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The Buy/Sell column is back after a long winter break and ready to do this thing better than ever!  Let’s hear directly from it.  Buy/Sell, “Why are you putting such pressure on me?  Better than ever?  How about ‘ready to do this hungover’ because it was in Panama City for the last week with James Franco, yelling, ‘Spring…Break…Spring…Break…’ is friggin exhausting!  And haunting.  I need a nap.”  Kolten Wong was named the starting 2nd baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League Baseball Association, and nary a ‘cracker was lit.  Upon his call-up last year, Wong was more wrong than right, but less riiiiiiiight than wrong if you’re sarcastic.  He didn’t get enough playing time.  David Freese kept playing more often than not and Matt Carpenter didn’t move over to third nearly enough.  Even after Allen Craig was hurt, Fatt Adams filled in and Wong sat on the bench.  Thankfully, the Cardinals finally moved on from Freese.  The Freese has been thawed!  What?  No good?  The Cards froze out that Freese!  Still nothing?  Now that Kolten Wong gets a full time job, he’ll immediately be mixed league relevant and around a top fifteen option with a chance for more.  He’s a clone of Pedroia and not because they both need their tippy-toes to get the sugar from on top of the fridge.  Wong can hit 15 homers and steal 20 bases with a solid average.  Will he or Wongn’t he?  No idea, but definitely worth owning in every mixed league.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy and sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Dee Gordon – After he was benched in the first game of the season, a tidal wave of repercussions went through the fantasy baseball industry that ended with a fat guy in his mom’s basement opening a bag of Doritos and shaking his head, disappointed.  But that’s how all repercussions end in the fantasy baseball industry.  Brucely, I think it’s better that Gordon’s not playing every day.  You don’t want him in your lineup every day.  Sure, it’ll mean you have to platoon him, but it also means you can put someone who might hit for a higher average than .230 with zero homers on his off days.  Grey out!  Oh, no, I’m not, just started.

Brad Miller – You people — yes, you people — should be embarrassed of yourselves for making me repeatedly say you should own Brad Miller.  Have you been in a deep slumber for the last six months?  Baseball is coming back and Brad Miller is about to kick its ass in the groin.  In my top 20 shortstops, Brad Miller is practically a top ten shortstop.  Are you people — YES, YOU PEOPLE — in nine team leagues?  Oh.  You are?  Okay, then.

Emilio Bonifacio – Same shituation as Gordon.  He’ll platoon and you’ll be better off in the long run.  Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to run in this example.

Jonathan Schoop – Will make the Opening Day roster, but the Orioles didn’t name him the starter.  I could see if the O’s didn’t have O’Day and Ryan Flaherty was O’Flaherty and Buck Showalter had on repeat De La Soul’s song, Oodles of O’s, but none of this seems relevant.  Speaking of which, Schoop isn’t relevant in mixed leagues as long as the O’s plan on platooning him once Machado returns.  Schoop will make a nice pick up at some point in-season for most mixed leagues, but is simply a flyer for very deep leagues right now.

Abraham Almonte – He battled booze for a few years, then someone at a Starbucks abbreviated his name on a latte cup as AA and he had a moment of clarity and began hitting the dickens out of the baseball if ‘hitting the dickens’ meant around 12 homer power.  He does run the dickens out of the bases and could steal 30 bags.  Hard to see him hitting over .260, but he’s absolutely worth a flyer to see how playing time shakes out in Seattle’s outfield.  I’ve added him into my top 400 with projections.

Robbie Ross – I just went over him this morning.  Click the ‘Home’ thingie then scroll to my other article today and click that.  This was brought to you by the credo, “Page views equal 1/100th of a penny.”

Tanner Scheppers – Latest Rangers middle relief arm that will be hurt in 12 to 18 months from overuse in the rotation.  In deeppers leagues, I’d take a flyer, but I wouldn’t expect much on a K-rate.  In shallow leagues, he’ll be in with the streammers.

Dillon Gee – Was a little confused when I saw in ESPN that Gee wasn’t owned in 50% of leagues (the cut-off for the Buys), then I remembered 97% of ESPN leagues are owned by Matthew Berry’s intern filling up random leagues to push up their numbers.  “Mr. Berry, Gmail says I can only create 15,000 email accounts, should I try AOL?”

J.J. Hoover – I was talking to Rudy on the phone the other day — we talk, y’all! — and I was saying to him it makes no sense that people aren’t drafting Hoover when, if this were three days into the season, Hoover would be picked up quicker than something you can do really fast.  Will Hoover become a donkeycorn any time soon?  Unlikely, but worth owning.

Jose Valverde – Writing his name, I just vomited into my mouth, spit it up onto the floor and it spelled out, “Gross.”

Michael Pineda – I just went over my Michael Pineda fantasy.  It started with a kiss and ended with a bang.

Justin Smoak – When I was in Vegas in January, I put money on the Mariners winning the World Series.  The odds were terrible and I was drunk, but this isn’t — or thisn’t if you’re in a rush — your slightly older brother’s Mariners.  I think Cano is going to hit .315, and the biggest benefactor will be Smoak.  This Justin!  He feels primed for a breakout.  He just needs to get a tad lucky and hit .250.  Want a preseason bold prediction that makes no sense at all and is just a gut feeling?  Justin Smoak is a top 12 1st baseman for fantasy this year.

Todd Frazier – Did he burn you last year?  Aw, are you butthurt?  You can’t go back again to give him another shot, huh?  You’re too good?  Your feces smells like Reese’s Pieces?  Better be careful when E.T. comes a sniffin’.

Cody Asche – I’ve drafted him in one league so far, and I want him in every league, but I’ll admit to waiting until I see a little bit of a hot streak in 12 team mixed leagues and shallower.

Mike Olt – Just went over my Mike Olt fantasy.  I wrote it on my lower back like a tramp stamp.

Dexter Fowler – I’m not a huge believer in Fowler or Fowlieber if you’re 12 years old.  Either way, April is the time to own him.  Last year, he hit 8 homers in April and 4 homers the April before.

Junior Lake – Like in the Temple of Doom, I’m going to reach into my own chest, but instead of removing my heart, I shall remove my soul.  I will place my soul in the chair next to me for the time being and let my soulless self look at everyone else’s projections for Junior Lake.  See, I am taking myself out of the equation.  People seem to think Lake can hit more than 10 homers and steal 20 bags.  Okay, re-inserting soul.  *shudders*  That was weird!  10 homers and 20 steals looks optimistic to me, but for where you can draft him, I would take the flyer.

Kole Calhoun – Probably because everyone and their mother sister can get 10 homers and 20 steals nowadays, Calhoun seems like yet another one, but he actually has 20 homer power and 10 steal speed.

Avisail Garcia – I’m confused why he’s owned in under 50% of ESPN leagues so let’s just say to pick him up and move on.

Grady Sizemore – Burp.  He was named the Opening Day center fielder.  Burp.  I’m not going to try to act excited for Sizemore.  Is he worth a flyer in some leagues?  Did Little Red Riding Hood crap in the woods?

SELL

Clayton Kershaw – Sure, I’m admittedly hurt that you didn’t follow my advice and drafted an ace in the first round.  Yes, I’m willing Kershaw to be seriously injured with all the fiber in my bran cereal, but I really think your team is weak on hitting.  How do I even know what your team looks like without seeing it?  Okay, we’ll assume there’s a fantasy team drafted in the last month that I haven’t seen.  Unlikely, but we’ll assume it.  If that team has Kershaw, you’re weak on hitting and pitching is crazy deep so you don’t need Kershaw.  Pitching is so deep it looks up to Jacques Cousteau.

From Around The Web

  1. Zar says:
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    Hoya grey,

    I thought schoop was out but now he’s in again. Do you like schoop or LeMahieu more for my starting 2b? I’m guessing schoop from your rankings.

