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*Channeling my inner Hank Williams Jr.* Are you ready for some baseball? *Fireworks, confetti cannon, ‘splosions, dingo attacks* Perhaps only us baseball junkies and fantasy geeks are excited about opening day Down Under. Is there fantasy cricket? Asking for a friend. Sky needs, like, four more fantasy sports to write about and I’m imagining Nick and his Razzball Radio rolling tanker going all Road Warrior across the outback. I’m more excited than a Lipitor snorting Vin Scully, cuddling with a koala he thinks is actually Yasiel Puig. Slather my hot dog in Vegemite, turn up the Men at Work and blow my didgeridoo, baseball is back. With the RCL’s in full swing and the season firing up in Australia, I’m balls deep in 20 teams – RCL’s, H2H leagues, dynasty leagues, auctions leagues, AL-only, NL-only, a pitcher league and an All-Timey fantasy draft that ought to prove interesting – I drafted Shoeless Joe in the round 13, that’s value! If you have yet to draft or are already making moves let’s dig out the ol’ jammer crammer machine© and get to work on the schmotatoes in the outfield. Since we use ESPN for the Razzballin’ leagues, let’s use their rankings and go digging for some jams and crams outside the top-100 players. No use in bickering whether to jam Mike Trout or cram Billy Hamilton – although I would. We are looking for mid-late round upside filled value here. It’s time to jam it or cram it. Hey Nick, I’ll drive that tanker.

 

Jam or Cram: Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies

2013 Stats: 65 R, 27 HR, 83 RBI, 8 SB, .272 AV.

2014 ESPN Ranking: #105

2014 $$$ Value: $15

The Gist: Brown is a polarizing player – some love him and draft him early, some hate him and let Tehol have him. While Brown was Hank Aaron last May – hitting 12 homers – he was more Aaron Carter the rest of the year hitting just another 12 in four months and only four after the All-Star break. The K rate is alright for a power bat at 18%, but the 7.9% walk rate is blah at best.

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 68 R, 23 HR, 77 RBI, 7 SB, .274 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: While Brown is coming into his magical age 26 season and raised his career batting average by about 30 points last year, he’s still a fifth outfielder on my team whose only strength is right field power. Of Brown’s 27 homers they were mainly to right field and barely cleared 350 feet – only five hitters had a lower home run distance than Brown’s 386 feet. With an ADP of around the 8th round I’d grab a better-rounded player like Alex Gordon or wait for someone like Will Venable later. CRAM

 

Jam or Cram: Leonys Martin, Texas Rangers

2013 Stats: 66 R, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 28 SB, .260 AV.

2014 ESPN Ranking: #150

2014 $$$ Value: $10

The Gist: *Insert fantasy baseball clichés here* Upside! Cheap! SAGNOF! Cuban! Don’t get me wrong, you’re not getting the next Puig…yet. However, Martin is free from the Platoony Tune shackles and despite hitting ninth there will be opportunities to run and score. Ideally he hits his way into the two-hole eventually in front of Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre.

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 75 R, 14 HR, 53 RBI, 32 SB, .266 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: The knock on Martin is that he can’t hit lefties – .226 BA. However, the sample is relatively small – just 144 PA last year. He’ll get the opportunity to sink or swim this year. Martin is currently being drafted 3-4 rounds later than similar players with no upside and injury risk like Shane Victorino, Coco Crisp and Desmond Jennings in ESPN leagues. If you loaded up on power bats early and need that speedy run scoring upsidey fifth outfielder late in your draft grab Martin and hold him close. Viva Leonys! JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Curtis Granderson, New York Mets

2013 Stats: 31 R, 7 HR, 15 RBI, 8 SB, .229 AV.

2014 ESPN Ranking: #154

2014 $$$ Value: $13

The Gist: Granderson was the Schleprock of the Yankees a year ago – everything he touched turned to crapola. The Grandy Man broke his forearm last spring, missed two months, tried to comeback, broke his finger then stepped on A-Rod’s syringe and got MRSA. It was time for a change of scenery. Unfortunately, he didn’t travel far enough. Granderson jumped on the subway and left the homer friendly House Across the Street From the House That Ruth Built in the Bronx for Mr. Met’s Kiddie Field in Queens. The move affects the only thing Granderson has going for him – his power. Grandy is pull crazy and moving from the short porch at Yankee Stadium to the Snake River Canyon hurts any value he had.

