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Like the 2nd basemen to target post, this is necessary.  You want to take flyers on late middle infielders.   I like a few top shortstops this year:  Segura, Desmond and Andrus, but if you don’t get them, don’t sweat it and definitely don’t ‘panic reach’ for another shortstop just because you feel like you need one.  This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2014 fantasy baseball.  The players listed have a draft rank after 200 on other sites.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2014 projections.  Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Jonathan Villar (ESPN 205, Yahoo 211) I thought for sure Villar would be ranked after where I put him (277).  That’s what happens when you rank in January without a safety net.  Could I still see a situation where he’s on one of my teams?  Sure, A) I do auctions a lot of the time.  B) Everyone I’ve ranked after 200 is basically a free-for-all.  If I need a shortstop and not, say, a pitcher, it doesn’t matter if I’ve ranked 25 pitchers prior to Villar.  C)  Here’s Sky’s Jonathan Villar sleeper post.  D) There was a C?!

Jimmy Rollins (ESPN 202) Well, here’s a fresh-faced guy!  The only mention of him in the history of the world that I can find is in the Who’s Who Among American High School Students.  Never heard anything about him other than that.  He’s only here because he’s after 200 in ESPN, just making the cut.  I don’t love Rollins anymore, but, at a certain point, his 10 HRs, 20 SBs, is too valuable to ignore.  Though, I’m not even sure why he’s ranked at 202 at ESPN.  Here’s one guy’s ESPN projected stats:  87/13/63/.285/19 and here’s another:  79/11/48/.258/22.  First guy is Starlin Castro, who ranked they ranked at 71 overall (interrobang), the other is Rollins.

Brad Miller (Yahoo 212, ESPN 299) Not sure where I’ve heard his name before.  Oh, I know, my sleeper post, my rankings where I mention his sleeper post, my 2nd basemen to target post where I mention his sleeper post and here.  Weird how I even forgot all of that to begin with.

Jurickson Profar (MDC 212)  I’m leaning towards not messing with Profar, but am going day-to-day with his health reports.  Stay tuned.  Or not.  Your choice.

Zack Cozart (ESPN 272, Yahoo 282, MDC 323) All I will say is that I’m only going to mention his 30-steal season in Triple-A by saying I’m not going to mention that he had a 30-steal season in Triple-A.  That is it!  I won’t flat-out mention it!

Alcides Escobar (Yahoo 264, ESPN 285, MDC 274) And don’t even get me started that Alcides had a 30+ steal season in the major leagues.  I’m perplexed by Alcides low rankings across the board.  Perplexed, I tell ya!  I’m going to look again at my projected stats and see what I might’ve missed.  Stat-by-stat.  Ready?  Okay, go to the bathroom real fast, then hurry back.  Okay, ready now?  Good.  I projected Alcides for 64 runs.  He had 57 last year and hit .234 with a .264 BABIP.  That’s obscenely low for a fast guy.  Even ESPN projects his 2014 batting average to jump back to .253.  He’ll probably bat ninth or 2nd, depending on how well he hits and Omar Infante.  Even at the ninth spot in the order he had 16 runs last year in 149 at-bats.  If he gets 447 at-bats in the ninth hole and hits .234 again, that’s 48 runs.  100 at-bats in the two-hole should net him 15 runs.  That’s 63 runs, so one run off from where I projected.  My projected runs seem okay.  Next up, I projected him for 6 homers.  He had four last year and a 2.5 HR/FB%.  That’s even low for him so five homers should be totally doable.  Six homers might be a tad optimistic, but we’re talking one homer.  He’s 27 years old and I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt for one extra homer.  Big whoop as a Jewish grandmother would say.  Next up, I projected him for 60 RBIs.  He had 52 last year and hit a lousy .234, and every projections system thinks he’ll hit at least .250.  With .250, he would have to get 8 extra RBIs, right?  Next, I projected him for .263.  He won’t hit .293 again like in 2012, but he’s a fast guy that doesn’t strike out a lot.  His line drive rate in his year he hit .293 was 23%, last year it was 23%.  His K-rate in his good average year was 15.4%, last year 13.1%, so it actually got better.  He did hit a few more lazy fly balls last year, instead of ground balls, but I’m not projecting him for .290.  He can easily hit .263.  It’s a matter of one extra base hit about every two weeks.  Finally, I have him down for 32 steals.  Less than his career year of 35, but he does have 40-steal speed and he’s on a team that led the majors in steals.  If he gets on a few extra times, he will steal bases.  I like him a lot and don’t think me ranking him 100 spots earlier than other sites is farfetched.  I definitely didn’t just write this blurb to prove I could write 350 words on Alcides Escobar — a new world record, besting the previous record of 27 words which was held by his mom in an email when she was simply telling her sister, Gladys, that Alcides would be home for the holidays.

Josh Rutledge (Yahoo 293) See all I wrote about Rutledge this year?  Multiply that by five and that’s how much I wrote about Rutledge last year.  The shine’s off, but I still like him real late as a flyer to see if he can beat out DJ LeMahieu for a starting job.

Dee Gordon (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, MDC unranked) Just wrote about Gordon in the 2nd basemen to target post.  If he’s starting, he’s running and you’re yelling Dee’s nuts!

Jordy Mercer (MDC 378, ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked)  What do we know about Jordy?  He has the worst name in the history of names.  He sounds like the last kid picked on the playground, which is about right for where he’s being drafted.  In Double-A, he hit 13 homers in 72 games.  In Triple-A, he hit 6 homers in 60 games.  Last year in the majors, he hit 8 homers in 103 games.  Mercer, Mercer me, he’s got some pop.  I’ve seen projected lineups where he’s batting 2nd between Marte and McCutchen.  I’d eat the meat of that sandwich!

Oh, and because I just stumbled on this, I thought I’d share again the commercial Nick, our podcast host, made last year.  I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know what they’re doing when the screen goes to black and comes on back 12 minutes later.  I’m not even sure if I should be writing ‘comes on back’ in that sentence.  If you haven’t had the willies in a while, enjoy!

  1. Miles says:
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    I really like Brad Miller as a bench guy as he has a lot of potential for power and speed with 2B and SS eligibility. SS and 2B guys miss a lot of time and he can fill a void very well.

    • James says:
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      @Miles:

      depends on the league and the FA depth. A league where a guy like neil walker is unowned, there is less of a need to have a backup 2b on roster (and the ss pool is deeper than 2nd, so i assume a passable fill in there too).

      Generally i avoid having bench bats, in dynasty leagues i reserve them for young guys with elite upside (in dynasty my bench is taveres, yelich, addison russell, and chase headley. headly being similar as a guy with elite upside, but needs a rebound not a break out)

    • Tim Evans says:
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      @Miles: @Miles: grey ,
      Hey man read ur articles all the time big fan. Need help , I’ll summarize the league . Points only keeper league , 13 teams keep 4 batts and 2 pitchers , so first question . Who would u keep out of agon , machodo, Ortiz , Gordon , cespedes can only keep 4 my pitchers are sale n Jose Fernandez . Question two this is most important . I have #1 pick out of these 6 who would u take number 1 . Joe mauer dom brown Jose Reyes Allen Craig billy butler or cespedes ?

      Sent from my iPhone

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not Ortiz… Craig…

        • Tim Evans says:
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          @Grey: thanks

  2. Chunk says:
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    THERE WAS A C!

    Mind=Blown

    Even If I havent commented a lot I still read everything (EVERYTHING) and donate from time to time.

    Te Amo Vos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk: Te Amo Vos Deux

  3. Miles says:
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    I’m trying to fill a new AL-only dynasty/keeper league. 10 team, 5×5 roto, draft in late March, like I said AL-only. 9 hitters, 9 pitchers. Grey’s readers are awesome and while we’re all in a league, let’s join another one. AL only is a unique challenge you probably aren’t doing already.
    shoot me an email miles18__ (that’s two _ _) at yahoo and I’ll send you an invite.

  4. Miles says:
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    would you bump Ryu up a little since he’s getting an extra start in Australia in a big stadium? QS league? his second start will be before a lot of guys get their first

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Miles: it’ll all even out in the end. Don’t draft a guy on the premise of getting one extra start. In Y! Leagues he’s ranked right around Teheran and Wacha; I’d rather have those guys anyway.

    • Grey

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      @Miles: Agree with Thumb

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Miles: if you have a guy as near equals, like Grey does with Kuroda or Archer, then yeah, why not.

  5. Piranhaman says:
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    Hahaha. I just saw this video. Veryyyyyyyyyyy fun :D

    Oh, Grey (& baseball lovers,) There’s a chance to do 3-way deal.

    I get Danny Salazar, he gets Matt Adams, another man gets Nelson Cruz.

    Each managers are in need of those players.

    I wonder that deal seems balanced? Who could be winner and loser?

    • Chunk says:
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      @Miles: I like you j@Piranhaman: I think fatty wins, but it seems fair if everyone needs their correspnding coponents. Danny might end up winning. hard to see nelson getting the better end of the dildo

      • Beastman says:
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        @Chunk: Agree…unless it’s a triple-sided dildo. Then no one wins.

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @Grey: thank you, Chunk, Beastman and Grey ????

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  6. kangaroo hops says:
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    With Cano at 2B, is there any chance that Miller’s 2B eligibility survives this year? I’ve got him in a dynasty, and need to look to the future if he is only SS eligible. Any word out of Seattle on who the backup for Cano is? As I recall, Cano doesn’t miss many. I suppose it is Franklin if he stays.

    • Piranhaman says:
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      Cano is also aging. So Mariners would put him at DH more than expected. And Miller can play 2B when Cano gets rest. If you are in yahoo league, 2B eligibility would come sooner.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Piranhaman:
        Are there any indications the mariners plan to do this, because I’ve heard no such thing, and it seems silly to speculate that the new $240mil man will be DHing all that often. Wouldn’t even consider it while drafting miller tbh.

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Alky Sobrera:
          Meant projecting* miller tbh.

          • Piranhaman says:
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            @Alky Sobrera: just my opinion. Miller can add 2B eligibility again for only playing 5 games there. (In Yahoo).
            Cano is durable and expensive, right.
            But it’s also possible that team see him cautiously because of his price tag.
            Only 5 games. It’s not hard to suppose :)

            • Alky Sobrera says:
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              @Piranhaman:
              Just seemed like too much of a gamble for me, I’m scared, lol. That said, I forgot it’s 5 games on yahoo. Agree that it’s much easier to hit.

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @kangaroo hops: as team said, if Franklin loses starting job, he will be sent to AAA. Yeah, he’d likely be traded. So i stil like Miller in your league format.

    • Grey

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      @kangaroo hops: A lot depends on Cano’s health and if Franklin is there

  7. trick dad says:
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    My wife’s work computer has a razzball decal too!

  8. Hey Grey, I’m thinking Villar and/or Profar ain’t all that crazy either. Good take . By the way, what do you think of my chances? I think I look pretty good in royal blue? Only problem is I still can’t hit these MLB southpaws all that well. Should I draft myself in 5×5 Roto 12 team? Or am I just in love with myself?

