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“Get in a line, and limp.”  That’s the master of ceremonies at the latest calfalcade.  Chase Headley has a Grade 1 strain of his calf.  Grade 2 or higher would be a cow.  Semantics, perhaps.  He’s supposed to be out for two to (stutterer!) three weeks.  I’ve dropped him a couple of spots in my top 20 3rd basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball and my top 400 for 2014 fantasy baseball.  Probably if he was in Coors for his home games, coming off a 30-homer season and/or whispered in my ear sweet nothings about Giancarlo, I wouldn’t have moved him in my rankings at all.  However, he’s in Petco, coming off a 13 homer season and any reason to not mess with a Padre is good enough for me.  You say confirmation bias, I say keep your Psych 101 terms and Headley.  To give you a present day example of another player with a calf strain who I’m not currently moving in my rankings:  Josh Hamilton.  If this were the 2nd week of March, I’d re-rank him, but he’s got time to heal or get injured worse.  I’ll be monitoring Hamilton like a cyclops with a monocle.  Anyway, here’s what else has been going down in Spring Training for fantasy baseball:

Nelson Cruz – Signed with Baltimore.  Member when he was Nelson Cruz Jr.?  You think Nelson and his dad had a Prince/Cecil Fielder-sized blow out?  Or did Nelson Cruz pull the smallest Giancarlo-type name change?   “Hello, media, I never wanted to correct you before about my name, but there’s no Jr.  My dad’s name is Billy.”  Any the hoo!  Nelson Cruz’s value doesn’t change in Baltimore.  He’s a solid number two outfielder when healthy, but since he never stays healthy, he’s a solid number three.

Trevor Rosenthal – Left his workout yesterday with a mild groin strain.  He says if it were during the season, he would’ve played through it and just had some hottieboombalottie ice his groin for him.

Michael Wacha – The Cardinals said they won’t put him on an innings limit.  No word if they were crossing their fingers when they said it.

Jaime Garcia – Headed to see Dr. Freeze.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is this is his tenth trip to see him and his full stamp card indicates he gets a free MRI!

Jason Motte – From the files of ‘There Can’t Be Any Jason Motte News Since He Just Had Tommy John Surgery Last May’ comes news he could be back as early as this May.  The files of ‘I Told You There Would Be Jason Motte News’ is feeling especially smug today.

C.J. Wilson – Got hit in the head during BP.  First, the gulf oil spill, now this.  Damn you, BP!  *Craigslist intern whispers in my ear*  Oh, batting practice.  Wilson said he was fine and walked off the field under his own power.  People say I’ve been hit on the head one too many times because I come up with ideas like pants that go up to your armpits, which would eliminate the need for shirts, so if great ideas like that is what Wilson has to look forward to, I say he’s one lucky duck!

Nate Jones – Threw a bullpen session and is on track to be the White Sox Opening Day closer.  His picture looks a bit like Bobby Jenks if Jenks had lost 175 pounds and Jones baffles hitters with the best of them.  I will call him Bobby Sphinx.  Sphinx is only get pub from me now because I drafted him to be my closer in my first draft of the year.  C’mon, Sphinxy!

Johan Santana – He pitched in front of multiple teams to see if anyone wants to sign him and he topped out at 81 MPH.  Start working on the knuckler, Johan!

Jhoulys Chacin – Went for an MRI, and it revealed a shoulder strain and inflammation.  He could be fine, but he pitches in Coors and he strikes out less than The Fonz in Milwaukee.  I’ve adjusted my top 100 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball accordingly.

Matt Kemp – Having a routine MRI on Friday to see if he’s ready to spit, grab his crotch and stand in grass.  Okay, they said the MRI is to see if he’s ready for baseball activities, but you catch the drift.

Jurickson Profar – So far, the Jurickson store has not opened due to tendinitis in his right shoulder.  I haven’t moved him in my rankings, because, well, he’s not a pitcher.  If his shoulder soreness lingers deep into March, then I’ll start to rethink how ‘far I wanna go.

Justin Smoak – Mariners are saying Smoak will be the team’s 1st baseman as long as he performs.  The real question is what they consider performing.  Has he performed at any point in his career?  If they answer yes to that, then he’ll be the team’s 1st baseman.  That puts Corey Hart and Logan Morrison at DH and a corner outfield slot.  Playing the field is just what that duo knees.

Nick Franklin – Mets and Rays are talking to the M’s about a potential trade.  That would be very awesome, so no one would steal any at-bats away from my cuddlebear, Brad Miller.  What, I’m putting it out in the universe, it’s The Secret.  You want me to do a friggin’ vision board?

Jesus Montero – Showed up to camp 40 pounds overweight.  He blamed it on being cast this offseason in the stage production of the Dallas Breyer’s Club.

Cole Hamels – Making ‘tremendous progress’ with his shoulder injury.  Neighborhood people say ‘you have to try the veal scaloppine,’ but it’s ‘too loud for a conversation.’  Damn, gotta stop getting my injury news from Zagat’s.  I haven’t moved Hamels since the injury news started coming out, because I already had him crazy low in my rankings and have said I don’t plan on drafting him anywhere.  Shoulder issues don’t make me want to change that.

Mike Minor – Just started throwing due to an operation he had in the offseason on his urethra.  And I just crossed my legs.  What did the doctor do, make Minor’s minor major?  Have his skullcap put back on?  I always thought if any pitcher would have a urethra operation it would be Mike Leake.  The Braves don’t think his urethra operation will cause him to miss any regular season starts.  Maybe now girls won’t accuse him of throwing spit balls.

Daisuke Matsuzaka – Vying for the Mets 5th rotation spot.  It’s gonna come down to John Lannan, Jenrry Mejia and Dice-K, i.e., crap, crrap and Krap.

Ruben Tejada – This made me laugh.  You know how everyone’s always in the best shape of their life in Spring Training?  Well, the Mets reported Tejada looked “pretty much the same.”

Ike Davis – He announced that last year he hid an oblique injury from the Mets.  Well, it is called oblique.

  1. Swfcdan says:
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    The funny updates are back..love it!

  2. Nimrod says:
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    Smoke screen and Minor pretty funny, pretty witty. Enjoyed play on words for Davis.

  3. The Fish says:
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    Grey – First off awesome work, razzball is usually the first site I go to in the morning (and the one most visited on the can)

    Had a keeper question: 7×7 head to head league (strike outs and walks are extra 2 offensive categories)

    I Can keep 3, 2 of the players for 2 more years and 1 player I can keep as long as I want.

    Marte (19th round)
    Myers (15th round)
    Choo (7th Round)
    E. Cabrera (18th Round)
    Chris Sale (20th round)

    Just worried about a Myers/Marte combo putting me behind in strikes and walks.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Fish: Thanks! Marte, Myers, Sale

  4. fartsponge says:
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    Where can I find these pants that go up to armpits? Just the thought drive women crazy.

    - B. Colon

    • Malarkey says:
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      @fartsponge: Overalls??

      • JoeC says:
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        @Malarkey:
        Exactly!

        And no shirt required.

