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Soda Glover, Yoda Glover, Coda Glover, but no Koda Glover.  That’s my constant struggle with my autocorrect.  Let’s break down those typos, shall we?  Soda Glover has been better than 7-Up and seven down.  Me strike out batters you like, man with toothpick, says Yoda Glover.  The concluding event at the section of the baseball game called the ninth inning will be the Coda Glover.  Dusty Baker hasn’t yet named a closer, but, unless they trade for someone (and this isn’t out of the question), all indications are that Koda Glover will be the Nats’ closer.  Jon Heyman wrote, “….but with Shawn Kelley not considered a closer candidate due to two past Tommy John surgeries…”  Such a throwaway line.  Like it’s common knowledge.  Either Heyman heard something from the Nats, which led him to believe everyone knew this, or Heyman’s totally in the dark.  Could be either, but I’m thinking Nat-Nat-Nat-Nats’ all folks for Shawn Kelley, who has barely thrown this spring.  In my fantasy baseball rankings and my top 500, I’ve moved Koda Glover above Blake Treinen and Kelley.  Also, adjusted my Fantasy Baseball War Room.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Derek Norris – Released by the Nats, and will sign somewhere.  I moved him in the top 20 catchers, but, until he signs, he’s a floater.  I mean that in every sense of the definition of floater.

Max Scherzer – Says he feels back.  *twists arm, places hand on back*  Scherzer and I have something in common!

Charlie Tilson – Placed in a walking boot after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his foot, and he was updated in the top 100 outfielders.  The new center fielder for the White Sox appears to be Peter Bourjos, to which I say LET MY PEOPLE GO!  Wait, that’s ‘poor Jews,’ not Bourjos.  Tilson will return at some point and Bourjos is going to get benched, hurt or just be his usual uninspiring self, so I didn’t rank him.  If you want to draft him at the back end of a top 500 overall in your crazy deep league, I won’t fault you.  For what it’s Werth, Rudy projected him for around 250 ABs in the AL-Only rankings.

Corey Seager – As he works his way back from a sore back and oblique, he took 30 swings, ran and threw at half speed.  This really messed with some amateur photogs who thought their camera was on the slo-mo setting.

Anthony DeSclafani – Diagnosed with a UCL sprain and shut down for a month.  Tommy John surgery looms, but he’s looking at going the Garrett Richards stem cells injection route.  In the not-too-distant future, every player will have an injury rehab procedure named after them.  “I just had the Vlad Guerrero Jr. shin splints Thai massage, and I feel great!”

Amir Garrett – Competing for 5th starter job in Cincy, and, in the spring, he’s been straight fire emoji.  I haven’t projected or ranked him (though, Rudy has all rookies projected on the Prospect-o-nator).  I just drafted Amir Garrett in my NFBC league, or as I like to call him Muslim Mrs. Garrett.  We’re talking close to pick 450 overall, so this is more about putting a guy on your radar, rather than telling you to go get him right now in your mixed league.

Yasmany Tomas – Strained oblique, and will be reevaluated in 4-6 days from 2-3 days ago, so in 18-36 hours from now we should have a timetable.  Meanwhile, the timetable for the timetable is feeling very underappreciated.

Jake Barrett – Will open season on the DL, slowed by shoulder stiffness.  The colloquialism is “Ride or Die” but Fernando Rodney might be the first “Ride and Die” closer of the season.

Martin Prado – Has a strained hamstring, and will start the year on the DL.  Prado is 400 years old (give or take 367 years), I wouldn’t draft him anyway, and he was already buried in my top 20 3rd basemen.   This will be good news for Oprah.  Oops, my autocorrect changed my typo ‘Diet rich’ to Oprah.  Dietrich is already in my rankings, and I’m not moving him up, but he’s a decent NL-Only flyer.  Side note, member when Oprah promoted The Secret?  Where are all the people who wished to be millionaires?  They have a crock-of-shit book in one hand and an imaginary million dollars in the other hand.

Alex Dickerson – Disc protrusion and out three to four weeks.  I can’t say I ever suffered from this, but I had a Sony Discman once that had a disc protruding from it, and I couldn’t close it or open it and I needed a new one.  This was a pain.  This will solidify Margot’s center field job, but I always assumed he was the starter, so my rankings don’t change.

Jason Kipnis – Went for a 2nd opinion on his shoulder.  The 2nd opinion said, “You need new brakes,” then Kipnis went for a 2nd opinion that wasn’t a mechanic.  That 2nd opinion said Kipnis will be out at least four to five weeks, so Kipnis went back to the mechanic.  Originally, Kipnis said if it was regular season he’d be playing through it, which is funny because he’s going to be out until May.  Obviously not haha funny.  I moved him in my top 20 2nd basemen, and top 100 overall.

Carlos Carrasco – Diagnosed with a swollen elbow.  To which I say:

I haven’t moved Carrasco in the rankings, because information has been so uncertain about his return.  Last I heard is he feels better and will start in a minor league game today.  Think the worse thing we can do is panic, scream fire in the theater of Razzball and remove Carrasco completely from our draft boards.  The 2nd worse thing is ignoring warning signs and drafting Carrasco with a swollen elbow.  You see the dilemma?   There’s no easy answer here, but his start today could be a strong indication as to how effed in the eff hole Carrasco is.

Chris Tillman – Received a cortisone injection, which my app “Typos by IMDB” wrote as Tillman received Corleone protection.

J.D. Martinez – Diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain.  From, like, the bottom of the toes to the ankle are super pointless, so what’s the big deal?  He went for an MRI, and now wants a 2nd opinion, without saying what the MRI said.  That essentially means anything from he’s missing his foot to the MRI technician spilled coffee on the results.  It sounds like bad news and until we hear more Just Dong is just don’t touch, in my book.  Speaking of my book (clunky segue alert!), buy my latest book, if for no other reason than I’ve answered your comments previously and you feel marginally guilty for involving me in your team’s catcher questions.

Jordan Schafer – Will undergo elbow surgery.  He had arrived at Cards’ camp as a pitcher and outfielder, so I’m surprised he didn’t hurt his legs sprinting off the mound after every pitch.

Michael Wacha – Made the Opening Day rotation, which was always going to be the case once Alex Reyes went down.  Wacha is ranked in my top 80 starters, and is a flyer for the backend of a fantasy rotation.  I read somewhere ‘he should bounce back if his chronic shoulder injury doesn’t flare up,’ which is like saying, “I will deadlift 400 pounds, if my weakling strength doesn’t act up.”

Lance McCullers – Left yesterday’s start with a bleeding toe.

Ian Desmond – Bud Black expects Desmond to return in late-April.  Bud Black also expects cats and dogs to live in harmony and Jill Stein to win the recount.  I’d put Desmond’s timetable at closer to Memorial Day.

Tom Murphy – Fractured his forearm, which means he has two 2/4arms?  There should be some kind of law about something always going wrong for Murphy.  Not sure what we’d call that law.  Rockies said he’ll be out for four to six weeks, but a fractured forearm sounds like it would take at least two months.

Greg Holland – Talk that he could become the closer.  Actual quote from Rockies’ beat reporter, “Holland needed just 10 pitches in a 1-2-3 ninth. He got Milwaukee’s Nate Orf to fly out on a 95 mph fastball. Holland struck out Gabriel Noriega on an 84 mph slider. And Holland got Ryan Cordell to fly out after two 75 mph curveballs.”  So, he went through Brewers’ opp, and Nate Orf.  Aagh aagh!  That means saves for you!  By the way, baseball beat reporter writing is like reading an instruction manual from Ikea.  I think this might be a two-headed closer monster with Ottavino and Holland sharing saves, and I have moved Holland up in my fantasy baseball rankings and in the War Room.

Drew Pomeranz – Left yesterday’s start with a tight triceps.  He’s now had a triceps issue and an elbow issue in the last few months.  Do I hear forearm soreness?  Metaphorically, man, you can move your forearm away from your ear.  In my rankings, I say not to draft Pomeranz, so I’m not moving him.  Draft at your own risk.

David Price – Will start the year on the DL.  Yeah, no foolsies.  I moved him into the top 40 starters back when he was just dealing with arm problems, and I’m not moving him again, but you gots to be loco in the cabeza if you’re drafting him.

Tyler Thornburg – Dealing with a dead arm.  Him and Liberace.

Carson Smith – Threw a light bullpen session.  He’s returning from Tommy John surgery, and should be ready by midseason.  Unrelated note, Ben Carson once shut his eyes for three minutes and called it a blink.  A further unrelated note, I’d love to see a staring contest between Ben Carson and Julio Urias.  “Oh, and neither got out of the gate, blinking almost immediately!”  That’s the staring contest announcer.

 
    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Thanks for setting it up!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: I’d like to point out that Grey is now concurrently answering every comment on TWO websites . . . hopefully from the bathroom, because otherwise I don’t know how you’re getting there!

  1. Chuck N Chino says:
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    Great stuff as always, Grey. Who will be the beneficiary of Kipnis missing time?

  2. Matt says:
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    Please help form my prayer circle that Carrasco’s elbow is fine and Ian Desmond really does come back mid/late April aka Bud Black isn’t full of dog crap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Glad someone’s finally doing it!

  3. Rycisko says:
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    Man, been waiting for a Grey-injury write up to pop this question and it drops 2 days before my keeper deadline. You god damn bachelor.

