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Ahoy, all of youse that are apathetic about Michael Brantley, what follows is a one long love letter to said player, because, really, someone has to!  I hide my Brantley love in a bunch of other players, but you can’t throw a puppy without hitting a 10 homer, 20 steal outfielder.  There’s more than ten guys on this list (eleven), and I’d draft all of them, and have already in some leagues.  It should work out well in (five outfielder league) drafts when you draft two outfielders before 100, then one between 100-150, then two somewhere in the next 150 picks.  These are all the outfielders that being drafted after 200 overall.  Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Canada) supplement to the top 100 outfielders for 2014 fantasy baseball.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2014 projections.   Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Michael Brantley – I already wrote a Michael Brantley sleeper post which was received as well as a case of herpes.  I get it, no one wants-slash-cares about Michael Brantley.  Y’all a bunch of non-carers!  It’s cool.  With your hat on sideways and your gold fronts, you ain’t got time for a 15-homer, 30-steal guy.  Prepare for a season-long campaign by yours truly to get you to pick up Brantley.  Unless he gets hurt and/or sucks, then we’ll never talk about this again.  Talk about what?  Well played, Random Italicized Voice.  No, really, I stopped reading at “Ahoy” in the first paragraph.  Forget it.  Forget what?  I’m seriously lost. 

Marcell Ozuna – (MDC 198, ESPN 445)  Sky gave you a Marcell Ozuna sleeper post.  To quote him, “I told ya I’d take it deep!…I’m butt-naked in front of my computer…I see your beef with my stance and it’s valid…”  What on earth is going on in that post?  I need to take a shower.  I have Ozuna ranked 317, which is just about the middle of Mock Draft Central and ESPN.  Grey’s in the middle!  Where’s he at?  In the middle!  I don’t fully understand why Ozuna’s in the top 200; he’s a 15-17-homer, 5-10 SBs guy that could struggle to hit for a decent average (.255-ish).  That’s around the stats of a player that should be in the early 300′s.  To compare him to his 14-year-old teammate, Yelich is a 1o-ish homer, 20+ steal guy that should hit for a solid-enough average (.270-ish).

Christian Yelich (Yahoo 203)  I already wrote a Christian Yelich sleeper post.  For those excited about drafting Yelich this year, I have Brantley down for better projections.  Is this just another ploy to get you to draft Brantley?  Prolly.  If people succumb, no relation to Heathcliff Slocumb, to my love for Brantley, I probably wouldn’t be as interested in pushing him.

George Springer (Yahoo 257, ESPN 259)  October Grey wrote a George Springer fantasy and he thought he’d break camp with the club.  As we move closer to the season, I think October Grey was drunk and/or high.  He’s still capable of the stats October Grey projected for him 52/19/71/.254/22, but I think it’s unlikely the Astros aren’t cheap-as-fudge with starting his clock.  Plus, they’re not pimps, trying to keep down Hoes.  By the way, I’d love to see what Ron Jeremy could do with the title, Hoes In The Outfield.

Kole Calhoun (Yahoo 209, ESPN 336) Yup, wrote a Kole Calhoun sleeper post too.  Unlike the other sleeper posts to this point, I was actually much more conservative about Calhoun’s projections.  He makes sense in the leadoff spot.  Unfortch, “makes sense” doesn’t always get its phone calls returned from The Sciosciapath.

Avisail Garcia (MDC 271, Yahoo 281, ESPN 312)  And got an Avisail Garcia sleeper post in there, as well.  De Aza, Eaton, Garcia, which sounds a bit like the kindergartner joke about why is ten scared of 7, is a mess of a outfield.  I mean, it’s sexy, and I want to make love to it, but there’s just too much of a good thing with those three.  Viciedo’s won’t be completely abandoned on the bench to rot and there’s gonna be weeks where they’re all slumping and fantasy owners are harumping.  I like Avisail Garcia, but keep in mind that the White Sox might have too much of a good thing, with that good thing being upside.

Norichika Aoki (ESPN 201, MDC 254) Not sure why he gets no respect from the fantasy community.  The fantasy community hangs out at comic book stores and has a weird laugh that is a by-product of its asthma.  So, next time I see it, I’ll have to ask it.

Corey Dickerson – (Yahoo 278, ESPN 406, MDC unranked)  Check out our Steamer projections for Corey Dickerson by clicking on his name.  18 homers, 14 steals and solid other-ma-jiggies.  A’la Will Smith, “Gettin’ solid other-ma-jiggies wit it!”  His projections are a thing of beauty for a guy that’s not even being drafted in most leagues.  I do think Dickerson’s playing time is a bit more muddled than our Steamer projections are letting on, but our Steamer projections are also some of the best projections in the business, so it’s worth a flyer to see if Dickerson’s stat line comes — ain’t that right, boo? — true.  Oh, and here’s what my dog, Ted, has to say…Everyone, Ted Talks.

Dexter Fowler (Yahoo 202, MDC 203, ESPN 244) Sometimes I don’t think I’m gonna be high on a player and then the other sites release their rankings, and I’m higher than they are on some guys.  Fowler is one of those examples.  Obviously there’s risk with him being outside of Coors, and because he hit 8 homers last April, then only four the rest of the way.  He’s gonna be 28 years old, and I’d take the risk, for where he’s being drafted, he can produce a 10/20 season.  Yes, everyone can produce a 10/20 season nowadays.  I hear ya.  Geez.

Junior Lake (Yahoo 286, ESPN 332, MDC 404)  We’ll take Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario out of the equation.  Steamer projections have him down for 64/14/58/.257/22.  He could steal 30 bags.  Likely, he steals 15-20.  In 64 games last year, he had 6 homers.  That wasn’t an aberration like the Virgin Mary on the buttered toast I saw recently.  Or the craving for buttered toast I had after drinking too many Virgin Marys.  He could hit anywhere from 10 to 15 homers.  Yes, everyone and Mother Jones can now hit 10 homers and steal 20 bases, but that doesn’t mean Junior Lake should go without being drafted.

Oswaldo Arcia (MDC 260, ESPN 373)  Where’s Oswaldo on the Yahoo rankings?  Good question.  Steamer loves him:  70/22/77/.260/5.  I’m not as sure about the batting average after he had a 31% K-rate last year, but he has been better in the minor leagues, so it’s not crazy.  The power should definitely be there, something that can’t be said about a lot of sleeper outfielders and he will chip in a few steals.  I’m liking Arcia more now, after seeing Steamer’s excitement.  To tally our sleeper outfielders:  two Marlins, a White Sox, a Cub, a Royal, two Astros, an Indian, a Twin…Yay, sleepers, kill me now.

  1. Piranhaman says:
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    Grey, great again! I’ve picked up your sleepers like Avisail, Yelich, Porcello, etc. :)

    I like Justin Ruggiano this year. He had played in one of hitter’s grave last 2 yrs, but now his home is windy wrigley field. Likely 20-20?

    I wonder how you think about Cubs’ OF situation. There will be Schierholtz, Sweeney, Lake, Bonifacio, and Ruggs.

    I can’t project who gets everyday job, or which platoon combo to be there.

    Can i have your predictions? And how many at-bats will Ruggs get?

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Piranhaman: I’m tentatively excited about Ruggiano this year too. His 2012 was as tasty as his 2013 was belch, but that was also fueled by a +.400 BABIP. Also, the cubs OF situation is platoony toons city.

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @Principle Blackman: you’re right. I don’t expect 2012-ish season again as well. But, in 2013, his BABIP was only .260 (avg .222). He’s career .310 BABIP hitter. So i think he could hit over .250 this year arithmetically. Plus, he’s a slam and legs type guy. I really really hope he could get around 500 at-bats.

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          @Piranhaman: Agreed … he seems like a player who gets very little respect even though his ‘stats’ look pretty good. I contemplated picking him up several times last year given his potential power/speed combo. I have not really watched him play but maybe he makes boneheaded decisions b/c it’s certainly damning when you can’t get regular time on the Marlins! Hopefully it will be different with the Cubbies.

          • Piranhaman says:
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            @Dr. Sauce: hopefully.. :)

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @Grey: thanks for comment, Grey :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Sea says:
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      @Piranhaman: OLIVER projects a whopping 82-27-85-19-.262

      I’ve always been keen on him for 20-20, though crappy average… just needs PT

  2. Thorsten Raschdorf says:
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    Thanks Grey,

    but unfortunately one day too late. Had my draft yesterday in a 12-Team-H2H-League at Yahoo with 2 keepers (Mine were Miggy Cabrera and Adam Jones). I think my outfield doesn’t look too bad but my Middle Infield needs a little upside. Relievers are rather poor and Catcher was my second last pick. THanks for all your great help from Germany. Just one question:

    Who should I offer for a trade for Gyorko or Aaron Hill ??

    My Team

    C: Yan Gomez
    1B: Eric Hosmer
    2B: Jed Lowrie
    3B: Miguel Cabrera
    CI: Evan Longoria
    MI: Howie Kendrick
    LF: Justin Upton
    CF: Adam Jones
    RF: Jason Werth
    OF: Domonic Brown (in Round 15 !!)
    Util: Will Middlebrooks
    BN: Torii Hunter
    BN: Norishika Aoki
    BN: Brandon Moss

    SP: Jose Fernandez
    SP: Homer Bailey
    RP: A. Reed
    RP: R. Soriano
    P: Julio Teheran
    P: Mat Latos
    P: Sonny Gray
    BN: Taijuan Walker
    BN. Huston Street
    BN: Marco Estrada

    Thanks for all comments and advices.
    Thorsten

      • Nimrod says:
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        @Mike: would offer Moss. Unless Longo gets hurt you prolly won’t play him much. Jed will make up the HR’s. BA, about the same.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thorsten Raschdorf: Guten tag! I’d offer any of the bench hitters for Gyorko or Hill, in that order… Nice team though overall…

  3. Frank says:
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    Grey, your work is invaluable.

    I’m in a 14 team H2H 5×5 with OBP, and I have the 12th pick this year in our snake draft. We get 3 keepers and I already have AuSchizz locked up in the first round and Gyorko in the 12th. I’m deciding between Longoria in the 2nd or Marte in the 11th. I would normally let longo go and try to get him with my 2nd round (only 5 true picks between the start of the draft and my 2nd round pick) but I’m only about 50% sure he’ll still be there for that pick. I think I’d rather guarantee Longoria and then maybe grab Aoki closer to the 11th round to somewhat replace the lost value. I figure Marte takes a hit due to obp anyway. Am I being logical about this? You’re the man.

    • Dr. Sauce says:
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      @Frank: If Longo’s gone at your 5th pick, who else might be available? Might there still be some good value at that spot … I mean, if you are considering dropping Longo some other owners must be making some ‘tough’ decisions as well. In a vacuum I’m keeping Longo but if I think I have a chance for a guy like Beltre at the 5th spot, I might consider Marte. I’d rather have Au Shizz, Marte and Beltre … just my .02 cents though … good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank: Thanks! Sure, you can take Longo there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank: Or rather keep Longo there

  4. bossmanjunior says:
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    In a shallow 10 team h2h league, you had previously mentioned that its important to carry a couple at bats. Right now, I’m planning on targeting Brad Miller and one outfielder for my bench.

    1) Would you rather draft an OF for a second bench bat or another starting pitcher (A. Wood, Estrada, Santana type). This would be my 9th starter.

    2) If I draft an OF bench bat, is there a particular skill set you prefer? A speed guy (Martin), power guy (Krush), platoon guy (Moss), or well rounded (Aoki). War room shows my teams to be a little short on speed.

    For what its worth, this league limits moves to about 50-60 based on a budget.

    • James says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      For bench bats, look at what is likely to go undrafted, and then avoid guys who are not either significantly better or have elite upside with a chance to deliver this year.

      In a 12 team, 3of and very deep benches, i have less of a need to carry a 4th of since if one gets hurt i have solid option; Basically every guy listed up there (i was going to list them, but 3/4th of them make up the best FA OF). I do have Ajax on my bench as a guy who fell way to far and is significanly better than them

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Its deep benches. 2 SP/2 RP/4 P and 5 BN. Generally I carry 8 starters, 3 closers, and 2 bench bats.

  5. Tigres says:
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    Hang onto Springer if he starts season in AAA? (In redraft RCL) He is my 6th OF; Lake is FA, and then there are dozens of hodgepadres available. I could use Springer’s power and Astros gotta call him up by June, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Nah, I wouldn’t hold Springer in an RCL

    • Dr. Sauce says:
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      @Tigres: How many OF’s does your league start? If only 3 I’d definitely hold Springer for now. How much do other owners in your league value the ‘rookie-nookie’? Will someone claim him right away? If you think he will go unclaimed you might be able to use a guy like Lake right now (see how he starts the year) and p/u Springer a little closer to June when presumably he will get the call.

  6. James says:
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    Arcia is 872 on yahoo. I have no idea how that makes any sense. Even last year he played as a 5th OF with power. But this is also the group that ranked Cody Ashe 1018

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @James: Damn, they even robbed him of the c in his name!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James: I’m not even sure if that’s the ranking of him or him just listed… I think they only rank the top 300

  7. Marty says:
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    I don’t understand how Will Venable doesn’t get mentioned anywhere. He just hit 22 homers with 22 steals in 480 at bats. He seems to get ignored. You want a sleeper? There you go.

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Marty: much has been written of Venables Fly ball rate, babip, and current park factor. Believe what you will, he’s not a bad gamble

    • malamoney says:
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      @Marty: well said

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Marty: I mention him every five seconds… for what it’s worth.

      • Marty says:
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        @Jay: Sorry Jay. You are right. I read some many things and you are one of the few who has mentioned him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marty: Is he being drafted late enough to qualify for this post? I drafted him in two leagues already

      • Marty says:
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        @Grey: I was able to grab him in 12 team keeper league in the 27th round a week ago. Yahoo has him ranked 210, which seems late to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that is late… I missed him, didn’t realize he was that late… Much later than I have him, for sure…

  8. matt h says:
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    Keeper league freeman/billy hamilton 4 Encarnacion/Jose abreu what side

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @matt h: E5 and Abreu sounds tastier to me.

  9. Dave F says:
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    I realize that this is off topic, but I had a general drafting strategy question. When you tier players in your rankings, you put certain guys in tiers that you label as people you won’t draft. However, you rank them higher than guys that you would draft. If we’re rock solid in a lot of positions, and we need to draft a SP no matter what in a particular round, and both Wainwright (the player you won’t draft at a certain value) and Cobb (the player you’d draft) are available, you would still take Wainwright right? Sorry is this was off topic and not well written.

    • Yescheese says:
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      Ask the Guru about the OF he drafted in Dirty Turban RCL last night-

      Hot damn Jones, Bautista, starling darling, Alex Gordon, Leonys m

      Vs old Yescheese here

      Giancarlo my love, j-up, willy $$$ Myers, rusty trumbone, Benny revere, I’m ham for Billy Hamilton

      Booooooooooooom I mark one for the yescheese, yes please!

