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Here’s a scenario:  You are the burger flipper manager at your local burger flipping place.  Someone comes to you and says Ryan Braun, your best burger flipping employee, is injecting his meat with HGH.  That’s why they’re tasting so good, yells one of your other employees.  You don’t want to believe Ryan is doing this.  His burgers are soooooooo delicious.  All of your customers love them.  Kowtowing to your other employees and the media, you decide to taste test his burgers.  Sadly, they do taste test positive for HGH.  You have no solution other than to suspend him.  This is gonna hurt business.  When, by sheer luck, it turns out your taste testers sampled his burgers after they were delivered to their house from FedEx and the soooooooo delicious burger wasn’t tasted in the restaurant.  Ryan’s attorneys rejoice.  Ryan says, “I told you my burgers were clean” and you shrug.  You’re just glad your best burger flipper can keep making you those soooooooo delicious burgers.  Then…THEN someone comes along and says they found a note scribbled in the dumpster that says Ryan is ordering HGH to inject into his soooooooo delicious burgers.  You look at that note and say, “Okay, we’ll keep an eye on things,” and go back to serving those soooooooo delicious burgers that everyone likes.  Well, damn me and my deliciously Horsey sauce argument about chain of custody and Biogenesis as a ‘consultant.’  There’s no way Ryan Braun is being suspended for this Biogenesis nonsense.  It’s ridiculous.  Can we move on?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2013 fantasy baseball:

Hanley Ramirez – He’s out for two months, having thumb surgery.  I just went over some Hanley musings yesterday, so I’m not going to rehash those potatoes.  Been there, drunkenly wrote that.  For those that didn’t heed my warnings to not draft him, I’m sorry it’s turned out this way.  A petty man would throw it in your face about how you could’ve drafted any other top 30 player instead of Hanley.  Gloating is no fun for me.  What joy is there in others’ misfortune?  I’d rather watch another man get accidentally hit in the nuts.  But this is a close second.  Schadenfreude, snitches!  This is like America’s Funniest Home Videos for fantasy baseball.  Can Bob Saget announce my next draft?  Can a cat spin around on a ceiling fan and fall on Bud Selig’s head pulling off his toupee?  I need to get my giggle on!  On the bright side if you drafted Hanley, you now have a chance to go all Phil Collins on your fantasy league and beat ‘em against all odds.  “I like my odds the same as I like my pancakes — stacked against me.”  That’s you, sitting in traffic, talking to yourself.  You’re weird.  For Hanley, I’ve updated the top 400 for 2013 fantasy baseball.

Dee Gordon – Every action has an equal, opposite reaction.  And that’s me thinking I quoted something correctly from high school!  I’m sorry, I’m still excited about Hanley, buzzing around my room like Alex P. Keaton on speed.  Can’t every guy I don’t draft get hurt?  Please.  The big annoyance here is we didn’t get to April so everyone else had a chance to draft Hanley (and Te(i)x, Granderson, Headley, etc.).  Alas, there will still be people drafting Konerko off his good spring (pfft).  I bumped up Gordon in the top 20 shortstops for 2013 fantasy baseball.  I didn’t change a whole lot on his projections.  The Dodgers have said Luis Cruz will man short with Uribe at 3rd.  Anyone familiar with either of those guys knows they are nothing special.  I think Gordon now has a chance to contribute.  He’s by no means a lock for playing time.  He’s a flyer at the end of your draft for steals.

Scott Rolen – The Dodgers said they have no interest in Rolen.  And I have no interest in manscaping.  Glad that’s all out there now.

Aroldis Chapman – The Cincinnati Enquirer says he will be the Reds closer.  Dusty says he wants him as the Reds closer.  Aroldis says he wants to be the Reds closer.  Banksy spraypainted Aroldis on a wall peeing on hitters in the 9th inning.  Yet, the Reds say there’s no decision yet.  Oh-kay.  I updated the top 400 for Aroldis, too.  You know, just in case Banksy’s right.

Trevor Bauer – Sent to Triple-A Columbus.  Bauer will still be doing warm-up tosses to Cleveland.

David Wright – Will be ready for the opener.  Good news for you Correct owners.  Damn, overusing the thesaurus again.

Johan Santana – Another guy I wouldn’t have drafted anywhere will start the year on the DL.  Next year, I’m drafting all of my teams in March of the previous year.  Wait, that’s now.  Hmm, I’m confused; I need a nap.  *clapping hands*  I’m back!

Robbie Ross – For those hoping for some sleeper value from Ross, gonna have to wait a bit longer.  The Rangers are moving him to the bullpen.  Their fifth starter job will be a battle between Randy Wells, Nick Tepesch, Derek Lowe and Justin Grimm.  Grimm, indeed.

Kyle Lohse – The Decision II might be moving to Colorado.  The Rockies are now in the mix to land this not commodity.

Edgar Renteria – Retired yesterday.  In honor of his retirement, we go into the Razzball archives for this blurb from two years ago, “The Reds called up Cozart, realizing they didn’t need to go to the free clinic to rid themselves of their bad case of the Renterias.”  Fare thee well, Edgar.  May people continue to mistake your last name for an STD.

Stephen Drew – Was cleared for baseball activities.  You know, like spitting and scratching himself.  What’s his over/under for games played this year?  70?  Anyone taking action on the over?  C’mon, it’s fake money betting on fantasy baseball, you scurred?

Brad Peacock – Strong candidate for the Astros’ final rotation spot.  Everyone knows how much I love Peacock (last year), so there’s no reason to repeat myself (this year).  If you Google “Brad Peacock sleeper” or “Why is Grey so effin’ stupid?”  You’ll find plenty of results.  Since he’s now on the Astros and he lost all semblance of control in Triple-A last year, I’m tentative to grab him outside of AL-Only leagues.  If he makes the rotation and pitches well in April, that will change.  Stay tuned.  Or not.  Your choices.

Juan Francisco – I posited that if Juan Francisco won the Braves 3rd base job, he’d have sleeper value.  I also posited if Chris Johnson were to win the job, he’d have value.  I was spreading my love around like butter on a hot bagel.  Well, as Lenny Sands would write in Hush-Hush, the position positing produced a paltry payoff; it’s a platoon.  Johnson and Francisco + separately = fantasy value.  Together = Meryl Streep’s shoulders.  Damn!  I thought my math was gonna work there.  Together was supposed to equal no fantasy value.

Grant Balfour – Ready to go for Opening Day.  Let’s play Bal..four!  *cue Rosco P. Coltrane laugh*

Derek Jeter – Now saying he may still be ready for the start of the season.  Otherwise, the Yankee opening day infield will be known as Cano and no one else Youknow.  The Yankee bleacher bums are going to have to yell, “Um, you on first….eh, fahgettaboudit.”

602 Responses

  1. The Guru says:
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    I tried manscaping once (after too many Zima’s) and accidentally shaved my left nipple off. The Mrs and I dressed it in sunglasses and a bowtie. Nips sits on the mantle and late at night when you close your eyes you can hear him soulfully singing, “I heard it through the Grey-vine…Rudy won’t you be mine…”

    Mmmm…Zima…”I’m about to lose my mind”

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @The Guru: do they still make Zima?, oh the things i wish I could forget about what I did hopped up on Zima. Hey wasn’t that part of the clear beverage revolution, Pepsi ice, Gatorade Ice, Zima, water?

      • scott says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I think they only make it in Canada for those crazy bastards. Drunk enough to get their teeth knocked out in a backyard hockey game and laugh about it

    • Kangaroo Hops says:
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      @The Guru: You could try Sticky Nips. Google it if you don’t know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Guru: I like your songs and your nips, be well.

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    A few questions for your sexy brain as my draft approaches.

    1) Ranks these top 4 pick scenerios:

    A) McCutchen/Stanton/Zimmerman/Goldschmidt
    B) McCutchen/Fielder/Zimmerman/Jones
    C) Fielder/Stanton/Zimmerman/Jones
    D) Stanton/Bautista/Zimmerman/Goldschmidt
    E) Stanton/Longoria/Jones/Goldschmidt

    2) Can Cashner be this years Chris Sale? Basically a guy you can draft in the last couple rounds and get an ace type season from. Besides Cashner, any other names pop in your head?

    3) Is there anything that separates your love for Ike Davis this year from your former love of Adam Lind and Mark Reynolds last year? You were pushing those guys pretty hard last year and both burned me. In yahoo leagues Ike is going around 90th overall and he is my primary UTL target.

    Thanks brotha!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @bossmanjunior: 1) C
      2) maybe, but I think Sale was more polished going into last year
      3) i don’t think he was pushing that hard on those guys last year like he likes ike this year. He would be a great CI/Util if the round is right and you haven’t over spent on offense to that point. If grab/ get stuck with a good average/high AB like a Pedroia early it will help balance the .175 month Ike will give you in May.

    • Traded a BJ for a Fister says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      1) A. no doubt. May want to flip Goldy and Zimm though dpnding on how savvy your league is.

      2) Hammel, going near last round. When healthy, pitched like a fantasy ace for me. Cashner doesn’t have rotation spot locked down though his upside is sky high.

      3) n/a

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      1) B. Nice mix of power and speed – 125 HRs and 40-45 SBs is a good start to any team. Any of the above options would be solid though.

      2) Niese, Minor, and Harvey come to mind, but they’re more mid-round guys. Maybe Miller or Teheran. Cashner isn’t able to stay on the field long enough for a breakout, but he’s worth a flier.

      3)

  3. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    if you stream Peacock and own Dickey and Trout is that FBB’s version of a devil’s threesomne?

    The dodgers should play Punto or Hairston, they are the Gardenhire Variety that makes fans buy more beer to deal…

    Are you saying the Reds got a shot of Cozartistone to get rid of their bad case of Renteria, with that treatment they should have dealt for some Andreltobiotics….

    OK, i’m drunk, time to pass out. if they have Patron coming out of a cooling system just say que and run away

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey:just got done polishing off my Strawberry donut. I put some of the glaze on my screen…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m now licking my screen…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I think it is awesome that Royce and his wife are planning an hour and a half each way day trip for donuts.

            Per yesterdays convo, you will need at least two, the first one you inhale, the second you savor. Like a good taco.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exactly! Wait, royce! and royce!’s wife are going for donuts? I wanna go too!

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: @Grey: we can have a razzball pow wow in the parking lot of a donut shop….classy

                there is a mexican joint a few doors down that use to sell turtle soup until they found out that it’s illegal. Funny thing is it’s still on the menu

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  How is turtle soup illegal? It’s like making shooting cheetahs illegal… I’m all for parking lot pow wows… Parking lots are where I spent the better part of my youth…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey:

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey:

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: It’s a date

                    The donut shop is right next to a small gym. Its good irony and funny because the donut shop has been there for 40 + years and the gym for 5.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Be better irony if the donut shop expanded and put the gym out of business…

                  • prezii says:
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                    @Grey: agreed. Always down for parking lot pows…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Meeting anywhere else reeks of trying too hard….

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @prezii: doobies and donuts

                    • prezii says:
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                      And you know this ….. Ma-nnnnnnnnnn!

  4. jason batteiger says:
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    hey grey, i was trying to sign up in the forums so as to post about trying to find opening in fairly large 14-18 owner H2H categories league, but when (tried 4 times) i punched in the answer to “razzball is about fantasy….” I answered “sports” then later “sports and sarcasm” (like in the podcast) it kept coming back saying i answered wrong. What is the answer to this? It does seem that cbssports.com’s fantasy baseball message board seems to have the most active openings so far for getting into league options but i figured posting in razzball’s forum couldn’t hurt as the people here seem really interested and active.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Cartman 4evs: thanks, all those other sports on here tricked me into not putting the whole reason i’m here in the first place. No offense to the football posts, as i followed those this past year as well.

  5. Boston Fans Are Stoopid says:
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    Where can one acquire these alleged Ryan Braun burgers?

    /mouth watering

  6. Howard says:
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    @Grey I didn’t draft him but yadda, yadda, yadda, he’s occupying my 3B slot. Looking at the WW I’ve got Dominguez, Arenado or Carpenter? Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Howard: Arenado for now

  7. Gareth says:
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    Isn’t “Braun’s Burgers” on the FOX TV Network on Sundays?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: I stopped watching Fox Sundays when the Simpsons hit their 200th episode… So ten years ago…

  8. Gareth says:
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    The may be full of PED’s, but the Hebrew hammer’s Burgers are Kosher.

    • Nothing about Braun smells kosher these days

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Hey Now!

  9. Gator says:
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    Really entertaining site. Any players outside your top 100 have a chance to be in the top 40 next year? Better pitcher for the next 3 years – Matt Moore or Zimmerman?

  10. Josh says:
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    Hey Grey, I miss the days when you included in your rankings a few Mr. B relievers we could target for ratio help. I usually like to run a one or two out there in head to head leagues, and don’t think it would cost me much of anything. Could you maybe give me a top 5 non-closer relievers? I don’t really care about holds, just looking for very good Ks, ERA, WHIP and BAA.

      • Josh says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: This is pretty helpful. Just a heads up though that when I sorted RPs by SO, it makes 0.0 the best value. Kenley Jansen is the only relief pitcher without saves who has a positive win share value, so does this mean I probably should scrap the strategy of using middle relievers to keep the ratios down?

        • The sort function isn’t working for SO. Glitch with this grid format – sorry.

          Sort by WHIP instead as that will likely net similar rankings.

          A positive Point Share value means that the player is better than the average drafted reliever. Given MRs don’t get saves, that’s impossible. Focus on anyone that are valued above $0. There should be many. MRs are a great way to keep ratios down and get free K’s (and an occasional W) while SPs sit on your bench on days off. You’ll see that the best RPs have Point Shares nearly equal or better than mediocre SPs and that’s after factoring in the IP differences.

  11. Dewayne Buice says:
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    …legal advice to Braun owners (and erstwhile owners), medical advice to Cozart owners, your Jewish grandma must think you’re such a nice boy. But we all know you specialize in servicing the online fantasy needs of young men, so let’s commence that unseemly business:

    Which 6 do you keep in a 10 team, MLB, 4×4 (no runs, no Ks) roto?
    Carlos Santana $14,
    Jason Kipnis $11,
    Justin Upton $27,
    Evan Longoria $26
    Tom Wilhemsen $6,
    Greg Holland $6,
    Glen Perkins $6,
    Grant Balfour $8
    Kind of a head scratcher because we have inflation from some good keepers (Trout $4) and deflation from some bad ones (Miggy $53, Rollins $17).

