Don't be shellfish...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

Something that may help you is my pitchers pairing post. Something else that may help you is our Fantasy Baseball War Room.  Something else that may also help you is mocking Billy Butler.  Nice moobs!  So, these starters are all being drafted after 200 overall.  Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Trinidad-and-Tobago) supplement to the top 100 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2014 projections.  Also, I’ve gone over all positions for sleepers; to see them all 2014 fantasy baseball sleepers.  Anyway, here’s some starters to target for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Corey Kluber (Yahoo 223, MDC 244, ESPN 309)  Topps should do one of those novelty duo cards with DJ LeMahieu and Kluber where they have glow sticks and they’re hanging with a 22-year-old Asian girl who looks like she’s 15 while they do E.  Or not, I’m not in charge of their cards.  Kluber had a breakout season last year that is remembered by no one.  Y’all new to this thing we call fantasy baseball?  Straighten up and fly right, broken-winged birdie!  Kluber had a 8+ K/9 and a 2.02 BB/9 with a 3.10 xFIP.  Close to ace numbers (Note:  Not Ace from Real World:  Paris).  Kluber should get a ton of ground balls, should strikeout more than eight per nine (AP rules for numbers represent!) and won’t walk more than three hitters per nine.  Yes, please and Sky also hit you up with a Corey Kluber sleeper post.

Francisco Liriano (ESPN 197) Technically, he doesn’t make the arbitrary cutoff for being ranked after 200 by ESPN, Yahoo or Mock Draft Central, but it was an arbitrary cutoff anyway.  Sue me for my commemorative Civil War figurines.  Liriano’s ranking at ESPN has me puzzled.  I’m staring at their rankings like they’re a 25,000 piece cloud puzzle and I just counted out 24,999 pieces and I need to re-count.  I’m at the Puzzle Zoo and the 17-year-old pimply faced Puzzle Zoo employee just showed me their newest zebra puzzles.  I’m wearing the Riddler’s leotards and I got question marks up the wazoo.  If I had to guess what their problem with Liriano is he was crazy lucky at home last year.  He had a .231 BABIP and 86.5% LOB.  He still had a 3.10 xFIP at home and a 3.12 xFIP for the whole year, which was 11th best in the league between Jose Fernandez and Strasburg.  He also had a 9.11 K-rate, which was also 11th best in the league.  It has all gone to hell for him before, but that’s no reason to think it will this year.  He doesn’t really fit the mold of sleeper, because I have him ranked around where I’d take a first starter, but I could see sitting on him for a few rounds and taking him as my 2nd or even 3rd starter.

Zack Wheeler (MDC 214, Yahoo 226)  Bit surprised by the lack of love I’m sensing for Wheeler considering what Harvey did last year.  Let’s just look at the 2nd half for Wheeler and Harvey in 2012, prior to his breakout.  Harvey:  3.49 xFIP, 10.62 K/9, 3.94 BB/9; Wheeler:  3.83 xFIP, 7.88 K/9, 3.75 BB/9.  Wheeler also threw an extra 12 2/3 innings.  Okay, so Harvey’s numbers are better.  What does all this mean?  Um, not a whole lot.  Okay, moving on!

Taijuan Walker (Yahoo 261, ESPN 293, MDC 300) Falls into the same category as Wheeler.  Surprised by the lack of enthusiasm surrounding him.  Velocity isn’t everything, but last year he averaged a 94.7 MPH fastball.  That would’ve ranked him 5th for all of baseball behind:  Matt Harvey, Strasburg, Jose Fernandez and Wily Peralta.  If he can hold his 2.40 BB/9 from last year, he’ll be a top 25 starter this year…easily!  Yeah, you can’t handle the ellipsis adverb exclamation mark!  I already went over my Taijuan Walker fantasy.  It was written in Sharpie on the shell of a turtle.  Said turtle should’ve moved faster, sucka.

Drew Smyly (ESPN 204, MDC 250, Yahoo unranked)  This list is guys to target, so I don’t want to be a Johnny Griperseed, but if Smyly doesn’t live up to the emoticon that represents him or one thing goes wrong in the Tigers middle innings, Smyly will be moved back to where he pitched so successfully last year.  Also, as common sense would tell you, relievers can use their best stuff non-stop because of the brevity of their appearances and hitters rarely see them twice.  As a starter in 2012, Smyly had a 3.79 ERA and that sounds about right if he can stick there.  I projected him for a much lower ERA due to thinking he’s going to be a middle reliever for half of the year.

Tyler Skaggs – (ESPN 469, Yahoo unranked, MDC unranked) Last year, he posted a 5.12 ERA.  Hehe, you suck, Skaggs, moving on!  Right?  Or riiiiiiiiiight?  More like the ten i’s one.  His xFIP was 3.95 last year and it was way too small of a sample size to mean anything — that’s what she said!  Guys and four girl readers, he’s 22 years old and in camp he’s showing more velocity.  More velocity could mean a 8+ K-rate and a top 50 starter.

Chris Tillman – (ESPN 213, MDC 231, Yahoo 266)  With Corbin and Medlen dropping out of the pee/poop tier, only a handful of guys are left to anchor it.  The pee/poop tier was meant to stabilize your staff and without just two guys, a vacuum opens.  It leaves our pee/poop tier with Porcello, Cashner, Tillman, Archer, Ryu, Kuroda and Johnson.  Four of those guys are upsidey and two of those guys are older, leaving Ryu as the only ‘safe’ one and he only has one season under his belt in the states.  It’s not ideal, but with seven number three starters, you can make due, or make doo considering the tier name.  As for Tillman, I like him for mid-range ratios and solid Ks.  BTW, you’re consulting someone who is referring to a pee/poop tier.  Cust kayin’.

Tyson Ross (Yahoo 249, MDC 278, ESPN 563) He was pretty borderline for top 100 starters, but after I dropped Gausman (due to Ubaldo’s signing), I added Tyson Ross into the top 100 starters.  There, I gave reasons why I didn’t originally rank him saying, “A) A number one starter on the Padres may not win ten games.  B) Ross has never thrown more than 125 IP in a major league season and he’s already going to be 27.  C) There’s no C.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I was a bit too harsh by not ranking him originally and for that I offer mea culpas to my Latin readers.  Of course, I’ll own him all through the year for his home starts — hodgepadre! — but I still don’t see him being drafted in most 12 team leagues or being started in away games until he shows a few solid starts.  Also, Sky gave you his Tyson Ross sleeper post.

Sonny Gray (MDC 220) I already gave you a Sonny Gray sleeper post.  It was written while I was pedaling a sex machine like in Burn After Reading.

Erasmo Ramirez (ESPN 490, Yahoo unranked, MDC unranked)  Was so surprised nearly no one ranked him that I tried to do a ‘Find’ for just Ramirez.  There’s Hanley, hey Aramis, what’s up Alexei?  But Erasmo?  Nada, nada, not a damn thing.  Then I went to see if Rudy’s projections have Erasmo living way off grid, but they don’t.  He’s ranked 279 there and I have him at 256.  Sure, he’s nothing but a $1 flyer at the end of drafts, but it’s odd he’s not even being mentioned anywhere.  I mean, ESPN ranked 150 starters.  You can’t tell me Chad Billingsley or Vidal Nuno needed to be ranked that badly but they couldn’t even squeeze in Erasmo.  The same Erasmo who regularly posted sub-2 BB/9 and 7+ K/9 rates.  At 23 years old, it’s not like he doesn’t have time to recapture his upside.

Jameson Taillon (ESPN 409, Yahoo and MDC unranked)  Already gave you my Jameson Taillon fantasy.  It was one part stupid, two parts ‘to def.’

Yordano Ventura (ESPN 357, Yahoo and MDC unranked)  Also gave you a Yordano Ventura fantasy.  I’ve also recently moved him up in my top 80 starters.

Rick Porcello (ESPN 224, MDC 238, Yahoo 296)  If I have a chance, I may write a whole sleeper post on Porcello, but time is limited and soon we’re in the season and what I said literally the day before doesn’t matter anymore to most of youse, “Hey, Grey, fantastic mustache, now would you trade Shin-Soo Choo for Manny Machado?  I know there’s about a hundred ranking difference in their draft spots, but Machado hit a homer yesterday in case you missed it.”  That will be someone on April 10th.  Porcello is thisclose to breaking out in a big way.  If he can maintain his strikeout gains from last year, continue to post miniscule walk rates and throw a bunch of ground balls as his wont, then I want him — you feel me!?  Okay, could you feel me a little lower on my thigh.  Thanks.

From Around The Web

  1. Jeremy

    Jeremy says:
    (link)

    No Estrada or Gallardo love? The Brew Crew beckons. And while I’m at it, I’ll throw out Alex Wood. But I get it…pitching is deeper than the crevices in my fat rolls.

    • Giant Gigantes says:
      (link)

      @Jeremy: I drafted Gallardo as my SP7. I have a feeling I will drop/add him many times this year…

    • Beardcrabs says:
      (link)

      @Jeremy: owning gallardo is not what i call fun, which i why we play this game am i right… so much hype we generated here for estrada last season, i think we’re cool off him at the moment, his peripherals are Nolascoesque…

      • Jeremy

        Jeremy says:
        (link)

        @Beardcrabs: I’ll just sit in the corner and create my own hype. I like them this year for 5th SP or later, they’ve been cheap so far.

    • Piranhaman says:
      (link)

      @Jeremy: I won’t own any Brewers SP. Miller Park is really awesome!!

  2. Snoman says:
    (link)

    Who do you keep for 2014? Kipnis or Tulo?

    • Beardcrabs says:
      (link)

      @Snoman: SS is deeper than 2B, Kipnis is not injury prone, Kipnis is younger, i say Kipnis…

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
      (link)

      @Snoman: Tough one. I think I have to go Tulo based on track record but it depends on your keeper league rules. If you can keep Kip at a decent rate for a few years he wins.

      • Snoman says:
        (link)

        @Grey: Thanks, was leaning towards him. I’ll draft a good backup for the inevitable injury.

    • The Louisville Slugger says:
      (link)

      @Snoman: Sorry guys. I go Kipnis all day here. Tulo is like Samuel L. Jackson in the film Unbreakable. The name Mr. Glass comes to mind.

  3. Party Boy John says:
    (link)

    if you were picking between Liriano and T walker who are you taking grey?

