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If you want to see the worst video you can imagine, here’s Aroldis getting hit in the face by a line drive.  I say it’s the worst video, not because of the graphic content, but because it looks it was shot by a blind man who has really large fingers.  Which has me thinking, does braille come in different sizes?  Things that make you go hmm…  So, Aroldis Chapman got hit in the face by a comebacker off of Salvador Perez’s bat and needed to get carted off the field and taken straight to the hospital.  No amount of weird stories about Aroldis coming home to find women tied to his bed, claiming they were kidnapped, makes what happened to Aroldis right.  No amount of stories of him doing 150 MPH in a school zone, drag racing against Puig, makes this right.  Aroldis can throw puppies in the air and say he’s making it rain for pussycats and it doesn’t make it okay.  Though, I did rush to the waiver wire looking for J.J. Hoover just in case Aroldis would be out for a while, then I went looking for Jonathon Broxton.  Fantasy baseball, you make me a bad person!  I’d add Hoover and Broxton, just in case Aroldis is out for a while.  Right now, I’d guess he misses a month with a fractured nose and a fracture above his eye.  Anyway, here’s what else I’ve seen in Spring Training for 2014 fantasy baseball:

Mat Latos – Threw two frames and reported no problems with his knee.  He said he was so pumped up on the mound that he was shaking from adrenaline.  I say lay off the Red Bulls.

Erik Bedard – Says if he doesn’t make the Rays, he will opt-out of his contract instead of going to the minors and try to find a deal elsewhere.  His exact words were, “There’s a lot of starters who have been hurt so there’s a lot of chances and I’ll probably go somewhere else.”  Well, ain’t that the kettle trying to get rich on the pot’s blackness.

Daisuke Matsuzaka – Favorite for the Mets 5th starter job.  The Mets decided to roll the Dice-K since they’re foreseeing lots of craps this year.

Cole Hamels – Threw a successful bullpen session.  His target date right now is end of April, beginning of May.  Jimmy Rollins said, “The sooner he’s back the sooner I can blame shizz on him and get Sandberg off my back.”

Freddy Galvis – Sidelined for a few days after having an abscess removed from his knee.  Sandberg said, “I wish this team were a knee and Rollins were an abscess.”

Carlos Martinez – Word on the street is he’s going into the bullpen.  Word on the street can SUCK MY– Shoulder Angel, “Breathe, Grey, it’s gonna be okay.”  But I need him in the rotation for my NFBC team!  “Here, have a Chupa Chups lollipop.”  Thanks, Shoulder Angel.

Aaron Hicks – Twins assistant general manager said, “Hicks hasn’t been anything special this spring.  Neither has (Alex) Presley.  There’s your center field battle.  I wish somebody would step up and earn a job.  Nobody’s really doing that.”  In related news, Twins fans said, “We’re really hoping someone in the front office steps up and gets us some decent players, but no one has really done that.”

Omar Infante – Received a cortisone shot in his sore elbow.  Hopefully that pacifies the Infante.

Carlos Correa – Feels fine after being beaned on the hand.  Member beanie babies?  Those things were lame.  Sorry, forgot to take my Adderall.

Yordano Ventura – Ned Yost said he could throw 180-200 innings this year.  My Cougar’s like, “Why don’t you want to sex me anymore?” and I’m like, “Baby, I got a headache,” and she’s like, “Let me put on this Yordano Ventura jersey,” and I’m like, “Give me some sugar.”

Mike Minor – Won’t return until mid-April.  That’s only missing two starts, so I’m not going to adjust my rankings/projections, but if he has one setback that could push his timetable until mid-May.  This doesn’t sound like a huge problem.  I mean, it’s his urethra, how big could it be?

Starlin Castro – Took batting practice and fielded grounders.  Cool, so what did Javier Baez do?!

Tommy Hunter – Lots of talk centering around who is going to close in Houston or Texas or Cincy.  Not a whole lot of people pointing to Baltimore as a bullpen that is going to be in turmoil all year.  I’ve already drafted Darren O’Day, and foresee a mad scramble to waivers in April with people asking me if they should pick up O’Day or Ryan Webb.  Right now, I’m not entirely sure.  A case could be made for either.  Or eye-thurr, if Mystikal is reading.

Taijuan Walker – Threw a successful bullpen session that included curveballs and he said, “all felt great.”  You know who else feels great?  Me, for drafting him.

Alexi Ogando – Might get bumped to the bullpen because the Texas rotation isn’t enough of a mess. There’s now six warm bodies for three spots:  Tommy Hanson, Ogando, Joe Saunders, Robbie Ross, Colby Lewis, Tanner Scheppers, i.e., burp, fart, shart, burp that brings on vomit, egg fart, middle reliever.

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  1. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    16 team espn h2h league. which 8 of these for keepers?
    pujols/segura/hill/wright/annibal/trout/gordon/arenado/frazier/aoki/liriano/porcello/erasmo
    i’m sure trout/segura/arenado but which other 6?

  2. Miles says:
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    Do you sleep?

    • MadDog says:
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      @Miles: @Miles: Valid question. I live in Grey’s timezone and trying to synchronize with his sleep schedule is damn nigh impossible.

      Damn that Chapman video looked bad. I mourned for 6 whole seconds before picking up Hoover and Broxton in 4 leagues. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone, Grey.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Miles: razzball is open 24/7

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @J-FOH: damn youse guys are lucky, only leagues I could get hoover were where I don’t need closers. I’m in a decent amount of 5 or 6 RP starting slot leagues now so pretty much any 8th inning guy gone. was open till around midnight in 16 teamer but in that one we can only start 2 RP and I already have 3 closers.

    • Andrew A says:
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      @Miles:

      he can set his articles to publish at a designated time…

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Miles: were you hoping you’d be the only one up at that time?

  3. MB says:
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    Ogando a good holds guy then?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @MB: sure but i’d say Scheppers/Soria/Feliz are better

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @The Thumb: those 3 are also basically better pitchers, period (.), as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MB: There’s better

  4. 12 team, 5×5. What say you?

    C Rosario
    1B Pujols
    2B Kinsler
    3B Bogaerts
    SS Tulowitzki
    OF Harper
    OF Puig
    OF B. Hamilton
    UTIL Kemp
    UTIL Hart

    SP – Hamels, Cueto, Gray, Archer, Walker, Ventura, Kennedy
    RP – Nathan, Balfour, Rodney, N. Jones, Qualls, Hoover

  5. Jason says:
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    **Pinkie to mouth** not a huge problem, just a …Minor one??
    Ill be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your daily fantasy baseball blogger

  6. Jordan says:
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    Same price to keep – who would you rather have for this year and next – Cingrani or Taijuan?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Jordan:

      Cingrani has a spot in the rotation and isn’t going to be babied. Walker probably will be.

      If you consider the spot (Cingrani) vs (Walker + waiver wire pickup for the other 10 starts), that’s a fair comparison.

      If I have other question marks in my rotation, Cingrani. If my rotation is balanced or full of stable guys, Walker.

  7. J Mac says:
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    12 team traditional 5×5 league, 1600 innings limit, daily lineup changes, 10 player bench. Where should I look to improve?
    C Lucroy
    1B Chris Davis
    2B Kinsler
    3B Donaldson
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    MI Infante
    CI Moss
    OF Bruce
    OF Avisail Garcia
    OF Billy Hamilton
    OF Cespedes
    OF Puig
    UTL Adrian Gonzalez
    UTL Springer

    P Cain
    P Moore
    P Masterson
    P Beachy
    P Wheeler
    P Porcello
    P Nathan
    P Janssen
    P Romo
    P Street

    B Zunino
    B Ackley
    B Aybar
    B Asche
    B Ozuna
    B Billy Burns
    B Quintana
    B Perez
    B Gausman
    B Perez

      • Aubrey Plaza'a Pillow says:
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        @J Mac: his birth certificate confirms this, and yes it confuses his mother.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J Mac: Your hitting looks a little heavy on speed, light on power and I don’t like some of your pitchers…

    • Hawk says:
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      @J Mac:

      Pitching needs serious work. Beachy is out for the year. Wheeler is in the minors.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Hawk: Wheeler is the minors? I thought he was in the rotation and they sent down Noah….maybe I’m wrong

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wheeler’s in the rotation as of right now

  8. brett says:
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    Gray,

    What auction value do you put on Ventura in a 12 team mixed?

  9. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    J.J. Hoover then Jonathon Broxton, in that order, if you can only add one?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Seems that way, but this situation is no means clear

  10. Beastman says:
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    Hey Razzball reader, you suck at fantasy baseball! Wanna prove me wrong? Yeah you do, no one likes to get punked, so join my $100 razzball commenter league. 2nd year running, have one open spot. Draft is this Sunday at 5 pm est.

    Email me to join and defend your fantasy manhood (or cougarhood): joshua_eastman@yahoo.com

    • Bob Loblaw says:
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      @Beastman: interesting marketing method. i’m betting army tried that one at point or another.

  11. joe says:
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    On martinez, say it ain’t so grey. Don’t tell me they are going with Kelly!

  12. centerfield_ballhawk says:
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    Javier Baez hit a 450 foot home run yesterday… his 5th of the spring, yesterday. Besides that, I don’t think he did much of anything.

    • @centerfield_ballhawk: He’s so tempting. Rudy, Grey and I saw him in Mesa this spring. He looks like a taller version of Pudge Rodriguez at the same age. Beast.

      • @Nick the Podcast Host: I’m psyched I got him in the late rounds in KFFL expert league. Kicking myself for waiting until last round of LABR to pick him…

        • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: Not buyin in to the hype, spring HR’s be dammned! Sooner than later he is just Mini Mini Donkey Jr. Jr… He has speed, for now, but he will never consistently hit north of .240’s in MLB with his massive K no BB approach me theenks.