        Although people may look at you askance if you wear ‘em that way. Could be good or bad, depending on what reaction you’re going for.

      • farstponge says:
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        @Malarkey: Nah, overalls require that pesky “over” part to hold them. They’re the pants’ suspenders. And overalls would leave nothing to the imagination when it comes to side torso or moob. I want some form-fitting pants from toe-to-armpit with a waistband under the neck.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly!

  5. c0wfunk says:
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    Baseballers are baseballing today! Rejoice!

  6. Yescheese says:
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    Heads up! Spring training games begin. Grey Albright Giancarlo Lothario reports in the best shape of his life! Top form!

  7. Jason says:
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    My favorite is the hart/lomo blurb. Awesome.

  8. The Strolg says:
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    Pants that go up to the armpit! What’s next, wash ‘n’ dries, edible paper and feeding mayonnaise to the tuna?

  9. Anthony says:
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    I’ve heard a lot of talk recently of applying dollar amounts to slots in a snake draft as a way of evaluating value (stutterer!). I was an English major in college so could someone please tell me how to do that? Thanks.

  10. That Nate Jones has filthy stuff. I wouldn’t want to face that F’n guy in the 9th.

  11. weas says:
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    The blurbs are back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @weas: Hehe

  12. costaricanchata says:
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    normally , would just skip over smoak stories , but ,
    “… just what that duo knees.”
    nice .

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      also ,
      and you’re prolly gonna says it’s all Rudy’s doing ,
      but it took a 2nd reading to “get” the header .

  13. kyle says:
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    Currently keeping Stanton – $16, Cobb – $6, Profar – $1, Sanchez – $14, Wright – $24, and Ortiz – $7 in a keeper league with a budget of $350

    Was just offered: Machado -$6 and Gerrit Cole – $1 for Stanton.. pull the trigger?

    May be able to get Heyward at $16 and Wheeler at $1 for Stanton as well..

    • Yescheese says:
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      @kyle: i would

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @kyle:

      i’d hold on to stanton .
      a) 350 > 260
      b) ortiz’ time is almost up and you’re going to need a power hitter
      c)
      d) if stanton gets traded , it can only be to a team with a
      better line-up and better ballpark .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyle: Sounds solid for Cole and Machado

  14. Jay

    Jay says:
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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Why the sideways Z followed by open mouths?

  15. Cram It says:
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    Is it sad that as a Mets fan, I’m really, REALLY hoping we can get Nick Franklin? Oy.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Cram It: It is sad that you’re a Mets fan…stop

      • Cram It says:
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        @Wake Up: As sad as the fact that you’ve watched Ike Davis enough, as a non-Mets fan, to offer an analysis on his batting approach.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Cram It: 1. Didn’t say I was a non-Mets fan
          2. It may be more sadderer that, as a Mets fan, you missed it…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Wake Up: Saddererest that I can only watch them when they play the Nats.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Cram It: My name is Jack and I am a Mets fan

              • Cram It says:
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                @J-FOH: Get out of town.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Cram It: Yes, I own five Mets hats and my family has a brick at the new stadium.

                  • Principle Blackman says:
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                    @J-FOH:
                    I thought only Phillies fans threw bricks?

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @J-FOH: and I remember when you were on here everyday calling Cram an a$$hole…(warm fuzzy feeling)…

                    Who was it back then that stuck up for him…hmm…can’t recall…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Wake Up: he’s changed, he stopped picking on the easy targets and taken his game against to better competition. We connected on football, something you wouldn’t understand.

              • Big Al says:
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                @J-FOH: If your a Met’s fan you don’t know Jack !! But I can introduce you to sad Sam.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @Cram It: As a mets fan, I was more excited because it would make Miller safer ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: You’re a Mets fan? Oy gevalt

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Gefilte fish!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

    • willy says:
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      @Cram It: He prefers to be called Edmundo Franklin from what I hear…

  16. Wake Up says:
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    The H and H Bagels of fantasy baseball…correct me if I’m jaywrong…but isn’t Headley the top overall 3B for Fantasy Baseball…that plays for the Padres…two things I know for sure…there are only two things that distinguish us from machines…confirmation biases and penii…and Josh Hamilton is sure that his latest injury is due to the fact that he is hated by dog…but of course this kind of thing can not be proven…like climate change…what can be proven…is CJ is not constantly getting struck in the head with confirmation bias…

    • Screw H&H bagels – is it that much for a moishe to put some butter on my bagel and toast it?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Yeah…that is kinda where I was going…

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Wake Up:”…there are only two things that distinguish us from machines…confirmation biases and penii…”

      Tell that to Ray Kurzweil!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Principle Blackman: What is…well played, for a $1000 Onyx?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Wouldn’t it be biaii?

  17. Wake Up says:
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    PS Maybe you will recall the 99 times that I tried to tell you last year that Ike Davis is backing off of the plate to try to speed up his hands…because they look really, really slow…and stepping closer to the plate will not speed up his hands, nor fix the problem…but most likely, you won’t recall…and I’ll go back to cracking dick jokes…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Ha… I remember! *tiptoes slowly out of the room, runs back with birthday card* See!

  18. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Nelson Cruz Jr and Jose Cruz Jr were, in fact, both sons of Billy Cruz Hr. The more you know.

    Any chance of a Closer Report in the next week or so? Would be much appreciated.

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Is Billy Cruz HR also related to the lead singer of Bad Brains?

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        @Principle Blackman: we are through the looking glass here

  19. JOe says:
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    Paul Sporer (the guru of SPs) is extrmely high on Hamels this year (as detailed in his 2014 guide). He provided some pretty reassuring stats to support his belief. Any thoughts on reconsidering your rank – or further arguments to the contrary? Thanks as always Grey – love your stuff!

    • He must’ve been pissed when I snagged Hamels in the 8th round in he KFFL draft I’m in with him!

    • OneI'dWilly says:
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      @JOe: I think there is enough risk there to warrant Grey’s concern and there’s a lot of depth at pitching. Hamels xERA has climbed 3 straight seasons. He struggles to get wins. You can’t chase wins, but his value was hurt by a lack of wins last year, and the offense does not look better this yaer.

      That being said, I do have him ranked about 10 spots higher in my SP rankings. I play in a QS league and with 25 QS last year he was near the top. His numbers last year looked worse than they were due to a poor start. He hasn’t shown any clear decline in his k/9 or BB/9 or swinging K rate, so I don’t see declining skills. He’s been pretty reliable, so I think he’s safe for a 3.4 ERA 1.16 WHIP and 200K season, but don’t expect a ton of wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JOe: I wasn’t going near him before, I can’t imagine a reason to after a shoulder issue… There’s 60 other pitchers to choose from, don’t bother…

  20. Schwab Stumped says:
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    10 TM, ESPN Roto, 5×5, 5 Keepers. Who are you keeping about of the bunch below? $260 budget. Won my league last year due to your advice!

