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In the top 40 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball, Patrick Corbin headlined the tier named, “Taking a number three doesn’t mean a pee and poop combo.”  Corbin now has UCL damage, so he actually is a pee and poop combo.  Now, as Alfred Einstein once said, “For every negative reaction, there’s a not-negative reaction to it.  I’m hungry, anyone have any snacks?”  Alfred Einstein also took three years to pass 4th grade, until his teacher finally passed him saying, “I think all the chromosomes went to his brother Albert.”  I’m here to defend Alfred; he did have a point.  Corbin’s out, but that means Randall Delgado‘s back in.  I’ve re-added him to my top 60 starters, top 400, the War Room and have adjusted my pitchers’ pairings.  Where Corbin was a solid, if slightly yawnstipating number 3, Delgado is an exciting upside number five or six.  You say tomato, I say that’s a one spicy meatball!  What does this mean for Archie Bradley?  He doesn’t get wet willied by Didi Gregorius anymore?  Kirk Gibson stops calling his name like he’s Edith from All in the Family?  Bradley starts the year in the rotation?  No on all three.  Bradley shouldn’t be affected by this Corbin injury.  At least not at first.  Since Delgado is now in the rotation, Bradley might be one more injury away from joining the Diamondbacks rotation.  Anyway, here’s what else I’ve seen in Spring Training for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Chris Owings – Jim Bowden wheeled by on his Segway and said he thinks Owings will be the Diamondbacks starting shortstop.  Prospect Scott has Owings in his top 50 fantasy baseball prospects, and, if he gets the job, Chris is definitely worth owings.  Hehe.  What?  If Owings gets the job, he would be more valuable than The Notorious Didi would’ve been for fantasy, and my top 20 shortstops post reflects that.

A.J. Griffin – Well, Griffin done after hours of elbow exams.  Movie pun!  You know what happens when you try to put elbow macaroni in an Alfredo sauce?  You get your hairy knuckles whacked, your Italian mother asks you, “Why do you break my heart?” and you have your IROC repossessed.  Now when you mix a bad elbow into Alfredo Jettuccine, you get a starting pitcher that is tumbling in my top 400 and top 100 starters.  I was pretty tentative about my enthusiasm for Griffin since he loved gopher balls more than a female gopher who is really into teabagging, but he was in a favorable starter tier prior to this.  Now, I wouldn’t go near him with a six-foot wooden stick tied to five other six-foot wooden sticks like you’d find in a Survivor elimination challenge.  He’s supposed to be fine in about a month, but a pitcher who gives up homers + bad elbow = No Frank you.  Dah!  Was supposed to equal no thank you; I wonder if I forgot to carry a one somewhere.

Jarrod Parker – Will start the year on the DL with forearm tightness.  He wasn’t in a favorable tier in my top 80 starters and this doesn’t change that.  He’s visiting Dr. James Andrews today, who performed Tommy John surgery on him in 2009, to see if Parker can get the second one half off.

Jesse Chavez – Now in the A’s rotation due to aforementioned A’s arm woes.  Fun fact!  The word in Mexico for when a wet bathing suit is rubbing your inner thigh is Chavez.  Chavez, the player, not the wet Mexican bathing suit rubbing action, is an interesting name in AL-Only leagues.  Like most guys that have nasty stuff, he wasn’t able to control it at all.  Sometimes having a 4+ walk rate.  Last year, he made a big step forward with his control, barely over a 3.  Whether he can do that in the rotation isn’t a gamble I’d take right now in most mixed leagues, but definitely worth a look in AL-Only leagues.

Tommy Milone – Will also be in the A’s rotation.  Milone’s in the top 80 starters, but not in a favorable tier.  Aw, Milone baloney!

Drew Hutchison – Likely winner of the Blue Jays 5th rotation spot.  Interesting cat, this Hutchison.  Great K-rates in the minors — occasionally topping a 10+ K-rate.  Sometimes sitting around 8.  His stats have bounced around a lot in his early career due to Tommy John surgery a few years ago.  In his cup of coffee in 2012, he got creamed (pun point!).  At 23 years old, he’s young enough to still take a step forward, but I can’t recommend picking him up in mixed leagues until he shows something in-season.  In AL-Only leagues, well, everyone’s owned, and you could do worse than Hutch, plus he taught Kevin James how to bag Amber Valletta, imagine what he can do for your underrated handsomeness.

Grady Sizemore – The Red Sox center field job appears up for grabbsies.   Not that Jackie Bradley Jr. is anything great — though he did walk multiple times in one game!!! — but Sizemore is such a joke.  He’s going to really play center field?  Let’s just say, his knees wouldn’t draft him.  But with great opportunity comes responsibility (for me to project him).  Sizemore hasn’t been good since 2008.  He kinda played in 2009, and wasn’t good.  He gave it the ol’ college try in 2011, and again wasn’t good.  If Sizemore were to win the job and get 500 ABs…Sorry, I couldn’t even get through that sentence without laughing.  Okay, if he were to get 500 ABs, he might hit 14 HRs, steal 5 bases and hit .250.  I wouldn’t bet the house on that might turning to will.

Brandon Beachy – Sounds like he’s headed for his 2nd Tommy John surgery in two years.  Seriously, we don’t at least want to check to make sure Dr. James Andrews doesn’t have a gambling problem that is causing him to try and make five surgeries out of one?  GA isn’t just my initials, it’s help for those that are powerless to Powerball.

David Hale – The forecast for the Braves rotation is cloudy with a chance for Hale.  For now, Hale will be in the Braves rotation.  He doesn’t have strikeout stuff, even if his small sample size last year indicates otherwise.  He’s probably around a 6 K-rate with around a 3 walk rate.  That’s not good for mixed leagues outside of matchups, which he should have plenty of vs. the Mets, Marlins and Phillies.  Which, Part II:  The Return To Which Mountain, means he’s a decent $1 gamble in NL-Only leagues.

Evan Gattis – Had offseason knee surgery to remove a dime-sized chip.  But how big is that in bitcoin?  This could stop him from catching more than three days in a row, but Gattis is a bat first catcher, so he’ll probably see time in the outfield even when he’s not catching.

Freddie Freeman – Has a thumb bruise. Lucky he’s got Gattis on his team to tell him alternate ways to hitchhike.

Ryan Doumit – Will have X-rays on his finger after being struck by a foul tip.  If he’s hurt, it would the first bit of good news the Braves pitching staff received all spring.

Yordano Ventura – Favorite to win the Royals fifth spot.  Boing!  Sorry, that’s embarrassing.  I feel like I’m a teenager again, getting hot and bothered looking at a Mrs. Buttersworth syrup bottle.  Every time I try to get out of the pancake aisle of the supermarket in my mind’s eye, Yordano puts me right back there.  I bumped him up in my top 80 starter rankings and changed my projections slightly due to the extra innings he should throw.

Edinson Volquez – Expected to crack the rotation.  Ray Searage, the Pirates pitching coach, is on Win, Lose or Draw and he needs to draw a quality major league pitcher with an unsharpened crayon.

Adrian Beltre – Dealing with a tight quad.  Better than being a tight wad!

Jimmy Rollins – Has returned to the lineup after his three-game benching last week.  This year might be the first time a player in Philly has a battery thrown at him by his manager.

Michael Bourn – Left yesterday’s game with tightness in his hamstring.  Bourn’s already ranked in the mid-200’s for me and about to go from SAGNOF to NOTNOF.

Jon Niese – Dealing with a hyperextended elbow.  We’re all just happy his nose is no longer hyperextended.  I dropped him further in my top 100 starters and wouldn’t draft him in any league.   Oh, and since this is really all about me, I lost Corbin and Niese on my NFBC team, and the first game of the season hasn’t even happened yet.  Yay me!  *opens oven door, turns to first page of The Bell Jar, starts to read*

Gordon Beckham – Suffered a strained oblique.  I’m sure anyone who has suffered owning him sympathizes.  Maybe the White Sox can play one of their four outfielders or three 1st basemen at 2nd base.  Let’s see someone slide hard into 2nd to take out Adam Dunn.

Michael Morse – Mild calf strain.  Brian Sabean seemed to think it shouldn’t be a problem going forward.  Going back in the outfield, well, that’s a whole ‘nother pickle.

Mat Latos – Threw batting practice on Friday.  He said everything went to plan.  Then laughed evilly for three minutes.

Homer Bailey – Scratched due to a mild groin strain.  Is he sure it wasn’t jock itch?  Any the hoo!  The Reds are saying his groin is no big deal — that’s what she said! — and he will be fine for the start of the season.

Jose Iglesias – Will miss most of the season because of his shins.  This injury ruined the movie, Garden State, for Iglesias.  Hernan Perez will handle shortstop duties (hehe, I said duties).  He has some speed, but isn’t worth your time outside of AL-Only leagues because the Tigers will probably go out and sign someone.  Who?  Well, that sounds like a mystery for Nancy Drew’s brother.

Matt Wieters – Out until today because his ankle is a little swollen.  If I were him, I’d be saying to my ankle, “If you’re swole, say you’re swole!”

Dylan Bundy – Optioned to Double-A.  He should emerge in the O’s rotation sometime in the 2nd half of the year, unless the O’s hold Bundy down for the five count.

Manny Machado – His running has been limited due to scar tissue he wishes you saw.  O’s are saying he could still make Opening Day, but that seems like a long shot at this point.  I’d guess he misses the first ten days of the season.

Jonathan Schoop – The Baltimore Sun is reporting Schoop has won the 2nd base job.  Did Gus make it the lede?  If Scott Templeton wrote it, did he exaggerate Schoop’s Dickensian back story?  Here’s what Prospect Scott said about Schoop, “An impressive athlete with good skills at the plate, Schoop is the type of 2B who can offer fantasy relevance.  Injury disrupted his 2013 season, so it’s really not worth digging into his line, but throughout his minor league career, the 22-year-old has shown projectable skills at the plate.  Once he’s settled in the bigs, 20 HR seasons and an AVG in the neighborhood of .265 seems like an attainable projection.  Oh, and I still hate Grey.”  What?  Why?  In my top 20 2nd basemen post, I said, “I’d draft Schoop just for the smell of it, just for the yell of it!  If he wins the job over Jemile Weeks (which he should if anything’s right in this world), he looks like a guy that will hit for some decent MI power and not a whole lot else.  For this year, he looks like a poor man’s Uggla when he was young, I will call him Dan Fuggla.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I would take the flyer on him, but I think he’s gonna slightly underwhelm this year.

Troy Tulowitzki – Sat out only a few days with a deep bruise.  Fun fact!  Tulowitzki was the only person denied Obamacare.

Oscar Taveras – Optioned down to Triple-A.  The reality of the situation is he’s going to be 22 years old in June and even if he’s not a starter for the Cards until he’s 23, he still has a lot of time to be a perennial All-Star.  Then again, Bourjos, Allen Craig and Holliday could injury themselves in a marshmallow factory and we see Taveras in April.

Jesse Crain – His timetable has him returning in late-April.  Until then Chad Qualls will prolly serve as the closer (assuming Astros have games to close), then it might be a Closer Death Match to see who emerges with the job the rest of the year.  In my top 400, I have the Astros saves down as Qualls:  21; Fields:  4; Crain:  3.  It’s a pretty fluid situation that will make their owners want to go to the bathroom.

Jurickson Profar – Out for a few days after having wisdom teeth removed.  Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery and replaced the wisdom teeth with two of Profar’s toes.

Taijuan Walker – Due to an injury discount, I’ve now drafted Taijuan on three of a possible three teams, so I’m officially pot-committed and my news on him will be tinged oh-so-rose-colored.  Oh, and he threw a bullpen session saying “I feel normal again,” and I feel “terrific,” you sexy, upside pitcher!  I wonder if Taijuan wants sex with a Cougar because I will donate my wife if it makes him happy.  Cougar for sale!  *rings bell*  Cougar for sale!

Kendrys Morales – The Mariners are in talks with Kendrys about signing.  The Mariners must think four no-glove, DH-types is not enough.

Ruben Tejada – Terry Collins told Tejada he is the Mets starting shortstop.  No mention on whether Collins had his fingers crossed.  Please let the Mets sign Nick Franklin.  I’ll be their very best friend!

Carl Crawford – Won’t travel to Australia for the opening series because his girlfriend is having a baby.  Crawford got confused watching a Seinfeld rerun and didn’t want to risk bringing home a baby-eating dingo.

Francisco Rodriguez – Behind schedule because he stepped on a cactus.  The cactus was planted there by his father-in-law.  After K-Rod stepped on the cactus, he backed up and stepped on a rake that clunked him in a head.  Then he backed up and stepped on another rake.  And another.

Jason Giambi – Out for a month with a fractured rib.  In related news, Jeremy Giambi is telling a party of four about the ribs special at a Tony Roma’s.

  1. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Signs you suck at playing SS: your name is Wilmer Flores, have had a hot bat all spring and you’re being usurped by an out of shape Rueben Tejada who’s not even fielding that much better than you.

    Wait, no, its just a sign the Mets suck. Nevermind!

    • gareth says:
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      “Wimer Flores” and “ruben tejada” sound like a florist and a Mexican sandwich place at the local mall.

    • Steve d says:
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      @Sky: Mets suck! Church

    • Jeff P says:
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      @Sky: I’m a Met fan and watching them bungle Flores is painful. He sounds like a 20-25 Hr, high average MI waiting to happen… for some other team.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Jeff P: I’ with ya. And I mean it’s Tejada..give the young gun a shot. Rueben isn’t helpin you win many, if any, games.

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Sky: who the f*ck says “usurped”?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        ma-toor audiences

        • Prez!! says:
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          @Sky: touche….

          Douche…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Well we are on the Eve of Summer…

            • Prez!! says:
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              @Sky: are you implying that your vag is dirty?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Are you offering a tongue bath?

                • Prez!! says:
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                  @Sky: only in exchange for a bedtime story..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t want to read the rest of this thread, I just want to imagine the first comment in the thread is, “Are you offering a tongue bath?”

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Prez started it! And yeah, it’s gotten worse…or better, depending on if you like Die Antwoord.

  2. gareth says:
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    I hope for the indians sake bourn is ok. If hes on the dl for an extended period of time it means jeff francouer or nyger morgan make the team.

    Whats worse, a Frenchy or a tony plush?

  3. Party Boy John says:
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    Grey would your rankings change much if you figured OPS as a category? What i’m asking is if you had OPS as a category would you still rank Adam Jones as high as you do?

  4. gareth says:
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    Grady Sizemore was recently asked to take the obligatory dope test while in camp with the red sox. Mlb officials supplied him with a cup but Sizemore refused it, stating the cup was “too transparent. ” luckily a coffee mug was close by.

  5. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Redraft 5X5 12 Team H2H, I picked up Archie and dropped Corbin, also added Ventura.

    I just traded Donaldson and Masterson for Fielder pre Corbin and Griffin, but still think my
    SP is strong and can stream and more than enough assets to trade.

    But my question is, I have an open roster spot, would you take a SP? Or just use it to stream? Would you hold Bradley and Griffin? Also, guys like Frazier are available, would you add another bench bat or focus on the pitching?

    Team now:

    C – Castro
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Gyroko
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Andrus
    OF – McCutchdn
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Choo
    UTIL – Votto
    UTIL – Miller
    B – Avisail

    SP – Sale
    SP – Bailey
    SP – Gray
    SP – Archer
    SP – Ventura
    SP – Tillman
    SP – Bradley
    RP – Perkins
    RP – Cisek
    RP – Janssen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tarman Got Him: Use it to stream, I don’t see Griffinon your team, I’d hold Bradley for now just in case the D’Backs shocked the world

      • Tarman Got Him says:
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        Ha I forgot to post him but mentioned him. Anyways. Would you hold Griffin? Thanks for the useful info. I picked up Frazier but will stream out of that spot come Gametime!!

        Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can hold Griffin for now, until you can DL him

  6. longbeachyo says:
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    What, no news on Grandal being ahead of his rehab schedule and possibly being ready for opening day? Do you have updated projections if he plays the whole year? Would you take him over d’Arnaud?
    P.S. We need 2 pitcher profiles a week this year. You need to pay that dude more money to watch more games! It’s Sky, right?

    • @longbeachyo: Too much uncertainty with him to make Grey’s top 400 (for now). He’s got a Steamer projection on his player page (http://razzball.com/player/11368/Yasmani+Grandal/) where I’ve set him to get about 350 PA. Multiply everything by 1.5 (525 PA) and you are looking at 57/14/58 with a .258 AVG.

      Looks like waiver wire fodder in shallow leagues and a decent C2 in two-catcher leagues.

    • OneI'dWilly says:
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      @longbeachyo: I’m pretty sure JB does the pitcher profiles. I agree, they’re good.

      • longbeachyo says:
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        @OneI’dWilly: Oh yeah, JB! Where is that fool!?!

  7. 2 Giant rings says:
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    16 team H2H 5×6. It’s standard 5×5 plus OPS. Do I prioritize offense a tad more because of the extra offensive category? Thank you.

    • @2 Giant rings: Yes, a little bit. I would punt SB and focus on dominating the other 5 hitting categories. Most SB guys are awful at OPS so it’s like a triple-negative (HR/RBI/OPS) having a SAGNOF.

  8. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Delgado over smyly? I’m thinking Delgado has more upside and vowels.

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      I wouldn’t

  9. Jon says:
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    The Bundy 5 count was awesome! Long time reader, first time mean gene commentating. Great read as always Grey.

    • Grey

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      @Jon: Thanks!

  10. Steve d says:
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    What is it with all these march tommy John surgeries? Every year the grim reaper plucks around five guys. Were these guys damaged late last season? Is it that heathen Andrews and his gambling problems? A new injury in camp? Or just due to their inability to watch redtube using the off hand during the offseason?

  11. bossmanjunior says:
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    Adding a couple new names to my question yesterday…

    Drop Corbin and Griffin for two of:

    Stroman, Carrasco, Hutchinson, Skaggs, Perez, Miley, Santiago, Doubront, Paxton, Peralta, Coasart, Phelps

  12. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    How are you handling the opening doubleheader in Austraila?

    Seems a good opportunity for some cheap ABs and IPs.

    Any streamers or waiver wire heroes I should grab? Wade Miley? Andre Ethier? G. Parra?

    • Grey

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      @Jeff in Southern Indiana: Sure, if you have room, I’m not dropping anyone from my teams just to get a pinch-hit at-bat from Ethier…

  13. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    How confident are you that Qualls has the job? I can’t find any good source info from those poor poor Astros bloggers: “Let’s talk about another prospect today!”; “Look at all five of our #5 starters.”

    I drafted Fields since Smokey had him as the Astros’ brain-freeze closer, but if he’s not I want to dump him and his crappy WHIP and free up the roster spot for streaming.

  14. Bi-Felicia says:
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    So I drafted in this league and just noticed there’s a bid system for free agents $100 budget. 20 categories H2H. But wait…the acquisition limit for the entire season is 20!!! I’ve already got 3 players off waivers for $1 and some guy dropped Salazar so I bid $3 Just so I know I get him. Anyways that’s 1..2…4 moves already and the season hasn’t started yet. I didn’t see the 20 limit I just thought it was unlimited until your $100 was gone! Opinions..Is this league dumb or im I being ridiculous? Never again…it just feels like a waste of time playing in a league where im limited to 3 trades & 20 moves over the course of the year.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: Dem’s da rules. You’re being a little ridiculous.

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: First rule of fantasy…”Know your league rules.”

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Bi-Felicia:

      jump your bid up on salazaar … $9-10

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @gareth: @costaricanchata: I do find those rules ridiculous, but I also would not have joined that league. if it’s free tell comish you want out. do it sooner than later though to not be a dick. trust me, you’ll hate being in that league.

  15. kingforaday151 says:
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    Finished my keeper league draft this weekend, QS instead of Wins and Total Bases instead of HR…

    C-Lucroy
    1B-Hosmer
    2B-Carpenter
    SS-Andrus
    3B-Aramis Ramirez
    OF-McCutchen, Bruce, Gordon
    UTIL-V-Mart

    SP-Zimmermann, Minor, Cole, Cashner, Cueto, Wheeler, Alex Wood, H. Alvarez

    Reserves-Rendon, Arenado, A. Garcia, Springer, Tavaras, Baez, Syndergaard

    Took some risk with Springer, Tavaras, Baez, and Syndergaard not starting the year in the Majors. League is fairly shallow, see any issue with hanging on to all these guys for the time being?

  16. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey, Can you rate my draftin my now 12th year keeper league? 10 Team 5×5 that uses OBP and QS. I took 1 more bench player than I usually like but couldn’t pass up some good value guys like Brown. K= my keepers. This league Sagnof obsessed hence the closers being a bit high (Medlen and other went in round 2). When I drafted Cishek, there were 10 of the 30 closers left.

    2 Cups 1 Braun
    1. K (5) Adrián Béltre ? (Tex – 3B)
    2. K (16) Yu Darvish ? (Tex – SP)
    3. (25) Mark Trumbo (Ari – 1B,OF)
    4. (36) Alex Gordon (KC – OF)
    5. (45) Doug Fister (Was – SP)
    6. (56) Michael Cuddyer (Col – 1B,OF)
    7. K (65) Max Scherzer ? (Det – SP)
    8. (76) Steve Cishek (Mia – RP)
    9. (85) Bobby Parnell (NYM – RP)
    10. (105) Domonic Brown (Phi – OF)
    11. (116) Joakim Soria (Tex – RP)
    12. (125) Erasmo Ramírez (Sea – SP)
    13. (136) Dillon Gee (NYM – SP)
    14. (145) Rex Brothers (Col – RP)
    15. (156) Wilson Ramos (Was – C)
    16. K (165) Brandon Phillips ? (Cin – 2B)
    17. (176) Wily Peralta (Mil – SP)
    18. (185) Jeremy Hellickson (TB – SP)
    19. K (196) Jedd Gyorko ? (SD – 2B,3B)
    20. K (205) José Bautista ? (Tor – OF)
    21. K (216) Anthony Rizzo ? (ChC – 1B)
    22. K (225) Ian Desmond ? (Was – SS)
    23. K (231) Francisco Liriano ? (Pit – SP)
    24. (236) Brad Miller (Sea – 2B,SS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: You look pretty solid due to keepers, don’t love some of the guys that you drafted new this year… You look low on speed and pitching…

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey: Should I try and dump an outfielder for someone with more speed like Marte and/or another arm?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dump an outfielder for Marte? Is he on waivers?

          • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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            @Grey: No, I would have to trade for a steals guy, Marte went in the 3rd round.

            I can add a speed guy like Brett Gardner, Michael Bourn and Eric Young…. Just unsure who to lose.

            Who would you also lose for R Delgado?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No idea what your team looks like set up

              • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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                @Grey:

                C – Wilson Ramos Was – C
                1B – Anthony Rizzo ChC – 1B ?
                2B – Brandon Phillips Cin – 2B ?
                3B – Adrián Béltre Tex – 3B ?
                SS- Ian Desmond Was – SS ?
                OF – Alex Gordon KC – OF
                OF – Michael Cuddyer Col – 1B,OF
                OF – José Bautista Tor – OF ?
                Util – Mark Trumbo Ari – 1B,OF
                Bench – Jedd Gyorko SD – 2B,3B ?
                Bench – Domonic Brown Phi – OF
                Bench – Brad Miller Sea – 2B,SS

                SP – Yu Darvish Tex – SP ?
                SP – Doug Fister Was – SP
                RP – Steve Cishek Mia – RP
                RP – Bobby Parnell NYM – RP
                P – Max Scherzer Det – SP ?
                P – Joakim Soria Tex – RP
                P – Rex Brothers Col – RP
                P – Dillon Gee NYM – SP
                Bench – Erasmo Ramírez Sea – SP
                Bench – Wily Peralta Mil – SP
                Bench – Jeremy Hellickson TB – SP
                Bench – Francisco Liriano Pit – SP ?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Miller’s pretty useless on your team

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey: Forgot to add, players like Brett Gardner, Michael Bourn and Eric Young are on waivers. Just unsure who to lose.

        Who would you also lose for R Delgado?

  17. uncle charlie says:
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    Kemp or Hamilton?

  18. Brett says:
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    Gray,

    Need help with my final keeper. H2H league:
    Cobb 9
    Bailey 12
    Scherzer 22
    Freeman 19
    Gyorko 6

    Prices are for this year and I have an option for 2015 with $5 inflation. Already keeping Goldschmidt @ 23 and Myers @ 7. Thanks!

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @Brett: Bailey 12 or Cobb 9 will be your best $ value and you need a decent arm.

  19. Bubba says:
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    First Question today:

    Auction, second year Keeper, 5×5, H2H…12 hitters, 9 pitchers, 3 bench (usually SPs but the majority of my teammates this year are changing and benching position players which I’m going to take advantage of in pitching stats)…QUICK thoughts on my current team:

    C Rosario (keeper)
    1B Goldy (Keeper)
    2B H. Kendrick
    3B Beltre
    SS Segura (keeper)
    MI Brad Miller
    CI Allen Craig
    OF Holliday
    OF A. Gordon
    OF Bruce
    OF Carl Crawford
    UT Ortiz (keeper)

    P Grienke
    P Gio (he’s going to WHIP me to death…oh well)
    P Cashner
    P Corbin (DAMN IT)
    P Griffin (sort of DAMN IT)
    P Chris Archer
    P Estrada
    P Kluber
    P Quintana
    RP Henderson
    RP Frieri
    RP Nate Jones

    As always…keep up the great work!

    • Bubba says:
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      @Bubba: Also, this is a 12 team standard league…thanks again!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bubba: You look a little low on speed, very solid on average, balanced hitters… Your pitching obviously has some holes now…

  20. Dude says:
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    Grey, are you concerned about Matt Adams’ spring, and in an NL-only league which one do you keep between a $10 Adams, $10 Khris Davis, Pedro Alvarez $18, R. Brothers $2, or F. Liriano $2? Thank you for your great work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dude: What’s Matt Adams’ spring? Liriano

  21. Bubba says:
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    Question 2 for the day: (12 team keeper, 5×5, H2H, 12 hit, 9 pitch, 3 bench)

    I need to replace Corbin (DAMN YOU fantasy gods!) and Griffin…here are the following FA options…I’ve offered two strategies…a) which strategy makes sense at this point?…and then…b) please rank the top 5:

    Strategy 1 – go with SPs:

    Tyson Ross (2H last year was quietly terrific), Eovaldi (hmmm), Phil Hughes, Vogelsong, W. Peralta, Milone, Travis Wood, Colon, Hudson, Kelly, B. Morrow, Skaggs, Jaime Garcia

    Strategy 2 – go with two quality relievers – I’ve always been interested in this strategy to bolster ratios…but…the only way I see it having value in a standard mixed league is if your SPs are very, very strong…mine are not:

    Cody Allen and Melancon are available…

    Thanks for your thoughts as always!!

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bubba: Skaggs, Allen

  22. Ben says:
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    ESPN 14 team league H2H 5×5 with the 13th pick. How did I do on this draft?

    C-Miguel Montero
    1B-Freddie Freeman
    2B-Martin Prado
    3B-Adrian Beltre
    SS-Jean Segura
    MI-Jurickson Profar
    CI-Ryan Howard
    OF-Ryan Braun
    OF-Jason Heyward
    OF-Coco Crisp
    OF-Colby Rasmus
    OF-Avisail Garcia
    Util-Matt Dominguez
    Util-Oswaldo Arcia
    SP-Chris Sale
    SP-Julio Teheran
    RP-Koji Uehara
    RP-Huston Street
    P-Danny Salazar
    P-Justin Masterson
    P-Rick Porcello
    P-Josh Johnson
    P-Scott Kazmir

    Bench-Tyler Ross
    Bench-Hector Santiago
    Bench-Paul Konerko
    Bench-Sergio Santos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Looks like a pretty balanced hitting team, if a little low on average, your pitching looks excellent, probably better than it needs to be

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey:

        The guy in our league who drafted Corbin has Mauer. Is Masterson to much for Mauer?

        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s about right

  23. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    What are we thinking about Dee Gordon if (when) he wins the 2B job? I have him as my only bench bat right now but guys like Michael Saunders and Rajai Davis are on the WW. Your thoughts, sirs (and 4 girls)?

  24. scottsteelers says:
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    10 team league with 2 Util spots
    C-Rosario
    1b-fielder
    2nd-hill
    3rd-cabrera
    SS-Bogarts
    Of-Bautista, Choo, Craig
    Util-Josh Hamilton, Jose Aubreu
    Bn-khris davis, aoki, springer
    SP-J Fernandez, Latos, Shields, gray, masterson, dickey, wheeler
    RP-Robertson, Street, Axford
    what cha think? I need some more speed. Other than that I think im ok. Lots of SP in free agency in 10 team leagues too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scottsteelers: I agree with your assessment on speed, pitching looks very solid up front, don’t love Dickey

  25. John says:
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    Lucky me, I joined my first ever $ league and got Corbin for the day before this happened. I was front loaded w/ pitching, so I shouldn’t have a big issue there, but I did shoot myself in the foot w/ AVE and SB. Because of this, I’ve got a couple of questions. Do you recommend I:

    1) Put in a waiver claim for Delgado or Estrada?
    2) Trade J-Upton and Strasburg for Trout?
    3) Trade Prince, Stanton, Greinke, and Smyly for Goldy, Holliday, Masterson, and Archer?
    4) Do it all and roll w/ Tehran, Tillman, Cashner, Masterson, Archer, and Delgado/Estrada (plus middle relievers)?

    12 team 5×5 roto, yahoo.

    TIA and great read as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: 1) Delgado 2) Sure in a shallow league 3) Why are you trading your whole team you just drafted away? 4) Huh?

      • John says:
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        @Grey:

        Because I’m an idiot who over thinks things

  26. stonepie says:
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    10 team h2h 5×5. guys who fell to me- segura 56, rios 65, hosmer 96, minor 125, jennings 156

    C: Lucroy
    1st: fielder
    2nd: cano
    ss: segura
    3rd: miggy
    OF: choo
    OF: rios
    OF: jennings
    OF: aoki
    UTIL: hosmer
    UTIL: rizzo
    BN: moss
    NA: baez

    SP: sale
    SP: cobb
    SP: minor
    RP: jensen
    RP: robertson
    P: Samjiharzaskafafs
    P: Dickey
    P: Kluber
    BN: Kennedy, j johnson, estrada, porcello

    i have an extra spot available since i moved baez to NA. thinking about stashing crain or taking qualls since another closer is needed or maybe another young starter with upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stonepie: Looks like a great team in a shallow league… I’d stash Qualls

  27. Fat Mack says:
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    Hey hey, I just had my auction last night. 16 team, H2H, 6×6 with OPS and Walks the extra cats. Thoughts on my team?

    Honorable Dick Boner
    C Wilin Rosario 22
    1B Paul Goldschmidt 12 (keeper)
    2B Jose Altuve 26
    3B Nolan Arenado 1 (keeper)
    SS Brad Miller 6
    OF Starling Marte 6 (keeper)
    OF Jason Heyward 29
    OF Alex Gordon 22
    UTIL David Ortiz 26
    BE Oswaldo Arcia 1

    SP Michael Wacha 19
    SP Danny Salazar 19
    P Alex Cobb 17
    P R.A. Dickey 9
    RP Jason Grilli 15
    RP Fernando Rodney 6
    RP Alex Wood 11
    BE Ervin Santana 4
    BE A.J. Burnett 6
    BE Lance Lynn 1

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Fat Mack: If Heyward pans out, you should be fine, but you look a tad light on power… Your pitching looks solid in the front, and just okay in the back

  28. stynyr says:
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    Puke.

