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Most exciting thing to happen at spring training thus far.

Can the season start already? Spring training has all the excitement of watching The Bachelor finale through the holes in a cracker. Basically, your humble-but-nonetheless-superstitious Guru spends spring training lighting candles, arranging antlers True Detective-style and just praying guys I’ve already drafted don’t strain a bursa sac or meet the Yellow King mowing the outfield. With only a handful of RCL drafts completed – including the writers league – the fun is just getting started. Let’s fire up the jammer crammer machine ©, get to the hot corner and take a look at third baseman ranked outside ESPN’s top 100 players. The third base position is a whole lot of Pam Anderson kind of top heavy with the flat girls and their nice personalities stuck in the middle and the cross dressers in the back – sounds like the worst New Orleans strip club ever. If you miss out on the stacked guys like Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria or Adrian Beltre don’t panic, just make sure you’re stuffing dollar bills into the g-strings of David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman and or Josh Donaldson’s. Now if you pass on one of those guys too it might be time to take up morning drinking and fantasy NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Jr. goes left really well – that’s it for my racing analysis. There’s only six third baseman in the top 100 and the guys that immediate follow test the gag reflex in a way that is not at all exciting – Aramis Ramirez *hiccup*, Pedro Alvarez *burp* and Brett Lawrie *gets bucket*. I’m passing on those guys and waiting a little longer like it’s almost last call in the Razzball Lounge – we’re holding out for something better. I’ll risk a late CI pick on a young skank like Todd Frazier that tries hard before I wake up next to the eager lady that looks like Mike Moustakas who rolls over in the morning to say, “Let’s play jam it or cram it.”

 

Jam or Cram: Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

2013 Stats: 88 R, 14 HR, 71 RBI, 6 SB, .283 AV.

2014 ESPN Ranking: #111

2014 $$$ Value: $9

The Gist: The big question with the Macho Man is have you seen those ears how many plate appearances will the kid get? According to my Magic 8-Ball, *shakes* all signs point to the Machado being ready by mid-April. Machado is young – just 21 – but is no Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. While he was second in the league in doubles with 51, the power has not yet arrived – his 14 homers were 11th among third baseman.

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 77 R, 15 HR, 64 RBI, 7 SB, .272 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: I like Machado on my real team, not so much my fantasy team. Sorry, Buck Showalter, don’t punch me in the face. Usually 51 doubles is a sure sign of power and future projections on home runs. Not so quick there, Statty McStats. I got numbers too. Machado’s ISO of .148 is only meh and his batted ball distance of 278 feet wasn’t even top 150 in baseball. Those numbers don’t translate to 20 homers this year, especially coming off knee surgery. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Manny hater, I like like him and would pass him a note in the gym class of my dynasty league, but this year it’s a CRAM.

 


Jam or Cram: 
Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks

2013 Stats: 70 R, 14 HR, 82 RBI, 3 SB, .282 AV.

2014 ESPN Ranking: #112

2014 $$$ Value: $11

The Gist: Prado got off to a slow start in Arizona, but turned it on in the second half last year. Post All-Star break he slashed .324/.374/.490 with six homers, 23 doubles and 48 RBI. Hitting in front of Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo this season, Prado could score 90 runs. Then again, if I were to hit in front of Goldy I could score 90 runs and I last ran in 2003. Thanks, Rascal Scooter.

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 80 R, 12 HR, 71 RBI, 6 SB, .289 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: Marteeeen delivers solid stats, a low K rate, multi-positional eligibility and an ADP around the ninth round. He’s also a great play in H2H and points leagues. Woo woo! Someone mentioned points leagues! Not excited? Sorry, Prado has all the excitement of an old Jay Leno monologue, yet I love him the way Jimmy Fallon loves, well, everything. JAM


Jam or Cram: 
Chase Headley, San Diego Padres:  

2013 Stats: 59 R, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 8 SB, .250 AV.

2014 ESPN Rankings: #125

2014 $$$ Value: $10

The Gist: A couple years ago, Headley hit 30 bombs. However, the Razzball Empire fired warning shots last season not to believe in those 30 home runs – fools gold we said. Headley hit 13 last year. Hooray we said, our predictions for failure were correct. Let’s leave Josh Rutledge out of this. Jerks.