    Keeping – Goldschmidt: $22, Puig: $11, Jean Segura: $7

    Need 2 more – Adam Jones: $31, Jose Fernanadez: $8, Wil Myers: $3, Adam Wainwright: $24, or Choo: $17

  21. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, H2H Keeper League with $70 Cap

    Slow draft is about to start. All players drafted are assigned $1 salary. Salaries go up $1 for every year in MLB.

    I have the 2nd overall pick. The top choices are as follows:

    Curtis Granderson
    Aaron Hill
    Matt Cain
    R.A. Dickey
    CC Sabathia
    Doug Fister

    My current SPs are Hamels $7, Cliff Lee $7, Matt Moore $2, Parker $2.

    My offense is pretty strong with Goldy, Harper, Hanley, Segura, Gardner, Lawrie and Belt. But my only 2B is Bonifacio.

    I’m thinking Cain if he’s not taken ahead of me. Or then it’s between Hill and Fister/Dickey. Considering my parameters, who are your top two choices? Thanks.

    • Furbush says:
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      @Commish Cauda:

      Fister/Dickey, just because it’s the first thing I’ve seen to rival Fister/Furbush…

  22. Clint says:
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    This is the kind of fantasy advice you get from Eric Karabell and Tristan K over at ESPN’s podcast now:

    “Jesus Montero showed up 40lbs overweight to camp. I guess you could say he was decidedly lacking in plate discipline?” (why Tristan didn’t follow that up with the inevitable “I kill me,” still not sure)

    Please tell me the Razzball baseball podcasts are starting soon so I can listen to something tangible on my daily hour-long drives to work instead of this drivel, Grey?

    • OneI'dWilly says:
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      @Clint: Ha! I listened to this too, and then immediately decided I would never listen again. Who knew it could get worse than Matt Berry at ESPN?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Ha… I think they start in March… I’ll ask Nick when I see him in Arizona this weekend…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Roadie?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @J-FOH: Roadie with Rudy

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: no invite, who is working security to keep all the autograph hounds at bay?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Big John Studd

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: was Bobo Brazil unavailable?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He was, unfortch..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA, forgot about Akeem…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I watched the Big Boss Man vs. Hulk Hogan at the Forum.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I was at the Garden for Wrestlemania I!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: OOH! Very Nice. Hulk and Mr.T vs. piper and Mr. Wonderful….Junkyard Dog vs. the hammer. Good stuff for childhood grey

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t forget Liberace!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: the candlelebra! I think Wrestlemania 2 was my favorite

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Was that the one that was in four locations? I was there for the New York one…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: yes it was, how many did you go to? did u go to all the atlantic city ones? did you watch the NWA?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I went to AC, that’s right… Hell yeah, watched NWA…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: The Freebirds from the NWA or from the AWA with Baron von Raschke

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Both really… I’ll take with the Baron though…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I miss the old TBS studio matches with 5 rows of audience on bleachers and watching the four horsemen fight with the Road Warriors, Ronnie Garvin and Ricky the Dragon. Late nights on the USA network was the AWA, which I believe was Minnesota based wrestling.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      How about The Great Kabuki and the Fabulous Freebirds?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: the CLAW!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll make sure to use 80′s wrestling references in my writing this year

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thank you!

        • Prez!! says:
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          @J-FOH: no jack, you cant show up in AZ acting like you were just passing through and by chance ended up at the same hotel…. How many times you gonna use that one!?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Prez!!: @Grey: Hey, I watched his wedding from a pair of binoculars, I got GPS implanted under his skin and until he gets a restraining order I will never stop.

  23. Piranhaman says:
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    Grey, i have a question,

    Matt Adams for Patrick Corbin, who wins?

    If you are trying to trade Adams for SP, who could be realistic target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: Adams.. Corbin is realistic…

  24. Yager says:
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    Maybe it is just my work computer, but the 2014 top 400 rankings isn’t loading with numbers? Now, don’t get me wrong, it is still great for comparing the value of the players, but while comparing to ADP to distinguish value, it is quite painstaking to count down the entire list! Again, probably just my computer, but I just thought I would make you aware if anyone else was having this issue. The only reason I care is becasue all of the other rankings list that I have read are complete garbage!

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Yager: This happened to me, and then I refreshed the page and it was fixed.

      • Yager says:
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        Still nothing, now I will have to work! WTF @Principle Blackman:

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Yager: that’s odd, as i’m having the same thing on a work computer. it’s odd because i rarely work and have a usable computer at the same time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yager: They’re not loading in Chrome it appears, they do seem to in Firefox…

      • Yager says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I can only use internet explorer. I work for an insurance company and they have a bunch of firewalls. As much as I visit yor site during work it will probably be blocked soon. Ha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, gotcha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yager: There was a problem that we think is fixed… Try again…

      • Yager says:
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        @Grey: Now the player’s names won’t load. Just one line of empty boxes. Like I said it is probably an issue from my end. I will just have to read the new Jam or Cram on lunch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think it’s on your end…Sorry…

  25. A2K says:
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    Jurickson Store. Careful Grey, don’t pull out the big guns too soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A2K: Ha

  26. J-FOH says:
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    Too bad Baltimore traded LJ, how nice would it have been to have a title of CRUZing with Hoes when they both had big games

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Ha, nice

  27. Jay29 says:
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    Grey, I’ve never said it but I love that you answer everybody’s questions/comments, no matter how dull, selfish, or critical. So here’s a dull and selfish question for you:

    Keep which 4? (OPS instead of BA, $266 budget for 12 teams.)

    Alex Gordon $15
    Jason Kipnis $21
    David Wright $24
    Austin Jackson $9
    David Ortiz $17
    Starling Marte $8
    Hanley Ramirez $17

    Craig Kimbrel $21
    Alex Cobb $8
    AJ Burnett $5
    Jose Fernandez $13

    Thinking Fernandez, Marte, and Hanley have to be the first 3, really struggling on #4…

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Jay29: $266?
      for me I’d go kipnis j fer Hanley and kimbrel (maybe Cobb pending on how your league feels bout closers)

      • Jay29 says:
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        @frankgrimes: Heh, yeah, we added 1 minor league slot a couple years ago so the league wanted to account for the added player without disrupting other players’ prices too much.

        Yeah last year I kept Kimbrel @ $16 and had to pay $21 for Chapman… so it’d probably still be a below-market price, but I’m not sure if it’s my best value. Thanks, though. Seems like I should consider Kipnis more than I have up to this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay29: No problem… Hanley, Marte, Fernandez… Kipnis or Wright, probably just go Kipnis… Remember you can go over auction prices that are listed for players in the draft…

      • Jay29 says:
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        @Grey: Oh yeah, I make my own auction prices based on my own projections, so I usually just look for the best value there (while also considering what I think my league-mates will pay for players), and I virtually never even consider “listed auction prices.”

        But I value your opinion. My thinking is that there’s slightly more surplus value in someone like Cobb, but locking up a scarce position with Kipnis or Wright is very appealing, and they could be nigh-impossible to get for under $25 in the open market of the auction.

