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I know how much you love draft strategy (do you?  Yeah, of course you do!).  Whether it’s snake draft or auction draft.  You gobble this shizz up.  Okay, I wasn’t speaking literally, take the corner of your computer monitor out of your mouth.  Auction drafts are the best.  They’re like that time you followed a man with a pony tail into the gym locker room only to realize his broad shoulders were that of a large lesbian and you were in the women’s locker room and had to run out.  Happy accidents!  So, lots of you know my fantasy baseball auction tips already, but some of you just joining us — Hey, close the door behind you! Were you raised in a barn? — may not.  Lots of the strategy for my snake drafts also applies here.  If you ask me — and you kinda did ask me by reading this shizz — auction drafts are where it’s at, yo!  You get in a room with your best fantasy baseball buddies.  The guys you haven’t seen since last year’s draft.  The guys you don’t want to see until next year’s draft.  One guy, and there’s always one, has to show you why the Droid is better than the iPhone.  Then you have the guy who will go the extra dollar for (fill-in favorite player from his favorite team).  You know that’s his favorite player because he’s wearing his jersey.  There’s also the guy who wears a jersey of a player he would never draft from a team he hates just to throw you off his scent, only he points this out to show you how clever he thinks he is; he’s not.  There’s the guy that makes you question why you’re even friends with him.  There’s the guy who has a solar calculator and insists on sitting by the window.  There’s the guy who is allergic to cats and, even though there’s no cat, insists someone’s clothes are ‘covered in dander.’  There’s the guy who brings healthy snacks and something with bean sprouts that he says is wrapped in a lavash just so no one will ask him for any of it.  And, of course, you have the guy who brings only Cheetos and turns everything he touches orange, and, if he touches something that was already orange, he makes it oranger.  Through all of this, it always turns out, this day is the best day of the year.  Auction draft day is better than your wedding day.  I can now speak from experience.  As for online auction drafts, they’re just a’ight.  Anyway, here’s some tried and true tips to help you through your auction fantasy baseball draft:

1. Early in the draft, throw out guys that you know you have no interest in that will cost others a lot.

Say Yasiel Puig was eating at your favorite restaurant, Golden Corral, and because he ate the entire buffet himself there was none for you, so now you don’t want to draft him.  So the first name you should nominate is uPig for a $1 and let others overspend on him.  You don’t want high-priced pitching?  Nominate Kershaw.  You think Joe Mauer is overrated?  Nominate him.  You get the idea.

2. Go the extra dollar if you really want someone.

When you get to the end of the auction, no one has any flippin’ idea what they spent to get a guy.  If you want Jedd Gyorko and every auction value article you’ve read says he’s worth $12 and the bidding’s just gone to $16, go to $17 if you want him.  It’s your team; you need certain guys whether they’re overpriced or not.

3. You want to be “rich” with auction money.

You won’t always have the most money at the draft, but, whenever possible, you want to.  The more money you have A) The better leverage you have attaining any guy you might want. B) You can get great buys late in the draft when no one else has any money.  Invariably, someone will throw out, say, Dee Gordon for a dollar (or some player that they think they can sneak through).  Then you get Gordon for $2 and everyone in the draft room groans, wishing they still had some money.  At your draft, you want to be like the little tuxedoed guy from Monopoly.  In fact, dress like him for your draft.

4. Decent catchers and closers are even easier to acquire in auctions.

In a snake draft, you never know when Salvador Perez, Wieters, Addison Reed, Nathan or whoever is going to be drafted.  The beauty of the auction is you can have anyone.  In my experience, you should wait until most of the teams have filled up their closers or catcher(s) slot then you nominate some cheaper guys.  This works especially well for catchers. 

5. Keep track of who other people want.

You know exactly what everyone else is thinking.  If Joe Schmohawk goes to $10 on Jurickson Profar and you get him for $11, keep J.S. in mind when you’re looking to trade Profar after his hot April.  If someone groans when you get Trevor Rosenthal, keep it in mind.  Unless it’s the same guy who’s been eating nothing but Cheetos for ten hours.  Then it might just be gas.

  1. 2 Giant rings says:
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    How confident are you that brad Miller will win the 2b job? Would you still draft him at the same round if you were drafting tomorrow, or would you avoid the situation for now? Thanks!!

    • KC says:
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      @2 Giant rings:

      Zero percent chance he gets the 2B job…

      • malamoney says:
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        @KC: didn’t they just sign a guy by the name of Cano?

        • 2 Giant rings says:
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          @malamoney: fine you got me, but you know I meant to say SS.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @malamoney: clearly he meant his current position, which is SS. Grey gave it 92% yesterday.

  2. 2 Giant rings says:
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    One more please… If you were drafting right now, and before anymore Fister injury updates, would you draft him close to where you have him ranked? Thanks again.

  3. Frank Own uh.. says:
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    Long time baller, First time Razzer…and I must say I don’t know what took me so long to come over to the dark side! Oh wait, yes I do, sheer ignorance of your existence! I now intend to dominate my league as I am now the least ignorant mgr in it (not saying much there)…quick question and thanks in advance–10 team 5×5 H2h 4 keeper snake. C,1b,2b,3b,ss, 4of, Util, 3Sp,2Rp,2p, 5 Bn,1DL
    4 keepers are-
    Encarnacion-3b
    Braun-OF
    Ellsbury-of
    Scherzer-Sp
    I pick 5th and intend to go offense early and often…all 4 in front of me have a 1B already so it looks like after Giancarlo and Gomez go the 3rd pick will be Waino (owner already told me he would) so I’m gonna prob have a pick btw Bruce, Rios, an Freeman (not a bad dilemma I know) I know your rankings say Bruce, but is it a good strategy to have 3OF that early in the draft or do I gobble up Freeman if I can?? Id really like to have bruce based on the your ranking…Thanks grey an company!

