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Before you read this, I want you to go outside and look at the birds chirping.  Smell the freshly-cut grass.  Look up at the sun that your deity of choice made from a very large matchstick.  Pat your kid on the head and tell them, “I don’t love you any more today than I did yesterday, but let’s act like I do because I won’t see you for a good six months because baseball’s back.”  One more time with caps lock bringing the enthusiasm, BASEBALL IS BACK.  As frequent commenter, Eric W. said, “I keep getting excited for opening night Sunday, then have to remind myself it is the Astros vs the Rangers.  It’s kinda like getting to open one present on Xmas Eve and getting socks.”  Yay — baseball!  It’s the Astros vs. the Rangers.  Okay, lowercase yay.  But it’s a rivalry that dates back to Sam Houston!  Don’t remember that?  You should’ve rented a car at Alamo last night.  Am I mixing up commercials?  Eh, who cares?  I’m excited!  Texas is the largest state in the 48 contiguous states, it’s just too bad baseball is its third most popular sport behind football and “shootin’ empty Shiner cans.”  Whatever.  Baseball is back and even Selig’s badly-shorn toupee can’t change that.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Bud Norris – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I wouldn’t say “Norris in walk(ov)er Texas Ranger.”  He showed glimmers of why I liked him as a late round flyer this year.  That didn’t change with this performance, but he didn’t show great control.  Leaving balls in the zone at times when he should’ve lost them in the dirt.  Don’t let the Astros, and their $18.7 million payroll, persuade you to ‘try and keep the balls clean.’

Justin Maxwell – 2-for-3, 2, runs and 2 RBIs.  On pace for 324 RBIs and 324 runs.  Someone’s looking like a breakout!  I’m kidding.  This is Maxwell.  Get smart.

J.D. Martinez – After being demoted last week in favor of Fernando Martinez, the Astros recalled J.D. and DL’d Fernando.  Obviously what’s going on is the Astros are so cheap they only have one Martinez jersey.

Rick Ankiel – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and a home run.  0.4% of mixed league owners rejoice!

Matt Harrison – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks.  My sweet lord, Harrison, it’s the Astros!  Lucky I told everyone to avoid him.  What?  You didn’t listen?  Aw, poo.

Leonys Martin – 0-for-3.  Ron Washington said some magical words for fantasy owners on Saturday.  Martin will be stealing as many bases as he can.  Well, specifically, Washington said, “Any guy that can get down a line quicker than me deserves to have the green light.”

Jose Fernandez – First thing I do when I have a prospect question is search the site to see what Scott, our prospect writer, said.  What I found, was a whole Jose Fernandez fantasy.  He didn’t stop there, he also talked about him in the Marlins prospect preview post in October.  There he said, “Fernandez broke out in 2012, posting a 1.75 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, and a 10.6 K/9 between Low-A and High-A.  The 20-year-old has legitimate ace-potential, and should find himself in the top-15 on most prospect lists this offseason. Now, if I were making a top-15 list of Well-Groomed Mustaches, Grey wouldn’t make it.  When I blow up his picture 1000% in my laboratory, I can see cheese microbes.”  Wow, Scott has a laboratory?  That’s awesome!  So, the Marlins are an interesting beast.  They sell off all of their pieces, but they promote within quickly.  After watching that Showtime series last year about the Marlins. I’m 50/50 on whether they even know about the arbitration clock.  Within their minor league system, they’re run like, “We gotta make it to the playoffs this year!”  From the major league level, they’re run like, “Let’s make sure we ship in our concession stands’ Cracker Jack from Chile because it’s four-hundredths of a cent cheaper.  They pop their corn in yak oil.”  I’d absolutely grab Jose Fernandez in all leagues.  He has the chance to be lights out and could go 160 innings.  He has the stuff that could make him a top ten starter in all of baseball within a year.  For this year, I’ll give him the line of:  7-8/3.74/1.31/120 in 130 innings.  Absolutely can be better.  And worse.  That’s the rookie nookie blessing and curse.

Justin Ruggiano – Here’s a move that will prolly anger a lot of youse that didn’t follow my rankings:  the Marlins are platooning Ruggiano with Coghlan.  As I said in my rankings, “(Ruggiano will) be 31 years old this year and he is a journeyman who shouldn’t have a starting job on a major league team.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  Ruggiano is and will be garbage who happened to be hot garbage for a short time last year.  Ruggiano will only face lefties and is droppable in most mixed leagues.

Nate Eovaldi – DL’d with a sore shoulder.  Pitchers may jog in from right in Miami, but this move is outta left field.  (The beginning of the previous sentence put through “I Was Raised A Jew” Meme Generator spits back, “True players mah jong in Miami.”)  The Marlins obviously saved all of their big moves for the last day.  “Hey, guys, um, I think the season starts tomorrow.”  “Nah, doode, season starts in April.”  “I’m pretty sure Monday is April.”  “Crap, I told you not to Yard Sale all of our calenders.”  This honestly sounds like a move that isn’t true, but MLB doesn’t enforce their DL and there’s some kind of loophole with the DL that saves the Marlins money.  In NL-Only leagues, you DL Eovaldi as he tries to compose himself and in mixed leagues you drop him.  I wouldn’t be shocked if Eovaldi pitches out of the pen for a lot of this year while Fernandez gets a long look.

Henderson Alvarez – Also to the DL with a shoulder ailment.  This too is a BS injury due to my recently-invented DL Loophole Conspiracy Theory.  Alvarez will be replaced by Alex Sanabia.  Sanabia is a 6-ish K/9, 4.20-ish ERA pitcher, i.e., NL-Only.  I bet Alvarez will return and bump Sanabia.  BTW, Bumpin’ Sanabias is the pitching equivalent of bumpin’ nasties.

Wily Peralta – With the addition of Lohse, Fiers almost went up in smoke, but Narveson got the shaft.  Now, the Brewers rotation has a new low man, Wily.  Here’s Sky’s Wily Peralta fantasy.  I agree, Peralta is a solid end game target for your staff.  He can produce a 8+ K/9, but his downfall is too many walks.  As Sky pointed out, he’s YoGa-lite, which is just sitting in an eighty-four degree room in an awkward position.

Collin Cowgill – Mets named him their leadoff hitter and everyday center fielder.  Aw, sookie.  Here’s what I said about Cowgill when he was sent to the Mets, “Cowgill may sound like a Texas radio personality, but he’s a guy that’s languished in the minors for longer than he’s needed to.  He’s ready for the majors, and there’s a chance the Mets play him.  In the minors, he showed some pop and nice speed.  Think 7 homers and 25 steals with an everyday job.  He’s also shown the ability to take a walk in the minors, but so far in the majors (196 ABs) he’s looked overmatched with ballooning Ks.  Definitely a solid flyer for NL-Only leagues and I wouldn’t be surprised if he earns a spot in an early season Buy column.  You’ll hear about him much more if secures a job in Queens.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Grab him if you’re missing outfield depth.

Oscar Taveras – Sent down to the minors.  BOO!  Sorry, I was hoping to scare Beltran and have him pull a hammy.  Maybe Beltran can face Wainwright in batting practice and have his knees buckled by a change.  Not ‘for a change.’

Justin Sellers – The new Dodgers starting shortstop.  He actually makes more sense for the Marlins…. Because they’re always Sellers!  Reverse fake pump pun!  So, Justin “The Inspector” Sellers got the job over Dee Gordon… I call ‘Huh?’ on that move.  The Inspector isn’t worth owning in any leagues, except those that have a category, “Children of Britt Ekland.”

Luke Scott – Could miss five weeks with a strained calf.  Sounds about right.  Luke, you are my waiver fodder.

Manny Machado – For the last few years, Brian Roberts has *hit out of the two hole, so this year Machado will hit out of the two hole.  This news makes me extremely happy.  O’s face!  O’s face!  O’s face!

Dylan Bundy – Dealing with tightness in his elbow.  Off of this news, I wouldn’t peg Bundy for arm surgery, but you’re smoking bud if you think it’s a good sign.

Darwin Barney – Gashed his knee and might miss a few games.  Next time, this happens to him, he’ll only miss one game, then the time after, he won’t miss anything, then his great-great-great grandson won’t have knees but will have wings.  That’s how Darwin’s evolve.

Travis Hafner – Was scratched from Saturday’s game.  You know how every year the Yankees have an Old-Timers’ Game?  Yeah, they’re gonna do that every game this year.

Pablo Sandoval – You might remember Injury Update #782 was “There is no update,” which wasn’t helpful at all, but Injury Update #781 was “See Injury Update #780,” which also could’ve been more insightful but it came on the heels of Injury Update #779, “He’ll be ready for Opening Day.”  Unfortunately, Injury Update #783 tells us that he tried to throw on Friday and had to leave with a sore elbow.  That sounds like he’s gonna need a DL stint after all.  Injury Update #784, “Hey, that’s my update!”  But Injury Update #785 says, “The Giants are still optimistic that Sandoval will be ready for Opening Day.”

Tyler Colvin – Sunny came home, only home was Triple-A.  Sounds like Colvin’s in the Eric Young Jr. doghouse.   The Rockies obviously need to get 39-year-old-hasn’t-been-good-in-seven-years Helton some at-bats.  If Helton, CarGo and Cuddyer are all healthy by May 1st, I’ll eat my hat.  Though, I wear a tostada as a hat, so it’s all good.  Don’t worry about me.

Eric Young Jr. – Speaking of the speed demon, I know, we’ve been down this path a lot in the last few years, and EYJ still isn’t a regular, but — and this is a J. Lo-sized but — Walt Weiss says that Young is going to play a lot.  I could see Weiss trying to use the oft-misused Young speed.  If he’s a super-utility playing 100 games, he could get 40+ steals this year.  Cust kayin’.

Eric Sogard – Named the ‘better’ side of the A’s blahtoon at 2nd base.  Seriously, when is Michael Lewis coming out with the Moneyball sequel about how Beane has revolutionized platooning?  Here’s some quotes from Platoonball, “If you’ve got a seven dozen position players, you need to speak 72 different languages.  73 if you want to talk to Coco Crisp.”  “Teams can throw a LOOGY at us, but we’ll spit back at them six situational righties.”  “We spent more money stocking our clubhouse with left-handed scissors than we did on middle infielders.”

Jedd Gyorko – Great news for his eligibility, the Padres will alternate him between 2nd and 3rd base.  In high school that was called, “I don’t know if I’m ready” and “Of course you are.  We’re in love.”

  1. Gabe says:
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    Which side of this trade would you guys like?

    Jordan Zimmerman & hunter pence

    For

    Brandon Phillips & Todd Fraizer

    • Adam Wainwright, III says:
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      @Gabe: Really depends on team needs (and lg settings). Pretty fair in a vacuum, though the Phillips side gets the best player.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gabe: Agree with AW III

    • BTD says:
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      @Gabe: I’ll take the Zimmerman/Pence side…

  2. Steve says:
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    Giants final ST roster moves didn’t include putting Panda on the DL, so hopefully he’s good-ish to go. He better be. I’m invested.

