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Internet Friends, Razzballians, big country breakfast eaters at Billy Butler’s house…Lind me your ears.  Yeah, I didn’t know how to start so I figured I’d make it awkward for everyone all around.  Hey, I’m Sky.  You might know me from the Fantasy Football side of this little part of the interweb universe.  That was just an FYI, ICYDK.  I’m not expecting you to actually click it.  I mean, you can if you want to.  Like big, red shiny buttons at the Pentagon, you know it’s hard to resist clicking on an embedded link in a paragraph.  Case in point, this link is of a small, drunk Asian kid wearing just a bra and a Teddy Bear that was superglued to his junk while standing on top of a cop car.  You’re a hetero and you still totes clicked, admit it!  Ok, ok maybe you assumed it was JayWrong and couldn’t resist – and maybe it was – but ya did it.  Even after everything I told you, you still decided it was worth your right index finger to push down on the mouse and have a looksee.  And now after this long-winded intro that had absolutely nothing to do with Adam Lind, it’s now my duty to keep you intrigued without said links or other forms of Triple-Dub sorcery.  So let’s move on from this weird little intro and see why Lind should be a nice value to nab in deep leagues for the 2014 Fantasy Baseball season…

In order to understand why Lind is such a catch, we need to preface things a bit.  Since I don’t know when these posts will go nor how many you’ll read, I gotta preface, y’all!  I’m covering the deep leagues.  You know those ones.  Some have 14 or even 16 teams.  Some have multiple players at one position.  Others have you drafting like High School kids and shizz…not gonna lie, those are kinda nuts.  That’s beyond hobby, bro.  But never to the mind on that, I’m simply stating if you’re drafting a standard 12 teamer like the Razzball Commenter Leagues are, these are probably weekly ‘grab while hot’ type guys for you.  Feel free to ignore.  Or don’t…your choice!  I’ve had some good sleeper hits from my ONC days here on the site.  Go check it if you need my street cred.  Now where was I?  Yeah, Lind.  Tiny flag goes up and you squeak ‘yay’ when I mention him.  I know, it’s hard to get excited.  His 2013 season was good but nothing like his 2009 when he hit 35 HRs and then fell off the deep end from there.  But Lind’s 2013 season intrigues me this year and think it should you, too.  First thing that should interest you: his injury.  Namely, his back injury.  Prior to that injury, Lind was rocking the ball for 68 games to the tune of 11 HRs, and a .327 average and was on pace for roughly 25 HRs, 80 runs and 80 RBIs.  Sure, his BABIP was a bit higher than one would expect to keep along but when the back injury hit, the bottom dropped out.  He started off July missing two games due to the back injury and after slumping through said month to the tune of a .195 average, Lind finally went on the DL on July 30th.  By the time Lind got back on track in early August, many had moved on forgotten how good his start to the year was and finished his season hitting another 7 HRs with a .324 average in Sept/Oct.  So, if we take away an awful July, we could’ve had a poor man’s Joey Votto.  Not exciting considering how down a year that Votto played out but he finished as the 6th best first baseman and will go in the top 30 players in most drafts.  Right now Lind is going in the ‘we forgot to rank this guy’ section of the rankings.  So Lind me your ears, deep leaguers, and draft Adam when and where you can.

Sky Sperling is a contributor for Razzball Football and Razzball Baseball. He’s also a lover of fine beer, fine women and fine-toothed combs. You can follow him on twitter @Sky_Razzball and in your most sweetest of dreams.

  1. Dug Fister

    Dug Fister says:
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    #FreeSky

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Dug Fister: haha, gotta get this trending…

      #FREESKY

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        If you wanna get it trending, do this on twitter:

        @support Give Sky back his @Sky_Razzball account #FREESKY. If we can get that trending, maybe I can actually come back! Until then they’re all a buncha pigfuckers.

        • Dug Fister

          Dug Fister says:
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          @Sky:

          Pretty sure I know why you got suspended.