    • Grey

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      Eh, neither are good in most leagues… Go Schoop for now…

      • Zar says:
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        @Grey: Yeah…my RCL had Profar as my 2B, but then you cursed him with your awesome love poem. I’m on fumes for 2B and 2B/SS (Dee Gordon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Zar: Ha… My apologies

  2. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Grey, the godfather of all godfathers. Im doing some charity for maimed donkeys in the Los Angeles area. Rudy said I could sleep on your couch. Cool?

    Love Buy/Sell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup and yup

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: is that the broken burro’s program?

      • Baggiejohn says:
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        @J-FOH: It’s actually called ‘The Pain in the Ass Relief Fund’

  3. brad says:
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    Deep league thoughts on Tommy medica if he makes the Padres as an OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He won’t be starting until Quentin gets injured

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: QUENTIN!!! *waves fist*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like how the news said his ‘good’ knee was hurting him

  4. ChinMusic says:
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    Nice list, thoughts on Reddick ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s in my rankings

  5. doghat666 says:
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    11 team, 10×10 roto, keeper, daily auction league
    Hit categories Std 5 + OPS, D+T, K’s, Hits, Stolen Bases Allowed
    Pitch categories Std 5 + Innings, W-L, Holds, K/9, BAA

    C W Ramos
    C M Montero
    1B Votto
    2B Gyorko
    3B Seager
    SS E Cabrera
    MI A Cabrera
    CI Arenado
    OF Stanton
    OF Ellsbury
    OF Yoenis
    OF Aoki
    OF Beltran
    DH Rizzo
    BN Gordon
    BN Bourjos

    SP Kershaw
    SP Cobb
    SP Bailey
    SP Shields
    SP Cole
    SP Cingrani
    RP Street
    RP Frieri
    RP Farquhar
    BN Porcello
    BN J Benoit
    BN E Ramirez

    Trade Kershaw for Bruce and Nathan (or Robertson)? Bruce and Moore or Kuroda or Kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not great trades for you

      • doghat666 says:
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        @Grey: What should I be looking for?

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @doghat666: Goldschmidt, Cano, Braun… those types of names

  6. Alex says:
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    Who do I start week one?

    Lowrie or Starlin at SS

    Pagan or Reddick at UT

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie, Reddick

  7. The Flayed Man says:
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    Two great articles today. Awesome entertainment.

    10 team Yahoo 6×6 (OPS and Holds) Roto 13 Keepers.

    Too good to pass up?

    My Kimbrel for his Myers. Would be short a RP but could load up on holds guys if have to.

    Thanks.

    Iron Tusk
    C Salvador Pérez
    1B Albert Pujols
    2B José Altuve
    3B Josh Donaldson
    SS Ian Desmond
    IF Anthony Rizzo
    OF Allen Craig
    OF Yoenis Céspedes
    OF Starling Marte
    OF Avisail García
    Util Jedd Gyorko
    Util Matt Adams
    BN Christian Yelich
    BN Nolan Arenado

    SP Chris Sale
    SP Stephen Strasburg
    RP Nate Jones
    RP Craig Kimbrel
    P Doug Fister
    P Tanner Scheppers
    P Shelby Miller
    P Justin Verlander
    BN Zack Wheeler
    BN Archie Bradley
    BN Yordano Ventura

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        Thank you, sir. Have a great weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  8. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    got a call from the dodgers .
    (yep , i’ve got connections) .
    kershaw’s gonna throw some live bp ,
    and they want you to be the 1st one in the batters box .

  9. Wake Up says:
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    I drafted a month ago and took Smoak as my 1B…

    I’m glad your gut agrees with my gut…cuz this Pescatore is not…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Stay away from the pozole then

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I thought Pescatore got signed by the Astros?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He was cut for Hoes

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I thought Pescatore got signed by the Astros?

  10. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Upon his callup, Baez is a top __ SS in 6×6 (OPS) leagues.

  11. costaricanchata says:
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    kolten wong ?
    getting picked off 1st base ,
    he’s got something to prove .
    but a .230 BA ain’t gonna cut it .

  12. Ricosuave says:
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    Is it worth keeping Josh Johnson or drop him and add someone like Milone, Jesse Chavez, B. McCarthy, Tanner Roark? Or add G. Springer and wait for him to get called up?

  13. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    what kind of april numbers
    does melky have to put up
    in order to make your “buy” list ?

      • PREz says:
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        @Grey: he will!!

        • PREz says:
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          Then he will make a fake website about how that wasnt him who hit them… And youll be confused on whether to buy him or not..

  14. Lane Meyer says:
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    Whoops, put this in your previous post just as you were closing it out, so re-posting here…

    5×5 11-team roto style auction keeper league – $270 for 24-man roster (14 hitter/10 pitchers)
    About 30% inflation in the draft.

    Pre-aution trade I’ve been offered:

    I get $10 Shelby Miller for giving $30 Ian Desmond and $17 Will Venable. All players in first year of contracts.

    Which side do you like better?

    Thanks.

    • Lane Meyer says:
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      Oh forgot to mention…NL-only@Lane Meyer:

  15. Mike says:
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    I have long wet dreamed of having of Trout and Harper on my 12 team keeper league. I nearly made that sonofabitch a reality with my Kershaw/Gomez for his Wacha/Harper proposal. He seriously considered it and even said it would probly improve his team, but eventually declined. :(

    Time to go change the sheets again..

    • Mike says:
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      I have a great staff behind Kershaw and want to flip him for a bat or two. Any thoughts on players I should target? Here’s my offense.

      C Gattis
      1b Votto
      2b Hill
      3b Seager
      SS Tulo
      OF Trout, Gomez, Jackson
      UT Hosmer
      Bench – Wong, Pagan

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Mike: Top 15 bat

  16. Tom says:
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    Drop Dee for Wong? – H2H 5×5 league

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom: and yes, serious question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: I would

  17. Ryan says:
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    Thoughts on will venable?

  18. mauledbypandas says:
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    That Frazier blurb, hah!

  19. Ryan says:
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    @grey

    Thoughts on will venable?

  20. Big League Wood says:
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    Sweet. Love the Friday buy Sell. Better than Price is Right. Janice and Holly prolly like Wong?

    Have a deep 14 team league daily ROTO where I effed up SS and second. Starting Gordan, Rendon, and Y Escobar. Overall team is light on speed and only have 25 moves. Bonifacio also has 3b and Of eligibility.

    You think he stays on a roster all season or is he a short term play? I can lose a back end pitcher for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big League Wood: Ha…. He’s a when-playing play… You need to platoon him

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Grey:

        I have R Davis to platoon with Moss and Dyson also the bench. Would you prefer Dyson or Boneface?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Boneface

          • Big League Wood says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks Grey
            Enjoy your weekend

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

  21. agarthered says:
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    Garcia or Rajai?

  22. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Just wondering – how many “rate my team” or “should I trade x player for y player” questions it takes to put you in this kind of mood:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6KjNmN2BA

    Especially when there are dozens of rankings and draft strategy articles that are easily accessible from the drop-down menu…

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: I’d set the over/under at 40 questions per day. Am I getting warm? Or do you plead the 5th?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m the Sven Hoek around here.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Sky: Nice. But who’s Stimpy? Jay? JB?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotta be Jay all the way. Rudy is Mr. Horse of course.

          • Big Magoo

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            @Sky: I left Rudy out of it cause Stimpy isn’t a good fit for him. Jay works.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Big Magoo: I think Grey should just start linking the war room when people ask that. It’s basically the same thing.

  23. stuff says:
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    “Pitching is so deep it looks up to Jacques Cousteau.”

    This is why I come here. Sure, you guys are fbb geniuses, but it’s lines like that that make my day. Yes, I’m a stutterer!

  24. Milby says:
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    Wong or Miller in a Mixed League auction MI slot? My gut says Miller costs more…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  25. InternetGuy says:
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    “Will Hoover become a donkeycorn any time soon? Unlikely, but worth owning.”

