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The top 20, 40, 60 and 80 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball can be found under the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings.  For those of you who spent most of college like me here’s the Cliff Notes version of the starters.  If you click on some of the player’s names, you’ll see whole posts dedicated to these doodes with 2010 fantasy baseball projections.  Anyway, here’s some starters to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:

Jonathan Sanchez – 200 Ks; ADP 200-something.  That’s like having extra butter on your movie popcorn and control over the artificial sour cream seasoning shaker.  Hint:  Take off the lid and pour it on.  It’s wonderful.

Johnny Cueto – His name makes him sound like an 80′s teen movie villain, but there’s nothing to be scared of unless you’re a TOTAL DORK!

David Price – I have a sneaky suspicion that 2011 is going to be the year you’re going to love owning Price, but he can still provide moderate value.

Tim Hudson – They can’t all be Jimmy Upsidieros.

Jorge de la Rosa – I see lots of people drafting him so I smile gently, but I feel obliged to tell you he could be absolutely ugly.  dlR’s not for our elderly readers whose nurses regularly hide their meds.  (But if we do have elderly readers, find “Cheap Trick” in this post and replace it with “Douglas MacArthur.”)

Ervin Santana – As terrifically awful as last year was, you have remember that was one year, just as 2008 was one year.  Don’t be so reactionary.

Clay Buchholz – Kinda bummed there’s so many AL pitchers on this list.  Not thrilled at all that there’s two AL East pitchers on this list.  Don’t own them both; you’ll go batty.  Literally.

Kevin Slowey – I haven’t written much about Slowey outside of the blurb in the top 40 starters for 2010 fantasy baseball post-thingie-whosieski, but that’s wrong I tell ya.  I kinda want to own Slowey everywhere.  I dislike walks.  Slowey doesn’t do those.  I like strikeouts.  Slowey does those.  I’m gushing.  You hear me?  Gushing.

Gio Gonzalez – He had nearly a 10 K/9 in just under 100 innings last year.  Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the A’s pitcher to own this year.  Not Anderson.  If you’re wondering how Gio works into the starting rotation, think about the Aetna-sponsored twosome of Sheets and Duchscherer.

Mat Latos – Could go from a Hodgepadre to a number three fantasy starter.  Act like you know, MC Lyte.

Ian Kennedy – All prospects that leave New York, farm system included, must also lose any hype.  We’ll call it The Felipe Lopez, Not That Felipe Lopez Rule. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Kennedy emerge as a fantasy three to four starter.

Sean Gallagher – More of a deep league option, or NL-Only, as Gallagher doesn’t have a rotation spot.  But you know where Gallagher will be smashing his watermelons in May?  In Petco.  Aw, sookie-sookie now.

Aroldis Chapman – Looking more and more like he could get the 5th starter job.  Well, he’s for real and he’s spectacular.

Colby Lewis – No one’s career has seen a bigger boost after going to Japan since Cheap Trick.  Feels like every year the Rangers have someone who’s way overhyped.  Has everyone forgotten that Lewis had a 6.71 ERA in his major league career before being rejuvenated in the Japanese Bubbling Spring of Soba Noodles?  Not to mention, he’s been hit this spring and Arlington isn’t exactly Petco or Metco.  So I wouldn’t target Lewis even though he’s in this post.  I just hadn’t talked about him and, well, now I have.

79 Responses

  1. Joe says:
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    Is Gio Gonzalez really draftable? He’ll probably just fall into the waiver pool. Where he will be baking. Then he’ll be ready for my squad. Yes.

  2. Steve says:
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    Gotta love those guys in the NL West in general, and Petco in particular. Elsewhere, throwing half your games in Oakland doesn’t hurt either.

    Oh, and if you’re drafting at ESPN (and in case you haven’t noticed already), Cueto and Erv-San are B-U-R-I-E-D. over there.

  3. Schlitzy says:
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    I was looking forward to owning sanchez as my last starter then BAM he gets taken with pick #130.

    I ended up with 3 guys on this list (Price, Ervin and Slowey) to round out a staff of Johan, Nolasco and Burnett. I am terribly AL-heavy. Shoul that worry me?

  4. Tony says:
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    “think about the Aetna-sponsored twosome of Sheets and Duchscherer.”

    LOL- i can’t take it anymore, baseball just needs to start…..

  5. Tony says:
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    aramis scratched yesterday due to “soreness in his tricep”…. another good reason to avoid him. Its bad enough when I think a guys injury prone then he starts getting hurt two weeks before the season is going to begin…

  6. matthole says:
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    Grey, great post. Can you please clarify when you mean starters to target? Starters to target for SP 5,6 only?

