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The Tigers are reporting that Miguel Cabrera has a small fracture under his right eye, i.e. a non-displaced fracture in the orbital bone.  When questioned, Miggy was puzzled, saying, “I don’t chew Orbitz.”  The Tigers are saying he will be shut down for a week, but should be ready for Opening Day.  I tend to agree with them.  Miggy has that special brand of “I don’t give an eff in the effhole,” that was exhibited by Manny Ramirez and has been carried in his absence by Hanley Ramirez.  I like to call it insouciance, because I have a thesaurus.  The Tigers are saying Miggy will be ready for Opening Day, so there’s no reason to panic.  I’d continue to draft Miggy at or near the top of my draft boards.  I have to think the Tigers are gonna think long and hard about letting him play third now.  Not only because of the injury, but he’s losing precious time to get reacquainted with the position.  Frequent commenter, JoeC, had a good idea, put Miggy in a body cast.   Armor to stop all balls hit directly at him and now he can say decreased mobility is his strong suit.  Also, in fantasy baseball news:

Grant Balfour – The A’s named Balfour the closer.  They obviously felt a righty with a last name synonymous with a hitter getting on base is better than a lefty who puts hitters on base.

Brad Peacock – As predicted this morning, but not three months ago, Peacock was optioned to Triple-A.  Damn you and your beautiful plumage!  The A’s are obviously repaying me for my tepid response to Moneyball.  In all but the deepest of leagues, it’s okay to drop Peacock and gamble on a different pitcher sleeper.  Chris Sale comes to mind.

205 Responses

  1. Aaron says:
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    10-team keeper league:

    Moustakas ($5) or Scherzer ($5)

    I have Hosmer @ 1B and need a 3B and CI. I have 3 starters (all Nats: Strasburg, Zimm, Gio). Bautista, Longoria, Beltre, Lawrie, and Sandoval are all being kept by others. I’ll either spend big money on a 3B, or settle for someone like Moustakas. My brain says Scherzer, my gut says Moustakas. What does Grey say?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron, Moose

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey, I dumbly drafted Utley late in a mixed league, and now I’m paying the price. Now someone’s offering his Michael Young (2B eligibility) and Tabata for my Jay Bruce and Kendrys. I’m trying to decide whether to accept or hope Utley gives me something, and go with someone like Furcal or Infante in the meantime. I’d appreciate your input.

        • Schmohawks Bob says:
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          Please ignore this. I reposted this in the correct location. Sorry.

  2. probablepartystarter says:
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    Whenever I see Peacock mentioned I can’t help but think of Wahlberg in “The Other Guys.” I have that as my Ferrell sleeper pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @probablepartystarter, Good sleeper movie pick…

  3. Steve says:
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    Bah. Early season closer carousel not going well. Dropped Holland the other day, now watching my opponents get the Balfour benefit #fbbproblems

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha! Yeah, me too… Had Fuentes in multiple leagues…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Still have Thronton and Crain on one team!

        Sad trombone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Ha

  4. thekingadrock says:
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    Sale gone, Minor gone, who else comes to mind, my good sir?

      • Project_badass says:
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        @Grey, 12-team H2H, 6×6 (OBP, QS)
        What do you think of Ross or Godfrey as a replacement pick up for Peacock?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Project_badass, Ross over Godfrey…

    • JG_ism says:
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      @thekingadrock,
      Trevor Bauer ..

  5. A2K says:
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    See what happens when you drink Jobu’s rum?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A2K, Ha

  6. Ralph says:
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    Argh! I had Fuentes and De Los Santos (who is worth it just for the name). Is it worth holding onto those two, or do you think Balfour has it pretty much locked down? I’m in a ten team AL-only league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph, I’d hold Fuentes for a week or two on my bench in an AL-Only league…

  7. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Repost from previous: Jose Tabata or Kendrys Morales. Who gets the best of that trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, Coin flip… Morales…

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey, another brain fart. Posted my reply to this in the wrong place. Speaking of dumb, I dumbly drafted Utley late in a mixed league, and now I’m paying the price. Now someone’s offering his Michael Young (2B eligibility) and Tabata for my Jay Bruce and Kendrys. I’m trying to decide whether to accept or hope Utley gives me something, and go with someone like Furcal or Infante in the meantime. I’d appreciate your input.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Schmohawks Bob, Terrible trade…

          • Schmohawks Bob says:
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            @Grey, As an alternative, what about his Ryan Roberts for my Brett Myers, a fourth closer I picked off the waiver wire after draft.

  8. Coco Krispie says:
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    Hey Grey what is your drafting strategy for differing max innings pitched requirements?

    These are two leagues I’m in.

    1250-5×5
    1350-6×6 (holds)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Coco Krispie, 1250, you need a stronger staff because less room for error… 6 SPs, 2 closers and 2 MRs… 1350, also 6 SPs, 2 closers and 2 MRs…But more room to juggle out SPs, so less important to have as strong a staff…

      • Coco Krispie says:
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        @Grey, what round would you draft your first pitcher? I usually like to go hitters the first four rounds, but now thinking should go earlier?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Coco Krispie, In what? 15 team league? 50th overall in a 12 team league…

  9. Boats and O's says:
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    Balfour is sitting on my waiver wire, 12 team mixed with only 3 RP spots. I already have Betancourt, Motte, Jansen, and Holland (Jansen starting on the bench). Should I drop Holland or Jansen to pick up Balfour?

