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Raisel Iglesias slipped in the shower and hurt his elbow and hip, which could cause him to miss Opening Day.  This has to be the nastiest Reds locker room incident since Aaron Harang dropped the soap and fell on Dick Pole while showering.  Previously, Harang had only slipped on a banana peel, ya know, a by-product of being The Harangutan.  The 2nd nastiest Reds locker room incident happened when Johnny Cueto swept Bronson Arroyo’s leg and he fell into Dick Pole.  Now that I think about it, all Reds locker room incidents involved Dick Pole.  So, Church’s elbow and hip sound like they will be fine, but Drew Storen, Michael Lorenzen and Tony Cingrani, likely in that order, could sneak into the closer’s role, and steal the job, since I get the feeling Reds manager, Bryan Price, doesn’t really want Raisel in the closer role indefinitely.  This will likely be a shituation where Raisel, Storen and others share 30 saves, say, 17 saves for Raisel, 9 for Storen and the rest for others.  I’ve updated my fantasy baseball rankings, namely the top 500.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Devin Mesoraco – Won’t be ready for Opening Day.  Mesoraco may be broken, or he may be a broken record.  Hard to say at this point.

Alex Wood – Locked down the 5th starter job coming out of spring.  I went over him in my starters to target.  I like Wood.  Oh, stop being juvenile!

Julio UriasDodgers said it’s unrealistic for him to make the rotation out of camp.  Fine, but I much prefer my news from Buzzfeed on an unrealisticle.  In my top 80 starters and top 500 overall, Urias was only projected for a little over 100 IP so nothing’s really changed.  This is sorta good news for the aforementioned Alex Wood, but Urias will take over for someone at some point, so Wood could get moved to long man out of the pen.  Though, Rich Hill and Brandon McCarthy aren’t exactly bills of good health either.  Yeah, basically the Dodgers’ staff is The Walking Dead.  If healthy, the Dodgers’ staff will be Kershaw, Maeda, Hill and whomever’s behind door four and five.

Nate Karns – Will open season as the Royals’ fifth starter.  I have him currently in the top 100 starters, and I could see him being anywhere from a top 100 starter to a top 40 starter.  Steely Dan would call him a hard guy to peg.  As a flyer at the end of drafts, you could do worse.  Cashner comes to mind, he’s worse.

Luis Valbuena – Out for 4-6 weeks with a strained hamstring.  At a press conference, the Fantasy Gods said, “Hey, we’re trying to get The Sciosciapath to play Cron.”  I always had Cron ranked and projected as a starter, so let’s hope this Valbuena Mikefoolery from The Sciosciapath is behind us.

Miguel Cabrera – May not be ready for Opening Day.  This is either a March story that would be a non-story in the season or he’s going back to 120-game Miggy vs. 155-game Miggy.  I’m concerned, but not enough to move him down in the rankings.  Yet.

Dan Vogelbach – Optioned to Triple-A.  Only room for one Danny V on the M’s, apparently.  Or, I guess, room for multiple Danny V’s, but only Danny Valencia and other normal-sized Danny V’s.  Like Danny Vinyard, the character played by Edward Furlong.  Obviously, back-in-the-day Furlong and not the behemoth he is now.  Okay, moving on!  I updated my top 20 1st basemen, moving Vogelbach down and Valencia up.

Yoan Moncada – Was officially sent to the minors.  The White Sox also cut Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez.  I moved Yoan down in my top 20 3rd basemen, and left the other two alone, since I never expected them to make the team.  Well, I didn’t really expect Moncada to make the team either, but I had high, apple-pie-in-the-sky hopes.  Moncada will be back around June-ish, which sounds like the wife of someone named Hamish.

Carlos Gomez – Doesn’t expect to miss much time due to a shoulder issue.  2nd verse same as the first!

Antonio Senzatela – Could win the Rockies’ 5th rotation spot.  Senzatela Hat Company?!  The Senzatela Hat Company?!  Wait, that’s Susquehanna, my bad.  Antonio Senzatela is the Republican backup choice to Gorsuch.  Any hoo!  If you’re drafting a Rockies’ 5th starter, I’m sorry you got yourself in that deep of a league.

Jung Ho Kang – Won’t be ready for Opening Day.  He relayed the news while he had salt on the back of his hand and a lime wedge in his mouth.

Mike Montgomery – Will start the year in the bullpen.  I’m gonna walk around dog-faced and hurt.  Now I got nothing, head in the oven.  Maddon, yer so bad!  Worst thing I ever had!  Now, Brett Anderson’s gonna save me?  He’s so bad!  Since Anderson averages about 17 IP a year, I’m going to leave my rankings alone with Montgomery likely headed to the rotation in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.

Sonny Gray – Cleared to resume throwing.  Since he’s a pitcher, that’s good news.  Since he’s pitched the way he has for the last year, that’s also bad news.

Ryan Madson – Melvin said, “Goddamn, that’s a big fishy!”  Sorry, that’s Melville.  A’s manager Melvin said Oakland would go to Madson for saves, but an array of others would get saves.  Maybe he didn’t say ‘array of others’ either, but he couldn’t say what he wanted, “a buffet of crap.”  I’d handcuff Madson with Doolittle, but this is a headache before the season even starts with Casilla, Axford and Dull all as potential SAGNOF.

Andrew Susac – Headed to Milwaukee for tests on his neck and back.  Meh, I only drafted Susac in three of three leagues this preseason.  *picks up bowling ball, drops bowling ball on foot*  There, that took the Susac pain away.  His fill-ins appear to be Crash Bandicoot’s buddy, Jett Bandy, and Jung Ho Kang’s biggest nemesis:  Manny Pina’s.

Blake Treinen – Picked up a save yesterday.  If you think the Nats’ closer job is a done deal with Koda Glover, you haven’t been following Dusty Baker’s career since he helped invent the high-five. (Seriously.)

Will Smith – Aggravated an elbow injury, and sounds headed for Tommy John surgery.  I removed him from my top 500.  The good news, Will Smith can now star in I Am Arm-end.

Gordon Beckham – Was released by the Giants.  Somewhere, Brett Lawrie is looking in a mirror labeled, “You in five years,” and seeing Beckham.

Ryan Vogelsong – Was released by the Twins, and this could be the end, i.e., Ryan Swansong.

David Price – Not cleared to throw yet.  Purely on gut alone, this screams to me like a shituation where Price doesn’t return until the 2nd half of the season, doesn’t look like himself and then opts for surgery.

Greg Bird – Named the Yanks’ starting 1st baseman.  Mean’s while, Chris Carter was flipped the bird.  I never thought Bird wasn’t the starting 1st baseman, and wrote a sleeper for him a few months back.  I still think Chris Carter steals at least hundred at-bats from Bird, unless the Yanks just release Carter, which seems unlikely.  I moved Bird up a tad in my top 20 1st basemen.

Didi Gregorius – Shut down for two weeks with a shoulder strain.  I blame Suge Knight.  Replacing The Gregorius Didi will likely be Ronald Torreyes or Tyler Wade.  Wade is interesting for his speed (25+ SBs in a season), but less interesting in a platoon or promoted for only a few weeks; Ronald Torreyes is Ronald McDoodie.  Faye Dunaway would call this platoon, “The Torreyes of Punting Shortstop Fars.”

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up, thanks a billion!

    a. Still here in N’Djamena (party, fiesta, carrumba, come on and sing along) for the last day of our Trainer of Trainers training – what a mouthful! (that’s what she said, mind your manners, Ante). We present third.

    b. I love the news on Bird, that’ll be a fab addition at the end of a draft.

    c. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: a. Ha, is it being held at a Howard Johnson in Chad? B. Yup c. You too!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        a. It was being in our 5-star office in D’Jamena (get out of my mind, get into my car….wait a minute that’s the Billy Ocean song that Grey sings to su novio every night on his way home from work!!).

        b. Howard Johnson didn’t make it to N’Djamena (Oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah!!! We gonna have a paahhhtayyyy!). Conrad Hilton did make it! Best damn meal in N’Djamena (feel it in your heart and feel it in your soul!).

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Ha! B. Damn, no HoJo

  2. Ghostface says:
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    Grey, thanks for the write-ups. Looking forward to another great season with Razzball.

    My 10 team H2H Points keeper league allows 3 keepers locked into their draft pick, forever. Due to the points, Mookie was worth 80 points more than Scherzer last season, the highest valued batter and pitcher, however the difference between the 1st and 25th batter was 140 points but between pitchers it was 230, so it puts a high value on top pitchers. The majority of the top offense is off the board at the start of the draft (keepers). Also, with our scoring, Carlos Santana was my most valuable keeper last year and projected to be about the 22nd most valuable player (in total points, Odor projects to be 33rd, Cespedes 36th, Polanco 51st, while Arrieta, Archer and Darvish project to be in the 100s). Sorry if that’s confusing.

    Who would you keep out of these choices:

    Grégory Polanco – Round 4, Pick 4
    Jake Arrieta – Round 5, Pick 7
    Yoenis Céspedes – Round 6, Pick 4
    Rougned Odor – Round 8, Pick 4
    Carlos Santana – Round 11, Pick 7
    Yu Darvish – Round 12, Pick 4
    Chris Archer – Round 14, Pick 4
    Kyle Hendricks – Round 20, Pick 4
    Kevin Gausman – Round 25, Pick 7

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ghostface: Yu, Hendricks and Odor

  3. Primetime says:
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    Grey.. trade question regarding picks.. 10 team keeper league
    7 keepers we already own
    Arenado
    Seager c
    Marte
    Freeman
    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Salazar

    I was Offered a 2nd (19) 3rd (22) for my 1st rd (8) and 6th (53)..

    Right now I don’t have a 2nd, 5th and 7th rd.

    So this offer gives me 2nd rd, two 3rd rd and 4th rd.

    Leaves me with no 5 6 or 7.. then I go into 8th rd with 2picks…

    Thoughts ?

    • Primetime says:
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      @Primetime: just wanted add also.. gives this team 3 1st rd picks in 10 team league.. team also In my division.

