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I almost called this post, “Aaron Hicks, Adam Eaton and those other guys.”  Like a prude brothel would announce, therein lies the rub.  Those other guys may not be as exciting right now, but there’s some great value this year for outfield.  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 100-175, 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 2013 fantasy baseball.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2013 projections.   Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2013 fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before I get into this post, I just wanted to vent for a second.  I never thought Veronica Mars could piss me off.  Major conglomerates are now having fans pay for movies for them to profit off of?!  Are you kidding me?  What’s next?  Target has people pay to stock round beach blankets (that’s my invention; see, you never have to move the blanket when the sun moves).  Then once a million blankets are paid for, Target sells them back to their customers?  Maybe Gordon Ramsay can get people to pay him to scream?  Maybe cars can get people to pay for gas?  Wait, that already happens.  *breathe, Grey, breathe* Okay, I didn’t just stop the post to vent about someone paying $10,000 so they can say on camera, “Your check, sir.”  Though they should’ve had them say, “Can I bend over so Warner Bros. can screw me in the–”  Okay, I’m getting excited again.  No, I wanted to break to say not all crowd-sourcing is bad.  Shoot, check the comments.  Kickstarter looks like it sold its soul, but there’s still some reputable small guys out there.  How is this related to fantasy?  Well, some of youse play for a prize pool, don’t you?  Crowdtilt lets you collect fantasy league fees from your dead-beat buddies.  I used it for my personal league, and reached out to them to see if they could give us a deal.  They couldn’t, but they did offer a chance to win $100, which I thought was cool.  To enter the drawing just use the promo code “Razzball2013” when you start your campaign.  Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2013 fantasy baseball:

Aaron Hicks – (Yahoo 1108; MDC 393)  He would be the lede in this week’s Buy/Sell if there was such a thing before the season started.  In this weird thing that we’ve abandoned all human contact for that we call fantasy baseball, people get super jazzed about players that are hitting well.  Y’all realize that no real games have been played yet, right?  Y’all realize Hicks wouldn’t be the first player to lead Spring Training in hitting and then flame-out once the season starts, right?  Y’all realize that, right?  Do I need to link to what Spring Training stats mean?  Well, I did.  If you’ve drafted Hicks already and someone is offering you some silly trade for him, trade him before he becomes what he is — a fifth fantasy outfielder.  Here’s what I said the other day about him, “So far the two most exciting names this spring are playing for the Padres and the Twins.  The classically-trained-in-being-lousy Mastroianni can’t get on the field due to a sore left hammy.  Meanwhile back at the hidden valley ranch, Hicks is hitting everything he sees, and not in a Brett Myers type way.  Our prospect writer, Scott, said of Hicks, “After a rough year in 2011 at High-A, Hicks moved up to Double-A in 2012 and looked like an entirely different player.  The 23-year-old hit .286/.384/.460 with 13 homers, and 32 stolen bases at New Britain.  Most think that a stint in Triple-A will serve Hicks well (to start 2013), but expect to see him in Minnesota at some point.  BTW, am I the only one that has drawn a mustache on my Grey Poupon jar?”  Hmm, didn’t remember that last line.  Mastroianni should be a bench bat and Hicks should be given a whirl by the Twins.  That’s not saying it will definitely happen.  I’d put those chances at about 70%.  It was less than a 5% chance about a month ago.  Hicks has the speed to boost his BABIP, but he’ll need a BABIP north of .350 to hit for a respectable average.  He does have some decent power, which will be made lighter by Hubert H. Homerfree Dome.  If he gets the job/lead off spot, think 81/8/42/.257/25.  For this year, he’s basically a poor man’s Angel Pagan.  I will call him On-sale Pagan.”  And that’s me quoting me!  By the by by the by by by by– Sorry, record skip.  By the by, I added Hicks into my top 400 for 2013 fantasy baseball.

Adam Eaton – (ESPN 264; MDC 220)  If you click his name, you’ll see a post I wrote about him in November.  Booya!  Adam Eaton, Josh Rutledge, Manny Machado, Aroldis, Todd Frazier and Paul Goldschmidt.  Search for each of their names on the top right and see what I’ve harped on.  I love them all.  I gotta get our silly image maker to do a Grey family tree.  Madeline Albright is at top, then my parents are Giancarlo and Rutledge, then I got brothers and sisters in Eaton, Machado, Frazier and Goldschmidt.  My love for them is growing, someone take out my inseam.  (Side note:  If you don’t know what I mean by having a silly image maker, like us on Facebook, that’s where most of the images have been going.)

Cameron Maybin – (Yahoo 223; ESPN 206)  Technically, I have him below Yahoo and ESPN in my rankings.  More technically, after the top 200, there’s a wide range between where someone is ranked vs. where they are drafted.  “Where they are drafted” always wins that fight, too.  Maybin isn’t someone I lurve, I don’t even really love him, but for where he’s being drafted he offers decent upside.  Best case scenario, he’s a top 25 outfielder.  Worst case scenario, you come home from buying your woman flowers and your front door keys don’t work and your kid is calling Maybin daddy.  Worst worst case scenario, you have to watch the Padres play every day to see what Maybin is doing.  Thank God for box scores!

Norichika Aoki – (ESPN 213) He’s only really low in ESPN.  Hard to say why.  I’m guessing Snafu Larry’s dart totally missed the board for Aoki and Cockcroft and Karabell threw wide, as well.

Lorenzo Cain – (ESPN 250; MDC 228) Member when I wrote that Cain sleeper post last year?  We were younger then!  You had more hair!  I was just as handsome!  Alas, times they be, uh, I forget the rest of the line but it’s something about changing.  By this point, I have a pretty good sense of which guys I’m drafting on my teams (especially since about 75% of our teams have drafted already).   I don’t think we’re gonna be owning Cain this year.  I have had queued him up in some drafts only to see him taken right before I had a chance.  Cain…Sugar! has his problems (staying healthy) but he could be great value (if he stays healthy).

Starling Marte – (Yahoo 253; ESPN 268)  Unlike Cain…Sugar!, we are owning Marte this year.  He’s been completely forgotten about.  Wil Myers — ooh, he’s sexy!  Carl Crawford — ooh, he’s gonna bounce back!  Michael Morse — ew, he’s on the Mariners!  But Marte is an afterthought.  His afterthoughtness (Made Up Word of the Day!) reminds me of Machado.  I’m perplexed by this — perplexed, I tell ya!  Marte was good last year in his cup of Joe.  Marte has 15 homer, 30 steal upside.  That doesn’t excite you?  Are you dead inside?  Would you even know if you were?  Sorry if that sent you on a philosophical journey of self.