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      @Mike Moustakas: Only 2 position players on Houston I’ll be ‘happy’ with in the draft: Altuve and Springer. If I drafted Villar, I’m afraid of what’ll be cooking breakfast the next morning when I take the beer goggles off… It may work in a pinch, but not a long-term relationship. Beyond SB, I don’t see the draw.

      Profar, sure.

      But if I’m drafting any of these guys, I’m probably stashing Baez too.

  9. magicterp says:
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    Great stuff as always!! Thank you for your humor and fbb knowledge. Hoping you can give me your 2 cents on keepers…

    10 team NL-Only Keeper league, Head to head categories 5×5, $260 auction budget (typically high keeper inflation). I can keep 5 guys. Thanks!

    Definite:
    Paul Goldschmidt: $19
    Giancarlo Stanton: $25

    Probably:
    Anthony Rizzo: $15 (would play at corner infield)
    Michael Wacha: $7

    Maybe:
    Andrew Cashner: $7
    Kris Medlen: $13
    Sergio Romo: $14

  10. chris L says:
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    Keeper league 12 team 5×5: Round 5, which keeper would you choose in a competitive league?
    Rios
    Mauer

    • chris L says:
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      @chris L: I got cut off there sorry:
      Ryan Zimmerman
      Allen Craig
      Manny Machado
      Matt Carpenter
      Ben Zobrist
      Matt Kemp
      Ian Kinsler
      Carlos Santana
      Pedro Alvarez
      Jose Abreu
      Justin Verlander
      Jordan Zimmerman
      Gio Gonzalez
      Anibal Sanchez…
      Please Pick 1 for a keeper league…Thank you again for your time

  11. DBo says:
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    Great stuff Grey. I gambled and traded a 1st round pick (7 player keeper league) for Jean Segura. Side bar advice…I’ve been offered Carlos Gonzalez and Mike Minor for Yu Darvish and Jay Bruce (keeper league). I’m scared about Cargo’s injury history and wondering if Minor has established himself as a true 2nd tier SP for years to come. I feel the gap between Bruce and Cargo (because of injury concerns) is much smaller than the gap between Darvish and Minor. Your thoughts are appreciated!

    • kevinmac says:
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      @DBo: I got mind control over Dbo

    • Garreth says:
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      @DBo: I wouldn’t be doing that deal. Not in a million years.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Garreth: multiple Garreth’s now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DBo: Nice trade for Segura… I’d hold off on CarGo

      • DBo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  12. Philsfan76 says:
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    Hey Grey. I asked this question of the Guru, and would appreciate your take as well.

    Points league. 4 keepers. 1 keeper must have been drafted 9th round or after. my other keepers are:
    Harper
    Dread Pirate

    I plucked Bogaerts off waivers and could flat out keep him. I drafted Pence and EverCab after rd 9. My thinking is to keep:
    Harper
    Dread Pirate
    Pence (9th rd)
    Bogaerts

    would you forego Bogaerts for EverCab?

    Thanks and look forward to another year of Razz

    • Philsfan76 says:
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      Another slight conundrum arises with my arms on second look. I drafted corbin post 9th and have The Adverb, lynn, s. grey, and g. gole. Stick with offense, yes?

    • Grey

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      @Philsfan76: I’d go the 4 hitters you have with Bogaerts…

  13. shawn of the livid says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks for the post, I’m shooting for miller at SS this year but could pretty much care less about the position.

    What I do care about is my first pick, I’m 5th in a 10team H2H and I think I would have liked to have any other pick, including last. I say this because I’m not sure who to go for given the choices I’m likely to have at that point. Im thinking Cargo, Harper, or Jones at this point, possibly Cano. Draft is on Sunday and I’m driving myself f-ing crazy trying to decide who to grab.

    By your rankings I would go with Jones or Cano. But Cargo (if healthly) will thrash the rest of my options, and I think Harper has a ton of talent that has yet to really be released ( a la Trout).

    So as of right now I’m leaning Cargo, and kind of looking for someone to talk some sense into me because he will end up on the DL 4 times this year. But a healthy Cargo could pull in MVP. Am I just asking for a headache with that way of thinking?

    Please throw some of that Vulcan logic at me to ease my troubled mind!

    Also, any Razzballers out there please chime in with your opinions. Reach for Harper at that point? Stay safe with a Cano/Jones pick? Pray that Cargo stays healthy? UGH!

    Thanks in advance Grey/guys (and four girls).

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @shawn of the livid:
      Though I’ve done only 12 teamers, I agree that the 3-6 range pick seems like more hassle than it’s worth. As for your choices, it depends. Are you a risk taker, or particularly risk averse? Jones is by far the safest pick, though with the least “upside.” I prefer to start off my teams with a strong base, so he’s the kind of guy I’d go with. If you don’t mind some risk, I’d go cargo. I wouldn’t attempt to grab harper there at all, just not close to having reached those heights yet.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Alky Sobrera:
        That said, Jones very often falls to picks 14-17. People seem to forego “boring” for upside. No way cargo slips that far, and lowest I’ve seen harper go is 15, though he’s often gone around 10. Not unimaginable that you could grab jones in the 2nd after getting cargo in the 1st, but that depends of whether you mind starting out OF-OF. 5 cat guys are 5 cat guys though, not a bad 1-2.

        • Shawn of the livid says:
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          @Alky Sobrera: Going Cargo and hoping to grab Jones on the way back is risky, and unlikely, but that would be great if I could pull that off. You make some solid points. I hate the middle pick for first pick, but it can be good for the rest of the draft. If I couldn’t get Jones on the way back, I might land Fielder.

          You’re right on Harper too, I just feel like he’s going to have a big year and would like to be a part of it. Probably too much risk on that one though. Thanks for the advice.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @shawn of the livid: Greys gonna say refer to his rankings (I think) which he has Jones at 5 ahead of Harper/Cano etc….And that’s the way I would go. I’m not sure what site your drafting at but Jones is 11 at Yahoo, I’ve got him all the way at 12…Take Jones.

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Greyismyhero: It’s a Yahoo league. To me, Jones and Cano are interchangeable. But in a league where there are 3 OF spots and 2 Uti’s good outfielders go quickly and Jedd could be a late grab with good production at 2nd. Thanks for the advice, I’ll probably flip flop on Cano/Jones right up to the last ten seconds!

        • Greyismyhero says:
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          @Shawn of the livid: Yeah, OF go pretty quick (good ones anyways)….I’ve been able to do that and snag Gyroko in rounds 8-10 (make sure you make it a priority to grab him that early though (it seems lately he been going earlier and earlier) and if I miss out on Jerk, I get Miller for 2B. Good luck!

          • Greyismyhero says:
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            @Greyismyhero: just remembered its a 10 teamer so you should be able to wait out on Gyroko a few rounds later, I’ve only done 12 teamers so far.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Greyismyhero:

        I’m on yahoo as well, and from 3 pro league drafts thus far, jones has gone 18th, 15th, and 12th, with the 12th pick being mine, all in 12 team leagues. Obviously not representative of what’s going on at large, but it’s definitely a possibility to get him in the 2nd. Factor in that this is a 10 teamer, and shawn picks 5th, that means jones has to last until 16th pick. Not a great chance of it happening, but it can happen. Grabbing cargo in the 2nd though is pretty much out of the question.

    • Grey

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      @shawn of the livid: CarGo won’t stay healthy, Harper’s never done what Cano or Jones have done and they’ve done it multiple times…

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the advice Grey. You are right, cargo should be avoided and Harper is still a question mark, albeit a tantalizing one.

        Owned Cano for 3 years now and have done very well with him so maybe I should go with him again. It’s also great not having to worry about 2nd base all year. I just planned on Jedd for 2nd and I’m not sure on Cano in Safeco where a Bronx HR is a fly out.

        So I’m on Jones/Cano now. Got me back on track Grey, you are my fantasy rock. Thanks again.

        • Grey

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          I drafted Cano last year in the first and won that league… Safeco isn’t as bad as it once was and neither are the Mariners…

          • Shawn of the livid says:
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            @Grey: I took Cano first last year too and won that league. Good point on the Mariners, they are much better than last years yanks and Cano still put up some great numbers. I think I may be a proud Canowner again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup and yup

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Which league was that, Grey?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Last night’s draft… Were you in it?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Me? Nah, I’m not a writer, though I can write. I’m in the FCL that drafts tomorrow. Shaping up to be a bloodbath. Oaktown has been in a cabin in the woods like the Unabomber getting ready for it.

                • Grey

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                  HAHA… It’s funny, cause it’s true…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @shawn of the livid:

      go with cargo .
      assuming you only use 3 OF ,
      there should be plenty of OF talent on the waiver wire ,
      should cargo get injured .

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @costaricanchata: 1st round OF talent on the waiver wire? not likely.

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @c0wfunk:

          of course not .
          if he doesn’t want to draft another OF as a bench bat ,
          just go with the hot hand during Cargo’s absence .

          unless you think that Cargo is going to miss major time ,
          in which case he shouldn’t be drafted at all .

  14. Alky Sobrera says:
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    I want to “prep for my draft” on nick the podcast host’s wife’s work computer next. This needs to be a prize for a razzball contest. Or the top billed item in a razzball charity auction.

  15. stonepie says:
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    what do you think of villar being a starting SS in a 10 teamer? thinking of taking him late and stashing baez in my NA spot

    • Grey

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      @stonepie: Works fine for me out of the gate

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      @stonepie: I could possibly see starting Villar if the league has MI as well. Or a 14+ team league. But not in a 10 team non-MI league. There are at least 10 others with higher floors and/or in a better line up (or currently starting with more upside).

      Hanley, Tulo, Segura, Desmond, Andrus, Zobrist, E-Cab, A-Cab, Hardy, Miller. I left out Reyes, Castro, Alexei, Peralta, Escobar, Rollins who are a bit more of a wild card than the previous group but are no worse necessarily than Villar.

  16. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    Grey need some thoughts on keepers for the team your advice helped lead to the title:

    The unique but fun 7×7 yahoo head to head league:

    OBP, BBs and Ks added to offense with no Avg,
    Holds and BB/9 added to pitching:

    Keep 5 (round needed to keep) :
    Votto (1)
    Darvish (4)
    Santana (6)
    A Sanchez (12)
    Ortiz (13)
    Minor (15)
    M. Carpenter (15)

    multiples kept at 15 goes to the next round – i.e. 16, 17, etc.

    My thoughts:
    Pitching and walks won it for me last year.

    With walks and OBP both Votto is God. Santana’s OBP and walks playing every day might be awesome too. Carpenter is also a walks and OBP machine last year even though he is filled with your hater-aide this spring.

    Have a lot of value with the pitchers.

    I lean towards keeping the hitters? Is Darvish at 4 better than Sanchez or Minor much later? Is Ortiz worth clogging up the UTIL spot all year if I keep Votto?

  17. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Like violent video games or all this twerking, the internet exposure from this site has given me an unhealthy obsession with Brad Miller. In fact, when not committing virtual vehicular manslaughter or gyrating uncontrollably, all I can think about is trading for him in my AL-only keeper league. I asked something a bit similar before, but my question is, if I already have K. Johnson ($4) (but no other SS or MI) should I trade for Miller at $13? Andrus, Profar, Reyes, Bogaerts and others will be kept. Villar may be available but would likely got for $15.

