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You, “So, Grey, I appreciate a well-coiffed mustache as much as the next straight man, but are you trying to tell me Luis Valbuena isn’t a virtual lock at 3rd base?”  Crazy shizz, right?  The Cubs made the right move and went with Mike Olt to at least platoon at 3rd base.  Here’s what I kinda said in the past, “Don’t you love when New Yorkers say the expression, “I got your _____ right here!”  Coming out of the right taxi driver’s mouth, it’s like a cello being played by Yo-Yo Ma.  Sometimes it can get confusing when you are actually trying to tell someone you’ve located something.  Like, “I got your cellphone right here!”  Probably sounds like you’re being an a-hole.  Well, in that vein, take a a scruffy taxi driver’s voice, throw it through two packs a cigarettes a day for 20 years and give me a little, ‘I got your loyalty to Luis Valbuena right here!’”  And that’s me kinda quoting me!  I wrote that nonsense in 2012 when he was on the Rangers and behind Michael Young.  That’s how long this whole Mike Olt saga has been going on.  I received straight C’s in math, but I’m gonna try to count Olt’s post-hype hypeness.  Okay, ready?  Good.  He’s a post-post-post-post-post-post-POST-post-hype prospect.  Whew.  I hope I didn’t put the italics ‘post’ where the capped ‘post’ was supposed to go.  Olt was supposed to break out two years ago.  Supposed to be a Chris Davis clone.  Last year, Olt was in a backwards spiral of epic proportions.  He hit .168 in 152 plate appearances at the Cubs Triple-A affiliate, but he had something wrong with his eyes.  His eyes are fixed and he has other strengths.  Strength being one of them.  He can hit the ball a country mile (which is further than a city mile due to a lack of public transportation).  He also has a decent enough glove.  It’s a Rawlings.  It’s a tanned leather.  He will platoon in the early going, but, at this point, there is absolutely no reason to hold him back if he can hit.  He won’t put up a great average, but there is a chance here for 30 homers if he can get the at-bats.  30-homer 3rd basemen don’t fall off the wagon every day, unless it’s an overcrowded wagon specifically labeled, “30-Homer 3rd Basemen.”  Oh, and I’ve moved him up in my top 400.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in Spring Training for fantasy baseball:

Clayton Kershaw – Scratched from his Sunday start due to an inflamed back muscle.  YAY!  I mean, oh, J.B. Shucks, that stinks, I hope he’s okay….DAH!  I can’t hide my glee that a guy I would never draft could be hurt.  I sure hope this doesn’t come back to bite me in the form of bad karma, like a player I own everywhere getting hurt.  *sees news on Jean Segura*  Why do you test my will to live, Fantasy Baseball Overlord?  Have I not made you proud with my facial grooming?  My sleeper picks?  Was it my love for Brad Miller?  Did that bother you?  Please answer before my neighbors call the cops because I’m screaming these questions out my window.  As for Kershaw, it sounds pretty minor.  Lowercase yay.

Yasiel Puig – Mattingly held a team meeting to address Puig’s behavior.  Sources say the last straw for Mattingly was when Puig drew a mustache on his face with pine tar and did a sing-songy voice saying, “Ooh, my wife beat me up so bad.  I am Don Mattingly.”

Jean Segura – Soreness in his shoulder has put Opening Day in question.  I’m staying strong with my Segura love.  It’s too late to backtrack.  I won’t do that to you.  I did lower my projections for him slightly and dropped him about ten spots in my top 400 if you still haven’t drafted.  Now let’s form a prayer octagon for those of us who have drafted him already.

Francisco Liriano – Cleared to start on Opening Day and said his groin felt good.  Obviously he’s not married.

Johnny Cueto – Will start on Opening Day.  The Reds figure the sooner they can get him injured, the sooner they can get him rehabbing.

Devin Mesoraco – Had a successful batting practice session.  Or sesh if he was smoking a doobie.

Bryon Buxton – Sprained wrist and will miss a few weeks because the Twins can’t have anything nice.

Alex Presley – Astros claimed him from waivers after the Twins released him.  This is like when you put your very poor condition Brigitte Nielsen action figure from Rocky IV on eBay and someone actually gives you fifty cents for it.

Josh Rutledge – Optioned to the minors.  I have his address if anyone wants to write him to offer support or to ask him if we were sleeping together and that’s why I still liked him this year after the huge disappointment last year.

Doug Fister – Lat strain will knock him out for a few weeks.  Ugh, the irony of a Fister getting knocked out is so ripe it makes me want to bite into it and let the juices drip down my chin and onto my shirt.  Yes, it stinks that what was once a small tier of pitchers I didn’t want in the top 40 starters has grown to a handful with Fister (pun point!).

Archie Bradley – Optioned to the minors.  Bradley will be back sometime in the summer, assuming the Diamondbacks don’t trade him for a utility infielder.

Jon Niese – Went four innings in a minor league game.  Niese pitched well, but the hitters said they were battling really long shadows.

Jose Valverde – As speculated here after inferring shizz from other sources, Valverde could see some save chances in April because Terry Collins doesn’t want to use Bobby Parnell two days in a row.  Maybe if Parnell started going by Bob and put on his big boy pants, he could.

Edwin Encarnacion – His forearm is fine after taking a pitch off it.  That’s a sigh of relief from everyone who drafted him this year.  We’ve still yet to lose a 1st or 2nd rounder.  Okay, I was about to delete that for fear of jinxing myself.  Please let my guys be healthy.

Jose Reyes – Will play shortstop in an exhibition game in Montreal.  Did Loria move the team again?

Chris Young – The Mariners signed him to potentially work his way into their rotation at some point and to get stuff off of high shelves.

Robbie Grossman – Will bat 2nd this year for the Astros.  I think there might have just been confusion when the Astros manager was filling out his lineup card.  He saw Altuve then everyone else and said, “Gross, man,” and the reporters misunderstood.

Salvador Perez – Was pulled after taking a pitch off his helmet.  He’s fine.  He has his abuelita on his shoulder watching over him.

Nolan Reimold – Will start the year on the DL.  I’m guessing he’s not injured, but the O’s didn’t want to figure out how to get him at-bats so took the chicken route.  That’s right, I called you chicken!

Joe Saunders – Won a spot in the Rangers rotation.  The Rangers agreed to put Saunders in the rotation if he agreed to get injured very early on.

Robbie Ross – Likely 5th starter for the Rangers.  I knew the Rangers could find another bullpen arm to inexplicably stretch out and ruin.  Ross has been impressive in middle innings in his career — 8+ K-rate, under 3 BB/9 last year and a 2.62 ERA in 127 1/3 IP in his career.  But, before we start giving each other a reach around or the female equivalent for the four girl readers, Ross has never thrown more than three innings in any major league game.  Sure, in AL-Only leagues, you need to do what you can, but right now I’d wait and see in most mixed leagues.

Scott Baker – Signed with the Rangers.  I’m reminded of the poem by Emily Dickinson, “Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all until you’ve signed Scott Baker.”

Tanner Scheppers – Has never started a major league game and was named the Opening Day starter for the Rangers.  The Rangers don’t have many options, and Ron Washington loved the Abbott & Costello-type routine Tanner did with him.  Tanner says, “Who’s Tanner?”  Then Ron says, “I am.”  Then Tanner says, “No, I am.”  And then they back and forth for five minutes.  Also, Tanner will be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell — yes, it’s back.

Yu Darvish – He has no structural damage with his neck and should be able to return to the Rangers rotation shortly.  That’s too bad, I was waiting to see who the Rangers went to next for their rotation.  They could use a healthy dose of Barry Zito!  The scary thing is, Tommy Hanson was released by the Rangers.  That’s like getting kicked out of bed by a prostitute.

Alexi Ogando – Ron Washington said Ogando, a starter for the Rangers as of a week ago, and Neal Cotts will be Soria’s primary setup man with Feliz in the minors.  Anyone else get the sense that Ron Washington changes his mind every other day and has a hard time focusing his attention?  I wonder why.

Joe Blanton – Angels released him, eating the $8.5 million owed to him.  That’s an afternoon snack for Arte Moreno.

Bobby Abreu – Phillies released him.  He was released several times last year, once from an MLB team.  So it’s not always an unhappy ending for Abreu.

Ed Lucas – Named to the Marlins team in the morning to replace Furcal, but then in the afternoon Lucas was hit by a pitch that broke his hand when the opposing pitcher heard someone in the stands yelling a misquoted movie line, “Throw it at Lucas!”  Now, Donovan Solano will play 2nd base.  Solano offers nothing but a warm body and a few steals for NL-Only leagues.

