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As of right now, is anything in this endless universe more scorching hot that Matthew McConaughey? When you take into account his performance in the criminally underrated film, Mud, his epic scene stealing performance in, The Wolf of Wall Street, which was possibly the greatest part of the movie which one would think impossible considering the countless classic scenes that Wall Street has within, and his Oscar winning performance in the true story of, The Dallas Buyers Club, the answer is a resounding, NO! There is none hotter.  Oh yea, I almost forgot to mention, Matty Ice, tag teaming viewers into submission along with partner, and legend in his own right, Woody Harrelson, in the undeniable classic series, True Detective. If his Oscar speech didn’t prove to you that this man cannot be touched right now, then you may want to go see a doctor, for you are clinically insane.

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So few of us have ever been in this kind of zone before. I remember winning 3/4 titles in the first fantasy baseball league I was ever in with all of my friends. I remember the day I picked up Johnny Cueto, the night before he made his first major league appearance and writing a post on the message board titled, “Who is Johnny Cueto?”, where I told all to bear witness to the greatness that was going to be on display. We were fairly young and didn’t have as tight a watch on the prospects like we all do now, so nobody really had an idea of who this guy was (he was a highly touted minor league pitcher). How did ‘Johnny B. Good’ back me up? One base runner in seven innings along with 10 ks. When Cueto was perfect through five, I thought the Elder Gods were ascending me to God-hood right then and there. To this day, right or wrong, I feel partly responsible for birthing Johnny Cueto’s career. The following year I made the same kind of post about J.P. Arencibia and he responded with not two, but three home runs. It’s like everything I touched turned to gold. I’m not telling you this to brag. I’m telling you because that’s what being in the M’ EF-in McConaughey zone feels like, and nobody understands unless they’ve been there themselves. Now, one can’t stay in a zone like this at all times, but the ultimate goal is stay within striking distance of the zone so that any moment, no matter how dire the circumstances. We can overcome the obstacles and at least give the opposition a run for their money.

What is the McConaughey zone and when will you know that you’ve reached it? Did you go to a gay bar with that female/male you’ve always been in the friend zone with but you always desired for something more? Did it seem as if every single soul in the club, no matter their sexual orientation, wanted to break you off a piece of that boooo-tay? Did you then have a succulent beauty purchase bottles of Dom P. and shots Of Patron for you and your friend-zoner until you were so lit that you decided it was a good idea to start a dance off with guys/girls who looked like they performed in the classic hit, “Stomp the Yard,” and did you then stun them with your inspiring performance to the pleasurable sounds of the legendary Sisqo’s, “Thong Song“? Did you follow all that up with you and your longtime crush being whisked away via a spanking new Hummer limousine, en-route to the aforementioned succulent beauty’s ocean front estate? Did the night end up with you popping champagne like you just won a championship ring, having the greatest sex of your life in which you performed at a level the greatest porn stars of all time could only dream of emulating after popping 100 milligram Viagras, eating three cans of tuna, and sucking down eight oyster shooters, and to top it all off did you your mega millions lottery ticket come up a $300 million dollar winner? Oh that happened? [Ed. Note– I feel like I just traveled to another dimension…] Then you, my friend, are in the McConaughey zone. Did you forget to set your fantasy lineup but still come up victorious? Yep, McConaughey zone. Did you miss your draft in order to do charity work at your local soup kitchen, and win the title with your auto drafted team, EVEN with ESPN’s rankings? Oh yea, then you’re mos def in that McConaughey zone. Did you run over someone in your vehicle, thinking your life was over, only to find out that the person you crushed was escaped inmate, Scott Peterson, and that you were now a national hero? You guessed it, McConaughey zone.

Seriously this dude is so hot right now he could take a crap, wrap it in tinfoil, put a couple fish hooks on it and sell it to Queen Elizabeth as earrings. I know you guys/gals want to talk about fantasy baseball but this truly is a momentous occasion, for it’s not often an actor is this hot. What other actors/athletes have been in what is now known as the McConaughey Zone? Hmmm, let’s name a few since I know how much this intrigues you: Definitely Tom Hanks when he did, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia and Apollo 13, back-to back-to back. Michael Jordan, when he sharted out two 3-peats. I have to include one of my all time favorites, Mel “Mad Max” Gibson for his incredible journey that began with, Braveheart, in ’95, the severely underrated What Women Want, in ’99and ending a nice five year run with, The Patriot, in 2000. These runs never last forever. Jordan left the game to play baseball (Isn’t that the sport I’m supposed to be writing about right now?), Gibson was exposed as an anti-semetic psycho-path, and Tom Hanks put out You’ve got Mail. Again, the key here is not fall out of the zone for too long, for the longer you are out of it, the more difficult it is to get back in. For example: The aforementioned people all bounced back into the zone to yet again and accomplish great things. Jordan went onto to win three more titles, cementing his legacy as the greatest player of all time, and, in my mind, the greatest singular athlete of all time. Hanks bounced back with classics like: Road To Perdition, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Catch Me if You Can  and The Divinci Code. And Gibson dropped that Beaver flick on us…….okay, so Mel hasn’t ever recovered. Mel’s an example of what we can’t allow to happen to us under any circumstance.

Nobody is perfect and eventually we all drop a dud from time to time, bringing forth painful ridicule from readers that forces us to seek therapy and move into a lighthouse in some obscure town (or is that just me?) Beddict, get to the point!!!!: what does this have to do with fantasy baseball? Do you want people to look upon you with amazmenet and throw rose petals at your feet? Do you want women/men to beg you to rip your clothes off and ride you like Secretariat? Razzball can help you get there. I can help you get there. Use a combination of your resources here and your gut to go out and take glory by the balls. Watch the waiver wire the way a falcon watches his prey, pepper me with question on Twitter and in the comment section here  and take something from each and every writer on the site, for they all have something to offer you.

NOW, to my final thoughts and observations of the drafts I’ve been involved with thus far, and who’s impressed me in Spring Training with some of my predictions on what they will accomplish, and just some general thoughts on pop culture.

1. Players who were highly ranked before last season, who suffered through a poor season, an injury plagued season, or a combination of the two are going criminally late in drafts and I can’t help myself. Former fantasy legends like:CC Sabathia, Jared Weaver, Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, R.A. Dickey, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Wieters (The man formerly known as God), Manny Machado and Chase Headley are there if you want them with your picks at the end of standard sized drafts. I’d suggest drafting them.

2. Matt Moore is catching major hate and I’m not a part of it. Moore was looked upon as a future star a year ago and he responded with a 17 win season with a solid WHIP and ERA. I understand that he was lucky from time to time, but he has the three things I look for in my dynasty building blocks: 1) Talent 2) Youth 3) Previous success. The guy is already a proven winner and the main thing I’m failing to understand is why people have just seemingly given up dude, like his upside isn’t sky high anymore. Trick, please.

3. Matt Wieters has fallen on harsh times. 3 or 4 years back I selected him in the 4th round of a dynasty league. I snagged him in the 20th yesterday. I thought I was done with him but he keeps coming back to me…….yes, just like herpes.

4. Bryce Harper looks like a man possessed and is my choice for this season’s MVP

5. This is the year Steven Strasburg harnesses all the talent and is given the green light to go deep in games, ensuring his winning of the Cy Young Award.

6. By injuring himself,  Jurickson Profar, has bent me and countless others over a barrel and is showing us all 50 states. You see, I have an unhealthy infatuation with Profar and took him in almost every league. Sure, he’ll be fine eventually, but what about me!?!?!

7. This is the year Travis d’Arnaud finally breaks out. I’ve been patiently rostering him in a dynasty league for years. Oh you have too? Sweet, we all gon share in the glory then. Praise the Gods.

8. Was that Paul George or Peter Dinklage, The Guru, posted crotch shots of? Let’s just say George is no Serge Ibaka in the meat packing department.

9. I’m obsessed with Matt Adams. I see no way he hits less than 30 bombs this season, barring injury of course. Mark it down in your palm pilots.

10. Willie da Kid Middlebrooks is also going to crush 30 dongs and I can pretty much promise you that, barring injury of course.

11. Really not understanding the Zack Wheeler hate. This young dynamo is going in the final rounds of my RCL leagues and just went for $6 in an auction. CRIMINAL, I SAY!!!!!

12. People are overpaying for Gerrit Cole.

13. Ashley Madison is a great place to pick up chicks and ruin marriages at the same time! Kudos, guys! Great website!

14. My X-Box live gamer tag was flagged for inappropriateness. Not sure how multiple people complained about the tag, “AzzToMouth253.” My own step-mother gave me that nickname! Geeez.

15. “Sir” Domonic Brown has beaten off the flu like Hercules and is back on his way to fantasy and personal glory with riches beyond his wildest dreams.

16. You can get away with not taking a 2B till the last round of the entire draft. There are numerous options and you can find those out by contacting my assistant, Kid A.