      • highNtight says:
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        Solid OF fo sho. Will be interesting to see how the 8 reliever angle plays out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave F: I’d take Waino above Cobb, but anyone would… I’d prefer to wait for Waino to be off the board and draft Cobb 4 rounds later

      • Dave F says:
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        @Grey:

        So if I’m in this position, am I better off trying to grab a bat…say Ryan Zimmerman at 3B? I need a 3B, OF, 2 flex, and an entire pitching staff. Gonna need min 8 SP. Would you leave Wainwright on the board in that spot and go for more hitting?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Dave F: Sure, I’d take Zimmerman

          • Dave F says:
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            @Grey:

            Should I be concerned that I have Desmond and it’s H2H? I’d have to replace my entire left side of my infield on a regular basis.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Why?

              • Dave F says:
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                @Grey: Desmond and Zimmerman are both Nats – would need to replace both on off days in H2H.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha

                  • Dave F says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Should I take that into consideration at all or is going ahead and taking Zimmerman in that spot still a good idea?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d take Zimmerman

  10. The Thumb says:
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    Yay Ted!! If I may ask, what kind of dog is he?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @The Thumb: Snitcher Spaniel…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Thumb: From the dog pound, no idea… Or dawg pound

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: he’s from the friggin adorable breed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: so are you…wait!…what?

  11. Lakitu says:
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    Grey. Bravo, for the Heathcliff Slocumb reference. My favorite name in all of professional sports.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lakitu: Thanks! It is a good one

  12. Gordon Shumway says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the fantastic advice as always. I discovered Razzball after my draft last year so looking forward to go all in with what I learned here next week!

    I’m in a 6×6 league with no avg but obp and slg. What do you think of platooning rizzo, moss and chris carter for 1b and one OF spot? It should cost less than 20$ for the 3 of them. With 6 bench spots and a 6 transaction limit per week is this a good strategy or should I just spend the money on 2 players and use that bench spot to stream starters?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gordon Shumway: I remember you, you have one of the best usernames… I’d go Rizzo and Moss and go SPs

      • Gordon Shumway says:
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        cool, thanks a lot grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  13. Bob says:
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    10 team ML head to head roto categories 5×5 with k’s for hitters and QS for pitchers added
    Just drafted. Thoughts on roster ? I think I’m light on speed. Who would you drop for Eaton or Eric young jr both on waivers? I had my eyes on Aoki, but he got taken one spot ahead

    C-Posey
    1b-Goldschmidt
    2b-lowrie
    Ss-Hanley Ramirez
    3b- Adrian beltre
    Of-Braun
    Of-werth
    Of- will Meyer
    Dh-encarnacion
    B- bogaerts
    B-Nelson Cruz
    B-Tavares Oscar
    B-Nolan arenado
    Ba- a. Guerro
    P-bumgardner
    P-anibal Sanchez
    P-Matt Moore
    P-Jordan Zimmerman
    P- m tanaka
    Rp- Robertson
    Rp-papelbone
    B-bucholz
    B- Salazar
    B-josh Johnson
    B- n. Feliz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: I’d drop Guerrero for Eaton… Your pitching looks better than your hitting, which isn’t great… I’d be concerned about power too…

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:
        Thanks. Really Power? I have a top 5 player at Catcher/1b/SS/3B/OF1/DH

        So 2b and OF2 and OF3, I think are at least avg if ? or should I immediately be looking to put a pitcher and one of the OF together for an upgrade?

        I was hoping that Guerro would win that 2b Job in LA and be an injection of power at 2b.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fair enough, guess your hitting is decent enough… It’s just such a shallow league it’s hard to gauge…

  14. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Thanks for the post Grey, but today I have something to tell YOU!

    For the past three months the cougar and I have kept a secret to only a few family members. But this weekend I’ve been instructed to let all the cats out of all the bags. We are getting married! Also, she is 15 weeks pregnant! Keep in mind that you (and fellow razzballers) now know this before her sisters, uncles, and pretty much the whole extended family and all of our friends. But I can’t stand most of her family, or my friends, so I’ve choosen to tell all you guys before letting other people know.

    I probably won’t tell her that I told you first because she would probably be pissed about that, but I’m sure the future razzball reader would understand.

    This is also why I relaxed my usually strict no fatties rule this year. Which allows my wife to be fat, and for me to draft Prince Fielder.

    I have a potential to win about $2,000 this year between all my leagues, so thanks for helping a new dad put some money in his pocket!

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Boy name option: Grey Girl name option: Rudy

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Nick The Podcast Host: LOL! She’s ok with me picking the name, but I’m not sure about those! Maybe do a razzball vote when we get that far. Find out gender first week of April

    • The Strolg says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Now all you need to do is get ‘anal cavity’ in your wedding vows and you’re good.

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: Thank you!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Get a maternity test to make sure she’s really the mother…

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Wake Up: HA! I’m just glad the shower drain isn’t pregnant too

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Congrats! And by congrats I mean ‘she was 15 weeks pregnant, was this a shotgun wedding?’

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Sky: Nah, been together a long time but decided to have kids then get married later (money reasons). When the day comes for the wedding maybe I will have everyone bring shotguns though. Good times

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Just realize that you can have a shotgun wedding and an open bar wedding, but having an open bar shotgun wedding usually doesn’t end well…

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @mauledbypandas: Thanks Panda!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Wow, congrats! I don’t know about getting married during fantasy draft season though…. You can’t wait for football? For serious, way to go, man…

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! The actual wedding won’t be until the fall, she knows to schedule things around fantasy drafts, and certain games/series throughout the season. Missed a reunion last year due to playoffs, but that’s on her and her family for bad scheduling.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s more like it, whew!

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: congrats man!!

      As a wise man once told me…. Dont fuck this up!

  15. tyler says:
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    Sooo…I came to ask about my first draft from last night, but I think this post answers a lot of my questions…

    12-team roto keeper with OBP and QS:

    C – McCann
    1B – E. Encarnacion
    2B – Aaron Hill
    3B – M. Cab.
    SS – Tulo
    CI – Donaldson
    MI – Asdrubal
    LF – J. Upton
    CF – Venable
    RF – Beltran
    OF – Dickerson
    OF – Reddick
    UT – Teix
    BN – Ackley
    BN – Oswaldo Arcia
    BN – Matt Dominguez
    BN – George SPringer
    BN – Joc Pederson

    SP – Samardzija
    SP – Corbin
    RP – Kimbrel
    RP – Frieri
    P – Benoit
    P – Farquhar
    P – McGee
    BN – A.J. Burnett
    BN – A.J. Griffin
    BN – Milone (streaming slot)

    • Wake Up says:
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      @tyler: you maaaaaaaay need a SP…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tyler: Agree with Wake…. You have no pitching staff… Your hitting looks like a much deeper league than 12 team too, which isn’t great…

      • tyler says:
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        @Grey: Yup, taking over someone else’s keeper team…it’s going to be a work in progress.

  16. Mike Adamson says:
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    Not legal in Canada? I hope it’s up at the Pirate Bay.

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @Mike Adamson: What’s not legal in Canada anymore? Me? It’s possible.

      • Mike Adamson says:
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        @Nick The Podcast Host: Nah,you’re still good. I was referring to Grey’s supplement to the Top 100 Outfielders in the op.

  17. John E. Depth says:
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    Grey,
    You helped me to the title last year in my first ever year of playing…in a dynasty league full of experienced players no less. For that I’m eternally grateful. I knew when I drafted last years team I had a good chance. However this year I am not as confident. In fact, I am worried my team may now kind of suck, especially if Rizzo fizzles again. Also, the league addedSLG which has devalued some of my OF keepers like Victorino, Gordon and Marte not to mention Segura, They also removed K/9 and added IP and K/BB which devalues Ks of my pitching keepers like Fernandez, Burnett… Plus Im still pissed about Harvey getting hurt, but I am keeping him anyway for next year…… As soon as I got this shizz figured out my league mates made it harder. Anyway I have a few questions based on my team below:

    1) Miguel montero is available. But I drafted Mesoraco for upside. I know your rankings are close. Who should I roll with? I was thinking of using Mesoraco unless he sucks, then picking up Montero off waivers when he’s hitting well(yes, I read all your player blurbs).

    2) my lack of power in the OF worries me with this new SLG% category. I was able to get Hamilton cheap but i don’t trust him and he is already hobbled a bit. So I loaded up on OF prospects and solid depth like Avisail and Leonys who have upside. Anywho, this guy wants to trade me Joey Bats35$(Who I don’t trust either)for no less than Jose Fernandez 8$ Do I accept that trade in a dynasty league with the lack of pitching Depth I have? I was very adept at streaming pitchers off the wire last year using the streamonator and advanced metrics on Fangraphs.

    3) I want to trade Nathan bc I can only use two closers. But I can’t get crap for him. Is he droppable or should I just bide my time?

    Dynasty, keeper 12 team

    BATTERS R, RBI HR OBP SLG SB AVG
    C Devin Mesoraco, Cin C
    1B Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B
    2B Ian Kinsler, Det 2B
    3B Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B
    SS Jean Segura, Mil SS
    OF Alex Gordon, KC OF
    OF Shane Victorino, Bos OF
    OF Starling Marte, Pit OF
    UTIL Josh Hamilton, LAA OF, DH
    UTIL Torii Hunter, Det OF
    Bench Leonys Martin, Tex OF
    Bench Norichika Aoki, KC OF
    Bench Nolan Arenado, Col 3B
    Bench Avisail Garcia Cws OF

    PITCHERS IP K QS SV ERA WHIP K/BB
    P Aroldis Chapman, Cin RP
    P Jose Fernandez, Mia SP
    P Corey Kluber, Cle SP
    P A.J. Burnett, Phi SP
    P Rick Porcello, Det SP
    P Craig Kimbrel, Atl rP
    P Jon Lester, Bos SP
    P Justin Masterson, Cle SP
    Bench Joe Nathan, Det RP
    Bench Hiroki Kuroda, NYY SP
    Bench Matt Harvey, NYM SP will go on DL

    Sorry for the long post, just desperate for a re-peat!

  18. Eric W says:
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    If you had to pick one for this season and one as a keeper who would it be Springer vs Taveras?

    Thanks for the help as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric W: Springer this season

  19. Frank White says:
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    Whats up Grey..Have you posted the rules of drafting for 1o team h2h points yet?? I have no idea where to begin this year on draft day. Thanks!!

    • Frank White says:
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      Also do you have Mock drafts for the league I’m in?

      • Frank White says:
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        I’m sorry, and injured players not to pick?

        • Frank White says:
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          Basically I’m in a 10 team h2h points where pitchers get 20 points for a win, 1point for a K and 1 point per inning. So pitching is very important so when I see these mock drafts or top 100′s,It doesn’t make sense to me because pitchers would be higher on the list knowing how important they are in my league. Basically I don’t know how to go abouts looking for a list of pitchers so I can see projections for most wins, K’s and innings pitched.

  20. Nick The Podcast Host

    Nick The Podcast Host says:
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    Razzballers (aka Razzicans, RBIs (Razzball Insiders), Moustachioed Mafia),

    Still looking for local contacts in Cleveland and KC. Connect with me on Twitter @NickCapozzi or email me nick (at) razzball.com

    Announcement Monday. The earth may shake.

  21. JDW says:
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    Okay, Grey, I am trusting you! I couldn’t decide between my final keeper being Puig @$12 or E5 @24. Both are about $11 under their value at those prices.

    But E5 will probably be the top 1B thrown back into the auction in my league and I don’t think I can afford to buy him back for likely around $35.

    I hope – HOPE – you are right about Puig. I trust you, man. Even if Puig has been doing his best Desert Manatee schtick this spring with his 251 lb. self. Thanks as always for the solid advice.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @JDW: E5…

    • Mike says:
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      @JDW: Keep E5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: I’d go Puig

  22. stoopid says:
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    Yo, Grey. Looking for my 7th keeper to go with Fielder, Davis, Wright, Upton, Kershaw, & Scherzer. Lifetime keepers. 10 team 5×5 Roto.

    Posey
    Marte
    Pence

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @stoopid: I’d go Pence

  23. Wilsonian says:
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    So I was on vacation and had a friend draft for me. He didn’t do too bad, but I think I need to make some changes. Here’s the roster in my 16 team H2H (x = keeper):

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Goldy – x
    2B – Lawrie
    3B – Seager
    SS – Tulo – x
    OF – Jones – x
    OF – Stanton – x
    OF – JUp – x
    UTIL – Ortiz
    UTIL – Rutledge
    BN – Scooter

    SP – Teheran
    SP – Fister
    SP – Wilson
    RP – Axford
    RP – Hawkins
    P – Scheppers
    P – Farquhar
    BN – Nolasco
    BN – Porcello
    BN – Niese
    BN – Colon

    Stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, L, Ks, SV, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9

    These guys are available:

    Bats – Morse, Dickerson, Ozuna, Saunders, Arcia, Joyce, Viciedo, Melky, Krispie, Weeks, Franklin, Lambo
    Pitchers – Gee, Milone, DLR, McAllister, Cahill, Ventura, Dubront, W. Peralta, Kendrick, E. Jackson, Hughes, Santos, Herrera

    Any changes you’d make? Thanks man, and sorry for the long question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Dickerson over Rutledge, Arcia over Scooter… Gee over Nolasco, Ventura over Niese, Santos over Farquhar

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks sir. I was leaning the same way, aside from Dickerson. I had Ozuna over him. What do you think about the squad overall?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looks solid, think your friend did a good job… Due to keepers, your hitting is better than your pitching, which isn’t bad, but looks to be the case…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: yeah, my offense looks ridiculous. But that gives me some leeway with pitching. I’m content with the team for the most part, barring injury.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, agreed

  24. Wake Up says:
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    http://youtu.be/hglVqACd1C8

    There’s a shadow just behind me,
    Shrouding every player I take,
    Making every draft seem empty,
    Pointing every finger at me.
    Waiting like a Billy Butler
    Who upon the curvy chest.
    Murder now the path of “must we”
    Just because the fun is done.

    Jesus, won’t you fucking whistle
    Leave some food for the other kids?
    Jesus, won’t you fucking whistle
    BBQ sauce is not a balanced diet?

    Why can’t it be October?
    I just want to start this over.
    Why can’t we draft forever.
    I just want to start this over!

  25. Swfcdan says:
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    Tough decision been offered Puig for Davis. Puig currently costs $0(!) then can be resigned cheaply, Davis is signed for 3 years at $12, both great long term keepers.