    What do you think, Grey?

    10-team, H2H, 5×5

    C-Lucroy
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Gyorko
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Segura
    OF-Braun, CarGo, Choo
    util-Gordon, Donaldson

    sp-Kershaw, Cobb, Cingrani, Teheran, Fister, Archer, Wheeler, Josh Johnson, Gee, Delgado
    rp-Perkins, Hawkins
    n/a-Heaney

    • stynyr says:
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      @stynyr: @stynyr:

      Also, Melancon, Mujica, Brothers, Veras are available. Which SP would you drop for any of those RPs since I’m relaly light on closers?

      Thanks, Grey.

      • Grey

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        @stynyr: I wouldn’t drop an SP for any of those guys right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stynyr: Team looks okay, pitching stronger than your hitting, but it’s a shallow league…

  29. Nick The Podcast Host

    Nick The Podcast Host says:
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    For those of you asking the announcement is in the afternoon post at 2pm EST today. Hint: Beer.

    • de nachos says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host: “What goes good with pretzels and turns 5’s into 10’s after 2AM?”

    • Eric W says:
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      @Nick The Podcast Host: Slammy Sosa’d, Barry Bombsed, Suds Norris, Stephen Brew, Troy TulaBrewski That is all I got and yes I will show my self out

      • Eric W says:
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        @Eric W: Kendry MorALEes

  30. The Strolg says:
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    Cougs R Us had someone quit our league, so we’re looking for one more person. $100 buy in through league safe. Draft is Thursday at 7:30 EST. Email me for password if you want in at carterfranz@hotmail.com

  31. Korey says:
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    I heard something interesting from a Ned Yost interview last week. He said Duffy and Ventura weren’t competing for the fifth spot, they were intact competing for the third spot. Ok it’s not interesting, its weird. But he implied that Chen would be used in the fifth spot. That gives the Ventura (assuming) a few more starts on the year. Change anything in your mind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Korey: He can only get as many starts as he can throw, and he can’t throw a full season…

  32. bobby bonilla says:
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    Hey Grey – love the work. Not sure if i missed a similar post in the past, but any chance we could get how your ranks change for H2H leagues? Maybe just like maybe movers, or strategy changes.

    Thanks again – love the work you and the team put in.

    • de nachos says:
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      @bobby bonilla: Bobby B…How’s year-three of your 25 year contract you lucky bastage!

      • bobby bonilla says:
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        @de nachos:

        life’s getting tough, man. market has been tough and my $1mm annual payments from the Mets aren’t earning the interest in today’s environment i’d hoped for.

        my kids gotta eat, man…. and, you know, gambling.

    • Grey

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      Thanks, Bobby B! I don’t change ranks for H2H, just change strategy…

  33. The Dread Pirate says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for all the hard work. I have a terrible back end of my rotation in my h2h league, and I could really use some depth. The waiver budget is $100, but I really need Delgado. What’s the most I should spend on him? I think he’ll be excellent, especially considering I have guys like Charlie Morton and Tim Hudson at the end. 16-team auction league, how much should I bid?

  34. Whatever says:
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    Hi Grey,

    When you say you updated your war room, does that include the downloadable spreadsheet?

    That spreadsheet is the bomb dude. awesome piece of work from the razzball members who worked on it.

    • Grey

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      @Whatever: I don’t do the spreadsheet, someone else puts that together

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey:

        ok, no probs. Thanks.

  35. Adam says:
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    This might be a dumb question – but wanted to get your sense on what position should I use Miggy Cab to maximize his value. Shallow 10-team H2H yahoo league (1C, 3 OF, 2 Utl), standard 5×5.

    My 3 keepers – Trout, Cabrera, McCutchen.

    Should I use Cabrera as my 3B or 1B given the following options available. I draft in the 10 hole after the first 3 rounds of keeper selections. Was thinking of grabbing either 1B/3B and then either Bautista/Bruce/Desmond at pick 11.

    1B: Pujols, Hosmer, Rizzo, AGon, Trumbo, Abreu

    3B: Wright, Zimmerman, Donaldson, Alverez, Carpenter

    Other Top guys available: Bautista, Bruce, Darvish, Rios, Felix, Pedroia, Desmond, Strasburg, Choo

    • Whatever says:
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      @Adam:

      First of all, you are going to need to draft a 1B because Miggy does not qualify at 1B. That being said, you should use him at 3B. 1B is deeper than 3B.

      • Whatever says:
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        @Whatever:

        He will only qualify at 1B after a certain amount of games played during the season. Should be after the first week.

        • Adam says:
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          @Whatever: Exactly – he will get eligibility after 5 games started.

          So my question is (assuming draft worked out this way)- would you rather have Miggy/Wright/Marte-esqu OF or Miggy/Choo-esque OF/Hosmer

          • Grey

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            @Adam: These are tomato-tomahto… Miggy/Wright

  36. ryan says:
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    Drafted last night grey… thoughts?
    c- ramos 1B Freeman
    2b miller ss segera
    3b- donaldson If – trumbo
    of – trout, gomez brantley cruz
    utl -jose abreu / moustakis

    sp – gray , wheeler, archer , venutra G. Cole , T. Wood, hudson, josh johnson
    rp – nathan, robertson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan: No idea how many teams

      • ryan says:
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        @Grey:

        12 teams H2H 5X5

  37. Joe says:
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    Finally had my big keeper league draft this weekend. 12 teams, 7×7 with obp and slugging and hold and QS. 10 keepers plus 10 minor league keepers that don’t count toward the 10 limit (any player under 200 ip or 600 ab). Overall, each team is able to own 37 players between their “major” and “minor” league rosters.

    My keepers were Votto, Longo, Beltre, Kershaw, Bumgarner, Alex Gordon, Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce, Pooholes and Ellsbury. Among my minor leaguers that will come up immediately are Addison Reed, Rex Brothers and Shelby Miller. Here is my lineup following the draft. Would appreciate everyone’s feedback.

    C – Miguel Montero
    1b – Votto
    2b – Brett Lawrie
    3b – Longo
    SS – Reyes
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Ellsbury
    OF – Alex Gordon
    Util – Beltre
    Util – Aoki
    Util – Pooholes

    SP – Kershaw
    SP – Bummies
    RP – Grilli
    RP – Perkins
    RP – Reed
    P – Farquhar
    P – Brothers
    P – Qualls

    Bench – Moose
    Bench – Calhoun
    Bench – Matt Cain
    Bench – Shelby Miller
    Bench – Dickey
    Bench – Kluber
    Bench – Smyly

    I didn’t draft many extra bats as I have Alex Guerrero, Springer, Taveras, Polanco in my minors. I also drafted Vic Black and Andrew Heaney and sent them to my minors to join Appel, Addison Russell, Dylan Bundy and Lucas Giolito.

    Catcher is obviously weak, but even the mediocre names were either kept or drafted waaaaaay too early.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Joe:
      this team is rather strong … even for a 10 team league .
      however , i you’re going to continue to call him Bummies ,
      he’ll probably throw his shoulder out by the 2nd week of the season .
      man up .

      • Joe says:
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        @costaricanchata: Yeah, inside jokes from the league didn’t translate here….I won the league last year, which is why I think I’m strong again. I also moved a couple “depth” keepers during the offseason, moved Carlos Santana, Latos, Medlen and Altuve for Ellsbury. That is a gross overpayment for Ellsbury, but I was going to have to release those players with nothing in return, so i figured why not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: You look a bit light on power and heavy on speed, your pitching is very solid up front…

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: i agree. unfortunately, the way keepers fell, there just wasn’t much power to go around. Because power wasn’t an enormous deficiency, i focused on best available all the time.

        For what it’s worth, 227 home runs was good enough for 3rd in home runs last year. I see about 230 to 240 from that set of starters. I would like more power, but i may be able to slide by.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Joe: i’m guessing your opp’s keep a lot of backup catchers, for you only getting montero in 10 teamer.

  38. y4 says:
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    Just drafted- can I get your thoughts on my team? 12 team auction 6×5 (OPS)
    Very late in the draft I had to go auto bid so there were some players drafted that I’ve already dropped. I plan to add pitchers since that’s where I’m obviously weak at. My strategy was to stream pitching anyways and try to get W’s and K’s. Thanks in advance.

    C- Rosario $13
    1B- Pujols $22
    2B- Cano $36
    3B- Arenado $15
    SS- Reyes $15
    OF- A Jones $33 (keeper)
    OF- Stanton $35
    OF- J Upton $19
    U- Rios $20

    bn Rizzo $14
    bn Beltran $17
    bn- Brantley $1

    SP Cashner $6
    SP Liriano $3
    SP Peavy $1
    SP Lohse $1
    SP Porcello $1
    RP C Allen $1
    RP Melancon $1
    RP L Hawkins $1

    • Grey

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      @y4: The hitting is very solid and the pitching is weak, but if you’re gonna stream it should be okay…

  39. BigDeal says:
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    Oh, Lord Gray, the Almighty.

    Love your update posts to get me through the dead March before the season starts, but this guy needs his fill of real baseball soon, not these spring training scrimmages.

    Question for 12 team 5×5 H2H Keeper:
    I have been offered C Jason Castro & UT Robinson Cano for C Buster Posey and UT Ben Zobrist? Should I do the deal? I already have Kipnis at 2B, so Cano would replace Zobrist at Utility spot.

    Also, for a Razzball league, how many SPs should I draft? Should I only draft 4 and stream the other 60 starts to maximize RP innings every day? Or is that a bad idea?

    Thanks.

    • bobby bonilla says:
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      @BigDeal:

      more like – Lord Grey, the Albrighty… heyoo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BigDeal: Thanks! I’d take Cano… Depends how you want to play the RCL, I draft 6 SPs, and end up dropping 2-ish

  40. Big League Wood says:
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    I bet Profar is rocking solid gold toenails. Cheaper than a grill.

    Lots of roster moves in leagues this weekend after the recent SP injuries.

    Where is the streamer/ roster line for an RCL roster in your pitcher rankings?

    Does Carlos Martinez move into the 60-70 range if he is named the fifth starter out of spring training?

  41. Josh says:
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    Hey Grey, had a 12 team auction last night. Tried to save money on pitching (especially relievers) and catchers to get the offense I wanted. 12 team, H2H, standard 5×5.

    C- Ruiz
    C- Pinto
    1B- Ortiz
    2B- Gyorko
    SS- Segura
    3B- Encarnacion
    CI- Rizzo
    MI- Miller
    OF- Harper
    OF- Stanton
    OF- Aoki
    OF- Yelich
    OF- K. Davis
    UT- Moss/ Middlebrooks

    SP- Masterson
    SP- Salazar
    SP- Gray
    SP- Cueto
    SP- Kazmir
    SP- Ventura
    RP- Jones
    RP- Veras
    RP- Qualls
    RP- Santos

    How do you think it worked out? I am actually okay with that pitching staff for how cheap it came, may have gone with too many brain freezes, but closers were going for too much. I’m a little worried about saves and steals, but SAGNOF! Can this team be competitive with this cheap of a pitching staff, few steals, and maybe a low team batting average?

    • Grey

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      @Josh: Your pitching is a bit of a mess, your hitting looks very solid though, which is good…

  42. TheShelbySensation says:
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    Yordano over Lackey?

    12 Team daily Yahoo h2h. 5 moves a week.
    R, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, AVG
    W, L, CG, SHO, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS

    C: Wilin Rosario
    1B: Anthony Rizzo
    2B: Aaron Hill
    SS: Troy Tulowitzki (K)
    3B: Miguel Cabrera (K)
    OF: Justin Upton (K)
    OF: Alex Rios (K)
    OF: Starling Marte
    UTIL: Yoenis Cespedes
    BN: Starlin Castro
    BN: Pedro Alvarez

    SP: Zack Greinke (K)
    SP: Stephen Strasburg (K)
    SP: Matt Moore (K)
    SP: Sonny Gray (K)
    SP: Matt Garza
    SP: John Lackey
    SP: Bartolo Colon
    RP: Casey Janssen
    RP: Houston Street
    RP: Jose Veras

  43. Wilsonian says:
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    So keepers are in and our draft is Wednesday. Here are my keepers:

    C. Davis, Fielder, Longoria, Hanley, A. Jones

    Here are the top 16 available players after keepers based on your top 400:

    Pujols, Tulowitzki, Freeman, JUp, Rios, Scherzer, Pedroia, Zimmerman, Desmond, Wainwright, Andrus, Kinsler, Reyes, Cliffly, Hosmer, Marte

    8 team H2H, stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ks/9

    I’m picking 7th and 10th. So you have to assume that a good chunk of those guys will be gone. What 5 would you legitimately target with my first two picks?

    We play C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, IF, 4 Of, 2 UTIL, 3 SP, 2 RP, 4 P, 6 Bench

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Wilsonian: I’m no Grey, but I think that with those keepers you should turn your attention to SPs/OF/2B in that order. If Rios is there, I put him ahead of the pack, but otherwise I’d target Sherzer/Adverb/Marte/Pedroia/Kinsler. Maybe throw Wainwright in there somewhere depending on whether or not you think the wheels are going to come off that wagon at some point this season.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Wilsonian:
      rios and pedroia

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      I would appreciate the sage advice of Fantasy Master Lothario Grey Albright as well as the expert opinions of the rest of the Razzball community. I had my auction last night in my 12-team, yahoo league, 6×6 roto (OPS and K/9 are the extra cats), 1300IP limit. I know I made a few mistakes, like getting caught price enforcing Wilin Rosario and Shin-Soo Choo. Prices were out of control/bonkers for 2nd year SPs (Salazar for $15, Gray for $19, Cingrani for $20, Cole for $24), so I paid a little more than I wanted to for a few of my SPs. Luckily Kluber somehow fell off/under the radar. And I got stuck with mostly brain-freezes as far as closers go b/c SAGNOF. So without further ado, here’s my squad.

      C -Wilin Rosario $11
      1B -Joey Votto $40
      2B -Jedd Gyorko $14
      3B -Kyle Seager $10
      SS -Elvis Andrus $9
      OF -Shin-Soo Choo $27
      OF -Alex Rios $22
      OF -Norichika Aoki $3
      UT -Albert Pujols $19
      UT -Avisail Garcia $2
      BN -Jed Lowrie $4

      SP -Anibal Sanchez $23
      SP -Gio Gonzalez $21
      RP -Steve Cishek $6
      RP -Jose Veras $1
      P -Homer Bailey $19
      P -Justin Masterson $10
      P -Francisco Liriano $10
      BN -John Axford $3
      BN -Corey Kluber $3
      BN -Chris Tillman $2
      BN -Marco Estrada $1

      Am I rostering too many starters for this 1300IP limit format? I could lose an SP (Estrada maybe) for either Crain/Qualls or Sergio Santos? Or I could swap Estrada for Rick Porcello? Other starters that are out there are Gallardo, Peavy, Ervin Santana, and Wily Peralta.

      It bothers me to no end that I paid 11 for Rosario and Jason Castro didn’t even get drafted.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: Grey, what is your take on this?

    • Grey

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      @Wilsonian: I agree with Blackman… Get a top SP or OF

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: I doubt Scherzer will be there, so then you’d say Cliffly and Rios or Marte?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: thank you sir.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  44. Coors Canaveral says:
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    Would love to get the good, bad and ugly on what you guys think of this team. Obviously I had a hard time getting National League pitching, and the team seems high risk for injury, but anyhow…

    12-team, 5 keepers under salary cap, 5X5 scoring.

