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Japhet Amador is a giant man, standing at 6-foot-4, weighing in at 315 pounds.  In the Mexican League, where he’s played for the last four years, they called him El Gran Burrito.  Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto once remarked that Amador is welcome at the Presidential Palace anytime, as long as Amador brings his own snacks.  When Jose Altuve heard the Astros signed Amador, Altuve was thrilled.  No more walking around for Altuve; Amador will just carry him around in a baby bjorn.  I watched video of Amador and I’ve never seen such a slow bat through the zone.   He looks like a Mexican Meat Loaf in a celebrity softball game.  I swear, Amador stopped to eat one of those spicy dried mango candies halfway through his swing.  His power is huge, but I’m not sure he’d gonna be able to catch up to anything.  Last year in the Mexican League, he hit 36 homers and he’s 27 years old.  The Mexican League is supposedly comparable to Triple-A, only instead of buses for transportation, the teams pile into a Toyota Tercel.  Right now, he looks pegged for Triple-A, but since the Astros have Robbie Grossman, Marc Krauss, Jesus Guzman and J.D. Martinez vying for everyday ABs, anything could happen.  I’d take a flyer on Amador in AL-Only leagues, and wait and see in mixed leagues.  Best case scenario, he gets the DH job and hits 25+ homers and .220.  The worst case scenario, you draft Altuve and Amador accidentally sits on him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw recently in spring training for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Andy Dirks – Out for 12 weeks for back surgery.  That’s a blow for people who like to pick Dirks off waivers and sing the song Dr. Evil sings when he’s doing the Macarena.  Dirks wasn’t in my top 400, but this does mean Rajai will be the starter.  I’m not giving Rajai more than 366 ABs (which he already had for me), so this doesn’t really change much.  LL Donkey will prolly see a few more at-bats too.  It should add a bit of confidence for you if you’re a SAGNOF(!) drafter and wanted Rajai.  Now there really is no difference between him and, say, Michael Bourn.

Luke Hochevar – Sprained UCL, which usually means Tommy John surgery.  Too bad, so sad.  Can Yordano Ventura get in the rotation already?

Joe Saunders – Rangers signed him to be their 4th (5th?  6th?  7th?) starter.  Symmetry is defined as “harmonious with beautiful proportion and balance, except for Joe Saunders’s 5.26 K-rate and 5.26 ERA last year.”  Some people were hypothesizing that Tanner Scheppers would see time in the rotation, but I never took that seriously.  Scheppers is too valuable out of the bullpen, or for carrying schmatas.

Trevor Rosenthal – Threw against hitters for the first time since he tweaked his groin.  Sounds like all systems go for Rosenthal to be ready for the season and overpriced in drafts.  You say Rosenthal, I say how about that Nate Jones guy?  Last year Jonesy (that’s what I call him) had a 10+ K-rate and a 3.00 walk rate.  His xFIP was 2.77 (Rosenthal’s was 2.34).  Jones had 12 saves in the minor leagues in 2011; Rosenthal has 4 in his professional career.  Rudy’s Steamer projections has Jones for 25 saves; Rosenthal for 30.  Want a guy that could go from being drafted around 220 overall this year to around 120 next year?  Jonesy!

Jake Peavy – Might begin the year on the DL.  He’s a go-getter, crossing off one of four yearly DL stints early!

Cole Hamels – Could throw in a game next week.  Rudy drafted him the other day and told me Hamels’s shoulder tendinitis is no big deal because Rudy had shoulder tendinitis once throwing a Wiffle Ball without proper warm-up and it healed in no time.  I’m not sure if Rudy (or Hamels) got tendinitis throwing his Dipsy-Doodle or Dropsy-McCutter.

Mike Minor – Threw a bullpen session as he rebounds from an operation on his urethra.  He said he was able to locate a lot better (in the bullpen and urinal).

Rickie Weeks – Changed his stance and is hitting the ball better this spring.  Ron Roenicke said, “Geez, he’s killing the baseball.”  Scooter Gennett said, “WHAT THE F**K?!”

Trevor Bauer – Touched 98 MPH in his outing the other day, and consistently lived in the 93-95 range.  Walking off the field, he tossed a ball to a fan three states over.  Still a chance here for Bauer to turn into something terrific for fantasy, but I don’t see how he fits into the rotation until there’s an injury or two.

Cameron Maybin – Out 2-3 months with a ruptured biceps.  If two to three month DL stints were taffy, Maybin would be 400 pounds with diabetes.

Huston Street – Nursing a slight groin strain.  If day-to-day injuries were taffy, Street would be Honey Boo-Boo’s mom on national TV sticking her finger in her mouth to try and dislodge candy from her bicuspids.

Peter Bourjos – Hasn’t played since Sunday because of leg tightness.  I Googled Bourjos + Healthy Legs and it said “Did you mean Peter Bourjos’s things above da feets?”

Johan Santana – Signed with Orioles.  The Orioles should be called the Dubya Tee Eff O’s.  They will sign anyone with a heartbeat.  Above the O’s clubhouse door, it reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.  Your decrepit, cheap or wretched free agents.”  In a 12-team AL-Only league, I took Johan Santana for a free waiver claim.  That makes his value around a negative five dollars.  It’s okay for a flyer in a league that deep, but don’t even think about it in a mixed league at this point.  Ain’t nobody got time for dat!

Jonathan Schoop – Showalter said he could win the 2nd base job.  Well, he said, “Hey, yeah, I wanna Schoop, baby,” but Showalter might be saying that to motivate some of the schmohawks in front of him or because he’s a big Salt-n-Pepa fan.

Mat Latos – Threw a bullpen session without incident as he comes back from a tear in his knee.  He told reporters, “No stiffness, no pinch.”  Sounds like he’s describing the virtues of sweatpants.

Bronson Arroyo – Was scratched due to a stiff back.  He said he just needs Jose Altuve to dance on his back to “You Really Got Me” to get out the kinks.

Manny Machado – Cleared for side-to-side work.  Too bad Giuliani cleared New York of all squeegee guys, Machado could’ve done some valuable drills.

Jeff Locke – Has an oblique issue, but he says it’s no big deal.  Locke is no, uh, lock for the rotation, so he might be downplaying his concern, but he’s gonna be on a long ferry to Bumblewhoknows if he doesn’t watch out.  Somewhere, Edinson Volquez laughs evilly, then throws a scrap paper five feet wide of a trash can.

Casey Janssen – I’m officially concerned.  There’s too many updates about his shoulder in March.  Seven updates on a pitcher’s shoulder + a solid setup man = Egg Drop Soup.  Okay, math’s off there since it should equal ‘danger for fantasy.’  I’ve officially pushed Sergio Santos into my top 400 and he’s a must draft at this point.  In other top 400 news, I bumped down Alexander Guerrero.  I don’t want him, even if he wins the job.  Too many question marks, or marques if you’re French.  I moved up Soria’s saves projections, due to Feliz not making the Rangers too feliz, bumped up Nate Jones and bumped down Matt Lindstrom.

Cody Ross – Ran the bases at 60-70 percent.  Now if MLB can just change the bases from 90 feet to 54 to 63 feet, he’s all good!

Chris McGuiness – Pirates are happy with him so far, and don’t think they’ll need anyone else to platoon with Gaby Sanchez.  The Pirates GM said, “When you’re setting the bar at Gaby Sanchez, you’d be surprised how easy it is for others to jump over it.  Or maybe not surprised.  I always confuse those two.”

Javier Baez – Hit his second homer yesterday.  With Valbuena and Castro, Cubs fans are yelling, “Pipp my left side.”