  18. Clint says:
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    So Grey, do you make anything out of Braun’s exploding in spring training so far or Most-suck-ass doing well despite appearing to be in a platoon w/Valency?

  19. tjw4404 says:
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    Looking for some feedback on my team I just drafted, it’s a standard 10 team H2H keeper. What are my weaknesses, and should I try to fix them now, or wait and see how the season starts? Any bad draft mistakes? Thanks, keep up the great work!

    C Lucroy
    1B Big Papi
    2B Altuve
    3B Encarnacion
    SS E-Cab
    OF Cargo
    OF Choo
    OF Bruce
    UTIL Cespedes

    SP:
    Gerrit Cole
    Cain
    Fister
    Cobb
    Liriano
    Archer
    Tillman
    Cashner
    Josh Johnson

    MR:
    Perkins
    Robertson
    Janssen
    Axford
    Nate Jones

    Bench: Avisail, Springer, and Javier Baez

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @tjw4404: I’m no Grey but I do have a question? Have you drafted that many RP before in H2H and been successful? That’s the only thing that stuck out at me at first glance. I think its a little overkill (but I dont know your settings). I only play H2H and never have drafted like that…I usually only have 2 RP, and maybe 1 MR, then pile on SP for streaming. Thanks.

      • tjw4404 says:
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        @Greyismyhero:

        Thanks for the reply and you bring up some good points. Roster is setup with 5 SP and 5MR. Some guys tend to draft 5 closers to secure the win in saves each week. Depending on how the season plays out, I may drop one or two and use the spots for streaming.

        I always tend to fill up my MR and P spots with closers to secure saves each week, then I’ll use my entire bench on SPing. It usually works pretty good and I do pretty well in the pitching categories each year. However, I’ve been debating if my pitching is too much of an overkill and if I should consider giving more bench spots to offense. I like to draft all offense first half of a draft then load up on pitching for the rest of my roster. I’ve won a few leagues or finish well in the standings in recent years , but I’m no expert so I don’t know if this is a good way to build a team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tjw4404: I like your team a lot, very balanced…Huge depth on starters… The league is shallow though so you’re gonna have to work for it…

  20. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team dynasty league do I trade Fielder Phillips for segura a gon? Good or bad move?

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b brandon phillips
    3b evan longoria
    ss jurickson profar
    lf justin upton
    cf shane victorino
    rf michael cuddyer
    util prince fielder
    bn kris bryant
    bn carl crawford/joc pederson/clint frazier

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    rp jose veras
    rp sean doolittle
    rp dan delarosa
    p zack wheeler
    p dan straily
    p tanner roark
    bn garrett richards
    Bn brian Wilson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: I like that trade for you

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ryan: What happened to getting Hanley/McCutch for Darvish/Bryant/Profar? Didn’t pull the trigger on that green light?

  21. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Grey.. I know I asked you the other day about where the rules on drafting in a H2H points league and you said something about posting it soon. 1- Did I miss it or is there a link?? 2- Do you have any 10 team mock drafts or at least 12?? 3- Is there any commenter or any kind of leagues that have an empty spot for me??

    • Frank White says:
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      I actually looked up the commenter leagues and read your directions but I never heard of a snake roto draft league 5×5.. It says 5 OF’s 9 pitchers, etc.. but one MI and one Corner IF and then it says C, 3b. 2nd, 1st, SS. Can you explain more or can I get into a H2H points league?? Is it all free or is there money leagues too?? Sorry all the questions but I want to know what I’m signing up for. Thanks!!

        • matt says:
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          @Grey: I wish the donkeycorns would heed your advice by not missing the draft! I drafted the 1st RCL and 4-5 ppl didn’t show. Got who got trout was on autopilot….Ugh

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @matt:

            how sad .

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn

    • Frank White says:
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      Thanks but what about question 1 & 2??

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Is there a link? I gave it to you… Are there mocks? Nope…

  22. Camram003 says:
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    Grey
    keeper league, 5×5 (OBP,QS) 13 team,
    who should I keep between J. Bautista and Jose Fernandez?
    my other keepers are Harper, Braun, and Beltre.

  23. I Want A Pretty Girl from Indiana says:
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    @Grey
    I can’t find the thread now, but a reader in a 20 team league asked a pitching question and you responded ignore normal recommendations and draft an ace. The reader’s response led you to ask whether he understood what you meant by ace – not sure if I know either. I’m guessing Kershaw (#1) through Teheran (#15). In my 20 team Yahoo league, 3 of the top 15 are taken due to keepers. So, do I use my 2nd pick to ensure I get an ace or wait? (Picks 20, 21, 60, 61,…) Possibly Bailey or Teheran may still be around at 60 – 61, probably not at 100 – 101. (SP,SP,RP,RP,RP, 4-P, 12-B,3-OF, no MI or CI, 30 rounds)

    Also, love your site. Your articles are great and the Comments section a bonus – I always learn something new and have at least one good laugh. Thanks.

    • matt says:
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      @I Want A Pretty Girl from Indiana: Im a pretty girl in Indiana. Even when I don’t shave my legs or facial hair. Indianapolis here, Where you from?

      • JP says:
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        @matt: I’m not all that pretty. I’m also not a girl. Not sure what I was going for here…….Oh wait yeah, I’m from Indiana as well! Indianapolis too actually. Nice to see some Hoosiers on here.

      • I Want A Pretty Girl from Indiana says:
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        @matt: Ha! I’ll bet you are. And the no shaving thing… – must be a real Hoosier Eurotrash girl.

        Indy.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @I Want A Pretty Girl from Indiana: i’m not sure, but if that Parks and Rec show is accurate, and they shoot it in IN (made up town of Pawnee) there should be two running around. vivica fox is from IN. so was Vonnegut (he was not pretty though, nor a girl)

  24. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Jordy is nasty against lefties; he is a great guy to pick up in daily leagues as an MI when the Bucs play a lefty.

  25. MattH says:
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    Escobar’s gonna really excited to read this. Put a little pep in his step.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: About time someone said something nice about him

  26. matt says:
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    Grey’sian,
    Nice video, I didn’t know that you were into equestrian pornography too! And here I thought that I was the only one! HAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great thing about sex with horses, their neigh means yay…

      • matt says:
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        Guess I’m the only one who watched it. It was pretty funny, even though you.knew where it was going. The Kleenex at the end was a nice touch

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Haha

  27. ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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    I think the “secret” is out on Miller, he didn’t last long in my 12team H2H keep 6 draft going in Rd5. With our keeper rules that’s probably something like 7th Rd in a normal snake. Surprised to see Baez miss the cut as a late round stash. I took the gamble on Baez anyway. How does this roster grade out, see any areas to improve?

    C A.J. Pierzynski
    1B E Hosmer
    2B B Zobrist
    3B X Bogaerts
    SS T Tulowitzki
    OF G Stanton
    OF M Trout
    OF B Harper
    OF K Calhoun
    U B Belt
    OF K Davis (B)
    2B K Wong (B)
    SS J Baez (B)
    OF G Polanco (B)

    P T Ross
    P M Cain
    P A Cashner
    P D Salazar
    P J Johnson
    P A Cobb
    P C Kluber
    P R Porcello
    P S Kazmir (B)
    P H Iwakuma (B)
    P H Santiago (B)
    P Y Ventura (B)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez will be great in keepers, but in most leagues he probably won’t see the time of day in the majors until it’s too late for redraft leagues… I guess that could change though (I’d like to see it change)…. Your team looks a little light on power and high on speed, Khris Davis could be a big factor on that… Your pitching looks fine for 12 team H2H…

      • ReleasetheMcCracken says:
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        @Grey: From your stache to Theo’s ears.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  28. Kirk says:
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    I drafted Alcides in my H2H league last year, and he took a broom handle and did unnatural things to me with it. I will never draft him again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  29. matt says:
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    Hey can I change my name or do I need to make a new acct? There’s way too many Matt imposters here now! Razzball, you know that you’ve made it even you have at least 50 Matt or Matthew’s commenting on the site Lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Just comment with a new name and I’ll approve it…

      • matt says:
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        “Bi- Felicia” Sry my phone sucks

    • gareth says:
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      @matt: I noticed a “Garreth” imposter on here today. Creepy.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You see Gureth?

        • gareth says:
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          @Grey: these people are like the off brands you buy in the grocery store.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup, Pingles Potato Chips and Nabisko Crackers

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Grey: yeah, he had 2 “r’s” and no cat picture.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @goodfold2: was probably a guy from japan who moved to Cincinnati.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @gareth: CAT FIGHT!!!

        • Bi-Felicia says:
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          @Sky: You stop laughing right meow, not so funny meow is it!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @matt: be OG MATT!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @J-FOH: You and Sky would be my two favorite teams from last night…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: @Grey: *blushes* thank you. I know I need more power but I took the if I’m going to have power issues, I’ll grab a little more average with the counting stats and try to get kick ass in pitching, at good round value, to equalize it. I better be a good streamer. My Marlon Byrd in the last round is kinda growing on me. I really need scooter to win that job and bat at the top of the brewers order

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Your pitching is stronger than Sky’s team, but I think his hitting is better, and I would prefer to have better hitting… Still love some of your picks… I just drafted Aoki in NFBC at like 180 overall…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: I applied the gordon leadoff model to him and the ceiling is very nice.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Plus, more speed… Yeah, I like him later on…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: I love him as my fourth OF and knew sky liked him too, looked at his team and decided to snipe a little earlier than I wanted, we talked last night and i was right, sky had him in his que when I drafted him, but hey, I’m a dick like that

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah… Can probably get Adam Eaton a few rounds later, and he’s close in value, if more unproven…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: true, but this drunken crew was all over the place, have you viewed the draft yet? some of those picks make my head hurt.

                      Bottom line i took few chances, took what was given to me and punted the MI positions in the hope that my guys out perform or I score someone better in the FA pool. Being that i have little invested i willbe quicker to pull the trigger and if my counterparts grow impatient then I pick up a guy that i wanted and didn’t have to over pay for

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, not sure what some of the guys were thinking at all… Can only assume alcohol played a part…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Yeah, Aoki and Garcia were supposed to be my OF3/4. Wanted Reddick or Khris Davis as my OF5. Such is life…and yes you’re a dick.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: I’m glad you have gotten to know the real me

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Now of course our draft approach has been displayed. Tomorrow will be interesting. And probably much harder

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: as i told maggo, i taketh what the draft giveth…I think that might be my article title for sunday

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Sounds very preachy. Perfect day for it.

            • Big Magoo says:
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              @Grey: I grabbed Aoki at #201 overall in a draft last night. How’s the slow draft going?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Good… My last four picks:

                Oswaldo
                Taijuan
                Colby Rasmus
                Porcello (pick 269!)

                • Big Magoo says:
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                  @Grey: Looks solid. Hopefully Taijuan doesn’t miss too much time…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Even if he misses April, it’s okay…He wasn’t gonna pitch 200 IP anyway…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @J-FOH: Power is overrated. Pitching and speed, early and often. Remember that for tomorrow.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: I have no strategy, I taketh what the draft giveth

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @J-FOH: Don’t be getting the big head now…

  30. matt says:
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    Thoughts?

