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Another Cuban has washed ashore, dreaming of American capitalism and getting seriously laid in Miami.  The Cardinals signed shortstop, Aledmys Diaz.  Let’s give you a comparison that may or may not do it for you.  Diaz hit 12 homers and stole 11 bases with a.315 average in his last year in Cuban ball.  Recent raftee by the Dodgers, Alexander Guerrero hit 21 homers, stole 2 bases and hit .290.  Right now, Guerrero might be losing the starting job to Dee Gordon who can’t hit his weight, and he weighs 143 pounds.  It’s nice that another Cuban gets to realize his dreams like Yasiel Puig and Tony Montana, but I’m not even sure if Diaz will make an impact this year, or ever.  Despite his name resembling “All Days,” he’s being projected as a bench player.  Oh, and I just had a great idea.  I’m not sure who can make this happen, but we should get Fidel Castro on the podcast to talk about baseball.  Speaking of which, we’re recording the first podcast of the year today and it should be on-site tomorrow.  You can hardly wait.  No, you!  Anyway, here’s what else I’ve seen in Spring Training for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Kris Medlen – Forearm strain, which is often a precursor for more serious ailments.  Dr. James Andrews said, “I’ll be the judge of that,” then laughed evilly for six minutes.  I’ve moved Medlen in my top 400 to around that of Eliot Spitzer’s political career, and updated his projections there and in the top 100 starters.  My guess is he’ll try to return in a few weeks then things will get drastically worse.  Don’t draft him anywhere.  The good news is this will mean more Freddy Garcia in the Braves rotation.  Well, good news for opposing hitters.

Oscar Taveras – Got into his first spring training action.  Fantasy baseballers swoon!  But is now sidelined with hamstring tightness.  Fantasy baseballers opposite swoon!

Jaime Garcia – Said he’s very excited with how his arm feels right now.  He tore his ACL saying that.

Carlos Martinez – Just drafted him in my NFBC 15-team league and he’s now within spitting distance of a rotation spot, assuming Roberto Alomar were the one spitting.  I.e., Joe Kelly is failing.  Fail, Joe Kelly, fail!

Ervin Santana – I will be so happy when I don’t have to hear anymore signing rumors.  I haven’t heard this many Ervin rumors since 1991 when most of the rumors involved Isiah Thomas and Ervin and how they would kiss at half court.  Don’t pretend you didn’t hear them too.  Santana heard he was rumored to go to the Orioles, and he fired his agent.  In related news, the O’s pretend their Christmas presents are in the trunk of the car, park their car three blocks away from home and call in a fake stolen car report, then shop for Christmas presents on December 26th.

Cole Hamels – Tried to throw the other day, but just couldn’t.  Said that he threw about 35 pitches and “to my body it felt like a thousand.”  Don’t like what this is sounding like at all.  I have him around pick 125 overall right now, and I’d give serious pause before drafting him there.  You do not want a pitcher who is struggling with a shoulder issue in March.  He’ll probably only miss April, but he’s one more setback away from being out until June.

Dayan Viciedo – White Sox have had discussions to get their 4th outfielder out of town.  Yay!  The Mariners are the ones they’re discussing it with.  No!  They already have like five outfielders.  Give Michael Saunders room to breath.

Archie Bradley – He’s putting together a terrific spring.  That’s nice.  I still don’t see him breaking camp with the club, so my Archie Bradley fantasy from October still stands.  Damn, October Grey doing work!

Mat Latos – Aiming to make his first start April 6th.  Seems like that’s a quick timetable but if you follow Latos’s wife on Twitter, you’d wanna get back on the road too.

Alex Rios – Mild oblique strain and will miss ten to fourteen days.  I had moon eyes for Rios before this news.  Was happy to take him in the 3rd round.  Now, I’d still take him in the 3rd round, but would be less happy about it.  You have hurt my enthusiasm!  Opposite swoon!  Rios should be fine for the start of the year.  Hopefully this thing doesn’t linger like The Cranberries.

Ivan Nova – Nothing happened to him thus far in the spring, but as I start drafting and seeing later options, I realize I should’ve ranked Nova.  He’s a hella a lot better than some starters in the mid-200’s.  So, to fix that, I did rank him.  Here’s what I said in the top 80 starters post, “A Yankee pitcher?  That’s good?  That’s not an overpriced free agent acquisition?  Okay, that’s just weird, but weird said like Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.  Nova’s K-rate dipped last year, which I didn’t love, but when looking deeper at him (or deeper in his eyes), I saw a guy that is pretty comparable to a guy like Patrick Corbin, who’s ranked way above this point.  The AL East and his short track record of success concerns me, but not enough to not at least take a flyer on.  2014 Projections:  13-7/3.88/1.28/170″  And that’s me mea culpa’ing me!

Bobby Parnell – Reports say he went an inning in a “B” game.  I cannot confirm or deny if everyone was dressed in bumblebee costumes.

Brad Miller – Mariners manager, McClendon said on Saturday that the competition between Nick Franklin and Brad Miller is wide open.  Well, ain’t that a tube of toothpaste in the bullocks?  I’m still confident that Miller wins the job and provides great sleeper value.  Only I’m slightly less confident now.  Maybe 92% confidence level.

Marcus Stroman – Could get the 5th slot in the Blue Jays rotation out of camp.  I’d probably put his chances at around 20%.  Prospect Scott likes Stroman a lot, saying, “The 22-year-old made 20 Double-A starts on the season, posting a 3.30 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and K/9 at 10.4.  Those of you who read my posts throughout the regular season know that I’m intrigued by Stroman — he brings a fastball/slider combo that’s as good as any in the minors, and that skill set makes for some exciting performances (he whiffed 11+ batters in four of his 20 starts).  Stroman was probably ready for a big league look this past September, but the Jays opted to send him to the Arizona Fall League instead.  Big time whiff potential will make him a coveted piece in the fantasy game as soon as he surfaces.  Unlike Grey and his ‘dur’ faces.”  Hey, what’s that mean?  Rookie pitchers are odd ducks — quack, quack.  You could get anywhere from a 2.75 ERA to a 4.75 ERA.  Stroman should provide solid K ability, think in the high 8 K/9 range.  For that alone, he’s worth gambling on in deep leagues.

Cameron Maybin – Could only miss 6 weeks.  That’s obviously until the next injury.

Marco Scutaro – Began hitting soft-toss.  I can’t wait for the matchup between him and a fifth grader.

Omar Infante – Scratched due to a sore shoulder.  Like clockwork he’ll still get his 10 homers, 5 steals this year.  Also, like clockwork, he’ll be boring like doing work on clocks.

Matt Harrison – Expected to begin the year on the DL.  Jeremy broke down the Rangers rotation in his AL West preview.  It’s one of the biggest clusterfudges (the rotation, not the post).  Yu, Perez, Ogando and…Nadir Bupkis?  I don’t know.  My guess is Colby Lewis and Joe Saunders, but Tommy Hanson is there too.  When Harrison returns, the least effective starter (prolly Saunders) will be bumped, then Derek Holland returns and another guy is bumped, which means out goes Colby Lewis?  Ogando?  Perez?  Harrison?  Outside of Yu, I’d be wary of drafting any of them.

Brad Penny – Released by the Royals.  Make way for Yordano Ventura!  (Probably not out of camp, but I can dream.  I mean dream about something else besides having sex with Kate Upton.)

Oliver Perez – Signed with the Diamondbacks.  Probably will be used as a LOOGY, which depending on his control, could leave the Diamondbacks front rows dressed like they’re at a Gallagher concert.

Chad Billingsley – Aiming to return to Dodgers in May as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.  Barring injuries, he’ll eventually share the fifth rotation spot with Josh Beckett and Paul Maholm as the Dodger’s Frankenpitcher, Paush Bilkett.

Taijuan Walker – Threw the other day and felt fine.  He had an inflamed bursa in his shoulder but he told his shoulder, “I hate to bursa your bubble, but I’m pitching!”

Ryan Cook – Threw his first bullpen session and should be ready for the start of the season.  Definitely a guy I’d look at in deep or Holds leagues.  Cook does with gas when he’s right.

Jhoulys Chacin – Played catch the other day.  No word if it was with his dad, Yorent, or his uncle, Yomortage, but it’s heartwarming either way.

Dane De La Rosa – Forearm strain.  De La thinks he’ll be ready for Opening Day as long as he avoids potholes in the lawn.

Doug Fister – Scratched due to inflammation in his pitching elbow.  MRI came back clean and the Nats are saying all the right things:  he’ll be fine for Opening Day, he just needs to rest, his burps smell of rosewater.  Whether Mr. Fister does have broken wings only time will tell.  As of right now, I’m not moving him in my top 400, but that could change at a moment’s notice.

Carlos Santana – Being reported he looks stiff and uncomfortable at 3B.  “Try Sweatpants!” says the Council of Outfitting Men For Our Relaxation and Temerity.  The President of COMFORT also didn’t draft Carlos Santana to be his third baseman, but rather his catcher, so there’s that.

Jose Iglesias – His shins are feeling better, but the Tigers aren’t sure if he can be ready for Opening Day.  Iglesias said, “When I ran without the padding, it was really uncomfortable, but as soon as I changed orthotics and put on the one the doctor made for me, there was a big difference.”  In related news, Iglesias signed an offseason sponsorship deal with Dr. Scholl’s.

Nate Jones – Made his debut on Saturday and pitched great.  Why do we care?  Because we love him and his SAGNOFy, strikeouty self.

