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This is another ridunkly long post, I’m just going to cut to the chase, like the city of LA going after OJ.  Ah, whatever’s old is new again.  Except, oddly enough, the phrase “whatever’s old is new again” is just old.  The number one thing I’ve learned from watching the OJ TV show?  Marcia Clark perm’d her hair.  She chose to look like that!  Oh, 1990s, you were a glorious time of an irrational fear of STDs and women wearing large bulky sweaters.  All of my 2016 fantasy baseball rankings are there.  As with the other posts, my projections and tiers are noted for every player.  Anyway, here’s the top 60 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball:

41. James Shields -This tier started in the top 40 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball.  This tier goes from here to Iwakuma.  I called this tier, “Names.”  This blurb is being brought to you by the onomatopoeia of harumph.  Shields wasn’t terrible last year, he was just awfully confusing, and I prefer to know what to expect.  He had a mid-7 K/9 in his career, then he turns 33 and he puts up a 9.6 K/9.  Harumph.  He had a low-2 BB/9 in his career, last year it was 3.6.  Harumph.  He moved to Petco and had his worst ERA (3.91) in five years.  Harumph.  Maybe he’ll repeat his 9+ K/9, return to his low-2 BB/9 and emerge harumphantly, but I’m not paying to find out.  2016 Projections:  12-12/3.51/1.26/181 in 200 IP

42. Jordan Zimmermann – Here’s what I said this offseason, “The Tigers are doing all of their buying early this year, huh?  They’re like your mom that one year she did all her Christmas shopping about two and a half months before everyone else.  Then the presents sat in your basement until Christmas and, since presents aren’t supposed to sit in a basement that long without being used, the PlayStation got mildew damage and Dad’s cordless shaver batteries seeped.  Then, when Christmas finally rolled around your mom’s talking about how presents aren’t why you celebrate baby Jesus’ birthday and you say if that were true then why was she in such a hurry to buy presents in September?  And she says to shut up and enjoy your starting pitcher with a falling K-rate and a raising xFIP.  Well, if she were the Tigers’ GM.  To quote Gordon Gekko, Jordan Zimmermann is a dog with different fleas.  Last year, he had a 7.3 K/9 after a 8.2 in 2014.  He had a 3.82 xFIP last year, his highest since his rookie year.  He’s always impressed with his lack walks, but even those crept up from 1.3 in 2014 to 1.7 last year.  Oh, and now he goes from the NL East to the AL.  The Tigers should just go out and get a pair of Zubaz to make it official that they just don’t understand bad trends.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections:  14-11/3.89/1.24/155 in 198 IP

43. Hisashi Iwakuma – Here’s what I said this offseason, “You know in high school when you broke up with your girlfriend for three days and dated another girl for those three days, but then dumped the new girl and went back to your original squeeze?  That was Iwakuma, the Dodgers and Mariners.  Iwakuma had rebound sex with the Dodgers, who announced they were signing him but didn’t, and he ended up back with the Mariners.  Since the Dodgers didn’t want to be with Hisashi long-term due to an injury, I’m also concerned about him for 2016.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2016 Projections:  8-8/3.51/1.05/125 in 150 IP

44. Luis Severino – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Stroman.  I call this tier, “Ever heard of Effen Vodka?  Well, I’m drunk on so many effin’ pitchers.”  This tier is another tier of pitchers I like, but they share an unfortunate commonality.  All of these pitchers are guys that others likely will draft before me.  Guys fall though, so you never know.  That’s me pretending to be optimistic.  As for Severino, he looks like an 8.1 K/9 guy going on a 9.5 K/9, and to that I say, *indecipherable drooling*.    I don’t say *indecipherable drooling* lightly either, or without a tissue.  Doode throws smoke, which turns to fire, which turns to burns, which turns to sideburns, which turns to a mustache, which is amazing!  Also, his control last year was a 3.2 BB/9 and he’s never had above 2.6 in the minors, so there’s some legit room to grow.  Oh, and he’s only 22 years old, so he could be a top five pitcher within two years.  Hello, gorge.  So, what’s stopping me from ranking him higher?  About a dozen or so crazy young pitchers that have had uneven years in the past.  2016 Projections:  13-9/3.59/1.22/161 in 175 IP

45. Drew Smyly – He has a 3.24 ERA in 395 career innings with a 8.7 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.  He’s still only 26 years old.  You Smyly’ing yet?  I’m sorta fascinated, in a non-sexual way, about what Smyly can do.  Last year, in 12 starts, he had a 10.4 K/9.  Could he do that all year?  If he can, you’re looking at a sneaky top 15 pitcher.  Let’s see what else his stats offer… *forgets to look at his stats, plays catch with Ted*  Looks good!  Okay, I didn’t look at anything.  Fine, I will.  He’s all but abandoned his change that never fooled anyone.  He relies on his four-seam fastball that tops out at 91 MPH and returned a 5.3 Wins Above Average, which is 53rd best in the majors.  None of his stats look elite, except his K-rate.  So, what do you make of that?  He figured out where and when to throw the pitches that work — think Dallas Keuchel last year.  That skill set leaves a fine line for success and failure, but worthy of the gamble.  2016 Projections: 8-11/3.42/1.15/154 in 150 IP

46. Marcus Stroman – I almost wrote a sleeper post for Stroman, but at this point it seems like he falls into a category of guys that I like that I’m not ranking high enough to actually own, so that’s not sleeper material.  I do love Stroman, he’s Stroman’ing my pain with his pitches, for Criss Angel’s sake, but it’s easier to list the things I don’t like, so here goes.  His lack of results so far in his third season of being a ‘sleeper.’  His best season (of only two) had a 7.7 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9.  Solid, not fantastic.  His fastball velocity fell last year.   I doubt the Jays take him from 30 IP last year way past 160IP.  His stadium and division aren’t a walk in the park, unless said park is small with good carry.  2016 Projections:  12-7/3.57/1.16/135 in 160 IP

