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Though, I would like to read a post about Siamese Twins Dance Strategy.  “Xiu, could you stop salsa’ing when I’m friggin’ tango’ing!  My effin’ coconut is about to rupture!”  Oh, and you’re welcome, Siamese twins who Googled “Siamese Twins Dance Strategy.”  We don’t judge here at Razzball, but, out of curiosity, do you guys share a urinal?  Use two at a time?  Wait, pee, wait?  I will tap my orange Crocs impatiently as I wait for your answer.  Head-to-Head, or H2H, doesn’t change a lot to our 2013 fantasy baseball rankings.  There are 300 billion suns in the Milky Way galaxy.  There are 100s of billions of galaxies in the universe.  There are at least 256,000 planets exactly like Earth.  Yet, there’s only one Miggy Cabrera.  (Though Ciggy Mabrera on Planet Yurick is pretty good too.  Not a first rounder though.)  H2H doesn’t change that.  The strategy for playing in the middle of the season in H2H leagues changes.  You aren’t hoping Billy Butler hits 30 homers by October, but whether or not he’ll hit a homer on Sunday or if you should sit him to try and win steals.  It’s all about the match-ups, y’all!  So you want to build a team that can match up well with any other team.  (FYI, I’ve gone over this stuff before, but some of you might need a pine tree refresher hung from your rear view.)  Anyway, let’s look at some H2H fantasy baseball draft strategy:

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1. Avoid guys that are prone to nagging injuries.

This is not to say a guy who is DL’d.  They go on the DL and that’s fine because then you can replace them.  Nagging injuries?  Whole different bailiwick.  You put Nelson Cruz on an H2H team and you wanna strangle someone.  Hopefully, not the guy sitting behind you wearing biker shorts and eating an apple.  Go ahead, look behind you.  Yeah, that’s me.  What’s up?  I let myself in.  Since H2H is played on a week-to-week basis, you can’t afford to take many goose eggs as a player nurses his hammy day-to-day.  BTW, I once nursed a hammy and everyone kept asking me why I was breastfeeding a pig.

2. Don’t punt anything, but don’t buy steal-only guys.

What’s Bourn or Juan Pierre et al going to get you?  2 steals per week?  They’re not going to win you steals.  So you’re going to get 3 steals from Bourn one week, your opponent is going to get 5 steals from his whole team and you’re going to lose steals anyway.  Or you’re not going to get anything from the aforementioned et al’s then you’re going to lose that week too.  You just lost two weeks and the season hasn’t even started yet.  See what those steal-only guys get you?  That doesn’t mean to punt these categories.  It means draft a balanced team.  Guys that will get you speed and power.  Then if the weekend rolls around and you’re within breathing distance of winning speed, you pick up some steals off waivers to try and win it.  If someone is going against you and you punt steals, then you’re giving them one category.  Are they giving you categories?  No offense, you seem like a good person, but I wouldn’t give you any categories.  There will be weeks when you’ll be out of the running for steals (pun point!), then you can make the decision to punt at that point (punt point!).

3. Starters, Starters, Starters…

If you can’t beat them with quality, you beat them with quantity.  Chances are you should be able to win Ks and Wins every week with this drafting strategy.  Then if you can win Saves, you’re only dealing with WHIP and ERA.  Figure at least once in a while your opponent is going to lose ERA or WHIP on their own doing.  Figure a few times you’ll win ERA and WHIP on your own doing.  In roto, I say take a late round flyer on possible saves or a starter, with H2H, I say always take a starter.  Then another starter, then another.  Take them until you can’t take anymore.  Be robust in your starters.  This also means to wait even longer for starters.  Pretty self-explanatory, but for those who like self-explanatory things explained.  You don’t need a top starter when you’re throwing lots of junk out there anyway.  I’m a big fan of streaming in H2H.  If streaming isn’t an option due to it being a weekly league, then extra starters are even more important so you can go with match-ups for the week.

4. The Waivers are Your Oysters.

Don’t like Todd Frazier’s match-ups this week?  Then you’re speaking a language I don’t understand, he’s great every week.  But, okay, say he’s slumping and going into Dodgers Stadium, then you grab a different bat with better match-ups.  I take this approach in roto too with the last man on my team, but in H2H it’s even more pronounced.  Besides some of your top hitters and pitchers, everyone’s fluid.  To mix metaphors with nonsense, the waiver wire is your own personal Idaho filled with potatoes and you’re an Irishman.

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  1. Steve says:
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    5. Don’t draft Jay Bruce.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Steve: Dam right. Streaky guys are just as bad as the nagging injury guys. Like Adam Dunn or Chris Davis, sometimes he will give you 5 homers and 15 RBI in a week, then he disappears for 2 weeks leaving his goose eggs and .120 BA stench in your numbers.

    • Hondo says:
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      @Steve:

      I cut him with a few weeks to go in a 12 team H2H last year and he just sat on the wire.

    • Cole says:
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      @Steve: He’s fine as your 3rd OF (where I had him last year) but no way I a taking him in like the 5th round where he’s going this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Don’t feed him after midnight.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: You know that now he’s going to kill me in the matchups that I face him in this year and probably knock me out of the playoffs for good measure.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Question: This effin’ site working on your mobile phone again? Was a bit screwy for a time there…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Seems OK right now. Even the posts with a table loaded fine.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yay… About time…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve:
      Haha so true. Luckily had him in a roto, the guys streaky as hell!

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    If they do share a urinal, in the words of the great Dr. Egon Spengler, Don’t cross the streams!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: That’s how parallel universes collide.

  3. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Do FantasyPros and FantasyPros911 have any connection to each other?

  4. herbertstencil says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Love your work. A couple of questions.

    First, I’m in a keeper league transitioning from draft to auction, so I’m trying to understand both keeper value and auction value. We keep 4+1 rookie, and I’m wondering if you can link to a post about calculating inflation? Second, we have the keepers for one year at last year’s value (mixed H2h 12 tream 9×9 league AVG, R, SB, H, BB, HR, RBI, OPS, XBH + ERA, W, L, K, K/BB, WHIP, SV, BAA, WIN%). My options are as below. I’m thinking Harper, Cespedes, Encarnacion, Sale (his arm might fall off, but the price is right). Then one out of Scherzer/Andrus/Upton/Cano. Head says Scherzer (although I don’t like keeping pitchers, and I’ll already have Sale out by July), but not sure whether inflation makes one of the others worth keeping.

    Appreciated.

