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My grandfather, who is 86 years old, Skypes with me all the time.  He’ll Skype with me when he’s eating some braciola that he got from the deli down the street.  Sometimes he’ll Skype with me when he’s not wearing a shirt, and simply calling me to ask how ‘his pecs’ look because he’s about to Skype with one of his five girlfriends.  Sometimes he Skypes me by accident when he’s trying to call Google (that’s what he does rather than search).  I tell you this so when I say we still weren’t able to get the podcast going with Rudy and I together on the same call, you know we’re not coming to you from the 1950′s before such things as ‘conference call.’  We are all living in the present day.  To be honest, I have to say this whole Daylight Savings Time thing is still affecting us.  “So, I call in at 10:30 AM?  Is that Eastern?  Pacific?  Central?  Eastern pre-Daylight Savings?  Post-Daylight Savings?”  Do you see how many different possibilities there are?  No wonder Bobby Fischer went mad.  Who can keep track of all of these things?  Rudy tried to call in after me, but Nick closed up shop, so it’s just me today.  Well, me, Smokey and Jaywrong.  They called in before me — separately, so I have no idea what they said because WE CAN’T FIGURE OUT CONFERENCE CALL?!  I talked about some of my ancestry and Madeleine Albright, then we talked fantasy baseball.  I’m assuming the other people on the podcast also talked fantasy baseball too.  I’m merely assuming.  Nick and I specifically go over my Justin Upton, Edwin Encarnacion and Ian Kinsler rankings.  We talk briefly about the Fantasy Baseball War Room.  I also handicap the Razzball Writers’ League and the Razzball Champions RCL.  Maybe next week we can figure out a call-in number and an exact time.  We shall see.  Or not.  Your choice.  Anyway, here’s the Razzball podcast (still in 3 separate parts):

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  1. Gareth says:
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    CBS 12 team ROTO Draft. I punted Catcher and Shortstop and left pitching til later in the draft. I tried to go Grey. did I succeed?

    C Jaso, John (C OAK) C · U ACT
    1B Gonzalez, Adrian (1B LAD) 1B · U ACT
    2B Kinsler, Ian (2B TEX) 2B · U ACT
    3B Longoria, Evan (3B TB) 3B · U ACT
    SS Segura, Jean (SS MIL) SS · U ACT
    OF Trout, Mike (OF LAA) OF · U ACT
    OF Heyward, Jason (OF ATL) OF · U ACT
    OF Upton, B.J. (OF ATL) OF · U ACT
    U Rizzo, Anthony (1B CHC) 1B · U ACT
    P Latos, Mat (P CIN) P ACT
    P Cueto, Johnny (P CIN) P ACT
    P Wilhelmsen, Tom (P SEA) P ACT
    P Fister, Doug (P DET) P ACT
    P Rivera, Mariano (P NYY) P ACT
    P Lynn, Lance (P STL) P ACT
    P Parker, Jarrod (P OAK) P ACT
    RES Sandoval, Pablo (3B SF) 3B · U ACT
    RES Lawrie, Brett (3B TOR) 3B · U ACT
    RES Cruz, Nelson (OF TEX) OF · U ACT
    RES Frazier, Todd (3B CIN) 1B · 3B · U ACT
    RES Harrison, Matt (P TEX) P ACT
    RES Hudson, Tim (P ATL) P ACT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: Your hitting looks slightly stronger on speed than power, not terribly so though… Your pitching looks wonky after Latos… Don’t like Cueto, and you have way too many bench bats and your bench arms aren’t great…

  2. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, would you please rate this team and let me know if anything special is missing?
    Thanks

    10 teams, H2H, 8×8

    1. (10) Adrián Béltre
    (Tex – 3B)
    2. (11) Josh Hamilton
    (LAA – OF)
    3. (30) Edwin Encarnación
    (Tor – 1B)
    4. (31) Adam Jones
    (Bal – OF)
    5. (50) Billy Butler
    (KC – 1B)
    6. (51) Allen Craig
    (StL – 1B,OF)
    7. (70) Aaron Hill
    (Ari – 2B)
    8. (71) Álex Ríos
    (CWS – OF)
    9. (90) Yovani Gallardo
    (Mil – P)
    10. (91) James Shields
    (KC – P)
    11. (110) Dan Uggla
    (Atl – 2B)
    12. (111) Wilin Rosario
    (Col – C)
    13. (130) Jake Peavy
    (CWS – P)
    14. (131) Josh Johnson
    (Tor – P)
    15. (150) J.J. Putz
    (Ari – RP)
    16. (151) Andre Ethier
    (LAD – OF)
    17. (170) Josh Beckett
    (LAD – P)
    18. (171) Joel Hanrahan
    (Bos – RP)
    19. (190) Torii Hunter
    (Det – OF)
    20. (191) Zack Cozart
    (Cin – SS)
    21. (210) Lance Lynn
    (StL – RP)
    22. (211) Ryan Dempster
    (Bos – P)
    23. (230) Ernesto Frieri
    (LAA – RP)
    24. (231) Carlos Mármol
    (ChC – RP)
    25. (250) David Hernández
    (Ari – RP)
    26. (251) Andrew Cashner
    (SD – RP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks decent… I don’t like Josh Johnson or Dempster…

  3. royce! says:
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    I recall your having put together a MR ranking post, but I can’t find it. Was that just fever dreaming?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I see, thanks.

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!: @royce!: Smokey has done some MR posts…

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve: Yeah, I thought that Grey had as well, but it turns out I was mistaken. I was trying to find something that ranked MR alone, for a league that counts holds. I usually just don’t draft any MR and figure it out in-season anyway…

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!: Rudy has projected Holds for the Steamer pitcher projections too.

  4. Straight Outta LoCash says:
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    I heard talk of Bourjos batting lead off, is that just crazy talk, you never know with the Sciossiopath

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could if he starts hot, but there’s no guarantee with the Sciosciapath…

  5. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Domonic Brown update!

    Granted it’s only 60 AB’s, and Spring AB’s at that, but…for a former top prospect in all of MLB
    that it still just 25 years old and has yet to get 200 AB’s in any season, his numbers are certainly eye opening. Throw in the fact that he now looks to be in position to get every day at bats and I’m loving the way the stars are aligning.

    .400 BA
    60 AB
    20 R
    5 HR
    11 RBI
    6/7 BB/SO

    His plate discipline is impressive for a young player. Not only this Spring, but in the last 2 regular seasons he has also walked almost as much as he has whiffed. I really feel like the missing piece of the puzzle so far for him has been never being handed consistent every day at bats where he doesn’t have to worry if his name is on the lineup card each night. Here’s hoping he stays a sleeper in my drafts for at least another week.

  6. Oaktown Steve says:
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    Shelby Miller done for the day: 4 innings 1 hit 1 bb 0 runs 3 k and only needed 23 pitches.

    Kelly gave up just a hit in his first inning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We got a battle, y’all!

  7. royce! says:
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    Olt to AAA. Too bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olt, well…

  8. AHill says:
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    I just got Niece for $1 in a Fangraphs Auction Draft. Did I overpay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s niece?

      • Oaktown Steve says:
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        @Grey:

        Better still, “whose niece?”

        • Oaktown Steve says:
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          @Oaktown Steve:

          …and how do I get in on that auction?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah…

          • AHill says:
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            @Grey: ha autocorrect fail

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              $1 is great for Niese…

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @AHill: Drafting Niese is the current market inefficiency?