47. Jose Quintana – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Hammel.  I call this tier, “They can’t all be *67-this-phone-call-cause-I’m-about-to-catch-charges sexy.”  If you’ve read my rankings before, you’ll know I’m in an area of the program where Hiroki Kuroda made his living.  A Hotline Bling booty call tier?  No.  A friendly-enough person that you could see spending an afternoon with?  Yup.  You are solidly in the third to fourth starter range for your fantasy team.  You will not get goosepimplies reading about these guys, but they’re not terrible to balance out the staff. As for Quintana, or as he should be called, “Maker of a bunch of O, ye of little faiths,” though, that nickname is admittedly lacking.  If Quintana’s momma plays fantasy baseball, and she likely does or dabbles in DFS, then she must be partly annoyed her son gets no respect and partly thrilled she can always draft him cheaply.  In the last three years, he has 200 IP each year and ERAs of 3.51, 3.32 and 3.36.  Last year, his walk rate was a minuscule 1.9.  I prolly should’ve ranked him about 20 spots higher, so I too am a O, ye of little faither.  2016 Projections:  13-10/3.49/1.24/175 in 205 IP

48. Scott Kazmir – Here’s what I said this offseason, “(S)igned with the Dodgers.  Speaking of number three fantasy starters…*confused looked on your face*  I was speaking of them earlier.  You didn’t read earlier, did you?  I obviously don’t have the same power as Kilgrave.  Speaking of Jessica Jones, am I the only one that watches Kilgrave mind control and thinks of Ricardo Montalban controlling Reggie Jackson in The Naked Gun?  Any hoo!  Kazmir had the “good but injury-prone” label sticking out of his jersey for a while, but he seemed to rip that tag off and turned his jersey inside out.  After two straight seasons of 180+ IP, I’m willing to project him out for 180 IP this year.  He wouldn’t be the first player to figure out how to stay healthy as he got older.  Also, you don’t want him leaving O.co, but if he must, Dodger Stadium ain’t half bad.  Solid park for pitchers, facing the pitchers in the NL, and facing the Padres hitters a lot who are at times worse than pitchers.  If Kazmir had a 2.55 ERA this year, it wouldn’t shock me.”  And that’s me giving you the Kazsame rather than Kazmore!  2016 Projections:  13-9/3.31/1.17/157 in 178 IP

49. Kyle Hendricks – If we go back to what I said in the top 40 starter post and think a difference of 7 between one’s K-rate and walk rate is borderline ace, then a difference of six is this tier and it’s a number three starter.  Last year, Hendricks had a 8.4 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9.  Easily Hendricks’s best year since he played the Star Spangled Banner then banged Janis Joplin.  2016 Projections:  13-8/3.57/1.13/151 in 180 IP

50. Wei-Yin Chen – Sure was a big offseason for unexciting but solid starters, huh?  Chen landed in about as good a place as he could, assuming he doesn’t only pitch well when provided with a decent clubhouse meal.  “You’re in luck, the fam and I went out to Morton’s last night and there were leftovers.”  That’s Loria handing Chen a half-eaten baked potato.  Chen was always one of the more underrated starters (two straight years of a 3.54 ERA and under with a 185 IP or more each season).  Hopefully he stays that way now in the NL East and Crayola Canyon.  2016 Projections:  12-10/3.46/1.20/159 in 190 IP

51. Mike Leake – Here’s what I said when he signed, “Every offseason a few pitchers win the lottery with huge deals, then a few other pitchers win runner-up prizes.  The ultimate runner-up prize is to be signed by the Cardinals because that means when their contract is over the pitcher will look like one of the best pitchers on the market because everything the Cards touch turns to gold.  The Ghost of Dave Duncan casts a long shadow.  Leake is a career waiver wire fantasy starter, but it wouldn’t shock me to see him come into his own in St. Louis.”  And that’s me running a rerun!  2016 Projections:  12-9/3.58/1.22/142 in 207 IP

52. Jason Hammel – This guy’s stats look like Hendricks’s right before someone in a bad cockney accent says, “Second verse same as the first.”  Hammel could push his Ks a little higher than Hendricks, but he could struggle with a few more walks too.  Blarney, it’s the same thing!  2016 Projections:  12-7/3.51/1.19/169 in 180 IP

53. Joe Ross – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Heaney.  I call this tier, “A) Asleep B) Comatose C) There’s no C.  D) Dead.”  The tier name refers to the four things you must be if you can’t find starters to draft.  If Sir Isaac Newton were alive, an apple wouldn’t fall from a tree and hit his head, a solid fantasy starter would.  As for Ross, I get the feeling that he’s going to be pitching great, say, 12 innings of shutout ball and then Dusty is going to pull him from the game and Ross will never be the same.  Or Ross will have a 2.75 ERA through 75 innings and then Dusty will inexplicably make Oliver Perez the new 5th starter.   Remember, Lloyd Christmas McClendon only walked the roads of dumb Dusty first paved.  Whatever happens, there’s no way Ross goes from April to October without getting yanked around in some fashion.  2016 Projections:  9-4/3.31/1.13/121 in 140 IP

54. Lance McCullers – I already gave you my Lance McCullers sleeper already.   Full disclosure alert!  I had McCullers in my top 20 starters before the Astros signed Doug Fister.  Fister?  More like gut puncher!  Now McCullers may be on the outside looking in for April’s rotation.  In the end, this doesn’t matter.  Actually, it’ll matter in the end, as in he might pitch at the end of the season now vs. in April and getting shut down early.  I only had McCullers down for 26 starts to begin with, so if he’s in the minors or long relief to start the year it doesn’t really change anything.  Okay, it does change one thing.  I don’t need to draft him crazy early to get him on my team.  Fister might’ve been the best thing that ever happened to us.  That’s what no one ever said!  UPDATE:  With it being announced that McCullers would start the year on the DL, I dropped him 15 spots in my starting pitcher ranks and lowered his projections.  He’s a young pitcher with a shoulder issue, so if you take my previous excitement and divide it by my current hesitation, you get the entire Angels team dancing on the head of a pin.  Okay, my math might be off there, but I’m trying to weigh my current cautious optimism with my realistic pessimism.  2016 Projections:  11-8/3.31/1.12/156 in 150 IP