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 73 R, 17 HR, 76 RBI, 11 SB, .266 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: Note: Please heed the warning signs ahead. Headley has been limping around spring training with a strained calf and had knee surgery back in October. *Warning lights* His HR/FB rate also fell from 21.4% to about 11% last year. *Warning sirens* His batting average and BABIP were both career lows. Thanks for the warnings. Will Headley be motivated in a contract year to reach 30 home runs again or will those long balls just get swallowed up in Petco? And that’s what she said. Know what else she said sounding like Scarlet Johansson? CRAM


Jam or Cram: 
Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox

2013 Stats: 41 R, 17 HR, 49 RBI, 3 SB, .227 AV.

2014 ESPN Ranking: #150

2014 $$$ Value: $7

The Gist: All the shine and new car smell has worn off on Middlebrooks after a terrible 2013 season that saw him hit .227, get sent off to Pawtucket, lose his job during the World Series to Xander Bogaerts and end up gossip page fodder in the Beantown papers for his “batsmanship” with Sox sideline sex kitten Jenny Dell. Not familiar with Jenny’s talents? Here ya go. You’re welcome. All Jenny fantasies aside, Middlebrooks’ fantasy value is falling fast. His K rate was over 25%, his walk rate was about 5%, the ISO was under .200 and in 615 career at-bats Middlebrooks has 32 homers and 33 walks.  Know who this sounds like? Ike Davis. That’ll deflate your Jenny inspired chub.

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 62 R, 23 HR, 70 RBI, 5 SB, .255 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: Could the Sox be ready to deal Diddlebrooks? They already “reassigned” his gal pal, have Garin Cecchini warming in the minors and the Will for Giancarlo Stanton rumors have been rumbling around the Fens. As a Sawx fan, I say make it happen now. The Sox would have Giancarlo and the world would get Jenny Dell bikini pics year round. That’s a win-win. Sorry about my real world baseball fantasy. Now back to the fantasy baseball blurb – CRAM.

 

Jam or Cram: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

2013 Stats: 49 R, 10 HR, 52 RBI, 2 SB, .267 AV.

2014 ESPN Ranking: #223

2014 $$$ Value: $2

The Gist: Every season certain players get the man crush treatment – this year it’s the Mile High man Nolan Arenado. Grey wrote a sleeper post on him back in December and read it to a group of confused school children expecting “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” What’s not to like kids, Arenado is a young (22), low strikeout (14%), high contact hitter (82%) with some pop (had 20 homers at High A Modesto in 2011) that plays at Coors (5,280 feet above sea level).

Dirty Turban 2014 Projection: 68 R, 17 HR, 77 RBI, 3 SB, .280 AV.

Jam it or Cram it: Arenado might be a gift better left to unwrapping next season, but with his current ADP being around the 18th round and the possibility of getting 70ish runs, 20ish homers and a .300ish average makes me want to play with him now. Worst case? Go all Platoony Tunes and start him at Coors against lefties. Bestest case? He’s turns into Evan Longoria. JAM

**BONUS TRACKS**

Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants: Juan Pablo was disappointing his dates last year with just 14 homers, an inability to stay on the field (over 100 games missed last three years) and an ability to swing at every pitch he sees. Despite the Jenny Craig diet, I don’t see any future for us Pablo. No rose for you. CRAM

Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners: I’ve seen him ranked as high as 78, as low as 140. That’s too low for a guy that’ll give you 20+ homers, 80+ runs and 70+ RBI. Seager fans, take those old records off the shelf and JAM.

Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals: Moose has been bashing this spring with three homers in nine games and a .455 average. Know who hit .455 for KC last spring? David Lough. CRAM

Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox: Bogaerts has 3B eligibility too? What can he not do? I wrote my X-Man fantasy last week. Next week I write Xander fan fiction. JAM

Cody Ashe, Philadelphia Phillies: Hit .295 with 15 homers and 68 RBI in 400 AB’s last year for that Lehigh Valley team that has bacon on their uniforms. Mmmm…bacon. Razzballin’ Ashe believers please raise your hands. OK, we have Grey, J-Foh, one girl reader and your humble Guru. Sky, that’s not your hand. JAM


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  1. Zar says:
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    Hey guru, with Corbin having “damage to his ulnar collateral ligament” I need a replacement SP. I could take Archie Bradley and hope he gets the job. Drew Hutchinson is also available. I could also pick up Straily, Pineda, or De La Rosa. Or Carlos Martinez. Any tips?

