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So the title has a bit of superlative in it.  What was I gonna say, the most kinda good fantasy baseball team?  You’ll get over your scoffing, I have faith in you.  This is the best 2014 fantasy baseball team that I can put together when drafting from my top 100 for 2014 fantasy baseball and top 400 for 2014 fantasy baseball.  Honestly, I could draft another 25 teams from those lists, and they’d all be different, but equally terrific… Well, one of the twenty-five would only be almost terrific, but it would be really hard to tell which one that is.  If I took Adam Jones in the 1st round, everything after would change.  For this exercise, I’m taking Mike Trout first, because, well, I have him first overall.  Until pick 100, I’m taking one guy somewhere in every twelve picks.  It would be nice if I was in a league where someone drafted Darvish and Kershaw in the first round and I was able to take Prince Fielder in the 2nd round (which is likely), but since Trout and him are in my first 10 picks, according to the rules I’ve set up for myself, I can’t take them both.  Then, as we all know, once you get into the 100′s, there’s wide gaps between ADP and where players are actually taken.  People tend to look at team need over value.  So for this exercise, once I get to pick #101, I’m going to pick two players every twenty picks.  Finally, because there is so much latitude in the last 200, I gave myself free reign to fill up my team.  Throughout the draft, I also gave myself the ability to reach to a lower draft pick, but not reach forward.  It should still be my ideal team… Or not.  Let’s see, shall we?  Bee tee dubya, this team is 5×5, one catcher, 5 OFs, MI, CI, 1 UT, 9 P, 3 bench, just like the Razzball Commenter Leagues that are signing up still.  (Yes, we need commissioners.  I’m shooting for 70 leagues, but we need your help!  Wow, I just sounded like FDR.)  Anyway, here’s the best 2014 fantasy baseball team:

C: Salvador Perez (212)
1B: Joey Votto (13)
2B: Jedd Gyorko (88)
SS: Jean Segura (28)
3B: Nolan Arenado (120)
MI: Brad Miller (142)
CI: Anthony Rizzo (60)
OF:  Mike Trout (1)
OF: Shin-Soo Choo (39)
OF: Billy Hamilton (80)
OF: Avisail Garcia (170)
OF: Kole Calhoun (176)
UTIL: Khris Davis (219)

P: Gio Gonzalez (68)
P: Sonny Gray (101)
P: Danny Salazar (122)
P: Kris Medlen (132)
P: Sergio Romo (145)
P: Hiroki Kuroda (181)
P: Zack Wheeler (191)
P: Rafael Soriano (202)
P: Casey Janssen (203)
Bench: Fernando Rodney (229)
Bench: Neftali Feliz (239)
Bench: Matt Lindstrom (258)

SO, THIS TEAM IS THE BOMB DOT ORG, BUT IS THERE ANY CHANCE OF ACTUALLY GETTING IT?

I guess.  I doubt it though, if I’m gonna be honest.  But why do I need to be honest?  It’s so boring!  The ones that really stick out to me as unlikely are Salvador Perez and Billy Hamilton that late.  They fit into my exercise rules so I took them where I have them ranked.  I could’ve also said Rizzo and Gyorko are going much later than I have them ranked so I’m not going to take them that early, but that would’ve been cheating so I think that evens things out for this exercise.  So, yes, Billy Hamilton will be gone by pick 80 in most leagues, but Gyorko would be around for an extra 5 rounds, so that’s a wash.  We’re even.  I’m not even sure Billy Hamilton is the most ideal guy for this team because this team already looked heavy on speed and light on power.  I did want to use this opportunity to point out something Rudy told me about Billy Hamilton.  His words, “Using the historical Player Rater shows since 2000, there have only been 4 outfielder seasons (excluding guys with more valuable positions like 2B/SS) of top 100 value where an OF hit less than .280, 50+ SB and less than 5 HR:

Juan Pierre 2010 CHW ($18.5 – 96/1/47/.275/68)
Michael Bourn 2010 HOU ($10.6 – 84/2/38/.265/52)
Juan Pierre 2005 FLA ($17.0 – 96/2/47/.276/57)
Willy Taveras 2008 COL $10.7 – 64/1/26/.251/68)

Using this draft pick to money converter to justify drafting Billy Hamilton in the top 100 picks ($12+), you have to expect him to go bonkers in SBs (80+) or over-deliver somewhere (e.g., Pierre’s decent RBIs thanks to some luck and 650+ ABs).

While Hamilton may give you a massive SB contribution (upwards of $20 based on 2000-2012 results), he’s likely giving back $8 in inferior HR/RBI.  It’s not like drafters are undervaluing HR/RBI guys, except those who are awful in AVG, and Hamilton’s blah AVG is going to put you in a hole.  So the question you have to ask is whether you want to be playing catch-up in HR/RBI or SB?”  While no one will confuse the historical Player Rater with the Hysterical Player Rater, it is a great point and why you shouldn’t go reaching for Hamilton.

HAVE ANY OVERALL THOUGHTS, GREY ‘FANTASY MASTER LOTHARIO’ ALBRIGHT?  I’D LOVE TO HEAR THEM.  MY BREATH IS BATED.

Sure, Subheading Man.  By pick 100, have your offense squared away.  You don’t want to piece together an offense.  See what I did with my team?  By pick 101, I had seven of thirteen hitter picks done.  I left Catcher, 3rd Base, MI, 2 Outfielder slots and UTIL.  I’d shoot for exactly the same leaving the top 100.  Maybe a 3rd baseman instead of a SS or 2B, but not much else different.  From pick 100 thru 199, you can fill hitters that are good value (except your utility guy.  Leave your utility slot for your favorite late round hitter.), but your real focus from picks 100-199 is your pitching staff, otherwise you’re gonna sound like a Masshole screaming ‘focus’ at your team.

CAN I TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR TEAM AND SEND IT TO MYSELF OVER ELECTRONIC MAIL AND PUT A RED FLAG ON THE EMAIL INDICATING IMPORTANT?

Yes, be my guest.  The only thing is you don’t want to get too caught up in trying to replicate my draft because if someone else takes a guy you want, you’re gonna start scrambling and then sweating and then shart your gotchies.  Just build the best team you can and use my example as a guide.  For s’s and g’s, go to my top 400 and put your best fantasy baseball team into the comments below.

  1. Baggiejohn says:
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    Having bought into your Rankings and Draft Principles, I’ve been working on a list of Value Picks that I can reasonably expect to be available where I’m looking to pick them. I’m playing on Yahoo! and using their Rankings and ADP for estimating value, and I’m in a new 10-Team League this year, 3 OF, 3 UTIL, 3 SP, 5 Bench players. So …

    First 2 rounds take the best player, not expecting bargains here.
    21-30 Longoria
    31-40 Bruce
    41-50 Pujols
    51-60 Myers

    Not totally sold on taking Myers here, may depend how many OF I’ve already Drafted

    61-70 Andrus
    71-80 Cobb
    81-90 Donaldson or Rizzo

    Again, I may Draft to need here, or just take the best player left.

    91-100 Teheran
    101-110 Werth
    111-120 Hill
    121-130 Abreu
    131-140 Salazar
    141-150 Gyorko

    Not too happy leaving Gyorko this late, but the’s been around at this point so far.

    151-160 Gray
    161-170 Moss

    Here’s where I probably need to start looking at Closers, so I’ve moved Parnell or Rodney to around here too.

    171-180 Profar
    181-190 Henderson
    191-200 Arenado

    The biggest problem is knowing where to pitch my closers (pun intended). I know that’s a bit higher than you have them, but I need to Draft 1 or 2, just for peace of mind, really!

    So last night, I went into a Mock with this blueprint. I drafted 8th. I’ve ticked the ones that fell where I was hoping.

    8th Adam Jones
    13th Joey Votto

    Very happy with those 2 to start.

    28th Longoria [tick]
    33rd Bautista

    Longoria has been there in the 2 Mocks I’ve done. Bautista was a pleasant surprise, and I happily chose him over Bruce.

    48th Pujols [tick]
    53rd Segura
    68th Myers
    73rd Andrus
    88th Cobb

    The last 3 were all available a round later than I predicted, so I could squeeze Segura in as well.

    93rd Teheran [tick]
    108th Matt Moore

    With Werth already gone, I just chose the next best player here.