          Your last tweet was a retweet of a spammer who’s also suspended.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Oh fuck me…awesome. So basically they’re never going to give my account back…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Well if you could still spam them with ‘@support give @Sky_Razzball his account back, #FreeSky’ that would be kinda awesome. Maybe it trends and wakes their lazy asses in support up. Seriously hate those guys now.

            • Dug Fister

              Dug Fister says:
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              @Sky:

              Why not just set up a new account?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Then I’d have to regain all my followers. If I have to, I will but I don’t think that should be the case.

            • Nico

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              @Sky: I got you Sky! Included a bunch of Razzball writers on the tweet for some retweets. By the way, you should know a spammer by now!! Next thing we know, Sky is gonna be an 80-year old living off medicaid sending $2,500 western union telegrams to Africa in order to receive your million dollar inheritance from your 13th cousin who was a prince. C’mon bro! Just busting your chops… hope it works out!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Haha, thank you Mr. Stamos for your support. BTW, could you spare me about $2,500? It’s an embarrassing story…don’t wanna talk about it…

                • Nico

                  John Stamos says:
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                  @Sky: haha now THAT’s an embarrassing story.

  2. In a fangraphs article, it was suggested that grabbing Lind and Morneau and using whoever is facing a righty that day can give you a 1b stat line that is about the same as Goldy/Votto.

    I never thought of doing a platoon like that, but I do like it. It would be scary to do in a snake draft, because if you miss out on one half you are hosed… but its an interesting idea for an auction.

    • gareth says:
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      @scoop scooperson: its a nice thought but it would clog up a bench spot. Also – can we really rely on concusscador Morneau for anything any more?

    • Sky

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      @scoop scooperson: I think Lind is the bigger get there. I see what they’re saying. Would much rather grab Moss earlier (who has OF eligibility) and Lind if I were to go that route. Then I get stability and the flexibility to have both in my lineup if I so choose.

      • @Sky: cool. That was actually going to be a follow up, what other 1b are there that rake against RHP that could be used in a platoon like this. Moss is a good suggestion.

        I am not going to do this in any league I care about (ie: one I pay $$ for), but may give it a run in a free league to see how it works.

        • Sky

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          It’s not an unreasonable approach, really, but I’d really expand on the selection process and make them a 1B/OF so you’re not handcuffing yourself to only being able to use one of them per day perhaps. A guy like Nick Swisher will go late enough and provide reasonable help and has OF. Allen Craig should eventually get it if he doesn’t already. Lotta different ways to approach the strategy.

  3. Mike says:
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    what 1B would you list just above and/or just below him?

    • Sky

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      @Mike: What I’m going to say is probably only helpful based on someone else’s rankings. I’d draft him before I drafted Ryan Howard but around where Belt is in Grey’s rankings is how I see him.

  4. gareth says:
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    Platoon splits alert! If you are In a weekly league and Toronto are facing 7 righties then hes valuable. However If its 6 games that week and Toronto are facing 3 righties and 3 lefties? Not so much. Or if Toronto are facing a national league team away from home. Lind can’t play the field and will sit.

    • Sky

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      @gareth: Probably not the case regarding NL playing time as long as he’s hitting well:

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?id=330531125

      Splits can be said about basically every left handed power hitter in the draft. Moss, Adams, Alvarez…pretty long list of guys where this is the case. Just an asterisk I rarely add for that reason.

  5. Rags says:
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    I’m in a dynasty H2H points league with heavy emphasis on high contact/RBIs for hitters and Ks and IP for pitchers. Through a series of trades, I’m down a MI and have one too many aces. Budgets are 300 plus a separate 30 for prospects (you can borrow from MLB for MiLB but not the other way).

    Could you rank these deals?

    A)Strasburg @ 21 + Rizzo @ 15 + Springer @ 12 for Miggy @ 46 + Hanson @ 1
    B) Strasburg @ 21 for Murphy @ 10 and Sandoval @ 10
    C) Strasburg @ 21 for Rios @ 18.
    D) Strasburg @ 21 and Arenado @ 9 for Beltre @ 30 plus some budget cash back
    E) Strasburg @ 21 and Arenado @ 9 for Encarnacion @ 30
    F) Strasburg @ 21 and Kalhoun @ 4 for Ellsbury @ 27
    G) Strasburg @ 21 for Bautista @ 25 plus cash

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      @Rags: Drew and Cozart are on the wire so I’m not too concerned if I don’t get a MI back here.