17. Keanu Reeves is back like he never left the game with, 47 Ronin. If this dude can make it in Hollywood, I truly feel I have a shot. That’s right. No more pole dancing and tweaking for old Tehol. Time to get some real cash.

18. Starting pitching is so deeeeeeeep it’s ridiculous. If you’re at all like me and like to play the match-ups with starting pitchers, you can get away with not drafting a starting pitcher for the first 10 rounds or so. My league mate and close personal friend, the aforementioned Kid A, did as I did, and waited extremely late on starting pitching in the RCL league I’m hosting. Shout out to them by the way. I’m giving a razzball T-shirt of their choice to the winner of our league, for anyone who can beat me in anything, deserves  a prize or trinket of some sort.

19. Auction drafts teach you to practice restraint. I’ve always done Snake drafts in the past and this was a good thing because it can save you from yourself, to where you’re not investing your entire salary cap into 4 players. “Tehol, No you didn’t.” Yes, I did. Look into doing more auction drafts in the future, I will.

20. Rudy Gamble is a certified Genius. The Rudester is changing the face of fantasy baseball with his state of the art tools and thought processes. I’m just glad he’s on my side, as you should be.

Wow, I bet you guys are bummed this post is coming to an end (I know Jay is). [Ed Note.– NEVER.] With the regular season starting, I will be contributing a weekly piece every Thursday, usually focusing on the players that really let myself and all you down. Most of you have done your drafts so I thought now was an opportune time to drop some game on the “McConaughey zone.” Some of you will enjoy it. Many of you will hate it. Leave your hateful comments below and I will get back to them as soon as I possibly can. I’ve been practicing more yoga as of late, so I’m hoping that will help me block out the negative energy some of you are so intent on spreading. Speaking of comments, I had a fabulous time hosing a fantasy baseball chat over on reddit. NOT A SINGLE hateful comment. 150 different people and not one comment that made me want to hang myself with wax dental floss. Nothing against you guys though…………..Anyway, if you want to be entertained and receive bountiful information on interesting and important things, follow me on Twiter at, @TeholBeddict47. Have a wonderful week.

P.S. My favorite McConaughey flick of all time is, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Delightful picture, just didn’t really think it went with the post. [Ed. Note– Don’t forget Sahara bro. CLASSIC.]

From Around The Web

  1. Bonghuetz says:
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    Couldn’t agree more about McConaughey…I believe Rolling Stone dubbed it “The McConaissance” and I’m loving every second of it (though don’t know why I still read Rolling Stone). Just hope Christopher Nolan doesn’t suck the life out of the McConaissance in Interstellar, which I hope is more Dark Knight (awesome) than Insomnia (yuck).

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Bonghuetz: so hot right now. I didn’t even see Insomnia. I’m guessing i shouldn’t waste my time?

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Jay: bone guts didnt like it tho, Jay. who’s in it? why am i asking? Ill just google.

          • Dug Fister

            Dug Fister says:
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            @Tehol Beddict:

            Pacino, Robin Williams, and T.I

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Dug Fister: ooooh what a trio. Ur also forgetting my girl Hillary Swank, who starred in the Clint Eastwood classic, “Million dollar baby.” Jay hates clint tho. but that aint right yo

          • Bonghuetz says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: It’s not the worst movie ever but I guess Nolan has set the bar so high (Batman series, Inception, The Prestige, Memento), I found it lacking. Seemed like Al Pacino wandering in foggy Alaska for 2 hours. Plus I’m not as big of a fan of Robin Williams’ turn at playing a psychopath (Death to Smoochy, One Hour Photo) as others are. That and Hillary Swank is in it – she should have retired after The Next Karate Kid.

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Bonghuetz: yea that was weird when Robin Williams started doing non comedies. Its funny, because he hasn’t really don’t anything humorous that was good in years. though he’s probably one of the most naturally funny people on planet. someone get this guy back on top for me please. But whoa, bro, why the attack on swanky?

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Tehol Beddict: death to smoochy was most def a comedy. also insomnia had nothing to do with the stephen king novel (which depressed me, leading me never to see it)

                  • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                    @Tehol Beddict: i didn’t say it was a good comedy.

                    • Tehol Beddict says:
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                      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i tried watching it again couple years back. what a tragedy. WTF happened to Edward Norton. He was so hot for while. then dropped some major duds

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Tehol Beddict:

        Jaywrong is Jayright on this one. Def check it out, it’s pretty good. Much like this article. Disagree with a few points, and the you and Kid A thing has pretty much reached a point of being asinine that’s not even humorous anymore, but the article as a whole was a solid read. Plus, there’s been so much unwarranted mcconaughate out there, this shiz was a long time coming.
        Speaking of which, Two for the Money might have been underwhelming, but the mcconaughey-pacino duo was solid af.
        Anyway, keep em comin tehol. Look forward to the weeklies if they’re anything like this one.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Alky Sobrera: thank you. Yes, Kid A, says he hates me more than anything on earth yet reads everything word for word and posts my pictures in the timeline. I don’t get it. I feel bad. Glad u like the post man. Ill try to keep more baseball oriented but its fun to mix it up yaaaa know.

  2. Beastman says:
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    How you feeling today about your first-ever auction last night? All I can say is BEST AUCTION COMMENTATOR EVER.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Beastman: Its a gift Beast Man. glad you were there to witness it. I don’t feel good about it at all, though it could be worse. my pitching staff is a joke and people are offering me garbage trades. was that u? haha

      • Beastman says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: ha, no I haven’t offered you a garbage trade yet. Maybe tomorrow.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Beastman: perfect. looking forward to it

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: i could def believe Tehol is one of better commentators alive

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: there is no doubting that. I can’t deny it. It’s a gift. Maybe my only one

  3. JDW says:
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    HA! Ashley Madison in the tags. That should earn some hits.

    I’m hoping D’Arnaud D’oes something, because I am not touching an auction league catcher until I get him for a $1 near the end.

    I like Cueto like you do, but my plan of waiting LATE in auctions and grabbing the trio of Cueto, J.Johnson, and Brandon Morrow for $3 total has already turned into 2/3rds a pile of crap with Cueto begging to flop and finish it off.

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      @JDW: I guess that’d be two-thirds a turd. I mighta’ stumbled into a team name.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @JDW: you just might have, JDW

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @JDW: dude, I had to pay MFin 6 for D’arnaud before i realized catchers were dirt cheap in my auction haha. Cueto is going to bounce back. I can feel it.

      • JDW says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: That’s auctions being auctions. :) I expect to get him for a buck late, but as soon as I nominate him I’m sure someone else will bid just to jack the price or because they suddenly find him interesting. Almost tempted not to even nominate him and see if he hits waivers. You just never know.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @JDW: u should be able to get him for a buck no doubt. I’m still pissed i paid 6 haha

  4. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I’m glad I ran across the movie “Mud” on Redbox a while ago. Took a chance on it because everything else was crap. Turned out to be an awesome flick.

    I’m betting on Harper becoming a top 3 pick as soon as next year.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: I ‘ve been taking Harper as high as 5 this year. he’s going to mash heavy. Yea, Mud was a good one. red box pretty hit or miss

  5. Cram It says:
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    Greatest movie run of all-time: Val Kilmer. Played Jim Morrison, Doc Holliday, Elvis Presley and Batman in a 5 year span. Legendary.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Cram It: you couldn’t be more on point. Val deserves his own article. I believe I’ve brought up the fact on how I’m clueless as to how he fell the phuck off. Doc Holliday is my favorite role of all time. and u didnt even mention him in HEAT, an all time classic.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: HEAT was a predictable piece of crap, without the gun fight it’s a straight to video flick

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @J-FOH: BLASPHEMY!!!!!

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            @Tehol Beddict: I poop on it and wipe with How to lose a guy in 10 days

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @J-FOH: how dare you

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Cram It: have you ever seen the movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? I think that might be his best movie.

      Also, The Ghost and The Darkness, kickass flick

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: BACON!!!! you beautiful soul. I forgot about Ghost in the Darkness. Classic movie for sure. one of my favorites. Douglas killed it

        • Cram It says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: @Tehol Beddict: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, yes, phenomenal. G&D, no. I will get on that. Oh snap, I forgot John mother f’n Holmes. Christ, I need to have a Kilmer-thon

          • Tehol Beddict says:
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            @Cram It: uhhhhh, you need to peep ghost in the darkness asap bro

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: @Cram It: Tehol is right, gotta go see Ghost & The Darkness ASAP.

            It’s even based off of a true story…

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Shake N Bacon: which makes it even crazier. AWESOME movie. again, great call Bacon

              • Shake N Bacon says:
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                @Tehol Beddict: Any time. It’s been the one movie I am constantly recommending to friends. Seems like not enough people have seen it.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: Shane Black shaped my child hood. Go ahead, IMDB him.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Jay: WHO??? was he in “The Fountain”

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          @Jay: Damn, yeah same here. Long Kiss Goodnight, Lethal Weapon movies, The Last Boyscout, Last Action Hero…Good call.