    The question isnt about their long term keeper value though, both are great in that regard. It’s whether im losing too much power, seeing as I don’t have any other mashers kept (other bats are Wright, Kipnis, Segura, Adams, B Hamilton) and a lot of other mashers already are kept. If I don’t get the power I need during out draft I think I could be in a hole. One plus to this is I’d be improving my OF greatly, and there is only 12 of the top 30 OF left in the draft pool. But does that make it reason enough?

  26. Dan Rydell says:
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    I’ve got one minor league spot on my roster for an upcoming draft. Thoughts on targeting Oscar Taveras or George Springer in the later rounds? We can keep 6 players for up to 3 years, but unless one of these guys really breaks out, they will have a hard time breaking into my current top 6.

  27. Dave F says:
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    General strategy question

    Keepers are Rosario, Rizzo, Cano, Desmond, Cargo, Wil Myers. I have to get a 3B, OF, and 2 flex spots. Based on the guys that I have, should I be looking for more power, more speed, or more well rounded guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave F: Well rounded when you can

  28. Tracy says:
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    Grey,

    Really looking forward to the new season. Thanks to the great advice I got from you last year, I have a pleasant dilemma to start off. I am in a H2H 5X5 Keeper league using OBP and QS instead of AVE and W’s.

    We can have 7 Keepers and I can go in several directions:

    Hitters: McCutchen, Braun, Harper, Encarnacion, Kipnis, Bautista
    SP: Wainwright, Lee, Fernandez, Scherzer, Bumgarner, Verlander, Sanchez
    RP: Kimbrel, Chapman

    I would appreciate any thoughts you had on the choices. McCutchen, Harper and Encarnacion seem easy, but the rest are hard to pick without a clear direction.

    Btw, the Razzball articles are invaluable all season long. Last season’s champion [not me] won by streaming stolen bases [Craig Gentry] on the last weekend of the finals. So it’s not just picking the superstars that can make a difference.

    Thanks again.

    • Mike says:
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      @Tracy: @Swfcdan: Keep Davis I would keep all the hitters and Scherzer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tracy: No problem… Agree with Mike, all hitters and Scherzer

  29. Gray Umbrite says:
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    What do you think of Archie Bradleys chance of cracking the rotation to start the season? is he worth drafting in a 10 team 5×5 league?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Gray Umbrite:

      He’s a flyer pick but in a 10 teamer, I wouldn’t draft him. Too much good talent even at the end of a draft to spend a pick on him.

      Just pay attention for the news when he gets called up. Doubly so if it’s a keeper league.

  30. clown says:
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    a more interesting read would be not limiting this to deep picks like you do. If you’re really high on, say Jason Heyward, and he’s a guy you’re targeting this year, he should be on the list. I know you like to say “see rankings” but rankings do differ from personal targets. Yeah Matt Holliday may technically have to be ranked higher than “x” player, but if you’re not targeting Matt Holliday, then looking at your ranks doesn’t truly determine your preferences. And yes, obviously, you’ll target anyone if the value is there.

    Just a thought, I don’t know. I think if these “target” articles included more relevant guys, some bigger names, mixed with some deeper guys, it would be better material.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @clown: All of my rankings talk about guys I’m targeting

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @clown: ha a more interesting comment would have been anything but yours

      • clown says:
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        @frankgrimes:

        yeah god forbid constructive criticism.

        i’m not hating, obviously i enjoy the material – hence why I’m here…i’m giving an opinion

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @clown: compare Grey’s rankings to either ADP’s in general, or whatever site you’re using for your own drafts. I’ve been doing many hours of this since like feb 1st or such.

  31. Chris says:
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    hey Grey – great, insightful, funny, as always.

    To follow up on a post above, you’re still not feeling the Ruggiano love?

    He looked like a bench bat back in February, but now looks like he might get 500+ PA while hitting in the middle of the Cubs’ lineup….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Thanks! He’s a platoon player as of right now

  32. Fungazi says:
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    I want one of Kole or Avisail and league counts BB & TB. Would that push Kole ahead on your rankings?

  33. Big W says:
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    Morning Greyster!

    Did a Yahoo mock draft last night… 12 team roto standard 5×5. I had the 11th pick:

    1. Prince Fielder (Tex – 1B)
    2. Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    3. Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    4. Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
    5. Anibal Sánchez (Det – SP)
    6. Alex Cobb (TB – SP)
    7. Julio Teherán (Atl – SP)
    8. Norichika Aoki (KC – OF)
    9. José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
    10. Sergio Romo (SF – RP)
    11. Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    12. Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
    13. Adam Eaton (CWS – OF)
    14. Xander Bogaerts (Bos – 3B,SS)
    15. Nate Jones (CWS – RP)
    16. Rex Brothers (Col – RP)
    17. Brad Miller (Sea – 2B,SS)
    18. Jason Castro (Hou – C)

    After castro, the starting lineup was filled and the rest of the picks that I left out I just auto picked at that point so no point in sharing them… Anyway, I’m thinking light on speed… you agree? any other noticeable holes in the lineup?

    Thanks in advance!

  34. Fungazi says:
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    Medlen and Beachy now both looking like they are getting a 2nd tommy john. How is that even possible? Don’t they replace the tendon from the other arm? These guys are going to be walking around with one huge arm and the rest of their body looking like gumby?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: Ha, yeah, seriously

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Maybe they can just combine their bodies like those human centipede movies.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Q says:
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          @Fungazi: If one of them was a lefty they could just switch. “I want to take his arm…..off.”

  35. Long Bawls says:
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    Grey, considering the loyalty of your followers are you doing enough with/to them? Maybe it’s time to upgrade to Mussolini-level. Or at least get a flash mob going.

    Everyone: my final picks in last night’s draft were J. Baez and G. Springer, in part to annoy everyone else. I like my starters and we have a 5-man bench, but does it make more sense to hold these guys or take weirdly-undrafted Moustakas and A. Escobar? Or Porcello, who I’d actually play? We have some smart guys in the league but nobody follows Razzball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Moustakas and Alcides over either

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: And certainly over Ethier. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Jay says:
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    preparing for my draft, would you rather have Hosmer and Cuddyer or Gordon and Rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo/Gordon

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: ok thanks, that’s what i have targeted.

        It’s a keeper and I have Stanton in my OF for a keeper. Judging by some research my OF is looking something like Stanton, Gordon Jennings with perhaps Moss, Garcia, and Kole as later rd targets. That’s if I go Gordon Rizzo.

        I could go Hosmer and Rizzo but my OF would be something like Stanton, Jennings, Garcia or similar.

        I guess what I’m asking is would you rather go with Hosmer and Rizzo and “piece” together an OF or stick with targeting Rizzo and Gordon (going this route would allow me to target Abreu as well). I think I may ahve answered my own question here, but still curious to see if A) i’m making enough sense for you to follow along and understand me? B) your opinion on it; C) well you know about c.

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jay: Hosmer/Rizzo

  37. Is this enough depth and talent to punt OF in standard 12 team 5×5 Roto redrafts until very late,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is what enough depth?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Danny Machado: No way! These guys have no track record, you don’t want to end up scrambling for OF your entire season.

  38. Walker says:
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    Auction 6×6 holds and walks/k’s.
    I was offered Rios at 15 for Wacha at 5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I’d take Rios

  39. Bob says:
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    5×5 H2H 10 team league

    I was offered Hanley Ramirez for Ryan Braun.

    Would you accept the trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  40. the tone ranger says:
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    Grey, just got done w/ draft last night in 12 team H2H…any critique would be appreciated.if you feel im lacking somewhere, id appreciate the note. thank you

    C- Lucroy
    1b- Votto
    2b- Hill
    3b -Donaldson
    ss- Bogaerts/rollins(if bogaerts flops)
    OF Gordon
    OF Werth
    OF -Aoki
    util -Mig Cab
    util -calhoun/avisail

    SP – Sale
    SP – Cobb
    SP – buccholz
    SP – kluber
    SP- Gee
    RP – cishek
    RP – robertson
    RP – axford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a little weak on power, and your pitching looks a little wonky considering the depth of the league… I think Miggy and Votto as your first two picks goofed you up a little…

      • the tone ranger says:
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        @Grey: I can trade aoki for cruz…would you do that? SP, i guess theres some guys on the wire like ervin, would you pick him up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @the tone ranger: Sure, I’d take Cruz… Ervin’s over Gee in my rankings, no?

          • the tone ranger says:
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            @Grey: they are like 64/65 in the rankings. lol back to back.
            either way, do you think if i drop avisal or calhoun and get ervin and trade for cruz, the team looks solid?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              On the top 400, there’s more distance in them… Yeah, that helps the team…

  41. JFK says:
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    Follow-up from a previous thread…with Beachy looking at another TJ, in even more desperate need of arms.
    In a 12-team keeper, his Segura (5th)/Bailey (7th)/Gray (10th) for Adam Jones (2nd)/Bogaerts (15th)/Villar (24th) look fair?
    He also has Teheran (8th) and Cingrani (9th)…thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re not desperate for pitching in March in a 12 team league… That trade looks decent though

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: True, true…thanks for the prudent advice, I’ll hold off for now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Looks like Erasmo has his spot, and Carmart is making a case for the 5th spot. Whos the better pitcher in your opinion Grey?

    Also, been trying to push through a deal. My Rizzo for his Segura, but now he wants Rizzo/Huston Street, for Segura. Is that fair? And if you say “Rizzo side” does that mean the side that gets Rizzo or the side that gives him away? Sorry to have to ask that but I’m dusting out the cobb webs these last couple weeks! Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martinez…. I’d take Segura there

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, that’s what I’m going to do. Carmart or Gallardo? could grab either with the open spot from the trade

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Car-Mart… So, big wedding? Or City Hall-ish? Somewhere between?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Bull from Night Court will be a witness for him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

          • Shawn of the livid says:
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            @Grey: Big families on both sides, so probably going to be a large wedding. I don’t want to rent a place though, I’m thinking an outdoor wedding (Septemberish), giant tent for band, bar, tables. I have a huge piece of flat land out in a country setting that would be perfect for something like that. Haven’t settled on anything though.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, good way to go… Just make it a fun party…

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @Shawn of the livid:

              congrats on the up-coming wedding (and child) !!

              don’t be surprised if there is some argument over
              port-o-john facilities .

  43. Adele Dazeem says:
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    4×4, 10-team auction draft with 8 keepers per team ($3 escalation each year). I’m down to this decision:

    Rizzo for $10 or Brad Miller for $6?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

      • Buddy Biancalana says:
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        @Grey:

        Well, Shee-it, if you’re tilting the scales for “Adele”: Same league (I mean, exactly the same league), which 3to keep out of these?

        Jim Henderson $7
        Jacoby Ellsbury $28
        Evan Longoria $29
        Brian Mcann $12
        Carlos Santana $14

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Santana, Longo, Ells

  44. MattTruss223 says:
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    Just saw this headline: Crawford (baby) could miss Australia series

    Not very nice to call him names like that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  45. billy says:
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    in a 13 team league, how (un)comfortable would you be with this rotation to start the year?

    Gray
    Salazar
    Masterson
    Porcello
    Cashner
    Samardzija
    Yordano

    • Grey

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      Slightly uncomfortable

      • billy says:
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        @Grey:

        sub in Sale for say, Porcello or Yordano…suitable? necessary?

        • Grey

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          Sure, that would help

  46. BTD says:
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    Grey – are you all giddy about Ventura having the edge on the last KC rotation spot?

    • Grey

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      Yup

  47. fausto says:
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    Good read once again….my query to you is this, auction draft 10 team keeper league standard yahoo, $275 cap. junior lake or khris “with a KH” davis? And would you pay more than $5 for either? Avasail might be available too. My only OF right now is an elderly man whos name rhymes with alfonso boriano. I liked lake last yr but I worry about his playing time this yr.
    Thanks with “TH”.

    • Grey

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      I’d go Davis… Sure, $7-ish would work

      • fausto says:
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        @Grey: thanks its only a 10 team league so I don’t think many will be high on him just curious about where to stop with his $ value if he comes up early.

  48. jack says:
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    Is the strat with 3b just to wait and grab value? I tried to incorporate Mig into my plans, but I can’t afford him. After that, only Longo appeals to me, but he’ll probably go higher than I’d like. With a guy like Hosmer @ 1b, is a value 3b doable? Obviously it would mean a very strong OF/util, but a little wary of the ‘meh’-ness of my corner IF if i go value 3b

    • Grey

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      Yup, see my 3rd base rankings post

  49. Jay_0321 says:
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    First three picks: Hosmer, Zimmerman, and Rosario.

    I am looking solid so far. Thoughts one how I should draft here till the end?

    C: Rosario
    1B: Hosmer
    2B: Pedroia
    SS: Tulo
    3B: E5
    IF: Segura
    OF: Cutch
    OF: Jones
    OF:
    OF:
    UT: Gyorko
    UT:
    SP: Stras
    SP: Zimmermann
    SP: Gray
    SP:
    RP: Chapman
    RP:
    P:
    P:
    P:
    P:

    Thanks,

    • Joe says:
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      @Jay_0321: Are you in a 5 team league?

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Joe: 12 its a keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      OF, P

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: 8 bn spots too so should I just stack pitching and reach for a couple hitting sleepers?

        • Grey

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          Sure

  50. Wake Up says:
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    Just saw that Sky is now free to tweez!
    #unibrow

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      • Wake Up says:
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        @Sky: dammit you are quick man!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          That’s what she said!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Sky: “I’ll be real quick…you won’t feel a thing…”

            • J-FOH

              J-FOH says:
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              @Wake Up: “you won’t know I’m in there”

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I’m a ninja in the sheets, baby!

              • J-FOH

                J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: I like to send in a proxy

  51. Joe says:
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    12 team 10 keeper (w/ additional 6 minor league keeper) roto league. At my draft pick, Wilin Rosario, Zobrist and Brandon Phillips should be available. I only have starter openings for Util, Catcher and 2b. I also have three SP among my current keepers (kershaw, bumgarner, shelby), so no need to jump in there with plenty of good names left. Should I go Rosario to fill catcher or Zobrist/Phillips to go second base. Based on projected needs based on Rudy’s roto total, I am pretty evenly distributed so I don’t necessarily need to go speed or power either.

    Appreciate everyone’s thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zobrist, Rosario

  52. Wake Up says:
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    Thoughts on KRod?

    I’m getting sweet reports out of the dessert that he allegedly attacked, punched and kicked, his father-in-law’s houseplant…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  53. Heyward is a FREEMAN says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I feel dumb for asking this question but after searching for 10 minutes and giving up I figured it was time to ask. I’m in a yearly ESPN 10 team league and after always playing 5×5 H2H with a standard snake draft, we have decided to switch everything this year.

