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Here, friend, are some catchers that I will be targeting at my 2014 fantasy drafts after the top options are gone. I’m not going to get into the strategy of punting catchers.  Been there, half-drunkenly wrote that three years ago then had to fight Steve McQueen for writing credit. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2014 projections.  This is a (legal-in-most-countries) supplement to the top 20 catchers of 2014 fantasy baseball. Now, guys and four girl readers, I am not saying avoid catchers like Salvador Perez if they fall, but to get on this list, you need to be drafted later than 200 overall.  And, to preemptively answer at least seven comments, yes, I will go around the entire infield, outfield and pitchers to target very late.  Anyway, here’s some catchers to target for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Wilson Ramos (MDC 234) – I already wrote a Wilson Ramos sleeper post.  It was written in the foam on top of a fancy latte.

Evan Gattis (Yahoo 203, MDC 215, ESPN 241) – I took some guff for ranking Gattis ahead of Mauer, cause y’all a bunch of guffers!  Gattis has averaged around one homer every five games every stop he’s made in his professional career.  And half of those stops were when he was subsisting on the cheese found in discarded pizza boxes.  There’s a real chance here for a top 5 catcher season overall.  If he can slug 25 homers, 80+ RBIs and 70+ runs are well within his reach since he doesn’t suffer from an ailment that runs in my family, Short Arms, Deep Pocket Disease.  The only real concern is he hits .230 or lower or decides to leave baseball to walk the earth like Caine in Kung Fu.

Jason Castro (Yahoo 252, MDC 291) – I’m guessing Yahoo just forgot to rank him until it was very late.  “You want me to put Liquid Paper on the computer screen?  Well, all right!”  That’s The Noise talking to Funston.  Every year a catcher I rank in the top 10 just happens to fall for other sites and a catcher I wouldn’t have taken previously ends up on one of my teams.  This year it’s Castro.  I figured he’d be off the board by the time I ranked him, but if he’s not, then more yummy for us.  More Yummy For Us is also the name for my future chain of Japanese convenience stores.  Yummy Cashier, where’s your Yummy Pocky?

Miguel Montero (Yahoo 230, ESPN 232, MDC 303) – Up until last year, Montero was good for 15-ish homers and around a .280 average.  Then last year happened — 11 HRs, .230 in 116 games.  It depends on how much you think last year was his beginning of the end or just an injury-shortened aberration or if I’m using the word aberration correctly.

Alex Avila (MDC 344, Yahoo unranked, ESPN unranked)  We’re admittedly deep at this point, but slightly surprised ESPN and Yahoo both haven’t ranked him.  AA doesn’t get you drunk on his stats?  No, he doesn’t really.  He is only 27 years old with a top catcher year under his belt (2011:  19 HRs, .295), so worth the flyer.

Mike Zunino (MDC 347, Yahoo unranked, ESPN unranked)  If this were 3 years ago, Zunino would’ve not only been ranked by the Big Two, but they would’ve been touting him as a top 100 guy.  Maybe they felt the effects of getting burned on Wieters, Jesus Montero and every other catcher not named Posey.  I don’t necessarily think Zunino will be 12-team mixed league viable catcher from the jump, but definitely worth a flyer since he does have 20+ homer pop that hopefully won’t kill you on average.

Welington Castillo (MDC 356, Yahoo unranked, ESPN unranked)  Where’s the beouf?!  Welington’s got it!  Catchers usually take a tad longer to mature — which I’m pronouncing ma-toor in my head — so Castillo could surprise and finally show that 15+ homer power that has long been rumored in his bat.  Or George Kottaras, not the dad on Webster, will sneak in enough playing time where fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) are wondering why Papadopoulos isn’t the starter rather than the backup.

Yan Gomes (Yahoo 258, ESPN 277, MDC 306) – If Yanny Gomes can just manage to hit righties…*checking notes*  Wait, that’s Jonny Gomes.  The decree passed down by King Hanathan Yanson of Brazil in the 1300’s that no boy can be named John with the standard spelling has made for some interesting workarounds by Brazilians.  Yan has shown power in the minors, and the Indians seem content to put Chuck Santana at 3rd base, which would boost Gomes’s value since no one would be breathing down his neck for playing time.  Brucely, I’m not even sure who’s backing Gomes up anymore.  Maybe Lonnie Chisenhall becomes Lonnie Catchingball.  Maybe Gomes gets 750 ABs and plays all 27 innings of their July 27th game (don’t doubt my crystal ball).  Maybe Indian pitchers just pitch to third base and Santana plays both positions from 3rd.  Either way — or eyethurr if Mystikal’s reading — I’d simply take a flyer on Gomes at the end of my drafts and pray he gets 120 games played and 17+ homers.  There’s also Sky’s Yan Gomes sleeper post that he wrote in a freight car on an old timey railroad.

  1. frankgrimes says:
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    having watched a butt load of AZ games last year cuz of the Shizz I think Montero is toast
    Gattis could go too early for us cuz he so sexy
    I wish I could walk the earth like Caine

  2. Yaomiiiing says:
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    Thanks again for a great article Grey. I want late round stock in Gattis or Yanny Boy!

    Who would be on your list of non-closer-RP’s to target that would help your WHIP & ERA with some potential to get some cheap wins in a standard 5×5 league?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Yaomiiiing: melancon, clippard, wilson, Brothers,

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I might have to disagree on some of the ranks but I saw something that was confusing, how is fields ahead of brothers, I get it that he might get more save ops because LaTroy got some pitcher Zombino blood injections, but really. And what are your thoughts on Brian Wilson, he’s going to pitch the 8th this year and could be a 6-8 saves guy and being that the Dodgers like to make it all dramatic has the kinds of bats that can win late games. That and he looked good last year.