    • The Guru

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      Ouch. The Corbin thing hurts. Porcello or Josh Johnson available? Also I like what I’m seeing from Yordano Ventura. Its only spring training, but why not take a flier.

  2. al koholic says:
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    nice article bro,thanks for the work,i am rolling with Pablo in a few leagues this year ,i hate contract players but he seems to be one

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Al. I hear you. The drop in weight and playing for $$$ could lead to good things, but my gut says no. The lack of right-side power hurts his value.

  3. al koholic says:
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    yeah whats your thoughts on Carlos Martinez,any numbers to throw at us?thanks

    • The Guru

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      I’d love to see him get a shot at that 5th starter spot, but with Motte out he’ll probably be in the ‘pen. He’ll get some starts later this year for sure and has looked good this spring for whatever that’s worth.

  4. Zar says:
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    @The Guru: I already drafted Josh Jonshon. And I already pick up Ventura and dropped Tim Hudson. Porcello is gone. :( I got corbin at pick 195 so not too bad.

    • The Guru

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      Carlos Martinez or Tyler Skaggs are worth a flier.

      • Zar says:
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        @The Guru: Skaggs or martinez over the others? Ok, I’m gonna go grab martinez in case he makes the team as a starter, but may have to drop him. Thanks :D

        • The Guru

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          Yeah, with it likely being a spot you’re going to stream anyway it’s a good place to take a chance.

        • Zar says:
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          @Zar: Also, I liked reading your article. It makes me smile to think that one of my teams has longo, donaldson, and try hard frazier on it. :D

          • The Guru

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            Thanks, Zar. Good luck this year and thanks for Razzballin’. Cheers.

  5. Kid A says:
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    Because I agree with you on Middlebrooks, I am going to repeat most of what you said. Widespread power scarcity gets everyone googly-eyed over anyone that has 20+ HR potential and blind to some red flags:

    26% SO rate.
    -.200 ISO.
    Can’t take a pitch.
    Could kill you in average.
    Hitting 9th behind Grady F-ing Sizemore.
    Might be in Pawtuckett again by June. (Hell, even Steamer has him projected for only 113 games).

    The risk/reward evaporates when you look at the aggregate ADP of:

    Xander (177)
    MIDDLEBROOKS (179)!
    Arenado (202)
    Frazier (237)
    Moosetacos (260)
    Cody Asche (416)

    Not on my team. No thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Hey, Kid. Thanks for the read. Hearing lots of love for Diddlebrooks, just don’t see it at his ADP. I suppose my dislike for him is biased because I’m a Sox fan and a Jenny Dell stalker. Glad to hear someone agree on my take.

      • Kid A says:
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        @The Guru:

        Well i hate the sox. Dell has that wonky dead-eye psycho stare (what’s up with that right eye?):

        http://cdn1.bostonmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/9053724481_05b60a8729_o.jpg

        and those laugh lines are starting to give her the look of something Tehol might find wandering the Castro on a Tuesday midnight, when he is playing his weekly game of “Sausage Roulette”.

        Machado is also radioactive for me this season. Knee issues already, and looking to start the season on the DL. It’s just “scar tissue” …sure…

        Good articles, Goo. I enjoy them.

        • The Guru

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          Ha! You’re right! How soon before she boils Wills bunny?

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @The Guru: my eye does that too. at least the color is nice.

        • Prez!! says:
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          @Kid A: seriously…. That eye doee….

  6. joeg414 says:
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    I got Logo at 3b , with Moustakas at utl. Asche is still a FA, could pick him up as insurance, maybe cut Ike Davis or Shawn Kelley? Whata think?

    • The Guru

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      Get rid of Ike and Kelley. I think Ashe is going to surprise people this year.

  7. joeg414 says:
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    Thanks, off the topic, but i see M.Choice hitting everything this spring. Maybe a good backup OF/UTL in a deep mixed daily league?

    • The Guru

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      Spring means nothing. He needs an injury to someone to get any meaningful amount of AB’s. Like him in dynasty leagues, though.

  8. Kid A says:
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    Since this is a post about corners, I will now ask MI questions:

    If(when) machado starts the season on the DL, are we seeing Flaherty at 3rd and Schoop at 2nd? If so, how much short-term value does Schoop have, and do you see a likelihood that he takes the job permanently?