  9. Robby D says:
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    Posted earlier about who I thought I’d get in my draft yesterday. Finally got in, and of course the draft went different than I thought it would. Would like a post mortem. I’m thinking I’m weak on pitching, but saves aren’t as valuable with our format: 10 team H2H ESPN 8×8 custom with OBP, XBH, Hits and Losses, QS, K/9. Here are my results:

    C Sal Perez
    1B Pujols
    2B Zobrist
    SS Tulo
    3B Frazier
    MI Rutledge
    CI Allen Craig
    OF Cargo
    OF Bruce
    OF Stanton
    OF Cespedes
    OF Beltran
    UT K. Morales

    B Rosario
    B Aoki
    B Gyorko

    P Moore
    P Morrow
    P Lester
    P Bailey
    P Parker
    P Beckett
    P Garza (will DL and stream this position until he’s back)
    P League
    P Sergio Santos

    B D. Robertson
    B D. Hernandez

    • Robby D says:
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      @Robby D: Let me know if there are some post 300 ranking relivers you think would make a difference on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks a bit high on injury risk, but solid overall… Your pitching is a tad wonky…

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: I’m with you on the injury risk, but my multi-position eligibility allows me to cover a lot of that.

        For example, if Beltran goes down, I can drop Zobrist down and move Gyorko to 2nd, or move Craig down, Morales to corner, and anyone to Utility. Once Gyorko can qualify at 3rd it will give me some added flexibility as well.

        I’m happy with the K-ability of my starters, and since I can stash Garza and got him in the 20th or 21st round, it wasn’t much risk. I’m just hurting on relief pitchers, but there was a run on all of them in the middle innings and I didn’t want to swim with the sheep. *mixed metaphor alert

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: Is there anyone that is falling off draft boards who would be a good pickup on the saves coming out of spring?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There will be saves everywhere once the season starts… Every league is different… In some leagues, Santos or Frieri are available… They’ll have saves this year, for sure… In other leagues, you need to go to someone like David Hernandez or deeper…

          • Robby D says:
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            @Grey: That works because I have Santos and Hernandez, and I was targeting with my 7th round pick (first 6 rounds are keepers and none of mine were pitchers) Wainwright and Bumgarner, but both went bang bang before my pick, so I went with Cespedes and Craig back to back (had the 10th, 11th pick because I won my league last year). Wasn’t able to pick up a pitcher till the 90th pick with Matt Moore.

  10. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Nice work to Smokee, Nick and Jay! Grey…well, let’s just say you’re a solid writer. It’s the effort that counts!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Sky: I just can’t stop talking about Jennifer Lawrence.

      I bet you we actually land her as a guest, and I die of multiple phantom orgasm’s the day before.

      I’m already shedding a tear at your loss.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I’m totally with you, I only watched all of Winter’s Bone for the Bone she gave me…

        So, I’m gonna call the nottie of the year in 2015 to be: Chloe Grace Moretz. I started watching ‘Hick’ via Netflix but turned it off when Chris Hansen showed up. It’s why I can’t/won’t watch Kick-Ass 2 until then.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Well I didn’t say ‘it’ but I will admit to saying ‘it’ in 2015.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                You’ll know me in 2015 as a soothsaying pervert. I’m just ahead of my time.

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @Sky: An overrated artsy fartsy film that sure was

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Wallpaper Paterson: Oh yeah? I only got about 20 minutes in before I clim…bed out of my couch to do something else. It seemed interesting before that, though.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        BTW, I spent 2+ years teaching in SK. Damn I miss the food. I need to make Dalk-Kal-Bi here soon. It’s the bomb.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Nick the Podcast Host: I’ll let Jay chime in for an exact translation if he’s familiar but I think it means ‘hot meat you want inside you’.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            BTW, it’s BEE-BIM-BOP (Bi-Bim-Bap spelling). Good stuff.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s the sound Pac-Man makes when he dies.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Grey: That’s the sound you make when you order it from a street vendor. No lie: experience.

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Sky: No one name drops Kim Chee Fried Rice if they don’t know what’s up.

              Canadians *can* be more cultured. At least in places like Vancouver and Toronto.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                You say ‘more cultured’ I say ‘more stoned out of their gourds’.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Sky: Err, you mean Dak galbi? You need some yellow spell check son.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Since I can actually read it in Korean and there’s a soft L/R whatever the hell that letter that looks like a 5 is, I like my version better. and the letter is either a G or a K depending on where you look. Ima school ya in your home language, son!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sideways emoticon I’m not drinking any f**king Merlot!

      • Nate says:
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        @Grey: If they order Merlot I am f***ing leaving!

        Love that movie more than Ike davis this year… no… more than Hosmer though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Me too!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I was a fan of the music, personally, but I understand. Different Strokes for different folks and Gary Coleman.

        • BenDover says:
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          @Sky: Not to be contrarian, but I’m so thankful to you guys for giving the background music the Dom Deluise treatment and yelling “CUT”… Unfortch – my brain hears all background music first… intended foreground verbal bantering becomes white noise. (just think of all the humor I missed in the first couple of weeks!)

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Not a worry on my end, everyone has their preferences. I can only say that since I wasn’t on there, you didn’t miss much!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Sky: Worst part of J-La was I remember her on the Bill Engvall show.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I think the worst part about that isn’t the memory but the fact that Bill Engvall had a show.

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Sky: yea she was like the Kaley Cuoco character on that show with John Ritter.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Had to google that; 8 Simple Rules. I was in SK during the ‘height’ of that show’s ‘fame’. I’m thankful for these things.

  11. kwadjo says:
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    12 team NL-only 5×5 roto auction league. Would you keep or throw back the following players?

    Ian Desmond – $18
    Aaron Hill – $22
    Jonathon Niese – $15
    Travis Snyder – $7
    Kurt Suzuki – $5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Niese and Desmond…

  12. GG says:
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    Sorry if I missed one, but are you planning on putting up any of your draft results with comments on your thought process for each pick? I find those helpful

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they’ll be coming…

  13. JackInTheBox says:
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    For some reason this question is in my head. I don’t even own any of these pitchers but they’re on my WW…anyways how would you rank these 3 SP for potential this season? Milone, Tillman and Teheran?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ranked them.

      • ulysses says:
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        @Grey:

        if you don’t mind me asking, why isn’t Teheran ranked over tillman? pitching against the NL East>AL East, no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Because of Tillman’s 2012.