      • Sky

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        @Rags: I’m assuming you’re the Strasburg side…

        I don’t like or understand any of these deals for you in a dynasty. You’re trying to get older in every single one of them and they don’t necessarily help your team from any way I’m viewing them long term.

        G, C, D, E, A, F, B

        Now go play those chords in 4/4 time and see how good it sounds!

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          @Sky: I ended up with Kershaw, Strasburg, Shields, CJ Wilson, Smyley, Peavy, Kluber, Ross and Skaggs in a league that limits 8 starts per week.

          My hitting is
          Gonzo, Rizzo, Lawrie, Arenado
          Prado, Miller, and someone off the wire for MI (Cozart, Scutaro, Drew).
          Braun, Pence, Swisher, Kalhoun, Aoki, Butler.
          and streaming catchers (with no bench hitters until I drop a pitcher).

          Grey and others said I should move my top flight pitching for more hitting. You don’t think any of those deals are enough? Would you be comfortable with that lineup and sitting on my pitching depth until something better comes up?

          • Sky

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            It’s hard to know what good those deals are without the supporting information. Kershaw makes it easier to lose Stras. My order of how I’d work those trades applies, though. Sounds like you need to do some major reinvestment in the draft in your hitters on both the MLB and MiLB set up.

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            @Rags: I wouldn’t stress as much as you are considering its a point league. If you had stars in your eyes to draft 2 aces with potential for 300 K’s, that’s Ok in that format. Remember in Roto you’re not trying to win K’s by 100, you’re just just trying to get first (or second) place. And you trade from a position of power/overstocked category. But in points, you CAN reap the benefits of two monster SP. Points are points. An inning and strike out the side = 4 points = a home run. Sky once wrote that points sounds a little more like “real baseball” and he’s right in that trends shift and different style teams win each season. One year the well balanced (boston), one year the heavy hitting team (yanks) perhaps another the monster pitching staff (see: San Fran). And each year a good league adjusts to the previous winner.

  6. centerfield_ballhawk says:
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    Big discussion over on rotographs this week about playing platoons. If you played Lind and Moss you had something equivalent to the sixth ranked first baseman in roto.

    • Sky

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      @centerfield_ballhawk: How did I miss this? Yes, there’s definitely value in that approach, though both of those two won’t surprise as many this year as they did last.

  7. Big W says:
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    Hey Sky,

    I just joined a pretty deep 18 team yahoo roto standard 5×5… I’ve never been in a league this deep before. Any chance you can do a detailed draft strategy for leagues of this size? I assume the strategy would change a bit from the 12 team strategy, right?

    • Sky

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      It does a little bit. I’ll have to put this in my thinking cap for next year, we’re pretty stocked up on posts to run through the rest of March.

      The biggest thing to remember/know about large leagues – Everyone has deficiencies. Choose yours ahead of time. By this I mean, don’t fight positional scarcity but rather embrace it. I’m ignoring 2B early this year unless someone I like comes to me at an appropriate value. I don’t like Brandon Phillips. I’m not going to fight someone to get him. Catcher can also be avoided early. There are good late guys going this year. Use that time to fill up in areas where big stats actually come from (1B, 3B, OF).

      In the end, basic draft rules still apply. Know who ‘your guys’ are and stay disciplined apply to all drafts. They just become more important when the league gets bigger.

      • Big W says:
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        @Sky: thanks Sky!

        • Sky

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          no prob and good luck!

  8. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I rode the Lind train last year during his hot streak…all thanks to your article on here…and my ability to trust you. Don’t take advantage of me though Sky!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I worked hard for that trust, I won’t let you down!

      *This disclaimer is to note I’ve already written a Dustin Ackley sleeper post*

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Sky: I already drafted Villar and Khris Davis. My RCL team is a combination of Tehols’ elder gods and your sleeper picks.

        WHAT HAVE I DONE????

