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Excuse the exposition and this clunky intro into aforementioned exposition, but here’s the catchers to target, 1st basemen to target, 2nd basemen to targetshortstops to target and something to stick to your dartboards to target.  These 3rd basemen to target are being drafted after 200 overall.  Keep in mind, nephew (and five niece readers), your Uncle Grey likes to have a corner man drafted by the time these guys appear, so you’re looking at potential utility men more than anything.  Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Indonesia) supplement to the top 20 3rd basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2016 projections.  Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2017 fantasy baseball:

Yoan Moncada (ESPN 238, Yahoo 321) How many guys can you draft near 250 overall that can give you 17 HRs and 35 SBs if he breaks camp with the club?  Zero comes to mind.  Zero is also the amount of interest I had in The OA after watching three episodes.  I’m sorry, but you need to put upfront that this show is going to start working in interpretative dance into the main storyline.  Like the logline needs to be, “Supernatural show that leads to some bullcrap about interpretative dance.  Y’all been warned.”  I can see this show being greenlit, “It’s like Stranger Things.”  “It’s as good as Stranger Things?”  “God no.  This show is terrible but there’s kids in it.”  “We can sell that!”  Okay, I need to move OA from The OA.  So, will Moncada break camp with the White Sox?  It seems unlikely, but it’s not like the White Sox are fueling up the tank for a pennant run.  They have so little to look forward to that their fans are actually looking forward to the ceremony retiring Mark Buehrle’s number, though that might be partly because they want some kind of guarantee that Buehrle will no longer be pitching for them.  It would surprise me if Moncada breaks camp with the team, but not shocking.

Eugenio Suarez (ESPN 244, Yahoo 223) I was thisclose to not including Eugenio here, because I think he’s a Neil Walker-type, i.e., you draft him because you’re like, “M’all ears why I shouldn’t be drafting a solid, no upside guy late,” then you get to April 15th and you’re like, “I wanna drop this no upside guy to waivers and pick up someone that’s hitting.”  By the way, m’all ears is my new favorite saying.

Pablo Sandoval (ESPN 223, Yahoo 320)  Um, holy shizzballs there’s no late 3rd basemen to draft.  I mean, there’s Hernan Perez, Schimpf and Brandon Drury, but I went over them in the 2nd basemen to target.  For 3rd basemen who I haven’t covered before?  Well, there’s Sandoval, and we can only cover him now because he lost 277 pounds this offseason.  Otherwise, there’s just not enough fabric in the world.  As for the positives on Sandoval, well…Um…He doesn’t need to put two scales together to weigh himself anymore.  Okay, his lineup should be good and he’s supposedly the everyday starter, but Rutledge and Holt could end that quickly.  For full disclosure purposes, I just drafted Sandoval at around the 350th pick in my NFBC league.  Guys taken around him:  Sandy Leon and Austin Hedges.  Ya know, that ol’ “Man, two catcher leagues suck” run.

Mike Moustakas (ESPN 237, Yahoo 205)  Pro Tip Alert!  Draft a 3rd baseman and a corner man before you get to the top 200 overall, because you don’t even want these guys as your corner man.  Utility?  Fine, we’ll see what happens.  Though, likely shizz will happen.

Jose Reyes (ESPN/Yahoo NR) I could see teams winning leagues this year, and looking back on their team and being like, “He didn’t win the league for me, but Jose Reyes was mighty helpful.”  The Mets will play Wright if he gets healthy, but that ‘if’ has its own solar system, and, even if Wright somehow gets back on the field, I think the Mets know they’re better with Reyes leading off so that means a 2nd base platoon with Asdrubal and Walker and Reyes playing.

Yulieski Gurriel (Yahoo 234, ESPN 290)  He’s the stereotypical 3rd baseman for this poor year for 3rd basemen sleepers.  There could be upside, but likely he’s Yunel Escobar without the flashy average.  By the way, I did give 3rd basemen sleepers this year, they just aren’t being drafted after the top 200 overall.

Nick Castellanos (Yahoo 238)  Okay, we should start calling him Nick Falling-for-the-banana-in-the-ol-tailpipellanos.  Agreed, but he was on the verge of breaking out last year and then came down with a broken hand.  He’s a relatively safe 20-homer, .270 guy with upside who is still only 25 years old, i.e., not to many anos on Nick!

Adonis Garcia (Yahoo 332)  Member the other day when I said there was a huge difference between rankings of Dansby?  How could you forget, it’s all I talked about in the shortstops to target.  Well, we found another one, y’all!  Adonis Garcia is ranked at 194 overall at ESPN, and *sees where he’s ranked at other sites*  Okay, forget the Dansby comparison.  Now I see ESPN is crumby with crackers.  The average ranking of Adonis is around 350 overall and no one else has him before 200 overall.  Maybe I shouldn’t have looked at Klara Bell’s rankings for ESPN.  That reminds me, I have a dart competition I need to train for.  Toodles!

 
  1. LenFuego says:
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    The problem with getting on at midnight and being the first one to read a Grey post is that none of the entertaining comments are on to read yet. . And this third base crop definitely needs some entertaining comments. . M’all ears if anyone wants to post a funny or interesting comment. Anyone? … Even, like, something just, like, mocking the OA? … Anyone? … … Anyone? … No? … .

      • Blackjack says:
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        @Grey: With the inclusion of Panda and Jo-Jo, a not small part of me wants to believe Grey wrote this while on a bad trip reliving the oughts compliments of something Weird Al cooked up from the organic section of Whole Foods.

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. I’m loving all of these guys for the utility role at the end of the draft or after round 20. Right?

    b. Btw, never got to say thanks for making THAT product illegal in Croatia. Now how am I going to access the sleeper shortstop page when I go to Croatia? Illegal in Indonesia, however? Go ahead, make my day!

    c. Hotting up in Farchana, USA. Going to N’Djamena (fiesta…forever) next week for a 4-day training. It’s being organised in the office so at least access to the Internet (and as an extension this site which is the most important extension of the Internet) is good.

    d. Have a good weekend. Hope you get to some spa or somewhere nice so you and Cougs can be pampered to death (figuratively, not literally!!!).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: B. Ha! C. People will be dancing on the ceiling D. You too!

  3. henncoop says:
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    Having a good night again & some free time to look over the latest & best free fantasy advice on the planet, Maybe I should not draft so early NEXT year. I already lost Desmond, Murphy, Travis, Dahl, Joseph, & Carasco in one or more leagues…maybe more, I am too depressed to look.

    Plus if I wait a bit next year I get this great pertness on who the sleepers are at each position. At least I have the free yahoo leagues & the 2 Razzball leagues I signed up for yet to draft. The problem is the others are all money leagues. LOL should be interesting …and challenging.

    Tomorrow night should be “great” in a not so good way. Working the Milwaukee campus blocks away from the major party bars on St Patty’s …wtf did I do to the boss lady?? Well likely war stories come out of the ordeal …might be a positive? Thanks for all the hard work mixed with generous doses of humor. Hope you have a good weekend!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @henncoop: Thanks! You too! Oh, and you should always draft late as possible

  4. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Using Rudy’s OBP Auction Values, which 3B would you target outside of the top tier in a shallow 10 team Yahoo league based on ADP? Am I crazy for really wanting Sano based on that ADP/Auction value?