Zack Greinke – Pitched a bullpen session yesterday.  If you remember last year, there was some injury concerns in the spring, which caused him to come at a discount in drafts, and then he pitched admirably.  He is still not a 9 K-rate starter, his velocity has fallen recently and he’s thirty years old.  I don’t love him, suddenly, but I could see a value pick if he falls into the 90’s overall in a draft.

Matt Kemp – Did agility drills, then Mattingly proceeded to twist the English language on its head when he said after the game, “Part of the plan is not to have a timetable, as far as throwing a date out there, so you guys (the media) can say ‘April 1.’  Then we get to April 1 and he’s not quite ready so now he’s off schedule.  If something happened, he had ‘a setback.’  The more he does, the more he steps forward, continues to do more without having setbacks, the more he continues to do and that tells us where we’re at.”  Reminds me of last year when he said Kenley wasn’t the closer, unless he was the closer, but you can’t know that until he’s closing games.  Mattingly gets my Hall of Fame vote for gibberish.

James Paxton – Due to injuries to Hisashi and Taijuan, Paxton should have a rotation spot to start the year.  He’ll be in the first Buy column of the year in a few weeks.  Mos Def, Ms. Fat Booty.  No Doubt, Gwen Stefani.  Pho Sizzle, restaurant by me.  I like Paxton a lot, but there’s a few things standing in his way.  Once Hisashi returns (prolly end of April) Paxton will be bounced from the rotation, unless Taijuan (who should be back early April) has a set back.  Definitely still worth taking an end-game starter flyer on Paxton.  Best case scenario, he’s around all year and is a mid-7 K-rate, mid-3 ERA starter.  Most likely scenario, he’s in the bullpen or the minors by May 1st.

Ian Stewart – Almost had a broken nose when his daughter struck him.  It was the first time in recent memory a Stewart has hit anything on the nose.

Rick Ankiel – Retired from baseball.  His team isn’t sure whether to throw him a wild party or a swinger party where most of the invitees strike out.

  1. SteveNZ says:
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    If Hamels has shoulder tendinitis, he won’t be throwing in a game next week.

    I have that too.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: *BREAKING* Hamels to pitch next week.

      • de nachos says:
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        @SteveNZ: Hamels suffered a setback on Saturday when he said his body felt fatigued after throwing off the mound.

        “I believe I threw 35 pitches,” Hamels said. “To my body it felt like a thousand.”

        that’s our Hollywood Hamels, never one to be overly dramatic…

    • Eddy says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      Looking like he’ll miss the month of April now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: You were right at first…

      • Snake Hips says:
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        @Grey: It was the straw that set the Hamels back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah. As I’ve said previously, these guys heal quicker than an old geezer like me, but like we were discussing the other day, it’s not something that goes away in a week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I agree… Rudy was comparing it to his Wiffle Ball injury, so I figured I’d relay it…

    • Bombo Rivera says:
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      @Bombo Rivera: Excellent. . . we’re full.

  2. Rob says:
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    Ummmmmmm Grey….Houston we have a problem as they are in the AL now so taking a flier on them in NL only leagues could suggest a whole different meaning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob: Typo/brain fart

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Rob: if yr talking about HOU players, Grey did, in fact type AL only guys (in regard to Amador)

  3. Duke says:
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    Yo Grey! I didn’t realize how much I missed you until I got to contemplate pastel de carne just now. I just wanted to say hey and let you know that my goal this year is to not ask a bunch of dumb questions that waste your time. Cheers buddy.

    (So….hypothetically, would you keep McCutch in the 3rd round, or Segura in the 21st in a 10-team ESPNer? Is that a dumb question?–Just read yr Mean Jean take and thinking maybe not… Other keeper is Trout in the 20th )

    • The Strolg says:
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      @Duke: Hard not to go to battle with Cutch and Trout on your side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duke: Haha Go McCutchen and Trout…

  4. Swfcdan says:
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    Got Paxton in a keeper. You think he’ll be bumped, who else have they got starting aside from King Felix? I thought the rotation spot was his this year.

    And ha! on Minor. Really gotta wonder what these guys get up to during the offseason, even porn stars don’t have to have urethral surgery (you think he couldnt pee?).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Guess it depends if Scott Baker makes the rotation and which depth charts you believe… I’ve seen Paxton in and out…

  5. JobaDoesntRule says:
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    What changed on Guerrero?

    • Q says:
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      @JobaDoesntRule: they are probably sending him to the minors. He can’t field.

  6. tigerfan says:
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    Grey,

    Sorry for posting about an unrelated topic but yahoo head to head keeper.

    I get Cabrera at 40 for 3 years (note the tigerfan). He gets Machado at 6 for 4 years, Strasburg at 23 for 2 and Miller at 3 for 2 years. Seems good to me. I would be down to only Bumgarner at SP, but they are fairly easy to replace at the draft.

    My team now:
    2B – Kipnis
    SS – Reyes
    3B – Machado
    OF – Trout
    OF -Harper

    SP – Strasburg
    SP – Bumbarner
    SP – Miller
    RP – Chapman

    Thanks in advance. Our draft is Saturday so I have to decide by then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tigerfan: Sounds fair, might regret it in two years… It’s good for now…

  7. Tony Starks says:
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    I just dropped Paxton, partly because of this blurb but also because it’s a roto league and I feel it would make more sense to grab a potential fallback closer in Cody Allen instead of a SP who would probably end up getting streamed anyhow. Good call?

      • Tony Starks says:
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        @Grey: It’s fine? Cmon Grey. I didn’t ask what your wife responded with when you asked how your sexual performance was!!!!

        Just kidding Grey jajajajajaa (that’s how the mexicans laugh in text)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  8. Tony Starks says:
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    Will Amador have any effect on Chris Carter’s AB’s? Was hoping for a .240 30/70/100 season from Carter

  9. de nachos says:
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    squeegee guys! Wow, seems like they were from an alternate dimension. But I know they were real b/c Danny Glover played one in a movie *looks it up* The Saint of Fort Washington. Thanks to that film, I still sleep with my shoes under my bed posts.

    Kudos on the Cody Ross base path math. Your attention to detail is enviable.

  10. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    That Ankiel line is gold. Gold!

  11. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In an “all-in” year, would you take a flyer on Weeks or Schoop right now?

    Thanks.

    • El Famous Burrito says:
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      @El Famous Burrito:

      Actually, let me amend that to Schoop, Weeks or Jeter.

      All-in for this year only, standard points league

      Thanks.

  12. James says:
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    one corrections. The Mexican League is a AAA league, just does not have any affiliated times.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_League

    Also I just traded Wright and Papplebon for Longoria and PArnell (ironically i had just traded this same guy parnell and hardy for a pick that became Addison Russell). It is a dynasty, so i get these guys forever, and in Macado, i have a great backup 3b. How did i do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James: Gotcha… Sounds fair…

  13. Los Locos says:
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    Grey, when you drafting do you use other sites rankings. I see guys at my draft with espn and yahoo rankings, then compared to your and ranking and rotowire which I like, I may have to reach for players. I’m in a 10 man keeper league, I don’t have a 7th, 8th or 9th pick. Guys like Bogarets, Cobb, Gray, etc with upside will already be gone. Do you usually pull the trigger on guys you really like even though it way too earlier to select them?

    I have Hosmer, Hanley, Rios and Heyward to work with and pitching I have Kershaw, Verlander and Strausburg. My first two picks have to make an impact because I have no 3rd or 4th rd selections. I was in the playoffs last year needed to make some changes on my team, which cost me draft picks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Los Locos: I try to draft guys I like, so if I need to reach a round or two early, I will…

  14. Fungazi says:
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    Janssen is milking it. He did the same thing last year, and I don’t think even pitched at all in ST and then held the closer role all year. I drafted Santos before Janssen and felt so smart. This year, staying away from that situation completely.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: even Ian MacKaye wouldn’t have drafted Santos over Janssen last year though. hehe.