    C- Castro
    1st Pujols, Rizzo
    2nd Altuve, Gyorko
    SS Alexi, Everth
    3rd Miggy
    OF Stanton,Harper,Bautista,Marte,Ethier
    SP Moore,Tehran,Salazar,Wheeler,Corbin
    RP Holland,Romo,Henderson,Feliz,Hawkins

    • matt says:
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      Ok, I want.my name to be “Bi-Felisha” LOL In quotes:-)

      • matt says:
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        FELICIA!!!! Stupid phone!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          On your next comment, just put in your new username

          • Bi-Felicia says:
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            @Grey: that was easy lol Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea of league

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @Grey: Oh sorry 12 Team H2H Standard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks good, a little light on power, but not terrible — Everth, Altuve and Marte is a bit much, that’s all… Don’t think you need Ethier, but that’s a small issue…

  31. The Flayed Man says:
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    Greetings

    Another excellent article.

    12 team yahoo h2h.

    My Kinsler/Fernandez for Cano/Samardzjia

    I have Cobb, Gray, Fisher, Porcello, Smyly, Tillman,

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Cano

  32. Ryan says:
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    Who would you rather have longterm…cano kemp or fielder brandon phillips?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: Is kemp’s lingering injuries a cause of concern?

  33. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Here I am again, looking for one owner for Bombo’s RCL, as one guy had to withdraw. It drafts tomorrow at 3:30 PM EST, so if you have an itch to draft a team, it’s right around the corner!

    The link is http://games.espn.go.com/flb/leagueoffice?leagueId=85371&seasonId=2014
    Password: mauerpower

    We have 11 great owners so far, and just need #12. Step right up!

    • Bombo Rivera says:
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      @Bombo Rivera: BTW, use the link in this comment. The link on the official signup page temporarily takes you to the wrong league. Thanks.

        • Bombo Rivera says:
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          @Grey: No, that’s right. On the signup page, it was linking to the Champions’ League. One of the other guys in my league pointed it out, and when I tried it, it went to the same place. It works now though. I e-mailed Rudy, and maybe he fixed it. At any rate, still one spot left. Thanks!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  34. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Testing

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Bi-Felicia:

      matt ?

      where you been ??

  35. marti says:
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    Grey keeper question, made a few trades and here is my team, 12 team dynasty roto league lose the round that we keep the player, goes up by 2 rounds each year. I can keep 6 of the following

    Mad Bum 8
    Segura 10
    Desmond 13
    alex gordon 16
    craig 21
    strasburg 24
    k jansen 28
    matt adams 31

    I have 3 of the first 13 picks in draft and I will be taking all big bats, I was thinking

    Mad Bum, Segura, Desomnd, strasburg, gordon, and craig, those are my best 6 players i think. I am worried about craig but I do like his 1B OF eligibility. What are your thoughts. I am not so worried about the round just trying to keep best players. I have won this league the last 2 years, the only 2 years I have been in it. Jansen is a great closer but you can always get closers later in draft. Great website, hope you had fun in AZ last weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, I did…. Not Adams or Gordon and keep Jansen… Take big bats at first, yes…

  36. sideshow says:
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    I like Simmons this year. Thought you would have him included here.

    • Jason says:
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      @sideshow: Check out Grey’s Shortstop rankings, he has Simmons in the top 10 already, ahead of all the guys mentioned here. That’s why he didn’t include him here. Generally these types of articles are for lower ranked players to target. Cheers.

  37. Stephen says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Was hoping you could confirm if a staff such as below would be competitive in a 12 team mixed roto league with standard categories and $260 salary cap… much appreciated.

    Shields or Latos or a pitcher in that tier for roughly $20
    Grey @ $13
    Minor @ $13
    Masterson @$5
    Cashner @ $5
    and then two $1 pitchers with some upside.
    1 good closer
    1 shaky closer

    Thanks for your help!

    Stephen

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Swirly Pop? That sounds wonderful! Is it good?

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey: yes right out of the mail today its good yo!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That does sound like a flavor right up my alley… I might have to buy it… I just have so many flavors… I have like 40 flavors… Cougs is gonna kick me out if I get another one…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… I always have a problem with the vanilla ones (and chocolate), they taste synthetic… I have Sour Skittles, it’s solid, I think it’s from Mt. Baker… I’ve been on Fruit Stripe gum by Mt. Baker vapor for the last two days..> I’m now just trying to power through flavors…

      • Stephen says:
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        Thanks kind sir!

        Based on my running through the model, having Minor, Latos, Grey, Cashner and Beachy looks great, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, that could work… It has some injury to it though…

  38. slew says:
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    Guessing you noticed that Fister has been scratched with elbow inflammation and will be shut down for a few days? Concerning or just normal bumps and bruises pitchers experience in ST?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Concerning… But clean MRI and have to wait and see for another few days until he throws again

  39. Big Al says:
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    In your opinion who has the most realistic ADP rankings ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yahoo

  40. Jurickselton Primmons says:
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    6×6 keeper league, should I keep Gerrit Cole for $5 or Greg Holland for $2?

    Thank you much, looking forward to dominating chumps with your help this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole…No problem

  41. Sixto Lescano says:
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    OMG that’s the first mention of the Rutledge-LeMepoo debacle that I’ve read this year…I just threw up in my mouth a lot not a little.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  42. bozo says:
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    I don’t know what I’m doing. Will you draft for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How much?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i was thinking of doing this for friends of mine. there is nothing so much fun as drafting more teams.

  43. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    What draft did you have last night? Actually had my first Razzball draft last night, was very different than the Yahoo $ leagues I’ve done in the last few weeks. Ended up ignoring the advice of my Uncle Grey, (mostly due to the fact that everyone else seemed to be listening to your advice) and tried zigging while other were zagging. Went in on pitching much earlier than expected but I sort of like the results. I also grabbed Rosario, maybe not the best value at 112 but I just love the power, the lineup, and the home park perks…

    9 Robinson Cano, Sea 2B
    16 Albert Pujols, LAA 1B
    33 Justin Upton, Atl OF
    40 Felix Hernandez, Sea SP
    57 Justin Verlander, Det SP
    64 Alex Gordon, KC OF
    81 Josh Hamilton, LAA OF
    88 Carlos Beltran, NYY OF
    105 Matt Moore, TB SP
    112 Wilin Rosario, Col C
    129 Shane Victorino, Bos OF
    136 Nolan Arenado, Col 3B
    153 Norichika Aoki, KC OF
    160 Jason Grilli, Pit RP
    177 Howie Kendrick, LAA 2B
    184 Jimmy Rollins, Phi SS
    201 Huston Street, SD RP
    208 Bobby Parnell, NYM RP
    225 A.J. Burnett, Phi SP
    232 Chris Tillman, Bal SP
    249 Mike Moustakas, KC 3B
    256 Corey Kluber, Cle SP
    273 Joakim Soria, Tex RP
    280 Josh Johnson, SD SP
    297 Tim Hudson, SF SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Obviously I don’t like some of your picks, but overall it’s not a bad team… Because you took early pitching, you doubled up on hitting for a while (until Moore) and that helps the team… If Verlander and Moore aren’t good (as I’m concerned about), your pitching will be mess…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: I figured you probably didn’t like the Verlander, Moore, Rosario, and Grilli choices. I’m hoping Verlander can get back to his usual control levels. Other than that nothing was terribly out of whack last season. Matt Moore does worry me the control is an issue and his ERA was probably a product of luck, but on the flipside the age, pedigree, and team situation give me hope. There is certainly a great deal of risk but I feel like there’s also some reward with those two picks…..

        I wonder do you think I jumped in too early on relievers with Grilli? Any faith in a better year from Hamilton?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I worry about Hamilton after he’s already hurt himself… He could be fine for 25 HRs, 80 runs, 90 RBIs, .270… That also could be Josh Willingham… Grilli doesn’t bother me, SAGNOF!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: SAGNOF Church!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Church!

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: taking pujols at 16th is clearly a Grey-followed concept, as everywhere else even at 25th it’s early.

  44. Scott says:
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    Do you think Mike Olt wins the 3B job for the Cubs? Is he worth a flier in a 20 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish… I think he’ll replace Valbuena eventually and you should draft him anyway in a league that deep

  45. Tbone says:
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    Weekly lineup 6×6: OBP, SLG, R, RBI, HR, SB; ERA, WHIP, QS, W-L, K/9, SV.
    No CI or MI, (4) OF, (5) SP, (2) RP
    Keepers right now are McCutchen, Gordon, Dom, Springer, Billy Hamilton, Bogaerts, Waino, Gray, Kenley, Holland.

    Deal Hamilton who will be an 8th rounder for Samardzija who will cost a 20th?
    Each can be kept this year and next. Don’t love Hamilton, but don’t love Shark either…more need there now though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  46. Bill says:
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    8 Team Keeper League, 5 x 5 with OBP.

    Definitely Keeping: Votto, Machado, Tulo, J-Upton, A. Jones, B. Harper, F. Freeman, Strasburg

    Need to pick one of the following: Verlander or Heyward. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  47. johnny drama says:
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    12 team H2H 5×5 Espn Standard – Keeper with $5 inflation each year.

    Bumgarner for $21
    or
    Cobb for $9

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cobb

      • johnny drama says:
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        @Grey: Same league. Last keeper.
        Grey $6
        Gyorko $8
        Cespedes $14

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gyorko

  48. Homer at the Bat says:
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    Can I get quick draft advice?
    12 team, 14 keeper (no associated cost, 2 keepers must have rookie eligibility) H2h/points league (emphasizes OPS, with a penalty for strikeouts).

    After a flurry of trades, I’ve got the following going into the draft:
    C – Santana
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Pedroia
    SS – Zobrist
    3B – Miggy
    MI – Kinsler
    CI – _____
    OF- McCutchen
    OF- Braun
    OF- Puig
    OF- Giancarlogasm
    OF- _____
    U – _____
    U – _____
    SP – Bailey
    SP – Cain
    SP – Iwakuma (obviously out at start of the season, but hoping he’s fine from May onwards)
    SP – _____
    SP – _____
    SP – Paxton
    RP (x4) – _____

    I’ve got 2 first round picks (effectively the 10th to 12th-ish round of a normal draft). Not sure who will be available, but think Sandoval-ish level bats and arms like Kluber, Lynn, Burnett, Latos (and just about all the closers except Kimbrel/Chapman/Jansen)

    Gut feeling – do I target 2 bats, 2 arms, or 1 of each?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what hitter is out there, but you’re probably safe to go 2 arms… Definitely an arm from the jump…. Good, solid balanced hitting so far though…

      • Homer at the Bat says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – that was my gut as well. I like my bats for sure, especially given my league’s format.

        Ok, now for shameless plug – if you’re playing in a points league, I HIGHLY recommend taking advantage of the Steamer projections with Rudy Gamble playing time adjustments. Copy/paste the data into an excel file and use formulae (formulas?) to calculate expected points totals based on your league’s settings. I feel like it made me much more knowledgeable going into my keeper deadline and draft, and I feel like it really helps me convert your regular 5×5 rankings into what works for my league.