  14. Jeff P says:
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    Hey, I just tried the online war room and noticed that no matter how many players are in the league setup, target counting stats remain the same. That doesn’t sound right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… I’ll have the programmer look into it…

  15. Steve says:
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    Grey strategy question – 5×5, 12 team ESPN, H2H, 9 pitchers, 12 start max/wk, 10 IP qualifier.
    Which strategy would you do:
    1) 9 SP – get K’s and W each week and build a strong offense.
    2) 5 SP, 2/3 CL and rest MR – balanced approach
    3) 1 top SP/ 2 lower SP (stream 1 SP for a total of 4), 2 CL, 3 MR- balanced with streamer
    4) 3/4 mid closers, 5/6 MR – get sv, era and whip, punt w & K’s.
    5) Some combination

  16. Ian says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto, drafted last Saturday. How did I do??

    C. Aj Pierzynski
    1b. Howard
    2b. Josh Rutledge
    ss Andrelton Simmons
    3b. Evan Longoria
    MI. Gordon Beckham
    CI Pablo Sandoval
    Of McCutchen
    Of Holliday
    Of Soo-Choo
    Of Carlos Beltran
    Util Andre Ethier
    Util Brett Gardner

    Sp. Wainwright
    Sp. Scherzer
    Sp. Lester
    Sp. Homer Bailey
    Sp. Marco Estrada
    sp. Trevor Cahill
    Sp Andrew Cashner
    Sp Mark Buehrle
    Rp Mariano Rivera
    Rp Greg Holland
    Rp Steve Cishek

    Keep up the great work!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did good… Nice balanced offense… Pitching looks very solid, Buehrle can be chucked to the wolves…

      • Ian says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the comment. My biggest regret of the draft was taking Matt Holliday over Kinsler, esp now that my middles are so thin. But I was drafting for average early on and didn’t want .260 from Kinsler.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya…

  17. Hoog says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thoughts on my draft? It’s a 12 team h2h keeper. 7×7 with R, HR, RBI, Avg, Slg, BB, NSB, QS, BB, K, ERA Whip, Hold, NSV

    C) J. Montero (K)
    1B) Votto (K)
    2B Altuve (K)
    3B Frazier
    SS Hanley (K)
    OF: Cargo (K), Jennings (k), Choo
    Util Butler
    BN: Marte(K), Espinosa
    DL: Granderson(K)

    SP: Strasburg(k), Wainwright(k), Morrow(k), Garza, McCarthy(k), Cobb, Hanson(k), Wade Davis(k), Romero(k) Hultzen(k)
    RP: Motte, Soriano, Rivera, Robertson, J. Peralta
    DL: D. Hudson

    Would love any input or thoughts on what I could do to improve. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a decent hitting team…Peralta seems superfluous and I think you’re gonna have problems with injuries and pitching…

      • Hoog says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Peralta is there just for a Holds guy with lots decent K/9. Also gonna and shop Grandy once he’s healthy and after a hot streak for some better starting pitching.

  18. Eddy says:
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    To add to Oaktown Steve’s comment up there, Kelly’s final line: 3 IP 8 hits 4 ER.

  19. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Podcast just keeps getting better and better.

    Grey, I agree with your pick of RIV to win the Champion League. He’s won 2 leagues I was in, so that clinches it. Hope he concentrates on that league and slacks off in my league this year.

    I was in the football league against Tehol, so I know he can’t be beaten.

    And, I don’t think Oaktown Steve played in the RCL in 2012

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Yeah, RIV’s gotta be the one to beat there…

    • Oaktown Steve says:
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      @VinWins:

      It’s true I did not play in 2012. But when RIV was shilling for the league in the off-season I said hey, I’d love to be in and he said they were full. Then he came back and said, a couple guys dropped out we’d love to have you and I said cool. Then he came back later and said Grey told him to boot somebody so that Nick The Podcast guy could get in and I said that’s cool. Was looking forward to smoking you fools but no big. Then he came back later and said hey we had a drop out so you’re back in and I said cool. Then he came back again and said one of the guys who dropped out was trying to drop back in and that boomerang was begging and crying is the way I hear’d it. So RIV gave me the choice of staying in but I said nah that’s cool. I just want to point out that I was unbelievable gracious about the whole thing.

      By the way, as much as a I love Reyes and toyed with picking him early I decided after running the scenarios that it’s tough to get enough power. I took Stanton and Upton in my 15 team NFBC league.

      Finally, I hear a lot of South Jersey in your accent, Albright. Almost like a North Philly thing. Especially the “a”s like in “draft”.

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        @Oaktown Steve:

        and by the way if I am in that league, how am I not the favorite, broham?

  20. Tommy says:
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    Grey, 12 team h2h, 5×5, 2nd pick, 3 outfielders, dh, utility, 6 sp & 2 rp

    1. R. Braun
    2. P. Goldshmidt
    3. E. Longoria
    4. M. Holliday
    5. Z. Greinke
    6. M. Moore
    7. P. Sandoval
    8. A. Jackson
    9. J. Samardzjia
    10. N. Cruz
    11. J. Rutledge
    12. T. Wilhelmson
    13. H. Bailey
    14. D. Espinosa
    15. M. Estrada
    16. J. Montero
    17. D. Fowler
    18. W. Miley
    19. J. Broxton
    20. T. Milone
    21. C. Marmol
    22. D. Ortiz

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, but it’s a very shallow league so you’re gonna have to play the waiver game each week… You do have some injury risk with Cruz, Longo, Sandoval and Ortiz…

  21. Buck says:
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    12 team H2H League. I’m keeping Heyward, Bum, M. Moore, and Rizzo.

    Who are you picking with the 1st pick in the draft? Next available top players are Hamilton, Kinsler, Bautista, Reyes, A Gon, and Padroia? I also have the 6th overall pick in the draft. TIA

    • Grey

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      Kinsler…

  22. Big Magoo says:
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    No love for the team with McCutchen, Goldschmidt, and Morrow? Come on man. I agree that RIV has a solid roster, and Carey’s team looks pretty good as well.

    • VinWins

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      @Big Magoo: Yeah, I imagine it will be a tough battle all the way.

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @VinWins: What’s your opinion, Vin? You always have your finger on the pulse of Razzball nation.

        • VinWins

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          @Big Magoo: Like I said, I’ve seen RIV up close, so I know he’s good. I also know you had a couple great teams last year, and Ryan Carey was impressive in the Expert League.

          If I could look at a roster and figure out who was going to win, I’d probably be good enough to win once in a while.

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @VinWins: Oh, I’m sure that you’re successful as well. You’re certainly the king of RCL updates! I always look forward to your league breakdowns.

            • VinWins

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              @Big Magoo: Thanks! My teams were 82nd and 83rd overall, just behind Rudy, so I was certainly happy with that, but I didn’t win either league.

  23. doghat666 says:
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    12 team, dynasty keeper, daily, 5×5 roto league 11 hit, 4OF, 9 pitch, 12 man bench, no DL, limited FA/waiver claims:
    C Wilin Rosario
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Ian Kinsler
    3B Chase Headley
    SS Josh Rutledge
    CI Paul Goldschmidt
    UI Prince Fielder
    OF BJ Upton
    OF Alex Gordon
    OF Ichiro Suzuki
    OF Nick Markakis
    BN Josh Reddick
    BN Michael Saunders
    BN Alejandro De Aza
    BN Derek Jeter
    BN Carlos Ruiz
    SP Steven Strasburg
    SP Cliff Lee
    SP Yu Darvish
    SP Jon Niese
    SP Josh Beckett
    BN Dillon Gee
    BN Shaun Marcum
    BN Andrew Cashner
    BN Dan Straily
    BN Erasmo Ramirez
    RP Joe Nathan
    RP Glen Perkins
    RP Bobby Parnell
    RP Joaquin Benoit
    BN Frank Francisco
    BN Jake McGee
    I know OF is weak link, I do not have a BU for Headley do I drop an OF or SP for Johnson, Francisco, Donaldson, or Pacheco? What do you think of the team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t have a what? Your hitting looks a lot less exciting than your pitching which isn’t a great place to be… You don’t need Strasburg and Lee…

      • doghat666 says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, don’t have a backup for Headley, I need to drop someone either SP Erasmo? or OF DeAza? for someone like Johnson, Francisco, Donaldson, or Pacheco.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Erasmo… Johnson…

      • doghat666 says:
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        @Grey: I also thought having Votto, Fielder and Goldschmidt would make up for OF weakness.