        Thanks, man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. J-FOH says:
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    Bravo on the Mike Minor blurb, if it was on twitter I would favorite and retweet it, if it was a restaurant I would give it five stars, if they gave a pulitzer for fantasy sports writing i would nominate it for the award……On a less ass kissy note, Dallas Breyers Club?….really bro?….really!

    • OneI'dWilly says:
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      @J-FOH: Yeah, but I go through a lot of effort to make it seem like I’m working. I open the article on my phone, view it in reader mode, email it to my work email with a fake,but convincing subject like “Deadline” then read it in Outlook. It’s genius. Until you read the Minor blurb and snort out loud in a sea of cubicles.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @OneI’dWilly: If i was at work i would of sprayed coffee all over my desk. Thank god I have an office and keep my door closed 99% of the time. I get to listen to the pod cast in surround sound

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Ha, thanks

  29. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Last year BJ Upton was being drafted in the fourth round, this year the 20th. That’s a steep drop for one lousy season. He is a steal this year if he goes that late.

    • Maybe. Certainly worth taking a chance on. I think many are scared away because once somebody goes under the acceptable AVG threshold (say .230), they rarely come back. Guys like Upton and Uggla and Dunn were always right on the borderline and there isn’t much hope that they reach sea level again. This impacts playing time as well.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @2 Giant rings:

      Blow Job Upton burned me once…never again.

  30. BigDeal says:
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    Hey Hey Hey Grey,
    It’s my lucky day.

    Got a question for you. Which 6 players would you keep for a 12 team H2H Auction Yahoo 5×5 (2 UTIL spots) for free?

    I listed the players by your rankings. Do I just follow your rankings? Beltre, Wright, Kipnis and Gomez seem like the no brainers. Are Zobrist and/or Posey worth considering over Beltran and/or Butler? The reason I ask is that Yahoo has higher auction values for Zobrist and Posey. I hope to draft Jose Abreu for greater power than Butler. So is it fine to go with Zobrist and Posey as my #5/#6? Thanks.

    Adrian Beltre
    David Wright
    Jason Kipnis
    Carlos Gomez
    Carlos Beltran
    Billy Butler
    Ben Zobrist
    Buster Posey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BigDeal: Not Beltran, Butler

  31. Jon says:
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    Thoughts on swapping Victorino for Dom Brown in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I’d do it

  32. Wilsonian says:
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    Good to see you back in comedic update form!

    Also, this is a question for anyone who wants to chime in:

    I’m in a keeper league where we keep 5. Shallow league and I have two particularly keeper worthy guys in Tulo and Scherzer that aren’t making my cut (Jones, Davis, Fielder, Longo, Hanley are my 5). We permit trading of players for draft picks and was wondering the overall stance on this. Tulo and Scherzer would easily be keepers on a few other teams that I could target. Would you try to swap these guys out for an extra kind of early draft pick or throw them back into the draft and hope that they make it to you? Just wondering for strategery sake.

    What’s the best option: leave more quality players in the draft pool or swap some of your non-keepable guys to increase earlier round draft picks for yourself?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Wilsonian: get picks even if say someone wanted davis then I keep Tulo…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Thanks! Agree with Grimey

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @frankgrimes: @Grey: that’s kind of what I thought. I know a couple of guys want Scherzer and Tulo.

        Our 5 keepers are the first 5 picks of the draft, so the first round is really round 6. What round would you say would be the limit to get on either one of those guys? I was thinking round 8 or 9 and no worse than that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, no worse than that sounds about right

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: cool, thanks man. I appreciate it!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  33. Bobby says:
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    Keeper for 3 more years, Scherzer or Sale?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bobby: Scherzer

  34. Oppo taco says:
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    Cobb or heyward in a keeper? I know you’re bullish on Cobb but I feel like the second I let go of heyward he’ll go
    Nuts. These two particularly close in your mind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo taco: Close enough… I’d go Cobb in a vacuum, though I doubt you’re in one…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey:hahaha. residuals from the update post. classic.

  35. c0wfunk says:
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    FYI the top 400 scripts aren’t working properly right now.. there’re a bunch of js errors and the numbering and filters aren’t loading.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: it’s work computers (likely) but i don’t know for sure till i get back to my souped up laptop.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure why it would be work computers…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: not great science maybe but
            me and 2 others complained of it, and of those 3, me and one other specfic posted thought it was work computers, along with how i’ve seen this happen before on these work computers plus i’m almost never at work to say it often works at all.Could just be a lot of coincedences at same time.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, not sure… Need more to go on if I’m going to investigate… A screenshot perhaps…

            • c0wfunk says:
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              @goodfold2: Hmm yeah I am at work.. Tried in both chrome and firefox. They don’t usually block things but it could be something about our network. Looking at the js console there are a bunch of errors and looking at them it could be a cached jqueryui thing.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @c0wfunk: don’t delve into it on my account, as i know these computers where i’m at have all sorts of problems.

              • c0wfunk says:
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                @c0wfunk: Yeah the tabs in the sidebar are broken also and that’s on this page too. So maybe the js for the table isn’t working because it is being called in misc.js after that. Here’s the error I’m seeing:

                jquery.ui.widget.min.js?ver=1.10.3:4:
                Uncaught TypeError: Object function ( selector, context ) {
                // The jQuery object is actually just the init constructor ‘enhanced’
                return new jQuery.fn.init( selector, context );
                } has no method ‘isPlainObject’

                misc.js?ver=1.0:1
                Uncaught TypeError: Object # has no method ‘tabs’

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: Yes this works for me. The difference is there are no tabs on that page. So yeah, the tab plugin you have in the sidebar is broken :) Free troubleshooting for free fantasy advice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, looking into it…

          • c0wfunk says:
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            @Grey: Won’t let me reply anymore above.. no change yet. Still no numbering or filters and the tabs are broken.

            To be clear, I see the table, but the filters and numbering don’t load (these are loaded with javascript after the tabs).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Could you screenshot that too?

                  • c0wfunk says:
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                    @Grey: That one works as expected…

                    No tabs in the sidebar, so the script that adds the filters and numbers loads properly.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Gotcha, that’s what my web person figured… They’re looking into the tabs issue though still…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Check now, should be fine…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hold on, only home page was fixed… Still fixing post pages… Was an issue with jquery from video ad…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Should be good to go now… Thanks for alerting me!

  36. Big Al says:
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    Heard Minor had a Addadicktomey so so he can pitch longer and harder this year !!!

  37. goodfold2 says:
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    forgot how much different yr humor translates to the short blurbs, makes for more total jokes, less set up or narrative. very nice.

    in yahoo H2H 12-16 (12 right now) teamer where we start 7 RP per day and I already have Feliz as one closer (16th round, if 12 teamer) which 2 of these are best value:
    scheppers (24th or 25th round)
    soria (soria 24th or 25th round)
    profar (as starting 2nd baseman, 15th round)
    leonys (as 3rd OF, 14th round)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar, Leonys

  38. scottsteelers says:
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    Where would you guess Springer goes in a 12 team H2H keeper league (60keepers already off board and alot of guys love prospects) just looking for an educated guess I suppose. .. thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      100 overall… So about pick 40…

  39. oaktownsteve says:
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    We’re about 5 minutes from actual, live baseball on the tube. Welcome back into my life Heidi Watney.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s time to blow dust off the ol’ iPad…

    • Prez!! says:
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      @oaktownsteve: feel like i should eat a hot dog…. Just feels right…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Prez!!: sticking tubular meat in your mouth always feels right for you

        • Prez!! says:
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          @J-FOH: ohhh jack has jokes!