    What slash would you give Ownings in Zona, now that he beat DiDi for the job? How does he rate out for you? Shallow league grab or just CWM?

    I got questions!

    • The Guru

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      I’d like to see Shoop get a a crack at it. Weeks and Gonzalez could make the team. Not sure how it shakes out yet.

      Owings could get 44/7/35/.255/9. He’s had a good spring though.

  9. Greyismyhero says:
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    Nice read, quick question for you but not about 3rd base, I hope that’s ok? A. Guerrero or J. Schoop at 2nd? I’m in a pretty deep league and missed out on Gyroko/Miller and others at 2nd, Now I’m hurting….Schoop is on waivers but I drafted Guerrero. Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Not sure Shoop has a spot yet. Stick with Guerrero for now. What else is available?

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @The Guru:

        K. Johnson, Rutledge, Ackley, Infante, Lemahieu, Wong, Beckham, Mercer

        Any thing stick out out you here? Thanks

        • Greyismyhero says:
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          @Greyismyhero: n Scooter..

          • The Guru

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            I like Scooter from that bunch.

          • Dead Head says:
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            @Greyismyhero: Wong is good for a couple HRs and a couple SB so he could be a grab as well! And he’s got some upside!

            • The Guru

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              Yes, Wong and Scooter pretty much the same.

              • Prez!! says:
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                @The Guru: my wong is like a scooter too… All that fierce pushing to go nowhere fast…

                • The Guru

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                  But you look so cool doing it.

        • btd says:
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          @Greyismyhero: What about Dee Gordon? I get that it’s spring, but he’s definitely out played Guerrero. And is showing his speed (9 SB). Of that group Wong or Ackley would get my vote.

          • The Guru

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            Can we put them all together and create some sort of Frankenstein fantasy player? Has Rudy developed that Razzball technology yet?

  10. B.J. says:
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    I drew the 6 pick in my 12 Team H2H league and I felt pretty good going into the draft. Overall I think it’s a solid squad. Just gotta hope that my guys can stay healthy. Didn’t mean to take 5 Nationals but I think I turned out OK.

    My team is: (#) means round I took player in

    C- W. Ramos (17) 1B- Fielder (2) 2B- Utley (14) 3B- Zimmerman (5) SS- J. Reyes (4)
    OF- Harper (1), Puig (3), D. Brown (11) UTIL- Rizzo (9)

    SP- Gio (6), A. Cobb (7) RP- Nathan (10), J. Henderson (15)
    P- Latos (8), Fister (12), S. Gray (13)

    Bench- E. Santana (16), Lincecum (18), BJ Upton (19), C. Kluber (20), A. Wood (21), J. Lackey (22)

    What do you guys think?

  11. The Guru

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    That’s a lot from one team. I usually try to avoid that. Pitching looks good. Lineup questions about health and you’ll be looking for SAGNOF for sure. Solid club if all goes well.

  12. J-FOH says:
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    I see why you didn’t comment on my middlebrooks sleeper post. I DEMAND SATISFACTION!

    seriously though you draft him in the “these guys probably won’t be on my team in july” rounds and I like that. batting ninth in the AL is not a bad place to be.

    • The Guru

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      Yeah, that late why not take a flier I suppose. I just don’t want to count on him as my starter. Still love ya though.

    • Kid A says:
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      @J-FOH:

      You sell Middlebrooks as a 3b in your article, not a CI or UT. While there are no guarantees in this silly little game we play, third base needs to be locked down in the draft not gummed up with a question mark guy. To draft for that position with the idea that the player won’t be on your team in July, is a recipe for disaster.

      Then again, neither of us drafted Middlebrooks in the FCL. We let MauledByPandas do it. Sucker.

      • The Guru

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        True that.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kid A: I voluntered after Grey wish he had written a post on him. I’m a damn good intern *text comes in* I better hurry up I need to go walk his dog and I got muffins in the oven for him. In all honesty 3rd base is a deep position swirled in more uncertainty than Tehol’s orientation. After Miggy I look at everyone with suspect eyes, they are either getting old, have injury history, are not a good value, low ceilings, strikeout too much, or need to make a leap that is uncertain. In formats that have CI, I keep going big on that position to offset all the turd potential at 3rd. ie, I take two 1st basemen in the first 4-5 rounds if I can. I hella heart them!