Wil Myers – (Yahoo 263; ESPN 285; MDC 236)  If you click his first name, you’ll find a post I did before the Royals traded their farm system for an aging pitcher who can’t pitch away from Tampa.  If you click on his surname and know what a surname is and don’t think it’s a country in South America, you’ll see a post I did on Myers after the trade that shook the world like a Baptistina asteroid.  The first post is regarding him on the Royals, but has better projections-slash-ETA in the majors.  The 2nd post has more accurate team info.  If I were to do a mash-up like Girl Talk, it would go like this:  Wil’ll be up in June and be the number one prospect call-up, and when I look at you I throw up, from 3rd grade that was brought up.  Tadow!  18 homers and a .280 average in three-quarters of a season is what I’m expectin’ like your woman I’m impregnatin’.  Zapow!

Logan Morrison – (Yahoo 262; MDC 378)  I’ll put Morrison in the tier of players, “Him and Brett Wallace, Seriously is Anyone Drafting Them?”  We’ve drafted Wallace twice already and I bet he’s going to be one of those guys that people own in all leagues by May.  (I already did a Brett Wallace sleeper post.  I wrote it while checking the expiration date on milk cartons.)  I’m less confident about Morrison due to his ongoing ‘kneehab.’  If he’s there late, I’d take a flyer.  Though, he could be the first guy off your team in 12 team and shallower leagues.  Assuming you don’t draft Ryan Dempster.

Brett Gardner – (Yahoo 205; MDC 213) Maybe it’s his pants pulled up with his use of stirrups.  I don’t know, but I love Gardner.  Maybe it’s because I hate paying for SAGNOF.  If he flames out this year, this will be the last time I ask you to take a Gardner flyer.  He’ll be too old next year to put it together and he’ll be a casualty of what could have been, but if you’re getting a potential 40+ steal, 8-homer guy as late as 250 overall, you’re getting great value.

Dexter Fowler – (Yahoo 226; MDC 226)  There’s times I think MDC just takes Yahoo’s ADP and puts some funky colors on them.  I don’t know; was just something I was thinking about.  Rudy’s hesitation with Fowler is justified (though I don’t agree with lumping Adam Jones into that).  Fowler does seem like he has the Bernie Williams disease of being fast but not good at stealing bases (not the Bernie Williams disease of playing Pearl Jam on guitar; Arroyo has that disease).

Leonys Martin – (Yahoo 259; ESPN 294; MDC 339)  I was a bit surprised at how far down Leonys showed up in the top 25 fantasy baseball prospects.  Straily seems destined for Quad-A territory, d’Arnaud isn’t bad, but is a catcher and Rondon might not make the club and is a reliever.  These things are an ever-evolving blob of rankings, and I’m sure Scott would agree Rondon would be lower now that he doodie-bubbled Spring Training.  Scott’s not wrong, per se.  Just my opinion.  Scott is actually closer to other ‘perts when it comes to Martin.  He seems to be another afterthought.  Guy Collecting Nickels For Every Time Someone Uses The Word Afterthought, “You owe me a bunch of nickels.”

  1. trick dad says:
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    In a 20 team OBP league with one catcher, is Martin good enough or should I aim higher? Thanks.

    • trick dad says:
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      @trick dad: Russell Martin that is

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    Surprised there was no Oscar Tavarez on the list. Only thing holding him back is Beltran’s health. Better pure hitter and more speed than Myers, with less plate discipline issues. I think could make a big immediate impact and put up 20/10 type numbers soon. In my opinion plate discipline is the biggest indicator of how quickly a hitter can adjust to the major leagues. Only a 10.5 K% in AA last year. Cust sayin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I don’t dislike him, just don’t feel like he’s someone worth drafting in redraft leagues out of the gate…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Actually, I’ll say in most redraft leagues, there are some deeper leagues where I could see it…

  3. Curt says:
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    I hope Cain plays well between the….”white lines”……

      • Dewy & Yaz says:
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        @Grey:

        He won’t ever come down.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Dewy & Yaz: Nope, even with broken glass everywhere…

  4. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Now 3 openings in the Fantasy Razzball league planning to draft tonight at 9 ET/6 PT.

    Join here.

    (ID: 110249/Password: tennessee)

  5. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    According to EW, they were hoping to raise $2 million for V. Mars in a month, but it actually took under 11 hours.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Oh, man, I totally slept off my Mars anger and now you got me going again…

  6. costaricanchata says:
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    dang .
    you quote crazy uncle bob (almost) and then no mention of him in your family tree ?
    what was he going to charge you ??
    you have good cause to be pizzed .
    “everybody does crazy uncle bob better than crazy uncle bob does crazy uncle bob”
    nowadays , anyways .

  7. Fungazi says:
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    What’s it about Maybin that I don’t see that even gets him drafted? Low counting stats, low homer potential, hits .240 in a good year and most of the production comes in 2 – 3 good weeks. Also bad offensive team and bad ball park. There has to be easier ways to get steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: You just said things that he does in a bad year, in a good year he’s better than that…

      • Kilgore says:
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        @Grey: But the only good seasons I’ve ever seen listed on his stats are in the ‘Projected’ columns…

  8. centerfieldballhawk says:
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    I’m afraid that Eaton won’t stay under the Greydar for too much longer. ESPN ran a top prospects piece yesterday and although I didn’t read it you can only guess who the cover boy was.

    • Johnny Five says:
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      @centerfieldballhawk:

      Eaton is most definitely no longer under the radar. He’s gotten to the point of almost being overhyped in all of my leagues. I’d love to have the guy on my roster, but I don’t think that I’m willing to pay what I assume that he’s going to go for.

  9. Michael says:
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    Hey Grey, you had previously put up stats to average 3rd in each category for a 10 (maybe 12) team league, but do you by chance have the same stats for an 8-team league? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Michael: I don’t, kind sir…

  10. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    Ryan Dempster… be still my heart.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaywrong: Stop, you’re killing me.

  11. Cartman 4evs says:
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    After a multi year hiatus from fantasy baseball due to military commitments (ok obsession) I am taking the plunge again this year. I love your site and killed my draft last night. I know everyone else used the standard sites and it showed, so thanks for that!

    The league uses 5 OF slots, and three are LF, RF and CF. I started strong with McCutchen, Jones, Choo but am stuck with Victorino as my LF; Reddick is the 5th. Will Victorino hurt me at LF?