    I like to punt Catchers and hate early DL stints. I have W. Ramos for $3, and A. Reyes for $6 in a somewhat deep dynasty league. With my roster set and $5 left to fill 4 bench slots should I cut either or both to save $7 and upgrade my bench, albeit minor. Or am I an idiot, stay put and roll like Walter on Shabbos.

    Appreciate the read as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rycisko: Haha… Be helpful to know more about your league? Depth?

      • Rycisko says:
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        @Grey: Catchers have plenty of McDonald’s Dollar Menu type guys available from Weiters on down. Personally Id be fine with Hedges, D’Arnaud, even Norris when he lands. My starting lineup is Miggy, Baez, Correa, Franco, Yelich, Yoenis, Stanton w/ Hosmer & Hamilton as my util. Hence keeping Ramos to wait a month or two and stack some extra juice is option B.

        Reyes is tricky. Love the upside but he’s a $6 year long DL slot, $9 the following year for about 2 months worth of work, and $12 IF he comes back at full strength. In terms of young arms Hader, Kopech and a few others are still available where guys like Giolito, Urias are long gone.

        Staff I’m keeping is Salazar, Sanchez (not fucking Anibal), Gausman, Walker, Gray, Moore, Ryu, Pineda, Wacha.

        Points league w/ slight edge to Pitchers. And dude if you follow this up, just for reading my bullshit, I’ll buy your damn book.

        <3

        • Grey

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          Sounds like you know to cut both guys loose already… I like Reyes, but he won’t be useful until 2019

  4. henncoop says:
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    Glad to have another pretty decent night here to give me some downtime to bring my self back to the reality if fantasy baseball. I loved the “diet rich” = Oprah jab ….priceless. I am happy to have drafted Glover last night just as a holds guys for decent K’s …with a name like Koda how can you resist? Might make up for having internet &/or yahoo issues & getting into my draft late. Based on your rankings for the players left in a 15 team keeper league I ended up with 3 guys who can play 1B & no corner infidel slot. So I somehow got Miggy, Abreu, & Hanley with my 1st 3 picks to fill 1B, IF, & Utilty …lol oh well could be worse. Maybe I can make a decent trade with one of them.
    So far tonight I’ve had a lady insist several times it was afternoon despite it being totally dark; a guy who said he can’t drink water; & someone falling asleep standing up & barely able to walk insisting he needs more meds …this is still a good night. Life is good when I have fantasy baseball to escape to & Razzball to make me decent at it while offering a few chuckles as well.
    Looking forward to my 1st ever Razzball league draft tonight.

  5. Packers says:
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    Nice write up if you don’t have any of those guys or have drafts coming up. We are in round 30 of our NFBC draft, slow and steady drafting over the weekend.
    My question is what app on my phone is the best get the latest sport news alerts concerning injuries? I have the ESPN app which gives me score updates and Yahoo which I can look news up with but no breaking news. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: Thanks! I’m always at my computer, not a good person to ask

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Packers: rotowire newscenter works for me (updates not advice)

  6. AJ says:
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    I bet the Nats go Treinen to start the year, but Glover ends up as closer by year end.

    • Grey

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      @AJ: Maybe, but Dusty has been using Koda in 9th in spring

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Are you dropping Hellickson (my 2nd and lowest reserve SP in a weekly lineup league) and spending $1 faab (out of 100) on Koda Glover? Thanks!

  8. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Had the auction draft for my most competitive league yesterday…it’s a 12 team roto keeper with weekly lineup. Things got weird! Most top players went for $15-20 over their projected values because many of these older teams have very cheap keepers (I’m only in year 2)…so for instance McCutchen went for $33 (!) Posey for $31 (!!!!!) and Miggy for $47 (honestly makes more sense in context).

    Anyway, here’s my team – would love to hear your / everyone’s thoughts!

    C – D’arnaud $6 – threw up in my mouth when I bid that, but he was the last starting gig catcher and I had deepest pockets and only 1 spot left to fill
    C – Hedges $1
    1B – Rizzo $33 [KEEPER] – didn’t realize he was such a value keeper still until seeing Miggy and Posey’s salaries
    2B – Schoop $12 – he had some fans here!
    SS – Story $11 [KEEPER]
    3B – Healy $3 – really like this value in context actually, even though my target was Lamb, who went for $14
    MI – Brad Miller $3 – the pro of being the only guy who doesn’t spend $30 on a player in the draft!
    CI – AuShizz $15 [KEEPER]
    OF – Just Dong $10 [KEEPER] – prayer circle up!
    OF – G Polanco $29 – last top tier OF
    OF – Broxton $3 – favorite pick
    OF – Rajai $7 – Hamilton went for $27
    OF – Dahl $15 – assuming he starts on DL I also have Jankowski and Peralta $0 reserves to fill in
    UTL – Hanley Ramirez $12 [KEEPER]

    SP – Darvish $18 [KEEPER]
    SP – Hill $5 [KEEPER]
    SP – Duffy $17
    SP – Nola $9
    SP – Rodon $7
    SP – Nova $7
    SP – Gsellman $4
    RP – Familia $14 (Jansen and Chap went for $24 for comparison)
    RP – Bedrosian $3

    Reserve ($0) – Eichoff, Hellickson, Jankowski, Peralta
    NA ($0) – Meadows, Tapia, R Mondesi (dropping Mondesi if he doesn’t get the starting gig).

    Thanks! BTW, the top 500, smokey’s closer chart, and JB’s top 100 were incredibly helpful in this one when it quickly became apparent that my pre draft strategy/salaries were not going to work here!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Regarding: “it quickly became apparent that my pre draft strategy/salaries were not going to work here!” Told you so! ;)

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: Ha! You did indeed!!! This was the league I mentioned having a more fluid plan for because they know what they’re doing usually. In that other league I mentioned with the very rigid strategy (OBP with friends that don’t research much), it worked out nicely despite a scare when someone drafted Trout for $65 (!!!). I ended up with a lineup headlined by Goldy, Villar, Story, Rendon, Bryce, Blackmon, Joc ($1!) , Broxton ($1!), and Chris Davis, w/ Moncada NA and a $4 Dahl for presumed DL.

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Same experience with my keeper league, as well. There really were no values at upper tier, and some of my mates were beyond disturbed and talking about how ridiculous the prices were. You have to factor in that when everyone else has crazy values in their keepers, they are cash rich abd buy-crazy. Case in point: bc of 1st base shortages as a result of keepers, Abreu went for $32, but I kept both Rizzo and Miggie at $35. With keepers you can just about throw dollar values out the window.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Burningbridges247: For sure! Agreed. Keepers seem to be less about keeping the best “values” and more about keeping the best guys, period.

    • Grey

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Your hitting and pitching look solid, don’t have a ton of complaints, maybe you’re a bit too high on speed, and Rajai is unnecessary, and you have injury risks on pitching

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        @Grey: Thanks – went a bit nuts on speed because I was worried I wouldn’t have enough, particularly when Hamilton went for what he did, followed by Kiermaier for like $14. Hopefully I can build a nice cushion on SBs then trade Rajai/Jank midseason for whatever I need.

        Definitely have the ambulance on speed-dial for my staff, but if healthy I’m pretty happy about it.

        • Grey

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          Ha, no problem

  9. Huddy says:
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    Thanks Grey! 4+ hour draft last night 12 tm H2H standard cats (except QS instead of W)
    C: Vogt
    1B: M Cabrera
    2B: Odor
    3B: Bergman
    SS: Tim Anderson
    OF: C Gonzalez
    OF: AJ Pollock
    OF: McCutchen
    Util: Broxton
    Util: Thames
    SP: Darvish
    SP: Archer
    RP: Oh
    RP: Ed Diaz
    P Hill, Paxton, Pineda, JoeRoss
    Bench: G Richards, BMiller, Mazara, J Reyes, Inciarte
    Feel I have too many bats, noticed others drafted 3rd RP? Drop anyone for Cam Bedrosian, Glocer? More pitchers? Snell, JGuerra, Bundy, Musgrove, JGarcia, Tomlin, Skaggs, DeLeon around…. thanks for the read

    • Grey

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      @Huddy: I don’t believe in bench bats, you’re low on power, too much speed and low on safe pitching

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        @Grey: Agreed, lost track, any easy bats you see to drop for any of those pitchers?

        • Grey

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          Don’t really see Reyes or Ender playing much for you, Snell and Bedrosian for now

  10. FeverDog says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Went ahead and drafted in a Yahoo league just for fun this year. Here’s my team.

    What do you think in general, and should I drop anyone to add Koda Glover? I’m weak on RP.

    12-team, H2H, 5×5

    c-wieters
    1b-santana
    2b-kinsler
    3b-k. seager
    ss-russell
    of-trout, springer, marte
    util-desmond, morales

    sp-deGrom, quintana, salazar, pineda, jon gray, smyly, nova, berrios, volquez (waiver claim to drop and add straily), corbin (waiver claim to drop and add madson)

    rp-allen, watson, neris

    THANKS!

    • Grey

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      @FeverDog: Team looks solid, bit risky with deGrom… Hitting looks solid, I like the team in general — obviously drop Edinson and Corbin

  11. Will says:
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    Why is everybody sleeping on Steven Wright? With Price/Pomeranz issues he’s all but guaranteed a rotation spot, and he was an all star last year.

    • Tio says:
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      @Will:

      Knuckleballers are never sexy picks. I think Wright makes for a decent backend option. No way he repeats last year’s numbers and there is virtually no upside given his age. I prefer to go upside for my backend arms.