      HE owns
      Votto
      Odor
      POLlock
      Seager k
      Tanaka
      CUETo
      Cmart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Primetime: don’t love it, but hard to know without knowing everyone’s keepers

  4. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Amazing title.

    How would you feel about / where would you rank Derek Norris if he signs with the Rockies?

    Thanks!

  5. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Grey, had my 12 team redraft 5×5 roto auction last night. Thoughts on this team? I went stars and scrubs since it’s a shallow league.

    Also would you trade Lorenzo Cain for Dillon Betances? We don’t use holds but I can use him for good ratios and K’s. I’m thinking I can aim a little higher. Thanks!

    C – Realmuto
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Altuve
    3B – Franco
    SS – Peraza
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Lorenzo Cain
    OF – JBJ
    Util – Miggy
    Bench – Kiermayer, Kepler, Grichuk, Benintendi, Conforto

    SP – Darvish
    SP – Teheran
    P – Rodon
    P – Stroman
    P – Jeanmar Gomez
    P – Addison Reed
    RP – Edwin Diaz
    RP – Carter Capps
    Bench – Jon Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo Taco: you look weak on power and high on speed, pitching looks all right… trade does nothing for me

  6. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    crazy, in last week i also first time used reddit (sub boards for fantasy league classifieds)

    it appears thus far better for filling leagues than
    dobber sports (sparsely attended)
    rotoworld message boards (way too attended, posts get lost in mere hours)
    rotowire message boards (this one isn’t bad though)
    razzball message forum (sparsely attended as far as filling leagues)
    fantrax message forum (hard to fill non-money leagues at the very least)
    yahoo fantasy baseball message board (would rather dodge filling leagues with those that hang out here but i’m trying everywhere out of necessity)

    reddit’s you also get people from all many more areas even in my short time using them. i had at least 3-4 euro’s to fill one league.

  7. SAll Goooood, Man says:
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    *Anxiously awaits the JD news*

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Week to Week. Is that supposed to sound less threatening than he’s out for a long time?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @SAll Goooood, Man: J.D. Martinez will be shut down for 3-4 weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot.
      Martinez doesn’t need surgery, but he’ll be in a cast for 7-10 days and won’t be ready for baseball activities again until well into April. It will obviously be quite a while after that before he’s ready to play in a major league game. Steven Moya is likely to handle right field while Martinez is on the shelf.

  8. DancinHomer says:
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    Love the Tom petty reference and can’t wait for another season of razziness!

    Got 2 questions for ya:

    1.) have my 12-team 6×6 H2H (BA & OPS) league coming up and we have a lottery for draft spots. Pick 1 is already gone, so I can choose from slot 2-12. What slot would you choose & who would you target with the pick? (Fwiw, SP’s typically don’t get drafted high in the 1st & I’m a bit of a Cubs homer and like Bryant’s power, park, & position flexibility, but would really like you’re input)

    2.) another league that already drafted (12-team H2H) and Sonny Gray is sitting out there. I know he’s sucked the last 2 seasons basically, but is he worth a roster spot?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Cram It says:
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      @DancinHomer: 2) Worth a roster spot for who? Is the spot empty? He’s pretty garbage but if he’s ranked higher than who you’re consider dropping him for, then sure. 1/2 dozen of one, six of the other.

      • DancinHomer says:
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        @Cram It:

        Probably should have prefaced who i would be dropping. Not an empty spot, got a couple upside guys at the end of my bency in Gsellman & Blake Snell.

        • Cram It says:
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          @DancinHomer: I wouldn’t drop either of those guys for Sonny.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DancinHomer: thanks! Agree with cram

      • DancinHomer says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks Grey.

        what are your thoughts on the draft pick question as well? i’m looking to make my choice this weekend.

        cheers

  9. Cram It says:
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    Nate Karns!

    Yes, be hurt Susac, be very, very hurt. Bandy is my 2nd catcher in NFBC.

    And you stay hurt Valbuena. Advice from an NFBC Cron owner. It’s an NFBC kinda morning. Thinking about drafting all the rest of the Reds young starters to hedge my bet on the last couple of rotation spots, in hopes one of them actually wins a starting job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Reed’s gone in mine or I would’ve grabbed him too… I’m interested in drafting Rookie Davis only say I can then pretend he’s a rookie placeholder

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Reed’s gone.

        Ha. Rookie Davis, Sal Romano (Long Island represent!) and Stephenson are all intriguing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… coming to you straight from Port Jef!

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: With 1 F!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I did!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: Feldman still available in ours round 48 if anyone is missing an opening day starter.

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Great Knoche: Geeze, he went in the 38th. I just took Clayton Richard in the 41st.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What round you in and who you take recently?

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: End of round 42. Asche, Richard, Cishek, Trayce Thompson, Christian Vasquez in descending order.

                You done yet?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We slowed to a crawl, we’re in round 42… I like your garbage better than Knoche’s garbage, but you’re also in much earlier rounds like me

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: I think I’m gonna hit like 18 SP’s.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ve tasted the Padres, now I’m about to gorge the Shitwins

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Cram It: The Twins are all gone. I’m trying NOT to pick up the Padre pitching scraps.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t sleep on Trevor Cahill!

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Cram It: Oh he’s gone too. It’s all rookies who may or may not even play from here on out.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I just took Jake Bauers, who I thought was on 24 about 3 days ago

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Cram It: That was 3 years ago.

                      I’m exhausted from doing research. I can’t find a semblance of a MI that could be relevant. Nick Franklin is gone, I give.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Aybar?

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Grey: End 47.

                Bryan Mitchell
                Jeff Hoffman
                Kike Hernandez
                Taylor Motter (Could be helpful)
                Emilio Bonifacio

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Wow, that’s a lot of garbage… Not saying you did anything wrong, but, boy, is that blech

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Grey: Talk to me in 5 rounds.

                    A full time multi positional utility guy in 46, and Bonifacio is total NFBC SAGNOF for round 47. I like that garbage.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, yeah, but you know what I’m saying, those guys are so bad

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @The Great Knoche: So Bad they’re good? Like what kind of concert is only 45 cents?

                      50 Cent Featuring Nickelback.

                      Sorry Bad Example.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… No they’re just bad

                • Cram It says:
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                  @The Great Knoche: I don’t even know who Jeff Hoffman and Taylor Motter are. I didn’t know Bonifacio was even in the league!

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Cram It: Knew Hoffman, but was right there with you on other two.

                    Darwin Barney got sniped in front of me (So sad), so I started researching someone who had, or could gain some IF/OF eligibility for me. Found Motter, with Omalley hurt it looks like he and Valencia will be only bench bats for Mariners besides backup Catcher. Valencia gets the corners and Motter everything else. He’s a 15/25 guy in the minors so what the hell?

                    Bonifacio in lead for 4th OF spot in Atlanta. SAGNOF.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @The Great Knoche: I liked Greg Garcia for the multi-eli and maybe even overtake Wong. But he went 5 spots in front of me.

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      @The Great Knoche: Checkout Motter. Who knows, maybe he’s the next great Bill Spiers.

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Cram It: Richard and Feldman both still out there in mine in 47.

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @The Great Knoche: Never mind. They’re gone.

  10. Jimmy says:
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    Four keeper 7×7

    Keeping Betts, Rizzo, Arenado.

    Which one should I keep?
    – Carlos Martinez
    – Jean Segura
    – Jose Ramirez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimmy: C-Mart

  11. Balls In Play says:
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    Tired of keeper questions? I have one too… Need to decide to keep 2 of the following: Freeman, Villar, or JD Martinez. Already keeping Betts, Arenado, and Harper.

  12. Ray says:
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    Drop Snell, Josh Bell or Cron for Wood?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: nah

  13. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Been a hectic week but finally have a chance to catch up. Big draft tonight and coming in from the 9 spot, hoping to pull something like Rizzo/Correa/Odor if it falls right

    But what’s the deal with the Rhode Island bashing in here…We aren’t that bad! Decriminalization, hot wienies, coffee milk! Crimetown podcast is great though. Providence has come a long way from those days

    You need to watch Crashing when you get a chance, it’s getting more hilarious every week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Here Comes the Pizza: I love Crimetown, and I was thinking about Crashing this might’ve pushed me over

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        crashing is horrible

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, rave review from Grimey

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Haha If you can get thru two episodes I’d be shocked.
            Are you in tout this weekend?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I am, on plane right now

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                Which ones you compete in?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  NL-Only

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    sweet
                    good luck!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks, Grimes!

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    When they question your picks on Sirius mention me haha!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh I’m gonna now!

  14. Good counsel per usual. I’m in a very competitive Keeper League where, to win, a few longshots have to pay off. I’ve decided my other Outfielders but can’t figure who of these 3 I should give up on: I need to cut one: YASIEL PUIG, DAVID PERALTA, or JORGE SOLER? On behalf of the two survivors, I thank you and thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FANTHEAD: soler

  15. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    What kind of a man named Pole would go and name his kid Richard?

    A moron? A bitter hateful bastard?

  16. AdamH says:
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    Can’t decide what to do with JD Martinez? Keep him for $13 or keep Pollock $14 or Nola $6?

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @AdamH: Id keep JD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH: I’d wait for more JD news

  17. C-Nug says:
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    Is this Dusty Baker high five thing not blowing anyone else’s mind right now?!?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C-Nug: ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C-Nug: it blew mind when I first heard it

  18. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – doing a Yahoo snake this weekend, where Bryant is 1B eligible. Does Bryant get a bump above 4th overall for his 1B eligibility there?

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Cool . . . does he leapfrog Betts or Goldy?

        Btw, can’t say enough how much people “hate” Goldy this year . . . I just don’t get it. Shiny Toy Syndrone (hey, Altuve is diminutive enough to be toy-like!)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Betts… haha, yeah I don’t get it all

  19. jon says:
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    10 team keeper league..