Bronson Arroyo – Diagnosed with a bulging disk.  He said he should be ready to go for the start of the season, then proceeded to say, “Enough about bulging disks, let’s talk about my upcoming compact disc, ‘Slow Balls, Fast Tracks.'”

  1. Birdmann says:
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    After a few tweaks post draft I think my team is looking better: 14 team, 1500 innings, 6X6 (standard 5X5) plus XBH and QS. FA pool is nothing but flyers and split type players. I am hoping to trade one of my 3B for something, who would you recommend I move and what should I target in return.
    C Mike Zunino
    1B Prince Fielder
    2B Jedd Gyorko
    3B Nolan Arenado
    SS Jhonny Peralta
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Alex Rios
    OF Carlos Beltran
    Util Todd Frazier
    Util Kole Calhoun
    B Mike Moustakas
    B Peter Bourjos
    B Dee Gordon
    NA Javier Baez
    SP Felix Hernandez
    SP Adam Wainwright
    SP Francisco Liriano
    RP Kenley Jansen
    RP Rafael Soriano
    P Rick Porcello
    P Addison Reed
    P Hiroki Kuroda
    B Yordano Ventura
    B J.J. Putz

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Birdmann: Frazier, aim for a catcher upgrade or a brainfreeze

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdmann: Depends what you can get for Frazier, but I agree he’s the one to trade, but I doubt you can get anything for him… Maybe a better catcher…

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey: I can just hope for a hot start to increase value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  2. JP says:
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    The Chacin comment took me a minute, but it was worth the wait. Jhourock Grey!

    • natty lite says:
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      @JP: Ha ha. Nobody in that family to own yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JP: Ha, thanks!

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    Found out I’m picking 10th in my shallow standard h2h 10 team league. Been doing a few mocks at this position and this is the typical team I draft. Do you see any flaws with my draft pattern or any weaknesses? Thank you sir.

    League format: 1B/2B/3B/SS/3OF/UTL/2SP/2RP/4P/5BN

    1. Jones OF
    2. Encarnacion 3B
    3. Segura SS
    4. Pujols 1B
    5. Marte OF
    6. Myers OF
    7. Bailey SP
    8. Cobb SP
    9. Rizzo UTL
    10. Teheran SP
    11. Salazar SP
    12. Robertson RP
    13. Fister SP
    14. Gyorko 2B
    15. Gray SP
    16. Henderson RP
    17. Masterson SP
    18. Jones RP
    19. Miller 2B/SS
    20. Kluber SP
    21. Castro C
    22. K. Davis OF

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, forgot to mention that. Met all the marks on pitching, HR, and BA, 90% on RBI/R and 70% on SB.

        • Grey

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          That’s pretty significant on SBs.. Surprised to hear that due to Segura and Marte…In a H2H team, I wouldn’t be concerned… It’s shallow, too… You would be fine with this team…

          • bossmanjunior says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks! A bunch of these were minor reaches so there is a good chance I get this team or something close.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

            • Lava says:
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              @Grey: @bossmanjunior:

              I had the same pick for my first RCL draft, and ended up with similar picks. Some key players that didn’t end up falling to me were Bailey and Rizzo, and seeing your list it looks like I reached for Gyorko in the 7th, but thought it was fair based on Grey’s rankings and Rudy’s PS’s.

              I’m only at 80% for SBs too, though, and that’s with Jones, Segura, Marte, Aybar, and Rios. I’m thinking SBs might be a tad difficult this year, if Grey was surprised by that, and I’m only at 80% with my squad.

  4. Plasmaj says:
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    My keepers are due today and just want a last minute sanity check. We are a 12 team 5×5 roto league with 4 keepers (no max years or cost consideration). 6 choices for the 4 slots, what do you think?

    Cargo (definite)
    Puig (almost definite)
    Strasburg
    Jose Fernandez
    Wainwright
    Posey (catchers always seem to go late in this league)

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @Plasmaj: Cargo, Puig,Stras, Wain

  5. Nimrod says:
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    IMHO It looks lite on steals. Could package Moose or Frazier with Beltran to get a SS with speed and move Bourjos up to starting OF which gives you speed. Let’s see what Gray says.

    • Nimrod says:
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      @Nimrod: Meant for Birdman

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Nimrod: SS went really high in my draft, I will check it out see if anything works out, thanks. SAGNOF if Dee gets the starting 2B in LA was what I am hoping for.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nimrod: I actually like Peralta this year as a late round flyer. Speed is a little lite but in a 14 team league its going to, and being 6×6 you can be a little punty…is that a word?, anythehoo, with XBH, he needs more players who hit doubles to offset all the HR hitters on other teams. If he could get Alcides then that would be a better speed value in his format, instead of trading for a Reyes,

  6. Tigres says:
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    Took part in RCL draft last night – good clean fun. I took Alex Wood late – he should be set for the Braves rotation now, with Medlen’s injury? I saw GIFs from Medlen’s last two pitches yesterday, they did not look promising.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Yeah, they look bad… Wood appears locked into the rotation, yeah…

  7. revchris says:
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    Took Rios in the 4th round of an RCL draft yesterday. Very happy with that!

    • Tigres says:
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      Nice. I passed on Rios and took Holliday instead; did not feel great about that move by end of the draft.

    • Birdmann says:
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      @revchris: I got Rios at the end of the 5th in a14 team draft earlier this month, very happy about that.

      • revchris says:
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        @Birdmann:
        Wow! What were the other guys in your league drinking? 70th overall is incredible value!

        • Birdmann says:
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          @revchris: @revchris: I was thinking about taking him in the forth but took Adam Wainwright, shocked he was still there a whole round later. We have draft pick trades in our league. I posted my team above still need more speed but feel good about the rest.

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            @Birdmann: Fourth sorry

  8. Ian says:
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    I don’t get it…isn’t “opposite of Swoon” just “noowS”?

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Ian: noooooooooooooooo

  9. Fungazi says:
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    Any thoughts on Pineda now that he seems healthy?

    • Birdmann says:
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      @Fungazi: I want to see two starts, only jump on him if you have a need and a spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: Perfectly decent late round flyer, expect nothing, hope for best…

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: nevermind, updated now! Cheers

  10. Yescheese says:
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    Hi Grey, Did you end up blurbing/projecting the Cuban Catcher the braves signed? A mere mortal can barely keep up wih the volume of your awesomeness. Such fantasy master. Such wow!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yescheese: Ha… Nah, he’s not very good for fantasy right now as the lede says…

  11. Justin says:
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    Good day sir. Tbank you for being awesome on a daily basis. I wouldlike your honest opinion on this team. Drafted last night. Right now its about a 6/10 for me as I llst out on some targets that were taken just picks before I was going to take them a la gyorko simmons machado. 12 team h2h 1b/2b\3b/ss/IF/3of/1util. 3Sp 2 rp 1 p 5 bench 1 NA. Qs and OPS are extra cats. We kept 7.

    Ramos/Rizzo/Kinsler/Hardy/Seager/myers/Jennings/Jackson/Abreu. Miller/Brantley/Taveras.

    Sanchez/Cobb/Cingrani/Salazar/Griffin/Robertson/Frieri Josh Johnson/ Beachy.

    I know I have barely and speed, A low end BA and some weakness in my sp. How bad is it???

    • Grey

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      @Justin: I agree with what you said… In a H2H league that shallow though, you should be able to overcome anything with in-season managing…

  12. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : If you had to rake your flyer excitement, how would you rank these guys?

    Calhoun
    Khris Davis
    Brad Miller

  13. Matt says:
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    Okay, Grey-I’m all in on the Razzball pitching projections! I just drafted a team for a deep 12 team keeper (too many SP but I’ll probably trade 1 before the season). The staff is below, and all were underrated in an ESPN draft and came at bargains! My season is in you hands…

    Cobb
    Teheran
    Gio
    Iwamura
    Masterson
    Liriano
    Archer
    Porcello
    Josh Johnson

    • Grey

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      @Matt: Looks fine, except I wouldn’t mess with Iwakuma anymore…

  14. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Had our draft on the week. Whatcha think? My pitching worries me

    C – Castro
    1B – pujols
    2B – hill
    SS – Segura
    3B – Beltre
    OF – Trout
    OF – Cargo
    OF – Cuddyer
    UTL – Rizzo

    SP – Cobb
    SP – Teheran
    SP – Kluber
    SP – Smyly
    SP – Ventura
    SP – Skaggs
    CL – Robertson

    BN – Brad miller
    BN – Texiera

    • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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      *weekend. I’m so stupid

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        Trout, cargo and beltre were my keepers

        • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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          12 team league

          • Birdmann says:
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            @BitchesBeShoppach: Skaggs is in my FA pool in a 14 team league there has to be someone better. Like Ventura if he can beat out Duffy.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Birdmann: he has ventura

              • Birdmann says:
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                @J-FOH: I know, I like that he has Ventura. Self interest on that one.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Birdmann: it looked liked you were giving him an example, extra coffee needed for daylight savings time

                  • Birdmann says:
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                    @J-FOH:Love me some coffee

    • J-FOH says:
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      @BitchesBeShoppach: drop Skaggs. Is haren or Kazmir available?

