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Ryan Madson has to have Tommy John surgery.  Luckily, he signed with a Dusty Baker-managed team as the trainers have a lot of experience diagnosing busted arms.  Sean Marshall will likely take over the closing gig, spurring indie comedy fans in Cincy to bring Sean Of The Red signs to games.  Best case scenario:  Marshall goes the whole season with the job, continues to rack up a 9+ K-rate and 40+ saves.  Most realistic scenario:  Dusty brings Marshall into the ninth inning of a tie game and, as the two teams battle scoreless inning after scoreless inning, Marshall stays in the game for another 16 innings and throws 450 pitches.  125 of those pitches he kicks over the plate Hacky Sack-style because his arm is too tired.  Then Masset and Aroldis end up getting 5-7 saves each and Marshall ends the year with 30+ saves and an ERA around 3.50.  Most likely scenario involving dolphins:   Marshall falls asleep on a raft and wakes in Barbados.  With the phone lines down due to a tropical storm, he befriends the local innkeeper, Teronimo, who teaches him how to surf.  But Teronimo has a hidden secret — Marshall is really his nephew that his brother asked him to watch over.  When Teronimo reveals his secret, there’s a giant rift between Marshall and Teronimo that is only assuaged by the sight of dolphins.  No matter the scenario, grab Sean Marshall immediately.  You might’ve just lucked into a top tier closer for free.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2012 fantasy baseball:

Drew Storen – Could start the year on the DL.  Davey Johnson made that announcement minutes after he said Storen had no structural issues with his elbow, which came a day after he said Storen needed an MRI, which was minutes after Storen said he couldn’t throw, which can mere moments after he was diagnosed with strep throat.  Following?  Yeah, neither do I.  I’m beginning to think some ball clubs need a new HMO.  Johnson said Clippard would not see saves, but the team would turn to Henry Rodriguez or Brad Lidge.  I’d pick them up in reverse order for saves.  When in doubt, go with the guy with experience.  And no one has experience blowing leads quite like Lidge.  “Nats Fall Off the Lidge” is already written on a Post-It on some copy editor’s desk just waiting to go to press.  In one league where our innings max is small and our needs for Ks is tall — she says she likes the ocean — we went with Rodriguez.  He averages 98 MPH with his fastball and has a 9+ K-rate.  If he can keep his walks in check, he could be this year’s huge middle reliever breakout.

Bobby Jenks – Arrested for a DUI.  He’s signed a contract with Hanna Barbera for the rights to his name as animated onomatopoeia when a cartoon character crashes a car.  Barney, “Fred, Watch out!”  JENKS!

Joba Chamberlain – Dislocated his ankle reportedly playing on a trampoline.  It was an inevitable outcome of his failed appeasement policy when he ceded playing in the Bouncyland region of Chuck E. Cheesoslovakia.

Joakim Soria – Will undergo Tommy John surgery.  Feel free to drop him, we won’t see him until thirteen after twenty.

Chris Carpenter – Updating the previous 17 posts I’ve done on Carpenter, he has nerve issues in his shoulder.  Not good news, as if you needed me to tell you.  I wouldn’t have drafted Carpenter before this news.  Guess how I feel about him about him now.  73?  That’s your guess?  That’s terrible.  Get Lance Lynn in NL-Only and deeper mixed leagues, I’m guessing Carpenter won’t be back for a while.  When he dealt with this similar problem in 2008, he threw 15 innings that year.  No, I didn’t forget a zero.  That’s fifteen.  We may even see Shelby Miller by June, if Lynn can’t cut it, though I think Lynn can.  Here’s what I said earlier this preseason, “Out of the bullpen last year, Lynn’s fastball regularly touched the high-90?s as he put up a 2.22 ERA and 32 Ks in 24 1/3 IP.  As a starter, he was much less exciting (5.23 ERA, 8 Ks), but like a man who needs prunes that was in limited duty (10 1/3 IP).  From his minor league track record, we see a guy who has a 7+ K-rate and moderate control.  There’s a chance for some sweet, sweet upside here.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Trevor Bauer – Was optioned down to Double-A and Uncle Barry Enright was optioned to Triple-A.  Rusty Ryal and Chris Jakubauskas were assigned to their minor league camp.  You think Chris Jakubauskas ever misspells his own name?

Jamie Moyer – The 49-year-old will make the Rockies rotation.  For now, he’ll put on hold his quest to make the World Bingo Tour.

Mark Trumbo – On Saturday, the Sciosciapath said, “We feel (Trumbo) has the potential to be a terrific third baseman.”  Then he started laughing uncontrollably.

Chipper Jones – Glass Chipper tore his meniscus announcing his retirement.

Matt Thornton – White Sox announced there’s a five man race for the closer role —  Santiago, Ohman, Thornton, Reed and Crain.  Kinda sounds like the race to be the Republican presidential candidate.  I think right now the chances are Thornton at 80%, Crain at 10% and the field is at 10%.

Chase Utley – Said he’ll miss Opening Day but expects to play this year.  Have things gotten so bad that in March Utley is saying he’s going to play this year?  He has to clarify at some point in the next six months he’s going to be ready?  Yesterday, I said I wouldn’t draft him until around pick 150.  I may have been optimistic there.  Probably would wait another 50 picks and hope we saw him for about 80 games this year.

Anthony Rizzo – Optioned to the minors.  Will probably see him back in June.  Until then, Rizzo will be tearing up Triple-A and making prank calls, jerky.

Logan Morrison – May not be ready for Opening Day.  He said, “I think the knee is going to tell me.  The knee is going to tell everyone. I can’t tell it what to do.”  Reading this reminded me of when the ref would lift Hulk Hogan’s arm twice, then Hogan waved a finger up the final time like his finger had a mind of its own.  Let’s pray Morrison’s knee waves to the crowd the third time it’s raised.  I’m having serious concerns though, and I wouldn’t draft him at this point unless he fell at least four rounds.  It’s way too early in the year for this much concern about a surgically-repaired knee.

Bud Norris – Left Friday’s game with tightness in his triceps.  He was on Rudy’s risky pitchers for 2012 fantasy baseball list.  The only player on the Astros with more sliders in their diet is Carlos Lee.

Travis Snider – Optioned to the minors, and Eric Thames will play left field.  I gave Thames some nice projections over at the top 60 outfielders for 2012 fantasy baseball, saying something like he has power upside.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Doug Fister – Left Friday’s game with a sore middle finger.  Fister has a sore middle finger?  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Yup, probably tendinitis.

Ted Lilly – Has neck stiffness.  Maybe he got a Viagra stuck in his throat.  Will probably miss at least one start, wouldn’t be surprised if he missed two or three starts.

Mike Morse – Might make it back for Opening Day after all, even after his platelet rich plasma injection, which sounds like a procedure a real housewife of Beverly Hills would get.

Matt Bush – Arrested for DUI after hitting a 72-year-old motorcyclist.  The motorcyclist’s 95-year-old mother responded, “I told you motorcycles are dangerous.”

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  1. PONCHO BILL says:
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    I new ur Fist-her joke wud be gr8 & U did NOT disepoint! Good goin Greyson! b home for dinner at 5 .

  2. Chris J says:
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    When are the Reds going to stop ****ing around and start Aroldis. I haven’t keep him since he rode a shark half way across the pacific from Cuba just to see him be treated like a third world import as a RP.

    • chata says:
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      @Chris J,

      lol .
      pacify yourself .

  3. Bourne says:
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    I grabbed utley with my 194th pick. Hoping he plays at least august and September and is on the Dl til then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bourne, If he plays in August, hopefully he can play in September…

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ha great morning post,the closers are dropping like flies in march

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC, Thanks!

  5. Raja says:
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    10 team, H2H league, 6×6 with BB and QS added…

    C – Jesus Montero
    1B – Votto
    2B – Uggla
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Andrus
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Kendrick
    OF – Gardner
    Util – Lind

    SP – Gallardo
    SP – Gio
    SP – Latos
    SP – Garza
    SP – Zimmerman(n)
    SP – Chacin
    SP – Cahill
    SP – Sanchez
    RP – Putz
    RP – Marmol
    RP – Jansen

    Would love your input Grey, what you think?? Thanks!

    • mattkrae34 says:
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      @Raja,

      That teams is terrible. I can’t tell who you picked between rounds 3 and 13 because after you took Votto and Longoria it looks like you sat out about 10 rounds.

      Also its a 10 team league….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raja, Team looks really high on speed and low on power… Pitching looks fine…

      • Moose says:
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        @Grey, how can you look at Montero, Votto, Uggla, Longoria and Lind and say “low on power”. In fantasy, there is no ‘perfect world’ which is where so many opinions seem to dwell. That said, I enjoy visiting and re-visiting your site often.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Moose, You have four guys out of nine that may not break 20 homers…

          • Raja says:
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            @Grey, wow so much drama for my team! First mattkrae comes along and says it just looks straight up terrible, then Grey says I’m low on power and high on speed (there’s a joke there somewhere…), finally Moose disagrees with Grey saying my power is a plenty! I’ll say I think my OF is pretty weak on power but I do believe Votto, Uggla, Evan, and Lind should make up for that, combining for about 135 HR.

  6. EmporersMonkey says:
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    Just drafted my cash league team and I don’t think I crapped the bed too bad. Standard Yahoo 10 team roto with .OPS added for offense and an extra OF spot. Had 9th pick. Round picked in patantheses.

    C- M. Montero (11)
    1- Votto (1)
    2- Ackley (17)
    3- Lawrie (5)
    SS- Cozart (22)
    OF- McCutchen (3)
    OF- Cruz (4)
    OF- Soo-Choo (7)
    OF- Adam Jones (9)
    UTL- Adrian Gonzalez (2)
    UTL- Ike Davis (18)

    SP- Haren (6)
    SP- Gallardo (8)
    SP- Moore (10)
    RP- Walden (13)
    RP- Betancourt (16)
    RP- League (15)
    P- Thornton (19)
    P- Beachy (12)
    P- Luebke (14)

    B- McCarthy (20)
    B- Minor (23)
    B- Greg Holland (24)
    B- Tabata (21)
    B- Allen Craig (25)

    Wasn’t planning on taking 1st basemen with my first 2 picks, but when Adrian Gonzalez fell that far I felt there was too much value to pass up. I am also contemplating trying to trade Ike Davis for a SS and using Tabata in my Util spot since I may be a bit light on SB’s. Any ideas, suggestions, thoughts, prayers?

    • Bourne says:
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      @EmporersMonkey, is 9th and 12th pick really falling that far? Your league is shallow enough you can ride hot mi instead of trading. Get your speed that way.

