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Now Aroldis Chapman says he wants to be the closer.  Hahahahahahaha… Wait, why are you putting me in this room with padded walls?  No, the Reds haven’t driven me crazy.  I’m wearing a potato sack because the fabric breathes.  Dusty’s the crazy one, not me.  What is that powdery substance you’re stirring into my Jamba Juice?  I saw you…  I feel drowsy…  Jack, I just want to see what’s in the hatch…  ….Whoa, just had the weirdest dream.  I dreamt that not only did Dusty say he wanted Aroldis as the closer, but that Aroldis was saying it too.  All of that came after they signed Broxton to close games, with Sean Marshall and Jose Arredondo setting him up.  Wait, why am I still wearing a potato sack?  It’s true?!  AAAHHH!  I blame Dusty and the toothpick he hasn’t changed since late-1997.  He’s got splinters in the brain.  The good news (depending on how optimistic you can be) is Aroldis has about the same value and ranking as a closer as he does as a starter.  His auction value wouldn’t really change either.  If anything, Aroldis is probably a tad higher in rankings if he’s a closer.  It’s a role that he’s not only done before, but it’s a role that had him produce a top ten overall fantasy season.  The bad news is, you might own a $12 Salad and if you drafted him as an ace, you no longer have a starter, which could change the entire dynamic of your team.  This would kill Broxton’s value too.  This still isn’t a done deal, Aroldis and Dusty might get overruled by Reds management, who obviously want him as a starter.  I ask the Reds, “Is deciding on a role dis hard?”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in Spring Training for 2013 fantasy baseball:

Scott Kazmir – Favorite to win the Indians 5th starter job and be the inspiration for team names of Led Zep fans everywhere.

Casey Janssen – May not be ready to go on Opening Day due to his shoulder.  In the event that he can’t go, Santos will see saves in the early going.  Possible scenario:  Santos does well for the first two weeks, Janssen returns but the manager of the Blue Jays — we’ll call him John No-Name — says Santos has been fine so there’s no need to switch them, then Santos stays the closer for three months, then, after back-to-back shoddy outings from Santos, John No-Name says the Jays may go back to Janssen, then people question “go back to” since he’s yet to be the closer except in name only, but John No-Name resents “in name only” because he has no name and the Blue Jays go to City Hall to make John No-Name’s last name officially No-Name so he has a name, then, in an ironic twist, John No-Name goes to a closer by committee unable to choose one name.

Brennan Boesch – Signed with the Yankees.  He was only their fourth choice after Derrek Lee, Chipper Jones and The Unknown Comic.  To compensate, Boesch will play left field with a paper bag over his head, and Juan Rivera will play 1st base with a Don Mattingly face designed by Rick Baker.  This ain’t your slightly younger brother’s Yankees!  Boesch is a flyer for your 5th outfielder slot in AL-Only leagues.  Not much else.  I’ll give him the line of 58/16/60/.252/4 in 500 ABs.  It’s not great.

Matt Diaz – Released by the Yankees, which means nothing to most of us, except for us us.  Us meaning Rudy and I.  I drafted him in our AL-Only CBS leagues (which I still need to post about; as soon as I get a second).  I figured with the Damn They’re Old Yankees, Diaz would’ve gotten a chance to platoon.  Oh, well, hopefully he lands on a different AL team for us.  Still us us, not you us.  You Us A!  You Us A!  Sorry, I’m still drunk from St. Paddy’s Day.

Mark Teixeira – Says he’ll return anywhere from late-May to early-June, which is optimistic with a side of “Yeah, that ain’t happening.”  He has the same injury that sent Bautista under the knife last year.  Cashman and “Quiz Kid” Donnie Smith– I mean, Joe Girardi, said there’s a 70% chance of avoiding surgery.  If he can’t avoid it, he’ll miss the whole season.

David Wright – Could start the year on the DL with a moderate intercostal strain.  The WBC is putting the hurt on some guys, huh?  No, that’s not the Western Balkan Countries or When Bongos Collide.  Okay, you suck, Acronym Finder, these acronyms don’t even exist.  The World Blogging Classic?  Seriously?  “All right, nerds who think they have something interesting to say, you have thirty minutes to write a blog post about anything you want.  First one that gets 25 comments wins.  Ready, set…Blog!”  That’s a judge at the World Blogging Classic.  So, an intercostal strain is obviously not a great thing, but it’s early enough that he might only miss a couple of weeks.  It wouldn’t be surprising to see him have a setback and miss a month.  I’m not going to move him down in my rankings, but if you’re looking at Wright or a healthy player in the 3rd round, I could see going with the healthy player.  If Wright falls to the 4th or 5th round, then you have to take that gamble, Rudy.

Jordany Valdespin – Now a legit contender for an everyday job in New York.  He has great speed and some decent power (15 homers, 33 steals in his last full year in the minors).  In just 191 ABs last year with the Mets, he had 8 homers and 10 steals.  Strikeouts could cause him to struggle to hit over .250, but I’d absolutely take a late round flyer on him in deeper leagues.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the season’s first Buy/Sell.  Plus, his name sounds like it’s from a Game of Thrones Character Name Generator.

Jackie Bradley – Who was great as the mom in Silver Linings Playbook may get a shot at the Opening Day roster in Boston.  Due to Ortiz’s heels not, uh, healing, Gomes could move to DH with Bradley playing outfield.  Between High and Double-A last year, Bradley had 9 homers and 24 steals.  With only 271 ABs in Double-A, he could be overmatched in the majors once pitchers get a book on him.  That book being, “We Can Strike Out Jackie Bradley.”  Even if he breaks camp with the club, there’s no guarantee he sticks all year.  If he were to get 500 ABs, you’re looking at a guy that could give a seven homer, 20 steal, .250 average year with superb defense, so if your league has a Web Gem category bump him up.  To read more, Bradley also made Scott’s top 50 fantasy baseball prospects.

Stephen Drew – Looking unlikely for Opening Day.  Ma nishtanah this season for Drew.

Kyle Lohse – Now it’s between the Rangers and the Brewers.  Someone get Jim Gray on the line.  The Decision II might be filming from downtown Milwaukee.

Domonic Brown – Charlie Manuel said, “Brown is Smarty Jones or something out front” for the everyday left field job.  Then Charlie chewed some grass and pooped as he walked away from the media.

Zack Greinke – Dodgers consider him a longshot to make his first start of the year — or he’s Mine That Bird, if Charlie Manuel’s telling you.  But Greinke did throw a pain-free bullpen session yesterday.  His first start could be April 13th when the club needs a fifth starter.  Staying optimistic, Greinke will face all fifth starters the rest of the year and go 24-5 with a 2.30 ERA.  Realistic?  Nah.  George Steinbrenner voice from Seinfeld, “Realistic is DEPRESSING!  Depressing, Costanza!  Now tell Greinke to stop kowtowing to his elbow and pitch!”  Greinke is in the same sinking ship as Wright.  I’m not moving him down in the rankings, but I could see passing him over for a healthy player.  Healthy, George!  Now bring me my calzone!

Shelby Miller – Hey, wait a second, the Cardinals haven’t settled on Joe Kelly for the 5th starter job yet.  They’re giving them both one more audition on Tuesday.  If I were to read between the lines with rose-colored glasses, they’re giving them another audition because they want Miller to win the job.  Giddy up!  (Geez, it’s like this has become a horse racing blog.)

Nolan Arenado – The Rockies are considering Arenado for their 3rd base job.  Frankly, they’re idiots for considering him and not just making him their 3rd baseman and don’t call me Frank Lee.  Chris Nelson isn’t good defensively or offensively.  For fantasy purposes — or porpoises if dolphins are reading, and not plotting our demise; I’m on your side Dolphin King! — Arenado has the hit skill to be the Rookie of the Year.  If NL Rookie of the Year is a poor field and Arenado can get 20 homers.  If he gets the everyday job, I’ll put him down for 18 homers and a .270 average with no speed.  He’s fine for a late flyer in deep leagues, but I wouldn’t count on him to man your 3rd base slot.

Brandon Beachy – Fredi Gonzalez said Beachy is on target to return late-June, then Fredi ordered Venters to throw 600 pitches and returned to reading Joe Torre’s autobiography.

Chris Johnson – Homered yesterday, which means nothing, except he’s still battling Juan Francisco for the 3rd base job.  Johnson has a .305 average with 3 homers, Juan-Fran has 4 homers and a .311 average.  We got a battle, y’all!

Pablo Sandoval – Scratched yesterday due to a sore elbow.  Is there a hamate bone in the elbow?

Jon Garland – Mariners are leaning to Garland and Blake Beavan for the last two rotation spots and not Erasmo Ramirez, who would clearly be better than both.  The Mariners are like the girl that can’t ever get love from her father and ends up dating deadbeats.  You’re good enough to want better, Mariners!

  1. Matt says:
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    Good stuff Grey

    Please help: 7×7 with OBP, SLG, QS: keep two

    SS elig Prado, Bourn, Granderson, Dickey, J Zim, Gallardo, Sale

    Have Braun, Joey Bats and Cano
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Thanks! Zimmermann, Sale…

  2. Anthony says:
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    Yo Greycarlo, 10 team H2H mixed league CBS standard scoring prize league. I picked from the 6th hole with these results. I didn’t bother with an offensive bench besides Carpenter as many capable guys are always on waivers if needed. I feel pretty good but wanted to get your perspective. Thanks as always Grey.

    1.) Cano
    2.) Strasburg
    3.) Longoria
    4.) J.Upton
    5.) Wainwright
    6.) A. Jones
    7.) Heyward
    8.) Goldschmidt
    9.) Matt Moore
    10.) Lincecum
    11.) Mariano Rivera
    12.) Brett Anderson
    13.) Hellickson
    14.) Sandoval
    15.) J. Montero
    16.) Asdrubal Cabrera
    17.) Tommy Hanson
    18.) Detwiller
    19.) M. Carpenter
    20.) Shelby Miller
    21.) Addison Reed

    • Tony says:
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      @Anthony: wow cbs rankings must be eff’ed, because you got Longo in the 3rd, OK i can kinda handle that, up J-up in the 4th? Jones/Heyward 6/7?????? Goldy in the 8th? wow…. if you don’t win I wanna know what the first place guys team looked like…. team looks solid.

      • jrf1009 says:
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        @Tony: You have to see them to believe them. Go to one of their roto mock drafts and you’ll see how bizarre they are.