  15. Ty Wiggington says:
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    In a keeper league where we keep 15 players with no restrictions. My offense is dominant but pitching abysmal. Needed to make a trade for loads of production without compromising my future completely. I traded:

    Bryce Harper for Jose Fernandez, Justin Upton, Francisco Liriano and Sergio Romo.

    Thoughts?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Ty Wiggington: you were a great pickup last year for STL. s’like paying the janitors 98.76 times their salary.

  16. 2 Giant rings says:
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    20 teams- we have two UT spots. Would you object to having all three corner spots (1st/3rd/CI) filled after 5 rounds? Thx!

    • James says:
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      @2 Giant rings:

      20 teams with that many roster spots will mean everyone with a pulse will be owned, or at least a starting job. I would avoid that since it limits your ability to pick up dark horses and other guys that may fall later. i would go 3 or 4, but not all 5

  17. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey,
    With Hochevar’s injury, what do you think about Kelvin Herrera in a holds league? Seems like he’s got a pretty good shot at the 8th inning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Yeah, he should be owned

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: yep, yet another guy, even with 5 RP slots (carpenter too) not yet owned in 12 teamer. it’s easy to find crazy value in very many places post draft (used to 16 teamer)

  18. Tom says:
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    12-team, 5×5, 10-keeper league. Who do i throw back in the pond:
    1. Pujols
    2. Kinsler
    3. Segura
    4. Verlander
    5. Adam Jones
    6. Rizzo
    7. Zimmerman
    8. Grienke
    9. Ortiz
    10. Josh Hamilton
    11. Wil Myers

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Hamilton

  19. Miles says:
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    starting an AL-only dynasty league, looking for managers. 10 team, 5×5 roto. shoot me an email if you are interested… miles18__ at yahoo (that’s 2 _ _)

  20. Oaktownsteve says:
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    Schoop is “scope” like the mouthwash only in a Dutch accent.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Oaktownsteve:

      Sorry that sounded a little douchy. I was just surprised when I found out. You may already know it any the hoo.

      I saw Albert Pujols play the other day. Didn’t look like he was running real well but basically looked ok and game ready. I see the logic in the pick. Looking for a guy that could return first round value that’s going many picks below.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Yeah, just goofing on Schoop… Pujols didn’t run last year, anything beyond that is an improvement… I haven’t had the opp to get Pujols yet in a league, but would take him… He went right before me in NFBC, I got Freeman instead… Team’s not looking terrible:

        McCutchen
        Freeman
        Segura
        Lee
        Trumbo
        Anbial
        Wieters
        Reed
        Arenado
        Corbin
        Aoki
        Nate Jones
        Venable
        Utley (at pick 207)

        • Oaktownsteve says:
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          @Grey:

          Like the veneble Utley picks. Roster is pretty balanced at this point. Upside power bat, your boy avasail of he’s there. SP4 like Dickey maybe. Calhoun Reddick. Timmy. Corey Hart. Lots if directions.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I would’ve took Avisail instead of Venable, was taken right before… I probably need another starter… And it’s my turn ton pick… Be right back!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Was between Cueto, CC and Lynn… I took Lynn…

            • MattTruss223 says:
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              @Grey: Utley went @#123 in our NFBC draft! Slim pickings at SP huh? I just nabbed Kuroda @ pick #219 which made me giddy. Oh the players you’re excited to draft in NFBC!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, exactly… I couldn’t believe I was actually excited to draft Utley… Who would’ve thunk it?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We’re at pick 215… Jimmy Rollins is still on the board…

                  • MattTruss223 says:
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                    Still there @232 in ours

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow… Pretty crazy… Lester is still on my board too…

                    • MattTruss223 says:
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                      Whoa, Lester’s looooong gone in ours.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      There’s $12 pitchers available… Someone just took Yordano…

                    • MattTruss223 says:
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                      Actually, seems like a lot of SPs are going quite a bit higher then their NFBC ADP in our league. Archer, Kluber, and a couple others about 50 spots before their ADPs.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, mine too… But some are just crazy… Yordano before Lester!

                    • MattTruss223 says:
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                      That is crazy, I’m digging the NFBC though, glad I gave it a try.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Top pitchers on my board:

                      Lester
                      CJ Wilson
                      Buchholz
                      Cueto

                      Someone took Yordano?!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I read where Putz may start the year as the cloer, Gibson is being a poker player about his closer, i really don’t get that

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      There’s no way Putz is the closer… Without an injury…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: he’s talking up prefering to start the year with his veteran. It makes no sense , but he is kinda an idiot sometimes

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Seriously, Google his calendar pics…

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @J-FOH: so he’s claiming they traded for Reed as less than closer. yeah.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Ortiz was riding around ST in a golf cart last year. Different injury (achilles) but still. That scared me away from him, ended up being a pretty nice value pick. Get Pujols in a golf cart so more people are timid on the guy.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @MattTruss223: that’s why I pick up the ladies in a golf cart and a limp, they let their guard down and then BAM!, I get my nut and they get dropped off by a guy in a golf cart

          • MattTruss223 says:
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            @J-FOH: Ha! Awesome move!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @MattTruss223: what starts as something cute ends in something more humiliating then having sex with me

  21. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    Egg Drop Santos, huh? Haven’t we been through this with these 2 before, but in reverse?

  22. ParrotheadFargo says:
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    @ Gray – I know you are as fired up as I am that the Astros are in the AL now, but you should probally quit the NL Astros for the time being…. (1st paragraph edit)

    And pass those Spicy Mango Candies…… they sound delicioso.

    When is the Podcast starting back up?

  23. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    guy is willing to do my kinsler for his puig, if he can’t find better offers elsewhere, he’ll get back to me. If that happens my roster (start 2 a day OPS league) is
    C Lucroy/Gomes
    1B V-Mart/Santana/Swisher
    2B Kipnis/Gennett/Aviles
    3B Miggy/Aramis/Aviles/Francisco
    SS Segura/Asscab/Aviles/Iglesias
    LF Braun/K.davis/Brantley
    RF Hunter/Puig/Swisher
    CF Cargo 2/A-jax/Bourn
    basically i use 2 bench spots on Aviles/Swisher and they cover up any off days from pretty much any position not named LF. Bourn could be called up any week i’m super weak at steals.
    1.With this roster which guy is more expendable to try to trade for Miller from an owner currently not needing either SS or 2B but very much in need at LF (currently starting Leonys/Ackley), Brantley or K.Davis? I’m thinking Brantley is.
    I know the rankings, just seeing if my specific team keeps one guy more valuable.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Kinsler for Puig, is he stupid? Is this a keeper? Anyway I’d definitely do the Brantley for Miller. I like Khris’ 25+ homer potential a lot.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @The Thumb: stupid or not, if no better offer it’s coming. hehehehe

  24. The Fridge says:
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    Your Royal Grey-ness,

    Sold off most of my value picks at the end of last season so looking for some keeper help on a 14-team mixed roto keeper auction. We use OBP and QS instead of AVG and W.

    Pick 4:

    Miggy – 53
    Beltre – 33
    Altuve – 9
    Tulo – 42
    Giancarlo – 39
    Kimbrel – 19
    Scherzer – 25
    Zimmerman – 19

    • The Fridge says:
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      @The Fridge: Should have also included Matt Moore (23) and Ryu (14)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Fridge: Altuve, Scherzer, Zimmerman, Beltre… Lots of bad values there

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Grey: Yep – it’s gonna be an upward climb in 2014. Most of these guys are at fair market value so just need to be 100% of production.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  25. Cousin Dewey says:
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    Keeper Konundrum – do I keep the elite pitcher at a modest discount (Scherzer in the 5th) or the up-and-comer that should deliver more rounds of value (Bailey in the 17th)?