    We will be doing H2H Points with an Auction draft. I have never done either of the two and was looking for some projected auction values to go off of that would be applicable for a points league. Can you point me in the direction of where those might be located on the site?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We don’t have points, pitchers are bumped up a good deal…

  54. henncoop says:
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    in the midst of a 14 team slow draft which I have managed to mess up already, I was fearful to miss out on a quality 1B if I took an OF in the 1st round. But as things unfolded it seem like the OFs available were not as valuable as what was on the board. So at this point I have Prince, E5 , Puhols & Segura. The plus side is plenty of power & a nice SS with Seguara. We play 5 OFs & thanks to this timely article I will have some later round OFs to target. I feel OK with being able to put together a decent OF to compliment the power I already have. I will use your sleeper 3b list & go for some speep in the MI. Power is a definite commodity & if I could do it over obviously I would take a different path but I think I can do OK with this team. I assume work on OF & SP at this point??
    My other issue is here we are in the 5th round & 6 closers are off the board & actually 5 of the last 8 picks. Based on my last draft with some of the same guys if you did not jump during the run you missed out because basically 10 out 12 picks at one point were closers & this is a 14 team league.
    Is there any argument to take a top donkeycorn type closer to have at least one?? Or stay the course even if means the possibility of having no closers especially with very decent OFs like Myers, Trumbo, Kemp, Cespedes, or Heyward. Fairly decent SPs are left so OF would seem to be the choice. Is it worth the risk of ending up with just crappy closer or worse if I skip taking closer with my next 2 picks?? I think I could manage to put together a group of solid MRs if that was the case & hope for the best. But it also would be nice to have even 1 quality closer to try to add to as opportunities present. Any words of wisdom or advice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, OF and SP now… You need closers… There are 28-30 of them, you can still get two even if half are gone…

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey:In my last 12 team draft all the closers who had actual jobs were gone in 2 round once the 1st was taken. I am concerned it will be of the same or worse with 14 teams. It definitely seems crazy that in round 5 6 are off the board already.
        But then again it also seem as cray that I have Prince, E-5 & Puhols in a 14 team league & another team has Goldy & Freeman …not many other decent 1B to spread around over the other 12 teams.
        Thanks for your response …even though I sort of knew your answer would be take an OF. I’ll just build the best team I can & figure out closers later IF I need to. I do have plenty power to bargain with if need be once it all starts to play out

  55. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Greetings Sir,

    12tm 6×6 roto (obp & h), keep max of 3 for only 1 yr. Keeping Goldy (3rd rd) and Gray (23)

    Heyward (6th) or
    HBailey (12th)

    The value looks to lie with Bailey, but Heyward’s only 1 yr removed from a 25/20 season and 6th rd is pretty close to your rank for him

    -Grassy Ass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  56. jack says:
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    Does your SP approach change at all with QS over W?

    also:

    Arenado or Headley? OBP league

    • Joe says:
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      @jack: If its not a keeper, favor established pitchers over the youngest crop. Teams pull their “young” pitchers earlier due to pitch counts as well as less faith in touchy scenarios. This obviously results in fewer QS for the younger pitchers. Look at pitchers who have been able to eat innings consistently over their careers. More IP means more QS opps, assuming they aren’t throwing hot garbage while pitching those innings. Tha’ts just been my experience in doing a couple QS leagues the last 3 or 4 years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bumps up starters… Arenado

  57. KG says:
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    Why couldn’t this post wait 48 more hours until after my NL auction was over? I opened it and said to myself “Please do not list Dickerson, please do not list Dickerson” and of course Dickerson was mentioned. When I was comparing values against other sites he stuck out like a sore thumb, even if Steamer is a bit optimistic he’s still showing more value than anywhere else. Unfortunately I know several people in the league read this site and you likely just cost me a couple bucks…I hope you’re happy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, my bad!

  58. Jay says:
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    Catcher vs closer???

    Ive got Rosario going right around where Robertson is going in drafts. (it’s close enough) In a 10 tm league I’m looking at about the 12th rd if I go by Yahoo ADP.

    Would you grab robertson here as your first closer and then take 1-2 lower end guys like Cishek and Jones, then target castro later in the draft OR would you grab Rosario here and fill your catcher slot. I would still target Cishek and Jones but I would only go into the season with two closers vs my preferred 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Robertson

  59. Pat says:
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    Grey, deceivingly quick question for you (deceiving because it’s a long question below):

    Your 3B rankings imply that we’re not getting much incremental value from drafting one of the higher rated 3B. Yet I see that Zimmerman is ranked #35 overall. I am in a keeper league where I’m i) taking over a terrible team and thus ii) don’t have a minimum # of keeper and thus a) am only keeping CarGo and thus b) have the first 4 draft picks and 6 of the first 8 picks. Looking at who’s left and solely using your overall rankings, I should draft Zimmerman.

    That was an exhausting paragraph – let’s try again. Should I just use your rankings and draft Zimmerman with one of these top picks or punt 3B and draft a guy like I Desmond, J Verlander, or I Kinsler instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d draft Zimmerman

      • Pat says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: gracias, señor stache

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  60. Goose says:
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    Jarrod Parker to Dr. Freeze… AJ Griffin with elbow discomfort…

    I had my (lazy) eye occasionally drifting in the direction of Griffin as a sleeper, but with my draft on Sunday, it’s more like Avoid Jettucine to me now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  61. Jay says:
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    @Grey:

    If I draft Moss and he is a starter, do I need a platoon with him? It would then require me to take a third bench bat (out of 5 spots).

    The reason I ask is that at his current yahoo ADP, he is by far the highest ranking guy I have at that spot. but he fill my final starting OF slot.

    Also would recommend drafting a guy like Abreu if he fell far enough even though he would be a bench bat for your team? I’m looking at a scenario where (again based on yahoo ADP) both Abreu and Gyorko would be available but drafting them would regulate them to my bench and short me on pitching.

    Sorry for the rambling…damn ADHD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to platoon Moss

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: that’s what I thought.
        What’s your stance on drafting abseiling and/or gyorko and immediately putting them on my bench.?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          abseiling?

          • Jason says:
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            @Grey: yeah. You don’t about him.? Stupid autocorrect. I meant abreu.

            Again going by yahoo ADPs, where they are being drafted Ithey would go to my bench but I’m kinda ok with that. If anything I could have solid contribution from them both. Or use for trade bait later on.

            Normally I would only take one bench bat if any.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d go Gyorko

              • Jason says:
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                @Grey: would you draft both knowing they were going to be bench bats?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I really have no idea of your other options or what your team looks like that point…

                  • Jason says:
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                    @Grey: gotcha. Thanks for the time anyway. My mind goes a thousand miles an hour sometimes.

                    From what I’m gathering, both gyorko and abreu are availanle to me with consecutive picks. It’s great value but the value would be on the bench. From my mocks and prep I still like the pitching but I only end up with 7 SPs. Which is fine be ause it’s only a 10 tm league.

                    Was curious to get your take.

                    • Grey

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                      No problem

  62. etf2105 says:
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    12-team mixed, 4×4. The quirk is no in-season acquisitions (other than by trade and 1 “September call-up”). Each team drafts 14 reserves. Closers are expensive in the auction (the worst will go for $15; most for $25 – $35) and generally impossible to trade for in-season (until dumping time). Lots of speculating on future closers late auction and in the reserve rounds. The question: if you know you can’t find saves on the waiver wire (b/c there isn’t one; I don’t think you were listening), how would it affect your strategy? How much would you tack onto closer bids or, given the riskiness, would you refuse to pay and stockpile cheap quality relief arms, or what? (Keeper league so snagging a cheap reliever who turns into a closer is huge. Also means there’s always teams with one or more cheap closer-keepers.) Thanks for the awesomeness (Grey and commenters alike).

    • etf2105 says:
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      @etf2105: Moderator: Can you take the avatar off my post? Thanks.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Your avi comes from the email you submit via your gravatar account. Can use a different email or a different avi on your account but it’s not within Razzball control

    • Grey

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      Your avatar is placed at gravatar.com, not our doing… I’d get two mid-tier closers and hope for the best…

  63. Kid A says:
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    Nary a mention of the Respected Gentleman from the Saint Louis House of Bourjosesses?

    With Oscar, wilde and relegated, I assumed at least a peep about pete.

    Did I misplace the notice of his impending impeachment or assassination?

    Simple omission, or did the haruspex divine something new from the sheep’s guts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taveras was never making the club, Bourjos wasn’t in any danger of losing playing time at any point… His only issue is potential injuries…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: Sure. Was more of an observation on him not being included on the list as he seems to fit the +200 ADP criterion. I’ve been grabbing him as an OF5 alot of places. Was wondering if there was some new insight or piece of information that I’ve missed.

        • Grey

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          Ah… Yeah, you’re right… Bunch of guys prolly could’ve been included… I do like Bourjos as well… Highlighted him a few times in the offseason…

          • Kid A says:
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            @Grey: I’m high on him as well. Was just feeling out why he didn’t make the list. You’re albright, I’m alright. Forget I said anything. It’s draft season – The streets is watching.

            • Grey

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              Ha… Yeah, I was actually confused when I read your first comment, I thought you were commenting on yesterday’s post where I mentioned Taveras is gone and asking why I didn’t mention Bourjos is now safe… This is why I try to keep comments in one post, but in the preseason it’s hard with people asking questions in old posts…

              • Kid A says:
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                @Grey:

                *runs to garage*

                “Damnit woman! What did you do with my hydraulic semaphores?!?!”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  “I put a tablecloth over them and using them as end tables.”

  64. Hola Grey -

    Glad to be back for another fun year with you and the razz dudes. Thanks for all the pre-draft prep work as usual. You do an insane job; much appreciated. I’ve been traveling a lot for work, so haven’t been able to comment as much lately, which will now change with MLB season in close to full swing. Would appreciate your quick take on my draft when you have a few minutes.

    Settings: 14 teams, 6×6 (ops, holds), Yahoo weekly H2H, redraft, deep – 30 man rosters,

    BATS
    C – Zunino
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Brad Miller
    SS – Andrus
    3B – Longoria
    CI -Trumbo
    MI – Wong
    OF (5) – Heyward, Marte, Kole Calhoun, Avisail Garcia, AJ Pollock
    UTIL (2) – Arenado, Alcides Escobar

    ARMS
    SP (4) – Gio Gonzalez, Alex Cobb, Danny Salazar, Matt Garza,
    RP (2) – Nate Jones, Rex Brothers
    P (6 flex) – Carlos Martinez, Marco Estrada, Neftali Feliz, Sergio Santos, Drew Storen, Alex Torres
    Bench (5) – Archie Bradley, Gausman, Skaggs, Al Albequerque, Dee Gordon

    MY TAKE: I tend to be pretty critical of myself despite winning this league several times. So, I think its an “ok” start, if Abreu hadn’t been selected 1 pick before mine in the 6th round, I would feel differently. That said, I feel I could use another 20 hr/.280 type bat, but given the league depth – I think its a decent nucleus to build from. Pitching wise, like my SP upside a lot. If one of the CMart/Bradley pans out come June, think I’ll be in pretty decent shape assuming my top 3 arms can stay healthy. I’m young, which I always embrace fully. RP wise, have some big arms and I am always pretty diligent tracking this holds/high leverage stuff with Smokey. Likely will have some WHIP problems with this crew, but that was expected.

    Appreciate your take when you have a minute.

    Thanks,
    EL BURRO

    • Grey

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      The core looks fine, solid hitting and pitching… Bradley and Gausman seem a bit extraneous in a redraft league… The end hitting picks (Wong, Alcides, Pollock) seem a bit wonky… You have Andrus, not sure why Alcides would rate as a UTIL guy, or the need for Wong if you have Alcides…

      • @Grey:

        Thanks – there wasn’t much offense left to choose from. Alcides / Dee Gordon were 28th, 29th round selections – based more on “best of available”. Just happened that there were 2 speed dudes with shit OPS and limited power. But, point taken. Still hoping to dish Dee to the guy rostering Alex Guerrero… so that may help.

        “Best” FA Options: Duda, Garret Jones (it’s that gross)

        Regarding Gausman and Bradley, I’m stashing Bradley (even if he starts in AAA) — he’s looked solid this spring, has the make-up and pedigree. I’m sure he will have growing pains, but love the division be pitches in. And, think he immediately becomes Snakes best SP option (with respect to Patty Corbin). Think his stuff is real fly. Gausman, I’m wait and see mode. I don’t know how O’s are gonna use him yet. Obviously, not as a SP to begin season. But, I’m thinking its better to watch his usage (maybe pray for an injury in rotation) than to dump him for a non-exicitng SP like: Mike Leake or Jon Niese?

        Thoughts?

        • Grey

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          Yeah, that’s pretty rancid on waivers… Yeah, prolly worth just going Niese and starting him vs. Marlins, Phillies and at home, but you can wait until someone emerges…

          • @Grey:
            Agreed. My thoughts exactly.

            30×14 = 420 players drafted. Despite the short benches, the depth is still disgusting and given the GM talent in my league, everyone knows their stuff. As such, not a lot of fellas slip thru the cracks, unfortunately.

            I hear you. I still can’t decide if I like Niese as a SP6/SP7 enough to roster him. Burned me the last few years… And he’s fuggly. Appreciate the advice.

            • Grey

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              He had his nose fixed! No problem…

              • @Grey:

                Deep League: Robbie Erlin (SD) or Erik Johnson (CHW) intriguing you at all?

                ERLIN – Could be interesting guy to spot start at PetCo, as you normally would — but maybe mixed league worthy? Like the park, division, yadda yadda.

                EJ – Hate the home park, hate the defense behind him. Been having a nice spring, should start as SP4 in PaleHose rotation.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Johnson over Gausman, as long as Gausman is out of the rotation

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      De nada

    • @EL BURRO:

      Burro – reading thru the comments. sorry to be late to your party. i remember you from fantasy hoops, you do good comment work there so I thought I’d give you my 2 cents. i’m not grey, but a devoted follower.

      regarding your squad… in short, i love this team. it looks similar (but way better) than my 14 teamer with 29 man settings… and you have upside everywhere. probably need another “home run” bat and clearly, you punted catcher, but really like what you’ve done everywhere else – great balance. also, the odds are high that your RP comes thru with all your power arms. candidly, this is one of the more balanced/upside’ish deep league drafts posted here… well done.

  65. Wabbitt says:
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    Head to head points league
    please rank thses outfielders

    Chris Young
    Justin Ruggiano
    Peter Bourjos

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bourjos, Young

  66. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Currently carrying Brantley and Brad Miller as bench bats. I, like Razzball Nation, like them both. However, noticed these guys on waivers; Cody Asche, Moustakas and Ryan Howard … my question is purely on value would you make any changes? My instinct says simply hold tight … as much as I like Asche and Moustakas I am already rostering Donaldson (3b) and Arenado (Utility). Ryan Howard might be somewhat intriguing though … thoughts??

