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I’ve gone over the top 20 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball, the top 40 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball and the top 60 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball, which brings us to the top 80 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball.  Crazy how that worked, huh?  Next thing you know, tomorrow will be the top 100.  There’s a few names in this post that I’m really gunning for on my teams.  In last year’s version of this post, there were a few guys that I also wanted — Matt Harvey, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chris Tillman, Alex Cobb, Shelby Miller and Andrew Cashner, and they all shot up the rankings this year, except for Harvey for obvious reasons.  His star shone too bright!  I imagine a lot of you won’t need most of the names on this list, but there will be some great bargains to be had.  Who doesn’t love a great bargain, says Jewish Stereotype Man.  There’s tiers and projections mentioned for everyone.  All of the 2014 fantasy baseball rankings are there.  Anyway, here’s the top 80 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball:

61. Jeff Samardzija – This tier started in the top 60 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball.  I called this tier, “Come here, Dumpling Face.”  This tier ends at Scheppers.  He wasn’t really terrible last year (for short periods of time).  His ERA was the real problem (and walks and homers and falling velocity).  He still throws fast enough to be effective and his walks, while worse than 2012, weren’t Edinson Volquez bad.  His homers are right around normal for Wrigley and him.  I still believe he could easily be a 2.75 ERA guy with 200+ Ks.  Love the upside gamble with him and, for the risk, he’s probably ranked more appropriately than he was last year when I lost my shizz on him and started adding ‘zija at the end of every word.  Watch out, Gozija!  2014 Projections:  10-12/3.88/1.32/197

62. Ervin Santana – Ervin and Ubaldo were the best starter free agents this offseason according to real baseball people, if you don’t count Tanaka.  Yeah, quite the offseason for pitching.  As of this writing, Ervin still hasn’t signed anywhere, but he’s the kind of guy that won’t change much no matter where he goes assuming he doesn’t end up in San Diego or Coors.  So, I can project Ervin now — it’s Magic with no aids!  Um, I mean, it’s magic without the help of anyone else.  *slowly tiptoes out of the room*  2014 Projections:  13-8/3.67/1.24/161

63. Dillon Gee – To continue to beat the same drum over and over with one arm like I’m in Def Leppard, you could get a 3.50 ERA from a guy like Gee and you can probably draft him as your sixth starter.  Seriously, if you draft an early starter, you’re crummy with crackers.  Gee elicits about as much enthusiasm as saying his last name in front of any sentence.  Gee, great.  Gee, awesome.  Gee, money.  He’ll likely be on waivers in most shallower leagues by as soon as his first back-to-back poor starts.  He, honestly, seriously, adverbially, has less upside than other guys in this tier.  I still like him due to his walk rate.  Gee, terrific.  2014 Projections:  10-8/3.91/1.30/135

64. Wily Peralta – I touched on Peralta briefly in a non-sexual way in an earlier starter rankings post when I mentioned the pitchers who averaged the fastest fastballs.  He averaged a 94.8 MPH fastball last year and only had a 6.33 K/9.  That was so curious to me that I searched all pitchers from 2000 to 2013 for a pitcher with that low of a K-rate and that fast of fastball and he was the winner (loser?) by a lot.  Cashner last year was the closest, but he beat Wily by a decent amount.  After Cashner and Peralta, I couldn’t even find any pitchers in the last 13 years that had a K-rate in the 6’s when throwing that fast.  Dustin McGowan in 2007 was the next closest at 7.64 K/9 (this was for qualified starters, bee tee dubya; I ignored guys who pitched half seasons or in relief).  This could mean nothing or it could mean if Peralta throws a near-95 MPH fastball again this year, he could shoot up in K-rate.  2014 Projections:  12-11/3.94/1.34/142

65. Hector Santiago – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Going to the Angels and into the rotation.  I nearly wrote a sleeper post about him, but this will give me an opportunity to talk on him and maybe later in the spring I’ll highlight him again.  Now how backpack rap is that?  No idea, but that song is up to about 175 on my iTunes play count.  Santiago’s walks are too out of control (literally) for him to really make a huge impact in mixed leagues.  Hector usually can’t come within 10,000 square meters of the strike zone.  Last year, his K-rate was 8.28 with a 4.35 walk rate.  If only Skaggs had his fastball and Santiago had his control…  *wavy lines signifying a dream sequence*  Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs were one and two for the Cy Young and my Cougar said we should ask Jessica Alba if she wants to join us for a threesome.  *wavy lines ending my dream sequence*  Whoa, that was amazing.  Will also be more of a flyer for mixed leagues, but has better upside than Skaggs, but a lot more downside too. ”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2014 Projections: 11-10/3.92/1.38/158

66. Erasmo Ramirez – I want to write a sleeper post about all of the guys in this tier (and the Thisclose tier).  I love them all.  I’m going to write a sleeper post about Erasmo as soon as its confirmed that he’s in the rotation, but that might not be until the last week of Spring Training, so for most leagues you might need to draft Erasmo merely on speculation that he’ll find his way into the rotation.  If he does make it into the rotation… 2014 Projections:  9-9/3.89/1.26/125

67. Yordano Ventura – Already went over my Yordano Ventura fantasy.  I wrote it while elaborating to my Cougar on what I meant by, “I want to sleep with your friend, Tracy.”  2014 Projections: 8-7/3.99/1.36/133 in 145 IP

68. Ivan Nova – A Yankee pitcher?  That’s good?  That’s not an overpriced free agent acquisition?  Okay, that’s just weird, but weird said like Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.  Nova’s K-rate dipped last year, which I didn’t love, but when looking deeper at him (or deeper in his eyes), I saw a guy that is pretty comparable to a guy like Patrick Corbin, who’s ranked way above this point.  The AL East and his short track record of success concerns me, but not enough to not at least take a flyer on.  2014 Projections:  13-7/3.88/1.28/170

69. Tyler Skaggs – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Going to the Angels and likely right into the rotation.  Skaggs doesn’t have Cy Young upside, but he won’t play second fiddle to anyone, not even Steve Miller.  Now that Skaggs has a big ol’ jet airliner taking him to a more pitcher-friendly park there’s a chance for some upside here.  His fastball is only 89+ MPH, so there’s no expectation that he’ll be a 9+ K guy.  He reminds me of another Diamondback prospect that also is no longer in the Diamondbacks organization — Jarrod Parker.  Parker is three years older than Skaggs, so the comparison isn’t quite there.  Then again, Parker was in the AL…Then again again, the A’s play in a pitchers’ park and the Diamondbacks don’t.  Then again again again, Skaggs is moving to an AL pitchers’ park.  Then again again again again Parker only had a 3.97 ERA last year.  Then again aga– Well, Skaggs will probably be around a 4.00 ERA guy with slightly above-average Ks.  That’s solid for an AL-Only pitcher, but just a flyer for most mixed leagues.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2014 Projections:  9-7/4.05/1.34/142