55. Aaron Nola – I already gave you my Aaron Nola sleeper.  It was written while telling someone I’m allergic to peanuts while eating them.  I pull this prank every time I’m eating a sample I know has peanuts.  I’ll unsuspectingly take a sample and say, “This is delicious.  Man, I’m glad there’s no nuts in it because I’m highly allergic!”  Then their eyes bug out while I start grasping at my neck, stumbling backwards.  Cougs has only seen this routine about six dozen times.  By now, she just sighs.  2016 Projections:  9-12/3.42/1.18/163 in 188 IP

56. Eduardo Rodriguez – On a general note about drafting, you might see guys projected for 140 or 150 or even 170 IP and be like, “Super, and I’ll lose my H2H playoffs due to these schmohawks being shut down. Now, I’m gonna go outside and spend time with my family.”  Okay, you’ll never say that last part, but you might say the first.  Anyone who has played any amount of fantasy baseball knows you don’t play for September in April.  Things change, injuries hit, guys emerge on waivers.  For all you know, Ed-Rod could get injured in June and his 160 IP comes from April-May and July-October.  You’re putting together the best core of players for right now.  If you think it’s wise to draft for September, you’re way off.  Get to the H2H playoffs first, then figure out what you need to do to win.  By September, Edinson Volquez could be your ace and Eduardo Rodriguez could’ve been dropped in April.  Just draft talent, then we’ll figure out together how to get to the championship.  Okay, could someone help me down from this soapbox?  Anyone? 2016 Projections:  11-8/3.51/1.24/140 in 160 IP

57. Kevin Gausman – No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  There are literally eight hundred pitchers for you to draft for your team that only needs six starters.  I am using literally in that sentence quite literally, but I’m using ‘quite literally’ ironically.  Though, I’m not sure if I’m using ironically correctly.  I need a nap.  *claps hands*  I’m back!  Gausman throws 95 MPH with a low-2 BB/9.  If he had a 6 K/9, he’d be great.  He had an 8.3 K/9 last year.  So, yeah, hummana, hummana.  2016 Projections:  9-10/3.55/1.20/136 in 150 IP

58. Mike Fiers – At just about every point in Fiers’s stats there’s a fork in the road.  He could be a 8 K/9 or a 9 K/9.  He could be a 2 BB/9 pitcher or a 3 BB/9 one.  He could be a home run-prone 3.75 ERA pitcher or a low-3 ERA guy.  “Only thing we have with Fiers is Fiers himself.”  That’s a quote by Teddy Roosevelt Jr. Jr., the 3rd, who isn’t a politician like his great-great-great grandfather, but is a fantasy manager.  The reasons why I’m not betting heavier on Fiers being on the good side of all of those stats is he throws an 89 MPH fastball and is 30 years old.  If he loses a mile off that, he’s unusable.  2016 Projections:  12-10/3.75/1.25/185 in 190 IP

59. Andrew Heaney – It’s Andrew “The Brain” Heaney!  I already have Heaney dogeared (which looks spelled wrong, right?  RIGHT?!) to write a sleeper post on him.  Whether I get there will depend on how many times I have to update Josh Hamilton’s health and drug relapses this spring training.  We’re all praying for you, Josh.  Not because we have empathy, but we’re just sick of hearing it.  Heaney regularly had K-rates better than 9 in the minors and boosted his velocity up a mile last year and is only 24 years old and has great control and I shouldn’t have let that keyboard repairman remove my commas.  The Sciosciapath refuses to leave his rotation alone and is always trying to put Hector Santiago in there, but I think if Heaney does well in April/May, he’ll be left with no choice.  Okay, a non-crazy choice.  2016 Projections:  11-10/3.62/1.19/144 in 170 IP

60. Shelby Miller –  This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 80 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball.  I call this tier, “Jabronis.”  Okay, as is my wont, I’m giving you a tier of pitchers I’m staying away from as I go draft some hitters.  See you on the other side!  Here’s what I said this offseason about Shelby, “Traded to the Diamondbacks for “whatever you got and more” as the negotiations apparently went down.  The Diamondbacks have been very active in the last few weeks.  An active offseason always leads to great things, said the Padres last year around this time.  I’ll give it to you very simply on the value change for Miller.  Turner Field is a pitchers’ park and it can’t stand Jane Fonda Park; Chase Field is a hitters’ stadium and is not related to Chase Utley’s Bathroom.  Not a good move for Shelby, and he was already a guy that was due to crash back to earth due to his xFIP from last year.  A starter that will be drafted in the top 40 starters and could be unusable by July?  Here’s the guy!”  And that’s me quoting me!  2016 Projections:  13-7/3.79/1.31/166 in 205 IP

   
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    What’s up? Nice article, really interesting.

    a. Had my first draft on Saturday. Was able to land the following. Draft order and round selected in brackets.

    C Castillo (round 19, #186)
    1B Rizzo (round 2, #15)
    2B Gordon (round 6, #55)
    3B Machado (round 3, #26)
    SS Seager (round 10, #95)
    OF1 Harper (round 1, #6)
    OF2 Springer (round 4, #35)
    OF3 Marte (round 8, #75),
    U Polanco (round 16, #155)

    SP1 Syndergaard (round 5, #46)
    SP2 Salazar (round 7, #66)
    SP3 Matz (round 9, #86)
    SP4 Liriano (round 11, #106)
    SP5 Rodon (round 12, #115)

    Reserves

    Walker (round 14, #135)
    Corbin (round 15, #146)
    Ventura (round 17, #166)
    JRoss (round 18, #175)

    RP1 Britton (round 13, #126)
    RP2 Osuna (round 21, #206)

    Reserves

    Velasquez (round 20, #195)

    What do you think? It’s a super shallow 10-team, mixed, H2H points league. I was 6th in the snake draft.

    b. Check out this interview. Classic. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdo25roOgaE)

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Metlgod says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Outstanding! I’m in a 10 team h2h and would love to have your team

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Metlgod: Thanks, man. In this league, pitching went really early (Kershaw, Arrieta, Scherzer and Bumgarner were the first four picks off the board with Greinke, Keuchel and Sale going 9 through 11)!! I reached for Syndergaard at pick #46 and Matz at pick #86 but had a solid enough core to go for pitching.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Jason Eldred says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Machado in round 3? Wow…I can’t believe he’s getting out of round 1 or early round 2

    • ashtray says:
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      @Ante GALIC: There is no way Harper, Rizzo and Machado should be available at those picks. This is obscene.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @ashtray: I agree. Most teams are pretty stacked. One team has Stanton, Abreu and Arenado in rounds 2-4, another team has Goldy, Correa and Brant in rounds 2-4. This was made possible because other teams chose Greinke, Bautista, Kluber and Gray (with 1-4) and another team chose Bumgarner, Miggy, Posey and Wainwright with 1-4. So in short good players were available in the first four rounds that shouldn’t have been.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Big W says:
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          @Ante GALIC: But, but, but…. How did 5 people skip over Harper??? Is this a mock draft? even then….