          • Tehol Beddict says:
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            @Shake N Bacon: last action hero, tho? that was a let down in a major way. i gotta google that kid. did he ever make it?

          • Tehol Beddict says:
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            @Shake N Bacon: long kiss goodnight, is so underrated its disgusting. Fing love that one. Bacon , again with the great call. This guy rocks

            • Shake N Bacon says:
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              @Tehol Beddict: I was young enough that Last Action Hero was enjoyable for me. If I watched it now, I’d be disappointed. Same with any Wesley Snipes movie.

              Gotta give props to Jay on Long Kiss Goodnight. He mentioned Shane Black and I IMDB’d him and saw that.

            • Shake N Bacon says:
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              @Tehol Beddict: Another great movie that I think goes under the radar a little is Layer Cake with Daniel Craig and Tom Hardy. It’s similar to Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but I enjoyed it more. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and go get it from the $5 bin at Walmart or Target and give it a watch. Hell I might go buy it now.

              • Tehol Beddict says:
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                @Shake N Bacon: thank you, yet again, dear bacon. I have heard great things about both of those films but I’ve somehow never seen. Maybe I’ll download this evening while researching baseball analytics and gambling my life away on draft kings.com

                • Shake N Bacon says:
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                  @Tehol Beddict: If you like the movie Snatch, then you’ll like Layer Cake and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Similar styles…made by the Brits.

                  Draftkings is addicting! I’ll be playing again once baseball starts up. I suck at daily football, basketball and hockey leagues. But I do ok at Baseball. You doing Sky’s DraftKings razzball kickoff thing? $1 entry.

                  • Tehol Beddict says:
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                    @Shake N Bacon: i wasn’t invited. SKy hates me

                  • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                    @Shake N Bacon: those movies you’re mentioning aren’t just made by brits, they are made by the SAME PERSON! Don’t know how you wouldn’t know that.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: I don’t recall him playing Elvis?

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @J-FOH: i wonder why sky hates me too. He’s like my favorite bro. he a little sensitive but I like it

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @J-FOH: i dont recall him as Elvis either. is that true?

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Tehol Beddict: TRUE ROMANCE. it was a small role. only seen in bathroom mirror.

          • Tehol Beddict says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Is still haven’t peeped that one out yet though I love the hanz Zimmer song from the soundtrack

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Tehol Beddict: true romance, originally a Tarrantino movie, but he sold the script’s rights. orginally it would’ve been the same couple as the couple in natural born killers (pre-Oli stone it was also T’s movie). One of the best scenes ever with Walken and Hopper. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_svnsF5OLbI

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also Gary Oldman as wigger pimp, Brad Pitt as surfer stoner. Gandofini as small part hit man.

                • Tehol Beddict says:
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                  @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: what a cast. how in the name of the Gods have I not witnessed this film?

                  • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                    @Tehol Beddict: That’s what i say when anybody tells me they haven’t seen it. (of course i’ve been a Tarantino freak since i saw Pulp at age 14, and soon after it’s video release me and my friends probably watched all movies related to him like 20 times in a year)

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Tehol Beddict: Back it up…you’re gonna tell me to watch The Ghost and the Darkness ASAP but you haven’t seen True Romance?! I’m not commenting in your posts until you have.

                    • Tehol Beddict says:
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                      @Cram It: Ill watch it right now, I swear

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: He was the voice of Elvis the whole movie. You only saw him briefly at the end.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Cram It: yr right, but i thought you only saw him (in Clarence’s head) in bathroom mirrors twice.

  6. Joe says:
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    Best fantasy blog on the web! Question: In a 10 team, 5×5 roto keeper league, I took two years building this team. Wondering which weaknesses I should focus on. Any advice?

    C: Castro, Jason
    C: Mesoraco, Devin
    1B: Gonzalez, Adrian
    2B: Kipnis, Jason
    3B: Wright, David
    SS: Miller, Brad
    MI: Gyorko, Jedd
    CI: Middlebrooks, Will
    OF: Jones, Adam
    OF: Pence, Hunter
    OF: Cespedes, Yoenis
    OF: Gordon, Alex
    OF: jennings, Desmond
    U: Butler, Billy

    Bench
    Asche, Cody
    Villar, Jonathan
    Bourjos, Peter

    Pos Active Pitchers
    SP: Zimmermann, Jordan
    SP: Teheran, Julio
    SP: Cobb, Alex
    SP: Dickey, R.A.
    SP: Colon, Bartolo
    SP: Garza, Matt
    SP: Wood, Alex
    RP: Holland, Greg
    RP: Robertson, David
    RP: Balfour, Grant

    Bench
    Iwakuma, Hisashi
    Martinez, Carlos
    Harvey, Matt

    Minors
    Gausman, Kevin
    Syndergaard, Noah
    Baez, Javier

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Joe: Thank you, Joseph. first off, I like your minor leaguers a great deal with Baez obviously and a friend of mine recently sold me on Syndergaard.

      Nasty closers: CHeck
      Couple high upside starters: Check
      Couple solid vets in rotation: Check
      Tommy Johnned Matt Harvey: Check
      I like ur lineup a lot as well and am expecting bigger things from jennings and cespedes this season. Bourjos is pretty much useless and ur catcher situation is a tad ugly but all and all beautiful work Joe

      • Joe says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: First of all, next to the time I met Hulk Hogan at Roosevelt field mall, this is my favorite celebrity run in ever. Second, thanks for the input! Third, I’m going to attempt to drop Bourjos for Wellington Castillo.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Joe: what an honor you have bestowed upon me Joseph. Do what you will with Bourjos, for care for him, I do not. What you gonna do, when the Hulkster runs wild on you! Brother!

      • IFartInYourGeneralDirection says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: you don’t think they are messing with a good thing trying to tinker with Cespedes’ swing? He hasn’t done anything this spring to indicate it is working, and has said in interviews it is frustrating him.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @IFartInYourGeneralDirection: i wish they wouldn’t have messed with this beast at all. I like him the way he is

  7. Keep asking myself did I go to hitter heavy, I think I should be fine. But would like to hear someone else besides the multiple voices in my head speaking over each other.

    Hitting Pitching
    R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, TB, AVG, OPS W, L, SV, BB, K, ERA, WHIP, QS, Blown Saves,
    D, Navarro Catcher Tehran SP
    Votto 1B S.Gray
    Gyorko 2B Samardzija
    Tulo ss Cashner
    J.Abreu CI M.Latos
    B .Miller MI C. Kluber
    J. Bautista OF Masterson
    A.Rios Linceum
    J. Werth Axford RP
    L. Martin Balfour
    Reserves Middlebrooks JJ Hoover
    A. Garcia
    NA spot G.Springer

    • @dnut eastwood: sorry about the spacing not the way it was written up. If you can decipher thank you

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        @dnut eastwood: wasn’t an issue. thank you for coming thru

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @dnut eastwood: broseph, ur talking to the biggest fan of Samardzija, Gray, and Tehran on the planet. Klubes, Latos, Masterson, Cashner, are all razzball faves. ur totally fine. saves could get dicey if balfour falls apart but Im feeling it.

      Are you related to the Eastwoods?

      • @Tehol Beddict: thanks for the reply Tehole I will sleep better tonight knowing you guys approve. No I’m not related to the Eastwoods but the name alone demands respect so I love it as an alias. Keep up the great work huge fan.

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          @Dnut eastwood: got my respect, I can tell you that much. Glad you enjoy. talk soon

  8. bobby bonilla says:
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    Tehol – you write alibis about negative energy in your articles and cite vignettes of “i picked this player and the rest of my league was like, ‘no way!'” because you realize there’s negligible statistical support behind your reasoning. the rest of the razzball team seems to understand that we are looking for substantiated claims, even if they are loosely tied to some of their bolder predictions. your posts remind me of the women in movies who get their hands on guns for the first time, shoot at everything, and knock down a few things and claim success (JLC in True Lies).

    just because you’ve won a fantasy league with your friends does not give you some omniscient-eye for baseball. i actually think you’re a decent writer but that’s not what we’re truly here for… take this as constructive criticism, be better than the GAP, man.

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      @bobby bonilla: thats what I’m here for. Im an entertainer who happens to play fantasy sports professionally.

      What you said in the first sentence isn’t true at all. i just mentioned two flukey things to go along with the post bobby. Do you think I just draft guys who have no evidence of being great or having the ability to be great? You’re not making sense to me. I like high upside players. I win with high upside players and hitting the waiver wire like a beast. If the posts aren’t entertaining to you, don’t read them. They are not for everybody.

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        @Tehol Beddict:

        all i’m saying is that your posts make it impossible to substantiate you as a fantasy baseball expert, or someone i should be taking advice from, without legitimate claims.

        upside players? why are they upside players? because bryce harper has hipster hair and shaves twice a month? i re-read through your 20 or so predictions and see so many opportunities to substantiate a claim. Zack Wheeler for $6 should be more? what other players were going around that? comparable stats? oh hey, now we’re actually seeing why that makes sense.

        i don’t think i can be clearer. and since you didn’t take my previous post constructively, nor will you likely take this post to heart, if i wanted to read 1000 words on matty m, i don’t think Razzball would be my first stop. i want to believe, dude.