    • Grey

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      @Will: He’s unownable and not startable in almost all leagues

  12. kwoox says:
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    IN GREY WE TRUST!!!!! ROTO yahoo league, let me know what you think. (I think it’s LOADED)

    c: Wieters
    1b. RIZZO
    2b. ODOR
    SS. Carlos Correa
    3rd Manny Machado
    OF: Byron Buxton
    OF Andrew Benintendi
    OF Max Kepler
    OF Keon Broxton
    UTL Freddie Freeman
    UTL Addison Russell
    BENCH Mitch Moreland
    Bench Hernan Perez

    Pitching
    SP. Danny Duffy
    SP Danny Salazar
    SP Rich Hill
    SP Tajiwan Walker
    SP Robbie Ray
    SP Vince Velasquez
    RP Greg Holland
    RP Daniel Hudson
    RP Arodys Vizcanio
    RP Huston Street

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        @Grey:

        12!!!!!!! Come on Grey…..IN GREY WE TRUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        what you think, back to back titles this year????????????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kwoox: Your team looks like a 10 teamer, so that’s great, love the pitching and hitting, nothing bad really to say…

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      @kwoox: would love to see the overall pick number for the players .Thanks

      • kwoox says:
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        @JoeG414:

        It was auction

        Budget $260
        1. (19) Manny Machado (Bal – 3B,SS) $44
        2. (25) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B) $38
        3. (37) Carlos Correa (Hou – SS) $31
        4. (78) Freddie Freeman (Atl – 1B) $31
        5. (79) Rougned Odor (Tex – 2B) $22
        6. (105) Danny Duffy (KC – SP,RP) $13
        7. (118) Danny Salazar (Cle – SP) $13
        8. (137) Rich Hill (LAD – SP) $11
        9. (146) Taijuan Walker (Ari – SP) $2
        10. (155) Keon Broxton (Mil – OF) $6
        11. (156) Addison Russell (ChC – SS) $5
        12. (169) Andrew Benintendi (Bos – OF) $18
        13. (177) Vince Velásquez (Phi – SP) $3
        14. (178) Byron Buxton (Min – OF) $8
        15. (196) Robbie Ray (Ari – SP) $3
        16. (212) Max Kepler (Min – OF) $2
        17. (218) Greg Holland (Col – RP) $4
        18. (220) Michael Conforto (NYM – OF) $1
        19. (232) Matt Wieters (Was – C) $1
        20. (243) Mitch Moreland (Bos – 1B) $1
        21. (251) Arodys Vizcaíno (Atl – RP) $1
        22. (259) Daniel Hudson (Pit – RP) $1
        23. (266) Huston Street (LAA – RP) $1

  13. Mike says:
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    Is Bedrosian officially the closer or are they still pretending it’s a competition with Bailey?

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      @Mike:

      I think he gets the first shot. The reality is he will not be the closer when Street returns from injury…. if anything to keep Street’s trade value high.

    • Grey

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      @Mike: I have them ranked how I think it will shake out, and projected for saves… Bed will get 75% saves

  14. Five-On-One says:
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    Drafted over the weekend. Standard $260, 5×5 roto league with weekly lineups, except 2 Catchers, 10 Pitchers and a 6-man bench. Team with auction prices paid is below. All comments/observations welcome.

    C – Grandal (9)
    C – D’Arnaud (5)
    1B – Encarnacion (25)
    3B – Turner (11)
    CI – Joseph (3)
    2B – Odor (25)
    SS – Semien (1)
    MI – Forsythe (1)
    OF – Trout (42)
    OF – Springer (22)
    OF – JD Martinez (14)
    OF – Bradley Jr. (7)
    OF – Kepler (1)
    U – Brad Miller (3)
    SP – Verlander (20)
    SP – G. Cole (14)
    SP – D. Duffy (13)
    SP – R. Hill (10)
    SP – J. Ross (6)
    SP – Shoemaker (4)
    SP – J. Gray (4)
    SP – Eickhoff (1)
    RP – Colome (11)
    RP – Bedrosian (8)
    BE – Street (RP)
    BE – N. Jones (RP)
    BE – Uehara (RP)
    BE – Folty (SP)
    BE – Skaggs (SP)
    BE – Tilson (OF)

    JD’s injury (and to a lesser extent, Tilson’s) are not good news. And I could use another closer, but hope to grab one off the waiver wire as jobs change in April/May. All thoughts, comments, etc. are welcome. Thanks.

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        @Grey: Sorry – 12 Teams. Also, drop Skaggs, Jones or Uehara for Glover? Already dropping Tilson for a hitter to replace JD for a bit.

        • Grey

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          @Five-On-One: Koji for Koda…. Team looks great, love the hitting and pitching, no real complaints, hopefully JD is fine

  15. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    12 team 6×6 obp h2h league. We do qs instead of wins. I didn’t get to pick til the 9th rd because I went all in last year and traded most of my picks. I’m a little worried about my pitching. How’d I do?
    C – Brian McCann pick 179
    1b- Paul Goldschmidt —— keeper
    2b – Devon Travis pick 164
    Ss – Tim Anderson pick 134
    3b – Nolan Arenado —– keeper
    Of – Mike Trout —- keeper
    Of – Jackie Bradley pick 107
    Of – Joc Pederson pick 110
    UTL – Ryon Healy pick 131
    Bench – Byron Buxton pick 113

    Sp – John lackey pick 104
    Sp – Taijuan Walker pick 109
    Sp – Lance Lynn pick 141
    Sp -Colin McHugh pick 150
    Sp – Mike Montgomery pick 155
    Sp – Daniel Norris pick 158
    Cl – Edwin Diaz pick 149
    Bench – Mike Foltynewicz pick 173

    • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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      would you drop any of my pitchers for iwakuma or wacha?

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        or glasnow

    • Grey

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      @BitchesBeShoppach: I don’t love McHugh as my rankings say… Your hitting is heavy on OBP and OPS which is good, bit low on speed, but whatever… Your pitching is a bit of a mess

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    It’s that time again. 10 team H2H points league, we keep 5.

    C:Posey
    1b: Goldy
    2b:Carpenter
    3b:Rendon
    SS:Andrus
    CI:Miggy
    MI:Zobrist
    OF:Harper
    OF:Bautista
    OF:J-Upton
    OF:Granderson
    Util:Souza Jr
    Util:Margot
    B:Bruce
    B:Bregman
    Rookie:Crawford

    P:deGrom
    P:McCullers
    P:Paxton
    P: Eickhoff
    P:Snell
    P:Nova
    RP:Osuna
    RP:Herrera

    B:Skaggs
    B:Bundy

    How’d I do? I like my team overall– I reached for Souza which was a gamble so I grabbed a few bench bats just to cover that. My pitching is all upside so I’m nervous about that but trust in streaming.

    • Grey

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      @Chris: I love the team, think Grandy, Bruce and Souza are garbage tho… Pitching looks excellent as long as deGrom doesn’t deFallapart

      • chris says:
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        @Grey: ill keep a mindful eye out for OF. I have every intention of using bregman in that Util role so I will look if I can upgrade at OF/ use as streamer spot… thanks!

      • chris says:
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        @chris@Grey: : Drop Bruce, Grandy or Souza for Carlos Gomez (Is he still CarGo Lite or Cargo Extra Lite?)

  17. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 (QS/OPS)
    Thoughts on what’s good and bad about this draft? Thanks in advance.

    C-Contreras
    1B-Freeman
    2B-Kinsler
    3B-Donaldson
    SS-Russell
    OF-Marte
    OF-Trumbo
    OF-Kemp
    OF-Duvall
    U-Kepler
    U-Mazara
    Bench: Joseph, Schoop, L Martin, Thames

    SP-Scherzer
    SP-Salazar
    SP-McCullers
    SP-Shoemaker
    SP-J Ross
    RP-Ramos
    RP-Dyson
    RP-Bedrosian
    Bench: Foltynewicz, Garcia, Cobb

    • Grey

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      @Bobbo: OPS is solid, love hitting in general… Pitching is insane, very nice team

  18. mcmi11ions says:
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    I feel your pain on the Carrasco pick. Keepers were due last night for me. I set mine a couple weeks ago and left them, now I wake up to this? ugh… at least I have a crap ton of DL spots. Speaking of crap ton, I think that is Pablo Sandoval’s listed weight in Red Sox programs this year.

  19. Jake I says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Hope you’ve finally recovered from Purim. I had an auction draft last night in a 6×6 (TB and OBP instead of AVG; HOLDS). I would appreciate if you gave your thoughts on overall strength of the team and some places to look to improve.

    C: Gattis
    1B: Freeman
    2B: LeMahieu
    3B: Rendon
    SS: Correa
    IF: Jose Abreu
    LF: Mazara
    CF: McCutchen (went with Rudy on this one)
    RF: Harper
    OF: Giancarlo Stanton
    UTIL: Hanley Ramirez

    SP: Hill
    SP: Lackey
    SP: Pineda
    SP: Taij Walker
    SP: Shoemaker
    P: Odorizzi
    P: Joe Ross
    RP: Francisco Rodriguez
    RP: Bedrosian
    RP: Thornburg
    RP: Siegrist
    BN: Brach
    BN: Rivero
    BN: Grilli
    BN: Hunter Strickland
    BN: Nick VIncent

      • Jake I says:
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        @Grey: It’ll get ya! 12 Teams

    • Grey

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      @Jake I: Love the hitting, not sure how you drafted that team, guessing keepers — Pitching is a bit of a mess tho, I like the guys you have, but you punted a bit

      • Jake I says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. It was a redraft auction league, and I spent most of my budget on hitting. I hesitated to drop a few extra shekels on the Salazar, Maeda, Duffy tier. In hindsight, it probably would’ve been worth the investment. I’ll look to target SPs in trades and scour the wire. Thanks, Grey!