70 1/2. Tanner Scheppers – Here’s what I said about him the other day, “Will be a starter this year.  I’m starting to see the pattern.  Move Ogando into the bullpen then rotation then bullpen then rotation.  Do the same with Neftali.  But then you run out of arms to ruin and what can you do?  Ruin a new arm!  The Rangers never saw a young (is Scheppers young?) arm they couldn’t screw up by shuffling from the bullpen to the rotation and back again.  If Mariano Rivera was in Texas all those years, he would’ve been made a starter at least five times.  I’ve added Scheppers to my top 400.  I debated putting him in an unfavorable tier, because he had an under-7 K-rate in relief, so that could fall even lower and be useless in most mixed leagues, but I decided his unknown is worth a late flyer.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2014 Projections:  9-6/3.95/1.31/118

71. Kevin Gausman – I already wrote a Kevin Gausman sleeper post while talking to Samantha, my operating system.  I haven’t posted it yet, because I’m worried the O’s will bump him from the rotation before we get to the season.  Gausman is in the same boat as Erasmo right now.  Great flyer for upside, but you’re gambling that he will have a rotation spot.  He’s ranked below Erasmo even though his projections say it should be reversed because I think there’s a better chance Erasmo sneaks into the rotation before Gausman.  If Gausman does… UPDATE: Baltimore thought about the marketing implications of being called the O’s and having Ubaldo — We’re the UbaldO’s! — and bumped Gausman from his rotation spot, as I feared they might.  2014 Projections:  4-2/3.52/1.24/70 in 80 IP

71. Dan Haren – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Quintana.  I call this tier, “At best meh, at worst I hate their guts.”  All of these guys can and have killed fantasy teams in the past.  Here’s what I said this offseason about Haren, “Next stop on the casino bus is Los Angeles.  He was hot garbage left in a Slumdog Millionaire toilet last year.  His ERA was 4.67, but his xFIP was only 3.67.  Do you smell a bounce back?  Well, that might still be the Slumdog john.  He’s lost velocity in the last two years and his home runs have gone through the roof (especially if he’s pitching in a dome stadium).  He did raise his K-rate last year, but he’s on the wrong side of ‘exciting’ and his fastball and change are pretty close in velocity.  I could see a small bounce back from him, and a flyer at the end of drafts.  However, I’m not expecting a guy that’s going to come all the way back to a low-3 ERA.  He’ll probably be a nice matchups guy vs. the Padres, Giants and Rockies and Diamondbacks when he’s home.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2014 Projections:  13-10/3.89/1.22/172

72. Yovani Gallardo – Gallardo’s velocity dipped last year and his K-rate went buh-bye.  He was a sneaky option when he had a 9+ K-rate and a 3+ BB/9, but a 7+ K-rate and a 3+ BB/9 isn’t buttering the biscuits, isn’t walking the dog, isn’t flipping an obelisk in the air and starting civilization.  2014 Projections:  11-12/4.02/1.33/151

73. Josh Johnson – Here’s what I said when he landed in San Diego, “What’s that sound I hear?  Grey getting excited about Josh Johnson again?  Or is it Grey using third person?  Maybe both!  Johnson wasn’t bad in Toronto.   He was egregious!  See what I did there?  Actually, he was only bad when looking at ERA.  For xFIP he was at 3.58 and a 9.18 K-rate.  Both are solid numbers.  Now Petco can take those pretty numbers out for a ride and remove all the belch like a gentle antacid.”  And that’s me quoting me!  UPDATE: This Johnson has more injury problems than John Wayne Bobbitt’s johnson.  2014 Projections:  7-10/3.84/1.31/154

74. Matt Garza – I have him projected for 139 innings.  I wrote it down on a Post-It without any reasoning behind it.  I wonder if those innings be consecutive.  I wonder if he’ll pitch 4 innings, hurt himself and then throw 135 innings later.  I should’ve just wrote a note about why I wrote down he was going to pitch 139 innings.  Did I even think about it or pull 139 innings out of the ether?  Can things be pulled from ether?  What’s ether?  I got questions, y’all!  2014 Projections:  8-10/3.67/1.25/128

75. Ricky Nolasco – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Also signed by the Twins.  I have a prediction that won’t come true.  The Twins and Marlins will be folded into each other to make the Mwins or Tarlins, and they still won’t win their new division, losing to their main rival, the Padtros.  What does this have to do with Nolasco?  Not a whole lot.  Nolasco is very similar to Phil Hughes, minus the home runs, which is kinda like saying vanilla is similar to chocolate minus the taste.  Nolasco and Hughes have similar K and walk rates, but Nolasco keeps the ball in the park, which shaves about a quarter of a run off his ERA.  In AL-Only leagues, Nolasco is the kind of guy that could make a huge difference at the end of your draft.  In mixed leagues, he’s a streamer.”  And that’s me–well, you know.  2014 Projections:  10-10/3.86/1.24/155

76. Scott Kazmir – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signs with the A’s.  Those sneaky bastards.  A guy that can be an ace for about two-thirds of a season and then take a DL siesta is solid for real baseball.  For our purposes, or porpoises if dolphins are reading, he’s definitely on radars.  He could be a 200+ K pitcher with a low-3 ERA.  But put ‘could’ in one hand and ‘is’ in the other hand and you have nothing in either hands.  They’re words, why would they be in your hand?  I imagine Kazmir will be drafted prior to me getting off the fence on him, but if not, I could see grabbing him late.  He could be anywhere from a 2.75 ERA, 220 K guy to a 5+ ERA guy who is bumped from the rotation by June.”  And that’s–Geez, a lot of crizzappy starters changed hands this offseason.  To read more, here’s Sky’s Scott Kazmir fantasy.  2014 Projections:  9-7/3.85/1.29/145

77. Bartolo Colon – Here’s what I said about him this offseason, “Signed with the Mets.  Damn, the Mets have serious Yankee envy.  Now they’re just signing doppelgangers.  “Hey, this guy is fat and CC Sabathia is fat, let’s get him!”  Next thing you know, they’re gonna sign The Situation to pay shortstop and Paul Sorvino to manage, then replace Sorvino with Whiz Kid Donnie Smith.  One positive thing about Bartolo Colon signing with the Mets is Mr. Met can hide behind him, upping his Hide ‘n Seek game.  One negative thing is the price of Jamaican beef patties in Queens is gonna go through the roof with demand going up.  Since Bartolo’s K-rate isn’t above 6, I’m gonna say his ERA doesn’t remain near 2.50, but I’ve been wrong about him in the past.  If you’re a fan of Bartolo (for a reason I can’t fathom), then this move doesn’t hurt his value.”  And that’s– Well, you know the 411 even if no one under the age of 25 knows ‘what the 411′ means.  2014 Projections:  10-12/3.78/1.23/124

