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Here, friend, are some catchers that I will be targeting at my 2013 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 two years ago.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2013 projections.  This is a (legal-in-most-countries) supplement to the top 20 catchers of 2013 fantasy baseball.  Now, guys and four girl readers, I am not saying avoid catchers like Wieters, Rosario, et al (which is not the Israeli airline).  To get on this list, you need to be drafted later than 200 overall.  Right now, Rosario looks like a steal at ESPN at an ADP of 187, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kazoo.  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 2013 fantasy baseball:

Chris Iannetta – (MDC ADP 315) Picture you walk into the mall with your lady friend and there’s a sale that she really wants to check out, so you sit and play Words With Friends.  It’s a nice diversion for about thirty minutes, but then you start looking around to see if anyone’s paying attention to you so you can scratch your balls.  Then you start to think you should’ve stayed home so you can scratch yourself any time you want.  Iannetta is the last five minutes of Words With Friends at the mall.  He’ll probably give you a scratch that you can’t itch.

Alex Avila – (Yahoo ADP 234; MDC ADP 245) I’m surprised that I haven’t written a sleeper post yet for Avila.  He could hit 16 homers and .260.  Yeah, that’s probably why I didn’t write the post.  Okay, so we’re clearly not talking about game changers with late-round catchers.  Oekávání, that’s expectations in Czech.

Welington Castillo – (Yahoo ADP 333; MDC ADP 284)  Boeuf is probably going to be useless outside of NL-Only leagues.  I didn’t even rank him in my top 20 (26), but he did have a solid year at Triple-A in 2011, hitting 15 homers and .286.  Hitting that high of an average again in the majors this year seems unlikely with his K-rate.  He has the makings for a surprise 15 to 20 homers, but might not sniff over a .240 average.  The Steamer/Razzball projections give him decent catcher numbers.  For 2013, I’ll give him the line of 49/14/54/.239.  On the fo’ really, I wouldn’t draft him in mixed, one catcher leagues, but after his first homer in April, I could see adding him.

J.P. Arencibia – Sky already gave Just Peachy a sleeper post.  There he said, “Naked pictures of Bea Arthur…” “…into MY TARDIS” “…how clever….” “…ugly terrible awful…” “…sex is to chocolate.”  Hmm, I gotta work on what quotes I pull.

Travis d’Arnaud – (Yahoo ADP 235; MDC ADP 280) He’s actually being overdrafted a tad in Yahoo for his current playing time situation.  The Mets have John Buck as their resident propsblock.  If dude’Arnaud (full Christian name) gets the starting job out of Spring Training, I’ll be crazy/sexy/cool excited about him, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen.

Rob Brantley – I liked Rob Brantley better when he was only a random name I picked out of the Yellow Pages to use when I’m in the Witness Protection Program.  Seriously, his name sounds fake.  Who is Rob Brantley of the Miami Marlins hiding from?!  Oh, I know, baseball fans.

Ryan Doumit – (Yahoo ADP 216) Well, here’s an exciting name!  If Doumit can somehow get another full season of ABs, he could easily be a top 10 catcher for all the kingdom of baseball and its giant PED moat.

Jordan Pacheco – (Yahoo ADP 311)  When Rudy wrote up the effects of Yahoo eligibility, he said, “I have Pacheco projected as only getting about 300 PAs this year but he could hit 20 HRs if he could win the Rockie 1B or 3B job at some point this season.”  That’s slightly crummy with crackers.  Pacheco probably won’t get 8 homers with a full-time job, but he should offer good counting stats, so I’d draft him in 2-catcher leagues.  Remember, Yahoo is only place he has catcher eligibility.  After Yahoo gave and revoked Wil Myers’ catcher eligibility, I’m more surprised everyone doesn’t have catcher eligibility in Yahoo.  “I’m gonna draft Pujols as a catcher, then I’m gonna draft Longoria to play catcher, then I’m gonna write a strongly-worded email to my parole officer.”  That’s you on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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  1. costaricanchata says:
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    ” He’ll probably give you a scratch that you can’t itch. ”
    Classic Grey Albright !! …. (whoever you are) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    Before I even consider this bunch, I’m still targeting Perez with Lucroy as my fall back option. If I remember correctly, Perez is going around 140 and Lucroy 180 on yahoo. Enough catchers should be off the board, I shouldn’t have to reach for Perez, but if someone else does, Lucroy is a nice consolation prize. Do you like these adps or too high for you?