    • Boats and O's says:
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      @Boats and O’s,
      Check that, Broxton got dropped for Balfour…now it’s pick 2 of 3: Jansen, Holland, Broxton.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Boats and O’s, Holland and Broxton until one emerges…

  10. Kenny Powers says:
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    Grey—

    20 team, H2H points keeper league (no year limits)
    Which side do you want?

    Kemp & Adrian Gonzalez or Votto/Hosmer/Ja Weeks/Des. Jennings

    Thanks — btw, great podcast we should we expect another?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kenny Powers, Another podcast tomorrow… Depends if you need depth, trade’s fair… Votto side by a hair…

  11. Crap DST change! I missed the first 3 rounds of my friend’s league, team did poorly last year after winning the year before, need to make a better showing. Other than having 2 3b Its a pretty solid group, the AI didn’t take a SP early so its all good. I’m gonna dump Quentin and Longoria or Beltre are available for the right price. This is the 7×7 league with OPS, TB, Losses, and BAA, so steals and saves are deflated while Power is King offensively and SP’s are much more valuable than in a standard HtH.

    C J.P. Arencibia (254)
    1B M Young (87)
    2B B Phillips (54)
    SS Tulo (7)
    3B Longoria (14)
    MI A Hill (207)
    CI A Beltre (27)
    OF J Bruce (34)
    OF D Jennings (107)
    OF C Young (114)
    OF Markakis (147)
    OF P Bourjous (247)
    DH B Butler (94)
    Bench J Montero (167)
    Bench C Quentin (227)

    SP Z Greinke (47)
    SP Y Gallardo (67)
    SP M Bumgardner (74)
    SP G Gonzalez (127)
    SP A Sanchez (134)
    SP B Morrow (174)
    SP J Chacin (234)
    RP C Marmol (154)
    RP B League (187)
    RP K Jansen (194)
    RP J Guerra (214)

    Really wished I’d taken Votto over Tulo but Tulos tendency to explode in August makes him a good HtH guy so not crying there…and well sooner or later someone’s gonna need a 3b and maybe I can target a good 1b in return. Its not a powerhouse here but I think Its good enough to make the playoffs with.

    Comments? Advice?

    • @Elijah, Oh and its a 10 team league, not 12.

    • Grey

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      @Elijah, Looks very solid pitching team, and hitting looks okay. I’m obviously a bit concerned about Young… Wish you would’ve taken Votto too… I think you should be competitive, for sure.

      • @Grey,

        Yeah M Young meh. But I needed a 1b and in r9 it was a value pick. My buddy has Both Fielder and Miggy so Im hoping Miggy never gets 3b eligability so I can talk a deal there. M Young as the CI is pretty decent.

      • @Grey, Hmm gonna offer Beltre and Markakis for Konerko and Kendrick, I don’t think he values Kendrick as much as I do and Beltre and Konerko are fairly equal in my situation.

      • @Grey,

        Also offered Longo for Fielder. in this league Fielder is really nice.

  12. mcbainus says:
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    @Grey, Your thoughts?
    14-team 5×5 mixed standard.

    C Matt Wieters R6 P9
    C Devin Mesoraco R17 P6
    1B Joey Votto R1 P6
    1B Justin Smoak R23 P6
    2B Howie Kendrick R5 P6
    2B Aaron Hill R15 P6
    2B Kelly Johnson R20 P9
    SS Jimmy Rollins R8 P9
    3B Adrian Beltre R3 P6
    OF Mike Stanton R2 P9
    OF Nelson Cruz R4 P9
    OF Ichiro Suzuki R9 P6
    OF Logan Morrison R13 P6
    OF Lucas Duda R19 P6
    SP Josh Johnson R7 P6
    SP Shaun Marcum R10 P9
    SP Justin Masterson R16 P9
    SP Mike Minor R18 P9
    SP Jonathan Sanchez R22 P9
    RP Heath Bell R11 P6
    RP Huston Street R12 P9
    RP Javy Guerra R14 P9
    RP Frank Francisco R21 P6

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcbainus, Team looks solid on hitting, you have a lot of pitching question marks, Johnson is always hurt, Marcum is already hurt and Masterson could regress…

  13. joe from point pleasant says:
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    How good is Ryan Raburn? I know you loved him last year… He just hit his 6th homer of the spring today, and seems to have 2b locked up all to himself.

    Is it just me, or do i see a cheap Dan Uggla? I think Raburn can hit .260-.270 while bopping 20+ hrs and decent run and rbi totals in that potent tigers lineup.