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 73 R, 23 HR, 68 RBI, 13 SB, .232 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: Remember that time Granderson had back-to-back 100 runs, 40 homer, 100 RBI seasons? Good times. If your fantasy draft is taking place in 2011 it’s a jam. If you’re currently living in the present it’s a Mr. Met head sized CRAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Khris Davis, Milwaukee Brewers

2013 Stats: 27 R, 11 HR, 27 RBI, 3 SB, .279 AV.

2014 ESPN Ranking: #189

2014 $$$ Value: $5

The Gist: Khristopher Adrian “I’m no Donkey” Davis may have won me my league last year. After losing Ryan Braun I snagged Davis and he went off in August hitting .319 with 6 homers and 15 RBI to help put me in the money. I was so thankful I mailed him a portrait I made of him out of macaroni and glitter. You’re welcome, Khris.

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 66 R, 23 HR, 71 RBI, 7 SB, .261 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: The Guru’s sleeper alarm is going off. There’s a lot to like here. Yeah, yeah, the sample size is small, but let’s have fun with numbers. Where’s my abacus? K-Davis has power (28.9% HR/FB rate), a solid BABIP (.293) a tasty OBP (.356) and his ISO (.316) ranked second in the league behind only the other Chris Davis. If he can cut down on the strikeouts and steal 10+ bases, he’ll be the poor man’s Hunter Pence. Another great thing about owning this Davis is the opportunity late in the year to trade him to your confused 12-year-old nephew for Paul Goldschmidt. Live and learn, kid. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox

2013 Stats: 31 R, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 3 SB, .283 AV.

2014 ESPN Ranking: #264

2014 $$$ Value: $2

The Gist: The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Minny Miggy is a late round gamble that could come up big batting fifth and possibly second for the White Sox in his first full season. There be a potential 20/20 here my Razzballin’ friends. The knock on Garcia is his free swinging approach. In three minor league seasons his walk rate was only 4.2% and his strike out rate was a lousy 21.3%, but don’t let it shy you away from the potential. 

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 63 R, 15 HR, 65 RBI, 10 SB, .278 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: Don’t go overspending for Alfonso Soriano or Josh Reddick when this little guy is just waiting for you – he’s owned in less than 40% of YAHOO! Leagues. Garcia may not be ready to live up to the nickname just yet, but there’s a lot to like and a lot to like-like in dynasty leagues. JAM

 

**BONUS TRACKS**

Kole Calhoun, Anaheim Angels: Kole averaged 20+ homers and 20+ steals per-162-games averages in the minors and will get regular playing time. Where’s the love? Oh, Grey gave him some here. JAM

Josh Reddick, Oakland A’s: Great 2012, terrible 2013, great beard, terrible ballpark. CRAM

Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox: The outfield is kind of cluttered in Chi-town and Eaton could end up in a Platoony Toon situation if he can’t stay healthy, but he’s worth some late round SAGNOF! JAM

Dexter Fowler, Houston Astros: Fowler hit around .300 at Coors Field and about .240 everyplace else not named Coors. He now plays at Minute Maid. Yup. CRAM

Grady Sizemore, Boston Red Sox: Sox Nation is losing their collective minds with the type of spring Sizemore has put up – hitting .360. Know who hit .450 last spring? Jackie Bradley Jr. CRAM  

 

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  1. ferris says:
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    NL only

    drop josh Johnson now for ike davis or zack cosart

    or

    wait for josh to be disabled listed and pick up someone worse when that happens

    • The Guru

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      I’ve been dropping him. He’s done for at least 4-5 weeks and probably longer. He missed 3 months with a forearm strain last year. Too bad though, was hoping for good things.

