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Taijuan Walker was shut down for a week due to a bursa in his right shoulder.  Isn’t a bursa a type of Ethiopian bread?  Sounds more like Somalians are holding my beautiful, upside starting pitcher captive.  Only Captain Phillips can get me out of this mess…by being taken captive for two hours of a two hour and twenty minute movie and then being saved by characters we don’t even empathize with.  Snooze.  True story, schmue story, give Phillips a hidden machine gun in his rectum and let him shoot his way out by farting!  This is starting to sound bad for Walker.  I haven’t moved him in my top 80 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball yet, and, since I only have him down for 170 IP in my projections, I’m not changing anything, but I’d definitely be careful about pairing Walker with lots of other risk.  As of right now, Walker will not be ready to start the year in the rotation.  Anyway, here’s what else I’ve seen in Spring Training for fantasy baseball:

Carlos Santana – Trying out 3rd base.  Be impressed if he can play the more difficult 3rd base position, but Santana said, “Forget being hard, I’m complicated.”  If he can pull it off, obviously it boosts his value and I’d place him around Josh Donaldson in my top 20 3rd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball.

Josh Hamilton – Out for at least two weeks.  I lied the other day when I said I wasn’t moving him due to his calf strain.  I didn’t drop him a huge amount because he still has plenty of time to recover, but I did drop him about fifteen spots overall, or about one round, in my top 400.

Mat Latos – His surgically repaired knee flared up, but he isn’t concerned.  It would be much worse if it was a flare up on the shoulder cause then he’d have to wait around two hours for a tow truck.

Yasmani Grandal – It’s being reported his side-to-side movement hasn’t reached a point where he can catch a game yet.  He needs to practice by cleaning Hisashi Iwakuma’s car in a ‘wax on, wax off” pattern.

Dee Gordon – Jim Bowden says Gordon is the favorite to win the Dodgers’ 2nd base job.  How well you read the preceding sentence without rolling your eyes at the mention of Bowden decides whether or not you believe this news.  Brucely, I don’t think Alexander Guerrero’s really worth drafting outside of very deep leagues and Gordon could have some sweet, sweet SAGNOF value.  I’ll definitely move Gordon up my rankings once it seems like he really is going to win the job.  If you’re drafting early, you should take the flyer in deeper leagues.

Cody Ross – Scheduled to make his debut on March 13th as he recovers from dislocation of the hip, which only sounds like a De La Soul song.

Cody Asche – Sticking with the Cody theme, Asche was hit on the hand by Yao-Hsun Yang…dang!  An ultrasound came back saying his hand was fine.  Wonder why he had an ultrasound done on his hand.  Oh, I know, he’s got baby hands!

Cameron Maybin – Injured his shoulder on an awkward diving catch.  He dove for the ball while saying to a girl, “I long for your bottom,” and it was so awkward.  You shouldn’t expect Maybin to be healthy for the whole year, so same song, different verse.

Starlin Castro – Suffered a minor hamstring strain, but should only miss a few games, so it’s probably too early to think Baez is going to overthrow Castro.  In related news, while at the Cubs Spring Training game on Sunday, Rudy came up with the name for the 2nd base platoon between Emilio Bonifacio and Darwin Barney:  Evolvo Dinosaurio.

Neftali Feliz – Rangers are saying Feliz’s mechanics are out of whack.  Um, I don’t know, maybe because they jerk him and Ogando around with what they want them to do.  You’re a reliever, you’re a starter, you’re a pineapple.  Leave them alone!  If I were drafting today, I’d make sure to handcuff Feliz with Soria, but it’s too early to say who’s going to get saves in Texas.  Right now, it’s Feliz then Soria.

Oscar Taveras – Still not ready for games.  I’m already concerned about his playing time due to a crowded team in St. Louie, and now the Cards are making it all but foregone that he’ll be in the minors until June.  Why do I get the sense that Taveras isn’t going to contribute much this year?

Eric Young – Dealing with an issue on his side, he hit off a tee and it went well.  A little bit of teevana.

Jose Iglesias – Will miss a week due to a recurrence of his shin splints.  It’s not currently a major issue for Iglesias and he hopes to circumnavidad the problem.

Zack Greinke – Mild calf strain.  It’s a calfpocalypse!  He shouldn’t be sidelined longer than a week, and won’t affect his Opening Day status.  That’s Opening Day status in the US.  As for the Down Under Opening… Well, Greinke probably doesn’t want to go to Australia.  The toilet flushes in the opposite direction there and with Greinke’s history of mental anguish…Well, it’s just too much, man!

Joe Blanton – Angels could trade or release Blanton, which would mean the Angels would have to eat nearly $8.5 million.  Sounds like an in-between meal snack for Arte Moreno.

Jaime Garcia – Could resume throwing in about ten days.  Then he’ll be shut down for about a two weeks.  Then try arm strengthening exercises.  Then go see Dr. James Andrews.  Then get a parking ticket because the good doctor can’t squeeze him in for an hour.  Then be shut down for two months.  Then throw in a minor league game.  Then be ready to join the Cardinals in August.  Then appear in five games until he’s shut down again.  My crystal ball is less cloudy then Garcia’s future prospects.

Avisail Garcia – The White Sox are considering batting Avisail 2nd.  Five months ago, I dropped some conjecture on your noggin that had you noddin’ about Avisail batting 2nd when I posted my Avisail Garcia sleeper post.  As mentioned in that post, I think there’s a real chance Avisail bats third this year too.  I still think that.  Look at any player’s splits by batting order.  Is there any player that only hit in one slot in the batting order?   For serious.  Anyone?  In the last three years?  Sure, some player’s may predominantly bat in one slot, but more often than not players shift around a batting order.  Look at the White Sox lineup and tell me that lineup needs to be in a certain order to work.  There’s not even a set-in-stone outfield, which has me concerned about a different guy:  De Aza.  I don’t love Viciedo lurking and Eaton could be, um, eating De Aza’s playing time.  I dropped De Aza’s projections by about 75 ABs and he’s plummeted in my top 400 and into the top 60 outfielders.

Miguel Sano – Headed for Tommy John surgery.  They say Miguel has to go to rehab, and he says Sano, Sano, Sano…

Matt Lindstrom – Has a strained oblique.  Give the closer job to Nate Jones!  This message was brought to you by my one drafted AL-Only team.

Casey Janssen – Nursing a sore shoulder.  How?  Does he have a nipple on his shoulder?  Any the hoo!  Sergio Santos would be a wise handcuff.

Matt Kemp – Had a favorable MRI.  Isn’t it favorable when you don’t go for an MRI?  Is any MRI really favorable?  Things that make you go hmm…

Gerald Laird – Out for a few with a lower back strain.  Fun fact!  Laird is the Gaelic past tense of laid.

Elvis Andrus – Dealing with tendinitis in his right arm.  His left arm had no comment, just shook its head.

Hisashi Iwakuma – Timetable looking like he’s going to miss all of April due to his tendon in his finger.  “Keep your tendon in your soup.”  That’s Dr. Ramen, who specializes in hangover cures.  I’ve already dropped Iwakuma into a tier of pitchers I’m not drafting, and that ain’t changing any time soon.  We’re gonna have to wait until the end of April to trade for Iwakuma.  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kazoo.

Shane Victorino – Being held out of workouts due to his overall core strength.  The Flyin’ Hawaiian needs pilates like a housewife that has nothing to do but pilates needs pilates.

Matt Harrison – Doubtful to start the year healthy.  Currently, he’s playing long toss from 120 feet.  Trevor Bauer’s Long Toss just pfft’d.

L.J. Hoes – The favorite to start in right field for the Astros.  See, the Astros don’t want to start Springer’s clock and Hoes comes cheap.

Jon Niese – He went for his bi-weekly MRI, and it showed no shoulder damage.  There was a giant shadow on his MRI results that doctors described as ‘shaped like Toucan Sam’ but turned out to be nothing.

Manny Machado – Scheduled to have his knee examined on March 18th and at that point there should be a timetable for his return.  And that’s my timetable for his timetable!

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  1. Birdmann says:
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    A 14 team Yahoo, 3-4 keepers (kept in rounds 1, 2 and 4 in my case), 6X6 (standard plus XBH and QS), 1500 inning Max, two UTIL. Major rookie nookie and SP love in this league. How do you all think I did? I dropped Quentin and picked up Putz as insurance for Reed. Put Baez on our one NA slot and added Cody Allen. Any late selections I could add to improve my team open for suggestions or slams.