        36 Josh Fields HOU RP RP 0 47 2 4 4.34 1.40 45
        37 Rex Brothers COL RP RP 0 61 4 10 3.12 1.30 72

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fields might be the closer and Brothers is behind Hawkins as of right now

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: what do you think about Wilson on a team that goes four SP’s and three or four closers as a ratios helper and a vulture wins guy?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sorry, Wilson who?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Brian Wilson

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @J-FOH: There’s so many guys to be ratio helpers… They’re usually not clear until around mid-April, beginning of May… Wilson could be helpful, I wouldn’t draft him in a league shallower than 14 teams…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: One RCL strategy I’m considering is in between streams early in the year when we don’t have any good data and are going on a hope an a prayer is use MR’s to keep my K’s up and then later go all stream to get my game starts caught up. Thats all.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think starters are a bit more predictable as it gets later in the year, so it could work…

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @J-FOH: Can’t wait to see how the FCL draft unfolds…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: with all the different RCL’s I’m playing in I figure why not do it. It’s what I wish i did last year so lets give it a whirl.

                    I’ve been getting some amazing new juices lately, have, are you still all in on the fruity stuff?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, worth trying… How many RCLs are you in? I haven’t bought a juice in months… I was so stockpiled… I still like fruity though…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: 5. Might start another for late comers

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice, thanks!

    • Korey says:
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      @Yaomiiiing: I would like the answer on that too. Someone like Hochaver of KC.

      • Yaomiiiing says:
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        @Korey:

        Yes I like him a lot and also Cody Allen

  3. Mister Fister says:
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    I’m in a deep mixed league and I need a backup at 2B and SS. Do I pick up Mercer or Gordon? Could use steals but I’m tempted by Mercers job security. Thanks as always!

  4. Notprincefieldercausehesfat says:
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    I missed you Gray

  5. Jason says:
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    I like Farris but too am fearful the average wont be there. He’ll get HRs but I could see some extended slumps which is kinda what he’s used too *checking notes* oops sorry that’s slums. He’s used to being in slums.

    For the most part I have been snagging up Castro in the 21 or 22 rd in yahoo mocks but most of the participants are in auto draft by then.

    Mighty montero was my safety net for years. Hopefully it is just an abberation unless of course you are using the word wrong…

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: that’s gattis. Wtf is Farris autocorrect?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Anna Farris? Ha…. Nice… Agreed…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Jason: might not be that far off still,as autodrafters would obv have a catcher by then, so unless you have the kind of deep benches in those mocks that people actually grab 2 catchers in, you’d possibly still get him that late, at least part of the time.

  6. Buzzdainer says:
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    I play in a very deep keeper league (20 teams; we keep 22), where the only player listed above who’ll be available in our draft this year is Welington Castillo. Other top names available are Gary Sanchez, Yasmani Grandal, Kurt Suzuki, John Jaso, Austin Hedges… and it gets bleaker from there. Any catchers there that would interest you?

    • Andrew A says:
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      @Buzzdainer:

      Jaso stands out high above the rest of those guys

  7. Yescheese says:
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    All your Yummy are belong to us!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Yescheese: “All your data are belong to us.” -Rudy

      • “Your opinion has been registered.” The Machine

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Your logic is undeniable…

          • Principle Blackman says:
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            Abort, Retry, Fail?

  8. Big WilyMoPena Style says:
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    Grey –

    Got the second pick in the draft. 5×5 H2H Keeper league (3 guys in rd they were drafted in, 3 year expiration). I have Goldschmidt (4th rd), AJones (9th), Segura (13th) kept. I have the following guys available to me, but I don’t have another pick until the third round. What two guys should I target, assuming the other is taken first overall?

    Robby Cano, Carlos Gonzalez, Joey Votto, Prince Fielder, Evan Longoria, Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista, Clayton Kershaw

    • KrazyCeltic says:
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      @Big WilyMoPena Style: It’s probably hard to leave Cano and Votto sitting there, but I imagine one of those two could be picked first overall anyway. With you only having this one pick in the first two rounds, I would consider Longoria or Kershaw. My leaning is toward Longoria, but you would have to evaluate which starting pitchers were kept in your league so you know whether you can afford to engage in the strategy of waiting a few rounds before selecting your first pitcher.

  9. Mr. Knish says:
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    @Grey: Two keeper league questions for you and your mustache.

    League is roto 8×8: R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG/OBP/SLG/K for hitters and W/SV/HLD/ERA/WHIP plus K/9 and K/BB for pitchers.

    1. Which three should I keep:

    Freeman 7th round
    Ortiz 9th round
    Minor 17th round
    Segura 27th round (jackpot)

    I’m thinking Freeman, Minor and Segura but I like Papi’s OBP/SLG and he’s 1B eligible.

    2. Should I break from your “Don’t draft a top pitcher” golden rule and grab a guy like Felix or Cliff Lee in the 2nd or 3rd round (1st round is Mauer, obvi) since they would help in all those ratio categories?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Knish: 2. Sure, that could work in your league… Delicious username, btw…

      • Mr. Knish says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  10. de nachos says:
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    I always have to remember to take your “wait on pitchers” advice with the grain of salt in my points leagues, but this is one area where I follow you like a lemming.

    Did you hear Chooch is back on the Addy? This makes me giddy in real baseball terms, I’m excited that he will be able to make it thru those long sequences with a man on second. You know how pouty Cole gets when he has to shake off. Old school.

  11. papasmurf says:
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    I ended up with Castro at around pick 218 or so in my 16 team league so I feel pretty good about it because it was either him or Montero left and I dunno about Mon’s back situation. The problem, I ended up (not by design) drafting 3 HOU hitters in my lineup…

    I am hoping Castro can hit 15 dongs with a .250 AVG at least, and maintain his walk rate cuz my league counts OBP and AVG.

