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If you’re like me, once you finish your fantasy draft, you have a photographer take a picture of you with your team.  You pull up your team page on your laptop, and the both of you sit next to a flower bed.  The setting is similar to your mother’s yearbook picture.  The cameraman even uses the filter that blurs out everything around you.  As you wait for the makeup person to dab cover-up on your nose pimple, you reach into the flower bed and pull out a hydrangea.  Then you speak directly to the SAGNOF Gods and recite his prayer, “He loves me, he loves me Motte, he loves me, he loves me Motte, he loves….”  And the last petal ends on “He loves me Motte.”  And you weep.  Motte has an elbow strain and you’re stuck with his litigious brother-in-law, Mitchell Boggs.  The Cardinals are currently saying all the right things, “Motte will be fine,” “Mitchell will temporarily fill-in,” “We had no idea McGwire was on steroids.”  An elbow strain sounds like a thing that’s going to take Motte from his 40-save potential to an eight-save season with a 5.00+ ERA, which will be interrupted by surgery.  Grab Boggs in every league, he could easily be a top five closer for this year.  If you own Motte, you obviously DL him and hope for the best.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in Spring Training for 2013 fantasy baseball:

Adam Eaton – Out for two months with a ulnar collateral ligament injury.  Oh no, collateral damage!  This never ends well.  We all probably remember the time Dusty was playing pepper with a bat made of Prior’s ulnar collateral ligament.  Or the time Joe Torre was hosting the grand opening of a Sbarro and instead of cutting ribbon, he cut Jeff Nelson’s UCL.  Not fun times for either pitcher.  Luckily, Eaton’s not a pitcher, or at least this Adam Eaton isn’t.  Still, it’s an injury that could prove difficult to gauge.  Right now, he’s due back in early-June.  Was excited about drafting Eaton in some leagues.  I hadn’t drafted him any leagues though, so it goes, so it goes.  It’s fine to drop him in shallower leagues.  In deeper leagues or where you have DL room, go ahead and stash him for now.

Gerardo Parra – The fill-in for Eaton.  Rico Sauve doesn’t have big-time power or speed.  A full season of ABs would yield about 10 homers and 17 steals.  It’s a’ight, but far from a’ight a’ight.  In most leagues, he’s nothing more than a hot schmotato when he’s hitting.  In leagues where every player with a starting job is rostered, he’s better than some.  Worse than a lot of others.  *Insert hedge bet*

Cody Ross – Will start the year on the DL.  How many players does it take to fill in for an injured Ross?  One Pollock!  A.J. Pollock has good speed (25-ish over the course of a season), but not much else.  SAGNOF!

Aaron Hicks – Was officially named the everyday center fielder in Minnesota.  Have I already updated his projections?  You betcha, Margie!  This is kinda old news.  I already went over Hicks in my outfielders to target for 2013 fantasy baseball.  I wrote it while Googling ‘whatever happened to everyone in the Leaders of the New School besides Busta?’

Freddy Garcia – Padres released him.  He was happy to be free.

Pablo Sandoval – Things aren’t looking good for Sandoval — or Baby Whale Tush as he was named in a Native American ceremony.  He rolled the dice with his elbow on Saturday and threw craps.  After a series of positive reports, it’s now looking like he may start the year on the DL.

Jorge de la Rosa – Felt some forearm tightness this weekend.  That’s what happens when you try to squeeze a five-arm in there.  dlR doesn’t hold much fantasy value so you shouldn’t, uh, hold him.

Jon Garland – Signed with the Rockies.  It will always be Christmas for opposing teams as Garland will decorate the visitor’s scoreboard.

Wilson Ramos – Him and Kurt Suzuki will rotate every other day behind the plate.  That’s not as good for fantasy value as the manager catcher strategy:  squat, squat, catcher number deuce.

Chris Getz – Won the starting 2nd base in KC with Johnny “GTL” Giavotella being sent down to the minors.  Johnny said as long as there’s grass on the field, he’ll play ball.

Ricky Romero – Rotation spot up in the air.  Sorta like all his pitches for the last year plus.  He’s not worth owning anywhere, rotation spot or not.

Jemile Weeks – Optioned to the minors.  Jemile! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated…He’ll make his major league dreams come true later in the year in a back-up role.

Johan Santana – The Mets are saying his shoulder might take six weeks to get where it needs to be.  In that case, it could feel free to take a cab to JFK during rush hour.

Jake Arrieta – Favorite for 5th spot in O’s rotation.  Last year, he had a decent xFIP (3.65) and a solid K/9 (8.56) in 114 2/3 IP, but his ERA was 6.20.  Um, yikes.  The O’s have to have a fifth starter that has the moves like Arrieta, but you don’t.  I’d avoid in all mixed leagues until he shows the ability to keep the ball in the park.

J.D. Martinez – Failed to make the Astros team out of camp.  His parents, who must play fantasy, had the foresight to name him Just Drop.

Travis d’Arnaud – Sent to the minors because the Mets have prospblock, John Buck, and they don’t want to start d’Arnaud’s clock.  Speaking of which, we should have a glossary term for the act of holding back a prospect because of his arbitration clock.  Please suggest in the comments.

Julio Teheran – Struck out ten and gave up no hits on Saturday in six innings.  I like Teheran, you like Teheran, the Iron Sheik likes Teheran.  Before you offer your girlfriend’s ovaries for Teheran’s children, he was facing the Astros in Spring Training.  He’s a solid flyer for the end of your fantasy draft.  He hasn’t suddenly become any more than that.

Shelby Miller – Now the favorite for the 5th starter job.  C’mon, Cards, Shelby has huge upside and can manage your 401k!

David Freese – Headed for an MRI today.  In January, his over/under for games played was 120, so not much has changed there.  He’s about as reliable as Saran Wrap is for birth control.  (The preceding blurb was sponsored by Reynolds Wrap.)

Brian McCann – Likely out until May.  He’s swinging the bat normally, but can’t make the throw to 2nd base.  Looking at his caught stealing percentages, I’m not sure he ever could throw to second, but that’s me.

Jesus Montero – Hit on the head with a bat on Saturday but didn’t suffer a concussion.  Doctors knew he was fine when Montero’s eyes weren’t X’d out and they didn’t see bats circling his head.

Nick Tepesch – Expected to win the Rangers 5th starter job.  Zimmermania is alive and well as the three Jews in Texas exclaim, “Happy Tepesach!”  Given CAIRO projects him at a 6.00+ ERA and 2.00+ WHIP, I suggest you pass over him.  But, remember, when Moses came to CAIRO’s land, he yelled, “Let my ratios go!”

Vernon Wells – When I heard the Yankees were close to trading Wells, I pictured the phone call with Cashman.  “I heard Tex, Grandy, A-Rod, Jeter, Hughes and Pineda are all hurt.  You have Brennan Boesch, Hafner, Juan Rivera, Eduardo Nunez and Chris Stewart in your starting lineup.  So, Yankees, we’re calling to see how desperate you really are.  Are you desperate enough to trade for, say, Vernon Wells?”  Next thing you know, the Mets are gonna call the Yankees asking them if they want to trade for Bobby Bonilla, who is still getting a million dollars a year from the Mets until 2035.  Seriously, Google it if you don’t believe me.  As for Vernon Wells on the Yankees — belch.  I wouldn’t own him in anything but deep AL-Only leagues as a one dollar flyer.  There hasn’t been such an over-the-hill, overweight Wells looking for bit roles in NYC after California rejection since Orson toiled on Madison Ave. in the 70′s.

  1. Public Enemy#1 says:
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    Well, I drafted in my RCL last night with a bunch of clones. Sure makes it interesting when all of us are targeting Goldschmidt, Stanton, Rutledge, Harvey, Estrada and trying to wait until the 20th round for our first closer! It would be interesting to see what the ADP from our RCLs is like. Anyway, here it is…let me have it:

    Lucroy
    Freeman
    Cano
    Wright
    Rollins
    Belt
    Ellsbury (Yes, my OF blows!)
    Willingham
    CGomez
    Ethier
    LMartin
    Cain

    GJones
    Headley (Grabbed him with the 148th pick)

    Kershaw (Did mock after mock trying to get a feel for my 2nd/3rd picks and not a single one of them revealed that Kershaw would be there for me. You’ll be happy to know that your disciples are sticking to the plan you’ve laid out for us!)
    Sale
    AnSanchez
    Harvey
    Fiers
    Papelbon
    Rodney
    Frieri
    DHernandez
    Doolittle

    *I’m guessing you’ll tell me that staff might get me 13 points in every pitching category but something about Sale being my number two with Anibal/Harvey as my number three/four doesn’t feel so good.

    • VinWins

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      @Public Enemy#1: I’ll have all the RCL draft info in the RCL update on RCL Tuesday, April 2.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Public Enemy#1: I think the Sale/Anibal picks are fine, wouldve rather had a bit more depth before Harvey as a 4 though.

      And yeah you need a bit more offense, at OF particularly.

    • Bada Bing says:
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      @Public Enemy#1: I’ll play. Same league, opposite team. Good outfield, crappy rest of team:
      C – Mauer (I was drinking and drafting all day, to be fair)
      1B – Swisher
      2B – Hill
      3B – Seager
      SS – Asdrubal
      MI – Cozart
      CI – C. Davis
      OF – Trout
      OF – Harper
      OF – Bruce
      OF – Fowler
      OF – Maybin
      U – Morneau/Bonifacio
      DL – Eaton

      P
      Bumgarner
      Yu
      Samardzija
      Shelby
      Hughes
      Street
      Axford
      Boggs
      Jansen
      Bn – Collins

      Lesson: You can’t get a quality corner man after first few rounds in RCL.

      • Big AL says:
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        @Bada Bing:
        Dude if that’s a new keeper league your outfield is set for the next 15 year’s.Hella good outfield. If you could of got J- UP best outfield ever.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Bada Bing: Out of curiosity, what pick did you take Mauer at? I drafted my RCL last night too and somehow ended up with Mauer, but only because (to me it seemed like) the value was getting to good to pass on him.

        • Tony says:
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          @A Hill O’ Beans: he took mauer round 7 and 75th overall, we’re in the same league, or i should say im in the same league with both these fantasy baseballers above….

          • A Hill O' Beans says:
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            @Tony: Thanks.

            I got him at 90 (the 6th catcher off the board), which now that I look at it, 90 is exactly where Grey has him ranked.

  2. Eric R. says:
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    How’d I do?

    1. (9) Prince Fielder (Det – 1B)
    2. (16) José Bautista (Tor – OF)
    3. (33) Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
    4. (40) Edwin Encarnación (Tor – 1B)
    5. (57) R.A. Dickey (Tor – SP)
    6. (64) James Shields (KC – SP)
    7. (81) Víctor Martínez (Det – C)
    8. (88) Desmond Jennings (TB – OF)
    9. (105) David Freese (StL – 3B)
    10. (112) Brandon Morrow (Tor – SP)
    11. (129) Danny Espinosa (Was – 2B,SS)
    12. (136) Huston Street (SD – RP)
    13. (153) Brett Gardner (NYY – OF)
    14. (160) Homer Bailey (Cin – SP)
    15. (177) Andrelton Simmons (Atl – SS)
    16. (184) Casey Janssen (Tor – RP)
    17. (201) Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP)
    18. (208) Starling Marte (Pit – OF)
    19. (225) Clay Buchholz (Bos – SP)
    20. (232) Justin Ruggiano (Mia – OF)

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    Would you mind taking a picture of me and my team and tell me how it came out? So this was my my first RCL draft and as expected, we were all after the same players so it became a game of chicken as to who would reach first. I honestly had the thought “I hope Grey likes my team” or “which player would Grey like” during my draft. Sad I know. Anyways let me know if I made you proud.

    C Lucroy
    1B Fielder
    2B Hill
    SS Jeter
    3B Beltre
    MI Gyorko
    CI Frazier
    OF Holliday
    OF Cespedes
    OF Victorino
    OF Cruz
    OF Reddick
    UTL Cuddyer
    BN Segura
    BN Joyce

    SP Wainwright
    SP Moore
    SP Medlen
    SP Lester
    SP Milone
    SP Beckett
    SP Miller
    RP Wilhelmson
    RP Cishek
    RP Veras

    Couple notes. I wasn’t targeting Jeter but he fell so far around the 20th round and was able to snag Segura just in case Jeter starts the year on the DL. There was a run on elite OF’ers in the 3rd round and Holliday was the best value. Thought I was able to fill my positions and starting pitching pretty well. Obviously my closers aren’t the best options but SAGNOF! Veras will obviously be the first to go.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      Me likey. Bit short on speed but otherwise lookin good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Your pitching looks slightly better than your hitting, but your hitting isn’t awful… Just some question marks… No reason to drop Veras… SAGNOF, means take saves from anywhere…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks kind sir. I’ll take not awful as a compliment haha. I read somewhere that the Astros are considering using a closer by committee because Veras has been pretty rough this spring. Pretty sure it was rotoworld.

  4. DrEasy says:
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    How about prospblock’s twin sister: prospclock?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy: Not crazy about it…

      • Worm Turner says:
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        @Grey:

        Clockblocker?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Was already suggested…

  5. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Where have you gone Charlie Brown? no seriously I’m too lazy to look…

    Prosponed – you can figure that out

    Arby’s To Go = maybe cause i’m hungry right about now, but where’s the arbitration clock going? June, that’s where it is….Beef and Cheddar and Potato Cakes…

    • Grey

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      @Jack Full of Hate: I don’t mind prosponed… Will have to see what else is below…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: in an appeal to your love of EPMD,

        STRICTLY BUSINESS – “were sorry Travis, we would love you up with the big club right now but we just don’t want to start the arbitration clock yet, it’s Strictly Business”

  6. Eric W says:
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    12 team h2h normal 5×5 categories plus (TB,OPS), (HLD,QS)

    first live draft of the season been stuck in slow draft hell for the last few months.

    c – Victor Martinez
    1b – Paul Goldshmidt
    2b- Brandon Phillips
    ss- Josh Rutledge
    3b- Evan Longoria
    mi- Zach Cozart
    ci- Manny machado
    of- Adrian Gonzalez
    of- Andrew McCuthen
    of- Desmond Jennings
    of- Todd Fraizer
    util- Mike Moustakes
    BN- Aaron Hicks
    NA (did not know this spot existed till this draft but what evs) – Oscar Taveras

    sp- Yovani Gilardo
    sp- Mike Minor
    sp- Marco Estrada
    sp- Phill Hughes
    sp- Bud Norris
    sp- Felix Duobront
    sp- Willy Peralta
    sp- clay bucholtz
    sp- Dillon Gee
    rp- Tom Wihelmsen
    rp- Glen Perkins
    rp- Steve Cishek
    rp- Santiago Casilla
    rp- Mike Adams
    rp- Edward Mujica
    rp- Pedro Strop

    I am not sure how to feel about this team, 2 other guys waited on pitchers with me and kinda stole a bunch of guys I figured I could get late (Cobb, Hammel, Tehrean, Miller). I think the pitching is sufficient in h2h but probably going to force me to work the wires all summer. On the hitting end I am probably a little light on speed but besides that I think I should be good unless I am over looking something. thoughts/concerns?

    • Grey

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      @Eric W: Your pitching looks a tad weak on WHIP and ERA… You’re fine on Ks though… Hitting looks low on average, which is fine in H2H…

  7. oaktown a's says:
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    Hey Grey, how cut bait do u think motte is? It is a keep 25 dynasty league but a hurt elbow closer doesn’t have that much appeal ta me. I have a hard enough time managing my roster w my surplus of prospects as it is. Also, any thoughts on justin smoak? Could he be late bloomin? Thx Grey you cougar crusher you!

    • Grey

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      @oaktown a’s: Ha, thanks! Don’t cut bait on Motte… Smoak looks like a .245 hitter that’ll hit for some power and not much else…

  8. mike says:
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    Got offered a trade in my 10 team dynasty league.