    Elsewhere, in a 14-teamer, with Tillman on the DL and Peacock available (and all DL slots filled), do I keep Tillman or go with the pretty feathers?

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve: Pablo like ham… Lotta body parts named with “ham”. Pablo eat body parts.. Pablo no play baseball.. Pablo like ham…

    • Pops says:
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      Tillman is supposed to start Saturday.@Steve:

      • Prezii says:
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        @Pops: @steve, naw tillman just pitched friday. Hes suppose to go on the 6th.

        • Pops says:
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          @Prezii: The 6th is Saturday.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Pops: correct you are. Apoligies

      • Prezii says:
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        @Pops: which would be saturday.. good call pops..

      • Steve says:
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        @Prezii: @Pops: Ah, yes. I see that now. Will be activated to start on the 6th. As you were.

  3. Adam Wainwright, III says:
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    Drop Trout for Rick Ankiel?

    • Prezii says:
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      @Adam Wainwright, III: ha! Definitely drop fat Trout for ageless Ankiel!

  4. Prezii says:
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    Motto of all my drafts….

    No meds and my ass hurts real bad.

    Heres to hoping the morning brings gold tho! Happy Opening Day Razzballatarians!!

  5. letsgobravos says:
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    First! Hooray for opening day, the long winter of fantasy sports boredom has come to an end.

    • Prezii says:
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      @letsgobravos: u late shon… You know steve was gettin first on opening day, cmon man thats a given!

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Prezii: Ha…there were no posts when I clicked reply. Apparently I should have just hit reply after I typed ‘First!’

  6. Matthew says:
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    Harrison, legit, my best pitcher last year. Ha ha ha. Pumped for opening day.

    Drafted my final team the other day Grey, had your input on my others, you liked. I wanted to get your opinion on this one cause its a 12 team with friends and the stakes are a little higher, not to mention its 6X6, not 5X5, including Innings Pitched and Walks

    H2H, 12 Team, 6X6 – HR RBI R SB BB AVG – IP W SAVES K WHIP ERA

    C – S. Perez (All 4 leagues, please be GREAT) haha
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – Scutaro (Burned on Rutlidhe in 2 of 3 leagues, went 2 picks before me)
    3B – R. Zimmerman
    SS – J. Reyes
    OF – A. McCutchen
    OF – S. Choo
    OF – A. Gordon
    UTIL 1B – I. Davis
    UTIL 1B/3B/OF – T. Frazier
    B SS – A. Simmons

    SP – M. Bumgarner
    SP – M. Scherzer
    SP- J. Peavy
    SP – H. Kuroda
    SP – J. Niese
    SP – M. Estrada
    SP – W. Miley
    SP – T. Milone
    SP – M. Buehrle
    RP – T. Wilhelmson
    RP – G. Holland
    RP – C. Janssen
    RP – M. Boggs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matthew: Looks a good balanced team… Don’t love some of the back end starters you have but that’s a small concern…

  7. Pops says:
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    Grey,
    I’m in a 10 team keeper cats are: IP–W–L–K–ERA–WHIP–QS

    Bumgarner–Latos–Zimmerman–Gallardo–Samardzija–Niese–Parker–Ryu and Hammel.

    Should I drop Ryu or Hammel for Fernandez.? Hard to imagine keeping him over 4 of these.

    Next year 10 keepers–I’ll keep 4-5 pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pops: Hold for now…

  8. gareth says:
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    Mlb.com head to head. Its a wierd league where league where you drafts hitters only, and instead of pitchers you draft a team and earn their entire pitching stats in a week.

    Here is my team-

    C santana
    1b goldshmidt
    2d cano
    3b longoria
    Ss rutledge
    Of cespedes
    Of choo
    Of jennings
    Ut frazier

    Bench
    Trumbo
    Moustakis
    R. Martin
    Ludwick
    Gyorko
    Saunders

    Pitching staff
    New york yankees.

    How you like the team for a head to head points format and are you familiar with the format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: I don’t like the Yankees pitching… The hitting looks fine, bit low on power…

  9. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Clad in nothing but his Bryce Harper jersey and leopard print thong, the Guru exclaimed, “But officer, it’s opening day!”

  10. Matthew says:
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    Ummm… Grey, opinion..

    I’m watching MLB Tonight on MLB Network, and Reynolds made the following statement..

    ‘I wouldn’t be suprised if Max Scherzer becomes the closers into the season.”

    Is he f*cking crazy? Or am I f*cking crazy?

    • in_ertiatic says:
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      @Matthew: Harold Reynolds wouldn’t be surprised if Harold Reynolds got fired for harassment of the sexy kind.

      Also, lets all give a warm round of applause to opening day. Please join me in giving the finger to winter time.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @in_ertiatic: Here Here! Middle finger firmly raised!

        • inertiatic says:
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          @MattTruss223: brothers in arms. Stupid cold weather, suck an egg!

    • Natty Lite says:
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      @Matthew: Pretty sure that was part of the “Bold Predictions” segment. Reynolds was trying to go for something bolder than Chapman will get 50 saves or the Yankees won’t win the division. I’m pretty sure he was the only one who googled “Bold Predictions” before they started filming.

      It’s no less crazy than Porcello or Smyly closing. With that said, it’s still pretty crazy, but I’m pretty sure that’s what he was shooting for. As a Detroiter, I personally wish it would happen, but that’s because I puke in my mouth a little every time Rondon’s name is mentioned.

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @Natty Lite:

        guys, it’s April Fools Day…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matthew: Maybe it was an early April Fool’s…

  11. chris says:
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    Is it worth looking into that Brandon Belt hit more homeruns in spring training this year than he hit in the 2012 season?

    • JoeC says:
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      @chris: SDMS!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: Worth a late round flyer, sure…

  12. If any Razzballers haven’t read ‘The Curious Case of Sidd Finch,’ the Sports Illustrated April Fools piece by George Plimpton that fooled many people, take a look: tiny.cc/8yqtuw . Great story for serious baseball fans.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Yeah, it’s a good one…

  13. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Drop Hammel for Jose Hernandez?

  14. Chris says:
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    Just did a H2H 8 team draft with my buddies, 6th pick. I’ve never done a league this shallow, so obviously all the teams are stacked at varying levels, though I feel I’ve got the best all around team.

    I know what you say about bench bats but I actually took Torii before Rios just cause I’ve had Torii on my team for years and I love his consistency. Then Rios was still available at pick like 150 so I was like what the hell. Also with Todd Frazier’s upside and Zimmerman’s injury history I figured it was a good move.

    How did I do?

    C Mike Napoli
    1B Prince Fielder
    2B Ian Kinsler
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    SS Josh Rutledge
    2B/SS Andrelton Simmons
    1B/3B Paul Goldschmidt
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Shin Soo Choo
    OF Alex Rios
    UT Ryan Howard
    BN Torii Hunter
    BN Todd Frazier
    DL Hanley Ramirez

    SP Zack Greinke
    SP Max Scherzer
    RP Glen Perkins
    RP Jason Grilli
    P Tom Wilhelmsen
    P Jordan Zimmermann
    P Mat Latos
    BN James Shields
    BN Roy Halladay
    BN A.J. Burnett
    BN Julio Teheran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: You did fine, but I agree with you, that the teams are shallow so it matters how you work waivers…

  15. Bill_Buckner says:
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    @grey, would you start James Shields today @ the White Sox?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Bill_Buckner: Why wouldn’t you start James Shields against anybody? What exactly has he done to NOT warrant your trust against a so-so offense like the White Sox?

      • Bill_Buckner says:
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        @JoeC: maybe I’m over thinking it, but US Cellular is one of the three most HR friendly parks in the league. Shields isn’t exactly a must start in any park kind of guy IMO – we’re not talking about verlander/kershaw here. Check his home/road splits over his career…

        • Beardcrabs says:
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          @Bill_Buckner: he just had his best season sabermetrically of his career…

  16. Tommyr says:
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    I’ve been Valdespun. From leading off everyday and playing the infield or outfield, now he has no spot. The Mets done spun me some bad advice. He was my secret weapon at MI, where he qualifies in CBS.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Tommyr: The Mets… hahahaha… even Mr. Met has given up on that team. Just so horribly run. It’s like Bobby Valentine is secretly the GM.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tommyr: Ha…Yeah, seriously…

  17. Tigres says:
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    Reports that Andrus and Rangers are about to sign long-term deal. Any impact on Profar’s ETA?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Tigres: Odd signing. Andrus regressed last year. I guess this means Kinsler’s gone soon and Profar moves to 2nd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Kinsler’s leaving? I have no idea, that is bizarre…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Kinsler would be a trade candidate or they’d move him to 1B.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, figured as much… Don’t understand that large of an Andrus investment though…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Boras….I think Kinsler goes to first and Olt gets moved or vice versa

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Vice Versa, great movie!

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Always down for the Judge!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I love him right now…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oops, thought you meant Reimold…

                  • Todd25 says:
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                    @Grey: @Grey: its official now: “Rangers have reached agreement on a new eight-year, $120 million contract extension with shortstop Elvis Andrus.”

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, I saw… Crazy…

        • stumanji says:
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          @Carnac: Kinsler could move to OF, with Olt moving to 1B when ready. Don’t think signing Andrus necessarily means Kinsler is gone.

  18. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Hey Grey : Is there any way you can email me my username for the forum as I can’t for the life of me remember what the hell it is?

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey: Says my email is already in use…..Guess I can use a new one but was hoping to just get in if possible.

  19. GR says:
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    Hi Grey
    Drafted in my first action last night…what a rush! 12 Team/5×5…followed your advice where possible…
    Please tell me what you think…I adjusted part way through and was surprised/pumped to get that OF…

    C-Matt Wieters
    1B-Ike Davis
    2B-Ben Zobrist
    3B- Frazier
    SS-Josh Rutledge
    OF-Adam Jones
    OF-Andrew McCutchen
    OF-Bryce Harper
    UTIL-Justin Upton
    BN-Emilio Bonifacio

    SP- Scherzer
    SP-Madison Bumgarner
    SP-Jarrod Parker
    SP-A.J. Burnett
    SP-Jake Peavy
    RP-Greg Holland
    RP-Brandon League
    SP-Brandon McCarthy
    SP-Mike Fiers
    SP-Paul Maholm

    • GR says:
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      @GR:
      *auction…it WAS a late night…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GR: Hitting looks terrific, very balanced…. The pitching looks solid as well, except for Maholm… Nice team overall…

      • GR says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey!!! Would you add Gee or Tillman(DL) for Maholm? Or Melancon for ‘potential’ Closer Depth?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @GR: Tillman

  20. Luke T says:
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    Grey, strategy question. This is my first roto league I have done. The pitching slots allow for four SP’s, one RP, and one P. The line up is set once a week. Do I roll with two RP (Papelbon, Nathan, Wilhemsen to choose from)? Or do I Start only one RP and Roll with five SP’s (Grienke, Bumgarner, Zimmerman, Niese, Parker, Milone to choose from)?

