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I’m a bad person.  I try to offset being bad by doing some good in the world.  For instance, the other day, I stood outside an Arthur Murray Dance Studio with a sign that read, “Unitards are Uni-specials.”  Was the good I did by speaking out against the very un-PC name unitards able to offset the joy I found in David Price having a sore elbow?  Instead of a bastard was I a bas-special?  I can’t say.  Even worse to the karmic wallop I’ve potentially inflicted on my eternal soul, I was slightly upset Price hurt his elbow now rather then wait until the first week of the season after everyone drafted him.  Yes, I told everyone in the top 20 starters to avoid him, but some just don’t listen.  Did I know he would hurt himself?  No, but did I know you would regret owning him?  Like a nun’s DVD collection, I had no doubt.  I haven’t moved him down yet in my rankings, but he’s off to see Dr. Freeze, so rather than moving Price down, shortly I’m going to just be removing him completely from the rankings.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the rest of the roundup (rundown?), just wanted to mention JB and I will be in Phoenix this weekend and would be down to meet up for a spring training game or drinks tonight or tomorrow night.  Just comment on the post and I’ll let you know where we will be.  My guess is we’ll be at a Brewers game.  Anyway II, the roundup:

Hanley Ramirez – Dealing with a sore shoulder.  Or as anyone that knows Hanley calls it, “He doesn’t care about playing until some time in May, so he’ll be fine.”

Josh Hamilton – Underwent surgery on torn cartilage in his left knee. He’s likely played his last game (of baseball, doctor hasn’t okayed him yet for Parcheesi), even though he’s owed $30 million this season.  For that kind of money, the Rangers could’ve taken the team to see Hamilton.

Andrew Cashner – Shut down with a biceps injury.  Rangers said it shouldn’t affect his availability for Opening Day, but he’ll be evaluated today by Dr. Keith Meister.  The Doctor Meister!  The Keith who brings the relief!  Dr. Kool Keith and the Ultramagnetic Resonance Imaging!

Sam Dyson – Should be fine, but dealing with a sore wrist, and his participation in the WBC might be hist.  I’m a poet and aware of it!

Johnny Cueto – Due in camp today after sorting out his ill father’s visa issues, allowing him to travel to the states.  Cueto agreed to construct a Lego wall around his pops.  We’re all safe!

David Wright – Will likely miss Opening Day after being diagnosed with a shoulder impingement.  WebMD describes a shoulder impingement as being similar to when you’re behind a grandmother in a yield lane, but she thinks it’s a stop lane, then she falls asleep, and you get out of the car to tell her to move, then you see her and fall in love and get in the car with her and now no one is moving.  In the top 20 3rd basemen, I’ve left Wright alone, but that’s because I only projected him for 267 ABs to begin with and Reyes will get the majority of the time at 3rd.  Small aside, I haven’t heard a positive injury update for the Mets since 1986 when Strawberry was misdiagnosed with heavy dandruff in his nose.

Tim Tebow – Hit nine homers in, like, five at-bats the other day.  I say the Mets let him play 3rd base and during Sunday games they tote a mini TV out there and let him broadcast professional bowling.  This guy is a double threat!

Collin McHugh – Dealing with a dead arm.  Him along with Abe Vigoda.

Josh Donaldson – On track to start the season after straining his calf.  I haven’t touched my Donaldson projections or ranking in my top 10, but I don’t see myself drafting him unless he’s still around in the beginning of the 2nd round in the 13th-15th pick range.

Luke Weaver – Dealing with back spasms.  Spazz is such an ugly word; let’s say his back is a total dweeb.

Joe Blanton – Signed a deal with the Nats for $4 million.  It’s weird to think Blanton is a bargain at four million, but nice signing by the Nationals.  Assuming he’s as good as the last two years and not as bad as the previous ten years.

Derek Norris – Could be released by the Nationals.  This is terrific news for my NL-Only team.  And by ‘terrific’ I mean the top catcher on waivers is Tomas Nido, who prior to yesterday you could’ve told me was a turquoise dealer in New Mexico and I would’ve believed you.

Albert Pujols – After having plantar fasciitis surgery in December, he’s close to making his Cactus League debut.  Pujols and a cactus reminds me of this time I mistook a porcupine for a park bench.  *shudders*

Anthony DeSclafani – Was scratched from his last start due to tenderness in his right elbow.  They kept asking his elbow to show some mercy, then it gets tender and everyone gets upset.  We can’t win, if we were DeSclafani’s elbows.  Like a buzzing clock, this is alarming news, but I haven’t yet moved him in my top 60 starters, and he was cleared to resume throwing, so it’s still touch and go like your Uncle Donald.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Dealing with adductor discomfort.  Aren’t adductors what hold clams in their shell?  *Googling adductor*  Seems like adductor is in the groin and it is also the clam muscle.  So, Ryu has a bearded clam strain.

 
  1. henncoop says:
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    Good stuff …nice to have a good laugh @ work. The Daryl Strawberry thing almost made me laugh out loud …not good in the middle of the night on a Psych unit. I want to be able to go home in the morning.
    Need to finish that 50 round draft …wonder if I do that again …slow draft …750 players. They could use stuff like that to keep prisoners busy.
    Anyway thanks for the help ….I did end up drafting back to back SPs. I feel better now comparing my team to the other 14. I am sure I will have more questions down the road with this draft but I should be Ok for a bit now. I think I have a plan for a few rounds.
    Definitely a highlight of my work night …Thanks again. Say “hi” to Scooter for me :) when you check out the Brew Crew

  2. Packers says:
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    In an attempt to help clarify Ryu’s injury when you say bearded clam, some people refer to that as a hairy taco. I’m hoping that most readers now understand what a strained abductor is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: Yes, I’m here first to educate

  3. malamoney says:
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    This reads a look a who’s who of who I will not own in any league this year.

    When did Abe Vigoda die? Damn. I’m gonna have to work him into a post this season.

    Nice work.

    • malamoney says:
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      @malamoney: Supposed to say “reads like a who’s who”. Way too early for me!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @malamoney:
        Who’s on first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: Points Leagues: Pay A Steep Vig-oda

      ?

  4. Wil says:
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    Just listened to the podcast. Speaking of players price you mentioned Judge is draftable around pick 200 but have him ranked 300th (299th to be exact).

    Do you maybe have him a little low overall? I want him before pick 300 and agree a price around pick 200 is very fair and could turn into a bargain with his upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wil: There’s not a whole of difference after pick 200… If you need a 5th OF, you’re not drafting a 6th SP instead

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: yea I mean draft for your team late obv but 300th means Judge is going undrafted basicly in a 12 teamer. I have high hopes for him think he will hit around .250 and 35 homers and be a top 100 overall player this season. I’m not worried about Aaron Hicks taking his job and I think he stays in the bigs all year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh I think Judge plays but .250 might be a tad optimistic

          • Wil says:
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            @Grey: think he’s taking a smaller@Grey: have you seen him hit yet this year? He basicly eliminated his leg kick. He hardly takes his left foot off the ground now. Looks like he’s seeing the ball a lot better and still plenty of power obv. He’s young enough to thorw out last years 80 at bats. he hit 270 in aaa last year. I think he outperforms even the most bullish predictions this year and as you would say I want to own him on every team. Great bet for ROY.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’m with you, and hope you’re right

  5. Jeff P says:
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    First Draft of the Season in the books. Standard Yahoo Pro league.
    I tried to follow the rankings early, but then went a bit off in the middle rounds.