    • Justin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I’ve seen perez go as high as round 11 in a 12 team yahoo draft. If you want him make sure you get him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Nope, they’re fine to draft…

  3. Justin says:
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    Grey great shit as always!!!! Razzball is like coffee to me, if I don’t have some first thing in the morning, my day is thrown out of whack. now I mustache you a question. (sorry about the weak joke)

    Just learned I’m drafting 11th in a 14 team Yahoo mixed league. Total bases and obp(replacing avg.)

    Would it be crazy to hypothetically draft Justin Upton at 11, and turn around and draft beltre/longo/tulo at 18??

    The draft is Saturday, and my mind will be going non stop until then. Any advice sir. Thank you to you and your stache.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Ha… Nope, wouldn’t be crazy to do that… Don’t love Tulo though…

  4. TheHoffmeister says:
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    I picked up Perez last season and stashed him on the DL and consequently will be using a keeper slot on him this year. Lucroy makes for a great fall back plan (so long as he stays away from falling luggage). He never gets much notice, at least in my league, and he’s gotten better every year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheHoffmeister: And if Lucroy plays all his games vs. the Cubs…

  5. yeahcheese says:
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    Thoughts on Martin Maldonado, MIL C? Had a solid rookie campaign after Lucroy’s freak injury last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yeahcheese: Don’t see him getting considerable number of at-bats unless Lucroy gets hurt…

  6. Eddy says:
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    *Brief hijack of thread*

    Hey all,

    I’m running a roto auction on Yahoo with OBP instead of AVG. It’s a $20 buy-in which I collect through LeagueSafe. I have 9 members right now and I’d love to get a couple more. If you’re interested, email me at eddy5791@yahoo.com.

    OK, back to the scheduled programming!

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Eddy: I might join that Eddy is my league fails to fill. I will email you later, Eddy.

      For other readers—-
      My league is a roto keeper with an auction and 11 ways to win money.

      Email me at gortexturban at yahoo.com.

  7. G’morning. If we are asked to cozy up to General Wellington Castillo (of Spanish War glory), shouldn’t Devin Mesoraco also be listed? Aren’t their upsides similar and similarly reachable? First question is rhetorical; second one is not.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fanthead: Welington is the perceived starter as of right now, Devin isn’t…

  8. nick m. says:
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    @ Grey: I can keep 3 players out of this group in a H2H points league (Singles, RBI, Runs, SB’s, Walks are all +1, Doubles +2, Triples +3, HR +4, with Caught Stealing and K’s -1). They essentially count as the first 3 picks of the draft. (As an aside, this is a keeper league where you can keep players for up to 3 years and this would be year 2 for all of the below).
    Prince Fielder / Ian Kinsler / Mike Trout / Giancarlo Stanton / Billy Butler

    • Tom says:
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      @nick m.: Trout, Stanton & Butler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick m.: Fielder, Trout, Stanton…

      • nick m. says:
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        @Grey: I forgot to add Adrian Beltre to that list … does that change anything?

  9. Byobeerling says:
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    What’s your take on Mike Napoli? Am I in the minority thinking that he’s going to have a monster year playing first, getting more at bats than every other catcher and his power should play well in Boston, as well as in NY, Tor, etc, etc. I realize the hips an issue, but not playing behind the plate should help keep him fresh. And everything I’ve read says it’s a long term issue, but that he hasn’t had any setbacks and he doesn’t even feel the hip when he’s playing.