    1. (9) Adam Jones Keeper (Bal – OF)
    2. (20) Prince Fielder Keeper (Tex – 1B)
    3. (37) Adam Wainwright (StL – SP)
    4. (48) Félix Hernández Keeper (Sea – SP)
    5. (66) Álex Ríos (Tex – OF)
    6. (76) Carlos Beltrán (NYY – OF)
    7. (98) Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP)
    8. (104) Jedd Gyorko (SD – 2B,3B)
    9. (121) Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B)
    10. (132) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    11. (149) Addison Reed (Ari – RP)
    12. (160) Hiroki Kuroda (NYY – SP)
    13. (188) Todd Frazier (Cin – 3B)
    14. (205) Ryan Howard (Phi – 1B)
    15. (216) Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF)
    16. (233) Javier Báez (ChC – SS)
    17. (244) Mike Moustakas (KC – 3B)
    18. (248) Jhonny Peralta (StL – SS)
    19. (261) Peter Bourjos (StL – OF)
    20. (272) Mike Zunino (Sea – C)
    21. (285) Carlos Quentin (SD – OF)
    22. (300) Rick Porcello (Det – SP)
    23. (317) Yordano Ventura (KC – SP)

    • Birdmann says:
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      @Birdmann: great stuff as always

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Birdmann: I just puked in my mouth a lil when I saw this team

      • Wake Up says:
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        @frankgrimes: I just puked in your mouth a lil when I saw you sleeping with your mouth open…my bad…

    • Mike says:
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      @Birdmann: If this is a Roto team than you don’t have enough relievers. If its h to h you don’t have enough starters. You have to many hitters and to many hitters that are in their 30’s like Howard, Quentin, Peralta and just don’t have enough talent to challenge for 1st place.

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Mike: Peralta is a hold until I find something better(Javier call up), Quentin has already been dropped for Putz and I picked up Allen when I moved Javier to NA. Late round gems avaliable in RCL’s were taken too high, went for value and power, feel good looking at Evan Gattis in one guys UTIL.

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @Birdmann: How many 3B slots are in your league?

    • @Birdmann: is this the standard 10 hitter/8 pitcher yahoo format? if so, 5 bench hitters with no pitchers doesn’t make sense to me. Love Baez as a keeper. Like the late round Ventura pick.

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: thanks, I spot start a lot, not worried about starters I can drop a hitter for one . In order to get your innings you need six to seven starters three RP, ninth year of this format and it always seems to work when you mix in stream-able starters.

        • I like going light on SPs in 10-12 drafts but streaming is less effective in 14-team. Depends on how people roster their lineups/benches in Yahoo. This early in pre-season, I can see a calculated bet going with 1 bat and 2 RPs with chances to get the closing gig.

          • Birdmann says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: this early people load up in my league on Starters and drop as the season starts. I was able to get Cole Hamels and Elvis for Todd Frazier and Gaus-man cause he had given up on Cole after his slow start last year.

            • @Birdmann: Always tough for an outsider to know the league dynamic. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdmann: You could look at it here: http://razzball.com/draft/ Team doesn’t look great, you look strong in power, very weak in average… Your steals look okay, but coming from guys you may not want in your lineup… Your pitching is obviously your strong suit, instead of Liriano, you should’ve went another hitter since your top two pitchers are so strong…

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey: yeah if a hitter was available, really didn’t see any worth taking. The next hitters after Liriano went Napoli, Coco, Altuve, Byrd, Jed Lowrie, E-Cab, Salvador, and Gattis. Hitters went early and an auto drafter stole all the closers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • Birdmann says:
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            @Grey: thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  2. sydeye says:
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    I was going to keep Iwakuma in al-only keeper…what should I do now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sydeye: What are your options?

      • sydeye says:
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        @Grey:
        ok 12tm,h2h, keep up to 6 and nobody’s really announced their keepers so don’t know what player pool will be so….

        I’m thinking of keeping Masterson, Iwakuma, Cespedes, B. Moss, A. Rios
        other pitchers I could keep Milone, Dempster, A. Crow

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Blech, not great keepers… Only really like Rios…Twist my arm for Cespedes too…

          • sydeye says:
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            @Grey:
            Rios and Moss I will likely be able to keep another year or two, Cespedes just this year and since you cant keep 1st rounders I’m thinking I should not keep him and go for someone better…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cespedes over Iwakuma…

  3. 2 Giant rings says:
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    I’ve heard it said that KRod is definitely 2nd in line to close if Henderson gets hurt. And then I’ve heard other ‘perts say it will be kintzler or Wooten. I like to draft closers with clear handcuffs. Therefore, is this a situation to avoid? Thanks!

  4. bossmanjunior says:
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    In my 12 team h2h league with only 3 OF, would you place less importance on drafting an elite OF early and instead focus first on the corner infield spots? For example, instead of targeting Jones in the first round, focus my sights on Fielder/Votto in the first and then a Longoria/Beltre/Encarnacion in the second. With Segura as my likely target in the third, that leaves the fourth round as my first chance to grab an outfielder. The fourth round usually has the likes of Upton, Choo, and Rios available. I could still round out my outfield with a Myers/Marte and Heyward in the fifth and sixth.

    Originally I had been targeting Jones in the first, taking the best corner man available in the second, Segura in the third, then hoping Pujols is still around in the fourth, while still snagging a Myers/Marte and Heyward in the next two rounds. If someone reaches on Pujols, I have to settle for a Agon/Hosmer/Donaldson type a little bit later.

    So it basically comes down to whether you would prefer Fielder/Longoria/Segura/Rios/Myers/Heyward or Jones/Longoria/Segura/Pujols/Myers/Heyward to start a draft. Im thinking the second one looks better, but that clearly changes if I can’t grab Pujols in the fourth and have to settle for a lesser option.

    Clearly over thinking this but its 5am and this is where my head wanders. Thanks for any advise.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I’ve been playing with similar patterns and have found segura will usually fall to 4 or even 5 and I can pull off this which I like a lot:

      Jones/longoria/bautista/hosmer/segura/marte or myers

      In most of the mocks I’ve done (using espn and their rankings).

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @c0wfunk:

        Yeah that would be nice. To bad Yahoo is higher on Segura. They have him at #42 so getting him in the fourth is even tough.

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @bossmanjunior: ah, yahoo. Yeah ESPN has him at 72, below Desmond, Reyes, Andrus, Zobrist, and Castro so that definitely helps me quite a bit on that score.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: You gotta have at least one corner infielder leaving the 2nd… Jones/Votto, Harper, Longoria, etc… If you had a 1st baseman and 3rd baseman it wouldn’t be bad… I did dedicate a whole post to this…

  5. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    The inaugural draft of the League of Extraordinary GMs (LEGMs) which Smokey participated in was held yesterday. I’m sure you’ll like Smokey’s first three picks as he went Man Crush, Man Crush, More Power! Would be great to see a review from Smokey on how he thinks his roster came together. Here’s my roster which I will be reviewing this week:

    SPerez
    Salty
    Votto
    DMurphy
    PAlvarez (My Man Crush)
    Desmond
    Rutledge, Franklin, Owings
    Arenado
    Harper
    Granderson
    Fowler
    EYoung Jr
    CCrawford
    MDominguez, GPolanco, Carp

    FHernandez
    Wacha
    Teheran
    Burnett
    Griffin
    Morton
    Arroyo, Bradley, Taillon, Hellickson
    Jansen
    Janssen

    This is a 15 team (5×5) format. Obviously I think this roster is the bomb.com with a cherry on top. Something is seriously wrong if we don’t feel that way using our own projections! Thanks for letting us borrow Smokey for the day.

    • Grey

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      @PublicEnemy#1: Yeah, Smokey should do a review… You’re bit high on speed, low on average and I don’t like some of the guys you picked which you know from my rankings… Nice pitching though…

  6. Peets says:
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    Hi Grey, here is the strategy you suggest.
    1. Draft big bats first, usually from hot corners (1B, OF)
    2. Draft good SS (Segura or Desmond etc) in early rounds
    3. Start to draft a SP after overall pick by 51 (J-Fer)
    4. Then draft a 2B before overall pick by 88 (Gyroko)
    5. 3B is deep, draft a 3B before overall pick by 98 (Alvarez), and later pick (eg Arenado) still nice

    Any strategy change when I am in a 7 team league? (eg, pick 3B earlier, ’cause 7-team is few…)
    Thoughts appreciated. PS ROTO , 5 (OBP) x5 (QS)

    • Brownie says:
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      @Peets: The strategy in a 7 team league is to find a larger league. That’s ridiculous sir.

      • Peets says:
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        @Brownie: Ha, it’s a private / friends league. We are finding more teams to join us in common friends.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Peets:
      how to win your 7 team league: bong hits scotch and dominate the waiver wire

      • ParrotheadFargo says:
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        @frankgrimes:
        Use the Scotch as the water in the Bong — give a new meaning to streaming……. Scotchy, scotch, scotch rips.

