. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    Do you prefer grabbing a lower tier 3B for the CI spot?

    CI seems like a great place to take a flyer on a big power sources like a Lind or Ryan Howard or Morneau or some other bottom dollar 1B instead of a Todd Frazier Cody Ashe 15 to 20 HRs type 3B.

  19. Ty Wiggington says:
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    Any thoughts on Kris Medlen injury? Any guesses?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Ty Wiggington: See two posts below, that should give you a good idea of what they think of Medlen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ty Wiggington: I dropped him to 380 overall in my top 400… I’ll have a post tomorrow about Ervin and Medlen and Beachy, etc…

  20. Lville Jim says:
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    I moved Mauer for Arenado in an all keeper league. Have Sal Perez and have had crap at 3B the last few seasons.

  21. slew says:
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    and Santana signs one-year deal with the Braves!

  22. Coco krispie says:
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    Grey 13 team keeper league who do I keep?
    J upton
    Jose Fernandez
    Note my other keepers are 3b and 3 of

  23. Principle Blackman says:
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    I’m a little confused as to what you are recommending, Grey. A lot of these 3rd sackers are from your “a 3rd baseman you draft now…” tier, which comes right after a tier you recommend chilling on, and then in your preamble to this post you suggest that these guys are more suited to CI and UTIL slots than 3B. So which is it, are these guys adequate 3rd basemen, or should one already have their 3rd base slot filled before getting to say #11 (Arendado) in your top 20?

    Don’t get me wrong, I see that a lot of these guys have the upside to give you 20 dongs in the slot, and I’ll take 20 dongs in the slot 7 days a week for a 162 games a year without complaint, but really I just wanted to say 20 dongs in the slot a few times.

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Ty Wiggington: @Principle Blackman: if you draft these guys as your 3B you’ve basically punted 3b assuming your not playing in a really deep league, so they are meant to be CI/util… the adp’s are in parenthesis for a reason…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Fair question, I don’t mind Arenado in some leagues as a 3rd baseman… Most of the guys above are corner men though…

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: I’m with PB in the confused camp Grey. The top 20 third base post says we can “punt” third base but this post says the opposite. I imagine there is something lost in translation but could you clarify?

        • Grey

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          I did clarify, no? 3rd base is fine to punt until after the top 100, but not until, say, pick 250… Matt Davidson, Freese and most of the guys above are not 3rd baseman… They are corner men… Arenado can be a 3rd baseman, prolly where confusion comes in…

          • Matt says:
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            @Grey: Got it thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, was my fault for being confusing…

  24. Nick The Podcast Host

    Nick The Podcast Host says:
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    Razzballers… If you heard the podcast yesterday you know there’s a massive announcement happening Monday. If you want to cut the line follow me on Twitter asap @NickCapozzi. People following me get first crack and it’s extremely limited. Not trying to be dramatic but there really are few spots available and I want commenters to get first dibs. If for some reason you live in a cave and don’t have Twitter email me nick (at) razzball.com

    Also we need a name for Razzball Nation, quick poll;

    A. Razzball Nation (tired, done to death)
    B. The Moustachioed Men (and 4 female fans)
    C. Razz-putins (Hey, Rasputin was a bad, bad man… in a good way!)
    D. Razzballeros
    E. Grey’s Glory Hole Hustlers
    F. You Guys

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host: I’ll go with F. You Guys, including the F.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host: I have emerged from the primordial ooze and made a twitter thingy. Consider thyself followed!

      I’ll vote for Razzballers

    • John Stamos says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host: “The Cast of Cougartown” or “RBIs” for “RazzBall Insiders.” If I have to vote from the options, I’m going to say E, just because of how annoyed you’ll all get of saying/writing that long name. You’re welcome.

      • willy says:
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        @J-FOH: I like Razzheads!!!

      • Nick The Podcast Host

        Nick The Podcast Host says:
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        @J-FOH: Yup J, sorry I missed the props. Razzanadians?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host: is the big surprise less of nicks “humor” on the podcast?

      • Nick The Podcast Host

        Nick The Podcast Host says:
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        @frankgrimes: We spell it “humour” in Canada so are you implying I’m not funny in Canada or the US? Cause I kill it when I do the cricket hits in Jamalpur.

    • fausto says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host:maybe im late to the party on this but Id go with Razzholes, or keeping with Grey’s theme the Razzballaz (with a Z because that makes it way tight)

    • pedsRus says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host: I like razzballeros. Or razzball army instead of nation

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @pedsRus: razzballeros

  25. The Human Cespedes says:
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    Hi G-Money,
    Best. Site. Ever.
    14 team keeper – standard 5×5
    C- Castro
    1b- Votto
    2b- Cano
    3b- Miggy
    ss- Andrus
    ci- M. Adams
    mi- D. Gordon
    of- Cespedes
    of- Cuddyer
    of- J. Hamilton
    of- B. Moss
    of- J. Werth
    ut- Bourjos
    sp- Anibal
    sp- Masterson
    sp- Dickey
    sp- Cashner
    sp- J. Johnson
    sp- T. Ross
    rp- Nathan
    rp- Street
    rp- T. Hunter
    Too many hodgepadres? Love to get some sage advice.

    • Grey

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      @The Human Cespedes: Thanks! Real nice hitting, your pitching is a tad wonky… You kinda have a number one and a bunch of number threes to fours….