    113th Hill [tick]
    128th Rosario

    Wasn’t planning to take a Catcher this early, but I think he’s a good pick around here.

    133rd Salazar [tick]
    148th Abreu

    I don’t get why Tanaka is going so high and Abreu so low, but I’m happy he was still here!

    153rd Gyorko

    2 Mocks, two low-round Gyorkos – can he really be this undervalued?

    168th Rodney
    173rd Profar [tick]

    More my Picks than yours, but with Gray already gone, I indulged myself!

    188th Moss
    193rd Henderson
    208th Gallardo

    Arenado went very early in this Draft, and I still have faith that Gallardo’s first half was not indicative of his true ability.

    Of the players I targetted I got 13, and 7 of them were available later than I expected. I’ve got four 1Bs and only 4 OFs and I’m happy to have good players, as my philosophy is to draft the best and balance the squad later, through Trades maybe, or just play the Season as it unfolds.

    Sorry for the long post, I live in the UK and can’t discuss this with the only baseball fanatics I know, as they’re all in my League! Any comments?

    Thanks, Grey. Wishing you every success this Season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baggiejohn: Hard to see your team laid out like this, but it looks solid until the end with Gallardo, but that’s a small quibble… Crazy how low Gyorko is going…

      • matt says:
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        I hope you are right about Zach being there at pick 200 That’s a steal. Try telling that to your haters though and they’ll tell you to take Kershaw #1 or #2 overall :-)

        • matt says:
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          2013 -Harvey /2014- Wheeler = Ya I said mofo’s HAHA

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • James says:
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      @Baggiejohn:

      Yahoo Mocks are terrieble. First the bots take the highest ranked player every round. Even without the bots 90% of the guys there are afraid to go too far from the highest ranked (by yahoo) list. I think this is the scroll down factor, most people are afriad to scroll down, so if they are not in the visible range on top, they are not going to be taken.

      In a competitive league, do not expect any of that to actually happen. I got lucky with a yahoo mock the other day, so there are a few guys there with some smarts (one guy was clearly using espn rankings, another was clearly using the ranks here, and the rest were making reasonable picks). There Gyorko went in the 11th round. Longoria in the late 2nd. None of the huge falls from this post made it anywhere near where you were taking them.

      • Baggiejohn says:
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        @James: Thanks, that’s good feedback, if slightly depressing! That particular Draft was pretty active, and people do seem to follow the Yahoo rankings to some extent. You may well be right, but I know that I am influenced by ADP so I’m expecting the other managers will be too. What I’m aiming to do is make value picks, rather than just take the players I want working in strict numerical order from Grey’s rankings. Those particular players are the ones where there’s a clear disparity between Grey and Yahoo! I don’t expect I’ll get all of them. Best wishes, John.

        • Dead Heads says:
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          @Baggiejohn: Werth with how high he is going this year is not a value pick IMO, 35 years old, won’t be anywhere near his stats of last season, and I don’t expect him to play 140 games. McClouth was picked up by the Nationals for a reason.

  2. gareth says:
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    Like james Franco in 27 hours, I will be trapped in a cave called “mock drafts” fron now until the end of March. By the way – the sawing your arm off part of this scenario is drafting starlin castro.

    Hes a surefire way to turn your season into a bloody stump.

    • .... says:
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      @gareth: a 24 yr old 15-25 SS with solid counting stats going in the 10th round is not a “bloody stump.” He was overdrafted last year. This year he could bring value.

    • James says:
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      Cutestory….

      I agree about castro being overdrafted last year…. and this year. He is a 15/25 SB with a terrible average, poor plate decipline, and an elite prospect at his position knocking on the door. He is Rutledge with a better name, and more sure playing time.

      Would i grab him in the 20th…. yes. the 15th, likely. There are more sure thing SS that fall late like Escobar (who should hit 260 with 30 steals, or hardy who should hit 240 with 25 homers).

  3. Troy says:
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    Team I drafted earlier today 12 team 23 man roster

    C d’arnaud (273)
    1b fielder (16)
    2b kinsler (57)
    3b Seager (136)
    Ss segura (40)
    Of Harper (8)
    Of Bautista (33)
    Of marte (64)
    Util gyorko (153)
    Util v Martinez (201)
    B a Garcia (225)
    B b miller (249)

    Sp iwakuma (81)
    Sp Cobb (88)
    Rp Perkins (105)
    Rp frieri (160)
    P veras (184)
    P m moore (112)
    P gray (129)
    P Salazar (177)
    B Tillman (208)
    B porcello (232)
    B j Johnson (256)

    Just drafted this team earlier today, felt fortunate to get Bautista in the 3rs round but also reached for guys like gray and Perkins seeing as closer flew off the board a lot in the 9th round. Wanted to see what your thoughts were and seeing if u ha any suggestions? I feel like I need one more power bat and thought bout offering Salazar for maybe Jose abreu or something like that. Ideally didn’t want d’arnaud but 5 or 6 teams took back up catchers, anyway thanks again! Readers are also welcome to comment h2h league standard 5 by 5

    • .... says:
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      @Troy: pitching is a bit weak for a H2H league. Typically in H2H or innings max leagues pitching is a little more important. In a no innings max league you can really wait on pitching.

      • Troy says:
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        @….: well it is a no innings max league and only 7 innings min lol. Pitching actually far better then about half the league. Basically tried to go off Greys pitching pairings except I went a little heavier then I should of early. But thank u for the input, I was up in the air on if I needed another arm or not

    • Kobayashi Maru says:
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      @Troy: you need to pick up a real catcher off the waiver wire, d’arnaud is a solid stash and may be good enough to start by summer, but for the beginning of the year, you are going to want to roll with someone with a more consistent role.

      • Troy says:
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        @Kobayashi Maru: yea it wasn’t who I went into te draft wanting to grab but like I said 4 teams I believe took back up catchers. So went with upside over salty.

        • Sparty Scott says:
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          @Troy: If Yan Gomes is available, I’d pick him up as your new catcher. I think he’ll be top 10.

          • James says:
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            @Sparty Scott:

            In 1 catcher leagues, people take a backup…. are they nuts. After the top 5, i would just not draft one, and grab an extra MR in a CL competition and when a winner is crowned, if it is not my guy, then grab a random catcher. Outside the top of the position, there are 12 more guys that will hit .250-270 with 15-20 homers.

    • PujolsJunkie says:
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      @Troy: Your team is great man. Don’t even worry about it.

    • Chris says:
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      Pitching looks great team looks great! Nice job.

      • Troy says:
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        @Chris: thank u chris I appreciate it was offered Dominic brown for matt Moore but I think my offense is pretty good already think I’m gonna just sit tight.

  4. Nimrod says:
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    I joined a RCL league and was hoping ESPN had mock drafts. I am used to playing in the Yahoo mocks. If ESPN mocks have began please help me figure it out. Thanks

    • BringDaRuckus says:
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      @Nimrod: I was wondering the same thing about the ESPN mocks since I seen where the draft rooms were open, but I can’t find how to get in the mocks. Looks like only live draft rooms are open right now.

      • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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        @BringDaRuckus:Anyone know where to find an OBP mock? Even a pay site?

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @BringDaRuckus: ESPN mock drafts will be up when they publish their draft kit. Probably in a week or so.

  5. BucLover says:
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    This exercise was just as helpful as a mock draft. Thanks for the read.
    I took some liberties the last 3 picks or so.
    C- McCann (168)
    1B- Encarnacion (18)
    2B-Kipnis (33)
    3B-Lawrie (140)
    CI-Craig (77)
    MI-Gyorko (88)
    OF- McCutchen (4)
    OF-Marte (48)
    OF-Carlos Gomez (50)
    OF-Jennings (109)
    OF-Dominic Brown (153)
    UTIL-Brantley (173)
    P-Minor (71)
    P-Cole (100)
    P-Shelby Miller (128)
    P-Wheeler (192)
    P-Samardzija (200)
    P-Casey Janssen (203)
    P-Cishek (207)
    P-Balfour (233)
    P-Haren (260)
    Bn-Kazmir (271)
    Bn-Quintana (309)
    Bn-Estrada (321)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BucLover: No problem… I like the offense a lot… Pitching’s decent, should be totally fine, don’t love Miller and you look slightly high on WHIP…

  6. Gordon Shumway says:
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    Thanks, Grey- is there any chance that we’ll get something like this or tips on how to apply this to an auction draft? Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gordon Shumway: I’ll have an auction draft post strategy post, yeah…

      • Gordon Shumway says:
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        Cool, thanks a lot!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  7. Big League Wood says:
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    At Yahoo auctions, based on 2 real and 5 mocks I have done, that team would range in the $265-$280 range.