    ADP# – Player – Auction $

    45 – Seager – $16.9
    47 – Beltre – $13.2
    67 – Frazier – $21.5
    76 – Longoria – $17.2
    77 – Carpenter – $15.1
    81 – Rendon – $11.9
    91 – Bregman – $12
    112 – Turner – $8.8
    123 – Franco – $12.5
    127 – Lamb – $4.1
    145 – Sano – $20
    170 – Ramirez – $11
    215 – Nunez – $4.9

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: Sorry i missed Seager on your list…Seager then Rendon

    • bossmanjunior333 says:
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      @bossmanjunior333:

      Just to clarify… it’s a h2h snake draft. Those are just Rudy’s projected Auction Values for OBP. Just trying to find the best value for where they are ranked by Yahoo. That’s why I thought Sano looked like a great value, going in roughly the 15th round for around $20 of projected value.

      • Cram It says:
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        @bossmanjunior333: It’s a 10-teamer, I wouldn’t place any emphasis on “value”. You don’t want Sano as your starting 3B in a 10-teamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: Can’t imagine Sano goes that late… Rendon has been going at a decent price

  5. Scott steelers says:
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    Need advice for my 5th final keeper. 4 for sures are Polanco rd 17, Springer rd 12, Turner rd 11, Villar rd 10. I have 1st pick giving me Arenado. Then I’m trying to decide between AAron Sanchez rd 19 or Pollock rd 3 (after keepers, pollock is the 7th best player on the board so he will go 1st rd)

  6. Wil says:
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    I think Degrom is a great sp1 to target this year. He’s not valued that highly and you can get him in the 5th round on most sites. Looks like he’s in mid-season form.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Wil: I agree…He scares Grey a little though.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Wil: Taken him as my #1 twice so far. Both in 5th.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Pray YOUR arm holds up. LGM!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I got arm tendons for days, son!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: In that case, I could use one for my right shoulder, please and thank you.

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: he’s pitching 200 this year with a 2.8 era and a lot of ks. It’s not really even that bold

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            For those that drafted him… I care, y’all!

          • Wil says:
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            @Grey: do you bleed orange and blue !?!?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Only when at The Lemon Ice King of Corona and eating orange and blue ice

              • Wil says:
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                @Grey: Ralph’s Italian ice rt9 in manalapan best in nj.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I love Ralph’s but it doesn’t hold a candle to the lemon ice king of corona

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I felt like I was watching an audition tape for a David Lynch film

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looked like a 90s indie comedy, so Tehol is Janeane Garofalo

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: that or a real world audition tape….btw I also got a reality bites vibe there too

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @J-FOH: Wait till he dances to My Sharona.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @J-FOH: I feel like he’s making the type of Diss Videos, that Ja Rule makes between shifts at Fat Burger.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @J-FOH: Hahaha my Mom just texted me “Why is this Tree-hole so mad? Who has sideburns? It’s 2017!”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Your mom or Benintendi? What side of the trade do you want?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Benintendi, my mom can’t hit the curve

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  She can do the chainz tho!

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: All I could think about was that commercial with Two Chainz on his yacht.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, Mom Lifshitz, 2 Chainz, Benintendi and solid gold giraffes… We’re filling out this party!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: That tweet was Ether hahaha

  7. Chud says:
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    Great write up! I’m all in on Castellanos this year for some reason….dude teases every year and I’m a sucker for hard contact rate I guess….haha.

    Anyway I’ve been offered a deal in my full keeper dynasty:

    I give Hosmer ($18)/Arrieta ($14)

    I get Donaldson ($24)/ Manaea ($1).

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chud: Id want Donaldson

    • Moneyball says:
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      Donaldson, not close with SPs a dime a dozen and cap savings.

  8. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! In a H2H OBP OPS keep-5 12 team league, I’ve found myself with 3 bench bats where i usually roster none. Specifically, I was able to snag a $1 Joc $1 Keon and $4 Dahl all of whom I hope to keep if all goes as planned, plus Moncada who I drafted to use as a trade chip. 3 OF league.

    Another manager autodrafted with custom preset values and inadvertently ended up with non keepable Trout ($65!!!) Kershaw ($55), Mad Max, Thor, and a bunch of $1 bums. I’m trying to think of fair trades I acquire an elite guy in exchange for 2-3 pieces that will help round is team.

    What do you think of these?

    His Trout for my $33 Blackmon, $12 Chris Davis (his 1B is Napoli), and $1 Moncada

    His Thor for Blackmon and Moncada (here it would make my OFs Harper Joc and one of Broxton Dahl). I know Thor has less $ value than Blackmon but wondering if it’s different post draft given the roster makeup..

    His Thor for Blackmon + Maeda.

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Thanks, MP. What do you think of the Thor trades if Trout is a no go (I’m saying Thor but I would probably try for Kershaw or Scherzer first).

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Sounds good to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It should be, “Sounds gouda to me!”

  9. hondo says:
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    Looks like when you were last heard from on Tyler Saladino,Lawrie was still in the picture.What do you see him doing full time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hondo: I just went over him yesterday

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks,I’m up to speed now,including Son’s article.

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Emerald Isle..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Do they celebrate there or is it like there’s no Thanksgiving in Indian reservations?

  11. Joel says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Keepers are due tomorrow and I’m struggling with my final decision. I have a few choices, but can’t decide which way to go. Option A: Keep Danny Duffy for 5 years, Lance McCullers for 2 years
    Option B: Keep Danny Duffy for 2 years, Manny Margot for 5 years
    Option C: Keep Danny Duffy for 5 years, draft someone else in that open spot

    I drafted McCullers last year, but got burned. Don’t want to go through that again, you know? There’s lots to like about Margot, but there’s the knee issue, so how will that affect his running? Plus, SAGNOF. I got questions, y’all. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Joel:
      I’d go B

    • Moneyball says:
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      Hard to tell with info provided. If 12 team or less, Margot might only ever be a fringe starter.

      I’d say A.) but don’t know what C.) would be anyway.

      • Joel says:
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        @Moneyball:

        It’s a 12 team league, with a 25-man roster, 7 reserves, and 3 minor league spots. We can keep up to 6 active players plus our minor leaguers. I’m thinking about 75 players will be kept overall.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: A, but agree with Moneyball

  12. The Great Knoche says:
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    One I’m targeting is Solarte. (ESPN 283) Could be hitting cleanup between Myers and Renfroe. Power stroke came into own last year and certainly seems repeatable. Could easily hit 20+ HR as he should get full ABs this year. Low K rate leads to solid BA even if BABIP is low. Also likely will pick up 2B eligibility shortly during season which gives roster flexibility.

    Could easily go .280/70/20/82/1

    I like that in deep leagues picking that late.

  13. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Razzball, Happy Friday! Need your advice for my last keeper, as I’ve no friggin’ clue what to do…

    12-team, H2H, 5×5 OPS, QS, Solds

    Keep 5, FA’s slot rd 25, 20, 15, etc.

    *C. Seager – rd 6
    *Spanish Hodor – rd 7
    *J. Ramirez – FA
    *D. Dahl – FA
    Colome – FA
    Bedrosian – FA
    Bundy – FA

    H2H isn’t my usual format, and with QS and Solds as categories I don’t know how to keep pitching… $5 SP w/ high upside? Or one of the $20 RPs?