          12 K zero BB this spring which is in line with his career milb stats. Age aside, his milb BB/K ratio (.25%) pales in comparison to most other sluggers who had high k in minors – Carlos Gomez .34%, Adam Jones .35%, Jay Bruce .37%, Mark Reynolds .42%, Giancarlo and Sano .44%, Springer .46%, Pedro Alvarez .52%, Goldschmidt .53%, Joey Votto .60%…

          A case could be made that Baez comps with Chris Davis but even Crush had a .32% BB/K rate in milb, and a career .318 milb avg (Baez is .286), albeit at older ages at each level. Cust sayin…

          • You don’t walk your way off the island! I’ve seen enough scouting reports to feel confident that he can be a solid AVG, plus-plus power guy in the majors at 2B/SS and a plus-power guy at 3B/OF. I don’t know how much profit potential is left for this year, though, now that he’s so hyped. I had my choice of every non-Springer prospect in NFBC draft and chose Archie Bradley (which I expected to kick off some prospect picks which would inevitably include Baez and Polanco).

            • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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              @Rudy Gamble: Hope you are right! would truly love to see this kid pan out for the Cubbies but history is just flat out not kind to that type of HI-K LOW- BB batting profile…

              • Fungazi says:
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                @Ra’zball Al Ghul: Wasn’t that the same concern with Puig last year? He turned out ok.

                • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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                  @Fungazi: Puig was .37% BB/K and less K albeit a small sample… Cust sayin. I hope I’m wrong.
                  As Nick would say, you have been advised!

            • mrrr says:
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              @Rudy Gamble: were you specifically targeting a prospect there?

      • Josh O.

        Josh O. says:
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        @Nick the Podcast Host: this is THE one perk of living in Des Moines. I get to watch him play his home games for the first couple months of the season…

  13. Mitch says:
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    I missed you guys. Drafted last night. 12 team H2H. Thoughts?
    C- pierz
    1b- pujols
    2b- kinsler
    3b- gyorko
    Ss- andrus
    Of- Adam jones
    Of- Bautista
    Of- rios
    U- Ortiz
    U- aoki
    Bn- asivail Garcia
    Bn- springer
    P- Bailey
    P- Cobb
    P- gray
    P- cingrani
    P- Ventura
    P- porcello
    P- masterson
    Rp- Perkins
    Rp- Henderson
    Rp- Balfour
    Rp- latroy Hawkins

    How’d I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mitch: The hitting looks more or less balanced… Your pitching is very solid… I like the team

  14. papasmurf says:
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    O’Day is not in the closer competition, according to the manager. But if his new changeup works well and everyone else stinks, then why not him

  15. Charles says:
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    “The Arm” Ventura is getting a lot of hype. How early would you reach for him in a 12-teamer?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Charles: he went at 18.206 last night in one of my RCL’s. It’s only going to worse from here on out…

  16. EK says:
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    Pls rank for roto 5×5:
    Liriano
    Wheeler
    Peavy
    Lynn
    Burnett

  17. gareth says:
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    “Der der dum dum dum dum, another one bites the dust,
    and another one gone AND another one gone, another one bites the dust,
    HEY! I’m gonna get you too, another one bites the dust!”

  18. gareth says:
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    Pitching is so dee……….never mind

  19. gareth says:
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    G3 biatches!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: stop snorting the catnip

  20. Wilsonian says:
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    I’m going to put up the 8 Team roster again, because it was way passed my bedtime for me to discuss anything with you. * = keeper

    C – Rosario
    1B – Davis*
    2B – Miller
    3B – Longoria*
    SS – Hanley*
    IF – Prince*
    OF – Jones*
    OF – Marte
    OF – Trumbo
    OF – Brantley
    UTIL – Rizzo
    UTIL – Pedro
    BN – Arenado
    BN – Empty for now because of…
    N/A – Springer (drafted and then put into this spot, waiting for waivers to get a bench bat)

    SP – Mad Max
    SP – Bailey
    SP – Teheran
    RP – Soriano
    RP – Rodney
    P – N. Jones
    P – Veras
    P – Minor
    P – Salazar
    BN – Fister
    BN – Archer
    BN – Porcello
    BN – Ventura

    Stats: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP

    Other than speed, which I kept missing out on (I think Ron Washington was snatching it up right before me), do you see any glaring holes? Like I said before, my 4th OF is a little weak compared to others, but he has a shot to be better, and my SPs seem a bit on the upside and less proven. We also have 27 man rosters (up from 22 last year) to take some more guys off the board to make the league a little deeper.

    I’m going to pick up either Middlebrooks or BJ (I don’t like the guy, but I could use some speed, just in case he remembers what those legs are for) when I can after moving Springer to the N/A slot. De Aza and Villar are also there, if you like either of them over Brooks or BJ for my bench.

    Also, Rosario was the next to next to last catcher taken, so my bad. Lucroy and Sal were the only ones taken later. Weiters was even taken before him, so I felt like I had to snatch him up.

    Thanks again for everything here and dealing with the rest of the comments.

    • Jimbo says:
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      @Wilsonian: 8 teams? Come on now

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jimbo: not this again. Been playing in an 8 Team and a 16 Team forever. Every year people have to chime in on it. Just because you have stacked teams doesn’t make it easier. It provides a different kind of difficulty. Also, with the roster depth, it’s more like a 10 Team league.

        • The Vaporizers says:
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          @Wilsonian: you give Grey your password yet for this league? ;-)

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks man. I didn’t see anything either. Still kind of mad I took Max in the 6th (1st round after keepers) and the guy drafting next took Upton and Rios leaving me with Marte. I figured I’d get one of those first two guys. Probably should have gone with the bat first and then hoped an SP would fall back, like Cliffly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but the team still looks fine even with that, ya know?

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: oh yeah, not that I trust Upton, but I trust him a little more than Marte. Thanks for the input as usual.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  21. Swfcdan says:
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    We cant add both, so whos the one guy to replace Chapman if we’re speculating. Broxton?

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Nick the Podcast Host: Marshalls in the mix aswell? This sounds like a closerfuck already.

        The closerpocalypse has recommenced!

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: The vacuum guy or the ex president?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re the same guy

  22. JOe says:
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    5X5 Mixed league (OBP/TBs in place of AVG/HRs). ALso 1400 innings. My team so far is as follows:

    C
    1st: Crush (K)
    2
    SS: Tulo (K)
    3rd: Edwin (K)
    O A. Jones (K)
    O Heyward (K)
    O
    UT Butler (6th)
    UT

    SP: Cain and Bailey (7th and 8th).

    I have the 1st pick in the 9th round. About 10 closers have gone so far. Do I take: 1) Perkins (or wait 23 picks for my 1st closer); 2) Cobb (solidify my staff); or 3) Bat (Molina, Werth, D. Jennings or Rizzo). I’m leaning towards Cobb. I don’t think I need the offense and no value taking a closer this early.

    Thoughts? Thanks RAZZNATION!

    • Joe says:
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      @JOe: How many teams? Assuming 12 because of the 23 picks thing. I like Werth and Rizzo, but have some hesitation considering the number of closer kept already.

      How are the closers distributed? do several teams already have one or do a few teams horde more than 1 as a keeper? If it is evenly distributed, they probably won’t be drafted that fast and you should have some decent options coming back. I also have a tough time justifying a non top ten closer within the first 10 rounds of a draft.

      I don’t think I go with Cobb. I like Cobb, but you already have two solid pitchers to start with and you can load up on the many sexy names available between now and the 15th round.

      I’d probably go with the bat you like the best and fill your rotation and bullpen coming back.

      • JOe says:
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        @Joe:

        I’m resigned to not take a closer here. I see no real value.

        I ran the numbers base don last year’s standings – and I don’t “need” Rizzo and Werth. Plus, that leaves me with one spot (3rd OF/2nd UT) for steals -and I’d lile to fill both sports with steals. No steals at 2nd or C.

        I think if I take Cobb here I can really solidify a top pitching staff?

        Agree?

        • Joe says:
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          @JOe: You definitely give yourself a great top 3. No true stud, but 3 really good pitchers. My personal preference is to go with a bat and wait on pitching, but i can’t argue with your thought of trying to solidify your staff. Plus, being a keeper league, Cobb’s potential certainly doesn’t hurt.

  23. I got dinnered during draft says:
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    12 team 5×5 1st year keeper

    I got the dreaded dinnered during the draft. So my pitching is pretty horrid. However, I do have a good offense. This is my first keeper league, so what should i do first since this is a keeper league and not 1 and done. Don’t know how much of my offense i can give away, since there are 6 keepers.

    C – Rosario/Lucroy
    1B – C.Davis
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Prado
    SS – Andrus
    CI – Freeman
    MI – A.Ramirez
    OF – Ellsbury/Rios/Pence/Kemp/Martin
    UTIL – DeAza
    BN – A.Guerrero/Bonifacio

    P – Hamels
    P – Medlen
    P – Corbin
    P – C.Wilson
    P – Feliz
    P – Brothers
    P – Ventura
    P – T.Hudson
    P – O’Day
    BN – Scheppers/Melancon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @I got dinnered during draft: Yeah, I agree with what you said, the pitching is a mess… It’s a shallow league, drop the guys out all year and DL Hamels

      • I got dinnered during draft says:
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        @Grey:

        12 team 27 round draft is still considered shallow?

        Griffin,Nova,Arroyo,Feldman,Parker,Milone,Straily,Lohse,
        Lackey,Santiago,Griffin look to be the best arms available who do you like over Corbin and Medlen?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t want Corbin or Medlen

        • Bob Loblaw says:
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          @I got dinnered during draft: it’s possible to schedule dinner at different times than draft times. unless you’re like 8 and your mother disapproves. i’m guessing you f’ed up at one point and told the wife that these things can just autodraft for you. That’s the trouble. Wife might get mad for a day or less (or maybe more), but you gotta live with your team for 6 or so months

  24. Clint says:
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    My draft’s Sunday night so it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Chapman in the ADP rankings over the next few days. Starting to think he may be a helluva bargain but I’m worried I may overplay my hand so where should we put him now? He was down as the 2nd best closer overall around the 7th round on Razzball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Yeah, could be

  25. Cram It says:
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    And here I thought I’d go today without hearing Yordano Ventura’s name. Curses!