          Would be interested to know what the top 5 picks were.

          • Plies says:
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            @Big W: He stated above that Kershaw, Scherzer, Arrieta, and Bumgarner (?!?!) were the first four off the board. Then Grienke, Sale, and Keuchel went 9, 10, 11.

            There is zero chance this actually happened. I don’t know why he spews this nonsense all over the board every year.

          • Plies says:
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            @Big W: And Goldy went in Round 2 according to Ante……round 2?!?! I mean, c’mon, man. You can’t expect people to actually buy this garbage. Did Trout go in Round 3? Oh, right…probably went #5 after Bumgarner…GTFOH with this crap

            • Ante GALIC says:
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              @Plies: Hey, man! As absurd as all the moves were, I NEVER said Goldy went in round 2. He went in the first round (at #8). Any other questions on who went where? Do you want the e-mail address of our commissioner? It’s a redraft league with no $$ involved.

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Malicious Phenom says:
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                @Ante GALIC: I have drafted in CBS for many years and I did 2 drafts last year, random owners, 10 teams, roto and the first 5 or 6 players were SP’s..

                For some reason, the early drafts ( Feb.) CBS has all the aces ranked ahead of all the hitters and these owners just seem to go with the rankings, instead of thinking and doing the home work themselves.

                I posted one of the drafts on here and I drafted all bats with my first 8 picks and they were all studs and I still had a great pitching staff cause of how deep pitching was. Of course I won the league.

                • Malicious Phenom says:
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                  @Malicious Phenom:
                  Also, it was a mid season draft, July 3, 2015..H2H league..Grey is it possible for me or you to find my post from July 3rd, 2015, posting my CBS draft..

              • Plies says:
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                @Ante GALIC: Oh, you didn’t say Goldy went in Round 2? Hmmmm…

                As you stated above, “another team has Goldy, Correa and Brant in rounds 2-4”

                So, how could he have went #8 when you clearly said those three players (who are also 1st round picks) went in rounds 2-4? Just proves you’re a clown, and can’t keep up with your own b.s.

            • Flowers misses his glasses... but he's ok tho says:
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              @Plies: why would he possibly make this up?

              it’s probably just a pts league, where pitchers are simply worth more, or CBS’ rankings like stated above.

      • Plies says:
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        @ashtray: Ante did this all last year…would post these ridiculous draft results where he somehow ends up with most (if not all) of the top hitters outside of Trout on Grey’s top 10 board. It’s completely unrealistic…there’s zero chance in any real league where someone ends up with Harper, Rizzo, Machado on the same squad, among the other talent listed. Doesn’t matter how uninformed the other people are in his “league”. It’s just weird at this point….

        • SwaggerJackers says:
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          @Plies: Yep, I remember those annoying posts last year too. At one point I think he admitted they were mock drafts. In any case, it’s best to ignore these.

          • Flowers misses his glasses... but he's ok tho says:
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            @SwaggerJackers: you guys come on here and call him a liar and he’s being “weird”. he never said it was in a competitive league or meant any of us to think it’s a roadmap for our own leagues.

            • Plies says:
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              @Flowers misses his glasses… but he’s ok tho: he clearly does just make this stuff up, b/c he said Goldy went in round 2, but then said he “NEVER” said that and that he went #8….well, which is it?

              It’s just tiresome and annoying to see this guy continually write this garbage on every post. Doesn’t matter if he never said it wasn’t a competitive league or a roadmap for ours…i never made reference to that, so not sure what your point is either

    • Tweak says:
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      @Ante GALIC: What’s blowing my mind right now is the Starling Marte in Round 8 pick. Wut?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Team looks stacked, but it’s a shallow league, so all teams will look stacked

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Yes this is a nice team and i wish you all the best for the season but sorry pal even though its a 10 teamer, i cant take a league for serious where Harper falls down to 6th and Rizzo to 15th. Now you tell me, are there really 5 other players more valuable than Harper nowadays?

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Moscowitz: Thanks, man. The draft really took place (Saturday Feb 6 at 10AM) and one team owner was absent, the guy who took Greinke at #9 overall. The rest more or less followed CBS’s projected rankings for 2016. I’d want Trout first overall, but he went at #5. But what do you do in a situation like that? Follow suit while all the good pitching goes or stick to your (i.e., Grey’s) first principles? Rhetorical don’t answer.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Moscowitz says:
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          @Ante GALIC: No man have fun, at the end of the day, you benefited from those odd decisions so you got yourself a great team. Thing is in such a leauge and the way those people think of the game and the players, you probably will get a lot of odd and laughable trade offers over the course of a season. I expect the first one to knock on your door in a few days to either offer his Stanton and Kershaw for your Polanco and Liriano or to ask for your Harper for his Plouffe and Cecil with a great explanation as for how this deal would be benefitable for both sides lol

          Cheers

  2. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Mr. Grey,

    Good morning to you. I’m in a 10-team H2H league with four SP positions and six bench spots. It costs $ to make transactions, so relying on streaming pitchers gets expensive really fast. Most owners roster 8 – 10 SPs. If you were to roster that many, how would you hope to fill out the rotation? More top-heavy, more of these guys, or just like a 6-man rotation with a few lottery tickets at the backend?