        For example, in my league, Cabrera is projected as being 130 points better than Beltre (3B #2) and 170 points better than Prado/Wright (3B # 3-4). Also, Trout is projected as 100 points better than Braun (OF#3), and McCutchen 70 points better than Braun. I wouldn’t have known that without using the tools I found here (along with the projections saying Prado, Choo, and Aoki are in the same tier as Braun, Puig, and Adam Jones)

        I also used it to plot out tiers at each position, and compare the various tiers across positions – I think it’s going to be a huge help in determining where the greatest values lie.

        Okay – that was a very long winded (and sincere) way of saying thank you – I’ve been learning the Razzball ways for quite a while now, and it’s been a tremendous advantage.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool, glad it helps!

  49. SteveNZ says:
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    Hochevar going to have TJ surgery…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… I removed him from my top 400

  50. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    domonic brown hitting .105 during spring training

    drop him for bobby abreu , who’s batting .133 ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like that aggressiveness!

  51. gareth says:
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    You didnt hear it from me, but there is a secret plot going on in mlb to clean up the sport. Covert agents are going around sabotaging players with dirty sounding names so they get injured, meaning they’re names will hardly been mentioned in mlb coverage.

    First hochevar, now fister. Yikes.

    Apparently Charlie furbush got wind of this plot and has hired a team of bodyguards to protect him.

    Who will be next to fall victim to this nefarious plot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: except in preseason, where they’re the only player worth mentioning, due to these injuries.

  52. Thom says:
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    Adhering like stickum to your rankings and other tidbits, most of my mocks, drafting b/w 10-12, have been allowing me to get Pujols in the fourth after plucking Fielder in the second. Is it advisable to scoop up two 1B and forsake other positions this early? 14 team roto 5 OF, CI/MI, 2 UT. I think I know the answer but just need some validation. BTW, Rizzo is usually available in the 7th as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols in the 4th is fine after taking Fielder in the 2nd…

  53. gareth says:
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    Brandon morrow just changed his name to “brandon moobs” so he can use this as an excuse when he inevitability gets injured.

  54. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    ok , i’ll admit to having watched that video again ,
    but this time i focused on he bald spot on the top of Nick’s head .

    what’s the over/under (in years) before he gets a “toup” ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pulls a Selig? I say September 2018

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      @ Grey :
      if you’re ever at a craps table , and let’s say the point is 6 ,
      and the shooter rolls an off number , like a 5
      and the stick person shouts out ==> ” six is the point … 5 to pay” ,
      you should know enough to look up from the table and see the guy walking by .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Why?

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Grey:

          ‘cuz he wearing an obvious rug .
          to pay = toupee

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @costaricanchata:

            @ Grey :

            all sorts of hidden conversations going on between
            dealers and box person on a craps table .
            hope they’re not taking about you .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA!

  55. Cole says:
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    In the War room tool do the projections have your expectations for IP built in even though not visible? B/c obviously closers don’t throw as many innings as starters therefore their ERA is only over 60 as opposed to 200 innings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      IP are in there… As well as hits, walks, runs for pitchers and hits and ABs for hitters… How you liking your NFBC team?

      • Cole says:
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        @Grey: Its ok, probably top third in the league right now. The war room tool likes it, though I really don’t like any of my players personally. I finally got a brewer in Peralta. How do you like yours?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t like a lot of my guys individually, but at the prices I paid… Utley, for instance, after pick 200? Hard to fault it… I think should contend as long as it’s not ravaged by injuries… I have a lot of guys that should get lots of ABs (counting stats), which is important in this league… Team Murphy right? Your team looks solid… Looks light on average and steals…

          • Cole says:
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            @Grey: yeah that’s mine. I am in SAGNOF (!) mode right now. I was paying pretty close attention to ave vs power so I’m surprised you say that. War room has me over 100%. Yeah same here if beltran and tulo miss a lot of time I am eff ‘ed as well.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Interesting on average cause Beltran, Gyorko, Marte, Moss, Alcides, Mesoraco, Middlebrooks and Brantley could all be negatives on average…

              • Cole says:
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                @Grey: Yeah its risky now that I look at it. I know it only takes a few guys to suck to kill you. I owned Upton and Dunn in my RCL last year. I guess I drafted several guys that you were projecting to improve over their previous year. Well I’ll fix that…Drafting Revere… and the problem is totally solved. Everthing’s coming up Milhouse!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… I figurted you’d go Young, Revere or Span… I’m between a few of those guys too cause I also need speed… If you use Rudy’s 15 team ESPN, you’ll probably know which way I’m going next… If he’s there…

                  • Cole says:
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                    @Grey: I see… I’m suprised how high Sparkakis is ranked. Heh the war room has me at a .273 ave now. Even I see how that is way optimistic

                    • Grey

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                      That’s above me… I’m at .272… I don’t think my average is low either… Arcia, Wieters and Trumbo are dragging me down… I’m way low in SBs, 139 right now…

  56. Rob Popp says:
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    Non-sequator, but if you could chime in I’d be very grateful. 3 keepers due tomorrow, (losing last year’s draft slot): Prince Fielder (1), Adam Jones (3), Alex Rios (7), Alex Cobb (~), Jean Segura (~). Narrowed it down to these 5, keeping Fielder and Jones. Between Rios, Cobb and Segura, it stands to reason I could re-draft these guys in rounds 2 & 4-7, so I think I should keep Cobb or Segura for “free”. Leaning towards locking in Segura. Any thoughts much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder, Jones, Segura

  57. Jay_0321 says:
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    Looks as though Rosario is going back to the pot. Should I make a push at landing him as a keeper for two more years at the loss of Pedroia who is franchised or released or Chapman with the same eligibility as Rosario? If I pass on acquiring him, should I take him in the 3rd round if he slides to me? Remember 100 players off the board and after Miggy, Cano and Yu are off the board it gets ugly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t keep Rosario over those two… I’d look to draft him soon after the draft starts though… Maybe 2nd round even… No idea who else will be there though

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: Pretty ugly. Zimmerman, Cain, ZimmermaNN, Ortiz, Rosenthal, Butler, Santana, Gio, Hosmer, Latos, Uehara, Gordon, JHamilton, Zobs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, looks around right with 100 guys kept…

          • Jay_0321 says:
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            @Grey: So Zimerman at 7 and Rosario in the 2nd or someone else?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Zimmerman then Rosario works for me…

  58. Hoog says:
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    Hey gray, you think there’s a chance Jesus actually breaks camp with the mariners? I know he looks like he ate Pablo Sandoval, but maybe that’s what he needed to be able to hit? I have him in a keeper league (can’t drop him till 2016) so I’m praying he’s useful…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, he’s headed to the minors…

      • Hoog says:
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        @Grey: well damn.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry

  59. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: In a keep forever league, if by chance I get the opportunity to draft Stanton over Bautista, should I do it? I know you like Joey Bats in 2014 (and I do too) but it’s hard to pass on Stanton in a format where I could have him for the next 5+ seasons.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d take Stanton

  60. Eddy says:
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    Have my first draft on Tuesday, going round by round determining who’ll be available.

    Since it’s keeper several top players will be gone and I’ve come to a spot where Medlen and Fister will be available. I know you have Fister quite above Medlen, but with Fister having elbow inflammation, you shying away?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d proceed with caution… I wouldn’t pair Fister with any other pitchers with problems… Still early and Nats are saying he’s okay, but I’d be careful… Not yet moving him in my rankings…

  61. Cole says:
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    Ha I’m at 142 on steals. So that makes me short on every category… accept average. Really solid on ave apparently

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just hit 184 SBs with Bonifacio… Pretty far under on RBIs and runs… I would need a 2nd catcher to give me 80/80… Ain’t happening…

      • Cole says:
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        @Grey: That’s a really good pick for position flexibility too. I was taking him had you not. Well Sugar(!) puts me over on HR and leaves me at 162 on steals so i’ll have to rotate in speed guys I guess. My counting stats are short too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! I was surprised he was still there with his position flexibility… Nice grab with Gee too…

          • Cole says:
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            @Grey: Gee Thanks! Niese as your SP7 is pretty ridiculous. I guess with no GS cap I may be going with 7 SP per week more often than not…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, crazy… And I just took Carlos Martinez… If he sneaks into the rotation, yummers!

              • Cole says:
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                @Grey: I saw that- I thought he was gone. Then I saw Torres was still there too, and as you put it so well…Boing!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, Torres was in my queue…Nice pick!

  62. Hong Kong Phooey says:
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    Yo Grey!
    Yahoo H2H 8×8, 6 keepers:
    I’m planning on keeping: McCutcheon, Encarnacion and CarGo
    Which three of these guys should i keep?
    - J Upton
    - Scherzer
    - J Hey Kid
    - Segura
    - Wil Myers
    Thanks as always for your help oh wise mustachioed man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers, Scherzer, Segura…

  63. Zar says:
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    Hey Grey, Could I get your feedback on my team? It’s a 12 team H2H with the standard yahoo scoring. My saves look like a mess I know..And Andrus @92 seemed amazingly good considering your ranking :D. And Wacha was my “Ace” …..ouch…

    Pick Player Position
    1. (5) Andrew McCutchen OF
    2. (20) Evan Longoria 3B
    3. (29) José Bautista OF
    4. (44) Ian Desmond SS
    5. (53) Hunter Pence OF
    6. (68) Eric Hosmer 1B
    7. (77) Mark Trumbo 1B,OF
    8. (92) Elvis Andrus SS
    9. (101) Michael Wacha SP,RP
    10. (116) Tony Cingrani SP,RP
    11. (125) Doug Fister SP
    12. (140) Francisco Liriano SP
    13. (149) Steve Cishek RP
    14. (164) Sonny Gray SP
    15. (173) Justin Masterson SP
    16. (188) John Axford RP
    17. (197) Brad Miller 2B,SS
    18. (212) Christian Yelich OF
    19. (221) Jason Castro C
    20. (236) Todd Frazier 3B
    21. (245) Taijuan Walker SP
    22. (260) George Springer OF
    23. (269) Joakim Soria RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is great for Andrus… As for the rest of team…Well… Kidding… It lookssolid, a tad low on steals, but in H2H that’s not bad… I do think your hitting’s a tad better than your pitching, which is good… Your pitching’s not bad, just a bit high on upside…

      • Zar says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey :D The saves don’t look too horrible? I’m banking on the upside prescribed by razzball :D

        I’m thinking of trading Andrus or Ian Desmond. I’m thinking Andrus or Desmond for Greinke or Bailey. Or maybe for Zimmerman and Altuve. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          SAGNOF on saves… Sure, Andrus for Zimmerman and Altuve works for me…

          • Zar says:
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            @Grey: Cool, thanks :D

            SAGNOF it is then! I might have to drop Taijuan Walker or probably Soria. To make the trade.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha

  64. MB says:
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    What do you think really broke Lucroys hand?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You just step out of DeLorean? What broke his hand 2 years ago?

      • MB says:
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        @Grey: Sorry forgot to ask earlier

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @MB: this is a great interchange right here.

