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It’s really hard to pick a Creeper for Week 1. I asked myself, do you suggest a player the Razz army all drafted but is undervalued everywhere else? Is telling them to drop a player they drafted for my one week call a good idea? Why does Sky wear running shorts in the shower? How do I know what he wears in the shower? The latter is because I shared a hotel with him during Spring Training (insert winking emoji) and the former is why we are here. Welcome back to Sundays everyone, no not you troll…okay, you can come on over and troll. I don’t mind. Everth Cabrera is a recipient of opportunity this week and like we say around here SAGNOF! Why not start now? Unlike a diet in January this is a regiment that needs to be stuck to for the next six months. Yes we play for six months here. I don’t want any of that, I’m out of it in June B.S. from any of you. You might be surprised what can happen if you stick it out. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Our resident deep league aficionado Sky has been talking up E-Cab lately as he loves how the reclamation expert Orioles have created an opportunity for the PED busted weed puffing base stealer. To paraphrase Mr. Sky: Baltimore didn’t spend that kind of money for a pinch runner and the MI situation had questions marks with the health and ability of the current roster. Well it looks like Sky was pretty correct now that the injury to J.J. Hardy has opened a spot for E-Cab to show the O’s that they didn’t waste their time and money on him. If we look at his spring, which I hate to do, we see he led the team in AB’s and carries a 9/7 K/BB ratio. This only matters to me because he demonstrated a good eye and that the O’s wanted to give him every opp to make the club.  This week the 2.1% owned E-Cab has six games with three against the Rays and three against the Jays. As of now 4 are right handers and one lefty. Being a switch hitter I would like to see better numbers against right-handers in the average department (.247), but a three year OBP split of .315/.330 is encouraging enough for me. *crosses fingers the spring walks carry over* The thing about base-stealers that you should know is its easier to get a jump on a right-hander than a lefty. SAGNOF! To get back to my point in the opening, I don’t want you all getting batty call cray in week one, enjoy your new car for a week before you swap out the wheels or get a dashboard Jesus. Middle infidel is one of my Frankenpositions this year with catcher being the other. If you subscribe to this strategy then this is your guy and go ahead and play with as much confidence as a teenager at his first middle school dance. What! I’m kidding, it’s week one, chill out. Go ahead and take E-Cab out for a Joyride!  I’m sure we will be laughing about this next week when he chips in for your team and if not the bloodstains should come out with a little bleach.

Creepy Catcher  Frankencatcher special for the frequent rosterbating haters of the men that squat for money. John Jaso faces five right-handers this week with the only lefty being Wei-Yin Chen. Last year he hit .272 against righties and should have a favorable spot in the batting order as I have seen him as high as second, batting behind Desmond Jennings. At 5.5% owned he should be there and you can go confidently into this week with a DH manning your C-spot. If you really want the one day batty call from him I would go with him on Friday when he faces Dan Haren who over 26 AB’s has a .300 average with 3 HR’s.

 

Top-100 Hitters for Week 1

When Jay first approached me with this idea I thought he drank too much Makers Mark and needed to sober up. Oh how JayWrong I was. This is a very real thing, so I apologize if any of you choked on your coffee or threw yourself out a window. For the 2015 season, I’ll be including a top-100 hitters for the week in my Sunday Creeper post. Similar to JB’s top-100, this is the hitter compliment to complete the circle. This is my Top-100, it’s not Grey’s or Rudy’s, neither Sky’s or the Mike’s. In all truth, it’s a little bit of everyone’s, for I have respect for my co-workers and yet as you all know, I have my own values and opinions. I know everyone will not agree with what I’m putting out there and that is what the comments are for. Let’s talk it out and agree to disagree.

