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There’s different levels of sleepers.  Some sleepers are great for 10-team mixed leagues and others are bargains late in, say, a 10-team AL-Only league.  Some sleepers never wake up.  Todd Frazier, it’s June 11th, c’mon, man, you’re gonna be late for the season!  With the Indians fielding more outfielders than fro-yo shops in the Fro-Yo Jungle of So-Cal, Michael Brantley won’t play every day.  He’ll come close, but I know in shallower leagues, you’re gonna get sick of moving him in and out of your lineup for when the Indians face lefties.  For those in shallower leagues, skip ahead to the comments and compliment me on my manscaping.  If you’re here for a deep league special, Brantley just had a career year, hitting 10 homers, .284 and stealing 17 bases.  If that were his peak, I wouldn’t be piqued — turn of a phrase point!  If that were his apex, I’d be looking for the apexit — can I make it three?!  If that were his pinnacle, I wouldn’t be a cyclops with a monocle.  Okay, now I’m just rhyming shizz.  So, what can we expect from Michael Brantley for 2014 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

I’ve gone to this well more times than Baby Jessica’s rescuers, but in Triple-A, Brantley stole 46 bases in 116 games.  Now, unless the bases are closer than 90 feet at the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate in Columbus (who, by the way, would’ve approved of the team name Indians, but would’ve thought he was on a different continent), I don’t think that kind of speed just disappears.  Kipnis has stolen a ton of bases with the Indians, so there’s no red light across the organization.  Maybe Brantley has just taken longer to get acclimated to the major leagues than any other red-blooded man (that’s red-blooded man, protestor looking for a fight over the Indians logo and mascot).  Brantley is also entering his 27-year-old season (around the age when hitters come into their own) and just finished his biggest power year.  Sure, it was only ten homers, but if he can get to 15 homers and somehow, some way manage to find those other 30 steals that he left back in the minors, he’ll be a top 15 outfielder for all of baseball, not just the AL.  That’s a bit of a pipe dream like Chong has, but if he’s headed for a career year, the Indians will find a way to play him every day.  He has no margin of error though.  If he’s struggling, he’ll be playing around four times a week and have no viability in most leagues.  He hasn’t shown much power as a lefty facing lefties, but he hasn’t exactly embarrassed himself either.  Last year, in 174 ABs vs. lefties, he hit .276.  That’s playable.  If the League of Ordinarily Gentlemen weren’t all battling him for playing time, I’d put him down for 600+ ABs and tell everyone to draft him.  For 2014, I’ll say he gets 522 ABs and a line of 69/12/77/.280/20.  Easily putting him within the range of Shane Victorino-types for a fraction of the cost (1/3rd; that’s the fraction.)

  1. Matthew says:
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    Good evening.

    A bit early, but I did draft my first 5X5 H2H league of the year. It’s my lower money league so it’s fine the 3 big ones in 4 weeks

    Anyhow, 12 team and I had 7th pick. I love my team but I know my next 3 will be way better.

    Harper fell to me round 2 pick six so I went OF OF 1 and 2, a first and last TBH.

    C – Ramos
    1B – Puljos
    2B – Hill
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Segura
    OF – A. Jones
    OF – Harper
    OF – Marte
    UTIL – Rizzo
    UTIL – B. Miller
    B – Asche (sleeper but accidental pick)

    SP – Gio
    SP – Bailey
    SP – Cobb
    SP – Fister
    SP – Liriano
    SP – Masterson
    SP – Tillman
    SP – Kluber
    SP – Porcello
    SP – Estrada
    RP – Frieri
    RP – T. Hunter

    • frankiejay says:
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      @Matthew: You might as well call this the All-Razzball team. Of course Grey’s going to love it.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Matthew:

      not in love with the gio pick .
      would have preferred a big bat or maybe even
      a top-flight RP in that early draft slot .
      SP is too strong .