    My Lamb for his Stroman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jon: sure

  20. SallyCips says:
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    So I wanted Scherzer or Noah (or I guess MadBum, too) for my 2nd round pick, but they were scooped right before me. I also wanted Correa or Turner, but scooped at the 1st round turn. So I went with best guy on the board, who wasn’t on any draft scenario for me, and that’s Miggy. Now I’m worried. I think I would have been less so if he was part of the plan, but now I have a high rounder not ready for opening day and {{sigh}}. bleh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he’s all right

  21. DBo says:
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    Dynasty and alary cap league. Chris Davis + Delvin Perez or Bird + Swanson? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bird

  22. Rags says:
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    11 team NL-only OBP league and keepers are due today. $260 Budget

    I’ve got Bryant and Ender Inciarte who I can both sign to long term contracts. I’m deciding between

    Inciarte: just this year for 5, or this year and next for $10 each.
    Bryant: 3 years at $20 or 4 years $25 (or 5 years at $30)

    There’s harsh penalties for breaking a contract that increase with the size of the contract.

    How would you handle these two? Take the surplus value now and limit the risk or lock them in while I can.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender for 2, Bryant for 4

  23. Chud says:
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    Montgomery’s buy low window will close in about 3 weeks when Anderson gets hurt in his 1st start……..

    Dynasty full keeper trade ? for u:

    I get Carlos Martinez ($18)/W.Contreras($6)/Brad Miller ($2)

    I give Eric Hosmer($18)/Quintana ($7)/Shoemaker ($1)

    Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed on Montgomery… hold on trade

  24. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Grey,

    I have my draft tomorrow. $250 budget, 12 team, 5×5. Im starting out with the following keepers:

    Goldy $38
    Arenado $32
    Marte $15
    Bregman $2
    A Russell $5

    If you had these keepers, would you still stack offense or would you lean towards pitching? Offensive positions are C, 1, 2, 3, SS, O, O, O, Util Util.

    Thanks for everything so far!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You still need an entire team, I’d want a decent pitching staff

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: Depends who’s available. If there’s a shortage of good SP’s, sure, grab a frontliner. If not, you’re drafting equivalent to the 6th round, so you don’t have to get one yet.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: It’s auction. You’re basically saying, I just drafted these six guys, what should I do next? Strategy for building a team doesn’t change because they’re keepers.

  25. Michael says:
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    Hey grey, thanks for the write up! One question.

    12 Man H2H Keeper (Keep 13) 6×6 with holds & OBP.

    I have the 2nd pick of the draft after keepers.

    Team is: Bryant, Blackmon, Cargo, Odor, Longoria, Trumbo, Hamilton, Russell (Basically all my starter hitting spots are filled besides C (only 3 OF + 1 Util))

    Pitcher: Sale, Lester, Chapman, Felix, Velasquez.

    Top FA: J.D., Myers, McCutch, Frazier, Desmond, Bautista, Archer, Kluber, Stroman.

    My heart says a pitcher but those are some good hitters that are left that I can replace my keeper next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need a pitcher

  26. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    I had a vasectomy done last Friday, you wont have to worry anymore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Damn you were so done done!

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Really…with 4 kids i want to enjoy a condom less life.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Barebacking!

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: LOL

  27. The Great Knoche says:
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    I just kept Senzatela in the REL! Woohoo.

    Taylor Motter great late round NFBC flyer with him and Big V being only bench bats starting with Mariners.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  28. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey, happy Friday to the Lothario! Would you give any of the following guys a bump in a standard 5×5 roto (10-team) keeper league in which you will have the option of keeping any of these guys after this season for an additional 1 to 3 years of your choice? Okay, I’m assuming almost all of these guys would get a slight bump in this format, but any that you would very significantly bump up and reach for? Thanks as always and have a good weekend!

    Peraza, T Anderson, Dahl, Mazara, K Broxton, Nola, Taillon, Gray, Paxton, Fulmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl, Mazara, Broxton, Peraza

  29. Funny Name says:
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    12 team h2h, trade Salazar and Snell for Degrom? Foltznewicz and Wood are the best FA pitchers available too add for that spot. You have those 2 ranked close together, so is it worth giving up Snell or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  30. Blackjack says:
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    Grey,

    Because I’m sure you’re life isn’t enough of a broken record at this point…

    Stroman… WBC stuff for real? Do I hop on the bandwagon as it picks up steam or take Salazar/Duffy where I would otherwise need to grab Marcus because of my keeper schedule and the rocket-boner propelling him up the ADP chart?

    Thanks as always, especially for the spit-take I did on your JungHoldMyBeer quip.

  31. Bobby says:
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    In a 12-team standard mixed Yahoo keeper league. I have kept Harper, Rizzo, Correa, Odor, and Polanco.

    I have the second overall pick and am looking to take a 3B. We can keep a player for 3 years. Which of these will be the best to have for the next 3 years – Arenado, Bryant, or Machado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant

  32. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 12 team roto, i have the 12 /13, i figured to pair Miggy/Turner, if Miggy isnt ready to go should i go Correa or Freeman? Im figuring Odor will be there in 3rd round for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Correa

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Mike says:
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    Drop Kelley for Koda Glover?

  34. Nitro says:
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    Who would be your pick up?
    Gsellman
    S Wright
    B Anderson
    E Rodriguez

  35. henncoop says:
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    Nice write up …look forward to catching up on fantasy news & getting a chuckle along the way usually while at work. Do we know if Dick Pole ever made it to Cooperstown?
    Sorry in advance for the Catcher question.
    1. 12 team 5X5 roto with 30 player rosters (so 8 on the bench but no DL spots). I drafted Murphy & given what’s left for SP & hitting in general I may hold on to him unless the situation change. I also drafted some rookie nooke SPs as flyers who are now starting in AAA. Drop either Deleon or R Lopez to pick up a C for Murphy? Choices are Cervelli, Rupp, Hermann, Hedges, Zunino, or Gomes .
    2. A few SP’s out there that might be a better flyer for the start of the year then either of the aforementioned rookies : Triggs, Chatwood, Morton, Green, Karns or Blach

    Thanks for the free advice ..hope you have a great weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t read Pole’s autobiography… Could have some fun with the name of that…

      1. Lopez, Hedges

      2. Hold

  36. Brown L says:
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    Didn’t see Alex Wood on the ol’ ranklings, but would you pick him up over Triggs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you like (coin flip), I don’t think Wood lasts in the rotation

  37. Hugman says:
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    Looks like Kang might be denied his visa for the entire season. Good news for female baseball fans across the country!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, keep that POS out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very concerned

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Enough to trade him for any pitcher you can find within 10 spots of him on the top 500? Lance Lynn-levels even?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  38. Fish says:
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    Keeper Question for you Grey. I can keep 3 of the following in my 10 team league:

    Syndergaard: 2017 for a 16th
    Story: 2017 for a 22nd, 2018 for a 20th
    Gregory Polanco: 2017 for a 15th
    Darvish: 2017 for a 11th, 2018 for a 9th
    Urias: 2017 for a 21st, 2018 for a 19th
    Longoria: 2017 for an 8th, 2018 for a 6th

    Syndergaard and Story seem like musts, but I don’t know what to do for the 3rd (I had planned on having Jo-Fer for a 13th but…)

    Thanks for your wise thoughts as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story, Yu, Noah

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I figured. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  39. SDB says:
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    Grey

    Can you explain this?…
    1st base ranking:

    19. Bird: 59/24/69/.257/2 in 412 ABs
    20. Carpenter: 84/20/72/.274/2 in 502 ABs

    I get that Bird is way cheaper than Carpenter, are your rankings constructed as (productive output) divided by (draft pick location/auction cost)?

    • Grey

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      I don’t understand the problem

      • SDB says:
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        @Grey:

        II guess what I was thinking is, how is 4 home runs more valuable than 25 runs, 3 rbis, and an AVG that is .015 higher. But what I’m failing to consider, I think, is that (1) If Bird’s stats are adjusted to 502 at bats, he becomes the more productive player, and (2) If one were to add in 1st base replacement at bats to make up the 100 AB difference, Bird + replacement at bats produces greater output than Carpenter.

        Cause why else would you rank Bird higher than Carpenter?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bird has less at-bats and more upside… I’d go Carpenter over Bird in a deeper league, this is splitting hairs

  40. OneI'dWilly says:
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    Unfortunately, Raisel has a history of bathing related issues. Little-know fact: Growing up Raisel was actually known as Grapel Inglesias, but one fateful day he stayed in the tub too long, and the rest as they say is history . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  41. Sean says:
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    Please rank D’Arnaud, Rupp and Hedges for this season?

  42. Five-On-One says:
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    Report is that Norris is signing with the Rays. If so, where does he rank in your catcher rankings (obviously not nearly as high as if he signed with the Rockies)?

  43. Brian says:
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    In my 15 team mixed dynasty, I have Jett Bandy and Andrew Susac as my catchers (start one a day). Ugh with a helping of ugh. And there’s no one on the wire besides Chris Ianetta and Manny Pina. BA and OBP are both categories in this league. I could trade Steven Matz for Realmuto. I have other good SPs (Kluber, Darvish, Ross, Folty, and Andrew Triggs).

    Accept the trade or keep Matz and just Frankencatcher it? I bet if I asked him to throw in Luke Weaver he would do that as well. Would that make the trade any more palatable?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take JT and Weaver

      • Brian says:
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        Done and done. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  44. Big Magoo

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    It’s a shame about Miggy’s injury. I was looking forward to owning a share this year, but this news dings him a few spots for me. Drafting out of the 12 slot in a few days, and if ADP holds, I’m probably looking at a Rizzo/Blackmon start now. Not the worst thing in the world.

    Grabbed Price in a league a few days ago. Definitely a big risk, but he was cleared from TJS (or any other surgery) by Dr. Freeze, so I’m cautiously optimistic. This is a league with some of the heavy hitters of the industry, so I decided to take a couple of risk/reward guys. We’ll see how that works out.

    Did you see any of Arroyo’s start the other day? He was spinning frisbees up there. Pretty fun to watch (for the hitters too, I bet). Seems unlikely to pull a Moyer, but you never know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not the worst thing… I’d love Rizzo at 12, where is that happening? NFBC? That’s silly…

      Price is a wasted pick, methinks, but we’ll see

      Ha, nah, missed Arroyo, saw Weaver was throwing 83… Oy

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Rizzo’s the 13th player off of the board on average and Blackmon’s the 17th, so they project to still be there. If not, it means that someone like Machado or Turner fall, which would be just fine with me.