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        Nope. Both were drafted

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BitchesBeShoppach: Team looks solid, would be hard not to with your keepers… Your pitching is a tad upside crazy, but league’s shallow you should be fine

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        I was thinking the same with my pitching. I wouldn’t mind a guy that’s a bit more proven

          • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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            Would you guys drop Skaggs for ubaldo, Kennedy or Tillman?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Tillman

              • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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                Perfect thanks. Would you drop smyly for ubaldo or Kennedy?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Can hold for now

  15. Yager says:
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    Drafted 4 solid closers because in my RCL, everyone neglected them so much they actually came at bargains! Ha! So, I have some saves to deal, and another owner offered Jared Weaver for Neftali Feliz. Even with Weaver on the decline, I have to take this deal right?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Yager: yes. Texas pen is not set. Its open

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: I get the feeling they want Feliz to win the job but as JFOH said, it’s wide open right now.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @mauledbypandas: I hate that, Scheppers looked really good for 4 out of the 6 months last year which means he would definitely be the closer in Baltimore

          • Yager says:
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            You like Scheppers for the job in Texas? @J-FOH:

          • Yager says:
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            I thought he was competing for the rotation? @J-FOH:

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @J-FOH: Yeah, Scheppers was money for most of last year. I doubt he will end up in the rotation. My money is on Feliz for closer but I could see Soria taking the job to start the year since he is a little more advanced in his TJ recovery.

  16. JD says:
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    Hey Grey. Questions about the yahoo 12 team $ values on the site. Are these your projections or are they steamer with Rudy’s playing time estimates? Also, can these be used for snake drafts using the higher $ amounts to determine who to draft? Thanks.

    • Based on steamer/razzball projections. yes, can be used for snake drafts – the 67/33 adjustment should match snake draft preferences towards hitting.

  17. de nachos says:
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    10 teamer or did you have 2 or three keepers? Obviously you love your hitting. I’m not sold on Cobb/Teheran as my number 1 but I have trust issues (even less so in H2H, and in a points no hoo-way), but hey you got your guys. it’s not like Bumgarner was going to fall to you in the 6th.

    • de nachos says:
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      @de nachos: that was for Shoppach.

      Kýrie, eléison, Mr. Fister.

      Now I’m shutting down the Internet for the day because stupid HBO crashed for the True Detective finale. *fingers in ears, la la la la la*

  18. E says:
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    H2H strategy question

    With the 5 pitching categories being W, SV, k/9, ERA, WHIP with only a 18 min innings pitched per week, should I target several closers and top end starters to try and win saves and the ratio cats? 30 move season limit makes streaming difficult for pitching.

    With that I could field an extra hitters and squeeze out a few more ABs to win the hitting counting stats (large benches, standard hitting categories).

    What do you think?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @E: That doesn’t sound good at all since you would need top closers to avoid burning all your moves on closer turnover that comes with the less reliable ones. That means you are using 5 – 7 of your top 10 picks on pitching, making an offense that wouldn’t compete even with the couple extra ABs.

      • E says:
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        @Fungazi: 5-7 seems excessive, I was thinking 2 sp 2 closers by rounds 10-12

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @E: Agree with Fungazi

  19. joeg414 says:
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    Who would you guys take first from each group or if you could please rank them from these two groups as the choices might come up again in a different round. And speaking about choices, Mike Choice really hitting this spring.
    OF: Trumbo,W.Myers,Beltran,Jennings, Marte Heyward?

    SP:Gio Gonz.,Weaver, J.Zimm.,Cobb,Wacha,Cingrani,Gray,Shields?
    13 Team mixed 6×6 roto.

    Thanks.

    • joeg414 says:
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      You could add Cespedes to the list of OF also.
      Thanks Again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joeg414: Not sure what you’re asking… Check out my rankings…

      • joeg414 says:
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        Which two would you pickup from each list(Four total)
        List 1-OF: Trumbo,W.Myers,Beltran,Jennings, Marte, Cespedes,Heyward?

        List 2-SP:Gio Gonz.,Weaver, J.Zimm.,Cobb,Wacha,Cingrani,Gray,Shields?
        13 Team mixed 6×6 roto.

        • Grey

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          Marte, W.Myers… Cobb, Zimm

  20. Jangles says:
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    12 team keeper, do you keep Zobrist, Kyle Seager or Homer Bailey? Have Miggy at 3rd, no other MIs worth mentioning and already keeping Cliff Lee and Scherzer for SP. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jangles: Zobrist is fine, I guess

      • Jangles says:
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        @Grey: you sound as excited about Zobrist as I am. Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not at all… No problem

  21. theearly90s says:
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    Iglesias be gellin’

  22. Corey says:
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    Grey, there’s a mad man on the loose in our league. And only you and I can stop him. #TrueDetectiveSeason2

    Last year the champ of our 6×6 H2H OPS/QS league punted saves and used all 5 bench spots on starters. That in addition to the 3 player adds/week, it all but ensured he’d take Wins, Ks, and QS every week.

    He’s at it again, his current roster carrying 12 starters. I have the league average 7, including the one spot I use for streaming in starters.

    Surely, this isn’t the first jerkass to come up with this strategy. Is it really unexploitable?

    • Grey

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      @Corey: Ha, TD is word is bond… I don’t like that strategy the guy is doing, but he and/or you can win with it…I just think it makes things more risky…

  23. Kobayashi Maru says:
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    Would you rather have B. Phillips at $11 or D. wright at $22? 12 team 6×6.

    I’d be trading Lucroy at $1 for either… I have Rosario who I intend to start at Catcher. Should I do neither and use $1 Lucroy as Util/Bench Depth?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kobayashi Maru: who are your current second base and third base options?

      • Kobayashi Maru says:
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        @J-FOH: I have Machado, but there should be a decent number of draftable players.

  24. OneI'dWilly says:
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    $260 12 team keeper with farm. Points league.
    My farm keepers are Profar, Wil Myers, and Yelich

    I can keep 4 more. At least 1 hitter and 1 pitcher must be kept.
    A Dunn $1 thru 2015
    Jose Altuve $1 thru 2014
    C Headly $7 thru 2015
    Dan Murphy $2 2015
    A Jones $27 2015
    G Stanton $40 2015
    Jose Bautista $40 2015
    Jason Heyward $20 2015
    Max Scherzer $13 2014
    S Strausburg $18 2014
    A Sanchez $6 2015
    H Baily $5 2015
    J Shields $16 2015
    J Samardzja $6 2014
    S Romo $10 2015
    Who would you keep? Please and thank you!

      • OneI'dWilly says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I was leaning this way, but Anibel the Animal was tempting me too.

        The blurbs are world class BTW, loving it as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  25. Bream Dreams says:
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    Cook or Scheppers in a deep holds league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Okay, I had forgotten how good that whole album is

  26. Coffee Grounds says:
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    Totally unprepared for my draft in a few days, will definitely be using the Razzball Draft Room tool, but have a question.

    Are there any notable players who should gain position eligibility after a few weeks of the season?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Coffee Grounds: if headley isnt ready to start the year gyorko could earn third base

    • revchris says:
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      @Coffee Grounds:
      Corey Hart should gain OF eligibility soon enough.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @revchris: I wouldn’t consider Hart notable

  27. Jam405 says:
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    Alrighty then! Ready for another razzball fueled title run! Just finished my first draft last night, and I’m still feeling good about it. Need some objective opinions on where I might be lacking. My main concern is that I’m a little light on speed. 10 team 5×5 keep 5

    C S. Perez
    1B P. Goldschmidt
    2B A. Hill
    3B E. Longoria
    SS J. Segura
    LF S. Marte
    CF A. Jones
    RF J. Bruce
    OF W. Myers
    Util A. Pujols
    Util A. Gordon
    Bn J. Gyorko
    Sp: H. Bailey, A. Cobb, J. Teheran, F. Liriano, D. Salazaar, R. Porcello, J. Johnson, AJ Griffin
    Rp: K. Uehara, G. Perkins, D. Robertson, F. Rodney, N. Jones

    Any and all feedback appreciated!
    Ps, thanks for all you guys do!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Jam405: Hitters look amazing, a little light on speed though not horrible. WHIP could be an issue but pitching is deep enough you can find a replacement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jam405: Agree with Pandas

  28. Oppo taco says:
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    Hey grey, had first draft of the year last night. 12 team 5×5 roto redraft, just looking for any feedback or possible improvements. Wasn’t planning on drafting billy Hamilton but the room didn’t want him either and I got him 90th. Also I took Stanton over puig, something I regret now since Bruce was available a round later. I might try to move a gone or rizzo and Simmons to upgrade at short. Thanks for the input

    C – sal Perez
    1b – a gone
    2b – Aaron hill
    SS -Simmons
    3b – longo
    Of – Stanton
    Of – Bruce
    Of – trout
    Util – Gordon
    Util – b Hamilton
    Bench – rizzo, yelich, bogaerts, moustakis, b Upton
    SP – cole, Cobb, Salazar, Liriano, wheeler, Ross
    Rp – Rodney, Feliz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo taco: Could move Rizzo for an upgrade at SS… Or just hold until someone emerges on waivers at short… I don’t think the team’s bad, you are light on average though… Your bench bats aren’t gonna help that

  29. Papajeansegura says:
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    Thanks Grey, all I wanted was some Nova love… Also, I’ve heard whisperings of a Korean Pitching prospect the Orioles signed. Wondering what you know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Papajeansegura: No problem… He’s a middle reliever for now…

  30. JG_ism says:
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    Earlier than normal auction drafts from late, very late last night. (I should still be sleeping)
    13 team CBS 5×5 Roto QS instead of wins last year of a keeper league
    High end pitching went bookoo crazy, upper 40’s ( I shouldve paid cuz I had extra money at the end) and the high end OFers went up there as well. Anyways, Im sorta Ok with my club, according to projections they should be near the top if not at the top.