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @costaricanchata: Agree. Also seems like a little bit of BA risk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matthew: I don’t hate the team, but do agree with Costa Rican Chata… Gio should’ve been a bat…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: I love these posts when dude is looking for praise and everyone says meh!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grimey!

          • Matthew says:
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            @Grey: Oh no, I agree with all of you. Hence the “my next 3 teams will be better. After the draft I said 3 things “should of took a bat in Gio’s place” “never doing two OF again” “could of used 1 more reliever but can get guys like Strop and guys like Axford aren’t locks for closers.”

            But Grey, would you agree I could trade SP? In so deep I can trade a Gio for a Rios?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha… Yeah, if you can trade Gio for Rios then by all means do it…

    • @Matthew: It’s a good team if you like weak teams.

      • Matthew says:
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        @James Bit: Grey, you helped me to some big wins and top 3′s last year, and it was alway a pleasure posting on Razzball, but you’ve attracted some real dicks man. No offense.

        Thanks for all the good input and info. Much love.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    I thought this was the week of hate?

  3. Yescheese says:
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    And here all I thought the Indians got for Sabathia was Matt LaPorta…

    • gareth says:
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      @Yescheese: the indians get alot of heat from fans about the c.c. sabathia and cliff lee trades (rightly so). Brantley is the only starter we got out of the unprecedented move of TRADING 2 CURRENT CY YOUNG AWARD WINNERS IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS. There’s mild hope carrasco from the lee deal makes it, but hes out of options and 2014 is his last shot with team.

      Most front office guys would be hung out to dry with that kind of return for 2 cy young winning aces. However Shapiro and antonetti have succeeded in getting good returns from smaller trades. Some of the steals:

      Eduardo perez for shin soo choo.
      Ben Broussard for asdrubal Cabrera.
      Casey Blake for Carlos Santana.
      Jake Westbrook for Corey kluber.
      Austin Kearns for Zack McAllister.
      Esmil rogers for Yan gomes and mike aviles.

      These small deals helped offset years of bad drafts and the big cy young trade misses.
      thankfully, the indians enlisted a new guy (brad grant) as the drafting coordinator after year of HORRIBLE picks, ESPECIALLY 1st rounders (beau mills, Jeremy sowers, Michael Aubrey, Trevor Crowe – blech).

      So far the guy has drafted pomeranz, white (used for the jiminez trade), kipnis, chisenhall, lindor, Frazier, cody allen, vinnie pestano. So brad grant is awesome, and long may it continue.

      Let’s not forget the international signing of danny Salazar, who has alot of fans among fantasy writers and who Indians fans are hoping his production helps offset the loss of Jimenez and kazmir.

      They may not be the A’s or the Rays, but the Indians are actually a pretty smart franchise, and im glad to be fan.

      • Lville Jim says:
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        @gareth: Hope they win a World Series in my lifetime, not counting on it just hoping.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @gareth: I’ve always thought GMs make their money on the less heralded prospects making it big no matter how they are acquired. These days it seems like a Keith Law can’t miss prospect almost always does, or is not nearly as good as billed.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @mauledbypandas: it’s the ones that find hidden value from late or out of nowhere places. It’s not hard to draft a Gerrit Cole type (whether or not that type pans out), everybody with a high pick would and should do that. Go Panda’s, not the mauling part though. They aren’t even technically bears.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @goodfold2: Pandas will mess you up. Pretty much any marsupial is bad news and not to be trusted.

