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There’s a certain grind to the baseball schedule that someone with a slight case of OCD like myself can fully get behind.  Day in and day out over six months.  You make a small move to offset another move and it may not show up in the standings for three months.  By August, you wanna strangle some of your players (Jason Bay, you bastard!) and you’ve fallen in love with some other players (Carlos Gonzalez is a God!).  From what I understand this grind is akin to fantasy basketball.  Day in and day out over the course of an 82 game schedule, players come and go.  (Some go back to their Mother Planet; Sam Cassell for one.)  Unfortunately, I stopped watching basketball around the same time Patrick Ewing was sweating so much that they called lane violations on the droplets.  So it makes sense that I would never write about basketball.  I have nothing to say about it.  But Razzball does.  With that lengthy blah blah blah, I’m proud to announce Razzball’s own Fantasy Basketball Blog.

Razzball’s take on fantasy basketball should be as light and airy as its fantasy baseball or fantasy football take.  I’ve assembled writers who I respect and, most importantly, have a sense of humor.  Some of the commenters that you’ve come to know here at Razzball will be writing their fantasy basketball takes on all the going-ons.  They’re going to have daily roundups, sleepers, features and rankings.  I really have no idea anything about fantasy basketball, so if you want to talk basketball, go to our Fantasy Basketball Blog. If you want to talk fantasy baseball or any other nonsense I know, you’re in the right place.

  1. Just Another Steve says:
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    So, when is the big announcement that you teased us about this morning going to arrive?

  2. Dad says:
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    Good stuff. Makes me wish i cared more about the NBA. The football was very well handled and insightful. Next up… hockey!?!? (this would be pretty rad and would get me into fantasy hockey)

    Good luck guys.

  3. DonCoburleone says:
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    Can we add a fantasy hockey section? Me and my buddies are all about Fantasy Hockey… I would volunteer my services to write a daily blurb for Fantasy Hockey if you ever feel the need to do that (and I know my shizz regarding the NHL, thats for sure…)

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dad: Thanks!

    @DonCoburleone: It’s under advisement. I need to launch one thing at a time. Will hit you up over email though when I’m more strongly considering it.

  5. Eddy says:
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    I’m with ya on being clueless about basketball. But I can’t say it’s a bad time to get into it seeing as I live in Miami and we apparently have the Yankees of the NBA as the hometeam.

    I actually saw LeBron in Dadeland mall a few days ago. Crazy scene.

    But congrats on expanding this amazing site!!

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Yeah, it’s actually a fun game to see in person… Anyway, thanks!

  7. timSTi says:
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    *Desperately crossing my fingers for a Razzball Fantasy Hockey Blog*

    Basketball, meh. But kudos Grey to the Razzball expansion!

  8. I agree; I’d love a fantasy hockey blog. Isn’t there some Czechs or Ukrainians who like to write about fantasy hockey? “In Soviet Russia, blog writes you!” Haha, get it, it’s a joke about things that are no longer funny!

  9. fitz says:
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    Fantasy basketball sounds cool. I’ve never played anything but fantasy baseball but maybe I’ll try basketball this year.

  10. DonCoburleone says:
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    Sounds good Grey. I’ll keep any eye on my Inbox…

  11. fitz says:
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    I guess we can ask for followups here as well?

    Would you rather have Hudson or Shields? Should I wait to see how Shields pitches tonight first? Any chance of Hudson getting shut down not sure how much of a workload he has had this season.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @fitz: See how Shields pitches if you like, but I’d prefer Hudson right now. Though Hudson will get shutdown at some point.

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: cool,i have only played in a few basketball leagues but liked them,being from louisville, im naturally a b-ball fan so i might have to jump in a league,glad to see all the interest,your doing a hell of a job grey,thanks

  14. Anyone ever go back and look at all their drops for the year? It can be entertaining but I recommend having a drink ready.

    I’m pretty happy with most of my recent drops — some were mistakes in retrospect, but I can see how it made sense at the time. There are 2 drops, though, that I’m still beating myself up over.

    In the first 2 weeks of the season, I dropped: Colby Lewis and Mat Latos.