    Thoughts…?
    C.Rosario ($11-keeper)
    1B.Pujols ($24-wants to prove naysayers wrong-hopes he does)
    2B. Wong ($11-overpaid-had no choice-waited too long)
    3B.Beltre ($31-keeper)
    SS.Miller ($4)
    MI.Villar ($11-needed steals)
    CI.Fielder($47-paid extra after losing out on Cutch/Bautista and Braun)
    OF.Khris Davis ($16)
    OF.Adam Jones ($10-keeper)
    OF.Yelich ($5)
    UT.Avi Garcia ($1-keeper)
    UT. Devaris Gordon ($3-needed steals)
    Bench Revere (4) Markakis(2)

    People went crazy for steals, which got even more amplified due to Hamilton being a $1 keeper for some other team..

    SP Zimmerman (28) Niese(5) HAren (5) Beachy 1-keeper) Salazar (2-keeper) Tillman (3-keeper) Straily (6) Smyly (3)

    Rp Henderson (4) Hunter(5) Street (1)

    Insight thoughts snarky comments appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JG_ism: Your team looks kinda wonky… Low on average, steals here, power there, not much balance outside of Jones and your young outfield… Your pitching is just okay…

  31. Natty Boh says:
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    Where have you seen Danny Salazar being drafted in Mixed Leagues or his auction value go for? The closer we get to the season, the more I think I really want this guy on my team.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: it’s hard to get him in yahoo unless you want to go earlier than his yahoo ADP’s. at least in the 5-7 drafts/mocks i’ve done.

  32. Ryan says:
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    Can I get your opinion on a trade? In my 20 team dynasty league I have 2 trades on the table. Which trade do I take or do i stay put?

    I trade fielder phillips victorino for ellsbury domonic brown and rasmus? Good or bad move? I could use the speed and I like the fact of dealing my aging bats in phillips and victorino.

    or I trade upton darvish kris bryant frazier profar for mccutchen hanley…What do you think?

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b brandon phillips
    3b evan longoria
    ss jurickson profar
    lf justin upton
    cf shane victorino
    rf michael cuddyer
    util prince fielder
    bn neil walker
    bn carl crawford/kris bryant/joc pederson/clint frazier

    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 wily peralta
    bn garrett richards
    Bn brian Wilson

  33. Allan says:
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    Grey we’re doing our draft tonight and I have a quick question about the war room. Are the war room player rankings your rankings and are they your most recent? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Allan: I make changes to them when I change my top 400… Only small differences are no new players… So no Ivan Nova

  34. Fish says:
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    For anyone interested in joining a Yahoo! League: I felt like trying something different & highly challenging this year and created a 20-team, auction league on Yahoo! Assuming I did it right, the link below should hyperlink to the registration page if you want to try it.

    http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b1/119077/invitation

    • Nick says:
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      @Fish: Willing to give it a try, but can’t do the current draft time…Wednesdays are bad for me.

  35. nilodnayr says:
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    Mixed roto 5×5 12 team keeper (can keep for the next 3 drafts with price escalating 2 rounds/year)

    I’m keeping:
    Bautista -1st round
    Votto – 2nd round
    Beltre – 3rd round
    Jose Fernandez 23rd round

    I can pick between either keeping Marte in the 13th round or Geritt Cole in the 22nd round. Again, I can (but I don’t have to) keep these guys through the 2017 season, its just that their round escalates by 2 each year. I’m not a fan of keeping 2 pitchers, but theres so much value in Cole. Marte’s year was BABIP induced, but he might be able to maintain some of it. SO CONFLICTED!

  36. Bertleby says:
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    the cuban descalso… that is funny. I needed a good laugh
    and laughs I got… thangya spudling.

  37. willy says:
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    Good morning Grey!

    I just joined an 18 team redraft 5×5 yahoo standard rotisserie. I’ve never played in a league this deep before. 12 team is the deepest I’ve played so I’m wondering about draft strategy.

    We will be drafting 22 players and here’s the breakdown:

    C, 1b, 2b, 3b, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, Util, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN…3 DL spots…. 30 moves max for this league.

    1. In a twelve team, I am comfortable not drafting a pitcher until the 4th or 5th round… should I change the strategy for the 18 teamer?
    2. I’ve been told by a friend who is in this 18 teamer that closers go pretty quick…there’s like 30 or so closers out there and 18 of us drafting. I’d think I’d want at least two of them. What round should I start thinking about closers?

    Any advice you or anyone can provide for this format would be greatly appreciated! Good work as always Grey!

    Thanks in advance to all who share opinion on this!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @willy: Morning! 1. Nope 2. Yeah, closers will go… You need two so take two when you can (within reason)…

  38. Cram It says:
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    Hoping Wong would be left alone to…maybe be the next Descalsco. So Baez, go away.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Diaz, Baez, they all look the same to me…on paper. Totally not a racist remark.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  39. Dansuggla says:
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    Just looking for general comments no the quality of the team I just auctioned for. 12 team 5×5, h2h weekly league. 5 Keepers. $260.

    C- Evan Gattis
    1B- Freddie Freeman (kept)
    2B- Robinson Cano (kept)
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    3B- Todd Frazier
    CI- Prince Fielder
    OF- Yasiel Puig (kept)
    OF- Wil Myers (kept)
    OF- Marlon Byrd / Peter Bourjous
    OF- Dexter Fowler
    OF- Avisail Garcia
    Util- Cody Asche (Todd Frazier)

    SP- Jose Fernandez (kept)
    SP- Madison Bumgarner
    SP- Mashahiro Tanaka
    RP- Greg Holland
    RP- Jim Henderson
    RP- David Robertson
    P- Sonny Gray
    P- Michael Wacha
    P- Rick Porcello / Jake Peavy / Kevin Gausman (might drop)

    Thanks! I use your site to supplament my gut, who, although he knows crap fairly well, he doesn’t know crap about fantasy baseball.

    Back-to-Back champs thanks in large part to the site. Great work guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dansuggla: Ha, thanks! I like your pitching a bit more than your hitting, but the team doesn’t look bad… I’d be concerned on average, but in H2H that’s less a problem

  40. Jay says:
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    Im keeping the following: MCutchen, Cargo – COL, Adam JOnes, Prince, Cano, Edwin, Kershaw

    Whio is the last keeper? Wright or Sale. We do not roster a CI or MI spot.

    I’m leaning towards Sale in this case..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Sale

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Jay: 4 team league?

      • Jay says:
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        @danny almonte: Ha – no 12 team, it’s a keeper. made some smart moves early on.

        • Pappy says:
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          @Jay: Which would actually be 14 using “Almonte math.”

  41. crock says:
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    14 team h2h 6×6 (standard with obp and holds) league. We keep 2 players for one year only from previous years draft round. Also the league winner gets first choice of draft slot. I won the league last year and since Trout has to be thrown back I will be picking first. So which 2 guys would you recommend me keeping:

    Longoria rd 2
    Stanton rd 2
    Hanley rd 4
    Carlos Gomez rd 6
    Will Meyers rd 16
    Profar rd 17
    Liriano rd 25
    Bogaerts rd 25

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock: Myers, Hanley

  42. benjamin says:
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    give me a guy for my last pick, offense player… a sleeper that could make an impact like carpenter did last season, a guy who won’t be drafted… got one?

  43. Alky Sobrera says:
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    It might have been with his freeloading brother, Yoskuater.

  44. J-FOH says:
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    Have you been reading any of the non sense out of NY about the Mets, Is EYJ in the OF or is he playing 2nd base, they want Lagares to get more at bats but we got Krispie in the mix. What a clusterf**k

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Yeah, total mess.. EY looks like a super utility man right now

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: so what your saying is he’s going to be dropped by week two when he’s started 6 games but made appearances in all of them

        • oaktownsteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          The manager loves EYJ. He’s been dropping hints left and right that he’ll be a starter in CF. But that being said, there will be a lot of rotation. EY will be more useful in daily leagues with bench but a tougher carry in weekly leagues.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @oaktownsteve: I read collins loves him but also loves Lagares defense. I think long term, Krispie becomes the odd man out

  45. J-FOH says:
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    Hello fantasy baseballers, I have set another RCL for you guys. If anyone has missed signing up please do it now. For every new player we get Grey gets a 1/4 of a daquiri…which is really just a shot

    E-mail me john@razzball.com or go to the RCL doc to find it.

  46. Mike says:
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    Quick keeper question…

    Pick one from these 3 starters… Sabathia, Haren, CJ Wilson.

    Only keeping one of these guys because the price is a 29th round pick…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: wilson for K’s

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I told Steve NZ to pick up Haren yesterday, so you too are feeling a bounce back for him in the cushy confines of Dodger stadium? FYI, he grew up like 10-15 minutes from the stadium….cust kayin’

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t mind him late, and against this other guys options, yeah…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: If Drew Smyly wasn’t a starter I’d have him in one of my leagues

            • Grey

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              Fine as a late round starter flyer, but yeah prolly won’t be on too many(or any) of my teams

        • oaktownsteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          I like Haren also. Great bb/k rate. The injury obviously hurt him last year. Magoo and I have had him on the draftable list for our NFBC team. Could be a whip and K helper. Good team. Good park. Some aging curve concerns but the price is good for a guy who has been a very reliable SP2 in his career.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @oaktownsteve: I had the discussion with steve NZ last night. I like the 3SP startegy, but maybe not to start the year. i want at least 4 SP, 5 tops, out of the gate just so I don’t miss something. With the depth this year what it is, I think your late round arms are what is going to be the difference maker. Last couple of years it was your late round arms that were dogshizz and not much different than what was available in the FA pool. This year I have guys like Smyley and Archer at the bottom of my rotation that are far better upside than any of the arms available. I may be wrong, but I may not……STEIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            • oaktownsteve says:
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              @J-FOH:

              I actually went with more arms this year than usual. One reason is the expected quality of the opponents. I’m not sure I’ll be able to stream a 3.12 ERA again this year.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @oaktownsteve: probably not, the ass end will be the game changer. I’ll find it harder to drop my bottom guys this year than in years past.