        It’s not that I don’t plan on them not being on my team in July, it’s the risk rounds that don’t marry me to them if someone else pops up or I grow tired of them not producing. That’s why I think you insure the Middlebrooks, Fraziers and Mostsuckasses of the world so you got it covered.

        • The Guru

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          Mmmm…muffins.

        • IHellaHeartJFOH says:
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          @J-FOH:

          Hi JFOH!

          Totally see eye 2 eye (AYE matey! *spoken like a pirate!*) on this! I’m thinking of going for the State Farm Insurance special and drafting all the guys you listed so I’ve got all my bases covered (pun intended). Moustakas, Frazier, and Middlebrooks – Come on Down! You’re the next contestants on My Fantasy Baseball Team is (Al)Right!

          BTW- good job on the quadruple negative in paragraph 2! Had to use my noodle on that one!

          Happy March 16th (only 14 days until April – WOOT!)

          • The Guru

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            The J-Foh fan club meets every third Thursday at the Manhole. Please bring your dollar bills.

          • Prez!! says:
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            @IHellaHeartJFOH: geezus… I cant take this all season… Too… Many… Hahas….

            • The Guru

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              *giggle*

  13. Ty says:
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    Solid… Going to be another good year with the J & C column

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for Razzballin’, Ty. Lots of good stuff coming soon from the site.

      • Ty says:
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        @The Guru:

        How’d I do…

        Lucroy
        Goldy
        Prado
        Gyorko
        Desmond
        A. Jones
        Choo
        Calhoun

        Bnch
        Revere
        Eaton
        Arenado
        Miller
        Lowrie

        Straus
        Zimmerman
        Ryu
        CJ Wilson
        Gray
        Masterson
        Porcello
        Chapman
        Frieri
        Way to much to type on a cell phone..lol

        • The Guru

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          Sure looks like a Razzball team! Good work. You have plenty of arms for sure and you’ll be looking for saves SAGNOF! Have you plugged your roster into the War Room tool? Give it a try and you can see where you may fall short.

          • Ty says:
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            @The Guru:
            Oh! I didn’t know about said tool.. I’m off to try.. Thanks G

  14. Hoog says:
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    Hey Guru, need help picking my keepers. It’s an auction league w/ a $260 budget. I have 5 spots with Harper ($1), Puig ($0), and Jose Fernandez ($0) set. Need help with the other two spots: 1 hitter and 1 pitcher. Pitcher Options are Scherzer @ $9, Cobb @ $0, Shelby Miller @ $0. Hitter options are Carpenter @ $0, Cespedes @ $3, and Desmond @ $12.

    I’m thinking Scherzer or Cobb at SP and Desmond as the hitter. What do you think?

    • The Guru

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      Cobb and Desmond works for me. Good luck.

  15. Longbeachyo says:
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    What does the magic 8 ball say about me trading Cano for Jose abreu & Gyorko? Am I crazy?

    • The Guru

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      *shakes 8-Ball* Hold steady and lay off the cheap vodka.

  16. Sky

    Sky says:
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    What can I say

    • The Guru

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      GIFalicious.

  17. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    New RCL drafting at 6 pm eastern next Sunday.

  18. Wake Up says:
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    Very funny…and you only got one wrong…well done!

    I guess you’re right…I do kinda look like Moose…

    • The Guru

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      You’re one handsome lady!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @The Guru: That’s the nicest thing no one’s every said to me!

  19. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Brantley or Dom Brown for a late round flyer in a 10 team keeper league?

    • The Guru

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      Like both players, but going with Brown.

  20. Jeff Sullivan says:
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    Rollins,Moustakas,Teixiera, Howard, Swisher, Avisail……Drop one. Which one?

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Swisher or Howard.

  21. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Guru, Can you rate my draft in our now 12th year? 10 Team 5×5 that uses OBP and QS. I took 1 more bench player than I usually like but couldn’t pass up on their value and upside. K= my keepers. This is league the Sagnof hence the closers being a bit high. When I drafted Cishek, there were 10 of the 30 closers left.