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          @bobby bonilla: they were just quick thoughts based on what I’d seen. Im not an auction expert so I couldn’t really speak on that. My point was he’s nasty and has more value in my eyes. If i substantiated everything my posts would 12,000 words long. You’re free to ask questions here and I would happily spit out some statistical evidence for you but generally I feel that most readers are smart enough google up that info so I prefer writing stuff I find humorous. Obviously you’re not into as Im sure others aren’t as well. Theres a reason I read certain writers and not others. Kind of an off week this week so just went with some Matty stuff. The real season starts next week and you can check that out and if you don’t like maybe, just maybe, I’m not the guy for you.

        • Nico

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          @bobby bonilla: Bobby! As a Mets fan, I’m still extremely bitter over the fact that we’re still paying you. Also, Tehol’s posts would begin to run together with every other analysis-post if he started listing comparable stats and what not. He’s admitted he’s here for entertainment and fantasy tips. Can’t we all just get along!?

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            @Nico: chuuuuuuch. Got to have variety man. Take pornhub.com for example. They have gay porn on there but I usually don’t check it out. Same type of deal here, or,er, u get it, right?

            • bobby bonilla says:
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              @Tehol Beddict: fair enough – maybe i missed that post in the past where you explained your earthly purpose. perhaps i’m just peeved because your posts are a tease to me, luring me in on these predictions and then letting me down with the brevity of the experience and lack of statistical pleasure (who said fantasy sports couldn’t be sexy). but in terms of being another talking head on here – believe it or not, that’s what this site needs. counter points of view. grey, rudy, sky, and co. are solid, but that’s like accepting the earth is flat man. sometimes you gotta shake foundations and offer different perspectives.

              bobby b takes this very seriously… many gambling debts to pay off, and the Mets trust fund is quickly running out

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                @bobby bonilla: Bro, I’m here for you. ask and you shall receive. I just can’t please everybody in every post. Jay Long already wants to bitch slap me for writing such long posts. Im a sports gambler myself. Like I said, going forward my posts will be more baseball focused than these preseason ones. so come back and check me out budddddy. i aint mad atcha

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              @Tehol Beddict: and that comparison isn’t apples to apples man… your current work is like going to that site, and having a side site for goofy cat videos.

      • Big League Choo says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: Agree with you on many things Tehol…Bryce Harper will leave no doubt hes a top 3 player after this yr. Have you seen how much muscle he put on in the offseason, he looks HUGE! Also everyone does their own research even when i look through the Greyt ones rankings or Rudys dollar values i still go to other websites compare and make my own assumptions. I fell into this website like 3-4 years ago and mainly kept coming back for the entertainment and sarcasm on a daily basis. The following year my fantasy teams rose to new heights and i realized how blessed we are to have you guys. Thanks for all the hard work, my friend. I enjoyed your football articles as well, miley cyrus Bangerz was one that comes to mind.

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          @Big League Choo: ooooooooooooh That Bangerz piece was legit!! thanks for bringing it up man. that one got no love. Glad I “touched” somebody and it wasn’t Sky this time.

          Yea man, Im the same way. I found this site bout 5 years ago and it was and still is pretty much the only one I find entertaining and I got some gems and sleeper advice that helped me as well. You made my day with that “Bangerz” reference, man! hahah. I typed that on the airplane, after I actually listened to the album song by song. If i put a couple weeks into it, it might have made the big time. Again, u made my day man. thanks for checking in.

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            @Tehol Beddict: Nice. Have my main league’s draft, a league ive been playing in for years tonight. Ill be on to humblebrag later when im done…If everything breaks the way it should i should have Goldy, Harper, Bautista, Segura after four rounds. I had all 4 of them last year put a 30 game lead on them by the all star break. Also cant wait for Nicks 32in32in32, I live in Buffalo and already locked up my ticket!

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              @Big League Choo: yea should be a fun time. Thats awesome. still trying to figure out the dates I can make it.

  9. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    Oh man, if you are loving Matty Mc-C right now you really have to do yourself a favor and see Killer Joe (if you haven’t already). Crazy movie!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Dan Pants: have not seen that one yet. Thanks Mr. Pants. preciate cha

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Dan Pants: Damn I forgot about that movie too! Another Red Box positive experience for me. Nice Call Mr. Pants

  10. Nico

    Nico says:
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    Wow, Tehol. You weren’t kidding on twitter. This $h1t is bananas! I laughed throughout this entire post… especially when you paired High T items like Viagra, tuna and oysters together, as well as the part about Matt McC’s poop being Queen E’s earings. I once felt like I encroached on the outskirts of the Matty McC zone, and I was walking around like I had a b0n3r that lasted more than 4 hours. Just emitting confidence from my nether regions. However, reality slapped me down, and I realized I had some things to learn… I do feel like with the War Room spreadsheet on my laptop during my drafts, I’m summoning my inner Matty McC.. Always leaving the room like I just crushed my first performance at the naked bongo players convention. It’s always epic with a capital RAZZBALL. I’m looking forward to more Tehol in the future.

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      @Nico: Wow, thanks man. Your kind words melt my heart. Glad you crushed your draft. I feel the same way after taking on Grey and Rudy Themselves this morning. THis is like David vs. Goliath. If I am victorious, what happens next!?!? Matthew Berry??????

      • Nico

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        @Tehol Beddict: Not even sure if there is a next… Grey and Rudy might be the last level of this game..

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          @Nico: you’re right. To me, there is none higher. I will study countless hours of game tape, and spend weeks studying baseball analytics, and it probably still won’t be good enough.

  11. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Do like D’arnaud better than Yan Gomes this year?

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      @Chicken Dinner: oh thats a guarantee, playboy. In other words, Yes

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      @Chicken Dinner: though I suppose it’s closer than that if I really think about it. Kind of jumped the gun on that question. Gomes is quite intriguing in his own right. Both are high upside. Ive just been waiting so long for D’arnaud to be the guy. either way is not a bad call though. great question.

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        @Tehol Beddict: Thanks man, I also have the same love for Adams. Took him 6:83. People had comments. They’ll see when I pull a back to back.

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          @Chicken Dinner: oooooh i love that. yea grey said i reached on Adams in 8th or 9nth but he gonna put the spanking on him for shodo

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            @Tehol Beddict: The best available 1b left were Abreu, Swisher, LaRoach, Teixiera. I like the lineup/upside with Adams over these guys. Abreu ain’t played a game and Teix is and injury risk head case.

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              @Chicken Dinner: uhhh yea, totally with you bro. Adams is the baseball version of Beastmode.

  12. Jollyroger says:
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    I have a points league draft over on cbs in about 3 hours. It’s definitely weighted a little more towards pitching as far as the scoring system goes. Under those circumstances how long do you think I could wait to take a pitcher or should I get a stud right away? Also, it’s a first year keeper league (keep any 2) and I have the 4th pick. I’m assuming Kershaw trout and possibly miggy will be gone.

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      @Jollyroger: oh yea, jolly boy, pitchers go earlier in points leagues, though its hard for me to advise taking one with the 4th pick. I must say Strasburg intrigues me for I see him dominating this year like never before. He could be there on the bounce back tho. I would take Harper at 4 and strasburg with second pick if there. Yu darvish also thoe he will probably be gone. Feel free to reach a bit on someone like Gerrit Cole and then Zack Wheeler later. feel free to keep bombarding me with updates or questions. Im in the man cave all day today playa

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        @Tehol Beddict: thanks for the advice broseph, I was thinking possibly strasburg also but we’ll see. Honestly, with how these guys draft I may have a better chance of taking strasburg and then getting harper in the second and I love me some Cole and Wheeler too. Can’t forget about Gray and Salazar! So many pitchers!!!!!

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Jollyroger: oh please get gray for me. People been sleeeeeeeepin on tha kid. He’s a savage beast waiting to be unleashed on the opposition. don’t hesitate

    • de nachos says:
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      @Jollyroger: check out the rankings on CBS and assess your league, but a week ago Harper was still pretty buried in their OF list. You might be able to go Goldy 4 and spark that 1B run. risky if you want really want him, but you could grab Harper at 21 and maybe a MadBum or a Price is there in the third.

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        @de nachos: thanks for the input Nacho libre. i like david price more than most it seems. Just depends on who you’re drafting with. I know in my leagues, against razzball dudes harper would never fall to me late in 2nd round

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        @de nachos: Yeah I know, my thinking is that since it’s a keeper someone may grab him earlier than usual.

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          @Jollyroger: I’ll try to update/ask questions as I go, it starts at 7:30 est

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            @Jollyroger: lets get it on!

  13. hiznow says:
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    Good Stuff, Tehol. Wolf was a good movie, but have to agree that McConaughey killed it in those first scenes by “getting in the zone” if you will.