    Made a mistake right off the bat, as I didn’t follow the pairings guide.
    Drafting 10th, I grabbed Rizzo and got discombobulated with Turner going
    right before my pick. So I ended up pulling the trigger on Miggy. At least
    Yahoo has two util spots, and it didn’t cost me in the end, because I ended
    going Story-Villar 3/4.
    Yahoo hates my team, but according to my projections, I should be in top
    two in every offensive category.

    C Willson Contreras 9
    1B Anthony Rizzo 1
    2B DJ LeMahieu 8
    SS Trevor Story 3
    3B Maikel Franco 15
    OF Matt Kemp 7
    OF Andrew Benintendi 10
    OF Joc Pederson 14
    UTIL Miguel Cabrera 2
    UTIL Jonathan Villar 4

    SP Carlos Carrasco 5
    SP James Paxton 11
    RP Edwin Díaz 6
    RP Tony Watson 13
    P Lance McCullers 12
    P Tyler Glasnow 16
    P Jharel Cotton 17
    p Joe Ross 19
    BN 1B Tommy Joseph
    BN OF Manuel Margot
    BN RP Sean Doolittle
    BN RP Matt Bush
    BN RP Matt Strahm

    What do you think? Is my pitching too upsidey? Should I try to trade Miggy to the guy who opened Kershaw, Syndergaard, Arrieta, Schwarber, Posey?

      • Jeff P says:
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        @Grey: Regular Yahoo setup, 5×5 12 teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff P: Your pitching feels a bit heavy on upside… I do like the guys you have though… The hitting looks great, I’d be happy with this team… Don’t make any trades right now

  6. Iron Sheik says:
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    In a dynasty points league with a rebuild team that I gutted for 2 straight years it was so horrible. I think there were retired guys on this roster when I inherited it.

    Hitters
    Gary Sanchez
    Will Myers
    Josh Bell (R)
    Cody Bellinger (R)
    B Bradley (M)
    Trea Turner
    Justin Turner
    Yoan Moncada (R)
    Mike Moustakas (R)
    R Devers (M)
    Nick Senzel (M)
    Aledmys Diaz
    Dansby Swanson (R)
    Kevin Maitan (M)
    Glybor Torres (M)
    Stephen Piscotty
    Charlie Blackmon
    Nick Mazara
    Tyler O’Neill (R)
    Hunter Renfroe (R)
    Eloy Jimenez (M)
    Jake Lamb
    Wilson Contreras (R)

    Pitchers
    M Fulmer
    V Velasquez
    Y Darvish
    M Stroman
    J Musgrove (R)
    C Rodon (R)
    B Snell (R)
    J Hader (R)
    T Glasnow (R)
    R Ray (R)
    S Manaea (R)
    F Martes (R)
    J De Leon (R)
    Alex Reyes (M)
    Anderson Espinoza (M)
    E Diaz
    K Giles
    M Montgomery (R)

    I was currently offered Chris Sale for Michael Fulmer, Tyler Glasnow, and Dansby Swanson. In my opinion it was too much for one player. I might part with Glasnow or Fulmer & Swanson for Sale but not all 3. Looking at my roster what are your thoughts on the trade, what you might counter with, etc. Without 15-20 HR power I’m not sure where Dansby’s ceiling is…or hold another year and see. I do have Aledmys with Torres and Kevin M in the wings. Turner shifting to SS with Moncada settling in at 2nd is my projected dream but we’ll see. Thoughts?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Iron Sheik: I would look to trade pitching for hitting if anything. Offense doesn’t look so hot, though it’s tough to tell who is where, the way you listed your team.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Iron Sheik: On second glance, you’re probably fine, if not a little risky. Either way, I wouldn’t make that deal for Sale.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: That Sale deal would be a terrible decision, you were right to back off. This team is built to compete next year. Don’t change that. Maybe you’ll catch some lightning in a bottle and be good for this season.

        If you don’t, you have some pieces to move to position yourself to be much better next year.

        I absolutely love your 2018 pitching staff. It’s deep and has a ton of upside where a couple of these guys should pan out to be top 10 pitchers in the next couple years. But with upside there’s risk, when rescuing a dynasty league team, you need to take these risks.

        • Iron Sheik says:
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          @CMUTimmah: Thanks a bunch. Appreciate the feedback!

      • Shiek says:
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        @Grey: 10… Pretty skinny I know. Did my buddy a favor.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Team looks decent, it’s such a shallow league that you’d be fine working waivers

          • Shiek says:
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            @Grey: So…You would trade for Sale or hold?? I’m kinda leaning hold as his delivery is kind of herky jerky and like the previous poster said, “2018 looks good!”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hold

  7. Hawk says:
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    Every spring: A dozen posts asking should we worry that Pujols is hurting? Should we drop him in the rankings?
    Every September: Pujols has 30 HR

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: He always has 30 HRs… until he doesn’t.

        I don’t think this is the year he doesn’t.

        He’s had foot troubles before, and still paced 30. He’s going to finish with 28-34 HRs, .250-265.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, so reliable

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Hawk: Ever have plantar fasciitis? I have and I know others who have. Takes forever to go away (like, more than a year), and, well, it hurts and is aggravated by athletic activity. I will let others draft Pujols this year.

  8. Ace of Spades says:
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    Mr. Grey A

    Another Classic post that almost cost me some $$$$.
    ” I haven’t heard a positive injury update for the Mets since 1986 when Strawberry was misdiagnosed with heavy dandruff in his nose ”
    read this while drinking my morning cup and wound up spitting it all over my laptop. Lucky for me, The laptop didn’t fizzle and pop and it survived. I cant read your stuff during my breakfast anymore.
    Evil plan of the day:
    When the Nats have Daniel Murphy bobble head day wouldn’t it be fun to swap out the bobble head shipment with George Michael bobble heads before the boxes get to the stadium?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Ha, thanks! George Michael’s too soon, how about Liberace?

  9. Cram It says:
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    As a Mets fan, Wright injury news is whatever. Some combination of Reyes, Rivera, Flores over there is just fine with me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Prolly preferable for most Mets fans, except the older ones that like the nostalgia

  10. gigorilla says:
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    Grey – must have been a good night – the humorous antecedents really rolling, like a formpro, or proform would do.

    Gwen’s DVD no doubt.

    Being from Beertown, if I was in AZ this weekend, I might look for a different game to see, unless you’re scouting dynasty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gigorilla: Thanks! JB loves the Brewers, nothing I can do

  11. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I believe the heavy ‘dandruff’ diagnoses in Strawberry’s nose turned out to be contagious for the 80’s Mets. Hernandez, Doc, Coleman, Cone and others caught the disease.

  12. han SOLO SHOT first says:
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    Great write up Grey and looking forward to another great season.

    I have Cubs season tickets if you and JB would like to attend a game with me this year. Let me know and we can work out the schedule.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @han SOLO SHOT first: Thanks! In Chicago? That would be amazing, but not the easiest trip for me

  13. Waldorf says:
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    Wait what’s the point of the new guy Kerry providing a hackish attempt to analyze injuries in a faux Grey style when we’re just going to get the real thing anyway?