    No, but he may become a fuck. Yeah, thats got a way better ring to it to than donkeycorn…Im just sad Ill never again read about how Marmol hits Castro in the head with a pick off throw :(

    Make it stop!

  26. Scott says:
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    10 team league-70 keepers- I have the second overall pick and my choices are between McCutchen, Cargo, Kershaw, Fielder…I know your feelings for Kershaw, but after 70 players kept and off the board, who would you choose of the forementioned names? I’m assuming Mccutchen or cargo, either or, will be off the board before me as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCutchen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, if they’re off the board than Fielder

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: if mccutchen goes first overall do i take cargo kershaw it fielder?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fielder

  27. Guy who strikes out swing in softball says:
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    Grey

    whats the deal with the war room… I tried to create a new team and I get an error message! saying the page does not exist?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Must’ve been a temp issue, just worked for me

  28. booya says:
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    12 team H2H Keeper 6×6 with OPS

    Trying to decide between Bourjos, Avisail, Brantley, Victorino, Gardner, and De Aza for my 3rd OF. Who would you want from those options with the team below?

    C Castro
    1B Votto
    2B Kinsler
    3B Beltre
    SS Rollins
    OF Bruce
    OF Rios
    Util Zimmerman

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      Victorino

  29. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Grey- you’re a king among kings for cranking out this much content. Your next jar of mustache cream is on me.

    3B conundrum. Spent my last two picks nabbing guys with huge upside that I was shocked were still sitting there- Frazier and Middlebrooks. Now I’m heavy 3B and one is likely going to end up riding the bench or get traded. (It’s a H2H league, so I could always use more pitching.)

    Are either droppable or am I going to be kicking myself when they both have 20 homeruns by July? No amazing options but some decent names like H. Santiago, J. Kelly, T. Hudson, T. Milone, and S. Santos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I’d hold both for now

  30. Wake Up says:
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    This is not a complaint.

    Completely understand that he wanted to make it his own.

    Donkeycorn is the best FBB term that I have ever heard!

    That description is what hooked me to this site over 5 years ago…

    Donkeycorn alert *Soria*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s fine with me, doesn’t mean those terms have to die…

  31. Carl Weathers says:
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    Hey Grey, sweet sweet Buy/Sell for start of season.

    When I can DL Profar out of 2B, should I pick up Wong or Aaron Hill who is still unrostered. (weird league)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hill

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Carl Weathers: Try to find a better league for next year! I kid (kinda) Hill should be owned everywhere. Proven commodity and top 10 2B

  32. Butt Buddy says:
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    Grey, this is critical. Im going undercover for this.

    I screwed myself in auction as I’d never done before. have mornea and d’arnaud at first base and only veras and Hawkins after Kimbrel at closer. I overpaid for Myers and already have Harper and Dom brown in outfield.

    Would you trade Myers, Morneau and waiver wire trash for Matt Adams, Yadier Molina and Nate Jones !??!!?!?

    • Grey

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      I’d make that trade

    • Jason says:
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      @Grey:
      you@Butt Buddy:
      your disguise is no good here butt buddy….

  33. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    What inspires the turnaround on Smoak? The projections put him as nigh-undraftable, but I’m in a 16-team league and itching to dump Corey Hart.

    • Grey

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      He has the power, better lineup, just needs to stop hitting so many dinky fly balls or hit those fly balls further…

      • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Missed this earlier. I was clicking ads!

  34. snarf says:
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    I know Peavy bores you but is Archer a clear better Fantasy pitcher this year?

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @snarf: yes based on injury risk alone…

  35. AtlBravo'14 says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Love the blog as usual. I currently have Elvis and Jedd for SS and 2b so I’m covered but I also have Brad Miller as an extra bench player. I was recently sent His Jered Weaver for my Brad Miller. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

    • AtlBravo'14 says:
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      I’m confused, Grey are u saying no way to my comment or the guy below me’s?

      Thanks.

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @AtlBravo’14: grey hates weaver, and loves miller… counter for a sexier pitcher maybe… league format does’t hurt to share either…

    • Grey

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      @AtlBravo’14: I hadn’t replied to you yet…. I don’t like Weaver though, sorry…

      • AtlBravo'14 says:
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        Nah, I denied it, but got a lot of backlash from people around the league calling me a tard for not accepting it. Thanks for the help.

  36. Deck says:
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    Do you see it as a possibility that Machado gains SS eligibility this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

    • Deck says:
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      @Deck: Probably not a smart question since he played exclusively 3b last year but I have him both this year and next year and his natural position is SS. Or is he now A-Roded for the rest of his career.

  37. Bryan says:
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    Flyer on Moustakes or Castallanos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

      • Bryan says:
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        @Grey: sorry..or MiddleBrooks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Coin flip… Moose

  38. Ken Plane says:
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    Ah, yes the Donkeycorn returns.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Grey: HELL YEAH

    • Red Barons says:
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      @Grey: Woot!!

      So out of these nine pitches that I’m going to list, which four should I start this week?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: warn us when hitter tron is awakened….I’ll need to put my other car in the garage and lock that beast up. Hitter tron loves humping american made metal

      • Grey

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        Haha

  39. Juan says:
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    Hi Grey! Love the buy\sell column..
    I’m on a 14 team mixed league, I didn’t draft a starter until the 6th round and had Shelby miller as a keeper. I somehow convinced an owner to trade my Houston street and Dillon gee for his Michael wacha. That would leave me with Shelby, Alex Cobb, homer bailey, liriano, cashner, porcello and wacha, what do you think of my SPs??
    Now the problem is I’m left without closers but I’ll deal with that later.. I’ve got darnaud, rizzo, gyorko, Hanley, longoria, Bruce, Stanton, Myers, buttler, Gardner and Lawrie as my batters. Also Baez and taveraz waiting for callups (2 keeper league with players with 2 years or less of experience). Should I trade one of my position players for a closer? Who should I target ??

    • Grey

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      I’d want Wacha… Don’t trade for a closer yet, see how things shake out first

  40. kc says:
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    WOW

    The title of this thread crushed my mind grapes.

    BRAVO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy did the title

  41. SteveNZ says:
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    Freeman/Andrus or Wright/Reyes? I have the Freeman side and am pretty light at 3B (and on the bubble for enough SBs), but it would mean playing Jose Abreu at 1st…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

  42. Clint says:
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    In the words of the mighty Alpa Chino I say, “What do *you* mean, ‘you people?'”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  43. MattH says:
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    Great buy/sell, Grey. Nice job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  44. Greyismyhero says:
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    “The Freese has been thawed! What? No good? The Cards froze out that Freese! Still nothing?”

    Classic right there….You’re the man!! SMOKE THE GREEN!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoke it!