    What is your opinion?

    • Luke T says:
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      @Luke T: I forgot to mention I have Shelby too. So technically I could put him in the RP slot and punt saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke T: 5 SPs… Not Milone and Miller…

  21. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Seeing as how Cashner didn’t crack the rotation and he isn’t much use in the pen, would you lose him for Gee or Wily Peralta or just hold him when Volquez has a BB/9 rate of 10 and loses his spot the end of April?

  22. Adam says:
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    Grey….Could you give me your thoughts on this team? 12 team, 5×5, h2h
    C- Salvador Perez
    1b- Pujols
    2b- Phillips
    3b- Frazier
    ss- Rutledge
    of-J. Upton
    of- Matt Holliday
    of- Desmond Jennings
    util- Goldschmidt
    util- Pence
    Bench-Kubel

    SP: Sherzer, J-Zimmerman, Halladay, H. Bailey, Garza, Miley, McCarthy, Hammel
    RP: Axford, Marmol,Pestano,Benoit, Madson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Looks like a very solid team… Don’t love Halladay but that’s a small issue…

  23. costaricanchata says:
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    peralta … a car crash waiting to happen .

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        un-lax dude .
        just acknowledging your Willy Loman reference .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I think many of us have trust issues for your Broxton gaffe, my friend. Gonna take some time. We should probably all go to a retreat together, work out our trust issues. Will you catch me if I fell back?

  24. Comatose says:
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    In a league where I’m entirely punting Saves.

    SP-Latos
    SP-MadBum
    SP-Zimmerman
    SP-Niese
    RP-Holland
    RP-Shelby Miller
    P-Niese
    P-AJ Burnett
    BN-Ryu
    BN-Cishek

    Make any move for Fernandez here?

    • Bill_Buckner says:
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      @Comatose: if you’re entirely punting saves, cishek would have very little value to you outside of what you might be able to trade him for.

    • Comatose says:
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      I see I listed Niese twice. Only 3 SP slots. It’s early (for me).

  25. supra says:
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    Finally it’s Opening Grey…

    We use waivers only for dropped players & adds to yahoo player pool. Is the #1 waiver worth spending on Adam Eaton in a keeper? I got a open spot… do you still like him to produce -1 month?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra: Yeah, I still like him…

  26. Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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    I just noticed Alex Gordon is back to hitting leadoff again. That isn’t going to be good for that 105 RBI prediction.

  27. Cheese says:
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    Would you drop any of the following for Griffin? He was just dropped in my 16 team H2H league…

    Norris, Ryu, Hammel, Fiers

    Thanks!

  28. Jangles says:
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    OK Grey, today’s the day, and thanks to you I have major shares in Adam Jones…let’s go O’s!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jangles: Me too, man, me too…

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Jangles: i have him on all 4 of my teams… lets GO…

  29. Rags says:
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    Posted in The Guru’s column too, but since you’re the pitcher-whisperer Grey:

    Deep NL-only roto league. Have two injured pitchers to replace. Capuano, Sanabia, Kendrick, Stults, Marquis, Chacin, Travis Wood and Jeff Locke are on the wire. (Also Ferandez’s owner will probably have to drop someone to make room for the surprise call-up, but I don’t know who and I’d have to wait an extra week.)

    And I don’t have first priority. Yes, it’s ugly. Are any of these guys rosterable? What order would you put them in? (If Capuano gets traded to the AL, I can still keep him active for the year.) There’s no bench except for DL, so if you own them, you get their starts. Also, there’s a transaction fee, so I can’t really stream pitchers.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rags: Kendrick, Sanabia, Locke… Blech…

  30. sanfran1966 says:
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    what does the small blue “s” infer next to a players name in ESPN line-ups? These dudes are wayyyyyyy to young to be free-basing Viagra….

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @sanfran1966: It’s the opposite as when your SP has a small blue PP next to their name…

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @sanfran1966: but really, it just means they are in the starting lineup for that day.

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @MattTruss223:

        gotcha. is there a site that has the lineups for each team for daily games?

          • sanfran1966 says:
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            @MattTruss223:

            nahhh

            In a clown league bro, RCL style…

            • MattTruss223 says:
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              @sanfran1966: Gotchya, I hear “Daily Games” and assumed you were talking daily fantasy. Enjoy, good luck in the RCL

  31. papasmurf says:
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    You’re starting 2013 on fire Greyster! There were many classics in the post, but the one that got me cracking up out loud was:

    J.D. Martinez – After being demoted last week in favor of Fernando Martinez, the Astros recalled J.D. and DL’d Fernando. Obviously what’s going on is the Astros are so cheap they only have one Martinez jersey.

  32. jordan73 says:
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    At this point, are you higher on Machado or Gyorko (ignoring Gyorko’s upcoming 2B eligibility)?

  33. RaisinGirl says:
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    Hey Grey, how much would you be willing to pay for Jose Fernandez in a 12-team H2H non-keeper league, $260 budget? Thanks!

      • RaisinGirl says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, I think you’re girl reader number five…

  34. fd says:
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    5×5 head to head league with standard categories

    Jose Fernandez or Michael Fiers?

    If they both solid options I could make room for both.

    ty Grey

    Play Ball!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fd: I’d make room for both…

  35. doghat666 says:
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    12 team, daily roto 10×10 keeper auction league, includes OPS, Ks, D+T, Hits, SBA and for pitch: BAA, K/9, Holds, Inns, W-L. 2C, MI, CI, DH, 5 OF, 1SP, 1RP, 7P, 6BN, 6DL. Waiver claims are unlimited but cost $2 each so you don’t want to go crazy.
    I just assembled this team Sat:
    C Doumit, Ryan
    C Jaso, John
    1B Votto, Joey
    2B Kendrick, Howard
    3B Sandoval, Pablo
    SS Cozart, Zack
    MI Walker, Neil
    CI Rizzo, Anthony
    OF Kemp, Matt
    OF Upton, Justin
    OF Stanton, Giancarlo
    OF Aoki, Norichika
    OF Cuddyer, Michael
    DH Martinez, Victor

    BN Seager, Kyle
    BN Lowrie, Jed
    DL Lawrie, Brett

    SP Zimmermann, Jordan
    SP Gallardo, Yovani
    SP Samardzija, Jeff
    SP Vogelsong, Ryan
    SP Estrada, Marco
    SP Hammel, Jason
    RP Chapman, Aroldis
    RP Parnell, Bobby
    RP Boggs, Mitchell

    BN Fujikawa, Kyuji
    BN Robertson, David
    BN Cobb, Alex
    BN Fernandez, Jose
    DL Beachy
    DL Madson
    My biggest mistake was not realizing VMart is not eligible at C, hopefully in interleague he plays enough to get C eligible. I plan to trade off one of my 3 3Bs. With the stolen bases allowed category, catchers that don’t catch much are especially valuable as they don’t accrue SBAs. What do you think of my team? Do I need more speed?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @doghat666: You look a bit weak on average and speed… And you look high on RPs and low on SPs…

  36. Schizer says:
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    Who should start in my U slot this week out of Rizzo, Nelson Cruz, and Hosmer? Weekly H2H…

    Also, who at out of Panda, Gyorko, and Machado for 3B?

    Thanks!

  37. Josh says:
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    Only can pick up one: Peralta, Fernandez, or Marco Estrada. Who should I go with?

    • Tio says:
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      @Josh:

      Estrada by FAR.

  38. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Chase Headley was dropped in two of my leagues this morning. Why?

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Grey: But each of these people just drafted him less than a week ago. One was in an RCL league.

        I thought something happened overnight and he was declared out for 3 months or worse.

  39. Renpasta says:
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    Grey, Rudy and the rest of the Razzball gang,
    This is the first time in 9 years where I will not participate in a fantasy baseball league. Nevertheless, I remain loyal to the Razzball brand by visiting the site daily and reading what you guys have to say.
    Keep up the good work guys!

  40. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Rank Hammel, Griffin, and Jose Fernandez, Thanks!

  41. Clint says:
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    You’ll probably cover this, or have, but now that the season’s underway, what’s the best barometer to judge a starter hotness or coldness streaks on, i.e. whether to keep them starting, bench, trade, or drop them after how long? Are 2-3 weeks for batters and 2-3 starts for pitchers enough to see if a guy’s benchable/droppable as a general rule?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Depends on the player and situation… There’s no hard fast rule…

  42. c0wfunk says:
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    yay for opening day. Looking forward to skewed week 1 projection stats, so much fun every year.

    12 team mixed head to head with a staff of
    P Bumgarner, Gallardo, Niese, Morrow, Beckett, Kuroda, Miller
    RP Wilhelmsen, Frieri, Pestano

    Would you pick up Fernandez over any of those guys?

    Also, would you start Reddick vs Felix, Rutledge vs Gallardo, or Frazier vs Weaver in second util spot?

    Thanks. This site is now fully an addiction.

    • Tio says:
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      @c0wfunk:

      The only one who jumps out is Pestano who only has value in a 12 team league if Perez goes down.

      I rank the hitters in reverse order you listed them: Frazier, Rutledge, Reddick.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Tio: thanks.. I grabbed pestano as an afterthought last night when I grabbed Eaton to DL him.. I’ll drop him and take the chance for now.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @c0wfunk:

      both yahoo and espn have batters vs pitchers stats ,
      as well as home/away and other stuff .

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @costaricanchata: Yeah – only reddick has a bvp history of those 3 and it’s bad.. thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: Thanks!Agree with Tio…

  43. moustakas ride says:
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    Chris Davis was dropped…would you drop Aoki for him? 12 team H2H points league favoring power hitters – ESPN projects Davis to have 468 and Aoki to have 430 points in our league (no penalty for k’s or avg), however Steamer has Aoki producing more points than Davis using our settings. This is my bench bat spot with Fowler/Ethier being my next worse OFers.

    • Tio says:
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      @moustakas ride:

      This is a tough call… I would probably lean toward Aoki who has been a consistent performer versus Davis who will be feast or famine. IMO – Davis had a great year last year and will not repeat. Although he may get close.

      • moustakas ride says:
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        @Grey:

        Would you use a waiver claim on Davis (sitting 4th claim)? I know its not as important as football, but never sure who is going to be dropped down the road.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I would…

  44. OaktownSteve says:
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    I honestly don’t think the Astros will be that bad this year. Bad but not that bad. I like their manager, their attitude and some of the guys they brought for the clubhouse both on field (Pena) and off (Dennis Martinez). I guarantee they are going to play hard and smart. Goes a long way.

    Berkman looked downright fleet yesterday. Scored from second pretty easy on Murphy’s hit. They had him running from first on a full count earlier too.