    You have price ranked in SP3 range at #26, Slowey/Cueto, Buchh in SP4 range at #s 39/40/41 respectively. Latos/Hudson in your pairings column are recommended as the uspide/safe SP5s and finally Sanchez is SP6.

    You mentioned you wouldnt own 2 AL East pitchers on the list (buch and price), but how many of the pitchers on this list in general would you roster? All of them and 2 top 20s to anchor the staff?

    Thanks

  7. Josh says:
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    glad you finally wrote about Colby Lewis. I saw him on the Point Shares list ranked ahead of guys like Edwin Jackson, de la Rosa and Slowey and I literally had no idea who the eff he was. color me intrigued; I may grab him at the very end of some drafts.

  8. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    @matthole: I would imagine Grey means starters that round out a rotation. If your SP staff consists of only these type of guys you could be in trouble.

    Usually Grey is spot on with his picks, and a few of these fellas will break out. For instance I have in one keeper league: Santana, Sanchez, Price and Latos in the hope that one or two starters ‘hit’. But I also have Dan Haren and Clayton Kershaw for security and elite pitching. In another league its Justin Verlander and Johan Santana followed by a mix of the starters Grey recommends. These guys are just, generally, great late round targets that can be picked up and perform as well as the Oswalt’s, Carlos Zambrano’s etc of this world, with the potential to outperform them (especially considering the round you could select them in). Upside, upside, upside!

    But i wouldn’t only target these guys. Get some reliable top 10/20 talent. Otherwise you might have to get (too) intimate with the waiver wire this year! My two pence anyway.

  9. David_C says:
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    The only interesting ones are buccolz, price ..however those 2 have questions and pitch in the Al East..
    I like Jorge but the guy gets blown up from time to time…

  10. majortommy says:
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    Sanchez has looked terrible this spring, I know it is only the spring but sheesh, give me a break!

  11. matthole says:
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    @TheQuestforMerlin: Thats my question to the man; do you get 2 top 20 guys to anchor the staff and fill the rest out with these guys or are these guys strictly SP5/6 options to round out the back end of the rotation. These guys vary on his SP rankings list from #26 to wherever ian kennedys ranked.

  12. matthole says:
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    @TheQuestforMerlin: the other night i drafted a pitching staff that includes lester, ubaldo, danks (admittedly a poor SP3), price, correia, cueto, sanchez, kennedy and was told that there are too many ?/risk factor yet these are the ones being recommended, etc..so want to be sure what exactly they are being recommended for so i dont make the same mistake in future drafts

  13. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Another SP I like is Kuroda. On ESPN Kuroda is the next SP on the list after J Sanchez. When I wait on SP’s in mocks I usually end up with both since you’re getting a ying and a yang with those picks. Sanchez is the big K guy while Kuroda is the low ERA/WHIP guy.

    And even though Slowey makes me nervous because of the metal in his wrist, I end up with him a lot because there may not be much greater value than 234th where ESPN has him.

  14. Ian says:
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    Would you recommend owning Chapman over other back end SPs like Homer Bailey, Sheets or Niemann?

  15. PJtres says:
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    so i guess i should drop colby lewis for latos?

  16. Mickey says:
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    what is this artificial sour cream seasoning you speak of?

  17. Euroalien says:
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    With my draft tomorrow, this post is perfect timing! With Santana and Beckett as my #1 & #2…….. I’m shooting for Wandy as my #3, then I plan on grabbing at least a couple of these guys….

  18. Tarasco's Secret Stash says:
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    I like me some George of the Rose this year, and I will enjoy stealing him in June from whoever drafts him for a slow-footed outfielder and a bag of balls. His recent splits are pretty bonkers:

    2009 1st half: 5.21 ERA, 1.45 WHIP in 95 IP
    2009 2nd half: 3.46, 1.30 in 88 IP

    2008 1st half: 7.26 ERA, 1.63 WHIP in 57 IP
    2008 2nd half: 3.08, 1.33 in 73 IP

    Last year he bottomed (topped) out with a 5.81 ERA on June 21st, then proceeded to knock a buck fifty off it over the next three months of routinely solid pitching. If you draft him, draft him for the long haul and be prepared to be patient early…

  19. Euroalien says:
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    Sorry…. With my draft tomorrow, this post is perfect timing! With Santana and Beckett as my #1 & #2…….. I’m shooting for Wandy as my #3, then I plan on grabbing at least two or three of these guys…. Price, Slowey, Cueto, Ervin, Sanchez, Liriano & Latos. Any preferences….? I really want Sanchez, so I will have to stretch for him probably…. and I’m leaning NL rather than AL. Any thoughts? Thanks

  20. magicterp says:
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    Off subject but…
    While I always love me some St. Louis style spareribs, I’m starting to feel a bit concerened about Holliday’s ribcage.
    Lower ranking a bit or no worries pass the sauce?