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Frank Own uh..:

      unless your willing to accept a hosmer/abreu type @ 1b ,
      i think you have to snap up freeman .

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @costaricanchata: bruce for me if you’re pretty sure to get hosmer later.

        • bozo says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

          Since when did Hosmer become such a shitty option at 1b? Not elite power, sure, but you could do a lot worse

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @bozo:

            2012

    • J-FOH says:
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      @costaricanchata: @Frank Own uh..: I would go Bruce and try for Hosmer in the next round. As good as Freeman was last year, his .371 BABIP and 19.2% K rate have me a little worried. A slump could be on the horizon for him. Hosmer on the other hand had a 14.7% K rate and a .335 BABIP., which makes me a little more comfortable. I’m not saying Hosmer is better but the VALUE is there. the last 4 months of the season Hosmer put up a line of 68/16/63/.318/8 to Freemans 62/18/75/.321/1. It’s not that different and the SB’s make up for the lower RBI total. If you are looking for a better value I would go Hosmer, who at age 24 looks like he is figuring it out, a Goldy-lite you might say.

      In 2012 hosmer was only 22 years and old and I have given him a pass at this stage.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I respectfully disagree…BTW, as I stated in the past I made my first classic wrestling drop in my article yeaterday, I have to wonder how I will get some of those guys in there come September…uh Mr. Wrestling II?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I saw that drop… I’d like to see that match, as well… Fair points on Freeman… I’d be more concerned about Hosmer as my 1st baseman than Freeman…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: me too, but with that outfield you can take that chance, I also have a big boner for Bruce this year. I can’t help that age 27 thing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I like Bruce a lot too, as you know, but you bank on Hosmer and before you know it you have Ryan Howard as your 1st baseman…

              • Frank Own uh.. says:
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                @Grey: thanks guys! appreciate the feedback…worst possible response was that Grey and J-FoH would disagree on this and I’d be back to stuck…oh wait! are you guys hazing me bc I’m a rookie to this site??

                seriously though I thank you all for the feedback and have til next Monday to decide so I’m sure I’ll Change my mind at least 27 more times…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, no problem…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I’m gambling on Hosmer this year, dude is only 24 and I have to look at that lineup in KC, with my man crush Aoki at the top of the order, and wonder how beautiful it might be. And yeah, I’ll be going shopping for a Royals hat later today.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  The Hosmer that has yet to hit 20 homers in a season?

                  • Simply Fred

                    simply fred says:
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                    @Grey: The Hosmer that had an average HR true distance of 417.9, second (those with 20 HR) only to Trout’s 419.6.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Let’s not make like I don’t like Hosmer… I’m just saying before we put all our faith in him, he hasn’t exactly done what we get down on Freeman for… Hit ‘only’ 23 HRs…

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @simply fred: i was able to get both hosmer and aoki in 15 teamer roto. yahoo.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I know, but like your bold calls i need to step up and face the firing squad too at some point. It might be bullets or it might be flowers that get shot at me. Hey look at it this way, if you never talk to a hot chick how are you ever going to get to bone one….and not paying for it……does that analogy work?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I think it worked…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: part deaux: If Hosmer matches Freemans RBI total and freeman hits 5 more HR’s but Hosmer has 12 more SB’s then I win……I’m arguing for the sake of arguing, I would rather have Bruce/Hosmer than Freeman/heyward or holliday

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hosmer would be higher on our Player Rater so Hosmer would win…

                    • Frank Own uh.. says:
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                      @J-FOH: How big are those if’s? you guys were both who I was hoping to get insight from and it sounds like I’ll be alright either way I end up…it sounds like having 3of before any 1B,2b,ss is not the concern for me? it’s if Hosmer is available and/or better than my eventual 3rd OF? when I posted this I told myself “do whatever Mr Grey says, how can I go against him?? ” It’s amazing what J-FOH and 8 hours can do..sheesh!! gonna be a long 6 days…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @J-FOH: I’m so contrary, the fact that you have liked all my drafts, that you have seen makes everyone think I have my nose up your a……I’m being the rebellious hateful son you never wanted but have to because the coug loves me.

                  • Grey

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                    I thought your team came out of the draft well… But, as my hateful son, you know it doesn’t mean anything once guys are streaming and injuries happen… Steve’s no pitching staff could be the best pitching staff…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sorry, don’t have time right now to look…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: fine, i’m telling coug you’re ignoring me again

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      A hateful child should understand…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: I’m the one that stole all your Playboys, cougs didn’t throw them out it was me

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      *shakes fist* You knew I couldn’t go ahead and ask her either!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: now were even….btw, all the pages are stuck together

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The pages were like that when it was passed down to me from your hateful grandpappy…

                    • Frank Own uh... says:
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                      @Grey: One reason I love this site already..a debate about Freeman vs. Bruce tumbles face first into sticky pages! (Not a knight’s assistant..magazine pages guys!) Can’t wait to listen to the podcast!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

    • SON RANTO says:
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      @Frank Own uh..:
      Encarnacion isn’t going to be eligible at 3rd base. I made the mistake of thinking I could use Chris Davis in the outfield and now have Fielder, Encarnacion and Davis with only 2 spots, so one rides the bench till I can trade and I won’t get value till there is a need. I wasted a pick.

  4. Swfcdan says:
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    Dont let the cougs read this!

    And I guess auctions are just a’ight for 90% of us then!

  5. malamoney says:
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    Grey, excellent strategy points. Another thing I do is to be aware of the teams your league mates are personal fans of. One guy in our league is a huge Red Sox fan, so I make sure to nominate guys like Pedrioia, Ortiz and any other Red Sox players that I don’t want. Let him and others bid those guys up and spend their cash money. Also, don’t always start the bid a $1. You can start the bidding at $5 or a little more on Pedrioia. Make it look like you have some interest in the players you are nominating. You’d never get him for 5 boners, but if you did, you wouldn’t be complaining. If if comes back around to you and the bidding is still lower than you’d be willing to pay, bid another dollar. Show interest. And then show some frustrations when someone else lands that player. Maybe even tell that owner he’s an a-hole!