    ‘ships are coming.

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Grey: y

        Yes

  8. Ellen palm ivory says:
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    Your pitching staff sucks. And that all I have to say about that.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Ellen palm ivory: You should probably learn how to use the reply button if you’re going to flame people, ML aka Ellen, aka yks.

      • Ellen palm ivory says:
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        @Sky: I was referring to grey’s, sky aka lazy aka little knowledge of fantasy baseball. Don’t be bitter …it’s ok to be average.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ok ML

        • MacDaddy says:
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          @Ellen palm ivory: wow…and that’s not even me :)

          • Prez says:
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            @MacDaddy: hahahaha dayummm, so many faggots, not enogh dildos…

      • Ellen palm ivory says:
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        @Sky: should also add sensitive. Anytime someone doesn’t agree with you it’s flaming. But you’re wrong. Offense is down across the board but the gap between the best and average is also closer. You say pitching is abundant like that means something. All it means is you need to be that much better to make up for it.

        • Sky

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          OK ML

        • Prez says:
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          @Ellen palm ivory: how many times do you say “youre wrong” in a convo? What are you, 15? Everytime i see you post its “youre wrong!”… Who does that?

      • Van Hammersly says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Rudy, are Grey and you drafting together for LABR or is this a solo effort? Either way, really eager to see how the team turns out!

        • Just me. Grey is doing Tout Wars mixed. 2014 is Divide & Conquer.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Any idea what pitcher/hitter split you’re gonna use? Kidding…lucky #8…good luck!

            • ha! thanks. i found it a lot easier to ‘mock’ up the draft using 67/33. easier to identify which pitchers are overpriced/underpriced based on what each player’s expected draft position is.

          • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Is it a strategy that you’re posting the OBP rankings but playing the standard roto high profile expert league while Grey is posting the standard roto rankings while playing in the high profile OBP league (Tout)?

            • nope, no strategy to it. just dividing and conquering….and since grey’s name is on the Tout Wars team, made sense for me to take LABR.

          • Ellen palm ivory says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: @Rudy Gamble: good luck. You’re a pretty smart dude I think you can do better than last year ex/ grey

            • Prez says:
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              @Ellen palm ivory: yeah, go and suck rudys penis now… You aint saying nothing to him huh? Youre a clown.. hope you feel stupid when youre sitting there at draft day using razzballs rankings..

              • Ellen palm ivory says:
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                @Prez: lol. Ok bro!

  9. 2 Giant rings says:
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    What do you think of Michael Pineda saying he’s 100% and going to fight for a rotation spot… Worthy of a late flier?

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @2 Giant rings:

      Wait until ST to see how he looks. Upside is limited even if healthy.

    • Cram It says:
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      @2 Giant rings: That’s great he’s confident. I think Maurice Jones Drew said he was going to run for 2000 yards last season.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Cram It: i know MJD used to be all about playing in fantasy and drafting himself. It’s likely very worthwhile to join some of his leagues.

  10. burningbridges247 says:
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    Grey,

    Would you advocate taking Beltre over a top flight first baseman and taking Pujols later if he falls? Thanks!

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        @Grey: after checking ADP’s in variety of places, it seems completely crazy how low Pujols is going. I thought ESPN stuck with grizzled power guys who may or may not be falling off for a long time after they started to fall off (or appeared to be) i.e. a-rod/texiera.

        • Grey

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          Yup

          • burningbridges247 says:
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            @Grey: Seriously- using your predictions, Pujols is right there with Fielder and Encarnacion basically, and he comes at almost a $10-$15 discount in most auctions. I’m drafting Rizzo AND Abreu (UT) as backups, but I am all over Pujols if he goes for around $15, which it looks like he is going for.

            • Grey

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              That would be solid, indeed…

  11. bossmanjunior says:
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    In most mocks, this is the most common team I end up with:

    1. Jones OF
    2. Encarnacion 1B/3B
    3. Longoria/Wright 3B
    4. Segura SS
    5. Rios OF
    6. Myers OF
    7. Gio/Latos SP
    8. Cobb SP
    9. Rizzo 1B
    10. Teheran SP

    Does this seem like a solid start? The most constant variable lies in the 3rd round if Wright/Longoria aren’t available, I take a Puig type outfielder and then take Pujols or Donaldson later on instead of an outfielder. Thanks sir.

    • allen says:
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      @bossmanjunior: looks familiar to me. Batista is there usually in round 3 and 4 too. Its amazing the power you can grab with first four picks. I just went miggy, longoria, batista, pujols. Seems like round 6 or 7 is the round to grab homer or cobb…

    • gareth says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I’m all about encarnacion in the 2nd round this year. That 3rd base eligibility is the real kicker. The question is whether he is still available then, as he’s on the cusp of the first round……….

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I dont personally like some of those players but I would go to war with that team.

  12. moldyforgoldy says:
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    just wanted to comment on how happy i am to see that you’re back on the wagon with salvador…you guys are meant for each other.

    • I am going to have a teddy bear made for Grey with Salvador’s face that he can all Dolly.

    • Grey

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      @moldyforgoldy: He lost his abuelita, I can’t fault a guy (long-term) for being human…

  13. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    What site am I on? Is that a Grey team short on power and Ks?

    • Grey

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      @PublicEnemy#1: Ha, not sure it’s short on Ks… Mentioned the high on speed in the post…

  14. Mookie says:
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    if jedd gyroko has a bad season, many (read: ALL) Razz ball fans are toast for 2014. myself included.

    • Brett says:
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      @Mookie: you ahould be able to get him after rnd 8 in any draft. Hard to kill your team with an 8th rnd bust pick.

    • Fabio says:
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      @Mookie:
      100% right. I see too many people going with the “oh fu.. Forget 3rd base, I can take Gyorko there with the 170th pick..” mantra. Same for the “who cares about a top class pitcher? I can do with that motherf.. that nice guy Cobb” mantra. I can picture myself in my rcl league, taking sale in the 5th round and landing longoria in the 7th..

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Mookie: I doubt that would ruin a season. I’ve had years that I finish in the top 3 where I can count on one hand the players that I still have which were drafted. Even the team in this post, half of the offense has not even played a full year yet which is very speculative but risk/reward I guess. New players come up all the time.

    • Grey

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      @Mookie: What Brett said…

    • ¿WhoAmI? says:
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      @Mookie: I’m not sure what all the gyroko love is about. Sure he has legit power at 2nd base, but his counting stats will be terrible again on that team and his avg is a major liability (and his peripherals suggest it could get worse). He’s a one category producer that you guys take like he’s a lock. He should not be ranked in front of Zobrist, Hill, or Phillips.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Mookie: what about last year if you were in deep (15 or greater league). i punted the shit outta 2B and had gyorko everywhere (including 10 team land with Hill on DL) due to Razzonation

  15. rapscallion13 says:
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    I hate to clog up the Util spot as much as the anybody does, but if Big Papi is available where you have him ranked, do you take him? Does it depend on if your team needs power at that point? If espn gave him 1B eligibility for inter league games in NL parks would that matter?

  16. Giancarlo's Bear Skin Rug says:
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    Grey,

    Love the insight and rankings. Sorry if this was discussed in the reams of comments to the Top 400 but i just wanted to get your sense of the effect on your top 400 rankings in leagues where 2 catchers are required. Do you recommend bumping them up the rankings to ensure getting at least one solid catcher (Lucroy, Perez, etc.) and take a flier on a lottery ticket at the end of the draft? Do i punt and take two lottery tickets and scoop up talent elsewhere while everyone overpays for the likes of Mike Zunino, Brian McCann, etc.? Do i corner the market and grab two high-end catchers and watch my competitors field Wellington Castillo and Kurt Suzuki as their starting catchers? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated…

    Also, my league format is a little different in that we have no bench and can only replace players by either dropping them outright or you are allowed a free pickup if the player is placed on the DL or designated to the minors. It would seem in this format that taking injury risk players is not as big of a concern because I’m permitted to fill their roster spot while they are on the DL, recouping some of the lost stats (though players like HanRam who take 10 days off but never go on the DL also create huge problems as well). Any players you think would get a bump in such a format?