78. Tommy Milone – In this era of baseball teams moving in fences, the A’s should move out their fences.  Or maybe put the fences on Segways.  In for their hitters, out for their pitchers.  Alfredo Jettuccine Griffin easily gave up the most homers per nine innings, but fourth in the league was Phony Milone.  Griffin ended up ranking much higher than Milone due to his strikeout track record, slightly faster fastball and ability to go 200 innings.  Milone could easily have a comparable season to Griffin.  I’m not hundred percent sure that’s a compliment.  2014 Projections:  13-9/3.91/1.28/141

79. Brandon Beachy – Unlike Pineda (who I’ll get to; please don’t ask why he hasn’t been ranked yet.  I haven’t forgotten about him; oh, who am I kidding?  Of course, someone will ask.), Beachy should throw close to a full season and will be guaranteed a rotation spot for as long as he’s healthy.  Last year, Beachy took a huge TJ detour, which doesn’t involve donkey shows and buying chiclets from pre-teen Mexicans.  He should get back to his pre-surgery 9+ K-rate and sub-3 BB/9 ace numbers, I’m just not sure it will be this year.  No one is sure.  Anyone that tells you different is lying to you, which is different than lying next to you — or is it?!  Usually Tommy John surgery causes the pitcher to lose some control when they return, but Beachy’s walk rate last year was only 1.20 in 30 IP, which is superb.  There’s a real chance here for a huge value pick or bupkis.  UPDATE:  The seashell is to my ear and it’s saying, “Beware the Beachy.”  2014 Projections:  8-6/3.97/1.27/110

78. Jarrod Parker – I’m willing to throw out his bad April and September.  April because he had an injury issue and September because I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.  He’s still a 6.50 K/9, 2.60-ish BB/9 pitcher.  That’s not remotely exciting without a bunch of BABIP, LOB% or homers per fly ball luck.  He should be passable for a back-end starter on most deeper league teams, but I wouldn’t flagellate anything over it.  UPDATE:  Headed for his 2nd Tommy John surgery.  The 2nd one half-off deal was just too tempting.  2014 Projections:  11-9/3.79/1.26/122

79. Jose Quintana – If you were to just look at Quintana’s ERA last year (3.51) and his WHIP (1.22) and his K/9 (7.38) and his walks per nine (2.52), you’d think he should be ranked much higher.  Wait, why are looking at anything else?  Well, you don’t have to, but I don’t trust him to match or surpass any of those stats.  He should be good for a high-3 to low-4 ERA with around 145 Ks.  That’s the definition of streamer in most leagues if most leagues had their own dictionary.  2014 Projections:  10-9/3.80/1.25/147

79. Alexi Ogando – Alexi has had a season where he pitched 169 innings with solid results (6.71 K/9, 2.29 BB/9 and a 3.51 ERA), but then he needed 18 months in middle relief following that because he felt like his arm was on fire and/or about to fall off.  Now he’s back in the rotation and ready to ruin his arm once again.  2014 Projections: 11-7/3.62/1.21/118

80. Michael Pineda - This is a new tier.  I call this tier, “Lottery tickets.”  This tier goes from here into the top 100 starters for fantasy baseball.  This tier is pretty self-explanatory.  You could get a solid fantasy starter from any of these guys or you could get nothing.  My guess is for most of them you’ll get somewhere in the middle like Monie or Malcolm.   I’m trying not to be cynical.  I’m going to Cynics Anonymous and we’re trying to take it serious.  All the eye rolling at the donuts in the back of the room and the people coughing insults under their breath is difficult.  If I weren’t cynical, I’d tell you Pineda will be in the rotation all year and return right back to the elite talent he was prior to his injuries.  The possibility is there–ouch, it hurts to roll my eyes so much.  I need help, CA!  I’m sick of looking at the ceiling for milliseconds!  Cashman has already said that Pineda may not even have a job out of Spring Training.  My guess is he will win a job eventually, but he won’t pitch anywhere close to a full season.  He’s a lottery ticket for this year that is paying off at around 60 to 1 odds.  2014 Projections:  6-3/3.98/1.15/87 in 90 innings

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  1. gareth says:
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    Pitching is so deep. That is all.

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @gareth: it’s deep, but relative to the times

  2. Spammer Jay says:
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    Now that football is over I can smell the leather and grass a little more…
    Standard 12 team $260 auction draft. Keep Darvish at $28? it’s less than what he would get drafted for, but seems a little anti gray’s-approved-strategy (GAS); could prob try to trade him now for a hitter. Here are my keeper choices (i can keep up to 5).

    AuShizz! – $11
    McCutch – $34
    Darvish – $28
    Sonny Gray – $9
    Greg Holland – $12

    Yelich – $5
    McCann – $6
    Kimbrel – $27
    Martin Perez – $9

    Thanks so much

    • KrazyCeltic says:
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      @Spammer Jay: I think that the five you list first are the five to keep. All of them (except maybe Gray, unless your league-mates haven’t researched/prepared and bought in on him) are cheaper than they will go for in an auction, and great (good in Gray’s case) players at their position.

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @Spammer Jay: regardless of the site ‘pitchers are worth nothing’ approach, that’s a slam dunk to keep Darvish. If he replicates last years K’s it allows you to spend less on very good pitchers with lower K rates who’s prices are down for that reason. Overall you may spend less on pitching. Trading for a hitter is a viable option, depending on the hitter.

    • Jay29 says:
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      @Spammer Jay: I would definitely find a way to make $6 McCann one of your keepers. With the NYY lineup, RF porch, and chance to DH once or twice a week, I see a big year coming for BMC.

  3. Alex says:
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    Happy Monday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: To you too!

  4. MB says:
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    Where is Quintana? is it his park that drops him?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @MB: no, his park got much better, it’s the crazy walks that hurt.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: damn i’m confusing quintana and santiago. opps.

  5. Dave says:
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    I know you have everth higher but in dynasty would you still prefer everth to starlin? Also have lowrie, just could possibly use major steals but dont want to miss out on starlin being top 30 player.