    I just see a guy that could end up being a at least a top 2 or 3 option at C, if he gets the at bats I’m thinking he should as an everyday first. Seem’s like a cheat code to me, but most of the ‘perts’ aren’t ranking him very high.

    Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Sean says:
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      @Byobeerling: Napoli is currently ranked 64th at MDC and is the 7th catcher off the board. Grey punts the top tier of catchers, where Napoli is almost certain to go.

    • Sean says:
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      @Byobeerling: @Byobeerling: Napoli is currently ranked 64th at MDC and is the 7th catcher off the board. Grey punts the top tier of catchers, where Napoli is almost certain to go.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Byobeerling: The hips are a concern… If he were around later on (150-ish), I could see taking a flyer on him for some power…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Byobeerling:

      like Napoli a lot. From what I hear, the nature of the injury is that it does not hamper performance, but it does carry a risk that a larger, season ending injury could come any time. Tomorrow, next month, next year or never. Basically a fantasy owner is taking the same gamble the Red Sox take. If he stays healthy, could get big production at a discount. Basically figure without the hip worries, he’d be much higher in the ranks so if he makes through most of the year, you can pretty much guarantee you’ve got a bargain.

  10. Jonboy says:
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    @Grey: Keepers due tomorrow, standard roto,weekly
    Rosario
    Rizzo
    Kinsler
    Middlebeooks
    Desmond
    Weeks
    I.Davis
    Bautista
    Victorino
    Gallardo
    J.Zimmerman
    Papelbon
    Keep seven,thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jonboy: No idea anything about your league… Kinsler, Rizzo, Bautista, Davis, Zimmermann, Desmond, Middlebrooks…

  11. John Kruk says:
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    Dear Grey’s Mustache,

    I’ve reached that point in the winter where I’ve considered my keeper selections for so long that nothing makes sense anymore and I may not be thinking straight. We keep 16, it’s a 12 team roto style league with: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/BB and a 1500 IP limit. Right now I’m thinking:

    C Mauer
    C Napoli
    1B Rizzo
    2B Rutledge
    3B Middlebrooks
    SS Tulowitzki
    CI Alvarez
    MI
    IF Trumbo
    OF Kemp
    OF Heyward
    OF Jones
    OF Marte
    OF
    UTIL

    SP Hamels
    SP Darvish
    SP Wainwright
    SP
    SP
    RP Holland
    RP
    RP
    RP
    P
    P

    3 BN and 3 DL

    Highlights of guys I’m letting go include: Utley, LaRoche, Morse, Dom Brown, Sano, Wong, Jansen, Reed. I can envision scenarios where I don’t keep Alvarez, Napoli or Holland, but I think that rolling with my current squad of keepers will give me the best chance to win this year. You would be most likely to convince me to keep Utley over Alvarez or Napoli, but that may be crazy talk. Homeboy who is our current champion has won four years in a row and he must go down.

    If I go with my current choices, my greatest draft needs (other than pitching) will be adding about 200 runs, 100 RBI, and 50 SB out of my empty MI, OF, and UTIL spots. Totally doable.

    I don’t want to break up with Chase Utley, but I think that it’s best for both of us. I’m confident that if I keep him he’s going to blow out both knees and spend the rest of the year banging his wife, Jennifer, in front of the animals over at the SPCA. If I let him go, I think he can rattle off his last great season.

    What say Ye?

    • Grey

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      @John Kruk: Keepers look right, you’re walking into the draft with a team that looks like its average is going to be bad already… Make sure the last hitters you get aren’t average drains…

  12. Mr Gray: All day long Friday something was just wrong… I finally figured it out… I missed commenting on Razzball…

    I missed you… Did you miss me???

    I cannot believe what a big part of my life this website has become… (( T Moore breaths deep and sighs..)).