    BTW, Giancarlo is lighting the fire and chilling the Rose…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giancarlo’s Bear Skin Rug: In two catcher leagues, I’d draft one catcher around the 5th to 12th ranked catcher than punt the 2nd one… I wouldn’t draft any players that might not be everyday players in that no bench league… Ha! re: Giancarlo…

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        @Grey: i forgot to ask this same question (i think one of my orphan teams, one of the roto ones, is 2 catcher), so still punt the 2nd one. got it. thanks. i’m now keeping 4 of those orphans (only 1 is actual keeper league)

  17. txea says:
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    How far does Segura drop in an OBP league? Is he still top 40?

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @txea: Can’t wait for Rudy’s rankings on this.

      Jedd and A. Jones, etc. should take a hit and there would be a whole different group of sleepers.

      Maybe Matt Carpenter would even get out of the doghouse!

      • sneak preview: i looked up Gyorko, A. Jones, and Carpenter…our rankings line up really close!

        • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: Argh! I lose again. Well shut my mouth.

  18. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    Nice post.

    Wouldn’t this be better structured as the exact snake draft spots you pick at?

    Like
    Rd 1. #1 Trout
    Rd 2. #24 Votto
    Rd. 3 #25 Segura

    I find it hard to believe you could get Votto at 24.

    (Unless you’ve been reading Cincy media about how he can’t drive in any runs. Has nothing to do with an auto out at the #2 spot, teams pitching around him, and the little protection from Phillips, I’m sure #end rant).

  19. Simply Fred

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    Eh, you lost me at pick two. With #1 pick Trout, your next pick is #24. No way you get Votto that late. It is a struggle to find a decent match at pick 24. Would appreciate a ‘realistic’ pick there. Really, a realistic snake woud be more meaningful. Your #4 pick Choo at 39 should not be available at the next turn, #48…?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @simply fred: you’re analysis…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @simply fred: Maybe, but I did it 1-12, 12-24…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: i was gonna ask exactly this same question (“the votto conundrum in hypothetical grey using own top 400 draft version 1.0 2014″) and thought to wait till end of comments. Now i see 2 in a row (not making me 3, just finding it funny that the first 2 are actually in a row)

  20. Wake Up says:
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    In honor of Shirley Temple…no non-alcoholic drink shall touch my lips…

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @Wake Up: What you meant was until lunch time…

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @Wake Up: Ha ha, just re-read, didn’t catch the “double negative”. That is the Wake Up that we all know and appreciate..

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: her daughter played bass for one of the best bands ever, the Melvins. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFVjlhBZYfo. They are still around (never stopped, not one of those “reunion” money grab deals), stick kick ass.

  21. Principle Blackman says:
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    This seems like a useful exercise. So following your parameters:

    C- Salvador Perez (212)
    1b- Freeman (25)
    2b- Gyorko (88)
    ss- Castro (142)
    3b- Beltre (17)
    ci- Kyle Seager (113)
    mi- Jedd Lowrie (204)
    of- Trout (1)
    of- Myers (47)
    of- Gordon (49)
    of- Cespedes (83)
    of- Aoki (151)
    util- Leonys Martin (172)

    P- Gio Gonzalez (68)
    P- Gerrit Cole (100)
    P- Tony Cingrani (124)
    P- Patrick Corbin (130)
    P- Andrew Cashner (164)
    P- Corey Kluber (195)
    P- Jeff Samardjiza (200)
    P- Casey Jansen (203)
    P- Fernando Rodney (229)

    Bn- Jim Henderson (236)
    Bn- Marco Estrada (321)
    Bn- Tyson Ross (327)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Team looks very solid, I kinda like your team better than mine… Show off!

          • Principle Blackman says:
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            @gareth: Thanks. I am unemployed at the moment, so I have had plenty of time on my hands to study January Grey and February Grey’s rankings, and to mock draft until I’m sick of it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Principle Blackman says:
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            @Grey: The dad’s ‘stache is not as kingly, of course, but it may be a distant relative of your stache.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My ‘stache nods in approval…

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Grey: if you’re unemployed maybe you can finally answer if you are the same commenter as the one named “Principal Blackman”? Or maybe it was “Principal Blackmon”?

                • Principle Blackman says:
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                  @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I may have posted under the name Principal Blackman at one point. I honestly can’t say for certain. But wait, that comment is @Grey… are you asking Grey if he is me? I can assure you he is not.

                  • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                    @Principle Blackman: no, i meant if you were also the person of the nearly the same name. I’ve seen it more than once, but it’s been a while.

  22. Kobayashi Maru says:
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    Yeah… Pretty sure you don’t get pick 1 and 13.

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Kobayashi Maru: Did you read the rules he set for himself? It’s an exercise.

      • matt says:
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        @Principle Blackman: some people are not intelligent enough to conceptualize

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @matt: it’s entirely possible he posted this before reading the earlier Votto questions basically going over the same thing. It wasn’t that hard to miss by conceptions in the first place.

  23. Oppo Taco says:
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    trade joey bats for han ram in a 12 team keeper? keeping Goldy,McCutch, J Up, Bautista, MadBum, Heyward and either Boegarts or Ryan Zimemrman . Ive got a surprlus of OF but ive also had hanley on my teams where hes laid multiple eggs. Thoughts? Also would i be cray to keep boegarts over ryan zimmerman? I know what Zim’s first half is usually like…..thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo Taco: I’d take Hanley there… Crazy to go with Bogaerts over Zimmerman…

  24. centerfield ballhawk says:
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    That middle infield looks really, really good. Question for you, Gray. When would you start looking for a catcher in a league that starts two backstops?

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: totally agree on punting second. Why grab kipnis, Kinsler or pedroia early when guys like hill and gyorko will be available later.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  25. rags says:
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    Question for anyone with opinions: I just joined a H2H daily points league after years of a weekly NL-only roto. Any advice? Any strategies I have to unlearn?

    I’ve gathered that pitchers are worth more in points, but we have an 8 starts/week limit.

    How concerned should I be about making sure I have two catchers, and backup position players so I can fill in every time a guy has a day off?

    Any other strategy changes I might not realize?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rags: There will be points leagues strategy posts…

      • rags says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Any chance they come before the 17th? That’s when my auction is and I’m getting antsy…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully

  26. Smada says:
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    Drafted this team 5×5 H2H Auction last week… Thinking I should trade some SP for 3B help… Thoughts?

    C – Wieters
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – A. Hill
    3B – Lawrie
    SS – E. Cabrera
    OF – Trout
    OF – A. Gordon
    OF – L. Martin
    UTL – D. Ortiz
    UTL – Rizzo
    BN – Calhoun
    BN – G. Springer

    SP – A. Cobb
    SP – Iwakuma
    RP – A. Reed
    RP – Parnell
    P – Frieri
    P – H. Street
    P – M. Minor
    BN – Medlen
    BN – Cingrani
    BN – Salazar
    BN – Liriano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Smada: Yeah, you have more SP than you need, can move Medlen for a 3B

  27. KC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks, as always. Been offered Pujols for my Craig in a deep dynasty (14 teams, keep 35+). Any hesitation given the format?

    • Prez says:
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      @Wake Up: LOL!! wow this is a real thing? Maybe he really does drink cheap whiskey urine during drafts…. :D

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Prez: thought you would like that…did you notice that it was J. Gilpin…no middle initial given but I a**ume it was a B…

        • Prez!! says:
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          @Wake Up: wow didnt even notice that! JB always did seem like the urine drinking type…

          Nice editing, btw.

  28. zach says:
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    I got the first pick in a 16-team yahoo league I joined and we did the draft last week and I came away with this team.