    10-Team league, 30 innings/week minimum, K/9 instead of K

  26. Lville Jim says:
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    Mattingly is starting to sound like Nancy Pelosi, “We have to pass the bill to know what’s in the bill”.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: while clearly that statement on it’s face sounds like b.s., if you replace “what’s in the bill” with “the value of X bill” it starts to sound very much like market economics (i.e. fantasy baseball).

  27. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Seriously Mattingly? I read that 4 times and still have no clue. Was he having a stroke?

    Reminds me of the Sunday morning political talk shows when some douche bag politician is trying to fill up air time with meaningless words so he doesn’t actually have to say anything. Uh oh, Mattingly 2016.

  28. Papajeansegura says:
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    hey just wondering where Ivan Nova is in your top 400 rankings I can’t find him and I would assume he’d be up there somewhere.

  29. Jay says:
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    so I guess he had a “minor” problem in a major area…(crickets)

    there are just so many jokes in there…

    he got tired of the girls calling him minor mike and got a major addition…the urethra story line was a cover up.

  30. Westly says:
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    5×5 dynasty, My Josh Hamilton and Yordano Ventura for his Shin Soo Choo. Pull it?

  31. The Thumb says:
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    Mattingly worded that like an SAT question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Thumb: It’s yes or no question — does this make sense? No

  32. Oppo taco says:
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    Do I have these guys ranked properly in a keeper league? Cole, Teheran,
    Wacha, Salazar? Looking to draft one of these guys as a number 2. Thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo taco: Looks right… Could see flipping two and 3

  33. mike says:
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    ey Grey and everyone else,
    I set my keepers in a shallow 10 teamer with Goldy, harper, votto, Stanton, segura and scherzer. Ive been looking at some possibilities of moving votto, who’s in 1 of 2 of my utl positions. I could try to:
    a. Trade votto for longoria to fill 3b
    b. Trade votto and scherzer for Cabrera or some other 2 for 1 upgrade
    c. Don’t worry about filling a utility spot with a stud and try and trade votto for fielder..

    Thanks guys!

    • Cram It says:
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      @mike: A or B sure.

  34. gareth says:
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    If there is a trade involving mike minor and nick Franklin, do we call it the urethra Franklin trade?

  35. Bostondirtdog says:
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    I have a question regarding the War Room…I just created a league in Firefox and noticed that certain settings in my league are not accounted for ( Holds/OBP) … Is there anyway for me to change the settings so they fit my leagues categories.. BTW excellent tool and I’m pumped to use it for this years draft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bostondirtdog: Thanks! There’s no Holds or OBP though, sorry

  36. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Was able to just snag Jedd Gyorko for my minor league squad and FA keeper value. I gave him Shields at a round 13 value but couldn’t keep him because I already have 8. Good deal or no and if I have to call up Jedd before the draft, who would you lose from the guys below?

    *Adrián Béltre 1
    *Yu Darvish 2
    *Max Scherzer 8
    *Brandon Phillips 18
    *José Bautista 22
    *Ian Desmond 23
    *Anthony Rizzo 24
    *Francisco Liriano FA/24

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good… Phillips…

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey:
        New problem. Was just offered a 24th round keeper Starling Marte for Hamilton who I am not even keeping. Who gets the boot with Marte joing up?

        *Adrián Béltre 1
        *Yu Darvish 2
        *Max Scherzer 8
        *Brandon Phillips 18/Jedd G.
        *José Bautista 22
        *Ian Desmond 23
        *Anthony Rizzo 24
        *Francisco Liriano FA/24

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lose Liriano if that’s Gyorko and not Phillips…

  37. Greyismyhero says:
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    Hey Grey, hitting the wire as we speak to cuff my Jans w Santos, thanks…I had a 12 teamer draft last night 7th year competitive H2H…Wacha went in 4th round!!!!! ahead of Verlander, Bum, Price, and Sale !!!!!!!!!… When I asked the guy (my friend) his reasoning, he simply said, he’s this years Harvey…. That’s wayyyyy too high for Wac huh? Jerk went to me (again) in 11th. If I get burned this year w/Jerk like last year Rut, I’m in trouble, LOL. Smoke the Green!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, that’s crazy town, population your friend…

  38. Clint says:
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    Pitcher question, Oh Greyed One: your rankings have the following guys bunched in round 5 and your postings about them all seem to be highly favorable.

    Jose Fernandez
    Chris Sale
    Anibal Sanchez
    Alex Cobb
    Homer Bailey
    Julio Teheran

    Assuming they’re all there in round 5 and I grab J-Fer (highest of your ranks), would you advocate grabbing a few more in rounds 6 forward if they stay there? Same thing seems to happen with these guys in Round 9-11.

    Gerrit Cole
    Sonny Gray
    Masahiro Tanaka
    Michael Wacha
    Danny Salazar
    Tony Cingrani

    I presumed I wasn’t going to touch pitchers until at least the 6th to 8th rounds with your suggested strategies, hoping some of these round 5 guys are still there then, but the rankings seem to indicate a more slash & dash approach, grabbing one or two of the round 5 variety & then again around 9.

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. I read that posting but my head was spinning almost as fast as reading some of Rudy’s. I guess I “is not a smaat man but I know what fantasy baseball is?” I think I’m gonna keep it simple and stick with yours & the others on Razz’s favorite sleepers for 2014 while holding on pitching as late as I can.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Gotcha… No problem…

  39. Red Barons says:
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    I was offered Ortiz and Burnett for Fielder. I’m not in great need for another starter and am skeptical of Burnett this year as the Phils don’t shift (and his mind is probably a little askew after retiring and then getting too much money for returning). Ortiz is old. Fielder is in Tex hitting behind some nice OBP. I’m on the decline side of the fence but wanted some feedback.

    Also, thanks for suggesting Santos. I now have three RPs that might take over (Melancon, Brothers, Santos) since closers were gone wayyyyy too early in the draft and I wasn’t prepared to draft them that early.

    • Red Barons says:
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      @Red Barons: Sorry, forgot to mention Y! 12-team 5×5 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Terrible trade…

    • matt says:
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      @Red Barons: Not even worth a counter..

      • Oppo taco says:
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        @matt: yeah, counter your two worst players for his best

        • Red Barons says:
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          @Oppo taco: Awesome idea; loading my league now.

      • Red Barons says:
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        @matt: Yeah, trading seems to be the one thing I’m never comfortable with unless it’s knock-you-on-the-head obvious. This guy is being really annoying though; he already has 45 roster moves. He also withdraws trades within hours of posting them and gets annoyed when I don’t respond… you know cuz I’m at work or having a life / kicked his butt in the draft. Too bad there’s not a mute button.

  40. JDW says:
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    So, seriously, is his named pronounced Ya Fat? That’s kinda awesome!

    Just watched this guy on youtube. He doesn’t look particularly huge. Almost like looking at Kendrys Morales – UNTIL you see him next to someone else. Then Ya Fat indeed looks like his nickname – “El Gigante”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      El Gran Burrito!