    What surprised me about Gattis’ numbers from last year was the low LD%. He gave me the impression that he hit the ball harder than that. I guess they were more long flies?

    • Cram It says:
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      @papasmurf: Longest HR in the majors last year. He hits the ball hard.

    • Cram It says:
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      @papasmurf: His LD% was right around the league average….20%

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: If you’ve seen Gattis, he doesn’t hit anything soft… Even his grounders are bullets…

  12. Jollyroger says:
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    Any thoughts on Mesoraco of the Reds? Always a plus playing in the Great American Baby Park!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jollyroger: Yeah, could see him real late too… See my catcher rankings for more…

  13. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    I keep thinking Carlos Santana is being underrated by punting.

    He’ll play every day and rack up at bats. He’ll have some serious counting stats for a 5th or 6th rounder or so.

  14. Jo-Ham Willing-Ham says:
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    Grey, I drafted Saltalamacchia as my one catcher over Travis d’Arnaud, even though you specifically asked me to draft for upside in your catcher rankings. I’m barely able to sleep at night, my guilt is so wracked. I figured Salty had upside hitting 5th near Giancarlo, and he’s only 28 years old, so there’s still some upside. But I’m already seeing my faux pas.

    I know they will probably finish the end of the season ranked very near each other, but I just wanted to apologize for not heeding your words. And that’s me already regretting not listening to you quoting you!

      • Jo-Ham Willing-Ham says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  15. JustMatt says:
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    Any reason Mesoraco didn’t make this list? Is he going before 200 or are you not buying?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JustMatt: Not sure where he’s going… I like Mesoraco too, see my rankings…

  16. Wake Up says:
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    “Greinke won’t pitch in Australia”

    Early reports out of AZ are suggesting that he is afraid of being charged by a big gay kangaroo carrying Jose Altuve eating a hamburger in its pouch…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Anybody who is not from Arizona?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  17. Wake Up says:
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    “Huston Street nursing a slight groin strain”

    “Chad Gaudin straining his groin mid-nursing”

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: HAHAHAHAHA!

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Wake Up: gaudin!! Ha.. wonder what that guys doing right now.. prolly in jail.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Prez!!: doing mamogram’s at a women’s prison

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: Ha!

  18. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Morning Grey,
    Currently in a 10 team 6×6 keeper league that uses OBP,QS,Slugging and K/9. I can keep 6 guys from the list below but on 2 in rounds 1-5, 2 in rounds 6-10 and 2 thereafter. If you don’t keep in the lower rounds you can of course grab more above.

    Carlos Beltrán – 9th
    Miguel Cabrera – 1st
    Chris Carter – FA
    Coco Crisp – FA
    Ian Desmond – Round 23
    Brett Lawrie – Round 6
    Brian McCann – FA
    Andrew McCutchen – Round 2
    Brandon Phillips – Round 5
    Anthony Rizzo – Round 6

    A.J. Burnett – Round 14
    Gio González – Round 7
    Sonny Gray – FA
    Zack Greinke – Round 4
    Kris Medlen – Round 22
    Jake Peavy – Round 8

  19. Clint says:
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    So, I take it Ramos is the crown jewel of the catchers you like if all are on the table at the same, properly priced time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Yeah, I like him… Cream of the crap, I guess…

  20. Greyismyhero says:
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    I’m drafting Mauer no later than the 3rd round, I don’t care what anybody says…345-35-110…..And I’m drafting two catchers in my 1 catcher leagues. Yeah, that’s how you win!

  21. Kneely says:
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    I can keep 6 guys, and my definites are Trout, Ellsbury, Longoria, and Pujols. My best options for the final two spots are Mauer, Beltran, Greinke, Shields, Iwakuma and Bogaerts. My thinking is Beltran and Greinke.
    It’s tough to let Bogaerts go in a keeper league, but I think he’s still a couple years away from being one of my top 6 players. Mauer is boring, and I’d rather wait and gamble on one of the above catchers.
    There are no draft picks associated with keeping players. Each team can pick up to 6 keepers before the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kneely: Your thinking works for me…

  22. Frank White says:
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    Sup Grey.. I was wondering, You know how Bo Jackson played football and babeball but for him he wasn’t on any playoff teams but say Russell Wilson works out on Texas. What happens if he stayed on Texas and they made the playoffs, what would he do cause football starts in September?? I always wondered that

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: My guess would be the young QB who just won a Super Bowl with a young team probably isn’t giving up his day job any time soon. Not something to worry about.

      • Nick says:
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        @Sky: Didn’t Neon Deion have that problem and have to fly between places the same day?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Maybe. He also wasn’t a quarterback, though. Pretty sure ‘hawks wouldn’t be happy having to start their back up QB because RW3 wanted to sit on the bench behind Profar and Andrus because of a playoff push :)

      • Frank White says:
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        Wutup Sky!!! Na but IT Isn’t about Russell Wilson, it’s about anybody who wants or does both sports. Like If it did come down to playoffs in baseball for anyone that does both sports, How would that work out?? I never heard anyone talk about that situation if it came across cause why would a baseball team sign a guy that’s great, for him to dump the team when the playoffs hit. Like Bo.. If thr Royals made the playoffs, which that’s funny but anyway, Did anyone think about what Bo would do. Screw the Royals or the Raiders??

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, hey Frank. Gotcha. I’d have to assume they’d play the playoffs, especially if they are a star/starter on their team. That said, it probably also limits your likelihood of getting huge PT in either sport over time. You become unreliable in both sports that way.