    I’m in on Doumit… IF, IF, Thome does not sign there… He would screw the pooch for the Donut .. Any word on that???..

    In shallow Yahoo and ESPN stuff… Jordan Pacheco is a pooch screwer… He will most likely kill Nelson’s chance FT at 3B and the chance of an everyday 1Ber there too..

    Adding to the Gyorko ST list hottie list…

    M Choice OAK OFer is on fire… (One of the reasons I like the Young sluff to the Yankees by the A’s)..

    And certainly, N Arenado of COL 3B is on fire too…He’s a stud!!! Three taters this weekend (I think) Another Nelson killer on the way… Poor Nelson…

    We will see these guys at some point this season… Wondering if Arenado breaks camp with the Big Club???..

    No room for Choice short of a trade with the A’s loaded outfield…

    By the way, Reddick is looking good swinging the bat… I was concerned … He actually had a ground ball base hit on Saturday..

    Sorry about the emotional outburst above… I don’t know what came over me… I’m back under control now…

    • Grey

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      @T Moore: Yeah, saw that about Choice… Don’t think he makes the club though…. Starting to think Arenando will be great in every spring training… Nice to have you back…

  13. Jay says:
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    Hi Grey-
    not sure if this move makes me better for my 5×5 H2H 10 tm league. Current Keepers: Braun, Votto, Longo, Verlander, Cain.
    we are allowed to trade draft picks and did so last year. Draft looks a little spotty early on. My first 5 picks come at 55, 84, 86, 104, 106.
    what is your advice on this offer:
    – I get Starlin Castro, Strasburg, and the first overall pick in the draft for either Braun or Votto and pick 155?

    potentials availables: Heyward, Zimmerman, Butler, Cespedes, Wainwright, Dickey, BJ Upton

    Thanks-
    Jay

    • Grey

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      @Jay: Trade’s fair, but you already have too much pitching…

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: Sorry – we only keep 5. accepting that trade would cause me to throw back cain into the keepers and then focus on hitting with my earliest picks riding Verlander and Stras to the 12th round and then working on pitching.

        • Grey

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          You’d have two of the top 3 starters… That’s still too much pitching… So, the deal is fine, if you plan to trade pitching away right after you trade for it…

  14. schlitzy says:
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    Need some advice on my 10 team 10 keeper league. Costs me $25 to cut a player I draft so, although I hate keeping closers I gotta keep one. This is a 4×4 league with no Runs and no Ks.

    Definites are:
    Braun
    Stanton
    Bautista
    HArper
    Reyes
    Papelbon
    Wainright

    Then I need to pick 3 of the following:

    Lawrie
    Hosmer
    Moustakas
    Rizzo
    Medlen
    Morrow
    Chapman
    Gallardo
    Sale
    J. Zim

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy: Lawrie, Rizzo, Aroldis…

  15. Wilsonian says:
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    How soon you forget, Mr. Grey. J.P.’s initials stand for Jazzy Phizzle…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: I think he changed his name to Just Peachy…

      • Phil says:
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        @Grey: thought it was Jerry Poopypants

  16. Sky

    Sky says:
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    You forgot ‘I’m currently wearing a fedora…and nothing else’. That’s hard hitting fantasy analysis right there.

  17. Sam says:
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    First auction draft of the year. I don’t know what I’m doing. Thoughts on my team? (Standard roto league)

    C – Carlos Santana ($13)
    1B – Adrian Gonzalez ($28)
    2B – Altuve (9)
    3B – Pablo (16)
    OF – J Upton (35)
    OF – BJ Upton (20)
    OF – Bruce (22)
    Util – Reddick (1)
    Util – Rizzo (14)
    Bench – Austin Jackson (11), Crisp (2)
    P – Medlen (19), Samarnsjoan (7), Minor (7), Kennedy (12), Milone (1), Estrada (2)
    RP – Street (7), Janssen (7), Rondon (1), Benoit (1)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam: I don’t know how many teams…