      • JDW says:
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        @Grey: Seriously!?? That is effin’ hilarious!! I just thought El Gran Burrito was your own funny gloss for him. If that’s the kid’s handle then – damn – he’s got character.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, it is my own… But that’s what he is to me…

  41. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    newcomers should know that i’ve considered your
    assessment of SP’s to be the best in the “business” .
    your 1st hand observations , backed up by your analysis/interpretation
    of saber-metric reports , leaves me questioning only a few opinions (if any)
    each year .

    however , this funny stuff :
    ” Ran the bases at 60-70 percent. Now if MLB can just change the bases from 90 feet to 54 to 63 feet, he’s all good! ”
    leads me to suspect that you might be taking advanced arithmetic courses during your spare time .
    gone are the days where i can affectionately call you “Mr . Math” ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA… You’re welcome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have you seen his calendar pics?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: yes, and this mother friggin bum needs to grow a pair and throw the damn ball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or wear less purple velvet suits

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      ya don’t say:

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @MattTruss223: DAH! HTML FAIL. Sky, i need your tutelage.

  42. burningbridges247 says:
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    The Maybin blurb = sweet, sweet awesome-ness. Preach on, Brother Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  43. Jay_0321 says:
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    Fellow Razzholes,

    Need a little draft strategy help here. All leagues H2H this year. When should I take a pitcher?

    Main league is a keeper with 100 players off the board. I have 7th pick and that is like Holliday, Papi, Mauer, Zimmerman’s, Gio, maybe Greinke territory. I am wondering if I should just stack SP depth throughout the draft considering I am coming to the table with Cutch, Tulo, Pedi, Stras, AJones, Chapman, Segura, E5, Gyorko, and Gray.

    3 moves per week. 5×5 w/OBP.

    Gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Zimmerman then a starter…

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: I took Zimm last year first overall and he gave me 19 wins. You talking Zimmerman, J or Zimmerman Cortizone?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was talking Zimmerman, not Zimmermann

          • Jay_0321 says:
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            @Grey: How dare you try and trick me with your ruse! The n’ is silent like Pamn!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

              • Jay_0321 says:
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                @Grey: So standard format when should I take a SP?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Standard or this league? You have Strasburg and Gray already, right? You need a number 2 to 3 SP… Cain or Corbin tier… See pairings post…

                  • Jay_0321 says:
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                    @Grey: No, not this league. Another random standard 5×5. I know you say wait, wait and wait some more. Should I just stack sticks and then load up on SP late in abundance?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, I would… See pitcher’s pairing post…

  44. The Thumb says:
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    Hey Grey, sorry for the long post but here’s the team I wound up with in my Y! 10 team roto standard (sv+hold) 1500 innings limit.

    WAR room seems to think I’m a little slow and low on average. It also doesn’t really know what to make of my relievers.

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Gyorko
    SS – Andrus
    3B – Beltre
    CI – Big Papi
    MI – Everth Cabrera
    OF – Jones
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Beltran
    Util – Matt Adams
    Util – Kole Calhoun
    BN – Rajai Davis
    BN – Khris Davis
    BN – Corey Hart
    BN – Jeter
    NA – Baez
    NA – G. Polanco

    SP – Sale
    SP – Teheran
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Gray
    SP – Masterson
    RP – Balfour
    RP – Feliz
    P – Cody Allen
    P – Peralta
    P – Scheppers
    P – Brian Wilson
    BN – Smyly

    Herrera, Siegrist, and Porcello look like the best arms on the FA pool.

    One last question, our league idiot somehow lucked his way into Alex Cobb right before I could get him (I settled for Teheran). However, his CI is Chris Johnson. Should I try to dangle Fatt Adams or hold with my current staff and hope I have another 25+ homer bat?

    Much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with the War Room… You might even be lower on average than War Room is saying… Speed don’t think is that big of an issue… Porcello over Wilson (or Smyly, your call)…. Hold Adams for now…

  45. frankgrimes says:
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    Mmm… Mexican Meat Loaf

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Coated in salsa instead of ketchup… God, that sounds good…

  46. Cram It says:
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    Since no one in the FCL RCL is sure to give me advice….this is my first ESPN league so what’s your recommended split on types of pitchers (SP:RP:Bench bat) with the 9 P slots and 3 bench? I’ve also never played with no IP limit! I’m thinking 7 SP/3 closers/2 bench bats?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Draft 7 Joe Blantons and 3 Brandon Lyons and 2 Nick Puntos

      • de nachos says:
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        @Sky: gotta zig while everybody zags. you should draft SP, SP, C, RP, SP, RP and have the last laugh.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: F you, F you, F you, Grey’s cool, Fred’s cool, F you, I’m out.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Cram It is kind of a hyper guy for a Fantasy Baseball nut…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Sky: That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard! *looks up Kevin Elster stats* You don’t know me! You don’t know where I come from! *researches where Elijah Dukes is these days* You just think your’e sooooo funny! (Hurry up with my #2 meal!) *checks for a Kyle Blanks update*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      After the draft, I try to carry 3 closers, 2 MRs and around 4-6 SPs… SPs get dropped after streaming and turn into streaming bats…

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Cram It: Load up on Colorado and Houston pitchers. Hitters like Darwin Barney carry extra value for their grittiness factor and defensive prowess.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Big Magoo: So like, Mike Hampton? He’s both.

    • Simply Fred

      simply fred says:
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      @Cram It:
      3 SP (bench slots)
      3 CL
      4 SU
      2 streamer slots (SP, hitters, MR when no streamers and when all hitters active)

  47. Alky Sobrera says:
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    I get Harper for Choo and Teheran. Have to do it right? Even doubting this for a second is stupid right? I mean, the rest of my team makeup probably doesn’t even matter, but I feel like I have enough pitching even without Julio in Bailey, Liriano, Salazar, Masterson, Burnett. Standard 5×5 yahoo 12 teamer. Thanks guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:
      On an unrelated note, definitely chortled at work reading the santana blurb. Please don’t get me fired.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry!

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Grey:
          Ha, it’s cool. I accepted already, like right after I asked the question. Seems too obvious a one to pass up. Was just being the yin to R.A. Dickey’s yang.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha

  48. Bhoner says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Need to choose one keeper. Hishashi my dashi in the 11th, Y Molina in the 15th, or Homer B in the 13th. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey

  49. matt says:
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    Whatcha think about Kris Bryant’s chances are for a call up in June?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I expect Olt to take over for Valbuena, then Bryant to see looks in August/Septmber

      • matt says:
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        @Grey: I forgot about the unpolished turd from the Garza trade last season. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • matt says:
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        You never mentioned how many people purchased your $15 book with no pages inside to find out The Legend to Grey Albright’s identity did you? Haha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have no idea… Never counted…

  50. Big Magoo says:
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    Your SP staff of Lee/Anibal/Corbin/Lynn looks really solid. Like the Aoki and Utley picks too.

    Might want to consider handcuffing Reed with Putz though. Jones isn’t a sure thing (as much as I like him) and managers can be “loyal” to the incumbent at times, even if that player is an inferior option. It can be a bloodbath on the wire trying to acquire in-season saves in this format.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Won’t be much of a bloodbath since you can’t pick up anyone after the draft… Gonna have to be what it is… I plan on taking a few handcuffs in the later rounds… Not sure if I’ll back up my guys or just go for other guys like a Santos or something… Depends what’s there…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Thought it was a FAAB league. It’s probably even more important in a no-transactions format though.

        Santos is a good player to target. Guys like Putz, Soria, Benoit, and Allen too. I assume that Brothers is already off the board. Crain could be a sneaky pick. Looks like he’ll start the season on the DL, but I think he’ll take over closing duties once he’s healthy. Best arm in that Houston pen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Brothers is gone, but those others are available… I still need to square away pitching and hitting before I start going to handcuffs… Worst case, I take guys like Josh Fields and General Zod really late… There’s a ton of value on the board still… Have you and Oaktown started drafting yet?