  26. Nick The Podcast Host

    Nick The Podcast Host says:
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    Oh, one more thing. If you’re in Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver or Phoenix tweet at me. This is what we call “dropping hints” or as Grey likes to say “Nick, you’re giving it away, you’ve got the poker face of Lady Gaga”.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host: I am between Denver and Phoenix…Does that count?

      • Nick The Podcast Host

        Nick The Podcast Host says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: Dude… Tell me you’re in Albuquerque.

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          @Nick The Podcast Host: Haha, you couldn’t pay me enough to live in Albuquerque. We get the Albuquerque news here in Durango though. It’s the most depressing, effed up news I’ve ever seen. There’s some messed up crap going on down there.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host: If you’re picking a place to move to, might as well choose Denver. I get a crack at Rockies tickets behind homeplate (4th or 5th row up, you can see yourself on tv ever pitch) from my work every year. Not trying to buy your friendship or anything though….

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          @J-FOH: Four Corners area in Colorado. Two hours from Utah (Love me some Moab!)

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Shake N Bacon: worst weather I have ever seen was there. Yeah whole family is out of the Trinidad area, originally from Branson which is right on the New Mexico border. But Trinidad is where a lot are buried. Now they are all over the state.

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              @J-FOH: Worst weather huh? Trinidad is about 5 hours east of me (Durango, CO). I know Walsenburg is one of the windiest places I’ve ever been. The San Luis Valley (Alamosa area) is one of the coldest places in Colorado I think. I worked on a school just south of there last year. Trinidad had a decent sized earthquake a year or two ago.

              Ha, I was just looking at a map of trinidad noticed a mountain named “Touch-Me-Not Mountain” just east of Taos, NM. I wonder how it got that name.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Shake N Bacon: It rained at for corners harder than I ever experienced in my life, literally had to pull over til it stopped and the water was rising fast.

                My best friend growing up went to school in gunnison, that’s friggin cold

                • Shake N Bacon says:
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                  @J-FOH: Oh yeah monsoon season is pretty crazy here. From July through August, almost every afternoon we get crazy thunderstorms rolling through the area. They are violent, but the lightning is pretty impressive.

                  One of my coworkers used to live in Gunnison. I think Gunnison and Alamosa battle it out every year for coldest city/town in the state.

              • Nick The Podcast Host

                Nick The Podcast Host says:
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                @Shake N Bacon: Could be convinced to drive thru Durango instead of Albuquerque. Might be wise to spend as much time in Colorado as possible.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Nick The Podcast Host: I hear it’s really cloudy there these days, I have a Broncos ticket connect!

                • Shake N Bacon says:
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                  @Nick The Podcast Host: Ha, well watch the Albuquerque news and that in itself will convince you not to drive through there. Durango is cool, but small. 15,000 people or so. Biking, hiking, rafting and drinking beer is what the town does best. Not many amenities though.

                  I’m not doing such a good job of plugging this place, am I?

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Shake N Bacon: guessing this means a multi-city razzball convention is happening. I’m st.louis

      • Nick The Podcast Host

        Nick The Podcast Host says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: Yes, for the record I’ll drive anywhere for tickets behind the dish. Except Oakland, yup, no Oakland.

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          @Nick The Podcast Host: Well I’m going to try and get a weekend (Friday or Saturday) game for this June in Denver. I’ll keep you posted. Just rejoined the twitter world to follow you and the other razzballers.

  27. Clint says:
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    Grey, would you say that 3B is significantly deeper than 1B this year? I figure I’ll probably fill my 2 utility spots with either a 1B, 3B, or OF spot and from the looks of 3B, I agree they look pretty good for at least one of those spots.

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Clint: seems like 3b is much shallower than 1b this year no? Impact wise 3b is much weaker me theeenks

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Clint: 3B is really deep but the top end is shallow. 1B is deep top to bottom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Went over it in my rankings… Yes, it’s deep after top 100…

  28. Bear says:
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    G’Day Grey…I know in your Top 400 you give an edge to Hart over Frazier. For a UTIL Spot do you still take Hart? I can get Frazier off the wire in a 12 Team H2H…Guide me kind sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bear: I’d take Frazier

  29. jbird669 says:
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    My league hitting/pitching auction split in the past four years averages 58/42. Do I budget near that or do I go 65/35 (my norm)?

    • Cram It says:
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      @jbird669: Did you win the last 4 years?

      • jbird669 says:
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        @Cram It:

        No. Just missed money twice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jbird669: I’d aim for around 65/35

      • jbird669 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. clown says:
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    If you have a non-elite 1b, somene like Hosmer, it would probably make more sense to get a bigger name 3b, yeah? Two mediocre corner spots doesn’t sound great — even if the OF or MI spots somewhat make up for it

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @clown:

      that’s a clown question , bro !
      (i have no answer for you) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @clown: Depends on your team…

  31. Emily says:
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    Great post! I have my eye on Arenado in my keeper league

    I was just offered a trade and I’ve been going back and forth about it – I was offered Verlander and Alex Rios for Adam Jones and a 9th round pick (I’m planning on keeping 8 players, so that’s my first round in our draft) – do you think that’s a fair trade? I can’t decide…thinking about countering – my other keepers are Machado, Strasburg, Puig, Profar, Encanarcion, and possibly either Zobrist or Anibel Sanchez…

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Emily: Thanks!I don’t like the trade…

      • Emily says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! I wasn’t really crazy about it either – I tried countering to get Jose Fernandez but he rejected it and countered with the original trade but giving me one of his draft picks…if it wasn’t a keeper league id prob go for it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. J-FOH says:
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    I checked the math.The equation is right…he’s a better man

  33. Birdmann says:
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    Hopefully more like a Russian Mule kick to the head with Frazier, without the cool cup!