    Spring Training stats may mean nothing, but I usually take notice when someone is ripping the way he is right now. I’ve read that he has the job to himself now. Does his spring showing change your outlook on him at all?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, He could be a cheap Uggla, or he could disappoint again… His spring changes nothing in my mind… He’s a late round flyer that could have 20+ homer power…

  14. Eng says:
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    12-team keeper league- Jennings in the 4th or is that too expensive?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng, About right… Tad expensive… Maybe the 5th…

      • Eng says:
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        @Grey, Wow, thanks for the quick reply. I agree, my issue is I have a man-crush and I’m 12th pick so have no shot in the 5th. I’ll make him my last option if the other guys I want are gone. Cheers (you draft tiers etc is f’in immense).

        • Eng says:
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          @Eng, typo “Your draft tiers…….”

          • Eng says:
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            @Eng, BTW, the new reply option makes me feel like we’re friends similar to the hatchet man hired by Shooter McGavin.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Eng, Ha, me too!

  15. B.o.B. says:
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    There are some players in your rankings that are slightly higher than Markakis and are available…Rios, Rasmus, Cespedes…based on my team and league settings (I posted them in your 2012 Spring Training Stats, What Does It All Mean?! article but I’ll share again so you don’t have to go search), would you hold Markakis or drop for one of those guys? 10 team, H2H, standard 5×5 except OBP instead of AVG…

    C – Avila
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Uggla
    3B – Aramis
    SS – Castro
    OF – Braun
    OF – Felatio Upton
    OF – Gardner
    Util – Markakis
    BN – Lind

    SP – Lee
    SP – Gio
    SP – Garza
    SP – Zimmerman(n)
    SP – Ubaldo
    SP – Chacin
    SP – Cahill
    SP – Peacock (Dammit!)
    RP – Madson
    RP – Marmol
    RP – Frank Frank

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B., Hold him for now in an OBP league…

      • B.o.B. says:
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        @Grey, exactly what I thought…with Peacock shaking his tail feathers in AAA now, and Sale already taken, who you like next? Jonathan Sanchez is the highest ranked SP available according to your rankings but would you prefer another sleeper?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @B.o.B., I like Sanchez late, sure…

  16. #1contenda says:
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    grey man, who you higher on lor.cain or matt gamel

  17. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – With many thanks for your help, I drafted the following from the 3-hole in a new 12-team 7×7 H2H league (1C, 3OF, 1 UT).

    C – Ramos
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – Kendrick
    SS – Reyes
    3B – Longotia
    OF – Braun
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Stubbs
    UT – I. Davis
    BN – Lind
    BN – Duda

    SP – Bumgarner
    SP – Lester
    SP – Zimmermann
    SP/RP – Moore
    SP/RP – Luebke
    SP – Marcum
    SP/RP – Sale
    RP – Motte
    RP – Betancourt

    Lose one of the bench guys (Duda?) for another arm? Leake, Nicasio, Balfour, GHolland, or Myers are available. Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AnotherFalstaff, No problem… Team looks really, surprised you could get that hitting with that pitching, but it is a shallower league… Duda for Balfour for now…

  18. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Fantasy Razzball 1 has an opening.

    Draft is tomorrow, Wednesday, at 7 ET.

    vinreich@zoho.com

  19. Wilsonian says:
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    Which side:

    Doc/Farnsworth

    F-Her(or Greinke)/Latos?

    I’m thinking F-Her side, but is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, F-Her side… Not really close…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, kinda what I thought. I’m assuming it would still be F-Her side if Hellickson was tossed in with Doc and Farns?

  20. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    i gotta go back and catch up (am still on comment #13 , previous post) ,
    but i see you dedicated another post to Miggy .

    the thought occurred to me , that if you had an australian accent ,
    you could have used this head-line :

    “miggy , miggy , miggy ….. eye , eye , eye”

    catch you later .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, He’s the number one drafted player in some leagues, he needed another post…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        not disputing that .
        guess you didn’t like my attempt at humor .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @chata, Hehe… Sorry, in the middle of a draft…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, @chata, I’m reminded of a joke (it’s more of an aural one, but whatevs).

            An Australian WWII soldier arrives at the front and reports to his commanding officer.
            “Welcome soldier”, says the officer. “Did you come up here to die?”
            “No sir” replied the soldier.
            “I came up here yester-die.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Hehe

  21. Drewcifer says:
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    Grey,

    Need to pick my last keeper, 5×5 standard mixed league (Holds instead of K/9). Need 1 from this group.

    Lawrie, Jennings, Greinke, Strasburg, Bumgarner

    Already keeping Bautista, Fielder, Kinsler, & Hanley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drewcifer, Greinke

  22. Matt says:
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    My draft is tonight but my keeper deadline is in 35 min. You still say keep Hamilton over Granderson? Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Yeah, but they’re close, if you’re feeling the other way…

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey, The only thing I see with Hamilton is the Avg, but do you think Grandy will beat him in every other category? If so I just won’t take mini donkey this year and let grandy have my crappy average for the team. He is hitting lefties in spring training but a lot of people are hitting well this spring

        • Grey

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          @Matt, Go for it then… He should match him in power and beat him in steals… Rest of the categories are up in the air…

  23. Henry Chinaski says:
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    Grey: Please name the top-3 minor leaguers who won’t play in the majors this year (or will only have a September call up) but who will make the most impact at the major league level in 2013. Thanks.