    Cano 36
    Upton 35
    Andrus 16
    Wieters 14
    Hart 12
    Scherzer 9
    Sale 6
    Encarnacion 5
    Cespedes 4
    Harper 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @herbertstencil: I love your comments! I don’t think we have a post about calculating inflation because it would change for every league… Harper, Cespedes, Encarnacion, Sale and Scherzer….

  5. Troy says:
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    Do you employ the starter starter starter rule in a h2h league that’s 10×10 pitching cats innings wins losses hr against bb against era k/9 whip saves ks and a 8×8 that’s innings wins losses ks k/9 era whip saves. Enjoy reading your entries I do it often. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: I don’t…

      • troy says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: obviously didnt think so just didnt really know how far to go, there is a min innings for every week as well but im aiming at getting 3 or 4 starters and then 4 closers or so and relievers never done the league before so im kind of going into it blind but that seems like the most logical thing to do in my opinion thanks for the quick response.

        • Tony says:
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          @troy: i play in a 10×10, are we in the same lg, just kiddin, i usually go lots of offense, a starter/ace around the 5th or 6th ish round, maybe another starter in the 8th or 9th (again all of this depends on who i like and where i see them falling) and i usually go with 1-2 good SP’s take 2-4 late flyers, make sure ya grab 3-4 Closers, they’re valuable, wins ya save, brings down ratios on most weeks, occasional win here and there, one guy in my league had ZERO pitching, streamed like a mad man, did well… we have a 32 Inning MINIMUM, after you’ve thrown that its up to you to decide when to bench, keep throwing, etc….. if your pitchers/relievers throw well you bench after you log your innings, if they get blown up and you’re going to lose certain cats you stream to make sure you take WINS, K’s, etc etc etc….. whatever you can, hopefully that helps, been playing this format for 10+ yrs…. its awesome.

          • Tony says:
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            @ troy, oh and lets say player A is typically a 12Hr/22SB and bats .310 and player B is say 17HR/33sb and bats .260. go with player A…. dont underestimate trying to fill 10 offensive categories, low average = less hits which = less cats getting filled……

            Obviously rounds, value, players history, upside, etc all need to be taken into account, im not saying take Aoki over Desmond Jennings (which those stats about match) but hopefully you get my drift…..

            • troy says:
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              @Tony: Yea i get the drift also have doubles and triples as categories and Ks against so yea there is a lot to go into it…. lol like i said with the custom rankings though i just did a couple mocks and it makes it a lot easier oh also forgot have walks for hitters as well… goofy cats in my opinion lol but yea.

          • troy says:
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            @Tony: thanks! i actually just did a mock and did exactly what you emplied here as well that seems to be the norm especially after looking at the custom rankings for his league, streaming maybe tough because its a 80 max move for the year and 6 max for the week but i know how to work with that since my 8×8 league is the same thing. Im trying to grab guys like scott baker late and maybe straily or ryu and so on because pitching for yahoo is way over ranked for a league like that. top 30 overall ranked pitchers are sitting in the 150s and 160s in the custom rankings. I also grabbed chapman as well and a lot of relievers with 8 total bench spots u can sit on a lot of guys and also have 3 dl spots… lol

            • Tony says:
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              @troy: yep yep my lg has singles, doubles, triples, etc…… 10 offensive cats, 10 pitching….

              People think its wild/INSANE, until you play it….

              Rooting for a guy to trip on his way to third because you’re winning triples by 3 and need a double to take another pt is great, or rooting for prince fielder to hit his one triple of the yr for you on a given night (especially a sunday triple) is priceless…. people dont understand but its a great format.

              You can’t really draft thinking OK this guys giving me triples, this guys giving me doubles, etc, you just have to go for well rounded players, in my league with the 32 inning MIN pitching is Important, but not that important….. but like I said i know a guy or two who take a few TOP sp’s every yr and do VERY well, about sweep pitching every wk, then grab whatever they can in hitting….

              Personally i’d go offense, pitching 6-7th rounds, and go from there…. stack up.

  6. Mr Gray: Head to head combo leagues are great…. Everyone has a chance to win during the year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Your ‘puter give out? Where’s the rest of the comment?

  7. Titan says:
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    Curious if a bench full of starters is still the best strategy for a weekly HTH 6×6 (OPS & Holds) league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Titan: Nope, probably should grab a couple of middle men, depends on the size of your league though too…

      • Titan says:
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        @Grey:

        12 teamer.

    • Grey

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      @Titan: I’d probably have a starter or two on my bench each week, yeah…

  8. centerfieldballhawk says:
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    My home league is looking into an innings cap or a maximum number of starts, kind of like the commenter leagues are set up. Can someone give me a brief explanation as to how this works? Once you reach the max number of starts, are your starting pitchers locked out of your daily lineup? I know someone asked this same question in the comment section of another post. Any information would be appreciated!

    • Eddy says:
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      @centerfieldballhawk:

      Once you reach the max innings limit/games started, your pitching stats will not count at all. You can still add/drop any pitchers.

      Note that there’s a difference between the two. The max innings limit stops all your pitching stats once you hit the cap. If your league opts for a games started limit, RP can still help you out past maximum GS.

      • centerfieldballhawk says:
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        @Eddy: Thanks for the explanation!

  9. I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday about how I drafted Brett Gardner last year in a H2H league and got burned. It had me thinking that maybe I shouldn’t be drafting guys based solely on speed this year, and you just reassured me. So thanks. I’ll be looking more for well rounded guys that can also offer maybe 15 steals as well. Good stuff as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brendan: Cool, glad to help…

  10. Jim Holzgen says:
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    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, IF, OF, OF, OF, OF, Util, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL

    What are your suggestions for what the bench should look like? All starting pitchers? I’ve typically gone with 3 pitchers (usually starters but 1 might be a middle reliever who might close occasionally) and 2 position players.

    • Jim Holzgen says:
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      @Jim Holzgen:

      Just noticed that’s a pretty messed up roster setting and just asked the commissioner about it. Way too many P’s and bench spots. I think he’s deleting 2 P’s and 1 BN.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Jim Holzgen: Okay, let me know if there’s a question…

        • Jim Holzgen says:
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          @Grey:

          The question still is what do you suggest the bench to look like? 4 bench spots.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You should have 6 SPs and then one wild card bench spot for whatever… I usually go RP…

  11. Roger says:
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    Grey just a quick question, is Rudy still working on the h2h ranks?