      • EmporersMonkey says:
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        @Bourne, In an OPS league getting Adrian Gonzalez at 12th pick is quite valuable.

  7. X-256 says:
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    Grey, who would be the best option?
    Dickey, Nolasco, Bailey, Matusz, Peavy, Stauffer, Niese, Cecil, Milone…

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @X-256, Stauffer

  8. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Last chance!

    Still 2 openings for the final Fantasy Razzball team.

    Drafting today, 9:30et/6:30pt

    vinreich@zoho.com

    • EmporersMonkey says:
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      @VinWins, Count me in, brother. I thought they were all full!!

      dudemountain69@yahoo.com

      • nightpandas says:
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        @EmporersMonkey, any spots left? (davestorey@yahoo.com)

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @VinWins, A Final Fantasy RCL?! I have Sephiroth and Kefka as keepers in my friendly Final Fantasy league.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Awesomus Maximus, Have no idea who they are, but just to clarify, these spots are for Fantasy Razzball, where you try for bad stats.

        • Awesomus Maximus

          Awesomus Maximus says:
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          @VinWins, Guess you don’t play video games. My B.

          • Bada Bing says:
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            @Awesomus Maximus, I found it pretty funny.

            • Awesomus Maximus

              Awesomus Maximus says:
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              @Bada Bing, Ahh… a fellow gamer. Thank you. Glad my humor wasn’t completely wasted.

    • nightpandas says:
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      @VinWins,

      posted below if wrong spot, any openings left? (davestorey@yahoo.com)

  9. mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey had my last draft last night it’s a 10 team h2h league what u think?
    c miguel montero
    1b votto
    2b uggla
    ss aybar
    3b longoria
    of mccutchen
    of hamilton
    of jennings
    of werth
    util heyward
    util jesus montero
    be rasmus
    p greinke
    p latos
    p zimmermann
    p luebke
    p minor
    p sale
    p niese
    p chacin
    rp bailey
    rp league
    rp marshall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mikey boy324, I think the team looks solid, you look a little low on speed, but nothing terrible in H2H….

  10. Nick says:
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    I’ll take the other spot if it is still open. I will send you an email.

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick, I meant to hit reply to VinWins post.

  11. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    S1W was hilarious last week, tell me you’ve seen it. Glad PRAS is finally done.

    Had my one draft on Saturday. People were buying MIs like they were Cabbage Patch Kids (most teams have more than the required 3, and one guy bought 4 SSs and 2 2Bs), and SP was equally ridiculous (I got Fielder for $27… 5 SPs went for $31-39).

    12-Team, Keeper, Roto, 7×7 (standard plus K & OPS / QS & K/9)

    C – Devin Mesoraco (waiting to see)
    1B – Prince Fielder
    2B – Chase Utley
    3B – Aramis Ramirez
    SS – Elvis Andrus
    2B/SS – Ian Desmond
    1B/3B – Michael Young
    OF – Ryan Braun
    OF – Carlos Gonzalez
    OF – Alex Gordon
    OF – Chris Young
    OF – Yoenis Cespedes
    UTIL – Alex Presley
    BE – Bryce Harper

    P – Felix Hernandez
    P – Jordan Zimmerman
    P – Brandon Beachy
    P – Edwin Jackson
    P – Trevor Cahill
    P – Edinson Volquez
    P – Matt Thornton
    P – Aroldis Chapman
    P – Jonny Venters
    BE – Brad Lidge
    BE – Francisco Rodriguez

    I know… I potentially have zero saves. Hopefully the injuries continue and I can grab some SAGNOF off waivers. Oh, and I could have taken Tabata instead of Presley, but then I wouldn’t have the SS/UTIL combo of Elvis Presley! I’ll consider changing my team name to “Memphis Flash” if Presley breaks out in April.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Didn’t he retire once before from the Challenge? I enjoy how the contestants all make like TJ comes up with the stupid shizz they have to do… Team looks pretty stacked, nice late round flyers, and love that Lidge is now showing up on teams… Memphis Flash — ha!

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @Grey, Oh, are you talking MTV Challenge? Mark? Doesn’t ring a bell, but I’m pretty sure I’ve missed a Challenge or two, and I’ve missed many an episode over the years, so maybe.

        I was asking about Survivor. I won’t say anything in case you still haven’t seen it yet.

        Oh yeah, as a fellow passive Yankee fan I think you’ll get a good laugh at some of these fanny picks from my draft:

        $40 – Robinson Cano
        $33 – Mark Teixeira 
        $31 – Curtis Granderson 
        $29 – CC Sabathia
        $28 – Alex Rodriguez

        • Grey

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          @Awesomus Maximus, Major fanny picks there… Crazy on Cano… Oh, S1W! Right, my bad… Yeah, I saw it… I thought it was interesting that the producers merged them again so quickly. My thinking is they thought the meanest special ed teacher int he world would be gone too easily if they didn’t merge and they like her for TV purposes… I was kinda sad to see Colton go, he made for good TV…

          • Awesomus Maximus

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            @Grey, Colton was a good villain, and they always make for great entertainment. It was funny to see him go out like a whiny, spoiled bitch, though.

            But forget all that… Kat was friggin’ hilarious! Did you see her looking over everyone, figuring out how she can avoid catching appendicitis? And before the reward challenge when they were guessing off of the clue, “as a kid you used to play this in your backyard” her guess was Tic-Tac-Toe? And before that when she was rambling on about Alicia killing her in a dream? She may be the dumbest person to ever play the game.

            Speaking of the reward challenge… did you ever stand on a raised platform and bounce coconuts off of a trampoline into buckets? Is that a popular kids game that I somehow missed out on?

            • Grey

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              @Awesomus Maximus, HA! Yeah, that’s right, that’s not a popular kid’s game in this country, but in Tonga, it’s huge… Kat’s awesome, and beautiful, and dumb as rocks. She’s kinda perfect.

              • Awesomus Maximus

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                @Grey, Yeah… I admitted to my wife when we were watching Kat’s awe-inspiring stupidity that I think I’m in love with her.

  12. tphilips says:
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    Just had my primary league draft: 12 team mixed H2H (35 IP min/wk). Hitter categories = standard 5 + K’s and OPS. Pitcher categories = standard 5 + K/BB. Keep seven players as long as you want. Thoughts? I might need a catcher (will try to do a 2-1 trade, then pick up Doumit), but otherwise, I feel fine with it.

    C –
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Sandoval
    SS – Starlin Castro
    LF – Carlos Lee
    CF – Ellsbury
    RF – Carlos Gonzalez
    UT – Lind

    SP – Haren
    SP – Beachy
    RP – Bailey
    RP – Street
    P – Myers
    P – Jansen
    P – Uehara

    BN – Mat Latos
    BN – Mike Minor
    BN – Colby Lewis
    BN – Tommy Milone
    BN – Bryce Harper (RF)
    BN – Mike Trout (LF/CF/RF)
    BN – Altuve

    • tphilips says:
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      @tphilips, Should clarify a couple things:

      (1) If it helps, imagine the team without Milone or Uehara, but with Doumit (that’s who I’ll drop if I can’t do a 2:1).

      (2) CarGo is LF/CF/RF eligible, so CarLee is just keeping things warm til Harper or Trout comes up (though iCarLee dominates K’s for hitters…if you can dominate something like that).

      (3) Adam Lind is no great shakes, but he’s still only 28. Who knew? Thought that guy was like 33.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @tphilips, Team looks very solid, I knew Lind was only 28, it’s in my rankings… Trout’s not coming up any time soon, Harper will though…

        • tphilips says:
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          @Grey, gracias, thanks much.

  13. exactly says:
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    Grey, with closers hitting the DL and uncertainty with who has the job, would that make you jump any of the more secure guys up the draft board? Or is it all SAGNOF all the time?

    • Bourne says:
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      @exactly, this is not more injuries than usual. Grey accounts for it with sagnof

  14. Old Rungo says:
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    Grey- If Trumbo gains 3B eligibility- where does that move his draft status up to?
    Thanks,
    Alex

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Old Rungo, The Angels said he might get 40 games at 3rd, where else is he playing? All over the field for 60 games? Okay, he’s still missing 60 games… So he’s not moving up…

  15. Moscowitz says:
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    Grey awsome man, really, i couldnt stop laughing. That part about how Dusty handles his pitchers cracked me up big time, and its true. Thanks :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz, Thanks!

  16. timSTi says:
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    Grey, had my 10 team 5×5 Roto draft last night. We keep 7 with no time limit. I think I did pretty well. I drafted more bench bats than normal because the pitching is a plenty in this league. Gonna D/L Howard and grab Dirty Sanchez.

    C Wieters
    1B Fielder
    2B Uggla
    3B Wright
    SS Andrus
    MI Cozart
    CI A Ramirez
    OF Kemp ; J Upton ; Cespedes ; Cuddyer ; Tabata
    UT Rios ; Cain
    BN Howard(DL) ; Stewart ; Altuve ; Presley

    SP Hamels ; Kershaw ; Scherzer ; Luebke ; A Sanchez
    RP Putz ; Balfour ; Santos
    BN Baker

    • timSTi says:
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      @timSTi, 1500 IP limit & daily league so bench bat’s can be handy for counting stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @timSTi, You look low on average and potentially speed… Not terrible though, the pitching is very good…

  17. Eric says:
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    Just drafted in my 14 team H2H 5×5 League and I was wondering if I could get some feedback? I picked in the 2nd spot.

    C: Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    1B: Albert Pujols
    2B: Howie Kendrick
    3B: Kevin Youkilis
    SS: Zack Cozart
    OF: Andrew Mccutchen
    OF: Adam Jones
    OF: Carl Crawford
    Util: Brett Gardner
    Util: Lorenzo Cain

    SP: Cliff Lee
    SP: Mat Latos
    RP: Sergio Santos
    RP: Huston Street
    P: Brandon Morrow
    P: Ubaldo Jimenez
    P: Doug Fister
    P: Mike Minor
    Bench: Vance Worley
    Bench: John Danks
    Bench: Jonathan Sanchez
    Bench: Jake Peavy
    Bench: Fernando Salas

    Haha hoping I can catch lightning in a bottle with one of these pitchers and ship them off to upgrade my line up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric, Your hitting looks a little low on power and high on speed, your pitching is good, probably too good for 14 team H2H…

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey, Haha good enough to ship off Cliff Lee or just move Latos/Morrow/Ubaldo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Eric, Depends what you’re getting… Lee is probably the only one with trade value…

  18. AdamH says:
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    That opener was classic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH, Thanks!