  2. Kid A says:
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    First read: like it.
    Second read: love it.

    Couple of guys weren’t listed that I thought would be. Still drafting, so I’m glad they were omitted.

    True story:
    Tehol was addicted to the hokey pokey, then he turned himself around.
    That’s when he met Dom Brown.
    CHA!

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Kid. I could have jammed and crammed in the outfield all day. Lots I like, lots I hate.

      Tehol does love him some Dom Brown. I’m sure I’ll be hearing about it. I like Brown as well just not where he’s being drafted. Are the RCLs full of Philly fans?

      • de nachos says:
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        @The Guru: Philly fans who have seen him play know that the worst kept secret is that he plays a terrible right field. Wouldn’t be surprised if he has multiple stints in Ryno’s dog house for diving at Texas League singles and turning them into triples.

        Nice write up. I laughed (Khris Davis for Goldy) I cried (drafted Grandy man) I cheered (love me Kole Calhoun) I got aroused (Sizemore is still a sexy sexy man).

        • The Guru

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          Hey nachos! Ryno’s dog house is going to be full this season me thinks. Sorry about the Grandyman, would love to see Sizemore have a great comeback but it’s a long shot. If he plays more than 85 games I’ll eat my turban.

  3. JB says:
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    Ervin Santana, peavy, garza are the best SP on the wire, who would you grab to replace hamels as he starts on the dl and would you drop Cj Wilson for any one of those guys? 14 team 4×4 league no Ks start 10 p minimum of 3 RP

    • The Guru

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      Does it seem like there’s more injuries this spring? I’d keep CJ and roll with Peavy.

  4. Craig Waring says:
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    I need in on an ESPN $100 Roto league. I’m good for the $. Anyone??

    cwaring@slgl.com Thanks, Craig

  5. Shake N Bacon says:
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    How late in a 12-team RCL league would you gamble on Dom Brown?

    I like me some Khris Davis this year. I have him in two leagues.

    If you had to pick one, would you rather start Sizemore or Nava against Baltimore to start the season? I’ve got some injury concerns on my team and might have to start one of those two. Not much else on the waiver wire.

    • The Guru

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      If Brown is there in the 10th round, I’ll grab him if he fits my team. No earlier than that though.

      Expecting big things from the other Davis this year. Fingers crossed.

      I’d go Sizemore. Looks like he’s won the job and should stay healthy for at least 2 weeks. Ha!

  6. Buzzdainer says:
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    Speaking of jamming and cramming in the outfield, what are your thoughts on Corey Dickerson? What sort of projection would you have for him this year?

    • The Guru

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      Dickerson is an interesting player and has put up the numbers this spring to get the playing time. He can play outfield and the corner spots and he plays at Coors – all bonuses and worth a look in the late rounds of deep leagues. If he can get over 500 AB’s I could see 70 runs, 15 homers, 65 RBI, 8-10 steals and a .275 average.

      • Buzzdainer says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks! I find him interesting, too. I grabbed him late in a deep league as a fourth OF (we count stats for three).

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Good luck, Buzz. Thanks for Razzballin!

  7. stonepie says:
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    what do you expect out of desmond jennings. he fell to 156 in my draft and i grabbed him. looking over his numbers, he’s not very good vs righties at all

    • The Guru

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      I’m not a Jennings fan. The average vs. righties is terrible but it’s interesting that most of his homers are off right-handers. The 20/20 potential is there, but it won’t happen – he just doesn’t get on base enough. His OBP is about .330. He’s healthy and has had a good spring, maybe this is the year he puts it all together. Good luck and thanks for Razzballin’.

  8. Kid A says:
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    There was a discussion about players that you find yourself drafting on multiple teams. Not by design, so much, but in more of a subconscious-gravitational-pull kind of way.

    You have any usual suspects that you find popping up everywhere?