    Thanks

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @Dave: I’d hold starlin. He has a better pedigree, is younger, and isn’t coming off a PED suspension.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave: Go with Castro

  6. Terrence Mann says:
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    See how well I know Grey. Tomorrow’s post will include a tier of pitchers which Grey will own everywhere. Alex Wood, Danny Duffy, Zach Wheeler, Carlos Martinez, and a sneaky guy or two that I don’t even know. Grey will point out you can have Martinez at this point or a guy like Justin Vargas. If Vargas throws a shutout his first start, you’ll be able to trade him for Nolan Reimold and a pack of bandaids. But if Martinez throws a shutout, you have last year’s Shelby Miller on your hands as your 7th or 8th starter.

    Heh, I may be way off. RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @Terrence Mann: yes it is predictable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann: Hopefully not since you’re mentioning guys I’ve already ranked and one player who doesn’t exist…

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Grey: heh. After the Broncos got crushed, I drank my sorrows away. This was pretty good evidence. I’m impressed it came out in English.

  7. bossmanjunior says:
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    Pitching is so deep that there are a lot of pitchers.

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @bossmanjunior: yes pitching is deep compared to 2005 numbers. Unfortunately compared to 2013 numbers…not so much. Last year in a competitive money league that I was in a 3.50 era (the apparent “pitching is deep” benchmark) would have gotten you 6 points (very close to 5) and a whip of 1.24 gets you 5. While wins are random, statistically you have a lower probability of collecting them if you’re staff as a whole gives up more runs. So, waiting on pitchers too much will hurt. And if you’re relying on all these sleepers with bad numbers but good peripherals or good lumbers on a small sampling…many may not pan out and you’ll be scrambling all year. Wait on pitchers in the sense that you won’t take Kershaw, don’t wait to pluck a sleeper out of the top 60 as your ace.

      • Cram It says:
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        @The master Macdaddy: You missed out on the #pitchingissodeep trend from last week.

      • frankgrimes says:
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        competitive money league haha

  8. PedroF says:
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    Is the RSS feed working? Haven’t got anything after the 2014 Razzball Reader Survey

    • Andrew says:
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      @PedroF: same here

      • PK says:
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        @Andrew: Same

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @PedroF: @Andrew: @PK: Should be fixed now… Thanks for telling me!

          • PedroF says:
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            @Grey: Working fine Grey, thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Awesome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll look into it…

  9. NittanyChris says:
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    Jose Quintana called and said that even though he is not a Cougar, he is worthy of some Grey love!

  10. Peter Parker says:
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    Hi!

    Thanks for the rankings. Good times.

    In a 5×5 $260 14 team league with 25 active players and some bench…

    I have minor for $14 and cashier for $3. I want to try and trade one for some hitting, since pitching is so deep.

    Who would you rather keep?

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @Peter Parker: I don’t think you’ll get much for Cashner. He’s a nice sleeper but not a guy I’d trade a starter for.

  11. Big League Choo says:
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    I like garza as a wild card option more than a lot of the guys above him, hes been solid since hes been in the NL and he moves to a slightly better park. If luebke starts the year in the rotation what do his numbers look like?

  12. Big League Wood says:
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    Grey – auction tonight 6 x 6 14 teamer.

    Can you remind me the target stas in the 5 cats from last season?

    Who are some dudes that get a bump and dip in OBP and TB? I guess Choo and Craig up???

    • Big League Wood says:
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      @Big League Wood:

      RCL type settings/ with 7 subs

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @Big League Wood: you might be better off looking at last years final standings if this is a repeat league and shoot for 3rd/4th in all categories.

  13. Rick Garlinghouse says:
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    I’m in a different roto format. OPS as the 6th hitter category. Pitching is total staff wins, net wins (wins minus losses) era, k’s and saves. so 6 hitter and 5 pitching. I have spent hours going over your blogs and last years 12 team league trying to figure out the best draft strategies. it’s a snake draft. My question is does your advice to wait on pitching still hold,hold. I love your humor and call my wife in so I can read her some of your wittiness. I know wins is a team thing. thought about just trying for saves and K’s and go from there. Any thoughts would help give me some confidence. Thanks, Grey

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @Rick Garlinghouse: I’m envious that your wife is into fantasy baseball, so much so that I forgot your question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rick Garlinghouse: I’d go for Ks and ERA and hope to get wins since it’s always hard to say who’s going to win at any point…

  14. Count de Monetball says:
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    I’m really liking Smiley this year too! and yeah, what Gareth said (in the 1st comment). When do the RCL’s open and drafting start?

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Count de Monetball: Gotta wait for ESPN to open first, then a couple days to get the shizz together.

  15. TheNewGuy says:
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    How one-sided was the Superbowl last night!

    • Donald Trump says:
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      @TheNewGuy: What does The New Guy’s comment mean?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Donald Trump: guessing someone blocked up the carb…

      • fri-guy says:
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        @Donald Trump: to put it a simply as possible, I think he packed up a huge bud and one side burned faster than the other in whatever large paraphernalia he was using.

        while i feel his pain, i don’t get the need to post about it.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Donald Trump: Hopefully he meant to post that on Facebook.

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I was facebooking by mid second quarter.

      • The master Macdaddy says:
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        @Lville Jim: yes how dare you make a Super Bowl post. Back to slobbering over the etched-in-stone rankings.

  16. BigDeal says:
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    I have a prospect draft for a dynasty league coming up where I can draft anyone who hasn’t played in the big leagues. All the top 100-200 current minor leaguers are taken.

    So, who are the next big international talents to come to the big leagues in the next few years? (Like a Cespedes, Puig, Darvish, Ryu, Abreu, Tanaka, etc)? Do you have a few names possibly?

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @BigDeal: Chico Escuela

    • @BigDeal: As far as international starting pitchers, Miguel Gonzalez of Cuba is possibly in the Phillies rotation, and Kenta Maeda of Japan & Suk-Min Yoon of Korea will be be upon soon as possible starters.

      Jose Dariel Abreu of the White Sox is the big international hitter coming abroad. Alexander Guerrero can hit, but the Dodgers aren’t sure now if he can handle second base defensively. A few other international hitters currently being eyed include Yenier Bello, a catcher from Cuba, Rusney Castillo from Cuba, and big-boy Japhet Amador from Cuba is in the hunt for the 1B job in Houston. Cuban shortstops Esibel Arruebarruena and Aledmys Diaz are on the horizon, but mostly for their glove work.

      Dominican outfielder Eloy Jimenez is only 16 but regarded as the best long-term international prospect, just ahead of fellow Dominican OF Micker Zapata.

      They aren’t Cuban refugees (yet), but I also have my eye on OF Alfredo Despaigne and Frederich Cepeda.

      I recently joined a league with 35-player minor-league systems, inheriting a horrrrrible team, so I have been doing my homework. :-)

    • @BigDeal: Oh, and I almost forgot about Shohei Otani, a very young OF/RHP who is projected to be a future star in Japan. Odrisamer Despaigne, a 26-year-old Cuban pitcher, is also on my radar.