      • Mack says:
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        @gareth:

        Victor Martinez for Justin Masterson.
        Derosa for Chris Perez

  4. Swfcdan says:
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    69 runs? Doesnt he bat lead off?

    If so that is wayyy too low. And the RBIs a little high.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Bourn leads off..Brantley bats in the middle of the order usually…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: if he was lead off he wouldn’t be a sleeper, right? At least not this low.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I get the sense that people just don’t care for Brantley…

  5. gareth says:
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    Brantley is the starting left fielder. He’ll play every day. He usually slots Into the 6th spot in the lineup, but bats anywhere when asked (he hit in all but the 9th spot last year). His nickname is Dr smooth. He is professional and calm under pressure and is very clutch with RISP. There are few Indians I’d rather see at the plate with men on base. He has a short unfussy swing and makes alot of contact. It would not surprise me if he hit .300. He just signed a nice contract extension so is not going anywhere. Like price fielder, his dad was a major leaguer (Mickey Brantley of the mariners), so baseball is in his blood.

    Like early shin soo choo on a bad indians team, he is quite underrated. unlike choo though, he hasn’t put up a 20/20 season or two. Hes not going to hit 20 homers, but like grey said, his numbers play decently in todays offense suppressed environment.

    He’s a better “real life” player than fantasy, but I think he fits in as a nice 4th / 5th outfielder type on a fantasy team that has a few low average home run hitters and needs to keep the average in check, while getting solid counting stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: I knew you’d like him…

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: lol

  6. gareth says:
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    Just curious about the best ratio of starters / relievers in an rcl? With 9 starters, do you go 6/3, 7/2?

    Also should the relievers all be closers, or is there room for elite set up guys with great peripherals?

    Finally, the 4 man bench and the hitter to pitcher ratio. 2/2, 1/3?

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @gareth: Rudy hit this topic in his Snake Draft Strategy post. You can find the link to it in Rudy’s post from yesterday.

  7. Donald trump says:
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    Brantley, fantasy schmohawk.

    • gareth says:
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      @Donald trump: Donald trump, real life schmo.

  8. Count de Monetball says:
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    Oohhh Grey, nice manscaping, what was that article about? I wish I was at home with a big bag of potato chips. Mmmmm Potato chips…

  9. Yes! I’m on board w/ Brantley as a 4/5 outfielder on my team. Thanks for shining some light on this sleeper. I see it now.. Also glad he’s not in NL losing some AB’s to Pitchers.

  10. Michael Brantley and Brad Miller could be 2 winning pieces of the 2014 fantasy season? I think Nate Jones and Felix Doubrant could be winning pieces too? Which other sleepers should J-Shizzle the 3rd be targeting? Thx for the help.

  11. kingforaday151 says:
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    Keeper question for you, I’ve been blessed with a heck of a challenge. I need to pick 7 of the 10 below as keepers for the 6th season of our 10 team league…

    Votto
    Tulowitzki
    Longoria
    McCutchen
    Trout
    Myers
    Puig
    Machado
    Strasburg
    Bumgarner

    Needless to say I’ve been in the money the last few years and I’m looking to win it again this year. Standard 5×5, which three would you throw back? I’m leaning towards throwing Machado (partial season), Myers (worst of my 4 outfielders), and Bum (pitchy come later) back in to the mix….?

    • Michael B says:
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      @kingforaday151: I agree with your 7 and congrats – in advance – on your 2014 championship.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kingforaday151: Yeah, nice keepers… Lose the three you said…

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks kids!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: ” needless to say”….Haha priceless

  12. Lhhffg says:
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    Someone recommend a site for finding league leaders vs rhp/lhp
    ie HR/Avg, etc

    • i’ll have LHP vs. RHP projections/values up in the next week or so.

  13. Oppo taco says:
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    Hey grey, our keeper lineups need to be finalized next week and currently I’m keeping Goldy,mccutchen,j Upton, heyward, Jose Baustisa, bumgarner and Ryan Zimmerman. We keep 7 with no price or limit to how long we keep them. 12 team 5×5 roto. I’ve been offered segura for my 2nd round pick (I currently have 2 firsts, 2 seconds, no 3rd, 4th, or 7th rounders). I can then potentially move Zimmerman for a 3rd or 4th rounder. Your thoughts? I know you love segura but I’ve seen a few people hesitant because of his second half fade last season and seemingly fluke power. Sophomore slump or building on impressive season? Thanks Grey

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      but i also know that segura isnt being kept and hes being thrown back into the player pool. i have a top 5 pick in upcoming drafting and only one guy ahead i could see taking a SS. (other teams have hanley, tulo, desmond) so i could keep zimmerman or bogaerts and gamble on segura

    • seph meier says:
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      @Oppo taco:

      Get segura. Think about dropping hey ward unless you get overwhelming offer for Zimmerman. Also look around at other teams keepers, will Zimmerman be easier to replace than hey ward?