    Have Harper and Brown on a couple teams. Here’s to them going off…

    New to the twitter thing, but find your tweets helpful and entertaining. Keep em’ coming.

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      @hiznow: Glad you enjoyed. Harper and Brown need to get in that zone for us. I feel it. Glad you like the twitter man. keep comin back

  14. Mike says:
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    Rudy is great. Wish he would run for Governor of Michigan.

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      @Mike: He would win. Rudy Gamble is a saint.

  15. Greyismyhero says:
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    I have d’arnaud, Adams in a lot of leagues, and of course in honor of you D, Brown/Smadge in heck of a lot……I love you and dont u forget it u sexy thang! SMOKE THE GREEN!

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      @Greyismyhero: BUddy!!!!! thanks for checking in. Dom brown and Smadge will not let us down. They are too talented

  16. weas says:
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    Watch Man of Tai Chi if you think Keanu Reeves is back…

    The fighting is actually really good except for Keanu who lumbers around like a goddamn Frankenstein.

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      @weas: ohhhhh yea, I forgot he dropped two kung fu flicks at same time. I saw his promo for tai chi on demand and it was the worst interview I’ve ever witnessed other than myself interviewing Roddy white and MJD. To my credit i was fresh out of the hospital……..

  17. uncdrew says:
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    I’ve been reading Gray and Rudy for years but getting used to your style. Are you really liking Middlebrooks or was that comment in jest?

    My wife is a huge Cardinals fan (who grew up lusting after Jack Clark from the right field bleacher seats). We only get to one or two Cards games now that we’re in Atlanta. She saw Matt Adams and commented that he was too fat to be useful for fantasy baseball. I agree. Y’all will get about 250 ABs from him as he strains and oblique chewing on some turkey jerky.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @uncdrew: I’ve been reading Grey and Rudy for years as well. They are true gentlemen and legends in the game.

      Yes, I truly like Middlebrooks. Think he’s a total steal in draft. been taking him everywhere I can. Don’t see how he hits under 30 bombs barring injury. Adams is going into beast mode this season I just know it. Im just hoping they get rid of Allen Craig so Taveras and Adams can both play daily. Thanks for reading .

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        @Tehol Beddict:

        Thanks for the clarification. I haven’t had enough time to do my research and am comfortable on the middlebrooks rec as i envision my auction strategy needing a lowish priced 3b with power as my keepers have average and runs in decent shape.

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          @Uncdrew: no problem. yes, you should be able to get him pretty cheap.

  18. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Damn, if I find myself agreeing with the Tehole on most of his picks am I not in the McConaughey Zone? Or am I just in the Corey Feldman Zone?

    ps. Check out “The Paperboy”

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @The Guru: Im feldman you’re Corey Haim. You’re in the Tehol zone, brother and there’s no one I’d rather have by my side.

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        @Tehol Beddict: The Paperboy…good stuff. Original. Cusack and Kidman scene….classic.

  19. Eric says:
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    What do you think about Tanner Scheppers value as a starter now with Texas?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Eric: nothing exciting but should be solid with great run support. I’ll keep an eye on but i haven’t drafted anywhere

  20. Frank says:
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    Great work! Should I pick up lake off of waivers or stick with nava?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Frank: Big Frank, Im a Lake guy, but love Nava lineup situation more obviously. Nava probably a safer bet, Lake more upside

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Frank: Lake

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Frank: Do you need power or speed? Nava = little more power, Lake = little more speed. Although Lake has been hitting bombs as of late in spring training. 4 in 3 days or something like that. He’s a real streaky hitter though. Nava has decent matchup to start the season against 2 or 3 righties against Baltimore.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: yep Nava tha king of streakiness

      • Frank says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: thanks guys, I’m more in need of power and I’m inclined to use him in a righty/righty platoon. Lake’s upside is intriguing though

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          @Frank: yup yup

  21. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Ok I actually have a fantasy baseball question for you.

    What pair of hitters would you rather have?
    Josh Donaldson, 3B
    Domonic Brown, OF

    or

    Nolan Arenado, 3B
    Starling Marte, OF

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      @Shake N Bacon: wow. that is an incredibly difficult question. I have grown to be obsessed with both Arenado and Marte but Donaldson is proven force and Brown is my adopted son so I will lean toward Donaldson/Brown but the bottom 2 have more upside so its extremely tough call.

      I think many people would lean towards the bottom 2 but as you know, I’m biased., though I’ve never owned Donaldson or come close to drafting him, so there’s that. It all comes down to how you feel about Donaldson. Sorry for rambling. this is one of most difficult questions I’ve ever encountered.

      Donaldson/Brown- FINAL ANSWER

  22. Shake N Bacon says:
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    @Tehol Beddict: Yeah I’m having a tough time with this as well. I own Donaldson and Brown in my long team keeper league. Though they aren’t keepers for me, can only keep 6 every year. Not sure they will end up as keepers for me at the end of the year this year.

    I could use a speed boost, but obviously I can trade for speed later on in the season when needed. With Arenado and Marte ripping it up this spring, it’s hard not to get excited about them. Since it’s a keeper league, I think Arenado and Marte are valued a little more than normal as well.

    I have this disease known as “BlowMyTeamUp-Itis” that I need to control. I’m going to hold for now. I appreciate the feedback!

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      @Shake N Bacon: no problem. It’s truly a tough call. The upside of arenado and Marte is frightening tho. Dominic has upside but I’m thinking dondaldson probably at his peak

  23. Hunter says:
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    I have a trade offer on the table in a standard 12 team Yahoo roto league. The other guy wants to trade me Tulo for my Holliday and Frieri. Tulo would be taking the place of A. Cabrera, I’d still have two closers (Soria and Perkins) without Frieri and my outfield would be CarGo, Will Myers, and Coco Crisp.

    I’m just really waffling because of the injury risk to Tulo. What do you think?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Hunter: PULL THE TRIGGER!!!! ASAP!! we can find you another outfielder. we’ll get to that later. just accept the trade

  24. Brendan says:
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    Great stuff as always.

    Just did a trade in a points league that heavily values pitchers.
    ESPN 15 teams. We get 5 pitching slots and 6 total starting pitcher starts.

    Got Greinke for Donaldson and Rex Brothers.

    C- Wilson Ramos
    1B- E5
    2B-Hill
    3B- Empty working out a trade for another 3B
    SS- Empty
    OF-McCutchen
    OF-Wil Myers
    OF-Trumbo
    UTIL-Pujols (steal in the draft)
    UTIL-Cuddyer

    P-Waino
    P-Matt Moore
    P-Greinke (now)
    P-Porcello
    P-T. Walker
    P-David Robertson
    P-Fernando Rodney
    Saves are worth 8 points and Holds are worth 5.

    So my questions are was the Greinke trade an okay one? And I’m trying to move some OF hitting for Pablo Sandoval or Chase Headley. So far two trades I have out are Cuddyer/Moore for Headley/Bailey and Cuddyer/Rodney for Sandoval/Pence. Thoughts?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Brendan: yea it was probably good trade for now but you have gaping hole at the moment. and no shortstop? any good names on waivers? or does it have to be a trade? i would def trade cud dyer/moore for headley and bailey. second trade is also an upgrade though you’re obviously gonna have to go find a closer somewhere.

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        @Tehol Beddict: yeah SS and Catcher are so weak in the lead scoring like ~2 points per game or less it’s better to rotate another OF or RP for holds in there. But some SS on the wire are Zack Cozart, Stephen Drew, Alcides Escobar and Dee Gordon. But I really wish Baez was called up. Would of snagged him in the late rounds.

        Actually working on a trade to maybe snag Nolan Arenado hopefully. I need someone at the hot corner.

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          @Brendan: arenado is my current man crush. Yea u r planned system works for me. I like looking for hot bat or match ups. Easily doable

          • Brendan says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: sorry to keep hassling you. I proposed A. Hill and Wilson Ramos for Arenado and B. Miller.

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              @Brendan: Never apologize, for I live for this shizz.that would be great get right there man. killer

      • Brendan says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: for Arenado he wants Ramos and Robertson……thoughts?

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          @Brendan: a bit steep considering the amount of games robertson should end up closing this season. hmmmm. I have no attachment to ramos whatsoever. U need a closer, right?!

          • Brendan says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: I have Rodney and Robertson and it’s a 15 team league. I’m trying to go for the trade where I give him Hill and Ramos so I get Brad Miller and Narendo. I really don’t want to give up a top closer and decent catcher for a 3rd baseman haha. Lucky for me he has profar at 2nd haha

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              @Brendan: yea maybe that will work then. again losing ramos u can deal with

              • Brendan says:
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                @Tehol Beddict: @Tehol Beddict: okay the trade in principle is I would get beltre and miller for Ramos Robertson and pujols. It does fill two of my needs but I’m losing a closer and pujols might be good again haha

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                  @Brendan: this is getting cray cray bro

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                    @Tehol Beddict: I know. Would you do it? I’m leaning towards no because I wanna see how pujols does

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                      @Brendan: id probably hold off on that

  25. Tehol, waivers open tomorrow. Should I drop Calhoun or Yelich for Desmond Jennings? Thanks.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @madden_curser: id probably rather have jennings than either of those guys.