  14. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey! Thanks…

    16 team h2h points league… redraft.

    Gerrit Cole or Samardzija?

    Bregman or Jose Ramirez or Rendon?

    Thanks again.

  15. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Get to keep one NA in a keeper league. Have to choose between Brinson and Giolito. Last year, this was an easy choice, but with Giolito’s recent struggles, do I go Brinson?

  16. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Saw that one of your favorite 3B sleepers from years past Cody Asche might make the White Sox roster. If he doesn’t get cut, I may take him in the last round for old times sake.

    Those were the days … of 2015.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: He was one of the best deep sleepers of recent ages, or at least top 100 best

  17. The Great Knoche says:
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    Son just ran out his 8 hour clock and ended up with Desclafani.

  18. Coors Canaveral says:
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    Margarita bought. Thanks as always.

    Thoughts on this team so far and what I might grab in the next 8 or 9 rounds? 12-team with OPS instead of AVG. QS instead of W’s and SV/HD instead of S’s.

    C Salvador Perez
    C
    1B Anthony Rizzo
    2B Jonathan Schoop
    3B Nolan Arenado
    SS Jean Segura
    2B/SS Jose Peraza
    1B/3B Ryon Healy
    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF Hunter Renfroe
    OF Ian Desmond
    OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
    OF Eric Thames
    UTIL Dexter Fowler
    P Yu Darvish
    P Jacob deGrom
    P Kenta Maeda
    P Jameson Taillon
    P Vince Velasquez
    P Raisel Iglesias
    P Jim Johnson
    P
    P
    P
    BE Manuel Margot

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Coors Canaveral: Fairly solid and balanced offense. Starters looks good.

      I’d be looking at some stud ratio and K Setup guys like Reed, Capps, Barraclough

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @Coors Canaveral:
      Curious on want number pickup did deGrom , Schoop , Healy and Cespedes go at ?

      • Coors Canaveral says:
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        deGrom was my second pitcher at # 9 (kept Darvish because he was priced so low).

        Schoop was picked at #11

        Healy at #23?

        Cespedes was a keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Coors Canaveral: Thanks! I don’t like deGrom, which makes your pitching risky in my eyes, but I do like the others you have, nice Ks… You look low on SBs, but that’s fine in OPS, I like the hitting overall — Grab safe starters, like Dollar Store condoms

  19. Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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    Grey,

    Who do you think has a better shot at getting close to repeating last year
    DJ LeMa or Jose Ramirez. I feel Jose bc he’s value is more spread across multiple categories but he feels like he came out of no where. Thanks

  20. Cram It says:
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    For NFBC, do we know if a player gains eligibility if he plays X amount of games at a different position than he currently qualifies for?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: 10 Games for new position and they gain it.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: Just started 20, but today looks promising. Our usual suspect is on autopick it looks like, and the other one is sick of me busting his balls I think, so he’s been around more last 2 days.

          You?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Very happy. Poking around for some SB upside. Not sure what I’m getting from Springer in that department.

            C-Rupp
            C-
            1B-Goldy
            2B-Kinsler
            3B-Rendon
            SS-Semien
            CI-Cron
            MI-Panik
            OF-Springer
            OF-Stanton
            OF-Mazara
            OF-Peralta
            OF-Domingo
            UTIL-Margot
            P-Verlander
            P-Maeda
            P-Nola
            P-Matz
            P-J Ross
            P-Cobb
            P-Bauer
            RP-Allen
            RP-Robertson

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that is solid…. Is Tilson available?

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Thanks. I was looking at him but he’s starting the season on the DL with a foot thing. That can’t be good for running.

                • Grey

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                  Nah, not great, but season is long and he’ll be back eventually and he’s super cheap

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: True. I just went with Jose Reyes.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice pick… I just took Freddy Galvis, God help us all

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Ha. He’s a warm body! Who could hit some homers, steal some bags. It’s crazy how I’m praying a guy gets back to me at this point in the draft. Like, he’s my back up MI but I MUST have him!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I was praying on Matt Duffy and he went the pick before… I was so pissed…. And Matt Duffy sucks!

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Cram It: Ha. Exactly! I have an SP I’m really excited about with an ADP over 500 but I’m seriously considering taking him next round because I MUST have him.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, and it’s prolly someone like Bartolo Colon

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Cram It: Haha. No but I do love him! He’s my plan B.

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Cram It: Sitting about same as you. Porjecting at top of HR, R and RBI, but light on SB, Avg is Avg. Pitching is in the middle. Nice Catcher

              C Rupp
              C-
              1B Freeman
              2B Kinsler
              SS Russell
              3B Seager
              MI Swanson
              CR Solarte
              OF Harper
              OF JD
              OF Mazara
              OF Dickerson
              OF Broxton
              U Reyes

              P Hendricks
              P Greinke
              P Manaea
              P Cotton
              P Lynn
              RP Allen
              RP Johnson
              P
              P

              • Cram It says:
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                @The Great Knoche: Your pitching would worry me, but I was hell bent on getting good pitching.

  21. Relsh says:
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    Keeper League 6×6 H2H: Segura or Trumbo?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Relsh:
      Segura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Relsh: Meh, I’d prolly go Trumbo, but close

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Relsh:
        Segura@Grey:

        I went for Segura, do to your top 100 overall rankings for 2017.

        You have Segura @ 34 & Trunbo @ 45.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, they’re close… In 6×6 and H2H I lean a little more to Trumbo

  22. TheMadBatter says:
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    Is Carrasco still a safe bet this year or should we shy away due to his recent injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not safe yet, but it’s still early

  23. DR says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I need to drop one of the following guys in a 12team, H2H keep-20 league: Soler, Odorizzi, D. Travis.

    Leaning towards Odorizzi because SPs are somewhat less valuable than bats in our format but his consistency is valuable over Not knowing what I willing get from the other two guys.

    Thanks!

  24. J-FOH says:
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    I think the two bounce backs here are Castellanos and Moustakas. Injury years are what they are and I’ll be targeting both late. In the case of Nick C he’s still only 25 and was starting to hint at the breakout we were waiting for. Another name I’m keeping for deeper leagues is Travis Shaw. New team, way better park and according to roster resource he’s penciled in as the starter at 3rd. Also at 27 he still has room to grow considering that he’s had only 778 PA’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fenway is one of the best park in the game, Miller isn’t way better… Shaw will platoon too

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: hence the deeper league reference where I make my living on platoony tunes

  25. Brian says:
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    another great write up grey!!!
    quick question got a trade offer last night 10 team 5×5 keeper league
    jean segura(my player) for adam jones(his guy)

      • Brian says:
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        Thanks bud your the man

  26. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Take your time Grey. I kid, I kid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s always so anticlimatic when you finally pick and it’s someone like Freddy Galvis

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: I yawned looking at my queue just now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I was praying on Matt Duffy and he went the pick before… I was so pissed…. And Matt Duffy sucks!