  20. Tweak says:
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    Made a trade for Desmond in a dynasty league this year to backdoor my way into a productive 1B. THAT’S WHAT I GET FOR TRYING TO BE SLY. Also, what do I do with this Family Stone?

    I took Glover with a last pick in a recent RCL, so I’m pretty happy with his ST work so far. I’ll be thrilled if that turns into 30 Saves.

    Per this and other recent news on Thornburg, I’m dropping him in dynasty and picking up Jonathan Holder. Dude went nutso last year with the Ks and I’m hoping he turns into another Betances in NY.

    As for Pomeranz, that trade gets worse every day for Dombrowski. Next up is Espinoza destroying the minors this year and looking like Urias going into next season. Heck, maybe he won’t even turn out to be a HodgePadre.

  21. Synyster says:
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    Imagine the numbers Just Dong would put up if he stayed healthy all year? Makes my choice between him/Giancarlo quite easy in the third. Will you be moving him down in your rankings? Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Synyster: Prolly move him down, just waiting for inevitable

  22. Pat says:
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    Nice info on koda but a few weeks late smokey wrote about him weeks ago .

    • Cram It says:
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      @Pat: Nice sentence, but your kindergarten education left you decades ago. It’s not a competition.

  23. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    If Lance McCullers wins a world series with the Sox, Rhode Island will let them do whatever they want. They took more blumpkins from Bill Mueller than could ever be imagined.

    • Smokey

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Blumpkins? That is a key search word that signals me to comment

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Smokey: It’s actually my pet turtle’s name.

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: so I search for your turtle is what your saying.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: It’s true, Rhode Island is probably the dumbest state in America. Family Guy was like a MTV True Life.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dumbest state in America feels like a reach for RI

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: I grew up 5 minutes from the boarder, it’s true. They have all the advantages of being in the northeast, and still manage to blow their spending money on Curt Schilling. They’re kind of like a rich kid that ends up homeless.

            • Grey

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              Have you listened to Crimetown podcast?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: NO!!! But I totally should. I could tell you so many stories about a lot of what they’re talking about. I might skip the pod tonight to get caught up on these.

                This is my life, I lived outside of Providence from 82-2005.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: I used to have seats about two rows behind Buddy at Providence Bruins games in middle school. Guy was the man. Always had a new bimbo, got a standing ovation every single game, showed up in the same sweatsuit as the team’s trainers. But my favorite thing about Buddy, was that he lived in the Biltmore.

                  Funny thing about Rhode Island, up until 2009 Prostitution was legal as long as it was indoors.

                  • Grey

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                    That’s hilarious about Buddy! “Funny thing about Rhode Island, up until 2009 Prostitution was legal as long as it was indoors.” Then they whore’d themselves to Schilling

                • Grey

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                  Oh wow, you’re really more of a Rhode Island kid, I thought you were a Masshole

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Grey: Yeah I grew up in Taunton, I started dating my wife in 2003, and she lived in Boston. We then moved here.

                    The movie, Outside Providence, is pretty much what my hometown is like. I went to waaaaaay more Paw-Sox games than Red Sox games as a kid.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And the Prospector is born!

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: No Joke, my first Beni was Phil Plantier, I was a genius for that one year in San Diego.

                    • Grey

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                      Ha! Great throwback!

  24. peacecoast says:
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    finished my draft last week. Now I wake up every morning and check to see if any of my guys are injured. Great fun. So far dodged any major problems.
    I think Carrasco is maybe going to end up being the perennially hurt guy that never gets > 150 IP. He is just too fragile. The guy blew out his hamstring running to cover first last year, I mean c’mon vaginitis.

  25. Tbone says:
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    12 team 6×6, 1o-player keeper; OBP, SLG instead of AVG; W-L, K/9, QS

    I have Contreras who I can keep in the 15th this year, 13th next, and 11th the year after. I also have Grandal (20th, 18th, 16th). Since we only start one catcher I’m hoping to move one of them; since OBP league I think I’m fine moving Contreras.
    I also have Glasnow (17th, 15th, 13th).

    Would you move any of them for Verlander, who I can keep in 5th (probably has 2 rounds of value there based on keepers)?
    Which? Would you also ask for a draft pick upgrade or is the deal fair enough without?

    Also could get Carrasco in 13th, but his injury makes me nervous to pull the trigger.

  26. TrevorEnding Story says:
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    Just drafted in a 14-Team H2H 6×6 (Added OPS & HLD) (Keep 9 + 2 Rookies)

    C – Wieters
    1B – Holiday, Bird
    2B – Schoop
    SS – Story, Swanson
    3B – Bregman, Franco
    OF – Blackmon, McCutchen, Hamilton, Pederson, Margot

    SP – Carrasco, Gausman, McCullers, Urias, Manaea, Nova, Hammel
    RP – Jansen, Dyson, Harris, Siegrist

    1) Would you trade Bregman or Franco for Hosmer given my 1B need?
    2) Shoud I trade any of my hitters for a reliable SP; I know I pitching is very young and unpredictable

    • Grey

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      @TrevorEnding Story: 1) Sure, Bregman 2) Don’t really see anyone you can trade — did you have a top 5 pick besides Blackmon?

      • TrevorEnding Story says:
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        @Grey: No, just took over this team from another manager this year. It needs a lot of work so I loaded up on young guys to build for the future.

  27. Member Berries says:
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    no mention of your novio’s HR?!

    any optimism on these Fool Me Twice candidates: Corbin, Ryu, Wheeler, Delino Diaab Deshields

    • Grey

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      @Member Berries: Those guys are all waiver pick ups in most leagues… I like the Corbin flyer prolly the best at this point… Ryu and Wheeler are injured or not in rotation, Delino’s platooning

  28. Harry says:
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    Was offered this in OPS dynasty:

    My Quintana and 3rd MiLB pick (#34)

    for

    Pederson and 2nd MiLB pick (#17)

    My other SPs are A. Sanchez, VV, J. Gray, and DeSclafani (who I’ll probably throw back)
    My other OF are Yelich, Conforto, Broxton, Peralta, and D. Santana. I’ll have to throw 2 back.

    Current MiLB keepers are Robles, Rodgers, Happ, and AJ Reed. We can keep 6 MiLB players. I have the 2nd pick overall and the 21st right now.

    Thoughts?

  29. Lt says:
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    Anyone dealing with the problem of while mock drafting all of Grey’s good value picks being taken in the same round? I feel I have to choose between Maeda, Duffy, Quintana, Jackie Bradley, any decent closer left which is fine cause sagnof, and any value that could of fallen in the draft. I always get worked with having to choose McCullers, Lackey or Paxton. I’ve been mocking from the 12 spot. Grey you’re the man thanks again. Also do you object to drafting Rizzo and Miggy at 12-13 in a 5×5 league with no MI or CI spots just 3 OF?

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @Lt:
      Keep saying to myself over and over : ‘Can’t get everyone”, ‘Can’t get everyone”

  30. Aaron says:
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    Manuel Margot or Tyler Jankowski? Jankowski is on my bench; Margot is on the wire.

    Similarly

    Glover or Thornburg? Have Thornburg already; Glover is on wire. Worried about Thornburg’s dead arm but like his situation in Boston (and am biased as Sox fan).

    12 team Yahoo 6×6 (OPS on hit side; SV+H and QS on pitch side)

      • Aaron says:
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        @Grey: Sounds good to me.

        As an unrelated followup, I had asked this in forum but will follow up here, since the other guy offered a specific trade and seems to be on an aggressive timescale…:

        Was offered my Cespedes and Duffy for his Marte and Kinsler.

        League settings in above post. He has both Odor and Kinsler and is looking to offload one. I’m stuck with Walker at 2B unless Kipnis heals. I’d be inclined to do it but Duffy is my best pitcher (Duffy/Lackey/Paxton/Shoemaker/Gausman/Samardzija/Cotton).

        1) Trade
        2) Hold
        3) Counter. I could see switching Kinsler for Odor, and maybe offering a different pitcher. (Bats on hand Vogt/Goldy/Walker/Beltre/Machado/Trumbo/Beni/Sano/Moreland/Jank/Buxton)

        Thanks as always, you guys are all awesome.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Marte

          • Aaron says:
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            @Grey: I mean i would love to just take him for free, but I assume you mean that you would take/accept the trade so as to acquire the services of one Starling marte plus kinsler at the proposed cost.

  31. mjp says:
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    Grey, I need your expertise for my draft strategy.

    10 team Keeper auction league yahoo 7×7 (+OPS,+BB,+L,+K/BB) with a 27 inning pitched per week minimum

    My keepers are great, but I don’t know where to spend the rest of my cash with a weak pool. I am pretty active on the WW and can grab saves often for free.

    Keepers
    Anthony Rizzo $31, Jose Altuve $18, Manny Machado $16?, Mike Trout $26?, Bryce Harper $27

    Should I spend the rest of my cash of Hitters, Pitchers, or just SP?

    Some of the expensive guys available are:
    Miggy, Bum, Kluber, Bautista, Votto, Chapman, Lester, Jansen, Posey, Stanton, Cueto

    Of the top guys available, which 3 or 4 would you target?