  6. Big League Wood says:
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    Coach Grey and the RazzBall Nation,

    The site is crazy good with content and humor this season. Married life must be treating you and the cougar well.

    First year drafting auction style and I am addicted. After several auctions to prepare, I spent a crazy night over the weekend putting this team together. Although not my initial strategy, I ended up with a team of players under the $30 threshold.

    The late round money guys bought up my end-game SP targets so I went the MR route with the intent of streaming and/or adding some prospects when make the rotation. Watching CMart, Perez, A Bradley & Erik Johnson…

    Can this team win? 5 x 5 Daily Roto; 12 Teams; 200 starts & 120 moves; 3 Bench & 1 DL

    C Molina (16)
    C Gomes (3)
    1B Pujols (26)
    2B Altuve (16)
    3B Zimmerman (18)
    SS A Escobar (3)
    MI Miller (2)
    CI Freeman (26)
    OF Puig (23)
    OF Bruce (24)
    OF Bautista (26)
    OF Fowler (1)
    OF A Garcia (1)
    Util Young (2)
    Bench Arcia (1)

    9 Pitchers:
    Scherzer (22), Sale (16), A Sanchez (14), Liriano (2), Tyson Ross (1)
    Nathan (9), Janssen (4), Santos (1), Soria (1),
    Bench: Allen (1), Melancon (1)

    • Cram It says:
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      @Big League Wood: I don’t know how you got some of all those guys for under $30 but good on you.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Cram It: I meant all of those guys. Not one over $30? Really?

        • Big League Wood says:
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          @Cram It:

          It was crazy. I chased Adam Jones, Fielder, E5 to $40 and quit. The early SPs were also over-priced. Got my front 2 and then Madbum went for $24, Gray $16.

          The second year pitchers and steals guys also went for a lot.

          • Big League Wood says:
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            @Big League Wood:

            Cargo @ $46 at ‘Cutch @ $50..

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @Big League Wood: I love this team. You can draft for me anytime.

      That pitching staff has some awesome values.

      Love all your $1 guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big League Wood: Thanks! Agree with Cram, nice team, impressive all under $30… Team will definitely compete…

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks for the feedback – I used the rankings for most of my players and it seems the team fell out in a good place

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Whatever says:
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      @Big League Wood:

      Everyone has a chance to win unless you totally screw up your draft and leave 60 bucks on the table. If things break right during the year and you manage injuries well etc.. Draft is 60 percent of the battle. Managing your team and luck is the other 40 percent.

  7. goodfold2 says:
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    rich uncle moneybags is the name of the monopoly guy. would be nice to have said uncle. pretty much the impetus for scrooge mcduck.

  8. Schlitzy says:
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    You forgot the guy who says “great value” to a shitty value to sound like he knows what he’s doing. I’ve been known to use a “great value” comment to torment my opponents when they overspend on joe mauer.

  9. Schlitzy says:
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    In an OPS league would you take votto before pujols or no difference?

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Schlitzy: I think Votto gets a slight edge in OBP and OPS leagues.

    • Jonesie says:
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      If this is still 2014, then it’s not even close. Yes, Votto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schlitzy: Yeah, Votto gets an edge

  10. Iguy says:
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    Great stuff Grey! In a 12 team 5×5 Auction Keeper League where players can be kept for 2 years at a premium of $5 per year, I have to choose between J Profar and G Springer, both at $6. I love the upside of Springer, but there’s more certainty with Profar, and 2B is a thin position. Any advice?

    • malamoney says:
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      @Iguy: When do you think we see Springer in the majors? With a name like his you’d think he’d be lighting it up right now!

      I have to decide between Springer, Taveras and Buxton. I can keep one for this season.

      • Whatever says:
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        @malamoney:

        Buxton is a must keep. The only comps ppl bring up on his skill set is Trout. Of course, you can never foresee injury risk but neither can you see injury risk on anyone.

  11. Cabby says:
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    12 team h2h keeper league
    R, Sb, RBI, Tb, obp
    Wins+qs, era, whip, k, saves +holds
    C,C,1b,2b,3b, ss, ci,mi, 5of, u
    Keep 10 players
    Current keepers:
    Cano, Segura, Cargo, Hanley, encarnacion, Profar, M. Holliday, Bautista, Jose Fernandez. I have a few candidates for my last spot. I have some nice minor leaguers coming up in Stephenson, taillon, Frazier ,Dahl , meadows, Goodwin. I am deciding between Salvador Perez and homer bailey. I am leaning bailey but with two catchers spots it is closer than it appears. I have third pick so I should e able to get one back. I think I keep bailey and try to get Perez with third pick. Thanks

    • Cabby says:
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      @Cabby:
      Forgot to mention 6 sp, 3 rp spots

  12. MattH says:
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    Do you like auction drafts or snake drafts better? just curious.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @MattH: the way he’s describing auctions i’m sure it’s auctions better.

      • MattH says:
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        @goodfold2: True. I’m sure Grey and others here played long before the internet took over when auctions were probably are real hoot.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @MattH: he appears also to be describing that scene from knocked up, almost to the tee. a young snafu larry in the corner.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @MattH: They were fun back then, but also a little bit sad.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @mauledbypandas: stereotypes started somewhere

  13. Hank says:
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    Just inherited a dynasty team and was offered buxton and Matt carpenter for beltre and ryu. Was thinking of countering with kuroda instead of ryu but not sure if he’ll take that. I don’t have any prospects on the team and wanted to try to get younger but is that giving up too much?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Hank:

      try the kuroda counter but
      don’t scare him off .
      i like the initial deal , but if he’s contending
      he may bite .