    C – Pierzynski
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Utley
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Adrus
    CI – Rizzo
    MI – Cozart
    OF – Trout, Bautista, Myers, Aoki
    Util – Napoli, Cain

    SP – Cobb, Fister
    RP – Melancon, Street
    P – Smyly, Griffin, Delgado, E Ramirez, M Perez

    the pitching got a little thin because it’s a big league, but the offense is good and I’ve been getting lots of trade proposals from people realizing their OF sucks. I’ve resisted the trades so far though because I want to see how spring training goes and if anyone gets hurt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zach: Delgado’s out of the rotation, your pitching is very thin… Decent enough offense though…

  29. KC says:
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    Thanks, Grey.

    Been offered Pujols for my Craig in a deep (15 teams) dynasty. Any hesitation given the format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Pujols

  30. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    GM for KC says Ventura can pitch 200 innings this year. Does that still keep him in the 80-100 pitcher post where he’s limited to 100 innings? I’m guessing you’ll keep his ratios the same just add about 70-80 Ks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: I don’t buy what the GM is saying…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        best shape of his life … (dayton , that is ) .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @Eric W: That’s hilarious, unless you are in the mock and trying to be serious…

    • gareth says:
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      @Eric W: I’ve experienced “that guy” in mock drafts before. Its funny because its true. Why do they always pick AJ peirzynski?

      • Prez says:
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        Gareth: “i drafted AJP and im not even trolling!”

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Prez: it’s entirely possible those exact people have been around here lately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Ha

    • Carnac says:
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      There goes Avisail’s sleeper status.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Sky: yr right, he’ll go really high in fantasy fishing leagues.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Haha

  31. kangaroo hops says:
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    OK, so here is a Billy H question, and also a theoretical exploration. These are the rules I reference:
    1) SAGNOF
    2) don’t draft a pitcher too early

    So, here is the situation. In a 12 person H2H league, we can keep any player NOT from the first 3 rounds in the previous year, no inflation ur nothin’. Just keep. Players transfer their protected keeper rights to the new owner. As keeper candidates, I have the Dread Pirate, Scherzer, Strasburg, and Hamilton. I’m obviously keeping McCutch. Although both those pitchers are rated above Hamilton, I’m leaning towards keeping Billy H. and trading Scherzer/Strasburg to someone for better draft slots. Part of my reasoning is that over the next, say, 3 years, who gives me a value over their replacement that warrants keeping them.

    Yes, it is a risk, but does it seem like one worth taking, or would you stick with one of the pitchers as the second keeper?

    • kangaroo hops says:
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      @kangaroo hops: I should mention that whomever is not kept of those 3 returns to the general pool and cannot be kept as long as they are drafted in the first 3 rounds. So, letting one loose is letting someone else have them for a year at a time, while keeping them means having them forever on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kangaroo hops: Sure, trade Scherzer and keep Hamilton… You can’t go wrong keeping both SPs either though…

      • kangaroo hops says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. Tom says:
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    AL only H2H keeper league. I am keeping Cano in R1, Trout in R5 (FA pu 2 years ago) and Chris Davis in R8…should I fill in infield in rounds 2-4 or secure a couple of pitchers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Depends who’s there…

  33. Carnac says:
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    ATTENTION: J-FOH

    Thanks for the league invite! Sorry for the belated response. I have a conflict with the draft date… can you email me? (I don’t have your email.)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: check e-mail

  34. Hawk says:
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    This is a great exercise! Here’s the team I put together:

    C Brian McCann (168)
    1b Joey Votto (13)
    2b Matt Carpenter (103)
    3b Nolan Arenado (120)
    SS Jean Segura (28)
    CI Manny Machado (137)
    MI Scooter Gennet (245)
    OF Bryce Harper (10)
    OF Carlos Gomez (51)
    OF Josh Hamilton (79)
    OF Nori Aoki (151)
    OF Mike Morse (287)
    UT Victor Martinez (279)
    P Chris Sale (52)
    P Zack Greinke (65)
    P Michael Wacha (115)
    P Jon Lester (129)
    P Chris Archer (166)
    P CC Sabathia (185)
    P Jeff Samardzjia (200)
    P Jim Johnson (242)
    P Addison Reed (149)
    Bn Dan Haren (260)
    Bn Kelly Johnson (242)
    Bn Xander Boegarts (275)

    • Grey

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      Your pitching looks better than it needs to be and your offense is slightly under… Don’t love some of the guys you chose either, but you know that from my rankings…

  35. KevinB says:
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    Keeper league question … 5×5 Roto 10-team league

    Which 5 players would you keep? There are no restrictions on draft picks, rounds, etc. You an keep these as long as your want. I pick 4th in the draft. … * shows my potential keepers

    *Albert Pujols
    Manny Machado
    *Anthony Rizzo
    *Shin-Soo Choo
    *Jose Bautista
    Khris Davis
    Junior Lake
    Norichika Aoki

    *Stephen Strasburg
    Gio Gonzalez
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Kenley Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols, Bautista, Strasburg, Choo, Rizzo

      • KevinB says:
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        Ah! Thanks for the quick response Grey! :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. OaktownSteve says:
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    Here’s one strictly RCL style:

    Kershaw (4)
    C. Gomez (21)
    Bruce (28)
    Holliday (45)
    Andrus (52)
    Alvarez (69)
    Abreu (76)
    Hill (93)
    Crisp (100)
    Nathan (117)
    Aramis Ramirez (124)
    Moss (141)
    Hardy (148)
    Revere (165)
    Cishek (172)
    Yelich (189)
    Brothers (196)
    Farquar (213)
    Rajai (220)
    Cody Allen (237)
    Hochevar (244)
    Ryan Cook (261)
    Devin Mesoroco (268)
    James Paxton (285)
    Jenry Mejia (292)

    by position

    C Mesoroco
    1b Jose Abreu
    2b Aaron Hill
    3B Pedro Alvarez
    SS Elvis Andrus
    CI Aramis Ramirez
    MI Hardy
    OF Carlos Gomez
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Matt Holiday
    OF Coco
    OF B. Moss
    Util Yelich
    P Kershaw
    P Paxton
    P Nathan
    P Cishek
    p Brothers
    P Farquar
    P Cody Allen
    P Hochevar
    P Cook

    Res: Ben Revere
    Res: Mitch Moreland
    Res: Mejia (either Paxton or Mejia dropped and become the stream spot)

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Oh yeah..swapped out Mitch Moreland for Rajai…looks a little screwy as a result but you get the idea.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Oaktown, check your forum PM or shoot me an e-mail trussellm at gmail dot com, thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice… Looks like an RCL special, for sure… I think your hitting should look better though, and I’d go one SP that wasn’t quite as high as Kershaw…If I were to go that way…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I agree about the light offense. I thought the same way about your team. It’s just going to be an adjustment to how little offense there is in the pool. I’ve mocked up a few 12s and it’s brutal out there. In this case I was just goofing to see the impact of taking Kershaw early and I’m not really sold on the idea based on this result. But it’s worth a test. I’m going to try it out of a later slot and see how it looks. The 4 is a pretty tough slot to draft out of. McCutchen is solid but nowhere near the class of Trout or Cabrera but you still get a really late 2nd rounder. Carlos Gomez as your first hitter on the board is not a real flying start to the offense.

        • Grey

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          Yup, I hear ya… I was sorta doing the same thing above by taking Hamilton above when I know I would never have him on a team for where he’s being drafted and what he brings to the table…

  37. Kobayashi Maru says:
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    So here is the problem I’m having, our hybrid dynasty+keeper league is entering its second year. We instituted what we called a “franchise rule” where you can keep any one player who you drafted the previous season for fair value as defined by ESPNs suggested value, and it doesn’t count towards your cap. Because of this, there are no elite 1B/3B players except Cabrera all the way down to the Zimmerman/Seagar types. It’ll probably cost $65 or more to get Cabrera because of this, do I pay whatever it takes, or should I save my money and roll with something like Machado, Zimmerman, and Abreue at my three corner spots?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Save your money

  38. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I need to drop 5 players to get my team down to 24 players. Which 5 do you suggest I drop?

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b brandon phillips
    3b evan longoria
    ss jurickson profar
    lf justin upton
    cf desmond jennings
    rf shane victorino
    util prince fielder
    bn michael cuddyer
    bn carl crawford/neil walker/michael morse/jp arencibia

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    rp jose veras
    rp sean doolittle
    rp dan delarosa
    p zack wheeler
    p dan straily
    p tanner roark
    bn matt belisle
    bn charlie morton
    bn garrett richards
    bn robbie erlin/mart thornton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belisle, Morton, Richards, Arencibia, Erlin

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: btw we count holds in this league if it helps

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can get holds in the draft…

  39. Big Sexy says:
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    This article makes me want to go all Michael Sam on you in a fantasy baseball way. Without question one of my top 10 favorite pieces you have ever wrote. Really makes me re-evaluate how I view pitching between 100-199……I wish you would do a few more of these from different draft slots.