  24. Eric Riptide says:
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    @Grey, (or anyone that can help), I signed up for a Razzball commenter league this season, but there’s only one slight problem. Our draft is in just over 4 hours, yet there are STILL players on my roster and my league organizer has not contacted anyone about this issue. I’m in Razzball Commenter League #22. Is this standard procedure? Am I supposed to have players on my roster already? My guess is no, yet I have heard nothing from the league organizer. I’m hoping that the organizer hasn’t vanished. I apologize in advance for what may be a HUGE overreaction to this particular issue, but something just seems amiss. Thank you to whomever responds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric Riptide, @Steve or @VinWins Any idea about this?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, @VinWins, almost sounds like the league has been carried over from last year, rather than being set up from scratch.

        Vin – do you know who the commish is?

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Steve, No worries. They’ll disappear just before the draft.

          • Steve says:
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            @VinWins, Cool. ESPN is a bit screwy this year it seems. Not all transactions (Adds/Drops) showing up either.

            • VinWins

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              @Steve, Yeah They can’t believe people have been making moves for weeks already.

            • chata says:
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              @Steve,

              is this your way of warning the new guy that some “surprises”
              are ahead ??

    • VinWins

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      @Eric Riptide, Yeah, if the league operated last year, players will still appear. They will disappear before the draft.

      • Eric Riptide says:
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        @VinWins, Hey thanks, guys. I’ve got enough to worry about with the Jack Hanahanahanahanahan and Lonnie Chisenhall position battle as it is. I don’t need another stressor.

  25. SAGNOF Alert: Bourgeois traded. Recipient not released yet; but we may just have the crucial At Bats part of the equation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie, They hate Cain… Hurts Guido at 2nd too…

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey,

        KC is the recipient. Also getting Humberto Quitnero. Astros getting two PTWEBR (Player that won’t ever be relevant).

        Bourgeois has been the guy I’ve waited to get traded for playing time. Think he gets it now?

        I guess it’d really be in Cain’s spot, though I find that hard considering how well Cain has played.

        And I think Giavotella is still their 2B guy.

      • Sambo Jenkins says:
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        @Grey, would you drop Yonder Alonso for Bourgeouis in a 12 Team Keeper?

  26. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,with santos closing in toronto,can i loose cordero

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC, Yup

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey, thanks,grabbed bourgeouis for him

        • Steve says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC, Do I have to remind you of Original Recipe rule #1?

  27. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    here’s another thought that you’re not going to like :

    IF you charged a nominal fee (say $7.50) to evaluate newly drafted teams , instead of HOPING people finish in the money and MAYBE cut you in for a piece of the pie ,
    you’d be approaching thousand-aire status by now .

    anyhoo , here’s to hoping you get rewarded for all of your efforts and concern , regardless of how shitty some of these posted teams are .

    (tipping for in-season advice and encouragement would still remain your
    bread-and-butter option ,
    and is not a city in china) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, I hear ya, but I don’t want to charge people…

  28. MattTruss223 says:
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    Looking to grab Niese and his new nose as my 6th starter flyer with the Peacock news. He seems to be available last round most places, I’ve seen Sale going earlier.

    Also, for another good laugh, you should watch the Pedroia roundtable video. Karabell apparently ranks him over A-Gon. Milton errrr Cockcroft nearly dies in his chair, excellent. Still nothing from those boobs joining an RCL I assume?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Nah, they’re not joining… Gotta watch that video when I get a chance… Always good for a laugh…

  29. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    our espn league isnt updating any transactions we make the last 3 or 4 days,and thier watch list doesnt work very well,still better than yahoo though

    • Steve says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC, You can see them all when you hit the Transactions link at the bottom of ‘Recent League Activity’

      And stop asking Grey about your RCL team ;-)

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Steve, hey,someone stole my username

        • Steve says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC, Don’t give me that shit.

          • AL KOHOLIC says:
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            @Steve, you wait till our auction,ive got an eye on you

            • Steve says:
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              @AL KOHOLIC, You’ll need to. I’m liking my keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Ha! He held his toupee against him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Bwahahaha

  30. Cosmo says:
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    Maybe I’m a PITA, but I don’t know why there is all this, who do I keep, who do I draft, how is my team B.S. Why aren’t the comments about the article. In that vein, I’d like to see Fielder play 3B. Man, that would be a hoot. Leave my Miggy alone. You already see what’s happening. Gonna affect his hitting. GLA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cosmo, I’d like to see Fielder get catcher eligibility, probably ain’t happening…

      • Cosmo says:
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        @Grey, LOL…yea, I won’t hold my breath. You do know I was being sarcastic?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Cosmo, Yeah, me too…. Emoticon.

  31. Steve says:
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    Is there anything to suggest that a guy’s struggles in the field can affect him at the plate (in terms of confidence etc)?