    C – Sal Perez
    C – Wellington Castillo
    1B – Anthony Rizzo
    2B – Aaron Hill
    SS – Troy Tulowitzki (K)
    MI – Jose Reyes (K)
    3B – Manny Machado (K)
    CI – Corey Hart
    OF – Mike Trout (K)
    OF – Justin Upton (K)
    OF – Khris Davis
    OF – Adam Eaton
    OF – Peter Bourjos
    UT – Avisail Garcia
    P – Anibal Sanchez
    P – Alex Cobb
    P – Danny Salazar
    P – Taijuan Walker
    P – Ubaldo Jimenez
    P – Josh Johnson
    P – Koji Uehara
    P – Ernesto Frieri
    P – Nate Jones
    P – Ernesto Ramirez

    B – Cody Asche
    B – Oswaldo Arcia
    B – Brad Miller

    • Coors Canaveral says:
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      Forgot to mention Rotisserie.

  45. Kc says:
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    I have Strasburg, Cain, Liriano, Masterson, and Kuroda as my SP. Is that solid enough? Do I add Josh Johnson dropping Brantley? What is your thought on this?

    Thanks!

    • de nachos says:
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      @Kc: in a bubble plenty solid if you agree with site projections on Liriano-Masterson

      • Kc says:
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        @de nachos: Masterson, yes but I am not so thrilled about Liriano this year..

  46. arevus says:
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    Keeper question. 260 budget 6×6 with obp and qs

    Can keep 5.. keeping puig and crush at 15, segura at 20, beltre at 25. Last slot I’m sending between Anibal at 9, Bailey at 9, sonny at 4 or votto at 30.

    Leaning towards votto because pitching is so deep, which means votto/crush would be in util slot

  47. Shake N Bacon says:
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    So I had my long time 12-team keeper league draft this weekend and I have mixed feelings with the results. After reading Rudy’s article regarding hitting/pitching splits and finding out that investing in RP’s a little more than SPs, I decided to give it a try with this draft. Unfortunately, I ended up with a 60/40 split, instead of a 66/34 split which I was targeting. I didn’t add up my values until after the draft.

    The first six picks were keepers from the previous year, so keep that in mind.

    Offense
    C – Evan Gattis (14.158)
    1B – Anthony Rizzo (Keeper)
    2b – Jason Kipnis (Keeper)
    SS – Ian Desmond (Keeper)
    3B – Josh Dondaldson (9.107)
    OF – Bryce Harper (Keeper)
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton (Keeper)
    OF – Domonic Brown (10.110)
    Util – Norichika Aoki (16.182)
    Bench – Khris Davis (18.206)
    Bench – Chris Carter (20.230)
    Bench – Miguel Montero (23.275)

    Pitching
    SP – Max Scherzer (Keeper)
    SP – Francisco Liriano (11.131)
    RP – Kenley Jansen (7.83)
    RP – Greg Holland (8.95)
    P – Sonny Gray (12.134)
    P – Nate Jones (13.155)
    P – Justin Masterson (15.179)
    Bench – Sergio Santos (17.203)
    Bench – Danny Farquhar (19.227)
    Bench – Tyler Clippard (21.251)
    Bench – Yordano Ventura (22.254)
    Bench – Josh Fields (24.278)
    Bench – Daniel Webb (25.299)

    Obviously I loaded up on setup guys who could potentially be closers. I took Rudy’s hit/pitch splits article to the max regarding investing in RP’s.

    Instead of taking Jansen, I could’ve gotten Alex Rios in the 7th round. I’m a little disappointed in not making that move. I really need Domonic Brown to come through for me this year, which I know many people don’t believe he will. Considering trading Dom Brown and Holland for a third tier closer and an upgrade in the OF. Possibly Trumbo or Jose Abreu (move him into my Util). Sound ok or should I just wait it out and see how the first month and a half of the season goes?

    • Assuming you can make daily roster changes, I like this team. While I don’t love Liriano, a Scherzer/Liriano/Gray/Masterson staff is a solid top 4 and Ventura has a ton of upside as a SP5 (probably one I’d be judicious about starting). Your top 3 bullpen guys are sick and gives your rotation a nice cushion for K/ERA/WHIP. The MRs can only help in that regard.

      In retrospect, yeah, I’d have gone Rios over Jansen. Rios has been a top 40 pick in my drafts where Jansen has been around 70. But I wouldn’t trade just yet. I think you can definitely let go of some MRs once closers have been settled. I think having 1-2 spots for streaming SPs makes a lot of sense and – if you find a good one – hold on.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Thanks Rudy!

        Yeah it’s a daily roster moves league, and the past two years I’ve led the league in moves. I’m expecting to stream SP’s throughout the year. We do have an IP limit of 1250, which is fairly easy to hit, so I try and be picky about my spot starts.

        Ivan Nova is out on the waiver wire. I was considering dropping Fields or Webb for him. But I’m in no rush, because I know good SP’s will crawl out of the woodwork as the season progresses.

        • yeah, our Yahoo Friends & Family league is 1250 IP cap. Leads me to be a little more conservative on streaming and when to bench my SPs in bad matchups.

          I’d wait until the season starts before dropping any relievers. You never know what happens w/ closer situations though it’s very doubtful either wins the job (would probably take 1-2 injuries).

          If somehow Archie Bradley is available, I’d snag him.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Good Call on Bradley.

            I just looked, but he’s not in the player pool yet. It’s a keeper league and we have FAAB, so we try and limit the rookies in the player pool until they get an At-bat or IP at the MLB level. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for him now.

  48. Sons of Liberty says:
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    I drafted last night and I’m happy with my team. I went for power and Ks. I see you have many teams to evaluate so I won’t bother you with mine. I’ll let the season start and see how it goes, then adapt. I believe in controlling my own fate. I just wish my wife would finish shoveling the snow out of the driveway so that I can go get a coffee.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Sons of Liberty:

      bravo .
      on both fronts .

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Sons of Liberty: damn lazy wife. i’m assuming she already drank the previous coffee in order to do her damn snow job.

  49. Big W says:
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    If your final keeper spot came down to k davis or kluber you’d keep davis right?

    • Hank says:
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      @Big W: id go davis

  50. Jim says:
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    Okay, why am I nervous? Drafted last night in a 12 team Head to Head league and my projections look good. Drafted 9th in snake draft and this is where I ended up, round in parenthesis:

    C – Castro (16)
    1b – Fielder (2)
    2b – Gyorko (10)
    3b – Donaldson (7)
    SS – Segura (4)
    IF – Miller (17)
    OF – Jones (1)
    OF – Bruce (3)
    OF – Gordon (6)
    OF – De Aza (15)
    Util – Bourjos (18)
    Util – A. Garcia (21)
    SP – A. Sanchez (5)
    SP- Teheren (8)
    RP – Reed (11)
    RP – Street (14)
    P – Iwakuma (9)
    P – Liriano (12)
    P – Gray (13)
    BN – Tillman (19)
    BN – Porcello (20)
    BN- Soria (22)
    BN- Asche (23)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Your team looks solid, I wouldn’t worry at this point, good hitting and pitching…

  51. Hank says:
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    Tried to adhere to your drafting style and rankings and feel pretty good about my draft. Was planning on trading some bats for pitching later on but any thoughts on where to improve?

    10 team h2h with 3 keepers
    Batters – runs, hits, rbis, sb, tb, obp
    Pitchers – IP, wins, K, sv, era, whip

    C – Castro
    1b – goldschmidt (k)
    2b – profar
    3b . Zimmerman
    SS – segura
    if – Desmond
    Lf – Gordon
    Cf – trout (k)
    Rf – Puig (k)
    Of – wil Myers
    Util – cuddyer
    Bench – Jose abreu, yelich, moss, Calhoun, boagarts

    So – anibal Sanchez
    Sp – Teheran
    Sp – Cobb
    Rp – Jensen
    Rp – Perkins
    P – Tillman
    P – Nate jones
    P – smyly
    P – neftali feliz

    Any thoughts? Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hank: I like the team, it’s a shallow league so you still have work to do during the season, but you’re in a good spot

  52. Northside Baez Club says:
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    @Grey: Thoughts on my team? Goldy fell to me at #8. 12 Team 5×5 (OPS, QS).

    C – Castro
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Utley/Kendrick/Brad Miller
    SS – Brad Miller/Villar
    3B Longoria
    OF – Pence
    OF – Jennings
    OF – Carlos Beltran
    U – Big Papi
    U – Butler

    SP – Lee
    SP – Bumgarner
    SP – Tanaka
    SP – Archer
    SP – Cingrani
    SP – Alex Wood
    RP – Chapman
    RP – Axford

    B – Nolasco
    B – Paxton
    B – Gee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Northside Baez Club: I like your pitching a bit more than your pitching, which isn’t great… Your hitting is old with chance for injury/breakdown…

  53. Comatose says:
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    NL only 11 team auction.

    C-Kotarras
    1-Posey
    2-Phillips
    3-Frazier
    SS-Tulo
    MI-Castro
    CI-Gaby
    OF-Harper
    OF-Junior Lake
    OF-Khris Davis
    OF-Schierholtz
    OF-BJ
    Util-Hairston

    P-Madbum
    P- G Cole
    P- wily Peralta
    P-Haren
    P-Kendrick
    P-Freddy Garcia
    P-Beachy
    P-Brothers
    P-Clippard

    Obviously the staff needs work. Who would you add for Beachy? Hale? Delgado? Heaney? Locke? Alfredo?

    Gracias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Comatose: I don’t think the staff if that bad… Anything I’d be a bit concerned about your hitting and average…

      • Comatose says:
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        @Grey: thanks. Any advice on the Beachy replacement?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Delgado

    • Prez!! says:
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      @frankgrimes: ha! “Why he slapped her face with the dick? So very sad”

  54. Dingbat says:
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    With all of the pitcher injuries going on, is there any chance that Ian Kennedy might sneak his way onto your ratings? The projections systems seem to like him for a <4.00 ERA, 8.00 K/9, and <3.00 BB/9. As a hodgepadre at the very least, he seems like a guy worth snagging at the tail end of drafts. Looks a lot more promising than someone like Felix Doubront, at least.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dingbat: He’s fine for streams, or in deep leagues…

  55. PaulieD says:
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    I just joined a league with 20 teams. I’ve never been in a league this large and I’m curious if this would impact how you would rate players (mainly closers). I know SAGNOF but with 20 teams there’s less than 2 closer per team available. I’m betting that this will cause closer to be drafted even higher than usual. Normally I wait until late and live with the Carlos Marmols of the world, but I have a feeling that if I wait that long there will be no closers left.

    I don’t want to tank saves as that’s a potential 20 points I’d be losing out on.

    Change my rankings or stay the course?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PaulieD: I’d make sure I got at least one closer, and aim for one mid-range one and one real junky one…

  56. Danzo says:
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    Grey, when are you gonna post your “here’s how to draft your rotation” article? It is most, most helpful. I need this shiz spoon-fed to me, man.

  57. Clint says:
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    So, pull Taveras out of the rankings or stay the course where he is despite the demotion, good man?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: He’ll be up June-ish

  58. RotisserieJedi says:
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    The CDC confirmed today, the identification of a new contagion labeled TJS-4. Researchers at the nation’s top medical labs have been baffled and alarmed by the rapid progression of the contagion, particularly the fact that infection no longer confers immunity to a second incidence of the disease.

    The most recent victim, Patrick Corbin, was struck down at the age of 24. Recent reports mention Oakland California (Jarrod Parker) and now Atlanta, Georgia as hot spots for the rapidly spreading problem. If Parker, Medlen and Beachy have the ligament replacement procedure, it will be the second time for each.

    An anonymous tip via Internet was traced to the razzball.com domain. In it, the author/whistle-blower correctly pointed to the suspicious onset of injuries in the Braves pitching rotation, that will send 2 promising young pitchers out for the year, and threatens the remaining ace and is taking place in the very same city as the CDC. In response, CDC officials emphatically stated that they have the best biological security protocols on the planet, and denied that any live materials may have leaked or escaped from their facilities. Oddly, when federal investigators went through the browser history of the researchers, they found that the boys (and gals) in the lab had traded away or dropped every pitcher in the Atlanta rotation AND pen in the first week of February 2014!!!

    In a blatant attempt to deflec attention from Browser-Gate, the guys in white coats offered an alternative and controversial working theory. While the details are classified, CDC scientists noticed a pattern over the last 2 years: the TJS problem in Atlanta, the mysterious and rather sudden aging of the Phillies, and the short-term blindness that caused Bryce Harper, the Nats best young player, to miss the presence of an entire wall! All of these point to some type of supernatural interference on the part of the Marlins. When asked to explain the Mets situation over the same period, the scientists chuckled and said “Well, we don’t think that requires extraordinary measures. Do you?”

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @RotisserieJedi:

      nicely done .
      you’d be an up-grade over a few of the writers on this site .

  59. KCC26 says:
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    hey everyone! keeper question: 12 team league, 6×6 (additional categories are OPS and K/BB).

    I’m keeping McCutchen, Tulowitzki, Adam Jones, Encarnacion, Wainwright, and Salazar. To keep those picks, I’m giving up my picks in rounds 3-7 (plus 18 for Salazar). Since I won’t pick again until the 8th, should I consider a SP with one of my first 2 picks? The players that appear likely to be available are:

    hitters: Pedroia, Reyes, Choo, Rios, Hosmer, Craig, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Zimmerman, Ortiz
    pitchers: Felix, Scherzer, Verlander, Price, Greinke

    With 17 starters being kept (and basically all of the top 4o pitchers likely to be gone by the time i start picking again), should i still feel OK with my Wainwright/Salazar 1-2 and draft offense with those early picks, even given the relatively slim pickings?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KCC26: I’d feel okay with those front two SPs

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @KCC26: I would be weary of the fact that Waino threw nearly 277 innings last year (including the post-season). He’s not getting any younger.

  60. Bud says:
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    I just drafted for a 10 team Points league with yahoo scoring. There were so many great hitters early I waited on pitching. I have a friend that is stacked in pitching and is willing to trade Strasburg, Verlander, or Greinke for one of my sluggers. Do I need to trade for SP? If so who do I trade and for which of those SP’s? There are limited transactions (15) so streaming isn’t a viable option:
    C Wilson Ramos
    1B Prince Fielder
    2B Jedd Gyorko
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    SS Elvis Andrus
    IF- Albert Pujols
    LF Alex Gordon
    CF Adam Jones
    RF Yasiel Puig
    OF Jay Bruce
    Bench- Aaron Hill
    SP Alex Cobb
    SP Julio Teheran
    SP Francisco Liriano
    SP Hyun-jin Ryu
    SP Justin Masterson
    RP Rafael Soriano
    RP Casey Janssen
    Bench- Patrick Corbin
    Bench- Zack Wheeler
    Thanks,
    Bud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bud: You don’t need to trade for an SP right now, looks like a solid staff actually — minus Corbin, but hold for now

  61. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team dynasty league do I cliff lee brandon phillips for matt cain chris tillman? I like how my sp gets younger with this deal? Good move for me? Other sp he has are weaver iwakuma cueto liriano. Any of them a good sub for cain?

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: *trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Not good

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: if I were to deal lee for youthful sp, who should I target?

        • Grey

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          I wouldn’t trade a top five SP for another SP

  62. Bear says:
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    Hey Grey
    Finished a 20 Team H2H (6×6 with OPS/QS). Because we draft 400 deep…I don’t have a lot of Waver Wire opportunities. I have obviously punted Saves (I do well on the wire in the past). So how’d I do (remember 20 teams…lol). And a specific question: I can get Skaggs off the wire now…should I go him and if so is it worth dropping Asche or Bourjos or Hart?
    Thanks again Grey!