    • Hey Roger – I’m not working on any H2H ranks. I was doing some researching into predicting ‘Streakiness’ that could gauge whether a player tends to be consistent week-to-week or feast/famine (think Hamilton last year). The end result was that I didn’t see enough statistical confidence in predicting year-over-year ‘streakiness’ to warrant publishing the statistic.

      I’d use the same ranks for Roto and H2H – it’s just a matter of whether you want to adjust your draft strategy. (Personally, I downgrade SB and SV for H2H since they are fluky from a week-to-week basis. One method for re-ranking would be to remove those categories from the $ value/Point Share sheets and then re-sort based on the newly summed Point Shares. You can then just make an executive decision when you think there’s a closer or two that are at really good market value.

      • Sky

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        Speaking from experience of someone who’s been stuck…I mean in an H2H keeper league with friends for a few years now, I can attest to ignoring steals and saves. We roster 30, play two at every IF along with 5 OF, 2 UTIL and I have always finished near the top in steals just by being observant on waivers. I never worry about being competitive in saves. I’ll keep aware of injuries in case I have a chance of taking the category one week or if I can get a closer for the season off waivers but for the most part, I aim to win 8 categories with the hopes at having a chance at 10. I haven’t missed the playoffs yet and typically finish in the top 3 so I’m doing something right.

      • Roger says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:

        Does the Point share system work for H2H even if it’s a win by Cat type of league i.e how has more Homers and such.

        • The Point Shares should hold true for Roto-style H2H (win by category) – it’s not designed for Points leagues although the values should correlate well assuming Points are generally credited for 5×5.

  12. bobby j says:
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    Grey and anyone else smart out there…

    3 yr. keeper league. Middlebrooks, Carlos Gomez or Mike Minor?

    • Xeno35 says:
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      @bobby j: Middlebrooks (if you have to keep one) Any other options?

      • bobby j says:
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        @Xeno35: I’m also keeping C Santana, Encarnacion, Kipnis, Stanton, Bundy, Moore, Harvey and Strasburg, and have two more open slots.

        Assuming I kept Middlebrooks, what about Gomez v. Minor v. Hart v. Alvarez v. Straily? I love Minor/Straily, but I’ve got 3 strong young pitchers and Gomez’s upside is tempting.

    • Hooverville says:
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      @bobby j: Just my option but I think I’d go Middlebrooks, position scarcity at 3rd is a plus. He hit 15 HR, 4SBs and batted .288 in 267 ABS, about half a season. Boston’s lineup will always be solid around him too. If you wanted to keep Gomez I could see that argument too, 19hrs, and 37 SBs last year. His SB #’s greatly limit his downside, but OF is so deep especially in the SB category, if you think there will be some good OF options I’d let go of Gomez

      • Selig+Loria=GoatBlowers says:
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        @Hooverville: just a note from a dude that’s in a 3 year keeper for about a decade…I have learned to NOT hold onto guys like Bundy before they have a job/have proven anything. I got burnt on WAY too many guys I assumed would come up in my 2nd year keeping them that end up as late call ups.
        Also keeping pitchers is not generally the best play in straight 3 year keepers.
        Says the guy keeping Matt Moore over Joe Mauer. My man nipples get glass cutting hard when I visualize myself redrafting Rutledge…I am in a rut and on the ledge!! get back in!

        Expos in 2014!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Jon says:
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    I did my first auction draft last night – Yahoo 12-team H2H. Here’s the team I drafted:

    C Rosario
    1B Rizzo
    2B Prado
    SS Rutledge
    3B Sandoval
    OF Stanton
    OF Holliday
    OF Harper
    UT Reddick
    UT Ichiro

    SP Hamels
    SP Moore
    SP Peavy
    SP Samardzija
    SP Ryu
    SP Burnett
    SP Anderson
    SP Harvey

    RP Robertson, Cook, Benoit, Parnell, Fujikawa

    I wasn’t willing to pay for saves so I bought cheap relievers who will help me with Ks/ERA/WHIP (and may get me some vulture saves). I may be punting that for a week or two to start the season but I’m confident I can find closers as they come. I didn’t end up with any SB guys (besides maybe Ichiro) so I’m weak there, too, but overall I’m pleased – especially for my first time in the auction format.

    Thoughts from anybody?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I agree with your thoughts… I like the team, but I would draft another closer next time…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: yeah, hopefully I don’t struggle too much for saves. We’ll see…

  14. Sir Larry says:
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    Your strategy articles are always a highlight, Grey. Well done again this year, thus far.

    My question…

    Does your draft strategy change if the following inverse (ie. less is better) categories are added to the standard: Losses on the pitching side, Strikeouts on the hitting side?

    I am particularly curious around the streaming and heavy use of starting pitchers. To do this in my league would pretty well guarantee a loss in the Loss column (and, in this case, two wongs don’t make it white) each week.

    Appreciate your thoughts.

    • Xeno35 says:
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      @Sir Larry: I’m dealing with the same situation this year in one of my leagues. After a disaster of a year in terms of moves per team (200+), some new categories are being implemented to deter streaming, Earned Runs and Losses. I personally feel I may rely a bit more heavily on my pitching, but I still cant see myself not streaming when its a really good matchup.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Sir Larry: @Sir Larry: I’m pushing for adding L and removing IP in my league that has weekly adds cap of 2 because once you get to the playoffs and the other team has twice as many 2-start pitchers, brother you’re screwed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sir Larry: Thanks! You need to draft better quality on starters if you have Losses… Ks on hitting doesn’t change much, obviously ignore guys like Dunn or Reynolds…

    • Steve says:
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      @Sir Larry: Not a big fan of the Loss as a category, for what it’s worth (probably not much). Wins are flaky enough as it is and losses are perhaps even more so.

      Nothing worse than seeing one of your guys throw an 8-inning gem and lose 1-0. Not only are you not getting the win (bad enough on its own), but you’re also being penalised with a loss that is really nothing to do with him.

  15. Eddy says:
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    Vin/Rudy,

    What was the average IP for RCLs last year? I’m doing a roto league this year using 1,250 IP max and wanted to compare if I’d have to be more/less conservative compared to an RCL 180 GS limit.

    • VinWins

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      @Eddy: 1314

      High of 1660;
      Low was 708.2

      You had 1358.

      • Eddy says:
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        @VinWins:

        Damn, even nailed me! Good stuff, Vin.

        Guess I have to be even more conservative then, huh?

    • 1340 IP. So I’d assume same relief usage (so don’t change SV totals) with less starts (90 IP / ~6 IP per start = 15 less starts).