                Side note: Strategy is a fluid thing and what worked last year or year before is done and gone. It has to match the talent available vs. what worked with different variables in the past. the only constant I think is everyday playing HR’s and RBI’s are never in the free agent pool.

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                  @J-FOH:

                  I see it slightly differently. I think, in chess terms, strategy is the grand design of your team. Even a strategy of un-strategy is a strategy. But as a good player, you have to have some idea of how to get from here to there. How to construct a roster. How to maximize in the particular format you’re playing. Once you execute the strategy, then you begin the in season management, which is the chess equivalent of tactics. It’s the adjustments to the strategy. Thinking ahead to your next moves, in chess terms.

                  • costaricanchata says:
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                    @oaktownsteve:

                    so then the 1st three or four rounds
                    of your draft would be the equivalent of
                    establishing your pawn structure ?

                    • oaktownsteve says:
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                      @costaricanchata:

                      I’m not sure the analogy holds for modern chess. It’s more like old school chess where folks played wild gambits and all kinds of opening variants. I don’t think optimal strategies are quite as established and may not exist in FBB because of the more random nature of the game itself. But something like that, yes… :)

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @oaktownsteve: I expect streaming to be more difficult as well, in both the FCL and the Champions League. Not to mention the fact that the most desirable streaming options will have to be picked up 2-3 days in advance of their next start, which will limit roster flexibility.

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                  @Big Magoo:

                  I dunno. I’d guess there probably isn’t much north of 60 SPs owned in the FCL. Taking into account double starts and guys owned and off days there are still probably close to 110 stream options a week. That’s almost 10 per team if everybody is streaming regularly, which it doesn’t appear we’ll have more than 1/2 the league streaming regularly. Still many many choices. If you carry 2 starters you need 120 extra starts that’s basically 2 streamers every three days. With the depth of pitching talent I still think it’s viable in an active league.

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @oaktownsteve: I did wonder why you drafted those extra arms. And yes, we did have an offline conversation about RCL strategy…

                • oaktownsteve says:
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                  @SteveNZ:

                  ah…I thought so. No wonder I like your team so much! You’re going to be a tough out.

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @oaktownsteve: Yeah, also eavesdropped on conversations between simply fred and Rudy on the subject. Hopefully I have the right three guys! Starting to wish I’d gone for an extra arm though, given that the competition for streamers is obviously going to be pretty tough – hopefully one of the guys I grabs is useful for an extended period…

                    • oaktownsteve says:
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                      @SteveNZ:

                      Plenty on the wire if you want to adjust your roster now.

                      Fred, Rudy and I don’t see eye to eye on streamers exactly. I think Fred’s take was that he thought he could out perform rostered pitchers. My take was that you expect to do worse than with rostered pitchers but you want to do well enough so that the extra MR innings give you net competitive advantage. Rudy’s starting to come around on streaming a bit but when we first talked about it a few years back he was very pretty anti.

                    • Simply Fred

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                      @SteveNZ: Oaktown, you mis-represented my take on streaming. NEVER said streamers could out-perform starters. The advantage in streaming is filling the pitching slots with CL/MR on all those days that extra rostered starters would just be taking up room. Not a big deal, but maybe better off talking about your strategy–which I think is tops! (let me represent myself…?)

  47. J-FOH says:
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    I drafted Frankiln with my last pick yesterday after reading that too.

  48. Dani says:
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    12 Team H2H Yahoo: Standard but counts Losses as well. Thoughts?

    C: Ramos
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Gyorko
    3B: Longo
    SS: Andrus
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Adam Jones
    OF: Wil Myers
    Util: J Abreu
    Util: A Garcia

    SP: A Sanchez
    SP: Cobb
    SP: Teheran
    SP: Gray
    SP: Masterson
    SP: Porcello
    SP: Tillman
    SP: Griffin
    RP: Perkins
    RP: Rodney

    • Grey

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      Team looks solid, nice balance and hitting… Love a lot of your pitching… Nice draft…

  49. TreeFrog says:
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    Any hope for some value in Chisenhall if Santan can’t cut it at 3rd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, in very deep leagues, I’d take a flyer… He still hasn’t done anything to warrant consideration in most leagues even if he’s starting

    • oaktownsteve says:
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      @TreeFrog:

      Decent deep league try. There aren’t really any signs in the peripherals that he’s ready to step forward but there have been plenty of post-hype guys who put it together without warning. He’s probably still discounted because of the Santana Project but I think that’s destined to fail. Classic $1 player. Draft with hope but no expectations.

  50. oaktownsteve says:
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    So Albright for the second year in a row you find yourself rooting against Kelly on behalf of your upside Cardinal arm. Hopefully it’ll work out as well as it did last year.

    I think your former flame Dee Gordon is a new player. Have you been watching any LAD spring games. He looks bigger, stronger, confident. Ball coming off his bat with more authority than I’ve ever seen from him. You want a bold prediction. I think he wins the job and is a top 5 2B option by the end of the year. How’s that for bold.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @oaktownsteve: It’s SPICY BOLD, it’s like he finally finished puberty

      • oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Kind of a typical NFBC team. So competitive you never knock the draft out of the park. I think you’re going to need stuff to really go right with the upside bats (Rasmus, Arcia in particular). One thing with the NFBC that I’ve found is you want middle of the line up guys. I think your RBI and Run totals reflect that you have some guys hitting on the shoulders of the line up. I could see you chasing those categories., Arencibia is of course a little scary. It’ll be very, very helpful if Bonifacio finds a way to play regularly and hits at the top of the line up. Another thing that I think will help is I am really starting to like Trumbo. I think he’ll lead the NL in homers AND hit .260.

        I like the starting pitching. You’ve got a good foundation and I think you’ll be solid, though I’m worried about saves with Reed. Hope you took a few CIWs.

        I can’t say I give you A+ on this one. NFBC is a different animal, man. Margin for error is small. I don’t think you took yourself out of the game with the draft though. Good luck and hope everything breaks just right for you. Hope you enjoy the format.

        • Grey

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          Thanks! Yeah, the slow draft is mind numbingly slow, but it’s been fun so far… I took Uggla with my last pick because I’m concerned about Bonifacio… I’m looking at CIW next… I also have Yonder Alonso, Doubront and aforementioned Martinez, not listed on those jpegs… I’m fine with the team, think I’m actually worse in average then War Room’s telling me, and think my pitching is stronger than hitting, which isn’t terrific…

          • Oaktownsteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Agree with your assessment. Solid pitching to very solid. Need some bat to overachieve.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Agree with OTS and your assessments. You need Rasmus or Arcia to step up their production, Venable to come close to a repeat of last season’s numbers, and/or Arenado to match that projection for your offense to be above average. Anything from Bonifacio would be a bonus. The high floor guys like Aoki and Pagan were good picks.

            Pitching looks very solid. I could see Jones posting better ratios than the ones projected, but Porcello’s projection looks pretty optimistic. Might get a few more Ks out of Lynn and Niese too.

            Good luck with this team, and with sifting through the remnants that remain on the board at this juncture.

            • Grey

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              Ha, thanks! Yeah, the next guys on the board aren’t pretty at all…

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Grey: how did you end up with 2 pitchers that high? (i.e. Lee and Annabell), or is there something in that league’s set up that has you going away from your pitcher pairings?

  51. oaktownsteve says:
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    Kid named Tonkin throwing real well for the Twins. I saw him on a replay this a.m. and he looked very sharp. Bet he ends up the handcuff for Perkins. Nice RCL player.

    • Grey

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      Interesting…

    • oaktownsteve says:
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      @oaktownsteve:

      and one more for you…another bold one. Heath Bell will close for the Rays by May and keep the job for the rest of the year. Balfour looked cooked to me last year. He’s been awful this spring. Flyball guy with diminishing velocity in the AL East recipe for disaster. Rays specialize in Bell like reclamation projects. He’s switched his pitch mix to throw more two seamers and has impressed staff with a new forkball change.

      • Grey

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        I like that call too… I’m between him and Fields in the 28th round…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @oaktownsteve: you just analyzed what was in my mind, thanks OTS for doing the heavy lifting, I owe you an ice cream

      • J-FOH says:
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        @oaktownsteve: damn you, first guy I put on my watch list post draft. I hate you OTS for adding Bell, I was going for the wait and see because I’m hoping Fields gets the Houston job, thanks for being in the league

        • Prez!! says:
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          @J-FOH: he’ll prolly just be heath bell anyway…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @oaktownsteve: I’ve had my eye on Tonkin, but Fien and Burton are in the mix as well should something happen to Perkins.

        Regarding Bell, from what I saw of him last season, his fastball had virtually no movement at all, but he spotted it well. Had no control over his secondary stuff though, so he got hit hard when his fb location was off. I think McGee is the best pitcher in that pen, but I’m not sure that he’d get a chance to close if Balfour faltered.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @oaktownsteve: he pitched 9 innings or so at the end of last year too, very good numbers over that time. I guy i’ll be targeting in 30 man dynasty league in week 1 when waivers up open up. (also have Fien/Burton in that league too, so holds handcuff) dude’s like 6 8′ or 6 9′

  52. henncoop says:
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    I am considering picking up an orphan dynasty league format is 14 teams 5X5 roto with daily lineups. 23 starters including CI, MI, Utility just 1 Catcher & a 200 start limits on SPs for the year. In addition there is a 7 player bench & 6 minor league players (0r limits on their big league experience)
    So the 2 teams …please give your preference for which team to take if you have time for a question this involved & perhaps who to keep or any other tidbits you would offer me. This would be my 1st experience with a keeper or dynasty format …Thanks so much.