  19. Jesus Saves says:
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    @Grey, when will there be a closer named Jesus? Has there been and I missed that? On the topic of saves… do you still like Jansen to pick up a good number of saves in LA or is Guerra their guy? Also, what are your thoughts on Pestano in Cleveland – will he take over the closer role at some point in 12 after 20?

    • Grey

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      @Jesus Saves, Ha! Jansen should end up getting more saves than Guerra by the end of the year, right now Guerra is the man… Yeah, Pestano will at some point…

  20. Ralph says:
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    Is it worth picking up Parmelee right now? What is his upside?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph, 15 homers…

  21. nightpandas says:
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    Little concerned about LF. Is Presley a better bet than Bonifacio or JD Martinez for that spot. Wouldn’t have to drop any. (15 team, roto 7×7 (OPS and strikeouts)

    • Grey

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      @nightpandas, I’d hold…

  22. Steve says:
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    Grey, had my draft recently; 10 team, head to head, what do you think?

    C- Weiters
    1B- Konerko
    2B- Uggla
    3B- Longoria
    SS- Reyes
    OF- Braun
    OF- Stanton
    OF- J. Upton
    U- Cruz
    BN- Crawford
    BN- Lind
    BN- Espinosa

    SP- Bumgarner
    SP- Darvish
    SP- Hanson
    SP- Marcum
    SP- Zimmerman
    RP- League
    RP- Marmol
    BN- Chacin
    BN- Minor

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, Dude don’t mean to barge in but thats a SICK lineup- Braun, Giancarlo, J-Up, Reyes AND Longo? Honestly can’t see how that’s possible in a 10 teamer: Braun in 1st, Upton 2nd, Longo 3rd?…now this is just getting silly lol

      How did you manage to build such a sick offense? Even if its a keeper i’d have thought it was impossible. Fair play though man, you’re gonna kill that league this year- solid staff too- well jealous (emoticon). I know Grey’s strategies are good but not THIS good lol.

      • Steve says:
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        @TheNewGuy, thanks bro, my league went pitcher happy in the first couple rounds so I was able to get a nice lineup, I just hope my pitching is strong enough there are some stacked pitching staffs

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Steve, Sheesh yeah there must be some stacked staffs…you’re gonna kill the hitting cats though, I mean smash them.

          So let me guess, you got your stud bats in this order? Braun – round 1, Longo -2, J Upton -3 (friggin awesome), Reyes – 4, Stanton -5 , Cruz- 6, Uggla-7, Konerko-8

          3 first round bats not to mention absurdly good values on Stanton, and Konerko…holy shizz man, killer offense. Any chance of a link to see the draft results in your league? Would love to see how you managed this.

            • TheNewGuy says:
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              @Steve, Yeah doesn’t let me see it on CBS…no worries. Cruz in the 10th!? Were these guys playing on the moon or something?? (emoticon).

              Pitching must be so highly valued in your league, man I’d love to play in a league like this. Look forward to hearing you brag to Grey throughout the season about how much you’re beating your opponents by! All you need is to win saves each week too and you’ll beat every opponent you come across.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Steve, Wow, it’s crazy how similar your staff is to a team I drafted yesterday. Sub in Garza and Niese for Hanson and Chacin and our starters are identical. I also have Longo, Stanton, and Lind on that team too. I guess the razz strategery just seeps into your pores.

  23. LadyScorpio says:
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    As 1 of the 3 (perhaps 4) female readers of this site (LOL), I just have to express how much I LOVE reading the daily updates from Grey. AWESOME! Just as funny as it is factual. Love, Luv, LOVE this site!! Can’t risk a day during the baseball season without seeing what Grey has to say! Too good to miss!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LadyScorpio, Thanks!

    • chata says:
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      @LadyScorpio,

      now you’ve made him blush .

  24. lopes says:
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    10 team H2H

    C-Napoli
    1b-Miggy
    2b-Kendrick
    3b-Beltre
    SS-Castro
    OF-Beltran
    OF-Ellsbury
    OF-CarGo
    Util- Jemile Weeks

    B-Freese
    B-Morse

    SP-Beachy
    SP-Garcia
    SP-Gonzalez
    SP-Latos
    SP-Morrow
    RP-Putz
    RP-Walden

    B-Hudson
    B-Neimann
    B-Norris

    Should i try to ship someone off to get a better pitcher? i was thinking about beltran and freese. or beltre and freese for a star and a good pitcher then move miggy to 3b when he gets eligibility…thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lopes, Then you won’t have a 1st baseman…

      • lopes says:
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        @Grey,in other words, is beltran going to be good enough to fill in there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @lopes, Beltran and Freese for a star seems like wishful thinking, can try it…

  25. Neidecker says:
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    16-team H2H category league 5×5

    C Devin Mesoraco
    1B Freddie Freeman
    2B Howie Kendrick
    3B Pablo Sandoval
    SS Starlin Castro
    CI Mat Gamel
    MI Mike Aviles
    OF Justin Upton
    OF B.J. Upton
    OF Josh Hamilton
    U David Ortiz

    B Dayan Viciedo
    B Nolan Arenado

    SP David Price
    SP Max Scherzer
    SP Brandon Morrow
    SP Jake Peavy
    SP Henderson Alvarez
    RP David Robertson
    RP Sergio Romo

    B Manuel Banuelos
    B Trevor Bauer
    B Danny Hultzen
    B Julio Teheran

    I know I could use some closers, and the Starters could use a shot in the arm. Aside from that, how do you think I am sitting?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Neidecker, I think you’re dead on.. Pitching could be a little troublesome… Hitting looks solid for 16 team… You need Freeman to take a step forward…

  26. MikeZ says:
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    So do you like Sean Marshall or Greg Holland better, assuming they both get the closer role? Also, who would you drop in a 12 team 5×5 league with no bench and no set number of starters/relievers: Marshall, Holland or Bud Norris? I have Nathan and Marmol as my other closers. Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MikeZ, Marshall

  27. Andrew says:
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    What do you think Grey? Is this team a playoff contender?
    H2H, 12 Teams, 5×5
    C Matt Wieters
    1B Albert Pujols
    2B Ian Kinsler
    3B Pablo Sandoval
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    LF Jose Tabata
    CF Andrew McCutchen
    RF Jason Heyward
    Util Peter Bourjos
    BN Yoenis Céspedes
    BN Nyjer Morgan

    SP David Price
    SP Mat Latos
    RP Jason Motte
    RP Kyle Farnsworth
    P Kenley Jansen
    P Frank Francisco
    P Aroldis Chapman
    P Brandon McCarthy
    BN Jordan Zimmermann
    BN Anibal Sánchez
    BN Shaun Marcum
    BN Ricky Nolasco

    Thanks for taking time to comment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew, I think you’re very high on speed and light on power… Your pitching is a tad better than your hitting, which isn’t great…

  28. Jon says:
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    @Grey, 10-team H2H keeper, 30-man rosters + 5 minor leaguers (*who can’t be “called up” before June 1). What do you think?

    C Posey
    1B Hosmer
    2B Cano
    3B Zimmerman
    SS Tulowitzki
    CI Lawrie
    MI Rollins
    OF Stanton
    OF Jennings
    OF Berkman
    OF Heyward
    DH Kendrick
    B Ramos
    B Rasmus
    B Alonso
    M* Belt
    M* Chisenhall
    M* Brett Jackson

    SP Bumgarner
    SP Lester
    SP Hanson
    SP Zimmerman
    SP Anibal
    SP Scherzer
    SP Cahill
    SP Worley
    SP Stauffer
    SP Lilly
    M* Minor
    M* Banuelos

    RP Putz
    RP Marshall
    RP Broxton
    RP Jansen
    RP Pestano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, I think your pitching is very solid, and your hitting is decent, as long as Zimm, Rollinds and Berkman don’t disappoint…

  29. Joe Blow says:
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    @Grey

    Hurting for pitching with Carpenter, Baker, Hudson already and now Lilly has neck stiffness.

    Worth trading Michael Young for Brandon McCarthy and Kipnis? 5×5 league with CI and MI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe Blow, Nope

  30. Euroalien says:
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    Love all the advice as always! Had my draft this weekend. 12 Team Roto 5 x 5 Keeper League. I think I could struggle to get HRs and my pitching looks weak unless Beacy, Gio and Zimm all come through as I hope. Please rate my team and let me know if there’s anything I should consider changing early in the season. Thanks

    Montero, Jesus(C) Keeper
    Lind, Adam(1B)
    Votto, Joey(1B) Keeper
    Phillips, Brandon(2B) Keeper
    Youkilis, Kevin(3B) Keeper
    Jeter, Derek(SS)
    Gardner, Brett(OF) Keeper
    Heyward, Jason(OF) Keeper
    Morrison, Logan(OF)
    Pagan, Angel(OF)
    Tabata, Jose(OF)
    Bench
    Escobar, Alcides SS
    Viciedo, Dayan(OF)

    Beachy, Brandon(P) Keeper
    Gonzalez, Gio(P)
    Zimmermann, Jordan(P)
    Stauffer, Tim(P)
    Sanchez, Jonathan(P)
    Francisco, Frank(P)
    Marmol, Carlos(P)
    Street, Huston(P)
    Bench
    Clippard, Tyler(P)
    Holland, Greg(P)
    Marcum, Shaun(P)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Euroalien, I agree with what you said about pitching… Your hitting looks like it could be solid but it’s a bit unbalanced, leaning slightly towards speed…

  31. CT Old School says:
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    Feeling okay about backing into Utley at pick 171 (11th Rd) in a deep 16-team H2H with Brandon Phillips manning 2B. Hoping Utley comes back and goes on a “Rampage!” like Sterling Archer so I can trade him for a desperately needed frontline starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CT Old School, Ha!

  32. timSTi says:
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    Which MI schmohawk should I take to replace Giovatella’s demoted ass in a deep 14 team league:

    Furcal
    Barney
    Pastornicky
    Theriot
    Hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @timSTi, Pastornicky

  33. Sour Stilton says:
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    @Grey or Rudy
    I got totally shut out of 1B in my 16 team h2h keeper league. Nothing on waivers, its a super deep league. Should I try to survive on Willington and Robot Jones (or just one of them?) or make a play for Mayberry ? I’d try Duda, but I think his price went up after ST. THanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sour Stilton, Willington?

  34. papasmurf says:
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    How many starts do you think Collmentor has if he’s bad? And if he has 4 good starts out of the first 5, does he build up enough good will for half a season?