  24. higgins42 says:
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    Panda and Freeze battling nagging injuries. Thinking about dropping Hardy (horrible this Spring) and picking up Machado as insurance. Good move? I also have Gyorko, who I was going to start at 2/s.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  25. blairtch says:
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    Keeper Cueto or Jennings? 10 team roto, Keep 8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jennings

      • blairtch says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: that’s why your the master

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

          • blairtch says:
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            @Grey: and by that I mean you drink turpentine out of jars a la joaquin phoenix

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Well, duh, what else could you have meant?

  26. scott says:
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    Any concerns with Beachy and Luebke being shut down early since they will be comin g off TJ surgery in june? Also what rd would you see Beachy going in very active keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They won’t be shut down early, they may not return on time…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beachy: Around 150 overall…

  27. SeattleMack says:
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    Love the podcast.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • @SeattleMack: Thanks Mack, I love Seattle! No really I do. Let me know if you ever want to marry a large Canadian seeking citizenship!

  28. Doorstop says:
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    Won this league last year, opinions on the new team?

    Roto 5×5 Yahoo! with 14 teams.

    C) Avila
    1B) Hosmer
    2B) Rutledge
    3B) Longoria
    SS) Andrus
    OF) McCutchen
    OF) A. Jones
    OF) Choo
    UTIL) Jennings
    B) Morales
    B) Stubbs

    SP) Zimmermann, Latos, Niese, Parker, Milone, Miley, Gee, Teheran
    RP) Holland, Veras, Pestano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a strong balanced team… Good mix of power and speed everywhere… Don’t love Hosmer at 1st but it’s a small quibble…

  29. Cartman 4evs says:
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    Any strong thoughts on the following? Any of these guys worth stashing on the bench while waiting for relevancy?

    Wil Myers, Domonic Brown, Aaron Hicks and Brett Wallace are all available in my league and I currently have one open bench spot with the rest of the spots taken by pitchers.

    My fifth OF is Reddick; I have 3 util and two bench spots for the following: Rizzo, Espinosa, Escobar, Bonifacio and one of the above young guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brown over Bonifacio…

  30. royce! says:
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    I’m going to experience something new later this afternoon–drafting sober. Drank all weekend in Nashville (if you’re ever there, we’re opening a bar that’s going to kill it so stop by) and between that and flying, I caught a nasty cold. If this team fails, I’m blaming the South…and Southwest Airlines. And probably Jay Bruce, again…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re opening a bar in Nashville? Huh? How’s that gonna work with you in SD?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: it’s more that some friends are; they’re building it and working there when it opens, and we’re investing. As far as my being in SD, I think that will improve the bar’s bottom line considerably. After last weekend, I was thanking The Lord that the bar isn’t in SD.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome! Congrats! Actually trying to get to Nashville (or Memphis) at some point this summer… Never been to either and have wanted to go for a long time…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: I highly recommend Nashville. They’ve got a pre-Portlandia Portland thing going on- lots of young people doing fun shizz- plus crazy good food. The bar is in East Nashville, which has a late 90s Silverlake vibe (still a little sketchy, but affordable). Had great BBQ and spicy chicken, which is a local specialty. Obviously let me know if you do go and I can try to hook you up.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sweet… Will do! Thinking late-July… Up to Cougs….

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!: Lots of IPA on tap, one hopes…

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve: I hope, though IPAs are not as popular down there as they are in Southern California, and most of the local microbrews are less hoppy generally. I tried to sample as many local beers as I could, but I was also sampling local whiskeys, so I don’t remember much of it…went honky tonking, too, which added to my amnesia…

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!: We got both kinds of music. Country AND Western.

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve: Ha! They do! Actually, Nick Cave was playing downtown and we saw him in the alley outside of one of the honky tonks. Would’ve been a good show, but I didn’t know that he was playing

            • Steve says:
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              @royce!: I can only imagine what Nick Cave was doing in an alley.

              • royce! says:
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                @Steve: Looking spooky, for starters…

                • Steve says:
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                  @royce!: When I first saw that you said you saw him in an alley, I thought you were talking about some pop-up hipster music venue….

                  • royce! says:
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                    @Steve: Ha! I wish. No, he was playing at the Ryman, which used to house the Grand Ole Opry, and shares an alley with some of the honky tonk bars downtown. I think he had just finished and was returning to his tour bus.

  31. Gareth says:
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    CBS 12 team draft – Don’t tell me, my hitting is too weak and my pitching is too strong?

    Player Position Round Drafted Overall Pick
    McCann, Brian C 12 144
    Perez, Salvador C 10 120
    LaRoche, Adam 1B 15 169
    Uggla, Dan 2B 14 168
    Frazier, Todd 3B 13 145
    Cabrera, Asdrubal SS 9 97
    Choo, Shin-Soo OF 8 96
    Fowler, Dexter OF 19 217
    Hunter, Torii OF 18 216
    Pence, Hunter OF 11 121
    Trout, Mike OF 1 1
    Hart, Corey U 22 264
    Segura, Jean U 17 193
    Darvish, Yu P 6 72
    Frieri, Ernesto P 20 240
    Lee, Cliff P 4 48
    Morrow, Brandon P 16 192
    Parnell, Bobby P 21 241
    Price, David P 3 25
    Sabathia, CC P 5 49
    Verlander, Justin P 2 24
    Wainwright, Adam P 7 73
    Gyorko, Jedd 3B 23 265
    Werth, Jayson OF 24 288

  32. Gareth says:
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    My closers right now are Betancourt and Street. They have security. However my other guys are Broxton and Casey Janssen. Security? Not so much. Parnell and Frieri are on the wire. Which 2 would go with out of Parnell, Broxton, Frieri and Casey Janssen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for right now…

  33. WorldsFirstAnalrapist says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m extremely impressed with your impression of Rudy, the pitch of your voice was perfect.

    Just finished my first draft of the year, what do you think?

    16-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS)
    C- Salty
    1B- Butler
    2B- Atluve
    3B- Sandoval
    SS- Espinosa
    OFx3- Justin Upton, Bryce Harper, Ichiro
    UTILx2- Frazier, Marte
    BN- Wallace

    SP- Greinke, Medlen, Niese, Minor, Griffin, Fiers, Doubront, Gee, Tillman
    RP- Street, Janssen, Santos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, I’m quite the impersonator! Your team looks strong on average and speed… Not power as much… Pitching looks fine…

  34. Later Tater says:
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    Hello Grey and Rudy! My first comment this season. As always, thanks for the good work on this site – just awesome!

    some comments before my Q’s

    1. people, no more bugging Grey with MOCK draft questions. he’s too nice not to answer but c’mon – its a fake draft (and its mid March). there are too many variables in mocks, with people trying out wacky strategies or too many autopicks or noobs or whatever. if you’re asking general questions about mocks ok, but to evaluate your team, use the war room tools or just read grey’s rankings and do some work yourself (i feel like Jack full of Hate with this rant but really people – enough)
    2. Nick the podcast host: love the podcast; anyway, you seem to be too important to be posting questions in the comments and asking Grey to eval your team like the rest of us chumps- can’t you get more personal advice from the guys by private email?

    now some questions:

    Grey, i know you rank CC lower than others, but where should he rank if I’m trying to trade him?

    briefly, i got stuck with him after price enforcing in an auction draft(at $18 ) my SP/RP are ok, but i need a more reliable 1B (i got LaRoche – CC messed my budget) and i’m thinking of moving CC for Encarnacion, AGon or Goldy, or even an extra OF/U like BJ. Good idea?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, man, long time no see… 1. Ha… 2. Ha! I’d trade CC for the best guy I could get… I’d take any of those 1B with CC… Not BJ so much… I’d take the 1B in the order I’ve ranked them…

  35. RobertC says:
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    15 team mixed, 5×5 ESPN standard + 2 catchers, $260 budget

    I have the following keepers:

    $3 Jose Altuve
    $1 Alex Gordon
    $3 Chris Davis
    $14 Giancarlo
    $35 Matt Kemp
    $18 Mike Trout
    $1 Everth Cabrera
    $5 Macro Scutaro
    $8 Chris Sale
    $1 Homer Bailey
    $1 Edwin Jackson

    I think I’m in a good spot to dominate this league. Interested in outside opinions.