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: I just made the pick or the draft!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He was two down my catcher list, my next one was “Don’t draft a catcher”

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Haha. I figured he should get the majority of starts, not murder my average hopefully, and I’ll take whatever else he gives me.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, just need ABs at a certain point… You need at least 3 catchers too, more like 4

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: Oh god, I completely forgot about backup catchers. For real, ha.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Still have 23 picks, at some point Wolters will look good

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Am I in the player pool? Put me in coach!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You can be Placeholder 2

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      That was my name in the dating scene.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The Blue Waffle? Don’t Google!

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      I named a fantasy team that a few years ago that caused the league to all google it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hahaha, love it… You devilish imp!

  27. Ronnie E Raney says:
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    Great posts about sleepers. The OA was… interesting.

    I drafted Kris Bryant in my keeper league while he was not in the majors and it paid off. I’m tempted to double down on 3B with Bregman or Moncada as potential top dudes in the next couple of years.

    Thanks for your in-depth analysis and humor, which is lacking in the world.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d go Bregman, Moncada still Ks a lot

  28. Huffin Gas says:
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    I pulled a crotch muscle kicking the cat through a window after reading about Carrasco’s tender tendons. This is not another Carrasco specific advice question. However, should I: A. ignore it. B. head to the Asian robe store down the street and ask about their specials (local me-ssage joints have already been shut down). C. Do my own rehab. D. Slap the area repeatedly until its numb and pretend nothing happened. This is the most important advice of the day. I want to hit on some locals at the parade later.

  29. RicoSuave says:
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    Hey Grey,

    16 team h2h points league… redraft

    I’m in a slow draft right now and in a few minutes will be my turn to pick round 6 pick#84 overall

    so far, I have Harper, Syndergaard, Stanton, Odor, Maeda…

    Rendon, Gerrit Cole, Danny Salazar, Jose Ramirez, Bregman are available… who do you recommend i pick up…

    thanks

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: THANK YOU!

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: I missed out on 1B and now i can wait for … Pujols, Hosmer, Hanley, Belt…

          • RicoSuave says:
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            @Grey: thanks again… I don’t know if he’s going to be available on the way back… will try though…

  30. jon says:
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    10 team keeper

    Goldy and Piscotty for Abreu, Moarles, and De Leon

    thats a steal on Goldy side right?

  31. Ronnie E Raney says:
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    Please Grey!, I’m losing my mind. You have convinced me that a very serviceable pitching crew can be put together after rounds 1-5. Which 5 of these 7 guys should I keep in a 5×5 Roto league?
    Bryant (lock)
    Bumgarner (tempted to drop)
    EE
    Votto
    Marte
    Story
    Murphy (likely out)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant (lock)
      Bumgarner (tempted to drop)
      EE
      Marte
      Story

      • Ronnie E Raney says:
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        Thank you – a co-worker and I were just talking about maybe I should drop Votto. I think this might seal the deal. Keep up the great work.

  32. Benji says:
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    H2h, 12 teams.

    Keep Villar or Gary Sanch, both would cost 19th round.

    Having a catcher that DH’s and gets regular AB’s is pretty clutch? But Villar has dual eligibility and is going earlier in drafts.

    Not really sure who to keep.

  33. Big W says:
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    Hey Grey,

    For me when I’ve missed out on a top 3b, I’ve been waiting till close to the end and grabbing Ryon Healy. I agree with your sleeper post that he looks like donaldson 2.0 waiting to happen.

    Why was he not mentioned in your write-up? Is he getting obvious now? Or perhaps a change of heart on you part?

    Thanks,

    Big W

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I love Healy, but he didn’t meet after 200 overall criteria

  34. Damien Riggs says:
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    How early would you consider drafting Price and Carrasco? top 80 pick? top 100 pick if they fall?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t draft Price, I’d look at Carrasco around 75 now, depending on news

  35. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Hiya Grey!

    Please rank these players in standard dynasty roto leagues:

    Hamilton
    Franco
    Herrera
    Castellanos
    Stroman

    Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco, Hamilton, Stroman

  36. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Loving these write-ups! Have been slammed wrapping up my diss., hence the lack of Featherbottom.
    I’m drafting in a 16 team pts. league this Sunday. I’ve got the third pick. I assume that means I have my pick of everyone sans Kershaw/Trout.
    Since pitchers are way overvalued due to scoring, I’m leaning Noah, Max in this order.
    Whatda you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think that works, good luck with the diss!

      • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Yeah man – Thanks! I’m not too worried about it – my diss is manuscript based, and I’ve already got 3 manuscripts out for review (1 in print). Defending mid-June.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m sure you’ll make the whole Featherbottom crew very proud!

          • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: They best be proud! In the meantime, wife and I having been watching the OJ series from ESPN. Really well done. I remember the verdict being read over the loud speaker during my high school math class.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I enjoyed it a lot… The new Kalief Browder six-part doc on Spike is really good too, if infuriating

  37. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    12-team keeper league draft prep for tomorrow! A few questions:

    1. My 7 keepers are a cheap ace and #2 (Yu and Hill) plus 5 top 25 middle of order power bats with solid average, including 2 first rounders. Would you fill out your offense mainly targeting SB and Runs? I ordinarily would pick Schoop over Forysthe/Pedroia at 2B for example, but those leadoff guys seem like the ones I should be leaning towards given the team makeup…

    2. Would you rather have a $19 Toddfather, a $4 Lamb, or a $1-$2 Healy? (I’m thinking Lamb > Healy > Todd, but would love an excuse to draft Healy as my starting 3B b/c I love him).

    3. Cheap MI for SBs (and runs ideally) – Nunez or Tim Anderson?

    4. Raul Mondesi worth a reserve round pick?

    5. Best way to blow my extra salary savings . . . overpaying for a Cueto-type (rather than grabbing a Duffy/Maeda type), or locking up 2 top 5 closers. Weekly lineups in case relevant.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Why not just say who your actual keepers are? 2. Lamb 3. Anderson 4. Sure 5. Cueto

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: haha! no f’in clue, i think i thought it was going to be shorter that way. Yu, Hill, Goldy, Rizzo, Story, JD, Hanley (realized I oversold Hanley slightly). So, target R + SB primarily? I feel like those 5 could not unreasonably give me ~.275 ~150 HR and ~500 RBIs collectively.

        Thanks for the help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you need runs and SBs

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, planning to target the Jankowski/Rajai/Leonys/Kiermaier crew in early reserve rounds + my only big bat target is Polanco.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How deep? Maybe flyer on Tapia at end? Tilson?

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Grey: Oh I like that! 12 teams, 5 OF / MI / CI / 2C / 1 UTL / 7 reserves.

                I’m planning to try snagging at least 1 of Dahl/Desmond at a discount and DL them both, so I’m trying to balance my early reserve picks between upside and needs. That said, I have Tapia at the top of my list for reserve pick 1 or 2 (if Rajai is available in reserve, i’m definitely grabbing him), and then was planning to dive into the SAGNOF pool after that. Before reserve I also plan on drafting Delino De-errr, I mean, Broxton!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, nice… I’d look at Tilson too, he’ll lead off and steal 25+ bags before Tapia, though less flashy name

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    @Grey: Thanks for the tip, will put him on my watchlist for end of draft. I just had a big laugh looking him up to add him to my watchlist on CBS . . . they project him for 21 HR and 7 SB . . . WHAT?! You and everyone else and basically the exact opposite (~5/~20-25)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I think they confused him with Charlie Blackmon

  38. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    FYI, I get that full screen ad on my phone that someone mentioned the other day. Not every time, but enough.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Effin bastards… They said they removed it….