      My rough guess on W/K impact would be 75 Ks and 6 Wins. I wouldn’t touch ERA/WHIP goals either.

  16. FG 250 says:
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    3rd year H2H keeper league. Keep 6. Need a little help

    Cano, J Upton, Headley, Adam Jones, Zobrist, A Gon, Lucroy, Weaver, Shields, Medlen, Haren

    These are the only players I’m considering, the rest is garbage. I’m thinking: Cano, Upton, Headley, Jones, Shields and Medlen (only because Shields and Medlen are very cheap, lose a 16th round pick for Shields and my last pick for Medlen)

    • Grey

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      @FG 250: Those 6 sound fine, I don’t know any prices so I’m guessing…

  17. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Drinking and slow auctions don’t mix. Coming into the auction, I had Goldy for $12, Hosmer for $6 and RIzzo for $0 (as a prospect promotion). I also had JUpton, Medlen, Dickey, CSantana, Kipnis, Hill, and Harper. 12 guys hit the auction board. Prices were high due to keeper inflation and general over-enthusiasm about being able to finally bid on guys after the long off-season. Miggy was at 51, Adam Laroche at 11, Trumbo at 10, Verlander at 35, etc. I went to 39 on Cutch because most of the top OFs were kept. Only one guy was at my pre-auction value (adjusted for inflation) as I watched the 24-hour clock tick down: Albert Pujols at 41. I went to 42, sure that someone would go higher. After all, three teams kept 7 of the top 12 1Bs, so other people needed help there. Crickets. Now I have four 1Bs and not much cash to round out my roster. It’s hard to complain about an offensive core that includes 3 of the top 10 in your rankings and 4 of your top 20, but I have 16 spots to fill with not all that much cash. Oh well. I don’t really have a question, but if you could get to 16 sleeper posts that would help me out. . .

  18. stlcardinals says:
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    I’m in a little bit of a weird scoring league where the best pitchers in a given year usually score 10% more points than the best hitters. Which 4 of these in order would you keep? Juston Upton, Stanton, Kershaw, Adam Jones, Hanley Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Kris Medlen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Upton, Jones, Kershaw…

  19. stlcardinals says:
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    theres no advantage to keeping someone you drafted later in the previous draft and this is the 2nd year of a 3 year keeper league.

  20. Stan Yelnats says:
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    H2H league draft is coming up in a month. My draft strategy is take 20/20 guys for the first 10-12 rounds and then find some late flyer pitchers.

    Would this work or do I need to have at least one ace?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need an ace…

      • Stan Yelnats says:
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        @Grey: Who are the late round pitchers you are targeting? Fiers, Estrada, Medlen, Miley?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Check the top 100 starters… They’re clearly labeled…

  21. stlcardinals says:
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    Oh yea and David Wright. Would you keep wright over kershaw or jones?

    • Grey

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      Over Jones since you have two OFs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crimey, that’s hilarious…

  22. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Grey, In my head-to-head daily lineup points league I have the #1 pick and I’ve already penciled in Miggy there. Our commissioner has changed the games needed to be eligible at a position to just 1 from the previous season. This makes players like David Wright and Brett Lawrie eligible at SS! and both Prado and Plouffe eligible everywhere except C (1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF). How would this affect your ranking of these players, and draft strategy especially at SS with Cabrera already in the fold? I’m salivating thinking about getting Lawrie in rounds 6-8 to play SS.

    This league typically drafts SP early and often, and for whatever reason OF’s typically fall. Knowing my league, I’m thinking I could come away with one of these juicy combos after my first 3 picks:

    A) Miguel Cabrera (1), Prince Fielder (20), Giancarlo Stanton (21)
    B) Miguel Cabrera (1), Justin Upton (20), Felix Hernandez (21)
    C) Miguel Cabrera (1), Carlos Gonzalez (20), Ian Kinsler (21)

    Which one would be your preferred foundation to build around? I’m guessing A.

    • Grey

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      A

  23. GTS says:
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    What is Lawrie’s ceiling? Would you rather own J-Up at $23 or Lawrie at $4?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stucco… I’d take Lawrie, but depends on some other factors…

  24. Rally Cap says:
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    In a 12 team weekly H2H league with only 4 SP and 2 RP spots, should more value be placed on drafting pitching early? I feel that value of having those aces is higher, as they would be less diluted by mediocre pitching.

    • Grey

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      No bench spots?

      • Rally Cap says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, there’s 5 bench spots. I’m thinking streaming 2 start pitching off waivers can supplement a lack of top tier pitching.

        • Grey

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          You can draft as I recommend then… You have plenty of room for streaming…

  25. D Rich says:
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    Good article I play H2H. Since you were talking about injury prone guys. What do you think about Ryan Howard and Brett Gardner this year? They won’t be my Horses but depending on where i can draft them to you see a potential steal for power and speed. Howard for speed clearly haha. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Gardner more than Howard… I think Howard will be injury prone this year with nagging injuries… I’m less worried about Gardner with that…

  26. Shane says:
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    Im in a H2H keeper league and traded Ellsbury for Billy Butler yesterday. Basically following rule no 1 since Ellsbury seems to be hurt every time I turn around and Butler is so consistent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  27. Steve V says:
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    5×5 12 team – roster is limited to C, 1b,2b,3b,ss, 3 of, UTIL, 5 SP, 3 RP and 6 bench spots.
    I’d like to go offense heavy with something like:
    C-whatever, 1b-Gonzo/Buter, 2-Kenrick, 3-Cabrera, ss-Rutledge, Of-Heyward, Utpon, Choo, UTIL-Goldi.
    Question – if I do this is my sp strong enough? – mocks give me something like this:
    Latos, Morrow, Kuroda, JJohson, Hughes.

    • Steve V says:
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      @Steve V:
      Also how do you like my offense?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is just barely good enough, but I don’t like Josh Johnson… So if he were out and someone better were in it would be better…. Your hitting looks decent, but should be slightly better if that’s your pitching…

      • Steve V says:
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        @Grey:
        How about If my pitching was
        Latos, Morrow, Peavy, Kuroda, Niese/Hughes?