      • Peets says:
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        @frankgrimes: Picking heating players from FA timely is also important…. not that easy….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peets: Next year, I’m just gonna link to your post… Not even being sarcastic… Yeah, that sums it up…

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: Haha I’ve read your all articles about ranking.
        Can Grey give me some advices when in a 7-team league? Many thanks.

        Competing in 7-team league looks easy but it’s not , ’cause we all get stars team.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, that’s the problem and why people avoid 7-team leagues… It’s hard to review what your draft is or will be because every team will look terrific… It’ll really come down to how you manage in season…

          • Paul says:
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            @Grey: Managing team in season is important and interesting.
            My draft last year was not good but still got the first place which was relied on management.
            I will try to follow principles which Grey suggests this year and wish me luck to get champion!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Good luck!

              • Paul says:
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                @Grey: Thanks!! And thanks to your work!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Grey: Grey doesn’t say only to grab early SS, but it’s those or wait a long time for Miller. Just turn 7 league into NL or AL only, then it becomes pretty much just like a 14 team (i.e. deep league). my main money league might either have to go NL/AL or I quit (since i am NOT playing in a $200 8 team mixed league). too much damn injury luck in a league like that (unless we make the benches and starting rosters much bigger).

          • Paul says:
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            @Grey: By the way, I am Peets as well. Different devices leaves different names…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha

  7. KC says:
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    At what pick would you start thinking about Gordon in a 14 team league? We’re about 150 picks into our slow draft and I’ve still got to fill my 2B and MI spots. Already have Segura at short.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @KC:
      anywhere after pick 180 in 2015 (he could possibly learn to get on base by then)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KC: Eh, maybe around 200-230… In there somewhere, if you wanna take the flyer…

  8. Rabbit says:
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    In my deep (15-team) mixed 5×5 roto auction league (ESPN settings, with 6 reserves) we can keep 3-5 players. I’ve got 4 players set to keep, and my question is whether I keep Hisashi at $7 as my fifth keeper or just go with four keepers. I have no other potential keeper, so it’s either keep Hisashi at $7 or keep no one in the fifth keeper slot and have the $7 for auction. So does Hisashi produce greater than $7 of value throughout the season?

    • Rabbit says:
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      @Rabbit: One other thing: of my four keepers, I have two OFs, one 2B, and one SP, if that matters to your analysis. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: I’d take him for $7

  9. Blue says:
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    Just drew 6th in our 12-team AL/NL Roto draft–which I think is just about the worst place to be (was hoping to either be first four or alternatively last three and get Votto on the flip). Should I basically hope for Jones to drop to me for my first pick?

  10. Slam says:
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    Do you like avisail more the de aza? For an h2h with OPS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slam: I do, yeah

  11. Brettj72 says:
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    I don’t understand why it is a big deal for Santana to get 3b eligibility. Who in their right mind would draft Santana and then not start him at catcher?

    • KC says:
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      @Brettj72:

      A couple thoughts…

      – The positional flexibility helps you manage your roster.

      – 3B typically play everyday, while catchers sit at least once a week. Even if you’re still playing him at catcher, presumably you’re getting more ABs out of the guy. It’s also (arguably) a less taxing position, so it could extend his career.

    • Grey

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      @Brettj72: In deep leagues, the eligibility is nice, and as above said, he’ll play every day somewhere…And he actually has 25-homer power and a real offense around him, unlike Mauer…

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Brettj72: If you have to pay transaction fees and are on a budget or your league has a limit for transactions in a year, position eligibilty is much more important.

  12. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    H2h auction league, $40 to play
    Yahoo!
    12 teams

    E-mail me at gortexturban at yahoo dot com.

    This league is my only hope. I don’t fill it, I am sitting out the year. I would like to play in two leagues this year with the other one being a free one. However, I would only play in a second league if I fill this one.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson:

      I know you set your boundaries, but I have one spot left in a $20 yahoo roto auction. 12-team, OBP instead of AVG. Had a manager drop out late last night, so now I need someone else.

      You’re more than welcome to make this your second league. Eddy5791@yahoo.com.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Eddy: I sent you an e-mail.

        So far nobody at Razzball has bit. This site, for whatever reason, is batting .000 for finding managers to join keeper leagues with real money involved. Am I doing something wrong?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, it’s a lot to ask people you don’t know personally to fill keeper leagues… I think, at least…

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            @Grey: I get that as being a major problem.

            Thing is, I don’t have enough real life friends and co-workers to create a league. I need faceless internet people. I refuse to do a hodge podge. Been there, done that. It does not work.

            I have been posting here for three calendar years now, have played in 5 Razzball-related leagues. There are people here who have witnessed me play all-out even when I have been hopelessly out of the race in some leagues. I’d like to think somebody saw that and would say, “Yeah, I like keeper leagues and this Wallpaper sum bitch plays. He doesn’t quit. He might be a good commissioner. “

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rudy and Nick are starting a keeper league, you should just get in that…

              • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                @Grey: That might work better for me. How would I go about getting a spot?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I pinged Nick to read this comment thread… He flies back to Canada today, so he might not see it until later tonight or tomorrow…

                  • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                    @Grey: Okay, thanks. If a spot is open I might join. Draft time is key.

  13. Nimrod says:
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    In a 12 team league format snake draft, which requires two c,1b,2b,ss and 3b plus 5 oflders, 10 pitchers what are your thoughts on doubling up on a position early such as a Longo-Beltre or Fielder-Votto in rounds 1 and 2 or Goldy=Freeman if it works out? My original thought is to draft a #1 guy then a decent #2. Would doubling up on a position be any advantage that might cause other managers to adjust there strategy on the fly, or just play it safe and draft my own team per the best value and need?

  14. The Vaporizers says:
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    Good morning Grey, I was wondering if you know of any Middle Relievers that will get holds and will have SP eligibility? These pitchers have a ton of value in my daily league. Drew Smiley was one of the top guys last year that fit this description…

    • The Thumb says:
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      @The Vaporizers: those guys are usually tougher to project before the season because its often someone that loses out on a fifth starter spot, somewhat of a journeyman (think Tommy Hunter of 2013), or a prospect without a spot. Yordano Ventura could fill that role in 2014, and hes worth a draft pick anyway, but odds are he ends up in the rotation or the minors. Off the top of my head, one of Phelps or Warren on the yankees should get holds, but, as a whole, it’s really a situation that won’t clear up until a few weeks into the season.

  15. Clint says:
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    So does the Springer/Hoes news change anything or is it a wait and see approach before swapping in the rankings? Looking like 2 rooks in Springer/Tavares are going to fall into the last round for my draft if at all based on your rankings & the news so far on them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: I’m gonna give it another week… Very early still…

  16. Duke Silver says:
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    I’m finally able to get my fix of reading player reviews in the morning (the twitching and paranoia is starting to subside). Unfortunately we are still in preseason and have to wait until the season starts to get my real fix. Now I’ve been considering a new strategy for my draft and am looking for your thoughts. H2H 6×6 category, weekly locks, 4 potential keepers (bautista, ellsbury, fielder, King felix). If you don’t keep 4 players you get to draft at the beginning until everybody has 4 (along with anybody else who didn’t keep 4), then the draft order begins based on last year. I’m thinking about keeping just Ellsbury and Fielder and rolling the dice on getting two early picks. I know you have Bautista ranked high but I have had him the last couple years and his inconsistency makes me want to drink more than I already do. Your thoughts?

    • Homer at the Bat says:
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      @Duke Silver: Before you do this, make sure you give yourself a good estimation of the available player pool – take a look at every other team and cross out the best 4 players on each team and see what’s left. Also, see how many other teams would be likely to keep less than 4. Don’t put yourself in a bad shituation by overestimating who’ll be available or getting surprised by having to split the available players with someone else who keeps less than a full allotment.

      • Duke Silver says:
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        @Homer at the Bat: Pretty confident at these available options: Segura, Ian Desmond, 1 of these 5 (Edwin, Hanley, J.Upton, Alex Rios, or Puig). And from previous seasons, guys usually keep their full allotment. I should probably get #1 pick if i only keep two and believe I could pick Bautista back up if nothing better is available.

  17. Andrew A says:
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    The T. Walker injury almost makes him more valuable in H2H leagues where he’ll contribute down the stretch

  18. Joe says:
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    Standard 5×5 12 team keeper league where we keep 7 players. Right now I’m keeping: Trout, McCutchen, Wright, Freeman, Machado, Bumgarner and Jose Fernandez

    Would you swap any of them out for any of the following: Kemp, Profar, Kinsler, Verlander, Cole, Aroldis Chapman or Greg Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: I’d go with what you have

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe: It looks like the right 7 to me, but i wouldn’t like keeping two 3b, unless you use CI or have multiple Util. Without having those options, if you keep two from the same position, it makes the draft a little more difficult as you may have to pass on a great value because you don’t have the starting position available. I would probably try to work a trade pre-draft if that’s possible.