    My Sal Perez just broke my Chapman. Curses again!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cram It: Oh yeah, first year using FAAB. How much out of $125 would you use on Hoover as an Aroldis owner? $5?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Cram It: Crap I guess Broxton too huh? Really could and should corner this closer situation. How much on each say you?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Cram It: Why did you buy a top tier closer? I’d go $6 on Broxton or Hoover, just choose one, don’t own both, ain’t worth it

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: Because I loathe chasing saves with every inch of my being. Thanks!

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Cram It: Cram, I sympathize with ya!

            • Cram It says:
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              @Shake N Bacon: I never drafted closers high in a snake. But I’m notoriously cursed with closers. So first year auction last year I paid for Kimbrel and it was glorious. This just reinstates the curse.

              • Shake N Bacon says:
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                @Cram It: Next season, I’m gonna see who you draft for closers and then avoid them :)

                Although this is the first year I’ve drafted a top tier closer as well. Maybe I’m cursed???

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  26. tyler says:
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    12 team, 5×5, H2H…

    C – Rosario
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Lawrie
    3B – Cabrera
    SS – Brad Miller
    OF – Puig
    OF – J. Upton
    OF – Heyward
    UT – Crisp
    UT – Dickerson
    BN – Eaton
    BN – Morales

    SP – Sale
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Fister
    RP – Kimbrel
    RP – Frieri
    P – Parnell
    P – Nate Jones
    P – Alex Torres
    BN – Cingrani
    BN – Lynn
    BN – A.J. Griffin (soon to be DL’d…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tyler: Your team looks very solid from top to bottom, I wonder a bit about your competition to be able to get all of these guys, but nice job

      • tyler says:
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        @Grey: gracias – it’s a casual work league, and I’m a regular Razzball reader, so…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  27. Shake N Bacon says:
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    My RCL team is taking hits every day. Bourn, Andrus, Kemp, Chapman. Can we have a do over for the draft?

    Hunter and Hawkins are my other closers. I’m pretty much punting Saves now huh?

    At least I have Yordano… he makes me happy. He’s my Lexapro and Cialis, wrapped up in one little 5’11” 100 MPH throwing package.

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        @Grey: Trying something different this year. One top tier closer, two sketchy closers. Rudy said it was ok :)

        I know people say “don’t pay for saves”, but getting drilled in the noggin on a comebacker doesn’t count as a closer losing his job (because he sucked) or hurting his arm and having TJ surgery. Those are the two reasons not to invest early on closers (imo). I thought Chapman would help my ratios because I took a chance on high upside/high risk SP’s later in the draft.

        I count it as bad luck, not necessarily bad drafting. But it still hurts the same.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I guess, but if you would’ve just avoided top closers you wouldn’t be in position for this bad luck

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Grey: True. I felt like Aroldis was the safest top tier closer on the board. I guess I learned my lesson.

            With Hunter and Hawkins as my other closers, worth trading for another closer or just wait it out and keep trying to pluck potential closers off of the waiver wire/free agent list when possible?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wait it out

              • Shake N Bacon says:
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                @Grey: Word. Thank ya Grey!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

        • Cram It says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: Yeah WTF? You take a leap and get a big F YOU!

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Cram It: Story of my life Cram…

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Shake N Bacon: it’s funny you guys are like modern day eddy haskel asking his mom for beer money after blowing his allowance on scratch offs. Mom is all “now I told you NOT to buy scratch offs, it looks like you’ll have to drink less this week hon.”

  28. dp says:
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    20 teams 15 keepers. Keep forever. 5×5 h2h each cat
    Send – J Upton and Machado
    Receive – Longo and G Polanco

    What do you guys think?

    • Joe says:
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      @dp: I’d keep Upton and Machado. During his prime, Machado could easily be as good as Longo. If you agree with that statement, that leaves Polanco v. Upton.

      I’m not sure Polanco has Upton’s upside. As a bucco fan, I love me some Polanco, but i think he is a sexier version of Victorino. In his best years he will hit 20-25 home runs, but realistically he is about 15-20. He also has plenty of speed and could bring 30+ steals. 20/30 season is awesome, but that combo is probably his career year, not his expected average season.

      Upton has already shown the speed and power, but is still young enough that his career year probably hasn’t happened yet. You have the better combo right this moment, and probably for the future as well.

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        @Joe: Thanks for the reply. I see Machado as a 20 and 10 guy in his prime.. with 50 doubles and a good average. And I see him shifting over to ss after this season. I already have Andrus and Addison Russell at ss and I wanted to shore up 3b for the next few seasons. I like Upton but think he’s a .270 guy with 25-30 HRs and 15 SBs.

        Longo can hit 30 HRs with good counting stats for the next few years and I see Polanco as a 20/30 guy who could hit .300. I guess its a toss up and just trading for the sake of trading. My original offer was Ryan Zimm and J Upton for those 2 but he countered with this offer. Said he’s looking toward the future and doesn’t want Zimmerman.

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          @dp: I just see you taking on the future risk here, not him.

          • dp says:
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            @Joe: Agreed

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @supra: Salvador Perez looks absolutely devastated in this clip.

        • de nachos says:
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          @Grey: HA! just when you think it’s jumped the shark, boom goes la abuelita

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA!

  29. quimmy says:
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    Thoughts on this team in a 7×7 14 team league, extra cats are OBP and SLG + K/9 and QS

    C – Carlos Santana
    1B – Eric Hosmer
    2B – Ian Kinsler
    3B – Brett Lawrie
    SS – Brad Miller
    OF – Ryan Braun
    OF – Justin Upton
    OF – Chris Carter
    OF – Ben Revere
    U – Billy Boobs
    U – VMart

    SP – Gio Gonzalez
    SP – Justin Masterson
    SP – Danny Salazar
    SP – Sonny Gray
    SP – Lincecum
    SP – YoGa
    RP – Rex Brothers
    RP – Bastardo
    RP – McGee
    RP – Alex Torres

    Punted saves and went for middle relievers who rack up good metrics. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @quimmy: You look a bit low on average type guys, but with OBP and SLG that’s less a concern… Your pitching looks fine until about Lincecum, then it veers into blech

  30. BVS says:
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    10 team, 5×5 H2H

    C- Perez
    1B – C. Davis
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Seager
    SS – B. Miller
    OF – Harper
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Rios
    Util – Pence
    Util – Gordon
    BN – Kemp
    BN – Wong

    SP – Scherzer, Liriano, Salazar, Cobb, Gray, Ventura
    RP – Street, Parnell, Veras, Qualls, Hoover

    Would like to add Broxton and T. Walker, who should I drop to add them? Or should I hold off?
    Any other glaring weaknesses? I know I have a lot of OF’s…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BVS: I’d hold off for now… Yeah, lots of outfielders, but solid ones, the league is very shallow so anything can happen

      • BVS says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, brosef. I’ll sit tight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. TJ says:
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    Keeper draft is next weekend, and I have the 12/13 back to back picks at the end of the first round.

    Considering my keepers are Goldschmidt, Braun, Bautista, Longoria and Bogaerts.

    Do I go SP/SP with both picks, where I will likely be able to land someone from the group of Latos, Gio, Teheran, Cobb, Greinke and Anibal?

    Or do I just grab one SP, and then take a gamble on an OF like Kemp or Heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: SP/OF

  32. Chris T says:
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    I need some trade advice…

    Do I trade fielder/archer for wil Myers/cliff lee? I can slot pujols into my 1b spot and Myers becomes my util guy. My pitching staff right now is G. Cole, S. Gray, masterson, archer, Ventura…so I feel like I could give up some bats to get a stud pitcher. Just wanted to see what razz nation thought. Thanks for the feedback guys and 3 girls

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris T: Eh, I’d trade Fielder for one great player

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: sure, but how many great players are near where Fielder is? top 7 player

  33. MattH says:
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    I drafted RCL last night and had no idea about Chapman. Congrats on the radio, and thanks for all the good info here.

  34. Wake Up says:
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    Shoulder Devil, “No. You don’t need any proven veterans at all. Go all upside this year. Walker, Ventura and CarMart should be plenty of pitching for the whole season. Oh, and drop your 1B…it’ll throw everyone off…someone will have to burn their waiver priority…and ending the year with the number one waiver priority is like super urine important!”

  35. G Money says:
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    Grey and the Razz board,
    Draft feedback please. 1st time doing an NFBC League $150 5×5 roto with 2 catchers, 5 of, MI, CI , 9 Pitchers 1000innings min etc. I waited way too long on Catcher, RP and CI but RP im not really worried about figuring I can find someone and buy with FAAB dollars. I am really happy with my team but this is my first year doing a Roto league along with my H2H (7×7) league which ive been in for 7 years. Any love, criticism, hate is welcomed…

    Saltalamacchia, Jarrod C MIA
    d’Arnaud, Travis C NYM
    Pujols, Albert 1B LAA
    Cano, Robinson 2B SEA
    Longoria, Evan 3B TB
    Andrus, Elvis SS TEX
    Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI (MI)
    Morales, Kendrys 1B SEA (CI)
    Rios, Alex OF TEX
    Gordon, Alex OF KC
    Cespedes, Yoenis OF OAK
    Bourn, Michael OF CLE
    Crisp, Coco OF OAK
    Pagan, Angel OF SF (UT)

    Sanchez, Anibal P DET
    Minor, Mike P ATL
    Liriano, Francisco P PIT
    Moore, Matt P TB
    Masterson, Justin P CLE
    Cueto, Johnny P CIN
    Fister, Doug P WAS
    Qualls, Chad RP HOU
    Rodney, Fernando RP SEA
    BENCH
    Asche, Cody 3B PHI
    Bourjos, Peter OF STL
    Olt, Mike 3B CHC
    Delgado, Randall P
    Porcello, Rick P DET
    Skaggs, Tyler P LAA
    Taillon, Jameson P PIT

    Thanks,

    -G Money-

    • G Money says:
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      @G Money: BTW I had slot 10 and went Cano, Longo, Pujols, Rios 1st 4 rds. I like the Cano value at 10.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G Money: Looks like a very solid hitting team… Pitching could be okay, looks a bit risky now with Anibal and Minor, and don’t love Moore

  36. Larry David says:
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    I just paid $9 out of $100 budget for Yordano Ventura off waivers, do you think that’s an overpay or better safe than sorry?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Larry David: Sounds a bit much, but hopefully works out

  37. Gbbb says:
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    Have 9th pick in a 12 team h2h league tonight. I know Greys rankings but if I’m looking at cargo, Adam jones, and Bryce Harper at the 9th pick is there any strategy in taking one of Bryce or cargo first since Adam jones seems to be constantly underrated. I would be banking on jones coming back to me at the 16th overall. Thought? Thanks all in advance

    • Nico

      John Stamos says:
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      @Gbbb: I don’t usually comment on here bc Oikos commercials make me a C-list actor and D-list Razzaholic, but I’m in the same situation, and I wouldn’t bank on Jones hanging around at 16. If I’ve learned anything from Grey’s mustache, it’s that you take the player you want when you want him. If Grey ranks Jones the highest out of him, Harper, and CarGo, then I take Jones. There’s a chance you can grab Fielder/Votto in the second, and Bruce/Segura in the third. I think Grey would get aroused by any of those combos.