      • @Tehol Beddict: Well, that’s what I was thinking, but which one do I drop, Calhoun or Yelich? Thanks Tehol.

  26. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    Hey, who would you take with first pick, H2h 12team: OBP, HR, 1B, 2B, 3B, Runs, SB, RBIs:

    out of: CarGO, Braun, Cano, Fielder?

    Thanks?

  27. jal179 says:
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    Jonathan Toews was born in the zone. As was Gordie Howe.

    This year I will finally win. Go Jays. Oh, Joe Carter also zoned it. Touch ‘em all Joe.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @jal179: respect to Joe Carter.

  28. Kid A says:
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    Name checked twice?

    Trying to drag me in?

    *YAWN*

    I’ll be your Huckleberry…

    Your topic got me thinking about finding the “Tehol Zone”.

    What does this mean?

    Let’s explore this together.

    Stay tuned…

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Kid A: whatever keeps u reading my posts bud

      • Kid A says:
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        @Tehol Beddict:

        First you don’t want me to read, now you do…

        Then you don’t want me to comment, then you do…

        You’re making me feel stupid and confused.

        Pushing me right into the “Tehol Zone”.

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      @Kid Gay: You funny style fuck boy!! You talk as if you are important in this world when we all know you some little weenie with some goofy ass tight pants on. I know your type you draft Michael Cuddyer every year and you stay taking it in your rear you Michael Sam Ass Cornball

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        @D Rich: uh oh. D-rich in the building. Kid A. , I’d recommend relaxing. Richy don’t play

  29. Kid A says:
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    You’ve found the “Tehol Zone” when you equate winning 3 FBB categories with being an academy award winning actor…

    • 2qbn says:
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      @Kid A:

      Are you going for a Radiohead thing or a a Deadmau5 thing?

      • Kid A says:
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        @2qbn: Yeah!

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @2qbn: Kid A is my biggest supporter and I appreciate him for what he does

        • Kid A says:
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          @Tehol Beddict:

          You’ve found the “Tehol Zone” when you can write an article that contains:

          9 parts incoherent and self-aggrandizing babble.

          and

          1 part half-baked and unsupported suppositions.

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            @Kid A: that ones pretty funny but jeez u took long enough for a good one

              • Tehol Beddict says:
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                @Kid A: yea man i posted the picture. This one not funny enough but i like the pic

                  • Tehol Beddict says:
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                    @Kid A: dude u scaring me. U next thing u gonna be on my facebook and instagram. U want my home address too?

                    • Kid A says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict:

                      This is what gets posted on RCL boards when people talk about how awful you are.

                      I don’t like it either.

                    • Tehol Beddict says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: Kid A, is that you outside my living room window? thats it, I’m calling the police. this has gone too far. I can’t believe you would do this. Im just a fantasy sports writer.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: putting your twitter link in your articles leads to this

                  • Tehol Beddict says:
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                    @Kid A: you seem pretty into this battle. maybe you should let go and let Gods. Its a saying the Elder Gods taught me

                    • Kid A says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict:

                      Well spoken as always, monkey boy.

  30. Jollyroger says:
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    My draft went extremely fast so I couldn’t post but I did end up getting Sonny Gray!
    C-Rosario
    1b-Fat Adams
    2b-Altuve
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Villar(until Bogaert is eligible)
    of-Choo
    of-Jones
    of-Myers
    util-Ortiz
    bn-Bogaerts, Khris Davis, Taveras

    sp-Strasburg
    sp-Bumgarner
    sp-Cobb
    sp-Gray
    sp-Cueto
    rp-Nathan
    rp-Romo
    bn-Iwakuma, Kluber, Ventura, Porcello, Smyly

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Jollyroger: ya did good kid. Nice work . Couldn’t have done better myself

  31. costaricanchata says:
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    extremely long post .
    seems like the only name that you left out was oj simpson ,
    the modern-day definition of “amazmenet” .

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @costaricanchata: The Juice!!! Loved him in the naked gun flicks

  32. grif says:
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    Tehol
    In a dynasty, I have, Gallardo and Lincecum filling out the backend of my rotation. Porcello is available on waivers. Would you drop one of them for Porcello? If so, which one?

    Also, what are your thoughts about Erasmo Ramirez? Having a really good spring. Do you think he pulls it together this year?

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      @grif: I love erasmo. I would drop I Lincecum for porcelain if u want. Lincecum is nothing but a name at this point. It’s sad. Erasmo real deal tho

  33. Tehol u never told me which one to drop, Calhoun or Yelich? Which one should I cut to pick-up Desmond Jennings? Thanks.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @madden_curser: sorry pimp juice. Drop Calhoun for him and don’t feel bad about it

  34. Kid A says:
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    You’ve found the “Tehol Zone” when you can, through unintentional literary allusion, tell a story that sounds as if you went to a gay bar with a dude and ended up having the best sex of your life with him…

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      @Kid A:

      Was that you in Ghost’s and Stuff or Idioteque?

      • Kid A says:
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        @2qbn: Yep!

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Kid A: was it really?

  35. Korey says:
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    Tehol, great stuff. I like your personal stamp in your writing style and enjoy your point of view on things.

    I had a fire wall issue a couple weeks ago and had to watch my team “auto-draft” in a public 12 team roto in yahoo. My pre-draft “greykings” landed me a killer hitter lineup but I felt my SP were undesirable. I have added a couple to give me some depth but I was curious about your thoughts since this SP lineup was built so late in the draft. Do you think I am hurting too much in low K rates vs. high WHIP?

    Moore, Gray, CC, Porcello, Archer, Taijuan, Yordano, and Scheppers.

    Who do you drop for streaming other SP for matchups?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Korey: man that’s not bad staff for ks at all. Porcello puts up some flaccid k rates . Let’s just see how they do first week or two before making decision. I like the staff. Glad u enjoy. I’m out and about but I’ll more thoroughly when I I get back home

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        @Tehol Beddict:
        Thank you for the help. I was really worried about Moore and CC being at the top of my staff but your blog was uplifting. I forgot I had picked up Drew Hutchinson as well. Eventually, I will need to drop two or three of these guys as I have no bench hitters and will need to do some streaming. It shouldn’t be a problem in a yahoo public league.

        Thanks again for the help, and I look forward to more of you guys’ work!

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          @Korey: no problem, plus Gray is a monster

  36. Big League Choo says:
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    Just finished my 12 team 6X6 H2H draft, categories are R/RBI/TBs/BBs/SBs/AVG/QS/W/L/ERa/WHIP/Ks. Big difference is no HRs or SVs and No RP.

    C Castro
    1B Goldy
    2B Rendon
    3B Arenado
    SS Segura
    MI Dee Gordon
    CI Hart
    OF Choo
    OF Bautista
    OF Holliday
    Util Avisail
    BN Aoki
    BN Morneau

    P Bailey
    P Liriano
    P Cole
    P Fister
    P Gray
    P Wacha
    P Kluber
    P Kazmir
    P Josh Johnson

    So i was pretty upset i missed out on Harper at pick number 21, but he landed on the guy who trades most often and most fair. I knew i probably would miss out on him…but ill move one of my top 3 OF bats and take a downgrade at SP to get harper most likely. Anyhow any criticism is good to me….before you take shot pitchers are a lot more scarce in this league as there is a Minimum of 8 GS per week!!!

    • centerfield_ballhawk says:
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      @Big League Choo: Why do you need to have Harper so badly?

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @centerfield_ballhawk: because Harper is ready to explode like A volcano

        • Big League Choo says:
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          @Tehol Beddict: Agree with Tehol….Also my team may be a little light on RBIs…If i picked 5 or later i probly wouldve grabbed harper, but i picked 4th and couldnt pass up Goldy who can put up similar numbers at 1B. I sent an offer for harper.

          My Choo/Cole for Harper/Salazaar…he said he’d sleep on it

          My thinking is Cole and Salazaar are tomato tohmato also i traded Cole to him last yr after he won 6 games in a row…he went off with tons of Ks after that too. I could be trading away the Matt Harvey of this year…i win either way, if i dont get harper right now, im excited to keep Cole

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            @Big League Choo: o i like that . Salazaar is savage. maybe just as good as Cole for this season. I like where ur heads out.

  37. Fish says:
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    Matt Moore = Tommy Hanson.

    Honestly, not long ago you could have written that same paragraph with the only substitution being Hanson’s name in place of Moore. Sometimes those “can’t miss” talents, well, miss.