      • Sinner Man says:
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        @Grey:
        Just got it too, just now (on Safari)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, I emailed our ad people… Waiting to hear

  39. peacecoast aka the lead greysciple says:
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    any NFBC razzballs still open?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, we’re halfway through drafting them right now — where were you man when we were doing signups?

      • peacecoast aka the lead greysciple says:
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        @Grey: A day late and a dollar short, that’s where Grey. That’s where. That’s. Th-

        • peacecoast aka the lead greysciple says:
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          @peacecoast aka the lead greysciple: picked up folty in the last round of my draft. He looks good this year so far huh?

          Here are my hitters, what you think son?

          Welington
          Rupp
          Goldie
          Arenado
          Rizzo
          Schoop
          Addison Russell
          cesar Hernandez
          Bryant
          Rajai
          Kiermaier
          Mazara
          Pollock
          V mart

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, love me some Folty…. Nice core of hitters, no real complaints… I think V-Mart and Kiermaier are kinda bleh, but that’s quibbling

            • peacecoast aka the lead greysciple says:
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              @Grey:

              thanks!

              being the original greysciple that I am, I knew you were gonna say that

  40. Cram It says:
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    I’m two picks away from getting Conforto. The guy before me has been on autopick the whole draft. Conforto is the highest ranked OF. I’m totally going to get sniped by an autodrafter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s still on the board in the 26th, fwiw

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Doesn’t make sense to me. There’s no way he’s in the minors all year, if at all.

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @Cram It: Don’t listen to Grey, he was taken in the 23rd

        • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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          @Cram It: I know, “He’s like…oh you can wait several rounds.” Meanwhile, he’s whispering into JB’s ear from a step ladder.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Yeah, yeah, he’s all like “JB watch this *teehee*, ‘You should totally draft *ah gahdammit*, JB get me another latte, and put an f’n umbrella in it this time!'”

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: probably does the same when he wants to look deep into his eyes for pitching osmosis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What did I do?

  41. Jp says:
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    Grey-at the risk of asking the least sexy question of the day I am in a roto al only 13 team 4×4 and have Steven wright at $5. I was planning on sending him back but in light of the price injury I think I will hold him , agree? Wins, era, whip, And saves. Happy st paddy’s day and thank you.

      • Jp says:
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        @Grey: but Grey he plays for the Sawx and he is only five bucks and I live in NH he’s a Pissa at that price think of the trade value he wicked awesome

  42. Jack Florida says:
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    Combined no hitter in Lakeland
    Tanaka ,Shreve, Montgomery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome!

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: Tanaka had his worst stuff of the three times i have seen him—-3 great defensive plays during Montgomery’s time [4 innings] saved it

  43. Cram It says:
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    So Familia is absolutely getting suspended right? Meaning Reed will absolutely get saves? You only like him for 5 saves during that time coupled with vulture saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s why I have Reed fo rsuch a low number of saves, b/c it’s not clear if Familia is being suspended or for how long… I’m guessing he’s suspended for 15 games

  44. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Peraza or Swanson in an NL only keeper league?

  45. Wheelchairman says:
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    I need to drop one from a 6×6 keeper league
    Sano, c. Seager, springer, McCullers, Salazar, degrom, Bergman, odor, villar

    Who do I drop. Think Salazar or sano.

  46. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    A couple of questions.
    I am thinking about dropping a few players from my roster for the draft. I am thinking about dropping Brett Gradner (1st rd pick), Rio Ruiz (5th rd pick), Chase De Jong (6th rd pick), Rajai Davis (10th rd pick).

    1) Would you drop Gardner and use the 1st to get Domingo Santana?
    2) Would you drop Ruiz and use the 5th to get Freese?
    3) Would you drop De Jong and use the 6th rd pick to get Stephenson,Bauer, Bradley?
    4) Would you drop Davis and use the 10th to get Markakis, Toles, Bruce, or Gordon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Sure 2) Yes 3) Bauer 4) No

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey is there any word about the suspension for Familia?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            The guy who wants him says he wants to wait until he hears about the suspension to see how many games he gets before he makes the deal. Should I wait as well since he would give me Rizzo in return for him?

  47. SallyCips says:
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    What up, dude! hope all is well this year!

    I’ve been grabbing Yuli, but it is tough at the back end of the draft finding guys with a pulse. I gotta start thinking about Yoan more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope you’re well too!

  48. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Happy Friday Grey!

    I’m at the airport waiting to fly down to SoCal for my NL-Only H2H Auction ($280) this weekend. I’m like a kid the day before Christmas. My keepers are GOLDY(44), Villar(12), LeMahieu(9), Franco(12), and Hendricks(14).

    I’ve decided to keep Franco as my 5th keeper over Cole and Keon now that I found out Lamb is being kept. I tried to trade one of them for Lamb(8) the other day, but the owner had already decided to keep him over Teheran and Hamilton.

    Anyways, I am wondering if you like the following possible pitching staff.

    A.) 5-6 SPs – Hendricks and Maeda with 3 or 4 (depending on $) of Gray, VV, Roark, Taijuan, Nova, Eickhoff, Ray, and Nola.
    B). What about also getting one of Gsellman, Hutchison, and Montgomery for cheap? I can always stream one of my bench spots when necessary.

    C.) For RPs I plan to get one of Jansen, Melancon, and Oh, and will go for the “next-in-line guys” Like Barraclaugh, Rondon, and Knebel along with other high K potential RPs. I can always speculate on S opps as well.

    This should fit within my $95-110 pitching budget. Do you feel this could be strong enough week to week?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice! Have fun! A) Sure B) Gsellman and Montgomery are my two faves there C) Makes sense

      Plenty strong enough

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I really don’t want to overpay for SPs. I may even try to throw out a name or two early just to see if people pass to save money for the bigger guys.

        Have a great weekend!!

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Any chance you’d do Hendricks (14) for Freddy(28). I asked this question 2 weeks ago, and you said you’d keep Hendricks. I have GOLDY already, but FF offers a lot at a discounted price for our league. I’d also have a monster lineup and could focus on cheaper bats. Hendricks is consistent though and a great value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who is Freddy? Are you talking about Freddie Freeman?

          • Pugs & Slugs says:
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            @Grey: yup. Sorry

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is this 28th round or $28 and you just didn’t write the dollar sign? I think Hendricks still b/c I’m guessing I had more info about your keepers the last time I answered this

          • Pugs & Slugs says:
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            @Grey: yeah. It’s $14 and $28. It’s a 10-team NL Only H2H with OBP. I still favor Hendricks, but my bro thinks Freeman in a heartbeat. I already have GOLDY, so no need for a 1B.

            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you want Freeman back, can’t you just go to $35? Hendricks still seems like the better bargain, who will likely go for twice his price

              • Pugs & Slugs says:
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                @Grey: I agree. This was a deal of Hendricks for Freeman. Sorry I wasn’t more specific. He will be kept by the other guy so I’d have to deal in order to score him.