    • ¿WhoAmI? says:
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      @Big Sexy: gross

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Maybe I will…

  40. c0wfunk says:
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    Didn’t follow your rules above but I’ve been using your rankings with some mock draft tools I’ve been playing with. Because of my league idiosyncrasies, I’m drafting 8 + 2 util 5 bench and 10 pitchers / 3 relievers.. 12 team mixed

    This is my favorite team I’ve got so far.. All of the first basemen in my first tier were gone in round 2 so I grabbed 4 OF in the first 5 rounds. Segura has routinely been around in the 4th round, Gyorko 9/10. Cobb, Gray, Salazar, Masterson, and Porcello have routinely been good buys related to your rankings.

    Jason Castro 14
    Rizzo 6
    Gyorko 10
    Segura 4
    Arenado 12
    Jones 1
    Puig 2
    Bruce 3

    Util
    Wil Myers 5
    Jose Abreu 11

    Bench
    Miller 17
    Asche 20
    Avisail Garcia 21

    Bailey 7
    Iwakuma 8
    Cobb 9
    Liriano 13
    Gray 15
    Salazar 18
    Masterson 22
    Porcello 23
    Tillman 24

    RP
    Axford 16
    Veras 19
    Scheppers 25

    • ¿WhoAmI? says:
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      @c0wfunk: too much uncertainty, too early on Puig, Rizzo. Short on speed, probably waited too long on first RP.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @¿WhoAmI?: Yeah I went with Puig over Stanton, otherwise the OF was dropping off quickly. Rizzo was probably a panic pick as 1B was dwindling. I tend to wait too long on RP and in the past haven’t regretted it all that much. Last year I went into the season with a bottom end reliever and a handcuff and ended up winning saves almost every week!

        Thanks for the feedback..

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: that should say 9 starters .. that’s my target. 9 starters / 3 relievers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks strong, stronger than you should have with that offense being so good… Nice team…

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: Yeah that’s been a definite trend I”m seeing, at least with the mocks I”m doing .. I can get some of the guys in the 3rd (sanchez, cobb, Iwakuma, Bailey, Teheran) 6th (Fister, Masterson), 7th (Gray, Salazar) and 9th (Corbin, Porcello, Cashner, Tillman, Archer, Kuroda, Griffin) tiers much later – usually 3-5 rounds, many times more, so I’ve been loading up on OF / 1B up top, grabbing some middle infield and one SP after 6 or so, then grabbing a bunch of SP as I fill out C, MI, 3B and the rest.

        To me it looks like a lot of the experts this year are over valuing guys who are on their way down and undervaluing guys on their way up. I guess we’ll see, but either way most of hte work on SP happens during the season!

        • Grey

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          Yup and yup…Agreed…

  41. c0wfunk says:
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    Indulge me by taking a look at another set of guys, please and thank you.. This time with a more traditional top 5 picks. Also, I got a little carried away and took 10 starting pitchers and probably waited too long on RP. Fister and Corbin have regularly been available later than you have them ranked.

    Perez 12
    Fielder 2
    Gyorko 11
    Segura 4
    Seager 9
    Jones 1
    Rios 3
    Marte 5

    Util
    Alex Gordon 7
    Matt Adams 13

    Bench
    Avisail Garcia 20
    Kolton Wong 21

    Anibal Sanchez 6
    Cobb 8
    Minor 10
    Fister 14
    Salazar 15
    Cingrani 16
    Corbin 18
    Masterson 19
    Cashner 23
    Archer 24

    RP
    Henderson 17
    Soria 22
    Putz 25

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team also looks very solid, but you should get another decent RP in your mix and one less SP…

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: Noted thanks .. I’ve been waiting because the list looks solid, but then they’re suddenly all gone in one sweep. Need to anticipate that timing better.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. Wake Up says:
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    Listening to the Tanaka intro…

    Very much enjoying the Yiddish to Spanish to English to Japanese to English translating that’s going on here!

    Tanaka vut type of bagel vil you eat? Do you know that they-a lotsa people heah?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  43. Anthony says:
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    In a H2H league..Mauer or Donaldson, how close? Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not very

      • Anthony says:
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        @Grey: as in you favor Mauer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t favor Mauer anywhere on the site..

  44. J-FOH says:
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    For the most part I hate mock drafts. personally I only use them as batting practice to get timing and flow down. I only do one or two a year and by the tenth round I’m over it. Last year I didn’t and my first draft was my worst draft in years. After that my drafts went smooth. That being said if you want to know where guys are going look at ADP lists. Here is why mock drafts can just be a mockery and time wasted you can be watching porn or drinking http://boringasheck.com/2014/02/10/return-of-the-mock-draft-ruiner/

    If you think mocks are what you will draft in your real leagues then I hope you play with the same morons you mock with.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone linked to this earlier

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I thought so but sky asked me to post it in case I was seeing double….which I was yesterday

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I was without power yesterday so missed all the fun. Sorry!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: oh you had lots of fun with ellen degenerate yesterday

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I was kinda surprised where it went, honestly. Basically they didn’t come to have a discussion, they came to be right about something. First response to me after I said ‘I disagreed’ was ‘this isn’t an opinion, you’re wrong’. Well then. You’d think they were a lawyer or something…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: hahaha, I like how you refer to them as them, like the split personalities they are ML doesn’t realize what you can see on the back end.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I personally wish I couldn’t see ML’s backend but that’s all they keep showing on here! (Zing)

                  Maybe I should just say ‘it’? IDK. Multiple names and one is a woman’s. Transgender maybe? Cross-dresser? Not sure how to approach. Wouldn’t want to offend.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: isn’t it GLBT now?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      See? I’m not good with this kind of stuff. A boy named Sue doesn’t make me uncomfortable, I just worry about offending them.

              • Prez says:
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                @Sky: shut up sky, youre wrong! And im right!

                * crosses arms whips head back violently *

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ok…haha

                  • Prez says:
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                    @Sky: haha you prolly typed “Ok” over a hundred times already this week…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha. I don’t mind difference of opinion. But ‘my hair is a bird, your argument is invalid’ conversations don’t really mean much to me. You come across as intelligent as Ron Burgundy. IT’S SCIENCE.

                    • Prez!! says:
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                      I feel ya.. but, youre wrong again sky… Ron burgundy was a friggin genius!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      *insert ‘well that escalated quickly’ meme here*

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @J-FOH: I’ve been using the mock draft simulator at fantasypros.com – the free version is great and yesterday I went with the pro and have been pretty impressed. Seems more like real than the espn mocks I’ve done in the past and you don’t have to wait around for some tool who is going to pick billy hamilton in the 2nd round. I’m not on the on the payroll. :)

      • J-FOH says:
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        @c0wfunk: regardless of site i still don’t see the point. It’s like watching porn with the clothes on

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          nope…it’s hopelessly addictive and quite useful. Highly recommend it.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @OaktownSteve: you’re addicted to clothes on porn?

            • Prez says:
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              @J-FOH: its all about the foreplay, jack! Unless youre peyton manning, thens its all about the forehead!

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @J-FOH:

              Think Masterpiece Theater 12 part serialization of the lesser works of Charlotte Bronte.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @OaktownSteve: yeah I bet you want to work her bronte!

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @J-FOH: For me it is good to help me get to know the player pool and practice a general strategy. I never did mocks before last year and found that it really helped me reduce the panic feeling on the day of and having a general sense of where guys were going in those middle rounds was to my advantage. Whatever gets you through the night!

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @J-FOH: to be clear – fantasy pros is a simulator, there are no other players there. You load it up with either ADPs or expert lists and it has an algorithm that it uses to make picks. You can back up if you don’t like how it went or want to see how a different pick would go. Pretty cool stuff.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @c0wfunk: that sounds kinda cool, not a mock but a simulator

            • c0wfunk says:
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              @J-FOH: Yeah – it is even more hopelessly addictive.. there’s no time limit for picks so you can get one rolling and come back to it. Since you don’t wait for the other people I’ve been doing a 25 pick draft in about half an hour. Then it saves your results and gives you some feedback. I started playing with it yesterday morning and have run more drafts than I will admit ;).