      • Sam says:
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        @Grey: Sorry about that. 12 team mixed leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam: Hitting looks strong, pitching looks a bit weak with a lot of risk… I like the guys you have on your pitching staff, but there’s not a whole lot of sure things there…

  18. Beastman says:
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    Shameless plug for a Razzball Commenter league! Standard RCL settings, $50 buy in with PayPal. Have 4 owners, need 8 more. Draft is tentatively scheduled for Sunday the 24th at 3 pm. E-mail for more details and league invite.

    joshua_eastman@yahoo.com

  19. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I am next to pick in my draft. The following are the best players available: Kevin Gausman George springer Gary Sanchez yasiel puig oswaldo arcia Bruce Rondon Michael Wacha.l zach lee

    Any of these guys worth taking?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss andrelton simmons
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util travis snider
    bn yunel escobar
    bn jurickson profar
    bn miguel sano
    bn ryan lavarnway
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp wade leblanc
    rp philippe aumont
    p mat thorton
    p barry zito
    p zack wheeler

  20. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Dallas McPherson sighting, dodgers send him to minor league camp. I have to wonder why he still plays this game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Wow, that’s an oldie but goodie… At first, I thought you meant Dallas Green… It’s been a while for McPherson…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Where have you gone Mike Jacobs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Him, McPherson and Kotchman should start their own team…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: those three should start an acapella group

            • Grey

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              Ha… They just need a burning trash can.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Goodnight, fantasy baseballers, well it’s time to go,
                Goodnight, fantasy baseballers, we couldn’t cut it in the show,
                I hate to leave you, but I really can’t play,
                Goodnight, fantasy baseballers, goodnight.

                Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: they can bring in Mathis and Wood and be the over hyped Angel prospects

  21. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered desmond jennings for rondon and sano. Do I consider this?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss andrelton simmons
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util travis snider
    bn yunel escobar
    bn jurickson profar
    bn miguel sano
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp wade leblanc
    rp philippe aumont
    p mat thorton
    p barry zito
    p zack wheeler
    p bruce romdon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: I’d take Jennings…

  22. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Grey, I only see TWO overrated. Usually 6 to 8. This always a stellar, reliable list. NEED the rest by draft day…:-)

  23. Paul H. says:
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    @Grey

    What are your thoughts on Wilson Ramos. I had him last year and was pleased with his production until the injury. Looks like this year he is completely out of mind and falling in drafts. I am in a 2C league with 10 reserves. Is he worth a reserve round flyer as a backup?

    • Grey

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      @Paul H.: He’s worth a reserve round flyer… He’s not the definite starter for his team…

  24. Sam says:
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    Btw, does Rutledge have a starting spot or is he still good to draft despite concerns over his playing time?

    • Grey

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      @Sam: He’s the starter…

  25. Jon says:
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    I’m in an NL-only league with rules about owning a certain number of players from each team (must own one, can’t exceed two, can’t start two hitters from the same team on the same day). Here’s my roster after our draft:

    C Martin PIT / Ruiz PHI *with the idea to drop Martin for a PIT pitcher when Ruiz is back
    1B Rizzo CHI
    2B Hill ARI
    3B Wright NY
    SS Rutledge COL
    OF Stanton MIA
    OF Choo CIN
    OF Beltran STL / Crawford LA, Aoki MIL, Quentin SD

    SP Bumgarner SF
    SP Chapman CIN
    SP Zimmermann WAS
    SP Haren WAS
    SP Estrada MIL
    SP Minor ATL
    RP Kimbrel ATL

    I don’t need 3 bench outfielders obviously, and I’d like more flexibility in the infield if anyone is injured. Here are some moves I could make and stay within our rules. Any you’d do?