    I’m finding lots of Lowries, Aokis, Gordons, Princes, Homers and Cingranis.

    Also, can I get your credit card number and the 3-digit security code on the back?

    • The Guru

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      The first number is 7.

      A few guys that popped up on multiple teams I have: Josh Johnson (ouch), Liriano, Porcello. I have Longo on a bunch of teams as well – which is a good thing. If there’s a team that I have more players from than any other it looks like the A’s. I have a few Sonny Gray’s. Lowrie, Donaldson, Crisp, Yoenis.

  9. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Some last-minute cramming for auction in 2=hours…in this weekly H2H categories league with 4 minimum starts and 7 max, relievers with starter eligibility are an advantage. So far, I’ve only come across Alexi Ogando whose worth drafting for that role. Have I missed any others? Carlos Villanueva?

    • Garreth says:
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      @Operation Mindcrime: Joe Kelly at the Cards has RP/SP eligibility on Yahoo, I think. He’s just got the 5th starter job.

      Also, Ogando’s starting in the pen this year.

      • Operation Mindcrime says:
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        @Garreth:

        My bad, I wasn’t clear enough. This league’s weird, but real-life starters with reliever eligibility like Kelly or Drew Smyly don’t give any extra advantage with weekly start limit. In years past I have used Ogando, Smyly, Brett Myers in starting pitching slots to essentially give me bonus innings and saves in addition to the 2 reliever slots.

      • Operation Mindcrime says:
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        @Garreth: Am spending most of my budget on batters, so those 4-6 extra innings a week help shave off ERA/WHIP.

    • The Guru

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      Not a lot to choose from. Santiago – blah. Garrett Richards – meh. Tyler Thornburg – maybe. Not a lot of options really. Rudy did do a bit on this earlier – http://razzball.com/sprpeligiblepitchers2014/

      • Operation Mindcrime says:
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        @The Guru:

        Ooh, Thornburg. Forgot about him. He did decent in relief role last year and just went to his Fangraphs page. Nothing really stands out, but he at least throws 92+. I think I’ll get him for a buck. There’ll probably be other MRs that emerge during year that are starter eligible, but I’ll see how Ogando and him do.

        • Operation Mindcrime says:
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          @Operation Mindcrime: Wade Davis! He did awesome as a reliever last year.

  10. Kid A says:
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    Bid farewell to Profar.

    • The Guru

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      True that. Ouch. Three months at least.

  11. Fister Furbush says:
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    Hi Guru, what do you think of my team?
    12 Team-H2H-ESPN

    C- Evan Gattis
    1B-Paul Goldschmidt (R1.6)
    2B-Dustin Ackley (last pick)
    3B-Manny Macho Macho Machoado (9th round)
    SS- JJ Hardy
    OF-Bryce Harper (19th overall)
    OF-Ryan Braun (32nd overall)
    OF-Coco Crisp/Nelson Cruz/Khris Davis
    Utility_ David Ortiz (45th overall)
    Utility- Mike Napoli

    SP-Jose Fernandez (58th overall)
    SP-Anibal Sanchez
    SP- Francisco Liriano
    SP-Mat Latos
    SP- Hisashi Iwakuma (late)

    RP- David Robertson (late)
    RP-Steve Cishek (late)

    • The Guru

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      Maybe light on runs and average and you’ll be looking for SAGNOF! Strong starters.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @gareth: yeah that’s ridiculous, harper at 19 is weird too, but not 25 or so slots weird like braun.

  12. manormachine? says:
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    Additional point for Fowler: Springer is going to displace somebody . . .

    • The Guru

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      Hope so. Probably won’t see him until June, though.