  49. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    I forgot about Folty as a possibility if I go with 6 guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really like Folty this year

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: yup!

  50. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I don’t know, I like Wheeler in the 27th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I did too, then saw Rudy projected him for 54 IP and I was like hunh…. I still like it, think Rudy is too conservative on it

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: I did have your Triggs lined up until I saw the recent outing by Wheeler. My pitching is so boring, needed some stress.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I saw Triggs just gave up 6 ER in 3 IP so I was like, Giddy up!

  51. Gigorilla says:
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    Hi Grey — usually don’t ask for advice — but in a 15 team 5×5 mixed league roto, no keepers, would you take the Panda in the 24th round of a 50 round draft? Ahead of Prado or w. Flores?
    Thanks ahead for your response.

    • Gigorilla says:
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      Ya I know, everyone thinks they’re a pro.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I drafted Panda, what the hay!

  52. Gigorilla says:
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    Have you done these 50 before? Do they always take 2 weeks+ per Greg and staff, as what we are seeing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s Greg?

  53. Blint says:
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    Hello Grey from Bangalore India!

    Need help for my keepers. I can keep as many players I want upto $105. My sure shot keepers are

    Carlos Correa $30
    Mike Trout $30
    Carlos Carrasco $3
    Kyle Schawarber $3
    Lindor $3
    Danny Salazar $3
    Daniel Murphy $9
    Yu Darvis $13
    Jonathan Villar $3

    So my toss ups now are –
    Would you rather keep Tanaka for $7 or Stroman/Mccullers combined for $6

    Would you keep Buxton for $7 or Piscotty/Fowler combined for $6

    Would you rather have Manuel Margot at $3 for 2 more years 2017, 2018 or Maikel Franco at $3 for just 2017

    My extra catergories are OPS, BB and TB for hitters and QS , K/9 for pitchers

    Thank you so much!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, Blint! Stroman/McCullers…. Piscotty/Fowler…. Franco…

  54. toneDEAF! says:
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    I’m in a 12-team H2H points league (keeper). im thinking about losing Moreland for Bird. I know your rankings say Moreland, but Bird is looking healthy and comfortable in the box. I guess I can see what happens and dump him if he’s the star of Platooney Toons. What do you think?

    C- Murphy
    1- Goldy (K)
    2- Schoop
    Ss- B.Miller
    3- Arenado (K)
    IF- Rizzo (K)
    OF- Harper (K)
    Of- Trumbo
    OF- Buxton
    UTIL- Mazara
    UTIL- Moreland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can lose him for Bird and just go back to Moreland later if you want

  55. Brian says:
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    Thanks for all your rankings. Super helpful. Have a draft question for you.

    In my mixed league, H2H dynasty league with 15 teams, we’re going to draft next week. Hitting has both OBP and BA as separate categories, while pitching has saves and holds as separate categories: Everyone has 13 keepers going into the draft and there are 17 bench spots available for either reserve players or players in the minors. An important note to know is that you can never roster more than 7SPs or 5 RPs total, UNLESS they are in the minors. My team going into the draft is below:

    C:
    1B : Votto
    2B: Murphy
    SS: Swanson
    3B: Lamb
    OF1: Betts
    OF2: Pollack
    OF3: Kepler
    Bench (hitters): Eduardo Nunez, Kole Calhoun

    SP1: Kluber
    SP2: Lackey
    SP3: Matz
    SP 4: Manaea
    RP:

    I have first pick in the (non-snaking) draft and I’m wondering where I should go. I have no relief pitchers and there are still some decent closers, Alexander Colome chief among them (Bedrosian, Robertson, Watson, K-Rod and anyone below K-Rod is available as well). Nate Jones and Matt Bush are available in holds (in fact, everyone except for Betances and Miller are available among non-closing relief pitchers). Tommy Joseph and his 30 HR are available. Jung Ho-Kang, his stats, and his stashed bourbon is available. Tim Anderson and his 30SB are available. In the starting pitching realms both Micheal Pineda and Joe Ross are both available. Jedd Gyorko and his ability to plug in at every infield position is available. In the outfield, Incirate, Travis Jankowski, and Manuel Margot are available as cheap speed and Domingo Santana and Randall Grichuk are available for power. Hunter Pence are his good all-around stats for 110 games is available too.

    Long story long, I was thinking of going Colome next (it would be the equivalent of the 195th pick in the draft and he is the only closer left I really like), but I like a lot of the other options too, especially the idea of Manuel Margot in a league where you can keep 7 – 13 players forever. Pineda or Ross are tempting as options too. I also wonder if it’s worth punting saves and just grabbing a bunch of holds guys with good ratios (a la Romo, Dayton, Dull, etc.) later, which would mean going with more hitters/SPs the next few rounds.

    Your thoughts on who I should pick next / general strategy for the draft would be most appreciated. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda should be owned already, same with Ross and Margot…. No idea how Nunez and Calhoun are gone that far before them… I’d grab Margot next then Pineda

  56. Brian says:
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    And a bonus wrinkle for you. Right after I posted this, I was offered Chris Archer for AJ Pollack. Would you do that? If so, does that mean I then draft Margot for some speed as needed? Thanks!

    • Brian says:
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      I’m so sorry (not really, but it’s a nice sentiment!) to add another wrinkle to this. I was offered Gregory Polanco for Dansby Swanson and my next pick (the one I originally asked for advice on a couple posts up). That’s the move right? I should have already accepted that, right? Or am I missing something? Or should I be going after Archer. Or keeping the pick. HELP!!????!!

      Thanks in advance for any advice.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d want Polanco

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        This was no to the trade, btw

        • Brian says:
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          Sorry. But I’m a little confused. Yes , I should trade Swanson and next pick for Polanco. And no, I should not trade Pollack for archer? Did I get that right?

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Brian: would’ve taken kimmel 2 days at least to figure that one out.

  57. Cohen says:
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    Grey, if Benintendi is batting second all year, who do like more him or JBJ?

  58. Boomer19 says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Drafting tomorrow in my 5×5 roto league. (14 teams) Deciding final keeper between Carrasco (keep for one year) Sano (one year), Franco (2 years) and Buxton (2 years). Needs equal among positions. Who do you like for final spot?

  59. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Finished first of two drafts today. Thoughts on this one? 12-team 5×5 H2H OBP/QS

    C-Schwarber
    1B-Rizzo
    2B- Forsythe
    3B-Sano
    OF-N.Cruz
    OF-S.Marte
    OF-D.Fowler
    UTIL-C.Davis
    UTIL-K.Broxton

    BN-Rajai Davis
    BN-Kang (Trump, let this man in!)

    SP- deGrom, CMart, Maeda, Manaea, Eickhoff, Smyly, Gsellman
    RP- Giles, K.Herrera, J.Johnson, A.Reed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on speed, but SAGNOF, and you look slightly risky on pitching (deGrom, Eickhoff, Maneae, Gsell), but decent enough squad overall

  60. swaggerjackers says:
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    Not happy to hear JD Martinez has a foot sprain. Annoyed I just selected him as a keeper on Wednesday. Safe to say we should fade him a little in rankings going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh it’s early

  61. The JoGarza says:
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    All right, Grey. Second squad of the day done. 12-team, H2H 5×5 (OBP/QS) with keepers. Asterisk next to keepers.