  45. Anthony says:
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    Hey Grey, I’d kinda want to drop Porello and grab Erasimo in a 12 Team Mixed H2H league. Would you sign off on that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  46. goodfold2 says:
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    porn ass deep 30 man dynasty league time to extend or not (got till 30th). 100 million budget. All extensions cost 6 million more than current salary but you get those guys for 1 or 2 more years (till end of 2016 if 2). the guys i’m pretty sure about (and costs).
    beltre (franchise tag, it’ll be 18 mil instead of 21 mil that way)
    a.escobar (other team’s tag, so 3 mil till end of 2015)
    leonys (3.1 million till end of 2016 rookie contract)
    A-Jax (6.4 mil with 2 yr ext)
    Liriano (11.5 with 2 yr ext)
    Sale (6.425 with 2 yr ext)
    erasmo (6.4 with 2 yr ext)
    m.estrada (6.4 with 2 yr ext)
    Maurer/Fien/D’Arnaud (both .4 mil on rookie contracts till end of 2016)

    that ends up being 11 out of 25 active roster spots (damn shame i can’t put maurer down) at a 65.425 mil cost.
    pretty sure i should not be extending any of these guys
    machi/h.rondon/a.j.ellis/gillaspie/j.baker/schumaker

    i also have 1 restricted tag (i can match any offer, or take pick(s)) and 1 any tag (could be franchise or restrict) left after franchising Beltre (or I could spend an extra 3 mil and have another franchise to use)
    this leaves (i’ll show what the cost would be if extended)
    e.santana (17.2 with ext)
    kuroda (16 with ext)
    beltran (19 with ext)
    legares (9 with ext)
    burton (6.75 with ext)
    o’day (7.251 with ext)
    j.johnson (8.625 with ext)
    1.with kuroda/e.santana/legares i’m pretty sure to not extend. can likely restrict santana (and hope his bidding is either very low or very high). sound about right?
    2. with beltran 19 is way too much, and i don’t want to franchise and have to pay 15 million either. (could also restrict him and hope bidding goes REALLY high). likely trying to trade him this season too. sound about right?
    3. pretty sure with non-closer RP burton/o’day i’d be silly to pay 7 million for either of those 2?
    4. J.johnson; 8.625 might be enough for closer (problem is i have to guess whether he’s worth that much right now, not after this season) 1,2 years nor none?
    5. should any extensions i’m sure about only be 1 year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yup 2. Yup 3. Yes 4. 1 year 5. Nope

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: thankee sai

  47. spm7189 says:
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    I’m a lil excited from this post. I’ve been hankering for some Wong this year and I was lucky to nab him in the late rounds of my draft this year as an insurance policy for Utley. Even if Utley plays more than 130 games (not holding my breath on that one) I think Wong could end up more valuable this year.
    My question is, gun to your head (let’s assume we’re in a league with temperamental Russian “businessmen”) in a league that features H R RBI HR SB BB which of the following would you have – Frazier, Dominguez, Olt. They’d be backing up Mr. Seager. I’ve seen the rankings and the projections but what’s the gut feeling on the three of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  48. gareth says:
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    In regards to Schoop:

    If you wanna know why Grey loves him so
    its in his kiss (that’s where it is)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  49. Principal Blackman says:
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    At first I was surprised that SON wasn’t a bigger fan of Martin Perez against the lefty heavy Phils lineup—I was sure that he would be a must-start no-brainer—then I looked at Perez’s splits against same-handed hitters and realized I don’t know shiz.

      • PREz says:
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        @goodfold2: scroll up foo!

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @goodfold2: Like morning wood

      • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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        @goodfold2: The SON Also Rises

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SON!

    • Big League Wood says:
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      @Principal Blackman:

      he was suppose to have learned a new change-up to use against lefties…

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Big League Wood: I hope so because I’ve decided to start him anyway.

        • Big League Wood says:
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          @Principal Blackman:

          helluva lot of fun to start everyone their fist time out regardless of match-up. who knows this early…

  50. Sul says:
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    Drop Moustakas or de Aza for Avisail Garcia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Aza

  51. PREz says:
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    I just did my rcl yesterday and wong is my starting 2b… Soooo youre saying theres a chance!?

    • Cram It says:
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      @PREz: I have Wong everywhere. So under the radar. I’m EXPECTING 12ish HR’s, 20+ SB’s an avg around .300 and a shit ton of runs.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Cram It: Dammit, if Matt Carpenter can do it….

      • PREz says:
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        @Cram It: ill take that! Every year stl pops out a gem for us fantasy guys.. Im afraid this year will be the guy with the moobs tho..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  52. Rusty says:
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    Grey,

    I have the bech space,

    Would you rather platoon Dickerson and Stubbs or go with victorino? Would it make any sense to platoon victorino and nava?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Rusty: yr gonna need a 2nd guy for all the 23 non-DL days victorino takes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Victorino

  53. Bryan says:
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    Who would you start the season as your utility? Eaton or Calhoun?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Bryan: could depend on yr need for steals or no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun

  54. Dug Fister

    Dug Fister says:
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    Headline could have been wittier, I’m a disappoint.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Title was Rudy

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Grey: I like how you give rudy the credit whether people are complimenting the title or criticizing it. Egalité, Fraternité, République Razzballe.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Honestly, first time I heard anyone complain about the title

        • Principal Blackman says:
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          un baudet de maïz

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Que?

            • Principal Blackman says:
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              not as flashy as donkeycorn, I know. I was just taking it for a spin, plus, I think it literally translates to “an ass of corn”

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ah…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Awesome!

  55. Allan says:
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    Grey, due to the rash of pitcher injuries I now have 5 pitchers starting opening day and only 4 starting pitcher spots. I got Fernandez, Shields, Bumgardner, Teheren, and Gray. Who do I sit? I’m leaning towards sitting Shields cuz he’s on the road against Detroit and Verlander but could use your opinion. Thanks.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Allan: it’s probably shields but post other matchups in case.

      • Allan says:
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        @Grey: Will do. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. Bryan says:
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    So I did draft Kershaw in 1st Rd…Opinion on my offense?
    C Rosario
    1st Ortiz
    2nd Phillips
    3rd Longoria
    SS Brad Miller
    Of Puig
    Of Marte
    Of Wil Myers
    Util Eaton/Calhoun or VMart

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Bryan: There is a lot of risk in that offense, but it looks really good so long as your grandpas stay healthy and your youngins don’t slump.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on size of league

      • Bryan says:
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        @Grey: 12 team H2H

        • Tom Emanski says:
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          @Bryan: I think you did OK, but Grey’s point is that every bit of extra hitting counts.

          • Bryan says:
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            @Tom Emanski: Grey did say go Kershaw based on league settings..which are 9×9 h2h, no innings limit.
            If you win a category you win the point

            (so hitting 10 hrs and your opponent getting 9 give you the category or point

  57. ken says:
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    Grey…If your lucky enough to have Minor, Latos, and Fister on the same staff, like me, was wondering your thoughts on replacements. Pick 3 I know your high on Porcello, watching him this spring makes me think your high on other schtuff but that’s for another day. Anyhow….Porcello, Ventura, Colon, Smyly, Skaggs, Nolasco? I really like Ian Kennedy for week 1 even though not a fan. I know your rankings but wanted thoughts on short terms. Maybe just stream 2 start pitchers for a few weeks? Keep up the good work.

      • ken says:
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        @Grey: I just got sent a crazy trade for this early. He wants my segura and longoria for his cabrera? I have trout… dont I pull the trigger and roll with miggy and a mi schmohawk? Or am I going overboard wanting miggy trout combo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold, it’s a bit much

  58. Mr. Glass says:
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    Grey you think Appel gets the call earlier in the season given his age or you see him rotting in Houston’s majorrr.. Ah I mean minor league team with Springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, maybe midsummer…

  59. Tigres says:
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    Grey/ planet Razzball:
    Keeper league draft tomorrow. I have Sonny Gray & Salazar as SP keepers. Good enough for 1&2, or if not, aim around where for another top SP?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Tigres: Looks good, I would aim for a Gio/Cole/Liriano type of SP to round out the front of my rotation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s fine in most leagues

  60. JP says:
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    12 team h2h, keep for3 years. Commish traded for Strasburg, giving up Cingrani & V-Mart (espn, so dh only). Am I wrong to think that’s nuts? Or is there some argument for fairness that I’m not seeing?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @JP: That trade doesn’t look at all fair, but I’m still in the never veto a trade boat.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      …unless collusion can be proven, of course.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t believe in vetoes

      • JP says:
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        @Grey: nor do I. Just wanted to see if I was missing anything. Only needs commish approval in our league any way, and he approved it (shockingly).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it is a wonky trade, for sure

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @JP: veto…

  61. marcus allen was good al says:
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    Been holding taillon for over 3yrs in a dynasty lge. Now w elbow woes I may finally have tired. I’ve accumulated plenty of top notch prospects n the mean time so taillon is darn near cut bait. I’m wanting to drop taillon or Gibson for almonte cuz I need a live body in my lineup. Who would u drop taillon or k Gibson? Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson

      • marcus allen was good al says:
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        @Grey: sweet thx. Gibson gone for almonte. Now I have a nl only question for ya and they may even crack my dynasty team. Who would u prefer? Taylor Jordan or Robbie erlin? The nl only lge is a points lge and the dynasty lge is weekly scoring, category 5×5 standard stats. Love ur insight grey, thx

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d go with Wily

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Erlin

          • marcus allen was good al says:
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            @Grey: erlin over peralta as well? That decision is in a dynasty format. Also w wins being weighted pretty heavy does that change ur opinion of erlin vs Jordan?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Peralta, Jordan

  62. Tom Emanski says:
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    5 of my last 6 picks were Arenado, Kole Calhoun (borderline racist name), Lee Harvey Oswaldo, Brad Miller, and Avisail.