    Questions:

    Keep Altuve or extend $5 for an additional year? Traditionally I always play for the current year even in a keeper league but would be nice to keep this group together.

    Is it worth it to keep Scutaro or go with 9 keepers instead? He is under his inflated value but could I get a better player for $5 in an auction? Probably.

    Given my current team I know I need to focus on pitching in the auction. However, should I spend more than normal on pitching since I have so many discounts on hitting? Or go even further overboard on hitting and try to flat out win every hitting category?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Extend Altuve for $5 more… Not worth Scutaro… Yeah, you can spend more on pitching since your team is stacked already… Nice keepers…

  36. doghat666 says:
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    12 team, roto, 5×5
    C Salvador Perez
    1B Ike Davis
    2B Robinson Cano
    3B Evan Longoria
    SS Josh Rutledge
    MI Everth Cabrera
    CI Mark Trumbo
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Desmond Jennings
    OF Shane Victorino
    OF Nick Markakis
    OF Starling Marte
    UT Kendrys Morales
    BN Matt Carpenter
    BN Mark Reynolds

    SP Zack Greinke
    SP Mat Latos
    SP Jeff Samardzija
    SP Tommy Milone
    SP Jason Hammel
    RP Greg Holland
    RP Rafael Betancourt
    RP Carlos Marmol
    RP David Hernandez
    BN Joaquin Benoit

    How did I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have a solid team… Not sure how you got some of those players… Don’t love Markakis, but it’s a small issue…

      • doghat666 says:
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        @Grey: RCL draft, picking from #5 I got
        1. Cano
        2. Longoria
        3. Jones
        4. Greinke
        5. Davis
        6. Jennings
        7. Latos
        8. Trumbo
        9. Victorino
        10. Samardzija
        11. Rutledge
        12.SPerez
        13. Holland
        14. Kendrys
        15. Markakis
        16. Betancourt
        17. Milone
        18 Everth
        19. Marte…
        I picked up Reynolds as FA to slide Trumbo to OF and bench Markakis if need be.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looks like there could be an average issue, Reynolds isn’t gonna help with that…

          • doghat666 says:
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            @Grey: I know, but Reynolds only play’s if Markakis is sucking and nothing better presents itself. Maybe Sparkakis will show up this year and stay healthy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s still early, plenty of time to replace players…

  37. Eric B. sans Rakim says:
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    First off, I only just started reading Razzball last month after years of make-believe sports, and I’d have to say it’s the best fantasy content I’ve come across in my internet travels. It’s also really cool that you guys take the time to answer almost every question in the comments, so thanks for that.

    Like Nick the Podcast Host, I have a question about a particular player’s ranking: Tommy Milone. His write-up in Grey’s SP rankings isn’t very enthusiastic, his projection doesn’t look very exciting, and yet he’s ranked a ways higher than Fister, Kuroda, rotation-mate Brett Anderson, and all the other good-ratio, low-K, snoozefest types. Why is that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! Even though he’s young, Milone offers excellent ratio help, which is hard to find, and he has upside due to his youth… He’s a poor man’s Zimmermann…

      • Eric B. sans Rakim says:
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        @Grey: Works for me! I have him on all my teams thanks to your rankings and the deep freeze most sites have him in.

  38. ritzer says:
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    Who will get more holds…Strop or Uehara?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strop…

  39. Robert says:
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    Ended up punting 3B in the draft and landed (Todd Frazier, Kyle Seager and Youk). Worried about these guys producing! Is it way too early to panic and trade a guy like Strasburg for Longoria? Plan on waiting for the games to start to pull the trigger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, too early…. Be calm, Robert.

  40. Eddy says:
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    Going to help out a buddy in a 10-team Yahoo league, but he’s in one of those that counts errors, singles, doubles, triples, hits as well as losses, walks.

    Regarding hitting, how does that change the way you approach the draft? I’ve never done one of these drafts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It would push up speed and guys with solid WHIPs… I would ignore errors and losses…

  41. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    You seem incomplete with out Rudy on the podcast. How can FPJ be without RLC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know… FPJ needs his Pygmalion!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: you got it, i shall never doubt you again, except for some of your projections…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: oops i should of said where is laney boggs to your taylor vaughn

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m getting a shirt made, “I’m forever FPJ.”

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Grey: FPJ 4 LIFE it could stand for Fredo the Partial Jew…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            And RLC 2.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Grey: RLC – Really Lucky Cougar?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                If RLC was Really Lucky Cougar then I’d be RL2.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Grey: Rudy Loves the Casino bus – for getting all snuggly with berkman this year

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Totally… He wants Kenny Lofton to come out of retirement…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey: he glosses up when he hears Hells Bells. That could go for Royce too

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      royce! was the first to sign the petition of renaming all San Diego residents, Gwynn.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey: Welcome to beautiful San Gwynn. Renamed streets like Templeton Ave, Winfield Way, and Caminetti Court

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t forget Alley Hoffman…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey: to be fair, Royce should be chiming in on these

    • stupid phone mixup by me…i’ll be on next week.

  42. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey

    Quick, who ya want? Anthony Rizzo or Carlos Gomez?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @BigFatHippo: rizzo

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: In keeping with the Cubbie theme, is Fujikawa even close to being a Donkeycorn yet?

        I’ve heard nothing on him this spring.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @BigFatHippo: Brain freeze handcuff, which is a good thing

  43. Jeter's Gift Basket says:
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    Grey,

    I realize this is late but your response would be much appreciated. I have the 2nd pick in my 5×5 10 team draft where saves+holds is a category. I created 3 different draft strategies based upon your rankings compared to Yahoo.

    If I were to draft Miggy, my next two picks would be J-Up and Gonzo with Goldschmidt in the 4th or 5th (the guys in my draft aren’t so keen to his upside.