    • centerfield_ballhawk says:
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      @Fish: I don’t see a resemblance… at tall. Hanson had bad mechanics equaling shoulder troubles and had his career derailed. Moore has smooth mechanics, he just somehow can’t find the strike zone.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Fish: well he hasn’t missed yet. Mentioning his name with Hanson is about as nasty an insult you can throw out there. I’m still sold on taking him where he getting drafted. I’ve been a fan since he came out bullpen in playoffs his first year.still has ace potential

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        @Tehol Beddict:

        I can get behind the idea that he hasn’t missed yet and maybe his career arch will be something closer to Masterson. BUT, I don’t see it being this year given that velocity only continues downward and to remake himself into a new pitcher he’ll need to develop control – something (still) desperately missing from his game.

        A trip to Dr. Freese would not surprise me, but could also explain the progressive downward spiral.

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          @Fish: god, i hope he’s not hurt, but maybe you’re right. the walks are def concerning. Im hoping he pushes thru. no tommy john please

  38. Jason says:
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    The one thing that scares me about Moore is his inability to harness his control. You indicated he had a solid WHIP, I disagree completely on that 1.30 figure from last season. And he’s giving me absolutely no reason this Spring to believe things will be different moving forward (15 Walks and 14 Hits in 14 innings).

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Jason: Jason, 1.297 sounds so much smaller than 1.30, ok! hah you have a point, but MY Point is that Im not ready to throw the towel in on him yet. Look at justin masterson. in 2012 is era was 1.454!!!!!! last year he was top 20 pitcher and look great this spring training. I just have thing for these types of elite upside guys. if you draft em late its no harm and Moore is Going LATE, where its flier time or at least worth it for me. theres nothing as gross as witnessing your pitcher walk the bases loaded so I feel you, but what I’m saying is in 2012 moore’s whip was worse than it was las year, yet he has somehow fallen much lower than in drafts than the year after his WHIP was worse, you follow? Just don’t get it

  39. Fister Furbush says:
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    This was a great article. Couldn’t agree more with you about Bryce Harper being MVP.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Fister Furbush: thank you. Im obviously a big fan and he’s just as likely as anyone plus I think the nationals will have a great year and that will help with the voting

  40. frankgrimes says:
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    the reddit chat was fine except without a little bashing it got monotonous haha you suck keep up the awesome work!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @frankgrimes: I know right. It’s not quite as fun without the verbal warfare Frank that tank. Thanks bro

  41. cali kid says:
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    I really like my team in a ten team ops h2h league.

    But something has to give. I’m missing something. Always feel I can tinker to make it better. What do you think?

    c Lucroy
    1b votto
    2b prado
    3b seager
    ss segura
    of mccutchin
    of braun
    of venable
    util pujols
    util vmart
    util granderson
    bench tori hunter
    bench austin jackson

    p verlander
    p bumgarner
    p latos
    p sergio romo
    p wacha
    p rodney
    p haren
    p jim henderson
    p marco estrada
    bench taijuan walker
    bench erasmo ramirez

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @cali kid: Well Cali boyeee, the only things I’m not on is Seager, Some really seem to like him but I’ve avoided in all drafts. Im hoping he does well tho as I live in Seattle. The rest of your team if is so filthy i had to take a cold shower afterwards. Im even on board with Haren bouncing back a bit this year in the NL for a good team. we shall see on that tho

  42. Zar says:
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    :( The Profar injury screwed me hard in my RCL. He was ….. probably stupidly, my primary 2nd basemen. Now I’m stuck with some other group of people. I can choose between Neil Walker, Infante (UGH?), Rutledge, Mahieu, or Jordy Mercer…. any tips Beddict?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Zar: we are in the same boat, Pal. I like the Mathieu/Rutledge combo if you are in daily league. they are both solid owns. Walker used to be ok but was sitting more often end of last season. Go with the rockies, my friend.

      • Zar says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: It’s the RCL :( I don’t think I can afford to roster both. I already have to figure out a Josh Johnson replacement too (that should be easy). I might try the winner of the rockies competition, not sure who it is yet.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Zar: yep should be DJ which isn’t as good for us, but oh still solid

          • Zar says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: Alright, I hope this goes well :D. Almost time for the serious games to begin! Good luck to you!

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Zar: thank you , sir. May the Gods be with you

  43. Asst2RegionalMgr says:
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    Strategy Q. Our league uses the standard pitching categories but we start 2P,5SP,3RP. You can have one bench pitcher, but pitching moves are weekly. With that said, i cannot use streaming strategy many here recommend. It seems you have to place more value on starters and cannot wait. Would you agree? I’ve tried LIMA style approach in the past and it seems to not work. Thoughts? Thanks

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Asst2RegionalMgr: you can’t stream like 2 start pitchers with one of your slots? is there some limit to this? If not possible then yes you need to have a couple of certified hogs in the rotation for you. No doubt about it

      • Asst2RegionalMgr says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: Yep, your starting lineup for pitchers is set once the first game starts that Monday. You can use the waiver wire, but i’m a cheapskate and don’t want to pay the $3 it costs to pickup a player just to dispose of them back to the scrapheap with the exception of the playoffs where we are limited to 3 moves per week.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Asst2RegionalMgr: oh you have to pay for that? that blows. yea in that case, just make sure you have a couple big timers.

          • Asst2RegionalMgr says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: Excellent, so in knowing that I kept Scherzer and Cobb from last year. What do you see as the kind of pitcher I should be looking to next? Thanks a lot in advance.

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Asst2RegionalMgr: did i miss somewhere how many teams it is? I like the young guys next. maybe a gerrit cole but he goes too high for my taste. Maybe grab Tehran. I like Jeff Smadge on the cubs more than most so you should get him. zack wheeler maybe. Cingrani.

              • Asst2RegionalMgr says:
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                @Tehol Beddict: 10 team mixed. Yeah, fan of Smardzija and had him last year too.

  44. Ben R says:
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    Starting Pitching is so deeeeep Captain. 20,000 leagues deep!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Ben R: deeper than rhino punani. I swear I could not draft a starting pitcher till round 20 and still get by. maybe….

  45. Joel says:
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    Here we go. decent draft this season on my end. Despite your feeling directed towards Adam Jones, I drafted him (as you know I had 4 keepers already). Why Jones? Certainly someone will over pay for him in a trade :D If not, whatevs.

    Here’s the team. Give it a gander if you will:

    http://games.espn.go.com/flb/clubhouse?leagueId=142770&teamId=14&seasonId=2014

    I know of a couple dudes I will flick off the roster before opening day. As always, I’ve valued your opinion and advice (…why no Dom Brown on my roster? :( )

    Suggestions? Who do you suppose I should I give up Jones for? My league members are rather stingy in the trade market so I would like to offer him up in an attempt to make the owner feel that trading for Jones is a no brainer. My OF is pretty decent w/o him.

    Thanks man!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Joel: :First off, I don’t hate Adam Jones. haha. My point in that article was that I’d rather have someone like Bryce Harper, CarGo, Braun, or a shortstop or 3B than Jones. He’s a very good fantasy player. WIth that being said, your outfield is stacked and you’re a tad weak up the middle so you could float some offers out there. Maybe look to grab a Longoria type or another big time third basemen. considering Jones is being drafted ahead of most of those 3B they should accept it. Love the pitching staff. nice work

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        @Tehol Beddict: thanks man. Been making some offers but no luck this far. Couple questions to add. What’s your take on Matt carpenter? Is he worth his draft price or is he going to fall short of this seasons projections? Is he kind of a sell high type of guy this year? WHO is he worth? Also, Adrian beltre. When is he going to drop off? Is he risky over the likes of Longoria? I know Longoria too is often injured and off the field but father time gotsta catch up with the Belt.

        Finally, I’ve been eying Carlos Santana. With the 3b eligibility coming this season, I think he may be worth overpaying a little for him now. Would I be out of my mind offering carpenter?

        My league has a tendency to ease off trade talks rather quickly so im foolishly trying to trade in my chips as soon as I can… I usually like to sit back and see what I have but time is of the essence I guess.

        J

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @joel: Beltre is ranked higher but I prefer Longo. I’ve been grabbing Longo in the 2nd round of almost all my drafts. Beltre is 34 and I start to worry, though just for this season alone, he could be worth a 1st rounder.

          Not out of mind at all offering carpenter for Santana. You have Murphy. You’re fine. make the trade. To answer your first question, I’m not the biggest carpenter fan though he def one of better second basemen. I never think about drafting him but nice to have solid 2b. murphy is solid replacement tho. Go ahead send trade

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            @Tehol Beddict: no dice but at least dialogue has been established. Longo is not going to happen. I know it. People aren’t interest in M. Carpenter either…uggg. We discussed Jones earlier for Longo…how would you feel about him for HanRam? I’m concerned of the injury risk (we have a history). With that in mind, is Jones too much? This is a counter offer so there are no hypotheticals here.
            Other fielders I have (and would consider swapping instead ofJones) include Pence, Bruce and Werth.

            I know I can swim on my own but it’s nice to have some sort of a voice of reason. You can be the angel or devil man. Your call. Life preserver optional.