      I’m Molly Leekba, reporting for International Baseball….. :-)

      • Prez says:
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        @mollyleekba: Molly, you had me at Suk-Min Yoon….

      • Spammer Jay says:
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        @Prez: @mollyleekba: molly, you had me at molly…

  17. de nachos says:
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    For that Magic joke you deserve a Hi V!…Um, I mean a high five. *more awkward silence…*

  18. TheNewGuy says:
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    Pitching’s so deep there’s gonna be notable names left out of the top 100. Christ…

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: yes pitching is deep. Pitching stats are up. Adjust accordingly.

  19. Bob says:
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    I am in a 5 player keeper league with 8 owners H2H 7×7. I have made up my mind on keeping C. Davis, Beltre, Braun, and Yu. I also have wainwright but I have an offer for Puig for wainwright. Would you make that trade with pitching so deep or hold onto 2 top aces? QS is a stat in our league and Wainwright racks those up easily.

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @Bob: I’d be careful in wreaking your teams based on the perception of deep pitching. You’re in a shallow league with more pitching categories, meaning frontline starters are more valuable. Puig doesn’t even have 500 career mlb at-bats. The fact that this is a keeper makes this more appealing, but I’d be careful trading a top 5 starter for a guy who doesn’t have a full year under his belt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: I’d take Puig

  20. TheNewGuy says:
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    Nothing relevant to this post but thought id share it anyway.

    Just seen a video describing Chapman’s awesomeness. Average MLB pitcher gives the batter .09 secs to react to a pitch, how long for Chapman? See here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yEpdoAZiHWQ

    Insane how these guys can even get wood on the ball against him. You basically have to swing as soon as he’s releasing the ball and hope.

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: it’s why it drives me crazy when people say the baseball isn’t the sport that requires the most athletic talent. They think that because fancy dribbling is more obvious the the hand-eye coordination needed to hit a baseball, that basketball requires the most athletic ability. Nonsense. Try hitting a 98 mph fastball or make solid contact on mlb breaking pitches.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @The master Macdaddy: who’s ever said dribbling a basketball is harder than that? probably some espn tool

        • Macdaddyofmac says:
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          @goodfold2: you guys are such followers…yes the site pokes fun at edpn, so you poke fun at espn. With espn being so inept it makes you wonder how they built such an empire.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Being first at something typically creates an empire. It doesn’t mean you created a better product, just that you became the first at it. A lot of history is written that way. ESPN used to be good. It’s now the MTV of the sports world.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Sky: if you didn’t get the idea that somebody claimed dribbling a basketball is harder than baseball hitting from espn, just where did you get it? i’ve never heard anybody say that.

          • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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            @Macdaddyofmac: what’s up with the haters lately?

  21. Wake Up says:
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    Who doesn’t love a great bargain on a new verve pipe for getting high on life, says all freshmen…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I try remix you…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very nice

  22. Justin says:
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    Keep forever. Cargo/arenado for longo/wainwright?

  23. Curt says:
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    I guess I’m over estimating Alex Wood!!!!…..not top 80???

  24. Beastman says:
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    Pitching is so deep I wet my pants after reading the first dozen or so names on the Top 60.

    And Asian stereotype guy–a close friend of Jewish stereotype guy–would probably go with Marwins.

  25. Mike says:
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    In 2 years Taijuan Walker is a top __ SP??

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Mike: 10-15

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Agree with Thumb

  26. Metherby says:
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    marco estrada :(why streamer only 86 ip?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Metherby: No idea what you’re asking

      • Metherby says:
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        @Grey: sorry will marco pitch 87 inn?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I still don’t know what you mean

          • Macdaddyofmac says:
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            @Grey: @goodfold2: espn takes a lot of flak on this site. It makes one wonder how they’ve built such an empire.

  27. The Thumb says:
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    Snowed in this morning so I figured why not try a Y! mock draft. ADP doesn’t mean a damn thing now but there are a lot of Razzball sleepers going late. Any way here’s the result (10 team/3rd pick)

    C – Rosario (11)
    1B – Goldy (1)
    2B – Gyorko (16)
    SS – Segura (5)
    3B – Encarnacion (2)
    C.I. – Ortiz (7)
    M.I. – Alcides (22) missed on Miller by 1 pick
    OF – Puig (3)
    OF – Myers (6)
    OF – Beltran (9)
    Util – J. Abreu (13)
    Util – Moss (18)
    Bn – Yelich (19)
    Bn – Arenado (21)

    SP – Sale (4)
    SP – Cobb (8)
    SP – Salazar (12)
    SP – Gray (14)
    SP – Masterson (17)
    RP – Nathan (10)
    RP – Farquhar (15)

    Bn – Walker (20)
    Bn – Beachy (23)

    Looking back I went a little too heavy on power and starters. 60-100 overall are filled with a bunch of meh hitters and good pitchers.

    • Blue says:
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      @The Thumb: Yeah but in the new world of offense in baseball “Meh” is the new “I can live with that easily!”

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @The Thumb: pitching is terrible for a 10 team league. If Cobb doesn’t pitch like randy Johnson circa 1995, you’re finished. Ease up on the cool-aid. Winning home runs by 30 doesn’t garner additional points.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @The master Macdaddy: call me crazy but in real life i definitely don’t see abreu going that late, and likely not gyorko/arenado/masterson. Beachy in the 23rd seems way too good.

  28. Crotch Rot says:
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    12 team roto (same core group of owners for 10+ years), 5×5, mixed league, 6 keepers, regular draft…on the fence about keeping Matt Harvey. What do you think? Keeper options are..Carlos Santana, Andrus, Brandon Moss, Choo, Cargo, J. Upton, Cliff Lee. Appreciate the help.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Crotch Rot: Keep Harvey. Lose Moss at least.

      • Crotch Rot says:
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        Oops..I meant 3B – Josh Donaldson (not Moss). Thanks for the help.

  29. Big WilyMoPena Style says:
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    5×5 H2H 10 Team league. Get to keep three guys in their draft slot for three years (free agents slotted at rd 13). I can keep Goldschmidt (4th round 2 years left), AJones (9th expiring), Segura (13th 2 years left), Cano (2nd round expiring), or Beltre (3rd round, 2 years left).

    I’m leaning on keeping Goldshmidt and Jones, but don’t know who the third keeper is. Thoughts?

  30. MattH says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Nice write up. I like Smyly.
    Him and Porcello look like good late pick-ups.