              • J-FOH says:
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                @c0wfunk: that make a good phone app. I never drafted well after a lot of mocks back in the day. I learned to make this game about philosophy and some zen type bullshit or whatever you would call it.

                1) let the draft come to you, you can only draft what it gives you

                2) don’t over pay for a good when there is a better value staring you in the eyes

                3) don’t draft any irishmen because they are probably drunks and will hurt themselves

                • c0wfunk says:
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                  @J-FOH: I am working on the zen of fb this season. One of my resolutions is to be less active during the season because last year I prematurely discarded guys I should have held onto (fernandez, miller) and invested in way too much rookie nookie passing fads. I guess maybe I’m overcompensating preseason right now :) I definitely need to take a step back and one thing I”m guarding against is getting stuck in patterns that the simulator is creatign that may not be related to real life behavior.

                  Love those 3 rules, I will incorporate them into my practice!

                • Kid A says:
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                  @J-FOH: Is this the part where I get to say I beat the holy hell out of you last year in our league, and am primed to do it again this year?

                  If not, just let me know when i should chime in.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Kid A: my worst draft was in the league you played in so go ahead and let out your Zing moment

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Kid A: never seen it *adds to movie list*

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @J-FOH: is this simulator mock draft site tool at fantasy pros free as well?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @J-FOH: I posted this yesterday. And now it’s tomorrow here so you’re essentially two days late with the news ;-)

      • J-FOH says:
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        @SteveNZ: you crafty kiwi you

  45. Dani says:
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    Doesn’t Rudy do his own rankings too? I see your Top 400 list, but I like comparing both yours and Rudy’s and combining. Link anyone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s posting his after his draft today…

  46. OaktownSteve says:
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    Carlin’s 7 dirty words as seen on the ESPN message boards:

    #%!#
    piss
    ^@%!
    @%@^
    !%@$sucker
    mother^@%!er
    @*@#

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I tried to put ‘Josh Reddick’ into a sensored meme generator site and got ‘Josh Red****’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You forgot Pujols?!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: when you write during it reads d!%@@g

    • Wake Up says:
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      @OaktownSteve: urine trouble!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Wake Up: I do kinda like that it won’t let you write Hasselhoff…

        also, makes you think about the word assist in a different light…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: there goes my team name change, i’m going with something in spanish

          • Wake Up says:
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            @J-FOH: Las Cosas, way…

          • Prez!! says:
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            @J-FOH: gigante puto!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Prez!!: pinche whetto

      • Prez says:
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        @Wake Up: HAHAHA

    • Prez says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Add “classic” to this list…

  47. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 weekly roto. offense starts 8 positions plus a DH (no CI or MI). we are allowed two keepers drafted after the 4th round for 3 years each. which two do you like best between teheran (round 18), kenley (22) and rizzo (24)?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Kenley

  48. Adam says:
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    I’m considering offering Billy Hamilton for Gyorko in a dynasty auction OBP league. Both are under really cheap contracts right now. Thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Do it as soon as possible.

      • Adam says:
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        @Jay: Yeah, I’m thinking the same thing man. I think I can get the guy to bite. We shall see.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: that’s the padre talking there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton side

      • Adam says:
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        @Grey: hmmm… are we sure Hamilton isn’t Dee Gordon 2.0? That’s what scares me most.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Adam: he’s better than that, but no matter, helps the answer.

  49. Prez says:
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    Grey… Since theres no way im going to be able to kickstart my sundial and adjust the teams in my RCL when they fill… should i just post the spots that are open here? Orr what should i do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, just doing it in the most current post of mine is fine…

  50. Matthew says:
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    Love the team. I don’t like Hanilton though he seems one dimensional but Ihe hits for AVG he will def steal a ton of bases and a ton of runs.

    Do you like Puljos’ ADP?

    I’m thinking about going 1B in rd 4-5 for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, be great to get Pujols in the 4th round…

  51. Prez says:
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    K, 5 spots open.

    I see you, Kid A!

    • Kid A says:
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      @Prez: F yo couch, upstanding african-american gentleman!

    • slew says:
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      @Prez: Hey man, unfortunately I’ve something to do on the 21st and wont’ be able to join your league. Thanks and best of luck!

      • Kid A says:
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        @slew: He doesn’t take rejection very well. Lock your doors and be careful.

      • Prez says:
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        @slew: draft time isnt set in stone my man. It is, after all, only feb 11.

        • slew says:
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          @Prez: fair enough. let’s go!

  52. Sky

    Sky says:
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    BREAKING NEWS! Sam L. Jackson is not Lawrence Fishburne:

    Read off the teleprompter next time there, bub…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Sky: Is that Bill Russell?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Wake Up: Pssh, I’m not from the Bronx, how would I know? I thought it was Wilt.

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Sky: what a maroon…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: that was awesome, I just tweeted that out

  53. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    ESPN has Segura the #8 shortstop.

    #7 is Starlin Castro.

    That is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jeff in Southern Indiana: their only point of reference is baseball tonight….I think I say “That is all”

      • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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        @J-FOH: So call me Shia LeBouf

  54. Malarkey says:
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    I love Segura as much as the next guy, he was great for me last year, but considering how high you have him ranked going into 2014, aren’t you concerned about the horrendous 2nd half he had. I mean, there are players who had terrible second halves that got docked for it, but why not Segura?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I went over him in the shortstop rankings… He’s a 15 HR, 40 SB guy, that’s good… Why isn’t anyone complaining Kipnis’s 2nd half has been miserable for 2 years in a row?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: where’s that dude you (Grey) had sort a standoff with about Kipnis’s 2nd 2nd Half failure in a row (since you called the 2nd one)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Everything is relative, depends who we’re comparing him to…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: he came back with Kipnis questions last year, him claiming big time producer, should not trade (i forgot who for, so hard to qualify exactly), you saying Kipnis likely to fail 2nd half, yet again, then he surely did (this was in like early july)

  55. Brandon Johns says:
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    Have a keeper question, can keep 12 players, auction draft, $300 budget. Would you drop Longoria $24 back into the draft having Josh Donaldson at $3?

    Players to keep instead of Longo…. Archer $3, Taveras $3, Rendon, $3, Gyorko $4, Lucroy $3

    My other Keepers: Cutch $35,Harper$27,Kipnis $20,Marte $9,Hosmer$9,Jose Fernandez $3,Shellby Miller$5,Donaldson $3,Cashner $3,Felix Hernandez $25

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  56. Prez!! says:
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    4 spots left.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Prez!!: Is it OK if I just treat it like a mock…and just forget about it by May? Also, is it OK if I just set it to auto-draft? If I can do both…I’ll join…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: that was disrespectful to Prez and I love it. keep up the good work wake

      • Prez!! says:
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        @Wake Up: youre in there! Like swimwear….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice update to the name with the exclamation marks…

      • Prez!! says:
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        @Grey: theyre actually my ii’s i just flipped em.. bam!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          *mind blown*

          • Prez!! says:
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            @Grey: haha, 3 spots left!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  57. Spammer Jay says:
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    I applied the projected keeper for our 14 team, standard5x5, gave myself pick number 6 and here is how my mock went:

    C: Mesoraco (14)
    1B: AuShiz! (keeper)
    2B: Cano (1)
    3B: R. Zimm (keeper)
    SS: Zobrist (4)
    OF: Choo (2)
    OF: C. Beltran (3)
    OF: DeAza (5)
    U: Yelich (11)
    B: Calhoun (9)

    P: Bailey (keeper)
    P: Gray (keeper)
    P: Parker (16)
    P: Corbin (6)
    P: Erasmo (15)
    P: Archer (8)
    P: Walker (10)
    P: Grilli (7)
    P: Rodney (12)
    P: Melancon (13)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, Spammer… I’d be concerned about the pitching though, feels a little light/high on upside…I do like those guys though…

      • Spammer Jay says:
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        @Grey: Teheran or Gio might have come to me at pick 3 instead of Beltran. Maybe that would have rounded it out better.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  58. Wake Up says:
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    SHIRLEEEEEEEEEEEEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. Buzzdainer says:
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    In a keeper league, would you trade Alex Gordon straight-up for Alex Rios? Rios gets the better ranking for this season, but he’s three years older. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Buzzdainer says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey! I wound up getting Rios and Sonny Gray for Gordon, C.C. Sabathia, and Jordan Walden. (We count holds.) I score that one a win.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  60. Big League Wood says:
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    Is TMoore still around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he only comments on Jay Wrong’s posts though…

  61. Eric says:
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    Grey,

    Dynasty league, we keep 4. I’m def keeping Trout, Bryce, & Miggy. Who should my 4th keeper be? Wainwright, Kipnis, or Xander Boegarts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis

  62. BigChieferD says:
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    I am in a 4 team keeper league (fri-sun games only) I have Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper, Robinson Cano and a choice of Yu Darvish or Cargo. Given the circumstances of my league, would you go with cargo or darvish to keep? Thanks brother.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  63. Eric says:
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    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  64. Chazz says:
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    Grey,

    Need your sound advice. 14 team keeper. Regular categories except k/9 instead of total k’s. Standard positions. We keep 6 as well as a farm team.