          • Frank White says:
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            LOL.. So I bet you and Cram It can’t wait for a season long of questions from the 2013 Fantasy Baseball Champion , don’t ya!! LOL.. Love hate relationship! Like Bart Scott would say ” CAN’T WAIT “!! Lol HAHA

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Haha, who is this champion? You win one? Didn’t know. If so, congrats!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: didn’t Deion play in the world series and football at the same time?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Maybe? I don’t honestly remember.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: I checked and he is the only man to play in a world series, 92, and a super bowl

  23. Chris says:
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    Happy 2014 Razzers!

    So here’s a tricky one – I have 6 keepers in a 6×6 H2h (OBP). For spot #6 – do I keep Buster Posey, or do I stick with Matt Carpenter with his 2B/3B eligibility and gaudy OBP? Can Carpenter perform even reasonably close to last year?

    (Other keepers, if you care, are Trout, McCuth, Votto, Upton and Ian Desmond).

    • Kneely says:
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      @Chris: I’d keep Posey.

  24. Piranhaman says:
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    Nice article, Grey.

    I have 2 catchers, Lucroy and Gattis. I like both of them this year.

    I should trade one of them for other guy’s Danny Salazar.

    Who to trade? Lucroy might be total package and Gattis has more power potential.

    I can’t decide now… need your help, Grey (and baseball lovers!)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Piranhaman: I’d personally trade an upside risk/reward player for an upside risk/reward player and do Gattis for Salazar.

    • Kneely says:
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      @Piranhaman: I’d trade whoever my trade partner seemed to favor, so as to get the best return. This is particularly true when you’re trying to pick between players that hold similar value, like Gattis and Lucroy.

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @Grey: thank you, Sky, Kneely, and Grey. :D

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  25. machine says:
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    keep Hosmer @ $17 or Cobb @ $8?

    • Kneely says:
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      @machine: Cobb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @machine: Cobb is fine… Basically a toss up without any info…

  26. Beastman says:
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    So many bargains at this position. Can’t wait for some schmo to overpay for Posey in my leagues.

    Any readers looking to join a very competitive $100 Razzball league? Second year running, draft is Sunday March 23rd at 5 pm EST. Honest commish (yes, me) and a good group of managers (10 teams returning). Last year nearly every team–even the cellar dwellers–were active until the very end.

    E-mail me for more information: joshua_eastman@yahoo.com

    • Nick says:
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      @Beastman: I’m interested. I emailed you. Let me know if you didn’t get it.

  27. joeg414 says:
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    Ok, one more time (as league keepers were changed); looking for input on my 1st round 6th pick. Here are my choices(i think):Fielder, Hanley or Adam Jones? 13 Team 6×6 mixed roto keeper (we get to keep one hitter and one pitcher from where they were drafted last year).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joeg414: Any of them work… What do you have? What do you need?

      • joeg414 says:
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        Well, I’m Keeping Freeman as a 5th Round pick. So, I’m just looking for the best pick and outside feedback. As everyone here is always helpful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Jones if I had Freeman

  28. Wake Up says:
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    Ian Stewart nearly had his nose broken by his young daughter…

    Out of all the times in my life that I have said this…this might be the most appropriate time… “You go girl!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: His daughter was charged with domestic abuse?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: nah…Wake Up charged a new set of brass knuckles to give to her as a present…first responders are saying that she was attempting the fabled “Donkey Punch”

        • Prez!! says:
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          @Wake Up: Ba dum doom, tish!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No one gets away with the Donkey Punch unscathed

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Wake Up: Ian Stewart from the Rolling Stones?

  29. gareth says:
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    Im very interested to see how catching gets drafted in the rcl. If we have 12 grey disciples in there and we all punt catchers – how far will the better options drop?

    Also – after a certain point, isn’t there like a vanilla 15 homer, .260 hitting catcher for the next 10 picks?

    I think I’ll just go ahead and draft joe Mauer in the first round. That’ll mess people up (mostly me).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: People still draft catcher… At least they should… If Posey was there after I’ve ranked him, I’d start to look at him…

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @gareth: having been recently invited then told too late! to a RCL that was my first thought like maybe I’d go the opposite anti razz approach would have been interesting…Similar to my “no RB” theory in football that won that league on the football side.

  30. Son of a Beachy says:
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    I like this list a lot Grey, catcher seems to be pretty deep this year. I had my first draft of the year yesterday, a Yahoo Pro draft thats 5×5. What’s your thoughts?

    C: Castro
    1B: Hosmer
    2B: Cano
    SS: Tulo
    3B: Gyorko
    OF: J-Up
    OF: Marte
    OF: A. Gordon
    Util: Arenado
    Util: Calhoun
    Bench: Castellanos/Springer/Swisher

    SP: Jo-Fer/Cobb/Tehran/Wacha/Cueto/Lincecum/T. Ross
    RP: Robertson/Frieri/Henderson

    I feel like I’m light on speed and don’t like having 3 bench hitters. Should I dump one of them (or more) for someone like Niese/Estrada or a MR-type like Clippard?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Son of a Beachy: Thanks! You’re fine with speed… Your team looks solid, but it is a bit shallow so anything can happen… Lose Swisher for an MR who might get saves

  31. Bombo Rivera says:
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    OK, I spent all that time setting up a new RCL, so now we need a few more owners. We already have a couple of the most active owners from last year’s Champions’ League, so that’s a good start. The draft is 3:30 on Saturday, so you’d still have time to hit the clubs on Saturday night and brag about how far you punted those catchers.

    Link: http://games.espn.go.com/flb/leagueoffice?leagueId=85371&seasonId=2014
    Password: mauerpower

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombo Rivera: This Saturday? Wow, didn’t give yourself much time… You might need to look for owners on Twitter, Facebook and other sites… Usually takes four or five days to fill a league…

    • Robby D says:
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      @Bombo Rivera: is that 3:30 Eastern time?