    Hopefully Avisail to the championship by putting my late round eggs in everyone’s favorite sleepers basket.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  63. JT says:
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    Grey, my apologies for the long winded full lineup question. 5x 5 league, my lineup is stacked with power bats but I have no speed:
    C-Rosario
    1B-Ortiz
    2B-Brian Roberts
    3B-Cabrera
    SS-Tulowitzki
    MI-Xander
    CI-Middlebrooks
    OF-Bautista
    OF-Pence
    OF-Domonic
    Util-Teixeira

    Waivers clear tonight and my plan is to replace Roberts, Bogaerts, and either Domonic or Teixara for Wong, Dee Gordon, and Dexter Fowler. Am I overthinking it by cutting some higher ranked players for balance? Do you agree with all 3 moves? Would you cut Tex or Domonic? Thanks for the help guys. I love the site and the podcast.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut Roberts for Wong

  64. los locos says:
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    categories – QS, ERA WHIP K/9
    Who should I pick up? Choose two.
    Porcello, strailely, Hutchinson, skaggs, tanner, gee, gausman or erasmo

    With Kershaw and Fister hurting may need one of them to start this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee, Porcello

  65. Oaktownsteve says:
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    Hey Albright you gotta get out here to Vegas for this nerdathon. FBB takes over the Bellagoo. Sweet.

    I drafted Yordano. Even reached for him a bit. Nod to the razz.

    The draft I was in there were 4 guys who will be playing in the 20k buy in platinum. Toughest FBB room I’ve ever been in. I hung tough. Like my team.

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:
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      @Oaktownsteve: are you going to post the team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Very nice… Can’t wait to see the team…

  66. Eddy says:
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    Unlike the commenter above, I’m writing just to say the headline was great. Muy Bueno!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was Rudy…

  67. Tarman Got Him says:
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    My final team which is a higher money league I for some reason missed the 1st 8 picks of my draft. Not terrible but of corse I got a Chapman as Latos

    Someone offered me Cespedes and Gordon for Moose and Cargo
    Also
    Someone offers me Longo and Grandy for Cargo
    I say no but opinion?

    C – Ramos
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Saegar
    SS – Segura
    OF – Cargo
    OF – J Upton
    OF – Cuddyer
    UTIL – Miller
    UTIL – Calhoun
    B – Moose
    B – Brantley

    SP
    Darvish
    Strasburg
    Cole
    Latos
    Masters on
    Kluber
    Porcello

    RP
    Chapman
    Balfour
    Street
    Brothers

    I mean it’s not bad fr what it is and I did the best to revive it but tons of potential

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good deals

      • Tarman Got Him says:
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        @Grey: Yeah figured so. All in all, so long as I stream correctly, you think this team is OK?

        Thank Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, definitely

  68. Deck says:
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    Quick question:

    Scheppers + Fister = Cashner?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

  69. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Miggy is making twice as much everytime he comes to the plate as the median annual income($27K) in the city of Detroit $54K per AB Lmfao Crazy Shit. And I think that it’s disgusting!

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: And then some guys get paid 20 mil to make Talladega Nights. It’s the industry, someone was gonna PAY!

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @Fungazi: Still overpaid to play a game. Call me a hater, I don’t care. It’s not just baseball it’s all athletes. That’s why I won’t buy overpriced tickets to see games live.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Bi-Felicia: neat thing is we don’t have to pay those ticket prices.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  70. Oaktownsteve says:
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    Nfbc 12 team champ league

    Jaso
    Avila
    EE
    Cano
    Reyes
    Seager
    Altuve
    Abreu
    Joey Bats
    Heyward
    Trumbo
    A. Garcia
    Revere
    Moose taco
    Felix
    Masterson
    Lestah
    Bucholtz
    Ubaldo
    Ventura, Y
    Brett Anderson
    Perkins
    Street

    Res
    Benoit
    Brothers
    Gausman
    Skaggs
    J Chavez
    Smoak
    Quentin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very strong team… A lot of investment in the Jays up top… Looks like you punted average a little, conscious choice? The pitching looks very solid too… Good strong bets to go 200 IP…

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        With regards to Jays great park and bats and EE could go 80 homers. Had no intention to take Reyes but with the hammy concern he fell to the 8th. Upside play. With a 100k super league prize gotta take a lotto ticket here and there. Tried to balance the average with revere, Altuve. Also like Trumbo to uptick the average and my buddy Magoo likes Abreu to over perform avg and I agree. Heyward is a wild card in there. If I can get .270 out of him helps a lot.

        Thought I managed the pen real well. Figure Perkins plus the Padre handcuff gives me two closer min. If street got traded to a team where closed and Benoit gets the job and brothers gets the job I could end up with 4 closers for low investment.

        Pitching went crazy early and often. That was where the grind was. Need it to break well.

        I know I nit pick you sometimes Albright but we’ve been solid last few years. I actually made to Grey picks in this one. Garcia and Ventura. We root together.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, 8th round is insane value… I like that pick a lot then… I almost thought it was an auction because of how stacked you are… Yeah, Abreu, Heyward and Trumbo could hit for decent averages, there’s a chance there for big downside too…Hope that BA works out for you… The bullpen looks nice, agreed the handcuffs could end being great investments…. I’m hoping on the Ventura/Garcia investments right there with you…

          • Oaktownsteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I waited crazy long on catcher. Catchers were consistently 2 round over drafts I thought

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you have to punt, getting a nearly everyday player at C ain’t a bad way to go…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Oaktownsteve:

      wow !
      cano , ee , and bautista .
      hope reyes doesn’t screw you .

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        8th round. Kept falling, had to pull the trigger. Was all set to take miller at the 12 13 turn. He’s definitely a key. He and bucholtz.

    • gareth says:
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      @Oaktownsteve: love love love the joey bats, heyward and trumbo outfield. Great job Steve.

  71. SteveNZ says:
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    Hippo/Al K keeper auction in an hour and for the first time, I have the least money of anyone to spend…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You probably have the best keepers too… Didn’t you win last year? Good luck!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yup, defending champ. Starting OF is Stanton-Bruce-CarGo, plus Choo for a Util spot, so there’s that.

        Everyone seems to have at least 3 solid keepers though.

        Getting a decent 1B in a league where everyone overpays like crazy is my chief concern…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I thought there was a reason you had least amount of money… Good luck getting that 1B!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Have $50 less than some guys…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’ll be okay… There’s a ton of waiver guys in that league if I remember correctly

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, and we’re only 9 teams this year.