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @John Stamos: That’s exactly what Ive been doing in all my drafts, Grey has Jones at 5 overall…so I promptly take him when I pick in slots 5-12, common sense really…:)

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Gbbb: If your drafting at yahoo, I wouldn’t count on Jones falling to you at 16..He’s ranked 12th and in drafts I’ve been in recently he hasn’t lasted past the turn..I’m not sure about other sites though. Also, no way Cargo should be there for your decison at 9 IMO at yahoo either.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Greyismyhero: my buddy got jones at 27th about a week ago in 16 teamer that i also was drafting in, so he was able to get mccutchen at 6th and jones at 27th. pretty sick.

  38. RS says:
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    The guy who drafted Chapman in my keeper league already has put him on the trading block and he’s looking for SP in return. I’m trying to assess his value but it seems tough given the injury. What would be a fair offer: Ryu, Samardzija, Kuroda, Alex Wood or Drew Smyly? The league is 6×6 with IP, W, ERA, WHIP, S and K/9.

    • RS says:
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      Also, I currently have H Street and Soriano as closers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RS: What does he want? Try any of those guys one for one..

  39. greg says:
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    for those that want to go oooh – but then be happy for themselves – note that
    I trade for Aroldis Chapman 2 hours before his accident
    gave up Nate Ovaldi
    timing was a little off, don’t you think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @greg: Eovaldi

  40. J-FOH says:
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    That Ventura jersey is your little blue pill. Im ordering a Wil Myers for baby’s mama when I’m done with this post.

    • Josh O.

      Josh O. says:
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      @J-FOH: My future baby’s mama has a Javy Baez shirsey en route…

  41. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Would you lose Soria or Brothers to get ahead of my sagnof loving keeper league for O’Day?

  42. Josh O.

    Josh O. says:
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    Hey Grey, shouldn’t Latos lay off the Rhino Energy Drinks, the energy drink of Razzball’s 32in32in32?

  43. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Can you pick 2 from the list below in a 10 team QS league?

    Mike Leake
    Erasmo Ramírez
    Wily Peralta

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey: Gracias

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  44. Ditka says:
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    Got a keeper question for you all. In a 12 team NL only 2C league and I can keep up to 6 players, and I am having trouble deciding who to keep for my 6th keeper. Who would you guys keep of the following players:

    Eric Young – $5
    Homer Bailey – $13
    Wiley Peralta – $2
    Freddie Freeman – $2

    I am leaning towards Young so I do not have to worry about stolen bases. Some feedback is appreciated. Grey, what do you think?

    • Ditka says:
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      @Ditka:

      Freeman $27

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Ditka: Depends on your other 5 keepers, but I’d lean either Freeman or Bailey since they both seem like great prices in an NL only. I wouldn’t bother with EY b/c SAGNOF, and b/c he shouldn’t cost much more than that in your auction, I would imagine.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Principle Blackman: unless you are being pressured by somebody, only pay 2 for Freeman. that’s the better price.

  45. Nate says:
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    Well I finished my marathon draft last night, 14 team auction… It’s 5×5 H2H with QS instead of wins and OBP instead of average, thoughts on the team would be appreciated, mostly should I be worried about pitching?

    C – Ramos
    1 – Hosmer
    2 – B. Miller
    SS – Villar
    3 – Longoria
    OF – Braun
    OF – Bautista
    OF – Bruce
    Util – Rizzo

    SP – Bailey
    SP – Cobb
    SP – Liriano
    SP – Porcello
    RP – Street
    RP – N. jones
    P – S. Santos

    Bench: Asche, Y. Ventura, Jimenez, Hughes, Hoover
    NA – Baez

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nate: I think it looks good, solid lineup

  46. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks as always for the insight, wanted to get your thoughts on my 12 team 14 keeper roster for the upcoming season, as we just finished our 11 round draft. Standard cats:

    C Posey
    1B Fielder
    2B Carpenter
    SS Hanley
    3B Donaldson
    OF Bautista
    OF Ellsbury
    OF Marte
    UTIL Andrus
    UTIL Pence
    Bench A Hill
    Bench Noki
    Bench O Tavares

    SP MadBum
    SP Greinke
    RP Holland
    RP Balfour
    P Rodney
    P Nate Jones
    P Soria
    Bench Liriano
    Bench Tillman
    Bench Ventura (got him in the 9th round of the keeper draft, the day before the Royals named him the 5th starter)
    Bench H Santiago
    Bench JJ Hoover (dropped Tyson Ross, who was my last round pick, for him today)

    Thoughts? In this league I’ve tended to keep mostly bats and then draft the heck out of pitchers, as they are abundant even with this many keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep: The hitting looks very balanced and the pitching looks stronger than should be possible with that hitting, so nice job…

  47. JimSlim says:
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    Saves only League but I drafted Meloncon last pick ( I do have grilli) would you drop him for o day? It’s also a k/9 League & QS. No K or W category. Thanks Grey.

  48. marti says:
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    Morning Grey, quick question. In an N/L only auction unlimited keeper league which side of trade do you prefer

    Cingrani $6 for jansen for $11

    Cingrani $6 for rosenthal for $7

    We keep players as long as we like go up by $5 each year. Your thoughts are appreciated it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marti: Cingrani on both

  49. Rags says:
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    You’d go Hoover, O’Day, Broxton in that order?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rags: Hoover, Broxton, O’Day

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: I figure the explicit content won’t be a problem with a max of 3,500 fans at any given Astros home game. Plus 100’s has a sweet perm/ gold chain combo

        • Grey

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          Haha

  50. Big Al says:
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    So if the Cards Martinez go’s to the bullpen does that mean Kelly is going to be the 5th starter ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Al: That’s what the Cards are hinting at

  51. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    Two questions:

    1) We’ve added an N/A slot in our league. I currently have Heaney stashed. Gregory Polanco is available. Who do you think is most likely to be valuable later this season?

    2) Guy wants Bruce and is trying to off-load Votto. He has Jose Fernandez as well. What should I throw in with Bruce to get those two or should I just roll with what I got?

    Thanks again!

    c-Lucroy
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Gyorko
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Segura
    of-Braun, CarGo, Choo
    util-Bruce, Gordon
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Cingrani, Teheran, Archer, Wheeler, Johnson, Delgado, Kazmir
    rp-Perkins, Hawkins, Going to pick up Brothers I guess

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stynyr: 1) Polanco 2)Bruce and Moore

  52. Principle Blackman says:
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    Let’s just hope the guilt of smashing Chapman’s face doesn’t mess with Sally Perez like the death of his Abuelita did last season.

  53. baseball says:
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    In a h2h, 7×7 w/ holds keep Iwakuma or Rosenthal? Saves are really devalued with holds but Iwakuma might miss all of April, but in a h2h should I not worry about it and go with the SP?

  54. Fiery Blowholes says:
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    Is there something wrong is Sabathia right now?

    I’m not a big fan, but I got him with the 292 pick (25th round) in an RCL league. Is there something that I am missing with him?

  55. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Perez’s abuelita is ruining fantasy seasons from beyond the grave, that line drive was obviously the product of Santeria

  56. Longbeachyo says:
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    Yo Grey! Could you please add a link to J.B.’s top 100 pitchers w/ comments to the main Razzball page? This would be mucho beneficial seeing as how I would like to refer to it throughout the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Longbeachyo: I will under player news, give me a second

      • Longbeachyo says:
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        @Grey: Nice. Thanks!

        • Longbeachyo says:
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          @Longbeachyo: Wait, shouldn’t it be under “rankings”?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Will be under Pitcher profiles, where his future posts will live

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I also put that post in rankings

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  57. benjamin says:
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    why no updates on drew hutchinson? guy been electric in spring training, His K/9 are pretty high right now. History of minors showed good strike out rate, but lack of control, probably a WHIP 1.30.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @benjamin: I went over him the other day

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: Grey, you know not everyone reads everyday, and need updates on everyone, everyday.

        • Grey

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          Yup

  58. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… Like I said I’m in 10 team H2H points league where pitchers get 20 mper win and a point per K and inning.. Do you think I should wait to grab a SP until the 4th round and maybe first 3 go OF, !st, 3rd, not in exact order?? If so then should I wait until the 6th round to grab another SP and grab another in the 7th or too early for 3 pitchers??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank White: I’d wait until at least the 4th round for an SP

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks

        • Grey

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          No problem

  59. Frank White says:
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    Oh, We have 2 spots for Rp’s. How far do you go about to grab a RP??

  60. elipitt says:
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    12 team standard ESPN mixed 5X5, 4 bench spots. Worth holding on to Gregory Polanco and Javier Baez (after he’s sent down).