Carlos Carrasco – Won the 5th starter job in Cleveland.  Is it me or do you feel like any day now he’s going to announce his real name is something like Pinche de la Muertes?  Eh, maybe it’s me.

Dustin McGowan – Named the 5th starter in Toronto.  When announcing the news, John Gibbons put on an instrumental Kansas “Dust In the Wind” 8-track.

Dylan Bundy – Threw from a half-mound.  That sounds like something from Game of Thrones.  “Sire, he does not know what he says, he’s a half-mound.”

  1. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    eh, for Valverde to get save chances, wouldn’t the mets need to be in position to win two games in a week, uh, i mean in a row…?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @simply fred: i’m hearing it would have to be three in a row. so if parnell doesn’t get really hurt, you should be like getting 25-1 or more that grande even gets one save chance.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @simply fred: and Ike Davis will crowd the plate this year

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: zing! I saw a few of his AB’s recently and he is still hitting from the top of Ayer’s Rock

    • Spammer Jay says:
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      @simply fred: hahaha games should be close there.

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @simply fred: Mets got a gem with Jose, it’s not like Valverde is going to crush your ERA/WHIP/Hopes/Dreams/Sanity….

      • Simply Fred

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        @kingforaday151: not meant as a knock on jose…a gentle jab to the mets underbelly

    • Mike says:
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      @simply fred:

      It make me laugh that Jose Valverde was such an afterthought for Yahoo! that he was finally listed in the past day or two. I went looking for him a week ago to put in my watch list and only found him at CBS (never checked ESPN).

  2. PREz says:
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    Buy/sells back you bishes!

    • Cram It says:
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      @PREz: Is that the drunken, slurred version of ‘bitches’? I was drunk at 12:26 a.m. as well.

  3. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Took me a couple readings of the title to get it. Sure sign I need sleep. Then I got to the Scott Baker blurb… I started to drift off imagining you giving me all fantasy baseball news and tips in the form of emily dickinson poems…by a quaint pond…in the tender shade of an enormous tree… Yea I think it’s best for everyone if I step away from the phone now. I’ll finish the post tmrw morning, filled with twice my normal dose of shame.

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:
      P.S. You are a glorious bastard

    • Spammer Jay says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: I prefer another dose of altered beach boys lyrics over Poetry.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Grey:
        Just finished the rest of the post. Who sired the half-mound? Gotta put spoiler alerts in there Grey!

          • Alky Sobrera says:
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            @Grey:
            Dammit all. I can’t wait for another week. Just going to pretend you’re reciting Plath instead of Dickinson, and follow that to its natural resolution… What’s the point in keeping on when you know there is no GoT (and meaningful baseball)?!?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Baseball this Sunday, GoT the following… Can’t wait!

  4. J-FOH says:
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    Classic Charlie Sheen….LUCAS!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @J-FOH: now i remember what that’s from.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So awesome

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I need to order that on Amazon

            speaking of movies did you watch blood in blood out yet?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, maybe this weekend

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: get on it, it will make sense of LA life for you

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Is it gonna blow my mind?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: well it does have benjamin bratt in it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cougs will like that

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you know you will too

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup!

  5. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    archie is checking his license to make sure A. his middle name isn’t Hans, Lars or Manfred. and B. he never showed ARI GM his license if A was in fact true.
    if we were shit outta luck in deep league and needed overall production what’s the ranking for these worst starters at MI in all of baseball
    alex gonzalez (or romine if that’s the way they go)/solano/lombardozzi. Yes I will have to be picking up one of these, if not 2 for insurance if/when the other loses his job in less than a month, and what’s worse i am not the only team fighting over these schlubs possibly.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Spammer Jay: yep, romine is really low, alex gonzalez is projected to start against righties (so more often than romine) but is lower than romine, solano is on the worst offense in baseball and just today we’re told he’s starting. Lombardozzi is ranked way low too, but hard to trust that he’s even starting, and even if he is it’s hard to tell if his rank was indicative of that. I did move Olt up, Segura down in my yahoo rankings.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: oops, another day another depth chart musical chair game. romine is listed ahead, again, but also dietrich over solano. Only good news is I have around 9-10 days till my waivers open in that league.

  6. Baggiejohn says:
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    If I could catch but one come-backer
    Chapman not draft in vain
    Or ease one pitcher’s aching
    By Medlen’ in the game
    Or help mend Andrus’ elbow
    My team won’t look so lame

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Baggiejohn: Andrus hit last night and got a steal. did not play the field though :(

      • Baggiejohn says:
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        @mauledbypandas: I used to play the field, until the missus came home early once.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Baggiejohn: maybe she was “working late” as well!

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @mauledbypandas: Stole 2nd AND 3rd!

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Fireball Feliz: tis true. And that Mexican (are we sure that isn’t a bad word? it feels wrong saying it) catcher had a pretty good arm.

          Always a good indicator that a player is feeling better when he will steal a base.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @mauledbypandas: pinche panda…..you got a problem with mexicans?

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @J-FOH: I grew up in Texas I got no problem with Mexicans. The way the word sounds though gives it a negative connotation for some reason.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @mauledbypandas: my most racist relatives are all from Texas…..but that is them. It seems to me that in the singular form its strength and in the plural its negative…growing up in the LA area and my dad being from east LA I have some perspective

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @J-FOH: Yeah I guess you are right. I also think it’s more the way people say it than the word itself. Mexicans have done a lot of good stuff for the world and should be proud.

                  • Fireball Feliz says:
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                    @mauledbypandas:

                    I live in the Mexican neighborhood of Fort Worth. When I moved in my next door neighbor greeted me and said “Thank god you’re white, we didn’t want a black person moving in next door.” Now THATS racialist

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @mauledbypandas: like there are mexicans and MEXICANS!

  7. Dave says:
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    Like getting thrown out of a bed by a prostitute ha! nice

    • Grey

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      @Dave: Thanks!

  8. Quit Medlen In My Cashman says:
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    My bottom 2 starters are Porcello and Smyly..Baez on my bench. Erasmo is on the wire and I’m starting to buy into the hype. Drop one for him or hold? ( I know spring stats don’t mean anything even though Porcello has looked not great and erasmo has looked awesome.)

  9. MB says:
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    Okay, which side you want in OPS league, need me some speed

    Cano/Aoki OR Choo/Lawrie (2B elig)?

    Gracias

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @MB: Cano/Aoki, doesn’t seem that close. Tough to bet on what has not happened yet, but I could easily see career high in SB and Runs for Aoki this year hitting on top of a KC lineup that’s going to run a bit (sans Billy Butler, he can’t)

  10. Jamiehov says:
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    Sadly I watched the Brewer spring training game yesterday… They interviewed Melvin and he seemed to think Segura would be ok and if nothing else not have to hit the 15 day. He said Mean Jean is hitting fine, it’s just his throwing that’s a concern to which I say, my league doesn’t account for fielding so just play the guy Melvin

    Thanks for squeezing in the GOT reference at the tail end. It reminded me that we are just a few weeks from seeing Joffrey be awesome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov: I like how you’re talking!

  11. Jason says:
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    I’m pretty sure I’m turning this down but I wanted to get some thoughts on it.

    16 tm h2h league
    I get trout aushizz and Jim Johnson
    I give encarnacion mccutchen wainwright profar Archie Bradley

    Although I’d be getting the best players I still think its a but much too move for it. Am I crazy to decline?

    • OGRE says:
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      @Jason: even trout is not worth that much.

    • Tigres says:
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      Is it a redraft league? Then ignore Profar and Bradley – and deal looks fair (esp if you’ve got SP depth) – Trout is just that much better than rest of the player pool.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Jason: Assuming you have good pitching depth and this is a redraft and not a keeper, then I’m going to take the Trout/Aushizz side.

      • seph meier says:
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        @Principal Blackman:

        Trout and aushizzz…I take that…98/100. Start looking for wainwrights replacement because I would want 2 of the top 3 players keeper or redraft. Agree with above toss pro far and Bradley it will be a year or two to find out if they hold value

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Jason: I would definitely take Trout/Goldy for that.

    • Check out my lineup - yeah me! says:
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      @Jason:

      Thanks guys.

      Its a 16 tm H2H keeper. Pitching isn’t wonderful afterWaino.

      Currently I have Wainwright, Moore, Sonny Gray, Porcello, Delgado, Niese Feldman. With RPS of Grilli, Soria, Cody Allen and Alex Torres. (we count holds) and Medlen on The DL. could also grab corbin and stash him. I have decent hitters in castro , Gyorko, Desmond, MAchado, Heyward, we keep 8 of which two must be pitchers

      this guy just took over the other team and he is looking for the best package so trout and goldy will be moved, I might as well try and get them.