    1. (6) Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
    2. (35) Yasiel Puig (LAD – OF)
    3. (46)Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
    4. (75)Homer Bailey (Cin – SP)
    5. (86)Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    6. (115)Jedd Gyorko (SD – 2B,3B)
    7. (126)Doug Fister (Was – SP)
    8. (155)Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    9. (166)Matt Wieters (Bal – C)
    10. (195)Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B)
    11. (206)Rick Porcello (Det – SP)
    12. (235)Corey Hart (Sea – 1B)
    13. (246)Avisail García (CWS – OF)
    14. (275)Martín Pérez (Tex – SP)
    15. (286)Erasmo Ramírez (Sea – SP)
    16. (315)Mark Melancon (Pit – RP)
    17. (326)Álex Torres (SD – RP)
    18. (355)Peter Bourjos (StL – OF)
    19. (366)Cody Asche (Phi – 3B)
    20. (395J.J. Putz (Ari – RP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bear: Asche for Skaggs since you have a 3rd baseman and a backup

  63. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Apologies if it’s been mentioned (I didn’t see it), but no mention of Baez … apparently he’s starting at 2b today for the Cubbies. Fingers crossed for a big day at the dish and even better day in the field. Probably wishful thinking but Baez on the big club to start the year would be pretty sweet!!

    • Grey

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      @Dr. Sauce: I just wrote about him in my last roundup

  64. Eric says:
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    Hey Razzball! I was wondering if I could get some thoughts on my team. Not sure what to think of it at the moment, still on that draft high. Maybe I could get some recommendations on players to drop and what position I need to fill up more?

    H2H Yahoo 12 Team OBS League (5×5)

    C) Wilson Ramos
    1b) Albert Pujols
    2b) Jedd Gyorko
    3b) Ryan Zimmerman
    SS) Jean Segura
    CI) Corey Hart
    MI) Jurickson Profar
    OF) Bryce Harper
    OF) Adam Jones
    OF) Alex Gordon
    OF) Norichika Aoki
    Util) Avisail Garcia
    Bench) Peter Bourjos

    SP) Anibal Sanchez
    SP) Homer Baily
    RP) Ernesto Frieri
    RP) Rafael Soriano
    P) Julio Teheran
    P) Doug Fister
    P) Sonny Gray
    P) Zach Wheeler
    Bench) Corey Kluber
    Bench) Taijuan Walker
    Bench) Drew Smyly
    Bench) Randall Delgado

    I feel like maybe I invested too much in pitching but I appreciate your guys’ input/advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: I like the team, pretty solid overall, pitching looks a hair better than your hitting, but not bad…

  65. Kyle H says:
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    Hey Grey, what do you think about my team. 12 team H2H, OBP and Slugg% on offensive categories and with QS, Saves+Holds, and K/BB on pitching.

    C- Ramos
    1B- Pujols
    2B- Kipnis
    SS- E. Cabrera
    3B- Wright
    OF- Trout
    OF- Holliday
    OF- Heyward
    UTIL- Hosmer
    UTIL- Cuddyer
    BN- Bogaerts
    BN- B. Upton

    SP- Latos, Shields, Salazar, Burnett, Gray, Fister
    RP- N. Jones, Rodney, Herrera, Brothers, Fields

    Any areas of improvement? Thanks a bunch.

    • Grey

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      @Kyle H: Looks a tad light on power (SLG) and heavy on speed, not bad though… You need Heyward to step up, Upton seems misplaced on this team

      • Kyle H says:
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        @Grey: thanks. I agree on the Upton comment. Here are some alternatives. Do you like any of them over Upton given the league settings?

        Lawrie
        Dickerson
        O. Garcia
        D. Gordon
        Morneau
        Asche

        • Grey

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          Dickerson is okay as a bench bat, prefer a pitcher

  66. L-Boogie says:
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    Watcha think? Inaugural year of 14-team, 5×5, mixed league draft yesterday, 2nd pick. I’ve been using your ranking as a guide for years, but with this new league I experimented with adhering strictly to your rankings.

    C: W Ramos
    C: Iannetta
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Hill
    3B: Frazier
    SS: Segura
    CI: Arenado
    MI: B Miller
    OF: Trout
    OF: Harper
    OF: Bautista
    OF: Eaton
    OF: A Garcia
    DH: B Butler
    Bench: C Asche

    SP: Cobb
    SP: Liriano
    SP: Iwakuma
    SP: Cingrani
    SP: Tillman
    SP: J Johnson
    SP: Y Ventura
    RP: Uehara
    RP: Grilli
    Bench: Hawkins
    Bench: Santos
    Bench: E Ramirez
    Bench: Skaggs

    Lessons learned:
    1) People are ape-shizz crazy about pitching. One guy took SP 3 of the first 6 rounds (Wain, Yu, Zimm). I took my first in round 7.
    2) I can’t believe Harper fell to me with pick 23 or Bautista in round 5 or Butler in the 11th
    3) I like the results of my completely Razz-centric (except closers early) draft. War Room has me in 1st. CBS has me in 9th.

    • Grey

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      @L-Boogie: I like the team, looks real balanced on hitting and pitching… Very solid…

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Can you send me my prize money in advance? I promise to pay you back when I win my league

        • Grey

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          Ha, no problem!

  67. Principle Blackman says:
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    I accidentally posted this a s a reply to someone else’s comment, a sin for which I humbly apologize, so I’m going to try reposting this (another sin, I know. My inner Catholic school boy is wracked with guilt). Sorry and thanks.

    I would appreciate the sage advice of Fantasy Master Lothario Grey Albright as well as the expert opinions of the rest of the Razzball community. I had my auction last night in my 12-team, yahoo league, 6×6 roto (OPS and K/9 are the extra cats), 1300IP limit. I know I made a few mistakes, like getting caught price enforcing Wilin Rosario and Shin-Soo Choo. Prices were out of control/bonkers for 2nd year SPs (Salazar for $15, Gray for $19, Cingrani for $20, Cole for $24), so I paid a little more than I wanted to for a few of my SPs. Luckily Kluber somehow fell off/under the radar. And I got stuck with mostly brain-freezes as far as closers go b/c SAGNOF. So without further ado, here’s my squad.

    C -Wilin Rosario $11
    1B -Joey Votto $40
    2B -Jedd Gyorko $14
    3B -Kyle Seager $10
    SS -Elvis Andrus $9
    OF -Shin-Soo Choo $27
    OF -Alex Rios $22
    OF -Norichika Aoki $3
    UT -Albert Pujols $19
    UT -Avisail Garcia $2
    BN -Jed Lowrie $4

    SP -Anibal Sanchez $23
    SP -Gio Gonzalez $21
    RP -Steve Cishek $6
    RP -Jose Veras $1
    P -Homer Bailey $19
    P -Justin Masterson $10
    P -Francisco Liriano $10
    BN -John Axford $3
    BN -Corey Kluber $3
    BN -Chris Tillman $2
    BN -Marco Estrada $1

    Am I rostering too many starters for this 1300IP limit format? I could lose an SP (Estrada maybe) for either Crain/Qualls or Sergio Santos? Or I could swap Estrada for Rick Porcello? Other starters that are out there are Gallardo, Peavy, Ervin Santana, and Wily Peralta.

    It bothers me to no end that I paid 11 for Rosario and Jason Castro didn’t even get drafted.

    • Grey

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      @Principle Blackman: Yeah, probably too many starters, but you can bench guys in bad matchups… Estrada for Qualls sounds fine, if you wanna go that route… Your hitting looks pretty balanced, solid team overall…

  68. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    schoop over gennett ?
    dynasty implications .
    thanking you , in advance .

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        obviously an concerned about gennett , going forward .
        maybe i should just trade my next born for dozier .

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      i know that i asked a similar question a few days ago .
      since you said to stick with gennett , i’ve forgotten the other player’s name .
      apologies .. if it was schoop .

  69. Wilsonian says:
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    Grey, can you give me some input on who to target in my draft question after keepers from above? Thank you, sir.

  70. Deck says:
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    I am thinking about taking the all-rebound team knowing a few might not work out but if a few do I could get first round value late. My latest mock went like this. (BTW pitching is sooo deep this year) What do you think of this team, risk/reward?

    Castro
    Fielder
    Kinsler
    Zimmerman
    E Cabrera
    A Jones
    Bautista
    Kemp
    Cespy (Keeper)

    Shields
    Fister
    Cueto
    Sabathia
    Kazmir
    Gallardo
    Josh Johnson

    R Soriano
    Papelbon
    Street

    Still 5 spots to fill, thinking Brad Miller, Cody Ashe, and De Aza since the team is so injury prone.

    I think its solid although a little risky.

    • Deck says:
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      @Deck: Also we get to keep 2 guys drafted after the 14th round what guys would you target solely as keepers to stash on the bench? We get to keep them for 2 additional years.

      • Grey

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        Springer, Taveras

  71. stoopid says:
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    Had to post keepers last night. 10 team 5×5 7 keepers – no time limit.

    I had these 9 guys to pick from:

    Kershaw, Scherzer, Fielder, Davis, Wright, Upton, Posey, Pence, & Marte.

    I was going to be sending 2 of them back into the draft so I made a last minute trade.

    Cano for Davis, Pence, & Marte.

    Good move?

    • Grey

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      I’d take Chris Davis

      • stoopid says:
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        @Grey:

        So you’re saying you like

        Kershaw, Scherzer, Fielder, Davis, Wright, Upton, & Marte

        over

        Kershaw, Scherzer, Fielder, Cano, Wright, Upton & Posey

        Thanks.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, if it’s making the other team so much better

  72. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Thanks for all the stuff Grey…been reading it, just haven’t posted much. Plus, been trying to balance preparing for bases while trying to set myself up to win some basketball leagues.

    12 teams here 5×5 roto, auction, $260 budget, 1400 innings. I think I did ok…will need to find some saves during the season. Would have liked one more and or one better than Hawkins…but one guy took 6, and none of even top 15…baffling. So, this is my team…didn’t plan on going big on two top 5 players, but it just worked out that way. Ended up with Hill and Gyorko…wasn’t planned..just happened. So, what are your thoughts?

    C – Perez ($6)
    1B – Goldy ($44)
    2B – Hill ($10)
    SS – Segura ($23)
    3B – Longo ($24)
    OF – McCutchen ($42)
    OF – Calhoun ($5)
    OF – Cruz ($4)
    UTIL- Gyorko ($11)
    UTIL – Eaton ($2)
    Bench….Swisher, Miller, Venable all for a $1

    SP – Bum ($28)
    SP – Cobb ($17)
    SP – Minor ($11)
    RP – Holland ($18)
    RP – Hawkins ($3)
    P – Clippard ($3)
    P – Allen ($1)
    P-Porcello ($1)
    P – Kluber ($3)
    Bench…Ross and Strop for a $1

    Obviously after Cutch, my OF is a bit weak…but I think it should be fine. I doubt I hold Strop long…maybe just a bit in case Veras blows up. Strop was good on Cubs last year…but not sold that will last. I will most likely use the Ross slot for streaming slot. I think Allen improves some more, and if Axford blows up could be a nice option for saves. Al always, your thoughts are appreciated…thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, your OF is weak, and your hitting in general is low on power and a tad higher on speed… It’s not great on that front… Your pitching is solid…

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I will have to make some tweaks…auctions are always fun for me..none are ever the same. Running the numbers/projections on various sites it has me anywhere from 2nd to 4th…so we shall see. Thanks for the input.

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Also, this my 12 team h2h auction…still have two more drafts to go..16 team keeper tonight, and 14 teamer later in the week. All auctions. Also, it’s apparent that I have man crushes on certain players…ha. Idk if I should keep it up, or switch things up ( although segura is on my keeper team). Anyways, I’m rambling/thinking out load….this is my team, and I had to pay a ridiculous price for Cutch here….bidding war…it happens. He didn’t even get nominated that early, and a few teams had spent a good bit…was hoping to get him for a bit less. 6×6…OPS and .OBPA added cats. Thoughts here?

      C – Rosario ($8)
      1B – Encarnacion ($40)
      2B – Murphy ($11)
      3B – Zimmerman ($13)
      SS – Segura ($20)
      OF- Cutch ($56)
      OF- Bautista ($24)
      OF – Yelich ($3)
      UTIL – Abreu ($14)
      UTIL – Brantley ($1)
      Bench….Pagan, Swisher, Rendon, Ramos ( didnt want another C… was still in queue and got booted) all for a $1

      SP – Bum ($22)
      SP – Cobb ($13)
      RP – Robertson ($9)
      RP- Henderson ($4)
      P -Fister ($7)
      P – Cashner ($3)
      P – Hawkins ($1)
      P – Melancon ($1)
      Bench…Porcello ($1) and Haren ($3)

      Ill most likely eventually use a slot to stream…leaning Ramos even though I do like him..don’t really see a point in having 2 catchers. I like this team as well…I think Zimmerman and Bautista were nice prices. Thanks in advance for your input!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like the hitting a decent amount, much better than the other team… Pitching is solid too… Nice team overall…

        • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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          @Grey: Thanks man, I do like this team better as well. Appreciate the quick feedback!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  73. Lopes says:
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    Stupidly realized I drafted three Reds pitchers on my team- Latos, Bailey and Cingrani. Would you recommend trading one and who would you trade to get the most “bang for your buck”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you can get

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Lopes: why are you worried about pitchers that are ranked in good spots?

  74. hideousmutants says:
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    Need some trade advice. H2H league with daily activations and no minimum on starts. An owner says he wants Jose Fernandez. He’s already got Strasburg and Darvish and very little hitting so obviously looking to corner market on top starters. I have great hitting and only a hole at C and am planning to stream when I can.

    Based on that, what do you think of this trade:

    He gets: Jose Fernandez
    I get: Buster Posey and Justin Masterson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

  75. NatsFan says:
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    Some combo of Anibal, Cobb and Liriano seem to be the Razzball “go to’s” on all the pitching lists. They anchor my NFBC Slow draft team so like most on this site I am hoping they hit.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too

  76. el grande says:
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    Hi again Grey.

    Two questions:

    I had a mishap with my wifi and missed rounds 5-8 of my draft. I need to drop at least two of the following SP because I have no closers:

    Dhillon Gee, Wade Wiley, Gallardo, Ubaldo, and Travis Wood. Can you please rank them for me?

    Second, of the following closers in waiting what order would you take them:
    Melancon, Cody Allen, Mujica

    Also, any other closers-in-waiting you’d recommend? Most of the top 3-4 have been drafted.

    Thanks in advance as always.

    • el grande says:
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      @el grande:

      Here is my roster. 5×5 and 12 teams. Keeper league and very competitive. Any advice helps.
      Wilin Rosario Col – C
      Joey Votto Cin – 1B ?
      Ben Zobrist TB – 2B,SS,OF
      Miguel Cabrera Det – 3B ?
      Jean Segura Mil – SS ?
      Jayson Werth Was – OF
      Shane Victorino Bos – OF
      Alex Gordon KC – OF ?
      Freddie Freeman Atl – 1B ?
      Billy Butler KC – 1B
      Khris Davis Mil – OF

      Pos Pitchers

      Danny Salazar Cle – SP
      Hyun-jin Ryu LAD – SP
      Johnny Cueto Cin – SP
      José Veras ChC – RP
      Chris Tillman Bal – SP
      Travis Wood ChC – SP
      Scott Kazmir Oak – SP
      Taijuan Walker Sea – SP
      Ubaldo Jiménez Bal – SP
      Yovani Gallardo Mil – SP
      Wade Miley Ari – SP
      Dillon Gee NYM – SP

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You look a tad weak on power and pitching…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings for who to drop…Melancon, Allen

  77. Larry David says:
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    2 questions, but you’ve mentioned it before, should I pay for a top tier SS in my auction draft, say a Hanley, Tulo, Segura, Reyes, Andrus, and secondly, how much do you typically suggest to allocate towards bats and pitching out of $260?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around $90 on pitching

  78. bigfathipposfriend says:
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    Archie Bradley or Carlos Martinez,who would you want to own right now?thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice username… Martinez

      • bigfathipposfriend says:
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        @Grey: hehe,1 draft down 2 more to go

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

        • Simply Fred

          simply fred says:
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          @bigfathipposfriend: you can change the name but the avatar is a giveaway… :-)

          • Al koholic says:
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            @simply fred: yeah i no,i forgot about that,your a very observant man Fred,i cant sneak anything by you

  79. Smell The Glove says:
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    Figuring out my keepers in a 12 team H2H league. I get to keep 5 players total but 2 of those are “franchise” players – one has to be a hitter, one has to be a pitcher – these players come off the very end of the draft. Here are the players I’m looking at:

    Giancarlo Stanton (can only be kept as a franchise player)
    Joey Votto (can only be kept as a franchise player)

    So I have to choose only one of them.