    • Grey

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      @mjp: You need pitching… You’re in essentially the 6th round

  32. nick says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff as always!

    I am doing a NFBC draft and have the 11th pick. With my 2nd round pick (20th overall), thinking I have to take Giancarlo. His ADP is 37 in NFBC, but both you and steamer have him ranked 23/14. You also have Odor ranked at 14 who should be available (39 ADP). What would your move here be?

    Try to get a Trea Turner / Stanton or Miggy / Odor combo?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @nick: You know I love all of these guys… Miggy/Odor is slightly better

  33. peacecoast says:
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    G,

    whose idea was the AMA? curious.

  34. NickfromtheRoc says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Can’t wait for the daily writeups! I’m glad we’ve had some news to get us through… Had my Dynasty league auction last night (15 teams, 40 man 6×6 with OPS and Holds). Woke up to a trade offer, wondering what your thoughts are:

    Paul Goldschmidt ($42), Ian Kinsler ($15) and Kolby Allard ($2) for Jonathan Villar ($7) and AJ Reed ($1). Which side are you taking?

  35. Nightmare! says:
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    Grey lord!!!!! Wassup!! Long time no talk! Hope you’re doing well my man. So this year I’ve added on a second league. It’s only a 10 team H2H pts league for some money but check this lineup out.

    Realmuto
    Freeman
    Odor
    B miller
    Kyle seager
    Marte partay
    Polanco
    Adam jones
    Jose abreu

    (Bench-Jackie Bradley)

    Pitching:
    Thor
    Scherzer
    Degrom
    C-Mart
    Salazar
    Closers- Britton, Dyson (Colome)

    Bench: iwakuma, smyly, Pineda

    How’d your boy do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did well, damn your pitching is insane…. Hitting looks a little wonky, but in Points, that’s not terrible…

  36. Maxwell says:
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    Thanks for your great work Grey.My team RCL (keeping it real).
    Altuve Abrue Franco Odor Tim Anderson Healy Rupp Polanko Kepler Buxton Leonys Martin
    Keon Broxton Mitch Moreland (UT). Darvish Carlos Martinez Maeda Paxton Velasquez Joe Ross Givens Doolittle Jim Johnson C Bedrosian Koda Glover Carter Capps.
    Forced on autopick twice (north canada sleet storm) Should I scramble for anything ie Saladino with Moreland (closer stash) or just hold for now? Any advice would be great!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now, and I like the team, you look like you really followed my rankings!

      • Maxwell says:
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        @Grey: predrafted your solid upside projections way higher cause I didn’t have much time to prepare. Just got lucky with no major injury picks though.

  37. YankMyBat says:
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    head to head/ 6×6/ daily lineup/ OPS league.
    We do not play with Mi or any of those just normal spots and two Util

    every year you keep a guy, he moves up a round next year

    Keeping Darvish in 10th
    Trout 1( can keep 5 guys not 6 now)
    Story 23
    Turner 14

    Do I keep Bogaerts in the 13th or Marte in the 4th?(If I keep next year they would move up to 12 and 3)

    Bogaerts is kind of boring unless he finally takes a big jump. I am keeping Story. I do have 2 util so they both have a place to play.(Damn 2 SS playing daily, seems so weird.) Few guys are big Redsox fans and I think I could move him for a lot.

    Marte- with my other keepers and Marte, I should own steals all year but he does not help with the other stats. We use OPS and AVG not Hits. I am throwing Polanco back and hoping to get him back. Losing a 4th pick for steals is not cool but he will not make it back to me in the 4th round. Next year he will cost a 3rd.

    Who do you like? Thanks for all your hard work!

  38. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey! I’m in an innings cap league this year, normal 5×5 categories, and hoping you can help me with some elite k/9 with beautiful ratio reliever types. Simply, beyond Andrew Miller and Betances can you toss me a couple of names of guys that are similar to those two? Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barclaylounger!

      • LagunaBobbyI says:
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        @Grey: Grey, I’m sorry to be high maintenance but me no understand your reply. Scratching my head trying to figure it out, and I got nothing…

          • LagunaBobbyI says:
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            @Grey: okay, now that resonates! not very up on my middle relievers. thansk Grey

  39. nick says:
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    Did a mock draft with the 11th pick in NFBC still league (15 teams, 2 catchers). Thoughts?

    C: Vogt
    C: Hedges
    1B: Miggy
    2B: D Travis
    SS: Miller
    3B: Lamb
    CI: Hanley
    MI: J Harrison
    OF: Marte
    OF: Braun
    OF: Mazara
    OF: L Martin
    Util: Duda

    P Britton
    P Maeda
    p Cole
    P AJ Ramos
    P McCullers
    P V Velaszquez
    P Snell
    P Skaggs
    P Hammel

    • Grey

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      I like the team, but I think you’re light on speed… Your pitching is better than your hitting which isn’t great

  40. Five-On-One says:
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    One more for today. I need a temporary replacement for JD. Can use U slot, so any hitter will do. Some available bats are: Duda, Gyorko, Saladino, Schimpf, Solarte, Escobar, Jorge Polanco, Drury, Moss, Peralta and Dannys Antana. Can you give your top two? I am leaning Peralta then Drury. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saladino for now

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: When would you grab Moncado to put in an NA spot? 12team H2H

        • Grey

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          What do you mean when? Date?

          • hondo says:
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            @Grey: About when in the draft? Is he worth using a late mid round pick on?After the draft I’d put him in an NA spot(never been in a league with one) and probably grab a holds guy with the empty spot.
            I”m going to try to get Saladino,this would go well with that since it covers him posing PT and doesn’t cost an active roster spot.

            • Grey

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              Around 225 — Once offense is filled

              • hondo says:
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                @Grey: Thanks.Nice multi tasking today.

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: When would you grab Moncado for an NA spot?12 team H2H.

  41. Dree says:
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    Who should I keep? Pick 3.

    Harper in the 1st
    C. Seager in the 6th
    Syndergaard 5th
    Odor 9Th
    Cruz 10th

    I have a hard time not keeping Harper’s but am leaning towards Cruz seager and odor cuz id have a 1st rd pick and could draft Harper. Also, we have a 3 yr keep Rule so trout and altuve would be there too and out of the 10 guys in my league 2 of them r probably keeping 1st rounders giving me 3 out of 8 chance of getting 1 of them.

    • Grey

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      Tough call…. Cruz, Seager, Odor

  42. Nico says:
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    Morning, Grey! I’m now ready to receive my recaps from the Lothario on the regs. Been too long. I feel like the Pres would appreciate his Intelligence Briefings a lot more if you were tasked to write them. So, based on the recap, no pitchers are safe… As expected. 2) I can’t help but think their is a ton of value in Brad Miller as a SS. He looks like a Trevor Story lite, and I can probably wait until the 12th round to get him. Is there something I’m missing?

    • Grey

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      Morning! I don’t think you’re missing anything except Story has upside and Coors which limits the floor

  43. Beetroot McKinley says:
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    Not sure if this changes anything however the Washington post had an article today explaining that Kelley and Treinen have been pitching in minor league games. I guess to give younger guys fighting for spots more opportunities. I am biased as I own Kelley and treinen and am still holding out hope one of them win the job.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/nationals-journal/wp/2017/03/20/shawn-kelley-returns-to-pitch-in-grapefruit-league-game-where-had-he-been/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now it’s getting interesting! I own Koda, Rudy owns Kelley, some own Treinen… I’m betting on Koda

  44. jon says:
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    Addison Russell hitting .300 with five bombs and nine RBI this spring.

    can he hit higher than .260 this season?

  45. jon says:
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    Addison Russell hitting .300 with five bombs and nine RBI this spring.

    can he hit higher than .260 this season? Also whats his speed like 10 SB a year maybe? any potential for more?

    • Grey

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      .260 feels like a solid projection for him, with luck anyone can hit .300+…. I wouldn’t count on it…. I do love him this year, and am higher on him than most

  46. omar says:
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    8 team AL Only 5×5 Standard Roto:

    Have the 6th pick in the draft, and either Bogaerts or Lindor should fall to me. If both are there, who’s the choice? Player drafted can be kept through the 2018 season.

    Already have as keepers:
    Mookie
    Machado
    Just Dong

    Thanks

  47. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Wondering whether or not to grab Glover. Have Holland right now as my 3rd closer. Could drop Holland, Glasnow or Snell to grab Glover. Its a H2H keeper league(keep 10) so the more pitching the better.

    • Grey

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      I’d lose Glasnow, assuming shallow league

  48. nick says:
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    You usually have a page that has all of your tiers listed with all the players in an excel. Can’t seem to find it this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s usually done by a commenter, but no one did it this year, unfortch

  49. ERad says:
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    Do I ask you questions here or on Reddit? I’m so conflicted. We were so close to a Reese sex scene and then that kid whose taste in music is a little too good had to cockblock us.

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: I don’t really have any questions, but if I did – I’d ask them.