  14. Mickey Willie and the Duke says:
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    Keeper league (10 keepers) 5×5 mixed.. I have Dee Gordon so I don’t need steals and my first pick can be Broxton, Kepler, Kemp or Lamb. I need power, but should I take Broxton for the future

  15. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Excellent write-up, some key insights into adductor muscles. There are abductor and adductor muscles (abductor muscles do the opposite of adductor muscles), but you knew that given you’ve provided more than 50% of WebMD content right?

    a. Finished our 3-day workshop for the planning process for 2018-2019!! Good thing we’re planning that far ahead because we’re so not gonna need it!

    b. Too bad for Price and Price owners on his trip to Dr Freeze! That’s never a good thing.

    c. Off to play a little pick-up basketball with some of the staff at the office – all Chadian nationals. One colleague is really good, probably could have been a bench warmer in the NBA but as luck would have it he wasn’t lucky enough to be scouted by anyone when he was young. ‘As luck would have it’ is a pretty good movie title, right?

    d. Asking a lot of questions today again, aren’t I?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Whoever thought it was a good idea to make adductor and abductor and not expect people to be confused, is not smart

      B. Nope C. I’m picturing Robert Hayes in Airplane teaching basketball to Africans… D. Nah!

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        @Grey: They’re easy to tell apart … the ‘b’ in abductor stands for “Bahhhhhh, I hurt my abductor” and the ‘d’ in “adductor” stands for “Dammit, I hurt my adductor”.

        • Grey

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          HA

  16. The Grand Poppy says:
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    51 runs projected for Peraza means you think he’s hitting in the 7-8 hole, right? Any chance he makes it to the top with Billy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s a chance of it, but as of now he’s slated for the 8 hole

    • Jason says:
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      @The Grand Poppy:

      I think it’s an either or with billy and Jose. Either 1 Will be at the top of the order or the other but not both. Just my 2 cents.

      • The Grand Poppy says:
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        @Jason: As a Reds fan, it sort of makes sense to put Cozart at the top to increase the trade value, but at the same time, I’d much rather see Billy leadoff with Peraza right behind. Could be a deadly duo if they both get OBP to respectable levels.

  17. Relsh says:
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    It’s mind blowing to me how consistently Chris Davis (avg ADP 74) is ranked and drafted higher than Pujols (avg ADP 133). Pujols blows him out of the water in RBIs and BB/K, and even Average. Is there something I’m missing here?

    • Grey

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      About 7 HRs

  18. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    We saw Bridget Jones baby recently. Patrick Dempsey is NO Hugh Grant.. And what the hell did Zellwiggler do to her face? I miss her old face..lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, she went to the same plastic surgeon as Meg Ryan, unfortch

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        That plastic surgeon is more like Dr Kevorkian than Dr Andrews..Wow he botched both their faces and I am sure there are more..

        Plastic surgery should be illegal.. What ever happened to aging gracefully?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kate Bosworth is the saddest one… she’s so young and has already started to melt her face

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey:
            I agree, why mess with perfection and at such a young age..I’ll be ok just as long as Kate Beckinsale leaves her mug alone..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed

            • Hoboken Squat Cobblers says:
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              @Malicious Phenoms: In my mind anyway, I’ve done unspeakable things to Beckinsale’s face…along the lines of a Jackson Pollock!!

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: you said we so we wound’t think you wanted to see it yourself, ha!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @peacecoast:
        haha..My GF is a huge Bridget Jones fan, she made me go with her, I swear!! LOL

  19. DisEnFranchised says:
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    I inherited a deep keeper league team in which we keep 13 and a prospect. It’s 5×5 OBP roto and my keeper options include Price. Uggghhh. Do I keep him for the long term? My roster looks like this:

    Harper
    Corey Seager
    Springer
    Dahl
    Strasburg
    Benintendi
    Ozuna
    Price
    Franco
    Conforto
    Pujols
    Quintana
    Giles
    Moistakiss
    Napoli
    V-Mart
    Skaggs
    Gausman
    Velasquez
    Stroman
    Bedrosian
    Schoop

    I’m also torn on keepers after Franco because I have a lot of OF. I am thinking I need to go with the youth movement on this team because being competitive this season will be tough. Let me know what you think about Price and who to keep after Franco. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Always try to win this year… I’d wait to hear how long Price will be out before making the decision on him

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: I’d wait and see on Pujols, because you could use his power if he looks OK. Outside of that, the bats below Franco are interchangeable, so I’d keep 2 of Stroman/Velazquez/Quintana, or all three if Pujols is worse for wear…

        • Grey

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          Makes sense

        • DisEnFranchised says:
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          @CMUTimmah: Yeah that was my initial thoughts too. However, I have to pick by the end of the weekend.

  20. The Great Knoche says:
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    No concern for Rizzo’s injury right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not yet

  21. peacecoast says:
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    hey dude! I am finally going to get a pick soon in my draft (kept first 5 rounds). Looking at my first SP and I am following your tiers. I MAY have these guys available and I get another pick 3 picks after my first. Kept 5 hitters to start (goldie, arenado, bryant, rizzo, pollock) so I am thinking of picking up 2 SP on this turn. We are down to the Maeda, Cole, Salazar tier. Am I right in thinking you would take Salazar first (since his ADP is lower) and then grab Maeda on the turn? If only one of them is available would you just pick up 1 or would you reach for the next tier and get a second too?

    • Grey

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      I’d just take one unless deeper than 12 teams

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Or if there was nothing else worth taking immediately

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: 12 teams but no innings limit so we tend to need 7-9 SP. would you take them in that order: salazar, maeda, cole?

        • Grey

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          That order works, then take two

          • peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: thanks friend, you mean so much to me, you know that right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, No problem

  22. marti says:
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    Trade Question Please

    10 team national league only auction. Unlimited keepers so quite a bit of inflation. Roto 5 by 5

    Which side do you like better

    Rizzo $34 and Daniel Murphy $27 or

    Freeman $34 and Justin turner $11

    Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

    • marti says:
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      ok how about this nl only trade

      joc pedersen $21 and nola $11 for daniel murphy $27

      • Grey

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        Pederson side

  23. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    Grey!

    New comedy on HBO called Crashing is pretty good. Awkward humor similar to Silicon Valley. Artie Lange absolutely kills it in episode 1.

    Also is something up Cointent? Trying to re-up on that sweet subscription and keep getting an invalid domain message. Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, gonna have to check out Crashing, heard some good things… Cointent is done, Rudy is setting up a new way to subscribe, it’ll be up soon

  24. Roger Podacter says:
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    Alright stop, Rosterbate and listen,
    Price is wack, has a lame ass tendon,
    Something, made him hold his arm tightly,
    but he still gets hot poon daily and nightly,
    Will his arm pop? I don’t know,
    30 Million bucks says Dumbrowski hopes, “No.”
    Sox fans get sick, and Girchuk like Randall,
    Do I dislike Sox fans? yes, many, like Grandal,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is my new favorite recurring comments!

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: Word to your mother.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @Grey: Grey does the (excel download of the) war room update as you change your rankings?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think it does

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should comment there and ask him

          • Roger Podacter says:
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            @Grey: A-Duh! Thanks Stachio.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Roger Podacter: This is fantastic.

      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @The Great Knoche: “Thanks!” – that’s me quoting Grey quoting himself.

  25. Phil Brody says:
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    Only in PHX this weekend, Grey? I’m there next week for some Cubs games. Get in Wed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, just missed you!

  26. Zach says:
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    Sup Grey! Need some trade advice. 16 team dynasty points based .

    I would receive:

    Adam Jones
    Kenley Jansen
    Max Scherzer

    I would give:
    Josh Donaldson
    David Robertson

    Thoughts??