  21. charlie batch says:
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    teixera/zimmerman vs longoria/youky. pulling at straws?

  22. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Tarasco’s Secret Stash: Those are crazy splits. Thanks for the info. I know he’s 29 already but his K’s have gone up and his ERA/WHIP down for the last 3 years.

  23. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @charlie batch: teix/zimm could offer more but I’m not sure why anyone would bother much for this trade.

  24. charlie batch says:
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    @Frank Rizzo: i hear you

  25. grandysdandy says:
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    @Tarasco’s Secret Stash
    whos george of the rosE?

  26. David says:
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    @Grey: Are you concerned with Buchholtz not being able to secure a spot in the rotation?

  27. grandysdandy says:
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    ahh thanks!

  28. mrbaseball says:
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    grey you did not like my 12 team mock draft last night – you hated my hitting – I tried to get as much as I can out of my hitting and still put together a great pitching staff – What I want to know – what do I need to do different here for future drafts to improve this lineup – how many more homeruns – rbi’s – steal – runs I need to make this a winner

    Prince Fielder (Mil – 1B Projections: 100/42/115/.285

    Felipe López (StL – 2B) Projections: 85/10/60/.285/10

    Ryan Zimmerman (Was – 3B)———105/30/110/.295/5

    Everth Cabrera (SD – SS)————– 85/3/50/.260/35

    Miguel Montero (Ari – C)—————–65/17/80/.280

    Jayson Werth (Phi – OF)—————–85/30/100/.270/18

    Nelson Cruz (Tex – OF)——————80/32/95/.275/15

    Nyjer Morgan (Was – OF)—————105/4/45/.300/45

    Kevin Youkilis (Bos –ultility)————-95/27/105/.295/5

    Nolan Reimold (Bal – ultilty)————-85/25/95/.290/10

    Johan Santana (NYM – SP)
    Ubaldo Jiménez (Col – SP)
    Wandy Rodríguez (Hou – SP)
    Jonathan Sánchez (SF – SP)
    Stephen Strasburg (Was – SP)
    Johnny Cueto (Cin – SP)
    Jon Garland (SD – SP)

    Joakim Soria (KC – RP)
    Carlos Mármol (ChC – RP)
    José Valverde (Det – RP)
    Francisco Rodríguez (NYM – RP)
    Jon Rauch (Min – RP)

  29. mrbaseball says:
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    or anyone else can step in about the team I drafted

  30. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Cartoonish spitting of my coffee that landed on my laptop resulting from reading that Cheap Trick/MacArthur rib. Hot damn!

  31. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    @matthole: It’s all risk/reward. I guess it depends on how many are in your league (assuming 12) and where you drafted those SP’s. On face value, I don’t mind that SP draft. But I can see what Grey is getting at. You have a number of guys who have yet to perform for a full season at a decent level (Price, Correia, Kennedy), whilst others that pitch in unfavourable parks or divisions (Lester, Cueto, Jiminez) and then John Danks who’s a bit meh. Sanchez is solid for what he gives you, with the potential to get better.

    Even though the staff is pretty nice, it is ‘risky’. But its better to have a riskier staff then just a crap one.

    I find the key is to balance pitchers I believe in and like, with pitchers who fall to a favourable draft position. Lester and Jiminez should be awesome, but if Sanchez and Cueto break out then you should be all good!

    In my draft, I took Haren, Kershaw, E. Santana, Zambrano, Sanchez, Price and Latos. So I have 2 guys who haven’t performed for a full year before (Price, Latos), the solid late rounder Sanchez, then two guys who have been excellent in the past (Santana and Zambrano) and then my big two in Haren and Kershaw. Kershaw also offers excellent upside, in a good pitchers park and pitchers league (NL West).

    That is my take anyway, i’m sure Grey will give you better (and more reliable) advice!