        Don’t know what Arroyo was registering on the gun, but he couldn’t have topped 83. Was just spinning junk up there. The funny thing is is that the Reds might not have five SPs better than him right now. Might as well let him eat some innings. It would be entertaining, at least.

        • Grey

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          You’d be fine with Blackmon and Turner as your first two picks? I think you’d have on average 30 less HRs than any other team with their 1st two picks, minus team that takes Kershaw

          Amir Garrett!

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: No, I wouldn’t pair Turner and Blackmon. Something like Rizzo/Blackmon, Turner/Donaldson, Machado/Turner, Machado/Blackmon, etc. Depends what’s on the board.

            OTS mentioned an interesting late round flier the other day – Charlie Morton. He’s been dialing up 96-97 recently. Always been one of the better GB pitchers in the game. Could be a nice back end guy.

            • Grey

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              Ha, yeah, makes more sense… Morton went in our 30th round

  45. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    The Doctor also volunteers in the community! Especially on a beautiful Friday!

    What happened to our NFBC? Feel like I haven’t picked in 2 days. And my queue hasn’t changed, can’t tell if that’s good or bad.

    • Grey

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      You mean you didn’t have Brent Honeywell in your queue?

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: I keep a tight queue. Actually, RA Dickey snuck (sneaked?) his way onto the list.

        • Grey

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          And Darwin Barney, apparently… The Purple Evolutionist! Haven’t thought of him for a while. Kinda like Knoche talking about drafting Bonifacio

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Haha. I took him because of the litany of Travis injuries. If I become desperate, figured he has to get some playing time.

            I’m having trouble with position players now, but okay finding pitchers who will actually pitch for a while at least.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, it’s not an awful bet… I mean, I just took a character from a Fox drama who I never knew before last week…

  46. OJ Simpson says:
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    Have a keeper conundrum: In a 5×5 12team h2h that does obp and qs instead of wins and avg.
    We get to keep 6 players with 3 years of control, so for example I have benintendi and he was undrafted so I get him in my 22nd and if I decide to keep him the next 3 years, I’d him in the 20th next, 18th the follow, 16th.
    That being said I have
    Blackmon kept in the 4th
    Odor in the 19th
    Villar 22nd
    Benintendi 22nd
    Bergman 22nd
    And them I’m torn between Dahl Franco Sano Taillon Nola
    Are there any I have listed as keeps above that are replaceable and who should be my last keep?

    fun article as always. Making fantasy baseball great as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, OJ! Franco

  47. JB2 says:
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    Trying to pry Torenado from another team, he wants Corey Seager and Benintendi. Too much? What if I replace Benny with James Paxton? Kepler?

    • Grey

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      Sounds fine to me, can try Paxton or Kepler first

  48. From Beyond says:
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    Just Dong out for 3-4 weeks

    My current keepers in a 12 team OBP league:

    C. Seager
    Correa
    Stanton
    Polanco

    For my last keeper spot, do I stick with JD, maybe keep Danny Duffy as my only strong starter, or just leave that fifth spot open and see who’s available in the supplemental draft?

    Thanks for all your advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Just see who’s available

  49. herschel says:
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    @Grey: with news of JD, how low would you drop him in your rankings or is he now a “stay away”?

    • Grey

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      I’ll be dropping him in a few, prolly about 40 spots overall

  50. primetime says:
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    Grey,

    Just wrapped up a 10 team keeper league draft 5×5 OBP & k/9. Please let me know how I did. Did I cover all areas… I drafted Odor first rd as he was kept, Lindor was pass too, so I grabbed him.

    C – Martin R
    1b – Rizzo (keeper)
    2b – Dozier (keeper)
    3b – Rendon
    ss – Story (keeper)
    of – marte (keeper
    of – polanco
    of – bradley JR
    u – lindor

    Bench
    2b- odor
    1b – joesph
    3b – healy
    of – marzara
    of – broxton k
    of – upton Justin

    Ptichers
    SP – Gray J
    SP – Hamels (keeper)
    SP – McCullers
    SP – Salazar (keeper)
    SP – Scherzer (keeper)
    Rp – Diaz
    RP – Bedrosian C

    Bench SP
    Walker, T
    Ross J (last pick of the draft)
    Bundy D

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love the hitting, primetime.. you’re stacked there… your pitching is solid too, nice team!

      • primetime says:
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        @Grey: used your rankings with fangraphs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  51. Brett says:
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    Curious what your thoughts are on these auction values polanco at 27 or benintendi at 19.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What do you mean?

  52. Jp says:
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    Grey 13 team roto 4×4 HR, RBI, SB and AVG. AL Only. I own Didi for $2. My plan was to extend him to $7 for this year and next. Does the injury change that for you? I could go to $12 for 17, 18, and 19 but I thought that was to much. Thanks for your input.

    • Grey

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      Doesn’t change anything

      • Jp says:
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        @Grey: agree with $7 for 2017 and 2018 instead of $12 for 17, 18mand 19? Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  53. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    #22 overall too early to take Story in an OBP league or still good value?

    • Grey

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      Take him

  54. ryan says:
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    Hey grey! Nice write up as usual. Quick butt-end of the roster question for you:

    10 team 5×5 roto team.

    Would you drop Joseph 1B for Ivan Nova. Someone just dropped Nova. The rest of my rotation is: DeGrom, Duffy, Maeda, Roark, J. Gray, Velasquez, Eichhoff.

    I also have Renfroe and Margot. Either could be dropped.

    • Grey

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      I’d lose Renfroe or Margot depending on needs

  55. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Got the first pick in the friends and family league..I will own trout for the first time ever and I’m not thrilled.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: I should be but I hate the 1st pick

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: You mean FCL? You dont have to take him!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: Friends and family this ain’t, F. Unless you eat shit tacos at family dinners.

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @nick the dick: LOL…Shit Tacos it is then

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why? Think you’re gonna finally jinx him? Trout gives his owner something like a 30% more chance of winning

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: First time i own him….Just waiting for the injury

  56. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Alex Wood + Charlie Morton for Rodon at this point re Rodon’s injury situation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d take Rodon

  57. primetime says:
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    Grey.. a question from this morning, trade question regarding picks.. 10 team keeper league

    7 keepers we already own. 5×5 OBP, k/9

    My keepers:
    Arenado
    Seager c
    Marte
    Freeman
    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Salazar

    I was offered a 2nd rd (19) 3rd rd (22) for my 1st rd (8) and 6th rd (53) picks..

    Currently I don’t own a 2nd rd, 5th rd and 7th rd.

    So this offer gives me 2nd rd, two 3rd rd picks and 4th rd. Basically I drop from #8 to #19, #22, #28 and #31

    It leaves me with no 5th 6th or 7th.. then I go into 8th rd with 2picks…

    Thoughts ?

    Here are Players kept:

    Kyle Schwarber

    Paul Goldschmidt
    Anthony Rizzo
    Miguel Cabrera
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Joey Votto
    Jose Abreu
    Daniel Murphy
    Matt Carpenter

    Jose Altuve
    Trea Turner
    Rougned Odor
    Robinson Cano
    Jean Segura
    Dee Gordon

    Kris Bryant
    Manny Machado
    Josh Donaldson
    Jonathan Villar
    Kyle Seager
    Evan Longoria
    Todd Frazier

    Carlos Correa
    Trevor Story
    Francisco Lindor
    Xander Bogaerts

    Mike Trout
    Mookie Betts
    Bryce Harper
    George Springer
    Charlie Blackmon
    Starling Marte
    Giancarlo Stanton
    Nelson Cruz
    Yoenis Cespedes
    A.J. Pollock
    Christian Yelich
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Batitsta

    Max Scherzer
    Madison Bumgarner
    Chris Sale
    Noah Syndergaard
    Jake Arrieta
    Jon Lester
    Justin Verlander
    Corey Kluber
    Yu Darvish
    Johnny Cueto
    Carlos Carrasco
    Chris Archer
    Carlos Martinez
    Jacob deGrom
    Danny Duffy
    Gerrit Cole
    Kyle Hendricks
    Masahiro Tanaka
    Cole Hamels
    Aaron Sanchez
    David Price
    Rick Porcello
    Zack Greinke
    Felix Hernandez
    Aroldis Chapman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a decent deal for you

  58. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Just found out I have the second pick in a 10 team h2h OBP league…would Harper, Votto, Story, Villar be a sexy start in the first 4 rounds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It would, sir

  59. The Harrow says:
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    16 team roto with 4 keepers. OPS, Slugging, total bases, steals %, hits, QS, k per 9, holds, net saves and holds added. see how this looks. i overpaid on brinson probably a bit, which weakened my util 3 or lone BN slot, but not by much and if him or meadows is awesome later in year the way our keepers work is 4 (might be 5 next year) and at previous season’s ADP price, so brinson/meadows would be ROCK cheap. last year i did same thing with bregman. 1800 max innings here.

    C d’arnaud (22)
    1B pujols (6)
    2B villar (K 26)
    SS ceager (K 4)
    3B bregman (K 28)
    MI b.miller (9)
    CI to-jo (15)
    LF thames (14, lived at top of my board, like all drafts, for a long time)
    CF kiermaier (16)
    RF mookie (K 1)
    OF stanton (2)
    util kepler (10)
    util revere (23, he is now the good side of platoon, not that’s so maybin, missed rajai by one pick)
    util
    BN
    NA brinson (20)
    NA meadows (25)
    DL desmond (7th, couldn’t pass him up at 112, his value was adjusted in my rankings he’ll be LF later)
    SP carrasco (3)
    – duffy (5)
    – shoemaker (11)
    -ray (13)
    -skaggs (17)
    -chen (21)
    7th SP a stream spot
    RP (6 slots) allen (8)
    – bearclaw (12)
    – neris (18)
    – rivero (19
    – capps (3 DL’s here, 24)
    – doolittle (27)

    how’s that look, and
    2. what’s best order for waivers for my last util slot and BN hitter:
    dietrich (plus a backup 2B isn’t bad)/souza/reynolds/headley/chisenhall

    • Grey

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      1. Hitting looks solid, see no real problem there as of now…. Pitching looks decent, like the guys you have… Honestly, team looks like it’s in a much shallower league…. 2. Souza, Reynolds, Dietrich

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: this is actually my deepest league do to the crazy amount of starting hitting slots (224 starting hitters in this league). i’m in “deeper” leagues as far as owners, but they don’t usually have more than 1 util, nor a 4th OF, and often not CI/MI.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  60. Landisimo3 says:
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    Grey, another good write up as usual… 12 team roto.. keep 10 + 10 farm… Just got offered Sanchez, Mejia, 9th round pick for Cutch … What’ya think? Draft is tomorrow… Thank you as always !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Aaron Sanchez

  61. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey!