    I also have machado at 3B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  27. redhook42 says:
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    grey, do your rankings change if the league is head to head points?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It would, Malamoney does points rankings

  28. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! I just noticed that Tommy Joseph is somehow catcher eligible in CBS leagues.

    I liked him already as a sneaky CI/UTL in my 12 teamer 2-catcher league, but now I’m REAL interested. Evan Gattis 2.0?

    Where would you put him in your catcher rankings / how much would you bid on him if he’ll be your C1? ($9 is his non-catcher value)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 5… his ranking spot wouldn’t change

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Be careful with that. I see in my CBS league that Joseph appears currently as a catcher, but for this coming season he will not be C eligible.

  29. Big Odio says:
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    I haven’t heard the term bearded clam strain since the last time I was dating…..and got stood up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      She stood up and you strained?

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: They are an endangered species now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: I got stood up with that excuse from her. I think she said bearded as a way to deter long term. Like I’d turn it down.

        So it’s just you and JB? That’s going to be more weird looking than when you hang out with me and Capozzi

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s JB and I on a romantic getaway to Brewers camp

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: master blaster?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: no seriously. You two need a master blaster pic where you are on his shoulders.

                Also are you meeting up with capozzi?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’ll text Capozzi when I get there… JB’s six-seven, I wouldn’t I get on his shoulders, scared of heights

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: I didn’t know that. I can see why you married such a shorty

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ok

  30. Sad Keanu says:
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    Would you take Donaldson ($31) and Blackmon ($17) and give up Stanton ($18), Segura ($9), and Bregman ($1)? Difference in $20 auction dollars but 2 top 20 guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  31. Rincon says:
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    Looking for some opinions on my keeper situation, if anyone wants to weigh in.

    14 team H2H categories

    Keep two
    Turner in the 12th
    Altuve in the 1st
    Arenado in the 2nd

    I pick 13th so the difference between Altuve/Arenado is just a few picks. My concern is being light on power if I keep Altuve. Most of the big power is kept.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner, Arenado

  32. Stickball Al says:
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    I live in the Bay Area and I can remember the pain of Barry Zito’s big contract and thinking worst contract ever. But then came the Josh Hamilton signing and the pain has subsided. Not only is he crapola and hurt every year. “Drug’s are bad for you, okay ” but his shizz is spreading to Beltre, Dyson, Cashner and who knows who’s next ??? Zito’s looking for a drummer for his band…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  33. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    David Dahl could be out a couple of weeks, with a back injury.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bummer

  34. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    NoOOOOOooo! David Dahl’s back injury “worse than initially thought” and Parra could be starting now, at least to begin the season. http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/mlb/524668/dahl-back-injury-worse-than-initially-thought?ls=roto:COL:topheadlines. This is why we can’t have nice things.

    1. I have Dahl for $10 in my keeper league. Assuming he’s questionable for opening day when my keeper-lock and drafts occur in a week . . . how much are you downgrading him?

    2. Would you still keep him over a $5 Broxton or $6 Khris Davis? (I’d plan to draft him anyway, but I wonder if this will reduce his draft price to at or below $10). With Broxton likely hitting second now, I’m sort of digging that.

    3. Would you trade your $10 Dahl for any of the following: $12 Hanley, $7 Justin Turner, $26 Cano, $5 Rich Hill (and keep the traded player over those Khris and Broxton options)?

    4. Definitely putting an asterik on Tapia for my reserve round first pick over the other outfield prospects.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly drop him Dahl about 30 spots 2. I’d keep Davis 3. Cano 4. Yeah

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: ughhhh (at the news, not you!).

        thanks for the tips. was going to try aiming for cano/hanley, but i like the idea of going for the best guy of the bunch regardless of price/net value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  35. Chad says:
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    Hello Grey – I’m a new follower and enjoy your fantasy columns. I’m in very competitive keeper league ( mixed – Head to Head – points) in which we can only keep 5 players. I have these 6 to choose from and thought I might ask your opinion on which to keep.

    J Altuva
    N Arenado
    C Seager
    G Springer
    N Syndergaard
    J Arrietta

    My gut tells me to let Arrietta go and keep the others but pitchers do tend to score more than position players in our scoring system and depth at pitching cost me the championship last year when both those guys either sucked or got hurt at the end of the season. Any thoughts?

    Thanks
    Chad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Gotta lose Arrieta

  36. ElBoss says:
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    Good morning Grey!! I have a suggestion for next pre-season or maybe you could fit some in this season. I like when JB argues your rankings, he seems most confident in Brewers players of course. What if you brought in a local blogger/spokesman for the teams and they can take a look at where the players on their team fall in your rankings and if they agree with you or not and we can hear the different views. Great podcast this week!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We have team previews where we talk to local bloggers…

      • ElBoss says:
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        @Grey: podcaat Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Podcaat you!

        • ElBoss says:
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          Good morning Grey!! I have a suggestion for next pre-season or maybe you could fit some in this season. I like when JB argues your rankings, he seems most confident in Brewers players of course. What if you brought in a local blogger/spokesman for the teams and they can take a look at where the players on their team fall in your rankings and if they agree with you or not and we can hear the different views. Great podcast this week!!!@ElBoss: why do you guys take so many weeks off, because of lack of content or you waant a break?

          • ElBoss says:
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            @ElBoss: i love to read the team previews, just though it would be interesting and a good idea to have them on your podcast, get in that top 100!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, good idea!

  37. JoeG414 says:
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    White Sox release Brett Lawrie
    Remember him ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, about time

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Big Odio: I only show Grey my flashy ones, I have plenty low key you’d dig.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those are dope! Need!

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: One of 200 handmade in Germany. Quality is out of control. They have chenille on them, come on.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They are ridunk

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: @Big Odio: It was Inevitable

  38. The Great Knoche says:
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    Did you see the thrown bat caught by the Mets SS prospect Guillorme?

  39. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Lawrie getting released…….MONCADA TIME!!!!!!!! More like Carlos Sanchez time, but I wonder how long it takes for the call.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully before June

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: So glad you stopped in, Ralph, as I had that exact question! In all seriousness though . . . this has GOT to expedite his call up time, right? Why else would they cut him if not to give Moncada an even clearer path?

      Similarly, given the White Sox outlook and having no serious 2B competition now, I’m hopeful that this will mean that they just let Moncada play and get a feel for the league even if he starts slow.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: And Frazier is hurt, may not delay the start of the season, but the timing is peculiar.

  40. Tony_Sal says:
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    Keep 7 :
    Mccutchen, C.Davis, Cano, Polanco, Machado, Sano, Frazier, W.Myers, Bregman, Piscotty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not McCuctchen, Sano and Davis

  41. Mr Baseball says:
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    David Dahl you still draft him in keeper league with no concern am I right Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  42. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    20 Team Dynasty H2H OBP. instead of avg.
    C.
    1b. Rizzo
    2b. D.Pedroia
    3b. J.Turner
    SS.
    IF. M.Napoli
    LF. S.Marte
    CF. K.Broxton
    RF. J.D. Martinez
    OF. M.Kepler
    Util. D.Santana

    P. K.Maeda
    P. D.Duffy
    P. J.deGrom
    P. D.Salazar
    P. J.Lackey
    P. M.Foltynewicz
    P.
    RP.
    RP.
    RP.
    I’ve come to terms with the fact that im basically punting SS and ill most likely wind up with either Alcides or Cozart..I’ll fix that during the season…Otherwise i’ve added Domingo and Folty since we last spoke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks good! I’d make sure I got Alcides instead of Cozart though

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah as long as he’s there thats the plan.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  43. WDH says:
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    Mock Draft today…Am I on the right track? 10 team ROTO 5X5. Yahoo only ranked my draft a C+…Tell me what you guys think?