  13. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Hey nice read, I was pretty tanked for my keeper league draft yesterday and was looking to get an opinion on how I did.
    C:Jason Castro
    1b: Goldy
    2b:Dozier
    3b: Ryan Zman
    ss:Segura
    OFS: Trout, Cutch and Dom Brown
    Util: Hosmer
    Bench: Gregory Polanco (so nobody could take him in their farm team)
    Pitchers: Sonny Gray, Yordano Ventura, Julio Teheran, Cashner, Smyly, Harvey (gonna dl him if he ever goes on it) and Glen Perkins.
    I’d appreciate any input, thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Trout, Goldy Cutch and Segura? Nice. You’ll be looking for saves of course.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @The Guru: Yeah there’s not much out there for rp on the waivers, waivers open up tomorrow and I’m going to grab Kluber, Porcello and Cingrani if I can to get a few more arms.

  14. gareth says:
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    You know there’s got to be someone out there who did a really early draft and drafted kris Medlen, jurickson profar, patrick Corbin, Josh Johnson, aroldis Chapman and Jarrod parker.

    • Operation Mindcrime says:
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      @gareth:

      LOL! Those will go to autodrafter in my league drafting in 20 min. and it wouldn’t be 100% rude cuz’ we got 5 DL slots. :)

      • gareth says:
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        @Operation Mindcrime: its required punishment for autodrafters. Also – for guys out the entire season the DL spot becomes rather irrelevant.

  15. gareth says:
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    Profars no loss though. Obviously he is for the rangers, but fantasy wise second base is extremely deep and full of talent.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Somewhere Ian Kinsler laughs maniacally.

      • gareth says:
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        @The Guru: he did say he wanted texas to go “0 – 162,” which would be quite the accomplishment.

  16. gareth says:
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    There’s the 20 year old guy in AA for texas who could cover profar in his absence. However Reports suggest that hes not ready for the big leagues yet. So the only Odor texas will experience this season is Prince in the locker room after a particularly delicious bean based vegetarian meal.

    • The Guru

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      Funny. Rougned Odor is a pretty raw player – only 20 with only 30 games at Double-A. I think they’ll snag someone from another team.

  17. joeg414 says:
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    Please rank (and comment if you wish) on these deep league hitters.
    13 Team mixed daily 6×6 league.
    K.Blanks,L.Cain,M.Choice,Rutledge,Arcia,Ethier,Ike Davis.

    • The Guru

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      Cain, Rutledge, Arcia, Davis, Ethier. Not a lot of difference here, but Oswaldo may have most upside.

      • joeg414 says:
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        @The Guru:
        Does Rut and L.Cain have their starting jobs?
        And is Gavin Floyd, worth a DL spot,in a deep mixed league?
        Thanks.

        • The Guru

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          Looks like Cain will be the starting CF and bat 8th. LeMahieu is the likely starter at 2nd. I just don’t see a lot of difference between all those players. I suppose I ranked Rutledge where I did because of multi-positions.

          Not seeing a lot of value in Floyd. He’s a matchup streamer at best.

  18. Chris says:
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    Hey Guru good stuff thanks! Can you rate my team? And Grey plzz! and anyone else!
    14 team 5×5
    C-Pyrzinski
    1st Goldschmidt
    2d-Gyorko
    ss-Andrus
    3rd-Middlebrooks
    CI-Pujols
    MI-Evereth Cabrera
    OF-Harper
    OF-Crisp
    OF-Soriano
    OF-Chris Carter
    OF-Kris Davis
    DH-Rizzo
    DH-Hart
    SP-Cobb
    SP-Salaazar
    SP-Archer
    SP-Ventura
    SP-Lincecum
    SP-Porcello
    SP-Eovaldi
    RP-Tommy Hunter
    RP-Jim Henderson
    BN-Gregory Polanco-Asche-Grossman-Callaspo
    Pitcher BN-Carasco-Morton-Martin Perez-Bruce Chen-Pelfrey

    • The Guru

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      Probably light on average and you’ll be looking for saves.

  19. High Home says:
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    18 team mixed roto dynasty… which is the top value: Cano $22, F. Freeman $16, A. Gordon $14, Napoli $8, or Leonys Martin $8 Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Cano or Freeman depending how you want to build your team. For me, it’s Cano at that price.