      In my mind Edwin is getting older and so to is wain (kinda, sorta) i don’t like losing McCutch but replacing him with trout is great.

      I’m truly on the fence though.

      • SabathiaWouldBeGoodAtTheEighthToo says:
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        @Check out my lineup – yeah me!: Definitely Shizz & Trout. Maybe see if you can get a mid-round starter instead of Johnson. You already have your closers

    • Tom Thumb says:
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      @Jason: I think everyone saying to decline is crazy. Even in a keeper, Trout and Goldy are likely to be two of the very best players over the next ten years. Also, in my experience, in very deep leagues, having some elite players is a huge advantage. Trout and Goldy are superior to EE and Cutch to such an extent…

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: Grey could i get you thoughts here?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Trout/Goldy

    • stumanji says:
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      @Jason: DO IT.

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason:
      Thanks Razzball – you’ll all be happy to know that i took the deal!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Cool

  12. bossmanjunior says:
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    Shallow league, need a short term (hopefully!!!) replacement for Fister while he’s out, here are the options: Kazmir, Porcello, Haren, Nova, Erasmo.

    Right now, I’m leaning towards Kazmir. He’s had a great spring and has a favorable beginning to the schedule. Haren would probably be my second choice. Thanks!!

    • Al koholic says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Nova gets houston 1st

  13. David says:
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    Hi Grey. 12 team 7×7 league with the extra categories being obp,, slugging, QS, holds. Trade Cespedes for Cobb, which would you prefer? No brainier right? Thanks.

    • Grey

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      @David: Sounds fine

  14. J-Money says:
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    Grey,

    Long time reader, first time writer. Love your site and your takes, keep up the great work. Wondering if I could get your opinion on my most recent draft. Year 2 of a 4 keeper 12 team league 6×6 with OPS and K.9. Team name – Money, Cashner, Hoes. Smoke it!

    C – Perez
    1B – Goldy
    2B- Hill
    3B – Longo
    SS – Miller
    MI – Wong
    CI – A. Craig
    OF – Cargo (He’ll stay health, I promise)
    OF – Yelich
    OF – W. Myers
    OF – Brantley
    UTIL – Country Breakfast

    SP – Sale, Teheran, Latos, Iwakuma, Cashner, Liriano, Archer, Pineda (Mr. Irrelevant)
    RP – Frieri, R. Soriano

    Appreciate your input, heres to a great season!

    • Grey

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      @J-Money: Thanks! Nice team name… I think the pitching is solid if those guys are healthy, but there’s some concerns there… The hitting looks solid, nice team overall…

  15. JFK says:
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    With a need for arms, would you trade Werth or DomBrown for Iwa?
    Or either for Liriano?
    I’ve got Adam Jones and CarGomez as my other OFers.

    Also, is this fair/close?
    Miggy/Carlos Santana/Nova for Crush Davis/Werth/DomBrown
    He’s got Swisher at 1B, can slot in Beltre at 3B and Sal Perez at C, and is carrying 12 SPs (Nova was his 27th rounder), with Victorino/Gardner/Markakis/Aoki as his OFers.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @JFK: Brown for Liriano… I’d take Miggy side

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: Thanks…only three more days!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thank God!

  16. BKK says:
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    Name: The League of Extraordinary Gentiles
    Link: http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tools/join?leagueId=195152
    Password: razzmataz

    This RCL was created yesterday evening. I’m not the commish but just trying to help get it filled.
    First come, first serve.
    6 spots left.

    • RotisserieJedi says:
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      @BKK: Thanks for the bump BFK. Now I don’t have to go to my not-so-cute neighbor and explain why a bunch of prematurely balding young men are about to stopy by her place with bouquests of freshly torn flowers.

      Grey has not made a huge deal of this, but I wonder whether the injury issues with pitchers are worse this year already, or whether what we’re seeing is just par for the course. Kershaw, Yu, Iwakuma, Hamels, and the TJS bunch (Medlen, Beachy, Corbin, et al.)

      • RotisserieJedi says:
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        @RotisserieJedi: Oops! BKK. Sorry.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @BKK: @RotisserieJedi: I joined last night to help fill it up. If we fill up and another reader wants in I’ll drop out for them.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @J-FOH: what is that your 15th league?

      • BKK says:
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        @J-FOH: @RotisserieJedi: Awesome, filled up pretty quick. Should be fun.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @BKK: I went ahead and bounced out, looks like we have enough people

  17. Fungzi says:
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    Of course Abreu got released. He’s too dam YOUNG for them.

  18. Charlie says "love my good and plenty" says:
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    So with Grossman hitting 2nd, Altuve is going to bat cleanup behind Castro. Does that kill Altuve’s value because he won’t be able to steal as much hitting behind a catcher?

    • Grey

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      It’s just where he’s batting in the beginning of April, it doesn’t mean anything

  19. Buffalo Runner says:
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    another, rate my team post

    C Russell Martin, Pit C
    1B Albert Pujols, LAA 1B, DH
    2B Ben Zobrist, TB 2B, SS, OF
    3B Evan Longoria, TB 3B
    SS Jed Lowrie, Oak SS, 2B
    2B/SS Jimmy Rollins, Phi SS
    1B/3B Brandon Moss, Oak 1B, OF
    OF Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF
    OF Shin-Soo Choo, Tex OF
    OF Desmond Jennings, TB OF
    OF B.J. Upton, Atl OF
    OF Alejandro De Aza, CWS OF
    UTIL Victor Martinez, Det DH
    P David Price, TB SP
    P Zack Greinke, LAD SP
    P Gerrit Cole, Pit SP
    P Jeff Samardzija, ChC SP
    P Glen Perkins, Min RP
    P Ernesto Frieri, LAA RP
    P Jim Henderson, Mil RP
    P Mark Melancon, Pit RP
    P Yovani Gallardo, Mil SP
    Bench Rajai Davis, Det OF
    Bench Brian Wilson, LAD RP
    Bench Darren O’Day, Bal RP

  20. MattTruss223 says:
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    Hey Spammer Jay –

    I checked back yesterday, but it doesn’t look like the updated pic you posted included the names. Still itchin to figure out a couple guys on your beverage staff.

    I left off Sonny Gray and Gin wasn’t too much of a stretch, I shoulda got that, but did get it right away when you gave the hint, Hyun-Jin Ryu, of course.

    So, I’m down to Yoo-Hoo (apparently the first grader portion of my brain isn’t working properly these days) and the Pepsi Max. Who are these mystery 2?

    Nice work by the way.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @MattTruss223: Max Scherzer? no idea on yoo-hoo unless its Yu Darvish

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        Ah, good call on Scherzer. Yu makes sense too, that’s probably it.

        Good stuff.

  21. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Wednesday I picked up Erasmo, Willingham, D’Arnaud (should of picked up Iannetta for OBP league but I only got that far into researching catchers yesterday), Moustakas, and Yusmeiro Petit (real-life RPs that can slot in SP are huge advantage in my league).

    Roster looks like

    C: Mauer, D’Arnaud
    1B: Rizzo, Mauer soon
    2B: Matt Carpenter, Dustin Ackley, Dee Gordon soon if he doesn’t get sent down
    3B: Boegarts, Moustakas, Carpenter
    SS: Peralta, Dee Gordon, Boegarts soon
    3 OF: Jay Bruce, Joey Bats, Billy Hamilton, Wil Myers, Ackley, Willingham
    Start 2 UT

    Start 2 RPs: Street, Tommy Hunter
    start 7 SP: Strasburg, Sale, Kluber, Martin Perez, Ubaldo, Erasmo
    RPs I can slot in SP: Ogando, Wade Davis, Petit

    Goal for this roster is to be able to have as many plate appearances as possible relative to opponents (weekly H2H categories) and keep on unearthing real-life relievers I can slot in SP spot and pick-up maybe 2 more closers in-season so there is no off-days in my 2 RP slots. Two studs for starters and really high on Kluber. Wanna use as few roster spots for starters as possible with weekly limit. Smoak got dropped, would you feel safe dropping Perez, Ubaldo, Erasmo for him or hold my horses for now?

  22. Piranhaman says:
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    I’m a Fister owner, and i’m ready to be without him for a while.

    I’m considering to add Drew Hutchison or Taylor Jordan for short-term replacement.

    If Hutch is 3rd SP of Jays, he will face @TB and @HOU in first two weeks. It will be very cool.

    Jordan has great BB/9 in majors and minors, but K/9. I think he’s still young and improving, so K/9 could be increased like he has shown in this spring.

    Until Fister comes back, who will be better target? How do you guys think about it?

    • Baggiejohn says:
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      @Piranhaman: TMI !! Oh, wait … I didn’t see the word ‘owner’.