    Speaking of Murphy, he looks like nice value hitting from the 5 slot and playing everyday.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      guy above doesn’t quite get HTML tags…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: The Astros won’t win 62 games this year…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’ll take that action, Albright.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @OaktownSteve: my buddy took the over on 59 wins…..I like their new hats, I think I’m going to buy one, The “H” will stand for Hate

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate:

            The game isn’t played on paper. It’s not played on paper, right? Pretty sure. Maybe it is in Tampa. That’s a weird park. Anyway, check into it.

            You know what would be a cool name? The “Houston Hell”.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @OaktownSteve: Just another in Houston Hell….It totally works. Start a petition!

  45. moth says:
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    In a keeper league, would you consider trading Bundy for Fernandez straight up?

  46. R Boccella says:
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    Appreciate any feedback. I think I’m light on bench, and maybe SP. New 12 team 6×6 roto keeper league with OBP and K/BB

    C-J. Montero
    1B-P. Fielder
    2B-A. Hill
    3B-R. Zimmerman
    SS-J. Rutledge
    OF-J. Upton
    OF-A. Gonzalez
    OF-S. Chool
    UTIL-T. Frazier
    BN-D. Brown
    BN – Billy Hamilton

    SP- Scherzer
    SP-Samardzija
    SP-H. Bailey
    SP-M. Estrada
    SP-J. Peavy
    SP – W. Miley
    RP-J. Nathan
    RP-T. Wilhelmsen
    RP – C. Perez
    RP – V. Pestano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @R Boccella: Your team looks decent on hitting, maybe a tad light on speed… I still wouldn’t own Hamilton right now in your league… Pitching looks solid…

      • R Boccella says:
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        @Grey: Thanks… drop Hamilton for Pierre?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure…

  47. RockMyFaceOff says:
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    HELLL YESSSSS IT’S THE START OF FANTASY BASEBALL!!!!!!!!!

  48. Rob says:
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    10 team nl only league – 23 man roster, standard 8 roto. Fab limit $100 only for season. Do I shoot my load and try to procure all three: Jose Fernandez, Kyle lohse and Boggs? Drop eovaldi, melancon and Kendrick? How much would you allocate from 100 for each of those guys and would you go for all 3? If not what order would you rank. I have hamels, lee, niese, Cahill, delorasa, papelbon. Thanks!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob: Boggs, Fernandez… I’d hold Kendrick… I’d go to $7 and $4…

  49. Adam says:
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    Hey guys

    Deep 5×5 league…looking for a potential SP add, good for Ks and ratios primarily.

    Who’s the choice here (if any)?

    Peralta
    Harrell
    Villanueva
    Guthrie
    Peacock
    Chacin
    Leake

    Thanks!

  50. Brian says:
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    Grey I love your stuff!!!

    I have a pitching question. 12 team H2H 6×5 ESPN league. Using wins/SV/WHIP/K/ERA. I am wondering if I should drop Fiers for Volquez,Norris, Doubront, Gee, or any other suggestion??

    Other pitchers are Samardzija,Milone,J. Fernandez, Scherzer, Moore, Beckett,S. Miller, Ryu.
    Rp are Perkins, Robertson,Alburq, Romo.

    Hitter are Perez,Goldy,Kinsler,M. Cabera, Rutledge, A. Jones, Choo, Trumbo, Utl Cruz. Bench Aoki,Frazier,Gyorko.

    Thanks and keep up the great work.

    BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Thanks! I’d hold Fiers for now…

  51. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Nice article! I liked the part about the socks on x-mas eve. If they were Under Armour socks, I would be kinda psyched though.

    I don’t know what the Rockies are doing. I’m surprised they haven’t tried to get Larry Walker and Dante Bichette back on the team.

    Jose Fernandez huh? I’m intrigued… Would you drop AJ Griffin or Jason Hammel for Fernandez?

    Rondon was just dropped in my league. He’ll be on waivers for 5 days. Worth any FAAB for a pick up? Worth a pick up at all even if he hits free agency and becomes free?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Ha, thanks… Forget Rondon… I’d grab Fernandez in some circumstances, depends on your staff…

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Grey: Who is Rondon???

        See what I did there? :)

        Griffin and Hammels are my 5th and 6th starters. I could always drop Aaron Crow for Fernandez and then let those three guys battle it out for a month. Crow probably won’t take over the closer’s gig unless there’s an injury.

        Thanks for the reply browski

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lose Crow…

  52. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    How do you like my team? 12 team keeper, 6×6 with holds and walks as the 6th category

    C Salvador Perez, KC C S
    1B Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    2B Ben Zobrist, TB OF, 2B, SS
    3B Todd Frazier, Cin 3B, 1B
    SS Josh Rutledge, Col SS S
    2B/SS Dan Uggla, Atl 2B
    1B/3B Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
    OF Andrew McCutchen, Pit OF S
    OF Mike Trout, LAA OF
    OF Shin-Soo Choo, Cin OF
    OF Carlos Beltran, StL OF
    UTIL Kendrys Morales, Sea 1B, DH
    P Brandon Morrow, Tor SP
    P Casey Janssen, Tor RP DTD
    P Vinnie Pestano, Cle RP
    P Brandon League, LAD RP
    P Mitchell Boggs, StL RP
    P Jake McGee, TB RP
    SP Jeff Samardzija, ChC SP PP
    RP Huston Street, SD RP
    Bench Max Scherzer, Det SP
    Bench Jake Peavy, CWS SP
    Bench Marco Estrada, Mil SP
    Bench Jose Veras, Hou RP
    Bench Jason Hammel, Bal SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @I’m Keith Hernandez: Your pitching looks very high on risk/reward… Could be fine, but it’s a bit dangerous… Your hitting looks fine, but a bit low on average…Which isn’t a major concern in your league…

  53. Eric says:
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    Hello Grey, What say you to this trade?

    Kinsler + Bumgarner for Cano + Parnell

    My staff without Bumgarner would be held up with Peavy but I’m going quantity over quality at the moment… I basically have all the “high upside + downside” starters haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Kinsler side…

  54. L-Boogie says:
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    Every year around this time my family says goodbye to the happy-go-lucky, care-free, fun-loving father they’ve know for the last six months and begrudgingly welcomes into their home the bitter, angry, frustrated, sleep-deprived, paranoid, obsessive-compulsive “the world-is-against-me and god-hates-me” fantasy baseballer that looks like daddy with redder eyes and grayer hair. “Put yourselves to sleep tonight, kids. Daddy’s checking AJ Burnett’s career ERA in home day games vs the Cubs.”

  55. JoeG says:
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    B.Moss ,J.Gomes or Helton? Pick the best two for a bench spot in a 13 team 6×6 daily roto
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG: Not Helton

  56. JoeG says:
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    Any new updates on Freese? I thought he was going to take BP on Friday or Sat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG: Haven’t heard anything…

  57. Comatose says:
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    Hitting-favored 10 team league. Feel good about my bats, think there’s a lot of risk in my arms. What are your thoughts? Thanks as always Grey.

    C-Napoli
    1B- Fielder
    2B- Phillips
    3B- Panda
    SS- Espinosa
    OF-Kemp
    OF-A.Gon
    OF-Choo
    OF-A.Jones
    Util-Goldschmidt
    Util-Ike Davis
    Util-Rutledge
    BN-Machado
    BN-Plouffe
    DL-Eaton
    NA-Taveras

    SP-Zimmerman
    SP-Peavy
    SP-Samardzija
    SP-Ryu
    RP-Holland
    RP-Estrada
    RP-Shelby Miller
    P-Fiers
    BN-Perkins
    BN-McCarthy
    BN-Milone
    BN-Jose Fernandez
    DL-Garza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Comatose: I agree with your assessment… Your pitching could be fine, but there is a lot of risk… Hitting does look solid though…

  58. hankg says:
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    Would you use the #1 waiver pick on either Chris Davis or Adam Eaton? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  59. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Opening day rant about MLB.tv:

    Have a PS3 that I bought mainly as a tool for this, NFL Redzone and as a dvd player to go with playing games here and there. My MLB app still has the 2012 calendar. Here’s what support suggested I do:

    Go through the whole procedure again

    Try uninstalling the app. Then power cycle the ps3 (this means disconnecting it from the power source for 30 seconds then plugging it back in), re download and install the app to activate it and then log in. If it does not update the calendar then log out and log back in and try that about 3 times.

    Uhhh, last time I checked October 2012 was about 5 months ago and you’re telling me I need to do the same thing 3 times to get an eventual different result? Riiiiight. Sounds like someone needs to proof their product before putting it on the shelf there, MLB.TV

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just bought it for my iPad… I plan on sitting by the pool for the next 6 months watching baseball… Lates!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yeah, that’s nice and all and I will be using it as such on MY iPad too – can’t out-Apple me, bro! – but I really like watching baseball on a 60″+ TV. Plus I live in Oregon, we have enough rainwater to not wanna see any aqua during the summer months.

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          @Sky: Yeah my PS3 is doing the same thing. For the last 2 years, the MLB.tv app for PS3 has really sucked. It’s a big disappointment. The technical service may suck worse than the app itself!

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Sky: I’ve heard that the Roku app is better and works well. Roku is like $50 I think.

            Disclaimer: I don’t have it, I’m not affiliated with it, I don’t make money if someone buys it.

            • Shake N Bacon says:
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              @Sky: Whoops I didn’t mean the Roku app. I meant the Roku unit. It’s a little box that you hook up to your TV. Not an app you download.

        • frank grimes says:
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          @Sky:get an AppleTV! either airplay to your big screen or log in from the menu well worth the $99

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Second this… Right now, I’m loving my Apple TV and MLB package… Loving it more than Gallardo…

            • frank grimes says:
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              @Grey: I switched from DTV extra innings to this set up years ago couldn’t be happier…especially if you have bought into the apple ecosystem for your life.
              also happy to see samardzija still batting here in the 7th!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I had Direct TV for a few years… Didn’t mind it, but loving this iPad situation so far…

  60. Eric W says:
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    Wow I think that was the first time I have ever been quoted out side of a courtroom! Anywho since I moved to denver last year I have had the privilege? To take in about 20 rockies games. If there is one thing I have learned (besides the fact that if you pretend to be the dd you can get a free hot dog) it is that Todd Helton will continue to play as long as they can get him on field. I picture a weekend at bernies situation 20 years from now. I mean half the concession stands/food are named after him (heltons burger shack / the helton burger) I guess they could replace it with Tulowitzski’s polish sausages but god knows that stand could never stay open for an entire season…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I could see that… Someone prop up Helton, it’s time to play ball!

  61. Fungus says:
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    Hi Grey, my 3b situation, not good. Which 2 are the best here:

    Frazier, Headley, Muchado, Carpenter, Gyorko, Youk, Chavez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado, Frazier

  62. TheNewGuy says:
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    So did my H2H draft last night. How did I do!