      • Bombo Rivera says:
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        @Robby D: Yeah, 3:30 PM Eastern. I’m in Europe, so it’s tough for me to do an evening draft Eastern time. I’ll try to cast a wider net online, and I guess I’ll keep posting it in the comments for the next couple of days.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Bombo Rivera: are twitter or facebook as good at hustling up owners as the yahoo fantasy baseball message board? (first link, comish corner); as this is the place i’ve found nearly all my leagues since july. there’s really a ton of leagues to join as well.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: and yes, espn leagues are listed there too (just not as many of them)

  32. Great write up on catchers. I’ve been a little busy blasting bombs this spring. Anyway, I want that Wilson Ramos on my fantasy team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Thanks, Moose Tacos!

  33. @grey and anybody else..

    $90 to spend: Team A or B

    Team A
    3B Donaldson
    OF Cespedes
    OF Beltran
    OF D.Brown
    OF B.Hamilton

    Team B
    3B Middlebrooks
    OF A.Jones
    OF J. Bautista
    OF A.Jackson
    OF B.Moss

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  34. Robby D says:
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    Gattis is still on the board past pick 210 in our slow draft (5 keeper) Yahoo setup league with 12 teams. Lots of Razzballers on that one also. Ramos and Castro are gone though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  35. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Foam is always on top of a fancy latte. Foam is on the bottom of only the truly exquisite of lattes.

    • Robby D says:
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      @HolyGhostClaw: Foam is on the bottom in truly exquisite pornos as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  36. benjamin says:
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    do you think archie bradley breaks with the team or goes back down to minor league.?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minors

  37. Barenrewn says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Roster flexibility is incredibly valuable in my league b/c rosters or so short. B/c of this, Carlos Santana is going way too early. What AL catchers do you see gaining 1B eligibility this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

  38. Heatcheck3 says:
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    Catcher questions!!!!

  39. Jon says:
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    Super early signs seem to be Dee Gordon is getting LA’s 2B job. If they announce him the starter at some point, where are you drafting him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mid 200’s

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I think if he is then it’s not long term, i don’t think they went to all the trouble to bring in guerrero to have him be a bench bat. When Hanley gets his first ding, which I’m 100% sure will happen, then we get to see him, so what I’m really saying is April 16th

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Jon: Cant steal first base…

  40. pedsRus says:
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    A friend invited me into his money league and I have dominated the free leagues I have been in(thanks to you) so I was quick to say yes. Now I am joined and it’s a 15 team, weekly league. This roto style is new to me, I’m used to daily h2h. Plus we use OPS, QS & K/9 instead of Avg. W’s & K’s. I’m unsure on how I should strategize for this league’s draft, i have looked through your strategy posts and they seem geared towards h2h and daily. Also not sure what to do about pitching . I was going to go your route and not draft until round 5 but with these parameters, should I grab in round 3 as long as I don’t see a run on pitchers before my pick. Any suggestions from the wise one appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to bump up pitching a tad… You also need to look at the OPS rankings… Go to the top menu under Tools…

      • pedsRus says:
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        @Grey: which category under tools.? I couldn’t find any with ops or any other rankings by category

  41. the tone ranger says:
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    grey,
    waht do you see as machados ceiling? along the lines of ryan zimmerman? 25 HR?

    i mean hes young, but his stats last year are martin prado…why the love for him (i know your love is tempered this year b/c of his knee injury), but in a keeper where you have him cheap, is he legit? or is he going to be eventually what we get from ryan zimmerman (or less….which is good but not great).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Zimmerman sounds about right for right now… He’s still very young, he could blow that away in five years…

      • the tone ranger says:
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        @Grey: so you get the aushizz tingle over arenado (who is also power challenged)…do you still like machado over arenado? if so, by how much?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Arenado a lot… Little Au Shizz tingles…

          • the tone ranger says:
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            @Grey: i do like him too…so is it close to what manny will be? or do you like arenado over manny long term. i can acquire the (now) much cheaper arenado and move machado in my keeper

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Arenado a lot, Manny long term though

              • the tone ranger says:
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                @Grey: bah! ok thanks.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  42. Oppo Taco says:
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    Salazar, Teheran, Wacha, Latos, Shields for a #2 in a 12 team Keeper. Bumgarner is my number 1 so one of these guys will be by #2. who ya got? Teheran from your rankings, go with that? this pick will be 90th Overall. Wanted cole but it appears I might not get him. Thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Those five pitchers all have similar value in redraft leagues. Wacha, Teheran, and Salazar get a slight bump in value in a keeper format.

      If you’re looking for a high floor #2, Shields and Latos are the best options. Steady, durable, consistent vets. You basically know what you’re getting from them.

      If you’re looking for a high ceiling #2, Wacha, Teheran, and Salazar all fit the bill.

      Wacha is in the best situation (NL, pitcher’s park, Yadier, elite team). Showed how good he can potentially be with his dominant postseason performance.

      Teheran is a terrific talent with a few red flags (high LOB%, shaky catching situation, struggles against LHBs).

      Salazar is the wild card. Electric stuff. Can reach 100 with his fastball. Lacks refinement on his secondary pitches, and is looking at a potential innings limit this season though. Highest ceiling but lowest floor of the bunch.

      Ultimately, I’d rank them Wacha, Teheran, Shields, Latos, Salazar as potential #2s in a keeper league. Bump Salazar ahead of Shields and Latos if you’re willing to take a risk. If you can get any of the first four guys as a #2 and then grab Salazar as a #3, that could be a good move.

  43. JDW says:
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    I am putting all my eggs in the Darno catcher basket. (I refuse to spell his name correctly as it makes me feel like Johnny Weir at a Muppets concert.)

    You can get him for a buck in auction leagues and can always fall back and grab Arencibia off the waiver wire for an available non-hitting/power-hitting catcher if Darno flames out…like…like…Johnny Weir.