Rank Player Pos Team
1 Mike Trout OF LAA
2 Giancarlo Stanton OF MIA
3 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
4 Jose Abreu 1B CHW
5 Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI
6 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
7 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
8 Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
9 Carlos Gomez OF MIL
10 Troy Tulowitzki SS COL
11 Jose Bautista OF TOR
12 Josh Donaldson 3B OAK
13 Yasiel Puig OF LAD
14 Adam Jones OF BAL
15 Ryan Braun OF MIL
16 Michael Brantley OF CLE
17 Justin Upton OF SD
18 Corey Dickerson OF COL
19 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
20 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
21 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
22 George Springer OF HOU
23 Robinson Cano 2B SEA
24 Ian Desmond SS WAS
25 Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
26 Albert Pujols 1B LAA
27 Todd Frazier 3B CIN
28 Bryce Harper OF WAS
29 Yoenis Cespedes OF OKA
30 Jacoby Ellsbury OF NYY
31 Carlos Santana 3B CLE
32 Hanley Ramirez SS BOS
33 Chris Davis 1B BAL
34 David Ortiz DH BOS
35 Anthony Rendon 2B WAS
36 Buster Posey C SF
37 Billy Hamilton OF CIN
38 Matt Kemp OF SD
39 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
40 Victor Martinez DH DET
41 Prince Fielder 1B TEX
42 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL
43 Jay Bruce OF CIN
44 Ian Kinsler 2B DET
45 Dee Gordon OF MIA
46 Jorge Soler OF CHC
47 Starling Marte OF PIT
48 Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS
49 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
50 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
51 Jose Reyes SS NYM
52 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
53 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
54 Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
55 Joey Votto 1B CIN
56 Evan Longoria 3B TB
57 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
58 Mark Trumbo OF ARI
59 Brett Gardner OF NYY
60 J.D. Martinez OF DET
61 Matt Holliday OF STL
62 David Wright 3B NYM
63 Kole Calhoun OF LAA
64 Avisail Garcia OF CHW
65 Christian Yelich OF MIA
66 Jason Heyward OF STL
67 Kolten Wong 2B STL
68 Elvis Andrus SS TEX
69 Leonys Martin OF TEX
70 Marcell Ozuna OF MIA
71 Joc Pederson OF LAD
72 Mookie Betts OF BOS
73 Evan Gattis C HOU
74 Brandon Moss OF CLE
75 Adam LaRoche 1B CHW
76 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
77 Alex Gordon OF KC
78 Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
79 Hunter Pence OF SF
80 Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS
81 Ben Revere OF MIN
82 Chris Carter DH HOU
83 Melky Cabrera OF CHW
84 A.J. Pollock OF ARI
85 Jayson Werth OF WAS
86 Brandon Belt 1B SF
87 Shin-Soo Choo OF TEX
88 Lucas Duda 1B NYM
89 Manny Machado 3B BAL
90 Starlin Castro SS CHC
91 Alexei Ramirez SS CHW
92 Neil Walker 2B PIT
93 Howie Kendrick 2B LAD
94 Alex Rios OF KC
95 Matt Adams 1B STL
96 Wil Myers OF SD
97 Eric Hosmer 1B KC
98 Jimmy Rollins SS LAD
99 Khris Davis OF MIL
100 Steven Souza OF TB
  •  I can’t help myself with Troy Tulowitzki. He’s a top 5 hitter when on the field and to be honest is worth the risk. Last year, in only 375 AB’s he went 71/21/52/.340, which only makes me pander to Ms. Full Season…you looking good in dem jeans Ms. Full Season. I know its easy to write him off with the “injured every year” tag but I’m a risk taker at the the back end of round one. I would rather lose taking a risk on him than lose playing it safe with Adam Jones.
  • I got a little crush on Springer and I just don’t care. Not many 30/20 upside guys running around here…okay more like 30/15 but still that 30 can quickly turn into 35. He’s my reach guy this year. Speaking of reaching I like Braun in a bounce back…if the thumb is back… am I right? The potential returns are too much for me to pass up on. Does he have a 30 HR year left? Maybe, I’m willing to find out because I own him in a few spots. I think at worst he is a good batting average, low 20’s HR hitter in a lineup great for counting stats floor guy.
  • Adrian Gonzalez is a solid performer. That is all! Where I have him reflects my valuing of solid guys that aren’t showing their age, he’s still only 32. Playing in Los Angeles didn’t hurt him last year when he had 27 bombs, most since 2011. I’m going to put his three year ranks among 1st basemen like a slash line 6th/12th/2nd/5th (R/HR/RBI/AVG).
  • I don’t like the price tags on Bryce Harper or Hanley Ramirez and I grouped them here because they both have heads that get in the way of them being successful. As we say around here: They can do that on someone else’s team.
  • I don’t get those on the net that project Marte for 20HR’s. He was pretty meh until the Dreadless Pirate got hurt. Hitting 8 bombs the last two months after only 5 the first 4 coupled with two months of sub mendoza line in that first 4 worries me. We all get, or at least should know, that high K rate guys are prone to massive slumps. Is betting that his Aug/Sept was who he evolved into or is he the first half guy? He’s probably both and takes a very small leap, just not as much as everyone thinks.
  • I love J.D. this year and after spending a weekend with Sky I am really convinced about the awesomeness that carries my grandmothers lastnamesake. Funny thing is I don’t own him anywhere. Stupid stupid me!
  • Brandon Belt is one of those guys I have all over my draft folder. He started out on a holy terror last year before getting hurt. This is me gambling that he picks up where he left off. That .193 ISO in 2013 and the .206 ISO last year has me chomping at the bit if he can stay on the damn field. He turns 27 on 4/20 so roll one up and pass it around for Belt.

 

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  1. Andrew says:
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    Now that Jose Fernandez is On the DL….Kennys Vargas or CJ Cron for a sleeper bench bat??

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Andrew: Vargas. The lack of a suspension to Hamilton hurts Cron….and me

      • Greg says:
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        @J-FOH: How does it hurt Cron? Will he plattoon with Joyce as DH when Hamilton returns?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Greg: It looks that way.

  2. LeMaster of My Domain says:
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    Dig your write-ups, J-FOH, but humor me a bit: after his disappointment last season yet strong spring showing, where would Granderson fit in on your list if it was more than 100? Sure, he has the Nats to start against but then the ATL to finish the week. You see him making a decent rebound this year?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @LeMaster of My Domain: he’s a batty call when the match-up is right. The BA is going to kill you and he needs to be used only when its in his favor or he’s on a hot streak

  3. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I was going to read this. Then I clicked on the “Hollywood’s Best Boobies” ad. 13 year old me exists in some parallel universe and is overwhelmed by the existence of a community providing unlimited fantasy baseball talk on a computer along with access to pictures of boobs. I am going to eat some cold pizza and have a beer to get 19 year old me in the game.

    I’m sending 45 year old me back to bed with coiffee and the NYT crossword puzzle.

    Ok I read it. Nice work Jack. I’m giving EverCab the start in my NFBC Auction league. Filling ABs while I”m waiting for Hunter Pence to feel better.