        • Steve V says:
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          @Steve V: And BTW that J. Upton not BJ.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s solid…

  28. ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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    Hi Grey. Thanks for your H2H insight. This year I will remember to stock up SP if it kills me. Trying to set my keepers but the prices keep going up! Hopefully my commish locks in the pricing before Trout hits $50. Pick my poison in a H2H keeper, keep 6, no limit on time kept. These seem like my best options based on our salary cap:

    A Moustakas, Castro, Trout, Stanton, Harper, Profar
    B Rizzo, Zobrist, Trout, Stanton, Harper, Profar

    I could throw in a Kipnis or Alex Gordon and remove a Zobrist if that makes any difference. If there was no cap I’d keep Rizzo, Castro, Trout, Stanton, Harper, Profar…but that’s just dreamin. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B the way it is is solid…

      • ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Giving up Castro hurts…I think he takes the next step this year…

  29. BERK says:
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    I’ve had great luck with this H2H approach in the past, and don’t typically pay for top startes. But this year I’m in a H2H keeper league and I can hold onto Gio for $15 and Price for $23. Worth it or drop those dudes and spend the money on offense and try to win pitching via throwing lots of junk? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Gio there…

  30. Sam says:
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    Hey, I’m in a 12 team H2H points league. (HR-1, TB-1, BB-1, R-1, RBI-1, SB-1, K-(-1) for hitting, IP-3, ER-(-2), W-10, L-(-5), SV-7, BS-(-1), K-1, H-(-1), BB-(-1) for pitching. There’s a few bonus points for things like hitting for the cycle or perfect games but those are so rare I left them out)

    We are allowed to keep 3 players (give up a draft spot to keep a player). Braun and Longoria seem like no brainers to me but I’m having trouble deciding on the third. My choices are between Ben Zobrist, Starlin Castro, Jay Bruce, Desmond Jennings, Adrian Gonzalez, and Zack Greinke although I am shying away from Greinke because I seem to be able to find pitching very easily throughout the year. Currently my leaning is toward A-Gon but I can also see him disappointing again and it’s entirely possible I could pick up Goldschmidt or Davis much later (but not guaranteed).

    Also, once the draft starts which positions should I be looking to fill in the first couple of rounds (4-6) with this roster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Castro… Then go three best hitters available without doubling up on positions except OFs… Can take a SP with the last of those picks…

  31. Jay says:
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    Looks like Scherzer ended up being a keeper. Do I take Moore and Darvish with my first two picks or Moore and Zimmerman?

    Thanks for taking my Shizz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore and Zimmerman…

  32. Carnac says:
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    …and now, “Real Talk” with your host, Zack Greinke: “It [money] is obviously the No. 1 thing. I could play for the worst team if they paid the most.”

    Join us next time when Zack’s guest, Vernon Wells, discusses his plans to retire at the end of his current contract.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I read the Vernon Wells thing, wish he would’ve said I plan to retire MORE when the contract ends…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Carnac: that’s great, I thought he wanted to be near his home, because of his little disorder or near his wife’s home in so cal. what a da-douche!

  33. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I don’t like H2H, its just the bastard child of football. Before i got bashed by you head to headers I’ve played it before. It sucks. So with that said… hey grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m not a fan of it either…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: what about points based?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t like it either… I’m an old fashioned guy that likes my spandex shorts tight and my women loose…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: %’m right there with you. I think roto is the only way to go. it gives you a more true feel to the game and tests your ability to adapt and stay competitive over 6 months. Owning great players, finding those little gems, strong drafts and great FA pick ups are all rewarded over the course of a season. Unlike H2H that closes the book every week and starts fresh.

            right there with you on the spandex and loose women, why can’t life be like old school porn?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wish it were that easy…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I would have been some type of repairman for a living if it was

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Rolling cigarettes in your white V-neck like Schneider?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: knock knock

                    .”Hi, ma’am, my boss sent me over, he told me you are all wet and needed me to fix your leak”

                    ” please come in and I will show you were it’s wet”

                    “”that’s quite a mess, it looks like it got your carpet all moist, I think I’m going to have to lay some fresh pipe to handle all this”

                    “oh, please, lay all the pipe you want”

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c_STKjrN_g

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice! I gotta get this on vinyl…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: that would be the only way to go, hook your hi fi and get the cougar to some role playing.

                    as a writer, do you think I can make it as a porn writer? I’m hoping they start bringing back the classics.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s in the bag… That could be your sign-off for all of your posts….

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: not sure what part would be my sign off but that got me thinking

                    1)porn poet
                    2)keeping classic bush alive
                    3)garters and scarves

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is this the name of the column? Jack Full of ____ So many things could fill that blank….

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Jack Full of Muff

                    Jack Full Bush

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hahahaha… Before you turn your lady on, don’t forget to turn Jack off…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I think I should follow all my posts that I wrote this while wearing garters….because I am

      • B.o.B says:
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        @Grey: I’ve been doing H2H with the same group of buddies for about 10 years now and I’m about done with it. I attempted to persuade them into trying out roto this year to no prevail. What are your reasons for not liking H2H and liking a different style? Maybe I can use them for another attempt to persuade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          H2H doesn’t simulate the baseball season… And it leads to more luck entering the equation than should be…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: My views on H2H are well documented, but one thing I will say in its favour is that (as t moore said above) it does keep most teams in with a shot for most of the season.

        I haven’t seen it yet, but I could see the potential for a roto league to turn into a bit of a snooze if someone jumps out to a big lead early and holds it.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Steve: maybe, but people tend to give up too soon. Ive been in 8th place in August in a roto and finnished 2nd, quitters never win.

          In H2H I’ve lost championships on a technicality, and had them change league rules twice, once for streaming because as they say it’s not fair and the league went to weekly changes becaue, again, it’s not fair.

          • Steve says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: I agree about not giving up, though that other case it sounds like it’s more down to the people running (and playing in) the league than the format you’re playing.

            Don’t get me wrong, I prefer roto to H2H, but both have their good and bad points.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Steve: I like pizza, and as they say there is no bad pizza but I will always eat New York style over Chicago any day of the week because New York is real pizza and Chicago is just a casserole with pizza dough on the bottom…

              • B.o.B says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: I’d say the biggest positive for H2H is the weekly matchups you have against your buddies. You can get the smack talk going and there’s always someone in the league you like to beat more than anybody else so you look forward to those weeks. However, after getting beat in the championship last season by 3 Longo HR on the very last day, the luck involved in H2H playoffs put me over the edge.

                • Steve says:
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                  @B.o.B: Yeah, it’s the random element to H2H – especially at playoff time – that is the most aggravating aspect to H2H.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Steve: when you have five guys on a hot streak and then all collectively die during championship week.