    • Grey

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      I’d go by my rankings

  67. Skooter says:
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    Would Drew Hutchison, Tommy Milone, or Jesse Chavez be a worth a pick up in a deep AL-only league? Looks like all 3 will grab starting spots. Probably would be dropping Luke Gregerson, as he is one of 4 MR’s on my team (Allen, Santos, Lindstrom). Whoever I pick up would be my 7th starter. Any of those guys have enough upside to give up the very solid MR stats Gregerson provides? I’m leaning Hutchison, since Chavez/Milone would prob get kicked out of rotation when Parker/Griffin come back.

    • Grey

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      Hutchison

  68. Jarrad says:
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    Grey,

    Draft is tomorrow and I’m having some last minute jitters about choosing Votto with my 3rd overall pick in my keeper league. Stats say CarGo is the better choice, but I’m worried about the injuries. I also already have Puig and J-Hey in my OF and I love to have solid bats in the corner positions. All things considered, do I stick with Votto or take a gamble on CarGo? Best case 1B scenario is that I end up with Pujols, Freeman, or Hosmer with my 2nd pick to go along with CarGo if I go that route. As usual, your advice is appreciated, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take CarGo and Pujols, Freeman or Hosmer

      • Jarrad says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, 25-30/20 in an injury shortened season is probably the right thing to do. lol Good looks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries

  69. Bob says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Did a 12 team auction mock draft these were my results
    C Salvador Perez 8
    1B Paul Goldschmidt 46
    2B Ian Kinsler 22
    3B Pedro Alvarez 13
    SS Alexei Ramirez 7
    2B/SS Jed Lowrie 6
    1B/3B Will Middlebrooks 7
    OF Yasiel Puig 26
    OF Matt Holliday 16
    OF Domonic Brown 12
    OF Will Venable 10
    OF Alfonso Soriano 7
    UTIL Justin Ruggiano 1
    P David Price 22
    P Zack Greinke 19
    P Matt Cain 17
    P Grant Balfour 7
    P Ernesto Frieri 6
    P Lance Lynn 2
    P Cody Allen 1
    P Rick Porcello 1
    P Rex Brothers 1
    BE Oscar Taveras 1
    BE Jonathon Niese 1
    BE Yordano Ventura 1
    I have my real draft next weekend (10 tm, auction). Could you give me 2 moves you do and do not want me repeating next wknd?!
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t draft Price and Greinke but you know that from my rankings…

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: The big question I have is would you personally consider $46 for Goldy in a 10 teamer?

        • Grey

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          I wouldn’t pay that much for anyone…

  70. Zeke says:
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    Just had my drafts – 10 team, 6×6 OPS league with QS instead of W
    What do you think about my team? Any trades I should try to make or players to go after?

    C: Buster Posey
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Aaron Hill
    3B: Miggy
    SS: Jose Reyes
    2B/SS: Jeter
    1B/3B: Allen Craig
    OF: Justin Upton
    OF: Rios
    OF: Austin Jackson
    OF: Khris Davis
    OF: Michael Brantley
    Util: Justin Morneau
    Bench: Will Middlebrooks
    Bench: Mike Moustakas

    SP: Anibal Sanchez
    SP: Homer Bailey
    SP: Mat Latos
    SP: Matt Cain
    SP Alex Cobb
    SP: Julio Teheran
    SP: Sonny Gray
    RP: Glen Perkins
    RP: Ernesto Frieri
    Bench: Tim Lincecum

    • Grey

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      I like your pitching better than your hitting, which isn’t great, but in a QS league it’s reasonable… Can’t make heads or tails on some guys you took on hitting… Jeter? Morneau? Reyes? Posey?

      • Zeke says:
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        @Grey: Jeter and Posey I just picked up off the waiver wire I actually had my draft two days ago…I made a trade of altuve and puig for latos and reyes because I needed a SS – I had peralta, but dropped him and I have a waiver claim out for rollins right now.

        How can I improve my hitting? Thanks Gray

        • Zeke says:
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          @Zeke: I meant jeter and morneau as the guys i got off waivers and posey i got at the bottom of the fourth round, i couldn’t resist

        • Grey

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          That’s a pretty bad trade…

          • Zeke says:
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            @Grey: I guess I should have asked you before making it haha but its too late at this point. Do you have any advice for my team as it is and how I can improve it?

    • Grey

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      Don’t make trades without asking me? Kidding (kinda)… See what outfielder you can get for Latos, Cain or Lincecum and report back… Ideally find three decent options from me to choose from…

  71. Tbone says:
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    5 from my pick in the slowest draft in history.
    12 team Weekly H2H
    OBP, SLG, R, RBI, HR, SB; QS, W-L, ERA, WHIP, K/9, SV
    C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, (4) OF, UTIL, (4) SP, (2) RP, (1) P

    10 keepers and I pretty much only have OF covered:
    McCutchen, Myers, Gordon, Dom, Springer, Bogaerts
    Wainwright, Sonny, Kenley, Holland

    Assuming Pujols falls, do you take him over a 3B like Longo, Beltre, or Wright?
    What about over Felix, MadBum, or Price?

    Next best 1B available is Abreu.
    After the 3 pitchers we are entering Shields, Zimm, Gio, Greinke territory.
    Was thinking 3B all this time, but now Pujols may be calling.

    I know who your rankings say, but the vacuum here is a league filled with SP lovers…and most of the mid-tier guys get kept…so please talk some sense into me and let me know grabbing Mike Minor in a few rounds will work out fine (of course he’ll get picked 3 after me, but hey).

    • Grey

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      I’d follow my rankings

  72. Trading Maniac says:
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    Early trading question:
    Trout on the block,
    Adam Jones & Segura seem like a decent offer? Too much, too little?
    Thanks

    • Grey

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      It’s fair, better in a shallower league…

  73. Trading Maniac says:
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    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  74. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    I can’t find Rex Brothers in the online war room. Am I doing something wrong?

    How do you see him doing, I think I saw you have Hawkins at 25 saves and Brothers at 10.

    What’s your confidence level that Hawkins holds the job? I guess you’re a believer?

    • Grey

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      Brothers is in the top 400… Due to my computer no-how, I’m not sure how to add a player to the War Room… I can only adjust numbers and remove players on the War Room… That’s why Beachy and Medlen have been adjusted but guys like Brothers haven’t been added…

  75. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Is there anyway we can get an updated tier sheet? Also how up to date is your top 100 and top 400 ? I just want to make sure my stuff is ready to go for my draft tomorrow – THANKS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I update the top 400/100 every day… Tiers don’t get updated

  76. Wake Up says:
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    Who would you keep?

    Breaking Bad Finale @ $30
    or
    True Detective Finale @ $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Breaking Bad Finale

  77. goodfold2 says:
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    drafting a 16 teamer h2h on espn (first espn league this year) and i lucked into my 2nd 1st overall EVER, and in the same week 2. so 2 trouts in 3 days. YEAH!. gonna have to grab 1st or 3b or both at 32-33 i’m guessing. likely pujols/zimmerman, right?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: only 3 OF, and 3 utils, no CI or MI, so just one SS (hopefully brad miller, maybe segura at 32nd overall)

    • Grey

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      Likely, yeah

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: ok, so i got
        pujols 32nd
        wright 33rd
        segura 64th (way too late)
        annabell 65th, no pitchers for a while

        • Grey

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          That looks solid

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: chris johnson and prado are getting drafted way too high. bogaerts at 76th is crazy too. even if we are keeping 6/8/10. don’t know which yet

  78. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which side do you like here, the Jones side right?

    Adam Jones & Todd Frazier
    OR
    Stanton & Machado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones side

  79. BucLover says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Looking forward to Monday!
    I’m in a 12 team Yahoo keeper league 6 (+OPS)x6(+QS). My keepers are McCutchen (rd.1), Encarnacion (rd.2), Bruce (rd.4), Carpenter (rd.18), Cole (rd.22), Bogaerts (rd.23). I’m thinking E5 at third and shooting the moon to draft Jose Abreu in the 3rd, based on my belief that he’d be gone by my 5th round pick. My other options at first would likely be A.Gonzalez, Trumbo, and Rizzo. Another option would be to draft Ian Desmond if available and go for one of the remaining aforementioned in round 5, then start stashing pitching, remaining 3 batting spots and maybe some Xander insurance afterwards. I’ll wait on a catcher. Is Abreu too soon? Good strategy, in general?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a good strategy…

  80. swinging3.0 says:
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    [IMG]http://i60.tinypic.com/14t6a8y.png[/IMG]

  81. nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Just finished my 9 keeper 15 team yahoo roto draft. (We go to 11 keepers next year). How do I look, using the War room my Runs and sb look a little low. (8 x 8 with OBP, S, Hits, SLG for bats and K/9 and QS, losses for pitchers).

    C – Ramos
    1B – Rizzo (K)
    2B – Gyorko (K)
    3B – Arenado (K)
    SS – Tulo (K)
    LF – Gordon (K)
    CF – A Garcia
    RF – Braun (K)
    U – Cuddyer
    BN – G Polanco, Bonifacio

    SP – Darvish (K), Shields (K), Wacha (K), Haren, J Johnson, Gausman, CMart
    RP – Nathan, N Jones, Brothers

    Bats of note on wire: Hart/Asche/Venable,
    Pitchers of note on wire: Delgado/Gee/Peralta/Santiago/Erasmo/Niese

    Switch any out? maybe CMart? Got some interest already in Polanco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interest in Polanco in what way? Who are they giving you? Team looks solid, Garcia’s a little wonky in OBP, but offense is solid overall… Your pitching looks very solid… Overall real nice team…

  82. goodfold2 says:
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    any idea where griffin in the War Room went? i’m trying to plug him into team, but he isn’t where he should be at bottom of pee and poop tier.

    • nightpandas says:
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      @goodfold2: maybe moved because he is hurt?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @nightpandas: yeah, but he wasn’t JUST hurt. he had been for a long time at bottom of pee/poop, in between josh johnson and sabathia. i think it’s just a war room glitch. everything else seems fine.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: even better evidence that it’s war room only, griffin still listed in same spot in top 400.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He’s going to be removed from the top 400 when Rudy gets near a computer…

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Grey: so i guess drop him for one of qualls/milone/eovaldi/a.torres?
              i think our league’s DL spots only apply to hitters.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @goodfold2: turns out DL slots do work for pitchers too, just have to wait for Griffin to get that. Hope it happens tomorrow when he sees that doctor. But when he does i’ll pick up one of those.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was deleted, he’s got elbow problems

  83. swinging3.0 says:
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  84. nightpandas says:
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    maybe moved because he is hurt?

  85. cubjet says:
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    Can keep 5 of the following in an auction league. Which 5 would you do?

    Carlos Gonzalez $23
    Puig $10
    Wil Myers. $6
    Bogaerts. $10
    Kole Calhoun $10
    Shelby Miller $10
    Giancarlo Stanton. $25
    Tulowitzki. $37
    Matt Carpenter. $6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carlos Gonzalez $23
      Puig $10
      Wil Myers. $6
      Matt Carpenter. $6
      Stanton

  86. goodfold2 says:
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    ok, here’s h2h 16 teamer. war room says kinda weak, nothing below 88%, but nothing (except avg) above 94% either. 7 bench spots with 6-10 keepers but i still didn’t draft any prospect types, they went earlier than rankings say. I also should have 6-10 keepers for future (i hope) anyway. only 2 RP play per day, QS’s also. any good for 16 teamer (3 utils). i know i’ve drafted worse in 16 before.
    C Pierzyn (225)
    1B Pujols (32)
    2B Hill (128)
    3B Wright (33)
    SS Segura (64)
    OF Trout (1)
    OF Gordon (96)
    OF Hart (161)
    Util Arenado (160)
    Util Aoki (193)
    Util Frazier (192)
    SP Annabell (65)
    SP Liriano (97, probably could’ve waited on 2nd SP, but next pick not till 128)
    SP Porcello (224)
    SP Tillman (257)
    SP Griffin (320, really late, was able to do much better than PPP)
    RP Uehera (129)
    RP Hawkins (258, had planed on backing him up with Brothers, but then…)
    bench Veras (288, so i closer that i can’t even use everyday)
    bench Raj davis (289,war room said weak at steals)
    bench Willingham (321 homer guy in case anybody gets hurt)
    bench W.Peralta (352)
    bench Erasmo (353)
    bench Mercer (384, for when Hill gets hurt, or Segura, Gennett still out there)
    bench Kazmir (385)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: also, with Qualls still out there, should i keep Kazmir (8th SP) or drop and grab Qualls? this would give me 4 closers, but can only play 2 a day. obv would attempt to trade one or 2.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Keep Kazmir for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid all around team… I like the hitting a lot… Pitching ain’t bad either… I think you did well…

  87. SteveNZ says:
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    Without hanging around for the pitching, I just drafted the team below in a Yahoo mock practicing for my 12-team H2H league where we count OBP as well as AVG and have LF/CF/RF and where I’m pretty sure I’m going relievers-only. Would be pretty happy to get this team in the real draft tomorrow…

    C Santana
    1B Votto
    2B Hill (Gyorko taken right in front of me)
    3B Zimm
    SS Castro (Scooped on Zobrist)
    LF Holliday
    CF Puig
    RF Stanton
    Util Pujols

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be real happy to have that hitting too… Castro’s really the only iffy one…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d actually think about taking a top end reliever instead of Castro and just drafting a different SS later…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I’m down with that. Miller? Simmons? Profar?

        That said, drafted Castro in the 8th, so not too many top relievers left…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Holland, Robertson gone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moa!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah! *makes Moa noise*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Do Moas say ‘yeah?’

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: “did” …tear…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Don’t know – they’re extinct. Probably a screeching sound of some kind.

  88. Cobb05 says:
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    Here’s my team. I know I need another OF with some speed. Hoping to trade for one, since I have a few power bats. My draft didn’t go exactly as planned. I took Bautista in the 3rd round, cause I felt he was the best player on the board. And I got Alverez in the 7th round, cause a guy with 30 HR potential was tough to pass up. Other than another OF with some speed, do you see any other issues with my team? I was hoping to get Brantley with my last pick (thinking he’d be there, but he got taken two picks before me), so I had to take Hart with my last pick.

    C – Wilson Ramos
    1B – Prince Fielder
    2B – Jose Altuve
    SS – Jean Segura
    3B – Evan Longoria
    OF – Jose Buatista
    OF – Alex Gordon
    OF – Josh Reddick
    UTIL – Pedro Alverez
    UTIL – Victor Martinez
    BN – Kelly Johnson
    BN – Corey Hart

    SP – Jordan Zimmerman
    SP – Matt Latos
    RP – Addison Reed
    RP – Casey Janssen
    P – Doug Fister
    P – Grant Belfour
    P – Fernando Rodney
    P – Ubaldo Jimenez
    BN – Ivan Nova
    BN – Rick Pircello
    BN – Michael Pineda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea how many teams

  89. Uncle Phil says:
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    Who wins this trade (keeper league). I think it boils down to how to value Matt Moore, and that’s something I’m wrestling with:

    Team A gets-
    James Shields
    Xander Bogaerts
    Sonny Gray

    Team B gets-
    Matt Moore
    Starling Marte
    Danny Salazar

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Uncle Phil: team B. Marte over Xander for me. Moore and Shields are similar and I like Salazar in the long run over Gray, but I like him too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know how I value him and I still say Marte side

      • Uncle Phil says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks guys, appreciate the help

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  90. Wilsonian says:
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    Missed out on Ventura yesterday, would you make any changes from this rotation?