    • Birdmann says:
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      @Birdmann: I have three of the guys mentioned in this article am I crazy yes, but could be a huge trade payday if they all explode. Frazier, Nolan, and Sucks no more Ass.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Birdmann: I drafted Middlebrooks in the FCL so I too have a vested interest here.

        • Cram It says:
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          @mauledbypandas: I was second guessing taking Bogaerts over Middy and probably will until there’s a clear cut winner. They’re supposedly batting 7th/8th in the lineup so I’ve got that going for me for now.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Cram It: I still think they may end up bringing Drew back because of defensive reasons. That is my fear anyhow. If so I will have to find someone else to hitch my wagon to.

            • Cram It says:
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              @mauledbypandas: It could be a mess for everybody. If Drew stays, if Middy or Xander come out the gate hitting .150 in the first month…

              • mauledbypandas says:
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                @Cram It: Middlebrooks is banging Jenny Dell so I won’t have too much sympathy for him if it doesn’t go his way!

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey: thanks

  34. Casey says:
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    Thank you, Mr. Grey. I have a keeper dilemma –
    I have Gyorko, Cespedes, Choo and Stanton. I’m going to keep Choo and Stanton, but am stuck between Gyorko (who I would use at 3B – I also have Cano) or Cespedes. Considering the first 2 OFers I already have, should I go in with my 3B tied up and find someone from a relatively deeper position pool, or should I keep Cespedes and risk losing out on Gyorko long term? Thanks in advance. For everything. *winks slyly*

  35. moldyforgoldy says:
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    Grey, do your top 400 rankings change drastically from roto to h2h? Also, do you update those rankings throughout spring training?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moldyforgoldy: I’ve been updating my top 400… Hence Medlen around pick 380 now… Don’t change much for H2H…

      • moldyforgoldy says:
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        @Grey: much obliged

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Justin Up says:
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    Ervin Santana to the Braves. Does this change his value any? Does he still belong in the “At best meh, at worst I hate your guts tier”?

    As for the rest of the Braves’ ailing rotation, I imagine Minor and Beachy are sliding down your board too, and Medlen is now an autodraft special. Maybe Alex Wood gets another look.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin Up: I’ll go over Ervin tomorrow… I don’t think it changes much for him…

  37. BilboBallBaggins (JDW) says:
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    Now you have me reconsidering my keeper auction draft – saving that $30+ on Longoria (who isn’t being kept) and grabbing Arenado at 3b so I can have some cash to throw at Votto (who also isn’t being kept). Since I can’t afford both Longo and Votto, I kinda like the Votto/Arendado combo over Longoria by himself. Thanks for the confidence boost, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BilboBallBaggins (JDW): Longo wouldn’t by himself… You’d have someone… 30+ is a lot for any player…

  38. Bob says:
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    Draft next weekend, H2H (10 teamer), auction draft, my first draft pick is who and for how much?! Vague question I know… (look into your magic ball)

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bob: Desperation already? CJ Wilson for $1

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Bob: Always good to start off with someone you probably won’t be drafting like Ellsbury or Kershaw

  39. Dead Head says:
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    I have found Ryan Zimmerman going for super cheap in Auctions compared to what he has the potential to give you at 3B. He’s not elite but he’s pretty close, and he’s only 29 still. Even if he gets moved to 1B during the season you can still use him at 3B in fantasy so I think he’s a good guy to target.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Dead Head: The oldest 29-yr old in the history of the universe. I’ve had the guy in a keeper for a couple of years now and will warn you that he will drive you nuts – put up mediocre numbers and sandbag days to weeks off before blowing up for a month and delivering the year end results you are looking at. Just something to consider.

      I’m waiting for the day I can package this guy up in a trade but hasn’t happened yet.

      • Dead Head says:
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        @Fungazi: Ya I’ll be honest I’ve never owned him before so I could be getting myself in trouble lol but for the price I felt it was solid enough, if anything the name value will at least let me get something in return if I feel like dealing him. But I noticed he’s going way cheaper in auctions then I would’ve expected so there’s some value there.

  40. CP says:
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    Grey, Good stuff as always. 16-team dynasty 7×7, got an offer of My Profar/J. Parker for Jay Bruce/Asche. Good deal?

    I also proposed Taveras/Springer/Bundy/J. Parker for Bruce/Kershaw. Is that too much?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CP: Thanks! I’d take Bruce in 1st trade… I’d take Kershaw and Bruce in 2nd

  41. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Day two of a suspended twitter account. No ‘this is what you did, tell us why’. Just a ‘here’s an appeals process that we may or may not get back to at some point in the definitely maybe not so near future’. So now I’m spamming their support team with ‘did you get my last appeal request? I know you did but I don’t now what else to say. Your system sucks. Take action or don’t suspend someone’s account without th ability for appropriate recourse, schmucks’.