      • Anthony says:
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        I think the CBS Schmohawks poison the public with so little knowledge that it makes it possible to get a solid team every time. You guys should try one of their prize leagues. By design Grey I wanted a solid foundation at SP and will then work the wire as I always do. I wanted to make sure od a stacked Offense which is what I think I have…..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, makes me want to sign up for one of them when I see teams like that…

          • Anthony says:
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            Yep, it’s so hard to take a SP when so many huge sticks are being left out there. CBS Summer ATM Machine!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Hitting looks solid as Tony said, your pitching looks bad once we get to Lincecum…

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Grey: The Greydar just went off.

      • Anthony says:
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        Lincecum has been clocked in the 92-94 mph range in the spring so I think he get back somewhat to normal this year. His velocity issues has primarily been his undoing. Streaming double starts week to week should solidify any other shortcomings of the staff.

  3. oaktown a's says:
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    where do u see valdespin playing mostly? 2b and of? of only? or even a lil 3b? thx Grey, u rock.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @oaktown a’s: 3rd base is very doubtful.

      • ulysses says:
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        @golfnut: he wants rollins for goldy? i’d do that in a heartbeat! cozart is a fine MI.@Wallpaper Paterson: talk in NY is he’ll be in the outfield.

  4. costaricanchata says:
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    marge wouldn’t have put up with this crap .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @costaricanchata: Nope, she would’ve burned some crosses or something equally appalling…

  5. prezii says:
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    Hey, i have a patato sack on too! We’re twins! .. wait a minute…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prezii: Are we sharing one?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahahaha… That’s totally us… Only Psy is in our sack too…

          • prezii says:
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            @Grey: and matt adams? Were gonna need a bigger sack..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A’la Jaws, “We’re gonna need a bigger sack!”

              • prezii says:
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                @Grey: damn, you want to put bernadina in there too? Well, i guess so..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And Lorenzo Cain…

                  • prezii says:
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                    @Grey: Aroldis blunt, this shit is givin me a headache!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Take a Tylenol and rest your weary head in your sack…

                  • prezii says:
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                    @Grey: i could bunch my sack up and use it as a pillow…

                    My potato sack… Not my ball sack.. that would be a tad awkward!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Either works!

  6. Dustin says:
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    Grey,

    Can a poor guy get an opinion on the team he drafted? 16-team Yahoo 5×5, 24 rounds, 3OF with 1 UT, 5SP/1P/2RP, 1450 IP limit. I drafted out of the 12-hole. Tried to follow your recs to a tee, but afraid I ended up with questionable pitching as guys from the Samardzija and Estrada tiers went disturbingly early, and Steve Cishek was the last projected closer left (other than Marmol… seriously even Glen Perkins was gone) at 140…

    C: Avila (R16-245)
    1B: Fielder (R1-12)
    2B: Phillips (R4-53)
    3B: Zimmerman (R3-44)
    SS: Rutledge (R11-172)
    OF: Jones (R2-21)
    OF: Jennings (R5-76)
    OF: Jackson (R7-108)
    UT: Some combo of Frazier (R14-213) and Segura (R17-268)
    BN: D’Arnaud (R20-309)

    SP1: Zimmermann (R6-85)
    SP2: Morrow (R8-117)
    SP3: Niese (R10-149)
    SP4: Minor (R2-181)
    SP5: Parker (R13-204)
    SP6: Milone (R15-236)
    SP: Norris (R21-332)
    SP: Bundy (R24-373)

    RP: Cishek (R9-140)
    RP: Robertson (R18-277)
    RP: Pestano (R19-300)
    RP: Benoit (R22-341)
    RP: Cook (R3-364)

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dustin: Pitching doesn’t look that bad, not sure I understand Bundy unless this is a keeper… Your hitting looks great… Looks like a hitting team for a 12-teamer…

      • Dustin says:
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        @Grey: It was my last pick, we were about to get kicked out of the community center room because we went over time, and he was literally the last guy on my “consider drafting” list who was still available…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha…

  7. You'rekillingmeSmalls! says:
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    Three year keeper league question.
    5×5 Draft
    I have first pick in minor league draft. We do draft after 23 man rosters have been picked.
    “Mike Trout and Bryce Harper aren’t walking through that door.”
    I would prefer somebody with a chance to have an impact this year.
    Myers? Tavares(Assuming he gets sent down) ? Somebody else?
    Who would you draft?

  8. RussB says:
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    What do you think? For Keepers (need to pick one). H2H, 12 Team Auction: Lorenzo Cain $5, Big Papi $2, Tim Hudson $6, Vogelsong $2… Thanks!

  9. djhogness says:
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    Valdespin VS. Cogwill Who will produce better stats?
    Venable Vs. Jay Vs Dirks Who will be of more use?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @djhogness: Valdespin… None… Jay…

  10. mhfella says:
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    Grey,
    Frieri put up such good numbers last year. Hate to give him up. What’s your gut telling you on how long Madson will really be out? Thanks!

  11. Whampwhamp says:
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    Grey 12 team h2h

    C:Wieters
    1B:Goldschmit
    2B: Rutledge/Espinosa
    SS: Elvis
    3B: Adrian Beltre
    OF: Kemp
    OF: Choo
    OF:Nelson Cruz
    Utility: Ike Davis
    Bench: josh willinegham

    Latos, sale, peavy,kuroda,samardjza,Hughes, tommy Hanson, Johan Santana, doubront

    I know back end of the pitching is crazzzzzy bad, but what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Whampwhamp: I agree with what you said… Your pitching isn’t good…

  12. Ned Shakeshaft says:
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    Hmm. Tried ‘Ma nishtanah’ on the random Irish people still lingering in my house this morning and ….nothing!

    Considering replacing Greinke with Austin Jackson in my 6×6 (OPS, L) keeper. We keep 6, other keepers are Bryce, J-Up, Votto, Wright, Sale.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ned Shakeshaft: Give them until their hangover wears off… I could see it… You already have Sale…

  13. Pubcrawlers says:
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    Dusty solves issues by naming Chapman starter & closer…

  14. golfnut says:
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    I screwed up somewhat with my draft last night. Yahoo, head to head, 10 teams…….I wanted Goldschmidt, but the guy before me took him in the 3rd round……He wants Jimmy Rollins….am I just paranoid having Ike or Carlos at 1st?
    here is my roster:

    1. (5) Andrew McCutchen (Pit – CF)
    2. (16) Justin Upton (Atl – RF)
    3. (25) Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    4. (36) Matt Cain (SF – SP)
    5. (45) Ian Kinsler (Tex – 2B)
    6. (56) Jay Bruce (Cin – RF)
    7. (65) Carlos Santana (Cle – C,1B)
    8. (76) Jimmy Rollins (Phi – SS)
    9. (85) Ike Davis (NYM – 1B)
    10. (96) Jordan Zimmermann (Was – SP)
    11. (105) Shin-Soo Choo (Cin – RF)
    12. (116) Shane Victorino (Bos – LF,CF)
    13. (125) Jeff Samardzija (ChC – SP)
    14. (136) Brett Gardner (NYY – LF)
    15. (145) Sergio Romo (SF – RP)
    16. (156) Huston Street (SD – RP)
    17. (165) Todd Frazier (Cin – 1B,3B,LF)
    18. (176) Matt Garza (ChC – SP)
    19. (185) Trevor Cahill (Ari – SP)
    20. (196) Emilio Bonifacio (Tor – 2B,CF)
    21. (205) Adam Eaton (Ari – CF)
    22. (216) Tommy Milone (Oak – SP)
    23. (225) Trevor Plouffe (Min – 3B,RF)
    24. (236) Jean Segura (Mil – SS)
    25. (245) Zack Cozart (Cin – SS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @golfnut: Team’s not bad… Davis could be fine at 1st… Biggest concern is the team looks like an average problem…

  15. Jamiehov says:
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    NOOOOO!!!
    I banked on him as my two in a 10 team H2H. Is my rotation still ok???
    On the bright side my bullpen will be dominate

    Madbum
    Brett Anderson
    Estrada
    Matt Moore
    Jordan Zimm
    Jarrod Parker

    Reserves
    Bauer
    Garza
    Luebke
    Skaggs
    Strailey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov: Yeah, your rotation is totally fine…

  16. fri-guy says:
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    So, we’re likely on the express train to the Blue Jays having a “closeter f*#k” in the 9th inning this year… At least Jannssen was only a last round flier for me–is he worth holding until a few weeks in and then SAGNOF as needed?

    • @fri-guy: Santos has looked fantastic in camp and he’s going real late. I think everyone forgot how good he was 2 years ago, except the Jays. Also Janssen might not be back till end of April.

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        @Nick the Podcast Host: i have romo and holland as my RP in addition to jannsen…my archaic h2h league greatly overvalues saves :( my plan is to dump jannsen and grab colby lewis as a DL stash, but now i’m over-thinking it…

        • @fri-guy: People still think it’s Janssen’s to loose but I have a feeling Santos will get the opportunity and has better stuff, if he’s available I’d grab him. Look at Pestano too, don’t think Perez is long for the gig.

  17. ulysses says:
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    12 team 6×5 (AVG & OBP) H2H ROTO LEAGUE
    C- Rosario
    1B-Goldy
    2B-Espinosa
    SS-Zobrist
    3B-Moustakas
    OF-Braun
    OF-A.Jones
    OF-J.Upton
    Util- Ike Davis
    Util-Chris Davis
    BN-Hicks
    BN-Rutledge
    BN-Gardner

    P-Scherzer, Latos, Chapman, Moore, Niese, Bauer, Miley, Teheran
    RP-Cishek, Perkins

    so obviously my middle infield is awful… do youn like espinosa over rutledge? i want to clear a bench spot to pick up a closer-in-waiting if one should rise to the top…. who would be the first guy dropped for a move like that?

    • JoeG says:
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      @ulysses:
      Your midlle is not that bad, and you have Rut as a back up

      • ulysses says:
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        @JoeG: right, but i feel its dumb to keep multiple 2B since it is so shallow. Like the drop off from espinosa to rutledge is not much. i figure its the same guy, no?

  18. VinceVo says:
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    Are you still down on Hyun-Jin Ryu?

    He looked sharp yesterday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinceVo: I’m not down on him, I just think he’s more of a 5th starter than a 3rd…

      • VinceVo says:
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        @Grey:

        Do you think I need to make a move for a SP given that Chapman will likely be a RP?

        My Pitching staff includes:
        1)Baumgarner
        2) Zimmerman
        3) Chapman
        4) Milone
        5) RYU
        6) Harvey
        7) Street
        8) Gee
        9) Teheran

    • Jay

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      @VinceVo: SPOILER! Be sure to check the site on Thursday, We’ll be doing a Greydar post on Ryu. And I believe I’ll have a snippet on him for the podcast tomorrow.