    Thanks!

  61. al koholic says:
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    whats up with guerero for the dodgers,do we see him getting many ab,s or is he even staying up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @al koholic: Right they’re saying Gordon is the starter, Guerrero prolly comes up end of April

      • al koholic says:
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        @Grey: thanks boss,we have the ECFBL draft tonight with a few top notch newcomers,going to be even more brutal,ill be sending you your well deserved donation this evening

        • Grey

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          Newcomers? Who got into that league?

          • al koholic says:
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            @Grey: Mathew Hyc,Mathew Wright and Drew McCutch you should no them i think,all top competitors

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm, names don’t ring a bell

              • MattTruss223 says:
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                @Grey: Let’s try it like this: Mauled by Pandas and Wake Up

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah! Yeah, I know them… Ha!

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @al koholic: @MattTruss223:
                  Good luck tonight guys, looking forward to the league.

              • MattTruss223 says:
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                Them and one other fella who reads Razzball but doesn’t comment, but Paulie Allnuts has played with in a dynasty league that the guy has won 3 straight years. Competition is stiff, stiff I say!

                • Grey

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                  Nice

  62. Ollie says:
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    Drop Tommy Hunter for JJ Hoover?

    • Larry David says:
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      @Ollie:

      No hunter has a job

  63. royce! says:
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    This is what I ended up with in my 14-team h2h…not super high on it, but I also think it looks better than the other teams:

    C- D’Arnaud (26)
    1B- A. Gonz (4)
    2B- Lawrie (8)
    3B- Miggy (1)
    SS- Everth (11)
    IF- Rizzo (7)
    OF- Bautista (2)
    OF- Myers (5)
    OF- Heyward (6)
    OF- O. Arcia (25)
    UTIL- Lind (18)
    BN- Baez (21)
    BN- G. Polanco (24)

    SP- Lee (3)
    SP- Cashner (10)
    RP- Robertson (9)
    RP- Street (14)
    RP- N. Jones (16)
    RP- Axford (19)
    P- Cueto (12)
    P- S. Gray (13)
    P- E. Santana (15)
    BN- Gausman (20)
    BN- Kluber (17)
    BN- Pineda (22)
    BN- Josh Johnson (23)

    League counts 5×5 plus OBP and XBH for hitters, K/BB and Holds for pitchers. Grabbed a few prospects because I am confident that I can stay in the top half of the standings for the first half or so…

    • Grey

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      @royce!: The pitching is decent, don’t love Cueto and Gausman… The hitting looks solid, better than your pitching, no real qualms on hitting, maybe Lawrie, but he’s a flyer that hopefully works out

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Fair enough…Cueto was a panic pick because my brother in law’s computer failed so I was trying to help him and ended up drafting some of his team in a different browser, but I’m hoping he logs a few good starts and I can flip him. Gausman could be valuable since he had RP eligibility, and SP/RP starters can be very helpful, especially when facing a team with less closers…let’s see…totally re: speed, but as a h2h league, I’m ok with that, and since we count XBH, speed guys are a bit less valuable. Anyhow, it’s h2h, so it doesn’t really matter who you draft, apparently…

        • Grey

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          Gausman doesn’t have a rotation spot anymore with Ubaldo there…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Dammit! Chalk that one up to my decision to spend a lot less time on baseball (fantasy and real) this year. I’m gonna hold him for now, though. Not much on the wire.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, figured you missed that bit of news… You could’ve looked at my rankings though… Sad emoticon followed by an I-get-it emoticon…

              • royce! says:
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                @Grey: I think I did look at them and thought you were nuts…last night I was drinking with some friends and saw the Chapman news…didn’t even consider its fantasy implications, even though I am desperate for saves in the RCL. It’s going to be a long season…

                So I take it I should drop Gausman for Randall Delgado?

                • Grey

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                  I’d go Delgado, yeah… Get your head in the game!

  64. Wake Up says:
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    Just got an email from Matthew Berry…”Jose Bautista is going in the 5th round, that’s too early target him in the 6th”

    My reply, “Thanks for the headsup…wasn’t targeting Joey Bats in the 5th anyway…that’s when I’m looking to get Miggy!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Berry said, “Don’t love Hanley at pick 6, would love to get him at pick 7.”

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: “I’m all in on Goldy this year, see, if he’s still around in the 3rd round, snatch him up real quick like, me boy!”
        *maniacally flipping a football*

        • Grey

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          HA!

  65. Johnny Mc Johnnerson says:
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    Should I drop Kelvin Herrera in a Saves+Holds league that also has K/BB for Hoover?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  66. Oaktownsteve says:
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    2nd notice. I think it’s going to be Evan Meek closing in B’More.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Player isn’t even in the yahoo player pool yet…WTF yahoo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Out of the gate? By mid-April? After they exhaust other guys so by June?

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Maybe right out of the gate. Buck ain’t afraid to make a move like that. I know they like o’day to set up. That came out during Johnson’s rocky patches last year. It’s really just Hunter or Meeks unless the decide to look at Hanrhanan. Orioles going out of their way to talk Meeks up. Just think it’s a good spec play in a place where the closer situation is unsettled. Have to start to ask why they haven’t yet announced.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do think someone other Hunter will be getting saves as soon as mid-April, so could very well be Meek…. Think it gets ugly before it gets good…

          • Oaktownsteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Just reading the tea leaves on this one. Here’s what Buck said.

            “(Evan) Meek threw the ball real well. Bunch of left-handed hitters, the cutter. A weapon potentially when you’ve got a guy that you’re not worried about him facing left-handed hitter because of his cutter.

            Go look at Hunter’s splits. Those closer splits?

            • Oaktownsteve says:
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              @Oaktownsteve:

              Including but not limited to 0 HRs allowed to RHB in 2013, 11 to LHB

              • Oaktownsteve says:
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                @Oaktownsteve:

                Just to be clear, the splits comment is mine not Buck’s. The stuff above is his. I forgot to close quotes.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Meek could move into the role, so, ya know, take this with a grain of salt, but right now he’s not even guaranteed a bullpen job…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You could also be reading into something that’s not there…. Managers say Jarred Cosart is throwing well at this time of year…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey:
                1. Pretty confident it won’t be O’Day
                2. That’s a bit of a leap for me for someone who hasn’t pitched in the majors in 4 years (Meek)
                3. Hunter smells a lot like Veras from last year…everyone knows that he’s not that good…and will probably struggle early on…and will probably end the year with most of the saves

                (I was watching Cosart and he does actually look pretty good)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I agree with 1 and 2, 3 could be, but I’d guess Ryan Webb or O’Day will beat HUnter

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  3. I.e., I’d take the field

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Oaktownsteve: Would you trade the earth for Evan Meek?

      • Oaktownsteve says:
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        @Principle Blackman:

        The Meek shall inherit the closer job?

  67. Who to draft first in a 12 team Roto redraft? Alex Wood or Andrew Cashner? You’re prob gonna say “look & my rankings” but I didn’t know if recent Rising Wood changed anything?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look at my rankings

    • Jason says:
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      @Smokey Robinson: He updates his rankings as he feels a situation warrants – they are never outdated. He says “see my rankings” for a reason, not because he doesn’t feel like thinking about your question.

  68. fielder's fatties says:
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    Hello Grey,

    T.Walker hit my ww – would you drop Ubaldo, B.Miller or D.Fowler for him? The latter 2 are bench bats behind Segura, A.Jones/JUpton/SMarte respectively in 12 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler

  69. Mike says:
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    12 team roto 180 games played with 1700 innings max for pitchers. 5 SP’s, 4 RP’s and 2 pitcher positions in a save and hold league. How many starters should I take without going over the 1700 inning rule.

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: 6 bench

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Even with 7 SPs, you’d have a hard time going over that

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  70. Euroalien says:
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    In my 12 team 5 x 5 Keeper (max 8) – I ended up with the following team…… I’d like to get your thoughts, especially on weaknesses or areas I can improve on. Thanks!

    C – Montero
    1B – Votto (K)
    2B – Hill
    3B – Machado (K)
    SS – Escobar
    MI – Asd. Cabrera
    CI – Hosmer (K)
    OF – Bruce (K)
    OF – Heyward (K)
    OF – Gordon (K)
    UTIL – Butler
    UTIL – Sandoval
    BN – Moss
    BN- De Aza

    P – Gio Gonzalez (K)
    P – Cobb (K)
    P – Liriano
    P – Masterson
    P – Josh Johnson
    P – Reed
    P – Street
    P – Benoit
    BN- Griffin
    BN – S. Santos
    BN – McGee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The pitching looks very solid… The hitting looks okay, but heavy on injury concerns and tad low on speed

  71. Ryan says:
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    In a dynasty league, is cuddyer clint frazier and jose veras too much to offer for Jose Bautista or is this a good trade to make?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ryan: Not enough in my opinion. But then again, Idk who clint is.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Cram It: very highly picked OF 5 tool prospect. very high. by CLE.

  72. Jollyroger says:
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    So I’ve been pretty high on Bogaerts for awhile and was pretty upset when espn decided to bump him up about 60 spots. Still drafted him last night In my 10 teamer. Figured I would just roll with Villar for 10 games but somehow Castro fell almost 90 spots to 160. I don’t love the guy but I still find that insane and a good insurance policy if Bogaerts shits the bed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  73. Eric W says:
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    Mike Zunino is singing the praises of Paxton this spring talk about a vote of confidence from a well respected veteran who has a lot of sway in the front office!