    I also ended up with no OFs for util and am worried a bit. My 2nd/SS/Util combos are Philips, Rutledge, Escobar, Espinoza (Rizzo being the last util). I somehow ended up with half the 2b and SS available which seems counter intuitive, but they were all value picks. Will these be an unneeded surpuls I can look to trade or should I just leave them on the bench and be happy?

    For more context:
    C: Perez
    1B: AuShizz
    3b: Longoria

    Thank You!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cartman 4evs: Thanks for the kind words! What’s this a 8 team league? Victorino should be fine… You don’t need bench hitters…

  12. Joe says:
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    As I mentioned to other day, I flipped Eaton for Greinke (from a scared owner). I already had Latos, Bumgarner, Zimmermann, Dickey and Medlen, so I found Greinke to be completely redundant. Flipped Greinke + Ellsbury for Adam Jones last night? Crazy?!

    (Keeper league with no restrictions. I already shopped Greinke around and no one else was interested.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Cray cray!

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the response. I figured trading two 35-50th overall players for your 13th overall may get some love! Especially with my pitching depth and the injury risks in Greinke and Ellsbury. I also like the Jones is young and entering his prime…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

          • Joe says:
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            @Grey: Wait, wait. And I promise to go away for at least a week…do you like the Jones side of deal or the Greinke + Ellsbury side? I am 95% sure you mean the Greinke + Ellsbury side is clearly better; I only bug because I actually respect the opinions on this site.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Joe: I like Jones…

              • Joe says:
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                @Grey: DAY. MADE.

  13. Jomar says:
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    10 team 4 keeper league with OPS instead of BA. Do I keep Alex Rios in the 21st or Victor Martinez in the 24th?

  14. Pub says:
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    Draft in 2 days anything new on grienke?????

  15. Bristol says:
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    Grey….thoughts on Josh Beckett? Looking strong in the spring with his new approach.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bristol: I talk about him in my rankings… I like him…

  16. Kevin says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Are you planning on ranking middle relievers this year? It was incredibly helpful last year when I adopted your strategy of using studly middle relievers to essentially create another ace on my pitching staff.

  17. life is sad man but I need a 3B dude for season in my deep keeper league and since everyone is trying to rape me in a trade – one of these will have to do the job – so which one grey would you go with

    I am not worry about next year just this year but if you are worried for me its cool with me when you make the selection

    Lonnie Chisenhall

    Chris Nelson – at moment I do not see him as starting but maybe I am wrong

    Eduardo Núñez – not sure if he starts the whole year

    Brett Wallace

    • there is also ——- Juan Francisco chris Johnson combo but I can not own both

  18. Charles says:
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    12-team h2h league with 3OF and 2UTIL, and OBP and K instead of AVG. Would you consider drafting 2 OF with your first 2 picks (some combination of Giancarlo, Bautista, and J-Up)? Or would you prefer Longoria plus 1 OF? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: I would draft Longoria, your grace…

  19. kalone says:
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    Are you reconsidering your Chapman betrothal with word that he’s sort of 50/50 to be in the bullpen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kalone: I think it’s a nonsense story… You don’t sign a closer (Broxton) and diddle Chapman…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: #toothpick

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mark Prior shudders.

        • Tom says:
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          @Carnac: I met Dusty a year ago at a Good Friday service. Nice guy. Nice family. Not sure about his management.

          Carnac, (or Trevor if he’s available) you seem to be the most knowledgeable and responsive about the War Room spreadsheet tool. I appreciate your help earlier. Follow up question – I just found out my league is going 6×6. How hard would it be to add a category to the tool? It’s worth a few bucks to me if you can do it.

          Related question: I need winning targets for the following atypical categories: TB, OBP and k/BB ratio. Any idea who would have these — assuming I can get another category added to the WR SS.

          Thanks again for your help

  20. Todd25 says:
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    “Wil’ll be up in June…” (Studderer!)

  21. Sean says:
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    Keeper league question for you grey. 12 team 4 of, CI, MI, and OBP instead of avg.
    We can keep six players ….options
    Carlos Gonzalez- Cost 1st round
    Matt Kemp- cost 1st round
    Mike Trout- cost 19th round
    paul goldschmidt- cost 8th round
    edwin Encarnacion- Cost 20th round
    Ian Kinsler- cost 1st round
    Hanley Ramirez- cost 1st round
    Stephen Strasburg- cost 12th round.

    My instincts are to keep Trout, Kemp, Cargo, hanley, Strasburg….my last pick is coming down to E3 and Goldy i think over kinsler. I am slighly leaning towards E3 b/c of the 11 round difference in price between him and goldy would seem to offset and production potential between the two. Any feedback is appreciated, and as always thanks for the best fantasy Baseball content on the web!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Those five plus Goldy…

  22. Cartman 4evs says:
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    Thanks for the reply. It’s a new 10 team league with mostly newish players. I had a fun draft…

  23. Tommy C says:
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    How do you feel about Hunter Pence? I think he is going around 120 or so on ESPN. I feel like he should be higher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tommy C: Yeah, that’s a bit low… I’d draft him, and have already this year…

  24. Luis says:
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    I feel the same way as you about Eaton, which is why I’m on the fence about this offer in my 20 team Dynasty League, I just received, what do people think?

    I send Eaton and Jackie Bradley for RA Dickey. I do need pitching, but I think hes going to take a step back this year in Toronto, and my OF prospects aren’t good either.

    Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luis: I’d take Dickey, but the deal could bite you in the ass…

  25. AmishGangsta says:
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    @Grey,

    I’m in a 3 year auction keeper league, H2H, 5×5,. Salary cap of $500 with 20% salary escalators each year. I have $290 invested in the following team:
    Trout/McCutchen/Holliday/Gomez/Morse (start 4 OF, and 1 U)
    Rizzo/Freeman/Castro/Kipnis (start C, 1, 2, 3 and MI/CI)
    P – Medlan/Moore RP -Motte/Parnell
    Just a quick few questions – do I keep Holliday at $59 (note that half of the top 20 OF’s are already kept)?
    Do I make a run at M. Cabrera/Verlander – which would cost me around $160-$170 for both players. Leave me around $50 to pickup the rest of my pitching staff (including a 3rd rp) and a catcher and a few bench spots (27 total players per team). Go big or go home?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Holliday…. Forget Miggy and Verlander for those prices…