  12. Dewayne Buice says:
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    Listening to BaseballHq podcast (boringer then yourses) and they’re talking up Dominic Brown, he could hold off Delmon for playing time. I’m not sure the manager can show up the GM by benching his big acquisition (unless it’s Scoscia and Vernon Wells getting Reagins fired).

  13. Brettj72 says:
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    So the top 400 still has Hanley at #31. Am I looking at it wrong?

    • I’m updating it now. Grey knocked him down to #168 which seemed cruel until I ran it in my $ values and he came out #177.

      The updates will be live on the site by the time you read this.

  14. Scott says:
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    “Fairly well, Edgar.”??? How about “Fare thee, well.” Yeah, I know it’s Olde English being used for a player who’s decidedly not. But I frequent this site usually after catching up on Downton Abbey, so I expect the Queen’s English, sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Mmm… Olde E. That was a good malt liquor…

      • Cartman 4evs says:
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        @Grey: The High Gravity 800 with a Red Bull poured in for fun. Four Loco didn’t exist when I went to college…

        • Grey

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          I invented Four Loco…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, I don’t even remember that one… That’s to to say I never drank it, actually that might mean for sure I drank it…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: somewhere on the bottle it said it was micro brewed malt liquor. Last time we had it was late 90′s and you could only get it in LA. Always had sediment and had a mild halucinogen effect. The bottle is quite hilarious. Similar to crazy horse in those ways

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Red Bull turned me red and made me hallucinate, it was awesome.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Mushrooms did that to me….oh that’s what they are suppose to do

              • prezii says:
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                @Grey: you havent had beer til you have had….. “Arrogant bastard”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’ve had beer then… I’ll say nothing’s quite like a Colt 45.

                  • prezii says:
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                    @Grey: niceee.. colt 45 and two zig zags, grey thats all i need

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d be stone cold drunk in 20 minutes…

                    • prezii says:
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                      @grey: when i was youngr and wanted to get smashed for 2 bucks….. 211 steel reserve. Man, that shit was like drinkin out of an oil can.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Two words: Night Train — Two more words: You’re done.

                    • prezii says:
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                      @grey, never heard.. sounds tantalizing tho…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’ll put your lights out, done… It’s what Hendrix drank, and Dennis Hopper…

  15. Gareth says:
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    Did another Mock Draft today Grey. Thanks to your lists I’m finding real value with my picks. I know the bench on this team is too strong and are all hitters (apart from Cishek) but they fell so far vesus their ADP (especially Pence / Hosmer) I had to grab em. You Can always trade a good hitter, right? Thanks!

    C Perez, Salvador (C KC) C · U ACT
    1B Encarnacion, Edwin (1B TOR) 1B · U ACT
    2B Kinsler, Ian (2B TEX) 2B · U ACT
    3B Zimmerman, Ryan (3B WAS) 3B · U ACT
    SS Rutledge, Josh (SS COL) SS · U ACT
    OF Upton, B.J. (OF ATL) OF · U ACT
    OF Choo, Shin-Soo (OF CIN) OF · U ACT
    OF Trout, Mike (OF LAA) OF · U ACT
    U Goldschmidt, Paul (1B ARI) 1B · U ACT
    P Holland, Greg (P KC) P ACT
    P Fister, Doug (P DET) P ACT
    P Miley, Wade (P ARI) P ACT
    P Strasburg, Stephen (P WAS) P ACT
    P Cain, Matt (P SF) P ACT
    P Latos, Mat (P CIN) P ACT
    P Parker, Jarrod (P OAK) P ACT
    RES Prado, Martin (OF ARI) 3B · OF · U ACT
    RES Lawrie, Brett (3B TOR) 3B · U ACT
    RES Frazier, Todd (3B CIN) 1B · 3B · U ACT
    RES Pence, Hunter (OF SF) OF · U ACT
    RES Hosmer, Eric (1B KC) 1B · U ACT
    RES Cishek, Steve (P MIA) P ACT

  16. ichirosan says:
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    20-man dynasty H2H league… who would you pick?

    Brad Peacock, Jhoulys Chacin, Rick Porcello or Jake Arrieta?

  17. oldman says:
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    Grey,

    I’ll take the over on 70 games played for Drew. What are the stakes?

    -Oldman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @oldman: A gentleman’s bet!

      • oldman says:
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        @Grey: you’ve got yourself a deal!

  18. Hooverville says:
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    Grey I know this probably takes a long time to you to go through so i’ll make it quick, I had the bookend picks 12 & 13 in our RCL draft we did last night (12 Teams):

    C – Wilin Rosario (181)
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt ( 36)
    2B – Dan Uggla (180)
    SS – Josh Rutledge (108)
    3B – Evan Longoria (13)
    2B/SS – E- Cabrera (229)
    1B/3B – Pablo Sandoval (85)
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton (12)
    OF – Desmond Jennings (60)
    OF – Andre Either (132)
    OF – Starlin Marte (204)
    OF – Jayson Werth (228)
    UTIL – Todd Frazier (157)
    SP – David Price (37)
    SP – Zack Greinke (61)
    SP – Jonathan Niese (133)
    SP – Ryan Vogelsong (205)
    SP – Mike Fiers (252)
    SP – Chris Tillman (277)
    RP – Aroldis Chapman (84)
    RP – Fernando Rodney (109)- AUTOPICKED!!
    RP – Sergio Romo (156)
    RP – Al Alburque… (253)
    Bench: Ryan Ludwick (276)
    Bench: David Murphy (300)

    I was pumped that I could go Stanton & Longo 12-13
    I think I might want to improve on that 2B/SS or at least reinforce my MI and I have the 1st waiver pick- Jhonny Peralta, Kelly Johnson, Chris Nelson are out there. Thoughts on the team and any idea what I should improve on?
    Team name is Mustachioed Bandits, I thought you’d appreciate that. Thank you Grey!

    • Man, if it weren’t for Andre Ethier’s presence, I’d swear Grey drafted this team himself.

      Looks like a solid draft to me. I can see dumping Everth at some point in April for a better R/RBI producer since Marte/Jennings/Goldy should keep you competitive in SBs. I’d swap Everth for Bonifacio if he is on waivers and use him as your bench guy. He’ll have 2B/OF eligibility by mid-April – factoring in you’ve got Frazier who can backup 1B/3B and Rutledge will be 2B/SS, you’ve got just about every position backed up. I’d dump Ludwick and/or Murphy for relievers. Remember it’s 180 GS so all relief innings are ‘free’. Some potential MRs on waivers that I like are David Robertson, David Hernandez, Luke Gregerson, and Carter Capps.

      One other note for in-season – the Hittertron will highlight this but Andre Ethier is great against RHP and awful vs. LHP. I’d rotate him out whenever possible against LHP.

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        @Rudy Gamble: Thanks for the awesome response Rudy, needless to say I got nervous trying to fill those 5 OF spots and pulled the trigger on Either. I think I have to keep Murphy to cover while Werth is out. Dump Ludwick and grab Gregerson or Venters, both are available, you’d still go Gregerson?
        Wow I had no idea how bad Either was vs LHP – http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=ethiean01&year=&t=b#total
        I’ve never played Roto before, Im a H2H guy, so I appreciate the feedback!

        • Prefer Gregerson over Venters because he is more likely to move to closer. I think Venters might be slowing down from over-use. Really hard to be an excellent MR with 70+ appearances for 3-4 consecutive years. The most durable ‘excellent’ MR I can recall was Scot Shields and – without checking a reference site – I feel like he got 5 in. Also, check out Carter Capps. I think he’ll be at 10+ K/9.

          Murphy is also awful vs. LHP but, yeah, worth keeping an extra OF if Werth is going to be out. I probably prefer Ludwick a bit more than Murphy though…

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            @Rudy Gamble: Thanks Rudy, it hurts giving up the 1st Waiver pick. But I guess with such a deep league its going to be hard to find a gem thats worth it later. I just checked out C Capps, woah guy has some good peripherals, sounds like he has a big arm. I’ll keep him in mind when I can stash Werth on the DL spot. You da man Rudy

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Rudy Gamble: any thoughts on heath bell this year?

            • the grate one says:
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              yo, what happen to jwert?

  19. Joey says:
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    So we are using the new “NA” roster spot now available on yahoo. If you could grab one minor leaguer Grey and stash him there in a keeper league, who would you take? Taveras, Myers, Profar, someone else?

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      @Joey: Anyone?

    • Ha – hadn’t heard about the ‘NA’ spot. That’s really a thing? They can’t call it ‘Minor Leaguer’ or something like that?

      For 2013, I like Myers and Taveras…and that’s about it on hitters. Myers has an easier path to playing time. Where the hell is Profar playing? Don’t understand people wasting a spot on him outside of super deep leagues. My 3rd choice for hitters would be Yelich on Miami. Big bat and no one is blocking him from earning a 2H promotion. From SPs, I like Gerrit Cole (2H promotion?) and Tony Cingrani (Reds don’t have SP depth with Leake now #5).

      • Joey says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Yeah it just got added today, its like a DL spot but for guys in the minors. Who looks the best long term as a keeper? I know keeping Trout/Harper last year would have been awesome, but anyone project to be a superstar? Thinking long term, my keepers are aging fast.

        • Scott Evans, the prospect guy, is a better evaluator of prospects than me. Off the top of my head, I’d say Taveras, Profar, Myers, Yelich, Jose Hernandez (MIA pitcher). I’m less bullish than most on Billy Hamilton. I think the Cardinals have a potential SP stud by the name of Michael Wacha

          • Joey says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: I think I can wait on most of those guys, will target Taveras, Profar, Myers…everyone else my leaguemates dont really know about.

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              @Joey:

              if they are in yahoo, they are a noteworthy prospect (they only add about 50 or so each year).

              The question is how far into the future do you want to look.
              This year Myers is by far the best, followed by tavares, cole and profar.
              Long term the only guy i know in the minors with 80 power is Sano. Starling could be a 5 tool OF in a few years. Baez and Soler are both still a little raw.

              Personally i like to look for teenagers that make it to AA. So last year that was Tavares and Walker.

  20. tenaciousdeucer says:
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    The commentary on Braun’s injections
    +
    I drafted of Hanley in the 3rd round in my last draft
    =
    My butt hurts

  21. Gareth says:
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    Parnell, Hellickson and AJ Burnett for Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz?

    • I’m taking Seager/Cruz side any day of the week assuming this is a shallow league. All three of those pitchers could end up on the waiver wire by May whereas Nelson Cruz is a solid OF (good R/HR/RBI, doesn’t kill you on AVG) and Seager is serviceable in ESPN format and a sweet MI in Yahoo format.

      • Gareth says:
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        Thanks Rudy.

        Its a CBS format, where Seager doesn’t qualify at 2nd base (missed the cut off by a couple of games – which sucks). I’m also worried about the Cruz PED link and his injury history. He’s not young either (33).

        But yeah, I agree. The hitter side is better. Wether the owner will go for it?………..

  22. Fungus says:
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    Hi Grey, so I traded my 4th pick away for the 8th pick since I think the 4-9 guys are about the same.

    It’s a snake draft so I get the 13th instead of 17th. Since we use Yahoo and many people in the league rely on their rankings, I hope to get Pujols at 8 and would like Stanton at 13, but he’s ranked 12 so I may not get him.

    One thing I’ve noticed is that the disparity between your rankings and Yahoo are large for some 1B, like Goldschmitt and Agon. But having traded down to 8, Pujols/Votto/Fielder will probably be the best available picks, so I can’t take advantage of the value of Goldy or Agon in the 3rd or 4th rounds (we don’t have utility spots). Would you consider taking Stanton or Upton at 8 then get a value 1B later instead of Pujols/Votto/Fielder?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungus: Sure, you can do that, make sure you get a 1B…

  23. Nate says:
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    Here’s a question for Grey or Rudy… when I click on the “top 400″ it shows Grey’s rankings and projections… LOVE IT (Super helpful)

    But at the top of that page, if I click to get the auction dollar value of each player (based on 5×5 standard and the option is ESPN or Yahoo with various league sizes) it flips to what appears to be yahoo’s rankings/dollar values… suddenly Trout is worth more than Braun etc…

    What’s going on here that I’m not understanding?

    • My $ estimates aren’t always going to agree with Grey’s. My $ have Trout #1 in just about every format. I joked on Twitter that I have him #1 in every format except NL-only where I think he’ll struggle to even deliver 3rd round value.

      (Un)lucky for us, we didn’t get a #1 or #2 pick in any snake draft this year so we never had to duke it out for Trout vs. Braun (i would’ve relented and taken Miggy 1st).

      • Nate says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Ah, gotcha, didn’t realize one was you and the other was grey… I thought you did the math that implemented his projections into auction values.

        Thanks for the clarification.

        And thanks for all the hard work delivered with humor!

  24. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray… I was one of those who tied myself to the mast with ears plugged and did not hear your sirens song on Hanley… I was wise enough to back him with a SS “ELI” at 2B/SS

    6 weeks out – is not a season.. IF IF IF, Hanley returns OK….. I am feeling OK with my target replacements for those few weeks…

    One just got hauled out of the puddle – Peralta… But, Kelly “Mr. April” Johnson was thrown back for him…. Yum Yum – if the ABs are there

    I’m one rooting for Nunez to get some FT play in April… He could put on a show for a few weeks..

    Then there is Drew – who a good bump on the head might have helped… Think a bunch of his injury is the NEW focus on the injury…. He will be fine…

    There always is Keppinger for 6 weeks of decent – boring BA..

    And there is that someone who gets hot … Nelson continues on where he left off last year – If Arenado is slipping backwards now???

    It will just be a good early exercise in the Plug on – Plug off – Miyagi System FBB

    I will most like use 5 or 6 players there

    My problem is Morrison is hurt too to start the year… Here’s hop’n, he only misses 2 weeks..

    PLAY BALL!!!

    • T Moore says:
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      @T Moore: @T Moore:

      Should have added on PED… If MLB was serious about them, they would test every week… Yeah, they blame it on the so-called player’s union position that they can’t – sure – I believe that…

      Drugs and baseball have always held hands…

      I just don’t care anymore – what a bunch of highly paid privileged idiots choose to do to their bodies to make even more money…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: If Morrison is your problem, we’re gonna be all right T Moore, hold me hand like drugs and baseball and we’re gonna make it…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Mr. Gray: Thanks.. It is heartwarmingly wonderful and means so much to me to know you will be there for me this season…

        Should have pointed out my inner voice’s warning on the Cruz-Gordon thingy..
        It reeks of a tick-tock starts stat killing battle to me…

        Cruz made some cameo appearances for me last year… He can be streaky good at times… I think, he is the better pickup … As he may play both SS/3B

        Gordon is a hack in real BB… He is FBB player… I wonder if he makes the team even with Hanley out… Limited starts and ABs at best… Not to be touched until he has proven he is really the guy at SS even for the short term…

        • T Moore says:
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          @T Moore:

          O yeah… Nakahoma in Oakland is quickly turning heads the wrong way..

