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When January Grey was working on the rankings, I doubt he ever thought he’d be setting up February Grey to write an overrated post on Joe Mauer.  January Grey, “Don’t be mad cause I’m doing me better than you doing you (repeat 3 times).”  Here was a guy (Mauer, not January Grey or Childish Gambino) who hasn’t done well in years.  Not just last year.  In 2012, he was completely healthy and played in 147 games and notched 545 at-bats.  Both marks would be generous to give any everyday player, so it had nothing to do with missing games due to catching.  If you said to me you can draft Miguel Cabrera but you’ll only get 147 games and 545 at-bats, I’d take it in a second.  In 2012, Mauer was also 29 years old and had Morneau for 134 games and a 35-homer Willingham in the lineup with him.  Plouffe hit 24 homers that year and Denard Span and Ben Revere were getting on base and stealing bases.  This wasn’t a bad Twins team.  Not good, but not bad.  They were 16th in the major leagues for runs scored and 10th for OBP.  That year Mauer had the stat line of 81/10/85/.319/8.  Shoot, I must’ve did something wrong.  Hold on, I need to say it louder — That year Mauer had the stat line of 81/10/85/.319/8!  Oh, well, I thought balloons might drop from my ceiling after I said his line.  Maybe it wasn’t so good even though he had a healthy 545 at-bats.  Anyway, why is Joe Mauer overrated for 2014 fantasy baseball?

Last year, Mauer got a year older (crazy!) and missed the last month-plus with a concussion.  Now, he’ll be 31 years old and potentially dealing with concussion side effects.  Last year, the Twins weren’t nearly as good as the mediocre team they were in 2012.  They were 25th in the league in runs and 20th in OBP.  Sure, you can argue that Mauer wasn’t around for 6 weeks last year so it hurt the entire Twins team, but if you look at the 2014 Twins lineup and think they’re gonna be good, you’re dopier than you look.  I’m honestly confused why some ‘perts have ranked him in the… wait for it, here it comes, hmm, where is it?  I thought I put it in my front pocket.  Let me go check my glove compartment.  Damn, it’s not here either.  One second… Oh, crap, I’m a moron, it was in my back pocket the whole time.  So, some ‘perts have Joe Mauer in the… 1st round!  Okay, that’s bizzonkers.  In 2009, he was a legitimate 1st rounder.  Hasn’t been since and definitely isn’t now.  But, beyond that, ESPN has him ranked 62nd overall, Yahoo has him 57th, and CBS has him other sites have him 46th, 25th or 60th, depending on who you’re reading.  A guy on a miserable offensive team coming back from a concussion with catcher eligibility is still a guy with catcher eligibility that is coming back from a concussion on a miserable team.  You can cut that a million ways, it’s still yawnstipating.  What’s the best case scenario?  A .350 average, ten homers, 90 runs, 90 RBIs and 5 steals?  That sounds like the best case scenario for Martin Prado too.  Yay.  High five.  Super.  Buy yourself an ice cream cone.  To think Mauer will suddenly win you a fantasy league because he’s playing 1st base with catcher eligibility is you outsmarting yourself.  You’re reaching for things that make you think you’re smart and wily, but really you’re grasping at straws.  Joe Mauer is no guarantee for 140+ games at first base just like Morneau wasn’t the year after his concussion and the Twins might be the worst offense the major leagues ever spit up.  Do yourself a favor and pass on Mauer even if everyone is telling you he’s going to be great just because he’s at first base.

  1. gareth says:
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    Mauer is a member of the “One stat club.” Average.

    Hes joined in the one stat club by Giancarlo. HR.

    Never underestimate the effect of a putrid offense I say!

    • Charlie says:
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      @gareth:

      Really curious to read Grey’s take on Giancarlo in the one stat (HR) category. While I can’t argue with hit too much since the rest of the Marlins is horrible I don’t you have to realize that one, home runs are a lot harder to come by than average is, it’s a much less flukey and luck driven category, the homerun stat is harder to come by than avg, and in general, home runs are tied in to rbis whereas avg may not be.

      I think Stanton is somewhat of a one trick pony but his trick holds more value than Mauer’s and Stanton is also 24, not 31.

      • Charlie says:
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        @Charlie:

        Wow, apparently my ability to type is really poor this morning, this should read…

        Really curious to read Grey’s take on Giancarlo in the one stat (HR) category. While I can’t argue with it too much since the rest of the Marlins are horrible I think you have to realize that one, home runs are a lot harder to come by than average is, two it’s a much less fluky and luck driven category, three the homerun stat is harder to come by than avg, and in general, home runs are tied in to rbis whereas avg may not be.

        I think Stanton is somewhat of a one trick pony but his trick holds more value than Mauer’s and Stanton is also 24, not 31.

        • Natty Boh says:
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          @Charlie: agreed. HR’s are tied into runs as well. That being said, I’d prefer to let someone else draft Stanton.

          • Peets says:
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            @Natty Boh: Just curious if you were in a forever keepers league, still prefer let someone else draft slugger Stanton?

            • Charlie says:
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              @Peets:

              He’s my second target with my second round pick in my keeper league.

    • MyNameIs?MyNameIs? says:
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      @gareth: he also scores a lot of runs for a catcher and matches most in RBIs…so he’s not really a one stat guy.

  2. Sky

    Sky says:
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    But Grey, positional scarcity + high BA – counting stats / good looks = quality pick! Clearly Rudy just hasn’t built the tool to prove it.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: I believe that is similar to the Jeter effect that was positional scarcity+high BA + plays in NY/good looks + bangs a lot of broads

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @J-FOH:

        How is “bang a lot a broads” not an official category yet?!?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I envy Jeter’s game in more ways than one…Biel? Johannsen? Kinda hate him a little bit

        • Shawn of the livid says:
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          @Sky: See the lingerie model he’s with now? Damn him. Hopefully the transition into retirement isn’t too stressful for him. More money than he can spend, endless gorgeous women to have sex with, treated like he’s the prince in New York……. I hate him a little too.

    • MyNameIs?MyNameIs? says:
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      @Sky: based on your football sleepers last year I’m not sure that you know a quality pick

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Not everyone can call Nyjer Morgan for 28 HRs in 2010, I guess.

        • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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          @Sky: have no idea what you’re talking about, as usual. Did i say that tongue-in-cheek in 2010? If I did, way to get the joke and way to look that up. Maybe you do have time for football.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I’m guessing your poor projections on Yovani Gallardo were a joke too, then. Because only when it’s correct is it you being accurate and factual. Convenient life to live.

            • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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              @Sky: well I really don’t remember what I posted on a message board back in 2010, but I do vaguely remember making a bunch of ridiculous projections as a way of poking fun at others. My guess is that in the case of Gallardo, I was mocking Greys love affair with him. If you couldn’t realize this, or that a ludicrous projection of 28 homeruns for N.Morgan was not serious, than you’re less intelligent than you even come across in your posts…and I can’t help you.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Nah it wasn’t on here. You wouldn’t have the nerve to produce any ideas or information of your own creation on a site you disrespect everyone on.

                • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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                  @Sky:

                  1) regardless of where the projection was, it’s obvious a projection of 28 homeruns for N.Morgan (career 4 home runs going into that season) is not serious, along with other projections I stated at the same time. It’s kinda like me stating today that J.Pierre is gonna hit 28 homers or that Kershaw is going to have a 5.50 era.

                  2) I don’t proclaim myself a “‘pert” so it really doesn’t matter what I project anyone for. When I start authoring fantasy sports articles on the Internet, you’ll be the first to know and then you can hold me accountable for my projections. Until then, don’t compare a guy writing articles on a website to a guy who posts comments. Me saying N.Morgan will hit 28 homeruns is nonsense; however, when a guy writing articles on razzball (for example) has sleeper posts for V.Brown, C.Givens, S.Bradford, C.Ivory….well he can get called out on it.

                  3) from time to time I do produce ideas or information that differs from this site and it’s disciples opinions. I do it quite often actually, which is where the friction on here comes from..in case you can’t follow. I actually did it just today…in this very thread: If Mauer gets 500 at bats (a projection grey gave him) he will be better than the 221st best player. Maybe in 2018 you can dig that up and recite it for me.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    1) It’s obvious because you were wrong. It’s ok to be wrong. You’ve been wrong before. You’ll be wrong again many times. It’s the nature of life

                    2) Rather than discussing injuries, I’ll just say you were right. My calls were wrong. I had plenty of correct calls in season as well. But like you said, you’re just in the comments so I’ll give the weight of what you say just as much as you’ve given it.

                    3) You did do that on Mauer’s post. I was going to commend you for it but you haven’t learned how to talk like a big boy with me or many others yet so civility isn’t something you’ve earned. ‘Bill James Lover’, ‘Bill James’, ‘Bill James Is My Hero’…yeah, you keep telling yourself that you have your own opinion. You attack others for appreciating a free site and then go around shouting about another man’s projections being right 2 years after the fact. You stand on the work of others to look down at someone else and make it your sticking point. That’s not having your own opinion, that’s parroting the work of others and then slandering every commenter on here with how they appreciate the work that Grey or others do. It’s called duplicity.

                    In the end, you’re either here to have intelligent discourse or to be a troll. You can’t have both. Would love to see more of the former and less of the latter. Your ‘call each other’ quips with regards to JFOH and I under your millions of pseudos would be appreciated and funny if they weren’t followed up by your response to me on here; again duplicity. It’s a fun site. I’ve disagreed with Grey plenty. Same with Rudy and all the other guys. I’m the one writing sleeper posts about guys that Grey didn’t even rank (Tyson Ross) so contrary to your stance of this site not being a democracy, it actually is. But I try to present it better than your approach. But like you said earlier you don’t care since it’s just the internet, so this last paragraph probably is gonna fall on deaf ears. Here’s me saying I hope not.

                    • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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                      @Sky: it’s not falling on deaf ears at all. I do enjoy the sites content, or I wouldn’t have been on here for years. I actually found this site and began reading it when many of todays daily posters didn’t know what razzball was. I do have some issues on here, and while I admit I sometimes go about expressing them the wrong way, here they are…since we’re putting it all out there:

                      1) there is a reluctance on here to admit that the site may have just made a bad call. If a guy is dubbed “overrated” in the preseason, excuses will be made all year long as to why he’s doing well when he shouldn’t be, but to the point where the arguments lacks logic and stats to back it up are cherry picked ridiculously. And I’m not talking about a guy clearly playing over his head with unsustainable peripherals. The reverse is also true when a guy is a “sleeper”…excuses are made as to why he should be better. This happened a lot with Rutledge last year. Even as he was being sent down, it was written in articles that the Rockies (a major league organization) were making a mistake because Razzball was right and that he was still on a 20/20 pace, like the projections said. Just say you botched that one. Everyone’s done it.

                      2) the site constantly mocks other people/sites for their bold stances, while priding themselves on having bold out-of-the-box projections themselves. You can’t have it both ways. You can respectfully disagree (as you have asked me to do) but no need to make a mockery of other respected sites/people. I realize it’s all in good fun, but Bill James was destroyed on here for over a year. If rotoworld has mauer as the #10 player, respect it and move on. There’s a bit of hypocrisy here: when I mention bill James ultimately being right about Davis, he still gets knocked because he was too early on it; when we talk about A.Sanchez, grey gets a pat on the back for calling the breakout early. See the contradiction? You guys are a little intolerant of opposition.