    C Sanchez
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Odor
    3B Rendon
    SS Semien
    OF Springer
    OF Desmond
    OF Trumbo
    UTIL Rizzo
    UTIL Kepler

    SP Martinez
    SP Dan Duffy
    SP Maeda
    SP Salazar
    SP Lackey
    SP Tijuan Walker
    SP Pineda
    SP Shoemaker
    SP Hammel

    RP Giles
    RP Ramos
    RP Kelley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d say A-… I like the hitting and pitching a lot

      • WDH says:
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        @Grey: Great, thank you for the reply. The C+ score had me thinking I was way off track.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, they’re crazy… No problem

  44. TheMadBatter says:
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    In a 12 man (OBP and SLG) league with 6 lifetime keepers. I have chosen Rizzo, Arenado, Blackmon, and Correct as my first four keepers. My problem arrives when I have to chose between Trumbo, Yelich, and Polanco. Which two would help to round out my offense?

    Big fan, been following for years and keep up the good work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo, Polanco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh and thanks!

  45. Rich says:
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    11 team standard scoring + OPS + Holds. I have the 10 thpick in the draft. Guessing it will come to Rizzo or T. Turner. Leaning toward Rizzo with the lack of 1b depth. Thoughts ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

      • Rich says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Rich: Rizzo for me

  46. Milarky says:
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    Hey Grey, quick question on the “best player available” approach in the early rounds – we start 2 at each IF position. I’ve got Rizzo (1B), JD Martinez (OF), Stanton (OF), Segura (SS) as my keepers. Because our league likes mystery, I don’t know where I’ll be drafting yet, and of the hitters that will be available Desmond is far and away the highest ranked based on your rankings (I suspect he may be available regardless of where I’m drafting). Given that he’s only 1B eligible and I already have Rizzo, would you ignore positions and take Desmond, or look to possibly dip into one of the many 3B or OF that are likely to be there at my pick (i.e. Seager, Rendon, Turner, Cespedes, Polanco)?

  47. FlickerBilly says:
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    Grey –

    Time for keeper designations. Who do you keep among Gausman, T. Walker, Jon Gray, and Blake Snell? Potentially 3 spots available. And do you value Adam Duvall over any of the aforementioned pitchers?

    • FlickerBilly says:
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      Let me clarify: 4 keepers, already had Gary Sanchez and Michael Fulmer earmarked. But based on rankings you’d have everyone but Snell over Fulmer. Bail on Mikey?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gaus, Walker,Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry Duvall over Gray

  48. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Related to our earlier chat, I just received an offer of his $12 Hanley for my $10 Dahl. What do you think? (in redraft I assume this is a no brainer since Hanley is worth $28 and firmly hitting cleanup in a killer lineup to Dahl’s $20 and questionable starting gig).

    As a refresher, 12 team keeper (keep 7), my keepers after the trade would be Betts ($28), Rizzo ($33), Desmond ($9), Story ($11), Hanley ($12), Darvish ($18), Moncada ($3).

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: Yes, keeper. Concern is with the news on Dahl’s back . . . not long term, but with Parra starting the season as the starting OF until Dahl wrestles it back.

        I’d also be trading him to an owner who definitely is NOT keeping Dahl (he would try using Dahl as a trade chip in the 3 days prior to keeper locks) . . . so most likely if I took the deal, I would be re-drafting Dahl at ~$15-18 instead of keeping at $10.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Oh, if you WILL get Dahl back then hell, that’s like getting a free player.

          Obvi Dahl gets a downgrade IF this back thing lasts longer than a month, but I wouldn’t jump ship on him as a long term keeper over it.

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Cram It: Thanks – for sure. I still love Dahl . . . but with 1 of my 7 keepers (moncada) already not w/ a starting gig on opening day, this back thing could push in favor of a good player with guaranteed PT. My thinking was this:

            1. Only trade Dahl to someone who is highly unlikely to keep him so I can redraft him, most likely.

            2. Since keepers need to be kept in active spots, anyone kept who is not going to start opening day needs to be replaced with reserve round players (so, for example, Moncada is taking up my CI, and I’ll need to find a CI in reserve to swap them). Would be rough to potentially need to fill two starting spots with reserve bats.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: 2. I wouldn’t hit the panic button on Dahl…there’s a month until the season. But I guess you must have a keeper deadline where you can’t wait to find out how long he’ll be out.

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Cram It: Yeah – I’ve got til next week to figure it out. I put out a lot of feelers, but only sent out actual offers on deals that were easy calls (Hanley was one that was sent to me that I’m sitting on / trying to 100% confirm that the other owner isn’t keeping him unless he works a trade)

                Hanley makes sense to me. I like his changes for 100 rbi in that lineup, hitting primarily DH + if there’s no positive updates by the keeper deadline, I’d probably take it. But if Dahl is looking to be OK and starting, I’ll definitely stay pat.

                Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, holding onto this pending further Dahl news + waiting on the Dahl-Cano offer I have out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  49. Bas says:
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    Grey!!!

    Already in the mood for the WBC? I will be working on the Dutch games for the Dutch TV as a producer. Gonna watch me some Schoop and Bogaerts and aarrghh, Jair Jurrjens.;-)

    My team (12 team 5×5, keeperleague ) so far looks like this:
    Scherzer, Lester, Cespedes, Rizzo, C. Seager, Segura and Dozier.
    My league is very closer minded. But perhaps I need a 3B-man or outfielder more (do u agree?)

    I can take hitters like Rendon, Bradley jr. , Adam Jones, K.Davis, Or David Dahl you ranked pretty high.
    or a closer like Malancon, Oh, Diaz, Giles

    1 of the guys will be gone probably when it is my turn, so 2 or 3 tips would be great.

    Thanks as always,

    Bas from Holland!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s up, Bas? You need a 3B… take Rendon… or go OF and Bradley or Jones

      • Bas says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Sir Moustache Grande!

        Everything cool here in Holland. We have parlement elections in 2 weeks. Hope we don’t screw that one up.

        I will have Rendon’s name ready don’t like the depth at 3B and hope Jones or Bradley will be there in the 9th round. round number 10 I take the closer.

        Thanks!

        Bas from Holland!

        Just hope Holland makes it to the 2nd round of WBC.;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds good, Bas!

  50. Ken says:
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    The Rangers aren’t paying Hamilton 30 million, they signed him on a minor league contract.