      • Oppo taco says:
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        @frankgrimes: @Grey: just grabbed segura. Would you try to trade Zimmerman and an OF for Adam jones? Thinking of offering bautista or heyward. Wouldn’t be keeping Zimmerman. Any thoughts? Heyward better keeper than Joey bats?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, try Heyward and Zimmerman

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Oppo taco: in your situation I wouldn’t give up a pick for him Good Luck!

  14. Cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    12 team league keeping one hitter and one pitcher. Rosario or Rizzo, Moore or Masterson?
    Thanks

  15. Count de Monetball says:
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    @Grey: I know im a day late on this one but I love that song Buddy!(native tongue version) “Jimbroski must wear a cap Just in case the young girl likes to clap..”

  16. Whatever says:
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    Hi, this question is for Rudy:

    I am in an AL Only 8 teamer this year. How would I roughly adjust your auction values from your AL Only 10 team list to fit an 8 team league? I am not a math major so I just wanted to get a rough idea, obviously close enough is good for my purposes.

    Thanks,

    Whats

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Whatever: You should ask Rudy in his yesterday post…

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey:

        ok will do.

    • i’d take the $ figures down by $2-3 a player.

  17. Clint says:
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    What’s your take on the leadoff suggestions in Milwaukee and Colorado? Walt Weiss seems to be tipping his hat toward LeMahieu over Stubbs or Dickerson. In Milwaukee, Roenicke’s indicating Segura (who was already rated high by Razzball) may bat leadoff. Wait for spring training or bump these guys up in the rankings at all?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Wouldn’t be surprised to see DJ in Colorado… Don’t see who else it would be in Milwaukee… Maybe Scooter on some days…

  18. Adam says:
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    Keeper league: Keep Xander Bogaerts? Or trade for Wil Myers?

    • Willy says:
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      @Adam: myers no doubt

  19. Wake Up says:
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    I was going over the White Sox lineup last night…in my head…while sleeping…I saw Chris Sale being divided up in order to feed a pride of lions…lil D., aka firmhandshake, stopped by to unwrap the Lion King a little, and then…I started to have catch with Marcus Semien, in my dream…I woke up naked and afraid…and sticky…

    • gareth says:
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      @Wake Up: I think you got luded but Kenny Williams……..

      • Wake Up says:
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        @gareth: Alanis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Totally natural… At least you weren’t starring in the Full Monty on the West End with Ron Kittle…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: “Totally natural”
        this is what my uncle said too…though he did ask me to get up and rinse off…

        Rubbing it in? that I didn’t land the role…suppose it’s better than me rubbing it out…

        this reminds me…I may be able to get Judi Dench’s # for you if you are interested…I know she may be a little young for you…but, figured I would have a catch…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          She can’t see as well as she used and one of the first things I look for in girls is bad eyesight…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Ha!

  20. Fantasy Newb says:
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    Keeper League. Should I keep Shelby Miller or Gerrit Cole?

  21. Mike says:
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    Had a 16 team ESPN Roto Auction draft. Cabrera went for $70 and Trout for $66. How bad is my starting pitching. Miller at SS is fighting for his job with Franklin. That is why I drafted 3 SS’s.