    The most painful part is that this was in a keeper league — I drafted Mat Latos somewhere in the last 2 or 3 rounds. The “news” broke that the Padres were sending him down so I let him go…and then I found out he wasn’t being sent down at all. At least his keeper value is all but shot for next year anyway since I dropped him (really expensive to keep players who aren’t rostered all year in our league).

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks, AL.

    @Mark Geoffriau: I dropped Latos around the same time in one of my leagues. It haunts me. I dropped Cueto sometime in May right before he turned his season around. I love Cueto; he hates me.

  16. Nathan says:
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    Wow! How exciting! I’m a huge basketball fan, both NBA and fantasy. Couldn’t find a fantasy basketball blog that I liked last year, so I’m thrilled to hear that you guys are entering the market. Sweet!

  17. Giacomo says:
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    Hockey will start at the beginning of October, so fantasy drafts will probably be held in late September / real early October.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nathan: Cool, hope you enjoy it.

    @Giacomo: Hmm… Bit tight for this year.

  19. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Hey Grey, not sure if I missed it, but what are your thoughts on Lincecum going forward? Do you think he has something physical wrong or mental? I’m pretty hesitant to keep running him out there right now. Would you wait until he has a good start or just keep playing him?

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Nuke LaDouche: I’d run him out there, but I think there’s some wrong with his mechanics (or something else) that is causing the lack of velocity.

  21. I'm so Prado of you says:
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    Drop Ian Desmond for EYJ?

    In a vaccuum.

  22. So cut my Wuertz loose? Need some K’s so think i am going to grab Hudson.

  23. timSTi says:
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    @Grey: Yeah regular season starts Oct 7th. Finding a daily, or close to it, blog for Fantasy Hockey is few and VERY far between. Add in the Razzball comedy + wit and you would be in your own league amigo.

  24. DonCoburleone says:
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    Hey you have to start Josh Beckett tomorrow at home against the worst hitting team in baseball right? I dropped that bum last week and no one has picked him up, so now I go on to look for a spot starter and there he is, just sitting there with that big SEA next to his name daring me to pick him up…

  25. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    No interest in basketball (I still pine for the days of Magic, Bird, Pistons Bad Boys, Ewing, Barkley, Malone, Dominique, Cylde the Glide, etc.) but nevertheless, congrats on the expansion and best of luck! :)

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @timSTi: Yeah, I hear ya. Unfortunately, I don’t know hockey at all either, so would need to rely on someone else.

    @DonCoburleone: The M’s are about the only team I would start him against.

  27. Howard says:
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    @I’m up for a hockey blog too! Pretty soon I’ll three fantasy sports to follow! Good thing I’m not married! That being said, someone in my 12 team roto dropped Vlady. Is it worth dropping Inspector Upper Decker? THanks Grey!

  28. Howard says:
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    @DonCoburleaone Do you know of any good hockey leagues?

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Howard: Ha… Sure, go with Vlad.

  30. Long Bong Hitters says:
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    WHo do you like better the rest of the year? Mike Minor or Brandon Morrow?

  31. Chris says:
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    @Grey:

    My opponent in H2H pts this week has 10 starts from his 5 SP, I currently have 7. Would you consider sitting Kershaw @ Col or Price v. Bos for Hammel (Atl, LA) or Blanton (Hou, @SD)?

  32. MindiCohn says:
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    count me in as another reader for a Razzball Hoops blog and a reader of a Razzball Hockey blog (one can dream, right?)

  33. sean says:
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    @Grey: not much on the hoops save for March Madness, but I’m glad to see the brand is expanding.

    Start v. Sit: Justin Upton 6 games @SD/@SF or David Murphy 7 games at Arlington against MIN/OAK (facing 4 lefties though). I’m heavily leaning Upton, but I can’t stomach another 2-for-21 kind of week.

  34. Mike says:
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    so when’s the premier league fantasy blog coming?

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sean: Cool… Upton.

    @Mike: Not sure yet, Footy.

  36. Mike says:
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    Do you start Lind against Nova or Granderson against Morrow tonight?

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike: Grandy

  38. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hey – you used the word footy. Nice one!