                I have $188 to spend, so gotta be even more diligent on the ‘no players over $30′ maxim, right? Normally have to go $40 plus to get a decent 1B…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d go $40+ to get a decent 1B in your league… Then be diligent after that…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Prince for $41

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Just got Albert for $25. And half the guys have less money than me now…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Crazy… Nice work

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Hippo paid $78 for Miggy…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Crazy town: Population Hippo

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Andrus for $19…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow, very nice…

  72. Oaktownsteve says:
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    Meek made the O’s by the way I think. Closing by mid April

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are we at mid-April with the ETA on saves? I thought you’d go mid-May…

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:
        My optimism know no bounds.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Everyone’s in March

  73. SpecialFNK says:
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    12 team, yahoo, 5×5, roto.

    I have an open spot after putting Hamels on the DL.
    which of these players is the best to pick up?
    Lorenzo Cain
    Raul Ibanez
    Michael Saunders
    Emilio Bonifacio
    Chris Young
    Rickie Weeks
    Conor Gillaspie
    Jason Kubel
    Logan Morrison
    Aaron Hicks
    Cody Asche
    Abraham Almonte

    MY TEAM
    CA- Rosario. 1B- Abreu. 2B- Pedroia. 3B- Frazier. SS- Andrus. CI- Moustakas. MI- Gyorko.
    OF- Harper. OF- Bruce. OF- Gardner. OF- Swisher. OF- Reddick. UT- Bourjos.
    NA- Morales. BN- Rollins, Pollock.
    SP- Darvish. SP- Shields. RP- Nathan. RP- Janssen.
    P- Allen. P- Farquhar. P- Crain. P- Fields. P- Santana.
    DL- Hamels. BN- Cashner, Ross, Kennedy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are there no pitchers on this list?

      • SpecialFNK says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t know if any of the pitchers available are worth adding more than who I already mentioned. figured since I only have 2 guys on my bench that another offensive player was better.
        but these are some pitchers available.
        Darren O’Day
        J.J. Putz
        Kelvin Herrera
        Francisco Rodriguez
        Vinnie Pestano
        Ricky Nolasco
        Tim Hudson
        Mike Leake
        Jorge De La Rosa
        Bronson Arroyo
        Tommy Milone
        Zach McAllister

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These guys aren’t good… Go with Asche

  74. Cmoney says:
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    Grey

    6×6 league with 12 teams, just drafted

    Gattis
    Agon
    Altuve
    Middlebrooks
    Trout
    Bautista
    Bruce
    Rizzo
    Aoki
    bench: Gyrko
    bench : Arenado

    Cole
    Wacha
    Gray
    Teheran
    Pineda
    Tillman
    Walker
    Robertson
    Henderson

    should I move a bench bat for another starter/closer or outright drop a bat for a wire pithcer? (Meek, Santos, Melancon)
    or hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need bench bats in that league, unless it’s weekly waiver and daily roster changes… Melancon…

  75. Cmoney says:
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    forgot to add Brad Miller at SS

  76. Mike says:
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    Fister is going to my DL when they make it official. Do I add Taijuan Walker or Yordano Ventura to my roster?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura

  77. Therm says:
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    Hey Grey– Great post, deep NL-only question for you: 5×5 roto, looking at post-draft waiver wire options. What’s the top three most value adds from this list (acknowledging that it’s a position mix, and these are dregs — but they’re all going to get picked up this wknd…):
    Brandon Kintzler
    Nick Vincent
    Burch Smith
    Carter Capps
    Robbie Erlin
    Matt Wisler
    Jake Arrieta
    Cameron Maybin
    Travis Snider
    Travis Ishikawa
    Lyle Overbay

    Thanks much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have DL room? I’d stash Maybin… Then Erlin, Ishikawa and Overbay

  78. Mike says:
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    Swcond question – backup 3B – Frazier or Middlebrooks? I think you like both.

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Mike: middlebrooks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do like both…Middlebrooks, really a coin flip though

  79. Bill says:
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    Just had my big money league (redraft) and I’m pretty disappointed, especially with my pitching.

    12 team h2h league, 5×5 plus Ks, OPS, QS, and Losses.

    C – Jonathan Lucroy
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Jason Kipnis
    3B – David Wright
    SS – JJ Hardy
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton
    OF – Matt Holliday
    OF – Jayson Werth
    UTIL – Eric Hosmer
    BENCH – Khris Davis

    SP – Homer Bailey
    SP – Alex Cobb
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Sonny Gray
    SP – Liriano
    RP – Steve Cishek
    RP – Bobby Parnell
    BENCH – Joakim Soria
    BENCH – Corey Kluber
    BENCH – Tyson Ross
    BENCH – Jose Quintana

    My pitching is obviously below average, too many SP runs screwed me. My offense also lacks some speed but seems great in HR/AVG/OPS.

    What do you think? Contender? Pretender? Maybe a contender with a little SP help….?

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Bill: I don’t think the pitching is bad. Looks decent overall besides lack of steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with above, don’t think your pitching is that weak… You need to let your ponies run… The team looks pretty decent overall…

      • Bill says:
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        @Grey: Very true my friend. Thanks guys!

        Don’t have much available in free agency but which pitchers do you like the most of these:

        Travis Wood
        Jon Niese
        Hector Santiago
        Robbie Erlin
        Tyler Skaggs
        Erasmo Ramirez
        Robbie Ross
        Miguel Gonzalez
        Noah Syndergard
        Matt Harrison
        Trevor Bauer
        Carlos Martinez

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Erasmo, Skaggs

  80. Disco Ninjas says:
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    11 team Yahoo Roto league
    (R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, Avg/W, L, Sv, K, ERA, WHIP)

    What are my weaknesses? And how do I correct them? Is dangling Kershaw out there feasible? (I really wanted to use the word “feasible” today! Jackpot!)

    C S Perez
    1B F Freeman
    2B I Kinsler
    SS J Reyes
    3B M Machado
    OF J Bautista
    OF D Jennings
    OF C Crisp
    U J Abreu
    BN C Yelich
    BN M Moustakas

    SP C Kershaw
    SP F Lirianao
    RP K Jansen
    RP E Frieri
    P J Hoover
    P T Hunter
    P J Masterson
    BN G Cole
    BN J Zimmermann
    BN Z Wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… You weak on power… Kershaw for a huge outfield bat would be nice…

      • Disco Ninjas says:
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        @Grey: Thanls Grey! Is Cargo about what I should shoot for? In my mind, Trout is a fair trade but no way he trades him. Plus he’s also got Wainright and I don’t want to load him up on stud SP’s. But the guy who has Cargo doesn’t have much in the way of SP’s.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, can try

  81. FrankGrimes says:
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    Sire thou rocks yo!
    Monday can’t be here fast enough.
    Great shizz as always I just made two moves and season hasn’t started yet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey!

  82. Eddie the Mush says:
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    Who wins in this trade…. Tulo and Gallardo for M. Cain and Sale?
    Also…have two 2-year contracts to give out…who should I pick from this list…?
    Kalhoun @$2
    Owings @$0
    Rendon@$5
    Frazier@$5
    Minor@$19
    Gallardo@$13
    Tillman@$13

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon, Owings… Tulo side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  83. Joe G says:
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    Grey They offer me shin soo choo and danny Salazar for my jose reyes should i pull the triger? I have johnny Peralta in the shortstop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Choo

    • Big League Wood says:
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      @Joe G:

      Yes. Take that deal to the bank, IMO

      • Joe G says:
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        @Big League Wood: what about droping kendrys Morales for kelton wong is wong the truth?

  84. Jim says:
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    Please help me Grey!! Need ratios help in NL-only 5×5:

    D Carpenter
    B Lincoln
    M Parra
    R Erlin
    C Capps
    N Vincent
    B Kintzler
    M Wisler

    Who you got??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erlin

  85. Bill says:
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    Not sure if you saw my post above but…..

    Don’t have much available in free agency but which pitchers do you like the most of these below: (redraft league)

    Travis Wood
    Jon Niese
    Hector Santiago
    Robbie Erlin
    Tyler Skaggs
    Erasmo Ramirez
    Robbie Ross
    Noah Syndergard
    Matt Harrison
    Trevor Bauer
    Carlos Martinez
    Gus Schlosser
    Jenrry Mejia
    Taylor Jordan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw it

  86. El Guapo says:
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    Brad Miller or Wong (both on the bench, my 2B is Gyorko) need to drop one to pick up Josh Fields (I only have one closer)… I like Miller cause he plays 2B/SS (Andrus is my SS).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong

  87. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Spot opened up with J Johnson dropping. Would you recommend a 9th pitcher ( Gee or Orgazmo) or a bench bat( Asche, Bourjos, Venable) or an upside prospect (Bryant type). – 15 teams/11 keepers/33 moves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee

  88. JC says:
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    I followed your posts in my latest draft and think I drafted a Grey approved team. It is only 10 team. Question follows the roster. Thanks in advance!