    • The Thumb says:
      (link)

      @Party Boy John: Keeper? Walker. 2014? FranLiri

  4. Sky

    Sky says:
    (link)

    I wrote a Smyly Sleeper post too! But 66% linky-pops props ain’t bad.

    Erasmo is a forgotten man. Maybe they thought he was vying for playing time at DH in Seattle?

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
      (link)

      @Sky: Smyly makes me smyl!

  5. Mike says:
    (link)

    Hi,

    Taijuan Walker or Yordano Ventura if you had to choose one?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Mike says:
      (link)

      @Mike: And a follow-up – do I drop Ervin Santana or Matt Garza for either/both?

      Thanks!

      Mike.

    • The Thumb says:
      (link)

      @Mike: Healthy Ventura over questionable Walker. I’d drop Garza.

    • mauledbypandas says:
      (link)

      @Mike: Yordano has filthy filthy stuff. He kind of reminds me of Kimbrel when he came up.

      • Cram It says:
        (link)

        @mauledbypandas: If I have to hear anymore about this guy that I dropped, I’m going to personally fly to Kansas City and go sniper on him.

        • mauledbypandas says:
          (link)

          @Cram It: Hah, well he doesn’t seem the time to go much more than a few innings right now. Like Salazar last year. It will be sad when he inevitably has his first TJ surgery, which has a totally different meaning if you live in Arizona or California

          • mauledbypandas says:
            (link)

            @mauledbypandas: time = kind. I need coffee

          • Shake N Bacon says:
            (link)

            @mauledbypandas: That’s what Nick is moving to Phoenix…TJ surgery.

            • Shake N Bacon says:
              (link)

              @Shake N Bacon: what = why

              guess i need more coffee

              • mauledbypandas says:
                (link)

                @Shake N Bacon: coffee for all!!!!! yeah yeah, wooooo

                Can you tell I have had mine?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Mike: Taijuan

      • Mike says:
        (link)

        @Grey: Thanks Grey and everybody!

        Mike.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          No problem

  6. costaricanchata says:
    (link)

    @ Grey :

    a couple of guys in this post interest me
    but porcello’s not one of them .
    if a bunch of those ground balls that he induces
    are to the left side of the infield , he could be facing
    a high number of 4 and 5 out innings , i fear .

    • mauledbypandas says:
      (link)

      @costaricanchata:
      the way you
      format your posts
      make them
      look like haiku

      • Sky

        Sky says:
        (link)

        @mauledbypandas:

        I do believe
        Much like a woman
        With great cleavage
        He wears his words
        In such a way
        So that you notice

        • mauledbypandas says:
          (link)

          @Sky: well played sir

          • Sky

            Sky says:
            (link)

            @mauledbypandas: You should come out to one of my slam poetry nights. I drop it like Saul Williams!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @costaricanchata: Even without Iglesias, they have better defense this year…

  7. Oliver says:
    (link)

    I went all in on your sleeper advice this year, as I traded away draft picks 5-7 last year and had to settle for some lower ranked guys..it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out!

    my pitchers:

    Liriano
    Masterson
    Smyly
    Scheppers
    Gray
    Porcello
    Skaggs
    Hector Santiago

    offense

    Posey
    Goldy
    Brad Miller
    Machado
    Alcides Escobar
    Bruce
    Bourjos
    Fowler
    Middlebrooks
    BJ Upton
    Kolten Wong
    Puig

    • JDW says:
      (link)

      @Oliver: I like what hector Santiago is doing so far this spring:

      16.1 IP – 19Ks – 6 BB – 5ER – 2.76 ERA- 1.04 Whip

      I know we are told not to look at Spring Training stats but I followed pitching closely last year during the spring. The top five K artists last spring were Teheran, Harvey, Strasburg, Kershaw, Cobb. All but Kershaw ended up on my team and I finished tops in strikeouts with over 160 Ks between me and the next guy. I didn’t win the league, but my pitching was nails. Point? Keep a bit of an eye on spring. It’s making me consider Santiago late when he wasn’t anywhere on my list before.

      • Joe says:
        (link)

        @JDW: You picked out one of the two spring training stats that is of some use in the least. If I see a pitcher with a nice strikeout rate and low walk rate in the sping, i’ll take notice. those are literally the only two numbers I care about in the least.

      • Cram It says:
        (link)

        @JDW: Well those guys were already good. OMG Kershaw was pitching well in ST? Gotta have him.

        • NowIKnowWhyCramHatesYou says:
          (link)

          @Cram It: Way to cherry pick cram. If he’d only mentioned Kershaw your sarcasm would have been right on…but Teheran, Harvey, and Cobb got slight bumps after their dominant spring and it paid off.

          • JDW says:
            (link)

            @NowIKnowWhyCramHatesYou: That’s kinda what I was driving at – It allowed me to wait on pitching after Strasburg and allowed me to target guys in the draft I might not have been so focused on. Harvey was already a target, but I didn’t really care about Teheran or Cobb. After the spring I moved all three up in my draft and “reached” to make sure I had them. I didn’t say it made me a savant, Up Your Ass…errr. I mean Cram It. But the spring definitely helped with the decision.

            • Cram It says:
              (link)

              @JDW: I get what you’re saying, but you’re cherry picking these guys as examples after their season played out positively unless you’re bumping up Brad Hand and D Hutchison up your board as well.

              • JDW says:
                (link)

                @Cram It: No, but this year I am suddenly considering Shields (when I had no interest in owning him this year) when I see his 18Ks/0BB, 0.48whip and 0.61 ERA and Santiago. Guys that now when they are nominated for auction or my snake pick comes around I think – yeah, I think I DO want that guy. And yes, suddenly a guy like Hutchinson is on my radar…hmmm…16Ks with just one walk in 9.2. Who is this guy? How old, what’s his minor league track record, what’s he do, which side does he throw from, is there any buzz, are people talking about a sleeper when I never heard of him before? I like using spring to get a better sense of a guy that might otherwise be of no interest or on the bubble for me. That doesn’t mean I drop Puig because of his .111BA (yeah I am dropping him in my ranks, btw), or that I think there is anything revelatory, original or scientific about caring a bit more than others about spring stats. It’s just something I like doing. It helped me land Bautista in the last round of every draft after his first big spring in something like 2010. When it doesn’t work – which is more often than not – it is usually at the cost of a late pick or a middling pitching position.
                In 2012 Liriano was 33K/5BB with a 2.33ERA and a 1.11 Whip. I was all in. Drafted him everywhere I could. And ate crap for it. But I also took Chris Sale in most drafts for the same reason that same year. Yes, he was hyped, but the spring helped me to buy into the hype.

                • goodfold2 says:
                  (link)

                  @JDW: so how much down are you moving a top 20 guy do to spring training stats (puig)?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Cram It: Hahahaha, exactly!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Oliver: Might be a little upside crazy, but hopefully it works out

  8. 2 Giant rings says:
    (link)

    Strategy question: h2h 16 team 5×6 (OPS). Ruddy says to punt steals because speed hurts in 3 other cats in an OPS League. Given I should punt steals in this format, would you than abandon the strategy of quantity SP over quality SP? It just seems like too much to punt steals, era and whip in a h2h. What do you think? (We have 3sp/1rp and 10 bench spots) thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @2 Giant rings: I don’t think he means to punt it as much not pay as close attention to it…

  9. Dave F says:
    (link)

    Who is the absolutely lowest SP you would be comfortable having as a #1, #2?

    • The Thumb says:
      (link)

      @Dave F: Sonny Gray….. Masterson if it’s a really deep league. FWIWerth I personally see Liriano as more of an SP2 than the ace of my staff but I want him on my team.

      • The Thumb says:
        (link)

        @The Thumb: @Nick The Podcast Host: I agree with Nick. Not saying I’d recommend the Gray as my ace strategy but if you really wanted to punt starters, that’d be the way to go.

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
      (link)

      @Dave F: I’ll typically wind up with 9 hitters and one SP with my first 10 picks usually grabbing the SP around the 4th or 5th round. Keep getting Verlander/Lee this year.

    • goodfold2 says:
      (link)

      @Dave F: he’s got a whole tier literally called “i’d have these guys as my 1st pitcher”. start looking there. in rankings.

  10. mcBlunty says:
    (link)

    is ventura worth using the #1 waiver priority post draft? i have tavares on my squad and have slotted him in the NA spot which clears up a roster spot (this is a long term keeper league oscar was one of my keepers), post draft waivers clear tomorrow

  11. Dave F says:
    (link)

    What would be the ideal tier breakdowns for SP if I’m looking to draft 8 SP in a 12 team league?

    • Principle Blackman says:
      (link)

      @Dave F: See the pitcher pairing post that Grey linked to at the top of this post. If your scrolly thing is broken just click here: 2014 pitcher pairings

      • Dave F says:
        (link)

        @Principle Blackman:

        The pitcher pairing is for drafting 6 SP. I’m just wondering where I should target the others. My league is a keeper league with a lot of sharp guys. Right now I’m aiming for:

        I’ll let you by my fantasy starter – (1), available guys are:
        Gio, Liriano, Minor, Latos, Zimmerman

        Chaz Bono/Matt Harvey tier (2 in a perfect world, but I’ll prob only get 1) available guys are:
        Cain, Shields, Fister, Masterson, Tanaka, Salazar

        Poop/Pee (2), Available guys are:
        Porcello, Cashner, Tillman, Archer, Ryu, Kuroda, Johnson

        This Close Tier (1 or 2)
        Available: Wheeler, Bucholtz, Burnett, Kluber, Jiminez, Walker, Smyly, Delgado

        Dumpling Face (1 or 2), all available

        Lottery Tickets (1), all available

        Does that seem sensible? It’s a keeper league and I’ve got Cano (1st), Cargo (2nd), Desmond (20th), Rizzo (22nd), Myers (23rd), Rosario (24th). I only need to fill a 3B, OF, and 2 Util spots. Needless to say, I’m much more concerned about my pitching.

        • Principle Blackman says:
          (link)

          @Dave F: That seems sensible enough. Liriano may fall far enough in the draft that you might be able to get him later, so maybe look at getting two from that tier. Also, Porcello and Tillman have been going past where you might expect them to based on these rankings. Just my two cents.