  20. SteveV says:
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    Would you drop any of thes guys for AGarcia? Tex, Hart, Aramis Ramirez

    • The Guru

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      Probably drop Hart.

  21. gareth says:
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    How do you keep track of 20 + teams Guru?

    • The Guru

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      There are teams I will pay more attention to probably, but I obviously have no life. When we did the Razzball AMA on Reddit there was a guy commishing 25 teams and playing in another 15. That’s a fantasy junkie. I’m still in denial.

  22. Steve says:
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    Who do you think has the better season, Nick Franklin (think he finds a new team?) or Mike Olt?

    • The Guru

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      That’s a tough one, but I’ll say Olt. He has the chance to make third base his spot on the Cubs and has the talent to hit 25 homers. I think he’ll hit 17 or so this year.

  23. Greg says:
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    Would you give Calhoun a 2 year contract, if he is only $2? The other option would be to contract Owings for 2 years @ $0. Also, which is the more valuable contract….to lock up Stanton for 4 years @ $29 or A. Bradley for 4 years @ $1? I plan on giving one a 3 year and the other a 4 year..currently the 4 year is on Stanton.

    • The Guru

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      Interesting. I’d sign Calhoun and Stanton is a must. The better value could be Bradley, but I’m not sold yet. I’m sold on Stanton.

  24. Travis says:
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    Great and wise Guru,

    I picked up Dee Gordon as a backup for Reyes, given his history. I also have Ellsbury, so a backup OF would be nice and someone in my league dropped Aoki. Who in my team is droppable for Aoki? I’m thinking maybe Kluber or one of my other starters–but with so many risky pitchers (Ryu, Moore, Dickey, etc)… Thoughts? Lineup below. Thanks!

    C-Lucroy
    1b- Goldy
    2b – Carpenter
    3b – Wright
    SS – Reyes
    OF – Ellsbury
    OF – Myers
    OF – Trumbo
    Util – Brown
    Util – Seager
    Bn – Dee Gordon
    DL – Kemp
    NA – Taveras

    SP: Verlander, Moore, Ryu, Dickey, Kluber, Porcello, Pineda
    RP: Perkins, Reed, Pablebon, Cishek, Axford, Farquhar

    • The Guru

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      Hey, Travis. Thanks for the read today. Prob drop Farquhar for Aoki. Good luck this season.

      • Travis says:
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        @The Guru: Yup, love your posts. Wish I’d read it before drafting Brown. Sorry, forgot to mention its saves + holds, so Farquhar is my only holds guy… Other suggestion? :(

        • The Guru

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          Thanks, Travis. Gordon would be the drop then. Cross your fingers Reyes stays healthy.

          • Travis says:
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            @The Guru: except Reyes is already having hammy issues, as is ellsbury, so dee gets me steals too. I took your original advice on Farq and am just going to punt holds–it’s h2h and most other teams in our league did too. Worst case, all but 2-3 setup guys are still out there for later if I need. Thanks!

            • The Guru

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              Cool, good luck.

  25. JFK says:
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    Considering an offer for my DomBrown/Werth for his JUp/Brad Miller; I’m not super-high on JUp, but really like Miller’s upside. Here’s my current lineup:

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Crush Davis
    2B – Matt Carpenter
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Bogaerts
    OF – Adam Jones/CarGomez/DomBrown
    Util – Werth
    Bench – Machado/Castellanos/Villar

    My thinking is to slot Miller at 2B and move Carpenter to 3B until Machado gets healthy, then keep Miller as an insurance policy in case Bogaerts struggles.
    Seeing that you’re not high on DomBrown, do you like this trade for me?

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      I like that trade. Don’t hate on Upton too much, he’s a top 25 player.

      • JFK says:
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        @The Guru: Haha, I hope he convinces me accordingly if I land him.