    Then there are:

    Adam Jones (would cost me a 2nd rounder)
    Jason Kipnis (would cost me a 6th rounder)
    Nolan Arenado (would come off the end of the draft)
    Domonic Brown (would cost me a 17th rounder)
    Alex Cobb (would cost me an 8th rounder)
    Jose Fernandez (would come off the end of the draft)
    Jon Lester (would cost me a 4th rounder)

    Obviously keeping Jose Fernandez is a no-brainer. I think he would be my franchise pitcher, but since he was a free agent acquisition last season, he’d come off the end of the draft anyway. So, one option I’d have is to make either Cobb or Lester my franchise pitcher, get better value on one of them and then still keep J-Fer, having them BOTH come off the end of the draft. However, my gut tells me the better play would be to keep 4 of the hitters and then just J-Fer. If I did that, I’d pick either Votto or Stanton (leaning Votto?), Kipnis, A. Jones and then either Nolan Arenado or Domonic Brown.

    What do you think?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton…. Jones, Kipnis, Arenado, Fernandez

  80. costaricanchata says:
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    can you help an old guy ?
    am trying to remember oveido’s fake name
    when he was closing games in miami .
    appreciate it .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leo Nunez

  81. Bear says:
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    Hi Grey. I have your SP Ranking but given recent developments with a few rotations how would you rate these guys (1-6) in a 12 Team H2H? Thanks
    Ventura
    Smyly
    Gee
    M. Perez
    A. Bradley
    E. Ramirez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just updated my rankings as I say in the post you’re commenting on

  82. Sean says:
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    I just read the post about maximizing at bats. This is my first year playing with daily roster changes and maximum games played limit. In a 12 team roto 5×5 standard yahoo league with the following lineup, c, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, SS , 3 OF, 2 UTL, 2 SP, 2RP, 4 p, and 5 bench. Daily lineup changes and maximum 162 games played limit at each position. 1400 IP limit. Unlimited player acquisitions. Is there a certain $ amount that you should abide by when starting or benching hitters. I plan on using the hitter-tron for the first time this year. For example, only start batters when they are a $8 value. I tend to draft a strong offense with guys like wil myers and carlos Beltran as my utility guys. Should I ever consider benching those types of players, or should I consider them studs and always play those guys regardless of matchup? Should I utilize my utility positions differently from the other offensive positions? Meaning, utility is the easiest position to accumulate games played, so should I only play guys at the utility positions when they have an excellent matchup? Basically, saving my utility spots for when I am sure I will get good production from them. That way I don’t use up my games too quickly at utility. I plan to maximize my at bats at all positions if possible. I guess my real concern is hitting my maximum games played limits too early. Also, I end up taking a catcher in the last round of these drafts, guys like Pierzynski and Yan Gomes. Should I just start the season with my 1 catcher then drop him for someone else when he has an off day, so I reach my max games for C? I want to avoid carrying 2 catchers on my roster at anytime. But I’d be willing to carry 2 if it makes sense. Thanks guys! First year discovering your site and it’s an understatement to say that I’m impressed. Appreciate all the advice, analysis, and feedback. I’ll definetly recommend this site to friends and will try your leagues in the near future. Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! Forget owning two catchers… Yeah, max out UTIL guys with best matchups from guys off waivers… I don’t bench my ‘stars’ if they’re playing… Think top 100 guys…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Sean:

      ” I guess my real concern is hitting my maximum games played limits too early .”
      trust me , this will not be a problem .

      my advice … always fill up your OF positions 1st ,
      and , keep an eye on that 1450 IP limit .

  83. stinky_llama says:
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    yordano > wheeler/kluber/fister?

  84. Zar says:
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    According to your rankings, between Delgado, Skaggs, and Carlos Martinez, i should pick up Delgado to replace Corbin. Does this change if Martinez makes the opening day roster? Or stick with Delgado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Delgado for now

  85. David says:
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    Hi Grey. Been offered Bradley for Moss in a league where you keep 4 hitters and 2 pitchers. Moss wouldn’t be one of my hitter keepers but Bradley could possibly be one of my pitcher keepers. What are your thoughts? Also would you rather have Bradley or T. Walker?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The trade’s fair… Walker

  86. nick says:
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    Yo G money question for you. Had my draft last night and I blacked out and when i came to jonathan villar had snuck onto my roster. Not needing him since I have desmond and simmons already, I wanted to scoop up the undrafted chris archer whom I very much like and I was thinking about using my #1 waiver priority on him before anyone realizes he’s still there. Is that jumping the gun a bit? Should I just see if he clears waivers instead? 10 team 5×5 standars categories. I tend to not value the top spot as much as others. I was stuck in last waiver spot most of last year and still claimed my ass off. Thanks bro!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let him clear waivers

  87. Lily says:
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    12 Team, 5X5 roto, had draft this weekend Pitching staff: A.Sanchez, Cole, Bailey, AJ Burrnett, Alex Wood, Fister, Josh Johnson, Porcello, Skaggs, Carlos Martinez …did war room and it liked it…. how about you sir???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it too… Hopefully Anibal’s okay

  88. Jay_0321 says:
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    I am ready for some good ol’ fashion draft critique. How’d I do, by pick?

    C – Rosario (28th)
    1B – Hosmer (8th)
    2B – Pedroia (K)
    SS – Tulo (K)
    3B – E5 (K)
    IF – Segura (K)
    OF – Cutch (K)
    OF – Jones (K)
    OF – Soriano (87th)
    OF – Khrush (123rd)
    UT – Gyorko (K)
    UT – Napoli (113th)
    BN – Brantley (137th)
    BN – Brad Miller (88th)
    BN – Ramos (193rd)
    SP – Strasburg (K)
    SP – ZimmermaNN (13th)
    SP – Lester (48th)
    SP – Lincecum (60th, 1st keeper eligible)
    RP – Chapman (K)
    RP – Janssen (73rd)
    P – Rodney (79th)
    P – Buchholz (68th)
    P – Smyly (128th)
    P – Melancon (133rd)
    BN – Gee (148th)
    BN – Eovaldi ((165th)
    BN – Erik Johnson (188th)
    BN – Delgado (199th)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea how many teams

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: 10 team h2h, 5×5 w/obp

        • Jay_0321 says:
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          @Jay_0321: Forgot Sonny Gray too (K)

          • Jay_0321 says:
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            @Jay_0321: Thoughts?

  89. JDW says:
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    There is something in the water in Atlanta. Piss, syphilis, snot, and Aeromonas hydrophila – the flesh eating disease. It must be this last one that is gobbling up the ulnar collateral ligaments of Braves pitchers. Jonny Venters, Eric O’Flaherty, Medlen and Beachy – strong arms ALL recently familiar with Dr. Andrews. Something aint right in the ATL.

    (and yeah – that flesh eating disease stuff? it is EATING people all over the American south – that’s what all the Googles tell me)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup

  90. Mike says:
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    Brad Hand and Tom Koehler are looking good which one win’s the fifth spot in the Miami’s rotation and are either one worth picking up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  91. Arcibar says:
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    Looking for some good pitching and a position player for the future. This is a 12 man H2H 6 Keeper league. My team took a hit with Corbin but not sure if I should be panicking. I actually have two trades on the table right now:
    I get : Sonny Gray, Jose Abreu, and Taijuan Walker.
    I send: Adrian Beltre and Casey Janssen

    or
    I get: George Springer and Adam Wainwright
    I send: Beltre, Janssen.

    Thoughts, opinions, insight? All are welcomed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      First trade’s fair, I wouldn’t do either

  92. hello says:
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    13-team roto. OBP instead of AVG, QS instead of W. Drafted this weekend, thoughts?

    c. McCann
    1b. Hosmer
    2b. Weeks
    3b. Headley / Frazier
    ss. Segura
    OF. Harper
    OF. Choo
    OF. Heyward
    U. Werth
    U. I. Davis

    SP. Gio
    SP. Cole
    SP. Latos
    SP. Gray
    SP. Salazar
    SP. Masterson
    SP. Porcello
    SP. Cueto
    RP. Santos
    RP. Hawkins

    Besides the fact that Hawkins is currently my only closer…thoughts? I know I’m overloaded on SP, but they just kept coming to cheap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks wonky, light on power, don’t love it… Pitching looks fine, and much stronger than your hitting…

  93. benjamin says:
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    need to select my final pitcher.

    delgado, straliy or skaggs?

    Also, during the draft been offered Lincecum for Ramos, I drafted Castro as a backup, I know I know you don’t like catchers, but I was blocking him from someone who didn’t get a catcher yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs… That trade’s neither here nor there, it’s fair…

  94. Dkohn says:
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    Grey,

    My brother from another mother…(and father) I got questions!

    3 Possible cuts are:
    Tanner Scheppers
    Cody Asche
    Mike Moustakas

    Donaldson is my starting 3B.

    1) Would you pick up Chad Qualls and drop Tanner? I have Feliz and Soria, just wanted to make sure I had one of the guys there in Texas.
    2) Would you pick up Sergio Santos and drop Asche?
    3) If you would only drop one of my 3 possible cuts, would you rather have Qualls or Santos?

    Asche is your boy, which means he’s my boy, so I’m scared to get rid of him yet.

    Thanks Grey,

    P.S. Any interest in splitting a Home Run pool team with me, in which I pay the entire entry fee, you pick the team, and I split the winnings with you 50/50 when we win?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Sure 2) Eh 3) Qualls… Nah, I don’t wanna do the homer thing, but you should and win…

      • Dkohn says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha, and thanks a lot!
        Ha and word. Figured I’m gonna be using your projections, least I could do is cut you in for $25. I owe you that alone on mustache jokes!

        • Grey

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          Ha, thanks!

  95. Nathan fisher says:
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    Just got offered Votto and Cuddyer for Miggy why am I actually thinking about it?

    • Grey

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      Sounds fair

      • Nathan fisher says:
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        @Grey: thanks that’s what I’m thinking my team is based off of your ratings and got a really decent team appreciate your work. Only reason I’m iffy is because other team has trout haha

        • Grey

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          Ha, no problem

  96. The Hersch says:
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    Grey:
    Standard 5×5 mixed – 11 teams.

    J. Upton and Dickey or Heyward and I. Kennedy?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton side

  97. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Good to be back – hibernation went well.

    I know the follies of public leagues, but some dude yesterday took BRIAN McCANN 2nd overall. Way to throw it askew!

    That debacle aside and lack of off-season research made me realize there are a ton of solid pitchers out there.

    And I really need to snake a closer.

    • Grey

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      Ha

  98. Ulysses says:
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    Just drafted in a Yahoo h2h category league. 10 teams. Kind of nervous about my injury risks and young pitching. How does the team look below??

    Beachy and Estrada went undrafted. Thought on any drops? I kind of don’t want 3 braves pitchers….

    C Castro
    1 Votto
    2 Gyorko
    3 Longoria
    SS Segura
    OF Harper
    OF Bruce
    OF Myers
    U Hosmer
    U Alex Gordon
    BN RIzzo
    BN Kole Calhoun

    SP Cobb, Teheran, Minor, Gray, Archer, Salazar
    RP Frieri, Henderson, Nate Jones, Hawkins, Brothers

    • Ulysses says:
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      @Ulysses: nevermind about beachy. I’m an idiot.

    • Grey

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      Your team looks solid, there’s no reason to pick either of those pitchers right now…

  99. doghat666 says:
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    12 team, 10×10 roto, keeper, auction league
    Roster 25, play 19 Hitters: 2C, MI, CI, DH, 5OF
    Pitchers: 1SP, 1RP, 7P
    Total Salary $260, keep 6 of these:
    $6 A Cobb
    $7 S Miller
    $8 G Cole
    $8 T Cingrani
    $8 C Crisp
    $8 N Arenado
    $12 A Rizzo
    $12 Y Cespedes
    $16 G Stanton
    $24 J Votto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole, Arenado, Yoenis, Stanton, Votto, Cobb

      • doghat666 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, one question:
        Why Yoenis over Rizzo, same price and Rizzo ranked higher?

        • Grey

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          It’s really a toss up… In 10×10, thinking Yoenis is a bit more well rounded…

          • doghat666 says:
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            @Grey: Gotcha, thank you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  100. L-Boogie says:
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    I told my buddy about Razzball last year. Sounded like a good idea until we joined the same league this year. I told him I would post his team here to see what you think. Same league as the 14-team, 5×5 I posted above but he had the 14th pick.

    C: Avila
    C: Castillo
    1B: Votto
    2B: D Murphy
    3B: Zimmerman
    SS: Al Ramirez
    MI: Utley
    CI: Ar Ramirez
    OF: Braun
    OF: Choo
    OF: A Jax
    OF: Aoki
    OF: BJ Upton
    DH: Y Alonso
    Bench: J Guzman
    Bench: Furcal
    Bench: Alex Guerrero

    SP: Price
    SP: Hamels
    SP: Wacha
    SP: Salazar
    SP: Porcello
    SP: B Anderson
    RP: Nate Jones
    RP: Janssen
    RP: Benoit
    Bench: Grifin
    Bench: Roark

    And no, this isn’t one of those deals where I say “my buddy” and I actually mean “me”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy about the pitching… Hitting looks decent but a little light on power and average… It doesn’t look like he reads the site, to be honest

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: You can lead a horse to water…

        To paraphrase a true gentleman and scholar… I tried my best and I failed miserably. The lesson is: never try.

        • Grey

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          Haha… Yup!

  101. Peets says:
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    Hi Grey, just asked u yesterday and expecting more comments

    1. 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.
    2. 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.

    ROTO, 8-team, 5×5 with OBP & QS
    C – Rosario
    1B – Votto
    2B – Altuve
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – Segura
    MI – Gyroko
    CI – Alvarez
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Harper
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Beltran
    OF – Myers
    UT – Ortiz

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I go over all players in my rankings

  102. Lord ALW says:
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    I’m in a Yahoo points leagues and have the second pick.
    Points are 5points per base, rbi , run, -1 for ab, k +1 for hit, 10 for sb and -5 for cs
    Pitching 15/inning 30 for win or save -15 for L, +3 Ks, -3 BBs/HBPs

    Based on Steamer/Rudy’s projections and zips there’s not a lot of value in the 2nd/3rd round wrap around for me (without someone like E5 falling all the way to me), my best non pitcher options here are something like Puig Upton Freeman (who I wont draft because I think I can get both Rizzo and Butler later) Stanton Choo (who could be there in the late 4th according to adp and the Y! in draft rankings) and Bruce

    The question is if I end up with Trout, is it crazy to get two top end starters (cliff lee and Waino for example) with 2nd/3rd picks

    I never draft starters in the first 3 rounds but based on the projections/value I already decided to take 1 pitcher in those rounds, and if I end up getting trout with the 2nd pick (we play only 3 OFs)my best picks are OFs and from in almost all subsequent rounds I get a ton of value on non pitchers?