    I mean, anyone who gets knocked down by Clemens and then homers two pitches later isn’t fazed by much, but…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, It’s something that the old guys at the Moneyball scout table would say is a factor, but saber-heads would say is made up…

    • Cosmo says:
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      @Steve, That may be tru and he might be just the guy who won’t have it affect him, but yes, in general, there is loads of data reflecting that issue. If he is not happy, if he is getting the crap kicked out of him at 3B, if he starts thinking about the defense, if the manager yanks him and he gets less AB’s because he is a defensive liablility…all these lead to possible decline in hitting. I speak from experience as a 3B. On days that ball was kicking my butt, that’s all I could think of.

      • Steve says:
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        @Cosmo, Thanks – some good insight there. Defense is so important to a team’s success in real baseball, but tends to be overlooked (with good reason, obviously) for fantasy purposes.

  32. Turk Wendell says:
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    Hey Grey I was hoping you could take a look at my team I just drafted. 12 team mixed H2H 6×6 (OPS and QS)

    C Soto
    1B Votto
    2B Kendrick
    3B Longoria
    SS Castro
    MI D Espinosa
    CI M Reynolds
    OF Stanton
    OF Cruz
    OF Rasmus
    OF Rios
    U Tabata

    SP Bumgarner
    SP G. Gonzalez
    SP A. Sanchez
    SP U Jimenez
    SP Chacin
    RP Valverde
    RP Jansen

    Masterson
    J Sanchez
    J Niese
    Peavy
    Peacock (ugh)

    I think Saves might be a problem as well as whip. Any advise or comments would be greatly appreciated.

    I also want to say that i have never had a draft that I felt more prepared for. Razzball is the bomb. I can’t wait for the next podcast!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Thanks! I’m not that worried about your WHIP, saves will be an issue and your average… Even with Kendrick and Votto and Castro… Team looks solid though, especially with OPS.

  33. Steve says:
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    Jesus, I’m getting tired of seeing Longo on so many teams with a stud 1B.

    Could I really have waited til #15 to take him in my H2H draft?

    I’m going to scream into a pillow now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha… Yeah, don’t even ask me about my latest draft…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I have to stop think ing about it. I’m now seeing a way I could have gone Prince or A-Gonz+Longo+Pirate+Bruce.

        Wahhhh!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Maybe it’ll work out, not like you took Cano in the first round cause your computer crashed…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, I’ll stop whining now. It’s a much better team than the one that got me to the playoffs last year.

            That happened to you? Oh man.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Yup!

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, That sux. Did you recover? If so, how? Might make an interesting post.

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, In any case – Point Shares likes the Longo/Car-Go combo better anyway – and I’m clinging to that (emoticon).

  34. mcbainus says:
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    @Grey, In a standard mixed 5×5 12-team league, and you get to decide what draft position to take, what are your top 3 preferred spots (in order) this year, if you had to rank?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcbainus, 4, 7, 12…

      • mcbainus says:
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        @Grey, Funny you should say. I have 6th and just got an offer for 4th…guess i’ll take it.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Why those three?

        Votto, Longo and the turn?

        • mcbainus says:
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          @Steve, If Votto goes 19 or 20 though, I am gonna regret the decision to trade.
          @Grey, What is your preferred strategy at 4th spot Grey? 1B/3B, or 1B/OF? (asking the question in a vacuum, of course…)

          • Steve says:
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            @mcbainus, I’m sure Grey will answer, but if you follow his rankings you’ll likely get Votto at #4 and I’d be surprised if there’s a 3B worth a damn left by the time you pick again. You’ll probably be looking at someone like Stanton or the Dread Pirate. Either is great but the Pirate balances Votto’s relative lack of speed nicely.

            • mcbainus says:
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              @Steve, One can only hope. I am sure grey didn’t think longo would hold in LABR, but chances are you are right.

              • Steve says:
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                @mcbainus, Indeed – I had forgotten he fell to #20 there, though Rudy pointed out it was the absolute furthest he had seen him fall.

                I’m currently obsessing over whether I could have gone Prince/Longo in my H2H draft instead of Longo/Car-Go (I had 10th pick).

                • mcbainus says:
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                  @Steve, I was just looking at the CBS Mock Draft and Longo went 23…which is insane.
                  Now that I’ve traded, I don’t care where he goes other than 19 or 20 which will break my small grinch-like heart.

  35. royce! says:
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    Was just looking at the Padres promotional schedule for 2012 and got angry that they are offering nothing interesting- no bobbleheads, gnomes, fans in the shape of a manager’s head (check out the DBacks offerings). Then I realized that they probably are still trying to get rid of their Everth Cabrera and Kyle Blanks bobbleheads so they don’t have any room to store any new ones. Also, they don’t want to commit to keeping anyone until whatever game would be their bobblehead night.

    I know I mentioned this before, but I really wish they were offering this nationally: http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2012-02-23/don-zimmer-bear-promotion-creating-quite-a-stir-in-tampa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Yeah, that’s the best promotion in the entire world.

      • mcbainus says:
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        @Royce, Awesome…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @royce!, Allegedly, the promotion was Pedro’s idea…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wake Up, Ha!