    SP – Teheran
    SP – Fister
    SP – Wilson
    RP – Axford
    RP – Hawkins
    P – Scheppers
    P – Santos
    BN – Nolasco
    BN – Porcello
    BN – Gee
    BN – Colon

    Stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, L, Ks, SV, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9

    These guys are available:

    DLR
    Erasmo
    Milone
    Niese
    Bauer
    McAllister
    Doubront
    Peralta
    Kendrick
    Beckett
    Norris
    Hughes
    Leake
    Miguel Gonzalez
    Vargas

    Thanks again.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: add Delgado and Perez to that list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo over Colon…Really anyone over Colon

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: you like Erasmo over Perez? I wasn’t sure if Erasmo had a rotation spot yet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Erasmo has a rotation spot as of right now… Perez who? Chris Perez? Salvador?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, Martin… Yeah, I’d go Erasmo on your team

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: thanks for the help. Erasmo it is. One more question: someone dropped LoCain, do I dump Dickerson, Arcia, Scheppers, or Santos for him? And do I use what is now 4th waiver for him in a 16 team or hope he clears?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d go with him over Scheppers if there’s no Holds in your league… I’d use my waiver claim too…

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Grey: no holds, but Ks/9 along with Ks. Not sure if that changes anything.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      your rotation would look better if
      you changed your commenter name to
      Shieldsian .

  91. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @GREY

    I’m in a new 7×7 H2H League (so theoretically you can go 14-0 in a given week). The pitching categories are the normal 5, plus HRs allowed and K/9. My initial thought was to go after closers much earlier than I usually would, including grabbing two of the top 5, and trying to lock down Saves, ERA, WHIP, K/9 and HRs allowed each week. The problem is there is a 35 IP minimum each week. Are the 7.5 innings a week I’m going to get from 3 top closers worth it if I fill the rest of my roster with mid round SPs like Cobb, Teheran, and Cashner to get to my 35 innings each week?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It could be the difference in winning and losing, sure

      • Howie Met Your Mother says:
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        @Grey:

        Sure it could be, but is it worth the attempt?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  92. ferris says:
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    Was checking your rankings which seem to conflict with your advice of Trevor Rosenthal at8 over cuddyer at 12 in nl only — still suggesting Rosenthal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is a keeper? I’d go Rosenthal

  93. SteveNZ says:
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    Anyone interested in going on standby for an RCL drafting at 3pm Eastern? We need to have the league full by 2pm and there’s one guy hasn’t accepted his league invite yet, though he has said he will.

    It’s made up of some of the original Razzball commenters – we knew Grey when he was just a big!

    Shoot me an email if you’re interested sglyonatgmaildotcom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: cockyphoenix

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I emailed you alternatives if you need them…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. I can also take over the team and auto draft it.just so the draft can happen – it’s been a nightmare sorting out a time.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that sucks

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Oops. We knew him when he was just a *boy*!

  94. The Marte Partay says:
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    Hey Grey, need more advice for my 15 team NFBC slow draft. Team so far

    1b – Pujols
    2b – Gyorko
    3b – Zimmerman
    SS – Desmond
    OF – Trout, Marte, Cuddyer, Aoki
    Pitchers – Bailey, Gray, Ryu, Romo, Street

    About to be up at the 14.15, 15.1 turn. Available options include AJ Burnett, Kluber, Porcello at pitching, Gomes and Pierzynski at catcher, Miller and Rollins at MI. Thoughts? My offensive numbers are relatively balanced right now according to War Room. Thanks.

    • The Marte Partay says:
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      @The Marte Partay: Also, as you know it’s a 2 catcher league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go SP, then catcher… I like Miller but you might need to punt MI for a bit…

      • The Marte Partay says:
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        @Grey: Yeah that’s what I was thinking, thanks as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  95. JFK says:
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    Happy Saturday!

    Trying to work up an offer for Cobb/Shelby from a manager whose only other starter is Wacha, and who has Feliz and Brothers as his nearest things as closers.
    Was going to start with Hamels/Leake/Jim Henderson, but trying to figure out how close that gets me and who else I should throw in: Smyly, Skaggs, Martin Perez and Gee are the remaining options (to add, or sub for Leake).
    I have Kenley and Rosenthal, to go with Crain and Santos for spec saves, so figure I can spare Henderson to upgrade my sparse rotation.

    He’s got nine bench bats (including Neil Walker, Chris Carter and Bonifacio), so pretty easy drops for him.
    Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start with that offer and see where it gets you…

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: Done…thx!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  96. SteveNZ says:
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    Anyone want 7th pick in an RCL? Original Recipe has had an owner go AWOL on draft day.

    Draft is at 3pm Eastern – I’ve taken over the team so the draft could actually go ahead, but I’m pretty sure I could add someone else as co- owner of the team and they could do the draft.

    Email me if you want in – sglyonatgmaildotcom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should hit up other posts…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: We got someone, but because the draft is technically under way (even though it hasn’t started) he can’t join the draft as a co-owner.

        What a shambles.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dah, that sucks… So he’ll have to take what cockyphoenix autodrafts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or can he IM in his picks to you and you draft them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or redraft at a different day…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or time

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What if you start another league that drafts in 30 minutes and restart?

  97. Mike says:
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    Hey grey, dynasty league question. Head to head 5×5 league. Round values attached to each player. I need to pick 8. Whattaya say Grey?

    Wainwright (2)
    Beltre(1)
    Sandoval (4)
    Ian Desmond(3)
    Billy Butler(6)
    Nelson Cruz(7)
    Aaron Hill(14)
    Alex Gordon(24)
    Foster(23)
    Carpenter(30)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure how I know what a round number means without how many teams are in the league, but I’ll say lose Sandoval and Wainwright

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: lol.. my bad 14 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sandoval still… I’m between Beltre and Wainwright… Hard to say without knowing who will be available… But still probably throw back Wainwright….

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks bud

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  98. SteveNZ says:
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    It was a complete nightmare getting a date and time to suit everybody, so I’m loathe to start mucking about with that now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just start anew for a draft in 30 minutes

  99. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: 12 team h2h standard money

    gomes
    adams
    Phillips
    zimmermann
    asdrub cab
    braun
    gomez
    j upton
    holliday util
    vmart util

    or

    castro
    Goldschmidt
    kinsler
    longoria
    a simmons
    bautista
    rios
    alex Gordon
    Rizzo util
    nelson cruz util

    Top or Bottom ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  100. SteveNZ says:
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    It’s too late to change.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh well

    • slew says:
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      @SteveNZ: just got back in or I would have filled the void for your league! sorry

  101. JB says:
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    Just read vmart may get some time behind the plate early in the season at NL parks if he does gain C eligibility where would you put put him in the rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to imagine him starting the needed games behind home until at least July…

  102. SamYo says:
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    Shit. 16 teamer auction draft. Is it worse to have a stars and scrubs approach in deeper leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @SamYo: yeah, since the scrubs will be scrubbier, possibly not even starters, which could be catastrophically bad.

  103. royce! says:
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    Another RCL draft in which I ended up with a weird team that lacks a closer!

    I had the 12th pick.

    C- D’Arnaud (25)
    1B- Votto (1)
    2B- Phillips (9)
    3B- Zimmerman (5)
    SS- Zobrist (7)
    MI- Carpenter (10- error)
    CI- Belt (12)
    OF- Braun (2)
    OF- Upton (3)
    OF-Holliday (6)
    OF-Gordon (8)
    OF- Venable (14)
    UTIL- R. Davis (20)
    BN- Baez (24-forced me to pick a SS bc it slotted Zob at 2B)
    BN- Moustakas (22)

    P- C. Lee (4)
    P- Teheran (11)
    P- Moore (13)
    P- Samardzija (15)
    P- Cashner (16)
    P- Qualls (17- no more closers on the board by then)
    P- Soria (18)
    P- Santos (19)
    P- Farquhar (21)
    BN- Vic Black (23)

    I agreed to participate again this year with the hope that I could do so without spending as much time as I usually do on it, but not having a closer is going to force me to pay a lot more attention than I had hoped. Pretty much the worst draft strategy for a team that I didn’t want to have to work on too much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Real solid pitching staff (minus the no closers thing)… Soria and Santos could be closers though by this time next month… Vic Black? Well… I think you’re a bit weak on power with hitting…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Drafted this while I was drafting on behalf of the new guy (on IM)…

        C Gattis (182)
        1B Prince (11)
        2B Gyorko (83)
        3B Donaldson (59) (Had scrolled down past Zimmermann – royce! took him right before me!)
        SS Miller (134)
        CI Freeman (35)
        MI Alcides (227)
        OF Harper (14)
        OF Rios (38)
        OF Crisp (110)
        OF Aoki (158)
        OF Avisail (179)
        Util Moobs (107)

        P Verlander (62)
        P Tanaka (155)
        P Cingrani (203)
        P Porcello (230)
        P Kuroda (254)
        P Robertson (86)
        P Parnell (131)
        P Melancon
        P Strop

        BN Fields
        BN Doolittle
        BN Ziegler

        • Grey

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          Ah, so you figured out the drafting with him… Who ended up filling in? re: your team — Surprised to see so much pitching from you… I thought you were a streamer/MR guy… Granted, you only have five pitchers so I’m assuming you’re figuring four SPs and a streamer… Hitting looks real solid and balanced, maybe a tad light on power…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Partayyyy Marte from further up. Yeah, just wanted to try something a bit different and didn’t mind the value it got with the starters. Re power got a bit spooked about having no speed or AVG…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: War Room says 97% on Runs, 98% on HRs, 100% on RBIs, 89% on SBs (bit of a surprise) and 104% on AVG.

            Pitching short on counting stats as you’d expect…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, that’s a solid foundation…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @royce!: @Grey: Tough to draft closers when one guy takes six…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Who was that?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Bob. Same every year

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, gotcha

        • royce! says:
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          @SteveNZ: Repeat with me: I will not trade for a closer from Bob…I will not trade for a closer from Bob….

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Venable and Braun will hit at least 40 HR each, so I think I’m good…I’m going to turn this FBB season into a sure fire Nation Book Award nominee: “A Summer of Magical Thinking”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  104. Dani says:
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    Had 11th pick in draft and missed out on everyone I wanted.. here is my team.

    12 team H2H standard categories but counts Extra Base Hits and Losses as extra category.

    C: Lucroy
    1B: Pujols
    2B; Gyorko
    3B: Arenado
    SS: Segura
    OF: Harper
    OF: Braun
    OF: Myers
    Util: Rizzo
    Bench: Brantley

    SP: A Sanchez
    SP: Cobb
    SP: Fister
    RP: Uehara
    RP: Balfour
    P: Rodney
    Bench: Porcello
    Bench: Burnett
    Bench: Tillman
    Bench: M Perez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team doesn’t look bad, offense looks more or less balanced, and I like the pitching… Not sure who you missed out on, but it didn’t hurt you…

  105. goodfold2 says:
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    when griffin gets DL’ed i’ve have opening, go for one of
    qualls/milone/eovaldi/a.torres/wilmer flores (could leave in SP slot everyday)/santos? already have hawkins/veras/koji (didn’t have to overpay for any, veras/hawkins got way late), but can only start 2, so santos not as important as closer stash in this league. Due to it being keeper people actually picked guys like Brothers ahead of some actual closers (even though no holds here). i don’t plan on keeping a RP anyway.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: sorry, Alex torres is the one I could leave in SP slot, not wilmer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi

  106. KevinB says:
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    @Grey

    Jose Iglesias has went down for DET. Do you think the Tigers will sign S. Drew to take his place? If so, what type of stats do you think Dre would put up in the Tigers offense?

    If you don’t think the Tigers will sign Drew, who do you think could take the place at SS for the Tigers and what type of stats do you think he will put up?

    I know this is kind of a hypothetical question but it is always good to find someone who could possibly help your team. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hernan Perez will fill in temporarily… He has some steals, not much else…

  107. Kid A says:
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    How many posts on a league message board would you be considered normal for a league that has only been in existence for 5 weeks?

    50?
    200?
    500?

    As of this moment the FCL has 1,262 posts.

    I’d say we all needed to get lives if we didn’t already have such fascinating and exciting ones.

    Winner gets a custom engraved:

    https://www.sluggergifts.com/c-7-Design-Your-Own-Bat.aspx#.UyMFoVFdWek

    And a top shelf bottle of hooch.

    We haven’t decided on what the bat will say. Any ideas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “Now you can beat off with something useful”

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Kid A:

      haha .
      winner of what ?
      most posts ??

  108. Kid A says:
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    Corbin leaves mid at-bat with a wonky forearm. Paging Dr. Freeze.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, doesn’t sound good at all…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: damn, these pitchers are falling down like vietnam

        • Grey

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          Yup

  109. Prez!! says:
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    Grey, you have been exposed….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Like my fly is open?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, that… Haha

  110. SamYo says:
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    16 team, standard keeper league. How does it look?

    C – Zunino
    C- Avila
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Frazier
    SS – Rutledge
    CI – Pujols
    MI – Gennett
    OF – Bruce, Rios, Upton, Arcia
    Util – Asche

    SP – Zimmerman, Minor, Gray, Teheran, Wood, Porcello, Doubront, Perez, Morrow, Erasmo, Santiago
    RP – Tazawa, Burton, Black, Fields

    Higher IP min, hence the cluster of SPs, holds are also a category, pretty much gave up on saves and I’m worried for my offense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The pitching staff looks solid for ratios, not Ks as much… The hitting looks decent, but low on average and speed… Not sure why you gave up on saves…

  111. Slappy says:
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    Grey, since you are my reverse barometer (we play in leagues where the others have differing mindsets, so nothing personal):

    12 team H2H

    B: R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG
    C-Castro
    1B-Papi
    2B-Hill
    3B-Miggy
    SS-Villar
    LF-Holiday
    CF-Puig
    RF-Choo
    Util-Kemp
    Util-Aoki
    BN-Springer

    P: IP, W, SHO, SV, K, HLD, ERA
    2 SP: Cobb, Wacha
    2 RP: Kenley, Robertson
    4 P: Veras, Benoit, Tazawa empty
    5 BN: Gray, Archer, Wood, Kazmir, Johnson

    Hoping that JJ stays reasonable healthy and gets the Petco love that you love so much. Ditto Kazmir in the mausoleum that is the Oakland Coliseum. And, yes, I’m carrying Springer instead of another HLD guy, ’cause it’s H2H, so just make the freakin’ playoffs and then have the best team at that time (when I’ll drop 1 SP for a HLD guy and then drop another SP for streaming). Oh, and if Kemp comes all the way back, and he will, I’m lovin’ life, well, the fantasy part anyway.