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I meant to look at those guys eventually. What round are you in now? It could be prospecting time for players like Baez, Polanco, Syndergaard, etc. Springer and Taveras too if they’re still hanging around, but I’m guessing they’re off the board.

            We draft on the 22nd. 65 second time limit per pick with FAAB bidding on FAs. The picks are going to be flying off of the board quickly in our draft, so we already have our list of prospects and CIWs ready to go for the late rounds.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Round 15… Springer is gone… Those other guys prolly in about 5 rounds… I only have 3 outfielders if I play Trumbo at corner… I need a ton more OFs… Still lots of guys availabel though like Crawford, Gardner, Upton range…

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Ah, ok. I thought that you were a bit further in, like the round 20-22 range. It’s definitely too early for prospecting and CIWs.

                Calhoun, Gardner, K. Davis, Yelich, Crawford, Brantley could be OF options, depending on who’s available.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  People are upside crazy so far… Calhoun, Davis, Yelich and Brantley are gone… Basically anyone I’ve ever said anything nice… My whole team is gonna be guys I wouldn’t normally draft…

                  • Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: That’s fine. Just grab some high floor players. They have more value in a no transactions league anyway. Gardner’s a solid pick. If people are upside crazy, maybe someone like Torii Hunter slipped?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hunter’s gone… I have some OFs though that are available… Andrelton was just taken and I was about to grab him…

                  • NatsFan says:
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                    Bourjos? Thats about where I grabbed him in my NFBC slow draft

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Way gone

                    • NatsFan says:
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                      Glad no one else in my slow draft was working off your list. Ha!

                      Just looked and yup, I grabbed Bourjos/Brantley in rounds 16+17

  51. Pappy says:
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    Hola Grey! You are knocking it out of the park this spring, so much juicy content!

    Keeper question here… 12 team H2H points FAAB league using linear weights. No penalties for K’s, steals are worthless pretty much, no wins or saves. Keep 10 with contracts due after second year kept. Salaries are +$4 for every year kept.
    Rosters are relatively shallow: 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF,UTIL 5SP 5RP plays a bit more like a 10 teamer I feel.

    I am having trouble agreeing with myself on the last four spots…

    Current keepers are Miggy, Prince, Puig, Rizzo, Cespedes, Gyorko

    Who makes the cut from the following? They will need a contract in 2015 if they are kept.

    Gray $4
    Wacha $4
    T. Walker $1
    Springer $1
    Cingrani $1
    Yelich $2
    Arenado $5
    Z. Wheeler $3

    I have been leaning towards the first four, but Walker’s shoulder is scaring me. Plug Cingrani in intstead?(stutterer!) Really wish I could keep them all. Thanks for the wisdom!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go first four…

      • Pappy says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  52. Ryan says:
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    Grey,

    Long time fan, first time post. Always appreciate the wit and advice.

    Keeper question. We get to choose 5 keepers and get them in the round they were drafted originally. League is R,RBI, AVG, OPS, Steals and ERA,WHIP,Quality starts, SVs, and IP. Who would be your top 5 from these? Ones with a star I think are the locks so far. Huge thanks!

    *Goldschmidt (4th) – hat tip for your love last year for him
    Strasburg (7th)
    Bumgarner (8th)
    *Adam Jones (10th)
    Teheran (19th)
    Minor (20th)
    *Bryce Harper (23rd)
    Wil Myers (24th)
    Shelby Miller (26th)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Goldy, Jones, Harper, Myers, Strasburg

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!! I’m struggling between Bumgarner and Strasburg so this is helpful. Any of this change if it’s a H2H league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No change…

  53. Kanye says:
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    Berry just wrote a new article. This guy is such a joke…

    Anyway, he is really hating on Segura. Which of course means he is going to have a huge year like you predicted.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yeah, he’s prolific…

  54. jerk says:
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    Miggy or Longo and Pedroia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Close, when in doubt go for Miggy

  55. Killer Joe says:
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    Keeper question: I have a 12 team H2H and we keep 3. Goldy and Cutch are no-brainers, but I’m not sure on the third. Scherzer vs. J. Upton vs. Machado is what it comes down to. Zimmerman and Hamels are there also, but I don’t think they’re in the convo. What are your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton or Scherzer… Really a coin flip, I’d go Upton

      • Killer Joe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I tend to lean towards offense with keepers, so that’s where my head was too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. birrrdy! says:
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    Grey, one of the best blog-post titles ever. Ha!

    Keeper question for 10 team NL-only 5×5 auction league with C/1B/2B/SS/3B/Inf/2Util/5OF/10P. Keepers can be forever, with 90% mag prices each year. $300 total to spend in auction, minus money spent on up to 8 keepers.

    Elite hitters are must-keeps in this league, so I’m committed to $90 already in Braun-OF ($31), Wright-3B ($31), and Stanton-OF ($28), and I’ll also be keeping Zach Wheeler-P for $1.

    What would you pick for the remaining 4 keeper spots between?:
    – Matt Adams-1B ($15)
    – Gerrit Cole-P ($18)
    – Francisco Liriano-P ($14)
    – Pablo Sandoval-3B ($17)
    – Ike Davis-1B ($6)
    – Brandon Beachy-P ($3)
    – Kolten Wong-2B ($2)
    – Javier Baez-SS ($1)
    – Oscar Taveras-OF ($12)
    – Wilson Ramos-C ($10)
    – Kris Medlen-P ($17)
    – Trevor Rosenthal-P ($21)
    – Ben Revere-OF ($18)

    I roughly ordered these guys in the order in which I am leaning…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy did the title… Wong, Adams, Baez, Cole… Could see a few different scenarios… Taveras and Liriano are in the convo…

  57. ThisDanFromMetLand says:
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    I usually don’t need to ask for help in deciding on taking a deal, but here goes

    *12 team dynasty league…

    I got offered Verlander and Brantley
    for
    Buchholz and Trumbo

    I won last year with guys like Miggy, Trout, CDavis, Freeman, Kershaw, Harvey JFer and Starsburg

    Not sure if I need to make this deal?

    Advice anyone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it

  58. Kholoway0417 says:
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    Grey Who do I take with the #9 pick after Trout miggy Kershaw goldy cutch cargo cano and Davis are off the board in a h2h points league ? Jones, Fielder, Harper, Edwin, Longoria, Hanley?

    And with the 12th pick who should I go with if they are there?

    Thanks in advance

    • Cram It says:
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      @Kholoway0417: Just give Grey your login info.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings…

  59. The Marte Partay says:
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    I’m starting a NFBC slow draft tomorrow, how would you order your drafting preference? I’m thinking I want to avoid the middle, so request 1-4, then maybe 9-15?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I only ordered the front, going 3, 4, 2, 1…

  60. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team dynasty league do I trade Fielder for Carlos Gomez? Too much or good deal? I’m thinking of countering of maybe having him included Nolan Arenado with homes or a so like weaver or cueto. Good or bad move?

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b brandon phillips
    3b evan longoria
    ss jurickson profar
    lf justin upton
    cf shane victorino
    rf michael cuddyer
    util prince fielder
    bn kris bryant
    bn carl crawford/joc pederson/clint frazier

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    rp jose veras
    rp sean doolittle
    rp dan delarosa
    p zack wheeler
    p dan straily
    p tanner roark
    bn garrett richards
    Bn brian Wilson

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: sorry what I meant to say was have arenado included with Gomez or instead maybe have gomez paired with one of those SPs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love it

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: I’m looking to shakeup my team. See what kind of moves I should make? I’m thinking of dealing pederson frazier Phillips for pedroia. Better?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Pedroia there…

  61. oaktownsteve says:
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    some OFs to consider for your NFBC DC, albright.