    I could use SP help I think. My rotation is Stras, Sale, Cobb, Milone, Burnett, Beckett, Hughes, Cashner, Doubront. My hitting is stacked. I received a trade offer where I receive Hosmer(3), Jordan Zimmerman(9) for Rizzo(21), Milone(13), Beckett(21). The numbers in parenthesis shows the players round value. Hosmer in the 3rd is rough but I thinking maybe if he turns things around I can bite the bullet. With Zimm my rotation would be solid and who knows maybe Hosmer finally breaks out.. what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike: Not a great trade…

  9. Turd Ferguson says:
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    The timeless art of seduction…

    Long time reader, love the site – still riding high on Urquells after a late draft.

    ‘Stumbled upon fox & friends at the 0500 weather report, I’ve never seen 3 buxom women headline a major network news report…

    How bad are Prado and Rutledge as 2/ss in a 12 team h2h (7X7) that counts hits/triples (assuming the rest of the yahoo standard lineup has a good mix of avG/power)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: Today’s weather…foxy! Not bad for a middle infield… Me likey Rutledge…

  10. fred says:
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    clock-block

    • stoopid says:
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      @fred: Exactly what came to mind here.

    • Smell the glove says:
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      @fred: yep thought of the same one. Only problem is its a little too on the nose.

    • MrMojoRisin says:
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      @fred: Look like I shoulda woke up earlier, I fourth this nomination

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fred: Agreed… That’s the best one so far… Will run it by Rudy…

  11. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    “He loves me, he loves me Motte, he loves me, he loves me Motte, he loves….” And the last petal ends on “He loves me Motte.” And you weep. ”

    And I weep. I truly wish this column came out yesterday morning. Now my bullpen is, well, screwed. Royally. Which seems to happen to my RCL squad after every draft. At least I didn’t draft Pablosaurus.

    As Yogi said, “It’s Deja Vu all over again.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: Hopefully we don’t get a full scale closepocalypse again…

  12. Jake "The Snake" says:
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    The Mets are such “clock blocks”

  13. Jake "The Snake" says:
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    I was drafted Arnaud as my starting Catcher but the Mets “clock blocked” me.

    You get the idea

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… You got clock-blocked on your submission…

  14. nightpandas says:
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    Looking for an upside guy for my bench (15 team roto, keep 9). Currently I have Billy Hamilton.

    After the fury to the wire this morning, here is who is left standing or was dropped:

    Segura
    L Martin
    Moss
    Wallace
    Stubbs
    Skaggs
    Hultzen
    Ludwick
    David Murphy
    Lo Mo
    Chris Johnson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

  15. Jake "The Snake" says:
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    ???? Damnit, Fred…….Nvm

  16. nightpandas says:
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    Sorry, take Moss off the list….he is taken

  17. TheNewGuy says:
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    Reckon T-Rose has got a shot of inheriting the gig? Boggs wasnt that dominant last year in terms of K rate anyway.

    Hoping so, as Ive just lost Motte and have Rosenthal down on my farm.

    • Grey

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      I doubt it… Unless Boggs fails early and often…

  18. stlshawgo says:
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    Wasn’t smart enough to grab a solid backup to Sandoval during my draft.

    Who do you like best between Gyorko, Matt Carpenter, and Pacheco? Or should I look to trade from a strength to try to get a solid 3B?

    I was thrilled to get him with the 99th pick at the time, but overall I still think my offense is pretty solid.

    1. (3) Ryan Braun OF
    2. (22) Bryce Harper OF
    3. (27) Troy Tulowitzki SS
    4. (46) Adam Jones OF
    5. (51) Billy Butler 1B
    6. (70) Mat Latos SP
    7. (75) Matt Moore SP
    8. (94) Ike Davis 1B
    9. (99) Pablo Sandoval 3B
    10. (118) Matt Harvey SP
    11. (123) Matt Wieters C
    12. (142) Shane Victorino OF
    13. (147) Danny Espinosa 2B,SS
    14. (166) Greg Holland RP
    15. (171) Jason Grilli RP
    16. (190) Bobby Parnell RP
    17. (195) Steve Cishek RP
    18. (214) Lance Berkman 1B
    19. (219) Julio Teherán SP
    20. (238) Kyuji Fujikawa RP
    21. (243) Emilio Bonifacio 2B,OF
    22. (262) Phil Hughes SP
    23. (267) Al Alburquerque RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Gyorko…

  19. Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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    Do you thinks Boggs makes it, or ends up with cuddle boy status? I think it was 2011 that he blew a couple saves and lost the job to Salas.

    • Grey

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      He could, but he’s the grab now…

  20. Chris says:
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    Would you drop Cishek for Mitchell Boggs? I’m in H2H and it’s either that or drop Julio Teheran but I feel like I should lean towards starters for this league.

    • Grey

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      Nope…

  21. Salty Balty says:
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    10 team h2h. 5 traditional offensive categories + bb and tbs. 5 traditional pitching categories + qs and k/bb. Whad’ya think.

    C Avila
    1B A Gon
    2b weeks
    Ss Reyes
    3b m Cabrera
    Cf a Jackson
    Of j upton
    Of m Holliday
    Util choo
    Util a Gordon
    B Ike Davis
    B m moose
    B d fowler

    P bumgarner
    P scherzer
    P peavy
    P niese
    P I Kennedy
    P t milone
    P fister
    P cishek
    P c janssen
    P r betancourt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks a tad heavy on speed and pitching which isn’t ideal for H2H… Not a bad team though…

      • Salty Balty says:
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        @Grey: Chris carter is out there. Drop Milone for him?

  22. Chaz says:
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    Glossary term for the act of holding back a prospect because of his arbitration clock:

    No Super 2 For You!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe… Not bad… I think clockblock is better…

  23. Iron Mike says:
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    hey grey..looking for some help.

    I drafted Rutledge as my short stop and am looking for some insurance on the wire. I’m looking to add either Cozart or Nunez. My team is a little power heavy which is why I was thinking Nunez. 5×5 H2H My team:

    Arencibia
    Ike Davis
    Hill
    Rutledge
    Miggy
    McCutchen
    Choo
    Allen Craig
    David Wright – UTIL
    Hosmer -UTIL

    Thanks Grey!

    • Iron Mike says:
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      @Iron Mike:

      And by 12 team I mean 14!

  24. stoopid says:
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    Had my 10 team 7 keeper (5×5, lifetime, 1500 IP) draft last night. Feel like I did fairly well. Was hoping to get the official Grey Blessing:

    C: Montero
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Hill
    3B: Wright
    SS: Andrus
    MI: Escobar
    CI: Frazier
    OF: Kemp, J-Upton, Pence, Morse, C.Davis
    U: Soriano, Marte
    SP: Kershaw, Hamels, Scherzer, Niese, Parker
    RP: Grilli, Street, Reed
    Bn: Burnett, Anderson, Garza (will be DL’d), Hicks
    Minor: Bundy

    I don’t think I did too bad all around. I’ll grab another SP when waivers start and will have another bench spot when I can move Bundy to the Minor spot. Probably grab another bat or stash an RP (Boggs & Veras are still out there)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid: You did well… Guessing your keepers were solid to begin with… You probably have a bit more pitching than you need… But solid team overall…

      • stoopid says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Went in with Kershaw, Hamels, Upton, Kemp, Fielder, Wright, & Andrus. So yeah, a solid 7 to start with for sure. Makes drafting much easier!

    • stoopid says:
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      @stoopid: BeeTeeDub – Jesus, not Miguel.

  25. Joe says:
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    Trying to decide on a final keeper and was looking for some thoughts. It’s a 12 team H2H (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, SO, ERA, WHIP, SV) where we just keep any seven players each year.

    Definitely keeping: Trout, McCutchen, Kemp, JUpton, Wright, Verlander

    Options for final keeper: Kimbrel, Bumgarner, Wainwright, Craig, Machado, Kipnis, Sale

    I think that Bumgarner and Kimbrel (just so I can forget about RP for a while) are my two front runners but I’ve flip flopped so many times that another opinion would be great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Bum

  26. nutbrownmale says:
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    June Cleaver

    Doesn’t make any sense. Just a good excuse to say, “June Cleaver.”

    “Oh, Beaver. I’m sorry to hear that, honey. But you know it’s just two months in the minors. It will be over before you know it. Now, would you like some sandwiches and milk?”

  27. Marty says:
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    Drop Madson for Boggs?

  28. c0wfunk says:
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    First draft using the razz rankings. I went through before and targeted specifically players differently ranked by espn. This is a 12 team head to head deal..

    I was pretty surprised Stanton fell to me in round 2 so I ditched some of my plan and went with it. Still got zim and aushizz so I was pleased. Someone grabbed Estrada and Harvey right before I was about to but Bumgarner and Niese fell further than I expected so I’m OK there too. Neil Walker was literally a finger slip. I had espinosa cued up and was looking at Walker’s stats and hit the button. Whoops. I’m not gonna be too worked up about it cuz I got Gyorko and Rutledge to fill in..

    So the questions: (1) How’d I do? any overall weaknesses? (2) I was laboring over to go Boggs or Frieri at the end and went Frieri. Your post this morning had me swapping them already on the waiver wire. Would you make that move? I’ve got 2 days to pull it back. (3) Anyone you see here you would drop in favor of Hicks?

    3 Mike Trout, LAA OF
    22 Giancarlo Stanton, Mia OF
    27 Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
    46 Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
    51 Madison Bumgarner, SF SP
    70 Jimmy Rollins, Phi SS
    75 Yovani Gallardo, Mil SP
    94 Brandon Morrow, Tor SP
    99 Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B
    118 Neil Walker, Pit 2B
    123 Jeff Samardzija, ChC SP
    142 Salvador Perez, KC C
    147 Jonathon Niese, NYM SP
    166 Todd Frazier, Cin 3B
    171 Josh Rutledge, Col SS
    190 Josh Reddick, Oak OF
    195 Tom Wilhelmsen, Sea RP
    214 Norichika Aoki, Mil OF
    219 Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B
    238 Josh Beckett, LAD SP
    243 Starling Marte, Pit OF
    262 Leonys Martin, Tex OF
    267 Ernesto Frieri, LAA RP

    • Grey

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      @c0wfunk: I’d stick with Frieri… I’d lose Martin for Hicks, not a necessary move though to use your waiver wire claim… Your team looks great overall, don’t love Walker, but that’s a small thing…

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: Excellent – it’s amazing how unfavorably ESPN rankings viewed my team overall, but I’m pretty dang pleased by how it turned out. Ain’t no stoppin me now..

        I’ll just wait and grab Hicks after free agency opens up on opening day. Thanks for the tips and ranks, I’m definitely one of the converted. The pitching pairings and apples tool were particularly helpful when it got deep!

  29. Frankenstein says:
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    Flavaaa Faaaiiilll (cuz like, his clock is broken)

  30. Brad Fullmer's Quads says:
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    Glossary term: Arbinger of Doom

  31. Buzzdainer says:
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    Right now I’m holding DLR, but as Marge Gunderson points out, “I think those are dealer plates.” Drop him for Bud Norris?

    • Buzzdainer says:
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      @Buzzdainer: Another guy I find intriguing is Erasmo Ramirez. Is he in the M’s rotation? Would you take him over Norris & DLR?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Buzzdainer:
        I like Erasmo, very solid year last year for someone so young. Think hes being overlooked imo, im gonna pick him up once Tex finally DLs.

        Id do it.

      • Buzzdainer says:
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        @Grey: I wound up taking Norris. I like Erasmo better long-term (and this is a keeper league), but it looks like the M’s are sending him to the bullpen. Probably I can get him later if he moves to the rotation.

  32. Blue says:
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    Adam Eaton 2 is on my Do Not Draft list due to PTSD caused by Adam Eaton 1, so no loss there.

  33. RL says:
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    Play-light Savings? (There’s no super-two o’clock)
    Clock-Block seems like a natural choice even though it looks like “Dock” when typed out in lower-case.

    Quick draft question (if you have time):
    In an AL Only Roto league with only 8 teams (auction), would you recommend spending a little more on “elite” players because the waiver wire might be a deeper? For instance Miggy is on the player rater for about $50, would you think he would be closer to $60 or should I still try to get deals on top 50 players?

    • Grey

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      @RL: I like Play-light savings, think clock block is clearer though… ha! re: dock…

      I wouldn’t spend more than listed values, no… Waiver wire won’t be that attractive…

  34. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    I am in a 12-team with OBP, XBH, NSB, HR, R, RBI and QS, SVHD, K/BB, ERA, WHIP and Ks. How does this team look? I am thinking my pitching is a little weak…

    C- Miguel Montero
    1B- Billy Butler
    2B- Dan Uggla
    SS- Josh Rutledge
    3B- Evan Longoria
    RF- Justin Upton
    CF- BJ Upton
    LF- Desmond Jennings
    OF- Josh WIllingham
    IF- Ike Davis
    U- Lance Berkman
    P- Matt Moore, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, Matt Harvey, Kenley Jansen, Alex Cobb, Tom WIlhelmsen, Vinnie Pestano
    BN- David Robertson, Joel Peralta, Shelby Miller, Rick Porcello, Oscar Taveras, Andrew Cashner, Dylan Bundy, Wilton Lopez, Gerrit Cole, Ted Lilly

    • Grey

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      @Tom Thumb: Your pitching is a tad weak… Bit high on upside… Be nice to see someone like Beckett in there… Your hitting looks great though…

  35. Carlos says:
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    Grey what do you think of this team in a yahoo standard 5X5 h2h. 10 teams

    C- VMart
    1b- Fielder
    2b- Kinsler
    3b-Beltre
    SS- Zobrist
    OF- Holiday, Choo, Jennings
    Util- Pence, Ike Davis
    Bench- Reddick, Youk

    SP- Grienke, Zimmerman, Samardizja, Harvey, Bailey, Fister, Estrada, Niese
    RP- Broxton, Perkins

    • Grey

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      @Carlos: Looks like a very shallow league so the waiver wire will make a huge difference… Team looks good though overall…

  36. Cole says:
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    How about “clock-tease”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole: Not bad… I think clock block is slightly better…

  37. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey, you’re the man. Thanks always for what you do. I just drafted this weekend. What do you think? Keeper league, 2C, MI, CI, Util, 5×5 OPS & Solds.

    C- Wieters, Ruiz
    1- Votto, Morales, Belt
    2- Rutledge, Profar
    3- Longoriaa
    ss- Andrus, Segura, Cozart
    of- BJ, Markakis, Gardner, Ludwick, Frazier, Dyson, Joyce
    sp- Moore, Morrow, Garza, Anibal, Hughes, Bundy, Cole
    rp- Chapman, Papelbon, Romo, Lopez

      • Shibboleth says:
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        sorry, 12 teams. I kept Frazier and Chapman per your recommendation., but we’re opening it up to more than 2 keepers, exact # to be decided at a later date!

    • Grey

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      @shibboleth: Your team looks a tad low on OPS and high on speed… Segura, Gardner and Upton? It’s too much… Your pitching looks okay, bit high on upside… It’s not my favorite team I’ve seen…

  38. abe says:
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    Grey,
    i’m in an 11 team league with OPS and K/BB. My team’s weak on saves – wondering if you would trade Prado for Addison Reed + Mitchell Boggs or Parnell (and then slide Rutledge into ss or pick up Segura off waivers) and if so, who you prefer between Boggs and Parnell. thanks a lot

    C Victor Martinez
    1b Paul Goldschmidt
    2b Chase Utley
    ss Martin Prado
    3b Pablo Sandoval
    of Giancarlo Stanton
    of Jay Bruce
    of Norichika Aoki
    util Edwin Encarnacion
    util Brett Gardner
    bn Josh Rutledge
    bn Todd Frazier
    bn Andre Ethier

    sp Jordan Zimmermann
    sp Max Scherzer
    p Matt Moore
    p Marco Estrada
    p Mike Minor
    p Kenley Jansen
    rp Joe Nathan
    rp Vinnie Pestano
    bn Sergio Santos
    bn Kyuji Fujikawa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @abe: I wouldn’t trade for saves at this point…

  39. vacoarrfb says:
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    My 10-team ESPN Keeper (+$5 to keep) 5×5 League:
    C Wilin Rosario 5 (kept)
    1B Freddie Freeman 17
    2B Ben Zobrist 17
    3B Aramis Ramirez 17
    SS Josh Rutledge 1
    2B/SS Jose Altuve 12
    1B/3B Todd Frazier 3
    OF B.J. Upton 17 (kept)
    OF Austin Jackson 7 (kept)
    OF Carlos Gonzalez 37
    OF Alex Rios 13
    OF Josh Reddick 7
    UTIL Michael Cuddyer 1
    P James Shields 11 (kept)
    P Aroldis Chapman 5 (kept)
    P A.J. Burnett 4
    P Mat Latos 18
    P Yovani Gallardo 12
    P Max Scherzer 17
    P J.J. Putz 4
    P Joe Nathan 6
    P Sergio Romo 8
    BE Jeff Samardzija 7
    BE Will Middlebrooks 1
    BE Mike Minor 5

    I’m not too happy with my offense, but the really high tier guys (both hitters and pitchers) were going for crazy prices, so I was kind of thrown off and ended up with too less RBI and AVG than I’d like. That’s also why I overpaid a little for Freeman, Latos, and CarGo. I actually nominated Middlebrooks by mistake and ended up with him for $1, but I don’t hate him. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help.