    Now well and truly lastly, some are dropping like flies, and so re that one team that I posted prior, rather early draft, and so not only Hamels and Iwakuma, but now Beachy as well, and so, with a tongue of fire she (luck) turned me to straw…and, apparently, as far as Beachy is concerned, you can sow it up, but you can still see the tear…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you summed it up… Some question marks that you need to pan out, hopefully they do…

  112. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Sup Grey? Yahoo, 14 team league with traditional 5 cats on offense plus walks, and QS, BB, and holds in addition to the traditional 5 pitching cats:

    C: Mauer
    1B: Ortiz
    2B: Kipnis
    3B: Seager
    SS: Villar
    LF: Cargo
    CF: Eaton
    RF: Moss/Ethier (platooning)
    U: Rizzo
    U: Morneau/Rasmus/Davis (platooning, dropping one or all for streamers if any/all of them start the year slowly)

    SP: Lee
    SP: Iwakuma
    SP: Liriano
    RP: Uehara
    RP: Perkins
    RP: Doolittle
    P: Magic Santana
    P: Porcello
    P: Santos
    BN: Paco Rodriguez
    BN: Herrera
    BN: Lohse

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a team I would draft, don’t like some of the pitching and hitter but you know that from my posts…

  113. SteveNZ says:
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    Sheesh. 12th pick in the ol’ H2H. 11th in the RCL this morning. Hate the long breaks.

    Votto+Giancarlo I guess…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Wonder if Albert gets back to me at 36/37…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And not Votto or as a corner man?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Would put him at Util. Took Votto and Stanton already

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice… Good start…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Took Albert and J-Up

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @SteveNZ: Then R-Zimm and Heyward at 60/61

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @SteveNZ: Carlos Santana and Gyorko at 84/85.

                    Andrus taken right in my face

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey:

                1. (12) Joey Votto (Cin – 1B)
                2. (13) Giancarlo Stanton (Mia – RF)
                3. (36) Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
                4. (37) Justin Upton (Atl – LF,RF)
                5. (60) Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)
                6. (61) Jason Heyward (Atl – CF,RF)
                7. (84) Carlos Santana (Cle – C,1B)
                8. (85) Jedd Gyorko (SD – 2B,3B)
                9. (108) David Robertson (NYY – RP)
                10. (109) Jason Grilli (Pit – RP)
                11. (132) Jonathan Papelbon (Phi – RP)
                12. (133) Jim Johnson (Oak – RP)
                13. (156) Alexei Ramírez (CWS – SS)
                14. (157) Mark Melancon (Pit – RP)
                15. (180) Brett Gardner (NYY – CF)
                16. (181) Joel Peralta (TB – RP)
                17. (204) Brad Miller (Sea – 2B,SS)
                18. (205) Luke Gregerson (Oak – RP)
                19. (228) Khris Davis (Mil – LF)
                20. (229) Mike Moustakas (KC – 3B)
                21. (252) George Springer (Hou – CF)
                22. (253) Kevin Siegrist (StL – RP)
                23. (276) Tom Gorzelanny (Mil – SP,RP)
                24. (277) Carlos Torres (NYM – SP,RP)

                Bunch of bench bats for off days and we only have 10 adds a week. Trying to maximise ABs, yo! 12 teams, H2H, 6×6, OBP and Holds the extras.

                • Grey

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                  Funny, I’m looking at Carlos Torres in my NFBC draft… But we’re on pick 650… Solid team overall, you know H2H goes and especially with how you go with pitching, it’s hard to say… Prolly a little light on speed, but you can figure that out… Don’t love Gardner (even though light on speed) because he’s pretty unbalanced for H2H… Solid hitting overall though…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, the speed is the glaring issue, but it’s H2H, right? Just tried to go with power wherever I could.

                    Anyone after Gyorko is basically a bench/expendable bat. I’ve been caught too many times with eff-all on my roster on short-schedule days.

                    Plus, we’re 12 teams this year, so a ton of guys on the wire (Alcides not even drafted)

                    Some pretty good values in relation to Rudy’s Yahoo 6×6 OBP rankings too (Heyward, Miller, J-Up).

                    I’d have love to have drafted Andrus but he was AUTODRAFTED *one pick before me.

                    Last two picks were to fill my SP spots. Will have to wait to see which SP-eligible relievers emerge…

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, totally agreed… That lineup will see a turnover of about 70% by June, but it’s a good starting spot…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Re: Gardner… Fowler and Jennings just hit the wire. I’m not sure I’d start either of them on the reg instead of Heyward at CF (remember, we have separate OF positions), but both could, be handy speed wise and are more balanced than Gardner, no?

                    Rudy’s OBP rankings have Jennings slightly ahead, but Fowler has slightly better OBP.

                    What say you?

                    • Grey

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                      On the reg! Nice… I’d go Jennings

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Interesting – a guy that I’m up against in week 1 autodrafted both Hanley and Desmond.

                    You’d give up Heyward so get Desmond, right (and grab Jennings from waivers)?

                    You and Rudy/Steamer are quite a long way apart on Heyward this year btw (at least as OBP rankings go). Rudy has him 26th at $27.60.

                    • Grey

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                      I’d take Desmond there, yeah…

  114. Chris says:
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    Need to keep 5 of these players in a 12 team head to head auction league. Which ones?

    McCutchen $41
    Goldschmidt $26
    Machado $12
    Jay Bruce $36
    Heyward $17
    McCann $8

    Gerrit Cole $10
    Wacha $10
    Strasburg $20
    Alex Cobb $16
    Cingrani $10
    Fister $20

    Thank you!
    Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, cole, Wacha, Heyward, Machado

  115. John says:
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    You staying away from Griffin now? Or where does he drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve re ranked him as I wrote the other day

      • John says:
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        @Grey: Sorry I missed that. Would you drop him that much in dynasty?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly to around 200ish… He’s not very exciting for dynasty anyway…

  116. thomas says:
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    Lake or Eaton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See rankings

  117. johnny2k says:
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    grey you say “you ain’t got time for a 15-homer, 30-steal guy”

    ive got all the time in the world for that. brantley is about to turn 27, gotten 600 PAs the past two seasons and hasnt come anywhere near that.

    i just aint got no time for brantley when it comes down to it.

  118. Slappy says:
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    Gray, yes, it’s late, and for that, my apology (sorrry). Anyway, I’m going with a mere 12 teams this season, so my last selection but not last draft:

    14 H2H

    B: R, H, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, TB, AVG, OBP, XBH
    C-Salty
    1B: Your man Goldy
    2B: Hill
    3B; For God’s sake stay healthy Wright
    SS: Peralta
    3 OF: Choo, Holiday, Kemp
    2U: Aoki, Crawford
    4 BN: Hart, Swisher, Rendon, Springer

    P: W, L, CG, SHO, SV, H, ER, ER, HR, BB, K, ERA, K/9, QS
    3 SP: Kazmir, J Johson, Not Bruce but Wei Yin Chen
    2 RP: Holland, Rosenthal
    4 P: Robertson, Rodney, Frieri, Veras

    Love this league. Is MIN IP of 30, so, well ,Wei Yin is fodder, more or less, need to make the 30 IP. and all that. Otherwise, since H2H , I am punting W, K, and QS. Hope to win, L, SV, H, ER, HR, BB, ERA and K/9 (unless the need is overwhelming, the SP, RP, and P slots are all empty once 30 IP or so is reached).. And Rendon is more for Wright insurance and, so, any upcoming and coming middle IF that we can expect in mid-season (I’ll drop an OF)(someone to spell ole Jhonny)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks pretty terrible… I don’t know how you plan on winning just those categories in a MIN 30 IP league… You don’t have enough pitchers, or good enough ones…

  119. goodfold2 says:
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    finished up chatroom draft where 12 owners drafted by each division and i got completely sick offense but also this pitching (6 SP, 5 RP, 1 P per day, with 3 bench spots)
    fister
    cobb
    pineda
    griffin (thought i was getting deal, found out later why)
    porcello
    shields
    liriano
    a.torres
    didn’t have to overpay at all for most of these guys. harvey tier went mostly early, but chaz bono tier fell hard in draft. liriano/porcello/cobb around very late per yahoo ranks/adp’s.
    RP guys (holds and saves league) melancon/hawkins/perkins/clippard/papelbon/scheppers
    our adds/drops opens tomorrow night; any change in rankings, or should i be dropping some/all of pineda/torres/griffin (unless he gets DL status before then) for the free agents
    m.perez/gee/santiago/erasmo (the way it drafted i wasn’t able to get those). If it’s as simple as follow rankings i could get up to three of those guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Griffin will be Dl’d

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: ok, so wait to stash griffin, but also drop torres and pineda for 2 of m.perez/gee/santiago/erasmo (in order l have listed)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Erasmo’s fine, hold Pineda

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: ah ha, so due to camp pineda has moved over m.perez/gee/santiago/

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s fine for right now… It’s a flyer, they’re all flyers at the end of your staff…

  120. Peets says:
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    Hi Grey, how does my draft look like?
    (Basically follow Grey’s rankings & suggestions…)

    ROTO, 8-team, 5×5 with OBP & QS ,
    (Understood not easy to see draft ’cause few teams, and management is important.. just hope to give me comments, thanks,)

    C – Rosario
    1B – Votto
    2B – Altuve
    3B – Donaldson
    MI – Gyroko
    CI – Alvarez
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Harper
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Beltran
    UT – Ortiz

    SP – Kershaw, Scherzer, Cobb, Teheran, Fister
    RP – Grilli, Feliz, Parnell, Reed, Perkins

    • Peets says:
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      OOPS. one more OF : Myers

    • Peets says:
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      And SS is Segura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look stronger on pitching than hitting, which isn’t great, but the league is very shallow so you should be competitive…

      • Peets says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey.
        How do you think of Scherzer this year? In your article, he may not have CY award level, but still good? Hoping to know your idea about him.
        am planning to run two aces (Kershaw & Scherzer) and two potentials (Cobb & Teheran) in the W & QS league. Thanks.

      • Peets says:
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        @Grey: And, hitters are almost Gray’s love (also mine) this year. SB could be a weak item and I will find some solutions. Appreciate if any comments about my hitters. Thanks.

  121. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    Dee Gordon or Rajai Davis for SAGNOF, taking into consideration lineup, playing time, etc?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  122. Bear says:
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    Here we are Sunday Morning DRAFT Day…Looking for more last minute advice please. You gave me some advice before for my 20 Team H2H but a few Mock Drafts have me wondering…I pick 6th and was thinking Jones and you advised to go ‘Corner Guy’ (at 35 for pic 2-UGH) and next best bat at 46 and SP at 65 (Rd 4). So…in several Mocks I am not getting any Corner Guy at 35. So should I go with a Corner on my first pick? Fielder or Davis? Or stay with Jones and take what position next if no Corner available…and wait for say a Rizzo? Thanks Grey!!

    • Bear says:
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      @Bear: And if Price is ok at 6th (seems to be…) then I see your pairings would be Puig (doubt he falls that far to 35) or Bruce who I think might. Then next best bat in my 3rd rd (46) or a Steals guy say Marte or Andrus? Thinking my way through…please guide oh wise one…

      • Bear says:
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        @Bear: opps meant Prince but you knew that…LOL

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, that makes sense

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, take Fielder

      • Bear says:
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        @Grey: Great…so let’s say I get Fielder/Bruce then…?? next best bat in my 3rd rd (46) or a Steals guy say Marte or Andrus? Thx

        • Grey

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          Depends what’s available… I’d go by my rankings… Maybe Marte or Andrus…

  123. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: My pitching staff h2h 12 man standard pay league

    a sanchez
    m moore
    masterson
    porcello
    tillman
    locke
    melancon
    scheppers
    putz
    janssen
    axford

    So yeah my pitching seems a bit weak – Corbin has UCL damage which is good news for Archie Bradley & Ventura is also there on waivers —

    Do you think I should make a move on Ventura & Bradley ??? If so for whooooo ???

    • Grey

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      Ventura? You mean Delgado?

      • Anthony says:
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        @Grey: Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Yordano Ventura is the favorite to land the final spot in the Royals’ rotation.

        So @Grey Make a move for Venturea& Bradley??? If so for who???

        • Grey

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          Ventura… Delgado is ranked above him in my rankings though

          • Anthony says:
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            @Grey: Who should I drop for ventura/Delgado ?

            • Grey

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              Locke

  124. J-FOH says:
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    Confrmed on Corbin with damage to UCL…needs “second opinion”. He was on my do not draft list this year with Medlen and Beachy….Three for Three!

    • Grey

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      Yay for you

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: not so yay for others, so who is the next “name” to go down, are we starting a pool?

        • Grey

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          Or just dive into a pool a’la Bill Murray in Rushmore

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: with this heat i want to go jump into a pool right now. Got the Champions league Draft today. watching Rocky 3 right now getting ready for it…..ding ding

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Eye of the Tiger, baby, Eye of the Tiger!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I look at that league and say Ding…Ding!

                • Grey

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                  Haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice

                    • mauledbypandas says:
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                      @J-FOH: damn you, thats my go time music !!!

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @J-FOH: yeah, i’ve gotten lucky, as i simply have porcello in like every league instead of corbin, having noticed that in yahoo they hate porcello; and he’s ranked just one spot under corbin. If your pitchers weren’t so underranked i’d probably have Corbin in one or two spots by now.

  125. brad hand says:
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    With the announcement that Corbin has UCL damage, would you keep him in 14 team keeper league or set him free?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Free

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: pitching doesn’t seem so deep lately

        • Grey

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          Dropping left and right

  126. johnny says:
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    Heres the squad… Lacks speed but oveall waited on Sp and had a yahoo draft malfunction that drafted Jansen way early but all in all upside galore.
    10 team H2H
    1b Pujols
    2b Gyrko
    3b Edwin E
    OF Harper
    OF Stanton
    OF J Upton
    OF Gordon
    Util Leonys martin

    Cole Teheran Minor Cueto Salazar T Walker Ventura Ross Kazmir
    Jansen Robertson

    If i need to pick up someone like ARCHIE(WORTH IT?) Then who would I drop?

    How does the pitching staff look

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archie Bradley is not in the rotation, Delgado is

      • johnny says:
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        @Grey:
        How does the squad look,

        Who would you drop first if I had someone to pick up, maybe archie takes a spot in a month or many other situations that can come up.