      Throw Wright and Cole/Verlander together and see if you can’t get a better player.

      • Joe says:
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        @Joe: Thanks for the feeback. I was going to mention that we have a UTIL slot so while I know keeping two 3B isn’t the best idea, I figured I could trade one during the season, worst case scenario.

        I’ll probably see if there are any takers for Wright though, I’d hope so if I package him up one of those SPs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  19. Jet says:
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    Awesome work, as always. Would you trade your first round pick away this year for Puig, who you could keep for the next 3 years at the bottom of the draft (round 24 this year, 23 next, 22 after that)? Worth the risk? Too small of a sample size? Thanks!

    • Homer at the Bat says:
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      @Jet: Would trading for Puig make you not keep someone else?

      If trading for Puig costs you only the draft pick, and if you’d happily take Puig in the first round anyway (knowing you could keep him at rounds 23/22 the next two years), do the deal.

      If trading for Puig means you would lose the opportunity to keep someone else, you have to look at the deal as would I trade [Player] and my first round pick for Puig? Whether that makes sense depends entirely on who [Player] is.

      • Jet says:
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        @Homer at the Bat: Good point. I would have to throw another keeper back into the player pool. McCann or Rosenthal, I’d probably let McCann go. I’m on the fence about the trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jet: Thanks! Agree with Homer

  20. stan kankels says:
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    Would love Grey’s advice on this mock here. Followed his rankings to a T and I think this squad came out great, minus the catcher situation. 12 team league h2h and I had 8th pick. Everyone got 3 keepers.

    C – Gomes
    1B – Freddie Freeman (keeper)
    2B – Aaron Hill
    3B – Edwin Encarnacion
    SS – Reyes (4th round, I had no choice)
    OF – Adam Jones (8th pick)
    OF – Alex Gordon
    OF – Dexter Fowler
    UTIL – Albert Pujols (3rd round)
    UTIL – Adrian Gonzalez (5th Round)
    UTIL – Kyle Seager
    BNCH – Brad Miller
    BNCH – Jose Abreu
    BNCH – Kole Kalhoun
    BNCH – Khris Davis
    BNCH – Avaisail Garcia (STEAL)

    SP- Adam Wainwright (keeper)
    SP – Zack Greinke (keeper)
    SP – Salazar (first Sp I took 10th round)
    RP – Koji Uehara
    RP – Trevor Rosnethal
    P – Fernando Rodney
    P – Doug Fister
    BNCH – Sonny Gray
    BNCH – Chris Tillman
    BNCH – AJ Griffin

    • Homer at the Bat says:
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      @stan kankels: For rosters that small in that shallow of a league, you’ve got way too many bench bats – especially for H2H. Drop at least 2-3 bench bats and pick up SP for streaming (daily roster changes) or two-start weeks (if you’re in a weekly format). Were it my team, the only bench bat I’d hold is Seager (and I’d put Abreu at Util in his place). I’d maybe think about holding an OF bench bat if you’re in a daily league for short schedule Mondays/Thursdays.
      The rest of the bench bats, or similar talents, will stay available on the FA wire and grab them as needed/as they really break out to the point you’d play them regularly. Otherwise, you’re just costing yourself pitching stats by holding so many bats.

      • Homer at the Bat says:
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        @Homer at the Bat: Also, the fact that all 3 of your UTIL guys are 1B would give me a bit of pause. Not enough to worry too much, but I’d be ready to trade one of them when someone else’s only 1B gets injured.

  21. Wake Up says:
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    *This just in*
    The Gov of CA has issued a Total Recall…
    Calves have been spotted near the railroad tracks outside of Chicago, eating other calves…
    This may explain Greinke’s reaction last year when being charged by that bull…
    He may have already been infected with…dun,dun…Angry Baby Cow Disease!
    or as it is currently being called nowhere…the ABCD…123…to the East Coast Family…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: HA… I heard on KCRW that they’re thinking about calf internment camps to weed out the bad ones…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: ahhhh…just let them eat calf…let them all eat calf…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As said by Calfie Antoinette….

  22. Wake Up says:
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    “Dislocation of the Hip”

    this is a song that I would listen to all day on repeat…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: It’s at 112 on my iTunes play count

  23. henncoop says:
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    I took an extreme flyer on Noah Syndergaard as my last pick based on the early health of the Met starters & early reports of a 98mph fastball complimented by a “hook from hell”. Am I wasting my time here? Look for someone with an actual job or a solid MR to add to my peripherals? Or is there a chance he actually makes the opening day roster either out of necessity or because he has the talent to belong there now?
    30 player roster on a 12 team daily lineup 5X5 roto league. I am pretty loaded with younger SPs with tons of upside. Feeling like another bench bat or MR can be added when the season starts whereas a talent like Syndergaard is worth a gamble at this point. If possible, with 7 bench spots available, should I hang on to him for a call up even if he does not make the starting roster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @henncoop: Nah, not wasting your time… I don’t think he breaks camp with the team, but worth holding him to see if he can…

    • Cream Corn says:
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      @henncoop: Paxton is looking pretty good for a flier now that Iwakuma and Walker don’t look like they are going to be ready for the start of the season. Grey, what are your thoughts on Paxton?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like him… Good last round flyer SP… Around that of Erasmo…

  24. Greyismyhero says:
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    Anyone mind giving me a draft critique? 12 teamer, H2H

    1. (10) Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
    2. (15) Prince Fielder (Tex – 1B)
    3. (34) Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    4. (39) Jean Segura (Mil – SS)
    5. (58) Wil Myers (TB – OF)
    6. (63) Jason Heyward (Atl – OF)
    7. (82) Josh Donaldson (Oak – 3B)
    8. (87) Mike Minor (Atl – SP)
    9. (106) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    10. (111) Michael Wacha (StL – SP,RP)
    11. (130) Jedd Gyorko (SD – 2B,3B)
    12. (135) Doug Fister (Was – SP)
    13. (154) Casey Janssen (Tor – RP)
    14. (159) José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    15. (178) Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
    16. (183) Patrick Corbin (Ari – SP)
    17. (202) Neftali Feliz (Tex – RP)
    18. (207) Jason Castro (Hou – C)
    19. (226) A.J. Griffin (Oak – SP)
    20. (231) Corey Kluber (Cle – SP)
    21. (250) Avisail García (CWS – OF)
    22. (255) Khris Davis (Mil – OF)
    23. (274) Drew Smyly (Det – RP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greyismyhero: I like the team, got great value all the way down… I slightly wonder about the level of competition it was against…

      • Swagger Jackers says:
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        @Grey: No kidding. How was Abreu available that late?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @Grey: Or Khris Davis?

  25. joeg414 says:
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    Syndergaard won’t be up until Late June or maybe even July. And he will have a innings limit on him. But, as a Met fan you gotta love his stuff.

  26. J-FOH says:
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    Yo Grimey, hit me back

    • Prez!! says:
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      @J-FOH: better hurry up and find one if you want this draft to be accomplished. Nick asked me to join a podcast league but i declined due to being swamped already. You could try him?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @J-FOH: who me?

      • Prez!! says:
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        @frankgrimes: yes, you! We need a 12th team in our league. Interested?

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Prez!!: I could be. I’m already in a few leagues tho. When is the draft?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            This Saturday: March 8th, 7:30 EST

            • frankgrimes says:
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              @Sky: That’s soon ha! I most likely can tweak my work schedule. Can I draft on the iPad if I’m stuck there for a bit?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @frankgrimes: either you can or you can’t, no auto drafters!

                • frankgrimes says:
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                  @J-FOH: I wouldn’t want to auto draft yo
                  is this espn?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @frankgrimes: yes, it’s RCL. It’s been a mess trying to get everyone in sync. I sent you an e-mail over the weekend did you get it?

                    • frankgrimes says:
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                      @J-FOH: yes I just looked it up. unless I’m expecting vape mail I don’t pay much attention to most emails ha!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @frankgrimes: sorry Grimey, I’ll send you a nice bottle of juice as a parting gift. You waivered a little and I had to make a move, the league was getting restless and ugly over the loss of Carnac *pours out some beer* Check your e-mail damnit, I’ll send you some vape stuff now that I know how to contact you

                    • frankgrimes says:
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                      @J-FOH: no worries I just had to make sure I could do it. I just got a spheroid it rocks! if something changes let me know.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @frankgrimes: we got some random commenter but he snuck in early and I respect his balls

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Does ESPN allow that? IDK, honestly. If it does, you’re good.

                • frankgrimes says:
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                  @Sky: yea I don’t know yahoo does. I’m down tho I’m honored you thought of me.