    • Grey

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      @Hank: Eh, I don’t like it

  14. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    pulled off that a-jax and asscab for opp’s dee Gordon and puig. now i’m getting emails from leaguemates saying i’m the one “gambling”. These people seriously must have a high estimation of asscab from his one good year 3 or whatever years ago. other possible trade was my kinsler for his puig str up. it’s entirely possible that the deal I did might be better for me than having to lose kinsler to get puig as well.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

      Wait….wait…hold on here.

      You got Puig for Austin Jackson and Asdrubal Cabrera and your leaguemates think YOU’RE the one gambling????

      Mind blowing.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Hawk: yeah, puig and dee gordon

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: it would appear a lot of people (at least in this league) have puig lower than even some sites do.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: it’s a 10 team league wherein we each drafted (snake) 3 entire teams, and get all of those players as our non active roster bench. we have 2 actual bench spots, and 8 moves per week. I got 2nd pick and grabed DET/MIL/CLE, so just got the last of the useful teams. we start 2 at each position for roster was already pretty sick
            c gomes/lucroy
            1b v-mart/Santana/swisher
            2b kinsler/kipnis
            ss dee Gordon/segura/Aviles/Iglesias
            3b miggy/aramis/Francisco/Aviles
            CF puig/cargo 2/bourn
            LF braun/other chris davis/Brantley

  15. Andrew A says:
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    1. If there are 20 catchers that will be bought, when is it too late to buy your catchers? I find the later you wait at the end the more you’ll pay

    • Grey

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      @Andrew A: Guess it depends on league, but I find once others have catchers, no one wants another one… When there’s only one or two decent ones left, then he’ll skyrocket…

  16. James Skrmetta says:
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    Grey, I can’t sleep, I’m losing weight, stressing over keepers…

    12 team 5×5 heads up league, drafting 9th. I can keep 2 who would you keep?

    Tulo (lose a 2nd)
    Jay Bruce(lose a 3rd)
    Oscar Tavares (lose a 23rd)
    Xander Boegarts (lose a 20th)

  17. Jamiehov says:
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    Grey, 2 questions
    First, Yahoo standard Rotis, I can keep one:
    Myers – 5th rd
    Rizzo – 11th
    Gyorko – 15th
    If it werent for your projections I’d keep Myers but you seem to have him with lower HR totals than others. The 5th is also where I may take my first pitcher and certainly don’t want to take one in the 4th…

    2) When are the PODCASTS starting??

    Thanks!

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jamiehov: Gyorko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov: Gyorko… First podcast taped yesterday… I’ll post it today or tomorrow… Depends when I get it from producer

  18. de nachos says:
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    I love these articles. Great for a refresher and reminds me of the old sitcom “flashback” episodes.

    My live auction league disbanded after 7 years – a shame. Best part was every 5 rounds we would do a “blind” round where when a player was nominated you got one bid which you wrote on a white board. You might win the player but tear your hair out because you bid $20 higher than the next guy. Plus it really moved it along.

    Something else to keep track of is money that other owners have “saved” by keeping players. If a guy is keeping players at a solid discount, he might not be afraid to overspend elsewhere. That drives up the big names $$.

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @de nachos: Love the blind round, good stuff.

  19. Rags says:
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    I’ve never wanted to be that guy who posts his whole team here, but I’ve never done a H2H points league before and would love some feedback.

    Daily moves, heavy points on hits and rbis, wins are 10, qs are 5, saves are 5 and holds are 3. There’s an 8 start/week limit.

    C Salty
    1B Adrian Gonzalez
    2B Gyorko
    SS Miller
    3B Arenado
    CI Rizzo
    MI Prado
    OF Braun
    OF Pence
    OF Swisher
    OF Calhoun
    U Butler
    U Aoiki
    U Parra

    SP: Kershaw, Strasburg, Shields, CJ Wilson, Smyly, Kluber, Ross, Skaggs, Peavy (an accident)
    RP: Grilli, Veras, Strop, Tazawa, Soria

    Minors: Springer, Taveras, Odor, Dahl, Wisler, E. Rodriguez, Bell, Ervin

    Opinions from anyone are welcome.

    1) general thoughts?
    2) even second catchers were going for more than I wanted to pay. Will I be ok streaming catchers day to day? Or should I try and make a trade.
    3) I didn’t mean to win peavy (@ $1), should I drop him for whatever hitter?
    4) Joel Peralta, AJ Ramos, and Darren O’Day are on the wire. Should I drop any of my relievers now for them? Or pick up D. Hernandez or Paco Rodriguez in anticipation of the Australia games?

    Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this and contribute their thoughts! And good luck to everyone (except my opponents!) this season.

    • Grey

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      @Rags: 1) No idea of number of teams, but your pitching is way too strong…I went over H2H strategy, doesn’t seem like you followed it… 2) Sure 3) Depends 4) Nope

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        @Grey: It’s a 12 team. It seemed like your pitching advice was mostly for categories H2H, i figured an imbalance was less of a big deal in points.

        Kershaw, Strasburg and Shields were the only pitchers I spent more than $8 on in a league with $300 to spend at auction. Ross, Skaggs and Peavy went for $1.

        Which P would you try to move? Should I just go for whatever hitting upgrade I can get?

        • Grey

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          I’d try to move Kershaw or Strasburg, whichever one yielded more… Assuming that’s Kershaw…

          • Rags says:
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            @Grey: Would you do Strasburg at $21 and Gyorko at $9 for Cano at $30 and $2 in my case?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Strasburg side

  20. kevinmac says:
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    Have a trade question for you. 12 team H2H with 5×5 scoring.

    With out knowing either team, which would you prefer?