    Notable FA hitters:Starling Marte, Dunn, Morneau, Belt, Alonso, Segura
    Notable FA pitchers: Ryu, Cashner, Boggs, Fiers, Peralta, Hammel, Maholm

    • Grey

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      @vacoarrfb: Marte over Cuddyer… Team doesn’t look bad, I wouldn’t panic…

      • vacoarrfb says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. I went with Cuddyer for the RBI advantage… but I definitely see that Marte has much more keeper potential.

  40. Tom says:
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    What do you think – 12 team mixed h2h

    Team 1
    C – Lucroy
    1B – Ike Davis
    2B – Rutledge
    3B – Middlebrooks
    SS – Desmon
    OF – Cargo
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – J Upton
    U – Bruce

    SP – Bumgarner
    SP – Harvey
    SP – Moore
    SP – Niese
    SP – Peavey
    RP – Balfour
    RP – Street

    ——————————–

    Team 2
    C – Lucroy
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Frazier
    SS – Rutledge
    OF – Cargo
    OF – Jackson
    OF – Stanton
    U – Moustakas

    SP – Gallardo
    SP – Harvey
    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Teheran
    SP – Peavey
    RP – Holland
    RP – Nathan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: I like Team 2 better… 1 isn’t bad, but a bit low on average and a tad higher on pitching than hitting in general…

  41. curse420 says:
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    good morning ,, you know i once lived on albright ave. in scranton PA.
    someone anyone rate my shizzzzz
    c sal perez
    1 paul goldschmidt
    2 ian kinsler
    3 miguel cabrera
    ss josh rutledge
    lf desmond jennings
    cf mike trout
    rf shin soo-choo
    of alex gordon
    util todd frazier
    bench youkalis
    bench rausmus

    p hamels
    p moore
    p samardzija
    p peavy
    p estrada
    rp rivera
    rp boggs

    bench alburquerqe
    bench ryu
    bench fiers
    bench frieri
    bench dempster
    this is a 12 team h2h each category had to keep 3 keepers was hamels trout and cabrera
    input wood be appreciated thank god i moved off of albright ave…

    • Grey

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      @curse420: I cut the ribbon for that street opening… Your team looks a tad low on speed and saves, which isn’t terrible… SAGNOF!

  42. ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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    How about clockblock?

    verb: The Mets are clockblocking d’Arnaud.
    noun: John buck is a clockblock.

      • ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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        @Grey: grey minds think alike!

  43. Jake says:
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    “Speaking of which, we should have a glossary term for the act of holding back a prospect because of his arbitration clock. Please suggest in the comments.”

    April showers bring May flowers
    What do Mayflowers bring?
    Pilgrims!

    By getting held out of April and May at a minimum for arb clock reasons, d’Arnaud becomes the latest in a string of fantasy baseball Pilgrims, tossing about in rickety old boats in the Atlantic ocean until they finally land in Boston (you know, or whatever) and achieve fantasy relevance for which we will surely give thanks in November when celebrating fantasy victories with Squanto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake: That’s funny, but takes a lot of explaining…

  44. tenaciousdeucer says:
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    “Clock-Block” is so obvious but how about…

    First Trimester Playbortion?

  45. nightpandas says:
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    Who do you like as a potential 3rd closer (15 team league). For RP I have Cishek, Perkings, Robinson:

    Al Al or Fujikawa

  46. smegma says:
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    I have 2 open DL slots…should I drop Fiers (and try to get him back) to stash the following (none are DL eligible at the moment but should be soon). Hammel and Doubront are also available if for some reason someone claims Fiers off waivers before I get a chance to get him back.

    Eaton
    Beachy
    Jeter (have Rutledge as SS and hope he pans out, plus Jeter’s not getting any younger)
    A-Rod (DL eligible but not excited about him)

    • Grey

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      @smegma: I’d stash Jeter and Eaton…

  47. Fungus says:
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    Hi Grey, drafting tonight.

    I’m going to rely on your rankings primarily, but we use OPS instead of AVG. Which players in your top 100 would move up or down significantly in such a league?

    I can’t find rankings anywhere for this kind of league. Many thanks, friend…..

      • Fungus says:
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        @Grey: Hmmm, some really big differences on some players. Check it out:

        Grey OPS rank Name
        1 2 Cabrera, Miguel
        2 3 Braun, Ryan
        3 9 McCutchen, Andrew
        4 1 Trout, Mike
        5 6 Cano, Robinson
        6 5 Pujols, Albert
        7 10 Fielder, Prince
        8 8 Votto, Joey
        9 4 Stanton, Giancarlo
        10 12 Upton, Justin
        11 7 Gonzalez, Carlos
        12 29 Longoria, Evan
        13 23 Jones, Adam
        14 10 Kemp, Matt
        15 38 Hamilton, Josh
        16 20 Beltre, Adrian
        17 35 Kinsler, Ian
        18 13 Bautista, Jose
        19 18 Goldschmidt, Paul
        20 22 Gonzalez, Adrian
        22 20 Tulowitzki, Troy
        23 24 Reyes, Jose
        24 15 Pedroia, Dustin
        26 45 Zimmerman, Ryan
        27 43 Encarnacion, Edwin
        28 26 Wright, David
        29 13 Holliday, Matt
        30 17 Posey, Buster
        31 27 Ramirez, Hanley
        32 46 Castro, Starlin
        34 16 Bruce, Jay
        35 59 Choo, Shin-Soo
        36 19 Heyward, Jason
        37 30 Harper, Bryce
        38 34 Phillips, Brandon
        39 30 Zobrist, Ben
        43 41 Sandoval, Pablo
        44 63 Headley, Chase
        46 25 Upton, B.J.
        47 73 Rollins, Jimmy
        49 96 Jennings, Desmond
        50 148 Granderson, Curtis
        51 40 Ellsbury, Jacoby
        52 36 Cespedes, Yoenis
        59 33 Butler, Billy
        60 56 Davis, Ike
        61 77 Craig, Allen
        62 56 Santana, Carlos
        63 74 Desmond, Ian
        67 48 Ramirez, Aramis
        68 105 Lawrie, Brett
        70 50 Hill, Aaron
        71 66 Andrus, Elvis
        72 51 Jackson, Austin
        73 42 Gordon, Alex
        74 68 Pence, Hunter
        75 49 Rios, Alex
        76 43 Cruz, Nelson
        77 94 Beltran, Carlos
        78 55 Freeman, Freddie
        79 117 Trumbo, Mark
        90 113 Espinosa, Danny
        91 28 Rizzo, Anthony
        92 76 Wieters, Matt
        93 53 Mauer, Joe
        96 107 Davis, Chris
        101 32 Rutledge, Josh
        102 84 Hosmer, Eric
        103 108 Frazier, Todd
        104 78 Ortiz, David
        105 75 Howard, Ryan
        106 162 Teixeira, Mark
        107 173 Morales, Kendrys
        108 39 Cabrera, Asdrubal
        109 36 Altuve, Jose
        110 153 Perez, Salvador
        114 51 Willingham, Josh
        115 69 Victorino, Shane
        116 208 Bonifacio, Emilio
        117 106 Martinez, Victor
        118 71 Weeks, Rickie
        119 46 Kipnis, Jason
        120 168 Seager, Kyle
        121 89 Utley, Chase
        122 110 Uggla, Dan
        123 61 Prado, Martin
        124 89 Suzuki, Ichiro
        125 101 Bourn, Michael
        126 84 Hunter, Torii
        127 65 Ethier, Andre
        128 94 Markakis, Nick
        129 70 Reddick, Josh
        130 59 Aoki, Norichika
        131 91 Fowler, Dexter
        138 58 Rosario, Wilin

        • Grey

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          @Fungus: Yeah, could see that… Still wouldn’t draft a catcher early though…

          • Fungus says:
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            @Grey: Some notable differences:

            101 32 Rutledge
            93 53 Mauer
            12 29 Longo
            15 38 Josh H
            17 35 Kinsler
            26 45 Ryan Z
            27 43 Encarcion
            29 13 Holliday
            35 59 Choo
            36 19 Heyward
            49 96 Jennings
            59 33 Moobs
            52 36 Cespedes

            Do you believe any of these? With the 8th and 13th picks, I think I have a good chance of staring at Longo at 13. I might just grab Verlander or Bautista there. Rutledge is a sure pick up for SS.

            • @Fungus: You can see why Rutledge ended up on a lot of our teams. He should make it to the 8th round at least.

              I’d rather have Harper/Heyward at #13 than Longoria. Too early in my book to draft Verlander. Bautista’s not bad but prefer Harper/Heyward speed.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I believe them, they’re from my site… I’d take Longo…

  48. VincVo says:
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    12 team H2H-

    Should I hold or should I drop Gee or Street for Boggs?

    Bumgarner, Madison(P) SF
    Chapman, Aroldis(P) CIN
    Harvey, Matt(P) NYM
    Milone, Tommy(P) OAK
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(P) LAD
    Teheran, Julio(P) ATL
    Zimmermann, Jordan(P) WAS

    Gee, Dillon(P) NYM
    Street, Huston(P) SD

    • Grey

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      @VincVo: Lose Gee for him…

      • VincVo says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:
        Someone got to Boggs before me…

        Bud Norris and Ryan Maddson are on the waiver. Should I drop Gee for one of them?

  49. mhfella says:
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    Hey there. L. Martin or Hicks? Thanks.

  50. TheNewGuy says:
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    Gotta have some mention of Arbys in it somewhere.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @TheNewGuy: If thats in reference to my earlier posting, then thank you. If you are just hungry like me, then I feel your hunger pains

  51. Dominic says:
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    So what do you think of this Yasiel Puig kid? Is he going to be any good. With all these LA injuries you think he is going to have value now?

    • Dominic says:
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      @Dominic: Oh and interesting stat about him. He is one of the few players to have a BA .527 higher than his OBP .509. I don’t know how that is possible and I don’t know if it’s a good thing but its something…

    • Grey

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      @Dominic: BA above his OBP isn’t easy… I think he’s too young to have value right now… He’s just having a great spring…

  52. byron from austin says:
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    good monday mornin, Grey! i had my $$ league draft last night, and even though i went sp/sp in rd 2/3, i STILL want you to be proud of me!… and still perhaps offer a word or two of advice.
    5×5 roto, 12-team, 1500ip cap, but with a few more offensive positions than i’m used to (ci, mi, 4th outfielder). i’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, cept for one area i’ll talk about in a sec. here’s how i drafted out of the 8th spot:

    c: carlos santana (6th rd)
    1b: ike davis (9)
    2b: ian kinsler (4)
    3b: aramis ramirez (7)
    ss: josh rutledge (11)
    ci: david ortiz (10)
    mi: pete kozma (28) lulz
    of: andrew mccutchen (1)
    of: shin-soo choo (5)
    of: alex gordon (8)
    of: todd frazier (12)
    util: manny machado (21)
    bn: domonic brown (23) jurickson profar (24) nolan reimold (27)

    sp: felix hernandez (2)
    sp: zack greinke (3)
    sp: mike minor (17)
    sp: aj burnett (18)
    sp: julio teheran (20)
    sp: brandon beachy (22) (dl til june-ish)
    sp: mike fiers (25)
    sp: dylan bundy (26)

    rp: greg holland (13)
    rp: huston street (14)
    rp: casey janssen (15)
    rp: steve cishek (16)
    rp: david robertson (19)

    so yeah i whiffed on MI, by waiting way too long on bonifacio, sagura, and cozart. i got yucky stinky pete kozma for now. do you think i’d be better off with nakajima, ciriaco(fuck drew), or beckham?

    also yeah i’m hella low on steals. if beachy goes on the dl in time, i suppose i would pick up adam hicks and hope for those 25 steals. i could move quicker to grab him, but i’d have to drop brown or reimold. thoughts on these two issues, sir? it’d be soooo appreciated. and yeah, i hope that aside from rd2/3, this looks like a razzball-style team :D

    byron from austin

    • byron from austin says:
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      @byron from austin:

      eduardo nunez also just landed on waivers…

    • Grey

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      @byron from austin: You whiffed your MI because your pitching is too good… There’s no reason to have Greinke and F-Her… Lose Reimold for Aaron Hicks…

      • Byron from Austin says:
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        @Grey:
        thanks grey. yeah I went over the top on starters, for sure. I took a shot at dominating the pitching cats, cause I always seem to do just fine on offense. appreciate the reply, have a good week homie!

      • byron from austin says:
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        @Grey:

        alright grey, i think i fixed it!!

        added hicks when when beachy went on the dl, and traded teheran to get segura and milone. boom! lookin good now?

  53. charlie batch says:
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    back for another year, thank for the consistently great content

    could you evaluate my team? 12-team, h2h points (with Ks and CS weighted against batters). Pitching went extremely early because some people think the scoring is lopsided against pitchers (it isnt, IMO), so I got a LOT of bargain bats, but it left my pitching extremely thin. this is a very deep league – there were almost 0 noticeable SP names on free agency.

    anywho, tell me what you think!

    c – miguel montero (268)
    1b – adrian gonzalez (45)
    2b – rutledge (141)
    3b – miguel cabrera (4!)
    ss – rollins (93)
    ci – longoria (21)
    mi – jean segura (285)
    of – adam jones (28)
    of – desmond jennings (69)
    of – alex gordon (117)
    of – josh reddick (172)
    of – logan morrison (357)
    util – sandoval (76)
    util – kendrys morales (189)

    p – bumgarner (52)
    p – peavy (100)
    p – niese (124)
    p – harvey (148)
    p – estrada (165)
    p – doubront (196)
    p – fiers (213)
    p – norris (220)
    p – gee (237)
    bn – eovaldi (244)
    bn – bauer (261)
    bn – shelby miller (292)
    bn – villaneuva (309)
    bn – leblanc (316)
    bn – beachy (333)
    bn – straily (340)

    thanks!

    • Grey

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      @charlie batch: Wow, your hitting is stacked… Really nice… Your pitching is decent enough too… Overall, very solid team…

    • Hooverville says:
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      @charlie batch: You’ll want to drop one or two of those bench SPs and pick up another Util player as it looks like Sandoval is going to start the year on the DL

  54. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Grey: The Closer Casualty Counter has moved again since the begining of spring training… First Francisco, then Broxton and now Motte… Perez is iffy as is Rondon and Hanrahan..

    We are at 33 officially on the ESPN Closer Chart….I will be surprised -even shocked – if we don’t hit over 50 closers again this year…

    The closer’s role in FBB has become the biggest wild card there is now in the game… That’s why I draft plenty of them… Disposable

    I gave up on McCann 2 years ago… He is toast..

    On Hicks for ESPN or Yahoo… Pierre sits only 15% owned in Yahoo 9%… A good BA guy too…
    Making Hicks a puddle guy in most leagues after Juan..

    On Panda even on the Giants broadcasts they joke about his weight…. The A’s BC team certainly was doing so on Saturday… How can a MLB player/team not have a weight clause in their contracts in this day and age???

    Of course, the Bulk (HAHAHA) of the Tiggers line up would be in violation of their contracts then… You should make up an all-you-can-eat team…

    Week’s Told ya so!!!!!… He opened his mouth too much last year at the wrong time… I’m still surprised, he has not been traded – No team wants him is my guess.. At least for what the A’s would like to get for him… I think, they will get little for him ever…

    Strange spring…

    Stranger year on tout boards/sheets .. They are all over the place like never before… The OFer charts are at war with each other…

    Of course, yours and Rudy’s Razzball chart is the personification of perfection per usual..