    2 Cups 1 Braun
    1. K (5) Adrián Béltre ? (Tex – 3B)
    2. K (16) Yu Darvish ? (Tex – SP)
    3. (25) Mark Trumbo (Ari – 1B,OF)
    4. (36) Alex Gordon (KC – OF)
    5. (45) Doug Fister (Was – SP)
    6. (56) Michael Cuddyer (Col – 1B,OF)
    7. K (65) Max Scherzer ? (Det – SP)
    8. (76) Steve Cishek (Mia – RP)
    9. (85) Bobby Parnell (NYM – RP)
    10. (105) Domonic Brown (Phi – OF)
    11. (116) Joakim Soria (Tex – RP)
    12. (125) Erasmo Ramírez (Sea – SP)
    13. (136) Dillon Gee (NYM – SP)
    14. (145) Rex Brothers (Col – RP)
    15. (156) Wilson Ramos (Was – C)
    16. K (165) Brandon Phillips ? (Cin – 2B)
    17. (176) Wily Peralta (Mil – SP)
    18. (185) Jeremy Hellickson (TB – SP)
    19. K (196) Jedd Gyorko ? (SD – 2B,3B)
    20. K (205) José Bautista ? (Tor – OF)
    21. K (216) Anthony Rizzo ? (ChC – 1B)
    22. K (225) Ian Desmond ? (Was – SS)
    23. K (231) Francisco Liriano ? (Pit – SP)
    24. (236) Brad Miller (Sea – 2B,SS)

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: Should also add, this is the 12th year of the keeper league where we can keep 8+ guys depending on your minor farm. I kept 8 plus Jedd because he was on my minors. Guys like Trout, Braun and Harper are all late round keepers.

    • The Guru

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      12 years?! That’s awesome. Good team, but like the rest of us you’ll be looking for SAGNOF on the wire.

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @The Guru: Has never failed me in the past….Kimbrel in the 2nd and all top 12 closers gone by the 5th…Ill pass.

        • The Guru

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          I’m with you. Who would have though Koji would have turned into Koji before last years draft. Can always wait for the SAGNOF!

  22. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Loving that GIF at the beginning. Not sure if he was more scared of his kid getting hurt or his wife yelling at him. Probably the wife.

    Unfortunately in my RCL league I have Moustakas and Middlebrooks as my tag team 3B. Luckily my C I spot is neither of them (for now).

    Way to ruin my Sunday bro…but that GIF makes it better every time I watch it.

  23. stonepie says:
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    draft was today in my 5×5, 10 team h2h league. i kept cano and miggy going in and this is the team i ended up with

    c: lucroy
    1st: fielder
    2nd: cano
    ss: segura
    3rd: miggy
    OF: choo
    OF: rios
    OF: jennings
    OF: aoki
    UTIL: hosmer
    UTIL: rizzo
    BN: moss
    NA: baez

    SP: sale
    SP: cobb
    SP: minor
    RP: jensen
    RP: robertson
    P: Shark
    P: Dickey
    P: Kluber
    BN: Kennedy, j johnson, estrada, porcello

    • The Guru

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      Good team. Play in a deeper league for a bigger challenge.

  24. Mark says:
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    Just finished our keeper league draft and was immediately offered the following trade:

    His Jose Bautista (4th round keeper) and Darren O’Day for my Carlos Beltran (1st round, can’t be kept) and Glen Perkins.

    We count holds, so O’Day has some value, and I have two other closers (Frieri and Romo). I could keep Bautista next year in the 2nd round. This sounds like a good deal, am I crazy?

    • The Guru

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      I’d do that deal.

  25. joeg414 says:
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    Please rate my team:
    13 Team Deep mixed daily 6×6 roto

    C Devin Mesoraco, Cin C Draft
    1B Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B Draft
    2B Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B Draft
    3B Evan Longoria, TB 3B Draft
    SS Andrelton Simmons, Atl SS Draft
    2B/SS Anthony Rendon, Wsh 2B Draft
    1B/3B Matt Adams, StL 1B Draft
    OF Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF Draft
    OF Jay Bruce, Cin OF Draft
    OF Avisail Garcia, CWS OF Draft
    OF Andre Ethier, LAD OF Draft
    UTIL Mike Moustakas, KC 3B Draft
    UTIL Kolten Wong, StL 2B Draft
    P Hector Santiago, LAA SP, RP Draft
    P James Paxton, Sea SP Draft
    SP Adam Wainwright, StL SP Draft
    SP James Shields, KC SP Draft
    SP Jordan Zimmermann, Wsh SP Draft
    SP Sonny Gray, Oak SP Draft
    RP Jim Henderson, Mil RP Draft
    RP John Axford, Cle RP Draft
    RP Tommy Hunter, Bal RP Draft
    Bench Michael Brantley, Cle OF Draft
    Bench Daniel Nava, Bos OF Draft
    Bench Michael Pineda, NYY SP Draft
    Bench Oswaldo Arcia, Min OF Draft
    Bench Erasmo Ramirez, Sea SP Draft
    Bench Shawn Kelley, NYY RP Draft
    Bench Ike Davis, NYM 1B DTD Draft

    I know i’m light on steals and With your advice i will attempt to cut Kelly(we dont have holds) for Ashe as a extra bench bat.