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Sky: @frankgrimes: I don’t think the ESPN app allows you to draft like the new Yahoo one does. You’d just have to browse to the our league page and join the draft from there.

                    • frankgrimes says:
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                      @SteveNZ: where do I join?

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @frankgrimes: Too late Friend-O. You flipped and lost.

                    • frankgrimes says:
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                      @Kid Aoh well good luck! I just had to make sure I could be free to draft is that flipping haha

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    If you can do it, lemme know. I think JFOH sent you an email. Unless you have a pseudo email that you use for the site and don’t pay attention to.

                    • frankgrimes says:
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                      @Sky: they said it was too late maybe next year

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Well crap…I wasn’t in the know, was at basketball all last night. Sorry about that. Yeah, you should definitely be in next year.

  27. L-Boogie says:
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    CBS ADP for Kluber is 161. And here I thought most Razzballers didn’t use CBS.

    Last year Rudy posted a piece on draft goals for 5×5 stats. Is there going to be an update for this year or do the same basic goals apply?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie: Yeah, Rudy’s already written it, waiting on Jay to post…

  28. Paul says:
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    Hi guys!

    Was wondering if I could please get some advice on a trade in my salary cap ($1000) dynasty contract league.

    I was offered: Giancarlo Stanton (4 years/$123) for Matt Cain (3 years/$85) and George Springer (6 years/arbitration–first three years @ $10). I would have to clear salary in a concurrent move, but do you think that this deal is worth making? I have Castellanos, Frazier, and Dahl in the minors as well, so it would exactly decimate me prospect-wise.

    But what do you guys think? I really appreciate the assistance given.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: I’d do it, you can’t pay a guy more than 10% of your salary… Even Giancarlo

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: wow, then there’s a lot of stone stupid people in my 30 teamer, even i.suzuki was won by a 10 mil bid (100 mil cap), next closest bid was only 2. the one with the complete b.s. bidding rules.

  29. FMFBL says:
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    Great stuff thanks for doing this.

    Keeper question – would you throw Harper back if he costs your 1st round pick for the option to draft someone in the first like Rios, Upton, maybe Pedroia and instead keep a late rounder like Belt at 22?

    So is Harper worth what Belt + Rios/Upton/Pedroia offer? OBP league if that matters much.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FMFBL: Thanks! I’d just keep Harper…

  30. Scooterboy says:
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    Just completed an 8 team ESPN mock draft. I play 8 team H2H league. 5×5 cat. For the third time this year, I finished last in the draft. What do you think of this team, please?

    C Briann McCann Round 20/pick 156
    1B Prince Fielder Round 2/ Pick 12
    2B Ian Kinsler Round 4/Pick 28
    3B Kyle Seager Round 10/Pick 76
    SS Jean Segura Round 5/Pick 37
    MI Jedd Gyorko Round 15/Pick 117
    CI Eric Hosmer Round 7/Pick 53
    OF Andrew McCutchen Round 1/Pick 5
    OF Yasiel Puig Round 4/Pick 21
    OF Jay Bruce Round 6/Pick 44
    OF Alex Gordon Round 12/Pick 92
    OF Billy Hamilton Round 17/Pick 133
    U Anthony Rizzo Round 14/Pick 108

    P Gio Gonzalez Round 8/Pick 60
    P Homer Bailey Round 9/Pick 69
    P Alex Cobb Round 11/Pick 85
    P Julio Teheran Round 13/Pick 101
    P Francisco Liriano Round 18/Pick 140
    P Justin Masterson Round 19/ Pick 149
    P Sergio Romo Round 16/Pick 124
    P Houston Street R ound 21/Pick 165
    P Grant Balfour Round 22/Pick 172

    I wasn’t crazy about the Seager pick, but 3B was getting really slim pickins. The Hosmer pick was a mistake also, it was autodraft because I took too long.

    • Grey

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      Finished last in the draft? You mean what it tells you afterwards? Don’t pay attention to that… Your team looks great, but every team is gonna look great in this shallow of a league… You might be a tad low on average…

      • Scooterboy says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, last in the standings following the draft. I expected that since I’m not using ESPN rankings, I’m using yours. ESPN ranking are ridiculous.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I came out near last after my draft last year in ESPN and I won that league

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: No way!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: I have an inflamed bursa, and have had for some time. I’d be surprised if Walker is back throwing again in 7 days.

                That he is almost 25 years younger than I am and a highly tuned professional athlete, is nothing more than a red herring…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA… Seriously? What is it?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: It’s a small sac, filled with fluid that sits between tendons, muscles etc and the bones in the joint. Kinda like a cushion and helps everything move smoothly.

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synovial_bursa

                    • Grey

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                      Is it painful?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: More uncomfortable than painful. You do feel it when you lift your arm above shoulder high (the bursa and tendons getting pinched by the joint) which is obviously not great for pitching.

                    But as I alluded to above, I don’t think a bit of inflammation is as big a deal for him as it is for an old geezer like me. He’ll probably get right over it (I read an article where Latos came back pretty quickly from it a couple of seasons ago), but it wouldn’t be a total surprise to see it linger…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah… Gotcha… Thanks!

  31. Marti says:
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    In an nl only auction league 260 budget unlimited keepers and can keep as long as you want…go up by 5 each year, would you make the following trade..

    Yelich 8 and cingrani 6 for Hanley 29 Jansen 11.

    I have
    C Ramos 8
    1b Goldie 16
    2b gyorko 11
    3b Frazier 11
    Ci Rizzo 19
    Of marte 11
    Of schoerholtz 7
    Of e young 6
    Of yelich 8
    Of ruf 6????not sure if I keep..so I need 2 utility 1 ss1 mi

    P strasbug23
    P cole9
    P cingrani 6
    P Henderson 6
    P burnt 11? Not sure if keeping so I need 4 or 5 more pitchers..

    Do u make trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid to win for this year… Go for it…

  32. Homer at the Bat says:
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    Grey/Rudy/Nick – how was the spring training trip? What games did you take in (and did you get one in on Saturday, given the rain)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sneak in the A’s and Rangers on Saturday and Cubs/Royals on Sunday… Saturday night I got blotto like a 17-year-old and felt the effects for the entire Sunday… I also lost $ to Funston in poker… All around, great trip!

      • Homer at the Bat says:
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        @Grey: Sounds great – glad you got one in on Saturday after all. Any connection between the blotto and losing to Funston?

        How was the Cubs’ new park? Any chance you’re going to let Moussuckass’ two homers suck you in for another year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I was about 60 ounces of beer in and that’s a 1/4 of my body weight… Cubs park was beautiful, but compared to A’s park anything would’ve been… A’s stadium looks like a ghetto high school field…

          • Homer at the Bat says:
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            @Grey: Exactly right on the A’s stadium. They’re moving next year though – to where the Cubs used to be. Arizona State is taking the A’s place at Phoenix Muni… I bet that’ll help with recruiting!

            That said, I’m hoping to head over there to catch A’s/Dodgers in about an hour!

            • Grey

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              Nice, wish I could join you!

    • it was great. grey and i caught the a’s/ranger game on saturday (they snuck it in…other games got cancelled for rain) and the three of us went to the cubs/royals game yesterday.

      • Sky

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        Cubs? Oooohhh…how were the young pups? I have a Baez Bias this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rudy blocked the entire stadium with his afro to get a front row look at Baez and blow him a kiss… It was weird, and illegal in Arizona!

          • Sky

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            HA! He could’ve just said he was one of Marge Simpson’s sisters. Not illegal to be ugly there (yet).

            Alcantara? Bryant? I seriously want to own just about every Cubs young’un this year.

            • Grey

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              Bryant looked Sexson-ish… Will be terrific for at least five years… Lots of sexy prospects there…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Ah nice. Definitely exciting times in Chi-town. Wonder who’s gonna eff up their 2018-2020 championship runs this time.

      • Homer at the Bat says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Glad y’all got a game in Saturday… sorry it had to be at the dump that is Phoenix Muni… the dump that I’m heading to this afternoon :)

        How was the Cubs’ new park?

        • Homer at the Bat says:
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          @Homer at the Bat: Wait… I just saw Baez came in on Sunday after Starlin Castro hurt his hammy… y’all wouldn’t have had anything to do with that now, right?

          If so, let me know if you’re going to do anything more substantial to Starlin so I have time to walk away from a proposed deal where I’d give up Baez but otherwise come out ahead.

          • @Homer at the Bat: Cubs new park was sweet. Jam packed. Best to buy tix ahead of time. And, yup, we Giloolied Castro to see Baez play.