    10 Team no bench

    C–Rosario, Ramos (2C league)
    1B- Davis
    2b- Gyorko
    SS-Desmond
    3b-Longoria
    CI-Pujols
    MI-Villar
    OF-Harper
    OF-Puig
    OF-Bautista
    OF-Rios
    OF-Brantley
    UTL-Hosmer

    P-Fernandez, Terehan, A. Sanchez, Cain, Cole, Moore, Masterson, Ryu, Wood, Kluber

    I punted saves… we have no bench so hitting is premium. It is an auction keeper so my good keepers allowed me to pursue great hitters and great pitchers.

    Question: should I drop Brantley for more of a steals only guy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, the team does look solid… Surprised you were able to get that good of an offense with that pitching… Though the keepers prolly helped… I’d hold Brantley for now

      • JC says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Keeper pitching helped the most– kept Fernandez, Teheran, Sanchez, and Cole at $10 each. Harper at $1 didn’t hurt….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, makes sense

          • JC says:
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            @Grey: I got an offer of Felix for Moore and Wood. The combo of Moore and Wood makes me want to keep them. As in “I need more wood!”

            Thoughts?

            I’d pick up Nova or Quintana probably.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @JC: I’d take Felix

  89. Matt says:
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    12 team h2h league R HR RBI SB TB AVG OPS W SV BB K ERA WHIP QS

    C Y.Gomes
    1B Pujols
    2B Kipnis
    3B P.Alvarez
    SS Desmond
    OF G.Stanton
    OF W.Myers
    OF Cuddyer
    Utl D.Ortiz
    Utl B.Lawrie
    Avisail Garcia
    Will Middlebrooks

    SP Kershaw
    SP Iwakuma
    SP Miley
    SP Cingrani
    RP Janssen
    RP Henderson
    RP T. Hunter
    SP S. Gray
    SP Y. Ventura
    SP T.Ross

    Stolen bases might be something to address but other than that that offense looks pretty good for taking Kershaw first. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you kinda have no speed maybe a tad low on runs, but the offense doesn’t look terrible…

  90. SteveNZ says:
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    Anibbal at $21 to be my ace OK?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, that works

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Backed up with J-Zimm for $17. And keeping Porcello for $5…

  91. bobbo says:
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    When Fister hits the DL, can you rank these fliers:

    Pineda, Dickey, Gallardo, Tillman, Kluber?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @bobbo: Tillman kluber dickey pineda yoga

  92. JFK says:
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    Just traded Kershaw for Votto/Salazar in a 12-team/H2H/7×7, leaving me with:

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Votto
    2B – Carpenter
    3B – Machado
    SS – Xander
    OFs – JUp/CarGomez/Werth
    Util – Pujols
    Bench – Villar

    SP s- Anibal/Gio/Cueto/Shields/CJ /Salazar
    RPs – Reed/Cishek/Veras/LaTroy

    Thoughts on the trade, and where I still need help?
    Thanks!

    • JFK says:
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      @JFK: Oops, this league’s a 6×6 if that changes much.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JFK: your closer situation can get shaky fast.

  93. Milarky says:
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    Grey,we start a rookie hitter and pitcher. I’ve followed your rankings, but any other rookies that I may be missing that have made their rosters? Any way under the radar rookie sleepers will help me out. Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Milarky: hard to say. I dont know which ones you know and don’t know

  94. AJ says:
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    Was just asked if I had any interest in trading Altuve. Here’s the other guys team:

    Gratis, Matt Adams, Brad Miller, Wright, Everth Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez, Choo, J. Upton, V. Martinez! Venable, Bogaerts

    Verlander, Cobb, Rosenthal, Wacha, Perkins, Wheeler, Henderson, Soria, Taijuan Walker, Hudson, Kelly

    What should I propose to him?

    • AJ says:
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      @AJ: Here’s my team:

      Lucroy, Moss, Altuve, Zimmerman, Segura, A. Jones, Bruce, Wil Myers, K. Johnson, Arenado, Yelich, Dozier

      Sale, Bailey, Rodney, Street, Gray, Salazar, Masterson, Porcello, Fister, Peavy, Nolasco, Odorizzi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ: You don’t need anyone from this guy (at least no one he would give you for Altuve)

  95. Champz says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team league 6×6 with k/bb. What do you think of this pitching staff?

    Strasburg
    Cobb
    Robertson
    Chapman
    Cishek
    Gray
    Porcello
    Smyly
    Pinieda

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Champz: looks real good. Who is going to replace Chapman?

  96. Joe says:
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    Lowrie and Hanley are my starters at 2b and SS. Lowrie is eligible at 2b and SS. I have Dee Gordon, Bogaerts, backing up middle them. Would you drop Gordon for Wong? Also when I can put josh Johnson on Dl would you add Gee or Ross or Hutchinson to replace him? Roster and league type below

    10 team 6×6 head to head categories. Standard with k’s for hitters and Qs for pitchers

    C-Posey
    1b-Goldy
    2b-Lowrie
    SS-Hanley
    3b-Beltre
    Dh -Edwin Encarnacion
    Of-Braun
    Of- Nelson Cruz
    Of-jaysson Werth
    P-Bumgardner
    P-tanaka
    P-Zimmerman
    P-Anibal Sanchez
    P-M.moore
    RP-Roberson
    RP-papalbone
    B-bogaerts
    B-dee Gordon
    B-Arenado.
    B-Will Myers
    B-Buchholz
    B-josh Johnson
    B- d Salazar
    B- Soria
    B-Ventura

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Joe: gee. Hold on gordon. His steals could be huge

      • Joe says:
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        @J-FOH: forgot one part. Weekly locking league. Does that change your opinion on 2b? Since I can’t bench Gordon the nights he sits.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Joe: just means more schedule watching. His steals in 4 games can supersede the other. Wait and see if either starts hot

  97. SteveNZ says:
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    All done. 9 teams. 5×5 + Ks and OBP for hitters, Games Started and Losses for pitchers. 1400 IP limit. $300 budget, kept 6…

    C McCann $3
    1B Prince $41
    2B Kinsler $15
    3B Seager $3
    SS Andrus $19
    CI Albert $25
    MI Miller $8
    OF Bruce $34 – Keeper
    OF Car-Go $25 – Keeper
    OF Stanton $20 – Keeper
    Util Choo $23 – Keeper
    Util Coco $5 – Keeper

    SP Anibal $21
    SP J-Zimm $17
    SP Teheran $14
    RP Soria $10
    RP Street $1
    P Rodney $1
    P Parnell $1

    BN Porcello $5 – Keeper
    BN Lester $3
    BN Masterson $1
    BN Axford $1
    BN Benoit $1
    BN Morneau $1

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: your dollar players were steals. Looks like people over paid and you picked up tge good leftovers. I like your balance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: Rock solid team, Steve… Real nice… Hopefully some of your hitters stay healthy (Kinsler, CarGo, Coco)…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Going to those prices on Soria and Teheran made things a bit tricky at the end and Seager isn’t ideal but whatevs, it seemed to work out ok.