    • T Moore says:
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      @T Moore:

      Left out Toronto’s walking wounded would-be corps.. Janssen is coming back????

    • Grey

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      @T Moore: Janssen’s supposed to come back for the start of the season… I bet he misses a week… Yeah, I hear ya on Weeks… Could be in the Cards (get it?)…. Closers are on the never-ending closerousel…

  55. Jon says:
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    Looks like clock-block is the overwhelming majority. I can’t think of anything better.

    Would you trade any of Gee, Cobb, Hammel or Cashner for Gyorko?

    • Jon says:
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      …or Straily would be another possibility to deal for Jedd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I’d trade Hammel, Straily, Cobb… In that order…

  56. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Are you kidding me? Just did my first draft yesterday and the first closer I took was Motte, imagine my luck!! Despite that crap news, I think my team is rather solid – thank you for your tips. I got a hold of McCuthchen, Ad. Jones, and your boy Estrada so I have reason for optimism.

  57. BASH says:
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    16 team keeper h2h draft last night. I know my pitching is awful how should I fix? Thx

    C Doumit
    1b Ike davis
    2b Rutledge
    SS Hanley/Segura
    3b Lawrie
    OF Kemp
    OF J Upton
    OF H Pence
    U A Jackson / Aoki

    SP Garza
    SP Hughes
    SP Milone
    SP Detwiler
    SP Buerhle
    RP Street
    RP Wilhelmson

    Bench – Gardner / Olt / Salty / B Wallace / Barney
    Pen – Gee / Archer /Cingrani / Eovaldi

    Thanks GREY

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BASH: Yeah, it does look bad… I’d try to fix it now if possible… Maybe trade Jackson and just play Gardner…

  58. T Moore says:
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    Strange move by A’s to pick up the giant of a player Freiman off the wavier wire.from Houston.. He is 6-8 or 9…. HUGE… Nice numbers through AA… Think, they will try an sneak him through to the minors… SD rule 5 guy…

    The guy who got sent down with Weeks – Peterson had a great spring..
    I can’t figure out why the A’s are not working more of their quality OFers at 1st base… Stupid!!!

    Sorry, for the more than needed info regarding the A’s… I just lost myself here… Should have sent this telepathically to you rather than taking up comment space on your jammed site

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Weird, I received this news telepathically as well…

  59. Cheese says:
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    Grey, you once said, “A pitching staff of Hammel, Doubront, Estrada, Cashner, Fiers and Harvey is probably all you need in most 10 team leagues. I’m not messing with you. Though it would take Rocky Dennis-sized balls to draft that pitching staff.” And that’s me quoting Grey! So I took the challenge, and drafted this team…

    16 team H2H 8×8
    H, R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG, SLG
    W, QS, K, ERA, WHIP, SV, HLD, K/BB
    No bench spots, all roster spots must be filled

    C – Matt Wieters (5.75)
    C – John Buck (21.331)
    1B – Prince Fielder (1.11)
    2B – Jose Altuve (6.86)
    3B – Jose Arenado (13.203)
    SS – Ben Zobrist (4.54)
    CI – Paul Goldschmidt (3.43)
    MI – Josh Rutledge (11.171)
    LF – Carl Crawford (7.107)
    CF – Ben Revere (12.182)
    RF – Justin Upton (2.22)
    OF – Nick Swisher (8.118)
    OF – Michael Morse (9.139)
    Util – Lance Berkman (10.150)

    SP – Jonathon Niese (14.214)
    SP – Hyun-Jin Ryu (15.235)
    SP – Kyle Kendrick (18.278)
    SP – Bud Norris (19.299)
    SP – Jason Hammel (20.310)
    RP – Hisashi Iwakuma (16.246)
    RP – Andrew Cashner (17.267)
    RP – Joel Peralta (22.342)
    RP – Antonio Bastardo (23.363)

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese: Nice balls! Team looks solid, be nice to see a bit better offense, but it is a deep-ish league, so it should be competitive…

  60. crock says:
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    In a 14 team league ideally what round would take your first pitcher? Also how many pitchers would you like to have after 10 rds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock: Round 5… 2 SPs…

  61. Brettj72 says:
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    How far down would you drop Sandoval in the top 100 now that he is hurt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brettj72: He shouldn’t be out long, I wouldn’t drop him more than a round at most…

      • Powerslave says:
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        @Grey:If you “drop” panda, make sure he doesn’t land on top of any closers…, please…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…

  62. CT Old School says:
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    I love Clock block, but thought I’d throw another one out ther…

    Premature emasculation

  63. I like Clock Block as been mentioned…

    Speaking of which I went pretty prospect crazy at the end of my draft and need to grab at least an MI with Hanley recovering (thinking Dee Gordon if he gets the starting nod) but my question has more to do with which one of these will be called up first?

    Myers, Bundy or Bauer as they are all currently on my squad. I am thinking of holding onto Myers and letting the pitchers go as we all know how fun rookie pitchers can be but wanted to get peeps opinion. I actually think I will be dropping Broxton first now that he is not closing but my league is too deep and tight to roll with three NA bench spots. so first sign of panic I am thinking Bauer – Bundy – Myers in that order get dropped.

  64. JoeG says:
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    Just Drafted,Please Rate:
    4th Pick in a 13team mixed roto snake daily moves league:
    C Miguel Montero, Ari C
    1B Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B
    2B Jeff Keppinger, CWS 3B, 1B, 2B,
    3B David Freese, StL 3B
    SS Jose Reyes, Tor SS
    2B/SS Josh Rutledge, Col SS
    1B/3B Mike Moustakas, KC 3B
    OF Ryan Braun, Mil OF
    OF Jay Bruce, Cin OF
    OF Starling Marte, Pit OF
    OF Leonys Martin, Tex OF
    UTIL Todd Frazier, Cin 3B, 1B
    UTIL Denard Span, Wsh OF
    P Hiroki Kuroda, NYY SP
    P Jaime Garcia, StL SP
    SP Adam Wainwright, StL SP
    SP Chris Sale, CWS SP
    SP Zack Greinke, LAD SP
    SP Mike Minor, Atl SP
    RP Ernesto Frieri, LAA RP
    RP Steve Cishek, Mia RP
    RP Mitchell Boggs, StL RP
    Bench Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle 3B
    Bench Andrew Cashner, SD RP, SP
    Bench Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD SP
    Bench Tyler Colvin, Col OF, 1B
    Bench Yunel Escobar, TB SS
    Bench Gerardo Parra, Ari OF
    Bench David Phelps, NYY SP, RP

    • JoeG says:
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      @JoeG:
      Its a 6×6 league. Ops and Total K’s and K’s/9ip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG: Your pitching looks pretty heavy up front and light on the back… Which isn’t a bad thing necessarily… Your hitting looks okay, infield is a bit wonky…

  65. Steve says:
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    Did a NFBC draft last night. 12 team 5×5 Roto. How did I do?
    5X5 Roto $1000 FAAB
    C Lucroy, Jaso
    1B Fielder
    2B Phillips
    3B Sandoval
    SS Aybar
    CI Freese
    MI E.Cabrera
    OF Stanton, Bruce, Jennings, Melky, Revere
    SP Felix, J.Zimmerman, M.Estrada, Parker, Niese, McCarthy
    RP Rivera, Romo
    BN W.Myers, M.Young, Puig, Beachy, Luebke, Strailey, Pettitte

    • Nate Marcum says:
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      @Steve:Looks like a solid mix of power and speed. If ave can hold up with a few of the OF’s, very solid there also. Pitching appears weak initially, but upside could produce a solid rotation.

  66. Trevor

    Trevor says:
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    Question for Anyone,

    What is the best site to buy a Fantasy Baseball Draft Board with Player labels? Anyone have experience buying from some sites. I’m looking to get one by this Saturday.

    • Q says:
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      CBS has one….not sure you could get it by the weekend. I think theirs is free, but you might have to do your league through them. Not sure if they sell separately or not.

  67. Moth Blue Ball says:
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    Noitartibra.

    After my draft, I need to pee and find emetics. So I can go play craps with my elbow and the nice croupier. Vegas, baby!

  68. UZR is a Joke says:
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    I think I like Clock Blocked.

    Question: We keep 1 player this season, next season one hitter one pitcher, season 3: 1 hitter/1 pitcher/flex, season 4 2 hitters/2 pitchers, season 5 2 hitters/2 pitcher/1 flex, season 6 is a reset year.

    I kept Cano this year, and would probably be keeping him at least through next year.

    I have the second pick in the draft. Do I take Strasburg since I have to keep a pitcher every year, and he is likely to continue to be Tier 1 pitcher? Or do I go with McCutchen or Fielder, who ever isn’t drafted first. Kershaw would also be available, but I can’t see taking him there.

    We do 7×7, normal five plus TB and OPS for hitters and normal 5 plus QS and K/9 for pitchers. Because of the redundant additional power categories, I actually have Fielder ranked higher than McCutchen, and we only use 3 OF, so OFers can be had later most likely.

      • UZR is a Joke says:
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        @Grey: Thanks…

  69. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    How about the “Super 2 Screw”? Did my 12-team 6×6 (OBP for AVG) H2H (3OF) and one minors spot draft out of the 9-Hole last night as follows:

    Pal Joey – 1B
    Joey Bats – OF
    Harper – OF
    Zimm – 3B
    Greinke – SP
    Chapman – RP
    Latos – SP
    Jennings – OF
    MMoore – SP
    Rutledge – SS
    Homer – SP
    Utley – 2B
    Jesus – C
    Milone – SP
    Shelby – RP,SP
    Ryu – SP
    FU Panda – UT
    Myers – (M)
    Garza – (DL)
    Janssen – RP
    Erasmo – SP
    Boggs – RP

    Frazier and Hicks are available on the WW to fill in for Panda. Thoughts and Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AnotherFalstaff: I like clockblock better… Your pitching looks better than it needs to be and it’s hurt your hitting a tad… Team doesn’t look bad though…

  70. Elwood Blues says:
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    Boggs at $10 and League at $10.. which is better trade target? NL Only 4×4

  71. MIke says:
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    2 terms:
    prospho – a dynasty leaguer who drafts and hoards all the prospects in hopes of finding the next Trout
    prospimps: teams that crap all over the prospho hopes

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @MIke: what about a prosophile or he is suffering from prosphelia

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Grey: I wasnt proposing, just playing with his. short eyes covers so much

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            True…

  72. The dictionary term for teams holding players back because of the arbitration clock? How about: clockblocking?

  73. jbird669 says:
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    Had my auction yesterday in the league I helped found 20 years ago. 5×5 $260 in season cap, no IP max. Last 8 guys are my keepers, 18% draft inflation. Whattya think?

    Edwin Jackson(ChC – P) $4
    Justin Upton(Atl – OF) $36
    Dustin Pedroia(Bos – 2B) $29
    Josh Reddick(Oak – OF) $14
    Martin Prado(Ari – 2B,3B,SS,OF) $18
    Adam LaRoche(Was – 1B) $9
    Nick Markakis(Bal – OF) $15
    Wilin Rosario(Col – C) $9
    John Axford(Mil – P) $13
    Josh Beckett(LAD – P) $5
    Josh Rutledge(Col – 2B,SS) $1
    Bobby Parnell(NYM – P) $8
    Brandon Belt(SF – 1B) $5
    Alcides Escobar(KC – SS) $8
    Mike Fiers(Mil – P) $8
    Tommy Milone(Oak – P) $9
    Drew Smyly(Det – P) $3
    Cory Luebke(SD – P) $4
    KEEPERS
    Glen Perkins (Min – P) $3
    Cliff Lee (Phi – P) $17
    Kenley Jansen (LAD – P) $4
    Joaquin Benoit (Det – P) $3
    Michael Morse (Sea – OF) $4
    Norichika Aoki (Mil – OF) $3
    Howie Kendrick (LAA – 2B) $8
    Edwin Encarnacion (Tor – 1B) $2

    • jbird669 says:
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      One caveat our league instituted: any leftover auction $ goes into FAAB, subject to the cap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jbird669: No idea how many teams…

      • jbird669 says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry 12 team

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You look pretty light on power and your pitching looks to be a mess…

          • jbird669 says:
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            @Grey:
            I know pitching needs work, but a mess? Wow, worse than I thought.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hey, anything can happen and it’s still early… Don’t love it though, sorry…

  74. Ewoks says:
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    IPA (Individual Prospect Account), the prospect pays in, the team rarely pays out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ewoks: Not bad for something else maybe, but doesn’t capture the situation here… The prospect will be up, just not on Opening Day due to arbitration…

  75. Kid A says:
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    Was that a Kurt Vonnegut reference I just read?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kid A: I think it was…

  76. Lastros says:
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    Hey Grey, I just drafted last night and wanted to know what you think of my team. It’s a 12 team H2H keeper league, and we’ll be keeping 10 players at the end of the season.

    C – A.J. Pierzynski
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Jose Altuve
    3B – Mike Moustakas
    SS – Josh Rutledge
    IF – Ike Davis
    LF – Desmond Jennings
    CF – Adam Jones
    RF – Giancarlo Stanton
    OF – Justin Upton
    Util – B.J. Upton
    Util – Eric Hosmer
    Bench – Oscar Taveras

    SP – Jonathan Niese
    SP – Jarrod Parker
    SP – Homer Bailey
    SP – Jake Peavy
    P – Mike Minor
    P – Tommy Milone
    RP – Kenley Jansen
    RP – Tom Wilhelmsen
    RP – Glen Perkins
    Bench – Brandon Beachy
    Bench – Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Bench – Mike Fiers
    Bench – Andrew Cashner
    Bench – Cory Luebke

    There was a huge run on starting pitchers early. That, coupled with my slow trigger finger, resulted in my getting shut out of the top 20-30 starters altogether. I tried to make up for it by taking a quantity approach: drafting a bunch of upside starters in the hope that some of them pan out. What are your thoughts? What do you think of my team as a whole? Thank you for your help. You have some of the best musings on the interwebz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lastros: I think your pitching is a tad weak, but your hitting is excellent… I like the team…

      • Lastros says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, that makes me feel a lot better.

        I know you like Ike Davis a little bit more than Rizzo for this season, but in a keeper league, which player would you rather have?

        And did I go overboard with drafting Goldschmidt, Davis, and Hosmer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rizzo… Nah, you didn’t go overboard…

  77. Cyr says:
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    For glossary term:

    “Prospectile dysfunction” …just can’t get em up…

    clock block is too similar to prospblock, methinks.

    “The Mets are sure having a severe case of prospectile dysfunction with d’Arnaud.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cyr: Ha… Not bad at all… I think that’s more for a team like the Yankees that buy vets over producing prospects…

  78. skinny malinky says:
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    How about Arbitration Hesitation?

  79. HowieWan says:
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    A stud prospect being sent down by scheming management to lengthen their control of said player?

    I’d call that a Ponzi.

    “Wil Meyers is a total Ponzi this year.”
    “Tampa Bay Ponzied Myers again this spring.”

    Could also be said of the managing GM of a team – “He’s a freakin’ Ponzi for sending Myers down.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HowieWan: I think we have better above…

  80. Hawk says:
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    There hasn’t been such an over-the-hill, overweight Wells looking for bit roles in NYC after California rejection since Orson toiled on Madison Ave. in the 70?s.

    I was going to make a David Wells comment but his last season with the Yankees was actually good so there goes that.

    • T Moore says:
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      @Hawk:

      Sounds like a decent deal for the Yanks… The Angels ate most of his contract

  81. T Moore says:
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    Any thoughts on the Twinkie’s middle infield … Dozier vs Carroll vs Florimon vs Escobar…

    Bargains here???

    Any discussion of this mix ought to stop commentors in their tracks…

    Makes Houston’s look like world beaters? IMO??

    I’m waiting… Still waiting!!! My beard and finger nails are growing!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Ha! Yeah, that infield’s putrid…

  82. Oaktown Steve says:
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    $1000 FAAB bucks on a team committed to chasing saves in season. How much do you blow? Or is it too early to say.