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @Baggiejohn: problem??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: I’d go Taylor Jordan for right now, if he doesn’t make rotation than Drew, but this sounds like a streamer spot for now

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @Grey: thanks for your comment, Grey :D

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  23. Tigres says:
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    Trade Dickinson for Angelou in a keeper league?

    Oh, and any official news yet on Gausman – bullpen? AAA starter? A google search of “Kevin Gausman news” led me to “Kevin Gausman latest news” which led to nothing new.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Haha… Gausman is prolly headed to minors to start

  24. Fireball Feliz says:
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    I think Olt will be last years Mous this year. looking forward to buy/sell!

  25. Hey Grey, would you trade a first year Ventura for a 3rd and final year Weaver, or a 2nd year Hamels?

  26. de nachos says:
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    Pinche de la Muertes made me spit up coffee. but then I think everything in Spanish is funny (except Cantinflas…I tried México, I really tried).

    Joe Blanton’s availability means Hamels can spend an extra week shopping for doggie backpacks and double-dosing Retin-A on his pimple.

  27. Swfcdan says:
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    Someone just dropped Kasmir. Ubaldo or Kaz to round out your staff?

    • Mike says:
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      @Swfcdan: If you’re the Indians, neither.

  28. The Strolg says:
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    You know when we were kids and had our end of the year Little League banquet and would have some player from the local MLB team be the keynote speaker (usually someone like the backup shortstop)- can we do that with the Razzball community and have someone like Niese come and speak. Could anyone keep a straight face?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      We’d settle for just his nose.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Strolg: Niese’s face isn’t straight

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i’d love to stand next to niese, he’d make my nose look normal.

  29. Nomaspantalones says:
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    Grey and crew! Muy excited for the new season!
    I could really use some help with my rotation though; might have been a little overzealous with the avoid pitchers strategy. (The numbers in the parens are your rankings as of last night)
    I have:
    Yordao 251
    Gee 243
    Porcello 279
    Wood 393
    Masterson 303
    Teheran 383
    And a couple studs I know I won’t drop (Felix, Balfour, cishek, liriano, masterson, hamels, minor-dl)

    On the wire is:
    Scheppers 256
    Erasmo 250

    I’m thinking of dropping Teheran and wood for scheppers and erasmo, but wanted to make sure that these guys weren’t ranked lower because they’re coming up later. Any advice you can give is much preferred. Thank you.
    Also mac innings 1400 and
    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Complete Games (CG), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), On-base Percentage Against (OBPA), Quality Starts (QS)

    • Baggiejohn says:
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      @Nomaspantalones: Did you mean Chacin at 383 … I don’t think Teheran is that low anywhere.

      Trust in Grey, as in all things …

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Nomaspantalones: No way I drop Masterson or Teheran or that Grey would rank them that low. I think there may have been some issue with the rankings?

      • Nomaspantalones says:
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        @mauledbypandas: I looked them up in the top 400 list last night

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @Nomaspantalones: Either you’re confused, or something was wrong w/the rankings last night. Tehran = #58, Masterson = #95. Do NOT drop Teheran, I repeat DO NOT DROP.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Nomaspantalones: check it again today. As I said before, I think there may have been an issue with the rankings.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Nomaspantalones: Yeah I think somethigns wrong with that Teheran ranking, He’s my #1 SP in most leagues, lol..I def would not drop him, no way.

  30. Ace Ventura says:
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    Hey guys, I’m in need of a SS to replace Profar. The available free agents are:
    JJ Hardy
    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Jimmy Rollins
    Derek Jeter
    Alexei Ramirez
    Alcides Escobar
    Erick Aybar

    Who should I take? The league includes OBP and K’s as categories.

    • Homer at the Bat says:
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      @Ace Ventura: Rollins? Maximize your PAs and hold your breath in the hopes that he actually hits a little and doesn’t get benched by Sandberg.

      And be ready to drop whoever you pick and quickly move on to the hot hand once the games get started.

    • SabathiaWouldBeGoodAtTheEighthToo says:
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      @Ace Ventura: Depends on what you need.

      Dingers, go for Hardy (maybe rollins)
      Steals, go for Escobar (maybe rollins)
      avg/runs/obp go for Jeter

  31. Q says:
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    Alright. I’m gonna go ahead and say it. After much practice…..I’ve finally drafted the ultimate Grey team, at least for a 15 Team league. 15 TM 5X5, 2 C, 4 BE, pick 4. Naturally, ESPN has me finishing dead last, right where I want to be. War Room has me over 100 in every category except saves (which I expect is because it doesn’t take Soria’s new role into account yet). I’m gonna go ahead and say it again: ULTIMATE RAZZBALL TEAM.

    C-D’Arnaud (18)
    C-Zunino (23)
    1B-Au Shizz (1)
    2B–Lil Altuve (6)
    SS-Segura (4)
    3B–Arenado (12)
    CI–Abreu (8)
    MI–Brad Miller (13)
    OF-Bautista (2)
    OF-Bruce (3)
    OF-Gordon (7!!!)
    OF-Brandon Moss (9)
    OF-Bourjos (16)
    UT–Fowler (ok, maybe not a PERFECT razzball team, but I got him in round 17)
    SP-Anibal (5)
    SP-Liriano (11)
    SP-Porcello (15)
    SP-Kluber (19)
    SP-M Perez (20)
    SP-Delgado (21)
    RP-A Reed (10)
    RP-J Soria (14)
    RP-Qualls (22)
    BE-W Peralta
    BE-Erasmo
    BE-Skaggs
    BE-Ozuna

    Moment of truth. Ok, Grey. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: I do like the team, looks solid on hitting and pitching… For a 15 team league, hopefully your pitching is strong enough…

  32. james d says:
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    (1) Trade Cano for Fielder? 12 team h2h keeper. Cano unkeepable Fielder could keep r1 next two years.
    (2) Other thoughts on me offense?

    C: Wilin Rosario
    1b: Jose Abreu
    2b: Matt Carpenter
    3b: Seager
    Of: Alex Riis
    Of: Calhoun
    Of: Avisail Garcia
    Util: Robinson Cano
    Util: Aramis Ramirez
    DL: Matt Kemp

    • james d says:
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      @james d:

      SS: Hanley Ramirez

      Guess I’m tired

  33. Zach says:
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    My team in a 10 team 6×6 OPS league w/ QS, question below

    C: Buster Posey
    1B: Freddie Freeman
    2B: Aaron Hill
    3B: Miguel Cabrera
    SS: Brad Miller
    2B/SS: Andrelton Simmons
    1B/3B: Will Middlebrooks
    OF: Justin Upton
    OF: Allen Craig
    OF: Alex Gordon
    OF: Ben Zobrist
    OF: Desmond Jennings
    Util: Billy Butler
    Bench: Dexter Fowler
    Bench: Mike Moustakas

    SP: Homer Bailey, Matt Cain, Alex Cobb, Julio Teheran, Mat Latos, Sonny Gray, Alex Wood, Corey Kluber

    RP: Glen Perkins, Ernesto Frieri

    The following 11 players have departed from my team via trade/drop LOST: Votto, Puig, Rios, Altuve, Anibal Sanchez, Austin Jackson, Khris Davis, Fernando Rodney, Rollins, Lincecum, J. Peralta

    I GAINED the following 11 players via trade/waivers: Freddie Freeman, Mat Latos, Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings, Brad Miller, Andrelton Simmons, Alex Wood, Corey Kluber, and Dexter Fowler

    What are your thoughts on my moves? I feel like I’ve got another move coming. I still like Fowler even in Houston and I’m looking to move Zobrist since his position flexibility is being wasted in my OF now that I acquired Brad Miller. Any advice would be much appreciated!

    • Zach says:
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      @Zach: I just traded Allen Craig + Homer Bailey for Matt Holliday + Matt Moore. I’ll be looking to move Moore/Zobrist/Cain/Latos for elite players and scoop up Tyson Ross and a couple other sleepers? What do you think, any advice? Thanks Grey!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Zach: I don’t like that trade

        • Zach says:
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          @Grey: Well too late to go back now…what steps should I be taking to boost my power and improve my team now? Please give me some concrete advice on what I should do. Thanks

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I wouldn’t make a trade before the season unless it was lopsided…

  34. 740 says:
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    Hi fellas, can some please help? 10team h2h 5×5 cats…i was offer Zobrist for my Carlos Gomez. what do u guys think?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Not good

      • 740 says:
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        @Grey:

        Ok, should i counter with my Gomez, Reddick for Zobrist, Craig…better?

        Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why are you making this trade?

          • 740 says:
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            @Grey:

            I need avg and rbi…im set in steals dept. plus my 2b depth sucks!