                      3) this isn’t really the sites issue, but any opposition to the site whatsoever, respectfully or not, is met with heavy criticism by your commenters. They’re as bad as I am, only they side with you guys so it’s ignored. Some of the commenters on Mauer made like it was asinine to consider Mauer anything more than end game fodder. I’m usually not respectful because it’s not given on here, unless you’re grey getting it from his followers.

                      4) the commenters love affair with grey is out of hand. I get appreciating the site, but I can’t even respectfully disagree with the guy without ten people bashing my opposing thoughts, as if trying to win Greys affection by doing so. It’s kinda creepy. Again, this isn’t the sites fault, but irritating nonetheless.

                      The site is informative, but I do differ in opinion a bit on some of the basic principles on here. Having said all that, I do enjoy the content and I’ll try to show my appreciation in the future by being more constructive in my criticism. I enjoy constructive, intelligent arguing as much as the next guy, but sometimes it’s hard on here. The commenters especially, but sometimes even the authors don’t like differing opinions, even if done respectfully.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      1) I hear you. Though to be fair, the same excuse could’ve been said for Chris Davis. The stats are what we all pay attention to but confidence is huge. I was a Davis believer due to what he showed in 2009. I actually kept him in a league. I knew the average would dip, but felt the power was sustainable. But the Texans really eff’ed with him. That’s an organizational problem and the Orioles proved the Texans were wrong about him and how they treated him. I guess in terms of Rutledge it depends on how you view it. I don’t think the Rockies are a well-run organization and they proved it with demoting Rutledge. He might be damaged goods now, we’ll have to see. I’m just glad Chris Davis wasn’t ruined by a poor organizational call. But again, I do see your point with regards to it being a bit hypocritical.

                      2) I must’ve missed the Anibal stuff. I remember it happening after the fact – there’s nothing more aggravating – but I don’t remember Grey responding like that. Part of the problem in these areas – the mocking – is the personality behind it. I put Grey in mom jeans in one of my articles; became an in-joke on the site for a bit. He’s a guy who puts himself out there and is willing to joke around in return, IMHO. I think that’s hard to see because he’s the only one writing. I’ve seen self-deprecation which is about as close as you can get to publicly mock yourself on your own site but I do hear you and I do think that’s an area Grey and others have tried to curb in recent times regarding how we talk about other writers and content providers.

                      3/4) That’s 100% fair. It’s why if I see opposition on a post I’m actually inclined to engage with them more. It’s fun to hear the other side of the spectrum. It’s a time of year that I appreciate because everyone who ranks/works on this stuff I know was burrowed away for a few months and comes out with all this work. In fact, though I agree that Mauer is overrated, he’d probably rank a little higher for me as well. Then again, I don’t draft a catcher before like the 15th round anyway so I could rank him #1 and still not put him on my team. I think the way the site grew – organically/word of mouth – its defense mechanisms are on high alert. It’s like your favorite band that no one knows about and then they go big time and you hear all the things critics don’t like about them. Whether the critics are right or wrong they’re ‘your’ band. It makes it even harder because Grey is an affable guy who interacts with the commenters unlike most sites. He becomes a ‘friend you want to defend’ even when they are ditching class and smoking weed behind the basketball courts. Hopefully this mindset changes over time but it’s a hard to be both the ‘friendly writer who talks to his audience’ and not have commenters defend. Agree it’s difficult and wish it weren’t; discussion is one of the best parts of the preseason lead up.

                      Yeah, I try my best to respond appropriately when presented with a differing opinion. It always depends on how it’s brought. Some weirdo showed up on my Ross post and did this – http://razzball.com/deep-league-thoughts-tyson-ross/#comment-2136697

                      Statement, response then rude BS. They didn’t want a discussion, they just wanted to be right so ‘OK’ was all they got. I write for free on a site for fun. You want to come in and crap on it, I’ll just ignore you or make fun of you back.

                      PS, glad we could bury the hatchet a bit. Wasn’t looking forward to ignoring you for 7 months :)

                      PPS, JFOH and I do call each other occasionally and we text. I keep telling him I’m married but he hasn’t taken the hint yet.

                    • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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                      @Sky: all that is fair, and your point about Grey engaging all his commenters is well taken. It is an aspect of this site that I tend to overlook, but I can completely understand why the others flock to his defense when he does respond personally to all their questions. I even respected the way he went back and forth with me about Mauer, knowing that I’m the a**hole that makes problems on here for him. He could’ve ignored it or gave me a one word answer.

                      Despite the hard time I’ve given you guys, the site is great and has come a long way. I do respect the work put into it and it is one of the sources to refer to during draft time.

                      And I do appreciate you taking the time here…you could’ve easily ignored it. Im sure I’ll be talking to you in the comment section.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      That’s cool man. And if you bring up a valid point and I see others crapping on it out of fandom, I’ll do my best to back you. Site should be open to everyone, not just for those who agree with the content 100%.

                      I think Grey responded because you created a good subject/conversation and approached it well. I wanted to chime in but was worried it would be taken the wrong way given the context of our previous communications. Glad to know we can banter now. Love the preseason. Everyone is right and no one is wrong. Proof comes as the season unfolds but it’s fun to discuss.

                    • Prez says:
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                      I think this went well, fellas… So Tuesday at 5pm we’ll work on “appreciating your partner”.. read pages 34-89 of your “Just breathe and Relieve” journal and remember, its just fantasy sports.. okay? Thank you guys, have a great day!

                  • Tehol Beddict says:
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                    @WhoAmI?WhoAmI?: GOOD GOD!!!! who is this legend ??!?!? WHo am I, WHo are YOu??!? I just wasted my entire morning reading your back and forth with Sky. I was hoping for a full on war yet you guys talked it out like Buddha would with Jesus. Lets amp it up a little bit and start making threats, or if you’re not going to do that, please state so in the beginning so instead of reading further I can just watch porn instead.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: you want threats tehol??? I’m gonna shank your ass in the writers league. Watch your back hommie, you got a target on it and I got a shiv…..

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: ivory, when used, was very good. Wasn’t Bradford like 12 best or so fantasy QB when he got injured? Sky never claimed the dude was gonna be top 8. Rutledge had I believe the worst BABIP in baseball when they sent him down, if that would’ve been neutral i think he should’ve been hitting like mid 260’s at time of demotion.

                    • Prez says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: HAHA, Tehol! thats like the first funny thing youve ever said…. congrats man!

  3. troy says:
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    i didnt help but notice iwakuma fell quite a bit in ur ratings, thought he wouldnt be out to long. read maybe middle to late april. Why the sudden change in wins and strike outs? how many starts do you expect him to miss? and got offered a trade in a league i recently drafted. my a garcia, matt moore and chris tillman for alex gordon and matt cain. almost have to accept this right?

    • Miles says:
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      @troy: pitching is so deep do you really want to go for a guy who is already hurt at the start of the season? There are better/safer options

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Miles: he was also injury prone in Japan…

      • Troy says:
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        @Miles: lol the draft is over, lol and based off of Greys rankings before the injury y wouldn’t you go for him? I no he was injury prone in japan as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @troy: He lost 40 innings in my projections… I wouldn’t touch him now…

  4. Miles says:
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    I still chuckle when I think about that ‘pert in your mock draft that went something like… Kershaw, Mauer, Kipnis, Santana

    • Spammer Jay says:
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      @Miles: was thinking the same thing. If you read his explanations for the picks, he’s clearly puffing smoke because he admits his whole draft is against his established strategies.

  5. Piranhaman says:
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    Grey, i saw your pre-draft ranking all night. That’s awesome!

    One question, you ranked Profar much higher than Bogearts.

    I wonder what caused that. Bogearts’ uncertain role? Can i have your answer? :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: Yeah, I don’t trust Bogaerts as much to play every day… Or succeed… Or bat above 9th… For this year…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        will play only at short , during spring training ,
        according to boston globe .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He should

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @Piranhaman: thanks, Nick and Grey :)

  6. Tehol Beddict

    Tehol Beddict says:
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    He’s got nothing on Mauer with Power

  7. gareth says:
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    I feel if martin prado and joe Mauer were in a room with grey he could belittle them quite easily.

  8. yo says:
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    Would you trade Votto for Cano in a standard 5×5 roto keeper league?

    • @yo: Like Votto’s counting stats to bounce back and I’m concerned with Cano being shipped to where baseball bats go to die.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @yo:
      yep .
      you’ll find a replacement 1st baseman .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yo: Basically a push, don’t see a reason for it, but it’s fair…

      • yo says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. bossmanjunior says:
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    Based on recent ADPs, who are the catchers that present the best value in your opinion? Right now Ramos and Castro are both going late (around 170+) and seem to be my targets. However, guys like Rosario and McCann aren’t going as early as I thought (around 120). Thanks.

    • Grey

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      @bossmanjunior: Whichever one I like that I can get after pick 200… Ramos and Castro work for me…

      • MyNameIs?MyNameIs? says:
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        @Grey: does that include Mauer? :)

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: In mock drafts I’ve done, I’ve been able to get Lucroy in the 160-180 range. I feel like it’s better to reach for him 20 picks above those guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s fine

  10. HWY68 says:
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    Nice article, Grey.

    What do you think of d’Arnaud in shallow leagues? Worth a gamble?

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: If he can actually stay healthy all year and play in ~140 games (big if, of course), what would you give him for a projected line?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Chris: See my rankings

  11. Willy says:
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    Morning Grey…nice write up as usual!

    I’m in a twelve team sal based keeper with 130 mil cap for this season. We keep 12 and draft 13… 6by6 with OPS and K/BB.

    I just traded george springer and a 2nd round pick (actually a 14th rounder because we start at 13th) for Bruce and a tenth round pick (actually a 22nd rounder)….earlier this offseason I was short on quality keepers so i traded my 5th round pick (actually a 17th rounder) for spinger. With that in mind, i actually traded the 2nd rounder and 5th rounder for Bruce. Here’s my 12 keepers now:

    Pujols
    Altuve
    Segura
    Arenado
    Jones
    Bautista
    Bruce
    J Hamilton
    Kershaw
    Ryu
    Archer
    Kluber

    How did I do?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Willy: you did well. People forget that this is just Bruce’s age 27 season…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Willy: Thanks! I like it…

  12. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    I’d draft Mauer if he wore one of those Olerud helmets with an Expos logo.

  13. Pb&j with a baseball bat says:
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    Is there an auction draft strategy post coming in the near future? I have my first one ever coming up and I’m not sure how to budget my spending. Is it a good idea to avoid spending more than $25 on any one player ($260 total budget) and have a well rounded team? Or should I snatch up a couple big names with big bids and fill in the rest of the team with scrubs? I got questions, ya’ll!!