    • Grey

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      The team looks solid, but it’s a shallow league, so anything can happen… I like the hitting more than the pitching, but that’s how I’d like it to be, so that’s fine… Ross is the first man off your team… You can look at rankings to see who is lowest for me…

      • johnny says:
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        @Grey: think drop say Ross for Nate jones get another closer?

        • Grey

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          Sure

  127. J-FOH says:
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    Glossary Term idea: when a pitcher you draft has to go see Dr. Freeze and hence ruining that pick, you got “FREEZEr Burned”.

    • Grey

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      I got it on Corbin

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: but do you like…. I got FREEZEr Burned?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s not bad, will run it by Rudy…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: the court of Rudy’s opinion! That’s not a liberal courtroom

            • Grey

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              It’s like the Nuremberg trial

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I hate when I have to wear the headsets

  128. P-bird says:
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    Drop Alcides or Gordon for Owings? If I need steals?

  129. tbone2917 says:
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    Just completed my first darft. Having the WarRoom was a life saver. Had a couple guys chosen right before me that I wanted, Segura and Pujols, but overall like my team. Its a H2h category league with 12 teams, what do you think?

    C:Rosario
    1B:Abreu
    2B:Cano
    SS:Miller
    3B:Longo
    OF:Bautista, Myers, Marte
    DH: Gordon
    BN: Matt Adams

    2 SP: Cobb, Verlander
    2 RP: Uherea, Rodney
    3 P: Liriano, Gray, Salazar
    Bench: Kluber, Timmy, Josh Johnson, Veras

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the team looks very solid… Nice balance on htiting and very solid pitching… Just need Abreu and Miller to come through, but Adams could even offset Abreu just in case…

  130. slew says:
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    Now I see that the Nose was pulled after two innings of work. It’s everywhere.

    • Grey

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      Yup

  131. bossmanjunior says:
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    Had my RCL draft last night and feel pretty good about the team. Biggest issue I had was a mouse that kept on double clicking. Because I had the 12th spot in the draft, I picked back to back and on three occasions (Beltre, Balfour, Smyly) I accidentally selected two players in a row in the queue. For example, Beltre should have been A. Jones. Oh well. I thought my team was a little light on power, but War Room seemed to like the team (94-110% in every category).

    C Ramos
    1B Encarnacion
    2B Hill
    3B Beltre
    SS Segura
    MI Rollins
    CI Abreu
    OF Rios
    OF Gordon
    OF Aoki
    OF Calhoun
    OF Brantley
    UTL Moustakas
    BN R. Davis
    BN Joyce

    P Bailey
    P Fister
    P Gray
    P Masterson
    P Corbin
    P Smyly
    P Griffin
    P Robertson
    P Balfour
    P Hawkins

    Obviously I likely need to find a replacement for Griffin. I’ll save that question for another time.
    1B

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      Shit…Corbin with UCL damage? Ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to find a replacement for Griffin and Corbin, which hurts your pitching, but in an RCL there’s plenty of pitching to go around… I do like the hitting so there’s that…

  132. Matt R says:
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    Got 1 theory and 1 pick question to ask ya
    Been thinking about the Bench spots and what positions are best to have there. My conclusion is that I think having at least 1 of them being an OF spot is beneficial bc they can fill in at any of the 3 OF spots while ex a guy who plays first base can only sub in at the 1 1B slot. Would you agree with this or is it better to use it at a thinner position?
    1 question is: in a 12 team keeper league H2H (keep 8) 7×7 with OBP+doubles. I have Votto/Miggy, rest of lineup is balanced, should I be taking Mauer or taking someone like Trumbo? Would having Mauer be AVG/OBP overkill along with Miggy/Votto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no right position to have on your bench… See my rankings for Mauer

  133. bossmanjunior says:
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    Replacements for Corbin and Griffin:

    Hudson, Miley, Kennedy, Gee, Peralta, Skaggs, Santiago, Niese, Leake, M. Perez, Paxton, Vogelsong

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      Also, since I picked last I have first waiver priority. Should I make my move now or wait until Monday when all the free agents will be off waivers?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wait until Monday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d just take Skaggs and Perez for now… There will be pitchers that emerge… You’ll be fine…

  134. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: @Rudy: It seems like the War Room is broken. As soon as I login I’m getting an error message.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, working for me…

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: Just tried it again. Here’s what it says after logging in:

        The page you were looking for doesn’t exist.

        You may have mistyped the address or the page may have moved.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure, sounds like you did mistype the address… Works here…

  135. SF says:
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    Hey Grey. I’ve got Zack Wheeler, Shelby Miller, and Trevor Rosenthal as possible pitching keepers and Arenado, d’Arnaud, and Austin Jackson for my bats. . I can only keep 2 from each category. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Jackson… Miller, Rosenthal

  136. costaricanchata says:
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    joey votto just hit a 1st inning home run in a spring training game ,
    which means that , unless the reds drop him in their batting order ,
    he could hit 162 home runs this season .
    therefore , my new draft strategy is to take votto in the 1st ,
    billy hamilton in the 2nd , followed by as many pitchers as allowed by the
    league settings , and then disconnect from the draft .
    see you in the winner’s circle !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  137. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    A.C = after corbin, how high do delgado and bradley move up?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i see it, delgado’s moved into either bottom of “this close to 40″ or top of “dumpling face”

  138. Larry David says:
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    You like my boy Archie Bradley a little bit more with Corbin getting Tommy John?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  139. My friends league draft in an hour, given the way things are things year I might take 9 hitters in the first 10 rounds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  140. Bah cant type

  141. Hey I’m going fishing, #1 Pick is mine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  142. jb says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Draft strategy question for you: 14-team ESPN head-to-head mixed league with an auction draft. Pitching categories are QS, K, ERA, WHIP, and SVs, and we have a rule that pitching stats from only the first 8 starters count each week. (Starters, not starts – if 2 of the 8 starters have multiple starts in a given week then stats count for all 10 starts). We have 8 SP slots, 2 RP slots, and 2 generic P slots.
    We draft 30 players per team. Obviously I’m going to try to draft the 13 hitters, 8 SP, and 2 closers. How would you use the other 7 picks? Bench hitters? Bench starters, to increase the chance of having multi-starts each week? Relief pitchers to fill the two P slots? Minor league prospects?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5 SPs, 2 bench hitters…

  143. SteveNZ says:
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    Just realised I’ve had the HR totals for Donaldson and Moss flip-flopped in my head all through pre-season. Thought I was drafting a 25 HR guy at 3B…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… Nice…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: And like I said above, I had scrolled down on the draft window just a tiny bit and R-Zimm was hidden when I went to pick a 3B – took Donaldson because I thought he was the best one left – and then royce! took Zimm right after me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, member you saying that…

  144. Swfcdan says:
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    Is Crain still a saves candidate when healthy? Thinking whether to claim him for Porcello.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is a saves candidate…

  145. David Arcibar says:
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    Ok, I took Corbin in the draft and now I’m in a bind with his potential Tommy John surgery. I also happen to like Asche this year (Thanks for the tip) and so I am looking to trade Adrian Beltre or Ryan Zimmerman. Beltre for Jose Abreu/Sonny Gray…thoughts? this is a 12 man Keeper league H2H 7×7. Should I be asking for more( Taijuan Walker) or is this a fair trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like the trade… It’s a 12 man league, Corbin will be replaceable… Don’t do anything rash…

      • Arcibar says:
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        @Grey: how about Zimmerman and Casey Janssen for Julio Tehran and Yordano Ventura? This is my team so far this year. What are your thoughts?
        C Evan Gattis, Atl C, OF
        1B Anthony Rizzo, chi
        2B Jose Altuve, Hou 2B
        3B Adrian Beltre, Tex 3B
        SS Jean Segura, mil
        OF Carlos Gomez, mil
        OF Yoenis Cespedes, Oak OF, DH
        OF Austin Jackson,
        UTIL Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh
        Bench Will Venable, SD OF
        Bench Corey Hart, Sea 1B, OF
        Bench Nick Castellanos, Det OF

        – – – – – – – – – – – –
        Patrick Corbin, Ari SP
        Chris Archer, TB SP
        Nate Jones, CWS RP
        SP David Price, TB SP
        SP Michael Wacha, StL
        RP Trevor Rosenthal, StL RP
        RP Casey Janssen, Tor RP DTD
        Bench CC Sabathia, NYY SP
        Bench Lance Lynn

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would not trade a bat for an arm before the season started unless it was a slam dunk, this is not a slam dunk…

          • David Arcibar says:
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            @Grey: Alright, I’ll keep my head for now.What are your thoughts on Nick Castellanos?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I went over Castellanos in the rankings

          • David Arcibar says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: Also, what about Asche’s spring training? Seems a bit overmatches so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool, you like your team?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Eh, it’s a’ight? what do you think of it?

        I got power and speed trickled in all over the place. Staff I like, would of liked another closer but bullpen arms went bananas in there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like other teams of yours better…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: me too, the auto draft messed everything up. There was no OF for me to draft. Ugly! When I passed on the OF, I was hoping people were going to start drafting starters so i grabbed Donaldson….OOPs. I’m happy with the foundation, now I need to work extra hard in season….and Kendry needs to sign in Seattle…SOON!!!!!!! I like that I got Liriano in the 13th, basically the 14th and masterson in the 15th, basically the 16th.

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          @J-FOH:

          Been interested to see how the CL would draft. You really carved out some work for yourself. Questions:

          Back to Back 1b.
          Catcher in the 7th.
          SP too early.
          Closers too early.
          Tough outfield: Perkins/Coco/Yelich/Khris could have been Venable/Domonic/Leonys/Cishek.

          Tough room to draft in. Looks like it will be a fun league.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Kid A: Yelich and Davis got auto drafted, gonna drink that one off later, but not in the plan. I have no regret over the back to back 1B, two best players available. I’m Ok with Waino, no idea why I drafted Sanchez *smacks self* and I wanted Jansen in what I thought was going to be a mad closer grab, which it was. Solid room, but nothing has been better than the FCL draft room.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes things more challenging (watch this be the team that shines)….

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I screwed myself a few times thinking I could pick the runs. Unlike my other drafts, I had no read on the room, was just not paying attention like I usually do. Sometimes when i shoot ahead at the turn I don’t look far enough ahead. Totally blundered that. You might be right though, my disdain for this mess means it will probably be better than I think. I actually like my MI spots for what I paid.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, sometimes the room trips you up… I didn’t draft a 2nd OF in Tout until pick 125, which is very unlike me, but there was just nothing there…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: 125? that rough, i try to take what the draft gives me but today i was off my game. Not in my draft zone. I have another one tomorrow, going to have to take my bad day out on them.

  146. This is what I ended up with, 10 teams ESPN 7×7 (OPS, Total Bases, Losses, Batting avg against)

    C Jason Castro
    1b Albert Pujols
    2b Aaron Hill
    3b Miguel Cabrera
    SS Jean Segura
    MI Howie Kendrick
    CI Anthony Rizzo
    OF Ryan Braun
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Wil Meyers
    OF Mark Trumbo
    OF Norichika Aoki
    UT Jose Abreu
    Be Dexter Fowler

    SP Anibal Sanchez
    SP Alex Cobb
    SP Julio Teheran
    SP Justin Masterson
    SP Sonny Grey
    SP Rick Porcello

    RP Glen Perkins
    RP Sergio Romo
    RP Ernesto Frieri
    RP Neftali Feliz
    RP Rex Brothers
    RP LaTroy Hawkins

    I like the power and the pitching should be fine. Light on speed but it’s not a big factor in this format.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching and hitting both look real solid, hoping for big things from Aaron Hill this year, hopefully he stays healthy, unlike Corbin who’s hurt two of my teams already…

      • @Grey:

        Who knows with HIll, as you said you might get a top 3 season. Or you might be looking for another 2b in May.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  147. goodfold2 says:
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    should’ve just finished drafting my biggest money league tonight. which had gone down to 10 owners due to money going up and comish wanting his long time friends to actually pay BEFORE the season (had been 18 2 years ago,16 last year, but deadbeats abound). Then comish gets the cute idea to move draft to 8 eastern tonight (no problems yet). then with about 30 minutes till draft tries to put the order in (order made from last year’s standings), but yahoo won’t let him. He has to cancel and open up identical league. this causes at least 2 owners to quit. maybe 4. Is 162-216 enough players drafted for a decent, competitive AL or NL only league? we’ll have 6 or 8. it’s h2h

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: we delayed draft till march 30th, some think those that quit only did so due to draft time being moved back twice. Lesson comishes, DON’T MOVE A DRAFT BACK TO PLAY BASKETBALL! So we hope to get all 4 back, but if not i’m guessing 8 team (27 drafted per team) NL or AL only is doable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      8′s fine

  148. Hey, I found a subject for you to talk about, okay, you probably already talked about it by now. THE DL LIST. Which players are destined to open the season on the DL,? Which players would be good targets with possible early or mid season upside? Unlike last year’s DL MVP = Cory Hart.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like Griffin and Parker will be there now…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: d.holland was the first possibly useful one.

  149. Mike B says:
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    I am sure that the comments section will be inundated with newly drafted teams looking for suggestions/critiquing…so let me be part of that trend!

    10 team 10 keeper OBP/QS league drafted yesterday:
    C-Rosario
    1B-Prince
    2B-Hill
    3B-Longo
    ss-Segura
    MI-Profar
    CI-Pujols
    of-Puig
    of-Marte
    of-Pence
    of-Hamilton
    of-Aoki
    Uti-Ortiz
    Ben-De Aza
    Ben-Moose Tacos

    sp-JoFer
    sp-Sale
    p-Gio
    p-Shelby
    p-Teheran
    rp-Kenley
    rp-Perkins
    p-Janssen
    p-Soriano
    Ben-Kuroda
    Ben-J.Johnson
    Ben-Syndergaard
    Ben-Cingrani

    Any thoughts on needs/potential pitfalls?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solid team, very shallow league so you’ll need to work to win… Your outfield is a tad weak in ten team if Hamilton doesn’t step up…

  150. Metfan86 says:
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    Grey
    Id really appreciate your opinion on my keepers which i have to decide soon. Its a $276 budget and we get to keep three guys. Its a rotiss and you can keep these guys for three years total so two more on each. Each additional year add $5. I was thinking i can get boegarts for around that in the draft and have him for an additional year. What do you think?

    D Oritz – $9
    Matt Carp – $6
    S Marte – $7
    Will Myers – $12
    Trevor Rosenthal – $7
    x Boegarts – $7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers, Marte, Carp

      • Metfan86 says:
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        If you were just drafting for this year would you keep anyone differently? Im thinking in an OBP league ortiz is better in every cat except steals than Marte. Im just afraid Marte is going to worthless in rbis and obp. Thanks for the quick response!

  151. Metfan86 says:
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    Forgot to mention its an OBP league.

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