    Soto off the DL today, btw.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It’s his blog’s name. Mario Soto’s returning?!

  40. @Grey: Frankly, the moustache shaving story would have been much more compelling.

  41. Oh and as far as the Kemperor goes, at least the Dodgers are looking to trade Manny now (finally) so maybe he will goto LF like he should have years ago.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Yeah, heard about the Manny story. Not sure the point of getting Barajas to then dump Manny. Not sure the Dodgers know either.

  43. royce! says:
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    Wilson Betemit is officially the luckiest batter in baseball. He has a .426 BABIP with a 14.8% LD rate, surpassing Austin Jackson, who has a .424 BABIP but a LD rate 11 percentage points higher than Betemit (25.8). Another player hell bent on tormenting the fangraphs database (I suppose someone had to, once Silva declined).

  44. Howard says:
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    @Grey Seattle@Beckett or Arizona@Clayton HodgePadre?

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Ha…. Fangraphs database, “Cannot compute, please hit baseball to a fielder.”

    @Howard: Richard

  46. Steve says:
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    @royce!: @Grey: Better to be lucky than good?

    Hope so. Grabbed him for today.

    @Grey: Yeah, that’s him. Footy’s a great word. Covers all three codes that I’m interested in – Rugby, Rugby League and Soccer. “What a great game of footy.”

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Hey, I grabbed him with the hopes he’s lucky for another week or two. Don’t think anyone is expecting him to be hot forever.

  48. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh indeed. He might be lucky to survive a day on my team (emoticon).

    Not such a great start for the Dorf. Cards brought him to his knees. Oofa!

    Chen getting his comeuppance too.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Hehe… Yeah, I shouldn’t have even recommended the Dorf, but I did mention the caveats that he’s the Dorf.

  50. Steve says:
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    @Grey: His only redeeming feature may be that you can call him The Dorf.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: The Dorf is good. He should have his own detective show. The Dorf has no time for games, the Dorf wants answers.

  52. Steve says:
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    @Grey: He has his own foam rubber action figure – The Derf.

    Or is it The Norf?

  53. MarkM says:
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    @Grey: Now that you guys are doing hoops AND football, you can answer my question. In my murderball league, who do I keep: Jim Leyritz, Rasheed Wallace, or Donte Stallworth?

  54. Steve says:
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    “That will teach Steve to drop me to activate that Soto guy” said Carlos Ruiz as he rounded 3rd…

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It’s Nerf. BTW, I met some guy on Saturday moving to New Zealand and someone else from New Zealand. I asked them if they knew you, they didn’t.

    @MarkM: Ha… I think you should draft that guy with a goatee first.

    EDIT: It’s met.

  56. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I know it’s Nerf. But if the Dorf was made of Nerf he’d – oh never mind (emoticon)

    Yeah – we’re everywhere. Were you protesting outside our embassy or something?

  57. sean says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, this move is a little perplexing to me. Maybe it’s planning for next season since Ausmus’ reign of terror comes to an end this year and Martin is banged up?

  58. sean says:
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    @Grey: @Steve: Nah, he was at the consulate with Murray.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yes, my sign read, “Those Kiwis are seedy.” Why would I be protesting you? You guys waterboarding people?

    @sean: Just seems like a weird move even with Ausmus.

  60. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I see what you did there.

    Nah – we make our bad people watch Jersey Shore. They crack in about 20 minutes.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Is Jersey Shore playing there? If so, do people watch it thinking this is exactly how all Americans are?

  62. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah – it’s on.

    I think these days with the internet and heavy promotion and all, it means that people know a lot about the show and the characters before it even starts.

    There are bound to be people who think that that’s how all you guys are, but anyone that has an effin’ clue knows different.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Huh? We are all like that. I’m doing crunches right now.

  64. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ha.

    My nickname is The Hesitation. Yeah, yeah, yeah – nah.

  65. Wilsonian says:
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    FYI: Mr. Morrow doing work v. the Yankees. 10 Ks through 5.1.

  66. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @Wilsonian: 12 Ks through 6, but over 100 pitches. Could be done.