    • JDW says:
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      @JDW: …at a Muppets concert…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I hear ya

  44. Exactly says:
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    How does a 13-team, 2 catcher leagues affect your strategy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need at least one decent catcher… Somewhere in the five to ten range on my rankings…

  45. Prez!! says:
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    When people pronounce mature as ma-toor… I want to drop kick them…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Luckily we’re not sharing a room!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That just means you’re too ima-toor to use the word.

      • Prez!! says:
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        @Sky: i feel like anyone who uses it in that fashion is trying a little too hard to sound ma-toor…

        But cmon, we all know im immatoor..

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          You’re so immatoor, you still haven’t been fertilized on twitter.

          • gareth says:
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            @Sky: the announcer on hulu says it that way “this show is for a MATOOR audience. Viewer discretion advised.”

            Its pronounced MATCHURE.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Aren’t you a Brit or something? Don’t be bringing your herbs up in my biz!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: wankers!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Don’t get me started about aluminum.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: you mean the by-product of the process of making it is flouride and that’s what’s in our water….or the ding sounding bats?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I was referring to what I eat my daily meal of ‘beans’ from.

                  • gareth says:
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                    @Sky: yeah. Americans completely ignore the second letter “I” in that word.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @gareth: yes there are different spelling and pronunciations but that is there and this is here. Don’t even get me started on Laboratory

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m tellin you JFOH, you gives these Brits an inch, they go and try to convert it to the metric system…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, I meant to type it! I’ll give you schedule. But Vitamin? Why the short ‘i’? It’s not followed by a double consonant. I call bollocks.

                  • gareth says:
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                    @Sky: I think im going to go take my vytamins.

  46. Kanye says:
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    Hey Grey,

    A question about your rankings. Do you adjust your dollar values at all due to a players position. ie if a SS and 1B are projected for the same stats, will the dollar value of a SS be higher in your rankings?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, the SS would be higher, all things being equal…

  47. Rocky Colavito says:
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    Here’s a question for the RBC’ers. For those of you who play in snake draft keeper leagues, how do you account for draft inflation on ADP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      RBC’ers?

      • Rocky Colavito says:
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        @Grey:

        Yes, my question was for folks reading who also work for the Royal Bank of Canada.

        Also might have meant Razzball commenters.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, first I heard that acronym

  48. benjamin says:
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    doing a online keeper draft right now… beltran or cespedes or b hamilton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton

  49. benjamin says:
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    I’m going over your rankings now.. SP

    You like Moore, Gray, Salazar and Shelby in that order? My gut telling me Lirano can’t do what he did last year.

    I already have Schrezer, Latos, Tehran and Cobb…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings for what order

      • benjamin says:
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        @Grey: your pitching order, is that the way you would draft this tier of players? Gray, Salazar and Shelby

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I draft them as I have them ranked…

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    Here’s my lineup going into the first round (after keepers). Just wondering your opinion on what you would target with your first two picks – 7th and 10th pick overall?

    C –
    1B – Davis
    2B –
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Hanley
    IF – Prince
    OF – Jones
    OF –
    OF –
    OF –
    UTIL –
    UTIL –

    3 SP –
    2 RP –
    4 P –

    6 BN Players

    8 Team H2H. Stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, Ks, Ks/9, WHIP, ERA.

    • Kid A says:
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      @Wilsonian: Mike Trout if he’s available…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Kid A: haha, think he’s being kept. But thanks.

        Anyway, just curious as to positions, or any particular stat given what I have and our positions. Not necessarily a particular player.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What others said in other post

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: Just curious as to positions, or any particular stat given what I have and our roster positions. Not necessarily a particular player. Which is why I asked “what” would you target. I know there’s no way of knowing who is available until my pick on draft night.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Really depends who’s there… You have a whole team to fill… As of right now, you’re leaning towards having a bad average, so I’d keep that in mind…You also have no pitchers…

  51. JDW says:
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    Hahahaha – Your Iwakuma update in the rankings had me laughing in my back corner cubicle. Never a good thing to hear some dude laughing in the back corner cubicle. You made me that dude! Keep up the great writing – funniest in fantasy anywhere!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  52. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Wait a second here. Hold the phone. Stop the presses. So John Buck isn’t going to hit 10 + homers from april to may? I say Pee-shaw to that. Pee-shaw and balderdash sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  53. Bream Dreams says:
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    First money league. 5×5 12 team ci/mi/1ut
    Goldy 3
    Jones 22
    Longo 27
    Segura 46
    Pujols 51
    Marte 70
    Then the draft froze and auto picked from my/your top 400.
    Anibal 75
    Cobb 94
    Bailey 99
    My question is will I be okay with those pitchers at that value? Is it okay to grab 3 pitchers from the “I could see” tier in a row?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do like those pitchers, yup…

  54. matt says:
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    I love how this is a catchers post and 90% of the questions are not about catchers! Lol I own castro in every league. I like him, as long as he stays healthy. Im never reaching for posey,yadi,santana, that’s crazy. Guy wanted Rockies catcher from me in one league for rizzo. I gladly accepted then grabbed Castro off waivers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  55. matt says:
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    Oh, starlin castro isn’t in the top 400 list. He’s ranked much higher than de aza correct?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s in the top 400 list…

      • matt says:
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        140 ..sorry I don’t know how I missed him. I looked twice before. Old age I suppose.

  56. gareth says:
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    Ultimately, drafting catching is about depth.

    If you play in a league with mi, ci, ut then those 30 starters on the corners and those 30 double play partners can get thin pretty quick. Add In the 5 starting outfielder scenario and that position gets thin quickly too.

    In a 12 team league, I don’t see many (if any) teams drafting 2 catchers. So that leaves 18 starting catchers on the wire!