          • goodfold2 says:
            (link)

            @Principle Blackman: masterson going way too late in yahoo for sure. grab either him, and one extra low end guy, or grab one more from pee/poop and then low (but not bottom end) extra guy. i always have at least 8 SP in my H2H in every draft. In yahoo this year, it’s VERY easy to find without paying too much, 8 guys before lottery ticket tier. esp in 12 teamers. i was even able to get 7 or 8 guys before lottery ticket tier without paying too much at all.

  12. Donald Trump says:
    (link)

    For reals… Lincecum or Hutchison? I’m debating dropping the former for the later, as Linc stinks, despite his Ks, and maybe Hutch is breaking out. Thoughts?

    • Principle Blackman says:
      (link)

      @Donald Trump: For upside, take Hutchison. If he can keep the walks under control and the ball inside the park, his numbers should blow Timmy’s out of the water. If he can’t, their rates will look very similar: lots of Ks, BBs, and too many HRs allowed.

  13. Scott says:
    (link)

    Morning, Grey. First time in a RCL league. How did I do?

    12 teams

    C – Wieters
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Cano
    3B – Asche
    SS – Rollins
    MI- A. Escobar
    CI – Abreu
    OF – J. Upton
    OF – Choo
    OF – Gordon
    OF – Cespedes
    OF – Crisp
    Util – Bourjos

    SP – Cobb
    SP – Liriano
    SP – Minor
    SP – Tillman
    SP – Burnett
    RP – Reed
    RP – Rodney
    RP – Qualls

    • Scott says:
      (link)

      @Scott: * Forgot to add Cingrani

    • mauledbypandas says:
      (link)

      @Scott: heavy on speed, light on power. Pitching looks pretty good if you trust Liriano and Burnett

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Scott: Agree with Panda

  14. David says:
    (link)

    Hi Grey. Please rank these 3 young starters for this year and 3 years from now. Wheeler, Bradley, Walker.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @David: I rank them in my rankings for this year

  15. Alky Sobrera says:
    (link)

    No, but really, should I trade choo for machado? He’s doing really well in spring. I heard he’s progressed to chewing while swaying in place at the same time. Intermittent crotch-scratching is just on the horizon!

  16. JDW says:
    (link)

    In league message boards I am now posting this short, obscure message:

    “I need a pee/poop. Maybe many pee/poops.”

    Then I provide an unexplained link to http://razzball.com

    Ad link clicks should be coming forthwith.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @JDW: Ha!

  17. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
    (link)

    Pick 2: Grady Sizemore, Carl Crawford, and Dee Gordon.
    It seems obvious, but methinks there’s a chance that Sizemore is actually healthy and bats atop Boston’s order this year. This is for my last UTIL spot that I more or less forgot to draft, which is how I got here.
    That, and I googled “Mustache-loving Cougars.” Lots of weird stuff there.

  18. mauledbypandas says:
    (link)

    I am assuming this was written before Delgado got a possible rotation spot, either way he is another one to look at

  19. Fireball Feliz says:
    (link)

    What do you know about Yordano Ventura? He’s a KC pitcher who’s working on taking the #5 spot and had a killer fast ball at 99-100mph workin against the Rangers last night. I might try to take him with my last pick and see what happens with him. His nick name is Ace Ventura, which is reason enough to take a chance on him in my opinion

  20. Ben says:
    (link)

    Completed 2 drafts this year already. The secret must be out on Sonny Grey. The first league is an auction league with $500 cap. Grey wasn’t thrown out until really close to the end of the draft, as in maybe the 190th guy out of 200 (10 man league, 200 drafted). Very shallow league. He went for $51!!!! I would consider this league to be very casual, not your avg. razzball junkie league.

    The other league he went 12th round. Much more competitive league. That is a 12 man H2H with 25 rounds…. Needless to say I missed him both times.

    • Don O. says:
      (link)

      @Ben: Sounds like at least a couple od owners didn’t budget properly and had too much money left over at the end of the auction. Why anyone would be able to spend $51 on a player that late in an auction is beyond me. I’d rather spend on the studs.

      • goodfold2 says:
        (link)

        @Don O.: 51 on anybody is crazy, much less saving it (unless it’s one of those leagues where your auction budget gets added to your free agent one)

  21. The Strolg says:
    (link)

    Cougs R Us has room for one more person in our Razzball league. $100 buy in through league safe. Draft is Thursday at 7:30 EST. Email me for password if you want in at carterfranz@hotmail.com

  22. Drew says:
    (link)

    Really need to look into the crystal ball on this one Grey…

    Say Matt Harvey comes back in late August or early September and shows signs of last year’s elite stuff, what range (SP ranking) is he worth in a keeper league headed into 2015?

    My deep rosters 10 team h2h keep-any-7-forever league has 3 DL slots and I snagged him in the 35th round. There are basically 20 Ps in your top-70 this year.

    • costaricanchata says:
      (link)

      @Drew:

      since harvey is on your dl ,
      Grey would prefer to wait until aug/sept
      to make a decision .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Drew: He’ll be around 75 overall next year in that scenario… I doubt that scenario happens

  23. Frank White says:
    (link)

    Sup Grey… The league I signed up for is a snake draft whch I don’t know what that means,is it a regular draft?? 2- It’s a categories, 5 hitting and 5 pitching. Is that 5×5 Roto??3- When there’re categories for ERA and WHIP, Does your pitching rankings still stand or is there a whole different rankings because those come in affect?? Thanks!!

    • Frank White says:
      (link)

      It might be RCL.. IDK

      • Frank White says:
        (link)

        I foudout what a snake draft is, Sorry. It’s the same as I always was doing but I never knew the name. Lol

      • Bream Dreams says:
        (link)

        @Joe: Play nice. He’s obviously new.

        • Joe says:
          (link)

          @Bream Dreams: You are right, but frankly Razzball isn’t a site that caters to newbies. It might not be an encyclopedia of sabremetrics, but they rely on some advanced stats and ideas, especially Rudy.

          If you can’t figure out how ERA and WHIP factor into equations, FIP, xFip, BABIP, K/BB, K/9, BB/9, etc. is lost on you. At that point its better to just follow the rankings with no questions asked. I just found it hard to believe that someone who is appreciating Razzball for anything more than their comedy doesn’t understand these issues.

          • @Joe: I still have Frank White ahead of Joe Morgan and Harold Reynolds on the “Understanding of Sabermetrics Amongst Former 2nd Basemen” rankings.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              Hahaha…

              • Frank White says:
                (link)

                Hey I won the Championship last year with the help of Rudy’s stream o nator and help which I highly thanked ya’ll for but if your gonna crack on me cause I don’t knw certain stuff then just tell me not to comment any more and I’ll leave the site alone.. You skipped all my questions anyway Grey

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
                  (link)

                  He was just joking… No worries…

                  • mauledbypandas says:
                    (link)

                    @Grey: And a good joke it was!

                • Dave F says:
                  (link)

                  @Frank White:

                  Don’t mind the haters. I ask a lot of dumb questions too. You aren’t the only one. We’re here because we want to become more knowledgeable.

                  • Frank White says:
                    (link)

                    Thanks.. Yeah I play a lot of fantasy sports and by the time baseball comes around I forget a lot of info.. plus this is my 2nd year so first year was a blur

          • goodfold2 says:
            (link)

            @Joe: actually Frank White has been around a long time now.

      • Frank White says:
        (link)

        Watch your mouth Joe who you think you are computer tuff guy.. I’m not a newby but never went by equations that’s all.. I’m used to h2h points leagues and haven’t played any other ever.. Also who are you to say that Razzball is for the experienced!!? F’n Scumbag!!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Frank White: Hey we’re all men and 4 girls here. Take your lumps and relax.

          • Robby D says:
            (link)

            @Ralph Lifshitz: Next time on a very special Jersey Shore…

    • Beardcrabs says:
      (link)

      @Frank White: thats a clown question bro… you def should have googled that one…

      • Frank White says:
        (link)

        I don’t know who’s serious but I took it that way from Joe but anyway 2 it off the 3 questions I asked I wrote right after that I didn’t need help and googled it. You didn’t see that one smart ass. Lol

    • Joe says:
      (link)

      @Frank White: I still don’t know if this entire thread was serious.

      • Beastman says:
        (link)

        @Joe: I call fake

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
          (link)

          @Beastman: during football this past season early on into it i actually postulated that Frank White was in fact a joke personality made up by one of the writers or frequent commentators. he’s had very long convo’s with Sky in football posts.

      • Frank White says:
        (link)

        It was serious if you were actually trying to put me down Joe!! Why would you ask that. You talked Ish to me and I responded so don’t wonder what’s going on when you posted some dumb comment about me. I’m done with this now just stay away from my comments when I’m talking to Grey or any other writer.!! Cool..? Just do you and that goes to any other commenter that wants to butt in my convo. Thank you!!

        • Prez!! says:
          (link)

          @Frank White: ask questions.. dont worry what people say. Everyone was a “newby” at one time or another. People are here for help, and in order to get help, you have to ask questions.

          • Frank White says:
            (link)

            Thanks.. Yeah I play a lot of fantasy sports and by the time baseball comes around I forget a lot of info.. plus this is my 2nd year so first year was a blur

  24. Big League Wood says:
    (link)

    Grey; used you raking and grabbed Matin Perez. You have him ranked at 61 while Yahoo ranks him @ 444…

    is Nate Eovadi a guy that has made the Grey-dar yet ???

  25. oppo taco says:
    (link)

    salazar wacha or teheran in a keeper? is it close? who are your top two? thanks

    • Principle Blackman says:
      (link)

      @oppo taco: I like Teheran then Salazar in a vacuum.

  26. Spencer says:
    (link)

    Grey, my real draft is tonight so i have been testing the mock draft waters. My league is 10 team Yahoo H2H, OBP, HR, SB, SLG, R, RBI. I am drafting (snake draft) #9 in the first round, #2 in the second round. In almost all my mocks using your rankings I am ending up with Adam Jones and Prince Fielder with my first 2 picks from that draft position. Would that work or would you try to land some other guys there?

    • costaricanchata says:
      (link)

      @Spencer:

      yeah , that works .
      but , in all of your mock drafts ,
      why wouldn’t you try out some different picks
      just to see where it might lead you ?

  27. G G G G G G G Unit says:
    (link)

    Last Keeper Question:

    For my last keeper I’m torn between:

    Anthony Rizzo (9th Round)

    Justin Masterson (21st Round)

    Who’s more valuable?