  33. kchorton2 says:
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    Really need some keeper help from Grey and whoever else wants to chime in. You only keep 2 and you don’t have to keep anyone. I’m keeping Trout as one and here are the other options I’m considering with their respective round. This is a 12 man H2H with Runs, NSB, HRs, RBIs, OBP, Slugging% and QS, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, Ks, and Holds+Saves:

    Stanton (3)
    Lucroy (6)
    Granderson (8)
    Rizzo (9)
    Ryan Zimmerman (7)

    Cain (9)
    Anibal Sanchez (8)
    Shelby Miller (11)
    Weaver (9)

    Appreciate the feedback.

    • Grey

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      Stanton

  34. henncoop says:
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    My big $$ (for me)slow draft finished. You addressed my Syndergard question …so i plan to hold him as long as possible to see how it all plays out. Thanks for your wise “pertness”.

    2 other questions/concerns:
    Looks like my Scheppers pick is wasted since they appear to be trying to put him in the rotation. I drafted him as MR who would help my pitching stats with a league that limits starts to 200. I plan to replace him with one of the following: Fien, Watson(already have Melancon), Torres, Ziegler, Hernandez, Joe Smith, Stammen, McGee, or Peralta. Looking for potential for saves; keeping my WHIP & ERA low; while adding plenty of Ks ..please rank the top 3?
    I took Asche as late steal based on your ranking & he now appears to be hurt. Being so young with limited experience & Franco Maikel waiting in the wings, how concerned should I be? I do have Longo @ 3B & Middlebrooks @ CI but I lack much in the way of bench hitting. I was hoping to put Asche @ Utility. If he is hurt & needing time off, I will have a DL spot but I think my fear is the injury hinders his progress enough to either open the door for Maikel or limits his usefulness for fantasy early on. Is Maikel now legit option for the Phillies & fantasy? At this point I assume hang onto Asche until we see the extent of the “bruised hand”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t be concerned yet about Asche, too early still… Torres, Fien, Ziegler

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks I know I am just geeking here waiting for the season to start. I probably need to do another draft or 2 in the mean time to distract me. Thanks for your help.

        • Grey

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          No problem

  35. claw dog says:
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    Does the andrus minor injury concern you at all? Was probably going to take him with the first pick after all 12 teams kept 8 players each. Should I be worried about this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t be worried right now…

  36. Fat Mack says:
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    16 team auction league, 6×6 using OPS and Walks as the extra categories. I can keep 3 players, for 3 years each. I’m keeping Goldschmidt for $12 (only one more year left) and starling marte for $6 (2 more years).

    Who do you think should be the 3rd keeper? All can be kept for 2 more years.
    F. Freeman $30
    Arenado $1
    J. Taillon $1

    Thanks, Razz-Nation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  37. William says:
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    “…..Baez to overthrow Castro”

    Nicely done, Grey, with the Cuban revolutionary angle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was Rudy chiming in sitting next to me while I wrote…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great league name!

      • Bombo Rivera says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Now I just need some great players to round out the league (11, to be exact).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  38. Derp says:
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    Need some keeper advice. We keep 3 with round lost- 10 team Roto, 6×6 (OPS and k/BB added), Yahoo eligibility, CI and MI slots and 2 UT.

    Keeping:
    Goldy (7th)
    E-5 (6th)

    Options:
    Freeman (5th)
    Stanton (3rd)
    Cobb (20th)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably just go Stanton, could see case made for others…

  39. Mike says:
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    Got hammered drunk over the weekend and said “hey! I should do a yahoo pro20$ lg!” I barely remember drafting… 12 team 5×5. What do you think?

    C – S. Perez
    1st – Goldy
    2nd – Gyorko
    3rd – Longoria
    SS – Simmons
    OF – Myers, Pence, A. Gordon
    Ut – Pujols
    Ut – Rizzo

    Starters.
    C. Lee
    G. Cole
    Bailey
    Gray
    Wheeler
    Estrada
    Hudson
    Ross
    Ogando

    Relievers.
    A. Reed
    R. Brothers
    Clippard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Nice… Maybe I should get drunk to review it… Your pitching is a tad too strong up top then wonky at the end… Not bad though… Your hitting is power heavy, speed light and not much flexibility… Again, not terrible…

  40. Hi Gray.

    It sure doesn’t look like Spring Training here in Michigan, let me assure you!!

    After the Yankees kick ARod to the curb and eat most of his salary — and nobody else wants him — my Pirates will gladly take him next year at the reduced rate. What better way for ARod to end his career than with the PIRATES?? I once heard even the Pirates GM admit there is a bit of bad-boy attitude in being a Pirate, and they even look for those types of players. (I’m serious.)

    Where will he play, with no DH in National League and Pedro already glued to third base, you ask? First base!!!

    What a lovely way to end his career, and tell all the haters to go “SUCK IT!!” lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I bet Prezii could warm you… A-Rod on the Pirates could work, would be a fitting end to a storied career (I’m serious too)….

      • @Grey: Sorry for spelling your name wrong. It’s been a long, cold, miserable offseason.

        OK, I admit I was drunk in the bar when the ARod-to-the-Pirates thought struck me. But it still makes sense, sober.

        The Pirates will still likely need a first baseman, ARod could handle that chore … and I would love-love-love to be in the negotiations, trying to convince a lovelorn ARod to come be a Pirate. We’ve got a BLACK uniform to fit your chiseled body. :-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries… Molly, you can call me anything since I believe you to be only one of our real four girl readers… “Buff women love a man in black.” Boras convincing A-Rod…

        • Prez!! says:
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          @mollyleekba: cheer up molly, baseball is in the air! :)

  41. Oppo Taco says:
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    hey grey our keepers have been finalized in our 12 tm 5×5 keeper. Im keeping Goldy, Segura, J Up, Joey bats, McCutchen, Heyward and MadBum. I have two picks in the first round but none in the third or 4th. the best talent available from your rankings are guys like Gordon, Rizzo, one of Abreu/A-Gon (expecting one owner to draft one of them before me), Holliday, Craig, Altuve for hitters, and best arms are Cole, Wacha, Moore (who im bearish on), Salazar, Teheran, Latos, Shields, Tanaka etc. We dont have CI/MI slots just c, 1b, 2b, ss,3b, of, of, of, util, util for hitters. Any of these players catch your eye with my first two picks? since im keeping mainly hitters im thinking of maybe grabbing 2 pitchers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have a #1 and you’ll be around pick 90… Another pitcher and another hitter for your first two… Cole and Gordon or A-Gon, that order…

  42. Bristol says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Need some advice on keepers. I play in a head to head keeper POINTS league. We are allowed to keep 5 players from the previous year’s roster a their draft position minus 5 spots if he was kept the year before. Scoring is:

    1B Singles 1 point
    2B Doubles 2 points
    3B Triples 3 points
    BB Walks (Batters) 1 point
    CYC Hitting for the Cycle 15 points
    HR Home Runs 4 points
    KO Strikeouts (Batter) -1 point
    R Runs 1 point
    RBI Runs Batted In 1 point
    SB Stolen Bases 2 points
    Scoring for Pitching Categories Name Settings
    BBI Walks Issued (Pitchers) -0.5 points
    CG Complete Games 5 points
    ER Earned Runs -1 point
    INN Innings 1 point
    K Strikeouts (Pitcher) 1 point
    L Losses -3 points
    NH No-Hitters 0 points
    PG Perfect Games 10 points
    QS Quality Starts 2 points
    S Saves 6 points
    SO Shutouts 10 points
    W Wins 8 points

    Here are my list of potential keepers and the round that I can keep them in. Who would you keep:

    Scherzer – 2nd round
    Cargo – 3nd round
    Choo – 4th round
    AJ Burnett – 13th round
    Jose Bautista – 14th round
    Matt Carpenter – 15th round
    Ian Desmond – 19th round
    Ryu – 20th round
    Wheeler – Last round
    Cingrani – last round
    Kenley Jansen – last round

    Any advice would be appreciated!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo, Bautista, Carpenter, Desmond and Cingrani

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        agree with all of your picks , except
        would switch out cingrani for kenley .

        top-light closer in the last round ?
        seems to embrace the spirit of sagnof .
        and cingrani may come back to you in the draft .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that could work too…

  43. L-Boogie says:
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    I know the answer is going to be “It’s just you” but…

    Is it just me or does it seem like having the last pick (12-14) is better than picking first this year? I mean, not necessarily for round 1, but overall for the first 4 or 5 rounds. For the first time in forever I have a top pick (#2) in a 14 team league and I’m not loving my mocks. I keep getting forced into taking a pitcher in the 3rd which I never do. But the potentially sweet combos I’m seeing after 4 rounds with the 14th pick look great.