    Team A has pick #7 & the following roster:
    Molina, Yadier C – STL
    Hosmer, Eric 1B,CI – KC
    Pedroia, Dustin 2B,MI – BOS
    Machado, Manny 3B,CI – BAL
    Castro, Starlin SS,MI – CHC
    Belt, Brandon 1B,CI – SF
    Walker, Neil 2B,MI – PIT
    Joyce, Matt OF – TB
    Schierholtz, Nate OF – CHC
    Span, Denard OF – WAS
    Trout, Mike OF – LAA
    Venable, Will OF – SD
    Ortiz, David UT – BOS
    Jones, Garrett 1B,CI,OF – MIA
    Hart, Corey 1B,CI – SEA
    Flores, Wilmer (R) 3B,CI – NYM
    Sano, Miguel (R) 3B,CI – MIN
    Bradley Jr., Jackie (R) OF – BOS
    Russell, Addison (R) SS,MI – OAK
    Collmenter, Josh P – ARI
    Delabar, Steve P – TOR
    Guthrie, Jeremy P – KC
    Lester, Jon P – BOS
    Miller, Shelby P – STL
    Mujica, Edward P – BOS
    Quintana, Jose P – CHW
    Reed, Addison P – ARI
    Robertson, David P – NYY
    Walden, Jordan P – ATL
    Santana, Ervin P – (N/A)
    Webster, Allen (R) P – BOS
    Downs, Darin P – HOU
    Motte, Jason P – STL
    Putz, J.J. P – ARI
    De La Rosa, Rubby P – BOS
    Gausman, Kevin (R) P – BAL

    OR Team B has pick # 10 & the following roster:
    Martinez, Victor UT – DET
    LaRoche, Adam 1B,CI – WAS
    Zobrist, Ben 2B,SS,MI,OF – TB
    Beltre, Adrian 3B,CI – TEX
    Rollins, Jimmy SS,MI – PHI
    Keppinger, Jeff 1B,2B,3B,CI,MI – CHW
    Carpenter, Matt 2B,3B,CI,MI – STL
    Davis, Chris 1B,CI – BAL
    Lagares, Juan OF – NYM
    McLouth, Nate OF – WAS
    Moss, Brandon 1B,CI,OF – OAK
    Soriano, Alfonso OF – NYY
    Ruiz, Carlos C – PHI
    Encarnacion, Edwin 1B,CI – TOR
    Francisco, Juan 1B,3B,CI – MIL
    Betancourt, Rafael P – (N/A)
    Chen, Wei-Yin P – BAL
    Delgado, Randall P – ARI
    Frieri, Ernesto P – LAA
    Gee, Dillon P – NYM
    Kershaw, Clayton P – LAD
    Perkins, Glen P – MIN
    Price, David P – TB
    Street, Huston P – SD
    Rusin, Chris P – CHC
    Santiago, Hector P – LAA
    Thornburg, Tyler P – MIL
    Torres, Carlos P – NYM
    Vogelsong, Ryan P – SF
    May, Trevor P – MIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Trout, but the team is a bit of a mess…

  53. oaktownsteve says:
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    And one final bold call before I go…I’m all bought in on Timmy. Being in the Bay Area I’ve seen so much of him. For the last couple I’ve said many times, with his secondary stuff there’s no reason for him to be putting up the numbers he put up. It was always going to be about fastball command. If he could command the fastball he could pound the zone more and also pitch backwards staring off ABs with the change if and be confident that he could come back with a fastball on the edge if he goes ball one. The offseason work. The Tim Hudson influence. The early returns…4 innings no BB and no Ks the other day. I’m super encouraged. Here’s the line I’m giving him for the year:

    3.30, 1.21 whip, 17 W, 185 ks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @oaktownsteve: thats a spicy meatball….I’ll buy that for a dollar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like that his Ks are still there… He prolly needs one adjustment to be a solid number #2 to 3…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @oaktownsteve: I just looked at your team, you have the all bounce back staff….any interest trading for Lester, I know he’s not really a bounce back, but drafting him in the 18th is good value

  54. henncoop says:
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    Thanks Grey.
    I thought Team B had an excess of 1B, 3B ,CI power but aging power while lacking a decent OF or SP with the exception Kershaw. Seems like a better choice if you wanted to win this year? Maybe trade one of those 1B studs?
    While Team A had some potential with Hosmer & Belt if they can move to the next level & a solid bunch of RPs & the better group of prospects, But yeah a mess …I would assume get rid of all the marginal talent & rebuild as best able through the draft?

    Just not sure what to expect talent wise in the draft pool with all the keepers & the 14 teams (used to dealing with just 12) So I think I would have some difficulty figuring out which marginal type players to keep since there would be a rather thin draft pool to sift through.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2nd team might have slight edge to win this year… I almost said that team first…Neither team is great…

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, I appreciate your time …sorry for the monstrous question. That might be close to a record setter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  55. The Marte Partay says:
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    I’m picking first in a NFBC slow draft, picks so far

    Trout
    Pujols
    Desmond
    Marte
    Zimmerman

    About to be up at the 6/7 turn. Do I need to double up on starting pitching(tons of great options available – Cobb, Cole, Gio, Bailey, Shields, Cain) or can I afford to sneak in another offensive player? Options include Beltran, Werth, Altuve, Gyorko, Wieters. Thanks for any advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • The Marte Partay says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: It’s the 15 team slow draft, like the one you’re participating in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah… I’d go SP and Gyorko…

      • The Marte Partay says:
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        @Grey: Sounds good, much thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Hoping for some insight only Razzballers can provide!!
    League – 5X5/6 man keeper (keep as long as we want)/5OF/5SP/4RP (no holds)/ 1 utility (any position)
    My Keeps – Goldy, Kipnis, Harper, Braun, Stanton, Jo-Fer
    Draft – I have picks 10 and 13 overall
    Available; listed in order of Grey’s Top 100
    Arms – Waino, C. Lee, Sale, Cobb, Bailey, Teheran, Price, Grienkie, Gio etc + the $12.00 salads Kimbrel, Chapman, Jansen
    Bats – Pujols, Segura, Andrus, Gordon, Donaldson, Pence, Rizzo, J. Abreu, Beltran
    My questions:
    1)I understand pitching is deep but if Wainright/C. Lee/Sale fell to #10 overall (basically 7th round) does a guy pull the trigger?
    2)Given my keeps, what two players available should I target? Hoping to see if my thoughts jive with the razzball expertise.

    Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Sure 2) Segura, Waino

      • Dr. Sauce says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks for the quick reply. Sort of what I was thinking … a falling Pujols may throw a wrench in things. Would you take Pujols as utility (value seems to good to pass) or would you try to maintain positional flexibility by filling needs? Also, if Segura not there would you take Andrus or go with someone else?

        • Grey

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          Don’t fill your UTIL that early… If Segura’s not there, I’d go with Waino

  57. Obmij76 says:
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    12 team keeper, H2H, 7×7 including BB, TB – My offense includes Gattis, A. Hill, E5, Bautista, Crush, Papi, A. Soriano, Allen Craig. I have T.Frazier at 3B, Hanley at SS and Andrus on the bench. Was offered D. Wright for Hanley (both carry 1st rd keeper status) -Take the deal? Comes down to Frazier/Hanley or Wright/Andrus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wright/Andrus is better

      • Obmij76 says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir. I also grabbed Carlos in the last round of a recent draft. Hoping he grabs that last rotation spot!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would be suhweet

  58. J-FOH says:
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    First article of 2014 in the books

    If you’re waiting on Grey to respond, come read me http://razzball.com/late-round-flyer-team/
    Just make sure you come back here when you’re done

    • Prez!! says:
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      @J-FOH: i cant read… Sorry…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Prez!!: I’ll send the article on tape version so you can listen on your walkman…it’s narrated by fran Drescher

        • Prez!! says:
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          @J-FOH: i wouldnt wish your poor fantasy advice and that “blow my brains out” voice combined, on anybody..

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Prez!!: to each their own

  59. Pete says:
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    In a H2H points league I can keep up to 5 players, but at least 1 must be a hitter or pitcher:
    Choices are:
    Cano (keep in round 1)
    Puig (keep in round 14)
    Those 2 I think are the no brainers.

    Then, I would like to keep Kershaw, but he has a forced value of Round 1 which I would have to trade for (by giving up my 2nd round pick and maybe a couple other picks in order to get another first round pick). So that’s tough.

    Other choices (round):
    Posey – 5
    Brown – 16
    Jansen – 12
    G. Cole – 14

    I fell like Cano, Puig, Brown, Cole, Jansen would be pretty decent unless you think I should jump through hoops to keep Kershaw. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole, Jansen, Brown

  60. Mike says:
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    Doing my first auction later in the week, Yahoo! 10 Tm C 1B 2B 3B SS 3 OFs Util 6 Ps 5 BNs

    Hoy should I split my budget between hitting and pitching?? I hear 70-30 is a good number. Is that right?