    55 Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B $32
    84 Addison Reed, Ari RP $11
    85 Josh Donaldson, Oak 3B $25
    99 Kenley Jansen, LAD RP $23
    111 Brad Miller, Sea SS $3
    115 Jean Segura, Mil SS $23
    120 Carlos Santana, Cle C $18
    128 Matt Holliday, StL OF $17
    131 Mark Trumbo, Ari 1B $21
    143 Trevor Rosenthal, StL RP $15
    162 Everth Cabrera, SD SS $12
    177 Julio Teheran, Atl SP $12
    190 John Axford, Cle RP $4
    197 Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B $8
    198 Jose Abreu, CWS 1B $10
    212 Sonny Gray, Oak SP $6
    225 Brett Gardner, NYY OF $3
    228 Bobby Parnell, NYM RP $3
    229 Khris Davis, Mil OF $3
    231 Justin Masterson, Cle SP $3
    233 Fernando Rodney, Sea RP $1
    239 Norichika Aoki, KC OF $2
    249 Rick Porcello, Det SP $1
    265 Miguel Montero, Ari C $1
    267 Ben Revere, Phi OF $2
    281 A.J. Griffin, Oak SP $1

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Mike: if this was my team I’d be looking forward to football season a bit early

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @frankgrimes: Ha, nice Frank!

        He could look forward to Draftkings too! Plug!

  22. Mike says:
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    two catcher league 5×5

  23. HBelle says:
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    Grey – I get to keep 4 for a 10-team standard roto league (auction). Who would you choose among these players?

    Fielder – 30
    Cano – 30
    Bruce – 22
    Choo – 13
    Segura – 1
    A Craig – 1
    Strasburg – 13
    Scherzer – 17
    K Jansen – 2
    Medlen – 1

    Thanks!

    • Mike says:
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      @HBelle: I like Jansen, Strasburg, Sequra and Craig

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HBelle: Strasburg, Jansen, Segura, Craig

  24. Ryan says:
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    In a dynasty league I have the next pick in our draft. Which of the following should I take and why?

    maikel franco
    mark appel
    joc pederson
    austin meadows
    clint frazier

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: btw Jonathan Gray is also available. If you had to take 2, which 2 would you want?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: You should ask Scott in his afternoon post that will be up in a few… I’d go Pederson, Appel

    • UncleLarryWalker says:
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      @Ryan: I love Franco’s bat…maybe Appel…

  25. Bryan says:
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    Who do you see as the season’s breakout pitcher/Matt Harvey?

  26. Jay says:
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    I brought a banana and strawberries to eat with my lunch.

    Which should I eat first. Oh yeah I got the bananas on sale and traded a go-gurt for the strawberries.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love the Gogurt trade but it’s already done…

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: HA joke’s on you. the owner I traded with dropped the gogurt for a snack sized bag of honey wheat pretzels and I had the #1 waiver.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, well, I didn’t know the full trade…

  27. Aaron says:
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    Grey,
    I have Homer Bailey, Sonny Gray, Julio Teheran, and Michael Wacha all at the same price and contract status in a keeper league. I also have the opportunity to trade for Salazar at the same price, but I’d likely have to give up one of the above in order to get him. How would you rank these guys in a keeper league? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As they’re ranked in the rankings…

  28. Jackie says:
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    Can I please get you to weigh in on my keeper options? 12-team, mixed, 5×5 league, $260 auction:

    Pence $9
    Puig $1
    Rendon$1
    McCutchen $30
    Segura $1
    Avisail $1
    M. Joyce $1
    Frazier $1
    Moobs Butler $8

    Which 3 would you keep?

    • Matt says:
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      @Jackie: puig, segura, avasail, great talent for a buck…need keeper advice, would you trade a $9 Matt Carpenter for a $11 Cashner and $11 Starlin? Everyone has been saying Carp is wayy overrated, but a .280 avg/ 90 runs/ .340+ obp seems pretty solid for a $9 2b…love cashner but worried castro will lose playing time to Baez/Alacantara mid-season ( 6×6 OBP keeper league).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d want Carpenter

        • Matt says:
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          @Grey: Thanks Grey!