  35. Wake Up says:
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    Back in the day…my buddy down at the pub, got straight A’s in meth…now he whistles every time he says sandwich…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I know you are on the Scooter side of the Scooter/Weeks platoon…

        Has anything changed?

        Drop Weeks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In some leagues you can drop Weeks… I think Scooter still comes away with a share of the playing time

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: more specifically, in the RCL format with Rendon and Dozier at 2b and MI?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You really punted MI, huh? I’d hold Weeks for now if you have room…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey:
                Gyorko went early 7th
                Miller went early 12th

                Was planning on holding onto Weeks…I like him…really changed his swing…some combo of Rendon, Dozier, Weeks should be OK…this is my least favorite team…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: oh, and thanks…

                    don’t be surprised when I start asking if you like Gordon Beckham vs Joe Saunders tomorrow?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, it’ll come to that soon at MI

                    • costaricanchata says:
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                      @Wake Up:
                      don’t let Grey convince you to drop dozier .
                      20/20 ….. maybe more .

  36. Mustachioed Man says:
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    Well done with the use of “Coiffed”

    I had to go through my bookcase with all my encyclopedias/dictionaries from 1980 to look it up….ooo look, my old zubaz and a lost Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle was back there.

    Not sure if this means more about your use of the English language or my lack thereof….I’m leaning towards the latter….

  37. Mike

    Mike says:
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    It’s not even Opening Day and I’m already involved in a prayer octagon *sigh*

    So with the Fister injury, Jordan and Roark competition solves itself. Who do you think gets the 5th spot for the Mets? I like Mejia, bunions and all.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Mike: synder..oh curse you MLB service time rules

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Mejia is already out

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Oh my bad. I didn’t see that. Thought they had yet to decide between him and Dice-K.

  38. Phil says:
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    Grey,
    Asche or Freese and why?

    • paddyman says:
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      @Phil: he’s going to tell you to see his rankings

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Phil: I’m pretty sure he’ll point you to his 3B rankings post.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Phil: and I’m going to tell you Asche, because Freese is terrible and will be hurt by the third week of April.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Wilsonian: freese could get better without every human he sees wanting to either f’ him or get him drunk, or both (or one, the ensure the other)

  39. malamoney says:
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    Do you think Dylan Bundy starts any games this year for the Orioles?

  40. Wake Up says:
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    It’s not the first time Tommy’s been kicked out of bed by a prostitute! Eff him and his sticky singles!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Don’t you dare try to take hating Tommy Hanson away from me! Don’t you dare!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My bad!

  41. Mike says:
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    Wow Cabrera 292 million for 10 years

  42. stumanji says:
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    I just put Price on the market to see if anybody would bite with another top SP. I was offered David Wright for him straight up. My 3B are Arenado and MooseTacos. My other SP are Cole, Cobb, Gray, Masterson, Cingrani, Liriano, Kluber, and Porcello.

    10 team, h2h, normal categories with a few extra that would come into play here (Total IP, QS, and OBP). My strategy was to load up on solid if unspectacular SPs, so I’m not necessarily worried about trading away my “ace.” Take the deal? I could also push my luck and ask for him to give me another pitcher (Fister? Iwakuma?) or up the ante and ask for Beltre instead.

    • stumanji says:
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      @stumanji: Took it. Thanks for the push.

  43. OneI'dWilly says:
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    Last night my 1st ever NL only draft. I got schooled. $260 auction value. Any hope? I stuck to my 63/35 split, but pitching was the only place I could find value last night.

    C: Welington
    C: Laird
    1B: Alonso
    2B: Phillips
    SS: Chris Owings
    MI: Crawford
    3B: Sandoval
    CI: Arenado
    OF: Pence
    OF:J. Upton
    OF: Morse
    OF: Ozuna
    OF: Ruggiano
    UT: Tabata
    SP: C Lee
    SP: S Strasburg
    SP: Cueto
    SP: Estrada
    SP Wandy R
    RP: Grilli
    RP: Veras
    RP: Latroy Hawkins
    RP: Valverde
    No bench weekly lineups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OneI’dWilly: I like the top two starters, but the middle ones are wonky… Your outfield is a bit of a mess… And MI… And 1B… I’ve seen better teams…

      • OneI'dWilly says:
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        @Grey: I hear ya. Def a learning experience. The question is have you seen worse haha. Thanks for the input.

        • Grey

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          Ha, I have

  44. Harris says:
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    First off, its very nice to be back on this site. I hope you enjoyed the offseason. Need an opinion. 10 team h2h league. No DL. Should I drop Headley for Coco. I have Cargo,Ellisbury,J.Hamilton and Kemp. My 3b situation is Seager, Santana who Im using at C, and Headley. 10 team league so the FA list is loaded. Crisp just jumps out at me as a guy who should have been drafted. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harris: Thanks! I’d want Crisp

  45. Dom says:
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    10 team, 4×4, AL Only, auction, keeper league ($ = price in auction, K = Kept):

    Overall thoughts/Needs? Aaron Hicks & Arencibia are available on FAAB, who do I drop (Duffy, Johnson, Lee?)

    C: Mike Zunino – $4
    1b: Loney, James – K
    2b: Lowrie, Jed – K
    3b: Beltre, Adrian – K
    SS: Escobar, Alcides – K
    CM: Jesus Guzman – $1
    MI: Jose Reyes – $23
    O1: Jones, Adam – K
    O2: Rasmus, Colby – K
    O3: Cain, Lorenzo – K
    O4: Adam Eaton – $16
    O5: Ichiro Suzuki – $3
    DH: Ortiz, David – K
    DH: Jose Abreu – $26
    P1: Archer, Chris – K
    P2: Gray, Sonny – K
    P3: Griffin, A.J. – K
    P4: Tillman, Chris – K
    P5: Perkins, Glen – K
    P6: Uehara, Koji – K
    P7: Clay Buchholz – $15
    P8: Taijuan Walker – $9
    P9: Ryan Cook – $1

    Bench:
    Janathan Schoop
    Aaron Crow
    Jeremy Guthrie
    Danny Duffy
    Micah Johnson
    Hak-Ju Lee

    • Grey

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      @Dom: You look a tad light on power and a bit higher on speed on hitting… Your pitching looks a bit light on starters…

      • Dom says:
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        @Grey: Interesting, when using your projections against what it takes to be in the top 3 of each catagory I’m plus 40 in RBIs and only short 12 homeruns, but short 30 stolenbases from my goals. In pitching my ratios are right on with wins only being 8 off, which is acceptable as wins are so hard to predict and I’ll cycle pitchers throughout the year. I’m going to have to re-look at my goals or maybe my league is just weird.

        Any thoughts on if I should pick-up Hicks or Arenciba?

        • Grey

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          I’d hold off on picking up those guys in most leagues…

  46. Teddy Heater says:
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    I Grey, I’m hopping on a plane to Vegas, Please let me know what time the Segura prayer meeting starts as I desperately need him healthy! Early afternoon works best for me

  47. John says:
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    Really deep league..rather have Jennings and Moustakas or Austin Jackson, Walker, and Ackley? I’m hurt for a 2B after Pedroia..but still in love with Moustakas..please help grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Jennings

  48. Jonas says:
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    I saw Abreu play two days ago in Clearwater. I think he would be fine if he lost his Pablo Sandoval.

    • Jonas says:
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      @Jonas: other observations: 1. That bit about Cueto is really funny and 2. the Salvador Perez dead grandmother well is the gift that keeps on giving (thats number 1 reference for the season I think, how many more “meows” can we get in this year?)

  49. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    Hey, just drafted a 12 team Keeper H2H team: HRs, Runs, Rbis, 1bs, 2bs, 3bs, SBs, OBP

    ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ws, Ls, CGs, Saves, BSaves. I know I am light on speed. What else do you think initially?

    Travis D’Arnaud-C
    Prince Fielder-1B
    Gyorko-2B
    Bogaerts-SS, 3B
    Ryan Zimmerman-3B
    Jay Bruce-OF
    Alex Gordon-OF
    Adam Eaton-OF
    Pujols-Util
    BN-Oscar Taveras-OF
    BN-Calhoun-OF
    BN-Nick Swisher-1B, OF

    Homer Bailey
    Salazar
    Masterson
    Taijuan Walker
    Kluber
    Peavy
    Zack Wheeler
    Smyly
    Rosenthal-RP
    Perkins-RP
    Soria-RP

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Edward Scherzer Hands: You look light on speed, but you know that… The team looks solid otherwise…

  50. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In a 12 tm 6×6 (OPS + QS) H2H league, I ended up with a suboptimal SS (EverCab – my boy Brad Miller went in the 10th!) and some risk in the OF (Myers, Werth, Moss). Because Yahoo slotted E5 in at 1B, I had to draft a 3B-eligible late, and went with Bogaerts, who I don’t really need. Want to pick up an OF to platoon with Moss. Venable and Eaton are my top FA targets. Would you just drop Bogaerts for one of them, or try to make a trade for a K. Davis, Aoki or Yelich type? One guy has expressed interest in Bogaerts already, but the deal would probably have to be for Crawford or Estrada (I could also use another SP), maybe Jennings or Trumbo if I sweeten the pot–thoughts?