    • Oaktown Steve says:
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      @Oaktown Steve:

      Also, slightly deeper league pitching option for you: Carlos Villanueva. Seen some potential in him. He’s got a rotation spot to start the season. Shouldn’t be too hard to lock that down given the competition in Chicago. Always had a nice K rate. Guy has good stuff.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Oaktown Steve: I was thinking the same thing, almost got him late in a 20 teamer i drafted this weekend. What about Gorzelany as the special dark horse for saves?……when Marmol amd Fujikawa can’t hold it down.

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          @Jack Full of Hate:

          I think Fujikawa is going to be good. There have been some quality reliever imported from Japan. Where Japanese MIs tend to be fails, the closers seen to translate well.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @OaktownSteve: in the their first year or two, usually its the crazy delivery, but it catches up with them at some point

            • Oaktown Steve says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate:

              Like Sasaki’s rookie year with the Mariners. 37 saves, 11.2 K/9 rate.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Oaktown Steve: Saito’s first couple of years with the Dodgers. That first year he was untouchable

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate:

                  Uehara has been quietly filthy the last few years.

                • T Moore says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate:

                  Steve:

                  Really like the liberal FAAB money concept… Fought for it for years in my Ultra league… The fellas just could or would not get it…

                  The answer to your question is how strong your closer corps is going in and how lucky you are…

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @T Moore:

                    FAAB is great, but also brutal. All fun and games until you’ve blown more than at 10th of your allowance on Mitch Boggs and find out you overbid by 2x only to have him blow his one save opportunity and get replaced by Salas or Rosenthal. Then it’s not so fun.

                    I only drafted one closer, so I will be chasing. Just need to chase the right opportunities.

  83. fri-guy says:
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    what about AAAxile for a prospect being sent down for service clock reasons? “triple-a-xile”,

    as in “I’m gonna need to grab someone for when Wil Myers is in AAAxile until mid-May”?

    • Grey

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      @fri-guy: I think we have better above…

  84. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Feeling good and talky today… Sorry for the multi posts O Great One…

    Yanks deal looks solid for them…. Angels to eat the bulk of salary…

    Seeing 6 million for 2 years of Wells … Rather cheap by todays standards – If you ask me…

    Will the commish bulk at it??? Never happen…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Deal would be better if it wasn’t for Wells…

  85. Andrew says:
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    you should call it a “clock casualty”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: I think we have better above…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        O dear!!!

  86. Triple-D says:
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    Dear Grey,

    I was just proposed a trade: Mark Teixeira for my Curtis Granderson. Should I accept? WWGD (What Would Grey Do)?

    -Triple D

  87. supra says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Keeper Draft coming up, I have picks 4 & 5. Who are the top 5 you would target in my shoes? Need C, SS, OF… SP?

    My keepers:
    C –
    1B – AGon
    2B – Pedroia
    SS –
    3B – A.Ramirez
    IF – Goldschmidt
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Choo
    OF –
    UTIL – Rizzo
    UTIL –
    SP – Bumgarner
    SP – Medlen
    P – Gallardo
    P – S.Miller
    P –
    RP –
    RP –

    Available:
    BJ Upton
    Wainwright
    Ike Davis
    Pence
    Rios
    Beltran
    Shields
    Wieters
    Cueto
    Halladay
    Lester
    Rutledge
    Frazier
    Howard
    Morrow
    V-Mart
    Freese

      • supra says:
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        @Grey: He might be gone, I have overall picks #4 & #5… should I stick with your best available rankings above, or should I reach for Wieters or VMart with 1 of the picks? Thanks man…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Best available…

  88. nightpandas says:
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    held up at the arbitration station….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better above…

  89. BSW says:
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    12 team league, 1 Catcher, No Mi/CI, 3OF
    6×6 with OPS and Holds. I think I’m pretty solid. Any obvious holes?

    C Miguel Montero, Ari C
    1B Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
    2B Ian Kinsler, Tex 2B
    3B Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B
    SS Elvis Andrus, Tex SS
    OF Adam Jones, Bal OF
    OF Desmond Jennings, TB OF
    OF Shin-Soo Choo, Cin OF
    UTIL Hunter Pence, SF OF
    P Zack Greinke, LAD SP DTD
    P Yovani Gallardo, Mil SP
    P Jake Peavy, CWS SP
    P Jarrod Parker, Oak SP
    P Addison Reed, CWS RP
    P David Robertson, NYY RP
    P Tommy Milone, Oak SP
    P Kenley Jansen, LAD RP
    P Glen Perkins, Min RP
    Bench Marco Estrada, Mil SP
    Bench Bobby Parnell, NYM RP
    Bench Eric O’Flaherty, Atl RP
    Bench Scott Downs, LAA RP

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSW: You look a tad light on OPS… Team looks solid though…

  90. Rick says:
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    So went to my draft on Saturday, confident with Grey’s rankings in hand, and walked away with a solid team including Motte and Sandoval. Was a little surprised they stayed on the board so long. Duh……. The rest of the relievers were swept off the board before the laughing stopped. I’ve got a good outfield and am thinking of offering Kemp for Longoria and pray for Motte (I’ve got Cisek and K. Jansen). Does this sound like a good deal and also, do you have any suggestions for handcuffs for shaky relievers? Thanks.

    • Grey

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      @Rick: I’d hold for now…

  91. g-stav says:
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    Hey, grey-t article
    I got q question for ya. I have 3 closers: Romo, grilli, and Chris perez. Ernesto frieri and Boggs are available and I’m thinking of dropping grilli and Perez for both of them seeing as Boggs and friery will be closing for possible 95+ win teams, however they don’t have as much security on the job as grilli and Perez… Help me grey!! Please of course

  92. Steve D. says:
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    Thoughts on Kyle Lohse’s value with the Brew Crew? He’s on my waiver wire in a 10 team league.

  93. Rachet77 says:
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    Here’s a couple ideas:
    Prospholed – The art of a cagey veteran managing to hang in the bigs prolonging their below average career, while the top prospect “takes it from behind” by the organization.

    Woodersoned – The act of an older man out of his element trying to hang on to their youth and past success while going after the new hot girl. While the new hot girl is initially intrigued by this man, she ultimately sees right through his act, blows him off (figuratively, not literally), and goes on to become the most popular girl in school.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rachet77: I think we have better above…

  94. matt g says:
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    Stopatration

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better above…

  95. Justin says:
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    Sir Grey,
    I did my first ever auction draft last night (aside from a mock), and the prices seemed crazy high to me. Can you help a brother out with any quick thoughts on my team? It’s a 16 team, head to head, 6×6 league w/ OPS and Walks being the extra categories. Each team got to keep 3 players (I inherited someone’s team, then traded Posey for Goldschmidt).

    C – Napoli ($16)
    1b – Goldschmidt ($12 – keeper)
    2b – A. Hill ($1 – keeper)
    ss – Rutledge ($17)
    3b – Middlebrooks ($23)
    OF – Cespedes ($8 – keeper)
    OF – Holliday ($42)
    OF – A. Jackson ($25)
    UTIL – F. Freeman ($30)
    BN – C. Hart ($2)
    BN – S. Marte ($6)
    SP – Niese ($7), Zimmerman ($19), Vogelsong ($8), AJ Burnett ($5), P. Hughes ($1), HJ Ryu ($7)
    RP – Nathan ($12), Axford ($10), Madson ($3)

    To give you some context, Tulo went for $62, Beltre for $61, J Upton for $63, Kinsler for $41, Reyes for $42. Nutso. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Team looks solid… You look a tad light on speed which isn’t bad with the other categories in H2H…. Pitching looks good enough…

      • Justin says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. I noticed I was light on speed and almost targeted Escobar over Rutledge, but I couldn’t stray from Rutledge’s shiny upside. I also tried to avoid steals-only guys and stay with folks who’d contribute across multiple categories. Madson and Hart will be on the DL for a bit and I have two DL spots to use, so I’m probably going to pick up A. Hicks for some speed. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  96. james d says:
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    Thoughts on the following?

    12 team h2h with 2 forever keepers (Jupt and Longoria for me this year)
    5×5 plus OPS, Fielding % (lol), QS and Holds

    C: Matt Wieters
    1b: Paul Goldschmidt, Brandon Belt
    2b: Jason Kipnis
    3b: Evan Longoria
    SS: Josh Rutledge, Hanley Ramirez
    LF: Alex Gordon
    CF: Adam Jones
    RF: Justin Upton
    Util: Nirichika Aoki (all three OF tags)

    SP: Gio Gonzalez, Yovanni Gallardo, Doug Fister, Marco Estrada, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Andrew Cashner
    RP: Tom Wilhemlsen, Jason Grilli, Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano

    Seems a good enough team to compete. I’m most interested in (1) look ok? (2) things I should look for on the wire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Yup 2) Nothing as of right now… Hitting looks great… Pitching looks less than terrific, but it’s early and SPs will emerge…

  97. Todd25 says:
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    Greybeard,
    Oh captain, my captain…

    in a 10-teamer H2H redraft, i won our draft position selection via March Madness bracket, sooo what draft position this year would you like best?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      7

      • Todd25 says:
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        @Grey: my interest is peaked… not what i thought you’d say…
        1) what do you see particularly alluring about pick 7? please expound.
        2)from that spot would you be going down the lines of: Fielder/Votto/Pujols – Longo – Jones – Holiday/Castro?
        3) i think Funston caught your Giancarlo love, hes been moved up to 10 on yahoo, would you consider something to the tune of: Stanton – Longo – Jones – AuShizz?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1) You get two top players 2) Yup… Top 1st baseman and top OF or Longo… 3) I would…

  98. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    When i was on this morning i thought of clock block, but from experience, thought it sounded too much like prosblock and could confuse readers. Just want to throw some more out there for shizz and giggles:

    in an appeal to your love of EPMD,

    STRICTLY BUSINESS – “were sorry Travis, we would love you up with the big club right now but we just don’t want to start the arbitration clock yet, it’s Strictly Business”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do love EPMD but I think clockblock is funnier, easier to understand…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I get that, I’m just having fun with it. still think clockblock is too similar to prosblock. would like to see someone step up with something that is really original and simple to get.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya… Razzballers, put on your pun thinking caps!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: c’mon Royce and Carnac lead us to puntopia

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And we wait for them…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: like a kid on the porch when his dad went out for milk 3 days a go

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hey, that was my dad too! Are we brothers?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I’m frugal and love pasta…am I really a pizza bagel?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We are brothers!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: My dear, sweet brother Numsi!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha…

  99. JoeG says:
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    Looking for Middle Infield help
    13 team mixed 6×6 roto,with Daily Moves
    I have: 2b-Keppinger-2b
    ss-Rutledge-middle.
    Bench: ss-Yunel Escobar
    Free Agents:ss-Luis Cruz, ss-Eduardo Nunez, ss/2b-Cliff Pennington,ss-Mike Aviles

    I could move Rutledge to 2b 5 games in, are any free agents a better Starter then Keppinger or better backup then Escober?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s a free agent in your league…

  100. joe martino says:
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    Yo Grey ! Too easy. d’Arnuad is being Clock-blocked.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, he is…

  101. Tony says:
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    i quickly skimmed the 200+ comments, what do you think about Lohse grey? signed with the brew crew 3 yrs 33 mil….? staying in the national league…..

    • Tony says:
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      @GREY: also i posted my team in the forum, if you can check it….

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Okay, will try to look later…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like him…

  102. Mike says:
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    My obligatory “what do you think of my team?” post:

    14 teams/H2H/OPS & QS

    1. (5) Robinson Cano (NYY – 2B)
    2. (24) Justin Upton (Atl – OF)
    3. (33) Starlin Castro (ChC – SS)
    4. (52) Matt Holliday (StL – OF)
    5. (61) Madison Bumgarner (SF – SP)
    6. (80) Ike Davis (NYM – 1B)
    7. (89) James Shields (KC – SP)
    8. (108) Wilin Rosario (Col – C)
    9. (117) Josh Willingham (Min – OF)
    10. (136) Jim Johnson (Bal – RP)
    11. (145) Greg Holland (KC – RP)
    12. (164) Hiroki Kuroda (NYY – SP)
    13. (173) Kyle Seager (Sea – 2B,3B)
    14. (192) Jonathon Niese (NYM – SP)
    15. (201) A.J. Burnett (Pit – SP)
    16. (220) Manny Machado (Bal – 3B)
    17. (229) Casey Janssen (Tor – RP)
    18. (248) Torii Hunter (Det – OF)
    19. (257) Zack Cozart (Cin – SS)
    20. (276) Paul Maholm (Atl – SP)
    21. (285) Trevor Plouffe (Min – 3B,OF)
    22. (304) Brandon Moss (Oak – 1B,OF)
    23. (313) Jason Vargas (LAA – SP)
    24. (332) Bronson Arroyo (Cin – SP)
    25. (341) Wily Peralta (Mil – SP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your hitting might be a tad weak, will be dependent on Machado and Seager… The end OFs leave some to desire too… Peralta might be out of a job now…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: I definitely see your point. I won my league last year with worse pitching than this, but looking it over a day later the offense lacks any categorical dominance which is of concern.

  103. VincVo says:
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    Bud Norris and Ryan Maddson are on the waiver. Should I drop Gee for one of them?

    12 team H2H-

    Bumgarner, Madison(P) SF
    Chapman, Aroldis(P) CIN
    Harvey, Matt(P) NYM
    Milone, Tommy(P) OAK
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(P) LAD
    Teheran, Julio(P) ATL
    Zimmermann, Jordan(P) WAS

    Gee, Dillon(P) NYM
    Street, Huston(P) SD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee for Madson

  104. King Daddy Crunch says:
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    I do like Clock Blocked, but the only tweak I came up with is that having that player on your team’s bench sucks your ability to use that bench position, thus…

    Clocksucker

    SIgh… just when you apologized to the 4 female players for the immaturity of the guys out there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy about it…

  105. agarthered says:
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    Hughes, Shelby Miller, Cashner or Pettitte?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  106. Steve says:
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    Wondering how you like this one. It’s a 12 team 5×5 H2H.
    C Santana
    1B A.Gonzalez
    2B Phillips
    3B Trumbo
    SS Reyes
    OF Kemp
    OF Choo
    OF Ethier
    Util Hosmer
    BN D. Brown, C.Hart
    SP Hamels, Bumgarner, Peavy, Estrada, Garza, Teheran, Miley, Hammel
    RP Wilhelmsen, Cishek, Coke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks very solid… You might be a tad low on average, but that’s just a small issue…

  107. MattW says:
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    Grey,

    In 12 team H2H, I have Grilli and Cishek and picked up Al Al as a flyer. Would you drop Al Al for Boggs?

    FAAB league, so if so, what would you bid.

    Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… $4

  108. Long Bawls says:
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    Who do you guys think comes out ahead on Goldschmidt+Machado for Trout?

    • Buzzdainer says:
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      @Long Bawls: Trout.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent…

  109. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey,

    Standard 5×5, my keepers are Votto, Jupton, and Austin Jax. I have the 3rd pick. Braun and Cano are available so I assume they go 1-2, leaving me with Prince and Cargo to choose from. Would you rather take Prince and throw him in the CI spot, or round out my OF with Cargo? Not a bad spot to be in, but I want o make the right choice.

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Project Merkin: Mustacheless though I am, I’d go Fielder.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prince…

  110. Brad says:
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    Auction draft yesterday. H2H league, standard 5×5…. Our league goes 9 pitchers and 3 bench player which will also be pitchers. I’d like 3 closers.

    C Lucroy
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Rutledge
    3B Longoria
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    MI Simmons
    CI Konerko
    OF Bautista
    OF Hamilton
    OF Craig
    OF Trumbo
    UT Reddick

    P Gio Gonz.
    P Latos
    P Niese
    P Lester
    P Gee
    P Lester
    P Teheran
    P Cashner
    P Fiers
    P Estrada
    P B. Myers (Just to get the auction over with – he’ll be replaced)

    Bench: D. Ackley

    Quick overall thoughts?