  19. Joe says:
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    Was offered Wright for Dickey + Machado in a dynasty league with no restrictions. My team is project to smoke the competition as is, so I am hesitant to make this deal. 5X5 roto. Based on projections I gain 5 hitting points by doing the deal and lose 2 pitching points, but keep in mind the projections do not account for the fact Wright could miss a month…do I do the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Nah, hold…

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  20. Terrible Ted says:
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    I don’t always get your references, but when I do, I laugh hysterically.

  21. Fooch says:
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    Re: Valdespin

    Are you in GoT Season 2 yet?

  22. EDUB says:
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    In a 12 team standard Yahoo mixed keeper league is Pestano bench fodder if Perez is closing opening Day?

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        @Nick the Podcast Host:

        What makes you so sure his shoulder is toast? Reported as just a strain. Threw a bullpen session with no reported problems so far. GM and head coach are on record saying they want Perez in 9th.

  23. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    All clueless managers have ‘Inception’ like totems to keep their reality in line with their stupidity.

    Jim Tracy has his pinch hitters.
    Eric Wedge had Miguel Olivo. I’m not sure what he’s going to do now, but I’m sure it involves Morse.

    And, of course, Dusty Baker has his toothpicks.

    BWWAAAHHHHMMMM!

  24. JoeG says:
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    What if any is the level of concern that Ryan Braun get suspended?

      • Bombo Rivera says:
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        @Nick the Podcast Host: I drafted him yesterday, which pretty much assures a lengthy suspension.

  25. c0wfunk says:
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    I stumbled across this site recently. I don’t know if you’re the most accurate, but you sure are the most entertaining out there. Please to advise on my pick 3 conundrum: I’ve got the third pick in a 12 team mixed h2h league. Top guys are Detroit homers so I’m not going to see Cabrera. I’ll take whichever is left, Trout or Braun up top (maybe both cuz one of them may reach for verlander – so I’d take Braun in that case).

    So my second two picks (overall 22, 27) is where it gets tricky. In all of the mocks I’ve done, the most desired 3b (beltre, longoria, wright) and 1b (pujols, votto, fielder) guys are taken. I’d rather not take a 2b or ss yet and I certainly won’t take one of the starting pitchers until bumgarner, wainwright, or geo come 4th round. Also not interested in using top picks on C or RP.

    My options as I see them:

    1. grab another outfielder (I’ve seen bautista, upton, hamilton, jones, or heyward available at 22 in various mocks)
    2. reach for my favorite 1b (gonzalez, encarnacion, or goldschmidt) and 3b (zimmerman) who may or may not be available come picks 46 / 51

    With Ramirez and Headley’s spring (minor?) injuries 3rd loses depth pretty fast.

    So I could either take care of another OF with pick 2 and grab 1b or 3b with pick 3 or use 2 and 3 to grab both 1b and 3b and wait on of. Of course I could also go with Pedroia or Kinsler or perhaps Castro. Hanley has been available in round 2 almost every time and I’m tempted to go there, despite your warnings.

    Thoughts / tips / sarcastic remarks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: Thanks! 2. Definitely… I’d follow my rankings… Goldy, A-Gon, etc… I wouldn’t draft Hanley…

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: I’m with you. After all, who am I to argue with a good venn diagram? A couple more questions if you can, considering espn-land…

        1. I’m thinking I could go:
        Trout
        goldschmidt,
        zimmerman,
        bumgarner/geo/wainwright,
        then start looking for more outfielders (upton, pence, etc) and take what I can get from the pitchers
        I’m sure I can grab at least rickie weeks for 2b in the next few rounds and I’ll be feeling pretty good about the whole thing. Would you be happy with that setting up the main lineup spots?

        2. Rutledge is so far down the espn rankings (247) .. would you take your chances that everyone will ignore him and grab him 14 / 15 / 16 or make sure to grab him by 9/10 where you have him ranked?

        3. Wilhelmsen is also going late in espnland and I’m content to take my chances with saves. I got burned badly last year by rps that ended up being wasted picks, I’m tempted to just grab one guy and load up on sp potential. The league changed from 5 free pitching slots last year to 1p, 2sp, 2rp – would that affect your strategy at all going into draft?

        4. Thinking about grabbing Gyorko by round 20 at the latest and eaton somewhere in that range as well, too early for those 2 with 23 total players? Should I pick one or the other?

        Last – it seems Jed Gyorko is missing from the xls war room spreadsheet, though he’s on your 400 list.. Will this spreadsheet be updated to the latest?

        Thanks much!

        • Grey

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          @c0wfunk: 1. That works for me. 2. I’d draft him around 170-ish 3. Nope 4. Not too early… I could see going with both… 5. I don’t manage the XLS spreadsheet so I can’t say… I can try to ping the guy who manages it, but he’s been slow getting back to me…

  26. Phil says:
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    12 team league w/ 8 keepers — keepers are you’re first 8 picks.

    I’m loathe to keep 3 pitchers but I currently have Hamels, Grienke, and Darvish. Just got offered F-Her for Hamels and Darvish and I can’t decide if it’s a good 2 for 1 — seems he’s an upgrade, but not that much better than Hamels.

    Regardless of whether I make the trade I’d probably only keep 5 or 6 and grab extra picks in the keeper rounds which have always worked out well for me in the past.

    • Grey

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      @Phil: It’s not good…

  27. Hi Grey,

    My two, highly difficult to work with, bosses decided to put me in a “company” league against far superior competition. Here’s how my team turned out drafting out of the #5 slot. ESPN, 12 team against, um, Champions. I used the RazzDraft tool which helped a ton, I’ve included my RazzDraft targets as well. Please judge me.

    C – Jesue Montero
    1B – Joey Votto – Too many questions with McCutch and Kemp
    2B – Howie Kendrick
    3B – Adrian Beltre
    SS – Starlin Castro
    Corner Person – Freddie Freeman
    MI – Everth Cabrera
    OF – Austin Jackson
    OF – Hunter Pence
    OF – Carl Crawford
    OF – Andre Ethier
    OF – Ichiro
    UT – Jason Kubel
    BN – Drew Stubbs – Panic pick
    BN – Michael Saunders
    BN – Billy Hamilton

    P – Stephen Strasburg
    P – Yu Darvish
    P – Matt Moore
    P – Fernando Rodney – I threw up a bit in my mouth when I made this pick
    P – Joe Nathan
    P – Mike Minor
    P – Hyun Jin Ryu – Should do real well first time thru league.
    P – Trevor Cahill
    P – David Robertson

    Total/Goal/% of Goal

    Runs – 1046/1045/100%
    HR – 231/261/89%
    RBI – 1049/1008/104%
    SB – 167/189/88%
    AVG – 281/267/105%

    W – 93/100/93%
    K – 1357/1330/102%
    ERA – 3.43/3.44/100%
    WHIP – 1.17/1.24/106%
    SV- 81/92/88%

    Thanks Grey!

    - Name Withheld

    • Grey

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      @Nick the Podcast Host: Targets not hit seems to make it obvious where the problem is… Votto has less questions? You’re showing your Canadian bias… Your outfield is old on the back end…

      • Jay

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        @Grey: Does Canadian bias taste as good as Canadian Bacon? If so, gimmie.

    • Oaktown Steve says:
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      @Nick the Podcast Host:

      Do they have “home runs” as a category in this “league”?

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      @Nick the Podcast Host: Corner person? Does that mean that you gave Freeman a time-out? Or is person the canadian term for infielder?

  28. Birdis says:
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    Does my starting pitching look solid enough to start the season? Or should I be looking to make a deal to land another upper-tier starter? (King Felix and Latos are a couple of possibilities I could land from managers looking to deal for offense.)

    Yahoo H2H 1yr League (10 teams)
    Batter Stats: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG
    Pitcher Stats: W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS, HLD
    Roster: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, RP, P, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL

    C: Salvador Perez
    1B: Adrian Gonzalez (1B, OF)
    2B: Brandon Phillips
    3B: Evan Longoria
    SS: Ben Zobrist (2B, SS, OF)
    CI: Todd Frazier (1B, 3B, OF)
    MI: Danny Espinosa (2B, SS)
    OF: Andrew McCutchen
    OF: Matt Holliday
    OF: Shin-Soo Choo
    OF: Hunter Pence
    OF: Michael Cuddyer (1B, OF)
    UT: Kendrys Morales (1B)
    BN: Josh Rutledge (2B, SS)
    BN: Emilio Bonifacio (2B, OF)

    SP: Gio Gonzalez, Max Scherzer, Jake Peavy, Jonathon Niese, Homer Bailey, Tommy Milone
    RP: Jonathon Papelbon, Mariano Rivera, Glen Perkins, David Robertson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdis: Your Sps look plenty strong enough… A bit too strong even which has hurt your outfield…

      • Birdis says:
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        @Grey: Cool. Thanks Grey. Surprised you think my outfield was hurt… 3 of my 5 are in your top 14. Pence is 24. And my 5th slot has a lot of options with OF-eligble guys: A-Gon, Frazier, Zobrist, Cuddyer, and Bonafacio could slide in there depending on matchups, etc. Really liking how many multi-position guys I have to work with. Any more advice is appreciated. You helped me win my league last year!

  29. Jon says:
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    Mind to rank these teams going into our draft? H2H 5×5 scoring

    A) C Santana, Votto, Kipnis, Mous, Kemp, Harper, CarGo, Kershaw, Sale, Cain, Latos, Chapman

    B) Posey, Goldy, Cano, RZimm, Tulo, Desmond, Lawrie, Stanton, Jennings, MadBum, JZimm, Medlen

    C)Rizzo, Castro, Reyes, J.Upton, Hamilton, Cespedes, Trout, Strasburg, Lee, Shields, Samardzija, Darvish

    D) Pujols, Kinsler, Longo, Andrus, Altuve, Butler, Braun, Holliday, Wainwright, Gio, Cueto, Kimbrel

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Are these 8 team leagues? They all look fine… I’d go C…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: 10 teams, these are the 4 best

        • Grey

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          Gotcha… Yeah, your team isn’t terrible… Your infield and pitching are better, but you have a bit more risk…

          • Jon says:
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            @Grey: yeah, I agree on the risk. Moore, Scherzer, Lester, B.J., Gordon, Rios, Pence, Beltran and Victorino are all available in the re-draft (along with Freeman, Ike, Rutledge, ARam, Pablo, Wieters and others at non-positions of need). Who would you aim for if you were me? I pick 9, 14 and 29 in the first 3.