  28. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
    (link)

    Had my annual work draft last night and came away with the team below. It’s a 6 x 6 h2h league with OPS and QS as the additional cat’s. Typical roster plus one additional SP spot. Let me know your thoughts. I’m pretty happy with the exception of the Kemp pick. I took a chance and ended up losing Jedd because he was picked 10 picks later. Godly and Scherzer were keepers.

    1. (7) Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
    2. (18) José Bautista (Tor – OF)
    3. (31) Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    4. (42) Paul Goldschmidt ? (Ari – 1B)
    5. (55) Ian Kinsler (Det – 2B)
    6. (66) Julio Teherán (Atl – SP)
    7. (79) Max Scherzer ? (Det – SP)
    8. (90) Matt Kemp (LAD – OF)
    9. (103) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    10. (114) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    11. (127) Kyle Seager (Sea – 3B)
    12. (138) Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
    13. (151) Johnny Cueto (Cin – SP)
    14. (162) Jim Henderson (Mil – RP)
    15. (175) Brad Miller (Sea – 2B,SS)
    16. (186) John Axford (Cle – RP)
    17. (199) Tommy Hunter (Bal – RP)
    18. (210) Rick Porcello (Det – SP)
    19. (223) Chris Tillman (Bal – SP)
    20. (234) Josh Johnson (SD – SP)
    21. (247) LaTroy Hawkins (Col – RP)
    22. (258) Jonathan Villar (Hou – SS)
    23. (271) Martín Pérez (Tex – SP)
    24. (282) Dillon Gee (NYM – SP)
    25. (295) Héctor Santiago (LAA – SP,RP)
    26. (306) Erasmo Ramírez (Sea – SP)
    27. (319) Miguel Montero (Ari – C)

    • JDW says:
      (link)

      @Ralph Lifshitz: Me likey za powah! I’d be happy with that squad myself.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
      (link)

      @Ralph Lifshitz: your average could be rough, but you should a really nice OPS. I love the Goldy/Bruce/Bautista core for an OPS league.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
        (link)

        @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Thanks guys, I’m a little worried about the Miller and Seager combo. It’s probably a reaction to not having the brand names. I just really hope Miller beats out Franklin,

        Grey what are thoughts on the pitching? Should I drop Gee for Skaggs? I gave Gee the slight bump due to the national league and Metco. Should I go after the upside?

    • Robby D says:
      (link)

      I like Montero at the end as a bounceback. He wasn’t great necessarily but solid enough in a lot of categories.

  29. joeg414 says:
    (link)

    Whata guys think of Mike Leake ? Maybe as a 5th starter in a deep mixed league.?

  30. Frank White says:
    (link)

    Hey, I printed out your top 100 baseball an I know it’s different fro Yahoo, which my leagues in, so how do you think the best way is to keep track on who I should pick next concideRIng yOUR LISt is what I’m paying attention to and with a short time limit?? Meaning do you think I should pay attention to every pick and just cross it off your list so I know what’s the best available on your list or do you have a better way?? I know ‘m acting like this is my first draft but this is the first draft where I’m studying so much and trying o have a game plan but its sooo much to read I feel like I’m overwhelmed and confused

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
      (link)

      @Frank White: i always pre-rank using grey’s and then toggle back and forth between “my ranks” and “yahoo ranks” to see what everyone else is seeing. So if sonny gray is third on my screen but 25th on yahoo I may be able to what one more round.

      • Nightpandas says:
        (link)

        @DonSlaughtOnslaught: I print off Grey’s ranks and leave yahoo up. This works well in a non-razzballian league. Use the queue to throw the next bunch of guys on Grey’s list up and manage that way. You’ll find you can get a lot of razz guys late. Take advantage of the yahoo adp.

        • Frank White says:
          (link)

          Thanks guy!!

          • Robby D says:
            (link)

            @Frank White: Another thing that has helpe me is pulling his top 400 into excel and then using the NFBC Avg Draft Position and doing a vlookup into the Razzball rankings to get a comparison between Gray’s rankings and where they are being drafted so I know which ones are the best values, and where abouts I should try to target them.

            For example. I like Cobb a lot and he’s in the high 50’s on Gray’s rankings, but I don’t have to jump on him in the 6th or 7th round (10 team league) because his avg draft position is 95 last I looked (will have to update my ADP today)

            Becasue of that I can wait on him until maybe the 8th or 9th round, whereas Sanchez is ranked one ahead of Cobb but is going in the 50’s-60’s on average.

            I am doing the same thing with Gyorko. Ranked high 80’s by Gray, but ADP was around 130+ last I saw. I really want him, so I’m not letting him past 120ish, but I’m not jumping on him in the 90’s so as to maximize value.

            I utilize that plan with backups at each position if someone does not conform to the ADP and drafts a guy like Gyorko much higher. If I get to the point where I have my last backup (at 2B it would be Brad Miller) then I don’t worry about maximizing value as much as making sure I’m not stuck with DJ Lemahieu at 2nd base, so I may reach at that point.

            I’ve found this allows to me to target a couple guys in certain rounds and if one or two get snatched up, then I grab the backups at that round, and make sure I’ve met all my needs by a certain point in the draft, or if I haven’t, that I can still get my backups.

            Would love to hear how others utilize the rankings/ADP/ESPN-YAHOO rankings to maximize value with their picks.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
              (link)

              @Robby D: espn not showing their own ADP’s during draft is a real bitch when you’re used to having them right in your face during yahoo drafts.

  31. Mr. Knish says:
    (link)

    Pitching strategy question for my draft tonight.

    It’s an 8×8 league with W, ERA, WHIP, SV, H, QS, K/9 and K/BB. Given the extra ratio categories, do I:
    (a) streamline my pitching staff with fewer guys who have good ratios and limit my streaming
    (b) still go for quantity and stream like hell to bulk up the counting stats
    (c) grow a mustache, buy a vintage ‘Stros jersey and answer my own question
    (d) all of the above

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Mr. Knish: C! I’d lean towards A to start the year and then play it by ear

  32. bobby bonilla says:
    (link)

    What sort of precedent is set for trading 1st round draft picks in a snake? So if i were at 8 in a 12 man league and someone was at 4 – what is typical etiquette to give in return?

      • Doc Pounder says:
        (link)

        @Grey: too effing funny!!

  33. Shake N Bacon says:
    (link)

    I’ve drafted Yordano “Ace” Ventura in both of my leagues this year. I’m drinking that kool-aid…oh yeah!

    Not sure why, but I’m kinda feeling Nate Eovaldi this year too. I guess I like my hard throwers…as much as Brent Musberger enjoys Co-ed selfies.

  34. Wake Up says:
    (link)

    You look exactly how I pictured you…through my telescope…(wait a minute Andrea…I’m almost done)…

      • Wilsonian says:
        (link)

        @Grey: wait, was that picture put up by Nick really you guys? You’re totally going to get lots of weird random letters now made up of cut out magazine letters. Not from me of course…from some other people…geez.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Haha… Yeah, that was us at Spring Training 2 weeks ago…

          • Wilsonian says:
            (link)

            @Grey: and I thought Rudy had an afro this whole time…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              So did I!

              • goodfold2 says:
                (link)

                @Grey: you actually look a lot like your avatar here. With Rudy i think we all knew he didn’t look like that at all.

  35. Clint says:
    (link)

    I try not to blame fantasy players for past years’ performances but Liriano’s one I have trouble shaking. Maybe it’s because I owned him in his early Twins years when he struggled so badly he may as well have been Oliver Perez. I grabbed him last year but even then I had to convince myself to keep him starting until his second half dip, waiting for that shoe to drop where he got bombed. But if Grey believes he’s turned a corner, I shall close my eyes and trust it like Indy walking the Path of God in the Last Crusade..I’ll just hope I can snatch him as a #2 or #3 as he suggests so I can sleep better until we’re sure about this turn around.

    • Big Al says:
      (link)

      @Clint: Pitching is so deep you don’t need to draft him. Also stop cutting yourself. lol !!!

    • Fungazi says:
      (link)

      @Clint: Man, the rankings are useful but you gotta go with your own instincts too. Am I going to draft a guy that’s put up over 5 ERA in 3 of the last 5 years? Fuck no. Crossed that one off the list.

  36. Pope says:
    (link)

    If I’ve got a $100 free agent budget for the year, how much would you put down to claim T. Walker on waivers? I’ve got H. Santiago, Melancon, and Soria as well, but thinking about dumping one/any of them for Delgado and/or M. Perez…. any thoughts? Never been in an auction league with a FA budget so I’m a little lost

    • Pope says:
      (link)

      @Pope: 12 Team standard 5×5

    • costaricanchata says:
      (link)

      @Pope:

      $ 2
      if anyone really wanted walker ,
      they could have nominated him and gotten him for a buck .
      though you might have to watch out for medlen and corbin owners i suppose .

      • costaricanchata says:
        (link)

        @costaricanchata:

        forget haiku (since poetry is for others)
        but , do you see how shitty it looks , when you type non-stop and let this site decide for you where the sentence (and emphasis) ends ?

        • Pope says:
          (link)

          @costaricanchata: Ha I’m assuming this isn’t directed towards me because I used punctuation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Pope: Depends on how many teams on Walker… Lose Hector for Perez or Delgado, dealer’s choice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Pope: Oh, I see 12 teams… Tend to agree with Costaricachata

      • Pope says:
        (link)

        @Grey: Awesome thanks guys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          No problem

  37. Operation Mindcrime says:
    (link)

    I tend to ignore batting Avg on my teams to the extent of being higher on guys like Stubbs or Chris Carter than normal. I only reach for catchers if its a situation like last year with Napoli and even though he emded up first among catchers I barely broke even with him as 8th rd pick. Do you think Mauer’s upside in Avg is almost Billy Hamilton in steals, like a prime Boggs season with over 600 PAs for once cuz 1B now?

  38. Brooklyn says:
    (link)

    Hey, Grey and all:

    12 team mixed, keeper points league (W = 10pts; L = -5)

    I can keep either Wheeler or Yordano Ventura as a rookie keeper in the 25th round. Who’s more valuable to keep at that spot? (Yordano can be kept NEXT year as a rookie too, b/c he pitched fewer than 50 innings in 2013).
    Thanks!