    If I were to draft Braun, I would go for Beltre/Longoria and Gonzo

    If I decided to pick Cano, I would go Beltre/Longo and J-Up/Jones

    Which decision would the all-mighty G-man go for? I’m leaning toward Braun et al. I did a mock draft and got this

    1. Ryan Braun (Mil – OF)
    2. Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    3. Adrian Gonzalez (LAD – 1B,OF)
    4. Cliff Lee (Phi – SP)
    5. Paul Goldschmidt (Ari – 1B)
    6. Ben Zobrist (TB – 2B,SS,OF)
    7. Max Scherzer (Det – SP)
    8. Shin-Soo Choo (Cin – OF)
    9. Victor Martinez (Det – C)
    10. Mark Trumbo (LAA – 1B,3B,OF)
    11. Jeff Samardzija (ChC – SP)
    12. Jake Peavy (CWS – SP)
    13. Hunter Pence (SF – OF)
    14. Brett Gardner (NYY – OF)
    15. Huston Street (SD – RP)
    16. Ryan Vogelsong (SF – SP)
    17. Josh Rutledge (Col – 2B,SS)
    18. Casey Janssen (Tor – RP)
    19. Josh Reddick (Oak – OF)
    20. Brandon McCarthy (Ari – SP)
    21. Erick Aybar (LAA – SS)
    22. Jedd Gyorko (SD – 3B)
    23. David Robertson (NYY – RP)

    Keep doing what you do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Braun and that team looks excellent… Be careful being low on power and high on speed with Gardner and Aybar…

      • Jeter's Gift Basket says:
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        @Grey: Thanks you taught me well… I was thinking of drafting Gardner and Bonifacio/Aybar and then trading one to someone for a power-hitter/closer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Steals don’t get much on the trade market, but you can try…

          • Jeter's Gift Basket says:
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            @Grey: Alright, thanks for your advice. Great job with the site!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem…

  44. jason batteiger says:
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    does anybody know when Luebke gets DL status on Yahoo? Others, like Pineda and Carpenter are already on it. Also, does anybody have any useful info on whether or not Phelps is going to start for NYY? I want to pick up at least one of W.Peralta/Phelps/W.Davis/Worley. Peralta/Worley are the only ones mentioned in top 100, but that may have been without Phelps/Davis being known to be starters. Thanks for any help; UPDATE: Hammels is now out there as well. Could also pick up Burton to handcuff my Perkins. Got 2 spots at least.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yahoo does these things when they feel like it, no rhyme or reason with when… I’d go with Hammel, Wily or Vance…

  45. Mike says:
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    Can I get the Grey review:
    12 team roto 6×6 (XBH, IP):

    C- Wieters
    1B – Votto
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Chisenhall
    SS – Segura
    MI – Zobrist
    CI – Encarnacion
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Beltran
    OF – Revere
    OF – Jennings
    OF – McCutchen
    Util – Papi
    P – Morrow
    P – Estrada
    P – Samardzija
    P – Kimbrel
    P – Papelbon
    P- Anibal Sanchez
    P – Harvey
    P – AJ Griffin
    P- Straily
    BN – d’Aranud
    BN – Olt
    BN – Cashner
    BN – Shelby Miller
    BN – Teheran
    BN – Bauer
    BN – Skaggs

    People seemed to completely ignore Closers so I figured what the hell, got K-imbrel in the 9th round, also people went crazy with the 3Bs so had to punt, best FA is Juan Francisco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chis at 3rd isn’t good… You look light on power too… Don’t love Revere and Jennings in the same OF… Your pitching is a bit of a mess too…

  46. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    ESPN won’t allow using Urine Sample this year but I can use Pee Sample. What is the world coming to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It has rules for team names? That’s censorship!

  47. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    C
    Salvador Pérez
    great job on the podcast once again!

    thoughts on this 12 team standard h2h team or best hair care products?

    1B
    Billy Butler

    2B
    Ian Kinsler

    3B
    Miguel Cabrera

    SS
    Josh Rutledge

    OF
    Adam Jones

    OF
    Shin-Soo Choo

    OF
    Austin Jackson

    Util
    Brett Gardner

    Util
    Kendrys Morales

    BN
    Starling Marte

    BN
    Jean Segura

    SP
    Madison Bumgarner

    SP
    Max Scherzer

    RP
    Joe Nathan

    RP
    Huston Street

    P
    Jake Peavy

    P
    Homer Bailey

    P
    Kenley Jansen

    P
    David Robertson

    BN
    Jarrod Parker

    BN
    Wade Miley

    BN
    Tommy Milone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vidal Sasoon, always… With a pitching staff that good, I’d usually look at your hitting and say that’s why it’s good, the hitting isn’t… But your hitting is also solid… Nice team!

  48. prezii says:
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    Hey grey, after the whole calling google thing… The fuck were you talkin about??? Hahaha so confusing… But anywho, on the the PC!

    Thats podcast… I know some of you guys are gettin old.

    ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… We like our podcasts segmented like grapefruit…

      • prezii says:
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        @Grey: the podcast is pro now a days! And thats a lot of RCL’ers! Snappppp

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you gotta listen to it with Beats by Dre headphones…

          • prezii says:
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            @Grey: why, so i can feel like im actually Nick Capozzi(ehhh, Nick CaPOSEY? Like buster! Idk… Sorry nick!)?? Haha it already feels like hes inside me… Or I’m him? Or hes me? He sounds pretty close as is, is wat im trying to say..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s inside all of us… In our sweaters, at least…

              • prezii says:
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                @Grey: yeah, his canadian hemp sweatshirt… That i will smoke us out of if we get stuck…

                Or his sweatshirt could be made out of really bad astro turf..

  49. Sir Grey A lot please feast your eyes on my goods and then rip my team apart.
    10 Team H2H I had 10th Flippin Pick. Where is my weakness and where should I improve

    C- Carlos Santana ( The Guitarist)
    1- Ike Davis ( Thought Goldschmidt would fall to me at 49th (underestimated my friends))
    2-Kinsler
    ss- Jeter (Waited too long for Rutledge)
    3-Freese – Lawrie :(
    LF-Carlos Gonzales
    CF- Adam Jones
    RF- Stanton like my daddy
    Utility- Jennings
    Bench- Markakis and Marte

    SP-Bumgarner
    SP-Zimmerman
    CL-Kimbrel
    CL-Romo
    P-Niese
    P-Parker
    P-Samardzija
    Bench-Minor, Doubront

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid team… A bit low on average, but that’s not awful in H2H leagues…

  50. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    would you take Yonder over Cain or Shelby Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not over Miller if he had a job for sure… Not over Cain, no…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I noticed your Rudy impersanation had a strong resemblance to Rudy Huxtable. I think you crossed your Rudy’s up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Next week I show Rudy family finances with Monopoly money…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: are we getting a video podcast or another one of Nick’s amateur flicks?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hope Nick in his gotchies doing the podcast…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: that makes sense, he sounds kinky with that swing club talk

  51. Wendell Smith says:
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    Hey Greystroke-
    Here is my squad. Feel free to critisize, these are all guys you like!
    Santana
    Ike Davis
    Zobrist
    Sandoval
    Rutledge
    J Upton
    Braun
    Heyward
    C Hart
    Gyorko
    Dunn
    Medlin
    Samardja
    Estrada
    Parker
    Miley
    Teheran
    P Hughes
    Marmol…I waited

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea anything about your league…

  52. vinnie says:
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    anyone with insider know the 8 names on keith laws breakout 2013 list?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @vinnie: Yeah, for all 8, the first name is Awesome, and the last name is Snark.

      Word.

      • HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatballs says:
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        @jaywrong: *ahem* BOOM-SHACKA-LACKA

      • vinnie says:
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        @jaywrong: HAHAHAHAHAHAH thats a good one !…………………….