    Against my better judgement, or maybe in spite of it, I’m back in on my H2H league this year. As we only have 10 player adds per week, hardcore streaming is pretty much off the table. For that reason, and because I’m too lazy to constantly stalk the wire, I’ve gone relievers-only in this league (we count Holds) for as long as I can remember.

    Maybe thinking about shaking it up a bit and – gasp – drafting some starters. Any thoughts on an approach? Perhaps start with someone from the Verlander tier and then a guy from the buckle up tier and some other schmo? And then stream? Or do I grab a top-top guy and go from there?

    Or do I stick with what I’ve been doing? Jesus, I’m so out of touch…

    • The Harrow says:
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      @SteveNZ: punting SP in a h2h league is, well, odd. unless maybe if you have a very small amount of minimum innings, in which case great holds guys/closers only could easily lock up holds/saves/ratios entirely, but you’d be punting K’s/wins for sure.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @The Harrow: Weekly innings limit is small. I’ve never not hit it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d draft some starters, but I wouldn’t draft top starters… Verlander is a solid starting place, pun noted

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I think I ask this every year, but is Votto a top 20 guy in an OBP league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He is

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Draft starts in 5 mins. 12th pick. 14 teams.

            I see a Votto in my (2nd round) future…

            • Grey

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              Get him!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Got taken. Miggy, Odor for me so far

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Story, Abreu

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow! Sweet

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @SteveNZ: Trumbo, C-Mart, Turner, Cole.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Very nice, SteveNZ!

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @SteveNZ: Lackey (by mistake), JBJ. Need some relievers!

  62. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Here’s the FCL squad drafted last night

    C. C.Rupp
    1b. H.Ramirez
    2b. J.Schoop
    3b. A.Rendon
    SS. T.Story
    MI. T.Anderson
    CI. C.Santana
    OF. M.Trout
    OF. M.Kepler
    OF. E.Inciarte
    OF. J.Dyson
    OF. D.Santana
    Util. B.Moss

    P. C.Martinez
    P. J.deGrom
    P. J.Lackey
    P. M. Foltynewicz
    P. R.Gsellman
    P. W.Davis
    P. D.Robertson
    P. N.Jones
    P. K.Barraclough
    P. W.Harris
    P. R.Dull
    P. P.Strop
    Crazy draft but happy overall with this team.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: looks heavy on 1st baseman.

    • Joeg414 says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: What pick did deGrom go?

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Joeg414: 72

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, you know how I feel on deGrom, but pitching is a bit risky besides that, you’re missing a Dollar Store Condom…. Hitting looks fine, but low on speed if you can’t play Dyson all year, and my guess is you can’t

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        FCL
        Hate away!

        C Vogt
        1B Votto
        2B Forsythe
        3B Villar
        SS Russell
        MI Baez
        CI Franco
        OF Harper
        OF Upton
        OF Davis
        OF Desmond
        OF Kiemaier
        U Moralez

        P Kluber
        P Fulmer
        P Taillon
        P J Gray
        P Velasquez
        P Rodon
        P Oh
        P Kimbrel
        P Neris
        P Bush
        P Vizcaino
        P Knebel

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @FrankGrimes: Too much Bush

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If Desmond comes back in April this is gonna be a sweet hitting team, actually don’t really mind it at all now… solid pitching too, nice team Grimey!

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: So deGrom, Martinez and Lackey are more risky to you than Kluber, Fulmer and Taillon?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              DeGrom makes your stylo risky

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Oh ok..so I’m good then lol

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: haha totally can’t you see it ??

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @FrankGrimes: LOL…I like your team too..was just thrown off on the different views of our pitching

                • FrankGrimes says:
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                  @JeF WiTh 1 F:
                  Picking 1st must have been tough lol

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @FrankGrimes: Ha …I hate it

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Thanks.
            FCL is a fun draft.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Your pitching needs to beat 1 F now, you know that right?

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                LoL. No one wants starters in the FCL. I coulda passed on Kluber and taken Tanaka 6 round later.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that’s the RCLs in general, just so much pitching

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Oh I see how it is now…Bring it on GRIMEY!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Agreed with the speed but I like the pitching more than you do….but we already know that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

        • nick the dick says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F: Grey doesn’t realize that in this league you don’t need no stinking pitching, you both have more than enough

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @nick the dick: LOL…..but not a reliever can be found

  63. Wil says:
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    Wow you moved greg bird over 150 spots!

    BTW, the news that bird was named the everday first basemen was made official Wednesday morning 3/22, better late then never I guess…

    So, based on where Bird ranks on espn and yahoo and the shift you made in your rankings, Bird went from you probably not drafting him at 270 to owning him on every team with his new ranking of 118?

    Move a guy 150 spots I feel like you should address that in the post, and probably be more excited about him. All you said was that you moved him up a tad. A tad?!?! And yes, I’m aware you have a Greg bird sleeper post.

    $300 entry re-draft, 12 head league Sunday night! Let’s go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weren’t you the one saying you wanted Bird everywhere? I moved Bird back to exactly where he was before Carter signed — I projected him for 24 HRs and solid counting stats, how’s that different from, say, Hosmer?

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: 2 days ago Bird was ranked 274 on your top 500 that’s all I’m saying. I commented on it. I would think moving a guy 150 spots in your top 500 is worth mentioning, especially considering that moves him based on big box sites adp from you basicly never drafting him to you drafting him on every team.

        I didn’t realize you moved him from 118 overall to 274 then back to 118 based on chris carter.

  64. Brian says:
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    NL Only League trade question (OPS replaces BA).

    Pre-auction, would you trade a $24 Jon Lester for a $30 Freddie Freeman knowing that it leaves Kenta Madea as my number one starter (all the other SPs up until about Joe Ross will be kept, with the exception of Bumgarner and Greinke; on the 1B side, I expect Rizzo and Goldschmidt to be available for a cost in the mid-forties (!), and then only Brandon Belt, Eric Thames, and anyone lower than that to be available.

    Do I need a $24 Jon Lester in this situation or should I try to lock up a first baseman, even at $30?

    Thanks for all your trade advice. It’s appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a decent trade

  65. Familia says:
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    Oh mighty Grey, I am in a 12 team roto keeper, keep 10, and trying to decide whether to keep Familia or draft with my final keeper spot. Can you look into your crystal ball and predict his suspension? Or bad idea to keep him regardless? Usually the top closers get kept, I would not be keeping any others.

    Alternative to Familia or an open spot is to keep Tim Anderson. Keepers lock soon.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Familia, he’ll only get suspended 10-14 games is my guess

      • Familia says:
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        @Grey: thanks, the MLB suspension office just has no respect for my fantasy league schedule…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Familia says:
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            @Grey: can I suggest a glossary term? That situation where you’re waiting for a decision to be made that is totally out of your hands- ‘the Jeurys out’. Will Familia be suspended? Where is Player X going to sign? Will Player Y start today? I don’t know, the Jeurys out!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I like it, I’ll run it by Rudy

              • Familia says:
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                @Grey: sweet, would be something to cross off the bucket list…If it gets through and you’re still crediting commenters, please use Eric, not ‘Familia’

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, ok

                  • Familia says:
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                    @Grey: didn’t make it past Rudy?

  66. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! How’d the draft go?

    Managed to [somehow] flip that $7 Rodon for a $3 Joe Ross *WHERE ARE YOU NOW?!*, which is a big improvement over that Wood/Morton thing I had been offered.

    Anyway, with Miggy’s back stuff, are you still drafting him around the same spot? Seems like he’s falling to the end of the 2nd round sometimes + I’m faced with the choice of Miggy v. Freeman/E5 as a first baseman.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I’d prolly draft Miggy around 15th overall, but more or less the same place, maybe behind Edwin if I were feeling especially nervous

  67. Your words, playfully tickling my eyeholes like a long lost lover in the shower tussling my hair, only with a sweet, sweet mustache. Uh, not that there’s anything wrong with that?

    Good to have baseball back Mr Grey, and au shiz I’m hoping to get me some moistasskiss in the 25th round this week.

    I’m glad my draft isn’t this week – seems this year’s “fantasy darling who’s stock rose ridiculously high then overcorredted to being a pretty good deal at the end of the second” (FDWSRRHTOTBAPGDATEOTS for short) Trea Turner might actually be there for me in the 2nd round.

    No idea what pick I’ve got yet but with Machado falling to the 9-12 range while people once again convince themselves that any SP is worth spending a 1st round pick on, I’m kinda happy with any position. Still prefer later than earlier.

    Looking forward to another great season of hot sauce & baseball. Stay saucy my friend.

    Scott

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Good to be back! Good to hear from you, nice acronym!