  31. Hawk says:
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    10 team 5×5 standard roto “keep forever” league

    Trade my Votto + one of (Samardzjia, Jered Weaver, Yovani Gallardo, Tony Cingrani)
    Receive Paul Goldsschmidt

    What say you, Razzball community? Yay? Nay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Sure, trade Yovani

  32. Marti says:
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    Just joined a 3rd league…taking over a guy who quit..contract league can keep player up to 3 years from when u draft. $1 for 1st year $2 for 2 nd and then they go back in pool.. I have $8 to spend from following guys.

    Harper 2
    Desmond 2
    J upton 1
    Freeman 1
    P Alvarez 1
    Grander son 1
    H Bailey 1
    Fister 1
    S miller 1

    I don’t have a 1st or 3 Rd round pick but have 2 2 nds 2 4ths and 2 5ths

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marti: Harper, Desmond, Upton, Freeman, Fister, Alvarez

      • Marti says:
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        Fister over homer Bailey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Marti: No, sorry, Bailey over Fister

  33. Blake says:
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    When Marco Estrada is your least valuable starter, you know you have it good.

    • The master Macdaddy says:
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      @Blake: unless he relocates his first half from the last two years.

  34. Mike says:
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    Matt Clark hit 25 hrs in Japan last year. What chance does he have to make it on the Mets team.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mike: Meh

  35. g-stav says:
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    I’m doing an auction for the first time this year. Its the startup of a keeper league and i was wondering how much you would spend max on a hitter and a pitcher. Its a 12 teamer with a $260 cap.
    Rosters are 29 players total and look like this.:
    o C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, SS, MI, CI, OF, OF, OF, OF, UTIL, UTIL

    o 9 P

    6 bench

    I feel like $260 dollars is very little for 29 players (because mocks generally don’t go that high in # players i feel like player values might be inflated) so if the cap were changed to $280 how much max would you spend on a hitter and a pitcher then?

    I appreciate your response and as always solid article grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @g-stav: $100 on pitching

    • Robby D says:
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      @g-stav: One strategy that has been effective for me in the past is every time it is my turn to pick a player I put a closer up for auction and let them waste their cash on them. Worked really well last year and let me grab a lot of quality starters and bats for cheaper as a result.

    • Spammer Jay says:
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      @g-stav: make yourself a spread sheet, and budget for each position, and adjust as you go. It will help you not get to caught up in a bidding war (which is really easy to do in your first auction).

      Some other auction tips I’ve learned: Do not bid up on a player you don’t want just because you think someone will get too good of a value (it’s not Storage Wars). Never nominate a player you want (unless you want him for $1).

      With a bench that large, if you stick to your budget better than the rest, you should end up with a superb bench pool of players you can draw from and snag anyone’s $1 player for an extra buck.

      Here is a budget sheet I use you can download if you want. Set it up however you want, I don’t draft bench hitters, because streaming hitters drives me insane, so my bench is heavy on pitching: http://clearslide.com/view/mail?iID=HJMY2A933DF5Z2SBLW5F

  36. Mike Honcho says:
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    Keeper League Question
    12 team league

    I can keep 6 and my confirmed ones are:
    Trout/Harper/Cespedes/Hosmer

    I can choose 2 more out of Rizzo/Granderson/Kenley Jansen

    I know, no me gusta on the pitchers, much less RPs. But my OF is complete, 1B is fairly well is. Hosmer. I could plug up the UTL early, or have a stud closer. Don’t mind any suggestions with my peers or anyone else. Thanks

    • Hawk says:
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      @Mike Honcho:

      Normally wouldn’t protect a closer with so few protects but I can see the argument for keeping Jansen.

      That said, I’d still keep Rizzo over him.

  37. Mike Honcho says:
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    Keeper League Questions
    12 team league

    I can keep 6 and my confirmed ones are:
    Trout/Harper/Cespedes/Hosmer

    I can choose 2 more out of Rizzo/Granderson/Kenley Jansen

    I know, no me gusta on the pitchers, much less RPs. But my OF is complete, 1B is fairly well is. Hosmer. I could plug up the UTL early, or have a stud closer. Don’t mind any suggestions with my peers or anyone else. Thanks

  38. Mike Honcho says:
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    Sorry for the duplicate

  39. Wake Up says:
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    r is still a fixed point peoples…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Always has been, always will be!

  40. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Pitching is so deep, it would’ve been the 5th dream level to Inception. BWAAAAA

    • mr fungi says:
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      @Sky: we must go DEEPER! #twss

    • Big Al says:
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      @Sky: Pitching is so deep it’s like a 20 dog backyard. every where you go your stepping in it.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Haha

    • Prez says:
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      Pitching is so deep… Thats all i got…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Prez, you take it deep every week. You’re doing fine

        • Prez says:
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          @Sky: oh i always take it deep!

          You better call jack and make sure hes not hung up in a closet after last nights beatdown.. what a embarassment…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I called and he actually WAS hung up in his closet. He told me to call back later once he was done Michael Hutchence’ing.

            • Prez says:
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              @Sky: haha! Thats not even right! But you know what this means… He has to come OUT of the closet finally..

  41. willy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a standard yahoo roto keep forever 6by6 we count OPS and K/BB…we keep 12 players and draft 13. As mentioned a week or so ago, I traded for Kershaw. My other starting pitchers going into the draft are Archer, Ryu and Kluber. With pitching as deep as it is, should I try to trade Kershaw for Jay Bruce? Next year Kershaw goes up to 33mil or so, so it would be nice to have that talent on my team for 6 mil and change this year, but then again, i won’t get good value trading him in the offseason with his salary going up so much.

    Trade him for Bruce or what? Braun owner already turned me down so Bruce was the next guy I’d target out of your top 20 (would have been puig, but bruce has a solid track record so i’d feel more comfortable trading for him). I’d have 3 pitchers on my roster if I did it going into the draft and we would be drafting from round 13 onward.

    thanks in advance!

    • willy says:
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      @willy: sorry, it’s salary based and we have 130 mil cap this season. with Kershaw on the team, I’d have roughly 50 Mil to draft 13 guys…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • willy says:
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        @Grey: Perfect! Thanks for talking me off the ledge! I’ve been known to make great trades and then get cute with other trades and screw myself. Will hang on to Kershaw!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. Mike B says:
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    The top half of this latest installment looks like the slutty 7’s I start to hit on after a few drinks while the bottom half is reminiscent of the 5’s I’ve woken up next to after a few too many. I really wish I had given Haren a fake number, and damn that Kazmir and her crabs is back again. You know what they say about Bartolo..big girls do more stuff…

    Anywho, in a keeper league where you consider Harvey’s value as of now, similar to that of an elite AA prospect? I have a chance to acquire him as a 17th round keeper, and our league has a 60DL on top of 2 normal DL slots. Would cost me one of profar/sano/bradley or an 8-10th round pick. (10 teams-10keepers-29rounds)

    • Mike B says:
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      @Mike B: a somewhat related inquiry, Ortiz is one of my keepers and I am not planning on much past this season. that being said, if I did not pursue Harvey I will most likely target Bundy pretty late, foolish? or huge potential still?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I’d keep him over Bradley…

      • Mike B says:
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        @Grey: I have Ortiz as a 16th round keeper so that’s a slam dunk for this year, but I may move him towards deadline or next offseason.