    Thank you, sir. The rankings are great. Let’s get this season underway already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcibiades Escobar: So you can stream pitchers but it costs money? So the guy with the deepest pockets can stream? That would be lame… 10 SPs

      • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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        Agreed. The poorest in the league basically don’t trade or do anything on the waivers because of it.

        I look to draft a SP somewhere in the 30 – 50 range, then basically fill spots 2-7/8 by round 14/15. Then fill in with some guys that fall or are lottery tickets.

        That’s a lot of SPs to draft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How much is it to pick up guys? You can pick up starters without streaming too, no?

          • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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            Its $1 per guy, which adds up quickly over the length of a season.

            You can definitely add starters without streaming.

            I’m usually one of the bigger spenders in the league, but I can’t just have 4-6 regulars and stream the rest. I like to keep 8 at the least.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              At most I pick up maybe 1 starter a week in some leagues, that would be less than $30…

              • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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                Thanks for the feedback, Grey. I’ll plan to use your rankings and SON heavily this year.

                The problem with being the big spender is that come the playoffs you’re playing for your own money.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  At least you’re playing for something

  3. the swinging says:
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    I share your enthusiasm for Severino. Hope he gets slept on in drafts.

  4. Bob says:
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    Hey Grey,
    5×5 H2H 10 man league with 5 keepers and no penalties. I have an offer that would net me Sale for the dread pirate. I am keeping trout, goldscmidt, scherzer and Xander along with cutch. If I keep 2 sps I’d have to draft 6 or so batters in a row to make up for it. I feel like Cutch is on the back 9 of his career and sale may have a better upside in the long run?? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Meh

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: No opinion?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neither here nor there, I prefer a bat, but Sale is solid obviously

  5. Fungazi says:
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    What do you think of the way that Hammel finished last year for a 33 yr old?

    This is his avg IP per start/ERA/WHIP splits between his first 17 starts and his 13 after he had some sort of injury, can’t remember what it was though:

    6.4 IP/2.87/0.95

    4.8 IP/5.52/1.53

    He was especially awful in a league that counts QS, I think I dropped him mid-August last season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: Hopefully he’s good until July of this year again

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Fungazi: hamstring, he probably should’ve gone on DL, but that F’ed that up.

  6. The toddfather says:
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    Good morning Grey, I have a quick keeper league question which side is better kris Bryant and Carlos Gomez or Clayton Keyshawn and starling marte. It’s a keep forever roto scoring league. Thanks in advance.

  7. FKA Ralph says:
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    Joe Ross is going to be that guy people latch onto as the guy they can get “late” and who has #2 upside. They’ll tie their hopes and dreams to that narrative, telling themselves, man, I’m going to have Carlos Carrasco and Danny Santana as my 1 and two and I’m going to get Joe Ross late and he will be like a 2a. Over the course of February, while nestled in the basement with their laptops and hot cocoa (“thanks, mom!”) they’ll stroke the idea of Joe Ross as though he is their precious. Their entire worldview will be erected on the idea that Joe Ross is the lynch-pin of their team. They’ll slowly forget they intend to get him late, and instead take him in round 5 as their #2 starter (“just needed to make sure I got him”). After the draft they’ll revert to the narrative about how great a bargain Joe Ross is (“look! He is a #2 starter and his ADP is around 170! What a bargain!”), forgetting they paid full price for his best case scenario while leaving guys like Carlos Martinez on the table. This is a warning, written in iambic pentameter (it isn’t, but who can tell?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FKA Ralph: I don’t see many people drafting Ross in the 5th round

      • FKA Ralph says:
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        @Grey: agree. It was an attempt at hyperbole. I do think people will rely on him more than they should.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hyperbole is a delicious Italian wine

          • FKA Ralph says:
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            @Grey: oh yeah? My mom won’t let me drink wine. Says I will spill it and stain the couch cushions and/or my nice sweat pants. She has a point. These are nice sweat pants.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @FKA Ralph: who’s drafting even a 2nd (much less 3rd) SP in the 5th FREAKIN’ round. those guys that do that won’t have time to worry about joe the boss ross’s performance, they simply won’t have any hitting.

  8. Clint says:
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    (The Cruel Tutelage of Master Lo-Thario)

    Question from a humble student learning the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Fantasy-Hearts Technique:

    Am I correct in deciphering a keeper pattern to capitalize on to weaken my enemies in finding the sweet spot of trading an aging SP comes from detecting that 30+yo season where they have the career year in one of mph or k/9 & trading them before the inevitable downfall the following seasons? Seems from Scherzer to Price to Shields & Zimmerman here, the pieces say yes, sensei?

    (holding my hands out for the possible bamboo shot to them if I’m wrong)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: That is usually a sign that the end is nigh, Young Grasshopper. Now go paint the fence, I have guests tonight.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Ha

  9. Dr Sauce says:
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    Grateful for the time and energy you put into these rankings! I’m in a 5X5/ESPN/head to head/6 man keeper (any 6/no conditions). League has been around for a while and according to your rankings I have built a nice little squad. But I gots some tough (but good) decisions to make. Hoping for a little guidance;
    Bats: Goldy, Rizzo, Bryant, Stanton, Pollock, Cutch, Betts
    Arms: Scherzer, Synderguard, Cole, Kluber

    Realizing it’s still early and a lot can change; which 6 players are you keeping?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Sauce: Goldy, Rizzo, Bryant, Stanton, Scherzer, Noah, Betts

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: Shoot, too many… Guess lose Noah from my six… Those are insane keepers, btw

        • Dr Sauce says:
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          @Grey:
          Much of the thanks I owe to you and your rankings over the last number of years! I have tried to target guys you are especially high on … guys like Goldy (few years back), Rizzo (last year) and Betts (this year).
          You wouldn’t be tempted to keep 6 bats? With the knowledge that I could prolly get a guy like Synder, Cole or Kluber to anchor my staff … in other words, draft Starters hard in the first couple of rounds.
          And if it is smart to keep a starter, would you endorse a Scherzer/Pollock or Cutch for Kershaw??
          Thanks again …

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You can get Noah or Cole in the draft? Then sure, keep six bats

    • Dirty Johnson says:
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      @Dr Sauce: I’d keep the bats minus Cutch. Can you still make trades? If yeah, look for a team that doesnt have your keeper depth and see if you can package 2 or 3 of those guys after Pollock for a top 10 guy.