    Contemplating whether to punt Bauer or not if I need a roster spot for a move. (16 team keeper)

    • Grey

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      @papasmurf, A month…

  35. Feeding the Abscess

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    10 team mixed league 5×5, OBP instead of average:

    C – Joe Mauer
    1B – Prince Fielder
    2B – Rickie Weeks
    3B – Ryan Zimmerman
    SS – Troy Tulowitzki
    MI – Kelly Johnson
    CI – Edwin Encarnacion
    LF – Josh Hamilton
    CF – Andrew McCutchen
    RF – Lance Berkman
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    OF – Carlos Beltran
    U – Danny Espinosa
    Bench – Dexter Fowler

    SP – Yovani Gallardo
    SP – Madison Bumgarner
    SP – Gio Gonzalez
    SP – Anibal Sanchez
    SP – Brandon McCarthy
    RP – JJ Putz
    RP – Rafael Betancourt
    P – Tim Stauffer
    P – Bud Norris
    Bench – Francisco Liriano
    Bench – Sean Marshall

    Learned my lesson last year and went heavier on offense this season. Validate me!

    • Grey

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      @Feeding the Abscess, Team looks solid, but a bit heavy on injury risk in the hitting side…

      • Feeding the Abscess

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        @Grey, Yeah, I hear you. I drafted my team with that in mind. K-Jo and Espinosa are there to back up Weeks, E5 for Zim/Berkman and I’ll probably drop Bud for another OF – possibly Boesch (I can afford the meh OBP for potential counting stats, and both LF and RF eligibility). League is 6 keepers, but I didn’t draft with keepers in mind. Also has 3 DL slots.

        Forgive my giddiness, this is the first acceptable offense I’ve ever drafted. Glad I stuck to my guns and went offense for the first 6 or 7 rounds or however many rounds it was

  36. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Starting the day with a reference to an obscure 80’s soap opera my mom used to watch – wow.

    Question: hold onto Oswalt and see where he lands or drop him for:

    Edwin Jackson
    Jonathan Sanchez
    Peavy
    Dickey
    Collmenter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Ha… Lose Oswalt… Peavy…

  37. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Grey, thinking of toying with a different strategy for my fourth league I’m drafting in on Friday. I’m usually the guy who ends up with one of the most balanced teams in the league. I’m sure there’s a catchy name for this strategy, but what I want to do is build a team around Avg, R, SB and pitching. It’s a 10 team 5×5 auction league, so I like my chances of landing the guys I want. It’s a daily league and there’s a 200 start limit. If I could get a team that resembles anything close to the following, how do you like my chances:

    Mauer
    MYoung
    Pedroia
    Prado
    Aybar
    Bonifacio
    Altuve
    Ellsbury
    Maybin
    Ichiro
    Span
    MCabrera
    Fowler

    Kershaw
    Greinke
    Bumgarner
    Beachy
    DHolland
    Motte
    Putz
    Santos
    Marshall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1, I think building for steals and average makes no sense…

  38. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    Just drafted in my 12-team mixed. It is a keeper and it has the following settings: HR/R/RBI/NSB/XBH/OBP and K/QS/ERA/(K/BB)/SVHD/WHIP. I tried to draft catered to our settings. I took Santana and Lawrie, who I usually avoid, for keeper reasons. I took a pitcher earlier than usual (Haren) for elite K/BB. I also didn’t take actual closers. Anyway, here’s my team. Thoughts?

    7 Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    18 Giancarlo Stanton, Mia RF
    31 Dan Haren, LAA SP
    42 Carlos Santana, Cle C
    55 Brett Lawrie, Tor 3B
    66 Madison Bumgarner, SF SP
    79 Daniel Hudson, Ari SP
    90 Brett Gardner, NYY LF
    103 Billy Butler, KC DH
    114 Andre Ethier, LAD RF
    127 Emilio Bonifacio, Mia SS
    138 Brandon Beachy, Atl SP
    151 Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
    162 Brandon Morrow, Tor SP
    175 Colby Rasmus, Tor CF
    186 Danny Espinosa, Wsh 2B
    199 Tyler Clippard, Wsh RP
    210 Kenley Jansen, LAD RP
    223 Mike Minor, Atl SP
    234 Derek Holland, Tex SP
    247 Jonny Venters, Atl RP
    258 Sergio Romo, SF RP
    271 Francisco Liriano, Min SP
    282 Addison Reed, CWS RP
    295 Rex Brothers, Col RP
    306 Alexi Ogando, Tex SP
    319 Luke Gregerson, SD RP
    330 Aaron Crow, KC RP
    343 Andrew Cashner, SD RP

    • Grey

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      @Tom Thumb, Team looks okay, it’s pretty tough to tell what a team looks like when listed like this…

      • Tom Thumb says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, I know… sorry. I did it so you could see who was drafted where. How does it need help?

        C Carlos Santana, Cle C, 1B
        1B Joey Votto, Cin 1B
        2B Danny Espinosa, Wsh 2B
        3B Brett Lawrie, Tor 3B
        SS Emilio Bonifacio, Mia SS, 3B, LF
        IF Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
        LF Brett Gardner, NYY LF
        CF Colby Rasmus, Tor CF
        RF Giancarlo Stanton, Mia RF  
        OF Andre Ethier, LAD RF
        UTIL Billy Butler, KC DH

        P Brandon Beachy, Atl SP
        P Brandon Morrow, Tor SP
        P Mike Minor, Atl SP
        SP Dan Haren, LAA SP
        SP Madison Bumgarner, SF SP
        SP Daniel Hudson, Ari SP
        RP Tyler Clippard, Wsh RP
        RP Kenley Jansen, LAD RP
        RP Jonny Venters, Atl RP  DTD
        Bench Derek Holland, Tex SP
        Bench Sergio Romo, SF RP
        Bench Francisco Liriano, Min SP
        Bench Addison Reed, CWS RP
        Bench Rex Brothers, Col RP
        Bench Alexi Ogando, Tex SP
        Bench Luke Gregerson, SD RP
        Bench Aaron Crow, KC RP
        Bench Andrew Cashner, SD RP

  39. kwadjo says:
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    So I was planning on keeping Morrison for $10 in my 12 team NL-only league. Should I now keep Ryan Roberts at $9 instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kwadjo, Nope

  40. Sour Stilton says:
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    Wigginton, sorry

  41. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey I did another 16 team draft, this one a 14 keeper league where i picked out of the 7 hole, how did I do?
    (1st 5 picks were Braun, I was targeting Votto but he went 4th, Stanton, Panda, Uggla and Gallardo)

    C Ramos (I seem to have him everywhere as I punt C’s til late)
    1B Ike Davis (Panda has 1B eligibility too)
    2B Uggla, A Hill
    SS Dee Gordon
    3B Panda, Ian Stewart
    OF Braun. Stanton, Bourjos, Cain, Tabata
    SP Gallardo, Gio, Latos, Scherzer, H Alvarez, M Minor
    RP Betancourt, Broxton, J Johnson, Casillas, Lidge/Rodriguez (last 2 picks)

    As I said its a keeper league and no one touched Profar or Machado, so once Lidge implodes I will be dropping him for one of those two to sit on. Thoughts?

    • Grey

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      @TualatinTwoStep, Team looks low on average, but balanced otherwise… Pitching looks great…

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        @Grey, thanks man! Yeah I was a little worried I was punting average with this group, but I think I am going to crush it elsewhere. Profar is the guy to snag for 2013, yeah?

  42. Hola Grey –

    Nice post.

    In my 14 team, 6×6 (ops, holds) league, I drafted 3 young upside SP to fill my bench slots: Bauer, Shelby Miller, Teheran

    Would you drop any of them for Tommy Milone? He’s looked nice this preseason and apparently, has made the As rotation and may be the #3 out of the gate.

    Rest of my SP staff includes: Gio, Garza, Ubaldo, Scherzer, Bud Norris, Minor, Volquez

    Thoughts?

    Gracias…

    • Grey

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      @El Burro, Lose Mille for Milone…

      • @Grey,

        Cool’ thanks…

        So, suffice to say that you have a fair amount of confidence in Lance Lynn sticking in Cards rotation? I used him in middle relief toward the end of last year and was fairly pleased….

  43. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I just got offered Jesus montero Henderson Alvarez and Andrew bailey for my Lester Sano and gamel. Do I consider this deal?

    c jp arencibia
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b evan longoria
    inf prince fielder
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of carlos lee
    util vernon wells
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    Bn mat gamel
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp ubaldo jiminez
    sp jon lester
    rp jason motte
    rp matt throton
    rp matt reynolds
    rp matt capps
    p scott downs
    p brad peacock
    bn aaron harang
    bn scott downs
    bn garrett richards
    bn blake beaven
    bn brian matusz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Hold

  44. Sarah Marshall says:
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    Keeper league, 6×6 (inc. OPS)…. should I draft Howard or Morales? Good news on the health of both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sarah Marshall, Howard

  45. MyTeamSucks says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What do you think the chances are that Mike Trout will get some playing time this year?

    Thx,

    MTS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MyTeamSucks, He will, but he’s not going to be a regular unless Hunter, Wells and Abreu retire or get injured…

  46. KarlJ. says:
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    Grey,
    Had my 5×5 money Roto league draft last night. Was supposed to be 10 teams but someone dropped out so it was 9 teams.
    Even though it’s a very shallow league I think I came away with a pretty strong steam. Thoughts?

    C Avila
    1B Pujols
    2B Phillips
    SS. A. Ramirez
    3B Longoria
    CI Lawrie
    OF J Upton
    OF J Bruce
    OF Crawford
    UT Howard

    SP King Felix
    SP Gallardo
    SP Latos
    SP Beachy
    SP Zimmerman
    SP A Sanchez
    RP Putz
    RP Hanrahan
    RP Betancourt

    Bench: Scherzer, Krispie Young, Bonafacio, Guerra, Kipnis

    • Grey

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      @KarlJ., Team looks strong if Crawford does what he can do… Pitching looks excellent…

  47. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    Obviously asking something like this before the first regular season pitch is a smidgeon ridiculous, but picking up the breakout pitcher has become one of my favorite fantasy past times. Do you have any hunches on who could be a Latos (of 2010) or a Luebke or D. Hud (neither necessarily ‘broke out’ last year…well, not in the sense of dominating teams. We’re not as privy to any dermatological records) for this season?

    • Bourne says:
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      @stynyr, would Scherzer count? I wish I had him on more teams.