    Rant done…for now…twitter is ridiculous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Were you spamming Mat Latos’s wife with selfies?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        She did it first!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: sky, she wants junk pics and not pics of you and waldo

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            What about Waldo junk pics?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: now i know why you got banned, You can show pics of you having sex with your wife, but pics of your dog’s red rocket is taboo.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                haha, clearly!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          She likes a man with two good knees….

  42. Ralph says:
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    Gray — mulling over trading Sal Perez (fell to pick 180 and Castro, Gatttis, Ramos were already gone. Whatevs) and Billy Butler for Yan Gomes and Freddie Freeman.

    Is Gomes viable as my only C in a 12 tm league? It seems like this league (a Yahoo! “pro” league) has guys who love Catchers. 12 tm, 1 c league and 18 of them are owned (meaning 1/2 the teams drafted a backup C).

    This seems like a nice upgrade for me. Butler is in my util slot with Fielder as my 1B.

    Thanks, man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Freeman, it’s not close

  43. MVPunisher says:
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    Lucky for me, I don’t feel like winning my league.

  44. MacDaddy says:
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    I am the owner of a “Frozen Medlen”. Best pick up to replace?
    Randall Delgado
    Miguel Gonzalez
    Tyler Skaggs
    Edwin Jackson
    Leake
    5X5 H2H 18 teams auction league with weekly roster set
    Staff: Cobb/Archer/Kluber/Lohse/Gallardo/Estrada
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs

    • MacDaddy says:
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      @MacDaddy: Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Razzicans!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: that and razzheads were my favorites. Razzicans sticks it to Nick and his new surroundings. I’m surprised he didn’t suggest Razziens

        I have a special place for the GIF, not as a public name, but it will be the name of the next RCL I start

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Razzhands. Like jazz hands, but with mittens…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: batting gloves instead of mittens?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Batting mittens?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, exactly!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I have a feeling the razzmittens would go the way of the razzsombrero.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And the Razz fencing mask…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’m still waiting on the Razzponcho with your silohette on the back

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Just put my silhouette on anything really… Razz corn cob holders!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… So sportsmanlike!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Any kid playing cricket in the late 70s, early 80s (like me) wanted a pair of those.

                    It’s a great game, I tell ye.

                    • Grey

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                      Also any gardener… BTW, my dad just got back from New Zealand… Was looking at buying a house in Christchurch… Doesn’t think he’s going to, says area hasn’t really bounced back from an earthquake… My pops loves NZ!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Wow, that’s crazy. Yeah, a lot of people have still got it pretty tough down there. It’s a massive rebuilding project – going to cost the govt something like USD25 billion.

                    Why was he looking down there?

                    • Grey

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                      He really liked that area (geographically)… He was on the north side of things wine tasting mostly… I don’t think he buys anything there, was more for s’s and g’s, I think…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Oh yeah, the South Island is beautiful (that’s where Queenstown is) and some great wine down there too.

                    More wine in the North Island though – and he’s a golfer too, right?

                    He’s always here!

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, he was staying/playing at the course where Tiger played recently or something… Maybe a Masters or something?

                    • Nick The Podcast Host

                      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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                      @SteveNZ: Go Otago!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Hmmm. Not sure where that could be. Tiger hasn’t been here for a while. Be interested to know where it was.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He says Paraparaumu Golf Club…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Have you played there? Know it?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Haven’t played there, but I know it. Check the byline of the story ;-)

                    Long been considered one of the best courses in the country.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA… Wait, is that you?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Why yes, yes it is.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice! Did you used to cover golf? Is it far from you?

  45. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Joined a long running keeper league and took over a team. It’s H2H 7×7, the additional offensive cat’s are OBP and XBH, the additional pitching cat’s are CG and holds. 6 keepers 3 hitters and 3 pitchers. The pitching is junk, my options are Cain in the third (yuck), Gallardo in the 5th (yuck, yuck), Weaver in the 7th (OMG shoot me), Nathan in the 8th (meh), Romo in the 10th (meh), or I could grab Cingrani in the 19th, Avilan in the 20th, and Beniot in the 21st. I’m leaning toward Cingrani, Avilan, and Beniot….is that how you’d go?

    Hitting is far better and there’s some really good options. Braun in the 2nd, Bautista in the 6th, Pence in the 13th, Kipnis in the 14th, Marte in the 16th, and Ortiz in the 18th…..I’m leaning Kipnis, Marte, and Ortiz….Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani, Romo, Benoit…Kipnis, Marte, Bautista

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: I love Bautista but you don’t see the value of Ortiz in the 18th?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s okay, clogs up your UTIL spot…

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: If I said it’s Yahoo and he’s 1b eligible does that change your opinion?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, yeah… Take Ortiz in the 18th…

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: At the expense of Bautista or Marte? Not a huge Kipnis fan in re-draft but locking in a two year contract (14 and 15) as a 14th rounder seems too good to pass up.

                • Grey

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                  Bautista

  46. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: I have 3 drafts this weekend !! I need your up to the minute top 400 with the latest Ervin Santana signing etc – they ready 1?!!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I flip flopped Ervin and Beachy in the rankings…

  47. Mike Honcho says:
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    Goofy question I guess, I have an upcoming 12 team mixed league 5 x5 draft coming up. Many keepers are 1st round material. (Trout, Crash, and Goldy are keepers) I pick 11th and my roster includes: Hosmer, Trout, Harper, Cespedes, Jansen and Rizzo. I am debating that since Rizzo does not cost a draft pick to keep, I am just considering him as a bench player for know.