    05 Matt Kemp, LAD OF
    20 Stephen Strasburg, Wsh SP
    29 Adam Jones, Bal OF
    44 Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
    53 R.A. Dickey, Tor SP
    68 Aaron Hill, Ari 2B
    77 Austin Jackson, Det OF
    92 Ike Davis, NYM 1B
    101 Hanley Ramirez*, LAD 3B
    116 Paul Konerko, CWS 1B
    125 Jeff Samardzija, ChC SP
    140 Jason Motte*, StL RP
    149 Matt Harvey, NYM SP
    164 Tom Wilhelmsen, Sea RP
    173 Mike Minor, Atl SP
    188 Kenley Jansen, LAD RP
    197 Shelby Miller, StL RP
    212 Brian McCann*, Atl C
    221 Domonic Brown, Phi OF
    236 Jose Fernandez, Mia SP
    245 Alfonso Soriano, ChC OF
    260 A.J. Pierzynski, Tex C
    269 Josh Rutledge, Col SS
    284 Al Alburquerque, Det RP

    Drafted a few DL guys in Hanley etc, may have gone a little overboard but that was my plan, so I could get them back part way through so I have them for the playoffs. Like the team?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Oh and its no MI or CI spot in this league, and 4 OF not 5 (12 teamer).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ah… Just seeing this now, yeah, got it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I see from basic math how many teams… It looks solid, don’t understand the Hanley, McCann and Motte choices… You look weak on average and speed which isn’t terrible coming out of the draft… Your pitching looks solid, maybe a tad too solid…

  63. Otaku91 says:
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    I would trade Rasmus and get Sterling Marte in a 12 team Mixed Roto. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  64. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Ok I messed up. I never picked so much pitching so early and for some reason I added Santana back into my rankings. I don’t even draft a catcher. I can try to stream 2nd and will do it in util. Every mock I tried was bad though since everybody goes auto so quickly. And thanks for the great site as always.

    RCL league

    Santana – A.Gonz – Beckham – AssCab – Aybar – Frazier – G.Jones – Gino – Cargo – Choo – Aoki – Marte – Saunders

    Bumgard – Zimmerman – Latos – Niese – Garza – Wilh – Perez – Madson – Motte – Robertson – Clippard – Dotel – Cook

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Your team, however, some issues… You’re weak on power and speed, which isn’t easy to pull off… Your pitching is way too good which has caused the hitting problems…

  65. Fungus says:
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    Which RP would you pick up?

    Cook, Albequerque, Clippard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Al Al

  66. Otaku91 says:
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    12 Team Mixed, Drop Mark Reynolds (bench) for Jackie Bradley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  67. jesse says:
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    ESPN flashed a graphic that said Bud Norris’ home ERA last was second lowest, behind Verlander. Talk about a sleeper situational starter. What do you think about Erik Bedard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’d be a solid long man out of the bullpen, but will probably be hurt in less than a month…

  68. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Placenta Polado is hitting 4th for the Marlins today. Stanton will be walked every at bat!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crapolanco will protect him with his weak grounders the other way…

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Grey: Ha! Well if they are playing the Braves, then they may pitch to Stanton, because they fear Polanco hitting a grounder to Uggla and having him boot it all over the field, leading to an inside the park homer for Polanco. Brantly is hitting 5th. He would be better than Polanco.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  69. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    “peg Bundy”…made a Married With Childrens reference and didnt even realize it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But you did realize it…

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        I was implying you didn’t realize it…or maybe you did. You’re very hard to underestimate, Grey haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, no, I realized it…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: “clevaaa girrll”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wasn’t born yesterday… Or even Saturday…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: orrrr weree youu?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  RIZZO!

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Grey: me no own him this year… *skuffs feet*

                    Im looking at the smaller fights… Like neise tryin to shut down the pads!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I have Niese all over the place too… Would’ve loved to see 7 IP, 0 ER…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Ill take 7IP, 1ER… Not a problem over here! Cmon nose its the padres..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’ll take that too… Some more Ks would be Niese as well…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      An Ike Davis sighting would be a day maker right now!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That would be a wonderful thing, agreed…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Nope, hes still the same guy we draft in the 15th every year.. haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      There’s time!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      You’re right!! You’re right… Patience..

  70. Dolemite says:
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    Love your site and podcast. Used your rankings to draft this in a 5×5 12 man roto league.
    My goal was to punt saves and stack closers in waiting that might start saving me games in a month or less. I really like this team. Thoughts?

    C- J. Montero
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Espinosa
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Segura
    MI – Bonafacio
    CI – Goldschmidt
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Des Jennings
    OF – Mike Morse
    OF – Ichiro

    SP – Greinke
    SP – Latos
    SP – Estrada
    SP – Niese
    SP – Peavy
    SP – Ryu
    P – Jordan Zimmermann
    P – Masterson
    P – Jose Veras (Only closer currently closing that I have)

    BN – Andrew Bailey, Fujikawa, Melancon, Pestano, Sergio Santos, Andrew Cashner
    DL – Ruggiano and Luebke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Team looks solid, maybe a tad low on power and high on speed… You might need middle infield help… The starting pitching looks excellent, the closers, well, we’ll have to see…

      • Dolemite says:
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        @Grey:
        Appreciate it. As a fellow Coogah lovah myself, I hold your comments in the highest esteem. I would certainly dump ichiro for some power in a month or so if the need arises…
        As far as my closers in waiting…. Is there anyone you can think of that deserves a bench spot over any of those goons that would be available in a savvy 12 team league??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rudy and I go over closers in waiting in the next podcast (tomorrow), but I’ll give you a sneak from Rudy… Rosenthal…

          • Dolemite says:
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            @Grey:
            I wait with baited breath ;)
            If I may ask, who if anyone do I dump for Rosey Palmsanthal?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Who do you have to drop?

              • Dolemite says:
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                @Grey:

                BN – Andrew Bailey, Fujikawa, Melancon, Pestano, Sergio Santos, Andrew Cashner

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You have no one to drop right now… Hold for a few…

          • stumanji says:
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            @Grey: Related: Rosenthal (could stash in minors slot, wouldn’t need to drop anybody) or Al Al if I need help at RP?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Al Al

  71. Kevin says:
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    @Grey

    Love your site and always telling friends about it. I could really use your advice. I am in a very competitive league ($200 salary cap). I need to name 3, 3 year keepers now and then I have to name an additional 1 at the mid year (4 in total). Could you please help me with a suggestion out of these? These are the only ones that I have an option to keep:

    Shelby Miller $6 – possibly value?
    Matt Harvey $11 – I think Harvey has top 10 potential but is 11 too much right now?
    Melky Cabrera $8 – I think big op for runs and avg
    Robinson Cano $38 – It’s a lot of $, but Kinsler is already kept in this league – may be a scarcity thing too..
    Zach Wheeler $3 – seems like a no brainer
    Neil Walker $1 – value but nothing sexy
    Matt Holliday $15 – value but nothing sexy
    Jered Weaver $15 – who knows
    Ian Kennedy $6 – who knows

    Thanks!

    Kevin

    • Kevin says:
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      @Kevin:

      I should mention I also could keep Wright at $26 as well so you can add him to the above list. Thanks for your help!

      Kevin

  72. Buddy Biancalana says:
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    Mike Trout made the sun out of a matchstick? Well allllright!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, he did…

  73. Buddy Biancalana says:
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    I was too busy drinking and insulting other guys to notice that I bought 5 minor leaguers in a 4 reserve league (with 8 keepers). I’m thinking of dropping Arenando and keeping The Good D’Arnaud, Taveras, Zunino, and Bundy (yep, I’m smoking).

    What would Scott, your prospect writer, say about that and how would he hook in commentary on your ear wax buildup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Arenado there…

  74. Snake Hips says:
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    Harper!

  75. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    HR from Harper

  76. Snake Hips says:
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    No fuckjng way, another HR from Harp!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YES!

  77. OaktownSteve says:
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    Ok…how many leagues do you own Harper in? Ladies and gentlemen: Bryce Harper. 7 production assistant heads just exploded simultaneously at ESPN headquarters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy drafted him in the 1st round of Friends & Family for us… So that’s good…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        RCL in the second round for me. Nice work Rudy.

        • 2nd round is sweet. 12-team is the only format this year where picking in the back half might’ve been preferable. I got Braun/Longoria from the #3 spot but could’ve had Votto/Harper or Stanton/Harper from pick #7.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Got him in two RCLs and a money league. And how I wish it was more…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        That kid is something else, man.

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Just drove one to left center in his third AB. Didn’t hit it on the nose though. I thought he hit another one for a second.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Big Magoo: I got him at pick 25 in a new keeper money league with a keep-forever situation! I have him in some redraft roto league too.

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson: Jeez, he should’ve been a top 5 pick in an unlimited keeper league. Getting him at 25 is ridiculous.

          • Snake Hips says:
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            @Big Magoo: I got to keep him at an 18th round value this year. YAHTZEE!

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            @Big Magoo: Was deciding between Stanton, McCutchen and Harper at pick 5. Got all three (picks 5, 16, 25). I was stunned.

  78. B.o.B says:
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    Can you please rank the following waiver wire SPs

    Pettitte
    Iwakuma
    Jose Fernandez
    Maholm

    Thanks pal!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fernandez, Iwakuma…

  79. Al says:
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    Harper or Heyward& AJ Burnett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Toss up… Burnett adds nothing… I’d take Heyward…

      • Al says:
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        Thanks, its awful hard to not get caught up in the hype. That’s 2 HRs out of 25 for the season that I won’t get if I trade for him, right?

        I have Heyward so I guess I’ll hold.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d hold…

  80. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, do you like McCarthy or Tillman more as a last SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tillman…

  81. Wake Up says:
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    Freaking Bryce Harper! Hits 2 HR’s and then breaks his arm!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not funny…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Dave Nemetz just reported it live on Fox News!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You watch Fox News?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Just today…

  82. Steve says:
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    I’d settle for a hit of any kind.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve: cargo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stevebermetrics!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Ppppfffttt.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Effing terrible day so far. That opening Day fizz went plat pretty quick.

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve: An just like that, Panda singles and Choo gets hit by a pitch. We’re on our way!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It’s all turning around!

  83. Prezii says:
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    Effin yonder….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: 94 pitches thru 6.. he gonee! Ill take that QS though..

        Small wins on opening day. Small wins..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: they brought him back out! What ever happened to taking it easy on starters in april?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wish they would’ve pulled Gallrado in the 1st…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: you and me both sister…

  84. L-Boogie says:
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    CC. Oy vey. I wish some FBB expert would have told me not to draft him.

    Oh wiat. He did. And I didn’t.