    Odd things were happening with the draft and I only got one RP in Perkins by the end…guys were like locusts on the closers.

    a) I need to work the waiver wire for saves…and later…pitching adjustments…all regular closers were taken…who should I keep an eye on over time on the waiver wire for saves

    b) I DON’T like Reddick…that’s just the way it went…I have an opportunity to get T. Hunter (who hits ahead of Cabrera) OR Aoki (which rounds out my steals but hurts my overall HRs)…should stay with Reddick? or go with T. Hunter or Aoki?

    c) Took Ackley to wait for Rutledge at 2B…BUT…Rutledge REALLY makes me nervous (high KOs & sophmore season)…should I just keep Ackley??

    Thanks for any and all help!!

    • Brad says:
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      @Brad: Sorry, listed Lester twice…as much as I’d like to double down on him…replace one of the Lesters with G. Perkins

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Brad: Mo Lester, mo problems…

        Slightly brittle outfield… Rutledge is Mr. Upside, but then again Ackley was too.

        • Brad says:
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          @Long Bawls: Yeah, when I drafted it was crazy…truly outlandish prices were being paid early for OF1s that I would’ve preferred…I wanted others in my OF but this is the way it fell to me and I did the best I could…hoping Hamilton’s health kick will keep him reasonably healthy this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks excellent and your hitting looks solid… You do need saves… Stay with Reddick for now… Sure, keep Ackley for now…

      • Brad says:
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        @Grey: This was my second year in fantasy BB and the auction format…the first year I was lost during the draft with no plan as a last minute add to the league…but made the playoffs thanks to scrapping on the waiver wire and working trades while researching…using info. from this site…

        This year I used your strategy/thinking as best I could for selecting pitchers…like last year I’ll find saves in time…in the meantime…I was thinking of getting two of the best middle relievers off the waiver wire…inserting them for lower pitching ratios and some strikeouts in place of the lost saves…then replacing them as closing options became available.

        I enjoy the site!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks for the kind words!

  111. B.o.B says:
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    Alright here’s my 10 team, H2H Yahoo, 6×6 league (standard plus BB and QS)…let’s hear it

    C – Wilin Rosario (137)
    1B – Edwin Encarnacion (24)
    2B – Robinson Cano (4)
    3B – Adrian Beltre (17)
    SS – Martin Prado (97)
    OF – Adam Jones (37)
    OF – Alex Rios (84)
    OF – Carlos Beltran (104)
    Util – Paul Goldschmidt (57!)

    SP – Madison Bumgarner (44)
    SP – Johnny Cueto (64)
    SP – Yovani Gallardo (77)
    SP – Jake Peavy (117)
    SP – Jarrod Parker (144)
    SP – Alex Cobb (164)
    SP – Hyun-Jin Ryu (184)
    SP – A.J. Griffin (197)
    SP – Mike Fiers (204)
    RP – Sergio Romo (124)
    RP – Jason Grilli (157)
    RP – Casey Janssen (177)

    So what you think? Strengths/weaknesses? What I do right/wrong? A/S/L?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love Cueto or Beltran, but those are two small issues… Team looks solid overall… It is a very shallow league though so you’ll have to work waivers…

      • B.o.B says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Yeah it’s a very shallow league, offensive especially, most teams draft about 8-9 SP. My biggest weakness is definitely steals I’d say. I really do not care for Prado at all. Not saying I’m a Cueto mark by any means, but just curious why you’re not a fan?

  112. tonybps1 says:
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    how about simply clockblock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone said above…

  113. NJ says:
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    Grey, Rudy, et al

    Love the site. Thanks for the info and laughs.

    In a 12 team H2H. Ignored saves in draft (SAGNOF) but have early waiver claim. Boggs and Janssen are available now, which one is my better claim?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Janssen

  114. chillmodious says:
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    Happy Pesach Grey. I’m sure the reason you’re not replying to comments this morning is because you’re out looking for the perfect bitter herb. Hope you find it. Any the hoo… I have a 10-team ESPN H2H draft tomorrow night and I’m wondering where to target Mitchell Boggs in light of the Motte news. Around what round (almost stutterer!) and overall number would you suggest targeting him?

    Thank you!

    • chillmodious says:
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      @chillmodious: Check that! In the extended moments between typing and posting, you must’ve found that herb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! I’m not replying to comments? I’d draft him around 220 overall…

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, mea culpa. You always answer comments! I opened the post in the early AM and then replied a few hours later…so I didn’t see any of the responses until the thread reloaded. Thanks again for the ranking help.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  115. Joe says:
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    I would assume that “Clock Blocked” is the obvious name for being sent down due to the arbitration clock??

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:
      oh geez – thats been said like a million times. sorry for the duplicate.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Joe: Obvious, but boring imo.

  116. Lines says:
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    Speaking of those cursed to be clock-blocked…

    Would you rather have Bauer or Bundy in a 12-team H2H keeper league? I’m only willing to sit on one of them (for now). Other SP’s are: Kershaw, Morrow, Lester, Niese, Minor, Fiers.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy

      • Lines says:
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        @Grey: He was my pick, too. Thanks for the validation.

  117. bees knees says:
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    Grey,

    I have Cliff Lee, Hamels, Zimmermann, Minor.

    Need to lengthen my SP staff:

    Have read through your rankings, and I think I ranked these guys correctly (in how you actually like them) but need some help in the order youd select 3 more SP.

    Fiers, Norris, Gee, milone, Kendrick, jo.santana, Colby, mcdonald , maholm, detwiler, billingsley

    thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Milone, Gee…

  118. Banders says:
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    Who would you value more, Lorenzo Cain or Hunter Pence? Points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pence

  119. Tom says:
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    Grey,
    Put someone on the DL for me from my waiver wire – Weak in SB’s, W’s, and K’s. Rank Lewis, Beachy, or Eaton. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton, Beachy…

  120. TheNewGuy says:
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    Kelly running into trouble now. C’mon keep it up man, so I can draft Shelby with confidence in my draft on sunday. Miller time!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @TheNewGuy:

      Looking better and better for Miller.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love it!

  121. Jacks says:
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    Hey Grey, just did our keeper auction mixed league draft. It’s our 30th!!! 10 teams instead of 12 this year due to tragedy. I wound up going for value … which meant a roster half old guys and half young pups. 4X4, $300 budget, $2 min, 7 taxis, 20 FA pickups for the year. What u think? I got stuck with Seager at 3b, should have gone for Longo ($35) over Joey Bats. I could not resist Halladay and Haren at $4 each or Dickey at $13. I gambled on Hanley (keeper), cuz I knew I could get a good backup on Taxi (got Segura).

    Napoli: $15 kept
    J Castro: $2
    J Votto: $18 kept
    Konerko: $6
    Seager: $2
    A Lind: Taxi
    Hanley: $20
    Weeks: $11
    Kinsler: $24
    Segura: Taxi
    A Rios: $6 kept
    Beltran: $2 kept
    B Revere: $2 kept
    R Braun: $55 kept
    Joey Bats: $39
    Aaron Hicks: $2
    M Saunders: Taxi
    D Stubbs: Taxi
    Kershaw: $21 kept
    M Moore: $12
    RA Dickey: $13
    D Haren: $4
    R Halladay: $4
    D bundy: $2
    A Cobb: Taxi
    J Garcia: Taxi
    AJ Griffin: Taxi
    H Street: $16 kept
    JJ Putz: $16
    S Cishek: $8

    • Jacks says:
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      @Jacks: By the way, used your war room, and your projections put me in top 2. Well, I had to create my own for Hicks and Castro and was maybe a little aggressive: Hicks, 16 HR, 56 rbi, 29 sb, .265 . Castro: 15 HR, 55 rbi, 3 sb, .260.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you should’ve went for Longoria, but the team still looks decent… You look a bit heavy on speed and light on power… I don’t love hitting… Your pitching looks solid, maybe a tad better than it needs to be…

      • Jacks says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey. your war room has these hitting averages for my team: 22 81 14 0.277. I figured I was good with 22 HR a player, but that hinges on a productive Joey, Naps, and Beltran. Plenty of power in the FA pool: M Reynolds, G Jones, C Quentin, L Morrison etc, so will add those guys to my watch lists. BA might be a problem.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool…

  122. OaktownSteve says:
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    Al Al appears in back to back days. A couple of clean, efficient innings too. That might be starting to shape up.

    Unless game tracker has wrong pitch counts, it appears that John Lannan gave up 14 hits, 1 walk, 12 ER, and struck out two in 4 innings today while throwing a total of 35 pitches. That’s almost impossible. Basically, every hitter he faced either struck out on 3 pitches or swung at the first pitch and put it in play.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      John Lannan has a job?!… Al Al!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Philly starter #5…at least as of this morning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I know… Was kidding… Kinda…. What a mess…

  123. kalone says:
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    Due to circumstances a little too detailed to list here, I’m basically playing for next year in my keeper league already, so I’m wondering how I should base my draft strategy knowing that I need to build my team around upside and potential for 2014.

    It’s a 16-team league with 5 keepers per team. How early would you recommend drafting upcoming rookies Profar, Wil Myers, Gyorko, Olt, Taveras and Miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like to punt for the year in March… With that said, you should draft those guys no later than 70 overall if you want them…

      • kalone says:
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        @Grey: Haha. It’s not a punt so much as a tactical retreat. The only way I can contend is to land a guy who ends up being a top 50 overall player when the playoffs start — we go H2H. It’s not that I don’t like my team, I just don’t have any draft picks in the first 5 rounds of the redraft. So, I’ll take your advice and just plan on taking them right away.

        Thanks for the reply. You all are a daily read at my desk.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  124. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I want to talk a little Milwaukee bullpen. i still don’t trust Axford, i’m surprised he is not a Brain Freeze. I assume its because his handcuffs suck. I wanted to throw out my special dark horse candidate – Tom Gorzelany. Was reading on him the other day, and they like his effectiveness against both lefties and righties. I’m not saying to own him, but just to watch him and the role he works into. He has been a solid bullpen guy the last couple of years. Am I nuckin futs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I not only trust Axford, we’ve drafted him on about 4 teams… I think he’s gonna have a huge bounce back… Look at his Ks…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: yeah and howdy doo doo kendrick was suppose to be a monster last year…..Hosmer!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yup, shizz happen…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I should apologize, that was a little harsh for a Monday. I’ll wait till wednesday to blast you for bad predictions last year. *walks away with head down*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Put your head up, bro!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: lots of nonsense and an obvious observation

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, he was so awesome on that show… That show, in general, was great… Did love him as Bluth Sr. too… Great actor, crazy serious in real life from what I’ve heard from acting friends who have studied with him… Kind of guy that takes things way too serious…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: his work always puts a smile on my face. Last week he was a guest star on Psych with lots of camera time along side Corbin Bernson. Hank Bluth is the man!

                    • Grey

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                      Still haven’t seen Psyche…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: I don’t buy Axford either, that fastball is as straight as an arrow.

      Gorzo? WOuld like to see someone more dominant, but crazier things have happened.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @TheNewGuy: that meltdown was epic last year, thank god they had the DORK around to bail them out….sorta

    • Smokey

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      @Jack Full of Hate: The thing I like about Axford is the Brewers finished top 2 in save opportunities in MLB, and won 10 games less than the team they tied with, and 14 less then the team that finished first. Who were the reds and had only one more save chance. Walks are Axford’s only downfall.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Smokey: and weed is ours…

        I just have trouble trusting a guy that went chernobyl last year. I wouldn’t own him but I see nothing but garbage backing him up.

        • Smokey

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          @Jack Full of Hate: He melted for 2 months, mild deformity. He finished in the top 3 for closers on ESPN over the last 50 days of the season. So he bounced back.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Smokey: not sure that says much considering how horrible most closer were last year, but good points, i will re-consider my avoidance. I’ll take a snapper for you later

  125. Mike says:
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    How bout the Royal Shaft… a Wil Myers tribute

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better above…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I thought he was talking about the pine tar incident

  126. I would call it a “clocktease,” as the MLB team is teasing you but not giving you that full release that you need.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Fman99: now that is better than clockblock and is not to be confused with prosblock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think someone mentioned that before… I prefer clockblocking…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, none of those #1 SPs are fantasy #1′s by a stretch though…

      • Simply Fred

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        @Grey: What, you don’t think your overall #50 Anderson should have been drafted? The point was that with only 55 SP from a given 150 SP pool at any time, there should be some pretty worthy SP available to stream (guess I didn’t make that clear enough in the writing). Doesn’t catch your attention that there were more RP drafted than SP? Venture to say that has NEVER happened before…?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s probably true about more RPs than SPs… Vin would know better… I wonder if more SPs and everyone streaming actually devalues streaming…

        • That is noteworthy but it’s also likely specific to your (admittedly awesome) league. The RCL Expert league drafted 74 SPs and 40 RPs (counting Aroldis). FWIW, the Stream-o-nator’s daddy drafted 4 SPs (Lee, F-Her, Lynn, Holland) and 7 RPs (Chapman, Reed, Street, Jansen, Marmol, K-Rob, Albuquerque).

          Looks like your league will be the guinea pigs for RCL Streaming 2.0 – if multiple teams are streaming, what is the best strategy? I don’t have the answer. But assuming multiple streamers, I’d expect a lot of competition for good streaming matchups and increasingly having to ‘grab and hold’ SPs a few days in advance of their start. It will also lead to more “well, Anderson’s next start looks okay, i’m gonna keep him for a 2nd start”. Just my best guess…

          • Simply Fred

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            @Rudy Gamble: Yes, clearly our league exceeded my expectations for the depth that streaming could go. Could easily devalue streaming, or, prove it even more valid. Should be a fun ride! BTW: the top two ranked teams at the end had a total of 3 SP. I know, I know, ESPN ranks mean very little. And, it is interesting that these teams rank dead last in W and K, but will be competitive as they stream in their 180 SP. It appears all upside to me…

          • Simply Fred

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            @Rudy Gamble: Yeah, the ‘grab and hold’ is a part of it. I ‘held’ pitchers for multiple starts last year (but no more than two at a time). I actually drafted one starter in the last round, Griffin, who I see good for FIVE favorable starts.

      • Simply Fred

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        @Grey: Hey, think you missed the teaser. Let’s reframe it:
        How high a waiver would you give up for Hicks?
        How high for Anderson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A number one for Hicks… I wouldn’t give up a waiver wire for Anderson in an RCL…

          • Simply Fred

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            @Grey: Thanks!

  127. Nate Marcum says:
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    I know a good doctor for the carpal tunnel you are gonna have after all these comments! While I have you attention, I am pretty excited about the NFBC team we drafted last night. Since I don’t like being in a good mood, please critique, and let me know.
    C. Lucroy/Jaso
    1. Fielder
    2. Phillips
    3. Pablo
    SS. Aybar
    OF. Stanton
    OF. Bruce
    OF. Jennings
    OF. Revere
    OF. Melky
    CI. Freese
    MI. Everth
    UT.,Ortiz

    King Felix
    Zimmerman
    Niese
    Jarrod Parker
    McCarthy
    Estrada
    Rivera
    Romo
    Bench: Milone, Pettite, Beachy, Luebke, Puig

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • Nate Marcum says:
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        @Grey: 12

  128. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    Couple questions for you

    1) What areas can I improve my offense to make it solid versus not awful (second post)? Its a 12 team RCL league standard scoring.

    2) In a shallow league (10 team C/1B/2B/3B/SS/3OF/UTL) how soon would you look to fill the UTL? Within the first 8 rounds I typically have filled 1B/2B/3B/3OF and 2 SP. Should I target Ike Davis or Paul Konerko in the 9th/10th or wait until the 15th/16th to target a Todd Frazier type.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) You have Jeter, Cuddyer and three iffy outfielders… 2) As late as possible… 15th with Frazier works for me…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah I’m not big on Cruz or Victorino but if they stay healthy and maintain their performance they should be good value. You had both ranked in the top 100. I felt like they were good values where I drafted them. Not a Jeter fan either, but again if he is healthy and doesn’t regress too bad, could be a bargain for a 20th round pick. Plus I have Segura just in case.