    Also, planning to use #2 waiver on Baez to plug into my NA slot, with the idea of starting him for his power when he’s called up. What type of OPS/power do you see from him–good call?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: you didn’t seem to lose at SS (i thought Grey had evercab higher than miller)

  51. henncoop says:
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    About to finish my 1st ever 14 team very s l o w draft with a C in round 30 assuming no one snipes him but there are 19 catchers off the board so I waited. I had the same issue with 2B so Bonifacio hopefully give me some speed even if he only has a temporary job. This is roto league with daily lineups.
    C d’Arnaud (or Martin, Hundley, Arencibia, or Wellington are there as well)
    1B Fielder
    2B Bonifacio
    3B Arenado
    SS Segura
    CI Encarnacion
    MI Escobar
    OF Calhoun
    OF Crisp
    OF Gardner
    OF Myers
    OF Trumbo
    Util Pujols
    Bench Asche; Cozart (likely a fill-in for Segura till healthy); Hicks (potential upside flyer).
    SP A Sanchez
    SP Liriano
    SP Teheran
    SP Kluber
    SP Porcello
    SP Delgado
    RP Frieri
    RP Axford
    RP Street
    RP Quails
    Bench: W Peralta, Eram, C Martinez( was hoping he would make the rotation), Mujica

    Any comments or suggestions would be welcome & appreciated.

    • henncoop says:
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      @henncoop:
      BTW Grey thanks for your advise to not panic on the closers (about a week ago in the slowest slow draft ever) as things definitely worked out in that area of the team even if 1/2 are brain-freezes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @henncoop: I like the team, pitching and hitting both look solid… Hitting looks a bit higher on speed than power, which could be an issue, but it’s not bad

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey:
        As always thanks for your help.
        I assume just take the highest ranked C available which is d’Arnaud or Martin rather then reach for slightly more power potential with Arencibia who would probably hurt my Avg. for the light upgrade in power.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go d’Arnaud

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @henncoop: Nice team fior a 14 teamer IMO..Is Wong or Mercer on waivers? Probably no since its a 14…I would rather have Wong than Boni, just my personal choice. Good luck.

      • henncoop says:
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        @Greyismyhero: Both are gone …Wong was my “plan” for 2B but I had to go to plan B then plan C. Lots of Catchers & middle infielders were gone & I was not willing to reach. I figure the waiver wire will have some options about 2 or 3 weeks into the season. 4 or 5 teams have 2 catchers I think & one team has 3!! Middle infield was not as bad as that but everyone seemed to want backups …so I play the waiting game. But thanks for the comment.

  52. Marti says:
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    Grey in an nl only auction league, what are your thoughts of drafting a couple of middle relievers instead of starters that are the Cahill, vogelsong, chacon types and could you recommend 5 guys in the nl in middle relief that you like not named Carlos Martinez because he will gor for more than a buck as it is a keeper league. I appreciate your time as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marti: Sure, Melancon, Benoit, Wilson

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: pretty sweet if Melancon went for a buck.

  53. Mike says:
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    I was offered Johnny Cueto or Clay Buchholz for Alex Wood?

    In a vacuum before last year, I would take Johnny Cueto. Should I still take him? Buchholz? Stand pat?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d prolly hold, but Cueto is the safest play

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! I will hold.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  54. Greyismyhero says:
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    Razzers, not just Grey., please help me decide…..Dilema time as usual…

    I have A. Bradley burning up a slot, Olt/Lind are out there, I have EE at 1st and no backup…Drop Bradly for Olt/Lind? If I drop Bradley I will still be at my 8-4 pitching split that I like to use in this league for H2H….or hang onto Bradley for when he comes up???….The thing is once I drop Bradley, he will definitely be snatched up by another manager..Pitching is important in this league as we use QS, etc….It’s a deep league, re-draft. Thanks.

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @Cram It: lol….why’s that cram. So you agree w Grey just forget Bradley and go Olt? Pitching in this lg is hard to come by and (I forgot to mention) minimum moves therefore very limited streaming opp? Does that change anything? Thanks.

        • Greyismyhero says:
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          @Greyismyhero: Ahh F it, I just went ahead and picked up Olt…In Grey and Cram I trust, lol Thanks!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Smoke it!

  55. bobby bonilla says:
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    “We’ve still yet to lose a 1st or 2nd rounder. ”

    Why would you even remotely consider writing this. You realize superstition was BORN in baseball, right?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        agree with bobby b .
        too soon to deploy the double-reverse anti-jinx .

        what ?

  56. kc says:
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    I won Norichika Aoki for $8 in a fairly deep dynasty contract league. Need to determine the length of his contract now (1-5 years). I’m thinking 3 is the highest I’m willing to go, but even that seems like it may be too much.

    Thoughts?

    5×5 roto, 14 teams, etc etc etc etc

    Thanks

    • kc says:
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      @kc:

      Also have Nova for a buck. Not sure if I should extend him past a year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kc: 2

  57. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Say Hey Grey,

    I have an empty roster spot I need to fill with a SP to bolster my injury-riddled staff. Who would you prefer:

    Eovaldi
    Odorizzi
    Straily
    Niese
    Martin Perez
    Wandy

    10 team H2H 6×6 league. Thank you sir

  58. Vote for Pedro says:
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    I’ve got a plethora of young SP on my roster this year – Cole, Miller, Salazar, Cingrani, Pineda. If I can only start 2 of those 5 in Week 1, any chance you can help rank them for me? I’m currently leaning Salazar (home v. MIN) and Cole (home v. STL). Unfortch Cole faces Miller. Thanks in advance!

      • Vote for Pedro says:
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        @Grey: Ouch. I know you’re busy and getting a ton of comments, and I fully appreciate your work on this FREE site. In fact, using those rankings was a large factor in why I have all of those players. My question was more specific to Week 1, however, considering Cole/Salazar/Cingrani are separated in said rankings by just 10 spots (and Miller not much further down). I never think it’s too soon to play matchups.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know their matchups for week one…

          • Vote for Pedro says:
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            @Grey: it’s all good. FYI fantistics is projecting Miller vs. Cole in PIT, Salazar vs. MIN/Pelfrey, and Cingrani @ STL/Wacha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Salazar, Cingrani…

              • Vote for Pedro says:
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                @Grey: Thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  59. CDM Challenge Guy says:
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    What I need to know is what Grey was doing with (to?) his Bridgitte Nielsen action figure to render it to such poor condition…..

  60. AJ says:
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    Safe to drop Odorizzi for Morneau, as a backup for Moss?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay

  61. Wilsonian says:
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    Just realized these guys are available in my 16 Team H2H league:

    Asche
    M.Perez
    Eovaldi
    Morrow
    C.Allen
    Webb

    Here’s my team:

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Lawrie
    3B – Seager
    SS – Tulo
    OF – Jones
    OF – Stanton
    OF – JUp
    UTIL – Ortiz
    UTIL – LoCain
    BN – Arcia

    SP – Teheran, Fister, CJ Wilson, Nolasco, Porcello, Gee, Erasmo, Delgado
    RP – Axford, Hawkins, Santos

    Asche obviously needs to be owned, and I think Perez does, too. Drop either Cain or Arcia for Asche? Drop Santos for Perez?

    Stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, L, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with it right now on hitting… Perez over Santos, sure

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: so even with Asche ranked in your top 120, you wouldn’t cut any bat (or even Santos) for him? I figured he needed to be owned, especially in a 16 team keeper.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can lose Arcia for Asche, but in reality, you’re gonna lose someone the first week of the season for a hot bat…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: very valid point. I’ll probably make the drop for Asche and Perez and then see what comes the first week. There isn’t much on the WW in this league, but my offense looks pretty stout on paper, given the size of the league.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  62. Game of Throws says:
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    Looks like Altuve will be batting 3rd and Cleanup… Do you think this hurts his value? Maybe losing some steal opps? Or help his value? More RBIs? Or doesn’t matter because no one on the Astros will reach base in front of him anyway?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone asked above

  63. randy says:
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    my outfield containing Cargo and Harper has me a little nervous I’m relying too much on upside. would you look to move one of them for a safer bat/package, or just go with it for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think you’re relying on upside

  64. Brock says:
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    Got offered:

    Fielder and Straily

    for

    Abrue and Gray

    Thoughts? do i throw a lower pitcher than gray at him or ask him to bump his SP up or is this good?