      • AmishGangsta says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. Keeper league inflation is unique in our league, there are 70 to 90 dollar throw a ways every year at the top of the board. I hate 3b this year – im trying to trade for pablo at $33, if so i could use the extra cash to land a top 3 catcher and more sp deth. While i have you – Profar sticking? I’m hearing they are leaning on trying to get him 300 at bats and keep him up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I doubt it…

  26. Peter says:
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    What are your thoughts on Matt Carpenter? I haven’t developed a man crush yet and was wondering whether I should. That multi-position eligibility can be clutch and my lone bench option.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d pick him up/draft him, but I don’t have huge expectations… He’s in my rankings, and I mentioned him the other day…

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    14 team league standard 5 batting cats with obp also. I’m keeping adam jones and drafting 7th. I know I need to take an infielder (hoping for fielder, votto, pujols or cano) but if the situation comes up where the best infielders are beltre or kinsler would you draft a mccutch or stanton over beltre or kinsler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take one of the OFs…

  28. Eric says:
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    “You don’t need bench hitters”–Grey

    So I’m in a Yahoo 10-team H2H keep-7-forever league with very shallow rosters (3 OF, 1 Util, no MI or CI). I just finished my draft and while I think I killed it, so much of it is going to come down to luck that it’s hard to say how it’ll turn out:
    C – Perez (5th round)
    1B – Fielder (Keeper)
    2B – Kinsler (K)
    3B – Headley (K)
    SS – Reyes (K)
    OF – A. Jones (K)
    OF – J. Bautista (K)
    OF – Choo (1st)
    Util – I. Davis (3rd)
    BN – Aoki (12th)
    BN – Frazier (13th)
    BN – Seager (14th)
    BN – K. Morales (18th)
    SP – Moore (2nd)
    SP – Peavy (4th)
    SP – Darvish (K)
    SP – Samadzija (6th)
    SP – Niese (7th)
    SP – Harvey (11th)
    SP – Milone (15th)
    SP – Cobb (16th)
    RP – Perkins (8th)
    RP – Betancourt (9th)
    RP – Cishek (10th)
    RP – Parnell (17th)

    Anyhoo, as you see, Kendrys was still sitting there in the final round, and as far and away the highest-ranked player available, I felt obliged to grab him, though now I realize he’s not particularly useful to me.

    So should I drop him for a stash-a-stud, since this is a keep-forever league (Myers, Marte and others still out there) or for more starters (Cashner, Ryu, and others) since it’s H2H?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Myers… Aoki is useless on your team…

  29. T-ball hero says:
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    Gardner is going at 141 right now according to ESPN’s live draft results. Still like him there? I do.

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: How much would you spend on Gardner in a 12 team mixed (4 OF)? $8?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d probably go to $11…

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey: Up to 11, Christopher Guest.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I told you to pick out all of the pimentos!

  30. Jay says:
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    Great Stuff Grey.

    Could use your help – in a keeper league, H2H, 5×5 cats. 5 keepers. debating on making a move that may seem unconventional to some. Currently keeping Braun, Votto, Longo, Verlander and Cain. Thinking about moving Braun and Cain for Strasburg and Heyward. Now before you laugh, I waas thinking that if i pair Strasburg and Verlander together, i can wait a little bit longer to draft pitchers.

    We have a 24 IP minimum so having 12-17 IP at the projected levels of Stras and Verlanderseems like a good bet.

    Yes losing braun would suck, but it’s not like heyward is terrible. and it builds toward the future, right, RIGHT?

    Shed some light on this, do I have a valid case?

    Thanks -appreciate the feedback

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Strasburg and Verlander on the same team causes them to lose their value… It doesn’t make much sense to do…

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: I’m confused?? how does it make them lose value? Can’t i assume that I have a pretty good shot at wraping up at least ERA, WHIP and K’s?

        As long as I make the palyoffs I have apretty good chance to win matchups 6-4 and in H2H that’s all that really matters no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re turning your pitching categories to 11… If you’re gonna win pitching for the week because of Verlander, why would you need Strasburg? He’s useless… Pitching is also less important in H2H…

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey: Soory to be a pest, but what do you mean by “You’re turning your pitching categories to 11″?

            my thinking is the more Elite pitching the better.

            thanks again – and where can I get my hands on a round beach blanket?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We’ll have to wait for Target to start a Kickstarter campaign or until I get on Shark Tank. What I mean is if you can win with, say, a 3.00 ERA by having just Verlander, Strasburg is wasted if he takes your ERA to 2.80 and you win by more… You can only win, you can’t win by more… There’s no extra points for blowing away your competition in pitching and losing in hitting because you overdid pitching… Clearer?

              • Jay says:
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                @Grey: Gotcha. great point. guess I was looking at it more towards the keeper aspect and building for the future, but that point is well taken.

                I traded away a good amount of picks last year to go for it and was looking at this year as more of a building block while trying to make the playoffs.

                I like the blanket idea, but if the sharks turned down beer ice cream…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that sometimes Mr. Wonderful pollutes the whole conversation….

  31. MACDADDY says:
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    18 Team H2H Auction Keeper/ 5X5 (OBP) /Regular Offense with one utility/4SP, 2P, 2 RP
    Keep 10 total for up to 4 years with inflation and WEEKLY roster settings
    Keeping: Votto $14/Hill $9/Des Jennings $3/Medlen/Hellickson/ Kimbrel
    Leaning toward: Danny Espinosa $9 for 4yr/Pedro Alvarez $2 for 4yr/Chris Carter $2 for 4yr/Alex Cobb $2 for 4yr
    Other Options: Wie-Yen Chen $2/Worely $10/Britton $2/Snider $2/Street $12/Duda $12/Pence $34
    Coming up with 4 year projections on Alvarez/Carter/Cobb/Espinosa is like projecting my day with no magic 8 Ball! Good thing you and Razzball Nation are smarter than my old 8 Ball.
    Thoughts?
    1. Are my potential keepers worth keeping for 4 years?
    2. Do you agree my biggest position needs in order are OF/3B/SP
    3. With my keepers special attention on HR and K’s with my $?
    4. I know you dislike bench bats but is a keeper 18 team keeper an exception?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. They are, yeah 2. OF, SP… 3. You need a whole team really, but HRs and Ks would help 4. Bench bats are okay in a 18 team league.

      • MACDADDY says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I lost a lot from last year and only have Votto as a true stud bat. I see myself tapping into your targets list to boost me back up after I spend for a #1 Outfielder. I enjoy your site and value not only the writers but the discussion.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks for the kind words!

  32. Jay says:
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    In a keeper league I trade the waiver wire pick that could possibly be Tavares for Rizzo. Do I do it? Rizzo has full keeper eligibility.