    C-R.Martin
    1B-Miggy
    2B-D.Gordon
    3B-Rendon*
    OF-Mookie*
    OF-S.Marte*
    OF-K.Davis
    UTIL-C.Santana
    UTIL-K.Morales

    BN- G.Bird, Kang

    SP- Kershaw*, Kluber*, McCullers, Pomeranz, Folty, D.Norris
    RP- Davis, Dyson, Bedrosian, J.Gomez, Reed

    Feel like I might have gotten too confident in waiting to draft SP with Kluber and Kershaw in tow already and my back end is a bit of a mess.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t see a problem with your pitching staff, it looks solid… I’d be more concerned about your hitting… not bad, but pokey

  62. FuzzyD says:
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    No love for Plouffe as a late 3b?

    …yes i’m in your NFBC and just took him…

    …yes fuzzy dunlop stole (most of) my handle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So you’re in my NFBC too but not going buy Fuzzy Dunlop? Plouffe is 20 homer guy with nothing else, kinda bleh

      • FuzzyD says:
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        @Grey:
        Yea figured it’d be weird to have Fuzzy Dunlop and Fuzzy Dutchman in the same league…I’m the guy who took 6 hours in the first round…but I’m not that guy!

        Yea Plouffe at about pick 420 seemed aight tho…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, at 420 anyone seems all right if your team needs them…

  63. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    how’s this one look. knew i needed to target rajai or dyson early, had no clue i’d get the other one way later. if h2h i wouldn’t have grabbed dyson (and missed to-jo just barely to even do it), till dahl’s back i can get a nice fat steals lead (roto league). XBH/OPS//holds/QS (only 1250 innings max) 7×7 keep 9. i traded for some picks with porcello/a.jones/martes/rodon. 20 team.
    C sanchez (K)
    1B c-sant (K)
    2B cano (K)
    3B carpenter (K)
    SS treat urner (K)
    OF (3) cargo 1 (K), piscotty (K), rajai (10th 2nd pick)
    util (1) dyson (16)
    BN semien (plays SS till tret urner gets SS 5 games in, 13th)
    2 more BN bats later
    SP – (6 or 7) lackey (K), shoemaker (10th first pick), ray (12th), skaggs (14th first), gio G (17th),
    one more streaming SP slot
    RP (5)
    feliz (barely missed dyson or watson, 6 closers went in this round ahead of me, 11th)
    rivero (14 2nd pick)
    bush (15th first pick)
    koji (18th)
    knebel (19)
    NA hader (15th 2nd pick), a.garrett (20th), only 2 NA slots. right when i went hader the bigger name hitting prospects went (lots of them were kept though by some bad teams that traded for all prospects)

    1. best add out of moreland/parra/mini donkey/pedro/sparkakis

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: or could grab starter 6 with that roster spot, but figuring it’d do that when dahl gets his DL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Guess it depends on who the starter is

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid! Your pitching is solid, if a bit boring, but not bad… Hitting looks very floor heavy, which in a deep league is important…. 1. Moreland

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: other SP options:
        colon cleanse/tomlin/andriese/kazmir (odd he’s out there)/read em miranda/cessa/m-gonz/vargas/santiago

        so the idea was moreland is better to add than any of those for now, when dahl gets his DL then i grab one of those and occasionally stream the other SP slot. to get 1250 innings with 5 RP everyday slotted probably only need 5 SP held, 1 or 2 streamed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Moreland

          • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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            @Grey: shit, i forgot, probably do NOT use my #2 waiver here though for moreland. i’m one of those guys who immediately uses waiver claim on best FA after draft after slotting NA guys. but with a #2 this might not be smart.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Seems unnecessary

  64. ThE sHiT says:
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    Doing my first auction draft 2moro and im wondering what are the different and best strategies to use for the draft. Stuff like nominate guys you dont want early, 2/3 of budget should be spent on hitting, etc… its 12 teamer in espn usual 5×5 scoring. Thanks Grey and anyone else who wants to chime in!

  65. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Which bottom of the barrel pitcher are you buying more? (thinking about final reserve round picks in a 12 teamer)

    Liriano and his “rediscovered” release point (sub 3 era since going to Toronto and looking fine in spring) or

    Charlie Mortin and his maintained uber-velocity from last year pre-injury (13Ks in 13 IP of 1.38 / 0.85)

    Alex Cobb being Alex Cobb again and maybe getting traded to the Cubs or Dodgers

    Thanks!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Also, would you feel comfortable drafting Devon Travis as your starting 2B in weekly lineup leagues, in a draft today?

      I love him but can he actually make it to the field without being injured? Need lots of Runs, and besides him the Runs options are Kinsler/Pedroia/Forsythe/Zobrist, all of whom will be more expensive at auction.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, Devon ran yesterday, sounds fine

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Grey: thanks!

  66. rick says:
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    6×6 ops league 12 team, 4 keepers, have segura $1, carmart $6

    deciding between donaldson $39. trumbo $6 and buxton $1

    help me with last 2?

    bryant, villar, machado, bregman, arenado, franco kept

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson, Trumbo

  67. What's A Drexl? says:
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    20 team h2h redraft. hits/BB’s/total bases/OPS/holds/QS/total innings/complete games/shutouts added. only 80 moves per year (i’ve found out the fun way one year when i forgot about it and probably only got 2nd from not being able to add anybody while having injuries for about 17 days)
    used 2/3 Rudy’s OPS rater 1/3 you for hitters, .75 QS + H for SP vs .25 you for SP, 100% QS + H rater for RP. but see how many of your guys i end up with anyway. for the 3rd year in a row i’ve had an end or near end pick of 17th, 19th or 20th. 19th this time, even though it’s random.
    C – zunino (18)
    1B freeman (1)
    2B villar (3, damn late here)
    SS semien (it was him or schoop, 10)
    3B franco (7th)
    OF stanton (2)
    – jose ram (8)
    – kepler (9)
    util – to-jo (had i known lackey would be around at 140th i’d have taken c-sant instead, and had lackey over duffy, 12)
    BN choo (15, could’ve went sunday santana over him, raters love choo still in OPS)

    SP archer (could’ve had carrasco here or degrom, injuries to 1st SP when you already wait on 1st SP are death in 20 team leagues, 4)
    – duffy (5, i didn’t plan on 2nd SP this early, but value town)
    – ray (11, getting duffy did allow me to wait longer on this though)
    – skaggs (13)
    – hammel (16)
    – nolasco (19, raters like him more than a surprising number)
    – dickey (22, guys with innings fading away before this point)
    – morton (23)
    RP (5 slots)
    -e.diaz (102 overall 6th round, could’ve probably waited, but wanted one steady closer, technically betances/miller were ranked higher)
    -bearclaw (14, this is just stupid cheap in a holds league)
    -koji (17, even though he’s 3rd in line smokey likes him for holds in maddoning town)
    -doolittle (20, only 2 DL spots though here)
    – capps (21, see above, but there are decent options out there)

    how’s this look?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks incredibly strong for 20 teamer…. Pitching looks like you’ll get IP and hope it works out