    Aoki->Belt, Aoki->Segura, Haren->Espinosa, Minor->Simmons, Quentin->Forsythe

    (I’m leaning towards either Aoki for Segura, or Quentin for Forsythe)

    • Grey

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      Trying to get rid of Rutledge? I’d hold for now…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: not trying to get rid of him. I just don’t want 3 bench OF in a 3-OF league. Any SD starters worth taking a flier on?

        • Grey

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          Gotcha… Do Aoki->Segura

  26. Nick says:
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    Great stuff as always, Grey. I’ve never invested more than $10 on a catcher in my league. Speaking of that league, 16 teams (going from 14 to 16 this year), $260 budget, 5×5 but with OBP and SLG to replace AVG and HR. Can keep as many as I want, so always tough to decide on the borderline guys. I’m torn on Berkman ($6), Alcides Escobar ($6) and Madson ($6). I don’t see any of them as amazing value, but I like Berkman as a sleeper and Escobar is an Andrus light. Given that the two new teams have $260 to spend at auction, I’m thinking the values on all three are decent. Would you throw any of them back?

    • Grey

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      Thanks! I’d keep all three…

  27. Eric Karbell says:
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    I have the 11th pick in my fantasy draft coming up. We are doing a yahoo league so the players that I have been finding available in mocks are:
    1. Stanton
    2. Verlander
    3. Tulo
    4. Beltre
    5. Hamilton
    6. Strasburg
    7. Bautista
    8. Strasburg

    Who should I take with the 11th and 13th pick assuming a Cargo or Prince doesn’t fall to me?

      • Eric Karbell says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I’ve read the top 20 and used it a lot in mocks, but it doesn’t make sense to use in this situation because you have guys like gonzo, kinsler and adam jones who have been falling in the late 3rd-early 4th round of YAHOO drafts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then take Stanton…

        • Beardcrabs says:
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          @Eric Karbell: they zig we zag…

    • Eric Karbell says:
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      @Eric Karbell: Obviously, just one Strasburg, the other one was supposed to be Kershaw.

      Longoria, Wright and Justin Upton are also there about 13 picks after they are normally taken in Yahoo Drafts

  28. B says:
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    Unrelated to catchers, but wanted to check back in on some of your rankings from earlier…

    Originally in the top 40/60 OFs you had Fowler at 37 and Chris Davis around 42. But in the top 400 rankings you have Davis way higher — around 95 and Fowler in the low-mid 100s. I’m curious if its circumstantial — meaning relative to all players Davis is a little better than compared exclusively to OFs. Or if your opinion of Davis and Fowler changed over the few weeks between the rankings.

    Do you see them as contributing similar value split between speed and power or do you see one as the clear better asset over the other?

    Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks a lot man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis has better eligibility so he’s higher overall… If you’re playing Davis at outfield, he’s less valuable… They’re not the same type of players at all…

      • B says:
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        @Grey: I would be playing both/either at OF… and I have more power depth than speed. In that case, do you see Fowler as the better asset, or does positional flexibility, prospect pedigree, and general scarcity of 30 HR talent make Davis still the clear winner?

  29. jd says:
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    hey grey… keeper question. 12 team 5×5 with an auction. can keep 3 at their draft/waiver value from 2012.
    dickey $1
    medlen $1
    adam jones $18
    rios $1
    votto $57
    tulo $61

    thinking of going with dickey, medlen and jones for best value. thoughts?

    • Grey

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      Those three make sense…

    • jd says:
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      @jd: also could keep jay bruce for $28

  30. Jon says:
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    Any SD starters worth taking a flier on right now?