    The Angels still owe him $26 million. Maybe that’s what you were referring to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah I was joking, would’ve took too long to say Angels are paying him this etc

  51. sh says:
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    Grey you have by far the best articles outside of random Trump stories. Any who. I am in a 20 team dynasty head to head points league, I have taken over a real bad team, the only asset I have worth anything is Kris Bryant. Would you do a deal that would you Urias, Dahl, B.Rogers and 2 first round picks in the 1st year player draft(2nd and 4th overall). Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I’d hold Bryant or get something better

      • sh says:
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        @Grey: Would you take a combo of the following players for Bryant? Dahl, Mazara, Urias or Glasnow,AJ Reed, Bellinger,B.Rogers, N.Senzel,C.Fraizer,L.BrinsonY.Alvarez or T.O’Neil

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  52. nick the dick says:
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    My takeaways from the finale: Shirley’s babe of a little sister looks like exactly what you would want to see when Googling key words like ‘Asian’ and ‘young’….and holy sexy shots of Cougy McFoodandWine! Is it just me or was every dish followed with a super sensual shot of her slurping that ramen and eating that octopuss? Yummm!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… my takeaway is they had Brooke set up to win and then handed it to her… and everyone wanted to see Padma slurp an oyster

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Totally, you called that shizz. Or maybe they just got sick of Shirley naming every dish she made some silly thing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Mom said to eat every kernel of rice because she doesn’t know rice is called grain”

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: She might not know how to say she’s happy, but you could tell how proud she was by her creepy blank stare

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… I am proud, until you lose, now goodbye

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Watched Hacksaw Ridge last night. Movie’s okay, but man some top notch blood and guts batte scenes

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, totes… I didn’t like 80% of it but that 40 minute combat scene at the end… Yowza!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: For realsies…great true story, blah movie, but amazing war scenes. Sometimes I just need some gore in my life. Vince had me dying at times too

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I didn’t like Vince or Garfield… I was bored, then the war scenes hit and I was like “Oh snap”

  53. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    i thought like 90% of j-ham’s money was payed for by LAA, and that was only reason TEX reaquired him at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone mentioned that earlier

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: yeah, i’m catching up, nearly there.

  54. The Harrow says:
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    anybody else still like drafting this early when stuff like norris/price happens. nice thinking. milk was a bad choice.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: reyes etc. upping your variance for no positive reason, otherwise known as a negative freeroll in a very real sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah avoid early drafts

  55. Richard D says:
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    Hello again
    In a 11 team AL only with 10 keepers and the expected inflation We are trying a pitching heavy approach this year prior to the auction We currently have Sale, Stroman, Paxton, Richards (and his Plasma arm), Osuna and S Dyson. This staff has total salary of $54 ($260 cap). Three slots left to fill Thoughts? We want to dominate the pitching categories and do middle of the road in hitting to get in the $$. Since we are still in a reasonable budget position we can spend a bit more for pitching

    So for the final 3 pitching slots:

    For our 5th starter do we need a C Archer or a J Hammel. Or maybe just a D Bundy.
    Another brain freeze closer or just 2 middle releivers?

    As always thanks for the insight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer… closer…

  56. Oppo Taco says:
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    Cutch/G Cole and Moncada for Odor/Freeman? Its an 8 player. 12 team keeper (no cost ). Based on your ranks this trade isn’t close, Im just curious about Moncadas keeper league value. thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor side, not close

  57. marti says:
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    Sorry if I asked this twice but nl only auction $260 budget unlimited keepers-Roto 5 by 5

    Which side

    Joc Pedersen $21 Nola $11 for my daniel murphy $27

    My other keepers are Rizzo $34 seager $12 story 11 franco 12 blackmon 16 yelich 23 ozuna 17 and velazquez $6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson side

  58. leon says:
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    I forgot to ask on one of my posts. Team: carlos Santana, Polanco, odor, correa, and buxton.. with all of the top 20 sp kept.. and even some of the top in the top 20-40. In a 18 man league. Would u consider keeping taijuan walker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  59. henncoop says:
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    Going into round 10 in that 50 round draft with 15 teams. My team so far is Miggy, Marte, Odor, Desmond, Maeda, Cole, Rendon, K Herreara, & JBJ.
    I wanted Salazar in the 9th then hoped to get JBJ but he got sniped the pick in front of me.
    1.Any comments on what I need hitting wise??
    I plan to wait on RP now, I have the one solid guy, which I felt I needed but I passed on Duffy to do so which was probably a mistake.(hanging my head on that one) If I had got Salazar , all would’ve been just fine. I plan to just wait & get one with a job late as possible
    2. Also with SP should I reach for Lackey or McCullers at this point feeling either one will solidify my staff. Worth the risk to reach for a solid guy like Lackey or take the pure upside of McCullers here? ( I sort of lean McCullers but Lackey would be a security blanket)

    • henncoop says:
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      @henncoop: Sorry I looked at your pairings …choice would be McCullers on the SP staff. May be followed with one of the next 2 picks by Pax hopefully. Although that seems a bit upsidey to me which brings me back to a guy like Lackey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go Lackey… hiring wise you look solid so far, need to look at some power

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Ugh I had to pick & went McCellars…maybe Lackey falls down to the next pick.
        I hope to draft Joseph around pick 198 & that should boost the power.
        Thanks …I did not want to hold up the draft waiting so I went with the SP pairing tool. I can look for boring old(but solid) guys like Hammel later to solidify things & give me some 200 inning types.
        Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  60. Kowalski says:
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    Herrro,
    This is your polish neighbor. How are you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No can do, neighbor!

  61. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    a guy just offered me Dexter Fowler and he wants Greg Bird from me. I think I should reject it.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: as per your usual abilities at reading answers, i’m sure it’s sound to wonder whether there’s a question in this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  62. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    16 team dynasty h2h league. 5 NA slots. 5 DL’s. OPS, BB’s and defensive crap for hitters added, holds, QS, K/9 and some other crap for pitchers.
    C – none
    1B c.davis
    2B altuve
    SS villar
    3B franco
    LF marte (CF)
    CF treat urner (2B, soon to be SS too)
    RF jd mart
    util springer (CF)
    BN (up to 4 total, for max SP allowed 3 BN hitters max), b.miller/sano
    NA zimmer/devers/rodgers
    SP (max 6) arrieta/darvish/mccullers/m.fulmer
    RP (7 spots) ramos/britton/kelley/dyson/n.jones/reed (so i want familia to get back and K-rob to hold his job, and wouldn’t mind dusty doing dusty type stupid shit and demoting kelley again, 4 closers are enough need more holds guys of course)
    NA f.martes/espinoza

    pretty sure i can improve on zimmer, but should i cut sano to try to draft 2 guys rather than 1? i have the 13th slot in every round. sano actually playing a position gives him more value here, which he appears to be doing, unless they want to jerk kennys around again. if i only cut zimmer i’ll draft one player total. it’s always smart to stream the last pitcher slot, hell last year i often was streaming 2 of the slots.

    • Grey

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      I wouldn’t cut Sano

  63. peacecoast says:
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    In a NVSH league what kind of ranking would you give Miller and Betances?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 100 for Miller, 110-120 for Betances

  64. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    What sort of adjustment (if any) would you make to Keon’s line if he continues to rake for power and speed and is confirmed as the everyday 2 hole hitter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly push him up about 20 overall spots, like to see it for another 10 days though

  65. ThE sHiT says:
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    Did an experiment on a 12 team mock: took Kershaw #1 and wanted to see how strong an offense i could get, not too bad imo. Your thoughts? For this exercise i punted closers, waited for Bedrosian and Barraclough late.

    C Murphy
    1B Myers
    2B Odor
    3B Longo
    SS Addison
    OF Desmond
    OF Yoenis
    OF JBJ
    OF Beni
    OF Kepler
    UTIL Mazara
    BN Buxton
    BN Moncada

    SP Kershaw
    SP Maeda
    SP Walker
    SP Paxton
    SP VV
    SP Gray
    SP Snell
    RP Bedrosian
    RP Barraclough

    • Grey

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      You prolly didn’t even need Maeda either… Offense actually looks solid, but be careful about doing that in a real league

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @ThE sHiT: in a money league i’m about to do the opposite, draft no starters till like 140 or something. i WILL however, do what i never do and grab one ace closer in the 50’s or whatever other ridiculous slot they usually go in.