  53. HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatballs says:
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    Overly detailed/complicated question here, but you guys can handle it. Background info:
    NL-Only, Dynasty league (8 team), pts league.
    Hitter pts = TB + R + RBI + BB + 2*SB
    Pitcher Pts = IP + K + 10*W + 10*CG + 5*SHO + 8*SV

    I have the second pick in our draft and am undecided between Bloje Jr Upton/Shin-Soo Choo/Kris Medlen. Basically… I need SP and OF, so my top two picks at going to be one of each. I’ve averaged the projections from Razzball (obviously)/ESPN/Fantrax(league site, not my choice)/ZiPs/Bill James/Steamer, so I’ll include their average pts total in ( ). My first two picks (based on who’s available) break down as follows:
    1) Bloje Jr Upton (550) & Hyun-Jin Ryu (463)
    2a) Kris Medlen (494) & Denard Span (424) {I’m afraid of C Crawford(445) in 2k13 & beyond}
    2b) Shin-Soo Choo (518) & Hyun-Jin Ryu (463)

    I have three questions:
    A) Do you agree with the priority order above for 2013?

    B) I would hope that my top two round picks are good enough to keep beyond 2013. Do you agree with the order beyond 2013 for an NL-only? (Choo is on a 1yr deal, everyone else is staying in the NL {contract-wise, anyway})

    C) Who said anything about C?

    Thanks in advance!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Nice on BJ’s name… Ha! A) Yup B) Yup C) Hehe

      • HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatballs says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey wolf. Your confirmation will help me to stop teetering.

        Randomly came up with the nickname Gyorkosaurus Rex for your boy (I’m sure Gyorko store has been played out by now)

        Podcast is coming together nicely, btw. Podcast spring training is almost over though!! Get that slacker, Rudy, into midseason form or send him to the AA Podcast. Haha

        • Grey

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          Ha! I like that nickname…

  54. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Another great job on the site and the podcast.

    Question-Do you know an easy way to update the war room spreadsheet with your latest projections?
    I don’t want Headley in his original spot and I’d like to keep current. I have two drafts this weekend.

    BTW, any thoughts on Mitch Moreland as a sleeper? Will he get enough PT for a mixed league?

    Thanks!
    Tom

    • Grey

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      Thanks! I don’t know the Excel spreadsheet, I’ll let the Excel guy know though that there’s a question for him… I don’t like Moreland… Not enough PT for most mixed leagues…

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks !

  55. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    10 team roto 7×7 ks against hitters and obp any thoughts would be helpful
    napoli
    a gonzalez
    bonafacio
    zimmerman
    zolbrist
    laroche
    espinosa/escobar
    holliday
    bruce
    victorino
    morse
    carlos gomez
    ortiz
    gyorko
    cain
    verlander
    gio
    josh johnson
    c.j wilson
    marco estrada
    raf soriano
    holland
    grilli
    kenley jansen

    • Grey

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      Offense looks poor on OBP and power… Your pitching looks way too good… Think you could trade away Verlander and be fine…

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey: thanks boss

  56. Dani says:
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    Last two picks of draft were Gee and Doubront. Should I drop either for J Teheran?

    • Grey

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      Can lose Doubront for Teheran if you wanna shot at upside…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Some keeper carnage in the forums if you’re of a mind to jump in the Gremlin and whizz over there…

        • Grey

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          Cool, in a second…

  57. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, thoughts on Matt Carpenter? I remember using him a couple of times last year when he was hot and I needed injury fillers. Allegedly he’s going to start at 2b for the cardinals. 46 RBIs/.296/.365 last year in 119 games. Were you factoring him in as a starter when you ranked him in the mid 300s?

    • Grey

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      I was factoring as a near-starter… He’s pretty bleh… Decent average, not great power…

  58. Professor Chaos says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I saw that you and Rudy took Bryce/Verlander from the 13th spot in a recent expert draft. Any reason for that or just wanting to change things up? Thanks!

  59. royce! says:
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    Just finished my first draft, which I am not that thrilled about. 14 team h2h, 5×5 plus XBH, OBP, K/BB and Holds. I had the 3 spot.

    C- will be filled in when Luebke goes on DL (either Iannetta or Ellis)
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Pedroia
    3B- Miggy
    SS- Zobrist
    IF- Cuddyer
    OF- Heyward
    OF- A. Jackson
    OF- Ethier
    OF- Frazier
    UTIL- Berkman

    BN- Brown
    BN- Carter
    BN- Hicks

    SP- Zimmermann
    SP- Peavy
    RP- Chapman
    RP- Holland
    RP- Estrada
    RP- W. Davis
    P- Niese
    P- McCarthy
    P- Cobb

    BN- Milone
    BN- Hammell
    BN- Ryu
    BN- Luebke

    Not to make excuses, but also, to make excuses, tonight our daughter decided that she was going to freak out and not eat dinner, and my brother in law couldn’t get online so I had to draft for him and try to help my wife feed and entertain a screaming one year old… I had so much hope for this team, but it’s all good, because at least I have Miggy…

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!: Given what you were dealing with (and I think I’m more familiar with it than Grey ;-)), that team could be a LOT worse.

      Might need to be first to the wire when a closer gets replaced though…

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve: WHY DIDN’T YOU WARN ME??!!!

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!: Worse than the screaming baby are the hate vibes being sent in your direction by one’s wife.

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve: Kidding, and of course I’ll be the first to the wire when a closer gets replaced, because I’m moving out into a bachelor pad first thing in the morning…

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve: Still kidding. Forgot to mention that I kept being bumped offline for some reason, which was, ironically, how I ended up with one of my closers (Holland).

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!: Weird – I did too. I just had the draft for the keeper you kindly drafted for me last year. Doubt it was Yahoo, as I was using a mobile broadband device to connect to the net (work LAN won’t let me launch the draft app. Think the connection just kept dropping.

          All the carnage is here, if you’re interested…

          http://razzball.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=26953&start=20

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve: Yeah, I think it’s my new modem. The service provider told me that it was much faster than the one I’ve had for the last 2-3 years, but I guess that’s what I get for getting my cable from something named “cox.”

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @royce!: hehe…cox dicked you over

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve: And that team doesn’t look that bad…Trout brightens up any team/plate!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steve: @royce!: Are you punting Holds?

      • royce! says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I am, sort of. There are so many holds guys available on the wire that I figure I’ll just grab em as I go. For example, Bastardo is still on the wire. Also, holds are very fluid, so I’d rather just wait until the end of the first month or so to figure it out. I’ll probably drop one of my excess OF for Bastardo though.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @royce!: are there any speculative hand cuffs with promise

          • royce! says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: That’s the problem with drafting for two teams at once- my brother in law’s team lacked closers so I grabbed some speculative guys (Rondon, Fujikawa) for him. I’m sure that if we combined our teams, we would kill it.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @royce!: Pestano?
              Santos?

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @royce!: Oh, and how I miss when they are 1. What a great time before they walk and talk. Enjoy it

          • royce! says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: thanks. I hate to complain, bc it’s mostly a blast. And Pestano and Santos are gone

    • Grey

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      Team doesn’t look bad at all… Bench bats aren’t bad gambles, but I can’t see how they’re getting in there… Or at least 2 of the 3… Obviously Rizzo at first is a risk, but not terrible…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the reassurance. I have had decent luck in this league with the “chump dump,” so by the end I thought I’d gamble on some bats. By the end of April I will either drop or trade them. Rizzo’s a “Rudy gamble.”

        • Grey

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          Yeah, that’s how I felt in my draft today… Just took some end round gambles for s’s and g’s since I figured I’d drop them anyway…

  60. Seth says:
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    I have a question about the (ultra-cool) razzdraft war room tool: Are those thresholds — 1057, 273, 1074, 180, .283 on the hitting side — true for NL-only as well. I’m having trouble hitting 100% on all 5×5 categories with just NL players and I’m wondering if that halved talent pool means for smaller stat expectations? Also, are those numbers what 1st place teams won with last year, or are they just to be competitive? Thanks for clarifying.