    Based on my logic above, does this make sense? (we play 5 Pitchers only, no matter if theyre Sp or RP). Or should I just play it safe get a monster OF and/or someone like Freeman. there’s not a ton non OF/1b around that adp that I like.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, kinda crazy… One high end SP is fine in your league… Take a bat with other pick… Crazy to not take Freeman because you think you can get those other guys…

      • Lord ALW says:
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        @Grey: Im basing all off ADP/yahoo vs Steamer Rudy
        I think I can get them in rounds 4 and 6 Hosmer may be tougher (its pretty close to his ADP and Y! in draft rank, pick 47 vs adp of 51, Y! rank of 68) but I think I can get Rizzo easily in the 6th round.
        I may take Freeman because if I don’t get Hosmer I may screw myself chasing for a good UTIL

        in a 3 OF league, would you take Freeman over Puig? (does it depend on whether you already have trout or not?)

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, Puig first

  103. joeg414 says:
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    I already got some of Grey’s input (but,I take more if you got it). But anyone else would like to rate my team:
    13 Team Deep mixed daily 6×6 roto

    C Devin Mesoraco, Cin C Draft
    1B Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B Draft
    2B Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B Draft
    3B Evan Longoria, TB 3B Draft
    SS Andrelton Simmons, Atl SS Draft
    2B/SS Anthony Rendon, Wsh 2B Draft
    1B/3B Matt Adams, StL 1B Draft
    OF Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF Draft
    OF Jay Bruce, Cin OF Draft
    OF Avisail Garcia, CWS OF Draft
    OF Andre Ethier, LAD OF Draft
    UTIL Mike Moustakas, KC 3B Draft
    UTIL Kolten Wong, StL 2B Draft
    P Hector Santiago, LAA SP, RP Draft
    P James Paxton, Sea SP Draft
    SP Adam Wainwright, StL SP Draft
    SP James Shields, KC SP Draft
    SP Jordan Zimmermann, Wsh SP Draft
    SP Sonny Gray, Oak SP Draft
    RP Jim Henderson, Mil RP Draft
    RP John Axford, Cle RP Draft
    RP Tommy Hunter, Bal RP Draft
    Bench Michael Brantley, Cle OF Draft
    Bench Daniel Nava, Bos OF Draft
    Bench Michael Pineda, NYY SP Draft
    Bench Oswaldo Arcia, Min OF Draft
    Bench Erasmo Ramirez, Sea SP Draft
    Bench Shawn Kelley, NYY RP Draft
    Bench Ike Davis, NYM 1B DTD Draft

    I’m a little weak in steals and i’m going to cut Kelley(we don’t count holds) for maybe FRod as a back-up for Henderson or maybe C. Asche as a bench bat. I would love to pickup another SP but right now theres no on the FA list. Maybe: Arroyo, Doubrount, J.Mejia, R.Montero.
    Whata guys think?

  104. Robby D says:
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    Entering the fifth year of a keeper league:
    ESPN 10 team 7×7 H2H with OBP and XBH on hitting and QS and K/9 on the pitching.

    Keeping:
    Cargo1
    Cargo2
    Stanton
    Tulo
    Bruce
    Hosmer

    Now that keepers are locked (must keep 6) and we have our draft on Wednesday I’ve loaded everything into the war room (kudos to the updaters), and I will have the 7th pick (after finishing 4th last year)

    So, I have 4 OF, 1-SS, 1-1B obviously, and given I know who everyone else is keeping, I was hoping for a little help on the first round/turn especially since a lot of guys are being kept that were head scratchers (McCann, Mauer, V-Mart, Victorino, Matt Carpenter)

    Some of the guys available right now (remembering I have the 7th pick)

    1B
    Pujols, AGonz, Abreu

    3B
    Zimmerman, Donaldson

    SS
    Segura, Desmond

    C
    Rosario, Weiters

    OF
    Jose Bautista (this is madness to me), Upton, Myers, Marte, Gordon

    SP
    Bumgarner, Verlander, Sanchez, Cobb

    CP
    Only Kimbrel is being kept

    Given these facts, I expect Bautista, Upton, Zimmerman to be gone before I have a chance. I think Segura will be gone also. Bumgarner probably won’t make it there, so I’m looking at Verlander or Sanchez probably. Altuve is the highest 2B left right now, so I’d rather punt on that one and get Gyorko in the 8 round hopefully.

    If everyone here were available I’d take either Zimmerman or BumG and fulfill that need. But if BumG is gone, I’m probably waiting till the next round to take Sanchez or Cobb on the run back.

    given my injury prone keepers, should I avoid Pujols completely even if he falls to me? It’s hard to ignore the #12 player on your rater?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Zimmerman, Pujols

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, if neither of those guys is there when I pick, I’ll probably go best SP available to start my pairings. My pick will be 67th overall technically with the keepers, so I’d be happy to get Sanchez or Cobb there or on the turn at 74. If all the hitters I would like are gone, I may grab Sanchez and Cobb.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • Robby D says:
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            @Grey: I may even go Segura if he’s there as my future replacement of Tulo since it’s a keeper league.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could see that

  105. Kandeepan says:
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    Hello,

    I have question using the war room excel sheet (downloaded file). My yahoo league roto scoring caterogry includes Ks and Errors for hitters…does your tier ranking take that into account? if not, any advice on how to adjust for that without having to manually check each players Error and K rate for the past 3 years?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It doesn’t, sorry

  106. Peets says:
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    Hi Grey, just asked u yesterday and expecting more comments. (didnt see reply in previous article so here again… sorry about repeat)

    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.

    ROTO, 8-team, 5×5 with OBP & QS
    C – Rosario
    1B – Votto
    2B – Altuve
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – Segura
    MI – Gyroko
    CI – Alvarez
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Harper
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Beltran
    OF – Myers
    UT – Ortiz

    • Peets says:
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      And, 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 more about him.

    • Peets says:
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      Sorry, i thought i didn’t post successfully earlier. plz skip this post. Thanks as always.

  107. Project Merkin says:
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    Greybones, I’ve missed you. And I know you think that I, merkin, have the best Wikipedia page and picture, but I’ve found out (by ways I will not discuss at the moment) that “mons pubis” has actually thrown their hat in the ring….while also introducing me to a great new term, “mons vernus”. Anywho!

    I’m in a 10 team 5×5 roto, 3 team keeper league, CI, MI, 3 OF, 2 Util included. My keepers are:

    Votto: 3rd round
    J Upton: 7th round
    Sparky Anklebiter: 11th round

    I have the first pick. Here’s who is available:

    Cano
    Prince
    Adam Jones
    Cargo
    Chris Davis
    Braun

    With my keepers, I’m leaning towards Cargo. What do you think? Risky, but I don’t have the best keepers in the league, I think I need to bank on cargo going 40/20. Help me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Awesome… Yeah, you gotta go CarGo with those keepers…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Grey: thanks buddy. Here’s a question. Because I’m getting Pedroia in the 11th, what should that do to my draft strategy, regarding middle infidels? Still go after Gyprko/Hill or Segura/Desmond? Or wait on them and grab a 3B like Wright or Zimmerman in the earlier rounds?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Segura if he’s there… Otherwise, Zimmerman or Wright… Gyorko after the 3B if you don’t get Segura…Have another 2B or SS leaving top 100, but not a SS, 2B and MI…

          • Project Merkin says:
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            @Grey: you a genius, son

            • Project Merkin says:
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              @Project Merkin: a mutha effin genius

              • Project Merkin says:
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                @Project Merkin: name the movie I just misquoted

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, no idea

              • Project Merkin says:
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                @Grey: 8 mile? Maybe? Future talkin about B Rabbit? It’s probably on vh1 right now, I’ll take a look.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… You’re prolly right…

  108. fausto says:
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    Yahoo 10 tm keeper league 5bn players need to add an sp i think (Tillman, Kazmir, J. Johnson, Buhrle,..and others available)
    Have one spot open on my roster. i followed your ped strategy and this is what i got.
    let me know what you think.
    C. Santana (too cheap to pass on)
    1b. Rizzo
    2b. Phillips/Kendrick/J. Baez($1 just in case)
    ss. Andrus/S. Castro
    3b. E5, Arenado, Middlebrooks
    of. A.Jones, B. Harper, Torii Hunter, Alfonso Soriano, Brantley, Khris Davis,
    E. Young(SAGNOF)

    sp. A. Sanchez, Archer, Fister, Salazar, E. Santana and ???
    rp. Chapman, Romo, Johnson
    Thoughts?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team hitting looks real solid… The pitching doesn’t look bad, workable… Hopefully Anibal is okay… Add Johnson…

      • fausto says:
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        @Grey: thanks, Johnson added… pitchers were going for crazy big $. I wanted cobb but not @$20. The league kept all big bats and paid for pitching. Bummer news on Anibal, another year of streaming matchups it is.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  109. benjamin says:
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    will carlos martinez break with the team over joe kelly? if thats the case where does carlos belong in your top starting pitchers?

    like him over skaggs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so on Martinez… He’ll be around Skaggs if he gets the rotation spot…

  110. Jay says:
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    12 team keeper 5×5
    keeper decisions…
    already keeping A Jones, C Davis, J Fernadez, Gio G
    can keep 4 more

    Wheeler $1
    Machado $15
    Shields $11
    Cespedes $7
    Verlander $28
    Cain $26

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Cain, Verlander

  111. nick says:
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    Thoughts on my draft 10 team redraft 5×5 standard: 3 OF, 3util, 4 bench
    C-santana/gattis
    1b-edwin
    2b-utley/hill
    3b-donaldson
    Ss-desmond/simmons
    OF-jones/puig/pence/werth/gardner
    SP-JoFer/ryu/teheran/wacha/salazar/archer
    RP-uehara/robertson/balfour/cishek/henderson

    A little much on the saves I know but I punted saves in this league last year so I wanted to lock em up this tome. Plusim a streamaholic so ill get my wins. Went all young arms with great upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, too many saves, but I don’t hate that strategy, can always trade closers… Your hitting looks solid as well as your pitching, looks like you paid attention to me so nice work…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: “looks like you paid attention to me so nice work…” lmao

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  112. Dom says:
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    10 team, 5×5, roto – we just turned in our 10 keepers, mine are:

    Pujols, Kinsler, Reyes, Harper, Bruce, Stanton, Bummgardner, Sale, Gio Gonzalez, and Chapman.

    I have the third pick in the draft. I’m leaning towards taking Cobb over these hitters (or a closer); Sorian, Granderson, Hamilton, Victorino, Rizzo, J. Abreu, Cespedes, Butler,

    Take Cobb? If not which hitter? FYI the leage trends opposite of you in that pitchers and closers go much earlier. So it’s likely one or two of these hitters makes it back to me in the second. Cole or Gray would be the most likely pitchers to make it back to me in the second. But the closer run wil have started by then too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo over Cobb… You have enough top tier pitching right now…

  113. Jay says:
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    looking for a platoon with Moss. Could use a little speed as well. looking for a guy that hits lefties well (duh). sampling of names available
    De Aza
    Fowler
    Rajai
    Span
    Or could go with Tex in case he regains a power stroke.

    position doesn’t matter I have Moss as my Util and I don;t think he’ll see the OF on my team so anyone could slot in.
    it’s De Aza isn’t it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you just want speed, I’d go Rajai…Otherwise, De Aza works for me

  114. TJ says:
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    Grey…you have 12 daiquiris on the way for helping me win ‘ship after ‘ship w/ your insight over the years (I apologize for being a little behind on my tab). Give me a little insight on the following draft, and you have yourself a bartender’s dozen (and a future drinking problem). 12-team, standard Yahoo! 5×5 $250 Pro League:

    C – Y. Gomes
    1B – Votto
    2B – Altuve/Miller/Baez
    SS – Andrus/Miller/Bogaerts
    3B – Arenado/Bogaerts
    OF – Harper/A Eaton
    OF – Puig/A Eaton
    OF – Bruce/A Eaton
    Util – Myers
    Util – L. Martin

    SP – A Cobb
    SP – Teheran
    RP – Wacha
    RP – A Wood
    P – M Moore
    P – M Minor
    P – S Gray
    P – U Jiminez
    Bench – C Martinez

    People were paying $20 for a $12 salad, hence the shortage of legit RPs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a little light on power, but pretty well rounded on hitting otherwise, your pitching looks very solid… Should be a competitive team…

  115. John says:
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    Last few in staff kazmir tross archer drop any for the upside of Pineda? Eovaldi? Add another closer…nate jones?

    Got insane power “potential” drop leonys and use rajai for at least few months for SB?

    thanks

    • John says:
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      @John: Add erasmo to that list

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could lose Ross for Pineda…. Hold Leonys for now

    • John says:
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      @John: I guess should done this earlier, but things change and i like to hear your opinion but looking at your list you ranked them
      w peralta, kazmir, eovaldi, ross pineda..if i can remember correctly look about right.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go as I have them ranked… Unless you want upside, then I’d take Pineda first

  116. NatsFan says:
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    Said I wasn’t go to do it, but couldn’t resist.

    NFBC Slow Draft Team:

    C- Mesaraco
    C-Arencibia/Flowers
    1b- Pujols
    2b- Altuve
    SS- Segura
    3b- Miggy
    MI- Profar
    CI- Arenado
    OF- Myers
    OF- Cuddyer
    OF- Bourjos
    OF- Brantley
    OF-Cain
    UTil- Frazier

    P-Sanchez
    P- Cobb
    P- Uehara
    P- Liriano (got the Anibal, Cobb, Liriano Razzball trifecta!)
    P-Frieri
    P- Wheeler
    P- Porcello
    P- Josh Johnson
    P- Gausman/Taillon –have plenty of MRs to fill in Scheppers, Lindstrom, Torres, etc as needed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks similar to mine… You look solid on hitting, maybe a tad light on power with Altuve, Profar, Bourjos, Cain…. But solid with pitching, as long as Anibal is fine…

      • NatsFan says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        Going Miggy, Segura, Pujols 1-2-3 left me a bit exposed at OF. Got lucky ( I thought at the time and confirmed when you were writing about your draft here) grabbing Bourjos and Brantley late 16th/early 17th. That helped.

        • NatsFan says:
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          And good luck with your team!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  117. Ron says:
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    I have the 8th pick in a 12-team 6×6 Roto league with OBP. I have mocked close to a bajillion times and I know these guys are there in ESPN. Which combo do you like best in the first 3 rounds?

    A: Braun, Longoria, Pujols
    B: Fielder, Harper, Hosmer
    C: Braun, Harper, Pujols/Hosmer
    D: Beltre, Votto, Bruce/Buatista

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  118. J Money says:
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    Yahoo 12 Team Roto 6×6 (OPS and QS)

    C: Lucroy
    1B: Goldy (Keeper)
    2B: Altuve
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: B. Miller
    OF: Bautista, Choo, Myers
    UTIL: Fielder (Keeper), Aoki
    BN: Calhoun

    SP: Zimmermann(Keeper), Salazar, Gray, Cashner, Porcello, Kluber, Ventura
    RP: Jones, Brothers, Santos
    NA: Syndergaard

    Would love your general thoughts. Not worried I waited on closers as I am pretty active on the WW.

    I have one spot open. Which RP should I grab?

    Cody Allen, Mark Melancon, Vic Black, Soria, Qualls, Scheppers, Fields, Webb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty shallow league, but I like the hitting a lot and pitching… It looks like you followed my general guidance and you did well… Qualls

  119. exactly says:
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    Which side do you like in this trade:

    hamels (7-2*) marte (14-1) for Fister (11-0), fowler (18-2) and r. delgado (30-2)

    *(round and how many years you can keep, lose 3 rounds if you keep)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  120. Greyismyhero says:
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    I have Peralta but not really that excited about him, drop for Delgado, Odorizzi, Skaggs, Eovaldi, E. Ramirez? I’m assuming Delgado since he is higher in your rankings? Or hold? Just checking? Ventura was sniped already or I would had been all over that crap!! Thanks…SMOKE THE GREEN!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Delgado works for me…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: is ordorizzi in the rotation?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He should be

  121. Sange76 says:
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    Love the site and all the advice from you and the fellas…

    My main league is a 12 team H2H points keeper league but a buddy needed a guy for his 12 team 6×6 redraft league. So…how did I do considering I’m pretty a roto score rookie?