    • Tender B. says:
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      @Pb&j with a baseball bat: I would not suggest filling your team in with scrubs, that would be the worst idea. But if you go big and then fill in your roster with potential sleepers/value picks (vs scrubs) you could win that way. I’ve won my auction league going both ways. I would suggest setting a pitching/hitting budget (maybe 65/35) and sticking to it as closely as you can. If you want to go big at a position or two (or four) figure out what the deals will be at other positions to counteract that. If you really think someone is going to have a good year, be willing to go the few extra dollars. Avoid bidding wars. Throw out players that you don’t want but that others will so that you can get them to spend their money. Figure out your league mates tendencies. Don’t just bid on players you want, throw everyone else off by bidding up players others really want (just don’t push it too far, you don’t want to get stuck with them). Have more money than anyone else at the end as this is where you can outbid for a lot of the late round talent. Do your homework, come into the draft as the smartest guy in the room and you’ll be fine.

      • Jason says:
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        @Tender B.: you go both ways? Interesting.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @PB&J with a baseball bat: $175/$85 oops I meant to reply to you…and don’t leave with any $ left over…

            • Wake Up says:
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              @PB&J with a baseball bat: You’d be surprised…when everyone is going for $1 at the end and you can’t even spend it all…also, agree w/ Rabbit you can go over early on one or two guys as long as you’re getting value…think grocery store…you brought $260 you need to use all the coupons and leave with $285 in food!

              • @Wake Up: I’m really looking forward to the draft since we’re doing it offline. I’ll get to try and read people rather than when I’ve done the offline snake drafts and everyone just calls out their pick and that’s the end of it.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Tender B.: $175/$85…

      • Rabbit says:
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        @Tender B.: You’re gonna love the auction format–much more interesting and complex than snake drafts. Tender’s got some good insights there; I’d say the most important one is to figure out your leaguemates’ tendencies toward the start. Every league is different, and even every year’s auction within the same league will be different. Zig where everyone is zagging; that’s how you get the best deals and avoid paying too much. The one point I know I differ with Grey on is the don’t pay more than $30 rule. The key is to get value; if you’ve got Trout valued at $45 based on your league’s settings and you can get him for $35, or even $40, I would go for it. Nothing is guaranteed in fantasy baseball, but when you have the opportunity to get near-certain top level production for less than you value it, you should take it.

        • @Rabbit: Thanks Rabbit. I’m sure I’ll have a few more questions by next week when the auction post comes out. Those are good tips to get me in the correct mindset.

      • Andrew A says:
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        @Tender B.:

        compare what players are sold for vs. what they should be selling for. If people look to be overspending, try to wait it out. If they are not spending enough, jump in to get the deals because people will realize they have too much money in the middle portion of the draft.

  14. Snake Hips says:
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    Joe Mauer was a prom king.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Snake Hips: He went with a girl that wore a sweater that had a kitten on it…

  15. Charles says:
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    Grey circa preseason 2010: “Joe Mauer – Just went over the overrated Mauer overrated post. But I felt that I needed to address the two elephants in the room again. Mauer’s HR/FB rate was through the roof last year. In 2008, he hit 139 fly balls and 9 homers. In 2009, 137 fly balls and 28 homers. There’s no way he hits 28 homers again. Then throw in the wear and tear he takes at his position and how he’s already battled more injuries than the “merely a flesh wound” guy. Then throw in he’s tops at a weak position. I.e., is there that much difference between him and Napoli? Sure, on average and Runs. Not much elsewhere. See catcher, punt catcher. ” – and that’s me quoting you!

  16. costaricanchata says:
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    ” i like fantasy sports and sarcasm …”

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Nick the Podcast Host: is it a new and improved pod “Now with 25% more fantasy sports and sarcasm”

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Nick the Podcast Host: When is the podcast starting up? I’m stuck listening to Fangraphs’ podcast at the moment. They shat on Gyorko in the most recent one. WTF

  17. El Famous Burrito says:
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    I like the rankings posts, I like the sleeper posts, I like Rudy’s mathstrology posts, but let’s face it; the internet was made for crapping on people.

    I love the Schmohawk posts.

  18. KB says:
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    Phew! It had been since Saturday since the last “Mauer is terrible” post on Razzball. I was starting to get worried!

    I get the downside, but there is a reason so many have him around 60th overall, because he has that potential (finished 63rd in 2012) and he has some upside with the position switch. Napoli had a fantastic year moving to 1B full-time in ’13 and all the sudden his hip issue was a non-issue. Mauer has better SLG stats in his career when playing 1B/DH and should have a lot of aches/pains gone. I don’t think anyone is predicting a repeat of ’09, but something like 15 HR and 160+ R/RBI and a .325 BA is nothing to sneeze at from C and it should allow some flexibility elsewhere in your lineup to acquire home runs or stolen bases w/o as much concern over BA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KB: Napoli and Mauer are apples and oranges… Mauer’s basically Salvador Perez…

      • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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        @Grey: actually Napoli switching from C to 1B the year before Mauer does it and then using one as an example for the other is not apples to oranges. In fact, it’s the definition of apples to apples.

        • Sky

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          @WhoAmI?WhoAmI?: Alex Rodriguez moving from SS to 3B vs Kyle Seager going from SS to 3B…apples to oranges. The position doesn’t change their skill set.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Napoli and Mauer weren’t the same player before and won’t be after…

  19. Wake Up says:
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    Time for the annual releasing of the schmohawks…http://youtu.be/qws-4dOrBrU

    At the releasing of the schmohawks, I feel like the schmohawk probably wouldn’t even fly away…just hop to your shoulder and poop on your sport jacket…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Can that work its way into the glossary?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wake Up: You mean glosary? I’m dumb, I’m now going to berry my head in sand…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: i’m not following the misdirection…PUT it in the glosary!

            • Grey

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              Ha

  20. Wake Up says:
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    This is also quite different than schmohawk release…which is the only kind I’ve had lately…

  21. Wake Up says:
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    you might want to take another look at the “you’re dopey than you look” part…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: breath freshly-baited…and yes I saw you drop that a few days ago…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: just trying to help when I notice something…if you don’t want me to mention it…I won’t

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, I appreciate it, makes me look like less a fool than I am…

  22. Wake Up says:
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    …and this makes 4!

    take that…the British…

  23. MyNameIs?MyNameIs? says:
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    A few things:
    While I agree that Mauer isn’t anything near a first rounder, to rank him 221 is lunacy and I think is partially just a way of trying to drive home your point that he’s overrated. Some players that you have ranked before him: Gattis,K.Davis, Rendon, Prado, Lowrie, etc. A.Escobar is 162, but somehow mauer is 221. Yes a SS that only once has topped 30 steals (22 last year), 57 runs scored, 4 HR, and a .234 batting average beats Mauer by 60.

    You’re projecting Mauer for 68 runs and 66 rbis in a normal seasons worth of at bats. I understand the team around him isn’t good, but that’s still awfully low. Daniel Friggin Murphy scored 92 and drove in 78 on the crappy Mets. And baseball is littered with examples like this, I just grabbed this one. You also project Mauer for a .304 batting average. He’s a career .323 hitter who hit .324 last year, and nothing in his peripherals suggest that he’s in decline. While batting average can be flukey, I think it just makes sense to project mauer at .320, since that’s what he always does.

    Mauer at 80 runs scored and .330 is plenty valuable at a position where many guys are giving you .260 and 55. He’s not a first round pick, or even a 6th round pick…but he’s definetly worth taking before pick 221. You’re hard on him because he doesn’t have power, but you can write him down for 10 with a chance at 15. How many catchers are giving you 20+? Yes he’ll hit 8 less than some, but he’ll score 25 more runs than most, match most guys in rbis, destroy the field in batting average…so ones stealing at catcher. He’s more valuable than you’re giving him credit for.

    We get it, you don’t like him…but this is overkill.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MyNameIs?MyNameIs?: I’m not sure you can write him down for 10 homers, and a chance for 15 homers seems like a stretch since he’s done 15+ homers once in his career… Projecting a guy for .320 is a lot too… He could hit .320, but he’s just as likely to hit .290… Those other players you compare him too are apples and oranges except for Gattis… Gattis is a 20+ homer guy with upside… I’d prefer that…

      • Big Al says:
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        @Charlie:@Grey: I vote to move him up to #199. That’s #1 on the Smohawk list were he belongs. And you better hope his Grand Parents stay healthy.

      • WhoAmI? WhoAmI? says:
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        @Grey: Even if you remove Mauers 28 home run season, he has averaged 11 home runs per 550 at bats for his career, so injury aside you can absolutely write him down for 10. Yes he’s only done 15 once, but he’s been on pace a few times and i don’t think its a stretch to say that a full season of health could get him there, esp while not dealing with the rigors of catching for a full season. Yes projecting a guy for .320 is a lot, but Mauer is as deserving as any and should be in your top 5 for avg projections. The comparisons with other players was just a rough illustration of the kind of player ranked in front or Mauer, but i think the Escobar comparison if fair: a guy at a scarce position ranked significantly higher. I think the comparison is fair.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t like comparing SS and catchers because I punt catchers, but that part is neither here nor there… I’m having a hard time saying Mauer will be completely healthy just because he’s at 1st base… Morneau was at first base and was all kinds of wobbly due to a concussion… Mauer doesn’t hit many fly balls, which is fine for his game, but not great for homers…

          • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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            @Grey: it’s fair to label Mauer an injury risk…but if that’s your feeling, project him for less at bats…which would be a fine justification for a low ranking. You however are projecting a almost a full season out of him but giving him the worst counting stats of his career when getting 500+ ABs and the worst batting average in a healthy season that he’s had since 2007. It doesn’t make sense. Yes he doesn’t hit flyballs, but it’s not his game and irrelevant here. No one is expecting to replicate his monster season.

            And I think you’re overplaying the concussion risk. Morneau was an extreme example of a player hindered long term in baseball with post concussion symptoms. It’s not the norm, and the odds of that affecting Mauer this season are remote at best.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Guess we’ll have to see…

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: wow, this is a downright reasonable discussion. who would’ve thought.

        • gareth says:
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          @WhoAmI? WhoAmI?: Who am I? Who am I? Joe Mauer’s mom?

    • Nick says:
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      @MyNameIs?MyNameIs?: All valid points. I think Grey’s system is to rank guys really, really low who he doesn’t want so there’s as little chance as possible that he has to decide whether to draft them (see Kershaw as prime example). Grey’s rankings are very much geared toward drafting rather than existing in a vacuum. Personally, I like that, but I get the consternation about a guy like Mauer.

    • KB says:
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      @MyNameIs?MyNameIs?: Right. Last season Mauer finished around #160 on ESPN Player Rater in an injury shortened year. If he were ranked around say #150 it would be more realistic and still efficiently drive home the point to not draft him anywhere close to where a lot of rankings/mocks are valuing him. But at some point his BA, R, RBI in general, and certainly compared to other C options, do have a value, and I think it is sooner than #221. I’m a huge fan of Razzball and have been reading for almost five years now, but this Mauer ranking is just a tough one to understand.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @MyNameIs?MyNameIs?: I’ve gotta agree with at least some of this. The rankings on Mauer are all a little ridiculous. In the 60’s where some sites have him is way way too high, but Razzball seems to be pretty hard on him ranking him at 221. I’d put him somewhere in the middle, probably closer to where you have Yadier Molina (who has almost the same projections).