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          You have created a mutated child that may have Scott Down’s Syndrome. But it’s so cute!

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Sky: It better f@ckin rake this season or I’m putting it up for adoption.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              You’re probably gonna need to drop it off at the Fire Station. There’s no way they’ll take it in willingly.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: Shake came out of the ‘I listen to Tehol closet”

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @J-FOH: Shaking in fear…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: he’s going to not finish first

                    • Shake N Bacon says:
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                      @J-FOH: Haha, we shall see…

  9. Joe G says:
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    Sky would you trade yadier molina for max scherzer?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d take Scherzer, no contest. Very lopsided trade in my book.

  10. Josh O.

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    Sky can’t tweet. But he goes harrrd on Adam Lind

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Josh O.: I can tweet again. Tweet at last, tweet at last, thank Gawd almighty I can tweet at last!

      Lind’s my boy.

      • Josh O.

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        @Sky: Someone in my RCL read this post yesterday. Lind went 113 overall in my draft. I happily scooped Tehol’s main man, Dom Brown with the next pick.

        • Sky

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          So two things about this surprise me: one, Lind went that high and two, that Brown went that low. I think Dom’s been going in most people’s top 100. Could be wrong about that but that’s pretty good value on Dom even though I’m not a huge fan of him.

          • Josh O.

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            @Sky: A lot of things surprised me in that draft and I was caught off guard. Think it’s gonna be an interesting league, in a good way.

            • Sky

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              Love those kinds of leagues. Had a great time at the FCL draft JFOH put together. A lot of good minds and made me shift a few times in my draft. Should be a fun/interesting year.

  11. MB says:
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    Hey man, in my new dynasty I have Sano, do I need to try to get middlebrooks or frazier OR do I just take what I can get with dominguez, asche, or c johnson way later? New 5×5 dynasty draft

    • Sky

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      @MB: How many teams? I like Dominguez, not a huge fan of the other two, personally. Really depends how deep your league is.

      • Alan says:
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        @Sky: 15 teams

        • Sky

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          @Alan: Give Middlebrooks a go there.

  12. mcBlunty says:
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    keeper league where we keep 7 players so the draft pool isn’t great, but due to some trades and a down year last year i have the first and second pick in the draft (i also don’t draft after the 10th rd out of 18 rds, lots of early picks)

    best available in the pool are I Desmond, I Kinsler, S Marte, M Holiday, H Pence, B Hamilton, P Sandoval, C Santana, Z Grienke, A Chapman, M latos and M Minor

    to get an idea of what i need my keepers are pujols, j hamilton, j profar, o tavares, g cole, m wacha, and m harvey, i could actually keep chapman too

    sorry to ramble on, but its a big year as i can rebuild and reload at the same time with the young keeperrs and the loads of early picks, love the site, thank you

    • Sky

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      @mcBlunty: No prob, thanks for reading.

      Keepers I don’t think it’s vital to go young that early and I’m not a Hamilton fan. Try and balance out your lineup with a bit. I’d take Santana and Pence there. But of course, I’m not a huge fan of Marte/Billy-Ham so temper my reasoning there.

  13. Ezekial Monstrolbon says:
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    hey dudes, I started a league at espn and I want to change the draft date. I don’t know how to do this. I have only played at Yahoo in the past. Please help.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Ezekial Monstrolbon: Go under referenda and you have to get the league to vote on the new date. It’s quite cumbersome. Good luck!

  14. Jeff Lyons says:
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    10 Team AL 5X5 keeper league…Lind at $8 or Dozier at $5?

    • Sky

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      Eh, I’ll say Lind there but namely because I don’t like nor trust Dozier.

  15. Bob says:
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    10 team ML head to head roto categories 5×5 with k’s got hitters and Qs for pitchers added
    Just drafted. Thoughts on roster ? I think I’m light on speed. Who would you drop for eaton or Eric young jr?