  39. burningbridges247 says:
    (link)

    Gets to the end of my ESPN auction last Friday and I nominate Yordano for $1 and get him. I proceed to do backflips across the room while juggling knives. My buddies immediately start laughing. One of them even said, “They don’t even have a PICTURE for this guy!” They watched Ventura pitch against the Rangers last night. They ain’t laughing now.

      • goodfold2 says:
        (link)

        @Grey: that’s a beautiful razzball inspired story. like if this was a romance film being the coffee vendor the day a couple met in line who later got married.

  40. Swfcdan says:
    (link)

    Add Rajai over Eaton/Bourn and Kazmir (wrote Kashmir initially) over Nova/Porcello?

    • Cram It says:
      (link)

      @Swfcdan: Rajai/Porcello

      • goodfold2 says:
        (link)

        @Cram It: according to rankings not the kazmir over either of those other pitchers.

  41. L-Boogie says:
    (link)

    I posted my squad yesterday so the lede for this post really should have been “L-Boogie Just Drafted Half Of These Guys (And Alex Cobb Too) At His Draft This Past Sunday And So Should You If You Want To Win Your League Like He Did Last Year By Following My Pitching Advice.”

    But I guess “Starters To Target, 2014 Fantasy Baseball” has a certain flair to it. Oh well. To each his own.

  42. Jon says:
    (link)

    Add Delgado over Kennedy, Peavy or Peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Jon: Yes, see rankings

  43. Eddie says:
    (link)

    Guys, had my draft last night for a 12 team H2H auction league. This is what I came up with. Throw me (not too hard) some feedback:

    C Wilin Rosario $9
    1B Jose Abreu $12
    2B Jose Altuve $17
    3B Evan Longoria $29
    SS Andrelton Simmons $1
    LF Starling Marte $18
    CF Jason Heyward $19
    RF Yasiel Puig $25
    UTIL Brett Lawrie $7
    P David Robertson $7
    SP Justin Verlander $24
    SP Julio Teheran $15
    SP Jose Fernandez $22
    SP Jordan Zimmermann $12
    RP Trevor Rosenthal $10
    RP Jim Johnson $7
    BE Victor Martinez $8
    BE Nolan Arenado $3
    BE Avisail Garcia $3

    Finished 1st in the predicted standings and still had $12 (SUMBETCH)

    -EDDIE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Eddie: They do predicted standings for H2H? That’s funny… Your pitching is much stronger than your hitting, which isn’t great… I think your hitting is low on power and average…

      • Eddie says:
        (link)

        @Grey: @Grey Well thank you for not castrating me for having money left. I’m trying to trade for power now and trying to get with with Marte and a bench player or two. (Not a big Marte fan). I think I could end up trading again and starting Avisail Garcia (if he plays how I think he will).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          No problem

  44. Jon says:
    (link)

    How do you feel about Archer for Rendon in a deeper keeper where pitching is pretty hoarded?

    • Cram It says:
      (link)

      @Jon: Archer

  45. Combo says:
    (link)

    If Carlos Martinez becomes the 5th starter in STL, where do you rank him? Ahead of Y Ventura?

    • AJ says:
      (link)

      I would not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Combo: Around the same… Late flyer, upside gamble

  46. AJ says:
    (link)

    So I’m guessing you like my staff: 14 tm mixed keeper: Waino, J. Fernandez, Gray, Liriano, Ventura. I kept Waino and Fernandez and then waited on pitching until the very end. Still need to pick up a 6th starter but there are a few on the WW.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @AJ: As long as your hitting is decent with that much pitching

  47. Nightpandas says:
    (link)

    Monsieur Gris,

    15 team partial keeper, worth grabbing Delgado or Taillon or stick with CMart and Gausman for now.

      • @Grey:

        Dear Nightpandas – feels like we have a lot of the same dudes. You must be realy smart and awesome. ; ) See below.

        My settings are 14 team, 30 man rosters, mixed league redraft 6×6 (ops/holds). This is my Starting pitching staff, personally – In deeper leagues, Id find a way to stash the ‘upside’ SP and let them occupy your bench spots. My league has only 5 bench spots, (4 of mine are pitchers). Granted, we start 4 SP, 2 RP and 6 flex, so the more P options/upside, the better in my opinion.

        Gio
        Cobb
        Salazar
        Estrada
        Garza
        Carlos Martinez
        Ventura
        Skaggs – bench
        Delgado – bench
        Gausman – bench
        Bradley – bench

        Not sure that helps. But, I’ve had fantasy success with playing the heavier bench load being occupied by SP for matchups, streaming, etc.

  48. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
    (link)

    Hey Grey,

    So I just completed my 12 team, 5×5, mixed league draft (23 roster spots). I waited a little too long on pitching, but what do you think?

    C – Montero, 1 – Goldy, 2 – Cano, 3 – Longoria, SS – Andrus, O – Harper, O – Marte, O – Gordon, Util – Freeman, Util – A. Garcia, BN – K. Davis

    SP – Cole, SP – Terehan, SP – Ryu, P – C. Martinez, P – Wheeler, P – Archer, P – Kazmir, P – Eovaldi, P – Tillman, P – Pineda, P – E. Ramirez

    Any quick thoughts? I didnt draft any relievers (saves only league) because they went for waaay too much. I used the war room tool, and it according to that, my pitching looks alright. I might try to trade freeman for cobb…

    • Joe says:
      (link)

      @Bryce Krispie Treats: For waiting on pitching, you came away with a really nice staff. Lots and lots of upside, but there is some higher risk without an established ace. Not sure how you were able to pull off Goldy, Cano, Longo and Harper, but nicely done. I would have expected all 4 to be gone in the first 24 picks.

      I also wouldn’t move Freeman for Cobb. You have good pitching, you just don’t have an established ace that make you feel all warm inside. I would also bet there are decent options on the wire as well considering the size of the league.

      In a shallow league like this, I would try to package a couple goods for a great and pick up something on the waiver wire. The shallower the league, the more top heavy you can go do to replacement value on the wire.

      • Joe says:
        (link)

        @Joe: due

      • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
        (link)

        @Joe: Well, my keepers were Goldy – 24, Marte – 3, Harper – 8, Freeman – 15, and G. Cole – 2. We had a 260 budget. When you say that I should package a few “goods” for one “great”, do you have any suggestions?

        • Joe says:
          (link)

          @Bryce Krispie Treats: well this all makes much more sense. As for a couple goods for a great, maybe package Khris Davis and Garcia for something more proven. But i don’t like that because i like both of their upside.

          Maybe you could turn Garcia or Davis and Freddie Freeman into Cargo or Adam Jones or something along those lines. Depends on how dumb your league is. Take two players that are good but clearly not upper echelon and try to get a superstar out of them. In deeper leagues I don’t do this because replacement value can hurt more than the one superstar can help, but I think you should have decent options available on your wire by only have 23 players.

  49. Ryan says:
    (link)

    Is pedroia chapman a good haul for fielder and wily peralta in a h2h dynasty league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Ryan: It’s decent

  50. Swfcdan says:
    (link)

    Somehow ended up with a $2 Crawford in my draft this weekend. Granted its a OBP league but thought he’d go for at least $3-4…still not terrible right? He is still Carl Crawford, and if healthy would a 10-15HR , 30SB season shock you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Swfcdan: It would slightly shock me, but obviously it’s not terrible…

  51. Larry David says:
    (link)

    Just drafted this in 10 team 5×5 league, any thoughts?

    C. Sal Perez
    1B Hosmer
    2B Pedroia
    3B Longoria
    SS Segura
    MI Brad Miller
    CI Jose Abreu
    OF Choo
    OF Cespedes
    OF Heyward
    OF Beltran
    OF Aoki
    UTL Fat Adams
    BN Arenado
    BN Daniel Murphy

    P Cliff Lee
    P Julio Teheran
    P Matt Moore
    P Michael Wacha
    P Bucholtz
    P Frieri
    P Nate Jones
    P Tommy Hunter
    P Corey Kluber
    BN AJ Burnett
    BN Linecum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Larry David: I like the pitching, but my like is pretty heavy on the front and not the back… The hitting is solid enough… The league is shallow so still lots of work to do…

      • Larry David says:
        (link)

        @Grey:

        2 spots in the draft I really regretted were letting Prince walk for $34, not securing a top tier closer, letting Rizzo walk, letting Seager walk, indeed lots of work to do, hoping I can have good in season management.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Gotcha

  52. Charlie says:
    (link)

    Grey,

    My staff looks like this.

    Cobb, Liriano, Gray, Kluber, Taijuan Walker, Josh Johnson, Corbin and Griffin

    I need to replace Corbin and Griffin. Which of these two would you recommend?

    Skaggs, Yordano Ventura, Haren, Kazmir, Hector Santiago, Martin Perez, Eovaldi? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Skaggs, Perez

      • Charlie says:
        (link)

        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        Forgot to add in Delgado. Still go with Skaggs and Perez over Delgado?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          They’re all in the same tier as you see in my rankings…

          • Charlie says:
            (link)

            @Grey:

            Ok, thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              No problem

              • Charlie says:
                (link)

                @Grey:

                Grey, at what point do I cut bait with Corbin and/or AJ Griffin. I’m in a keeper league but neither one of these guys is keeper material.

                Should I wait for news on either one and then DL them or just go ahead and cut bait?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
                  (link)

                  You can lose Corbin once his surgery is official, I’d wait to DL Griffin

                  • Charlie says:
                    (link)

                    @Grey:

                    Ok, thanks. I have an open roster space by moving Buxton to my NA spot so I can add one pitcher. But I’d like to add another to make up for the loss of both Corbin and Griffin.

                    Hopefully they announce his surgery soon.

                    Once they announce Corbin and DL Griffin I’ll have 3 total moves. Would you be ok with adding 2 pitchers and Alcides Escobar? I have a ton of outfielders (Trout, Stanton, Myers, Rios, Gordon), first basemen (Goldschmidt, Hosmer, Rizzo) and third basemen (Arenado, Gyorko, Middlebrooks). Only have Segura and Gyorko on my roster for MI.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
                      (link)

                      Yup

  53. Jake says:
    (link)

    Señor Gray Quixote –

    Had a draft on Sunday the 9th, and would appreciate your thoughts on the team. 10-team, Yahoo auction ($260) with 6×6 (standard 5×5 plus total bases and holds).