  40. Montezuma's Revenge... right now! says:
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw&safe=active,
    wow wasn’t even looking for this, but i’m living the reverse. except it’s the students that get that mad when their names are “said wrong”. And i get giggled at for reading how names in “book” American English sound when you read them off of paper. Accurate as hell.

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now!: A A Ron! Haha not a fan of key and peele but this one is funny.

      See also: East vs West bowl. Must watch for a football fan.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now! says:
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        @Prez!!: weird thing is i’m not either, in fact never seen the show at all (just saw that one skit just now), do remember the sub teacher from the The League, pretty much doing a character based on the same joke. He was a janitor named Carmenjello, he pronouced it Car MAN jel o, and not carmen jello like it looks.

  41. Grey,

    I need help in a 16 team keeper lg head to head-5×5
    allowed to protect 8 for 3 yr terms before having to trade
    protecting
    miggy, encarnacion, zobrist, altuve, scherzer, lee, verlander
    choosing between ishikuma -seattle p and aoki
    Thanks in advance
    george

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iwakuma

      • @Grey: Awesome-Thanks……I was leaning that way but wanted to validate that Im learning from you! Much appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. Prez!! says:
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    P.S. Calvin and Hobbes was… THE SHIZZ! I was trading ken griffeys and reading these daily back in the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was all about the Gregg Jefferies cards… Those were my college fund…

      • Prez!! says:
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        @Grey: what did those buy? Gym shoes?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Used for kindling

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey: I thought I would rich because i had multiple jeffries cards. And the griffey jr rookie card too that topps mass produced and ruined. remember the Todd Van poppel rookie card

            I still have a bunch with the hopes that some foo…hmhmm guy will want pay me tens of dollars for them.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Yeah, I have a Sportsflic Canseco rookie that I will sell to put my dog through school…

  43. Dom says:
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    4×4, AL Only, Roto league, $260 budget

    Is Josh Hamilton worth keeping at $30, I’m leaning no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  44. ChillbroBaggins says:
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    Any concerns about Puig being fat now?? I mean, it didn’t seem to matter for Trout, right??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t care he’s now uPig…

  45. Chauncy B says:
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    Who do you like as first overall pick in std roto 10 team?
    mccutch/cano?

    Who do you like as rd 2 keeper?
    prince/adam jones?

    Heres my team:
    Hamilton (rd23)
    Jennings(rd22)
    Cobb(rd24)
    kimbrel(rd14)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go off my rankings… The guys you’re keeping aren’t gonna change much… McCutchen/Prince though… No reason to go two OFs…

  46. Eric W says:
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    c – Travis d’Arnaud $1
    1b – Freddie Freeman $28
    2b – Jose Altuve $10
    3b – Nolan Arenado $8
    ss – Starlin Castro $12
    OF – Jay Bruce $31
    OF – Yasiel Puig $27
    OF – Bryce Harper $35
    UTIIL – Jason Heyward $20

    SP – Danny Salazar $10
    SP – Andrew Cashner $11
    SP – Gio Gonzalez $14
    SP – Julio Teheran $10
    SP – Alex Cobb $15
    SP – Kevin Gausman $1

    RP – Rex Brothers $3
    RP – LaTroy Hawkins $3
    RP – Jim Henderson $5
    RP – Chad Qualls $1
    RP – Tanner Scheppers $2
    RP – Bobby Parnell $4

    BN – Corey Hart $1
    BN – Javier Baez $1

    Got done with my first draft of the season 12 team 5×5 slow auction draft. I am kinda on the fence about the quality of my team so was wondering your general thoughts on it and where to look to improve.

    Thanks for the help as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have you tried it in http://razzball.com/draft/ ? You look light on power and a bit heavy on pitching… Gausman’s not worth much now that Ubaldo’s there…

  47. 40shadesOfMustache says:
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    I have built an awesome dynasty league with your help the last year and a half, Thank you. I only wish it was a money league instead of bragging rights league.

    Salvador, Pujols, Rizzo, V-mart, Kipnis, kendrick, Lawrie, Boegarts, Segura, Trout, J Up, Cespedes, & Yelich.

    *I was thinking of trading Howie (and adding in Archer if need be) for another Pitcher, thinking a closer would really complete my team until a new need arises. Who would be a good target with my preferred trade pieces? I have not been a fan of having 3 Angels on my team

    My Pitchers are: Darvish, Max, Grienke, Latos, Archer, SunnyG, Erasmo, Walker and I have Kenley, Holland and Meloncon for my pen (I’ll be punting holds and aiming at saves mostly) thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Around Corbin in my rankings is where I’d aim…

  48. SteveV says:
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    Do you have more confidence in Trumbo or Alvarez?

    • SteveV says:
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      or Rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See rankings

  49. Jet says:
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    Razzball’s content has been far and away the best FBB advice on the interwebs, many thanks Grey.

    The fun doesn’t stop for my Mets as Niese is going back to NYC for an MRI (R.I.P.), Colon’s got a bad calf….it’s not even March and the baseball gods are decimating our SP. *shakes fist towards the sky*

    Also have to get your take on something, in a 14-team 6×6 OPS league, would you rather have Goldy and Heyward or your husband Giancarlo and Freeman? Appreciate the input!

  50. gobiggreen says:
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    Peavy at #186 or Brad Miller at #146 as a keeper? im sporting two guys in the “I could see drafting one of these guys if they’re there (stutterer!)” tier and Corbin as keepers already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  51. Principle Blackman says:
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    I love that the Pirates announcers were talking about how Ray Searage was going to fix Edinson Volquez just like he fixed Liriano, and then Volquez promptly gives up a two-run homer.

    I’m just so happy that live baseball is back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: he walk 2 or 3 guys first?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s gonna really flex Searage’s abilities…

  52. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Mid-season form already … always enjoy the blurbs!! Keeper question (Keep any 6 for as long as you want) – As my keeps I have Braun/Goldy/Stanton/Harper/Jo-Fer/Kipnis … My 7th/8th guys are Machado and Choo … 2 questions;
    1)Would you prefer Machado and/or Choo as a keeper to anyone on my list of 6?
    2)An owner is interested in Machado …. if opportunity presented would you trade Kipnis and Machado to get Puig?
    Thanks for the insight!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1) Go with the 6 you have 2) I’d take Puig

  53. Principle Blackman says:
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    I have a keeper question. 15-team, 27-man rosters, no waiver wire. I can keep two of the following guys with my first and second round picks.

    Trout (2014 only), Goldy (2014-15), Longoria (2014-15), Bruce (’14 only), Upton (’14 only), and Scherzer (’14-15). I am leaning Trout/Goldy, but I’m considering going Longoria instead of trout for that extra year of control. Is that ridiculous? I should just take Trout/Goldy and be very happy for this season shouldn’t I?