      • @Grey: yeah, you know… If brevity is your thing. ;)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  68. Brian Chrzanowski says:
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    Love me the Bird! Its the word!!
    Quick question,
    Which 2 would you want on your team:

    Snell, Cotton, Wacha or Liriano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha, Snell

      • Brian Chrzanowski says:
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        @Grey: not liriano and wacha?
        Liriano is smokin..high ks..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re all coin flips, if you wanna try Liriano, go for it

  69. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    jebus, RIGHT the day of my AL and NL only leagues rosterresource goes out in the middle of the night and still ain’t back

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: didn’t get done tweaking my NL only for the REALLY deep spots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: i’m mostly good, but weird shit like in the AL alex presley (not in yahoo anymore) back starting in HOU. why a fantasy site REMOVES people it ALREADY had in it, yahoo gonna yahoo.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: i’d guess this is too late to fix this, thames doesn’t go into team list and an error occurs when you try to since he’s listed with no position in war room, i’d guess since he had no last year at bats the program wasn’t set up to accomodate this.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah must’ve, sorry

  70. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    You and JB NEED to listen to the CBS pod from yesterday. About 15 min in, they literally play Ben Revere or Denard Span (but being absolutely serious about it).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha

  71. ferris says:
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    NL only roto, 8 to 10 teams

    I can keep 3

    Pollock 15
    Votto 32
    Braun 33
    Kemp 18
    Dahl 8
    Duvall 8
    Turner 13

    My inclination is to lock up Pollock, Votto and Braun even though Votto and Braun are right at market value to avoid being at the whims of the crazy bidding on superstars. Dahl is intriguing but his injury tho. Kemp, Duvall and Turner should go for 5 to 9 bucks more than their value. So I guess I am thinking about giving up 16 bucks to avoid superstar inflation and lock in 3 top 20 players in nl only.

    What do you think?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock, Votto, Braun

  72. smegma says:
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    Sorry if this has been asked a million times before…do you still stand by your SP ranking of MadBum after Scherzer? I’m drafting a SP-heavy points league and Kershaw will be gone. Scherzer says the finger injury is behind him but always tenuous taking a guy that high. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  73. Joeg414 says:
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    Ok, just drafted. Whata think, pros/cons?
    12 B. Harper—Keeper
    15 Trevor Story, Col SS
    38 Anthony Rendon, Wsh 3B
    41 Kyle Schwarber, ChC OF
    64 Jacob deGrom, NYM SP
    67 Carlos Santana, Cle 1B
    90 Jake Arrieta, ChC SP — Keeper
    93 Addison Russell, ChC SS
    116 James Paxton, Sea SP
    119 Kevin Gausman, Bal SP
    142 Keon Broxton, Mil OF
    145 Sam Dyson, Tex RP
    168 Logan Forsythe, LAD 2B
    171 Koda Glover, Wsh RP
    194 Robbie Ray, Ari SP
    197 Brandon Drury, Ari 3B
    220 J.A. Happ, Tor SP
    223 Tommy Joseph, Phi 1B
    246 Corey Dickerson, TB OF
    249 Fernando Rodney, Ari RP
    272 C.J. Cron, LAA 1B
    275 Cameron Rupp, Phi C
    Bench
    298 Ian Kennedy, KC SP
    301 Daniel Norris, Det SP
    324 Cesar Hernandez, Phi 2B
    327 Leonys Martin, Sea OF
    350 Nick Markakis, Atl OF
    353 Patrick Corbin, Ari RP
    376 Kendall Graveman, Oak SP
    13 Team 6×6 Roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like your top pitchers but they could be okay… your hitting looks fine but low on speed which is okay with 6×6

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Rp went too early for me , I hope Glover works out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too

  74. William Hung says:
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    Doing my last min draft prep and OMFG these Yahoo Rankings…

    Odor as 125? Giancarlo as 180???? Trevorending Story as 122? It’s like I can just go through the first handful of rounds of my draft just picking up elite pitchers and then target these stud bats to shore up the core of my team… or just pick these guys off early and focus on pitching the 2nd half of my draft…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That must be a typo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Weird

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @William Hung: in my Yahoo H2H 6X6 (OPS and Losses included), they have Odor ranked 63 and Stanton at 78. Must be the scoring categories for the league as they have Kershaw #1 also.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @William Hung: Those aren’t the rankings, it’s some sort of rest of season projections or some other stupid that yahoo has done to the pre-draft ranking system. I wouldn’t expect you get those guys in the live draft where it shows on that page.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Fungazi: thanks for clarifying – Yahoo is so dumb… because it makes pre-ranking the guys so much harder with guys who are top 40 starters being ranked in the 400-600s…

  75. ThE sHiT says:
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    How would you apply your rankings for a H2H league with 6X6 scoring (OPS, L included)?

    I have the 2nd pick in the draft and can move down swapping even number of picks (his first two picks for my first two, etc). Would you stay out at #2 or move down?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s OPS rankings on rankings page

  76. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey, any thoughts on general draft strategy with only 35 moves for the year?

    (7×7) 15 team league, partial keeper, 6 bench spots, usually go with one bench bat – multi eligibility if possible, one top prospect who will be up this year (great trade bait if nothing else) and the last four as pitchers. The innings limit is 2000 which no one ever seems to reach…

    thanks Boss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d make sure I got guys that are guaranteed jobs vs risky upside gambles… also I’d bet on safer SPs

  77. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    My draft is tomorrow and I have 4 picks (1st, 5th, 6th and 11th round)

    I want to draft 2 OF and 2 SP

    Here are my choices in the OF are: Gardner, Bruce, Gordon, Heyward, Domingo Santana (Who I am planning on using my first round pick on at number 10), Toles, Kim, and Markakis
    For pitchers: Steven Wright, Davies, Chatwood, Sabathia, Colon, Garcia, Kazmir, Jaime Garcia, and Dan straily.

    Can you put in order the outfielders and pitchers from the list above II should go after once I choose Santana with my first round pick? Thanks in Advance Grey

  78. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey Grey! I’ve really been enjoying the podcast, first post of the year for me. Drafted my first league and wanted to get your thoughts. Yahoo 12 team H2H 6×7 (standard cats + OBP, QS and HRs allowed) I used your top 500 to draft and adjusted using the OBP rankings.

    C- Molina (19)
    1b- Freeman (2)
    2b-Segura (6)
    3-Rendon (8)
    SS- Russell (11)
    OF- Trout (1)
    OF- Cespedes (5)
    OF- Bradley Jr. (9)
    Util – Votto (3)
    Bn – Duvall (13)
    Bn – Kepler (21)

    SP-Verlander (4) Carrasco (7) Salazar (10) Walker (14) Pineda (15) Gray (16)
    RP- Giles, Feliz, Kintzler, Bedrosian

    I wasn’t thrilled with doubling up at 1b with Votto and Freeman, but knew I’d probably end with them based on ADPs and where I had them on my board going in. Barely missed out on Odor and Villar in the 4th as they went back to back ahead of me. Was really hoping to get Villar there to be covered on steals. Had Peraza targeted later and also just missed on him. Would you suggest trying to trade for Peraza? Dyson and Rajai Davis are both available and could pick them up for cheap speed off the bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love the hitting, don’t mind Votto in OBP at all, I think your pitching is also solid…. If I had to quibble, RPs are a little wonky, but SAGNOF! Nice team overall! BTW, I bet the Braves to win the World Series, go Braves!

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey!

        I agree on the RPs so I grabbed Glover since it sounded like he had the job. Now that sounds less likely. Jeanmar was dropped so I might pick him up. I don’t need 5 RPs, but I might hold them until I can see if any of them lose the jb.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Jeanmar might be safer

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Crappier, but safer

            • letsgobravos says:
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              @Grey: Agreed. It appears he is pitching pretty well right now so he seems as entrenched as any bottom tier closer.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yup

  79. Fungazi says:
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    Was ready to draft Greg Polanco tomorrow, but now he has shoulder problems. Are you skipping him for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t sound serious

  80. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    how’s this one looking. AL only with total bases added, OBP over AVG. net steals over steals. holds added and QS over wins. drafted out of the 2 slot (we picked our draft slots predraft). h2h. 10 teams.

    C vogt (he’s damn cheap this year compared to last couple, 17)
    1B miggy (K, 1)
    2B segura (4)
    SS correa (K, 2)
    3B mostsuckass (10)
    MI miller (8)
    CI moss (15, you’d have gone moreland, rater for OPS likes moss a good deal more)
    OF – trumbo (3)
    – k.davis (6, have no idea why he was around this late)
    -cargo 2 HOU (11, i hate this guy, but this late)
    – rajai (12)
    – util kim (21)
    BN s.smith (24,i needed a backup MI or CI more but they were just so much worse than kim/smith on raters)

    NA zimmer (18)

    SP (need 8 or 7), i’ll grab streamer shortly
    – duffy (K, 19)
    – quintana (5)
    – shoemaker (9)
    – skaggs (13)
    – snell (16, later than i would’ve thought here, i’ve gotten him in no other leagues)
    – tomlin (20)
    – gibson (22)
    RP (4 slots)
    – giles (7)
    – doolittle (14, 3 DL slots)
    – grilli (23)
    – j.wilson (25)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to believe this is as deep a league as it is, looks great on hitting, looks like a mixed league team… Pitching is also solid, doesn’t hurt you have solid keepers

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Grey: BAL vs lefties i might be out two guys, can’t check at depthcharts yet, but i think kim/smith both righty side guys.

  81. Ty Inez says:
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    hello march Grey, just bought a subscription and i’m ready to rock and roll.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome, man, good luck!

  82. herschel says:
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    @Grey: you concerned about carrasco? how low are you dropping him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not dropping him, he pitched the other day and was fine

  83. james d says:
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    Keeper league 5×5 12 team h2h. Keep at round drafted.

    Freeman at r4 (2 keeper years left) for Pollock at r12 (1 keeper year left).

    If I don’t trade my Pollock for their Freeman I am likely to need to take Edwin with my first pick or be forced to start Hanley or something similar at 1b.

    Given 1b market and values, which side do you prefer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

  84. Mr Baseball says:
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    Which side do you like in this trade KEEPER LEAGUE

    Jorge Soler KC – LF,RF
    Orlando Arcia Mil – SS
    Yuli Gurriel Hou – 3B

    Traded for

    Justin Bour Mia – 1B
    Dellin Betances NYY – RP
    Ryan Dull Oak – RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler

    • Mr Baseball says:
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      looks like I missed you by 12 seconds

  85. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, Baez or Bird? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  86. SteveNZ says:
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    So here’s what happened:

    C R Martin (180)
    1B Miggy (12)
    2B Odor (17)
    3B J Turner (96)
    SS Story (40)
    LF Mazara (185)
    CF JBJ (129)
    RF Trumbo (73)
    UTIL Abreu (45)
    SP C-Mart (680
    SP Cole (101)
    RP Robertson (152)
    RP Familia (157)
    P Bedrosian (213)
    P Lackey (124)
    P J Gray (204)
    BN W Harris (236)
    BN Rondon (241)
    BN Thornburg (269)
    BN Wilson (292)
    BN Hellickson (320)
    BN L Martin (297)
    BN Kepler (264)
    BN Glover (325)

    Could have gone better, could have gone worse. Zero speed, wonky OBP and bench is a bit of a mish-mash – there’s gonna be some streaming so some of those guys won’t be with me for long.