    Team 1: Alex Gordon

    Team 2: Sonny Gray and Tommy Hunter

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @kevinmac: gordon… gray is good, but we don’t really know if he’s that good… hunter doesn’t have the skill set to get out of the brain freeze tier… and gordon isn’t batting leadoff anymore…

      • kevinmac says:
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        @Beardcrabs: Yea I am not sure what to make of Hunter in the closers role

      • kevinmac says:
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        @Grey: Thanks grey. You had me rolling with the droid guy. Couldn’t be anymore true.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  21. Christina Danza says:
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    Think I did pretty well for a 10 team H2h league, let me know if you think I overpaid for anyone?

    2 CC Sabathia, NYY SP $4
    14 Sonny Gray, Oak SP $9
    39 Adam Jones, Bal OF $35
    41 Ben Zobrist, TB 2B $14
    43 David Wright, NYM 3B $30
    69 Matt Kemp, LAD OF $17
    71 Mat Latos, Cin SP $13
    80 Carlos Santana, Cle C $12
    83 Shin-Soo Choo, Tex OF $16
    90 Doug Fister, Wsh SP $11
    108 Alex Rios, Tex OF $16
    113 Alex Gordon, KC OF $12
    124 Allen Craig, StL 1B $17
    133 Matt Moore, TB SP $9
    140 Aaron Hill, Ari 2B $8
    144 Gerrit Cole, Pit SP $11
    154 J.J. Hardy, Bal SS $6
    162 Alfonso Soriano, NYY OF $2
    167 Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B $9
    210 Danny Salazar, Cle SP $3
    213 Francisco Liriano, Pit SP $2
    231 Joakim Soria, Tex RP $1
    238 Cody Allen, Cle RP $1
    242 Jose Veras, ChC RP $1
    245 Rick Porcello, Det SP $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Christina Danza: Team looks okay, don’t love some of the guys you drafted, but you know that from my rankings

  22. gobiggreen says:
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    Are there any lists out there of guys coming back from injury that might slip under the radar and be available at a good ADP #??

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @gobiggreen: pujols, hill, sandoval, lawrie, reyes, bourjos (off the top of the dome)…

  23. costaricanchata says:
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    not enamored with your OF .
    maybe drop peavy for a RP .
    RBI ‘s are weak ,
    and worry about parra maybe losing time to pollock ,
    so , would probably look to find an RBI guy as his replacement .
    SP is VERY strong .
    might look to see what cj wilson can net you on the trade front
    (down-play his WHIP and talk-up his K’s and Win’s potential) .

  24. Bear says:
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    Hey Grey-Seeing you like both Bourjos and Hart as sleepers. I am in a 20 Team 6×6 and an 12 Team Auction 5×5. Which guy do you take first? Thanks

    • Bear says:
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      @Bear:
      And could I also ask further…12 Team Auction would you take Hart over….and Middlebrooks over Aoki in a UTIL spot? And all of these 3 over Bourjos? I see you have that in your Top 400 but wanted to double check. Anyone with some advice? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bear: Depends what you need… They offer different things…

      • Bear says:
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        @Grey: Good clarification…I have plenty of SB’s but need Power…so did I just answer my own question??
        Here is my 12 Team Standard Pool Line-up
        C-Castro
        1B-Rizzo
        2B-Gyorko
        3B-Seager
        SS-Andrus
        OF-A. Jones
        OF-Puig
        OF-Marte
        UTIL-Aoki
        Bench-Hart (Just got him off waiver-Dropped Bourjos)

        So Middlebrooks for Aoki? I lose a bit of AVG and SB of course but gain needed HR and RBI? In the words of Frank Abignale Jr…”Do you concur”? Thx

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice reference… I concur…

          • Bear says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  25. JDW says:
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    DUDE! I JUST googled this topic looking for advice and found a nice article from 2009. Still relevant, but still looking for more. So, I read the article. Fine and dandy. Then I do what I do first thing (fantasy baseball-wise) every morning and hit my razzball favorites link. And what do I find? A headline that reads “Fantasy Baseball Auction Draft Strategy — Fake Cash Values Rule Everything Around Me”

    ARE YOU EFFIN’ WITH ME, RAZZBALL!?? Yeah, I know you all are in my head and in my heart at all times. But to NAIL it this morning when this topic was top o’ my head? Effin’, effin’ brilliant. Yeah – I’m a grown man that says “effin’”. Thanks gang – Razzball stomps!

  26. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :
    come on ,
    you know your “friends” .
    there’s always one cheater/spy-type in the crowd .
    make up a fake target list ,
    study it carefully ,
    hide it just inside the cover of your notebook ,
    and then go out for a long smoke .

    • oaktownsteve says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      Brady Bunch did it. Greg put a fake playbook together to sucker Macia’s boyfriend…rival school QB.

      Greg fessed up though.

      Side note…Gary Cole was tremendous in the BB movies.

  27. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    I know it’s still kind of early, but Liriano’s ADP on ESPN in 190. 190! He’s a GB heavy pitcher on a team that frequently employs shifts and other wrinkles to infield positioning. He’s always been death on left-handed hitters, and his bugaboo was allowing HR to right-handed hitters. PNC Park is the toughest park in baseball for righties to go deep in.

    So basically, every liability Liriano has is mitigated by either the Pirates personnel, coaching philosophy, and home park. Sit him for those few starts a year when he faces a righty-heavy lineup in a hitter’s park, and you’re golden. And that can be had in round 15-17!

    • Simply Fred

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      @Shoop Da Whoop: Grey has him at #69 in top 400. I see his ADP in the range you listed but don’t expect him to be available that late in RCL/Grey knowledgeable leagues. I plotted his games from the #1 rotation slot and count 8 away games vs. opponents he did poorly against last year where you would want to sit him.

  28. Ty Wiggington says:
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    Any hesitation regarding trading Jose Fernandez for Yu Darvish in a dynasty league with no restrictions?

    Darvish’s is 6 years older and has had minor back issues.

    What are your thoughts?