    Would it be a good idea to take Prince with the 11th and decide out of Tulo/Longoria if there there with my 14th pick? Or just take the combo of Tulo and Longo or a number of other possibilities? Since my OF is pretty solid I wanted to look for the most value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have a 1st baseman, take Longo/Tulo…

  48. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Grey!!

    5X5 12 Team H2H
    SB RBI HR AVG. R – K WHIP ERA S W

    C – Castro
    1B – Votto
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – Andrus
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Choo
    UTIL – Arenado
    UTIL – Miller
    B – Avisail Garcia
    B – Bonifacio

    SP – Sale
    SP – Bailey
    RP – Perkins
    RP – Janssen
    RP – Cisek
    SP – Gray
    SP – Masterson
    SP – Corbin
    SP – Archer
    SP – Griffin
    SP – Tillman

    I think I am well balanced.

    • Grey

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      I think you’re well balanced, prolly a tad light on power, but not bad at all… Lots of guys that give some power and some speed, which is good… Your pitching is totally fine…

      • Tarman Got Him says:
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        @Grey: a

        I had anther q about this team. I see differently w the power remark, thanks btw for your assessment, but if you were in my shoes and Byrd and FraIerr we’re not drafted, would you waiver either one?

        Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fralerr?

  49. MB says:
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    How do you rank these 3 in dynasty?

    Rendon, A Hill, Greg Holland, Kris Bryant

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon, Holland, Bryant

    • MB says:
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      @MB: Sorry these 4

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @MB: he’ll often show first three in that spot, meaning hill is last, it saves him typing time but means the same thing as if he wrote hill last

  50. Jay says:
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    Recent draft – Could i get some thoughts on the team? Overall I know I am lite on Steals and Saves but SAGNOF! the only worry I have is that the poplar handcuffs are already taken and this league is like a bunch of hawks for the next one.

    ilin Rosario Col – C
    Paul Goldschmidt Ari – 1B
    Aaron Hill Ari – 2B
    Evan Longoria TB – 3B
    Elvis Andrus Tex – SS
    Yasiel Puig LAD – OF
    Álex Ríos Tex – OF
    Alex Gordon KC – OF
    Anthony Rizzo ChC – 1B
    Brandon Moss Oak – 1B,OF
    Avisail García CWS – OF
    Peter Bourjos StL – OF

    Anibal Sánchez Det – SP
    Alex Cobb TB – SP
    Addison Reed Ari – RP
    José Veras ChC – RP
    Doug Fister Was – SP
    Justin Masterson Cle – SP
    Patrick Corbin Ari – SP
    Chris Tillman Bal – SP
    Rick Porcello Det – SP
    Ubaldo Jiménez Bal – SP
    Josh Johnson SD – SP

    Too many SPs? we have a limit of 1250 IP and 162 Games played per starting roster positions.
    with the GP max should I focus more on maximzing my ABs here and carry less bench Ps and more bench bats (talking like one or two)? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea how many teams

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: sorry 12 team 5×5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, too many SPs… You don’t need 9… You should have top MRs to help K-rate… Your hitting looks solid, fairly balanced… I think you should cut Ubaldo and Johnson and take handcuffs or top MRs…

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: OK cool. That’s pretty much how i felt. A guyin my league just lost Medlen and he gave a little grunt when i took ubaldo in front of him. So I offered him up for Clippard.

        Alex Torres or Mujica?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          MUjica

  51. jim says:
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    I am in a 14 team yahoo head to head league and have a snake draft this saturday. The hitting categories are: hr, r, rbi, sb, avg, ops, tb, hits. The pitching categories are: w, sv, hold, k, whip, era, relief wins, quality starts. The positions are: c, 1b, 2b, 3b ss , 4 x of, 2 x util, mi, ci, 6 starting sp, 4 starting rp, 6 bench, 2 DL. Lineups are set weekly. I am trying to figure out how soon I should begin drafting pitching. What would you suggest?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around the 5th round, say 60-ish overall…

  52. Grey,

    Hope all is well, haven’t been reading that much this year and draft is on Sat.

    Insane to think Harper is a higher upside pick at 6 then Jones, CarGo, Davis, Cano? I am talking myself into him (redraft Yahoo league, 12 people, 6×6 extra cat’s OPS and CG’s) I see your rankings and you talking me out of him, but also the knowledge that out of anyone I think he makes the biggest jump….Thoughts on taking him 6 then looking for the biggest bat available in the 2nd round?

  53. Jon says:
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    I’m trying to dangle Ryan Zimmerman for much-needed pitching. I also have Lawrie and Asche, and if I want, I can trade for Arenado. Would Anibal be a good return for Zimm? That tier?

    • Jon says:
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      This is a keeper league by the way, and I just don’t see Zimm holding up long-term.

      • Jon says:
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        Or I could shoot for someone younger: Cole, Gray or Salazar…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  54. steve says:
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    Hey Grey –

    Thanks for the help!

    I’m in a partial keeper league, and lost last year so I have a lot of youth at reasonable keeper prices. Who should I target to keep?