    Thanks Grey! Always a pleasure to read ya’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Out of $260, around $95 on pitching…

  61. Mike says:
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    H2H strategy question for Grey and anybody willing to give their insight.
    I joined a somewhat unusual league that uses the following stats:

    Runs (R), Hits (H), Singles (1B), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Caught Stealing (CS), Walks (BB), Strikeouts (K), Batting Average (AVG)

    Innings Pitched (IP), Wins (W), Losses (L), Complete Games (CG), Shutouts (SHO), Saves (SV), Walks (BB), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), Blown Saves (BSV)

    How would you guys approach the draft? So I follow Grey’s principles to the letter? Or should I do something differently? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated fellow Razzballers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go heavily on starters and players that are all around contributors on offense… I’d lay off SAGNOF…

  62. Mustachioed Man says:
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    Grey,
    Have you ever considered doing a write up on players that are consistent vs. inconsistent?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy did, gotta ask him about it…

      • Mustachioed Man says:
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        @Grey: Sounds Good, Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  63. Prez!! says:
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    any word on meds yet? im waiting patiently for depression…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t heard anything yet…

      • Prez!! says:
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        @Grey: preparing for the worse..

        • Prez!! says:
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          worst? warts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would, sorry

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: is this a coded convo?

  64. JDW says:
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    The bildungsroman that is Oscar Taveras’ young, snake-bit baseball career stirs in me the kind of frustration that makes me want to kick a complete stranger in the nuts. Preferably that stranger would be Oscar Taveras.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • oaktownsteve says:
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      @JDW:

      Excellent comment. You had me at bildungsroman.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @J-FOH: That’s my boy! He’s gonna hit 60 this year. I just know it.

  65. SteveNZ says:
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    A quick glance at the Twitter earlier showed that Beachy looked pretty terrible today. Topping out at 87-88. The *does airquotes* good news is that the elbow irritation he is feeling is in a different place to last year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya… Whole thing is starting to sound bad

  66. Mark says:
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    Grey, who do you like better as a keeper long-term – Puig or Wil Myers? I know Puig is ranked higher, but I’m not sure I trust him as much as Myers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  67. J-FOH says:
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    CJ wilson is not owned in the FCL……WTF?

    • oaktownsteve says:
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      @J-FOH:

      I know. I’ve always been a CJ Wilson defender in fantasy…hate the guy IRL. He’s a little whippy, but the Ks and ERA are solid and he’s delivered innings. I like my guys just a little better but I think he should be owned.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @J-FOH: @oaktownsteve: I feel like you guys are trying to goad me into picking him up.

        Didn’t realise anyone wanted Jordan Walden so bad.

        • J-FOH

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          @SteveNZ: busted me Steve, Krimbel will start closerpoalypse this year and i want the next in line

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I think Tehol might’ve found someone he loves more than himself…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Scott’s comment was simply da bestest.

  68. J-FOH

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    Really albright, I post a Giancarlo video and I get nothing? My neediness is hurt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sometimes when I scroll through on the back end it looks like you’re in a convo with someone else (this time Steve and Oaktown) and didn’t know you were talking to me… I see it now, *drool*

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’ve excused myself twice to go to the “bathroom”…..if you know what I mean.

  69. oaktownsteve says:
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    From 2009 to 2012 four guys threw at least 900 innings. CC, Verlander, Shields and The King. As you know, two of those guys had not so good seasons last year. Guess who joined the 900 inning club in the 2010 to 2013 stretch. Clayton Kershaw. 4 BBs and 5 Ks in 9 ST innings. Some discouraging sounding comments from him about how he just “doesn’t know what’s going on.” Yes, I will deserve all the scorn I’ll get for hitting the panic button and looking at spring numbers. I did watch him against the A’s and he did seem to be struggling with arm slot. Probably nothing. But when he’s going mid first round NFBC you need no shadow of any doubt, right.

    • Grey

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      Preaching to the choir, I wouldn’t touch him for anywhere near he’s being drafted… So I was looking for a 3rd baseman NFBC back up and I was between Chisenhall, Reynolds and Olt… I went to research Chisenhall’s projections, ended up at fangraphs and clicked their first article on him and it starts talking about Razzball… I’m down the rabbit hole! (I went with Olt)…

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        You’re a big time pert now. That being said I prolly woulda grabbed Chisenhall.

        Matty Cain 5 perfect w/7 Ks today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think I should’ve grabbed Chisenhall, but my team is so pee poor boring, I had to take the flyer for my own sanity…

          • Oaktownsteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Jonesing for upside. The Nfbc is really a challenge but it takes a ton of patience, especially compared to the thrill a minute that is the RCL

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hear ya… Looking at Heath Bell next, so I can manage the upside cravings… Shoot, I have Chase Utley at 2nd base, talk about boring…

              • oaktownsteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Let’s see late upside excitement. Grady Sizemore there? Jon Schoop I love. He’s gotta be long gone.

                Speaking of Orioles. How bout Evan Meek. Buck slyly inserted him into the closer conversation on MLB radio the other day.

                Lemme think on a few more.

                  • Grey

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                    Yeah, we actually saw him that first weekend in Arizona… He’s fast… Like Dyson fast… I’ll drop him on my team in another 30 picks if he’s still there…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @oaktownsteve: I’ve read about him too, Dyson anyone?

                • Grey

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                  Sizemore and Schoop are both gone… Evan Meek, huh? Hmm…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @oaktownsteve: what % of Razzballians (somebody’s mother-in-law’s name) would you assume owns Kershaw this year anyway (7%?, less?); obv discounting long term dynasty type leagues.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: quite unlike the Medlen/Beachy stuff. So far i’m lucky but i’m stepping through bullets in Detroit here.

  70. Kanye says:
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    In a h2h most categories league, I have the 2nd pick. I got proposed my 2nd (23) and 3rd (26) pick for his #4 overall.

    I do this right. Potentially trout and goldy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do it

      • Kanye says:
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        @Grey:

        He retracted and now offered with my 2nd (23), 3rd (26) and 4th(47) for his 1st (4) and 5th (52)

        • Kanye says:
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          @Kanye:

          I still think i do it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine

  71. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Afternoon Grey.

    Drafted my second team. It was an auction draft which I am a little raw to opposed to standard which I am acustomed to for years and prefer. Its a 5X5 H2H league 12 teams. Here is my roster:

    C – Castro ($7)
    1B – Freeman ($39)
    2B – Phillips ($9)
    3B – Seagar ($13)
    SS – Andrus ($21)
    OF – McCutchen ($49)
    OF – Choo ($20)
    OF – Gordon ($13)
    UTIL – Arenado ($2)
    UTIL – Miller (1$)
    B – Calhoun ($1)
    B – K. Davis ($10)

    SP – Bailey ($13)
    SP – Liriano ($6)
    RP – Balfour ($10)
    RP – Henderson ($9)
    SP – Teheran ($10)
    SP – Gray ($7)
    SP – Griffin ($1)
    SP – Masterson ($6)
    SP – Kulber ($1)
    SP – Corbin ($7)
    SP – Porcello ($1)

    I think I am well balanced, 1 more power bat would be nice hence wire. I used $10 on K Davis cause I was TOO conservative with $ and had I believe $15-$17 leftover. I Kinda should of bid more throughout the draft instead of being conservative with money,but I do follow the Jewish religion so my insticts kicked in, ha ha ha.

    Lemme know what adjustments I should make, because I have my standard draft big money drafts coming up tomorrow and in a 1 1/2 weeks. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Frugal is good in auctions… Aim for around $90 in pitching… You’re a little light… I like the pitchers you have but you could’ve spent more on RPs… I like your hitting a lot…Don’t love spending $49 on one player, but it didn’t hurt you there…

  72. MB says:
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    Took all my strength to scroll down past the SI swimsuit issue ad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have more strength than I would’ve

  73. mark says:
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    12 team, mixed, points keeper (5) league.

    Who do you like? Adam Jones or Bryce Harper?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  74. oaktownsteve says:
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    More deep league thoughts. With the Braves rotation situation you look at David Hale or Lucas Sims?

    How about more SAGNOF with Reymond Fuentes and the Padres.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sims seems (almost rhyme!) looks pretty far away… David Hale’s not a bad flyer, he’ll be up soon…

      • oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        The Braves like their chances this year. If both Beachy and Medlen can’t go, they might be willing to dig in for their top prospect if they feel like the kid can handle it. There is a path there. Hey we’re talking upside, Albright!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, guess that’s true… His stuff is outstanding too…

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Grey:

            just picked up heaney in my dynasty league
            hoping he’s up by asb .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not a bad flyer… Someone grabbed him in my NFBC league…

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @oaktownsteve: damn, i thought i’d be the first to ask about Hale here, damn other things to do (along with sleep)

  75. oaktownsteve says:
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    Is Jaso still out there. Might be a nice alternative to your Arencibia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jaso’s been gone… Closer in value at C is Iannetta and Hanigan… Thinking I might take a Kottaras flyer at some point…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I ended up taking Odorizzi for my 9th SP…

      • oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I like any Rays pitcher pick. The defensive efficiency, the park, the approach.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I had to take him that late with very few other starters that are in a rotation currently available…

  76. Fungazi says:
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    In a 12 team keep 6 with an NA spot, would you try to grab Baez or Springer with the chance they can be worth keeping next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Springer

  77. Korey says:
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    Alright, I need help please!

    First of all, I’m sorry for the long post. I just broke one major rule of drafting; I tried to draft my second team of the year from a new location and as a result, the fire wall would not let me enter the draft. Thank goodness I had adjusted my predraft rankings to Grey’s list, but it was heart breaking watching the results of my ‘auto draft’ picks. Here are the results for 12 team Yahoo Roto.
    C-Rosario
    1B-Goldy
    2B-Gyorko
    3B-Longo
    SS-Andrus
    OF-Bruce
    OF-Rios
    OF-Gordon
    UT-Pujols
    UT-Hosmer
    Bench-Miller, Avasail Garcia, Frazier, and Venable.
    SP-Moore, Gray, Corbin, Archer, Sabathia, Porcello, Walker.
    RP-Axford, Scheppers

    Hitting turned out to be ‘killer’ but I would not have drafted four bench players, nor three first basemen. I also would have waited on catcher til late.