      The projections for Mauer seem odd too. The low runs and RBI projections I guess I can see with the bad offense (although he seems to have put up at least 80/75 in every season with 500 AB or more). Projecting the .304 average though? I get that Razzball doesn’t like projecting guys for high averages (only 4 over .310), but he’s as much as a lock as anyone in the game to hit over .310 isn’t he? His averages the last 6 years are 328, 365, 327, 287, 319, and 324. With the .287 being in an injury shortened year. He also hit .324 last year, a year you projected him to hit .315 I’ll note. I’m not sure how “he’s just as likely to hit .290″ as .320 makes any sort of sense. On the other hand, the guy you’ve got projected for the highest average of all at .320 hit .259 a couple of seasons ago. So by that logic he’d be just as likely to hit .260 as .320 wouldn’t he?

      This is all nitpicking though since they are Razzball’s projections, not mine, and I’m only picking on one guy out of hundreds. And I think it’s safe to say Razzball is much more accurate on the whole than I would be.

      • WhoAmI? WhoAmI? says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans: @A Hill O’ Beans: I totally agree. Mauer is as likely as anyone in baseball to hit .330, and is as unlikely as anyone in baseball to hit .290.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @WhoAmI? WhoAmI?: pretty sure based on your earlier comments you didn’t mean this last sentence, or said what you meant wrong. A career .324 hitter (like you pointed out) is way more likely to hit .330 than almost all other hitters, and is also way more likely than most hitters to hit .290 as well (with bad babip luck), since there aren’t a lot of .290 hitters in general, and those who do usually are the better average hitting guys (like Mauer)

  24. Fungazi says:
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    Can’t we just make a rule that anyone that’s done a head n shoulders’ commercial shouldn’t be drafted again?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fungazi: that works, I have never owned Palamalu in my IDP league

    • willy says:
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      @Fungazi: Josh Hamilton will bounce back this season… I think the Angels are going to be very good. No major moves this offseason so far so no one is talking about them… meaning a lot less pressure for the players. It’s all in their heads. We know Pujols and Hamilton are extremely talented and they could both have very nice seasons.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @willy: locally they get talked about a lot. That shouldn’t effect their abilities. Pujols is said to be healthy but you never know with PF. Hamilton was a head case last year, after a big contract I tend to stay away from players, like Ellsbury this year, but I wouldn’t reach for him hoping he goes back to being what he was in TEXAS

        • willy says:
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          @J-FOH: Thank you Mr. Full of Hatred! I won’t be reaching for them… They’re part of my keeper plans so I guess I’m Hoping more than anything that they will return to greatness! …and if not, then they won’t be on my team next year!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @willy: Ouch if Hamilton was part of your keeper plans, no better options?

            • willy says:
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              @J-FOH: all in all i think i have a pretty good team to compete… If you look at some of the earlier posts above i listed my keepers. If not Hamilton, then Khris Davis i guess?

  25. Prince George says:
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    Hi Grey, love your work and thanks again for all your help. In a H2H POINTS keeper league pick one: Stanton or Darvish. Stanton is $7 more expensive. Is it close?

  26. Shawn of the livid says:
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    No buy/sell?!? Damn it, too early, lets get this season going.

    Also. The auto check to spam us when you post a comment is a little un-razzballish I think. Do I really have to keep unclicking that?

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: I’m pretty sure I’m getting 800 copies of the newsletter since I keep forgetting to uncheck it.

  27. Corey says:
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    I get Mauer being overrated when put up against the entirety of available baseball players and I get that you don’t want us drafting him so early – always looking after us, Grey…

    But say he falls a few rounds or he can be had at a reasonable price in an auction. 81/10/85/.319/8 from the catcher position is worth those balloons.

    I’m in a H2H one win league and, let me tell ya, it’s infuriating when you’re in a close race in counting stats and your catcher gets a “regularly scheduled day off.” That happened to me all the time last year and I had Posey! Having an everyday, productive player in my catcher spot is very attractive to me if he can be had within my budget.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Corey: He’s stealing 8 bases? No one on the Twins scored 80 runs last year, no one got 80 RBIs…

  28. Wilsonian says:
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    Keep one of these dudes:

    Giancarlo
    JUp
    Tulo

    No term limits, can keep them forever. My other two are already Goldy and Jones. 16 Team H2H.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      tulo … easily .
      with goldy and jones , you can afford to take on the injury risk .
      (no jinxes) .

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wilsonian: Stanton…if it’s forever

  29. booya says:
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    which 2 closers would you want out of these choices:
    Nathan
    Perkins
    Romo
    Balfour
    Janssen
    Robertson
    Frieri
    Johnson
    Soriano

    Thanks

    • booya says:
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      @booya: take nathan off that list

    • booya says:
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      @booya: take nathan off that list

    • Cram It says:
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      @booya: see rankings

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: HAHAHAHA

      • booya says:
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        @Cram It: Smokey’s rankings? Thats exactly the order I listed above. I was wondering if Grey might have a differing opinion and those rankings are also from 2 weeks ago. Perkins knee scope is a little concerning to me.

        • willy says:
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          @booya: is it a salary based keeper or does the salary not matter?

          I like Romo and Balfour

          • booya says:
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            @willy: salary doesn’t matter. thanks for the input

  30. El Famous Burrito says:
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    For submission:

    Schmodenfreude – that warm feeling you get when someone in your league reaches to draft a Schmohawk.

  31. Principle Blackman says:
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    Good read as always, Grey. Preaching to the choir in re Mauer.

    I have a question regarding bench bats. I know that you don’t advocate carrying a bench bat in most leagues, but does that change at all in a 3 OF league with a maximum innings pitched limit? I am in a yahoo league with no CI/MI, 3OFs, 2 util, 8 P spots, and 5 bench spots. 1300 maximum innings pitched. Would you carry 1 or 2 bench bats in this type of format?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How deep is your league?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: So deep it put your mom jeans wearing ass to sleep!

        • Principle Blackman says:
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          @Wake Up: HA! I wish!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Snooze…

      • Principle Blackman says:
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        @Grey: Not super deep, but a very active group of owners. 13-team roto. 23 man rosters.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can draft a bench hitter if you like, but sounds like you’ll just drop them anyway when a hot hitter emerges…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Principle Blackman: and now you’ve seen him ranked in the top 10…

      • Principle Blackman says:
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        @Wake Up: So I have.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: and here I thought you weren’t getting us anything for Valentine’s Day…..Love you too man

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, you’re welcome (their next album, that they’re obviously having Dr. Dre produce)…

      • Big Al says:
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        @J-FOH:Your getting Mauer in all your leagues too !!! Cause you schmohawks !!! LOL

        • Big Al says:
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          @Big Al: Oops cause you love schmohawks Damn there goes the surprise.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Grey: this is fantastic! the tape on my cassette just broke a coupla weeks ago!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA… I actually had all of them on CD already except Buhloon Mindstate… Breakadawn!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Grey: Yeah…still listened to 3 high on tape…up until recently…thanks!

          Have a great weekend…I’m out

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You too!

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Grey: This is awesome!

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Grey: Holy Hell Grey!! The generosity of you and your glorious ‘stache know no bounds! Love you man!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

  32. Carnac says:
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    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: well said

      • Carnac says:
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        Damn it. The image I thought I was posting was going to change people’s lives. Oh well.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Carnac: It changed mine. It’s an abstract image. A white canvas representing everyman’s eternal struggle to fill the void. Carnac, I’m giving up my worldly possessions and travelling the world now. Thank you…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: can I have your porn collection?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Of course. Google ‘Free porn’. It’s all yours!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: I was talking about the stack of Penthouse Forum mags in your bathroom

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Those are my wife’s

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: Oh….uh then nevermind. I googled free porn and my computer started smoking

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      BTW, ‘Garden Magazine’ with large melons on it aren’t Penthouse mags. Just sayin…

                  • WhoAmI? WhoAmI? says:
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                    @Sky: phone numbers guys

                    • Prez!! says:
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                      @WhoAmI? WhoAmI?: Sky doesnt believe in phones and jacks fingers are too fat to push buttons… This is all they have doode..

          • Carnac says:
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            A: Donald Rumsfeld, Bashar al-Assad and Carnac

            Q: Name three people who like to bomb.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Carnac: now that was explosive

            • Prez!! says:
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              @Carnac: you forgot Plouffe! Goes the dynamite…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: HA!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I just used it and it gave me Sassy Biters. I’m gonna pass on that one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I’m not a biter, more a spanker

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Spanky Ankle Biter

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: you know I’m too tall for that. Maybe a Spanky Shoulder Slobberer?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @J-FOH: Spanky Marv Albert might be better.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: Spanking Marv Albert….YES!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh well

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: It can be a half reverse nickname

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

        • Prez!! says:
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          @J-FOH: seriously, why? Thats how i would sum you up in two words.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Prez!!: alright Coping Moobies, there you go, you now have a team name

            • Prez!! says:
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              @J-FOH: nice… Has a certain ring to it! I could get behind that!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Prez!!: I have a gift

                • Prez!! says:
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                  @J-FOH: yeah, gift of blowing penis..

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Prez!!: and there you go, always thinking about man on man love….you’re so bay area

                    • Prez!! says:
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                      @J-FOH: im bay area if i was in tokyo!

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @J-FOH: does the team name generator need a yearly update? i thought it never left.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @J-FOH: You need to make that your Writer’s league team name.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: I take all your crap already I might as well.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @J-FOH: Really? I thought I’d been holding back…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: that’s you holding back? *drops to fetal position weeping*

                did you like my name suggestion above?

  33. joe gaynes says:
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    12 team 5×5, 4 keepers.

    Mauer
    Tulo
    Car-gon
    Adrian gon
    Heyward
    Ryan zimm
    Donaldson
    Hamilton
    Greinke

    Thinking Tulo, car-gon, heyward, and Donaldson.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those four make sense

      • joe gaynes says:
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        @Grey: awesome, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: donaldson has now moved ahead of zimmerman?

            • Grey

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              It’s keepers

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: zimmerman is older than i thought (29).

  34. Greyismyhero says:
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    LOL @ all these comments taking up for Mauer trying to justify drafting him and bashing Greys ranking of him…..Are these the same people that bashed Grey last year on his Posey and Au-Shiz post? How did that work out for ya?

    Are these the same people that say “Dang, I’m in the 8th round and need a catcher so I shall draft a catcher now” Or, the smart ones that draft 2 catchers in 1 catcher leagues?? Ha-Ha, Some people will never learn. To me its really too simple, not hard at all..Really easy…..Why does it have to be so complicated???

    Listen to Grey, follow his rankings and advice thru the year, and win your leagues, Boom–Done….Great job Grey..Keep up the good work…Mauer BLOWS! Peace and SMOKE THE GREEN!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Greyismyhero: was there a lot of pro Mauer comments in here today?

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @J-FOH: Handful…Isn’t one too many? lol

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Greyismyhero: it’s always good to have one’s own opinion. I don’t like Mauer that much either and probably wouldn’t draft him unless the cost was too good to pass up. Part of what this comments can be is a discussion about players and how we value them. If someone creates a reasonable researched argument then we should respect them for their diligence. Whether we agree or not. On the other hand to come in and say they like a certain players because that is how they feel or because such and such website ranks them higher is not a real discussion. That is saying they are right and you are wrong because someone else places different value on said player. For example, ESPN had Goldy at 78 last year and now he is number 3. They de-valued him so much last year that it makes you wonder who is doing their projections over there. My money is on an intern or a monkey who has never played this game before. Point being that they have the perceived top fantasy guy in the world because he writes NY times best sellers, when in fact he isn’t the best, he just happens to work for the number one sports channel in the world that does a great job of marketing themselves.