                    I actually lost the championship on a technicality. It’s championship week and I destroy the other guy. I think it’s over and done, but noooooo, my commish set the league to finish the week before the last week of the season and Yahoo didn’t stop counting stats until the season was over. It counted the last two weeks of the season even though I stopped playing. The other guy noticed and kept on making moves and beat me by 1 point. Then proceeded to talk smack about this. I’ve never played again. i understand why the commish set it to end before the season ended but the Yahoo glich killed me :(

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: So the final was only one week? It’s usually been two in my Yahoo H2H.

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: Though now we are at 14 teams, looks like it is only one week for the final this year…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Steve: the league settings said that playoffs were week 23-25. Even the commish said it should of ended at the end of the 25th week and not continued into the 2nd week

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @B.o.B: I think if you played in a competitive roto league you will see that every week counts. Nothing is more satisfying than beating someone you know, bad, real bad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it does, but on the other hand if someone drafts well enough to grab a huge league, shouldn’t they win the league and not lose in the first round of the playoffs because Pujols sat out for three days?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Can’t argue with that. Also can’t believe I’m sticking up for H2H ;-)

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Amen!

          • B.o.B says:
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            @Grey: we payout a nice sum to the regular season champ since in all reality beating everybody else over 5 months is a much bigger achievement than just not losing over the final couple weeks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you’re conceding that the regular season matters more, then you guys should just play roto….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s not too far from Cougar’s parent’s house… We pass it all the time… It’s on sale for something like $30 million…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: I’d like to split time between there and Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that’s a pretty house… Never been there, but I’ve been to a few of his houses in Pasadena…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: And just like that, 20 minutes is gone as I research ‘Lloyd Wright houses in Pasadena’. To say that he knew what he was doing is like saying that Lennon and McCartney could write a decent tune but there’s something pretty special about his houses.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I don’t find much excitement in architecture but even I can appreciate them…

  34. Mike says:
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    What would be the earliest you would draft Verlander, Price, Kershaw in am universe where everyone ignored them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I’d draft them in the 4th in 10 teams… So 40-ish overall…

  35. Wilsonian says:
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    So we’re moving to a “Franchise” keeper league. You can pick a franchise guy that you have full control over for as long as you want him. The other four keepers are on a 2-year limit.

    It’s an H2H league. Categories: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, Ks, Ks/9, WHIP, ERA

    My franchise is between Prince, Longoria, and J-Up. I’m torn. I don’t want to lose any of them after the 2 years are up. They’re all relatively young and have the chance for being monsters. Who you franchise-ing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  36. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Are you going to do one of your mock draft posts for H2H? Would it be any different than the one you made last week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t foresee me doing one… But you never know…

  37. rookraider says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Are these numbers worthy of a first round pick in a 12 team league: .292/103/39/122/2 ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • rookraider says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, that’s what I think too. The not so esteemed Ray Flowers disagrees. This is why I really only read your website. Keep up the great work.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who was the player, Prince Fielder?

  38. jubjub says:
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    I think my post got eaten. I tipped my hat to your Brand Nubian reference and asked how to draft SP in a 12 team H2H with Complete Games? Stay with the quantity formula or go for top tier guys? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, friend! I’d go with the quantity route since there’s so few complete games…

  39. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Been fooling around with the rankings, current ADPs and my 10 man std 5×5. From the middle positions I’ve been getting mcCutch, Stanton, A Gon 1b, then Zimmerman. Anything technically wrong there? With the 5th round I’m seeing kinsler available a lot. You have him ranked pretty high, but also say not to reach for the position. Would you rather go kinsler, SP like F Her, or fill some other need?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, nothing wrong… If you can get Kinsler in the 5th, then by all means go with him…

  40. Buge Hoobs says:
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    In the past you’ve said you like to be near the turnaround. That still hold true or do you like a different draft spot this year? We play a hand Of cards to pick our draft spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on the league size… I’d happily take the turn in a 12 team league…

      • Buge Hoobs says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, I thought I replied from my question right above. It’s a ten man std 5×5 redraft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, my bad… Then, yeah, I’d happily take the turn…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Assuming you get Upton at 12 (likely), what are you doing at 13? A little reach for Longo (if Rudy isn’t looking) or a bigger one for Goldie?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So you’re also assuming everyone before is gone too? Yeah, Longo…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Oh yes. Took it as read that if Stanton or Votto (for example) falls you’re grabbing them. I suppose you can be pretty confident that Goldie will still be there at #36…

            • Grey

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              Yeah, Longo might be there too… But Goldie will definitely be there…

        • i like Longoria despite the fact his hamstring injury might’ve cost me the Expert league. Drafted him #2 in my (still going) NFBC 15-team draft.

  41. bossmanjunior says:
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    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19705

    Interesting article on Aaron Hill and an adjustment he made with Arizona. Grey, did you see anything in his numbers to suggest last year isn’t repeatable?

    Taking a quick glance, there are a few things I noticed. First his bb% and k% are trending in a positive direction. He makes very good contact (85% versus a low 6.1 swstrk%) and was more selective in the zone last year, swinging less but making more contact (94%). His iffb% was also a career low but his babip was not very high at .317, a little higher than his career .290, which pretty good for a fly ball hitter.

    I would go as far as to say I’m going to target Hi, but if I miss out on a top second baseman, I’ll gladly take a chance on Hill If the price is right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see getting Hill in a league or two… I did rank him fairly high (6 overall for 2B)… I don’t feel confident in him though… His stats seem flaky from year to year… That is completely confirmation basis…

  42. MasterBatters says:
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    Hey Grey :
    Looking to lock up my keepers in my other league. I can keep 2 from rounds 1-5, 2 from 6-10 and 2 beyond that. League is H2H, 5×5 with OPS and QS. Who would you keep from the studs below.

    Each player has been shaved 1 round for keeper rules and I put a * next to my initial thoughts.

    Prince Fielder – Round1
    Miguel Cabrera – Round 1*
    Andrew McCutchen – Round 2*
    Nelson Cruz – Round 3
    B.J. Upton – Round 6
    Michael Cuddyer Round 6
    Emilio Bonifacio – Round 8
    Gio González – Round 7 *
    Greg Holland – Round 18
    Jim Johnson – Round 19
    Desmond Jennings – Round 22*
    Ian Desmond – FA *
    Josh Reddick – FA
    Adam LaRoche – FA
    Mike Fiers – FA
    Aaron Hill – FA
    Kris Medlen – FA *
    Eric Stults – FA
    Daniel Straily – FA

    I do like Reddick, LaRoche and Hill but hate to give up some others.