      • stynyr says:
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        @Bourne, I think he’s already broken out. I have him as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stynyr, Minor

      • stynyr says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

  48. Wake Up says:
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    Nice work on Bud Norris/Carlos Lee! Carlos Norris=South Texas Ranger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Nice…

  49. Henry Chinaski says:
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    please help, draft tonight!

    5×5 with obp instead of average.

    in a vacuum, who do you take between Cain, Napoli, Zobrist and BJ Upton?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Henry Chinaski, BJ

  50. longbeachyo says:
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    14 team h2h 6×6 (obp + k/bb) QS instead of wins…
    Bruce/Lawrie/jennings all went in the 4th so I went pitching a little early. (Price) I’m gonna try and move him for some hitting sometime early in the year. What say ye?

    1. (5) Jose Bautista
    2. (26) Giancarlo Stanton
    3. (33) Starlin Castro
    4. (52) David Price
    5. (61) Madison Bumgarner
    6. (80) Josh Johnson
    7. (89) Joe Mauer
    8. (108) Jordan Zimmermann
    9. (117) Ike Davis
    10. (136) Cory Luebke
    11. (145) Sergio Santos
    12. (164) Adam Dunn
    13. (173) Alex Rios
    14. (192) Nick Markakis
    15. (201) Matt Thornton
    16. (220) Francisco Liriano
    17. (229) Colby Rasmus
    18. (248) Aaron Hill
    19. (257) Tim Stauffer
    20. (276) Jake Peavy
    21. (285) Jeff Niemann

    • Grey

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      @longbeachyo, Team looks fine, assuming Dunn isn’t, um, done and Johnson stays healthy…. Wouldn’t be a team I’d draft…

  51. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Utley was just dropped in my league last night. I have first waiver priority.

    Would it be worth adding Utley if I had to cut ties with either Mike Leake, Carlos Quentin, or Dexter Fowler? I waited on 2B in my draft and still came away with both Kelly Johnson and Jason Kipnis so I’m not bad there. I’m leaning toward adding Utley and cutting Leake. Would you do the same?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drexel Hill Dragons, Lose Quentin

  52. LobBall says:
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    I have an open spot on my bench. Who has the most upside: Moreland, Thames, or Gamel?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LobBall, Gamel

  53. frank rizzo says:
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    Which side would you rather have? Victorino/J Zimmermann or Maybin/Bumgarner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, Maybin

  54. Jake says:
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    I am picking third in my snake draft and although I strongly expect either Cabrera or Pujols to fall to me, I want to be prepared if they don’t. I want to grab a top 1B, and am trying to decide between Votto and A.Gonzalez.

    I know you have Votto ranked much higher than Gonzalez, but I didn’t know if that changes much when converting to a H2H Points league. For instance, steals are next to worthless for us and power is money. As a comparison, Votto scored 715.7 points last year; Gonzalez scored 738.9.

    I guess what I’m asking is, has your gut changed on Gonzalez at all or would you still go with Votto?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake, No one’s played a game, nothing’s changed…

  55. Givco says:
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    10 team mlb 4×4 league, but everyone’s rosters is unknown because who gets drafted in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

  56. knighttown says:
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    Hey Grey:

    Glad to be back. I will admit, once the season ends my thoughts turn to hockey and frankly, I didn’t put the offseason training time in I need to compete. Now I’m doing two-a-days trying to get back in fantasy shape and hoping it isn’t too late. I’ve read every post back to February but like cramming for a mid-term the information is only half sticking. I know I like Zack Cozart and Danny Espinosa to some degree but who do I really want in my MI spot. (That wasn’t a question, it just gives some idea of how un-sharp I am).

    First things first…bought you a few daquiris. Well deserved.

    Second…the site looks busier than ever with so many new names. Hoping AL and Hippo and Salty are still around contributing. I like the idea of a guest commenter on the weekends. Those Friday posts just get jammed up by Monday.

    I had my draft the other night and eh…wasn’t crazy about the outcome. I was stuck in the 12 spot in a 12 teamer and although that can be wonderful when the chips are falling right, I seemed to miss out on my guys by 1-2 slots way too often. Picked Hamilton at #36 for value even though I preferred Bruce and Pence but prayed one would make it back to me at #60 but they went at 57 and 58.

    Got my first pitcher (Latos) in round 8 and then kept missing my targets (three guys I like left…I’ll wait) as they’d disappear at the last minute. Gio and Hudson both picked just before I picked in 11 and I panicked and picked the crippled Utley. That pick would have been better spent on Beachy or Leubke (or anyone really). Had a decent last part of the draft but my relievers blow. I’ll post my team in a new post if you don’t mind taking a peek.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knighttown, Good to have you back either way…Thanks! Sure, no problem…

  57. L-Boogie says:
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    Best 3 end of draft pitching flyers between:

    Matusz, Milone, Nicasio, Parker, Duffy, Lynn, Paulino, Bauer?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Milone, Nicasio, Lynn…

  58. Negatto says:
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    Grey,

    Had my 5×5 money 12 Team Roto league draft last night. Thoughts?

    C Wieters, Doumit
    1B Votto
    2B Kinsler
    SS Gordon
    3B Sandoval
    CI Lind
    MI Cozart
    OF McCutchen
    OF Jennings
    OF Stubbs
    OF Werth
    OF Morrison
    UT Gamel

    SP Bumgarner
    SP Gallardo
    SP Zimmermann
    SP Scherzer
    SP Minor
    SP Capuano
    RP Marmol
    RP Farnsworth
    RP Walden

    Bench: Rasmus, Fowler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Negatto, Team looks very solid on hitting, maybe a tad high on speed and low on power… Pitching looks excellent…

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Negatto, Out of curiosity, what # pick did you have? I’m drafting tonight and hoping that it goes exactly the same way for the first 4 rounds especially.

      • Negatto says:
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        @L-Boogie, I had the 4th pick in a 12 team.

        My first 10 picks were Votto, Kinsler, McCutchen, Sandoval, Bumgarner, Gallardo, Wieters, Jennings, Gordon, Stubbs.

        I probably could have waited on Gordon but we have owners in our league that load up on speed. I was targeting Bruce for my 6th pick but he went in Round 5 and I thought Gallardo was too good a value to pass at that point. Closers were around a long time and I think we have saves still out on the waiver wire.

  59. Chomp Samba says:
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    A good alternative to Rizzo is Brett Weir! Get me Brett Weir!

    Of these 3B prospects, who do you think has the biggest fantasy impact this season? Nolan “Ryan” Arenado, Anthony “Red Nads” Rendon, Miguel “Miso” Sano, and Brent “Musburger” Morel.

    Am I missing anyone else worthwhile?

  60. knighttown says:
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    C Ramos (205)
    1B Konerko (84)
    2B Uggla (60)
    SS Andrus (37)
    3B Longoria (12)
    CI Lawrie (61)
    MI Espinosa (228)
    OF J-Up (13), Hamilton (36), Jones (108), Boesch (204), Cain (229)
    Util- Hosmer (109)
    Bn- Utley (132)

    SP- Latos (85), J-Zimm (133), Anibal (156), Ubaldo (157), Scherzer (180), Cahill (250), Worley (251), Minor (300)
    RP- Jansen (181), Marshall (276), G. Holland (277), J. Abreau (301).

    This is a 12 team, daily league with the typical categories.

    Please help me fix this mess!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knighttown, Team doesn’t look that bad… It’s an average issue and you need Konerko to not fall off this year… I like the outfield… Your two-a-days seemed to work… Anibal! Honestly, I wouldn’t mess with the team yet… You can lose Abreu though…

  61. Bash says:
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    12 team H2H would u trade gaby sanchez for brian wilson? I only have marmol and need 2 closers I also have sergio romo in case wilson goes down – thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bash, Nope

      • Bash says:
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        @Grey, how can I get better then? please evaluate
        12 team H2H (6×6)

        C Jesus
        1b Cuddyer
        2b Cano
        ss asdrubal
        3b sandoval
        of j.bruce, crawford, jennings
        u sanchez
        bench rios, alexei ramirez, belt, goldshmidt, gamel
        sp weaver, shields, bumgarner, garza, cueto
        rp marmol, X

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Bash, Don’t trade for saves, especially not a closer that has been complaining of arm trouble.

  62. tiny tim says:
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    Are you over/under for each of these stats…

    Lorenzo Cain 2012

    .285 avg
    12 homers
    25 sb
    80 runs

  63. knighttown says:
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    1. Really want Myers cause I need a closer and he has SP eligibility. He comes off waivers tomorrow. Do I use my #1 claim to be sure I get him or take my chances he goes unclaimed. Abreau would be the drop since he doesn’t play major league baseball.

    2. With Longo, Konerko, Hosmer and Lawrie I might have the CI strength to move someone for a SP. Throw a potential move out there. Or just hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knighttown, 2. Hold… 1. Get Myers…

  64. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    who the hell is Wei-Yin Chen? (p- Bal) any thoughts grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, One of a dozen crappy O’s pitchers that people seem to be excited about in the preseason until they throw against the Sox or Yanks or Jays or Rays…

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @Grey, haha good point. I seriously just saw his name on a depth chart and had no ideea who the hell he was. After further research, he seems boretastic.

        not buying into matusz either.

  65. Moscowitz says:
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    Grey, in the other post you suggested to dump Kubel to add another closer. I basically agree completely but you should know i have already filled 6 out of 7 bench spots with pitching and that would make it 7 out of 8. Would you still do it?

    8 categories (W, L, WHIP, ERA, K/9, Holds, Save, QS.

    We have 4 pitching spots (SP or RP dont matter) and a RP spot.

    I have 7 starters, 2 closers and 2 setup guys (Holds count).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz, No idea who else is available.

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey, This is my team and you suggested to dump Kubel for a closer

        1. (4) Jose Bautista
        (Tor – 3B,OF)
        2. (17) Clayton Kershaw
        (LAD – P)
        3. (24) Mark Teixeira
        (NYY – 1B)
        4. (37) Dan Uggla
        (Atl – 2B)
        5. (44) Mike Napoli
        (Tex – C,1B)
        6. (57) Michael Morse
        (Was – 1B,OF)
        7. (64) Ian Kennedy
        (Ari – P)
        8. (77) Lance Berkman
        (StL – 1B,OF)
        9. (84) John Axford
        (Mil – RP)
        10. (97) Adam Jones
        (Bal – OF)
        11. (104) Michael Pineda
        (NYY – P)
        12. (117) J.J. Hardy
        (Bal – SS)
        13. (124) Nick Swisher
        (NYY – 1B,OF)
        14. (137) Anibal Sanchez
        (Mia – P)
        15. (144) Ervin Santana
        (LAA – P)
        16. (157) Adam Lind
        (Tor – 1B)
        17. (164) Frank Francisco
        (NYM – P)
        18. (177) Danny Espinosa
        (Was – 2B)
        19. (184) Vance Worley
        (Phi – P)
        20. (197) Gaby Sanchez
        (Mia – 1B)
        21. (204) Colby Lewis
        (Tex – P)
        22. (217) Mike Adams
        (Tex – P)
        23. (224) Jason Kubel
        (Ari – OF)
        24. (237) Justin Morneau
        (Min – 1B)
        25. (244) Vernon Wells
        (LAA – OF)
        26. (257) David Robertson
        (NYY – P)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Moscowitz, I can’t tell what your team lineup is from that.