    Yes I saw Rudy’s piece on Draft order but my main takeaway from that was “be lucky enough to avoid risky players”

    • Cram It says:
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      @L-Boogie: It’s just you. Why are you FORCED to take a pitcher in round 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve always liked the last pick of the first round… As long as it’s not a 15 team or deeper league…

    • @L-Boogie: I would take #1/#2 with Miggy or Trout any day of the week. On my 3rd 15-team draft this year and have picked 8th twice and now 3rd. I will say this – I like 8th a lot better than #3. Minor impact on my first 5 rounds (Goldy over Chris Davis) but I feel like I have to reach more at the turns because of the gap in picks.

  44. machine says:
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    Alvarez @ $6 or Hosmer @ $17?

    OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  45. Brent says:
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    I’m in a 15 team league and we just had our draft on Sunday, would really like some feedback on how I did and yes I know I punted catcher :)

    Alex Avila
    Ryan Doumit
    Albert Pujols
    Chase Utley
    Zack Cozart
    Brett Lawrie
    Aaron Hill
    Adam Lind
    Adam Jones
    Alex Rios
    Will Myers
    Josh Reddick
    Colby Rasmus
    Nate Schierholtz

    Bench: Alcides Escobar, Brett Wallace, Matt Joyce, Cody Asche, Logan Morrison

    Jose Fernandez
    Aroldis Chapman
    Alex Cobb
    Grant Balfour
    Justin Masterson
    Zack Wheeler
    Brandon Beachy
    Dillon Gee
    Yordano Ventura

    Bench: Brian Wilson, Brad Ziegler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very light on average, speed doesn’t look great and hitting overall is wonky… I like your pitching though, probably a tad too good…

      • Brent says:
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        I felt pitching was the strongest part of my draft mainly because guys fell to spots I didn’t think they’d reach. Fernandez at 53, Chapman at 83, Cobb at 128, Masterson at 188. Going forward would trade pitching for hitting and which positions should I target?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would probably trade pitching but I’d wait until May to see where the team was at… Those are great pitching values…

  46. Rob says:
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    Final keeper. R. Zimmerman $19 Heyward $14 D. Jennings $3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmerman

  47. Cheese says:
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    Very late in my dynasty league, and I’ve narrowed it down to the following:

    Noah Syndergaard, Jonathan Gray and Marcus Stroman

    Who would you go for, ignoring things like park factor for Gray? I’m not worrying about production in the current year as whoever I keep will be stashed away for most of the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Syndergaard

  48. Cole says:
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    how tough is it drafting against others that are using your rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not very so far…

    • Kid A says:
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      @Cole:
      You just have to look for value, don’t cement yourself into rankings. Grab opportunities when/where they materialize.

      I’m in this insane RCL with Magoo, OTS, SteveNZ, CramIt, Jack, Prez!!!, etc. and am really interested to see how the draft shakes out considering that most have pretty similar outlooks to this site. There will be value to be had, but where it will be, I have no idea. Gonna be whacky.

      This is all assuming we can even draft before Prez!!! destroys everything for everyone. I made a crack the other night about a computer virus, and now he is dead-set on trying to infect ESPN with his particularly virulent strain of gonorrhea. He always takes everything too far. This is how civilizations get destroyed.

      • Prez!! says:
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        @Kid A: haha too late.. the league is cancelled. Matthew berry is now residing in jamacia because i convinced espn his hairline was hurting their overall profit…. Oh yeah, he now has hair lice and herpes.

        In all seriousness, i think one of the key aspects to drafting in the rcls is having your own plans and guys YOU like. Of course, you can use razzball as a planner but its important to have your own strategy and sleepers too. Dont let grey control your draft! We all love grey and razzball but its important to zig when others zag sometimes, because i feel thats where you can get the best value. Everyone is going for the same high upside maybe guys too early and while they do that, you can be picking up solid contributors for your squad… Some people are going to follow it to the tee * coughs * jack! * coughs * and by doing that, it sets up oppurtunities for you to get good value. Always have your own plans because you know people will all be using somewhat of the same strategy. Pick your spots.. have your own gameplan, while still being aware of the razzball guys.

      • Cole says:
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        @Kid A: haha yeah, I’m in the same nfbc league as Grey and I’m kind of over my head is all. Probably the toughest league I have ever taken on. However I did get 89 points in my rcl last year and finished 3rd. Two guys got 100 so I guess that was pretty tough

        • Cole says:
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          @Cole: for instance I got beltran in the 5th round and was way more excited than any grown man should be at that

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I like your team so far… Great power…

            • Cole says:
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              @Grey: Thanks! I like yours too. I thought we might see a closer run by now

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                SAGNOF! Yeah, usually around 120… We’re at 110… So, soon…

                • Cole says:
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                  @Grey: SAGNOF(!) must be harder in a no transaction league. I see koji went before so imma try and spark one with robertson.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, it’s difficult, but you just need two closers… I was going to take Robertson next when you grabbed him… Solid pick there… Dah!

                    • Cole says:
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                      @Grey: I’m in your head! Now go eat a reuben!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Had to go with my 2nd choice in Reed…

  49. Q says:
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    Would you trade Darvish at $42 for kinsler @ $5? Price makes decision easy, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kinsler

  50. Jon says:
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    10-team H2H league. 5×5 scoring, we keep 18 with 30-man rosters. I kept a pretty stacked team (league champion a year ago), so I really didn’t have much to do in the draft. Being said, how does my team look? Any weak/worry spots?

    C Castro
    1B Goldschmidt (keeper)
    2B Cano (keeper)
    3B Zimmerman (keeper)
    SS Tulo (keeper)
    MI Desmond (keeper)
    CI Hosmer (keeper)
    OF Stanton (keeper)
    OF Kemp (keeper)
    OF Jennings (keeper)
    OF Victorino (keeper)
    DH Lawrie (keeper)
    Bench: 2B Rendon, OF Garcia, OF Gardner
    SP Cobb (keeper)
    SP Bailey (keeper)
    SP Teheran (keeper)
    SP Zimmermann (keeper)
    SP Cashner (keeper)
    SP Archer (keeper)
    SP Porcello
    SP Johnson
    SP Perez
    SP Beachy
    RP Jansen (keeper)
    RP Street
    RP Henderson
    RP Allen
    RP Brothers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No weak spots right now… Obviously you had great keepers…

  51. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    finished up drafting that H2H league where we draft 3 real life teams and get all of the players on those teams as our starters and bench. 2 at each position per day with 6 SP and 6 RP per day and 2 bench spots, with 8 moves per week as far as add/drops. Some weird stats too, with losses, K/BB, Hits /9 innings, total innings, batted into DP (for pitchers), holds, net saves, in addition to normal ones, but without total K’s (innings takes the place of simple usage). At 2nd pick overall i got DET, then at 19th MIL (pretty lucky as i have them as the 4th best hitting team) then CLE last. Few questions as roster projects like this:
    C Lucroy/Gomes
    1B V-Mart/Santana/Swisher/Francisco
    2B Kipnis/Kinsler/Gennett
    SS Segura/AssCab/Aviles/Iglesias
    3B Miggy/Aramis/Francisco/Aviles
    LF Braun (getting RF soon)/other chris davis/Brantley
    RF Hunter/Swisher/Raj/Schaefer
    CF A-Jax/Cargo 2/Bourn

    RP (daily lineup)
    Nathan/Muppet Master/Axford/F-Rod/Allen/Shaw
    1. should i sub in anybody else at RP (depth charts have F-Rod over Kintzler, and Pestano over Shaw, but last year says otherwise to that)
    2. out of swisher/brantley/other chris davis and either bourn or a-jax i am very deep at OF spots. esp when Braun gets RF. Worth keeping all of them in case of injuries (or certain weeks when i need more steals/avg than homers) or trading for help somewhere (guessing that would be RP)
    3. guy who owns MIA/LAD/ARI wants to move Puig (RF, for me anyway) for an IF person. Am i deep anywhere there (2B, would have to play Gennett or Weeks) to trade Kinsler or Asscab for Puig?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: if i did Puig trade (for say one of Kinsler/Asscab) i could possibly flip one of Brantley/other chris davis for Miller, the owner of TEX/BAL/SEA does seem to need a LF, while not needing a 2B/SS type at all. Either that or have to play Aviles/Iglesias everyday (eck!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sub in anyone? Like who? 2. Worth keeping for now 3. I’d trade either for Puig, obviously Asdrubal first

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: 1. any other RP for DET/MIL/CLE that you would put ahead of the 6 i have listed in a league like that at this point. I have the 3 closers and Shaw/Allen/F-Rod so really do you think any of the other RP are better than those 3?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not at this point

  52. Nate says:
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    @Grey–Choose two keepers: Josh Johnson (12th round), Daniel Murphy (25th), Will Venable (25th), Brad Miller (25th). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller, Venable

  53. JimSlim says:
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    My final keeper is down to Ortiz & Kinsler, torn chosing but I was going to offer elsbury and one of those to try and get Prince, what do you think? My keepers now are Tulo. Kershaw, Lee and Pujols. I appreciate your thoughts so much Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ellsbury and either for Prince… Offer Ortiz first…

  54. Andy says:
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    14 team H2H Keeper League (keep forever no restrictions)

    Current team: CarGo, Prince, McCutchen, Wright, Hanley, and BumG.