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @Jackie: Dread Pirate, Segura, Puig

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig, Segura, McCutchen

  29. Alex says:
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    I Like where you have him.

    If you had these P in dynasty

    Romo
    Koji
    Frieri
    Cody Allen
    Quintana
    Latos
    Cliff Lee
    Liriano
    Iwakuma
    Fister
    Burnett
    Lynn

    Would you trade Cody Allen for Niese?

    Thanks!

    Reply

    • Grey

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      Sure, pretty much a wash though

  30. Wilsonian says:
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    Ok, so my 16 team H2H keeper league has changed our keepers yet again. We now can keep 3-5 guys. They are your first 3-5 picks, so if you only keep 3, you have a pick in Round 4, if you keep all 5, then your first official pick is Round 6.

    I have these 6 I could keep:

    Goldy
    Tulo
    Jones
    JUp
    Stanton
    Machado

    Our stats are: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    I think I gotta go with 5 as I can’t imagine anyone as good as these guys will be available. Some teams have 1 or 2 keepers at best and I have 6. Who you keeping, aside from the obvious Goldy and Jones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have you joined an RCL? Upton, Tulo, Stanton

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: Kind of what I figured. Machado is tempting, but don’t think he’s up to their levels.

        And no, I haven’t yet. I played in one a couple years ago. Bowed out last year due to the little bambina.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should play… Good break from the crazy shallow and crazy deep leagues you’re in…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: I probably should. Mini Me doesn’t take quite as much time as she did last year and we’re back on a mostly normal sleeping schedule. And I appreciate that you remember that I’m in two completely different leagues that either have All-Stars in the FA pool or High-A players on rosters.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha…Yup…

  31. the tone ranger says:
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    grey,
    keeper H2H
    would you trade machado for donaldson? both would cost me a last round pick to retain this year.

    how do you rank these guys in that format for the next 5 years?

    donaldson, machado, bogaerts, gyorko, arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t make that trade… Gyorko, Machado, Arenado

  32. Goose says:
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    Really like Brantley. I’ll take the over on those AB projections. There’s just Bourn, Brantley and the Raburn/D. Murphy platoon in their OF. Not crazy deep or all that good. Brantley should play every day and have no problem getting at least 550 ABs… he got there each of the past two years… and if he improves a bit more, starts raking, maybe he’s moved up to the two-hole…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like how you’re talking…

  33. xtremehulk says:
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    12 team keeper, OPS
    keeping Goldy, Edwin, A. Jones, Cole, and a Jansen.

    Offer sent to me, his $1 Marte for my $1 Jansen.

    Accept?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

  34. MB says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the great content.

    Anyway, If you had jaso and wieters, would you trade your 9th SP in Gee for Derek Norris in a daily league? Norris I would play vs lefties that he mashes and he is 24 which is good for my dynasty format.

    Gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I wouldn’t make that trade…

  35. tigerfan says:
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    Easily go for a dollar or two in most auctions. Not bad. Grey would u keep Eaton in a head to head weekly yahoo league at 4 bucks. Have to decide soon. I’d I drop him I get two Buck to draft someone like brantley. Eaton’s upside is not as exciting as last year. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Brantley over Eaton there…

  36. John says:
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    Kemp or Tavares in dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp

  37. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey, does this mock look too light/risky on pitching?