    H2H 5×5 w/ Avg. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Fielder

  65. Game of Throws says:
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    Grady Sizemore officially starting centerfielder for the Red Sox

    • henncoop says:
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      @Game of Throws: It’ is a nice feel good story but he’s going to miss time. We need to start a pool as to when he hits the DL. I’ll say 13 games into the season. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Word

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  66. FEAR NOT, FOR I HAVE DRAFTED BRAD MILLER IN THE 15TH ROUND OF MY KEEP FOREVER AND EVER LEAGUE!

    (THIS SHOULD BE READ IN A JAMES EARL JONES VOICE)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  67. SDB says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which 2 of these fantasy studs most deserves to be on my bench for potential upside?

    Gross, Man in the 2 hole
    Weeks’s potential power
    Bourjos’s (8 hole?) speed and pop combo maybe moving him to the top of the order

    “None of them” is not the answer I’m looking for! :)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bourjos

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SDB: carpenter ain’t coming out of 1 hole.

  68. William says:
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    Finished drafting last weekend. 10 team 4×4 league with daily moves. Team is below (21 actives, 9 bench):

    (actives)
    Kemp
    Stanton
    Marte
    J Hamilton
    Puig
    Belt
    Kipnis
    Arenado
    S Castro
    W Rosario
    Hanley R
    H Kendrick
    Av Garcia
    (inactives/bench)
    M Morse
    DeAza
    J Profar
    J Soler

    (actives)
    Bumgarner
    Teheran
    Gallardo
    I Kennedy
    Frieri
    L Hawkins
    H Street
    J Veras
    (bench / starters to rotate in)
    M Moore
    M Cain
    J Zimmerman
    W Peralta
    Z Wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your team looks stacked, but it’s a shallow league, so the work is just beginning… I’d think Soler and Profar are unnecessary in your league too…

      • William says:
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        Thanks for the reply. May be a shallow league but all 10 of us have been playing in this same league since 1984 and the other owners are smart and quick on the waiver wire draw. Tough comp!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, no problem

        • Adam says:
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          @William: I always love this reaction…guys so quick to defend the competitiveness of the league when someone says its “shallow”.

          “Shallow” does not equal “noncompetitive pussy league”…

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Adam: i agree, but it certainly does mean that there are a lot of good players in free agency.

  69. mike says:
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    @ grey .. what do ya think?

    our leaugue h2h mixed , no cat
    no minus for strikeout to batters
    rp and sp get 5 points for win or save
    only 12 sp had 300 or more points… top 3 had 419 415 415 rest 300s
    7 rp had 295 or more points, that rounds off the top 19

    5 bats with 600 plus points
    24 bats with 500-600 points
    next 21 bats had 466-497 to round off top 50

    start 10 bats, 2 are dh anything
    5 sp 1 rp

    spent 252$ on bats
    7 Prince Fielder TEX 1B 1B 34 584 89 33 108 1 0.282
    8 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF OF 33 503 91 28 92 20 0.307
    16 Hanley Ramirez LAN SS SS 30 554 87 25 94 18 0.272
    17 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B 3B 29 591 85 31 104 1 0.303
    39 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF OF 24 586 101 20 59 20 0.277
    56 Hunter Pence SF OF OF 21 601 83 24 90 12 0.262
    80 Jose Altuve HOU 2B 2B 15 582 80 8 63 33 0.292
    84 Ben Zobrist TB 2B, SS, OF 2B, SS, OF 14 584 79 14 70 14 0.268
    89 Brandon Phillips CIN 2B 2B 14 587 79 17 86 6 0.269
    150 Torii Hunter DET OF OF 8 562 77 17 90 5 0.288 6$ tori was 37th most points for bats in our league 2013
    269 Jarrod Saltalamacchia MIA C C 1 489 56 16 63 3 0.241 5$ got him at very end
    picked up clev c gomez

    spent 19 on pitching most 1$

    126 Rick Porcello DET SP SP 10 200 15 0 3.61 1.24 163 5$
    186 Drew Smyly DET SP SP 4 110 7 0 3.34 1.16 96 3$
    187 Martin Perez TEX SP SP 4 145 12 0 3.78 1.29 111
    194 Rafael Soriano WAS RP RP 4 64 4 38 3.67 1.20 50 2$
    197 Casey Janssen TOR RP RP 4 61 5 37 3.48 1.05 56 pickup
    232 Grant Balfour TB RP RP 2 68 2 35 3.54 1.25 70
    243 Dillon Gee NYN SP SP 1 195 10 0 3.91 1.30 135
    250 Erasmo Ramirez SEA SP SP 1 147 9 0 3.89 1.26 125
    253 Tyler Skaggs LAA SP SP 1 160 9 0 4.05 1.34 142
    271 Scott Kazmir OAK SP SP 1 149 9 0 3.85 1.29 145
    273 Bartolo Colon NYN SP SP 1 192 10 0 3.78 1.23 124
    john lackey pickup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      With those categories, I’d think your pitching should be better… I think it’s fairly weak… The hitting is obviously your strong suit…

  70. mike says:
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    12 teams

  71. Big League Choo says:
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    Sons of snitches, i hate waiting for pitchers to get DL’d….was goin to stash JJ in a deep SP league and now fisters out with a lat too. Need one more start for this week to hit my Min started games

    Cant wait for S.O.N. Return (pick one, my choice would be one on top)
    Schepper vs Phi
    Garrett Richards vs Sea
    Brett Anderson/Nicasio/Chatwood @ Mia

    In order of long term pickup since i have 2 spots….Scheppers, Jenrry “Man My Bunions Hurt” Mejia/Richards/Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scheppers

  72. mike says:
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    2013
    zobrist ranked in points 6th at 2nd …2nd at ss

    choo and pence were 4th 5th for of …. tori was 15th

    I like atuve paid 9$

    Phillips I was running up and wound up with him for 16 $ hopeful trade later ?

  73. Baseball Cougar says:
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    In our league, we have to select our keepers at the start of the season, not the end. I have terrible options. Please help me select the best of a bad situation. Please pick 3:

    Player (round)
    Archie Bradley (25)
    Alex Wood (24)
    Brad Miller (15)
    Tillman (17)
    Rendon (16)
    Calhoun (18)

    Thank you!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood, Miller, Bradley if it’s a deep league

      • Baseball Cougar says:
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        @Grey:

        I love this place. Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  74. mike says:
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    ya I spend most years trolling for a catcher and pitching….hate spending on pitchers lol…thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  75. malamoney says:
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    H2H points league where we start two RP.

    I have Jim Johnson and Frieri.

    Thinking of dropping Peavy who will never crack my starting lineup and picking up Street to have a 3rd RP.

    I currently also have Carlos Martinez who I am hoping is starting at some point this season. Do you see that happening?

    Instead of grabbing Street, should I grab Joe Kelly who is starting and is RP eligible? What do you think of Kelly?

    Or I could go in the opposite direction and take a flyer on Sizemore, Crawford, Avisail, Dickerson.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly’s garbage… If you wanna try him because of his eligibility, go for it… Otherwise Avisail…

  76. jfersh says:
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    With Olt winning the starting 3b position, pick him up for either Asche or Ackley at U/Bench?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try him over Ackley

  77. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 standard weekly roto, debating between bautista and bruce for possible upcoming draft. you have bautista ranked higher, but bruces projections seem better. im sure you have explained this before, but what is the reasoning behind ranking certain players higher despite equivalent or lesser projections?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista has a bigger upside… Could hit 40+ homers…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: got it, thanks. do you like one more as a second round pairing with either fielder or votto? assuming bautista?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bautista works with either

  78. Milarky says:
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    Drafting tomorrow Grey, and starting to second guess myself! Still keep Segura over Upton? Anibal over Zimmermann (also have Greinke, need to keep two pitchers)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal over Zimmermann, I’d go Upton now

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey – what would have to happen for you to change your mind about Segura? Hearing he’ll be OK for opening day?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He plays for a few weeks and is fine… I own him, so I’m hoping he’s fine

  79. John says:
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    Anything useful with Paxton this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be in some leagues

  80. Fat Mack says:
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    Hey Grey, Shallow league here for you. 10 team, 6×6 w/ OPS and Losses as the extra cats. Roughly 3-4 of the owners seem incompetent every year. I planned on taking Brad Miller to play 2b and thought everyone had their 2b/SS filled, but I was wrong. So I took a flier on Wong w/ my last pick, hoping for SBs and runs. Draft slot is in parens. Any thoughts?