  129. Fungus says:
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    Hi Grey, posting follow-up here. I checked out the OPS rankings list you gave me. There are some large differences between your rankings and some of these. Not sure I can take them too seriously (look at Rosario, for example):

    @Fungus: I’d use this… http://razzball.com/playerrater-preseason-espnmlb12-6X6OPS

    Reply
    Fungus says:
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    @Grey: Hmmm, some really big differences on some players. Check it out:

    Grey OPS rank Name
    1 2 Cabrera, Miguel
    2 3 Braun, Ryan
    3 9 McCutchen, Andrew
    4 1 Trout, Mike
    5 6 Cano, Robinson
    6 5 Pujols, Albert
    7 10 Fielder, Prince
    8 8 Votto, Joey
    9 4 Stanton, Giancarlo
    10 12 Upton, Justin
    11 7 Gonzalez, Carlos
    12 29 Longoria, Evan
    13 23 Jones, Adam
    14 10 Kemp, Matt
    15 38 Hamilton, Josh
    16 20 Beltre, Adrian
    17 35 Kinsler, Ian
    18 13 Bautista, Jose
    19 18 Goldschmidt, Paul
    20 22 Gonzalez, Adrian
    22 20 Tulowitzki, Troy
    23 24 Reyes, Jose
    24 15 Pedroia, Dustin
    26 45 Zimmerman, Ryan
    27 43 Encarnacion, Edwin
    28 26 Wright, David
    29 13 Holliday, Matt
    30 17 Posey, Buster
    31 27 Ramirez, Hanley
    32 46 Castro, Starlin
    34 16 Bruce, Jay
    35 59 Choo, Shin-Soo
    36 19 Heyward, Jason
    37 30 Harper, Bryce
    38 34 Phillips, Brandon
    39 30 Zobrist, Ben
    43 41 Sandoval, Pablo
    44 63 Headley, Chase
    46 25 Upton, B.J.
    47 73 Rollins, Jimmy
    49 96 Jennings, Desmond
    50 148 Granderson, Curtis
    51 40 Ellsbury, Jacoby
    52 36 Cespedes, Yoenis
    59 33 Butler, Billy
    60 56 Davis, Ike
    61 77 Craig, Allen
    62 56 Santana, Carlos
    63 74 Desmond, Ian
    67 48 Ramirez, Aramis
    68 105 Lawrie, Brett
    70 50 Hill, Aaron
    71 66 Andrus, Elvis
    72 51 Jackson, Austin
    73 42 Gordon, Alex
    74 68 Pence, Hunter
    75 49 Rios, Alex
    76 43 Cruz, Nelson
    77 94 Beltran, Carlos
    78 55 Freeman, Freddie
    79 117 Trumbo, Mark
    90 113 Espinosa, Danny
    91 28 Rizzo, Anthony
    92 76 Wieters, Matt
    93 53 Mauer, Joe
    96 107 Davis, Chris
    101 32 Rutledge, Josh
    102 84 Hosmer, Eric
    103 108 Frazier, Todd
    104 78 Ortiz, David
    105 75 Howard, Ryan
    106 162 Teixeira, Mark
    107 173 Morales, Kendrys
    108 39 Cabrera, Asdrubal
    109 36 Altuve, Jose
    110 153 Perez, Salvador
    114 51 Willingham, Josh
    115 69 Victorino, Shane
    116 208 Bonifacio, Emilio
    117 106 Martinez, Victor
    118 71 Weeks, Rickie
    119 46 Kipnis, Jason
    120 168 Seager, Kyle
    121 89 Utley, Chase
    122 110 Uggla, Dan
    123 61 Prado, Martin
    124 89 Suzuki, Ichiro
    125 101 Bourn, Michael
    126 84 Hunter, Torii
    127 65 Ethier, Andre
    128 94 Markakis, Nick
    129 70 Reddick, Josh
    130 59 Aoki, Norichika
    131 91 Fowler, Dexter
    138 58 Rosario, Wilin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw, commented above…

  130. Mrobs says:
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    Hey Grey… Drop Parnell or Marmol for Boggs? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Mrobs says:
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        @Grey: Hmmm wasn’t looking for a ‘hold’… i’m looking for ‘saves’… wacka wacka. Thanks!

  131. kwadjo says:
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    Just drafted my 12 team nl-only team. It turned out to be heavy on power (Stanton, Ike, Alvarez, Cuddyer, etc.) and light on starting pitching (top 3 starters are Neise, Fiers and Cashner). I got an offer today to trade Pedro Alvarez for Mike Minor. My only other third baseman is Sandoval. Given Sandoval’s injury status would you make this trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now…

  132. ed j fantasy vultures says:
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    How about Dutch Boy? As in the player with his finger in the dike holding back the prospect. As a noun,” John Buck is such a Dutch Boy! Or as a verb, “Travis D’Arnaud is being Dutch Boyed by John Buck.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, Buck’s a prospblock…

  133. Howard says:
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    Anybody have any league openings? Free or $ would be fine.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Howard: best place to look is cbs fantasy baseball message board. all kinds of leagues grabbing people from there.

  134. Thurman says:
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    i also had my league draft yesterday. league is 12 player h2h. 5×5 with obp. do you have any thoughts or see any immediate weaknesses? i’m a little worried about my power (i was going after goldschmidt and then ike davis but they each got taken right before i was planning on taking them. goldschmidt went #36 overall). i also need to find another OF while waiting for myers.

    c. jesus montero
    1b. rizzo
    2b. espinosa
    ss. rutledge
    3b. pablo sandoval
    of. mccutchen
    of. justin upton
    of. adam jones
    of. wil myers
    util. hosmer
    bn. kendrys morales
    bn. youk

    sp. greinke
    sp. bumgarner
    sp. jordan zimmermann
    sp. marco estrada
    sp. jon niese
    sp. tommy milone
    sp. hyun-jin ryu
    sp. aj griffin
    rp. wilhelmsen
    rp. greg holland
    rp. pestano

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your power is a bit of an issue… Myers shouldn’t be in your starting lineup… Your pitching looks solid though…

  135. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Would you lose Pestano for Boggs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey: Shit…looks like he was snagged 2 rounds after I drafted Vinne….guess I better hope for a SAGNOF issue in Cleveland and Vinnie holding down the spot!

  136. Ken says:
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    What do ya think grey… 2 catchers j Montero aj Ellis, 1st fielder, 2nd zobrist,ssRutledge,middle ackley, 3rd longoria, corner Ike Davis 5of’s a jones, hey ward, soo choo, bj upton,ichiro, utility dexter fowler…starters greinke, Matt Moore, Zimmerman,Brett Anderson,Parker, Shelby miller also have garza and Ryuon my bench. Closers chapman hanrahan league with Jansen also on bench. Thoughts ? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look light on power and heavy on speed and pitching…

      • Ken says:
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        @Grey: I have big poppy on my bench but not a fan. I could lose ichiro ormfowlermfor him? Better? Or should i deal a pitcher like Moore or chapmann? I’ve been getting questions about those 2! Thanks grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I could lose ichiro ormfowlermfor him?

          Huh?

          • prezii says:
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            @Grey: he pressed M instead of space bar… Hate that shizz… Stupid phones!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, wow… So he did… Ha… Thanks, prezii!

              • prezii says:
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                @Grey: Call me State Farm!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hey, State Farm!

                  • prezii says:
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                    @Grey: hello, captain literal!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ken: Don’t deal a pitcher yet… I’d lose Fowler for Papi, yeah…

  137. Ken says:
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    Guess I should of told you 10 team 5×5.

  138. bossmanjunior says:
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    Would you take Grienke over Wainwright/Bumgardner or does the elbow soreness make you flip those?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Greinke, but after they’re off the board…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        So based on your ranking, taking Bumgardner if all three all three are on the board for the same pick?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I could see it with Greinke’s elbow…

  139. OaktownSteve says:
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    Shelby Miller named 5th starter. Sweet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bless the world!

  140. bossmanjunior says:
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    Which duo do you like better: Bautista/Zimmerman or Longoria/Jones for 2nd/3rd round picks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo/Jones

  141. Mike says:
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    I said f*** it yesterday and drafted in a way I never do – pitching, early and often. I decided I was going to try and put together a ridiculously stacked staff coupled with hopefully an average offense.

    12 team H2H, 12th pick. Standard cats plus hits, OPS, k/bb, k/9 and QS.

    C Sal. Perez
    1 Freeman
    2 Hill
    3 Lawrie
    SS Aybar
    OF Bruce, Choo, Aoki
    Uti Frazier
    Uti E. Cabrera

    Bench M. Carpenter, Ruggiano

    Verlander
    Strasburg
    Lee
    Peavy
    Lester
    Harvey
    M. Estrada

    Frieri
    Veras
    Alburquerque
    Boggs

    I can see my pitching dominating week in and week out, so I figure I only need a few offensive categories a week and I should be good. Then again, I could completely crash and burn, should be interesting though. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting isn’t as bad as it should be… It definitely will be interesting…I think you’re gonna find Verlander (or Strasburg or Lee) redundant…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey:
        Not sure I follow with the redundant comment. Are you saying it would be better to flip one for a bat than to hold 3 aces?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          3 aces is redundant… If you have, say, a 2.90 ERA and are winning your league, why do you need a 2.75 ERA… It’s redundant…

  142. alldayLT says:
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    @grey

    How did I do? 10 teams. 33 roster spots. 6×6 with obp and holds as extra categories. Number on the left is just when the guy was nominated. My first 7 guys were keepers. had $360 and went with the pitching is a crapshoot theory. get good holds guys for whip. Be brutally honest.

    HITTING
    43 Buster Posey, SF C $13
    34 Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B $7
    61 Jason Kipnis, Cle 2B $15
    201 Jean Segura, Mil SS $1
    92 Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B $24
    95 Brandon Phillips, Cin MI $27
    90 Adrian Gonzalez, LAD CI $35
    5 Adam Jones, Bal OF $20
    25 Alex Gordon, KC OF $3
    86 Justin Upton, Atl OF $46
    110 Shin-Soo Choo, Cin OF $28
    111 Norichika Aoki, Mil OF $17
    216 Nick Swisher, Cle UTIL $2
    52 Brett Lawrie, Tor BENCH $6
    15 Mike Moustakas, KC BENCH $4
    288 Christian Yelich, Mia 1B $1

    PITCHING
    164 C.J. Wilson, LAA SP $6
    169 Wade Miley, Ari SP $5
    175 Jarrod Parker, Oak SP $1
    204 Trevor Cahill, Ari SP $8
    221 Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD SP $1
    242 Matt Garza, ChC SP $2
    251 Mike Fiers, Mil SP $1

    98 Rafael Soriano, Wsh RP $15
    116 Steve Cishek, Mia RP $10
    228 David Robertson, NYY RP $10
    253 Tyler Clippard, Wsh RP $12
    261 Koji Uehara, Bos RP $3
    266 Jake McGee, TB RP $5
    270 Joel Peralta, TB RP $1
    272 Jonny Venters, Atl RP $2
    279 Joaquin Benoit, Det RP $7
    284 Scott Downs, LAA RP $8

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      also i meant the first 7 guys i have nominated were my keepers not first 7 listed there and jarrod parker is $11 not $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks solid, but your pitching looks like a mess… I don’t follow exactly who your number one (or even two) starter is…

  143. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have 8 bench spots all occupied by pitching. I feel like i atleast should have one offensive bench spot.

    These are my pitchers

    Shiels
    Gallardo
    Johnson
    Becket
    Dempster
    Peavy
    Lynn

    Boggs
    Hanrahan
    Putz
    Marmol
    Hernandez (Holds count)
    Frieri

    who do you think is expendable to pick up lets say Quentin, D.Murphy, Stubbs, Reynolds or Jay?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Dempster for Reimold…

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey:

        Reimold?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Those other guys aren’t very good… If you’re tied to them, grab Quentin…

          • Moscowitz says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks. Two more questions Grey,
            Would you drop Dempster for Miller?
            Parnell is available, would you drop any of my relievers for him?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, grab Miller… Lose Marmol for Parnell…

  144. Jon says:
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    Highest upside among these corner guys? (Looking for a Lawrie replacement)

    Plouffe, Alonso, Wallace, Carter, Berkman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carter

  145. OaktownSteve says:
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    Coke, Dotel and Rondon all scheduled to pitch tomorrow. Will be interesting to see the order.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I held Dotel over Frank Frank just now in an RCL waiver wire get and drop…

  146. Jon says:
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    Kelly Johnson, Keppinger, Cozart or Alcides Escobar as a MI behind Cano, Tulo and Desmond?

    Part of me wants a 2B for when Cano sits, but those options are pretty bland. I know you don’t like reserve batters but it’s a deep bench and I have plenty of pitching already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcides

  147. GR says:
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    Hey Grey
    Just drafted into the wee hours of Monday morning…I REALLY tried to follow your advice…it worked out well…thought you’d be proud!!?? 8 year league – 20 Team 6×6 with most guys pretty seasoned…what say you??
    1. (18) Adam Jones(Bal – OF)
    2. (23) Bryce Harper(Was – OF)
    3. (58) Zack Greinke(LAD – SP)
    4. (63) Max Scherzer(Det – SP)
    5. (98) José Altuve(Hou – 2B)
    6. (103) Hunter Pence(SF – OF)
    7. (138) Todd Frazier(Cin – 1B,3B,OF)
    8. (143) Sergio Romo(SF – RP)
    9. (178) Josh Rutledge(Col – 2B,SS)
    10. (183) Tommy Milone(Oak – SP)
    11. (218) Manny Machado(Bal – 3B)
    12. (223) Jesús Montero(Sea – C)
    13. (258) Tommy Hanson(LAA – SP)
    14. (263) Dillon Gee(NYM – SP)
    15. (298) James McDonald(Pit – SP)
    16. (303) Trevor Plouffe(Min – 3B,OF)
    17. (338) Yonder Alonso(SD – 1B)
    18. (343) Rick Porcello(Det – SP)
    19. (378) Jacob Turner(Mia – SP)
    20. (383) Dylan Bundy(Bal – RP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your team looks great for a 20 team league… I think a few of your late picks aren’t terrific, but it’s a deep league, so there’s that… Hitting looks great for that deep of a league…

      • GR says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Realized after the draft that Bundy and Turner are headed back down. We have an N/A spot now available in Yahoo…are 1 of these guys worth that spot? If not, any suggestions for starters to lock in and wait? Also I will need to replace one SP spot so Eovaldi or Wade LeBlanc? Thanks so much Grey!! Love your site!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! Bundy’s worth the spot… Eovaldi…

          • GR says:
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            @Grey: 1 more Grey (maybe…) Drew Storen is available on the wire in my 20 teamer…do I drop Gee to get him? I see Salfino took Gee at 272 and you took Storen about 50 later in F&F League…I do have a RP open…?? I am your disciple!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I didn’t draft F&F, Rudy did… I’d want Gee…

            • @GR: I already dropped Storen as it’s a shallow bench league and we already have 2 closers and an MR (David Hernandez). I like Storen though as an MR…

  148. Belligerent Mariners Fan says:
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    First off, thanks for processing through hundreds of lineups every day, it must get old after a while eh? Anyway, here is my first RCL of the season. I think I did pretty well considering I thought Bautista had 3B eligibility and inadvertently punted 3B until round 14 when I got Middlebrooks.
    I also already added Boggs for Pestano seeing as Motte is down and Perez is likely starting. And added Arron Hicks for Eaton. What are your thought? Thanks

    (7) – Albert Pujols 1B
    (18) – Jose Bautista RF
    (31) – Jay Bruce RF
    (42) – Adrian Gonzalez 1B
    (55) – Jordan Zimmermann SP
    (66) – Yovani Gallardo SP
    (79) – Aaron Hill 2B
    (90) – Brandon Morrow SP
    (103) – Josh Willingham LF
    (114) – Jonathon Niese SP
    (127) – John Axford RP
    (138) – Brett Gardner LF
    (151) – Derek Jeter SS
    (162) – Will Middlebrooks 3B
    (175) – Marco Estrada SP
    (186) – Kendrys Morales 1B
    (199) – Steve Cishek RP
    (210) – Alex Avila C
    (223) – Everth Cabrera SS
    (234) – Ernesto Frieri RP
    (247) – Hisashi Iwakuma SP
    (258) – Drew Stubbs CF
    (271) – Vinnie Pestano RP
    (282) – Bud Norris SP
    (295) – Adam Eaton CF

    Lineup
    Alex Avila C
    Albert Pujols 1B
    Aaron Hill 2B
    Will Middlebrooks 3B
    Derek Jeter SS
    Everth Cabrera MI
    Adrian Gonzalez CI
    Jose Bautista OF
    Jay Bruce OF
    Josh Willingham OF
    Brett Gardner OF
    Drew Stubbs OF
    Kendrys Morales UTIL

    Jordan Zimmermann SP
    Yovani Gallardo SP
    Brandon Morrow SP
    Jonathon Niese SP
    John Axford RP
    Marco Estrada SP
    Steve Cishek RP
    Ernesto Frieri RP
    Hisashi Iwakuma SP

    Vinnie Pestano RP BENCH
    Bud Norris SP BENCH
    Adam Eaton CF BENCH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… You look slightly heavy on speed and light on power, Stubbs seems redundant on your team… Pitching looks solid…

  149. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    is friers woth owning in a 12 team or after the way last season ended for him, should we hold til he gets a couple of starts under his belt?