        The team I am trying to negotiate with has cole(27)/bogaerts(25)/walker(24)/harvey(17), listed in availability from least to most, and is interested in my profar(19)/bradley(24)/sano(24). Asking for Cole may prompt him to include my JoFer which aint happenin. Any thoughts on a fair offer to propose?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have no idea what he needs or wants…

          • Mike B says:
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            @Grey: He finished last this past season and theres a penalty fee for 9th/10th so I know he plans on moving out of the basement. He has buxton/machado/goldy along with those others(lots of youth + 1 current stud). He wants profar, but values his bogaerts slightly over that. The standing offer to him being mulled over: my Profar/Bradley/Sano for his Harvey/Walker/Bogaerts.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

  43. Sange76 says:
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    Better keeper set in 12 team H2H points league?

    Jose Fernandez. Rd 12 and Profar rd 13 or
    Jose Fernandez rd 12 and Bogaerts rd 11

    Thank you kindly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar

      • Mike B says:
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        @Grey: I sure hope you’re right, I just worry that although always holding his own playing above his age he has never shown plus power/speed. I fear he is a better real life player than fantasy player. Xander has the prototypical size and perhaps a better chance to bat in a more meaningful part of the lineup. That being said, I graciously defer to your advice.

  44. mr fungi says:
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    14 team dynasty league, who’s the better OF?
    avisail, yelich, springer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings

  45. J says:
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    Haren’s second half was a 3.52 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 70 Ks over 76+ IP. I think his potential to rebound should place him a little higher than #73, IMHO.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  46. Big Al says:
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    Beachey plays in Atlanta -Plus. Atlanta is in the NL East- Plus-Plus. Potential comeback player of the year – Plus-Plus-Plus. Other than a injury this is a no brainer. Love Smylys upside too. Playing for Detroit, and RP-SP eligible. Needs to get off to a good start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  47. SMLV1 says:
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    Hunter or Farq for 3rd closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Farq

  48. Dave says:
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    Which side you like in dynasty?

    Lynn/Reddick or Bourjos/Kluber

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bourjos

  49. Carnac says:
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    Having kids really effs up one’s iTunes play counts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Sorry, pops!

  50. Marti says:
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    If I had Tehran who I could acquire would u keep him over Pedro Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a vacuum, sure

  51. Wake Up says:
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    Ether- can make one quite volatile…only to be used as a last resort when visiting crowded shopping malls on African-American Friday or, Fridays in general…when ayahuasca cannot be located…breathing it in can assist with seeing vibrations…also can turn organic compounds into lizard-people…Latin derivation…

    • Prez says:
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      @Wake Up: ugh, ayahausca… Why would anyone want to do that?

      “Hey, lets get real high and shit ourselves til we see demons! Sweet!”

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Prez: it’s not ayahuasca’s fault that you see trannies every time you catch a buzz…

        • Prez says:
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          @Wake Up: Haha make it stoppppp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  52. Taint says:
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    How does Hellickson’s injury and absence effect your projection for Odorizzi? Could he keep a rotation spot with a strong start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, he could….

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Taint: him/romero/colome now in mix.

    • Mike B says:
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      @Taint: Was going to ask just this question, a few seem poised to get an extended audition. I like Odorizzi, but Colome may hold spot in rotation before being moved to pen. That Shields trade was a real head scratcher.

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Mike B:

        Still think they came out on top with cheap and controllable Wil Myers

  53. Oh boy, this is my tier. Taijaun, Erasmo, Beachy and Niese. Even a Pineda drop for good measure….
    My dynasty team, that the House Grey helped build, comes in looking like this:
    Darvish, Homer Bailey, Zimmermann and Minor with mad money to spend on Kershaw and another.
    You just touched on 5 of my 8 bench arms. Can you clarify further Razz Master?
    Taijaun, Erasmo, Beachy, Niese and Pineda, as well as Lincecum, Carlos Martinez and Jameson Taillon make up my final 8. Who do you love, who do you hate, who would you try to move, and who would you most like to party with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’ll be clear by the end of my rankings…

  54. Brian says:
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    Should i keep Danny Salazar or Kris Medlen? 12 team roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar

  55. Optimus Prime says:
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    In a 14 team keep 10 6×6 league with holds and obp as extras I have an offer out with me giving up The Shark ($1) for Kenley Jensan ($16). Was just offered Reed ($1) for Shark by another team. Saves are going to be quite tight this year due to a lot of cheap closers being kept. Currently headed into the draft with Scherzer, Bailey, Corbin, and possibly Wheeler as my last keeper. Should I make a deal for one of the closers and if so which one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Reed

  56. Principle Blackman says:
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    I would appreciate any feedback regarding my first mock auction of the year. Any obvious overpays? etc. I was mocking for a standard, 12-team yahoo league with a $260 budget. And I ended up having 5 bucks left over, unfortunately.

    C- Wieters, $2
    1B- Pujols, $22
    2B- Gerkyo, $3
    3B- Zimmerman, $22
    SS- Andrus, $13
    OF- Bautista, $30
    OF- Bruce, $25
    OF- Gordon, $20
    util- Hosmer, $18
    util- Aoki, $3

    SP- Bumgarner, $27
    SP- Gio, $19
    RP- Parnell, $3
    RP- Veras, $2
    P- G Cole, $18
    P- Cobb, $16
    P- Gray, $4
    P- Street, $2

    BN- Jed Lowrie, $1
    BN- Brantley, $2
    BN- Khris Davis, $1
    BN- Brad Miller, $1
    BN- Kluber, $1

    Thanks in advance.

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      My immediate instinct is that Wins and Avg would be the biggest issues for this team. Do fantasy baseballers agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, don’t understand the huge bench of hitters but small issue…

    • Spammer Jay says:
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      @Principle Blackman: You kindof got screwed on Cobb, Cole, JB and Gordon. and what are you going to do with all those bats on your bench? You should have way better bats considering your pitching staff. I suggest studying up on gray’s rankings.

      • Macdaddyofmac says:
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        @Spammer Jay: or drafting some better pitching.

  57. Diego says:
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    Senior Gris,
    Uno mas por favor for you as I prepare to finalize keepers in NL only league.

    Is my Tehran at $4 and Gyroko at $9(and a throw in player) too much to give up for
    C. Gomez $9 and CarGo with only one year left at $24?