    Alex Presley. Worked with Paul Molitor on baserunning in the offseason. Twins put him at the top of the lineup and are asking him to run more aggressively. Liked his approach at the plate end of last year.

    Tabata. I know he’s been hot garbage, but he has a job. Lot of guys in the DC are going to draft Buxton early and there’s like a 5% chance he sees any MLB ABs this year. Wasted pick. But Tabata has a job and with a track record of some previously not horrible seasons. ABs and IPs are huge in this

    Chris Young. Probably on radar of others, but where you are in the draft you’ll take 20/20 potential and a starting job.

    Tyler Colvin. Now that is a super long shot. Giants have some guys in their OF with injury history like Mike Morse, Pagan. Super long shot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, some good names here… Not sure Krispie is gonna start every day, would take him as a 6th OF if he’s there… Presley I like a lot, probably put him in my 5th OF slot if he’s there… Tabata’s hot garbage but I’ll look at him if he’s there…

  62. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team roto league, just drew the 7th pick. Blech. Team with the 11th pick is willing to trade spots. Make the swap or play the hand I was dealt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Play hand dealt…

  63. Steve d says:
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    Keep archer $2 over iwakuma $6? A bruised pimp hand is concerning. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I could see keeping Archer…

  64. Jon says:
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    Word out of Blue Jays camp is that Stroman’s going to get a legit shot at a rotation spot. If that happens, how would you project him and where would he rank?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A rookie in the AL East isn’t the best place to put your upside cards, but could see a 8+ K-rate and a high-3, low 4 ERA…

  65. goodfold2 says:
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    currently drafting 12 team 28 man roster (5 RP per day) 2 catcher league with 1 MI CI only 4 OF
    with keepers first (4)
    cargo
    braun
    upton
    f-her
    5. first drafted round – 51 segura
    69 hosmer
    76 gyorko (yeah i know it’s early, not much good value besides pitchers or andrus, or donaldson)
    93 rosenthal (5 RP in this league)
    100 donaldson (at least not average drop)
    117 cobb (too early, but knew i can now skip chaz and harvey tiers completely, and this is late for yahoo ADP on him)
    124 Rizzo CI (damn LATE)
    141 K-Rob (5 RP, now can wait on more of them)
    148 (Lucroy 2 catcher league, and him or wieters, and i don’t trust wieters, sorry mom, sorry God, sorry Tehol) next up, gotta find CF, or MI, or more pitchers.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: wait can skip chaz bono, maybe still get gray or cingrani, then move to porcello)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2:buxton just went at 160th.
        never mind the pitchers, i’m about done with starters, got liriano at 165th.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: if anybody wants in yahoo to wait for a really long time on CI, wait for c.hart. i simply can’t get him, but almost want to, just for trade bait to injured team.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @goodfold2: not as much as mostsuckass or asche larry, but still a lot.

  66. Oppo taco says:
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    Hey grey keeping mccutchen, au shizz, j upside, Joey bats, MadBum, segura and heyward.
    I have 2 picks in round one and 1 in round 2. But no picks again until the 5th round. It’s a 12 team 7keeper league. Should I use 2/3 early picks on starters since I have 6 hitters? I’m thinking of grabbing one of cole/Teheran (I have a lily liver but I’m trusting your ranks with Julio) as my 2nd arm then a bat (Alex Gordon, rizzo, craig, zobrist, Holliday, a gon, Beltran, grandy, gyorko) are best bats available. Then taking a shot on Salazar/wacha type. Shields and latos are also available. Think I should go SP-hitter-SP? Or SP-SP-hitter? I feel like wacha and Salazar will be hot commodities. And with regards to the hitters rizzo and Gordon are the guys I like most But I have 4 OF and 1B. Fill a position spot? Or take the best hitter? We play with C,1B,2B,SS,3B,OF,OF,OF,util,util .
    Thanks for the input grey, best site on the go.

    • Oppo taco says:
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      Cingrani is there too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What is the league? Depth? H2H?

      • Oppo taco says:
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        @Grey:it’s a 12 team roto yahoo league

        • Oppo taco says:
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          We start 5 Sp 2 RP and 5 bench slots for hitters/pitchers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The league is shallow… You can take a starter or best hitter at this point… I’d go Cole, Gyorko, Teheran, Rizzo, Wacha, Salazar

      • Oppo taco says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  67. bossmanjunior says:
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    In my big money league, we always announce the draft order early (stupid I know), and I found out today I have the last pick. Personally, I smell collusion considering I’ve won the league the past two years, but whatever. I’ll consider it a minor handicap since I’m such a baller. Anyways, any advise for picking last in a h2h snake draft? Thanks buddy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea how many teams, but it shouldn’t matter… Follow my pairings post…

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @bossmanjunior: you forgot “competitive” big money league haha

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @frankgrimes: Grimey!

  68. Spammer Jay says:
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    Hey Gray strategy question here:

    Starting with the following four keepers, in 13 team, standard (12th pick)
    Goldy, R. Zimmerman
    Bailey, Gray

    which of these you think is a better direction for my first two picks?

    a. Scherzer, Felix or Darvish + Segura
    b. Rios or Bautista + Segura *use Bailey as my “ace” Next SP will be Zimmerman, Fister or Cole levels
    c. Two of these: Scherzer, Felix or Darvish, and trade one for someone like Cargo or Jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m fine with B… Bautista and an SP…

      • Spammer Jay says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I was thinking I should be grabbing some speed, but your saying just take the best available OF (Bautista) and an SP. Do i have you right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, that’s what I’d do…

  69. goodfold2 says:
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    hey, Grey, in that league from above, should i grab a 4th closer in Hawkins, he’s still around at 260th, i already have 3 closers, but need holds guys, i think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, take Hawkins…

  70. J-FOH says:
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    got the 11th pick the writers draft….Yikes….or maybe not *cracks evil grin*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who you taking?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: it hasn’t started, I take what the draft gives me….or Encarnacion and Braun if they are there?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          So you need a little help drafting eh? Take Josmil Pinto

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: I wasn’t asking for help, just bemoaning my draft spot and feeling a little scared like a kitten trapped under the hood of a car. Writers are a tough crowd

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Josmil Pinto isn’t bad there…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: slow draft room, over an hour and only in the 11th round

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What’s your first 5 look like?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey:
                1) Harper
                2) Votto
                3) Hosmer
                4) Myers
                5) Sale
                6) Bumgarner
                7) Beltran
                8) Greinke
                9) UEHARA
                10) Sandoval
                11) Wacha
                12) Aoki – I like him alot this year

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Wow, stacked pitching… Zagging on their zig, I guess…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: taking what’s there. mixing it up a litle, only plan on having 5 starters and then stream

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @J-FOH: wow, you writers a LOT smarter than my 12 teamer, i just got hosmer at 69th, 2nd round after 4 keepers.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Gotcha

  71. bossmanjunior says:
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    Would you rather have Pujols/Myers or Bautista/AGon?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @bossmanjunior: here’s betting Grey says Pujols/Myers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols/Myers