  36. Cosmo says:
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    LOL…excellent post.

  37. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey, Marmol got hurt today, I know its early and he could be just fine, but if its serious Wood is the guy to snag, yes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep, Wood, yeah…

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        @Grey, thanks man! Its a super deep league, and the RP cupboard is bare! I snagged Wood just in case.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep, according to twitbook, er whatever it is, he felt a hand cramp, so they took him out. He’ll be getting an MRI, but he didn’t sound too concerned.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wilsonian, Whew

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, Hope he was pitching when he got this ‘hand cramp’.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Steve, it was reportedly on the mound…if that’s what kids are calling it these days…

  38. B.o.B. says:
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    Grey can you answer my question from above (post #15)? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B., Yup

  39. Bob says:
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    Tommy Milone made the roster instead. Any interest in him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob, I do like him, but he’s not an overpowering thrower, so his upside is a bit limited…

  40. Tony says:
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    so grey do you think L. Cains playing time is gone now? or does he break camp still? I just dont get the move…..

    I took him as a late round guy in a league, figuring he’s looking good and I can take him for a test run see if I can strike a little gold…. stupid KC.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, I think Cain will lose 75-100 ABs unless he sets the world on fire, but if you drafted you should hope he sets the world on fire anyway…

      • mcbainus says:
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        @Grey, @Tony, What happened to Cain? Can’t find anything specific RE: decreasing his value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @mcbainus, Royals traded for a potential Utility man/center fielder in Bourgeois…

          • mcbainus says:
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            @Grey, Ahhh. Kinda blows, but I guess he’d only get significant time if Cain busts, so might be OK. I do like Bourgeois when he’s playing though. With Gordon’s and Frenchy’s history, he may end up replacing them soon, lol.

  41. mcbainus says:
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    Grey, What is your dream pairing for picks 4/21 (not including Longo at 21, lol)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcbainus, Votto/best OF available…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcbainus, Or Votto/Kinsler/Hanley/Reyes or Best OF…

  42. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Do you have any concerns with Miggy and his history of drinking now that pain pill are introduced into his cocktails?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr2Bits, Ha! Nah…

  43. Tony says:
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    next question grey- just drafted last night, went votto/kinsler first two picks, same two in another draft 2 weeks ago, i dont like that, one goes down I go down in two leagues….

    what do you think of me dealing Kinsler/Adam Jones for CANO/Eithier?

    strictly value wise? it would alter that duo, give me the more “prefered” 2B, and eithier is no slouch? I do expect more than you outta adam jones, BUT im just not sure….

    sidenote: the guy is an orioles fan, homer, so thats part of my angle in this as well….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, That trade looks fair… He gets a slightly better side, but Jones is no sure thing and Kinsler is a lot iffier than Cano…

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey, ha i love the response above “whats your dream scenario for 4/21 picks” and you say VOTTO/KINSLER, which I got in a 14 teamer picking 10th and in a 12 teamer last night picking obviously 4th like just stated.

        ughhh i dont know what to do.

        I need to mention its 10×10.

        runs, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, AVG

  44. MrHappyTime says:
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    Are we being blessed with a podcast this week Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrHappyTime, Should be on the site tomorrow…

  45. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Now that you’ve come to terms that Peacock isn’t going to work out, are you ready to drop Reimold off your list too? He isn’t even the everyday outfielder.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SwaggerJackers, Yeah, can lose him too…

  46. JG_ism says:
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    @Grey

    I have…
    C-Sal Perez
    1B-Napoli
    CI-Morse.

    Perez is out. Should I swap some characters around?
    ie: Nap to C ,Morse to 1B and grab a CI? Very little to choose from…
    Betemit, Brent Morel , Carp..
    OR just leave em in place and grab another C? Wilin Rosario, Doumit…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JG_ism, Grab Morel for now…Doumit once the season starts and Morel isn’t doing well…

  47. DasPeck says:
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    Since everyone seems to be doing this, I’m just going to show you my team and you tell me how much it sucks, Grey? This is relevant to Miggy’s busted face, right?

    10 teams, roto 5×5

    C – Ramos (was Salvador Perez…)
    1B- Teixeira
    2B- Kendrick
    SS- Reyes
    3B- Panda
    CI- M. Reynolds
    MI- Jeter
    OF- Kemp
    OF- Pence
    OF- Krispie Young
    OF- Yoenis
    OF- Rasmus
    U- Morrison
    Infante
    Wells

    Bumgarner
    Gio
    Wainwright
    Morrow
    J. Garcia
    Nolasco
    Cahill

    RP
    Storen
    Santos
    Frank^2

    I see some serious average issues in my future, and I wasn’t crazy about my last two starter picks or my Corner or Middle Infidels… I panicked.

    How do I fix it, Grey?!

    Love, your soon to be habitual commenter,
    DasPeck

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DasPeck, Ha, thanks! Don’t love your hitting in spots — and think it might be an average issue and steals are light. You don’t need Infante… Pitching looks a tad better, but Nolasco and Waino aren’t friends of Grey…

      • DasPeck says:
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        @Grey, This seems foolish, but Rajai is still available in my league. Should I scoop him up? I’m not sure about his status with having a job.