    I went to the A’s game yesterday. My 3 year old asked me where Coco is. I said, “he’s got owies.” My boy said, “oh he’s at home with his Mommy. He’s eating soup.” This is possible.

    A’s left their bats in Phoenix. It looks like heavy air in Oaktown (actually raining right now). Rangers pitcherrs are probably lightly owned. Might be an early stream opportunity.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I love the early season weather factor. Huge in our DK analysis over here and under appreciated.

      Your son needs a fantasy baseball column. A guy I used to play with who lives in the east bay is teaching his 11 year old to play fantasy. I told him to just send him in here everyday so he learns the right way.

  4. Hater Bell

    Grey says:
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    Nice job, Jfoh!

    • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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      @Grey: This is fantastic, made my day

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: Thank you Hater Bell

  5. Andrew says:
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    Now that Jose Fernandez is on the DL, do I go Kennys Vargas or CJ Cron as a sleeper bench bat?

    • Andrew says:
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      @Andrew: oops…sorry for the doublecomment

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Andrew: Thats OK, my first post can overwhelm you

  6. Regan says:
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    I don’t think Rendon or Byrant will be much help this week. Other than that, me likey. Except for the Harper dig, i have him on most of my teams, just asking for trouble.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Regan: I wanted my pre-season list to be out there so we have a reference point at the end of the year. There was a tad bit of confusion with between me and my editor. Sorry for any confusion for you

  7. howiewan says:
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    Awesome help on MI and C streams this week, I’m rolling ECab out there. For the top 100 week 1, you have Kris Bryant on the list?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @howiewan: This is me cut and pasting from above.

      I wanted my pre-season list to be out there so we have a reference point at the end of the year. There was a tad bit of confusion with between me and my editor. Sorry for any confusion for you

  8. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Tomas to Reno, Bradley in the rotation, Ross released. Seems like the Diamondbacks actually did some things right.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: they went from being D nuts to D sensible

      Lamb is one on my watch list

  9. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    Ms. Fullseason… I’m picturing the mom from home improvement for some reason… and Salma Hayek’s full season

  10. Will says:
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    Drafted Friday while also pretending to work and the war room was acting up. Where are the holes? 10-team 5×5 weekly matchups, OBP instead of AVE, QS instead of W. Thanks!
    C- d’Arnaud
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Dozier
    SS – Bogaerts
    3B – Arenado
    MI – Wong
    CI – Frazier
    OF – Ad Jones, Dickerson, JD Martinez, Avisail Garcia, Danny Santana,
    UTIL – Chris Davis
    BN – Yasmany Tomas
    SP – Samardzija, Arrieta, Hutchison, Fiers, Shoemaker, Liriano, Bauer, C Martinez
    RP – Rondon, Clippard, Miller, Uehara (DL)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Will: Id start Santana ahead of Boegarts because you need the speed more than what Bogey does

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: they made you wear a tie at middle school dances?

      sure why not batty call!

      he he

  11. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Jose Abreu’s spring batting average through 4/3. I repeat….batting average:

    .508

    One homer.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Second half is the read here

  12. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    Agree on Harper too pricey,
    Belt was going for pennies in my drafts, WAY undervalued this year – he was my fav pick of yours in the Razz Nasty.

  13. Sky

    Sky says:
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    J.D. hits to all fields and hits it hard to all fields. Hard not to love. He has a skillset above what many give him credit for with his bat.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: I drafted him 3 years ago. I was pumped! Really glad to see I was just livin in a deLorean down by the river back then

  14. I’m torn on this article…on the one hand, I have 8 hitters in your top 50, so feeling pretty strong.

    On the other hand, you’ve got Kris Bryant listed (52?), and somehow I have a hard time seeing him contribute in fantasy’s top 500 while playing in the minor leagues.

    lol

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Lucky Dog: This is me cut and pasting from above.

      I wanted my pre-season list to be out there so we have a reference point at the end of the year. There was a tad bit of confusion with between me and my editor. Sorry for any confusion for you

      • @J-FOH:

        No confusion – just busting your chops a little. No offense intended.
        ;)

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Lucky Dog: I soon as i saw the post I knew this was coming…and the comments would follow.

          • @J-FOH:

            Then my work here is done.
            :)

            Happy opening day!

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              @Lucky Dog: I wouldnt expect anything less

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: I’m confused. You posted a Top 100 Hitters Week 1 yet Week 1 hasn’t happened yet. Is this some kind of wizardry? And if so, will I overcook my ham this evening?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @de nachos: each week, not this one of course, I will be posting a top 100 for the coming week. A prediction you might say.

          I believe the Ham is best at .325 and then when you uncover it and start glazing you can up it to .350

          • de nachos says:
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            @J-FOH: Outstanding. Ham is baking at 275. Hence dinner will be served by 10:45PM EST.

            LaStella is my boy tonight. And David Ross for Montero. Looks like Lester already has a personal backstop. Prima donna…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @de nachos: I streamed Olt

  15. MattTruss

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    Nice work Jack, weekly top hundy should keep you pretty busy.

    I like a lot of your top 100 arrangement. My preseason rankings had quite a few similarities, makes sense why you swore at me a lot during the FCL draft. Our top 12 arrangement is kinda uncanny with you pushing Cutch down the list and believing in Miggy still.

    Good stuff. Happy Opening Night!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MattTruss: screw you Matt Reacher!