          He has under impressed… Struggling with the transition to MLB and its culture… He may need time in minors..

          The throwing is the problem in the field – Oakland was aware of this… How big a problem is the ????… And his bat is not in tune yet to MLB either… Tiny steps…

          Long term he should be fine… But, alarm bells should be ringing on him right now… “Stay clear” in drafts before the lineup is set in Oakland

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, he’s nothing outside of AL-Only leagues…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cruz is very streaky… And injury prone… He’s good for a few weeks a year, sometimes a month… Gordon is a real baseball hack, but love to see him get 4 starts a week… Not like Uribe is anything special…

  25. Jangles says:
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    Do you still like Cabrera over Braun? I lurv (a Grey term) those SBs with the power…..but sometimes safety is an issue. Is Braun more likely to be suspended than Cabrera is too drive a car into a tree during a slump?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jangles: A philosophical question… Yeah, Braun is more likely, but still unlikely… I like Miggy better…

  26. “Banksy spraypainted Aroldis on a wall peeing on hitters in the 9th inning.”

    this made me sit up and OBEY

  27. Jvh4 says:
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    12 team mixed points auction. 1 each infield + MI and CI 4 OF. 2 off bench. 7 SP 2 RP 1 P 1 P bench. Keep 4 players.

    $260 to spend. Number is () is years remaining including 2013.

    I’m keeping 3 P have to keep 1 position player. Who would you keep?

    Wieters $18 (2), wilin Rosario $4 (1), teixiera $26 (2), morneau $12 (2), berkman $6 (2), Rollins $15 (2), cozart $1 (2), headley $14 (1), m young $18 (2), Holliday $31 (1), choo $24 (2), swisher $4 (2), David Murphy $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jvh4: None are good… Rollins…

      • Jvh4 says:
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        @Grey:

        That’s what I was afraid of. Might just roll with Rodario or Cozart and take the extra cash into the draft yet. I’ve also been offered Goldy or Gio for Wil Myers, but I can keep him for free til he’s called up then he’s $3 per year. Seems to good to give up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed…

  28. oldman says:
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    Hey Rudy,

    Im in a 11 team CBS dynasty roto league. We start 5 OF, CI, MI, 1 UT & 9P, with 4 bench spots (so 22 starters and 26 total roster spots). Which of your $ auction value projections would you consider to most closely reflect the actual values in a league like this? I’m not sure how espn/yahoo scoring translates over to CBS…and then consider the fact that we have a funky 11 team league…

    Thanks!

    • I would think 12 team ESPN would be slightly closer than 10 team ESPN. You could average the two as well.

  29. KB says:
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    Looks like you have Craig ranked 60th overall and Gordon ranked 72nd, but much better projections for Gordon. Would you prefer Gordon to Craig if you’d be playing both in the OF almost all of the time since I already have Votto for 1B and there is no CI spot in this league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KB: I would

  30. PhillyYorker says:
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    I’m at that horrible stage of my draft where all my position spots are full but Todd Frazier is still out their. Do I pick Frazier and stash him or select my first closer? Thoughts.

  31. Wake Up says:
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    I have this friend…He was crazy enough to keep Hanley this year, and my friend, is now asking me what sorta Pitcher he could get for Hanley now, post thumb injury. My friend, he’s in a keeper league…so, don’t worry, he didn’t actually draft him, he just kept him…I wouldn’t be friends with anybody like that, not with someone who would draft Hanley anyways, not me…So, what type of SP should, my friend, be shooting for?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up: kind of unrelated…my friend also is a big fan of the Nippon League….he lives in Yokohama and is a diehard fan of the Bay Stars…so, for his birthday I made him a shirt that reads, “Nyger Lover” that he wears to every game even though he doesn’t speak or read any English…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wake Up: Sounds like a good friend… In a keeper league, I’d shoot for a #2… Try for a Moore type…

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Grey: He is a good friend. The problem is me. I’m a terrible friend. Thanks friend.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem, friend.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Wake Up: I see nothing wrong with you as a friend

  32. Jon says:
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    Which combo do you prefer: Moore + Pence OR Gordon + Harvey?

    Also, can you rank these pitchers for the next 3 years? Lester, Bailey, Minor, Milone, Harvey

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Moore… Harvey, Milone, Homer….

  33. quimmy says:
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    12 Team League, would appreciate thoughts on live draft completed last night.

    C – AJ Ellis
    1B – Votto
    2B – Zobrist
    SS – A.Escobar
    3b – Gyorko Store
    MI – Prado
    CI – Fielder
    OF – Heyward
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Choo
    OF – Gordon
    OF – Eaton
    U – Kubel
    U – Konerko
    SP – MadBum
    SP – Latos
    SP – B.Anderson
    SP – Vogelsong
    SP – Estrada
    SP – Wei-Meng Chen
    RP – Soriano
    RP – Nathan
    RP – Grilli

    I am a little light on speed I think, but otherwise thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @quimmy: Yeah, you’re a little light on speed, but like great in power… Your pitching could be okay, but Chen and Anderson don’t give me any confidence…

  34. Trini says:
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    Thanks, Grey. I’m on a diet and now I’m really god damn hungry. If I wasn’t in my pajamas, I’d be in peeling the car out of the driveway and speeding down to In-N-Out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Trini: Sorry, girl.

  35. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. Do I trade fielder morse for billy butler and jay Bruce?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn Travis snider
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp joe kelley
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p aaron harang
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Sounds solid…

  36. Dominic says:
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    On the topic of Brewer outfielders, you clearly like Aoki to have a better season than Gomez, is that right?

  37. John Stamos says:
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    I just got off a binge with the Olsen twins and I just remembered my draft is tonight.

    If you value Rollins in the 40′s, but he’s being taken 7th-8th round, are you taking him where you think he belongs (4th round), waiting until the 7th round and hoping he’s still there, or taking him somewhere in between?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      6th to 7th round…

      • John Stamos says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, kindly.

  38. GTS says:
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    I have 4th pick in my draft 10-team H2h 6×5 league w/ snake draft. Keepers: Votto, J-Upton, Bruce, and Mad Bum. There are some top pitchers available: Kershaw will get picked 1st, next 2 picks are a toss up, but would you take Hamels/Greinke/Gio as your first pick or go with hitting like Phillips/Zobrist/Choo/Sandoval/BJ Upton? I already have 2 reds and like to diversify so maybe not Choo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting… Zobrist, Phillips or Sandoval…

      • GTS says:
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        @Grey: <3

  39. Fish says:
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    Hey Grey, wanted to get your thoughts on my team in a standard H2H 12 team league

    Carlos Santana
    Ike Davis
    Ian Kinsler
    Brett Lawrie
    Josh Rutledge
    Andrew McCutchen
    Adam Jones
    Shin-Soo Choo
    Todd Frazier
    Kendrys Morales
    David Murphy

    Bumgarner
    Scherzer
    Wilhelmsen
    Casey Janssen
    Samardzija
    Peavy
    Niese
    JarroD Parker
    Tommy Milone
    Dan Straily
    Johan Santana
    Joaquin Benoit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks weak on average, and a tad high on pitching… Not a bad team though…

  40. Jon says:
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    Can Stanton, B.J., Jennings, Gardner and Marte be a good enough OF (start 4) in a 10-team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  41. Jon says:
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    Does Matt Carpenter’s projection change if he gets the majority of time at 2B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope… He’s a 10-ish homer, barely any speed guy…

  42. kalone says:
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    When or if do you think Adrian Gonzalez plays 20 games in the OF this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never…

      • kalone says:
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        @Grey: How about Kinsler?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @kalone: Maybe by Sept, pretty doubtful too…

  43. OaktownSteve says:
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    I keep thinking the risk with Braun is not that he’ll get suspended but that he’ll get off the juice and be crappy. I would kind of love that though. I think a huge drop off in performance would be just deserts and peg him as a guy that succeeded only through cheating. Cheaters- they never prosper, you know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t have been the risk last year? He did fine then…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Possibly yes, but maybe with the increase heat he’ll be all like…I don’t need the juice…I can do it all on my own…I’m more than just a chemistry set…I’m a human being damn it…I’ll show them all…I’ll show ‘em….look at me, ‘Ma I’m the king of the world…

        and then he’ll hit .250 and I’ll be in my front yard grilling and and drinking High Life sometime in August and a deep satisfaction will suddenly settle upon me, as though something is right with the universe.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or maybe the guys with the new type of juice that no one can test for yet seek out Braun and make him a deal…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            But maybe it turns out the new juice makes people go crosseyed like the Navin R Johnson Opti-Grab.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Maybe the new juice people pitch their juice to Jamba Juice, Jamba Juice agrees and everyone gets on the “juice” which negates it for everyone, leaving Braun nothing but a Punto….

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                But maybe a side effect of the Jamba Juice is that it also tends to turn you into an on the go urban female office worker and Braun starts showing up wearing his tennies but carrying his cleats in a purse and pretty soon he starts skipping Friday games because he has to stay home and take care of his three bassett hounds and watch JAG reruns.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Then him and Mark Harmon marry in Hawaii…

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: he’s jewish, he’s going to start playing mahjong

  44. Q says:
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    Tried my best to be you while drafting. 10 team ESPN standard. What do you think?

    Picking 6th (top 5 off board were same as your ranks)

    c-Sal Perez
    1b–Pujols
    2b–Altuve
    3b–Zimmerman
    ss–Rollins
    of-giancarlo, adam jones, choo, beltran, aoki
    CI-au shizz
    MI–Rutledge
    Util Rizzo
    P: Greinke, Scherzer, Samardzja, Homer, Burnett, J Parker, Romo, Wilhelmsen, Perkins
    Bench–Boneface, Shebly Miller, Taveras

    Naturally, ESPN projections have me finishing last, but War Room sez:

    R 104
    HR 112
    RBI 104
    SB 93
    AVG 105

    W 91
    K 112
    ERA 102
    Whip 103
    Sv 92.

    Thinking I done good. You?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thinking you did real well… I’m baffled ESPN has that team coming in last… But my ESPN team is supposed to finish last, too…

  45. OaktownSteve says:
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    Am I totally nuts for thinking Dotel is a possible saves speculation at this point. Al Al bombed yesterday and Leyland seems very, very against using Rondon. Dotel has 102 career saves and had a 22 save season just a couple years ago. I think committee is the likely model to start but if Dotel puts a couple on the board and looks good, I could see him being the grizzled veteran choice for a conservative manager.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think it’s nuts… In fact, I’ll pick up Dotel right now in my RCL since I have free spots….

  46. the question that needed to be asked says:
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    grey,

    I know you said you arent a fan of Zobrist…but going into the 1st round of draft (Which is 7th round – everyone keeps 6), would you consider zobrist if you didnt have a 2b or a SS?

    Rollins is available…and there are a bunch of guys available for 2b (like prado, weeks, seager) etc, but i get the feeling you dont like them.

    i guess what im asking is zobrist and rollins (who you also dont seem to like) are out there, and thats a need for me, but so are guys you LOVE like hamels, C.lee, scherzer, holliday, choo, etc…

    fill the need, or take the superior player?

    or are you more inclined to wait and fill 2b/SS cheaply

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee in the 7th is really good value, gotta take him…

      • the question that needed to be asked says:
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        Thanks – so lee over hamels and holliday?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Be nice to know who your keepers are…

          • the question that needed to be asked says:
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            sorry.
            I kept 2 1b, 2 OF, 3b, and util only. so all hitting

            Theres C.lee, hamels, wainwright, scherzer, darvish, sabathia, sale, scherzer, jordan zimm all still available. i think i can grab a SP from that group with my 2nd pick if i dont take C. lee with my first pick.

            idk. why me! why me!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You can’t tell me the players’ names?

              • the question that needed to be asked says:
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                I can. I dont want to be found out as im paranoid about leaguemates!

                Votto, Fielder, Zimmerman, Heyward, Adam jones, and frazier (my util)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Take Lee…

                  • the question that needed to be asked says:
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                    alllllllright albright ill take lee.

                    thanks!!!

  47. Random Collmenter says:
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    You like my Ryan Zimmerman + Teheran for his Aaron Hill + Price/Darvish/Adverb?

    I already have Beltre at third and my starting pitching is weak….

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid… Price or Adverb…

  48. oppo taco says:
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    hey grey, had our draft last week and was wondering if you could give me a little feedback. I’m a little skeptical about the back end of my rotation. its a 12 team mixed league, 5×5 roto

    c – Miguel Montero
    1b – Goldshmidt
    2b – brandon phillips
    ss – everith cabrera
    3b – zimmerman
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – J Upton
    OF – Jose Bautista
    Util- Michael bourn
    Util – Adam Eaton
    SP- Bumgarner
    SP – James Shields
    SP – Dan Haren
    SP – Matt Harvey
    SP – AJ Griffin/Fiers
    RP – Houston Street
    RP – Steve Cisheck

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your rotation looks decent, your league is shallow enough that you’ll be able to stream guys easily enough… I do worry about Shields… Your hitting looks okay, don’t love Bourn and Everth looks bad for this team…

  49. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    If you wouldn’t mind, could you answer my first question. My fellow Razzballers were nice enough to answer but they each gave me a different answer haha. Its basically comes down to which you prefer in the 1st and 4th round: McCutchen/Goldschmidt or Fielder/Jones. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder/Jones

  50. George says:
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    @Grey – Pop Quiz time (from that old teacher no one likes)

    I get the “skip the high end catchers” theory and subscribe to it myself. However, I’ve noticed a few mocks where higher end guys (namely Santana & Wieters) continue to linger well past their ranking and even past your rank in the top 400. If you were to find yourself ion the clock with pick #84 and Santana was still on the board – a player you have ranked at #59 – would you consider taking him?

    The question speaks to the larger issue of wondering how much stock should be placed on a ranking list if it takes into account the general trend of over-evaluating positions, like C or 2nd base.

    • the grate one says:
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      me no know

  51. OaktownSteve says:
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    Heard kind of a funny story on the radio the other day. Some So Cal journalist was talking about trying to get an interview with Puig. Went something like this:

    “Hey I’m so and so from such and such media outlet. Pleasure to meet you. I was hoping I could get a few minutes with you.”

    and here’s the response he got:

    “PUIG!”