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              @Joel: oh yea, but I’m obsessed with Han ram in an unhealthy way. look into it

  46. GFY250 says:
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    I agree on Cole, he was a top 25 SP 2 months ago, now he’s a top 15? If you prorate his numbers from last year, he’s hardly a top 25 pitcher. Maybe he takes another step forward, but what if he take a slight step back, then he’s borderline top 30.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @GFY250: he has to take a big step forward. I owned him whole time he was up last year and he wasn’t that studly. he has the upside for sure. the lack of K’s for the heat worry me but I’m sure he’ll figure it out eventually. just a tad high for my taste.

  47. J Mac says:
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    I can’t believe no one mentioned Frailty! Great flick!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @J Mac: nice call! Kudos

  48. kid A's father says:
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    Son; i regret every moment of your life. From your accidental conception with that back alley whore, through you heartbreaking failure of an adolescence , all the way up until this very moment as I type this while you beat off too child porn in my basement; you have been a constant drag on this family and we would all appreciate a well written suicide note backed up with statistical analysis.

  49. kid A's father says:
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    @ Kid A… sorry not great with computers. I’m old. You know because I’m your dad… anyway son; i regret every moment of your life. From your accidental conception with that back alley whore, through you heartbreaking failure of an adolescence , all the way up until this very moment as I type this while you beat off too child porn in my basement; you have been a constant drag on this family and we would all appreciate a well written suicide note backed up with statistical analysis.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @kid A’s father: it’s a pleasure to meet u sir. I’m also worried about ur son. There may be hope for him yet, though I don’t really see it. Hope to see u back on here sir

  50. Frank White says:
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    Yo Wutup!!! I forgot you changed your picture that’s why.. ” I put 8 balls in my corners, My blocks like a Pool Hall” Remember Styles P’s Ish… ” I pitched so hard on the block Yo I won me the CY Young” !!! LOL That shit’s so Hard! Jada – “I know niggas, like Frank n Tehol, that go to jail just to get they teeth fixed” Ahhhhh Nice

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Frank White: cheeeeeeeeea hahhahhahahahaha. Im dying over here. we are razzball’s most gangsta aint no doubt about that. pleasure to have you back

  51. Frank White says:
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    Yo Wutup!!! I forgot you changed your picture that’s why.. ” I put 8 balls in my corners, My blocks like a Pool Hall” Remember Styles P’s Ish… ” I pitched so hard on the block Yo I won me the CY Young” !!! LOL That shit’s so Hard! Jada – “I know niggas, like Frank n Tehol, that go to jail just to get they teeth fixed” Ahhhhh Nice

  52. Frank White says:
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    Sup Brotha… I did my draft for my 10 team mixed h2h points league and here it is..
    Matt Wieters
    Prince Fielder
    Gyorko
    Wright
    E. Andrus
    Adam Jones
    J. Bruce
    Alex Gordon
    Utility- M. Cuddyer
    Desmond Jennings
    Bench-
    Leonys Martin
    Pitching –
    Bumgarner
    Alex Cobb
    Homer Bailey
    Matt Moore
    Masterson
    Samardzija
    Jimenez
    Dillon Gee
    Glen Perkins
    Alex Wood
    Erasmo
    Drew Hutchison
    I feel like I made a couple mistakes at the end where I missed out on a couple better guys but what do you think??? Also, Would you make any changes and if so where?? Thanks!!

    • Frank White says:
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      I went off of Grey’s top 100 instead of Yahoo that’s why I grabbed Adam Jones in the first round 6th pick. Good choice?

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Frank White: Grey is smarter than yahoo. good call

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Frank White: I like it. Erasmo and Hutch are good late adds in my book. Martin is nice pick. Jenning good pick. Everyone loves Jones, so solid pick. No changes to make other than I only see 1 closer

      • Frank White says:
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        I know. Hoover is out there do you think I should grab him but for who?? I was also thinking about another 2nd maybe Wong.. IDK. I as pissed that I only had 1 cause I grabbed Alex Wood thinking he was a closer but after hearing how Dope he’s doing I’m not regretting a thing ya know

        • Frank White says:
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          Mujica’s out there.. Valverde, and Nate Jones

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Frank White: oh yea, wood is a legend in the making. Fankkiiie. yea tough to drop anyone i guess. i don’t love geeeeee

  53. Frank White says:
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    Oh also I’m starting to regret grabbing Matt Moore. Yahoo is saying that they don’t even recommend drafting him anymore and walks are gonna kill me cause it’s – 1.. should I try trading him or do something about it or do you like him?? I was pissed that someone grabbed Ventura. Maybe try getting him?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Frank White: yea its looking bad on this dude Frankie. Im worried. I’m really worried. I drafted him too.

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah I would like room for Wong especially now that are league upped steals to 2 points. Plus my first game on Monday Gyorko isn’t playing and I don’t have a replacement at 2nd but that’s only one day.. The steaks would be a big deal on my lineup though. Idk, if you see something let me know. I like Gee cause he’s been killing it and everyone’s talking good about him. Let me know my Nuka. Lol

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Frank White: yea its only one day and u have no one else to drop so stay wit it cuz

  54. Just Make Pitch says:
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    10-Team H2H 6×6 with OBP & SLG and QS & K/9

    C- W. Rosario
    1B- F. Freeman
    2B- I. Kinsler
    3B- K. Seager
    SS- I. Desmond
    MI- J. Altuve
    CI- A. Pujols
    OF- M. Trout
    OF- B. Harper
    OF- J. Hamilton
    OF- D. Brown
    OF- A. Soriano
    UT- B. Butler

    SP- A. Cobb
    SP- J. Cueto
    SP- C. Wilson
    SP- A. Burnett
    SP- I. Nova
    SP- S. Kazmir
    RP- K. Uehara
    RP- R. Soriano
    P- H. Street
    BN- D. Smyly
    BN- M. Pineda
    BN- T. Scheppers
    DL- C. Hamels

    With Trout and Harper both set for their respective MVP runs, I figure this lineup will straight up dominate some fools especially if Albert and Hambone can return to some level of respectability.

    The only guy I can really think to move would be Kinsler but no one seems to like him that much so I figure I’m better off just keeping him as he should still be good for a lot of R and some SBs at the top of the order in Detroit. Also thought about trying to move Dom Brown but since you seem to be the only one I’ve come across that’s high on him this season, I might as well keep him and enjoy what is certain to be a monster season.

    I ended up missing out on some pitchers I was hoping to target like Sonny Gray, Teheran, and Alex Wood. Have tried to trade for them but feel like the hype has exceeded the value on those pitchers trade-wise. I’m pretty high on Cobb and figure I should be fine if Cueto can stay healthy and Hamels comes back. Kazmir/Burnett/Wilson seem like they should be serviceable middle/back of the rotation starters and I’m optimistic that some subset of Pineda/Nova/Smyly will step up. Do you think I’m fine rolling with the arms I have now and then just picking up some hot pitchers that emerge later or should I try to package some offense for pitching?

    I picked up Scheppers in my streaming spot for his Opening Day matchup against PHI. Other pitchers available on the WW include Lackey, Erasmo, Paxton, and Quintana. Any of them seem worth picking up and keeping to you?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Just Make Pitch: Wow, that was a great read! thanks for commenting and reading. Im a huge fan of your team. Your lineup is one of best I’ve ever witnessed. Im high on Erasmo but think you’ll be fine with your pitching staff. you have good enough hitting where if you’re desperate for a pitcher later on, you can trade for one. But yes, the strategy of mixing and matching hot pitchers off waivers is how I’ve made my money in fantasy so I like where your heads at buddy. Thanks for stopping in and congrats on your great draft

      • Just Make Pitch says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: Thanks for the feedback Tehol. Loved your article on Harper. Dude looks straight up JACKED son. Just gotta work on avoiding running into walls this year.

        Looking forward to reading your articles this season. Don’t listen to the haters. Your writing style is very entertaining and most other more “statistically oriented” fantasy analysts just ended up cherry-picking bullshit arbitrary stats to support their hunches anyways.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Just Make Pitch: why thank you, sir. I happen to agree with you about the stats guys. appreciate cha

  55. Frank White says:
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    Sup Tehol… I still only have 1 closer on my roster, Perkins, and I was about to hit the add botton on Santos but some guy grabbed him before I got the chance.. I was so pissed!! Anyway We have a DL spot in our league and I was thinking I can grab any guy off the wire on the DL without a drop. Do you think I should pickup Locke or I was looking for a closer on DL and I found Jesse Crain and they said he’ll be the closer when he comes back in 15 days.. Are any of these guys worth a pickup or are they not worth a roster spot?? Thanks!!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Frank White: maybe crain. good thingiing. I always like to use my dl slots broseph

  56. Frank White says:
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    I wanted to grab Tanaka from this guy.. Do you think it’s even if I give him Masterson and Samardzija or Jimenez?? If not then what about if I ask him to throw in joakim Soria??

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Frank White: no, you’d be giving up too much big dog. both of those guys are hogs. to muuuuuch

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