    • Jon says:
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      (healthy ones, specifically)

  31. ADP says:
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    Awesome stuff, Grey. In your 15-team LABR league, you and Rudy drafted Arencibia and Beef Wellington. In hindsight, is that what you wanted? Specifically, Avila went a bit early in the 13th round so I didn’t know if you were hoping to draft him and Arencibia. To point out how early Avila was taken, your next 4 picks were Axford, Berkman, Beckett and Estrada. And your pick right before Avila was taken was Garza pre-injury. Given the great talent you drafted in lieu of taking Avila or some other catcher earlier seems to prominently reinforce what I’ve learned from you about punting catchers. But I just wanted to check on the extent to which you recommend punting catchers. Second part of question is, if I wanted to go for Avila and Arencibia in a similar league style (2 C’s, etc etc), is it smart to reach, and how much should I reach a round or two for both guys to avoid getting a second catcher that is ranked farther down your leaderboard? Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, the catchers were what we wanted, we were punting… You shouldn’t have to reach for Avila and Arencibia, but I do like both of them… Depends what you’re able to take instead…

  32. CoreyII says:
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    Could use some advice on my 5th and final keeper – auction NL only league, 10 teams, deep rosters, normal 5×5 categories.

    Deciding between Matt Holliday ($31), Johnny Cueto ($14), or Juan Pierre ($4) for my last keeper.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto

  33. sanfran1966 says:
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    Implemented the RazzDraft Fantasy Baseball War Room program in my first Yahoo 12 team Roto 1,400 inning cap league.

    Purty Kewl tool !!!

    questions/decisions though…

    I was deficient in steals so selected Bonifcaio in Round 15 to meet this category instead of Rutledge who rates higher (although was able to pick him up in round 18)

    I also moved off Sal Perez in rounds 10/11 and waited to select Napoli for the HR production/upside for my catcher.

    Grey; what are your thoughts on taking lower rated players (Bonifacio v Ruteldge) or (Napoli v Perez) to fill categories after your base team is built?

    C Mike Napoli 71 26 84 2 .242
    1B Eric Hosmer 75 22 90 12 .280
    2B Emilio Bonifacio 79 3 49 42 .263
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera 77 17 86 14 .272
    3B Evan Longoria 89 32 107 5 .283
    OF Mike Trout 108 19 102 48 .326
    OF Justin Upton 100 28 104 19 .284
    OF Jay Bruce 95 35 105 7 .259
    UTIL David Ortiz 82 28 98 0 .279
    UTIL Austin Jackson 105 15 62 20 .288
    B Todd Frazier 72 29 89 5 .268
    B Josh Rutledge 92 17 51 20 .262
    B Carlos Quentin 64 21 75 1 .248
    Total 881 225 887 169 .258
    Goal 838 211 804 163 .270
    % Goal 105% 107% 110% 104% 96%

    • Grey

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      Nice…. Yeah, I have no problem taking lower ranked players to fill needs, or just because you might like someone better… That is a stacked hitting team…

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @Grey:

        great. thought it made sense.

        my pitching is decent, got slightly burned when 10 pitchers came off the board between picks and losing out on a Peavy, Morrow, and Samarj type and settling for Josh Johnson. Although I like the depth

        POS W K ERA WHIP SV
        SP Cliff Lee 13 212 3.05 1.06 0
        SP Max Scherzer 15 225 3.30 1.24 0
        RP Casey Janssen 3 67 2.78 1.07 37
        RP John Axford 3 90 3.10 1.18 34
        P Josh Johnson 14 160 3.86 1.26 0
        P Jarrod Parker 14 176 3.61 1.27 0
        P Homer Bailey 16 188 3.57 1.20 0
        P Brett Anderson 9 110 3.49 1.18 0
        B Mike Minor 11 181 3.87 1.22 0
        B Tommy Milone 9 147 3.58 1.26 0
        B Hisashi Iwakuma 9 152 3.56 1.26 0
        B Alex Cobb 10 147 3.86 1.30 0

        Total 87 1228 3.41 1.19 71
        Goal 100 1330 3.44 1.24 92
        % Goal 87% 92% 101% 104% 77%

        • Grey

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          Yeah, that pitching staff isn’t terrible at all… I like it…. I’d take more saves and less SPs, definitely…

          • sanfran1966 says:
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            @Grey:

            some clown took 8 closers – will be chasing relievers all season…

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*****

  35. stanley wayne says:
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    competitive 12 team, 5 x5 roto, 3 keepers.

    best of the bunch include: giancarlo, kershaw, tulo, adrian gonzalez, heywood, and medlin

    what would you do? (or should i just ask what do you suggest i do?)

    thanks.