    Thanks for the read!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  74. Robby D says:
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    Used the war room last night for my 10 team H2H 7×7 w/ OBP, XBH QS,K/9

    We have to keep 6, so I had:
    Cargo1, Cargo2, Hosmer, Stanton, Tulo, Bruce as my keepers

    Mock drafts helped a ton to know where guys were going:
    Pick Player
    67 Albert Pujols 1B
    74 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
    87 Trevor Rosenthal RP
    94 Alex Cobb SP
    107 Julio Teheran SP
    114 Billy Butler DH
    127 Jedd Gyorko 2B
    134 David Robertson RP
    147 Sonny Gray SP
    154 Danny Salazar SP
    167 Huston Street RP
    174 Jason Castro C
    187 Francisco Liriano SP
    194 Alejandro De Aza CF
    207 Norichika Aoki RF
    214 Michael Brantley LF
    227 Rick Porcello SP
    234 Brad Miller SS
    247 Josh Johnson SP
    254 Kolten Wong 2B
    267 Mike Moustakas 3B

    According to the war room I’m dominating all hitting stats and top 2-3 in all pitching stats.
    Notes: Couldn’t believe the pitching I could get at value picks. I had to modify the pitcher pairings becuase it’s a 10 team league so I needed more from certain tiers.

    Cobb 94? Teheran 107? I loved those picks.
    I reached for relief pitchers and my catcher, but that was because their were runs on both positions and I knew I could get value guys like Porcello, Brad Miller, Moustakas, etc later.

    • Robby D says:
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      @Robby D: Also, ESPN flipped out and that’s why you see the Aoki/Brantley picks. I didn’t want those, and was actually going to get Arenado at 207 (he was still there) but I got kicked out and my backups if De Aza was taken were still in the priority and I got hosed to the tune of 2 similary OF in Aoki and Brantley. I will probably drop at least one for a streaming spot or backup catcher since Zunino is available

      We also roster two more bench spots than standard ESPN league as you can see.

      • Robby D says:
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        @Robby D: Also, guys like Kluber, Ventura, Randall Delgado are still available on waivers so there will be some solid streaming available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with the War Room, the team looks solid… Yeah, you got great picks from your SPs at those prices

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: I just have to hope that my injury prone keepers stay healthy for the most part this year. Got hurt last year with Stanton, Cargo1, and Craig all going down during the playoffs. Thanks again for all the information. I have actually shared this site with many in my league because I see it as almost an unfair advantage, but they stick to their sources and I reap the benefits.

        The sad thing is that our commish thinks he has by far the best team, and war room says he’s probably 4th from the bottom, which is crazy considering his keepers were:

        Bryce Harper, Adam Jones, Encarnacion, Felix Hernandez, Hanley Ramirez, and Shelby Miller.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but can only do so much with that… Hopefully they’re fine…

  75. Gbbb says:
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    Who is worth owning more in non keeper head to head. A visual Garcia or Chicago’s Baez. Have Garcia as of now and thinking of dripping him. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  76. El Guapo says:
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    Gray, I use your ranks to draft and I will crush my 14 year old, 12 team, 6 x 6 Roto…

    I was the 1st pk (Trout) so its impossible to have a better pk in the draft, right? But thanks to the ESPN and Yahoo “perts” my league draft 6 SP in the first two rounds and I was able to draft Harper in round 2 and Longoria in round 3… then I draft Teheran and Cobb in the 8th and 9th round.

    The best pick of the draft was? a) Trout, b) Harper, c)Longoria d) Teheran/Cobb? e) there is no e)…

    C. Montero/ Pierzynski (My last 2 picks)
    1b. Rizzo
    2b. Gyorko/Proufar
    3b. Longoria (3rd pk)
    SS. Andrus
    OF. Trout (1st. Pk)
    OF. Harper (2nd Pk)
    Of. Bruce (4th pk)
    Util. Alex Gordon
    SP: Bailey, Teheran, Cobb, Liriano, Gray, Masterson, Kulber and Ventura.
    RP. Street, Feliz

    Thank you and Rudy and the Razzball team for the great work…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yeah, looks like a very solid team, but you had great keepers to start with… Beat that 14-year-old!

    • Robby D says:
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      @El Guapo: Well it’s hard to call Trout the best pick because he can’t deliver higher than #1 value right? I’d go with Harper, because it would mean you got him at pick 24 right?

      Cobb and Teheran are hanging around until 8-9 in a lot of drafts. Where did you get Gray, Liriano, Masterson?

      I couldn’t get Masterson because someone jumped on him around pick 130ish.

      • El Guapo says:
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        @Robby D: Thats right, Harper was the 24th pk and I agree, Harper was the best pick. I get Liriano, Gray and Masterson on rounds 11, 12 and 14.

  77. Janssen with the Stars says:
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    Drop C. Martinez for Delgado or Erasmo? Or keep holding and hoping?

    Still like Bourjos over Brantley and Eaton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now… I like Bourjos…What, you have to clear your team of Cardinals?

      • Janssen with the Stars says:
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        Haha, I think I’m just antsy for the season to start. Looking for moves to make no matter how small the difference!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  78. ferris says:
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    10 team nl only. Weekly lineups

    auction strategy –advice on team building for a weekly head 2 head nl only???

  79. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, hope your fine…

    This is an 8 team league, H2H, 8×8. I know the team lacks speed and i also dont have someone for holds but its not a bad thing. I will wait until a few games into the first week and then drop someone for a setup man. How did i do overall?

    C- Rosario
    1B- Davis
    2B- Cano
    3B- Zimmermann
    ss- Miller
    ci- Fielder
    mi- Gyorko
    OF- Bautista
    OF- Puig
    OF- Bruce
    OF- Myers
    Util- Matt Adams
    Util- Napoli
    BN- Moustakas

    SP:
    Anibal
    Wacha
    Cobb
    Teheran
    Moore
    Masterson
    Gray
    Liriano

    RP:
    Balfour
    Papelbon
    Frieri
    Axford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you too… I agree with what you said, looks low on speed and holds… It looks low on average and high on power too, which isn’t terrible… The pitching looks solid though I don’t like Moore and you have too many saves for H2H 8×8

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey:

        So who would you dump to get -lets say Cody Allen or Kevin Siegrist?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Axford

  80. Chris says:
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    Should I drop O’Day for Melancon or JJ Hoover? Also have Letroy Hawkins. Should I drop him for either? Saves are 7 pts and holds are 3 pts.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      O’Day for Hoover

  81. Big Al says:
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    Salazar or Ventura ? is it close ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  82. Ron says:
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    For this year only, Springer or Baez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez for right now

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: Last one….Baez or Taveras?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Baez for now

  83. Platypus says:
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    Hey I was wondering if you could offer some advice on my team?

    It’s an 8 team H2H 5×5 keeper (keep 2 batters, 2 pitchers, and one extra).
    The team’s slow, admittedly, and the batting avg isn’t all that great IMO but it’s also not horrendous. I didn’t go in with the best keepers (Votto, Tulo, Stanton, Wainwright, Sale) and by luck of the draw, I missed out on some quality guys that weren’t kept (Ellsbury, Beltre, Gomez). But I think my pitching is okay, especially since I got a fair bit of it late.

    C: Miguel Montero
    1: Joey Votto
    2: Jason Kipnis
    3: Josh Donaldson
    SS: Troy Tulowitzki
    OF: Giancarlo Stanton
    OF: Shin-Soo Choo
    OF: Wil Myers
    OF: Mark Trumbo
    OF: Brandon Moss
    Util: Albert Pujols
    Util: Norichika Aoki
    Bench: Jedd Gyorko
    Bench: Khris Davis
    Bench: Ben Revere

    SP: Adam Wainwright
    SP: Chris Sale
    SP: Alex Cobb
    SP: Julio Teheran
    SP: Danny Salazar
    RP: Glen Perkins
    RP: Addison Reed
    P: David Robertson
    P: Tony Cingrani
    Bench: CJ Wilson
    Bench: Chris Tillman
    Bench: Rick Porcello

    The league has a set amount of roster moves per week (5) so streaming can happen, but it’s limited.
    Right now, Kluber, Ventura and Delgado are available, and I’d probably bite on Kluber if I wasn’t so worried about my win total, given the young kids’ unpredictability. I’m not happy biting on Wilson, but I’ve had him in leagues across the years and he gets wins, wven if his WHIP is asstronomical at times.

    Any advice or insight on what I should focus on? Should I just give up on SB and drop Revere for another pitcher? I was thinking with Moss being shit against lefties, that he could be a nice spot fill-in for him at times if I’m within reach of grabbing the Sb category for the week, but I’m not sure he’d earn that spot more than Khris Davis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s an 8 team league, no categories are out of reach… No reason to drop Revere… I’m sure there’s a ton of pitchers available, but you have no one to drop right now… Wilson’s kinda garbage, but if you want to hold him that’s fine…

  84. Aero says:
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    In a 10-team league I’m guessing Walker and Ventura should be on a watch list rather than outright owned at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who you have

      • Aero says:
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        @Grey: Cobb, Teheran, Gray, Burnett, Archer. H2H scoring categories are: H BB K QS W L SV ERA WHIP

  85. Oppo Taco says:
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    Brad miller worth an add? I have an extra roster spot but only 30 moves allowed for the year. Seems like he’s worth it, good numbers last year and killing it in spring training. Have segura at SS, hill at 2b and gyorko at 3b. Also does gyorko lose value with me rostering him at 3b instead of 2b? Thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need him right now… Gyorko loses value at 3rd, yeah

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Grey: what about Nate jones? Have Casey Janssen and reed. We only start two RP’s but worth an add for trade bait later?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d add him

  86. los locos says:
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    Grey, can you rank my team? This is a 10 team keeper league. Should I be upgrading somewhere? How’s the pitching staff. I didn’t have a 3rd,4th, 7th, 8th and 9th rd picks.