    6X6, 10-Team League, H2H; $270 budget
    Keep 5 (cost to keep are in parentheses)

    C – Ramos (can’t keep)
    1B – Pujols ($15)
    2B – Kinsler (not keeping)
    SS – Segura ($7)
    3B – Machado ($6)
    1B/3B – Rizzo ($13)
    2B/SS – Profar ($4)
    OF – A. Jones ($27)
    OF – J. Upton ($23.5)
    OF – Stanton ($22)
    OF – Marte ($7)
    UTIL – Hamilton, Billy ($3)
    Bench – Cespedes ($13)
    Bench – Yelich ($3)
    Bench – Avasail Garcia ($1)
    Bench – G. Springer ($1)
    Bench – Bogaerts ($3)
    Bench – A. Gonzalez (not keeping)

    SP – Jofer ($10)
    SP – Matt Moore ($13)
    SP – Ryu ($5)
    SP – G. Cole ($6)
    SP – Wheeler ($3)
    SP – C. Martinez ($1)
    SP – Salazar ($3)
    SP – S. Gray ($2)
    SP – T. Walker ($1)
    RP – Holland ($8); this league uses a combined saves/holds category so top relievers are significantly less valuable

    My inclination is to keep the following:
    Jofer (for sure)
    Segura (for sure)
    Billy Hamilton (nearly for sure)
    Machado (since I can keep him beyond this year, & he’s inexpensive)

    Do you agree?

    Trying to decide between the following:
    A. Jones
    S. Marte
    G. Cole

    Thoughts?

    Thanks again.

    • steve says:
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      @steve:

      I can bid (auction) on anyone that I don’t keep, and not keeping someone like Adam Jones would likely cost me a few dollars; I’d expect that I could re-acquire him for $34-ish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones, Segura, Marte, Jo-Fer, Hamilton

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  55. Mike Guilford says:
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    5X5 keeper AL Only Auction $260
    Didn’t have any keepers IMO so made some trades.
    Can keep up to 12.
    C
    C
    1B-Moreland $15
    2B-Dozier $8
    3B- Longoria$32
    SS-
    MI-
    CO- Loney $5
    OF- Crisp $20
    OF- Saunders $1
    OF- Genrty $1
    OF-
    OF-
    DH-
    P- Iwakuma $10
    P-Vargas $5
    P- Buchholz $17
    P- Hughes $11
    Need 5 more Pitchers

    I want to go after McCann, Kipnis and Hosmer. Get a cheap closer and fill in with $1- $3 starters (SP). Or do you think I would be better off going after like C. Davis and A. Jones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t understand what you’re asking

  56. Mike says:
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    Grey thanks for another great post!
    Quick auction question, Im in a 10-tm auction league, should I use the $$ values on the war room? Or should I consider a change because of the number of teams??

    Thanks much!

  57. dingo says:
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    Grey,

    I know no one likes these questions, but my 14man league, standard roto (OBP is 5th category), lets you keep up to 5 players and if you do keep 5 then your first pick is in 6th rd.
    I am sadly keeping Choo, Pedroia, Craig, and Carpernter, and im torn on Ortiz. Would you keep Papi, i am really tempted to throw back Ortiz and draft Jose Abreu in 5th rd.

    Any advice is welcomed, huge fan of site, you got my crap team to 2nd last year, after taking over worst team. Thanks for that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Just keep Ortiz in an OBP league…

  58. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Just got offered the following trade in my 10 team QS/Kper9 keeper league:

    His 3rd round Cliff Lee

    For my round 5 Homer Bailey and round 9 Tony Cingrani

    Deal or no deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No deal

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey:

        My thoughts too. I think with both Cingrani and Homer I am getting about 1.5 Cliff Lee’s.

  59. thebiglipowski says:
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    Have to keep one in a 5×5 12 team league

    Wainwright (3rd)
    Minor (12th)
    Jensen (15th)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jansen

  60. Dave F says:
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    I have a dumb question. How often is the top 400 as well as the position rankings updated? My draft is next week, and I was basically looking to steal the rankings and run with them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whenever I change them… They were changed today for Ervin, Beachy and Medlen

  61. Mike says:
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    Yet another auction strategy question. S’pose everybody in my league uses Berry’s or Noise’s values and they stick to them. I potentially can get Trout and Miggy for their Razzball values. Should I?
    Is it ok to spend $100 out of $260 in two players? The best two in the game…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I wouldn’t spend that much for two players

  62. Jon says:
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    I was offered a position player for Rex Brothers. Guy has Swisher, Prado, Seager, Dozier, Middlebrooks, Leonys Martin, Crisp, Moss, Calhoun (and a few others)… who would you ask for? I could use 2B, 3B or OF. 5×5 keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Middlbrooks

  63. Jon says:
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    Ryan Zimm/Rex Brothers for Middlebrooks/Sonny Gray in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

  64. SteveNZ says:
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    I’m down here now. Back in those days I worked on the sports website at TVNZ (the national broadcaster), and pretty much covered anything that needed covering.

    But covering the New Zealand Open (we’d base ourselves out at the course for the week) was probably my favourite thing I did in that job. (apart from doing live audio commentary of rugby games over the internet – but that’s another story)

    Paraparaumu Beach is just out of Wellington, so it’s at the other end of the North Island from Auckland (about an hour flight, or an 8-hour drive). A bunch of us went down to Wellington for the tournament that year (2002) cos with Tiger coming to play it was a pretty big deal. Had a great time – even now it’s still the best week of my working career.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice… Sounds like the North Island is about here to above San Fran… Cougs used to work the Masters (producing segments) and has maintained it was fun and something I should do even if I wasn’t into golf…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: From the northernmost point of the island to Wellington is about 650 miles, give or take.