    TQ4M

  32. Adam says:
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    @mrbaseball: Looks a little heavy on the closers, depending on where you got them

    I’m also not a big Johan fan unless you got him cheap, velocity decline the last few years throws up a few flags but maybe he’ll come back strong after the injury

    I’d be looking to upgrade at 2B for sure, and maybe finding a sub for Nyjer/Util and put Reimold in at OF…although if you keep him, your team name can be Nyjers With Attitude like mine last season

  33. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Note to self… Don’t drink coffee and read Razzball at the same time.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Joe: Let him bake then.

    @Schlitzy: A little.

    @Tony: Thanks for the heads up!

    @matthole: Starters to target after 100th pick, sorry, wasn’t clearer.

    @TheQuestforMerlin: Good points.

    @Frank Rizzo: Yeah, Kuroda’s not bad.

    @Ian: Yup

    @PJtres: They’re both real late fliers. You can hold on for now if you like. It’s not like Latos is going anywhere.

    @Mickey: It’s wonderful.

    @sean: Great film, definitely. But some friends of mine who I really respect recommended it, so I had high hopes and was slightly let down.

    @Euroalien: That works.

    @magicterp: A-Rod missed of the season last year and he was fine. It’s too early to worry about Holliday.

    @charlie batch: Tomato-tomahto.

    @David: Nah, he’ll get in there. Dice-K’s crizzap. But I’m not saying reach for Buchholz. He does have that danger.

    @mrbaseball: http://razzball.com/fantasy-baseball-draft-strategy-winning-it/

    @IowaCubs: Hehe

  35. Ian Kennedy blurb: Kennedy has a new sinker, word is its working really well and he is getting Webb to help him finetune it/getting it to tail in on lefties.

  36. mrbaseball says:
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    According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Twins have been scouting Padres closer Heath Bell for a possible trade.

    Mike Adams is next in line

  37. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @mrbaseball: Too much relief pitching imo. You don’t play MI/CI and yet your 2b and ss are Lopez and Everth? Ugh.

  38. matthole says:
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    @TheQuestforMerlin: thanks for the feedback; what you say is very logical didnt mean to sound dismissive, just wanted to hear it from the horse’s mouth…But, I think i had a similar gameplan as you except i failed to secure that solid #3 (baker/billingsley/dempster type).

    And as mentioned before theres always a good chance someone can get sick of a pitcher that has splits that suck in the first half but are great in second half (arroyo/dlr)

    Last year I traded FOR johan the week before he went to the IR so i had to use DLR, arroyo, buchholz, hodge padres, and wainwright to win the league. Would rather have to piece together a SP or two throughout the course of a season than batters, as im sure you’ll agree, maybe? i dont know.

    where are you from (whilst)

  39. Beau says:
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    Want to get peoples’ thoughts on Verlander. Looking at last year’s #s are a bit contradictory. He obviously has great k/bb stats and the high babip and lower xFIP suggest he may be even better than last year, but he had a really high strand rate. Perhaps thats for real and a result of his great control and high k rate. I want to believe he may be even better than it seems…thoughts? Anyone else look at Happ peripherals from last year, yikes! I wont be even thinking about him until the absolute last round or two.

  40. \@mrbaseball:

    In other words make sure not to draft Rauch? :D

  41. grandysdandy says:
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    in a keeper league would you trade youk/nolasco for teix/anibalsanchez?

  42. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @mrbaseball: Heath Bell would cost too much and the Twinkies are cheap. I say no way. Not for a 1 year substitute.

  43. Eddy says:
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    @mrbaseball:
    Yea man, you didn’t follow SAGNOF for pitching. And you took pitching for 8(!) straight rounds in places where you could have nabbed Quentin, Bruce, and most importantly, Stewart for your 2B. The only time I take pitching consecutively like that are from rounds 16-23 more or less. Personally, I wouldn’t draft Garland. I’d go with Ervin. He’s been dominating this spring and he does amazing on even years. No lie, that’s the superstition I’m drafting him under. And if you need a vet, go with Hudson. He pitched great last night too I believe. And finally, I don’t think Youk in the 3rd round was smart after having both 1B and 3B covered. Reaching for B.Phillips or Grandy would have been nice there.

  44. sean says:
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    @mrbaseball: First, you need to look at the rules of your league. These things stand out to me by looking at your roster: your league doesn’t have a MI or CI and only 3 OF.

    1. In this format, there’s no excuse for having zero power production out of your 2B/SS positions. Felipe Lopez is waiver wire material at best. 2B is so deep and there are only going be 10-12 drafted. The same can be said for shortstop. Everth is a late round speed only schmohawk. If you have a need, you can use him as a bandaid, but, again, you aren’t getting major production out of another spot in a small roster. Speedsters are fine in the middle if your OF is full of 30-HR guys, but you already have a light-hitting OF in Morgan.