    5×5 category; HR, R, RBI, SB OBP – QS,K/9, WHIP ERA SV

    C Ramos, Wilson(C) WAS
    1B Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    2B Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET
    3B Machado, Manny(3B) BAL
    SS Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD
    OF Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    OF Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    OF Rios, Alex(OF) TEX
    U Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI

    Bench (1B) Napoli, Mike(1B) BOS
    Bench (SS) Miller, Brad(SS) SEA
    Bench (OF) Aoki, Norichika(OF) KC
    Bench (OF) Garcia, Avisail(OF) CHW
    Bench (OF) Yelich, Christian(OF) MIA
    Bench (U) Lawrie, Brett(3B) TOR
    Pitchers

    SP Fister, Doug(SP) WAS
    SP Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    SP Straily, Dan(SP) OAK
    SP Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    SP Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    RP Cishek, Steve(RP) MIA
    RP Henderson, Jim(RP) MIL

    Bench (SP) Porcello, Rick(SP) DET
    Bench (SP) Tillman, Chris(SP) BAL
    Bench (SP) Wheeler, Zack(SP) NYM

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your pitching is much stronger than your hitting, which isn’t a great thing… I don’t love the team…

    • Cram It says:
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      @los locos: Sorry to be brutally honest, but that offense is really weak for a 10 teamer. You’ll be lucky if two of those guys eclipse 25 HR’s/100 RBI.

  87. los locos says:
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    Grey, please rank this team its my other keeper league. This is a 10 team keeper league. Should I be upgrading somewhere?

    5×5 category; HR, R, RBI, SB OBP – QS,K/9, WHIP ERA SV

    C Posey, Buster(1B,C) SF
    1B Pujols, Albert(1B) LAA
    2B Kipnis, Jason(2B) CLE
    3B Alvarez, Pedro(3B) PIT
    SS Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD
    OF Beltran, Carlos(OF) NYY
    OF Gordon, Alex(OF) KC
    OF Jones, Adam(OF) BAL
    U Jennings, Desmond(OF) TB

    Bench (1B) Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
    Bench (3B) Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL
    Bench (3B) Sandoval, Pablo(3B) SF
    Bench (OF) Garcia, Avisail(OF) CHW
    Bench (OF) Martin, Leonys(OF) TEX
    Bench (OF) Yelich, Christian(OF) MIA

    Pos Active Pitchers
    SP Cobb, Alex(SP) TB
    SP Miller, Shelby(SP) STL
    SP Salazar, Danny(SP) CLE
    SP Scherzer, Max(SP) DET
    SP Teheran, Julio(SP) ATL
    RP Henderson, Jim(RP) MIL
    RP Jones, Nate(RP) CHW

    Bench (SP) Latos, Mat(SP) CIN
    Bench (SP) Masterson, Justin(SP) CLE
    Bench (SP) Syndergaard, Noah(SP) NYM

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like this team better, your pitching is still strong, but your hitting isn’t bad… It is a very shallow league though so anything could happen…

  88. J-FOH says:
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    ATTN RAZZBALLERS, RAZZICANS AND THE RAZZHEADS:

    I HAD A LAST SECOND DROP OUT IN AN RCL THAT DRAFTS TONIGHT AT 11:00 PM EST/8:00 PST

    HERE IS THE LINK: http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tools/join?leagueId=116584

    PASSWORD: heartsky

    you can also e-mail me at john @ razzball.com

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should hit Rudy’s newest post and Jay’s newest post too

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: done and done….and done (Rudy, Smokey, Mike)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You hit Jay’s too? Cause he’ll update the actual spreadsheet….Leagues with one owner needed have been filling up fast, so I wouldn’t be too worried…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Already filled….everybody wants to play with J-FOH

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool, I updated the sign up sheet

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Thanks!

            • Prez!! says:
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              @J-FOH: you and tehol are the only ones people have a great chance at beating…

  89. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Another owner has Cano on the block. Is Shields and Jerk store too much to offer ? (15 teams keep 11)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

  90. sean says:
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    When will the stream-o-nator and hitter-tron values be updated for the start of the season? And will the Australian series this weekend be included? Thanks!

    • Planning on the real opening day. Maybe a day or two longer.

  91. Sean says:
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    Cool, can’t wait

  92. mikey says:
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    k

  93. Jason says:
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    Quick question – in a 7×7 16 team league (OPS and Hits added for hitters, Holds and QS added for pitchers), which of these two sides would you rather have:

    1. Freeman

    or

    2. Craig + Salazar?

    Thanks as always.

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: Nevermind – trade was rejected, no longer an issue.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, Freeman…

  94. J-FOH says:
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    I pulled a CRAM yesterday in the champions league, I drafted Hoover, and right before I read about the injury, literally minutes, to Chapman, I dropped Hoover. Yeah, I’ve kicked myself in the nuts about a dozen times since and it’s not helping.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @J-FOH: I am impressed with your flexibility at least!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why would you draft someone and drop them before any games started unless there’s an injury?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Hi, my name is Jack and I’m an obsessive rosterbater….no actually, I noticed another MR I liked better as a part of my strategy and added him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Part of your strategy that you recently adopted (day after your draft), or part of your strategy that you forgot was a part of your strategy? I’m messin’ with you…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Bust my balls Albright? That Pizza side is poking it’s head out. ….. I decided to play with the heavy MR/stream SP strategy on draft day. I’ve adopted it mid way before but never from day one. Saw Delabar and he had one of the most ridiculous k/9 last year. Actually when I drafted Hoover it was a panic pick and wasn’t worried about him being added and thought Delabar would be remembered at some point. It’s OK, Erasmo and Santos got dropped yesterday and they are two guys I wanted

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… I was bustin’ ‘em, yeah… To continue, so you’re going heavy MR-K/9, but you picked up Erasmo? He’s a starter… I’m messin’! I had acupuncture done today and I think it’s making me loopy…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I love acupuncture, I go to east LA for mine. I’m not sure what Texas is doing with Scheppers, but going with Sanots instead.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d be shocked if Scheppers is a starter… I think Texas hates their starters (rightfully so) and they’re seeing if something else sticks

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: The Rangers eat their own children and I just don’t get it. There best pitchers the last couple of years have been two Japanese imports, a converted closer, and some really bad rentals. All their “elite” prospect starters end up in the bullpen. That organization is a pitching train wreck.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Totally agree… Was thinking the same thing… They’ve totally botched Feliz and Ogando…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I have to wonder how they are any good. If it wasn’t for trades/free agents they would be terrible. Kinda the anti-model for what is being touted as the new way to do business. They are going to suck in 5 years

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      They’re not building a team to last, that’s for sure…

                    • costaricanchata says:
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                      @J-FOH:

                      5 years will do that to you .
                      you’ll see .

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I think they are playing some weird baseball version of russian roulette with Arte Moreno and the not even “F**king Close to Los Angeles Angels of Whitey Ass Honkey County.

                    • Grey

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                      Haha

  95. chisox_22 says:
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    C-Rosario.
    1b- Encarnacion
    2b- Altuve
    3b- Donaldson
    ss- Desmond
    OF- A.Jones
    Of- Kemp
    Of- Cuddyer
    bench- Granderson
    bench- A. Jackson
    bench- Rollins
    Sp- Bumgarner
    Teheran
    Masterson
    Sanchez
    Cobb
    Samardzija
    Liriano
    Lincecum
    Rp- Frieri
    Cishek

    10team Espn H2h (11 categories) looking to improve where I can maybe another rp? Hoover is available as is Brothers, veras, benoit, and Clipboard. Starting pitching available that’s interesting Pineda, Porcello, Lohse, and colon. Any suggestions? Or how my team may last all season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Veras over Rollins, Hoover over Jackson…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, in a H2H, I’d hold Jackson and skip the Hoover move

  96. Jiggy Nits says:
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    So… One of my 6 keepers in 10 team NL only 5×5 roto was Chapman at 3. Tonight I must submit my keeper picks.

    are Dom Brown@ 7$ or Samardzija at 1$ better value? I figure Chap wont go for more than 10 in our action now that he’s out ~2months.

    Also, if I keep Chap, he goes into my active lineup of 9 pitchers ( we do bench draft after) and I will not be able to replace him until AFTER the active AND bench draft when we pick replacements (similar to a reserve draft).

    I’m leaning toward throwing him back and keeping Brown, would you do the same or hold Chapman @ 3?

    • Grey

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      Go with Brown

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Grey: Thats what I’m going to do. Thanks

  97. Jason says:
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    Your thoughts on erasmo change? Is he in the rotation? I saw he pitched well today. I got a 20 tm draft tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s in the rotation and my thoughts haven’t changed… I’ve drafted him in 2 leagues already and Rudy’s drafted him in at least one

  98. J-FOH says:
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    I was looking at the big pic reveal in Nick’s BIG reveal on Monday and I just noticed Rudy’s hand on top of Nicks as he holds you and your shoe is right in Rudy’s crotch…..so my question is did we all miss the really big reveal?….not that there is anything wrong with that

    • Kid A says:
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      @J-FOH:
      I couldn’t tell what that shaved sasquatch, nick, was more excited about: The delicate touch of a country music legend, or the fact that he was about to eat a free-range super mario brother.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was surprised that no one mentioned that I’m like the Prince in Princess Bride and I’m carried everywhere…

  99. Slappy says:
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    Grey, 12 team H2H, 4 keepers, either 3 B and 1 P or 2 B and 2 P. Players at season’s end:

    B: R, 1B, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, E, OPS
    Trout
    McCutch
    Freeman
    J Up
    Bruce
    Holliday
    Panda
    Hill
    Seager
    Simmons
    Weiters
    Kendrys

    P: W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP
    JoFer
    Kimbrel
    Anibal
    Ryu
    Grilli
    Moore
    Iwakuma
    Janssen
    Fister
    Burnett
    Brothers
    Melancon

    Since the Bat Cats rather outnumber the Pitch Cats, I’m going to go with the 3 B and 1 P option, with JoFer as the 1 P. Last year was Kimbrel, since no one else was worthy of making the top 4, i.e., could draft them all later, and since you had to take 1 P, might as well keep the elite closer.

    So, the question is, well, I don’t really like J Up, and last season, as you know, was monster start and then disappeared into the fog and was never seen or heard from again. Or so it seemed. So, given positional availability and strength of position, i.e. the more general positional strength, where some rank, and the fact that we have keepers, after Trout and McCuth, who is the 3rd batter? Freeman, Bruce or Holliday? We do the LF, CF, RF thingy, so is LF, CF, RF, OF. I read your blurb on Freeman in the rankings and I could see him being not so great as last season. My initial thought was taking either Holliday or Bruce as the 3rd batter keeper, and then taking a leap of faith on Abreu. Not the first pick I’ll make, but still well before his ADP, just to make sure I don’t get stuck with the likes of Billy Butler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

      • Slappy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. You are probably right, since as most souls are wont to do, will keep by ADP and so while Bruce will likely be gone by the time of my first pick (next to last owing last season’s finish), Holliday might be available, should I so desire. The problem will be 3B. Perhaps Zimmerman, given his ADP, though that will require a weekly votive candle at church, for his good health.