  65. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I’ve now seen Tool live and have had sex with a real girl/woman. My life is complete

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did you go to your first concert and lose your virginity last night?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: Nope, was just reminiscing on a bucket list from age 13/14. My wife wouldn’t be too pleased if the second part happened last night. My first concert was the fucking Wallflowers. Don’t ask.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          One Headlight!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            They were so boring. Saw Counting Crows with them, though. That was cool. It was up at the Gorge in Washington. Great venue.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I saw Counting Crows recently and they were god awful… Duritz ruined his voice…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                What did he do to it? He was always a bit whiny/squeally. Is he a baritone now or something?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He sounded/looked like the years haven’t been kind…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, Adam used to be a thing too… Think about how he once dated Jennifer Aniston…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Love is blind…but even when you’re blind you can tell your man hasn’t washed his hair in 20 years. Bad move, J-An. Speaking of, never actually got into her as a hottie when on friends. Now? Damn. I now get the Coug affliction, Grey.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, she’s ripened like a delicious avocado…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’d pit it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Guac it up, flip it, rub it down…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Dude, that’s awesome! Why you avoiding her, Lothario Grey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Please. Say my full name Fantasy Master Lothario.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Want me to do it a la Meg Ryan in the restaurant in When Harry Met Sally?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, please

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                We’re gonna have to get Jay on this one…GIF DAT CHIT JAY!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

                  • costaricanchata says:
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                    @Grey:

                    isn’t she melnick’s girl ?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think so, yeah…

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Sky:
      sweet they are like the one band I haven’t seen yet!

  66. Alan says:
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    With Fister elbow news, time to jump ship? Aiming at Cueto, Lester, Timmy, Garza

    Keep everyone forever league

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t jump ship for those guys

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: I prolly crazy but Timmy bounces back this year and you’re getting great value to take a chance no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not the worst gamble… Signs are not pointing to a huge bounce back though, so it is just a flyer…

  67. ritzer says:
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    Has anybody posted the top 400 in an excel doc like other years?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly

  68. danny almonte says:
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    Would u give Braun/Scherzer for Jones/JoFer in a keeper? Fwiw I’m also keeping Crush/Machado, so Jones makes 3 O’s. I’m ok with that but any more O’s would make me uncomfortable with same off days. Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  69. Corey says:
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    Dan Haren in Dodgers Stadium or Ervin Santana in Rogers Centre? This is for a QS H2H league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haren

      • Corey says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Would you put Santana over either Zack Wheeler or Brandon Beachy? Trying to find high K/QS guys.

        Current Rotation:
        1. Cliff Lee
        2. Jose Fernandez
        3. James Shields
        4. Zack Wheeler
        5. Brandon Beachy
        6. Dan Haren
        7. (Streaming Spot)

        Watch Listed (could bump off Wheeler, Beachy or Haren):

        Archie Bradley
        Ervin Santana
        Michael Pineda
        Yordano Ventura

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, I wouldn’t

          • Corey says:
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            @Grey: Werd. Thanks Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

            • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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              @Corey: here’s the Santana trick to easily figure these out (in case of future questions like this), Grey’s Santana ranking/projections assumes both that he’s on a team, and that it’s in either a neutral or even pitcher-friendly park. TOR/BAL (where he’s likely to go) are not those, thus Santana is not moving up in Grey’s rankings, if anything he’d move down.

  70. Splendid Sphincter says:
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    Here’s how our H2H 5×5 keeper draft went down last night. Tell me where I’m lacking:

    1. Robinson Cano
    3. Justin Upton
    4. Au Shizz (Keeper)
    4. Anibal Sanchez
    4. Gio Gonzalez
    5. Ryan Zimmerman
    6. Jordan Zimmerman
    8. Sonny Gray
    9. Adam Jones (keeper)
    10. Carlos Beltran
    11. Francisco Liriano
    12. Billy Butler
    13. Jean Segura (keeper)
    14. Addison Reed
    15. Grant Balfour
    16. Salvatore Perez
    17. Rick Porcello
    18. Norichika Aoki
    19. Matt Harvey
    20. AJ Griffin
    21. Martin Perez
    22 BJ Upton
    23 Archie Bradley

    I Drafted Harvey for “what the hell’s sake” with our two DL spots open, and we keep based on round drafted for three years. What do you figure I need to look for on the Wire, oh Great Mustachioed One?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • Splendid Sphincter says:
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        @Grey: My bad. 10 teams. Looking to drop a pitcher and BJ Upton for some up and coming hitters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What did the War Room say? http://razzball.com/draft/ It looks light on speed and power for how shallow the league is, really hard to say when you list your team like this… The speed issue isn’t that big of an issue due to the format, and power can be fixed in a shallow league…

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Splendid Sphincter: Bubbles getting clean.

  71. jjj says:
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    your opinion on auction draft I have next week, do you generally call out the big names first and watch people spend their money, or if you have targeted some lower priced guys do you call them out early see how much you have to spend to get them, giving you more precise amount to spend on the elite talent?? I have always waited in the past, but sometimes get stuck with mediocre guys due to lack of funds b/c the “sleeper” picks went for 2-3 dollars more than I had thought they would. specifically I am looking at avisail and yelich for my 4 and 5 th of spots and alcides for MI. My league is 14 teams playing 5 OF, MI, CI , 2C and 2 UT so its pretty deep

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Call out expensive players first and let others pay for them…

  72. nightpandas says:
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    First time doing the NFBC thing, in with you Grey,(Team Storey), liking my team so far other than my 1B situation, should be competitive, surprised how all over the place some people are with “upside” picks, crazy!

    Drafting this week, Wanted to get your thoughts on who I should go after first in my partial keeper. (15 team, yahoo roto). I don’t pick until mid way through the second round. Thinking a closer (Rosenthal/Uehara type or best available CF. (Best available hitter in the draft per your ranks is Abreu, pitcher is Teheran).

    Keepers are as follows:
    C
    1B Rizzo
    2B Gyorko
    3B Arenado
    SS Tulo
    LF Gordon
    CF
    RF Braun
    U
    P: Darvish, Shields, Wacha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you”re making smart late picks… Some of these upside and handcuff picks are crazy… Can’t believe some of the guys that are off the board before, say, Willingham, who I thought was a great pick… I’d draft a closer in your league first, then probably a SP, depending on what’s there… You’re gonna have to draft mostly SPs or RPs with that team…

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the tips, cheers, hoping the pace picks up!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I just wanna draft! But I get it, people are away on the weekend… Seems like I’m never home when it’s my turn to pick and am at my computer when it’s not my turn…

          • Nightpandas says:
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            @Grey: hear ya, you can’t plan when your turn might come up…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  73. fausto says:
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    HELP ANYONE PLEASE!!! First time in a keeper league. I literally just inherited this team as of last night. Max salary is $270, 10 team roto. Trying to decide on keepers. Here are my options..
    - Jay Bruce ($28)
    - Edwin Encarnacion ($27)
    - Adrian Gonzalez ($28)
    - Ian Kinsler ($30)
    - Kendrys Morales ($5)
    - Dustin Pedroia ($30)
    - Carlos Santana ($17)
    - Alfonso Soriano ($7)
    - Grant Balfour ($10)
    - Cole Hamels ($28)
    - LaTroy Hawkins ($5)
    - Mike Leake ($5)
    - Jonathan Papelbon ($12)
    - Sergio Romo ($10)
    - Rafeal Soriano ($12)
    - Chris Tillman ($4)
    *Sorry Grey I’m not trying to blow up your website im just scrambling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many keepers?

  74. J-FOH says:
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    trying to work on drafts, my article, and coaching softball is making me miss the little things. Any new news on the Scooter Gennett/Rickie Weeks thing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re writing an article while coaching softball?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: I’m multi tasking yo!…no, but I was thinking about it today as I coached third base, ” how can I convince them to take a chance on Cody Asche besides linking to Grey’s sleeper post? Is punting 3rd base a real option with some late round flyers? Why do I look so good in blue? My beard is friggin sweet right now”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: It is friggin sweet, people worship Tehols body, no they don’t, and I get more love on my awesome beard, which is usually followed with a what kind of bike do you ride?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Schwinn! Wait, wrong answer?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: it’s a huffy

  75. Skooter says:
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    What do you think are the odds that Price gets traded outside of the AL during the season? Trying to weigh the risk of drafting him in an AL only league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt it… Maybe 20 to 1 odds

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: you gotta get in one of those NL/AL leagues where any player gets to count in the league he started the year in (so price is AL player, unless traded pre-season), doesn’t matter if he gets traded in real life. what kind of comish lets that luck based garbage ruin some teams, help others?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am in one

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: sorry, i meant the guy worried about losing a player for his team due to a real life trade.

  76. goodfold2 says:
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    in that league that i drafted thurs, that you said was weak at steals and average; i punched the team into War Room with my league specs, it said my steals were fine. In either case, once league opened for moves i grabbed Syndergaard for one NA slot, put D.holland on DL (4 of those), so decent stash, plus many other good starters still free agents, and added Boneface as 2nd bench bat, along with Raj. Would I be better off with Pagan or Lind as bench bat? Moss is at util so clearly i will be using my bench very often when he plays lefties. Pagan or Lind would be better for avg, and I don’t know if i need 2 steal only types like Raj and Boneface.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind for now is fine

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: also, tried to find other DL stashes, so far this is the thinest crop of these i’ve ever seen.

  77. Alan says:
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    No. 6 in dynasty startup, who you going with? Cargo, Hanley, Kershaw, Stanton, C Davis? 5×5 roto. Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  78. SteveNZ says:
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    Where do the online War Room draft goals come from? They’re different (for ESPN 12-team anyway) from the ones Rudy posted the other day…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re slightly off, because they’re last year’s numbers… Rudy’s are more accurate, but there shouldn’t be huge discrepancies…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Ah, gotcha. Just under 90 minutes til FCL draft time…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: #1 pick.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow… Driver’s seat… Nice!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey:
                1. Self
                2. JFOH
                3. Jeremy
                4. mauledbypandas
                5. Magoo
                6. OTS
                7. Sky
                8. Kid A
                9. Cram
                10. Wake Up
                11. Prezii
                12. Nachoo Cheese

                • costaricanchata says:
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                  @SteveNZ:

                  no tehol ?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @costaricanchata: Nah – these are frequent commentors rather than writers, though there are a couple in the league.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  What a lineup of names, ha… I think JFOH is in every draft…

  79. SoSayethI says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Keep one of 3 for the cost of a last round (20th) pick. Soriano, Leonys Martin, Yelich. They will likely be my 3rd or bench OF.

    The rest of my team is shaking out to be Goldy, Gyorko, Bogaerts, and with 2 picks in the first round I should be able to grab McCutch and a power 3rd basemen (longo/beltre), so I’m thinking my team might be a bit weak on steals?

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich

  80. JB says:
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    Does war room work on iMac iPad etc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I believe so, test it out

  81. Ken says:
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    This is a bit off topic but I was wondering with the dearth of sb guys out there why Revere ranked so low this year? He is really Juan Pierre come to life right? 40-50 sbs. A very solid avg and probably a nice amt of runs. I know he was injured last year but in past years a guy who could be a three category guy with high sbs would be highly sought after. I have to decide to keep him or not. Just wondering what you think? Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s never done 40-50 steals in his career…

  82. Frank Stallone says:
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    Just did my first draft of the year (I plan to do two leagues) and looking for some feedback. I’ve finished second the past two years and really want to get back in the winner’s circle. WHIP has been my Achilles heel, so I went out of character and took a starter in the 3rd and a closer in the 5th. I want to win and have fun. Those early round pitchers are fun and I couldn’t help myself. 12-team, 5×5.