          • Moscowitz says:
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            @Grey,

            C- Napoli
            1- Teixeira
            2- Uggla
            3- Bautista
            OF- Berkman
            OF- A.Jones
            OF- Swisher
            OF- Morse
            Util- Gaby Sanchez
            Util- Vernon Wells
            BN- Kubel
            BN- Morneau

            RP- Axford
            P- Kershaw
            P- Pineda
            P- Kennedy
            P- Mike Adams

            BN- Worley
            BN- C.Lewis
            BN- Francisco
            BN- Robertson
            BN- E. Santana
            BN- A. Sanchez

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’d lose Kubel there… Ervin would be the next guy I’d lose as of right now…

              • Moscowitz says:
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                @Grey, thanks a lot

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  To pick up someone, if you need them… Which you don’t right now…

                  • Moscowitz says:
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                    @Grey, Thanks. Last but not least, you once told me you wouldnt pick Holland over Marshall or Balfour but to be honest i dont understand the reason. Holland is right handed and is pitching in a better ball park while Marshall ist left handed and has to keep the ball in that sand box in cinci. Would you mind giving me a brief explanation as of why you think Balfour or Marshall would be better options than Holland?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Holland is not the closer yet.

                    • Moscowitz says:
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                      @Grey, I know but what if he wins the closer job? Would you then take him over Marshall?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Maybe in a month or two…

              • Moscowitz says:
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                @Grey, Oh btw, what do you mean by losing Ervin next?! To pick up another closer??

  66. Art Vandelay says:
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    Because you can’t get enough of these: here’s my team! It’s an 11 team 5×5 roto scoring keeper league. The first three rounds were a little wonky due to all the keepers, because guys can’t be kept more than twice (hence Braun being available for me at pick 8). ANYWAY. Round and overall pick in parenthesis. Note that we have a pretty high innings cap in this league, so I tend to overload on starters just to try to keep up with the pitching counting stats.

    C – Posey (10, 107)
    1B – Fielder (2, 19)
    2B – Kendrick (7, 70)
    SS – Castro (5, 48)
    3B – Sandoval (3, 30)
    IF – Goldschmidt (15, 158)
    OF – Braun (1, 8)
    OF – Bruce (4, 37)
    OF – Jennings (9, 92)
    OF – Hunter (14, 151)
    UTIL – Espinosa (19, 202)
    Bench – Bourjos (22, 239)
    P – Bumgarner (6, 63)
    P – C.J. Wilson (8, 85)
    P – Beachy (11, 114)
    P – Marcum (13, 136)
    P – Wand-wagon (16, 173)
    P – Sale (17, 180)
    P – Chacin (20, 217)
    P – Danks (23, 246)
    RP – Bell (12, 129)
    RP – Santos (18, 195)
    RP – Francisco (21, 234)

    I reached a bit for my infielders, but the depth at those positions scares me as compared to OF and SP, so that was my strategy going in. Thoughts?

    • Art Vandelay says:
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      @Art Vandelay, The Braun pick should be an 8, not a f’ing smiley face. Not sure how that happened.

      • Steve says:
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        @Art Vandelay, You got Braun at #8. It’s OK to be smiling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Art Vandelay, Team looks very strong… Looks like a shallower league, which is a great thing…

  67. smegma says:
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    12 team h2h points league favoring power…plz let me know how it went:

    C Arencibia (last round flyer until J. Montero becomes C)
    1B Konerko
    2B Kinsler
    3B Lawrie (5th rounder hopefully not a reach)
    SS Jeter
    IF Freeman (I know you’re not a fan, but he hung on too long)
    OF Braun
    OF McCutchen
    OF Jennings
    UT Swisher
    Bn J.Montero/Belt/Boesch

    P Gallardo
    P Latos
    P Sanchez
    P Luebke
    RP Valverde
    RP Thornton
    Bn Buchholz/Cahill/Bard

    Waited on SP/C/SS. Would you drop anyone for the following?
    Bats: Aybar (don’t really want backup SS)
    Pitchers (more interested in due to streaming):
    RP: Balfour/Perez/Chapman/Guerra
    SP: E.Jackson/Niese/T.Hudson/Myers/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma, Are you a Yankee fan? Not a fan of the end of your pitching staff or some of your hitters, but the team doesn’t look bad, pretty balanced…

      • Smegma says:
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        @Grey,

        lol, actually I hate the Yankees, but I couldn’t pass on Jeter as the 12th SS off the board and Swisher has more value in our league’s point system.

        Any thoughts on the potential pickups at the end of my comment? I apologize as I’m sure all the “how does my team look” posts are as exciting as watching paint dry. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Smegma, I’d lose Buccholz for Balfour…

  68. zzzzzz says:
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    Winner? 10-team H2H 6×5.

    C Arencibia, J.P.(C) TOR
    1B Fielder, Prince(1B) DET
    2B Kinsler, Ian(2B) TEX
    3B Longoria, Evan(3B) TB
    SS Cabrera, Asdrubal(SS) CLE
    MI Uggla, Dan(2B) ATL
    CI Lawrie, Brett(3B) TOR
    OF Gordon, Alex(OF) KC
    OF Jennings, Desmond(OF) TB
    OF Stanton, Giancarlo(OF) MIA
    OF Tabata, Jose(OF) PIT
    U Cain, Lorenzo(OF) KC
    BEN Hunter, Torii(OF) LAA

    SP Beachy, Brandon(SP) ATL
    SP Greinke, Zack(SP) MIL
    SP Lincecum, Tim(SP) SF
    SP Luebke, Cory(RP,SP) SD
    SP Marcum, Shaun(SP) MIL
    SP Zimmermann, Jordan(SP) WAS
    SP Lilly, Ted(SP) LAD
    SP Minor, Mike(SP) ATL
    SP Niese, Jonathon(SP) NYM
    SP Nolasco, Ricky(SP) MIA
    SP Norris, Bud(SP) HOU
    RP Bell, Heath(RP) MIA
    RP Santos, Sergio(RP) TOR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zzzzzz, Your pitching looks insane, which would usually hurt your hitting, but in this case that looks strong too… Well played….

      • zzzzzz says:
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        @Grey, YTMND! Thanks

    • royce! says:
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      @zzzzzz, How is this possible? Are players allowed to be on more than one team?!!

      • zzzzzz says:
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        @royce!, Great (and cheap) keepers, bad drafting during auction by league mates, etc.

        • royce! says:
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          @zzzzzz, Ahh, the keeper thing explains a lot. Well done. Your team is bonkers. Only issue I can see is that you may have too few saves for a 10 team league, but you can make that up during the season.

  69. JJ says:
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    Grey hilarious post!!! Just had my draft yadda yadda, and curious what your thoughts are on my squad. 10 teamer, obp league, shallow since we lost 2 managers from last year. I picked 7th:
    C- McCann; 1B- Votto; 2B- Kendrick; SS- Aybar; 3B- Longoria; MI- Kel. Johnson; CI- Trumbo; 5OF- Bruce, Hamilton, N. Cruz, D. Jennings, A. Rios; Util- Bourjos; Bench- Utley, Mayberry; SP- Gallardo, MadBum, Beachy, Garza, Gio, Fister; RP- Walden, S. Santos, S. Romo, D. Robertson, F. Salas. Guys went gaga over closers early. I could use one more I guess, but will wait on that SAGNOF. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ, Thanks! I think your team looks decent, don’t love some of your flyers, but your league is shallow, you can fix them in season… You’re not gonna be able to play Trumbo, Utley or Mayberry most of the time which would kill you in a shallow league…

  70. anon says:
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    Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton or Albert Pujoles and Pacman Jones? thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anon, Fielder

  71. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Rank ‘em

    Cozart
    Desmond
    Y Escobar
    A Escobar
    Raburn

    I’m light on speed, and power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Cozart, Desmond…

  72. fanning says:
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    i traded carpenter for marshall after the nerve issue news in a 12 team mixed h2h. good trade or bad?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fanning, Nice

  73. DansUggla says:
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    12 team H2H,

    Best bet for MI:

    Raburn
    Pennington
    Pastornicky

    (I know… MI got hammered at our auction….)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DansUggla, Pastornicky

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Ha! Wait, what?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, All I know is that the MLB AtBat.12 ad on the side of the Padres website reads “Spring Has Sprung.” That’s all I know.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Padres are thinking outside the box for fans… Or maybe that’s inside the box…

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, Maybe Yonder was thinking of Mrs Kotsay when he said that.

  74. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey, Love the imagery of a ref picking up and dropping LoMo’s leg a la The Hulkster. Almost got me to blow my morning coffee out my nose.

    Looking forward to the Razzball draft tonight. Prepping for the draft is very difficult, since I’m used to looking at good players. Off the top of your head, who’d be your top 10 for the worst of the worst? Who will be this year’s Donkey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Ha, thanks! Aw, man.. Not sure… I think Dayan Viciedo has really sneaky value… Doesn’t hurt to have corner men from the A’s either…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, And corner men from the M’s…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Figgy should be pretty valuable, especially if he plays decently enough for them not to just bench him after a crappy first month. Either way, you’ll have at least a month of cellar tier “production.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @royce!, Yeah, Figgy’s a great pick… If you’ve drafted well, your entire team should be in position to be benched…

    • VinWins

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      @3FingersBrown, Still looking for 2 managers. Everyone who answered my plea actually wanted to be in the RCL.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @VinWins, Oops, that’s not your league.

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @VinWins, Sorry Vin, I got my hands full in three leagues this year. Thanks for the offer though.

        @Grey, Viciedo is a definite Razzball All-Star in the making. I’m thinking just take the highest K, lowest HR guys from the worst teams and you can’t go wrong.

        Thinking about Razzball drafting strategy – With so many lousy middle infielders, I figure it’s smart to take a crappy 1B first. Casey Kotchman’s name immediately comes to mind.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          MIs and catchers are a dime a dozen… If you can get a crappy corner man or two, you’re in good shape… Bad pitchers are also abundant…

    • VinWins

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      @3FingersBrown, It’s ok. I wasn’t offering you a spot. I was just warning you that the league was not full, and then I realized you were in the other league drafting tonight.