    Have you heard anything about Brandon Maurer? looks like the M’s are thinking of adding him to the rotation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is worth owning… Brandon Maurer’s a Marginer for now…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        FYI, That’s Frieri is worth owning… His ratios are purdy…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Grey: Mike friers of the brewers, thats the second time you have done that

          if that marginer can have a 8 k rate then he will be a SSS – super sneaky streamer

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha… That’s cause you keep adding an extra R, bro… Fiers vs. Frieri… Fiers I’d back off of if there was a different upside flyer available, Shelby for instance…

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Grey: ha, I made that move last week. fiers vs. frieri, note to self, learn how to spell

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: spring has not been pretty for him

  150. Nate Marcum says:
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    Did a NFBC draft last night. 12 team 5×5 Roto. How did I do?
    5X5 Roto $1000 FAAB
    C Lucroy, Jaso
    1B Fielder
    2B Phillips
    3B Sandoval
    SS Aybar
    CI Freese
    MI E.Cabrera
    OF Stanton, Bruce, Jennings, Melky, Revere
    SP Felix, J.Zimmerman, M.Estrada, Parker, Niese, McCarthy
    RP Rivera, Romo
    BN W.Myers, M.Young, Puig, Beachy, Luebke, Strailey, Pettitte

    Considering picking up either Lind, Boesch, Chris Nelson, or Brandon Moss to help with power while Ortiz, Freese, and Pablo are a little wonky at the time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They are a bit wonky… You did decent… I like your team, but the hitting is a bit unbalanced… Your guys either hit for power or steal bases, not too much of both… And you look light on speed… Revere isn’t the answer… The pitching looks excellent, maybe a tad too good… You don’t need power help…

  151. royce! says:
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    If razzball can only accomodate one, I think “clockblock” is so good that “prospblock” should be reconsidered.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, we accommodate both… No reason to glossary-block…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Fair enough. How about Time Bandits? Not as good as clockblock, but a better movie…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or Clockwatchers…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Clockers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Another good one…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @royce!: I second that

  152. bossmanjunior says:
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    Assuming all 3 of these guys make their respective teams rotations, how would you rank these three starters: Miller, Cashner, Teharen. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller, Teheran…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Is health the biggest caveat for Cashner or is he still behind the other two ability wise?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Health, yeah…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’ve all made the rotation…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I don’t think Cashner is in the rotation just yet, but I expect that he will be soon. They have the 4-5 punch of Tyson Ross and Eric Stults!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think it’s just a matter of the Pads saying he’s healthy…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, totally agree.Thing is, I think they know that he is healthy, but he just needs to be stretched out. I don’t think the Padres expect him to pitch that many innings, so they don’t have much incentive to push him to start sooner rather than later. Bill James has him pitching 176 innings; Steamer 91. That’s a huge difference, and I think the Padres expect something in between. Might as well see if Ross can put together some good starts in the meantime.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that’s true about him possibly not being stretched out… I’d be impressed with 120 IP from him…

              • royce! says:
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                @Grey: I think the Padres would as well. There’s a serious PR disaster brewing regarding the Rizzo for Cashner trade, so I think they’re going to be cautious with Cashner in order to be able to say that they at least got something out of it. That’s just my gut feeling though. So many of their top SP prospects have had injury problems, that if I were them, I’d be very careful with any decent, young pitcher.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Surprised the Padres fans have enough venom to get a disaster to brew… They seem so peaceful…

                  • royce! says:
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                    @Grey: I might have overstated my case. The Padres risk validating the suspicions of those few of us who are still holding on to the hope that management are not a bunch of dipshits.

                    • Grey

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                      It does make sense for the team to build around pitching… But they really took some injury lumps early here…

  153. norbs says:
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    Drafted this squad over a week ago. 12 team weekly H2H 6×5 (avg with OPS). Kept Pujols and McCutchen
    C – Perez
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Kendrick
    3B – Zimmerman
    SS – Rutledge
    OF – McCutchen, A Jones, Choo
    Util – Jennings
    Bench – Segura, C Davis, Fowler
    SP – Wainwright, Peavy, Niese, Bailey, Cahil
    RP – Soriano, Holland
    Bench – Milone, Gee, Iwakuma

    Your site has been killer the past three years, and I think you and Rudy have stepped it up a notch this spring! Thanks as always -

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @norbs: Worth it to try to get another RP? I’d start Milone over Cahill, prolly. I like that team, though!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Your team looks great, really nice balance of power and speed and your pitching looks plenty strong enough… Well played…

  154. ryan whitney says:
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    12 hxh standard league. Any areas you think i should target

    1. (1) Miguel Cabrera 3B
    2. (24) Justin Upton OF
    3. (25) Dustin Pedroia 2B
    4. (48) Zack Greinke SP
    5. (49) Jimmy Rollins SS
    6. (72) Alex Gordon OF
    7. (73) Desmond Jennings OF
    8. (96) Ike Davis 1B
    9. (97) Austin Jackson OF
    10. (120) Mike Napoli C,1B
    11. (121) Homer Bailey SP
    12. (144) Jonathon Niese SP
    13. (145) A.J. Burnett SP
    14. (168) Matt Garza SP
    15. (169) Brett Gardner OF
    16. (192) Trevor Cahill SP
    17. (193) Johan Santana SP
    18. (216) Greg Holland RP
    19. (217) Glen Perkins RP
    20. (240) Dillon Gee SP
    21. (241) Adam Lind 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love heavy speed in H2H and you have Jackson and Gardner… You do have enough power though and the team isn’t bad… Your pitching looks solid, though I’m not crazy about Johan…

  155. Long Bawls says:
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    I feel like trading Fiers and Machado to receive Napoli and Garza is pretty good if I have an open DL slot, right? Iannetta at C currently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, I’d hold…

  156. Eric says:
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    I think u, yes u, Mr. Grey, are selling Teheran short. He was a top prospect and is still highly regarded. It looks like he has 4 picthes now. While I agree he shouldn’t be drafted until the end of drafts, I think he is has more upside than the sleeper picthers listed. Check out the article; http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/03/23/julio-teheran-atlanta-braves-hitless-outing/2013413/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sportsmain+(Sports+-+Flipboard)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he could… They’re all in the same end of the draft flyer tier… If you like one guy better, than by all means… It’s not like I don’t like him…

  157. Teblow! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Although I am somewhat afraid to ask, I wanted to hear what you thought of my rotation in our 12 team Yahoo H2H League (6×6) with Holds and OPS. They are:

    Bumgarner
    Medlen
    Samardjiza
    Minor
    Milone
    Fiers
    Ryu
    Teheran
    Cashier

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid… Seems like you followed my advice… What’s not to like?

      • Teblow! says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, although I thought I could possibly use a Niese or Estrada instead of one of the lower ranked SPs.

        Who the hell is Cashier by the way? Meant to say Cashner.

        Thanks much Grey. I won’t bore you with my Offense.

  158. Jon says:
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    When Luebke goes on the DL, I’ve got room for one more pitcher. Who would you choose from:

    Doubront, Ryu, Tillman, Norris, Peralta, Kendrick, Eovaldi

    If they’re close, let long-term potential break the tie – who has the most chance of being someone I want in 2014, too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tillman

  159. Jon says:
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    So, I’m an idiot and didn’t know this in advance or do any research, but I just drafted in a league with OBP and SLG and no AVG, and also K/BB in addition to the standard 5 pitching categories. I was feeling pretty good but now I have doubts due to different hitting cats. 12-team H2H – I drafted with work mates and some knew their stuff, some didn’t.

    C Perez
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Kinsler
    3B Lawrie
    SS Rutledge
    OF Braun
    OF J.Upton
    OF Jennings
    UT Ike Davis
    UT Crawford
    Bench – Machado, Segura
    SP Greinke, Scherzer, Samardzija, Niese, Milone, Miley, Fiers
    RP Wilhelmsen, Holland, AlAl

    What do you think? Any concerns specifically related to those different categories?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid… It’s a very shallow league so will come down to how you manage your waiver wire pick ups… Your pitching looks good, but a few of those guys could have K/BB problems…

  160. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    you watch worst cooks yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, seems to be shaping up just as I thought it would with the crazy Russian gonna win…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: did you see rashida’s sister…oooh….menage a Jack Full of Hate!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was thinking the same thing… Not you though… I don’t get how one twin has bad teeth though… Something’s up there…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: not worried about that just want happy time….we’ll flip, winner goes first, loser goes out for donuts

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Deal!

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: damn grey, you’re dirty and easy…..you’re so hollywood

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup!

  161. Chalupacabras says:
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    How about “clock-tease”.

    Travis d’Arnaud – Clock-teased by the Mets who have prospblock, John Buck,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was mentioned, we decided on clockblock…

  162. Elwood Blues says:
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    Looking for some insight on Cashner. I have him for $3 in an NL Only keeper league. Anyone know if he’ll start the year in the minors or the DL, even if he makes the team as a 5th starter. If he’s on the DL I will keep him. If he’s in the minors, he would count as one of my ‘prospects’ and will mean I would lose my minor league draft pick #5 overall, which I don’t want to do.

    I guess we could learn more after he pictches tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wait until tomorrow….

  163. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey & Co…I have a draft coming up on Wednesday night where the commish has changed the rules around a good bit for this year. Our pitcher cats are skewed pretty heavily towards relievers so I’m considering suggesting we make a change to make SPs more valuable. Or, in the alternative, I could draft to the new settings in hopes that a lot of people in the league mistakenly think SPs are still the same value as last year. Here are the cats…Ws, SVs, HLDs, ERA, WHIP, K/9. We do have a 15IP minimum for each week, but with a team full of RPs, MRs and 1 or 2 starters, you would be able to hit that pretty easily.

    What do you guys think? Suggest we either remove HLDs, swap K/9 to Ks or make another change to make SPs viable? Or should I just draft to the current settings? If so, how would you guys approach it? Take 1 SP in the Scherzer range, one later, and then a bunch of good RPs and MRs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d just draft to the settings… A solid K/9 starter or two and solid MRs like you said… If you want to make it more challenging, then tell your team to up the IP limit to 25… Then everyone will be forced to draft SPs…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: I’m pretty torn on this because my guess is that at least half of the league will stupidly draft a full compliment of SPs. This is the money league I won last year and its a significant chunk of change to the winner so I don’t really want to give the rest of the league tips. At the same time, I think it would be a much more fun season with a normal compliment of starters.

        How early would you start targeting closers? Which MRs would you target? (apologies if this has been covered in an article already)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d target all the big MRs… They’re listed in the rankings… I wouldn’t tell them to make the league harder if it’s a money league…

  164. Steady says:
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    8 Teams Keeper H2h 5×5 R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG W, K’s, SV, ERA, WHIP

    C- Napoli
    1b- Votto
    2b- Kinsler
    3b- Zimmerman
    SS- Hardy
    MI- Kipnis
    1b/3b- Frazier
    OF- J Up
    OF- Heyward
    OF- Bruce
    OF- Willingham
    OF- Swisher
    UTIL- Gardner
    Bench- Prado
    Bench- Aoki

    P- Verlander
    P- Kimbrel
    P- Chapman
    P- Lynn
    P- Haren
    P- Miley
    P- Parker
    P- Putz
    P- Minor
    Bench- Estrada

    How does this look?

    Offered: Wainwright, Scherzer, A. Jackson for Verlander, Prado, Haren
    Offered: Moore for Chapman

    How do those deals look also?

    • Steady says:
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      @Steady: Miley* not haren

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those deals look fine… The team looks good but the league is so shallow that it’s gonna come down to how you work waivers…

  165. Nathan says:
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    What in the sweet tits is going on with third base? What happens if I miss out on Beltre, Longoria, Zimmerman, and Wright? Headly is gone, Sandoval seems like a huge injury risk at this point, and Lawrie is now starting the year on the DL too with the dreaded rib cage injurry.

    After the 1st 3 rounds, is it Aramis Ramirez or bust at this point?

    Or would you be okay drafting Todd Frazier a bit later as your 3B?

    • Steady says:
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      @Nathan: I got frazier late… i think that if he gets the AB’s he deserves he will shine this year but dont be surprised if he loses AB’s to the defensive guy the reds brought in whose name escapes me… Personally never been a fan of aramis but thats just me

      • Nathan says:
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        @Steady: I’ve never been a fan of Aramis either, and that’s what got me so nervous about the state of 3B. If you don’t want to draft A-Ram, there is literally no one worth drafting between Wright and Frazier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Frazier or Machado later…

  166. Anthony says:
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    Word up Greycarlo! My 2nd team, 12 team mixed H2H league. Roster 6 SP and 2 RP but start 4 & 1. I drafted from the 4 hole and landed Trout, I was hoping Longo would make it to me in the 2nd and he did…..but for some reason Mccutchen was still on the board so I had to pounce. I feel pretty comfortable with the squad but as always a little perspective from you is gold, I appreciate it in advance! Thanks brother

    1.) Trout
    2.) Cutch
    3.) Kinsler
    4.) Wainwright
    5.) Billy Butler
    6.) M. Latos
    7.) M. Moore
    8.) B.J. Upton
    9.) A. Chapman
    10.) B. Lawrie
    11.) H. Pence
    12.) M. Moustakas
    13.) B. Morrow
    14.) M. Harvey
    15.) Sal Perez
    16.) M. Morse
    17.) Kendry Morales
    18.) A. Simmons
    19.) J. Gyorko
    20.) Jed Lowrie
    21.) A. Cashner
    22.) Z. Cozart
    23.) Addison Reed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks like a powerhouse… Hard to fault any of your choices… You look low on saves and a bit high on injury risk towards the 2nd half of your draft, but a solid team nevertheless…

  167. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 weekly mixed roto. Who do you like better? Stanton/AGon or Pujols/AJones?

    Happy Pesach.

  168. Matthew says:
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    12 team 5X5 H2H
    Any suggestions? I have one more draft and a total of 4 teams. I have a pretty spread out team for each but I took some of the same guys in all 3 leagues such as J Uptpn, Bumgarner and Rutlidge. This roster I dig the most, you think it’s strong? Enough pitching?

    AVG R HR SB HR SAVES WHIP ERA W K
    Salvador Perez
    Joey Votto
    Brandon Phillips
    Martin Prado
    Josh Rutledge
    Justin Upton
    Adam Jones
    Austin Jackson
    Lorenzo Cain
    Lenoys Martin
    manny Machado
    Andrelton Simmons

    Madison Bumgarner
    Max Scherzer
    Glen Perkins
    Greg Holland
    Jake Peavy
    Matt Harvey
    Hiroki Kuroda
    Jonathon Niese
    Brandon League
    Wade Miley
    Mitchell Boggs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, the team looks stacked… The hitting is excellent and the pitching looks even better… Small issue, I imagine you’re gonna need to replace Leonys Martin… Take followups to my newest post…

      • Matthew says:
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        @Grey: Thanks a ton . I’m fairly new to Fantasy baseball, but this year I did my homework and I love your blogs and advice. Thanks so much.

        PS: I have Estrada in 2 other leagues but some clown drafted him in the 13th round or so, trying to acquire him but I think my pitching is great.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

    • Matthew says:
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      @Matthew: @Matthew:
      Also, should I add Puig? I did in another league but he’s still available in the rest. Good idea? And someone dropped Beckett in a league I’m in too. Should I waiver him by dropping AJ Griffin?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Puig isn’t making the Dodgers, read the newest roundup…

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