  72. goodfold2 says:
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    tell me if any glaring weaknesses. 5 starting RP per day (holds and QS), 2 catcher 12 team H2H. missed Avisail as 2nd bench bat due to closer hunting with Lindstrom in 26th round. Knew i can likely trade santos or lindstrom if they become closers. 1 MI 1 CI 1 each position OF with an extra any OF, 1 util. very decent wavier guys like asche/laroche etc. 4 keepers of Cargo 1 (LF)/Braun (OF)/J-Up (RF) /F-Her SP
    51 Segura SS
    69 Hosmer 1B(never owned this guy anywhere)
    76 Gyorko 2B (now that i think of it, never not drafted this guy)
    93 Rosenthal RP1
    100 Donaldson 3B
    117 Cobb SP2
    124 Rizzo CI
    141 K-Rob RP2
    148 Lucroy C1
    165 Liriano SP3 (really going off PPP here, but psychotic value)
    172 Miller MI (why even try to wait)
    189 Masterson SP4 (PPP is really ready for 14-16 team i think, it’s not fair in 12 teamer)
    196 Moss Util 1
    213 Parnell RP3
    220 Venable CF (first possible misstep, not seeing big value at CF till around here, probably could’ve gone longer too) that’s an offensive starter in 19th round (not a catcher)
    237 King of Sagnof 1st BN
    244 Porcello SP 5
    261 Mesoraco C2 (could’ve waited 3 rounds for Zunino)
    268 Santos RP 4 (closer or K heavy/injury prone holds guy)
    285 CarMart RP5 (starter or top notch set up man)
    292 J.Johnson SP6 (you really have him higher than most)
    309 Lindstrom RP 6 (we do have 1 “P” slot)
    316 Walker SP 7 (4 DL’s in this league)
    333 D.Holland SP 8 (same)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re weak on average… Your pitching is excellent, might be a tad too good which has hurt your hitting a bit… I see zero steals beyond Segura…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: with Raj still steals weak? also thought one benefit of Venable as split starter with Raj was steals. average understandable, that’s why i grabbed Donaldson when i did, couldn’t stand to see Alvarez there, and didn’t trust Arenado as starting 3B enough (would’ve missed him anyway, his yahoo ADP really low, was grabbed by somebody like 70 spots higher)

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: maybe get lucky and either santos/lindstrom become closer, and can flip one of them with Donaldson for really good 3B. I missed Zimm by 1 pick, Longo by 2, Puig by 1. Puig wasn’t kept, and I almost had chance at all 4 starting OF before any other position hitting wise. Sick thing is Qualls/Crain still out there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rajai helps…

  73. L-Boogie says:
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    Grey, you’ve nailed the big pitching breakout of the season the last few years so fill in the blank:

    2012 = Gio Gonzalez
    2013 = Max Scherzer
    2014 = ____________

    Thanks dude.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @L-Boogie: depends on how much higher Grey has that one guy from his projections to that guy’s actual output. I mean Grey has Fister high, but probably not as relatively high as he has Gray. Liriano is only Grey’s # 20th pitcher right now, but a LOT higher than some sites say.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @goodfold2: Of course. But the last few years he didn’t just call those guys out as possibly outperforming their average draft position. He specifically said those guys were “The One”. His love… overfleweth?? for those guys each year. And he nailed it both times.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @L-Boogie: i wasn’t here early enough for the Nat Gio proclaimation, but once I got lucky in mid May 2012 when some dipshit in 18 teamer decided to throw away Scherzer about 5-6 starts into terrible i’ve been all about Scherzer (no small part Grey), also no small part STL background and yet another cool 2 eye colored human after Mila

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Actually, I said Harvey last year was the guy I wanted on all teams… I really loved Scherzer too… I also loved Anibal two years ago and it didn’t work out…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So many great pitchers this year… Does Gerrit Cole count? Cobb? Teheran? I have a bunch of pitchers way above other people…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: Cobb and Teheran you do have much higher, Cole is really high in some places.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  74. MB says:
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    In 5×5 dynasty, I can trade Napoli for Prado.

    So in this scenario, which side you like more:

    Infante (MI), Napoli (CI), Trumbo (OF)

    OR

    Trumbo (CI), Prado (MI), Nava/Rajai (OF platoon)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2nd option

  75. john e depth says:
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    Need a little help guys….
    Dynasty keeper league 12 team OBP SLG IP QS
    Bautista35$
    Jose Fernandez 6$

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fernandez

  76. goodfold2 says:
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    comish in a league i just drafted says he put in 4 DL slots/1 NA but none are showing up (players can’t be moved into them). (we just drafted tonight). possibly same thing with NA slots. since it is yahoo, maybe there’s just a time delay to this. has anybody heard of this. problem being that comish has said that we can all start adding/dropping people at noon eastern tomorrow, and since some of us drafted some DL/NA guys on purpose knowing we would be able to grab guys nearly immediately this could be a problem. I told comish this is likely a short term Yahoo B.S. situation. Just want ot make sure anybody else has heard of this.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @goodfold2:

      no waiver order ?
      just a 1st come/1st serve add/drop free-for-all ?

      yahoo botched up our dynasty league 30 man roster “draft” .
      we added one roster spot over the off-season ,
      but instead of giving us 29 imported keepers and one vacant spot ,
      yahoo decided to re-draft our entire league , earlier today , on our behalf .
      obviously , what they gave me and what i had are not similar .
      in fact , not one of my real players showed up on my yahoo-drafted team !
      our commish is checking with yahoo , as we speak .

      so , yeah , there are problems with the new yahoo .

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        to fill our open spot , we are going to last year’s waiver order .

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @costaricanchata: jesus, that’s a LOT worse. comish has agreed until host site fixes it’s shit, we’ll not be able to do anything but drop.

  77. los locos says:
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    Will Bauer make the squad? or his just a bust

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @los locos: there is a large middle ground here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s headed for the minors without an injury to someone…

  78. bossmanjunior says:
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    Does Choo lose any value in H2H with his struggles versus LHP? Would you drop him behind Myers or not at all?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I could see behind Myers there… He doesn’t lose much though…

  79. J-FOH says:
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    writers draft is done *wipes brow*

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @J-FOH: hosmer after votto in third?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @frankgrimes: yup, it was a upside/breakout call, he’s my CI. He might be AuShizz lite!, I had the 11th pick

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @J-FOH: There’s only one AuShizz haha
          11th can be tough after the first go around good luck!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @frankgrimes: I like him a lot this year and was concerned with how things were going at that point, then a bunch of them started taking MI’s after I took him, which surprised me. I also wanted to force a run on some of the 1B that should of been drafted lower to maybe open up some better options, went stronger in pitching than I wanted but there might be some opportunity to move one of them later. It was an interesting draft, I really was pissed that Harper was my only option in the first round. Getting archer as fifth and my last SP makes me happy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How you feel with it?

  80. Chicken Dinner says:
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    URETHRA! Liquid gold!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How ya feel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solid team… You look low on average and steals… Not bad at all though…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: I went straight to basketball and forgot all about it until now. I’m light on steals for sure. Average will hopefully…uh, average itself out over the course of the season. Clearly I’m drinking the Avisail juice a bit too much. Save me from a .250 average, Garcia!

        EYJ is still on waivers and will probably find his way onto my team. I want to see if Dee Gordon can stick at 2B and actually do something. At the very least, I have him for 2 games down under.

        Wanted a higher end closer, missed Jansen by literally one pick. 3/4th of my late pitchers were sleeper writeups by me so, uh, duh, they’re awesome.

        In the end, hopefully can trade away some power for some of that avg help down the road but for now, I would just like 400 HRs in April. I think I’ve set the bar reasonably low.

  81. CJ Blues says:
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    Keeper question. 5X5 league. We’re allowed to keep 8. But the keepers are determined by salary level IRL. Here’s what I’ve decided on so far.

    Adam Jones
    David Wright
    Carlos Gomez
    Carlos Santana
    Allen Craig

    The question, I get to keep 3 out of the following group (Marte, Wilfred Rosario, Wacha, Corbin, Gyorko) to add to the players above. Who would you pick out of that bunch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte. Wacha, Gyorko

      • CJ Blues says:
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        Excellent. And follow-up. Would you stick with Santana? Or keep Rosario over him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Toss up, Rosario…

          • CJ Blues says:
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            Yeah — I was afraid of that. Thanks!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

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