    Was keen on Votto as you know, but he and Trea Turner got taken at the turn right before me so had to change tack a little (Odor then Story) – which is probably reflected in a slightly janky OF. Scooped on Carrasco and Archer too so ended up with C-Mart as my #1.

    Oh well – have been more bullish on previous teams only to end up disappointed, but genuinely interested to see how this one plays out – plus I own a few guys I’ve never had before.

    14 teams , H2H usual 5 x 5 categories plus OBP and Holds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with your assessment, you really punted speed, and you really got back in bed with starters this year

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: You think the OF is somewhere I should actively look to upgrade? Felt weird not taking an OF til the 5th or whenever it was.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t think you need to upgrade right now

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Jankowski’s on the wire – is he worth a grab for some SAGNOF?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure

  87. The Great Knoche says:
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    Cotton vs Garza today in a pre season Knoche NFBC showdown. Cotton has been struggling and Garza hasn’t shown a resurgence this spring.

    Who wants to start week 1?

    ALso the Rockies open up in Miller park again this year. Scored 25+ runs both of last 2 years. Buy Wolters and Parra

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Cotton wins (as if there was ever any doubt)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  88. Sad Keanu says:
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    Trying to figure out my last keeper. Taillon ($1 but keeping Darvish, Syndergaard), Realmuto ($4), K. Seager ($31), Abreu ($25), Khris Davis ($10), Cain Sugar ($7)? Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, but no idea who else you’re keeping

  89. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 teams, h2h, 8×8, holds and saves

    What do you think about this team?

    C Perez
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Dozier
    3B Bregmann
    SS Correa
    OF Springer
    OF Desmond
    OF Mazara
    Util Buxton
    Util Kepler
    BN Cron

    SP DeGrom, Carrasco, Salazar, McCullers, Eickhoff, Ray, Joe Ross
    SV Diaz, Giles, Ramos
    Holds Brach, Barraclough

    • Grey

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      Pitching looks a little risky, but I do like the upside…. Hitting looks solid, very balanced, nice team!

  90. JMAC says:
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    H2H 5×5 OBP Keeper League. 5 Total Keepers one must be a pitcher. Options are

    Goldy (Keeping)
    Bogaerts (Keeping)
    Arrieta (Keeping)

    My other options are:

    Kyle Seager
    Ryan Braun
    Gregory Polanco
    JD Martinez

    Leaning away from Braun due to age. What are your thoughts? Thanks as always. Ready for another fun year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager, Polanco

      • JMAC says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • JMAC says:
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      @JMAC: Keepers lock in a few hours, so if you see this would be awesome, but if not, no big deal. Thanks again.

  91. goodfold2 says:
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    oh man gotta like wong finally not shutting himself up in public about methany continually jerking him around every season of his career

    “Kolten Wong said Sunday that he would “100 percent” rather be traded than be platooned at second base.
    It was one of a host of scathing comments from Wong in the wake of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny saying Saturday that the club would consider a platoon at second base. “I honestly don’t give a (censored),” Wong said when asked about the team mulling over a platoon. Wong added that he doesn’t want to be “wasting my time” with the Cards if they don’t have faith in him. They’re words Wong probably shouldn’t have aired in public, but you can understand his frustration after the club essentially committed to him as the regular second baseman this winter. That said, Wong could make it all a moot point if he simply played better.”

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: and players worse than wong have spent less time getting jerked around too. the constant public “he’s our man” from the team brass for years has to grate the shit outta you when they also constantly jerk around your at bats. not sure if soler got the same public lies out of CUBS guys but i’m sure it felt the same.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good for him!

  92. Slimcompoop says:
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    Hola Grey…just finished the draft in my 10-team, 6×6, keeper league. Ended up keeping Arenado, Turner, Donaldson, Springer, Sale, and Carrasco. We can select draft slots as well so I chose 10th in our snake format. Curious as to your thoughts when all is said and done. Had some extra picks in different rounds due to trades last year.

    C – J.T. Realmuto (20th)
    1B – Jose Abreu (7th)
    2B – Trea Turner (Keeper)
    3B – Nolan Arenado (Keeper)
    SS – Jean Segura (8th)
    2B/SS – Logan Forsythe (14th)
    1B/3B – Josh Donaldson (Keeper)
    OF – George Springer (Keeper)
    OF – Jackie Bradley Jr. (9th)
    OF – Odubel Herrera (13th)
    OF – Dexter Fowler (15th)
    OF – Nomar Mazara (19th)
    UTIL – Anthony Rendon (11th)
    BE – David Dahl (14th)

    SP – Chris Sale (Keeper)
    SP – Carlos Carrasco (Keeper)
    SP – Danny Duffy (11th)
    SP – Rich Hill (12th)
    SP – Drew Smiley (18th)
    SP – Lance McCullers (16th)
    SP – Taijuan Walker (19th)
    SP – Blake Snell (21st)
    CL – Edwin Diaz (10th)
    CL – Ken Giles (12th)
    CL – David Robertson (14th)

    Hope your good!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Thinking about claiming Mitch Haniger and cutting Nomar Mazara as he could be platooning. Also is there a cut on the pitching staff to add Tyler Glasnow? Thanks!

      • Grey

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        Sure try Haniger, cause you need power… forget Glasnow for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks great, ‘poop! One quibble is you might be low on power and bit higher on OBP, speed and runs… not bad tho, pitching looks excellent, nice team overall

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: It’s an OBP league so probably overcompensated for that going into the draft. It’s K/9 instead of aggregate K’s as well. Anythehoo, thanks for the feedback. As always, appreciate it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, no problem!

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Run the Jewels is awesome, in the case that you didn’t know that already. Saw them live a couple weeks ago. AMAZING! They’re coming back for a block party downtown in July, so will be there again.

            • Grey

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              I really need to get into them… so many people whose taste I trust like them

  93. Pat says:
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    Ah the beginning of baseball. Watching my Phillies losing close to 90 games. More importantly asking you annoying questions. Just drafted 10 man h2h

    C-None
    1B- Carlos Santana
    2b- Trea Turner
    SS- Story
    3b- Kris Bryant
    OF- Trumbo
    OF- Kepler
    OF- Buxton
    UTIL – Jose Abreu
    UTIL- Odor
    Bench- Devon Travis

    Sp- Carrasco
    Sp- Duffy
    Sp- Salazar
    RP- Giles
    RP- Britton
    P- Gausman
    P- Pineda
    P- Walker
    P- Shoe
    P- Bedrosian
    P- Jim Johnson
    P- Cotton
    P- Glasnow

    Thoughts? Russell Martin went undrafted. Worth a pick up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you should have a catcher…. nice team, overall.. love your hitting and pitching…

  94. FrankGrimes says:
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    How’d it go? (Tout)

  95. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: With my keepers being Rizzo and Betts, I am thinking of going with either Story/Springer/Giancarlo paired with Villar as my first 2 picks (last pick of the odd rounds)

    What would you recommend as a good pairing with Villar for power? I’m leaning Story cause of Coors, but there is always that chance Giancarlo finally comes through with that epic HR season we are all waiting on…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Story works

  96. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    which 3 would you pick keeping in mind we have 3 year term limits on keepers, Yahoo 5×5 with OBP and QS?

    Daniel Murphy Was – 1B,2B 19 (must be put back into draft in 2020) (would count as a round 14 pick in 2018 and a round 9 pick in 2019)
    Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B) Round 14 (must be put back into draft in 2018) (would count as a round 14 pick in 2017 and a round 9 pick in 2018)
    Jean Segura (Sea – 2B,SS) FA (must be put back into draft in 2020) (would count as a round 19 pick in 2017 and a round 14 pick in 2018)
    Jackie Bradley Jr. Bos – OF FA (must be put back into draft in 2020) (would count as a round 19 pick in 2017 and a round 14 pick in 2018)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, segura, Murphy

  97. Matthew Miller says:
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    Yanks released Jon Niese. He could smell this coming a mile away.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  98. Mike says:
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    Could you rank these catchers?

    Martin
    Sal Perez
    Castillo
    Gomes
    Murphy

    Or his a Hedges or d’Arnaud gamble a better idea??

  99. goodfold2 says:
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    wow, some similarities to that team i just drafted. my only espn league here. hate how in there you can’t change from your own rankings to espn’s. and also the ADP’s shown just stop at 260, everybody after reads 260.

    14 team h2h with OBP over AVG, OPS and total bases added. holds and QS added. we’ll keep 9, which have to be 2 SP, 2 RP, 2 OF, and 3 different from each other hitting spots. keeperwise this isn’t great for me, but i can trade pollock or somebody predraft next year for one MI keeper. this draft i pretty much accidentally went anti this year Grey. the MI weren’t the best values, mostly from OPS ratings. i could’ve gone odor over braun (there did end up being better LF later such that odor + LF would’ve probably been better than braun + schoop (and walker/schimpf)). but odor’s lack of BB’s gives his OBP a real hit. we have a max 12 starts per week, so 8 SP seems correct, leaving 3 BN bats.