    In the same league I can keep Zack Wheeler with a 10th round pick for this year and next year. Is he going to provide 10th round value for the next two seasons, or should I just let him and his control problems go?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Trout, Goldy… I’d keep Wheeler…

  54. Fish says:
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    I’m curious to see how the Famous Mustache interprets Rudy’s most recent research emphasizing the importance of maximizing batters AB’s with bench players/pickups since, on the surface level, it goes against the Famous Mustache suggestion of using bench spots for pitchers (hot prospect excluded). I’ve also always been the type to use the extra spots for pitchers.

    I know Rudy said he’ll do the same type of research looking at the impact said strategy has on pitching – which I’m assuming it will also have a positive correlation, BUT (and it’s a Cougar sized butt) that’s assuming standard 5×5 categories. Our league categories for pitchers were specifically chosen to discourage streaming, thus limiting the impact (although not entirely negating) an endless stream of pitcher pickups.

    I’m curious to know if I’ve actually been managing my team incorrectly under our league configuration, and the extra AB’s could be far more important than the extra innings from pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I specify to not draft bench bats in leagues shallower than 14 teams unless they are high upside guys… Once the season starts, I agree with Rudy, you need to max ABs… My point is, if you draft a guy like, say, Ben Revere to be your bench bat, when a hot bat emerges the first week of the season, you’re dropping him anyway… Every league is different, so if your league discourages lots of pitchers and you want to draft bench bats, go for it…

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks… I think I’ll stay with my tradition during the draft of drafting bench spots for pitchers, but be more open (than I have been in the past) to dump those pitchers for maximizing AB’s.

        Hard part will be giving up the man-crush relationship… Casey McGehee, where did we go wrong?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  55. Wilsonian says:
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    We have an N/A slot this season and I’d like to fill it with a possible early/mid season call-up. Who would you target to stash?

    Buxton, Tavares, Baez, Bundy, Springer are some names that come to mind.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: just think he’ll be up before those other guys, or does Springer have the most long term and short term potential?

        It is a keeper league, as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Both, short and long term…

  56. matt says:
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    Drafted a league last night 5 mins later guy offers me Rizzo for the Rockies catcher (forgot his name) LOL Instantly accepted then grabbed Castro off waivers. Ah the joy of playing with fish :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  57. c0wfunk says:
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    hey hey greyzalez ; wanted to confirm the script issue is fixed. The thread above got too deep again to respond. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool, thanks!

  58. Twitch says:
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    I’m in a dynasty league, and I’m wondering which players I should keep for this season. I can keep 10 players. 7×7 settings (OPS & K are the extras for hitting, and HD & L for pitching).

    Here’s my team:

    C – Brian McCann
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Jose Altuve
    3B – Mike Moustakas
    SS – Alexei Ramirez
    2B/SS – Anthony Rendon
    LF – Justin Upton
    CF – Adam Jones
    RF – Giancarlo Stanton
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    UTIL – Eric Hosmer
    UTIL – Brandon Belt
    Bench – B.J. Upton fucking sucks
    Bench – Oscar Taveras
    Bench – Billy Hamilton
    Bench – Derek Jeter
    Bench – Jason Castro
    Bench – George Springer
    Bench – Jon Singleton

    SP – Mike Minor
    SP – Homer Bailey
    SP – Hyun-Jin Ryu
    RP – Kenley Jansen
    RP – Glen Perkins
    P – Brandon Beachy
    P – Archie Bradley

    So obviously, I should keep Goldy, J-Upton, Jones, Stanton, and Hosmer without question. Who are my next five?

    I was thinking Belt, Hamilton, Springer, Taveras, and one of Altuve/Rendon (or maybe Bailey/Minor). Thoughts?

  59. Twitch says:
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    I’m in a dynasty league, and I’m wondering which players I should keep for this season. I can keep 10 players. 7×7 settings (OPS & K are the extras for hitting, and HD & L for pitching).

    Here’s my team:

    C – Brian McCann
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Jose Altuve
    3B – Mike Moustakas
    SS – Alexei Ramirez
    2B/SS – Anthony Rendon
    LF – Justin Upton
    CF – Adam Jones
    RF – Giancarlo Stanton
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    UTIL – Eric Hosmer
    UTIL – Brandon Belt
    Bench – B.J. Upton
    Bench – Oscar Taveras
    Bench – Billy Hamilton
    Bench – Derek Jeter
    Bench – Jason Castro
    Bench – George Springer
    Bench – Jon Singleton

    SP – Mike Minor
    SP – Homer Bailey
    SP – Hyun-Jin Ryu
    RP – Kenley Jansen
    RP – Glen Perkins
    P – Brandon Beachy
    P – Archie Bradley

    So obviously, I should keep Goldy, J-Upton, Jones, Stanton, and Hosmer without question. Who are my next five?

    I was thinking Belt, Hamilton, Springer, Taveras, and one of Altuve/Rendon (or maybe Bailey/Minor). Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those nine work for me plus Altuve… Could see Bailey over Belt too…

  60. bozo says:
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    Aaron Hill or Lawrie, assuming Lawrie has 2b elig, which he does in Yahoo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill

  61. ron howard says:
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    can you change avg to OBP somehow in war room?

  62. MattTruss223 says:
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    Ahhh, Vin Scully in my headphones, much better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  63. Steve d says:
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    For my final keeper spot who would you keep archer $2 or choo $21. This league on base and slugging replace avg and hrs. Choo is a monster. He will prob go for $40+ In the auction. But I write I love archer on my desk at work without even knowing it. It’s a problem. Gotta keep the hitter? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  64. oaktownsteve says:
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    I like Ben Revere. Why you pickin’ on Ben Revere. Sounds vaguely un-American.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, I like Ian Kennedy! You don’t like Ben Revere to draft in an RCL…

  65. Sam says:
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    Upton/Scherzer for Bruce/Rios in a vacuum, which side would you rather have?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

  66. pager24 says:
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    this is a bit off topic but, in a 1400 inning max league do closers become more valuable? I know i’m going against your wishes here, but based on Y! ADP I was thinking of drafting say Rosenthal, Robertson, and Frieri as my closers while only drafting 5 SP say Cobb, Teheran, Gray, Liriano/Salazar, Masterson/Corbin. Then fill the rest of P/BN spots with 2 solid MR and 2 CL fliers with Profar (for position flexibilty) and OF flier to round out my team.