          Knowing that Razzball creates their own ranks using tested formulas and a history of accuracy creates a solid sense that they will be right more often than not. I haven’t always agreed on a player or a pick up and sometimes I was right and sometimes I was wrong. If you look at the top ten of experts, anything above 60% is a stud.

    • WhoAmI? WhoAmI? says:
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      @Greyismyhero: is your name really “grey is my hero”? I think we should talk about that instead of maker

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @WhoAmI? WhoAmI?: Yes, when someone can assist you in making $$$ for free at a game..I classify that as my hero.

        Just do me a favor please, when you draft your 2nd catcher (after you drafted Mauer in the 2nd round), draft Ramos .Thanks

        • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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          @Greyismyhero: well if you took the time to read my post instead of trying to taste Greys taint, you’d notice that I said he was not a first rounder, or 6th rounder…but he’s certainly better than a 19 throunder which is where he’s ranked here. Are you sure he makes you money for free? Doesn’t the a** kissing feel like work?

          • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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            @WhoAmI?WhoAmI?: ah yes, very respectful

      • Cram It says:
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        @WhoAmI? WhoAmI?: I think we should talk about you going away, which you said you would do Macwhatever. Need I post the link?

        • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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          @Cram It: how does grey taste?

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @WhoAmI?WhoAmI?: he actually only said if Grey and Rudy kept failing at certain “expert” leagues he would stop. He was asked how many years that would take until the same size of Grey/Rudy failure but no response yet. To his credit he did his first reasonable discussion today above. Now it’s back to his espn message board behavior.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Grey: And they don’t help Mauer one bit ;-)

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: But they are awesome. And so is Rudy.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        There’s nothing to help him unless he finds his 20-homer power and/or the Twins entire team offense bounces back…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: I had been thinking he might be worth a shot in my H2H league where we count OBP, but Rudy only has him at just over $11 in that format – and 9.7 of that is OBP.

          Where would he have to fall to for him to be draftable in an OBP league do you think?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            90-ish… $11 sounds about right…

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: So about the 8th round. Be surprised if he makes it that far.

              Will you guys be publishing Point Shares-only rankings?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Auction values are those… Just replaced points with $ so they were more relatable

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: Gotcha. Thought that might be the case.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, too many people confused as to what Points Shares meant, so we moved to $ values… It’s the same thing, essentially

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Grey:

          bounces back , from what ?

        • WhoAmI?WhoAmI? says:
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          @Grey: then maybe he’ll be the 190th best player

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        They do also love Rizzo though…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Segura and Marte too. Wow.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @SteveNZ: And Puig. Jeepers.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup… I do my rankings in a bubble too so was happy to see these…

        • Carnac says:
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          Forget Puig, Altuve is #23 overall ($20.1)

          • Carnac says:
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            Sorry, he’s #25 ($22.4) in a 12 team ESPN

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think $4 for runs might be a tad high there with Fowler on the team now… Also $11 for Altuve is with Ellsbury… Might be a tad high…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              BTW, sort by steals… Hamilton is so far out in front…

              • Carnac says:
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                Gotcha. Am looking at that now. Interesting. A bit high, I agree…

                  • Carnac says:
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                    WOW, that’s a lotta PAs. It appears Steamer is projecting the Astros to average more than 2013’s 29 PAs/game.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, talking to Rudy and he’s taking down his PAs a bit…

  35. chris L says:
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    Keeper question Grey:
    I can choose 3-5 keepers. Competitive league with normal 5×5 scoring except OBP instead of average. Notable names are attached below, who would you keep?:
    Matt Kemp
    Ryan Braun
    Robinson Cano
    Joe Mauer
    Salvatore Perez
    Brad Miller
    Christian Yelich
    Alex Gordon
    David Price
    Jared Weaver
    Sonny Gray
    Patrick Corbin

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun, Cano, Price… Good to know how deep a league is…

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: Sorry about that: there are 12 teams and each follows this pretty religiously…So Cano, Braun, and Price?

        Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, those three, not a great selection…

  36. JOe says:
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    Keeper Question:

    Need to Keep 5 – 12 team mix league. I have Tulo, Edwin, Chris Davis and Adam Jones. I also have Heyward. Should I try to trade Heyward for a top 12 SP – or go all out on offense. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you can get one…

  37. Prez!! says:
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    ****THERES A NEW POST FOR…… Ah god damnit, not yet..

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Prez!!: HA!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Prez!!: Ha!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Prez!!: HA! a pre-mature Postulation

  38. xtremehulk says:
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    12 team keeper via ESPN.
    Prince $35 vs Edwin $27.
    Edwin does not have 3b eligibility.

    My other keepers are Goldy, A. Jones, Cole, Jansen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  39. MattTruss223 says:
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    There’s a fancy looking newsletter in my inbox! Not too shabby, especially if you don’t check the website daily. But the bigger question there is, why the heck aren’t you checking the website daily?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks… I didn’t even get it!

  40. TheNewGuy says:
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    Slow draft in my new 16 team keeper where we can trade during it (yup!).

    Need a CF (we use CF, LF, RF in this) and have been offered Go-Go (C Gomez) for A Craig and Jorge Soler (prospect). Now I like Go-Go, but I also like Soler as a prospect a lot, and would have to draft another 1Bman if I did it. Like or don’t like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’d draft another 1st baseman in what range? I.e., who’s replacing Craig?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: Kendrys and Hart are the best options out there (and Tex *puke*)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t love the trade

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Grey: Other CF (which I will need to draft one of soon) are Fowler, Cereal, and De Aza. Keep Soler? Know Scott is a big fan of him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hold

  41. MattTruss223 says:
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    Latos news worry you at all? Sounds fairly minor, but still, with so many other options….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty minor, but if he has one setback in March, I will drop him… Watching him closely now

  42. J-FOH says:
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    Got three spots in my third RCL league left.

  43. Rob says:
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    We have a draft selection lottery where teams get to choose their draft slot 1 thru 10. If the first 2 picks are locked in for Trout and Cabrera. Where would you prefer to serpentine draft? 3rd or 4th slot…or hold off till later in the 1st round. Goldy was Great last year…just not sold on him 3rd overall. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3rd, take Goldy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, was okay… tldw…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Ok, I should of said I know someone who is like the 30 year old girl on the couch with her dog. It’s actually really sad when you know someone like that

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I just chocked on my microwave burrito

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: one of my favorites, I have to wonder if Wake Up wrote this?

            This book ruined my life. A friend of mine left this book on my kitchen table one night. My wife found it the next morning and took it as a sign that I didn’t like her cooking. What followed was the most horrendous knock out drag out fight that ever transpired. It ended with her confessing to sleeping with my best friend who would come over while I was at work, pork my wife, then apply his hemorrhoid cream with my toothbrush. I was so angry I chucked the toaster clean through our window which crashed through the windshield of an oncoming semi. It Jack-knifed and smashed into a bus stop full of elderly and children. Apparently I’m “Criminally liable”. I did a 20 year stretch in state where I made a decent living making shivs out of wood scraps and discarded teeth. Now I live alone under the bridge on 5th street. I make people answer a riddle to cross the bridge, but the answer is always “Microwave for one”.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The whole page is chock full of wonderful reviews… I wanna marry that page of the internet…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I would wallpaper my office with those reviews

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I just divorced Cougs and ran off with those reviews…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    @Grey: My life has been changed.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Right!?!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Some people sing along to a Miley Cyrus song together. Not me. I’m gonna memorize these and call you, repeat them to you so we can both laugh and enjoy them again and again.

                      Mind blown, Grey. Mind…blown…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m counting on you now…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Letting you down with this would be letting us both down

            • Prez!! says:
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              @J-FOH: really, this is right up Wakes alley…

  44. Wilsonian says:
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    Got conflicting answers from both Chata and J-FOH, so I’d like to get your opinion.

    Keep one of these dudes:

    Giancarlo
    JUp
    Tulo

    No term limits, can keep them forever. My other two are already Goldy and Jones. 16 Team H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ‘carlo

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks man. That’s my gut, too. Stupid league changes the keepers two weeks before the draft. I easily had the best 5. Good thing it isn’t for money…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You join an RCL yet?

  45. OaktownSteve says:
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    Couple of arbitrary items. Don’t ask me why but I went and looked at every start Homer Bailey made last year and separated them out into games where Ryan Hanigan caught him and games where either Mesoroco or Miller caught him.

    with Hanigan: 2.71 ERA, .977 WHIP
    without Hanigan: 4.73 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

    Hanigan moved over to the Rays who seem to no be Moneyballing defensive catchers…pitch framers in particular.

    That leads me to the second point about the Rays. They have not been out of the top 5 in Baseball Prospectus’ team defensive efficiency ranking in the last five years and they’ve lead or been second a few times in those years. I like going to Rays games when they are here. It’s cool to see all the shifting and positioning. It definitely seems to work.

    It’s seeming more and more obvious that they are having their pitchers pitch to contact. I think it’s no secret as it’s been kind of an open point for David Price, but it was interesting to see what happened with Archer last year. He went from a K rate that had been 8’s and 9s per nine or higher to 7.06. His swing%, zone% and contact% all went up relatively significantly. His walk rate went from 4 per nine down to 2.66. I think if you’re only looking at the numbers it might be tempting to forecast Archer for some regression to a higher K total, but that wouldn’t necessarily hold if the Rays have changed him to a more Tampa style approach, if we can call it that. Makes you wonder if they’ll ever harness Matt Moore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting stuff… What were the IP on Hanigan no Hanigan with Bailey? Around if you don’t remember exact…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        136 w and 73 without. Another interesting tidbit. His K/9 was lower and his BB/9 was higher with Hanigan but his hits per nine were 10.4 without and 6.3 with. Fangraphs has been developing some research around how pitching to the edges of the strike zone produces weak contact. If you have a guy like Hanigan that is confidently calling pitches to the edges and not giving in that all makes sense that there would be fewer Ks, more BBs but fewer hits.

        Which brings me back to the Rays. Interesting that the team who is making it’s living with defensive efficiency brings in a guy like Hanigan. Is Hanigan a catch to contact catcher? This might all be a lot hokum and small sample stuff on my part. Just having fun digging through the stat heap.

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          A low scoring rays vs the A’s game would be fascinating to watch live. Two incredibly smart and efficient franchises going head to head. Just to see the moves unfold and the process of trying to out think the other team to gain the advantage.