            • Grey

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              @Jon: BJ, Gordon, Pablo…

              • Jon says:
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                @Grey: Cool, thanks a lot! The allure of Moore and Scherzer and those strikeouts is tempting, but I’ll wait and see if Moore falls and focus on OF, as I should.

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: C is a powerhouse (I’m B and lost to him the championship rd last year). Worst part is he managed to end up with 6 picks in the first 3 rds, so stands to add a ton of talent. He’s the guy I’ll be gunning for all year.

  30. Robby D says:
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    Quick opinion on a H2H 10 team 6 keeper league with custom 8X8 which includes OBP, Total Hits, and XBH, and QS, K/9, Losses.

    I have conservatively projected who I believe I can get without much wishful thinking. Would love some feedback on whether this looks like a strong team or if I should tweak a little (draft it tonight)

    I’m keeping Pujols, Cargo, Tulo, Zobrist, Bruce, and Stanton, so starting with the 7th round I am looking to pick these guys: (I have the last pick of the first, first of the 2nd, and so on and so forth

    7th: Wainwright
    8th: Choo
    9th: Traded away
    10th: Matt Moore
    11th: Beltran
    12th:Hosmer
    13th:Niese
    14th:Sal Perez
    15th:Samardzija
    16th: Frazier
    16thpart2 (the version with molly ringwald): Jarrod Parker
    17th:Homer Bailey
    18th:Kendrys Morales
    19th:Ruttledge
    20th:Middlebrooks
    21st:Matt Garza
    22nd:Janssen (before injury update)
    23rd:Wilhelmson
    24th:Aoki or Markakis
    25th: Ryu
    26th: Gee
    27th: David Robertson
    others: David Hernandez

    Who has more upside with XBH as a category: Markakis or Aoki? And should I get one more actual closer like Santos instead of Janssen and dump him in at the end of the draft?

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      @Robby D: Any help is appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robby D: Team looks very strong… Hard to go wrong with those front 7…

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: gracias, the only concern I have is Moore may be a pipe dream at that spot. He is projecting to go around 90th, but I’m assuming I can get him with the 91st pick. I may have to adjust if that’s not the case, and there isn’t another pitcher I like there, so I may have to reach in his tier, but if that’s my only issue, I guess I’d be ok.

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: Also, Are you higher on Aoki, or Markakis given the OBP and XBH categories my league has. I’m leaning towards Aoki, but I know Markakis, while lacking power, is a doubles machine. Or maybe that should read, because he’s lacking in power, is a doubles machine.

        • Grey

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          Aoki…

  31. Eddy says:
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    Grey, if given the chance, are you still drafting Pujols before Fielder and Votto?

    I think Pujols is just about to get on the field for the first time and it seems like his progress has been pretty slow in spring training. Can’t help but be a bit concerned.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Eddy:

      pujols drops to 2nd round .

      • Eddy says:
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        @costaricanchata: I think second round is a bit low for him. If I’m drafting 11th or 12th overall, I’m taking him there. Just not so sure I’d do the same 4th or 5th overall.

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          @Eddy:

          wouldn’t be a shocker , to me , if he puts up 3rd round value this year .
          cust kayin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: I’m not concerned… He didn’t have an April last year and still did fine…

  32. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Any idea what happens to Erasmo Ramirez if he doesn’t win the 5th starter job? Does he go to the bullpen and potentially rake in some holds?

    • Eric says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Nah, he has options plus a future as a starter. He’ll go down to AAA, then be back in a few weeks or months when someone else starts sucking and/or hurting.

  33. Boomer19 says:
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    Morning. Did my high stakes 5×5 roto draft yesterday and here are the results. Felt pretty good. Only a couple reaches. Do you think I have enough pitching? Some guys drafted double digit pitchers for two start weeks. (Weekly lineup changes) Any thoughts are appreciated.

    C Perez, Salvador
    C Ramos, Wilson
    1B Goldschmidt, Paul
    2B Kendrick, Howard
    3B Longoria, Evan
    SS Castro, Starlin
    MI Weeks, Jemile
    CI Carpenter, Matt
    OF Choo, Shin-Soo
    OF Jones, Adam
    OF Revere, Ben
    OF Stanton, Giancarlo
    OF Upton, Justin
    U Kubel, Jason
    Bench. d’Arnaud, Travis
    Bench Pena, Carlos
    Bench Davis, Rajai
    SP Minor, Mike
    SP Niese, Jonathon
    SP Peavy, Jake
    SP Samardzija, Jeff
    SP Wainwright, Adam
    RP Balfour, Grant
    RP Davis, Wade
    RP Miller, Shelby
    RP Parnell, Bobby
    RP Santos, Sergio
    Bench (SP) Doubront, Felix
    Bench (SP) Gee, Dillon
    Bench (RP) Bundy, Dylan
    Bench (RP) Janssen,Casey
    Bench (RP) Madson, Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19: Morning… No idea how many teams…

      • Boomer19 says:
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        @Grey:

        Brain cramp. 13 teams. I know weird number.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19: Your pitching looks slightly better than your hitting, but the hitting isn’t bad… Your corner and middle infielders are a mess, obviously… Rajai Davis is useless with Revere on your team…

  34. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Good Monday morning Grey! Please rank these SP’s for a DL stash: Beachy, Lewis, Luebke or Pineda? Thanks!

  35. JohnC says:
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    I need some strategy help. I am in a 12 team h2h and the commissioner added two new categories besides the regular 5×5. The two new categories are hitter Ks and pitchers Ls. Would this change your strategy at all besides the obvious don’t draft Adam Dunn.mwould you take pitchers earlier or later?

    • Grey

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      @JohnC: It wouldn’t change much… Can’t predict wins, let alone losses…

  36. Tom says:
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    Grey — Need help popping my cherry — I’m a H2H virgin,
    I played in roto league for years – now in 10 team H2H each category. Positons are 1 each IF, CI,MI, 5 OF, UTIL, 9 Pitchers, 3 bench, 1 DL spot. Cats are HR, RBI, SB, OBP, TB, E and W, ERA, WHIP, K, S, K/BB. Any thoughts on draft strategy? Biggest questions are: how to fill bench, how many SP’s vs RP’s, should I stream (daily lineup changes are OK) and where do I find 10-team goals for OBP, TB, and K/BB?

  37. Buffalo Runner says:
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    This has nothing to do with your initial post, but can you tell me, on a scale of $1-$12, how costly of a salad my team is? of course $1 means I got a great deal on a salad. I drafted 9th overall and although I would rater have a sharp stick poked into my eye than own Felix Hernandez or Jacoby Ellsbury in my defense I got a great deal on them. Although admittedly, my draft took a bag of nickels to the temple after round 6 or so. thoughts?

    9 Prince Fielder, Det 1B
    16 Justin Upton, Atl OF
    33 Jason Heyward, Atl OF
    40 Felix Hernandez, Sea SP
    57 Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos OF
    64 Zack Greinke, LAD SP
    81 Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B
    88 James Shields, KC SP
    105 David Freese, StL 3B
    112 Jason Motte, StL RP
    129 Rafael Soriano, Wsh RP
    136 J.J. Hardy, Bal SS
    153 Alejandro De Aza, CWS OF
    160 Sergio Romo, SF RP
    177 Lance Lynn, StL SP
    184 Jason Kubel, Ari OF
    201 Neil Walker, Pit 2B
    208 Miguel Montero, Ari C
    225 Coco Crisp, Oak OF
    232 Justin Morneau, Min 1B
    249 Daniel Murphy, NYM 2B
    256 Ryan Cook, Oak RP
    273 Joaquin Benoit, Det RP
    280 Mitch Moreland, Tex 1B
    297 Andrew Bailey, Bos RP

    • Buffalo Runner says:
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      also, its an RCL league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buffalo Runner: Doesn’t look like you followed my advice so not sure why you want my input… I don’t love the team…

  38. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Dare I say it…A basketball reference? And one that has happened in the last 5 years? Kudos! Your TV still works when something other than baseball comes on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Thanks

  39. Jackie says:
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    Hey guys, I need some keeper help. I am in a 5×5 mixed league 12-team league and can keep 3 players or up to 3 years each. We have a $260 salary cap at the auction (excluding keeper values). Here’s what I am looking at:

    McCutchen: $30
    Butler: $8
    Gio Gonzalez: $8
    Medlen: $1
    Rafael Soriano: $1
    Matt Moore: $1

    I’m torn between keeping Moore or Soriano. Which 3 would you keep?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Jackie: moore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jackie: Moore, Gio, Butler…

  40. B.J. says:
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    A guy in my league drafted 4 1B eligible guys and is offering me Konerko for Jarrod Parker. I’m a big fan of Parker but Konerko would be a big upgrade over Berkman at UTIL. I’m fairly deep at SP and probably could use the power numbers. Should I take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.J.: Go for it…

  41. Rags says:
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    Two questions for two different leagues.

    In an NL-only league, 10 is too much to keep Teheran, right? He’s been looking awesome in spring, but it’s only spring. But I’d have him for 2 years at 10 and rights to sign for a third. Would you trade Teheran @10 straight up for Matt Carpenter @ 8?

    Other league is 17 team mixed roto dynasty daily league (with holds and saves as separate categories). In a slow draft and coming up on my 9th round pick. My infield is set, I’ve got 2/3 of my OF and 2 pitchers. Is the 9th round too early to pick a closer? The only one off the board so far is Kimbrel (and Aroldis). My other option is to take an old OF that everyone is avoiding because it’s dynasty, like Beltran or Worth, or a third SP (Homer Bailey-ish). I know you guys took Axford in the ninth in your 15 team expert league, but should I hold a little longer because of the Holds wrinkle?

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rags: It’s too much… I’d trade for Carp… It’s not too early, but if there’s only two off the board you can hold longer…

    • Jay

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      @Wake Up: Grey-face is raycess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Hahahahaha… That’s awesome…

  42. Baseball Furies says:
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    Gents…some quick advice. Would you trade Giancarlo Stanton for Goldschmidt & Gyorko? 12 team keeper league…

    • ulysses says:
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      @Baseball Furies: what does your infield and OF look like?

      • Baseball Furies says:
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        @ulysses:
        trout & gordon in the OF
        Lawrie 3B, Salvador Perez C

  43. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered Marco Estrada for my Kelley and snider. Also i was offered kipnis for walker wheeler. Good or bad deal for me? Which one do I take or do I do both deals?