    Does this pass the sniff test? or does your beautiful man stache save your nose the trouble?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I don’t love that strategy… I think you’d be short of innings and get beat in Ks, Wins and potentially ratios… Ratio wise it could be fine… It’s risky and I’m sure you would just end up picking up another starter at some point anyway…

      • oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Like I said below, he should have a pretty clear advantage in ratios. He’s going to have to get 1000 innings out of the 5 starting slots which means a couple of streams if you project those guys to give you about 180 IP per slot. Hopefully get about 60 innings a piece from the MR slot so that puts you at 240. The rest he’s going to twist the dials. If the increased K rates of the relievers relative to other guys SP6 and SP7 are good enough, he might be able to be good in that category even without hitting the cap. Could also stream some MRs to get closer to the cap and push closer to the IP cap. Or stream starters judiciously walking the line between hurting the WHIP/ERA and boosting the W/K. All of which would be impossible to answer now as it’ll be very tactical depending on how the league unfolds. I tend to like this strategy because of the variability of wins anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, in theory if it plays out that way, it’ll work out great… Frieri had a 3.80 ERA last year and the other two closers have never had the job for the full season… Then throw in 5 starters who I like, but come with some risk… Could work out fine… He could have 4 decent starters, one closer and be piecing together an entire rotation…

          • oaktownsteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Yeah I should have been a little more specific. I like the strategy in general, but like with any other strategy, it’ll be more successful if you pick the right players and they perform to the execution of the strategy. That being said, I like Rosenthal and Robertson. I’m pretty confident in both of them. Frieri is a little shakier but if you’re taking a CL3 you’re taking some chances. Fortunately since there are some MRs in the strategy, there’s a chance to get some handcuff guys that might be able to back fill if one of your closers flames out.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, totally… Rosenthal and Robertson look great right now… Other guys have looked great in February too, only to not be closing by May…

              • oaktownsteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Given Rosenthal’s post season performance, you like his chances at least from the standpoint of the basic ability of focus and close on the big stage. And though he didn’t close, he went through a full season in the pen last year so he knows how to manage a full season.

                Robertson has a great closer profile/skill set but comes with the replacing Mariano thing and the NYC thing and a shorter track record of closing. Again, closers are a full pain in the ass.

                • Grey

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                  Yup and yup… Don’t deny they can be great… Whether they are is a whole ‘nother bailiwick…

    • oaktownsteve says:
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      @pager24:

      In any inning max league it’s all about K/9. If you roll with those three closers and a middle reliever with a 10+k/9 you should be solid in Ks provided you draft the right starters. And you should be pretty solid in the rates. Wins will be a bit of a wild card. If folks choose to punt wins or roster even fewer starters than you it’ll take away the competitive advantages in rates and Ks. If folks roster more starters than you then you’re going to probably finish middle to the back in wins. I think you try to start with a plan like you have and then gauge the room both during the draft and in season. My tendency in those Y innings cap leagues has been to de-emphasize wins and go with something like what you propose. The cap does influence your in season play a lot though and you’ll need to make adjustments all the way through to maximize your score. It makes for interesting managing. A lot different than an RCL format where you want to stockpile relievers or an NFBC where MRs have very limited value.

      • pager24 says:
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        @oaktownsteve: thanks for both your insight! just kinda playing around with the idea at this point but like you both said the general idea is sound- but whether it works out is a different story! we’ll see how the draft goes and i may adjust the strategy as i go thru the first 6-12 rounds.

        thanks again for the input! and good luck this season!

  67. Fungazi says:
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    I have a RP drafting question for you. I’ve seen you say that 10th round in a 12 M is a good round to start looking at drafting RP position. I’ve been playing with rounds and it looks like 10th and 16th I could get two decent RPs.

    This is a keep 6 though and I have no 2nd pick, so 10th round is my 3rd pick and I would like an upside pitcher like a Salazar or a Cingrani, or a Gyorko type hitter there. Would you skip the first RP in the 10th and go something like 16 – 17th with guys like Feliz and Hunter and then not worry about RPs until the season starts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want two closers with a job, at least… Hunter is barely passable, but you’d need another one… How you get it could come down to the draft, but you should try to secure a 2nd closer…

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man. It is hard to tell because a couple guys I play with have punted saves to start with before, so it might be easier for me. It just seems like 10th is too early in this format because there will be no reliever I would keep, but it’s possible to get a breakout player in that round. Maybe 13/15 with Frieri & Henderson types would be safer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No closers are safe, but I’d aim for two… Frieri and Henderson…Feliz and Hunter… Either way, just get two…

      • oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Feliz is going to go shooting up the ADP list if he gets named the closer. He was throwing 98+ in winter ball. Ideally for the savvy RCLer he doesn’t get the job initially and is a great carry as a MR who racks up Ks and rate lowering goodness and some vulture wins in the first half and then grabs the closer job and kicks in 20 or so saves second half. Basically Kenley’s season from last year. Ideal RCL play.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I don’t mind Feliz, my point was more he needs two closers at least, not just one…

          • oaktownsteve says:
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            @Grey:

            yeah, I just riffed on Feliz. Wasn’t really responding to the OP.

            I think part of the answer to the OP is, like always, league specific. How deep are the benches. FAAB or waivers? 5×5 roto? I think waiting on closers is a really tempting option when you look at the failure rate of the guys that are named at the beginning of the year. Even among some guys who rank pretty highly at the beginning of the year. Figure 2-3 of the top 8 fail due to injury or performance and the rest come into the year looking like a crapshoot anyway.

            Closers are such a pain in the ass. A guy won the NFBC auction championship a couple of years ago punting saves. I did a lot of analysis of that guy’s season and it was definitely a case where a lot of things went right, but it was no fluke. The thinking was sound. I’m seriously considering it this year.

            • Grey

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              Not sure if you heard, but I’m doing the NFBC this year with Rudy… Like to hear more on the punting strategy in that deep of a league… Did he go MR heavy and luck into some cheap saves or literally lost saves and won everything else?

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                @Grey:

                Not sure if you heard but Magoo and I are teaming on an NFBC $250 satellite. Plan is to win and then turn that into a main event entry next year…yeah that’s the plan. I’m also going to Vegas for a live draft. I’m on the wait for the auction. If I don’t get in I’ll do the hundred K 12 teamer.

                As to the punt saves guy:

                Pitching is weekly roster lock (hitters you can change Mondays and Friday)so there’s no streaming really to bump stats.

                You get 9 pitcher slots. In order to challenge for the overall in NFBC, standard thinking is you need to finish in the top 20% of all 10 categories. Obviously you can over achieve in some, under in others, but that’s where you’re gunning. K’s your target is 1375 and W your target is 100. If you’re rolling with 7 starters and two elite closers that get you 100 ks each you’re looking at needing 170 ks per starter and (let’s say generously you get 4 Ws a piece from your closers) you need 13 Ws per starter.

                If you roll with 9 starters and get 170 and 13 you get 1530 and 117. So what this guy did is he went slightly down market with his pitchers K rates. He got the discount on some low K, good era/whip guys and found just the right mix so that he did in fact basically finish top 5 out of 200 or so in all 4 categories that he competed in and last in saves and still finished. In 15 team league terms that translated to 60 out of a possible 75 pitching points. Of course he had to pick the right pitchers, but there was a clear market efficiency in the kind of pitchers he could draw from.

                The second competitive advantage was that he spent the extra dollars that he didn’t spend on closers and pitching very wisely on offense and he dominated the offensive categories. Again, he had to pick the right guys, but he did take advantage of the strategy he’d implemented.