    Always prefer to win now but not sure about giving up both cheap keepers. I am assuming its definite yes in your opinion but keep going back and forth myself.

    Gracias amigo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

  58. The Flayed Man says:
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    Greetings all. So glad the rankings are back. Love reading them and all the comments. Best and only site for fantasy baseball.

    6 player keeper league:
    which 6 do I choose? The round is what they cost in the upcoming draft.

    12 team 5×5 roto

    M. Cabrera (round 1) definite
    P. Goldschmidt (round 10) definite
    J. Segura (round 15) definite

    G. Stanton (round 2)
    S. Marte (round 14)
    J. Profar (round 18)
    A. Chapman (round 22)
    J. Fernandez (round 23)

    Thanks.

    • Iron City Pounders says:
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      @The Flayed Man: Miggy,Goldy,Segura,Stanton,Chapman,and JFer

    • Spammer Jay says:
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      @The Flayed Man: that’s easy: Marte, Profar, JoFer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Not Stanton or Profar

  59. Mr. Glass says:
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    In a standard yahoo points league around what round would you wait till to grab your first pitcher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea what rounds are

      • Mr. Glass says:
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        @Grey: meaning would you wait till say your fourth pick to grab one, was thinking of going OF, 1B, 3B then a pitcher, I’m not trying to get burnt by drafting a pitcher to early but also don’t want to get left with a bum as my best pitcher

        • Cram It says:
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          @Mr. Glass: Go with the flow of your draft. If you don’t want one of the top tier guys, then draft your offense until the quality of SP you’re targeting starts to get picked.

        • Spammer Jay says:
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          @Mr. Glass: if Bum us your 1st pitcher your doing ok. ;) If you take a look at Grey’s expert draft he did on yahoo you can get an idea, otherwise just go base on the overall rankings. Don’t get caught up in position order.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No idea what the fourth pick is…you’re probably okay…

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: Grey doesn’t know the number of teams so as to tell you what a “round” even means.

  60. Goose says:
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    Ahoy!

    Trying to pick my six keepers for this year. Oof. No restrictions, keep forever. 6×6 league with OBP instead of AVG + TBs. Standard 5 cat for pitching + Holds.

    Keep six:
    Miggy
    Fielder
    Hosmer
    Wainwright
    A. Craig
    Profar
    G. Cole
    A. Gordon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Profar or Gordon

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey:

        Word. I’m pretty much there. Struggling with this choice b/c having Hosmer/Prince makes Craig seem expendable (though he’s got that OF elig). Craig just hits like a mofo – and then gets hurt. He got stupid feet! Plus Gordon could rack up the TBs with his e’eryday playing time – even though he’s only like medium-good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, then go Craig over Gordon, they’re close…

    • Cram It says:
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      @Goose: Are you contemplating not keeping Miggy?

      • Goose says:
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        @Cram It: Well, he doesn’t have Prince protecting him anymore! :P

  61. Jay says:
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    sorry if you answered this already but does Ordozzi get a decent bump up with Hellickson’s elbow? does he break top 80? 60?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll be in the top 100 tomorrow

  62. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,
    10-team, H2H, 5×5

    Currently keeping:

    Braun
    Longoria
    CarGo
    Rizzo
    Kershaw

    Been offered his Scherzer and Votto for Kershaw. If I take it, who gets dropped. I don’t really wanna do it. Wanna see what Rizzo can do this year. I know that’s a (Rudy) gamble but aren’t Scherer and Votto getting on in years?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it, lose Rizzo

  63. frankgrimes says:
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    grey I have a question sir
    last year someone made a thing where it was umm like if this is your first grey endorsed pitcher taken then these guys should be your next target then after selecting another grey endorsed pitcher it gave you more choices like up to maybe six starters for your squad…does this make sense or was it a dream?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was called APPLES and Awesomus Maximus made it, he just had another kid and I honestly don’t know if he’s going to make it again…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Awesomus Mini-Minimus.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…Exactly…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: That’s right. well since you say “another” kid he should definitely do it again this year! it really was a neat draft tool. Have you tried hawk sauce or thug juice? nice flavors going to let them steep for a few weeks and hope they really burst. Thanks to you my keeps going into this year are AuShizz hotdamn jones and still deciding between Upton or Brucely. that magic line was classic yo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…Thanks! I’ve just been on the same juices for a while now… Still with Mt. Baker Vapor, apricot, pear, fruit stripe gum, etc. Haven’t tried those you mention…

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey: ha I bought fruit stripe but haven’t tried it yet. hawk is like a sour berry and thug is watermelony. also those vapor chef juices were some of the cleanest I’ve ever tried.
            I just read the yahoo mock and you sir were the only reason to actually read it funny shizz!

            ps still trying to find a free copy of your ebook hahaha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Thanks! Once I get a little lower in supply, I’ll have to try out those flavors…

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Grey: pretty sure for that book to be free one of us on here would have to send it to you.

                • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                  @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: and Grey’s one of the only people I wouldn’t help to have his stuff pirated.

  64. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Cobb for Rios in a keeper? Cobb’s my SP1 but I have pitching depth.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Jon: no

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  65. Dave says:
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    Around what No. SP are you drafting Matt Harvey in a dynasty startup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 140 overall…

      • Dave says:
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        @Grey: top 140 players? or SPs?

        • bossmanjunior says:
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          @Dave:

          Considering its dynasty, id assume overall. TJ recovery has improved vastly over the years and by 2015 Harvey “could” be a top 20 player.

  66. Dan says:
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    Any value going with Abraham Almonte, Anthony Gose, or Moises Sierra?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Dan: one of them appears to be a Hebrew gentleman that sells pears.

  67. Fungazi says:
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    Hey quick keeper question – keep 6, 12 M H2H no restrictions, yahoo put Gyorko at o-rank 177 so I don’t have to keep him anymore, since I can draft at leisure. With Goldy, Kipnis, Zimmerman, Hanley, and Cargo should I keep Pence over Minor, Cain & S Miller?

  68. Mike says:
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    OPS league… Trying to decide on my last keeper: I’m looking at Wainwright or Gomez. I’m leaning towards Wainwright but I have hesitations.

    Wainwright would be my only keeper SP while Gomez would be my 4th OF. (Cargo, Jones, Bruce)

    Another option: I was offered Cano for Wainwright, Gomez and 14th overall pick (after 50 guys are kept).

    Should I do the deal? Or, if not, who do I keep of the two?

  69. Dave says:
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    I need saves in a 24 team 5×5 roto league. Would you deal S. Gray $6 for Luwick $1 & one of Robertson $11, Feliz $3 or A. Reed $9?

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