    Your thoughts and help are appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy, McCutchen, Gio, BJ, Jennings, Desmond…

  43. Ryan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    So this is the first year that I’m doing fantasy baseball(have played fantasy football for quite some time though). I’ve been researching quite a bit over the past week or so on rankings and draft strategies. Today I was told that this league that I was invited to play in actually drafts using auto draft(kill me now). I’m going to go forward with this even though it’s annoying, so my question for you is there any strategy to drafting that way? I’m using Yahoo and I know that they fill based on ranking and eventually position need. I’ve already rearranged my draft order to something very similar to your Top 100 ranks, but do you think I should try breaking apart/ordering by position too? Thanks for your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plead with your league to not do an auto draft… There’s no reason to do an auto draft nowadays… It makes absolutely no sense… With that said, make sure you really bury positions and players you don’t want…. Ideally, you won’t have a catcher anywhere in the first 200 guys you’ve pre-ranked… The last thing you want is to aciddentally draft multiple catchers or say bench guys before you’ve filled positions you need…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: I’ve tried until I have been blue in the face. They try this in our football league every year too(but in there we actually have a reason because one of the guys is paraplegic in that league and it’s hard for him to make the selection in the allotted time). Over the past 2 years I’ve done a live draft for that league(since I’m the commissioner now) and just enter everything later that night. But that guy isn’t playing in baseball…so basically these guys are just lazy/computer illiterate.

        Makes sense about the positions. Should I move ALL catchers(and like positions) down the list even if they rank high(for example Posey)? Or should I just drop all of “non-stars” lower?

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… I’d drop all catchers… You don’t want say Posey and Rosario by accident…

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Ryan: Do you HAVE to join it? I’d rather not play than run a team Yahoo picked for me. Tell the commish you will give him hell if he keeps it at auto draft.

      Kendrick Lamar on the Letterdude program tonight (as far as I know) for all you new school rap aficionados.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks for the heads up, Wallpaper!

      • Ryan says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: HAVE to? No. It is with my co-workers though so I guess it allows me to have that group bond I guess. Honestly if it was a random league I wouldn’t touch it. But I’ll give it a shot since it’s just for fun. Just need to come up with a plan to do well on this nonsense auto-draft. I really think that everyone is just going to use the standard draft rankings, so I’m going to try and use that to my advantage.

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @Ryan: I understand. I was just goofing. Look at me. I am in a NBA league that had an auto draft and I did absolutely no pre ranking. I took whatever Yahoo gave me and worked with it.

          I used to pre rank for auto draft baseball leagues about a decade ago. I would rank my top 100 and hope to get lucky. Sometimes I had good seasons and sometimes not.

          I suggest you rank no catchers in your top 200. Let others get the high end catchers. You can get the 10th best guy at best and be okay.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Wallpaper Paterson: ha. no worries. I actually just set up my rankings to leave catchers out of top 200. I’m thinking I might do well because of how lazy the other guys are.

            Any other advice for a first time fantasy baseball player? Right now I’m just reading everything I possibly can on it.

            • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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              @Ryan: You need more patience with baseball than with football. Trust your pre rankings and don’t overhaul your team if it struggles the first few weeks.

  44. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Whats Strategy for H2h points league? IT has to be focus on pitching more than position players pitchers will get you the most points on a day to day basis …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, points leagues leans heavily on pitchers… I’d go back to my pitcher pairings post…

  45. Tack The Kack says:
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    I’m playing Fantasy Baseball for the first time in a weekly roster H2H league with 10 teams on Yahoo. 21 roster spots (9 offense + 7 pitchers + 5 Bench) + 2 DL. It’s a 22 category league with Offensive: H, 2B, 3B, HR, R, TB, RBI, SB, BB, K, AVG and Pitching: W, L, CG, K, BB, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9, GIDP, QS. I’ve been spending hours a day studying and doing tons of Mock drafts. Players that I keep being able to draft with regularity are…Goldschmidt, Rutledge, Choo, Gardner, Frazier, McCutchen, Zobrist, Longoria, J Upton, Jennings, Peavy, Scherzer, Fister, Hughes, Ryu, R Soriano, Fiers, Hanrahan, Rivera, and Axford. Using your war room, I’m putting together pretty great teams but that’s only 5×5. Do any of these players stand out as not being so great to aim for due to 11×11 or are there any others that you would recommend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jumping right in there with a 11×11, huh? Hitters get a boost and upper echelon pitchers get boosted up with those categories… I’d focus on K/9, BB/9 and QS…

  46. Jack Full Bush says:
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    Im in a 12 team roto 6×6 auction keeper in the ESPN format, should i go with a Harry Reams or a Ron Jeremy stache?

    I wrote this while wearing garters…and nothing else!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! It’s like Penthouse Letters and fantasy baseball had a child…

      • Jack Full Bush says:
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        @Grey:Dear Razzball Forum,
        As I opened the door she was wearing nothing but her fantasy roster. She was a real top heavy lady with Miggy and Gonzo rounding that fabulous top -of the-order. I thought to myself how could this be happening. I had just moved in next door and came over to borrow a cup of sugar, now I’m locked into full frontal fantasy baseball. I couldn’t keep my eyes off her bench. It was the most beautiful bench full of vibrant youth with Myers, Miller, Harvey and Rondon. I almost lost it so I had to whip out my roster, i figured she showed me hers so i should show her mine. She was so impressed with my Goldschmidt that she started to moan. As she stepped back to look IT over she was pleasantly surprised that I had a dread pirate coupled with Cespedes as my first two outfielders…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bwahaha… At first, I was cautious, I wasn’t used to taking the catcher position so quickly…

          • Jack Full Bush says:
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            @Grey: that was wrong, which makes it oh so right

  47. Carnac says:
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    BTW, a continuation of last night’s thread in the comments… another ESPN Fantasy content-comparison occurred to me: their experts are like the talking heads on 24 hr news networks. They blather on and on, trying to sound Very Serious, punctuating their bubble-wisdom with hyperbolic claims. And they’re NEVER held accountable. They could be wrong over and over again, about very big things, and their mistakes never follow them. They’re jobs are not predicated on being “right” – much less knowledgable. Just creating content for content’s sake, with a brand thrown on it. Being insightful doesn’t fit into the business model.