        That’s cool re: The Masters. Love that tournament. If there’s an event that looks better in HD, I don’t think I’ve seen it.

        I could be wrong, but I think the Masters people are pretty strict about what they allow in their segments…

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @SteveNZ:

          the re-emergence of the giant moa .

          kiwi dude is in mid-season form ….
          ” best shape of my life “

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha… Moa!

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: A great and powerful bird.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Looks downright ostrichy

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: 12 feet high, yo.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Do you have a pet one?

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @Grey: Heh, they’re extinct.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      So were dinosaurs but you saw Jurassic Park, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds like about LA to San Fran… I thought you guys were a bit further from A to B… I haven’t really watched much Masters, so I can’t say… Cougs would know!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: That’s just the North Island, of course…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, which until talking to my pops (he was there for his birthday), I didn’t realize there were two islands… Bridge connecting the two? I’m ignorant!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Nope, no bridge – the Cook Strait between the two islands.

                Google Earth, bro!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… So a ferry? Or a plane? Or both?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Both. But it’s a pretty rough stretch of water…

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @SteveNZ: Or it can be, I should say.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hour flight? Give me the specs, SteveNZ!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Needy!

                    Takes about 25 mins to fly over Cook Strait, but it’s only a tiny little airline that does it.

                    Think the ferry takes about 3 hours.

                    An hour to fly from Auckland to Wellington, 1 hour 20 Auckland-Christchurch.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, gotcha… So that’s a pretty short flight… It’s like here to San Diego… More of a pain than anything…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, and you can take your car or motorhome or whatever on the ferry too. So people either do that, or fly into a South Island airport and grab a vehicle at the other end.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Makes sense… I’m ready to go!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Come on down!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sighs… I wish…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      At some point, one of these offseasons… Definitely…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      audio commentary ?

      who would you say your voice sounds more like ? :
      a) Grey Albright
      b) Vin Scully
      c) Nick the podcast guy
      d) Harry Caray
      e) Minnie Mouse

      got any tape ?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @costaricanchata: Nothing that I can link to. I found a couple of the audio pop-ups via Google, but they won’t play.

        The charm of a) with the gravitas of b).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m thinking Sir Alec Guinness

  65. HighUpside says:
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    Thoughts on Carlos Santana moving to thrid?

    • HighUpside says:
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      @HighUpside:

      Third*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve gone over it

  66. Manbearpuig says:
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    Trading Ellsbury in 10 team points league. In a straight up trade who do I target first, Pujols, encarnacion, or Bruce? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Encarnacion

      • Manbearpuig says:
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        @Grey: Also forgot to ask, do you take any of them over Ellsbury?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Edwin, Bruce, Pujols

  67. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    need your opinion of two players .
    despite the myriad of games that i watch each year ,
    i don’t think that i’ve seen either one at the plate .
    ackley vs scooter gennett .
    dynasty implications .

    thanking you , in advance .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter in dynasty… Ackley’s an 8/8 player…

  68. Sad Keanu says:
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    If I keep Moore and Liriano in my 10-team H2H league, what tier should I be looking at to draft my next pitcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran

  69. JB says:
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    4×4 league 14 teams no ks. 9 p
    Would I be ok with Cobb cashner archer fister beachy and smyly as my sp or should I spend more. Auction league really can’t stream due to limited number of faab

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Spend a bit more… Especially with Beachy news

      • JB says:
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        Would swapping porcello for beachy be enough

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d prefer Porcello

  70. Beastman says:
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    In a 16 team h2h, 6×6 with OBP and total bases, who’s the keeper between Hosmer at 25 or Gyorko at 14? I’m old school and like my 1B to deliver 25+ HRs and 100+ RBIs (yes I know, statistically weak measure of skill), which is making me waver on keeping Hosmer. No CI spot, only 1 util. Other keepers are Jones 25, Desmond 7, Kenley Jansen 5, Bailey 9.

    Oh, and I really want to believe in Asche as a starting 3b in this deep league. Sway me in 14 syllables or less. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m guessing that’s money not rounds… Gyorko

      • Beastman says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Yes $ not rounds. I’d settle for 500 words but that article is 508. Don’t you blashpeme word counts!

        I read the Asche post and reviewed minor league #s. Nothing screams out track record of a power-hitting 3B, but I guess Hosmer is a good reference point for Asche.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mea culpa! Yeah, I just love that park and think he’ll have a chance to succeed prior to Maikel coming up…

  71. fausto says:
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    @grey
    Dearest Grey,
    Would you take a flyer on Javier Baez late round in a 10 team roto keeper league $275 cap? I inherited a team where the only keepers worth anything were encarnacion, romo (he was super cheap) and I kept a. soriano against your better judgement $6 25-30hr and 80ish rbi I’ll take his upside potential if it’s there. I share your love affair for Rizzo so if I have encarnacion 3B /rizzo 1B /middlebrooks CI is that a solid play in your opinion? I’m punting AVG with that crew.
    P.S. I literally lol’ed at the “guy by the window with the solar calculator” comment in your other post. Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, that corner trio is solid… I’d take a $2 flyer on Soler…