  26. Flip flip flip a delphia says:
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    Hey would you roll with one Short stop or two? My league only starts one Ss, but we do have an Infielder slot & utility. But at IF I’ll prob be going with Eric Hosmer or Salvador perez. My SS’s are Alexi Ramirez & Andrelton Simmons, my utility as of now (it can change week to week) is Martin Prado. If I were to drop one of the SS’s what position would you target to strengthen ? Here’s my roster

    Catcher- Carlos Santana (love how I can put him at C, DH, and 1B)

    1b- Paul goldschmindt

    2b- Dustin pedroia

    3b- David wright

    Ss – see above about SS

    Infider- Eric Hosmer

    OF- Bryce Harper

    OF- Matt Holliday

    OF- hunter pence

    OF- Shane Victorino

    DH- Adam Dunn

    Utility- Martin prado

    Bench: Simmons or A. Ramirez, Christian Yelich, Salvador Perez

    Pitching:

    SP: Strasberg

    SP: Madison Bumgarner

    SP: tanaka

    (We start three starting pitchers)

    RP: Papelbon

    RP: Arthur Rhodes

    Bench: getritt cole, zach wheeler.

    I plan on dropping Rhodes, he was the last pick of the draft, but I’ll play the matchups & pick up pitchers who are SP/RP , for example just checked available pitchers here are the ones that are SP/RP eligible : Alex wood, hector Santiago, David phelps, tom gorzelanny, Carlos Villanueva , Jerome Williams , etc etc

    It seems this season there aren’t as many pitchers who are SP/RP

    — players who are available for the offense side:

    Torii hunter, BJ upton, asdrubal Cabrera , leonys martin, Adam eaton, Michael Brantley, kole calhoun, Andre eithier, Jackie Bradley jr, Grady Sizemore, Josh reddick.

    I know Dunn is going to be very inconsistent ; had him last season . That being said would you keep or drop him? If I did drop Dunn I could move Santana to DH then Perez to Catcher , some DH’s available are:

    Matt Joyce, Josh willingham, Paul konerko, are a few DH’s available

    • The Guru

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      Thank for writing in, Philly. Keep Simmons, dump Dunn and I’d pick up Martin. That should give you some SAGNOF! and keep your flexibility with the two catchers and Prado. Might look to trade Perez and see if you’re able to score something good.

      • Flip flip flip a delphia says:
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        @The Guru:

        Thanks for the advice guru, you helped me a lot last season.
        I was actually thinking of trading Perez down the road, but looking at my roster, which position should I target to get for Perez ? Who would you try to get in return by trading Perez?

        I could always put up a thread in the league & see if anyone needs pitching

        Since I have Strasberg , Bumgarner , tanaka, Gerrit cole & zach wheeler – would you try to trade tanaka ? If you recommend it, who should I look to see in return, what kind of player or players?

        Thanks again!!

        • The Guru

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          You might get some pinstriped pajama wearer to trade you Segura for Tanaka or Ian Desmond. Might try that. Not sure how competitive your league is. For Perez you might get someone like Cuddyer or Gyorko. I think you need a little more power, that’s what I’d target – a 20+ homer guy.

  27. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Assuming they both get the gig, Owings or Schoop?

    Are they both getting said gig?

    • The Guru

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      Owings got the start in the opener in Australia, but nothings is set there and Gibson will prob rotate Gregorious with him in the early going until someone takes the job. Schoop looks to be winning the job at second, but again, nothing set. If I had to choose I’d go Schoop.

  28. Inner Ninja says:
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    So how am I looking? 14 team h2h. (and no i did not pick the cats want to shoot the commish over the e’s redundancy of avg and obp and the random cycle and no hitter cats.)

    cats r/hr/rbi/tb/e/avg/obp/nsb/cycle
    c santana
    1b prince
    2b rendon
    ss desmond
    3b arenado/castellanos
    0f trout
    braun
    choo
    myers
    bench
    uggla
    baez
    jennings
    matta adams

    w/hld/era/whip/k9/nohitter/qs/nsv
    sp
    cole
    wacha
    teheran
    cashner
    archer
    ross
    ventura
    lincecum
    RP
    kimbrel
    cisheck

    thanks and hopefully you guys are really having as much fun doing this kind of stuff as you sound. =)

    • Inner Ninja says:
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      @Inner Ninja: and yes i am punting on holds

      • The Guru

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        Hey, Ninja. Thanks for Razzballin’. For a 14-teamer you have a solid team. A lot will depend on how well Arenado and Rendon do. You’ll probably be looking for SAGNOF! but everyone always is. Good luck.