    Who would you take next Alex Gordon, Jordan Zimmermann, Cole Hamels, or Gerrit Cole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon or Cole… Gordon’s such a boring pick, I’d probably just go Cole…

  55. Tbone says:
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    Weekly scoring 7×7 H2H, daily lineups, with BB and KO for hitters and L and QS for pitchers. You can cycle pitchers all week with no max on innings. No MI, CI, only (3) OF, (5) SP, (2) RP.
    We can keep (1) from 1-5, (1) from 6-10, and (3) from 11-23.

    Trade my Jason Kipnis who will be an 8th round keeper for Stras who will be a 13th?

    Without the trade my keepers would be Waino in 3rd, Kipnis 8th, Domonic 16th, Ian Desmond 17th, and likely Profar in the 21st (or Liriano, Fister, Salazar, Holland in 11th, Robertson in 22nd).

    With trade I would have Waino, NOBODY Stras, Ian, and either Domonic or Profar.
    I may be able to get him to send along Mike Minor in the 10th round to give me someone that qualifies for that slot.
    …deal seems dumb the more I think about it, but pitching seemed to go early and often last year and having Waino, Stras, Minor, would be a formidable staff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Strasburg

  56. Q says:
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    Which side: Kinsler @ $5 and Papi @ 11

    • Q says:
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      @Q: or J Zimm @ $5 and Homer Bailey @ $9? I would be getting the bats and I’m already keeping 3 pitchers. Thanks!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh… Take Kinsler side…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler

  57. clemente says:
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    grey, can you pick 6 keepers? thanks h2h

    miggy($27), votto ($27), werth ($1), bogaerts ($1), machado ($4), gyorko ($1), everth ($11), pence ($17), kluber ($1),

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Everth, Pence or Kluber

  58. Alex says:
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    14 team keeper league, Yu or Braun ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun

  59. Jay says:
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    would you rather have Beltran and Cobb or Alex gordon and Teheran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  60. SteveNZ says:
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    I’m having a discussion with Rudy on his Yahoo 6×6 OBP rankings page where he says he could see drafting Votto at #5 in a league like my H2H where we count OBP as well as average. (Which I’m down with).

    He suggests pairing him with Stanton or Puig (which I’m also down with). There’s a chance that Braun would also be available. You and Rudy/Steamer both have him ranked ahead of those other two. Who would you take? I kinda feel like Braun doesn’t offer the power upside of the other two – which is what I’d need after taking Votto. Agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take them Braun, Puig, Stanton… Bunch of coin flips really… Could see Braun, Stanton, Puig too…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Pretty sure I’m going to be able to get Votto plus one of those three.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Be in a nice position out of the gate… Have you thought about what’s gonna happen if more teams do the no starting pitcher thing?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Not really, though I’ll be watching for starters like cyclops with a monocle at the 8th round or so, just to see what’s there.

            The guys who have done well in this league have done well without going relievers-only so hopefully they’ll stick with their methods.

            • Grey

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              Ah, fingers crossed….

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: It’s not like I stormed through the regular season and into the finals last year, so hopefully it’s not seen as a real silver bullett strategy.

                One other thing I’ve noticed – Bruce is soooo buried at Yahoo (41 or something). Soooo tempting, even if he has given me fits before. Power like his isn’t just lying around…

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, I’d take him for sure if he were there around pick 40…

  61. J-FOH says:
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    How was AZ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lot of fun… I mentioned above to someone some of the stuff that went down… Got drunk, lost money to Funston, good times!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: how did you lose money to that hefty Tim Curry impersonator?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We played poker at like 2 AM…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: If you would of taken me I would of rolled him after the game and got the money back

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Next time!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I’m surprised Nick wasn’t ready to pull their shirts over their heads and fight them Hockey style

  62. Wake Up says:
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    Just heard on sports.gov that there is now an openly gay Naismither…also, there is going to be an openly gay Footballer, which I don’t understand, football, in general, that is…

    “Arod is missing a real opportunity this season.” – Jack Clark

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… “And stand up straight!” — Jack Clark

  63. Wake Up says:
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    “I told you Arod was juicing, wearing juicy!” -Jack Clark

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “You can see right on his sweatpants ass…juicy!” – Jack Clark

  64. LA Sound Guy says:
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    You may have already mentioned this somewhere else, but does your ranking of AJ Burnett change at all with his move to Philly? I know we don’t pay for last year’s stats, but he was one of 6 starters in baseball to have a ground ball rate above 50% and a K/9 above 8.5. King Felix, Strasburg, Liriano, Masterson and Tyson Ross were the others. Do all the ticks on Burnett’s odometer scare you?

    • Grey

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      Nah, didn’t change Burnett’s ranking… He is what he is… Probably small step back from last year…

  65. JDW says:
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    Grey – going to your point about Spring Training Stats which I LARGELY agree with (see what I did with the font there? I made the word largely…largely. That should be a font name). Billy Burns, name sake of Billy Bean and Billy Hamilton – already has FIVE stolen bases this Spring. Yes, we are told not to look too deeply or make too much hay into such things. But this lil’ dude is RUNNING!!! And he is running for Mr. MONEYBALL!! Finally, Billy Burns (when Billy Hamilton is the next fast thing) is just too perfect a name to ignore. Billy Burns runs fast…and I would hope might suffer from some No-Cal Junk-Funk that lends itself to running around the bases at rapid speeds. Fine, let the Oakland A’s maintain that the young man has a knack for running the bases, hence is bounding about the bases. But we know better. We dated her too. And she did the same thing to all of us. My highschool rap name was “Bally Burns” cause of what she did that Saturday night. Glad my folks had insurance. Billy Burns is about to render Billy Hamilton moot. Burns is the ointment you need to get you through the day.

  66. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    got a call from the scottsdale chamber of commerce .
    apparently they learned that i figured out ==> ” who is Grey Albright ? ”
    anywho , the gist of the call was to offer an all expense paid trip
    to July Grey .
    contingent , of course , upon you bringing rain .

  67. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    http://www.rtsports.com/baseball/draft-board.php?LID=501772&UID=fantasybaseball

    personally , really don’t like the verlander pick in the 4th
    (staying away from him this year)
    but ,
    had Rudy taken kimbrel in the 4th , instead ,
    he could have sniped gyorko in the 7th
    and gone with lesser aces later on … like the rest of us razzballers .

    cust kayin .

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @costaricanchata: Rudy has said that since last year he’s all about in leagues like that getting 1 RP ace, and that those really aren’t that easy to simply project either, so getting a top 3 or 4 closer is big for him.

  68. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Grey, you’re an intelligent writer/analyst and wanted to ask you about drafting semantics.

    Much like your opinions on players & projections, I typically don’t agree with what the pundits at the mega-sites (i.e., ESPN, Yahoo, CBS, etc.) purport and the default pre-season player lists they provide when drafting. Although most sites give you the ability to adjust your pre-draft rankings so it actually appears when you only have 1:30 to make a decision, I always have wondered what is actually the best approach?

    If you’re personal rankings differ from the websites’s default list and you know most of your league mates are going off those aforementioned rankings, does it makes sense to maintain that default draft list and go off your personal notes, or, do you adjust your personal rankings ahead of the draft so players “values” are in the draft slot you believe them to be (right or wrong)? For the sake of example, if I blindly agreed with everything you’ve said in your articles and rankings, adjusted my pre-draft rankings accordingly, come the actual draft I would be taking players several rounds before where they’d actually be taken. It’s getting good players (in whoever’s opinion your adjusting your rankings accordingly), but it’s not maximizing value as those players that you believe will out perform their rankings are going much later in the draft. Therefore I ask, what do you do?

    Do you (A) take the default player ranking list and use your side notes? Or should you (B) adjust all of your rankings ahead of time and select players where their “value” is slated. Or, (C), just get crazy and wild? Selecting (D) and creating the “G-Child” is not a valid response. Shout out to Warren-G.

    I Appreciate what you do. Thanks

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: can’t you switch back n forth from the default rankings to your adjusted ranks? personally I like to use my notes and the queue and use the default as a guide to who the rest of the league is prolly gonna take next ymmv

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @frankgrimes: yahoo actually (one of only things they do well) does a good job of this, as it shows both yahoo’s rankings AND the ADP’s on yahoo of each player. However, you should do research pre-draft about ADP’s at each site, mocks at that site/hunting ADP lists help a lot.

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