  72. Sange76 says:
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    weekly H2H points league 12 team keeper keeping Jose Fernandez (12th) and Bogaerts (11th)
    Which possibility is more satisfying?
    Fielder/Votto and Holliday or Braun and Pujols/A-Gon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jose Fernandez… Fielder/Holliday

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        2nd one is close though… Could see Braun, Pujols outproducing…

  73. Maver1ck says:
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    Alright…first comment of the fantasy baseball season…

    Keep Two:

    Freeman (8th)
    Mad Bum (13th)
    Starling Marte (20st)
    Alex Cobb (21st)
    Shelby Miller (23rd)
    Matt Carpenter (24th)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman, Marte

  74. Roger Dorn says:
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    Maybe I’m retarded but are these sleepers or a list of players to have as your starting 3B? Having Cody Asche as my 3B is pretty dumpy.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Roger Dorn: “Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2014 fantasy baseball”

      I take target as on my team whether as your starter, bench, or CI .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sleepers

  75. Greyismyhero says:
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    Trust Exercise confirmed: I have Asche on many teams already and many more to go…I just hope it doesn’t end up like Fraz, which hurt me last year…Moral to my story, I trust Grey and the green I smoke…Peace out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Peace!

  76. SteveNZ says:
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    I know it’s only Spring Training blah, blah, blah – but Yordano getting RAVE reviews after today’s outing…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not surprised… His stuff is nasty… One of the best velocities…

  77. fausto says:
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    Position eligibility aside who has bigger fantasy potential this year?
    1. Xander
    2. Jurickson
    3. Or “Monty ill take whats behind the curtain…”

    • fausto says:
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      @fausto: I know I already went over the rankings just curious if both are there late and or come cheap. Whats the move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar

  78. S P says:
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    Just had my firs AL-Auction draft (9 team 5×5, sub OBP for AVG and QS for W)

    C – Álex Ávila (Det – C) $1
    1B – Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B) $21
    2B – Ian Kinsler (Det – 2B) $19
    3B – Jurickson Profar (Tex – 2B,3B,SS) $15
    SS – Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS) $19
    OF – Wil Myers (TB – OF) $20
    OF – Norichika Aoki (KC – OF) $12
    OF – Rajai Davis (Det – OF) $6
    OF – Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF) $10
    CI – Brandon Moss (Oak – 1B,OF) $10
    MI – Brad Miller (Sea – 2B,SS) $9
    Util – Oswaldo Arcia (Min – OF) $8
    BN – Adam Eaton (CWS – OF) $10
    BN – Will Middlebrooks (Bos – 3B) $7

    SP – Alex Cobb (TB – SP) $20
    SP – Sonny Gray (Oak – SP) $15
    SP – Justin Masterson (Cle – SP) $9
    SP – Scott Kazmir (Oak – SP) $8
    RP – Greg Holland (KC – RP) $17
    RP – David Robertson (NYY – RP) $15
    P – Cody Allen (Cle – RP) $5
    P – Sergio Santos (Tor – RP) $1
    P – Luke Gregerson (Oak – RP) $1
    Unused $2

    What do you think? I didn’t get any of the guys $30 over but was really active in the $15-25 range. I feel like I might have gone too high on Gray and probably shouldn’t have spent the money that I did on Eaton there. Overall, I think it’s not too bad. Would you change anything?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind the Eaton and Gray buys… I think your pitching is solid for AL-Only, would love to see another starter or two rather than Santos, Gregerson and Allen… Or rather than one of them at least… Your hitting looks a tad weak on power and high on speed… Not a bad team, just a few weaknesses…

  79. Roger Dorn says:
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    I definitely trust Gray. I think this is more of a list of players that will outperform their ADP.

  80. Claytonio says:
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    Hello good sers, well met (spoken with a British accent). So my taking from this is although you love the 2nd-3rd tier t-baggers, you wouldn’t be counting on them? My league carries no corner hoochie, so I’m curious as to your advice.
    I’m keeping Puig, Segura & Ortiz along with J-Fer…in planning my early picks what would you think of a strategy to grab a top 3B like Beltre, a top 2B & OF and wait for Hosmer later to pair with Ortiz?
    Does that seem a decent idea or am I Toucan Sam?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Arenado could work, but depends on depth of league… If you’re league is shallower than 14 team with no corner man, then probably not counting on these guys… Sounds like a decent plan…

  81. MB says:
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    Hey man, in my new dynasty I have Sano, do I need to try to get middlebrooks or frazier OR do I just take what I can get with dominguez, asche, or c johnson way later? New 5×5 dynasty draft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take what you can in the draft

  82. Beazy says:
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    Keeper question please…

    I can keep 5 and so far have. Trout, puig, harper, stanton. I need to decide between myers in the 7th or donladson in the last round for my 5th keeper. We have a CI position to fill as well. With 4 OF keepers already and the fact that i need a 3b and CI, and get donaldson so much later it seems i should keep him. But myers seems to have more upside.

    Your thoughts please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

  83. Greg says:
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    Sano is $1 in my keeper league. Is it worth giving him a 3-year contract at $1 and let him take up a spot on my bench all year? Or should I just leave him on waivers all year and wait until next year? What do you expect his value to be in 2015? Will he be the starter next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait until next year

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