    C d’arnaud (25, could’ve went mesoraco, but he’s already hurt)
    1B goldy (1, pick 9, good god that’s late in OPS/total bases for goldy)
    2B schoop (12, kept punting for a while, could’ve had kipnis earlier)
    SS miller (16, and thought i might get semien back at MI)
    3B longo (7, he’ll probably have to be a keeper, maybe miller too)
    MI walker (17, just got beat to t.anderson for steals)
    CI pujols (9, IN THE 9TH ROUND! IN AN OPS LEAGUE!)
    LF braun (3)
    CF pollock (5)
    RF stanton (2)
    OF rajai CF/LF (15, hope this cleaned up the steals)
    util kepler RF (16)
    BN jankowski CF/RF (20)
    BN schimpf (27, i need a backup SS more here, but this guy rates better in case of injury than galvis)
    BN will fill with likely SS or catcher backup shortly
    DL murphy C (23, i realized with my OF being as good as it is, stashing brinson or meadows isn’t awesome idea, but a DL catcher who could end up top 6 C isn’t bad)

    SP (8)
    – darvish (4, he seems undervalued in espn compared to yahoo, where i’ve yet to get him)
    – duffy (6)
    – hill (11, same as darvish)
    – paxton (14)
    – gio G (19)
    – skaggs (21)
    – mchugh (24)
    – chen (28)
    RP (room for 5)
    – kimbrel (8, i love how suddenly he’s an after 100 overall guy, was hurt last year yeah ok)
    – f-rod (13)
    – bearclaw (18)
    – holland (22)
    – koji (26)
    i might have too many saves vs holds, but that’s not a bad problem.
    how’s it look

    • Grey

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      Love the top of your pitching staff, don’t love McHugh, Chen’s pretty iffy and you have a ton of saves… Hitting looks solid, but yeah Walker and Schimpf just all right… Solid team overall!

  100. Nightmare! says:
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    Grey lord!!! Hello and welcome to another installment on rate Nightmare’a team….12 team H2h pts

    Beef Wellington
    Goldy
    Altuve
    Crawford
    K seager
    Kemp
    Duvall
    Renfroe
    E5
    Bench: Desmond

    Pitching:
    Strasburg
    Tanaka
    Cole
    A. Sanchez
    Paxton

    RP- Diaz, Herrera

    Bench- gio, Alex wood, hellickson, guerra, j Garcia

    Thoughts??

    • Grey

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      Who’s Crawford? Brandon? This league is shallow, your team should look better than this…Don’t like Stras, Sanchez, bench SPs are kinda meh

  101. herschel says:
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    @Grey: had my 12 team 5 x5 draft yesterday. overall like my team but ended up with more upside hitters and not enough starters due to league rules, in our league, keepers are only eligible if you draft them (ie you cant keep waiver pick ups). as such, my staff is the following: cmart, maeda, salazar, gausman, walker, gray, folty and glasnow.

    given those rules, would you drop zimmer or margot for any of j-zimm, bauer, hammel, montgomery, hellickson, conley or musgrove,

    gracias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmer for Hammel

  102. Dagezi says:
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    Rank these sagnof faces (15 team 5×5 mixed league that divides up OF by position): Leonys Martin, Jankowski, Hernan Perez, Andrew Tolles, Kevin Kiermeier. Who will kill me least in non SB categories? Yelich, Fowler and Springer are my starting OFs. TIA

  103. Ghost rider my pattern is pretty close to full says:
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    Now that I can finally get back into this baseball thing now that Fantasy b-ball is over, in a 5 player keeper league,
    I have to give up trout for arenado if i can only keep one correct? (both are first rounders and only have 1 first round pick.
    CHoosing between:
    bryant, 1b and 3b eligibility
    yelich,
    schwarber (with C eligibliity)
    add russell,
    seager,
    and bregman

    I am leaning towards
    Trout,
    Bryant,
    Schwarber,
    bregman,
    seager/russell

    Think Russell for the long run or seager?

    Sorry if this doesn’t make sense, my mind is fried from watching that Unc/Kent game GO TAR HEELZ

    THank you for all your help over the years and look forward to another fun one!

    Bonus question:
    better stache Tom Selleck or Alex trebeck?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Trout… Corey seager?

      • say it with me now, boDEga says:
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        @Grey: Correct corey seager, trying to make sure I have the best SS available.

  104. Rom Lu says:
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    Just finished my draft, 8 team league. What are your thoughts, what do I need to try to improve via trading and such? Great write up as always- have a good night!

    C Salvador Perez

    1B Edwin Encarnacion

    2B Robinson Cano

    3B Kris Bryant

    SS Jean Segura

    2B/SS Eduardo Nunez

    1B/3B Wil Myers

    OF Charlie Blackmon

    OF Gregory Polanco

    OF Justin Upton

    OF Adam Eaton

    OF Brett Gardner

    UTIL Greg Bird

    P Jake Arrieta

    P Johnny Cueto

    P Masahiro Tanaka

    P Kyle Hendricks

    P Roberto Osuna

    P Julio Teheran

    P Rich Hill

    P Alex Colome

    P Steven Matz

    Bench Lance McCullers

    Bench Aaron Nola

    Bench Tony Watson

    • Grey

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      You look weak on power, and high on speed… Your pitching is better than your hitting, and I don’t like Arrieta

  105. nightpandas says:
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    Bonsoir Monsieur Gris,

    1st draft complete, 15 team obp/slg/qs/kper9, 35 moves, 162 game limits for each of position, 2000 innings limit

    C Schwarber (K)
    1 Votto (K)
    2 Kinsler (K)
    3 Longo (K)
    SS Semien
    Lf Dahl
    Cf Piscotty (K)
    Rf Trumbo (K)
    Util Hanley (K)
    BN Meadows
    BN Desmond (will move to DL)
    SP Sale (K) Darvish (K) Lackey Shoemaker Bundy D Norris Gsellman
    RP Chapman (K) Reed N Jones

    might try and move Bundy for a closer as lots of interest

    Rajai on waivers, will try and grab him when Desmond/Dahl hit the DL (have 3 DL spots)

    How am I looking?

    • Grey

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      Sure, grab Rajai… I’d definitely grab some saves if you can via trading Bundy… That’s a weak area, and your hitting isn’t as strong as your pitching, though your SPs are crazy strong for a 15 teamer

  106. Dannybetter says:
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    Hey Grey! Just finished the draft with nightmare above,
    What do you think, h2h points league 12 teams
    Rizzo
    Odor
    Semien
    Rendon
    Marte
    Springer
    Mazara
    Jd Martinez
    Carlos Santana
    D’arnaud

    Thor
    Darvish
    McCullers
    Salazar
    T walker
    Snell
    Lackey
    Bundy
    E. Rodriguez
    Nova
    Eickhoff
    Osuna

    Not in love with the team, but curious what you think

    thanks!

    • Grey

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      Your pitching is ridiculous strong, no idea why you have Thor and Darvish, but it hasn’t really hurt your hitting, which is great… I do think the back end of your SPs are iffy and you obviously don’t have enough RPs

      • Dannybetter says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, I was using the sparp with bundy. I appreciate the review!

  107. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: I present to you the 2017 Tight Sphinx Tour roster:
    C – Sal Perez
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Deez Nutz Gordon
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Lindor
    OF – Betts, Springer, Cespedes
    UTIL – Story
    SP – Maeda, Quintana, Hamels, Roark, Pineda, Gray
    RP – Herrera, Dyson, K-Rod, Holland, Reed, Rondon, Glover

    For whatever reason, the middle rounds were filled with a run on closers so I passed and snatched up both Gordon and Cespedes. My goal was to start getting SPs at that time, and get Benintendi later, but I couldn’t pass both those guys up.

    I can’t believe I got both Story and Cespedes as my 3rd and 4th players after picking up Lindor and Springer to start off my draft.

    I’m unsure of the situation with the Nats, so Glover was my last pick and a bench player right now. I feel like Gordon might be my most important player in H2H because there’s nobody on my team who can steal 30 bases other than Betts. I was meh on Rendon, but I got him so late when we were in top 60 pitcher range. I’m a little meh on Hamels, but I like what he brings to the table since I have some upsiders with Pineda and Gray.

    • William Hung says:
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      @William Hung: typo with Cespedes with Gordon. Got Gordon and Hamels as my 7th and 8th round picks (9th and 10th players) as everyone else was drafting the elite closers.

    • Grey

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      # of teams?

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: 10 teams 5×5 standard cats with K’s and OBP for batters and K/9 and Ls for pitchers

    • Grey

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      Pitching is solid, Pineda, Gray and Roark could be a nightmare… You have a bit too much RPs…. If that’s possible, not sure I’ve ever said that before… Your hitting is fine, agree with your assessment about if something happens to Gordon…

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Yeah my strategy is to roll RPs heavy cause of the damn K/9 and L categories… try to beef up my ERA/WHIP/ K/9 potential. Our weekly innings limit is 25 too so I try to get as many saves as possible.

        • William Hung says:
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          @William Hung: Let me rephrase that – we have a min requirement of 25 innings. Also we can roll out 2 SPs, 2 RPs, 4 Ps… so 6 RPs means I have a shot at earning stats every night… or getting tied to the WHIPing post

  108. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team, 12th pick, 5×5, standard, thoughts?

    C: Sal Perez
    C: Rupp
    1B: Santana
    2B: Odor
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Story
    MI: Zobrist
    CI: Frazier
    OF: Blackmon
    OF: Polanco
    OF: Pederson
    OF: Tomas
    OF: Dyson
    DH: Cron
    P: Darvish
    P: Maeda
    P: McCullers
    P: Nola
    P: VV
    P: Snell
    P: Bundy
    P: Cobb
    P: Folty
    P: Mike Monty
    P: Cody Reed
    RP: Melancon
    PR: Dyson
    RP: Glover

    Only real “mistake” was taking Blackmon at 13 instead of Correa (Trea was taken at 11).

    Thanks.

    • Grey

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      Team is stacked up until about Bundy/Snell, then it gets real iffy, but you can find SPs on waivers if you need to… I like the team!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, you might have an AVG problem, but other than that, it’s all good

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: Figured on the AVG. Only start 9 pitchers so Bundy, Cobb, Folty, etc are bench. Almost took Eickhoff instead of Folty but then I would have has 3 phillies pitchers. Should have clarified:

        P: Darvish
        P: Maeda
        P: McCullers
        P: Nola
        P: VV
        P: Snell
        RP: Melancon
        PR: Dyson
        RP: Glover

        Bench: Bundy
        Bench: Cobb
        Bench: Folty
        Bench: Mike Monty
        Bench: Cody Reed

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