    • Grey

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      Stanton, Heyward, Tulo…

      • stanley wayne says:
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        wow, you really don’t like taking pitchers do you?
        and tulo – rolling the dice ‘eh. i thought i read somewhere that you’ll never win w.Tulo…
        thanks!

  36. Goose says:
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    Heyo Greyo –

    Had our 14-team dynasty snake draft yesterday.

    Rules: 6×6 roto (R, HR, TBs, RBI, OBP, SBN – 5 standard + Holds), kept 4 this year, keep 6 next, then keep 8 the following. I had pick 13 out of 14.

    Here’s how my team looks…

    C – M. Montero (5)
    1B – Craig (1)
    2B – Ackley (15)
    3B – Cabrera*
    SS – Castro*
    MI – Segura (17)
    CI – Hosmer (2)
    OF – Hamilton*
    OF – Bruce*
    OF – Eaton (10)
    OF – Span (13)
    UT – Cuddyer (16)
    BE – Profar (6)

    P – Balfour (9)
    P – Cook (12)
    P – McGee (14)
    P – Herrera (18)
    P – Pryor (19)
    SP – Moore (3)
    SP – Dickey (4)
    RP – Grilli (7)
    RP – Wilhelmsen (8)
    BE – Morrow (11)
    BE – Estrada (20)
    BE -> DL – Beachy (21)

    * = my keeper.

    A couple notes:

    – With this format, most everyone fills out their P slots with middle relievers. The value of mid-level starters is depreciated – guys undrafted include: Cahill, AJ Burnett, Bailey, Garcia, Hanson, McCarthy, Dempster, Ryu, etc – but this set-up also increases the value/importance of having at least a couple bedrock SPs.
    – Was hoping to get either Craig or Hosmer at 13 – am stoked to have both, feel very strong at 1b going fwd.
    – Once I did that, wanted to go strong with two stud SPs back-to-back and then not worry about my staff.
    – Stoked to get Profar! – especially where I did and still able to fill out my team elsewhere.
    – No idea why/how (a) I took Span two rounds before Cuddyer, (b) Cuddyer was still there three rounds later (round 16!), (c) … , nor (d) if I should be worried about why he fell so low?
    – Leonys Martin went undrafted. Considering our format and my team, would you advocate dropping Pryor (who could get some holds/is my hand cuff to Wilhelmsen) just to have Martin on my bench? Or keep my handcuff/bullpen in tact?

    Any other thoughts? Thanks!

  37. Cam_13 says:
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    I’m in a 16 team 5×5 roto 4 keepers league and catchers have seemed to go at a premimum in the past…I’m thinking to punt it and wait on Mesoroco, Grandal, D’arnaud or Zunino to get jobs…I’m leaning towards Grandal regardless of suspension just because of his success last year…thoughts?

  38. Matt says:
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    Which of these 3 am i keeping in a keeper league? Probably only for this year since I will try to get tavares or profar in my draft.

    Dickey, Sale, Granderson

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale

  39. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Dr, grey

    your stache rivals the Egyptian pyramids…

    12 tm al only dynasty

    trade alcides escobar ($25 – keep for 2 more yearS)

    for

    hellickson ($10 – this year only)

    I dont really like hellickson, and i dont think you do either, but i dont like escobar at $25 either.

    • Grey

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      I’d take Hellickson, but don’t want either… There’s a new post for followups…

  40. JS says:
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    Any thoughts on J. Castro or H. Giminez in an AL-only 2-C format?

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