    Glaring weakness: Saves

    I plan on dropping Frazier and Venable for ‘swing’ roster spots to stream for off day hitters and possible vulture saves. I would also like to trade Pujols for a pitcher, and slide Garcia into the UT spot.

    I really don’t like Moore as my #1 SP, nor do I like Sabathia, but in all, it’s not that bad.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!! Move Pujols? Move Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with your assessment… I would try to trade Hosmer or Pujols for a pitcher… Whichever one nets you a better result… It’s a league where starters will become available so don’t worry too much after you get a starter… I wouldn’t trade for a closer yet unless you get a decent deal… I agree too, the team isn’t that bad considering…

  78. Hoog says:
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    Hey gray, I know you are down on Ells, but in a h2h keeper league would you trade Marte straight up for ells? Or hold the younger marte?

    • Hoog says:
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      @Hoog: Grey. Damn autocorrect.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Marte

  79. Pat says:
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    I’m looking for a 12th member of a 5 year running Yahoo fantasy league.

    -7×7 with Hits and OPS for hitters and Losses and Quality Starts for pitchers
    -Doing an Auction draft (1st time for us) on March 28th (Friday) at 7:00 pst.
    -May become a keeper league (2 players kept max)
    – $50 Pay in ($400 1st, 150 2nd, 50 3rd)
    – Contact patfrost1@gmail.com

    Pat

  80. jay says:
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    Hey grey I’m in a keeper league need to fill two spots should I get jj hardy for 3, j up 33,Shelby Miller 10, ryu 2,minor 5,Jennings 12, Fernandez 10, or shields 18? Miller and Fernandez I can keep for 3 years the rest 2.

    • Jeremy

      Jeremy says:
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      @jay: While I’m not Grey, we do have a special love bond.

      Fernandez/Ryu. They’re both worth at least double what you’re paying.

      • Jeremy

        Jeremy says:
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        @Jeremy: Damn, can’t edit my post. I missed Minor. Fernandez/Minor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fernandez, Minor

      • jay says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey – What do you think of my team (10 team MIXED Roto)

    Wilson Ramos Was – C
    Albert Pujols
    Jedd Gyorko
    Jurickson Profar
    Ian Desmond
    Adam Jones
    Andrew McCutchen
    Alex Gordon
    Carlos Gómez
    José Abreu
    Brad Miller
    Jason Castro
    Alejandro De Aza

    Yu Darvish
    Madison Bumgarner
    Casey Janssen
    Neftali Feliz
    Alex Cobb
    Sonny Gray
    Justin Masterson
    John Axford
    Rick Porcello
    Martín Pérez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your pitching is better than your hitting, which isn’t terrific, but it’s a shallow league and your hitting still looks solid… The back end of your hitting is a little wonky for a ten team league…

  82. harbinger says:
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    Grey- love your rankings! How do you incorporate sabermetrics into your rankings?

  83. Joe G says:
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    Grey would you trade Nelson cruz for Aníbal Sánchez ? My pitching rotation is zach grienke , garret colé, tony cingranni, Francisco liriano, sonny gray, tim lincecum, zach wheeler , derek holland

  84. Zar says:
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    I have Brad Miller as my primary 2nd baseman right now but I’m not sure he’ll win the job… Somebody just dropped Martin Prado, should I go pick him up with a waiver (6th place waiver). I can also drop Soria for Prado. Alternatively, I can drop Soria and pick up Carlos Martinez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Prado for a back up… Lose Soria

      • Zar says:
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        @Grey: Cool cool thanks. Just afraid if he loses, then I’m without a second basemen :(

  85. Bassfisher says:
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    Keeper League

    C- Weiters
    1B- Pujols K
    2B- Hill
    3B- Pablo
    SS- Hanley K
    IF- Desmond
    Of- Trout K
    Of- Braun K
    Of- Bautista
    Util- Holliday
    B- Rizzo

    SP- Lee K, Teheran, Wahca, Miller, Salazar, Harvey
    RP- Chapman, Holland, Frieri, Jones

    Any concerns oh Grey’t one?

    • Bassfisher says:
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      @Bassfisher: other than my spelling of Wacha

  86. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Sooooooo, my twitter account got suspended for no apparent reason. No one can log in without me getting a text message password so I wasn’t hacked. I bitched out @SeaWorld for promoting on my timeline today. I’m guessing the Mer-man has got me down. Seriously, I can’t even think of anything bad I’ve said on there except that Dan Uggla was a sleeper in 2013. That’s a pretty long turnaround on reporting accounts for spam if you ask me.

    • Jeremy

      Jeremy says:
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      @Sky: The spirits of Mike Trout, Mike Carp, and Tim Salmon are out to get you.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I was anti-Seaworld…ANTI! Yeah, this is all sorts of weird. Whatever, hopefully it gets resolved by tomorrow morning when they wake up and say ‘oh, we meant to suspend @Sky_Razzball_NaziWomanHatingPedophile’. Would be the only reasonable thing at this point.

        • Jeremy

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          @Sky: Maybe they know you give bad advice, and are acting in the best interests of everyone else.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            So I take it you have already received a suspension notice as well?

            • Jeremy

              Jeremy says:
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              @Sky: They sent me a cease and desist letter, but I’m going to fight the power. The man can’t bring me down!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Go RATM on their asses, my friend.

                • Jeremy

                  Jeremy says:
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                  @Sky: Hey man, I’m all for Freedom, but Wake Up. I’m not going to be Killing In The Name of anyone. There is no way I am going to Settle For Nothing.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    You should probably Know Your Enemy before you make that decision. Right now, I could tell you How I Could Just Kill A Man. Might even use a Revolver.

                    All that said, how versed are you really in RATM? No age card here, just curious.

                    • Jeremy

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                      @Sky: I was born beneath some Ashes In The Fall to a Snakecharmer.

                      Looks like someone’s an ageist! But I just like rock/metal. I know a good deal from the 60’s onward. Don’t judge a book by his Yankee-pinstripped cover.

                    • Sky

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                      You didn’t answer my question :)

                      I’m not trolling ya bro. Was asking a serious question. I listened to Yes growing up along with Peter Gabriel, The Police & Tool. Mastodon my recent band of appreciation. Was just seeing if you were looking up song names off of the internet to woo me.

                    • Jeremy

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                      @Sky: I can’t see the reply button anymore, so I have to reply here. I totally missed your question, sorry aboot that. I have their 4 studio albums, so I do listen to them and wasn’t just searching for random song names. Their first album is one of my all time favorites. I thought I already woo’ed you. ;)

                      Outside of Tool, I have songs by all the artists you listed. I actually have the album cover for Fragile hanging in my room.

                    • Sky

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                      Interesting. That IS a generational gap: ‘I have a song by x artist’. It’s the one thing I wish hadn’t changed so much. The concept of an album is bordering on dead with digital media. Tool one of the few during ‘my generation’ that relied heavily on the idea of a concept album that gained a following. The idea of a one hit wonder feels almost rampant in today’s music scene. My wife plays a song and I ask who it is and the general response is ‘I don’t know’. That disconnect unnerves me. It’s like you can create something that reaches millions of people all at once and in less than a couple of months, you’re barely remembered even by the people who bought your track. But that’s old man talk.

                      Mastodon: I wish those fuckers could sing. Would be a bigger band by now if they could.

                    • Jeremy

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                      @Sky: I’m gonna guess it’s something about shorter attention spans due to more distractions blah blah blah. I do still buy albums, but I know a lot of people who just do songs. It’s easier to have a popular song than a popular album.

                    • Sky

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                      Definitely not an accusatory thing. My dad thought it was weird when an album contained 11-15 songs and he can blame Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Or maybe thank it for making it shorter than the tech really provided? Two sides, same coin. It’s more about access. You have access to every single musician, writer, artist, etc…and you can gain access to them in nanoseconds. Generation-wise, there’s an inundation going on. It’s a generation that skims off the top because it’s so readily available. The good will always and can always search if they so desire. Again, nothing wrong with it. It is what it is. But the first kid that comes up to me with his iPod and says he likes Tool’s ‘Sober’ album, I’ll strangle him with his headphone wires. It’s the code of decency I’m adhering to there.

                    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                      @Sky: this is why everyone should just pirate everything, that way you can get whole catalogs instead of just songs. However you do have to actually know the name of the band/group/artist you’re stealing from.

                    • Sky

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                      I’m pretty sure the artist that gets nothing for the piracy disagrees with you. I’ve pirated albums but only to find out if the album is worth it or not. If it is, I buy. Code of decency there.

                    • Jeremy

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                      @Sky: Supposedly Iron Maiden looked into piracy data of their albums, and booked gigs in cities where a lot of piraters were. So it isn’t all bad.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nah, it’s all bad :) No different than going into a museum and taking a painting off the wall and walking away with it. You could probably track where your albums sell to find out where to tour, too. I’m guessing they aren’t heavily advertised nor distributed by their label at this point, if they have a label they don’t own already.

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