                One note is that this might be slightly easier to pull off in auction because you can be very specific and tactical about how you allocate your $, whereas in snake draft you’re sort of forced to spend your “$” in a smooth distribution round by round.

                If you and or Rudy want to get in touch with me or Magoo, we’d be happy to share our NFBC thoughts with you on a standard 15 teamer. We’ve run through an absurd number of draft scenarios.

                • Grey

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                  First, good luck on with Magoo! He’s a good FBballer, so you have good talent involved… What is the entry fee for the Main Event? Interesting on the saves punting… Really no margin of error at all, but can see how it would work out… We’re not doing auction, we’re doing one of those month long drafts… Every 8 hours you pick…

                  • Oaktownsteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Main is 1600 bucks I think. I’m ponying either 1200 for the auction or 1500 for the 12 teamer.

                    You guys are in the draft champs. Too late for Magoo or I to help you!

                    I think the two of us will be solid. He’s probably a slightly better evaluator than I am, particularly on the offensive side, so I’m going to ride his coattails to an early retirement.

                    • Grey

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                      Imagine you won the $125,000? That would be some kind of insane… From fantasy baseball? What?! So you’re ponying up $1200 or $1500 and Magoo is matching or that’s a separate league with Magoo?

                    • Oaktownsteve says:
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                      @Oaktownsteve:

                      Magoo and I are splitting the satellite team and I’m solo on the other league. I was only going to do the satellite. I think a partnership is helpful in the nfbc. It’s real competitive. Dudes ain’t messing around. Help to have FAAB back up if you are busy on Sunday. Anyway, things have been good around here so Mrs Oaktown basically said “go out to Vegas and win us some dough.” Godbless the woman

                    • Grey

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                      You got a good woman there! I didn’t do bad either since I’m going to Arizona this weekend to watch spring training…. Rudy did even better… His wife is pregnant and he’s going too… When is the Vegas one? Late March? Thinking probably since you want all possible spring training knowledge at hand…

                    • Oaktownsteve says:
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                      @Oaktownsteve:

                      March 28. Fired up. Have fun in ‘zona. Spring training is so great.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, we went once before… Should be fun… Podcast Nick is supposedly living there now… Not sure if I’m supposed to say that due to immigration…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Jesus. Starting to thinnk that my only chance for a decent showing in the FCL is if we never actually draft at all. Which is not out of the question…

                    • Grey

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                      Ha, don’t play modest, SteveNZ!

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              @oaktownsteve: Its 7×7 H2H with L & QS as the extra categories. with 23 roster size. It just seems like if I use a 10th pick (my 3rd) I pass up on more keepable players with upside than if I use the RP pick in the 15 or 17th round.

              Just thinking about it more, I’ve completely talked myself out of using that 10 rounder. In H2H I like to end with three relievers for playoffs, which hasn’t really been an issue either through trades or pick-ups.

              • Oaktownsteve says:
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                @Fungazi:

                Basically L and W cancel each other out statistically so what I said above holds true with QS replacing W in the analysis. In H2h the path you’re heading down is particularly effective.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Photoshop just laughed at MS Paint…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Don’t make MSP unleash the Carrie-like wrath. Dark red or light red for your pig’s blood?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          MSP has two shades of red? You sure?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Oops! That’s pink!

  68. Jason says:
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    Sweet Chicago sun times reporting Garcia may bat second.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He should…

  69. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    So good to have multiple Razzball posts daily! Thank you! Keeper question:

    5X5 OPS and QS, 12 teamer, Keeping Miggy, Trout, Darvish – need to select one more:

    Reyes, Wainright, Scherzer, Carlos Gomez, or Matt Kemp. Don’t want to keep another pitcher b/c I’m already keeping Yu. Going back and forth between Reyes and Carlos Gomez – what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Gomez

  70. Papajeansegura says:
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    Hating on the Mets as always… Mejia is not that bad you’ll see. Tejada has to prove something the problem is Mets have no money to bring someone in to compete for the SS job. Every Mets fan doesn’t like him, management says they don’t like him, I’d doubt if he likes himself at this point when he went to Michigan over the summer to get in shape for 2 months, and reporters are saying he looks the same.
    Ike said it best when he said he couldn’t believe he was still with the Mets. I’m with ya on that one buddy…I would go with Satin at 1st honestly if Ike continues to do what he’s been doing for the last 2 years.

    • Grey

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      I was half teasing with the Mejia rip… I actually don’t mind him that much in NL-Only leagues and think he has a chance to surprise… I can’t believe Tejada or Davis is there… Tejada probably only has a 25% chance of making it to April with a starting job, which is terrible odds when it’s almost March and he’s the current starter…

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I like Mejia this year. Popped up on a lot of “unnamed scout raved…” Kind of blurbs last year

        • Grey

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          Yup, agreed… I bet at some point I’m gonna tell people to pick him up…

  71. Miles says:
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    I wait up all night in anticipation of your next article, Grey.
    You did Yahoo, you did ESPN, I think mlb.com does a pretty good job with their preview/projections. maybe I just like it because they show stats for each of the last 3 years so it’s easy to see trends.
    It’s probably redundant since you already do two articles reviewing other sites but that one’s an idea (instead of CBS).

    • Grey

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      Thanks for the kind words! I’m not gonna do MLB though, sorry… Never even looked at theirs, to be honest…

  72. johnny says:
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    Should i be looking at carlos martinez for last spot or two over say a kluber porcello masterson corbin types if he gets a spot? 10 tm league

    • Grey

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      Sure, if he gets the rotation spot

  73. oaktownsteve says:
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    Albright you still active tonight? Hope you’re not headed to Zona on Friday. My weatherman, Vin Scully, says storms are a’brewining.

    Also, any prohibition in the RCL bylaws regarding slow drafting rather than one day drafting. Bunch of guys in my league have knitting circles or have to rub their mother’s bunions on alternating Thursdays or share a computer with their fellow squatters and only have access a few hours a week etc.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @oaktownsteve: I steal cookies for the homeless on Thursdays

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, going on Friday, hoping to get there… You have to draft the RCL the same way every other league otherwise it’s not fair…

  74. SteveS says:
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    12 team 6×6 with WHIP and OPS. Tried to talk the league into 12 keepers but no go. Gotta pick 4. I essentially keep all these guys at the bottom of the draft.
    Bogaerts
    Freeman
    Machado
    Seager
    Stanton
    Yelich
    Cole
    Sonny Gray
    Erasmo
    Danny Salazar
    Teheran
    Taijuan

    Life is full of hard choices…

    • Grey

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      Stanton, Cole, Machado, Freeman… Not great…

      • SteveS says:
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        Interesting. I figured with the positional scarcity at SS, Bogaerts would be on there. And everyone seems to be going goofy for Salazar. But I may just be getting seduced by a mix of potential and small sample bias with his showing last year.

  75. How much does Carlos Santana playing 3rd (along with a mean guitar) increase his value?

    • Grey

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      Sounds like he’s gonna play there most of the year…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry, misunderstood… It bumps him up to around Donaldson’s value in 3rd baseman…

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