    2. Your OF is weak. Werth and Cruz could be top-20 guys and could be fourth outfielders by May. That’s a lot of variance for a league that only rosters between 30-40 OF. Sure they offer the vaunted speed/power combination (Cruz to a lesser degree), but neither one of them is a #1 OF, and in a three-outfielder format, you’ve got to have at least one real-deal, lockdown OF.

    3. I can’t tell who your second round pick is. That’s a problem. These guys should be the building blocks of your team. I wouldn’t go drafting Zimmerman in the second round of a 12-team league that only requires that 12 3B be drafted, but that’s just my take.

    4. In a league that only rosters 3 OF, Nyjer Morgan is not a strong third. Sure, he gives you some speed and perhaps some runs and isn’t a negative average player, but is he the 21st outfielder? Quentin, Cruz, Dunn, Jones, etc are the type of players you need in that 3rd spot to be able to dominate.

    5. I don’t think that you have a great pitching staff at all. You’re solid up top with Johan, Ubaldo, and Wandy but after that it’s a flier-grab. All speculation on Sanchez, Cueto, and Strasburg, which is fine for your fifth spot, but can’t represent the majority of your staff.

    6. You have too many good closers. Think of closers like starters: it’s ok to have some from different tiers. Investing too much in saves hurts your roster elsewhere, especially when you are sacrificing four picks before the 15th round to get K-Rod, Soria, Marmol, and Valverde.

  45. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    @matthole: No worries I didn’t see your post as dismissive at all, we’re all fantasy brothers.

    I definitely agree with piecing SP’s together, there are great opportunities to trade or pick up someone useful during the season. Breakouts and small sample size really does play with SP’s. SP’s and outfielders are the easiest in my opinion.

    Yeah, my language (surprisingly, to me) does at times give my nationality away. I think I may be one of the few (if not the only) British razzballers. England FTW!

    Oh, my RCL teammates are going to get it from me if they let a Brit beat them (my keeper league mates are already used to it).

  46. @Frank Rizzo:

    Yeah, but if not Bell, they might find someone else. Seems to indicate the future closer is not on the roster.

  47. sean says:
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    @Beau: Strand rates can be indicative of skill, especially for a guy with 250 Ks like Verlander. Where a guy who pitches to contact might suffer a bloop base hit with two outs and men on, Verlander’s pumping gas past a weak hitter with two outs.

    I am concerned about his workload. He really suffered in 2008 after all the innings in 2007. I hope he doesn’t regress the same way in 2010 after coming off all the work in 2009. The telling sign, for me, will be whether he can get his velocity up to 94-96 in the first month of the season. If he does, take him to the bank.

  48. sean says:
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    @TheQuestforMerlin: Don’t expect me to start playing fantasy EPL in return.

  49. Frank Rizzo says:
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    @Elijah: I get that much, it may mean they don’t feel good about Rauch or Guerrier, but I just don’t think they’ll give up much for a closer. It wouldn’t be the Minny way to go overpay for an established closer.

  50. floridamach1 says:
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    I made one of the teams in my league called “Morneau After Pill.”

  51. Euroalien says:
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    @TheQuestforMerlin: You’re not the only Brit Razzballer…. :) I’ve been in the states for 17 years and have won my big money league a couple of times. Am looking to return to a championship this year with Grey’s insights!

  52. TheQuestforMerlin says:
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    @sean: Just you wait, I can see Grey extolling the virtues of Shaun Wright-Phillips in the near future. Assists ‘Aint Got No Face.
    @Euroalien: Yes! We get everywhere. The Britazzballers.

  53. Awesomus Maximus

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    Please stop talking about Jonathan Sanchez… he sold for $10 in my auction draft today! >:-(

  54. Euroalien says:
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    Drafting tomorrow – 12 Team 5 x 5 partial keeper (Max 8) with Sanata, Beckett, Howard, Youk, Granderson & Bay as my keepers. Targeting an OF and SP (or Stewart) with my two early picks. How soon would you reach for Jason Heyward?

  55. Euroalien says:
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    ……… that’s max 8 Keepers lol

  56. Yo. I want Latos, Cueto and Sanchez on all my teams, but I think Hudson is being targeted by everyone. If not, I’ll gladly grab that dude.

    How early is too early for Hudson?