  50. GC says:
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    10 team H2H points dynasty. Buddy of mine is a White Sox fan. I’ve had Giolito on my team for 3/4 years, and now that he’s with the Sox, my friend is interested in acquiring his services. My hitting is ridonkulously stacked except for 2B. My pitching is Kershaw, Cole, Salazar, Giolito (keepers), Maeda, Lackey, Ross, Walker, Pineda, Cotton, Norris, and some prospects (draft, still ongoing).
    His pitchers are Scherzer, C Martinez, Espinoza, Sale, Strasburg, Cueto, Gsellman. And he has Odor, but I could still daft someone and get by. Think I’d prefer another solid arm.
    Anyone I could target straight up and sell Gio’s upside? If not straight up, who would you shoot for? I’m sure extra pieces could be included to make something feasible work. Or hold Gio and see if White Sox pitching coaches can fix him?
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

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      Can you get Odor for him?

      • GC says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: I can ask. My bats are Rizzo, Bryant, Correa, Harper, Springer, Beni, C Seager, Machado (1, 3, SS, 3 OF, 2 DH)(all keepers). Bench: Lamb, Kiermaier, Bellinger, Maitan. If he won’t move Odor, any preference on his above pitchers, or just hold?
        Or his other hitters: Myers, R. Healy, Senzel, Xander, Stanton, Betts, Marte, Meadows, Lindor. Increasing 2 keepers each year until max 20, this year was 12. Thank you kind sir

        • Grey

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          Meh, not really

  51. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Love ya to (kibbles and) bits!

    a. Went through a living hell to get to Don Ameche.

    b. Was supposed to fly the following connection.

    1. Farchana, USA – Guereda (aka Pedro Guerrero, ’cause you love LAD 1B ’cause you’re constantly grabbing your crotch)
    2. Guereda (Pedro) – Don Ameche
    3. Don Ameche – Goz Beida (Beid means far in Arabic)
    4. Goz Beida – N’Djamena (Everybody sing, everybody dance, lose yourself in wild romance)

    That failed because of sandstorms.

    c. So, am flying tomorrow morning from Don Ameche at 06h30 (check-in 05h30) via Goz Beida (Far out, man) and onwards to N’Djamena (Fiesta) arriving 09h15.

    d. Only had a chance to cut and paste your brilliant article into a notepad document. I’ll read it with glee when I go offline in a few seconds!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. That sucks! B. Jesus, yikes C. Safe travels! D. Enjoy!

  52. Gregjeffries says:
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    Yo Grey! Just finished up our draft at Spring Training! Wanted to hear your thoughts on my squads strengths and weaknesses if you have a sec. Here’s what I ended up with (15 team 5×5 rotiss):

    C – Didnt draft a C, gonna scoop one off waivers w/upside
    1B – Hanley
    2B – Altuve
    SS – Semien
    3B – K. Seager
    CI – Hosmer / Moreland
    LF – Mazara
    CF – Bradley Jr.
    RF – Betts
    U – Kepler
    BN – K. Broxton, Renfroe, Deshields

    SP – Darvish, Duffy, Lackey, Hammel, Bundy, Nova
    RP – Melancon, Ottavino, Kintzler…… Storen, Casilla (yuck)

    Thanks much! Really appreciate it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the pitching, like love love…. Hitting is solid, I like those guys, you feel low on speed

  53. RicoSuave says:
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    Great stuff Grey! Thanks man…

    16 team h2h weekly points league… redraft

    Slow draft and I’ll be picking 8th round (#116 overall) and I need a SP (I have Thor and Maeda)
    SPs available are:

    Gausman, Pineda, Paxton, Lackey, Nola, Wlaker, Taillon, Fulmer, Matz, Harvey, Estrada…

    Who do you recommend I pick out of these guys?

    thanks again,

    Cheers

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  54. 4zini says:
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    That guy…Drafted this weekend from the 8 slot. Goldy was falling right to me. The 7th slot was going to select Machado when “That guy” opens his damn mouth and says “Cannot believe Goldy is still available”. The 7th slot…had no clue…changed his pick last moment to Goldy! Mother Effer’…Got Machado as a consolation prize. But man..was I pissed.

    Machado and Correa for my 1st two picks. Myers at 1st base. Should I trade one of my SS or just leave Machado at 3rd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks… Leave Machado at 3B

  55. JR says:
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    What are your long term expectations from Trea Turner? I can acquire him in a 10 team h2h keeper league that counts TB, BB, HR, OBP, SLG, and NSB. I have altuve, marte and villar for steals, and if he plays SS only this year I have to choose between him and villar at SS. In his prime, you think he could get 25hr/40sb? Or that too much power?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      15/40 — his body type doesn’t strike me as 25 Hrs, but I guess if Altuve can do it…

      • JR says:
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        @Grey: that’s my thought as well. I can get him for Max, but I don’t know if he fits well with my team since I already have altuve, marte, and villar. That’s a lot of speed…

  56. Q says:
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    First RCL today.

    What’s your advice on what to do with my bench?

    Also, assuming that we are all using some version resembling your rankings, any value in zigging when others zag?

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t draft bench bats in RCLs, unless it’s like super late and you wanna stash a guy like Moncada

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Search the site for RCL Updates the past few weeks, you’ll find a treasure trove of advice from a friendly Hippo.

  57. Phil Rizzuto Is Alive!!! says:
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    Getting deep into a slow draft for an 18 team league. Which of the following deep cut OFs suck less:

    B. Holt
    D. DeShields
    R. Rua
    R. Liriano

    As always, thank you for the awesomeness!

  58. Rock D says:
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    If you had the pitching staff of:
    Yu
    Degrom
    Cole
    Maeda
    Hill
    Mccullers
    Ross
    Nova
    Cobb

    Would you trade non keeper Degrom for 2 more years of keeper Beni?

  59. Big Magoo

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    If Koda’s personality is anything like Crispin’s, he’ll probably be crazy enough to thrive in the closer’s role. I’m still hoping that Treinen gets a shot to show that he’s this year’s Dyson (or Britton-lite), but who knows what Dusty’s gonna do. He’s probably trying to coax Rob Dibble out of retirement as we speak.

    Took a shot on Kershaw in a draft over the weekend. Followed it up with Villar. Such an anti-Grey team. I actually thought for a second after making that second pick that this would be the most unlikely start to a Grey team ever, haha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think there’s still a chance Papelbon ends up there, as crazy as that sounds… Kershaw in what? NFBC? 12 team?

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Yup. All of my leagues this year are the NFBC 12 teamers. Just have to set aside some time for FA bidding on the weekend each week, but that format is pretty low maintenance. Perfect for me this year.

        You’d probably be surprised at the offense that I was able to cobble together after taking Kershaw. I went Villar in the 2nd because I don’t like taking speed-only players (except for Jankowski, who seems to be my SAGNOF of choice this year), so I usually end up a bit low in steals coming out of most drafts. Cano, Braun, Cespedes, and Abreu were my next four picks. Beltre fell all the way to the 8th, so I got him again.

        If Kershaw is able to throw 200 innings (got Maeda and Lackey as my 2/3), this team could be pretty badass. That’s a big if though. You know what they say – fortune favors the brave. Of course they also say that a fool and his money are soon parted, so…

        • Grey

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          Ah, gotcha… You love them floors… Cano, Braun, Abreu are so exactly what they are, hopefully they do as they always do for you… I’d be a little surprised if Kershaw does throw 200 IP, feels to be moving down rather than up

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: You know how I do. Lock up high floor players early, then swing for the fences. Got plenty of upside later on (Franco, Buxton, T. Anderson, Mazara, Bird, Rodon, J. Ross, Nova, Holland, etc.). Boring is good early. Some of the older guys might regress a bit, but few of them are likely to bust barring injury. Much higher bust rate for the youngsters.

            Speaking of floors, since the 2015 ASB (when he got over his stomach parasite thing), check out Cano’s numbers compared to a couple of top four third basemen:

            Donaldson: 179/57/162/10; .290/.401/.570 in 1017 PA
            Machado: 151/53/134/7; .287/.348/.515 in 1030 PA
            Cano: 151/54/152/0; .308/.361/.535 in 1020 PA

            There’s obviously no speed in his game, but the four cat production is pretty sweet. Could probably throw Miggy in there as a comp too.

            • Grey

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              Wow, ton of upside there, I like that core a lot! Great comparison of Cano and 3Bs… Can’t argue with Cano, only one year I called him a schmohawk and he was that first year in Seattle, then I’ve learned to not go against him

              • Big Magoo

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                @Grey: I figured you might feel differently once I shared some of my mid round picks, haha. You’re such an ageist! First 11 picks were pretty much all floor guys, then 10 out of my next 12 picks (outside of Lackey and Vogt) were high ceiling guys. Very Jekyll and Hyde. I usually prefer that type of team construction though.

                How’s the slow draft going? You finished yet?

                • Grey

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                  I totally am! Nah, 33 rounds in, team feels essentially the same as I showed you… Took Drew Storen, Mark Reynolds, Amir Garrett and Chacin sicne I showed you, so depth

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: Starting to dig deep. He’s probably already off of your board at this point, but Saladino is someone who could be interesting this year. Grabbed him in the last round of this draft. Could definitely see him hitting 12-15 homers with 20 steals and a .270ish average this year. At the very least, he’s a good cuff for Moncada in deep leagues.

                    • Grey

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                      I love Saladino, wrote a post on him… He’s gone, tho

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: Iglesias was apparently scheduled to have his elbow and back examined today. That Storen pick could work out nicely for you.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hope so!

  60. Landisimo3 says:
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    12 Team Dynasty … Roto …. Was just offered His Kipnis and Josh Bell for my LeMahieu … What do you think?? even with Kipnis’ injury …. Thank you in advance

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Landisimo3: uh yeah, i’d do it just for kipnis.