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @OaktownSteve: have you heard where he might end up to start the year?

      I heard they might see if he can play 3rd base

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Go to Rudy’s new post and tell him you’ll never beat Grey Albright with that team!

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Grey: where is your team?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Imagine it! My post about the draft will come next week (prolly)….

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Grey: I did it but I felt shameful, dirty. What has he done to me beside shoot down every glossary term I have ever come up with…Now I’m mad because I love Bichetter. I had to come clean like sky did. Rudy will see right through me and I’ve already cried once today. I can’t handle the pressure.
              *glossing up*

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’ll protect you!

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Grey: a man with a mustache needs no cape

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Nope, just a donut…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey: i got you locked in. I hope i haven’t put the Hosmer expectations on these delicous treat?. will they deliver a Homer response?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’ve definitely built them up, no more than Rutledge for me…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey: Royce has my back and he use to live in Echo Park. That guy is gangster

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      A bohemian gangster!

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey: are you saying he was one of those gentrification hipster fixed gear bike riding guys. Say it ain’t so….say it ain’t so.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well, I did go out for sushi with royce! one time… So… Well… Nah, he’s full gangster!

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey: Chali!

                      are you a whore for man dates from razzballers?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I am, I wear Drakkar and feather my hair all special.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey: my pants are already around my ankles

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sounds like me after malt liquor…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        According to that same radio interview he’s for sure minor league bound, but that was before Hamley went down.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I know that, but which level. i have heard high A or AA. The Dodgers have always hid their real talent in AA and they know the PCL is a joke for evaluation. They might put him n high A to keep him close to LA so they can keep tabs on him. imagine that bat being 3B/OF eligible next year….you have to excuse me while I go throw haymakers on the rainmaker

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate:

            Pretty sure AA. Which does not preclude a jump past a level to MLB if he destroys AA and they have a need with the big club. If there’s no need with big club and he plays well he’s in AAA at the all star break and gets a September call up.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @OaktownSteve: Kemp and kershaw both skipped AAA. If Ethier gets dealt or Crawford re-injures, then yes that can happen. If everyone does their job at the big league level then we don’t see him till next year when Ethier ends up in another time zone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So he’s Hodor from Game of Thrones… Nice!

  52. Ginobili says:
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    I’m struggling with what my best play is in my 16-team league (6×5 H2H each cat, with OPS and count Saves+Holds as one cat). We keep 5 players. I have A-Gonz, Kinsler, Goldschmidt, Felix Hernandez and Aroldis Chapman as my guys.

    I traded my first five picks in this year’s draft to try and get last year’s jellybean prize pool, so I’ve been climbing uphill since the league opened a month ago. I’ve made a lot of trades to get here and shed CC, Grandy and Bourn for some picks and Goldy, but I don’t have anyone else to sacrifice other than my keepers.

    What do you think is better from here?

    Trade Kinsler for Choo + picks?
    Trade A-Gonz for picks and keep Aramis Ramirez?
    Trade Felix for Tier 2/3 pitcher + picks?
    Do nothing even though that means I won’t have any first-, third- or fourth-rounders?

    I won’t get value for Goldy, and Chapman was a risk I took on but his value is shot since we count holds, too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Felix trade depending on what Tier 2/3 pitcher we’re talking about…

      • Ginobili says:
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        @Grey: You recommend keeping A-Gonz even though I have Goldy? Or do you just hate Ramirez that much?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t like trading for picks…

          • Ginobili says:
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            @Grey: What if I could bring over Austin Jackson in an A-Gonz deal?

            Also, when you and Sam Elliott see each other in line at the pharmacy, do you fight or hug?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Fight… I’d take Jackson there…

  53. Alex says:
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    Hi Grey,

    This is my first post just want to say thanks for all the great writing and advice on the site!

    Just drafted in my 10 team mixed H2H 7×7 league last night…was wondering if you had any advice, thanks!

    C Jesus Montero
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Robinson Cano
    3B Evan Longoria
    SS Alcides Escobar
    LF Matt Holiday
    CF Austin Jackson
    RF Alex Rios
    UTIL Anthony Rizzo
    UTIL David Ortis
    BE Manny Machado
    BE Kendrys Morales
    BE Alfonso Soriano
    BE Wil Myers

    P Dave Robertson
    P David Hernandez
    SP David Price
    SP Zack Greinke
    SP Max Scherzer
    SP Hiroki Kuroda
    SP Marco Estrada
    RP Mariano Rivera
    RP Rafael Soriano
    RP John Axford
    BE Andrew Cashner

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex:

      That’s David “Otti-z,’ oops.

      • Alex says:
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        @Alex:

        Not very good with the keyboard today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! Your team looks a bit weak on average and light on speed… The pitching looks very solid… Overall, the team is solid…

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey:

        Cool, I will keep that in mind thanks!

  54. wakeNbake says:
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    How does my rotation look to you Grey? Think its solid to start the year?

    SP1 Strasburg
    SP2 Sale
    SP3 Burnett
    SP4 Cobb
    SP5 Milone
    SP6 Hughes
    SP7 Beckett
    SP8 Cashner
    SP9 Doubront

    Wei Yin Chen and Bud Norris on waivers… make any moves? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It looks pretty high on risk, but have no idea how many teams… Chen and Norris aren’t helping things right now on your team…

      • wakeNbake says:
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        @Grey: 10 team dynasty league so rosters are a little expanded with bench spots. Id say the avg number of SP teams have is about 9-10 SP. I think I definitely need to add another solid SP for depth. I have Morse to trade…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you need some pitching… There will be guys on waivers though to add…

          • wakeNbake says:
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            @Grey: Yeah thats what I figure every year going into the season. My offense is completely stacked and I figure if I go into the season light in any one area I prefer it to be SP. Guys seem to pop up every yr… def going to work the wire. Thanks man.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, agreed… No problem…

  55. nutbrownmale says:
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    When will Texas trade Andrus to the Dodgers for Ethier, a starter (Capuano? Harang?), and $50 mill or so? Profar and Puig get their openings. Hanley (once healthy) moves over to third.

    Spring? Next winter? Never?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winter… Or July 30th…

  56. OaktownSteve says:
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    Santos pitched an inning with a walk and struck out the side. Janssen pitched a clean inning with 2 ks. Looks like Janssen is tracking to be ready for the season. He’s actually pretty good. Could see Santos ending up a really good holds guy. Hope not. Would love to see him get the closer job but Janssen is going to have to fail for Santos to get it.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Oh yeah…Coke is the most recent guy to get roughed up in the Tigers pen. Vote for Ocatvio!

      And Veras is all over the place in Houston. Ambriz or Wright are the CIWs there. For save speculators (like yours truly) could be a long ugly carrosel of Astro closers this year.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I hope Veras holds the job, for my RCL team’s sake…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or get hurt, but yeah… You’re right…

  57. bees knees says:
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    I get the “skip the high end catchers” theory and subscribe to it myself. However, I’ve noticed a few mocks where higher end guys (namely Santana & Wieters) continue to linger well past their ranking and even past your rank in the top 400. If you were to find yourself ion the clock with pick #84 and Santana was still on the board – a player you have ranked at #59 – would you consider taking him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not until after pick 100 would I consider him…

  58. Votto-Voom says:
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    Alright Grey or anyone else who may register in,

    I draft 10th in a 16 team mixed 4 x 4 (no runs or K’s). I have a pretty good idea that Cargo and Fielder are going to be available (if not I know what to do). My plan had been Cargo and hope for Hanley or whoever dropped too far at 23. Now I don’t love my options. Which of these 4 scenerios do you think makes for the best start.

    Fielder/ A Jones
    Cargo/ A Gonzalez
    Cargo/ A Jones
    Cargo/ Kinsler

    Do I dare go outfield with my 1st 2 picks?

    Thanks in Advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder/Jones

  59. B.o.B says:
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    Hey Grey, you’re sorta creative! Can you help with a team name involving Cano? And please don’t say Cano Soup For You!

    Next! I mean thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… What part of Cano don’t you understand?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @B.o.B: Cano Whoop Azz

  60. Fungazi says:
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    What’s your current level of concern for Greinke now that he’s preparing for making his first start? I had 10th pick last night in a keep 6 and with 6 bats kept he was the best option although I gritted my teeth pushing that draft button. Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve drafted him numerous leagues… I’m at a 3 for concern…

  61. Eddy says:
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    Darn, Adam Eaton out 6-8 weeks with elbow strain.

    Haven’t drafted him anywhere, but I sure as hell was going to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is a shame, would’ve liked to see what he can do… Then to see how cheaply the Diamondbacks would trade him away…

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Eddy: This site had him ranked out in no-man’s land. America’s funniest fantasy videos part 2 I guess.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Fungazi: Now that I think about it, that was a solid on-base in front of Goldy. Dam!

  62. Jason says:
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    Ryu is currently in your Samardzija tier (#30)
    But in the Rankings list hes at #65

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I moved him last week…

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey:

        ok. thanks. So he belongs in the Estrada Tier?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, sir…

  63. Mike says:
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    Sup Grey, doing one of my more important drafts this weekend and just found out I get to pick out of the oh-so-shitty 12th spot. Having a tough time deciding on my first 2 picks. Assuming everyone makes the generally expected picks in the 1st, I’m leaning toward Beltre and Harper at picks 12&13. Beltre is safe and should be a lock for around .300/30/100, and I think Harper goes 25/25 with a .270 avg and a ton of runs in his sophomore campaign. Have any thoughts? Is there another position player you like around there, should I grab an ace?

    League settings – H2H, 12 teams, standard scoring plus hits, OPS, k/bb, k/9, QS

    Thanks for any imput!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d go Longo and Jones… Beltre and Harper isn’t terrible… I’d even consider Beltre, Reyes then grab Goldschmidt for the next pick… 12th pick isn’t bad, lots of fun options…

  64. Kaj says:
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    Why isn’t Khris Davis an option for the Brewer’s 1B issues? I keep hearing he is limited defensively to LF because of his arm, which wouldn’t seem to implicate 1B… Thanks Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kaj: Maybe he doesn’t know the 1st base position, are you saying there’s nothing to it because Adam Dunn can play first? Honestly, I’m not sure, good question…

  65. Scott says:
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    Hi Grey, thoughts on this team? Thanks.

    Yahoo 12 team roto:

    C – Perez
    1B – Ortiz
    2B – Phillips
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Castro
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Jones
    OF – Choo
    UTL – Jackson
    UTL – Aoki

    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Zimmermann
    SP – Neise
    SP – Bailey
    SP – Miley
    SP – Estrada

    RP – Wilhelmsen
    RP – Perkins
    RP – Cishek

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1B is a bit of mess, but your team looks solid otherwise… Nice pitching staff…

  66. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I have my first ever auction draft tomorrow with AM. here are my cats:

    its a 6×6 stats

    R, HR, RBI, SB, K, OPS

    era, whip, QS, SV, K, K/BB

    any thoughts, simple strategies, musings you can contribute to help

    • Carnac says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Don’t spend more than low $30s on any player. Don’t spend more than mid-$20s on any pitcher. (And, even then, you only need one that expensive.) That’s just how I do.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Carnac: thanks, good advice, but what else should I expect from Carnac. If it helps i have Machado, Rizzo, and Frazier as $4 keepers.

        • Carnac says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Those are excellent $4 keepers. Especially Rizzo, “I’m walking here!” However, just because you have Frazier and Rizzo in your corners, don’t be afraid to spend money on another ~$30 corner man.

          Also, I didn’t realize it was a keeper… in which case, inflation may be inevitable. That low-$30s amount I said could easily go up several bucks. In my experience wandering camel auctions in the desert, it’s still not worth spending more than $25 on a pitcher. But, inflation, guys you were hoping to get for $15 may go for $3-5 bucks more.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Carnac: There is inflation and you can’t keep your three highest amount drafted players. next year my keepers go up to $11 per. I don’t plan on going high on the arms and instead focus on offense and a solid small staff…hey now!

            streaming QS is easy as gravy on a sunday

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: dude, are you getting into the devil’s dandruff again. it’s K/BB and OPS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry, was on my iPhone… I blame Apple. MRs can help with K/BB for cheap, not nearly as easy though

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: no tablet? you should get a company phone, like a samsung galaxy note for razzball. would be way better than the little tiny i phone

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m on my mini now… Was in the car…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: this conversation is turning into a facebook updates

  67. Carnac says:
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    Carnac has emerged from his camel auction (12 team h2h). Shred your hermitically sealed envelopes and make it rain on my turban:

    C – Avila
    1B – Ike Davis
    2B – Hill
    SS – Rutledge
    MI – Altuve
    3B – Longoria
    CI – Morales
    OF – Kemp
    OF – (BJ) Upton
    OF – Gordon
    OF – Gardner
    Ut – Wallace

    SP: Wainwright, Zimmermann, Peavy, Morrow, Cahill, Gee, Harrison, Norris, Iwakuma
    RP: Nathan, Janssen, Rondon (I can grab Al-Al or whomever)

    Would’ve like more power, but there wasn’t much available. (Camel Keeper League.)

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Carnac: Is there a bench?

      gardner has more ?’s than the riddler and Wallace, well lets just say he’s a franks and beans guy. Outside of classic SAGNOF, both ways, then you look good.

      • Carnac says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Ha! Yes, and I love The Riddler’s onesie. Wallace’ll be the first guy I drop for a hot bat. (That’s what she said.) I used my bench spots on extra SP because, why not? Nothing’s set in stone except the wisdom passed down by Carnac’s elders unto his herd of omnipotent goats.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Carnac: your herd sounds delicous. i need a kabob. Zanku’s!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I had Zanku on Tuesday… Zanku!

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Grey: you like a the sauce?

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Grey: wow, what a story i got a couple paragraphs in and will have to finish later. i love that place. it is the closest to the Lebanese place i would eat at every day when i lived in london. Exact same sauce. been going to the one in Pasadena for years. Damn, razzball makes me hungry!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Next time you’re at that one ask them about the one in Hollywood, they’ll look at you like they want you dead…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey: sounds good, i get that look a lot

          • Carnac says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: That’s going to be my new regular feature for Razzball: Carnac’s Kebabs, where all kinds of meat gets skewered.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Carnac: Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the team, lots of balanced power/speed guys… Pitching looks solid, as well… How much did you pay for Kemp?