  67. Wilsonian says:
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    @VinWins: dude’s nasty when he’s on, there’s no denying that…

  68. VinWins

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    @Wilsonian: Nice debut for Nova, too. Loaded the bases with 0 out to start game, but got out of it with 0 runs.

  69. Steve says:
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    Hmm, Madson. That’s fairly annoying.

  70. sean says:
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    @Steve: Annoying? I had Blanton and Pence going. The former has the bullpen cough up his W and the latter strikes out with the ducks on the pond with a chance to do it.

  71. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Grey – Drop Volquez & Kazmir for two out of Zimmermann/Chacin/Minor? Thanks!

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @AnotherFalstaff: Zimmerman, Chacin….In that order, but I’d own Minor too.

  73. Steve says:
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    @Grey: @AnotherFalstaff: Minor to be skipped this week, by the sounds of it.

  74. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Grey – Love to have Minor as well but will need to drop Nolasco to do it since he’s not DL’d yet. I’m in first by a game in 12 team H2H but the second place team pulled a nasty Strasburg/Bumgarner for CC trade with an also ran. I need to set up my staff for the playoffs.

  75. TastelessGarbage says:
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    Another vote for Fantasy Hockey….would be great to have another good daily blog in addition to Chris Nichols.

  76. sean says:
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    @AnotherFalstaff: Dropped Nolasco from my two big teams on Sunday. Even if he isn’t done-zo, you were hanging on to a pitcher who can easily be replaced this time of year…

  77. Seequinn says:
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    @Grey: Congrats on the new site. Fantasy RazzCAR next? (Kidding, NASCAR makes me queasy…because it’s so dumb.)

    Is there any explanation for Bautista turning into Barry Bonds other than the reason Barry Bonds turned into Barry Bonds? This is too much to be some swing anomaly, right?

  78. Wilsonian says:
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    If you had Kemp and Victorino (8 Team H2H, so the Hawaiian is a spot starter), and Pods was an FA, would you drop Victorino for Pods to get the proverbial handcuff? I’m debating on this, but leaning towards no, but would like some opinions.

  79. VinWins

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    In Jays last 162 games, 50 HRs for Bautista

  80. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: is Zimmerman starting for BBJ this Thursday? With what Steve said about Minor, I need to move him for Zim if that’s true.

  81. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: word, thanks. Zimmerman it is.

  82. royce! says:
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    @Grey: @Steve: I’d prefer to think that Betemit went 0-fer today because the fangraphs database had its revenge, but it’s more likely that its true cause was that I, too, picked him up. Sorry dudes.

    Oh, and Grey, your sign outside the NZ consulate was hilarious. Hopefully they will heed the call of international justice and reduce the amount of seeds.

  83. VinWins

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    Twins 0 hits through 7, but Harden gone after 5 BBs in 6.2.

  84. Steve says:
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    Hmmm. Hoping for more of a 1-0 pitcher’s duel In Colorado.

  85. TastelessGarbage says:
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    Need to grab JZimm – should I drop Lyon or Hanrahannahan? (would still have four closers after dropping one)

  86. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Bah.

    No joy for the Hudson owner and now, not for the Hammel owner either.

  87. big o says:
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    undeserved win for betancourt

  88. Steve says:
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    @big o: You can say that again.

  89. d2bnz says:
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    Thanks for the advice on my outfield ……stuck with the studs and Cargo played as though he had a good knee ……today at least
    again ……..thanks

  90. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @d2bnz: No problem.

  91. Black Beard says:
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    Wow. Morrow seems to be positioning himself for that pitcher just outside of the top 100 you reach for and then pray he turns into the Cliff Lee/Greinke/Ubaldo of 2011. Dark horse: Scherzer?

  92. Steve says:
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    Thoughts on Rofgers at home to the Braves on Wednesday? Or Sanabia @ Metco?

  93. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Black Beard: Yeah, like both. Wish they were in the NL.

    @Steve: Sanabia…Neither are great, obviously.

  94. darkdragon88 says:
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    Gosh I hope hockey gets bigger in North America. The fantasy sites for that are very limited

  95. HotCorner says:
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    What’s the NBA?

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