  29. Cole says:
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    Forget Alex Wood the Braves rotation may end up with Kerry Wood. And that team…division…ballpark… I’d take a flyer

  30. Oppo taco says:
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    What order do these guys rank in a keeper format? Salazar cole Teheran wacha Moore Ryu. Also how bullish or bearish are you on iwakuma this year? He’s available too. Already have an ace
    In MadBum Thanks grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo taco: I’ve gone over Iwakuma for this year… Cole, Wacha, Teheran

  31. MB says:
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    If you had Lowrie at SS too, would you gamble on starlin being a stud or ship him off for everth? I really could use his elite steals. Dynasty 5×5

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MB: I’d take Everth

  32. J-FOH says:
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    You forgot about the guy who talks about all the cool stuff he does with his “roommate” when everyone knows it’s his mom

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I really thought more people would chime in here, other types in there

        1) Guy who has Canadian “girlfriend” he met on vacation to Niagra Falls
        2) Guy who insists on getting drunk yet obviously only drinks once a year, because it’s the thing to do at a draft, and ends up passing out and puking on Cheetos guy.
        3) Guy who keeps wanting to take a break so he can smoke
        4) Guy that won’t shut up about his kids and how they have a sweet swing for a 2 year old.
        5) Guy who won’t shut up about his playing days when he “had it”….It was little league bro.
        6) Guy who only agrees to the Vegas trip so he can line up a couple of hookers because his wife won’t touch his ass anymore

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, awesome… I hope to one day be all of these guys… Especially number 6!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I don’t think you want to be number 4, that requires being a father and it takes two hands to count all the dads who have told me what an awesome swing their 2 year old has.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wrong post, hate son

  33. Corey says:
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    Does Ervin Santan’a value go way up if he signs with the Braves? That Division, that ballpark, that team… Seems to be attractive for QS leagues… Put it this way…

    1) Yordano Ventura or Santana on the Braves?
    2) Archie Bradley or Santana on the Braves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Corey: No, his value doesn’t go way up… 1/2) See my rankings

      • Corey says:
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        @Grey: How do I interpret your rankings if a starter like Ventura or Bradley, projected for 100 and 90 innings respectively, make the rotation out of spring training?

        Right now you have Santana ahead of Ventura ahead of Bradley. I notice that is also in order of innings pitched. If all three make their team’s rotations, would the rankings be adjusted? I’m in a H2H league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Even if they made the rotation, they wouldn’t pitch more innings, they would just get shut down early…

  34. Al says:
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    Medlen headed to Dr Freeze, looks like his ligament no so goody. Double TJ= top 10 in 2017?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sounding bad…

  35. TreeFrog says:
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    Haha… Just had my auction this wknd and getting married this summer. Thanks for ruining the rest of the year for me… Thanks for the post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem!

  36. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Any chance RCL will have Auction leagues in the coming years? I’ve never been in one and would love to give it a try. I’d rather it be an RCL league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Outlook cloudy… I doubt it…

  37. Aaron says:
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    Grey,

    Why do you think Sonny Gray isn’t any higher in most rankings? Most insights have him on the cusp of greatness, or the like, but his rankings are generally low (around 40). It looks like “Playoff Wacha” has him trumped in the rankings. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure what others are thinking…

  38. stonepie says:
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    number 5 goes for all drafts. i remember last year i spoke out when the guy in front of me got scherzer, right as i had him in my sights. after scherzer’s so-so start, i tried to pry him away from the owner, only for him to realize that my over-interest meant he should hold onto him.

    so when drafting, the less you say, the better!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup and yup

  39. Jay says:
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    I have a quick league format type of question.

    Currently my league is a keeper league but we don’t have any limitations on keepers. I would change that but am unsure of how to properly assign rd values to players. We currently keep any 5 guys and they are inserted as your first 5 rds.

    My thought was to take the ADPs of the guys from the last three years and average it out, then place a round value to each one (Average 3 yr ADP of 1-10 =rd 1 11-20 rd 2 and so on)and use that as the initial benchmark. Using this years result as year 1 and the 2 previous years.

    Has anyone recently gone through something like this or see any fault in this system or have a better method?

    thanks Razzballers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds interesting, I’ve never seen it done before…

  40. Let ARoid Play! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    I’m in a real bind in my Yahoo 10 Team H2H Points League. We had our Auction Draft recently and I f’d up my pitching staff. My offense is pretty solid, but I am looking to offer one of the other Owners a trade. What do you think of this:

    I give A. Gordon and A.J. Griffin
    I get Liriano and Kuroda

    My OF would then be Cargo, Bautista and B. Hamilton and I could fill the 4th slot from the FA pool. Perhaps Aoki or someone like that.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

      • Let ARoid Play! says:
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        @Grey: Because of the combination of who I am offering or one of them? I could throw another SP in if you think Griffin makes it not in my favor.

        Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a ten team league, you don’t know you messed up your pitching yet…. There will be plenty of pitchers to pick up off waivers…

          • John says:
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            @Grey: Agree hold

  41. Wingand Aprayer says:
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    As always, great stuff! Like you suggested, I can’t wait to show up at my draft dressed in my little black tuxedo.

    And everyone laughed at me when I bought my little black tuxedo. Now, when I show up at the draft and everyone’s concentration is blown, then we’ll see who gets the last laugh. Prince Fielder for a buck… to me! HA!! That will learn Mr. Sabermetric league champ.

    Thank you for the wisdom, oh Greyt one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ha… No problem…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s my full name too!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Sky: we should do this for the FCL. Last place has to change name?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, that’s awesome

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Haha, something tells me my wife wouldn’t want to be married to ‘Mr. SlipperyDickCheese’ cuz I know you all too well.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Sky: Not surprised to see the words ‘online bodybuilding forum’ in that article.

  42. ryan says:
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    new avatar for season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh? Is this spam?