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  85. Eric W says:
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    Samardzija is cruising in Pittsburgh. Also love the 2 early SB’s from Wright kinda calms my nerves about drafting him in a few leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, very nice so far…

  86. JMAC says:
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    Drafted yesterday in a 12 team H2H 5×5 OBP league got both Garza and Ortiz on the DL. My 2B/SS is Rutledge, but I have Tulo, Cargo, and Fowler all on Rockies. I’m looking at trading away Ortiz for Neil Walker. What do you think?
    C Salvador Perez, KC C
    1B Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
    2B Rickie Weeks, Mil 2B
    3B Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
    SS Troy Tulowitzki
    2B/SS Josh Rutledge, Col SS
    1B/3B Ike Davis, NYM 1B
    OF Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF
    OF Giancarlo Stanton, Mia OF
    OF Adam Jones, Bal OF
    OF Hunter Pence, SF OF S
    Util Dexter Fowler, Col OF
    Bench Mark Reynolds, Cle 1B

    DL Ortiz/Garza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds terrible…

      • JMAC says:
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        @Grey: Why so bad? You think Rutledge is worth it at 2B/SS to warrant having 4 Rockies and a mandatory man at Util? Just trying to understand your thoughts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nothing wrong with 4 Rockies as long as they’re decent… Walker’s garbage…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Didn’t you just get Walker for $16 in your NL-only league?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Your league doesn’t look like a 12-team NL-Only league…

  87. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m going to regret not owning the Shark.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Marmol hits McCutchen. Melt down in progress?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Tying run to the plate. Fujikawa owners ready to uncork a big bottle of Schadenfreude.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

        • Todd25 says:
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          @OaktownSteve: wow, Marmol may not even last opening week, hit-by-pitch, alvarez rbi, walk… blown save coming?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Todd25:

            And Mamol is done. Russell brought in to face Walker as situational lefty. Walks Walker on a four pitch walk.

            Usher in the Fujikawa era now!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And here he comes…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                1st save for Fuji…

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Grey:

                  …and that’s why you don’t overdraft marginal closers.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    SAGNOF!

          • Todd25 says:
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            @Todd25: andddd hes been pulled… nice. Fuji may be just around the corner (tomorrow).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s in now…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Marmol’s tenure as closer lasted about 19 pitches. Rats. I had the over on 18 pitches.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha… I don’t think it’s over yet…

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Oh it’s over…and I’ll tell you why. The only reason to continue with Marmol as the closer is to boost his trade value, but the Cubs are trying to change the culture there. You have to reward performance. You have to commit to winning. They can’t afford to send any other message than we are competing to win with our best players every day. Oh it’s over my friend.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think the trade value is more important, but you could be right… I’d pick up Fuji if I could…

              • Todd25 says:
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                @Grey: and so it begins… the reign of emperor fujikawa… SV #1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I wish I had him on more teams… Wasn’t much a discount for him…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Grey: Grey, would you drop B McCarthy for Fuji?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you desperately need saves…

  88. Big Magoo says:
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    The Shark just dialed up 95 and 96 on consecutive pitches in the eighth before blowing Marte away. Looking good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I want me some Shark!

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    marmol with a full count k

  90. Here is my hot mess of a team, the Oxford Commas. It’s going to be a long season in our standard 5×5…

    C Jesus Montero,
    1B Prince Fielder
    2B Dustin Pedroia,
    3B Manny Machado,
    SS Josh Rutledge
    OF Justin Upton,
    OF Adam Jones,
    OF Matt Holliday,
    UTIL Shin-Soo Choo,

    Bench
    Freddie Freeman,
    Adam LaRoche,
    Dan Uggla

    PITCHERS
    P Josh Johnson
    P Jake Peavy
    SP Madison Bumgarner,
    SP Jordan Zimmermann, Wsh
    SP Max Scherzer
    RP Drew Storen
    RP Bobby Parnell

    Bench
    C.J. Wilson
    Mike Minoe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice team name? How many teams?

      • @Grey:

        Thanks! The logo is amazing, a comma wearing a bowler hat and mustache.

        Ten team league with very active owners who know their stuff. My relief pitching is terrible, but I usually punt on that category anyway.

        I drafted it using some tips from this site. Hopefully I don’t finish DFL!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope not…

  91. Eng says:
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    Grey! Been lurking and not posting so thought I’d say hello and thanks for yet another great pre-season of Razzball. I’ll make sure to contribute more now the season is going and will get the annual Daq sorted out too when I’m at my home computer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, thanks!

  92. Steve says:
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    Need some Braun here…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: That help, but Lopez needs to blow this Hold. Of course my opponent drafted him. Jeez.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve: Take that Lopez. You don’t know who you’re dealing with.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I need some… Crap I have 4 Royals on my RCL team…

  93. royce! says:
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    Well, that was quick- Fujikawa 1 out, 2 pitch save.

  94. Snake Hips says:
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    Thanks Marmol.. You son of a bits

  95. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Happy opener Grey!

    Marmol’s in midseason form already. Ahhhh you know it’s finally spring when Marmol owners are reaching for the rolaids.

    Maybe Axford will have better luck picking up the save for me…

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @3FingersBrown: Ha! I believe I jinxed the Ax-man. Nice way to begin the year 0-2 for saves.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @3FingersBrown:

      then again maybe he won’t. Closepocalypse II: Return of Closepocalypse.

      *frantically claims Jim Henderson*

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Another closerpocalypse is on the way. Quick call Roland Emmerich to get the cameras rolling…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Yup…

  96. Snake Hips says:
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    Should we all be running after Fuji now? Marmol is pure trash.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you have room….

  97. Steve says:
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    Mike Trout. What a bum.

  98. Steve says:
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    Axford. Blech.

  99. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Very nice day so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, it’s been decent…

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Grey: In my #1 league, I have Niese, Large Samarge, Shields, Harper, Rizzo and some other guys who
        did good. .961 team OPS

        NL-only league team with 3 homers including the Cowgill GS.

        RCL bizarro team 2 for 13 with 5 Ks.

        One bad thing was somehow leaving Sale on my bench in an RCL. No way I am doing six leagues again next year. This type of thing doesn’t happen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not a bad at all for you…

  100. Hi Grey — The team’s roster is below. This is a boiled-down version of a question I wanted to get your views on from the forums.

    First, Hicks and EY2 are on waivers. Given my roster, is either an upgrade over who I’ve got?

    Also, Wade Miley is on wavers. Not sure I need Ks as much as ratios, but, again, with this lineup is he an upgrade? And if so, is he enough of an upgrade to warrant using a No. 2 waiver priority? Or only if he clears?

    And does either of these moves become more attractive if dropping and adding someone means I can also add Ryan Madson and stash him in my DL slot? Or is he unlikely to get many saves?

    Any other advice? Does this team lack power? Average?

    Many thanks!

    14-team 6×5 mixed roto, 1300-inning limit, 22-man roster, redraft
    C Salvador Perez
    1B Ike Davis
    1B/3B/OF Todd Frazier
    2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio
    2B/SS Josh Rutledge, Danny Espinosa
    3B Evan Longoria
    3B/SS Eduardo Nuñez
    OF Justin Upton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Starling Marte, Leonys Martin
    SP Max Scherzer, Zach Greinke, Jonathon Niese, Tommy Milone, AJ Griffin
    RP Rafael Soriano, Glen Perkins, Jose Veras, Vinnie Pestano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of those guys are upgrades… Can lose Griffin for Miley if you like to stash Madson… I wouldn’t use a waiver wire priority on any of them though…

  101. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ludwick hurts shoulder,see how bad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How bad did it look?

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Grey: He could not move it and was removed from the game. It happened on a freak play. Ludwick took an extra base while Weaver was too busy arguing with the umpire.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson:

          Without Ludwick who will they find to hit clean up. I guess they could go with that bum Jay Bruce. He’s no Ryan Ludwick, I’ll grant you…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @OaktownSteve: If they want to keep Votto and Bruce apart by going lefty-righty-lefty, could put Frazier in the cleanup spot. But it is Dusty, so it’s just as likely to be Hanigan…

            • Todd25 says:
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              @Big Magoo: Frazier did see some games last year as cleanup as you stated “lefty – righty – lefty”, so my thought is that is the most likely scenario… but it IS dusty.

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Todd25: Exactly. Dusty thinks that letting a starter throw 130 pitches helps to build arm strength. No telling what crazy shizz he’ll do next…

  102. OaktownSteve says:
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    I know he’s not a favorite of this site, but Chris Sale is nasty. He may or may not last long but he is a very uncomfortable AB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, his stuff is nice, hopefully doesn’t hold up for the year or I’ll be eating that…

  103. Eddy says:
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    Any reason to rush out and grab MIL set up men?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think so…

  104. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Joe Morgan having trouble with Choo’s name. Called him Shin Shoe Chin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha….

  105. Steve says:
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    Pretty tough test first-up for the relievers-only pitching strategy in the ol’ H2H. Opponent drafted Strasburg and Kershaw with his first two picks…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Steve:

      Then his offense should be lousy. Go hit some home runs!

      • Steve says:
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        @OaktownSteve: It is pretty bad, but my team isn’t listening to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that isn’t an easy matchup the first week…

  106. Howard says:
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    Drafted this team in a ten team mixer auction, 6X6 with OBP and Quality Starts added, thoughts please:

    C – Sal Perez
    1st – Prince Fielder
    2nd – Pedroia
    3rd – Longoria
    SS- Reyes
    MI – Utley
    CI – Todd Frazier
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    OF – Choo
    OF – Cruz
    OF – Ethier
    OF – Fowler
    Util – Swisher
    Bench – Berkman

    P – Latos
    P – Jordan Zimmerman
    P – Scherzer
    P – Matt Moore
    P -Sergio Romo
    P – Greg Holland
    P – Wilhelmsen
    P – Addison Reed
    P – Glen Perkins

    Obviously heavy on closers and light on starters, but closers were cheap and I plan on streaming starting pitching. Lots of options on the wire there.

    • Howard says:
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      @Howard: Oh and I have Freese on the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure where you’re going to stream starters at if you have all of those closers or if you plan on dropping them then I don’t understand drafting them… Decent looking hitting, bit light on power and heavy on speed…

      • Howard says:
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        @Grey: I have two bench spots available. Would you stream Hammel and/or Ryu tomorrow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ryu

  107. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    cueto looks great

  108. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Now that Ludwick is injured, in an NL only league, who goes among Chris Heisey, AJ Pollock or Placido Polanco at UT and one OF position?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock as long as Ludwick is out…

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey: FYI, they just announced that Ludwick has a dislocated shoulder- getting his MRI tomorrow.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, Steve just mentioned it…

  109. Steve says:
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    Damn. Left my DET relievers on the bench today…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Steve:

      We’re not going to learn much about the DET pen today, I am guessing. The Tiggers will get into the Twins middle relief and blow it open.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Or maybe not. Verlander out. Was up around 100 pitches after 5

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          Loaded up for the Twinkies against Smyly and they are going to let him go. 6th inning so if you’re playing guess the Tiger closer, you can cross Smyly off your list.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Moustakas was just made to look bad by Thornton…

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              Pale Hose actually have the makings of a decent pen. Reed and Jones both throw some serious heat. Thornton picked it up last year. Jessie Crain can be effective.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Agreed… Moose would too…

  110. OaktownSteve says:
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    Aaron Hicks 0-3 with 3Ks versus Verlander. “Welcome to the majors, Mr. Hobbs.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  111. Steve says:
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    Dislocated shoulder for Ludwick. MRI will determine extent of damage…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

    • Schmohawks Bob says:
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      @Steve: Hey Steve, didn’t really get a chance to talk during the Razzball draft, but it’s great the season has started and I wanted to take a moment to wish you a lotta luck.