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        @Dirty Johnson:
        Thanks ‘Dirty Johnson’ … really appreciate the input. As you can see by my response to Grey I was thinking/hoping ‘all bats’ as well. Although do understand the notion of having one ace!!
        Thought the same thing re: 2 for 1 type deal, unfortunately the guys like Trout, Harper, Correa are not available. Kershaw might be possible though … would you do a Scherzer/Pollock or Cutch for Kershaw? Thanks again

        • Dirty Johnson says:
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          @Dr Sauce: Ha, I savor my Razzball so when I commented my page hadnt refreshed for an hour so there were no comments. I’d offer any combo outside of your top 4 for Kersh. otherwise I’d go with keepin the bats and drafting arms.

  10. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    I’m on pins and needles in Blackstool waiting for the novel Brewer of Milwaukee to appear on your pitcher list. Methinks Jimmy Nelson might show up at #76…

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom:

      I like Jimmy Nelson. If you just look at his home splits last year he’s pretty interesting. Milwaukee is a tough place to pitch and he was very good there. High K and low BB rate. Which makes me think he has that skill set, but just hasn’t figured out how to translate it to the road.

  11. Matt says:
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    Grey,

    I had Severino as my last keeper in 10 player keeper league, then I made a trade to dump Kipnis and a my 1st pick (11th round after the 10 keepers are gone) for Bogaerts and a last rounder. This gives me Bogaerts and Lindor going into next year (want to hedge my bets at SS this season). Since I wasn’t going to keep Kipnis, I needed to drop someone, and Severino got the cut. The other bubble guys I could dump over him are Maikel Franco or Michael Conforto, but I like both them too, and I’m a Mets fan. I also already have Harvey, deGrom and Jose Fernandez. I’ve probably already answered my question, but dumping Serverino is the way to go, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Yeah, sounds fine

  12. In general, I agree with you on not drafting for september. With the one caveat that I like to think about the quality of the team when drafting. Really bad teams will rest superstars down the stretch and give young guys a chance to get ABs.

    I am not really going after Braves, Brewers, Padres, etc… this year, unless it is for a really good player at a good deal.

  13. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Hey Grey!
    Just want a second opinion, but would you move Xander ($6) for George Springer ($11) in a keeper where our budget is $327. I’d be getting Springer.

  14. Random Collmenter says:
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    Pick two for a keeper league:

    Miggy in the 1st
    Blackmon in the 6th
    Gerrit Cole in the 10th

    5×5 league with OPS and QS. The league is NL-only but we all get to draft/keep 3 AL guys, which is why I’m leaning Cole/Blackmon. Am I crazy to throw Miggy back?

    Thoughts? Thanks Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who are you taking in the 1st if you throw Miggy back?

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @Grey:

        Actually, I’m keeping Stanton in the 1st, so Miggy would technically be in the 2nd since they stack at the top. Would I be stupid to throw him back?

        I’m also keeping JoFer in the 6th…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why not just tell me all your keepers? Miggy sounds fine in the 2nd

          • Random Collmenter says:
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            @Grey:

            I figured Stanton and JoFer were no-brainers…

            So do you prefer Blackmon in the 6th or Cole in the 10th? I know you usually lean toward hitters but that’s kind of a tough decision!

            Thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Blackmon

  15. David says:
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    14 team, 5×5 roto, 2 catcher league. Must keep 3. Which 3 are the better values? Miggy round 1; C. Davis round 2; Dozier round 3; Duda round 6; Pederson round 11; Kluber round 12; or Schwarber and K. Davis, round 15. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schwarber, Kluber, Pederson

  16. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Hey Grey!
    Just want a second opinion, but would you move Xander ($6) for George Springer ($11) in a keeper where our budget is $327. I’d be getting Springer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  17. Wilson says:
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    I am in a forever keeper league and this year is the first year. So draft is very important.
    6 keepers, 10-team league, 5×5 OBP

    Few questions,
    1. How do you rank them if they are still there in the forever keeper league
    Stanton , Rizzo, Correa, Machado
    2. Which round will you start to pick a starter?
    3. Who in the tier called “I have illusions of drafting these guys, maybe they’re delusions, or is it allusions?” do you think high opportunity to be ranked top 5 starters in 2016-end?
    4. Who in the tier called ““Okay, you need to draft a starter at some point prolly, but if you’re looking at me to force you to draft a starter, you’re looking at the wrong guy.” do you think high opportunity to be ranked top 5 starters in 2016-end?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. My rankings wouldn’t change 2. 5th round 3. Yes 4. See rankings

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:

        Hi Grey, thanks for quick reply.
        Got it, so no change even it’s a forever keeper league.

        About question 3, who do you think him be ranked in top 5 starters in 2016-end?
        Cole , J-Fer , Syndergaard, Stras ( I know you love Syndergaard.. but try to be fair thanks)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          J-Fer

  18. FrankGrimes says:
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    you work so hard on the rankings for us!
    all your blurbs and barbs
    your witty retorts and jokes
    and I love you for it but
    I’m just waiting for the the pitcher pairing tool hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve never had Big Willie’s Custard, is it yummy?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            I’m going back for a second bottle
            they carry a lot of brands send some requests
            I didn’t mean you had to get that one!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What else is good they have? Give me some Grimey guidance!

              • Malicious Phenom says:
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                @Grey: Hey does vaping get you high? Is it like pot or more like a cigarette?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Cigarette, it’s nicotine

                  • Malicious Phenom says:
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                    @Grey: Ok, thanks for that..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

                • FrankGrimes says:
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                  @Malicious Phenom:
                  you should vape your herb bro

                  it’s better for you

                  get a pax ;)

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                I’ll just surprise you ;)

                you’re at 6mg still?

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @FrankGrimes: the PPT DAY!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Crapshoot Kershaw:
        back in the day
        it was called apples (I think)

  19. Rr says:
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    If your first pick is trout would you pair him with
    Votto, Chris Davis, encarnacion, and Jd Martinez, marte, or springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over this in its own post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a distinguished Star Wars character?