    On a scale of 1-10 hamentashens (10 being the best, though the worst on the stomach) please let me know how my team looks:

    C – none (drafted Pierzynksi for $1, and will pick him or D’Arnaud/Mesorasco up before season)
    1b – Fielder ($30)
    2b – Kelly Johnson ($1)
    3b – Miggy Cabrera ($59)
    SS – Alcides Escobar ($1)
    CI – Cody Ashe ($1)
    MI – Erick Aybar ($1)
    LF – Justin Upton ($21)
    CF – Adam Jones ($35)
    RF – Giancarlo “mi amor” Stanton ($28)
    OF – Yasiel Puig ($22)
    Util – Alex Rios ($21
    Util – Jay Bruce ($20)
    N/A spot – SS Javier Baez (free agent)

    SP – Fister ($6)
    SP – Porcello ($1)
    SP – Josh Johnson ($1)
    SP – Uber Kluber ($1)
    RP – Cody Allen ($1)
    RP – Joakim Soria ($1)
    RP – Santiago Casilla ($1)
    P – Martin Perez ($1)
    P – Dillon Gee ($1)

    BN – Edward Mujica ($1)
    BN – Kevin Siegrist ($1)
    BN – O’Day Everyday ($1)
    BN – Randall Delgado ($1)
    BN – Brian Wilson and his craziness ($1)
    BN – Chad Qualls ($1)

    How are we looking, MC Skat Kat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Haha… Your pitching looks a little weak for a 10 team, but I do like the guys you have — 7 hamentashens; your hitting looks very good — 9 hamentashens…

      • Jake says:
        (link)

        @Grey: Thanks man, I appreciate your fast reply. 8 hamentashens is a nice average to start the season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Not bad at all!

    • Larry David says:
      (link)

      @Jake:

      Hitting is very sexy, I like what you did there. Pitching though, are you punting saves and going for holds? Pitching will be weak for a 10 team league.

      • Jake says:
        (link)

        @Larry David: Thanks, Inconspicuous Larry David. The value on some of those outfielders was too good to pass up. I’m hoping that SPs are deep enough this year to take that chance.

        Saves often have no face, and therefore I expect to recoup some over the season (also Qualls will get some, and Soria might if he wins the preseason battle).

        I think there is value (worth more than the $1 i spent on each) in having non-closing relievers with very low ERAs and WHIPs. The fact that they add holds is icing on the cake.

        Agreed that my pitching is (borderline very) weak for 10-team, but there is hope.

    • mauledbypandas says:
      (link)

      @Jake: that outfield!

  54. Gonzo_The_Great says:
    (link)

    Not pitcher related – Got the 2nd pick in a keeper league draft tonight. Best available are Braun and Harper. (Miggy going first and all the other usual 1st round suspects have been kept).

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Harper

    • Bi-Felicia says:
      (link)

      I’d want Braun over Harper simple (Harper never plays a full season)

      • Bi-Felicia says:
        (link)

        I’ll be purchasing a couple of those 30 for 30 NFL Tour tickets this August when you guys are in Indianapolis. St. Elmos Steakhouse? Or have you not determined where you’ll be set up at? I’ll share Nicks post on Facebook audio. Congrats Guys. I hope the site gets huge amt of traffic after this promo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Thanks! Cougs’s brother will be in Indiana for it…

          • Bi-Felicia says:
            (link)

            @Grey: ok cool

  55. Kyle says:
    (link)

    Hi Grey, this was the first year I used razzball for my draft (discovered razzball half way through last season) and I was hoping for some input. I read all your articles/sleeper posts and went by your rankings.
    My league is 13 team 5×5 Roto.
    Everyone for some reason went on a crazy run of drafting the stud pitchers in the first and second round which somehow got me Adam jones 23rd overall!! Lol
    I picked 4th

    C- Gattis
    1b- Goldy
    2b- Gyorko
    3b- Longoria
    SS- Andrus
    OF- A. Jones
    OF- J. Bruce
    OF- A. Gordon
    UTIL- Rizzo
    UTIL- Avisail Garcia
    BN- Corey Hart
    BN- Springer

    SP- Latos
    SP- Minor
    RP- Cishek
    RP- N. Jones
    P- D. Salazar
    P- S. Grey
    P- C. Tillman
    BN – T. Walker
    BN- D. Smyly
    BN- Soria
    BN- C. Allen
    BN- Clippard

    Any input would be much appreciated! I think I could use some more steals but I don’t know which guy I could take out of the lineup to trade. Felt I needed more saves so I grabbed some handcuffs near the end of the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I don’t know about your competition, but your team looks very solid… Maybe a hair weak on pitching, but your hitting is excellent and that’s most important…

  56. KarlJ says:
    (link)

    Had a 10 team 5 x 5 roto money league draft Sunday night. I tried to follow your rankings pretty closely. It’s helped me win this league 2 out of the last 3 years. Hopefully Anibal’s shoulder is ok

    C. Sal Perez
    C J Castro
    1B Pujols
    2B Gyorko
    3B Zimmerman
    SS Andrus
    MI Kendrick
    CI Hosmer
    OF Trout
    OF Harper
    OF Stanton
    OF Crisp
    OF De Aza
    UTL Belt

    P Strasburg
    P A Sanchez
    P G Gonzalez
    P S Gray
    P Minor
    P Lynn
    RP Perkins
    RP Romo
    RP Grilli

    BN T Walker
    BN T Hunter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Your pitching looks great, which would usually be an issue for your hitting, but the hitting looks solid too… Nice team overall, but it is a shallow league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Ike Davis torments you as long as you let him.

    • J-FOH says:
      (link)

      @Carnac: ZANKU!

      • Carnac says:
        (link)

        Oh, that sauce!

        • J-FOH says:
          (link)

          @Carnac: ah…you lika da sauce..huh?

  57. J-FOH says:
    (link)

    Now that spring is giving people something to work with and rotation spots are being grabbed the late round flyers like Ventura are going much higher and are losing some of their late round flyerism. I grabbed Hutchinson with my last pick yesterday *crosses fingers, lights candle*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Yeah, definitely… Suddenly everyone is asking about him, I wrote a post about him 5 months ago…

      • J-FOH says:
        (link)

        @Grey: name has always been in my mind, waiting to see, hopefully coming to fruition….like as last round flyer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Yeah, hopefully

          • J-FOH says:
            (link)

            @Grey: and no one believed in the pitching is deep theory in the draft, Lots of peeps with 7 or more SP’s

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              Yup

              • J-FOH says:
                (link)

                @Grey: This is my 4th RCL, decided to try the 3 starters, a flyer and a ton of closers and MR strategy. My offense is solid though

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
                  (link)

                  Nice

  58. Longbeachyo says:
    (link)

    Word is the Pirates are shopping tabatatata & snider, and Polanco looks like he might get the gig! Do you like him more than Oswaldo Arcia on the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Sure, if he gets the gig… It doesn’t all add up entirely…. They could just bench Tabata for Polanco if they really wanna play the rookie…

    • steve says:
      (link)

      @Longbeachyo: Rotoworld reported that the Pirates optioned Polanco to AAA last Friday 3/14 to preserve his clock. I realize what you are stating is that a trade could open up a position so my point may be moot but just throwing this out there.

  59. David Piven says:
    (link)

    Sorry man—wanna get this in early before you have 455,000 rosters to examine.

    6X6 with ops and holds. Only concern is my relievers screw my ratio’s before they figure out their release points. Your thoughts kind sir?

    Carlos Santana, Cle C, 1B, DH
    Carlos Ruiz, Phi C
    Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    Jose Altuve, Hou 2B
    Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
    Brad Miller, Sea SS
    Aaron Hill, Ari 2B
    Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B
    Adam Jones, Bal OF
    Shin-Soo Choo, Tex OF
    Justin Upton, Atl OF
    Jay Bruce, Cin OF
    Torii Hunter, Det OF
    Michael Brantley, Cle OF

    Alex Torres, SD RP
    Stephen Strasburg, Wsh SP
    Matt Moore, TB SP
    Sonny Gray, Oak SP
    Alex Cobb, TB SP
    Sergio Romo, SF RP
    Rex Brothers, Col RP
    Joakim Soria, Tex RP
    Darren O’Day, Bal RP

    Bench
    Justin Masterson, Cle SP
    Tony Cingrani, Cin SP
    Yordano Ventura, KC SP
    Carlos Martinez, StL RP
    Michael Pineda, NYY SP
    Corey Kluber, Cle SP
    Jordan Walden, Atl RP

    • David Piven says:
      (link)

      @David Piven: Sorry. 10 team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      The hitting looks well balanced, the pitching looks very nice too… I don’t love Moore, but that’s a small issue… It is a shallow league though, so work to be done…

      • David Piven says:
        (link)

        @Grey: I appreciate your time man. Have a great evening (writing from Sweden) and thanks again for the effort and the kick ass content you guys put out. Another donation to yer alcoholism fund is on the way.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Thanks, you too!

  60. JFK says:
    (link)

    12-team, 7×7 keeper league w/QS instead of Ws – trying to plug the holes!

    C – Lucroy
    1B – C. Davis
    2B – Carpenter
    3B – Machado
    SS – Bogaerts
    OFs – Adam Jones, Gomez, Werth
    Util – DomBrown
    Bench – Castellanos, Villar, Chris Johnson

    With Machado likely out to start the season, thinking of swapping Johnson for Moustakas (although he burned me badly last year); also considering dropping my primary SAGNOF guy, Villar, for Owings’ upside but not sure if I can lose the speed. Either/both make sense?

    SPs – Cueto, Salazar, Kluber
    RPs – Kenley, Rosenthal, Henderson
    Ps – Smyly, Gee, Leake
    Bench SPs – Perez, Skaggs, Hamels*, Beachy*
    Bench RPs – Crain, Santos
    DL – Holland

    Pitching’s obviously the greatest area of need – I’ve picked up a couple of the waiver guys you recommended, but with Hamels headed to the DL and Beachy likely done for the season, I’ll have another spot or two to work with. Santiago, Hand and Matt Harrison are the available upside guys that interest me the most, but the wire also offers: Morton, Jaime Garcia, Odorizzi, Miguel Gonzalez, Chacin, Feldman, McAllister, Henderson Alvarez, Nate Eovaldi and Brett Anderson. Most/all of those guys are streamers, but if you had to pick two, would you go Santiago & Hand, or…?