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rizzo…

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate the response.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Jay: Who are your first basemen?

  33. Michael says:
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    I went a little crazy on OF in my draft this year. Already have Heyward as a keeper and Eaton as a protected rookie, then took the following:

    D. Jennings
    C. Gomez
    M. Morse
    S. Marte
    L. Cain

    Who should I be looking to shop? Or should I hold onto all of them for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look to trade Gomez…

      • Michael says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks.
        I will add that I was offered the following trade:
        H Kendrick / D Jennings / M Estrada for Kelly Johnson and Mat Latos.
        I’d consider the Jennings/Estrada for Latos, but Kendrick for Johnson feels like a downgrade.

        Also forgot to add, I have Domonic Brown as a protected rookie at OF as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jennings side is better…

          • Michael says:
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            @Grey:

            Figured as much. Thanks for weighing in.

  34. Cartman 4evs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’m in a weird 10 team h2h 9×9 league and am not sure how to use pitchers.
    The pitching stats are: ERA, WHIP, W, K, SV, Holds, QS, L, CG

    We have 9 slots and am not sure how to divy them up each week. 6 starters and 3 relievers? Do I even worry about holds and target non-closers? Thanks.

    SP: Bumgarner, Gio, Moore, Gallardo, Bailey, Ryu and Estrada

    RP: Wilhelmson, Cishek, Perkins and Cook

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holds and saves are marginalized… Forget Holds entirely until you can almost win it and pick some guy up in the middle of the week… I’d go with 2 closers…

  35. Greycarlo Stachion says:
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    12 team roto league did a mock draft played out way different then the other ones did and waited a lot on pitching is it still strong and how does the rest look.

    1. Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
    2. Giancarlo Stanton (Mia – OF)
    3. Dustin Pedroia (Bos – 2B)
    4. Starlin Castro (ChC – SS)
    5. Allen Craig (StL – 1B,OF)
    6. Mat Latos (Cin – SP)
    7. Desmond Jennings (TB – OF)
    8. Shin-Soo Choo (Cin – OF)
    9. Jake Peavy (CWS – SP)
    10. Jeff Samardzija (ChC – SP)
    11. Joe Nathan (Tex – RP)
    12. Tom Wilhelmsen (Sea – RP)
    13. Salvador Perez (KC – C)
    14. Jonathon Niese (NYM – SP)
    15. Todd Frazier (Cin – 1B,3B,OF)
    16. Josh Rutledge (Col – 2B,SS)
    17. Steve Cishek (Mia – RP)
    18. Starling Marte (Pit – OF)
    19. Dexter Fowler (Col – OF)
    20. A.J. Griffin (Oak – SP)
    21. Andrelton Simmons (Atl – SS)
    22. Vinnie Pestano (Cle – RP)
    23. Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD – SP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks a tad weak, but definitely passable… Your hitting doesn’t look as strong as it should… You look slightly average and steals heavy and power weak…

  36. Swat290 says:
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    10 team 5×5 hth keeper

    I just offered Dickey(undrafted rnd 22 or 23 keeper) for Austin Jackson (rnd 20 keeper)

    I’m keeping Verlander (2nd rnd), Cutch (3rd rdn), B.J. Upton (7th rnd), Scherzer (17th rnd), and Dickey/Jackson

    Good trade or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid…

      • Swat290 says:
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        @Grey:

        great! Now for the tougher question…. what does solid sound like?? Im guessing like a thump.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thump or a whamp.

  37. Eddy says:
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    I remember before the 2010 season I was able to pull off roughly 50 mocks. Now, four days before my first draft, I just finished my fourth.

    Where has the time gone?

    12-team, OBP. Thoughts?

    C- JP Arencibia
    1B- Paul Goldschmidt
    2B- Jose Altuve
    3B- Evan Longoria
    SS- Josh Rutledge
    OF- Giancarlo Stanton
    OF- Matt Holliday
    OF- Shin Soo Choo
    Util- Adam Eaton
    Util- Hunter Pence

    BN- Emilio Bonifacio

    SP- Max Scherzer
    SP- Jordan Zimmermann
    SP- Jeff Samardzija
    SP- Marco Estrada
    SP- Jonathon Niese
    SP- Jaime Garcia
    SP- Shelby Miller

    RP- Joe Nathan
    RP- Greg Holland
    RP- Jonathan Broxton
    RP- Bobby Parnell
    RP- David Robertson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’ve been too busy trying to figure out demographics and whatnot… I like the hitting a lot… Pitching isn’t terrible, but Jaime Garcia is garbage… That’s a small issue though…

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey: Speaking of demographics, when are you going to slap us in the face with another venn diagram?! That pretty much sold Goldy to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m working on more image goofs, so we’ll see…

          • Eddy says:
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            @Grey: Oh my god, I had not, that’s awesome.

            My own piece of that pie I’d also add “Time spent making sure your buddies don’t find out what the hell is Razzball by looking at your screen”

            and

            “Keeping a pokerface (almost constipated look) on your face when you get sniped bad, so as to not let your frustration leak out.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Nice…

          • Eddy says:
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            @Grey: And sorry for the late response.

            I was at the DR-USA game. What an atmosphere. Was rooting USA, but DR earned that win. We threw our best at them and they beat him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, nice! Good seats?

  38. Ryan says:
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    Six keepers available, Pujols, A.Jones, Kershaw would have to be taken 1st, 2nd, 3rd rounds if all kept, Price (in 6th), Harper (9th), Desmond (11th), J.Shields (12th), Wainwright (13th), S.Perez (20th). 12 team H2H, 1 catcher, 40 inning min. Can only keep 6. Any advice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols, A.Jones, Price, Harper, Desmond, Wainwright…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: I was curious, does your “don’t draft pitchers early” plan change in a 10×10 league: W,L,CG,QS,K,W,HR,ERA,WHIP,S+H and I have read in the past that you don’t think pitchers are as important in h2h? Is this because of streaming? The league I’m in has $ to the FA market, and nobody can afford to stream. Would this make Kershaw more valuable? I agree that a good staff can be drafted late, and with Price and Wainwright already tied up in later rounds, I feel like I will be able to drink more beer on draft night. Kershaw is just Kershaw and looks great next to Price and Wainwright.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It would make high-end starters more valuable, but I worry about Kershaw still… I wouldn’t draft multiple high-end starters… I would go heavier on SPs than most H2H leagues though because of your categories…

  39. Jon says:
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    AL only, keep 6 for one more year – who stays, who goes???:

    Verlander, Cano, Zobrist, Wieters, Rios, Sale, Chris Davis, Reddick, Markakas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander, Cano, Zobrist, Rios, Sale, Davis…

      • Jon says:
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        @Greyf: forgot to mention it is a 2 catcher AL league

  40. dennetOTM says:
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    wait, spring training stats don’t matter? Bill James Online sure seems to believe that extreme performances can sometimes signal breakout years.

    http://www.billjamesonline.com/stats284/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t get him started on Chris Davis either…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Actually, Bill James usually likes to finish on Chris Davis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or finish off…

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey: Ha, true. I just checked: James has Davis hitting a modest 31 HR this year – to go along with a .286 avg.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bill James wears a broach of Chris Davis’s picture surrounded by daffodils.