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: He was a keeper for $35. Not a lot of blue chip free agents available from year to year (also inevitable market inflation), so… just gotta put the turban down and push forward. Btw, the feeling of being comfortable with your offense while simultaneously thinking you might have SP overkill is a good buzz. But maybe it’s just these envelopes I’ve been licking…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Either way, you’ve earned that buzz… If only there was an envelope marked, “A fantasy championship for Carnac.”

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey: *rips open envelope, blows into it* “”What doesn’t happen again until 2016?”

            What???

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Let’s re-seal it and open again in October…

  68. nightpandas says:
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    How did I do in my 15 teamer? Just finished the draft
    (R,H,RBI,SB,K,OBP,SLG, and W,L,K,ERA,WHIP,SV,K/9 and QS )
    Keep 9 this year

    C – Ellis
    1B – Pujols (K)
    2B – Kinsler (K)
    3B – Middlebrooks
    SS – Rollins
    LF – Marte
    CF – Kemp (K)
    RF – Bruce (K)
    U – Rizzo (K)
    BN – B Hamilton

    SP – Dickey (K), Medlen (K), Niese, Bailey, Hughes, Milone, Luekbe (DL)
    RP – Perkins, Cishek, Santos, Robertson

    Not happy with my 3B just missed on Frazier and Gyorko.

    Should I give Santos the boot? Veras is available also Fiers, Cashner, and Griffin.

    Bit of a reactionary pick with Hamilton as my upside guy, after Taveres, Myers, Gyorko, Cole run. Is Hultzen, Cingrani or Yelich better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was gonna say Hamilton seems unnecessary… Hultzen’s not a bad stash… I’d go with Cashner over Santos… Team looks great though, your keepers don’t hurt that’s for sure… I don’t mind Middlebrooks… It’s not ideal, not terrible though…

  69. nightpandas says:
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    Yahoo roto league

  70. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Looking through your updated 400 and I see that Romo and Janssen are back up. Didn’t you lower them a couple of weeks ago? Or is my brain totally fried in trying to get ready for my draft this Sunday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The 400 was updated today, so that is the most current… Barring Eaton’s injury…

      • Buge Hoobs says:
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        @Grey: thank you, thank you

  71. Frank Kim says:
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    Would you trade Wright and Kipnis for Kinsler and Lawrie? 15 team roto league, standard except OPS instead of AVG.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want the Kinsler side, but it’s totally fair and a ballsy trade…

      • Frank Kim says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I kind of feel the same way. Asked him to throw in Frieri for Leonys Martin. Hope he says yes. You agree that sweetens it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It would, yeah…

  72. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    2nd base option ellis, johnson, beckham or infante?

    i have bone face and need to wait till he gets 2B eligible. also looks like there might be a platoon going on in Toronto for the time being

    Is there another deep 2B sleeper emerging that I don’t know about.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: weeks and solano are also there. i wish i knew some of the batting orders, that would make this easy

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go Carpenter if he’s there…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Grey: I noticed that weeks has a 4:1 walk to strikeout ratio….Interesting *scratches chin*

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, but doesn’t have an everyday job…

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Grey: yet! it sucks that I have to wait ten games in espn for him to play

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Beckham, none are great until games start and someone emerges with a hot bat…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I’m pissing into the wind at this point and hoping not to get wet

  73. prezii says:
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    Come on grey…. Lets go get some colts and burn our sacks.. *sigh*

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @prezii: Is that code for shooting guns and burning pubes or slamming 40′s and blazing spliffs….both sound fun

      • prezii says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: haaa! That made me el oh el! It could go both ways..

        Just like you!! Ohhhh :D

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @prezii: You are right, i like big boobs and big butts

          • prezii says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: haha nice save, man! You ready to get smashed in the RCL or wat??

            And by RCL, i mean Rear Collateral Ligament.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @prezii: I thought it was the day spa we were going to for a man-i-peti called the Rectal Cleanout Lounge.

              • prezii says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: haha after the shit i just ate today, id be ALL for that man.. no donuts tho. Hey, btw, i stopped at a “donut bar” on the way to the casino today. Seriously, one half bar, the other half donuts.. like full on glass, pick ur donut type shit.. it was awesome. I just got captain morgan, no donut.

                Not the greatest mixture, but awesome none-the-less…

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @prezii: so you had Indian food too, i call that my poor man’s enema

                  • prezii says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: where the did you get indian food?? I dont eat curry!

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @prezii: I thought all you bay area peeps are sophisticated like

                    • prezii says:
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                      Nah son… We eat burgers and fries.. occasionally some chinese…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @prezii: yeah, Ive been with an asian chick before

                    • prezii says:
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                      Yeah, im sure she showed you the ropes, nothin like bay asians.. you gotta go to San Fran for the whole “ethnic grouping” shit tho..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hahahaha…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m there, bra…

      • prezii says:
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        @Grey: its probably helping all of us in the long run tho.. he doesnt throw his arm to home plate, dusty doesnt swallow his toothpick and croke, and you and i…. Well we dont have to wear patoto sacks all year long…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m fine with it… This sack is scratchy…

          • prezii says:
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            @Grey: i feel ya… And everybody looks at me funny…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They don’t know how bad we itch…

              • prezii says:
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                @Grey: they just dont understand us..

  74. Trying to go by the Razzball standard this year, this is a 14 team 6×6 league (doubles and innings as the extra categories). I kept Pujols, Beltre and Adam Jones. Here’s how I ended up and I’m pretty happy with my team, what say you Grey?

    C: Lucroy
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Seager
    SS: Rollins
    3B: Beltre
    OF1: Jones
    OF2: Alex Gordon
    OF3: Aoki
    UTIL: Swisher
    Bench: Ichiro, Rutledge

    SP: Cain, Moore, Morrow, Niese, Milone
    RP: Cishek, Grilli
    Bench: Doubront, Gee, Marmol, Alburquerque

    Just missed getting Bumgarner as my #2 SP (settled on Moore) and Crawford as my #3 OF (took Aoki instead).

    • @Your Mom: PS I drank four vodka/Frescas and made ten jokes about masturbating into coffee cans while drafting this team.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You did good, Your Mom…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks decent, you look very weak on speed… Pitching looks totally fine…

      • @Grey: Thanks Grey. SB’s are even less of a premium in this league, with 2B being an additional hitting category.

        Also, this is a weekly head-to-head league, so I figure I can still sneak-win the steals category some weeks anyway if I have Ichiro, Rollins, Aoki in there and also maybe grab cheap speed off of the wire.

  75. zzzzzz says:
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    Just finished my draft. 10 team H2H snake draft. How did I do?

    C Avila, Alex(C) DET
    1B Votto, Joey(1B) CIN
    2B Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    3B Sandoval, Pablo(3B) SF
    SS Andrus, Elvis(SS) TEX
    OF Bruce, Jay(OF) CIN
    OF Choo, Shin-Soo(OF) CIN
    OF Upton, Justin(OF) ATL
    U Davis, Ike(1B) NYM
    U Jackson, Austin(OF) DET
    Bench (2B) Kendrick, Howard(2B) LAA
    Bench (OF) Suzuki, Ichiro(OF) NYY

    SP Bumgarner, Madison(SP) SF
    SP Estrada, Marco(SP) MIL
    SP Moore, Matt(SP) TB
    SP Niese, Jonathon(SP) NYM
    SP Zimmermann, Jordan(SP) WAS
    RP Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    RP Rivera, Mariano(RP) NYY
    Bench (SP) Beckett, Josh(SP) LAD
    Bench (SP) Hughes, Phil(SP) NYY
    Bench (SP) Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Bench (SP) Vogelsong, Ryan(SP) SF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a little heavy in speed and pitching… You don’t need Ichiro… Team doesn’t look bad though, I’m being hypercritical…

  76. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Picking 9th in a 12-team 6×6 (OBP) H2H league Sunday night. Using your hitting pairs, what do you think of these possible scenarios for picks 9/16? Thanks!

    a) Pujols/Longo
    b) Votto/Bautista
    c) Fielder/Harper
    d) Bautista (assuming all 3 top 1B’s are gone)/Longo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They all look solid, I like B a lot…

  77. Bazzrall says:
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    You like Parra now better for a Util spot than Colvin?

    • Colvin at home, otherwise parra. Wouldn’t switch unless ari commits more to parra as the starter with eaton out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, barely…

  78. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Good morning hungover Grey, in a 20 team league that goes 28 rounds, would you take a flyer on Carlos Lee late?

    • 2 Giant rings says:
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      @2 Giant rings: this is the last round. If I don’t take Carlos Lee I will likely take Ervin Santana or a reliever. Thanks! P.S. going 400 deep this year with your rankings really helped me a ton. I hope you continue doing that in the future. Thanks.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Depends what reliever… Sure, take Lee…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh

  79. Dirt says:
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    Is there a way to get the top 300 as an excel document on the computer ? I have a draft later on tonight

    • Just highlight, cut, and paste

  80. Stamos, John says:
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    10 team 5×5 on Yahoo.

    C – Matt Wieters
    1B – Prince Fielder
    2B – Danny Espinosa
    3B – Evan Longoria
    SS – Starlin Castro
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    OF – Alex Gordon
    Util – Paul Goldschmidt
    Util – Hunter Pence
    Bench – Nelson Cruz
    Bench – Jose Altuve
    Bench – Jesus Montero

    SP – Madison Bumgarner
    SP – Jordan Zimmerman
    P – Jon Niese
    P – Hyun-Jin Ryu
    P – Phil Hughes
    P – Tommy Milone
    RP – Mariano Rivera
    RP – Glen Perkins
    Bench – Felix Doubront
    Bench – Trevor Bauer
    Bench – David Robertson

    Thanks in advance Grey. I appreciate all the help on here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like your team a lot, but you probably know that from reading the site… Obviously it’s a shallow leagues so you’re gonna have to work the waiver wire, but the team looks great to start… Small thing, Doubront probably isn’t rosterable in this shallow of a league, but you can keep him for now…

      • Stamos, John says:
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        @Grey: Seriously, your war room download to my draft was like steroids to Barry Bonds. Best drug I’ve ever used. Just did some post-draft analysis and it says I should win, with much thanks to you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome!

  81. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Grey. Just wondering what your thoughts are on my 12 team head to head yahoo league team.
    C -v mart
    1 – Ryan Howard
    2 – utley
    Ss – cozart
    3 – Lawrie
    OF – trout
    OF – cespedes
    OF – Stanton
    UTL – Frazier
    Bench – gyorko
    SP – price
    SP – bumgarner
    SP – wainwright
    SP – sale
    SP – halladay
    SP – teheran
    Cl – Soriano
    Bench – beachy

    Aybar is on waivers. With aybar batting second in the Angels line up should I drop cozart for him?
    Also, I was offered granderson and billingsley for beachy and halladay. Should I pull the trigger?
    I just recently stumbled across your site. Keep up the good work, you’re one funny mustachioed bastard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your pitching is a lot stronger than your hitting, which isn’t a great thing… Utley, Howard and Cozart aren’t good in this shallow of a league… Yeah, go with Aybar… I’d take Halladay, but I don’t like either players… Thanks for the kind words!

      • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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        What’s the issue with Howard? Should I target a guy like trumbo for one of my pitchers? Halladay maybe? I didn’t want utley but I waited til the second last round to get a 2B. Thought that was good value for him. Well if the old prick stays healthy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, try and get Trumbo with Halladay…

          • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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            Do you think I should target a power hitter or a more reliable second basemen? I thought I had a pretty strong team, you have me second guessing myself. Will Rutledge save all? What does a horseshoe do? Are there horse socks? Is anyone listening to me?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! Great questions… No, your team is fine for now, it’s not that bad, need to see how things shake out…

              • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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                I ended up trading beachy and halladay for granderson and Brandon morrow. Here’s hoping. I have strong pitching so i fogured why not. I appreciate that you take time to answer all the questions from us greasy pricks. You’re alright

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Okay, Grandy’s hurt though…

                  • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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                    So is beachy ? Granderson is back before beachy too.

  82. Poo Holes says:
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    Mr. Albright,
    Do you recall last season when I used to bring up some of the incredibly lopsided trades that the commish of my league would offer? I surprisingly just got this one, in a 12 team dynasty league…

    I give: Willin Rosario
    I get: Salvador Perez, Trevor Bauer, and Dylan Bundy

    I took it and ran, but is there something I’m missing here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pool Holes! What’s up, man? Looks like a great trade for you, maybe he offered the trade in his sleep by accident? Not sure…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey: Well, he allowed it so it looks like he got his guy! This means I basically traded Pujols or Kinsler, Perez, Olt, Bauer, and Bundy, because I was willin’ to flip Willin.

        • Poo Holes says:
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          @Poo Holes: Sorry, that should be for Kinsler*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Weird…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But good for you!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Poo Holes: somebody forgot to take their meds

  83. Hey I got the 3rd pick in my RCL draft, now let’s see if I can avoid blowing it. I keep ending up in 6th place in these things, could be worse I guess.

    • Good luck – that was my pick too. the 2nd/3rd picks can be tough…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck, Elijah!

      • @Grey:

        Got Miggy at #3, great start!

        • @Elijah:

          #22 I gladly scoop up Adam Jones

          • @Elijah:

            Wanted a 1b here, but Kinsler at #27 hard to resist

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Well played!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

          • @Grey:

            Chose Soo-Choo and Bumgardner 4th and 5th rds

            • @Elijah:

              Bit of a run on SP’s, which was ok with me. Grabbed Ike Davis to make sure I had a decent 1b, and Andrus for some Steals, 6th and 7th

              • @Elijah:

                r8 I decide to grab Peavy (thanks apples), and Trumbo adds more power and can play 2 positions r9.

                • @Elijah:

                  Beltran adds to the OF r10, then Joe Nathan r11 because sometimes there is a run on closers in these razzball leagues.