  48. Slappy says:
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    Grey:

    R/HR/RBI/SB/BB/K/GIDP/AVG/OPS/XBH

    I’ve Freeman and Lind. Am I crazy to want to drop both for Dunn and Pena? I didn’t have Dunn last year on any teams, so not the whole “he owes me one” meme. And, sure, they’ll both K a truckload but they’ll BB a truckload and they hit into about half the DPs, historically, as Freeman and Lind can be expected to. And, sure, they’ll both bring down the AVG but they should up the OPS.

    The roster as of now:

    C-Montero
    1B-Freeman
    2B-Pedroia
    3B-Zim
    SS-Tulo
    LF-Crawford
    CF-Jennings
    RF-Choo
    OF-Swisher
    Util-Lind
    Util-Alonso

    BN-Fowler, Kipnis, P. Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy, I’d drop Freeman for Lind… I’d lose Alvarez for Dunn for potential/bench bat…

  49. bfeels says:
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    10 team 5×5 categories H2H non keeper league. I had the 10th pick of the snake draft. Thoughts on the roster? Thanks!

    10Justin Upton, Ari OF
    11 Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    30 Dan Uggla, Atl 2B
    31 Pablo Sandoval, SF 3B
    50 Elvis Andrus, Tex SS
    51 Carlos Santana, Cle C
    70 Madison Bumgarner, SF SP
    71 B.J. Upton, TB OF
    90 John Axford, Mil RP
    91 Brett Gardner, NYY OF
    110 Mat Latos, Cin SP
    111 Drew Stubbs, Cin OF
    130 Adam Lind, Tor 1B
    131 Nick Swisher, NYY OF
    150 Emilio Bonifacio, Mia SS
    151 Jason Motte, StL RP
    170 Mike Minor, Atl SP
    171 Sergio Santos, Tor RP
    190 Javy Guerra, LAD RP
    191 Ryan Dempster, ChC SP
    210 Jhoulys Chacin, Col SP
    211 Jonny Venters, Atl RP
    230 Bud Norris, Hou SP
    231 Jonathan Sanchez, KC SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bfeels, Don’t love the Upton and Gardner picks in combo, it’s too much speed, then you took Stubbs… And Bonifacio… Pitching looks fine though…

  50. Slappy says:
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    Grey, thanks, but long day? I have them as well. Anyway, I already have both Freeman and Lind, so is it simply drop Freeman and pick up someone else? I already dropped Pedro for Dunn. And with dumping Pedro, well, Tulo is already on an island, i.e., no backup SS, and with no Pedro, no backup 3B as well. I read the writeup on 2B and unless Kipnis well and truly exceeds the projection, I’d probably be better off dropping him for Daniel Murphy, since Murph has 2B and 3B eligibility? You have Kipnis at:

    80/14/60/.255/12

    And Murph at:

    75/12/60/.275/5

    Oh, I probably should have mentioned that this is H to H and on roto. So not quite the same worry over the 5 R, 2 HR, and 7 SB diff. It’s otherwise a crap shoot anyway when they aren’t in your lineup everyday, since Murph could have his better days when active while Kipnis could shoot blanks, so what say you?

    On a lighter note, I have the usual truckload of teams 14, though well off my season record of 32, but I always have one team where, while I’d like to do well, I pick players I’d like to root for as well. So I went with the G-rated version of the turning Japanese motif and so of a 7 man SP crew, I’ve Darvish, Kuroda, Iwakuma, Wada, and even though he’s not Japanese he did pitch in the NPB, so I’ve Wei-Yin Chen as well. Rounded out Bumgarner and Baker. If Baker starts on the DL I’ll pick up Wolf for the interim period since he’s still available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy, Yeah, but Kipnis has more upside and Murphy is what you see… Nice rant on the rest of the comment… Ha!

  51. Slappy says:
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    Grey, sorry, meant to say that I already have both Freeman and Lind so no need to drop Freeman for Lind. So just rid myself of Freeman for some other promising soul?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy, Yup…

  52. bfeels says:
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    Grey, forgot in my post (#51) to add that the postions are: C, 1b, 2b, SS, 3b, MI, CI, OF, OF, OF, OF and start 10 P. thanks!

  53. Terrence Mann says:
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    You got some splanin to do on the friends and family draft. Its like you broke every rule in your book.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, I didn’t draft it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, Rudy did. But I think the team looks solid… It is crazy solid in pitching…

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Grey, Figured as much. He got good values, I guess. Don’t think I could get behind that much pitching so early, though.

        My guess is he took Presley at the end to appease you after you saw his draft.

        He’s learned from your grandmother and is now laundering your own players through you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Terrence Mann, HA! Great call back…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, He took Presley because he knows his shit.

            This comment has NUTH-ING (Sgt Schulz voice) to do with the fact that I drafted Presley for my RCL team.

          • Terrence Mann says:
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            @Grey It’s prolly a good time to reintroduce the ebook. I’ll grudgingly recommend it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Terrence Mann, Aw, thanks!