          If you didn’t know, I’m an Indians fan, but have a ton of respect for both these teams and how they go about their business.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, so the sample size is large enough… I’m actually more concerned about Bailey with this news than what it means for Rays SPs, because I’m not near on the top ones and the later ones are just flyers anyway…

          • Oaktownsteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Except our boy Alex Cobb of course

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, crap, slipped my mind… Yeah, you’re right… Counting on him upping his K-rate a tad too… Well, hopefully Hanigan makes him a beast on corners and he inches his K-rate up just ever so slightly…

              • Oaktownsteve says:
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                @Grey:

                It probably won’t change much in Tampa if it is even a thing at all. Just more of what they are already doing.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, hope so… I need Cobb to come through since I’m prolly gonna own him everywhere…

                  • Oaktownsteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    He’s going to be an animal. Dude can pitch

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      From your mouth to Giancarlo’s ears…

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @Oaktownsteve: i’ve had bailey for last 2 years in every league i drafted due to Razzball, and am really likely to have him this year too, hope he gets through this well.

  46. gareth says:
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    One category olympics.

    Mauer wins gold in average.

    Stanton wins gold in HR.

    who takes home the one stat Gold medal In each category for Runs, Rbi’s and Sb’s?

    Austin Jackson, billy butler and Rajai Davis?

    • Prez!! says:
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      @gareth: Billy Butler takes gold in SBs…

      Im assuming you mean steak burritos…

      • gareth says:
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        @Prez!!: butler is dyslexic, so rbi’s are ribs. He even has his own sauce!

        • Prez!! says:
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          @gareth: haha nice…

  47. johnny says:
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    Need help with some keepers. Have to keep 4 P in a 12 team h2h points league.

    Minor, Anibal, Zimm, Sonny, Wacha, Price, and G Holland-Holland scored most pts of them all last year by about 100.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland, Anibal, Price, Zimm

  48. Jon says:
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    I’m taking over an abandoned team and I have $260 to spend in the draft, minus what I spend on my keepers. Which of these look like good values, and who would you cut loose?

    C Castro $3
    1B/OF Cuddyer $4
    1B Howard $4
    2B Kinsler $29
    3B Wright $32
    3B ARam $8
    OF Braun $35
    OF Pence $8
    DH Ortiz $2

    SP Price $29
    SP Cole $6
    SP Wheeler $5
    SP Harvey $3
    SP Buchholz $3
    SP/RP Martinez $1
    RP Romo $1
    RP Grilli $3
    RP Melancon $3

    2 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, 5 OF, DH, DH, 6 SP, 3 RP, plus 12 reserves
    Roto points 5×5+OPS+HD/QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They all look fine… Wright, Price and Braun are a little pricey but with keeper inflation, I’d just keep them…

  49. Sange76 says:
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    12 team points keeper league.

    Keep Profar in the 13th or Bogaerts in the 12th and why?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar

  50. Goose says:
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    Hey Grey –

    I’ve been in my own mind-cave valuatin’, and so just coming ’round here to say…

    Thanks so much for the awesome projections tools! Yours is the only spot online I’ve seen with TBs listed as one of the projections. My 14-team 6×6 league uses OBP instead of AVG + TBs. It’s soooo great to be able to sort by TBs and compare players easily – very excited to look through and compare how my “blind guessing” looks for my projections. (Why Fangraphs doesn’t listed TBs as a stat on their usually incredible dashboard is anyone’s guess…)

    In other news, I just pulled off two back-to-back keeper trades. Let me hear how these strike you…

    We get to keep 6, no restrictions. Started with my solid four: Miggy, Prince, Wainwright, Hosmer. I did the classic keep-pu-pu platter, packaging Craig, J. Hamilton, Gio, Profar, and A. Gordon for Justin Upton. Stoked. Thought I was good, with Upton and G. Cole as my last two kept men.

    But then got another offer immediately: Puig + Chapman for J-Up. Went for it, had to. I’m fairly conservative in general, so there is some trepidation that Puig could be Harper-esque with his running hard and into walls all the time, etc. But every projection loves him and I kinda do too (even though I hate the Dodgers).

    Final 6 are now set: Miggy, Prince, Puig, Wainwright, Hosmer, Chapman

    (Gotta keep Aroldis over G. Cole, as it’s a holds league, so RPs are even more valuable than usual… Plus plenty of SP value as soon as we start drafting. Amirite?)

    Anyhoo – nothing’s even happened yet, it’s mid-Feb, and shit’s already active and serious in our league.

    Hooray pretend baseball!

    • Goose says:
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      @Goose: Although it’s interesting: Using that sortable TB projection – Steamer puts J-Up in the top 10 for TB, 296 in 706 PAs(!) (That’s an aggressive total of PAs, as his highest so far was 674.)

      Puig’s projected for 651 PA, which even if he doesn’t get injured seems prob too high – but his TBs is over 280 anyway. That’s a more-purty ratio. And in OBP format, Puig is top 5 value! Yespleaseandthanks. Pweeg!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha…Pweeg!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Nice, solid trades for you… Love Puig…

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey:

        Now maybe I’m getting greedy – no idea if the owner would do this –
        but would you trade my Prince + Waino for his Goldy? I’d then keep Cole as my #1…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  51. Rance Mullinicks says:
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    $500 league, 3 keepers. I’ve got C Davis at 11 for sure.

    Other options:
    McCutchen @ 74
    Beltre @45
    Hosmer @16
    S. Marte @11
    G. Cole @11
    Cuddyer @11

    Love the site! Thanks mucho.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Marte, Hosmer, Davis

      • Rance Mullinicks says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I was leaning towards originally due to savings but didn’t know if it would be reasonable to get Davis, Beltre, AND Cutch (Cutch being the only one at or near value).. Locking up 3 top players who when averaged together come at a substantial discount.

        Marte’s second half from last year concerns me. Hosmer’s second half makes me pitch a pants tent.

        • Grey

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          Cool

  52. Brett says:
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    100% agree. 150, 250…. Who cares. Dont draft him. If you do you should also have james looney and victor martinez on your target list.

  53. Alex says:
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    Yo, bonifacio is avail at MI. So is infante and cozart. In dynasty, you go boni right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

  54. Dani says:
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    Are the steamer projections rudy’s projections? If not, where can I find them?

    Thanks!

  55. Not a one hit boy wonder says:
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    I need some help with my keepers.
    I play in an $260 auction league and can keep 4 players.
    Goldschmidt 19
    Trumbo 7
    Everth Cabrera 10
    Cobb 12
    Scherzer 18
    Corbin 10
    Wheeler 10

    Stats we count are: BA, R, HR, RBI, 2B, 3B, SB, K, Saves, WHIP, ERA, W, QS
    Au Shiz is easily my #1 keeper. Who are my next best keepers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, Trumbo, EverCab, Scherzer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am a bit torn on Scherzer and Cobb though

  56. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Eta on the rankings cheatsheet? Thx

  57. Frank says:
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    Teheran, Wacha, Ryu or Gray or keeper – 1yr ????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran

  58. BucLover says:
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    Grey,
    I’m in a Yahoo 7×6 roto with the added stats of H,OPS, and QS. We get to keep 6 starters with no penalty. Starting roster slots look like real baseball plus two utility spots.
    I think I know (ha) I’m keeping McCutchen, Encarnacion,Jay Bruce, and Cole (Cole a good pick, but also homerism in play, here). This leaves two more from this list:
    Matt Adams (I have 1st base already locked up, so…)
    Gyorko (strong contender in this group)
    Bogaerts (maybe not in 2014, but worth stashing for beyond?)
    Machado (less of a similar situation to Bogaerts)
    Posey (Seems like a logical choice, but it is catcher)
    Avisail Garcia (sleeper pick,,,or not)
    Carpenter (the two extra hitting cats make him valuable)
    I guess I could be convinced to not keep Cole. Who would you keep, Grey, if you had my situation…McCutchen, Encarnacion, and what four others?
    Thank you very much, sir! Your site is a must read a couple times a day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Gyorko, Posey

  59. Nightpandas says:
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    I think as a general strategy once a guy starts doing hair product commercials he has peaked and you should stay away from overpaying (aka Mauer, J Hamilton, Polamalu)

    • Grey

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      Ha

  60. The Flayed Man says:
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    Greetings.

    I just inherited this team.

    10 team Roto league. We keep 13.

    Should I replace Adrian Gonzalez for anyone? I am keeping Craig because I have had several managers inquire about his availability so I should be able to move him.

    Keepers:
    Albert Pujols
    José Altuve
    Josh Donaldson
    Ian Desmond
    Anthony Rizzo
    Allen Craig
    Yoenis Céspedes
    Starling Marte

    Stephen Strasburg
    Justin Verlander
    Chris Sale
    Shelby Miller

    Craig Kimbrel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those 13 look solid

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        awesome, thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. Brooklyn says:
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    Hi, Grey:

    Keeper question for you. I’m in a 12 team, two-catcher, AL+NL, keeper points league.
    We can keep up to 5 keepers (if we choose) for our first five picks. We can also keep two rookies at picks number 24 and 25.
    I want to trade Posey (potential veteran keeper) and D’arnaud (potential rookie keeper) to a guy for Adam Jones. Love me some Jones, but I’m giving up a solid catching tandem in a two catcher league. If he bites should I go for it?
    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d take Jones

      • Brooklyn says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, I think so too. D’arnaud has a lot of value because he’s keepable for the next two years as a last round pick. Nevertheless, jones is the correct move.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  62. S cott says:
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    Do you have any concerns that Puig’s .214 September average was a result of the scouting report catching up to him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t… He’s a legit 30/20 threat… That could come with a .260 average instead of a .290 average but I’m willing to take the gamble…

  63. Brooklyn says:
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    Since I seem to have your ear, thoughts on my other keepers? Same league info as above obviously…am definitely keeping Goldy and Cutch 1st and 2nd rounds. And keeping Wil Myers and Chris Archer as rookies in 24 and 25. I have Kemp, Ryan Zimmerman, Posey, and Kenley Jansen as other possible keepers for rounds 3-5. Keep any of them? Or throw em back and hope for someone better?

    Thanks, and love the site!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re not really worth keeping at that price… Just redraft them if you want…

  64. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: Would you rather own Puig or Braun ?

  65. Jason says:
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    In a keeper to pair with Votto stras and machado

    Stanton kipnis or puig Felix

    10 tm h2h 5×5 us TB & QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Kipnis

  66. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Sorry, I should have been more specific. Are going to release a scaled down rank sheet sorted by position and tiers, and without player notes that’s small enough to take to a draft? Excel version it might’ve been, something like that. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s on that page… Do a Find for tiers…

  67. KevinB says:
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    I am in a 10-team dynasty league that keeps 40 players. The 40 players also include MiBL players, international signings, etc. I am not good at evaluating MiBL talent in trades for MBL talent so here is the deal …

    I have been offered Segura for a combination of Walker, Wacha, Springer and/or Almora. Basically, 2 or 3 of those guys for Segura. I look at this as if I am mortgaging my future for Sagura but I wanted to get your take on this.

    Also, Tyson Ross vs Alex Wood. How would you rate them for 2014 an 2015?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do Springer and Almora for Segura… Or really any two of them for Segura… Wood over Ross…

  68. Red Barons says:
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    Looking forward to another season of witty sarcasm and great nicknames! I did an early draft just because I was bored this morning and was hoping you could give a little feedback. Mainly because somehow all the closers were drafted within the first 6 rounds and I didn’t get one…
    Yahoo 5×5 roto:
    C – Jason Castro
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Gyorko
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Adam Jones / Jay Bruce / Alex Gordon
    UTIL – Pujols / Rizzo
    Bench – Moss / Hart / Asche / Bourjos / Escobar
    SP – Cobb / Liriano / Smyly / Fister / Masterson / Gray / Corbin
    RP – Scheppers

    I have someone offering me Soriano for Pujols (he needs another 1B), but that seems a little lopsided. Do you see a good offering in the lineup for a closer? Should I punt the category?
    Thanks for any input!