      • Todd25 says:
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        @Grey: Ghost of Dave Duncan or Obi Wan? or the same person?… *suspenseful reveal music*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Spoiler!

  20. reese says:
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    should I trade maikel franco for danny salazar in a keeper? each comes at the same cost

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  21. IV says:
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    This year my league is thing new. We are going to be playing a H2H/Roto hybrid league, essentially splitting the prize pool for equal parts.

    12 teams, 6×6 with OPS and QS

    Would the addition of the H2H piece make the need for an Ace pitcher more important if I wanted to compete for both prizes or would you still be comfortable drafting from the Carrasco tier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Less important for ace in H2H

  22. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I mentioned this to the NFBC crew but one interesting thing about Hammel is that Wrigley plays bigger in the first half of the year in the colder weather. He’s a high FB% guy. HR rate went sky high in the hot weather.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see that, humidity in Wrigley is dastardly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t think I watched the Super Bowl’s commercials?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I know you were netflixin’ and chillin’

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I fastforwarded through the game and watched the commercials, and you know I’m all about Marino

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: so you watched it a few times?….wearing your isotoners!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t like how the go-to thing with Marino is the no Super Bowl win, he had no backfield!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I hate that shizz today and I don’t even like Marino. Its like saying Giancarlo isnt one of the best looking, I mean power hitters because he hasnt won a world series

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I just want Marino to be presented in the public without a dig at the Sb ring thing… He had no running game!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: calm down buddy, I know life isn’t fair sometimes. He did kick ass in tecmo and tecmo super bowl, you will always have that

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    He may not have won a super bowl, but at least he got to do a ton of cocaine

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Marino did coke? Why are you ruining my childhood?

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve:

                      The Rick James of the NFL

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      he did blow off the laces with Duper

  23. Cram It says:
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    Can I use this space to recruit a manager for a league I run? I’d do it on the forums but I’d prefer a frequent commenter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  24. OneI'dWilly says:
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    Ah! My favorite time of the year! New Gray rankings. I think I know more than everyone and cant be proven wrong yet!

    10 team NL only Roto We start 5 SP and have no bench. We do have 4 RP spots which can be used for SP/RPS

    I can keep up to 9 total players and have 4 offensive players I am definitely keeping.

    How many of these guys would you keep?
    Matt Harvey $1
    Raisel Inglesias $1 SP/RP
    Hyun-Jin Ryu $2
    Jon Gray $1
    Matt Wisler $1
    Tanner Roark $2 SP/RP

    PS I am finally caught up with the Wire, so I’ll get the references this year. Sorry it took so long.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup! You watch the Prius commercial last night? I’d keep Harvey, Raisel, Wisler, Ryu, Roark

      • OneI'dWilly says:
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        @Grey: Ha, yeah. I was way too excited by that. I was like it’s the guys from the docks! and everyone looked at me like I’m dumb.

        Would you slide a guy in to a RP and target another SP? Maybe in the ABCD tier? Budget $15 or so. I need to spend on hitters since I have no power. O is built around Corey Seager and Mikel Franco.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who was the fourth guy in the Prius car though? I’d take another SP, ABCD works for me

          • OneI'dWilly says:
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            @Grey: No clue. According to a response to a Christopher Hayes and potentiall collaboratted on a The Wire subreddit it might be this guy:

            http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0536866/

            20 minutes of research – god I need a life

            • OneI'dWilly says:
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              @OneI’dWilly: “response to a Christopher Hayes Tweet”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My best guess as to who(what) it was… Prius didn’t want to pay for the rights to HBO or The Wire so they threw in a 4th guy so they could say, “This isn’t a Wire-inspired thing, that 4th guy is random.”

              • OneI'dWilly says:
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                @Grey: yup, hid him behind the driver, no lines. bet you’re right.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s what it felt like

  25. toneDEAF! says:
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    I need to keep one of these pitchers. It’s a keep forever league, however, prices to keep increases by a few rounds every year. H2H points league.

    My conscience tells me Carrasco because I know I can get Salazar and Rodon back late if I really wanted to, but I’ll kick myself hard if one of them turns a corner this year and I could keep him in late rounds for years.. what do you think?

    Carrasco in the 6th
    Salazar in the 17th
    C. Rodon in the 22nd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Need? I’d want all three… Salazar

      • toneDEAF! says:
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        @Grey:
        I can only keep 5 players. Keeping Goldy, Harper, Arenado, Rizzo already. Only room for one more!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Salazar

          • toneDEAF! says:
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            @Grey: thanks G! Love your stuff , ready for another great year!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, DEAF!

  26. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    ive combated my offseason blues by acquiring Corey Seager and Jorge Soler today. I just needed to share that somewhere other than to myself

  27. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    why does my avatar not post here like all the cool kids?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You signed up at gravatar.com?

      • ChefBoyRG54 says:
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        @Grey: like a genius, i googled the question right after i asked it. damn noob:)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, ChefBoy…

          • ChefBoyRG54 says:
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            @Grey: i hope its my avatar giving you the chills…

            i failed on my life mission to marry Kelly KaPOWski(maybe because she isnt real, in which case i would have accepted Tiffani Amber Thiessen), so i married the closest thing i could find to replicate her. Fair to say i traded up!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice avatar! I hope we get a commenter with a Zack Attack avatar and you guys become fast friends

              • ChefBoyRG54 says:
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                @Grey: Thanks, only took me 5 years of reading and occasionally commenting to pick one. When do the Zack Attack tix go on sale?

                Great write ups so far. Giving me the itch like freshman year in college!