  43. LAmont says:
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    Love the site; found it looking at a comments section; great writing, I make sure to click on your ads as much as possible. I am in a 14 team Roto 6X6 using OPS/TB and APP/whip (not sure if those are common). I have finished dead last previous 2 years but have stockpiled keepers through late season trades to the good teams.
    Puig for $6/Myers for $6/A.Jones$20/Altuve$11/Bogaerts for $1 /Springer $1/Taveras$1/S.Miller$8.
    Where do you all suggest I spend my money at our draft next week? $206 available..
    thanks

      • LAmont says:
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        @Grey:
        Wright and Longoria are basically the only good 3B that aren’t being kept this year; the remaining 3B (Pedro Alvarez is being kept) are going to be uber-pricey for what they are going to deliver. What do you think of just leaving Bogaerts at 3b with his $1 price tag? I I am being advised currently to rotate Bogaerts to SS as soon as he is eligible.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Him at 3rd base doesn’t make him better… Makes him worse…

  44. mauledbypandas says:
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    “At your draft, you want to be like the little tuxedoed guy from Monopoly. In fact, dress like him for your draft.”

    Makes me chuckle every year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  45. DavidNiven says:
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    Thanks for all your awesome efforts Grey.

    6 category ROTO, +ops

    Wright and Andruss or Reyes
    or
    Desmond and Zimmerman

    Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Desmond side

      • DavidNiven says:
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        @Grey: When I win that frikkin bracket, yer gettin a house.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  46. dk says:
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    In 2 catcher auction leagues, do you recommend spending on a top catcher, or can you get away with say Yan & d’arnaud for a few bucks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want one decent catcher… A top ten one…

  47. Ross says:
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    Grey,

    First time poster, just started reading recently and i think its great. I am in a 6×6 weekly league whose pitching categories include W, IP, ERA, WHIP, S and K/9. Last year I loaded up on closers figuring i could win ERA, WHIP, S and K/9 while sacrificing W & IP and it worked with modest success. We have 10 pitching slots so I was wondering what type of balance do you think would be appropriate given the categories?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d go with 6 SPs, 2 RPs and a combo of SPs, RPs and MRs for the other slots…

  48. Joe says:
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    Drafted a team last night, would appreciate any feedback on the result! 10-team, H2H, 6×6 (OBP and SLG instead of AVG, and IP, QS, K/9 instead of W and K):

    C: C. Santana
    1B: Votto
    2B: Gyorko
    3B: P. Alvarez
    SS: Everth
    MI: Brad Miller
    CI: Encarnacion
    OF: Carlos Gomez
    OF: Pence
    OF: Victorino
    OF: Aoki
    OF: Chris Carter
    Util: Lind
    BN: Yelich
    BN: Moustakas

    SP: Felix Hernandez
    SP: JoFer
    SP: Minor
    SP: Salazar
    SP: Corbin
    SP: Kluber
    SP: Alex Wood (probably dropped if he doesn’t win a rotation spot)

    RP: Chapman
    RP: Perkins
    RP: Henderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your hitting looks a tad weak on OBP and speed… Your pitching is better than your hitting, which isn’t a great thing…

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the feedback! I don’t think I even noticed about OBP because I got complacent with Votto, EE, and Santana relatively early and took too many liberties with it later on. Will try to fix that.

  49. John says:
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    Wont be planning too far ahead of this but I am swing pick in a 10 tm h2h 5×5 league and i thinking of going alex rios as one of my second set of picks 30-31. Ill have guys like freeman bautista maybe and Jupton bruce there. I want to get on power bat and then go with rios for balance because I am finding my projected teams using war room and adps are short on speed. Am I crazy, should i stick with even more power or go with positional player here or stick with bruce rios type combo?

    FYI-rios yahoo adp is 50. I have pick 50-51 as well but guessing he is not there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d follow my rankings

  50. Mayhem in Seattle says:
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    Top of the season to you, Grey. It’s great to be reading your stuff again. I could use advice if you can spare some. Yahoo! 12 team, 10 keeper, 5×5, snake draft. Due to my stellar finish last year, I pick second. Since we dropped from 14 teams to 12, there are some good players available in the top of the draft. My keepers:
    C – Posey
    1B – Pujols
    3B – J. Donaldson
    OF – W. Myers
    OF – N. Cruz
    OF – Carlos Gomez
    SP – S. Miller
    SP – J. Cueto
    SP – T. Cueto
    RP – A. Chapman

    At the top of the draft order, Shin-Soo, Anibel Sanchez, G. Holland, Alex Cobb, E. Andrus, Ortiz, Mauer, Beltran, S. Romo Josh Hamilton and Nathan are available. So is Tanaka.

    I obviously need 2B and 3B, and Saves, but my question to you is should I use the second pick on Shin-Soo, Sanchez, Holland or Andrus.

    There are quite a few 2B (Profar, Prado, B. Phillips) and SS (Andrus, Prado, Rollins, Simmons, A. Cabrera and Ramirez). There are also a lot of Saves available (Holland, Romo, A. Reed, , D. Robertson).

    Sanchez is tempting, but I had him two years ago when he kind of blew up after being traded to Detroit. Is Tanaka the real deal? Is Holland worth using the #2 pick given there are 6+ good saves guys and our league tends to make a run on saves in later rounds?

    Since 2B and SS actually have a lot of players somewhat close (Profar is most attractive since he can play at 2B, SS and 3B) in value, so I’m thinking Sanchez again. I hope to fill out my OF/UTIL spot by grabbing Adam Eaton in a later round.

    Would greatly appreciate any advice.

    • Mayhem in Seattle says:
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      @Mayhem in Seattle: Sorry: make that I need 2B and SS and Saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Andrus then start looking at SP…

  51. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Auction draft 20 starters $100 budget

    My question is how how would u throw out for Miggy or Trout? $10-$15 bucks?

