Simply Fred - I plan to pick up the Assassin's Apprentice in the next several weeks, as well. Googled it, and reviews seemed very positive. Keep me posted as you go through Eye of the World. I am presently re-reading the series, in order to be up to snuff when the last book(s) come up, and am picking up so much more this time around. What is amazing is that Jordan will throw something out in the early books, such as a prophecy or a dream/vision, and not have it fulfilled until many books later. The complexity is enormous. I have no idea how he kept everything in order. There are literally thousands of characters; some of them are blips, others evolve into major characters; some appear early on, and then pop up in books far down the road. As I mentioned, I believe that there are major flaws in his work, but I won't influence you before you have a chance to read at least some of the books. He is no Tolkien; then again, no one is. Not even close, in my mind.
BTW, I was able to download your Spread Sheet. If anything, I think that you were too conservative in giving Grey credit for decisions. What I would suggest is revisit this in mid-September. I would bet that Grey will come out with a higher score at the end of the season then. The sample size of major trades is just too little to measure. For instance, one of the early trades was "Tommy Hanson Erik Bedard for Cole Hamels Or Erik Bedard for Nolasco and Inge/Porcello". Grey liked the Hamels trade. Now, this is something that can only be evaluated at the end of the year. Hamels pitched great in his last game, and could easily be an awesome pitcher the rest of the season. In fact, I just picked him up as part of a blockbuster trade in one league: I traded Reynolds and Utley for Santana, Hamels, and Uggla. I needed more starting pitching, and could cover for Reynolds as I have A-Ram coming off the DL. This, like all trades, could backfire on me, but it also has the potential of giving me the championship. (Of course, I cleared it with Rudy before making a move of this proportion.)
Finally, don't underestimate yourself. Razzball has a great many members who are witty, astute and talented, and you are obviously one of them. All of us have different gifts and areas of expertise. It is an evolving cybernetic community, and it is exciting to be part of this. I have a great deal of knowledge of baseball history, but don't know much about sabermetrics, outside of BABIP and a few other concepts. I will leave that to Rudy. I am still new to fantasy sports, although I am undoubtably an addict. I am good at writing, and have the beginnings of a baseball book going on. If I discipline myself to complete it, it will be a fun read. But I couldn't do what you have done with the spread sheets.
Talk to you soon