      • Steve says:
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        @Schmohawks Bob: And to you, Bob. Looks like people took a few different approaches to putting a team together – should be another fun season.

  112. Zoot says:
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    I was offered Justin Upton and Evan Longoria

    i’d give up Harper and Ryan Zimmerman

    help please!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Upton…

      • Zoot says:
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        @Grey: thank you

  113. Steve says:
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    And now Kershaw homers in the 8th. For crying out loud.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve: R.I.P Steve..

      • Steve says:
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        @Prezii: Heh. I’m not expecting to, ahem, win Wins with my relievers-only strategy, but that certainly doesn’t help.

        • Prezii says:
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          @Steve: still early!!

  114. Prezii says:
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    Kershaw breaks up the tie game in the bottom 8th with a solo blast to deep center.. wow.. guess he wants that shutout?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Prezii: It was a beautiful thing to watch

      • Prezii says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: t’was… Specially when i can text my giant fan friend and say “haha kershaws juicin and pablo is fat as fuck!” Good feelings all around..

  115. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    The universally owned by me tag team of Szmarja and Burnett gave me a nice 19K’s today.

    I was contemplating dropping Lorenzo Cain for Cowgill yesterday as my backup OF, today should not change not making that move? right? I just want to rosterbate so bad!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t change it today, but I did pick up Cowgill… I held Cain though and dropped Moss…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: my biggest concern is that I need runs in that league and Cain is batting 7th, i also have Chris Carter in that league, but i want to give him 30 days to convince me

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cain was only batting 7th today, give it time… You didn’t want him facing Sale another time anyway…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I dropped ludwick for Cowgill in one league so that should hold me over, rosterbating on opening day!

            AlAl comes in in the 7th. hhmmmm

            • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: Well, Cowgill is better to own than Ludwick right now. As for Carter, he will be better than Cowgill in HRs and probably RBI but nothing else.

              Today I had Cowgill starting in an NL-only and in Aztec Two Step (RCL diarrhea league).

              I can see Cowgill starting 6 or 7 of the first ten games. Valdespin will get some starts. It is kind of tough to own Cowgill right now in a traditional 12-team mixed league loop.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Wallpaper Paterson: I’m aware of what Carter brings to the table, I would only have Cowgill as my bench OF in the hopes he is a post hype sleeper

                • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: He is worth taking a chance on.

  116. Budman says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Here’s my 12 man points league team. I took your advise and went more power & less SP. Is David Ortiz worth stashing? Any areas of concern? I have a roster slot open after DL-ing Ortiz. Is Jose Fernandez who I should grab?
    1.(8)Prince Fielder1B
    2.(17)Evan Longoria3B
    3.(32)Adam JonesCF
    4.(41)Starlin CastroSS
    5.(56)Brandon Phillips2B
    6.(65)Max ScherzerSP
    7.(80)Shin-Soo ChooRF
    8.(89)Jake PeavySP
    9.(104)Jeff SamardzijaSP
    10.(113)Hunter PenceRF (utility)
    11.(128)Jonathon NieseSP
    12.(137)Todd Frazier1B,3B,LF (LF)
    13.(152)Jesus MonteroC
    14.(161)Homer BaileySP
    15.(176)David Ortiz1B (bench)
    16.(185)Tom WilhelmsenRP
    17.(200)Tommy MiloneSP (bench)
    18.(209)Glen PerkinsRP
    19.(224)Kendrys Morales1B (utility)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ortiz is worth stashing (over Fernandez if that’s who you’re dropping)… I have no idea what your team looks like to say if you need Fernandez or who to drop…

      • Budman says:
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        But I posted my team. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks solid from top to bottom, looks like a shallow league though so waivers will play a big part… Your pitching also looks solid… Nice team overall…

  117. Carnac says:
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    Ugh, Al Al called in to take over in the 7th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, watching it… And not looking good right now…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Well, there’s that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’s not really hittable… Damn…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, made short work of that guy…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: If I covered up the part of the screen that showed the inning, Al looked great.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah… Hope game stays at this score to see who the Tigers bring in…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: already added coke, just in case!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m hoping for Dotel… We’ll see… Just had a Tom Brookens sighting, member him?

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: no, I can’t recall

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Good old timey name is all…

              • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                @Grey: Dotel seems to have the best pedigree for the job. I don’t think Leyland can trust Alburquerque yet. Maybe later in the season if Dotel and/or others fail. A.A. hasn’t even reached 60 career IP yet. Working in middle relief seems better for him now. Dotel has a track record and the balls to pitch in the 9th.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hope so…

              • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                @Grey: Tom Brookens was quite dorky looking.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hehe… Yup…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: cowgil PHS?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I like Cowgill…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: needs more Cowgill

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA! Awesome…

  118. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey: My pen’s already in the toilet with Marmol and Ax. Should I dump Ruggiano for Benoit?

    When I drafted Ruggiano, I had visions of him hitting clean-up with Staton consistantly walked ahead of him. Coghlin’s awful though, you see him keeping CF in Miami?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go for it… I don’t see much from Ruggiano…

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        I’ve also got Valdespin, who’s probably equally as useless but at least he’s got 2B eligibility in Yahoo. I dumped Ruggiano though, since I’ve got a solid OF.

        • royce! says:
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          @3FingersBrown:I’d think that both are worth dumping as neither has a full time job.

  119. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, i have enough closers and dont have to carry this bum Marmol on my roster.
    There are guys like Hammel, Straily, Mc Carthy, Corbin, Milone, McDonald, Hanson, Griffin, Gee..on the FA market. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s one game, but if you have enough closers Marmol is probably more harm than he’s worth… I’d go Hammel or Gee…

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey:

        Well, i dont know how YOU would put it but i am playing in a 10 team H2H. 8×8 where saves and holds count. I have
        Putz
        Frieri
        Hanrarahn
        Boggs
        Hernandez
        Marmol

        Is this guys really as expendable as i think he is?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Marmol’s expendable there, yeah…

          • Moscowitz says:
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            @Grey:

            Now Gee or Hammel? Or perhaps my first Bench Bat in lets say Quentin? :)

            Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Coin flip… Gee…

              • Moscowitz says:
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                @Grey: thanks

  120. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Anybody got enough roster room for the entire Detroit bullpen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Thinking the same thing…

  121. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    looks like the Tigers got all Coked up today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I honestly think Leyland is going to go mad scientist and split Dotel and Coke based on who is batting

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I agree… Nothing is set yet…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I own them in one league, i have the room Dotell and Coke = Don’t Tell about the Coke

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dotel is who I’m holding but I might not hold him past Friday at this rate… I gotta see how he’s used in a game by Leyland…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Do Tell….Do Tell

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s what I’m over here saying, yeah…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: In honor of opening day I’m doing a Carne Asada, my own marinade, and stuffed some jalepenos….grub time at jacks place!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn, I should be getting married to you… I’m getting third night in a row of leftovers…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I could live with the stash, but the ego would be too much. Also that random italicized voice would get on my nerves.

                    We can compensate, i’ll smuggle out some of my better dishes, the ones that travel well, from time to time and also bring some strawberry donuts.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Deal and deal!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: one of my specialties that travels well are my carnitas taquitos

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I lied… Cougs brought me a sandwich back from Ink Sack… It was delicious…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: ink sack?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah

  122. Steve says:
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    Grey,
    Should I trade Peavy for Dickey. I’m not one that likes a lot of risk. Theyy both worry me but it seems to me Peavy’s injuries are more risky than Dickey’s possible regression.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Dickey, but he’s slightly ahead of him in my rankings…. Worth a tad more…

  123. royce! says:
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    Hamels and sabathia are playing a HILARIOUS April Fools prank on my RCL team…glad that Cueto doesn’t go for such shenanigans…

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!: There’s some sort of problem with the standings. They seem to be upside down. I’m just on hold with ESPN now, trying to sort it out…

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve: Yes, perhaps it is another prank. This day is so funny!

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @royce!: drafting Sabathia is a prank on oneself

  124. Steve says:
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    It’s only one day. *repeats to self*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, tell my RCL team that too…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Can’t be worse than 4/29.

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve: It’s not right that a Rollins single can generate so much excitement within me.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Rollins!

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey: We have a few of the same players…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh, man, you better not Stevebermetrics my team!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                BTW, I spell Stevabermetrics different every time…Ha…

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey: Well, it’s a power that waxes and wanes, so it’s kind of appropriate that you do…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Prolly true…

        • Prezii says:
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          @Steve: you sure? Im sittin at 5/43…. Pretty sure im gonna quit the RCL on opening day..

          • Steve says:
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            @Prezii: Don’t give up! That Kennedy K moved me up about 5 places.

            Though the Carpenter double moved me back another two…

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve: And that Holliday RBI double knocked me back into last. *Sigh*

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Prezii: with your crappy team, you should just walk away

            • Prezii says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: haha! I know man, i shoulda just reached for every single guy grey mentioned like you did! My team would be alot better..

              In all seriousness, its a marathon, not a sprint! Steve and i will be fine in the long term… Probably not, but we can think as much!

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Prezii: whatever you have to tell yourself

                i drafted frazier just to spite you!

                Maybe we can make a deal to make each others team better, i’m not the best by any stretch

                • Prezii says:
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                  Yeah, i just dont like overpaying. Especially with guys that have 0 track record..

                  But yes you definitely will be getting trade offers soon. That goes for everyone in our league haha spring cleanin in early April here i come!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Prezii: frazier has a track record and it might be small but it sure is mighty

  125. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Downward-facing dog, YoGa…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YoGa does everything but relieve stress…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        But I get the Bikram treatment and am extremely sweaty through the whole thing while I’m at it…not a good combo…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Sky: would that be Berkman YoGa?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I don’t think Pumas sweat

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Sky: he’s husky and old, probably gets all wet trotting down to 1st base

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Oh, wet from SWEAT…totally read that wrong at first.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Sky: thats the dirty sky i know, i saw that after i hit the post button, also works the other way too in a weird sorta way

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    It was a long day but I’m now home and get to be as dirty as I want to away from work. I’m currently rosterbating as I type this.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Sky: I rosterbate so much i get hairy palms every year…I’ve already ordered the wax kit for the coming season.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’ve just given up and told people I have hobbit-like qualities of growing copious hair in odd places.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Sky: this explains the handlebar unibrow you have spoken of

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha!

  126. Steve says:
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    C’mon J-Up…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Boo. And, indeed, yah.

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Steve: That was a rocket

  127. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    ESPN Standard League Auction, How did I do?