    Finally, with Hanrahan getting healthy, is he a legit target for holds/spec saves? How would you rank these RPs in that vein: Qualls, McGee, Herrera, Strop, Hanrahan, Rondon

    Thanks, as always, and keep up the excellent reads!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Go with Moose over Johnson… Hold Villar for now… I’d go by my rankings for which SPs to grab… Hand would not be one

  61. Al koholic says:
    (link)

    do you see Guerero getting early abs enough to roster,housing Rendon at 2nd now,thanks boss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I’d stick with Rendon for now

  62. Swfcdan says:
    (link)

    Claim Martin Perez for Ivan Nova? Think you’re pretty high(ish) on Perez right for a back ender.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Sure

  63. Hey oh! says:
    (link)

    You guys seem very down on Machado this year. Is that just because of the injury or do you think his long term value has diminished?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      See my rankings

  64. James says:
    (link)

    Should I pull the trigger and give up Sonny Gray for Jim Johnson?

    I know saves come by during the year and generally aren’t worth trading a solid starter for. But this is offer is so damn tempting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I’d want Gray

    • Wilsonian says:
      (link)

      @James: NO

  65. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
    (link)

    Heyo Grey! Could use your thoughts on a keeper selection. Would you rather have Adrian Beltre in the 5th round or Elvis Andrus in the 9th round. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Beltre

  66. Swfcdan says:
    (link)

    Just been playing around with the WAR room, feeding my team into it. Tells me what I kinda figured, but it’s very cool all the same, great work. Is the ‘desired’ totals for each stat the expected figure to be top in that category or just top 3? Im over in some like speed, wondering if that means im crazy loaded with speed this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Thanks! It’s use it as a bench mark for around where you should be, in reality, your fantasy teams change and what you need to win shifts…

  67. joe says:
    (link)

    In a H2H weekly points league (12 keepers), where a typical win (this includes IP, Ks, BB, and ER) equals roughly 10% of the points needed to win in a week and and a typically loss nets 5 or less points depending on how bad it is, would you drop ubaldo for erasmo or tyson ross?

    Obviously, the team is a critical factor in receiving the W.
    FYI-Ubaldo is only a matchup play for me now with the other starters I have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Eh, I’d hold for now

      • joe says:
        (link)

        @Grey: thanks, grey. Congrats on all your success! I’ve been around for a while and things have really changed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Haha

  68. Blow Schaubs says:
    (link)

    Yordano was sick yesterday against most of the Ranger’s A-Team. Is it reasonable to use the buzz surrounding him right now and offer Matt Moore and Yordano FOR Bumgarner? Or should I hold and see if he’s this year’s Jo-Fer? My current rotation is as follows:

    SP1- Jo-Fer
    SP2- Cobb
    SP3- Moore
    SP4- Masterson
    SP5- Ventura/E. Santana/Kazmir

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Sure, try it

  69. Kyman says:
    (link)

    Draft last night. Pts league with extra value on SP’s & RP’s. How’s my team look?
    – J.Castro
    – F.Freeman
    – J.Gyorko
    – J.Segura
    – W.Middlebrooks
    – M.Trout
    – W.Myers
    – K.Calhoun
    – A.Pujols
    – M.Brantley
    – B.Hamilton (in the last round)

    – J.Axford
    – J.Crain
    – J.Papelbon
    – G.Perkins
    – R.Soriano
    – Y.Darvis
    – M.Bumgarner
    – A.Sanchez
    – A.Cobb
    – J.Teheran
    – D.Salazar
    – F.Liriano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      # of teams?

      • Kyman says:
        (link)

        @Grey: 10

        • Kyman says:
          (link)

          @Kyman: The league is limited to 7 starts per week. Last few years teams have won with solid SP’s. And there’s 5 slots for RPs (3-RP & 2-P slots) didn’t want to leave points just sitting on the wire by not filling those spots.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
            (link)

            Gotcha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Looks like a solid team… Very nice pitching, which is important in points… Hitting is decent, if a tad speed heavy…

  70. papasmurf says:
    (link)

    In Gray I trust. Here’s my rotation with Gray favs:

    Shark (keeper by default… I didn’t have enough guys to meet the minimum keeper requirement)
    Sonny Gray
    Liriano
    Masterson
    Ty Ross
    Josh Johnson

    Btw I must be sniffing smurf shrooms again cuz my darkhorse AL Cy Young vote is Masterson.

    The thing that scares me about Ross is his mechanics. That’s a very unusual pitching motion to say the least. And he had a buncha walks this spring. If he gives me close to 100 innings of mid-3 ERA 1.25 WHIP and 8 K/9 IP, I will take it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Ha, nice… That’s not totally crazy on Masterson, maybe just a little… Yeah, I think Ross might be more hodgepadre…

  71. Spammer Jay says:
    (link)

    Hi Grey, Just finished my last draft last night. Appreciate your analysis again. Thank you!
    12 teams: Standard $260:

    C: Ramos ($1)
    1B: Goldy ($11 Keeper)
    2B: Phillips ($3)
    3B: Arenado ($1)
    SS: Desmond ($17)
    OF: McCutchen ($34 Keeper)
    OF: Bruce ($18)
    OF: Gordon ($10)
    U: Kris Davis ($4)
    R: Yelich ($5 keeper)
    R: Middlebrooks ($3)
    R: Dee Gordon ($3)

    Darvish ($28 keeper)
    Sale ($33)
    Gray ($9 keeper)
    Porcello ($3)
    Cashner ($11)
    Josh Johnson ($6)
    Clay Bucholz ($12)
    Gee ($1)
    Archie Bradley ($13)
    Jameson Taillon ($12)
    Jim Johnson ($11)
    Soria ($1)

    One mistake I made was overvaluing my C and 3B positions, thus I budgeted too much for them, and that reserve stopped me from getting a couple better players. I waited on Brad Miller all night only to lose him for a whopping $17 to another owner sleeping on him. Got caught up in the Taillon bidding against a rival owner, but it was the last rd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Your keepers are nice, probably could’ve allocated money better as you said… I like your pitching a bit more than your hitting, hitting isn’t bad, but you feel a bit low on average and speed

  72. Brent says:
    (link)

    We had our 12 team RCL draft last night, I was picking 5th and this is what I came up with round by round:
    Adam Jones
    Freddie Freeman
    Jay Bruce
    Madison Bumgarner
    Elvis Andrus
    Jason Heyward
    Carlos Beltran
    Billy Butler
    Michael Wacha
    Sal Perez
    JJ Hardy
    Andrew Cashner
    Daniel Murphy
    Huston Street
    Carl Crawford
    Zack Wheeler
    Adam Lind
    Michael Bourn
    Chris Johnson
    Lance Lynn
    Tyler Clippard
    Yordano Ventura
    Adam LaRoche
    Brad Ziegler
    Eric Young Jr.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Don’t love Butler, Hardy, Murphy, Bourn, Lynn, LaRoche, Ziegler, Young… I’ve seen better teams…

  73. Big League Choo says:
    (link)

    My RCL team…thoughts? probably going to drop a bat once season starts or 2 for 1 deal

    C Ramos
    1B Hosmer
    2B Kendrick
    3B Frazier
    SS Desmond
    MI Prado
    CI Abreu
    OF Cargo
    OF Hamilton
    OF Cuddyer
    OF Cruz
    OF Calhoun
    Util Sandoval
    BN Brantley
    BN Bradley Jr
    BN Rutledge
    BN Owings

    P Kershaw, Sale, Peavy, Ross, Kazmir
    RP Holland, K-Rob, Parnell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Yeah, I think you need a bat, but not a bench one… Your pitching is very strong up front then not as much in the back…

      • Big League Choo says:
        (link)

        @Grey: better util pickup Saunders, Lake, Quentin, Laroche, Smoak, Konerko?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Lake

  74. Brown L says:
    (link)

    I have a draft tonight for my 10-team H2H keeper league with shallow Yahoo rosters. We keep 7 with no year limit/penalty, and I feel I’m in pretty good shape hitting wise to make a run for this year:
    Adam Jones
    Prince
    CarGo
    Joey Bats
    Segura
    Marte
    Verlander

    Question is, are my hitters good enough to try to grab two pitchers in my first two rounds of drafting? (I’m looking at two out of Anibal/Bailey/Cobb/Teheran) Or should I try to fill in my infield? Donaldson and/or Kinsler should be available.

    Wil Myers also wasn’t kept for some reason, so even though I have all my OF spots filled, would he be an option if he falls to me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I’d go one SP and a bat…

  75. ryan says:
    (link)

    Just completed my draft this is my team . Had first pick . Your thoughts , team needs?
    12 TEAM h2h 5×5

    c- ramos
    1b – freeman
    2b- miller
    ss- segura
    3b- donaldson
    if – trumbo
    of – trout / gomez / brantly / cruz
    utl – jose abreu
    bench – aoki / mousetakis

    sp – wheeler , grey, G. cole / ventura / archer / hudson / josh johnson . T WOOD
    RP – Nathan / robertson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      The pitching is a bit heavy on upside, it could work out but it would be nice to have a solid and less risky SP… Your hitting is fine…

  76. J-FOH says:
    (link)

    I have been super busy lately, whats the Houston closer contest looking like, I hear Qualls, i like Fields, Lo is a no and Crain is hurt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Qualls, Fields

      • J-FOH says:
        (link)

        @Grey: that’s what I figured, just making sure I didn’t miss anything

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Neither are safe, Crain is in wings, he’s not safe either… It’s a shizz show

          • J-FOH says:
            (link)

            @Grey: we said that about veras last year and now he’s the cubs closer…..I don’t think he holds it down. I still like Strop long term this year

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              Yup

            • Wilsonian says:
              (link)

              @J-FOH: he’ll be the closer until he either A) blows 13 in a row; or B) closes the door well enough that he earns some trade value and gets shipped off. I’m voting (and hoping) for B.

  77. Charles says:
    (link)

    12-team league with Losses as a 6th pitching category. I’m planning for my draft. How would you feel with these starters? Too risky?