                • I think this is easily the best RCL team I’ve drafted. Now if my top picks just don’t go to the DL again…

                  C Jesus Montero (195)
                  1b Ike Davis (70)
                  2b Ian Kinsler (27)
                  3b Swiggy Cabrera (3)
                  Ss Elvis Andrus (75)
                  Mi Zack Cozart (238)
                  Ci Mark Trumbo (99)
                  O1 Adam Jones (22)
                  O2 Shin Soo-Choo (46)
                  O3 Carlos Beltran (118)
                  O4 Ichiro Suzuki (190)
                  O5 Emilo Bonafacio (214)
                  Util Mini-Donkey (243)

                  Bench: Jurickson Profar (267)

                  S1 Madison Bumgardner (51)
                  S2 Jake Peavy (94)
                  S3 Jarrod Parker (166)
                  S4 Homer Bailey (171)
                  S5 Phil Hughes (219)
                  S6 Johan Santana (291)

                  Bullpen:

                  Joe Nathan (123)
                  Sergio Romo (142)
                  Greg Holland (147)
                  Bobby Parnell (262)
                  Jonathan Broxton (286)

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Your a bit heavy on speed and light on power which isn’t great… But the team does look solid…

                    • @Grey:
                      War room projections:

                      1096/1050 Runs 105%
                      290/261 HR 111%
                      1077/1008 RBI 107%
                      188/189 SB 99%
                      .275/.267 Avg 103%

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well, there ya go…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  84. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a Yahoo 15-team 5×5 league (keep any 6, and boy, am I glad I didn’t keep Headley!). My team:

    C – S. Perez
    1B – A. Gonzalez (K)
    2B – B. Zobrist (K)
    3B – Longoria (K)
    SS – Rutledge
    OF – J. Upton (K)
    OF – A. Craig (K)
    OF – A. Jackson
    U – B. Gardener
    Bench – M. Machado
    Bench – K. Morales
    Bench – M. Carpenter

    SP – J. Weaver (K)
    SP – J. Samardzija
    SP – J. Niese
    SP – M. Minor
    SP – A. Griffin
    SP – C. Tillman
    SP – A. Cashman
    RP – S. Cishek
    RP – B. Parnell

    I was already advised by Grey to look into trading Zobrist and a bench bat for another good pitcher. I’m looking into that, but was wondering if maybe offering Jackson would be better, so that way I can move Gardner into the OF spot AJax would vacate and pick up anyone that will help me with steals, regardless of position, while Carpenter moves into my 2B position once he’s eligible. If I trade Zobrist, I lose more steals, which I’m already below average in, and moving Carpenter into that position won’t get me many back.

    To throw another wrench in, I’ve been offered M. Trout & T. Hanson in exchange for Upton & Weaver. Should I try to get a better pitcher out of him, but take the trade? His other pitchers are C. Wilson, J. Parker, W. Miley, R. Halladay, T. Hudson, & C. Buchholz. Not sure if going after Wilson or Parker makes the trade worth taking or not. Definitely tempting being offered Trout and getting rid of Weaver, but I don’t have great pitching beyond that. If I take the trade, I may be great offensively, but there are no guarantees people will trade me pitchers….any help would be appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t say Jackson originally, because I really like him and don’t think he commands as much in trade value as Zobrist… If you can get as much for Jackson, then go for it… I love Trout, but you can’t make that trade… He doesn’t have a pitcher that makes it worthwhile…. Offer him Weaver and Jackson… He obviously needs pitching…

  85. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    any news on the Panda’s elbow/ nerve thing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t heard anything since last update…

  86. Trailblazin says:
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    New closer alert: Mitchell Boggs.

    Motte’s elbow is toast, which isn’t good for someone with such a violent delivery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, bad news… Grab Boggs…

    • Motte is a converted catcher. I know Santos was a converted infielder. Not sure there’s any correlation but watch out Doolittle

  87. TheNewGuy says:
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    Breaking trade offer occurence! This is back to my keeper league, id been hunting a 3B and have reeled one in, though theres a caveat (if this is the correct use of caveat, sounds like caviar) to it.

    Trade:
    C Santana ($8) and M Moustakas ($6) FOR: D Wright ($38)

    Now I’m trading away my catcher excess (due to autodraft) as I have Yadi too so that part seems great, and im upgrading from Moose to Wright (no brainer). BUT the problem is this, Wrights salary. He crazily gave Wright a 3 year $38 contract, and theres still 2 years left on it. If I cut Wright at the end of the year and noone claims him then i pay a penalty of half ($19) for the broken contract. So it seems like this is an “all in this year” type of deal, ideal for me this year, but not next. I could maybe try and be really clever and cut Wright with a few days of the season to go, to hope someone claims him and takes on the contract.

    Question is is (stutterer!) it worth the risk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: Purely due to next years cost right? Cos surely for this year its the wright idea this kinda trade.

        I don’t get the feeling i’m gonna find any other trade partners that fit the deal this well (need a C, willing to trade a big 3B) though so tempted to gamble for this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not good, friend… Wouldn’t do it…

  88. Trailblazin says:
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    Parra over Hicks for a utility spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh

  89. royce! says:
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    Recently I asked if I had messed up my brother in law’s draft, and you said that his team wasn’t bad, but likely needed SP. So I gave him a list of guys on the wire to check out, and told him that once some of his players are placed on the DL (Beachy, Grandy), he should grab some pitching. So he dropped Gee (who I drafted for him) to pick up Vargas…nice of him to give me the chance to wash my hands of this so quickly!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, out of your control now…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Guess it’s time to push him out of the nest…fly, little fantasy baseballer, fly! [Splat!] Err…[walks away whistling]…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yeah, as long as you’re not the one swatting, you can’t do anything…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Well, now that that’s over, I guess I’ll be dropping Hammell for Gee…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Something’s fishy!

        • @royce!: HA! love the walks away whistling

          Had my strawberry donut on Friday…..so good. i will let you know when the peach ones are in for your wife. Oh and grey is down for a donut shop parking lot pow wow

          • royce! says:
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            @Jack Full of Hey Now: Awesome! I’m waiting on some LA friends to figure out when they’ll be free to hang…apparently 7 year olds have busier schedules than lawyers…

            • Jack Full of Hey Now says:
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              @royce!: The only attorneys I know have represented me

  90. Kris Medellín says:
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    @Grey

    Here’s my yahoo pro100 league. 12tm 5×5. drafted this morning. any areas of concern? thanks

    C Wieters
    1B Votto
    2B Boneface
    3B Longo
    SS Aybar
    OF A Jones
    OF Holliday
    OF Pence
    Util Ike
    Util Gardner
    BN Frazier

    SP Greinke
    SP Zimmermann
    SP Matt Moore
    SP Niese
    SP Milone
    SP Ogando
    RP Romo
    RP Parnell
    RP D Robertson
    RP D Hernandez
    DL Luebke
    DL Beachy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit light on power, but not awful… Your pitching looks a little too good, so you might be able to trade some of that, but not yet…

      • Kris Medellín says:
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        @Grey: thanks, btw posts with tables look good on iphone5 now…appreciate that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem….

  91. Papaya Johnny says:
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    I drafted Beckett late in a shallow league and Teheran is sitting on waivers. He’s struck out 9…scratch that…10 Astros today and has been (as you know) destroying people this spring. Should I be seduced by the bright lights and big city and drop Beckett and pick up Teheran or stand pat? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Papaya Johnny: Find someone else to drop for Teheran, he’s gotta be owned the way hes looking right now. And if it has to be Beckett, then id do it. He’s not been good for years, despite his move to Dodgertown.

      • Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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        @TheNewGuy: not sure I completely agree with Beckett not being good for years. In 2011 he was great, 175 k, 2.89 era and 1.03 whip. His career at dodger stadium is a very small sample size (5 starts), but his era there is under 2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never heard of it, I thought it was gonna be a picture of ghee from India’s Sweets and Spices… FYI, you don’t need to put the gravatar link in when you comment… Shouldn’t have to at least…

      • Jack Full of Hey Now says:
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        @Grey: I took it out

  92. Eddy says:
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    Grey, going to do my second auction league ever in a couple of days. Still pretty new to the format, so I was wondering how you go about valuing injured guys that can provide some value.

    How do I figure out what the following guys are worth?

    Hanley, Grandy, Teix, Headley

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy: Oh, and 12-team H2h OBP instead of AVG.

      • Eddy says:
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        @Eddy: Gah. Roto, not H2H.

  93. TheNewGuy says:
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    Is this any better? Wouls still have to keep Pedroia for another year but his price isnt as ghastly as Wright’s.

    C Santana ($8) and Altuve ($8) for Pedroia ($28)

    • Grey

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      Doesn’t look great…

  94. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Was up until 3:30 this AM… not prepping for my draft, which is tonight, but taking in a marathon of the original The Real World on MTV. Not sure I ever realized that Julie was the only person who wasn’t already living in NYC. The real social experiment was about how an innocent 19 year old from Alabama would deal with life in the Big Apple.

    Anyway, had me jonesing for some Kurt Loder MTV News Breaks and Jimmy the Cab Driver ads. That would have been spectacular… not as spectacular as me having Trout, Harper, and Cespedes as $4 keepers in tonight’s draft, but still pretty amazing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jack Full of Hey Now has his work cut out for him if you have those keepers… Was that the first occurrence of reality TV’s angry black man?

      • Jack Full of Hey Now says:
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        @Grey: I have Rizzo, frazier and the Macho Man at $4 a piece

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey now! Not bad, not Trout, but solid…

          • Jack Full of Hey Now says:
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            @Grey: AM totally screwed this draft up, I’m publicly putting him on blast

            • Awesomus Maximus

              Awesomus Maximus says:
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              @Jack Full of Hey Now: Jack fell asleep at the keyboard… need to change your name to Jack Full of Excuses.

          • Jack Full of Hey Now says:
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            @Grey: yeah but i was not in the league yet when he acquired those three, never would have happened on my watch.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, you need to get him drunk and have him trade away his keepers…

              • Jack Full of Hey Now says:
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                @Grey: he’s in NY, am i suppose to Skype him and challenge him to a drinking contest?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes, do what needs to be done!

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey: So angry… really forgot how unbelievably angry he was for the entire season. And then ‘Los was almost equally as angry on the first Road Rules. Blacks were not represented well by early reality MTV.

        • Grey

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          You watched the first Road Rules last night too? Are you sure you didn’t time travel…

          • Awesomus Maximus

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            @Grey: Heh… no, I just remember how angry ‘Los was. Watching a marathon of the first RW Vegas right now. Had to miss the first half for a stupid draft…

            Really hoping there’s a San Fran marathon coming soon.

            • Grey

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              You missed the first half of the draft to re-watch a Real World from ten years ago? I’d like to see a Los Angeles marathon… “I’m gonna pull off her towel for fun!” “That’s rape, good bye!”

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: damn, I forgot about that and would watch a marathon of LA. Did you see Beth in Playboy?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I think they have her in the ‘pose behind the chair’ shot…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I thought you got to see the nips

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      They should’ve had the pic be David pulling a towel off of her…

              • Awesomus Maximus

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                @Grey: Nah man, missed the first half of the marathon to attend the draft. My wish came true and they re-aired SF in its entirety today. LA would have been a good one, too. Jon and his Kool-Aid addiction, the Dommer… I believe Beth’s quote was, “That’s what a rapist says, ‘You wanted it baby.’” And then Tami, of course, yelling, “It wasn’t not funny!”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Why are they re-airing these? Is the new one coming soon? Did it add to anything knowing Judd and the doctor marry afterward? That Puck doesn’t go on to make anything of his annoying-ness?

                  • Awesomus Maximus

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                    @Grey: Yeah, re-airing them to promote RW Portland… starting next week, I think.

                    Pudd is one of my favorite RW losers of all time. The fact that he married the caveman from Scooby-Doo just adds to his mystique, but not to the re-viewing of the season. Puck is in prison now for stalking a woman… shocker.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      In prison? Seriously? HA! Oh, man… So fitting…

  95. Awesomus Maximus

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    Hey now!

  96. Cole says:
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    RCL, I have a good offense but wonky pitching staff, looking to make a move

    C Avila
    1B Goldy
    2B Cano
    3B Fraiser
    SS Aybar
    MI Segura
    CI Machado
    OF Bautista
    OF BJ Upton
    OF Desmond Jennings
    OF Pence
    OF Aoki
    U Dunn

    P JZ
    P Scherzer
    P Vogelsong
    P J. Parker
    P Ryu
    P Garza
    P R. Soriano
    P Axford
    P Cishek
    P Pestano
    P Robertson

    I’m thinking Upton or Jennings for Moore. Think that would solve my SP weakness?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t make any move just yet… Streaming is an option in the RCL… Hold your offense for now…

      • Cole says:
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        @Grey: Cool, Thanks man!

  97. Cheez-it says:
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    Grey your comments please. Anyone’s advice is appreciated too. I’ll be chasing saves and my bench is all pitching. Maybe I should just hold for a while but wondering your thoughts? Podcast is too short!
    H2H 12 teams 6×6
    My staff looks weak I was last to grab a pitcher, 2B and C …picked 2nd overall
    regret halfway thru I decided to punt saves. I have too many starters dont I?
    One U spot and 4 B.

    Pitchers: Moore, Samardzija, Harvey, Beckett, Lincecum, Estrada, Cobb, Ryu, Teheran, Cashner
    Relief: Jensen, Rondon, Fujikawa
    IF: Doumit, Goldy, Rutledge, Miguel, Desmond
    OF: JUp, AJones, AJackson
    U Frazier
    Bn Gyorko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Lincecum but your pitching doesn’t look that bad… It’s H2H so I wouldn’t sweat the pitching…

  98. CriscoDisco says:
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    From one gloriously mustachioed man to another, would you order these keepers differently (or drop one altogether)? 12 team league with slightly expanded rosters.

    Gordon $4 (3+1)
    Goldschmidt $16 (14+2)
    Votto $33 (30+3)
    Kipnis $9 (5+4)
    Medlen $6 (1+5)
    Middlebrooks $7 (1+6)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with what you have…

    • prezii says:
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      @CriscoDisco: yo crisco, where can i get a serial killer avatar like yours? Shit is badass!

  99. Jason says:
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    Finished my first draft today using Grey’s Tiers cheat sheet. I had the 6th spot of 10. Punted C even though it was 2 C’s… and RP unintentionally.