    C Carlos Santana
    1B Billy Butler
    2B Jedd Gyorko
    3B Evan Longoria
    SS Brad Miller
    OF Andrew McCutchen
    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF Matt Kemp
    UTIL Leonys Martin
    UTIL Chase Headley
    BN Jonathan Villar

    SP Stephen Strasburg
    SP Mike Minor
    RP Kenley Jansen
    RP Fernando Rodney
    P Neftali Feliz
    P Tommy Hunter
    P Joaquin Benoit
    P Jesse Crain
    BN Danny Salazar
    BN Doug Fister
    BN Zach Wheeler
    BN Bartolo Colon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Because you took early an SP and RP, your offense is hurting… Kemp could work out, Martin and Headley could work out… Some question marks, definitely… The pitching does look decent, though I wonder about Wheeler if you’re worried about WHIP…

  83. Ken says:
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    He didn’t have 40 in 124 games in 2012?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure what this is regarding

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: guessing from earlier comments he could be referencing Revere’s likelihood of getting 40-50 steals.

  84. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in middle of 15 team roto draft, just got jones (12th), then fielder at 19th!!!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: was assuming i’d miss fielder, get edwin at 19th, then pujols at either 42nd or 49th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: yr drafting strategies work much better (by that i mean you steal more value) in deeper leagues than 12, this right now is a 15 teamer, i’m just now about to get SS/MI/C at pick 192.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: it is nice when War Room works during draft, last night it was buggy.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Much better this year cause it’s in an iframe… Razzball doesn’t refresh when you enter…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: got miller/castro C/escobar (needed steals)/avisail last 4 picks ending at 229th. missed avisail 2 days ago getting cute in 2nd to last round grabbing Lindstrom. This league is Roto, so i’ll just have faith in my superior likelihood of finding more closers than opp’s. do have K-Rob and Frieri.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Very nice

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Grey: one guy has 6 SP, with the worst one being bailey. damn, he also doesn’t have a 2B by pick 300.

  85. Slamma Lamma Ding Dong says:
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    Hi there, Grey. Long time, first time.

    Did my first draft of the year. 12-team H2H OBP with keepers in the mix.

    C-Jason Castro
    1B-Albert Pujols
    2B-Jedd Gyorko
    3B-Pedro Alvarez
    SS-Elvis Andrus
    OF- Bryce Harper
    OF-Jose Bautista
    OF-Shin Soo Choo
    UTIL-Wil Myers
    UTIL-Norichia Aoki

    BN-Chris Carter
    BN-Rajai Davis

    SP-Stephen Strasburg
    SP-Masahiro Tanaka
    SP-Danny Salazar
    SP- Sonny Gray
    SP-Justin Masterson
    SP-Rick Porcello

    CL-Grant Balfour
    CL-Nate Jones
    CL-Bobby Parnell
    CL-Sergio Santos

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the team a lot, solid pitching and hitting… Maybe a tad low on speed, but not bad for H2H… Your pitching looks great… Shallow league though, so a lot to be done in-season…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I really like that ‘Whiny Snitches’ guy draft…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Sky: That guy is pretty whiny…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          And I’ve heard him described as ‘devilishly handsome’ by some circles

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Sky: And strangely protective of his nether-region in others

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              HA! But only in the Pacific Northwest…he’s an odd fellow…

              • Prez!! says:
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                @Sky: you still hit like a b*tch!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Prez, you know what my five fingers say to your face.

                  • Prez!! says:
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                    @Sky: SLAP!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      To quote Depeche Mode: REACH OUT AND TOUCH FACE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, Billy Hamilton went late…I don’t know Zero Hero looks pretty good… Moa, your hitting should be a bit better for where the pitching is… Looks like a Simply Fred team, emoticon…

      • Prez!! says:
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        @Grey: of course zero hero looks good to you, jack drafted exactly how you would…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s my boy!

          • Prez!! says:
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            @Grey: like the hateful offspring you never had! You and cougz should adopt!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I love him like a hateful son I never wanted!

      • Simply Fred

        simply fred says:
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        @Grey: WOW…this draft blew me away…and my perceptions of where players would go. No fewer than TEN of my targets went before where I was targeting (which was a round or more ahead of the earliest I had seen in mocks and drafts).

        You guys smarter than you get credit for.

        back to the drawing, er, drafting board…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… I hear ya…

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @SteveNZ: Was a fun draft. Didn’t really like my team but I will see what happens in the season. Had to take some pitchers early because I didn’t like certain hitters so that should be a strength

      • J-FOH says:
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        @mauledbypandas: I hated having the second, it was just crap to choose from

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @J-FOH: But weren’t you complaining about having 11th in the writers’ draft? Sheesh.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @J-FOH: OK, I see you don’t like being at either end. Fair enough.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @J-FOH: I just think I made some bad choices. It just felt like there weren’t any solid options every time I came up.
          I blame the rather copious amount of alcohol in my system during the draft.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @mauledbypandas: I know what you mean. After my first three, there never seemed to be anyone I really liked – just a bunch of guys I ended up taking out of necessity. And when I did reach, it always seemed to be at the wrong time!

            And while not a lot of guys got scooped right in my face, there were 7-8 times where I guy I wanted was taken 4-5 picks before…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @SteveNZ: yup, I hated almost all my choices except 5

              I just drafted 8th in another right now and I liked that a lot more.

              • mauledbypandas says:
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                @J-FOH: i’ve always liked drafting around 7-9. Hate sitting there for 15+ picks watching targets fall left and right

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @J-FOH: You mean 5 out of all of your picks, or your 5th round pick? A-Gon was a solid choice there…

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @SteveNZ: Should make for an interesting season though. I see too many of you guys in my other leagues so I am sure those drafts will be similarly difficult!

            • Big Magoo says:
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              @SteveNZ: If I grabbed any targets of yours, I’m always open to trade offers. That goes for everybody too. I’m just throwing this out to Steve because I was 4 picks away from him…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Big Magoo: You only grabbed both of my 3B targets ;-)

                If I’d taken R Zimm instead of Bum with my 4th pick, I think I’d feel a bit better about my team.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @SteveNZ: regardless of all the smack talk it should be fun, in this kind of group anything can happen. I hate my team and myself so I’m set

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @J-FOH: BECAUSE of all the smack talk…

                • Big Magoo says:
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                  @SteveNZ: That’s funny because the 4th was one of the toughest spots for me in the draft. I wanted to go CI/OF in the 4th/5th in some order, and figured that there would be decent OF options available in the 5th, so Zimm was the choice in the 4th. Lots of ways to go at that point in the draft.

                  Took Seager to fill my CI slot because 1B was pretty much dried up at that point, at least in terms of the viable starting options.

                  You want to talk trade, I’m available.

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @mauledbypandas: Copious amounts of alcohol were consumed here as well…

  86. J-FOH says:
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    2nd draft in 4 days is now done

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @J-FOH: me too, but in 3 days. also, just this minute.

    • Prez!! says:
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      @J-FOH: oh jack, you poor little thing… You want some cookies? Huh? Warm milk? What do you need fuzzy wuzzy??

      That what you were lookong for?

      Post ur team! Dont be scared! Post it!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Prez!!: here’s mine in 15 teamer. War room likes it.
        12 Jones CF
        19 Fielder 1B (this is crazy)
        42 Bruce RF
        49 Zimmerman 3B
        72 Annabell SP1
        102 Gordon LF
        109 K-Rob RP1 (we start 6)
        132 Gyorko CI
        139 Liriano SP2
        162 Aoki OF (we have a 4th slot)
        169 Frieri RP2
        192 Miller SS
        199 Castro C
        222 A.Escobar MI (needed steals according to war room)
        229 Avisail util
        252 Porcello SP3
        259 Jimenez SP4
        282 Qualls RP3
        289 Crain RP4
        312 Springer NA stash (Baez around a lot later, but 2 days ago, in smaller H2H both these guys went around here, or earlier)
        319 Johnson SP5 (this guy has NO love on yahoo)
        342 Walker SP6 (same as Johnson)
        349 J.Smith RP5
        372 Asche BN
        379 Kelley RP6
        402 Santiago SP6
        409 Mesoraco C2 (we get game maximums, so trying to make sure no catcher gets day off, could grab corporan instead to make sure of that)

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Prez!!: DON’T TALK TO ME LIKE I’M ONE OF YOUR TRANNY DATES. I’LL CUT YOU!

  87. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    i’m guessing it’s not a bad idea, in 15 team roto that also has relief wins and losses, in addition to holds and K/BB (instead of total K’s, innings is a counting cat instead of K’s), to grab closer handcuff (assuming they’re not terrible) over some possibly better RP’s? i got
    K-Rob
    Frieri
    Qualls
    at first, then grabbed Crain for when he comes back and likely takes job
    then later in draft, while looking over RP options (lindstrom/webb/carpenter etc)
    started noticing that
    Kelley and J.Smith might be better grabs, even though ranked lower.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: other guys still out there include k.herrera/lindstrom/fien/webb/thayer/belisle/storen/dunn, if any of these are markedly better than kelley/smith, since if i have the handcuffs i’ll both have myself set up for injury/demotion at 3 whole teams, and will get holds and relief wins (in addition to regular wins) when one of those guys come in in a tie and win, with the closer closing later.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not markedly better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I go closer handcuffs

  88. Prez!! says:
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    Jack reached on madams… Needless to say, were not talking to eachother anymore….

  89. Spammer Jay says:
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    finished my first draft tonight in CBS (13 teams). Because Chris Davis dropped to me unexpectedly with the 12th pick after 3 SP’s came off before me, I went with him and it jacked up my OF. What you think Grey?

    C: Ramos
    1B: Goldy *keeper
    2B: Gyorko
    3B: Zimmerman *keeper
    SS: E Cab
    OF: Gordon
    OF: Hamilton
    OF: Brantley
    U: Chris Davis
    R: Yelich

    P: Sale
    P: Bailey *keeper
    P: Fister (he came very late to me since the elbow news)
    P: Gray *keeper
    P: Archer
    P: Josh Johnson
    P: Porcello
    P: Erasmo
    P: C Mart
    P: Greg Holland
    P: Soria
    P: Torres

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not jacked up, but surprised to see Brantley starting on that shallow of a team… I do like him though… Pitching looks real solid, I think you have too many steals, and light power…

  90. goodfold2 says:
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    in that league where i have all players from DET/MIL/CLE owner of LAD/MIA/ARI may still be willing to do my Kinsler for his Puig, but he’s asking about my AsCab and A-Jax for his Puig/D.Gordon. We comfortable enough with Gordon starting to make that move. i would have to play either iglesias or aviles at SS everyday if i make this move and dee gordon doesn’t get 2B. Or trade somebody for b.miller (that owner still hasn’t gotten back yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: deal is pending, it is likely that brad miller owner would move him for brantley (in case Gordon lost starting gig) since he’s got real LF problems, yet also has left miller down (technically he owns him, but he’s not on active roster)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  91. Hoog says:
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    Gray! Keeper question. H2h quality starts league. Do I trade cliff Lee for Matt Adams and tony cingrani? I have bumgarner and Wainwright as aces in mystaff as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  92. Mike B says:
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    Our 10 team 10 keeper league is entering the 2nd season and some tweaking is being considered for long-term improvement/competitive balance. Would you consider it reasonable to transition to 8ML keepers with 2 minor league keepers over the next year? 7 of the 10 teams are already keeping at least 1 guy in the minors. We would be adding 2 NA slots to the roster after this upcoming season. I’ve done a million redrafts, but have limited keeper experience, so just looking to bounce some ideas off of everyone here. Always looking for ways to improve things.