    I can see why grey preaches punting catcher. If the 8th guy isn’t much better than the 13th best guy, why reach?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  57. gareth says:
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    Actually there would be more than 18 starting catchers on the wire. Guys like Santana and Mauer are moving to other positions while retaining catchers eligibility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you’re playing Mauer at 1st base (or corner), you’re gonna lose your league…

      • gareth says:
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        Im just saying they count in the starting catchers spot too, making it 32 possible starting catchers to choose from.

        I am in no way endorsing Mauer as a viable 1st basemen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  58. gareth says:
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    Howard bender on fangraphs just posted an article about his expert draft that Rudy was a part of. Pretty interesting. I particularly was amused by the shit list he made of guys in the draft who screwed him over with picks he had lined up.

  59. gareth says:
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    As this is a catcher post, I have to mention that in rudy and Howard’s draft, a guy called josh shepardson (hunger games?)

    He Followed his first round pick of Mike trout with a second round pick of buster Posey. He chose buster over the likes of votto, tulo, encarnacion and longoria. He also picked Gerrit Cole in the 4th round. Xander Bogaerts in the sixth round. the rest of his draft is pretty jarring too. Hate to pick on the guy, but his draft really stood out to me.

  60. SteveNZ says:
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    Just came here for a lie-down after reading Rudy’s post.

    *Places damp flannel on forehead*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll fan you…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I’ll be waiting in the hammock.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know the hammock you speak of too…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: You better be wearing those shorts.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Always

  61. jerk says:
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    EE @ $38 or Segura @ $11?

    OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

    • pedsRus says:
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      @gareth: Rudy drafted well, took a few cubs, must be a fan. Not sure I understand Fantasy fix Draft style, did he break it so he could fix later?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Funny he talks about reaches for starters then takes Salvador Perez in the 6th and Joe Nathan in the 7th…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: I thought some of benders 1st 5 picks were very razzballian. Longoria, segura and rizzo all faves on here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, didn’t mind them… I don’t mind his team overall…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: definitely reaches there……..

      • pedsRus says:
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        @Grey: he took Nathan before his 1st SP? Gio was still on the board

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, wacky…

  62. Jay says:
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    Not a catcher question….

    I am keeping Votto, Beltre, Stanton, Kipnis, Strasburg

    I don;t pick unitl pick 71 which is the first pick of round 8 (first 5 rds are keeper rounds)

    going by Yahoo ADPs and speculation on who will be avialbe to draft, i forsee the following being possible draft selections with the picks I have available – what is the best option
    1. hosmer, Andrus, Cobb
    2. Andrus, Gordon, Teheran
    3. Andrus, Cobb, Beltran
    4. Hosmer, Andrus, Teheran
    5. Hosmer Gordon Cobb
    6. Hosmer gordon cobb
    7. hosmer gordon Teheran

    this is of course assuming that no one else is as smart as me and they are all available at my pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andrus, Hosmer, pitcher

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: ok. Cool. But let’s assume that his met gets grabbed before I pick. Yahoo has his adp right at my first pick. I can nab Andrus for sure.

        Andrus Gordon Teheran
        Or Andrus Cobb Beltran?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Andrus, Gordon

  63. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Watched interview with Grandy after his two homers today. They mean nothing.

    However, he was in T-shirt and looked blue, twisted steel. If Tehol watching he won’t come out of his room for awhile…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  64. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in that league where i have all players from DET/MIL/CLE owner of LAD/ARI/MIA is willing to move Puig and somebody at 2B or maybe SS for my Kinsler and 1 of A-Jax (CF)/other Chris Davis (LF). Options at 2B don’t seem doable (guerrero/dee gordon) as he won’t move Hill or Prado. Both 2B/SS options other than hanram/prado/hill seem terrible at LAD/ARI/MIA to the point where
    1. i’m guessing i should just tell him Kinsler for Puig str up or no deal? I already told him Segura/Kipnis off the table here. My thinking is my OF is strong enough to not give up either of those 2 to get Puig.
    2. Should I try offering 1 of Brantley and other Chris Davis + AssCab for Puig? If i did that i could either start Iglesias/Aviles at SS everyday, or attempt to trade 1 of Bourn/A-Jax for Brad Miller or some other SS in that range.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d take Puig, see my rankings 2. Sure

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey:
        1. problem being the difference between his 2nd option that i would get in that trade vs my A-Jax or Chris Davis 2 is quite a bit bigger than the difference between kinsler and puig, or at least it seems such to me.

        Is 2. still doable if it was A-Jax or K.Davis and AssCab for Puig (forgot this owner didn’t ask about Brantley)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2. Sure

  65. BigFatHippo says:
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    Hola Grey!

    Annual keeper question, I can keep up to 6.

    P-
    Strasburg-15
    Minor-11
    Liriano-5

    H-
    Rizzo-10
    Craig-11
    Cespedes-11
    D Brown-5
    Matt Carp-11
    Evercab-10
    Moss-5

    Thanks, in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg, Rizzo, Brown… Not great…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I didn’t even see it was you… Hey, man, long time! Hope you’re well…

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Grey:

        Not doing well at all buddy, my keepers suck. :)

        I’m just trying to go cheap, throwing high $ players like Posey, Reyes and ARam back in the pool.

        I’m keeping those 3 and leaning towards Liriano (maybe completely healthy finally), Evercab (cheap SB at a shallow position, plus I don’t think his average on peds was a fluke), Carp (again, cheap at shallow 2b position, good avg to offset Rizzo)

        Last keeper is between Cespedes (don’t want to write him off yet) and maybe Glen Perkins (cheap $12 salad for only $9). what you think?

        I’ll have plenty of dollars to outbid the frugal Kiwi for premium players!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, they’re kinda terrible… I could see those moves instead of the ones I suggested… really are toss ups so go with your Big Fat Hippo gut! Keep Cespedes there

  66. Goose says:
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    I think a viable strategy is waiting as long as possible to draft a C, then targeting two. Esp two guys with strong L/R splits. Then you can stream back and forth, as best as possible, based on matchups.