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

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp joe kelley
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p aaron harang
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Hold on both…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: what if I deal joe Kelley and zito instead of snider?

        • Grey

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          That’s fine…

  44. agarthered says:
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    Just saw the yahoo friends and family draft results, is there a reason you took harper over jones and verlander over longoria?

    • Jay

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      @agarthered: Just wanted to lay down that I would have done the exact same thing.

    • @agarthered: Harper over Jones because I think Harper has a greater chance of delivering a top 10 season. I think Harper should steal 15 more bases than Adam Jones and score more runs. I think Adam Jones will hit for a higher AVG. I am rolling the dice on Harper’s HR upside (40+) vs. Adam Jones safeness (~30) and think that Harper will compete with A. Jones on RBIs. Jones wouldn’t lose us the league but Harper has a better chance at helping us win.

      We got burned on multiple teams with Longoria last year. I like him a lot (took him at #20 in my NFBC team) but that’s because Verlander was off the board. I likely would’ve taken him on the LABR or Touts teams (we picked late first round everywhere this year) except Grey vetoed it because it’s against his rules. Can it really be argued that Longoria – with his injury history – is SAFER than Verlander? In expert leagues, aces are taken earlier than in standard drafts. We like certain guys as 3rd round picks (Lee, Hamels). In our Touts draft, we went with Bautista/Heyward at #1/#2 and were left with eh SPs when it got back to us at pick #44. So we took two more hitters and were left deciding between Sabathia and Chapman as our first SP at #5/#6 (Upside-loving Grey took Chapman).

      By taking Verlander, I could let others worry about SPs in the next couple of rounds and solidify the offense. It meant I could take our 2nd and 3rd SPs later in the draft (Gallardo in 7th round and Ian Kennedy at #13).

      I was correct that Hamels got snapped up before our 3rd pick (#38) but C-Lee would’ve fell. Given we have him on a couple teams, I’m happier with Verlander/Holliday at #2/#3 than Longoria/C-Lee. (I got Frazier at pick #128 for 3B and he comes with bonus 1B/OF eligibility as well).

      • @Rudy Gamble: And, as fate should have it, I ended up drafting Longoria and Lee in last night’s Razzball Expert League. Longoria was #22 (3rd to last pick in 2nd round) with Verlander off the board and I decided, for the 2nd time this spring, to take him over Strasburg. Hoped Strasburg would be there for pick #3 but no dice. Didn’t love Hamels or C-Lee as an early 3rd round pick so took with Posey and was able to snag C-Lee with pick #46 in the 4th round.

        But if Verlander was still on the board, I take him instead of Longoria and I’m probably punting 3B (Zimmerman went in early 3rd round, Wright has oblique issue, Headley’s thumb…).

  45. Dom says:
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    In a 10 team keeper league, going into the snake draft I was looking at Chapman with the 10/11 picks. I kept Gio, Bumgardner, & Sale, I did not keep a closer. My other pick was going 3B (Headly, Sandoval or A. Ram). Do I still take him then? Other possible player available include J Zimm, M Moore, Jd Weaver, Nathan, Sergio Romo.

    Also, if one of those 3B don’t fall to me, would you take Lawrie? What about Rizzo?

    • Grey

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      @Dom: Go with Sandoval…

      • Dom says:
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        I have two picks, 10th and 11th. I copy Sandoval if he is there. Chapman with the other pick? What if Sandoval isn’t there? @Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Dom: Headley, hitter, hitter, hitter… You have three pitchers, draft a hitter…

  46. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Hey Grey : 10 team 5×5 with OBP and QS.

    Below are my keepers and their keeper round. Who should I target the first 2 rounds as I have the 2nd pick in the first after 11 other picks get my second.

    Josh Hamilton – 6
    Max Scherzer – 8
    James Shields – 14
    Brandon Phillips -18
    Todd Frazier – 20
    Austin Jackson – 21
    José Bautista – 22
    Ian Desmond – 23
    Anthony Rizzo – Called up 24

    Who/what would you target in the first 2 rounds, here are some available players :

    Bats :
    Beltre, Adrian
    Gonzalez, Adrian
    Reyes, Jose
    Holliday, Matt
    Zobrist, Ben
    Sandoval, Pablo
    Rollins, Jimmy
    Granderson, Curtis
    Ramirez, Aramis

    Arms :
    Cain, Matt
    Gonzalez, Gio
    Zimmerman, Jordan
    Weaver, Jered
    Sabathia, C.C.
    Darvish, Yu
    Gallardo, Yovani
    Peavy, Jake

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey: Youd take Reyes in the first even though I have Ian Desmond?

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: Scratch Gonzalez, Adrian as hes gone too and didn’t see it.

  47. Johnson says:
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    5×5 mixed roto keeper.

    C,1b,2b,3b,ss,3x OF, util. 1450 Innings.

    We haven’t drafted yet…but I’m keeping.

    Braun, Kemp, Tulo, Zobrist, Craig, Headley, Myers, Bumgarner, Moore, Samardijza, B. Anderson, Nathan, Wilhelmsen.,

    I’ve been offered Stanton and Kershaw for Braun and Moore. Pretty much the same dollar value to keep both sides of the deal.

    thoughts?

    • Grey

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      I’d take Stanton side, it’s not close…

  48. Wampa Master says:
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    Did yahoo change their auto-drafter? I haven’t set an auto-draft in years, but remember that it “should” fill the rosters spots before hitting up the bench. Had to miss a draft yesterday, and ended up with 0 C, 0 3B, 2 P (9 slots), and 15 OF (3 spots, no Util). What gives?

    • Grey

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      That totally sucks… I have no idea why they would change that… You might’ve had a glitch…

      • Wampa Master says:
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        @Grey: I consider that league a challenge now!

        Keeper question from another league. 14 team H2H, keep 7:

        I am keeping Votto, Trout, Holliday, BJ Upton, Hamels, Cain. Who should the 7th be?

        Choices are: Craig, Aramis Ramirez, Medlen, Greinke

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tough call… I’d go with Greinke, then trade Hamels or Cain as soon as the season starts… It’s risky though…

  49. Yogi says:
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    Grey,

    First time/ long time… Love the website. I tried following your rec’s as best as I could, and I’m left with a team that I feel could finally get me the top spot in my 12 team, 2 catcher 5X5 redraft Yahoo league. Your 2 cents would be much appreciated:

    C: Perez
    C: Arencibia
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Emily Boneface
    3B: Panda
    MI: Rutledge
    CI: Frazier
    OF: Stanton
    OF: Adam Jones
    OF: Choo
    OF: Sparkakis
    OF: Fowler
    Util: Kelly Johnson

    SP: Scherzer
    SP: Moore
    SP: Medlen
    SP: Smardzija
    SP: Estrada
    SP: Ryu
    RP: Rivera
    RP: Janssen
    P: Santana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You’re probably gonna have to platoon Bonifacio and Johnson at times and don’t love Markakis, but those are small issues… The team looks fine… Your hitting looks solid, your pitching looks excellent… Pitching’s definitely stronger than your hitting…

  50. Yogi says:
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    Thanks Grey! Keep up the great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…

  51. Hotrod says:
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    Your thoughts on this team (12 team H2H)? Thanks

    C Avila
    1 Howard
    2 Gyorko
    SS Tulo
    3 Machado
    2/SS Rutledge
    1/3 Alvarez
    OF Giancarlo
    OF Harper
    OF Holiday
    OF Cespedes
    OF Eaton
    Util Quentin

    SP’s
    CC
    Chapman
    Gallardo
    Kuroda
    Hellickson
    Ryu
    Masterson
    Wandy
    Shelby

    Closers
    Jim Johnson
    Street
    Perkins
    Veras

    Also, whats your gut tell you on Aroldis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s gonna be a closer… Quentin shouldn’t be owned in your league and your outfield is so strong that your infield really looks poor… Your pitching is pretty terrible towards the end too…

      • Hotrod says:
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        @Grey:

        Quentin was my last pick(will be dropping unless he starts out hot), and I will be streaming with Wandy & Masterson, so they dont bother me. I think I have a pretty strong core and will definitely be a contender.

      • Oaktown Steve says:
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        @Grey:

        Why does it matter if you have a strong outfield and a weak infield. Heard you say this before. Do you have home runs by MI in your leagues? Kidding-ish.

  52. Jon says:
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    Draft strategy question: if I’m looking to draft both B.J. and Gordon is it better go by CBS rankings (Gordon 73 and Upton 114) to try and get both but risk missing Upton or go by your rankings to get the better talent of the two? That’s a specific example but the general question stands – cheat the ADP or pick best available as needed? What do you find works out better more often than not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can cheat the ADP… Just make sure you don’t cheat it too much and lose out on players…

  53. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey or anyone

    Does anyone know of a site or something where you can enter the format/scoring of your league and it will tell you who would have been the best players last year? I’m in a ridiculous 9×7 league and have no idea how I should adjust my rankings.

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      @Howie Met Your Mother:

      @Grey

      FYI, it’s a 12 team H2H league. We have a 40 innings pitched minimum, so an all RP rotation is out. The best possible record you can have for a week is 14-0.

      Hitting categories (9) – Runs, singles, doubles, triples, HRs, RBI, batting average, SB, OBP
      Pitching categories (7) – Wins, saves, ERA, K’s, K/9, WHIP, HRs allowwed

      Anyone have any suggestions? I really like high OBP/extra base guys like Billy Butler, Matt Holliday, Alex Gordon, Ben Zobrist. Am I wrong?

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        @Howie Met Your Mother:

        *16-0 is the best you can go each week.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Howie Met Your Mother: Can’t go wrong with high OBP guys… Also, top MRs have value in your league for K/9 and other cats…

  54. Oaktown Steve says:
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    My nickname is Bird and as such, my little brother put a sawbuck on Mine that Bird. Solid track references.

    The Janssen situation reminds me a litte of the Farnsworth/Rodney situation last year. Career journeyman locks down the closer role then comes to camp with a bum shoulder and then guy with electric stuff locks it down. Hope so anyway as I got Santos late in my NFBC draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oaktown Steve: Ha, nice… I agree, I think Santos has a very realistic chance to have 35+ saves this year and Janssen gets 5 saves…

      • Oaktown Steve says:
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        @Grey:

        from your lips to god’s ear, Albright. Would be super sweet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I talked about you for 5 minutes on today’s podcast…

          • Oaktown Steve says:
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            @Grey:

            Uh oh…that could go either way.

            Can’t wait to hear it!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It starts like this…Oaktown Steve…um…uh…*cackle*…um…uh…Oaktown Steve…

              • Oaktown Steve says:
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                @Grey:

                I get that a lot.