        Still only 9 teams and there’s a ton on the wire so the work has only just begun, as they say.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seager’s totally fine there, like the team, but, yeah, it’s shallow so there’s work to be done still…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Some crazy bidding. $78 for Miggy, $49 for Beltre and Kershaw, $51 for Hanley, $49 for Votto…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Also wanted a Robertson or Holland-type closer, but had to stay stingy.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: Had to really hold myself back on Arenado ($11), R-Zimm ($19), Santana ($15). In hindsight (and with all those $1 closers I got), I could maybe have gone the extra to get one of them, but happy enough with the guys I did get instead.

  98. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Wong or Rendon for my bench? (in case segura is injured)

  99. Toxic sponge says:
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    Gee or Porcello?

  100. Eric says:
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    What is your opinion on Michael Choice with Texas?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Eric: he needs injuries to be rosterable. I think if Martin goes down beltre will be the benefactor.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @J-FOH: you mean Choice will benefit with starting OF gig if Leonys goes out. Beltre starts everyday anyway.

  101. Tim Shand says:
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    Hey Grey. Can I get your opinion on my team? Questioning if I should move one of my bats for a top end starting pitcher. 12 team, roto, 1400 IP cap. Love what you guys do, thank you.

    C-Jason Castro
    1B-Prince Fielder
    2B-Dee Gordon/Emilio Bonifacio
    SS-Elvis Andrus
    3B-Nolan Arenado
    OF-Bryce Harper
    OF-Jay Bruce
    OF-Matt Holliday
    UT-Freddie Freeman
    UT-Jose Abreu
    BN-Javier Baez

    SP-Anibel Sanchez
    SP-Julio Teheran
    SP-Hyun-Jin Ryu
    SP-Tony Cingrani
    SP-Yordano Ventura
    SP-Taijuan Walker
    SP-Rick Porcello
    SP-Drew Smyly
    RP-Ernesto Frieri
    RP-Joakim Soria
    RP-Nate Jones

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tim Shand: depends what’s available in free agent pool

  102. Come At Me Bro says:
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    I believe that’s two De La Soul references this week? I swear my late teenage years were spent listening to their first two albums over and over and over again. Love your articles and all of your references because I get just about all of them. Probably means I’m old.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Come At Me Bro: it means you’re old enough

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, means I’m old too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, Birdmann, you’re a big mush!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      EARTHQUAKE!!!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: 5.3 in la habra

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think that was the strongest one I ever felt

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: northridge for ne. That one was messed up.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Birdmann: good article. I think being human will make you like it.

  103. JDW says:
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    Grey – great article. Your work is always good stuff. But this particular post, and after my drafting Wong in my 12 year old 12 team keeper, I go back and reread your article to the timeless vibes of Two Live Crew and Ghetto Bass II. It somehow makes your already great work greater…er…er…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-TqO8xCLn8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: Thanks! Nice video…

  104. J-FOH says:
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    Working bingo at daughters school tonight. Old ladies be trippin…..

    • Grey

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      Maybe cause it was so close

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: im in a huge hall and the lights were moving for a while. It was long.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: @J-FOH: Wow. Assume you guys are OK? Seems so…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @SteveNZ: just making sure none of the old ladies died

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @J-FOH: *Such a nice young man*.

              Hey now!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @SteveNZ: I have my moments

  105. jake says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I drafted Schoop in an 8 team AL only league because you had him rated pretty high. You still like him over these jabronies: Callaspo, Semien, Sogard, Lombardozzi, Goins, Rosales?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jake: yes

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @J-FOH: semien is probably the only one who even could be better.

  106. Alex says:
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    Drop rollins for boni for MI?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Alex: depends what you need?

  107. D-Bag says:
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    *** I meant smell* platoon & can get Yu & K.Jansen for Cano/Eovaldi or Gee …

  108. Big Mike says:
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    Grey,

    An early draft and injuries have done a number to my pitching staff. I kept Cole and Teheran, then decided to wait until later in the draft to start drafting pitchers. My first SP – Beachy (gone), my second – Cueto (iffy), then AJ Griffin (out for at least a month). So I drop Beachy for Josh Johnson and he gets hurt, so I picked up Pineda and Tim Hudson. Think I’m okay going into the season with Cole/Teheran/Cueto/Pineda/Hudson and waiting for Griffin or Johnson, or do I need to trade a bat for a live arm?

    • Big Mike says:
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      @Big Mike: BTW – its a 12-team mixer with 1500 inning limit. I’m okay on offense and with RP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trade yet

      • Big Mike says:
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        @Grey: Gracias, mustachioed one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  109. Travis says:
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    aoki, Dom brown, Kyle seager, yelich, reddick– how you rank them? (They will be backups, or Util at best).. Thanks!

  110. VinnyCora says:
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    Grey – I hope this message receives you well and that you will have time to respond prior to your Sunday morning dacquari(s) wrapping their icy blended hands around your judgment.

    My RCL team is being panned by my ‘mish, the blimey bastard. I’m convinced I’ve drafted a serious contender despite having broken a cardinal rule by burning my 14th overall pick on Yu. Let me ‘splain: IMO every guy between pick 5-25 is pretty much the same combination of slightly exciting / slightly nauseating. I decided to go against the grain and grab a guy who could flirt (I think he beds) w 300 Ks w terrific everything else. To me, this is like having 2 Michael Wachas (Gray/Salazar/Cashner) etc…

    This brings me to another point: some if your “followers” seem to be just that; followers (f yeah semi-colon!). Are you proud of this or have they lost the forest in the trees (huh?)? Luke was not Yoda, but each was divine in his own right. Would you not prefer to see your readers evolve, or do you enjoy an army of sheople?

    You be the judge. Is this a contender or have I duped myself? Personally, I would like to send my commissioner a bag of cold dicks for his slander (ranked me 12/12).

    C – Yadier
    1b – Napoli
    2b -Carpenter
    3b – Beltre
    SS – Everth
    MI – Owings
    CI – Bogaerts
    OF – Bruce
    Of – Heyward
    OF – Billy Hamilton
    OF – Castellanos
    OF – Sizemore (Hitter Tron)
    U – Butler
    BN – Machado, Baez, Ackley

    Yu
    Shields
    Latos
    Liriano
    Cashner
    Ventura, Yordano
    Ubaldo
    Carlos Martinez
    Rodney
    Hoover

    (Saves got away from so if I can’t find some cheap ones on the wire fairly quickly, I’ll try to punt the two schmoes I have for a MI).

    This team has no holes (save saves) that I see. Average, speed, power, stuff, peripherals, etc…My biggest issue is that I always fall hard for the young men (wait?)….

    Shall I send this bag of cold dicks to the mean old commissioner or just dump it on my lap?

    Gracias (you’re Mexican right?)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @VinnyCora: why would any comish think his league mates give a tin shit how he ranks them post draft. However, in his deluded mind he’ll probably freak out if you beat him. pitching is way too good. Not enough homers in that lineup. 2 of those OF might not be starting all the time or for all that long. probably should have been grabbing Gordon or somebody when you hit up Carpenter. Grey is not Mexican.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinnyCora: You’re too heavy on speed, and light on power… Your pitching is fine, but you’re light on saves…

  111. chiropaul says:
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    7×7 espn 12 team DAILY H2H.
    I am stashing bradley on the bench as my only extra pitcher and only have robertson for saves ( to keep the other team honest each week) and melancon & O’day for holds. Just saw W davis will be getting the holds, (think i need that third guy) for KC and he is a free agent.
    do I pick him up at the expense of a bench player and which one???

    I will show the starters with thier bench ” backup” to help u sort my question out…THX

    KIPNIS/rendon & wong
    CABRERA/arenano (at UT for tomorrow)
    SIMMONS/miller
    BRUSE_GORDON_JENNINGS/l martin

    PS: HOMER IS AT 1B
    do I cut WONG for a holds guy with this team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Wong

  112. Milarky says:
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    Grey, if you were forced to pick between Olt and Gennett this week, who would you pick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olt

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