    12 team h2h C/1B/2B/SS/3B/3OF/UTL

    C Ramos
    1B Fielder
    2B Gyorko
    SS Segura
    3B Donaldson
    OF Jones
    OF Rios
    OF Marte
    UTL Rizzo

    Cobb
    Cole
    Salazar
    Fister
    Gray
    Cashner
    Masterson

    Perkins
    Cishek
    Jones

    Im thinking maybe I should have taken a pitcher instead of Rizzo in the 9th. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It looks like a very shallow league… Team looks solid though… I don’t mind the pitching so I guess Rizzo there worked out fine…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Well 12 team but no CI/MI and only 3 OF

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup… Makes it a pretty shallow league…

  38. Fungazi says:
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    When be the Razzball Podcast? (withdrawl)

    1 week until ST!!!@!111

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the first week of March…

  39. gareth says:
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    This Brantley post is like the player himself. Only 123 comments. Wheres the love people!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yeah, I figured people wouldn’t have much love for him…

  40. los locos says:
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    4th pick in keeper league..
    current keeper
    hosmer
    han ram
    rios
    heyward
    Kershaw
    strausburg
    verlander

    guys like pence, joey bats, gomez, reyes, many machoado, buster posey… or anybody you can think of..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the question?

      • los locos says:
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        @Grey: 4th pick in keeper league..
        current keeper
        hosmer
        han ram
        rios
        heyward
        Kershaw
        strausburg
        verlander

        guys like pence, joey bats, gomez, reyes, many machoado, buster posey… or anybody you can think of.. who should I take with my 4th overall in 10 team keeper?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gomez, Joey Bats, Posey, Machado… In that order…

  41. Chauncy B says:
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    quick keeper question – standard roto 10 team league

    I have picks the first and last picks in both round 1 and 2.

    My 1st pick overall = Miguel Cabrera
    Want to keep Jones or Prince as last pick in round 1.
    Looking at Beltre/Edwin at 1st pick in Round 2

    Choose 6 total keepers:
    Adam Jones/Prince Fielder (rd 1, can only choose one of these guys)
    Billy Hamilton (rd 23)
    Desmond Jennings (rd 22)
    Oscar Taveras (rd 13)
    Carl Crawford (rd 15)
    Alex Cobb (rd 24)
    Michael Pineda (rd 25)
    Craig Kimbrel (rd 14)
    Brian McCann (rd 19)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones, Hamilton, Desmond, Crawford, Cobb, Kimbrel

  42. Nation says:
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    Hey Grey, didnt know where else to really post this question (JAYWRONG!):

    Why is steamer/razzball (non grey edition) so bearish on Everth cabrera’s ab’s this season? Batting lead off and only have him pegged for ~520 PA in 134 games. I understand the general regression trend with a supposed increase in k%, but it looks like they have him pegged for a high .240′s average to go with a low .300′s BABIP. Would you expect something closer to 260 (.320ish babip) and 50sb if healthy? Obliged!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You could ask Rudy in his draft kit post, or the bottom of the Steamer projections… If I had to take a guess, I’d say it’s looking at his history — never played a full season — and taking him down… I do think that’s being extremely bearish though… I’d put him closer to 145 games… As for his BA, he Ks a lot for a leadoff guy, he’s more or less a .255 hitter… .320 BABIP does sound about right…

    • @Nation: I checked out Everth. His PA/G is 4.00 based on last year when he led off 73 games and hit 2nd 22 games. So I think that’s solid. As for games played, I have him starting 85% of Padre games when healthy and missing 10% of the games (~ a 15 game DL stint). He missed 15 games last year w/ a hamstring injury (before the suspension). Had a hamstring injury in 2010 as well. 2011 was a lost year. No record of injury in 2012. That is fair to call ‘bearish’. But I’d say the FanGraphs PA estimate of 660 is bullish given he’s never done it. I can see boosting him a bit if you think he’ll have greater durability.

  43. JD says:
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    Grey – looking for some keeper help. I can keep 3 peeps from the list below at the value listed (12 team, 5×5 roto)

    Adam Jones – $35
    Billy Hamilton – $1
    Prince Fielder – $47
    Jay Bruce – $35
    Shin-Soo Choo – $19
    Max Scherzer – $16

    I’m thinking Jones, Bruce and Scherzer. But tempted by Billy at $1. In my league I could probably get Bruce on the open market for $40. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones, Hamilton, Scherzer

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