  61. Syllogism says:
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    Hello Mr. Grey!!

    OMG that Ben Carson – BLINK line was priceless! A literal LoL guffaw. Great to be back immersed in FBB-land … kind of like the happy version of Groundhog Day.

    Just finished the draft for my redraft team, Epic Fail. However, my question is with respect to my Dynasty team.

    – Dynasty league in its second year. This year we keep 24 and draft 6. Next year, keep more, draft fewer, until a few years down the pike, no draft.
    – 20 team, AL and NL, Yahoo eligibility
    – weekly head-to-head, one point for winning a week
    – in_year FAAB of $100, 4 transaction limit per week, 60 limit for year
    – unlimited daily roster moves
    – Hitting: R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, XBH
    – Pitching: W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/BB
    – 30-man roster with 12 hitters and 12 pitchers score per day
    – C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, LF, CF, RF, OF, Uti
    – SPx 5, RP,x 3, Px 4, BNx 6,(DL x4, NAx 4) (minimum 40 innings per week)

    While most “keeps” are obvious on my team, I need to cut eight of 32 (17 hitters, 15 pitchers). I list all players for team shape-context:
    – Hitters: Cabrera (Miggy), Bogaerts, Braun, Villar, Longoria, Eaton, Zobrist, Morales, Beltran, Castellanos, Cervelli**, Span**, Utley**, Saunders**, Chisenhall**, Reyes (Jose), Wendle**
    – Pitchers: Scherzer, JA Happ, Iwakuma, Fister**, Anibal Sanchez**, Vargas, Tyler Jay**, Raul Alcantara**, McCarthy**, Collmenter, Wade Davis, Oh, Hudson, Addison Reed, Ziegler

    ** The eleven players that I think are “on the bubble” players:
    – Cervelli, Span, Utley, Saunders, Chisenhall, Wendle, Fister, Sanchez, Jay, Alcantara, McCarthy

    Comments/Recommendations on which eight to punt?

    Roster freeze deadline day is March 22nd, supplemental 6-round draft is March 30th.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Lonnie, Fister, Anibal, Jay, Alcantara, McCarthy, Utley, Cervelli

      • Syllogism says:
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        @Grey:
        HA! I was really wondering if I were nurtz to cut Cervelli, but he feels so … not-exciting. Thanks! :o)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He is projected for 2 homers in 500 Abs

  62. Los Putos says:
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    Toe Knife claimed another victim

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn you Toe Knife!

  63. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 (OPS/QS)
    a little light in saves. thinking of either dropping Eric Thames or Leonys Martin to pick up Koda Glover. Swap one or hold? Thanks as always!

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      @Bobbo: obviously it’s a speculative add, lol…

  64. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Long time, no see! It’s good to be back on the site. As my keeper deadline approaches, just wanted to get confirmation from you that I’m choosing wisely.

    (12-team H2H with OBP and QS)

    Allowed to keep 2 hitters and 2 pitchers. Currently have keepers set at: Freddie Freeman, Adam Jones, Archer, Salazar.

    Other possible keepers: Just Dong, Lindor, Arrieta

    Please help lead me to the promised land!

    Thanks!
    Eric

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to se you again! Lindor, Freeman, Archer, Salazar

  65. Dan Johnson says:
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    Just drafted a 10 team, H2H, with 6X6 scoring. I think I ended up pretty well, but I was hoping to get your opinion.

    C – Yasmani Grandal
    1b – Carlos Santana
    2b – Rougned Odor
    3b – Anthony Rendon
    SS – Corey Seager
    OF – Kris Bryant
    OF – Charlie Blackmon
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton
    OF – Jose Peraza
    OF – Max Kepler
    UTIL – Justin Turner
    UTIL – Albert Pujols
    Bench – Jean Segura
    Bench – Nomar Mazara
    Bench – Manuel Margot
    SP – Johnny Cueto
    SP – Danny Duffy
    SP – John Lackey
    SP – Kevin Gausman
    SP – Taijuan Walker
    RP – Mark Melancon
    RP – Kelvin Herrera
    RP – Sam Dyson
    Bench – Michael Pineda
    Bench – Jon Gray

    Is there any position/category you think needs addressing? Overall impressions? Thanks a lot, you can probably tell that you were a big influence on how and who I drafted haha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, Margot is fun, but you don’t need him… Pitching looks solid, like the team in general

  66. Syllogism says:
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    Ah, Shizz, redraft-league question … (and the BenBlink is still funny)

    I’m definitely in the remorse/second-guessing phase.

    – Redraft, 12 team, AL and NL, Yahoo eligibility
    – weekly head-to-head
    – 10 waiver/FA transaction limit per week, unlimited daily roster moves
    – 7×7 scoring (5×5 + OBP, TB | Holds, K/9)

    Couple of brain-fart moments drafting, but by and large, it’s not-terrible. Once again, I think I’m way short on HRs, RBIs.

    There are some notable FAs left, what swap-ins/outs might you recommend? Would you dump some bats in favour of pitching slots?

    Hitting:
    Roster … Vogt, Carpenter, Turner (Trea), Villar, Swanson, McCutch, Bautista, Piscotty, Santana (Carlos), Ryon Healy, VMart, Nunez, Broxton, Drury, Duda

    FAs … Guriel, Shin-Soo Choo, Kepler, Naquin, Reddick, Heyward, *Margot*, *Jankowski*, Kepler, A Gordon

    Pitching:
    Roster … Scherzer, Tanaka, Gausman, Jon Gray, Cotton, Folty, Hammel, Gsellman, Lance Lynn, Miller (Andrew), Igelsias (not Julio), Shawn Kelley (Doh!)

    FAs … Musgrove, St Wright, Bundy, Severino, Graveman, Nolasco, Conley, DeScla … Glover, Dull, A Bailey, Will Smith, O-Day, Kela, Jeffress, Treinen, Stickland

    I’d be tempted to cut back on my bats, but who would I drop?

    Thanks, amigo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler over Drury…. These pitchers do nothing for me right now

      • Syllogism says:
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        @Grey:
        You wouldn’t swap out Kelley for Glover then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can, but in this league I get the sense you can wait for some sort of official announcement… If you think you need to act now, by all means

          • Syllogism says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, good point. Thx.

  67. OaktownSteve says:
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    Hey Allbringer. Did my one draft. Went back to my 90’s style and punted the s**t out of pitching. Did I do enough on offense NFBC 15 teamer with 7 bench?

    Rupp
    Gomes
    Abreu
    Cano
    Bogaerts
    Frasier
    Betts
    Trumbo
    Odubel
    Piscotti
    Broxton
    Walker
    Napoli
    Parra

    Also…3.40 ERA and 170K a reasonable hope for Harvey this year for Harvey? Fell way deep in the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, one draft? That sounds so sad. Harvey I fear is done until he can learn to be a different pitcher. Very nice hitting team for 15 teams, you look well balanced for power and speed and Frazier’s AVG drain should be balanced by about five other guys you have

  68. Dhouse42 says:
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    I drafted price in the 9th round. Livin’ la vida loca!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully it works out

      • Dhouse42 says:
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        I drafted price in the 9th round. Livin’ la vida loca!@Grey:
        Yeah i figure a 9th rd bust is not the end of the world

  69. dom says:
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    what resource would you recommend for a 5×5 obp league rankings? the steamer auction values have Harper 2nd, are you drafting Harper second overall in 5×5 obp h2h?

  70. Syllogism says:
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    Re: my earlier Dynasty question about “which eight to cut” …. you advised cutting:

    Lonnie, Fister, Anibal, Jay, Alcantara, McCarthy, Utley, Cervelli

    I’m not sure if I included Wendle in the “bubble” list. Which of the above would you rescue, cutting Wendle instead. I can’t imagine that keeping Wendle is better than saving one of the above.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These guys are all so bleh… Can save Lonnie and lose Wendle

  71. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    first ever auction draft. joined the league last year right after the auction. kept 16 out of a possible 18, 23 total active slots. i twice (once i only found out after the draft) accidentally realized that nominating a guy at all means you’re bidding on him $1, and that you have choice NOT to nominate. thanks yahoo gonna yahoo for having no mocks to find that part out. went into draft with 7 spots to fill and $149 out of $320 to spend. my F’ups cost me getting V2 for probably 30, had i done that i’d not have walker, and would’ve used about all my money, and maybe another decent prospect for 4 or less for 3 years. OPS, K’s against, K/9, QS added h2h. 12 team

    -C sanchez (year 2/3 $10, last year FA cost $10 unless bid on for more in FAAB)
    -1B morales (21, 1/3, could’ve just kept him for $10 in year 2/3 but had no idea of the scene on 1B prekeepers)
    – 2B villar ($10, 2/3)
    – SS ceager ($1, 2/3)
    – 3B rendon ($26, 1/3, it was him or longo, who went for only $20 just before, yuck, or lamb)
    OF
    – cruz ($15 3/3)
    – buxton ($5, 2/3)
    – stanton ($35, 1/3 according to the 23% mark up on prices from 320-260 and OPS rater he’s worth about $52 or so this year)
    util (2)
    – schwarber ($1, 3/3)
    – k.davis ($1, 2/3)
    BN bautista ($12, 1/3 had no intention of this guy, but that price, now just gotta wait till he gets 1B to crack lineup or either of my catchers get an off day)

    NA k.lewis ($5, 0/3)
    moncada ($1, 0/3)