  61. Eric says:
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    Grey, great stuff as always. Just wanted to get your opinion on my approach. I have the 4th pick in a 12-team, 9×8 H2H league. With my first pick, I’m kind of leaning toward McCutchen…though, I’m also thinking about Cano but am having some doubts about him this year. If you had to choose between Cutch and Robbie, who would you take? Also, I think I know the answer to this, but if Braun happens to drop to me, would he be the one to choose over the other two?

    Thanks in advance for your advice. I love the site – keep up the good work, man!

    • Grey

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      I’d take McCutchen… I’d take Braun if he fell… No problem, thanks!

  62. Slava says:
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    Just Drafted in a Standard 12-team Yahoo League (+1 MI) (1250 IP cap)

    Keeper (3 year-limit)
    C: Brian McCann (drafted)
    1B: Goldschmidt (2 years left)
    2B: Ben Zobrist (2 years left)
    3B: Adrian Beltre (1 year left)
    SS: Jean Segura (drafted)
    MI: Matt Capenter* (drafted)
    OF: Carlos Gonzalez (2 years left)
    OF: Matt Kemp (1 year left)
    OF: Jose Bautista (drafted)
    UTIL: Allen Craig (2 years left)

    SP: Felix Hernandez (1 year left)
    SP: Cliff Lee (drafted)
    RP: Greg Holland (drafted)
    RP: Chris Perez (drafted)
    P: Kris Medlen (2 years left)
    P: Marco Estrada (drafted)
    P: Bruce Rondon (drafted)

    BN (all drafted): Curtis Granderson, Justin Morneau
    Brandon Beachy, Homer Bailey, Shelby Miller, Al Alburquerque

    Your war room rated gave my pitching a bad rating on Ks, Ws, and SVs as well as SBs. I thought I did really well in pitching actually, minus saves, but I plan on using the DL slots freed by Granderson and Beachy to use on some RPs.

    Anything that you’d do to this team except maybe try to shore up MI?

    • Grey

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      You have bad Ks b/c you don’t have enough pitchers… Should have 6… You’ll be fine once you can DL Beachy and pick up another starter… I’d be more concerned about your steals, you do look low on those… I’d see what’s out there for MI, yeah.. Maybe trade Craig for someone… That’ll free up your UTIL spot too…

  63. Jack Full of Cupcakes says:
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    trying the name out. Sky said it speaks of optimism and makes him think of delicious food. I think it sounds like i eat too many cupcakes

    • Grey

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      Next it’s gonna be Jack Full of Nicknames…

      • Jack Full of Cupcakes says:
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        @Grey: Jack Full of $&*T

  64. ferris says:
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    my commish has extended keeper deadline so i am asking again to see if the latest news has changed your mind (you liked bruce more than wright 3 days ago)

    nl-only 10-team (replacement bats are usually pretty brutal)

    jay bruce at $25
    or
    david wright at $28

    things to consider: wright is hurt with a somewhat difficult-to-judge injury; however every other NL 3B seems to be experiencing bad things

    who should i keep?

    • Jack Full of Cupcakes says:
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      @ferris: keep bruce, draft frazier

    • Grey

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      I like Bruce better…

  65. Trailblazer says:
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    14 Team Keeper 6×7 with OBP TB and L

    Moustakas for Utley?

    Moustakas/M. Carpenter/Harvey/5th pick Utley/Bauer/4th pick for?

    My 3B is Longo, so Moose is expendable sort of. Haren/Lince/Harvey/Parker/Beachy my top 5 SPs. My 2Bs are Bonfeface and Carp. I’m leaning towards just holding off. Dude also has Altuve. What would “get it done” for you?

    • Grey

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      Hold off… It’s not good…

  66. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, found out I have the 2nd pick in the 10 team draft tomorrow night. Just finished a mock and I went with Miggy after Trout went first. Assuming Trout goes first tomorrow night, there’s no need to consider Braun, right? If Miggy were to go first, Braun is pick and no need to consider Cutch, correct?

    Somehow I stupidly drafted beltre in the 2nd round tonight, thus using the rare 3b-3b 1st 2 round strategy…hopefully I can avoid a similar brain fart tomorrow night. I used the player rater and hit all of the goals other than steals. With Bone-face going in the 230s ADP on yahoo, would he be a good bench piece to add late in a 10 teamer for speed? Also, noticed the goal for saves is over 100, I would think it would take 4 middle/bottom tier closers to hit that goal. Is 3 closers enough?

    • Grey

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      3 closers are enough… Bonifacio is fine late for steals and I’d follow my top ten for the first ten picks…

  67. Hats for Bats says:
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    Grey – I’m in a 12 team H2H with 2 roster spaces – so pretty deep

    What round do you recommend aiming for Brown (i know ST stats, but he is on fire and has post-hype sleeper status)

    I was thinking him or Eaton around round 19

    Also, Torii Hunter is hitting in the 2 hole for Detroit. Looks like a hell of a lineup spot. 15th rounder?

    • Jack Full of Cupcakes says:
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      @Hats for Bats: Of my two drafts

      Eaton: 13th, 16th

      Brown: 21st, 20th

      hope this helps

    • Grey

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      Hunter might not hit 15 homers or stay healthy… He’s fine, nothing great… 19th round sounds about right for those other upside picks…

  68. Well – I enjoyed our draft in the RCL Champions League and think we’ll make some noise. To be fair, I had to enlist a partner to handle the actual draft, as I was locked in a dynasty auction all day. I had both drafts open simultaneously and was corresponding with my partner Nick by phone – LOL! So this team is a nice blend of both our styles and sleepers (and busts I am sure).

    As for the Experts League tonight, I ended up on the wheel and never felt like I got a great feel for the room all night, nor did I feel like I worked the wheel picks to perfection very often. It was a very tough draft. Everyone brought their A game. I think having played last year, I have an understanding of what it takes to win, and I think some of the first timers will be surprised by the amount of player movement (especially from Grey and Rudy).

    For those interested here is a recap of my RCL Champions draft posted on the Mastersball Forums: http://tinyurl.com/chalvtf

    • Grey

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      Good to have you back, good luck repeating!

  69. B3 says:
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    6×6 10 team h2h. What u think?
    5 Matt Kemp, LAD OF
    16 Justin Upton, Atl OF
    25 Adrian Beltre, Tex 3B
    36 Jose Reyes, Tor SS
    45 Madison Bumgarner, SF SP
    56 Ben Zobrist, TB OF
    65 Chase Headley, SD 3B
    76 Max Scherzer, Det SP
    85 Ryan Howard, Phi 1B
    96 Nelson Cruz, Tex OF
    105 Jonathon Niese, NYM SP
    116 Paul Konerko, CWS 1B
    125 Salvador Perez, KC C
    136 Alejandro De Aza, CWS OF
    145 Chase Utley, Phi 2B
    156 Mike Minor, Atl SP
    165 Adam Eaton, Ari OF
    176 Alexi Ogando, Tex SP
    185 Tommy Milone, Oak SP
    196 Tom Wilhelmsen, Sea RP
    205 Steve Cishek, Mia RP
    216 Glen Perkins, Min RP
    225 Norichika Aoki, Mil OF
    236 Wandy Rodriguez, Pit SP
    245 Kyle Kendrick, Phi SP

    • B3 says:
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      @B3:

      Team name: two chases, one Ut

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