      Thanks, if the bags decline on Cutch then his value takes a dump.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I did some anti-Cutch anti-Adam Jones work this offseason. “Safe” picks.

      • MattTruss

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        Agreed, I think his MVP award gives him a false fake baseball value bump for people.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @MattTruss: the power isnt getting better and if he gets 10 bags cut he’s out of the first round

  16. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Let’s play baseball

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Line ups posted yet?

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Indeed, already streaming LaStella/Coughlan where possible!

        • de nachos says:
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          @MattTruss: David Ross! *crickets* 38 year old catchers, no bueno?

          • MattTruss

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            @de nachos: Ha! I’d have grabbed him if you didn’t. Damn Blue Jays took too long to put Saunders on the DL or he’d have been mine!

  17. Raj says:
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    Nice list. I presume this is a power ranking (not a ranking for Week 1), given the inclusion of Kris Bryant and Hunter Pence. One omission that I’m really liking: Steve Pearce.

    Some sleepers that shouldn’t be on this list, but I also like: Travis Snider, Dexter Fowler, Rougned Odor, Rusney Castillo, Justin Morneau, Lawrie, Eaton and Mauer.

    It would be interesting if this became a weekly article.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Raj: yes it will be every week… a top 100 for the coming week. Pearce was in the running. This is really a pre-season as i’ll have a posted reference point later. I agree with most your other likes.

  18. GhostTownSteve says:
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    When do you think was the last time an MLB game featured two SS hitting clean up? Did Hanley hit clean up for the Dodgers? Tulo/Hanley?

    Castro Peralta. Man if you drafted Peralta yer jazzed (jizzed?)>

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I did in the razz friends and family!

      I think Hanley usually batted 3rd early in the year but might have. I would need to look

  19. Hondo says:
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    Jaso gets 5 RHP’s but he also gets the weekend @Crayola Canyon with no DH.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Hondo: He can still catch. We’ll see. I think they get him in vs. Haren. Feels like a TB move

      • Hondo says:
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        @J-FOH: How many AB’s do you see him getting this year?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Hondo: about 500

  20. Happy Vegans says:
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    OK, first and foremost, great, Great, GREAT EFFING choice with ‘Blood Stains’. I can’t wait to hear you work in other great songs such as… ya now, too many to name and I’ll leave that to you.

    As for E-Cab, I must have been channeling my inner Sky/JFOH cuz he’s a member of my NFBC team. Thank you and https://youtu.be/Hrm-rPSCIBw

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Happy Vegans: thanks my man. Im mixing up all genres this year. Hell I put Townes Van Zandt in my catchers and corners post

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @J-FOH: I’ve heard some of his work but to be honest, I’m not that familiar with his work. So thanks for the heads up… I’ll give it a listen.

        Have a good one & a cold one today.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Happy Vegans: Yes…yes….and a LOT of YES

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Happy Vegans: and BTW, you would of been able to eat my breakfast today (I think but probably not)

          Cacique Vegetarian Chorizo and egss, with some white onion, jalapenos and corn cooked in. With fried organic corn shells with some Valentina hot sauce and Queso Fresco

          OK, I guess the eggs and cheese wouldnt be right for you.

          • Happy Vegans says:
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            @J-FOH: close but I like how you’re thinking

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Happy Vegans: one of my favorite breakfasts

  21. Gareth says:
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    Do you see Josh Hamilton being relevant upon his return? I’m seeking power on my team and am looking at either him or Reddick as a DL stash.

    I Drafted my rcl team last night. It did not go well.

    My team has less power than j-foh at a razzball writer’s meeting.

    It does have a ton of “speed” though. So maybe Josh Hamilton would be a good fit.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Gareth: insulting me doesnt really jive when trying to get advice

      • Gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: It wasn’t an insult. Just a friendly joke as you are one of the newer writer’s and don’t have the seniority of a Grey or Rudy. No offense was meant in my search for a “my team has no power” analogy.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Gareth: you welsh cats need to learn a few things. See make that joke in Grey’s post for comedic effect with the writer.

          He’s fine to stash

          • Gareth says:
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            @J-FOH: I feel like if I made that joke to Grey it’d be like talking behind your back, even though technically it’s on the Internet for all to see.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Gareth: dont think so much

              • Gareth says:
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                @J-FOH: I do tend to overtone things.

                So in closing, out of the 2 guys named Josh, you’d stash Hamilton over Reddick?

                Reasons for preference?

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Gareth: they are both blah, but probably Hamilton

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @J-FOH: aren’t you a really big guy, such that saying “you have no power” simply is so off that it wouldn’t be taken as insult anyway (since it’s absurd)? now if he said that about me it’d be true (i’m small and weak), such that i might actually take something like that as an insult (or at least somebody else might, i don’t care). Are you weekly putting the -1 or +5 to guys as they move up or down your ranks like JB does with his pitcher list? This list is a good idea.

                    • J-FOH

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                      @goodfold2: I dont see putting the plus and minus since it will reflect all hitters in the universe for the week and their match-ups. wont make much sense.

                      I have to give Gareth grief

      • Gareth says:
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        I’m in a league with Razzball’s very own Mike.