  57. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Hate to bring up a sore subject but post-razzball lovechild James Shields is ranked 153rd by ESPN. He’s sandwiched by Scherzer and Harden with other names like Hudson, Burnett, and Danks in the same vicinity. I know he let us down in 2010, but he’s still young and could bounce back to fall in our loving hands once more. Should we take him over the other guys mentioned?

  58. Maitland says:
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    I like Price a lot this year. His post all-star stats last week were good, 1.20 whip, but, the big thing was that he struck out less and walked less. Not that the less Ks are good, but, the less walks certainly are. And I think the less Ks are keeping people away from him. Less glamorous or whatever, or people think that the only way Price can pitch OK is if he really limits trying to strike dudes out. But, I think that’s just normal learning how to pitch.

    Next step is keeping the walks down with adding the Ks back in, which I think he should be able to do.

  59. Frogurt says:
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    Any chance you’ll be updating the top 300 list again? It’s become my bible– thanks! Drafting next week and noticed Huston Street is still ranked above his two possible replacements.

  60. Grey

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    @Real Tom: Hudson around 175 seems fine.

    @Frank Rizzo: I’m all for giving guys a 2nd chance, but I haven’t seen anything to warrant my trust going back into Shields. K-rate’s below 7, walk rate went up, he’s terrible away from home, his division’s murder… Blech.

  61. Grey

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    @Frogurt: He’s ranked there because he’s only supposed to be out for a week or two.

  62. Andre says:
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    I feel good knowing that I’m targeting some of the same guys you are. In a H2H league, I love those guys that heat up in the second half.

    Is Latos really that good? As an East Coaster, I haven’t seen him pitch. Do you think he’ll be on a Verduccian innings limit this season? Innings limits are always something to keep in mind when drafting young starters…

    I was just about to ask about Slowey’s wrist when I realized he was actually dealing to Los Mets on SNY as I type this. Dude can pitch and his wrist looks A-OK.

    How are people projecting the new park in Minnesota? I don’t know about the dimensions, but I imagine the cool weather should help pitching in the early/late season no?

  63. Euroalien says:
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    I’m curious……. what lists do you guys take to a live draft? I know there’s such a thing as having too much material…. I’m thinking Grey’s rankings by position, the tiers and maybe the top 300. Any thoughts? Anything I’m missing??

  64. Grey

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    @Andre: Sadly, I’ve heard the field is small and may be Fenway North. But until the field plays we gotta look at it as neutral. I don’t care about Verducci with how late Latos is going. It’s not like it’s a top 10 round pick. He’s that good and he’s in Petco.

    @Euroalien: I’d take the top 300 and tiers.

  65. Andre says:
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    Point taken on Latos Grey. I love me those Petco pitchers. What do you think of Kevin Correia by the way? Improvement or regression? He was a nice back end surprise for me last season. Wow that sounds dirty.

    @Euroalien: Depending on how deep a league you’re playing in, I’d take a depth chart too – or at least denote on your other lists whether or not guys will actually have a steady job.

    I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but imagine drafting Granderson in a H2H league, to find out that he’s sitting against lefties!

  66. Pat says:
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    Though it pains me to say, I am going to have to let someone else take Jonathan Sanchez this year. The guy can be dominating (and as a Giants’ fan I hope he will be), but his lack of control makes his stats to volatile for me. I saw him in spring training last Saturday: 1st inning, 3 up, 3 down, 1 K, 2nd inning, 1 K, 2 outs, 2 hits, 5 walks!, 4 runs.

    Sanchez can get you great K’s and go on a successful overall run, but he’s just as likely to ‘roofie’ you and then it will make it really tough not to drop him.

    Grey,
    Cheap Trick, MacArthur. If you just added Rocky Road ice cream you would’ve covered my 3 favorite things!

  67. Mark says:
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    Agree on Sanchez awesome but you never know who shows up. I will not be surprised if Jonathan Perez and Oliver Sanchez become synonymous with each other.

    Same type of shaky control. Full disclosure, I have them both and it’s scary.

  68. Fresh says:
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    Matusz is looking great this spring, including a 5 and 1/3 inning, 0 hit, 2 walk, 6 strikeout performance against a strong philly lineup today. What type of ceiling do you see for him?

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Fresh: Shakey at times 4th fantasy starter.

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Pat: Will try for the Road next time.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dave (in Hawaii): That is pretty incredible, thanks for passing it along.

  72. and1mcgee says:
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    love the Seinfeld reference on Ardolis

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