  75. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Someone wants to trade me Ethier for a closer, and I really need another outfielder.What closer would you throw in the deal? I’m leaning towards Marmol.

    Street
    Farnsworth
    Santos
    Marshall
    Marmol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Any of them… Marshall would be my first choice…

  76. Richie says:
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    Hey Grey, let me know what you think of this team please :D
    Yahoo Standard 5×5 H2H, 12 Teams

    1. (3) Joey Votto (Cin – 1B)
    2. (22) Ian Kinsler (Tex – 2B)
    3. (27) Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)
    4. (46) Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    5. (51) Yovani Gallardo (Mil – SP)
    6. (70) Madison Bumgarner (SF – SP)
    7. (75) Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
    8. (94) Brett Gardner (NYY – OF)
    9. (99) Chris Young (Ari – OF)
    10. (118) Kendrys Morales (LAA – 1B,OF)
    11. (123) Brandon Beachy (Atl – SP)
    12. (142) Alexei Ramirez (CWS – SS)
    13. (147) Anibal Sanchez (Mia – SP)
    14. (166) Jaime Garcia (StL – SP)
    15. (171) Sean Marshall (Cin – RP)
    16. (190) Wilson Ramos (Was – C)
    17. (195) Grant Balfour (Oak – RP)
    18. (214) Mike Minor (Atl – SP)
    19. (219) Matt Thornton (CWS – RP)
    20. (238) Brett Myers (Hou – SP)
    21. (243) Vance Worley (Phi – SP)
    22. (262) Erik Bedard (Pit – SP)
    23. (267) Chris Capuano (LAD – SP)
    24. (286) John Danks (CWS – SP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks well balanced, I don’t love a bunch of your endgame flyers, but those will be switched on and off your team… Overall, nice team…

      • Richie says:
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        @Grey, Thanks :) You hit the nail on the head with the endgame flyers. That was my plan.

  77. Thrilla says:
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    Grey, FINALLY drafted for keeps last night. Not that you care but still…

    12 Team, h2h, 7×7 (OBP, SLG – K/9, QS) No Keepers

    C Jesus Montero
    1B Billy Butler
    2B Dan Uggla
    3B Brett Lawrie
    SS Hanley Ramirez
    OF Ryan Braun
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Peter Bourjos
    Util Adam Lind or Ike Davis

    SP C.J. Wilson
    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP Mat Latos
    SP Anibal Sanchez
    SP Yo-lease Chacin
    SP Mike Minor
    SP Tim Stauffer
    SP John Niese

    RP J.J Putz
    RP Kyle Farnsworth
    RP Kenley Jansen
    RP Addison Reed
    RP Vinnie Pestano

    Average issues with Uggla / Bruce ?? (Butler, Montero hopefully will help even it out)

    With K/9 as a category, do you recommend I keep Reed, Pestano or am I speculating too much?

    Thanks Grey, I appreciate any help as always.

    Cheers to the good work you do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks pretty stacked, I wouldn’t be that worried about Uggla and Bruce in a H2H league… Reed and Pestano are fine… I like the team overall, well played…

  78. JGR4 says:
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    Where do think I could improve this team. Head to Head 5×5 scoring. 12 team league

    C Montero
    1st Dunn
    2nd Zobrist
    3rd Roberts (Arizona)
    SS Cabrera (Indians)
    OF Kemp
    OF Granderson
    OF Bourne
    Util Werth

    Bench Players
    David Ortiz
    Kendry Morales
    Chase Utley

    SP Sabathia
    SP Price
    RP Bailey
    RP K Rod
    P Kuroda
    P Hellickson
    P Beckett
    Bench Players

    Buehrle
    Jurrijens

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JGR4, I think your pitching is stronger than your hitting, and I don’t love the secondary arms you have…

  79. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    My turn I suppose. Finally done with the mocks and did my fraternity 10 team mixed league draft last night. Overall pretty happy with the results. I like the power speed balance of the line up, my rotation seems deep, and really like the closers I was able to snag in the later rounds.

    C Wieters
    1B Votto
    2B Kendrick
    SS Aybar
    3B Lawrie
    OF Cargo
    OF McCutchen
    OF Jennings
    UTL Lind

    B M. Reynolds
    B Joyce

    SP Gallardo
    SP Darvish
    SP Zimmerman
    SP Beachy
    SP A. Sanchez
    SP Morrow
    SP Chacin
    SP Sale

    RP Walden
    RP Santos
    RP Balfour

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, I like the team, think your hitting is very strong… Your pitching might be a bit of an issue with Darvish being a wild card… Pitching does look like it should be fine, just a tad riskier than your hitting….

      • Melvin Emanuel says:
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        @Grey, completely agree. Didn’t balance the risk well enough with the pitching but if everything breaks right could be a very strong staff.

        Is Chris Sale rostrable in a 10 team league? He’s had a rough spring and I have Holland/Broxton on the waiver.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Melvin Emanuel, I’d hold Sale for now…

          • Melvin Emanuel says:
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            @Grey, Thanks as always!

  80. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    had the 5th pick in a 12 team , 5×5 roto , vanilla .
    might be my best draft ever !
    what do you think ?

    C …..
    1st ….
    2nd ….
    3rd ….
    SS ….
    MI ….
    CI ….
    OF ….
    OF ….
    OF ….
    OF ….
    OF ….
    Util ….
    BN ….
    BN ….

    SP ….
    SP ….
    SP ….
    RP ….
    RP ….
    P ….
    P ….
    P ….
    P ….
    BN ….
    BN ….

    any areas that i should try and improve upon ?

    Thanking you , in advance .

  81. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Now that Eric Thames has the starting job, Thames or Mike Carp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, Thames

  82. TheNewGuy says:
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    Seeing that Crawford won’t be ready for opening day, where abouts would you draft him now? Got a draft coming up tonight, and if he falls I might be tempted to grab him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Around 80th or so…

  83. The Mad Hungarian says:
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    Would really appreciate your input.

    10 H2H League. I had the 7th overall pick.
    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG; IP, K, ERA, WHIP, QS, NSV

    C: Matt Wieters (8th)
    1B: Joey Votto (1st)
    2nd: Dustin Ackley (14th)
    SS: Elvis Andrus (5th)
    3B: Evan Longoria (2nd)
    OF: Desmond Jennings (6th)
    OF: Jayson Werth (11th)
    OF: Brett Gardner (traded Francoeur for)
    Util: Billy Butler (12th)
    Util: Adam Lind (15th)
    Bench: Kendrys Morales (18th)

    SP: Felix Hernandez (3rd)
    SP: Zack Creinke (4th)
    SP: Madison Bumgardner (7th)
    SP: Mat Latos (9th)
    SP: Jordan Zimmermann (13th)
    SP: Doug Fister (19th)
    SP: Mike Minor (23rd)
    SP: Francisco Liriano (Claimed off waivers)

    RP: Mariano Rivera (10th)
    RP: Kenley Jansen (17th)
    RP: Matt Thornton (21st)
    RP: Jonathan Broxton (Claimed off waivers)

    Is my pitching too good for my league? Should I trade a pitcher to upgrade my hitting (OF most likely)?

    Thanks and love your writing!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Mad Hungarian, Team looks higher on speed than power, and your pitching looks much too good… Better than your hitting…

      • The Mad Hungarian says:
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        @Grey, You think I should look into flipping a pitcher and outfielder for an outfielder with more pop to balance it out? I’m already a little concerned on my team BA.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @The Mad Hungarian, Sure, get a better outfielder or 2nd baseman…

  84. Rico says:
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    Grey, little off topic, but question about auction bidding. Say you agree player X is worth $20. Is that the price where you feel you turn a profit buying them? Or should you focus on getting players you feel are worth $20 for less than that, like say $15? I know this sounds academic, but it’s always tough when the bidding gets to say $19, do I really want to be ambivalent and spend $20 to get $20 worth of player?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prices are good in a vacuum but in actuality it depends on your team on how valuable a player is to you…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  85. Grey –

    Fairly certain that Will Venable didn’t make your Top 300, but I kinda like him as a deep league sleeper especially given the injuries to Carlos Quentin and Kyle Blanks during Spring Training and the fact that Denorfia isnt doing anything…. He seems likely to start the year with a full time gig instead of platooning.

    Assuming he gets ~500 ABs — would a line of 65/15/60/30 .255 be within the realm of possibility?

    • Grey

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      It would… Though a full season of ABs doesn’t seem possible…

      • @Grey

        OK; Just think he’s a talented kid who can produce when given some consistent time. Interestingly, read today that the Braves made an offer for him, which the Pads refused. So, are you thinking he doesnt get the ABs because:

        1. …he continues to platoon (presence of Jesus Guzman, Blanks, Denorfia)? Quentin, when healthy again, and Maybin, play everyday leaving 1 spot for 2-3 guys?

        2. …cause he’s struggled against LHP

        3. …plays in Petco

        4… All of the above.

  86. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    RCL 12team 5X5 Roto

    I don’t even know what happened for me to draft this team. Once I picked Tex/Bruce with my 2nd/3rd picks it was all over for me. Can I be in the mix in this league?

    C: Doumit
    1B: Tex
    2B: Howie
    SS: Desmond
    3B: Aramis
    CI: Valencia
    MI: Kelly Johnson
    OF: Braun
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Stubbs
    OF: Werth
    OF: Rios
    UTIL: Vernon Wells

    SP: Yovani
    SP: Gio
    SP: Hanson
    SP: Cahill
    SP: Volquez
    SP: Sanchez
    RP: Putz
    RP: Farnswoth
    RP: Francisco
    RP: Holland
    RP: J. Johnson
    RP: Lindstrom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MJD Took A Knee, Yeah, you can be in the mix, though you are a bit weak on power, speed and average… Your pitching looks okay, if Hanson is fine, which I have my doubts about…

  87. royce! says:
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    I dropped a couple of guys and picked up some others, yet yahoo is not reflecting the changes when I go to set my lineup. Is anyone experiencing the same problem?

    • @royce!,

      go to next Monday (4/2) if you’re in a H2H “weekly” league…should be there.

      • royce! says:
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        @El Burro, That sort of resolves it, insofar as it will allow me to change who I am starting for the week of April 2-8, but I should still be able to change my lineup for this week in order to swap in M’s and A’s.