        Here’s the brutal results of the draft:

        C McCann
        1 Votto
        2b Altuve
        3b Zimmerman
        CI Duda
        MI Miller
        Of Trout
        Of B. Hamilton
        Of Pence (to be dl’ed)
        Of Revere
        Of Morse
        UT Napoli

        Scherzer
        Price
        Carrasco
        McHugh
        Kazmir
        Rodney
        Britton
        Meija
        Gregerson

        Bench

        Romo
        Ottavino
        Mauer

        My draft went so badly, I appeared to lose my head about midway through and started making questionable picks, then at the very end drafted the famous razzball punching bag – Mr Joe Mauer!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Gareth: you have too much speed and not enough power, start trading, I’d start with Hamilton

          • Gareth says:
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            @J-FOH: Yeah. I feel like I’ll be looking for power all summer.

            It was going great until the 8th round, when BOTH Moss and Trumbo got taken a few picks before my turn. They were my 2 targets (I had the first pick so had consecutive picks). I suddenly had no plan B and I froze.

            Power was in truly short supply at that stage and I never really recovered after that.

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              @Gareth: Trumbo shouldnt of hung around that long. Did you play any leagues with Kid A?

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                @J-FOH: Hell no.

              • Gareth says:
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                @J-FOH: Once a lifetime is enough.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Gareth: dont run from him, beat him again

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @J-FOH:

                    It would have had to do it once in order to do it again.

                    Poor Toonces.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Kid A: this kitty has no claws

                • Kid A says:
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                  @Gareth:

                  Chickenshit.

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @Gareth: if this is what i’m assuming it is, a 12 team RCL, you way overpaid for SP. price AND scherzer on the same team in anything other than an 8 team league is too much. what resulted was having to start r.zimm/votto at starting CI spots, not good. and napoli as best late draft power also not good. this also made your OF weak. Like FOH said though, B.Ham always has trade value to somebody steals weak. Or even Altuve, as you have 3/5 top steals sources for all of MLB on same team.

  22. Doug says:
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    How is Rendon ranked when he’s on the DL?

    • Doug says:
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      Nevermind. Saw your comments above.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Doug: yeah the confusion will be gone next week

  23. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    I can’t seem to bring myself to drop yasmany Tomas. Is he worth hanging on to or should I drop him for belt or khris Davis.

  24. Jerry says:
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    Should I pick up Belt, Choo, Revere or Kris Davis to fill my last reserve spot? Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jerry: depends on need. Is this H2H or roto? who are your other hitters?

      • Jerry says:
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        It’s a head to head points league. I have Justin Upton, Frazier, Adam Jones, Carlos Gomez, Soler, Rendon, Pence, Agone, Yadier, Dan Murphy, Harrison as known hitters

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Jerry: Belt

  25. Gareth says:
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    You see the indians lock up Carrasco AND kluber today?

    That’s at least 3-4 years of a young in their prime core of Kluber, Carrasco, Gomes, Santana, Kipnis and Brantley.

    Add in young guys like Salazar, Bauer, House, Shaw, Allen, Lindor and Jose Ramirez, as well as solid vets like Moss and Bourn – it truly is an exiting time to be an Indians fan.

  26. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    Kimbrel Traded to Padres, Benoit is droppable. Grilli/Jim Johnson the pick-ups. Sup J-foh

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Smokey: what?

      • Colonel Angus says:
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        @J-FOH: Cody Martin a darkhorse?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Colonel Angus: nah, too bad Shae Simmons went down. Smokey is right

          • Colonel Angus says:
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            @J-FOH: Grilli and Johnson can’t be trusted. I’ll pass.@J-FOH: Cody Martin a darkhorse?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Colonel Angus: Im grabbing Grilli first, its most likely short term, but ATL is going nowhere

              • @J-FOH:

                Bad teams win close games. Not a ton of them, but don’t discount a closer for a bad team. I’ve found goldmines in closers on bad teams.

                That said, I also just got screwed (Benoit owner) and need to add Grilli as my #4 closer. Hopefully between he & NetFleaz I can get one closer’s stats on a weekly basis.

                sigh

                • @Lucky Dog:

                  Ps – reports on Grilli have been solid – 93 mph heater, good command. I’m thinking ATL liked what they saw enough. Still – i prefer my closers to be at least a decade younger than me (44). Grilli is 38? Yeesh.

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                  @Lucky Dog: I usually do well with low end bad team closers. Not sure how excited I can get with grilli. I’m not sure how excited they are about that shituation.

                  • @J-FOH: Oh, make no mistake – this sucks. lol

                    But Grilli could save 25 games in ATL. In a totally unwatchable kind of ugly baseball way.

                    But if he saves 25, I don’t care how he does it.

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                      @Lucky Dog: grilli still better than a feliz type (declining velo and he’s ok with it)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Smokey: Oh damn, his value just went nuts

      • @J-FOH:

        Yep – he was already the best closer in MLB – now he’s poised to save a crap-ton of games. As a Giant’s fan I’ll be the 1st to tell you the Padres are way better, and AZ isn’t great either.

        Kimbrel is going to save 130 games this year.

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          @Lucky Dog: giants fan? Your baseball IQ seems too high to be a Giants fan. you must be old.

          • @J-FOH:

            Haha – thanks, I think? 45 in August.

            The recent success has been fun for sure, but I’ve been through a lot lean years and even more ice cold nights at Candlestick. And I have the pins to prove it. ;)

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              @Lucky Dog: yeah I don’t really care for real baseball these days. Playoffs start and my tv changes channel

    • @Smokey: Per RotoBaller:

      “This spring, Grilli has looked much like the old man closer Joe Nathan was post Tommy John surgery in 2011 (his first year with the Rangers). The former Pirates closer has the experience and has the spring training peripherals to give his team a chance at ninth inning success, posting a 2.25 ERA and 0.75 WHIP to go along with 11 strikeouts in 8 innings pitched.