  41. Wilsonian says:
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    So I’ve done my best to follow your rules and not have very many bench bats, but so far in my 8 Team H2Her I’ve got 4 bench bats (Frazier, Middlebrooks, Machado, Myers) and only one bench arm (Minor). Which isn’t per my usual routine.

    There are couple of solid SPs and RPs available (Beckett, Burnett, Bailey, Parnell, Marmol, Veras, Pestano, Robertson, Frank Frank). My league loves closers (some guys drafted with their second pick – after 5 keepers). Do I dump some of the bats for some arms? I like to be able to maximize profits with arms and throw a ton of guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In that shallow of a league, I wouldn’t worry about it right now… Once there’s hot bats the first week of the season, you can drop people… You can lose Middlebrooks for Parnell if you like, but if your league loved closers those guys would be gone…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: they do love closers…well, 6 of the 8 do. Here are the reasons those guys are left:

        Don’t know how many people know that Veras is closing for the Astros (not even sure if people know they’re still an MLB team)
        And one guy autodrafted because he’s in Disney with his family – it only picked Axford for him, so he’ll be swapping for some closers with his 7 bench bats soon

        Why would you say Middlebrooks over Machado or Myers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cause of the wrist thing… But if your league has Red Sox fans, then Middlebrooks would be more valuable… Machado would be my 2nd drop… Myers would be far too valuable if Maddon shocks the world and Myers breaks camp…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: makes sense. Kind of what I figured. I’m hanging on to Myers then. May drop one of the others for Bobby. And no Sox fans in my league. We’ve got Yankees, Orioles, Cubs x3, Cardinals x 3.

  42. Derek says:
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    Grey! What should I do with my very underwhelming pitching mike fiers is on waivers right now and detweiler I know they wouldn’t be first choice on other teams but I Definitley waited too long on my pitching staff… Should I just stream and who should I keep if I’m streaming the entire season?
    C-Aj pierzynski   
    1B-Prince fielder.  
    2B-Josh Rutledge
    3B-Evan longoria
    SS-Jimmy Rollins
    OF-Adrian Gonzalez
    OF-Shin soo choo
    OF-Austin jackson
    Util-Paul Goldschmit
    Util-Ike Davis
    Bn-hunter pence
    Bn-kevin youkolis
    Bn-emilio bonifancio
    Bn-Matt Adams
    Bn-wil Myers

    Sp-homer bailey
    Sp-Matt Harrison
    Rp-vinny pestano
    Rp-Bruce rondon
    P-Jason hammel
    P-bobby Parnell
    Bn-Marco Estrada 

      • Derek says:
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        It’s a 14 team h2h league I’m gonna pick up fiers, and unload some more hitters in trades hopefully thanks for the help grey!

      • Derek says:
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        Got 1 more question should I trade longoria and Harrison for greinke and moustakas? Been offered them for homer bailey and longoria but with me being so weak in pitching I think that’s about fair would you do it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t…

  43. Going Deep says:
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    Nice read Grey, thanks. Couple of questions:

    I drafted Martin & Ryu in a league a few weeks ago and just noticed that Marte, Gee, Teheran, and C. Tillman are still on the wire.

    Would you drop Martin for Marte? Drop Ryu for Gee,Teheran, Tillman? or sit tight? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, I’d lose Martin for Marte and sit tight for another week or so on Ryu, let’s see what the Dodgers do with him…

  44. VinceVo says:
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    Grey,

    I was just offered Papelbon and Peavy for Ike Davis and Choo…is this a good trade for me?
    Should I counter with Ike for Peavy straight up – or any other combination of the 4 mentioned?

    Thanks!

    12 team H2H League

    C – Jesus Montero
    1B- Pujols
    2B- Hill
    3B – Longoria
    ss- Castro
    OF- Choo
    OF- A Jones
    OF- BJ Upton
    U- Ike Davis
    Bench- Chris Davis, Todd Frazier, Eric Hosmer, Eaton

    P- Bumgarner
    P- Chapman
    P- Zimmerman
    P- Ryu
    P- Harvey
    P- Milone
    P- Street

    Bench- Gee, Teheran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a good trade at all… You don’t need Peavy…

  45. Shane says:
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    Just traded away Adam Jones for Bj Upton and Oscar Taveras in my keeper league. I figured if BJ had a good year and Jones had just an okay year there stats would be about the same. Plus Im buying in to the Taveras hype! Thoughts??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you bought the hype… It could be okay by next year…

  46. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    Update on my league situation. Talked with the commissioner for an hour on the phone today and while he understands my stance, he remains indifferent. Apparently its in my hands now. I was advised to contact the other league mates to express the merits of a deeper league. If I can gain the majorities support for said changes, the commissioner said he would make appropriate changes. So now I’m crafting an email. Hopefully I’m not wasting my time.

    Btw one of the league mates dropped out, so who did we get to replace him? Ron Roenicke’s son.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? That’s awesome! About Ron’s son… Does he rock a mustache like golden era Roenicke? Good luck with the email!

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t know why I was thinking Roebuck’s, its actually Jim Fregosi’s son. Apparently he was in my fraternity after I graduated. He’ll be one of the guys I’ll be sending an email to.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, Fregosi can suck it (kidding)….