        • Inner ninja says:
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          @The Guru: thanks buddy do you think that the Rey of the lineup will not more than cover up those two? Also do you think I went to heavy on the up and comers instead of more established pitchers?

          • The Guru

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            The young arms are good. Archer I’m not so sure. It’ll be interesting to see. On paper it looks good.

  29. Jake says:
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    Hey guru, could you give me feedback on my scoring settings?

    Batting: single (1 pt), double (2 pts), triple ( 3 pts), home run (5 pts), stolen bases (1 point),
    runs batted in (1 pt), runs scored (1 pt) , total bases (1 pt), hit for the cycle (11 points)

    Pitching: outs recorded (1 point per out= 3 points for an inning), wins ( 5 points), loses (-5 points),
    strikeouts (1 point), earned runs (-2 points), walks issued (-1 points), complete game (9 points), no hitter (10 points)

    • The Guru

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      How many points if someone hits Mr. Mets head out of the park? You’re the commish so it’s up to you how you score it. In the points leagues I’ve been in the scoring is this:

      For batters: Total Base = 1 point; R = 1 pt; RBI = 1 pt; BB = 1 pt; K= -1 pt; SB = 2 pts; CS = -1 pt

      For pitchers: Win = 5 pts; L = -5 pts; SV = 5 pts; Out = 1 pt; ER = -2 pts; H = -1 pt; BB = -1 pt; K = 1 pt

      • Jake says:
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        @The Guru:

        Lol, that would be a nice category to hit mr met, maybe 15 points if he falls down? Lol
        I see you don’t count home runs for a batting category? Have you seen people use the HR category before & how Many points usually? I could just set a #, I’ve asked my league mates but they no input .
        I was thinking maybe not using no hitter stat, it doesn’t happen often enough

        • The Guru

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          I’ve seen leagues give 1 point for a single, 2 for a double, 3 for a triple, 4 for a homer and I’ve seen leagues with bonus categories like no-hitters, hitting for the cycle, etc. In custom leagues like that it’s really up to the owner.

  30. Dan C. says:
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    Had a last minute draft, never did any mock drafts with the 12th pick. Standard 12 team h2h 5×5, how did I do?

    C J Castro
    1B P Fielder
    2B A Hill
    3B N Arenado
    SS J Segura
    OF A Jones
    OF W Myers
    OF A Gordon
    UTIL A Pujols
    UTIL N Aoki
    BN D Gordon
    BN D Freese
    BN C Carter

    SP A Cobb, J Teheran, F Liriano, S Gray, R Porcello, C Kluber
    RP G Holland, G Balfour, J Soria, L Hawkins

    • The Guru

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      That looks like a Razzball team for sure. If Pujols and Arenado have the kind of year we think they will you’re in great shape. I might drop Freese or Carter for a spot to stream a starter.

  31. Alex says:
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    I got one spot left in deep dynasty, my OF is willingham, nava, cargo, bruce, pence, melky. 5×5 we play 5OF

    Do I draft McLouth, Jay or Lough

    Thanks

  32. Therm says:
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    Hi– NL-only 5×5 roto, looking at post-draft waiver wire options. What’s the top three most value adds from this list (acknowledging that it’s a position mix):
    Brandon Kintzler
    Nick Vincent
    Burch Smith
    Carter Capps
    Robbie Erlin
    Matt Wisler
    Jake Arrieta
    Cameron Maybin
    Travis Snider
    Travis Ishikawa
    Lyle Overbay

    Thanks so much!

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