  52. Free Max B says:
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    Quick question:

    In a 12 team, h2h, OPS, keeper league (where four players can be kept one year past being drafted), what would be my best move? My candidates are:

    McCutchen (1st Round)
    Goldschmidt (4th Round)
    CarGo (10th round waiver wire blessing due to injury)
    Longoria (2nd Round)
    Scherzer (6th Round)
    Fernandez (9th or 11th round, depending on how my commissioner deals with two waiver wire keepers)

    I’ve been debating between Scherzer and Fernandez for the longest, but recently figured holding on to Longoria and holding off on pitching might be more solid. Rankings and draft strategy would indicate the same, but I’m not sure if losing my second round is worth it considering the bats I already have, and how low I can keep my pitchers for.

    As always, you guys are the waviest!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo, Goldy, Longo, Scherzer

  53. Hoog says:
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    Hey Greg, was hoping you could rank these two offenses for me. 12 team h2h league with Runs, Hr, RBI, bb, avg, slg, and net sb. Teams are

    Team A: 1b: votto, 2b: Brett lawrie, 3b: miggy, ss: miller, of: Stanton Heyward granderson, util: edwin
    Team B: 1b: Pujols, 2b: pedroia, 3b: Zimmerman, ss: tulo, of: Jones, marte, Jennings, util: butler

    Is one offense substantially better than the other?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s Greg? Neither is substantially better…

      • Hoog says:
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        @Grey: sorry, my phone always autocorrects…..thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, just busting chops

  54. Frank says:
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    Grey – joining new league and option of taking Goldschmidt or Harper as my first keeper. I can also locked them up for a 3-5 yr contract as the auction dollars raise $5 each year.

    Who would you pick? This league starts 5 OFs

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  55. Adam says:
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    Hey Grey. I’m in a dynasty auction league (40 man roster, 25 starting with no FA transactions during the year) and I’ve been stockpiling ‘spects for the past two years. Minor leaguers don’t cost you (or me, for that matter) any money until they pass rookie mins. I’m sitting on 9 minor leaguers right now but really need to open up a spot or two for bench players, as well as relieve this nagging pain in my lumbar. Seewww which 2 of these guys would you try to either move in a trade or just throw back into the pool before our upcoming draft (it’s the best way to learn to swim, after all).

    Sano, Miguel
    Correa, Carlos
    Hamilton, Billy
    Castellanos, Nick
    Springer, George
    Taveras, Oscar
    Bradley, Archie
    Stephenson, Robert
    Walker, Taijuan

    My gut says Castellanos and Stephenson. What say you?

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******THERE’S NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS*******

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Grey: first time this year, site’s heating up.

  57. Bi-Felicia says:
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    How much would u put up to get trout or miggy in auction $260 budget?.Need to know in less than 20 mins drafts at 5pm thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Their prices are in my top 400… Take followups to newest post…

  58. Fish says:
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    Re: “Draft night is better than wedding day.”

    um…. I’m no expert but I think you might be doing it wrong.
    3 words: Swiss, cheese, practice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You saving it for your wedding day?

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey:

        Doesn’t that go without saying if I’m checking Razzball a few times a day?

        • Grey

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          Ha

  59. Eddie says:
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    OK, I need some serious help. It might be just me but I can come up with reasons to keep each of these guys over the other. HOWEVER, I can only pick TWO. I’ve got the first pick in the draft of a 12-team keeper league. Here are my options for keeper and the pick/round I’ll lose if I keep them:

    Kershaw – 2nd round (24th overall)
    Adam Jones – 3rd round (25th overall)
    Jose Fernandez – 14th round (168 overall)
    Billy Hamilton – 22nd Round (264 overall)

    Yes, I can get Kershaw at 24.. .but is that as much value as keeping Fernandez and Hamilton at 168 and 264???

    Thanks for the help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fernandez and Jones…. Take followups to newest post…

  60. Weedpatch says:
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    Razzballers – long-time reader, first time poster.

    I am looking for opinions for my 6×6 keeper league. I can keep 10 but we just changed up the league scoring system. We removed HR and replaced with TB (hitting – BA, RBI, TB, BB, SB) then we replaced Ws with QS (pitching – ERA, WHIP, QS, S, HD). I lead the league in most offensive categories last year and my pitching was horrendous.

    Keep 10, most contracts go up by $5 next year. I have a lot of OF and only spots for 5 and 1 bench spot. Here are the guys I am considering:

    C Joe Mauer ($12)
    1B Edwin Encarnacion ($4)
    2B Aaron Hill ($2)
    3B Kyle Seager ($5)
    OF Adam Jones ($18)
    OF Starling Marte ($13)
    OF Hunter Pence ($9)
    OF Oscar Tavares ($10)
    OF Justin Upton ($34)
    OF Nick Markakis ($3)
    OF Christian Yelich ($10)
    SP Julio Teheran ($13)
    SP Lance Lynn ($8)
    SP Kris Medlen ($10)
    CL Joe Nathan ($1)
    CL Trevor Rosenthal ($10)

    So….which of these 10 would you keep heading into your draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin, Hill, Seager, Jones, Marte, Pence, Teheran, Nathan, Upton, Yelich

      • Weedpatch says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the advice Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. Bear says:
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    Hey Grey
    Looking for more advice…again
    Completed a 12 Team Auction Draft. Below is my Pitching staff.

    Moore
    Bailey
    Bumgarner
    Cobb
    Teheran
    G. Gonzalez
    Archer
    Porcello
    Beachy

    Romo

    I would like to get a 2nd RP (Only count Saves) Hawkins and Crain just got dropped. With the recent concerns with Beachy would you drop him for any of the following…:
    Hawkins or Crain (if I can get them)
    Melancon
    Smyly
    Scheppers
    Lindstrom

    Thanks again Grey!

    • Grey

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      Hawkins

      • Bear says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir I will put in a bid. In the event I don’t get him would you drop Beachy for any of these guys (currently on the wire)?
        Melancon
        Smyly
        Scheppers
        Lindstrom

        • Grey

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          Smyly

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