    So, basically, Razzball is PBS with a mustache.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, perfect! This is Laura Linney and I’m here to introduce Downton Razzbey…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Hello, I’m Alan Cumming and this… is Masterpiece Razzbally.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Hello, I’m Dame Judy Dench and this is… Antique Razzshow.

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey: Ha! Also, inspired by Mrs. Carnac watching Teen Mom 2, could see ESPN fantasy as 21st century MTV programming. Therefore…

            …I’m Kurt Loder for Razzball News. Coming up: “120 Innings” with Matt Pinfield followed by “Yo, OPB Raps!”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And The Jersey Shore spinoff with Jay-Heywow and Mookie Wilson…

              • Jack Full Bush says:
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                @Grey: tonight on Uncorked its the Charlie Manuel Band doing their number one hit “The Devil Down to Vero Beach”

                • Jack Full Bush says:
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                  @Jack Full Bush: * The devil went down to vero beach

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I read that as The Devil Went Down To Vero Bush… Oh, man…

                  • Jack Full Bush says:
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                    @Grey: I know it’s hokey but they always refer to spring as going down to ____________________. cause its south

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                    @Grey: get it uncorked is unplugged

                  • Jack Full Bush says:
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                    @Grey: I didn’t even catch the Bush you wrote instead of Beach. im an idiot and a little too “Medicinal” right now

            • Jack Full Bush says:
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              @Carnac: more like, “Yo HGH rap…sheets”

  48. Rich says:
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    Hi blog! Thank you for all of the useful fantasy baseball advice this year. You’re like my fairy godmother. Except my fairy godmother thinks I should take Kershaw top ten. Idiot.

  49. Hey now says:
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    If you’re starting a new keeper league, (points league) can you rank these guys in order of how you’d pick them?

    Harper, mccutchen, kemp, votto, Giancarlo

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      Stanton, Kemp, Votto, Harper…

  50. Kingslayer says:
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    I’m in a 5×5 AL only league with 4 keepers. I have Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Mike Trout as my first three keepers and now I have to decide between Matt Moore and Yu Darvish. I’m leaning Matt Moore but just thought I might be crazy..

    • Grey

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      Go with Moore…

  51. Slappy says:
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    “im not saying take Aoki over Desmond Jennings (which those stats about match) but hopefully you get my drift…..”

    Tony, funny you should say that, since I went ahead and named my keepers in the one league and chose Aoki over Jennings.

  52. scott says:
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    hey Grey. I was a big Gyork fan before spring started and was gonna aim for hi at the end of my draft. looks like each day that goes by hes screwing up my plans by playing TOO good. haha. if he were to end spring with say 10-12 homeruns. which rd do you think id have to reach for him in? 15-16? thanks Grey!

  53. Robert says:
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    I’m doing an 8X8 stats league 10 teams mixed H2H where we can keep 6. Because the offensive stats are:

    avg
    obp
    HR
    XBH
    RBI
    Runs
    Steals
    Hits

    and the Pitching stats are the following:
    ERA
    WHIP
    Saves
    Wins
    Losses
    K’s
    QS
    K/9

    I’m a little unsure how this affects my keepers. I’m punting a little on pitching because I didn’t have keeper level pitching and believe in streaming like you mentioned:

    My keepers currently are:
    Pujols
    Carlos Gonz..
    Giancarlo (do I really need to put his last name?)
    Tulowitzki
    Jay Bruce
    Ben Zobrist

    I have the option for these other players (again, not keeping any pitchers)
    Sal perez, Carlos Santana, Machado, Bourn, Austin Jackson, Chris Davis.

    And yes I handled my league in the regular season pretty easily with that lineup, damn playoffs are a crapshoot though, especially in H2H categories

    Here are the pitchers, just in case
    Halladay, Morrow, Kendrick, Pettitte, Kuroda. I had Cliff Lee, but traded him to a guy in my league for Pujols. Had to give up a 9th round for a 16th round to get it done.

    Overall thoughts and critiques. My first round strategy was to pick up Goldschmidt in the 7th round!! because no one is keeping him and I don’t think anyone values him like I do.

    • Robert says:
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      @Robert: Also, thanks for your help ahead of time.

  54. DP says:
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    Hey Grey! Love the input.. Won my H2H League last season with no one really close. I had a couple of everyday players (well actually our league is a week– bites when Closers get hurt). And I played Waivers to my advantage! Your input on who to watch and pickup was invaluable. Now that I have done enough kissing.. My situation this year in this league (10 team, Yahoo!, H2H 5X5) is that I keep Miggy in Rd 1; Dreaded Pirate in Rd 8; and I have to make a choice of the following (the RD is the round that I would “give up” to keep the player):
    Bumgarner Rd 5
    Zimmerman Rd 14 or
    Dickey Rd 22

    Zimm and Dickey are both steals for the rd I would have to give up. My thought is that I would be looking at SP in rd 5/6 anyway unless there was an absolute steal of power. Last year my downfall was RP- got lucky with Jansen until he was hurt for a bit. Looking in rds 7-9 for RP, but that could change with what is available.

    So should I grab a Dickey or keep Zimm to myself.
    DP

    • Grey

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      Zimmermann

  55. DP says:
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    For Closers, I know I said I may try to grab one in 7-9, but I may have to wait until 12/13/14 range and still get a good closer.

    Thanks for your input.

    DP

  56. ballboy says:
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    so suppose you were in a H2H league and the 6 pitching cats were W SV ERA WHIP K and HOLDS.

    would the greater weight placed on relief pitching alter your starter starter starter strategy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d get one MR, and not necessarily a great/expensive one…

  57. ballboy says:
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    if you were in a H2H league and the 6 pitching cats were W SV ERA WHIP K and HOLDS would the greater weight placed on relievers affect your starter starter starter strategy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same answer as above

  58. Joe says:
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    Picking 9th in a 12 team H2H league. Looking at either Votto or Fielder with my first pick (hopefully Votto but looking like Fielder). Not sure which way to go after that: Go for the best OF on the board (most likely CarGo) and then pray Beltre or Longoria make it back to me in the 3rd OR Jump on Longoria in the 2nd and get someone like Adam Jones in the 3rd.

    Suggestions??

  59. John says:
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    I am in 12 team mixed H2H league. Our batting categories are traditional 5×5 but our pitching categories are W, L, K, Saves and Earned Runs. Wondering if I should alter your H2H strategy since the WHIP and ERA categories have been eliminated. There is a 35 inning minimum IP per week so I cannot ignore SP’s but should I pick up more solid setup guys and closers rather than drafting a schizzload of SP?

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