      Net, net, bottom line, we can’t guarantee anything, but we have our money on the Jason Grilli horse before the start of this particular race on the eve of the 2015 fantasy baseball season. Jim Johnson was putrid last year, and it would be a big surprise to see the Braves turn to him as their new closer. If Grilli is available on your waiver wire, immediately add him or put in a modest bid with your FAAB.”

      Encouraging spring. And Jim Johnson fell on his face in Oakland, a great pitcher’s park. I too expect it to be Grilli.

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        @Lucky Dog: he gets first look.

  27. Jerry says:
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    I have Rendon, Pence, Upton, Adam Jones, Frazier, Carlos Gomez, Agone, Carlos Santana, Soler, Dan Murphy, Harrison as hitters

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Jerry: Thanks for the heads up.

  28. slippy says:
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    Maybe i’m too hyped on zobrist but i was pumped to have him at 2 bag… You liking pitts walker significantly more? standard points league…

    Also Hammel or Bauer for my final SP? thx

    • J-FOH says:
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      @slippy: yes, the power is worth more to me. I’m not big on Zobrist

      Bauer for now until we see what he can do when it counts this year

  29. Fred says:
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    Hey man happy easter to you!

    My league/roster locks at the first game of the week which happens to be tonight & will be locked for the week at that point

    Are you starting odor at 2b this week 1 or sitting for any of these?
    Howie kendrick, neil Walker, Jedd gyorko, marcus semien (2b/3b), Brett lawrie(2b/3b), Arismendy alcantara (2b/of)

    Next, would you add your “sleeper/creeper” e-cab?

    My SS is hanley Ramirez , my IF is danny santana ,, my utility is carlos Santana .

    I was thinking dropping either mat latos , Matt shoemaker, iwakuma , wil myers for e – cab & potentially start him at IF instead of danny santana

    Thoughts?

    Thanks man

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fred: Id start Santana this week. I like Kendrick or Walker over him

  30. Joooo says:
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    Whoooooa! Holy canoli just heard craig Kimbrel has been traded to Padres with Melvin upton jr too

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Joooo: it’s fantasytastic

  31. FIreball Feliz says:
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    Hey J-FOH, remember when you saids Owings wouldnt be starting the year at SS? Well, he is

    • J-FOH says:
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      @FIreball Feliz: the diamondbacks changed plans and are starting him at 2nd, now Hill is out of the mix

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @FIreball Feliz: it was less than 2 days ago.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: and hill’s fine so far, it’s the prospect sect of lamb/yes… many getting the shaft.

  32. The Great Knoche says:
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    Kimbrel and Melvin Upton JR headed to San Diego for Maybin, Quentin, and prospects.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Sorry just saw Smokey’s above

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @J-FOH: I should have known better with a reliver involved. It Trout got traded for Stanton he probably wouldn’t have noticed.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @The Great Knoche: hehe, he’s only got spidey sense for RP stuff. that’s a funny premise. He’ll be hanging out somewhere and his ears or nose will twitch. hehe.

  33. Jerry says:
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    Thanks a lot! Enjoy the rest of the weekend and holiday!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jerry: you too, see you next week

  34. Steve Stevenson says:
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    McAllister or Masterson for a bench SP flier in weekly H2H?

  35. Well that didn’t take long – Went from having one of the best RP staff of any team in my league to scrambling to pick up (gulp) Jason Grilli – thanks Braves.

    15th round pick on Benoit too…and I coulda had the following there:
    Starlin Castro
    Zach Britton
    Xander Bogaerts
    Leonys Martín
    Kole Calhoun
    Salvador Pérez
    Scott Kazmir

    I have never been so screwed by a team so close to the opening of the baseball season. In fantasy sports I expect a little bad luck – but losing my #3 closer an hour before the season hurts bad.

    It better be Grilli. With my luck the Braves will sign someone else to close while I’m sleeping. Thank god I traded for a “4th” closer in Feliz, but that’s hardly confidence inspiring.

    Agh.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Calhoun and Martin in the 15th? Is this a ten teamer?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Lucky Dog: I can’t get into that

          • @J-FOH:
            We had 2 owners who sucked – The last two years they both stopped trying when they fell in the standings, so at the end they were easy outs.

            Better a 100% competitive 10-teamer than a disinterested 12-teamer.

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              @Lucky Dog: for sure, I play in a few tough 12 teamers, I would prefer a tough deep league

  36. Colonel Angus says:
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    What the balls is up with Tomas and Castillo being sent down? I sure as sh*@ didn’t see that coming. When does Victorino get the boot and how long do I have to wait for them to come back?

    • @Colonel Angus: D-Backs were talking about demoting Tomas a couple weeks ago, and he continued to have a putrid spring.

      With the $ they paid for him, I don’t expect him to stay in the minors for long, but maybe this’ll take a little pressure off the guy. Or maybe he’s a flaming bust-o-rama. Time will tell?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Colonel Angus: lucky dog makes some good points. He’ll most likely end up in the outfield . A lot depends on Lamb

  37. Wipo says:
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    Need a starter for a deep weekly league. 5×5 roto. Kennys Vargas or Mark Teixeira?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wipo: Vargas. Not even close

  38. Del Griffith says:
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    As the resident Marlins fan, even I’m scratching my head at why a team would trade one of their best players for Cameron Maybin. Pretty sure I’ve seen how this worked out last time.