    C-Posey
    1b-Goldschmidt
    2b-lowrie
    Ss-Hanley Ramirez
    3b- Adrian beltre
    Of-Braun
    Of-werth
    Of- will Meyer
    Dh-encarnacion
    B- bogaerts
    B-Nelson Cruz
    B-Tavares Oscar
    B-Nolan arenado
    Ba- a. Guerro
    P-bumgardner
    P-anibal Sanchez
    P-Matt Moore
    P-Jordan Zimmerman
    P- m tanaka
    Rp- Robertson
    Rp-papelbone
    B-bucholz
    B- Salazar
    B-josh Johnson
    B- n. Feliz

    • Sky

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      @Bob: Sorry for the late response Bob.

      Assuming BA- a. Guerro is actually Alex Guerrero, I’d drop him for EYJ

  16. Ghost of the Dsappeared says:
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    Sky: Since, I last left you literally confused, me puter has had to have emergency open heart surgery. It lived – barely.

    In fact, last night, just back from the puter hospital, it froze in a mechanical chirping echo like sound – like a thousand katydids performing as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I chose to ignore it. It will live forever – if I can have anything to do with it.

    I am its, Eros, and it is my Tithonus. Or is Jay my Eros and I his Tithonus? Either way, both are soon to be locked in a room an forgotten for an eternity – except, for the sounds of our chirping.

    Lind’s PT is my concern, He has a way of putting up very different years that disturb me. In and out of favor. He is apt to be more easily dropped into a part time role than others IMO. He is not listed that low on ESPN either – if I remember correctly. Think Tex, Howard, Morneau and a host of other first sackers all follow him – pick your poison later, is my take.

    Do you want me to clarify my ESPN “fix” new rule ideas now, later or never again? I really didn’t mean to leave you confused like that.

    Signed, your loyal reader

    • Sky

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      You didn’t confuse, my friend. I heard you. But my response was you want to rig the game to only be played one way to which I disagreed. I like white gummy bears but that’s not the only flavor of gummy bear I want access to. NFBC is a style that is not for everyone as is daily pickups not being the way everyone wants to play. League set ups are made by the commish and there are so many options/assortments of ways to do it, to restrict it to a particular style wouldn’t make sense. The world is big and it’s even bigger when considering what your ‘puter can do in nanoseconds what we used to have to do over hours of phone calls or days of letter sending. You can find 11 other people who want to play the game the way you want it played. It does not require a change to the system as a whole to do that.

      I’ll be worried if/when you start giving your PC mouth to mouth. Namely because I’m not familiar with computer anatomy and I don’t know where it’s mouth might be and how easily it could be confused with another orifice.

    • Sky

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      @Ghost of the Dsappeared: oh and to your Lind point, you’re absolutely right. I wrote this in January and none of the data at the time seemed to show Lind as an early draft pick. Same goes for Khris Davis who’s now going in the 12-16 rounds in a lot of drafts. I thought both guys would go closer to round 20 when I wrote them based on what little info I had of ADP/rankings of others. Lind is surely no safe bet, I will agree to that. But I also think his approach changed last year as his walkrate vastly improved. Power hitters need to be selective and I think he’s found a way to do that.

  17. Ghost of the Dsappeared says:
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    Sky: Finding 12 players is easier said than done – I’ve tried it online many a time. That is not to say, that I have not had some success in doing it. But mostly failure. And those days are past for me. My job now is to complain now – At that, I’m excellent – It’s in my Border Reiver blood

    And on the Mass Games, my complaints are not soothed by this method. You have not addressed the problem that they are more and more machine driven and that their rules enable it.

    I might try that artificial respiration idea out. Good one! It might work!

    • Sky

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      @Ghost of the Dsappeared: I said I disagreed with you about that subject, my friend., which means I don’t agree it needs to be addressed. You’re saying someone is artificially drafting/making roster moves for people. I do not see this as the case. And even if there was an ‘app’ to do it, someone still has to make the call on who is the best get. That involves human error which means it’s a faulty system and can’t sustain. Just because you don’t agree with me doesn’t mean I didn’t address it :)

      You should go to Craigslist and fill out an ad for your league. I think you’d get plenty of bites.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Sky: clearly you are the confused one here sky. hehe. If you weren’t you wouldn’t disagree. This is obvious to at least one person

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