          • bossmanjunior says:
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            @Grey:

            hehe I’ll pass that on

  47. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Any thoughts on this team would be appreciated. 12 Team Roto

    C: Alex Avila
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Brandon Phillips
    SS: Ben Zobrist
    3B: Evan Longoria
    OF: Adrian Gonzalez
    OF: Matt Holliday
    OF: Carlos Beltran
    UTIL: Norichika Aoki
    UTIL: Todd Frazier

    SP: Matt Moore
    SP: Jordan Zimmermann
    SP: Jake Peavy
    SP: Matt Garza (asleep on this pick, wanted K’s and forgot he was hurt)
    SP: Marco Estrada
    SP: Tommy Milone
    SP: Andrew Cashner
    RP: Tom Wilhelmsen
    RP: Glen Perkins
    RP: Jonathon Broxton
    RP: Ernesto Fieri
    RP: Vinnie Pestano

    I am worried about my K’s and speed, but otherwise I really like my hitting. I know you aren’t a big Beltran fan, he was the best OF available I felt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the team, I don’t mind Beltran as a 3rd OF… I don’t think you should be worried about Ks, team looks very solid on pitching too…

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        @Grey: Thanks a lot. I noticed you using “your grace” earlier; hope you are on a pace to get caught up on Game of Thrones by the season 3 premiere (Easter Sunday). This season should be unbelievably awesome.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This show has blown my mind… It’s so freakin’ good, your grace… I just finished Season 1, starting Season 2 tonight…

  48. Steve says:
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    Do you see Aoki as a 3rd OF (or a Util for that matter)? In the Hippo keeper I’ve been a solid 1 in hitters’ Ks ever since I cam into the league, and trying to do something about that.

    Looks like one of the few guys who is affordable and doesn’t strike out too much – or won’t according to Steamer…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Damn, sorry, it’s 10 teams…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He doesn’t strike out really at all… I like him there…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Hitters’ Ks are weird (not to mention stupid) You’re either looking at Pujols/Miggy/Fielder or a bunch of guys who are barely ownable. Daric Barton, come on down!

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve: Though to be fair, Reyes and Pedroia are solid there too.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, it makes sense… Top guys are gonna be great at that then bottom guys that have no skills except plate discipline… If they had other skills and plate discipline, they’d be higher up…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: The Flyin’ Hawaiian fits the bill nicely too. They’re pretty much six and half-a-dozen aren’t they?

        And you like V-Mart as a catcher in this scenario?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Victorino can provide some more pop… I do like V-Mart there and elsewhere for the right price…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: PS has him at about $8 for my league (or near enough to). Could go to $10 maybe?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’d go to $11…

  49. Dani says:
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    If you and Rudy and drafting together and the first guys off the board are Braun, Trout, Cabrera, Kemp..who do you guys take? By your ranking you would want McCutch, but Rudy has him lower and would want Stanton. Settle for Pujols?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly settle for Pujols…

    • Dani says:
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      @Dani: scratch that question! I got the 1st pick of the draft (Decided ahead of time). You got Miggy and he has Trout. What would the ultimate duo do?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Miggy

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I think even Rudy would agree with that…

        • Dani says:
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          @Grey: Thank you sir. So trying to plan it out by Yahoo’s ADP. I take Miggy, then with next two picks I am looking at a Goldschmidt / M Holliday combo. Unless Heyward is there I would grab him instead of Holliday. Other options are J Bruce, A Jones and Harper. Thoughts?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d go Miggy, Jones, Goldy… Be nice to get some modicum of speed in there with Jones…

        • @Grey: Yeah, right…like we’d ever get the first pick. I’d be fine w/ Miggy though I think Trout should be #1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dammit! Why doesn’t my iCal alert me yesterday?

      • Dani says:
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        @Grey: These kind of comments make me wish there was a “Like” button I can click lol

  50. OaktownSteve says:
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    Badish news for Shelby Miller followers. He and Kelly competing for the 5th rotation spot with Kelly getting the start and Miller coming in later today.

    Kelly 4IP/3H/1r/0bb/1k
    Miller 2 2/3Ip/6h/3r/1bb/4k

    Starting to feel like Miller starts the year at AAA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it effin’ sucks… Really annoyed over this…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Me too. I’ve got him on my team. The best hope is that they give him one more spring start and he crushes it. He’s been the better of the two before today. Maybe he gave up a lot of cheapies. There were no homers and only one walk. And he did fan 4.

        On the other side, my boy Eovaldi looks ready. Went 5 with one run and 4 ks. Back to back starts with 1 run allowed. No walks today. Get him. Stuff drawing raves. Talk of him being the Marlins second starter. Emphasis on Marlins but still.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I liked Eovaldi when I went over my rankings, nothing changed on him… Just haven’t had an opportunity to draft him yet… He throws good heat from what I remember…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:
            98 with late movemt. Explosive like…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, member that from my offseason research… Surprising, cause he never struck me as someone who brings the heat…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: If you live with short eyes you are going to get burned

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very true…

  51. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I have nothing to contribute

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Jack Full of Donuts can do better!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: he can bring in a dozen….who wants jelly?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My last one, it’s a jelly, eh?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: donut story time, I grew up near and live near this donut store that’s been on Food and Travel channels. It’s good, but if you go by there at 3 in the afternoon there is a line, 10 at night and there is a line. Crazy what people will do for a good donut

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Where’s that?

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: the donut man in Glendora. They are famous for their strawberry donuts that are basically a donut bowl filled with fresh strawberries and a strawberry glaze. pretty damn yummy

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Why don’t I know of these wonderful things? I think I know where I’m going on Saturday… Where the hell is Glendora?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: he only does them when they are in season, won’t use imported starwberry’s.

                    Its off the 210 close to where it meets the 57. I’ll let you know when they are in season. If you have a special place, I can anonymously drop some off when i’m in your area

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, that’s Rancho Cuchamonga area… Gotcha… Well, the strawberry festival is in May (thanks, iCal!), so it won’t be long… Is that the only kind he makes?

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: rancho cucamonga is another 15 minutes down the road. near azusa, covina, pomona

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: he does all the staples, but does them well. he also does fresh peach when they are in season. Also has some cream cheese frosted topped with a rasberry drizzle. My favorite are the lemon jelly with the powdered sugar and the choclate glazed, he glazes the bottom too

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, man, I love me some peaches…Peaches for free!

  52. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: This post confuses me. According to ESPN’s latest ADP data, Gardner is going around pick 143. There are no leagues where you can get him close to “250 overall.” Where are you getting your data?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm, I totally goofed on Gardner’s ADP… Maybe I did his half-drunk, not sure… Thinking it was an honest mistake on my part…

  53. chillmodious says:
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    Hi Grey, everyone:

    It’s been a while since I’ve been around these parts, but nice to return and see you in your usual form. Which is to say, your excellent form. Which is also to say, shut the blinds already! I just told you I see you! Um, anyway… loving the pre-season knowledge, especially after swearing off baseball in the fall because my completely overmatched finals opponent beat me due a confluence of improbable and ridiculously implausible scenarios playing out. (Long story short, Ichiro decided to steal 57 bases for my opponent–a jackass of epic proportions, naturally–in the final 4 days of our playoffs) Boom. Whack. Pow. That was that, and I went on a vision quest for the next 6 months.