      • What's A Drexl? says:
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        @Grey: it’s top endy for what i’d usually do, archer/duffy (unless duffy fell more than this) weaker in the middle than usual for me. IP as a category played a role here. in previous year’s i’ve made SP adjustments faster than most leagues. surprisingly this league is faster to prospects (even with no NA slots here) than most of my leagues, and that is saying something. i mean midseason it’s faster, probably from having 20 owners and utter crap in SP in FA.

        i attempted to do it 64/24/12 %’s of budget on hitting/SP/RP. due to hitting being better than pitching here it’s possible for these deeper ones i should do more something like 60/26/14 or something (assuming similar rosters, with more OF and CI/MI i should probably keep to the above). i had to assume completely flat values for pick to pick, so pick 1-2 is the same difference as pick 388-389 etc. Rudy’d love watching my ass is this is all being done middraft on paper and a calculator. with the raters and war room open.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t disagree with that

          • What's A Drexl? says:
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            @Grey: eh if i either don’t end up with kepler or gamble he’s around slightly later i’d have gotten one of rodon/desclafani/j.ross/shoemaker over ray. just one of those though, not 2. semien i don’t think i could’ve waited on. i either grab him or schoop where i did, slide villar to the open SS/2B .

  68. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    prayer circle for JD Mart and his second opinion on the foot please!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good idea to get ahead of this!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: just getting a leg (foot?) up!

  69. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am concerned about Sonny Gray. WOuld you drop him and pick someone else?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        The problem is I have until midnight tonight to decide to either protect him and keep him on the roster or leave him exposed for the draft. What would you do?

        • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: his maybe likely relates to how he has no clue who’d be replacing gray.

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            the problem is I won’t know who will be available until all the teams put their unprotected players out there

            • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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              @Scott Kimmel: why would you wait till now to mention something like that exactly?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            just read what you said. Sonny gray not worth the risk.

  70. royce! says:
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    Hi buddy!

    Was going to sit out the season due to other responsibilities but my brother in law really wanted to play so we joined a h2h and I just drafted:

    C- Weiters
    1B- Freeman
    2B- Odor
    3B- Rendon
    SS- Peraza
    OF- Bryant
    OF- Polanco
    OF- Buxton
    UTIL- Kepler
    UTIL- Joseph
    BN- Travis
    BN- Dyson
    BN- Piscotty

    SP- Verlander
    SP- Maeda
    RP- Jansen
    RP- Edwin Diaz
    P- Salazar
    P- Nola
    P- Velasquez
    P- Joe Ross
    BN- Iglesias
    BN- Montgomery

    Basically just drafted off your rankings.

    Hope you’re having a nice offseason. You should go to at least one of the WBC games in LA. I went to Venezuela v. DR at Petco. Barely anyone attended but those who did were hyped.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d like to go, but I have family in town the next few days, so it’s not gonna happen… Good to see if you hang out in only one league you choose the most frustrating H2H… I couldn’t have drafted the team any better myself, love it… Of course, it’s H2H so the team will likely go out the window by May

  71. Stephen King says:
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    Grey,
    I have downloade Hot Rods War Room for this year, had it working, opened it today and it was all screwy. I deleted it on my laptop, cleared my recycle bin, restarted laptop, and downloaded a new version. I tried to open it and and it tells me the file is corrupt and cannot be open. Any suggestions?

  72. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey, thanks as always for all the great stuff

    10 team keeper H2H 5×5 (only keep 4)

    i kept Arenado, Harper, Lindor and Springer

    I have the 4th pick and the following are available
    Pollock
    Dozier
    Giancarlo
    J Dong
    Story
    Abreu
    Odor
    Villar

    Who out of those would be your first pick?

      • Carl Spackler says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey, if he is gone who would be your next option?

  73. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 (QS/OPS)
    Thoughts on what’s good and bad about this draft? Thanks in advance.

    C-Contreras
    1B-Freeman
    2B-Kinsler
    3B-Donaldson
    SS-Russell
    OF-Marte
    OF-Trumbo
    OF-Kemp
    OF-Duvall
    U-Kepler
    U-Mazara
    Bench: Joseph, Schoop, L Martin, Thames

    SP-Scherzer
    SP-Salazar
    SP-McCullers
    SP-Shoemaker
    SP-J Ross
    RP-Ramos
    RP-Dyson
    RP-Bedrosian
    Bench: Foltynewicz, Garcia, Cobb

  74. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    first ever auction draft. joined the league last year right after the auction. kept 16 out of a possible 18, 23 total active slots. i twice (once i only found out after the draft) accidentally realized that nominating a guy at all means you’re bidding on him $1, and that you have choice NOT to nominate. thanks yahoo gonna yahoo for having no mocks to find that part out. went into draft with 7 spots to fill and $149 out of $320 to spend. my F’ups cost me getting V2 for probably 30, had i done that i’d not have walker, and would’ve used about all my money, and maybe another decent prospect for 4 or less for 3 years. OPS, K’s against, K/9, QS added h2h. 12 team

    -C sanchez (year 2/3 $10, last year FA cost $10 unless bid on for more in FAAB)
    -1B morales (21, 1/3, could’ve just kept him for $10 in year 2/3 but had no idea of the scene on 1B prekeepers)
    – 2B villar ($10, 2/3)
    – SS ceager ($1, 2/3)
    – 3B rendon ($26, 1/3, it was him or longo, who went for only $20 just before, yuck, or lamb)
    OF
    – cruz ($15 3/3)
    – buxton ($5, 2/3)
    – stanton ($35, 1/3 according to the 23% mark up on prices from 320-260 and OPS rater he’s worth about $52 or so this year)
    util (2)
    – schwarber ($1, 3/3)
    – k.davis ($1, 2/3)
    BN bautista ($12, 1/3 had no intention of this guy, but that price, now just gotta wait till he gets 1B to crack lineup or either of my catchers get an off day)

    NA k.lewis ($5, 0/3)
    moncada ($1, 0/3)

    SP
    -kershaw ($52, 3/3)
    – hamels ($19, 3/3)
    – hendricks ($1, 2/3)
    – rodon ($1, 3/3)
    – shoemaker ($21, 1/3 we can drop with no cost, SP were hoarded, i screwed up not max bidding V2 just later from winning 2 players accidentally by nominating)
    – walker ($1, 1/3, this’ll look awesome if he gets better)

    RP (room for 5, last year when i joined this i was able to just immediately grab like 3 closers in may from FA, including otta/colome people are way more likely to overspend on K/9 guys than saves guys, but this ISN’T a roto)
    – chapman ($29, 3/3)
    – ottavino ($10, 2/3, if he loses his job he’s dropped)
    – colome ($10, 2/3)

    also zobrist ($1, 1/3 have no room for him as i want to stash another prospect or 2 for under $10 but neither of moncada/k.lewis have gotten NA tags yet so he’s a drop).
    chapman

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: at least i didn’t do the cardinal sin, let good/great players that i wanted pass me by to save money (stanton best player total not owned, rendon 2nd best 3B, morales best 1B by the rater, till bautista gets 1B with trumbo till he gets 1B, IF)

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Mantis Toboggan MD: when my NA’s can slot i’ll get at least 2 BN bats and more SP.

  75. Alex says:
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    I have Moncada stashed as a keeper in my league. He is eligible for 2B, where would you play him? 2B or 3B? More value as a 2B?

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