    • Red Barons says:
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      @Red Barons: Farquhar is a FA. Gamble on him?

      • Red Barons says:
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        @Grey: I didn’t join an RCL yet, but it’s a good possibility as the season gets closer (closer?). 12-team league. Melancon a better handcuff than Scheppers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, go with Melancon… Your team looks solid, light on speed and way too much bench bats… Pitching looks great…

  69. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Would you be happy with this team ? Areas of Concern ?

    1. Ádám Jones (Bal – OF)
    2. Yasiel Puig (LAD – OF)
    3. Adrián González (LAD – 1B)
    4. Ian Kinsler (Det – 2B)
    5. Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)
    6. Anibal Sánchez (Det – SP)
    7. Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
    8. Carlos Beltrán (NYY – OF)
    9. Corey Hart (Sea – 1B)
    10. Doug Fister (Was – SP)
    11. Aaron Hill (Ari – 2B)
    12. José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    13. Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
    14. Justin Masterson (Cle – SP)
    15. John Axford (Cle – RP)
    16. Jason Castro (Hou – C)
    17. Peter Bourjos (StL – OF)
    18. LaTroy Hawkins (Col – RP)
    19. Jesse Crain (Hou – RP)
    20. Rick Porcello (Det – SP)
    21. Avisail García (CWS – OF)
    22. Drew Smyly (Det – RP)
    23. Joakim Soria (Tex – RP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • Anthony says:
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        @Grey: 12 Teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your relievers are a bit of a mess, don’t understand the A-Gon pick so early but otherwise it doesn’t look terrible… Probably a tad low on power and saves…

      • Anthony says:
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        @Grey: I think when I did the mock there was Pujols Agon & Hosmer – I was trying to go based off your rankings and im still not sure how I feel about pujols after last season… also between Agon and hosmer Agon is a pretty consistent 290-300 hitter hosmer could be in the 290-300 avg range too but the 230 avg in 2012 kind of pushes me into AGON

  70. J-FOH says:
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    I got a strategy question for Grey and all the commenters. This is for a freind, it really is, seriously. Here’s the dilemma. he plays in a 14 team 6×6 with QS and XBH as the 6th stat cats. A strategy of punting saves has been adopted by 6 teams in his league so they can over load QS’s and raise their Wins potential. As a result the free agent market was a wasteland of SP, not a lot of good streaming options, and thus he was stuck with what he was drafted and the occasional stream. It’s 1500 innings limit too.

    Here is what I said about draft stretegy ” you should go after higher k/9/ higher QS SP and get 2-3 high k/9 closers. Play SAGNOF, because you’ll know it will be there. Sacrifice bags early in the year because between SAGNOF and the ease that you can trade for them, you can make that up later. I have always found bags and runs some of the easiest cats to make up later, as opposed to HR and RBI’s. I suggested Burnett and Gausman as two SP to target later because of their k/9 upside. And not to worry about the ERA/WHIP because you can always offset that with your strong pen and better starters”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s roughly 200 start limit… Guys will blow him away in Ks, Wins and QSs if he goes with what you’re suggesting… He should go heavier on starters, get great ones and have only one high end closer since others punt it, it’s an easy category win for him… That’s to the first part, I don’t understand what bags and runs have to do with the pitching though… Steals can be made up easily, yeah…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: The bags/runs thing part I partially left out. That he should try and use that as a place to beat those particular guys so he can trade with them later when you have cornered the market on the cats they need. It’s a weird dynamic and I’m not a fan of the format, but they love their loopholes and now must deal with the monster they created. This is why people should stick with 5×5, keeps the managers honest and have to play the game straight. That is one of the most important things I have learned from Razzball when it comes to roto.

        There are only about 8 guys competing for the saves, so not sure how one stud wins that, maybe we lost some of this in translation. He’s keeping Felix too, I forgot to mention that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Maybe if he got 2 solid closers… He still needs to compete with a large number of SPs… For Wins, QSs and K

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Any time you go beyond 5×5 and in combo with a league larger than 12 teams, punting becomes a viable strategy but only to a certain point. I’d be exploiting the saves draft situation by keeping on the sideline and drafting likely replacement candidates for SP with the same high K/9 late.

      XBH makes looking for guys with gap power viable. billy Butler moves up my draft board a little in a league like that.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: Yup Moobies was a solid guy in that league, Machado was a huge player in that format last year. I don’t know, didn’t want to ask, I think it’s dumb by design in the first place.

        • Sky

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          In deep leagues I actually like more cats because it allows for more variable an approach to the draft and different means of valuation on guys than a standard league setting would. That said, I’m not a huge fan of overlap of stats (XBH and HRs together I have a problem with). Played in a 10 teamer once where there was slugging/HR/DBL, BB/OBP and cats were 8×8. Basically every slugger was a god in that league. Didn’t draft anyone for steals, just hung on high OBP guys who hit the ball hard. Was pretty much in first all year. There’s a tipping point if size and extra cats don’t go together that turns it into a silly game.

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            @Sky: I think if you expand the cats you need to do so in a league of more advanced players. Find a way to take out the punt factor, or at least try and make it a huge risk. This is for roto of course, in H2H I say go crazy. Not to stay you should try to dictate how people play, but cut down the loop holes. Take XBH, it would be cooler if it was XBH minus HR, that way you get your credit for being a doubles and triples hitter but doesn’t over tip the scales to the hacks that bat .220 and hit 25+ HR’s. In real life those guys carry a lot of value. I have a love hate with quality starts. I like it when I own guys that have crap wins totals but pitched really well for bad teams. I hate it because you exploit it with the punt on saves. I think going 7×7 and adding holds forces the hand to keep some form of bullpen pitchers. I don’t know, something seems wrong when you have borderline streamable starters owned and brain freeze closers are not…..very wrong.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @J-FOH: easy fix is to switch to NSV…no need for anyone to punt…

              He needs to win saves = 12
              league avg in Ks
              be very good in ERA and WHIP
              only needs a 3 or 4 in SB
              around a 10 in HR, RBI, XBH
              league avg in W and QS

              they must go nuts for big papi in that league…

            • Sky

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              QS are so much better than wins, though. Wins reflect what a team did for 9 innings or more. They don’t reflect what the pitcher did. To me, when considering the stats of roto, you get a hit with a runner on third, you get an RBI. You’re on third and someone hits a single you get a run. You steal second, you get a steal. Etc, etc, but you did those things. Then you give up 5 runs in 5 innings as a pitcher. But your team scored 12 in the same amount of innings. Your team wins so you get a win? And vice versa the guy who gave up the 1 run over 8 innings and loses 1-0. I’d rather that 6 innings or more of 3 ER or less determine whether my pitcher ‘did something’. It’s at least a dividing line that you can’t argue with because it’s a stat, not a fickle team-driven category that somehow snuck into conversation as being a stat. The one thing I’ve heard I’m not against would be a re-evaluation of what a QS is. A sub 4 ERA for the game should be part of the discussion. 6 IP of 2 ER or less makes sense to me. 7 IP or more of 3 ER or less from there on makes sense too.

              Holds from what I’ve experienced actually just makes it worse because there are so many guys who can record holds. Then you can just punt saves in your draft in a 7×7 and wait until an heir apparent takes over or an injury occurs and throw away an underperforming arm.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: @Sky: I hear ya on holds, I’m just saying using it as a way to discourage punting the bullpen to keep some sort of SP mix in the FA pool. I heard some teams carried 10+ SP’s.

                I like your definition of a QS, I like it a lot. The sub 4 ERA method. They should change it now. In the past guys like Mark Buerhle would have value in QS….yuck!

                Wins is a bitch, it’s a big part of the game so I feel inclined to never be rid of it, yet is arbitrary and doesn’t ALWAYS reflect your pitchers performance. I think my favorite part of wins is the luck factor, it drives the nerds crazy because they can’t control their teams fate with their projections and numbers crunching, just have to accept that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, that’s life bro!……or 4 girl readers!!

                • Sky

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                  I’ve hated wins since the word go. It takes Cy Youngs away from more deserving guys and puts other players on a pedestal they don’t belong on or are used to weigh who had the better season. Scherzer vs Anibal. Both had over 200 K apiece for the year, sub-3 ERAs and sub 1.15 WHIPs but we really hear more about Scherzer’s 21 wins than we do anything. We hear nothing about Anibal. It’s an empty stat in my book. Almost as bad as QB wins. But of course, we all have our likes/dislikes. I just don’t see it as a fantasy relevant stat.

                  Yeah, baseball gets mired in tradition. The QS stat needs a retooling big time but at least it’s a stat with a dividing line. I’ll take that any day.

                  The holds might, it’s hard to say for sure. Then you deal with the fact that there’s always viable SP in the pool if everyone drafts a lot of closers and relievers. Can sink value either way, IMHO.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: @Sky: Wins are part of the game, as much as any of us hate it, it’s part of the game. It’s wrong but it’s reality

                    • Sky

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                      That’s traditionalist speak and I’ll have none of it. Change may be slow but it happens.

                      PS, Skip Bayless agrees with you about wins. Do you really want that association hanging over your head?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: them fighting words. And i don’t like them but have to accept that’s the way it is. Big difference…..very big difference.

                    • Sky

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                      Haha, I’m not saying you like them but saying ‘it won’t change, have to accept it’ is not true. They’ll probably always be around but their weight and use in the MLB can and will change. I respect guys like Peter Gammons and the time they’ve spent loving the game but they also shun new metrics and ways of viewing things because…tradition. We now have instant replay and review. Tech has been there for years but we’re just now getting it. And many would’ve said you have to accept that’s the way it is for not having it. It took a while but the MLB changed and it will change on this subject as well.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: they also talk about WAR like it’s god’s gift to the stats gods when it isn’t even a universal formula. Who knew that guys on good teams have higher WAR. It’s ridiculous. I have always hated wins and I like your idea about QS, but like saves, it’s a ridiculous number. Goose Gossage brought up a good point about saves when back in the day they had no closers, just relief pitchers that pitched to more than the ninth and had to battle more hitters to get their save. Getting a save when your team has a three run lead is a joke. But that’s what’s accepted and revered because Mo is the best closer ever, when he should be called the bet closer of the modern era. Opportunity plus no more than one inning of work is not as special as they make it out to be.

                    • Sky

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                      Oh I hear ya. But I’m simply saying ‘it won’t change’ isn’t a stance I can agree with you on. It’ll be slow but the change will be there.