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Sinkhole Demayo: im ready to do this in my $ home league where theres a shitload of scoring categories for both hitting and pitching.

        • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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          @ThE sHiT: this is a new “home” league, a fish league as it were, so i’m quite willing to try out new shit. it’s small money.

  66. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    H2h, 12 teams Mix, 3 Keepers

    Current keeper: Arenado + Edwin.
    I’m between S. Marte, Yu or Arrieta for my 3rd.

    Thing is, last year I traded RD 5, 6, 8, 9.
    I was pushing for the Championship but didn’t win.

    Anyways, since I don’t a RD 5+6+8+9 (RD5 is actually RD2), should I keep Yu/Arrieta and then draft best player available?

    I’m considering to keep Marte, and even pick offensive player in rd5, and then concentrate on Sp for rd 7+10+11.
    I’m guessing in RD7 I can pick a Tanaka, Cole, Hamels maybe?

    what are your thoughts?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, then another hitter, then think about SPs in 7

  67. Jarrad says:
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    Hey, Grey…looking for your opinion on a Gary Sanchez for Darvish deal in a 15-team keeper. Both players can only be kept for this season. Sanchez is kept in the last round, while Darvish is kept in the 10th. (Teams lose the pick in that round.) The rest of my keepers are…

    Lucroy
    Odor
    Correa
    Cain
    Jose De Leon
    Betances
    Oh

    I have the third overall pick, so I’m guaranteed Betts, Arenado, or Bryant. SPs available in the draft include Kershaw, Bumgarner, Kluber, Sale, Lester, Arrieta, Cueto, but I’m worried they go early and I miss out on a legit #1 with 200+ K ability.

    Worth it to offer Sanchez for Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Yu

      • Jarrad says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is this for real? C’mon! Molly Beers? This is too much…

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: she’s literally a roofie-colada

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d like to roofie colada her

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: I’ll be her Isaac any day

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can I motor her Love Boat?

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: I’ll give her one hell of a stubing

  68. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Sunday Grey!

    That Dahl news keeps sounding less encouraging…out for a few weeks meaning that Parra is likely to have the starting gig for now. Though hopefully that means he’s cheaper on draft day! Speaking of Dahl,

    In my keep 7 twelve team roto league, the $26 Cano owner pulled his offer for my $10 Dahl with the latest news. BOO! That’s said, I’ve got some other offers in my inbox that are options to me though:

    $12 Hanley (im leaning towards avoid here though I’ve seen news that his shoulder is bothering him and he can’t really throw, which makes me hesitate)

    $19 Strasburg (I don’t typically want to keep more than 1 pitcher, but I really dig the 10-11 k/9 pairing of Stras and my ace Yu, which would allow me to wait super super long on pitching in the draft, focusing on just upside guys and a couple stable boring ones).

    $5 Rich Hill (same idea as Stras)

    $16 Maeda

    $19 Nelson Cruz

    $7 Justin Turner

    $6 Khris (likely will go cheap in draft room as my whole league is scared about his average and stadium)

    I’ve also got the option to hold my $5 Broxton instead, but I feel like despite the nice spring and my obsession, $5 is probably more or less his draft day price.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stras, Hill, or Turner sound fine to me, nothing really jumping out as great

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: thanks – yeah sounds good to me. And agreed…will probably lean pitcher because there’s big inflation on pitchers in this league (maybe because it’s weekly). Last year I ended up paying $20 for Tyson Ross (ugh)

        • Grey

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          Ugh, indeed

  69. peacecoast says:
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    benintendi or eaton as my OF3? we can keep for 1 year after. Round 9, 12 team mixed roto

    I think I know what you are gonna say… just seems that Eaton has more of a sure floor versus Benintendi being more risky but much higher ceiling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benintendi

  70. AMolnar says:
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    Grey,

    I have a few questions and I need answers, so who better than the maestro!

    Here it goes….

    I need to pick my keepers by Wednesday. My league is a daily keeper/dynasty/auction 10 team, standard ESPN 10 category ROTO league. Each team can roster 27 players. There is one position player per infield, 3 OF spots, and 2 Util spots (10 total hitting positions per day). We get a combined $280 for both the keepers and our auction draft. We use contracts and I can keep guys for the same dollar amount I paid for them in last year’s auction draft and every additional year I decide to “sign” them, the contract increases by $5 for hitters and $4 for pitchers (up to 5-year contracts). If I sign someone to just a one year contract, they automatically go back into the auction the next year and whoever drafts them can then resign them for however many years they want starting at their new “base price a.k.a their auction price. For example, the least you could pay someone on a 5 year contract if you got them for $1 last year would be $1,$6,$11,$16,$21. This isn’t terrible if you get a young player that breaks out. Usually guys get bid up a few dollars so by the 5th year of any contract, you are $30+.

    So, here is the first question….
    One important thing in our league is that we don’t have any innings limit and we don’t have a max amount of hitters OR pitchers that you can roster on your team. Because of this, pitching the last few years has been #1 priority. The waiver wire for quality starting pitching after the draft is so awful – the best at the end of last year was Mike Fiers and he was owned most of the year! The reason this has happened is many team roster stable hitters that play each day (while having just 2-3 bench position players) and then have stock up on starting pitching and closers to generate as many starts as possible so they run away with K’s, W’s, and Saves. Without a innings limit, you just need to rack up innings to win those categories (while trying not to blow up your ERA and WHIP). How would you adjust dollar amounts on your website for something like this? Maybe I should be asking Rudy this… thanks for your input though.

    The second and last question is the following: Who should I keep!?!?!

    Last year we were only allowed to sign 10 keepers to contracts but that got bumped up to 15 guys this off-season. My 10 current keepers from previous years are as followed – I will use $dollar amounts after their names to indicate how much and how many years I have them as keepers.

    SS: Xander Bogaerts: $20, $20, $20, $20 (4 years)
    OF: Starling Marte: $36.5, $31.5, $26.5, $21.5 (4 years)
    OF: Joc Pederson: $15.5, $15.5, $15.5, $15.5 (4 years)

    P: Clayton Kershaw: $43.5 — 1 more year :(
    P: Michael Pineda: $9.5, $13.5, $17.5 (3 years)
    Luis Severino: $5, $9, $13, $17 (4 years)
    Stephen Strasburg: $27.5, $27.5, $27.5 (3 years)
    Tyson Ross: $15, $19 (2 years) **WOW, I HATE MY LIFE!**
    Kevin Gausman: $6, $10, $14 (3 years)
    Jake Arrieta: $23, $23, $23 (3 years)

    I can keep an additional 5 more guys this year – if I want to). Here are the guys I think make reasonable sense. I have included the $dollar amount behind their name for the amount I drafted them last year. You can tack $5 on for each year you think I should sign a hitter and $4 for pitchers.

    It would be great if you can you give me an idea of who you would keep and for how many years for each guy? Thanks in advance!