    SP
    -kershaw ($52, 3/3)
    – hamels ($19, 3/3)
    – hendricks ($1, 2/3)
    – rodon ($1, 3/3)
    – shoemaker ($21, 1/3 we can drop with no cost, SP were hoarded, i screwed up not max bidding V2 just later from winning 2 players accidentally by nominating)
    – walker ($1, 1/3, this’ll look awesome if he gets better)

    RP (room for 5, last year when i joined this i was able to just immediately grab like 3 closers in may from FA, including otta/colome people are way more likely to overspend on K/9 guys than saves guys, but this ISN’T a roto)
    – chapman ($29, 3/3)
    – ottavino ($10, 2/3, if he loses his job he’s dropped)
    – colome ($10, 2/3)

    also zobrist ($1, 1/3 have no room for him as i want to stash another prospect or 2 for under $10 but neither of moncada/k.lewis have gotten NA tags yet so he’s a drop).

    at least i didn’t do the cardinal sin, let good/great players that i wanted pass me by to save money (stanton best player total not owned, rendon 2nd best 3B, morales best 1B by the rater, till bautista gets 1B with trumbo till he gets 1B, IF). i’ll add more pitchers and a bench hitter when NA’s slot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty stacked team, the keepers obvi didn’t hurt you… I mean, you have arguably best SP, RP and competitive hitting

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Grey: auctions are awesome everybody shows up to the draft, actually talks in the type the whole time (since you need to pay more attention than a snake draft they are actually engaged). weird stuff happens too like betances went for like 28 but allen for only 12. feliz for 6. other worse closers aren’t even owned yet. it’s K/9 WITH saves people.

  72. PB&J says:
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    What do you think of my Sean Manaea and Dylan Bundy for him McCutchen and Duda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh, sounds okay I guess

  73. Cram It says:
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    Damn, dude. I had Amir Garrett queued up for the last 4 rounds. Saw you put him on blast this morning and was crapping my pants that someone would see that before I picked again. Thankfully, I got him.

    You should blurb about Drew Hutchison. Big things from him in Pitt!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, are you saying that as a way to get no one to draft Hutchison, or reverse reverse psychology?

  74. jon says:
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    Ivan Nova or Joe Ross?

    stats W ERA K WHIP K/9 QS

  75. GJH says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Our Yahoo 12 Team H2H Draft took place this weekend and this is what I got:

    C -Weiters
    1B – Encarnacion
    2B – LeMahieu
    SS – Tim Anderson
    3B – Seager
    OF – Harper
    OF – Myers
    OF – Polanco
    OF – Duvall
    Util – Santana

    SP – Martinez
    SP – Hamels
    SP – McCullers
    SP – Gray
    SP – Walker
    P – Rodon
    RP – Miller
    RP – Herrera
    RP – Dyson
    RP – Kintzler

    BN – Kepler
    BN – Folty
    BN – Snell
    BN- Gsellman

    Not sure I am totally thrilled with the team, but I am sure it will be competitive. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you can be competitive b/c it’s shallow, but your hitting might be a bit wonky, I think Anderson’s a good flyer, but we’ll see…Pitching looked fine

      • GJH says:
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        @Grey: Thanks very much Grey. I ended up passing on the likes of JD Mart in the 3rd because of the news when I had him pegged for that spot all along, and my offense proceeded to go a bit haywire from there. Nothing new for me.

        Anyway, I appreciate the comments.

  76. The Guy says:
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    Glover or Holland?

    Holland over Kintzler, Gomez, Feliz?

  77. jon says:
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    10 team keeper league

    Morales for mCcULLERS

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      @jon:

      same league… guy also offered McCullers for my Lamb ( I have Kyle Seager also)

  78. FrankDaLank says:
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    Give Gio to get Zobrist or Jaime Garcia.

    Which side do you like?

    • Grey

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      Sounds like a coin flip on needs, Zobrist

  79. Andrew Wilen says:
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    Grey, long time fan. Thank you for doing what you do.

    Would love some feedback on my newly drafted team. Auction league, keeper. 14 teams 7 x 7 head 2 head categories.

    C- Austin Hedges
    1B – Mitch Moreland
    2B – Hernan Perez
    SS – Corey Seager
    3B – Manny Machado
    OF – Gregory Polanco
    OF – Mark Trumbo
    OF – Jackie Bradley JR
    Util – Tim Anderson
    Util – Eduardo Nunez
    Bench: Max Kepler

    SPs: Verlandar, Archer, Salazar, Nova, Robbie Ray, Steven Matz, Mike Foltynewics, Reynaldo Lopez
    RPs: Mark Melancon, David Roberston, Jemmar Gomez, Tyler Clippard, Carl Edwards JR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! I love your pitching up top then mid to end gets real risky…. I like the hitting a lot and I think you should be competitive…

  80. The Great Knoche says:
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    NOT Happy about JD, few shares already.

    Not as many as you have of Carrasco and Desmond, but not liking it.

    • Grey

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      Agreed, not sounding great

  81. herschel says:
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    @Grey (and other Razzball Angelenos): Wu Tang this Thursday at the Palladium if interested….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Man! I wish, but I fly out to NY for Tout

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: shimmy shimmy yah…..on a differnt note, which pairing do you like better, 12 team 5 x 5 roto?

        goldie/stanton or harper/freeman?

        thanks.

  82. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    Grey must keep one hitter and one pitcher

    Degrom or carassco
    Villar or springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco, Springer

  83. FrankGrimes says:
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    Help me pick my last keeper in this 6×6 yahoo 12 team league.
    Currently keeping Bryant (5th round)Betts(6th) Odor(8th) and Hendricks (last round value)

    One more:
    Cookie 12th round (previous year keeper)
    Edwin Diaz 11th round
    Colomé 19th
    Osuna 10th
    Franco or Mazara 10th

    Or none is an option too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco, sounded good after minor league game

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        I didn’t want my heart getting in the way of the decision lol

  84. Packing says:
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    Reynaldo Lopez and Corbin on waiver list. Which if any would you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try Corbin, neither are anything but flyers

  85. Fish says:
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    It’s about that time of year… Self vindication moments of “look at my draft!!1!1”
    Yahoo keeper league w/R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG, W, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS

    C Yasmani Grandal 13.151
    1B Anthony Rizzo (Keeper)
    2B Rougned Odor (Keeper)
    3B Josh Donaldson (Keeper)
    SS Jean Segura 7.79
    OF Starling Marte (Keeper)
    OF J.D. Martínez (Keeper)
    OF Joc Pederson 15.175
    UTIL Anthony Rendón 8.91
    UTIL Max Kepler 20.232
    SP Justin Verlander 6.64
    SP Danny Duffy 9.103
    RP Brandon Maurer 18.211
    RP Koda Glover 23.271
    P Rich Hill 10.115
    P Lance McCullers Jr. 11.127
    P James Paxton 12.139
    P Sean Manaea 14.163
    BN Keon Broxton 16.187
    BN Robbie Ray 19.223
    BN Héctor Neris 20.235
    BN Tommy Joseph 21.247
    BN José Berrios 22.259

  86. Knighttown says:
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    12 team daily 5×5. Thoughts?

    C- T. Murphy (DL)
    1B- Miggy
    2B- Odor
    SS- Russell
    3B- Rendon
    MI- Bregman
    CI- Freeman
    OF- Harper, Cespedes, Fowler, Kepler, Judge
    U- Lamb
    Ben- Joseph, Margot

    SP- Verlander, Maeda, Duffy, Salazar, Velazquez, J. Gray, Folty
    RP – Raisel ( SP slot), Bedrosian, Neris , Reed

  87. BTux says:
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    12 team standard 5×5
    C : Martin
    1B : Goldschmidt
    2B : Cano
    SS : Russell
    3B : Franco
    CI : Joseph
    MI : Odor
    OF : Marte
    OF : Dahl
    OF : Buxton
    OF : Peraza
    OF : Tomas
    U : Puig
    P : Strasburg
    P : C Martinez
    P : Pineda
    P : McCullers
    P : Gsellman
    P : T Walker
    P : A Miller
    P : Betances
    P : Kimbrel
    Any suggestions?

  88. Jonny Mac says:
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    Whats up Grey! Thanks for all your hard work! Who would you keep out of the below player pool? It’s a dynasty auction h2h league where the salaries inflate by the greater of $3 or 20% every year. $260 auction budget. Standard 5×5, except we use QS instead of wins and K/9, instead of K’s. We’re allowed to keep any 8 players…I’m thinking about rolling with: Goldy, Dozier, Frazier, Correa, Harper, Sano, Aledmys and Duffy. Trying to figure out if I’m keeping the right guys with the long term in mind. Thanks for your time brother!

    Player 2017 Salary

    Aledmys Diaz —- $4
    Paul Goldschmidt 1B — $10
    Brian Dozier 2B — $12
    Todd Frazier 3B, 1B — $10
    Carlos Correa SS — $7
    Chris Davis 1B, 3B, OF, DH — $24
    Bryce Harper OF — $26
    Miguel Sano DH — $7
    Steven Matz SP — $7
    Danny Duffey SP — $4
    Rich Hill RP, SP — $4
    AJ Ramos —- $4
    Roughned Odor —- $23
    Ryon Healy —– $4
    Zach Britton —- $26
    Kenta Maeda —- $18
    Andrew Miller —– $14
    Ender Inciarte —- $4
    Brandon Drury — $4
    Odubel Herrera —- $4
    Felix Hernandez — $32
    JT Realmuto —– $4

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