                      Agree on saves/holds too. They’re really odd, convoluted stats. You can get a one out save or hold with a 3 run lead as well. They’re just situational and don’t require an extra skillset to gain them other than being being on the field at a particular time in the game. The most important thing is to have a strong pitching coach to harness the power of what you have. ‘Don’t pay for saves/holds’ isn’t just a fantasy baseball mantra. Rays have been doing that for a few years now. Made Fernando Rodney and Kyle Farnsworth closers. That says a lot.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: Lets make it our crusade to get the definition of a quality start changes. Write all the sabermetricians and tell them they are idiots until they unite to change the definition of a QS. I tried to talk to my buddy earlier about it but he agreed with the current definition, but changing it would make his league harder and who would want to do that. ;)

                    • Sky

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                      Ha, I’ve signed so many petitions lately – getting Bieber deported, Super Bowl Monday Holiday – why not another? I’d almost be inclined to move the IP down to 5 since if you can get a win at 5 IP I don’t see why you can’t get a QS but would be happy with what we talked about earlier. So where do I log my vote? http://www.ChangeQSForTheBettermentOfAmerica.org?

  71. Matt says:
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    Quick trade question: 12 team 16 player keeper with no penalty for keeping players

    My Wil Myers for Nolan Arendo and Julio Teheran

    I have plenty of OF without Myers (Kemp, McCuth, Stanton, Tavaras in a 6-OF league) and need a 3B and another good SP. Is the value pretty even? I’m leaning towards “yes”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  72. goodfold2 says:
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    farnsworth/h.rondon/machi. pick two in holds league. currently farns is at set up at NYM but he’s old and has lost a lot off speed last year.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: pitcher bidding in deep ass dynasty is over. i lost out on Vincent by not bidding up all the digits (being lazy) i bid 3.1 mil (sombody else did too, but for 3 years to my 1) instead of the my usual 3.11 or even 3.111 effectively paying the same but beating out those who just throw out 3.1’s. Damn being lazy. Check out some of these bat shit crazy bids. 100 million budget league.
      oberholtzer 8 mil a year for 3 years
      morton 9.5 mil for 3 years
      feldman 12 mil a year!
      lindstrom 7.71 mil! (i bid 1.812 a year)
      belisario 7.1 mil (same guy who got lindstrom)
      beckett 8 mil a year
      c.lewis 5 mil (with no job)
      fausto carmona incognito 3.6 mil 1 year
      meija 5 mil a year
      i lost out on carpenter/qualls/kelley/lindstrom (who all went for at least 4 mil) but got machi and h.rondon for 1.5 or so each. Did get to learn what people are willing to pay, which should serve me in the future.

    • Grey

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      First two

  73. Bazzrall says:
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    So, I’m in a 14 keeper, 14-team 7×7 (OBP, TB, QS, L added) league. I’m already set on keeping these 8: Braun, Carpenter, Gyorko, Hosmer, Longoria, Trumbo, Jose Fernandez, Jansen

    Which 6 should I keep out of:

    Nelson Cruz, Avisail Garcia, Christian Yelich, Mike Moustakas, Kolten Wong, Trevor Rosenthal, Dexter Fowler, Mike Napoli, Jonathan Lucroy, Erick Aybar, Chris Archer, Brandon Beachy, Matt Harvey, Jarrod Parker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail, Yelich, Rosenthal, Napoli, Lucroy, Beachy

  74. Peets says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks for your work always. Am doing mock draft in 8-team 5×5 OBP ROTO league.

    If I’ve got Votto, Kershaw, Harper, Stanton, Segura already, please rank the following candidates to pick.

    Zimmerman , Donaldson, Myers, Choo, Gyorko, Phillips, Rizzo, Rosario

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings

      • Peets says:
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        @Grey: Got it, thanks Grey.

        With ranking of value, I am supposed to draft Rosario (and next to Rizzo or Choo )
        Should I draft catcher so early (40th overall)? Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  75. Wake Up says:
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    My baby-mama has a great how to book featuring the microwave…I’d appreciate it if you guys could take a look at it…and maybe if you have time…write a review…Sunday Funday brosteins!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  76. Wake Up says:
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    Also, thinking of starting a Bowling facility that runs specials on White Russians on Shabbas…Jesus will always be welcome…”Looking out my backdoor” playing on a loop…just looking for, like, your opinion man…oh, and, thinking about calling it Wake’s Alley…thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s got a nice ring…

  77. Tigerfan says:
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    Read all your posts on Mauer, but is he lower because you dislike his value or because you think other catchers will actually put up better numbers….Mauer for 10-12 bucks, McCann 6-8 or Perez 3-5…..Head to Head one catcher league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Tigerfan: Grey said recently that Mauer could be very close to Perez, don’t know how he values mccann vs either though.

  78. Wake Up says:
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    kicked out the house…you got kicked out the house…PUT IN ON VIBRATE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Breakadawn, breakadawn, breakadawn…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks again…been listening on a loop…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too! I never even heard the AOI album before (I don’t think)… Really liking a few songs off of it… Nice collorab with Cee Lo…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: I’d never heard of it either…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Also, Baby Phat’s not bad either…

  79. badminton criminal says:
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    Grey….10tm h2h keeper(R,HR,RBI,BA,OBP,TB,SB,XBH….W,Ks,K/9,IP,ERA,W,SV,QS)

    im keeping Fielder,Cano,Longo,Segura,Myers,Felix,Gio and Latos.

    I need two more….Mauer,Lucroy,Carpenter,Samardja,Uehara and Corbin.

    thnks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carpenter, Corbin… Tough call on 2nd one

  80. Carnac says:
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    Remember in 2008 when Willy Taveras went 64/1/26/68/.250 and everyone said, “Wow, if this guy could steal another 15 bags he’d be a 2nd-3rd round pick!” Which is why all the Billy Hamilton hysteria makes sense.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Big Magoo: I just clicked the link and I completely agree with you…it is time for you to join a keeper league…

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @Wake Up: Maybe we can drum up enough interest to get a razzball keeper league started. For next year though. I’m already stretched pretty thin this year.

          By then, you should know how many fantasy leagues you’d be able to commit to without interfering with your commitments to Wake’s Alley…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Big Magoo: Hahaha…it will be completely self-sustaining and self-reliant…like a cat…or a newborn…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: @Big Magoo: I kinda hate keeper leagues. I would not be interested

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  81. Wake Up says:
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    I am reading a pretty interesting article that I’m writing on how zinc is great for the reproductive organs…so, even if you shoot it down the toilet…it potentially will find its way back into the water supply and make the woman who then drinks it, more fertile…so, on the one hand…but in the other hand…it’s a win-win…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zinc: Creator of the Universe, a new film by Roger Corman.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: HA!
        ‘If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions”…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  82. Carnac says:
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    Alert: WEEI reports Ryan Dempster will not pitch in 2014.

    Grey’s gonna have to scramble to replace JB’s Monday sleeper post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: wow, thank god i sold him off within a week or two of taking over that dynasty league where he still costs 14 million.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Carnac: and now maybe Rubby just got more interesting…well even more interesting than a man called ‘Rubby’ typically is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who are the Texans?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is that the place where they secretly switched the steaks out for tofu steaks and the customers burned the place to the ground?

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: They’d have every right to over a stunt like that…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Truth

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Big Magoo: “The Texans have never been wrong about anything!” – Chuck Norris

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Wake Up: Chuck Norris has a diary. It’s called the Guinness Book of World Records.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: HAHAHAHA

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Big Magoo: Ha! WAT. I got my sports smooshied together…but at least I was still in the right state!

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Sky: Baseball is just around the corner. Get your head in the game!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Unfortch my head is somewhere else and it smells like a bad version of last night’s dinner.

    • Prez says:
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      @Big Magoo: i think sky only screws up to make JOFH feel less of an idiot…

      • Prez says:
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        Whoops.. I didnt mess up his name… Thats wat i call him, Jacks Off For Hairspray.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Prez: It’s Jacks Off For the Homeless, it’s a non profit charity that helps the homeless through Jack Off-A-Thons.

          • Prez!! says:
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            @Wake Up: i was a jack off in vegas one time… No seriously, i needed a jack for a straight..

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Prez!!: HA!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Prez: you’re the guy that makes me feel less like an idiot

        • Prez says:
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          @J-FOH: i try, JOFH, i try..

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Prez: don’t try too hard, you’re perfect just the way you are

            • Prez!! says:
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              @J-FOH: how sweet…

  83. coachgonzo says:
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    Hey Grey and other fantasy baseball geeks alike.I need to select 10 keepers in 5 x 5 roto auction 280$ cap. Help appreciated. Freeman 25$ machado 18$ gyorko 6$ puig18$ c. Gomez 32$ j.upton 18$ Stanton 6$ bruce 23$ jfernandez 23$ m.moore 9$ j.Teheran 13$ s. Grey 3$…….which two dont make the cut?….side note my 3 minor leaguers stashed are baez sano and wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez, Machado

      • coachgonzo says:
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        @Grey: thanks again. Gomez I will put back in the pool and save $$$ but Machado I like to mucho. Can U provide me with option c please. I was on the fence w upton and moore. coachgonzo has too much talent son!

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          @coachgonzo: btw machado is 16 $ . Doubles will turn into more homeruns assuming health of course.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moore

  84. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    GREYYYYY!

    12 tm al only keeper / dynasty auction

    I have to many CI’s, and I can’t keep all of them. I need to get rid of one of the following:
    Chris Davis $17 for 5 years
    Beltre $25 for this year only
    Hosmer $15 for 3 years
    Moustakas $10 for this year only
    Ortiz $3 for 4 years

    I’m not shopping Davis or Hosmer, and not really getting any bites on beltre because of his high salary and contract expiring after this year.

    In this type of league, where you can keep a player for 6 years, would you trade david ortiz for George Springer?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure, take Springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moustakas

  85. Alex says:
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    You till like Gee over Erasmo or go Erasmo in dynasty?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Alex: Erasmo in a dynasty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo

  86. SteveNZ says:
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    Whaddaya think? First 10 rounds of a Yahoo mock, drafting with LF/CF/RF in mind. And OBP a little but not much. Would probably punt catcher when actually drafting, but whatevs.

    C Rosario (10)
    1B Prince (2)
    2B Gyorko (8)
    3B Zimmerman (5)
    SS Zobrist (7)
    LF Marte (6)
    CF Jones (1)
    RF Bruce (3)
    Util Choo (4)

    • Wake Up says:
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      @SteveNZ: not crazy about your 9th pick…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Wake Up: Hah! Forgot I had Zobrist at SS and picked Castro…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks very solid…Obviously you don’t have any pitching…

  87. Wake Up says:
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    peace out premier take me out with the fader…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He die too?

  88. Jon says:
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    I’m in a 10-team league where we keep 18. I thought my keeper roster was pretty well set, but another owner is pushing hard for my Cobb and Posey. Would you deal both for Adam Jones? Completely unfair to ask for a Cobb-level starter back, too (like Anibal, or Minor)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, can try to ask for a SP back too

  89. goodfold2 says:
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    bruce chen for sogard fair enough for me if i badly need an actual starting MI? only problem is sogard is under contract for 2014 and 2015 so if he were to lose his job i’d be eating half of the 3.6 million if I wanted to drop him (which would seem the obvious decision if he became backup). Only starter currently on waivers (we have to wait till end of first week of season to try to get those) is Furcal. i’m currently starting Schumaker at 1.5 million. If I can get Furcal he’d only cost .4 mil (but i’m probably not the only one noticing Furcal is a starter that was dropped)

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