  39. joeg414 says:
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    Is A.DeAza- OF : Worth at least a bench spot in a deep daily mixed roto league ?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @joeg414: yes he is deep league. Play only vs righties

  40. UL's Toothpick says:
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    MAYBIN AND QUENTIN HAVE VALUE on my NFBC bench.

    Serious though, they guys may be relevant again.

  41. joeg414 says:
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    Quentin just got cut by the Braves.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @joeg414: he should be cut from baseball

      • UL's Toothpick says:
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        @J-FOH:

        he will DH/ platoon somewhere me thinks

  42. tals23 says:
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    Looking for advice on this proposed trade…particularly from J-FOH

    I’m being offered
    Jd Martinez
    Sonny Gray
    Steve chishek
    Salvador Perez
    Dustin pedroia

    For

    Max sherzer
    Mike zunino

    I currently have jedd gyorko at 2b, zunino at catcher, marlon byrd as my third OF and i am short one ccloser….this would fill the closer hole i have, but I’m not sure the other players are enough of an overall upgrade to let Max Sherzer go….any and all advice welcome

    • J-FOH says:
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      @tals23: I don’t like it. Hold Max. Too many risky moving parts in there. If that owner wants max he needs to give up a similar valued player or a better package. Maybe a 2 for 1

      • tals23 says:
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        Looking for advice on this proposed trade…particularly from J-FOH

        I’m being offered
        Jd Martinez
        Sonny Gray
        Steve chishek
        Salvador Perez
        Dustin pedroia

        For

        Max sherzer
        Mike zunino

        I currently have jedd gyorko at 2b, zunino at catcher, marlon byrd as my third OF and i am short one ccloser….this would fill the closer hole i have, but I’m not sure the other players are enough of an overall upgrade to let Max Sherzer go….any and all advice welcome@J-FOH: i tend to agree…iv asked for cueto, chishek, and pedroia for sherzer and he eventually came back with this…should i try that deal again?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @tals23: I don’t like that either. Hold max

  43. Exactly says:
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    with that crazy kimbrel trade, should I drop benoit for grilli in a H2H Points League or hang tight? My other RPs are Chapman, Feliz, Boxberger, Soria. Thanks.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Exactly: I made the same move.

      • @Steve Stevenson:

        I kept Benoit & dropped my worst player. Benoit will help with whip & K’s and the occasional W. But if that’s all you’ve got to drop it’s the move to make.

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          @Lucky Dog: yeah agree with dog, benoit has his uses. In my league we have a cap of 4 RP rostered, sp benoit had to be the drop.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Exactly: I agree with the others.

  44. Joffrey says:
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    I have Wade Davis and Jake Peavy. Should I drop them for Jimmy Nelson and Brandon Morrow?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Joffrey: hold Davis. Peavy is a streamer

  45. Ralph Lifshitz

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    I see Hanley got the “I hate Boston” discount.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I got the I hate Hanley
      discount. Don’t be so conceded Ralph, oh wait, you’re from boston, you can’t help it

  46. MattH says:
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    Nice write up J-FOH. I like the top 100 hitters. I’ll be keeping my eye on that.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MattH: thanks. I hope I can keep it up

  47. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Weekly 5×5, Start Shoemaker, Hutch, Paxton or Mujica (as a 3rd RP)?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: depends on schedule

      • Buge Hoobs says:
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        @J-FOH: Week starts tomorrow, so 1 start P …
        [email protected], [email protected], Pax vsLAA or BOS RP @Phi and @NYY

      • Buge Hoobs says:
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        @J-FOH: My Stream-o-nator isn’t working for some reason and my deadline is tonight midnight. (Yes, I’m signed into CoinTent)

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Buge Hoobs: I’ll ping Rudy

        • @Buge Hoobs: email me at rudy At razzball dot com with how u signed up (paid via credit card, thru DFS, etc)

  48. Kid A says:
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    Why is there a Jolly Rancher hovering over home plate?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: HA!

  49. de nachos says:
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    Oh LaStella you make my heart sing.

    • Kid A says:
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      @de nachos: I’ll see you a Wong.

      • de nachos says:
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        @Kid A: Wong is going to steal 100 bases this year. Metrics.

        • Kid A says:
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          @de nachos:

          While hitting .000, the rat bastard.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: I bet it’s not just your heart

  50. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    nice page J-FOH whos the better play gose,burns or carl crawford ,just a fill in

    • J-FOH says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: I’ll have to take a look at schedule or matchups but I am inclined to go Gose

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @J-FOH: yeah,ill probably own both 10 or so times but thanks

        • J-FOH says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC: they are all in a pkatoon

  51. The Thrill says:
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    Drop Tomas for Oswaldo Arcia?

    • The Thrill says:
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      Souza also available. Thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Thrill: Souza. Oswaldo has back issues right now

  52. de nachos says:
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    Jeebus, bump up base stealers when Lester goes.

    • Kid A says:
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      @de nachos:

      Dude has the yips throwing to bases.

      Moa is going to love the Lestah line when he wakes up. FFS. Tee Hee Hee.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Kid A: Was awake for the whole thing – game started at noon NZ time. Owning Holliday everywhere softened the blow though.