    Jonathan Schoop: $1
    Evan Longoria: $5
    Javier Baez: $2 **FYI, I really want to sign him to a 5 year deal**
    Gregory Polanco: $19
    Ryan Braun: $23
    Aaron Nola: $11
    Andrew Miller: $1
    Alex Colome: $1
    Jay Bruce: $1
    Sam Dyson: $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d ask Rudy the 1st question…

      Schoop (3), Longo (2), Baez (5), Miller (2), Braun (1)

      • AMolnar says:
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        @Grey:

        Really appreciate it!

        Not feeling Polanco?

        • Grey

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          Don’t think Polanco would go for much more than that in an auction

  71. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    20 Team Dynasty H2H OBP. instead of avg. Saves plus Holds is 1 category

    C.
    1b. Rizzo
    2b. D.Pedroia
    3b. J.Turner
    SS. A.Escobar
    IF. M.Napoli
    LF. S.Marte
    CF. K.Broxton
    RF. J.D. Martinez
    OF. M.Kepler
    Util. D.Santana
    BN. J.Winker
    P. K.Maeda
    P. D.Duffy
    P. J.deGrom
    P. D.Salazar
    P. J.Lackey
    P. M.Foltynewicz
    P. L.Lynn
    RP. K.Barraclough
    RP. W.Harris
    RP
    I can go Wheeler…Triggs or darnaud next..Wheeler may be good to grab for trade bait as a bunch of teams have shit pitching..Leaning Triggs though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Triggs

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Muah

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Would you go Kazmir over Triggs ..your rankings say yes but up close and personal Grey says….

        • Grey

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          I’d go Kazmir

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Yeah that’s what I did…Triggs will probably be there my next time around

            • Grey

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              Yeah, totes… You need a catcher too

  72. Boomer19 says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I am pondering trading Rizzo and Carrasco for Springer and Bumgarner in my 14 team 5×5 roto league. What side do you like more?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Boomer19: I like Rizzo side

      • Boomer19 says:
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        Thanks JeF

    • Grey

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      Agree w/ F

  73. Dakota says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in a keeper league (roto 5 x 5). I can redraft Alex Reyes in the final round and stash him on the DL for 2018, or redraft Austin Meadows in the same slot. I already have JD Martinez and Benetendi as keepers. What would you do?

  74. mike says:
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    Im going sign schwarber today for $30 five years. How much will I regret this. How many games does the cubs have to use a dh.
    14 teams and five keepers.
    Also corey seager same price five years. How much will I regret this and how long till it would actually benifit me.

    • mike says:
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      @mike: schwarbs is still a catcher in my league andalways will be if he gets five starts at catcher again.

      • mike says:
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        @mike: its a season long points league too with obp

    • Grey

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      I wouldn’t sign either for that much for that long

  75. Jon says:
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    Quintana and De Leon for Addison Russell? 10 team keeper, keep all

    Stats 2b 3b hrs rbi bbq avg w SV k era whip qs

    • Jon says:
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      @Jon:

      OR Rodon for russell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana side

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey:

        What are your thoughts on Quintana Rodon and Puig for Degrom?

        • Grey

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          Quintana side

  76. henncoop says:
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    Had a bit of a strange draft last night. I ended up with both Rizzo & Freeman in the 1st 3 rounds. I also went SP earlier then usual & later had to grab my OF & “pay” higher then the usual ADP. OF & SP went off the board crazy early & there were some flukey picks. With only 45 seconds per pick, I went with my gut & I think I ended up OK
    This was a 12 team 5X5 & I drafted 10th.
    C Murphy (279)
    1B Rizzo (10)
    2B Schoop
    SS Correa (15)
    3B Seager (63)
    CI Freeman (34)
    MI Escobar (274)
    Utility Rendon (87)
    OF JBJ (106); Buxton (130); Duvall (135); Inciarte (178); Margot ((226)
    Bench bats D Santana & Ownings (346)
    SP Darvish (39); C Mart (56); D Salazar(111); Lackey (154); Snell ( 202);
    Eickhoff ( 207) Nova (231); Folty (298); DeLeon (303); Finnegan (322); R Lopez (351)
    RP Diaz (82); Dyson (183); Kintzler (250)

    Can you give your expert appraisal? OF lacks the stars but overall the hitting is solid?
    Just could not see passing on Freeman @ 34 & taking an OF just because everyone else was. Although I sort of did that with SP but given you have 45 seconds to pick …you need to just go with the draft & react at times.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with you, heading looks all about the outfield is definitely a little iffy… I do like those guys though… pitching is excellent

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks …hope you had a good weekend. I assume you write tonight again for tomorrow …something to look forward later @ work if we have a smooth night.

        • Grey

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          Yup, No problem

  77. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    our keepers were voted in as being 4 not 5, so one of these has to go. we keep guys at a round cost that is their last year ADP from fantasy pros’ ADP averaged rankings across many sites at end of previous season. it’s a league with a bunch of added stats like hits, OPS, total bases, slugging, OBP, steals %. 5 OF and 1 CI/MI and 3 utils 16 team league.
    mookie (1)
    villar (26)
    k.davis (12)
    bregman (28)
    ceager (4)
    thinking my drop can’t be villar with that value, i won’t get mookie back as i won this league thus have the 16th pick in 1st round so he’s gotta be kept. bregman (pick value right now and future upside) ceager (future value but smallest round value) are hard drops too.

    • Grey

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      Davis

  78. Zeke says:
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    6×6 league. 10 teams. Keep 4. OBP, SLG, R, HR, RBI, SB and IP, QS, K, SV, ERA, WHIP

    Keeping Bregman, Correa, and Thor in last round, so they’ll get drafted in the 23rd, 24th, and 25th rounds respectively.

    Who do I keep for last spot?

    Piscotty (11th round 2017, 2018, 2019)
    Dahl (“last round” in 2017, 2018, 2019)
    Danny Duffy (“last round” in 2017, 2018, 2019)

    Most of the good bats are kept. Goldy/Trout in 1st, Altuve in 2nd, Donaldson/Harper in 3rd, Freeman in 5th, Arenado in 6th, Machado in 7th, Bryant/Betts in 8th, etc. D.murph, myers, pollock are all 15-20th round guys…then turner, story, schwarber, seager, lindor, g.sanchez, etc. are all last round keepers.

    With so many great bats unavailable in the upcoming draft, I’m hesitant to use a keeper spot Dahl, who probably has the most surplus value, or Duffy because I’m already keeping Thor. Between the back injury and OBP concerns, I’m worried about Dahl and I have 2 hours from the writing of this post to submit my keepers.

    Bregman/Correa/Thor are all last round keepers in 2018 as well. Considering upside and safety of this year and next (and 2019), who would you keep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl…

    • Zeke says:
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      @Zeke: To clarify, Dahl or Duffy, as last rounders would be kept in 22nd round this year.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Dahl

  79. Shits&Giggles says:
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    Suggestions please. 8 team keeper auction league. Trying to keep lower standing teams interested and give them incentive for following year. Considered giving out bonus dollars added to starting auction budget of $260. Want to give incentive to move up in standings. Something like this or variation close to it. Any suggestions.

    1st place +20
    2nd place +25
    3rd place +30
    4th place +25
    5th place +35
    6th place +30
    7th place +35
    8th place +30

    • Grey

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      Never heard of that… doesn’t make it wrong, I guess… think people should just play better though, and not need incentives

  80. BTux says:
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    In a 12 team dynasty H2H points league where you can keep players forever I was offered MadBum for Moncada, Giolito, Ian Happ, Eloy Jimenez and Jose De Leon. That’s too much right?

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