    C Salvador Perez 6
    1B Paul Goldschmidt 15
    2B Ben Zobrist 13
    3B Ryan Zimmerman 19
    SS Danny Espinosa 5
    2B/SS Josh Rutledge 1
    1B/3B Todd Frazier 7
    OF Giancarlo Stanton 29
    OF Adam Jones 21
    OF Jay Bruce 18
    OF Shin-Soo Choo 12
    OF Carlos Gomez 9
    UTIL Josh Willingham 12
    P Shelby Miller 4
    P Sergio Romo 9
    P Marco Estrada 8
    P Madison Bumgarner 17
    P Zack Greinke 15
    P Brandon Morrow 8
    P Jeff Samardzija 9
    P Glen Perkins 5
    P Tom Wilhelmsen 4
    BE Matt Harvey 7
    BE Jason Grilli 6
    BE Emilio Bonifacio 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea how many teams..

      • I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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        @Grey: my bad 10 team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting and pitching both look great… Only problem on hitting might be average, and pitching has a bit of upside risk… Not bad at all though… You’re gonna have to work waivers though because the league is shallow…

  128. Carlos says:
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    Grey! Samardizja and Niese killed it for me today! Good looks….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

  129. Steve says:
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    Yahoo needs to get caught up on the ATL-PHI game…

  130. Dirt says:
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    14 team league SVHLd, ERA, K, Whip all relevant categories

    Is Koji Uehara worth a flier or leave him on waivers for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s worth a flyer…

  131. Wake Up says:
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    Jesus, Jesus you just rose from the dead…but you can’t run down to first? Got thrown out on a 4-6-3 single play…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  132. Steve says:
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    Some Goldy goodness would be, er, gold.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Why did I draft that bum?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh…

  133. Girl.YouUggla says:
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    Grey,

    Should I drop anybody for Jose Fernandez? I have punted one of my RP spots

    _________________
    10-Team Yahoo H2H Points
    C – Matt Wieters
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Emilio Bonifacio
    SS – Ben Zobrist
    3B – Evan Longoria
    LF – Matt Holliday
    CF – Andrew McCutchen
    RF – Justin Upton
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    UTILS – Nelson Cruz, Desmond Jennings, Ike Davis
    BN – Lance Berkman

    SP – Zach Greinke, Jake Peavy, Jonathan Niese
    RP – Joe Nathan
    RP – Shelby Miller (SP/RP)
    BN – A.J. Burnett, Homer Bailey, Jarrod Parker
    DL – Jason Motte

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now…

  134. Wake Up says:
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    Good call on CC…he looked…um…not good…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wake Up: they analyzed his velocity on MLB and he’s down like 2+ mph from last year and his opening day usual

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: yeah not a great sign…but is usually a slow starter

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Wake Up: I stayed away from CC like I stay away from daytime hookers

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: But that when you get the most bang for your buck….I didn’t draft him anywhere but I do have him in a keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  135. Grey –

    14 team, mixed / redraft league (6×6; ops and holds)

    12 pitching slots total (4 sp/ 2 rp min) + 6 flex pitchers. 40 min ip/ weekly.

    SP – madbum, gallardo, niese, aj griffin, shelby, jose fernandzez, wily peralta
    BENCH- garza, zach wheeler

    AVAILABLE FA: fiers, corbin

    would you grab either and if so, who would you replace? don’t really want to drop garza or wheeler… hence, my quandary.

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers over Wheeler…

      • @Grey:

        Thanks…

        just wondering the rationale — is it Cause the other 3 are already up and you don’t expect Wheeler up till June? Or you think I should spread some “youth” risk around or simply, you like Fiers game more than 3-4 months of Wheeler?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wheeler isn’t up and there’s no timetable… It’s not a keeper, right?

          • @Grey:

            It’s a redraft. No keeper – I just loved what I saw of Wheeler in pre-season. Gets me horny. Another option is I could also part ways with Detwiler, whom I neglected to mention above in my rotation. So, again for the FIERS add, this is the squad to dump from, 6×6 (holds):

            SP – madbum, gallardo, niese, aj griffin, shelby, jose fernandzez, wily peralta, ross detwiler
            RP – jansen, mcgee, marshall, albuquerquqe
            BENCH- garza, zach wheeler, venters (may be dumping on wed)

            * feels like venters for fiers may be easiest move for now…. however, assuming that one of my puppies (shelby, jose or wily) will more than likely shit the bed, yet i’d still rather play/ wait that out than risk premature dumptowsky of a potential stallion in acquiring Fiers. Love how i just continue to argue with myself. awesome.

  136. Steve says:
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    Need some roster-filler for tomorrow in the ol’ 14 -team H2H…

    Cowgill
    Chisenhall
    Smoak
    Moreland
    Carter
    Leonys
    Lind

    I know – spoilt for choice, right?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steve: I’d take a blind stab at Chisenhall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cowgill

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. What sandwich you get?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Banh Mi and a Jose Andres…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Gah, the Mets are off tomorrow. Who’s your next choice?

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve: I’m pushing Smoak on everyone…I’m a Smoak monster…he made some adjustments last season and killed it in September, only to continue to do so for the spring. Puff puff give!

          • Steve says:
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            @royce!: I did think about that, though I also grabbed Maybin while thinking of you ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          List the guys again…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey:
            Chis
            Smoak
            Carter
            Moreland
            Lind
            Leonys

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Carter

  137. Prezii says:
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    Have you seen Reddicks facial, uhhh, hair? He looks like someone they just got off of East 14th in Oakland… Straight homeless man style!

    He makes ur little stache run and hide inside your nose! :D

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Yeah, it’s outta control… In the best of ways…

  138. royce! says:
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    How did I miss this year round interleague play shizz? Now I have that to worry about, on top of all the other crap that keeps me from winning in h2h?!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @royce!: crap is right…interleague on opening day?

      • royce! says:
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        @Wake Up: yeah, they gotta rethink this. Opening Day games should always be between division rivals, or at least teams within the same league…and the same applies to the end of the season. This year, DET will be playing MIA in interleague play for their last series. That’s ridiculous.

  139. Wake Up says:
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    Can’t believe that Andrus deal…crazy….Yeah, Andrus is the one that’s gonna need the opt-out…

  140. nightpandas says:
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    Drop Al Al for Dotel or hold? Coke and Benoit already taken… 15 team league, have K and K/9 cats, no holds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go to Dotel for potential saves…

  141. nightpandas says:
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    Can you rank these bench spot OF’s:

    Cowgill, Reimold, Fowler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler, Reimold

  142. Not that it matters for fantasy, but Goldschmidt can really move on defense. Dbacks look good tonite.

  143. Steve says:
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    Grrrrr, Kennedy. Though I suppose it makes a Hold opp for Hernandez that much more likely…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Ease up there, Diamondbacks…

  144. Hey broski,

    Please let me know what you think i should try and address on waiver wire (12 team, 5X5):

    C Doumit (dropped McCann already)
    1 A Gonzalez
    2 Espinosa
    3 M Cabreara
    SS Rutledge
    OF Josh Hamilton
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Alex Gordon
    DH Ike Davis
    Util Pierre (to input on off days for steals)

    SP Greinke
    SP Moore
    SP Niese
    SP Beckett
    SP Hughes
    SP Garza
    SP Tillman

    RP Perkins
    RP Boggs
    RP League
    RP Frieri
    RP Parnell

    Just waiver wired Jose Fernandez. Had a good first 5 rounds in the draft then had one too many cocktails and grabbed Rutledge WAY to early and trying to do some damage control.

    • Grey

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      Team looks solid, maybe a tad light on speed but not bad at all… League looks pretty shallow though so waivers will matter a lot…

  145. Steve says:
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    Any sign of Wilhelmsen warming up?

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve: nobody in the pen

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!: Booooo!

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve: now Furbush is in anyway, so I would assume Wilhelmsen in the 9th.

  146. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey…I have Rutledge and Zobrist with SS eligibility. We have two DL spots (I stuck McCann in one already) and I’m trying to decide on a second stash. Do you think Jeter is worth picking up or would Beachy be a better long term move for later this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeter

  147. Hal Incandenza says:
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    I drafted my two teams for the year a week ago. As I consulted Razzballer heavily this year, I feel obligated to ask for some feedback on these rosters before the drafts are too far behind me.

    Both of these leagues use 3 OF formats where the positions are field-specific (LF, CF, RF).

    My 12-team Hardballers League, 6×6 Roto w/OPS & Holds:

    C: Carlos Santana
    1B: Votto
    2B: R.Weeks
    3B: Prado
    SS: Rutledge
    LF: Gardner
    CF: BJ Upton
    RF: Stanton
    Util: Goldy
    Bench: Aoki, Cozart

    Pitchers:
    Hamels
    Cliff Lee
    Gallardo
    Lester
    Estrada
    H.Street
    Janssen
    Perkins
    Gregerson
    Burton
    Belisario
    Bastardo
    Brothers
    Albuquerque

    We tend to carry a lot of setup men in the Holds league. My goal is to fill the 9 P slots with closers and setup men on days I don’t have a starter going. I’d like to hear that taking Stanton over Longo in the 2nd was a no-brainer and I shouldn’t fret about having Prado at 3B, but I’m fretting some. I also surprised myself by ending up with BJ Upton in CF, but I felt my hand was forced when I was denied Adam Jones in this one.

    A 12-team 5×5 H2H league:
    C: S. Perez
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Kinsler
    3B: Longo
    SS: Rutledge
    LF: Gardner
    CF: Adam Jones
    RF: Choo
    Util: Goldy
    Bench: Ichiro

    Pitchers:
    Zimmermann
    Scherzer
    Lester
    Peavy
    Ogando
    Ryu
    Burnett
    Beachy (DL)
    Cashner (since dropped, added Uehara for now)
    Holland
    Wilhelmsen
    S.Santos

    For the H2H league, my focus was more on quantity of SPs and Ks than to target the top SPs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the 2nd team better… First team looks a little light on power and heavy on speed… Pitching looks solid on both teams…

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I was afraid of, too. I mainly blame the Prado effect.

        Thanks for the feedback and all the content!

  148. Cole says:
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    I remember last year there was some chatter about a glossary term for a meh inducing yet useful SP. I don’t remember if there was something settled on, but I had an idea today– “Niesecent”

    • Grey

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      Ha… That’s good… The problem is what happens if Niese takes a step forward and isn’t Niesecent himself…

      • Cole says:
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        That could happen. I felt like the ghost of Bill James swept over me and brought me to that term today. Wait, he’s not dead. Probably gas then.

        • Grey

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          Ha!

  149. Melvin says:
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    Haha….Baseball is back!!!
    Don`t even care that it started snowing again.

    Grey, I need some of your good mojo for Det closer situation. What are your thoughts on Rondon. How long until he`s back…….and is Leyland gonna trust him with the closers role

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      He’s a decent 5th in line out of four guys…

  150. Melvin says:
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    Ha. Gotcha. Thanks

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