    C – M, Montero, McCann
    1- Pujols
    2-Beckham (filler), Rutledge
    3-Zimmerman, Gyorko
    SS-Reyes, Hanley
    OF-Jones, Marte, J. Upton, Pence, Bonifacio, Maybin, Fowler

    P – Greinke, Zimmerman, Latos Intolerant, CU-t-Morrow, Niese, Samardzija, Parker, Leave-me-Milone, Shelby Cobra, League, Jansen

    • Grey

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      Team looks decent, your pitching looks better than your hitting, but the latter doesn’t look bad… OF gets a little wonky and Beckham might be tough to own in a ten team league…

  100. Steve says:
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    I’m back.

    Just hope like hell I don’t face the decision whether to draft Braun or not. Guilty or not (and I think he is) the level of heat around all this has to affect him I reckon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It didn’t affect him last year…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: No, but I guess my point is that this latest business is just piled on top of last year’s. If he can play through it perhaps he really is innocent. Be surprised if he is though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t think there was anyway he was innocent last year… He’s already onto better undetectable drugs…

  101. Steve says:
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    Bucking fullshit. Drafted Motte as my #1 closer in the big o 14 team keeper.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: And I damn near grabbed Boggs wi my very last pick, went Rosenthal instead…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Steve:

      nice of you to give me credit at the 1st sign of your team going the least bit side-ways .

      as you are aware , after 10 keepers , i had no closers , so i took wilhelmsen in the 13th
      and broxton in the 16th !!
      (my only hope , now , is to have the tigers trade for broxton .)
      i prolly should have opted for addison reed or huston street , both of whom were selected
      in the 14th round after i opted for jonathon lucroy , but i felt that i had to cover my azz after decling your pre-draft trade suggestion of wilin rosario for 24 year old elvis .

      i know .
      let’s call it vinko’s league …. he’s still has holland and cishek scheduled for 9th inning duty .

      tambien ,
      if my memory serves me correctly , in YOUR rcl league last year , some manager hoarded up
      on closers and finished 75 saves ahead of the 2nd place finisher in that category … all the while triumphantly waving the Razzball colors .

      cust .

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve: love how your attempt to avoid expletives completely fails.

      But hopefully Motte will be back soon.

  102. closers: frieri, boggs, perkins, parnell, league
    2nd/SS Epsinosa/Rutledge

    Trying to trade a closer and one of those shmucks for starlin castro

    Or does your cystal ball think im going to get about the same from castro v rutledge
    (same tier)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see trading one of those closers and Espinosa or Rutledge for Castro… It’s an upgrade, yeah…

  103. worth the trade and if so which closer is best to package with

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of those closers are fine to trade…

  104. Chuck Finley says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in a 5×5 head to head that drafts tonight and I noticed that it has a IP minimum of 7 IP. What is your opinion of drafting 5-6 CL and no SP? Seems like punting Wins and Ks might be a good strategy there. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think it’s a good strategy to punt anything… I’d go a bit lighter on SPs… Maybe 3… One decent one…

  105. Jake says:
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    Hello Grey good sir!
    I completed a three and a half hour auction draft last night and would love to hear your thoughts. It is a standard, head-to-head, 12-team yahoo league:

    C: Alex Avila (15 catchers picked before him, what gives! who needs 2 catchers?!)
    1b: Prince Fielder
    2b: Dustin Pedroia
    3b: Will Middlebrooks
    ss: Josh Rutledge
    if: Ike Davis
    lf: Yoenis Cespedes
    cf: Desmond Jennings
    rf: Giancarlo Stanton
    of: Shin-Soo Choo
    util: Nelson Cruz
    util: Michael Cuddyer

    sp: Matt Moore
    sp: Jordan Zimmerman
    rp: Huston Street
    rp: Grant Balfour
    p: Jonathan Niese
    p: Homer Bailey
    p: Marco Estrada

    bench (5 bench spots!):
    Josh Beckett
    Mike Fiers
    A.J. Griffin
    Chris Tillman
    Dillon Gee

    The way I see it, the team seems to be low on average and speed, though it has strong starting pitching. Because there are five bench spots, do you recommend picking up some high K set-up men or a solid hitter like Denard Span (available in my league), or stick with what I have?

    All thoiughts appreciated. Thanks Grey; as they said in the ’90s: YOU DA BOMMMMB

    • Jake says:
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      @Jake:
      Also, very hungover for my one-day-early passover meal coming up later. Would you drink more manischewitz to get over it or just stick to brisket to sponge up everything in my belly?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Brisket it up…

      • prezii says:
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        @Jake: possibly the best question for grey ive seen…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I agree with your assessment… Your pitching is very strong… You’re decent on power, you’re light on speed… I’d stick for right now… Could see picking up a Span type the first week if you can win steals (or tie it)…

  106. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    Where would you now rank Boggs? Behind Axford?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top of the Brain Freezes…

  107. royce! says:
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    Regarding the earlier Zankou discussion, I have been trying for a while to make the garlic sauce at home, bc we don’t have anything truly comparable in SD. How they make it so pasty is still a mystery…tried potato, which seems close, but not quite there. So I’ll probably follow your lead and just grab a ton of it next time I’m in the area and slowly dole it out until I make it back again. So freaking good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t understand the potato addition… So you throw a junk load of garlic in with a quarter of potato for consistency? It seems to me to be a really dry alioli…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: you have to add some sort of starch to give it that pasty consistency. Otherwise, it’s just garlic and oil, which ends up too garlicky and not as spreadable. Like I said, though, I learned from experience that it wasn’t potatoes I was missing; it was good, but not perfect.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm… Wondra flour? I’m guessing, obviously…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: maybe if I roasted garlic cloves and puréed them…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The spread doesn’t seem like it uses roasted garlic… Doesn’t have that sweetness…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: did some further research, and the consensus seems to be that it’s just garlic, oil, salt and lemon juice. Maybe I have to leave it longer to emulsify. Anyhow, that shizz is delicious.

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!: Maybe a little cornflour and water?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Steve: I think if its not heated up then it will leave a weird taste

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Yeah, that’s what I would think…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        being of armenian descent (mother’s side) , i appreciated the Zankou link .

        @ royce : not being able to see or taste it , i really have no idea what i’m talking about ,
        but have you tried bulgur wheat ?
        would tend to think that it would turn the paste brown , however .

        fresh top sirloin (ground) , bulgur , mint and maybe some finely minced onion … yum

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: It’s awesome that I get cooking advice from a FBB blog. Seriously. Thanks to all those who chimed in. I, like JFOH, am itching to get stinky.

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!: Chickpeas is a really good call. I’ve made my own hummus a couple of times (and it’s awesome) and this sauce sounds like a sloppier version of that…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @royce!: this site isn’t just for a game. its a lifestyle….that is heavily dictated by the interests of the mustached messiah, we are lucky because we all like to eat good food, watch crappy TV, listen to dated and obscure music, laugh at dumb video clips, etc….

          when is the razzball social networking site opening? Seriously how many of us are openly fantasy sports junkies?

  108. Tom says:
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    Watcha Think Grey
    12 team mixed h2h

    Andrew McCutchen
    Justin Upton
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Jay Bruce
    Madison Bumgarner
    Ike Davis
    Ian Desmond
    Matt Moore
    Nelson Cruz
    Jake Peavy
    Josh Rutledge
    Jonathon Niese
    Dan Uggla
    Dexter Fowler
    Huston Street
    Michael Cuddyer
    Will Middlebrooks
    Jonathan Lucroy
    Johan Santana
    A.J. Griffin
    Matt Harvey
    Grant Balfour
    Adam Eaton
    Leonys Martin
    Travis D’arnaud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks fine… Bit high on upside and injury risk…

  109. Tom says:
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    TEAM 2 (diffrent league)
    12 team mixed h2h

    lucroy
    P. Golds
    Ian Kinsler
    Frazier
    Rutledge
    Cargo
    Austin Jackson
    Stanton
    Moustakes
    Seager
    Bonifacio
    Duda
    Fowler
    Segura
    Simmons
    Gallardo
    Harvey
    Peavey
    Scherzer
    Teheran
    Holland
    Nathan
    Ryu
    Parnell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks way too high on speed and low on power…

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: Does it make a difference that my starting line up is the following

        lucroy
        P. Golds
        Ian Kinsler
        Frazier
        Rutledge
        Cargo
        Austin Jackson
        Stanton
        Moustakes

        Gallardo
        Harvey
        Peavey
        Scherzer
        Teheran
        Holland
        Nathan

        the other guys are bench players

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup…

  110. Steve says:
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    Grey what do you think about my team this year (10 team, H2H)
    C: Perez
    1b: Ike Davis
    2b: Phillips
    3b: Longoria
    SS: Castro
    OF: Braun
    OF: J. Upton
    OF: A. Jones
    U: R. Zimmerman
    BN: Chris Davis
    BN: Headley
    BN: Ethier
    SP: Scherzer
    SP: J. Zimmerman
    SP: Moore
    SP: Ryu
    SP: Morrow
    RP: Nathan
    RP: Romo
    BN: Millone
    BN: Garza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks excellent… Bit low on speed but nothing to worry about with that at all…

  111. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Good Afternoon Grey,
    Was hoping for a feedback on the following 5×5 keeper draft I just went through(keep in mind this is year 10 so player pool can be light). This is Yahoo standard with only 3 OF and OBP/QS :

    1. (2) Adrian Beltre (Tex – 3B)
    2. (19) Jordan Zimmermann (Was – SP)
    3. (22) Carlos Beltran (StL – OF)
    4. (39) Martin Prado (Ari – 2B,3B,SS,OF)
    5. (42) Homer Bailey (Cin – SP)
    6. (59) Josh Hamilton (LAA – OF) – Keeper
    7. (62) Mariano Rivera (NYY – RP)
    8. (78) Mike Napoli (Bos – C,1B)
    9. (79) Max Scherzer (Det – SP) – Keeper
    10. (82) Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD – SP)
    11. (99) Glen Perkins (Min – RP)
    12. (102) Steve Cishek (Mia – RP)
    13. (119) Tommy Milone (Oak – SP)
    14. (122) A.J. Griffin (Oak – SP)
    15. (139) James Shields (KC – SP) – Keeper
    16. (142) Vinnie Pestano (Cle – RP)
    17. (159) Ryan Dempster (Bos – SP)
    18. (162) Felix Doubront (Bos – SP)
    19. (179) Brandon Phillips (Cin – 2B) – Keeper
    20. (199) Todd Frazier (Cin – 1B,3B,OF)
    21. (202) Austin Jackson (Det – OF) – Keeper
    22. (219) Jose Bautista (Tor – OF) – Keeper
    23. (222) Ian Desmond (Was – SS) – Keeper
    24. (239) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B) – Keeper

    Un-Drafted players to fill holes are as follows :
    Bats
    Norichika Aoki
    Alejandro De Aza
    Angel Pagan
    Ichiro Suzuk
    Danny Espinosa
    Ben Revere
    Coco Crisp
    Michael Cuddyer

    Arms
    Andrew Cashner
    Kyuji Fujikawa
    James McDonald
    Johan Santana
    Ricky Romero
    Sergio Santos
    Al Alburquerque
    Paul Maholm
    Scott Baker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey:
        10 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks pretty stacked but it’s also a very shallow league so it’ll come down to waiver wire grabs during the season…

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey: Thats what I like to hear as it always does.

        Question…I could have grabbed Perez instead of Napoli but liked that Nap has 1B eligibility and will get some Util time. Would you have gone Perez in the 8th/9th instead of Napoli?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, Napoli is fine there…

  112. Kevin says:
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    Grey, what do you think of this 8-team Roto team?

    Hitting Categories: R, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG
    Pitching Categories: SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    Hosmer and Brown are my only offensive bench players. If they suck early I can always drop them, just taking a chance on them both in case they pan out. Really like my offense and I think my pitching is decent too. Thoughts?

    1. (3) Ryan Braun
    (Mil – OF)
    2. (14) Adrian Beltre
    (Tex – 3B)
    3. (19) Bryce Harper
    (Was – OF)
    4. (30) Adam Jones
    (Bal – OF)
    5. (35) Paul Goldschmidt
    (Ari – 1B)
    6. (46) Allen Craig
    (StL – 1B,OF)
    7. (51) Madison Bumgarner
    (SF – SP)
    8. (62) Aaron Hill
    (Ari – 2B)
    9. (67) Matt Moore
    (TB – SP)
    10. (78) Alex Rios
    (CWS – OF)
    11. (83) Ike Davis
    (NYM – 1B)
    12. (94) Jeff Samardzija
    (ChC – SP)
    13. (99) Chase Utley
    (Phi – 2B)
    14. (110) Wilin Rosario
    (Col – C)
    15. (115) Jake Peavy
    (CWS – SP)
    16. (126) Anibal Sanchez
    (Det – SP)
    17. (131) Eric Hosmer
    (KC – 1B)
    18. (142) Huston Street
    (SD – RP)
    19. (147) Danny Espinosa
    (Was – 2B,SS)
    20. (158) Jonathon Niese
    (NYM – SP)
    21. (163) Steve Cishek
    (Mia – RP)
    22. (174) Ernesto Frieri
    (LAA – RP)
    23. (179) Bobby Parnell
    (NYM – RP)
    24. (190) Alex Cobb
    (TB – SP)
    25. (195) Domonic Brown
    (Phi – OF)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, in a league as shallo0w of yours it’ll come down to what you do with waivers…

  113. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: A couple questions:

    1) If Bruce is available in the 4th round of my 12 team H2H league (first 3 rounds are keepers) is he worth grabbing? I already have Stanton and I know he’s frustrating for H2H. The alternative would be Bumgarder-quality SP1 or a 1B like Butler or Goldy.
    2) Is it safe to draft Greinke again? Would you draft Bumgarner instead if both were available?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Yup… Goldy or Butler are fine too… 2) Yup… I’d go with Bum to be safe…

  114. prezii says:
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    Med’s ERA this spring… 7.23!

    That is all…

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @prezii: Hopefully he’s just pulling a Cliff Lee and working on pitches during spring before he starting using locking in his control during the regular season.

      • prezii says:
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        @SwaggerJackers: im not too worried. Still like a 17/3 K/BB ratio.. girly man is just bored and wants to play real baseball.

        • SwaggerJackers says:
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          @prezii: I think 2 of his 3 walks came today, actually. Any idea how his velocity has been this spring compared to last year?

          • prezii says:
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            @SwaggerJackers: i havent heard of any regression there, but medlen has never really been a flamethrower. I think last year he was only averaging 91-93 on his fastball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Without Medlen…

      • prezii says:
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        @Grey: “another clutch hit from Martinn, while Chipper Jones sips Daiquiri’s”

        *2013 version.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, we need someone to get on an updated remix…

          • prezii says:
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            @Grey: i agree. But i went over to check out that guys youtube channel, cuz he had some really good ones… And i found one you might like… Put a pillow on ur lap… Cover cougs eyes… Here we go..

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs_lUkC2Oyc

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I already have tickets!

              • prezii says:
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                @Grey: i can only imagine how many you have! Haha hes got an Adam Dunn the donkey one on there too but it wasnt good enuff to post… His vids are pretty funny tho…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    HAHAHA… Awesome…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @prezii: thats awesome

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I bought out the theater so I can watch it with just me and Giancarlo… Yeah, his videos aren’t bad at all…

                  • prezii says:
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                    @Grey: you should have bought out the theater so you and the whole marlins team could watch!! Oh wait… Thats what you did.. (sad trombone)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe… Sad indeed…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That looks like it… I’d try that, royce!….