    Keeper options so far…
    1. McCutch
    2. Kershaw
    3. Freeman
    4. Kemp
    5. Choo
    6. Latos

    Farm team:
    Taijuan Walker
    George Springer
    D’Arnaud
    Robert Stephenson
    Carlos Rodon
    Lewis Brinson

    I have 7 picks in the first three rounds so definitely in buyers mode this offseason. Got offered this deal.

    David Wright + 7th + 9th
    for
    Taijuan + 2nd + 5th

    Can probably work the guy on the picks but what do you think of this initial deal?

    Option 2 is:

    Wright + Heyward + 7
    for
    Kemp + Walker + 2

    You think thats better?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Wright, lose Latos… Option 2 is fine as well…

  65. Wake Up says:
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    Chris Davis it is!

  66. Wake Up says:
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    NOOOOOOOOOOO, not Puig!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: why do you hate Puig so much?

  67. Wake Up says:
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    and Posey goes in the second round…

    GO GET’EM RUDY!!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: what are u peeping on?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: shwasted//.peepin out the left eye…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: it’s posted up hre earliier under Rudy…the rt one…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: got it open now, jansen in the 4th…..damn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: which one’s the dolphin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  68. Wake Up says:
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    Goldy, Brucely, Bats or
    Jones, Longo, AGon?

    When’s the Tout draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s now… It’s all Rudy…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: thought ur doing Touot?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, this one is Rudy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, nice… Ha, I had no idea…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, Rudy’s team is looking pretty good…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: and he got the Jerk!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

      • Brett says:
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        @Grey: his team is very balanced, all be it with some avg risk. Def top half in power and speed, and thats a staff after rnd 5. Has to be top half in pitching too. Nice job so far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

      • Brett says:
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        @Grey: guess Craig and Arenado take car of avg…. Then Tori for the same. Rudy is looking strong.

  69. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Hope this doesn’t sound goofy but I’m curious, I would never expect to see a potential top 5 catcher on your team? From the way you talk about catchers I would have expected to see maybe Ramos or Montero (Astros) or D’arnaud. The number 10-12 ranked catcher in a 12 team league. What gives? (respectfully, LOL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where do I have a top 5 catcher on my team?

  70. Chris says:
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    I’m sorry your ideal team the one that you posted above. On your actual teams do you expect a ramos or Montero etc? Someone in the 10-12 range?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wrote in the post that Perez isn’t likely where I drafted him… I would take him at 212, it’s just not likely…

  71. Alan says:
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    Man, in dynasty I took Butler over Arenado. Was that dumb?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s okay

  72. Slappy says:
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    Can’t say that I used your strategy, but in a very early draft on Yahoo, 12 team, 7×7, H2H:

    R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG, OPS
    C: Pier
    1B: Ortiz
    2B: Utley
    3B: Wright
    SS: Hardy
    IF: Swisher
    LF: Castellanos
    CF: Trout
    RF: Puig
    OF: Aoki
    Ut: Quentin
    Ut: Hart
    BN: A. Guerrero
    NA: Cruz
    NA: Springer

    W, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS
    SP: Hamels, Grienke, Iwakuma, Ryu
    RP: Soriano, Robertson, Wilson
    P: Tazawa, Doolittle, Howell
    BN: Cobb, Beachy, Kazmir, Lackey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t like a bunch of the guys you took, but team doesn’t look awful… Just not guys I would’ve taken…

  73. chris says:
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    Here is my most recent mock draft using razzball as a guide
    c – lucroy
    1b – chris davis
    2b – b. phillips
    3b – n. arenado
    ss – hanley ramirez
    of – jay bruce
    of – alex rios
    of – matt kemp
    ci – eric hosmer
    mi – elvis andrus
    util – avisail garcia
    bench – g. springer, t. frazier, kris davis
    p – homer bailey
    p – david robertson
    p – tony cingrani
    p – danny salazar
    p – patrick corbin
    p – houston street
    p – jim henderson
    p – brandon beachey
    p – aj griffin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks decent if it’s 12 team…

  74. MB says:
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    Hey man, awesome strategy on SP. But prob is, Homer fell to me as 2nd SP.

    If I have anibal and homer, how far down your list do i go before I snag another, after salazar or so?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As long as you take the guys I like you can’t go wrong…

  75. booya says:
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    I was offered Skaggs and Bauer for Yordano Ventura in my keeper league. Which side would you want?

  76. fausto says:
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    Another year another El Salvador sighting. Lost my fbb virginity last yr took 2nd place in my league Thanks to your wisdom. Back for a sophomore season. I know you ranked players already and I read that. Here’s my query. .. Do you have more faith in longo playing 150 games or segura being the segura he was the 1st half of the season or will he suffer from Kipnis-itis?. I traded segura when he started slipping and got a huge return. I’m hoping to grab one of the 2 in the 3rd round. It’s a basic yahoo h2h 5×5 league. No keepers. No dynasty no Falcon Crest…Thoughts? . Love always

  77. SteveNZ says:
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    Rudy loves him some Neil Walker. Heh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Moustakas!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice… Liking his team, not bad at all…

  78. goodfold2 says:
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    better hope pinto gets at bats, but draft skill not roles.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: also one of the only guys left with no 5th OF.

  79. J-FOH says:
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    Does Rudy have his own rankings? watching his draft makes me wonder…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @J-FOH: yeah, he said they’re coming out soon.

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        @goodfold2: other than the steals i thought rudy might grabbed ozunainstead of cain

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He does, they’ll come out later I’ve heard. He’s Spock’s Beard ( great band BTW) to Greys Spock

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: ah ha, I’m peeping on his draft

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I wish I could’ve last night. Taking a look today. Still no power. I’m furry-faced and walking down the mountain each morning looking more and more like I should just stay up in it.

      • Grey

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        He’ll put them up in the next day, he wanted to wait until after the draft…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He does

  80. goodfold2 says:
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    is this one of those leagues where there are no trades or pickups? But you also get all the stats of whole team?

  81. J-FOH says:
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    Our FCL RCL has had a 130 posts since opening. The true spirit of Razzball lives in this league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  82. MB says:
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    How many dollars in a mixed league is a 270 avg, 25 hr, 90 RBI, 70 R?

    (that is butler and gattis combined)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

      • MB says:
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        @Grey: How many dollars will those stats earn in a 15 team league

  83. Alex says:
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    Any chance Trumbo gets 3B elig?

  84. Gordon Shumway says:
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    In an auction league with no avg but obp and slg as separate categories, with no CI spots but two utils, it seems for around 23$ I could have either pujols or rizzo + abreu. Which do you think would be the better move? Would it make sense to go for all three? Thanks!

  85. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Excellent blog postings as always Grey. Thank for the time you put into the site. Much appreciated.

  86. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Spelling errors aside (i.e., I forgot an s after “thank”), I whole-heartedly agree on a good majority of your Top-400 rankings. If you could pick three players, position eligibility aside, that you could grab for value later in the draft (let’s say after selection #100 in a 5×5 league), who would they be? I wouldn’t call them “sleeper picks” per se, but players at positions you could wait on till later in the draft.

    Cheers

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