                Haven’t been this excited since i lost in the finals in both H2H leagues last year. Not sure why that’s so fresh in my mind still…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I didn’t itch until after college, I got sloppy

                  • ChefBoyRG54 says:
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                    @Grey: maybe i just decided to scratch too soon?!?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Maybe I got sloppy seconds from you

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I went to junior college it was all sloppy….and sometimes she had kids, which is whole other weird thing when you are 19

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You were shoplifting the poonanny

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      yes, but legally, I was still on probation at 19 so I had to watch my p’s and q’s.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t think I ever hooked up with a mom…trying to think…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      you probably have but just never asked

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I feel like there was one, but I’m seriously blanking on the name

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      if this was the credits to a movie she would be skank #3

                    • ChefBoyRG54 says:
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                      @J-FOH: ahh probation at 19….good times *reminiscing*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Word

    • Let us now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: that resource is solid. and customize it to league specs too, something you can’t do against humans in yahoo or espn leagues. Last year you had to pay money for it to customize, but, other than here, it’s probably only spot worth paying money to.

  28. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, Chris Davis -or- Urias, Myers, and Dahl? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  29. matt says:
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    need your expertise…standard 5×5 roto league 275$ salary 22 teams
    offered these two trades…which one do you like and if neither stick with what I have

    Offered Machado at 25$ for Sano at 5$ and Giles at5$ or
    offered Stanton at 43$ for Giles and Ramos(not protecting)…
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado side

  30. Mike says:
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    14 team keeper league:

    Goldy $60 and McCullers $10

    For

    Stanton $51 and Votto $31

    I have the Stanton side. Make the trade or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy side, it’s fairish

      • Mike says:
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        Do you lean the Goldy side because of the cost savings? Or, because he’s that good?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Both

  31. [email protected] says:
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    Draft Harper,matte,jd Martinez

    Or put a 1b like encarnacion and don’t draft jd Martinez

    Or draft those 3 outfielders and get a pujols/Brandon belt combo

    Just trying to get an idea

  32. Go Jaysss says:
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    Will you be doing a H2H Categories draft strategy soon??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soon

  33. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    12 teamer H2H with huge benches. have to save 29 pre NA draft (and tapia/a.reyes/r.stephenson all don’t have NA tags in yahoo yet), list is due 20th. not 2 cater league. BB/OPS/holds/QS added.
    C mesoraco/beef wellington
    1B E5
    2B Pedroia
    3B Franco
    SS Marte
    LF upton
    CF cain sugar
    RF soler
    util 1 of k.davis/calhoun/polanco
    BN harrison
    got 9 SP (very good ones got to be my strongest pitching league)- arrieta/carrasco/kluber/richards/iglesias/carmart/cashner/hendricks/bauer
    RP (5 slots) perkins/f-rod/osuna/strop/siegrist
    NA list (comish holds these as separate list, max 5) t.anderson/b.zimmer
    currently tapia/stephenson/a.reyes all count as part of 29 (unless they get NA tags before Feb 20th, not likely). Lost 4 SP to demotions (heston/duffey/conley/elias) so far.
    1. gotta drop one of bauer (9th SP), strop (5th RP) or 2nd catcher (by rankings this means mesoraco), unless one of tapia/reyes/stephenson gets their NA’s by Feb 20th (not likely)
    2. i have what appears to be too many RF, but only cain sugar for CF. better off in dynasty with one of delino or inciarte over calhoun (current RF’ers are soler/polanco/calhoun/harrison)? i have an offer of delino or inciarte for calhoun.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Beware the Shit Rope: i’m currently trying to shop one of the catchers either with one of weaker SP for 1 better SP or just for a better SP and i could maybe drop bauer if that goes off.

    • Grey

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      Strop 2. Delino over Calhoun

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Grey: thanks.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: co-manager here, checking up for shit rope.

        • Grey

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          No problem

  34. Malicious Phenom says:
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    This is like the only way this guy gets in the papers these days.

    Delmon Young Faces Battery Charge
    February 8, 2016 by Vince Lara-Cinisomo

    Free agent outfielder Delmon Young, the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, was arrested and faces a battery charge after he allegedly choked and threatened to kill a valet attendant at the Viceroy hotel in Miami on Sunday.

    According to a Miami police report, Young, 30, grabbed a valet attendant by the neck and started to choke him after the attendant refused to let him into an elevator to a club at the hotel.

    Young allegedly used anti-Cuban slurs both at the hotel and again when police went to his condominium. According to BA correspondent Roch Kubatko of MASN.com, Young reportedly became irritated and told an officer, “I’ll slap you in the face with money, you (expletive) Cuban.”

    Police charged him with one count of battery and Young was released on bond Monday afternoon.

    In 2012, Young, while playing for the Tigers and in New York for a series against the Yankees, was arrested outside a New York City hotel after getting into a fight during which he allegedly yelled anti-Semitic slurs. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to perform 10 hours of community service.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In fairness to him, he was just watching Shark Tank with Mark Cuban

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: Hilarious, thanks for the laugh man!

  35. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    in a league (roto) 15 teamer, with all of these extra stats, BB’s, K’s, hits, XBH and other pitcher stuff i had thought my 4 keepers to be rizzo/jones/arrieta/altuve. but would i be better off with heyward (also counts as CF now in yahoo) over jones, or are jones’ more HR still worth enough to keep him over heyward? league has 1 each specific OF spot, 1 any OF spot, 1 util.

  36. Nick says:
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    @Grey, wondering your thoughts on Keepers

    10 team, head to head, auction draft @ $260, can keep up to 5 players. Which 5 do you like? Thank you as always.

    Jose Abreu $21
    Nolan Arenado $13
    Carlos Correa $5
    Eric Hosmer $11
    Delino DeShields $5
    Maikel Franco $5

    Gerrit Cole $18
    Danny Salazar $10
    Sonny Gray $16
    Carlos Carrasco $17

  37. Nick D says:
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    @Grey (or anyone else),

    Need some keeper league help. 12 Team League. I have 5th overall pick.

    So far my keepers are:

    Rendon – 12th Round
    Pollock – 9th Round
    Gerrit Cole – 15th Round
    Matt Harvey – 11th Round
    Andrew Miller – 16th Round

    I can fit in two more keepers if needed:

    Patrick Corbin for a 13th Round Pick and Marcus Stroman for a 14th Rd pick.

    Should I keep Corbin and/or Stroman? Also, is Andrew Miller worth a 16th rd pick even though he isnt the closer anymore.

    Thanks!
    Nick

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