    As Bono once said, when he was young and earnest and not making red iPads, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. But I’m back here, which is nice. Looking forward a razztastic season. (He didn’t say those last two sentences, though. Unless they were on the B-side.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Those stupid red iPads… Nice, glad to have you back!

  54. prezii says:
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    I cant believe craig is going so high this year.. he should be around 100 imo due to the mandatory 4 trips to the DL a year… not to mention, if hes doesnt go to the DL, he never gets to come off of it and hit 5 homers in a week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he has the makings of a schmohawk… If he was about a round higher I probably would’ve wrote it…

  55. bfeels says:
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    Grey, I’m a consistent reader/sometimes commenter. The site looks great and congrats on all the well deserved growth and success.

    Anyway, wondering when approximately the pitcher pairing might come out? It was really helpful last year and just trying to figure out if I’ll be drafting without it or not.

    thanks

  56. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    about to start my razzball bizarro league draft, getting giddy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s good fun… Pete Kozma: Fantasy Razzball All-Star

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: gotcha

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: Espinosa and Dunn with my first 2 picks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bit too much power…

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: Lots of no-shows and people who didn’t understand they were in a Fantasy Razzball draft for the first 2 drafts.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @VinWins: are you peeping on my draft?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, geez…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: last pick….Yunel

        • VinWins

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          @Jack Full of Hate: I formed that league, then handed the team over to a co-manager. Turns out co-managers can’t draft, so he told me who to take for him. I had Yunel lined up for the last pick as well.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @VinWins: this will be my first year. I hope Dunn returns to his 2011 form

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Good fingercuffer…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I have a team of fingercuffer’s. This is my first year and the best comparison I got is it is like owning a last place team…

            • Grey

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              If you draft really well, you’re gonna have to replace your whole team by May…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Dunn, Espinosa, Alonso, R. Weeks, Werth, Rasmus, Reddick and mini mini Donkey.

                The hardest part are getting guys that are going to have enough negative stats and still play everyday. If they suck too much they will lose their jobs. My sleeper is fernando martinez, i missed on JD Martinez by 4 picks. I took WERTHless instead hoping JD would of made it around

  57. Steve says:
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    Grey – I have been hooking peaches off the neighbour’s tree this very week :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Send me some!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: In ma belly.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Steve: I can eat a peach for hours.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @jaywrong: thats disgusting

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  58. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey,

    12 team/14 keeper league, starting lineup looks like this so far:

    C Posey
    1B Fielder
    2B A Hill
    SS Andrus
    3B HanRam
    OF Bautista
    OF Ellsbury
    OF Pence
    UTIL N Cruz
    UTIL Eaton
    BN Marte
    BN Tavares

    SP Greinke
    SP MadBum
    RP Romo
    RP Holland
    P H Bailey
    P Vogelsong
    P J Grilli

    How am I looking? There are still a ton of arms available, looking at Beckett or Apricot Burnett with my next pick. Thoughts? Standard 5×5 ESPN scoring.

    • Grey

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      Team looks real nice… I’d go with Beckett…

  59. bash says:
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    Grey
    Gotta drop two from this group (12 team keeper Roto)
    Bruce Holliday bumgarner goldschmidt Chapman weaver

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver and Holliday…

  60. ferris says:
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    keeper help in nl-only – pick one

    david wright 28
    jay bruce 25
    mat latos 11
    jordan zimmerman 14
    jon niese 5

    i am already keeping craig and goldschmitt — i am inclined to go with wright (although nl 3B looks quite a bit more stout this year than usual) for the 3B eligibility as i see the above as similar bargains (5 to 10 under market) and at least with a 1st rounder locked up i will be able to avoid bidding wars for the elite

    what do you think?

  61. Danny says:
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    I need some serious help, since I have finished in the bottom half of the standings for 3 straight years, hence the team name, the O-fers. I am in a $260 budget, 14 team auction league with the following stats: BA, R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, K, Saves, W, QS, ERA, WHIP. We have 1 C, 5 OF and 2 Utility. I am keeping Trumbo at $2, Goldschmidt at $14, and Scherzer at $13. The fine cast of characters that will fill my final keeper slot is: Anibal at $14, Lucroy at $1 and Torii Hunter at $8. Yeah, my team was bad. This year, when I show my O-face, I want to be the pitcher, not the catcher.

  62. Milarky says:
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    Hey Grey, Do you try and update your top 400 on some kind of schedule, or anytime you bump someone up or down? My draft is next weekend, and I only want to pull all of your rankings off the site one more time if I can help it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I update it when there’s news that would cause someone to move down or up… Like the Gyorko news… Or the Teixeira injury…

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: When you make a single update to one player, does the ‘Last Updated’ column change for all players to the current date?

        • Grey

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          It changes for all players…

  63. WalkingTed says:
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    Hey Grey, I could use some help… I’m in decision comma mode right now. I can keep one hitter out of this group:

    M. Trumbo $5
    D. Espinosa $5
    N. Aoki $5
    T. Frazier $5
    A. Pagan $6
    A. Jones $29… not necessarily the most “value”
    Posey $32… see comment on Jones

    I’m in a 10 team auction league with a budget of $330 (Yes we had to be different). It’s also a 6×6 (OBP/QS) roto. 2-C, 1-1B, 1-2b, 1-3b, 1-SS, 5-OF, 2-U… with a minimalist bench (max of two hitters). In your opinion who is the best keeper of that bunch?

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      @WalkingTed: Oops, “coma”… comma, ha!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I liked it with comma…

    • WalkingTed says:
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      Oh and we have 9 pitchers to draft… to explain where the $330 goes. The bench is not part of the auction moolah. They are drafted separately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  64. Dan L says:
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    A few others:

    - D. Brown (PHL) *When I first scouted him 3 years ago… Closest thing to Matt Kemp.
    - O. Taveras (STL) *Free Swinger. Loving the Vlad comparisons.
    - B. Hamilton (CIN) *Can take on a complete fantasy team himself on steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brown-Kemp comparison feels like a stretch at this point… Hopefully Brown just gets playing time…

  65. Jason says:
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    Martin Leonys – if he wins the starting job in center, does he crack your top 50 OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s ranked already assuming an everyday job…

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