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Shizz, I will…and I plan on using that quote in many contexts…”it’s about the process, not the ingredients”…first thing that comes to mind is unmentionable. Second thing is when you inevitably disapprove of my RCL team. Ha! Third is…when I make my first batch of meth?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! In some variation or another… I’ve been using that quote in the bedroom for as long as I can remember…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: mine is its not the quantity(size) but the quality(quick and satisfy….I hope, never asked)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’ve learned the less I ask the better (for me)…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: its best to go to sleep after….ignorance is bliss

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Agreed!

  115. Dave says:
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    Hi Grey -
    In a 12 team league w/OBP instead of AVG. (non-keeper) would you rather own Manny Machado or Mark Reynolds this year?

    Either one would occupy a bench spot on my roster.

    Thanks!

  116. Eddy says:
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    Bourjos still at your 55/11/60/20 line with guaranteed playing time after the Wells trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s his line…

  117. slew says:
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    Good news, Gardenhire officially names Hicks his starting CF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  118. blaster says:
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    keeper league draft coming up – I’m keeping Stanton, Hamilton, Kinsler, Rizzo, Bumgarner, and Price.

    The best available player by the time I have my first pick will probably be Sandoval or Bruce but Sandoval’s elbow thing worries me and I’m not sure that I need Bruce when I’m keeping Stanton and Hamilton.

    Next best options would appear to be in the outfield (Choo or BJ Upton) or SS (Rollins or Desmond).

    Who would you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

  119. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Alright Grey,
    Last draft of the day, this is for a 10 team Keeper 6×6 that uses that OBP/SLG and IP, K/9, QS. Also has 2 Util spots but standard otherwise.

    1. (4) Miguel Cabrera (Det – 3B)- Keeper
    2. (17) Andrew McCutchen (Pit – OF)- Keeper
    3. (24) Adrian Gonzalez (LAD – 1B,OF)
    4. (37) Zack Greinke (LAD – SP)
    5. (44) Brandon Phillips (Cin – 2B)
    6. (57) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    7. (64) Gio Gonzalez (Was – SP)- Keeper
    8. (77) Jake Peavy (CWS – SP)
    9. (84) Carlos Beltran (StL – OF)
    10. (97) Nelson Cruz (Tex – OF)
    11. (104) Mariano Rivera (NYY – RP)
    12. (117) Todd Frazier (Cin – 1B,3B,OF)
    13. (124) Steve Cishek (Mia – RP)
    14. (137) A.J. Burnett (Pit – SP)
    15. (144) Josh Rutledge (Col – 2B,SS)
    16. (157) Jason Grilli (Pit – RP)
    17. (164) Jesus Montero (Sea – C)
    18. (177) Grant Balfour (Oak – RP)
    19. (184) Tommy Milone (Oak – SP)
    20. (197) Mike Fiers (Mil – SP)
    21. (204) Desmond Jennings (TB – OF)- Keeper
    22. (217) Kris Medlen (Atl – SP,RP)- Keeper
    23. (224) Ian Desmond (Was – SS) – Keeper

    Do you see any major holes or guys I should swap out? I kept trying to find a place to plug in Gardner but couldn’t do it anywhere.

    Players left on the board are as follows:

    Bats
    Nick Markakis
    Carl Crawford
    Brian McCann
    Michael Cuddyer
    Brett Gardner
    Erick Aybar
    Alcides Escobar
    Josh Reddick

    Arms
    Bobby Parnell
    Brandon League
    Tim Hudson
    Edwin Jackson
    Alexi Ogando
    Matt Harrison
    Clay Buchholz
    Shaun Marcum
    Andy Pettitte

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid… I’d go with Crawford over Burnett…

  120. Carlos says:
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    Grey! Great site.

    Please rate my team. Yahoo H2h, Standard 5X5, 10 teams

    C-Weiters
    1b- Pujols
    2b- Cano
    3b- Freese
    SS- A. Cabrera
    IF- F. Freeman
    OF- Bruce, Holliday, D. Jennings, Bourne
    Util- Willingham
    Bench- Frazier, Youk

    SP- Latos, Peavy, Kuroda, H Bailey, J. Niese, Burnett, M. Estrada, A Pettite
    RP- Balfour

    Every year I work the waiver wire for saves while my starters sort themselves out.

    What do you think??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I don’t love steals in H2H, prefer to treat them the same as saves…You’re pretty steals heavy, so don’t love your team… We depend on how well you can stay close in power each week…

  121. Steve says:
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    10 team (Hippo) keeper, grabbed Marte for a speed boost, but Alcides has hit the wire. You prefer him over Marte?

    PS prefers Alcides but only by 0.6…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

  122. Looks like a powerhouse draft in my 10 team 7×7 league (OPS, Total Bases, Losses, BAA ,Usual Suspects)

    C Jesus Montero
    1b Prince Fielder
    2b Daniel Espinosa
    3b Paul Sandoval
    Ss Starlin Castro
    Mi Joshua Rutledge
    Ci Paul Goldsmidt
    O1 Mike Stanton
    O2 Adam Jones
    O3 Shin-Soo Choo
    O4 Hunter Pence
    O5 Nickolas Markakis
    Util David Ortiz

    Bench:
    Corey Hart
    Jurickson Profar

    Starters:
    S1 Yu Darvish (accidental click, but I wanted a SP here anyways)
    S2 Mat Latos
    S3 Matt Moore
    S4 Brandon Morrow
    S5 C.J. Wilson
    S6 H.J. Ryu

    Bullpen:

    Mariano Rivera
    Rafael Betancourt
    Tom Wilhelmsen
    Steve Cishek
    Kenley Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid… Don’t love Markakis and Wilson, but those are small things… Your team should be plenty competitive…

  123. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    How this League Works:

    1. DISPERSAL: At the end of each month, two teams are eliminated, and their players are dispersed and made available to the remaining teams. Usually the teams eliminated are the bottom two teams (see item 6 however). Note also that the Commissioner cannot be eliminated. Those teams eliminated will be locked by the Commissioner for any future player activity. At the time the players are dispersed, the waiver priority is temporarily reset, such that the worst surviving team gets first choice of dispersal players, the next worst gets second choice,etc. At the end of each subsequent month, two teams are again eliminated. By giving first choice to the remaining worst team allows teams who are doing poorly every opportunity to catch up and compete for the rest of the year.

    Some managers in the past have forgotten to participate in the dispersal draft on the first of each month, and / or have not read pertinent messages regarding the draft. Remember, you snooze, you lose!

    2. TIE BREAKERS: Where two or more teams are tied at the end of each month, an H2H match between the affected teams will be applied. The team winning the tie-breaker will be deemed to be the better ranked team. If still tied after the H2H match, the following tie-breaker rules will be applied: 1. lower e.r.a. 2. higher rbi’s 3. higher wins.

    3: WAIVER PRIORITY: Except for each dispersal draft, the waiver priority will use YAHOO’s standard methodology. When dispersal occurs, I will record what the standard priority is, and then manually reset it in reverse order of standing, i.e. at the end of April, team 18 will have priority 1, team 17 will have priority 2, … team 1 will have priority 18. Dispersal occurs on the first of each month. On the 2nd of each month, the day following dispersal, the waiver priority will be set back to what it was prior to the dispersal.

    4: UNDISPERSED PLAYERS: Any players unclaimed in the dispersal draft will become FA’s if they don’t get claimed. They will not return to the eliminated teams’ rosters.

    5. TRADES: The league settings say Commissioner approval on trades. In fact, I won’t disallow any trade unless the managers object. The purpose here is that if managers want to veto a trade, they must do so publicly. If four vetoes are posted, I will cancel the trade (three vetoes once we have 12 or fewer teams). The purpose here is that you cannot veto anonymously – if you don’t want a trade to go through, you must say so publicly. Private E-mails to me will be ignored. Also, the two parties to the trade cannot veto their own trade.

    6. DEPORTMENT & ACTIVITY: This league will be as active as you want to make it. Intelligent trash talking is encouraged. However, if your only means of communication is foul language, insulting a person’s sexuality, religion, etc., this league is not for you. Also, if you remain inactive, this league is not for you. So while its most likely that the bottom two teams will be eliminated each month, inactivity or boorish behaviour will also be considered.

    Here is my roster for THIS 20-man 6×6 r,hr,rbi,sb,obp,slg w,k,s,h,era,whip

    C- S PEREZ
    1B-GOLDY
    2B-RUTLEDGE
    SS-SIMMONS
    3B- FRAZIER
    LF-VICIEDO
    CF-A JONES
    RF- GIANCARLO
    UTIL – IKE
    BENCH- MARTE(LF)

    SP-GREINKE
    SP- NIESE
    SP- GEE
    RP-PERKINS
    RP-CHISHEK
    P- RYU
    P – FRIERS
    P – STROP
    P – STAMEN
    P- MELANCON
    P – BROTHERS
    P – C. CAPPS
    P – CROW
    P – ARRENDANDO
    P – DUNN

    I did it for S’s and G’s, any thoughts….anyone?

    • Grey

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      You get eliminated after one month potentially? Huh? That’s bonkers… Your team looks fine, better hope they don’t have a bad first month… You do look low on average and speed…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: average is not a cat, its obp and slug seperately. i was punting steals being a 20. Not worth it with obp and slug as cats.

        • Grey

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          Ah… Gotcha… Yeah, the team should be fine, but hard to say when you’re looking from month to month… It’s a league that any team could win because of that…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: its a fun twist and like I said above its for shizz and giggles

            • Grey

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              Yeah, hopefully you can make it through the year…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I will give updates if i make the cut. Thank god it’s by performance and not popularity, I’d be out the first week on survivor

                • Grey

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                  You just have to do well in the challenges early on and not eat everyone’s rice and beans…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: but I like franks and beans

                    • Grey

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                      Brett Wallace?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: exactly…that was a name drop from one of my all time player look alike links

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, he’s a special player…

  124. Wilsonian says:
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    16 team league. Rickie Weeks was just dropped. Now, I don’t love him, and I know you don’t either, but do I make a waiver claim on him? I have the 13th claim, so I probably won’t get him, but I’ll try.

    Who’s the drop: Santos, Pestano, Puig?

    Ks/9 league, FYI and forever 5 player keeper.

    • Grey

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      Lose Puig for him…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks.

  125. Wilsonian says:
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    Question number 2, 3, and 4 for today:

    2. What are your thoughts on Utley? He’s looked healthy this spring (no, I’m not really referencing his 3 HRs in two days, just the fact that he doesn’t look OLD).

    3. If you could have 2 of these closer-ish guys in a Ks and Ks/9 league, who would you rather: Al Al, Boggs, Parnell, Marmol?

    4. If you could have 1 of these pitchers on your team in a W, QS, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP league, who would you rather: Bailey, Beckett, Burnett, Ryu?

    • Grey

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      2. It’s spring training 3. Parnell, Boggs 4. Beckett

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: I know it’s Spring Training, but he’s at least looked a bajillion times healthier than he has in recent years. And I’m not stacked at 2B with Danny Espinooooooosa there as it is.

        • Grey

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          Espinosa has been better for the last two years…

  126. Snake Hips says:
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    Grey, what do you think of my team?

    10-Team Keeper, H2H, Custom points
     
    C - Sal Perez
    1B – Pujols (K)
    2B - Rutledge
    3B – Lawrie (K)
    SS - Segura
    MI – Boneface
    CI – Goldy
    OF – Kemp (K)
    OF – Holliday
    OF – Harper (K)
    OF – Pence
    UTIL – Ortiz
    UTIL – Craig (K)

    BN – Machado
      
    SP – MadMax
    SP – Halladay
    RP – Chapman
    RP – Motte
    P – Niese
    P – Parker
    P – Lester
    P – Wilhelmsen

    BN- Teheren
    BN- Hammel
    BN- Ryu
    BN- Hughes

    • Grey

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      Your keepers definitely don’t hurt… Your hitting is much better than your pitching, which isn’t terrible in H2H, but it’s something to keep in mind… Think you’re gonna need to do a lot of streaming…

      • Snake Hips says:
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        @Grey: thanks. Yea I hear you on the pitching. I was sandwiched between 2 feckin autodrafters who kept picking pitchers right before me greinke… Wainwright… Gio. I just couldn’t pass on the bats where they were falling and I ended up with Scherzer being my ace. Hopefully Halladay makes some kind of resurgence. That would help.

  127. sange_da_man says:
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    Grey, how’s this team lookin for the season? Yahoo 11 team roto 5×5 standard w/ OPS and WHIP,,,

    C W.Rosario
    1B B. Butler
    2B D. Pedroia
    3B E. Longoria
    SS Rollins
    OF Braun
    OF A. (sorry Miss) Jackson
    OF C. Gomez
    IF K.Seager
    Utilty De Aza
    Bnch Doumit
    Bnch Fowelr
    Bnch M. Young (may move him to utility)
    Bnch Anderlton Simmons
    SP Bumgarner
    SP Scherzer
    SP Shields (always a fav of mine)
    SP Samasrdizjiazia
    SP A. Cobb
    SP W. Miley
    RP Street
    RP Grilli
    Bnch Frieri

    • Grey

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      Your team looks solid, bit low on average and I don’t love Shields but these are small concerns…

  128. Jon says:
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    Had my draft tonight. Including my keepers, here’s how my roster looks (10-team H2H):

    C Posey (K)
    1B Goldschmidt (K)
    2B Cano (K)
    3B Zimmerman (K)
    SS Tulo (K)
    MI Desmond (K)
    CI Lawrie (K)
    OF Stanton (K)
    OF B.J. Upton
    OF Jennings (K)
    OF Victorino
    DH Frazier
    SP Bumgarner (K), Zimmermann (K), Medlen (K), Bailey, Milone, Harvey, Gee, Cobb, Hammel, Cashner
    RP Street, Jansen, Frieri, Robertson, Alburquerque
    Bench – Brett Gardner, Kelly Johnson
    DL- Luebke

    What do you think?

    • Grey

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      Your team (keepers) is stacked… The new guys that you did draft are solid… Can’t imagine you won’t be competitive unless you’re besieged by injuries…

  129. Herschel says:
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    @grey: 5×5 weekly roto, which pair do you like better? Cano/Holliday or Stanton/Kinsler? Thanks.

    • Grey

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      Stanton

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