    6th- Sanchez
    9th- Cobb
    14th- Liriano
    15th- Wheeler
    16th- Gray
    22nd- Josh Johnson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Should be fine

    • goodfold2 says:
      (link)

      @Charles: according to pitcher pairings post (PPP) it’s much better than fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Big O, this is a pretty hip song for you…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          I love this guy, but I didn’t think you would’ve heard of him… I’m guessing you’re watching The Voice…

          • costaricanchata says:
            (link)

            @Grey:

            nah .
            listening to baseball podcasts .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              Ah, gotcha

          • J-FOH says:
            (link)

            @Grey: me too, part of so cal indy hip hop. I know I layed this lastyear, but here he is on a track from 2006. One of the great underground albums.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLaz5REi8oM

            The Emanon stuff isn’t bad either

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              Nice, listening now

              • J-FOH says:
                (link)

                @Grey: That album is in the stack i keep forgetting for you…with blood in blood out!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
                  (link)

                  Sweet

                  • J-FOH says:
                    (link)

                    @Grey: Aloe Blacc, it’s funny when these guys break out in ways you never saw. My buddy use to be the Black Eyed Peas dealer, and mine, and to have seen them in the underground scene into what they have become is a trip. At least Aloe has dignity about his stuff. He got his break in the right crew, Stones Throw, so the early seed was planted. BTW, there was a porn star at the bar last night all trying to dress down. I spotted her, I was the only one. Said nothing but damn what a great rack. I knew she lived local to me. Wait, what does that say about me when I can spot a porn star in hat, yoga pants and almost no make up? who cares, I love the random shizz of living in so cal.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
                      (link)

                      If you can’t spot a porn star in only a hat and yoga pants, she shouldn’t be in the biz… I’m in the new post now…

                    • goodfold2 says:
                      (link)

                      @J-FOH: doesn’t it say more that you knew she lived locally?

  78. Jason says:
    (link)

    What are the faults with this staff:
    Strasburg, Cobb, Salazar, liriano, gray, masterson, porcello

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Are there?

      • Jason says:
        (link)

        @Grey: AWESOME!! I was worried I was relying toooo much on upside here.

    • goodfold2 says:
      (link)

      @Jason: unless this is 10 teamer pitching (or less teams) i’d be more worried about yr offense with that good of pitching.

  79. nick says:
    (link)

    Yo g,
    10 team 6×6 with losses as a category. I have saves locked up with 5 relievers which I like having the security-koji/d-rob/balfour/cishek/henderson. Staff is jofer/ryu/teheran/wacha/salazar/archer.
    Question: cingrani and cueto are free agents, should I drop a closer (henderson or cishek) to scoop one of them? I like my young staff so I would think the extra saves would benefit me more. Your thoughts? Only say the word and I shall be healed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Ha… Cingrani over Henderson

      • nick says:
        (link)

        @Grey: Amen. Saves thrown to the wolves. Just hope tony fastball can learn another pitch before the season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Haha

  80. JP says:
    (link)

    Senor Grey – mind throwing me a little report card grade on how last night’s draft went..? coming off championship wins in two leagues, and just joined my third. Yahoo, 12 team mixed, H2H categoies (HR, RBI, SB, TB / W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS).. 9th pick.. stuck with your guidance and after reading this article, feeling pretty good about my rotation.

    (9) Robinson Canó
    (16) Prince Fielder
    (33) José Bautista
    (40) Albert Pujols
    (57) Jason Heyward
    (64) Yoenis Céspedes
    (81) Alex Cobb
    (88) Danny Salazar
    (105) Anthony Rizzo
    (112) Francisco Liriano
    (129) Tony Cingrani
    (136) Jedd Gyorko
    (153) Rick Porcello
    (160) Zack Wheeler
    (177) Brad Miller
    (184) Chris Tillman
    (201) Huston Street
    (208) Miguel Montero
    (225) Neftali Feliz
    (232) Corey Kluber
    (249) Joakim Soria
    (256) Erasmo Ramírez
    (273) Martín Pérez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Hard to see the team when put in the comments like this, but it looks solid, I like the hitting… Pitching looks a little risky, but not too bad for a semi-shallow league

  81. ithrowplastic says:
    (link)

    Head 2 head pts league…smyly or ventura.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Ventura

  82. Al koholic says:
    (link)

    Pineda looking sharp today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Yeah, be nice to see him get back to where he was before injuries

  83. SMLV1 says:
    (link)

    Who would you rather have all season in a 12 team H2H league…

    E. Santana
    R. Porcello
    Y. Ventura

    and why?

    • SMLV1 says:
      (link)

      @SMLV1: Throw Delgado in the Mix too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Porcello

  84. detectivekimball says:
    (link)

    Great work here…Just had a draft and ended up with half these guys so feel pretty good about that…

    First year doing an Auction draft this weekend though and was wondering how trades work at the draft. We have a $260 budget with keepers already priced in. If I wanted to trade a $35 Stanton for a $22 Cole, do I trade the other guy an extra $13 too? Not sure how this would work…Any input from anyone would be appreciated..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I wouldn’t make that trade…

      • detectivekimball says:
        (link)

        @Grey: Neither would I but it was just an example or trading guys with different prices.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Money doesn’t matter after draft until it’s time to keep guys

  85. Grey

    Grey says:
    (link)

    *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS**********

  86. Jason says:
    (link)

    Let’s assume Baez sticks at 2B and makes the opening day roster, where do you rank him in terms of 2 baggers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Around 175 overall

  87. Grey

    Grey says:
    (link)

    *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS***********

  88. Worlds First Analrapist says:
    (link)

    Hey Grey,
    Great stuff as usual, I appreciate all the hard work from the Razzball team.

    I am in a 14-team auction roto league with extremely limited moves. Roster size is 23 total starters with 6 reserves. I can only pick up a player if a player on my roster is DL’d, retires, or dies. We are only allowed one drop of an active player all year. There are 3 DL spots, so I was thinking it might be wise to draft a player that is DL’d. What do you think? Should I target a DL’d SP (Iwakuma, Griffin, or Niese), a DL’d bat (Machado), or forget the idea all together?

    • goodfold2 says:
      (link)

      @Worlds First Analrapist: are you separate from Tobias Funke World’s first Analrapist? or the same, with shorter name?

  89. Dave F says:
    (link)

    Hey, I realize this is misplaced, but where can I find a good set of rankings for holds? I know that setup guys are listed in parentheses in the closer report next to the closers, but I was hoping to find an actual set of rankings to use. Can someone point me in the right direction? My draft is in 3 hours and it’s the last piece of planning for me.

  90. herschel says:
    (link)

    @Grey: is there a 1b to target post? Searched and couldnt come up with anything…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I didn’t write one because I didn’t want to encourage people to draft sleeper 1st baseman… Draft a top one…

  91. dabartist says:
    (link)

    How do you like my team guys?
    Standard Yahoo h2h

    C-Rosario
    1b-Au Shizzzz (Goldschmidt)
    2b-Kendrick
    3b-Longoria
    SS-Andrus
    OF-Bautista, Rios, Bruce
    Util-Myers

    Pitchers
    Cobb, Teharan, Liriano, Masterson, Weaver, Porcello, Perez, Gee, Santiago, Smyly

    Closers
    Axford, Parnell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Looks like a solid team, real nice hitting and solid pitching… Pretty shallow league though so there’s still work to be done…

      • dabartist says:
        (link)

        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Should I pick up Erasmo Ramirez over any of my lesser pitchers?

  92. Michael says:
    (link)

    Just completed my draft in my 5×5 H2H league. I know pitching may seem a bit thin, but I am a firm believer in “offense wins championships”, at least when it comes to fantasy.
    This is my squad. Thoughts? Team needs?

    C. Posey
    1B. Fielder
    2B. Kipnis
    SS. Profar
    3B. Sandoval
    IF. Adams
    OF. Bruce, Beltran, Myers, L. Martin
    U. McCann
    Bench – Jeter and Avisail Garcia

    SP – Tanaka, Straily, Nova, Wood, Griffin, T.Walker, De La Rosa, Odorizzi, Harvey (keeper)
    RP – Holland, Janssen, Benoit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I agree with what you said, the pitching is thin… The hitting looks great though, so there’s that…

  93. Dave F says:
    (link)

    Grey, whatcha think of this team.

    Rosario
    Rizzo
    Cano
    Desmond
    Zimmerman
    Cargo
    Myers
    Gordon
    Beltran
    Bourjos
    Avisail Garcia
    Asche

    Cobb
    Liriano
    Fister
    Porcello
    Tillman
    Tijuan Walker
    Delgado

    Serio Romo
    Balfour
    Janssen
    Street

    Soria
    Strop
    Herrerra

    • Dave F says:
      (link)

      And Josh Johnson, forgot about him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      No idea of # of teams

      • Dave F says:
        (link)

        @Grey:

        12 team. standard positions plus 2 Util spots so my bench players are either Bourjos/Avisail and Asche.

  94. junior says:
    (link)

    hey guys I need your help this is my team is 5 sp and 2 rp max wanted to know where would i need some help this is points league and should i drop alex wood for chris archer or michel pineda:

    C Yan Gomes, Cle C
    1B Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    2B Kelly Johnson, ny 2B
    3B Manny Machado, Bal 3B
    SS Everth Cabrera, SD SS
    OF Ryan Braun, Mil OF
    OF Jose Bautista, Tor OF
    OF Matt Holliday, StL OF
    UTIL David Ortiz, Bos DH
    Bench Billy Hamilton, Cin OF
    Bench Torii Hunter, Det OF
    Bench mike moustakas,kc 3B
    Bench brad miller, sea ss

    sp Madison Bumgarner, SF
    sp Chris Sale, CWS
    sp Alex Cobb, TB
    sp Julio Teheran, Atl
    sp Alex Wood, Atl

    rp Ernesto Frieri, LAA
    rp Aroldis Chapman, Cin

    Batting
    Singles (1B) 1 Doubles (2B) 2
    Triples (3B) 3 Home Runs (HR) 4
    Walks (BB) 1 Runs Scored (R) 1
    Runs Batted In (RBI) 1 Stolen Bases (SB) 2
    Strikeouts (K) -0.5 Hit by Pitch (HBP) 1
    Caught Stealing (CS) -1

    Pitching
    Innings Pitched (IP) 1.5 Earned Runs (ER) -1
    Wins (W) 5 Losses (L) -5
    Saves (SV) 5 Blown Saves (BS) -3
    Strikeouts (K) 1 Hits Allowed (H) -1
    Walks Issued (BB) -1 Hit Batsmen (HB) -1
    Quality Starts (QS) 3

Comments are closed.