  55. Pops says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Do you think Sandoval is getting close to being put on the Craig List (DO NOT Draft-I’m going to get hurt) ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pops: Ha… Nice… The Craig List… I’d draft Sandoval, think his injuries were more fluky… But if he gets hurt this year, then all bets off…

  56. smegma says:
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    I know this is always your favorite – please let me know if my team looks decent. 12 team h2h points league favoring power bats.

    C: Jesus Montero
    1: Goldschmidt
    2: Pedroia (had to take him in the 4th round)
    ss: Rutledge
    3: Aramis Ramirez
    IF: Rizzo
    OF: McCutchen
    OF: J. Upton
    OF: Ethier
    UT: Fowler
    B: Aoki, Machado

    SP: Bumgarner
    SP: Scherzer
    SP: Peavy
    SP: Niese
    RP: Iwakuma
    RP: Kendick (both sp/rp eligible which is good in our league’s scoring)
    B: Burnett, Beckett, Fiers, Wilhemsen

    Waiver wire has A. Soriano, Pena, Kendrick, Gyorko…pitchers include C. Perez and Balfour at RP with SP’s pretty diminished with McDonald and Porcello as next best available. Keep what I have or make a move on the wire? I wanted Estrada, but someone else snagged him before I got the chance. I appreciate your time in looking at my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma: Team looks solid (hard to go wrong with those first 4 picks)…. I don’t love Ethier, but it’s a small issue… I’d hold for now, but you’ll be moving guys soon…

  57. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey! Please validate my fantasy life choices!

    12-team Yahoo Keeper Roto 6×6 (R,HR,RBI,SB,AVG,OPS; IP,QS,ERA,WHIP,K/9,Net Saves) with 4OF, CI, MI, 1 Util, but the 9-man bench makes it feel like a deeper league.

    Kept: Trout ($11), A. Jones ($21)

    Lineup:
    C – M. Montero ($3)
    1B – Fielder ($34)
    2B – Rutledge ($9)
    3B – Zimmerman ($25)
    SS – Castro ($21)
    CI – Sandoval ($14)[This draft happened right after the elbow news yesterday]
    MI – Aybar ($7)
    OF – Trout (K $11)
    OF – Jones (K $21)
    OF – C. Davis ($9)
    OF – M. Saunders ($1)
    Util – I. Davis ($13)

    SP – C. Lee ($23)
    SP – J. Zimmermann ($16)
    SP – J. Niese ($11)
    SP – J. Samardzija ($10)
    RP – J. Nathan ($6)
    RP – G. Holland ($5)
    P – E. Frieri ($2)
    P – Hughes ($2)

    CI,BN – K. Morales ($5)
    MI,CI,BN – J. Gyorko ($3)
    OF,BN – L. Martin ($2)
    OF,BN – A. Soriano ($1)
    MI,BN – J. Segura ($1)
    P,BN – Ryu ($2)
    P,BN – Milone ($1)
    P,BN – Hammel ($1)
    P,BN – Cashner ($1)

    Problems as I see them: Possibly bad OF after the top 2; too much spent on MI’s; perhaps a bit weak on starter K/9.

    Thanks for your input!

    • Eric says:
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      @Eric: Also!

      Anyone I should drop for Valdespin? I happen to be thin at both 2B and OF…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Lose Hammel for Valdespin… Your outfield is a mess… You spent a tad too much on pitching… Team doesn’t look bad though, looks shallow enough… I’d trade Nathan for a better OF if you can get any takers that are worthwhile…

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey: Cool. Waiver claim entered.

        How much of a $260 budget would you set aside for pitching? I think my split was 180/80 almost exactly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That split works for me…

  58. VinceVo says:
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    Do you think I need to make a move for a SP given that Chapman will likely be a RP?

    My Pitching staff includes:
    1)Baumgarner
    2) Zimmerman
    3) Chapman
    4) Milone
    5) RYU
    6) Harvey
    7) Street
    8) Gee
    9) Teheran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinceVo: You don’t right now….

  59. Robert says:
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    What is your take on Gerrit Cole…Is he worth burning a roster spot for 2-3 months? Drafted Stras, Price, Greinke, Chapman (ugh), Peavy, Niese and Garza.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: There’s no ugh with Chapman… Your pitching is very solid right now, you don’t need a minor league flyer…

  60. T Moore says:
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    Chapman’s issues seem consistent with Cuban Expert Mr. Bjarkman’s reservations regarding his makeup…

    This is a test… Last week this dumped my comments twice ….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: I’ve been wondering where you are… You still hitting the library? Stay strong, T Moore…

  61. Slam says:
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    Would you give up Greinke (14 to keep next year) for Yu Darvish, J Zimmerman, and Brandon League? I have 3 closers already. League counts everything standard plus QS. My next best pitcher after greinke is Scherzer then Morrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slam: Yeah, that’s good value for Greinke…

  62. 12 man h2h cat league
    C-Rosario
    1B-Ortiz
    2B-Seager
    Ss-Andrus
    3B-Beltre
    Of-Mccutchen
    Of-Harper
    Of-Heyward
    Util-Austin Jackson
    Bnch-Viciedo
    Bonafacio
    Pena
    Sp-Weaver
    Sp-Medlen
    Rp-Chapman
    Rp-Frieri
    P-Haren
    P-Cj wilson
    P-Cahill
    P-Morrow
    What do you think of my team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting is heavy on speed and light on power… Pitching isn’t great either…

  63. ryan says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Enjoy your site and blogs. There is so much information out there on the web for fantasy baseball, but I always enjoy the RAZZBALL site. I wanted you evaluate my recent H2H draft with 6 keepers at Yahoo. The first six are my keepers. Thanks for the input!
    1. (4) Mike Trout (LAA – LF,CF)
    2. (14) Matt Kemp (LAD – CF)
    3. (24) Giancarlo Stanton (Mia – RF)
    4. (34) Dustin Pedroia (Bos – 2B)
    5. (44) José Reyes (Tor – SS)
    6. (54) Adam Jones (Bal – CF)
    7. (64) Chris Sale (CWS – SP)
    8. (74) Max Scherzer (Det – SP)
    9. (84) Brett Lawrie (Tor – 3B)
    10. (94) Ryan Howard (Phi – 1B)
    11. (104) Víctor Martínez (Det – C)
    12. (114) Matt Harvey (NYM – SP)
    13. (124) Ángel Pagán (SF – CF)
    14. (134) Jon Lester (Bos – SP)
    15. (144) Jonathan Papelbon (Phi – RP)
    16. (154) Mike Minor (Atl – SP)
    17. (164) Mark Teixeira (NYY – 1B)
    18. (174) Nick Swisher (Cle – 1B,RF)
    19. (184) Greg Holland (KC – RP)
    20. (194) Will Middlebrooks (Bos – 3B)
    21. (204) Dylan Bundy (Bal – RP)
    22. (214) Edwin Jackson (ChC – SP)
    23. (224) Jaime García (StL – SP)
    24. (234) A.J. Griffin (Oak – SP)
    25. (244) Kenley Jansen (LAD-RP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! How many teams?

      • ryan says:
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        @Grey:
        10 team league standard with OBP, SLG%, 2B, 3B, QS, K/9, HR allowed, runs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love Sale or Harvey that early… Tex, Swisher, Edwin, Garcia and Pagan aren’t great either… The team looks decent, but is being carried by the keepers at this point…

  64. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey

    In a 12 team, non-keeper H2H league with TWO DL spots, when would you feel comfortable drafting Beachy and Luebke?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, but you’ll probably drop one of them by mid-April…

  65. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: H2h 14 player pts league thoughts on this team:

    Mccann
    Ryan Howard
    Rickie Weeks
    Machado
    Rollins
    Morneau
    Josh Hamilton
    Bonificaio
    Stanton
    Holliday

    Bench
    Cozart
    Carpenter
    Taveras
    D`arnaud

    Pitching

    Hamels
    Zimmermann
    Nathan
    Perkins
    Latos
    Morrow
    Pettitte
    Ryu
    Luebke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your hitting is weak on average and potentially power… The pitching looks solid if a tad stronger than you need… Don’t love Pettitte though…

  66. birrrdy! says:
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    Love the Unknown Comic reference. Damn, Grey, you watched a lot of the same TV that I did back in the 70s and 80s. Gotta share a clip for the rest of the uninitiated:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj3Q9l9Ivng

    Note Steve Martin as one of the judging panelists.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bwahahaha… That paper-bagged fool never gets old…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: How about the greying ‘fro on the show host?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s like an amalgamation of Rudy and me…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Grey by name, grey by nature?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Both?

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: Silver foxes represent!

    • Steve says:
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      @birrrdy!: “You need to stand further back from the camera.”

      “How far?”

      “You got a car?”

      Love that stuff, thanks for sharing!

  67. Oaktown Steve says:
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    The Headley thumb injury starting to sound not at all good. They sent him back to SD to see a specialist.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be trouble, for sure…

      • Oaktown Steve says:
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        @Grey:

        of course I own him. Last year I had Upton and it was basically the same thing. Jammed thumb sliding in spring and was useless for half a year trying to play through. Keeerist.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Small fracture out a month. Pretty good news compared to muscle tendon or ligament.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think you’re trying to see the glass half full…

  68. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: In a pts league though my hitting should be OK- Hrs are worth the most so i targetted guys who would get the most at their position or atleast tryed to

  69. anarchy burger says:
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    grey- my guy- i had my draft in my “big league” this weekend. i picked 8th and cano slipped to me. i’m not a big cano fan. i offered out cano + victorino for e enarnacion and howie kendrick. encarnacion, and howie are keepable again next year. 5×5 12 teamer 10 man bench. i have a feeling he ‘ll take it. u like?????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it…

      • anarchy burger says:
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        @Grey: he just turned it down. thanks for the quick reply.

  70. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    I read your comments and agree that it bumps his value up in Roto 5×5 and certain H2H and points catagories based on the way points are assigned. Referring to a 12 dolar salad, Id like to remind you that sometimes with a 12 dollar salad the extra charge is for the protien (a slice of raw tuna? A shred or two of cheese? Some nuts)
    One you throw a bit of protien in there you get a 12 dollar salad that eats like a meal. While I agree with you that you can overpay and its hard to find one that is right one, sometimes a 12 dollar salad makes the rest of thwe things you need to buy cheaper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s true… Sometimes a $12 Salad means you can have a bigger dessert without worrying about the calories…

  71. ulysses says:
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    Just traded gardner(a bench guy) for estrada. my OF now is Adam Jones, Braun, Justin Upton.