    (192) Evan Gattis (Atl – C,OF)
    (9) Chris Davis (Bal – 1B)
    (212) Kolten Wong (StL – 2B)
    (129) Starlin Castro (ChC – SS)
    (12) Adrián Béltre (Tex – 3B)
    (29) Yasiel Puig (LAD – OF)
    (32) Shin-Soo Choo (Tex – OF)
    (52) Starling Marte (Pit – OF)
    (72) Alex Gordon (KC – UTIL)
    (109) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – UTIL)
    (189) Will Venable (SD – BN)

    (49) Chris Sale (CWS – SP)
    (69) Jordan Zimmermann (Was – SP)
    (89) Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
    (92) Julio Teherán (Atl – SP)
    (112) Tony Cingrani (Cin – SP,RP)
    (132) Rafael Soriano (Was – RP)
    (149) Fernando Rodney (Sea – RP)
    (152) Jim Henderson (Mil – RP)
    (169) José Veras (ChC – RP)
    (172) Lance Lynn (StL – SP)
    (209) Ervin Santana (Atl – SP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks very solid, I like the hitting, very well balanaced… Pitching looks great too… Well played…

  81. Ryan says:
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    Just wondering who would you take in a dynasty league…Dominic Brown or Jose Bautista? Does age play a huge factor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Age plays a little bit of a factor, but I’d go Bautista

  82. Joe G says:
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    Grey David wright or freddie freeman?

  83. stoopid says:
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    Just did another draft last night. How do you think I came out? I don’t like not having a TRUE ace, but Sanchez or Bailey could easily be that for me.

    10 team 5×5 H2H Daily. 6 Transactions per week. No max on IP, 7 IP min.

    C- Perez
    1B- Goldschmidt
    2B – Gyorko
    SS- Segura
    3B- Loria
    CI – Rizzo
    MI – B.Miller
    OF – Bautista, Bruce, Rios, Gordon, Bourjos
    UT – Hosmer
    P(10) – A.Sanchez, Bailey, Liriano, Gray, Masterson, Smyly, JimJohnson, Soria, Axford, Hawkins
    BN – Delgado, Ventura, T.Walker, Arenado, A.Garcia, & Moustakas

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a bit low on average but that’s less a concern in H2H… Everything else looks solid…

      • stoopid says:
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        @Grey: Awesome, thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @stoopid: “A true ace”? Bailey, Masterson, Sanchez, is close enough for a 10 teamer IMO.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Greyismyhero: people keep talking about not having a “true ace” while also trying to do Grey’s pitching drafting strategies. Whatever “aces” they are talking about they ain’t getting using these drafting strategies. People aren’t gonna just leave King H to the 5th round. It would be nice, but nope.

  84. Bill says:
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    Just got offered Jose abreu for Jose Fernandez in my keeper league. Should I accept?

  85. royce! says:
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    Schoop made the opening day roster, and is expected to alternate at 3B and 2B with Flaherty and Lombardozzi. I have Lawrie at 2B in my 14 team h2h…worth taking a flyer on Schoop? I’d be dropping dropping Gregory Polanco for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go for it

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: he’s moved ahead back into starter status since 10 hours ago.

  86. Tom Emanski says:
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    Here’s your 2014 Hot Girl Names All-Stars

    General Manager – Dayton Moore
    Manager – Robin Ventura

    C – Yasmani Grandal – No one takes balls while on her knees quite like Yasmani
    1B – Gaby Sanchez
    2B – Jordy Mercer
    SS – Starlin Castro
    3B – Cody Asche – That Cody is one piece of Asche
    OF – Alexis Rios – Alexis has set the record for most All-Star selections
    OF – Coco Crisp
    OF – Torii Hunter

    P – Madison Bumgarner – She’s been garnering a lot of attention since perfecting that slider
    P – Alex Wood
    P – Jaime Garcia
    P – Huston Street
    P – Casey Janssen
    P – Koji Uehara
    P – Kenley Jansen
    My pitching is heavy on closers but strong finishers are what you need

    Bench:
    Shin-Soo Choo
    Kelly Johnson
    Dee Gordon
    Kosuke Fokudome
    Aubrey Huff
    Taylor Teagarden
    Kameron Loe
    L.J. Hoes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure about Dayton, but Kosuke is so hot…

      • Tom Emanski says:
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        @Grey: How about Sandy Alderson instead?

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
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  88. L'ville Jim says:
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    Why do the Asstro’s keep collecting retread outfielders while shafting us Springer owners?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $ reasons

  89. Grey

    Grey says:
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  90. Lane Meyer says:
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    5×5 11-team roto style auction keeper league – $270 for 24-man roster (14 hitter/10 pitchers)
    About 30% inflation in the draft.

    Pre-aution trade I’ve been offered:

    I get $10 Shelby Miller for giving $30 Ian Desmond and $17 Will Venable. All players in first year of contracts.

    Which side do you like better?

  91. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ********THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS***********

  92. Bream Dreams says:
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    12 team 5×5
    C Pierzynski
    1b Pujols
    2b Kindler
    3b Miggy
    SS Segura
    CI Arenado
    MI Gyorko
    OF Brantley
    Bruce
    Coco
    Myers
    UT Butler
    SP Cobb
    Gray
    Nolasco
    M. Perez
    Teheran
    Tillman
    Fister
    Porcello
    Cahill
    Erasmo
    RP Melancon
    Brothers
    Parra
    Santos
    Anything I should be overly worried about( excepting saves)?

  93. chiropaul says:
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    gonna waive alcides escobar ( on my bench) for either olt,C Johnson, or ozuna

    have arenado at third and lind at the corner
    Whatchathink ? who should i pick up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olt

  94. Light Black says:
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    10 team 5×5 OBP 3 Keepers were Darvish,Goldy,Ortiz.

    C Lucroy
    1st. Goldschmidt
    2nd. Dozier
    SS. B.Miller
    3rd. Lawrie
    CI. D.Ortiz
    MI. A.Rendon
    OF. B.Harper
    OF. S.Marte
    OF. A. Gordon
    OF. M.Cuddyer
    UTL. A. Rizzo
    UTL. A.Jackson
    BN. A.Eaton
    BN. N.Aoki
    BN. C.Owings

    Sp. Y. Darvish
    SP. S. Strasburg
    SP. C. Sale
    SP. D. Salazar
    RP. G.Perkins
    RP. E.Frieri
    RP. J. Veras
    P. S. Kazmir
    P. J. Soria
    P. M. Estrada
    BN. S.Santos
    BN. I.Kennedy
    BN. D. Farquhar
    DL. J. Johnson

    ** Drafted Corbin :(

    Whadda think Grey? This is my money league. had great SP depth before Corbin went down. Which pisses me off because I would had grabbed Cashner, or A.Wood who were still there. Picked up Owings because I’m pissed im missed on my Gyroko and Seager wne t waaaay earlier than I had them, which kinda screwed my whole middle infield situation. Which is why I basically waited on all of them. Hope like hell one Rendon or Owings, Dozier have a great year. I may try to aquire a third sacker and shift Lawrie to second if non of the above pan out.

    My other league I got Grey,Cobb,Sale,Teheran,Estrada,Rosenthal,Chisek,N.Jones,T.Ross as my P. Got all my targets in the non money league like Seager,Gyroko,Abreu,Miller,Cobb,Teheran,Grey,K.Davis,Yelich,Calhoun along with Fielder,Goldy,Lucroy,Stanton,Rios,Moss,L.Martin,Altuve. In a way I like my depth better in this league and wish I had some of them in the money league but whatcha gonna do.

    Anways in the money league do u think picking up someone like Skaggs or Ruggiano would be worth it? Also, how would u rank Eaton,Jackson,Aoki,Cuddyer to start the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs over Kennedy…. I ranked those outfielders in the rankings…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and the team looks decent, you’re low on power, bit high on speed, the pitching is stronger than you need…

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    Thanks for the reply man.

    I should had mentioned it is a H2H site. I found this site that basically had a quality system for H2H efficiency opposed to straight up Roto. I used this guideline as I drafted. Guys like Rizzo,Lucroy,Aoki,Goldy,Harper were high in that system. Basically guys who are more cold/hot streak like Trumbo,Kipnis were valued lower. Hope maybe I found something by doing this.

    I tried to keep in mind historical H2h category numbers in my league to see what the “magic” number would be to compete in every category. I feel I hit mine in Sb’s, Pitcher K’s, WHIP and was near where I wanted to be in Hr. But I agree, really want another power guy. Missed on a few late guys I was targeting like K.Davis for that. I might try to target a third sacker and dangle a RP and OF. Two last things, Santos or Veras to start the season, and what kind of player would acquire to boost my power? Thanks in advance.

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