    Look at Montero:
    2013 vs. L – .190/.254 OBP/.226 wOBA (105 ABs)
    2013 vs. R – .244/.339 OBP/.319 wOBA (308 ABs)
    Career vs. L – .241/.305 OBP/.295 wOBA (600 ABs)
    Career vs. R – .276/.357 OBP/.350 wOBA (1930 ABs)

    Or Avila:
    2013 vs. L – .139/.227 OBP/.213 wOBA (80 ABs)
    2013 vs. R – .255/.345 OBP/.339 wOBA (250 ABs)
    Career vs. L – .212/.306 OBP/.286 wOBA (330 ABs)
    Career vs. R – .266/.362 OBP/.354 wOBA (1180 ABs)

    Saltalamacchia:
    2013 vs. L – .218/.309/.283 (120 ABs)
    2013 vs. R – .294/.350/.376 (306 ABs)
    Career vs. L – .206/.267/.266 (588 ABs)
    Career vs. R – .263/.327/.345 (1400 ABs)

    Gomes is another. It’s for this reason that I’m targeting one-a these guys with one of my later picks – as late as possible. THEN also: targeting Jaso. He’ll prob go undrafted most everywhere, but look at his splits:

    Jaso:
    2013 vs. L – .192/.250 OBP/.209 wOBA (26 ABs)
    2013 vs. R – .282/.405 OBP/.363 wOBA (181 ABs)
    Career vs. L – .169/.294 OBP/.249 wOBA (148 ABs)
    Career vs. R – .272/.375 OBP/.353 wOBA (948 ABs)

    The timing won’t always work out so it’s tough on your bench. And this def is more of a strategy for deeper leagues. (Mine is 14-team.) But if you can stream your C slot on the stronger side like this, with two guys you’ve drafted late, you’ll get really good value from those picks – and it may add up to one great catcher.

    • Simply Fred

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      @Goose: You are wasting a bench slot. Just add/drop these guys on a daily basis (none should be drafted in a 12-team, one catcher, as they rank after the first 12).

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @simply fred: unless he plays with guys who do draft 2 catchers, then these guys open up as 1st catchers. esp if this league has deep benches.

      • Goose says:
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        @simply fred: Agreed – I’m talking about for deeper leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on your bench construction and depth of league… One catcher at all times on your bench isn’t ideal…

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey: True – I guess my point was more that it’s a real way to boost positional value. If you focus your draft everywhere else, you can still boost your C value in a smart way by waiting on till the very end. Yes, it’s using a bench spot, but it’s almost like using MRs to help with ratios = it’ll depend on roster etc, but, like, it’s not necessarily a waste of a spot to keep Benoit plugged in then move him to the bench when you have to have a SP throw.

        Just something to look at, perhaps.

        I’ll carry two C to start and see – y’know, until that first hotty-schmotats shakes my nerves and rattles my brains.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya… Catchers are not the place to platoon though… You’re gonna drive yourself nuts for very little payoff…

  67. gareth says:
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    Goose crashed and burned…………

  68. gareth says:
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    I actually watched top gun again recently on blu ray. I was surprised how many scenes were familiar to me and were burned into my memory / consciousness. I must have had it on vhs and watched it a ton as a kid. I guess you are immune to cheese when you are that age.

    • Goose says:
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      @gareth:
      Show me the way home, honey.

    • Grey

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      Ha

  69. gareth says:
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    I feel the need, the need for………….scientology?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  70. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great read, the following guys are available to draft in my keeper league, its h2h 12 team 6×6 keeper league. Please rate these guys, any OF would be my 3rd outfielder and I am also keeping Goldy, Segura and Zman (Ryan). J Upton, Mauer, Hosmer, Adrian Gonzalez, Pujols, Jay Bruce, Dom Brown, Pence, Kemp and Venable. Obviously some of those guys will be gone by the time I draft but if I could grab a Jay Bruce to go along with Trout and Cutch do I do it? Also, I see J Up and Dom Brown having pretty similar seasons, but Brown is going later. Any input would help, thanks.

    • Grey

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      Thanks! I wouldn’t take a third OF to go with those two… Segura, Hosmer would work

  71. bossmanjunior says:
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    I was all over Ramos early this year but recently Mike Podhorzer recently converted me to Castro. While both catchers carry the stigma of having injury issues, Castro is likely to bat third in the Astros line up while Ramos bats towards the bottom. Further, Castro could see time at DH as well, a luxury Ramos does not have. Mike also pointed out how Castro posted the 6th best increase in fly ball plus home run distance last year. The general rule of thumb being these players take two steps forward and one step back. Anyways, with Castro going around 50 picks later than Ramos, its an easy decision. My biggest caveat with Castro was his sub par performance versus southpaws but any player that late is going to have some warts. Based on your rankings, your still taking Castro over Ramos in a vacuum, right?

    • Grey

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      I have Castro above Ramos in my rankings

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        @Grey:

        haha yeah I know. I was just having an argument with myself :-)

        • Grey

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          Ha

  72. JimSlim says:
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    Great stuff Grey. My fielder for prince fell through since someone offered him Stanton. Now he is offering Dom. Brown and Draft pick compensation. Tehol made a good case for him the other day. He wants to give a 3rd for a 5th (which is really 9th for 11th after everyone keeps 6) not really feeling that but is there any Draft pick comp that would sway you into this?

    • Grey

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      @JimSlim: Your Fielder for Prince? Huh?

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        @Grey: Ha. I Didn’t catch that. My elsbury for prince

  73. Cole says:
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    Ugh I just drafted Weaver. I feel dirty, but at this point doesn’t everyone feel like a streamer and it is just going to be a war of attrition come July 15th?

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