  100. Mike says:
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    Need a Grey assessment, I tried the team on the War Room and it looked pretty good, small shortcomings on SB and WHIP. Being a 10-TM H2H Im not too worried about the speed, also since it uses Hits as a category I tried to put more emphasis on AVG:

    C d’Aranaud
    1B Pujols
    2B Gyorko
    SS Segura
    3B Beltre
    CI Longoria
    MI Miller
    OF McCutchen
    OF Gordon
    OF J Hamilton
    OF Cuddyer
    OF Hart
    Util Abreu
    Util Adams

    SP Gio
    SP Cole
    RP Street
    RP Reed
    P Cobb
    P Gray
    P Masterson
    P Burnett
    BN Wheeler
    BN A Wood
    BN Yordano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with the War Room, team looks solid, maybe a tad light on steals since you have Gyorko and Miller and not much SBs after McCutchen in your outfield… Pitching looks very solid…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: excellent! Appreciate it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  101. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey…’

    Follow up to my question last night. I’m drafting #3 and you said to take Goldy over ‘cutch and not opt for Pujols as my 1b target. Would you take Pujols at the end of the 4th if he is still available as my Util? In my mocks, he is still there at that point and is the only player ranked in your top 20 still available. Seems like a crazy good value to pass up, but then again thats early to be targeting a util guy. Draft is in 30 mins, would love to get your thoughts on it.

    • Grey

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      Sure, if Pujols is still there in the 4th

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: He ended up going 1 pick before my 4th round pick…posted my team below for your critique.

  102. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    now that it’s pretty likely that nate jones gets closer job which of these guys is best in 12 team h2h where we start 6 RP every day and have holds and saves. I already have 3 closers in robertson/parnell/rosie and holds guys in lindstrom/carmart/santos. should i replace any non-closer guy with any of cook/torres (SD)/vincent/j.smith/wilson/paco/carpenter/putz/fien/herrera. this is in one of the leagues where i could have gotten hoover last night and broxton still out there also.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: actually wilson could be PIT’s wilson or fear the beard as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Torres over Lindstrom

  103. Kid A says:
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    Liriano limping off the field with a dodgy groin. The pain is everywhere this year.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Kid A: later (after groin news) as “It’s believed to be non-serious, a tweaked ankle. Liriano had a “slight limp” while heading to the clubhouse”

      • Kid A says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

        Oh. Well then. I guess I’ll take this rope off my neck and step down from this chair.

        I was only changing a light bulb…

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Kid A: you ain’t kidding, with Grey’s love, and yahoo’s absolute underrankment of Liriano i have him either as ace or 2nd pitcher in every league i have. And also traded for him in January in 30 man league too (jed lowrie). even in espn 16 teamer do i have him as 2nd to annabell

  104. Hmm #5 slot in RCL draft, I like it.

  105. james d says:
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    5×5 12man keeper league. Keep which one?

    Kenley Jansen r12 – keepable 2 years
    or
    Iwakuma r20 – keepable 2 years

    Pre-injury the answer was an easy iwakuma but I’m less sure now.

    • Grey

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      Can go Jansen

  106. Kid A says:
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    Turner slated to play 2b/bat second in the opening series. What the shit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t try to make sense of what Mattingly says or does

  107. Jon says:
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    Any thoughts on Taylor Jordan as a back-end guy with upside? I could add him over Peralta, Kennedy or Peavy.

    • Grey

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      I said what I thought of Jordan the other day…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: my bad. I’ll find it.

        • Grey

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          He’s not worth it

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey:not even worth looking up previous day’s post, that’s low.

  108. Jon says:
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    Your rankings say Brantley over Arcia. Is Arcia worth a shot for power potential on the bench, or still go Brantley?

    • Grey

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      Nah, Arcia is worth a shot for more power

  109. J-FOH says:
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    Doing RCL right now, slowest first two rounds ever

    • Grey

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      Hehe

    • IHellaHeartJFOH says:
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      @J-FOH:

      Hi JFOH!

      Sorry to hear your draft is taking so long!

      I like to think my time is very important and not to be wasted (“waste not want not” – as the Easter Bunny says). I bet you feel the same way. Hope things speed up for you (but not too fast – WOAH NELLY!) in the draft room.

      Got my fingers and my eyes crossed for you -LOL(J/K(sort of))!

      Look forward to your article on sleeper SPs (shhhh! don’t Wake Up anyone!) this week.

      T-minus 3 hours and 32 minutes until March 21 – Yee Haw!

  110. Jon says:
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    Which 2 RPs to start the season? 5×5
    Qualls, Allen, Scheppers, Clippard

    • Grey

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      Qualls, Allen

  111. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Gausman for Maikel Franco in a keeper?

  112. Ty says:
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    Ahh that time of year where I cling to your every word..haha. Helped me win my league last year (fist bump)
    War room is dope and I like its numbers for my team. What’s your take…
    12 team 5×5 roto
    Lucroy
    Godly
    Gyorko
    Prado
    Desmond
    Choo
    Calhoun
    A. Jones

    Eaton
    Revere
    B. Miller
    Lowrie
    Arenado

    Stras
    Zimmerman
    Ryu
    Gray
    CJ Wilson
    Masterson
    Porcello
    Frieri
    Chapman( putting on DL available closers .. C. Jansen , H. Street, Rodney, N. Jones)
    Any input would be great

  113. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey & co, would like your thoughts on my first draft of the year. 12 team h2h 7×7 w/ TB, OBP + HRs allowed, QS.

    1. (3) Paul Goldschmidt (Ari – 1B)
    2. (22) Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    3. (27) José Bautista (Tor – OF)
    4. (46) Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    5. (51) Jean Segura (Mil – SS)
    6. (70) Wil Myers (TB – OF)
    7. (75) Alex Cobb (TB – SP)
    8. (94) Julio Teherán (Atl – SP)
    9. (99) José Altuve (Hou – 2B)
    10. (118) Matt Moore (TB – SP)
    11. (123) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    12. (142) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    13. (147) Doug Fister (Was – SP)
    14. (166) Fernando Rodney (Sea – RP)
    15. (171) Steve Cishek (Mia – RP)
    16. (190) Neftali Feliz (Tex – RP)
    17. (195) Chris Tillman (Bal – SP)
    18. (214) Jason Castro (Hou – C)
    19. (219) Peter Bourjos (StL – OF)
    20. (238) Rick Porcello (Det – SP)
    21. (243) Jake Peavy (Bos – SP)
    22. (262) Cody Asche (Phi – 3B)

    Per the war room, I ended up…

    90% on runs, 105% on HRs, 100% on RBIs, 74% on SBs, 102% on AVG (.275)

    Cobb, Teheran, Moore, Liriano, Fister, + Rodney, Frieri ended up with…

    120% on Ws, 123% on Ks, 108% on ERA (3.17)106% on WHIP (1.17) and 71% on SVs (65+22 for Feliz)

  114. Spammer Jay says:
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    title idea for this weekend

    Puigley Down Under

  115. nightpandas says:
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    Grey, offered Cano/Garza for Darvish/Gyorko in my 15 teamer (keep 11). Without Darvish, my staff would be: Shields/Wacha/J Johnson/Haren/Gausman/CMart/Delgado.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @nightpandas:

      losing all of those K ‘s would keep me up at night .

  116. EK says:
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    Add hoover or carmar
    5 x 5 roto
    Have trevor, street and feliz

  117. Alex says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m an asshole and I drafted RPs early. Will you rate my team? 2B sucks for me, and I deserve to be flogged. Let me know what you think!

    Rules: 10 team Roto, Non-keeper
    Hitting: R, HR, RBI, SB, OPS, AVG
    Pitching: QS, K, SV, W, ERA, WHIP

    C: Carlos Santana
    1B: Freddie Freeman
    2B: Daniel Murphy
    3B: Adrian Beltre
    SS: Jose Reyes
    2B/SS: Xander Bogaerts (When SS eligibility is available)
    1B/3B: Mark Trumbo
    OF: Wil Myers
    OF: Justin Upton
    OF: Carlos Gonzalez
    OF: Curtis Granderson
    OF: Austin Jackson
    DH: Billy Butler
    BE: Jonathan Villar SS
    BE: Khris Davis LF
    SP: Chris Sale
    SP: Mat Latos
    SP: Cole Hamels
    SP: Jeff Samardzija
    SP: Danny Salazar
    SP: Michael Pineda
    RP: Joe Nathan
    RP: Sergio Romo
    RP: Huston Street
    RP: Fernando Rodney

    • Grey

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      Not sure why you’d want me to look at your team when you don’t pay attention to what I’m saying anyway…

    • @Alex: Jeez, so much negativity for a Friday. There is no need for flogging just because you drafted closers early. That’s a Grey preference but there is no sign in the RCL research that investing in closers is bad – it actually had a positive correlation with success (over-investing in SP, though, had a negative correlation).

      Go to http://razzball.com/playerrater-preseason-espnmlb10 and total up the category $. Average is about $35 for the hitting categories and $17 for the pitching categories. Ignore the saves $.

      On quick glance, the team looks strong to me. I have CarGo, Freeman, Beltre, and J-Up as top 30 players and like Myers a lot.

      The 2B/MI are fine and those are positions you can always bolster in free agency.

      Your biggest challenge is SP health with Latos/Hamels/Pineda. Assuming they all pitch by May 1, it’s a solid staff at least on quick view.

      • Grey

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        He asked for a flogging!

        • The best place for a flogging is Cask & Flagon. Just wear a Yankee jersey.

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