    • The Guru

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      Yes, you’ll be looking for SAGNOF. Not so sure about Either, but you have Arcia. Interested to see how it will shake out for you. Good luck.

  26. Yescheese says:
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    Our boy Asche is really struggling this spring. But another basement option appears viable: your thoughts on Marcus Semien?

    • The Guru

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      Semien needs no more seasoning as they say. Has about 30 games at AAA last year. Could be a future 20/20 guy., but not this year. Asche will get his chance.

  27. Mike says:
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    Hey guru, I just had my draft tonight- could you rate my team/ give me insight?
    It’s a 8 team H2H scoring with ESPN

    Catcher: Carlos Santana

    1st baseman: Paul Goldschmindt

    2nd baseman: Dustin Pedroia

    3rd baseman: David wright

    Short stop: Alexi Ramirez

    Infielder: Eric Hosmer

    Outfielder: Bryce Harper

    Outfielder: Matt Holliday

    Outfielder: Hunter Pence

    Outfielder: Shane Victorino

    DH: Adam Dunn

    Utility: Martin Prado

    Bench: Andrelton Simmons, Christian Yelich, Salvador Perez.

    —-

    Starting Pitcher: Stephen Strasburg

    Starting Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner

    Starting Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka

    Relief Pitcher: Jonathan Papelbon

    Relief Pitcher: Arthur Rhodes

    Pitcher bench: Zach Wheeler, Gerrit Cole

    • The Guru

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      8 teams and you own Arthur Rhodes? Adam Dunn? You’ll be dropping those guys. I might try to trade one of those catchers. You don’t need two.

      • Mike says:
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        @The Guru: @The Guru:

        When I drafted Rhodes & Dunn it was extremely late in the draft(draft was almost over), my intentions wasn’t to hold onto them very long just to finish the draft.

        To your next point on trying to trade one of the catcher; either Santana or Perez, looking at my roster which kind of player would you trade either of them for? I’d prefer to keep Santana because I could play him more than just a catcher , would you drop Yelich or Shane Victorino?

        How about Gerrit cole or zach wheeler, keep them both?

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          @Mike: ** what kind of player could you get for Santana or Perez?

        • The Guru

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          I’d keep them (without knowing what’s on your on your waiver.)

          You could get more for Santana obviously. Maybe put the word out there that Perez is available, see what offers you get.

          • Mike says:
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            @The Guru:

            To keep Victorino & Yelich here are available OF’ers:
            Torii Hunter, Michael Bourn, Josh reddick, Angel Pagan, Carlos Quentin, Michael Brantley,Daniel nava, Ben revere , nick castellanos, Grady Sizemore , kole Calhoun , raji Davis

            Other available players: for pitching:
            Alex wood, Ervin Santana, Dillion gee, michael Pineada, Francisco Liriano, CJ Wilson, Matt garza, jake peavy, justin masterson to name a few starting pitchers

            Available Relief pitchers: hector Santiago (SP/RP), Bruce Chen (SP/RP), Tyson Ross (SP/RP) , tanner Roark(SP/RP), joe Kelly (SP/RP), Brandon Workman, Fernando Rodney, Huston Street, Cody Allen, LaTroy Hawkins, Rex Brothers, Heath bell; I’d be dropping Arthur Rhodes.

            I was just looking at the settings & for the batters, each strikeout is -1 point,
            But there weren’t any points for home runs, triples, doubles or singles.

            How many points would you designate for a home run, triple, double or single?

            The only batting categories are : total bases (1 point), walks (1 point), runs scored (1 point), runs batted in (1 point), stolen bases (1 point).

            Out of that which categories would you do away with? With Would you add?

            I see a category called game winning RBI ;that seems like a neat category, if I were to add that how many points? This again is H2H like fantasy football, but a league I was in last yr I didn’t remember points added for walks , or strikeout -1,

            On the pitching side; here are the selected categories- IP (1.0 points), earned runs -2 points, wins 5 points, loses -5 points, saves 5 points, strikeouts 1 point, shut outs 0 points for now, how many points would you add to that category?