        This is from Yahoo’s announcement regarding the first week scoring periods:

        “Leagues that use the Weekly lineup deadline will have two lineups deadlines for Week 1. The first weekly deadline will be on March 27th at 11:59 PM PT. This will cover the Japan games. The second weekly lineup deadline will be on April 1st at 11:59 PM PT. This will cover games played from April 2nd through April 8th.”

        Therefore, for week 1’s first lineup (the Japan games), I should be able to change my lineup until 11:59 pm tomorrow. I just added and dropped players based on the assumption that I could do this, and the site will only let me change my lineup for the week starting April 2, which is when I will have wanted to drop these guys.

        I’m gonna see if I can get someone on yahoo to resolve this.

        • @royce!, Now I understand why your asking. Makes sense. Just saw that on my Home Page as well.

          Have SP been announced for that series yet, out of curiosity?

          • Brian says:
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            @El Burro, Wednesday’s game is Felix Hernandez vs. Brandon McCarthy and Thursday’s game is Jason Vargas vs. TBA.

            • Brian says:
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              Actually the A’s announced they are starting Bartolo Colon Thursday.

  88. alldayLT says:
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    @Grey
    Would love your input on my team. 6×6 with obp and holds added. fairly deep rosters so not much on the wire throughout the year. thanks in advance for the input.

    C – Devin Mesoraco (CIN)
    1B – Lance Berkman (STL)
    2B – Brandon Phillips (CIN)
    3B – Ryan Zimmerman (WAS)
    SS – Zack Cozart (CIN)
    OF – Torii Hunter (ANA)
    OF – Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
    OF – Justin Upton (ARI)
    OF – Adam Jones (BAL)
    OF – Nick Markakis (BAL)
    UTIL – Kendry Morales (ANA)
    MI – Kelly Johnson (ARI)
    CI – Ike Davis (NYM)
    P – Tyler Clippard (WAS)
    P – Yovani Gallardo (MIL)
    P – Daniel Hudson (ARI)
    P – Kyle Farnsworth (ATL)
    P – Matt Capps (MIN)
    P – Jonathan Broxton (LA)
    P – Justin Verlander (DET)
    P – Brett Myers (HOU)
    P – Felix Hernandez (SEA)
    P – Sergio Romo (SF)

    BN – David Robertson (NYY)
    BN – Wandy Rodriguez (HOU)
    BN – Edinson Volquez (CIN)
    BN – Mike Minor (ATL)
    BN – Scott Downs (ANA)
    BN – Fernando Salas (STL)
    BN – Francisco Cordero (CIN)
    BN – Joaquin Benoit (TEX)
    BN – Nolan Reimold (BAL)
    BN – Mike Aviles (KC)

    • alldayLT says:
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      @Grey it is 10 team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @alldayLT, Your pitching is way too strong and your hitting is weak… You don’t need Verlander and F-Her and Gallardo… The hitting looks like a 12+ team league…

  89. Marty Funkhouser says:
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    @Grey: Wrote this in the Cubs post right after you put this one up:

    Had my first ever RCL draft yesterday. Zagged when I should have zigged quite a few times and had a few brainfarts, but I don’t think the end result was too horrible.

    C – Carlos Santana (5)
    1B – Adrian Gonzalez (1)
    2B – Ian Kinsler (2)
    3B – Kevin Youkilis (7)
    SS – Erick Aybar (10)
    2B/SS – Jose Altuve (21)
    1B/3B – Lucas Duda (15)
    OF – Josh Hamilton (3)
    OF – Desmond Jennings (6)
    OF – Delmon Young (13)
    OF – Brennan Boesch (16)
    OF – Jose Tabata (20)
    UTIL – Michael Brantley (24)
    DL – Ryan Howard (17)

    SP – Zack Greinke (4)
    SP – Mat Latos (8)
    SP – Josh Johnson (9)
    SP – Brandon Beachy (11)
    SP – Vance Worley (18)
    SP – Johan Santana (23)
    CL – Rafael Betancourt (12)
    CL – Huston Street (14)
    CL – Matt Thornton (19)
    B – Sergio Romo (22)
    B – Fernando Salas (25)

    Easily the most injured/injury-prone team I’ve ever drafted. Thoughts/suggestions/ridicule?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, looks pretty injury prone, but the team doesn’t look bad outside that… Looks well balanced, I like it…

  90. knighttown says:
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    I just used the first waiver priority on Brett Myers. Hope I dont regret that as some guys in my league are supreme idiots. I got Ryan Zimmerman last year off waivers. I need the saves but more importantly, I lurve closers with SP eligibility. Having a 4th closer when everyone else only has 3 is kind of like having a hall pass from the missus.

    We likeing Brox or G-Holl for the Royals closer job. I’m holding Holland but could make the switch as Brox is available. I have the market cornered on brain freezes this year. I’m begging for a Donkeycorn.

    • Grey

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      Preferring Holland, it could go either way…

  91. Fletch says:
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    Stubbs or Boesch and Garza for C.J. Wilson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not that crazy about it… But I’d do Boesch first…

  92. Fletch says:
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    The other options are Garza and Stubbs or Boesch for Stanton?

    or

    Garza and Ackley or Walker for Uggla?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Stanton or Uggla, but I think anyone would…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha, midseason form!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I have Broxton in one league, so obviously I’m rooting for him. Then I thought of him trying to close out a one-run lead against the Tigers with Miggy and Prince due up…

  93. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    12 team 5 player keeper league.

    i have the 8th pick. i have 2 4th round picks (41 and 43 overall).

    i would love to move up and take king fu panda. he’s one of (the best?) bat on the board. the guy in front of me is in desperate for hitters and a big time giants fan, so if panda didn’t go immediately, i’m 99% positive that he’d take panda at 7.

    do i trade my 1st (8) and the 2nd 4th rounder (43) for #2 overall pick?

    or should i sit tight, take panda if he’s there, otherwise just wait another round or 2 and take aroid or what several rounds and take aramis and then nab a guy like moustakas or gamel later for some upside?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThePoonTycoon, Take Panda if he’s there, otherwise take A-Rod…

  94. Steve says:
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    Oh good lord. Does anyone else see what I see when I go to ESPN’s MLB homepage?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, HAHAHAHAHA! Wait, breathing… HA!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Steve, so, say you’re a little league coach, and Eric Karabell (at age 10, or his current age, for that matter) wants to play, do you:

      A) stick him out in right field so he never touches the ball;

      B) stick him at 3rd base so he can take one off the chin and go crying home to his mommy; OR

      C) there’s no way in hell Karabell has ever Ever EVER attempted to play in any athletic contest, including but not limited to baseball in any way, shape, or form, therefore this is a completely futile exercise.

  95. Steve says:
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    Grey! Is Bautista worth Sandoval and Lester in a 10-team standard H2H league with 15 keepers? Thanks a ton in advance as always.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Imposter!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, It’s a fair trade… I’d want Bautista…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

        Changing my name now haha

  96. Kazmere says:
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    Hey Grey. Been out of the loop on the closers. 5×5 roto, grabbed a slew of RPs after I had to bail out of the last 30 min of the draft. My RPs:

    Cordero
    Leubke
    Betancourt
    Santos
    FrankFrank
    Jansen

    Just read your post about Sean Marshall having the gig. He’s on waivers. Drop any of the above for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kazmere, Good to see you… Lose Jansen for Marshall…

      • Kazmere says:
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        @Grey, thanks! What are you up to now, 4? 5? girl readers? You stud, you… Must be the podcast.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Kazmere, I think we’re at 4, if we count my mom lurking…

          • Grey's Mother says:
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            @Grey, You never call!

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey’s Mother, Nice shoes, Mrs A,

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Grey’s Mother, Cause all you want is trade advice…

  97. Steve says:
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    If you’re in an H2H league, you’re obviously wanting to maximise your starts.

    Do you grab Vargas for his start in Japan this week (we have a limit of 10 pickups per week).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, I’d grab him…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Safe to drop Crain for him, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Yup

  98. chata says:
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    @ Grey / @ vinko / @ kiwi

    i wrote this 2 days ago .
    my drafts are over now .

    i fall under the scout-type category .
    during the season , i will watch , on average , two games per day ,
    and rely on what my eyes (and sometimes my heart) tell me .

    when it comes to sabermetrics , i understand some of the basic concepts ,
    but , honestly , i don’t understand point-shares , and have given up reading those articles .

    when it comes to graphs … puh-leeze …. what’s with all the squiggly lines and bell-curves ?
    can’t you just explain it , in 250 words , or less ??

    having said that , my ‘true’ sleeper for 2012 (and going forward , for those of you in keeper
    and dynasty leagues) is ====> Henderson Alvarez .

    i’m excited by this kid’s (latin21) talent , composure , and up-side .
    i don’t give 2 shizzes of worry that he’s pitching in the AL east …. that which doesn’t kill you ,
    only makes you stronger .
    my expectations are that , given 25-30 starts , ten , maybe twelve , of them will be of cy young-caliber .

    he is my 1st “true” sleeper , and i’m excited by that …. like a fly-fisherman stumbling upon a may-fly hatch .

    i’m not as well-read as others , but i’ve not seen his name mentioned anywhere on the inter-webs .

    from what i have read , i know that 3fingersbrown is targeting him this year , and someone , under
    Grey’s emilio bonifacio post , mentioned that Alvarez would be on all of his teams (and that could have
    been 3fingersbrown , again) , but other than Kiwi Steve asking Grey , about 10 days ago , “do you like
    this guy (some shit-bum) or Henderson Alvarez ?” , and Grey telling him to go with the shit-bum ,
    i’ve not seen his name appear in any article , by any expert , on any site .
    nowhere .

    so , now that my mystery guy has been revealed , you can laugh , point your fingers at me , provide
    any sort of sabermetric reason ‘why’ he’ll be a complete flop … i don’t care .
    scoff away .

    personally , if i was you , i’d go out and immediately add him to your teams …. just in case my
    crazy-azz has stumbled upon something decent and good .
    unless you’re playing in one of my leagues , he’s available .

    • Grey

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      @chata, That’s a pretty good choice, O. I think there’s some smart money on him breaking out this year and he might… His unexciting K-rate and division don’t have me going in on him, but you could be right… Much better than the Jason Bay one who I thought you were gonna say…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        you can only imagine how hard it was ,
        for me and my big mouth ,
        to sit on this , since september .

        i’ve never really had a sleeper , before .
        and he’ll probably be my last .

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @chata, definitely one of your better written comments (and this is a compliement…emoticon). Adding Harry and the Henderson(s) in 3…2…1…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Wilsonian, I also can’t spell “compliment”…what a jackass.

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