    C – Weiters
    1B- AGon
    2B Prado (3B/OF)
    3B Longo
    SS Evereth Cabrera
    OF – Trout
    OF Bruce
    OF Pence
    IF JJ Hardy
    Utility Morneau 1B
    SP King Felix
    SP Cain
    SP Wacha
    SP J. Masterson
    SP Gee
    SP Bradley
    RP Grilli
    RP Chisek

    Bench
    OF C. Calhoun
    OF Rajai Davis
    C Wilson Ramos
    RP Nate Jones
    2B/SS Brad Miller

    2 questions…How’s the squad look overall and
    if A. Bradley ends up at the N/A spot to start the season, which SP should I pick up on waivers? Y. Ventura, R. Delgado, H. Santiago, Feldman, or Porcello?

    Thanks, brother!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Your hitting looks a little weak, and you pitching looks a tad stronger than it needs to be… Porcello

  122. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    First post of the 2014 season…

    anyone else noticed that with the depth of pitching this year, that in a 12 team mixed league, you are really better off using a lot of your bench spots on potential breakout bats instead of stockpiling a bench full of pitching? obviously you want a few bench pitchers, but i find my benches very hitting heavy this year. i’d rather grab arcia or brad miller or ozuna or something and cross my fingers they blow up than to stock my bench with a 6-7K/9IP, 3.50-4.00 era depth guy when there’s plenty of nolasco’s and hudson’s and kennedy’s out there on the wire in most 12 team mixed leagues. i grabbed some higher upside bench SPs (porcello, smyly, and gausman seem to be showing up a lot on my teams) that might breakout, but i’m carrying a lot more bats than usual it seems.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wrote that about 60 times this preseason

      • ThePoonTycoon says:
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        @Grey:

        ha, yeah i haven’t had to time to read in the offseason like i used to.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: gausman has no job yet.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      #PitchingIsSoDeep…

      • Prez!! says:
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        @Sky: trend it sky!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I tried! Twitter sucks! EF @Seaworld!

  123. K_Rod says:
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    6×6 12 team 14player keeper

    decided keepers..
    c- posey
    1b-rizzo
    1b-davis
    2b-gyorko
    2b-hill
    ss-desmond
    3b-alvarez
    of-crisp
    of-eaton

    sp-jo fer
    sp-ryu
    sp-iwakuma
    sp-harvey

    I am trying to decide between one of :

    ben revere
    evan gattis
    oswaldo arcia

    Thanks,
    your site is the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia… Thanks!

  124. henncoop says:
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    Auction drafts always seem to get me. Definitely turned into a bit of stars & scrubs but I think I managed to put together a pretty decent team. 12 ream roto 5X5 with daily lineups ESPN style Any opinions or suggestion would be appreciated.
    Hitting:
    Goldy $41
    Jones $37 (not bad with Bruan going for 40 & Cargo went $47 I believe)
    Puhols $29 (got into a bidding war)
    Bruce $27 (another bidding war with the same guy)
    Segura $17 (pretty sure ever-cab went for 16)
    Middlebrooks $4
    then the rest “scrubs” all for $1 -Montero, A Escobar, Kendrick, Frazier, Ozuna, Arcia, Span, Pagan & Asche
    then Pitching:
    Sale $20
    JoFer $20
    Cobb $14 (bit of a bidding was ..same guy & he already made a trade offer)
    Gio $14
    Kluber $4
    Frieri $7
    Reed $6
    the rest were all $1 – Peralta (SP), Hughes, EraRam, Peralta (MR), Fields, Storen, Torres, & Webb

    Overall I am happy. I went from near panic from being nearly broke to salvaging a pretty decent team. I guess in handsight I would lose one of the $20 SP …there were extreme bargains later.
    Any thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions? Thanks in advance

    • henncoop says:
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      @henncoop: Guess I might add, considering dropping Pagan who is dinged for Jr Lake but he is a bit a veteran presence with so many youngsters in the OF but at least they are healthy

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Tomato-tomahto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is very strong, your hitting looks fine for a stars and scrubs approach which I don’t like… Pretty shallow league so you should be able to get away with it if you work waivers properly…

  125. griff says:
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    Grey,
    do you think A. Bradley gets called up before N. Syndergaard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  126. fielder's dumplings says:
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    Hello Grey, please take a look at my 12 team h2h points league team that favors power and the extra question below the roster:

    C: Ramos
    1: Fielder
    2: Altuve
    3: Seagar
    ss: Segura
    IF: Rizzo
    OF: A.Jones
    OF: J.Upton
    OF: Marte
    UT:Belt

    SP: Bum (fell to 6th rd)
    SP: A. Sanchez
    SP: Liriano
    SP: Salazar
    RP: A.Wood (SPs get more points)
    RP: F.Rodney

    B: Porcello, Kluber, Fowler, T.Ross, B.Miller, Jiminez

    Question: I took JUpton based on Rudy’s adjusted steamer projections which have him 90 points over Bautista (who went 4 picks later). I know you like Bautista more…should I try to trade Upton for Bautista or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, hold, Upton’s fine on this team… I do like the hitting, very balanced power/speed guys… Your pitching looks solid too, I like the team… Nicely done…

  127. Pope says:
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    Hey Grey, just had a 12 team ESPN auction draft. Sorry to give you another post with a whole team listed, but I need some help.

    C- Zunino $1
    1B- Pujols $23
    2B- Hill $11
    3B- Longoria $29
    SS- Segura $19
    MI- A. Escobar $1
    CI- Rizzo $10
    LF- Gordon $17
    CF- Heyward $17
    RF- Puig $24
    OF- Rios $22
    OF- Bruce $24
    UTIL- Bautista $23
    Bench- Myers $15
    Bench- Asche $1
    P- Cobb $10
    P- Salazar $4
    P- Liriano $2
    P- Porcello $1
    P- H. Santiago $1
    P- Kluber $1
    P- Melancon $1
    RP- Rodney $1
    RP- Feliz $1
    Bench- Soria $1

    I feel like my offense is stacked, so much so that I can’t even play Myers, he’s my bench bat. It’s also tough because we have the LF/RF/CF spots instead of just all OF spots. I was thinking about droppping Asche for T. Walker or Delgado to give myself another pitcher. Anyway, how do you feel about the team? Is my pitching too weak? I have an offer on the table as well, give Myers (or another RF) for Teheran and Cole. What do you think? I followed your rankings (obviously) so I’m high on Myers, I’d almost rather give Rios or someone without the huge upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Asche for Taijuan, trade Bautista for a starter and play Myers… Team is real solid overall though, you are stacked…

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: You’re the man thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Pope says:
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            @Grey: Jose Fernandez ok?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that’s fine

              • Pope says:
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                @Grey: Great, thanks

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  128. pager24 says:
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    hey gray,

    my team is a little light on steals, runs, and saves. One guy in the league drafted like 6 closers and has very little SP. I’m kinda wanting to attempt to trade for CarGo. My pitching is very solid and am trying get rid of Matt Moore (i only drafted him because he fell crazy low) would you do this trade? which do you like better?

    1) Matt Moore, Wil Myers, Yordano Ventura for Cargo and Nate Jones
    2) Matt Moore, Fister, and Alex Gordon for Cargo and Romo

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take CarGo in the 2nd trade

  129. longbeachyo says:
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    Grey, when will the content on this sight be searchable by the person who posted it? If you already have this and I’m just blind, please accept my apologies and point me in the right direction. It would be a nice tool to have. Thanks!

  130. BmoreGreg says:
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    13 team mixed 5×5 – 23 players, $260 – 14 position players, 9 pitchers

    These players can be kept every year by adding $5 to their salary

    I need to pick 4 players out of these six

    E. Encarnacian $14
    Adam Jones $31
    M. Machado $20
    S. Strasburg $19
    Jose Fernandez $5
    Alex Cobb $13

    I’ve got Encarnacian, Fernandez, Strasburg…agree?

    Who would your 4 be out of these 6?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Encarnacian, Fernandez, Strasburg, Jones…

  131. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: How bad is my team ? H2h Pts leagu 12 man

    Rosario
    Lucroy
    Kipnis
    Asche
    Brad Miller
    Brandon Moss
    Harper
    J Bruce
    Rizzo Util
    Cuddyer Util
    Bn Crisp
    BN P Bourjos
    BN Rendon
    BN K Morales

    Sp Scherzer
    Anibal Sanchez
    Cobb
    Teheran
    Sabathia
    Axford
    Hunter
    Latroy Hawkins
    Rex Brothers

    Feedback Please ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not bad, the pitching is strong up top, no idea why you drafted CC… The hitting looks weaker than the pitching, but not horrible…

  132. herschel says:
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    @Grey: is there a one sheet PDF of your tiered rankings as in years past, or has that been replaced with the war room, etc? guess im still pretty old school…

  133. SteveNZ says:
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    Nice sneaks in your Spring Training shot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nowhere near as nice as my wedding sneakers…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey:

        Big happenings for the site. Good luck. I bet you can’t wait to hit the road for 32 football drafts…

        • Grey

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          Thanks! Oh, I’m not going… I might pop in when it’s in San Diego…

  134. stynyr says:
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    10-team, H2H, 5×5

    C-Lucroy
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Gyorko
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Segura
    OF-Braun, CarGo, Choo
    util-Gordon, Donaldson

    sp-Kershaw, Cobb, Cingrani, Teheran, Fister, Archer, Wheeler, Josh Johnson, Gee, Delgado
    rp-Perkins, Hawkins
    n/a-Heaney

    Been offered Jay Bruce for Cobb.

    Yae? Nae?

    • nightpandas says:
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      @stynyr: jump all over that, there should be lots of pitching left in a ten teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bruce, but I have no idea where you’ll play him…

  135. nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Just finished a yahoo H2H 12 teamer, (6×6 with OPS and holds) You likey?

    C – Wieters
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Hill
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Andrus
    OF – CarGo, Puig, Bruce
    U – Abreu, Crisp
    BN – Baez
    SP – Teheran, Gray, Liriano, Tillman, Wheeler, Peavy, Perez, Skaggs, Bradley (have an NA spot)
    RP – Aroldis, N Jones, C Allen, Melancon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid on hitting and pitching… Looks like you were paying attention! (Though you might be a little short on average, but that’s okay in your league)…

  136. Hey Grey – what are your thoughts on this team – 20-team, h2h (got kicked from my draft room in the 11th, had Moosetacos for LATE consideration, and it autodrafted him)

    C – Wieters
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Hill
    3B – Moustakas
    SS – Segura
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Heyward
    OF – Garcia
    UTIl – Matt Dominguez
    BN – Yonder Alonso

    SP – Cobb
    SP – Cingrani
    SP – Archer
    RP – Henderson
    RP – Soria
    P – Nova
    P – Tillman
    BN – Josh Fields
    BN – Paxton

    Any pointers on whom to pick up/drop? waiver hitters: bourjos, asche, franklin, gannett, sizemore? Pitchers: joe kelly, erasmo, wily, santiago, delgado sergio santos (drop Fields)?

    Thanks mang

    • Grey

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      Looks like a really solid team for that deep of a draft… You look a little light on speed, but not bad for H2H… I’d go Asche over Yonder, Erasmo over Paxton

      • @Grey: thanks! it’s definitely not as bad as some of the others haha. thought Bourjos might be good for speed… maybe throw fields back for him (or for Santos, for potential Saves – pretty much all other handcuffs are gone)? or is fields a hold?

        loving the power moves you guys are making. definitely deserve all the success and more!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, you can lose Fields for Bourjos if you need speed… Thanks!

  137. Fungazi says:
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    In 12 H2H would you trust this rotation as is and with FA pick-ups as needed, or try to stabilize it with a trade? – Cobb, Salazar, Cashner, Wood, Gallardo, Tillman, Paxton

    • Grey

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      Sure

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Pitching usually pops up all over if one or more of these guys are duds.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  138. JRD says:
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    Guy in my league has Corbin, Medlen, and Parker. He’ll be circled by the vultures as soon as everyone notices so I need to act quickly. With sharing only necessary league info, what do you think of this deal?

    12 team (including 4 OF, MI, CI, 1 catcher) 7X7 including OPS, OBP, K/BB, QS and the regulars.

    His Adam Jones

    for

    My Stanton and Cobb

    The rest of my staff as of now: Kershaw, Cobb, Masterson, Archer, Lester, Jimenez, Gallardo, Porcello, Tillman, J. Johnson, Skaggs.

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      @JRD:

      He just sent me a new offer. The Jones for Stanton and Cobb included a small pick upgrade but this one doesn’t.

      His Adam Jones

      for

      My Stanton and Lester

      • Grey

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        Stanton’s above Jones in OBP and OPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • JRD says:
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        @Grey:

        Not to throw doubt in your face (even though you could save it in your stache for later, which I’m sure you would thank me for). But I’m surprised the second option didn’t get a: do it now

        Guess that’s why I asked.

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          @JRD:

          It’s H2H- Does Stanton’s injury history change anything?
          I’m done, that’s it, last question.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            They’re about even in your league, if you want to do it, go for it

  139. J-FOH says:
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    Finally got around to the podcast and thanks for the Billy Hamilton props, even though I write, I still love the shout out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, remembered that pick, it was solid that late…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I just took Hutchinson with my last pick in a draft…..I know spring stats don’t mean a thing, but i went all costanza on that one.

  140. tbone2917 says:
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    Just finished up a 12 team H2H draft 5×5 categories $50 league. Had a very solid beginning of the draft, then the two jackasses around me decided they both needed 2 SS’s and kept swooping them when I was about to get Evereth/Andrus/Profar/Segura…oh well. I was torn between Miller and Villar at SS and decided I was a little low on steels so I went with Villar

    C: Gattis
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Cano
    3B: Longoria
    ss: Villar
    OF: Marte, Gordon, Cuddyer
    DH: Pujols
    Bench: Moss

    SP: Bumgardner, Cobb
    RP: Jansen, Street, Axford
    P: Teheran, Liriano, Gray
    Bench: Porcello, Johnson

    What do you think?

    • Grey

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      League looks shallow, but team looks solid… You look a little low on average but that’s fine in H2H… Pitching looks very solid…

      • tbone2917 says:
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        @Grey: i did get offered a trade of Salvador Perez and Jed Lowrie for Alex Gordon and Gattis

        It would shore up by batting avg, but I’m reluctant to give up Gordon. I do have Moss on the bench though

  141. Frank Stallone says:
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    The first draft I did, I grabbed Strasburg and Jansen in rounds 3 and 5 to anchor my pitching. With my second (and last) draft, I took quite the different approach, as I didn’t touch pitching until the 8th round (and then drafted a closer). Loving my offense here, and hoping my pitching will be good enough. 12 team, 5×5 roto…

    C Wilin Rosario
    1B Albert Pujols
    2B Ian Kinsler
    3B Xander Bogaerts
    SS Troy Tulowitzki
    OF Bryce Harper
    OF Yasiel Puig
    OF Billy Hamilton
    UTIL Matt Kemp
    UTIL Corey Hart
    BN Emilio Bonifacio

    SP Cole Hamels
    SP Johnny Cueto
    RP Joe Nathan
    RP Grant Balfour
    P Fernando Rodney
    P Nate Jones
    P Chad Qualls
    P Tyler Clippard
    BN Sonny Gray
    BN Chris Archer
    BN Taijuan Walker
    BN Ian Kennedy

  142. Abar says:
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    I got offered a trade and here is what I would get:

    Send: Michael Wacha

    Get: Sonny Gray
    Get: Taijuan Walker
    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade’s decent…Come to the newest post for followups

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