    • @de nachos:

      I saw way too much of Lester ij Oakland last year. Dude has the yips period – seems to get to two strikes & can’t finish.

      That said he had some super shoddy D behind him too.

      Cubbies can’t catch a popup in shallow anywhere and Soler has stick-em in his glove. Terrible.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Lucky Dog: does anyone look good. I’m doing family thing right now

        • de nachos says:
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          @J-FOH: Phil Coke looked nasty.

          • Big Magoo

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            @de nachos: But what about his pitching?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: hey yo!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @de nachos: is he railing?

            • de nachos says:
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              @J-FOH: bump

              • J-FOH says:
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                @de nachos: like Gerry Rafferty sang he’s right down the line.

        • @J-FOH:

          Well, the home plate unp was in mid season form with balls 7″ off the plate getting called strikes.

          Soler put a lick on one Pitch and Holliday made a semi-lucky play to rob him of a double. And in the 1st he advanced a runner with an unselfish ground out to the left side for. Productive out. So while his box score will show 0-4, he was actually impressive at the plate. His defense, notsomuch.

          One tbing is for sure – the Cubbies need a new SS.

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            @Lucky Dog: ooh, Ive always thought Starlin needs to go. I hope he does so we can see Russell. I don’t get all the thinking the Cubs are going to make a lot of noise this year. A lot of things need to go favorably their way for that to happen. Now the Padres on the other hand are trying to build a fantasy team in reality and are doing an interesting job of it so far. But as we all know being a great team on paper or performing well thru 162 doesn’t even really matter anymore. It’s all about making the playoffs and getting hot.

            • @J-FOH:

              Oh yeah – if you listen very hard you can still hear the beeping noise from the 2014 Giants backing in for their miraculous run. They had no business being there much less winning it all.

              Which is in part what makes this game awesome.

              Backk to Castro, dude is a butcher in the field. I think he spent the first 3 innings trying to figure out what that leather thing on the end of his arm was. The apex was when he damn near tacked LaStella when both were going for a pop up just behind 2nd base on the shallow outfield grass. Cubbies overall D Stinks – at least 2 balls dropped that shoulda been caught. That was not a euphemism to going through puberty.

              Castro will commit 150 errors this season.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Lucky Dog: HA on Castro.

                Im on the other side of the of the spectrum when it comes to what makes baseball great. I want them to go back to two divisions per league and zero wildcard, whats really the point of even having divisions if winning it means nothing. Actually it hurts you to win it because you have such a lag in time off because of the TV deals that force these long waits between series. Created excitement by a play in game is just awful. Worst idea in years…actually that and instant replay. And dont even get me started on all the excessive inter league

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: noted…wait I don’t own him

  53. paz says:
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    would you pick up Maybin over Gose or Burns?

    also would you trade Frazier and Santana (no catcher eligibility) for Donaldson and Melky?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @paz: No and hells No!

  54. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    You trust Walt Weiss and his shenanigans enough to put Dickerson inside of the top 20? I don’t know. I don’t think he knows what he’s trying to do half of the time.

    I agree with Ralph on the Hanley discount, but understand the durability issues there.

    Betts has a good shot to be about 30 spots higher in a few weeks. Kid looks like the real deal.

    Great list man. I’m gonna go back and look for Pearce again, just in case…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: Boston can turn into a shituation real fast. Any slumps/Hot streaks can re shuffle them. Im not into that. Hanley is a head case, what does being in Boston change that? he may be great or may be Hanley the head case. I’m surprised conservative you likes him so much. He got paid even more reason to take his regular mini vacations

      • Big Magoo

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        @J-FOH: It’s not a question of production with Hanley though. Just durability. Unless legging out routine grounders or giving max effort on defense are categories, he’ll produce at a high level when in the lineup.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: I saw a lot of lackadaisical at bats with him. Trust me I saw a lot. He’s a head case that I don’t trust. Like I said he may be fine but not on my team. To assume he turns the corner and gets with the program and stays healthy is a lot of ifs and butts. See if he was on any other team Ralph could care less. You own him don’t you?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: some guys are upside plays. I think the guy that could be hurt is Blackmon. But still the probability of a hurt Cargo is enough to know they get 600 AB’s

      • Big Magoo

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        @J-FOH: I think Dickerson is more likely to be hurt than Blackmon in terms of PT. The Rockies have plenty of options in the middle of the order, but not many table setters.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: I look back to the off season and them trying to trade Blackmon. Not very hard but still trying. I’m banking on Dickerson being an every day guy and my ranking reflects that.

  55. dom says:
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    how would you rank Evereth, Jed Lowrie, and Jose Ramirez to start the season?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @dom: Everth, Jose, Lowrie

  56. Robert says:
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    As a Padre fan I am thrilled with Kimbrel, but I drafted Benoit as a closer. Is it safe to drop Benoit?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Robert: yes if you don’t need the ratio help

  57. Slappy says:
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    You forgot to mention that Jaso makes the ideal 2nd C on a 2 C team.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Slappy: I figured that was implied

  58. Greg- says:
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    Pretty new at this but will be using you guys all season, points league weak in bats

    1- gRANDAL
    2 – Prado
    3B – Frazier
    SS Zobrist
    MI – Lowie
    CI -Lind
    OF- Choo, Eaton, Jennings
    UTIL – Pompey, Cuddyer

    Pick two guys to drop and name 5 people probably on waivers in a 12 team league with 24 roster spots.

    Was thinking Pompey and Lowrie?

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