  54. Giggles McGehee says:
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    10 Team 5×5 Auction. Went heavy on bats. Would you be comfortable going to battle with this squad?
    M. Bumgarner
    CJ Wilson
    A. Sanchez
    C. Luebke
    M. Minor
    V. Worley

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giggles McGehee, Yup

  55. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    wish i was in a draft with you and your minions .
    and i had the #4 pick
    and you guys had the #5 pick .

    ‘cuz i’m taking a-gon six ways to sunday before votto ,
    and , we’d all end up happy .

    of course , if you guys had #4 and i had #5 ,
    the same result would occur .

    cust kayin’ .

    • chata says:
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      @ Grey :

      oops .
      just checked my rcl draft .
      took a-gon with the 5th pick
      and let votto fall to 6th ,
      but the concept is the same .

  56. mcbainus says:
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    @Grey, last draft to ask you about for a while. This is the RotoAuthority Gold league that Tim Dierkes runs (I won the “Silver” league last year to gain entry).
    12-team, 5X5 standard roto:

    C Jonathan Lucroy
    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Dan Uggla
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    SS Jose Reyes
    CI Mike Moustakas
    MI Danny Espinosa
    OF Lance Berkman
    OF Brett Gardner
    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF Logan Morrison
    OF Jose Tabata
    Util Danny Valencia
    BN Zack Cozart
    BN Miguel Olivo

    SP Tim Lincecum
    SP Madison Bumgarner
    RP Drew Storen
    RP Jose Valverde
    P Gio Gonzalez
    P Brandon League
    P Joakim Soria
    P Jhoulys Chacin
    P Justin Masterson
    BN Clay Buchholz

    War Room has me projected tied for third.
    I think my average could be in trouble, but overall a reasonably solid team.

    Anything stick out to you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcbainus, I think the looks solid, but a little light on power and a bit higher on pitching… Solid team though, should be competitive. Good luck going for the gold!

      • mcbainus says:
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        @Grey, Agreed. I missed Lind as an upside pick towards the end.
        I exceeded my the player projections for “what it takes to win” for HR, but that’s only if a couple of guys work out…as if I am the first person to say that.
        Looking at the history of the league, those that win seem to always focus a bit more on pitching (particularly closers), so I amended my normal strategy a bit. Soria as a 19th round pick could be great if he doesn’t stay out too long.

        Took Lincecum in the 3rd instead of Beltre, which was risky, but I got Zimmerman in the 4th, who I actually rate equal to Beltre, so was pretty psyched about that.

        The one thing I am noticing this year is, if you take 1B and 3B in the first 3 rounds, your OF is going to be pretty thin. I am almost leaning more towards taking a stud OF instead of a 3B, since it seems like there is a lot of value with late round 3B picks.
        But getting a Top Tier 1B is absolutely essential.

        Thanks, as always.

        • Grey

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          @mcbainus, Yeah, don’t have much faith in Soria for this year… I drafted Hosmer as my first baseman and don’t feel great about it, hopefully I’m proven wrong…

  57. Raja says:
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    2 part question Grey:

    1.What’s the minimum innings pitched per week you recommend for a standard 5×5 H2H league? Yahoo’s default is 7 which seems way low. I ask because of my next question…

    2. Some wiseguy in my league just drafted a completely stacked offense (although a little injury prone and lacking on speed) but then went with Kimbrel, Putz, Papelbon, Betancourt, Farnsworth, Romo and no starters but then he’ll just throw a waiver wire in based on matchups each week to make sure he meets the 7 innings. With this he tries to guarantee Saves, ERA and WHIP for pitching and just needs to win 2 or 3 offensive categories per week. Can this strategy actually work?? Have anybody seen it be successful before?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raja, 1. 25 2. With 7 IP, yeah….

  58. inertiatic says:
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    Grey, I’m not one to make brown in your lemonade but what is the forum for? Maybe you prefer the team questions this way, or maybe it’s just the time of year, but every comment is “Grey, trade belch and belch for fart or maybe should I try for a bigger fart?” or “your rankings are clear as day, but which of these two players do you like more better grander? Thanks I’ll hang up and listen!” (I’m guilty of all these things in the comments section but I doo doo use the forum too).

    There was a time when we talked about the post and made witty banter here at razzball! Milk was a quarter and leaded gasoline was a dime. Asbestos pies were delicious and there were three channels on the TV. Get off my lawn!

    Also, I envy your lucious mustache and appreciate the work you do. Viva la Razz. PAGNOF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @inertiatic, Ha… It doesn’t bother me…

  59. TheNewGuy says:
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    With Balfour winning the closer battle, guess its time to drop Fuentes. Any other closer battles (KC aside, both Brox and Holland gone in my league) worth speculating on? Crain the next best shot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Adams…

  60. Aaron says:
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    All things being equal, who do you like more for a keeper league? M.Pineda or J.Heyward? Should I be overly concerned about Pineda’s velocity? Heyward makes me a little nervous. I know the talent is there, but injuries and age make me think that it could be another year before he starts to show his fantasy potential. I suppose the same could be said of Pineda. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron, Heyward

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