            Thanks Again!

  28. Simply Fred

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    “It’s OK.” “I really, really like you.” “Will you accept this rose?”

    How did we find the time midst the demanding draft prep time?

    I long for the Juan hole…Miggy!

    • The Guru

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      Thanks for the poem.

  29. jjj says:
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    Heres my team in a 14 team 4X4 league no k’s no runs. War Room says I look good, but do you think I’m relying on too much young(unproven) talent??

    C Miguel Montero
    C Devin Mesoraco
    1B Albert Pujols
    2B Brandon Phillips
    SS Alcides Escobar
    3B Adrian Beltre
    MI Erick Aybar
    CI Eric Hosmer
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Peter Bourjos
    OF Avisail Garcia
    OF Michael Brantley
    UTIL Nolan Arenado
    UTIL Cody Asche

    SP Alex Cobb
    SP Doug Fister
    RP Steve Cishek
    RP Nate Jones
    P Tony Cingrani
    P Jim Henderson
    P Andrew Cashner
    P Alex Wood
    P Rick Porcello
    P Mark Melancon

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      ps we have no bench everybody plays inured players can be temporarily replaced from the wire

      • The Guru

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        Looks good, man. Hopefully the young guys live up to their potential.

  30. The Unchosen says:
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    Looking for a long-shot 3B currently on waivers who could surprise. What’s your feeling on Olt? Cubs getting him plenty of at bats to shake off the rust of a lost season full of eyeball and concussion issues. Was he over-rated in Texas or is there enough there to make it worth snagging him cheap and waiting out another week of spring? If he starts clubbing someone is going to grab him.

    • The Guru

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      Not a lot of confidence in Olt. He seems like one of those four-A type players if you know what I mean. If Cody Ashe is available that’s who I’ll roll the dice on.

  31. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Although I’m sure you loathe posts asking for your opinion on a team’s post-draft roster, I’m going to hope you (and anyone else who cares to chime in) are willing to take a deep breath and indulge me. I’m in a 10-team keeper league (i.e., six total but you must keep at least two hitters and two pitchers) that’s going on our 11th year. I was at the end of our snake draft, but had acquired/given up a couple of different picks heading into it, so here’s how it looks:

    C – Willin Rosario (17th #10)
    1B – Prince Fielder (Keeper)
    2B – Robinson Cano (Keeper)
    3B – Ryan Zimmerman (7th #10)
    SS – Ian Desmond (7th #3)
    2B/SS – Jean Segura (8th #1)
    1B/3B – Nolan Arenado (16th #1)
    OF – Andrew McCutcheon (Keeper)
    OF – Yasiel Puig (Keeper)
    OF – Dominic Brown (9th #10)
    OF – Coco Crisp (18th #1)
    OF – Adam Eaton (20th #1)
    UTIL – Billy Butler (12th #1)

    SP – Max Scherzer (Keeper), Homer Bailey (Keeper), Julio Teheran (11th #3), Danny Salazar (14th #1), Francisco Liriano (15th #10), Rick Porcello (21st #10), Chris Tillman (22nd #1), Yovani Gallardo (23rd #10) and Tyson Ross (24th #1)

    CL – Koji Uehara (11th #10), David Robertson (13th #10) and Huston Street (19th #10)

    I know you got things to do and blog’s to post, but any feedback on strengths and/or weaknesses would be greatly appreciated.

    Love the site and thank you.

    • The Guru

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      Looks like a strong Razzballin’ kinda team. Not a lot of confidence in Eaton, but overalll looks good.

  32. BR808 says:
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    I’m puzzled how Matt Carpenter gets absolutely no love around these parts. I’d take him over Zimmerman any day of the week. Sure he won’t repeat what he did last year. But he’s not chop liver. The Cards know what they have and that’s why they locked him up for the next 6 years

    • The Guru

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      I think the problem with Carpenter is the ADP – which is about the 5th round. Seems a little early for a player that will regress a bit from last season. Don’t get me wrong, I like the player, just a little later – say round 7 or 8.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @The Guru: also zimmerman hits homers, which are fantasy valuable,esp at 3rd base. if you’re playing carpenter at 2B, of course his value goes up there

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