    You like that deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair…

  72. JAM405 says:
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    Couple of trades I’m on the fence about, looking for some advice.
    10 team 5×5

    Trade 1:
    give Latos/Chris Davis
    get Sandoval/Jerrod Parker

    Trade 2:
    give Scherzer/Rizzo
    get Butler/Peavy

    Starters right now are Scherzer, Latos, Moore, Samardzija, Bailey, Burnett, Estrada
    hitters would just be rotating in 2 Util spots

    any advice would be greatly appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Eh, it’s fair… Don’t see the point… 2. Don’t see the point…

  73. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, H2H-Points, Contract League ($70 cap)

    Trade Cody Ross $2 for Matt Carpenter $2?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good…

  74. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Are RCL’s a mix bag of razz and non razz players. I was shocked that i got Miggy, Goldy, and Jones in my first 3 picks. And i had to choose between Jones and Harper. Heyward was off the board. Crazy, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think Vin first made me hip to that last year… ESPN rankings tend to rule the day over there… Which leaves a lot of teams screwed…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Can you get into an RCL without going via Razzball?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope, but some people try to outsmart others by zigging on the zag, I think… Not sure…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: last year the one I played in had people get bumped for the commishes buddies who obviously did not read the razz. the league was 50/50

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They must’ve had some idea about Razz if they were in the league…. I’d like to think so at least…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: people should have to pass a 3 question test to get in

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, if you don’t know what a donkeycorn is, goodbye!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I’m thinking a razzball version of this balls and shaft club entry dialogue from PCU

                    Bantam: America’s greatest president.
                    Rand: It’s me, Rand. Open up.
                    Bantam: America’s greatest president.
                    Rand: Damn it. “Who is Ronald Reagan?”
                    Bantam: A casual shoe for yachting.
                    Rand: What are you trying to figure out, B.D.? Who could I be? “What is a blucher?”
                    Bantam: They killed Jesus Christ.
                    Rand: “Who are the Jews?” Open up, sucko.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Except: Who is Taipei Slinko?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Kelso!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I did two yesterday and was pleased that so many in my first RCL knew and followed my ramblings on the razz. Good or bad, at least they read my BS.

            Did the so-cal thing between drafts yesterday, got some beers and did a carne asada. I love this weather

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it got crappy today though… Back in long sleeves… And mittens…

            • Kid A says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: Which one did you prefer: Jack Full of Hot Air or Jack Full of Grey Lust ?

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Kid A: Jack Full of Your Ass, cause I plan on stomping it this year in RCL.

                Are we getting a little green over here?

  75. Matt says:
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    I’m in a 10 team roto league doing an acuction draft.
    R,HR,RBI,SB,AVG,OPS W,SV,K,ERA,WHIP,K/BB

    I get to keep 4 of the following players, who would you suggest? Thanks

    Bryce Harper
    David Wright
    Brandon Phillips
    Elvis Andrus
    Michael Bourn
    Ryan Howard
    Ike Davis
    Nelson Cruz
    Miguel Montero
    Nick Swisher
    Norichika Aoki
    Pedro Alvarez

    Max Scherzer
    Brandon Morrow
    Rafael Soriano
    Homer Bailey
    Jeremy Hellickson
    Grant Balfour
    Brandon League
    Time Hudson
    AJ Griffin
    Mark Buehrle
    Gavin Floyd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper, Wright, Phillips, Scherzer… Keepers are a bit of a mess…

  76. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,
    Just found out I’m picking 9th in my 10 team league and I’m trying to plan my strategy. Standard scoring with no CI/MI,3 OF, 1 UTL. So my picks will be 9, 12, 29, 32, 49, 52, 69, 72…and so forth.

    Here is how I’m breaking down my targets in round pairings:

    Pick 1,2: Cutch(if he falls)/Fielder/Stanton/Longoria(only chance for top 3B)
    Pick 3,4: Pedroia(if he falls)/Jones/Harper/Heyward/AGon/Goldschmidt(reaching 17 spots)
    Pick 5,6: Goldschmidt(exact adp)/Headley(If I don’t take Longoria)/Cespedes/1st pitcher
    Pick 7,8: Hill/Sandoval/2nd pitcher
    Pick 9,10: Choo/Jennings/Jackson/3rd pitcher

    Any advise on what strategy you would take? Would you pass on Goldschmidt if you take Fielder? What if there were 2 UTL? Pass on Fielder if he is there to take Longoria and reach for Goldschmidt?

    I need to commit myself haha

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d pass on Goldy if I had Fielder… I wouldn’t not pass on Fielder for Longo….

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Awesome thanks. Looks like I’ll be taking Headley then if I can get Cutch/Stanton and Fielder with my first two picks. I have to admit, I’ll probably still be tempted to take Goldschmidt if he is sitting there in the 5th round. Because there are limited offensive positions with no MI/CI and only 3 OF, if feel like I need to take the best value even if it takes up a UTL spot. I’m already punting catcher and shortstop.

          • bossmanjunior says:
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            @Grey:

            crap. Target Zimmerman in the 4th (32nd pick) or Sandoval in the 7th (69th pick)?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Zimmerman… Either work though…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Any thoughts that we might need to take Zimm or Panda a bit earlier to head off those geezers who were going to wait on Headley?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t think it’s that necessary…. It’s not ideal, but you can put Frazier at 3rd base, but I’d want a stronger corner man 1st baseman then…

  77. RambleOn says:
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    I have E. Ramirez, S. Miller, and Phelps on my bench and I need them all to make starting rotation so I can stream them. Oh dam, plus I drafted Ryu as my 5th starter late since someone I know had him ranked so high wink, wink(my auction was day before news broke that his chances were diminishing). Is that too much to hope for?
    When I heard the news about Miller getting second chance this week I thought exactly what you wrote plus read that Kelly might be better suited as a RP, so more hope for us.
    Can you give us your thoughts on Valverde? I think some team will realize he is better than whatever they have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu looks like he’s gonna make the rotation after all… Miller and Ramirez are less likely… I hope so though on Miller… Valverde will close somewhere, or set-up… Can’t imagine he’s done…

  78. sul says:
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    David freese is equal to who in terms of pitching? I’m looking to trade him.

  79. HebrewHammer says:
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    Little predicament for ya’ll to solve. Ive got Pestano and Doolittle on the squad and am debating on dropping one for D. Brown. With Balfour(knee) about to return to action, and Perez(shoulder) reporting no discomfort its hard to hang onto both relievers. This is a very deep league and saves are a coveted resource as many teams are holding relievers in speculation. Between Balfour and Perez which closer do you think holds onto his gig the longest and which reliever(Pestano, Doolittle) would you drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Doolittle… He’s not even the back up…

  80. MessyF says:
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    Your old buddy Yo-Lease was just named opening day starter. You haven’t talked about him much (at all?) this year. Draftable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I think the Rox are still limiting all of their starters to 100 pitches/game….

  81. bossmanjunior says:
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    Followup to my prior question. Which of these pairings do you like better for 4th/7th round picks: Pedroia/Sandoval or Zimmerman/Hill?

    This is contingent on Pedroia falling to me in the 3rd round, which happens in some mocks.

    Or if Pedroia falls, I could take both Pedroia and Zimmerman, but that would mean passing on an elite outfielder like Jones, Harper or Heyward. Pretend I took McCutchen and Fielder with my first two picks.

    Last question I promise! haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmerman/Hill…Take an elite OF…

  82. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: If I’m pretty confident I’m going to end up with Samardz on a team, is it worth passing on Scherzer in favor of a better WHIP pitcher like Zimm? It’s an H2H league so the K’s are enticing but the WHIP is scary if you have both of those guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, you can go that way…

  83. Shidesthelimit says:
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    It’s beginning to look like Matt Carpenter might be winning the everyday 2B. He seems to hit for average and might have a little pop. If given the everyday job in STL, how do you like him among your 2B ranks?

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Shidesthelimit: I second this question. He definitely has the 2B job (as well as eligibility at several other positions). He also takes his walks and has a decent OBP.

      • Shidesthelimit says:
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        @SwaggerJackers: Agreed. And I’m in a 6×6 OPS/HR Allowed league which could also affect his value with that nice OBP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around Gyorko…

  84. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    watch worst cooks yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, I watched it… It’s losing steam and Carla… Sad emoticon….

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I know, i knew she would never win, but the value was great. The biker thing was lame. And the chick from Anne’s team that won is horrible on TV. I’ll take the douchebag plant with his bow ties any time.

        You watch bar rescue yet?

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I’ve seen Bar Rescue… Enjoyed it, but it didn’t make me want to record future episodes… Feels like the kind of show you catch when it’s on… Russian Blondie and Rasheeda are gonna be the final two with Russian Blondie winning….

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Its funny that bar rescue has been to Austin a few times. isn’t that were rudy lives? I record it to play in the background when I’m working.

            for Worst cooks I can’t argue that, is there anything you can’t project?

            • Grey

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              Ha…Nope! Yeah, Austin’s a great city for it… Per square mile there’s so many bars there…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I’m going to have to think of things for you to project. I’ll get back to you on that

                • Grey

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                  Sounds good…

            • They were here a little while ago – http://austin.culturemap.com/newsdetail/BarRescue/

              I had been to the Brixton once and liked it. Seems like that owner just used bar rescue for a new electrical system. had never been to the other bar but had seen shows all around it. metal and lace is a lame name though

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Rudy Gamble: when i go to Austin, i know who to ask for points of interest. The Brixton is a good name for a spot. i know a local bar near me that bar rescue turned down. So sad, that even bar rescue wouldn’t touch it.

  85. Trailblazin says:
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    Should I trade Moustakas/Harvey for Zobrist in a 14-team keeper?

    My starters are Parker/Harvey/Haren/Lince and Bonifacio/M. Carpenter would be my starting 3B.

    • Grey

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      I’d hold on that trade…

  86. Wilsonian says:
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    Just finished up a ridiculously long 16 Team H2H draft. 5 player keeper.

    Stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, L, SV, Ks, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9

    C – JP
    1B – Frazier
    2B – Espinosa
    3B – Lawrie (K)
    SS – Tulo (K)
    OF – Stanton (K)
    OF – A.Jones (K)
    OF – AJax
    UTIL – Machado
    UTIL – Plouffe
    BN – B.Hamilton
    BN – B. Wallace

    SP – Price (K)
    SP – Moore
    SP – Niese
    RP – Wilhelmsen
    RP – Veras
    P – Pestano
    P – Santos
    BN – Parker
    BN – Dempster
    BN – Teheran

    The pickings get slim pretty early, but I like it for the most part. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your keepers don’t hurt, that’s for sure… I like the team, I think Hamilton’s a stretch for value this year or next in your keeper… I like the Wallace flyer and love the power speed combo on hitting… Your pitching is excellent… Aside from Dempster…

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        @Grey: so would you make any changes? I hated the Dempster pick, but there was little there of value, and somehow he was the highest in your rankings. He’s not TERRIBLE for an SP 5/6, I guess.

        I wasn’t sure about Hamilton, either. Segura went right before him and I wanted a backup SS just in case he made the team.

        Available guys:

        Peralta, Smoak, Yunel, Gee, Vargas and that’s mostly it.

        • Grey

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          Gee over Hamilton…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: thank you, sir. And I appreciate the vote of confidence on the team as a whole. And yes, my keepers didn’t hurt anything. I wasn’t too upset picking from those guys.

  87. Jon says:
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    Of these injured pitchers, who do you like more long-term: Luebke, Beachy, Lewis, Pineda or DHud? Just wondering what order you’d stash in a keeper league. If Garza and/or Cashner end up joining that list, where would they rank?

    • Grey

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      How long term? Next year? Beachy, Luebke, Hudson, Pineda, Lewis, Garza…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: not looking for anyone to contribute this year – so starting next year and beyond.

  88. Trailblazin says:
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    Frazier/Morrow for Zobrist, who wins then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zobrist

  89. Dani says:
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    As far as closers, has much changed since your closer post? It looks like C Perez will be ready for opening day and Pestano is droppable. Any other changes?

    • Grey

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      Janssen might not be ready as this post above where you’re commenting says… And Aroldis could be the closer…

  90. Ryan says:
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    The draft is over in my 5×5 15-team Yahoo league (keep 6). Here’s how it went

    C – S. Perez
    1B – A. Gonzalez – K
    2B – B. Zobrist – K
    3B – E. Longoria – K
    SS – J. Rutledge
    OF – J. Upton – K
    OF – A. Craig – K
    OF – A. Jackson
    U – B. Gardner
    Bench – M. Machado
    Bench – K. Morales
    Bench – M. Carpenter
    Bench – L. Martin

    SP – J. Weaver – K
    SP – J. Samardzija
    RP – S. Cishek
    RP – B. Parnell
    P – J. Niese
    P – M. Minor
    P – A. Griffin
    Bench – C. Tillman

    I’m worried that there are quite a number of teams with better pitching than mine. I grabbed Minor in the middle rounds to help, but that put me a round behind in picking up closers, so I basically got what was left, there.

    Undrafted players on waivers – D. Gee, A. Cashner, S. Santos, R. Cook, T. Bauer, J. Vargas, P. Maholm, among others.

    Should I drop Carpenter and/or Martin in order to pick up, say, Santos and Gee or Cashner? Or should I be trying to make a trade? Other thoughts? Weaknesses? Power may be a little low as many of my keepers are question-marks (Longoria’s health, Craig’s healt, Gonzo return to form, Upton return to form).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: I really don’t like bench bats… You should trade a bench bat and Zobrist for one solid pitcher and pick up Cashner… Your team is a bit weak on speed, but it’s not bad overall…

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        @Grey: I dropped L. Martin for A. Cashner, and Santos got taken ahead of me (waiver order). If I try to trade Zobrist along with Machado for a Scherzer or Bumgarner type, who would I fill in at 2B or SS (Rutledge could play either)? The best guys left on the waiver wire are K. Johnson, S. Drew, O. Infante, Y. Escobar types…way at the bottom of your rankings.

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          @Ryan: I suppose M. Carpenter will have 2B eligibility soon…

  91. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    according to ESPN, my team will finish 11th in one of my RCL’s

    Rosario
    Goldy
    Infante
    Miggy
    Andrus
    Hardy
    I Davis
    A. jones
    C. Davis
    fowler
    bone face
    berkman
    marte
    cain
    carpenter

    greinke
    moore
    peavy
    szmardja
    holland
    whihelsen
    burnett
    beckett
    friers

    I figure between boneface, infante and carpenter i will get something useful at 2nd

    I think ESPN is wrong, you?

    • Grey

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      Rudy showed last year that ESPN’s projections were the worst, so yeah I wouldn’t pay attention to the that much… Your team looks fine… Not an 11th place team…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I know how bad they were last year, this was more for the readers that didn’t know how bad they were. I love my staff a lot and my core offense will be tough to match when my waiver wire skills get a chance to shine… I’m coming for you members only!

        berkman on two teams now in honor of Rudy. I have already bought his prayer candle at the 99cent store. it has jesus on it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We shall call Berkman… Jesus with a gimpy knee….

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Jesus A. Cruciate!

            • Grey

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              Nice!

  92. Michelle says:
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    Hey Grey! First time poster, looking for advice. 7×7 (OBP, XBH; IP, QS)

    Team A gets:
    Braun
    Kuroda
    Burnett

    Team B gets:
    Hamilton
    Dickey
    Pagan

    I’d be team B – is the difference between Braun/Hamilton worth the upgrades from Kuroda/Dickey and Burnett/Pagan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it for you…

      • Michelle says:
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        @Grey:

        If I replaced Pagan with Harper? (that would be my next counteroffer)

        • Grey

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          That’s a good deal for you…

  93. Tom says:
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    Watcha Think – 12 Team Mixed H2H

    Giancarlo Stanton
    Justin Upton
    Adam Jones
    Matt Kemp
    Paul Goldschmidt
    Zack Greinke
    Ian Desmond
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Matt Moore
    Josh Rutledge
    Todd Frazier
    Jonathon Niese
    Joe Nathan
    Huston Street
    Wilin Rosario
    Jarrod Parker
    Manny Machado
    Matt Harvey
    Adam Eaton

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Tom: doesn’t say much for your league mates

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks really solid, not sure how you pulled it off honestly…

  94. Hankerciser200 says:
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    12 Team H2H 3 keepers And 1 Rookie
    I’m keeping JUp Verlander and Bautista with Rizzo as rook.
    Grey I’ve found you and can’t get enough. Advice please on draft for Thursday night Hey now!

    I have 9th pick overall in the snake. So assuming top 3b gone would you recommend Goldy there? or should I try to fill in other infield postions first since Ive kept Rizz. We use two utilities spots and 3OF. Would you pass on Heyward or Jones to take a RZimmerman? then hope aushizz swings back around to pick 16? I doubt if you would recommend drafting a pitcher in either of the first two rounds. I would then look for a P/3OF in rounds 3/4 which are more like 7/8 with the keeper format. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! I’d take Zimmerman, Jones, Goldy in that order…

      • Hankerciser200 says:
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        @Grey: goldy 1st round and panda 2nd as back up plan?

  95. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey Grey…

    Getting a late start on my mock drafts for my first league that drafts wednesday. I did one last night as a 12 teamer, but our commish announced today he wanted to cap the league at 10 when its been at 12 the last 3 years. In any event, just did a 10 team mock and wanted to get some feedback. Its a 7×7 league with QS, HR allowed, TB and OBP. I’ve never played a 10 teamer before, but I assume its not going to be drastically different other than there will be a lot more quality on the WW…

    1 (7) – Dread Pirate
    2 Longo (took him over Beltre as you advised, but I’ll agonize over this one if thats the choice I have in the real draft)
    3 Adam Jones
    4 Goldy
    5 Zobrist (to start at 2b)
    6 Greinke ( I assume we’re still drafting him despite the injury?)
    7 Choo
    8 Scherzer
    9 Ike Davis (picked to start at util bc he was 15 spots ahead of anyone left and I thought it was too early to get a 2nd pitcher)
    10 Peavy
    11 Papplebon
    12 Espinosa (to start at SS)
    13 Samardzija
    14 Rutledge
    15 Niese
    16 Parker
    17 Burnett
    18 Cishek
    19 Bonifacio
    20 Seager
    21 Avila
    22 Morales
    23 Milone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, man, long time no see… I like the team, it looks weak on average… The pitching looks a tad stronger than it needs to be too… Greinke’s fine in the sixth…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Hey buddy, yeah I’ve been slow to get rolling this year. I’ve been reading your posts a good bit, but usually late at night and haven’t gotten around to making any comments. In any event, I should be around a good bit from this point forward. Need to really cram the next couple of days to get ready for this draft. Being a 10 teamer and with most of the guys drafting from the yahoo predrafts, I assume my team is going to end up looking ridiculously good since I’m used to 12 teamers.

        Who would be your preferred backup options at 1b if I miss on Goldy? You seem to be a little higher on the moobster this year than I remember you being in the past. He would make a nice average offset for a guy like Espinosa at SS.

  96. Hoog says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thoughts on my draft? 7×7 with R, HR, RBI, Avg, Slg, BB, NSB, QS, BB, K, ERA Whip, Hold, NSV

    C) J. Montero (K)
    1B) Votto (K)
    2B Altuve (K)
    3B Frazier
    SS Hanley (K)
    OF: Cargo (K), Jennings (k), Choo
    Util Butler
    BN: Marte(K), Espinosa
    DL: Granderson(K)

    SP: Strasburg(k), Wainwright(k), Morrow(k), Garza, McCarthy(k), Cobb, Hanson(k), Wade Davis(k), Romero(k) Hultzen(k)
    RP: Motte, Soriano, Rivera, Robertson, J. Peralta
    DL: D. Hudson

    Would love any input or thoughts on what I could do to improve. Thanks!

  97. Danny says:
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    Need some help. In a 14 team keeper league. I am keeping Trumbo at $2, Goldschmidt at $14, and Scherzer at $13. We count BA, R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, K, Saves, W, QS, ERA, WHIP. My final keeper choices are
    Anibal $14
    Lucroy $1 or Torii Hunter at $8.

  98. jason batteiger says:
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    does anybody know when Luebke gets DL status on Yahoo? Also, does anybody have any useful info on whether or not Phelps is going to start for NYY? I want to pick up at least one of W.Peralta/Phelps/W.Davis/. Peralta’s the only one mentioned in top 100, but that may have been without Phelps/Davis being known to be starters. Thanks for any help.

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @jason batteiger: worley also is out there, so pick one out of W.Peralta/Phelps/W.Davis/Worley?

  99. Asst2RegionalMgr says:
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    Great insight and analysis, but also a ‘Quiz Kid’ Donnie Smith reference. Top notch. Top notch.

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