    Feel ya on the brad miller love, still think that lineup as a whole is a bit of an enigma so long as smoak and ackley are within striking distance of top half of the order, for better or worse. Also, along with others’ comments here, I agree with the Aoki love, the slightest of bumps with an AL lineup turning over could be a nice value boost.

    Pleasure reading as always, keep on keepin’ on, Grey

    • Grey

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      Sure, I’d transition now though before the season started… No problem, thanks!

  93. CJ says:
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    Hey Grey-
    Love your site, and I know this post is about 2nd basemen, but it was your last post and I have my draft in 6 days.:) Here is my question I am in a league that doesn’t have max starters a week, you must put in your line up and it is locked Monday to Sunday. You start 5 starters and 2 Relievers. It is a H2H league. My question is in stead of getting a top RP, do I take a couple of guys with RP eligibility but our starters and place them in the 2 RP positions, Wacha, Cingarini, Cashner, Wood? Here is the scoring system:

    Win 7 points
    Save 7 points
    Quality Start 3 points
    Strikeout .5 points
    Base on Balls -1 point
    Inning Pitched 3 points
    Hits Allowed -1 point
    Earned Runs -1 points
    Hits Batsman -1 points
    Loss -5 points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! It’s about shortstops…. Yeah, I would consider a SP in an RP spot if you needed it… I’d draft closers in your league though… 7 points for saves is huge…

      • CJ says:
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        @Grey:
        My bad, I am so worried that someone would take this strategy I had to ask you. Yes this is the SS post. So I should just go with 2 stud RP’s instead of a SP who is RP eligible, and gives me points for wins, K’s Quality Starts, innings pitched. ???? Will do

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  94. Kid A says:
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    Aledmys to Saint Looey. Wong spotted scaling the arch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Eddy: oh god damnit….

      • slew says:
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        @Prez!!: I’m guessing you drafted him last night or something? Sucks!

        • Prez!! says:
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          @slew: yes sir… Gotta love mid spring drafts..

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Prez!!: late winter…

            • Prez!! says:
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              Mid spring training!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

    • Kid A says:
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      @Eddy: Did you see AndrElTon yell something in Klingon into his glove at the end of the clip? Not good.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Kid A: While the trainers were looking at Medlen’s arm…You could see him riding his bike off through the Sky…middle finger glowing and pointed in Prezzii’s general direction…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, looks bad

    • Kid A says:
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      @slew: The dreaded eight forearm strain. Everyone (except Kris) Kross your fingers.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Kid A:

        *RIGHT…unless he has eight, then he’ll be just fine.

        • Prez!! says:
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          @Kid A: kinda wishin he had eight right now..

  95. Kid A says:
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    Looking through the FCL draft to see how/why I took a left turn at albuquerque and ended up with Cuddyer on my team. Beltran, Jesus Hamilton, and Werth all snagged right in front of me. I hate my league mates.

    I’m hoping, as you touched on, that I will be able to graft something good onto this 35-year-young albino alligator’s (good god is he white) slot when(if!) he goes down.

    Speaking of “IFs”, I was reading through your OF rankings, and hit this gem again:

    “Werth doesn’t disappoint if he’s healthy. That ‘if’ has an overweight Siamese twin and it drives a minivan where the passenger seat is removed so it can fit.”

    Damn, that is funny.

    Another “IF” question – Has there been any internal discussion at Razzball Corporate HQ about performance incentivizing if you bought a small fleet of those vans for the employees? They could haul Tehol’s ego or the bloated heifers that Jack ropes, tackles, and takes home from bars.

    Just an idea. I’m always thinking of what is best for other people. An altruist.

    • Prez!! says:
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      @Kid A: wanna trade for medlen? I heard hes going to be REALLY good this year… Ill give him to you for cheap since ur such a great guy. ;)

      P.S. dont read the above comments.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Prez!!:
        Done!
        No takebacks!!!
        *reads above comments*
        Deal’s off!!!
        I ‘int sign no papers, Uh UH!!!

        • Prez!! says:
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          @Kid A: hahaha damnittttt! Pitching is soooo deeppp

          • Kid A says:
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            @Prez!!: You did kind of tempt fate by naming your team that…

            • Prez!! says:
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              @Kid A: yeah, seriously.. its going to be a startpocalypse..

              • costaricanchata says:
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                @Prez!!:

                better watch out , Prez .

                2 guys with only 4 SP’s
                and even one guy with 3 !

                then again , one guy’s got 12 .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! And great idea…Hahaha…

  96. Wake Up says:
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    Just watched the video of Nick and JayWrong…that was pretty funny…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jay Wrong’s the girl who loves me?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: That’s not him with Nick in the commercial?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh! Ha… Nah, that’s not him… I thought you meant the mediafire link I put in the comments above…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: WOW…that one is so much better!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wake Up: Is that because we’re both Asian? I feel this is too raycess. Which means I love it.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Jay: he’s only half right

  97. Andy says:
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    14 team H2H league

    Current team. In the middle of a slow draft.

    C
    1b- Prince
    2b
    SS- Hanley
    3b- Wright
    MI
    CI
    OF-McCutchen
    OF-CarGo
    OF-Alex Gordon
    OF
    Until
    SP- BumG, Cole,Medlen
    RP-Uehara

    Was leaning towards Aaron Hill but with the news of Medlen has me considering another starter. Would you go with Hill or Masteson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Masterson

    • CJ says:
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      @Andy:
      LMAo 14 team league and you have Prince, Hanely, Wright, Cargo, and McCuthchen…That is like 4 top second rounders in a 10 team draft. Is this the disabled fantasy league??????

  98. SteveNZ says:
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    Boooo. Was hoping to tag along on my wife’s business trip to NY in July, but the whole thing’s been canned.

    No live baseball for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that would’ve been great… SteveNZ stateside!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, and since it would have been work for my wife, I pretty much would have had the days to myself. I mean, I love my wife and all and enjoy spending time with her but some solo time in NY would have been pretty sweet.

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @SteveNZ:

          prolly saved yourself a good mugging .

        • Kid A says:
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          @SteveNZ: Maybe if you had shown up to the airport wearing pants last time you were flying to america, you wouldn’t be on a watch list.

        • Grey

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          Damn, that would’ve been nice…

  99. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Good Sunday Grey,
    Just finished my 10 team 6×6 Yahoo league that uses OBP/QS/Slug/KPer9…looking for your feedback on balance and quality on starting normal field with 2Util:

    K 1. (2) Miguel Cabrera ? (Det – 3B)
    K 2. (19) Andrew McCutchen ? (Pit – OF)
    3. (22) José Bautista (Tor – OF)
    4. (39) Álex Ríos (Tex – OF)
    5. (42) Homer Bailey (Cin – SP)
    K 6. (59) Gio González ? (Was – SP)
    7. (62) Jedd Gyorko (SD – 2B,3B)
    8. (79) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    9. (82) Tony Cingrani (Cin – SP,RP)
    10. (99) Billy Butler (KC – 1B)
    11. (102) Grant Balfour (TB – RP)
    12. (119) Huston Street (SD – RP)
    13. (122) Brandon Moss (Oak – 1B,OF)
    14. (139) Justin Masterson (Cle – SP)
    15. (142) Brad Miller (Sea – 2B,SS)
    16. (159) Nate Jones (CWS – RP)
    17. (162) Salvador Pérez (KC – C)
    18. (179) A.J. Griffin (Oak – SP)
    19. (182) Bobby Parnell (NYM – RP)
    20. (199) Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF)
    K 21. (202) Ian Desmond ? (Was – SS)
    K 22. (219) Sonny Gray ? (Oak – SP)
    K 23. (222) Coco Crisp ? (Oak – OF)

    I was livid that Rizzo got snagged right before me at pick 81. I was left to grab the Moobster at pick 98. Looking back I could have probably taken Jedd later on but thought it would be safe with 12 1B off the board by that point. Aside from that and taking Perez in stead of Lucroy due to a misclick, I was pretty happy with the results.

    • Grey

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      Yup, team looks solid even if Cingrani seems like an odd pick there… League is shallow though so lot will depend on in-season moves…

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey:

        Oddly enough, Masterson, Tillman and Cingrani were the only SP left ranked before Josh Johnson at that point. With pairings in mind, I decided to grab Cingrani and counter with AJ later on. I was a litte ticked off that Khris Davis got snagged(17th round) before my Calhoun flyer but thought they are interchangeable at this point.

        Question, George Springer got taken in the 15th…should I keep that in mind for my next 11 year dynasty draft or people just shooting darts?

        • Grey

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          Gotcha… George Springer could be up in June and give 15/15… But it’s a risky flyer…

  100. J-FOH says:
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    Hey Grey, do you want to see my draft from last night?

    • Kid A says:
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      @J-FOH: I war roomed our teams. Mine is better. Deal with that.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kid A: good for you, you get a gold star

    • Grey

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      I talked about it above

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: HA! I totally missed that, I was setting up Prezii with my question but you killed it. There is silver lining in all this because you said the best thing ever to me “I love him like a hateful son I never wanted!”

        Even though I tried to go against the grain, I still get the tip cap from you. We need a spa day and then we can go get matching white suits and stroll Rodeo drive.

        • Grey

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          Haha… Like my cartoon avatar…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: yeah but we’ll be wearing Sunny Gray jersey’s underneath

            • Grey

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              Perfect

  101. Dani says:
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    Need a little help with strategy:

    I have the 11th pick in a Yahoo draft (12 teamer). This is what I am thinkin

    1+2: A Jones or Cano + J Bautista / Longo / EE
    3+4: Pujols + Outfielder (J Bautista, Choo, Rios, J Upton)
    5+6: Andrus, SP
    7: Rizzo

    So after 7 rounds my offense will look like:
    1B: Pujols
    3B: EE
    SS: Andrus
    OF: Jones
    OF: Rios
    Util: Rizzo

    Alternatives: Take Prince over bautista or longo, but it seems waiting for Pujols is better value getting him in 3nd round?

    Take Segura instead of OF with 4th pick, but once again it seems like better value to wait for Andrus?

    So with alternatives the offense can look like:
    1B: Prince
    SS: Segura
    OF: Jones
    OF: Rios
    Util: Rizzo
    + Either R Zimmerman, W Myers / Marter / Kinsler

    Thoughts?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Dani:

      liking 1st option
      with maybe someone other than rizzo in the 7th

    • Grey

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      Wait for Pujols, Andrus works there…

  102. MB says:
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    Which side? Dynasty

    Austin Jax/Cody Allen OR Arenado/Maikel Franco?
    5×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  103. Dani says:
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    Would you be comfortable with Asche being your starting 3B in a 12 team standard yahoo league?

    • Grey

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      No, he’s a corner man…

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